A state report says water seeping through a pond's clay liner likely led to the massive sinkhole at a Branson area golf course.

The Springfield News-Leader reports the state Department of Natural Resources also says Bass Pro Shops, which owns the Top of the Rock Golf Course, should fill the sinkhole with rocks and install a plastic liner on top of the clay barrier to prevent future sinkholes.

The sinkhole, estimated to be about 60 feet in diameter and 30 to 40 feet deep, formed in May on the golf course's driving range.

Missouri home to the cheapest gas in the country

Oct 7, 2013
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Missouri drivers are paying less at the pump than drivers in any other state right now. Missouri is currently home to the cheapest gas in the nation with the average gas price in the state at $3.05 per gallon.

  Earlier this week people were all aflutter with the introduction of Outlaw Run, a new roller coaster in Silver Dollar City. 

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Performers and officials in Branson are mourning the loss of singer Andy Williams, who has died at age 84.

Newscast for March 14, 2012

Mar 14, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: 

  • MU’s Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute will cease to exist. The nuclear engineering department has been split in two, with the transition expected to be finalized by July 1. KBIA’s Nick Gass gauged the reaction among student and faculty researchers.

  • Three Missouri communities will share more than $62,000 in federal grants for historic preservation projects.

This is regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A look back as state legislators take their spring break
  • Governor Nixon sends off a troop from the Missouri National Guard
  • Branson city officials assess the damage after February's tornado
  • Columbia officials revise their Enhanced Enterprise Zone plans
  • Columbia residents to vote on funding for Columbia Public Schools

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Branson city officials said they were mostly happy with the emergency response to a tornado that hit the tourist city in February.

City officials met Thursday to assess the response and tally damage.

Police Chief Kent Crutcher said emergency response was mostly positive in the hours after the tornado hit Feb. 29. No one died and there was no looting.

Planning and Zoning Director Jim Lawson said 37 properties had major damage or were destroyed by the storm. Another 41 reported minor to major damage.

Recent natural disasters will affect more than just those Missourians living in disaster areas.

Storm teams with the National Weather Service spent much of Wednesday studying storm damage in Southern Missouri.

Newscast for March 1, 2012

Mar 1, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • More coverage of storms in southern Missouri.
  • Missouri unemployment rate falls.
  • Gov. Jay Nixon releases millions for K-12 budget.

A hospital in Branson treated 32 people in the hours after a tornado hit the tourist destination.

Republican Senate hopefuls square off in Branson

Jan 30, 2012
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Two of Missouri's three Republican senatorial candidates are expected to meet in a debate in Branson.

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman both have committed to participate in Monday night's debate. The third candidate — St. Louis businessman John Brunner — is not planning to attend.

All three Republicans are seeking to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in the November elections.

Monday's debate is to be held at the Branson High School Auditorium, which has room for several hundred people.