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Prepare for the new KY3 News App Monday morning

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 8:45am

KY3 News will introduce a new look to the news app in the Droid and Apple stores Monday morning.

The app will still provide you with breaking news, weather and sports and entertainment you have been accustomed to over the years.  It will also feature live broadcasts of KY3 News.  The update will go live sometime after 10:00 a.m.

Android users must update their apps to continue to receive the latest posts.

Apple users must download the app to receive the latest posts.  

Video Forecast: rain possible for a few days

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 7:13am

A slow-moving storm in the Rocky Mountains will bring a chance of rain to the Ozarks for the first half of the week.

Emergency Operations Center ready for use in Bolivar

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 5:55am

The Bolivar Emergency Operations Center is ground zero for first responders during crisis situations.

"The room is designated as the EOC for the city of Bolivar," said Brent Watkins, Emergency Management Director for the city of Bolivar.

"One of the main designs of the space is to function as a central hub in any event that might affect the city, weather it's an ice storm, or a blizzard or a tornado," Watkins explained.

City employees have worked for months to convert the basement of the city's public safety center into a dedicated space for emergency operations.

"It was truly an empty basement. It had cement floors, just like any empty home basement, that's exactly what it was. We have come a long way and it's very exciting," said Watkins.

Now finished, the room has dedicated spaces for multiple agencies within the city to work together during severe weather, or any other type of emergency. "It's all about having communication and the ability to communicate with each other when we need it," said Watkins. Another feature of this new space is that it's very secure. It's below ground with no windows and thick concrete walls that are weather proof, for anything mother nature might throw our way.

"It's well protected, well secured that nothing will happen to this building. We have generator backups so everything is right here so we can function as needed should the worst case scenario hit," said Watkins.

Since finishing renovations at the start of April the room has only been used once for severe weather, but as we get into sever weather season this spring, city leaders say it's a great new tool to enhance public safety. "It creates communication, anytime you can increase communication there's nothing bad that comes from that. Anything we can do to improve that helps the fire, the police and administration of the city respond better and quicker and to solve whatever might be going on," said Watkins.

The city will also use the room for training sessions and for meetings during non-emergency times.

Convoy of Hope evaluating situations in Japan, Ecuador after deadly earthquakes

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 10:25pm

As people in Japan and Ecuador clean up the rubble left behind after three earthquakes, workers at Springfield's Convoy of Hope are figuring out how they can help.

"When an earthquake hits like they have recently we take several steps simultaneously," Convoy of Hope Spokesman Jeff Nene said. 

Those steps involve monitoring the situations in both countries and talking with their partners on the ground in the disaster zones. But getting information from an area devastated by a natural disaster isn't easy.

"Anytime there's a major disaster, communications are going to be disrupted and you start getting reports from all different areas that conflict with one another," Nene explained.

Adding to the difficulty, the three deadly earthquakes all happened within a week.

"It requires a little extra monitoring time, a little extra time on the phone, things like that," Nene said. 

Convoy of Hope is still developing a plan of action, but Jeff said he expects two very different plans for the two very different countries. "In Japan, when they have an earthquake like they did recently, they're a very, very developed country, and in most cases aren't going to need help from the outside world," Nene said. "Ecuador is a different story. Some parts of the country are very developed some parts are very undeveloped, so for us it's a matter of continuing to monitor, talking to folks on the ground, and make a determination then: do they need help or don't they."

Convoy of Hope to makes that decision very soon. 

You can find more on how you can help Convoy of Hope's efforts overseas and in the United States on their website. 

Racial slur spray-painted on BBC campus

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 10:24pm

Just over a week after a North Springfield family woke up to find swastikas drawn in their yard, more racist graffiti has popped up in North Springfield; this time on the campus of Baptist Bible College.

BBC students say vandalism on campus isn't all that uncommon. "It really doesn't surprise me a whole lot because last year we had some kids go break into the cars over in the Vick Parking Lot causing trouble," says sophomore Cody Lee. But they were still shocked to hear that someone had spray painted racist graffiti on the globe statue in front of the World Mission Service Center. "I mean we've had some weird occurrences happen but I didn't think anyone would actually spray-paint," says junior Natalia Estrada. "People have broken into cars and stuff but nothing like, I never thought; that's crazy. "A lot of people are just really, I don't know, ignorant and just not very nice," says Lee. The school cleaned up the graffiti Sunday morning, just hours after it had been painted.

There is no evidence to suggest that the vandals who vandalized BBC campus are the same ones who drew Anti-Semitic symbols at the home in North Springfield.

Reddick's sacrifice fly lifts Athletics over Royals 3-2

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 8:40pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Reddick's sacrifice fly off Joakim Soria broke an eighth-inning tie and lifted the Oakland Athletics over the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Sunday.

Soria (1-1) relieved to start the eighth, Billy Burns tripled into the right-field corner and Reddick flied to center with one out. Reddick came across the plate standing up, easily beating Lorenzo Cain's throw.

John Axford (2-0) induced three consecutive groundouts in the eighth, and Ryan Madson pitched a one-hit ninth for his fourth save in as many chances, retiring Raymond Fuentes on a game-ending lineout to first with a runner on second.

Soria lost for the first time since July 11.

Kristen Can Do! The go-to gal in a handyman's world

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 5:34pm

It's something you don't see every day.

A green Volkswagen beetle pulling a trailer and a mower.

But then, Kristen Davis isn't somebody you meet everyday either.

"It's part of who I am I guess. The green bug. This stirs a little buzz, especially if my trailer's on it," says Davis.

"You know, people see me everywhere and a lot of times I have had people comment that's why they called me," Davis says.

She's a master gardener who's taken on a career as a handywoman.

"You know, I started out throwing a push-mower in the trunk of my car," Davis says.

She can hammer, saw, and paint. She does things with her hands some men can't (or won't) do.

"To some degree I have to convince people that I'm capable, but as soon as they meet me and as soon as I get in and start doing something, I think they see that really quick and just move into asking me to do other stuff," says Davis.

"We started out with her several years ago just doing some odds and ends painting. She's done everything from drywall, to she just re[modeled] our bathroom, to plumbing work, to putting some light ballasts in. She's kinda doing whatever we need done," says Paul Harrison, general manager at Bobcat of Springfield.

When Harrison's business needs a 'jill-of-all-trades,' Kristen is just the woman for the job.

"Never had a handywoman, this is a unique experience. I keep adding things to the list and she's like, yeah, okay, I'll do that," Harrison says.

"I just get in there and get the job done. You know I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty," says Davis.

"[She's] very handy. We enjoy having her around and she does excellent work, she's very dependable," says Ardith Bjorge, one of Davis's regular customers.

It's that 'Can-Do' attitude that's helped her business grow by word of mouth.

"I've had quite a few widows call me. I think we've built a trust, and so they'll just start contacting their other women friends," Davis says. She believes fact she's a woman attracts some clients.

She also takes pride in being the first handywoman some people have come across.

"I do feel like it stirs a lot of conversations and it's still something you don't see every day," says Davis.

Eric Fryer's 3 hits leads Cardinals over Reds 4-3

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 4:52pm

Eric Fryer had three hits, including the go-ahead double with two outs in the eighth inning that led the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Sunday.

A backup to All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, Fryer got his first start this season and is 6 for 6 at the plate. Matt Carpenter and Jedd Gyorko hit solo homers for St. Louis, which has won three of last four. Ten of the Cardinals' 21 homers this season were hit in the three-game series against the Reds, who have lost five of six. Kevin Siegrist (2-0) entered with a runner at second and two outs in the seventh, struck out Zack Cozart and pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, fanning two more. Trevor Rosenthal struck out his last two batters in a perfect ninth for his third save in as many chances.

Carl Edwards wins Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Speedway

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 4:08pm

Columbia, Missouri's Carl Edwards avoided tire issues that hampered his teammates and took off on the final restart to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Starting on the pole for the second straight week, Edwards led 276 of 500 laps in Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 19 Toyota en route to his first victory of the season and fourth on the half-mile oval. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second, followed by Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott and Trevor Bayne. Edwards' flawless day contrasted the right-front tire problems endured by teammates Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin after all of them started in the top five. Busch, the defending series champion and points leader, had trouble throughout the race. He exited after his car smacked the wall on Lap 259 and sustained heavy damage, failing to finish a race for the first time since June at Michigan.

PHOTOS: NASCAR makes first stop of the season at Bristol's short track

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 2:18pm

NASCAR ran the Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday. (Photos by Matt Hazlett, Matt Sullivan and Robert LaBerge/Getty Images)

Missouri bill would bar communities from banning pit bulls

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 1:02pm

Missouri cities no longer could ban pit bulls under a bill advancing in the Legislature. The measure passed 117-17 by the House this past week would ban breed-specific local ordinances. That means municipalities no longer could ban pit bulls or other dog breeds sometimes considered dangerous. Rep. Ron Hicks, (R) St. Peters, said ordinances targeting specific breeds amount to discrimination. He said pit bulls are no more dangerous than other breeds, and that the owners are to blame if a dog becomes vicious. Hicks owns a boxer named Rosie that he said could be mistaken for a pit bull. Independence banned pit bulls in 2006 following a series of attacks. Mayor Eileen Weir said it should be up to local governments and not the state to decide how to handle certain dog breeds.

Arkansas, EPA at odds over list of polluted state waterways

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 11:42am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is at odds with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality over the way it assesses impaired and polluted waterways in the state. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the department submitted its 2016 Impaired Waterbodies list on April 1. The EPA has until April 30 to act on it. But the EPA has not approved a list submitted by the agency since 2008, citing its disagreement with how the state assesses water quality. In 2014, the state approved changing water quality standards that would allow certain water bodies to remain in quality compliance. That allowed up to 25 percent of total mineral samples within a testing period to exceed water quality criteria for a particular body of water. The previous standard was up to 10 percent.

Lottery provides more than 200,000 college scholarships in Arkansas

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 10:38am

Lottery players have sent a lot of young people to college in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery (ASL) announced a milestone in its mission to provide scholarships to Arkansas students. As of this academic year, the Lottery has provided funding for 200,000 scholarship recipients across the state.

“Every day, I talk to students and families whose lives have been changed because of lottery-funded scholarships,” ASL Director Bishop Woosley said. “We are proud of reaching this scholarship milestone. We’re even more proud of the opportunities we are able to provide through the scholarships -- but it’s the students who do all the hard work.”

Arkansas has one of the lowest percentages of citizens with advanced degrees, Woosley noted, adding, “Some students wouldn’t be able to go to college at all without this scholarship.”

Woosley encourages both traditional and non-traditional students in the state to apply for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education before the June 1 deadline. To learn more or to apply, click here.

“At the Lottery, we say ‘you can’t win if you don’t play.’ Likewise, you can’t get a scholarship if you don’t apply,” Woosley said.  

Missouri Lottery Sends $24.3 Million to Public Education Fund

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 10:35am

The Missouri Lottery has transferred $24.3 million in profits to the Lottery Proceeds Fund for public education.

The April transfer of $24,305,462 is based on March sales, and it brings the FY16 total to education to more than $263 million.

Since Missouri Lottery sales started in 1986, the Lottery has generated more than $5.3 billion for the state and public education. Annual Lottery proceeds comprise about 4 percent of the state’s funding for public education – an effort shared by local, state and federal governments.

Programs funded in FY16 include the A+ Scholarship Program, the Foundation Program and Access Missouri, among many others. For complete information about Missouri Lottery proceeds, including maps of proceeds by program and by county, click here.

In addition to providing funds for public education, the Lottery also benefits the state by collecting state taxes on prizes of more than $600. During the past fiscal year, the Lottery added $8.7 million in state tax collections from prize winnings to the General Revenue Fund.  

Teen's facebook page leads to arrest

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 8:44am

A Facebook page titled "South Calloway's Sexiest" has led to the arrest of a teenager from Fulton, Missouri.

The teen is charged with harassment for what police say is inappropriate posting of photos of several schoolmates.

The sheriff's office says the page contained references to derogatory and sexual terms.

The 17-year-old who is also a student at South Callaway was arrested and released from jail pending a court appearance. Authorities say he could also face other charges.

VIDEO: Family Outdoor Adventures: Hitting the Trails

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 8:14am

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Continuing our series on fun outdoor family adventures, KY3 Photojournalist Thomas Leonard travels the local greenway trail system to show that exploring the outdoors doesn't have to be strenuous, nor too far away.

PHOTOS: Family Outdoor Adventures: Hitting The Trails

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 8:06am

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Continuing our series on fun outdoor family adventures, KY3 Photojournalist Thomas Leonard travels the local greenway trail system to show that exploring the outdoors doesn't have to be strenuous, nor too far away.

New train 'station' at Grant Beach Park will take families on trips back in time

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 10:52pm

In north Springfield, they’re sprucing up a popular park with a newpiece of 'history.'

A project at Grant Beach Park is on track to serve kids and families across the area. Every summer, thousands of families make their way through the train at Grant Beach Park at the Railroad Historical Museum.

They have the engine and caboose, and now a train station will be rolling in.

It will be a replica of train stations that used to be in small towns across the Ozarks. It will be a nod to history while helping build futures. The depot will provide a spot for special educational programs for kids and school groups.

The museum will serve people all over the city, but has a special part in serving families and kids from these underserved parts of the city who can't afford to visit a lot of attractions.

There is no admission charge, and the place runs completely on donations and volunteers.

Places like Commerce Bank, Felin Family, and Musgrave Foundation pooled their funds to make this outreach project possible.

Museum officials say it is set to start construction this month and work should be done sometime later this year.  

Reddick, Vogt power the Athletics past the Royals, 5-3

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 10:01pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Reddick and Stephen Vogt homered to back Sonny Gray's solid effort, and the Oakland Athletics ended a four-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.

Gray (2-1) pitched through trouble, lasting six innings to earn his first victory against the Royals in four starts, leaving the Boston Red Sox as the only AL team he has not yet beaten.

Gray gave up two runs and seven hits, walking one and striking out six. He stranded six runners, four in scoring position.

Reddick, who hit the ball hard in every at bat, erased the Royals' early lead with a three-run shot in the bottom of the first off Chris Young (0-3), who failed to get through five innings for the second straight start.

Woman jumps in front of pizza delivery car in Springfield

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 9:38pm

A woman is undergoing medical observation in Springfield after police said she jumped in front of a car on Saturday night on south Grant Avenue near Portland Street.

The car involved belonged to a pizza delivery driver. Officers said the woman did not suffer from any physical injuries after leaping in front of the car.

Police are still investigating.