Amos Bridges, News-Leader

Amos Bridges


Springfield, MO, United States

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Past articles by Amos:

Here's where you can volunteer to help family violence survivors in the Springfield area

These suggestions from United Way of the Ozarks include in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities. → Read More

What happens when Walmart leaves? Harps grocery has an answer.

Arkansas-based Harps grocery announced it will buy nine stores shuttered by Walmart, including three in Missouri. → Read More

$16 million? Try $25 million: New report reveals true scope of MSU athletics spending

MSU disclosed more than $9 million in additional athletics expenses after the NCAA updated reporting requirements. → Read More

Watchdog: Legislators should take care when tinkering with the Sunshine Law

Efforts to "improve" Missouri's open records law can have unintended consequences that do more harm than good. → Read More

Springfield police union sues city over shortfall in "employee-funded" pension benefit

The Springfield Police Officers Association argues the city — and taxpayers — should help pay an employee-funded debt. → Read More

VA picks Springfield location for new clinic

The VA previously said the Springfield clinic — which replaces one in Mt. Vernon — will open in late 2018 or early 2019 → Read More

Could Flint's water crisis happen in Springfield?

In Flint, Michigan, water contaminated with lead was piped into residents' homes. What's stopping it in Springfield? → Read More

File your taxes early, before a scammer does it for you

The IRS and state officials say they're working to prevent tax-related fraud. Here's how you can protect your own refund → Read More

City panhandling law likely to be kicked to the curb

Based on recent Supreme Court rulings, Springfield isn't enforcing its panhandling law and has dismissed all tickets. → Read More

Watchdog: Finally, some details about sewer plant theft

Ex-plant manager Kelly Green is charged with stealing herbicide to use on his own farm. But there's more to the story. → Read More

CU power plant: $21 million cleaner than it needs to be

Emissions upgrades finished in September at the City Utilities' James River station were made obsolete a month later. → Read More

CU makes big investment in wind farm, renewable energy

By the time a new Oklahoma wind farm opens, renewable sources will account for about a third of the electricity CU sells → Read More

On government payrolls, salaries only account for part of the equation

Pensions, payroll taxes and health insurance all increase the cost of government workers. The question is, how much? → Read More

Homeland Security warning of terrorists in UPS uniforms? As fake as it was 12 years ago

An internet hoax that's been circulating more than a decade has been recycled and is playing on fears of an ISIS attack → Read More

If the IRS calls demanding money, hang up the phone

Crooks posing as IRS tax collectors appear to be targeting Springfield residents with a phone scam. → Read More

By the numbers: Were the 2015 football Bears the worst team ever?

Even if you don't follow sports, the stats Missouri State's 2015 football team racked up stand out — in the worst way. → Read More

Leadership change as firefighter union president retires

Southern Missouri Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 152 proudly represents over 300 professional firefighters in the Springfield Metro area. → Read More

Watchdog says what? State LAGERS pension system earns a rare compliment

I don't hand out many compliments. But after digging into the state LAGERS pension fund, I find myself short of options. → Read More

One neighborhood's nuisance could test the city's dangerous building policy

The owner of a West Bodeb Street home says he'll clean up, but plans to challenge the city's dangerous building policy. → Read More

A year later, city won't say if taxpayer money is missing at the wastewater treatment plant

I had hoped to explain what happened at the sewer plant. But the city won't allow me, or anyone else, to do that. → Read More