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.


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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. 

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The Japanese Fall Festival will be held Friday (9/6) from 5 to 10, Saturday (9/7) from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday (9/8) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield. 

Public Observing Night at Baker Observatory will be held Friday night (9/6) from 8 to 11 at MSU’s Baker Observatory. 

In this segment of These Ozarks Hills, storyteller and musician Marideth Sisco shares her personal observation of the history of naming Hurricanes, and asks Ozarks residents to honor their old tradition of stepping up to help others in need as Hurricane Dorian brings significant damage to thousands of people.  She ends by singing a song she wrote on the nature of hard times, and how it relates to the people of this land.

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Anyone who works with young people is invited to an event Saturday, September 7, in downtown Springfield that’s aimed at suicide prevention.

Start the Conversation will teach attendees the warning signs of suicide.

The event is free and open to anyone who works with youth, according to its co-organizer, Karla Myers.

Starting early Friday morning, northbound Highway 65 will be closed from James River Freeway to Sunshine.  It’s the final phase of the project to rebuild the original concrete pavement from the 1970s.

Angela Eden, with the Missouri Department of Transportation, said motorists who use that stretch of roadway should have a plan.

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A team of disaster relief workers from Springfield-based Convoy of Hope is headed to The Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian sevrely damaged entire swaths of the country and caused seawater to flood up to the attics of many homes. Spokesman Jeff Nene said the relief organization often delivers its supplies through airports. But two of the closest airports to the devastated areas are underwater.

Nene said a logistics team is working to determine how to get the supplies there quickly.

Hundreds of third through sixth grade students from the local area are taking a big field trip on Sept. 25. They'll be visiting the International Culture Fair, hosted by Missouri State University's modern and classical languages department.

"It's essentially a trip around the world," said Dr. Heidi Backes, coordinator of the event. "Students get a bag and a passport booklet. They visit 12 different booths, each representing a different country, and they do a particular activity related to the culture of each of those places."

Former White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, will be the speaker for the Leonard B. and Edith Gittinger Community Convocation at College of the Ozarks on Thursday, October 10.

Dr. Sue Head, vice president for cultural affairs and dean of character education at C of O, says Huckabee will talk about how a person of faith and conviction serves the country and stands firm in the midst of a storm.

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