Just in time for the Flu season, a major manufacturer of the vaccine that prevents the illness has been ordered to stop production. This means half the supply intended for use in the United States will not be available anytime soon. Mike Smith has this report:
As part of our election coverage, KSMU brings you Campaign Diaries - a series of stories profiling local individuals of all political persuasions who are working, volunteering and participating in campaigns throughout the Ozarks. KSMU's Katie Hummel spent the day with a campaign worker at his home in Springfield. Doug Burlison is working to get a Libertarian elected to the state House of Representatives. His name is Doug Burlison and this is his story.
Television ads have begun in the Secretary of State race. The race pits the outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives against the daughter of the late governor Mel Carnahan. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
Pianist, conductor and educator Leon Fleisher is said to have the "most famous right hand in classical music--famous for not working." After studying with the legendary Artur Schnabel, Fleisher established himself in the 1950s and early '60s as one of the world's great pianists. But his career was sidelined for some 35 years by a crippling ailment that affected his right hand. Recently he has found relief--and has begun playing and recording two-hand piano music again. KSMU's Randy Stewart conducted this phone interview with Leon Fleisher in September (it originally aired on "KSMU Arts News" October 1, 2004)
Democrats and Republicans in Greene County gathered at watch parties last night to cheer on their party's presidential candidate during the first presidential debate. KSMU had reporters at each watch party. We begin with a report from Justin Pointer who spent the evening with the Republicans at their Springfield headquarters.
Americans tuning in to the first presidential debate last night got a chance to make their first side-by-side comparison of President George W. Bush and his democratic challenger Senator John Kerry. Shortly after the debate, KSMU's Missy Shelton asked two SMS professors to share their analysis of the debate.
Races for the state House of Representatives are attracting attention and contributions from around the state as Republican seek to hang on to control of the House and Democrats try to win back control. KSMU's Missy Shelton has this report on the race for the 135th district here in Springfield.
The Democratic Primary for Governor was an expensive battle between the incumbent Bob Holden and State Auditor Claire McCaskill. After the August Primary, supporters of the Missouri Democratic Party said they were worried about McCaskill having enough money for the genral election. But the last campaign finance report that came out September 2nd, shows McCaskill and Republican candidate Matt Blunt having enough money for the general election. KSMU's Katie Hummel reports
The start of a new school year brings another series of reports from 5th graders at Rountree Elementary. The Rountree Elementary News Update is produced in cooperation with the Springfield Public Schools Partners in Education program.
Longtime political observers say there will be long lines at the polls November 2nd, a day that promises long hours on the job for poll workers. But through a program with the Greene County Clerks Office and SMSU, voters and election officials will get some help on election day. Mike Smith has the story:
SMSU's academic, athletic, and administrative history is now available to the public. "Daring to Excel: The First Hundred Years of SMSU", can be purchased at the SMS Bookstore. Mike Smith has the story: