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Incredible Pizza plans $1 million expansion of restaurant in Springfield Incredible Pizza Company said Wednesday that it will spend more than $1 million on a 10,000-square-foot addition at its original restaurant here.  The work could be done by December. The addition will include an indoor Trampoline Park, a new “road course” style track with new go karts, a complete remodel of the laser tag arena, and a new Frog Hopper “bouncing” attraction for families. Rick Barsness, chief ...

Tax vote in district with only one voter cancelled The woman who would have been the only voter on a proposed sales tax increase for a downtown Columbia business district says she would have voted against the measure. The Business Loop 70 Community Improvement District board decided Monday to not hold the election since there would be a single voter on the issue. The district had sought to raise about $220,000 through the half-cent sales ...

Video: weather in holding pattern a few more days Humidity will increase this weekend with a corresponding chance for storms. ...

Go Orange for Hunger Action Month Since the beginning of the month social media timelines have been flooded with the color orange, and spoon selfies. "We're calling it Spoontember," said Bart Brown, President and CEO of Ozarks Food Harvest. "If you take a spoon and stick it on your nose, post that picture to social media and use the hashtag Spoontember, then what you're doing is showing that you're supporting our efforts,"  Brown ...

Two armed robberies at Kum & Go Stores in Springfield Police are looking for a man who they believe held up two Kum & Go stores Thursday morning. The first one happened at the store in the 1700 block of West Norton across from Lowe's off Kansas Expressway. Police were then called to the Kum & Go in the 4000 block of West Battlefield, east of West Bypass just after 4:00am Thursday. In the last robbery the ...

Police: Youth facility employee accused of having sex with teenage resident A youth program, and one of its employees, finds itself at the center of a police investigation.  An employee of Great Circle, formerly Boys and Girls Town, is accused of a sex crime against a teenager living there. A Springfield Police report says a 28-year old employee is under investigation after being accused of having sex with a 16-year old resident of the facility.  The Great ...

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Broadway season features Jennifer Hudson and Bruce Willis
FILE - In this April 11, 2015 file photo, Jennifer Hudson performs at the TV Land Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Hudson and Broadway is a match made in musical heaven and the two finally will be together in the revival of "The Color Purple." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The new Broadway season hasn't yet started in earnest and already there's a front-runner for the Tony Awards next summer — "Hamilton." But there are plenty of challengers hoping to steal its thunder over the next few months. Here's a look at some highlights of the 2015-16 fall season:

European Central Bank ready to give eurozone more stimulus
President of European Central Bank Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Sept.3, 2015, following a meeting of the ECB governing council. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is ready to give the eurozone economy a bigger dose of stimulus if turmoil in China and weaker global growth hurt its modest recovery, President Mario Draghi said Thursday.

1 Marine killed, 11 hurt in helicopter hard landing
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A heavy-lift military helicopter landed harder and faster than normal during a nighttime training exercise in North Carolina, killing one U.S. Marine and injuring 11 others, the military said.

Father of drowned Syrian boys: Overloaded boat flipped
ADDS IDENTIFICATION OF CHILD A paramilitary police officer carries the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi, 3, after a number of migrants died and a smaller number were reported missing after boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized, near the Turkish resort of Bodrum early Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. The family — Abdullah, his wife Rehan and their two boys, 3-year-old Aylan and 5-year-old Galip — embarked on the perilous boat journey only after their bid to move to Canada was rejected. The tides also washed up the bodies of Rehan and Galip on Turkey's Bodrum peninsula Wednesday, Abdullah survived the tragedy. (AP Photo/DHA) TURKEY OUTANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The father of a 3-year-old boy photographed lying dead on a Turkish beach has described how their overloaded boat flipped over in the sea and he quickly realized his sons and his wife had drowned.

Pope visit this month presents unprecedented security issues
FILE- In this Sept. 1, 2015 file photo, a horse-drawn carriage moves along the West Drive in New York's Central Park. Security will be tight along the route Pope Francis travels through the park as he makes his way to Madison square Garden to celebrate mass on Saturday, September 25. The pope’s visit to New York City later this month will likely raise security issues and costs to new heights in a city where protecting a dignitary is an art and a point of pride. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Those planning security for the New York City leg of the upcoming United States visit of Pope Francis have circled Sept. 25 on their calendars as the perfect storm.