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Progress Report: 'Flying J' could land in Springfield with travel center/truck stop Interstate 44 at Chestnut Expressway is the last interchange on the interstate in the city that hasn't seen a lot of development in recent years. That could soon change. Plans are in the works for a big new truck at the southeast quadrant of the junction. "We are excited about that being developed because that was kind of an eyesore there," said Bob Hosmer, principal planner ...

Ex-employee who murdered 2 had only good references Case illustrates problem faced by companies in checking out work record of potential employees. ...

August continues to be kind The nice weather will last a little longer before a chance for rain arrives. Find out what is in store for the weekend by watching the forecast. ...

Work begins on 'Mile Long Bridge' Sept. 8 Bridge work is set to begin on the Highway 215 Bridge over Stockton Lake on September 8th. The bridge is often called the 'Mile Long Bridge', but the bridge's closing will be adding much more than a mile to some morning commutes. Mt. Caramel Estates Resident Barbara Adams has to cross the Highway 215 bridge over Stockton Lake regularly. "Probably two to three times per week for ...

Pictures: Virginia vigil remembers two WDBJ-TV journalists killed on the job Vigils remembered the lives of WDBJ-TV journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward. ...

Cheapest degrees with hefty paychecks Imagine graduating college with little or no debt and making sixty thousand dollars a year. It's possible. Dental Assisting students at OTC put their money where their mouth is. "I think the hours, benefits, pay and flexibility would be really good for me because I want to have a family," said Maddie Funk, student. More education does not mean better pay. Several associate degrees have impressive wages. A ...

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More than 70 bodies found in Austrian refugee lorry: government
Truck in which up to 50 migrants were found dead is prepared to be towed away on a motorway near ParndorfVIENNA (Reuters) - Investigators have found more than 70 bodies in a lorry full of refugees discovered abandoned on an Austrian motorway on Thursday, the interior ministry said on Friday. Austrian police had originally put the toll at up to 50 and are due to announce the exact number within hours. The lorry had come to Austria from Hungary. (Reporting By Angelika Gruber, writing by Shadia Nasralla; Editing by Michael Shields)

On-air shooter threatened to make 'headlines,' showed anger
This undated photo provided by WDBJ-TV, shows Vester Lee Flanagan II, who killed WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward in Moneta, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Flanagan was a former employee at WDBJ who appeared on air as Bryce Williams. (WDBJ-TV via AP) MANDATORY CREDITROANOKE, Va. (AP) — On the day he was fired from a Virginia TV station, Vester Flanagan pressed a wooden cross into his boss' hand as two police officers walked him to the door. "You'll need this," he said.

Japan reports inflation, household spending soften in July
In this June 26, 2015 photo, a man shops at a supermarket in Tokyo. Japan's inflation rate and household spending slowed in July, according to data released Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 that will likely raise pressure on the central bank to up its barrage of monetary stimulus. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO (AP) — The backdrop to the wild drama in financial markets over the past few weeks is a less dramatic but more daunting reality: the deep-seated challenges for sustaining long-term growth, especially for aging economies like Japan's.

Q&A: Questions, answers in Planned Parenthood controversy
FILE- In this July 28, 2015 file photo, Erica Canaut, center, cheers as she and other anti-abortion activists rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas to condemn the use in medical research of tissue samples obtained from aborted fetuses. Planned Parenthood Federation of America held a conference call Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, to discuss what it calls a “smear campaign” against the organization and its affiliates by a California-based anti-abortion group. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Planned Parenthood Federation of America is defending its abortion practices and its donation of fetal tissue for medical research.

Goodyear retiring blimps, rolling out new cigar-shaped craft
In this July 31, 2015, photo, Goodyear's Spirit of America blimp floats near Dodger Stadium, in Los Angeles. The Goodyear Blimp is retiring, but a cigar-shaped craft with its blue-and-gold Goodyear logo emblazoned across the side will still be at sports events, it just won't be technically a blimp. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fabled Goodyear Blimp is retiring.