Jennifer Moore

KSMU Contributor/Missouri State University Journalist-in-Residence

As the Journalist-in-Residence at Missouri State University, Jennifer teaches undergraduate and graduate students, oversees a semester-long, team reporting project, and contributes weekly stories to KSMU Radio in the area of public affairs journalism.

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Suicide rates are higher in rural areas than urban areas—and the gap between urban and rural suicide rates is widening, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

A small clinic sits on the main drag in Mansfield, Missouri – that’s in Wright County, one of Missouri’s 70 counties without a full-time psychiatrist, according to the Missouri Board of Healing Arts.

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Poll workers, or “election judges” as they’re officially called, are those citizens who hand you your ballot and give instructions when you go to vote.

And they often come from an older demographic in Missouri. 

Shane Schoeller is the Greene County Clerk--so he’s on the hook for making sure there are enough qualified workers to run the polling places come Election Day.

Traditionally, it’s been easier to recruit people who are retired, he said.

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In this Sense of Community segment on Innovation in the Ozarks, we’re in a large greenhouse. It belongs to Craig Jennings in Davis Creek, in rural, south-central Missouri.

“Here we have over 120 channels at this end of the greenhouse. And we have enough for eighteen hundred head of lettuce, which we put on a six weeks rotation,” Jennings said.

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Farmers in the Ozarks know how to grow and produce.

But many farmers struggle with getting the word out to potential buyers that their food is available.

In today’s segment on Innovation in the Ozarks, we’re looking at a startup that offers a new, online model for the marketing and exchange of local food.

Here at the Go Farm outdoor market in West Plains, Zerubbabel Ben Emunah and his wife are selling bread, jelly, and hand-stitched blankets. 

Submitted by Paul Kincaid

Paul Kincaid was one of five rough-rousing, baseball hurling boys raised by the man memorialized in the book, E. Leon: A Perfectly Imperfect Dad.

E. Leon Kincaid was a traveling salesman who had grown up dirt poor during the Great Depression and raised his boys while also caring for his wife after her debilitating car accident.

Leon raised five sons in a Kansas City suburb, determined to not make the same mistakes his own father had made.

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