The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will host Eagle Days Saturday (1/18) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday (1/19) from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.  The event includes programs at the Nature Center with live eagles from Dickerson Park Zoo.  Spotting scopes will be set up at the Lake Springfield Boathouse.  

In this episode of our program Engaging the Community, Missouri State University president Clif Smart discusses the hiring of the new head football coach, Bobby Petrino. 

The university announced the new coach Wednesday and introduced him and his wife, Becky, to the community Thursday.  Listen to the episode below.

Dave interviews Dr. Paul Deal, an associate professor and department head of Psychology at Missouri State University, about the role of IQ tests in psychology, research, and culture.

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Freezing rain and rain are  in the forecast for southern and central Missouri.  Temperatures will be colder Thursday, with highs around 40, and the precipitation will begin Thursday night. 


Officials from Missouri State Parks are inviting the public to a meeting Thursday (1/16) to share their ideas on the new Bryant Creek State Park, located near Ava. KSMU’s Joshua Conaway reports.



Missouri State University's choice of Bobby Petrino as its new head football coach made national headlines Wednesday, due to his high-profile name in the sports world. As KSMU’s Josh Conaway reports, the university plans to welcome Petrino to campus Thursday morning (1/16). 

Greene County Commissioner Harold Bengsch will not seek reelection when his term ends this year.  The 85-year-old has served as commissioner since 2004.  Before that, he worked for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department for 45 years.  Twenty of those years he was the health department’s director.

In a statement, Springfield Mayor Ken McClure said Bengsch has been “an exemplary public servant and community leader for over six decades” and that he made the Springfield-Greene County Health Department “a premier health agency in the country.”

As the U.S. Census Bureau prepares to launch the 2020 Census later this year, local groups are working behind the scenes to make sure everyone is counted.

Complete Count Committees are located in several cities, and members are working to educate the public about the census and to promote it.

One committee is in Joplin.  It was formed by the non-profit organization, One Joplin, after Joplin City Council appointed it to do so.

Not seeing eye to eye with someone? Need to find a solution without going to the courts? Dr. Stan Leasure, business law professor at Missouri State University, says alternative dispute methods might be your best bet.

Cox College is going to offer Associate of Science in Nursing degrees to students at two new satellite campuses.  One will be in Branson on the Cox Medical Center Branson campus.  The other will be in Monett at Scott Regional Technology Center.

Classes will be offered at night and on weekends, according to CoxHealth.  Each class will have ten students, and classes are expected to begin in January 2021.  The campuses could offer other degree programs in the future, according to CoxHealth.

The National Weather Service will conduct surveys Monday to determine if tornadoes were responsible for storm damage in southwest Missouri Friday. 

The storms caused flooding and left one women, 53-year-old Kristi Yates, dead near Conway.  Donations are being taken for her funeral expenses through GoFundMe.

Two barns were destroyed and homes damaged near Fair Play.

Branson has several waterways, including Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo and Roark Creek, which has spilled out of its banks a few times in recent years.

And, thanks to a recent donation, the final piece of equipment needed to create an official water rescue initiative can now be purchased.

Dr. Joy and Tom Watson donated $1500 to purchase a reserve motor for Branson Fire Department’s new water rescue boat.

Fire Chief Ted Martin said the water rescue initiative will allow them to have members with Swiftwater Rescue Training on duty 24/7.

Actors Theatre of Missouri’s Shakespeare At The Columns series presents William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night, (or What You Will)", directed by Sarah Campbell, in FREE performances at the Springfield Art Museum auditorium.  Dates are Jan.10-12 and 17-19 with 7:30pm curtain on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2pm Sundays.  The “What You Will” part refers to the fact that, while free and open to the public, donations will be gladly accepted. We talked with two of the actors in the show, Samantha Henridi (playing Viola and Cesario) and Graham Weldon (Duke Orsino).

Springfield Contemporary Theatre at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza (corner of Robberson & Pershing) celebrates the 90th birthday of Stephen Sondheim, the leading composer of American musical theatre for over fifty years, with a production of "Side By Side By Sondheim" January 10-26.  It’s an award-winning revue of Sondheim’s work up to the mid-1970s.                                                                              

USA Today has named Springfield’s History Museum on the Square as America’s #1 Best New Attraction after a nationwide vote.

According to a release, the History Museum on the Square beat out 19 other candidates in the 10Best Reader’s Choice Award poll. Other attractions included theme parks, performance and art venues. The site’s editors chose the 20 attractions to be voted on, and participants voted to choose the top ten in December. 10Best is part of USA Today’s travel section.

Krista Adams is the director of development for the museum.

Emily Frankoski, Community Arts Director for Joplin’s local arts agency Connect2Culture, joined us for the January 2020 edition of “Spotlight on Joplin.” “It’s kind of a sleepy time for the arts in Joplin right in the beginning of January, but it really will pick up towards the end of the month,” she said.

Down Periscope will be the featured band on KSMU’s Studio Live Friday (1/10) at noon on KSMU.  The band will perform live at Tie & Timber Beer Co., 1451 E. Cherry in Springfield, Friday night at 6.  

Heavy rain is possible today in the Ozarks.  An inch of rain fell overnight at the Springfield-Branson National Airport.  

"For today we're looking at another two to four inches of rain, locally higher amounts, through tonight, and that's going to bring that risk of flash flooding into the area including river flooding," said Justin Titus, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Springfield.

And he said we could see severe weather in the form of damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.

Overnight, the rain will change to winter precipitation.

The president of Evangel University said she’ll retire in August.

In a statement, the university said that Dr. Carol Taylor led a series of innovations at Evangel, including creating new business systems and processes, reshaping and starting new academic programs, adding new professional accreditations and launching online degrees.

The statement says that under Taylor’s leadership, alumni engagement more than doubled and giving under her tenure has exceeded $35 million in donations and grants.

Missouri State University head coach Dave Steckel will not return to coach the Bears next year.  The university’s athletics department sent a news release Thursday morning saying MSU and Steckel have entered into a “separation agreement,” effective Tuesday, January 14.

A press conference is scheduled for Monday.

The agreement stipulates that the university will pay Steckel the maximum buyout of $340,000 plus moving expenses.  The buyout is privately funded, the release said, and will be paid in three annual installments.

The Missouri State University Board of Governors has three new members. Missouri Governor Mike Parson has announced the appointment of Lynn Parman of Parkville, Jay Wasson of Nixa and Christopher Waters of Kansas City.

Get out your umbrellas and ice scrapers.  The National Weather Service is forecasting a mix of weather over the next few days.

National Weather Service meteorologist, Justin Titus, said light rain showers will gradually increase throughout the day Thursday.  By Thursday evening, he said, there will be widespread rain showers across the area.  Flooding rains are forecast Friday into Friday night.

Update:  The Greene County Sheriff's Department said on its Facebook page Monday, "Lor continues to improve. He will most likely have his feeding tube removed today and will discuss plans for him to go home."

Original Story:  A retired Greene County Sheriff K9 member is fighting for his life.


The City of Springfield plans to host three workshops this month to encourage citizens to map out a long-range vision for Springfield. KSMU’s Josh Conaway reports.

The city’s long-range planning project is called Forward SGF, and it will chart out what Springfield will look like over the next 20 years.

Randall Whitman, one of the city’s planners, says the issues tackled by this plan will include transportation, land use, parks, infrastructure planning, and more. Whitman says everyone is welcome to attend the meetings.

Branson city officials said they've given forced closure notices to three Branson lodging establishments for failure to have a current business license.

The lodging establishments are Polar Bear Inn, Travel Inns and Windmill Inn and Suites.

The businesses have until January 23 to obtain a business license or be forced to close their doors, according to a news release from the City.

UPDATE:   This advisory has been cancelled.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Andrews made contact with the Springfield Police Department and is safe.

Original article:   

The Springfield Police Department has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for a missing woman.

Fifty-one-year-old Beth Ann Andrews was dropped off at a church bible study at 609 N. Mahn in Springfield last night and hasn’t been seen since.

Springfield band Down Periscope will be on Studio Live Friday, January 10, 2020 on KSMU from noon to 1 pm. The band will perform at Studio Live Social Hour that same evening at Tie & Timber Beer Co. from 6-8 pm.

For the last two years, Down Periscope has been throwing the idea of music genres out the window.

“That’s the thing with genre for us – it’s not necessarily a thing,” said Theron Chick, vocalist and guitarist in the band.

The number of influenza cases continues to rise in Missouri.  As of December 28, there had been eight flu-associated deaths reported in the state. According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, there have been 5900 cases of flu so far this season.  During most seasons, flu activity peaks in January or later. 

Health officials say the best way to protect yourself is to get the flu vaccine. 

Drivers on Highway 160 between Springfield and Willard might experience delays this week.  Missouri Department of Transportation officials say rock blasting is scheduled as they work to widen the highway to four lanes.  According to MODOT, traffic will be stopped for up to 15 minutes once a day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  It also may be stopped on nearby county farm roads.  Officials say blasting operations could take several months to complete. 

Find out more about the project at modot.org/southwest.