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While many will be taking time off this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, one blood donation center is reminding potential donors of the ongoing need for the “gift of life.”  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has this report.

Erin and Alyssa

A four-year-old Springfield girl has a new outlook on life after a successful cataract procedure at Mercy hospital. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has more on what officials are calling a milestone in pediatric care.

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Upon finalizing the 2014 budget Friday, Greene County officials say they’ve managed to avoid cutting nearly 20 jobs that were originally on the chopping block. However, eight will be eliminated as part of $1.1 million in budget reductions.  KSMU’s Scott Harvey has more.


Gov. Jay Nixon says Missourians who received cancellation notices because their individual health plans don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act can now renew that policy into next year. KSMU's Scott Harvey has details.

Group Gathering/photo by David Armano via Flickr

With Suicide being the eleventh leading cause of death in the U.S, a local agency will be conducting a specially-designed 12 week program for the family survivors of suicide. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers has more.

Tiffany Eis

High school students in Springfield this week have been hearing about the experiences of former methamphetamine users. KSMU’s Julie Greene has more on this effort to prevent students from getting involved with the drug.


With colder weather approaching, Missouri officials will recognize Winter Weather Awareness Day next week. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has more on what to expect and how to prepare.

Presentation of $41,916.00 check from Kohls to CoxHealth Cardiac Kids program

During an assembly at Nixa’s Summit Intermediate school Tuesday, a check for $41,916 was presented to fund the CoxHealth Cardiac Kids program. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann attended the assembly and has more.    

Ozarks Counceling Center

Ozarks Counseling Center and the Drury University Center for Nonprofit Communication will host a one-day event called "BrainStorming the Barriers: The SW Missouri Symposium on Improving Access to Mental Healthcare." As KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann explains, organizers want to dive deeper into how to break down the blockades to mental healthcare.