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Walter Majors

For our local history series, Sense of Place, we profile people, places, and events that have made this region what it is today. KSMU’s Emma Wilson brings us the story of a man who looms large in Springfield’s public memory.

Bull Soundness Exams in the Ozarks

As any cattle farmer knows, a healthy bull depends partly on how well that bull can reproduce. Three clinics to test just that are scheduled for mid-March in Miller, Cassville and Aurora. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports how these bull evaluations will enable owners to decide if their bulls are healthy and capable of breeding effectively.

Dan Duff

Each year at the Academy Awards, the losing nominees of the top five individual categories – best director, actor, actress, and supporting actor and actress – receive gift bags, each containing items such as electronic devices, vacation packages, clothing, and jewelry. They’re dubbed ‘swag bags that console Hollywood’s most glamorous losers.’ Sunday night at the Oscars, these losers will receive something different - a word portrait of Abraham Lincoln, courtesy of Springfield artist Dan Duff. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe spoke with Duff and has this story.

A new coalition will support mothers in their efforts to breastfeed

Raising an infant can be challenging for new parents; apart from sleep deprivation and diaper duty, breastfeeding can cause stress and frustration. Here in the Ozarks, there's a new coalition to help educate and give support to those parents along the journey of breastfeeding. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.

Women's History Month at MSU

March is recognized as Women’s History Month. To celebrate, Missouri State University has a full array of activities lined up during the month that honor women’s contributions to society. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.

Gavel Court

“To Rezone or not to rezone?” That is the question before Springfield City Council. On Monday night, community members packed the council meeting to make sure their voice would be heard. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has the story. 


Catholics in Springfield, and around the world, woke up to hear the Monday morning announcement: Pope Benedict XVI plans to resign his papal office later this month. Some say they aren’t surprised by his decision. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.

Barrell Roll

Testing for Silver Dollar City’s new wooden rollercoaster “Outlaw Run” began today. As KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports, officials are preparing for the opening of the world’s second fastest wooden roller coaster in March.

Organic Farmer

Starting Thursday evening, the nonprofit Missouri Organic Association will host the fourth annual Organic and Green Energy Farming Conference at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield. As KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports, the conference will feature 54 hands-on workshops to educate both farmer and consumer.