6:19 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Missouri Attorney General Talks In Favor of Right-to-farm

Christ Koster at the Kirchdoerfer farm.
Marine Perot KRCU

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster was in Cape Girardeau today to talk about Amendment 1 - the “right-to-farm” amendment - at the Kirchdoerfer dairy farm as part of a two-day farm tour.

Koster is concerned about rural Missouri agriculture’s future and supports Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment that aims at protecting farmers’ ability to raise crops and livestock.

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Cape Girardeau
8:33 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Cape Girardeau Launches Neighborhood Development Initiative

A program that will bring leadership skills and a two-way flow of communication between Cape Girardeau neighborhoods and City Hall will launch later this year.

The Neighborhood Development Initiative will start with two pilot neighborhoods. One neighborhood is between Highway 74 and Hackberry Street, and Beaudean Lane and Ranney Street. The other is between Big Bend Road and Water Street, and East Cape Rock Drive and Second Street.

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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.
Alex Poimos Creative Commons

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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