Following the Joplin tornado late last May, the National Weather Service sent a team of assessors into the badly damaged areas and asked both city officials and the general public questions about how they reacted before and during the actual storm. In part 2 of this series on preparing for tornado season, KSMU’s Samuel Crowe discusses the results of this assessment, and what they mean for Ozarks residents during tornado season.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado crossed between Stone and Taney Counties early Wednesday morning. Officials are still investigating the path of the storms in Dallas County to determine if there was, in fact, a tornado there. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
The American Red Cross of southern Missouri is providing assistance to areas affected by Monday’s overnight and early morning storms. The organization is set up in three different areas. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
Here in “The Cave State,” natural caverns have served as shelter, meeting space, and places of wonder for humans for thousands of years. In more recent history, many of the most spectacular and accessible caves have been turned into tourist destinations. For our local history series, Sense of Place, KSMU’s Emma Wilson reports on one such cave.
Although it's only early March, tornado season is already upon us. The devastation of the Joplin and Duquesne tornado is still fresh in our minds, and now the Branson, Cassville, Kimberling City and Dallas County areas have been hit by twisters. In part 1 of a 2 part series on being prepared for tornado season, KSMU’s Samuel Crowe discusses the role that new and existing technology plays in locating tornados, as well as the effectiveness of volunteer storm spotters and their training.
Three women from Springfield’s Harmony House, a shelter that provides education and safety for domestic violence victims, are working in Drury’s Panther Pride Store. The jobs, created in part by Drury’s Students in Free Enterprise, or SIFE team, provides the women with hands-on retail work and personal communication experience. The SIFE team hopes that they can help provide employment like this for other domestic violence survivors. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark talks to one of these women, who tells how this opportunity has reshaped her lifestyle.
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 is a story about a woman whose perspective is enriched by having lived in two very different worlds, and having lived for over eight decades. A single mom of two boys at 30 years old—a young widow, no less—Shirley Johnson became a teacher and taught at Baptist Bible College in Springfield for years. However, instead of retirement, Johnson packed her bags and moved to Kenya as a missionary, where she began changing the lives of impoverished kids. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark shares her story.
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.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have come up with a plan to restore southwest Missouri’s natural resources that have been hurt by harmful substances. The agencies plan to hold three public meetings, starting Wednesday night, to get feedback on the proposal. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.
Local high school students have the opportunity to travel to Africa with Shawn Askinosie, founder of Askinosie Chocolate. Students will travel as part of Chocolate University, a program within Askinosie Chocolate that inspires local students to learn business skills and get involved in the world beyond Springfield. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark talks to Askinosie, who shares how students can get involved in the program.
On Friday, the two-hour episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature the show’s efforts in Joplin after the May 22 tornado. The episode shows volunteers from all over the Ozarks, including more than 300 Drury members who designed and built a tribute to volunteers in Joplin’s Cunningham Park. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Interested in buying a weapon once used by famous outlaws? Bidders now have a chance to purchase a pair of historic firearms during an auction scheduled later this month in Kansas City. Historians believe these two weapons likely belonged to the infamous bandits Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.
This week marks the ninth year in a row that Smart Chickenhas donated chicken to Ozarks Food Harvest, through the Feed the Hungry promotion. This promotion works like this: the company will donate one pound of chicken to the food bank for every ten pounds of products purchased at local grocers. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
Chocolatier Shawn Askinosie, founder of Askinosie Chocolate in Springfield, will be awarded the 14thhonorary doctorate from Missouri State University. The nomination was approved this week by the MSU Board of Governors, after receiving recommendations from the Faculty Senate and Interim President Clif Smart. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark spoke with Askinosie and has more.
This week, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s Women, Infants and Children Program, or WIC, announced that Schweitzer United Methodist Church will be the newest host site for the program. There are now four host sites around the community, besides the primary location in Springfield and the satellite location in Republic. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.