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This year’s Academy Awards has struggled to find a host.  But a late night talk show host in the Ozarks says he knows someone—“Ahem!”—who would host The Oscars for pennies on the dollar.



The late night talk show, which started at Skinny Improv in 2006, now airs on ABC and FOX affiliate stations. It’s filmed live in front of a public audience in Springfield.


Houghton says the show has expanded and now airs in 10 broadcast markets in more than five different states.


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Over 40 employers are looking to recruit job seekers at a major hiring event in Springfield on Tuesday.


The Springfield Career Center is hosting a multi-Industry hiring event and a skills training fair on Tuesday, January 22.

The event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Career Center at 2900 E. Sunshine.

Katherine Trombetta, spokesperson for the career center, says the event is open to people of all ages and education backgrounds.

City of Branson

The City of Branson is increasing security at City Hall.  Starting Tuesday, January 22, anyone attending Branson Board of Aldermen meetings or Board of Aldermen study sessions will have their bags, briefcases and purses searched for weapons.  Everyone will be required to go through a metal detector.

Branson spokeswoman, Melody Pettit, said there were no incidents or security concerns that prompted the changes.

Missouri State University

In this episode of Engaging the Community, KSMU's Jennifer Moore speaks with MSU President Clif Smart and MSU Deputy Provost Dr. Chris Craig about opportunities for the visually impaired.

You can hear the interview by clicking the "Play" icon below.

In 2017, Missouri State University was designated as the number one college or university in the country for the visually impaired by the website

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The Ozark Mountain Music Festival continues through Sunday (1/20) at the Basin Park Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  It’s an Ozark Mountain fusion of bluegrass, folk and American roots music.