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Food Fight Friday: Springfield Pizza — You love food. We love food. So, let's talk about food - the best local food Welcome to Food Fight Friday, where we get hungry and tell you about our favorite places to eat. And then you tell us about whether you agree with us - or not. Vote in our poll.

Upstart Indiana State ready to face Bears — They're the success story of the Missouri Valley Football Conference season, projected as road kill but now chasing a Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth. Indiana State, that 1-11 disaster of 2013, takes a 5-3 record and No. 24 national ranking into Saturday's home game with Missouri State.

Timelines intersect as Republic visits Parkview — The coach who poured everything into ending the losing streak will be on the other sideline tonight - for the first time since leaving here four years ago. Back in 2010, Wes Beachler left the Parkview Vikings program in far better shape than he found it.
Oct 31, 2014

Timelines intersect as Republic visits Parkview in football playoffs via @springfieldNL

Third place not enough for Ozark — Taking third place at the state volleyball tournament is a dream for some teams. However, for Ozark High School's volleyball players, third place is more of a recurring nightmare. The Tigers clearly want more. The Tigers (32-5) make their sixth consecutive appearance at the Class 4 state semifinals today in Cape Girardeau, with a three-match, round-robin starting at 4 p.m.

Plane crashes at Kansas airport, at least 4 dead — WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a building while trying to return to a Kansas airport Thursday, killing at least four people, injuring at least five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles around Wichita, officials and witnesses said.

Fair Grove teens could face charges in filming incident — The Fair Grove Police Department is recommending charges against three male teens suspected of filming female band members as they changed clothes or of sharing the images. Police Chief Adam Mallory has requested felony invasion of privacy charges against Alexander Schneider, 17, who has been arrested, and two 16-year-old male juveniles whose names have not been released.

Officials: Fight against domestic violence must change, grow — Officials from the Springfield area spent most of an hour talking about what's working and what more can be done in the fight against domestic violence. Though it was one of the last items discussed during an expert panel at the Stop the Violence conference, what officials think the future holds seemed to carry the most importance.

MSU’s Schaffitzel among 17 college football players earning academic post-grad scholarship — Missouri State senior safety Caleb Schaffitzel is one of 17 players across all levels of college football to be a part of the National Football Foundation's 2014 National Scholar-Athlete Classic. The honor carries an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship and automatic consideration as a finalist for the 25th annual William V.

Booher: Hard to call Kansas City losers in march to Game 7 — From Section 245 down the right-field line, his eyes welled with tears as he looked down at a seat behind home plate. So many nights in this ballpark, there sat Buck O'Neil, the man who championed the Negro Leagues and its museum in this city, who never got his own shot to play in Major League Baseball but never complained.

Marshfield school administrators schedule hearing on teacher accused of sex crime — Marshfield school administrators have scheduled an administrative hearing on an eighth-grade teacher accused of a sex crime with a student in which she could face being fired or having her pay suspended. School board members are expected to discuss a civil statement of charges drawn up by the school district on Johnna Feazell, scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @springfieldNL: Marshfield school administrators schedule hearing on teacher accused of sex crime.

Former Ozark doctor surrenders license — A former Ozark doctor who was disciplined in 2013 by state regulators has surrendered his medical license, according to state documents. Martin Sevrey Jr. surrendered his license under an agreement in September with the Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts.

Scrimmage gives Bears additional in-game options — Missouri State basketball coach Paul Lusk said his decision to play a closed scrimmage instead of a second exhibition game will provide the Bears a chance to better simulate regular-season situations against Division I opposition. The Bears will scrimmage Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday in Kansas City behind locked doors and empty bleachers.

'Pathfinder' hikes on Ozark Trail help veterans deal with memories of war — Beneath a brilliant blue fall sky, we push our way higher up a rocky, leaf-covered section of the Ozark Trail a few miles northeast of Eminence. We round a bend along a bluff some 700 feet high when a spectacular view of the Current River comes into view.
Oct 30, 2014

'Pathfinder' hikes on Ozark Trail help veterans deal with memories of war via @springfieldNL

UMKC School of Pharmacy at MSU began this fall thanks to a partnership — Collaboration between Missouri State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City allowed for the creation of a program the two schools said they could not do alone. The UMKC School of Pharmacy at MSU began this fall with 30 graduate students enrolled. "The expansion of our program in the School of Pharmacy ...

'Good morning, Mrs. Roesener' common refrain at school — "Good morning, Mrs. Roesener" doesn't quite cut it at Sunshine Elementary School. That's because of the 11 classroom teachers, three can claim to be Mrs. Roesener. They are sisters-in-law. It's school culture to be more specific than "Mrs. Roesener," says Principal David Martin. The three women are referred to as Mrs.
Oct 29, 2014

'Good morning, Mrs. Roesener' common refrain at Sunshine Elementary School in @officialSPS via @springfieldNL

Oct 29, 2014

Three of 11 classroom teachers at Sunshine Elementary School in #Sgf are Mrs. Roesener. Good @stevepokinnl column:…

Willard rebuts 'misleading' claims in bond issue flier — The Willard school district is fighting back against what it calls an error-ridden and misleading flier about an upcoming bond issue. The unsigned, postcard-style flier, which started arriving in mailboxes in the past week, listed four reasons to vote against Willard's proposed $15.2 million bond issue, which will be decided by voters on Tuesday.

Booher: Quotes, notes, Twitter comments from World Series — Quotes, notes and Twitter verses for a World Series Game 6: It's is on the side of the Kansas City Royals, if that helps as the World Series move to a winner-take-all on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Since 1982, the World Series has reached a Game 7 some nine times - and the home team has won them all.
Oct 29, 2014

Quotes, notes & Twitter comments from last night. Yours might be here, too, along w/ former #Royals star Bo Jackson:

Polk County teen found guilty in murder of sister, 12 — Levi Elliott, the Polk County teen found guilty of fatally shooting his 12-year-old sister, faces at least 10 years in prison but could also be sentenced to life. A jury today found that Elliott shot his sister Sierra in the head on March 24, 2012 in rural Polk County and fled.

Central journalism students earn high marks — Central High School journalism students recently were honored at the state and national level. In the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association overall critique, two Central journalism endeavors, the High Times and the Résumé, received a first-place rating.