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The Missouri Choral Artists is a brand-new Springfield-based group of professional choral singers founded earlier this year by Kelly Garrison and Matthew Felts.  When Matt Felts calls the group "professional," he defines them as "all either former music majors, current teachers, some former teachers--kind of all ages.  I just moved to Springfield to actually help get this project off the ground about a month ago."  The group will perform Arvo Pärt's Berliner Messe (Berlin Mass) for chorus and string orchestra, and other works by Baltic composers, in a concert Sunday June 26th at 4:

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Even on a rainy Friday, tour tickets for the B-17 Bomber, one of the most iconic warplanes from World War II, still sold out. 

Hundreds of people attended the exhibit at the Springfield-Branson National Airport to embrace this historic icon. 

The aircraft is one of 10 airworthy B-17s remaining out of over 12,000 manufactured for combat during World War II.

The warbird carries many memories and sentiment from the war era. Many visitors came to the exhibit to immerse themselves and honor their loved ones. 

Michele Skalicky

High School juniors and seniors are wrapping up a week at a camp southeast of Branson where they're learning about many different aspects of the natural world.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky visited the camp, and has the story.

Temperatures soared into the middle 90s this week, but that didn’t stop young people attending an environmental camp near Kirbyville from working hard in the late morning sun.

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The Springfield-Greene County Library District invites kids in kindergarten through fifth grade to “Fantastic Friday at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield” this morning (6/24) from 10 to noon.  Hear the story of the “common soldier” and listen to campground music from the Civil War.  Kids can also complete activities to earn the NPS Junior Ranger Badge.  For more information, 732-7284.

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CoxHealth is planning to hire nurses from overseas.  The hospital cited “tremendous growth” and “an effort to keep up with the growing need for health care personnel” as reasons for the decision.

Karen Kramer, CoxHealth’s chief nursing officer said, in Branson last year inpatient admissions volume grew ten percent.  And emergency department admissions are up about the same amount system wide.

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