First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to appear in Springfield Thursday as part of her effort to fix the problem of childhood obesity in the US. Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens designated Springfield as a "Let’s Move" city back in 2010; this week’s visit illustrates a renewed commitment to the first lady's health program. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
As any cattle farmer knows, a healthy bull depends partly on how well that bull can reproduce. Three clinics to test just that are scheduled for mid-March in Miller, Cassville and Aurora. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports how these bull evaluations will enable owners to decide if their bulls are healthy and capable of breeding effectively.
UPDATE 2/21/13: Although the Missouri Foundation for Health was scheduled to host this presentation on Friday, Feb. 22, the event has been postponed due to severe winter weather. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says a future time and date has yet to be determined.
Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the City of Springfield have come together to create a new affordable housing program. The housing program is called the Springfield Community Land Trust, as KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser reports.
“To Rezone or not to rezone?” That is the question before Springfield City Council. On Monday night, community members packed the council meeting to make sure their voice would be heard. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has the story.
Some local citizens are rallying together to tell the Springfield City Council that the proposed Wal-Mart near downtown would do more harm than good for people in the neighborhood. KSMU’s Shane Franklin attended a gathering of concerned citizens, and has this story.
Friday morning, all Missouri State University students and employees received an invitation to follow the university president, Clif Smart, on his newly-launched Twitter account. KSMU's Rebekah Clark looked into how high-profile officials are using social media platforms to connect, and also at the potential pitfalls of doing so.
The company that owns the Bistro Market, a self-proclaimed “urban grocery store” in downtown Springfield, held a press conference Thursday to discuss the impact a new Wal-Mart store would have on local jobs, and the downtown area. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser was there and has this report.
What makes one business incubator more successful than another? One operation in rural south-central Missouri thinks it has the answer. As KSMU's Jennifer Davidson reports from West Plains, organizers there say the answer is in mentoring, community, and business education.
The Springfield Art Museum and the city’s Public Works Department are looking into removing 15 trees from the museum’s property. The city says the trees are plagued with disease and need to go. Despite the poor health of the trees, some neighbors are upset about their potential removal. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Springfield’s Planning and Zoning Commission has given a green light for a new WalMart Neighborhood Market near the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Grand Street. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the plan still needs City Council’s approval.
Askinosie Chocolate has introduced a new product on its shelves – Kyela rice, an aromatic, white medium grain riceharvested by the Parent-Teachers Association of the Mwaya Secondary School in the Kyela region of Tanzania. As KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports, this is the newest product in Askinosie’s School Lunch Program.
One organization in the Ozarks is dedicated to providing access to locally produced food, local artisan crafts, and especially to keeping the local dollar-- local. KSMU’s Shane Franklin went out over the weekend to spend some time with this organization, and has this story.
They are called anything from traveling restaurants, to meals on wheels, and even mobile vendors. Springfield’s favorites from the fair and brand new businesses too, traveling all around the area. Currently, 29 vendors keep their traveling restaurant open year round and that number is growing. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers reports.
Through the Chocolate University program of Askinosie Chocolate, Springfield Elementary, Middle and High School students learn about fair and direct trade business practices while making a difference in the lives of children in the Philippines and Tanzania.
Mercy Springfield Communities is now sporting three brand new EC135 helicopters, after the hospital invested $12 million to upgrade the existing aircraft. The advanced helicopters allow pilots to fly in weather conditions they previously could not have endured. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
As part of the unveiling of a plaque Wednesday in honor of the O'Reilly/Wooten family at the Creamery Arts Center, a major announcement was made regarding the Springfield Collaborative Arts Endowment campaign. KSMU's Randy Stewart was there.
The City of Springfield is looking for input on “The Link” between South Creek and Primrose Avenue at a public meeting on Thursday night. The meeting will focus on improvements to The Link, which is the set of walkways and bike lanes that connect the Greenway trails to activity centers around the area. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
In a brief announcement Thursday inside Springfield City Hall, the city made public eight of the 17 task force members chosen to address an amendment to their anti-discrimination law. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has the story.
A woman from Ozark was featured on a recent ABC News segment, “Made in America.” The segment highlights American made goods, and argues that purchasing them will help increase jobs in the United States. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has more.