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4 deputies sickened, Missouri courthouse evacuated

Nov. 21, 2019 5:52 PM EST

OZARK, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri sheriff’s office is investigating after four deputies were sickened by a suspicious substance at a courthouse. Christian County Sheriff Brad Cole says a deputy fainted after searching the purse of a woman going through courthouse security on Thursday. Three...

Missouri man sentenced for shooting at corrections officer

Nov. 19, 2019 5:02 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole for shooting at a federal probation officer. Thirty-year-old Enrique Castaneda was sentenced Tuesday for assaulting a federal employee with a firearm. When he pleaded guilty in May, Castaneda admitted that...

20 people charged with drug distribution in Springfield area

Nov. 18, 2019 4:57 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Federal authorities have charged 20 people with conspiring to distribute heroin and fentanyl in the Springfield region. Five criminal complaints were unsealed Friday after the suspects were arrested in a law enforcement sweep that began Thursday. Local, county, state and federal...

Springfield is getting 2 electric-powered transit buses

Nov. 14, 2019 9:50 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Springfield is getting two electric-powered transit buses and could get more if they perform as expected. The Springfield News-Leader reports that City Utilities says the buses will arrive in Springfield by the end of 2020. Transit director Matt Crawford says the buses will help the...

Cook leads Missouri State past Cleveland St. 73-53

Nov. 12, 2019 11:05 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Keandre Cook registered 19 points and nine rebounds as Missouri State romped past Cleveland State 73-53 on Tuesday night. Tulio Da Silva had 13 points and seven rebounds for Missouri State (2-1). Lamont West added 10 points. Kabir Mohammed had 11 rebounds for the hosts. Tyrese...

Missouri awarded $35M in federal grants for road projects

Nov. 12, 2019 6:28 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri is getting close to $35 million in federal grants for road projects in two cities. Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday announced nearly $21 million will go toward pedestrian and bicycle lanes in Springfield, Missouri. Another $13.5 million will be spent on safety improvements...

Cook scores 31, Missouri State beats Alabama State 59-50

Nov. 10, 2019 5:32 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Keandre Cook had a career-high 31 points as Missouri State topped Alabama State 59-50 on Sunday. Cook sank 9 of 13 shots, including 6 for 7 on 3-pointers, and all seven of his free throws for Missouri State (1-1). The rest of the Bears made just 13 of 39 shots (33 from the floor,...

Missouri fire chief convicted of raping woman

Nov. 9, 2019 3:37 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A southwestern Missouri fire chief has been convicted of three counts of second-degree statutory sodomy and one count of second-degree rape. The Springfield News-Leader reports that 70-year-old Brookline Fire Chief Larry McConnell was found guilty by a judge Friday after a bench...

Law governing when fall classes can start leads to grumbles

Nov. 8, 2019 10:46 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Officials in one of Missouri's largest school districts are grumbling as they work to comply with a new state law that requires them to wait until late August to begin classes. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the proposed 2020-21 calendar for 25,000-student school...

Missouri CPA convicted in $7 million fraud scheme

Nov. 7, 2019 5:48 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri certified public accountant has been convicted of a $7 million scheme to defraud his employer and clients. Federal prosecutors say 46-year-old Douglas Richardson, of Lebanon, was found guilty Thursday of six counts of wire fraud and four counts of money laundering....