Rachael Cohoon

Rachael intends to graduate from Missouri State University this summer with her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. Rachael's love for the industry came after taking some courses at MSU and realizing how much she enjoyed being in front of the camera. After graduation, she hopes to move on to be a sports or entertainment reporter. A St. Louis native, Rachael is a diehard Cardinals and Blues fan. 

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Springfield is the first of nine Missouri cities to hold events aimed at raising awareness for the opioid epidemic.

Thursday’s “Missouri Opioid Crisis Summit: Springfield Kickoff” will bring together community and state leaders to discuss the drug crisis and best interventions moving forward.

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After a nationwide search, Cox College trustees have chosen one of the school’s current administrators as its new president.

Dr. Amy DeMelo has served as the college’s vice president for academic affairs since 2014.

“This is an exciting time to be involved in health care and education, and I’m looking forward to being involved in the many opportunities ahead of Cox College. We have a wonderful group of people dedicated to making a difference for our students and the community as a whole, and I’m privileged to be part of those efforts,” DeMelo said in a news release.

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Missouri State University, the Springfield Business Development Corporation and the Vecino Group are looking to expand the IDEA Commons district downtown.

The potential 2-acre site is located at Boonville Ave. and Phelps St. and is partially owned by MSU and the Vecino Group.  The parties have agreed to conduct a study to determine what a new development could entail and the market feasibility. 

On Friday morning, University President Clif Smart told Springfield City Council members the expansion could bring continued success to IDEA Commons.

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A new safety campaign launched by the city of Springfield aims to make drivers and pedestrians more aware of their surroundings.  The city says an average of 60 pedestrians are involved in motor vehicle accidents per year.

Mandy Buettgen-Quinn, traffic safety professional for Springfield Public Works, says pedestrian crashes and fatalities are skyrocketing.

“Part of that is distraction and another part is the communication piece between drivers and pedestrians,” she says.

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What makes someone a chronic victim of bullying? That’s what a Missouri State University professor is studying through the concept of victimization, or the victim’s point of view.

Dr. Leslie Echols, an assistant psychology professor, gathered first-hand accounts of aggression for her research in New York’s Harlem neighborhood and the cities of Los Angeles and Springfield. She found the likelihood of being bullied could depend on the characteristics of a person and those they associate with.