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News in Greene County, Missouri

County Plans Financial Response to Gov.'s Veto
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:45:20 -0700

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Greene County is holding its final study session today to talk about the county's finances. At the end of the 2014 session, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed sales tax exemptions passed by the legislature, but an override is still possible. According to the county, if those were to be put in place sales tax revenue would be reduced by $4 million annually.     The county will ...

Missouri Attorney General Pushing 'Yes' Vote On Amendment 1
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:24:29 -0700

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster was in Springfield today pushing a YES vote for Amendment 1, also known as the 'Right-To-Farm' bill. Koster says opponents say this bill will prevent all regulations on agriculture, undoes D-N-R's CAFO regulation and eliminates county health ordinances.He disagrees."All rights that are granted to citizens, even those placed in our constitution, are subject ...

1,000 Lbs of Marijuana Found in Routine Commercial Traffic Stop
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:30:34 -0700

STRAFFORD, Mo. – A 62-year-old Indianapolis man is facing a first-degree drug trafficking charge in Greene County after Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers found over 1,000 lbs of marijuana during a commercial traffic stop on I44 Thursday. According to Sgt. Jason Pace with the Highway Patrol, a semi-truck was stopped on Interstate 44 near mile marker 84 Thursday morning for a routine ...

711 Lbs of Marijuana Found in Routine Commercial Traffic Stop
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:21:06 -0700

UPDATE -  The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reporting the final weigh-in of the marijuana is 711 lbs. STRAFFORD, Mo. – A 60-year-old Indianapolis man is facing a first-degree drug trafficking charge in Greene County after Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers found over 1,000 lbs of marijuana during a commercial traffic stop on I44 Thursday. According to Sgt. Jason Pace with the Highway ...

Report: New Madrid Seismic Zone Larger, More Dangerous
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:28:09 -0700

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Missouri could be in for bigger earthquakes in the future.   New data from the United States Geological Survey shows the seismic zone of the New Madrid fault is much larger and more dangerous than previously thought. Though scientists do not know when a major quake will strike, emergency preparedness experts are constantly getting ready for the worst. Director of the Greene ...

Missouri Voter Registration Deadline is Wednesday
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:29:13 -0700

MISSOURI -- The August primary election is less than one month away and Missourians are nearly out of time to get registered to vote. Wednesday, July 9,  is the deadline to officially register with the local county clerk's office.  Many schools, libraries, city halls, courthouses and state license offices offer registration. See a list of registration sites in Greene County   See the candidates ...

GovBeat: Diversity in America’s counties, in 5 maps
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:33:16 -0700

Roughly 19 in 20 counties remain majority white.

Springfield Police Need Help Finding Serial Escapee
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:20:38 -0700

SPRINGFIELD , Mo. -- One Greene County Inmate has proven to be a serial escape artist.  Springfield police are still looking for escapee Nick Gamblin.   Police say, now, they need help from the public in the hunt for this fugitive. Escaped inmate Nick Gamblin is no stranger to being behind bars. "So he was being held on assault, robbery, that type of thing." Major Kirk Manlove of the Springfield ...

Time Running Out Before County's Annual Tax Sale
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:49:43 -0700

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The annual tax sale of properties with delinquent taxes is a month away.   Property owners who haven't paid their taxes could lose their property to the highest bidder. The Greene County Collector's office is trying to find property owners whose property is on this year's list for the sale on the courthouse steps The Collector's staff says the list of owners whose properties ...

Juror Explains Emotional Toll of Convicting Defendant
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:50:18 -0700

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- "An emotional, difficult decision."  That's how a juror described the process of convicting a man who crashed a car that killed a passenger. Thursday, A Greene County jury found 21-year-old Matthew Hogue guilty of first-degree involuntary manslaughter, and second-degree assault for the 2013 crash on Farm Road 132, near Highway 125. The crash killed 29-year-old Kendi Highland ...