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As part of the statewide U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Take Back Program, the Cape Girardeau Police Department will be hosting a take back event later this week. According to the DEA, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 6.4 million Americans abused prescription drugs in 2015.

 

Lieutenant over special operations at the police department, Bradley Smith says they participate in the event to protect citizens and the environment.

 

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On Sunday, people across the country will be participating in “Concert Across America,” a series of concerts bringing awareness to gun violence. For the first time, the Southeast Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is sponsoring two concerts in Cape Girardeau for the cause. KRCU’s Lindsey Grojean spoke with the group’s local president, Lynda Stewart, and Paul Thompson, who is in charge of programming for Concert Across America, about the event, and a bit about Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

The Cape Girardeau Police Department has decided to utilize body cameras for their officers on-duty. KRCU’s Lindsey Grojean spoke with public information officer Sergeant Rick Schmidt about the benefits the cameras will have on their department, the community, and the officers themselves.

 

So what pushed the police department in their decision to utilize body cameras with on-duty officers?

Courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States

Last week, a gas chamber used for euthanization at the animal shelter in Malden was demolished. It was one of five known gas chambers left in the entire state.

Amanda Good, the Missouri Director for the Humane Society of the United States, said two months ago, an advocate contacted the Humane Society about the shelter’s new leadership and their interest in getting rid of the gas chamber using the available $3,000 grant it had turned down two years prior.

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