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Articles in Health

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.

Jason Harmon and George

While at home, Jason Harmon's yellow Lab George plays the role of pet for him, his wife and two young sons. But on the MSU campus, donning what Harmon calls George’s work jacket that reads “working dog, do not pet,” this service dog is ready and willing to protect, guide and inspire Harmon while in the classroom and amongst society. KSMU's Scott Harvey has their story.

Spence and Aries

Under normal circumstances, this four year-old Belgian Malinois is like your typical dog; friendly and full of energy. But in the midst of danger, he’s trained to identify and pursue people and things that pose harm to others.

Aries is one of six dogs within the Springfield Police Department K-9 Unit. His trainer, otherwise known as a handler, is Officer Tom Spence, a nine-year veteran with the department, who has been with the K-9 division for the last couple of years.

OWN it

This Friday a new community coalition is hosting an event in Branson to kick off their new campaign aimed at community wellness. KSMU’s Shane Franklin spoke with one of the organizers for the event, and has these details.

Councilman Mike Carroll

 The Show-Me State Games kicked off its 29th year Tuesday with a Torch Run through Springfield. The Olympic-style run will pass through several cities before reaching its destination in Columbia. KSMU’s Amber Carr attended the lighting of the torch.  

Nona Roggensees

In this Sense of Community segment on "Animals That Help," KSMU's Jennifer Davidson visits two Ozarks nursing homes to find how animals are helping residents maintain a sense of purpose and companionship. 

Senator Blunt at Mercy

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt was in Springfield today to take part in the announcement of a medical breakthrough at Mercy Research and Development. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has the story.

Fire Station 10-Water Rescue

Record rains over the weekend kept emergency response teams in Springfield busy. KSMU’s Shane Franklin spoke with two local firefighters about these record weather events, and what to do to stay safe when on the road during heavy rain.

Texas 4000

They call themselves Texas 4,000—a bike team that consists of 69 college students who have all been affected by cancer in some way. Their purpose is to spread personal stories and awareness on their 70-day bike ride against cancer. These rides are split into three routes across the U.S., one of which is traveling through Missouri this week.