The Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ Task Force on Gangs and Youth Violence will host a community forum this week examining youth drug use and youth violence issues and how they are interconnected. “Drugs, Youth Violence, and what YOU Can Do,” will be held Thursday night (4/30) from 6 to 8.
According to CPO, the Springfield Police Department will present information about the “dramatic increase in heroin use in our area, overdoses, and the violent and sometimes deadly consequences of this drug.”
The recent Friends of the Springfield-Greene County Library Spring Book Sale hit record-high sales. A total of $129,940.14 was raised during the seven-day event Springfield.
That beat the old record set in the fall of 2012 by more than $4000.
The Friends started the sale with nearly five full tractor-trailer loads of books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, vinyl records, games and puzzles – all donated over the past year by individuals and weeded out by the library system.
KSMU's Michele Skalicky talks with Convoy of Hope's Jeff Nene about what the organization is doing to help the people in Nepal after the earthquake there and what the public can do to help.
A disaster services team from Springfield-based Convoy of Hope along with equipment and supplies is on its way to Nepal. The country was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake early Saturday, which killed more than 3000 people.
According to Convoy of Hope, "as one of the poorest countries in the world, Nepal may not be well-equipped to respond to a disaster of this degree."
Wednesday (4/29) is Denim Day—a day set aside to raise awareness of sexual assault. Amber Allen, with Community Partnership of the Ozarks, says sexual violence is a prevalent problem in the U.S.
"In the United States, one in five women will be a victim of attempted or completed rape, and three of four victims of sexual assault know their offender. And between 20 and 25% of women will experience the attempted or completed rape during college," she said.