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Keeping You Moving
5:12 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Construction at South Campbell and Plainview Road to Begin

Credit KSMU archives

MoDOT is partnering with the city of Springfield and Greene County on an upcoming project to begin Monday.  Construction beginning July 21st on south Campbell Avenue/Route 160, and Plainview Road will expand the area to six lanes.  MoDOT says drivers should expect lane closings at night with most of the work occurring between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., and some daytime delays are also possible.

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Administrative
3:50 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Greene County Names Chris Coulter New Administrator

Chris Coulter
Credit Greene County

Greene County has a new acting administrator. Effective Monday, Chris Coulter will formally assume the title.

The Greene County Commission made the announcement Thursday. Since 2008, Coulter has served as Resource Management Department director. The department includes Planning & Zoning, Building Regulations, Stormwater/Environmental Services and Building Operations.

In a release, the Commission stated that Coulter’s annual salary will be $91,333.

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Science Scene
11:51 am
Thu July 17, 2014

City Parking Lots to be Redesigned to Reduce Stormwater Runoff

Bioswale Near a Parking Lot
Credit Montgomery County Planning Commission / flickr

The public and employee parking lots near the Busch Municipal Building in Springfield are getting a makeover.  But the changes won’t just improve traffic flow.  They’ll also help the environment.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

Construction on the lots, just east of the Busch Municipal Building, will begin in the middle of next month.  It’s part of a grant-funded project to demonstrate ways of reducing the amount of stormwater runoff and pollution that reach area streams.

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Eye on the Community
2:36 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Mayor Stephens Defends Marijuana Settlement, Touts City Achievements in Yearly Address

Mayor Bob Stephens delivering his 2014 State of the City address July 10 inside Springfield's Mediacom Ice Park.
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens is defending the city’s recent marijuana lawsuit settlement. As KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports, the remarks were part of the Mayor’s annual State of the City Address which highlighted various initiatives.

Speaking to roughly 300 people Thursday morning, Stephens said the certified petition brought before the City Council in 2012 was flawed, saying he and most council members had a “real problem with passing an ordinance that we knew was in violation of state law.”

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