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Fox Theatre sign will light up square in downtown Springfield Millions of dollars are being poured into redeveloping downtown Springfield, and that investment is lighting up the northeast corner of the square.  The Fox Theatre sign was an icon for decades, and Thursday night it is set to light the square again. "It  was a movie house. It was always a movie and vaudeville house," said John Sellars, executive director of the History Museum on the ...

New elk-viewing route opens in southern Missouri An additional route will make it easier than ever to see wild elk in Missouri this year. The Missouri Conservation Department began encouraging people to view elk along designated internal roads at Peck Ranch Conservation Area (CA) shortly after bringing the first wild elk to Missouri in 2011.  The self-guided driving tour has become a popular tourist attraction, especially in October, when bull elk bugle as ...

Harrison hospital restricting young visitors because of respiratory virus No doubt, many of you have come down with a cough and runny nose, some much worse, as the Enterovirus, EV-D68 specifically, spreads across the county. One Ozarks hospital is working to stop the virus from spreading to those most vulnerable. There have been no clusters of the EV-D68 virus confirmed in the Harrison area, but North Arkansas Regional Medical Center is taking precautions just in case. 18 ...

Consumer Reports: Winning Windows Home remodeling is up this year and along with it sales of replacement windows. Installing new windows offers many benefits. They can make your home less drafty and more attractive. They’re easier to clean, and some come pre-painted. But putting in new windows just to save on your energy bills isn’t a good reason. Sure, new windows could lower your energy bills by as much as ...

American Red Cross appoints interim director for Southern Missouri Nigel Holderby is the interim executive director of the Southern Missouri chapter of the American Red Cross.  She starts her duties on Monday after the retirement this week of Debi Meeds, who has been with the chapter for 10 years. Holderby began as a volunteer with the chapter in 2007 and has been the regional chief communications officer for the past three years.  A lifetime Missouri ...

Zipcar rental program is one of several MSU 'green' projects Missouri State University has started new sustainability initiatives to try to improve students' experiences.  One of them is a new car sharing program. Zipcar arrived on campus on Aug. 29.  Students can rent vehicles by the hour or by the day, with insurance, gas and 180 miles of travel included in the rental price.  Two eco-friendly cars are available for rental, and can be reserved online ...

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Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola
In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, a man dries his hands after washing them with chlorine outside a shop in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Shoppers crowded streets and markets in Sierra Leone's capital on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, stocking up for a three-day shutdown that authorities hope will slow the spread of the Ebola outbreak that is accelerating across West Africa. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)In a desperate bid to slow West Africa's accelerating Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three days starting Friday while volunteers conduct a house-to-house search for victims in hiding.

U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government
Free Syrian Army fighters carry a rocket before firing it towards Hama military airport that is controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Assad, in the Hama countrysideBy Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate approved President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants on Thursday, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the radical group. The Senate voted 78-22, in a rare bipartisan show of support for one of Obama's high-profile initiatives. With the House of Representatives approving the legislation on Wednesday, the measure now goes to Obama to sign into law. Ten Senate Democrats and 12 Republicans voted no. ...

Senate candidates face dilemma on arming Syrians
This combo of file photos shows Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., speaks during an event in Denver in a March 1, 2014 file photo, left, and then Colorado Democratic Senatorial candidate Mark Udall in a Oct. 16, 2008 file photo. Facing off in one of the most contested Senate races in the nation, Udall and Gardner, found something to agree on this week _ giving President Barack Obama the authority he’s asked for to train and arm Syrian rebels taking on brutal Islamic State militants. (AP Photo/Files)WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the most endangered Senate Democrats broke with President Barack Obama on Thursday over his request to train and arm Syrian rebels battling brutal Islamic State militants, while his Republican opponent backed the Democratic president.

Senate votes to support Obama on rebel aid
Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks with House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, after a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. At the hearing, Kerry sought to push back on an argument by some in Congress that Syria's rebels lack moderates, or at least any with the capacity to make a difference in the war. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)The Senate has approved a plan for the military to train and equip Syrian rebels, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama's signature.

Home Depot breach bigger than Target at 56 million cards
A closeup of an electronic payment station at a Home Depot store in Daly CityBy Jim Finkle and Nandita Bose BOSTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Home Depot Inc Thursday said some 56 million payment cards were likely compromised in a cyberattack at its stores, suggesting the hacking attack at the home improvement chain was larger than last year's unprecedented breach at Target Corp . Home Depot, in providing the first clues to how much the breach would cost, said that so far it has estimated costs of $62 million. But it indicated that costs could reach much higher. ...