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Joplin health officials are finding lead contamination in the soil throughout the tornado zone.  They believe the tornado -- and Joplin's rich history as a lead mining town -- are to blame. KSMU's Jennifer Moore has this Sense of Community Report from Joplin.

Being the caregiver of an Alzheimer’s patient can sometimes be frustrating.  As the disease progresses, patients develop behaviors commonly seen in children.  Nationally acclaimed speaker Dr. Verna Carson has taken a simple approach to help caregivers deal with those behaviors, and she’ll talk about that during a program tonight (5/22) in Springfield.   KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more...

In this segment of KSMU's Sense of Community, Michele Skalicky talks with Mercy Joplin President/CEO Gary Pulsipher about how far the hospital has come since a tornado destroyed the building one year ago.

UAE Ambassador

The small, oil-rich Persian Gulf country of the United Arab Emirates is giving 5 million dollars to Mercy Hospital, Joplin. KSMU's Jennifer Moore has the details.

The end of May means one thing to the young people of the Ozarks: it's when school is out and summer has begun. For many, summer vacation includes more time spent in local recreational waters like streams and rivers. However, water in these swimming areas can contain harmful bacteria and parasites from wastewater runoff. In order to prevent sickness, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is partnering with the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks to monitor different stream and river locations for E. coli and coliform bacteria. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.

Cox Health, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and Kohl’s have partnered to bring a program for kids health to Springfield. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has more.

A new procedure being performed in Springfield is giving hope where there was very little before.  It’s designed to treat aortic stenosis, which, when severe, causes patients to go into congestive heart failure.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more… 

The National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Rural Letter Carrier’s Association are hosting the 20th Annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive next Saturday. KSMU’s Brittany Donnellan has details.

In an effort to improve Springfield’s wastewater system, City Council will vote Monday (5/7) on whether to authorize the City Manager to work directly with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to implement new guidelines. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe has the details.