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New Skate Park Approved In Cape Girardeau, Construction To Begin This Summer

Construction is slated to begin this summer on a new skate park in Cape Girardeau. Brock Davis, Division Manager for the Parks and Recreation Department, says the skateboard community has a large presence in the city. “Of course, anybody who has business in Cape knows that skateboarders like to skate up and down the sidewalks,” says Davis. The park was approved by the city council last month, and will be located on East Rodney Drive, across the street from Arena Park. A skate park currently...

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Don't Miss a Serious Spy Story Played Mainly for Laughs at the River Campus this Summer

Big screen classics are taking the stage at the River Campus this summer. "The 39 Steps" was adapted from the novel and the Hitchcock film, but you can see it at the River Campus as part of this year’s Summer Arts Festival. Unfamiliar with this one? We’ll let director Kenn Stilson give you all details on this serious spy story played mainly for laughs. "The 39 Steps" is one of the funniest plays you'll ever see. I would classify it as a melodrama or a satire of a melodrama.The satire itself...

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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.

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Left Of The Dial #601 - A Human Voice Underneath

Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer is not just an immensely enjoyable fusion of pop, hiphop, and R&B, but it's a multilayered sci-fi epic . Like the best science fiction, it has much to say about about society, specifically with regards to race, gender, and sexual orientation. The album has a visual component, in the form of what Monae has dubbed an "emotion picture." Skating Polly have a song called "Queen for a Day," named for a ridiculous '50's and '60s era TV game show where women would...

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'Reluctant Psychonaut' Michael Pollan Embraces The 'New Science' Of Psychedelics

Author Michael Pollan had always been curious about psychoactive plants, but his interest skyrocketed when he heard about a research study in which people with terminal cancer were given a psychedelic called psilocybin — the active ingredient in "magic mushrooms" — to help them deal with their distress. "This seemed like such a crazy idea that I began looking into it," Pollan says. "Why should a drug from a mushroom help people deal with their mortality?" Pollan, whose previous books include...

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