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  • April 10, 2011 03:27 PM

    Over the weekend, the Showboat Branson Belle hosted members of the press and a guest on the boat in anticipation of the new season beginning. We took the opportunity to find out what's changed on board since the incident last year that left 567 passengers and 76 crew members stranded on board the Belle for nearly 17 hours. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann attended the grand re-opening on Table Rock Lake and has this report.

  • April 4, 2011 11:14 AM

    The City Utilities Board of Directors will hold closed meetings this week and next as part of the extensive search for a new general manager. Board members are looking for the person who will replace John Twitty who announced in December that he will retire this June. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann talked with a spokesperson for City Utilities, and files this report.

  • March 31, 2011 01:58 PM

    For part two of our coverage on the upcoming Springfield school board election, we take a look at three of the five candidates. These candidates come from the Springfield business community and say that they wish to bring their business sense and financial knowledge to the positions. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann spoke with each of the candidates and files this report.

  • March 31, 2011 01:54 PM

    Tuesday is the school board election for the Springfield R-12 school district. There are five candidates who are vying for two seats. All of the candidates say they have important qualities to bring to the table. In this first part of our two-part series, we look at candidates who come from within the district as former educators. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann files this report.

  • March 21, 2011 11:52 AM



    Missouri lawmakers are considering legislation that would change the provisions that became law under Proposition B. Supporters of the original initiative say their intent was to implement anti-cruelty protections for dogs at commercial breeding facilities in Missouri. Proposition B won a majority of votes in the November 2010 election. However, efforts to repeal or amend the initiative began shortly thereafter with opponents of the measure saying it goes too far and creates problems for well-intentioned breeders. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann looks at both sides of the debate, and files this report.

  • March 21, 2011 11:49 AM

    A representative from the Office of the British Consulate in Chicago plans to visit Springfield Wednesday to discuss trade and investment opportunities between the United Kingdom and the United States. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann talked with a spokesperson for the Chamber of Commerce to learn more about how this could impact local businesses.

  • March 7, 2011 01:31 PM

    Students at Nixa’s alternative school, know as S.C.O.R.E., are using their time and talents to bring a little color to area cancer patients’ lives. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann went to the school to learn more, and has this report.

  • February 14, 2011 03:38 PM



    According to the Humane Society of the United States, between 6 and 8 million animals end up in shelters every year. Of that number, only half find homes. Since this summer, the Springfield Animal Advocacy Foundation, or SAAF, has been providing low-cost spay and neuter to combat that problem. As of this month the clinic has already conducted close to 1,500 surgeries. Now SAAF is beginning to partner with other animal groups to expand on its mission. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann files this report.

  • February 7, 2011 12:42 PM



    The Greene County primary election originally scheduled for Tuesday has been rescheduled for February 22, due to continued concerns over winter weather. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann spoke with election officials to learn more about this unprecedented event.

  • January 24, 2011 01:51 PM



    As surprising as it may seem, each year Springfield-Greene County library patrons rack up between 200,000 to 300,000 dollars in overdue fees or other fines. This week the library district is giving patrons a chance to whittle down their fines, while benefiting hungry families in the Ozarks. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has this report.