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Joplin School Board support to be sought for early childhood expansion

The Joplin Board of Education will be asked tonight to support an expansion of the school district’s early childhood education center. The early childhood program is housed in trailers on the McKinley Elementary School campus and enrolls about 250 children. Administrators will recommend that the district construct a separate building for the program — estimated to cost between $9.5 million and $14.5 million — that could encourage enrollment of up to 600 students, according to documentation from the district.

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Joplin Area Transportation Study Organization ranks priorities of future road projects

A future west bypass is rated as the top priority road project for the Joplin area, members of the Joplin Area Transportation Study Organization agreed on Monday. Members of JATSO, which includes representatives of Joplin, Webb City and Carl Junction, Jasper and Newton counties, and the Missouri Department of Transportation, on Monday rated the importance of about 80 area road and bridge projects.

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High court to hear Hobby Lobby case

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in what is known as the Hobby Lobby case, a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration over a provision of the federal health care law mandating insurance plans cover many forms of contraceptive care. Josh Hawley, a constitutional law professor at the University of Missouri, is one of a dozen lawyers in Washington, D.C., this week on Hobby Lobby’s behalf and has helped prepare briefs and oral arguments for the justices to consider.

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Today in the News: Could be years before answers in Flight 370 crash

Quote of note

“We don’t know how many debris fields there are.” – Former National Transportation Safety Board chairman Jim Hall, commenting today after Malaysian officials said the missing Flight 370 crashed in the Indian Ocean, and there is no hope of survivors. Officials say it could be years before we get any answers into the […]