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Medical condition of two hurt in fatal crash improves — Medical conditions have been upgraded today for two 19-year-olds injured in a Wednesday night crash near Highlandville in which four teenagers died. The condition of Dylan Wright, of Ozark, was upgraded to stable, according to a CoxHealth spokeswoman. He had been in critical but stable condition. William M.
Nov 28, 2014

Medical condition of two teens hurt in fatal Stone County crash improves via @springfieldNL

Minus Marshall, Bears drop holiday-morning game in Alaska — Missouri State's basketball team probably won't have its leading scorer the rest of the weekend at the Great Alaska Shootout. One of the team's leaders said Thursday that the Bears cannot feel sorry for themselves.

Community remembers teens killed in crash on social media — Friends, family offer remembrances online
Nov 28, 2014

How the community is remembering teens from Nixa and Sparta killed in a Wednesday crash on social media:

Branch: MSU job can be 'a gold mine' — The last man to coach Missouri State's football program to a championship said there's no reason it cannot happen again. Jesse Branch, who guided the Bears to Missouri Valley Football Conference titles and FCS postseason appearances in 1989 and 1990, said the long drought since he left 20 years ago "is fascinating to me."

Kickapoo coach out of hospital, expected to return to practice this week — An irregular heartbeat recently hospitalized Kickapoo High School boys basketball coach Dick Rippee, who expects to return to practice on Saturday. "It's an electrical problem, not a plumbing problem," Rippee joked Wednesday morning after being discharged following two days at Mercy Hospital. "There isn't anything wrong with the pipes.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @springfieldNL: Kickapoo boys' basketball coach Dick Rippee was treated for an irregular heartbeat this week.

Four teens die, more injured in Stone County crash — Four area teenagers died, and two others were badly injured in a late Wednesday crash in Stone County. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, eight teens, between the ages of 17 and 19, were in a pickup on Pleasant View Road west of Highlandville.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @sherzogNL: Sad news to start the day. Four local teens were killed in a crash last night.…

4 Ozarks teens dead in crash near Highlandville; 2 more hurt; rescue chopper hit power line — Four area teenagers died and two others were badly injured in a late Wednesday crash of a pickup that had been carrying eight teens total in Stone County. A CoxHealth helicopter sent to help hit a power line while landing and incurred some damage, a Cox spokeswoman confirmed, and couldn't fly the injured away from the scene.
Nov 27, 2014

Updated: 4 Ozarks teens dead in crash near Highlandville; 2 more hurt; rescue chopper hit power line @springfieldNL

A new heart gives 'a new lease on life' — You might assume a former missionary has a good heart. Until recently, though, Peter Westrum's ticker wasn't doing that well. But today, the 72-year-old Branson man is alive thanks to a device that helps his heart circulate blood throughout his body. Westrum is the first person to have a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implanted in southwest Missouri.

Victim from hospital: Why weren't cops called before bloodshed on Grant Street? — It ended with bloodshed and a complaint of racial prejudice, but began as an argument over whether Randy Chalk, 42, and his nephew Alex Gipson, 25, were trespassing at a Grant Avenue apartment on Nov. 19. Chalk says they weren't.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @springfieldNL: What happened on Grant St. when two people were shot and one died? We spoke to the survivor.

Nov 28, 2014

In print: What happened at 825 N. Grant the day two people were shot? Hospital room interview:

Nov 26, 2014

“I think he’s latching on to what has become a popular thing to throw out to try to discredit police departments”

Nov 26, 2014

Point by point: Randy Chalk's account vs. account contained in search warrant application. Very different:

Nov 26, 2014

RT @tgounleyNL: New: First media interview: I talked to the man injured in the Nov. 19 N. Grant shooting: #sgf

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One dead, one hurt in Springfield, but was a crime committed? — Two people were shot, one fatally, but Springfield police are still trying to decide if a crime was committed at all. As police continue to investigate Wednesday's fatal shooting on Grant Avenue, no one detained from the scene remains in custody. New information from police reveals the shooting stemmed from a property dispute.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @tgounleyNL: Significant story re: Nov. 19 N. Grant shooting coming soon, so catch up on past stories 1)… 2)…

Nov 26, 2014

Significant story re: Nov. 19 N. Grant shooting coming soon, so catch up on past stories 1)… 2)…

Aging Springfield school cafeteria tables spur safety concerns — Springfield Public Schools' top custodian is raising safety concerns about the district's aging cafeteria tables. A recent report to the school board noted the condition of the tables "is deteriorating" to the point of becoming unsafe and "may cause injuries to staff or students."

Memo: Future of Forest Institute in Springfield uncertain — The future of The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute appears even cloudier after the board of directors of Burrell Behavioral Health informed students Tuesday that most might have to finish their degrees in what is called a "teach-out" at the Springfield campus.

Trail of Tears footprints offer connection to history — The Trail of Tears emblem embedded in concrete tells visitors where they are. But it's the moccasin prints of men, women and children making their way westward on a forced march that might stop visitors in their tracks.

Missouri taxpayers sue Nixon for Common Core test — JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri judge says taxes from three people suing Gov. Jay Nixon won't go to a group creating tests for the Common Core education standards. Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green said Tuesday in a temporary restraining order that the lawsuit has a shot at success.

MSU vice president plans Springfield City Council run — MSU Vice President for Administrative and Information Services Ken McClure told the News-Leader Wednesday that he plans to run for Springfield City Council's General Seat D in the April election. Councilwoman Mike Carroll, who currently holds the seat, isn't seeking reelection. McClure said that the community "has been very good to me," and that he wants to give back.
Nov 26, 2014

New from me: @MissouriState vice president planning Springfield City Council run: #sgf

Williams hopes less of him equals bigger win total for Bears — Dorrian Williams still gets some double-takes from those who haven't seen him since last basketball season. Shedding 23 pounds will do that. "I feel great, I feel lighter and more explosive," Missouri State's junior point guard said recently. "Hopefully it turns over into a great season."

MSU students gather to talk through decision to not indict in Ferguson — When Joshua Willis hears people say Michael Brown's shooting death this summer in Ferguson could have happened to anyone, it hits home for him. Willis, a junior accounting major at Missouri State University, grew up a few minutes away from Ferguson and said Monday's decision by the grand jury to not indict the police officer responsible for killing Brown has struck a chord.
Nov 26, 2014

MSU students gather to talk through decision to not indict in Ferguson via @springfieldNL

Opening night doesn’t go well for Parkview — The bad part about opening nights is they don't always go the way you planned. Ask the Parkview Vikings. Parkview - one the most highly-thought of teams in the Ozarks this year - opened with a disappointing 60-54 home loss to Fayetteville (Ark.) on Tuesday night.
Nov 25, 2014

Parkview boys got 26 points from Autry Acord tonight, but his effort still wasn't enough. Our opening night story:

Nixa faces Battle for glass slipper — Nixa's rebound from a 1-4 start to an eight-game winning streak conjures the name "Cinderella," but the glass slipper in the Class 5 football championship game belongs to Muriel Williams Battle. The Battle Spartans (10-4) reached the biggest high school football game in the state in their second year of existence.