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Missouri education

Review of Missouri education standards to begin

College and career readiness is primary goal of review. 

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Teenager killed in horse buggy accident

14-year old died when buggy he was driving was hit from behind by a pickup. 

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Sunshine-Virginia crash

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One hurt in East Sunshine crash

Police say car pulled into traffic and was hit at Sunshine and Kings 

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Arkansas prisons

Arkansas prisons chief announces retirement

Ray Hobbs retiring after almost 40 years with department.

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PHOTOS: KY3's Ethan Forhetz at the Walk to End Alzheimer's event

KY3's Ethan Forhetz and Mark Seaton, walking for Team Remember Me at the  Walk to End Alzheimer's event Saturday. Mark is in the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease.

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Missouri Senate getting historic renovation

Project is going forward while Gov. Nixon has frozen $735 million of spending for other programs.

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Ark governor's debate

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Ross, Hutchinson spar over tax cuts, ads in debate

Arkansas gubernatorial rivals Ross and Hutchinson spar over tax cuts, negative ads in debate

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VIDEO PART 1: The FYI Guy makes a lamp from his yard

Jeremy Rabe shows you how to bring a dead tree to life in your living room! 

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VIDEO PART 2: The FYI Guy makes a lamp from his yard

Jeremy Rabe shows you how to bring a dead tree to life in your living room! 

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VIDEO: Your Movie Friend's reviews of the week

Aaron Boll reviews "The Maze Runner" and "This Is Where I Leave You."

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PHOTOS: KY3 travels with Convoy of Hope to the Philippines

KY3 Ozarks Today anchor Maria Neider and photojournalist Tom Schultheis are with Convoy of Hope documenting the groups efforts in the Philippines. 

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2 in jail may have attacked couple in downtown Springfield

Police believe they've identified others involved in the assault of a man and woman last month.

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Local instructor hopes to inspire others during National Yoga Month

September is National Yoga Month, designed to inspire a healthy lifestyle and teach people about the health benefits that come with practicing yoga.

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City of Branson

Branson mayor elected to leadership post of statewide group

Raeanne Presley elected as Vice President of the Missouri Municipal League. 

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Isolated storm chances Saturday night

Isolated storm chances Saturday night

Saturday will be partly cloudy and warmer. A cold front sparks up isolated storms tonight and early Sunday morning.

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Drivers businesses frustrated with congestion problems

Construction congestion frustrates drivers, business owners

Construction at the intersection of Campbell Avenue at Plainview Road brings rush hour traffic to a standstill, and has nearby businesses fed up.

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Mark Christeson and Jessie Carter

Missouri Supreme Court sets execution date for killer from Maries County

Detectives said Mark Christeson killed a woman and her two children near Vichy in 1998, and his cousin, Jessie Carter, helped him.

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Apple fans rejoice with release of new iPhone 6

Finally, Apple fans get their hands on the new iPhone 6

The much-anticipated i-Phone 6 went on sale today...a day that many smart-phone fans have been waiting for. Austin Boyland is one of them. " I waited there for 30 minutes when they opened, the mall kiosk, the AT&T kiosk, and I was gone by 9 there was 9 people in front of me. I didn't have to wait very long.

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(img1)Contact KY3: Apply now for holiday jobs

Contact KY3: Apply now for holiday jobs

All too often people apply when they see the Christmas decorations.

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Republic couple caught in Hurricane Odile

Republic couple stranded in hurricane ravaged Los Cabos

An Ozarks couple was stranded in storm ravaged Los Cabos, Mexico after Hurricane Odile hit in the middle of their vacation.

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Pierce City is rebuilt but tornado memories remain

Pierce City can't forget tornado but tries to move on

Miller visits Pierce City for an big football game on Friday night. Residents have tried to move past the memories and hard aftermath of that spring Sunday afternoon in 2003.

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Greene County employees say cost of living increase brings 'big relief'

Morale at Greene County offices is at a six-year high after commissioners approved a three percent cost of living adjustment Thursday.

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(img1)Consumer Reports: The next big thing, OLED TV

Consumer Reports: The next big thing, OLED TV

The latest in television technology is called OLED. It stands for organic light-emitting diodes.

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Arkansas' jobless rate inches up in August

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate rose slightly in August to 6.3 percent. It's the first time the state's jobless rate has increased in 2014.

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Scales of justice

Man goes to prison for $4.9 million theft that nearly sunk company

While David VanWinkle was stealing millions, his company and its employees were voluntarily taking pay cuts to ensure that the business would not close its doors.

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Semi truck on highway

Commercial truck inspections found safety problems with 53 percent

The state Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division did the surprise inspections at a truck weigh station near Joplin and on highways elsewhere with portable scales.

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Missouri Lottery Commission elects John Twitty as chairman

The governor appointed the former chief executive officer of City Utilities of Springfield to the commission this week.

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Experts say now is the time to get flu vaccinations

With flu season just weeks away, doctors say you should get your flu shot soon.

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SHARE: Corn mazes, pumpkin patches and haunted houses in the Ozarks

The best corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and haunted houses in the area.

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McCaskill campus crimes

McCaskill attends launch of White House campaign against sexual assaults

“It’s On Us” campaign aims to change the national culture around sexual assault on college campuses.

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Mizzou Arena

Mizzou Arena will get upgrades after 10 years

Mizzou officials will soon begin asking for donations over the next three years for the renovation project.

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Arkansas' jobless rate inches up in August

Increase is the first for state's jobless rate in 2014.

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New Early Childhood Center offers free, low-cost preschool in Nixa

Nixa Early Childhood Center serves as a pre-school for both students with special needs and traditional students in the district.

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Fit Friday: Tighten the tummy with a twist on planks

Tired of static planks? On this Fit Friday, how you can add variety to strengthen your stomach.

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Energy bill

Long backs energy, jobs legislation

Bills aimed at harnessing energy resources to create jobs.

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PREVIEW: Chiefs go fishing for first win of season in Miami

Chiefs hope to post first win of 2014 on the road against Dolphins.

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PREVIEW: Arkansas hosts Northern Illinois

Razorbacks aim to end the nation's longest road winning streak Saturday.

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PREVIEW: Missouri hosts Indiana

Missouri looks to close out non-conference schedule going 4-0.

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Springfield stands in line for iPhone 6

New Apple phone hits stores and mailboxes Friday.

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Missouri election

Missouri court upholds teacher ballot initiative

Missouri appeals court rejects challenge to ballot initiative on teacher evaluation standards

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Missouri S&T gets $3M for cybersecurity effort

Missouri S&T receives $3 million to fund 16 scholarships for advanced cybersecurity students

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Sunny and warmer Friday afternoon

Sunny and warmer Friday afternoon

After a foggy and cloudy start Friday morning we'll be mostly sunny and warmer Friday afternoon. The last weekend of summer includes isolated storm chances.

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Highway patrol identifies man found floating in Lake of the Ozarks

Neighbor discovered the body Wednesday afternoon.

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Taste of the Town: Pizza Americana in Willow Springs

If you're in Willow Springs looking for the most patriotic pizza restaurant around, look no further than Pizza Americana.

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Pictures: Fox Theatre sign lights up Park Central Square in Springfield

After being dim for over 30 years, the lights came back on at the historic Fox Theater in downtown Springfield.  The community celebrated the past with a special ceremony.

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Mobile Food Pantry aims to help fight hunger at Schools

Mobile Food Pantry rolls into Weaver Elementary

Cheryl Williams made sure she was first in line when the Crosslines Mobile Food pantry pulled into Weaver Elementary, her grandkids school. Her daughter works several jobs, so Cheryl takes care of the kiddo's when their mom is at work. " If you're living on a budget yourself, its hard to feed them," says Williams. " I don't want my Grandbabies to go without, so Grandma's there. I'll go without…

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76 is getting a renovation

Makeover plan for Branson's 76 Strip rolls toward becoming a reality

The Highway 76 strip- full of theaters, and attractions, and traffic- is about to get a huge makeover.

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VIDEO: Fox sign lights up downtown

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - After being dim for over 30 years, the lights came back on at the historic Fox Theatre in downtown Springfield.

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Missouri court upholds Amendment 3 initiative

A Missouri appeals court has rejected a challenge to a November ballot proposal requiring teachers to be evaluated based on student performance. 

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Arkansas' two US senators back plan on rebel aid

Arkansas' two U.S. senators have voted in support of President Barack Obama's request to train and arm rebels battling Islamic State militants in Syria.

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All out assault on cats

'All out assault' on cats

Residents of a mobile home park near Reeds Spring are trying to stop their landlord who they say is killing stray cats in cruel ways.

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Fox Theatre sign will light up square in downtown Springfield

The Fox Theatre sign has been an icon for nearly 100 years, and Thursday night it is set to light the square in downtown Springfield once again.

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Check out elk roaming the Ozarks during driving tours

New elk-viewing route opens in southern Missouri

The self-guided driving tour has become a popular tourist attraction, especially in October, when bull elk bugle as part of their mating ritual.

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Harrison hospital restricting young visitors because of respiratory virus

No doubt, many of you have come down with a cough and runny nose, some much worse, as the Enterovirus, EV-D68 specifically, spreads across the county.
One Ozarks hospital is working to stop the virus from spreading to those most vulnerable.

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(img1)Consumer Reports: Winning Windows

Consumer Reports: Winning Windows

Home remodeling is up this year and along with it sales of replacement windows.

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American Red Cross appoints interim director for Southern Missouri

Nigel Holderby will direct the agency's disaster relief efforts across the region.  She started with the Red Cross as a volunteer in 2007.

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Zipcar rental program is one of several MSU 'green' projects

Students can rent vehicles by the hour or by the day, with insurance, gas and 180 miles of travel included in the rental price.

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Pictures: Go Red for Women luncheon in Springfield

It's an effort to raise money for research and awareness against the number one killer of women in the U.S.   KY3's Lisa Rose emceed the Go Red for Women luncheon in Springfield.  The lunch featured a 31-year old wife and mother who suffered a heart attack at the age of 31, only then learning an *undiagnosed congenital heart defect was the problem.
     The lunch also had a "purse-onality" silent…

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Greene County Historic Courthouse

Greene County employees get first pay raises in 6 years

The county commission hopes it will have enough money for another pay raise in 2015.

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NBC News poll reveals what we Americans think of the NFL's recent violence scandals

The poll covers how Americans feel about the NFL's handling of domestic dispute cases.

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Man's body surfaces in Lake of the Ozarks

A resident of the area found the body on Wednesday.

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Interstate highway

Man who stole truckload of food goes to prison

The semi trailer was bound for a food bank in Arkansas when it was stolen in West Plains.  Investigators say the theft was part of a massive cargo theft scheme.

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RAW VIDEO: Typhoon Mario hits Philippines; KY3 crew caught in it

KY3's Maria Neider and Tom Schultheis got caught in Typhoon Mario in the Philippines Thursday.  It dumped several inches of rain, turning streets into rivers.  The KY3 crew is there filming with Springfield's Convoy of Hope.

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Governor wants more Lottery money for education; adds 4 to Lottery Commission

In Fiscal Year 2014, the percent of lottery revenues going to education dropped to 23 percent, its lowest point in at least a decade, while lottery ticket sales continued to increase.

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After record profits, airlines keep adding jobs

The nation's passenger airlines employed the equivalent of 386,243 full-time workers in July, up 1.3 percent from the same month last year. 

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