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Sanitary sewer smoke testing to begin this week If you see smoke coming out of the ground this week, it’s part of a plan. The City of Springfield’s Clean Water Services division will begin smoke testing in the Jordan Creek 11 sewer basin the week of July 6. The Jordan Creek 11 basin is located north of East Blaine Street between North Link Avenue and North Old Orchard Avenue. Testing will last one to ...

Missouri budget official says more spending freezes unlikely Missouri's state budget director says increased revenue growth likely will make spending restrictions unnecessary in the new fiscal year. Newly released data shows revenue collections grew 8.8 percent in the fiscal year that ended last week. That's compared to the previous fiscal year, when revenues dropped 1 percent. Budget director Linda Luebbering says that means spending freezes are not needed at this time. The news comes after Gov. ...

Update: Man who died after riding bike in south Springfield was Mercy physician Police confirm that the man who died after wrecking his bike in south Springfield on Friday was 60-year-old Wade Shipman.  Shipman was a well-known physician at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, specializing in anesthesiology. Police say Shipman fell off his bike near Millwood subdivision off U.S. 65 at Evans Road, and hit his head on the pavement. He was taken to the hospital where he later died. Shipman ...

St. Louis officials turn to feds for help on gun crimes Homicides are in the rise in St. Louis, and city officials are increasingly turning to the federal government for help. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis has issued federal charges in dozens of gun possession cases since an amendment to the Missouri Constitution made it difficult to obtain state charges against convicted felons caught with guns. Police Chief Sam Dotson ...

Pictures: Fireworks at the Field in Springfield Pictures from the fireworks display at Fireworks at the Field on July 4, 2015 in Springfield.  ...

Driver killed in one-vehicle crash in St. Clair County A man from Lake Ozark died in an early morning crash in St. Clair County Sunday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports Gregory Barkwell, 28, was southbound on Route E when his Jeep left the road, overcorrected, and left the road on the other side and overturned several times. It happened eight miles north of Roscoe. Barkwell was pronounced dead at the scene. The patrol reports he was ...

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17 out of hospital in N. Carolina beach house deck collapse
EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine what caused a deck to collapse as a family was taking a group photo at their rented beach house in North Carolina.

Greek referendum: LIVE REPORT
People celebrate in Athens on July 5, 2015 after partial results from the referendum show a big 'No' majorityAthens (AFP) - 20:34 GMT - 'The people have won' - Nikos Criticas, aged 60, in Syntagma Square with his dog, tells AFP's Pauline Froissart: "I am very happy. Democracy has won, the people have won. I am very optimistic for the future."

The Latest: German official: Tsipras tore down last bridge
Young girls wave Greek flags as supporters of the No vote react after the first results of the referendum at Syntagma square in Athens, Sunday, July 5, 2015. Greece faced an uncharted future as its interior ministry predicted Sunday that more than 60 percent of voters in a hastily called referendum had rejected creditors' demands for more austerity in exchange for rescue loans. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest from the bailout referendum in Greece (all times local):

The Latest: Pope Francis arrives Ecuador for 9-day tour
Images of Pope Francis are displayed for sale at the entrance of Samanes Park where he will give a mass in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Sunday, July 5, 2015. Francis is making his first visit as pope to his Spanish-speaking neighborhood. He'll travel to three South American nations, Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, which are beset by problems that concern him deeply, income inequality and environmental degradation. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America:

Woods goes bogey free for first time since 2013
Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the 11th hole during the final round of the Greenbrier Classic on July 5, 2015 in White Sulphur Springs, West VirginiaTiger Woods fired his first bogey free round since 2013 on Sunday, closing with a three-under par 67 in the final round of The Greenbrier Classic. The former world number one snapped a string of 55 straight rounds with a bogey or worse -- a stretch dating back to his last bogey free round at The Barclays in August of 2013. "That is the best I have hit in a very long time," said Woods, who has plunged to 220th in the world.