Local Government

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


Primary Election 2014
4:43 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Helms Seeks Commissioner's Post, Receives Backing From Current Office Holder

Steve Helms announces his candidacy for presiding Greene County commissioner inside the Courthouse Tuesday/Credit: Scott Harvey

With Greene County’s presiding commissioner not seeking reelection next fall, Circuit Clerk Steve Helms has announced his intentions to run for the vacancy. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

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Eye on Washington
3:35 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

How the Government Shutdown is Impacting Agencies in the Ozarks

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield-Negatively Affected by the Federal Government Shutdown: Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise

Local agencies are feeling the pinch after Congress failed to reach a midnight deadline for a stop-gap spending bill, preventing an estimated 800,000 federal employees from working. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann reports on who is and isn’t open for business.

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Labor and Income
12:25 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate New Booneville Bus Maintenance Facility

Photo Credit: Gayle Babcock of Architectural Imageworks/http://hdesigngroup.wordpress.com/

Springfield City Utilities celebrated the opening of its new bus maintenance facility on Boonville and Locust Friday. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and has this report. 

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Missouri Legislature
1:18 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

With Springfield Pseudoephedrine Debate Stalled, Eyes Now on Legislature

Councilman Craig Fishel's proposed delay of the pseudoephedrine won a 5-4 approval Monday/Credit: Springfield CityView

Will Missouri’s next legislative session produce a solution to the state’s meth problem? That’s the hope of some members of the Springfield City Council, which on Monday voted 5-4 to postpone a prescription only bill concerning cold and sinus medicines that contain pseudoephedrine. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

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Under Review
4:41 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Springfield hit With Lawsuit Over Handling of Pot Petition

Credit: Coleen Whitfield/Flickr/Creative Commons

Groups proposing limited penalties for marijuana possession have filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Springfield, City Council, and City Manager for its handling of an ordinance. KSMU’s Scott Harvey explains.

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