For our local history series, Sense of Place, we profile people, places, and events that have made this region what it is today. KSMU’s Emma Wilson brings us the story of a man who looms large in Springfield’s public memory.
There’s a fierce battle raging behind the walls of the Capitol building in Jefferson City; it’s over whether to expand Medicaid in Missouri. Governor Jay Nixon supports the expansion, and is pushing it as, quote, “fundamentally a business decision.” And he’s gaining ground in some traditionally conservative areas. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more on that process, and also the specifics of what the expansion would mean for Missouri.
Governor Jay Nixon has issued a state of emergency in response to the treacherous winter weather, and the Salvation Army on Kansas Expressway in Springfield is operating as a temporary shelter. KSMU's Jennifer Davidson has details.
The National Weather Service has announced the possibility of icy weather Thursday morning. Ice on the roads on a school day forces districts to weigh the safety of students against the value of a day’s classes. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has this story on how a couple local districts make that decisi
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill has voted to approve former Senator Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be the next Secretary of Defense in the Senate Armed Services Committee. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
“To Rezone or not to rezone?” That is the question before Springfield City Council. On Monday night, community members packed the council meeting to make sure their voice would be heard. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has the story.
Speaking at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office Monday, Gov. Jay Nixon says it’s important to keep the state’s multi-jurisdictional drug task forces on the front lines. As KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports, the Governor’s proposed budget includes $3 million for these agencies to restore a decline in federal funding.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon made himself available to reporters today to address questions on his proposed Medicaid expansion, a measure he’s been pushing since late last year. KSMU’s Scott Harvey spoke with the Governor by phone and has this report.
A bill that would drastically reorganize the state's laws on crime has been filed in the Missouri House, and that bill relied heavily on recommendations from a committee appointed by The Missouri Bar. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has this report.
A task force put together by The Missouri Bar says the state’s criminal justice system needs a facelift, particularly regarding how the state's public defenders take on cases. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson talked with the chair of the task force and has this report.
A task force spearheaded by The Missouri Bar has released its recommendations for updating the state’s criminal justice system. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, most would require the approval of the state legislature.
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, who sits on the Senate's Armed Services Commitee, says he will vote “no” on former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel’s nomination to serve as Secretary of Defense. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has details.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon proposed a $34 million dollar budget increase for higher education funding Monday night during his State of the State address. His proposal includes rewarding schools for meeting certain performance goals. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe has reaction from local administrators.
With increasing talks of gun control in Washington, states around the country are preparing to take action. Some states, like New York, have already passed measures to further regulate firearms, while others are doing just the opposite. In Jefferson City too, there is talk of gun control. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has the story.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon used his State of the State address Monday night to reiterate proposals made during recent stops across the state, including Medicaid expansion, but also endorsed a bond issuance, and made an ardent call for ethics reform. KSMU's Scott Harvey reports.
The Federal Election Commission, or FEC, has released its findings in the 2010 complaint filed by former Congressional candidate Scott Eckersley. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the FEC traced fraudulent email and Twitter accounts used to spread false or negative information about Eckersley to a former Springfield man.
The chief justice of Missouri’s Supreme Court, Richard Teitelman, delivered the annual State of the Judiciary address Wednesday morning to Missouri lawmakers. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, Teitelman praised the state’s so-called “treatment courts.”
The Battle of Springfield, also known as Marmaduke’s Raid, took place 150 years ago today, January 8th. To commemorate the battle, there will be a series of events held this week at the library center. KSMU’s Emma Wilson brings us this preview.
In our local history series, Sense of Place, we examine the happenings of the past to discover how they have shaped the modern culture and landscape of the Ozarks region. In the second of two installments about Springfield’s transit history, Emma Wilson takes a closer look at a dramatic streetcar strike that had a statewide impact on organized labor.
In our local history series, Sense of Place, we examine the happenings of the past to discover how they have shaped the modern culture and landscape of the Ozarks region. In the first of two installments about Springfield’s transit history, Emma Wilson explores the evolution of the Queen City’s public transportation system.
Lawmakers in Washington have passed a compromise to keep automatic tax increases and spending cuts from going into effect. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports on how members in Congress representing people in the Ozarks cast their ballots on the so-called “fiscal cliff” vote.