Springfield’s 39th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches its way through downtown on March 16th.

The celebration will kick off at 12:30, beginning with the Irish Pet Contest.

The parade will begin at 2:00 pm starting on the corners of Benton Ave and Commercial Street, and will come to an end at the Patton Alley Pub on South and Elm.  

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When thinking about automation, AI and robotics, one is struck by all the positive things that might come from their implementation.  However, in a society where your value to society derives primarily from your contributions, we may need to rethink some of our conceptions of human worth.  In his position as a minister, Andy Bryan, the pastor at Campbell United Methodist Church in Springfield, deals with the issues of self-worth and human value on a daily basis.  In this segment of Stem Spots, he and I discuss human worth related to both one’s work and to our inherent value as human beings.

Michele Skalicky

Springfield is home to the world headquarters of Enactus.  The organization, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise or SIFE, is on 1730 campuses around the world and has 72,000 student members.  Its mission is to engage the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders to use innovation in business principals in order to improve the world.

"This is about creating a better and more sustainable world,"  said Julie Carver, senior vice president of marketing and communications for Enactus.

City of Branson

Plans for an aquarium in Branson are moving forward after the Branson Board of Aldermen this week voted to approve Tax Increment Financing for the project.

Kuvera Partners, which will build the 46,000-square-foot aquarium at the northwest corner of the vacant Grand Palace property, held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday.

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Agriculture is near and dear to the hearts of Missourians.  Of course biology is the science most associated with the growth of plants.  However, chemistry also has a direct bearing on the development of crops.  Enter Dr. Cyren Rico, an Assistant Professor in MSU’s Chemistry department.  He has degrees in both chemistry and agriculture and works at the intersection of the two.  Listen in as we discuss his work on metal nanoparticles and their interaction with the important grains, wheat and barley.