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Finding out the quickest way around town might soon become easier if Springfield City Council members approve a new plan that officials say would better calculate travel time. KSMU’s Julie Greene has more.

Superintendent Bill Black

There’s a controversy brewing in the central Ozarks region between locals and the federal government.  The two have been at odds many times before, but this time, it’s gone a step further. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports in the first half of our two-part series on the new management plan for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

Medicaid - ER

Supporters of Medicaid expansion in Missouri continue to work toward swaying opponents in the General Assembly over to their side. Marshall Griffin takes a closer look.

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, D, answers questions from reporters on his opposition to this year's tax cut bill, SB509.

A controversial tax cut proposal has been sent to Governor Jay Nixon, after the Missouri House passed it late Wednesday afternoon.   Marshall Griffin reports.

Jewish Community Center

Sunday's shooting in Kansas City has reignited the conversation about anti-Semitism, hate crimes and how to prevent future incidents.  Recent statistics released in an annual report from the Anti-Defamation League suggests that anti-Semitic incidents were down significantly nationwide.  But is this a true reflection of societal changes?  KSMU's Theresa Bettmann has this report.

Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Ribbon Cutting

Patients who need rehabilitation in the Ozarks will now have a new place to go for treatment.  Mercy held a blessing and ribbon cutting Wednesday for its new rehabilitation hospital in Springfield.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

On April 23, five colleges and universities in the Springfield area will kick off a new initiative to help men graduate from college. The initiative, Bridge Springfield – Brother to Brother, is a partnership between Missouri State University, Ozarks Technical Community College, Drury University, Evangel University and Southwest Baptist University.

The kickoff meeting is at 7 p.m. April 23 in Meyer Library.

Francine Pratt, chapter adviser, discusses the goals of Brother to Brother.

Local Business Owners After Workplace Wellness Panel / Photo Credit: Shannon Bowers

Local business owners were offered a CEO’s perspective on workplace wellness during an event Tuesday by the Healthy Living Alliance of Springfield. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers has more on the event, which featured a panel of local executives.


After a week of pleasant conditions in the Ozarks, Monday night’s freeze may have caused damage to local fruit crops. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has more on how the freeze will affect the Ozarks fruit harvest.