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Springfield Police ask for community feedback From simple traffic stops to interviewing witnesses of a crime, Springfield police officers come in contact with citizens hundreds of times each day. Now officers are giving the people they interact with a chance to let their voices be heard. "Our only task is identifying people who have had contact with the police department. Then we do a mail out to those people with the survey and ...

Marionville aldermen set special meeting on Monday on mayor's comments The debate over controversial comments by the mayor could come to a head on Monday.  The Board of Aldermen will hold two special meetings at City Hall on Monday evening. The first meeting is at 6:15 to accept the resignation of Alderwoman Jessica Wilson and to fill the seat vacated by Dan Clevenger when he was elected mayor two weeks ago.  The Board of Aldermen plans ...

St. Louis priest accused of abuse released on bond A 31-year-old St. Louis priest accused of sexually abusing a grade school student has been released on bail. The Rev. Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang is charged with two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy involving a boy younger than 14. He's accused of sexually abusing a male student at St. Louis Cathedral School. His lawyer has said Jiang denies the allegations. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Jiang was ...

3 people hospitalized after falling off cliffs in Newton Co., Ark. Three people were injured this weekend after falling off cliffs in Newton Co., Ark.  Police say the most extensive rescue involved a 29-year-old man from Rogers, who fell about 20-25 feet while climbing the bluffs at Hawksbill Crag. A Newton Co. deputy says the man was lodged between two boulders when he fell Saturday afternoon. The man was taken to a Fayetteville hospital in stable condition.  Search ...

Sunday marked 15 years since Columbine High School tragedy Sunday marked 15 years since tragedy unfolded at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.  Just before 11:30 a.m. on April 20, 1999, two students armed with guns entered the school taking the lives of 12 fellow students and one teacher. Over 20 others were injured. The gunmen later took their own lives in the school library. Prior to the attack, the pair made home videos making references ...

Span's sacrifice fly in 9th lifts Nats over Cards WASHINGTON (AP) — Denard Span hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and the Washington Nationals, with Bryce Harper back in the lineup, rallied past the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Sunday. The Nationals loaded the bases in the ninth against Seth Maness (0-1) when Danny Espinosa singled with one out for his third hit, Jose Lobaton singled through the right side of the infield and ...

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US vice president heads to Ukraine after fragile truce shattered
Pro-Russian protesters stand in front of a barricade outisde the occupied Regional State Administration building in Donetsk on April 20, 2014Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - US Vice President Joe Biden will begin a two-day visit to Ukraine on Monday, hours after a fragile Easter truce was shattered and pro-Kremlin rebels in the country's east appealed for help from Russian "peacekeepers". Biden's arrival in Kiev comes after a deadly gunfight gunfight killed at least two pro-Russian militants, an incident which sparked "outrage" in Moscow. But the Western-backed authorities in Kiev claimed the violence was a set-up by Russia to create a pretext for it to send in troops. The attack, near the flashpoint town of Slavyansk, undermined an accord worked out in Geneva between Russia, Ukraine and Western powers on Thursday under which "illegal armed groups" were to surrender their weapons.

Joss Whedon releasing film for digital download
FILE - This Jan. 21, 2014 file photo shows American film producer and director Joss Whedon at the screening of "Much Ado About Nothing" in Paris. Whedon will release a film he wrote as a $5 digital download, bypassing the normal channels of independent film distribution. In a video announcement Sunday following the premiere of the supernatural romance “In Your Eyes” at the Tribeca Film Festival, Whedon said that the film will immediately be released online worldwide via Vimeo On Demand. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Joss Whedon is releasing a film he wrote as a $5 digital download, bypassing the normal channels of independent film distribution.

Nene dominates, Wizards rally past Bulls, 102-93
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3), center, drives to the basket against Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, left, and forward Carlos Boozer (5) during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Chicago, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO (AP) — Nene started thinking about how it would all unfold in the middle of the night. No way could he have scripted it any better than this.

Prosecutor says 4 ferry crewmembers detained
Relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol sit near the sea at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into the submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the confirmed death toll to over four dozens, officials said. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean prosecutor says four more crewmembers from a sunken ferry have been detained on allegations of failing to protect passengers.

Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado
Partygoers listen to live music and smoke pot on the second of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, Sunday April 20, 2014. The annual event is the first 420 marijuana celebration since retail marijuana stores began selling in January 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.