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The Cape Girardeau City Council on October 1, 2012.
Jacob McCleland / KRCU

The Cape Girardeau City Council sealed the deal on one long-simmering ordinance and put another on next April’s ballot. In addition, the council will now look at new scooter safety laws and underage drinking.

The council unanimously approved the new rental inspection ordinance that establishes minimum property standards for rental units. The ordinance was cruising towards passage last month until realtors voiced objections, saying the language was too vague. By Monday night, realtors and council had smoothed over their concerns and reached a compromise.

Missouri’s Real Estate Market Shows Signs Of Life

Oct 1, 2012
A for sale sign in Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Jacob McCleland / KRCU

Missouri real estate sales were up by 13 percent in August, as compared to August 2011. That’s according to a new report from the Missouri Association of Realtors.

August marked the eighth consecutive month that sales had increased year-over-year.

Missouri Association of Realtors CEO Russ Cofano says sale prices were decreasing early this year, but began to increase since the springtime.

New Evidence In 1988 Kansas City Firefighter Explosion Case

Oct 1, 2012
Gavel
s_falkow / Flickr

Lawyers representing some of the people convicted of setting off an explosion that killed six Kansas City firefighters in 1988, say they’ve uncovered new evidence that suggests others were at least partially responsible for the tragedy, and the people convicted are innocent.

Attorney Cheryl Pilate says some of the new evidence comes from eyewitness accounts that prosecutors didn’t have in the original investigation.  She’s calling for the US Attorney in Western Missouri to reopen the case, with subpoena power.

Midwest Dairies Debate Cow Tail Docking As Industry Moves To Phase Out Practice

Sep 28, 2012
Here, a cow with a docked tail stands alongside a cow with a tail whose switch has been trimmed at Foremost Dairy in Columbia, Mo. The dairy, which does not dock tails, acquired several cows with docked tails for a research project.
Abbie Fentress Swanson / Harvest Public Media

Many people who haven’t stepped foot on a dairy might think milking a cow is a sort of Emersonian back-to-the land moment, where a milker bonds with his or her cow while communing with nature. Just milk her for a while and voilà: fresh, creamy milk. But the truth is, milking can be a very dirty job.

Ag Officials Expand Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine

Sep 28, 2012
A male emerald ash borer
USDA Agricultural Research Service

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is expanding its quarantine to halt the spread of a beetle that destroys ash trees.

The invasive species known as the Emerald Ash Borer spreads by hitching a ride on firewood, so the quarantine regulates the movement of ash wood products.

The Emerald Ash Borer was first found in southeast Missouri’s Wayne County in 2008, and pretty much stayed put until this summer, when agriculture officials discovered the half-inch long beetle in neighboring Madison and Reynolds Counties, as well as Platte County near Kansas City.

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