Scott Harvey

News Director & Content Coordinator

Scott joined KSMU in November 2012. He had previously served five years as news director for KETR-FM, the public radio station in Commerce, Texas. A graduate of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Scott enjoys producing human-interest stories, among other pieces that educate and engage the community. When not at work, he’s often taking part in outdoor activities, exploring new areas and restaurants, or staying up-to-date with the latest news and information. Scott was born and raised in Shenandoah, Iowa.

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Juan Meraz
Missouri State University

Missouri State University has appointed a new assistant vice president for Student Affairs who will in part assume responsibilities previously held by Juan Meraz.

The announcement of Dr. Michele Smith was made Thursday on the university’s website.

Sen. Mike Parson
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State Sen. Mike Parson (R-Bolivar) says he’ll introduce legislation this year making an assault or attempted murder of a law officer a hate crime.

Speaking at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office in Springfield Thursday, Parson said recent events across the nation are leading us down a “path of destruction” if we don’t rally behind law enforcement.

“If you’re gonna target somebody simply because they’re wearing a uniform, there’s no other reason but because you hate that person. And that needs to be part of the hate crimes of the state of Missouri,” said Parson.

Gov. Jay Nixon
Gov. Jay Nixon's office / Twitter

A manufacturer’s expansion will bring 60 new jobs to Joplin with the possibility of more in the future.

HS Baking formally announced Tuesday it will locate its snack and cracker operations in Joplin at its new flagship bakery.

The $8 million project includes the purchase of new equipment and a manufacturing plant that was previously operated by General Mills. Renovations to that facility will being in the next few months and recruitment of workers starts this week.

Ozarks Community Hospital

200 employees at Ozarks Community Hospital will lose their jobs as the result of a federal agency’s decision to end its Medicare agreement with the health system.

In a memo to staff Monday morning, CEO Paul Taylor said OCH will immediately stop admitting to its inpatient unit and close its surgery and emergency departments by the end of the month. Clinics will continue to operate as usual.

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Late August is when many of the bills passed this session by the Missouri Legislature and signed into law by the governor go into effect. That could mean changes for state businesses and organizations.

For Missouri State University, more than half a dozen bills will require action on the school’s part to be in compliance with new law.