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The Library Center invites everyone to a free, live concert of patriotic music by the Springfield Brass Choir TONIGHT (Fri. 7/2) at 6 p.m. on the Library Center patio, 4653 S. Campbell Ave. The musicians are Springfield-area instructors and many are former members of the elite Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps bands! It's a picnic, too, so feel free to bring food or order ahead at the Mudhouse location inside the Library Center. For more information call 883-5341

  • Celebrate the 4th of July
  • Buy fresh produce
  • See a rodeo
  • Listen to bluegrass
  • Learn about railroad history
  • Learn to safely shoot a rifle
  • See artillery demonstrations
  • Watch a parade
  • Hike
  • Go for a swim

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In anticipation of the August primary, KSMU invited all Republican and Democratic candidates running for Congress in the 7th district to sit down to discuss their backgrounds, priorities, and campaigns. In today’s spotlight is Democratic candidate Tim Davis of Branson. KSMU’s Missy Shelton reports.

Tanning Bed

The nationwide 10 percent tax on tanning salons began today (Thursday) to help pay for President Obama’s health care overhaul package passed by Congress earlier this year. KSMU’s Ryan Welch has the local take on the tax.

It seems that kids are always anxious for school to let out and summer vacation to begin. Yet after a few weeks, they can begin to run out of fun things to do. One great way for families to spend their hot summer days is by visiting one of Missouri’s several natural cave attractions. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann talked with local cave experts and has this report.

Water Stream

Many people who live in rural communities find themselves drinking one of nature’s purest resources: well water. But, with contaminants being found in local wells around the Ozarks is your water as “pure” as you think? KSMU’s Chasity Mayes reports.

A baby giraffe, born Wednesday at Dickerson Park Zoo, is under the care of zookeepers who are hoping she’ll gain the strength to stand. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more…

There are plenty of affordable outdoor activities for families here in Springfield this summer. New parks, day camps, pools, festivals, concerts, and Lasers Tennis are only a few of the many opportunities that the Springfield-Greene County Park Board is putting on for locals during the summer months. KSMU’s Ryan Welch reports.

Police Cruiser

Thursday morning at 9:00, Paul Williams will be sworn as the Chief of the Springfield Police Department. KSMU’s Missy Shelton sat down with him Wednesday to talk about his new job.