After reviewing the books and management practices of the Springfield School District, the state auditor presented his findings and recommendations to the public. While the auditor says he has faith that Springfield’s growth and civic participation will result in a prosperous community, the audit contains 51 recommendations, the most he says, since he became state auditor. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.
The American Red Cross of southern Missouri is providing assistance to areas affected by Monday’s overnight and early morning storms. The organization is set up in three different areas. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
Three women from Springfield’s Harmony House, a shelter that provides education and safety for domestic violence victims, are working in Drury’s Panther Pride Store. The jobs, created in part by Drury’s Students in Free Enterprise, or SIFE team, provides the women with hands-on retail work and personal communication experience. The SIFE team hopes that they can help provide employment like this for other domestic violence survivors. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark talks to one of these women, who tells how this opportunity has reshaped her lifestyle.
As Easter is quickly approaching, families around the country are preparing by stocking up on the holiday’s necessity: Easter eggs. One small business in Springfield is offering families the opportunity to give back while equipping for the holiday. KSMU’s Brittany Donnellan reports.
The U.S. Postal Service is moving its mail processing operations from Springfield to Kansas City. That means the mail processing facility on Chestnut Expressway in Springfield will close. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has details.
The Civility Project, which is an ongoing project that reminds citizens of the importance of respect in matters of public discourse, is celebrating its one year anniversary this week. To honor the occasion, leaders of the project, including members from the Library Center and Community Foundation of the Ozarks, will be hosting the free program series called “Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion.” The program series includes poetry readings, photo exhibits and a soup dinner. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon spoke on the importance of exporting goods from the state of Missouri at a steel manufacturing plant in Springfield Tuesday. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser was there and has this report.
A group has submitted a petition to the City Clerk’s office that aims to repeal the 2011 smoking ban and allow smoking in certain types of businesses again. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser talked to people on both sides of the issue and has this report.
IDEA Commons is Missouri State University’s Urban Innovations Park, designed to help local businesses and students collaborate and network. Inside an old processing facility downtown, the university is working to see creative minds join forces and help small businesses grow. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe has this update on the project.
This is a story about a woman whose perspective is enriched by having lived in two very different worlds, and having lived for over eight decades. A single mom of two boys at 30 years old—a young widow, no less—Shirley Johnson became a teacher and taught at Baptist Bible College in Springfield for years. However, instead of retirement, Johnson packed her bags and moved to Kenya as a missionary, where she began changing the lives of impoverished kids. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark shares her story.
Springfield voters have passed the controversial E-Verify proposal, which requires all Springfield employers to use the E-Verify program to make sure all new employees are legally authorized to work. KSMU’s Nolan Epstein has the details.
Thousands of children in the Ozarks go hungry, especially during the summer months when they’re away from school. A state program is looking for local organizations to step up, and help feed these children. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has the story.
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks commits 2 percent of its assets toward direct investments for "Community good." Mike Smith has the story on this installment of Making a Difference Where You Live.
Supporters and opponents of the proposed E-verify ordinance are campaigning away in Springfield. If approved, the ordinance would require businesses to check the immigration status of all new employees using a federal E-Verify computer system. Some people have raised money to promote their messages through advertising on the radio, phone bank operations, and other venues. Now as the final vote approaches on Feb. 7, the groups are stepping up their efforts to make sure the public is aware of the issue. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
How do social service agencies keep track of how many homeless people are in a given area? Well, in Springfield, they get out there and try to do a head count twice a year. KSMU’s Brittany Donnellan has details.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have come up with a plan to restore southwest Missouri’s natural resources that have been hurt by harmful substances. The agencies plan to hold three public meetings, starting Wednesday night, to get feedback on the proposal. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.