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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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.
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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.
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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.

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.
Samantha Powers / KRCU

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
Southeast Missouri State University

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.

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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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