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A slow and steady decline in state funding for higher educationput Missouri second from the bottom in terms of revenue available per student from 2005 to 2010. KSMU's Missy Shelton talks with the Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education to gain some perspective on state spending for colleges and universities, and what the revenue declinemeans for students.

School districts across the state have had to adjust their Parents as Teachers program after lawmakers reduced its state funding. Some districts have chosen to focus on families with developmentally delayed children, while others have started charging fees for home visits based on a sliding scale. KSMU's Missy Shelton examines how Parents as Teachers in the Springfield Public School District has adapted to the budget constraints.

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If you’re looking to save a little extra “green” this year, taking part in Missouri’s Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday one weekend in April could help you do just that. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes reports.

Members of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church came to Springfield Sunday to protest an appearance by comedian and political commentator Bill Maher. KSMU’s Mike Donnelly reports.

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Missouri lawmakers are considering legislation that would change the provisions that became law under Proposition B. Supporters of the original initiative say their intent was to implement anti-cruelty protections for dogs at commercial breeding facilities in Missouri. Proposition B won a majority of votes in the November 2010 election. However, efforts to repeal or amend the initiative began shortly thereafter with opponents of the measure saying it goes too far and creates problems for well-intentioned breeders. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann looks at both sides of the debate, and files this report.

A representative from the Office of the British Consulate in Chicago plans to visit Springfield Wednesday to discuss trade and investment opportunities between the United Kingdom and the United States. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann talked with a spokesperson for the Chamber of Commerce to learn more about how this could impact local businesses.

Carolyn Jessop is known as the first woman to escape and gain full custody of all of her children from a well known polygamist group, and she’s coming to the Ozarks. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes tells us her triumphant story.

{enclose http://ksmu.org/media/mp3/march18201_8284.mp3} In this month's episode of Ask the President, Dr. James Cofer discusses the impact of athletics on a university.

Good afternoon, and welcome back to our Sense of Community series. I’m Jennifer Moore. All this week, we’re looking at how our community is being affected by state budget cuts.