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Missouri State Theatre and Dance alums--and Broadway veterans--Deidre Goodwin and Michelle Potterf return to Springfield early in January to teach a Broadway dance master class for Springfield Little Theatre. KSMU's Randy Stewart talked about it with Deidre Goodwin.

Kay Murnan talks with Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee about tax credits.

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In hopes of urging Missouri’s General Assembly to reauthorize “Missouri Rx”, Governor Jay Nixon made his rounds through Missouri on Tuesday to stress the importance of the program. One stop was at the Jordan Valley Community Health Center in Springfield. KSMU’s Justin Lux has the report.

Senator Claire McCaskill has written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about a three-year cap on increases in discretionary spending. She thinks the cap should be included in any upcoming Senate appropriations bill. The bill sets funding levels for the federal government for Fiscal Year 2011. KSMU’s Ryan Welch has this report.

The Springfield Regional Arts Council presents First Night Springfield, the annual community-wide, alcohol-free celebration of the visual and performing arts to ring in 2011 with live music, theatre, children's activities, fireworks and more. First Night will be held in downtown Springfield on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. This year's event will feature over 25 performances at 10 venues in downtown Springfield, including performances by Chris Sligh (American Idol finalist, season 6), Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, the Skinny Improv, SuperCharge, Grupo Latinoamericano, the Japan America Friendship Group, and many more local performing groups. First Night will also offer hands-on activities for children, rock climbing, ice skating and a fireworks finale in Jordan Valley Park. First Night admission stickers can be purchased in advance for $7 per person or $25 for a family four-pack, at the following locations: area Kum & Go locations, Price Cutter Stores, Springfield-Greene County Library locations, the Creamery Arts Center and the Urban Districts Alliance office. Festivities will begin at 5:30pm, with a fireworks grand finale at midnight in Jordan Valley Park. A complete list of First Night Springfield venues and a complete performance schedule are available online at

www.firstnightspringfield.org

. A shuttle will be provided free of charge to all First Night attendees. For information call the Urban Districts Alliance at 831-6200.

One Ozarks native will be returning home later this week to share his latest accomplishment with the area. KSMU’s Ryan Welch reports.

Enjoy "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," make a personalized ornament & enjoy live holiday music during Center City Saturday Dec. 18, presented in the downtown arts district by the galleries of First Friday Art Walk--it's free and open to the public. Among the highlights are a FREE showing of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" at 10 a.m. at Hollywood Theaters; a 10:00am storytime followed by family films and live holiday music by "A Matter of Style" Saturday afternoon at Park Central Branch Library. You can make a free handpainted, personalized ornament with artist Jesse Stone at Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut Suite 101 from 1 to 4pm; and watch the artists at Springfield Hot Glass Studio give live glassblowing demonstrations. And you can go on your own mini-Art Walk, as the First Friday exhibits remain up all month long. Center City Saturday is presented the third Saturday of each month by members of First Friday Art Walk and the Downtown Springfield Association. For more information visit www.ffaw.org or the Art Walk page on Facebook.

The Springfield Regional Arts Council, with help from the Junior League of Springfield, is celebrating the season and joining downtown Springfield’s “Festival of Lights” by sponsoring a community-wide Free Art Day at The Creamery Arts Center, Saturday, December 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. Several fun activity stations will be available, including holiday cookie decorating, wrapping paper printmaking, and creating a crafty snowman and a glass ball ornament. The Springfield-Greene County Library will also provide storytelling. All ages and artistic abilities are welcome for hands-on art activities, no registration is required. Every participant can create and take home one item from each station, with instruction and supplies provided by Springfield Regional Arts Council staff and volunteers. The Creamery, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, is located in Jordan Valley Park, at the intersection of Sherman and Trafficway, just west of Hammons Field. For more information call the Arts Council at 862-ARTS (2787) or visit www.springfieldarts.org.

With one little signature, you could save up to 50 lives. That's what the X-50 Project is all about: signing up to become an organ donor. Students Mandy Kisker and Stephen Owen, participants in the X-50 Project developed by Dr. Melissa Burnett's advanced advertising class at Missouri State University, explain the project.