Making Democracy Work

Monday, 9:30 a.m.

The League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri brings you this weekly program, which covers a variety of topics related to the Ozarks and democracy.

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Making Democracy Work
9:30 am
Mon December 15, 2014

New Constitutional Amendment Allows Evidence of Prior Criminal Acts

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Lisa Langley talks with John Applequist, practicing attorney for nearly 26 years and a per course instructor in the criminology and criminal justice department of Missouri State University about Amendment Two.

John Applequist says Amendment Two is basically a rule of evidence.  It determines how a court will admit certain types of evidence.  Under the amendment, the prosecution would be entitled to introduce evidence of prior acts during its case in chief rather than waiting until they rest their case, which has traditionally been done.

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Making Democracy Work
7:02 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Local Non-Profit Offers Affordable Mental Health Services

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Leslie Carrier talks with Andrea Bishop, executive director of the Ozarks Counseling Center, about the mission and the type of counseling services available there.  

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Making Democracy Work
8:33 am
Mon December 1, 2014

VA Clinic Planned for Springfield

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Randy Hoops talks with Jacque Long, facility planner for the Veteran's Health Care System of the Ozarks, about a community-based outpatient VA clinic to be built in Springfield.

The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks is currently working with the University of Missouri and the City of Mt. Vernon to establish a contract that would begin on January 1, 2015.  That would allow them to remain in their current space for three years during construction and activation of a new clinic in Springfield, according to Long.

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Making Democracy Work
9:51 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Ensuring Kids Are Ready to Enter School Goal of Every Child Promise

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Ilga Vise talks with Dana Carroll, Springfield’s child advocate for the Every Child Promise about the collaborative.

Last year, the News-Leader featured a series of human interest stories about the plight of Springfield’s children and young families.  Reporter Claudette Riley wrote that one in five children were not ready for school, that almost 50 percent of those live in poverty and that many are the victims of child abuse and neglect.  They also struggle with health and nutrition problems.

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Making Democracy Work
12:46 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Southwest Center for Independent Living Helps Those With Disabilities

Shelby Butler, Access Coordinator for Southwest Center for Independent Living
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Shelby Butler, Access Coordinator for the Southwest Center for Independent Living, discusses the core services provided by this organization, which are advocacy, information and referral services, peer support and independent living skills.  

People without disabilities might not be aware of barriers that can complicate life for someone who lives with a disability on a daily basis.  Butler describes some of the barriers to accessibility within our own community and what Springfield and Greene County are doing to improve accessibility for all individuals.  

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