The lengthy consideration over how to revise the City of Springfield’s nondiscrimination law returns to the forefront when the bill again comes up for debate in the coming months. And as KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports, there could be more push at the state level to prohibit discrimination based upon a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity.
Minorities who own a business often face unique challenges because they come from an under-represented part of the population. But one grassroots organization in Springfield is spearheading a movement that tackles those challenges head-on so that a person’s ethnic group, gender, or race no longer play a role in how successful they can become as an entrepreneur. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
The Springfield Police Department has released its Quarterly Public Safety Report for the last three months of 2013. These quarterly reports help give some perspective to whether Springfield’s crime rates are going up or down—and which crimes are seeing more activity. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the last quarter of 2013 saw an overall decrease in crime by two percent.
President Obama travels to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts. The three presidents are talking about the increased trade among their countries 20 years since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Investigative journalist Chris Leonard argues in a new book that Tyson's system of chicken production treats farmers like "modern-day sharecroppers." The book is a detailed account of the inner workings of Tyson, and the not-so-independent farmers who actually raise the birds.
Another round of funding has been awarded to Joplin to clean up lawns contaminated by lead and cadmium. The new federal funding comes from the EPA's Superfund Program in hopes that residents will continue to rebuild in areas affected by the May 2011 tornado. KSMU's Shannon Bowers has more.