On Friday, the two-hour episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature the show’s efforts in Joplin after the May 22 tornado. The episode shows volunteers from all over the Ozarks, including more than 300 Drury members who designed and built a tribute to volunteers in Joplin’s Cunningham Park. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Governor Jay Nixon has been traveling the state to promote a new set of incentives in his overall strategy to create jobs in Missouri. The proposal is called “Missouri Works.” KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has details.
The US Postal Service says it would have to cut $20 billion dollars in costs to turn a profit by 2015. The service is considering whether to shut down the mail sorting operations at the office on Chestnut Expressway here in Springfield. The postal service will hold a public meeting January 4 to listen to the concerns and suggestions of locals. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore spoke with a representative of the USPS and has this interview.
This week marks the ninth year in a row that Smart Chickenhas donated chicken to Ozarks Food Harvest, through the Feed the Hungry promotion. This promotion works like this: the company will donate one pound of chicken to the food bank for every ten pounds of products purchased at local grocers. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
Chocolatier Shawn Askinosie, founder of Askinosie Chocolate in Springfield, will be awarded the 14thhonorary doctorate from Missouri State University. The nomination was approved this week by the MSU Board of Governors, after receiving recommendations from the Faculty Senate and Interim President Clif Smart. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark spoke with Askinosie and has more.
This week, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s Women, Infants and Children Program, or WIC, announced that Schweitzer United Methodist Church will be the newest host site for the program. There are now four host sites around the community, besides the primary location in Springfield and the satellite location in Republic. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.
Animal control services in parts of Greene County are expected to take a major budget cut. The Springfield/Greene-County Health Department tells KSMU’s Rebekah Clark what impact the cuts will have on services.
Earlier this month, an unlicensed day care provider in Troy, Missouri was charged in the death of an infant who died while in her care. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark spoke with an expert to find out what questions parents should ask before putting their children in someone else's care.
The U.S. Department of Education is giving each state the opportunity to get out of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. To do so, states must submit an alternative proposal that would show they are able to still maintain high standards of achievement. In Missouri, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Missouri, or DESE, has received the go-ahead to create a document that could be used as its proposal. If approved by the U.S. Dept. of Education in February, Missouri’s plan would change the way schools have been measuring success. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
Many states and municipalities have put in place laws restricting the use of cell phones while driving. Now, the federal government has created some limits of its own. Through a series of new restrictions, the federal government is attempting to reduce distracted driving among commercial drivers. KSMU’s Emma Wilson brings us this story on the latest regulation in this initiative.
On Commerce Street in Crane, Missouri, not far from the antique shops of Main Street, or the creek where the cranes traditionally flocked, a dentist’s office is decked out for the holidays. KSMU's Jennifer Moore has this Sense of Community feature on a rural dentist.
Residents of Greene and Christian counties wanting help in providing food and toys for their families can come to the Salvation Army in Springfield. Starting this week, those in need can sign up for Christmas holiday assistance, but must bring a couple required items with them when they apply. This year, the number of families expected to apply is higher than ever before. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more about what others can do to help.
The Missouri Department of Transportation, or MoDOT, slashed its budget this year, downsizing from ten districts to seven. Willow Springs had one of the district offices that got shut down, and now some locals there are wondering, what happens to area roads when winter weather hits? KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
The ballot language for the E-verify proposal was settled at a city council meeting Monday. While it passed with a 7-2, vote some still believe the proposal leaves out significant information about its cost. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.
The tornado that ravaged Joplin late last May left thousands of home and business owners with the task of rebuilding. Some insurance companies set deadlines for those reconstruction projects—deadlines that many people in Joplin were not able to meet. Now, state regulators have stepped in. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe has this report.
With construction of the Wonders of Wildlife Conservation Education Center near completion, members of Bass Pro and Wonders of Wildlife are giving the Community Foundation of the Ozarks a gift all residents can benefit from. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.
Monday night’s City Council meeting in Springfield brought a large crowd of both supporters and opponents of a measure that deals with E-Verify. If passed by voters, this measure will require all Springfield employers to check the immigration status of workers by using the federal E-Verify system. After both sides thoroughly debated the written proposal, Council made amendments to the language that will represent the issue on ballot in February. Both sides, however, still aren’t happy with the wording. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
The smoking ban that took effect roughly six months ago in Springfield was the topic of discussion at a City Council meeting Tuesday…a very short City Council meeting. Members gathered to look at several options for amending the ban to help some businesses that say they’re struggling because of it. As KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports, they didn’t get very far in their discussion.
The Springfield Police Department released its crime report for the third quarter of 2011, and the report showed a decrease in almost every category of crime offenses, including robbery, assault and rape compared to this time last year. For some analysis, KSMU’s Rebekah Clark talked with the SPD and asked the question, “Why?”
Roughly One year and $1.8 million dollars later, the Park Central Square renovation is just about completed. People who visit the square will be able to look forward to a restored historical atmosphere, as well as, additions to accommodate the modern public. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.
Over the summer, Missouri State University took a hard look at how it could upgrade its student housing. Now, the university is moving forward with a plan to build a 300-room apartment-style building on Walnut Street in downtown Springfield. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
15 more jobs have been created this year in Springfield and Kansas City by the locally founded freight company Marisol International by a loan awarded under the Missouri Linked Deposit Program KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is recognizing a local animal rescue center for ten years of service to our community. C.A.R.E. is a nonprofit organization that rescues animals and sets up adoptions from the city’s animal control shelter. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Residents of the small town of Hurley, just a few miles northeast of Crane, recently found out that their post office could be shutting down. One local resident says cutting the mail service could have negative repercussions for other businesses in the area. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has the story.
The Missouri Senate leader says he intends to end a special legislative session next week without approving the package of business incentives lawmakers were called to Jefferson City for. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.