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NCAA chooses new Board of Governors members

Jun. 22, 2022 12:15 PM EDT

The NCAA chose its new Board of Governors members on Wednesday, including nine voting members and seven non-voting members who will assume their duties on Aug. 1. The new voting members are: Mary-Beth Cooper, president, Springfield College; Beth DeBauche, commissioner, Ohio Valley...

Missouri man pleads guilty in catalytic converter thefts

Jun. 16, 2022 16:25 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man pleaded guilty Thursday to participating in a scheme that transported tens of thousands of stolen catalytic converters across state lines as part of a multi-million business. Federal prosecutors said Evan Marshall, 24, of Rogersville, pleaded...

Jurors deny cough syrup defense in road rage killing

Jun. 12, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman has been convicted in a road rage killing after jurors rejected defense arguments that she suffered from cough syrup-induced psychosis. The Springfield News-Leader reports that jurors found 50-year-old Elizabeth McKeown guilty Friday of...

Virginia officer kills coyote after several attacks

Jun. 05, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia police officer fatally shot a presumably rabid coyote that had bitten several people after the animal also attacked him, authorities said Sunday. The Fairfax County officer was searching a wooded area for the coyote, which had bitten...

Cops investigate swastika painted on Black Missouri church

May. 27, 2022 14:17 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A black swastika was painted on the outside wall of an historically Black church in southwestern Missouri and police are investigating the vandalism as a hate crime. Pitts Chapel United Methodist Church in Springfield reported that the swastika was spray...

State lawmaker facing fraud charges named in new lawsuit

May. 24, 2022 12:39 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A state lawmaker charged with fraud involving medical treatments has been sued by a patient over the care she prescribed for him to relieve back pain. Rep. Tricia Derges, a Nixa Republican, is scheduled to go on trial in federal court next month on charges...

Massachusetts Republicans meet in Springfield for convention

May. 21, 2022 19:33 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts Republicans held their state party convention on Saturday as they wrestle with how far to the right they should move in a deeply blue state. Members of the state GOP gathered in Springfield ahead of this autumn's elections to hear from...

Springfield women plead guilty to Capitol riot participation

May. 21, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Two Springfield women have pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge after participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building. Cara Hentschel and Mahailya Pryer, both 34, pleaded guilty Wednesday to parading, demonstrating, or...

Fuel retailers sue over requirement to post about tax freeze

May. 19, 2022 18:32 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois fuel retailers argued in a lawsuit filed Thursday that a requirement to post signs alerting consumers about a six-month freeze in the state motor-fuel tax unconstitutionally compels them to promote Gov. J.B. Pritzker's reelection campaign. The...

Father, son, convicted of drug charges, sent to prison

May. 16, 2022 16:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A father and his son have both been sent to prison for more than 12 years for their roles in a large-scale drug trafficking organization that distributed cocaine and opioids in New England, federal prosecutors in Massachsetts said Monday. Isaac Cardona, 34, and Rafael...