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"In a rural community, the hospital takes on a bigger role, than it does, I think, in larger cities. The hospital is kind of all encompassing, and is there to provide whatever help you need."

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Ilga Vise speaks with Claudia Crighton, Coordinator of the Citizen’s Resource Center (CRC) for the City of Springfield.

The CRC is located in the Busch Municipal Building, and works to connect citizens and neighborhoods with available services that address area needs and concerns.    

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A Code Red emergency appeal for blood has been issued by the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.  CBCO spokesman Chris Pilgrim says local blood needs are at their highest level since 2015.

The appeal came as many schools were closed Monday due to the ice that coated the Ozarks over the weekend.  Blood drives that had been scheduled Monday at Kickapoo and Republic High Schools were supposed to help rebuild the already critically low blood supply, according to Pilgrim.

(Photo courtesy www.angelicanegron.com)

It's an evening of firsts for the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra, as they play their first-ever concert in the Gillioz Theatre tonight as 7:30pm, and offer a concert featuring music exclusively by living composers--mostly (but not exclusively) female composers. 

One of the composers whose music will be played at tonight's concert is Puerto Rican-born composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Angelica Negron (pronounced "an-HEL-ih-kah neh-GROHN").  She joined me live in the studio this morning during "Arts News," along with the SDCO's Assistant Conductor Amy Andreassen.

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The Joker’s Masquerade Ball will be held tonight (2/9) at 6 at the Eureka Springs Convention Center.  It’s part of Eureka Springs Mardi Gras. 

The Missouri State University Lady Bears basketball team will host Bradley tonight (2/9) at 7:05 and Illinois State Sunday (2/11) at 2 at JQH Arena.  For ticket information, (417) 836-7678 or missouristatetix.com.

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