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(Jefferson City) – The Humane Society of Missouri is urging pet owners to be careful with their four-legged friends this holiday week. Brett Stevens has more:

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(Thayer) – A teenager from Thayer suffered moderate injuries Tuesday afternoon after he was ejected from his vehicle during an accident.

The accident happened just after 3 PM on Highway 142, about a mile east of Thayer, when the eastbound vehicle driven by 16-year-old Cody Caldwell ran off-road and hit an embankment, which caused the vehicle to overturn several times.

Caldwell was taken to a local hospital by private vehicle, according to a Highway Patrol report.

(Ava) – These day there is a lot of discussion about environmentally friendly energy on the farm and with electricity rates on the rise here in Missouri someone was bound to take charge.

One dairy farm family near Ava recently moved beyond discussion and on to implementation with the installation of a solar energy system. Heinz and Vroni Buff are currently producing sufficient electrical energy to run their milk parlor and home according to Ted Probert, a dairy specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Probert about the setup on the Buff farm:

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The components of the system include one hundred 26.5 watt solar panels and three electrical inverters. Its rated capacity is 26.5 KW and according to Probert the Buff’s are actually creating more electricity than they can use in a day:

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Probert added that all of the solar work was done by a Missouri Sun Solar out of Houston, Missouri:

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And according to Probert you can have the same thing done to your home or farm, if you have around $80,000:

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Probert concluded our interview by saying that according to Missouri Sun Solar the panels are sturdily constructed and have proven to withstand considerable weather challenges including large hail:

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For more information, you can contact Ted Probert in Wright County at 417-741-6134 or email at probertt@missouri.edu.

(Mountain View) – A Mercy St. Francis doctor, who has spent the last 13 years helping people in need, has received an honorary degree from a national medical association.

Martha J. Colville, MD, has achieved the Degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Dr. Colville’s reach extends well beyond southwest Missouri. During a three-week period in 2013, Dr. Colville served as the medical officer for a small mission team in the Republic of South Sudan. Back at home, her compassion is echoed through her love for her dogs.

Dr. Colville received her honorary degree during a convocation in late October, in conjunction with the AAFP’s annual meeting in Washington, DC. The Degree of Fellow recognizes family physicians who have distinguished themselves through service to family medicine and ongoing professional development. The degree requires a minimum of six years of membership in the organization, extensive continuing medical education, participation in public service programs outside medical practice, conducting original research and serving as a teacher in family medicine.

(West Plains)- If your child is between the ages of 5-14 and you feel that they could benefit from a sport that will teach them self discipline, patience, and leadership; while at the same time getting some exercise and having a little fun, you may consider signing them up for the West Plains Wrestling Club.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Coach Jeff Gall who shared some of the specifics behind their Wrestling Club:

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Gall continued by saying that the club is looking for new members no matter their size, as long as they are 14 and under and not in High School:

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Gall also shared how their wrestling tournaments work:

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Gall did add that the club is sill currently looking for sponsor’s, individual or corporate. For more information on the West Plains Wrestling Club you can call Gall at 417-256-1660.

(Mountain Home) – The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre on Tour will perform The Little Mermaid at the Mountain Home Donald W. Reynolds Library on Saturday, December 6 at 10:30AM.

The play is written by Mike Kenny and based on the original story by Hans Christian Anderson. The Children’s Theatre on Tour brings the magic of the theatre to thousands of children and families across the state, according to Arkansas Arts Center executive director Todd Herman.

All children’s programs are provided at no charge as a service of the Baxter County Library through generous donations and scholarships. Children of all abilities are encouraged to participate.

For information on all library programs, visit the library’s website at www.baxlib.org.

(Ozark) (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union is suing an Ozark fire department for denying spousal benefits to the wife of female fire captain, noting that a local judge recently ordered Missouri to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Andi Mooneyham, a fire captain at the Ozark Fire Protection District, after she sought benefits for her spouse, whom she legally married in California in July, the Springfield News-Leader reported.

The ACLU of Missouri filed the suit Monday, asking a judge to prohibit district’s board of directors from treating Mooneyham “differently than any other similarly situated married employees.”

Tony Rothert, legal director of the ACLU of Missouri, said Mooneyham puts “her life on the line at work” and should receive the same benefits as her coworkers. The lawsuit argues there was “no rational, substantial or compelling governmental interest justifying (the fire board’s) discriminatory policy.”

The fire district’s board decided in September that it didn’t have the authority to change the department’s policy to extend spousal benefits to same-sex couples. The board’s attorney, Todd Johnson, had advised the board a month earlier that the Missouri Constitution didn’t allow the action because it defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Johnson said Tuesday that he stands by the legal opinions he gave to the board.

The ACLU suit references an October decision by a Jackson County circuit judge that said Missouri must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Fire board member Anthony Appleton said Johnson continued to maintain last month that the ruling didn’t change the fire district’s legal standing.

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2013 file photo, ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos attends the 2013 Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards in New York. Stephanopoulos has landed the first television interview with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, speaking to him for an hour Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Missouri. Wilson sat down with Stephanopoulos, the “Good Morning America” co-host, less than 24 hours after a grand jury decided not to indict the 28-year-old officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown this summer. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

FILE – In this Oct. 23, 2013 file photo, ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos attends the 2013 Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards in New York. Stephanopoulos has landed the first television interview with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, speaking to him for an hour Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Missouri. Wilson sat down with Stephanopoulos, the “Good Morning America” co-host, less than 24 hours after a grand jury decided not to indict the 28-year-old officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown this summer. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

(New York) (AP) – ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos landed the much-sought first television interview with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, speaking to him for an hour Tuesday in Missouri.

The network interrupted its afternoon programming Tuesday for Stephanopoulos to talk about the interview, even before excerpts were available. ABC News plans to feature portions of the discussion on “World News Tonight,” “Nightline” and “Good Morning America” and promised to post the full interview on its website.

Stephanopoulos said no questions were off-limits for the interview, which took place less than 24 hours after a grand jury decided not to indict the 28-year-old officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown this summer. The shooting of the black man by the white police officer has inflamed racial tensions.

Stephanopoulos said Wilson told him he was sorry about Brown’s death, but that he feared for his own life in their confrontation this summer. The officer said that he did not believe he would have acted any differently whether Brown was black or white, the “Good Morning America” host reported.

“He has a clear conscience over his actions,” Stephanopoulos said.

In television terms, the Wilson interview was one of the biggest “gets” of the year, and the Ferguson police officer reportedly held discussions with representatives from CBS, NBC and CNN before deciding to speak with Stephanopoulos.

(Ferguson) (AP) – St. Louis County police are investigating after a man’s body was found inside a car in Ferguson, but it isn’t immediately clear if the death is related to unrest that followed the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.

Police were called at 9 a.m. to a residential area, where a man was found dead inside a parked car. The victim’s name has not been released.

Authorities are calling the death “suspicious,” but have not determined if there is any connection to violence that broke out Monday night.

The car was parked on a street near Canfield Drive, where Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. The grand jury met for more than three months before opting not to indict Wilson on any criminal charge.

Smoke fills the streets of Ferguson as buildings burn on November 24. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Smoke fills the streets of Ferguson as buildings burn on November 24. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

(Ferguson) (AP) – Hospitals report having treated at least 18 people who were injured during the unrest that followed the announcement that a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for killing 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Several Ferguson businesses were damaged or destroyed by fires and others were looted during the protests that erupted after the Monday night announcement.

SSM DePaul Health Center treated one person for a gunshot wound, but didn’t disclose any details about the shooting. Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis admitted two injured people. At least 15 others were treated and released at several hospitals.

Wilson, who is white, shot and killed Brown, who was black and unarmed, on Aug. 9 during a scuffle in a Ferguson street.