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One soldier-turned-stand-up-comedian will be visiting Hammons Field Friday night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Springfield Cardinals game. KSMU’s Ryan Welch has the story.

The July First Friday Art Walk celebrates summer in the city Friday July 2nd from 6-10 p.m. with cool art and hot music, plus all the other amenities available in downtown Springfield. Among the July highlights:• Art Walk welcomes new member Smart Group and Gallery at 405 W. Walnut. Enjoy its debut show, "Wit and Whimsy," featuring Springfield artist Carla Stine and Cincinnati artist Juli Cady Ryan, plus studio works in progress by gallery associates Kevin Richardson, Brannon Estis and Winston Riley. • See jewelry by Meredith Lowery and pottery by Andrew Eggers at APO After Dark, 303 Park Central West. • The Creamery Arts Center's new show "Open Doors" will feature artwork created on doors or with a door theme. The Art Walk reception from 6 to 9 p.m.July 2nd has been underwritten by gallery sponsor Dianne Elizabeth Osis.• Join DB Design Salon & Art Gallery, 326 S. Campbell, for photographs by Jim Mayfield, watercolors by Debra Sutherland and pottery by various artists.• The Evangel University Bellwether Gallery, 600 W. College, Ste. 116, will show works by Evangel faculty members--photographer Lane Simmons and ceramic artist Mitch Yung.• Fourth of July fireworks are the source of the abstract images in photography and photo art by Clarissa French at Fitzwilly’s Gifts & Antiques, 308 South Ave. • Fresh Gallery, 400 W. Walnut, presents Barbara Radovanovich and Elaine Willig in July, with sgraffito-carved pottery by Barb and original jewelry by Elaine.• Experience "Our Spectrum," a show featuring artwork created by teenagers from the Ozark Center for Autism, at Global Fayre, 324 S. Campbell.• See works by Sarah Lowe and Barb Williams at Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Suite 101.• Park Central Branch Library will have paintings by Erin Hughes--she'll be in attendance for patrons to speak with the artist herself. Also, at 7 p.m. on the Community Stage, enjoy music by Live Oak Band. Note that due to the summer break, Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, MSU Brick City Gallery, MSU International Center, MSU Student Exhibition Center and OTC Fine Art Gallery will all be CLOSED in July and August; they'll reopen with the Sept. 3 First Friday Art Walk. For more information on First Friday Art Walk, visit their website at www.ffaw.org or call 849-8255.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal says he has tendered his resignation out of his desire to see the mission in Afghanistan succeed. McChrystal issued his statement Wednesday night from NATO headquarters in Kabul just minutes after President Barack Obamaannounced that he was dismissing the top commander in Afghanistan. The general had been quoted in a magazine article mocking vice president Joe Biden, as well as the president’s strategy in Afghanistan. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports on what Missouri’s two senators had to say about the situation.

Springfield-Branson National Airport is working with a committee of area professionals to showcase artistic talent from the region in the airport's Sky Gallery. Through August 18, the gallery presents a diverse collection of work by Drury University art faculty and students. The airport terminal is open 24 hours a day, and visitors can park free in the short-term lot for 30 minutes. Artists interested in exhibiting work at the airport should contact the Springfield Regional Arts Council at 862-ARTS (2787) or email info [at] springfieldarts [dot] org. For more information on the Sky Gallery at Springfield-Branson National Airport, visit www.flyspringfield.com.

Missouri has one of the highest suicide rates in the National Guard so far this year. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.

Missouri has one of the highest suicide rates in the National Guard so far this year. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.

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Trying to navigate through college life on your own can be a daunting task for any person, but trying to do so without sight is an even tougher challenge. KSMU’s Justin Lux has the story.

Springfield Mayor Jim O’Neal has proposed a smoking ban for all indoor public places. But, not all local businesses are too enthusiastic about the changes being made to the current wording of the ordinance.

When he was a high school student, Jacob Berger picked a senior project that would impact the entire community of Willow Springs. KSMU's Missy Shelton has the story.