Michele Skalicky

Morning Edition Host

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference.  Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.

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Michele Skalicky

As the nation continues to reel from the mass shooting in Florida Wednesday, Missouri legislators are thinking about what can be done to try to prevent a similar tragedy in this state.

Speaking in Springfield Friday, Crystal Quade, a Democratic state representative from that city, said lawmakers on both sides of the aisle Thursday put out a call to action for a serious conversation about gun violence.

Michele Skalicky

Culture Night will be held tonight (2/16) from 6 to 8 at the Jim D. Morris Center, 301 S. Jefferson in Springfield.  Learn about various cultures represented at Missouri State University and the English Language Institute. 

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Under Governor Eric Greitens' proposed FY19 budget, public universities in Missouri would see a 10 percent decrease in funding.  Missouri State University President Clif Smart said that would mean a reduction of $8,668,000 for the university.  According to Smart, if that reduction is realized, MSU would be receiving $10 million less  than it received in 2001 when the university had 6000 fewer students.

City of Branson

A World War II statue in Branson depicts 50 soldiers storming a beach.  The 15-ton, bronze statue was purchased along with two others from Cornerstone Bank in York, Nebraska for $1 million.  Two are currently on display in the city, but the so-called “50-Man Statue” is in storage.  Now, city leaders are trying to decide what to do with it.

City of Springfield

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield has expanded by 60 acres.  The property, on the southeast boundary of the park, was the first position of Colonel Franz Sigel’s troops during the Battle of Wilson’s Creek.  According to park officials, the Union forces divided their troops as they left Springfield around 6 p.m. on August 9.  The plan was to take 1200 men under Col. Sigel and swing wide to the south, flanking the Confederates on the right as General Nathaniel Lyon’s force struck from the north.