The Springfield Police Department says it’s overwhelmed right now with the amount of vehicle break-ins taking place in the center city area. What’s more, these are largely crimes that are 100 percent preventable…and it’s putting a huge strain on an already cash-strapped police department. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe spoke with police has this report.
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.
Statistics show that the amount of trash people generate skyrockets during the holiday season. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe sat down with a Springfield waste management expert, and reports on how you can limit your waste output.
A recent event in Springfield aimed at raising money for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community brought in $40,000 for five LGBT charities. Organizers say the event has grown over the years and appeals to more than just the LGBT community. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.
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.
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.
While the headlines often report the skirmishes or prisoner swaps between Israel and the Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, some scholars argue that Israel’s greatest challenge is the division within the borders of Israel proper—that is, between the Jewish citizens and the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel. One such scholar will give a public lecture Wednesday at MSU. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has this interview.
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.
During the Civil War and in the years after, people in rural southwest Missouri were torn in alliances between the North and South. This tension, fueled through the use of media, religion and unresolved Civil War bias, made these hills the most violent area in the country until the turn of the century. These feelings led to the formation of the vigilante group, the Bald Knobbers. For our ongoing local history series, Sense of Place, KSMU’s Rebekah Clark looks at how the organization, known as the “law-and-order league,” shaped the history of the Ozarks.
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.
Thanksgiving is a holiday known for family and food. However, some in the Ozarks aren’t able to connect with loved ones or have a good meal. For those of you who might not have any holiday plans scheduled, there are a couple of ministries hosting free holiday dinners and activities this weekend. Their message? No one should be alone over Thanksgiving. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
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.
To mark the two month anniversary of the Occupy Movement, Occupy Wall Street Organizers called for a national day of action. Members of Occupy 417, Moveon.org and Missouri ProVote gathered outside of Senators Blunt’s Springfield office to protest proposed cuts to programs they believe are essential to the majority of Americans. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.
The child sex abuse scandal at Pennsylvania State University has knocked Americans to their knees in learning about the alleged crimes that were allowed to continue over more than a decade of red flags and even eyewitness accounts. One place that works closely with children who have been sexually abused in this area is the Child Advocacy Center. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has this interview with its executive director on what she thinks Missourians should learn from this tragedy.
Staff of the Nixa School District have sifted through the feedback, and have come up with a final proposal for the John C. Thomas School of Discovery. The magnet school will give students more options in learning science, math and the arts incorporated with technology. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.
Longtime residents of the Ozarks are aware of the constant weather changes that happen here. For example, 100 years ago this month, Missouri had a strange weather phenomenon called “The Great Blue Norther,” during which temperatures fell wildly. As winter approaches, the National Weather Service wants Missourians to be prepared for anything. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports on the upcoming Winter Weather Awareness Day, which is Wednesday.