Michele Skalicky

Morning Edition Host

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference.  Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.

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Bridge work in Laclede County this fall could mean lane closures and traffic delays on I-44.  MODOT plans to build a new I-44 Outer Road bridge over the Gasconade River west of Hazelgreen.  Work will begin next week.

The project includes building a new bridge on a new alignment between the existing Gasconade River Bridge, along Historic Route 66, and the I-44 bridges across the river. The existing bridge was closed to traffic in December 2014 due to extensive deterioration, according to MODOT.

Ozark Technical Community College students in the Branson area now have a Technical Education Center.  A grand opening for the facility was held Monday at the OTC Table Rock campus. 

The 10,500-square-foot building, north of that campus, will house classrooms and labs for the college’s HVAC and construction programs. The newly renovated center will open its doors to students Aug. 20.

City of Springfield

The City of Springfield is seeking input on how the ¼-cent capital improvements sales tax revenue should be used if the tax is extended in April.

The tax was first approved in 1989 and has been renewed by voters nine times:  In 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016..

Missouri State University

Missouri State University’s Board of Governors has extended the employment contract of President Clif Smart to June 30, 2026.  That’s a four-year extension of his existing contract.

"We are extremely pleased with the direction of Missouri State University under President Smart’s guidance,” said Board Chair Carrie Tergin. “His leadership has been invaluable in helping the university successfully navigate through a difficult year of budget reduction and uncertainty.”


The contract extension raises Smart’s salary to no less than $380,000 effective July 1, 2022.

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Highway 65 between I-44 and Kearney has reopened, but the southbound stretch between Valley Water Mill Rd. and I-44 is closed, and there is no access to I-44 from southbound 65.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says the closure will last until 10 p.m. Sunday, August 19.  Crews are working on pavement reconstruction.

The detour is westbound Greene County Route AA to southbound Glenstone Ave. to I-44 to southbound Route 65.