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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.

Missouri State University

Celebrations of black Americans’ culture, history and accomplishments are underway at Missouri State University.

Black History Month, traditionally celebrated during the month of February in the U.S., started with a Black History Month Kickoff event on Feb. 1 at Missouri State University.

Yvania Garcia-Pusateri, executive director for MSU Multicultural Programs, said Black History month is focused on learning about and appreciating the contributions of African Americans that we may not have learned about in school.

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During peak drive times in Springfield, highway 160 south of the city is packed with vehicles. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route 160, between Plainview Rd. and South St. in Nixa, averages 30,250 to 40,250 vehicles per day, with the higher number on the northern part. 

A project by the Missouri Department of Transportation is aimed at making that stretch of roadway safer.

Michele Skalicky

The Springfield Public School District is recommending merging Campbell Elementary with McGregor Elementary starting with the 2018-2019 school year.  

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