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Lisa Langley talks with Elizabeth Dudash, assistant professor in the Communications Department at Missouri State University, about civil discourse.

Ilga Vise talks with Jack Hembree, president of the United Nations Association of Springfield about the organization.

Beekeeper

A retired construction worker who lives alone in rural Newton County is still getting over jet-lag after the trip of a lifetime. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.

One hundred underserved students from the Springfield Community Center will present “I Am... Exploring World Cultures," a performance and exhibition celebrating the conclusion of the Springfield Regional Arts Council's Arts in the Park Summer Workshops on Friday, July 30, 2010 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at The Creamery Arts Center. During these workshops at the Creamery, area arts organizations each spend a week with Springfield Community Center students grades K through 8, to introduce them to music, dance, theater, literary and visual arts. Springfield Ballet, Springfield Little Theatre, SRO Lyric Theatre, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Claymobile and professional teaching literary and visual artists all present a well-rounded educational experience during their designated weeks. The performance and exhibit are free and open to the public on Friday the 30th at the Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway just west of Hammons Field. For more information call the Arts Council at 862-ARTS (2787) or visit www.springfieldarts.org.

Anyone charged with a crime in Greene, Taney and Christian counties who is unable to pay for an attorney will not be assigned a public defender until August—that’s because the Springfield Public Defender’s office has announced its attorneys cannot do their jobs properly due to high caseloads. Some public defenders across Missouri have reported juggling hundreds of cases at a time. On Friday, KSMU's Jennifer Moore spoke with Rod Hackathorn, who oversees Springfield’s Public Defenders Office.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon traveled through Afghanistan on Friday in a trip with four other governors and General Craig McKinley, Chief of the National Guard Bureau. His trip included Kuwait and Iraq as well, as he meets with military leadership and visits Missouri troops and military hospitals. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon traveled through Afghanistan on Friday in a trip with four other governors and General Craig McKinley, Chief of the National Guard Bureau. His trip included Kuwait and Iraq as well, as he meets with military leadership and visits Missouri troops and military hospitals. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.

The start of a new school year can be intimidating enough for kids without the additional worry about problems with hearing or vision. Jordan Valley Community Health Center wants to be sure kids are ready for the new school year, so they’re offering free health screenings and shots. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more…

Taxadermy Sting

Undercover agents and stings are usually associated with drugs or weapons, not taxidermy. But, the Missouri Department of Conservation recently closed shop on a two-year undercover operation to catch hunters who were killing illegally in southern Missouri. The investigation resulted in the documentation of 425 violations across seven counties. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.