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Square Safety: Reputation problems haunt Park Central despite redevelopment Despite a nearly-$2-million renovation, and current redevelopment project going on (History Museum on the Square and the Heer’s building), Park Central’s reputation may be in the most need of makeover.  That’s according to many people who work and live in buildings around the square. “I do try to walk back and for with a group of people to my car when we leave,” stated Lori Lynch, ...

Cold air to finish off the weekend Rain is heading into the Ozarks this weekend and may end as a bit of snow. Find out what to expect by watching the weather. ...

Fire erupts at Polk county hardwood business A hardwood business near Brighton sustained heavy damage following a massive fire Friday night. Flames erupted just before 9:00pm at Missouri Hardwood Products.  No word on what started the fire.  KY3 crews on the scene observed a shop or warehouse that likely looked like a total loss due to the blaze.  Several bright flashes or explosions were also spotted by the KY3 photographer. Watch KY3 Ozarks Today ...

Rescue group seeks help caring for dogs with medical needs Georgia, a 4 year old boxer, is new to the idea of getting some T-L-C.  She was brought to the Boxer/Schnauzer rescue group earlier this week. Springfield Veterinary Center works with the Rescue to make sure they get all the medical attention they need." For all that she has been through she is so sweet and is loving and forgiving," says Runion.  " You would ...

68-year-old man tased during traffic stop in Sparta A Sparta man plans on suing the Sparta Police Department after he was tased at a traffic stop. 68-year-old Bobby Estep says the officer used excessive force, but the Sparta Police Chief disagrees. The incident happened on January 22 while Estep was driving home. Estep said he was pulled over for speeding and lane violations. Estep said during the stop the officer approached the car, demanded ...

Dr. John Bentley honored as 'Springfieldian of the Year' Dr. John Bentley was named the 2015 Springfieldian at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Friday. Bentley completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1964 and went on to finish his training in Internal Medicine at University of Wisconsin in 1968. He then practiced medicine at St. John's, now Mercy Hospital Springfield, for 35 years. What began as a volunteer position with ...

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Laird leads by two at Phoenix Open
Martin Laird of Scotland acknowledges the crowd on the 9th green during the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on January 30, 2015 in Scottsdale, ArizonaMartin Laird posted his second straight six-under 66 to take the lead at the Phoenix Open which will be without both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson after they missed the cut. It was also his first bogey of the event at the rain-soaked TPC Scottsdale course. Daniel Berger, who is playing on a sponsor exemption, posted a two-under 69 and he stands alone in second place at eight under. Justin Thomas carded a three-under 68 to move into third place at seven-under-par 135.

Attorney wants mistrial declared in Vanderbilt rape case
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An attorney for one of the ex-Vanderbilt University football players convicted of raping an unconscious fellow student says he will ask that a mistrial be declared after learning that a jury member was a rape victim.

Deadly clash in Philippines a setback to peace with Muslim rebels
Children cry in front of the casket for their father, one of the slain members of the Special Action Force (SAF) who were killed in Sunday's clash with Muslim rebels, during a service inside a police headquarters in Taguig cityBy Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A deadly clash between Philippines police and Muslim rebels in the south of the country has dealt a temporary setback to peace talks, Manila's chief peace negotiator said on Saturday, appealing for renewed efforts to keep the process on track. The government has described last Sunday's clash, which shattered a three-year ceasefire, as a "misencounter" during a bid by police to arrest two wanted militants who had taken refuge with Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters. "We have been temporarily set back by the Mamasapano incident," Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, the government's chief peace negotiator, told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur. "The other alternative is simple unthinkable ... I don’t think we want to go back to the 1970s." Government and rebel peace panels met in Malaysia on Friday to sign protocols for the surrender of weapons by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in a bid to underscore their commitment to the peace process, brokered by Kuala Lumpur.

Anger, mourning in Pakistan after mosque bombing kills 59
Pakistani protesters burn tires to condemn a blast at a Shiite mosque, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 in Karachi, Pakistan. The bomb ripped through a mosque in Pakistan belonging to members of the Shiite minority sect of Islam just as worshippers were gathering for Friday prayers, killing dozens of people and wounding many others, officials said. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)ISLAMABAD (AP) — Shiites across Pakistan are mourning and planning to protest after a bombing at a Shiite mosque in the country killed at least 59 people.

NYC to pay $5M to kin of man killed in 'Mafia cops' case
File- This file photo from March 13, 2006, shows former New York City police detective Louis Eppolito entering Brooklyn federal court on the first day of his trial in New York. Nicholas Guido was showing off his new car outside his mother's home on Christmas Day 1986 when he was gunned down because he'd been mistaken for a mobster with the same name. The bad information, prosecutors said, came from two decorated police detectives who would later be convicted of moonlighting as hit men for the mob. Twenty-nine years later, the city has reached a $5 million settlement with Guido's family in part of the fallout from one of the most stunning police corruption cases in New York history. Guido's killers had him confused with an enemy of a mob underboss who paid then-detectives Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa to be his criminal "crystal ball," a source of help killing eight of their patron's foes between 1986 and about 1990, Brooklyn federal prosecutors said. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Nicholas Guido was showing off his new car outside his mother's home on Christmas Day 1986 when he was gunned down because he'd been mistaken for a mobster with the same name. The bad information, prosecutors said, came from two decorated police detectives who would later be convicted of moonlighting as hit men for the mob.