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Articles in Health

Anita Sutherland

One of the biggest issues state lawmakers have faced this year is whether to use federal money to dramatically expand who’s covered by Medicaid in Missouri. Lawmakers rejected the expansion this Spring, but they could address it in a special session later this year. In this first half of a two-part series, KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson talks to one woman who would suddenly receive health care under the expansion, and hears voices both for and against the proposal.


You’ll soon see a new tower going up at Cox Medical Center South.   CoxHealth held a ceremonial ground-breaking event Wednesday for the new patient tower, which will house a Women’s and Children’s Hospital and a Neuroscience Center. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson was there and has more.

Getting Rid of That Old Sofa? Recycle Bins Around MSU Allow Students to Donate Used Items

The academic semester is winding to a close for college students. As they prepare to move out of their residence halls, apartments or rental homes, some have furniture or other knickknacks they don’t want to take with them. As KSMU's Rebekah Clark reports, a university has come up with a solution to keep students from littering the sidewalks with these items.

Bicycle Wheel

It’s time to get out your trusty, rusty bike or lace up your walking shoes:  next week is Springfield’s annual “Bike to Work Week.”  The event is hosted by Ozark Greenways, and the idea is to leave the car behind at least one day and instead use a bike, bus, or your legs to get to your destination.   As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, organizers want the public to learn what’s available to them.

Lori and Jessie

In a two part series, KSMU is looking into what life is like for adults with autism in the Ozarks. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser looks at the challenges people with autism face when they try to get a job, and what resources are available here to help them.


The human heart and the body’s blood vessels work seamlessly to keep blood flowing. But when something goes wrong, like trauma to the aorta, doctors need to examine both, and sometimes, that needs to be done quickly. A new facility at CoxHealth is making it easier for experts to do that.

Safe and Sound Event at the Springfield Expo Center

Although it feels much more like winter outside, the spring storm season is upon us.  This means the potential for dangerous weather.  In order to help keep people safe and prepared, many local groups have joined together to share valuable tips and information at a special safety awareness campaign Saturday. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more. 

Matt Hartman

May is National Bike Month. In the next 31 days, Springfield will play host to the “Bicycle and Brews” event at the downtown square, a bicycle film festival at the Gillioz Theater, and Ozark Greenways’ Bike to Work Week. To kick off bike month, KSMU’s Samuel Crowe has this story about two Springfield men who’ll be bicycling across the country this summer to raise money and awareness for affordable housing.


Mercy, one of the state’s major health care providers, is laying off 39 employees in Springfield. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.