Eye on Washington
2:28 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

McCaskill Among Senators to Introduce Bill to Curb Campus Sexual Assaults

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), was among a bipartisan group of eight senators that introduced legislation Wednesday to curb sexual assaults on college and university campuses.
Credit KSMU archives

A bipartisan group of eight senators has introduced legislation that takes aim at sexual assaults on college and university campuses.

Missouri’s Claire McCaskill, who recently commissioned a survey of 440 colleges about campus sexual assaults, was among the lawmakers to present the Campus Safety and Accountability Act.

The legislation will protect and empower students, and strengthen transparency for institutions. It also establishes stiff penalties for non-compliance with training, data and best practices outlined by the legislation.

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Eye on the Community
1:39 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Water Quality in Upper White River Basin Receives C+

Leatherwood Creek is in the lower third of the water quality report for high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus. The visible impact can be seen in the algae.
Credit Ozarks Water Watch via Facebook

Ozarks Water Watch says the Upper White River Basin’s water quality is good but still in need of improvement. The organization released a report this week after sampling over 500 sites in the watershed last year. KSMU’s Anna Thomas has the story.

David Casaletto, executive director of Ozarks Water Watch, explains that the results were not meant to be scientific but to find the problem areas in the region.

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Helping Others
4:58 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Convoy of Hope Replaces Home Destroyed in Moore, OK Tornado

Credit Molly Erickson / Convoy of Hope

Convoy of Hope has handed over a new home and new future to a family that survived the deadly tornado that decimated Moore, Oklahoma last year. KSMU’s Alissa Zhu has the story.

Over one year ago, Jamie Baker crawled out of the wreckage of her home that had been destroyed by a tornado. On Tuesday, she received the keys to a brand-new house built with donated funds on the same property where her old one had stood.

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Eye on the Community
11:34 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Graffiti Removal Offered Again at No Cost

Graffiti on Building
Credit Franco Follini / Flickr

If you have graffiti on your property, you can have it removed for free.  The Community Partnership of the Ozarks has planned several graffiti removal days over the next month, and Springfield residents and business owners are invited to submit a request for cleanup.

The program involves several agencies and organizations that help with removal—Community Partnership of the Ozarks, the City of Springfield, Boys and Girls Club, 417SQUAD, Greene County Juvenile Probation, Excel students and Midwest Dustless Blasting.

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Missouri State Journal
8:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Academy Teaches Students About Public Affairs

Missouri Public Affairs Academy campers Richard Omoniyi-Shoyoola and Soojin Park.

Each summer the Missouri Public Affairs Academy brings talented high school students from throughout the state together to develop their understanding of public affairs. The academy combines presentations by guest speakers with discussions, hands-on activities and service projects, and gives students the opportunity to learn from talented and accomplished political and community leaders in the state.

The MPAA has three main goals:

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