Thirteen local organizations are coming together to bring Dr. Ruby Payne to Springfield to find new ways to overcome the growing issue of poverty in southwest Missouri. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more on the series of events, which are less than two weeks away. There are two events the public can participate in, says Mechlin. Tuesday, February 11th will be a dinner conference at the White River Conference Center. The cost is $30 and reservations are required. The other event is free and open to the public on Wednesday morning February 12th from 8 to 11:30. This will be at Hammons Hall and reservations are also required.