Gracie Gold, the Olympian who first learned to skate while living in Springfield, is competing today in the Ladies Short Program in Sochi, Russia. Tonight, during NBC’s primetime coverage of the Games, residents will gather for a watch party to cheer her on, as KSMU’s Julie Greene reports.
Sonya Loya's grandmother passed along unusual traditions to her family. As an adult, Loya believed that her ancestors could have come from medieval Spain, which expelled its Sephardic Jews in the 15th century. Had her family been Jewish all along?
Price-shopping for coffee makers is easy. Finding the actual cost of a colonoscopy? Nearly impossible. But putting together a useful, comprehensive price-list for patients of the widely varying charges for various health procedures is difficult and expensive, states are learning.
In keeping with a trend that began early in Sochi, the U.S. has collected more bronze medals than any other country at the Winter Games, and a total of 20. Germany has won the most golds. Who's on top? That depends on who you ask.
Longtime followers of the pardon power have criticized President Obama's relatively stingy approach over five years in office. An advocate for ending mandatory minimum sentences says she's "really encouraged" by the new push for clemency.
A pharmacy in Tulsa, Okla., has decided not to provide the Missouri Department of Corrections with the drugs needed to execute an inmate on death row. Securing access to necessary drugs has become a common problem in states trying to carry out the death penalty.
Do pushy parents make a baby fatter, or is it all in the genes? That's one of the big puzzles that scientists are trying to answer. Two studies suggest that an individual's interest in food is a big factor, even in babies. A genetic predisposition may be involved.
From a Subway sandwich shop to a Peruvian chicken food truck, customers have a growing number of options for satisfying their hunger with Bitcoin. For food vendors, accepting the virtual currency offers substantial financial benefits – and risks, too.
The small town of Hampton, Fla., will soon be no more. Lawmakers plan to shut down the town after a disastrous audit, prompted by an excess of speeding tickets, revealed its scandal-ridden history. Robert Siegel speaks with Aaron Deslatte, the Tallahassee Bureau Chief of the Orlando Sentinel.
Doctors performed more in vitro fertilization procedures and delivered more IVF babies in 2012 than ever before, researchers reported Monday. The rate of multiple births has declined, however, as couples have chosen to use fewer embryos during IVF.
A soldier from the Wisconsin National Guard posted a photo of herself and other solders joking around. In another photo, she complains about it being too cold for a funeral. Social media have erupted with complaints about disrespect. The soldier's commanders have suspended her and are investigating.
The Centers for Disease Control is reporting a sharp decline in new influenza cases around the country. And as KSMU’s Shane Franklin reports, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department is experiencing the same trend.
Better fuel efficiency for such vehicles is a "win, win, win," the president said. It will help reduce dependency on foreign oil, save drivers' money and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Manufacturers, though, say the standards could make the vehicles more expensive and less safe.
Some consider former NSA contractor Edward Snowden a hero for releasing classified material to the media; others argue that he has irreparably harmed national security. Famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and a former CIA director face off in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.
A Florida jury declared a mistrial on the first degree murder charge against Michael Dunn. He shot a teenager during an argument over loud music, but Dunn claims he acted in self defense. Host Michel Martin talks with Corey Dade of The Root and Larry Hannan of The Florida Times-Union about reaction to the verdict and Florida's self defense laws.