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On Thursday, Students for a Sustainable Future (SSF), a group from Missouri State University, will host a solar-powered concert called Ecopalooza. This event will focus on promoting sustainable living and raise support for the group’s Beyond Coal campaign, a movement to get the MSU administration to pledge to transition from coal-powered electricity to 100% renewable energy. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.

​Oxford Health Care will host a Mother’s Day celebration for daughters whose mothers have passed. KSMU’s Brittany Donnellan has details.

Underground tunnel enterance

In the heart of Springfield flows what used to be the flourishing Jordan Creek. As more settlers moved to the area in the late 19th century, the stream became polluted and stagnant. Then in the 1930’s, massive tunnels or “boxes” were built over the water, nearly a mile long, to help contain flooding. As decades passed, locals built businesses and housing on top of the tunnels. For this segment of our local history series, Sense of Place, KSMU’s Rebekah Clark explores the local legends built around the urban stream and the forgotten underground tunnels of Springfield.

Since the devastating tornado in Joplin last May, Mercy has been operating out of tents and trailers in the area since its main campus was destroyed in the storm. Now, the health care system plans to open a new, interim hospital in Joplin next week. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports.

Wednesday is National Walking Day. To celebrate, the American Heart Association has teamed up with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board to designate area walking paths as part of their Walking Path Program. This program is designed to encourage adults to exercise more. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe took a stroll at Nathaniel Greene Close Memorial Park in Springfield, and has this report.


If you’ve been living in Springfield for any number of years, you may have heard of “The Big Read.”  That’s a community reading program sponsored by the Springfield-Greene County Library district. Well, now, as part of that program, the library district is also putting on “The Big Bleed.” KSMU’s Melanie  Foehrweiser explains.

The Southwest Missouri Humane Society has a new executive director. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes spoke with him about where he hopes to take the animal shelter in terms of growth and serving the community.

Drug court participant "Karen"

In decades past, when a drug offender was found guilty, he or she was usually either sent to prison or let go on probation. Now, a completely different approach has taken off like wildfire across the country—and Greene County is one of a handful in the nation acting as a model. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has this first half of a two-part report on Missouri’s drug courts, and the issues surrounding them.

Drury University is launching a program to increase the health and wellness of its students. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.