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VIDEO: FYI Guy starts three ingredient muffins

1 hour 33 min ago

FYI Guy Jeremy Rabe makes banana nut muffins with three simple ingredients-- ripened bananas, pecans and yellow cake mix

WATCH: Your Movie Friend reviews Aloha and San Andreas

1 hour 41 min ago

Two new movies hit the box office this weekend-- Your Movie Friend sizes up Aloha and San Andreas.

Your generosity raises 46-hundred dollars during Saturday's Ozarks Today show

3 hours 41 min ago

KY3 News and the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals would like to thank all the viewers who so generously donated money during the morning show newscasts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning.  You raised a total of $16,600 during the newscasts.  

Please join us for the telethon starting Saturday night after our 10p.m. newscast.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Part 2 Video: Finishing up three ingredient muffins

4 hours 2 min ago

FYI Guy bakes our three ingredient muffins. Simple, easy and tasty!

Part 1 Video: Three ingredient muffins

4 hours 7 min ago

FYI Guy Jeremy Rabe makes banana nut muffins with three simple ingredients-- ripened bananas, pecans and yellow cake mix.

Video: Your Movie Friend on Aloha and San Andreas

4 hours 11 min ago

Two new movies hit the box office this weekend-- Your Movie Friend sizes up Aloha and San Andreas.

Rain ends, clouds hang around

5 hours 5 min ago

Heavy rain comes to an end today but flooding is still a concern. Highs will be cooler all weekend under mostly cloudy skies.

UPDATE: Missing two month old found safe in Springfield hotel

5 hours 18 min ago

Springfield police say 2-month-old Jacob Dake has been found safe.  His parents, Kyle Dake and Dorothy Stas, were located Saturday morning at a Springfield hotel.  The child is safe and is being treated at a hospital. Dake and Stas were arrested for interference with custody, and charges are pending.

Crews respond to 3 water rescue calls overnight

6 hours 40 min ago

Crews responded to three different incidents of vehicles stranded at low water crossings overnight, following heavy rains in Greene and Christian counties.

According to Logan-Rogersville Fire Chief Rich Stirts, the first incident happened around 10:00 p.m. on U Highway at Pedelo Creek. Chief Stirts told KY3 News that one adult was stranded in the raging water and was able to escape without assistance. 

The second happened at around 11:30 p.m. Logan-Rogersville Fire and Springfield Water Rescue saved a family of five, including three children, when their vehicle washed off the road at Steelman Bridge and Farm Road 134.  

The third incident happened near the Joe Crighton Access of the James River Water Trail. Crews said three adults had to be rescued with rescue sticks. 

Nobody was injured. Authorities urge people to use caution at low water crossings and to pay special attention during heavy rains. 

Police search for missing, endangered baby from Springfield; likely with parents

12 hours 48 min ago

The Springfield Police Department is searching for a missing and endangered child.

Jacob Joseph Dake, 2 months old, needs immediate medical care and a judge ordered the state to take custody of him. Jacob is believed to be with his parents, Kyle Dake and Dorothy Stas.

The mother is Dorothy Stas, 22. Stas is white, 5-foot-4 and 135 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. The father is Kyle Dake, 26.  Dake is white, 5-foot-10 and 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

They are believed to be in the Springfield area, possibly headed to Oklahoma, in a black 1999 Ford Mustang with Missouri license plate MK3D0V.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the Springfield Police Department at (417) 864-1810.

Lackey strikes out 9, Cardinals beat Dodgers 3-0 for 5th in row

12 hours 52 min ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — John Lackey worked seven scoreless innings and the St. Louis Cardinals got just enough off Mike Bolsinger to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 for their fifth straight victory on Friday night.

The Cardinals ended Bolsinger's streak of 18 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings on Randal Grichuk's bases-loaded double play ball in the first. Jhonny Peralta doubled twice with an RBI and Grichuk, starting in left field in place of ailing Matt Holliday, batted cleanup for the first time and had an RBI double in the third.

The Dodgers have been shut out four straight times on the road, inclduing getting outscored 10-0 in a three-game sweep at San Francisco May 19-21.

Lackey (3-3) struck out nine and allowed five hits.

Bolsinger (3-1) gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings.

Corps explains why Table Rock Dam flood gates are open

12 hours 54 min ago

The flood gates are open at Table Rock Dam, and many of you probably thought it's because of all the rain we've been getting.  Well, that's only part of the reason.  The lake is at a level, where the Corps of Engineers flood control plan calls for them to release water from the dam, but not necessarily through the flood gates.

"Very few times has the dam actually been open and running all the gates all at one time, so it's kind of a neat experience, something that our daughter's never even seen," said Table Rock Lake visitor Dave Dixon.

"Kind of pretty, kind of pretty," said W.T. Cotten. 

Plenty are stopping to take pictures.  Some may be worried.

"We are getting a lot of people's questions about: 'Why are the gates opening?' Is downtown Branson going to flood?'" said Leah Deeds, a park ranger at Table Rock Lake.

"I thought they might be trying to lower the level a little bit in case of additional water coming in from upstream," said Cotten.

The Corps says it normally wouldn't open the gates at this lake level (917.8 on Friday), but the reason they're open is because of a problem with two of the generators.  The generators are in the power house at the bottom of the dam. The water is churning from the two working generators, but the other two were struck by lightning a couple of weeks ago.

The dam still needs to keep up with releasing the amount required in the flood control plan. 

"It says, when our lake at Table Rock reaches a certain elevation, we have to release 15,000 cubic feet per second, and to do that, we have to open up the gates," said Deeds.

A few years ago, the Corps says, the gates were each open about four feet.  Right now, they're only open from six inches to a foot each.

"At this point, I keep reminding them, the release is about the same as when four generators are running in the power house.  It just looks different," Deeds said.

The Corps of Engineers says contractors are looking at the two generators, but it's not clear yet how long it will be until they're repaired.

Flooding a big concern through the night

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:51pm

Moderate to heavy rain is falling over the Ozarks this evening. Flooding has been reported in a number of communities so use caution when traveling. Find out when the Ozarks will dry out by watching the forecast.

Springfield mail processing center will remain open

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:35pm

The U.S. Postal Service says it will not close its mail sorting center in Springfield this summer as previously announced.  Instead, a postal workers union local leader says, the center will try to hire employees to fill vacancies, following the one-year reprieve.

The work of the Springfield Processing and Distribution Center at the city's main post office on Chestnut Expressway was going to be moved to a similar facility in Kansas City as the Postal Service sought to save millions of dollars in operating costs; it also planned to close 67 similar centers across the country, including one in Cape Girardeau.

The closing likely would have meant the end of one-day delivery from one address in Springfield to another address in Springfield.   Now that closing is postponed "indefinitely," along with all the others, including Cape Girardeau.

List of facilities affected by Postal Service's decision

The Postal Service estimated closing the Springfield center would save $7.9 million per year after the first year; most of the first year's savings would have been offset by one-time closing costs of $6.6 million.  The closing would have eliminated 277 craft jobs and 15 management jobs in Springfield, and added 212 craft jobs and 22 management positions in Kansas City, according to a Postal Service document.  The Postal Service said it would offer the additional jobs in Kansas City to employees in Springfield who wanted to move.

Thirty-five craft jobs and three management positions would have remained at the main post office to staff the front lobby windows and load trucks to take the mail to Kansas City.

This is the second time the USPS' facility in Springfield got a reprieve from a closing; the first time was in 2012.

The Postal Service issued this statement on Friday:

"The Postal Service has decided to defer most of the plant consolidations that were scheduled to take place this summer as the final stage of its Network Rationalization Initiative.

"The Network Rationalization Initiative is the multi-phase, multi-year effort announced in 2011 to balance mail processing infrastructure costs against current and anticipated mail volumes and successfully right-size the postal processing network.

"The decision to defer the next phase of the initiative was based upon operational considerations, and was made to ensure that the Postal Service will continue to provide prompt, reliable and predictable service consistent with the published service standards.

"The planned consolidation activities will resume in 2016.

"The Postal Service will continue to implement network efficiencies and pursue service performance improvements as it has always done."

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D - Missouri, who is one of 30 senators, including Sen. Roy Blunt, R - Missouri, who asked the Postal Service on May 20 to postpone the closings, announced the decision in a news release:

"The agency this week answered McCaskill’s call for a one-year moratorium on postal closings until the impact of those closings is fully understood.

“Consolidating these facilities without fully understanding or explaining their effects to customers is simply no way to run a business,” said McCaskill.  “These closures would undoubtedly have hurt rural communities, and the U.S. Postal Service cannot keep solving their problems on the backs of these smaller and rural towns. While today’s announcement is a short-term victory, we still need to get down to the hard work of addressing the Postal Service’s very real operational challenges, in a way that doesn’t kill postal service in rural areas.”

"McCaskill has led the charge to preserve rural post offices, preserve postal delivery standards, and enact urgently needed reforms to the Postal Service.

"Recently, McCaskill co-hosted a bipartisan roundtable on rural postal issues to raise awareness about the numerous challenges facing rural post offices and to urge action on the part of both the U.S. Postal Service and her Congressional colleagues. Earlier in the month, McCaskill participated in a roundtable on postal services in the digital age, in which she highlighted the need for the U.S. Postal Service to adapt to changes in technology in a way that takes into account smaller cities, towns and rural communities.

"McCaskill also recently met with the President and Vice President of the Missouri Rural Letter Carriers to discuss their joint efforts to maintain delivery standards and combat the effects of mail processing facility closures."

10PM Report: Strong storms roll through the Ozarks Friday

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:27pm

KY3's Dustin Hodges shows us where the storms slowed traffic, turned off the lights.

Track the stormy weather on KY3's Interactive Radar

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 7:47pm

Stay ahead of the storms in the Ozarks by tracking the KY3 Interactive Radar.

SLIDESHOW: Hour-by-hour look at storm chances through Friday into Saturday morning for the Ozarks

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 7:47pm

KY3's Futurecast shows hour-by-hour look at where to expect storm chances through Friday night into Saturday morning.  Flash flooding fears remain for spots in the Ozarks too.

Pictures: Viewer snapshots submitted from Friday evening's storms

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 7:27pm

Thanks to all of the viewers who snapped images from Friday's severe weather.  Here are some from around the Ozarks.

Too much of a good thing

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 7:04pm

"Rain's always a good thing," says Brent Drury, manager at Midwest Hay Sales in Rogersville, "It can be tough sometimes though."

Drury say farmers hate to complain about rain, but they will.

"[Rain] is the life blood. I guarantee you that the saddest people I see in my business is usually a farmer in dry weather," says Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist for the MU Extension in Mt. Vernon.

After an overall drought trend during the last few years which peaked in 2012, the rainfall is catching up, and beginning to erase the drought. Cattle ranchers are profiting now because the price for beef is high, and the rain is giving them cheaper feed than when they had to buy hay at inflated prices during the drought.

"For once in a long time cattlemen were seeing black ink instead of red ink at their bottom line," says Cole. Cole and Drury both say the rain is catching up too fast.

"It's either too wet, too dry, too cold, too hot," say Cole. "They say farmers are never happy. Like in the drought... we were praying for rain, and now we're praying for dry weather," says Drury. Hay farmers like Drury say they need a few dry days so they can cut their fields.

"If it stopped raining today we couldn't put a tractor in the field for at least 2 days. It's just too wet and you cut ruts and it's a mess," says Drury.

"Stop, stop. When is it going to quit? When can we get in the field and cut hay?" says Cole.

Cole says cattlemen like to see their cows feasting on fast growing pastures, but they worry about the coming winter.

"The backbone of our industry is raising forage, and we like to have some of it stored up," says Cole.

Farmers have to cut the hay before it starts to lose it's nutritional value as feed. Cole says farmers hope to cut the hay before mid June.

"By then, the fescue for sure will have already peaked out, It will be getting fibrous and lower in quality," says Cole.

WATCH: Strong storm caught on camera in western Greene County Friday evening

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 6:45pm

This video was captured near FF and Republic Road in south Springfield around 6:30 p.m. as a strong storm was building in western Greene County.  This is looking at the storm that led to a tornado warning for the county.