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NAMI Candlelight Vigil

Last month we heard from a local organization working to spread awareness for suicide prevention amid the alarming rate of veterans who’ve taken their own lives. KSMU’s Shane Franklin tells us what they learned since their first candlelight vigil and how the community can get involved this week.

Teressa Simpson

In this segment of KSMU's program "Around the World, Here at Home," we hear from a Mountain Grove farmer, Teressa Simpson, on her native country of New Zealand.


About one in every eight well water samples brought in to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department this month have tested positive for fecal bacteria.  As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, heavy rainfall and flooding can lead to contaminated wells.

Healthy School Lunch

With the first week of classes underway for many students in the Ozarks, The University of Missouri Extension of Nutrition and Health Education is offering a few options for packing healthy school lunches that children will enjoy. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers reports.

Food Day

National Food Day is a grassroots campaign aimed at changing food systems in the United States to cultivate healthier people and healthier communities. KSMU’s Shane Franklin spoke with FoodCORE, a local organization with the same goal.

Baby at CoxHealth

Women with pregnancy-related emergencies now have a designated place to go at CoxHealth.  An Obstetrical Emergency Department recently opened inside the Labor and Delivery Unit at Cox South.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky reports.

Springfield-Greene County Health Department

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is celebrating its 140th year.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky talks to the health department’s director about the organization’s history and the work it does today.


The oldest elephant at Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield is very sick. The elephant known in the local community as “Pinky” is believed to be 50 years old; the median life expectancy for an elephant cow is about 47 years.

Waynesville Flooding

Gov. Jay Nixon toured parts of flood-ravaged south-central Missouri Thursday following days of heavy rains, which damaged dozens of homes and killed a young boy. KSMU's Scott Harvey has more.