A week before Governor Jay Nixon gives his State of the State address, a coalition that analyzes poverty has released its own report called "State of the State: Poverty in Missouri." The Missourians to End Poverty Coalition is urging lawmakers to address the rising poverty rates and what the coalition says are outdated policies. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers has the story.
The City of Springfield plans to soon make real strides in the local war on poverty, starting with a multi-pronged assault through a new city-commission and a collaborative of the Community Partnership of the Ozarks. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has more.
The more than $47 million recovered last year by Attorney General Chris Koster's Medicaid Fraud Unit equals that of about an average year, as St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon’s Rachel Lippmann reports.
After almost three years of planning, Springfield’s City Council on Monday approved the city’s strategic plan for the next two decades. As KSMU’s Julie Greene reports, the Field Guide 2030 outlines Springfield’s major goals over 13 chapters.
There’s an organization in Springfield that feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, trains the jobless, and counsels drug addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just the beginning. Victory Mission, a faith-based organization, plays a critical role in serving Springfield's most vulnerable citizens. But like many other non-profit groups, it’s had to make some tough cutbacks, including staffing. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
It’s well known that public library supporters are some of the most devoted people you can come across. One patron in our area is showing that devotion in a big way. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has details.
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt is calling for a thorough investigation into why a Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Branson landed at the wrong airport Sunday night. As Scott Harvey reports, the aircraft touched down without incident on a smaller runway about eight miles from its intended target.
State Representative Elijah Haahr of Springfield filed new legislation Wednesday in Jefferson City that would give students a new option when it comes to paying off student loans. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers spoke with Representative Haahr about this out-of-the box idea, which he hopes will allow more students to attend college in Missouri.
As state lawmakers convened in Jefferson City Wednesday for the first day of the 2014 session, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called for the reauthorization of the Missouri Rx program during a stop in Springfield. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.
Officials at Community Blood Center of the Ozarks are issuing an emergency appeal for blood donations. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, this is the first “code red alert” since May of 2011, when Joplin was struck by an EF5 tornado.
When the temperatures get this low, anyone who drives a diesel engine knows they’ve got to be careful. That’s because when diesel fuel gets down to a certain temperature, the paraffin in it starts to harden, or “gel.” KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports on how this is affecting school buses, snow plows and fire engines.
The merger between CoxHealth and what was formerly Skaggs Regional Medical Center in Branson has led to some confusion over which health insurance policies are accepted at the Branson hospital. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, Cox Branson is clarifying its position for its patients.
In this Sense of Community Series on the Affordable Care Act, we’re looking at one factor that’s still up in the air in Missouri: whether state lawmakers will expand Medicaid, the health care program for the poor. KSMU's Jennifer Davidson follows up with one couple who would be directly impacted by the expansion.
Through November, more than 4,100 Missourians had enrolled in health insurance through healthcare.gov, the online marketplace that opened Oct. 1 as part of the Affordable Care Act. One of those individuals, Pamela Langhoff, sat down with KSMU's Scott Harvey to share her story.
The cancellation of insurance policies due to the Affordable Care Act has been a big citicism of the law and left many exploring new health options. KSMU's Scott Harvey reports on how a southwest Missouri family came to the conclusion not to enroll in the health exchange once their current policies end.