Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.


Business Review
5:12 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Missouri State’s $22 million in FY 2014 Grants Marks Record

Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

Grants to Missouri State University increased nine percent in Fiscal Year 2014 compared to the previous year. The university’s Office of Research Administration announced this week that a total of 289 grants donated to faculty and staff set a new record of $22 million.

These externally funded grants are used for a broad spectrum of ventures at Missouri State, says Dr. Erin Parrish, director of Research Administration. One example, she says, is funding from the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), which aids teaching training.

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Eye on the Community
3:21 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Park Board Implements New Photo Policy

Nathanael Greene Botanical Center is a popular photo spot in Springfield.
Credit KSMY/Taylor Vance

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board has implemented a new photography policy outlining how photographers and videographers may operate in public parks. KSMU’s Taylor Vance has the story.

The policy is designed to help preserve the parks and help reduce potential damages that can occur from photography sessions.

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Engaging the Community
7:37 am
Fri July 18, 2014

President Smart: Outcome of Veto Session May Determine Mid-Year Tuition Increase

Lawmakers will return to the state capitol in September for its annual veto session.
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

The President of Missouri State University says the state legislature needs to work out its differences to avoid withholdings that are compromising school budgets.

Clif Smart recommended to the MSU Board of Governors in June to pass the Fiscal Year 2015 budget as is, noting that the school had a plan in place should certain monies be withheld.   

That plan is now playing out following Governor Jay Nixon’s recent announcement to withhold more than $1 billion from the state budget.

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Business and the Economy
2:39 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Ozarks Food Harvest has Record Year, But High Demand Remains for Food Pantries

Well of Life, located at 418 S. Kimbrough, stocks the pantry shelves with donations from churches, as well as partnering with Ozarks Food Harvest.
Credit Anna Thomas / KSMU

Ozarks Food Harvest distributed 12.5 million meals in its most recent fiscal year, a record in its 31 years in Springfield. The donations help local food pantries across region. KSMU’s Anna Thomas has the story of how one organization and its customers are benefiting.

“Well actually, this is the first time I’ve seen it this busy in here in a long time,” says one pantry patron, inside the Well of Life emergency food pantry at 418 South Kimbrough.

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Eye on the Community
2:36 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Mayor Stephens Defends Marijuana Settlement, Touts City Achievements in Yearly Address

Mayor Bob Stephens delivering his 2014 State of the City address July 10 inside Springfield's Mediacom Ice Park.
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens is defending the city’s recent marijuana lawsuit settlement. As KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports, the remarks were part of the Mayor’s annual State of the City Address which highlighted various initiatives.

Speaking to roughly 300 people Thursday morning, Stephens said the certified petition brought before the City Council in 2012 was flawed, saying he and most council members had a “real problem with passing an ordinance that we knew was in violation of state law.”

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