Springfield-Greene County Parks Board

The Passport to Healthy Living program, which started Tuesday, May 26, has already had some takers.

Diane Hall, Associate State Director of Community Outreach for AARP Missouri and one of the creators of the project, said she had seen a family already working on answering questions in their passports earlier this week.

“They had done about six or eight clues,” Hall said. “They were having a big time. Knock on wood, but it seems people are enjoying it.”

Ozarks Food Harvest

Saturday, Ozarks Food Harvest will be hosting The Great American Milk Drive.  Organizers say this fun family event is for all ages, with the goal of raising both awareness and milk money for hungry Ozarks families. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann talked with organizers and has the details.   

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Results of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s annual inspection of school buses have been released. 

Out of 11,986 school buses inspected between February 2 and May 15, 88.3 percent passed inspection.

Buses having one or more defective items that pose no threat to the safety of students are rated as “defective,” and buses with one more defective items that may compromise the safe transportation of students are rated as “out of service,” according to MSHP.

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Japanese Culture Night is tonight (5/29) at 6:30 at Greenwood Lab School on the MSU campus.  It's being presented by high school students from Springfield's sister city, Isesaki, Japan, and admission is free.  Michele Skalicky talked with members of the delegation about their visit.

The Missouri State Baseball Bears will play in the NCAA Regionals this weekend at Hammons Field.  For details, click here.

City of Branson

By a vote of 17-7, the Branson Fire Department has voted to unionize, electing the representation of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 152.

A total of 31 employees were eligible to vote in the election, which was conducted Thursday morning by the Missouri state Board of Mediation.

Shawn Martin, president of Local 152, says the next step is the verification of those results by the Board of Mediation, at which time either the union or city has 30 days in which it can appeal.