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News covering policy and issues related to city and county governments in the Ozarks.

Candidates for Greene County Presiding Commissioner answered questions on county jail costs, a failed use tax proposal, and methods to boost economic growth, among others, during a debate this week in Springfield. KSMU’s Julie Greene was there.

Republicans Bob Cirtin, Steve Helms and Jerry Fenstermaker, as well as Libertarian candidate Benjamin Brixey took questions from a moderator and the public. Democrat Donna Bergen was unable to attend.

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Springfield voters have renewed the ¾-cent police-fire pension sales tax, which will bring the pension plan to full funding over the next several years.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial results from the Greene County Clerk's office show that 76 percent of citizens on Tuesday voted not to repeal the measure, meaning the tax will continue at its current rate for a period not to exceed five years, or until the pension plan is fully funded.  

Beginning in 1976, the University of Missouri Extension has been recognizing a history in agriculture by honoring the state’s longtime family farms called Century Farms.  KSMU's Theresa Bettmann has more on the special designation.

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In the weeks since the kidnapping and murder of Hailey Owens, discussions on how to ensure the safety and security of neighborhoods have grown. KSMU's Theresa Bettmann has more on building stronger neighborhood communities.

How many people do you know in your neighborhood?  Some experts suggest that you should know at least 10 along your street.  But how many of us actually do? I, myself, confess to only knowing four, and wanted to learn the numbers of others.

The lengthy consideration over how to revise the City of Springfield’s non-discrimination law returns to the forefront when the bill again comes up for debate in the coming months. And there could be more push at the state level to prohibit discrimination based upon a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity.

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