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90% Of Missouri School Buses Receive ‘Approval’ Rating By MSHP In Annual Inspection

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released results from their annual school bus inspection program for the 2017-2018 school year.
Across the state, over 12 thousand school buses were inspected twice within the past year. Buses with no defective items found receive an “approved” rating, those found with defective items that do not constitute an immediate danger receive a “defective” rating, and those posing immediate danger are taken out of service. Of all the inspected buses, 90.6%...

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Summer Arts Festival is This Weekend

Last week, we heard all about the Summer Arts Festival, but since it’s this weekend, we feel it bears repeating! Where can you learn stage combat, do some artistic competition, listen to great music, and take in a show? You guessed it, the River Campus Summer Arts Festival. This year’s festival is no different with fun for the whole family and art enthusiasts alike. Rhonda Weller-Stilson runs down some of the activities available this weekend—all for free! "Children will be able to...

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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.
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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.
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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.
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.

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.

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Left Of The Dial #617 - Engine Fly

This week on Left of the Dial, KRCU’s independent music program, we hear from Khruangbin, a Houston trio who are influenced by the sounds of ‘60’s-era Thai funk music. Plus new music from Neko Case, and Kamasi Washington composes a jazz tune about what the video game Street Fighter means to him. Left Of The Dial airs Friday nights from 9-11pm and Saturdays from noon-2 on KRCU. Thanks, Pete!

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You can watch the latest edition of the program featuring Dr. Vargas on our YouTube Channel.

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Paul Schrader And Ethan Hawke Test Their Faith In 'First Reformed'

Filmmaker Paul Schrader grew up in a religious Christian household but he swore he'd never make a film about faith. Instead, he went on to work on the screenplays for the seminal 1970s films Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. "I was intoxicated by action and empathy, sex and violence," Schrader says of his early work. These themes, he felt, were "not in the transcendental tool kit." But a few years ago, as his 70th birthday approached, Schrader began to feel the pull of a more spiritual project....

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