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A group of distinguished Chinese professors will be visiting Springfield throughout the week through a partnership between Drury University and one of China's top ranked universities. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports. (Reporter Matt Petcoff contributed to this story.)

A House panel will be in Springfield Wednesday to take testimony on how lawmakers can reduce Medicaid fraud. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Susan Cohen is Director of Adult Student Services, and has this information about the Fee Waiver program for adults age 60 and older.

When Greene County voters go to the polls tomorrow, they'll notice that their precinct has a touch screen voting machine. Every precinct in the county will have one tomorrow. As KSMU's Missy Shelton reports, the machines enable voters with disabilities to vote independently.

Ilga Vise examines the history and purpose of primary elections with her guest Dr. Elizabeth Paddock, professor of political science and department chair of history, political science and geography at Drury University.

Portions of western Missouri face worsening drought conditions and Governor Matt Blunt has reactivated the statewide Drought Assessment Committee to deal with the drought. Twenty-one western counties are now in the conservation phase of a drought, meaning water conservation efforts are necessary. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Next week, voters in Missouri will choose the Republican and Democrat they want to square off in the state auditor's race. Earlier this week, we brought you comments from the five Republican candidates who will be on the primary ballot. Now, KSMU's Missy Shelton has a look at the democratic state auditor candidates.

Tomorrow, the Polk County Bike Club will host a bike ride to benefit Ozark Greenways' efforts to rebuild the historic Little Sac River Bridge on the Frisco Highline Trail. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Today through Sunday is a good time for back-to-school shopping since certain items will be exempt from state sales tax. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Election officials expect a low voter turnout for the August 8th primary, something that is typical for a primary election. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Greene County Clerk Richard Struckhoff says it may take some time to verify the signatures on a petition requesting an audit of the city of Springfield. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

National franchises, locally-owned businesses and residents are among the tenents of the newly developed Wilhoit Plaza in downtown Springfield. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

In 2005, the Springfield Greene County Health Department provided immunizations to 4,713 students under the age of 18. The numbers for 2006 get a big boost this month as the Health Department is holding a series of back to school immunization clinics. Mike Smith has the story:

Gail Melgren is Program Coordinator for the Go Lead program.

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for most of the KSMU listening area through 7PM Tuesday August 1st. As this latest heat wave continues across Missouri and the midwest, the number of heat related deaths and illnesses

continues to rise. Mike Smith has the story:

Rick Hopkins learns about the impact of the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights from Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Norm Ridder. Ridder was superintendent in Colorado Springs when TABOR was in effect in Colorado. He shares his experiences and perspectives on an issue that's being discussed in Missouri.

It's one of the hottest races on the primary ballot: The Republican primary for state auditor. There are two democrats on the ballot: Susan Montee and Darrell Wattenbarger. The libertarian, Charles Baum has no opponent in the primary. KSMU's Missy Shelton recently caught up with the Republican candidates, some by phone, some at campaign events in Springfield. She asked them about their qualifications and their plans for the auditor's office. She files this report.

The Greater Ozarks Leadership Development program or GOLD is seeking applicants. The new program targets leaders all over Southwest Missouri, especially those in smaller communities. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

A new program aimed at providing training to the leaders of non-profit organizations is now accepting applications. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan was in Springfield Tuesday to unveil a media campaign designed to make voters aware of photo identification requirements. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Two charities from Southwest Missouri are in St Louis, helping residents recover from two storms that blew through last week, knocking out power to more than half a million homes and businesses. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Missouri State University is ready to go for the GOLD.

Gerry Lee is coordinator of the Greater Ozarks Leadership Development program at the Community and Social Issues Institute.

A group supporting initiative petitions related to eminent domain and government spending lost in court Monday. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Kay Murnan discusses the August 8 Primary Election with Greene County Clerk Richard Struckhoff.