Eye on the Community
10:23 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

IMAGES: Springfield Neighborhood Night Out

Local law enforcement officers were down for some friendly two-on-two basketball at the McGregor School Park.
Alissa Zhu KSMU

The scent of roasting hotdogs and the shrieks of children permeated the air at McGregor School Park Friday evening. While around a hundred West Central neighborhood residents partied at McGregor, thousands across Springfield gathered at nine different locations for a night of family fun.

It was Springfield’s 17th annual Neighborhood Night Out, an event where neighbors come together to promote safety and prevent crime.

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Ozarks Outdoors
2:09 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Triple Digit Temperatures Forecasted for the Weekend

Temperatures expected to climb into the 100s over the weekend for the first time since August 2012.
Credit Ray Bodden / via Flickr

This week’s temperatures have changed what had been a relatively cool summer.  And As KSMU's Theresa Bettmann reports, triple-digit highs this weekend could break records.

Less than two weeks ago we were enjoying mild fall-like temperatures in the Ozarks, but it has become increasingly hotter since the start of school.  Megan Terry is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield.

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Eye on the Community
1:29 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Getting to Know Your Neighbors-Springfield Neighborhood Night Out Tonight

Block Party
Credit Orcmid via Flickr

If you’re driving around Springfield this evening, you may see more porch lights on than usual. This is the 17th year many Springfield neighborhoods are participating in the annual Neighborhood Night Out. In conjunction with the event, citizens are encouraged to turn on porch lights as a show of unity. 

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The Education Beat
12:17 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Princeton Review Names Local Colleges in its “Best of” Book

Credit KSMU Archive

As the school year begins, many high school seniors are already looking at colleges around the nation, and The Princeton Review’s book, The Best 379 Colleges, has turned some attention to the Ozarks. KSMU’s Anna Thomas reports on how local colleges made the ranks.

The book, The Best 379 Colleges, looks at roughly 15 percent of all four-year schools, and judges them based on academic rigor, and uniquely, surveys each student attending those schools.

David Soto is the co-author of the book.

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Weekend Outlook
9:13 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Weekend Outlook August 22-24, 2014

Credit Chris Hunkeler / Flickr

The Illuminating the Darkness 5K Run, hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, starts tonight (8/22) at 8:30 at the Forest Institute.  Registration starts at 7.  For details or to register,

The Movies at Founders Park series continues this weekend.  See “Finding Nemo” tonight (8/22) and “The Goonies” tomorrow night (8/23) at dusk.  Free tickets are available in advance at the Busch Municipal Building, Mediacom Ice Park, Mediacom officers and at the Dan Kinney, Doling and Chesterfield Family Centers.  For more information,

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