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Temporary jail facility
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Greene County says it expects a temporary jail facility to open this November in order to house an influx of inmates and reduce the costs of transporting them elsewhere.

Greene County Commissioners announced Wednesday it finalized a lease last week for the temporary structure. It will be located next to its existing jail, which has a capacity of 601 inmates.

Drury University, Wallace Hall
Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

Drury University says it fundraising total this year is nearly 25 percent higher than the previous year.

The private, liberal arts school reported Tuesday that it received $9,416,023 in gifts and commitments for the 2016-17 fiscal year. That compares to $7,540,529 the prior year.

Springfield Fire Department
Danisha Hogue / KSMU

A new grant could allow the Springfield Fire Department to expand service to the city by adding more personnel. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Program (SAFER) grant worth $654,505 means another seven firefighters.

“This grant gives us an opportunity to bring members on board and to enhance the delivery of services to the city we wouldn’t have otherwise,” Fire Chief Chad Pennington said.

The grant funding is incumbent upon approval by the Springfield City Council, which will consider the measure at its September 5 meeting.

There is a new leader at the helm of Missouri State University's College of Arts and Letters (COAL).

Dr. Shawn Wahl, former department head of communication, took charge of COAL as interim dean on July 1, 2017, after Dean Dr. Gloria Galanes retired. 

Michele Skalicky

KSMU's Michele Skalicky traveled to the path of totality for Monday's solar eclipse. She shares her experience.

Monday morning, three hours before the start of the solar eclipse, my family and I dragged chairs and a cooler to a sunny spot overlooking Winegar Lake at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Scrivner Road Conservation Area near Russellville in Cole County.  It was a long, hot wait to see the solar eclipse in the band of totality.

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