As GOP Lawmakers Eye Cutting Estate Tax, Will They Increase Income Inequality?

Republicans in Congress are on the verge of fulfilling their longtime dream of eliminating the federal estate tax, and they could do it in a way that is even more generous to heirs than previous repeal efforts. Bills passed by the Senate and the House recently would reduce or scrap the taxes heirs now pay on estates larger than $5.5 million. And the bills would do so without repealing the so-called "stepped-up basis" provision. Ordinarily, people have to pay taxes when they sell off assets...

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Healthy Gifts

We all know the gifts that get mocked this time of year…fruitcake, another tie for dad, socks…we may have previously considered a health and fitness gift on the naughty list too. After all, what exactly was the gift giver implying? However, as Christmas quickly approaches, many might be hoping to find a fitness tracker under the tree. While gadgets that measured heartrate and other physical markers were once thought to only be in the realm of elite athletes, that is no longer the case. The...

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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.
Southeast Missouri State University / KRCU

The job market for cyber security experts continues to grow, and so does Southeast Missouri State University’s program in this field.

St. Francis Medical Center hosted the ninth annual Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon in Cape Girardeau this Wednesday.
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St. Francis Medical Center hosted the ninth annual Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon in Cape Girardeau this Wednesday.  Nearly three hundred physicians, supporters, and survivors attended.

Notable Cape Girardeau citizens such as Mayor Harry Rediger and prominent St. Francis Medical Center physicians volunteered as wait-staff.

Proceeds from the luncheon go to Dig For Life, which provides free mammograms for uninsured women. It is also part of the St. Francis “Pink Up Cape”.

Google made cost-cutting deals to place their Google Fiber service in Kansas City. The Kansas City Star's Scott Canon reports the city made a similar deal with Time Warner and is negotiating one with AT&T.

Woman Arrested For Selling Drugs At Daycare

Oct 3, 2012
 Keisha McReynolds was charged with Distribution of Controlled  and Endangering the Welfare of a Child after selling hydrocodone at the daycare.
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A woman is in Cape Girardeau County Jail after selling drugs at a Cape Girardeau daycare.

Keisha McReynolds is being charged with Distribution of a Controlled Substance and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

McReynolds allegedly sold 16 hydrocodone pills to an undercover officer on September 26 at Beautiful Beginnings Daycare.

At least eight children were allegedly under McReynolds’ care at the time of the undercover operation, according to the prosecutor’s probable cause statement.

McReynolds’ bond was set for $100,000.

National Banned Book Week celebrates the right to choose your own censorship on books.
Fliokr[DML East Branch] / KRCU

The Cape Girardeau Public Library is fighting censorship through the thirtieth annual national Banned Book Week, sponsored by the American Library Association.

To celebrate Banned Book Week the library created a display of banned books, which include Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” and Daniel Keyes “Flowers for Algernon.” Books are switched periodically throughout the week to showcase different banned books.

The library’s Paula Featherston says that the purpose of Banned Book Week is to promote freedom to read.

RAGE 103.7 Host Punkin Chunkin for College Radio Day

Oct 2, 2012
Using a homemade trebuchet, the RAGE staff held their own Punkin Chunkin contest on campus.
Samantha Rinehart / KRCU

Southeast Missouri State University’s student radio station RAGE 103.7 celebrated national College Radio Day with a unique holiday. Using a homemade trebuchet, the RAGE staff held their own Punkin Chunkin contest on campus.

Luke Lukefar is the technician for RAGE studios. Inspired by a high school engineering project, Lukefar built the trebuchet himself. Originally used to catapult missiles in medieval warfare, these machines are now engineered for more recreational use.

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

The Cape Girardeau City Council sealed the deal on one long-simmering ordinance and put another on next April’s ballot. In addition, the council will now look at new scooter safety laws and underage drinking.

The council unanimously approved the new rental inspection ordinance that establishes minimum property standards for rental units. The ordinance was cruising towards passage last month until realtors voiced objections, saying the language was too vague. By Monday night, realtors and council had smoothed over their concerns and reached a compromise.

Missouri’s Real Estate Market Shows Signs Of Life

Oct 1, 2012
A for sale sign in Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Jacob McCleland / KRCU

Missouri real estate sales were up by 13 percent in August, as compared to August 2011. That’s according to a new report from the Missouri Association of Realtors.

August marked the eighth consecutive month that sales had increased year-over-year.

Missouri Association of Realtors CEO Russ Cofano says sale prices were decreasing early this year, but began to increase since the springtime.

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Left Of The Dial #487 - Our Favorite Music of 2017

I always find end of year lists to be fun, and I find it useful to focus my listening options down to something manageable. This year on the show I've played new music from over 200 albums, and one of the records on this year's list is one I've not yet played, which is to say I come across an enormous amount of music over a year's time. I'm not unique in this; surely as more listeners utilize streaming services the volume of their listening is massive as well. So yeah, pairing down over 200...

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James Franco Tackles A Hollywood Story 'Unlike Any Other' In 'Disaster Artist'

The Room (2003) has been called the Citizen Kane of bad movies. Eccentric filmmaker Tommy Wiseau wrote, directed and starred in the movie, and it has since developed a cult following. Around the country, fans flock to midnight screenings. Actor James Franco also found himself drawn to The Room . In 2014, after reading a nonfiction book about the film's creation (called The Disaster Artist) Franco knew he wanted to turn the movie's backstory story into another film. "It's a Hollywood story,...

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