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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.


During our monthly conversation with Missouri State University President Clif Smart, the President examines some key points from Thursday’s State of the University Speech.  

Cows In Missouri

Last week’s annual veto session by the Missouri General Assembly produced a record 10 overrides of bills struck down by Gov. Nixon. Among them was Senate Bill 9. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers has details on the new law, including why the Governor disapproved.

Nixon on HB 253 at Lawrence Drug

Gov. Jay Nixon says his office will immediately release $215.2 million in funding for education, mental health and other priorities. But as KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports, just because some of the funding is being returned doesn’t mean lawmakers are satisfied.

Missouri State University

Missouri State University has once again received a large federal grant to go toward future nurse practitioner students who are studying full-time. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has the story.