Court Rules for City of Joplin in 911 Dispute With County

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) _ The city of Joplin has won a court victory in a dispute with Jasper County over who will handle emergency 911 calls within the city.

A Jasper County Circuit Court ruling on yesterday found the city of Joplin has the authority to operate its own 9-1-1 dispatching system.

The court barred the Jasper County Emergency Services Board from
proceeding with a plan to take over all 9-1-1 emergency calls that originate within Joplin.

The decision answers a months-long conflict that started when the county board announced plans to take over Joplin's 9-1-1 calls from landline phones. The county already handles emergency calls from cell phones in Joplin.

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