Thirteen local organizations are coming together to bring Dr. Ruby Payne to Springfield to find new ways to overcome the growing issue of poverty in southwest Missouri. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more on the series of events, which are less than two weeks away.
Are Missouri’s bats in danger? A disease that has killed over five million in the north eastern United States has been confirmed in northern Arkansas. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers reports on efforts to prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome.
A study released Thursday by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry states that Missouri is “falling behind” when it comes to providing digital learning for K-through-12 students. Marshall Griffin has details.
The Every Child Promise aims to cut in half the number of local youth who are unprepared to learn upon entering kindergarten within 10 years. KSMU's Mike Smith has more in our latest installment of Making a Difference Where You Live.
Celebrating its 21styear in the Ozarks, the Share a Heart campaign is kicking off another paper heart season. This year, the campaign is raising money for both Ronald McDonald House locations. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers spoke with a mother from Bolivar about her experience at one of the facilities during a stressful time last year.
You might not associate January with brush fires – but nearly half of Missouri is experiencing abnormally dry conditions right now, according to the US Drought Monitor. Those dry conditions, combined with high winds, have local officials concerned. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has details.
A day after proposing $278 million for K-12 classrooms during his State of the State address, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon worked to build support for his proposal before students and teachers in Springfield. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.
Increased spending on education and another call to expand Medicaid highlighted Governor Jay Nixon’s State of the State Address before the Missouri General Assembly Tuesday night. Marshall Griffin has more.
Hundreds attended this year’s march in Springfield Monday to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And as KSMU’s Shane Franklin reports, for many community members and leaders the celebration served as another big step in promoting equality.
Doctors and employees working together through Mercy Clinic’s charitable giving campaign raised more than $105,000 to support several area charities. Friday, two organizations were presented checks at Field Elementary School. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann was there.
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.
According to Child Safe of Central Missouri, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18. A Springfield group is hosting training sessions for the public to try to educate the community about the problem. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann attended a training Tuesday night and has this report.
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.
Local schools and organizations are putting together multiple ways to celebrate Black History Month, which is in February. One of those programs is the fifth annual National African American Read-In, which involves community members enjoying the same book or film, then discussing it together. And this year, the book that they have chosen to highlight is a graphic novel. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers has more.
The state of Missouri is changing its GED testing process. GED, or General Educational Development, is the equivalent of a high school diploma—and as KSMU’s Briana Simmons reports, Missouri is trying to make the process more efficient.
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.
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.
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.