Chances are, if you’ve been outside in the last few days, you’ve had to wipe a spider web or two off your face. You may have even seen spider webs flying through the air. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky talks to an entomologist to find out what’s happening.
If you go outside this evening away from city lights and look up, you just might see a shooting star. The Draconid meteor shower will peak just after nightfall. It’s one of two meteor showers this month. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.
On Tuesday, under the new Affordable Care Act, often referred to as“Obamacare,” Americans can choose a new health insurance plan through an online marketplace, or “exchange.” The marketplace is expected to be cheaper than previous options, and cannot discriminate based on factors like pre-existing conditions. The two major health care systems in Springfield—CoxHealth and Mercy—are standing by, ready to answer questions about the marketplace…and to help get Missourians signed up. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
A grant for nearly $400,000 has been awarded to professors at Missouri State University to begin research that will try to find a natural, therapeutic treatment for skin cancer. KSMU’s Anna Thomas has more.
Therapeutic horseback riding offers numerous benefits for a wide variety of physical and emotional issues. Randy Stewart takes us to the Springfield area's only accredited therapeutic equine center for the "Sense of Community" series.
A local chiropractor who treats everything from people, to dogs, to barnyard animals claims that “If it has a spine, it needs an adjustment.” KSMU’s Shannon Bowers spoke with Dr. Christina Thomas about this uncommon treatment that is helping so many.
Spring is the season for many to till and plant their farms and gardens, fire up the lawnmower for the first time since last year, and start landscaping projects around the home. For those working on these outdoor projects, combating weeds can be a challenge. But as KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports, experts from the University of Missouri Extension have created a new smartphone app that helps farmers and homeowners identify common weeds and control them effectively.
The Springfield Greene County Office of Emergency Management conducted a day long functional disaster exercise of its new Emergency Operations Center Thursday. The four hour exercise, dubbed “Twisted Twister,” took six months to design. As KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports, the exercise analyzed the practicality and operational readiness of the new facility by testing the responses of various participants to 155 different natural disaster scenarios, or “injects.”
CoxHealth has announced plans to build a new patient tower at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield. As KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports, the nine story, 310,000 square foot tower will connect to Cox South’s existing tower, and will accommodate a Women’s and Children’s hospital, a Neuroscience Hospital, as well as room for future growth.
Most of the time perfection is too much to hope for, but not when you’re talking about the birth of your child. All expecting parents hope for a happy and healthy baby. But what happens when all the tests say your baby is perfect, but you just can’t shake the thought that something is wrong? KSMU’s Shane Franklin has the story.
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.
Starting Thursday evening, the nonprofit Missouri Organic Association will host the fourth annual Organic and Green Energy Farming Conference at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield. As KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports, the conference will feature 54 hands-on workshops to educate both farmer and consumer.
The Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, which houses over 100 lions, tigers and other big cats in Eureka Springs, is struggling to make room for 34 more big cats. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, it’s the largest rescue effort in the organization’s 20 year history.
The National Weather Service announced today that 2012 was the warmest year on record for Joplin, and second warmest in Springfield. As KSMU’s Samuel Crowe reports, that trend might continue into the New Year.
One farm in the Ozarks is the location of a series of unique experiments in sustainable living. If these experiments prove successful, it would greatly affect the future of sustainable technologies and how people think about building their homes. KSMU’s Shane Franklin had the opportunity to tour the farm, and has this story.
At a brief reception Monday (today), the Mercy Health Foundation and Mercy Children’s Hospital presented grant money to over a dozen different charities around the Ozarks. Mercy also received a large financial gift from Kohls in Springfield that will help fund the hospital’s injury prevention efforts. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
One problem facing states nationwide is the issue of underfunded public pensions. This means that there’s not enough state money to fund the retirement pensions state workers were promised and are expecting. As our “Road to the Capitol” election coverage continues, KSMU’s Rebekah Clark speaks to three candidates running for state treasurer on how they, if elected, will tackle this issue.
CoxHealth in Springfield has entered into a formal relationship with three other not-for-profit healthcare systems. The goal here is to make medical care more efficient and innovative. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has this story.
With the flu season almost here, many people in the Ozarks are considering when and where to get their flu shots. One long-standing organization is doing what it can to help lessen the effects of the seasonal flu in Greene County for those who don't have health insurance. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has the story.
As we look at "Doing Your Civic Duty" this week, Springfield's drinking water supply nears critically low levels, so some businesses and organizations are stepping up their efforts to conserve water. KSMU's Jennifer Davidson reports.