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The Federal Trade Commission recently announced $34 million in settlements involving fraudulent weight-loss products. US Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says there is still more to do, and she's urging Missouri residents to share their experiences of weight-loss scams.

Judy Dasovich speaks to Dr. Robert Steele, president of Mercy Hospital Springfield, who helped build the health section of the Community Focus Report.


Recent school cancellations due to poor weather conditions may have allowed enough time for students to recover from certain seasonal illnesses. However, the likelihood of getting sick may increase next week. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

Rob Jones

Cyclist Rob Jones is pedaling through the Ozarks region this week; he’s riding across the country for charity. That alone would be a remarkable challenge, especially this winter.  But Rob Jones is missing something most cyclists rely heavily on: their legs. KSMU's Jennifer Davidson caught up with him by phone and has this story.

Nixon at South Side Senior Center

As state lawmakers convened in Jefferson City Wednesday for the first day of the 2014 session, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called for the reauthorization of the Missouri Rx program during a stop in Springfield. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.


We’ve all heard that we should check on the elderly, disabled and homebound when the weather gets this extreme.  KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson talked with a senior center about how this can make the difference between life and death for some. 

Judy Dasovich speaks with Dan Soetaert with the Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition about the organization's DIRT project.


Lawyers representing death row inmates in Missouri filed a complaint with the state Board of Pharmacy Thursday. As St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon’s Chris McDaniel reports, the complaint cites their investigation from earlier this week.

Cox Branson

The merger between CoxHealth and what was formerly Skaggs Regional Medical Center in Branson has led to some confusion over which health insurance policies are accepted at the Branson hospital.  As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, Cox Branson is clarifying its position for its patients.