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Making Democracy Work
7:14 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Comparing LA Riots to Ferguson, MO

March in Ferguson, MO
Credit KWMU

Lisa Langley talks with Dr. Brian Calfano, MSU political science professor and policy advisor for the city of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission, about his work in LA.

Dr. Calfano's work is based, in part, on the LA Riots (Watts Riots) in August, 1965.  The riots were rooted in the discrimination of minorities who were unable to find affordable housing.  They began when an African-American man was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, and rumors spread about police brutality, according to Calfano.

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The Science Scene
6:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Gut Feelings—The Relationship Between Your Brain and Belly are a Two-Way Street

Junior Research Scientist Rhy Norton preparing experiement at JVIC
Theresa Bettmann KSMU

Many are hearing more and more about how the “good bacteria” in our guts has an impact on our overall health.  But how do these bacteria impact our central nervous systems? KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann visited Jordon Valley Innovation Center (JVIC) to find out what local scientists are learning about the biomes in our bellies.

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Healthcare
6:29 am
Mon September 1, 2014

New Emergency Dept., Critical Care Unit at Cox Branson Opens This Month

Credit Submitted photo / Cox Branson

Officials with Cox Medical Center Branson are preparing to showcase the $30 million expansion of its Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit.

The first phase of the 60,000 square foot complex is set to open to patients in late September, roughly a year after construction began. An open house is planned for later this month.

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Business Review
5:39 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Springfield Startup Hoping Sparks Fly With New Dating Site

Credit Alissa Zhu / KSMU

“Your perfect match is just a click away” promises 417 Fling, a dating website exclusively for relationship seekers in southwest Missouri. As KSMU’s Alissa Zhu reports, it’s just one of many new startups in Springfield.

The dating site was the brainchild of 19-year-old Shaun Borneman, a sophomore at Missouri State University. Borneman created 417 Fling as a summer project after he decided that large national online dating services were not meeting his expectations.

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Eye on the Community
12:22 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

MSU Provides Car Sharing for Campus, Community

The Zipcars are both Ford Focuses, located on lot 21 behind Hutchens House.
Credit Anna Thomas / KSMU

Missouri State University is launching its Zipcars Friday, a car sharing program available to the school’s students, faculty and even members of the community.

Maxwell Wagner, chief sustainability commissioner of MSU’s Student Government Association, has worked on the initiative for about a year now, submitting proposals to the student body and administration.

He says the need for car sharing was most prominent with students living on campus.

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