All three Joplin television stations continued to lead their 5 p.m. news programs with information about the brutal murder of nine-year-old Rowan Ford of Stella.
KSN opened with the effect the murder is having on Triway School, where Rowan was a fourth grader.
KODE began with the information that Rowan's stepfather, David W. Spears, 24, Stella, and family friend, Chris Collings, 32, Wheaton, have been charged with the murder. KODE also noted that East Newton schools will be closed Wednesday for Rowan's funeral.
KOAM began with a piece on preparation for Rowan's funeral.
The Joplin television stations have done uniformly excellent work on this tragic story.