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By: Chris Replogle, KY3 News | April 16, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Just how ready are our kids to learn? KY3 and the Springfield News-Leader are teaming up for a joint initiative that examines if our kids are "Ready to Learn. "  In Springfield alone, the research shows one-in-five children lack the skills necessary to start school.  We hope to change that with a series of reports in April and May. The series culminates May 8 with a town hall meeting with educators from across the Ozarks.  That town hall meeting will air live on the Ozarks CW at 9:00 p.m.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor and Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook | June 4, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield News-Leader said Monday that it filed a lawsuit against the Republic School District.   The newspaper wants the district to disclose more information about a settlement the district made with a former student who claimed she was sexually abused in the 2008-09 school year. The newspaper reports the district continues to deny requests for meeting minutes or votes from the Republic School Board that were related to the settlement.  The News-Leader says the lawsuit, which was filed Moday in Greene County Circuit Court, argues the amount of the settlement is required to be disclosed to the public under the state's Sunshine Law. The girl involved in the settlement was the center of a federal lawsuit filed against the district in 2011, alleging the sexual abuse from another student had taken place.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | June 15, 2012
REPUBLIC, Mo. -- The Republic School District paid $185,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a student and her family who said the district didn't protect her from being raped several times.  The district released the settlement figure on Thursday after a lawsuit filed by the Springfield News-Leader , which argued state law requires the amount to be made public. Under the settlement, the district paid $122,315 to the girl and her family and $62,685 to the girl's attorney.  The district won't say if the settlement was covered by the district's insurance policy.  The district also paid mediation and court costs.
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by the Accociated Press | September 7, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A former volunteer assistant volleyball coach at a private Springfield school is charged with exchanging nude photos with a student.   The Springfield News-Leader reports that 26-year-old Jedidiah Josiah de Guzman was charged last week in Greene County with possessing child pornography and soliciting sex from a 16-year-old volleyball player at the Christian school. Authorities say they also discovered two other victims, although he's not charged with crimes against those girls.
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by the Accociated Press | May 26, 2013
FORSYTH, Mo. (AP) - A state audit shows a southwest Missouri judicial circuit hasn't been efficient in collecting money and was still owed about $1 million.   The audit of the Taney County Judicial Circuit also shows loose controls of checks, lax money collection processes and that the court held thousands of dollars that should've been disbursed.   The Springfield News-Leader reports that the report from State Auditor Tom Schweich says the overall performance of the court was "fair," but that the court didn't use all of its abilities to collect funds.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and Email Chris / Follow Chris on Twitter | August 5, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- City police are investigating a shooting at a motel on the southeast side of the city that injured one man on Sunday morning. Police department spokeswoman Lisa Cox said officers responded to the Battlefield Inn, 2114 S. Glenstone Ave., for a reported assault.  When officers arrived at 4:30 a.m., they found a man had been shot on the left side of his stomach.  Police expect he will recover. Dispatchers said shots were fired and two men fled in a silver vehicle.  No further details were given.
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by the Accociated Press | July 7, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A man who admitted stealing about $1.2 million from the Missouri State University bookstore remains eligible for state retirement benefits.   Former bookstore director Mark Brixey of Ozark pleaded guilty in March in federal court in Springfield and is awaiting sentencing. He stole from the bookstore from 2003 to 2012.   The Springfield News-Leader reports that Brixey will be 58½ in 10 years, making him old enough to star drawing a state pension of up to $2,719 a month.
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August 20, 2013
Ashley believes news is all about real people and that's why she takes great pride in telling stories about people in her hometown.  Ashley was born and raised in Springfield.  She was bitten by the journalism bug while taking media classes at Hillcrest High School.  She's a proud HTV alumna.  Ashley first worked at KY3 as the Contact KY3 intern.  It was then that she realized she wanted to go into journalism as a career. Ashley is a big Tigers fan.  She graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | May 10, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A man from Rogersville will spend the next 120 days in the Missouri Department of Corrections, where he will undergo a drug treatment program. On Friday morning, Travis Dibben was sent to prison as part of a plea deal made back in February.  At that time, Dibben pleaded guilty to selling cocaine to an undercover Springfield police officer during a sting operation in March 2010.  As part of the bargain, Dibben received a suspended imposition of sentence.  He faced a prison sentence between 5 and 30 years.  After his 120-day incarceration, Dibben will be on probation for five years.
NEWS
by KY3 News | September 15, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Dick Willingham, longtime anchor for KY3 News and broadcaster for KWTO and KSMU, passed away Friday after a short illness.  He was 82. Willingham retired from broadcasting in 1998.  His position at that time was news director for KSMU, (then Southwest) Missouri State University's National Public Radio affiliate. Prior to that he was a longtime face of KY3 News and a voice on KWTO radio. "He was a reporter from the old school," said Dana Randall, a newscast producer who worked alongside Willingham at KY3.   "Dick considered himself more of a journalist than an anchor or a star, and that probably came across in his reporting.
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by KY3 News | September 15, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Dick Willingham, longtime anchor for KY3 News and broadcaster for KWTO and KSMU, passed away Friday after a short illness.  He was 82. Willingham retired from broadcasting in 1998.  His position at that time was news director for KSMU, (then Southwest) Missouri State University's National Public Radio affiliate. Prior to that he was a longtime face of KY3 News and a voice on KWTO radio. "He was a reporter from the old school," said Dana Randall, a newscast producer who worked alongside Willingham at KY3.   "Dick considered himself more of a journalist than an anchor or a star, and that probably came across in his reporting.
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NEWS
by the Accociated Press | September 7, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A former volunteer assistant volleyball coach at a private Springfield school is charged with exchanging nude photos with a student.   The Springfield News-Leader reports that 26-year-old Jedidiah Josiah de Guzman was charged last week in Greene County with possessing child pornography and soliciting sex from a 16-year-old volleyball player at the Christian school. Authorities say they also discovered two other victims, although he's not charged with crimes against those girls.
NEWS
August 20, 2013
Ashley believes news is all about real people and that's why she takes great pride in telling stories about people in her hometown.  Ashley was born and raised in Springfield.  She was bitten by the journalism bug while taking media classes at Hillcrest High School.  She's a proud HTV alumna.  Ashley first worked at KY3 as the Contact KY3 intern.  It was then that she realized she wanted to go into journalism as a career. Ashley is a big Tigers fan.  She graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and Email Chris / Follow Chris on Twitter | August 5, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- City police are investigating a shooting at a motel on the southeast side of the city that injured one man on Sunday morning. Police department spokeswoman Lisa Cox said officers responded to the Battlefield Inn, 2114 S. Glenstone Ave., for a reported assault.  When officers arrived at 4:30 a.m., they found a man had been shot on the left side of his stomach.  Police expect he will recover. Dispatchers said shots were fired and two men fled in a silver vehicle.  No further details were given.
NEWS
by the Accociated Press | July 7, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A man who admitted stealing about $1.2 million from the Missouri State University bookstore remains eligible for state retirement benefits.   Former bookstore director Mark Brixey of Ozark pleaded guilty in March in federal court in Springfield and is awaiting sentencing. He stole from the bookstore from 2003 to 2012.   The Springfield News-Leader reports that Brixey will be 58½ in 10 years, making him old enough to star drawing a state pension of up to $2,719 a month.
NEWS
by the Accociated Press | May 26, 2013
FORSYTH, Mo. (AP) - A state audit shows a southwest Missouri judicial circuit hasn't been efficient in collecting money and was still owed about $1 million.   The audit of the Taney County Judicial Circuit also shows loose controls of checks, lax money collection processes and that the court held thousands of dollars that should've been disbursed.   The Springfield News-Leader reports that the report from State Auditor Tom Schweich says the overall performance of the court was "fair," but that the court didn't use all of its abilities to collect funds.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | May 10, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A man from Rogersville will spend the next 120 days in the Missouri Department of Corrections, where he will undergo a drug treatment program. On Friday morning, Travis Dibben was sent to prison as part of a plea deal made back in February.  At that time, Dibben pleaded guilty to selling cocaine to an undercover Springfield police officer during a sting operation in March 2010.  As part of the bargain, Dibben received a suspended imposition of sentence.  He faced a prison sentence between 5 and 30 years.  After his 120-day incarceration, Dibben will be on probation for five years.
NEWS
By: Chris Replogle, KY3 News | April 16, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Just how ready are our kids to learn? KY3 and the Springfield News-Leader are teaming up for a joint initiative that examines if our kids are "Ready to Learn. "  In Springfield alone, the research shows one-in-five children lack the skills necessary to start school.  We hope to change that with a series of reports in April and May. The series culminates May 8 with a town hall meeting with educators from across the Ozarks.  That town hall meeting will air live on the Ozarks CW at 9:00 p.m.
NEWS
by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | June 15, 2012
REPUBLIC, Mo. -- The Republic School District paid $185,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a student and her family who said the district didn't protect her from being raped several times.  The district released the settlement figure on Thursday after a lawsuit filed by the Springfield News-Leader , which argued state law requires the amount to be made public. Under the settlement, the district paid $122,315 to the girl and her family and $62,685 to the girl's attorney.  The district won't say if the settlement was covered by the district's insurance policy.  The district also paid mediation and court costs.
NEWS
Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor and Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook | June 4, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield News-Leader said Monday that it filed a lawsuit against the Republic School District.   The newspaper wants the district to disclose more information about a settlement the district made with a former student who claimed she was sexually abused in the 2008-09 school year. The newspaper reports the district continues to deny requests for meeting minutes or votes from the Republic School Board that were related to the settlement.  The News-Leader says the lawsuit, which was filed Moday in Greene County Circuit Court, argues the amount of the settlement is required to be disclosed to the public under the state's Sunshine Law. The girl involved in the settlement was the center of a federal lawsuit filed against the district in 2011, alleging the sexual abuse from another student had taken place.
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