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Southeast Missouri State University’s Cyber Defense Club is going to attend a collegiate competition for cyber defense.

The Cyber Defense Club is an offshoot of the university’s new Cyber Security program. The club’s faculty advisor is Dr. Vijay Anand. He says Southeast is one of perhaps 15 programs nationwide, and the only degree of its kind in Missouri.

Anand feels good about the club’s chances of winning.

Michelle Kwan Tells Southeast Student To Aim High

Mar 7, 2013
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History’s most decorated figure skater Michelle Kwan visited Southeast Missouri State University yesterday with a speech aimed to inspire young people to greatness.

In her speech entitled “Aspiring to Greatness,” Kwan reached out to the Show Me Center audience to encourage them to try their hardest and never fear failure.

In a press conference before the event, Kwan shared what she hoped to achieve with her visit to Southeast.

Mo. Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over School District Transfer Law

Mar 6, 2013
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The Missouri Supreme Court today heard arguments on Tuesday over a 20-year-old law that requires unaccredited school districts to pay tuition for students who transfer to nearby accredited schools.

Last year, St. Louis County Judge David Vincent III ruled that the law in question was both unconstitutional and unenforceable, and that it would create an unfunded mandate for unaccredited schools.  Attorney Elkin Kistner represents Gina Breitenfeld, a St. Louis woman who enrolled her children in the Clayton School district.

Rescued Raptors Visit Nature Center

Mar 3, 2013
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Raptors visited the Nature Center in Cape Girardeau this weekend, though probably not the kind you’re thinking. Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitation brought in several birds of prey to educate and entertain.

Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitation does a number of these shows in the area, all with birds they’ve rescued. Their intent is to release any animals they save, but unfortunately a number of them are unable to return to the wild due to their injuries.

Bonne Terre Space Museum To Open New Branch In Branson

Mar 1, 2013
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The Space Museum in Bonne Terre will open a new branch in Branson.

Museum president and founder Earl Mullins says he was approached by a group of promoters who want to open a museum that will appeal to all age groups.

“They offered us literally a deal we couldn’t refuse,” Mullins said. “We saw it immediately as a huge opportunity to develop a revenue stream that we desperately need to finish our work in the Mineral Area.”

The new museum will occupy 8,000 square feet.