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Megan Burke

Megan started working as a KSMU photo intern in the fall of 2017. She is currently a junior at Missouri State University majoring in journalism and minoring in photography. Also working as a senior reporter and staff photographer for The Standard, she plans to pursue a career in international photojournalism. Megan was born in Tokyo, Japan but grew up in O’Fallon, I

The Wonders of Wildlife museum and aquarium announced a new program called

A bill that would change Missouri's open records law has made it through a Missouri Senate committee and is moving forward.

The bill would reverse a decision made by voters in November when they approved a Constitutional amendment known as "Clean Missouri."

A bill that critics say would allow most government records in Missouri to remain closed to the public passed the House Thursday and now heads to the Missouri Senate. It reverses some of the transparency laws ushered in by voters in November.  It’s raising red flags among transparency groups, the press, and some citizen groups.

A refresher in civics:  why public records are important

Missouri Chief Justice Zel Fischer talked about

In Greene County, the most recent census data shows more than 1,600 grandparents are responsible for raising their grandchildren.

The temperature is plummeting to extremely cold levels this week.  On nights when the temperature drops below freezing, cold weather shelters in Springfield open for the homeless so they aren’t exposed to the elements and the dangerous cold.

At Missouri State University, a man was threatened with a knife as he confronted two men that were attempting to break into his vehicle on Tuesday.

 

This year’s Academy Awards has struggled to find a host.  But a late night talk show host in the Ozarks says he knows someone—“Ahem!”—who would host The Oscars for pennies on the dollar.

Bald Eagles hold a fascination for many.  The birds of prey are the national emblem here in the U.S., and they’re considered a rare sight in the wild. In southern Missouri, though, sightings of bald eagles rise in the winter months during their migration from the north.

The government shutdown is affecting workers at the Springfield-Branson National Airport, including security staff who check bags and air traffic controllers.

If you’re looking to fly out of Springfield early in the new year, you could snag a significant deal on one-way tickets.

Allegiant Airlines is offering discounted tickets to some destinations from the Springfield-Branson National Airport starting this month.

In the Ozarks, caves serve as geological landmarks and a testament to the region's Karst topography. But some caves in the region are woven into the legends and folklore passed from one generation to the next.

One particular cave in the tiny village of Smallett, Missouri near Ava has been shrouded in mystery since the Civil War.

Today, the cave is on a farm off of Highway A. The farm belongs to the Sellars family.

Eighty miles southeast of Springfield, deep in the Ozark Mountains lies a secluded getaway spot that draws people from all over the world.  It boasts a river stocked with Rainbow Trout and a restaurant that makes one heck of a cobbler—but the town of Rockbridge, Missouri also has a gem of a past.

At Drury University, veterans, students, and community members gathered on Monday in observance of Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of World War I.

 

As the temperatures drop, many look forward to the holiday season; but for the homeless community in Springfield, November brings unbearably cold nights.

 

 

When American doctors enter the field of medicine, most take an oath to put the patient’s health as a top priority.

The Greene County Democratic watch party ended with hugs and tears for some party members on election night.

 

High up in the Ozark Mountains lies a gravel road that spans 23 miles from Ava to Longrun. It’s Missouri’s only National Scenic Byway, and it’s owned by the National Forest Service.

 

The first frost is expected to hit the greater Springfield area Monday night.

Mark Burchfield, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service Springfield office, says to bring potted plants inside and prepare extra time in the morning-because you might need to scrape some frost from the windshield of your vehicle.

After Tuesday, he expects temperatures to climb back up a little.

"It's gonna be, you know, kinda seasonable. It's gonna be more fall-like than what we've had," Burchfield said.

 

Medicare recipients are getting new cards to prevent identity theft and healthcare fraud.

Out of 150 young, at-risk individuals surveyed in the Springfield area, 64 percent said they’d been homeless with a parent or caregiver at some point in their lives—that’s according to a new report.  KSMU’s Megan Burke has more.

The report, released by Community Partnership of the Ozarks, shows results from a survey of 150 Ozarks residents between the ages of 11 and 25 seeking services from local agencies.

Amanda Stadler coordinates the continuum of care for the Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness. She says the report is critical for the community.

Mobility and balance tend to worsen as we age. Next month, seniors across Missouri can take free classes on how to stay strong and prevent falling. KSMU’s Megan Burke reports.

Missouri State University President Clif Smart gave the annual State of the University address on Monday, highlighting accomplishments over the past year and identifying things to work on. KSMU’s Megan Burke was there and has more.

Smart touted the university’s triumphs in the state legislature, including a new state law that lets MSU offer more doctoral programs.

Faculty diversity reached 14 percent—up from 11.5 percent two years ago.

new Missouri law requires all public colleges and universities to administer a civics exam to students as a requirement for graduation. It was part of Senate Bill 807, which went into effect on August 28, 2018.

The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Economic Outlook Conference on Wednesday. As KSMU’s Megan Burke reports, two of the area’s needs are a younger, skilled workforce—and buildings for them to work in.

Ryan Mooney, Senior Vice President of Economic Development for the Chamber, said Springfield’s unemployment rate is very low—it’s at three percent.

But he added that the city will need to grow its workforce by attracting more young people to the area as Baby Boomers continue to leave the workforce faster than they can be replaced.

Two educators from classrooms in the Ozarks region are among seven finalists for Missouri’s “Teacher of the Year” award.

The award is given each year by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Teachers were nominated by their school districts.

Jean Lawson, a special education teacher at Truman Elementary in Springfield, is one of the finalists.

“I was just overwhelmed, it was not anything I really expected. Even to be nominated by somebody was really an honor,” Lawson said.