Karen Best, who served two terms as mayor, will run for the House District 156 seat, currently held by Jeff Justus who was elected in 2012 and whose term ends in 2020.

Best said her community involvement in Taney County has prepared her for the role.

Best, who worked for a time for the Trump organization, said she looks “forward to working to advance President Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again!’ agenda” in Missouri.

Best said she considers herself to be a fiscal conservative and will look at ways to cut waste and inefficiency in government.

In the state of Missouri, approximately 4.5% of students in schools are classified as English learners. Although this is half of the national average, it's a growing population. It presents unique challenges for teachers and others in the education system.

An online fundraiser to help a Clever family that lost three children in a car accident last week has raised more than $130,000 so far.

The Go Fund Me account, created four days ago, has a goal of $150,000.  At last check, $139,103 had been raised.

As the general manager of City Utilities, Scott Miller, plans his retirement in December, the CU Board is starting to think about replacing him. 

It has scheduled two public meetings to find out what attributes, skills and qualifications customers would like to see in the next general manager.

A meeting will be held Monday, July 22, from 5 to 7 at Springfield Fire Station number 8, 1405 S. Scenic, and Thursday, August 8, from 5 to 7 at Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library, 2214 S. Brentwood.

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More people are yielding to pedestrians in Springfield crosswalks.

SGF Yields, the city’s pedestrian safety program, says there’s been a four percent improvement in the percentage of drivers yielding to pedestrians.

The city’s traffic safety professional, Many Buettgen-Quinn, says early this year, only 25% of drivers yielded to a decoy pedestrian.  But since April, an average of 29% of drivers yielded to walkers waiting at a crosswalk. 

 Soon, jazz music will fill the air on the corner of Campbell and McDaniel in downtown Springfield. 

When you step inside the door of The Hepcat, the owners hope you’ll be transported back in time — a chandelier hangs above the bar and stained wood panels line the wall behind a stage.

The term “hep cat” comes from a 1939 glossary of slang from the Harlem jazz scene—it describes a guy who knows all of the answers and understands jive. The owners here are Jimmy Rollins and Dylan Fox.

President Donald Trump says the case is closed, but Democrats are still seeking answers.   Now, the former Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, will testify about his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Join KSMU for NPR's live, special coverage of Mueller's testimony Wednesday, July 24 beginning at 7:30 A.M.  Mueller is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees.

The city of Nixa is seeking candidates for District 1 Councilman.  Jimmy Ledbetter, who currently holds the position, is resigning to move out of state. 

Residents of District 1 who are interested in serving must submit a letter of interest by 4:30pm Friday, August 9, expressing their desire to serve and addressed to Nixa City Clerk Cindy Robbins.  Mayor Brian Steele will review the letters and select a candidate for recommendation to council. Council will vote to fill the seat at its August 12th meeting.

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The 50th anniversary of the first manned moon mission is Saturday, July 20th. We went down to the South Side Senior Center during lunchtime to interview people who remember that historic moment in American history. 

Patricia Click was in her 20s in 1969: “I remember being very, very proud, and at the same time very nervous and worried, and I remember praying because I was so scared that something would happen, that maybe he wouldn’t be able to get back.”

Bud Carrol was 48 at the time: “I’m glad it wasn’t me!”

A plane carrying Missouri Governor Mike Parson had to alter its flight plan Friday morning due to a “problem with a required system,” according to state officials.

A spokeswoman for the governor’s office, Kelli Jones, told KSMU the Missouri State Highway Patrol pilot notified the governor of the problem after taking off from Columbia Regional Airport on the way to Kansas City. The pilot recommended that the aircraft immediately return to Columbia, she said.

In this month's episode of Engaging the Community, Missouri State University president Clif Smart joins us by phone from Washington, D.C.

On the program, you'll hear about some grant opportunities the university is seeking, how the area's federal delegation fits into the bigger picture, and the importance of maintaining relationships in the nation's capital.

The Movies at Founders Park Series continues this weekend at Founders Park, 330 E. Water in Springfield.  See “How to Train your Dragon:  The Hidden World,” rated PG, Friday night (7/19) at dusk and “Crazy Rich Asians,” rated PG-13, Saturday night (7/20).  Take blankets and lawn chairs.  

Operating a food truck in Springfield comes with its share of rewards and challenges. Springfield has several regulations on food trucks that can make owning and running one tedious.

Food truck owners have to follow strict guidelines from various city and county departments to stay in business, including fire, water and sewage codes, zoning laws, mobile vendor permits, and health regulations.

Skully’s Food Truck serves Asian fusion foods on the corner of Pickwick and Cherry in the Rountree Neighborhood.

Students at Missouri State University are always on the lookout for extracurricular activities to complement the coursework in their majors. 

So when students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program learned about a national competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers, they jumped at the chance to participate. 

Measles was considered eradicated from the United States in 2000, but the potentially fatal disease made a comeback—something health experts attribute to a decline in vaccinations.

There haven’t been any confirmed cases in southwest Missouri, but area health officials are on guard. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been more than 1,000 cases of Measles reported in the United States so far this year. The cases span 28 states, including one case in Missouri.

Hospitals are taking extra precautions.

An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued today through Saturday for several counties in southwest and central Missouri.  A heat advisory is in effect for much of southern MO and Northern Arkansas. 

The state of Missouri has requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency expand last week’s federal disaster declaration for the state.

The State Emergency Management Agency Tuesday requested that FEMA consider extending President Trump’s July 9 Individual Assistance disaster declaration for Missouri to include residents and businesses in 21 additional counties.  Barton, Christian, Dallas, Douglas, Laclede and Polk are among those 21 counties. 

Even though a new law is now in effect in Springfield that limits the sale of tobacco and e-cigarettes to those 21 and older, it won’t be immediately enforced, according to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

City Council approved Tobacco 21 Monday night.

Health department officials say the intent of this ordinance is to prevent young people from smoking. According to the Institutes of Medicine, 96 percent of current smokers started smoking before the age of 21.

If you enjoy meeting people from other countries and learning about different cultures, consider being a host for the International Friends program at Missouri State University.

The program helps international students at Missouri State to develop quality friendships with American families in the area.

It’s now illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under 21 years of age in Springfield.

Springfield City Council voted unanimously, with one person absent, Monday night to approve change in city code to adopt the “Tobacco 21 Act.”  It includes the sale of tobacco products, alternative nicotine products and vapor products.

Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson said before the vote that she planned to vote yes in honor of her dad.

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Leslie Carrier speaks with Melissa Haase, assistant director of Public Information and Civic Engagement for the City of Springfield.

Today’s discussion explores the City’s efforts in networking and connecting residents throughout Springfield, particualrly the Springfield Neighborhood News publication.

UPDATE Saturday, 7-13-19, 7:33 PM:  The Springfield Police Department also sent out an endangered personal advisory about  Marjorie A. Jones, saying her phone signal most recently “pinged” on July 13, and showed the last activity near Nichols Park in Springfield. According to the SPD, Jones is believed to be traveling with a yellow Labrador Retriever dog, and her vehicle has a spare tire on the back with a cover. That cover could have brown tape or a tear, the SPD said in a news release. 

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In an event on August 1, the Springfield NAACP plans to share stories of discrimination in public schools.

It’s called “Intersections: A Community Tells Its Stories.”  Organizers say they hope to create a community dialogue on what Springfield Public Schools can change to make their student body more inclusive.

Toni Robinson, the president of Springfield NAACP, wants to see this event impact and transform the community.

“So the overall arching goal is definitely bringing light to these injustices, and empowering people so we can make some changes as a community.”

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The Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games were canceled this year after a tornado damaged the organization’s headquarters in Jefferson City. Despite the setback, one Springfield athlete keeps training.

“These medals I’ve got on are actually from state-level basketball and bowling this year,” says Kit Gillihan, an athlete from Springfield.

Gillihan proudly displays his many medals from Missouri athletic competitions. Basketball and bowling are only two of the sports he practices for the Special Olympics Missouri Summer Games. The full list is impressive.

The Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games were canceled this year after a tornado damaged the organization’s headquarters in Jefferson City. Despite the setback, one Springfield athlete keeps training.

“These medals I’ve got on are actually from state-level basketball and bowling this year,” said Kit Gillihan.

Gillihan proudly displays his many medals from Missouri athletic competitions. Basketball and bowling are only two of the sports he practices for the Special Olympics Missouri Summer Games. The full list is impressive.

Donations to the MSU Foundation in Fiscal Year 2019 totaled $20,083,060.  It’s the second year in a row that donations exceeded $20 million.

According to the foundation, the money is used to support student scholarships and programs, faculty research and facilities enhancement.

Brent Dunn called the donations “crucial to the continuing development of the university.”

Another $4.2 million in deferred gift commitments were established in FY19, according to the foundation.