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Several drug take-back events planned this week It’s time to clean those old prescription drugs out of your medicine cabinet. Many local organizations and police departments are sponsoring prescription drug take-back days this week. Prescription drug take-backs offer a safe way for community members to dispose of unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications which are a public safety concern due to abuse or even ending up in our water. There is no ...

Two motorcyclists seriously hurt in crash on Highway 13 Two people are in critical condition after a late night crash on Saturday involving two motorcycles. It happened shortly after 10:00, about ten miles north of Springfield on Highway 13. The two drivers on two separate bikes were driving south when the first motorcyclist was rear ended by the other rider.  Both bikes wound up in the ditch. While authorities were investigating the crash, they say an elderly ...

Missouri hospital reduces charity care to support ACA Obamacare is prompting the way a major St. Louis hospital manages charity care. BJC HealthCare has long made charity care a core mission, but the St. Louis area's largest employer is cutting back amid increasing financial pressures. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that BJC has changed the "upper level of eligibility" for the charity care it provides. Beginning Jan. 1, BJC reduced the pool of patients eligible ...

Spring turkey outlook good for much of Missouri Missouri turkey hunters have reason to be optimistic about the 2014 spring turkey season, according to the state’s turkey expert.Missouri’s spring turkey season begins Monday and runs through May 11. The youth season last weekend harvested more than 4,000 turkeys. One difference this season is in tagging requirements. Hunters no longer need to attach their voided permits to harvested turkeys, as long as they remain with ...

Road work planned near Table Rock Dam Drivers in Taney County can expect some traffic delays and lane closings for about a week. The Missouri Department of Transportation begins work Monday to replace and upgrade guardrail and signs along Table Rock Dam on Route 165. The project should approximately 6-8 days to complete. Drivers can expect some nighttime lane closings between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Drivers are urged to use ...

Springfield vigil planned to protest scheduled execution Opponents of the death penalty will stage a vigil in Springfield this week. The local chapter of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is sponsoring an execution vigil and remembrance of victims of violent crime onTuesday, April 22 from noon to 1 p.m. on Park Central Square in downtown Springfield. Vigils to protest capital punishment in Missouri have become a monthly event this year, as ...

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In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream
With the Colorado state capitol building visible in the background, partygoers dance and smoke pot on the first of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, Saturday April 19, 2014. The annual event is the first 420 marijuana celebration since retail marijuana stores began selling in January 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

Everton punish Moyes on Goodison return
Everton's Belgian striker Kevin Mirallas celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park in Liverpool on April 20, 2014Manchester United manager David Moyes tasted defeat on his first return to Everton since leaving the club as his side were beaten 2-0 in the Premier League on Sunday. Moyes was greeted with a smattering of boos as he walked out of the tunnel before the match, but it was the loss, which definitively ended United's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, that will trouble him more. Before Liverpool's 3-2 win at Norwich City earlier in the day, United had boasted the best away record in the division, but they were swept aside by Roberto Martinez's effervescent Everton team. Leighton Baines, a United transfer target until he signed a new long-term deal earlier this year, opened the scoring with a 28th-minute penalty and Kevin Mirallas added a second goal shortly before half-time.

Egypt: Ex-army chief, leftist to run for president
Egypt's former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, shakes hands with Coptic Pope Tawadros II at Cairo’s St. Mark’s Cathedral, seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 19, 2014. El-Sissi on Monday took the final formal step to run in next month's presidential election, submitting to the election commission eight times the number of signatures required. He is widely expected to win. (AP Photo/Girgis Mahboub, Office of the Coptic Pope)CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's election commission said Sunday only two presidential hopefuls, one of them the powerful former military chief who nine months ago ousted the country's first democratically elected leader, have submitted their papers to run in next month's polls.

'Capt. America' tops box office for third week
This image released by Marvel shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from the film, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." (AP Photo/Marvel-Disney, Zade Rosenthal, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third consecutive week and beating formidable contender Johnny Depp.

Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas
This undated combo photo, provided by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, shows corn residue after grain harvest, left, adjacent to a field section where corn residue was baled and removed after grain harvest in Jefferson County, Neb. Biofuels made from corn leftovers after harvest are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a cleaner oil alternative from the start and will help climate change. (AP Photo/The University of Nebraska-Lincoln)WASHINGTON (AP) — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.