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MO Governor Appoints Interim Commissioner for Greene County

John Russell has been sworn in as the interim Greene County District 2 Commissioner. Missouri Governor Mike Parson appointed Russell Tuesday to fill the position vacated by Lincoln Hough who was elected to the state senate last November. The senate has 30 days from when it convenes today to vote to approve Russell’s appointment. But in the interim he serves as a fully active and voting member of the commission. Russell holds a degree in business administration from the University of Missouri....

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President Trump delivered the first Oval Office address of his presidency Tuesday night — and it came in the midst of a protracted partial government shutdown. There were a lot of questions going into the address, but there were at least as many afterward — especially, and most importantly: What now? So what did we learn from the president's address and the rare Democratic response? Here are seven insights: 1. We are no closer to the shutdown being over Trump tried to insist that he had...

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A Unique Partnership Benefits Ozarks Food Harvest

Apr 19, 2012

A local university has teamed up with a national company to provide food for the hungry in a unique way. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has more.

Missouri State University has teamed up with the Kellogg’s Company as part of the “Eat, Share, Prosper” campaign. Sara McClendon is the food drive outreach assistant with Ozarks Food Harvest, which is facilitating the drive.

“Basically they just work with the dining operations to allow whatever cereal is consumed over the month of April…that same amount will be donated to Ozarks Food Harvest,” says McClendon.

Courtesy and Sharing the Road

Apr 19, 2012

Dr. Andy Cline is a member of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee for the Traffic Advisory Board of Springfield.  He’s also the author of Drive Less, Live More. Cline is passionate about spreading awareness of proper cycling practices.


 “I don’t care what kind of a road user you are, if you’re driving a truck, an automobile, a donkey cart, a bicycle, it doesn’t matter. If you are a user of the street, you owe every other user of the street the courtesy of following the rules. That’s the responsible and mature thing to do. “


During the four-year sesquicentennial of the Civil War, many local organizations are taking the time to recognize the effect of that conflict today and honoring those impacted by it 150 years ago. KSMU’s Sense of Place reporter, Emma Wilson, brings us an update on a new historical marker that will commemorate a local heroine of the American Civil War.

Phelps Grove Park and the area surrounding it was once part of a large plantation owned by John Phelps, a politician, soldier—and later—a popular Missouri Governor.

This year’s convocation theme at Drury University is The Changing Planet: Our Role in Nature’s Economy. On Thursday (April 19), three expert panelists will discuss the role that local agriculture plays in changing our planet. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe spoke with panelists Jonny Dubowski of the rock group Jonny Lives!, as well as Adam and Melissa Millsap, co-owners of the Urban Roots Farm in Springfield.

On Thursday, Students for a Sustainable Future (SSF), a group from Missouri State University, will host a solar-powered concert called Ecopalooza. This event will focus on promoting sustainable living and raise support for the group’s Beyond Coal campaign, a movement to get the MSU administration to pledge to transition from coal-powered electricity to 100% renewable energy. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.


Joe Kurmaskie got his nickname—The Metal Cowboy—from a blind rancher he encountered one icy morning in Idaho on one of his rides and he’s kept it since.

His passion for bicycling started as a youngster when his sister let him ride her pink bike with the streamers hanging from the handlebars and it continues to this day.

He’s an advocate for bicyclists and believes that cars and bikes can co-exist on the roadways.

Missouri has been named one of the top ten states for enrolling veterans in post-secondary education. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser looks into some of the programs these institutions are offering to veterans in the Ozarks.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Higher Education, the number of veterans receiving education benefits in the state increased by more than four thousand between 2010 and 2011. That makes Missouri ninth in growth of veteran enrollment.

This week, local faith leaders will gather at the Council of Churches of the Ozarks to take part in a two-day statewide event that focuses on placing a cap on interest rates on predatory payday loans. Churches in Kansas City, St. Louis, Jefferson City and Springfield will host this canvassing training for clergy members in their communities. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details on the event.


Springfield-Greene County Libraries to Host Spring Book Sale

Apr 17, 2012

Friends of the Library will host a giant spring book sale beginning Tuesday, April 24th. KSMU’s Brittany Donnellan has details.

Leslie Carrier talks with Don Hicks, president and CEO of the Missouri Broadcasters Association about what his organization does.