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Every Child Promise

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.

Library Station

The Springfield-Greene County Library District is offering new, interactive events for people of all ages. KSMU's Anna Thomas shares what we can expect in the next few weeks.

Leeam and Teresa Barry / Photo Credit: Barry Family

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.

Judy Dasovich speaks with Springfield Child Advocate Dana Carroll about available child services and the efforts to improve, based on the latest Community Focus Report.

Springfield Fire Department

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.

Nixon and Ridder

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.

Mr. and Mrs. Stiles hold signs at the MLK Day march in Springfield.

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.

Dana Carroll

Officials have unveiled a 10-year strategic plan to improve the lives of Springfield-area children through enhanced parental guidance and better access to resources. KSMU's Scott Harvey reports.