Sen. Rand Paul occupied the Senate floor for 13 hours in a filibuster delaying a final vote on the confirmation of John Brennan, the President’s nomination for CIA Director. KSMU’s Shane Franklin spoke with a local political science expert about the affect a filibuster can have on the legislative process.
During 2012, the year the city of Branson celebrated its centennial, members of the community collected modern “artifacts” to put in a time capsule for the next 50 years. On Thursday, city leaders plan to lock it up until the year 2062. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
With the winter weather the Ozarks has been experiencing, some might wonder if the region has finally escaped the drought. KSMU’s Shane Franklin questioned experts on the topic and tells us how it’s impacted a local farmer.
Springfield firefighters are reminding folks that if you’re going to use a kerosene heater or other form of alternative heating, you need to keep a few safety tips in mind. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports.
The overcast, snowy weather didn’t stop hundreds of anglers from descending upon the banks of the Current River within Montauk State Park near Salem today. It's the first day of trout season. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.
A report published by the Food Research and Action Center, or FRAC, reveals that many Missourians faced “food hardship” in 2012. “Food hardship” is the term used for the inability to afford enough food. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has more.
First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to appear in Springfield Thursday as part of her effort to fix the problem of childhood obesity in the US. Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens designated Springfield as a "Let’s Move" city back in 2010; this week’s visit illustrates a renewed commitment to the first lady's health program. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Most people know that the solemn song “Taps” is traditionally played at military funerals. But you might not be aware that often, at veteran’s funerals, the melody is played through an MP3 player, not live. One Springfield firefighter is honoring veterans the old-fashioned way, as KSMU’s Shannon Bowers reports.
Some local citizens are rallying together to tell the Springfield City Council that the proposed Wal-Mart near downtown would do more harm than good for people in the neighborhood. KSMU’s Shane Franklin attended a gathering of concerned citizens, and has this story.
Within the past century Springfield has grown exponentially, with city parks some of the most beloved parts of that urban development. This year, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board is celebrating its centennial in cooperation with the History Museum. For our local history series, Sense of place, KSMU’s Emma Wilson brings us the story.
The Missouri State University Athletics Department rolled out the red carpet to more than 100 former student athletes during a celebration honoring former Lady Bears basketball coach Cheryl Burnett. KSMU's Rebekah Clark reports.
Friday morning, all Missouri State University students and employees received an invitation to follow the university president, Clif Smart, on his newly-launched Twitter account. KSMU's Rebekah Clark looked into how high-profile officials are using social media platforms to connect, and also at the potential pitfalls of doing so.
Various community organizations and volunteers took time Thursday to document the number of homeless people in Christian, Greene, and Webster counties. KSMU’s Shane Franklin reports on this effort to assist the less fortunate.
With increasing talks of gun control in Washington, states around the country are preparing to take action. Some states, like New York, have already passed measures to further regulate firearms, while others are doing just the opposite. In Jefferson City too, there is talk of gun control. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has the story.