Trump Denies Using Vulgar Slur; Top Democrat Says He Said It

Updated at 7:37 p.m. ET President Trump is denying reports, from NPR and other news outlets, that in a Thursday meeting at the White House he disparaged African nations as "shithole countries" and questioned why the United States would admit immigrants from them and other nations, like Haiti. Trump told lawmakers that the U.S. should instead seek out more immigrants from countries like Norway. A White House statement issued Thursday notably did not deny that Trump used the vulgarity to refer...

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Redhawk Gymnastics Hosts First Home Meets This Weekend

The college gymnastics season is officially underway, and the Redhawks squad will host its first home meets this weekend at Houck Field House. As the 2018 season gets underway, Southeast Missouri women’s gymnastics will look to improve upon last year’s fifth place finish in the Midwest Independent Conference (MIC) by building upon their confidence and moving forward one goal at a time.

The Redhawks will feature a very young team this season, with 12 of the 16 gymnasts being...

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Frostbite Can Cause Permanent Damage

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Auditor Tom Schweich says Public Defenders have relied on national standards that are out-of-date to determine how many cases they should have.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Auditor Tom Schweich says Public Defenders have relied on national standards that are out-of-date to determine how many cases they should have.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

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.

A Cape Girardeau judge denied a deposition request on Tuesday in the wrongful death hearing of Adrienne Martin, the 27-year old woman who died of a drug overdose in August Busch IV’s mansion in 2010.

Martin’s mother, Christine Trampler, requested depositions of Busch and three others.  But Judge William Syler denied her request because it would further drag out the year-and-a-half old case.

Cape Girardeau Adopts Public Art Policy

Oct 11, 2012
The City of Cape Girardeau adopted a new public art policy that will establish guidelines for art acquisition and placement.
Jacob McCleland / KRCU

The City of Cape Girardeau adopted a new public art policy that will establish guidelines for art acquisition and placement.

Haunted Downtown Tours Begin in Cape Girardeau

Oct 9, 2012
 Old Lorimier Cemetery is rumored to be one of Cape's most  haunted areas.
Samantha Powers / KRCU

The Haunted Downtown Tours of Cape Girardeau will take place throughout the month of October.

For over five years, these tours have brought the tales of Cape’s past to the present.  From haunted buildings to Civil War ghosts, the downtown area continues to intrigue crowds.

Christy Mershon is the Assistant Director of Extended and Continuing Education at Southeast Missouri State University as well as a Haunted Tour leader.

She says over the years, the interest in local ghost stories has grown rapidly.

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.

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Left Of The Dial #509 - The Airwaves That I Breathe

This week we'll hear new music from The Prids. Originally from Saint Joseph, MO and based out of Portland, Oregon since 1999, the band are set to release their fourth album after a harrowing setback. Just before recording Do I Look Like I’m In Love? Singer and bass player Mistina La Fave was hospitalized for suffering a brain hemorrhage . She’s well now and that album is finally seeing its release. We'll also hear new music from the pop-music genius David Byrne. He announced his album via his...

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'The Chi' Creator Lena Waithe Says Television 'Taught Me How To Dream'

In 2017, Lena Waithe made history as the first black woman to win an Emmy for outstanding comedy writing . The award specifically recognized Master of None 's "Thanksgiving" episode, which Waithe co-wrote with Aziz Ansari and based on her experience coming out to her mother. Looking back on her Emmy win, Waithe says, "That a queer, black girl could tell her story and not just tell it, but be celebrated for it ... that's a moment that only comes once in a lifetime." Now Waithe is lending her...

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GREAT NEW MUSIC VIDEOS, PICKED BY ALL SONGS CONSIDERED HOSTS BOB BOILEN AND ROBIN HILTON