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Safe House

Amid Severe Weather Awareness Week, yearly preparations are again underway to properly warn and protect citizens. And as KSMU’s Julie Greene reports, local school districts are continuing plans to construct safe rooms as a means for protection.

Table Rock Lake snow

The Missouri Department of Conservation started receiving reports over the weekend of dead fish surfacing in lakes and ponds around Missouri. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has more.


Ahead of yet another winter storm to hit the Midwest, salt trucks are preparing for deployment across the Show-Me state. And as KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports, the Missouri Department of Transportation is not alone in states that’ve been going through an abundance of de-icing material this season.

Highway 65 south expansion project

The Springfield Chamber of Commerce and Ozarks Transportation Organization (OTO) are seeking public feedback on critical area transportation projects. The month-long initiative launched this week, as KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann reports.

Dark clouds

"If you don't like the weather in the Ozarks, stick around and it will change." That's a well-known phrase in these parts. Although Thursday began with warm spring like conditions, things changed quickly as high winds brought chilly temperatures. As KSMU's Theresa Bettmann reports, it was that strong wind that has some businesses and utilities scrambling.


Joplin Tornado Damage

Another round of funding has been awarded to Joplin to clean up lawns contaminated by lead and cadmium. The new federal funding comes from the EPA's Superfund Program in hopes that residents will continue to rebuild in areas affected by the May 2011 tornado. KSMU's Shannon Bowers has more.  


The Centers for Disease Control is reporting a sharp decline in new influenza cases around the country. And as KSMU’s Shane Franklin reports, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is experiencing the same trend.

Councilwoman Cindy Rushefsky

There has been some debate over the new panhandling bill passed by Springfield City Council on January 27th.  KSMU’s Shane Franklin spoke with two city officials to clarify the details.

Ozarks Scenic

A group of Republican politicians want to see Missouri's largest national park placed under state control. Veronique LaCapra reports.