News To Know: Webb City mourns student loss, grass fire burns 100 acres, roadside park receives grant and MSSU students return from Europe

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WEBB CITY, Mo. – Members of the Webb City community came together on Thursday night to mourn the loss of a student. In May, the body of Rezwan Kohistani, a student at Webb City high school, was found unattended on campus. Authorities say the autopsy showed no signs of foul play. Friends and family held a vigil outside of Webb City city hall.

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – A hay baler sparked a grass fire Wednesday, burning one-hundred acres at Wildwood Ranch west of Joplin. No one was injured, but the fire risk in the area remains high. The chief of the Carl Junction fire department is asking people not to burn anything during these conditions as the fires can quickly grow out of control. Click here to read more about this story.

BAXTER SPRINGS, Ks. – Visitors to Baxter Springs can look forward to a new roadside park near the museum along Route 66. The park will be funded in part with the help of a $40,000 state grant. an official says the new roadside park would allow both local and international tourists to experience the community. The Baxter Spring museum is open and free to all visitors.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Some students from Missouri Southern State University history and kinesiology departments recently returned from studying in Spain and France. On Thursday they talked about their experiences in an event called Travel Tales and Tapas. Those experiences ranged from educational to cultural.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: The issue of abortion once again gains national attention. Earlier this week Ohio authorities charge a 27-year old man with raping a 10-year old girl on at least two occasions which led to pregnancy. The victim traveled to Indiana for an abortion which would have been illegal under Ohio law. According to recent polling, a vast majority of Americans agree that abortion in the cases of rape or incest should be legal. What do you think? Vote now at the Instapoll section of our website and make your voice hear. Also, join the conversation on our Facebook page.