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Officer leaves gun inside bathroom at Cheddar's Restaurant in Springfield A worker found an unexpected surprise in a Springfield restaurant's bathroom. Police say the employee at the Cheddar's on South Glenstone in Springfield found a 357 left inside a bathroom stall around 9:30 a.m.  That employee then called police.  Turns out it belonged to an officer from outside Springfield. Police tell us that officer returned to pick up the weapon. ...

Missouri ballot features teacher evaluation change JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri voters are likely to hear a lot about good teachers and local control in the coming months. Public education groups are gearing up for a big battle with prominent political donor Rex Sinquefield over a proposed constitutional amendment changing teacher employment standards in Missouri. The proposal will be labeled as Constitutional Amendment 3 on the November ballot. It would limit teacher ...

Rams announce practice squad minus Mizzou's Michael Sam ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams have signed 10 players to their practice squad. As expected, Michael Sam was not among them. The Rams added two each at linebacker, offensive line, wide receiver and safety Monday, fortifying needy positions. Sam starred at defensive line for Missouri, but coach Jeff Fisher said the defensive line was the strongest group on the team. Rookie quarterback Garrett Gilbert ...

Springfield's City Utilities reopens part of Glenstone Ave. after Monday morning storms Traffic is again moving on Glenstone Avenue between Springfield and Pythian in Springfield after storms damaged trees and power poles in the area. One lane of southbound traffic remained closed Monday afternoon.   City Utility crews worked to repair or replace six power poles that were blown into the roadway during a strong storm Monday.  More than 1,000 customers lost power in the storm.  The outages were widespread, ...

Video: Big storms and big rains tonight Golf ball size hail, wind gusts over 60 mph and localized flooding will all be possible this evening and tonight. ...

Former WWII prisoner of war invited to Japan The Japanese government has invited a former World War II prisoner of war from Arkansas to visit the country. The Baxter Bulletin reports that 93-year-old Robert Lents, of Mountain Home, was invited as part of the Japanese/POW Friendship Program, which aims to encourage reconciliation. Lents was one of 62 crewmen assigned to the USS Perch at port in the Philippines when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. All ...

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Civil disobedience expected in fast-food pay fight
Civil disobedience expected in fast-food pay fightNEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry's workers.

Carrie Underwood announces pregnancy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher chose the Labor Day holiday to announce they are expecting their first child.

Kirk rallies to win the Deutsche Bank
Chris Kirk tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Chris Kirk picked up the biggest victory of his career Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Houston Astros fire manager Bo Porter
FILE - In this july 20, 2014, file photo, Houston Astros manager Bo Porter watches his team during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago. The Astros have fired manager Bo Porter in his second season with the club. General manager Jeff Luhnow says the decision wasn't based on Houston's record but because "we need a new direction in our clubhouse." The Astros entered Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in fourth place in the AL West with a 59-79 record, second worst in the league. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team's 59-79 record than the need for "new direction" and a "united message throughout the entire organization."

Braves' offense goes quietly in no-hit loss
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran (49) works against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA (AP) — With their playoff hopes uncertain, Atlanta's struggling batters picked a bad time to get no-hit by Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia relievers.