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Lauren Matter and Anchor/Reporter | July 7, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Strong winds knocked down power lines and trees in Springfield Saturday afternoon. The storm moved through around 2 p.m. There have been numerous reports of power lines and trees blown down around southwest and central Springfield. City Utilities is sending out crews to fix power to around 1,000 people who are left in the dark. Tune into KSPR and KSPR.com for the latest on this storm.
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Emily Rittman, Ben Knaup and Reporter, Photographer | March 1, 2012
POWERSITE, Mo. - An EF-1 tornado tore through the city of Powersite. It tossed trees that are hundreds of years old into homes and vehicles. Dozens of families are digging out from underneath the debris. "You can't recognize the house," Ryan Ogden said while pointing to what was his front door. Large uprooted trees crashed down on his mobile home from nearly every angle. A gut feeling sent Ryan and Elizabeth Ogden to her mom's for shelter. "There were three people injured and no deaths,' Ogden said.
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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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Joanna Small and Adriana Futrell and Reporter and Photographer | May 23, 2011
  Our night near Galena began on Camp Clark Road and ironically that's also where the problems began for those living in Stone County.     A trailer was destroyed, thrown across the street; fortunately nobody lives there but that was not the case in some other parts of the county.   It may be sparsley populated, but Stone County firefighters were sawing their way to about a half dozen homes off Camp Clark Road, damaged or destroyed by what can only be described as:   "I can't even explain it. "   Indescribable.
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By Larry Burkum and KSPR News Producer | July 8, 2012
BOLIVAR, Mo. - Polk County authorities say three mobile homes sustained heavy damage from strong winds in a thunderstorm Sunday evening, and a tree fell on another mobile home. It happened north of Bolivar near East 420th Road and South 122nd Road. High winds also brought down trees and power lines in the Goodhope area in Douglas County. And law enforcement authorities report several trees down near the town of Elsey in Stone County.
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Leigh Moody and the Buffalo Reflex and Anchor | September 10, 2012
Disturbing accusations against a Fair Grove woman after a number of dead dogs were found at her former home. According to our news partners at the Buffalo Reflex, a worker at a local animal shelter says she found the dogs at the property on Flint Ridge Road in rural Dallas County after she was tipped off that the dogs had been abandoned there. She says she found multiple  dead dogs, some of them still tied to trees and stuck inside sheds. She also found two surviving but starving dogs.
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Bob Trihy | September 18, 2013
Since the mid 1990s, TCD has produced widespread death of black walnut trees in eight western states and in Tennessee. TCD or Thousand Cankers Disease is caused by a fungus carried by the walnut twig beetle that can kill black walnut trees. Thirteen states across the country have reported the disease, with Colorado having the most cases. There have not been any cases reported in Missouri...the number one producer of black walnuts. Brian Hammons, the president of Hammons products is concerned about the disease and is watching the progress closely about the long term potential to the vitality of trees.
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Lauren Matter and Anchor/Reporter | August 27, 2011
A Rogersville man is dead after a fatal crash in Christian County. It happened Friday on Route U. The Highway Patrol says 51-year-old William Click lost control and drove into some trees on the side of the road. The impact caused the vehicle to flip over. Click was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Terra Haff and News Producer | January 24, 2011
You can see works of some budding young artists in the Ozarks at the Botanical Center right here in Springfield.       Elementary students have entered their art for an Arbor Day Poster contest.       This year's theme is "Trees are Terrific and Energy Wise. "       One winner from 10 different schools will be selected next month.       Each winner will have a tree planted in their name at their school and they'll be entered into a city and state-wide poster contest.
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KSPR News | July 21, 2010
Investigators are no longer searching for a Republic firefighter charged with stealing to get revenge. Brian W. Copeland, 30, and his attorney skipped jail and went straight to court. A judge set his bond at $7,500 cash surety which means Copeland can pay $750 dollars to not get booked into jail and appear at his next court date. Detectives say he stole to get revenge against a nursery. They had to dig up several trees and bushes from his yard off Miller Road in Republic. "They are relatively rare,” Christian County Sheriff Joey Kyle said.
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Bob Trihy | September 18, 2013
Since the mid 1990s, TCD has produced widespread death of black walnut trees in eight western states and in Tennessee. TCD or Thousand Cankers Disease is caused by a fungus carried by the walnut twig beetle that can kill black walnut trees. Thirteen states across the country have reported the disease, with Colorado having the most cases. There have not been any cases reported in Missouri...the number one producer of black walnuts. Brian Hammons, the president of Hammons products is concerned about the disease and is watching the progress closely about the long term potential to the vitality of trees.
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by KSPR News and news@kspr.com | July 21, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The National Weather Service says a small, weak tornado struck east of downtown on Sunday evening. The brief EF-0 tornado touched ground about Cairo Street at Pickwick Avenue about 7:18 p.m.  The tornado lifted one minute later near Cairo at Glenstone Avenue.  The National Weather Service estimates wind speeds around 65 miles per hour, the lowest speed to be classifed as a tornado on  the EF scale.  The storm...
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By: Staff | June 28, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A strong line of thunderstorms gave the Ozarks an early wake-up call Friday morning. Gale force winds in strong thunderstorms damaged trees and knocked out power in several communities in Greene and Christian counties.  The thunderstorms packed a punch around 2 a.m. in Greene County, moving southeast.  Heavy rain also fell on the area. Preliminary storm reports from the National Weather Service indicated wind gusts of 60 mph blew through Republic, Battlefield and areas southwest of Springfield.
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Lauren Pozen, KSPR News Reporter and lpozen@kspr.com | June 20, 2013
LACLEDE COUNTY, Mo. - Two teens are seriously hurt after a bad crash in Eldridge. Troopers say the teen driver lost control of the car and hit a tree. It happened early Thursday on Kinfolk Road. That is the same road where just weeks ago, six people were also hurt after a crash. Residents near Kinfolk Road know to expect drivers to do one thing. "They do a lot of speeding and they do not pay attention to the speed signs all of the time," says resident Harry Fretz. Kinfolk Road is on the west side of the county.
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by Jonah Kaplan, KSPR News and jkaplan@kspr.com | May 21, 2013
WHEATLAND, Mo -- KSPR's team coverage of the Tornadoes in the Heartland includes a closer look at the damage here in the Ozarks. Strong winds and heavy rains pounded areas around Pomme de Terre Lake, tossing trees and causing roof damage. Monday night's storms left much of Hickory County littered with fallen trees and broken limbs. In Wheatland, the winds blew out the windows of a restaurants. Large trees also slammed into several homes. Many homeowners spent the day cleaning up. some think it had to have been a tornado that carved through town.
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Reporter: Lauren Matter, Photographer: Tony Nguyen and lmatter@kspr.com, tnguyen@kspr.com | May 2, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Tree pollen season is in full swing in the Ozarks. And this week all that sneezing is bringing a lot of people to urgent care and doctors offices. “Start off with sneezing, itchy and burning eyes, and this time of year it can be really bad,” explains Dr. Gregory Lux, an allergist with Mercy Hospital. “Some people have difficulty focusing and working and what happens next is you get sick.” Across the Ozarks, clinics in Greene County, Taney County and in Monett are seeing an increase in people coming in with allergy problems.
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by Sheena Elzie, KSPR News and selzie@kspr.com | April 3, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The recent precipitation is helping when it comes to the drought the Ozarks suffered, but a late cold snap has growers concerned about losing crops. Fruit trees are starting to bloom, which is encouraging -- but growers say the flowers could die off before they turn to fruit.  Growers say the cold weather can freeze the flower right down to the base -- that's the part that turns into fruit after pollination. Patrick Byers is a horticulture specialist and grows peach trees.
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by Jonah Kaplan, KSPR News and jkaplan@kspr.com | March 19, 2013
REPUBLIC, Mo -- Residents say Monday night's deadly crash in Republic started when someone revved up his engine. The driver killed was Garrett Blotter, 16,a Republic High School sophomore. A passenger, Desmond Roy, 16, remains in critical condition. The crash occured on Miller Road, about a mile away from the Republic Community Center.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Blotter lost control at the top of a hill, skidded off the road and then struck a tree. People heard it happen.  Alyssa Griffin said she heard an engine's roar and then a pop, like someone's tire blew.
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by Sheena Elzie, KSPR News and selzie@kspr.com | March 4, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A nonprofit organization is trying something different to stop pollution from getting into an area creek -- and eventually your drinking water.  Volunteers are going to plant thousands of trees right along the sides of Wilson Creek.  Organizers say that could stop erosion from occurring and hold back all of the debris and pollution that's been dumped there over time. A wide range of items from washing machine doors to boots and even cattle waste has washed into the creek and now sits along the edges.  Even more pollution is flushed into the creek when it rains -- and people with the James River Basin Partnership say that pollution eventually flows into the James River, from which some people get drinking water.
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by Melody Pettit, KSPR News and mpettit@kspr.com | January 9, 2013
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- A resident thinks the city should compensate him for the loss of a 20-year-old tree on his property. Last February, Chris McKinney noticed city crews cutting down what he liked most about his backyard, including an old 45-foot elm tree.  The crew was cleaning up the fence line but misjudged where McKinney's property stopped and the city's began. The city apologized in a letter but, since then, McKinney says the city refuses to compensate him for what the tree is worth, at least $4,000.  McKinney has grown so frustrated that he's suing the Bolivar city administrator and the city clerk in Small Claims Court.
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