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Jennifer works as a reporter and producer, and also trains the student reporters at KSMU. She grew up on a farm just outside West Plains, Missouri, and now works for KSMU from her hometown. She spent five years as a freelance journalist in the Persian Gulf, reporting for NPR and producing for CNN International’s program “Inside the Middle East.” Jennifer studied at the American University in Cairo and graduated from the University of Missouri. She participated in the first annual National Day of Listening on Nov 24, 2008. You can hear her interview her grandmother here.
Fire and emergency crews performed about 30 water rescues this morning in Hollister, some of them from the rooftops of their homes. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, Turkey Creek rose very quickly.
Rivers and creeks in south-central Missouri usually known for their gentle meandering have turned into murky, roaring waterways; a four-year-old boy drowned in the floods near Waynesville. Mandatory evacuations are in place in parts of Pulaski and Phelps counties, and numerous roads are underwater. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the flooding is so severe in the Waynesville and St. Robert area, one sergeant with the Highway Patrol compared it to an "island," since many roads leading there are closed.
Many of the rivers and streams the Ozarks region is famous for have breached their banks and have led to evacuations, damaged homes, and at least one death. Governor Jay Nixon on Wednesday ordered the deployment of 50 military policemen from the Missouri National Guard to help in the effort to save lives and property from the rising waters. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson spoke with the Red Cross director of the shelter housing some of the evacuees in St. Robert.
Springfield will host a special event later this month in honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic “March on Washington,” and the Reverend Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has details.
Rain is in the forecast for the next several days, and some parts of the Ozarks are seeing flooding already. KSMU's Jennifer Davidson reports on a message transportation officials say can save lives: "Turn Around, Don't Drown."
Two former Missouri politicians who were once mired in scandal have now written a book together. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the book is garnering some national attention.
The popularity of locally-grown food has risen significantly across America in the past decade: according to the Farmer’s Market Coalition, the number of markets has more than doubled in 10 years nationwide. To celebrate National Famers Market Week, which starts August 4, Farmers Market of the Ozarks is hosting some community contests. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
Musicians from both the East and West Coasts wearing cowboy boots and crosses are descending upon the Ozarks for a three day convention. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has details.
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri introduced a bill Wednesday that he says will streamline some government regulations, and do away with others altogether. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
A study by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that Missouri is in the top ten states when it comes to using cost-benefit analysis of taxpayer money. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has details.