At a city council meeting Monday night, the discussion surrounded the “Clean Indoor Air Act of 2011” which bans smoking indoors in public businesses. A new initiative petition with signatures gathered by “Live Free Springfield” brought the possibility of repealing that ordinance to the attention of city council. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon spoke on the importance of exporting goods from the state of Missouri at a steel manufacturing plant in Springfield Tuesday. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser was there and has this report.
Thousands of children in the Ozarks go hungry, especially during the summer months when they’re away from school. A state program is looking for local organizations to step up, and help feed these children. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has the story.
When Americans go to the polls to elect a new president in December, the names on ballots will be there as a result of presidential primaries held throughout the country, but that wasn’t always the case. Dr. George Connor, political science department head, discusses how the selection of presidential candidates has changed over the years.
A public forum will be held Tuesday night, designed to inform voters about the pros and cons surrounding the ongoing E-verify debate. If passed, the ordinance would require any Springfield business to use the federal E-verify system on all new employees, to determine their legal eligibility to work. The ordinance would also impose fines for not complying. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann spoke with an organizer of the event to learn more.
Supporters and opponents of the proposed E-verify ordinance are campaigning away in Springfield. If approved, the ordinance would require businesses to check the immigration status of all new employees using a federal E-Verify computer system. Some people have raised money to promote their messages through advertising on the radio, phone bank operations, and other venues. Now as the final vote approaches on Feb. 7, the groups are stepping up their efforts to make sure the public is aware of the issue. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Governor Jay Nixon has been traveling the state to promote a new set of incentives in his overall strategy to create jobs in Missouri. The proposal is called “Missouri Works.” KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has details.
The City of Springfield has approved a plan for choosing someone to fill the vacant City Council seat left by Nick Ibarra, who resigned Wednesday—and it will begin taking applications this week. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has the details.
The results from the caucus in Missouri’s neighboring state, Iowa, had Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul in the top three seats. To get the reaction from a local Tea Party group, KSMU's Jennifer Moore spoke to Eric Farris, director of the Branson Tea Party.
Over the course of its almost 200 year history, the state of Missouri has held a presidential primary election, or simply a caucus in its process of sending delegates to the Presidential Nominating Convention. This year, it’s holding both. The February 7 primary is mandatory according to state statute, and yet the Republican Caucus on March 17 is what will really count this year. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore spoke with Greene County Clerk Richard Struckhoff about how the state ended up in this confusing predicament.
Greene County is gearing up for an election February 7, and one point of confusion stems from why Missouri is having both a presidential primary election and a caucus. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has details.
Homeless veterans got a free hot lunch and supplies for the winter Tuesday at an event in Springfield. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore listened to one homeless veteran tell his story of becoming homeless, and has this report.
Even though lawmakers don’t start their regular session until the first week of January, this is a busy time of year in state government. Many lawmakers are pre-filing bills and the chairs of interim committees are preparing reports. And as KSMU’s Missy Shelton discusses with long-time statehouse reporter Phill Brooks, the Nixon administration is working on putting together a budget proposal.
The U.S. Department of Education is giving each state the opportunity to get out of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. To do so, states must submit an alternative proposal that would show they are able to still maintain high standards of achievement. In Missouri, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Missouri, or DESE, has received the go-ahead to create a document that could be used as its proposal. If approved by the U.S. Dept. of Education in February, Missouri’s plan would change the way schools have been measuring success. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
State officials, teachers and parents met Wednesday at McBride Elementary School in Springfield to discuss the state's economic forecast, and how it will affect Springfield public education. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe was at the legislative town hall meeting, and has this report.
With the May tornado that hit Joplin highlighting the need for better storm preparedness, State Representative Terry Swinger has pre-filed a bill that would provide a tax deduction to residents who build a storm shelter onto their home. As KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports, this isn’t the first time Swinger has tried to gain support for this measure.
The Missouri Department of Transportation, or MoDOT, slashed its budget this year, downsizing from ten districts to seven. Willow Springs had one of the district offices that got shut down, and now some locals there are wondering, what happens to area roads when winter weather hits? KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
On Monday, Senator Roy Blunt spoke at the Darr Agricultural Center of Missouri State University. He announced federal budget changes that stand to make an impact on several Missouri universities, including MSU. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more.
Monday night’s City Council meeting in Springfield brought a large crowd of both supporters and opponents of a measure that deals with E-Verify. If passed by voters, this measure will require all Springfield employers to check the immigration status of workers by using the federal E-Verify system. After both sides thoroughly debated the written proposal, Council made amendments to the language that will represent the issue on ballot in February. Both sides, however, still aren’t happy with the wording. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
To mark the two month anniversary of the Occupy Movement, Occupy Wall Street Organizers called for a national day of action. Members of Occupy 417, Moveon.org and Missouri ProVote gathered outside of Senators Blunt’s Springfield office to protest proposed cuts to programs they believe are essential to the majority of Americans. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.