Lawmakers in Washington have passed a compromise to keep automatic tax increases and spending cuts from going into effect. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports on how members in Congress representing people in the Ozarks cast their ballots on the so-called “fiscal cliff” vote.
Through the Chocolate University program of Askinosie Chocolate, Springfield Elementary, Middle and High School students learn about fair and direct trade business practices while making a difference in the lives of children in the Philippines and Tanzania.
Springfield Regional Arts Council's "Growing Up in the Arts" program provides instruction in the visual, performing and literary arts to "at-risk" children ages 3 to 13. Randy Stewart introduces you to the program, and to one of its young participants.
As part of the unveiling of a plaque Wednesday in honor of the O'Reilly/Wooten family at the Creamery Arts Center, a major announcement was made regarding the Springfield Collaborative Arts Endowment campaign. KSMU's Randy Stewart was there.
As the fiscal cliff deadline looms, President Obama and the GOP grapple behind the scenes, in search of a solution to the gridlock. Amidst all the cloudy debate, one local economics professor says the two sides need to reach an agreement before the January 1 deadline – or else. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports.
A recently released report says Douglas County and Springfield's 65803 zipcode lead the way in terms of charitable giving in the Ozarks. Find out more with this edition of Making A Difference Where You Live. This program is underwritten by The Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
A woman from Ozark was featured on a recent ABC News segment, “Made in America.” The segment highlights American made goods, and argues that purchasing them will help increase jobs in the United States. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has more.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that women in Missouri who were full-time wage and salary workers in 2011 earned an average of $628 dollars a week. That’s 74.7 percent of the $841 dollars of weekly earnings for Missouri men. As KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports, this percentage ranks as the fifth lowest in the United States.
Folks in Greene and Christian counties who would like--but can't afford--to buy holiday gifts for their loved ones can now apply for holiday assistance at the Salvation Army in Springfield. The agency began taking applications Monday morning, and the lobby was packed with applicants. KSMU's Rebekah Clark has more.
Starting next year, families in the Branson area will have the chance to enroll their four-year-old kids at the new Cedar Ridge Primary School. This new institution, which is privately funded and requires tuition, will be open for any family who wants to send a child, regardless of learning ability. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Officials at the United Way of the Ozarks say that as of November 27th, they have raised $3,883,522 for this year’s campaign. But as KSMU’s Shannon Bowers reports, the push for additional funding continues.
The Springfield Police Department was recently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, also known as the CALEA. According to a press release sent out by the department, this is the fifth time the department has been accredited, as KSMU’s Shannon Bowers reports.
At a brief reception Monday (today), the Mercy Health Foundation and Mercy Children’s Hospital presented grant money to over a dozen different charities around the Ozarks. Mercy also received a large financial gift from Kohls in Springfield that will help fund the hospital’s injury prevention efforts. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Two local dry cleaners have what they're calling a “new way of doing business.” When customers come in to drop off their laundry, they're given the option of choosing a laundry bag sporting the name of one of three local charities. KSMU's Rebekah Clark has more.
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.
For area homeowners in the midst of the housing crisis, foreclosure might seem like the only way out. But one local attorney is working with these people to help them find alternatives and save money. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe spoke with that attorney and one of his clients and has this report.
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.
CoxHealth in Springfield has entered into a formal relationship with three other not-for-profit healthcare systems. The goal here is to make medical care more efficient and innovative. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has this story.