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Flooding
Ryan Welch / KSMU

Missouri’s governor is asking President Donald Trump to approve a major disaster declaration for the state, which would enable federal disaster aid for flood victims.

Under the request by Gov. Eric Greitens, individuals and businesses who suffered flooding damage in 37 counties could become eligible for financial assistance. The disaster declaration, if approved, would also help 45 Local governments and nonprofits.

3M
Scott Harvey / KSMU

The Missouri Department of Economic Development on Wednesday announced that Springfield manufacturer 3M will embark on a $40 million expansion. The company expects this to create at least 90 full-time positions over the next several years.

3M is a Minnesota based company that employs over 330 people in the Springfield area, and has over 89,000 employees company-wide.

Rorie Orgeron
Nataleigh Ross / KSMU

The nonprofit Kitchen, Inc. is searching for a new CEO. The organization said in a news release that Rorie Orgeron served his last day in the position Monday.

The release, issued Wednesday, did not elaborate on the reason for his exit.

Jim Newman, Board of Trustees president, tells KSMU, “Our business is as a nonprofit is dealing with privacy concerns with our clients as well as employees and we have no other comment than what is stated in the press release. But we wish him well.”

Jennifer Moore / KSMU

Until a few years ago, Addie Blankenship saw herself as a relatively healthy mom of three. She didn’t recognize that she was exhibiting symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder—a mental condition that leads to obsessive thoughts and compulsive actions.

“So I would spend hours and hours washing things. Or I would have a thought that something may be on my clothes, so I would change my clothes every time I’d have a bad thought, which sometimes was 10 times a day. Sometimes more,” Blankenship said.

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
Ryan Welch / KSMU

Since Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield opened to the public in 1960, the staff there have made preserving its land a top priority.

Summer touring hours are now in operation at the park, which is open daily from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

“We are probably one of the best preserved parks in the United States,” says Park Superintendent Ted Hillmer.

The Battlefield, Hillmer notes, has been maintained to appear the same as it did over 155 years ago. He says during that time, citizens planted 18 trees per acre, which is what you see at the Battlefield today.

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