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Springfield City Council has approved a future ban on pit bull dogs in the city limits. The decision was 5-4.

The ordinance also establishes a minimum fine for violations of the pit bull provisions.  Those include keeping pit bull puppies born to dogs currently in the city once they turn eight weeks old.

Councilman Richard Ollis explained why he planned to vote against the measure.

Ryan Welch / KSMU

All this week, we’re investigating civility and what role it plays in our community.

Today, we’re considering the news media:  what role do – or should – journalists play in encouraging civil discourse?  And what’s the state of civility in terms of how journalists themselves are treated?

Let’s tackle that one first by taking a step back and looking through a nationwide lens.

Kearney Street
Scott Harvey / KSMU

The city of Springfield is one step closer to voting on a plan designed to revitalize Kearney Street on the north side of town.

Tim Smith
Submitted Photo / City of Springfield

Springfield’s deputy city manager says he’ll retire in December. Tim Smith joined the city in June 2014 after six years as Greene County administrator and over 20 total years with the county.

The city says Smith’s key duties have included completion of an integrated plan proposal for meeting environmental standards and providing direction to various departments, including Building Development, Public Works and Human Resources.

Greene County Courthouse
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Greene County voters will decide a ½-cent sales tax proposal in November in order to expand the jail facility and shore up justice system inefficiencies.

Commissioners approved the ballot item Monday. They say the new tax, if passed by voters, would generate more than $25.5 million a year. The measure would also expand other services like animal control and mental health.

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