Local Government

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


Eye on the Community
3:05 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Greene County is Home to Many Century Farms

Greene County currently has 110 registered Century Farms: Photo Courtesy of MU Extension

Beginning in 1976, the University of Missouri Extension has been recognizing a history in agriculture by honoring the state’s longtime family farms called Century Farms.  KSMU's Theresa Bettmann has more on the special designation.

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Community Safety
2:53 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Experts Share Why It Pays to Know You Neighbors

Neighborhood and Planning Office representative Randall Whitman suggests throwing block parties to strengthen neighborhoods.
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In the weeks since the kidnapping and murder of Hailey Owens, discussions on how to ensure the safety and security of neighborhoods have grown. KSMU's Theresa Bettmann has more on building stronger neighborhood communities.

How many people do you know in your neighborhood?  Some experts suggest that you should know at least 10 along your street.  But how many of us actually do? I, myself, confess to only knowing four, and wanted to learn the numbers of others.

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Eye on the Community
5:54 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Council to Revisit Nondiscrimination Bill, Recommendations in Spring

Both Springfield and the State of Missouri have bills pending to amend nondiscrimination law. For Springfield, task force

The lengthy consideration over how to revise the City of Springfield’s nondiscrimination law returns to the forefront when the bill again comes up for debate in the coming months. And there could be more push at the state level to prohibit discrimination based upon a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Technology Trends
7:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Cell Phone Calls to 9-1-1 Increase, Leading to a Decline in Funding for the Emergency Service

Nearly 77 percent of all calls made to Springfield-Greene County's 9-1-1 center are from mobile devices.
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In just over a decade, cell phone calls to 9-1-1 have nearly doubled in Greene County, rising from 40 percent to 77 percent.  That's above the national average.  While the volume of calls is increasing, state-wide funding for 9-1-1 is on the decline. Missouri is one of the only two states currently without wireless surcharge laws in place to fund the vital service. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more.

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Budget Analysis
4:00 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Bengsch: New Budget Proves Fears of Failure to Pass Use Tax

Under the new budget, the Greene County Health Department's Vaccine Immunization Program will be cut by nearly $78,000/Credit:

Upon finalizing the 2014 budget Friday, Greene County officials say they’ve managed to avoid cutting nearly 20 jobs that were originally on the chopping block. However, eight will be eliminated as part of $1.1 million in budget reductions.  KSMU’s Scott Harvey has more.

Greene County Commissioner Harold Bengsch says they were able to preserve some essential positions by moving them into other areas, including the recent law enforcement sales tax fund.

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