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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield nursing assistant has been charged with sexually abusing a 75-year-old bed-bound patient.

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CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) — A gathering that traditionally has drawn tens of thousands of Vietnamese Catholics from across the U.S. to southwest Missouri has been canceled for a second straight year because of the pandemic.

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Chyrel Miller joined us on “Arts News” to talk about Springfield Little Theatre’s new production of an old favorite, the comedy-musical-cabaret show “Nunsense,” which she has directed.  Performances are scheduled May 6-23 live and in-person at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut, and available each night as an online stream. The show features book, music, and lyrics by Dan Goggin.                                       

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Springfield police have relaxed policies on marijuana and tattoos to bolster recruiting and fill vacancies.

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Kansas City public radio reporter Aviva Okeson-Haberman, admired by her peers as earnest, bright and dedicated, died last week in Kansas City after being wounded by a bullet shot through her apartment window.  She was 24. Okeson-Haberman attended Central High School in Springfield, where she was known for her tenacity, storytelling, and kindness as a mentor.

At Central High School, Aviva Okeson-Haberman was part of the student broadcast journalism team called Central Intelligence, or CI. 

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service confirmed that four EF-0 tornadoes touched down during severe weather in southern Missouri on Wednesday.

A tornado with winds up to 76 mph briefly touched down just before 10 a.m. a half mile southwest of Chadwick in Christian County.

A tornado with winds up to 85 mph was on the ground for nearly two miles at 11:13 a.m. near Gentryville in Douglas County.

A tornado with winds around 70 mph touched down at 9:29 a.m. west of Walnut Shade in Taney County.

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The campgrounds at Roaring River State Park near Cassville, MO are temporarily closed due to damage from flood waters on Wednesday.  The Missouri Department of Natural Resources said they could open back up as early as Sunday.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is allowing fishing, although angler access may be restricted in some areas as cleanup continues.

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This year’s Artsfest will feature work for sale by a variety of artisans, food booths and live music.  And it will offer something else:  COVID-19 vaccines.

The Greene County CARES Mobile Support Unit will be stationed near the event to give shots to those who want them.

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The City of Springfield is seeking public comment on a federal plan that has an impact on how Springfield approaches housing and community issues.

In a civic alert, The City of Springfield announced that it’s looking for public review and comment on the latest U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Annual Action Plan. 

The plan is a summary of how government resources will be used to assess the needs of affordable housing and community development here on a local level.

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In today's episode of STEM Spots, Dr. Cornelison converses with Dr. Judith Martinez, an assistant professor in the Modern and Classical Languages Department at Missouri State University. She has a background in literature and is also currently working on a grant called CODERS with the goal to put coding, STEM and literacy into schools. She explains that, although areas like coding and literature are different, they often intersect and have a lot more in common than one might think. Hear more about this intersection in the segment below.

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The announcement of the two new deaths from COVID-19 in Greene County comes after last week’s report from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department had no fatalities from the illness.

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Additional flooding is possible across the Ozarks through Thursday morning.  Flood warnings remain in effect after heavy rains moved through southern Missouri.  Severe weather also impacted parts of southern Missouri Wednesday morning with numerous tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings issued.

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One man’s passion for trees more than 50 years ago led to the creation of a nonprofit organization based in Strafford.  The Lovett Pinetum works to develop and manage a collection of several hundred species of conifers.  

The pinetum encompasses a 108 acre site just east of Springfield and a 43-acre site in Texas.  In all, there are more than 500 species, varieties and cultivars of conifers on those acres.

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The Missouri Ozarks could get up to four inches of rain over the next couple of days with localized higher amounts.

According to the National Weather Service, a flash flood watch is in effect through Thursday morning for counties along and south of I-44.

The weather service says isolated strong to severe storms will be possible Wednesday afternoon and evening.  The main hazard will be flooding.  But the storms could bring frequent lightning, hail up to the size of quarters and damaging winds up to 60 mph.

Friends of the Library

You’ll find lots of genres of books for sale this week at the Friends of the Springfield-Greene County Library’s Spring Book Sale.

But the sale isn’t all books.  Friends member, Andrea Still, said they have vintage paper dolls, a selection of mint postage stamps, theatre lobby posters for old movies, jigsaw puzzles and record albums.  Still said someone donated a large classic rock album collection, and the estate of MSU Tent Theatre cofounder, Byrne Blackwood, donated his collection of musical theatre albums for the sale.