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On Thursday morning, the Police and Fire Departments of Springfield held a groundbreaking ceremony at the joint station on West Battlefield Road. KSMU’s Justin Lux was on hand and has the story.

If you’re going downtown, you may see some colorful decorations on several storm drains. KSMU’s Adam Hammons went to see why these works of art are popping up and who’s responsible.

Wilson's Creek



Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield has a history rooted in Civil War times, and is considered one of the best preserved battlefields in the nation. Park officials would like for more people to experience this history-rich area, and are hoping to attract new park-goers with live music. KSMU’s Mike Donnelly reports.

Many American families adopt children from other countries. Some of these families believe it’s important to keep their adopted children close to their native cultures. KSMU’s Xiaowen Tan reports.

Sequiota Park is undergoing a major facelift. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more on the project at the park on Lone Pine in southeast Springfield…

For the entire day on Monday, the Willett family, from Walnut Shade Missouri, was bombarded with phone calls from local news outlets. Their son, John, was in the north tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and never made it out. KSMU’s Adam Hammons talked with Ron Willett, John's father, to get the perspective of a victim's family members now that 9-11 mastermind Osama bin Laden is dead.

For the second straight year, Missouri State University has one of its own drafted to the NFL. KSMU’s Adam Hammons has more on how MSU’s offensive lineman David Arkin became a professional athlete on Saturday.

Most of us had seen the footage of thousands of Americans pouring down Pennsylvania Avenue in celebration of the death of the most wanted terrorist in the world. Despite all the fanfare, several people have voiced their mixed feelings about the celebrating bin Laden’s death. Local people in the Ozarks also have opened up as to how they feel about the news. KSMU’s Mike Donnelly talked to some local residents and has the report.


May 5th will be the 60th National Day of Prayer celebrated by the United States. While many might consider the day to only be for the religious, local groups are hoping those with a patriotic spirit will join in too. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes has more.