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A new program in Springfield aims to provide light labor day jobs, long-term employment opportunities or other assistance to panhandlers and reduce their reliance on seeking donations at busy intersections.  

The “Wheels to Work” initiative, announced Tuesday, is the result of months of discussions between the city and local organizations.

In childhood, parents and educators teach conformity  – to give boundaries, to define rules of society, to strengthen the moral and ethical compass, and to broaden an individual’s understanding of the world. With this foundation, you begin to find your uniqueness and build upon special skills that set you apart from others – skills that make you a leader.

Mary Ann Wood, director of public affairs support, and Stephanie Smith, senior director of donor relations and special events, talk about the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame and this year’s honorees.


OACAC: Providing Services to Those in Poverty

Mar 20, 2017
Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation

This week on Making Democracy Work host Leslie Carrier speaks with Lindsey Dumas-Bell and Diane Anthony from Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation. Lindsey is the Resource Development Manager and Diane Anthony is the Family Planning Director.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre opens their production of Jon Robin Baitz's award-winning play "Other Desert Cities" tonight (Friday March 17) and running through April 2nd at Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza.

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Springfield’s City Council candidates for Zone 2 offered similar views on many issues such as the budget, economic development options and public safety resources during a forum Thursday.

Dr. Thomas Prater, Incumbent Zone 2 Councilman, is seeking to retain the seat he was appointed to in September 2016. He’s challenged by Helen Gunther. The event, held at Evangel University, marked the third of four town-hall style forums presented by the Springfield News-Leader this month.