Jackson School Board Votes to Cover the Cost of ACT Testing for 11th Graders in the District

In July, a $4 million cut to student evaluation funding was signed by Gov. Eric Greitens , ending almost three years of state funded ACT testing for high school juniors. But on Tuesday, the Jackson School Board voted unanimously for the school district to cover the cost of assessment for all Jackson High School juniors. Associate superintendent Matt Lacy says by providing the test, they ensure that all students take the test at least once, which could change the plans of students who receive...

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Backpack Awareness

What if when we talked about kids going “back to school” we considered their actual backs and their spinal health? September 20 is Backpack Awareness Day.

A 2006 study in The Pediatric Journal of Orthopedics found 37% of children experience back pain due to carrying heavy backpacks. Rob Danoff, a doctor of osteopathic medicine and a certified family physician with Philadelphia’s Aria Health System compares the spine to the frame of a house: it’s what keeps your child’s body...

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I-66 Study To Begin Next Year

Oct 9, 2012
The proposed interstate highway connection between Cape Girardeau and Paducah will take a step forward early next year.
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The Illinois Department of Transportation will begin a study early next year to determine the route for an interstate highway that will link Cape Girardeau and Paducah.

The proposed Interstate 66 project will cross through the southernmost counties of Illinois. The first step is to draft an Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS. 

Josh Kauffman is the spokesperson for IDOT.

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 pounded pitcher Jordan Zimmerman and the Washington Nationals Monday afternoon 12 to 4 to even the League Division Series at one game apiece.

The Cardinals strafed Zimmerman for five runs in the game’s first three innings. They continued to pile on against the Nationals’ bullpen.

The Cardinals attack was fueled by the long ball. Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso hit home runs early in the game to give the Redbirds the lead, while Carlos Beltran clobbered two long homes late to put the contest out of reach.

Cigarette Tax May Increase In Missouri

Oct 8, 2012
Missouri's cigarette tax is currently one of the lowest in the country.
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A ballot measure that would raise Missouri’s cigarette tax is starting to catch smoke. Campaigns for and against the hike have been heating up over the last few days.

Cape Girardeau Hosts First Craft Beer Show

Oct 7, 2012
Attendees were given a souvenir taste testing glass, and had the chance to try over 97 beers.
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Cape Girardeau had its first beer festival Saturday.

The beer festival was a fundraiser for the non-profit Community Counseling Center Foundation.

Linda Puchbauer  is on the Foundation's Board. She says attendance was strong, and they sold over 100 tickets in pre sales.

“We use these funds for various opportunities to help our mentally ill clients,” Puchbauer said.

The festival had over 20 different craft beer vendors and a total of 97 different beer to taste. 

Southeast Missouri State University's Academic Hall
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Southeast Missouri State University’s total economic impact on the region was $148 million in 2011, according to a new report.

Students spend nearly $64 million dollars per year in the local economy. 

Economist Dr. Bruce Domazlicky is one of the university-commissioned report’s co-authors. He says students spend their money on typical things.

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Along with the cold weather comes the the possibility of the flu. This year, Cape Girardeau citizens have already started preparing for the illness.

The Cape Girardeau Public Health Center has already received vaccines for the public.

This year’s vaccination includes two strains of type A influenza and a strain of type B influenza. The H1N1 influenza is also included in one of the A strains.

Center of Public Health’s Jane Wernsman, says the H1N1 strain should not be as prominent this year.

Study: Free Access To Contraception Reduces Abortion Rate

Oct 5, 2012
Birth control pills
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Giving women free access to contraception can dramatically reduce abortion rates. That's the finding of a new study out on Thursday from Washington University.

Researchers gave more than 9,000 St. Louis-area women free birth control for three years. Compared to other area women, study participants had lower rates of unplanned pregnancy, and fewer than half as many abortions.

A handbill on an unoccupied truck.
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Last week, a federal judge temporarily blocked the city of Cape Girardeau from enforcing an ordinance that bans people from placing handbills on unoccupied cars. Now, judge John Ross is making that injunction permanent.

The decision comes after the Ku Klux Klan filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming the leafleting ban infringes free speech rights. 

Tony Rothert is the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri, who represented the KKK. He says it’s a victory for free speech.

Star Mizzou Football Player Arrested

Oct 5, 2012
Dorial Green-Beckham, former No. 1 college football recruit, and two other players were charged with possession of Marijuana.
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Three University of Missouri football players, including a highly-touted freshman athlete, were arrested late Wednesday night on charges of  possession of Marijuana.

 Freshman wide receiver and former No. 1 college football recruit Dorial Green-Beckham was one of the players arrested, and the MU Athletic Department says he will be suspended from this weekend’s game against Vanderbilt.

Freshmen linebacker Torey Boozer and receiver Levi Copelin were also arrested, and will also not play on Saturday.

With more job opportunities, Southeast’s Cyber Security program expands, and now has sixty-five students.
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The job market for cyber security experts continues to grow, and so does Southeast Missouri State University’s program in this field.

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World Cafe: The National's Matt Berninger Reflects On Creating 'Sleep Well Beast'

The National is about to release its seventh studio album, Sleep Well Beast , on September 8. But days before it comes out, on September 5, the band is going to play that record in its entirety live for NPR . The new songs revolve around the fears and struggles within relationships, particularly that of singer and lyricist Matt Berninger and his wife, the writer Carin Besser, who co-wrote some of the lyrics on this album. Sleep Well Beast is characteristically dark and sonically rich — and...

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Director Mike White Unpacks The Impulse To Compare In 'Brad's Status'

You know that feeling when you envy someone because they're more successful, or you think they have a better life? That kind of jealousy can hit you in an almost physical way, even though you know better. The new film Brad's Status is all about that feeling. It stars Ben Stiller as Brad, a husband and father taking his son to visit colleges like Harvard and Tufts. The trip gets Brad thinking about his own college friends, who are much more successful that he is. Brad feels like a failure, and...

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