The National Conference of the American Society of Ethnohistory, or ASE, is taking place in Springfield this week. ASE is an academic society that studies the cultures and histories of people native to the Americas. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser spoke with some visiting experts and has this report.
Missouri has the lowest tax on tobacco in the United States, and the Proposition to increase that tax by $0.73 per pack failed. KSMU’s Shane Franklin spoke with people on both sides of the debate, and has this story.
In our local history series, Sense of Place, we look to our past to find answers for the present. With the presidential election upon us, KSMU’s Emma Wilson brings us a brief look at how elections have changed in the history of the Ozarks region.
Did you know that commercial TV and radio news stations are obligated under federal law to sell advertisement space to political candidates running for office? During election season, viewers can expect a plethora of political propaganda in opposition, or in favor, of certain candidates and political issues addressed on the ballot. But what happens to that ad space after Election Day is over? KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Missouri State University music professor Dr. Cynthia Green Libby has released her own classical CD called “The Lotus Pond.” The CD features music composed by multi-cultural artists and performed by MSU music faculty. KSMU’s Shannon Bowes reports.
Hurricane Sandy may have kept the New York Marathon runners from dashing through the streets of the Big Apple this month, but it didn't stop some of them from competing in a marathon. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more.
One problem facing states nationwide is the issue of underfunded public pensions. This means that there’s not enough state money to fund the retirement pensions state workers were promised and are expecting. As our “Road to the Capitol” election coverage continues, KSMU’s Rebekah Clark speaks to three candidates running for state treasurer on how they, if elected, will tackle this issue.
As our "Road to the Capitol" election coverage continues, we're bringing you a series of "Cafe Reports" from across the Ozarks. Just ten minutes south of Republic sits the small town of Clever, Missouri, population just over 1,000. At the intersection of State Highway P and Highway 14, you see a gas station, a daycare facility, and the only family-owned restaurant in a ten-mile vicinity: the Corner Café. In this Cafe Report, KSMU's Rebekah Clark brings us a flavor of the concerns and sentiments of voters there.
Ozarks Technical Community College in central Springfield prides itself on training students to work with the technology of the future. But the origins of one campus building are rooted firmly in the past. For our local history series, Sense of Place, KSMU’s Emma Wilson brings us the story of Lincoln School and Springfield’s segregated past.
The Springfield-based not-for-profit group Friends Against Hunger has set a pretty lofty goal: it's aiming to pack and send out over one million meals for people in Springfield and around the world. Volunteers, many from local universities, will package two different vegetarian meals loaded with vitamins and minerals in early November. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Halloween can be a fun and exciting night for all ages, as long as no one gets hurt. CoxHealth urges parents to keep a few safety tips in mind during this Halloween season, as KSMU’s Shannon Bowers reports.
In Yellville, Arkansas, there's a longstanding tradition--67 years long, to be precise--called the Turkey Trot Festival. This year’s festival just wrapped up last weekend. In recent years, this rural festival has drawn the ire of a national animal rights group. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has the story.
It's the site of the first African-American solider combat during the Civil War: The Battle of Island Mound in Bates County, near Clinton, Missouri. The site will be dedicated as Missouri’s newest historical site next weekend. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Since the start of the fiscal year in July, Springfield City sales tax revenue has been about $800,000 less than city leaders estimated for the general fund. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark asks: how will this affect our city?
Dickerson Park Zoo and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board will officially open the zoo’s new Tortoise Exhibit Building Friday. Zoo staff members plan to incorporate the four giant animals into the actual ribbon cutting ceremony. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
The Nathan Boone Homestead Days Festival is scheduled for October 20-21st. The festival will include demonstrations by historical interpreters about what life was like in Ozarks in the 19th century. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers reports.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. There’s only one shelter in Springfield for victims to go to for safety, support, and supplies. As KSMU's Rebekah Clark reports, that shelter, Harmony House, is consistently filled to capacity and having to turn abused women and children away. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Local forecasters and master gardeners alike say it’s time to bring in your flowers and other fair-weather plants—the first frost of the season is predicted for this weekend. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has this report on how you can keep your plants from dying prematurely.
Being a natural leader is not a quality that everyone possesses. Leading people can be intimidating; and yet, it's a vital part of a successful community. An upcoming conference in Springfield will teach the skills needed to be an effective leader. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has this story.
Republican US Senate Candidate Todd Akin says he would consider putting an end to the Federal School Lunches Program, leaving the tab to be picked up by the states, rather than the federal government. The program provides money for low-income school kids across the nation to eat school breakfasts and lunches for free, or at a reduced price. KSMU’s Shane Franklin talked to local schools and state officials to ask how this proposal would affect them, and has this report.