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Springfield school buses make the grade in annual state inspections The new school year hasn't started yet  but buses in the Springfield School District's transportation fleet are already being put to the test. "Inspectors go through every bus from top to bottom and it's a complete safety inspection," said district Director of Transportation Rick Emling. "They look at all the electronics inside the bus, the emergency exits, all of the lights, the horns and the buzzers that ...

Quilt maker doesn't let blindness stop her from doing 'God's work' Perched over a sewing machine, Diane Rose meticulously pieces together patches of fabric. "My quilts are very detailed and colorful because I'm picky on my colors," said Rose. She has sewn and stitched hundreds of quilts.  With their detailed designs and burnt orange and deep browns, each one tells a story, but their beauty just might belie the quilter's story. "I have very vivid imagination," she said. Rose has ...

Injured Army veteran from Greenfield gets big gift You might remember Sgt. Derrick Hurt, who lost both of his legs as a result of injuries he suffered in Iraq in 2003.  We've followed Hurt's story since he came home from Iraq in 2003.  We last checked in on him in 2012 as he was getting used to new prosthetic legs. Hurt had another important day on Sunday. He's come a long way since first learning ...

Deputies searching for fugitive find explosive device Pulaski County sheriff's deputies discovered a homemade explosive device while searching for a fugitive on Saturday evening.  Sheriff Ron Long says information obtained by investigators about fugitive Vernon Parker Jr. led them to an address on Shawnee Road near Laquey. The Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit from Fort Leonard Wood secured and took possession of the device.  The unit took it to a secured site and detonated ...

Driver makes naked escape after car crashes into building Springfield police are investigating how a car crashed into an apartment building Sunday night on Norton Road, across from the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Residents tell KY3 someone in the car was trying to steal a bike that belonged to a child near the Fairvue Studio Apartments in the 1100 Block of West Norton Road. The parents of the child tried to confront the men and ...

Man steals deputy's patrol car before crashing, burning, fleeing Police are looking for a man who stole and then crashed a Dade County sheriff deputy's car on Sunday morning. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports the crash was south of Greenfield around 10:30 a.m.  When the thief struck another car, the patrol car rolled into the ditch and caught fire. The driver ran away from the crash scene and no law enforcement agency reported his arrest ...

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After 6 weeks, finally a deal on VA health care
In this July 24, 2014, file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. Miller and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., scheduled a news conference Monday, July 28, to talk about a compromise plan to improve veterans' care. (AP Photo/File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

Red Lobster tries acting like a fancier restaurant
This combination made from photos provided by Red Lobster shows its Wood Grilled Tilapia, on rectangular plates, with the fish, rice and vegetables spread out separately, top; and the same dish on a circular plate on which slabs of fish are piled over the rice, an architectural presentation that is common at higher-end restaurants. The new plating style marks the latest attempt by the struggling seafood to right its course as it embarks on a new era. (AP Photo/Red Lobster)NEW YORK (AP) — Red Lobster wants to be seen as a purveyor of quality seafood, so it's getting rid of some of its promotional discounts and plating dishes higher as is the style at fancy restaurants.

Police team turns back from Ukraine crash site
SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine (AP) — Heavy fighting raged Monday around the Malaysia Airlines debris field, once again preventing an international police team charged with securing the site from even getting there.

Consumer spending, inventories seen lifting U.S. second-quarter GDP
A woman and child shop at a Walmart in BentonvilleBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth likely rebounded in the second-quarter from a winter-induced slump at the start of the year and will probably continue to gather momentum through the rest of 2014. Gross domestic product likely grew at a 3.0 percent annual rate, according to a Reuters survey of economists, lifted by an acceleration in both consumer spending and stock accumulation by businesses. I do think we can sustain a 3 percent growth number for the next couple of quarters," said Jim O'Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics in Valhalla, New York. Earlier in the second quarter, growth estimates were as high as 4 percent, but they were lowered as consumer spending and business investment rebounded less than expected.

Mom on teen's 9-month absence: She wasn't pregnant
NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — The mother of a 15-year-old New Hampshire girl reunited with her family nine months after she vanished says rumors that she was pregnant aren't true.