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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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.

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3.1 billion people on the planet are using some form of social media today and out of those users, 6.8% have reportedly exhibited symptoms characteristic of social media or internet addiction. Missouri’s freshman Senator, Josh Hawley recently proposed legislation to regulate these big social media tech companies - Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter - and call it the Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology Act, or the “SMART” Act, for short.

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Summer break for Missouri legislators started a month ago today. The 2019 legislative session was a dense one, and in that last week, they finished a bridge-repair bonding plan, completed language for the HB 126 abortion bill, and completed a proposal to establish term limits for statewide officials, among other things. In this episode of Going Public, we speak with State Rep.

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For this episode of Going Public, we talk with Denise Lincoln, a local historian who played a large part in the renaming of the courthouse lawn to Ivers Square and in establishing the United States Colored Troops Memorial which will receive its dedication on Saturday.

CH: Could you tell us about who it was named after and his importance in local history.