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Hospitals Seeing Uptick in Weather Related Illnesses

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(Springfield, Mo.) As more people are getting outside in the rising temperatures local hospitals are beginning to see a spike in heat-related illnesses. 

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Loved ones mourn the loss of the man found dead in a river Video included

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Family members are in mourning of Thomas Woods, the man that was found dead in the Little Sac River near Highway H and Highway KK.   "My son looks just like him. My daughter does too but he’s a little Thomas," says Maranda Choates, whom shares two children with Woods. "I guess we’ll just always have that memory.” 

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Parson names new lieutenant governor

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Governor Mike Parson names a new lieutenant governor.

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Jefferson Avenue Footbridge revitalization now underway Video included

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Springfield City Council voted 7-1 to proceed with the revitalization of the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge, approving a nearly $2.2 million budget that will help restore the bridge to its former glory. 

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Body identified, detectives investigate death north of Springfield Video included

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Tonight, police are asking for your help in a death investigation.

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Second Kansas sheriff's deputy dies from injuries following shooting

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A second sheriff’s deputy who was shot Friday near a courthouse in Kansas City died from her injuries early Saturday morning, officials said.

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Running out of Psychiatric Beds Despite Growing Demand Video included

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(Springfield, Mo.) A critical lifeline for mental health patients is lacking here in the Ozarks.

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America's Fun Park opens in Branson Video included

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America's Fun Park is now open for business! Located in the heart of Branson, young roller coaster enthusiasts came out to enjoy the grand opening. Nate, 9, says, "I fear is the big roller coasters. It’s the big thing that goes around and around and around!” But as for Devante, 10, “That’s the first thing I’m going to do is get on a roller coaster!” 

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Shay's fight: a life remembered Video included

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Through both the highs and lows, local teen, TaShayla Clayton bravely battled her cancer diagnosis. Although her fight came to an end at just 16 years old, her story is one of faith, courage and strength.

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Man dies of injuries after three vehicle crash

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The Springfield Police Department responded to a three vehicle crash. One vehicle crossed the grass median and was struck by a west bound vehicle.

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Woman with sword shot and killed by Kansas City police

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A woman with a sword was shot and killed by police Thursday afternoon after a standoff in the Northland.

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Two Kansas City men killed in officer-involved shooting

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Two men died in an officer-involved shooting Thursday afternoon near the Barney Allis Plaza in downtown Kansas City. 

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Family, Community Say Goodbye to Five Children Killed in House Fire Video included

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(Lebanon, Mo.) A heartbroken community said their final goodbyes today to five children who were all killed in a house fire last week in Lebanon.

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Officer involved shooting reported in Christian County

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A Christian County deputy was shot at Thursday morning after he attempted to make a traffic stop on Highway 65, causing traffic to be backed up for hours.   

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Plane crash reported in Eureka Springs Arkansas

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) will determine the cause of the crash.

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Endangered person advisory issued for missing man

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The Springfield Police Department has issued an Endangered Person  Advisory for Raymond Glenn Heiskill.

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Deadly bourbon virus prevention tips Video included

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A St. Louis resident caught the rare Bourbon Virus after getting bit by a tick. Mercy says you can protect yourself and your children from this rare and deadly virus, this summer.  There have been three known cases of the Bourbon Virus and two of them have been reported in Missouri. Lurking in the grass summer time is the playground for ticks. John Brown, a travel health doctor for Mercy, says the virus is rare and still too new. 

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Attempted abduction near Downtown Springfield Video included

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Missouri State University issued a public safety alert today after a man attempted to abduct a woman early Wednesday morning.  

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Distractions Fuel Rise in Deaths of Pedestrians Video included

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(Springfield, Mo.) New research shows pedestrian involved care accidents are on the rise, and are becoming more deadly.

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Murdered man's daughter speaks out Video included

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From nightmare to reality, it's news that no daughter should ever have to hear. However, for Mariah Wescott, her worst fears came to life after two officers showed up at her door in the middle of the night to tell her that her father had been found dead.

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BBB warns consumers about internet vehicle scams

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Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns consumers shopping for a vehicle on the internet, to be on alert if the seller suggests using a third party to handle the transaction. 

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Cox Health Clinic now treats orthopedic injuries

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There's a new way to be treated quickly for orthopedic injuries. Cox Health's Orthopedic and sports medicine walk in clinic, is now seeing patients.

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Body found in St.Clair County ditch

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Tuesday, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office received a call concerning a body in a ditch. 

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More than 2,300 online child offenders arrested nationwide

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The Department of Justice announced the arrest of more than 2,300 suspected online child sex offenders during a three month nationwide operation.

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Woman wanted for kidnapping in Greene County

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Woman wanted for first-degree kidnapping. Byfield has ties to Green County, and is fully aware of her warrant. 

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Springfield students gaining construction experience with Habitat for Humanity Video included

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Ten high school students from the Springfield Public Schools are earning school credit by partnering with Habitat for Humanity to help build a home. Through the Explore Program students spent two days in the classroom learning safety procedures and how to use construction tools. But now, they’re outside getting their hands dirty and two students told Fox 5 that it’s all about the community and getting school credit in the process.

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Gov. Mike Parson Begins Statewide Listening Tour Video included

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(Springfield, Mo.) Republican Gov. Mike Parson traveled to Springfield today to start his listening tour across the Show Me State. Parson says this gives him a chance to hear directly from the people he represents. 

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Man arrested in Greene County for burglary

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One man has been arrested for a burglary near Ash Grove. The victim was able to give good details about the suspect leading to his capture.

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Former America's Got Talent Winner found dead in Missouri Home

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Neal Boyd, the 2008 winner of "America's Got Talent" was found dead at his home in Sikeston, Missouri. 

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Survivors of attempted suicide give hope to others Video included

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Two survivors of suicide say there's a better side than suicide. Attempting suicide 5 times, Robert Herran says, "I just couldn’t stand the pain no more. All the stuff I was going through, at the time, I didn’t see any other way out. Suicide seemed to be the answer, just to end it.” Roberts last suicide attempt was 5 years ago after. For another suicide attempt survivor, Ebbie Casey, he says his last attempt was 9 years ago.

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Energy Assistance Program Offers a Relief for High Utility Bills Video included

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(Springfield, Mo.) As temperatures rise, so are many utility bills, and some people may be struggling to afford them. There are some programs to help lighten the burden. 

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Death Investigation Underway Video included

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Update: An arrest has been made in connection to the homicide that occurred Friday, June 8.  23 year old, Adam Phillips of Springfield was arrested in connection to the shooting death of Shone Swearingin.

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5 arrested in string of 25 vehicle break-ins and thefts

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The Republic Police Department reminds residents to lock their vehicle doors , remove keys from ignition, and avoid leaving valuables in sight.

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Mt.Vernon Regional hiring event features 20 employers

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 Representatives from at least 20 companies in Southwest Missouri will be on hand for a multi-industry hiring event on June 14, from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. 

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Branson Airport reveals party plans for Frontier Airlines fans

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The Branson Airport revealed plans leading up to next week’s Ozark Mountain “Tail” Gate party welcoming Frontier Airlines new service to/from Denver and beyond.

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Governor Parson to Conduct statewide listening tour

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Governor Mike Parson will make nine stops next week to hear from community leaders across Missouri. 

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Branson Firefighters lend a helping hand after family's vehicle fire

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 A Kansas family is thanking the Branson Fire Department for their kindness after a vehicle fire left the family with two small children stranded on Roark Valley Road and Main Street. 

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Starting the conversation on suicide

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With the celebrity suicides this week this is an opportunity to open a dialogue about mental health with loved ones. One organization that is starting the conversation. The National Alliance on Mental Illness and they say suicide happens every day and it’s happening here in Greene County. With 64 confirmed cases of suicide last year, we’ve already seen from January to April, of this year, six confirmed teen suicides. 

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Deaths from Drug Overdoses Continue to Rise Video included

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(Springfield, Mo.) The opioid crisis in Missouri has been called an epidemic for years now and the most recent statistics show a disturbing trend as the show Me State ranks 19th.

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Invasion of privacy charge won’t be refiled against Greitens

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A special prosecutor will not refile a felony invasion-of-privacy charge against former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. 

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Anthony Bourdain, CNN host and celebrity chef, dead at 61

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Foxnews.com -- Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, whose rakish personality and appetite for culinary curiosities entertained millions of viewers, was found dead of an apparent suicide early Friday morning. 

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Former Charity Executive pleads guilty to bribery and embezzlement plot

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A former executive of a Springfield, Missouri charity, who was also an Arkansas lobbyist, pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday June 7, 2018 to bribing Arkansas elected officials in a multi-million-dollar scheme, as well as money embezzlement. 

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Camden County man charged with multiple child porn felonies

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 In April of 2018, the Camden County Sheriff's office and Lake Area Cyber Crimes Task Force, began the investigation of 27 year-old Steven R. Goldsberry.  

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Reeds Spring sex offender sentenced to 25 years

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A convicted sex offender in Reeds Spring, Mo., who pretended to be a woman online in order to solicit sexually explicit photos from a teenage boy, was sentenced in federal court today. 

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Loved Ones Share Grief After Five Kids Killed in Fatal Fire Video included

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(Lebanon, Mo.) We are learning more tonight about the victims of the fatal fire that happened yesterday in Lebanon, including the five children all below the age of five.

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Buffalo woman sentenced for making twitter threats on ISIS behalf

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 A woman from Buffalo, Mo was sentenced in Federal Court today for using twitter to transmit threats. 

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2018 State of the City presented by Mayor McClure

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure presented the annual State of the City address Thursday, June 7, 2018. 

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24 locations provide summer meal programs for children

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Springfield Public Schools is offering free breakfast and lunch to any child age 18 and under accompanied by an adult. 

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Suicide rates on the rise in Missouri

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The CDC released a new report that finds more Americans are taking their own life, and locally, the statistics in the Show- Me State are just as shocking.

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Kids go fishing for the first time at Bass Pro Video included

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Bass Pro Shops founder, Johnny Morris, is challenging families to put down their digital devices and get outside to discover the joys of fishing. Bass Pro and Cabela's has donated 50,000 rods and reels nationwide in an effort to get your kids outside this summer. This summer you can catch dozens of fisherman out on the waters and a few first timers! 

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Man arrested after shots fired

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Officers were in the 3500 block of S. Campbell when they heard several gunshots south of their location. 

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Springfield Company Russel Cellular brings 135 new jobs to the City

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Springfield based Wireless Retailer brings 135 new jobs to Springfield

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Former Cardinals player Red Schoendienst dies at age 95

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Cardinal great Red Schoendienst passed away Wednesday at the age of 95. 

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Convoy of Hope heads to Guatemala Video included

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The death toll in Guatemala continues to rise as the Fuego Volcano is still wreaking havoc on Guatemalan communities, but Convoy of Hope is ready to help.

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Nixa man strikes tree in fatal crash

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On Tuesday June 5, 2018 a fatal crash occurred at 9:45 p.m. The driver ran his vehicle off the roadway. 

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BBB Study indicates seniors are being victimized by lottery scams

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A new report by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) says sweepstakes, lottery, and prize schemes are devastating victims financially and emotionally with ever-evolving methods. 

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Camden County suspect now in police custody

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Pad R. Webster brandished a handgun and forced the victim into a vehicle that the victim was driving, along with the victim’s white pit bull mix, “Kilo”, and fled.

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SPS Emphasizes $4.3 Million in Safety Upgrades in Proposed Budget Video included

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(Springfield, Mo.) Springfield Public Schools is the latest school district to discuss new safety policies following the shootings in Florida and Texas earlier this year. 

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Homicide suspect wanted in Lebanon Video included

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Cashawn Ward Williams was charged with class A Murder in the 1st Degree and felony armed criminal action for the murder of Gary Don Peterson.

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Homeowner speaks out after a teenager drives car into his house Video included

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A scary situation this morning after a person driving a car crashed into a home with the homeowner inside.

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Fatal crash leaves one man dead in Lebanon

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On the morning of June 5, 2018 at 5:58 a.m., a fatal crash occurred in Lebanon, Mo. The vehicle overturned and forcibly hit a tree.

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Springfield woman and Nixa man sentenced for meth distribution

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A Springfield, Mo., woman and a Nixa, Mo., man were sentenced in federal court today for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine in southwest Missouri. During the conspiracy, the Springfield woman received ounce amounts of methamphetamine at least once per week and redistributed them in the Springfield area.

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Springfield's Fugitive of the week

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This week’s featured fugitive is Hannah Gordon. Gordon may also go by the alias last names of Buck and/or Halcomb. Gordon has two active Probation Violation warrants, each with an original charge of Dangerous Drugs. 

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Finest Fairways: Holiday Hills Video included

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In this episode of Finest Fairways, the Fox 5 team heads to Branson to take on a par-3 at Holiday Hills Golf Club.  More>>

Audit Shows Deceased Continue to Receive Food Stamps Video included

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(Springfield, Mo.) Food stamps being used by dead people? That's only one of the pressing issues brought up in a new audit on the integrity of Missouri's food assistance program. 

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Fashion designer Kate Spade dead at age 55

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Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her New York apartment in an apparent suicide, law enforcement officials told the Associated Press. She was 55. Spade, a world-famous designer, launched Kate Spade Handbags in 1993 with her husband Andy Spade and opened her first store in New York City in 1996. Spade is the sister-in-law of actor David Spade.

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Suspect identified in fatal officer-involved shooting

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Police have identified the suspect who was killed during an officer-involved shooting on Monday.

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Baseball ace Yadier Molina boosts local economy Video included

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Springfield, MO -- Wrapping up a rehabilitation stint, highly-decorated St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina came to Springfield for the weekend – selling out stadiums and shelf stock. 

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Suspect dead after officer-involved shooting Video included

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The Springfield Police Department is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting in the 2100 block of N. Fort. 

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Annual Report Spotlights Racial Profiling Concerns Video included

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(Springfield, Mo.) An annual report from the Missouri General's office shows black drivers are 85% more likely to be pulled over in the Show Me State has local minority leaders speaking out. 

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Registered Springfield sex offender sentenced for child pornography

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A registered sex offender in Springfield, Mo., has been sentenced in federal court for receiving and distributing thousands of images of child pornography over the Internet. 

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Grant Beach Pool remains closed through Thursday, June 6

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Grant Beach Pool to remain closed through Wednesday June 6, due to mechanical issues. Grant Beach Pool is scheduled to open Thursday, June 7. Updates will be posted if changed are made.  

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Body identified near Branson dam

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The Taney County Coroner has identified the body found this morning at Branson Table Rock Dam. Someone discovered the body on the Branson side of the Dam and called police around 8:00 am Monday, June 4, 2018. 

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Springfield in talks of getting another solar farm Video included

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City Utilities of Springfield could soon increase its renewable energy. The solar farm the city, currently, has that consists of nearly 22,000 solar panels. But by adding a second solar farm the City of Springfield would have the capacity for approximately 3 megawatts of energy powering about 600 homes. City Utilities and the Springfield - Branson National Airport are in talks of adding another source renewable energy to the city. 

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Missing teen found safe

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UPDATE:  Makayla Bowles was located Sunday evening and is safe

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Bass Pro and Cabela's to donate 50 thousand rods and reels

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 Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is challenging families to put down their digital devices and get outside to discover the joys of fishing. The effort is part of the company’s mission to inspire future generations to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors.

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Attorney General Hawley releases 2017 vehicle stops report

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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley Friday released the 2017 Vehicle Stops Report. The report shows African-American drivers are 85 percent more likely to be pulled over, than any other race in Missouri.

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Truck Driver Shortage Could Drive up Prices for Consumers Video included

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(Springfield, Mo.) All those items you order online or see at the stores likely get to you on a truck, but new numbers show not enough drivers behind the wheel including here in the Ozarks. 

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Grant Beach Pool opens Sunday June 3

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Grant Beach Pool will reopen Sunday, June 3, 1-6:30 p.m., after being closed for three days due to mechanical issues.  

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Jason Gage Officially named Springfield City Manager

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Springfield City Council announced Friday, that Jason Gage will be Springfield’s next City Manager. His planned start date is Aug. 1.

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Mike Parson sworn in as Missouri governor

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Mike Parson was sworn in as the 57th Governor of Missouri Friday afternoon following the resignation of former governor Eric Greitens. Parson, joined by his wife Theresa, took the official oath making him Missouri’s new governor.

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Governor Greitens signs 77 bills into law and announces pardons

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Friday, Governor Eric Greitens signed 77 bills into law. Greitens also commuted sentences and issued pardons for several Missourians.

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Branson traffic stop leads to recovery of stolen money, drugs, and firearms

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A traffic stop early Wednesday morning by a Branson Police officer, led to multiple arrests and the recovery of several stolen firearms, illegal narcotics and money. 

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From the creators of "Jersey Shore" comes Ozarks very own "Party Cove"

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Move over, Snooki. The creators of reality shows like “Jersey Shore” and “Party Down South” are setting their sights on the Lake of the Ozarks. Doron Ofir Casting and 495 Productions are looking for cast members for a reality show to be filmed at the infamous “Party Cove” at the Lake of the Ozarks. 

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Springfield and Greene County take steps to address opioid crisis

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In 2016, nearly 64,000 Americans died of drug overdoses. At least two-thirds of those deaths were linked to opioids. Opioids include drugs such as heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and morphine.

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New Schlitterbahn indictment gives insight into cover-up of safety issues

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Wednesday's indictment of two Schlitterbahn maintenance workers provides further insight into the lengths park staff went to in order to cover up extremely dangerous safety issues, both before and and after the death of Caleb Schwab in 2016. 

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Finest Fairways: Rivercut Golf Course Video included

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In this week's episode of Finest Fairways, the Fox 5 team heads to Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield to take on a risk/reword par-4.  More>>

Outdoor pools open for the season

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The Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s six outdoor pools open for the 2017 season Saturday, May 26.

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Finest Fairways: Don Gardner Golf Course Video included

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If you are new to the game of golf or are just looking for a fun afternoon of 9 holes, the Don Gardner Golf Course in Branson is the perfect choice. Check out John and the crew as the work on their short game at this Par-3 course. 

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Finest Fairways: Fremont Hills Country Club Video included

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Check out the par-5 2nd hole at Fremont Hills Country Club in this week's episode of Finest Fairways. 

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Charges filed against KCK police officer for alleged sexual battery

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The Wyandotte County District Attorney's office announced Tuesday they filed charges against a KCK police officer for alleged sexual battery. 

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Mo Legislature announce special session on Gov. Greitens

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The Missouri legislature has called itself into a special session on Thursday to consider impeaching Gov. Eric Greitens’ following allegations of sexual misconduct and misuse of charity resources. 

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Organizations Come Together to Impact Poverty Video included

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(Branson, Mo.---05/03/18) Poverty is a major concern for communities across the Tri-Lakes area. 

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Springfield police investigate man indicted on child porn

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The indictment alleges that Willard produced and possessed images of minors – including one under age 12 – engaged in sexually explicit conduct.   

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Roy Blunt on Greitens and Trump's plan with North Korea Video included

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SPRINGFIELD, MO - Senator Roy Blunt was in Springfield today on the OTC Campus talking about the Eric Greitnes scandal and President Trump on North Korea. Senator Blunt is sticking to his statements and not calling for Greitens to resign but instead is willing to let the process of law take care of everything. He says with a legal and legislative process going on with Governor Greitens he’s prepared to watch and see what happens. 

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Missouri House releases second report on Greitens Video included

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A Missouri House Committee has released a second investigative report into Governor Eric Greitens alleging wrong-doing regarding a donor list linked to one of his charities.

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Springfield man guilty of sodomy after ‘Tinder’ date with MSU student

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A Springfield man has been convicted for forcing a Missouri State student to perform oral sex on him during a ‘Tinder’ date in 2016. The jury deliberated for an hour and forty-five minutes before returning its verdict.

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Deadly force determined justified in officer-involved shooting

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Greene County officials have determined deadly force was justified after a wanted man was shot by deputies in April.

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Police search for Stone County woman

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The Stone County Sheriff’s Office is looking for assistance in locating a missing woman from the north part of the county. 20-year old Hailie Jo Spears was last seen by her family on Wednesday, April 18.

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Arkansas Highway Police discover 340 lbs of marijuana in drug bust

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An Arkansas Highway Police officer conducting a motor carrier safety inspection on a commercial vehicle early Monday morning discovered 340 pounds of marijuana on board, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation officials.

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MSU students tackle the tough topic of mental health Video included

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(Springfield, Mo.--05/02/18) College can present a variety of stressors causing many students to experience mental health issues or disorders.

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Suspect in fatal Ballpark Village shooting turns himself in

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The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office filed charges against a man in connection with a double shooting at Ballpark Village over the weekend. Prosecutors charged 32-year-old Scotty Joseph Lee with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, and two counts of armed criminal action.

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Injury law firm wants to help pay for your kids college

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SPRINGFIELD, MO - Bishop and Hayes P.C., an auto injury law firm with offices in Springfield and Joplin, Missouri, and Miami, Oklahoma, announced this week that it is accepting scholarship applications from high school seniors who will be graduating in May of 2018 and attending college in the fall of 2018. The firm will be providing ten $3,000 scholarships.

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Shedding Light on the Hidden Epidemic of Police Suicides Video included

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(NIXA, Mo.--05/01/18) They put their lives in jeopardy to keep us all safe, but the stress they take home is killing them.

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Police search for missing teen in Camden County

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The Camden County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from the public to help locate Haiden L. Ray.

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Humansville man sentenced for child pornography

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A Humansville man was sentenced in federal court Tuesday for receiving and distributing child pornography.

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Fugitive wanted for forgery and possession of controlled substance

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Crime Stoppers has announced its fugitive of the week. If you have any information contact Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS

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Barry County officials seek help identifying remains

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 The Barry County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying skeletal human remains located in a rural area in Jenkins. If you have any information in this case, contact the Barry County Sheriff's Office at 417-847-6556.

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Possible child abduction a misunderstanding

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UPDATE: The Springfield Police Department has announced the reported child abduction at Robberson Elementary turned out to not actually be an abduction.

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Nursing shortage leads college to open new facilities for the demand Video included

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SPRINGFIELD, MO - With a tremendous demand from hospitals and clinics to hire more nurses the American Nurses Association estimates that by 2022 there needs to be a million more nurses to fit the health care need. At SBU's College of Nursing in Springfield, Nancy Delmont, a Pre-Licensure BSN Department chair, says there are several reasons for the shortage. 

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VIDEO: Dickerson Park Zoo welcomes endangered ring-tailed lemur Video included

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The Dickerson Park Zoo is proud to announce the birth of an endangered ring-tailed lemur. 

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Finest Fairways: Thousand Hills Golf Resort 9th Hole Video included

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In this episode of Finest Fairways, John Adams and the Fox 5 crew head to Thousand Hills Golf Resort in Branson to take on the par-4 9th.  More>>

Springfield’s Zone Blitz labeled a success

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Springfield, Mo. -- Springfield officials have announced the results of an 18-month revitalization project for parts of the city’s northwest corner.

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Greitens' defense claims to know source of mysterious payment to lawyer

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Governor Eric Greitens' defense is now claiming they know the source behind the mysterious sum of money that was delivered to the lawyer of the ex-husband of Greitens' former mistress right before the affair was revealed. 

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