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The Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare," is on the minds and tongues of many people today--particularly small business owners and their employees.  In this "Sense of Community" report, Randy Stewart attempts to sort out what the Act means to small businesses and the people who are employed by them.

Senator Blunt at Ozarks Food Harvest in Springfield

With a budget deal looming this week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri offered his thoughts on the bill during a stop at Ozarks Food Harvest in Springfield. KMSU’s Shane Franklin was there.

Rural Health

In this segment of our Sense of Community Series on the Affordable Care Act, KSMU's Jennifer Davidson reports on how it's uniquely affecting rural Americans--including a coverage gap that many of Missouri's poorest are falling into.

Maggie Petersen

In our Sense of Community Series this week on KSMU, we'll be exploring how the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," is impacting people here in the Ozarks.  In this segment, KSMU's Jennifer Davidson reports on the provision in the law that allows young people up to age 26 to stay on their parents' health insurance plans.


U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, along with Delaware Senator Chris Coons and other colleagues are calling for the reauthorization of the “Victims of Child Abuse Act” (VOCAA). If passed, the bill would reaffirm funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers, which ceased in 2005. KSMU’s Julie Greene has more on what it means for the region.

MSU's Carrington Hall

Missouri State University’s Board of Governors has approved the creation of two new degrees.   KSMU's Jennifer Davidson has details.

Missouri capitol

On this month's Engaging the Community, Missouri State University President Clif Smart tells us the school's priorities for the upcoming Missouri legislative session.

Rep. Eric Burlison

Republican State Rep. Eric Burlison is again seeking to restore caps on damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

Stainless Technology

A Springfield company that builds stainless steel tanks is adding up to 88 new local jobs.  As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the jobs will pay above the county wage.