Missouri State University Theatre & Dance opens its 2019-2020 season with the “Southern Gothic” comedy "Crimes of the Heart" by Beth Henley.  Directed by Dr. Carol Maples, the production runs through Oct.1st in the Craig Hall Balcony Theatre: weeknights at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm.  Cast member Cary Wahlborg joined us on “Arts News.”

The Southwest Missouri chapter of the National Organization for Women, or NOW, is hosting a round table discussion on September 25th. The educational event will have candidates for local, county, and state public office talking about their experiences campaigning. 

In this month's segment of our program, Engaging the Community, Missouri State University president Clif Smart talks about the university's new policy on renting its facilities to outside groups.

MSU's Board of Governors approved the new Facilities Rental Policy at its August retreat, outlining how the university would respond to requests from outside parties, including activists and politicians.

You can hear the interview by clicking the "Play" icon below.

The 28th Annual Starvy Creek Fall Bluegrass Festival continues Friday and Saturday (9/20-9/21) in Conway. 

The Wine and Whiskey Walk to benefit Developmental Center of the Ozarks is Friday night (9/20) from 7 to 10 at Farmers Market of the Ozarks, 2144 E. Republic Rd. in Springfield.  General admission is $35. 

The P-51 Mustang, an iconic World War II fighter plane, is lauded for many things—and one of those distinctions is its role in helping the Allied forces achieve air superiority over Europe.

A P-51 named “Gunfighter” landed Thursday night at the Branson Airport as part of the Commemorative Air Force’s “AirPower History Tour.” The air show, running through Sunday, features some of the most iconic planes from the war.

Missouri State University is waiving its undergraduate application fee.  It’s an effort to improve access to higher education, according to university officials.  The school also announced Wednesday it’s joining the Common Application, which allows students to enter their information one time while applying to multiple schools.

From a physicists point of view, the study of materials is intended to give insight into the fundamental processes at work.  However, the scientists at MSU are also working to incorporate their findings into practical long-term applications.  Dr. Kartik Ghosh, a Distinguished Professor of Physics, has been doing this sort of work in Springfield for many years.  He stops by STEM Spots to talk about his efforts, collaborators and the atmosphere of diversity needed to get the job done.

A movement that began with one Swedish girl walking out of class each Friday to bring attention to climate change has now spread across the world.  

Protesters will gather Sunday afternoon at Park Central Square in Springfield as part of a worldwide climate change protest.  Many groups are holding similar protests around the world on Friday. 

The events come days ahead of the United Nations Summit on Climate Change, when world leaders will gather in New York to decide what to do about the changing planet.

In every sport, athletes risk injury. Athletic trainers support and assist these athletes to lower that possibility. They help them warm up, stretch and prepare the body for rigorous action.

Dr. David Carr, associate professor in the department of sports medicine and athletic training at Missouri State University, shares a story about a tragedy that highlights why adequate medical training is important on the sidelines.

Springfield-Greene County Health Department officials say there’s been an increase in Hepatitis A in recent weeks, and they want to be sure the public knows the signs and symptoms of the illness.

According to the health department, there have been 25 Hepatitis A cases in Greene County since April. 

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection that can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.  It’s easily transmitted via person-to-person contact. 

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Hue-Ping Chin speaks with Dr. Dan Ponder, director of the L.E. Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship at Drury University.

Today’s discussion explores the upcoming speaker series focused on the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. This series kicks off this week with national author Elaine Weiss.

The group Me Too Springfield is trying to oust a Greene County circuit judge from office; the advocacy group says it feels Judge Calvin Holden’s rulings are too lenient on sexual assault perpetrators.  

We reached out to several judicial sources for interviews, but they said they were unable to comment on any particular case.

They were willing, however, to point us to the rules and the Constitutional provisions that govern this process. 

Removal through the Commission on Retirement, Removal, and Discipline

Support Ozarks Food Harvest at the annual Tea Bar & Bites Apron Fashion Show and Silent Auction, Thursday Sept.19 from 7-9pm at Tea Bar & Bites Bakery and Cafe, 621 S. Pickwick at Cherry. Colleen Smith from Tea Bar & Bites, and Sara Roelke from Ozarks Food Harvest, joined us on “Arts News” to talk about it.

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The program, “Garden Nights Out:  Salsa Canning,” will be held Friday night (9/13) at 7 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield.  Learn the basics of cold pack canning.  Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.  The cost is $30 per person or $45 for a couple. 

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When thinking of all the solids we use in our everyday life, it is striking how many are made by humans instead of occurring naturally.

  Juniors and seniors in Greene and Christian County high schools have until September 30th to get their applications in for Chocolate University. That’s a program hosted by Springfield-based Askinosie Chocolate allowing students to travel to Tanzania to learn about the cocoa industry — and about business and culture.

CEO Shawn Askinosie said they aren’t necessarily looking for students with a perfect ACT score.


Rountree News Update September 2019

Sep 11, 2019

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KSMU’s series SoundCheck takes a sneak-peak at the bands of Studio Live. This month, the young songwriter Avery Mann lets us in on how he learned to play the guitar. Catch him on Studio Live on Friday, September 13, 2019 at noon, followed by Studio Live Social Hour at the Backlot at Alamo Drafthouse from 6-8 pm that same day.

Heart patients at Mercy Springfield now have easier access to their doctors. 

A ribbon cutting was held this week for Phase II of the three-phase Mercy Heart Hospital Springfield project.  It relocates the clinic space from Mercy Clinic-Whiteside to a dedicated entrance for heart patients, which offers valet parking for patients visiting their doctors.

Adam Whitten, vice president of Heart, Lung and Vascular Services at Mercy, said for many heart patients, "those saved steps can make a big difference."

As a butterfly enthusiast for his entire life, Dr. Chris Barnhart remembers collecting caterpillars in a grass-filled Radio Flyer wagon as a young child.

Now a distinguished professor of biology at Missouri State University, Barnhart says his hobby turned into an outreach program about a decade ago.

They say records were made to be broken.  Angler Bill Babler isn’t arguing with that. 

Babler reeled in a state record-breaking brown trout last week, officially weighing 40 pounds, six ounces. It was less than two pounds shy of the world record brown trout, which was caught in New Zealand.  And it’s the second time that state record was broken on Lake Taneycomo this year alone.

KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reached Babler by phone to ask him about his catch—and to hear his thoughts on why Lake Taneycomo keeps producing these trophy fish.

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Linda Regan speaks with Alice Wingo, vice president of affiliates with Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO).

Today’s discussion explores the reach of community giving and donor support beyond Springfield, with 49 affiliate foundations spanning 58 counties in the region.

The Southwest Missouri chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is hosting a roundtable discussion on September 25 for women thinking about running for local offices or working on a campaign. 

The educational event will have candidates for local, county and state public office talking about their experiences campaigning.

According to Southwest Missouri NOW's online newsletter, those attending the roundtable can expect to learn practical skills for becoming a first-time candidate or being a member of a campaign team.

color:#232323">The holidays are still a few months away, but the Missouri Department of Conservation has already put out a call for a tree for the governor’s mansion lawn in Jefferson City.

color:#232323">MDC is asking landowners, homeowners, businesses and communities that may have candidate trees to contact them.

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Missouri Governor Mike Parson formally announced Sunday he’s running for a second term as the state's chief executive. This will be the first time he campaigns for that office because he ascended to the post after former governor Eric Greitens resigned last year amid scandal.