The League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri

This week on Making Democracy Work host Lois Zerrer speaks with Leslie Carrier. Leslie is the president of the League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri, and a regular host of the segment, Making Democracy Work.

Listen in as they discuss the goals of the league and what they are doing to make democracy work in the southwest Missouri region. 

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A recent survey by the City of Springfield’s Center for Workforce Development sheds light on things like hiring trends and employer needs in the area. The companies questioned in the State of the Workforce Survey represented a variety of industries and seven counties in the Ozarks.

"To really understand what their needs are, how they view the workforce, how they view, you know, the workforce system and if it's working and producing qualified workers for their industry," said Mary Ann Rojas, the City of Springfield's director of  Workforce Development.

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Frustrated by the lack of opportunity to speak face to face with their senator, hundreds brought a town hall meeting to Republican Roy Blunt Saturday as the GOP’s annual Lincoln Days event kicked off in Springfield.

The “street town hall,” during which protestors lined John Q. Hammons Parkway for roughly two hours holding signs and chanting, was organized by Crystal Brigman Mahaney with Missouri Healthcare for All.

In a news release, the organization said about 300 people attended. But Sen. Blunt, who was said to be invited to the event, did not.

Jay Ashcroft
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Missouri’s Secretary of State is pushing for the state’s libraries to get the funding he says they’ve been promised.

Republican Jay Ashcroft on Friday toured the Library Center, the main branch for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. 

“Statutorily, libraries are supposed to get, if I remember correctly, 10 percent of the out-of-state entertainers and athletes tax; which is about four million dollars and change it’s always estimated. We’ve never gotten that,” Ashcroft told KSMU.  

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Owl Prowl is tonight (2/24) at 7 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  See owls from Dickerson Park Zoo inside and then go outside to try to call wild owls.  To register, 888-4237.

Springfield Little Theatre presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” today through March 5.  For ticket information, or 869-1334.

The exhibit, “From Home to Over There:  Greene County in the Great War,” is at the History Museum on the Square in Springfield through July 7.