Religion and Spirituality
3:23 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

New Springfield Rabbi Settling In, Preparing for Yom Kippur

Rabbi Barbara Block
Credit Bailey Wiles / KSMU

Barbara Block says she’s been warmly welcomed by everyone in the community. KSMU’s Bailey Wiles sat down with the new Rabbi amid the High Holy Days to learn more about her journey to the region.

Rabbi Barbara Block says that as a reform Jew, she believes that one can change certain aspects of Jewish traditions, but at its core is a concern for humanity.  

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12:15 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Nixa Boy Scout Earns All 139 Badges

Eagle Scouts only need to earn 21 merit badges, but Baron Ryan has earned all 139 in five years.
Credit courtesy of Baron Ryan

Of the 110 million boys who have participated in scouts, only about 250 have earned all of the possible badges awarded by the organization. The most recent youth to do so hails from Troop 200 in Nixa. KSMU’s Anna Thomas reports how this Eagle Scout earned all 139 badges.

17-year old Baron Ryan took about five years to earn all the badges from chemistry and movie making to scuba diving and pottery.

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A Safer Community
4:26 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Springfield PD Details Plans for New Officers, Council to Consider Federal Grant

Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams
Credit Springfield Police Department

Two domestic violence investigators will be among the 10 new positions added to the Springfield Police Department.

Police Chief Paul Williams announced the details Tuesday, a day after the city was notified by the U.S. Department of Justice that it would receive federal grant funds to bring in 10 new positions.

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A Safer Community
2:15 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

CPO, Businesses Partner to Decrease Alcohol Availability to Minors

A close-up of Brown Derby's certificate and window clings.
Julie Greene / KSMU

A new initiative called the Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) Support Program hopes to curb underage and risky drinking in Greene County. KSMU’s Julie Greene attended the program’s launch and has the story.

“Alcohol is the number one drug problem among our youth. It kills five times more teens than all other drugs combined. 90 percent of the reported rapes involve alcohol use among the victims and/or the perpetrators…This is why we’re doing this,” said Davis.

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6:41 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Perseverance Pays Off for Local Man Recovering from Car Accident

Jonathan Moran Demonstrates How Far He's Come By Walking Around the Room
Michele Skalicky KSMU

A northwest Arkansas sheriff’s deputy continues to recover from injuries he sustained in a car accident while on the job.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has the story of how far he’s come.

Jonathan Moran had been working as a Carroll County Sheriff’s deputy for only about six months when the accident occurred.  He was driving his patrol car to assist a fellow deputy with a domestic disturbance call in Oak Grove on July 7th.

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