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Springfield Politics
5:27 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Application Process for City Council Election Begins

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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

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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
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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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Eye on the Community
11:35 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Springfield City Council Could Decide Non-Discrimination Bill Tonight

Springfield City Council
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Springfield City Council could vote tonight on a non-discrimination ordinance expanding protections to the LGBT community.  Two bills will be up for consideration at the meeting. The stronger of the two would expand sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations.

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Eye on the Community
11:04 am
Fri October 10, 2014

City of Springfield Awarded Grant from the EPA

Storm Drain
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The city of Springfield will be getting $67,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency.  It was named Friday as one of five communities nationwide to receive the technical assistance award from the EPA to help develop components of integrated plans for wastewater and stormwater management.

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