Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson’s sudden resignation and Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments were the top political stories in southeast Missouri in 2012.
Emerson, a Republican, has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1996 and won re-election handily every two years. Emerson is the longest-serving member of Missouri’s Congressional delegation and was often considered a moderate voice among a sea of partisanship.
It was an eventful year at Southeast Missouri State University. The university saw its 12th consecutive year of record enrollment, the Board of Regents approved construction of a River Campus expansion and the university grew its agriculture program at its campuses in Sikeston, Malden and Kennett.
Cape Girardeau Mayor Pro Tem John Voss gave a review of 2012 and plans for 2013 for the City of Cape Girardeau at a Town Hall Meeting held on December 4, 2012. The event was sponsored by the League of Women Voters and was held at the Cape Girardeau Public Library.
So, I'd like to touch on really three different areas for the 2012 year in review for the City of Cape Girardeau. I'll talk about how we're trying to enhance our status as a regional hub and the impact of economic development on that and then some quality of life issues.
Jackson Mayor Barbara Lohr gave a review of 2012 and plans for 2013 for the City of Jackson at a Town Hall Meeting held on December 4, 2012. The event was sponsored by the League of Women Voters and was held at the Cape Girardeau Public Library.