Amid concerns both locally and amongst state lawmakers, Missouri’s attorney general announced Monday an investigation into the sharp and rapid rise in the price of propane. KSMU's Scott Harvey has the latest.
Mercy Hospital Springfield says it has already seen nine people in its emergency department with carbon monoxide exposure since the cold weather settled in. As temperatures plummet and heating bills rise, many people are turning to alternate sources of heat—and that’s prompting a warning from doctors. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
Another round of negative wind chills in the Ozarks has citizens in need returning to the Salvation Army’s Extreme Emergency Cold Weather Shelter in Springfield. As KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports, the special service has already been open longer and seen more visitors than during all of last year’s cold season.
A company that flies sick patients all over the country broke ground Friday on a $1.4 million dollar facility in West Plains. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, Air Medical Group Holding’s new facility will create about 20 new jobs and be a new home for the already 450 people who work there.
Virtually overnight, propane prices catapulted from $1.25 a gallon wholesale to over $3.50. Several local suppliers are rationing deliveries while many consumers are paying over $4.00 a gallon. As KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann reports, Missouri senators and representatives are calling for an investigation.
Transportation commissioners in Missouri have halted adding any new projects to its five-year construction budget, and have suspended the state’s cost-share program for quickly building road projects. Marshall Griffin has details.
Several weeks ago, Governor Jay Nixon issued an executive order: he said the Missouri Department of Revenue had to accept joint state income tax returns from same-sex married couples who were legally married in other states. But now, a lawsuit is challenging Nixon's order as unconstitutional. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers spoke with one person who will be directly affected by the outcome of that case.
The Stockton Dam is expected to start generating hydroelectric power again by early June now that workers have finished building a new turbine. KSMU’s Julie Greene has more on the project and the benefits of having another clean energy source.
In just over a decade, cell phone calls to 9-1-1 have nearly doubled in Greene County, rising from 40 percent to 77 percent. That's above the national average. While the volume of calls is increasing, state-wide funding for 9-1-1 is on the decline. Missouri is one of the only two states currently without wireless surcharge laws in place to fund the vital service. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more.
A day after proposing $278 million for K-12 classrooms during his State of the State address, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon worked to build support for his proposal before students and teachers in Springfield. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.
A joint worship service between two unlikely faith groups—Roman Catholics and Pentecostals—will take place Wednesday, January 22 in Springfield. It’s a first in this area, and it’s part of an effort to achieve stronger Christian unity. KSMU's Samantha Nichols has more.
Increased spending on education and another call to expand Medicaid highlighted Governor Jay Nixon’s State of the State Address before the Missouri General Assembly Tuesday night. Marshall Griffin has more.
Shakespeare once posed the question, “What’s in a name?” Members of James River Church dealt with that question themselves a few months ago as the large church body changed its name from “James River Assembly” to “James River Church.” KSMU's Samantha Nichols has the story.
A week before Governor Jay Nixon gives his State of the State address, a coalition that analyzes poverty has released its own report called "State of the State: Poverty in Missouri." The Missourians to End Poverty Coalition is urging lawmakers to address the rising poverty rates and what the coalition says are outdated policies. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers has the story.
The City of Springfield plans to soon make real strides in the local war on poverty, starting with a multi-pronged assault through a new city-commission and a collaborative of the Community Partnership of the Ozarks. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has more.
The more than $47 million recovered last year by Attorney General Chris Koster's Medicaid Fraud Unit equals that of about an average year, as St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon’s Rachel Lippmann reports.
The Federal Trade Commission recently announced $34 million in settlements involving fraudulent weight-loss products. US Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says there is still more to do, and she's urging Missouri residents to share their experiences of weight-loss scams.
After almost three years of planning, Springfield’s City Council on Monday approved the city’s strategic plan for the next two decades. As KSMU’s Julie Greene reports, the Field Guide 2030 outlines Springfield’s major goals over 13 chapters.
There’s an organization in Springfield that feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, trains the jobless, and counsels drug addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just the beginning. Victory Mission, a faith-based organization, plays a critical role in serving Springfield's most vulnerable citizens. But like many other non-profit groups, it’s had to make some tough cutbacks, including staffing. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
It’s well known that public library supporters are some of the most devoted people you can come across. One patron in our area is showing that devotion in a big way. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has details.
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt is calling for a thorough investigation into why a Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Branson landed at the wrong airport Sunday night. As Scott Harvey reports, the aircraft touched down without incident on a smaller runway about eight miles from its intended target.
Cyclist Rob Jones is pedaling through the Ozarks region this week; he’s riding across the country for charity. That alone would be a remarkable challenge, especially this winter. But Rob Jones is missing something most cyclists rely heavily on: their legs. KSMU's Jennifer Davidson caught up with him by phone and has this story.