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8 apply to replace retiring circuit judge Eight attorneys applied to replace Greene County Circuit Judge Dan Conklin, who announced five weeks ago that he will leave the bench in July as he nears the state's mandatory judicial retirement age of 70. Two of the applicants are Greene County associate circuit judges:  Jason Brown and Mark Powell.  The others are Becky Borthwick, a Springfield Municipal Court judge; Margaret Holden, a Division of Workers' ...

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EPA rules to protect drinking water, regulate small streams The Obama administration is moving to protect the nation's drinking water with rules that clarify which smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands are protected from pollution under the Clean Water Act. Two Supreme Court rulings had left the reach of the law uncertain. The rules issued Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are designed to clarify which smaller bodies of ...

Heavy rains damage crossings along Buffalo National River Heavy rains are causing problems along the Buffalo National River in Arkansas. All river crossings in the Erbie area of the river have been severely damaged by recent flooding. An assessment Tuesday reports that the crossings at Cecil Creek, Buffalo River, and Webb Branch are impassable and should not be attempted. As of Tuesday, the concrete low water crossings remained underwater and park staff were unable to ...

Owner of 2 stores gets prison sentence for synthetic drugs conspiracy A man from Springfield received a five-year prison sentence with no chance of parole for participating in a conspiracy to distribute more than $1.6 million in synthetic marijuana, also called K2. A federal judge sentenced Donald Parrett on Wednesday for conspiracy to commit mail fraud.  Prosecutors say Parrett, 43, owned Head Kase stores in Springfield and Joplin, where he managed the wholesale and retail distribution of ...

Ground broken on new Missouri state psychiatric hospital Missouri took a big step forward toward improving the state’s mental health care. Gov. Jay Nixon joined state and local officials in breaking ground on the new Fulton State Psychiatric Hospital campus. The event took place in front of the existing administration building, which will eventually be rebuilt and become the front entrance of the new hospital. “We are morally obligated to provide Missourians suffering from severe ...

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U2's longtime tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, found dead
The entrance to the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, where Dennis Sheehan, U2's longtime tour manager, was staying when he died a day after the band kicked off a five-night stint in the Los Angeles area. Coroner’s investigators are at the hotel. Bono posted a statement about Sheehan's death Wednesday on his website, saying "we lost a family member, we're still taking it in." (AP Photo/Nick Ut)NEW YORK (AP) — Dennis Sheehan, U2's longtime tour manager, has died at a Southern California hotel, a day after the band kicked off a five-night stint in the Los Angeles area.

BASE jumpers pushed to remote, no-rules sites
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — BASE jumpers just want to be free. How else can you explain it this extreme form of skydiving? BASE stands for the fixed objects people leap from: Buildings and antenna, spans such as bridges, and Earth, which usually means stunningly high cliffs.

South Africa says bribe allegations `baseless and untested'
By Mark Gleeson JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Allegations that South Africa promised a $10 million bribe to a former FIFA vice president to win its 2010 World Cup bid were unfounded, a South African Football Association spokesman said on Wednesday. “We are disappointed at the allegations ... they are baseless and untested and we request proof from anyone who has evidence to the contrary to come forward,” said SAFA director of communications Dominic Chimhavi. "Our bid campaign ... was run, by among others, late president Nelson Mandela and former president Thabo Mbeki and several government ministers, who are men of integrity," Chimhavi said.

FIFA corruption probe: LIVE REPORT
FIFA spokesman Walter De Gregorio arrives to give a press conference at FIFA headquarters in ZurichLondon (AFP) - 19:26 GMT - AFP IS NOW CLOSING THIS LIVE REPORT after a dramatic day that started with Swiss police arresting seven FIFA officials in Zurich, just two days before President Sepp Blatter seeks a new term in office.

'Lucy' may not be our mum, say scientists
A representative model of the skeleton "Lucy" at the opening of the new permanent exhibition at the National Museum of Ethiopia on December 3, 2014In 1974, anthropologists in Ethiopia found the astonishing fossilised remains of a human-like creature who last walked the planet some 3.2 million years ago. Was "Lucy," as the hominid was called, the direct ancestor of Homo sapiens? Named Australopithecus deyiremeda, the hominid and Lucy are probably only part of a wider group of candidates for being our direct forerunners, the finders said.