If you live in the city limits of Springfield, you might be getting a survey in the mail soon.

City officials say they want to hear from citizens on a variety of topics, including public safety, law enforcement and race relations.  Surveys will be mailed to randomly selected households in the coming weeks.

You’ll be asked to take a few minutes to fill out the survey and then mail it back in an enclosed postage-paid, self-addressed envelope by November 28.  Answers will be anonymous.

In this episode of These Ozarks Hills, master storyteller and folklorist Marideth Sisco reflects on the humorous, flawed ways some of us Ozarkers have spoken about our anxieties in the past. 

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The Taney County Health Department is urging residents to take precautions against COVID-19 after three people died of the illness this week.  The latest deaths were a man in his 30s, a man in his 80s and a woman in her 80s, according to the health department.  That brings the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in Taney County to 34.

Five more residents of Greene County have died of COVID-19, according to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department on Thursday.  The deaths occurred after another five deaths were announced on Wednesday.

They were two men in their 70s, a woman in her 70s and two men in their 80s.

Seventeen Greene County residents have died of COVID-19 so far this month, and 171 have died since the pandemic began.

The Joplin Health Department announced the death of a 56-year-old man from COVID-19 on Wednesday. 

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The Greene County Clerk's Office is investigating a claim on social media made by someone in another state.  According to Greene County clerk, Shane Schoeller, someone claimed Wednesday that they had illegally disposed of a number of absentee ballots in Greene County during the five-day period of absentee ballot preparation that’s allowed by state law.

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of five more Greene County residents.  The Springfield-Greene County Health Department said Wednesday the latest deaths were a man and woman in their 60s, two men in their 70s and a man in his 80s.  Twelve Greene County residents have died this month and 166 since the pandemic began.

Sixteen people who are hospitalized in Joplin were able to cast their ballots on Tuesday. 

According to Freeman Health System, social service workers and volunteers from the Jasper County Clerk’s Office made sure patients got to vote.

Eighty-one-year-old Elizabeth Edwards of Joplin and 72-year-old Debbie Reed of Carthage didn’t expect to be in the hospital on Election Day, according to a news release.  Edwards said it would have been the first time she’d missed an election if she hadn’t got to vote.  Reed said voting is a personal privilege.

Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller said, despite a record number of people turning out to vote Tuesday, the election went smoothly.  There were some long lines at certain polling locations, which he attributes to people requesting curbside voting at those sites.  But he said voters were patient.  And there was some electioneering less than 25 feet from polling locations and people wearing political attire, but he said those were resolved quickly.  And occasional issues with ballot scanning machines were taken care of quickly, too.

Five more Greene County residents have lost their lives to COVID-19.  The latest deaths, announced Tuesday, were a man in his 40s, a man in his 50s, a woman in her 70s and two men in their 80s.

There have been seven deaths due to COVID-19 so far this month.  A total of 161 Greene County residents has died of the illness.

One race in Greene County could be headed to a recount.

In the race for Missouri’s 135th district seat, which covers parts of central and east Springfield, the margin was too narrow to call early Wednesday morning between Republican Incumbent Steve Helms and Democratic Challenger Betsy Fogle.

With 97% of Greene County precincts reporting results, Fogle had 48.08% and Helms had 47.88% of the vote.  Greene Party candidate Vicke Kepling had about 4% of the vote.

The Republican Party won key races in Greene County and Missouri as turnout broke records.

Republican candidate Bill Owen has been elected to Missouri’s 131st state House district. KSMU’s Josh Conaway reports. 

Owen ran to replace the term-limited Sonya Anderson and faced Democratic rival Allison Schoolcraft. On November 3 he won the district by more than 30 points. At the GOP Watch Party at the White River Conference Center in Springfield, he told KSMU he saw more turnout in Greene County than he’s seen in any previous election.

To view Greene County results, click on this Greene County summary report. 

There are two columns titled “absentee” which might be confusing as voters track results.  Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller explains that the column to the far right is recording all ballots that arrived by mail this year—both mailed-in absentee ballots and no-excuse mail-in ballots.  The first column indicates the in-person absentee votes. 

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Incumbent Republican Gov. Mike Parson has won another four years in office, turning back a challenge from Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway on Tuesday.

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GALENA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri NAACP wants a federal investigation of a replica hangman’s noose on display near voting booths in southwest Missouri.

The NAACP on Tuesday also called for the noose to be taken down completely. The replica noose was displayed in a hallway of the Stone County building in downtown Galena with several voting booths nearby.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Missouri continues its relentless climb, with the state confirming more than 2,000 new cases on Tuesday.

State health department statistics show that since the pandemic began, Missouri has confirmed 190,424 cases, up 2,238 from Monday. Missouri also has had 3,064 COVID-19 related deaths, up 33 from Monday.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 is reaching record highs in several U.S. states, as Americans vote for their next president under the shadow of a resurging pandemic.

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Nov. 3 is the final voting day of the 2020 election. The presidency as well as several key Senate, House and gubernatorial races are on the line. Follow NPR’s live coverage and results as they come in.


Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is hopeful that every vote cast Tuesday, by mail or by in-person absentee in this presidential election will be counted before Election Day is over.  That’s despite Missouri voters casting a record number of mail-in and absentee ballots in this election.  

At last count, about 900,000 voters had cast a ballot before Election Day.  That’s approximately three times more than the state has had before. And those votes were not able to be tabulated by election workers until Tuesday.

Three suspects are in custody in Nixa for stealing political signs.

According to the Nixa Police Department, just after midnight, Nixa police officers responded to the area of Glacier Court and Parkmore Heights for a report of individuals in a white SUV stealing political signs from front yards.  Another officer in the area for an unrelated traffic stop saw a vehicle matching the description leaving the area.  Officers then located the vehicle at a Nixa residence.  Thirty-six political signs were recovered.

The Springfield Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened on Monday.

According to SPS, a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration shot a suspect at approximately 3:28 p.m. at 1827 S. Maryland.  Agents rendered aid, but the suspect died at the scene.

He was identified as 25-year-old Caleb J. Slay from Springfield.

The SPS Criminal Investigation Division is investigating.  Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS.

Two more Greene County residents have died of COVID-19.  They were a man in his 70s and a woman in her 90s.

A total of 156 Greene County residents has died since the pandemic began.

And cases of COVID-19 now exceed 10,000 in the county.  As of Monday morning, there was a total of 10,313 cases, and 3,491 of them were active.  There were 170 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Springfield hospitals, and 35 were in the ICU.  Seventy-three of those hospitalized were from Greene County.

There’s been an 18 percent increase in reported cases in the last seven days.

In the days leading up to the election, Greene County Democrats and Greene County Republicans were busy placing yard signs and handing out literature among many other things.

KSMU checked in at the headquarters of the Greene County Democrats in Springfield Monday.

Executive director, Sam Smith, said there are concerns about voter intimidation, and Tuesday they’ll focus on making sure the election runs smoothly.

When you head to the polls today in Missouri, you'll want to leave your campaign attire at home. 

Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller said, according to state statute, no electioneering is allowed within 25 feet of the outer door of a polling location.

“And so, when you come in, if you have a hat for a candidate or an issue, face mask, any type of attire like a t-shirt—I’ve even seen shoes—those should not be within 25 foot of the outer entrance of the polling location, and, of course, not inside the polling location especially,” said Schoeller.

There are some polling place changes for Tuesday’s election in Greene County.

The polling site, 1st/2nd Boone, has been moved from the Ash Grove High School to the Ash Grove Methodist-Presbyterian Church, 403 E. Boone.

And site, 1ABC, has been moved from Westminster Presbyterian Church on E. Portland to Delaware School, 1505 S. Delaware.