Theresa Bettman

News Producer, Announcer, Host

Theresa received her undergraduate degree in sociology at Missouri State University, as well as her  Master's degree in Social Work at MSU. Theresa enjoys writing, drawing, reading, music, working with animals, and most of all spending time with her family. She wishes to continue to use her experiences, combined with her pursuit of education, to foster a sense of empowerment and social awareness in the community. Theresa loves working with KSMU and attributes her passion for NPR, and love of learning, to her father.

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Many children have escaped the trauma of domestic violence and are living with a parent in the Harmony House shelter in east Springfield. Harmony House serves anywhere between 30 and 50 children at any given time. 

And that trauma can impact a child’s education.

Tony LaBellarte is the Children’s Case Manager at Harmony House. 

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Missouri’s 140th House seat covers the eastern portion of Christian County—including Ozark, Sparta, and Saddlebrooke. 

Three candidates are in the running here:  Republican incumbent Lynn Morris, Green Party candidate Robert Debbaut, and Democrat Tony Smith.

We catch up with Smith one afternoon as he’s canvassing a district neighborhood.

He says healthcare for senior citizens is a top priority.

Tony Smith, Democratic Candidate

“Seniors need to be taken care of, they worked hard their entire lives,” said Smith.

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For this afternoon’s Sense of Community series on Opportunities for Veterans, we’re in the municipal courtroom of Carthage, Missouri.  It has the typical judge’s bench, two tables for legal counsel, wooden pews for the public, and a bailiff. But this is no ordinary courtroom. It’s a veteran treatment court.

It begins with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.

As each person’s name is called—all veterans—Judge John Nicholas rises to shake each person’s hand, smile, and look them in the eye.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Ilga Vise talks with executive director of OACAC, Carl Rosenkranz.

Today’s discussion explores the history of OACAC, and services available to help give people in poverty to have a “hand up.”

Contact information: (417) 862-4314

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Chrystal Brigman Mahaney talks with one of the founding physicians with Equality Health Care, Dr. Shelby Smith. 

Today’s discussion provides an overview direct primary care, and its role in the broader health care conversation.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Chrystal Brigman Mahaney continues her conversation with Representative Steve Helms of Missouri’s 135th House District in Springfield. 

Today’s discussion talks about healthcare and explores an overview of a proposed Missouri health care plan.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lisa Langley speaks with Leslie Forrester, executive director of the Springfield Regional Arts Council.   

Today’s conversation explores the findings of a recent study examining the financial contribution the arts bring to Springfield and surrounding communities.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lois Zerrer continues her conversation with Diana Sheridan, district conservationist for National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), under the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Today’s discussion focuses on programs available to farmers through the NRCS, as how these aid in local conservation.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Debbie Good speaks with Roz Palmer and Meleah Spencer with The Kitchen Inc.

The conversation today focuses on changes in the program over the last 35 years, starting as a shelter model transitioning to the current "housing first" model.

 Learn more about helping opportunities.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Leslie Carrier speaks with Zim Schwartze, director of Emergency Communications.

Schwartze expands upon the conversation from last time, speaking to concerns faced daily by dispatchers, and the role of 911 in a healthy community.

Photo Credit: Steve Helms

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Chrystal Brigman Mahaney speaks with Representative Steve Helms of the 135th House District in Springfield.

Rep. Helms serves as Chair of the Subcommittee for Short-term Financial Transactions, and will be speaking about proposed measures to reduce the often predatory nature of short term lending.

A Town Hall style meeting about this topic will be Wednesday, March 21st at 6:00pm at Schweitzer Brentwood Library.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lois Zerrer speaks with representatives of the outreach and dual credit programs at Missouri State University.

The discussion explores how programs can make college education more accessible and affordable for families.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lisa Langley speaks with Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller.

They discuss the upcoming April election and important information for Greene County voters.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Leslie Carrier speaks with Cameron Rose, co-owner of Won Communications.

Net neutrality, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and what this means for consumers related to effects in cost and service.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Debbie Good speaks with Trish Long, Regional Administrator of Missouri Division of Youth Services (DYS).

Long shares history of DYS, the Missouri Approach and how differs from other states, as well as funding and volunteer groups that assist with the mission of helping youth. 

Find out more by visiting the website or calling 417-895-6485.

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