Federal panel indicts 13 in phony tax refund scheme
A federal grand jury has indicted 13 people, including seven from Springfield, for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to receive more than $340,000 in fraudulent income tax refunds.
The U.S. Attorney’s office announced Wednesday that Cherie Christine Dupuis, 42, Claudia Dorsey, 33, Travis L. Ashmead, 29, Amanda Leigh Boyd, 32, Johnny L. Cooper, 25, Lisa Lorre Dehaven, 34, and Jeannie Marie Rhodes, 33, all of ...
Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson won't sign Arkansas' religious freedom bill; asks for changes
Arkansas Governor Hutchinson says he won't sign Arkansas religious freedom bill, asking lawmakers to change it.
That bill drawn sharp criticism from opponents who say it opens the door to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbian. The Republican governor on Wednesday said he wants changes to a bill lawmakers sent him prohibiting state and local government from infringing upon someone's religious beliefs without a compelling ...
Consumer Reports: Best deals on glucose meters
If you’re one of the almost 10 percent of Americans with diabetes, keeping track of
blood sugar levels can help keep you out of the hospital. A home glucose meter is
Consumer Reports tested 29 blood glucose meters for accuracy by comparing their
results to those from a glucose analyzer used in medical labs.
Another important consideration is the cost of the test strips. Those little strips are ...
Arkansas Children's Hospital will no longer hire smokers
Smokers seeking a job this spring at the Arkansas Children's Hospital should try their luck elsewhere. Employees were notified in an email message on Monday that the hospital will stop hiring smokers as of May 1.
The move coincides with the date that the hospital's new Tobacco and Nicotine-Free Campus policy takes effect. The hospital joins an increasing number of medical facilities and businesses around the ...
Complaint against West Plains superintendent dismissed
The Missouri Ethics Commission has thrown out a complaint against the West Plains superintendent of schools.
The complaint alleged Dr. John Mulford used public funds to oppose a ballot issue. A member of the West Plains North High School Election committee filed the complaint in January.
The school district reports the complaint was filed after Dr. Mulford provided the faculty and staff with informational documents during the ...
Neighborhood garden offers fresh food options for east Springfield residents
Common excuses for not eating enough vegetables are price, and access to fresh produce. A church is working to eliminate those hurdles for some residents in east Springfield.
"The purpose of the garden is primarily to produce food but also to help the community gather together," said Colette Freeman, Neighborhood Garden project coordinator.
"Participants get all the food that they grow and they get to learn more ...