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 Mayor Ken McClure Thursday designated July 27th Focus on Renewable Energy Day.  This proclamation came after Springfield City Utilities (CU) reported its use of renewable energy has quadrupled in recent years.

The city says by the end of 2017, 30 percent of CU’s energy will come from renewables, whereas in 2014 it was only eight percent. That’s available through new solar farms in Nixa and north of Springfield, and wind farms in Oklahoma and Kansas.

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Missourians expressed views on what government rules are helping and hurting state workers during a public hearing in Springfield this week.

It’s part of a series of forums across the state aimed at alleviating the burden of state government red tape on citizens and businesses. Gov. Eric Greitens has called on all state agencies to review its rules.

Leaders from the Missouri Department of Labor, including newly appointed Director Anna Hui, met with citizens in downtown Springfield Thursday.

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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.