Jim Evans

Springfield City Utilities

Solar power, a clean energy alternative that converts sunlight into electricity using photoelectric cells, is gaining popularity here in the Ozarks. KSMU’s Tom McFarland spoke with some consumers and providers of the service to learn more about its costs and benefits.

While many individuals that are going solar may hire a company to install the panels for them, Jim Evans did it himself.

“I did not hire these put in, I went ahead and purchased the collectors and I did all the installation myself, which made it very inexpensive for me,” says Evans.

Billy Long Elected to Third Term in Congress

Nov 4, 2014
via KSMU archives

Representative Billy Long is going back to Washington. Unofficial finals on Tuesday night show the Republican incumbent received more than 63 percent of the vote to retain his 7th congressional district seat. KSMU’s Anna Thomas reports.

“Anything over 50 percent makes me happy,” Long said.

This will be Long’s third term in office, and his second defeat of Jim Evans. The Democrat received more than 30 percent of the vote in 2012, earned just 29 percent of the votes on Tuesday. Evans said he didn’t think he’d win, but had hoped for higher numbers.

Photo courtesy of Congressman Long's website

Congressman Billy Long says he’s invested in working in the counties of the 7th district rather than campaigning. The Republican representative has faced criticism in recent weeks for declining to debate his opponents. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann spoke with Long and his two challengers ahead of next month’s general election.

Long says congressional duties come before those of his campaign.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

Congressman Billy Long says it’ll take more than just airstrikes to effectively combat the Islamic State militant group.

The Republican representative for Missouri’s 7th District said he’s pleased in the decision for airstrikes against ISIS, but more is needed to take on a group that he says makes Al Qaida pale in comparison.

“I was on a conference call yesterday with Mike Rogers, chairman of intel [House Intelligence Committee], and the things that we know about ISIS are bone chilling, and we need to address that again sooner rather than later.”

Scott Harvey / KSMU

Congressional candidate Jim Evans says the nation’s trade policies have resulted in fewer jobs, added debt and give more leverage to partnering countries.

Evans, a Democrat who is seeking the nomination for Missouri’s 7th Congressional District, says the U.S. needs a more balanced trade approach in how much it gives and how much it receives.