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Springfield welcomes a local expert to present the “Evolution of the Street Gang” tonight at Central High School. As KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports, the event will focus on awareness and prevention of gang activity in the city, which over the past couple years has led to an increase in crime.

Pacifier

In this segment of our Sense of Community series on the homeless in our area, KSMU's Jennifer Davidson tells the story of a 20-year-old mother who's struggling to find her feet.

OTC Clue the Musical

Ozarks Technical Community College has traditionally been known for its emphasis on technical and health related degrees—not for its fine arts. But right now, OTC actors are busy memorizing their lines, and stage managers are envisioning a set at the historic Gillioz Theatre in downtown Springfield. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the community college has responded in a big way to demand for fine arts education.

The Kitchen INC

On March 27, 1983, a group of Franciscan nuns in Springfield served the first plate of food to locals at a brand new Soup Kitchen in the St. Agnes Grade School cafeteria. Today (Wednesday), The Kitchen, Inc. celebrates thirty years of service to the community. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.

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The former manager of the Missouri State University Bookstore pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday for embezzling more than $1 million from the university’s textbook buyback program.

Veterans Day Military Decoration

College of the Ozarks is calling all Vietnam veterans and their families to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.  As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the school near Branson has teamed up with the Department of Defense to remember the war, and the people who served there five decades ago.

Achebe

Chinua Achebe was Africa’s most famous novelist and professor, the founding father of African fiction. His 1958 novel “Things Fall Apart” challenged traditional Western thought and assumptions of colonial rule in Africa, and remains the most widely read book in African literature. Achebe died Thursday at the age of 82. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe spoke with a local professor who shares her perspective on the African luminary’s impact in her classroom.

Springfield’s 'Sister Cities Association' to Celebrate Mexican Culture with ArtsFiesta!

On Friday, May 3, downtown Springfield will celebrate its Mexican sister city, Tlaquepaque, during the first Friday night of the month. The evening kicks off with the ninth annual ArtsFiesta!, hosted by Springfield’s Sister Cities Association. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has a preview.

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There’s a debate brewing in south central Missouri regarding a rural school district’s decision to allow employees to carry a concealed weapon if they’ve successfully completed 40 hours of training. As KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports, parents of some of the students in the Fairview School District near West Plains didn’t know about the new rule until it appeared in the local paper.