Economy

Economy

"There is not enough people working in jobs that are allowing them to be self-sufficient," says Nancy Jernigan, Executive Director of the United Way of Southeast Missouri. She sat down with KRCU's Dan Woods and said that jobs is the biggest challenge facing the Southeast Missouri community. She noted that things cost more than they used to and many people are struggling to make ends meet. To combat this, education and training to acquire employment for those that want it are critical. That will allow people to stand on their own and not be dependent on government programs.

New Program Helps Homeless Veterans

Dec 17, 2014
CCSOMO / CCSOMO

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri is launching a new program to serve veterans and their families who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

The organization is a faith-based social services agency that provides assistance to individuals and families in need regardless of faith, race or background.

A grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs funds the Supportive Services for Veterans Families program. The project aims at helping the VA to end homelessness among veterans.

Missouri Gas Prices Lowest In The Nation

Dec 16, 2014
Samantha Powers / KRCU

Missouri’s gas prices are the lowest in the nation at $2.21 per gallon, according to the website gasbuddy.com. Gas in Cape Girardeau isn’t quite that low - most stations are charging between $2.29 and $2.39 for regular unleaded. Mike Right from the American Automobile Association attributes the low gas prices to a decrease in the cost of crude oil, an increase in oil production, and flat demand. “There’s a basic disconnect between the supply and demand - disconnect from the point of view of the pro

Jessica Penland / KRCU

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) celebrated the opening of their new branch in Cape Girardeau, Mo. with a ribbon cutting ceremony and an open house on Monday.

According to Regional Director Joey Keys, the BBB is a non-profit organization that serves consumers and businesses

They opened a new branch to better serve the 92 counties in the eastern Missouri and the southern Illinois region, he said.

Kristofor Husted / Harvest Public Media

About 3,500 animals are taken in at the Humane Society in Cape Girardeau, Mo., every year. To help benefit animals, the organization is holding its first grocery shopping spree giveaway.

“We’re really excited, “ office manager Tracy Poston said. “This is our first ever grocery shopping spree and we’ve teamed up with Food Giant. The raffle tickets are going to be $10 a piece or three for $25.”

The winner of the raffle will have eight minutes to load their shopping cart full of food.

Some restrictions apply.

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