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New Evidence In 1988 Kansas City Firefighter Explosion Case

Oct 1, 2012
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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.

Cape Girardeau police cannot enforce a city ordinance that bans placing handbills on windshields. The Southeast Missourian's Scott Moyers reports federal judge John Ross issued the preliminary injunction after the Ku Klux Klan sued the city, citing infringement of free speech. 

Electric Cars Buzz Through Cape Girardeau

Sep 28, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - The second annual Electric Car Conversion Convention began this Thursday in Cape Girardeau.

Enthusiasts from across the globe gathered in the Show Me Center to show off their battery operated cars, trucks, and even boats.

According to convention producers, they expect to have forty-five cars on display this year: twice the turnout of last year.

Jack Rickard is the producer of the convention. He says they expect to see nearly 200 people from 12 countries.

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