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by KY3 News and news@ky3.com | February 20, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The National Weather Service upgraded the Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Storm Warning for Wednesday night and Thursday.  The warning for snow, sleet and freezing rain will be in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Thursday.  You can track the latest watches and warnings here. Here's the forecast from Brandon Beck on Wednesday morning: Cloud cover will quickly increase today, and within east wind are temperatures will stay in the thirties.  There is a large area of precipitation moving northeast across Oklahoma and Texas.  However our very dry air will likely fight this off with most locations staying dry through the day. The exception may be Northwest Arkansas and extreme southwest Missouri, where a few showers will occur later this afternoon.  Lift will increase later on this evening with a wintry mix overspreading at least western Missouri and Arkansas later tonight.
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by Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | February 20, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- First responders are getting ready for the winter storm on Thursday.  One place where preparations were underway on Wednesday is the American Red Cross warehouse on West Bypass. Most of the Red Cross' cars are usually parked outside, but they were inside on Wednesday so volunteers can leave as soon as they get a call.  They won't have to worry about ice on vehicles. All hands were on deck and Red Cross leaders say they are more prepared now than ever before, thanks to that ice storm we had a few years ago. Red Cross leaders say they now have a life saver: a generator to power their warehouse and offices, something that they did not have in January 2007.
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edited news release | February 19, 2013
BRANSON, Mo. -- As the winter storm season continues, the Branson Fire Department would like to remind Branson residents and businesses to register for the BransonAlerts emergency notification system.  BransonALERTS provides emergency and other critical information to Branson residents and businesses on land-line phones, cell phones, text enabled cell phones, and e-mail. All land-line phones registered on the 9-1-1 data base, in the white pages and yellow pages are registered automatically for emergency messages launched by the City.
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by Steve Grant, KY3 News | April 12, 2010
MARBLE FALLS, Ark. -- A government ecologist says water tests show the Buffalo River is free of contaminants. A sewage lift station destroyed by an ice storm last year was sending pollutants into tributaries that led into the river at Marble Falls. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality still plans to go to trial against the sewer district in September to make sure the leak is fixed. The sewer district is working on a long-range plan to find a permanent solution after a temporary pump was installed this winter.
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by Paula Morehouse and Robin Yancey, KY3 News and pmorehouse@ky3.com | March 28, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The lines for people waiting to eat at Nakato Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar on Monday night were out the door.   The popular eatery teamed up with the Sister Cities Association to raise funds for earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.   The restaurant donated all its sales this evening to the relief efforts. Springfield and Isesaki, Japan, have been sister cities for 25 years.   When the crippling ice storm hit Springfield in January 2007, Isesaki residents pitched in and sent not only thousands of dollars but also gardeners to help salvage some of our damaged trees.
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Dave Snider and Meteorologist | October 23, 2009
Winter Outlook Temperature Precipitation WHAT DOES WINTER HAVE IN STORE FOR THE OZARKS? It's the talk of the town... and on Facebook.  Everyone wants to know "if it's this cold now... what does Winter hold?". That is impossible to predict with specifics, of course.  But general trends suggest that the Ozarks will be warmer than normal temp-wise.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News | September 8, 2010
 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Emergency agency managers say the best thing you can do to help in a flood, tornado, ice storm, or any other disaster is take care of yourself.  A program here in Greene County is free and emergency managers are looking for more people to take part.   "When flood waters come through as it may be, or tornadoes strike, you'll know how to protect yourself, how to protect your family, your friends and just all the folks right around you,” said Warren Robinson, Greene County’s CERT director.
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by Chris Brewer and Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | February 27, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Two restaurants in downtown Springfield received national and international recognitions, respectively, this month.  One is The Coffee Ethic and the other is Farmer's Gastropub. Zagat, a Google-owned website that rates places where travelers might go, named The Coffee Ethic as the best place in Missouri to get a cup of coffee.   Zagat put it on its list of 51 great places to enjoy joe . Here's what Zagat said about The Coffee Ethic: "This joe joint in Springfield's quaint downtown square focuses on serving up single-origin coffee, prepared one cup at a time.
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Brandon Beck, KY3 Meteorologist and bbeck@ky3.com | November 20, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- When we think of winter, images of ice, snow and sleet normally come to mind. But of course, it isn't always that way.  Last winter was a great example of a non-winter.  Mild overall, and hardly any snow!  If you ask anyone who has lived in the Ozarks very long what our winters are like, they might have a hard time answering.  Just since 2000, we've had a lot of variety. The winter of 2002-2003: Almost 40" of snow, good for the #4 spot in the record books.
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edited news release | March 17, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield Sister Cities Association is going to encourage people in the city to donate money to aid earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.  It scheduled a news conference on Friday morning at the Busch Municipal Building to talk about fundraising efforts. The conference will also highlight local fundraising efforts by students at Drury University and Summit Preparatory School as well as the SSCA.  The money will be sent to Springfield’s sister city, Isesaki, Japan, for residents there to donate to relief efforts in their country as they see fit. Isesaki residents raised and donated nearly $17,000 and sent nine Master Gardeners to Springfield to help rebuild the Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park following the ice storm in January 2007.  They also sent funds to Springfield following the terrorists' attacks on Sept.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | November 19, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  Before every show is some hard work behind the scenes.   Work on the Cornerstone Church Christmas lights display has been taking place for the last three weeks.   “[We are] pretty much everything not nailed down. If you stand too long we will wrap you in lights,” jokes Rick Cochran, Associate Pastor at Cornerstone.   This tradition is back on after a two-year break.    The 2007 ice storm damaged electrical equipment that wasn’t able to be repaired by 2008, resulting in that year’s closure.
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KY3 News | November 6, 2010
The Home Safety and Preparedness Expo featured everything from guns and ammunition to the latest in storm shelters and solar electricity. Saturday afternoon at Remington's, along with booths, the expo also had several seminars to help educate visitors on what could happen if a natural or man-made disaster were to cut off power and communication for awhile. "In a natural disaster like the ice storm," expo host Matt Canovi said, "the government is so overwhelmed it cannot be all places at all times taking care of everybody and everybodies families.
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Brandon Beck and Meteorologist | January 30, 2007
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve received several calls and emails—people have even stopped us in the store or at church—about the Farmer’s Almanac.  The National Weather Service has been taking emails and calls as well.  The universal claim from our viewers in all of these contacts is that the Farmer’s Almanac: 1)        Predicted the Great Ice Storm of 2007, within a day 2)        Says another, worse storm—a “super storm”—is headed our way in mid-February   With all the fuss and the spreading rumor, I thought it would be good to address the topic.
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