The Community Partnership of the Ozarks had their annual banquet last night honoring neighborhood volunteers who have gone above and beyond in helping their community. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers reports on how these neighborhood residents have devoted nearly 2,000 hours to the cause.
A tiny comic strip has wrapped each piece of gum since 1953. But the company says it's redesigning its packaging to be more relevant to today's bubble-blowing kids. Instead of comics, there will be brainteasers and codes that unlock onilne content, The New York Times reports.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks, or RMHC, is a non-profit organization which provides a home away from home for families with seriously ill children. The organization will celebrate the grand opening of its second Springfield location this week. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has more.
The Better Business Bureau of southwest Missouri says some local customers have received letters saying they’ve won free travel from American Airlines…and that a company called “US Airlines” is fitting the bill. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals Ozarks Region Chapter has awarded Ozarks Technical Community College’s Cliff Davis with the honor of the Outstanding Philanthropic Fundraising Professional of the Year. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe spoke with Davis and has this report.
Missouri has the lowest tax on tobacco in the United States, and the Proposition to increase that tax by $0.73 per pack failed. KSMU’s Shane Franklin spoke with people on both sides of the debate, and has this story.
Did you know that commercial TV and radio news stations are obligated under federal law to sell advertisement space to political candidates running for office? During election season, viewers can expect a plethora of political propaganda in opposition, or in favor, of certain candidates and political issues addressed on the ballot. But what happens to that ad space after Election Day is over? KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
One problem facing states nationwide is the issue of underfunded public pensions. This means that there’s not enough state money to fund the retirement pensions state workers were promised and are expecting. As our “Road to the Capitol” election coverage continues, KSMU’s Rebekah Clark speaks to three candidates running for state treasurer on how they, if elected, will tackle this issue.
A meeting to discuss improvements to the Campbell and Plainview intersection in south Springfield is being held today. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has details on what these improvements will mean for area residents and businesses.
As our "Road to the Capitol" election coverage continues, we're bringing you a series of "Cafe Reports" from across the Ozarks. Just ten minutes south of Republic sits the small town of Clever, Missouri, population just over 1,000. At the intersection of State Highway P and Highway 14, you see a gas station, a daycare facility, and the only family-owned restaurant in a ten-mile vicinity: the Corner Café. In this Cafe Report, KSMU's Rebekah Clark brings us a flavor of the concerns and sentiments of voters there.
CoxHealth in Springfield has entered into a formal relationship with three other not-for-profit healthcare systems. The goal here is to make medical care more efficient and innovative. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has this story.
Rebuild Joplin, a non-profit organization started after the May 2011 tornado, and Toyota joined forces in April to rebuild homes more efficiently. Now, that unique partnership is seeing the fruits of its labor. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has more.
The Springfield-based not-for-profit group Friends Against Hunger has set a pretty lofty goal: it's aiming to pack and send out over one million meals for people in Springfield and around the world. Volunteers, many from local universities, will package two different vegetarian meals loaded with vitamins and minerals in early November. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Gov. Jay Nixon visited Springfield’s Bass Pro Outdoor World Thursday to encourage Missouri’s hunters to donate their venison to needy families in the Ozarks. He's suggesting they do that through the state's "Share the Harvest" program. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers explains.
Across the Ozarks—and throughout United States—buildings that once housed large industrial operations sit empty as manufacturing has become mechanized or jobs move overseas. In more recent years, many of these buildings have undergone transformations that bring them into the new economic environment. KSMU’s Emma Wilson brings us the story of one factory building in West Plains, Missouri that has been given a new life.
City Utilities is moving ahead in its plans for a new bus transfer station. At Thursday’s (last night’s) closed session, CU's Board of Public Utilities decided to start negotiations to purchase property in the new spot, which is in the area of College and Main in Springfield. If those negotiations are successful, CU plans to build and relocate its Bus Transfer Station. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
One local non-profit organization has found a way to turn old shoes into food for the needy in Haiti. The third annual "Sole Food" shoe drive is underway across the Ozarks. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser spoke to one of the organizers and has this report.
Legendary singer Andy Williams passed away Tuesday night at his home in Branson. His death came after a long battle with bladder cancer, his family said through a statement sent out by public relations firm The Sheridan Company. Tributes are pouring in from politicians, entertainers, and many people from around America on facebook and Twitter. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark talks to three performing icons who worked closely with the Williams family.