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In recent months, the topic of health care and the legislation surrounding it have been a hot button issue. But in rural communities where social and economic disparities create barriers for families, access to quality health care becomes even more of a challenge. So today we’re taking a step back and assessing what the health needs for Southeast Missourians are. To do that, I’m joined by KRCU’s “Vital Signs” panelists: Dr. Gloria Green who is the chairperson for the Department of Nursing at Southeast Missouri State University, Dr.

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Missouri became the 28 right-to-work state when Gov. Eric Greitens signed it into law earlier this month. The legislation prohibits employers and labor unions from requiring employees to shell out dues. But the new law hasn’t been without opposition from unions statewide. Mark Baker who is a business representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is against the new law and says it’s an attempt to drive down wages.

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On why he's opposed to the legislation

 Dr. Mary Frances Berry a highly regarded author and civil rights activist was this year's keynote speaker for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Berry's activism in the early 80s was spent fighting against the apartheid in South Africa. She was even arrested a few times for her efforts. But her call to activism started with another civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and that's where our conversation begins.

 

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Courtesy of Riders in the Sky

Riders in the sky are a cowboy quartet that sing classic Westerns. But the group is best known for lending their vocal stylings to two beloved children's classics: Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc., which state earned two Grammys for. Tonight they'll be singing at the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast's River Campus. KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Ranger Doug the group's lead singer before tonight's performance.

 

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Nearly 200,000 people are gearing up to join the Women’s March on Washington this Saturday. The grassroots movement has garnered widespread support from women all over the country to stand in solidarity for women’s rights. Dr. Julie Ray, the Department Chair of Elementary, Early and Special Education at Southeast Missouri State University is one of many women from the Southeast Missouri area making the trip to D.C.

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