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A group looking into how to improve the state’s Medicaid program will hold a public hearing Tuesday ( 7/16) in Springfield.  As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, anyone hoping to give comments or simply observe is welcome to attend.


When a community is struck by a major outbreak of disease, like a flu pandemic, public health departments spring into action by offering mass vaccination clinics. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is training for an emergency like that this month. And as KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the training is not just a “dry run.”

Ozarks Medical Center

In a sign of the dramatically changing health care landscape, one hospital that acts as a hub in the rural Ozarks has let 32 employees go, and says it’s unable to fill 12 other positions. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.


Saying a prescription on medicines containing pseudoephedrine would play a significant burden on law-abiding Springfield citizens, Councilman Doug Burlison Thursday introduced a new amendment to the bill that would put the measure to a vote of the people. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports. 

Equi-Librium Therapy Center

Therapeutic horseback riding offers numerous benefits for a wide variety of physical and emotional issues.  Randy Stewart takes us to the Springfield area's only accredited therapeutic equine center for the "Sense of Community" series.


Temperatures are climbing, and safety experts say it's time to take precautions against heat-related illness. During a heat advisory, like the one issued Thursday, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board offers "cooling centers." KSMU's Jennifer Davidson has details.

Restoring Hope New Office

Missouri’s Department of Mental Health, as one might gather from its name, serves people with mental illness across the state.  But it also has an entire division dedicated to people with developmental disabilities, like cerebral palsy, Autism, and Down Syndrome. To serve this population, the department contracts with hundreds of private agencies and individuals for treatment, rehabilitation, and in some cases, to even find a home. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson profiles one of those agencies in this report.

Niles the Service Dog

Trained therapy dogs help disabled persons strengthen their bodies and improve their quality of life. Randy Stewart introduces us to Niles the black Lab in this installment of the "Sense of Community" series.