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Southwest Missouri leaders try to save jobs in Mount Vernon State lawmakers and federal officials worked on a prescription Thursday to keep at least part of the Missouri Rehab Center open. More than 320 employees are now searching for a way to pay the bills. "We've spent a lot of time with our staff, though, every day since that time to talk them through transition plans, to help them locate other jobs," says David Parker, Senior Director ...

Empire reports power outages in Christian County About 4,500 Empire District Electric customers in Christian County lost power Thursday afternoon after damage to a substation transformer.   The outages spread across the southeast area of Ozarks and Sparta.  Empire says the outage happened after a transformer at a substation was damaged.  The National Weather Service reports the damage was from the excessive heat. Crews are working through the night to fix the outage. ...

Breaking News: Governor Nixon orders Missouri National Guard out of Ferguson Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson Thursday afternoon. The National Guard is working with the Missouri Highway to "systematically withdraw' from the city. The decision follows consecutive nights of fewer protests and fewer arrests.  The governor signed an executive order, calling up the National Guard to assist law enforcement on Monday.  They arrived on Tuesday. Governor Nixon ordered the ...

Opening of new Joplin High School delayed JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — The new Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center will not open as scheduled on Monday. Superintendent C.J. Huff announced Thursday that the schools will instead open Sept. 2. The announcement is only for those two schools, all other Joplin schools will open Monday. The high school and technology center replace schools destroyed by the May 2011 tornado that killed 161 people. Huff said ...

Raw Interview: Ambassador to Kazakhstan joins Rep. Billy Long in Springfield Kazakhstan Ambassador Kairat Umarov joined southwest Missouri Congressman Billy Long on a tour of SRC in Springfield. ...

Pictures: KSPR and KY3 come together for United Way's Day of Caring KSPR and KY3 employees worked together to make a neighborhood better in Springfield for the United Way Day of Caring.  Volunteers across the Ozarks pitched in to help with several projects. ...

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The ice bucket stops with Obama
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The ice bucket stops with Obama.

Dominican Republic bans Miley Cyrus concert
FILE - In this Saturday, April 5, 2014 file photo, singer Miley Cyrus performs at the Barclays Center in New York. The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances says it is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds. The commission said, Thursday August 21, 2014, in a statement that it took the action because Cyrus often “undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds.

Man in mystery selfie comes forward in LA County
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — The couple whose selfie was snapped with a Southern California burglary victim's phone has been identified, authorities said Thursday.

Two American Ebola patients leave hospital
Undated photo obtained on July 30, 2014 courtesy of Samaritan's Purse shows Dr. Kent Brantly near the Liberian capital MonroviaTwo American missionaries who were sickened with Ebola while working in Liberia and were treated with an experimental drug are doing better and have left the hospital, doctors said Thursday. Doctor Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy Writebol, 60, both Christian aid workers, were infected with Ebola in Monrovia last month as the largest outbreak in history swept West Africa. They were airlifted to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia for treatment in special isolation units three weeks ago. "The discharge from the hospital of both these patients poses no public health threat," said Bruce Ribner, director of Emory's Infectious Disease Unit.

No bail for woman in Amish girls' kidnapping in NY
Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies escort Nicole Vaisey to her preliminary hearing Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at town court in Fowler, N.Y. Vaisey and her boyfriend are accused of abducting and sexually abusing a pair of young Amish sisters on Wednesday, Aug. 13, before releasing them the following day. (AP Photo/Mike Virtanen)FOWLER, N.Y. (AP) — An investigator says a northern New York couple used a dog to lure two Amish sisters from their family farm stand with a plan to turn them into slaves.