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Neosho students may attend classes half day on Fridays next school year

Neosho School District Superintendent Dan Decker on Monday night told the Board of Education that he will propose for next school year a half day of school for students on Fridays. He said the release time would be 12:20 p.m. Now, Friday dismissal is an hour earlier than the rest of the week, at 2:20 p.m. Depending on the school, the start time for students is 7:45 to 8 a.m., and release time Mondays through Thursdays is 3:10 to 3:20 p.m.

VIDEO: Business Expo exhibits a study in contrasts

A lot has changed for Farmers Insurance agents since the company opened for business in 1928: Their black-and-white logo now is in color, and women are allowed to be agents. One of the area’s first, Linda Teeter, who joined the company in 1979, was dressed with a nod to the past Tuesday — including a head-hugger hat, a drop-waist dress and a long strand of pearls — as she spoke to attendees at the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo at the Holiday Inn Convention Center.

Carthage School Board approves $18 million bond proposal

One school building would be constructed and another renovated if voters in the Carthage School District approve a bond issue being proposed by the Board of Education. The panel on Monday unanimously voted to submit to district residents in the April 8 election a proposed $18 million bond issue that would finance construction of a new Intermediate Center for fourth- and fifth-grade students on district-owned property near Steadley Elementary School.

Nixon to make case for education spending

Gov. Jay Nixon was still making finishing touches to his State of the State address on Monday — a day before he is set to deliver his sixth annual speech to a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly. During his only public event on Monday, Nixon said the speech was still “a little long,” and that he and aides would spend much of the day refining the language and rehearsing ahead of its delivery tonight.

Joplin PAC reports $11,000 in contributions

A political action committee formed to endorse and fund candidates in the Joplin City Council and school board races has collected $11,000, according to its first quarterly report. Directors of the Joplin Progress Committee said last month that it was formed with a set of objectives and values that contributors of $500 or more would use to select candidates to support.

Recent report cites findings at former Mars Petcare plant; workers’ lawsuit remains pending

After receiving a confidential request for a health hazard evaluation from some employees at the Mars Petcare plant west of Joplin, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health sent a team to the plant to do a walk-through visit. In their request, the employees cited health concerns that included respiratory illness, gastrointestinal illness and allergy symptoms.