8:30 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Amber Alert changes sought after Missouri killing

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The mid-February kidnapping death of a 10-year-old Springfield girl has led to calls to change Missouri's Amber Alert system.

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5:10 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Springfield studying new graduation requirements

The Springfield school district is discussing how to make high school, particularly the senior year, more challenging for its students.

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8:49 am
Fri November 29, 2013

MU working on medical school expansion plan

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The University of Missouri wants to establish a clinical campus in Springfield in an expansion of the university's medical school, but first it needs a 5,000- to 6,000-square-foot building between the city's two major hospitals.

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7:22 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Mo. hiker killed in fall at Rocky Mountain National Park

Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park
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Crews have recovered the body of a 20-year-old Missouri man who died in a fall at Rocky Mountain National Park.

The National Park Service says Paul Nahon's body was recovered Sunday morning by helicopter from Longs Peak. His body has been transferred to the Boulder County Coroner's Office.

Nahon died after falling about 150 feet Thursday. Recovery efforts Friday were delayed after another climbed was seriously injured in a separate fall on the 14,000-foot Longs Peak.

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7:24 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Inmates sue Greene County sheriff, deputies for religious discrimination

Greene County Jail
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Six Muslim inmates held in the Greene County jail have filed a federal complaint against the sheriff and other deputies, claiming religious discrimination.

The Springfield News-Leader reports the inmates say in a handwritten complaint filed July 24 in federal court that they've been denied congregational prayer, access to religious materials and sufficient space for daily prayers.

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8:36 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Obama appoints new federal judge for Western District of Missouri

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President Barack Obama has nominated a Springfield attorney and former Missouri House member for a federal judgeship.

The White House announced the nomination of 57-year-old Doug Harpool on Thursday. If confirmed,  Harpool would serve on the U.S. District Court for the 66-county Western District of Missouri.

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5:13 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Charges reduce Springfield synthetic drug supply

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Federal officials and Springfield police say the availability of synthetic drugs in the area has dropped significantly since some shop owners were indicted in December.

Before the indictments, law enforcement had trouble disrupting the synthetic drug trade in Springfield region because the developers could quickly alter the drugs' chemicals just enough to avoid prosecution.

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4:56 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

“Coming Out” stories: The freedom and loss of saying “I’m an atheist”

Joe Eversole, an atheist from Oklahoma, felt a great sense of freedom when he embraced his atheist identity. He got this tattoo before coming out as an atheist, but he said it describes the feeling he got from being an open atheist.
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The role of religious affiliation in the United States is changing.

According to a recent survey from the Pew Forum, one in five Americans is not affiliated with any religion

A small part of this growing group is made up of atheists.

Last weekend, hundreds of atheists gathered in the Bible Belt – Springfield, to be exact – for Skepticon, a national skeptics convention. Not all skeptics are atheists, but many of them are.

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5:30 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Springfield OKs marijuana ballot

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Springfield officials have certified the signatures on a petition that seeks to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in the city.

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8:44 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Springfield marijuana petition short on signatures

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Supporters of a petition to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in Springfield are running out of time to collect enough signatures to get the issue on the November ballot.

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8:58 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Springfield marijuana petition submitted

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Activists have submitted a petition that seeks to decriminalize marijuana in Springfield.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that petitions with more than 2,500 signatures were submitted Friday to the Springfield city clerk.

Assistant City Clerk Anita Cotter says about 2,100 valid signatures are needed to move the petition forward to City Council, which could pass the petition or submit it to a vote.

Show-Me Cannabis Regulation board member Maranda Reynolds says the group continues collecting signatures in case some of the ones it submitted aren't useable.

9:27 am
Wed May 9, 2012

McCaskill under extra security after supposed threat

Sen. Claire McCaskill is under extra security after a comment was made at a Springfield Tea Party rally.

Sen. Claire McCaskill has extra security in place following a comment at a Tea Party rally last week.

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PM Newscasts
5:25 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Newscast for May 8, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • The state of the state budget.
  • McCaskill's security precautions.
  • A Springfield mayor's resignation.
5:03 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Springfield mayor resigns


 Springfield Mayor Jim O'Neal is leaving the job, effective immediately.

O'Neal announced his resignation Monday after a city council meeting. He said business and family pressures had prevented him from concentrating on his duties as mayor. O'Neal owns O & S Trucking.

O'Neal was elected in 2009 and re-elected in April 2011.

Mayor Pro Tem Bob Stephens is taking over.

The council also will begin the process of electing a new mayor pro tem and appointing someone to fill the rest of Stephens' term as council member.

Science, Health and Technology
3:42 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Missouri medical school looking to add second campus

The MU School of Medicine announced a partnership today with two hospitals. 

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