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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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Missouri’s Real Estate Market Shows Signs Of Life

Oct 1, 2012
A for sale sign in Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Jacob McCleland / KRCU

Missouri real estate sales were up by 13 percent in August, as compared to August 2011. That’s according to a new report from the Missouri Association of Realtors.

August marked the eighth consecutive month that sales had increased year-over-year.

Missouri Association of Realtors CEO Russ Cofano says sale prices were decreasing early this year, but began to increase since the springtime.

New Evidence In 1988 Kansas City Firefighter Explosion Case

Oct 1, 2012
Gavel
s_falkow / Flickr

Lawyers representing some of the people convicted of setting off an explosion that killed six Kansas City firefighters in 1988, say they’ve uncovered new evidence that suggests others were at least partially responsible for the tragedy, and the people convicted are innocent.

Attorney Cheryl Pilate says some of the new evidence comes from eyewitness accounts that prosecutors didn’t have in the original investigation.  She’s calling for the US Attorney in Western Missouri to reopen the case, with subpoena power.

Midwest Dairies Debate Cow Tail Docking As Industry Moves To Phase Out Practice

Sep 28, 2012
Here, a cow with a docked tail stands alongside a cow with a tail whose switch has been trimmed at Foremost Dairy in Columbia, Mo. The dairy, which does not dock tails, acquired several cows with docked tails for a research project.
Abbie Fentress Swanson / Harvest Public Media

Many people who haven’t stepped foot on a dairy might think milking a cow is a sort of Emersonian back-to-the land moment, where a milker bonds with his or her cow while communing with nature. Just milk her for a while and voilà: fresh, creamy milk. But the truth is, milking can be a very dirty job.

Ag Officials Expand Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine

Sep 28, 2012
A male emerald ash borer
USDA Agricultural Research Service

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is expanding its quarantine to halt the spread of a beetle that destroys ash trees.

The invasive species known as the Emerald Ash Borer spreads by hitching a ride on firewood, so the quarantine regulates the movement of ash wood products.

The Emerald Ash Borer was first found in southeast Missouri’s Wayne County in 2008, and pretty much stayed put until this summer, when agriculture officials discovered the half-inch long beetle in neighboring Madison and Reynolds Counties, as well as Platte County near Kansas City.

Cape Girardeau police cannot enforce a city ordinance that bans placing handbills on windshields. The Southeast Missourian's Scott Moyers reports federal judge John Ross issued the preliminary injunction after the Ku Klux Klan sued the city, citing infringement of free speech. 

Electric Cars Buzz Through Cape Girardeau

Sep 28, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - The second annual Electric Car Conversion Convention began this Thursday in Cape Girardeau.

Enthusiasts from across the globe gathered in the Show Me Center to show off their battery operated cars, trucks, and even boats.

According to convention producers, they expect to have forty-five cars on display this year: twice the turnout of last year.

Jack Rickard is the producer of the convention. He says they expect to see nearly 200 people from 12 countries.

Crew Return Birds Point Center Crevasse To 55 Feet

Sep 27, 2012
Aerial image of the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway during the flood of 2011.
NASA Earth Observatory / Flickr

WYATT, MO (KRCU) - Construction crews completed Phase One work at the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway center crevasse on Tuesday. Phase One brings the levee back up to 55 feet on the gage at Cairo, Illinois. 

Army Corps of Engineers Spokesperson Jim Pogue says the upper crevasse should be returned to 55 feet by the end of this week, while Phase One on the lower crevasse will be complete by November. 

Still No Decision In Union’s Case Against Illinois Closure Plans

Sep 27, 2012
Signs dot lawns throughout southern Illinois, urging Governor Pat Quinn to keep the Tamms Correctional Center Open.
Jacob McCleland / KRCU

CAIRO, IL (KRCU/The Cairo Citizen) - Lawyers from the state of Illinois and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) concluded three days of hearings Wednesday in Alexander County Court.

 Judge Charles Cavaness did not issue a decision.

 AFSCME is seeking a permanent injunction to block the state from transferring inmates from the Tamms Correctional Center, Dwight Correctional Center and other facilities in Illinois.

The song "I Got You Babe," on Bahamas' new album, Barchords, is obviously not Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe." This version is an original song the Canadian singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen, who records under the stage name Bahamas, has written about holding and losing someone.

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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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As Heard on Fresh Air

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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All Songs TV

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