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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Southeast Missouri State University

The pandemic has changed the way we all do things and forced the cancellation of many longstanding events – including Homecoming at Southeast Missouri State University. A task force of university leaders will assess the viability of virtual events to engage the community going forward.

I sat down with Dr. Trudy Lee, Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation and George Gasser, Director of Alumni Relations at Southeast Missouri State University to learn more.
 

With schools starting back up, classes potentially may be relying more heavily on online teaching.  And in the era of COVID-19, internet can be especially crucial for distance learning. Loyd Rice, manager of fiber services at Semo Electric Cooperative, sees expanding local broadband access as a mission. In this episode of Going Public, Rice talks about plans and progress on expanding broadband. He talks about what expanding broadband has looked like with the added needs of the pandemic, and the support received from the governor. 

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

 

In early August, the Associated Press reported that COVID-19 had resulted in the deaths of 502 people living in nursing home facilities. 

KRCU’s Clayton Hester speaks to Dr. Randall Williams, Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services about what this level of deaths means for the state, what can be done about it, and what’s been done.

Later in the interview, Dr. Williams speaks about student safety as colleges head into a new semester.

 

Arts Council of Southeast Missouri

 

 

 

 

The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is open to visitors in downtown Cape Girardeau and is following CDC guidelines. They are also seeking entries for a billboard competition for local artists and for a juried traveling exhibition celebrating Missouri’s Bicentennial. Dan Woods spoke with Executive Director Sara Steffens.

 

Cape Chamber

Amid the effort of managing flights during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport has been developing an idea of how they can use funds from the CARES Act to assist with their renovation projects. In addition to that work in progress, they’re facing other situations. Last week they were also notified of an emergency travel order, with new quarantine requirements for passengers flying to Chicago. KRCU’s Clayton Hester talks with airport manager Katrina Amos about how they’re handling the challenge of the pandemic and where they are in their projects.

  

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