News News headlines 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 Supporters want 'hometown hero' on Wall of Fame; lack of funding proves stumbling block The late Gen. Seth McKee is a "hometown hero" whose portrait should be added to the Missouri Wall of Fame in downtown Cape Girardeau, according to a local veterans group. American Legion Post 63 has... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:17:19 -0600 Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts Southeast Missouri State University faces "critical financial challenges" as a result of Gov. Eric Greitens' decision to withhold $3.43 million in core state aid for the school, university president... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:48:52 -0600 Rep. Smith hears call to simplify tax code, reduce tax rates Simplify the federal tax code and reduce tax rates. That was the message delivered to U.S. Rep. Jason Smith at a roundtable discussion Tuesday in Jackson. More than 30 invited business owners,... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:48:38 -0600 Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations A Fruitland meat-processing plant faces a $70,000 penalty to the state of Missouri if it does not correct problems related to wastewater management, a judge ruled last month. Fruitland American Meat... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:15:00 -0600 Cape County taxpayers may file property assessment forms online for first time For the first time, Cape Girardeau County residential taxpayers will have an online option to file personal property assessment forms, according to Assessor Bob Adams. Adams said personal property... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:14:48 -0600 Area lawmakers: State must cut spending to balance budget Missouri state government must cut spending to balance the budget, area lawmakers say. The state is on pace to spend $456 million more than it receives in the fiscal year that begins July 1,... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:11 -0600 Hearings set in Cape, Charleston on Ameren rate increase request The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold public hearings Tuesday in Cape Girardeau and Charleston about an electric rate increase requested by Ameren Missouri. Hearings are scheduled for noon... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:59:57 -0600 'Make a change': Speaker at MLK Celebration implores audience to be the solution Disgust precedes change, a pastor said Sunday at an event honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Get disgusted," the Rev. Christopher Swims told the crowd of about 200 people at Greater... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:59:43 -0600 Two subjects of interest in 1992 homicide to take polygraph tests Two men at the center of the Mischelle Lawless homicide investigation since the beginning of the case in 1992 will take polygraph tests Tuesday in an attempt to clear their names. "I'm tired of all... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 23:55:17 -0600 Southern Bank announces merger with Capaha Bank Southern Missouri Bancorp Inc., parent corporation of Southern Bank, and Tammcorp Inc., parent corporation of Capaha Bank, announced the signing of a merger agreement where Southern Missouri will... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 23:55:05 -0600 Cape SportsPlex contractor offers a look at the project The drone of a floor buffer Thursday filled what will be the lobby of the Cape Girardeau SportsPlex as a workman polished the exposed concrete to its final sheen. "We're just now getting to the point... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 23:54:54 -0600 Cape Girardeau County park system operates with limited budget; park board meets infrequently Melaina's Magical Playland in Cape Girardeau County Park North has become a popular destination for families. County officials envision the same success with Levi's Adventure Trail, which is taking... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:05:28 -0600 Two Cape men recovering after shooting Two Cape Girardeau men, ages 36 and 22, were recovering in a hospital Thursday afternoon after being shot Wednesday on Jefferson Avenue, police said. Cape Girardeau police officers interviewed both... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:05:13 -0600 Man, 20, shot Thursday morning A 20-year-old Cape Girardeau man was shot early Thursday morning in the 1500 block of Rand Street, police said. The victim was taken to a local hospital and was still at the hospital Thursday... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:05:03 -0600 Southeast's online programs rank highest in Missouri Southeast Missouri State University’s online bachelor’s degree programs ranked 28th nationally and highest among Missouri schools, according to a recent U.S. News and World Report listing.... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:04:53 -0600 Hayti teen found dead in apartment complex Police found a 15-year-old Hayti, Missouri, boy dead in an apartment complex Wednesday, according to a news release. Hayti police found Shamar Holmes, 15, dead in the Cleveland Apartment complex, the... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:04:42 -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 Subjects of interest in 1992 killing take polygraph tests; results not revealed Matt and Mark Abbott, identical twins who are subjects of interest in the investigation of the 1992 killing of Angela Mischelle Lawless, completed lengthy polygraph tests Tuesday in Cape Girardeau in... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:50:03 -0600 Cape residents question Ameren's rate-increase request Representatives from utility provider Ameren Missouri and the Missouri Public Services Commission hosted a sometimes-tense public hearing Tuesday in Cape Girardeau to discuss the rate hike Ameren is... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:49:50 -0600 Officers give details about arrest of drug-distribution suspects Cape Girardeau County assistant prosecuting attorney Frank Miller asked what finding a bag filled with copious amounts of drugs and a gun, last seen with a defendant, and the other defendant found... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:49:36 -0600 Cape man wins $100,000 in lottery A Cape Girardeau man won a $100,000 scratch prize from the Missouri Lottery on Jan. 11, according to a Missouri Lottery news release. Bobby Collier purchased the ticket from a Southbound Fuel... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:49:19 -0600 Area lawmakers support use of metal detectors at Capitol, defend lawmakers' right to carry guns As many as 1,000 retired teachers won't be visiting the Missouri Capitol because of the installation of metal detectors, according to the group's executive director. Local lawmakers insist it is... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:14:35 -0600 Legendary coach at MLK event: 'We can change the world with a team' All the speakers at "And Justice For All's" Martin Luther King Jr. Day program Monday in Sikeston, Missouri, talked about continuing King's mission of equality and trying to bring more people into a... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:14:24 -0600 Sikeston man dies in work accident SIKESTON, Mo. — A man was killed in an industrial accident late Thursday in Sikeston. At 8:42 p.m. Thursday, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety received a report of accidental trauma at a... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 23:56:06 -0600 Businesses, people honored at Jackson chamber's banquet Hundreds packed the Jackson Civic Center on Friday night for the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet. Chamber executive director Brian Gerau said 2016 — aside from the Chicago Cubs... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 23:55:54 -0600 Water upgrades work to uptown Jackson likely will begin in April Water lines in Jackson are too small to adequately supply for current and future demand, said city engineer Erica Bogenpohl. “There is a need to upgrade the water system, and we would like to start... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 23:55:41 -0600 Police: Cape man broke into house, threatened woman with knife Cape Girardeau police arrested a local man Thursday after he broke into a house and threatened the resident with a knife, officers said. The Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 23:55:30 -0600 Club news 1-15-17 The Oak Ridge Homemakers FCE met Dec. 13 at the home of Jackie Brandtner in Cape Girardeau. The meeting was called to order by Jean Rehak, president. The group sang a favorite Christmas carol, "O... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:09:10 -0600