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Ghost town in Greene County reveals memories, mysteries of a bygone era In this haunting season, you might not be aware of a ghost town sitting right in our back yard.    There isn’t left of the community of Phenix, which was tucked away in the hills north of Ash Grove.  It was once one of the largest towns in Greene County. Now it’s a ghost town.  The place isn’t so much haunted.  But, the situation could be considered ...

Cards exercise Lackey option at big league minimum ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have exercised their 2015 contract option on pitcher John Lackey, which is at the major league minimum. The right-hander agreed to an $82.5 million, five-year contract with Boston in December 2009 that contained a provision for a conditional team option at the minimum if he missed a season due to specified injury. Lackey did not pitch in 2012 ...

Republican Congressman faces familiar Democratic, Libertarian opponents Next Tuesday, some of the 750,000 voters across southwest Missouri will decide if they want to keep the incumbent or send a new 7th District congressman to Washington. The jovial Republican incumbent, Rep. Billy Long, faces familiar Democratic and Libertarian opponents.   Soft-spoken retired teacher Jim Evans, who ran in 2012, is the Democrat.   Libertarian Party candidate Kevin Craig has been on the Congressional ballot ...

Hundreds of Springfield families in need get free smoke alarms The Home Builders Association along with Meeks, Metro Appliances, and Battery Outfitters donated 400 smoke alarms with batteries. Springfield firefighters say thanks to school visits, they've located about 300 families without alarms. They'll install these alarms in those homes. It is important to make sure that older homes, built before smoke alarms were required by code, have one or more. "We kind of feel if only one life ...

Springfield fire stations, Art Museum will host trick-or-treaters The Springfield Fire Department will once again open its doors to little ghouls and goblins this Halloween.  Firefighters encourage families to stop by any of the 12 fire stations while trick or treating from 7 - 9 p.m.  To find the station closest to you, check a list of station addresses online. Also, the Springfield Art Museum will host trick-or-treaters on Friday morning, from 10 to noon.  ...

MODOT looks to replace dangerous guardrails If you're driving down the highway and you slam into the end of a guardrail, the flat piece marked with yellow and black stripes called the end cap is pushed by your car and it deflects the rail away from your vehicle. A design flaw though, means that some of guardrails don't deflect the rail away from your car, instead they seize up and the ...

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Burkina Faso president won't resign after protests
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's longtime leader refused to resign Thursday in the face of violent protests that posed the greatest threat to his nearly three-decade rule, saying instead he will lead a transitional government after parliament was dissolved.

Knicks spoil James' homecoming, 95-90
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James tosses chalk in the air before the start of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James struggled from the start in his first game with Cleveland in four years, and the New York Knicks ruined the megastar's emotional homecoming with a 95-90 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday night.

Christie hopes for 'big, fat blowout' for Branstad
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is giving a final boost to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's re-election bid.

Lawsuit: Surgical gowns let diseases pass through
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawsuit says Kimberly-Clark Corp. falsely claimed its surgical gowns met the highest standards for protecting against Ebola and other infectious diseases.

Man wanted in Pennsylvania trooper ambush captured
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, was captured on Thursday by U.S. marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt that had rattled the nerves of area residents, authorities said.