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Arkansas lawmakers give final OK to $5.2B budget bill Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to a nearly $5.2 billion budget that boosts money for public schools, Medicaid and prisons while cutting most other state agencies' funding by 1%. The House on Wednesday approved by an 82-1 vote the proposed Revenue Stabilization Act, which sets spending priorities based on expected revenue. The Senate approved an identical version of the measure by a 29-4 vote. The proposal ...

Rebates will reduce prices of rain barrels on Saturday in Springfield James River Basin Partnership and a company, RainReserve, have teamed up to help Greene County residents and others take advantage of rebates for rainwater collection.  The rebates are from the City of Springfield, Greene County Resource Management, and City Utilities of Springfield. JRPB and Rain Reserve are hosting possibly the largest rain barrel event in Missouri on Saturday at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  The rebate ...

Strong to severe storms again Thursday April is starting off with a bang in the form of severe thunderstorms. The weather looks very unsettled right into next week. Find out how strong the storms may be and what is ahead for the Easter weekend by watching the forecast. ...

KY3 Contact-an-expert panel will answer personal finance questions Perhaps you're trying to decide what to do with your tax refund.  Maybe you wonder if you can really afford a summer vacation.  On Thursday evening, you can get some money advice from the experts. Folks with Consumer Credit Counseling Service will be at KY3 to take your questions from 5 to 7 p.m. The number to call, during that two-hour period only, is (417) 268-3222. You ...

Hammons Field will host 10th annual Easter Sunrise Service The 10th annual Springfield Easter Sunrise Service will attract hundreds of people on Sunday.  The service is nondenominational and open to all people. The service starts at 6:15.  Doors open at 5:45.  The Salvation Army provides a beverage truck that will serve coffee before the service. The Rev. T.J. Appleby, pastor of Sanctuary of Praise Church of God in Christ, is the speaker.  The Sanctuary of Praise ...

Piggy banks stay empty despite higher earnings New research shows more Americans are dropping cash faster than they make it. This leaves nothing in the piggy bank. Roughly one out of every three Americans don't have any emergency savings. The NeighborWorks America study shows many are still digging themselves out the hole from the 2008 financial collapse. "You don't have time to have that emergency fund. Just playing catchup from the last time. You could ...

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Arkansas Senate takes up religion bill at governor's request
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, right, answers reporters' questions as Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, lisens at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to the state's religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics of the measure, including his own son and some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.

Russian trawler with 132 crew sinks, at least 43 dead
MOSCOW (AP) — A freezer trawler with an international crew of 132 sank late Wednesday in the Sea of Okhotsk off of the Kamchatka Peninsula and at least 43 crew members were killed, rescue workers said.

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges
In this March 23, 2015 file photo, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ speaks in Garwood, N.J. Menendez has been indicted on federal corruption charges.(AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.

Five Americans released after Ebola monitoring
Sierra Leone health officials check passengers transiting at the border crossing with Liberia in Jendema on March 28, 2015Five US health workers monitored for three weeks by doctors in Nebraska after being exposed to Ebola in West Africa have all been released, officials said. They are all clinicians who worked with Boston-based aid group Partners in Health. The five treated in Nebraska were exposed to Ebola in Sierra Leone in March, but did not develop the disease. "All five people have now completed their quarantine period for Ebola," Nebraska Medicine said on Twitter.

Spurs secure playoff berth with 103-91 win over Magic
San Antonio Spurs' Boris Diaw, right, makes a shot as he is defended by Orlando Magic's Kyle O'Quinn (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The regular season may be winding down, but the San Antonio Spurs are continuing to play some of their best basketball of the season.