As of this week, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s Animal Control program has gone 16 weeks, or four full months, sending all potentially adoptable dogs to one of the area’s “no-kill” rescue partners for public adoption. The shelter says this milestone marks the longest “streak” that anyone from the program can recall of not putting down potentially adoptable animals. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has this report.
This Valentine’s Day, instead of getting your special someone the typical box of chocolates, how about trying something that’s both different and healthy? Give your loved one the gift of heart health by providing alternative foods that might lower cholesterol and the chance of sickness. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark files 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.
Two teachers at Central High School in Springfield teach an art class specifically for students with developmental disabilities. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe joined the class and reports on how art and creative expression affect both student and teacher.
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.
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.
Local high school students have the opportunity to travel to Africa with Shawn Askinosie, founder of Askinosie Chocolate. Students will travel as part of Chocolate University, a program within Askinosie Chocolate that inspires local students to learn business skills and get involved in the world beyond Springfield. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark talks to Askinosie, who shares how students can get involved in the program.
The Teacher Education Alliance is a collaborative partnership between Springfield Public Schools (SPS), Baptist Bible College, Drury University, Evangel University and Missouri State University. This project should result in higher student achievement in reading and mathematics. In addition, this project enhances the field-based learning of university teacher candidate.
Dr. Dennis Kear, dean of the College of Education at Missouri State University, discusses how the project helps high-risk students and future teachers.
To honor the sacrifices--and the advances--made by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Springfield chapter of the NAACP hosted a series of morning events Monday.The themes were peace, education and equality.KSMU’s Matthew Barnes was there, and has this report.
This week, the Springfield Symphony selected six finalists who are auditioning for the position of music director and conductor during the 2012-2013 season. Each finalist will trade off leading one of the season’s six concerts as a guest conductor, and they will then be evaluated by the audience, orchestra and staff. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Friday is National Amber Alert Day. Law enforcement officials across the nation are recognizing the importance of the Amber Alert System, which is a high-speed, high-tech way of alerting the public when a child has been abducted. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, there’s been some misunderstanding about the criteria that must be met before the alert can go out. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore explains.
On Friday, the two-hour episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature the show’s efforts in Joplin after the May 22 tornado. The episode shows volunteers from all over the Ozarks, including more than 300 Drury members who designed and built a tribute to volunteers in Joplin’s Cunningham Park. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
During the last week of January, the Springfield-Greene County Library District will team up with Ozarks Food Harvest for the 3rdannual “Food for Fines” fine amnesty week. Those who still need to pay library fines can donate non-perishable food items instead. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe has the details.
As part of a long-term project to preserve its collection of Civil War battle flags, the Missouri State Museum is going to let Missourians see about 45 of the flags online. The flags can be viewed through Missouri Digital Heritage, which is an online database that holds historical state records. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Interested in buying a weapon once used by famous outlaws? Bidders now have a chance to purchase a pair of historic firearms during an auction scheduled later this month in Kansas City. Historians believe these two weapons likely belonged to the infamous bandits Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.
Through the process of organ donation, one person can save up to 50 lives, and Missouri State University marketing students have again partnered with Mid-America Transplant Services and St. John's Hospital-Lebanon to create an organ donor registration awareness campaign entitled the x50 Project.