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One of Springfield’s claim to fame is being the Birthplace of Route 66 – the most famous highway in the U.S. One man who was instrumental in developing not only Route 66 but also Springfield and the Ozarks was John T. Woodruff.

Besides serving as the first president of the U.S. 66 Highway Association, Woodruff dedicated his life to creating civic and regional development projects throughout Springfield and surrounding areas for four decades. However, his contributions seem to be underappreciated or even forgotten.  

Jay Nixon
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Gov. Jay Nixon is freeing up $1.875 million to complete renovations at Missouri State University’s Glass Hall, which houses the university’s College of Business.

Nixon made the announcement from inside the facility Wednesday. He was joined by business students, faculty and school administrators.

“The bottom line is that by watching our dollars carefully, and in investing in the things that we think can make the most difference, we have been able to get to where we are today,” he said.

Missouri State University
Missouri State University

Missouri State University is among the employers rethinking how it implements new overtime pay rules after a federal judge recently issued a temporary injunction halting the change.

While the holiday season is a time of enjoying festive food, family gatherings and gift giving, it also generates a lot of waste.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Americans throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about 1 million extra tons each week.

When a new viral outbreak like Zika occurs, panic ensues. People fear the unknown: transmission method, symptoms, prognosis and how widespread it might already be. This fear can paralyze an economy that usually thrives on tourism, according to Melanie Grand, assistant professor in the hospitality leadership department at Missouri State University. 

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