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Ballparks of America construction underway in Branson

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 6:31pm

Work is underway at the former red-roofed mall in Branson, transforming the place into Ballparks of America.  It was once an outlet mall, but now two of the 15 buildings have come down to make more space for Branson's newest baseball stadiums.  "This is the ideal location for a baseball tournament.  It's America, it's apple pie, it's family vacation all wrapped in one," says Hamilton Chang, Ballparks of America CEO. Demolition and construction on the Ballparks of America have begun.  Five famous fields, all replicas built on a two-thirds scale, are going in, with the premier field being Busch Stadium.  "Everybody's really working hard to get this done," Chang says. It's a resort-like destination for youth baseball teams and their families.  "It's going to be really good for Branson and great for kids.  We're very excited to see how people respond and get these young families coming to Branson and see how they love Branson," says John Moore of Ballparks of America.

The dorms for the baseball teams are coming together.  Each team will get their own suite with about 15 beds, where the coaches and players will all bunk in the same big room.  "It's all about a once in a lifetime family experience for both the kids and the parents to come, and our tag line is a pro for a week, and a kid forever.  So we want to live up to that," says Chang. For that downtime between games, the development includes 150,000 square feet of retail space.  Moore says, "We have some spots available if people would like to come in and open a business up; gift shops, restaurants, we're going to have shopping, and we're going to have a lot of arcades and things like that for kids to play in." They hope to see the first pitch by July.  The developers say the first phase of the project is costing about $15 million, and they hope to add more fields in the future.  Admission for the public will be free.

Couple of cold mornings ahead

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 6:22pm

Low temperatures in the 30s are possible the next several mornings. Find out if frost possible by watching the forecast.

St. Louis Cardinals deal pitcher to Orioles for cash

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 6:07pm

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have traded left-handed pitcher Jayson Aquino to the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations.

Aquino was acquired by the Cardinals on a waiver claim from Cleveland on Dec. 9 and assigned to the 40-man roster. He was later designated for assignment ahead of Thursday's trade to Baltimore.

Aquino was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic by the Colorado Rockies in 2009.

Report shows child abuse numbers in Greene County top KC, St. Louis

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 5:42pm

In total statewide, 6,439 children were victims of abuse and neglect in 2014 alone, the most recent year for which we have statistics.  That same year 32 children died  as a result of neglect, according to a report from the Missouri Department of Social Services.

"I don't know if we'll ever make sense out of something so tragic happening.  A takeaway for the community is if you are seeing stuff report it," said Amy Hathcock of the Child Advocacy Center in Springfield. One of the most recent tragedies:  a 13-month-old baby in Reeds Spring.  Prosecutors say Justus Jackson's mother Bambi found him not breathing in his crib  after no one had checked on him for 14 hours.  Both parents are now charged with manslaughter and child abuse. "With neglect cases it is very difficult to pinpoint everything, especially with an infant.  They can't come in here and tell us their story and say, 'Mom, dad, whoever did this to me,' or, 'They're not providing these things for me,'" Hathcock said. Hathcock sees hundreds of child victims each year at the Child Advocacy Center. She said stories of abuse cross all socioeconomic lines. "A lot of times people will say, 'Oh, they're a good family.  They've got money,' or whatever, and that doesn't necessarily mean anything," she said. Court documents also show Joshua and Bambi Jackson had been advised in the past to feed two of their older children more after someone made hotline calls to the Missouri Department of Social Services.  Unfortunately, prosecutors said, those those calls were not enough to save baby Justus. "If you're seeing a child that's significantly underweight, if you're seeing a child that consistently has poor hygiene, maybe in the same clothes the past three days, maybe that family does need some help and resources to get them moving in the right direction," Hathcock said.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.  To report suspected abuse or neglect, you can call the state hotline.   That number is 1-800-392-3738.

Man's trial for wife's murder will be in Ozark with jury from NW Missouri

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 5:38pm

A man from Ozark who is accused of murdering his wife and setting their home on fire in 2014 is now scheduled to be tried in the summer of 2017 with a jury from the St. Joseph area.  The judge approved the compromise plan between prosecutors and defense attorneys on Thursday afternoon.

Aaron Clemons and his lawyers argued Clemons could not get a fair trial in Ozark or anywhere else in the Springfield television market.  Clemons is charged with murdering his wife, Bailey, tying her up in the basement, and setting the house on fire in June 2014. 

Prosecutors plan to seek a death penalty if they get a first-degree murder conviction.  The defense says media coverage of Bailey Clemons' death and her husband's court proceedings means potential jurors in the area would be biased against him.

"I would not be talking to you now if it were still in the Springfield media market but since I understand you don't broadcast all the way to St. Joe, I can feel comfortable now talking with you. But we had to get it out of the Springfield media market because then otherwise we'd run the risk of having to pick a jury twice," says Charlie Moreland, Clemons' defense attorney.

Clemons' defense attorney began the fight in February to move the trial far away from Ozark, but the judge requested evidence to support the claim that it would be impossible to seat an impartial jury.  For the hearing on Thursday afternoon,  prosecutors requested that 10 random people from the Christian County Circuit Courts' active juror list be subpoenaed to testify.  Those 10 people were not called to the stand, however, after the judge approved a plan presented by prosecutors and defense attorneys for the trial to begin Aug. 14, 2017, in Ozark, with the jury selected the previous week in Buchanan County.

"We all agreed to try the case physically here in Christian County which is in the best interest of judicial economy and it's in the best interest of the families who have been through so much. The victim's family and the Clemons family, they've been through quite a bit and it would be even greater hardship on them for the case to be physically moved out of here," said Moreland.

Prosecuting Attorney Amy Fite also argued her motion at the hearing that, if Clemons plans to use an alibi in his defense that he wasn't at the home when Bailey Clemons was murdered, defense attorneys need to tell prosecutors where he says he was.   Defense attorneys argued that motion is too broad.   Circuit Judge Tim Perigo of Neosho, who is handling the case on special assignment, said he would rule on that motion within a week.

Perigo also said he would rule within a week on a defense motion for Clemons to be able to meet in private at the Christian County jail with mental health experts who might testify in his defense at the trial.

Author from Springfield appears on 'Today' to discuss new book

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 5:10pm

Author and speaker Jennifer Rothschild of Springfield has written 11 books, traveled the world, and has two sons and a daughter-in-law. She also happens to be blind. She joins Kathie Lee and Hoda on NBC's 'Today' to talk about her new book, 'Invisible.'

Springfield woman died in traffic crash

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 4:36pm

A Springfield woman was killed in a crash early Thursday morning.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 61 year old Sherry Sappington ran through a stop sign then crashed into a fence and a tree.  It happened just before 4:00 am in Seneca, at the intersection of Highways 43 and U.

Troopers say Sappington was not wearing a seat belt.  No one else was injured.

What a whopper! Reeds Spring fisherman takes state record freshwater drum

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 3:33pm

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that Joshua Cole of Reeds Spring became the most recent record-breaking fisherman in Missouri when he shot a freshwater drum on Table Rock Lake using a bow and arrow. The new “alternative method” record drum taken by Cole on March 31 weighed 30-pounds, 15-ounces. It was 33 inches long and had a girth of 30 inches. He shot the fish around 10 p.m. about one mile from Point 10 on Table Rock Lake.

“I can’t believe I shot a state-record drum,” Cole said. “I knew I was shooting at a big drum, but I didn’t realize how big it was until we got it in the boat.”

Cole added that it took two arrows to get it in the boat.

“It really didn’t put up much of a fight with two arrows in it,” he said. “I’m just glad we got it in the boat with no problems.”

The new freshwater drum broke the previous alternative-method state record of 26-pounds, 8-ounces taken on the Lake of the Ozarks in 2008.

“March was a great month for catching record-breaking fish throughout the state,” said MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson. “There were four new state records set in March. This just goes to show you that conservation makes Missouri a great place to fish.”

MDC staff verified the new record-weight fish using a certified scale at MDC’s Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery in Branson.

“Once my friends and I got the fish in the boat, I knew that it was a state-record fish,” Cole said. “This is by far the one of biggest fish I have ever caught in my life, and I still can’t believe it!”

Cole hasn’t decided what to do with the fish just yet, but his hopes are high to shoot something bigger.

“This was my first time out bowfishing this year, and I can’t believe I shot a state-record fish,” Cole said. “I’m so ready to get back out on the water and find bigger fish.”

Missouri state-record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods. Bowfishing is considered an alternative method and consist of a bow or crossbow that shoots arrows attached to a string so that the fish can be retrieved after they’re pierced. Other alternative methods include: throwlines, trotlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, and atlatl.

For more information on state-record fish, visit the MDC website.

Cucumber and tomato Greek salad

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 2:00pm

Cucumber and tomato Greek salad Ingredients1 English cucumber, cut into 1-inch dice 2 Roma tomatoes, diced 1/2 cup of large crumbled feta cheese 1/4 purple onion, thinly slice 2 tablespoons of olive oil 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon of oregano 1 teaspoon of garlic salt 2 tablespoons of black or Kalamata olives, chopped DirectionsToss together cucumbers, tomatoes, purple onions, and olives In a small bowl, whisk together all of oil, vinegar, oregano and garlic salt Pour liquid over tomato mixture Sprinkle with cheese Toss and serve immediately Recipe serves 6 to 8

Missouri Senate panel okays censuring Planned Parenthood CEO

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:28pm

A proposal to censure a Planned Parenthood official is advancing to the floor of the Missouri Senate.

A Senate committee voted 5-2 Thursday to endorse holding regional Planned Parenthood CEO Mary Kogut in contempt of the Senate, which can entail a fine and 10 days in jail The resolution would demand she come to the Senate to answer why she has not complied with a subpoena involving lawmakers' investigation into fetal tissue donation. Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe said he expects the Senate to vote on the contempt resolutions next week. Planned Parenthood has said the Senate's demand for documents was too broad. Legislative researchers say the most recent Senate contempt procedures they have found date to 1899.

State medical board to use "unborn child" in abortion rules

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 1:00pm

Under orders from lawmakers, a divided Arkansas State Medical Board has voted to replace the term "fetus" with "unborn child" and "unborn human individual" in proposed regulations implementing abortion-related laws passed by the state Legislature. The board had presented the wording governing abortion procedures for doctors in January, changing the Legislature's language to "fetus" because its members said that was an accepted medical term, while "unborn child" was not. A subcommittee of the Arkansas Legislative Council sent the proposed rules back to the board with directions to restore the original language. The board did so Thursday on a split vote. The laws, which require testing for a fetal heartbeat, add requirements for providers who administer abortion pills and require an increased waiting period for abortions, have already been implemented.

Video Forecast: high winds & a few showers

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 12:39pm

Some rain may develop northeast of Springfield this afternoon, and wind gusts will increase.

Authorities: Intruder was fatally shot trying to break into home

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 12:05pm

A man suspected of trying to break into a rural home in eastern Missouri is dead after being shot by a resident.   The shooting happened Wednesday afternoon in this small town south of Potosi.

Capt. Zach Jacobsen of the Washington County Sheriff's Department says an elderly resident saw a truck pull up close to the home, then heard burglars kicking or hitting the door.

Jacobsen says the elderly man got a pistol.  As the door began to open, he fired a single shot that struck one burglar in the head, killing him. Police are searching for two other burglars who fled.

Jacobsen says officers found a baseball bat near the dead burglar's body, and he was wearing gloves.      ___      Information from Daily Journal

Camdenton company recycles decades of old, discarded styrofoam from docks

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:29am

Until now, dock owners on Lake of the Ozarks for decades have had few options on how to get rid of old dock foam.

The workers at Lake Area Industries may not realize how much good their labor does for the environment; most are just happy to have a job.  If it weren't for these workers recycling used dock foam, however, it would still be filling up landfills by the ton.

"You would just be amazed at how massive they are; acres and acres and acres of just white foam stacked and piled," said LAI Board Member Beth Thomas.

"Those dump sites are as much as 10,000 cubic yards of material on each site," said LAI Executive Director Tiffany Maasen.

For decades, dock foam has been filling up landfills around Lake of the Ozarks.  Now Lake Area Industries is cleaning up the foam and creating jobs at the same time.  The foam is broken into smaller chunks, painted black and sold to a company for new products such as picture frames.

"It's going to protect the environment.  We're going to clean up the foam and we're going to provide a necessary service in regards to Lake Area Industries for jobs for people that need them," said Camden County Presiding Commissioner Greg Hasty.

With mountains of foam to be recycled, employees at Lake Area Industries have lots of work ahead of them.

"We're still going to have a hard time keeping up a little bit.  There's more foam.  It's going to take a long time to get it all processed and it will  be a little while before you see significant results," said Thomas.

Turning from country music to colossal rides: Branson sees busy construction season

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:12am

The face and skyline of Branson are changing with some big additions. 

Developers are investing between $200 million and $300 million this year in the city with new construction. One such attraction is the 150-foot-tall Ferris wheel going up at the Tracks Family Fun Park.  This ride was originally at Chicago's famed Navy Pier.  Before it starts going up in two weeks, crews are going down -- building a strong foundation.

Some of the other highlights include turning the old Red Roof Mall into Ballparks of America, a Fritz's sports park for tournaments.  Plans are also coming along for a new alpine roller coaster attraction. Then, there is the Bigfoot on the Strip freefall ride being built on Missouri 76.

KY3 News Ozark Life archives: Wooden yacht restored on Table Rock Lake, 1984

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:02am

In the mid-1980s, Rick Bryant saw an elegant wooden yacht that had been neglected almost to ruin. He dreamed big and determined to repair and restore the yacht to make it seaworthy again. <> After months of painstaking work, Bryant was at last ready to relaunch his yacht on Table Rock Lake.  KY3's Ed Fillmer followed his story from the first days of restoration until the yacht again cruised the lake.

KY3 News Ozark Life archives: Wooden yacht becomes fish habitat, 1988

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:01am

A former excursion boat was dilapidated, not seaworthy and needed to go away.  So the Corps of Engineers tasked a boat dock maintenance crew on Table Rock Lake to sink it.  It's now a fish habitat and diver destination at Table Rock. <> KY3's Ed Fillmer was there in February 1988 as this rather large boat was carefully sunk by a crew that usually kept docks and boats afloat! <> NOTE: Zebulen Pike is a common name for boats of all sizes.  Another Table Rock Lake 'Zeb,' a forsaken excursion boat, is reportedly docked at Big Cedar Marina awaiting its fate.

Man is arrested after stabbing injures 2 in west Springfield

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:49am

One man is in custody and two people injured after a stabbing in West Springfield.

Police responded to a call about 2:30 a.m. Thursday in the 2300 block of West Walnut Street, near Warren Avenue, about four blocks west of Kansas Expressway. Officers found a man with serious injuries and a woman who was less seriously hurt.

Police arrested a 21-year-old man at the scene but crime scene investigators were there until well into the morning.  Charges are pending.

Customer won't pay $13K, says contractor did shoddy work

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:48am

He wanted a detached garage on his land. A place to keep his trucks, tractors and tinker. Getting the VA loan was the easy part.

"This should have been leveled off," said Ronald Smith.

It starts from the ground up. "When you walk, you can feel the holes," said Smith as he demonstrated.

Smith says he can't access his storm shelter if his truck is parked in the garage. The awning doesn't cover his tractor. Smith is a truck driver. He's gone for days at a time. "By the time I got home everything was already up and it was too late," he said. He hired Loyd Sloan with L & S Construction Services. Smith paid twenty-five thousand dollars for the garage. That's a couple thousand dollars above the original estimate. Additions were scratched, scribbled and noted on contract. Prices continued to change. Sloan says Smith now owes an extra 13 thousand dollars.

"To me the job is not complete. You don't pay for something that's not complete," said Smith. "You should always request and expect constant communication with your builder or remodeler," said Aaron Wahlquist with the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield. Experts with the Home Builders Association recommend change orders. "It just makes sure all the communication is there so that the budget ends up agreeing with the builder and with the homeowner," said Wahlquist. Contact KY3 called Loyd Sloan. Sloan says Smith is trying to get out of a bill. Sloan stands by his work and says there's nothing wrong with the building. Sloan declined an interview. Greene County records show Sloan did not get a building permit. "A responsible builder will fill out that paperwork and submit it. Now, of course, you want to see that paperwork though. You want to make sure that building permit has been done," said Wahlquist. Smith fears he'll have to teardown his garage and start all over ... again. Contact KY3 found Sloan uses L & S Construction and Sloan Construction as company names.

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Arkansas lawmakers take up hybrid Medicaid plan

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 7:27am

Arkansas lawmakers are taking up Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to keep and rework the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion. The House and Senate on Thursday are scheduled to take up identical versions of legislation outlining the Republican governor's proposal to keep the program that is covering more than 250,000 people. Hutchinson wants to rename the program "Arkansas Works" and add new restrictions such as premiums for some participants. The program was created three years ago as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law. The votes may indicate how much of a challenge Hutchinson faces next week in fending off an attempt by opponents to block the funding bill for the expanded coverage. That measure will need three-fourths support from the House and Senate.