Going Public

Covering everything from education and politics to conservation efforts and health/science, nothing is off-limits on KRCU's Going Public. This locally-produced program provides a space for officials and community members to speak on the latest news in - and issues facing - the southeast Missouri region. 

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PulsePoint Foundation

Cape Girardeau residents will soon have the opportunity to receive a notification when someone goes into cardiac arrest in a nearby public space. The fire department has partnered with PulsePoint, an organization and app, to ensure those struck by such a medical emergency can receive CPR in a timely manner.

Lindsey Grojean/KRCU

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences sent out an email recently containing private student and faculty information to about 50 individuals. Assistant Vice President of Information and Technology Floyd Davenport was consulted after the info was released about what students should do now.

Davenport says much of the information was directory information, such as emails and phone numbers. The most sensitive information in the email was student and faculty ID numbers.

“We like to keep some information very consistent, like the student ID,” he said. 

Dan Woods

On this edition of Going Public, we're talking with local historian, Dr. Frank Nickell and Jim Martin, President of the Board for the Stars and Stripes Museum in Bloomfield. They stopped by to tell us more about their upcoming event "The Spirit of Democracy."

Courtesy of Stan Polivick

For roughly seven weeks now, the city of Cape Girardeau has been testing out a new treatment process for turning “bio-solids” in residents' wastewater into a substance that could benefit the region in the long term. 

Sewage sludge is being dried out in an oven by public works personnel and turned into pellets, which are also being trialled with select local farmers as a potential fertilizer. Public works director Stan Polivick says it all started with the development of a new water treatment plant. 

Southeast Missouri State University

Over the past academic year, Southeast Missouri State University reached 75.3% of an "ambitious" goal to retain 80% of first-time students. Despite this record retention rate, they've seen a 3.9% decline in enrollment. Going Public spoke with Southeast's vice president for enrollment management and student success, Dr. Debbie Below about this new data.