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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.

  • Visit with Santa
  • Learn to crochet
  • See a Christmas show
  • Watch college basketball
  • Ice skate for free
Writer and commentator Christopher Hitchens died Thursday. He was 62 years old.

The influential writer and cultural critic died on Thursday at the age of 62 from complications of cancer of the esophagus. Hitchens confronted his disease in part by writing, bringing the same unsparing insight to his mortality that he had directed at so many other subjects.

The holidays are a special time for families, but they can be difficult, too, if money isn’t available for gifts and food.  As Michele Skalicky reports, the Salvation Army still needs donations to make the holidays bright for people in the Ozarks… 

Statistics show that the amount of trash people generate skyrockets during the holiday season. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe sat down with a Springfield waste management expert, and reports on how you can limit your waste output.

Even though lawmakers don’t start their regular session until the first week of January, this is a busy time of year in state government. Many lawmakers are pre-filing bills and the chairs of interim committees are preparing reports. And as KSMU’s Missy Shelton discusses with long-time statehouse reporter Phill Brooks, the Nixon administration is working on putting together a budget proposal.

Dave Embree, lecturer of religious studies and minister at Christian Campus House, discusses several cultural and religious holidays celebrated in December in the Ozarks.