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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Ashley House

The chance that a youth leaving foster care will have a negative outcome is significantly higher than youth leaving a stable home.

Alisa Griffiths, manager of Ashley House in Springfield, a transitional living facility for older girls in foster care, run by Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services, said about 75 percent of young women leaving foster care are pregnant within two years.  They have poor educational and employment outcomes that often continue many years later.

Springfield-Greene County Park Board

Today (5/11) is National Public Gardens Day, and Friends of the Garden invite you to celebrate with them by visiting the Roston Native Butterfly House on its opening day today from noon to 6.  The butterfly house is located at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park.  Melinda Mullins will present a free concert tonight at 6:30 at the Peace Through People Pavilion (take your own blankets and lawn chairs).  And the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden will be open tonight and tomorrow night from 7:30 to 9:30.  There is a fee for that event.  Click

Springfield police say an incident on March 25 was vandalism, not a hate crime.  A swastika was spray-painted on the front door of a residence at 815 E. Locust, and a car was vandalized.  The car had been egged, the front windshield smashed and the exterior mirrors damaged.

On the same night, police investigated another vandalism incident at 900 N. Fulbright where the residence had been egged, and racial slurs, a swastika and sexual images had been spray-painted on a vehicle. 

Michele Skalicky

Sequiota Park, off Lone Pine Ave. in southeast Springfield, is a popular place to walk, bike or just hang out.  But in the summer, algae blooms on the lake can make the experience not-so-pleasant.

"The unsightliness of the algae just really detracts from what would otherwise be just a nice scenic view of some nice clear water," said assistant director of Springfield-Greene County Parks, Miles Park.

Dickerson Park Zoo

Dickerson Park Zoo welcomed a new baby on Thursday.  Mili the giraffe had a baby boy, and both are on exhibit but in a separate yard from the rest of the herd and the giraffe observation deck.

Zoo officials say it’s the first baby for five-year-old Mili, who was hand-reared, and the second for the father, Grady.

The unnamed male giraffe is 4 ½ to 5 feet tall, which is small compared to his half-sister, Clemantine, who was around 6 feet tall at birth.