Longtime residents of the Ozarks are aware of the constant weather changes that happen here. For example, 100 years ago this month, Missouri had a strange weather phenomenon called “The Great Blue Norther,” during which temperatures fell wildly. As winter approaches, the National Weather Service wants Missourians to be prepared for anything. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports on the upcoming Winter Weather Awareness Day, which is Wednesday.
A recent story in the national headlines involved a young woman revealing that her father, who was a judge in Texas, had spanked and even used a belt on her as a form of punishment. Many parents struggle to figure out how to properly discipline their kids. Some find spanking a useful tool for training, others are against it. But what does Missouri law actually say about this type of discipline? KSMU’s Rebekah Clark talks to Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson for some answers.