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So far, it's been a quiet Black Friday in Joplin. Joplin Police Sergeant Rusty Rives tells News Talk KZRG they didn't have any traffic problems this morning.

"All of our traffic issues this morning seemed to be at a very minimum. There is quite a bit of traffic out, but it's flowing very well.  We have worked a couple crashes, however none of those seem to be related to Black Friday shopping.  They've actually been on the other side of town.  So overall, things are going very well for us."

News Talk KZRG asked Rives if there were any arrests because of rowdy shoppers?  "I've been here since 5am and I've had nothing of the sort as far as any calls for disturbances.  Not even so much as congestion in the parking lot, so it's been pretty peaceful."

Technically, Soaring Heights Elementary School isn't in Joplin. It was built across the Joplin border into Duquesne. Tuesday night, the Joplin School Board voted to have the City of Duquesne annex Soaring Heights into Duquesne. Joplin School Superintendent Dr. CJ Huff tells News Talk KZRG about the request.

"With the extension of East Middle School and the adding of Soaring Heights Elementary, part of the building is in the Duquesne city limits and the other part of the building is not.  So we're just cleaning a few things up and ensuring that all of the services provided to East Middle School can be provided to Soaring Heights Elementary, as well."

Huff says if there's an emergency at Soaring Heights or East Middle School, Jasper County law enforcement would be the agency responsible..unless Duquesne annexes the schools.  It's now up to the Duquesne Board of Alderman to rule on the School District's request.

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