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Recent statistics show that about one in four adults in southwest Missouri is a tobacco user—that’s nearly 10% above the national average.

Valerie Howard at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said that’s also higher than the statewide average.

“22% of adult Missourians are tobacco users. About 1 in 4 in southwest Missouri specifically is 24.5%. Southwest Missouri has the highest adult usage rate in the state by region,” Howard told KSMU. 

This week on STEM Spots Dr. David Cornelison gives a recap of The American Astronomical Scociety  meeting in Denver, CO. He focouses on the increased number of female scientists giving talks and courses on astrophysics.

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Missouri’s new governor, Mike Parson, has gone out of his way to signal that he intends to make government transparency a top priority—that stands in stark contrast to his predecessor, Eric Greitens, who resigned June 1.  

Missouri State University’s Safety and Transportation Department is warning of an attempted off-campus abduction near MSU early this morning.

According to a public safety alert sent by the department,  a woman was walking to her apartment in the 700 block of E. Walnut at around 4 a.m. when a man attempted to grab her.  She was able to get away and ran to the Kum & Go at Elm and Kimbrough for help.

The suspect is described as in his early 30s with a reddish-brown beard, wearing a dark blue hoodie and black leather gloves.

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Governor Mike Parson kicked off his statewide listening tour by visiting the Ozarks Tuesday, hitting several familiar places in the region he calls “home.”

Parson told community leaders at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce that his two main statewide priorities were improving infrastructure and workforce development.

But he stressed that rural Missouri will take an equal seat at the table going forward under his administration.

One issue Parson said he’s committed to is making sure Missourians in more remote parts of the state have broadband internet access.

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