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University Heights Baptist Church will host "Festival of Faith in the Arts: ACelebration of God’s Gifts" July 23–25. The event begins with a juried art show for both children and adults Friday July 23 at 2 p.m. All artists are encouraged to attend the art reception from 6–8 p.m. Workshops including writing, drawing and set building will be held for children and adults 9 a.m. to noon Saturday the 24th. The featured event will be a performance by the Skinny Improv comedy group at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. A musical performance “Misery, Mayhem, and Madness” will be at 3 p.m. Sunday July 25 in the University Heights Chapel. Registration is required for the Art show and workshops--for more information and registration, visit the church’s website www.uhbc.org. University Heights is located on the corner of National and Grand in Springfield.

The next Creamery Writers Workshop on Thursday July 22nd will feature guest speaker Allen Young--engineer by profession, writer by career. He’ll talk about writing for technical journals, and how to sell short stories. The meeting is scheduled for 8pm on the 22nd at the Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway across from Hammons Field. It’s free and open to anyone interested in writing.

The Messiah Project recently returned to Springfield from a two-week concert tour of Russia, and they'll give the local area a chance to hear the "Merging Musical Worlds" concert program they presented in Russia during a homecoming concert Saturday July 24 at 7:00pm at Cornerstone Church, 1701 S. Fort at Sunshine. In addition to the live performance they'll present video clips and photos of their performances in St. Petersburg and the Kremlin in Moscow. For more information call 883-5274.



You might think you’ve got great friends, but one local man could make you want to raise your standards. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes tells us how the Springfield native is going the distance for a longtime friend and the memory of one very special little boy.

Rock 'n Ribs BBQ Festival made more money for children's agencies this spring than ever before in its 11-year history. Checks are being presented this week to five of those children's agencies in the area. KSMU's Ryan Welch has more.

Fassnight Park Pool



The heat advisory that began at noon today will last until 7:00pm tomorrow evening. KSMU’s Ryan Welch has details.

Missouri Hotel



Homeless students deal with many struggles every day that most kids never have to worry about. With an unstable environment, many homeless students start to fall behind in school, adding to the many hurdles they already have to overcome. In the third part of our series on Homeless Students in the Ozarks, Adam Murphy looks at the struggles in the classroom students have because of being homeless.

Clothing Bank

Most kids don’t have to worry about having clothes to wear to school, or a backpack to take to class. But for homeless students, getting these basic items is a daily struggle. In the second part of our series on homeless students in the Ozarks, KSMU’s Adam Murphy looks at how a lack of necessities, like clothing, affects a student’s performance in school, and what local schools are doing to help.

In his weekly conference call with reporters, Senator Kit Bond discussed the current unemployment situation facing Americans, citing that 9.5% of the country’s citizens are still out of work. KSMU’s Justin Lux has the story.