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Jennifer and Edith Williams

In this segment of our Sense of Community series on local heroes, we hear of the remarkable lengths one mother went to so that her daughter could be the first person in her family to receive a college degree. KSMU's Jennifer Davidson reports.

Trees around MSU Campus

For the second year in a row, Missouri State University is being honored with the Tree Campus USA award.  As KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann reports, MSU is one of only five campuses throughout Missouri, and the only campus in Springfield to receive this award.   


In this "Sense of Community" installment, Randy Stewart talks with two electric linemen who happened on a man who was not breathing, and used the CPR training they received at work to help save the man's life. 

Robert Wilson - Joplin tornado

Our local hero's series revisits the scene following the 2011 Joplin tornado, where the actions of a local counselor in the immediate aftermath of the storm are believed to have saved numerous lives. KSMU's Scott Harvey sat down with Robert Wilson and has his story.

MU and Missouri Century Famr

Beginning in 1976, the University of Missouri Extension has been recognizing a history in agriculture by honoring the state’s longtime family farms called Century Farms.  KSMU's Theresa Bettmann has more on the special designation.

tree snow

Snow and ice events this winter season have cost the City of Springfield nearly three times that of last year, according to data released Sunday.

Frac sand

For the past few years, frac sand mines in the Midwest have been popping up right alongside hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. But as Kristofor Husted reports, an uproar of opposition based on health concerns is spreading down through the region into Missouri.


Testing by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has detected no new cases of chronic wasting disease in free-ranging deer.

Ribbon Cutting

A new section of the LINK, a planned bicycling and pedestrian route through Springfield’s core, was unveiled Thursday morning at Doling Park. KSMU’s Shane Franklin attended the ribbon cutting ceremony, and has this story.