A Missouri Senate bill pre-filed by State Senator Kurt Schaefer would eliminate the state’s 20 Solid Waste Management Districts, instead directing the money from landfill fees to the state’s Department of Natural Resources. KSMU's Samuel Crowe reports on the implications this bill has on the districts and the communities they serve.
Losing weight, getting organized, and spending less to save more are the top New Year’s resolutions for 2013, according a study done by the University of Scranton. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers reports on the impact of New Year’s resolutions and strategies to keep them.
Organizations around the country are doing their part to remind people of the staggering toll of alcohol related traffic accidents, especially during the holiday season. KSMU’s Shane Franklin spoke with one local organization about the numbers, and got a few tips on how to stay safe.
In light of the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut Friday morning, many parents are left wondering what sort of measures their child’s school districts are taking to prevent or prepare for such an event. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe spoke with a local administrator, and has this report.
Mercy Springfield Communities is now sporting three brand new EC135 helicopters, after the hospital invested $12 million to upgrade the existing aircraft. The advanced helicopters allow pilots to fly in weather conditions they previously could not have endured. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
The City of Springfield is looking for input on “The Link” between South Creek and Primrose Avenue at a public meeting on Thursday night. The meeting will focus on improvements to The Link, which is the set of walkways and bike lanes that connect the Greenway trails to activity centers around the area. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
The Healthy Living Alliance is a group of more than 20 area organizations working to reduce obesity and tobacco use in our community. And today the HLA announced it has been awarded $1.3 million to continue programs aimed at making Springfield a healthier community. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more…
One farm in the Ozarks is the location of a series of unique experiments in sustainable living. If these experiments prove successful, it would greatly affect the future of sustainable technologies and how people think about building their homes. KSMU’s Shane Franklin had the opportunity to tour the farm, and has this story.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two local dry cleaners have what they're calling a “new way of doing business.” When customers come in to drop off their laundry, they're given the option of choosing a laundry bag sporting the name of one of three local charities. KSMU's Rebekah Clark has more.
The Missouri Department of Transportation activated its statewide winter operations drill Wednesday. As KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports, the drill is designed to ensure that MoDOT and city employees are prepared for dangerous weather when the temperature drops.
CoxHealth in Springfield has entered into a formal relationship with three other not-for-profit healthcare systems. The goal here is to make medical care more efficient and innovative. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has this story.