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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is again asking residents to turn in mercury, or any items containing mercury. KSMU’s Ryan Welch reports.


Each year across the country, deaths are reported because of lightning. As many as 11 people have already died this year in the United States, as a result of lightning. This week is Missouri Summer Safety and Lightning Awareness week, and the goal is keeping Missourians safe during the unpredictable weather in the summer months. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann spoke with the National Weather service and has this report.

At age 10, Madison Albert is a regular volunteer with a community organization that gives baby supplies to low income families, ensuring they have basic care items when they bring their infant home from the hospital. KSMU's Missy Shelton has this profile.

  • Enjoy flowers and live music at the same time
  • Visit the Japanese Stroll Garden for free
  • Learn about MSU-West Plains athletics
  • Find bargains
  • Take youngsters to a camping program
  • Celebrate the 4th of July early
  • Buy fresh produce
  • Party on C-Street
  • Take your kids to Play Day
  • Make free art
  • Walk or roll for a cause
  • Create art at the zoo
  • Listen to live music in the park
  • Visit area gardens

One soldier-turned-stand-up-comedian will be visiting Hammons Field Friday night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Springfield Cardinals game. KSMU’s Ryan Welch has the story.

The July First Friday Art Walk celebrates summer in the city Friday July 2nd from 6-10 p.m. with cool art and hot music, plus all the other amenities available in downtown Springfield. Among the July highlights:• Art Walk welcomes new member Smart Group and Gallery at 405 W. Walnut. Enjoy its debut show, "Wit and Whimsy," featuring Springfield artist Carla Stine and Cincinnati artist Juli Cady Ryan, plus studio works in progress by gallery associates Kevin Richardson, Brannon Estis and Winston Riley. • See jewelry by Meredith Lowery and pottery by Andrew Eggers at APO After Dark, 303 Park Central West. • The Creamery Arts Center's new show "Open Doors" will feature artwork created on doors or with a door theme. The Art Walk reception from 6 to 9 p.m.July 2nd has been underwritten by gallery sponsor Dianne Elizabeth Osis.• Join DB Design Salon & Art Gallery, 326 S. Campbell, for photographs by Jim Mayfield, watercolors by Debra Sutherland and pottery by various artists.• The Evangel University Bellwether Gallery, 600 W. College, Ste. 116, will show works by Evangel faculty members--photographer Lane Simmons and ceramic artist Mitch Yung.• Fourth of July fireworks are the source of the abstract images in photography and photo art by Clarissa French at Fitzwilly’s Gifts & Antiques, 308 South Ave. • Fresh Gallery, 400 W. Walnut, presents Barbara Radovanovich and Elaine Willig in July, with sgraffito-carved pottery by Barb and original jewelry by Elaine.• Experience "Our Spectrum," a show featuring artwork created by teenagers from the Ozark Center for Autism, at Global Fayre, 324 S. Campbell.• See works by Sarah Lowe and Barb Williams at Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Suite 101.• Park Central Branch Library will have paintings by Erin Hughes--she'll be in attendance for patrons to speak with the artist herself. Also, at 7 p.m. on the Community Stage, enjoy music by Live Oak Band. Note that due to the summer break, Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, MSU Brick City Gallery, MSU International Center, MSU Student Exhibition Center and OTC Fine Art Gallery will all be CLOSED in July and August; they'll reopen with the Sept. 3 First Friday Art Walk. For more information on First Friday Art Walk, visit their website at www.ffaw.org or call 849-8255.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal says he has tendered his resignation out of his desire to see the mission in Afghanistan succeed. McChrystal issued his statement Wednesday night from NATO headquarters in Kabul just minutes after President Barack Obamaannounced that he was dismissing the top commander in Afghanistan. The general had been quoted in a magazine article mocking vice president Joe Biden, as well as the president’s strategy in Afghanistan. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports on what Missouri’s two senators had to say about the situation.