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Gov. Parson Announces New Campaign To Increase State Vaccination With A $10,000 Prize

On Wednesday, July 21, a press conference at the State Capitol was held by Governor Mike Parson to announce the launch of a statewide COVID-19 vaccination incentive program, MO VIP. The campaign is intended to encourage individuals ages 12 and up to get vaccinated, boosting the state's overall immunization efforts. Governor Parson expressed his understanding for Missourians' hesitation to receive the vaccine, but explained it is the responsibility of all Missourians to protect their friends,...

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Missouri Bicentennial Minutes: The Bachelor Tax

Perhaps no portion of the 1821 revenue law stimulated more interest than the tax on unmarried men. This “bachelor tax,” mandated all unmarried males age 21 years and older pay $1 annually. To place this in perspective, $1 in 1821 is equivalent to a bit over $23 today. While this seems relatively small, cash was a rare commodity at the time, and most total tax bills otherwise were less than $2 annually. The debate regarding a tax on bachelors had occurred in several states. Some argued the tax...

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St. Louis Secures More NCAA Games

Nov 13, 2012
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The Scottrade Center will once again be the site of a slice of March Madness action in 2014. It will mark the second time in a dozen years that St. Louis will host second and third-round games.  All told, March Madness has come to St. Louis 20 times in its history.

Many events honoring veterans took place around Cape Girardeau this weekend. According to Southeast Missourian’s Brittany Tedder, there was the annual Freedom Corner ceremony at Capaha Park. In addition, non-profit group U.S.A. Veterans opened a new bar on 519 Good Hope Street, Trail of Tears.

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Study: EMTs And The Flu Vaccine

Nov 12, 2012
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  A study out of Saint Louis University suggests that about a quarter of St. Louis-area emergency medical personnel are not getting vaccinated against the flu.

Saint Louis University nurse researcher and study lead Terri Rebmann says many study participants had misconceptions about the flu vaccine.

"Almost 40 percent of the EMTs indicated that they do not trust public health authorities when they say that the vaccine is safe,” Rebmann said.

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The lingering effects of this year’s drought may bring Mississippi River commerce to a screeching halt next month.  Water flows from the Missouri River will decrease in late November and early December, and that could put Mississippi River navigation in peril. 

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Missouri’s Hispanic population is small but growing. Hispanics only account for 3.5% of the state’s population, but that’s an increase of 79% since 2000.

The Democratic party has successfully courted Hispanics, and that strategy paid off with Presidential wins in western states like Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.

But Missouri’s Hispanic population is still too small to have much of an impact, according to Dr. Marvin Overby, who teaches political science at the University of Missouri.

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Future Hall of Famer Tony La Russa talked about leadership through the prism of baseball Thursday night at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. The speech was part of Southeast Missouri State University’s Speakers Series.

The Cardinals’ organization preaches respect, trust and character, La Russa said, and they are some of qualities that La Russa believes transcend leaders not only in sports but also in other professions.

Future of Cape Girardeau Area MAGNET Remains in Limbo

Nov 8, 2012

The Cape Girardeau Area MAGNET executive director position remains unfilled, leaving the future of the regional economic development organization in limbo.

In January, the board chose not to renew contract of long-time executive director Mitch Robinson, stating that they hoped to “change” and go in a new direction.

John Mehner, President and CEO of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, says MAGNET is considering several options for the vacant executive director position.

Parks & Rec Department Prepares Capaha Park Master Plan

Nov 8, 2012
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The City of Cape Girardeau and SWT Design have created a master plan for Capaha Park.

The new plan eliminates a road through the northeast corner of the park, reconfigures parking and improves stormwater drainage.

It also includes many new and updated amenities, like a destination playground with a spray mat at the site of the old pool, an accessible island and fishing pier at the pond, terraced amphitheatre seating, and a central pavillion as a park hub, among other things.

Missouri Voter Turnout Just Below 66 Percent

Nov 8, 2012
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Just over 66% of registered Missouri voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s election. That’s down from Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s projected 72% turnout.

Cape Girardeau County’s turnout was a little more than 67%.

The highest voter turnout in the state was Osage County, with 72%.

The lowest voter turnout was in Sullivan County in north central Missouri. Turnout there was 52%.

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Cape Girardeau prosecuting attorney Morley Swingle will step down from his post to take a prosecutor position in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, his office announced on Wednesday.

During two and a half decades as Cape Girardeau County’s prosecuting attorney, Swingle prosecuted 133 jury trials, 31 appellate cases and 79 homicide prosecutions, according to a press release.

Now, he’ll move to the federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau, where he will work for U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan.

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Photos: Highlights Of The Tokyo Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony

Fireworks soared above Tokyo's new Olympic Stadium Friday as the delayed Summer Games finally held its opening ceremony — an event that culminates in lighting the Olympic cauldron. Athletes marched in front of thousands of empty seats as only a sparse crowd was admitted due to COVID-19 restrictions. Those attending included first lady Jill Biden, who chatted with French President Emmanuel Macron. A standout moment came midway through the event when Tonga's Pita Taufatofua once again vied to...

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