Missy Shelton reports from Europe on a journalism study tour funded by the German Marshall Fund, a nonpartisan American Public Policy and grantmaking institution that promotes trans-Atlantic relations. She's among eleven journalists taking part in an agriculture study tour. In this installment, Missy Shelton talks with a European agriculture expert to get some background on European agriculture subsidies. This helps set the stage for her next reports that include Missouri and European perspectives on trade negotiations through the World Trade Organization or WTO, farm subsidies and debate surrounding the reauthorization of the Farm Bill in Congress.
This week, KSMU's Missy Shelton reports from Europe on a journalism study tour funded by the German Marshall Fund, a nonpartisan American Public Policy and grantmaking institution that promotes trans-Atlantic relations. She's among eleven journalists taking part in the program. In this first in a series of reports, Missy Shelton takes a look at agri-tourism in Europe and Missouri. She begins in Poland, just outside Krakow where agri-tourism is a key part of the farm economy. (The interpreter for this story is Andrzej Michalik.)
As gas has gone over three dollars a gallon, many people are looking for ways to save money. Springfield is planning to help by looking into new fuel sources. There will be a meeting on Friday to solicit ideas, questions and comments from the public as the city prepares for the New Fuel Conference that will be held later in the year. Ksmu's Jana Greer Reports
Missouri's Governor Matt Blunt was in Springfield today on the Missouri State University campus for a ceremonial bill signing. The legislation takes 335 million dollars from MOHELA, the state's student loan agency and directs that money to college construction projects and scholarships. But critics of the plan have filed a petition to let voters decide if this is a good idea. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
Members of Missouri's Campus Security Task Force held their second meeting today and heard from law enforcement officers and agents who responded to the massacre at Virginia Tech. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield was the site of the first major battle of the Civil War in the west. The battlefield has announced that it will once again participate in the "National Moment of Remembrance" on Memorial Day. KSMU's Joe Morgan explains more about this moment of remembrance.
It's been one year since Governor Matt Blunt announced the creation of the Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri Initiative. This program, also known as the DREAM Initiative, gave 10 Missouri cities the opportunity to apply for state funding to help revitalize their downtown areas. KSMU's Joe Morgan spoke with administrators from two of these cities to find out what impact the DREAM Initiative has had.
This week, about 20 law enforcement officers and business people from the private sector are coming together in Jefferson City for surveillance training. If the program is successful, state officials hope to expand it to include other parts of the state. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
The Springfield Disaster Response Action Committee held a public forum last night to give citizens the chance to voice concerns about disaster relief. Not many people attended the event but there were still some issues important to the public that were addressed. KSMU's Joe Morgan was at the forum and explains the purpose of the meeting and the public's concerns.
Allen Kunkel, associate vice president for research and economic development at Missouri State, and chief operating officer for JVIC, Inc., discusses JVIC, Inc. and the May 30 grand opening and naming ceremony for Congressman Roy Blunt.
After lengthy and sometimes emotional debate, lawmakers approved the creation of MO Healthnet, the program that will replace the existing Medicaid healthcare program for the poor. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.