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Progress Report: New stores, attractions being built at Branson Landing You could say things are taking off at Branson Landing. In recent months, Parakeet Pete’s Zipline opened.  The new attraction whisks people across Lake Taneycomo, adding a ride to the mix of retail and restaurants. “It is gorgeous,” explained Emma Hamilton, General Manager of Parakeet Pete’s. “You are going to be going above the water here; you are also going to be going over the county road.” Right ...

Police: missing 3-year-old Lamar girl found safe in Joplin The Lamar Police Department canceled an Endangered Person Advisory for a missing girl from Lamar after she was found in Joplin.  The girl is Gabriella Masterson, 3.  Police believed Gabriella's non-custodial mother, Bayleigh Masterson, knew where she was.  Police had said Monday Masterson took Gabriella about 12:30 p.m. No word if the girl was found with her mother.   ...

Three dead, two critically injured in Kansas City shootings; shooter remains on the run In Kansas City, three people are dead and two more critically wounded after an apparent shooting Tuesday.  Police went door-to-door in the area looking for a suspect driving a beige SUV.  Police say they received a call about the disturbance, then arrived to find the victims.  One person was dead outside the home, two others were found dead inside the home. ONE PERSON WAS FOUND DEAD ...

City of Ozark attorney has final say in same-sex benefits question for firefighter Health care benefits will not be available for same-sex spouses of the Ozark Fire Department employees. Firefighter Capt. Andi Mooneyham recently asked the board to make the policy change. The board appeared to be favorable to the idea.  Mooneyham married a woman in a state that allows same-sex marriages. At a meeting Tuesday night, several speakers on both sides of the debate argued their points.  But in ...

Original host of KY3's 'Children's Hour' dies at age 90 Another of the KY3 originals has died.  Claudia Cox, 90, was part of the family from Springfield who put this station on the air in 1953. Cox started “Children's Hour” and co-hosted “Mid-Day,” the forerunner of our Noon News.  Her ever-present smile and charm served her well in those early years of local programming. Cox shared her memories of 'winging it' on our 25th anniversary broadcast. After helping ...



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Taurasi lifts Mercury to 96-78 win over Lynx
Phoenix Mercury's Eshaya Murphy, right, grabs a rebound in front of Minnesota Lynx's Damiris Dantas (34) during the first half of Game 3 in the WNBA Western Conference basketball finals Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — Diana Taurasi had 31 points, including a 50-footer at the end of the third quarter, to lead the Phoenix Mercury to a 96-78 win over the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday night, putting the Mercury into the WNBA Finals.

PG&E faces record fines over deadly California pipeline blast
The remains of burned vehicles and homes are seen near the site of a natural gas explosion in San BrunoBy Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday levied penalties of a record $1.4 billion on Pacific Gas and Electric Co, stemming from the deadly 2010 San Bruno natural gas pipeline rupture and fire near San Francisco. This is the largest safety-related penalty ever imposed by the commission, dwarfing a $38-million fine for PG&E over a 2008 natural gas explosion in Rancho Cordova, California, the agency said. ...

Obama to Europe: NATO to oppose Russian aggression
U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Estonia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet, left, and Estonia's Chief of Protocol Toomas Kahur, center, as he arrives in Tallinn, Estonia, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, for a one day visit where he will meet with Baltic State leaders before heading to the NATO Summit in Wales. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering NATO's security commitments to nervous member states near the Russian border.

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Asian stock markets rise as dollar gains
FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2008 file photo, a Wall St. sign hangs in front of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks wavered in morning trading Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, as investors looked ahead to major economic reports out this week. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Wednesday, lifted by new signs of strength in the U.S. economy and expectations that Europe's central bank will provide more support to the flagging region.