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After a week of pleasant conditions in the Ozarks, Monday night’s freeze may have caused damage to local fruit crops. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has more on how the freeze will affect the Ozarks fruit harvest.

Trash pick up

With the busy hustle and bustle of modern-day life, many neighborhoods no longer experience the close-knit feel of days gone by.  But one group of volunteers is trying to change that through what they call "the slow snowball effect." KSMU's Theresa Bettmann has more.



Ozarks residents are all too familiar with the damage tornadoes can cause. And As KSMU’s Julie Greene reports, a Missouri State University professor is working on a project he hopes will provide even more warning time.

Table Rock Lake

Four out of every five people in the Ozarks believe the area’s drinking water is good or very good. That’s the result of a study recently commissioned by Ozarks Water Watch, a local not-for-profit water quality foundation. KSMU's Scott Harvey has more.

Marideth Sisco

In this segment of These Ozarks Hills, Marideth Sisco reflects on two of her more notoriuos relatives from days gone by, and how the spunky, spirited blood that ran through their veins is her own, too.

Energy Challenge

The Missouri State University Ad Team held an Energy Challenge today, quizzing students on different energy issues. Their ultimate goal is to balance the way energy is presented in elementary school books. KSMU’s Anna Thomas has more.

MSU walking path ribbon cutting

For those who have been itching to get outside and take a walk, you're in luck:  Missouri State University's campus has just become the 35thsite of officially recognized walking trails in the Walk Springfield initiative.  A kickoff celebration took place Wednesday as part of National Walking Day. KSMU's Theresa Bettmann attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and has this report.

Peanut the Turtle

We've probably all seen someone carelessly toss trash out their car window.  And, while that person may be thinking, "out of sight, out of mind," the trash ends up somewhere.  A special campaign this month is aimed at cleaning up the trash that ends up along area roadways and in Missouri streams.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.

Phil Broyles

The City of Springfield is mourning the loss of its director of Public Works. Phil Broyles died Saturday after a brief battle with cancer, the city stated in a news release.