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Group of 100 famous living Missourians adds retired Springfield businessman, 8 others

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 6:37pm

The Academy of Missouri Squires welcomes nine new members to its ranks. The Academy, founded by Gov. James T. Blair in 1960, honors Missourians for their accomplishments on the community, state or national levels.

“I congratulate these newest members of the Academy of Missouri Squires for this recognition of their many achievements on behalf of their communities and their state,” Gov. Jay Nixon said.

The Governor and First Lady Georganne Nixon hosted a luncheon of the Squires at the Governor’s Mansion on Fridday to announce the newest members.

The new Squires were voted in by the existing membership, which is limited to 100 living Missourians. Below is a list of the nine new members of the Academy of Missouri Squires.

Judge Patricia Breckenridge, the chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, has been a member of the state judiciary for more than three decades, beginning with her appointment by Gov. Bond as associate circuit judge in her home county of Vernon County in 1982. After serving on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District for 17 years, Judge Breckenridge was appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court in 2007. She is a past chair and current member of the Supreme Court’s Civic Education Committee, and frequently presents programs to local schools and community organizations. Judge Breckenridge has been honored by several legal and civic organizations during her career on the bench. She also is a longtime mentor for Operation Breakthrough Daycare in Kansas City.

John Goodman, a native of Affton and graduate of Southwest Missouri State University (now MSU) in Springfield, is an award-winning stage, television and film actor. In 1993, he was given a Golden Globe Award for his role as Dan Conner on the television show Roseanne. Goodman’s film roles have included Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski and Monsters Inc., and he also had supporting roles in Best Picture winners The Artist and Argo. Currently a resident of New Orleans, he has done charity work to support recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Lowell Mohler served three years as Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, and six years on the Missouri Conservation Commission. He grew up on a farm in northwest Missouri and has an agriculture degree from the University of Missouri. During his 26 years with the Missouri Farm Bureau as chief administrator, membership grew from 43,000 to more than 85,000. He is a past Man of the Year in Agriculture and Ag Leader of the Year. Mohler currently is chair of the Missouri State Fair Commission; he and his wife have a 200-acre crop farm near Jefferson City.

Charles H. (Charlie) O’Reilly is the retired president of the store division of O’Reilly Auto Parts, the business founded in Springfield by his father and grandfather in 1957. Today, O’Reilly Auto Parts has store locations across the United States and is a major auto parts sales leader. He and his wife began the Charlie & Mary Beth O’Reilly Family Foundation, and O’Reilly is a trustee of the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. The O’Reillys have given several major donations to the arts and other charitable causes in southwest Missouri.

Ellen Port, the head coach of the Washington University women’s golf team, is a six-time U.S. Golf Association Amateur Champion and was named one of the top 10 amateurs in the country four times by Golf Digest. She represented the United States on the 1994 and 1996 Curtis Cup teams, a competition every two years between the best female amateur team from the U.S. against a similar team from Great Britain and Ireland. In 2014, she was chosen as captain of the USA Curtis Cup team, which she led to victory at the St. Louis Country Club. Port is a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame. She coached both boys and girls golf at John Burroughs School for almost 30 years and collected a combined three state championships and three runner-up finishes.

Osborne Earl (Ozzie) Smith is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and won 13 Gold Gloves during his 18-year career, 14 of which were spent as the starting shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals. He played for three World Series teams, including the 1982 World Series Champion Cardinals. He retired with the most career assists and Gold Gloves for a shortstop. Smith serves as president of the Gateway PGA Foundation, which reaches out to inner city youth via mentoring and golf programs. In 2001, he was the recipient of the Walter Payton Sweetness Award.

Dr.Donald M. Suggs has been the publisher of the St. Louis American since 1984. He turned a struggling newspaper into one of the most pre-eminent African-American newspapers in the country, and Missouri’s largest weekly newspaper. An oral surgeon, he was chief of oral surgery at Dover Air Force Base and was the first African American to serve as an associate clinical professor at Saint Louis University Dental School. Dr. Suggs is a founding member of the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club and of the United Way’s African American Leadership Giving Initiative. He also has served on the boards of the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, and many other civic and charitable organizations. The Dr. Donald Suggs Scholarship from the University of Missouri is named in his honor.

Andrew C. (Andy) Taylor is the executive chairman of Enterprise Holding, founded in St. Louis in 1957 by his father, Jack Taylor. Automotive News magazine named him as one of the Electrifying 100 key players driving auto electrification, and he has committed Enterprise to sustainable transportation. In addition to his duties with flagship brand Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Taylor serves as a trustee of Washington University in St. Louis, and has served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and is a past President of Civic Progress.

Judge Ronnie L. White is a U.S. District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. In 1995, Gov. Carnahan appointed him as the first African American judge to sit on the Missouri Supreme Court, where Judge White participated in several landmark civil and criminal law rulings. Judge White served on the Supreme Court of Missouri for nearly twelve years, and served as Chief Justice from 2003-2005. Prior to his service on the Missouri Supreme Court, he represented St. Louis for three terms in the Missouri House.

To qualify for Academy of Missouri Squires membership, the bylaws state that one must have achieved true greatness in his or her community, the state of Missouri or the United States; and either legally reside in Missouri, be employed by the state, or be a native-born Missourian whose current residence, by necessity of business or other reasons, may be outside the state.

The ranks of the Squires automatically include the governor and living former governors of Missouri. Among the first class of Squires in 1960 were Harry S Truman, Thomas Hart Benton and Stan Musial.

Contact KY3: Winter ready checklist

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 6:36pm

It's the first anticipated snow fall of the season. Make sure you're ready for Old Man Winter.

Build an emergency kit for your car.

Grab a blanket, flashlight and water. "If you are going to be traveling, dress in layers. So you can take off layers or add them back on. A hat is always important ... keeps the heat in your body a little better," said Jenny Solomon with The American Red Cross of Southern Missouri. Get the kitty litter.

Share your schedule with a friend. "Let people know where you are going," said Solomon. Don't forget the de-icer, gloves and shovel.

Keep a tow truck number in your car.

Make sure your flashlight has fresh batteries.

Many question who new gun laws will ban from having firearms

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 6:24pm

The president's new executive actions to reduce gun violence have many people questioning who will be banned from buying a gun.  Some worry even veterans and law enforcement with post traumatic stress disorder would lose gun rights.

Veterans and law enforcement officers having lunch at this Springfield American Legion post have plenty of concerns about gun violence and new gun laws.

"Until you can control the black market, the people that aren't supposed to have guns are going to find a way to get them," says Burman Walker, Navy veteran and service officer at American Legion Post 629. "Coming from a law enforcement standpoint, I have made some people mad in the past, and I feel like I have that right under the 2nd amendment to protect myself and my family," says police officer Earnie Hughes

New laws will affect who can pass a background check to buy a gun.  The president's executive action would increase reporting of those prohibited from having a gun for mental health reasons.

"They will attempt to hide, the people that really need the help may not seek out the help," says veteran and former law enforcement officer Tony Smith. Tony served in law enforcement and the national guard, and worries how gun laws will treat him in his struggle with depression. "Used against me or used as a tool to create another law, yeah, I do," says Smith. Ozarks Community Hospital Psychologist Dr. Brad Powers sees many who protect the public.  "I think it's really common for people in the service and law enforcement to be exposed to enough traumatic situations that it can impact them in a lot of areas, especially mentally or emotionally," says Powers. He says just having a mental health condition won't automatically ban someone from buying a gun.  Powers says, "It's not just anybody who comes in to seek care on their own." He says they would ALSO have to have violent tendencies and be found a danger through a judicial process. "Unless they are involuntarily committed, found by the court or deemed incompetent, then they're not going to be impacted by this.  That's the main thing.  Don't stop seeking mental health services," says Powers.

Dr. Powers says only the names and very limited demographic information about those banned from buying guns would be shared in that background check system.  He says it would not even share the person's mental health diagnosis.

University of Missouri temporarily bans hoverboards

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 5:20pm

The University of Missouri temporarily banned hoverboards.  Columbia campus administrators on Friday told students not to bring the motorized two-wheel scooters to school.  Officials cited safety concerns.

More than 30 universities nationally have banned or restricted hoverboards on their campuses in recent weeks, saying they're unsafe.  Concerns center on possible falls and collision, as well as warnings from federal authorities that the self-balancing devices have caught on fire.

University of Missouri spokesman Christian Basi says the administration plans to discuss hoverboards with students and other campus community members before enacting a permanent policy.

The spring semester begins Jan. 19.

Note on Facebook caused brief lockdown at Willard High School

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 5:12pm

The Willard High School was briefly on a security alert on Friday morning after a parent notified administrators about an alarming note posted by a student on Facebook. The school says it took additional security steps while tracing down the origin of the note.

School security officers interviewed a student involved and found the contents of the note had originated from out of state.  The school says the student deleted the note and doubts he was making any sort of threat.

Homeland Security sets 2018 for Real ID enforcement for airline flights

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 5:05pm

Here's the schedule for the final phase of implementation of the REAL ID Act.   Bottom line up front: Effective Jan. 22, 2018, air travelers with a driver’s license or identification card issued by a state that does not meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act (unless that state has been granted an extension to comply with the Act) must present an alternative form of identification acceptable to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in order to board a commercial domestic flight.

Over the next two years, those states that are not REAL ID compliant are strongly encouraged to meet the requirements of the law for the benefit of their residents.

In 2004, the 9/11 Commission recommended the U.S. government set standards for the issuance of “sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The Commission recognized that “[s]ources of identification are the last opportunity to ensure that people are who they say they are and to check whether they are terrorists.”

In accordance with that recommendation, Congress enacted the REAL ID Act. This law prohibits federal agencies from accepting for official purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards issued by states that do not meet the law’s standards for secure issuance and production.  The law charges the Department of Homeland Security with establishing minimum requirements for these standards.

So, for a license or identification card to be REAL ID compliant, the state issuing it must, for example, incorporate anti-counterfeit technology into the card, verify the applicant’s identity, and conduct background checks for employees involved in issuing driver’s licenses.

The overall goal of the REAL ID Act passed by Congress is to prevent the fraudulent issuance and use of driver’s licenses and identification cards, thereby ensuring the safety and security of the American public. Given today’s threat environment, this requirement is as relevant now as it was when the 9/11 Commission recommended it.

Since its enactment, the Department of Homeland Security has implemented the law in careful phases, including most recently at military bases, most federal facilities, and nuclear power plants. Throughout this period, we have worked closely with states to support them in coming into compliance with the REAL ID Act standards.  Now it is time to move toward final implementation of the law.

At present, 23 states are fully compliant with the REAL ID Act, and the Department has used its authority to grant states extensions when they demonstrate steps toward compliance.  Thus, 27 states and territories have been granted extensions for a period of time to become compliant. S ix states and territories – Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Washington, and American Samoa – are noncompliant and do not currently have extensions.

We have now reached the final phase of implementation of the REAL ID Act, which relates to commercial air travel. These are the timelines for that final phase:

Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security will conduct outreach to educate the traveling public about the timeline below, and continue engagements with states to encourage compliance with REAL ID standards.

Starting July 15, 2016, TSA, in coordination with airlines and airport stakeholders, will begin to issue web-based advisories and notifications to the traveling public. Starting Dec. 15, 2016, TSA will expand outreach at its airport checkpoints through signage, handouts, and other methods.

Starting Jan. 22, 2018, passengers with a driver’s license issued by a state that is still not compliant with the REAL ID Act (and has not been granted an extension) will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel to board their flight.

To check whether your state is compliant or has an extension, click here.  Passengers with driver’s licenses issued by a state that is compliant with REAL ID (or a state that has been issued an extension) will still be able to use their driver’s licenses or identification cards.

Starting Oct. 1, 2020, every air traveler will need a REAL ID-compliant license, or another acceptable form of identification, for domestic air travel.

Important: Right now, no individual needs to adjust travel plans, or rush out to get a new driver’s license or a passport for domestic air travel.  Until Jan. 22, 2018, residents of all states will still be able to use a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for domestic air travel.

Passengers can also continue to use any of the various other forms of identification accepted by TSA (such as a Passport or Passport Card, Global Entry card, U.S. military ID, airline or airport-issued ID, federally recognized tribal-issued photo ID).

Travelers are encouraged to check the REAL ID compliance status of their state on the DHS website and review TSA’s list of acceptable forms of identification. Travelers may also check with their state’s driver’s licensing agency about how to acquire a REAL ID compliant license.

Finally, we know that some states must change their laws to comply with the REAL ID Act.  That is why we have determined to set the timetable above, and have provided extensions to several states.  I urge state government leaders to take immediate action to comply with the REAL ID Act, to ensure the continued ability of their residents to fly unimpeded.  It is time to move toward final compliance with this law.

Commission completes Greene County's 2016 budget

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:25pm

The Greene County Commission officially adopted and signed the 2016 county budget on Friday.  

The approved 2016 general revenue budget is $42,176,175.  This represents an increase of $4,396,061 over the 2015 Greene County budget.  The increase reflects the funding of several major needs due to the extended recession and the past seven years of budget austerity.

The County’s 2016 all funds budget totals $145,869,259.

The 2015 Greene County fund balance reached $13,115,698, made possible by conservative budgeting measures instituted over the last seven years, along with an improving economy.  This fund balance was also due in large part to the dedicated service and conscientious spending of our county employees.

Of critical importance to the Commission when determining items to include in the 2016 budget was providing a cost-of-living increase to all county employees. Therefore, a 2.5 percent cost-of-living salary increase is reflected in the official 2016 budget.  In addition, those employees with 1 year or more of continuous service will be eligible for a one-step merit increase in their pay grades.

In 2015, the county saw a significant sales tax revenue increase of 3.86 percent over that of 2014. The Commissioners budgeted a conservative 2 percent sales tax revenue increase over 2015 into the 2016 budget.

2016 budget highlights

$2,094,000 to build two new courtrooms for two new judges; $678,000 for remodeling and rental of office space in the Cox North Tower for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office; $896,000 for federal and state elections; An additional $250,500 for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, which will allow for the removal of an out-of-city vaccine fee that Greene County residents have had to pay for immunizations, as well as other expanded services; $237,000 for 11 used cars to replace high-mileage Greene County sheriff’s department vehicles; $230,000 for much-needed building repairs, including a replacement roof on the jail tower, repairs to the roof of the Greene County Historic Courthouse, and the replacement of a boiler in the Judicial Courts facility; and $200,000 for alternatives to incarceration, including an expanded ankle-bracelet monitoring system.

Additionally, it is the goal of Greene County to maintain a 90-day safe cash reserve to support 90 days of operating expenses.  Through strategic cost-saving measures and budgeting efforts, Greene County now has a $9.9 million safe cash balance to meet this need.

Though the 2016 county budget reflects a $4,396,061 increase over 2015’s budget, this still represents a small overall increase in light of the lack of adequate funding for needed services.

Office holders and department heads were asked to submit to the Commission a list of their critical unmet needs as part of the 2016 budgeting process.  Attempts were made to fund as many of these requests as possible, but the 2016 adopted budget still falls short by over $8,000,000 in meeting these identified critical needs, which include:

$394,000 for the future replacement of the trunked radio system; $2.5 million for stormwater mandates to meet the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR); Expanding the jail and aggressively addressing issues within the justice system; Providing more than 150,000 square feet of office space, eliminate the need to rent office space, and enhance office conditions for employees; 147 additional positions in the sheriff's department; and replacement of windows and tuckpointing procedures on the Historic Courthouse.

The county implemented the “Great Game of Business” three years ago in an effort to foster open book management and employee engagement.  This initiative, referred to in Greene County as the “Great Game of Government,” lets all county employees have a greater understanding of their role and influence on the county’s bottom line.  Employee response to this opportunity has been outstanding.

“Signing this budget assures that the office holders, department heads and their staffs are bringing forward a very conservative budget that addresses many unmet needs that have accrued over the last several years due to the recession.  It is a budget that continues our ongoing efforts to meet the ever increasing needs of our citizens in a timely and cost-effective manner that speaks to our motto - “Greene County Works”.” said county commissioner Harold Bengsch.

The County’s improving financial status can be attributed to many factors, among them a workforce of informed, dedicated public servants followed by conservative budgeting and an improved economy. However, real challenges still exist and many critical needs remain unmet due to lack of funding.  The Commission remains dedicated to addressing these issues and to ensuring that Greene County offers a great place for citizens to live, learn, work and play.

The 2016 Greene County budget is online.

Missouri State University changes diversity leadership, initiatives

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 3:27pm

Pending approval by the Missouri State University Board of Governors, Wes Pratt will be MSU’s assistant to the president/chief diversity officer.  In addition, Gilbert Brown will assume the role of associate provost for diversity. Both will begin their new roles immediately and will be paid $120,000 annually.

Both appointments are for 18 months.  The university plans to start a national search for a new vice president for diversity and inclusion next fall, with the goal of having a replacement on board by July 1, 2017.

“I’m pleased that Wes and Gilbert will be lending their leadership abilities and talents to strengthen our diversity and inclusion efforts on campus and in the community,” said MSU President Clif Smart. “They are both very well respected and I am excited about the enthusiasm they bring to these positions. I have every confidence they will be successful in advancing our critical diversity initiatives.”

Wes Pratt

Pratt will serve as head of the office of diversity and inclusion, which oversees efforts to enhance the diversity of our campus and to build an inclusive community in the greater Springfield area. These efforts include planning and hosting the annual Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference, conducting external relations, coordination with affinity groups, managing the Campus Climate Study and many other initiatives.

“I appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the university’s continuing diversity and inclusion efforts,” Pratt said. “My calling in life has been to make a difference whether as an advocate, a public official, or as a professional by empowering young people to achieve their dreams and their full potential as contributing citizens. I’ve personally and professionally been encouraged by the collaborative efforts of the administration, faculty, students, staff and community stakeholders in valuing diversity.”

Gilbert Brown

Brown will focus on the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and help academic units achieve their diversity goals.

“I am excited about the opportunity to build on the good work that has been done the last few years in diversity and inclusion, particularly as it relates to faculty and academics,” Brown said. “I look forward to partnering with faculty, deans and department heads in recruiting talented candidates and serving as a resource on retention through tenure and promotion.”

Pratt most recently served as the equal opportunity officer in institutional equity and compliance. Brown served as the associate dean for student and academic affairs/associate professor in student affairs in higher education within the College of Education. He will continue with some of those duties. A community reception for Pratt and Brown will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Davis-Harrington Welcome Center.

Diversity council

The university also plans to create a diversity council consisting of current and former students, faculty, administrators and community/business members. The group will meet on a regular basis to address specific diversity issues and provide guidance for diversity initiatives. Anyone interested in serving on the diversity council should contact the president’s office or the office of diversity and inclusion.

Task force recommends higher pay for MU graduate assistants

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 3:11pm

A task force at the University of Missouri recommends making improvements for graduate teaching assistants, including higher pay.  The task force's recommendations include raising graduate student stipends and improving their access to housing and childcare.

Graduate students have been asking for the changes throughout the school year.      The task force was formed by the university last spring and was charged to look into long-term options.  Graduate assistants get a stipend in exchange for their research and teaching for the university.

University administrators told graduate assistants in August that health insurance subsidies would no longer be offered because of an IRS interpretation of the Affordable Care Act.  The university went back on that plan after getting backlash. ___      Information from Columbia Daily Tribune

Former Cardinals executive pleads guilty for hacking Astros' database

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 2:51pm

A former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals pleaded guilty in federal court for hacking the Houston Astros' player personnel database.       Christopher Correa pleaded guilty Friday to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer, access authorities said dated back several years.  Correa, 35, was the Cardinals' director of baseball development until he was fired last summer.

Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. blamed the hack on "roguish behavior" by a handful of individuals.  No one else was charged.

The data breach was first reported in June 2014 when Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told reporters the team had been the victim of hackers who accessed servers and published online months of internal trade talks.  Luhnow is a former employee with the Cardinals.

Arkansas governor will ring opening bell at stock exchange

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 2:44pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson will open the New York Stock Exchange next week.

The exchange announced that the Republican governor will ring the opening bell on Monday morning and visit its trading floor. The visit is the latest by the governor to tout the state and try to lure businesses to Arkansas since he was sworn in nearly a year ago. He's also made economic development trips to Europe, Cuba and Asia since taking office.

Hutchinson, a former congressman and federal Homeland Security official, was elected governor in 2014.

Red Cross will pass out free flood clean-up supplies

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 2:42pm

The American Red Cross of Southern Missouri will make clean-up help available for free on Saturday.

The Red Cross will provide materials in McDonald and Taney counties to be used by residents affected by the recent flooding. A bulk distribution site will open by 10 a.m. at 702 Main in Noel. It will remain open until all supplies are distributed or until 1 p.m. Materials include hammers, crow bars, shovels, gloves, totes, small storage containers and clean-up kits with mop, broom, bleach and other cleaning products. In addition to the Noel site, two Red Cross trucks will be driving through the damaged areas near Rockaway Beach and the Bull Creek community starting late morning on Saturday. Volunteers in the red trucks will be giving away materials like those in Noel to residents affected by the flooding.

St. Louis leaders respond to Rams' 'cruel attack'

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 1:33pm

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Civic officials are firing back after the Rams' application for relocation to Los Angeles questioned fan support and the economic viability of the St. Louis market.

The Rams' application highlights the potential benefits of owner Stan Kroenke's planned stadium in Inglewood, California. And much to the anger of St. Louis fans and officials, it is critical of the St. Louis region, even questioning if it can support three pro sports teams.

In a five-page response sent to the league Friday, the St. Louis NFL Stadium Task Force wrote that it was not prepared "for the cruel attack and false claims" that "attempt to punish and embarrass St. Louis" despite two decades of support.

Noon forecast video: snow totals updated

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 12:47pm

A band of intense snow is expected for parts of the Ozarks early Saturday.

Slideshow: KY3's Futurecast Radar maps hour-by-hour snowfall for Saturday in the Ozarks

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 11:34am

KY3's Futurecast Radar maps out when the rain will switch to snow in the Ozarks Saturday.  Be winter weather ready.  This is an ever-changing forecast so stay tuned to the KY3 Storm Team.

Arkansas, Planned Parenthood ask abortion order be extended

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 11:15am

Arkansas and Planned Parenthood have asked a federal judge to extend her order blocking the state from enforcing new limits on how the abortion pill is administered. The Arkansas attorney general's office and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland asked U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Thursday to extend her temporary restraining order until March 14. The two sides proposed deadlines Baker should set for filing motions and replies in the case. Baker last week blocked the law, which requires abortion pill providers to follow guidelines set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, until Jan. 14. The law, which was supposed to take effect Jan. 1, requires doctors providing the pill to maintain a contract with another physician with admitting privileges at a hospital who agrees to handle any complications.

Salvation Army Warming Center will open Saturday

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 10:48am

The Salvation Army will open its Emergency Overnight Warming Center will be open Saturday due to predicted extreme cold. People without adequate heat can visit the Warming Center located at 1707 West Chestnut Expressway in Springfield. 

“We are pleased to be able to serve the community again by opening our doors overnight to those in need,” said Major Mike Mills, Corps Officer. “We are grateful for the continued support of the community. Because of that support, we are able to provide services like this year-round.”

Last year The Salvation Army Warming Center was open a total of 29 nights and served 386 unduplicated individuals.

The Salvation Army’s Warming Center will be open tomorrow from 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 a.m. The Warming Center opens when the National Weather Service predicts the wind chill will reach 14° F or below. The center will continue to be open as needed based on the weather.  

Stuck inside? Here's how to turn that dreadmill back into a treadmill

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 10:38am

Ky3's Paul Adler visits with Noah Alldredge of Big Time Results. They go over a couple treadmill workouts in this Fit Friday episode.

One workout involves actually turning the treadmill off and using your own leg power to move the belt. Watch out; because it's harder  than it looks.

Here's how it works. First, run at your normal cruising speed to warm up for 5 to 10 minutes. Then, turn the treadmill off. You'll run in place pushing the belt forward with your own foot power for the next five minutes. It will feel similar to running in the sand or even pushing a sled. Alternate running with the machine on and then off for a 30 to 60 minute workout.

The second treadmill workout will engage the incline function on the machine.  In this workout, you increase the incline or the speed every minute during your workout until you hit your personal maximum. Then, reverse the procedure and decrease the speed or the incline each minute.

If you want to see more Fit Friday segments, click here.

McCaskill calls for tax relief after Missouri flooding

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 9:47am

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is calling for tax relief for areas of the state hit by winter flooding. McCaskill in a Thursday letter to the Internal Revenue Service asked the agency to extend tax filing deadlines and pause penalties. McCaskill says she also wants to ensure those affected by flooding claim their disaster losses in their 2015 tax year returns. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says flooding has affected about 7,100 buildings in four counties, and about a half-million tons of debris must be removed. On Wednesday, he said recovery efforts could take months or longer.

Watt's playoff history bodes well for Texans against Chiefs

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 9:44am

HOUSTON (AP) — Defensive end J.J. Watt has had plenty of great games for the Texans and some of his best have come in the postseason.

Houston on Saturday looks to end Kansas City's 10-game winning streak in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

Watt, in four playoff games, has had five sacks, 17 tackles, three batted passes and an interception return for a touchdown.

His most notable playoff performance came as a rookie in the 2011 season in Houston's first postseason game against Cincinnati. The game was tied 10-10 when Watt swatted down a pass, grabbed his first career interception and returned it for a touchdown to give Houston the lead in a 31-10 win.