Headlines News from the newspaper in Cape Girardeau, Missouri en-us Area hospitals hope a box helps prevent infant deaths In the past seven years, 119 babies died before their first birthdays in six counties in Southeast Missouri -- Scott, Mississippi, New Madrid, Stoddard, Dunklin and Pemiscot, according to statistics... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:50:50 -0600 Obama shortens sentence of inmate from Cape A 37-year-old Cape Girardeau man will be released from a federal prison in South Dakota in July after receiving a commutation Tuesday from President Barack Obama. Christopher M. DePree will have... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:50:39 -0600 Civil-rights activist: King's work is not done Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is a bittersweet occasion for civil-rights activist Mary Frances Berry. "I'm somewhat sad," she said during her keynote address Wednesday night at Southeast's Dr.... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:50:29 -0600 Vargas: No plans for layoffs or breaking tuition cap Southeast Missouri State University has no plans to break the cap on tuition increases or lay off employees as a result of cuts in state aid, school president Carlos Vargas-Aburto said Wednesday.... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:50:19 -0600 Jackson Civic Center now hosting free book exchange Jackson Civic Center will host an ongoing free book exchange, said Shane Anderson, director of the Jackson Parks System. Riverside Regional Library in Jackson will provide a mobile display with... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:19:08 -0600 Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 1/19/17 Approval of minutes n Minutes of the Jan. 12 meeting Communications/ reports -- other elected officials n None at this time Public comments n Items listed on agenda Routine business... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:40:20 -0600 Cape Girardeau police report 1/19/17 The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Ted B. Walton, 31, 1823 Bloomfield Road, rear unit, was arrested on Cape Girardeau warrants... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:36:39 -0600 Cape Girardeau fire report 1/19/17 The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to the following calls Tuesday: n Medical assists were made at 8:38 a.m. on Franklin Street; 8:39 a.m. on Linden Street; 9:45 a.m. on North Main Street;... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:36:01 -0600 Jackson police report 1/19/16 The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Property damage n Property damage was reported in the 1200 block of Brandom Street. Miscellaneous n Harassment was reported in the area of... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:35:39 -0600 Ruby Decker Ruby N. Decker, 97, of Jackson died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:35:03 -0600 Edward Deere PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- Edward Deere, 94, of Portageville died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at his home. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Portageville. The... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:34:45 -0600 Leslie Haman Leslie William Haman, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at Southeast Hospital. He was born July 17, 1930, in Cape Girardeau to Chester and Lucille E. Able Haman. He and Lillian Marie... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:34:24 -0600 Vernita Payne McGEE, Mo. -- Vernita Payne, 64, of McGee passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, after an extended battle with cancer. She was born Jan. 2, 1953, at McGee, the daughter of Raleigh and Versie Williams... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:33:57 -0600 Phillip Underwood PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- Phillip Louis Underwood, 73, of Portageville died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from noon to 3 p.m. Friday at First Baptist... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:33:41 -0600 Opal McManus Wilson McCLURE, Ill. -- Opal McManus Wilson, 89, of McClure died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at her home. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at First Pentecostal Church in Cape Girardeau. The... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:33:27 -0600 Out of the past: Jan. 19 Boatmen's Bank of Cape Girardeau has extended its automatic teller machine service to Schnucks grocery store; the new ATM is inside the store near the customer-service area. The Cape Girardeau... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:32:11 -0600 Audit shows standards for higher-education program lacking JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The standards for a higher-education incentives program based on school performance were so lacking, three Missouri universities were able to get more money by changing the... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:37:01 -0600 Straw worm n Straw with paper wrapper n Water n STEP 1: Using your fingers, completely scrunch the wrapper to the end of the straw. n STEP 2: Remove the scrunched-up wrapper and place it on a flat surface.... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:37:01 -0600 Local students to perform with choir at inauguration For one moment, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., looked like the conductor of the Missouri State University Chorale in October. He was to address a public gathering on the Springfield, Missouri, campus at... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:37:01 -0600 Learning briefs Several local students have been awarded scholarships to attend Southeast Missouri State University. Rebekah Garner of Cape Girardeau, India Phillips of Advance, Missouri, and Travis Smith of... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:37:01 -0600 Art Award nominations The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri would like to encourage the residents of Cape Girardeau and the surrounding communities to submit nominations for the Annual Arts Awards. The Otto F. Dingeldein... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:59:02 -0600 Jack Mehner receives aviation award Last week, Cape Girardeau resident Jack Mehner was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from Phil Dixon, program manager of the FAA Flight Standards District Office in St. Louis, during a... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:58:55 -0600 A new Marine Eighteen years ago a baby girl named Maria and her twin brother Nikolai were born to a woman being held in a Russian prison in Siberia. That baby and her brother stayed with their mother until her... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:58:11 -0600 Prayer 1/19/17 O Lord God, Heavenly Father, may our words and deeds glorify you. Amen. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:58:01 -0600