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The Great American Eclipse is a little more than a week away, and while you’re thinking about how you’ll be spending that time watching it, you should be more concerned about how you’ll be protecting your eyes from the rays of the sun. KRCU’s Lindsey Grojean spoke with Dr. Kyle Brost, senior optometrist at Brost and Associates, about the effects an eclipse could have on your eyes, and how to keep them safe.


So what do you recommend people do if they’re going to be watching the eclipse?



SoutheastHEALTH added a new robotic surgical system to their Urology field. They’re the first hospital in the region to implement the Da Vinci Xi Surgical System. It’s the third and newest generation of its kind by Intuitive Surgical. This is also the second Da Vinci Xi system in Missouri to be used in a community-based hospital setting.


The Da Vinci Xi performs minimally invasive surgical procedures, resulting in less need for pain medication, fewer complications, smaller incisions, and a faster recovery time for patients.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory effective through Sunday for Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. It was issued as a result of afternoon temperatures climbing to the mid to upper 90s, combined with oppressive humidity, which will produce afternoon heat index readings of 100 to 105 degrees over 5 consecutive days.


Meteorologist Robin Smith of the National Weather Service in Paducah says it’s not abnormal to have heat advisories this time of year.


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Earlier this month, the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri temporarily closed its doors due to a possible distemper outbreak. The shelter underwent a deep cleaning and quarantined animals, after learning one of its recently adopted dogs showed possible signs of having the virus.

Development Director of the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, Lindsey Morales, said although they have reopened, the public still does not have access to the kennels.

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Last year, SoutheastHEALTH Ambassadors, a volunteer board for the SoutheastHEALTH Foundation, collaborated with the Cape Girardeau Fire Department to raise money for heart health awareness. They covered the cost of scales and pedometers for heart patients last year through Southeast Hospital’s Heartstrong Fund.

This year, they raised money to distribute 10 automated external defibrillators and CPR kits to non-profits.