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Detective: Car offered as payment in kidnapping plot

A judge found probable cause Thursday for a Nevada, Mo., woman to stand trial on charges that she promised to give two Joplin men a car if they helped her snatch her 1-year-old daughter from the custody of the girl’s father at gunpoint. The Jasper County prosecutor’s office filed five new felony counts against Elise D. Deboutez, 27, at a preliminary hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin.

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Water management plan could be in place next year; practices eyed to reduce groundwater pollution

By this time next year, there should be in place a set of voluntary practices designed to reduce the amount of pollution flowing into waterways in the Spring River watershed of Southwest Missouri. For many area residents, the efforts will affect water they may swim or wade in or catch fish from in the summertime. For others, like residents of Joplin and Lamar, surface water is the primary source of community drinking water.