News to Know: Joplin compares pay rates, Habitat for Humanity calls for donations, State Supreme Court takes up Missouri gun law

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JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin City Council saw the results of a study looking at city employee pay compared to other municipalities in the area. The study compared pay to cities including Carthage, Pittsburg, and Jasper County, as well as Branson, Springfield, and Bentonville, Arkansas. It found that at the start of the study, in March 2020, Joplin city pay was below other areas but got better over time and ended higher than many cities.

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Habitat for Humanity Restore is putting a call out for donations. The re-store, accepts home improvement items that are usually left over after folks renovate their homes. Customers get to pick up needed items for a lower price and the money benefits Habitat for Humanity.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The fate of a Missouri gun law is in the State Supreme Court’s hands. The court heard arguments on the constitutionality of a new state law that forbids local law enforcement from enforcing federal gun laws. A lower court judge rejected a challenge to the law brought by Saint Louis City and County and Kansas City officials last August, so they appealed to the higher court. The gun law has drawn strong opposition from police departments across the state, and federal law enforcement officials have said it hampers criminal investigations and hurts cooperation between federal and local investigators.

NEOSHO COUNTY, Kan. – The Neosho County Community College in Chanute Kansas was one of several recent recipients of grant money from the USDA. The college received a grant for $745,000 dollars to help with the renovation of an old facility in the Chanute Industrial Park. That facility is being converted into the Mitchell Career and Technology Center, which will offer new programs for high school and college students. Most of the $4 million dollar cost is covered by grants and donations, including the USDA grant, which allowed the college to add on to this project.

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