Mike Parson is sworn in for full four-term as Missouri Governor

Mike Parson was sworn in for a full four-year term as Missouri’s Governor on Monday. He defeated State Auditor Nicole Galloway by 17 points in the General Election last November. Parson’s career in public service with serving 6-years in the US Army before a 22-year career in law enforcement, including serving as Sheriff of Polk …

The Golden Apple Award looks to recognize excellence in teaching in Joplin schools

Teaching was already a challenging profession, but add the pandemic and day-to-day issues it has caused, and this past year has been one like no other. Perhaps you know of a special educator in Joplin that would like to celebrate and nominate for the 2021 Golden Apple Award. Erin Slifka is with the Joplin Area …

Do you know a great teacher in Joplin? Nominate them for the Golden Apple Award

With the COVID-19 pandemic in its 10th month in Missouri, educators’ importance has been highlighted for the confidence and stability they provide in students’ lives. If you know of an exceptional teacher, the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce would like to hear from you as the nominating period is now underway for the 2021 Golden …

Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Joplin

Daily average cases of COVID-19 are slowly starting to increase in Joplin. Over the last 2 weeks, the city has documented 576 new cases, that a rise of nearly 11 percent. One month ago, Joplin was experiencing about 33 and a half new cases per day. As of Saturday, the cities health department reported just …

Jasper County experiencing over 50% increase in COVID cases in the past two-weeks

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Jasper county has skyrocketed over the past two-weeks. The county department of health has reported an over 50 percent increase in new cases since December 27th. The department has recorded 924 new cases in that same period from late December through today. A record 137 new cases were …

PSU Poly Sci professor weighs in on Trump supporters crashing the US Capitol

The world watched in horror as Trump supporters were able to gain access to the US Capitol on Wednesday. K R P S’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro spoke with a political science professor at Pittsburg State for reaction. Millions of Americans and people around the world watched the unimaginable as 100’s of rioters pried open the doors …

Joplin’s C2C has its sights set on a late-2022 Cornell Entertainment Complex opening

The ground isn’t even broken yet on the Connect2Culture’s new home, the Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex, but C2C Director Emily Frankoski spent much of 2020 working to ensure the building will open up on time. Recently, KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro spoke with Frankoski about how Joplin’s community arts non-profit navigated the pandemic, which included plenty …

PSU Poly Sci professor reacts to Wednesday’s insurrection attempt in Washington DC

It’s Morning Edition on KRPS. We’ve heard reactions from around the world to the events that unfolded in our nation’s capital on Wednesday. On Thursday, I spoke with Pittsburg State professor of Political science Dr. Botello-Samson to get his reaction to what unfolded this week in our nation’s capitol.

The Neosho Arts Council plans a virtual ArtCon 2021

The Neosho Art Council’s ArtCon 2021 will take place February 11-13, 2021. Like many events throughout 2020 and into 2021, the event, which is normally held in-person, will be all virtual this year. Sarah Serio of the NAC says that it was an easy decision to make the non-profits largest fundraiser of the year all …

Former MSSU Head Football coach to receive over $100k in leave and severance pay

Former Missouri Southern head football coach Jeff Simms will receive nearly $110,000 in administrative leave pay and severance, the university announced on Tuesday. Last month, Southern relieved Simms of his duties, providing no reason for the dismissal. He guided the Lions to an improved record of 2 and 9 in his only season at the …