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Joplin Redevelopment Corp. says work on senior living complex, library on track

Members of the Joplin Redevelopment Corp., which is handling land transactions for Joplin’s master developer projects, said they believe the efforts for redevelopment have turned a corner that will make the projects more visible to the public. The JRC on Tuesday approved the final amendments to site development agreements separating a senior transitional living project to be built west of 26th Street and McClelland Boulevard.

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Restaurant owners join list of smoke-free establishments

A few years ago, Joplin restaurant owner Mike Pawlus was on the fence. “We wanted to go to no-smoking, but wanted the city to make the call,” said Pawlus, referring to an issue before the Joplin City Council in 2010. The ban ultimately did not fly. Likewise, the Webb City council rejected a similar effort at about the same time, as did the Carthage council.

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Hispanics take case for growing presence to state lawmakers

Hispanic advocates gathered Wednesday at the state Capitol, urging lawmakers to remember their voices and their growing clout when voting on key issues. Adolfo Castillo, of Joplin, joined dozens of activists in Jefferson City. Castillo, who previously served on the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, said the size and influence of the Hispanic community continues to grow in Missouri.