Sara Parker Pauley
Missouri Department of Conservation

The Missouri Department of Conservation has named its first female director since it was formed in 1937.  Sara Parker Pauley will begin the job on November 1.

“Pauley is an excellent and well-qualified choice as Conservation Director,” said Gov. Jay Nixon in a news release from MDC.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

This morning on KSMU's Sense of Community Series, KSMU's Michele Skalicky talked with educators and administrators with GO CAPS.  In this segment, she talks with students in the program.

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The domestic violence issue in Springfield will be front and center during an awareness event on Thursday.

Unite Springfield against Domestic Violence is a town hall style forum, now in its second year, presented by the Springfield News-Leader.

“We just want people to be aware of the problem, and maybe more importantly to see ways they can help,” said Stephen Herzog, the paper’s engagement editor.

Vital Farms

A new business in Springfield is expected to create 50 new jobs in its first year with plans to add more in the future.  According to the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Vital Farms, which specializes in pasture-raised eggs and butter, is expanding into the Springfield region. 

Vital Farms broke ground today on its new 82,140 square-foot facility where pasture-raised eggs will be processed and sold nationwide.

According to the DED, the company chose Springfield due to its central location and built-in infrastructure.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

A program offered to area juniors and seniors lets them try out a career before they leave high school. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.

High school students in the Ozarks are getting a firsthand look at what it’s like to work in the field of healthcare through the GO CAPS program. 

They’re in the Medicine and Health Care Strand of GO CAPS, a program offered by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, which lets them test drive a career.