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Woman warns of meth abuse after child hospitalized

Debi Tounzen loves her six grandchildren more than anything else in the world. But with her dedication comes constant worry. READ MORE

St. Joseph struggles with lack of skilled workers

A recent workforce survey conducted by the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce found the city is suffering from a shortage of skilled labor. Specifically, low- and middle-skilled workers are in demand. The reasons are manifold. READ MORE

“Wifey Finder 1000” might help you find love

Finding true love isn’t easy, but Anthony Ferry might have found a way to separate the wheat from the chaff, if nothing else: the Wifey Finder 1000. READ MORE

Nine arrested in helicopter operation

Nine people were arrested following an evening of helicopter surveillance and law enforcement pursuits targeting St. Joseph’s ongoing problem with stolen vehicles. READ MORE

Missouri Western approves salary increase for FY19 budget

Missouri Western State University’s Board of Governors approved the university’s 2018-2019 fiscal year budget Monday afternoon which includes a salary increase for Missouri Western employees. READ MORE

Local Eagle Scout earns all merit badges

Many boys join the Boy Scouts of America at some point in their childhood. Some stay. Few become Eagle Scouts. A vanishingly small number manages to earn all possible merit badges. Then there’s Charles Alex Velazquez. READ MORE

For one family, rodeo is more than just a sport

Marty Tunks and his kids love going out to their barn near King City, Missouri. It’s a place where the youngest generation can practice their rodeo skills and a chance for Marty to spend time with his son and daughter. READ MORE

Passionate animal advocate uses hospice wish to hold fundraiser

Kenneth Madsen describes his wife of almost 51 years as “very loving, very warm and she loves animals.” READ MORE

Western students, faculty express concern about conceal-and-carry bill

Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow college staff and faculty members to conceal and carry firearms on campuses. House Bill 1942, sponsored by Republican Rep. Dean Dohrman, aims to authorize universities and colleges to designate so-called Campus Protection Officers. READ MORE

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