MODOT officials say the widened canal will open more freight shipment opportunities to Missouri.
The $10 million project is being constructed next to the old school. It will open for the 2012 school year.
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department estimates $250,000 in damages, but the building is not a total loss.
Nitrates flowing from the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico contribute to the formation of areas known as dead zones.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Your trip to your favorite fishing hole or deer stand can now start at your computer.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will begin issuing E-Permits on March 1. Instead of visiting a hunting or fishing permit vendor, anglers and hunters may now buy and print permits at home.
The MDC’s Jim Low says that the new E-Permit system was adopted in response to demand, as well as a desire to cut costs. Still, traditional options will remain in place for those who wish to avoid online purchases.
“Permit vendors will have the option to continue being vendors if they want to do that. They’ll just need to have some sort of laptop or PC or whatever in their business to print out permits,” Low said.
Vendors will continue to print permits on the old material until July 2012. The old permits will be phased out between July 2012 and July 2013.
Jacob McCleland, KRCU
Lessley Dennington, Blake Kidd, and Noor Wadi have all been honored with the distinction.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and scholarships. It is open to all U.S. high school students who meet certain entry requirements and demonstrate exceptional ability and achievement in critical reading, mathematics and writing.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
The city has been offering a limited supply of sandbags as well as a Red Cross shelter for flood victims at the Osage Center.
Residents have been warned to avoid roads that have standing water, something that Cape Girardeau Emergency Management Coordinator Mark Hasheider says can be a serious problem.
"You know, one that we continue to express to the general public is to not drive through flooded roads," Hasheider said.
Residents can contact the fire department for local road closings and the Missouri Department of Transportation’s website www.MODOT.gov for an interactive map of highway and interstate closings.
Matthew Caldwell, KRCU
Friday, February 25, 2011
|Image courtesy of Missouri Secretary of State.|
|Image courtesy of the SIUC School of Art and Design.|
Thursday, February 24, 2011
The U-S Census Bureau sent state-specific data to Missouri leaders yesterday. The data will be made public this afternoon.
The data will include summaries of population totals, as well as data on race, Hispanic origin and voting age. The data will cover a wide variety of geographic scales, such as census blocks, school districts, and cities.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - Southeast Missouri State University actors are currently showing their newest rendition of Anything Goes at the River Campus. The romantic comedy is filled with quirky plot twists and catchy tunes, accompanied by tap dance. Zak McMahon elaborated on his role in the production.
“I have a very small role in it, but I’m multiple characters. My main role is Ching, which is an Asian, and I part Joe Capstick who is Ling. I’m also a featured tap dancer, and then throughout it I have four costume changes. I’m pretty much just a dancer and a chorus member.”
Billy Crocker falls in love with Hope Harcourt when the two share a taxi. They are later reunited on an ocean liner sailing from New York to London. Much to his dismay she is engaged to another man. Through his antics he tries to win her heart, but along the way emotions and actions are misconstrued into comedic madness.
The show is playing through Sunday, February 27th at the Bedell Performance Hall on Southeast’s River Campus.
Ryan Paluczak, KRCU
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
KENNETT, MO (KRCU) - A Southeast Missouri farm supply retailer agreed to pay nearly $54,922 in fines to the Environmental Protection Agency.
ADI Agronomy’s Ag Distribution facility in Kennett was in violation of eight risk management regulations under the Clean Air Act.
As part of its settlement with EPA, ADI Agronomy has certified that the Ag Distributors facility in Kennett is now in compliance with the chemical Risk Management Program regulations.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Campbell has made numerous gifts to the university. More than 30 students have received scholarships that she has established.
The H. B. Campbell Memorial Scholarship, in memory of her father, is awarded to female students majoring in agriculture at Southeast’s Sikeston campus.
Campbell has a lifelong interest in archaeology, and she has made numerous gifts to the Department of Foreign Language and Anthropology. The Beckwith Collection’s visible storage area in the River Campus Museum bears Campbell’s name.
Harryette Campbell has also made contributions to the William Shakespeare Circle and the Theatre and Dance Guild.
Campbell will receive the Friend of the University award at an event on February 25 in Bedell Performance Hall.
Monday, February 21, 2011
A constitutional chance petition must receive enough signatures to equal eight percent of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor’s election in six of Missouri’s congressional districts.
Speaking at her St. Louis office on Sunday, the Democratic Senator unveiled a package of reforms she says will help bring transparency and accountability to Congress.
McCaskill called for creating an independent watchdog for the Senate, and for disclosing details of Congressional foreign travel.
"What is the justification for the travel, what are the costs associated with the travel, who traveled on the trip, what was the itinerary in terms of the purpose of the trip, and how does it relate back to the work of an individual member of Congress or an individual member of Senate," McCaskill said.
McCaskill also called for members of Congress to give 10 percent of their office budgets back to the U.S. Treasury, to help pay down the deficit.
"As we are looking at cuts that should happen in the federal budget, and as we try to squeeze out all the waste and fraud and abuse that we have in the federal government, we need to look at our own offices and see if we can't save money," she said.
Over the past 4 years, McCaskill says her office has returned over 1.6 million dollars.
Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio
Saturday, February 19, 2011
|State Senator Jason Crowell addresses constituent concerns about the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.|
JACKSON, MO (KRCU) - Emotions and concerns ran high at a public forum held Friday evening regarding the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.
Aside from hearing comments and concerns from alarmed citizens, the legislators also used the forum to highlight several bills that have been proposed to amend the law. Nine laws have been introduced during the 2011 legislative session regarding the law. They range from a complete repeal to minimal modifications.
The wording and terminology of the law were the main focus of the forum.
Senator Crowell discussed the big issue of what the word “domesticated” covers as it is written in the law.
“As soon as you put a cow in a fence, is that cow domesticated? As soon as you put a pig in a fence, is that pig domesticated? As soon as you put a horse in a fence, is that horse domesticated?,” Crowell rhetorically asked. “Wild versus domesticated. And that term that was in Prop B has caused the alarm of, is this greater than just dog breeders or is it all livestock?”
This terminology will be challenged further as the law is currently being looked at by both the Senate and the House in hopes of amending it before the law goes into effect on November 2nd of this year.
Crowell voiced his opinion that he is in favor of a complete repeal but was open to some compromise.
“I’m willing to look at some help to really focus on the bad actors, I just think Prop B was focused on the legitimate, honest, hard working Missourians out there that happen to be dog breeders,” Crowell said.
Lawmakers are hoping to have amendments in place before the law goes into effect on November 2nd of this year.
The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act passed as a ballot initiative last November. It sets limits on the number of breeding females that a dog breeder can have at any given time and establishes standards of care for dogs in breeding facilities.
Katie Long, KRCU
Friday, February 18, 2011
The governor visited Southeast Missouri State University in the morning to announce a new Delta Regional Authority grant for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s Operation Jump Start program. The grant totals $154,000.
Operation Jump Start is a training program for aspiring entrepreneurs. Since its inception in 2006, the program has provided training for 550 individuals and created 200 small businesses and 350 jobs, according to Southeast Missouri State University.
At the press conference, Governor Nixon lauded the program’s results and encouraged entrepreneurs to seek Operation Jump Start training.
“Operation Jump Start has provided an irreplaceable bridge to entrepreneurship and successful businesses and we’re going to continue to do what we can to continue to use this as a model not only here but in our entire region, and in the entire Delta area and in the state of Missouri,” Nixon said.
The Delta Regional Authority grant will be used to start new training programs in Marble Hill, Ironton, Sikeston, and one still-to-be-decided Bootheel region.
All participants prepare a business model, and through a competitive process, the best plans win up to $5000 in start-up grants.
Since its beginning, graduates have gone on to start a wide range of small business ventures.
“We recently talked to a graduate from four years ago that started a car war company that actually manufactures or builds the car washes that we see oftentimes in our neighborhoods. Now they are going statewide,” Stapleton said.” And then there are lots of very small businesses as well. Day cares, salons, and just about every retail business you could think about.”
Stacey Gallaher graduated from Operation Jump Start in 2006. She now owns MB Medical Reimbursement, providing medical billing services for physicians’ office. Gallaher’s business is housed in the small business incubator. She now has three employees now working for her.
“I knew how to do the billing, but I wasn’t aware of what all went in to payroll taxes or a business plan or what banks look at whenever you’re getting a loan for starting up a business. It gave me a lot of confidence and knowledge in that,” Gallaher said.
Asked if she could ever work for a boss again, Gallaher firmly responded, “No.”
“I don’t think I would. I don’t think I could do it. Me and the girls joke about that a lot,” Gallaher said. “I don’t think I could do it.”
The governor later went to Jackson to applaud the school for becoming an A+ school and to lay out his plan for an overhaul of A+ scholarship program.
The governor’s proposal would make A+ scholarships available to student who meet certain requirement yet do not attend A+ schools. At the onset, Nixon wants to target students from families who earn less than $55,000 per year.
“While we continue to push all the schools to get A+, we want to start especially with the students who are in very challenged environments, who have very challenged economic status, and take that sliver. If those students are able to perform at the A+ level in those schools while they are attempting to get that certification, it’s my view that they should be eligible to get that A+ program during that time frame,” Nixon said.
Nixon has already set aside $1 million in his budget for the proposal, so he claims that funding should not be an issue if it successfully navigates the General Assembly.
“That investment, our statistics show, will allow us to expand access to more than 700 high achieving students next year. And that will be a tremendous return on investment for students that couldn’t afford to move forward but for that help,” the governor said.
School requirements for the A+ program include satisfactory grades, attendance of 95 percent, excellent citizenship, and at least 50 hours of tutoring or mentoring.
Jackson was certified as an A+ school at the end of the last school year.
Representative Donna Lichtenegger thinks that the proposition campaign was deceptive and that voters confused the Humane Society of the United States with the local animal shelters that bear the same name. Lichtenegger says that the Humane Society of the United States is an extremist outside group that is dedicated to changing animal agriculture.
“There have been indications that they are going to come out against other farm animals within our state. And we are one of the top ag states in the country. We’re fighting for our rights here,” Lichtenegger said.
The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act sets limits on the number of breeding females that a dog breeder can have at any given time and establishes standards of care for dogs in breeding facilities.
Lichtenegger will hold a town hall meeting about the law tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Missouri Extension in Jackson.
Jacob McCleland, KRCU
St. Francis Medical Center's $11.8 million conversion is expected to enter the final phase by 2012. Despite government incentives, the center expects to lose approximately $4.6 million.
Diane Smith, director of Information Systems, says St. Francis is initiating a program called Healthy Connect to safeguard privacy. It provides an information exchange between healthcare providers. It also allows for private communication. Healthy Connect is powered by a central server, unlike public email.
"It adds another layer of protection and security that patients will receive some comfort in so far as thinking that their records will be public and out on the Internet," Smith said.
Patients won’t have to list off their medical history each visit. Instead it will be available to other healthcare providers through the system.
Southeast HEALTH has been making the switch for several years as well.
The estimated cost for the entire project is around $15 million. While several physician’s offices have already gone electronic, the hospital expects to be completely electronic by mid-2013.
Southeast Health is addressing concerns by providing safety measures for patients, according to Jay McGuire, director of Information Systems at Southeast HEALTH.
“We’ve instituted a very robust auditing system so we can find out who accessed a record, date and time they did, so we can backtrack and find out should there be a breech," McGuire said.
The process will allow staff quicker access to medical records, and eventually provide a patient portal. McGuire says the system is more efficient and will help ease the storage crunch caused by paper records.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
The Cardinals and Pujols failed to come to terms for a contract extension, clearing the way for Pujols to become a free agent at the end of the year.
But, might there still be time to reach a deal?
Matthew Leach writes about the Cardinals for mlb.com. He says that Cardinals ownership may be waiting for Pujols to reach free agency in order to let the market establish itself.
"The team has been very tight-lipped and they haven’t actually divulged what their strategy is," Leach said. "But sort of reading tea leaves and sort of putting two and two together and trying to get a read on what’s going on here, I think there’s a distinct possibility that to some extent they are calling a bluff here. And they’re saying, 'If that’s what you think you can get, tell you what, find out if that’s what you can get.'"
Pujols, who is 31 years old, is reportedly looking for a 10-year deal that would make him the game’s highest-paid player. The Cardinals are leery of a contract that would keep Pujols through his 41st birthday. Few players in the testing era continue to perform at a high level after their mid-thirties.
The Essential Air Service program currently provides a guarantee to rural areas that at least a minimal level of scheduled air services will be provided, regardless of whether it is profitable or not.
If passed, the amendment will cut most of the $200 million program and effectively eliminate most small rural airports.
Senator Blunt voiced his concerns regarding the effect such cuts could have on local airports and jobs.
"It’s actually one of the few areas where some government money produces lots of private sector jobs," Blunt said. "It makes the difference in whether jobs at airports in Joplin, Kirksville, Cape Girardeau, and Columbia have air service or not."
The bill was approved by a House committee on Wednesday but has not been voted on by the Senate.
The Senator also commented positively on the uprisings in Egypt,
"I think it is always good when people want to rise up and feel that incredible lift that freedom gives, and I think that's what happened in Egypt," McCaskill said. "This was a rising up. Good old fashioned people saying 'we want to speak freely and we want to be able to elect our leaders.'"
McCaskill stated that the strong relationship between U.S. and Egyptian militaries is helping U.S. knowledge of overseas events. But it is important for the U.S. military to not intervene, in order to maintain respect for other nations.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
If approved, 60 acres of land will be added to the northwest portion of the property and the parking lot will undergo construction to accommodate expansion.
With all this growth, national budget cuts could plague the regional airport’s plans. Furthermore, Cape Girardeau Regional Airport manager Bruce Loy still has to convince to FAA to increase the number of daily flights.
"Right now they are showing a budget for us for four round trips a day, but our contention has been that Marion and Quincey are seeing six round trips a day, and we just simply think it's unfair that Cape's not seeing six as well," Loy said.
Air transportation into Cape Girardeau is very important for all aspects of the city's economy, Loy says.
In other matters, board members began planning for the air show in 2012.
Ryan Paluczak, KRCU
Last month, the EPA sued Ameren Missouri for violations at its Rush Island power plant in Jefferson County.
Senator Roy Blunt was quick to defend the company, charging the EPA with a campaign to penalize all coal-fired power plants.
EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks says Ameren made major modifications to its plant without obtaining the necessary permits or adding required pollution controls.
"The government is confident that there were violations of the Clean Air Act and that’s why we initiated the enforcement case against Ameren," Brooks said.
Ameren denies any wrongdoing, saying the modifications were routine maintenance projects that did not increase emissions.
The 7.5% decrease would amount to a reduction of $300 million nationwide. A Republican proposal has included complete elimination of the $4.5 billion Community Development Fund, most of which goes to CDBG grants.
Steve Duke is the executive director for the Bootheel Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission, based in Dexter, Missouri. He says that CDBGs make up about half of his funding formula for projects … ranging from industrial development to waste water treatment to drainage systems. Without them and Rural Development grants, he says he would have few alternatives.
"There’s really no other avenue for funding except for coming out of the city or county treasury. And as we all know, they don’t have a lot reserves built up either," Duke says. "So it basically either stops development or significantly slows it down, anyway."
CDBG funding cuts are also raising concerns in urban areas. St. Louis mayor Francis Slay wrote on his blog that losing CDBG would be “terrible news” for his city.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The Hall-of-Fame outfielder and first baseman was among 15 recipients of the award, which is the highest national honor that can be bestowed on a civilian. President Obama highlighted Musial’s achievements, calling “Stan the Man” brilliantly talented as well as humble.
“He was the first player to make, get this, $100,000. Even more shocking, he asked for a pay cut when he didn’t perform up to his own expectations. You can imagine that happening today,” Obama said.
“Stan remains to this day an icon, untarnished and a beloved pillar of the community, a gentlemen you’d want your kids to emulate. ‘I hope I’ve given baseball nearly as much as I’ve gotten from it,’ Stan wrote in his memoirs, knocking it out of the park one more time.”
Musial, who turned 90 years old last year, wore his trademark Cardinal red blazer for the ceremony. It was his 14th trip to the White House as guest of a U.S. President.
Among the other recipients of the Medal of Freedom today was poet and author Maya Angelou, who was born in St. Louis.
Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio
Dave Hearns, teacher's assistant for the class, stated the primary focus of this project is to remove windows and sashes for students to take part in a window workshop later on in the semester. Students learned how to properly remove windows and will then be able to work with these windows during the workshop.
"We were able to take the frames we have now and clean the frames and remove the old glazing and points, repoint and reglaze the windows and basically teach them how to work with wooden frame windows," Hearns said.
Hearns and fellow students were allowed to remove not only windows, but flooring, trim, and door frames before the house was to be torn down.
The casino purchased 63 properties in downtown Cape Girardeau that will be torn down this month. The casino has allowed for the buildings to be used in a learning capacity for University students, as well as the local police and fire departments.
The Red Cross’s Lori Nehring says that January collection numbers were so bad that it set records for futility.
"We hadn’t seen this low of a donation period in any given January in the last 10 years," Nehring says. "So we’re hoping that now that the weather has broke that people are going to start coming out and we’re going to get back to where we need to be regarding our blood supply."
|Photo courtesy of Southeast Missouri State University Athletics|
Powell leads the Redhawks in both scoring and rebounds. He ranks second in the OVC in rebounds per game, and is tied for third in the conference in points per game.
The Missouri Department of Conservation and the city of Jackson jointly stock the lake with 1800 trout in November. Trout season began on February 1st.
Agent supervisor Russell Duckworth says that on February 8, an angler was caught with what he calls “a massive over-limit” of trout.
"This is something that goes on fairly frequently at the lake by a few individuals. We’re not exactly sure who that is. But we do get complaints from other anglers that are trying to do the right thing and stay within their limit," Duckworth said. "But they will see people catch and keep more than they are supposed to."
Licensed anglers may keep four trout per day. Even at that rate, the population is greatly diminished within four to six weeks of the beginning of trout season.
Those who pull out more than four fish per day receive a one-hundred dollar fine for the first over-limit fish, plus 15 dollars more for each additional fish, as well as court costs.
Monday, February 14, 2011
But FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate insists the threat to Missouri is real.
Administrator Fugate was a featured speaker at a conference on earthquake preparedness for business and industry last week at Saint Louis University.
Fugate said that getting ready for earthquakes isn’t just government’s responsibility.
“A major player in this is the private sector, and how prepared they are, to get their facilities up and running, to begin those operations again and provide those critical services that will be needed by everybody in the days after an earthquake,” Fugate said.
Fugate said businesses like gas stations, grocery stores, pharmacies, and utility and cell phone companies must be ready to provide services following a disaster.
Friday, February 11, 2011
73 programs were deleted from academic programs at four-year universities, including one from Southeast Missouri State University.
The MDHE noted statewide low enrollment in certain education programs, such as Art Education or French Education. MDHE suggests that a statewide assessment of education programs may be in order. But Southeast Missouri State University President Ken Dobbins feels that cutting education programs would be counter-productive.
"It really doesn’t cost us any more to offer a major in Secondary Education: French. So if we eliminate it, the only thing we do is that we might have fewer French teachers in high schools in Southeast Missouri," Dobbins said.
The report suggested that high-priority programs need to improve productivity and attract more students. The MDHE considers science, technology, engineering, mathematics, education, and foreign language training as high priority, but found a pattern of low enrollment in such departments throughout the state.
Blunt criticized the federal government for running up an additional 3 trillion dollars in debt in just the last two years, and voiced his concern at this pattern of government spending.
"It's only the government from the local school board to the capital of the United States where you don't care as much as you did the year before because you didn't spend as much money as you did last year. Nobody else feels that way," Blunt said.
Senator Blunt says that he hopes to come up with some budget cuts to help ease deficit spending. He made no specific recommendations except to return spending levels to those that existed in 2008.
Mercury can cause serious health problems for both wildlife and people who eat contaminated fish.
State advocate for Environment Missouri, Ted Mathys, says four out of five of the top mercury-emitting plants in Missouri belong to Ameren.
"The Ameren Labadie power plant alone emitted 1,297 pounds, ranking it first among Missouri’s plants, and 15th among all 451 power plants analyzed nationally," Mathys says.
In a written statement, Ameren Missouri said it has been "studying mercury control methods" in anticipation of new federal rules.
Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio
Thursday, February 10, 2011
|Mian Liu on the site of May 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan.|
The study looked at 2,000 years of documented earthquakes in Northern China. Northern China is similar to the Midwest because it sits far from a plate boundary, yet still experiences frequent earthquakes.
It turns out that none of the Northern Chinese fault lines produced more than one earthquake during the 2,000 year period. According to one of the study’s co-authors, Mian Liu, a University of Missouri geosciences professor, the energy seems to move from one fault zone to another to another.
"The faults communicated with each other. Rather than looking at only one fault zone such as the New Madrid Fault Zone just because it produced an earthquake in the past, because if there is anything that we can learn from the Chinese data it’s that the large earthquakes in mid-continent migrate," Mian Liu said.
Following an earthquake, the study suggests that a mid-continental fault zone may pass through an extended period of inactivity. Meanwhile, another fault zone, perhaps 600 or 700 miles away, builds up the energy that produces the next big quake.
The study was published in the journal Lithosphere.
Sherman alleged that a state grant to the cross was unconstitutional and violated the separation of church and state. The judge ruled that the state's economic development agency has discretion into how it passes out its money.
Newly appointed cross board president D.W. Presley says they are now waiting to see what Mr. Sherman's next move will be.
"The legal process will allow for Mr. Sherman, just like anybody else, to make an appeal. And we'll wait to see if he does that," Presley said.
Sherman says he does plan to take the case to a federal appellate court.
Presley will preside over the newly appointed cross board that was seated Tuesday night. They replace the outgoing court-appointed board that has overseen the cross for the last two years. Presley's grandfather was one of the founding members of the cross.
Presley says the board already has their first project planned out. "The Bald Knob Cross board of directors will continue to work to move the cross forward. Our first plan is to work on getting the funding for the purchase and installation of new lighting for the cross," Presley said.
Ross Wece, WSIU
The future of the house, owned by Earl Norman, is currently undecided and students are developing a strategic plan, a historic structure report, and a furnishing plan that may guide the future of the house.
Dr. Joel Rhodes is leading the class, which he believes will strengthen their skills and potentially help not only the students, but Cape Girardeau as well.
"It’s critical to get our students out there and get their hands dirty. It not only puts more tools in their tool box for their future careers, but there are a lot of projects in Cape Girardeau that could really, really use their expertise and the Reynolds House is a perfect storm of circumstances," Rhodes said.
The Isle of Capri casino is set to begin construction across the street from the Reynolds House and have already agreed to help protect the house from demolition.
Dr. Rhodes and fellow faculty member Dr. Steven Hoffman will meet with the design team from the casino on Friday to discuss the future of the historic structure.
The casino is scheduled to open on January 1, 2012.
Matthew Caldwell, KRCU
The letter came in response to the hospital canceling all surgeries last week after staff found operating equipment with possible contamination.
"I intend to continue to be engaged there. It's amazing to me that this has gone on that long with that many recurring problems. I'm going to be very interested in seeing if we can't get this facility operating the way the veterans deserve for it to be operated," Blunt said.
Representative Russ Carnahan will meet with VA Secretary, Eric Shinseki, this week in hopes of finding a solution to the hospitals problems.
The USDA says demand for corn in the ethanol industry is up 50 million bushels after record-high production in December and January. That has left the United States with the lowest surplus of corn since 1996.
Scott Gerlt is a Crop Analyst with the University of Missouri. He says high corn prices could increase the cost on everything from ethanol to food and feed.
“The corn market is definitely a changing market. With ethanol policy we have a lot more demand and so we are going to have a lot more pressure on prices. Because even though we have a lot of supply there’s just so much demand a lot of that supply is getting used up and we’re just not left with much at the end of the day,” Gerlt says.
Corn prices have already doubled in the last six months, rising from $3.50 a bushel to more than $7 a bushel.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The Interfaith South East Moratorium on Executions held a candlelight vigil at the Cape County Courthouse last night.
The group has held three vigils, including one for Richard Clay, whose death sentence was commuted to life in prison at the last minute by Governor Jay Nixon. The group says that they are keeping the victims' families in their thoughts.
"We continue to work on that. As you know, there are a lot of moving pieces in this and so the research continues," Koster said.
Both the state House and Senate have passed non-binding resolutions asking Koster to follow the wishes of Missouri residents and challenge the constitutionality of the law. A symbolic statewide ballot measure to reject the overhaul passed in August with more than 70 percent of the vote.
Marilyn Curtis, Vice-President of Professional Services, said the hospital needed to build this because they serve around 650,000 people in five states. St. Francis Medical Center is the only designated trauma center between St. Louis and Memphis.
"To be able to provide emergency trauma care to such a large region is very important to St. Francis because we want to meet the needs of the people that we serve," said Curtis.
The number of people the ER can accomadate fluctuates depending on how many people arrive for care, but with the completion of Phase Two they now have 32 treatment rooms for patient care and 30,000 square feet of space.
The 12 recommendations include moving prosecution of repeat abusers to state, rather than municipal courts and giving judges more options for orders of protection.
The changes are budget-neutral, says Colleen Coble , the CEO of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. And she says they may help relieve the financial burden on social service agencies.
“If we expand the types of protection, we expand those offenses that are arrestable, we will actually have I believe a lesser demand on the need for emergency safe shelter, so we can meet our goal which is, you get to stay safely in your home,” Coble said.
Koster drafted the recommendations based on a series of task force meetings last year. If the General Assembly approves Koster’s proposals, it would be the first update to the laws in 30 years.
Rachel Lippman, St. Louis Public Radio
At his stop at UMKC, Zweifel rattled off the big numbers, percentage points and statistics, emphasizing that the fees would be reduced by 44 percent. But he called for staff help when asked how much that would benefit an individual saver.
"The individual saver will save about 25 basic points," Zweifel said. "It comes to $25 for every ... ten thousand dollars."
Zweiful was focused on the big picture – $18.5 million in savings spread among 113,00 savers – plus a half-million-dollar assistance package... the details of which will be announced at a future Zweifel news conference.
Zweifel was scheduled to appear at a news conference at Southeast Missouri State University today, but ended up canceling his visit to Cape Girardeau.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
One petition would allow for more early voting options, instead of relying purely on absentee ballot voting. It would amend the Missouri Revised Statutes.
Two similar petitions for a constitutional amendment would facilitate early voting and change election procedures by including, “certain procedures relating to voter identification affidavits, voting address updates, and provisional ballots.” All the early voting initiatives were submitted by Matt Cologna of Springfield.
Two petitions would shrink the size of the Missouri House of Representatives from 163 seats to 103 beginning in 2023. According to the petition language, reducing the house by 60 representatives would yield $4.7 million in savings for the state government. The petitions were submitted by Russell Purvis of Kansas City.
In order for constitutional changes to make it to a ballot, they must contain signatures equal to 8% of the number of votes cast in the last gubernatorial election in 6 of Missouri’s Congressional districts. Statutory changes require 5%.
The Commission granted a formal hearing regarding the permit proposal for Strack Excavating but denied a hearing for the Heartland Materials proposal.
Heartland Materials will now be able to move forward and obtain a mining permit from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Strack Excavating will now have to go through a formal hearing which will mean more in-depth testimony from both Strack and the people of Fruitland.
The hearing officer can also take into account the company's two notices of violation and two letters of warning that the company has received in the last 10 years. These violations include emissions violations and a failure to submit paperwork.
The hearing will take place in front of an independent hearing officer appointed by Missouri's Administrative Hearing Commission.