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Southwest Missouri legislators take lead on right-to-work fight

Republican legislators in Missouri have made one of their New Year’s resolutions clear for 2014: add Missouri to the list of right-to-work states. Of the nine bills pre-filed by legislators aimed at restricting union activity in the state, six are right-to-work bills. Seven of those nine bills have been drafted by Southwest Missouri lawmakers, including four of the right-to-work measures.

Baseball franchise owners cite history of success

Owners of an independent baseball franchise who want to locate in Joplin say they are confident they can generate enough support for the team to make the renovation of Joe Becker Stadium worthwhile. They say they were going strong in El Paso, Texas, with the Diablos as a franchise of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball until the city decided to build a new stadium for an affiliate team of the San Diego Padres.

Joplin community publishes book of tornado experiences

Leaders in the Joplin community have published a collection of stories about the 2011 tornado and the recovery efforts that followed. First-hand accounts for the book, titled “Joplin Pays It Forward,” were written by city and school leaders; officials from health care centers and public utility companies; leaders in the business and media communities; representatives of churches and nonprofit organizations; and individuals with federal, state and local disaster relief groups and agencies.

KOMA Beef Conference scheduled for Jan. 14 at Joplin Regional Stockyards

The 2014 KOMA Beef Conference begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Joplin Regional Stockyards on Interstate 44 east of Joplin. The keynote presenter for the evening is Dave Rethorst, Beef Cattle Institute Director of Outreach at Kansas State University, whose topic will be, “Animal Welfare, BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) and Beef Production — How It All Fits Together.”