4:32 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Jackson Community Center Gets Additional FEMA Funding

Cape Girardeau County Courthouse in Jackson
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Jackson city officials announced today that FEMA has approved additional funding for the new Jackson Community Center.

The project will overall cost $5 million and the City revealed in a press release that the amount of the grant award is now of $3,361,685, instead of the initial $2,400,000.  

Jackson’s Mayor Barbara Lohr said the cost of the Tornado Safe Room portion of the new community center turned out to be higher than anticipated in the original grant application.

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Harvest Public Media
3:45 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Out Of Public Eye, A Bitter Farm Bill Fight

K Street in Washington D.C. has long been known as the home to powerful lobbyists. Hundreds of companies and groups lobbied to influence the 2014 Farm Bill.
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The “who” part of the Farm Bill is pretty clear.

With trillions dollars of government spending up for grabs, lobbyists from all ends of the spectrum – representing environmental interests, biotech companies, food companies, farmers – flocked to Capitol Hill to find their piece of the Farm Bill pie.

From major financial institutions (Wells Fargo & Company) to Taco Bell (Yum! Brands) to Midwest farmers (the National Corn Growers Association), outside groups spent big bucks to shape national food and agriculture policy.

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Harvest Public Media
7:25 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Medical Groups Clash Over New Class Of Rural Health Provider

The newly created position of assistant physician is meant to help rural residents find qualified medical care.
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About one-fifth of the U.S. population doesn’t have adequate access to doctors. And rural areas are especially likely to be without sufficient health care coverage.

The state of Missouri recently created a new kind of health occupation: assistant physician. It’s designed to address the shortage of medical options in rural areas of the state. 

The first such plan in the country, it has pitted health providers against one another amid concerns about the plan’s effect on the health of patients and the dilution of professional standards.

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Farm Bill
3:44 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Lobbyists Of All Kinds Flock To Farm Bill

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., (in green), watches as President Barack Obama signs the Farm Bill at Michigan State University on Feb. 7, 2014.
David Kosling USDA

When U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow announced passage of the Farm Bill in February, she echoed a refrain from a car commercial.

“This is not your father’s Farm Bill,” she said.

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Cairo Bank Murders
2:37 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Cairo Residents To Erect Memorial For Bank Murder Victims

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Citizens of Cairo are planning to establish a memorial for the victims of a botched bank robbery.

Anita Grace and Nita Jo Smith were both murdered in May. A surviving bank employee was seriously injured.

Monica Smith, the director of the Cairo Public Library, is planning to place two inscribed pink granite benches in a park near First National Bank in honor of the two women who were killed. She also hopes to plant a tree with a marker to honor the surviving bank employee.

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