Dickerson Park Zoo rescued five young barn owls earlier this summer, and, Thursday, the Missouri Department of Conservation took them to their new homes in rural parts of southwest Missouri.

MDC initially took the owlets from a location in Lawrence County after it received a call from a landowner and sent an agent to check on the birds.

Insect-O-Rama is Friday night (8/16) from 6 to 9 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  The whole family can learn about insects from specialists and enthusiasts, play games about insects and create insect crafts. 

In this month's Engaging the Community, Missouri State University President Clif Smart speaks with KSMU's Jennifer Moore about Missouri's new Fast Track college scholarship program for adults ages 25 and older who don't yet have a college degree.

Legislation creating the Fast Track scholarship program was passed by lawmakers earlier this year and signed into law by Governor Mike Parson.

Smart credited the governor with prioritizing higher education and championing the idea.

“He saw a hole in our state scholarship programs,” Smart said.   

If you see someone walking through your neighborhood with a laptop, it could be someone from the U.S. Census Bureau.  Through October 18, employees will canvas neighborhoods to verify addresses.  They’ll have an official government badge with photo I.D., an official bag and an official laptop with the 2020 Census logo.  According to the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments (SMCOG), the canvassers will attempt to knock on every door in the neighborhoods in which they are working.

A program in West Plains, designed to make sure regional employers have the trained employees they need and to help area residents earn a living wage, continues to evolve.

GOCAT, or the Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Technology, a program of Missouri State University-West Plains, the South Central Career Center and the City of West Plains, was started five years ago. 

According to Sheila Barton, GOCAT’s director of workforce development, manufacturers in the region, including DRS Technologies, Armstrong Flooring, Regal and Caterpillar, have been their driving force.

We all know that many plants need pollinating and that this activity is crucial to the agriculture on which we depend.  However, in most cases, our understanding can be somewhat simplistic, centering on the honeybee and its relationship with various flowers.  It turns out the interactions between pollinators, of which there are many besides honeybees, and plants is a complicated one.

A little ways to the east of the Springfield city limits, in a pastoral, wooded setting, is an old white church, which still holds services every Sunday.  The current Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church was built in 1888, just over two decades after the Civil War ended and 50 years after Springfield was incorporated. 

Applications for the office of Judge of the 31st Judicial Circuit are being accepted by the Circuit’s Judicial Commission in Greene County. 

The Missouri Constitution says that a Circuit Judge must be at least 30 years old, have a license to practice law in Missouri, and must have been a U.S. citizen for at least 10 years. The candidate must have been a qualified voter for three years and they also must have lived in the 31st Judicial Circuit for at least one year.

The Springfield Police Department continues to investigate the incident that occurred last Thursday afternoon at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on W. Republic Rd.  A man walked into the store wearing body armor and carrying weapons.  He was arrested and charged with Making a Terrorist Threat in the Second Degree.

Springfield Police say they’re “committed to ensuring a complete and thorough investigation is conducted.”

Silver Dollar City officials offered the media a peek behind the scenes Tuesday where a new water ride is being built.  It's set to open next summer.

We all know that many plants need pollinating and that this activity is crucial to the agriculture on which we depend.  However, in most cases, our understanding can be somewhat simplistic, centering on the honeybee and its relationship with various flowers.  It turns out the interactions between pollinators, of which there are many besides honeybees, and plants is a complicated one.

When a prison inmate is released after serving time, it can be hard to find a job. The Missouri Job Center’s APPLIE Program gives former inmates an opportunity to transition back into the workforce seamlessly. 

After nearly 11 years in prison, Kevin Plumlee had a chance to start over. After serving time for first degree assault in a bar fight at age 22, he found life on the outside a lot different than life behind bars.

What species of ticks live in Missouri and in what quantities?

Dr. David Claborn, director of the Master of Public Health program at Missouri State University, is trying to answer these questions through his latest tick surveillance project. It’s made possible through a grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Claborn highlights his research and shares some facts about ticks.

Today is the first day of school in Springfield, and some road construction projects will likely cause traffic tie-ups.  The City of Springfield is encouraging Kickapoo High School students, parents, teachers and staff to allow plenty of time to get to school this morning.  Officials say to expect delays.

A trip to the emergency room can be scary for a child.  But Mercy Springfield hopes to make that experience easier by building a new ER just for kids.

The 6300-square-foot Mercy Kids Emergency Room will be staffed with pediatric specialists.  It will be added onto the front entrance of the existing ER along National Street. 

Dr. Mark Griesemer, Mercy ER medical director, said many emergency rooms are not designed to be inviting to young people, and this one will be.

MSU Professor Sees Trend of Rise in Vaccines

Aug 12, 2019

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lynn Howerton speaks with Dr. Christopher Lupfer, assistant professor of biology at Missouri State University. 

Today’s discussion explores current vaccine trends and status of new vaccine development.

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A major renovation of the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Visitor Center is expected to begin later this year, and the park has announced it has secured all funding necessary to move forward.

The battlefield's superintendent, Ted Hillmer, said it's been approximately 35 years since the building got a facelift.  The project will add 1800 square feet of additional exhibit space, according to Hillmer. 

Prosecutors have charged 20-year-old Dmitriy N. Andreychenko with Making a Terrorist Threat in the second degree after he was arrested at a Walmart Neighborhood Market Thursday, allegedly walking through the store on Republic Road wearing a bulletproof vest and displaying a loaded rifle, causing panic among shoppers.

Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson’s office confirmed the charges late Friday afternoon.

The Birthplace of Route 66 Festival is Friday and Saturday (8/9-8/10) on Park Central Square.  Events will include a charity bike show, a car show, live music, a parade, a 6.6K run/walk and more. 

Studio Live will feature art rock with Andy Havens at noon Friday (8/9) on KSMU.  You can see Andy perform live during Studio Live Social Hour Friday night at 6 at The Backlot at Alamo Drafthouse in Springfield.  Learn more here.

An updated version of the Missouri Official Highway Map is now available to anyone who wants one.  The Missouri Department of Transportation updates the maps every other year.

Machelle Watkins, transportation planning director for MODOT, said there are some new features on the 2019-2020 map, which features all 33,838 miles of state-maintained routes, public-use airports, hospitals, colleges and universities, national forests, state parks and conservation areas.

Springfield police have arrested a man who they say was “heavily armed” and wearing body armor in a Springfield Walmart Neighborhood Market Thursday afternoon.

No shots were fired, and no injuries have been reported, officials say. 

According to the Springfield Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Walmart on 3150 W. Republic Road around 4:10 p.m. Thursday after receiving several calls of a potential active shooter.

“If people have seen the movie Thelma and Louise, and at the end of the movie, they drive their car right off the cliff.  That’s what it’s like for me at times”, says Carolyn Crawford.  “When I know I’m going into a manic state, I have to stop and say ‘Wait a Minute’, and pull back from the cliff.  That’s how it affects me.  But I really didn’t know what it was”, Crawford said.   

Several roads closures have begun in downtown Springfield for the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival.  Closures and traffic impacts will continue through Sunday morning.

Three streets are already closed—the tuning forks from Jefferson to St. Louis and from St. Louis to McDaniel; and St. Louis Street from Jefferson to Benton.

Work on Highway 65 in south Springfield continues to impact traffic.

One southbound lane of Route 65 from Sunshine to Battlefield is now open.  But Missouri Department of Transportation officials say southbound 65 is now closed until as late as August 20 from Battlefield to Highway 60.  One northbound lane of 65 is closed between James River Freeway and a point south of the Gasconade Road Bridge.

Drivers are asked to avoid southbound 65 as well as Glenstone Avenue south of Sunshine in Springfield. 

Organizers are gearing up to clean the shorelines of Lake Taneycomo on September 21, and they’re looking for volunteers and boats.   The annual event is hosted by Ozarks Water Watch. Volunteers will pick up trash at the lake and get close to the shoreline on boats.  The event will kickoff at three locations starting at 9:00 AM:  Branson Lakeside RV Campground, Rockaway Beach Park, and Empire Park at Forsyth. Extra boats, including canoes and kayaks, are needed for the day. Gloves, bags, and lunch are provided.

Voters in the Walnut Grove School District rejected a proposed tax increase for school improvements.

About a third of registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s election.  The measure, which would have increased the operating tax levy by $1.07 per $100 assessed valuation, failed 54 percent to 46 percent, according to results that have not yet been certified by the Greene County Clerk.

The district had planned to use the extra tax revenue to build additional elementary school classrooms and administrative offices among other things.

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