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Menards takes fight for proposed west Springfield store to City Council Menards is ramping-up its battle with some residents over a proposed store on the city's west side. The Wisconsin-based chain has plans to build a big-box home improvement store on land near the intersection of Zimmer Road at West Sunshine Street at the west city limits.  The company says the store would create 200 new jobs and generate $30 million in annual sales. Several neighbors, however, claim ...

Ozarks couple finds unexpected way to beat addiction, reunite family It is not easy to keep up with three children under age 3, including a set of busy twins, but playing together as a family are treasured moments for Jose' and Brooke Sepeda.  The two filed for divorce a year ago when Brooke was pregnant with the couple's youngest child Norah.  "I prayed every day.  It didn't matter how much we fought.  It didn't matter what ...

Business owners see red over Color Run street closures While Saturday morning's Color Run brought thousands of runners to downtown Springfield, some business owners say their stores were emptier than usual. "We saw a decrease in traffic while it was happening," Kingdom Coffee owner Isaac Neale said. That's because the Color Run shut down several streets around downtown. "The bottom line in business is money, so that's probably what I'm thinking about when I see no ability ...

2 women are accused of supplying alcohol to teens before crash killed 2 Two women are charged for a fatal crash that killed two teenagers from Urbana last June.  A Dallas County grand jury handed up indictments on April 23 against Jennifer Sharp, 43, of Buffalo, and Kristi Swearengin, 44, of Urbana. Both women are charged with two counts of second-degree involuntary manslaughter and one count of second-degree child endangerment.  On June 29, 2014, Holden Beck, 17, and Christian Helm, ...

Cool dry weather settles in for the week The next batch of rain moves south setting up a dry week. Cool weather Monday then gives way to warmer conditions by the end of the week. Find out what to expect by watching the forecast. ...

State trooper cites Mizzou all-America Shane Ray for pot possession 3 days before NFL Draft Authorities say NFL prospect Shane Ray was issued a misdemeanor citation after a trooper found a small amount of marijuana in the defensive end's car. Many expected the 6-foot-3, 245-pound SEC defensive player of the year from the University of Missouri to be an early pick in this week's NFL draft. Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Cpl. Scott White says a trooper pulled over Ray for speeding ...

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Baltimore deploys National Guard as riots erupt
A protestor gestures towards the riot police in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 27, 2015Thousands of police and National Guard troopers were ordered to back up beleaguered officers in Baltimore on Tuesday after riots triggered by anger over the death of a black man in police custody. The state of Maryland declared a state of emergency after furious rioters looted businesses, ransacking shops and stealing armloads of merchandise, and torched cars. Last summer's fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri triggered coast-to-coast protests. The unrest in Baltimore started after the funeral of a black man who died April 19 of spinal injuries apparently suffered during his arrest this month.

Deutsche Bank co-CEO in dock on false testimony charges
Juergen Fitschen, CEO of the Deutsche Bank, addresses the media during a news conference at the company's headquarters in Frankfurt/Main, on April 27, 2015Deutsche Bank co-CEO Juergen Fitschen was one of five defendants who went on trial on Tuesday accused of giving false testimony in a long-running legal battle with the defunct Kirch media group. A guilty verdict would deal a deadly blow to Germany's biggest lender as it struggles to clean up its image in the wake of a long list of legal challenges in recent years, and would leave the defendants facing prisons sentences of anywhere between one and 10 years. Fitschen and four others -- ex-chief executives Rolf Breuer and Josef Ackermann and former executives Clemens Boersig and Tessen von Heydebreck -- are accused of giving misleading evidence to judges in one of the lawsuits brought by the late media magnate Leo Kirch against the bank.

The Latest on Nepal Quake: Choppers ferry injured to Gorkha
Sita Karka, suffering two broken legs from Saturday's massive earthquake, arrives by helicopter from the heavily-damaged Ranachour village at a landing zone in the town of Gorkha, Nepal, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Helicopters crisscrossed the skies above the high mountains of Gorkha district on Tuesday near the epicenter of the weekend earthquake, ferrying the injured to clinics, and taking emergency supplies back to remote villages devastated by the disaster. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)2.15 p.m. (0830 GMT)

At least one dead, 80 injured in S.Africa train collision
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - At least one person was killed and several others injured after two commuter trains collided on Tuesday in South Africa's biggest city Johannesburg, train operator Metrorail and emergency services said. Both trains were travelling from the capital Pretoria when one hit the other from behind, Metrorail spokeswoman Lillian Mofokeng told Talk Radio 702. "We just do not know how it happened. We will be investigating that. There is an indication that people have been injured," she said. ...

Daimler Q1 earnings nearly double on new models
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Daimler saw net profit nearly double in the first quarter on strong demand across all major markets for its updated line of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars.