The City of Springfield has launched a fundraising effort to build a roadside park celebrating the city’s history as the birthplace of Route 66. Also known as the “Mother Road”, it was part of the original highway system in the 1960’s, running from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers has this story.
Ozarks Technical Community College and Evangel University and went into lockdown mode Wednesday afternoon due to a general security threat to Springfield college campuses and a Drury University student’s report of two potential gunmen on his campus. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
As the federal government's partial shutdown continues, we’re looking at how local agencies are affected. Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield and the Ozark National Scenic Riverways are closed, and their federal employees have been told to stay home with no pay. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson asked two local Head Start programs how they’re faring—Head Start receives federal funding to teach and feed children of low-income households across the country.
Local agencies are feeling the pinch after Congress failed to reach a midnight deadline for a stop-gap spending bill, preventing an estimated 800,000 federal employees from working. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann reports on who is and isn’t open for business.
Absentee ballots are now available to Greene County residents for the November 5 election, which asks one question: Whether or not the county may impose a “use” tax for some out-of-state purchases. KSMU's Scott Harvey has more.
Evangel University faculty and students have constructed a community garden at Weller Elementary as a way to honor a late Evangel professor. As KSMU’s Julie Greene reports, this commemorative garden will benefit students and the surrounding community.
On Tuesday, under the new Affordable Care Act, often referred to as“Obamacare,” Americans can choose a new health insurance plan through an online marketplace, or “exchange.” The marketplace is expected to be cheaper than previous options, and cannot discriminate based on factors like pre-existing conditions. The two major health care systems in Springfield—CoxHealth and Mercy—are standing by, ready to answer questions about the marketplace…and to help get Missourians signed up. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
Starting tomorrow, October 1, Missourians will be able to shop for health insurance through a new online marketplace. It’s one of the biggest changes in health insurance coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act. But there’s still a lot of confusion about how the exchanges will work. Our colleague at St. Louis Public Radio, Véronique LaCapra, spoke with the Missouri Foundation for Health’s Ryan Barker to try to get some answers.
In this final segment of our Sense of Community series on Debt in the Ozarks, we’re turning back a few pages in our history books to examine what shaped our area’s perception on debt—and whether that perception is at all unique because of this history. KSMU's Jennifer Davidson brings us more.
The Community Focus Steering Committee has released its annual report card for Greene County—that’s a study of the community’s achievements and areas of need over a two-year period. KSMU’s Anna Thomas looks into the community’s blue ribbons and red flags.
Marideth Sisco is known in these parts for many things: she's the singer for The Blackberry Winter Band, which rose to fame after its work with the Oscar-winning film "Winter's Bone." She's a folklorist and Ozarks storyteller. But she's also near and dear to the KSMU family: she writes our popular series These Ozarks Hills. Right now, Marideth Sisco is in the midst of cancer treatments. And artists around the region are gathering tomorrow (Sat, 9/28) at the Yellow House Community Arts Center in West Plains for her sake. Jennifer Davidson sat down with one of the event’s organizers, and has this interview to share.
Secretary of State Jason Kander and Missouri State University President Clif Smart announced a new collaboration they say will benefit students, local governments and the citizens of the state. KSMU’s Briana Simmons has more.
Missouri State University is now home to the Ozarks Chapter of the Missouri Center for the Book. KSMU's Michele Skalicky talks with Tom Peters, director of the MCB Ozarks Chapter and James Baumlin, MSU English professor, about what that means for the university and the community.
In the Ozarks, average home prices fluctuated little during the peak and subsequent pop of the Housing Bubble, but what does that mean for a home buyer getting a 5% loan for -1% rate of return 30 years later?