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Josh Roberts has a biology degree from Drury University, but he says he’s not as smart as the scientists on the popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory. However, the fictional characters, like Roberts, do share a love of comic books.

“I don’t feel like I act like Stewart at the comic book shop either,” Roberts says of the show’s comic store owner.

Midwest Intelligence

Some of the Christian County Sheriff Department’s fully automatic weapons are unaccounted for, according to an internal report issued Tuesday.

The 19-page report issued by Interim Sheriff Dwight McNiel in part states that that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is working with the department to account for the missing weapons. The report says the weapons may have been legitimately transferred to another agency or authorized firearms dealer. There’s also a missing department-owned patrol car mentioned in the report, which McNiel calls “equally disturbing.”

Missouri State University

As part of its public affairs mission, Missouri State University is asking campus and community members to take part in its annual diversity landmarks initiative.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more.

Diversity landmarks are placards that offer written messages related to diversity and displayed across campus in the fall during Public Affairs Week and again in the spring during the conference.  Written on the plaques are quotes that are geared toward inspiring connection and engagement with and welcoming of people from all backgrounds.

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The Ozarks Counseling Center on Tuesday unveiled a new name and logo in honor of Bobby Allison and his mother Betty. The center, which provides counseling for underserved and uninsured residents, is now the Betty and Bobby Allison Ozarks Counseling Center.

Local businessman and philanthropist Bobby Allison donated the funds to pay off the mortgage for the center, located in the Historic Day House on South Avenue.

Executive Director Andrea Bishop says the center had always been renting property in Springfield since it began in 1952.

MO Conservation Dept.


The Missouri Department of Conservation is on the hunt for a large evergreen tree to use as a Christmas tree at the Missouri governor’s mansion in Jefferson City.