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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.


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.


Southeast Athletics

What will athletic events look like this fall at Southeast Missouri State University and what plans are being developed to keep players and fans safe? To get a sense of how the planning is going and what fall sports at SEMO may look like, we spoke with SEMO Athletic Director Brady Barke on Thursday morning, August 6.


“Bring it On! The Musical” melds cheerleading, dance and showtunes and is coming to Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus both live and live-streamed.

Dan Woods spoke with Rhonda Weller-Stilson, Dean of the Holland College of Arts and Media at Southeast Missouri State University.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6-8 and Aug. 12-15, and at 2 p.m. Aug. 9 and 16 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. The River Campus will offer — for the first time — live-streamed performances of the musical Aug. 7 and Aug. 14-16.

Dan Woods spoke with SEMO Provost Dr. Mike Godard on July 10, 2020. Among the topics discussed by Dr. Godard:

- His goals for Academic Affairs in the near-term
- The challenges and opportunities with an increase in online learning
- Program Review
- HyFlex Courses for Flexible Learning
- A new learning management system called Canvas