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The three people who died Wednesday night when a tornado touched down in southwest Missouri were part of a rural community that’s struggling with the loss.

Just outside Golden City, about an hour north of Joplin, a handful of houses have been reduced to rubble. Some lots are unrecognizable, strewn with broken glass, splinters of wood and the belongings of those who lived there.

One home belonged to an elderly couple, both of whom died.  A mobile home resting on its side was the site of another fatality.

For the last couple decades, a standard refrain, heard far and wide, is that the future of the workforce is tied up with STEM.  And yet, it is sometimes difficult for a town, region or state to make headway in developing strong economic efforts in these fields.  The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce leads much of this effort in our region and Alex Greiwe, who is the Project Manager for Workforce Development, is responsible for a good deal of it.

‘Violent tornado’ touches down in Missouri capital

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  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A “violent tornado” touched down in Jefferson City, Missouri, causing heavy damage, according to the National Weather Service, but there were no immediate reports of fatalities.

The service reported that a “confirmed large and destructive tornado” was observed over Jefferson City at 11:43 p.m. Wednesday, moving northeast at 40 mph (64 kph). The capital city has a population of about 40,000 and is located about 130 miles (209 kilometers) west of St. Louis.

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Three people have died in Barton County and one has serious injuries after tornados hit southwest and central Missouri late Wednesday night.


The three who died lived just outside Golden City, Missouri, about an hour’s drive west of Springfield. 


Sergeant John Luekenhoff with the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Troop D says the bodies of a married couple in their 80s were found about 200 yards from their home. They were identified as Kenneth G. Harris, age 86, and Opal P. Harris, age 83, both of Golden City.

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  As a bill banning abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy awaits a signature from Missouri Governor Mike Parson, groups on both sides of the issue are already planning their next steps.  Some opponents of the bill are reaching out to the governor in hopes that he will veto it, while supporters expect Parson’s likely signature.


House Bill 126 prevents women from getting an abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy in Missouri, except in cases of a medical emergency. There are no exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or human trafficking.