News to Know: Fire Marshall investigates cause of apartment fire and truckers get shown appreciation

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Joplin, MO. — The Joplin fire marshall is investigating the cause of the fire that swept through an apartment building on Thursday. The fire was reported at 1221 E 9th Street just after 5:30 AM Thursday morning. Everyone inside managed to escape safely. Firefighters were on the scene for several hours. The fire was fanned by high winds — with gusts up to 30 miles per hour.

Independence, KS. — Protestors gathered outside the Montgomery County courthouse to spread awareness about the dangers of Fentanyl. They say their goal is to seek justice for loved ones lost — and harsher punishments for anyone caught with the drug. US Senator Roger Marshall of Kansas is pushing for federal legislation called “The Cooper Davis Act.” It’s named after a Johnson County teenager who lost his life to a Fentanyl overdose.

Neosho, MO. — The Neosho Arts Council’s Big Spring Gallery hosts work from a native son. It’s the 27th year of the annual Thomas Hart Benton art competition and exhibition. Officials say it’s a chance for aspiring artists to show off their skills in a competition setting.

Joplin, MO. — Joplin 44 Petro shows their appreciation for truckers with a Truckers Jamboree. The Jamboree lasted 10 hours and featured a variety of things to do ranging from a cook-out, live music, and a petting zoo.