Society has developed into a difficult place for many individuals with autism. Socialization and communication are fundamental, and these skills can be a hurdle.

Dr. Megan Boyle, associate professor of special education at Missouri State University, is a board-certified behavior analyst. She runs a clinic for children with autism spectrum disorders and prepares the next generation of educators for behavior issues in the classroom.

Annual Law Advocacy Day Celebration is May 1st

Apr 26, 2021
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This week, host Erika Brame speaks with Ben Shantz, associate with Spencer Fane and Law Day chair with the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.

Today’s discussion talks about the history of Law Day which has been observed since 1950.  This year’s theme “Advancing the Rule of Law Now” explores our collective systems of laws and incorporates activities for folks to learn more and engage.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis’ new mayor, U.S. Rep. Cori Bush and several other officials met with detainees at both of the city’s jails Saturday to check out conditions and highlight reform efforts.

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CoxHealth plans to close its COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics soon and move vaccines into doctors’ offices.  CoxHealth president and CEO Steve Edwards said Friday they would stop holding the clinics in a couple of weeks.

Edwards said the healthcare system has administered 88,000 doses, but they’re seeing demand for the vaccine go down.

According to Edwards, they’re moving the vaccine into doctors’ offices for patient convenience, and they hope that will result in more people getting the shot.


The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is reminding residents that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. 

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CoxHealth officials are urging people to continue to get tested for COVID-19 and to seek medical care immediately if they suspect they have the illness.

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The Drury University Theatre and Dance Department will present the final production of their 2020-21 season, the annual “Broadway Cabaret,” Wednesday April 28 through Sunday May 1st at 7:30pm each evening in Wilhoit Theatre on the Drury campus.  Director Josh Inmon stopped by KSMU’s “Arts News” to discuss the production.                                                   

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Lisa Brescia, Assistant professor in the Theatre and Dance Department at Missouri State University, joined us on “Arts News” to talk about the video-recorded musical she has directed for the department, “Working—A Musical.” It will be available online now through Monday April 26 at 7:30pm each evening.       

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Springfield Regional Arts Council had to cancel what would have been the 40th anniversary ArtsFest on Historic Walnut Street last year, due to the COVID-19 stay-at-home order.  So the 40th ArtsFest will take place this year, Saturday and Sunday May 1st and 2nd, in the Walnut Street Historic District, presented by Great Southern Bank.  Arts Council Executive Director Leslie Forrester joined us on “Arts News” to talk about it.                                                                                              

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The Missouri Job Center will host a “drive-thru job fair” on Thursday, April 29 with 20 area employers.

From 9:30 to 11:30 Thursday morning, job seekers can talk with local employers from the comfort of their own cars. The event will be held in the parking lot of The Missouri Job Center in Springfield.  Drivers stay in their vehicles, but they will need to bring copies of a resume.  Organizers also recommend applicants should avoid bringing any non-job seeker or pets in the car that might be distracting. 

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says he hopes to have a new health director within the next two months. Parson said Thursday that he thought it was in the best interest of his office and Cabinet to part ways with former health director Randall Williams. The governor did not elaborate on on specific reasons but noted that the coronavirus pandemic had created a “stressful environment” and he pushes his Cabinet members hard. The governor's office announced Williams' resignation on Tuesday.

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COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be held at two Springfield-Greene County Library branches.

The clinics are set for May 1st from 9 a.m. to noon at the Library Center and from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Library Station and are for all Missourians 16 and older.  The Pfizer vaccine will be available, and participants can get their first or second doses.

Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is strongly encouraged.  To register, go to or call 417-874-1211.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded has local environmental groups $4 million in endowments. Those funds will be used to support conservation and outdoor recreation projects.

The four groups chosen to receive the endowments are the James River Basin Partnership, Ozark Greenways, TrailSpring, and the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks. The CFO made the announcement Thursday, which was Earth Day. An anonymous donor gave the foundation $4 million to create endowments, which the Community Foundation will invest.

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In today's episode of STEM Spots, Dr. Cornelison talks to Dr. Ridwan Sakidja, a professor of physics and material science at Missouri State University. In their conversation, Sakidja goes into depth about the computational material science projects he is currently working on, the role that students play in these projects, and his project plans for the upcoming summer. Listen to the segment below. 

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Transgender girls would be banned from playing on girls' sports teams under a bill advancing in the Missouri House. House lawmakers voted 100-51 on Wednesday to add the proposal to another bill. Republican supporters argued the change is needed to protect girls in sports. They decried the risk of being called bigots, hateful or transphobic for proposing the rule. Democrats at times wept and said the rule change could push transgender children to kill themselves.