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Gov. Jay Nixon

On the third stop of a three city tour Thursday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon reiterated his support for expanding Medicaid, indicating his budget plan for Fiscal Year 2014 will include federal funding that will provide health care for uninsured Missourians. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

Skaggs / Cox Medical Center

Skaggs Regional Medical Center in Branson is changing its name to Cox Medical Center Branson, effective January 1. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has details.


Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks, or RMHC, is a non-profit organization which provides a home away from home for families with seriously ill children. The organization will celebrate the grand opening of its second Springfield location this week. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has more.

Veteran Clinic Nurse

The VA Outpatient Clinic in West Plains, Missouri, recently opened its doors at a new, brick facility on the main thoroughfare in town. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the clinic sees veterans from a wide radius of a very rural landscape.


The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says it’s received the first report of flu this season.  KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has this report on opportunities for flu shots in the area.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 18 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with diabetes.  The CDC estimates another 7 million people have diabetes and just don’t know it yet.  These figures have nearly doubled since 1995.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann speaks with local experts to learn more about this increasing epidemic.

Debbie Smithey, CPM

When a woman becomes pregnant, traditional thought and custom has led them to the hospital, under the care of doctors and nurses, for nine months until a baby is born. But some women choose a different route: a homebirth with the help of a midwife. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe has this report on one Ozarks midwife and her clients, and why others choose to stay with a hospital. 

Hope Connection

The Community Partnership of the Ozarks teamed up local partners Wednesday to present the Hope Connection event in Springfield. As KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports, the annual event provides services to the local homeless community struggling to gain a foothold in their lives.


The National Weather Service, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the State Emergency Management Agency and local emergency managers are joining forces to remind the public to be ready for hazardous winter weather before it strikes. KSMU's Samuel Crowe has this report.