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Keeping You Moving
12:16 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Springfield Crashes Down So Far in 2014, Distracted Driving Concerns Remain

Popular intersection at Glenstone Ave & Sunshine St.
Credit Christopher Akins, City of Springfield

The first three quarters of 2014 produced improved crash numbers for the City of Springfield. But as KSMU’s Briana Simmons reports, high traffic volume coupled with distracted driving continues to be a dangerous mix.

Springfield intersections with the highest traffic volume and crash rates are Battlefield Rd. & Campbell Ave, Battlefield Rd. & National Ave, Campbell Ave & Sunshine St., and National Ave & Sunshine St. 

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Eye on the Community
2:19 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Local Churches Presented Petition to Repeal SOGI Ordinance

Council voted 6-3 on Oct. 13 to expand protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations.
Credit City of Springfield CityView

Citizens seeking to put a controversial Springfield ordinance to a public vote are continuing circulation of a petition, a week after the city council amended its nondiscrimination law. KSMU’s Bailey Wiles has the latest.

Shortly after Springfield City Council approved the stronger of two proposed amendments enhancing protections for LGBT persons, Dicky Hardy set out to repeal it.

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Springfield Politics
5:27 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Application Process for City Council Election Begins

Ballot Box
Credit FutUndBeidl / Flickr

If you’re interested in running for Springfield City Council, you may pick up an application and petition for filing today.  The election will be held in April, 2015.

Information for filing will be available online and at the City Clerk’s office beginning at 8 this morning, but you need to pick up petitions for filing in person.

These seats are up for election:

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Eye on the Community
1:38 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Proponents of the Non-Discrimination Ordinance in Springfield Ready to Fight if Necessary

LGBT Flag
Credit Ted Eytan / Flickr

Those who fought for a non-discrimination ordinance to protect the rights of the LGBT community in Springfield are happy their efforts  paid off.  City Council passed the stronger of two ordinances before it Monday night.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

City Council passed the bill on a vote of six to three.  It expands protections in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations.

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Eye on the Community
5:09 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Non-Discrimination Ordinance in Springfield Gains Approval

Historic Springfield City Hall
Credit brpae.com

Springfield City Council voted six to three Monday night to expand protections to the LGBT community with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations.

The passing of the original bill automatically voided the substitute bill sponsored by Mayor Bob Stephens, which only offered housing protections. 

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