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Pharmacists may soon prescribe birth control like doctors A bill now moving through the Missouri house of representatives aims to give women easier access to birth control pills. If passed, house bill 1679 would allow pharmacists to begin writing prescriptions for women over 18 who have seen their doctor within 3 years. Right now if a woman's birth control prescription runs out she might have to wait several weeks to get in to see a ...

Consumer Reports: Zika Insect Repellents The World Health Organization has declared the rapid spread of the Zika virus an international public health emergency. In response to this growing threat, Consumer Reports is releasing free to the public its exclusive ratings of the mosquito repellents that can help keep you safe. Mosquitoes are a top concern. There is currently no vaccine for the Zika virus and no drug to treat Zika infections, so ...

Alert driver helped foil rape in broad daylight near MSU A man from Springfield who is suspected but not charged for two sexual assaults is now charged with trying to rape a woman on a sidewalk near Missouri State University on Wednesday afternoon.  Police say another woman came to the assault victim’s rescue and the two women then followed the attacker until police arrived. Stephen Goodwin, who turns 53 years old on Saturday, is charged with ...

Former Ozarks dentist guilty of Medicaid fraud A dentist who formerly practiced at clinics in Springfield, Mo., and Mountain Grove, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy to collect more than $167,000 in fraudulent Medicaid payments for child patients of the clinics. James R. Dye, 66, of Independence, Missouri waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to ...

Police release more details about fatal accident at Springfield's trash landfill The Springfield Police Department said Thursday that a city worker who died after an accident at the city's trash landfill was crushed.   The accident was shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday. John Choate, 53, who lived in Buffalo, died after being taken to a hospital by a helicopter ambulance.  He'd worked for the city since 2008. Police says a semi truck towing a trailer, driven by a man ...

FEMA opens disaster recovery center in Springfield The federal government has a hands-on way of offering help to flood victims.  Federal Emergency Management Agency workers opened an office in Springfield on Thursday to help people dealing with the flood damage that happened in the days after last Christmas. "We're getting estimates on a new floor and putting up drywall, and that's going to be around $5,000," said Sandy Steck, a homeowner in Springfield. Just ...

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The Latest: Baldwin: Clinton should 'be Hillary,' despite NH
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton applauds while speaking in Las Vegas. Now that Iowa and New Hampshire are in the rear-view mirror, the Democratic presidential contest shifts to markedly different terrain in Nevada, whose largely urban and diverse electorate will test the breadth of Bernie Sanders’ appeal and the durability of Hillary Clinton’s coalition. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest from the 2016 campaign trail (all times local):

Leicester won't be fazed by title spotlight, says Vardy
Leicester City's striker Jamie Vardy (C) runs during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, on February 6, 2016Jamie Vardy is adamant Leicester City remain unfazed by the mounting pressure of the Premier League title race as the shock leaders prepare for a summit meeting with Arsenal on Sunday. For the first time this season, Claudio Ranieri's side find themselves the bookmakers' favourites to be crowned champions after their fairytale rise reached a new high with last weekend's stunning 3-1 win at title rivals Manchester City. The Foxes sit five points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur and third-placed Arsenal with just 13 games remaining and the previously unthinkable prospect of the unfashionable outfit winning a first ever top-flight title is now a genuine possibility.

The Latest: Cop fired after conviction in stairwell shooting
Police Officer Peter Liang, center, enters the courtroom after the lunch break in his trial on charges in the shooting death of Akai Gurley, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at Brooklyn Supreme court in New York. Jurors are scheduled to start discussing their views of Liang’s actions as soon as Tuesday. Closing arguments are expected in the morning, and deliberations are likely to begin in the afternoon. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a New York City police officer charged with fatally shooting a man in a darkened stairwell of a Brooklyn public housing complex (all times local):

Major powers agree to plan for 'cessation of hostilities' in Syria
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura attend a news conference after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in MunichBy John Irish and Warren Strobel MUNICH (Reuters) - Major powers agreed on Friday to implement a cessation of hostilities in Syria and to expand delivery of humanitarian aid to people caught up in the conflict, officials said. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking to reporters after a meeting in Munich that included Russia and more than a dozen other countries, said the target for implementing the nationwide cessation of fighting was a week's time.

CIA director says IS group has used, can make chem weapons
CIA director John Brennan testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats to America and its allies, in Washington, DC on February 9, 2016CIA director John Brennan has said that Islamic State fighters have used chemical weapons and have the capability to make small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas, CBS News reported Thursday. "We have a number of instances where ISIL has used chemical munitions on the battlefield," Brennan told CBS News, which released excerpts of an interview to air in full on the "60 Minutes" news program on Sunday. The network added that he told "60 Minutes" the CIA believes that the IS group has the ability to make small amounts of mustard or chlorine gas for weapons.