Sarah Teague

News Intern

Sarah Teague is a junior at Missouri State University pursuing a degree both in Journalism and Intercultural Communication. Currently a news intern, she is passionate about telling stories on the community and informing the public on current issues. In addition to interning for KSMU, she also serves as the life editor for Missouri State’s student newspaper, The Standard.

HOPE Connection
Megan Burke / KSMU

Over 600 homeless and at-risk individuals were given access to basic needs through a number of services Wednesday.  

The ninth annual HOPE Connection and Veterans Stand Down event was held in the Springfield Expo Center. It’s an initiative of Community Partnership’s Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness’ month-long “Every Action Counts Campaign.”

Amanda Stadler, Community Partnership’s neighborhood and housing stabilization specialist, said she’s participated in the event for five years, chairing the planning committee the past two.

Mark Miller
Sarah Teague / KSMU

Ozarks Technical Community College will use a $1.3 million grant to assist veterans in Greene County. Funding from the Veterans Upward Bound Program was announced Friday on the eve of Veterans Day.

OTC plans to use the grant for 125 veterans each year for the next five years. The funding will provide financial aid and academic advisement, benefit counseling and referral to community resources.

Justin Smith
Sarah Teague / KSMU

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ “No MO Red Tape” project is six months ahead of schedule, said the Governor’s Deputy Counsel Justin Smith.

The project launched in January when Greitens signed Executive Order 17-03, ordering all governmental agencies to undergo a review of all proposed or passed regulations in the Code of State Regulations.

“We’ve received almost 6,000 comments from people writing in on ways we can clean up state regulations,” Smith said in Springfield Wednesday. “Our folks are working hard. They’re actually on pace to finish a lot earlier than scheduled.”

Amanda Stadler
Bailey Vassalli / KSMU

Community Partnership’s Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness has launched a new campaign to further its mission.

The “Every Action Counts: A Homeless Awareness Campaign,” announced Wednesday, kicks off a series of events this month and serves as a response to OAEH’s January homeless count.

Amanda Stadler, the organization’s neighborhood and housing stabilization specialist, shared the results of that count during a press conference at the Springfield Art Museum.

Inspired Boutique
Ryan Welch / KSMU

Patrons mingle as they browse clothing racks inside a boutique store in downtown Springfield, waiting for the start of a fashion show. The bustling crowd has gathered on the first Friday of October, during the city's Art Walk. A fall breeze blows through the boutique’s open doors along Walnut Street, which welcomes in the sounds of nearby vehicle traffic and the beeping of a crosswalk.