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The Missouri Fine Arts Academy was originated in 1996 in order to challenge, motivate and empower Missouri's most talented arts students. This year, the academy had 151 student participating from every region in the state, but these students have encountered a greater challenge than ever before. The state legislature cut funding by more than two-thirds. Next year, Missouri's budget does not account for any funding to this important program. Julie Bloodworth, director of the Missouri Fine Arts Academy, and two of the participants discuss the nature of the program.

Billy Long

On Monday, an anti-abortion organization, Missouri Right to Life held a press conference to announce its endorsement of local businessman Billy Long for the seventh Congressional District. KSMU’s Justin Lux was there and has the story.

Smoking Sign

Experts have always thought there was a correlation between smoking and being diagnosed with mental illness. However, this problem had remained a simple theory until the Missouri Department of Mental Health conducted a recent study to shed light on the problem. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has this report.

Ilga Vise talks with Mark Struckhoff, Executive Director of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks. In this discussion, Struckhoff outlines how the council tries to meet the needs of several different population groups.

More about the Council of Churches of the Ozarks

The Korean War began 60 years ago Friday when North Korea invaded the South. President Truman was in his home in Independence, Missouri, when his Secretary of State delivered the news. Within a few short weeks, US Troops were preparing to come to the defense of South Korea, even though war was never officially declared. One soldier who was among them was a young Marine by the name of Clifford Auberry. On Friday, he joined KSMU's Jennifer Moore by phone in Springfield.

The Korean War began 60 years ago Friday when North Korea invaded the South. President Truman was in his home in Independence, Missouri, when his Secretary of State delivered the news. Within a few short weeks, US Troops were preparing to come to the defense of South Korea, even though war was never officially declared. One soldier who was among them was a young Marine by the name of Clifford Auberry. On Friday, he joined KSMU's Jennifer Moore by phone in Springfield.

The Kitchen INC

The Kitchen Clinic is celebrating its 25th birthday Friday. KSMU's Chasity Mayes reports.