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Transportation Sales Tax Project List Expected Next Week

Missouri transportation officials hope voters will approve a three-quarters-of-a-cent sales tax increase this summer.

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EPA Program Targets Food Waste

Americans waste an incredible amount of food each year.  When that food ends up in the landfill, it can cause problems.  But an EPA program is aimed at preventing that.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

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Prescription Only Bill Could Soon Resurface for Springfield Council

With two weeks left in the Missouri legislative session, it remains unclear if lawmakers will enact further restrictions on products containing pseudoephedrine. As KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports, failure to do so would put the ball back in the Springfield City Council’s court.

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An Outpouring of Support: Over 10,000 Honor Hailey Owens

Engaged in song and equipped with candles and balloons, thousands of people gathered in Springfield Saturday evening to celebrate the life of Hailey Owens. KSMU’s Briana Simmons has more.

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Legislation Would Honor Monuments Men

Legislation that has been introduced in the U.S. Senate would honor those who worked to preserve artwork during World War II.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

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Wind Gusts Across Ozarks Cause Damage and Power Outages

"If you don't like the weather in the Ozarks, stick around and it will change." That's a well-known phrase in these parts. Although Thursday began with warm spring like conditions, things changed quickly as high winds brought chilly temperatures. As KSMU's Theresa Bettmann reports, it was that strong wind that has some businesses and utilities scrambling.


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Chili Supper Planned to Benefit Hailey Owens Memorial Fund

The Strafford Fire Protection District is hosting a chili supper and raffle tomorrow (2/22) to raise money for a fund established in memory of Hailey Owens, the ten-year-old Westport Elementary student, who was abducted and killed in Springfield this week.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky talks with one of the organizers, Lisa Campbell, about the event.

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Correctional Officers Say Working in a Prison Changes a Person

In her first report, Shannon O'Brien told us about working inside a prison. Now in part two she takes us into the home lives of the officers. 

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MSU Student Starts Headbands for Hope for Cancer Patients

A hobby turned business by a Missouri State University Student now seeks to serve cancer patients. KSMU’s Kaitlyn Schwers has more on Headbands for Hope.

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Former Correctional Officers Talk about Work Within a Prison

Two former correctional officers explain how they dealt with the incidents that happened behind the walls of a seemingly secret institution. Shannon O'Brien reports.Shann 

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