Local Government

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


Eye on the Community
12:14 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Glass Half Full for Stephens During Springfield's State of the City

Mayor Bob Stephens during Thursday's State of the City Address/Credit: Christopher Akins - City of Springfield

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.

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Eye on the Community
2:46 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Petition Submitted Seeking Reversal of Springfield Walmart Decision

Walmart Neighborhood Market on S. Glenstone Ave/Credit: Scott Harvey

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.

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The Scales of Justice
8:02 am
Mon December 20, 2010

Justice for All: The Case of Jared Blacksher

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.

[Sound: Intercom voice saying “Christian County Jail” Reporter: “Hi, I’m Jennifer Moore, here for an interview with an inmate.”Sound of security door unlocking, opening.]

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