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Spotlight on Joplin For September 2019

Aug 30, 2019

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Women can learn how to fly fish during “Fishing Skills:  Women’s Trout Fishing,” presented by the Springfield Conservation Nature Center at Roaring River State Park in Cassville.  The program includes fishing in a stocked trout pool, learning how to clean fish and a fish fry.  Registration is required. 

STEM Spots host Dr. David Cornelison discusses the effects of climate change with geoscientist and MSU professor Toby Dogwiler. The topics range from research into the effects of climate change and possible responses to the changing world.

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Joplin and Springfield have made a top ten list identifying the best cities for truckers in the US. 

In a study of 384 cities by AdvisorSmith, Springfield ranks #9 for best mid-size cities for heavy & tractor-trailer truck drivers.

And Joplin was ranked #1 in the study, due to its location in the four state area, and many major trucking lines have their headquarters there.

According to Katherine Trombetta, spokeswoman for the Missouri Jobs Center, Springfield earned the ranking for a number of reasons, including its central location in the United States.

Bluegrass fans and the KSMU community are grieving the loss of Harry Moore, co-host of the longtime KSMU bluegrass program, Seldom Heard Music. Moore died Wednesday in Springfield after a long illness.

Moore co-hosted the program as a volunteer for nearly 17 of the show's 37 years, bringing listeners his favorite bluegrass pieces each week alongside his co-host and friend, Mike Smith.

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Lower-income high school students in Springfield Public Schools and several dozen other districts across the southern portion of Missouri have a new opportunity to earn college credit free of charge.

Missouri State University has joined hands with Springfield Public Schools to offer eligible students high school and college credits at the same time—at no cost to those qualifying students.

The Branson Regional Arts Council launches their 7th theatrical production of the year with "Steel Magnolias," opening August 29th at the Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial Street in downtown Branson.  According to BRAC Executive Director Jim Barber, “We are so thrilled with the response that we are getting already—tickets are selling quite well.  And we really love the fact that Springfield is getting behind what we’re doing down in Branson.  We had several Springfield actors involved in many of our productions recently.”

Honoring and celebrating the history, culture and contributions of citizens of Latin heritage – that’s the goal of Latinx Heritage Month in September.

Missouri State University will host several events to engage and educate the campus and larger community about Latinx heritage. 

Missouri Governor Mike Parson and state officials are trying to get the word out about a new grant to help adults without a college degree go back to school. 

State officials have been hitting the road to talk about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant.

That’s a statewide scholarship designed to fill a “skills gap” by educating adults who don't yet have a college degree.

An armored insect pest has been found on trees in Nixa this summer.  Melanaspis tenebricosa or gloomy scale is a relatively new pest to Missouri, and, in particular, the Nixa area, according to the City of Nixa's certified arborist, Jordan Odem. 

It’s damaging trees, especially red maples, but it also is impacting elms, hackberry trees and sycamores.

"It causes defoliation, branch dieback and eventually will kill the trees," he said.

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lisa Langley speaks with Shane Schoeller, Greene County Clerk.

Today’s discussion talks about voter registration, existing and new polling places, and other updates related to election process looking ahead to next year's presidential election.

The Crane Broiler Festival is Friday and Saturday (8/23-8/24) at Crane City Park with carnival rides, broiled chicken dinners, craft vendors and more. 

Queen City Shout, a music, art and film festival, continues through Sunday (8/25) on C-Street.  Proceeds go toward local poverty relief efforts.  

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is offering a vaccine against Hepatitis A after state officials see an outbreak, particularly in southeast Missouri. 

Health departments are scrambling to stay on top of the outbreak, which has so far reached a tally of 414 cases in 35 Missouri counties over the past two years, according to the Department of Health and Senior Services.  Of those cases, DHSS says more than half have required hospitalization and two people have died.

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Springfield Public Schools has a new Chief Equity and Diversity Officer who will help the school district with its news goals surrounding equality.

Yvania Garcia-Pusateri will start in her new position with Springfield Public Schools on September 9th.  She has most recently worked as executive director of multicultural programs at Missouri State University.

A chief equity and diversity officer for Springfield Public Schools has been announced.  Yvania Garcia-Pusateri is the current executive director of multicultural programs at Missouri State University.  She’ll begin her new job on September 9.

The hiring is part of the SPS strategic plan, which district officials say “is aligned to identify and measure progress in closing the gaps for under-resourced and under-represented students.”

The Agriculture Training Center at the OTC campus in Christian County is officially open.  A grand opening for the new center was held Monday.

OTC's agriculture and turf landscaping programs have been on the OTC Springfield campus.  School officials say the move to Richwood Valley will mean enhanced learning opportunities for students.

Those who want to take Missouri’s high school equivalency exam or HiSET for the first time now have easier access to it. 

The cost to take the exam is $98.75. That price  includes exams in math, science, social studies, reading and writing and a $10 state registration fee.  But Missouri legislators passed a bill last session, which allows first-time test takers to take the HiSET at no cost. 

The Queen City Shout Festival kicks off Wednesday evening, August 21, 2019 with 93 music acts, an art gallery and film festival. The five-day event is held on historic Commercial Street in Springfield, and organizers say proceeds go toward alleviating poverty here in the Ozarks. 

Music, art, film, poverty relief. These are the elements that make up this year’s Queen City Shout.

I first learned about the festival when one of my bands played there years ago. I’m back this year with another band.

Enrollment is down for the fall semester at Missouri State University. 

When classes began Monday, 20,330 students were enrolled on the MSU Springfield campus.  That’s a 4.6 percent decrease from last fall. 

A robbery has occurred at Branson Landing for the second time in three weeks.

According to Branson Police, a suspect displayed a knife and demanded money Sunday night at Charleys Philly Steaks.  No one was injured.  The suspect is described as a white male, 5’ 10” to six-foot tall with brown hair, 20 to 30-years-old.  He was wearing a black shirt and sunglasses and wore a black bandana over his face.

There are many reasons to learn a foreign language, such as facilitating international travel, expanding your job skills, making friends from other countries and increasing global understanding.

While learning a new language is a lot of work, it is no doubt beneficial and rewarding.

If you want to learn a new language for personal or professional development, look no further than the Foreign Language Institute (FLI) at Missouri State University.

Legal Expert Explains Expungement Process

Aug 19, 2019

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The University of Missouri Extension and the Community Partnership of the Ozarks will host two listening sessions to better meet childcare needs in Springfield. 

Both sessions will take place at the Community Partnership of the Ozarks on North Jefferson Avenue in Springfield. The goal is to improve early childcare services in the Springfield area, especially for low-income, working families.

Springfield, Missouri based children’s author and poet David Harrison is celebrating quite the milestone this year:  October 1, 2019 will mark 50 years since his first book, The Boy With a Drum, was published. KSMU's Jennifer Moore  sat down with Harrison to talk about those 50 years, and began by asking him to describe the moment he first learned he was going to be published.

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

Back to school checklists typically include pencils, calculators, and lunch boxes. But according to the Child Advocacy Center in Springfield, there’s another list parents need to help protect their children. It focuses on communicating and awareness to prevent sexual abuse of children.

As children start a new school year, they come into contact with new adults and new routines.

Linda Saturno is executive director of the CAC. She says parents should be familiar with the school’s Code of Conduct policy.