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Minorities who own a business often face unique challenges because they come from an under-represented part of the population. But one grassroots organization in Springfield is spearheading a movement that tackles those challenges head-on so that a person’s ethnic group, gender, or race no longer play a role in how successful they can become as an entrepreneur. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.

Hailey Owens

Citizens are asked to come together for a march and candlelight vigil Saturday evening to honor the memory of Hailey Owens. KSMU's Scott Harvey has more.


The Springfield Police Department has released its Quarterly Public Safety Report for the last three months of 2013. These quarterly reports help give some perspective to whether Springfield’s crime rates are going up or down—and which crimes are seeing more activity. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the last quarter of 2013 saw an overall decrease in crime by two percent.

Joplin Tornado Damage

Another round of funding has been awarded to Joplin to clean up lawns contaminated by lead and cadmium. The new federal funding comes from the EPA's Superfund Program in hopes that residents will continue to rebuild in areas affected by the May 2011 tornado. KSMU's Shannon Bowers has more.  


Around the turn of the 20th Century, the nickname Show-Me state was bestowed upon Missouri. And through the years, like so many other states, Missouri has compiled a rather interesting list of state designations. KSMU’s Scott Harvey tells us about the latest proposal that is turning heads.

Habitat for Humanity

 Springfield continues to look deeper into the issues surrounding poverty. But one local program says it has more homes than it does qualified applicants to fill those homes. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more.

Patrick Mureithi

The second quarter of the year-long Greater Springfield Race & Faith Collaborative is underway. Community members gathered Saturday to help advance the conversation about race in Springfield. As KSMU’s Samantha Nichols reports, this quarter’s “tool-kit” offers resources for discussing race with friends and family.

Senator Blunt at Ozarks Food Harvest in Springfield

US Senator Roy Blunt is co-sponsoring a bill that he says would prevent the IRS from targeting conservative non-profit groups. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.

Councilwoman Cindy Rushefsky

There has been some debate over the new panhandling bill passed by Springfield City Council on January 27th.  KSMU’s Shane Franklin spoke with two city officials to clarify the details.