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Electric lineman

For the "Sense of Community" series, Randy Stewart talks with Austin Fonda, Laclede Electric Coop's on-staff CPR instructor . And you'll hear more from Leo Marler and Brian Wade, the electric linemen who used that training to save a life.


In this "Sense of Community" installment, Randy Stewart talks with two electric linemen who happened on a man who was not breathing, and used the CPR training they received at work to help save the man's life. 

Robert Wilson - Joplin tornado

Our local hero's series revisits the scene following the 2011 Joplin tornado, where the actions of a local counselor in the immediate aftermath of the storm are believed to have saved numerous lives. KSMU's Scott Harvey sat down with Robert Wilson and has his story.

Local Veterans seek jobs at the Hire Our Heroes veteran jobs fair in Springfield.

The Springfield Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Career Center in Springfield hosted the Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Job Fair Thursday, aimed at finding employment for military veterans and their spouses. KSMU’s Shane Franklin was in attendance, and has this report.

Frac sand

For the past few years, frac sand mines in the Midwest have been popping up right alongside hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. But as Kristofor Husted reports, an uproar of opposition based on health concerns is spreading down through the region into Missouri.


A rapidly spreading virus called porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PED, has been making its way across Missouri pig farms. As KSMU’s Julie Greene reports, hog experts predict the virus will cause an increase in pork prices this summer.

"Achieving the Dream Life Better Fair"  / Photo Credit: Shannon Bowers

More than 60 organizations participated over the weekend in a seminar to help local citizens gain employment, learn new skills, and connect to resources. As KSMU’s Shannon Bowers reports, the first “Achieving the Dream Life Betterment Fair” is part of an ongoing commitment to reverse the rising poverty trend.


Mercy and the American Cancer Society are partnering with supermarket Hy-Vee to host a free, “Know Your Colon” event tomorrow, Saturday, March 8.  It’s an effort to educate the public about colon health and cancer prevention.  KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson spoke with a local specialist about what it means to “Know Your Colon.”

Medicaid Map

Tonight, supporters of Medicaid expansion in Missouri will host a town hall meeting in Springfield.  As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the groups hoping to enlarge the government health care program for the poor are directly focusing their message on state lawmakers.