Earlier this year, the Missouri House turned down a bill that would have raised the State minimum wage from $5.15 and hour to $6.50. Last week, an amendment that would have raised the Federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour over the next 2 years failed to reach the 60 votes needed to pass the U.S. Senate. On this edition of KSMU's Sense of Community Series produced by KSMU News Director Mike Smith, we hear Missouri's senior Senator Kit Bond, and Governor Matt Blunt express their opposition to raising the minimum wage, and from State Representative John Bowman and a Springfield waitress named Candy who hope voters will approve a wage hike if and when the issue comes before voters in November.
Avian Flu is predicted to be found in wild waterfowl in North America sometime this year. In this segment of KSMU's Sense of Community series, Michele Skalicky talks with Kevin Gipson, director of health for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and Aaron Winslow, with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, about Avian Flu. Also, find out how Empire Bank and City Utilities are working to prepare for a possible flu pandemic.