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November 15 - November 21

Discover nature this week by making something that will keep you discovering nature all winter long – a bird feeder.

According to a Missouri Department of Conservation survey, one and a half million Missourians enjoy bird feeding. Even on the dreariest winter day, watching the freedom and brilliant feathers of a bird in flight or their interactions as they enjoy a meal of sunflower seeds in your back yard can lift a foggy mood.

Cape Chamber

Incentive programs are major tools used by communities to spur economic development, but they are often misunderstood. 

This will be a short series on economic development incentives. In each episode, I’ll discuss how a specific program works with a local example. Let’s start with Tax Increment Financing, or TIF.

At its core, TIF is simply a municipality diverting future property tax revenue increases in a defined area toward improvements for a period of time. So let’s look at what that means using the Marquette project in downtown Cape.

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This week we've got new music from Deerhoof. Mountain Moves is one of the San Francisco band’s most accessible albums, despite being a relentless mashup of genres including chamber music, hip-hop, and avant-garde jazz. It also features a slew of high-profile guests including Lætitia Sadier of Stereolab. 

We'll also hear the latest from the Detroit post-punk band Protomartyr. Relatives in Descent is as upsetting as it is beautiful. 

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In spring of 2017, the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Southeast District began an environmental study on the Chester Bridge. It connects Route 51, and poses no real danger to the 6,500 vehicles that use it a day. But due to modern standards, it’s still being checked for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. I spoke with Buddy Desai, the consultant project manager of the study.

Southeast Missouri State University

A pair of SEMO Soccer student-athletes earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors last week. Sophomore midfielder Esmie Gonzales was named First-Team All-Ohio Valley Conference and freshman forward Lexi Grote claimed All-Newcomer accolades, the league announced during its pre-tournament banquet.

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Gonzales ranks fourth in the OVC with eight goals this season. She also rates among the top five in the conference in shots, shots per game, points and game-winning goals. Gonzales's six goals in OVC play are a league-high.