Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Rd. 146, will host a Family Fishing Night Friday night (7/12) from 6 to 9.  Take your own bait and gear for catch and release fishing.  There will also be a cow train, a bounce house and a campfire.  Registration is required. 

A group protesting the US immigration system is planning a prayer vigil for immigrants in front of the Christian County Jail in Ozark Friday night.  

Faith Voices of Southwest Missouri said in a press release that it chose the Christian County Jail because it contracts with ICE to function as an immigrant detention facility.

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board keeps at least one outdoor pool open late during heat advisories issued by the National Weather Service.  Westport Pool, 3100 W. Mt. Vernon, will stay open until 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10.  Admission is $2.50 for youth and seniors and $3 for adults between 1 and 5:30 p.m.  Admission is $1 or free with a canned food item donation from 5:30 to 8. 

President Trump has granted a federal disaster declaration for Missouri.  It allows for Federal Emergency Management Agency Individual Assistance in 20 counties impacted by severe weather starting April 29.

Those counties are:  Andrew, Atchison, Boone, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Cole, Greene, Holt, Jackson, Jasper, Lafayette, Lincoln, Livingston, Miller, Osage, Pike, Platte, Pulaski and St. Charles.

A new Missouri law authorizes the Missouri Department of Revenue to revoke the driver’s license of anyone who hits a highway or utility worker in a work zone or an emergency responder in an emergency zone.

House Bill 499, known as “Lyndon’s Law,” was signed by Governor Mike Parson Tuesday.  It's named for Lyndon Ebker, who was a 30-year employee of the Missouri Department of Transportation when he was struck and killed in a Franklin County work zone in 2016.

A bill signed Tuesday by Governor Mike Parson permanently extends the Wartime Veteran’s Survivor Grant Program, which was scheduled to sunset on August 28, 2020.

The program awards up to 25 college scholarships annually to spouses or children of Missouri veterans who died or became disabled during combat.

A new state law in Missouri has drawn battle lines between state and local government.  At issue is:  who has the final say in what large farms can and cannot do? 

Bill SB391, which will become law on August 28th, 2019, restricts how much control county governments have when it comes to industrial farms known as Confined Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs. Essentially, county governments can no longer enforce stricter measures than the state’s rules when it comes to regulating these farms.

A heat advisory is in effect from noon to 7 today.  The highest heat index in southwest Missouri is expected to be 107.

According to the National Weather Service, a heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

The Margins, a Springfield-based band scheduled to perform on KSMU's Studio Live July 12 at noon, is comprised of musicians Todd Balisle, Jody Bilyeu, Jonathan Keeney, Mike Rumsey and Jacob "Toad" Wyrick. 

For our monthly series SoundCheck, the band members dissect three songs to give us a look at what inspires them and what they think makes a good rock ‘n’ roll song. The Margins also have strong opinions on candy. Their discussion on the subject is below in the bonus audio. 

The Springfield-Branson National Airport is seeing more travelers than ever, and parking can be a bit of a challenge–especially for those who like to cut it close when it comes to making their flights. But construction is underway on more than 700 additional parking spots. 

These 700 parking spots are in addition to the 300 spots added a few years ago. 

Most of us have heard of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Peace Corps, but there’s another corps of people working to restore and preserve natural spaces in the Ozarks.

A group of college students is busy clearing cedar logs and sticks on a hill and stacking them in piles to be burned. The work is part of a glade restoration project by the Watershed Conservation Corps at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.

In star-studded Hollywood, Bobby Lewis hustled but had success. After being there about three years, tragedy hit his family. His mom, dad and younger sister were killed in a car accident.

Bobby Lewis, assistant professor in the department of media, journalism and film at Missouri State University, shares how this experience brought about magnificent change.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is holding meetings across the state for people to learn more about black bears.  The first is Tuesday, July 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way. 

MDC furbearer biologist, Laura Conlee, said the open houses are a chance for the public to comment on the department’s draft black bear management plan.

The third and final public meeting on the future of the Galloway area in Springfield will be held Tuesday night (7/9).

For the third straight year, attendance at the Springfield Art Museum is up.  Since last July, 63,379 people visited the museum on E. Brookside Drive.    That’s 2,809 more visitors than the same period the year before and 4,803 more than the period before that.

Museum spokesman, Joshua Best, credits several things for the continued increase in visitors.

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lisa Langley talks with Casey Hanson, director of outreach and engagement with Kids Win Missouri.

Today’s discussion talks about the program’s mission to advocate for Missouri children, and explores the recent dramatic drop in state Medicaid rolls raising concerns about children without healthcare coverage.

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A month of research at in Nebraska has given host Dr. David Cornelison the opportunity to meet two people who see things as he does, at least on the subject of science.   From the University of Nebraska physics department, Jocelyn Bosley and Brad Nordell have a new role to play as podcasts hosts.  Their new podcast, “Science! With Friends” focuses on the who behind the what in science.  

The Missouri Department of Conservation has reduced the number of counties in its management zone for chronic wasting disease or CWD.  Starting this month, the number of counties in the zone drops from 48 to 29. 

Counties that were dropped in southwest Missouri include Dade and McDonald.

Starting Wednesday, July 3, Mt. Vernon Street west of Kansas Expressway will be closed for three months for construction to replace the Mt. Vernon Street bridge over Jordan Creek. 

The Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival continues Friday and Saturday (7/5-7/6) at 2229 Bluegrass Rd. in Conway.  

The First Friday Art Walk is Friday night (7/5) from 6 to 10 at 16 venues in downtown Springfield.  

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The Missouri Department of Transportation will start work on July 15 to widen Highway 160 from I-44 to Jackson St. in Willard to four lanes.  

The $18.6 million project will include adding two lanes to the existing two-lane highway, safety improvements at several intersections between I-44 and Jackson Street and installing a pedestrian underpass at Hunt Rd. for the Frisco Highline Trail.  Three intersections will be converted to roundabouts:  Farm Rd. 94, Jackson St. and Hunt Rd. and one to a J-Turn:  Farm Rd. 123.  Two will get signal upgrades.

One hundred percent of living humans are aging every day. That shouldn't surprise any of us. But did you know that 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day? By 2030, 20% of the U.S. population will be older adults, which will meet or outnumber children.

Dr. Lisa Hall, coordinator of the Gerontology program within the psychology department at Missouri State University, is here to tell us how that demographic shift is changing the world we live in.

A Missouri organization is working to change the name of a state park in southwest Missouri.  The Women’s Foundation, based in Kansas City, wants to add the name of Nathan Boone’s wife, Olive, to the name of the Nathan Boone State Historic Site in Ash Grove.

According to Wendy Doyle, president and CEO of the organization, the effort to ensure equality in the names of Missouri state parks stems from a trip a Women’s Foundation employee made in 2017.

The Missouri Department of Conservation recently proposed the framework for a limited elk-hunting season, meaning Missourians could begin elk-hunting as early as next year. But, it’s dependent on a number of factors. 

The Missouri Department of Conservation announced its plan for elk-hunting at last week’s Missouri Conservation Commission public meeting at the MDC headquarters in Jefferson City. The commission gave the plan its initial approval.

When Sheree Evans’ husband was dying from glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor they believed was caused by Agent Orange, she promised him she would make things right.

Agent Orange is a chemical that was used by the US military to remove leaves from trees in the Vietnam War.

Two people will share the position of superintendent of academics for Springfield Public Schools in the next school year.   

Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith and Dr. Kent Medlin will serve in an interim, part-time capacity for the 2019-2020 school year.  They’ll share oversight of Elementary and Secondary Education; Learning Supports and Innovation; and Special Education and English Language Learner Supports.

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