The last few weeks of summer are upon us, especially for K-12 students in the Cape Public School District. Next year, though, they’ll have a few extra weeks to squeeze in those final visits to the pool.

According to superintendent Neil Glass, the district will be pushing their start date back as part of a law that takes effect in 2020. 

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On Thursday, Cape Girardeau got a visit from the Governor’s boss - First Lady Teresa Parson.

A guest in the Cape Chamber Women’s Network speaker series, Parson joined local women to discuss Jobs for Graduates-Missouri (JAG-Missouri), an organization aimed at keeping students from dropping out of high school. 

“Like her husband, Teresa has a strong commitment to education,” Cape Chamber Vice President Kim Voelker said.

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Debbie Baker thought she qualified for a federal program that helps teachers such as her, as well as nurses, police officers, librarians and others. The Department of Education program forgives their federal student loans if they make their payments for 10 years and work in public service.

For 10 years, Baker, who was a public school teacher in Tulsa, Okla., checked in with loan servicing companies and was told she was on track.

Southeast Missouri State University

Effective today, student workers and temporary employees receiving minimum wage at Southeast Missouri State University will see a pay increase of at least fifteen cents an hour. 

Despite their exemption from a ballot measure Missouri voters passed in 2018 - which established an increase in the state’s minimum wage over a five-year period - Southeast decided higher pay was necessary in attracting and retaining employees. 

Southeast Missouri State University

A former member of the University of Central Missouri team has joined Southeast Missouri State University.

Dr. Michael Godard has been named Southeast’s new provost, and will serve as a member of the University President’s  Executive Staff and chief academic officer.


In a press release, President Dr. Carlos Vargas said they are pleased to welcome Dr. Godard to the Southeast community.