Despite a nationwide decline of youth and adult membership in Girl Scouts, Southeast Missouri is seeing an increase in participation throughout the organization.

According to Chief Communications Officer Brigitte Scott, the Southeast chapter grew by more than 360 members, including youth and adult membership. In fiscal year 2012-2013, the region had 4,006 memberships and 2013-2014 it had 4,369 members.

Food Prices Up Two Percent

Oct 8, 2014
Jacob McCleland / KRCU

Meat and dairy prices are experiencing a sharp increase in the second half of 2014. According to a survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation, people are paying about a 2 percent increase at grocery stores.

The Semi-Annual Marketbasket Survey found items such as beef, dairy and pork were among products that increased in price. The survey showed the cost of 16 items that could be used to prepared one meal increased $1.06 compared to last year. Out of the 16 items surveyed, nine decreased and seven increased in average price.

Artist's rendering of the proposed Cape Girardeau casino. (Submitted image)

Missouri’s thirteen casinos have seen yet another year of decline. Admissions have dropped 8 percent and the adjusted gross revenue (AGR) has dropped 5 percent.

The Missouri Gaming Commission Executive Director Roger Stottlemyre said the decline has been a trend over the past few years.

“We’ve had this for three years or four where we’ve had a drop in both AGR and admissions,” Stottlemyer said.

Jerry Bledsoe

Propane shortages in the Midwest last winter caused prices to reach a record high and left many homes without heat. With winter on its way, propane users are wondering if the shortage and skyrocketing prices will happen again.

Energy economist and program director at the Bureau of Economic Geology’s Center for Energy Economics at the University of Texas, Michelle Foss, said that right now, the outlook for this winter is good. The prices for the Midwest through the next several months are much lower than last year.

Cottonwood To Be Privatized And Will Stay Open

Sep 18, 2014
Brittany Myers / KRCU

The Cottonwood Residential Treatment Center will not close its doors after all, but the facility’s future will look much different than its past.