Springfield.Net - Springfield Missouri Information

Other Info

Local News

Ozarks woman shares how she beat her meth addiction; offers hope to others KY3's Sara Forhetz reveals one Ozarks woman's story of how she kicked the meth habit. (Warning: graphic video) ...

Missouri school districts to provide free lunches to all students The Kansas City and Hickman Mills school districts will offer free lunches to every student, beginning in August. A new federal provision allows qualifying districts with high percentages of students on food assistance to feed all their students. The theory is that the districts will recover the loss in food costs with savings from the expensive paperwork and bureaucracy needed to manage lunch accounts. The Kansas City ...

Online university to aid community college grads Missouri's community colleges have a new tuition agreement with an online university. The Missouri version of Western Governors University has agreed to provide a 5 percent tuition discount for community college graduates who take its online courses. The Missouri Community College Association says the deal with WGU is the first such statewide agreement that the association has signed on behalf of its members. Community college graduates also ...

Walmart names new CEO for US operations Big changes near the top in Arkansas for the nation’s biggest retailer. Walmart announced that Greg Foran, 53, has been promoted to President and CEO of Walmart U.S. Foran succeeds Bill Simon, who resigned after serving in that role since 2010. Foran starts his new job on August 9 and will report directly to Walmart President and CEO, Doug McMillon. Simon will be available on a ...

McCaskill asks local companies for help before Senate vote Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is trying to get some local support before an important vote in the Senate. McCaskill has sent a letter to Springfield area employers she said directly benefit from resources made available through the federal Export-Import Bank, asking them to share their stories of how that funding has allowed them to create jobs in Missouri and compete in the global marketplace. McCaskill sent ...

Arkansas AG defending 12-week abortion ban  Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel defended the state's 12-week abortion ban to a federal appeals court, arguing the state has a legitimate interest in barring the procedure at that point in a woman's pregnancy. McDaniel on Wednesday filed a reply brief with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is weighing whether to uphold a federal judge's decision that the 12-week ban is unconstitutional. U.S. ...

Current Conditions:
Fair, 73 F

Thu - Sunny. High: 83 Low: 62
Fri - Mostly Sunny. High: 92 Low: 72
Sat - Partly Cloudy. High: 97 Low: 75
Sun - Mostly Sunny. High: 93 Low: 66
Mon - Mostly Sunny. High: 82 Low: 57

Full Forecast at Yahoo! Weather

(provided by The Weather Channel)

Headline News

Porch shooter: I didn't know gun was loaded
Theodore Wafer waits for the start of his trial at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Detroit. Wafer is charged with murder in the shooting of a young unarmed woman on his porch. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.

GM profit 2Q falls 85 pct. on recall costs
FILE - In this May 13, 2014 file photo, an auto worker inspects finished SUVs coming off the assembly line at the General Motors auto plant in Arlington, Texas. General Motors reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)DETROIT (AP) — Recall expenses chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors' bottom line in the second quarter, as it added up the costs of repairs for nearly 30 million cars and set aside funds to compensate victims of small-car crashes.

EU targets state-owned Russia banks in sanctions plan
By Justyna Pawlak and Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks vital to financing Moscow's faltering economy in the most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis under proposals considered by EU governments on Thursday. Ambassadors of the 28-nation bloc met in Brussels to discuss options drafted by the executive European Commission in response to the downing of a Malaysian airliner in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists. "If implemented such sanctions would be a serious blow to the Russian economy, exacerbating an already very likely recession this year and sustaining an economic depression for longer," said analyst Michal Dybula of BNP Paribas. The proposals included an arms embargo, although diplomats said it would apply to future deals and would not bar delivery of a French warship built for Russia under a 2011 contract.

Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. science advisory report says a key lesson from Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident is that the nation's nuclear industry needs to focus more on the highly unlikely but super-serious worst case scenarios.

Gates worried about notion of US disengagement
FILE - In this June, 2011 file photo, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates points to a question during a media availability at the Pentagon in Washington. Gates says he's worried there's a perception of the United States "disengaging" from global affairs. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he worries there is a perception of the United States "disengaging" from global affairs.