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The Education Beat
5:34 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

MSU Students to Receive Training on New Title IX Policy

Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

The Missouri State University Board of Governors recently approved a comprehensive policy to deal with sexual misconduct on campus. KSMU’s Alissa Zhu has more on the decision.

The Title IX policy on Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct is a new approach formulated to improve upon existing complaint procedures in place to address issues of discrimination and sexual harassment.  

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Helping Others
7:37 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Missouri Shelters Balance Funding Between Protection, Advocacy

Harmony House, the only domestic violence shelter in Greene County, has 100 beds for residents staying there; it is almost always operating at full capacity.
Credit Harmony House facebook page

Missouri’s domestic violence shelters are almost all operating at full capacity:  they had to reject women and children seeking shelter more than 21,000 times last year.  In today’s part of our series, “Turned Away,” KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson looks at the funding for Missouri’s shelters, and how that money is being spent.

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Healthcare
7:24 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Missouri Ranks 29th in New Kids Count Report

Kids at Play
Credit Liz West / Flickr

A new study shows about a quarter of kids in Missouri were living in poverty in 2012.  The 25th annual Kids Court report from the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation was released today.  It ranked Missouri 29th compared to the other U.S. states in 16 indicators across four areas:  economic well-being, education, health and family and community.

The report shows that 23 percent of children in Missouri were living in poverty in 2012.  That’s up one percentage point from last year and up from 19% in 2008.

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Making Democracy Work
10:50 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Safety Council of the Ozarks Works to Make Communities Safer

Boy Wears a Helmet While Riding a Bike
Credit Michael Bentley / Flickr

Ilga Vise talks with Debora Biggs, executive director of the Safety Council of the Ozarks, about the local chapter's relationship with the National Safety Council, that organization's history and the establishment of the local chapter in 1976.

Safety Council of the Ozarks works to save lives and prevent injury through education, training and services, according to Biggs.

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Helping Others
1:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Missouri Shelters, Facing Staggering Demand, Turn Abuse Victims Away at Ratio of 2 to 1

Her body badly bruised, Joan Sisco, 62, of Springfield, is staying at temporary shelters for homeless women Safe to Sleep and Respite Care--that's because she couldn't get in to the domestic violence shelter, Harmony House, which is full. She was eager to share her story and her photo in the hope that it would help others.
Credit Jennifer Davidson, KSMU

62-year-old Joan Sisco of Springfield is doing her best to get comfortable on a donated couch.   But her attempt is futile: her upper body is mostly purple and brown from her boyfriend’s July 4 attack. That’s the night she received multiple blows because she served another man a cup of coffee.

We’re at the Respite Care shelter for homeless women with medical needs, which operates under the umbrella of The Kitchen, Inc. Most nights, Joan’s either at Safe to Sleep, an overnight shelter for homeless women, or sleeping in her car behind a storage shed.

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