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As the federal government's partial shutdown continues, we’re looking at how local agencies are affected.  Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield and the Ozark National Scenic Riverways are closed, and their federal employees have been told to stay home with no pay.  KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson asked two local Head Start programs how they’re faring—Head Start receives federal funding to teach and feed children of low-income households across the country.


In this final segment of our Sense of Community series on Debt in the Ozarks, we’re turning back a few pages in our history books to examine what shaped our area’s perception on debt—and whether that perception is at all unique because of this history. KSMU's Jennifer Davidson brings us more.

Community Focus 2013 Report

The Community Focus Steering Committee has released its annual report card for Greene County—that’s a study of the community’s achievements and areas of need over a two-year period. KSMU’s Anna Thomas looks into the community’s blue ribbons and red flags.

Marideth Sisco

Marideth Sisco is known in these parts for many things:  she's the singer for The Blackberry Winter Band, which rose to fame after its work with the Oscar-winning film "Winter's Bone."   She's a folklorist and Ozarks storyteller.  But she's also near and dear to the KSMU family:  she writes our popular series These Ozarks Hills. Right now, Marideth Sisco is in the midst of cancer treatments.  And artists around the region are gathering tomorrow (Sat, 9/28) at the Yellow House Community Arts Center in West Plains for her sake. Jennifer Davidson sat down with one of the event’s organizers, and has this interview to share.

The Bible

In this Sense of Community report, KSMU's Jennifer Davidson interviews a finanical minister from one of Springfield's largest churches about the Christian perspective on debt.


In the Ozarks, average home prices fluctuated little during the peak and subsequent pop of the Housing Bubble, but what does that mean for a home buyer getting a 5% loan for -1% rate of return 30 years later?

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Lenders tightening up requirements on loan applications make for interesting challenges to enter the housing market.

Mara and her Book

Springfield’s Jewish community played a crucial part in shaping our region…but the community’s role is largely unknown to the public.  A new book aims to change that, and give that religious community the recognition it deserves. As part of our ongoing Sense of Place series on local history, KSMU’s Julie Greene has more.

Brick City

Missouri State University on Tuesday morning unveils its new downtown home of the Art and Design Department: Brick City.