Acquiring a new language develops an appreciation of other cultures. Even if you never travel to a country that speaks that language or have an occasion to use the language in daily life, you understand more about the people and the way they operate by learning how they communicate.

Ozark Greenways

In this segment of Making Democracy Work, Debbie Good talks with Dawn Gardner, board secretary of Ozark Greenways, about the organization and what it does. 

Ashley House

The chance that a youth leaving foster care will have a negative outcome is significantly higher than youth leaving a stable home.

Alisa Griffiths, manager of Ashley House in Springfield, a transitional living facility for older girls in foster care, run by Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services, said about 75 percent of young women leaving foster care are pregnant within two years.  They have poor educational and employment outcomes that often continue many years later.

Springfield-Greene County Park Board

Today (5/11) is National Public Gardens Day, and Friends of the Garden invite you to celebrate with them by visiting the Roston Native Butterfly House on its opening day today from noon to 6.  The butterfly house is located at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park.  Melinda Mullins will present a free concert tonight at 6:30 at the Peace Through People Pavilion (take your own blankets and lawn chairs).  And the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden will be open tonight and tomorrow night from 7:30 to 9:30.  There is a fee for that event.  Click

Cox Health South
Chloe O'Neill / KSMU

Good news for job-seekers:  CoxHealth, one of Springfield’s largest employers, wants to fill 50 positions, and the health care system says it will offer those new hires an added bonus. 

The job fair on Monday, May 14, will seem to fill 50 environmental and food service jobs.

Some of the positions will not require any previous experience.

Kaitlyn McConnell is a spokeswoman for CoxHealth.