Danisha Hogue

News Producer

Danisha Hogue is a senior at Missouri State University majoring in journalism with a diversity studies minor. She is a reporter for the university’s newspaper, The Standard. With her degree she hopes to write about social issues. Danisha likes DIY projects, reading and breakfast foods.

Ryan Welch / KSMU

Updated Friday, 2:45 pm:

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks updated its Give Ozarks fundraising totals Friday, saying that $1,397,147.64 was raised for more than 240 local nonprofit organizations.

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Ryan Welch / KSMU

“You’ve seen people on the street for years with a sign that says ‘I’m hungry’ or ‘I’ll work,’ have you ever seen one that says ‘I need a home?’ Except that’s exactly what they need. It’s the only way they’ll get out of homelessness is to get into a home,” says David Brown, executive director of the Gathering Tree in Springfield.

By narrowing the focus on a specific population of the city’s homeless, a new initiative will take 30 individuals off the streets. Eden Village, sponsored by The Gathering Tree, uses the tiny house model to attempt to solve homelessness.

Trash Collection
Trash and Recycling Collection Study / Burns & McDonnell

An analysis of Springfield’s trash and recycling collection services finds that residents could pay less per month with a fully optimized collection system, and the study’s author has recommended three options for doing so.

More than 10 licensed haulers are providing residential refuse collection services within the city. Springfield has a free market system for curbside trash and recycling pickup.

Springfield Fire Department

A new program in Springfield seeks to lower the number of house fires in high risk areas. According to the city’s fire department, the number of deaths from fire in Springfield is among the highest in the United States.

“We know that one fire death is too many, five is way too many especially for a community our size we need to do a better job reducing those numbers,” said Cara Erwin, spokesperson for the Springfield Fire Department.

York Elementrary
Ryan Welch / KSMU

Major educational changes are before voters living in the boundaries of the Springfield school district. Proposition SPS seeks approval of a $189 million bond proposal that emerged from the district’s Facility Master Plan.