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(Excelsior Springs) (AP) – Police say they have located a missing 3-year-old girl safe with her biological mother.

The Kansas City Star reports that Excelsior Springs Police Capt. Clint Reno says an Amber Alert had been issued earlier for Ramy Demboski, who was taken earlier in the day from her father’s home.

Police said an adult was watching Ramy when a woman came to the door saying her car had broken down and she needed help. After the stranger left, the adult noticed Ramy was missing.

Police say the girl has been the subject of a custody dispute.

(Ft. Leonard Wood) (AP) – A regional economic development group says thousands of people have commented on possible future cuts at Fort Leonard Wood.

The Army estimates the southern Missouri installation could lose more than 5,000 civilian and military positions by 2020 after a round of much smaller cuts last year. The Army anticipates trimming its overall forces by more than 140,000 in that time period after 13 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership had encouraged the public to weigh in by Monday’s deadline for comments.

The group says 2,255 people sent letters to the Army from its website and that 1,879 people signed an online petition. These numbers do not take into account the emails and letters that were sent directly to the Army by individuals.

(Jefferson City) – Col. Ron Replogle and the Missouri State Highway Patrol is encouraging motorists to be safe this Labor Day weekend. Brett Stevens has more:

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Derek Evans as Theodore Roosevelt in "The Man in the Arena". (Provided)

Derek Evans as Theodore Roosevelt in “The Man in the Arena”. (Provided)

(Mountain Home) – The Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) Gaston Lecture Series kicks off on Tuesday, September 23 with professional actor and scholar Derek Evans presenting “Theodore Roosevelt: The Man in the Arena”.

The presentation is free and begins at 7 PM at the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center in the Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the ASUMH campus.

Evans brings to life the 26th President of the United States, and offers lessons in patriotism, self-reliance, family values and the conservation of natural resources. With his first-person narrative, Derek Evans travels through Teddy Roosevelt’s days as a soldier, conservationist, athlete, philosopher, adventurer, Nobel Prize winner, scholar, teacher, visionary, father and 26th President of the United States.

The Gaston Lecture Series, funded by Jim and Jill Gaston, is offered free of charge in the fall and spring at ASUMH to challenge individuals to think, reason and learn. For more information, contact Christy Keirn, Director of Communications and Institutional Advancement at ASUMH, at 870-508-6019.

(Houston) – The Community Betterment and Arts Council of Houston is hosting an Art in the Park on Thursday, September 25, from 5-7:30 PM at the Emmett Kelly Park in the upper picnic pavilion.

The event is free to the public, where they can come and enjoy the work of local artists and photographers. Some art work will be available for purchase.

If you would like more information on Art in the Park call Erikke Neilson at 417-967-1415.

(Willow Springs) – With Labor Day around the corner, Willow Springs City Administrator Bob Pollard urges residents to keep their properties clean:

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If you have questions on the Willow Springs Nuisance Ordinance, call city hall at 417-467-2107.

(West Plains) – The group Ducks Unlimited have a special calendar available for the next year that has a very special catch.

Justin Brown with the White River Chapter of Ducks Unlimited spoke with Ozark Radio News and talked about their calendar campaign:

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Guns manufacturers involved in the giveaway include Taurus, Springfield Armory, Ruger, and more.

Brown also talked about what Ducks Unlimited does:

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To get a calendar, call 417-505-8701 or like the “White River Chapter of Ducks Unlimited” on Facebook and send them a message.

(Fayetteville)- Missouri consumers reported having similar debts and approximate savings rates as their neighbors in Oklahoma and Arkansas, according to final information released from the Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey.

Missourians’ consumer debt was divided among several categories and measured with the consumer debts of respondents in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Within the region, consumer debt was divided among these categories: 37 percent reported mortgage debt, 6 percent reported home equity debt, 28 percent reported auto loans, 31 percent reported credit card debt and 11 percent reported student loans. About one-third of the region’s respondents, 33 percent, reported having no current consumer debt. In Missouri, 38 percent reported mortgage debt, 8 percent reported home equity debt, 30 percent reported credit card debt, 8 percent reported student loans and a little more than a third, 35 percent, reported having no debt.

When it comes to reported savings rates, Missourians reported they are saving about 11.7 percent of their earnings. Families without children reported saving 12.5 percent, while families with children reported saving 9.7 percent. The overall regional savings rate is 11.6 percent, while the overall rate for Oklahoma is 13.1 percent and 9.5 percent for Arkansas.

Missouri and Oklahoma respondents were both slightly interested in increasing their savings rate over the next six months, but less so than Arkansas respondents. Missouri and Oklahoma respondents reported that 15 percent are interested in increasing their savings rate over that span. Arkansas respondents reported 23 percent want to increase their savings rate over the next six months; the regional rate was 17 percent. The majority of respondents plan to keep their current savings rates over the next six months.

The Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey is conducted by the Center for Business and Economic Research in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The University of Oklahoma’s Public Opinion Learning Laboratory conducted the 1,200 phone surveys.

The Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey will be conducted twice a year, with the next survey expected to be completed in November.

(Houston)- To celebrate five new healthcare providers and a new surgery clinic, Texas County Memorial Hospital is hosting an open house celebration on Friday, September 12, from 2-4PM.

TCMH recently renovated and remodeled space inside the hospital to create a clinic for general surgery patients. The clinic has patient rooms and a procedure room for outpatient general surgery visits. The clinic is also located in close proximity to the surgery department inside the hospital, too.

All of the clinic physicians and their staff will be on hand at the event. The open house is open to everyone, and refreshments will be served at the event.  The event will be held in the hospital front lobby.

For additional information about the open house, contact Joleen Senter Durham, director of public relations at 1-866-967-3311, extension 4200 or 417-967-1258.

(Cherokee Village)- The Cherokee Village 60th Anniversary Celebration Planning Committee will be meeting on Thursday, August 28, from 8-9:30AM.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting celebration planning. During the meeting you will hear the latest plans, brainstorm some activities.

The Planning Meetings are held at the Cherokee Village United Methodist Church

Fellowship Hall, located at 21 Otter Drive Cherokee Village, AR 72529.

For more information you can call 870-257-3869.