Helping Others
10:22 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Springfield POA, Businesses Band Together to Help Wounded Officer

Officer Aaron Pearson and his wife, Amanda.
Credit Officer Pearson and Family GiveForward page

Three days after a Springfield police officer was seriously wounded in the line of duty dozens gathered with the goal of seeking ways to help Aaron Pearson and his family. KSMU’s Julie Greene was in attendance and has this report.

Area individuals, businesses and organizations were called upon to share fundraising plans or to confirm efforts that had already begun. Mike Evans is president of the Springfield Police Officer’s Association, which hosted the event Thursday evening.

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Helping Others
1:20 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

2015 Homeless Count - Connecting Resources with the Unsheltered

Inside the Fusion Center, volunteers guide individuals as they line up to check in and receive assistance.
Credit Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

Each winter many area organizations band together to conduct a county-wide tally of the homeless and unsheltered. The annual “Every One Counts” Point in Time Homeless Count helps identify how many people are needing aid, and connects individuals to services like medical, housing, veterans and other basic survival needs.

Janet Reed was one of many to arrive at Springfield’s Fusion Center on Thursday morning seek out these options.

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Arts Watch
6:45 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Counting Down the Days to Rock Camp: Why Some Girls Are Even More Excited for Summer Break

"Girls just wanna have fun” isn’t just the title of a song, it embodies the environment and types of music girls can learn as part of a summer rock camp in Springfield.
Credit Queen City Rock Camp

Fueled by the vision of Rock ’n’ Roll camps for girls in Portland and Tennessee, one Springfield group strives to empower young women through music and the arts.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann tells us what’s in store for this year for the Queen City Rock Camp.

Girls ages 8 to 18 perform “Royally Rockin’,” an original piece created by a group calling themselves The Friendship Queens. The performance was one of many that occurred at the culmination of last year’s first week-long music camp.

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Police and Courts
3:48 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Police Chief Says Pearson’s Injuries Career-Ending, Will Require Long-term Rehab

Officer Aaron Pearson
Credit Submitted photo / Springfield Police Department

Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams says the officer who was shot early Monday morning suffered career-ending injuries.

30-year-old Aaron Pearson was shot in the head while attempting to question a suspect who had been exhibiting suspicious behavior near the corner of Chestnut and Glenstone. On Wednesday afternoon, Chief Williams released a statement saying Pearson’s injuries “include those to his brain” and “will require long-term rehabilitation and care.”

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Education Connection
1:09 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Agreement Between Evangel, Convoy of Hope Aims to Advance Scientific Research

Front row (L-R): Hal Donaldson, co-founder and president of Convoy of Hope; Dr. Carol Taylor, president of Evangel University. Back row (L-R) Dr. Tilahun Adera, provost/vice president for academic affairs for Evangel; Dave Donaldson, co-founder of Convoy of Hope; Dr. Jason Streubel, director of agriculture for Convoy and associate professor of biology for Evangel; Dr. Mike McCorcle, chair of the SciTech Department at Evangel.
Credit Evangel University

Evangel University and Springfield-based Convoy of Hope recently entered into an agreement to improve the organization’s access to scientific education and expertise.

Dr. Jason Streubel is the director of agriculture for Convoy of Hope and associate professor of biology for Evangel University.

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