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8:04 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Bill would create new VA facility in Cape Girardeau

A bill winning approval from U.S. senators to resolve problems in the troubled Veterans Affairs system would create new health facilities, including one in southeast Missouri.

Under the larger bill agreed to by senior senators yesterday, the measure authorizes the VA to lease 26 new walk-in health facilities in 18 states and spend $500 million to hire more doctors and nurses.

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4:08 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Court overturns American flag desecration law

American flag

A federal appeals court in St. Louis has overturned a Missouri law that makes it a crime to burn or otherwise desecrate the American flag. 

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2:35 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

My Farm Roots: Providing from the land

As a child Robert Harris Jr. worked picking cotton. Now, he’s back out in the fields, this time growing produce for the needy. (Jacob McCleland for Harvest Public Media)

This is an installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click here to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.

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5:18 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Cape Girardeau hopeful for movie locale

Downtown Cape Girardeau, Mo.
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The southeast Missouri town of Cape Girardeau is buzzing about the possibility of a major motion picture filming there.

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8:49 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Clay Waller confesses, gets 20 years for murdering his wife Jacque

Clay Waller pleaded guilty to the murder of his wife Jacque Waller in Cape Giradeau County Court Thursday, June 6, 2013
Credit Laura Simon / Southeast Missourian

Clay Waller pled guilty to the murder of his wife, Jacque Waller, in Cape Girardeau County Court on Thursday, bringing a bittersweet end to one of the most high-profile murder cases in recent Cape Girardeau history.

Waller was charged with second degree murder and will receive a sentence of 20 years. Prosecutors agreed to the plea deal in exchange for Clay Waller providing the location of Jacque’s body and an account of her murder.

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5:31 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Nixon appoints J. Michael Ponder to UM Board of Curators

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Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Cape Girardeau attorney J. Michael Ponder to the University of Missouri Board of Curators for the second time on Monday.

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3:43 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Missouri prosecutors gain new legal protections

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Missouri prosecutors advising police on undercover investigations now have greater legal protection that their conduct won't violate ethical rules.

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4:54 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Mississippi River crests at some hard-hit towns

A coalition of environmental groups has filed two lawsuits against the EPA on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, seeking to limit nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin and the Gulf of Mexico.
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The Mississippi River is on the way down at some hard-hit Midwestern towns.

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8:09 am
Fri January 18, 2013

State GOPers make their case for US House seat

Credit Jacob McCleland / KRCU

The Republicans who hope to replace Jo Ann Emerson in the U.S. House of Representatives stressed their conservative credentials while trying to differentiate themselves in a crowded field at a voter forum in Cape Girardeau Thursday night.

Before taking the stage, the 12 candidates worked the room, grinning from ear-to-ear, shaking hands and making small talk. About 300 people filled the Concourse building, but the candidates honed in on those wearing red, white and blue ribbons.

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8:49 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Cape Girardeau casino opens two months early

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Missouri’s newest casino, the Isle of Capri Casino, opened Tuesday morning in Cape Girardeau two months ahead of schedule.

Isle of Capri president and CEO Virginia McDowell lauded  her company’s efforts to build the casino so quickly and hire local workers.

“We had 9,000 applications for jobs, and we picked the 700 best people you are going to meet when you go through those doors," McDowell said. "And I am proud to say 80 percent of those people live within 50 miles of Cape Girardeau."

The project cost $135 million.

12:28 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Mo. drunk driving case headed to U.S. Supreme Court


A Cape Girardeau drunk driving case is going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court will decide if police can give a blood test without a warrant.

After Tyler McNeely failed a field sobriety check and refused the breath test, a Missouri State Highway Patrol Officer took him to hospital where he had a blood test.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri represents McNeely. Legal director Tony Rothert says the officer infringed upon McNeely’s fourth amendment protection from unreasonable search by drawing his blood without a warrant.

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8:22 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Deer hunt foes collect enough signatures for vote

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Opponents of a Cape Girardeau ordinance that established an urban deer hunting program say they have enough signatures to put the issue to a vote.

The Southeast Missourian reports the organizer of Keep Cape Safe says more than 3,000 petition signatures are on hand and notarized. Only 2,446 signatures are needed to get a referendum on the ballot.

The City Council in July approved bow hunting of deer inside Cape Girardeau City limits. Last week the council rejected a request to put the deer hunts to a public vote, prompting opponents to begin the petition drive.