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Sen. Claire McCaskill is scheduled to visit the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Cape Girardeau this Memorial Day weekend to announce new results from her Veteran’s Customer Satisfaction Program.

City of Jackson

On Monday, Philip Penzel resigned from his position as an alderman for the city of Jackson. According to a press release, Penzel, who owns Penzel Construction Company, made the move to “free his construction company to pursue new business opportunities.”

The resignation also came from the alderman’s need to abstain from voting processes regarding proposals for the construction of a new city police station, as well as the building process for the project. A possible conflict of interest also played a role in Penzel’s resignation.

The Cape Girardeau City Council is making time changes to their bi-monthly council meetings.

Held on the first and third Monday of each month, the meetings previously consisted of a study session beginning at 5 p.m. and a regular session at 7 p.m. Effective next Monday, May 21, the two sessions will be unified into one event from then on, starting at 5 p.m.

The change comes from an attempt to possibly improve attendance at - and remove the gap between - each meeting.

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On this episode of Going Public, we spoke to newly elected mayor of Cape Girardeau, Bob Fox. A Ward 5 councilman since 2016, Fox took the mayor’s office earlier this month.

The 2018 general municipal elections are coming up next week. On April 3, voters in Cape and Scott counties will be deciding on several questions and propositions on their ballots.