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Project to build new freeway to Rogersville set to begin

New Springfield-Rogersville freeway project begins soon

The stop-and-go game in Rogersville is about to be over. 

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Students take MAP tests

Annual state report: Springfield School District did well on graduation, attendance rates

"We know we still have work to do to improve academic achievement," said Superintendent John Jungmann.

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SPS parents meet with new Superintendent

New superintendent is all ears for ideas for improving district

With 60 days on the job, the new Springfield School District superintendent  wants to make sure all parents get their voices heard.

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Hazardous material crews spent several hours at home

Homeowner, neighbors react to search of house in northern Springfield

Neighbors said the scene was surreal, but the man who lives at the house said he was set up.

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Street fight leads to gun shots, possible stabbing

Police were called in to break up a fight on College Street.

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Firefighter still hoping for benefits

Gay firefighter still hopes for spousal benefits

An Ozark firefighter hopes to find a way to get her wife added to her benefits.  An attorney for the district board says state law won't let the district extend benefits to her spouse.

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Missouri judge likely will uphold teacher-rating ballot proposal

Constitutional Amendment 3 would limit tenure protections for public school staff and require that employment decisions be based largely on student performance data.

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Medicaid problems

Missourians painstakingly wait for Medicaid benefits

Some Missourians are unable to get the healthcare they need because of denials and delays in Medicaid coverage.

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City councilwoman has second thoughts about new policy

Springfield Police tackle questions, concerns on crash response policy change

'I really think we made a mistake,' said Springfield City Council member Cindy Rushefsky, on voting for the police policy change.

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Hazardous material crews spent several hours at home

Officers spent 7 hours at home with hazardous material

The investigation shut down an entire street in northern Springfield.

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Man is charged for murder of 6-year-old boy whom he was babysitting

Scottie Willet of Columbia was charged on Thursday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the child's death.

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Pulaski County beating, robbery suspects

Grand jury indicts 3 more for elderly man's beating death, robbery

Four people are charged for Robert Willhite's death, and three more are charged with crimes associated with his beating and robbery.

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(img1)Mold in apartment cost woman $2,000; landlord blames tenant

Mold in apartment cost woman $2,000; landlord blames tenant

Danielle Newcomb moved out of her apartment because she didn't think the managers did enough to clean up mold.

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(img1)Consumer Reports: What's worth buying at Walmart

Consumer Reports: What's worth buying at Walmart

Think shopping at Walmart is a bright idea? Consumer Reports’ tests show it could be, if you’re in the market for LED lightbulbs. LEDs are usually very expensive, but after 3,000 hours of testing, Consumer Reports found several from Walmart that are cheap and really good, including the Great Value 60-watt equivalent, A19. Use it 3 hours per day, and it should last about 22 years. Not bad for $10.…

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Dorothy Brooks

Sheriff cancels alert for woman in eastern Ozarks

Dorothy Brooks had a traffic accident but is now safe.

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Road Closed

Dade County road re-opens after gas leak

Leak closes Route D for several hours Thursday.

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Philly cheeesteak stuffed bell peppers

Philly cheesesteak stuffed bell peppers 8/28/14

Football season is upon us and this is an awesome recipe for a football party.

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Jeff Bond

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CoxHealthPlans CEO announces retirement

Jeff Bond retiring December 31, Matt Aug will become new CEO

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Boonville scene

Crews removing hazardous material from north Springfield house

Authorities tell KY3 the FBI was called in Thursday morning to remove hazardous material from a home in the 2200 block of N. Boonville in Springfield.

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Crash at go-kart track in Branson

Minor crash damages go-kart track in Branson

A fender-bender off the Missouri 76 strip ended up damaging part of Wild Woody's Track 3.

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Federal Medical Center inmate is charged for death of fellow inmate

The indictment says a beating led to an inmate's death in July.   The grand jury also indicted another inmate for an assault.

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New restrictions on hydrocodone

New restrictions on common pain killer may help curb abuse

It'll soon be harder to get the most widely prescribed pain killer in the United States.  It's an effort to curb abuse of the drug hydrocodone.

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POwer plant standards

State officials, industry will meet on new air rules

Pending changes to air quality standards call for a 45 percent cut in carbon emissions in Arkansas.

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New K-9 unit offers advanced detection option for investigations

Canines for hire: Security firm adds specialized dogs to aid in probes

Southern Missouri Judicial Service trains dogs for explosive detection.  The service is used by government and private agencies in southwest Missouri.

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Springfield Public Schools

Springfield School District's new chief continues listening tour on Thursday

John Jungmann meets with the public at Cherokee Middle School

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(img1)Billy Long on President's carbon plan

Long will tour area farms on Friday

Congressman to talk agriculture in Fordland, Sparta, Springfield, Walnut Grove and Brighton

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Textbook, school, classroom, education

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Springfield weighs in on research recommending later start to the school day

Doctors are recommending that middle and high school students should start class no earlier than 8:30. The Springfield School District weighs in on if that change could happen in the future.

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Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, World War Z premiere


Jolie, Pitt wed in Chateau Miraval, France

Couple weds in small, private ceremony with family present.

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Fort Leonard Wood

Thousands comment on future Army reductions

Thousands of cuts could be made at Fort Leonard Wood.

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Missouri dairy farmers urge veto override

Missouri dairy farmers urge lawmakers to override veto of new financial incentives

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Video rain chance dwindles today

Video: rain chance dwindles today

Fewer storms are expected but the rain chance will increase again on Friday.

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MSU now sells beef from cattle raised by students

The cattle is raised on a pair of farms in the Ozarks.

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Video Yadier Molina excites fans at Hammons Field

Video: Yadier Molina excites fans at Hammons Field

The St. Louis Cardinals catcher is nearing the end of an injury rehabilitation.  He played several innings for the Springfield Cardinals on Wednesday night, and will do so again on Thursday night.

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St Louis Cardinals Michael Wacha works out in Springfield

St. Louis Cardinals' Michael Wacha works out in Springfield

The pitcher is trying to recover from an injury.

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3 years since since city pound euthanized adoptable dog

Springfield Pound program stops euthanization of all adoptable dogs

Animal rescue agencies like C.A.R.E. (Castaway Animal Rescue Effort) and Half-Way Home Rescue work with the city pound to help save the dogs.

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Firefighters learn how to respond to oil train derailments

Firefighters prepare for potential disastrous derailments on railroads

In increasing numbers, trains carrying oil are rolling through our cities, small towns, and countryside.  They’re carrying domestic crude oil from the western U.S., headed through the Ozarks en route to refineries in the southern states.

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Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs' bus in accident before Packers game

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a tour bus bringing the Kansas City Chiefs to their Wisconsin hotel before Thursday night's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers was involved in an accident.

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Royals score 6 runs in 8th to beat Twins 6-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nori Aoki drove in the go-ahead run during a six-run eighth inning Wednesday night, sending the Kansas City Royals to a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

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Boxing gloves


Judge OKs $25,000 bond for boxer Jermain Taylor

MAUMELLE, Ark. (AP) — Boxer Jermain Taylor is free on a $25,000 bond after the former middleweight champion was jailed overnight in Little Rock in connection with a shooting that wounded his cousin.

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Pictures: Missouri State students 'Sample Springfield' Wednesday

Sample Springfield at Missouri State University is a tradition over 30 years old. In the fall, 3,500 new students will flood both the Missouri State campus and the Springfield community. Sample Springfield is a chance for area businesses to come on campus and share information about what they offer as well as samples, giveaways, and coupons. This means there is a lot of free stuff!!!  We want…

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Ramy Demboski

AMBER Alert for missing girl cancelled

3-year-old Ramy Angeline Demboski was found safe with mother tonight, after vanishing from her home this afternoon.

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(img1)Scam of the Week Aug. 27

Contact KY3: Scam of the Week Aug. 27

It's one of the oldest scams around, but a Branson West woman was able to dupe the crooks.

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Judge Mountjoy, Fischer and Cordonnier

2 Greene County judge earn awards for science, technology training

"This training will not make judges experts in these fields, but it will allow judges to be more sensitive to the nuances of complex scientific issues."

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National Guard in Ferguson


National Guard completes departure from Ferguson

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and St. Louis County police will continue to oversee security in Ferguson, where police officer Darren Wilson shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

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City of Branson

City of Branson offers revised version of smoking ban proposal

Language of proposed smoking ban revised. Public has more opportunity in September to comment on city's proposal.

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Driver in minor crash says Spfd police policy is wrong

Drivers experience costly problems since police accident policy change

After fender-benders, Springfield police want most drivers to handle it on their own.  The driver who damaged Tim Coram's truck refused to cooperate.

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Caller threatens to blow up Rolla pharmacy

Caller originally demanded a pre-paid credit card loaded with lots of money

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Lebanon Humane Society rescued cats

Humane Society of Missouri moves dogs, cats out of Lebanon Humane Society

The state organization's Animal Cruelty Task Force took over care of more than 120 animals on Wednesday.

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Police say cab driver did nothing wrong before fatal pedestrian crash

A man from Thailand sued Branson Yellow Cab and driver Ronald Rugg of Hollister for wrongful death damages after his daughter was killed in March 2013.

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Justice scales

Some charges are dropped after MP was charged with 33 sex crimes, other crimes

Staff Sgt. Angel Sanchez of Fort Leonard Wood could have been sentenced to 275 years in prison if he was convicted of all the original charges.

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Gay firefighter seeks equal benefits

Legal opinion says Ozark Fire Dept. can't give benefits to same-sex spouses

Firefighter Capt. Andi Mooneyham recently asked the board to make the policy change, and the board appeared to be favorable to the idea.

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Higher education

Appeals court: College course syllabi not public records

Court says syllabi are intellectual property of professors.

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Dawn Cleveringa

Woman admits not reporting theater embezzlement on tax returns

Dawn Cleveringa pleaded guilty in 2012 for embezzling more than $678,000 from the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson.  Now she pleaded guilty for filing a false tax return.

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(img1)VIDEO: It's dry in the Garden Spot!

VIDEO: It's dry in the Garden Spot!

Steve and Dan talk about handling dry conditions in the Garden Spot.

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Heat Advisory continues Wednesday

Heat Advisory continues Wednesday

A Heat Advisory continues for southwest Missouri until Wednesday evening. There will be pop-up storms this afternoon, some will be strong.

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Missouri State flag

Governor names new Missouri public safety director

Nixon names retired chief of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to post.

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Missouri election

Recount planned for "Right to Farm" amendment

Amendment 1 passed by less than 1 percent.

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Ambulance 3

Crash kills 2 in Boone County

Two passengers died when a pickup overturned on Arkansas 392 in Batavia.

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Kimbrough work

Work closes parts of Kimbrough Avenue near MSU today, tonight

Two different projects will close parts of the street most of the day.

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Fall JBF Sale

Big bargain sale starts today

You can save lots of money in southwest Springfield.  Doors opened at 9 a.m. Wednesday for the Just Between Friends sale at Remington's off Republic Road at Kansas Expressway.  It's your chance to save 50 to 90 percent off retail prices on winter clothing, Halloween costumes, baby supplies and toys.   You'll also find name brands, shoes and even formal dresses in the new juniors…

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New Mike Fiorie Picture

Powerboat owner dies after crash at Lake of the Ozarks

Michael Fiore was hospitalized after crash Saturday morning.

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Saving Timmons Temple Church

Developer makes big donation to save, move historic Timmons Temple

The Save Timmons Temple committee says it is closer to its goal of $200,000 to move the historic church building.

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State Patrol reports decrease in fatal crashes in southwest Missouri

Missouri State Patrol Troop D, which covers 18 counties in southwest Missouri, reports a nine percent decrease in fatal accidents from this time last year.

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Arkansas AG sues maker of ID cards

IDs produced by the defendants have no official function or legal significance.

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