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(Ozark) (AP) – The City of Ozark will pay its former human resources director $78,000 to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit.

The city says it is settling the case but denied all allegations against it.

Cara Borneman filed the lawsuit after her position was eliminated in May, shortly after she had complained that the mayor and an alderman were spreading false rumors that she was romantically involved with a superior. She said she was given no reason for the termination and no city officials had complained about her job performance beforehand.

Mayor Shane Nelson said Borneman’s position was eliminated for budget reasons and has not been refilled.

The Springfield News-Leader reports Borneman will receive $46,000, with the rest of the settlement for attorney’s fees.

(Glendale) (AP) – Another St. Louis area police officer is out of a job over threats to Ferguson shooting protesters found online.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Glendale officer Matthew Pappert was fired Thursday over Facebook comments suggesting protesters of the shooting death of 18-year-old should be “put down like rabid dogs.”

Pappert’s comments included Facebook postings that the protesters were “a burden on society and a blight on the community.” He had been suspended with pay since last week.

In St. Ann, police Lt. Ray Albers resigned Thursday in response to cellphone video that shows him pointing his rifle at demonstrators while threatening to kill a protester.

A St. Louis County police sergeant forced the officer to lower the weapon and escorted him away.

(West Plains) – The West Plains School District has announced that it has once again received the required percentage of points (92.5%) on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s 2014 Performance Report (APR) to receive full accreditation.

The district received all of the 56 possible points for the areas of academic achievement in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Further, the district received all of the 30 possible points for graduation rate.

Districts that receive 70% or better are considered accredited.

The Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) has the responsibility of reviewing and accrediting the 520 school districts in Missouri. The process of accrediting school districts is mandated by state law and by State Board of Education regulation. The APR shows how districts are meeting performance standards including MAP, SAT, ACT, and Compass testing, career education placement, college placement, graduation and attendance rates, and subgroup achievement.

The district also received 6 out of 10 possible points in the Attendance category, and 25.5 out of 30 points in College and Career Readiness.

A detailed Annual Performance Report for all school districts in Missouri can be viewed at the following web address: http://mcds.dese.mo.gov/Pages/default.aspx

(West Plains) – The Boys and Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area will be holding an open house to celebrate their first full year in the old Carmichael Building off of First Street.

The celebration will be held Wednesday, September 3 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM. Executive Director Dakota Crow says that the club will show attendees the programs available at the club, and the impact they have had on the youth of our community, along with tours of the facility and meeting with staff and board members during the event.

Since its inception, The Boys and Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area has grown to serve over 150 youth each day, enrolled over 500 members, fed over 8,000 meals to children and youth, and continued to work closely with the local schools to increase grades.

Food and Beverage will be provided at the event.

For more information, you can call 417-204-CLUB or email info@bgclubwp.com.

(Little Rock) (AP) – President Barack Obama has nominated the chairwoman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The White House announced Thursday its nomination of Colette Honorable as a commissioner on the agency that regulates the transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil.

Honorable has served on the Arkansas Public Service Commission since 2007 when she was appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe. She also served as chief of staff for Beebe when he was the state’s attorney general.

Honorable is also president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

The U.S. Senate must confirm the appointment. If approved, Honorable would replace commissioner John Norris, who resigned to take a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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(West Plains) – US Senator Roy Blunt visited the city of West Plains on Thursday to discuss his issues with what he calls government over-regulation, and the “Enforce The Law” act.

Blunt discussed the “Enforce The Law” act, a bill designed to help Congress push back against the numerous unilateral moves the Obama administration has made:

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Blunt also discussed the reasoning behind the act:

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He also discussed federal regulations, particularly regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency concerning power and utility usage:

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Earlier this year, the EPA proposed cutting coal power emissions by 30% by 2020. Republicans say that by restricting coal usage, utility bills will skyrocket.

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(West Plains) – Students at Missouri State University-West Plains will have the opportunity to study abroad in India during July 2015.

University officials announced plans are underway to take a group of students to India during the second half of the 2015 summer session, July 6-30, to learn more about one of the most populous countries in the world. The trip, the first of its kind offered to Missouri State-West Plains students, is being planned by the Office of International Programs at Missouri State University in Springfield with the support of Missouri State-West Plains’ academic affairs office. It will be led by Dr. Rajiv Thakur, assistant professor of geosciences at Missouri State-West Plains and a native of India.

During the trip, students will visit the nation’s capital and the second largest city in the world, New Delhi, as well as Agra, which houses the famous Taj Mahal. In addition, students will visit the cities of Jaipur, Leh, Imphal, Trivandrum and Kanya Kumari. Actual travel dates will be July 9-24.

The course, which is open to students at the West Plains and Springfield campuses, as well as members of the community who have relevant educational qualifications, will also examine the powerful, but problematic, ways in which India is represented and the values which underpin these conceptions and images; explore how India is shaping, and being shaped by global economic, political and cultural processes; look at the impact these have on people’s lives and identities, from consumption to home-making, to work and local politics; assess the possibilities and limitations of development strategies, whether directed by the state, the market or non-governmental institutions; and finally challenge existing ways of thinking about globalization.

The program is titled “India: Encountering and Contesting Development” and will require students to enroll in GRY 197 next summer. It will cost $4,500, not including tuition, meals, transportation to and from Springfield-Branson National Airport in Springfield, passport and visa. Although no university scholarships will be available to pay for the program, there are external scholarship opportunities, such as the Gilman Scholarship Program, available to interested students. Those interested in enrolling in the program should contact Thakur at RajivThakur@MissouriState.edu for more information. The application deadline is February 1, 2015.

(West Plains) – A West Plains resident suffered moderate injuries Thursday night after a one-vehicle accident near his hometown.

The accident happened at 9:15 PM on County Road 8230, about a half mile west of West Plains, when the southbound vehicle driven by 19-year-old Daniel Watson-Lara ran off the left side of the road and hit a tree.

He was taken from the scene of the accident to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains with moderate injuries.

(West Plains) – The Porter Wagoner sidewalk project continues to head toward Gibson Ave., according to West Plains City Clerk Mallory Prewett:

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The sidewalk project was funded by a Community Improvement Tax that was approved by city voters in 2012.

(Jefferson City) – State Treasurer Clint Zweifel has announced that House Bill 1217 has gone into effect, meaning public retirees in Missouri are now protected from pension advances. Retired public employees who are drawn into what he calls “misleading agreements” can now take legal action against the businesses offering them. This measure is just one step Treasurer Zweifel is taking to protect working Missourians’ retirement security.

Pension advances offer an up-front lump sum of money in exchange for part or all of a public pension, and they are generally accompanied by exorbitant fees and interest rates.

With this law now in effect, State Attorney General Chris Koster has the authority to investigate and prosecute companies that continue to push these offers onto Missourians.

For more information visit tresurer.mo.gov.