Accounted For: In Rural Missouri, Absenteeism Also A Problem

(From St. Louis Public Radio – May 2, 2014) Principal Glenn Carter cracks open the door to an Algebra II class at South Pemiscot High School in rural Steele, Mo., where teacher Linda Crawford shuffles four reluctant students into different configurations. Students chuckle as Crawford gleefully moves her volunteers from place to place. One student,…

Chinese Market Could Help Rid Rivers Of Invasive Asian Carp

(From Harvest Public Media – April 16, 2014) Water experts worried about Asian carp may have new hope. They’re turning their eyes to China, where a carp-hungry populace may be the key for stemming the tide of the invasive fish. Asian carp are taking over U.S. waterways, including the Mississippi River and tributaries like the…

Meet Chris Hrabik, The Quadriplegic Rally Car Racer

(From KRCU – February 16, 2014) Rally car racing is popular in Europe and Canada, but it has a much lower profile in the United States. It is a dangerous sports in which racers thrash through rural, gravel roads at high speeds in street-legal cars as they try to score the fastest time. Chris Hrabik,…

Ten Years And Going, Mars Opportunity Rover Still Delivers

(From KRCU – January 31, 2014) The Mars rover Opportunity just celebrated its tenth anniversary, and the scrappy vehicle keeps chugging along. The rover landed on Mars on January 24, 2004. Scientists expected Opportunity and its twin Spirit to work on the Martian surface for three to six months. Fast-forward ten years, and Opportunity is…

Can One Southern Illinois County Ban Fracking?

(From KRCU – December 18, 2013) Kris Pirmann and a handful of other Johnson County residents stand outside the county commission office in Vienna, Ill., a town of about 1,400 people tucked into southern Illinois’ rolling hills near the Shawnee National Forest. “Southern Illinois. I grew up as a Navy brat. I moved all over…

With Feral Hogs, The Goal Is Control

(From Harvest Public Media – August 22, 2013) Feral hogs are a big, expensive problem. The prolific procreators are responsible for $1.5 billion in damages and prevention each year —$800 million in damages to agriculture alone from destroying land and rooting up crops,according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But trapping them is no easy…