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Master Sgt. Greg Stumpff and his son Zach both work fulltime for the Missouri National Guard on rotary-wing aircraft and turbine engines--and they served together in Kuwait in 2009.  Four years earlier Greg was deployed to Iraq... and to Bosnia in the 1990s.  He tells his story to KSMU's Randy Stewart in Part One of this "Sense of Community" report.

David and Trisha Katsfey

KSMU's Michele Skalicky talks with David and Trisha Katsfey about how they met and about what it was like serving in Iraq.

Revenue generated by the United States Postal Service has been in decline for the past few years.  Many believe technology such as email and online bill pay services is the cause of the slump. Members of different unions who work for the postal service rallied outside Congressman Billy Long’s Springfield office Tuesday afternoon to show support for legislation they say would revive the US Postal Service.  KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.  

Luke Dittrich

On May 23, the day after the tornado hit Joplin, writer Luke Dittrich was in St. Louis working on a story about Chuck Berry. But upon seeing the scope of the devastation, his plans took a detour.  KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has this interview.

After a devastating tornado ripped through Joplin in May it became instantly clear that the city would be facing an enormous rebuilding effort.  Luckily, two Habitat for Humanity teams are stepping in to take one of the most aggressive rebuilding efforts yet.  KSMU’s Justin Lux spoke with the directors of the programs and has details. 

Howard Campbell, professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at El Paso, will give a talk on the current outbreak of drug-related violence in Mexico, particularly in the area bordering the United States at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in Plaster Student Union, Room 313.

Pam and James Hyer

Because of regulations restricting the role that color blind individuals can have in the military, Private First Class James Hyer didn't join the military until the rules changed in 2006. At the age of 35, he became a medic. He served overseas in Iraq and met the woman who would become his wife, Staff Sergeant Pam Hyer.

Tense negotiations are continuing after Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas last week urged world leaders to support his bid for membership in the United Nations.  Currently, the Palestinian Territories are not recognized as a state:  the West Bank exists under Israeli occupation, and the Gaza Strip has some degree of autonomy. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore spoke with an expert to learn more.

Pam and James Hyer

Staff Sergeant Pam Hyer joined the Missouri National Guard shortly after 9/11, though military service had been on her mind before the attacks because both her parents had been on active duty. She met her husband, Private First Class James Hyer in the guard. He joined at the age of 35 after trying to join for years. The military's decision to allow soldiers who are color blind to be medics meant he could finally join the guard and do something other than be a typist.