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Springfield’s LGBTQ resource center will be re-opening its doors after a major renovation to the century-old building on Commercial Street. 

Now, the GLO Center can seat more than 40 people with internet access. It also has new part-time staff, longer operating hours, and more programs.

GLO Center executive director is Krista Moncado.

“We partnered with Springfield Greene County Libraries to do story time. Any and all people are welcome – kids of all ages – but, in particular, we wanted to do some free programming for LGBTQ families," Moncado said.

 

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

The first incident happened on September 17. A 13-year-old girl was waiting for her school bus at Seminole and Weller when a white male in a white vehicle attempted to entice her into his vehicle, according to the Springfield Police Department.  She refused and ran.

The second incident happened October 8.  Two 13-year-old girls and one 12-year-old girl had just gotten off their school bus at Pickwick and Wayland when they noticed a white male get out of his vehicle and begin following them.  They began running and screaming, and the man ran from the area.

Three priests accused of sexually abusing children four decades ago have been identified by the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese.

In a news release, the diocese said two priests, the Rev. John Brath and Monsignor John Rynish, have died.  Brath died in 2014 and Rynish in 2001.

A third priest, Rev. Fred Lutz, retired in 2011 from active ministry.

According to the diocese, each priest is accused of committing sexual abuse in the 1970s, but some of the allegations were made recently.

#BearsHomecoming 2018 is around the corner and Missouri State University is ready to celebrate with alumni and friends.

The campus will be abuzz with activity and excitement Oct. 19-20. 

Lori Fan, MSU executive director of alumni relations, welcomes Bears everywhere to come home for Homecoming. 

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President Trump’s visit to Springfield last month cost the city of Springfield $123,944.92.  At the Springfield City Council meeting Monday night, Springfield City Manager Jason Gage said costs break down to $12,707.02 for the airport; $924.55 for Emergency Communications; $2,013.96 for Environmental Services; $8831.78 for Fire; $819.38 for Parks; $82,305.87 for Police and $16,342.36 for Public Works.

According to Gage, the total may change a bit due to adjustments departments might make after reviewing payroll costing reports, but he doesn’t expect it to change much.

 

Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, is a fatal sickness that deteriorates the brains and nervous systems of white-tailed deer.  And now, it’s affecting deer hunting in Missouri. 

This week on Making Democracy Work, Lisa Langley speaks with Crista Hogan, executive director for the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.

The discussion explores the difference in voting for retention of judges, as with Greene County, compared to partisan elections in surrounding counties.

Drury University Theatre's first production of the season, the surreal, absurdist "Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness" by Anthony Neilson, will open Wednesday Oct. 10 at 7:30pm in Sunderland Studio Theatre in Drury's O'Bannon Hall.  The production will run through Oct.13 with evening performances Wed-Sat at 7:30pm, with an additional matinee performance Saturday the 13th at 2:00pm.

Springfield Public Schools has a new tip line to allow anyone with a concern to more easily share it with school officials.

Tips can be submitted anonymously via text at (417) 319-2901, online or through the MySPS app, and tipsters remain anonymous.

SPS spokesman, Stephen Hall, said the tip line is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by school police, so any tip will be promptly investigated.

Two heavyweights will face off Friday on the Missouri State University campus – not in a boxing ring, but in a classroom. They will debate the future of an ethnic group based over 6,000 miles away.

The debate is over the future of the Kurdish people, who have pushed for their independence for generations.   Two experts will debate on how the main disputes can be resolved.

Feisal al-Istrabadi is Iraq’s former ambassador to the United Nations and one of the principal legal drafters of the Iraqi interim constitution.

The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an open house Friday (10/5) from 5 to 9 p.m.  There will be cake and a timeline of the nature center’s last 30 years.   A live musical performance by musician and primitive skills specialist Bo Brown starts at 7 pm. No registration is required for the open house, but you must register for the concert by calling (417) 888-4237.  Learn more here

"We have turned the corner into an all new season"

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Springfield City Council is accepting applications for the Board of Public Utilities.  They’ll be accepted until Oct. 19, and interviews will take place Oct. 31.

Two seats are open:  One requires residency in the Springfield city limits, and the other allows applicants to reside anywhere in the City Utilities service area.

An Arizona company is recalling more than six-and-a-half-million pounds of raw beef items that were shipped nationwide due to salmonella. 

According to the USDA, 57 patients in 16 states have been sickened by salmonella, and the Centers for Disease Control has determined that raw ground beef distributed by JBS Tolleson was the probable source of the illnesses. 

Growing Topilogical Crystals

Oct 4, 2018

This week on STEM Spots Dr. Dave Cornelison speaks with Jin Hu, Assistant professor at The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. Professor Hu works with experimental physics within the department of Physics at the university. Listen in as they discuss creating topilogical crystals and what we can learn from them.

A tiny town in south-central Missouri was once a refuge for bank robbers and outlaws.  92-year-old Dick Deupree remembers when Dora had its fair share of bandits. 

Dick Deupree recalls how, when he was a child, his father worked in the general store in Dora as the assistant postmaster. While life may have seemed normal in the shop front, there was a lot of drama in the background as his father dealt with notorious bank robbers.

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.

The leaves are changing and the temperature is dropping — two telltale signs that flu season is upon us.

Uninsured adults can get a free flu vaccine at several upcoming clinics, according to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

The next ones will take place on Sunday, October 21.  The flu clinic at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 1609 N. Summit Avenue, will run from 1 to 3 PM.

And the flu clinic at South Fremont Freewill Baptist and Korean Church, at 4547 S. Fremont Avenue, will run from 2:30 to 3:30 that same Sunday.

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.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was first found in Missouri in 2012 in the northwest part of the state.  The disease affects cervids (deer and elk) and is always fatal.  There is no vaccine or cure.

To date, CWD has been confirmed in 11 counties:  Adair, Cedar, Cole, Franklin, Jefferson, Linn, Macon, Perry, Polk, St. Clair and Ste. Genevieve. 

A Conversation With Dr Surajit Sen

Oct 3, 2018

On this episode of STEM Spots Dr. Cornelison speaks with Dr. Surajit Sen. Dr. Sen is a profesor of physics from the University at Buffalo. Dr. Sen studies Nonlinear dynamics of many particle systems, Non-equilibrium Statistical Physics, and Sociophysics. 

Listen in as they discuss how a granular system applies to our lives.

Help is headed from Springfield to a part of Indonesia devastated by a tsunami that was triggered by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake.

Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services Team left Tuesday morning for Palu, Indonesia on the Island of Sulawesi, the worst-hit area.

The death toll at last report was just over 1,340 people and is expected to rise, possibly significantly, as search and rescue efforts continue.

The RAP Back program was authorized in the state by Missouri House Bill 1350, which went into effect in late August.  It allows entities that are enrolled to receive ongoing status notifications of new arrests, both in Missouri and in other states, once employees’ fingerprints are in the system.

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.

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Debbie Good speaks Dr. Kathy Pulley, professor of religious studies at Missouri State University.

Today’s discussion talks about the relationship between religion and politics, exploring the line between the two entities particularly with regard to elections.

Those wishing to serve on Springfield’s City Council can pick up packets at the City Clerk's Office in the Busch Municipal Building starting this morning (10/1).   Six seats will be up for election on April 2:  Mayor; Zones 2, 3 and 4; and General Seats C and D.

The first day for filing will be Dec. 3, and completed applications must be delivered to the City Clerk’s Office during normal business hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) Dec. 3 through Jan. 15. 

Central Bank and Central Trust presents “Sounds of Autumn,” a FREE concert series at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays in October at the Peace through People Pavilion located within the Dogwood Garden in the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic Avenue.  Lexi Saner, Associate Director of Friends of the Garden brought Friends of the Garden Executive Director Lisa Bakerink and concert series volunteer coordinator Ric Mayer to our studio to talk about the series.

Springfield Regional Opera opens their new season celebrating the Leonard Bernstein centennial with a performance of "Trouble in Tahiti" tonight (Sept.28) at 7:30pm in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.  Opening the evening will be Samuel Barber's short (VERY short!) opera "A Hand of Bridge."

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