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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National Weather Service

The drought in Missouri continues to worsen.  The National Weather Service has expanded areas that are included in the severe drought and extreme drought.  Springfield is in the severe category.  Joplin is in the extreme area.

Normal rainfall in Springfield since June 1 is 9.33 inches, according to the National Weather Service.  The area has received 6.06 inches.

In Joplin, normal rainfall since June 1 is 10.45 inches, and the area has received 5.41 inches.

Josh Hawley

Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill and her opponent, Republican Josh Hawley, have differing views about what their debates should look like.

Hawley Wednesday sent McCaskill a letter letting the senator know he would have a flatbed truck in a couple of locations this week and that “we hope you join us for an hour of free-wheeling, wide-open, old-fashioned debating.”

But McCaskill called the flatbed truck a political stunt during a stop in Springfield Wednesday, and she accused Hawley of trying to avoid talking about the issues Missourians care about.

National Park Foundation

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield will celebrate the 157th anniversary of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek Friday (8/10).  An anniversary program will start at 10 a.m. in front of the visitor center, and tours of the Ray House will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Entrance fees will be waived Friday. 

Michele Skalicky

Dale Edmondson has been farming in southern Polk County since 1951.  The 87-year-old has had bad years and good years, but the tariffs that President Trump has imposed on several countries, including China, he said, may make things too difficult to overcome.  In response to the tariffs imposed on them by the president, China retaliated by threatening to increase tariffs on soybeans coming from the U.S. by 25 percent.  Edmondson said this may be the first year they go into the red.

Phillip Pessar / Flickr

Watch out for closures and traffic delays in downtown Springfield starting early Thursday morning and going through Saturday.  Several roads will be closed for the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, August 10 and 11. 

Below is a comprehensive list of the closures, provided by the city of Springfield. Information signs are in place on primary routes.  Barricades will be in place at several downtown intersections by Thursday.

3-4 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 9