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by Joanna Small, KSPR News and Reporter and Photographer | December 4, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- If you're under the age of 21 and you live in Missouri, you can legally drink.  The idea behind this caveat -- and Missouri is certainly not alone in it -- is to give parents some control over their childrens' alcohol consumption by ensuring they're present when it happens.   Kyle Pierson just turned 21, and he enjoys a beer every once in a while.  But that's not much different from when he was 18, 19, and 20. "My first drink was probably around high school," he said.
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KSPR News | May 1, 2010
Regulators have shut down six banks, including two in Missouri bringing the number of U.S. bank failures this year to 63. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over Champion Bank, of Creve Coeur, with $187.3 million in assets; and BC National Banks, of Butler, with $67.2 million in assets.
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Brad Belote | August 3, 2010
Voters in Missouri went to the ballot Tuesday to election their party's nominees for Congressional, statewide and county offices. Below are the results from the contested races:
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KSPR News | August 10, 2010
A water district in southwest Missouri has been awarded $1.5 million for wastewater treatment improvements. The state Department of Natural Resources said Monday the money will be used to improve the wastewater system in and around Jane. The McDonald County village has about 700 residents. The improvements are part of a $7.8 million project that's expected to be completed in July 2011.
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KSPR News | August 17, 2010
After a tight primary race for Christian County Circuit Clerk, the county held a recount today (8-17). 16 Election judges went through nearly 13,000 ballots by hand. Amy Russell asked for the recount after losing to Barbie Stillings by just 15 votes. The recount changed the outcome by only one vote. That made the margin of victory 14 votes. Missouri law allows candidates one recount when races are that close. County officials say it cost tax payers about $1,500.
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Natalie Swallow | April 13, 2010
New unemployment numbers show Missouri's rate moved up ever so slightly last month, but signs are pointing to a turn around. Show Me State companies added more than 7,000 jobs in March, thanks in large part to a boom in construction work. According to the state, construction is rebounding with more than 4100 new construction jobs last month. As far as a rebound here locally, it depends on who you ask. Queen City Construction of Springfield says it's seeing an increase in business.
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Carrie Winchel and KSPR News Producer | February 14, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo.(AP) - The state of Missouri is holding a series of free financial aid workshops for prospective college students.   The events are known as "FAFSA Frenzy. " The acronym stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a rite of passage for most college-bound students this time of year as the priority deadline for federal aid approaches.   Workshops are scheduled across the state on Saturday and Sunday, with a handful planned for later in February and early March.
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Brad Belote | March 11, 2010
In 2009, there were 63 tornadoes reported in Missouri. In southwest Missouri, 31 tornadoes were confirmed, nearly as many as in the entire state of Oklahoma.
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KSPR News | January 1, 2010
The first baby of 2010 arrived at Cox Hospital at 12:15 a.m. Friday morning, Rylee Marie Cox weighed in at 8 pounds, 7 ounces and was 21 and 3/4 inches long. Rylee is the first born child to Amber and Jason Cox of Nixa, Missouri.
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KSPR News | August 16, 2010
A federal judge has ruled Missouri's ban restricting protests at funerals to be unconstitutional. Monday's ruling affects restrictions targeting a Kansas church whose members have picketed outside the funerals of people killed during the Iraq war. A church leader filed a lawsuit challenging the law. Missouri's law bars protests near any funeral, procession or memorial service from an hour before until an hour after the service....
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by Mary Moloney, KSPR News and mmoloney@kspr.com | October 1, 2013
CHADWICK, Mo. -- Two national cold cases spanning more than 30 years have come to life in the Ozarks and focused on an elderly couple. Gerald Uden, 71, and Alice Louise Uden, 74, were quietly living out their senior years in the rural Ozarks near Chadwick.  The couple attended church and raised two adult children in the small town. "They were good people; we've known them for about 12 years now. They're the kind of neighbors you leaned over the fence and talked about your chickens with," said Allen Bishop.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | September 23, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- City Utilities of Springfield said Monday that it is close to signing a contract to buy electricity from the state's largest solar energy farm after it's built in eastern Greene County.   The five-megawatt project could open late next spring on 40 acres that CU owns near its McCartney natural gas turbine between Springfield and Strafford. Strata Solar will own, operate and maintain the Solar Photovoltaic Energy System.  CU will buy all the available energy from it. Similar in operation to the existing natural gas peaking turbines, the power produced at the solar facility would be added to CU's distribution system and could provide on-peak power when electricity is demanded most, which is during hot summer afternoons.  It can also help to reduce the demand on other generation units.
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by Joanna Small, KSPR News and Reporter and Photographer | September 23, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- You get busted for speeding and you're going to pay, sometimes far more than the ticket.  A new committee headed by a Kansas City judge is taking a closer look at the court fees tacked on to traffic violations.   If you choose to fight your ticket to court, you can easily end up paying double the price of your infraction.  Public defenders in particular say this is a problem for their clients who already can't afford an attorney or their ticket. Sam Pate is a firm believer in a modified version of "do the the crime, do the time.
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by Mary Moloney, KSPR News and mmoloney@kspr.com | September 23, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- How safe is your neighborhood? Maybe not as safe as you think. Recent statistics compiled using Springfield police data show one in 11 people in Springfield will become a victim of property crime. That's compared to one in 30 in Missouri. One neighborhood near Grant Avenue at Nichols Street has become a hotspot for recent crime. Monday, officers stopped here for a report of a stolen car.  In the past two weeks, police have taken at least five reports for home break-ins and thefts.  In the last year, police have also come out for more crimes that are violent.
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by Melody Pettit, KSPR News and mpettit@kspr.com | September 19, 2013
The CEO of Starbucks Coffee has announced guns are not welcome at the stores, but stopped just short of banning them. The open letter has opened up the controversial debate about both conceal and open carry laws around the nation. When it comes to those laws here in Missouri, the Show-Me State is an open carry state. That means you could carry a gun in plain sight in any city that doesn't have an ordinance against it. But one concealed-carry weapons instructor says just because you can doesn't mean you should.
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by reporter Lauren Pozen and chief photographer Ben Knaup KSPR News and lpozen@kspr.com | September 18, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The way rape is being reported has changed across America.  A new law in Missouri changed the state's definition of second-degree rape and how police put in the report. In the Ozarks, the change is showing some misleading numbers. The changes all started in January with the FBI. "Let's say we had a sexual assault case that was not a rape and it was not reported to the uniform crime report as a rape. It is now," said Springfield Police Capt. David Millsap.
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Joanna Small and Reporter and Photographer | September 9, 2013
Sex offenders off the registry. It's a possibility for some of them if Missouri lawmakers decide Wednesday to override the governor's veto.  A bill that would exempt sex offenders who committed their crime as juveniles got nixed by Nixon but it will likely get the go-ahead from the legislature.   The legislature will be looking at Nixon's 29 vetoes this week and some have vowed to override him on everything.  Nixon calls this particular house bill a safety issue but others say it has the potential to change lives for the better.
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by Joanna Small, KSPR News and Reporter and Photographer | August 29, 2013
LEBANON, Mo. -- Officials are looking for the person who slaughtered a national symbol.  A bald eagle was found shot to death in Laclede County, and the Missouri Department of Conservation isn't taking the killing lightly. Just a few miles outside Lebanon on Emerson Road, things quickly change from urban to rural and there are plenty of live eagle sightings in that area, but this was the last thing Pete Doughty wanted to see. "Eight, 9, 10, 11 dogs," Pete counted aloud, not to mention a couple dozen cats.  So, yes, you could call Doughty an animal lover both in his personal and professional life.  Pete's a mechanic who relocates wildlife on the side.
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Lauren Pozen, KSPR News Reporter; Chris Bryant, KSPR News Photographer and lpozen@kspr.com | August 29, 2013
WEBSTER COUNTY, Mo. - A Missouri Amish man says he castrated himself, but deputies aren't sure why or if he's telling the truth. Deputies in Webster County found Jacob Schwartz lying in his bed and covered in blood. We want to warn you, some of the details of this story are graphic. On the morning on July 23, Deputy Adam Hughes found himself at a farmhouse in Seymour.  Nothing could have prepared him for what he saw next. "There was blood on the floor and blood on the sheets," Hughes says.
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Lauren Pozen, KSPR News Reporter; Jonathan Wahl, KSPR News Photographer and lpozen@kspr.com | August 24, 2013
WEBSTER COUNTY, Mo. - Giving customers a choice when it comes to dairy products. That's the mission behind Daisy Belle Dairy. "You go to the Farmer's Markets for fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, fresh eggs. We wanted to give people a choice," says Linda Burdette, owner of Daisy Belle Dairy.  The Grade A raw milk is sold at farmers' markets throughout the Ozarks. "It tastes amazing. The cooking benefits are awesome and neither of my kids have been sick since we've tried it," says customer Melissa Hulman.
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