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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Business and the Economy
11:01 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Springfield Recovering from Recession Slowly, According to Study

Credit Andrew Magill; Flickr

On a list of 150 most recession-recovered cities in the U.S., Springfield ranks 120th.  The study by WalletHub looks at the progress of local cities in propelling their economic growth.

The study used 18 key metrics—from the inflow of college-educated workers and number of new businesses to unemployment rates and home price appreciation—to examine how each city has evolved economically over the last few years.

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Making Democracy Work
10:53 am
Mon July 28, 2014

4-H Offers a Variety of Opportunities for Young People

4-H Symbol
Credit University Extension

Judy Dasovich talks with Monica Spittler, 4-H youth development specialist for University of Missouri Extension serving Christian, Stone and Taney Counties, about 4-H and what it offers.

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