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Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

While the nation awaits a decision on the government shutdown, national parks are also hoping to reopen their gates after 16 days. KSMU’s Anna Thomas looks into what a government restart could mean for Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.


Because of the federal government shutdown, some active duty military students cannot get the tuition assistance they rely on to pay for college. Several have already dropped their classes. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, Drury University is trying to help.

Heinz and Vroni Buff

In this segment of Around the World, Here at Home, we hear from Heinz and Vroni Buff of Douglas County, Missouri.  These two dairy farmers came to the US in search of opportunity for themselves and their children after regulations for dairy farmers became too burdensome for them in Switzerland.

Fisher House

US Senator Roy Blunt reiterated concerns Thursday of the Defense Department’s claim that they don’t have the legal authority during the government shutdown to provide immediate death gratuity payments to the families of fallen soldiers. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has more.

Baby Eating Food

Despite the government shutdown, the Springfield-Greene County Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program remains open, but come November, if the shutdown persists, local families who rely on the WIC program for food might not have that resource anymore. KSMU’s Julie Greene reports.

Plate kid

As the federal government's partial shutdown continues, we’re looking at how local agencies are affected.  Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield and the Ozark National Scenic Riverways are closed, and their federal employees have been told to stay home with no pay.  KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson asked two local Head Start programs how they’re faring—Head Start receives federal funding to teach and feed children of low-income households across the country.


With Greene County’s presiding commissioner not seeking reelection next fall, Circuit Clerk Steve Helms has announced his intentions to run for the vacancy. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

 Local agencies are feeling the pinch after Congress failed to reach a midnight deadline for a stop-gap spending bill, preventing an estimated 800,000 federal employees from working. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann reports on who is and isn’t open for business.

Election Ballot

Absentee ballots are now available to Greene County residents for the November 5 election, which asks one question: Whether or not the county may impose a “use” tax for some out-of-state purchases. KSMU's Scott Harvey has more.