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by Jonah Kaplan, KSPR News and jkaplan@kspr.com | August 10, 2011
Every four years, Empire District Electric Company's maintenance crews examine tree and branch growth around its power lines. Over the past few days these crews have been marking trees that they could cut down safely before bad weather strikes and causes damage instead. This week orange ribbons have been placed on these trees in the Branson neighborhood of Hiawatha Heights. The risk, Empire says, is when an ice storm or strong gust of wind could knock down a branch.
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by Jonah Kaplan, KSPR News and jkaplan@kspr.com | February 15, 2012
Anyone who owns a TV knows that in the past few years, you've had to replace your old bunny ears with a new digital receiver. The current state of fire radios is not much differerent. Springfield and Greene County sent a message to the federal government that their fire departments need better radios. Washington got it loud and clear, and will give Springfield and Greene County almost $1 million to help replace their departments' aging technology. The technology is changing - and so is the sound quality, the number of channels and even the design.
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Meteorologist Natalie Nunn and nnunn@kspr.com | January 12, 2011
It was 4 years ago today that the Ice Storm of 2007 hit the Ozarks.  After the ice we experienced frigid temperatures.  We will experience frigid conditions today, but it won't be quite the conditions like we saw 4 years ago.  It's all about perspective.  (I'm trying to see on the bright side) Winds chills dropping to 15 degrees BELOW zero this morning leaving everyone under a wind chill advisory until noon today.  The good news is temperatures will warm today, the bad news is that temperatures will only warm into the teens this afternoon.
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Aaron Boll and Ben Knaup, KSPR News and aboll@kspr.com | November 2, 2012
Springfield, MO--"The Mayan Calendar doesn't concern me.  I'm Christmas shopping this year.  I plan on being around after december 21st. " says Terry Kelley, local preparedness expert.     When you think of preparedness events you may think of people who say the world will end in December or nuclear war is imminent, but these preparedness people say they just want to be ready.  "I do know for sure is that we will see another weather related...
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Mary Moloney, KSPR News Reporter and mmoloney@kspr.com | October 16, 2012
LEBANON, Mo. -- When disaster strikes, many people in the Ozarks automatically pitch-in and help their neighbors. If not coordinated, that instinct can hurt response efforts, instead of help. County, state, and federal emergency management workers gathered in a Lebanon church Tuesday to court churches and other faith-based groups. It is part of the Governor's Faith-based and Community Service Partnership for Disaster Recovery initiative. For more information about the initiative, click here .     "We'd like to get them prepared ahead of time before the disaster strikes that way they know what to do once they are called upon," said Mike Pickerel with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)
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CU News Release | December 3, 2010
CU News Release on GM John Twitty's retirement plans: City Utilities of Springfield’s top executive today made known his plan to retire in June 2011. CU General Manager John Twitty made the announcement alongside the current Chair of the Board of Public Utilities, Patrick Platter, and the immediate past Board Chair, Lisa Officer. “I’ve always said I want to leave while the contributions I’m able to make are positive. These years I have served Springfield as General Manager of the utility are the most gratifying of my professional career, so this was a difficult decision,” Twitty said.
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Joanna Small and Joel Girdner and Reporter and Photographer | July 29, 2011
   What a difference a couple of months make; April floods have turned into a July drought.   And while we're all suffering in this heat, try growing in it.     Sunshine Valley Farms is essentially urban farming.   Just barely east of Springfield it's orchards and cafe give us city folk the taste of rural America.  Unfortunately this year there's considerably less to sample.   "They're basically on a lifeline," explains Mike Wooten.   His drip irrigation system is more like an IV drip, and his plants are clinging to life.
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KSPR News | June 17, 2010
Christian County's road funds have deteriorated. Long-term financial planning is needed. Property taxes aren't being adequately reviewed. Confidential computer passwords are commonly shared. Record-keeping at the county jail is a mess. County vehicles are driven for personal use. Those are among the findings released Thursday night by Missouri Auditor Susan Montee, who probed Christian County's books after more than 4,000 people signed petitions demanding a thorough state audit.
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Mary Moloney, Jason Crow and KSPR News Reporter, Photographer | January 21, 2012
185 people will spend the night in an unfamiliar place after Springfield's largest homeless shelter was damaged by a fire. Rescue crews were called to the Missouri Hotel just after 2:00 a.m. Friday. People were huddled together with blankets while they watched as firefighters put out the blaze. Kathryn Lynn Essen was one of the many residents of the Hotel. The fire started in her room. She said she was sleeping in her bed when she awoke to a strong smell. "Where the fire started, it started from my head where I was laying and I didn't even know it," said Essen in tears.
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