Latest Joplin News

1 year later: An account of the Missouri duck boat sinking

Jul. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The morning of July 19, 2018, had that feel Midwesterners are familiar with: That still, sticky air hinting a stormy day ahead. The National Weather Service would confirm it when it issued a severe thunderstorm watch for southwest Missouri at 11:24 a.m., stretching until 9 that...

Kansas university wins grant targeting Hispanic teachers

Jul. 5, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A recently awarded grant will help local teachers who are Hispanic or who teach in districts with large Hispanic populations. The Joplin Globe reports that the Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarian program awarded Pittsburg State University's College of Education a $530,281 grant to provide...

Wind farm in southwest Missouri/southeast Kansas approved

Jun. 21, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Construction is scheduled to begin this fall on a wind project in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas. Liberty Utilities-Empire District announced Thursday the Missouri Public Service Commission has approved the project, which the utility says is an investment of more than $1...

Father charged with wounding son, killing son's girlfriend

Jun. 18, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have charged a Missouri man with shooting and critically wounding his son and killing his son's girlfriend after he was told he couldn't see his grandchildren again. The Joplin Globe reports that 60-year-old Rickey Lamb, of rural Joplin, is jailed on $500,000 bond on charges...

Spring threatens nesting, but peregrine falcons rebound

Jun. 14, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

LA CYGNE, Kan. (AP) — On a recent sunny June morning, it was business as usual at the power plant in La Cygne, a two-hour drive north from Joplin along U.S. Highway 69. Well, not entirely usual. At 7:30 a.m., as many of the plant's employees were still arriving for work, the littlest critters that make the...

Man on probation charged with taking dressing room pics

Jun. 11, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Court records say a Missouri man secretly snapped pictures of a 15-year-old trying on swimsuits in a Kansas store as he began serving probation for photographing women in the dressing room of another store. The Kansas City Star reports that Anthony DeLapp, of Joplin, is again charged...

GOP donor funds abortion referendum effort

Jun. 9, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A prominent donor to Republican causes has contributed $1 million to a newly formed political action committee aimed at overturning Missouri's restrictive new abortion law. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a filing with state campaign regulators shows David Humphreys of...

FBI offers $5,000 reward in missing Joplin woman's case

Jun. 5, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of anyone responsible for the disappearance of a 29-year-old Joplin woman. Sarah Burton, a mother of two young children, has been missing since she was last seen at a home in northwest Joplin on July 16, 2018....

Motorcyclist killed after hitting a deer near Joplin

Jun. 5, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a motorcyclist was killed in southwest Missouri after hitting a deer. The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the victim as 57-year-old Robert Reneau, of Neosho. The patrol says he was 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) south of Joplin when he struck the deer early Tuesday on...

Kansas City university plans dental college in Joplin

Jun. 4, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences plans to build a dental college on its Joplin campus. University officials say the $80 million College of Dental Medicine in Joplin is planned to accept its first class of 80 students in 2022. KCU President Marc Hahn said the...