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Watch out for closures and traffic delays in downtown Springfield starting early Thursday morning and going through Saturday.  Several roads will be closed for the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, August 10 and 11. 

Below is a comprehensive list of the closures, provided by the city of Springfield. Information signs are in place on primary routes.  Barricades will be in place at several downtown intersections by Thursday.

3-4 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 9

A ballot measure that would have banned pit bulls in the city of Springfield was defeated at the polls Tuesday.  Sixty-eight percent of voters said no to the measure, which would have established a future ban on the possession of new pit bulls and prohibit acceptance of new pit bull registrations.

Following the vote, Springfield Mayor Ken McClure issued a statement thanking voters for taking part in the election.  He pointed to the initiative petition process as an avenue for turning beliefs into action and said “the democratic process has worked as designed.”


Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has won the Republican primary for the US Senate seat currently held by Claire McCaskill, a Democrat.

Hawley won about 58 percent of the Republican vote—that’s according to the Secretary of State’s office, which tallies official election results.

He ran against 10 other Republican candidates.

At a watch party with supporters in Springfield, Hawley painted himself as a Washington outsider who only answers to the people of Missouri.


Missouri Senator Bob Dixon defeated incumbent Bob Cirtin by a 2-to-1 margin Tuesday in the Republican primary for Greene County Presiding Commissioner. 

Dixon won with about 67 percent of the vote, according to the Greene County Clerk’s election results.

Dixon thanked Cirtin and his family for their service to Greene County.

"In a few hours, we will step into the bright, morning light of the fall campaign to elect Republicans," Dixon told a Republican watch party Tuesday at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation says drought conditions exist throughout much of the state.  Because of that, it’s decided to offer a special overwidth hauling permit to help farmers and ranchers move hay. Loads must be of legal height, length and weight. According to MODOT, permits can be requested via phone and will, in most cases, be issued within minutes via fax or email. The $32 permit fee will be waived through Oct. 31.