Most talked about Springfield News-Leader stories

Spot set up for Missouri State students to react to Ferguson

news-leader.com — If Missouri State University students need to talk after the Ferguson decision is announced, a spot has been set up. Francine Pratt, executive director, of the Office of Multicultural Programs, said a time and place has been designated for students to talk today and Tuesday. All students are welcome to attend.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @CRileyNL: Spot set up for @MissouriState students to react to Ferguson decision today sgfnow.co/1vGqTLu via @springfieldNL

Nov 24, 2014

Spot set up for @MissouriState students to react to Ferguson decision today sgfnow.co/1vGqTLu via @springfieldNL

Springfield mayor encourages civility as grand jury deliberates in Ferguson

news-leader.com — With a grand jury decision expected to be released in Ferguson sometime this month, Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens is encouraging citizens to remain civil. "We have many good examples of healthy public dialogue and peaceful demonstrations that have shone a light on Springfield's commitment to civility," Stephens said in a statement released by the city.
Nov 24, 2014

ICYMI: Read this before reacting to Ferguson decision - #SGF leaders offer urge civility sgfnow.co/1uWQAFR via @springfieldNL

ACLU sues Ozark Fire District for not offering same-sex benefits

news-leader.com — An ongoing battle over same-sex benefits for Ozark Fire employees has led to a lawsuit. The Missouri chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union announced Monday that it is suing the district for denying spousal benefits. The ACLU sent a letter to the fire district last month explaining its view on the district's requirement to offer benefits.
Nov 24, 2014

The @aclu_mo files lawsuit against small town fire district for refusing same-sex marriage benefits to fire captain. sgfnow.co/1r2QKw1

Council to discuss scooters, referendum petition

news-leader.com — The public can comment on the future of Springfield's expanded nondiscrimination ordinance at tonight's City Council meeting, as well as a bill that would affect those who drive scooters in the city. Following the success of a referendum petition, council now considers two related bills. The first would repeal council's Oct.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @springfieldNL: .@tgounleyNL previews tonight's City Council meeting, which includes scooters and public comment on SOGI. sgfnow.co/1zQaFhl

A Q&A with Matt Morrow, new Chamber of Commerce president

news-leader.com — Early last Monday, as most people were still drinking their morning coffee, Matt Morrow began his first day as president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce at a local news/talk radio station, KWTO. It was a fitting start in a familiar setting for Morrow.

CU employee appreciation costs: $38,898

news-leader.com — What it is: The amount City Utilities spent during the past year on an employee appreciation picnic, safety and service awards and retirement recognition activities. CU said the annual expenses, which have been criticized in the past by state auditors, are an important tool for encouraging and retaining the utilities' 950 employees.
Nov 24, 2014

At $38,898/year, CU spends less on thanking its employees than in the past, but more than its neighbors do: sgfnow.co/1qRB3re

Scranton: 8 candidates to replace Allen at MSU

news-leader.com — With a press conference just hours away, Missouri State football beat writer Lyndal Scranton offers some possible candidates to be the next Bears' football coach: DeANDRE SMITH (running backs coach, Syracuse) Why he would be a good hire: Finalist for job in 2005 and was arguably greatest offensive player in school history.
Nov 24, 2014

The Springfield News-Leader lists Andy Hill as one of 8 possible candidates for the Missouri State head-coaching job- sgfnow.co/1zkWvUE

Bears facing key moment early in season

news-leader.com — Missouri State's basketball team began a season-shaping week with a disappointing performance on the road. Now it's on to the Great White North with a question lingering. "This is a time to see what we're made of," Bears coach Paul Lusk said after Texas Tech showed superior athletic ability and physical toughness in Saturday night's 80-68 victory at the Red Raiders' United Supermarkets Arena.

Terry Allen will not return as Missouri State's football coach

news-leader.com — Missouri State will have a new head football coach next season after it was announced today that Terry Allen is out after nine seasons on the job. Allen, whose contract expired after Saturday's regular-season finale at Northern Iowa, had a 37-64 record at Missouri State.
Nov 23, 2014

RT @springfieldNL: "I'm done being a head coach." —Terry Allen speaking at press conference right now. sgfnow.co/1qW1Umg pic.twitter.com/zLtQAj2ttk

Nov 23, 2014

RT @sgfsportsNL: It's official, Missouri State officials confirm Terry Allen will not return as MSU's football coach. sgfnow.co/1xRjWrw

Friends to the finish

news-leader.com — Running a 26.2-mile marathon takes legs and heart. "He's the legs and I'm the heart," explained Steven Marrs, 33, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. "Legs don't work without a heart, so I think it was each other's passion that kept us motivated" The legs belong to Connor Petty, 22, of Springfield.

Springfield opponents not alone in fighting nondiscrimination ordinance

news-leader.com — With a referendum petition submitted by opponents now certified, Springfield is likely to join two other U.S. cities that could see a public vote on an LGBT-friendly ordinance in the coming months. Voters in Fayetteville, Arkansas - a two-and-half-hour drive away - will decide in a Dec.
Nov 23, 2014

Petition sends nondiscrimination ordinance back to #SgfCouncil tomorrow. Public can comment on two proposals sgfnow.co/1qRydmh

Nov 23, 2014

My Sunday story tonight: Springfield MO opponents not alone in fighting nondiscrimination ordinance: news-leader.com/story/news/loc… #sgf

All eyes on coaching situation as Bears enter finale

news-leader.com — Coach Terry Allen has been upfront with his players about the possibility that Saturday's game at Northern Iowa will be his final one as Bears' coach. "He let us know that might happen," quarterback Kierra Harris said earlier this week. "But we're just trying to go out and get a win."

Nixa makes history, punching ticket for first title game

news-leader.com — NIXA - When the Nixa Eagles march into the Edward Jones Dome next Friday, don't be surprised if the entire group walks squarely behind their defensive and offensive lines into the building. Why not? They've done it all year. "Oh heck yeah," junior quarterback Logan Tyler said.

Nixon touts bonds as way to repair aging Missouri State buildings

news-leader.com — Cracks that have appeared in the basement walls of Missouri State University's Ellis Hall are big enough that students in one music practice room can see into another. Single-pane windows do little to control the temperature and humidity, and soundproofing between classrooms and performance halls is virtually nonexistent.
Nov 22, 2014

Nixon touts bonds as way to repair aging @MissouriState buildings sgfnow.co/1zLrTfO via @springfieldNL

Air traffic on hold in Springfield; TSA found what could be an explosive device

news-leader.com — Springfield-Branson National Airport air traffic has been on hold since about 9:30 a.m. due to the discovery of what a Transportation Security Administration official suspect was an explosive device. The suspicious device was in a suitcase, said airport spokesman Kent Boyd. On scene at about 10:30 a.m.
Nov 21, 2014

Breaking: Blood pressure monitor raises blood pressure of everyone in Springfield, Missouri: sgfnow.co/1zJS2f0

Nov 21, 2014

RT @pauleberry: The latest on the investigation into a suspicious device that closed down the #sgf airport. sgfnow.co/1vx44KH

Nov 21, 2014

RT @springfieldNL: UPDATE: Possible explosive device at @flysgf has been loaded into the bomb squad trailer. sgfnow.co/1zJS2f0 pic.twitter.com/8WRS4H6vdq

Nov 21, 2014

RT @springfieldNL: BREAKING: Air traffic on hold in Springfield; TSA found what could be an explosive device: sgfnow.co/1zJS2f0

Several nearby community papers for sale

news-leader.com — A publisher of a nearby community newspaper has confirmed the company is for sale. Community Publishers Inc., a Bentonville, Arkansas-based company, is for sale, according to a column written by Dave Berry, publisher of the Christian County Headliner News, which is one of six Missouri papers owned by the company.

Plans for doctor training program in Springfield frozen

news-leader.com — Plans to create a Springfield medical program that would help train new doctors remain on hold. Gov. Jay Nixon said support for the program, a partnership between Missouri State University and the University of Missouri, is strong, but the funding is frozen. "Currently we don't have the money in the bank," he said.

Read this before reacting to Ferguson decision

news-leader.com — Stay calm, listen and acknowledge others. Top Springfield officials are speaking out in advance of a grand jury decision in Ferguson with the hope that the community can react in a civil way that encourages mutual respect and dialogue.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @tgounleyNL: What @CityofSgf officials want you to keep in mind as the #Ferguson grand jury decision comes out: sgfnow.co/1qJbgkZ By @CRileyNL

Nov 24, 2014

What @CityofSgf officials want you to keep in mind as the #Ferguson grand jury decision comes out: sgfnow.co/1qJbgkZ By @CRileyNL

Nov 21, 2014

Read this before reacting to Ferguson decision. Advice from #SGF leaders. sgfnow.co/1qJbgkZ via @springfieldNL

Marshall, Bears look to make a statement at Texas Tech

news-leader.com — Marcus Marshall has emphatically answered any lingering questions about the health of his surgically repaired knee. So on to the next question. Can anyone slow down Missouri State's junior guard? "He's going to be at the top of everyone's scouting report," Bears coach Paul Lusk said of Marshall, who is averaging 25.5 points and shooting 73 percent from the field two games into the season.