The forum will be open to the public.
Originally, the only forum that was planned was to take place in the Joplin Globe's office. The forum would have been closed to the public with each candidate permitted to bring two guests.
An uproar over that arrangement, especially the exclusion of the public, began over the weekend, and culminated in the announcement of a second forum, open to the public, scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in the Memorial Administration Building, 310 W. 8th St.
Bard announced the agreement with the Globe in a Facebook message: