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Firefighter still hoping for benefits Andi Mooneyham isn't giving up. "I want to be treated equally is what I want," says Mooneyham. State statute allows fire protection districts to give benefits to employees and their spouses. Andi has been a firefighter at the Ozark district for 8 years, and has worked her way up to captain. She got married to her wife last year in California, and she asked the Ozark Fire Protection District ...

Missouri judge likely to uphold teacher proposal A Missouri judge says he will likely reject a legal challenge to a November ballot measure that would link teacher evaluations to their students' performance. Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green heard arguments Thursday in a lawsuit seeking to strike the initiative from the ballot. The lawsuit alleges the measure contains multiple subjects and amends more than one part of the Missouri Constitution. Afterward, Green said he ...

Missourians painstakingly wait for Medicaid benefits Some Missourians are unable to get the healthcare they need because of denials and delays in Medicaid coverage.  Elise Tabor is just one of thousands painstakingly waiting.  "I need it because, I can't hardly walk.  I have a back disease, and I'm supposed to be having back surgery," says Tabor. A curved spine and herniated discs are part of Tabor's problem, but she's also frustrated that her ...

Springfield Police tackle questions, concerns on crash response policy change New guidelines in place in Springfield since Aug. 1 are creating some confusion and problems among drivers.  That is why Springfield Police came to KY3 to get their message across. "If there are no injuries, the cars are operable, they don't have to be towed, there's no impairment, no disturbance, and all parties are cooperative in exchanging insurance information, they can do that without our assistance," ...

Officers spent 7 hours at home with hazardous material An investigation at a home in northern Springfield shut down neighborhood streets on Thursday. Emergency responders were at a home for near High Street at Boonville Avenue for seven hours. They included Springfield police, FBI agents and Missouri National Guard members. Responders in hazardous material suits went into home and then were washed down after they left. They carried bags of materials out with them. The investigation ...

Man is charged for murder of 6-year-old boy whom he was babysitting The Callaway County sheriff says a 27-year-old man from Fulton admitted he killed a 6-year-old boy whom he was babysitting.   Prosecutors charge Scottie Willet on Thursday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the boy's death at a home near Fulton. Sheriff Dennis Crane says Willet had been living at the home for several months with the boy and his mother.  The sheriff says the ...

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Virgin Australia annual net loss almost triples
A Virgin Australia plane taking off at Sydney Airport, August 28, 2014Virgin Australia on Friday posted an annual net loss of Aus$355.6 million (US$332 million) as intense competition led by Qantas, weak consumer sentiment and high taxes hurt its bottom line. The country's second largest carrier also announced the sale of a 35 percent stake in its frequent flyer programme to private equity firm Affinity Equity Partners, boosting its cash balance by Aus$336 million. The result was more than triple the Aus$98.1 million loss it reported in the 12 months to June 30 the previous year, and follows huge annual losses by Qantas on Thursday. The carrier, which is majority owned by Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand and Etihad, blamed excess market capacity, weak consumer sentiment, economic uncertainty and Aus$51.6 million in carbon tax costs for the poor numbers.

California Legislature passes 'yes means yes' bill
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when "yes means yes" while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses.

US OPEN SCENE: You can own a piece of the Open
Vania King, of the United States, returns a shot to Serena Williams, of the United States, during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)NEW YORK (AP) — In past U.S. Opens, it may have been the kind of stuff that was swept up and thrown away: Placards that identified players at news conferences. Banners hung from light poles. Towels players used to wipe away their sweat.

Feds say balance struck in California logging plan
FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013 file photo, Scott Small, and other National Forest Service crew members work to restore terrain that was bulldozed for a firebreak in the battle against Rim Fire on a nordic ski trail along Dodge Ridge in the Stanislaus National Forest, near Tuolumne City, Calif. The Forest Service says it will release a final decision Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, on how much timber to log from the Sierra Nevada's largest wildfire in recorded history. Last year's Rim Fire burned 400 square miles including parts of Yosemite. A debate has since raged about sending burned and dead trees to lumber mills or leave them and let nature take its course. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan that will allow loggers to remove trees killed in a massive Central California wildfire last year.

Obama says does not yet have military strategy for Islamic State
U.S. President Obama addresses reporters ahead of national security council meeting at the White House in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States has not yet developed a strategy for confronting Islamic State in Syria, an acknowledgement that a decision had not been made on whether to launch air strikes against the militant group. Obama's comment during a White House news conference before a meeting of national security advisers about how to proceed against Islamic State drew criticism from Republicans and a clarification from White House spokesman Josh Earnest.