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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Missouri State University President Clif Smart says he anticipates an August start to the new school year that will be as close to normal. He says the university has learned a lot of lessons from the pandemic and created changes that will remain.

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Beginning March 15, more people will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Missouri.  But the Springfield-Greene County Health Department said they and local health care partners will continue to focus on those who are high risk until supply increases.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has freed $281 million that he previously blocked from being spent. The Republican on Monday said state finances have improved since the coronavirus first hit the state, allowing him to release the money. Parson initially cut $438 million from the state budget over concerns that the virus would tank the economy and mean less state revenue for the year. He's been releasing chunks of that funding as the economy has improved. The $281 million Parson released Monday was the last of his remaining spending restrictions.

Southwest Missouri Trail System Celebrates 30 Years

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This week, host Debbie Good speaks with Mary Kromrey, executive director of Ozarks Greenways.

Today’s discussion explores the 30th anniversary of Ozark Greenways, and talks about plans to add trails seeking to further connect and expand the regional trail system.  

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The recent extreme cold in Missouri proved difficult for birds and for certain species in particular. 

State ornithologist, Sarah Kendrick, with the Missouri Department of Conservation, said she’s received a lot of reports of dead birds.  Some were frozen in people’s yards, and others were found after the snow melted.  Many were eastern bluebirds and American robins.


Jordan Valley Community Health Center will hold free drive through COVID-19 testing Monday, March 1, and Tuesday, March 2, in Greene and Christian Counties.

The first will be at First Baptist Church of Ozark, 1400 W. Jackson, Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The second will be held Tuesday at Jordan Valley Community Health Center, 1720 Grand in Springfield, from 8 a.m. to noon. 

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Josh Inman from Springfield Little Theatre joined us live in the studio on “Arts News” this morning to talk about SLT’s new production which opened last night, and is scheduled for a a two-week run at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut: the off-Broadway hit “Shout! The Mod Musical.”                                                                

“Yeah, we opened last night to a great crowd,” said Inmon, who directs the production. “By the end, they were dancing in their seats, and everybody was having fun singing along”—while staying socially distanced, of course!

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As outgoing Springfield-Greene County Health Department director, Clay Goddard, spoke Friday at a mass vaccination clinic in Springfield, he said it felt like he’d come full circle, "because this is what healing looks like."

He said numbers are moving in the right direction.  COVID-19 case numbers and hospital admittance numbers are declining and more and more people are getting vaccines.

Last week there was only one case of COVID-19 in a long-term care facility resident.  That compares to 132 in the first week of January, according to Goddard.

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Betty Terrell was one of the many people who attended a mass vaccination event held by Jordan Valley Community Health Center and the Missouri National Guard on Friday, February 26.  She said she was happy with the experience and that she was feeling well.

"(It was) very easy," she said.  "This was very well organized."

Despite having received both doses of the vaccine, Terrell plans to continue wearing her mask.

"I feel secure," she said, "but not real secure."

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It's been quite a year, and I'm sure that the prospect of leading during a pandemic was probably always in the back of your mind when you became director of the Springfield Greene County Health Department back in 2017. But did you ever think that day would actually come?

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The Howell County Health Department, City of West Plains, and the Missouri National Guard will hold a mass vaccination Friday, February 26 from 7:30 AM to 4 PM for those who received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on January 29th. The clinic will be held at the West Plains Civic Center. There are designated times of arrival depending on last name. For example, those with last names A through C are asked to show up between 7:30 AM and 9 AM. Visitors are asked to bring their vaccination cards.

On March 11, the city of Springfield and author Peter Kageyama will host a virtual meeting to discuss strategies to engage with local communities in the wake of COVID-19.

The meeting, held over Zoom, is called “The Emotional Infrastructure of Places: Engaging Our Community following the Pandemic.”

Kageyama is the author of the books “For the Love of Cities,” and its follow-up “Love Where You Live.”

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The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Missouri is planning a week of virtual meetings with Missouri lawmakers next week. Chief among their concerns are the high death tolls in nursing homes due to the coronavirus, as well as the need for more transparency in these facilities and an update to state policy.

As nursing homes faced unprecedented deaths, members of the Alzheimer’s Association raised concerns that families of residents, particularly those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, were not being informed properly. 

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In today's episode of STEM Spots, Dr. Cornelison discusses the collaborators, goals, and other various components of a project he is currently working on entitled Experimental Studies of Volatile Fractionation in the Early Solar System. The project's emphasis is on finding out how the evolution of the early solar system provided opportunities for there to be mismatches between the various kinds of elemental abundances over a wide range of elements. Listen to the segment below:


Ten more Greene County, Missouri residents have died of COVID-19.  The Springfield-Greene County Health Department said the deaths were reported to them between February 17 and February 23.

The deaths include two men in their 70s, two women in their 70s, two women in their 80s, two men in their 90s and two women in their 90s.  A total of 414 Greene County residents has died of COVID-19.