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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A ballot measure that would have banned pit bulls in the city of Springfield was defeated at the polls Tuesday.  Sixty-eight percent of voters said no to the measure, which would have established a future ban on the possession of new pit bulls and prohibit acceptance of new pit bull registrations.

Following the vote, Springfield Mayor Ken McClure issued a statement thanking voters for taking part in the election.  He pointed to the initiative petition process as an avenue for turning beliefs into action and said “the democratic process has worked as designed.”

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The Missouri Department of Transportation says drought conditions exist throughout much of the state.  Because of that, it’s decided to offer a special overwidth hauling permit to help farmers and ranchers move hay. Loads must be of legal height, length and weight. According to MODOT, permits can be requested via phone and will, in most cases, be issued within minutes via fax or email. The $32 permit fee will be waived through Oct. 31.

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University Extension will offer meetings next week for livestock producers worried about how to feed cattle this winter as a drought continues in the state.

According to the Greene County Extension office, lots of people have been calling asking what to do, so they and the Lawrence County Extension office decided to offer tips August 17 for producers wanting to know how to survive the dry conditions.

Missouri State University

There’s a new central polling location available today in Greene County.  Anyone needing a polling place designed for accessibility to voters who have physical disabilities or who are unable to get to their assigned voting location may cast a ballot at the Missouri State University Davis-Harrington Welcome Center.  That’s at 705 S. National.  Hours are the same as at other polling sites—6 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Theresa Bettmann

Springfield Public Schools go back in session August 15, and SPS Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann said the focus this year will be “One Team, One Dream.”  The idea is for the entire community to be involved in making sure kids get a quality education.  Part of that, he said, is looking at what kinds of facilities students need to be able to learn "and what kind of safety environments and equitable access to accessibility and those things need to take place," Jungmann said.