For many tobacco users quitting can be the most proactive method of improving their health. This is the time of year when kicking the smoking habit is a common goal. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is reminding residents of several options to help put down their cigarettes for good. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.
During the last week of January, the Springfield-Greene County Library District will team up with Ozarks Food Harvest for the 3rdannual “Food for Fines” fine amnesty week. Those who still need to pay library fines can donate non-perishable food items instead. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe has the details.
Residents of the James River Basin can help in keeping their drinking water clean by regularly pumping and treating their septic tanks. While this murky task can be a hassle for many, the James River Basin Partnership will help by providing some financial assistance with its Cost Share Program. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.
Statistics show that meth use in Springfield is on the rise. While police say the trend of meth is spreading to the surrounding counties away from town, meth users are finding new ways to cook the devastating stimulant. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports.
This week marks the ninth year in a row that Smart Chickenhas donated chicken to Ozarks Food Harvest, through the Feed the Hungry promotion. This promotion works like this: the company will donate one pound of chicken to the food bank for every ten pounds of products purchased at local grocers. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
This week, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s Women, Infants and Children Program, or WIC, announced that Schweitzer United Methodist Church will be the newest host site for the program. There are now four host sites around the community, besides the primary location in Springfield and the satellite location in Republic. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.
Animal control services in parts of Greene County are expected to take a major budget cut. The Springfield/Greene-County Health Department tells KSMU’s Rebekah Clark what impact the cuts will have on services.
Earlier this month, an unlicensed day care provider in Troy, Missouri was charged in the death of an infant who died while in her care. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark spoke with an expert to find out what questions parents should ask before putting their children in someone else's care.
The U.S. Department of Education is giving each state the opportunity to get out of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. To do so, states must submit an alternative proposal that would show they are able to still maintain high standards of achievement. In Missouri, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Missouri, or DESE, has received the go-ahead to create a document that could be used as its proposal. If approved by the U.S. Dept. of Education in February, Missouri’s plan would change the way schools have been measuring success. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
Burrell Center psychologist Dr. Curtis Mattson doesn't use his hands like a surgeon would, nor does he prescribe medications. In fact, he doesn't heal physical wounds at all; rather, he helps his clients heal their psychological and emotional wounds.
Dr. Lance Luria oversees the Integrative Medicine Program at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Through this approach to healing, patients undergo non-traditional treatments for pain and other conditions.
On Commerce Street in Crane, Missouri, not far from the antique shops of Main Street, or the creek where the cranes traditionally flocked, a dentist’s office is decked out for the holidays. KSMU's Jennifer Moore has this Sense of Community feature on a rural dentist.
Residents of Greene and Christian counties wanting help in providing food and toys for their families can come to the Salvation Army in Springfield. Starting this week, those in need can sign up for Christmas holiday assistance, but must bring a couple required items with them when they apply. This year, the number of families expected to apply is higher than ever before. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more about what others can do to help.
December 1st marks World AIDS Day, a day to increase awareness of the disease across the globe. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is joining in the effort to fight the virus, and spoke with KSMU’s Samuel Crowe.
During the Civil War and in the years after, people in rural southwest Missouri were torn in alliances between the North and South. This tension, fueled through the use of media, religion and unresolved Civil War bias, made these hills the most violent area in the country until the turn of the century. These feelings led to the formation of the vigilante group, the Bald Knobbers. For our ongoing local history series, Sense of Place, KSMU’s Rebekah Clark looks at how the organization, known as the “law-and-order league,” shaped the history of the Ozarks.
Every winter, the number of fire hazards in the home increases. Christmas trees covered in lights, space heaters, and wood stoves are only a few of the dangers that exist in households, and everyone needs to take precautions to ensure safety. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe spoke with two local fire departments, and has this report.
The lessons from the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State are trickling down to various schools and agencies across the nation, many of which are asking themselves, “Are our children as safe as possible from sexual abuse?” We posed that question to some local groups that work directly with children. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.
The Senate Interim Committee on Health Insurance Exchanges was in Springfield this week to gather testimony from the public. At issue is whether the state of Missouri should set up its own health insurance exchange as required under the federal healthcare law. KSMU’s Missy Shelton reports.