At Least 4 Victims Killed After Shooting At School, Other Locations In California

Updated at 10:20 p.m. ET A shooter in Northern California has killed at least four people in a violent rampage that began at a home and ultimately included seven locations, including an elementary school, officials say. The shooter was killed by police, bringing the total death toll to five. Ten people have been hospitalized, authorities say. At least two children are among the wounded — a student at Rancho Tehama Elementary School in Tehama County was shot, and another child was shot in a...

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All About Cape: November 14 - 20, 2017

An annual favorite featuring original choreography by faculty, guest artists and students, Fall for Dance has a wide variety of dance styles that audiences will enjoy. The concert will include an original piece utilizing traditional West African dance, and runs this Wednesday through Sunday at the Bedell Performance Hall. Craft show weekend is here! The third weekend of every November, arts & crafts shows fill five different venues throughout Cape Girardeau and bring thousands of holiday...

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A Fish Story: How Salmon Satisfies A Hearty Appetite

The Cape Girardeau City Council on October 1, 2012.
Jacob McCleland / KRCU

The Cape Girardeau City Council gave first round passage to an ordinance that regulates scooters at Monday night’s meeting. It requires scooter drivers to wear helmets and carry insurance. The ordinance also prohibits scooters under 50 cc’s from streets with a speed limit in excess of 35 miles per hour.

The helmet and street limitations are an attempt to improve safety following the death of a Southeast Missouri State University student who died in September after her scooter was hit by a truck.

Isle of Capri Casino To Open On October 30

Oct 15, 2012
Artist's rendering of the proposed Cape Girardeau casino. (Submitted image)

The Isle of Capri Casino in Cape Girardeau will open its doors on October 30.

Casino officials originally planned to open before the end of the year, but steadily moved the opening date forward.

Chet Koch is Isle’s Vice President and General Manager of the Cape Girardeau casino. He says the mild winter and dry summer played a huge role.

“Construction teams were able to pour concrete in the winter months,”Koch said. “And throughout the summer, just really with the rain not coming really helped it along. They were able to work a lot more days than they had expected.”

Pumpkin Prices On The Rise After Summer Drought

Oct 15, 2012
Pumpkins are often considered a drought resilient crop, but the combination of extreme heat and low rainfall have taken their toll on Missouri pumpkins.
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Missourians will see higher prices for many local pumpkins this fall.

This season’s pumpkins encountered many drought-related problems.

The most noticeable of these problems is size. Most plants consist primarily of water, and without it, horticulture experts say these pumpkins won’t be quite as plump.

Sanjun Gu is an assistant professor at Lincoln University and the state horticulture specialist for Missouri. He says the crops in southeast Missouri are among the worst affected.

New Madrid Celebrates Halloween With Ghost Tours

Oct 15, 2012
The tour will visit the New Madrid County Courthouse along with several other historic buildings. / KRCU

The New Madrid Chamber of Commerce is continuing their tradition of offering Ghost Tours during the month of October.

Missouri Legislators Asking For $1 Billion Bond

Oct 15, 2012
Democratic Representative Chris Kelly and Republican Senator Kurt Schaefer say the current low borrowing and construction costs make a bond issue attractive.
Missouri Government / KRCU

Two Missouri lawmakers say low borrowing and construction costs make now the time for a bond issue.

Democratic Representative Chris Kelly and Republican Senator Kurt Schaefer want to put a nearly one billion dollar bond issue before voters.

Kelly says it will make needed capital improvements to the state's university campuses, mental health facilities, and even the state capitol building.

In response to a recent legal challenge brought by the Ku Klux Klan, Cape Girardeau City Council will take up an ordinance tonight that will rescind the city’s ban on unsolicited leafleting.
Flickr[Arete13] / KRCU

The Cape Girardeau City Council consider rescinding the part of an anti-litter ordinance that prohibits placing handbills on unoccupied cars at tonight’s council meeting.

The council will consider the action as a response to a lawsuit brought by the Ku Klux Klan and the American Civil Liberties Union that challenged the ordinance. A federal judge ruled in favor of the KKK by saying the leafleting ban infringes the first amendment right to free speech.

New Study Aimed To Prevent Alzheimer's Dementia

Oct 15, 2012
The areas where the most Alzheimer’s plaques typically form are highlighted in red and yellow on these brain scans
Courtesy of St.Louis Public Radio/Tammie Benzinger, MD, PhD, Tyler Blazey / Washington University

Washington University will soon launch a clinical trial aimed at preventing people with Alzheimer's disease from developing dementia.

Washington University neurologist and study lead Dr. Randall Bateman says this is one of the first clinical trials to try to treat Alzheimer's patients before they have any symptoms.

Amish Farmers Take The Progressive Road

Oct 12, 2012
Amish Sign
Clay Masters / Harvest Public Media

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.
gobucks2 / Flickr

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.


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Left Of The Dial #463 - Phasing

This week we've got new music from Deerhoof. Mountain Moves is one of the San Francisco band’s most accessible albums, despite being a relentless mashup of genres including chamber music, hip-hop, and avant-garde jazz. It also features a slew of high-profile guests including Lætitia Sadier of Stereolab. We'll also hear the latest from the Detroit post-punk band Protomartyr. Relatives in Descent is as upsetting as it is beautiful. Left of the Dial airs Friday nights from 9-11 and Saturdays...

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Biographer Sought To Write The Kind Of Book Lou Reed 'Deserved' Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis knew Velvet Underground co-founder Lou Reed and considered him a friend. So when it came time to write a biography of the late singer-songwriter, DeCurtis knew exactly what kind of book he would pen. "I wanted to write a book that took Lou ... seriously," DeCurtis says. "The kind of book that I was going to write about Lou was the kind of book he deserved....

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