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The Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross has a new resource that it’s showing off—an emergency mobile shower and laundry trailer. KSMU’s Ryan Welch went out and took a look at the new trailer, and has this report.

If you missed the premiere last weekend at The Gillioz of Randy and Shannon Bacon's full-length documentary film "The Last Days of Extraordinary Lives," you have another chance to see it. Evangel University, 1111 N. Glenstone, will present the film Wednesday November 3 in Barnett Recital Hall. Doors will open at 8:00, with the film beginning at 9:00. A question and answer panel with some of the directors and producers will follow the 95 minute documentary. Tickets are $5 for Evangel students and $10 for the general public, starting Monday October 25. Call Evangel at 865-2815 to purchase tickets; for information about the film, call Randy Bacon Photography Studio at 868-8179 or visit www.randybacon.com.


With many sexually transmitted diseases going unnoticed amongst communities, the spread of these diseases has become a serious problem. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has introduced a new and unique way to prevent this from continuing. KSMU’s Justin Lux has the story.

Pine Ridge, a Native American (Lakota and Sioux) reservation in South Dakota, is the poorest community in the United States. Local bands Big Smith and Brother Wiley including KSMU's own Jessica Gray, will present a benefit concert for Pine Ridge reservation Sunday Nov.7 at 2:30pm in Pike Auditorium at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar. All proceeds from the concert will go to buy gifts for the children at Pine Ridge. Suggested donation is in the $5 to $10 range. Reserve tickets are available from Kurt Caddy at (417) 328-1900, and tickets will be available at the door. Brother Wiley plays at 2:30pm, and Big Smith at 3:30.

Mike Hulsey, guitarist and keyboardist for the band Jah Roots, was seriously injured in a motorcycle wreck recently. Jah Roots will anchor a benefit concert for Mike's hospital bills Thursday Nov.11 at 8:00pm and again Saturday the 12th at 1:30pm at Remmingtons Downtown. Other bands scheduled to appear include 77 Jefferson from Kansas City, the Spacetones, Members Only, members of Speakeasy and Sincerely Yours, 100 Hand String Band, and more. There will also be a raffle and door prizes; all proceeds go to Mike Hulsey and his family.

Proposition A

Springfield Mayor Jim O’Neil urges voters to vote “no” on Proposition A in the November 2 election. KSMU’s Adam Hammons heard what he had to say this week and also talked with a supporter of Pop A.

Boys and Girls Town of Missouri in Springfield is getting some financial help thanks to local business owner and philanthropist Jim D. Morris. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes has details.

The opening concert of Springfield Mid-America Singers' 44th Season, "Sharing Dreams," will be held Sunday Oct.24 at 3:00 PM, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2852 S. Dayton. The concert marks the a double premiere, with the debut of Mid-America Singers' new Artistic Director, Tom Matrone, plus the Southwest Missouri premiere of "The Dream Keeper," William Averitt's 2009 setting of four poems by Joplin native Langston Hugues. It's scored for chorus plus two pianos, with Joyce Minasian and Darlene Matrone at the keyboards. The concert will also feature music by Eric Whitacre, Ralph Manuel, Howard Helvey and Sven Lekberg. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information call 863-SING (7464).

The Branson Tea Party Coalition will be holding a "Pre-Election Pink Slip Rally and Concert" at the Tri-Lakes Center in Branson this Saturday. KSMU's Justin Lux has the story.