US Senator Roy Blunt reiterated concerns Thursday of the Defense Department’s claim that they don’t have the legal authority during the government shutdown to provide immediate death gratuity payments to the families of fallen soldiers. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has more.
Despite the government shutdown, the Springfield-Greene County Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program remains open, but come November, if the shutdown persists, local families who rely on the WIC program for food might not have that resource anymore. KSMU’s Julie Greene reports.
As the federal government's partial shutdown continues, we’re looking at how local agencies are affected. Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield and the Ozark National Scenic Riverways are closed, and their federal employees have been told to stay home with no pay. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson asked two local Head Start programs how they’re faring—Head Start receives federal funding to teach and feed children of low-income households across the country.
On Tuesday, under the new Affordable Care Act, often referred to as“Obamacare,” Americans can choose a new health insurance plan through an online marketplace, or “exchange.” The marketplace is expected to be cheaper than previous options, and cannot discriminate based on factors like pre-existing conditions. The two major health care systems in Springfield—CoxHealth and Mercy—are standing by, ready to answer questions about the marketplace…and to help get Missourians signed up. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
The Community Focus Steering Committee has released its annual report card for Greene County—that’s a study of the community’s achievements and areas of need over a two-year period. KSMU’s Anna Thomas looks into the community’s blue ribbons and red flags.
In the Ozarks, average home prices fluctuated little during the peak and subsequent pop of the Housing Bubble, but what does that mean for a home buyer getting a 5% loan for -1% rate of return 30 years later?
Even after doing all the research and homework, and even with lots of help from the national office, opening a small business can get you into debt... quickly....even if your business is growing by nearly 10 percent every year. Jenny Heulskamp found that out when she started a local franchise of national retailer Edible Arrangements, as she tells Randy Stewart on "Sense of Community."
Today's Sense of Community reports focus on business debt in the Ozarks. Randy Stewart talks with Rayanna Anderson at Missouri State University's Small Business and Technology Development Center about the debt-counseling services they offer.
The band of Republicans in the Missouri House of Representatives who broke away from their party to vote “no” on a veto override of this year’s controversial tax cut bill met Friday in Nixa to try to find a better way to cut taxes next year. KSMU's Jennifer Davidson spoke with three of the lawmakers in attendance and has this report.
With the fall 2013 semester in full swing, Missouri State President Clif Smart presented his annual State of the University Address to faculty and staff. KSMU’s Scott Harvey was there and has this report.
A resolution signing Monday in Springfield by officials at Missouri’s two largest universities also served as another call by Gov. Jay Nixon that legislators uphold his veto of HB 253, just two days before their annual veto session. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has more.
While Missouri lawmakers in Washington may agree that the President should consult Congress before taking military action against the Assad regime, they’re not saying yet whether they will vote to authorize a U.S. military campaign in Syria. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has the story.
Local fire departments are enjoying the benefits of new additions to their fleet; part of a collaboration intended to cut costs, and increase the safety of citizens and firefighters. KSMU's Scott Harvey attended a Friday showing.
Greene County Commissioners will be asking voters to approve another tax this November. It’s not a sales tax like last year—it’s a use tax. Last year’s one-eighth cent sales tax for law enforcement, which voters passed, was supposed to alleviate jail overcrowding. But the county used that money to, among other things, hire new prosecutors to catch up on a backlog of arrest warrants. Now, the jail is seeing more inmates than ever. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has this interview with Greene County Commissioner Roseann Bentley.
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks encourages us to leave 5% of our estate values to charitable causes in our communities. In the Ozarks alone over the next 10 years, that could amount to 2.3 billion dollars. On this edition of Making a Difference Where You Live, we learn about the Transfer of Wealth and the 5% Solution.
Calling it an economic spark for downtown, Springfield developers and officials expressed excitement during groundbreaking festivities for Hotel Vandivort. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has more on the plans for this historic structure, which is scheduled to open in mid-2014.