Rohr: Joplin City Council probe ‘strayed’ from original charge

Members of the Joplin City Council said little Wednesday about the reasons behind the firing of former City Manager Mark Rohr. Rohr, reached by telephone, said a council-ordered investigation that was intended to be about two council members went off track and was used to snare him instead on complaints from disgruntled city workers or former workers regarding personnel decisions he made.


Two proposals would give voters final say on sales tax boost for highway projects

Missouri transportation officials are laying out their case in the state Capitol for future highway funding, seeking a 1-cent sales tax increase to help cover an expected shortfall. Without that, or some other funding increase, Missouri Department of Transportation Director Dave Nichols said, the department would not be able to fund bridge and road repairs.


Religion News: Church of Scientology ad riles Super Bowl viewers

If you happened to be living in a major TV market while watching the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, you may have caught the Church of Scientology’s latest ad.
The ad is similar in spirit to the one that ran during last year’s Super Bowl in some cities, and was uploaded to the Church of Scientology’s official YouTube channel (youtube.com/ChurchofScientology) in January. Part of the church’s “Knowledge” campaign, it’s titled “Spiritual Technology” and begins with picturesque scenes of space, mountains […]