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The internationally successful book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," has left people keenly interested in the Lacks family and legacy. David "Sonny" Lacks has enthralled university audiences across the country talking about his mother and her important contribution to modern medicine.

Monday night’s City Council meeting in Springfield brought a large crowd of both supporters and opponents of a measure that deals with E-Verify. If passed by voters, this measure will require all Springfield employers to check the immigration status of workers by using the federal E-Verify system. After both sides thoroughly debated the written proposal, Council made amendments to the language that will represent the issue on ballot in February. Both sides, however, still aren’t happy with the wording. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.

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 In our ongoing local history series, Sense of Place, we delve into the human history of the Ozarks to discover why things are the way they are today. In this segment, KSMU’s Emma Wilson explores the geologic history of Greene County and how it has impacted human development in the area.

Springfield Occupy Movement Protest

To mark the two month anniversary of the Occupy Movement, Occupy Wall Street Organizers called for a national day of action.  Members of Occupy 417, Moveon.org and Missouri ProVote gathered outside of Senators Blunt’s Springfield office to protest proposed cuts to programs they believe are essential to the majority of Americans.  KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports. 

Leslie Carrier talks with Commissioner Peggy Davis, coordinator of the Greene County Drug Court, about the program and how it works.

Jeff Meyer talks with Brian Wyler about his time so far as director of aviation at the Springfield-Branson National Airport.

  • Tour houses
  • Watch college sports
  • Celebrate the holiday season
  • Learn about other cultures
Ozarks Regional YMCA

The lessons from the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State are trickling down to various schools and agencies across the nation, many of which are asking themselves, “Are our children as safe as possible from sexual abuse?”  We posed that question to some local groups that work directly with children.  KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.

On Wednesday, over 150 volunteers from area organizations, universities, and faith communities welcomed over 250 homeless people at the Expo Center downtown, offering them a direct connection with over 35 services including legal, housing, and education. The event, known as “Hope Connection,” serves as a way to help change the lives of the homeless, offering immediate access to services that would otherwise take months. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe was at the expo center and met one homeless man.

[SOUND: Bailey talking at housing booth]