Next weekend, MSU will host the 34thMid-America Conference on History at the Doubletree Hotel, Sept. 20-22. This event is only held in Springfield every four years. All sessions of the conference are free and open to the public. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Today marks the 11th anniversary of September 11th. Memorials are being held around the country in honor of the victims. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser attended one memorial service held in the Ozarks and has this report.
This region is no stranger to natural disasters. Just last week, remnants of Hurricane Isaac moved through southwest Missouri, blowing down trees and flooding low-lying areas. September is National Preparedness Month. To promote public awareness, a few organizations like the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), American Red Cross, the City of Springfield and City Utilities, are launching a campaign to help you know what to do during a natural disaster. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
From now until the end of October, the History Museum for Springfield-Greene County presents an exhibit called “The Fabulous Fifties.” The vintage display shows pictures of the Springfield area and displays artifacts straight from the 1950s, including pictures of local schools and the downtown Square. This exhibit is the first temporary display in the new downtown museum building. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Schools all around the country are looking for ways to ensure that their students have the necessary resources to receive the best education possible. Through community engagement, the Springfield Public Schools has a major ally in this ongoing fight for better quality education. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has this story.
Tourism has long been a primary driver of the economy in southwest Missouri. For our series, Sense of Place, we look at the development of that economy from a historical perspective. Today, KSMU’s Emma Wilson brings us the story of a small Ozarks town that was once a booming resort village.
Democrats from around the country are meeting this week in North Carolina for the Democratic National Convention. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser spoke with one delegate from the Ozarks and has this report.
The remains of Hurricane Isaac--now a depression--are hitting the Ozarks. The much-needed downpour is predicted to bring three to four inches of rain to the area before it moves east. City officials encourage residents to still enjoy their Labor Day weekend activities, but with caution. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark files this report.
Springfield City Council voted 6-3 Monday night to adopt an ordinance that would lessen the punishment for possession of small amounts of marijuana. But council members plan to amend the bill. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has details.
Within the next few days, Tropical Storm Isaac is expected hit the Gulf Coast. By then, it will likely be classified as a hurricane. Local relief efforts, like the American Red Cross Southern Missouri Region, are already in motion to help. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Southwest Airlines will soon be “landing” in the Branson Airport. The airline has announced it will fly from Branson with daily nonstop flights to Dallas, Chicago Midway, and Houston Hobby airports, and offer weekly Saturday flights to Orlando. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Congressman Paul Ryan was in Springfield Thursday at the Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center. Ryan is the running mate for presumed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The cost for a ticket to attend the event ranged from $1,000 to $25,000 per seat. While the Congressman addressed supporters inside, a group of working people gathered outside to show how they feel Ryan and Romney would hurt Missouri, and America. KSMU’s Shane Franklin was at the demonstration, and has this story.
The United Way of the Ozarks celebrated its 20th Day of Caring Thursday. Over 1600 volunteers took part in the event, completing 220 projects in Springfield and surrounding towns. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser reports.
Some may remember a time when people relaxed on their front porches, and waved at their neighbors as they passed. Neighbors knew each other well, and were there in times of need. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has this story about one event attempting to bring that culture back to Springfield.
Springfield voters may soon have the opportunity to decide if protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity will be added to the city’s nondiscrimination law. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has details.
Members of the Saint Louis Cardinals were in Joplin Monday to help build five new homes for families who lost theirs during the May 2011 tornado. The construction is part of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s “Joplin Challenge,” an initiative designed to raise money from professional sports organizations across the state to help rebuild Joplin. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe visited the “Cardinals” neighborhood and has this report.
Springfield’s City Council made a few changes in May to the city’s indoor smoking law. Though the ban is still in place, the council unanimously voted to amend the act in order to allow indoor smoking in pre-existing bingo parlors, private clubs, cigar bars and retail tobacco stores. Seven locations were granted exemption in Springfield. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark visits with one facility owner, who says business has never been better since the exemption.
From the famous show-studded Highway 76 strip to the Branson Landing just a stone’s throw down the street, businesses in Branson’s historic downtown district have never had a problem keeping customers. To keep up with tourism in future years, the City of Branson is investing $4 million dollars to upgrade the downtown area. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.
Over 60 supporters of Planned Parenthood gathered in front of Senator Roy Blunt’s office in Springfield Tuesday to voice their support for the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid expansion. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe was at the rally and files this report.
Humans were once hunter-gatherers, foraging the wilds to feed their family. Through the generations of foraging grocery aisles, the hunter-gatherer instinct has faded from the collective culture. But this instinct can still be found strong, as KSMU’s Shane Franklin found after speaking with a Missouri woman. She leads a group in the mission of reeducating the public on the most ancient way of putting food on the table.