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Missouri State University

Celebrations of black Americans’ culture, history and accomplishments are underway at Missouri State University.

Black History Month, traditionally celebrated during the month of February in the U.S., started with a Black History Month Kickoff event on Feb. 1 at Missouri State University.

Yvania Garcia-Pusateri, executive director for MSU Multicultural Programs, said Black History month is focused on learning about and appreciating the contributions of African Americans that we may not have learned about in school.

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During peak drive times in Springfield, highway 160 south of the city is packed with vehicles. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route 160, between Plainview Rd. and South St. in Nixa, averages 30,250 to 40,250 vehicles per day, with the higher number on the northern part. 

A project by the Missouri Department of Transportation is aimed at making that stretch of roadway safer.

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The Springfield Public School District is recommending merging Campbell Elementary with McGregor Elementary starting with the 2018-2019 school year.  

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The Dental Hygiene program at Ozarks Technical Community College is the recipient of .the inaugural Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award, presented by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the Siemens Foundation.

The program’s director, Rebecca Caceres, said only 10 percent of colleges nationwide were invited to apply.

"So, it's an outstanding recognition for not only the program but OTC," Caceres said.

City Utilities

City Utilities has been busy for the last few years installing new metering systems at residences and businesses in and around Springfield.

The advanced metering infrastructure allows two way communication between the utility company and the meters, "so we can get instantaneous reads," said CU's AMI project manager, Chris Hill.  Because of that, he said, the need for meter readers is dwindling.

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