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Labor and Income
5:33 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Greene County Cites Worker Dedication, Successful Veto Session in Issuing Wage Hike

Greene County employees will receive a cost of living adjustment of three percent effective in October. The announcement on Thursday by the Greene County Commission marks the first salary adjustment for county staff in six years.

In a letter to employees, the commission noted that its fund balance is now at a level which allows for the pay raise. Credited was the advancement of its employee financial literacy goals and dedication and sacrifice of its workers.

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Eye on the Community
3:30 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Springfield Council Confirms Oct. 13 Vote on Non-Discrimination Ordinance

The city opened two overflow rooms inside City Hall due to the abundance of speakers on the non-discrimination bill on Monday.
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

A vote on the City of Springfield’s non-discrimination ordinance will take place two weeks sooner than had been previously announced.

During public testimony on the bill this week, Mayor Bob Stephens said a vote by the council would take place Oct. 27. The city now says that vote will take place at its Oct. 13 meeting.

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Eye on the Community
1:55 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Four Years Later, Unused Red Light Cameras Coming Down

A red light camera on the intersection of National and Sunshine
Credit Julie Greene/KSMU

The City of Springfield says it will remove red light cameras from all 11 intersections in which the devices are currently located. As KSMU’s Julie Greene reports, the decision comes more than four years after the city discontinued the program.

The traffic enforcement cameras are intended to photograph a vehicle that runs a red light. A citation is then mailed to the vehicle owner if a violation is determined to have occurred. These cameras are supposed to aid police officers, but according to some, they often cause more harm than good.

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Eye on the Community
12:56 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Supporters Narrowly Outweigh Opponents in Non-Discrimination Bill Testimony

Becca Doss holds signs in favor of the ordinance outside City Hall Monday.
Scott Harvey KSMU

Mayor Bob Stephens thanked citizens for their civility during a congested public comment period as the Springfield City Council on Monday night considered bills adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance.

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