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On Saturday February 25th, Skaggs Regional Medical Center in Branson will present its annual Health Fair, offering health screenings and educational presentations. KSMU’S Samuel Crowe reports.

This week, the Springfield-based humanitarian organization Convoy of Hope reached a milestone:  it has served more than 50 Million people around the world through international children’s feeding initiatives, citywide outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.

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.

Some people may have decided, as one of their New Year’s resolutions, to start running for exercise.  But it’s difficult to know how to get started, especially in winter when the weather may make running a challenge.  Even those who have been jogging for awhile may not have learned to properly train for the sport.  A class next week at CoxHealth will hopefully answer some questions those folks may have.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more… 

The Teacher Education Alliance is a collaborative partnership between Springfield Public Schools (SPS), Baptist Bible College, Drury University, Evangel University and Missouri State University. This project should result in higher student achievement in reading and mathematics. In addition, this project enhances the field-based learning of university teacher candidate.

Dr. Dennis Kear, dean of the College of Education at Missouri State University, discusses how the project helps high-risk students and future teachers.

In the first part of a two-part series, the League of Women Voters talks with small business owners who oppose the E-Verify ordinance.   Lisa Langley talks with Tim Rosenbury and Joe Jenkins. 

Monday, January 23, on Making Democracy Work, hear from those who support the ordinance.

Leslie Carrier talks with Steve Fenner who works for the International Criminal Investigative Training and Assistance Program, under the U.S. Department of Justice, in Kosovo.

Springfield NAACP March

To honor the sacrifices--and the advances--made by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,  the Springfield chapter of the NAACP hosted a series of morning events Monday.The themes were peace, education and equality.KSMU’s Matthew Barnes was there, and has this report.

This week, the Springfield Symphony selected six finalists who are auditioning for the position of music director and conductor during the 2012-2013 season. Each finalist will trade off leading one of the season’s six concerts as a guest conductor, and they will then be evaluated by the audience, orchestra and staff. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.