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August 1, 2013
The cooler and wetter weather this summer has affected water activities in different ways. Diana Newman, owner of Hootentown Canoe Rental, says the higher river levels are good for business with more folks renting canoes more often. On the other hand, she goes on to say that the water dropping around a foot would be ideal to make the swift water less dangerous and make for a clamer floating experience. On the other hand, anglers prefer the lower water. Mike Underwood, also with Hootentown Canoe Rentals, adds that with lower water improves oxygen levels and visibility because the visibility is better and oxygen is more plentiful.
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Lauren Pozen, KSPR News Reporter and lpozen@kspr.com | July 31, 2013
LACLEDE COUNTY, Mo. - A pump burst open, spilling thousands of gallons of water and causing thousands of dollars in damage. It happened at the Laclede County Government Center and ended up flooding part of the county jail. "To me, it is pretty plain to see what happened when the whole side is broken out a casting pump," says Presiding Commissioner, Danny Rhoades. The pipe was less than a year old. Turns out, part of the heating and cooling system gave out. "When we came in, it was literally just raining for about 20 feet here.
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Bob Trihy | July 31, 2013
A young Arkansas girl, who acquired a brain eating amoeba remains in critical condition today. Death can occur within 5 days of acquiring the disease. Although the chances of acquiring this brain eating disease are extremely remote, Mike Brothers from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department says there have been one hundred twenty three cases in US history of the brain eating disease, and this is just the sixth case in Arkansas in the last 40 years. The CDC says you should do the following to reduce chances of infection.
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by Joe Daues, KSPR News | July 3, 2013
For many people a water park is the perfect way to spend a summer day, but for one woman in Independence, Missouri, that wasn't an option. Madelyn Sheaffer says she was asked to leave the Adventure Oasis Water Park after she refused to put shorts on over her bathing suit. Park employees said her bikini showed too much skin. Sheaffer says she feels like she was unfairly singled out. "You know, when there's 16 and 18 year old girls wearing just the same amount and no one's criticizing them or making them feel ashamed or making them feel uncomfortable in their bodies.  It's summer time, it's a swimming pool, I'm wearing a swimming suit," Sheaffer said.
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Mary Moloney, KSPR News Reporter and mmoloney@kspr.com | June 13, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Tragedy struck the Lake of the Ozarks last summer when three people lost their lives because of electricity in the water. Now, nearly a year later, no changes have been made to dock safety. Grieving families warn more people can die. The sounds of the lakes used to be peaceful to the Anderson family. Since 1997, the family of five would spend summers at their lake house. "I have some great memories associated with this. A lot of great memories, we've spent a lot of time here," smiled Angela Anderson.
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Lauren Pozen, KSPR News Reporter and lpozen@kspr.com | June 13, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - It is a hidden danger every parent and grandparent needs to know. Dry drowning can happen up to 24 hours after a small amount of water gets into the lungs. This happens in bathtubs, lakes or pools. Parents need to watch for how much water their kids are swallowing. That is how dry drowning starts. "Your throat can close up suddenly and no air or water can get in. That could be because of a sudden shock like jumping into cold water," says Mike Brothers with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.
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By Melody Pettit and mpettit@kspr.com | June 8, 2013
A problem with the water system has prompted a boil water advisory for the City of Ozark. The City says the advisory affects residents who live west of S. 17th St. to Hwy 65, and south of W. South St/Business 65. According to the city's website, the boil advisory is recommended for infants and those with compromised immune systems. Those in the area affected should boil water vigorously for three minutes prior to use for drinking or cooking. Dispose of ice cubes and remake with water that has been boiled.
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Lauren Pozen, KSPR News Reporter; Chris Bryant, KSPR News Photographer and lpozen@kspr.com | June 1, 2013
SPARTA, Mo. - An Ozarks family is safe tonight after being trapped inside their cabin, near the Finley River. Early Saturday morning, the Underwood family knew there was a problem when they water rise around their home. "It will just start rising and it will go right underneath the house. But, it actually stopped three to four foot underneath it," says Tyler Underwood. Inside his home on Reed Road in Christian County, Tyler Underwood's two-year-old daughter and a companion.  A concerned neighbor from up the street saw water quickly surround his home.
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by Jonah Kaplan, KSPR News and jkaplan@kspr.com | May 31, 2013
STOCKTON, Mo -- Many people are keeping a close eye on the lakes tonight.  Even when the sun comes back out this weekend, the impact of tonight's storms will be felt for days. All the water has to go somewhere, and when it rains, the creeks and rivers from around the area pour into places like Stockton Lake. And if you think of the lakes as pools, think of the dams as walls - and they can only hold so much water. If there's too much, that can create some unintended consequences.
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by Sheena Elzie, KSPR News and selzie@kspr.com | May 24, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - As drivers hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, officers will be following close behind. But the roads won't be the only place state troopers can be found. This weekend, the Missouri State Highway Patrol will also take to popular recreational lakes. They will be looking for drunk boaters on the lakes and drunk drivers on the roads to make sure the holiday weekend dosen't turn into a deadly one. There are nearly 500 boating accidents a year nationwide -- locally, there were over a dozen just on Table Rock Lake last year.
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