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The U.S. House has passed a $26 billion jobs bill to protect 300,000 teachers and other nonfederal government workers from layoffs nationwide. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports on what this means for Missouri.

Messiah Project will hold auditions for its two act "Miracle of Christmas" show to be performed in mid-December. Auditions will be held on Saturday August 28 at the Credo Art Center, 931 S. Kickapoo just north of Grand. In addition to Gian-Carlo Menotti's Christmas opea Amahl and the Night Visitors, the "Miracle of Christmas" concert will include an international Christmas concert featuring the Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra from Krakow, Poland conducted by Stephen Byess. They're looking for experienced choral singers, both adults and children, and casting various roles in Amahl--there are roles for a child, as well as adult mezzo-soprano, tenor and bass. Chorus auditions will be from 1 to 2pm on Aug.28; if you're interested in auditioning for a principal role let them know in advance of the audition date by calling 883-5274 or email messiahpro [at] sbcglobal [dot] net. Roles for Amahl will audition from 2 to 3pm on Aug.28. Rehearsals will begin October 22nd.

The Blues Society of the Ozarks presents the Greater Ozarks Blues Festival will be held Friday and Saturday September 10 & 11 at Chesterfield Village, just north of the James River Expressway at Kansas Expressway. It's the area's original Blues festival and has provided a weekend of top-notch Blues entertainment to the Springfield Missouri community once a year since 1998. This all-volunteer annual event raises money for the Blues Society Of The Ozarks, a not-for-profit organization, and especially for the BSO's Blues in the Schools program which helps kids learn about, and even how to play, this important original American art form. This year's lineup features Blues Music Award nominees and winners; the International Blues Challenge winner, our local Blues Challenge winner, and some of the region's favorite blues acts. Scheduled to appear are Super Chikan; Bernard Allison, the son of the late Luther Allison; singer & harmonica player Grady Champion; Barbara Blues from Beale Street in Memphis; Marquise Knox; the family blues band Homemade Jamz; and regional favorites Tripwire, Underground Blues Division; the Bel Airs; and Black Suede; Nigel and the Ghost; and Full Moon Blues Band. Gates open at 4:30pm Friday Sept.10, and 11am on Saturday the 11th. Advance tickets are available online at

www.greaterozarksbluesfest.com

or at Rapid Robert's; Springfield Brewing Co.; Kaleidoscope; Denney's Harley-Davidson; and Stick It In Your Ear.

The Visual Artist Alliance of Springfield Summer 2010 Juried Art Show continues on the fifth floor of the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts through September 10. For more information visit www.visartalliance.com or call the Springfield Regional Arts Council at 862-ARTS (2787) and leave a voicemail for the Visual Artist Alliance.

The Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education has approved another new program for Missouri State University to offer - one that will prepare graduates for a great job in a highly demanded field: facility management. Dr. Shawn Strong, department head of technology and construction management at Missouri State, explains the need for the new program.

Details are emerging about the upcoming series of “courthouse debates” between two candidates vying to represent Missouri’s 7th district in Congress. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has this report.

Earlier this year the Springfield city council voted to hire new firefighters despite the ongoing hiring freeze. The Springfield Fire Department has been struggling with 20 vacancies for almost two years now. On Thursday, though, 10 recruits will graduate from the Springfield Fire Academy, and next week seven more recruits will begin training. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.

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Missouri State University’s new president has just wrapped up his first week on the job. Dr. James Cofer, Sr., came to MSU from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he also held the position of president. He spoke to KSMU’s Jennifer Moore about why he decided to apply, and what he will focus on from here.