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Looking for a job in any market is not very easy. Now, take away your ability to see. KSMU’s Adam Hammons has more on how Missouri is helping the blind make a living.

Taney County recently held an event that got rid of 140 pounds of old prescription medication. If you missed your chance to drop off your unused pills, you can get rid of them safely in the convenience of your own home. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes has more.

The City of Springfield has recently been given about $2.5 million in government funding for the Missouri Work Assistance program. KSMU’s Ryan Welch has this report.

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An Ozarks resident has broken his own world record...and his achievement is shining light on one of Missouri’s most important areas of agriculture. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has details.

The galleries of First Friday Art Walk invite you to the Springfield's downtown arts District to enjoy "Center City Saturday" Oct. 16 a day of free activities for the whole family. Hollywood Theaters, 415 W. College will offer a FREE showing of the animated comedy "Kung Fu Panda" at 10am. And Park Central Branch Library will hold amMarathon of family-friendly films all day on the main stage. Also: the Creamery Arts Center presents the monthly "Free Art Day," from 10am to noon on the 16th, with fall-themed projects including 3-D paper pumpkins, autumn leaf ornaments, painting a ceramic bowl, decorating a goodie bag and storytelling. Sponsored by the Junior League of Springfield, Free Art Day is open to all ages and skill levels; no registration is required and there's no cost. And while you’re at The Creamery, enjoy the ongoing exhibit "Pure Enjoyment," featuring 100 juried artworks from the Meramec Region. You can meet artist Kim Peterson for free hands-on interactive art workshops and storytimes at Global Fayre, along with her ongoing exhibit "Hiding in Plain Sight" featuring her whimsical, energetic and family-friendly images. Kim will offer hands-on crafts at 1 and 3 p.m., and storytimes at 2 and 4 p.m. Springfield Hot Glass Studio will provide live glass-art demonstrations. In fact, you can enjoy your own mini Art Walk on Saturday the 16th, since the First Friday exhibits stay up at the various galleries all month. Center City Saturday takes place the 3rd Saturday of each month, presented by members of First Friday Art Walk and the Downtown Springfield Association. For more information visit www.ffaw.org or check out the Art Walk's page on Facebook.

Fresh Gallery, Springfield Regional Arts Council’s collective fine art and craft gallery in downtown Springfield, is currently taking applications from any artists who work in sculpture or other two-dimensional media. Local and regional artists who are interested in gallery membership pay a $15 jury fee when they submit their application for membership. Applications can be found at www.springfieldarts.org/fresh, or picked up at the gallery at 400 W. Walnut at Campbell. For more information call the Arts Council at 862-ARTS (2787). And Fresh Gallery offers three different packages of holiday greeting cards designed by Fresh’s 24 member artists. There are three pre-packaged sets of 10 cards, or patrons can mix and match their favorites. Proceeds from card sales will be divided between Fresh artists and the gallery, with 75% going to the artists. Orders may be placed in person at Fresh Gallery or by phone at 862-9300.

Springfield Contemporary Theatre at the Vandivort will hold auditions for the January show "Julie Bunny Must Die!" on Sunday October 24 from 3:00 to 5:00pm at the Vandivort Center Theatre, 305 E. Walnut, 4th Floor. This lighthearted musical by Ned Wilkinson is about a cartoonist and his creation, Julie Bunny, International Spy, battling villains not only in the cartoon world, but in the cartoonist's life. Auditioners should prepare a pop-rock song and a short comic monologue roughly 30 to 90 seconds in length. There are roles for three men and two women. For more information call 831-8001.

The Sho-Me Statesmen Men's Barbershop Chorus, and the Ozark Showcase Sweet Adeline Women's Chorus present a joint show, "Snapshots in Time," Saturday Oct.16 at 7:00pm in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University. There will be performances by both choruses, numerous local quartets, and "Paradigm," a quartet from Des Moines. Tickets will be available at the door--$10 for the general public, and students FREE with ID. For more information visit www.shomestatesmen.org.

Art Sync Gallery, 880 San Martin in the Vineyard Square in Bolivar, MO, will feature "Farm and Ranch Life" Artwork for their October - November exhibit. The show opens with a reception Friday Oct.15 from 6 to 9pm, with Judy Domeny Bowen performing ballads, folk songs and farm songs. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm.