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April is National Donate Life Month. Health officials are encouraging more Missourians to sign up for the organ donor registry. KSMU’s Xiaowen Tan reports.

Claire McCaskill



US Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri is hop-scotching across the state this week, holding listening sessions with teachers, students, parents and school administrators. She says she’s gearing up for a “debate” this summer in Washington about federal funding for education. On Tuesday, she stopped in Springfield to hear the concerns and ideas of locals. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore was there and has this report.

From $1,000 in "seed money" to form the organization, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks has grown its membership to 43 affiliate foundations across southern Missouri, and just announced it has awarded over 100 million dollars in grants and distributions over its 38 year history. Mike Smith has the story on this edition of Making A Difference Where You Live.

Billy Long



The organization Experience Works invited Congressman Billy Long to meet with senior adults to discuss issues concerning older residents of Southwest Missouri. KSMU’s Brandon Goodwin reports.

Gail Melgren talks with Nixa City Administrator Brian Bingle about what recently released census figures mean for our region.

When you hear the term "high school," you might conjure up images of football or basketball games, where the hero of the day was the school's top athelete. But some kids are not meant to experience the roar of the crowd cheering them on to victory...or at least, they thought they weren't. KSMU's Mike Donnelley attended an annual event that puts special-needs kids together with athletes who are at the top of their game.

The changing state of health care is a common topic of discussion and confusion. With this in mind, the political science department and the College of Humanities and Public Affairs at Missouri State University will host a public forum, "Health Care Reform: Implementation Challenges," on Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Meyer Library Auditorium. Dr. Kant Patel, professor of political science, discusses this forum.

Medication Drugs



It’s been said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure—that saying holds true for drug addicts, too, and it’s one reason why experts say you shouldn’t just toss your old medication in the trash can. But what do you do with any leftover medicine once you don’t need it any more? KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has the details of a local event that will take your old medicine and dispose of it properly.