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Josh Conaway

Josh Conaway is a second year student at Missouri State University studying political science and Spanish. He works as news reporter and announcer for KSMU. His favorite part of working for KSMU is meeting a wide variety of interesting people for stories. He has a passion for history and running.


Missouri State University is moving to update its draft policy on wearing masks following feedback from students and faculty. KSMU’s Josh Conaway reports. 


On July 29 from 10 to noon, the History Museum on the Square will hold a ‘sensory friendly’ experience for special-needs visitors, featuring dimmed lights and quiet areas.

The museum says the experience is meant to be less stimulating and overwhelming than a normal visit. 

Krista Adams, who directs development of the museum, says the experience is for people of all abilities and breaks down the barrier for people to visit. 


Greene County officials have set specific amounts for how much money each of five categories will receive of the county’s share of federal CARES Act relief funding.


Living in the middle of a pandemic is stressful. It can take a toll on mental health. But now, some grant funding is going toward a team of mental health professionals in the Joplin area to help.

Originally, the FEMA-funded “Show-Me Hope” grant went toward survivors of 2019 storms in southwest Missouri, helping them cope with psychological trauma. But funding has expanded to include support of those dealing with the strain from the COVID-19 crisis.

The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution introduced by Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri condemning China’s proposed “national security law,” which Hawley says would “steamroll” Hong Kong.


Many Missourians are flocking to campgrounds--including people who haven't previously considered themselves "campers." Missouri state parks report a higher number of visitors during an already crowded time of year.



Health officials in Greene County have significantly lowered the region’s health capability score to 1 out of 10 on the local coronavirus Recovery Dashboard. 

Universities are known for traditions;  and there's a fundraising tradition at Evangel that's been happening since 1964:  the "Colossal Garage Sale" was delayed earlier this year due to the pandemic. The four-day fundraiser is back on and starts June 24.

The Evangel Auxiliary raises money for scholarships and academic projects through the “Colossal Garage Sale," according to the university.  The sale features an antique bed, office supplies, clothes and jewelry, books and CDs, and more. Evangel said it will follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 


This week, 13 national organizations that represent patients with chronic medical conditions voiced their support for Medicaid expansion in Missouri.

We don’t usually think about the ground we walk on; that is, until suddenly it isn’t there anymore. That’s what happened to one Springfield homeowner when a sinkhole opened up on her property recently.

Athena Gideon lives in the Rountree neighborhood in central Springfield. When she left her home on the morning of June 9, she noticed the mailbox by the front porch was missing.


A Springfield counselor is asking for donations to bring books by Black authors to classrooms across the state.


As Missouri lifts restrictions on public gatherings, churches face a choice to hold in-person services or keep them online. One Springfield church is trying a creative compromise.



The Howell County Health Department reported a five-case increase of COVID-19 in the county on June 9. This brings the total of cases reported in Howell County to eighteen.

Three of the latest cases live in the Peace Valley area and two are in West Plains.


A national organization dedicated to helping men of color through college has moved its offices to the Springfield campus of Missouri State University.


For this segment in our Sense of Community series, Dementia in the Ozarks, we’re looking at the shortage of geriatricians—and what that means for the aging population here in the Ozarks.

The Alzheimer’s Association will host an online roundtable discussion about the challenges of caring for those with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event is open to the public. Experts will discuss caregiving problems and possible solutions. They will also talk about local resources for patients with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers during the pandemic. 

  Hundreds of demonstrators marched up and down Glenstone and Battlefield in Springfield Saturday to protest racism and excessive force by law enforcement.

This week, Missouri State Parks began its “phased reopenin