Lamar Colvin | KBIA

Lamar Colvin

Lamar is a broadcast journalism major at Missouri State University, and he comes from St. Louis, Missouri. He likes reporting on sports, the criminal justice system, health, and politics.  He enjoys reading, watching movies, playing basketball and exploring the outdoors. 

UPDATE at 11:00 p.m. Thursday, March 12:  MSU has canceled classes for Friday, March 13, one day before Spring Break was set to begin. The campus-wide alert went out moments after Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced a second case of COVID-19 in the state, this one in Springfield.

The Springfield Police Department is partnering with Springfield Public Schools in a new program that puts officers in P.E. classes.

Police officers in Springfield have found a way to relate to the younger generation of the Springfield community by shooting hoops and running laps with middle school students.

The program is currently in four middle schools.

Brandon Keene is a Springfield police officer participating in the program.

You’ve heard of rescued dogs and cats…but tigers?  The Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs has welcomed two tigers who needed a new home.

The tigers come from a privately owned zoo, and the owners voluntarily turned the tigers over to Turpentine Creek.

Emily McCormack is the main animal curator at the refuge.

Leaders from two major hospitals and a community clinic in Joplin joined the chorus of medical professionals statewide urging Missouri voters to expand Medicaid in the 2020 election. Medicaid is the government health coverage program for the lower-income and disabled populations.

At a press conference Thursday, CEO of Freeman Health System Paula Baker said by the time many lower-income patients make it to a hospital, it's late in their illness, and they show up at the costly Emergency Department.  

Springfield will soon have a new, mental health crisis center.  The Greene County Commission and Burrell Behavioral Health plan to sign a contract Tuesday that will commit 1,000,000 dollars in public funding to

College seniors and education degree graduates hoping to be teachers in the fall can meet up with school administrators from a seven-county area at an event on Friday, March 13 on the Missouri State University-West Plains campus. 

The annual Teacher Placement Day event will begin at 9 a.m. with interviews and applications with various school districts in Missouri and Arkansas. The event is free.  All applicants must pre-register if they would like to attend.  

The MSU Lady Bears basketball team earned a spot in the NCAA tournament last year and made it to the Sweet Sixteen. This year, the team hopes to go even farther—and Saturday’s game against Southern Illinois University will be critical for them in their journey.

The Lady Bears are 20-3 with seven regular season games left.  Five of those seven games will be at home, starting with SIU Saturday. The last time the two teams faced off, SIU beat the Lady Bears by a last second lay-up.

Head Coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton spoke to reporters Thursday afternoon.

  There’s a four hour period—from 4:00 to around 8:00 in the evening—when homeless people in Springfield have a hard time finding shelter from the extreme cold.