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Springfield Sees Job Growth Video included

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Springfield, MO.- (5/24/17) According to Forbes, Springfield has been ranked among the top seven cities in the nation to start a business and the queen city’s track record for job growth mirrors that assessment. But the real question is, what makes Springfield so attractive for employers? Is it the culture? Curb appeal? Profit margin? The answer may surprise you. 

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Missouri Bus Driver Recognized for Actions That Led to Recovery of Missing Girl

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--(05/24/2017) Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein today honored Tommy “T.J.” Davis, a Springfield, Missouri, City Utilities bus driver, for his actions that led to the recovery of a missing 13-year-old girl and the apprehension of her suspected abductor. Rosenstein presented Davis with the Missing Children’s Citizen Award during the Department’s National Missing Children’s Day ceremony.

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Gov. Greitens Requests Federal Disaster Declaration for Missouri's Historic Flooding

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--(05/24/2017) Today, Gov. Eric Greitens requested that President Trump approve a major disaster declaration for Missouri that would provide federal assistance to 45 counties in response to historic and devastating flooding that began April 28.  “As soon as safely possible, damage assessment teams began operating all over Missouri.

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Outdoor Pools Open on Saturday, May 27th

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--(05/24/2017) The Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s six outdoor pools open for the 2017 season Saturday, May 27. Fassnight, Grant Beach, Meador, Silver Springs and Westport pools will be open Saturday and Sunday, 1-6:30 p.m. McGee-McGregor Wading Pool is also open, following its own schedule (see below).

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High Speed Chase Leaves One Deputy Injured and Stolen Motorcycle Found

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ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Mo.--(05/24/2017) Daniel Rodriguez, age 29, was taken in to custody on a no bond detainer from Missouri Probation and Parole after a high speed chase on Highway 13.  The investigation started when a St. Clair County Sheriff's Office deputy patrolling Highway 13 checked the speed of two motorcycles, a white sport bike and a blue sport bike at approximately 90 miles per hour, just two miles north of Collins.

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Prepping the Pools

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Nixa, MO.- (5/23/17) Its almost pool time! And the Nixa aquatic center is preparing for a busy summer, by staffing with more than 30 lifeguards. Matt Crouse, Director of Parks and Recreation in Nixa says, “We’ve got the lifeguards basically trained up now, they train through the weekend. They come up for another day or two just to refresh and make sure we’re all on the same page”.

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Lebanon man arrested for auto theft

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LEBANON, Mo. – (05/23/17) A Lebanon man has been charged with two counts of first degree tampering with a motor vehicle. Forty-two year old Garry Shidler was arrested after he stole two Ford Mustangs in Lebanon. Stolen property from a storage unit in Richland was also found at Shidler’s residence. Shidler is considered a person of interest in burglaries and thefts in the Eldridge area.  Additional charges are possible in the future. 

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Pet python on the loose in Christian County

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-(5/23/17) A man from Christian County is asking for help in finding his 20 foot Burmese python after it escaped its cage last week. “They are potentially dangerous animals when they get those large sizes, they are mostly muscle and not a lot of brain and are very strong,” said Mike Crocker, Director of the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield. Crocker has worked with large reptiles at the zoo for over 40 years. He says the zoo staff is extra cautious whe... More>>

Pacific man charged with auto theft, resisting arrest

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HOWELL COUNTY, Mo. – (05/22/17) A man from Pacific has been charged after officers say he led them on multiple drug induced chases. 22-year-old Adam Cokley is charged in Shannon County with the 1st-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, and in Howell County with tampering with a motor vehicle, stealing a motor vehicle and resisting arrest. Cokley led police on several chases at what officials say were up to 120 miles per hour, eventually crashing his vehicle in Thayer. 

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Kansas City Church Greeter Shot in Head While Welcoming Parishioners

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Foxnews.com--(05/22/2017) A church greeter was shot Sunday while welcoming parishioners at a church in south Kansas City, Mo., police said.  The suspect entered the House of Refuge Family Worship church through a rear door and fired multiple shots, according to police.

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12-Year-Old Boy Dies in Phelps County House Fire

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Fox2now.com--(05/22/2017) Authorities in Phelps County, Missouri are investigating the death of 12-year-old boy in a house fire. The fire broke out around 3:20 a.m. Sunday in Newburg, MO. Deputies got to the scene and heard the boy was in the residence but were unable to enter due to the heavy smoke and fire. Fire crews had to battle the flames from the outside of the home.

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Mercy Heroes Go Orange for EMS Week

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--(05/22/2017) Orange is the color of safety, and you’ll likely see more of it next week as Mercy’s first responders wear special t-shirts in honor of National EMS Week (May 21-27). “Whether we’re responding to emergencies or transporting patients, our team will show their pride on their uniforms with bright orange EMS Week shirts,” said Bob Patterson, executive director of Mercy Emergency Medical Services.

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Driver of fatal crash arrested

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Christian County, MO - (5/22/17) Authorities have arrested the driver of a fatal car crash in Christian County. Daniel McLeod, 56, was arrested and charged with three separate counts of DWI. The first count is DWI resulting in the death of another. The second count is DWI resulting in the serious injury of another and the third is DWI with a person less than 17 years old in the vehicle. The first two counts are both felonies.

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Sports 'Gap Year'

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-(5/19/17) It's the dream of a lot of parents that their sons or daughters grow up to be college or professional athletes, but how far would you go to make sure your kids have a leg up on the competition? Parents on the west coast have been enrolling their aspiring athletes into facilities like the Sports Academy, which focuses on developing young athletes into top level talent. And here is the catch, students are enrolled in a year long program following the... More>>

Severe Weather Preparedness Video included

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Springfield, MO.- (5/19/17) Imagine you're sound asleep at home, and suddenly the tornado siren blares, do you know where to go and what to do to stay safe? Kyle Goodin, a homeowner West of Springfield says, “Yea, it didn’t wake me up, i guess i was just dead to the world, i don’t know, my wife woke up this morning and said the power was out”. Goodin who was at home when an EF-0 tornado hit late last night near turners station. 

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First Generation College Student Video included

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SPRINGFIELD, MO (05/19/17) - Missouri State's graduation was today, and among those walking a first generation college student. "I can’t wait to make a difference in the world. It’s just starting right now," says first generation college student Sergio Lescano. Lescano is a long way from home. But, being a first generation college student and graduating is making his family in Argentina proud of him.

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Uber launches in Branson

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Branson, MO - (5/19/17) Branson residents have another option when wanting to go somewhere in town. It was announced today that the popular ridesharing company Uber will be available immediately. To celebrate the launch, Uber is offering new users up to $20 off their first ride. Users can enter BRANSONLOVE into the app to redeem the offer. Uber connects riders and drivers through a smartphone application.

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May Fur Kids Edition Video included

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Let's get Winnie adopted! She's a year old lab mix. Loves playing and being lazy. Also, great with other pets and children. She loves attention and is looking for her forever home. If you'd like to adopt Winnie go to http://rescueonespringfield.com/ More>>

Jesus Christ Uberstar - The Mystery Hour

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Who is the best Uber driver of all time? You guessed it.  The Mystery Hour shows you why the Son of God is the best guy to get you where you want to go!

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Homeless Camp to be Cleared Video included

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Springfield, MO.- (5/18/17)  A community coming together today to help the homeless near Glenstone and Kearney street which have  according to local business owners caused problems lately.  Michael Bloom, a local businessman says, “A lot of panhandling in the lobby lately, in the parking lot, break-ins to cars, going to the bathroom in the parking lot, and hypodermic needles all over the place and a lot of intimidation with our guests coming in”

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Remembering The Fallen Officers Video included

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SPRINGFIELD, MO (05/18/17) - Today, folks came out to honor men and women across the united states who died in the line of duty. “Protecting their neighbors, protecting their families, protecting their friends, and protecting us," says attorney general Josh Hawley. 

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Springfield Mercy Settlement with Department of Justice

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--(05/18/2017)  Two Southwest Missouri health care providers have agreed to pay the United States $34,000,000 to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by engaging in improper financial relationships with referring physicians, the Justice Department announced today.

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UPDATE: Missing canoeist is son of a Stone County Sheriff deputy

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UPDATE: FOX 5 can confirm that the person missing is the son of a Stone County Sheriffs deputy. Crews continue to search the area using side scan sonar equipment. Kimberling City, Mo. – (05/16/17) The Southern Stone County's Fire and Rescue team is currently searching for a reported missing canoeist on Table Rock Lake, with five boats on the water and a dive team. A male went missing around 5:45 p.m. off the point of Commander Lane in Kimberling City.

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Taney county man found guilty

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Taney County, MO -- (05/18/2017) A Taney County man was found guilty of enticement of a child, attempted sodomy in the first degree, and two counts of sexual misconduct with a child by indecent exposure. The Taney County Prosecutor's office presented evidence that Ronald McLemore, 60, was babysitting his girlfriends young granddaughters. The two young girls disclosed that he lured them into his bedroom and proceeded with inappropriate conduct.

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1 injured in late morning shooting

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Springfield, MO - (5/18/17) The Springfield Police Department responded to a call of a shooting near Sunshine and Fremont late this morning.Police have confirmed that one person was injured during the shooting and taken to the hospital. Their injuries are said to be non-life threatening.Police blocked off a portion of Fremont Ave. to pick up numerous shell casings and to speak to witnesses.

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Inmate Suing Jail Over "Fight Nights"

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VERNON COUNTY, Mo.--(05/17/2017) An inmate of the Vernon County Jail has filed a lawsuit against the jail, multiple jailers, and the sheriff for hosting what the inmate calls "fight nights." According to the lawsuit, inmate Alexander Trexel claims he has been subject to cruel and unusual punishment as he was allegedly forced to participate in these "fight nights" at least nine times resulting in physical injuries.

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Child Abuse Charge Filed Against Child Care Provider

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--(05/17/2017) Samantha Renee Dillbeck, age 28, of Republic, Missouri has been charged with a class B felony of child abuse for causing abusive head trauma to an 8-month-old child at her in-home daycare on March 21, 2017. Dillbeck was arrested at her home Wednesday afternoon. Dillbeck owned and operated M and M Daycare.

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Groups try new approach for homeless outreach Video included

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo-(5/17/17) A coalition of homeless advocacy groups in the area will bring services directly to individuals living in Springfield's largest homeless camp. Sitting in a wooded area near the Wal-Mart on Glenstone and Kearney, the camp is currently home to anywhere between 30 and 100 people, and will be shut down in the near future because it sits on private property. Before the campers are forced to leave, there will be a week where they can seek services such as mental an... More>>

Two women sentenced for meth conspiracy

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – (05/17/2017) Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a St. Charles, Mo., woman and a Republic, Mo., woman were sentenced in federal court today for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine. Cheryl D. Paluczak, 50, of St. Charles, and Heather L. Courtois, 33, of Republic, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool.

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Dickerson Park Zoo welcomes cheetah cubs

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- (05/17/2017)  The Dickerson Park Zoo is expanding their animal family with the birth of three cheetah cubs. The triplet cubs, born May 2, are the first cheetahs born at the zoo since 2003.  Ken Harmon, senior zookeeper, said, "In the zoo community, a cheetah birth is a big deal because they are so difficult to breed." 

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Harter House Raises $73,000 Benefit The Kitchen, Inc.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--(05/17/2017) Harter House stores in Springfield, Hollister, Nixa, Kimberling City, and Strafford raised over $73,000 to benefit The Kitchen, Inc. during the 20th annual Jerry Bettlach/Jim Trimble Memorial event. This event is the largest fundraiser for The Kitchen.

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