Among Trump Supporters, Conflicts Of Interest Aren't A Top Concern

Many people these days might be getting worked up about the fact that President Trump owns a lot of businesses. Not Chris Kinney. "I think this country really needs to be run more like a business at this point," says the 51-year-old Lino Lakes, Minn., resident, a former business owner who fixes printers for a living. The United States faces a lot of serious problems, such as the growing federal deficit, and the fact that Trump brings a businessman's sensibility to solving them is a plus,...

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All About Cape: March 21 - 27, 2017

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields comes to the River Campus on March 22nd. Universally recognized as the finest in the world, this magnificent chamber orchestra is sure to provide a memorable night out. Only a 45 minute drive from Cape Girardeau, Giant City State Park is a convenient day trip you won’t want to miss this time of year. The Visitors Center will get you sorted on what hike is a good fit for you. The Giant City Nature Trail is their most traversed path. A mile long, this...

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The Tin Can Changed Food Habits

Amish Farmers Take The Progressive Road

Oct 12, 2012
Amish Sign
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This year’s drought has damaged crops, but it hasn’t hurt the price of farmland. In Iowa, prices are up almost 8 percent just since March. That’s forcing a lot of small farmers to make some tough decisions, including Amish farmers in that state who are breaking tradition so they can afford to stay on the land.

A small piece of human DNA.
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A federal panel is calling for stronger privacy protections for human genetic data.

In a report out Thursday, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues said “whole genome sequencing” — which provides a unique blueprint of each person’s DNA —  holds great promise for advancing medical research and clinical care.

But the Commission said genetic data can also be misused and need to be adequately protected.

Cards' Bats Go Silent, Lose To Nationals 2-1

Oct 12, 2012
St.Louis Cardinals take a 2-1 lead 2-1 in the series by beating the Nationals 8-0 Tuesday.
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The Washington Nationals’ Jayson Werth connected for a ninth inning solo walkoff home run on Thursday to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2 to 1 and send the National League Division Series to a do-or-die Game 5 tonight in the nation’s capital.

Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn engaged Werth in an epic 13 pitch showdown in the ninth inning. Werth fouled off pitch after pitch until he launched the 13th pitch into over the leftfield wall into the Cardinals bullpen.

USDA Crop Production Reports On Missouri’s Corn Yield

Oct 11, 2012
This year, Missouri has reported a 28% decrease in corn crop yields due to the devastating summer drought.
Samantha Powers / KRCU

The latest USDA Crop Production Report shows the lowest Missouri corn yield in seven years.

Missouri is among the top ten states in corn crop production.

Dr. Michael Aide is the chairperson for Southeast Missouri State University’s Agriculture department.  He says last summer’s drought “devastated” key areas of corn production.

Tamms Correctional Center
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A southern Illinois judge decided in favor of a prison workers union on Wednesday and against the State of Illinois in the ongoing battle over facility closures.

That will keep the Tamms Supermax prison open for the foreseeable future.

Judge Charles Cavaness upheld an arbitrator’s findings that the state violated its contract with the union by moving to close facilities prior to the conclusion of impact bargaining.

The judge also found that closing corrections facilities would create an unsafe work environment in the state’s remaining prisons.

The nationwide drought devastated corn and soybean crops. But lack of supply led to high corn and soybean prices.
Samantha Powers / KRCU

Missouri farmers’ incomes will be above average this year, despite low yields.

Net farm incomes will hit 2.8 billion dollars this year. That’s less than 2011’s record-setting incomes, but still above average for the last 8 years.

Scott Brown is an agricultural economist with the University of Missouri. He says the nationwide drought diminished supply across the country and pushed corn and soybean prices up.

But Brown cautions not all farmers benefit.

Cardinals Pound Nationals 8-0

Oct 11, 2012
St.Louis Cardinals take a 2-1 lead 2-1 in the series by beating the Nationals 8-0 Tuesday.
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The St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals played the first postseason baseball game in the nation’s capitol in 79 years on Tuesday, and the Cardinals’ Pete Kozma made sure the visitors would walk away with a win.

The Cardinals’ rookie shortstop blasted a three run home run off Washington pitcher Edwin Jackson in the 2nd inning. Kozma’s home run was the biggest hit in a game the Cardinals easily won with a final score of eight to nothing.

Missouri State Auditor Releases Report On Public Defender System

Oct 11, 2012
Auditor Tom Schweich says Public Defenders have relied on national standards that are out-of-date to determine how many cases they should have.
State of Missouri / KRCU

A state audit of the Missouri Public Defender system has found problems with how the attorneys for the poor determine the number of cases they should have.

Auditor Tom Schweich says Public Defenders have relied on national standards that are out-of-date to determine how many cases they should have.

Illinois' 12th Congressional District Candidates Debate

Oct 11, 2012
The candidates running for Congress in southern Illinois' 12th US House District met for another debate on Oct 10. in Belleville.
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The three candidates vying for southern Illinois' open congressional seat debated last night in Belleville.

Republican Jason Plummer, Democrat Bill Enyart and Green Party Candidate Paula Bradshaw took part in the hour and a half long forum that was full of the usual campaign posturing.

Lawyers Want One Of Their Own On Missouri Supreme Court

Oct 11, 2012
A total of 18 candidates interviewed to take over the seat of now-retired Missouri Supreme Court Judge William Ray Price Jr. Judge Price held the seat for more than 20 years, until he retired in August.
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A  St. Louis attorney says a judge should not be the one to fill a vacant seat on the Missouri Supreme Court.

St. Louis lawyer Benjamin Lipman was one of 18 candidates who interviewed to fill an open seat on the state's highest court.

Former Missouri Supreme Court Judge William Ray Price Jr. held the seat for more than 20 years, until he retired in August.

Price was the last supreme court judge who came directly from private practice, which Lipman says is an important background to have on the court.

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In 1944, World War II was dragging on and the Nazi forces seemed to be faltering. Yet, in military briefings, Adolf Hitler 's optimism did not wane. His generals wondered if he had a secret weapon up his sleeve, something that would change the war around in the last second. Author Norman Ohler tells Fresh Air 's Terry Gross that Hitler did have a secret, but it wasn't a weapon. Instead, it was a mix of cocaine and opioids that he had become increasingly dependent upon. "Hitler needed those...

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