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The U.S. Senate voted Saturday to repeal the military’s policy “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” and the House had already done the same. That rule prevented gays and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Forces. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation later this week. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann talked with local veterans to see if they think this will be a good change.

Today, we begin our five-part series, “Justice for All: The Missouri Public Defender System in Crisis.” In this segment, KSMU’s Jennifer Moore looks at why the system has been shutting its doors, and how one rural Ozarks man is caught in the middle of it all.

Today, we begin our five-part series, “Justice for All: The Missouri Public Defender System in Crisis.” In this segment, KSMU’s Jennifer Moore looks at why the system has been shutting its doors, and how one rural Ozarks man is caught in the middle of it all.

Above: A sherriff's deputy escorts 22-year-old Jared Blacksher out of the visitation room at the Christian County Jail.

Good morning, and welcome to our program "Ask the President: Dr. James Cofer on MSU, Current Events, and Public Affairs." This program looks at national and international news headlines from a local lens, and sees how they're affecting the university here at home.

  • Listen to live music
  • See the Nutcracker Ballet
  • Create art for free
  • Hike
  • Watch woodcarvers in action
  • Ice skate
  • Visit Santa
  • Experience Christmas at the Farm
  • See a college basketball game
  • Enjoy movies

A longtime resident of Springfield's Dickerson Park Zoo has died. The giraffe Stretch was euthanized Thursday morning after zoo staff determined his quality of life was extremely poor with no hope of recovery.

If you use the McDaniel Lake Bridge, you’ll have to find a new way to get to where you’re going.The Greene County Highway Department temporarily closed the bridge Thursday to traffic due to safety concerns.The Highway Department and Missouri Department of Transportation conducted a regular biannual bridge inspection Wednesday, which led to concerns over the bridge’s integrity. A more detailed engineering analysis is underway.In the meantime, motorists need to plan alternate routes around McDaniel Lake.The bridge, located on Farm Road 76 between Farm Rd. 145 and Farm Rd. 151, was constructed in 1929 when the McDaniel Dam was constructed. It spans 403 feet over McDaniel Lake.The bridge remains open to pedestrians.

Springfield’s domestic violence shelters are almost always at full capacity, but they’re not the only ones. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes tells us how a statewide crisis has shelters turning victims away this holiday season.

The film “Winter’s Bone,” which was shot in the Missouri Ozarks, is grabbing more attention and accolades. Recently nominated for multiple Spirit Awards for excellence in independent filmmaking, the movie, cast, and crew could earn one or more Oscar nods. KSMU’s Missy Shelton reports.