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Sanitary sewer smoke testing to begin this week If you see smoke coming out of the ground this week, it’s part of a plan. The City of Springfield’s Clean Water Services division will begin smoke testing in the Jordan Creek 11 sewer basin the week of July 6. The Jordan Creek 11 basin is located north of East Blaine Street between North Link Avenue and North Old Orchard Avenue. Testing will last one to ...

Missouri budget official says more spending freezes unlikely Missouri's state budget director says increased revenue growth likely will make spending restrictions unnecessary in the new fiscal year. Newly released data shows revenue collections grew 8.8 percent in the fiscal year that ended last week. That's compared to the previous fiscal year, when revenues dropped 1 percent. Budget director Linda Luebbering says that means spending freezes are not needed at this time. The news comes after Gov. ...

Update: Man who died after riding bike in south Springfield was Mercy physician Police confirm that the man who died after wrecking his bike in south Springfield on Friday was 60-year-old Wade Shipman.  Shipman was a well-known physician at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, specializing in anesthesiology. Police say Shipman fell off his bike near Millwood subdivision off U.S. 65 at Evans Road, and hit his head on the pavement. He was taken to the hospital where he later died. Shipman ...

St. Louis officials turn to feds for help on gun crimes Homicides are in the rise in St. Louis, and city officials are increasingly turning to the federal government for help. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis has issued federal charges in dozens of gun possession cases since an amendment to the Missouri Constitution made it difficult to obtain state charges against convicted felons caught with guns. Police Chief Sam Dotson ...

Pictures: Fireworks at the Field in Springfield Pictures from the fireworks display at Fireworks at the Field on July 4, 2015 in Springfield.  ...

Driver killed in one-vehicle crash in St. Clair County A man from Lake Ozark died in an early morning crash in St. Clair County Sunday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports Gregory Barkwell, 28, was southbound on Route E when his Jeep left the road, overcorrected, and left the road on the other side and overturned several times. It happened eight miles north of Roscoe. Barkwell was pronounced dead at the scene. The patrol reports he was ...

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Vanessa Williams weds Jim Skrip, her 3rd marriage
FILE - In a Thursday, April 23, 2015 file photo, Vanessa Williams waves as she arrives on the red carpet for the closing ceremony of the 5th Beijing International Film Festival in the Huairou district of Beijing. Saturday, July 4, 2015. A representative for the singer-actress on Sunday, July 5, 2015 said Williams and her fiance, Jim Skrip wed on Saturday. No details of the ceremony were provided. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Vanessa Williams tied the knot with her fiance, Jim Skrip, on the Fourth of July.

Greek referendum: LIVE REPORT
A supporter of the "No" vote in the Greek referendum celebrates at Syntagma Square in Athens on July 5, 2015 after partial resultsAthens (AFP) - 18:30 GMT - 'No' voters celebrate - Hundreds of 'No' voters have begun celebrating in Athens after early results show those who reject further austerity measures in a crucial bailout referendum are poised to win.

Kerry urges Iran to make 'hard choices', says U.S. ready to walk
Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi (2nd R) walks near the hotel where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna, Austria in Vienna, AustriaBy Arshad Mohammed and John Irish VIENNA (Reuters) - An Iranian nuclear agreement is possible this week if Iran makes the "hard choices" necessary, but if not, the United States remains ready to walk away from the negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday. Speaking after his third meeting of the day with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Kerry said they had made "genuine progress" in talks over the last few days but "several of the most difficult issues" remain. "If hard choices get made in the next couple of days, made quickly, we could get an agreement this week, but if they are not made we will not," he said outside the hotel where talks between Iran, the United States and five other powers are being held.

Pet food maker Stella & Chewy's recalls some products
NEW YORK (AP) — Pet food maker Stella & Chewy's is recalling some of its products because a routine test found Listeria in a sample of its chicken freeze-dried dinner patties for dogs.

On his native turf, Pope Francis touches on cherished issues
In this June 7, 2015 photo, tourists take pictures with a life-size cutout poster of Pope Francis after attending Mass celebrating the feast day of Corpus Cristi at the Basilica of the Virgin of Caacupe in Caacupe, Paraguay. On July 11, Francis will celebrate Mass in the square in front of this basilica, in part to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of people expected to attend. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — History's first Latin American pope returns to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time on Sunday, bringing a message of solidarity with the region's poor, who are expected to turn out in droves to welcome their native son home.