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City of Cape Girardeau


On June 5th, the Cape Girardeau city council voted to raise utility fees for water, sewer, and trash throughout the city. After a few tense public hearings and some pushback from south Cape Girardeau residents, a memorandum was made to help some residents more easily pay their water bill. KRCU’s Lindsey Grojean spoke with city manager, Scott Meyer on why the utility fee increase was necessary, and to clear up what decisions were made in June’s city council meeting regarding utility rates.


Hello, Scott.


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James Ivers, a former slave enlisted as a Union Army soldier during the Civil War in Cape Girardeau. He died shortly after leaving behind his wife Harriet, a former slave, their children and his legacy. And now decades later the Cape Girardeau City Council voted to memorialize him by renaming the historic Common Pleas Courthouse Park to Ivers Square. Dr. Steven Hoffman, professor of history and coordinator of the historic preservation program at Southeast Missouri State University spoke with KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson about the life of James Ivers.

United Way of Southeast Missouri Awarded Grant for New Reading Program

May 19, 2017
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United Way of Southeast Missouri recently acquired a grant from the DeltaCorps Regional Authority for the new program Read to Excel, an extension of the Read to Succeed Program in Cape Girardeau Public Schools. KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Elizabeth Shelton, the Executive Director of United Way of Southeast Missouri about it.



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Infant mortality in Missouri’s six Bootheel counties has been an ongoing problem. Recent data shows these counties have some of the highest infant mortality rates in the state. Kelley Clark, Lead Case Manager at the Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium, Rob Turner, Project Management Coordinator and Interim Executive Director for Bootheel Babies and Families and Teletia Atkins, the Data Manager at Bootheel Babies and Families joined KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson to talk about the reason behind these high numbers and new efforts to tackle it.


HUD Announcement Leaves Cairo Residents With Uncertain Future

Apr 21, 2017
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An ongoing battle between Cairo residents living in rapidly deteriorating, bug and rodent infested public housing and the Alexander County Housing Authority accused of mismanaging federal funds and alleged civil rights violations came to a head last week.