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2013: Killings, Carthage fire, Joplin recovery, Miracle Field among area’s top stories

The abduction and killing of a 12-year-old Golden City girl, the parking lot shooting of a university coach, and the murder of a Parsons, Kan., mother and her three children shocked the area as details of each story unfolded. The top headlines of the year, as selected by Globe editors and staff members, weren’t all crime-related, however.

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‘Deadline in Disaster’ wins China Academy Award for foreign language film

The documentary film “Deadline in Disaster” was named best foreign language film on Sunday at the third China Academy Awards of Documentary Film in Beijing. The film, which was screened in Joplin in 2012 and has been shown on Public Broadcasting Service stations across Missouri, follows the staff of The Joplin Globe in the aftermath of the May 22, 2011, tornado.

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Susan Redden: Spending squabbles precede start of legislative session

The 2014 legislative session hasn’t even started, and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Republican lawmakers already are arguing about money. Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Tom Flanigan, of Carthage, are criticizing the governor’s decision to reject the revenue estimate earlier agreed on as the basis for spending plans for the coming year.

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