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On Wednesday, a non-smoking ordinance went into effect in Branson prohibiting the practice in many public spaces where it was once allowed.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has reaction from local businesses.

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Citizens throughout the region have many options of where to purchase fireworks for the Fourth of July, considering the several stands and tents along roadways. But what’s the process like for the sellers?

Randy Richardson, of R&R Fireworks, operates one of those tents. He’s been selling fireworks in Springfield since 1990. Richardson says he considers the previous year’s sales to determine how much product he needs to buy.

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A planned rate increase for wastewater service in Springfield went into effect Wednesday. Citizens will see the three percent increase reflected on their August bill from City Utilities.

The city determines sewer rates based on water consumption because the majority of water residents use goes down drains and toilets and ends up in the wastewater system. Springfield Cleanwater Services charges a minimum sewer bill and a specific rate for each additional CCF, or centum cubic feet. One CCF equals 748 gallons.

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Storms this morning caused minor damage and flooding in the Ozarks.  Steve Lindenberg is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"It was mainly north of Springfield--power lines down, a few trees down," he said.

Trees and power lines are down near Lowry City and trees are down near Fair Play, Crocker and Marshfield.

Lindenberg said widespread rain of four to six inches occurred north of Springfield causing low water crossings to flood and prompting water rescues.


The Springfield Board of Education has adopted the budget for the 2015-2016 school year.  The budget contains $6.2 million in proposed salary and benefit increases, which includes funds to hire six new teachers for the Parents as Teachers program.  It also includes funding for the IGNiTE technology device initiative.  Through that program, K through two classrooms will each get five iPad Mini tablets.  All students in grades 3-8 will get Chromebooks.  Staff will receive HPx2 1011 mobile devices.  Only select classrooms will take part the first year.  According to the district, "staff devic