Sheriff's Office Reports 17 People Dead In South Florida High School Shooting

Updated at 10 p.m. ET The Broward, Fla., sheriff said 17 people are dead in the Wednesday shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the city of Parkland, northwest of Fort Lauderdale. He said a suspect is in custody. In news conferences after the incident, Sheriff Scott Israel said 12 of the people who died were found inside the school building and two were found just outside. Another victim was on the street, and two people died at the hospital. Israel said authorities have...

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"Behind the Scenes" with members of the cast of "Mary Poppins" at River Campus

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! "Mary Poppins" debuts at the River Campus next week and you should fly on over to the River Campus now to get your tickets. A cast of nearly 50 students will bring this Disney classic to life on the Bedell stage and we caught up with some of them to get the behind the scenes scoop.

We spoke with Abigail Alsmeyer who plays Mary Poppins and Jose Alpizar who plays the role of Bert.

You can see "Mary Poppins" beginning February 21...

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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.
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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.

USDA Crop Production Reports On Missouri’s Corn Yield

Oct 11, 2012
This year, Missouri has reported a 28% decrease in corn crop yields due to the devastating summer drought.
Samantha Powers / KRCU

The latest USDA Crop Production Report shows the lowest Missouri corn yield in seven years.

Missouri is among the top ten states in corn crop production.

Dr. Michael Aide is the chairperson for Southeast Missouri State University’s Agriculture department.  He says last summer’s drought “devastated” key areas of corn production.

Tamms Correctional Center
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A southern Illinois judge decided in favor of a prison workers union on Wednesday and against the State of Illinois in the ongoing battle over facility closures.

That will keep the Tamms Supermax prison open for the foreseeable future.

Judge Charles Cavaness upheld an arbitrator’s findings that the state violated its contract with the union by moving to close facilities prior to the conclusion of impact bargaining.

The judge also found that closing corrections facilities would create an unsafe work environment in the state’s remaining prisons.

The nationwide drought devastated corn and soybean crops. But lack of supply led to high corn and soybean prices.
Samantha Powers / KRCU

Missouri farmers’ incomes will be above average this year, despite low yields.

Net farm incomes will hit 2.8 billion dollars this year. That’s less than 2011’s record-setting incomes, but still above average for the last 8 years.

Scott Brown is an agricultural economist with the University of Missouri. He says the nationwide drought diminished supply across the country and pushed corn and soybean prices up.

But Brown cautions not all farmers benefit.

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.

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Left Of The Dial #541 - A Way Cooler Name

Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards spoke with Mary Louise Kelly at The Mothership . In it they spoke about the new album, growing out of face-paint, and they tackle the topic of white privilege. There's new music from The Damned, their first in 10 years, and I wanted to play with "Jet Boy, Jet Girl" alongside it, thanks to one of my favorite music references in The Venture Bros. If you don’t know, The Venture Bros. is an [adult swim] animated series that’s kind of a spoof of superheroes, and pulp...

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Steve Bannon Sees #MeToo As An 'Existential Threat' To Trump, Journalist Says

Though six months have passed since Steve Bannon left his position as White House chief strategist , he continues to follow the drama inside the Trump administration. Journalist Joshua Green says the right-wing provocateur is particularly attuned to the #MeToo movement , which he has dubbed "the matriarchy." Green notes that Bannon sees the movement as "an existential threat" not just to President Trump, but also to Republicans in Congress. "Bannon, despite his many flaws, is a very shrewd...

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