Local Government

News covering policy and issues related to city and county governments in the Ozarks.

Saying a prescription on medicines containing pseudoephedrine would play a significant burden on law-abiding Springfield citizens, Councilman Doug Burlison Thursday introduced a new amendment to the bill that would put the measure to a vote of the people. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports. 

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In his second State of the City address since taking his oath as mayor in May 2012, Bob Stephens Thursday highlighted enhancements in Springfield’s infrastructure, environment, and the city’s fiscal discipline; while cautioning citizens of the challenges ahead. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

As part of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Springfield! program, the Mayor applauded the recent renewal by voters of the one-fourth cent capital improvements sales tax, noting the project’s success over the last three years.

Two weeks after a Springfield citizens' taskforce vowed to repeal a recent city council decision to bring in a new Walmart, the group has submitted their referendum petition. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

Today, we begin our five-part series, “Justice for All: The Missouri Public Defender System in Crisis.” In this segment, KSMU’s Jennifer Moore looks at why the system has been shutting its doors, and how one rural Ozarks man is caught in the middle of it all.

Behind layer after layer of steel and concrete, 22-year-old Jared Blacksher has been sitting for five months in the Christian County jail without an attorney.

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