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Randy Stewart talks to firefighters at Springfield's Fire Station No. 1 about the hazards--and rewards--of the job.

Granny Woman

March is Women’s History Month, so for this month’s segments of our local history series, Sense of Place, we’re profiling local women whose stories have shaped our regional identity…and women’s history more broadly. KSMU’s Emma Wilson brings us this story of a so-called “Granny-woman” from Taney County.

Community Gardens

Community gardens are not a new concept. There is an increasing trend here in the Ozarks of communities rallying together to produce their own food. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has more details.

This month is Social Work Awareness month. It’s a time to focus on the work done by social workers across the country.  This afternoon, as part two of our three-part series, we’re profiling a young man on the path to achieving his dream of becoming a social worker so that he can make more of an impact among the homeless community.  KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has details. 

Today (Wednesday morning), a fire broke out at the Chardonnay Apartment Complex in Springfield. According to the Springfield Fire Department, careless smoking caused the fire that caused extensive damage to the 48-unit building. The American Red Cross is responding to the incident by giving assistance to residents who lost their homes. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.

The Springfield Police Department’s 2011 Uniform Crime Report has been completed. The city saw a very slight decrease in crimes against persons and a 5 percent decline in crimes against property. But as KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports, one crime continues to be a problem in the city.

Springfield city council is holding a public hearing tonight to discuss the merits of one group’s petition to amend the current smoking ordinance. The group “Live Free Springfield” thinks the ordinance is too strict, and that it’s hurting local businesses. But legal opinions vary as to whether or not a unanimous city council vote is required to amend or repeal the ordinance. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe has this report.

As Branson continues its rebuilding efforts following the Leap Day tornado, one company is doing its part to help prevent residents from being exposed to asbestos. As KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports, many business owners still do not know that an asbestos inspection is necessary before repairs begin.

Mercy Hospital Springfield hopes to add volunteer nurses to its ranks soon.  They’re looking for anyone who is interested in putting in at least four hours a week taking care of patients.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more…