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Drury University is launching a program to increase the health and wellness of its students. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.

The kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart in 2002 was one of the most followed child abuse cases in the last decade. Smart, who was held prisoner for nine months by her captors, now travels the country promoting the prevention of child abuse. This year marks the ten year anniversary of her kidnapping. Smart is scheduled to speak about her abduction experience at an event hosted by Boys & Girls Town of Missouri. The event will be held at Juanita K. Hammons Hall and is free. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.

Crescent Dragonwagon is well known to Ozarkers for the many years she and her late husband ran a bed-and-breakfast in Eureka Springs. She's known around the rest of the country as a prolific author of, among other things, cookbooks. Her newest one deals with beans. She's doing a book signing (and recipe tasting) in Springfield this weekend, and KSMU's Randy Stewart caught up with her by phone. 

Award-winning director, writer and producer Sean McEwen will be at Missouri State University on March 27 to discuss how the ever changing world of media technology influences pop culture, the arts and general interactivity.

An ideas festival aimed at empowering women and girls will take place on Saturday. KSMU’s Brittany Donnellan has details.

The Civility Project, which is an ongoing project that reminds citizens of the importance of respect in matters of public discourse, is celebrating its one year anniversary this week. To honor the occasion, leaders of the project, including members from the Library Center and Community Foundation of the Ozarks, will be hosting the free program series called “Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion.” The program series includes poetry readings, photo exhibits and a soup dinner. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.

This Valentine’s Day, instead of getting your special someone the typical box of chocolates, how about trying something that’s both different and healthy? Give your loved one the gift of heart health by providing alternative foods that might lower cholesterol and the chance of sickness. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark files this report.

Former Missouri State University men’s basketball coach Charlie Spoonhour passed away at his home in Raleigh, North Carolina Wednesday morning at age 72. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.

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.