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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon traveled through Afghanistan on Friday in a trip with four other governors and General Craig McKinley, Chief of the National Guard Bureau. His trip included Kuwait and Iraq as well, as he meets with military leadership and visits Missouri troops and military hospitals. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.

The start of a new school year can be intimidating enough for kids without the additional worry about problems with hearing or vision. Jordan Valley Community Health Center wants to be sure kids are ready for the new school year, so they’re offering free health screenings and shots. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more…

Taxadermy Sting

Undercover agents and stings are usually associated with drugs or weapons, not taxidermy. But, the Missouri Department of Conservation recently closed shop on a two-year undercover operation to catch hunters who were killing illegally in southern Missouri. The investigation resulted in the documentation of 425 violations across seven counties. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.

  • See a movie outside
  • Listen to live music
  • Celebrate books and fishing
  • Learn about lizards
  • Attend a Butterfly Festival
  • Get your dog washed and help homeless animals
  • Have pancakes at the zoo
  • Visit Frontier Days at the farm
  • Play golf for a cause

  • See a movie outside
  • Listen to live music
  • Celebrate books and fishing
  • Learn about lizards
  • Attend a Butterfly Festival
  • Get your dog washedand help homeless animals
  • Have pancakes at the zoo
  • Visit Frontier Days at the farm
  • Play golf for a cause

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According to the Humane Society of the United States, approximately 3 to 4 million animals are euthanized each year simply because they have no where to call home. In August, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic will open in Springfield. Organizers say it’s the first of its kind in Missouri. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has this report.

Actor/comedian and bluegrass banjoist Steve Martin will be in the Ozarks Wednesday July 28th at the Black Oak Mountain Amphitheater near Lampe, Missouri. Also performing that night are bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs and Missouri native Rhonda Vincent with her band “The Rage”. Vincent, who honed her bluegrass skills performing at Silver Dollar City at a very young age, will kick off the concert at 7pm, followed by Earl Scruggs with Family and Friends at 8, and Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers at 9. KSMU’s Mike Smith, host of Seldom Heard Music, will serve as M.C. for the concert. For information www.blkoakamp.com.

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Ozarks Medical Center

Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains has opened a new emergency department. Its ribbon cutting was celebrated with 500 people on Sunday and it officially opened to see patients on Tuesday. KSMU’s Ryan Welch has the story.

Two unrelated giraffe deaths occurred earlier this summer at Dickerson Park Zoo, and now the summaries of the animals’ autopsies have been released. KSMU’s Ryan Welch has the story.