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Aug 4, 2017

On this week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, we’re talking about Missouri’s new statewide prescription drug monitoring program with State Rep. Holly Rehder. We’ll hear about her thoughts on Gov. Eric Greitens decision to issue an executive order to create the program. Her personal connection to substance abuse and Missouri’s prescription drug monitoring program compares to other states. We’ll also talk about the stigma of drug abuse and how southeast Missouri falls into the conversation of prescription drug use.


Missouri's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Is A Long Time Coming

Aug 4, 2017
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Last month, Gov. Eric Greitens issued an executive order to create a statewide prescription drug monitoring program-or PDMP. Missouri is the last state to establish one, but it’s not for a lack of trying. For years State Rep. Holly Rehder pushed for legislation to create one, but her attempts fell short. Rehder says while there is still room to improve the program, it’s a necessary step in the right direction. KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Rehder about it.



Jul 28, 2017

On this week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, we’re giving you the rundown on what you can expect for this year’s solar eclipse in Cape Girardeau with Brenda Newbern, the Executive Director at Visit Cape. We’ll talk about the community wide watch party at the Cape Sportsplex, how long the celestial experience will last and a few tips to help you enjoy the eclipse safely. Then, Southeast Missouri State University is planning a slew of campus wide activities for the eclipse. Southeast President Dr. Carlos Vargas joins us to talk more about that.


Jul 21, 2017

On this week’s episode of KRCU’s Going Public, we’re talking about the latest news on the budget with Southeast Missouri State University President Dr. Carlos Vargas. Then after August 28, no Missouri city can have a minimum wage above the statewide $7.70 an hour. That means St. Louis' minimum wage of 10 dollars an hour is going down. And Kansas City's won't go up to $8.50 an hour in September. Coming up we’ll hear how the new law will affect Missouri's two biggest cities. And later on in the show rural Americans are less likely to seek help for mental illness.

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Labor unions are still pushing back against Missouri’s right-to-work law, which is set to go into effect on August 28. The latest efforts to block the controversial legislation is through a petition that Mark Baker, a business representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Cameron Redd, who works for the United Steelworkers International say has a good chance of putting right-to-work back on the ballot in 2018.