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Two more Taney County residents have died of COVID-19.  They're related to the nursing home cases the Taney County Health Department reported on August 5.  The total number of deaths in the county from COVID-19 is five.

As of August 3, a total of 72 cases had been confirmed in four facilities, according to the health department.

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Springfield Contemporary Theatre is coming back virtually with an online presentation of their “SCT Sings” series that has featured many of the company’s most popular singers and performers in concert settings since 2018. SCT Managing Artistic Director Rick Dines visited with me live in the studio during Friday’s “Arts News” to talk about their upcoming online presentation: “Fascinating Rhythms: A Taste of SCT Sings.”                                                                              

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Cox College's learning model will look different when classes start back up on August 17.

The college’s curriculum will be delivered in a hybrid model of in-person and virtual classes, according to a news release.  The goal, it said, is to keep students off-campus “when appropriate.”

When students arrive on campus, they’ll be required to undergo a screening for COVID-19 symptoms and get a temperature check.  They’ll also be required to wear masks.

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Greene County now has 14 deaths from COVID-19.  The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says a women in her 80s who was immunocompromised is the latest in the county to die of the illness caused by the coronavirus. 

This is the third COVID-19 death in Greene County in August.

As of Friday morning, there were 588 cases of COVID-19 in the county.  There were 60 people hospitalized with the illness, and 13 of those were in ICU.

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The City of Springfield is planning intersection and traffic calming improvements in the Cherry and Pickwick area.  And it’s asking for public feedback.

The planned improvements will be along Cherry Street from Fremont on the west to the railroad crossing on the east.  The project design includes what are called “bulb-outs”—extensions of the curbline into the roadway.  They are intended to narrow the street, which will force traffic to slow down, according to the city.  But they’ll also reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians and provide more greenspace.

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Burrell Behavioral Health is expanding services to Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield youth and families.  Burrell signed a memorandum of understanding this week with the Boys & Girls Clubs to include clinical behavioral health services.  A licensed Burrell clinician will now be located on-site at the Musgrave and Fremont units to provide individual and group therapy sessions, according to the Boys & Girls Clubs Facebook page.

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Eddie Gumucio, host of KSMU’s Wednesday night program “Beneath the Surface,” talked by phone about the 10-year anniversary of Queen City Shout, the annual music and arts fundraiser to support poverty relief here in the Ozarks. Normally it takes place on Historical Commercial Street in numerous food-and-drink venues there.  COVID-19 has caused quite a few changes to the festival this year, he said.                         

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In this segment of KSMU's monthly program These Ozarks Hills, master storyteller and folklorist Marideth Sisco reflects on the protests and turmoil of the country as seen from her youth, and wonders if America can unite the way it once did.

Listen to the essay here:

This week on STEM Spots, Host, Dr. Dave Cornelison sits down with Physics Professor, Dr. Kartik Ghosh to discuss his research on the coronavirus.

Listen Here:

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Another Greene County resident has died of COVID-19.  According to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, the latest death was a woman in her 80s who was immunocompromised. 

There’s now a total of 13 deaths related to COVID-19 in Greene County.

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When classes resume in Springfield Public Schools August 24, students will only go in-person two days a week because of the pandemic.  And some parents have opted to go to all virtual learning.  A local healthcare system is going to offer its employees a place where their kids can continue to learn while they go to work. 

CoxHealth’s Meyer Center will close its doors at the end of the business day Wednesday, August 12. And, when it reopens, it will be as a student care program for children of Cox employees.

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There are 70 cases of COVID-19 associated with four nursing homes in Taney County.

According to the Taney County Health Department, residents and family members have been notified of the positive cases.

As of Tuesday at 3 p.m. there were 32 cases of COVID-19 at Point Lookout Nursing and Rehab, 34 at Shepherd of the Hills Living Center, three at Forsyth Nursing & Rehab and one at Lakeside Mountain Manor.

Two people who were arrested for their involvement with catalytic converter thefts earlier this year have been convicted and sentenced, according to the Springfield Police Department.

Thirty-five-year-old Marcus Burk of Springfield pled guilty to felony stealing and was sentenced to five years with the Department of Corrections.

Thirty-year-old Matthew Griffin of Springfield pled guilty to bringing a controlled substance into the jail and received an eight-year sentence as part of a plea agreement.

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KSMU talked to voters who had just cast ballots Tuesday at polling sites in Springfield.  We asked why they went to the polls despite the pandemic.

Voter Jack McGee:  "I've just been wanting to, I guess, just get more involved in voting for local and state politics more than just on Election Day every four years."

McGee said yes to expanding Medicaid in Missouri.

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Springfield voters have agreed to impose a 5,000 dollar annual fee on short-term lending businesses, commonly referred to as payday lenders. 

Critics of "payday," or "title" loans say they prey on the poor and reinforce the cycle of poverty. A task force recommended the annual fee to Springfield City Council earlier.

The issue was posed to Springfield voters as "Question 1" on Tuesday, and nearly 57 percent said "yes" to imposing the fee on payday lenders.