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.

Ways to Connect

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Rural southern Missouri, the heart of the Bible Belt, might not seem like the most popular place to open a taproom. In fact, many counties just south of the Missouri-Arkansas state line are still “dry” counties.

But when Phil Wages, co-owner of Wages Brewing Company, held a grand opening a few weeks ago in West Plains, his brewery was packed.

Wages said the response has been tremendously positive, with a couple of exceptions.

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Deanna McNew works at PenMac in West Plains, Missouri. In a nutshell, she helps job-seekers and businesses connect. But she’s noticing a trend: employers are reporting that workers lack so-called “soft skills” – especially timeliness and attendance.

I ask her if this happens every day.

“Absolutely. Sometimes, the messages are quite long. We have quite a few on our answering machine and several call in. Or clients notify us that so-and-so isn’t at work, and, ‘Can you see where they’re at,’” McNew said.

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Missouri lawmakers took trips to Turkey that were subsidized by a group tied to the Turkish Muslim scholar and thinker, Fethullah Gulen, who is now a controversial opposition leader. Such trips are common—and legal, under Missouri ethics laws—but they’ve drawn the ire of the Turkish government.

Jennifer Moore

A Somali refugee family is trying to adjust to a new reality in the Ozarks after an executive order placing a temporary ban on immigrants from that country disrupts their plans.   

Volunteer Katie Webb is knocking on the door of a rental house in north Springfield. It’s just after dark—and about 3:00 AM in Somalia.

Webb’s volunteer organization, Springfield Welcome Home, helps refugees in their transition.

Ali Altuhafi

A recent executive order by President Donald Trump places a temporary ban on all immigrants and refugees from seven countries.  One of those countries is Iraq.

Many conservatives support the ban, but it has also led to protests and several legal challenges.