Bailey Vassalli

Photography Intern

Bailey began working for KSMU as a photography intern in October of 2017. She also works as a photographer with Missouri State University Photographic Services and as both a photographer and senior reporter with The Standard, Missouri State’s student newspaper. Previously, she has interned with the Snohomish County Tribune, the Sullivan Independent News and Babe Ruth League. Once she graduates in December of 2018, she hopes to work as a photojournalist — whether that means freelancing or with a newspaper.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Nearly 3,700 hogs were trapped and killed in the first five months of 2018, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Feral hogs are a nuisance for landowners and other wildlife—and they can be dangerous, too.  They're known for eating nearly anything they can track down and catch, which conservation officials say disrupts natural habitats like glades, fens, and springs.

Grant Beach Pool
File Photo / Springfield-Greene County Park Board

Grant Beach Pool in Springfield will remain closed for at least a few more days.

The closure follows a string of mechanical problems with the pool’s main filter pump.

According to a release from the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, the pump quit working last week.  

A new pump was ordered and installed, but during a routine check, staff learned the new pump was not working either.

A third pump has been ordered.  The earliest date the Grant Beach Pool could open is June 7th, according to the Park Board.

Parson for Lt. Gov. / Facebook

When Missouri Governor Eric Greitens officially relinquishes the executive office at 5:00 p.m. Friday, Mike Parson will take the reins and serve the remainder of the term.

Parson hails from Polk County, in southwest Missouri. 

One person who’s known Parson for 40 years is Kay Williams.

Williams worked as a law enforcement officer in Polk County while Parson served as sheriff there. He described Parson as someone who was always honest with him and would never ask anyone to do something that Parson wouldn’t do himself.

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Children between the ages of 3 and 15 have the opportunity to get their hands dirty by learning how to bait their own hooks and clean their own fish for free on Saturday June 2nd at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park.

According to the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, parents must register their children for the event before May 31st at 5 p.m. They can do so online at or by calling 864-1332.

Children can be registered for an 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m. timeslot.

Participants must bring their own rod and reel, bait and stringer for the fish.

Remembering His Underground Church, a Pastor Tries to Unify Old and Young

Dec 12, 2017
Ryan Welch / KSMU Radio

Rows of chairs line the modern sanctuary, filled with worshippers from teens to older adults. Some pray in Russian; others are speaking in tongues.

The Bread of Life Church is affiliated with the Assemblies of God.  It’s nestled in a rural part of Christian County, Missouri, surrounded by fields, a few homes, and farm roads.

Nicholi Illyuk, born in Ukraine in the 1960s, is the pastor.

It was different in the Soviet Union. Christians who practiced outside the state-sponsored Orthodox church didn’t worship openly – they hid.