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There's an old Kenyan proverb that says, "Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children." Over the last few years, the effort to sustain resources on the Earth has gained momentum, and those on the Missouri State University campus are proud to be a leader in the community on this issue. Ken McClure, vice president of administrative and information services; and Dr. Tammy Jahnke, dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, discuss sustainability efforts as well as the second annual conference and exhibition, "Leadership in a Sustainable Society." This event is free and will be held Oct. 27 at the Plaster Student Union. For more information, visit www.missouristate.edu/sustainability. A full interview with McClure and Jahnke is available at http://bit.ly/cgSf1F.

Text and Drive Docudrama

Texting while driving has become a serious issue, and many people are cracking down on this bad habit. Billings High School decided to take the dramatic route in trying to keep students safe at the wheel. KSMU’s Adam Hammons went to Billings High School to see its

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Earlier this year, First Lady Michelle Obama began her “Let’s Move” campaign highlighting childhood obesity and related chronic health conditions. With as many as 31 million children across the country receiving approximately 50 percent of their daily nutrition in school, the National School Lunch Program has become a part of the “Let’s Move” agenda. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann talked with area school nutrition providers to see how Springfield stacks up.

Sunday is United Nations Day. This year, the global organization is celebrating its 65th anniversary, and Springfield’s chapter of the UN Association will host a special guest speaker. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has details.

In our ongoing Sense of Place series, we bring you stories of years gone by here in the Ozarks. In the spirit of Halloween, KSMU’s Emma Wilson visited a historical hotel with a history of haunts.

Kay Murnan talks with George Conner, head of the political science department at Missouri State University, about the U.S. Census and Missouri's representation in Congress.

The "Metropolitan Opera Live in HD" theatre-broadcast series continues Saturday November 13 with Donizetti's Don Pasquale starring Anna Netrebko, and a new production of Verdi's Don Carlo on December 11 with Roberto Alagna in the title role. For information call the theatre box office at 799-3457.

The Missouri State University Symphony Orchestra will present a fall concert Tuesday November 2nd at 7:00pm in the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. Featured guests will be the highly-regarded string orchestra from Liberty High School in North Kansas City, who recently returned from a tour of China. They and the MSU orchestra will perform separate numbers, and then combine for two closing selections. The program includes a portion of Benjamin Britten’s “Simple Symphony,” the Prelude to Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, and part of the Shostakovich Ballet Suite No.1. The orchestras will combine to perform Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances” and portions of Stravinsky’s Firebird. No tickets are required, the concert is free and open to the public. Remember, it starts at 7:00pm, a half-hour earlier than usual, on Tuesday Nov.2nd. For more information call the MSU orchestra office at 836-5729.