Earlier this week, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced the Cape Girardeau Public Library will be one of 89 libraries receiving a grant to boost its summer reading program. The Summer Reading Club will use the $14,990 grant to fine tune the nine-week program in the coming months. Cape Girardeau Public Library director Betty Martin said they hope to hire additional staff to help with several programs they offer.

Southeast Missouri State University is launching the Redhawk Food Pantry, joining more than 400 other colleges and universities across the country to eliminate hunger on campus. A recent student government study at Southeast indicated that 15% of students had an inadequate food supply at least four times during the semester.

Dan Woods spoke with Southeast President Carlos Vargas about the food pantry.

Vargas Speaks: Episode 9

Feb 10, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: On Thursday, February 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided not to reinstate Trump’s executive action on immigration and refugees while the policy works its way through the legal system. This occurred after this episode was recorded.

In this edition of Vargas Speaks, Dr. Vargas discusses:

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Gov. Greitens announcement last month to cut $146.4 million to balance Missouri’s budget hit education the hardest. Among the proposed cuts was $8.6 million in transportation funding, which affects school districts statewide. State Rep.Kathy Swan, who is on the budget committee said this could leave some districts in a tough spot.


Southeast Works With Students Affected By Immigration Ban

Jan 31, 2017
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President Donald Trump issued a controversial executive order over the weekend triggering widespread opposition. The order temporarily bans refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries like Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia from entering the U.S. for 90 days.