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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The process is underway to renovate the historic Common Pleas Courthouse in order to return City Hall back to the facility. The city is operating on a $12 million budget for the renovation of the Common Pleas Courthouse and the Carnegie library, and they have selected architecture firm TreanorHL and Penzel Construction Company for the project. 

Deputy city manager Molly Mehner says the design has not yet materialized, but maintaining the structure of the historic courthouse building is important due to its listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lindsey Grojean/KRCU

In January, Bruce Loy will be retiring from his position as manager of the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. After 22 years, a lot has been accomplished under his wing, and he expects a few more projects to take off during the time he has left.

One includes building a new tower, land acquisition, and hangar at the airport, which will be funded by a capital improvement sales tax recently approved by voters. 

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."