Helping Others
1:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

With Three Small Children, a Young Survivor Prepares to Start Over in a New Town

Brandi, a mother of three small children, washes dishes at the Christos House domestic violence shelter in south-central Missouri where she and her kids are residents.
Credit Jeremiah Gill, KSMU

As we’ve been reporting all week, Missouri domestic violence shelters said, “Sorry, no room,” more than 21,000 times last year to women and children seeking refuge from their abusers.  That’s because the shelters were full. In this final segment of our five-part series, “Turned Away: a Crisis of Missouri’s Domestic Violence Shelters,” KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson looks at what wider community can do to solve this problem going forward.

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Arts and Entertainment
8:38 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

2014 Ozzie Award Recipients Announced

2014 Ozzie Awards recipients will be honored at Springfield Regional Arts Council's "Flights of Fancy" Gala at Springfield-Branson National Airport on September 6.
Credit (Logo courtesy Springfield Regional Arts Council

The Springfield Regional Arts Council has announced the 2014 round of Ozzie Award recipients. Since 1985, the Arts Council has given this prestigious award to those who embody the pioneering creative spirit of the Southwest Missouri arts scene. Each year, the community nominates performers, facilitators, benefactors, individuals, or organizations and a five-member selection committee chooses those which best promote, personify, and support artistic achievement. This year’s recipients are:
·         The late Phil Broyles (1948-2014) – Legacy Award

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Business Review
5:12 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Missouri State’s $22 million in FY 2014 Grants Marks Record

Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

Grants to Missouri State University increased nine percent in Fiscal Year 2014 compared to the previous year. The university’s Office of Research Administration announced this week that a total of 289 grants donated to faculty and staff set a new record of $22 million.

These externally funded grants are used for a broad spectrum of ventures at Missouri State, says Dr. Erin Parrish, director of Research Administration. One example, she says, is funding from the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), which aids teaching training.

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Eye on the Community
3:21 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Park Board Implements New Photo Policy

Nathanael Greene Botanical Center is a popular photo spot in Springfield.
Credit KSMY/Taylor Vance

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board has implemented a new photography policy outlining how photographers and videographers may operate in public parks. KSMU’s Taylor Vance has the story.

The policy is designed to help preserve the parks and help reduce potential damages that can occur from photography sessions.

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Inspiring Others
11:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Missouri State Student Defeats the Odds by Walking Again

Maria Christodolou is a graduate student at Missouri State, earning her Master's after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

A graduate student at Missouri State has inspired others with a simple act: walking. KSMU’s Taylor Brim talked with the young adult about life with Multiple Sclerosis and her journey from a wheelchair to walking again.

Maria Christodoulou, a graduate student at Missouri State University, does not like being told what to do. That’s why whenever doctors told her she would never walk again after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she refused to listen.

“I was very stubborn. I was very determined to walk,” Christodoulou recalls.

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