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.

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.

Francine Pratt
Submitted Photo / City of Springfield

Longtime community leader Francine Pratt is returning to Springfield to head a new, collective-impact-model initiative aimed at lifting people out of poverty.

The Impacting Poverty Commission announced on Tuesday that Pratt will oversee Prosper Springfield, which connects over 300 partner organizations in helping impoverished citizens measurably improve their situations.

Tommy Pike
Danisha Hogue

Built in 1902, The Jefferson Avenue Footbridge crosses 13 tracks of the Burlington Northern rail yard. The structure, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has become a tourism staple for Springfield.

It’s why many came to the bridge’s defense during a recent City Council session that explored plans for its rehabilitation.

“It’s a big part of Commercial Street and for the people who had to come across the tracks,” Pike said. 

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