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Science and Commercial Satellites Launched from California

By John Antczak: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a pair of U.S.-German science satellites and five commercial communications satellites into orbit from California on Tuesday. The rocket roared off from a pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 12:47 p.m. and arced over the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles as it headed toward the South Pole. Its upper stage deployed the research satellites minutes after reaching orbit. The satellites for Iri…

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Tuesday Marks 24 Straight Days of Above Normal Temperatures

With an observed high of 87° at the Joplin Regional Airport at 3:39 PM, today marks the 24th day in a row where observed high temperatures are warmer than our normal highs. That’s a streak that started back on April 29th. Our normal high for today should be 79°. Can we break that trend for tomorrow? It’s not looking likely. Our normal high will still be 79° for Wednesday. Even with partly sunny skies and t-storm chances returning, we’ll have highs bounce back into the midd…

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New Hours For Joplin Aquatic Centers

New Operating Hours for Joplin Aquatic Centers Joplin, MO (5/22/2018) – Memorial Day weekend marks the kickoff of the summer swim season at Joplin’s aquatic centers. On Saturday, May 26th Schifferdecker and Cunningham Aquatic Centers will be opening to the public from 1:00-6:00pm and Sunday, May 27th Schifferdecker and Ewert Aquatic Centers will be open from 1:00-6:00pm. Typically, all 3 aquatic centers (Schifferdecker, Ewert, and Cunningham) open for the weekend, however, du…

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Hawaii Volcano Producing Toxic Lava Haze Plume Called ‘Laze’

By Jae C. Hong and Audrey McAvoy: PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii sparked new safety warnings about toxic gas on the Big Island’s southern coastline after lava began flowing into the ocean and setting off a chemical reaction. The molten rock started pouring into the sea over the weekend. It’s been generating plumes of lava haze or “laze” as it interacts with seawater. It’s just the latest hazard …

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PSU Offers Summer Learning Opportunities For Children

Pittbsurg State University will be offering various programs over the summer which will give kids fun learning opportunities outside of school. Activities will range from music to robotics. Nature Reach  Nature Reach has been part of PSU’s Biology Department since 1985, providing natural history and environmental education outreach programming to school and community group with the assistance of a collection of live animals.  From June 25-29, children who have completed fir…