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Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
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Cape roller derby adding men to its team next year (08/31/15) 1
Cape Girardeau's roller derby team will look a little different in 2016. The Cape Girardeau Roller Girls recently...
Central choir alumni to reunite for October performances (08/31/15)
Graduates of Cape Girardeau Central High School are organizing the school's first choir alumni reunion and concert,...
A sweet time at the St. Mary Cathedral parish picnic (08/31/15)
Evelyn Hinkle enjoys cotton candy as Fiona Dotson gives her a push on the swing during the St. Mary Cathedral parish...
Suicide counseling network will expand services to Poplar Bluff (08/31/15)
Survivors of Loved Ones to Suicide Inc., a local not-for-profit counseling network, is expanding its support services...
Advance mayor spends more time on streets than in office (08/31/15)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- During the five years Carl "Pete" Ritter has been mayor of Advance, he has spent little time in city...
Videos
Marble Hill attack leaves man dead, woman in critical condition (08/30/15)
A Poplar Bluff, Missouri, man allegedly shot and stabbed a couple in Marble Hill, Missouri, killing the man and leaving the woman in critical condition. William Anthony Pickard, 32, is suspected of instigating the attack. The attack occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Friday, according to Bollinger County Sheriff Darin Shell...
Body found in car trunk; Poplar Bluff man arrested (08/30/15)
HARVIELL, Mo. -- Authorities arrested a Poplar Bluff, Missouri, man suspected of killing another man whose body was found inside a car trunk in a county road ditch near Harviell. Edward William Weaver, 23, of Poplar Bluff, is being held in the Butler County jail on suspicion of second-degree murder and resisting arrest, said Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs...
Suspect in fatal Parma holdup waives preliminary hearing (08/30/15)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A man accused of the murder of a Parma, Missouri, woman has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Deion Martin, 21, who is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action, was in court Thursday afternoon with his attorneys, Beth Ann Davis-Kerry and Robert E. Steele of the public defender's office. The attorneys informed New Madrid County Associate Judge Joshua Underwood the scheduled hearing would not be necessary...
Court denies motions from man set to be executed Tuesday (08/30/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court has denied the latest legal challenges from a man scheduled to be executed Tuesday for raping and killing a 15-year-old Kansas City girl in 1989. The judges ruled Friday to overrule a motion that sought a stay of execution for Roderick Nunley. The court also rejected his request for a writ of habeas corpus, which allows prisoners to challenge their convictions on constitutional grounds...
New Missouri law expands who can get order of protection (08/30/15)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Victims of rape and sexual assault can get orders of protection against their assailants under a new Missouri law. The law took effect Friday. It expands who can file and receive orders of protection. Former law allowed domestic violence victims and victims of stalking to receive protection orders...
Cape College Center rolls with the changes (08/30/15)
As the Cape College Center begins its sixth fall semester, leaders involved agree it has a bright future. The center, which is a partnership among Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers College and Mineral Area College, was approved by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education in December 2009, with the first class in June 2010 and the first full semester starting that August. It is in the Cape Girardeau School District's Career and Technology Center...
Schools work to place child-abuse hotline posters by Friday deadline (08/27/15)
Missouri school districts are working to post a child-abuse and neglect hotline number in every student restroom in light of new legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Jay Nixon. The act, which goes into effect Friday, requires all public and charter schools to post the hotline in all student restrooms. It also requires signs be posted in a visible location in a public area of the school -- in English and Spanish -- with the toll-free number...
Jackson school district to keep tax rate the same (08/26/15)
The Jackson School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to keep the district's tax rate stable at $3.80 per $100 of assessed valuation for the 2015-2016 school year, marking 10 years since the district has adjusted its rate, officials said. The board approved the rate after a public hearing. The tax rates are set to produce the revenue from the property tax required by the budget for the fiscal year, beginning July 1...
Nixon touts Southeast campus improvements during visit (08/25/15)
Gov. Jay Nixon made a stop Monday at Southeast Missouri State University to discuss how recent efforts from the state will help fund more than $10 million in improvements on campus. The governor's visit coincided with the university's first day of fall classes...
Cape School District keeps tax rate stable (08/25/15)
The Cape Girardeau School District's total tax rate for 2015-2016 will remain at $4.1567 per $100 of assessed valuation, board members voted during a special meeting Monday. Neil Glass, assistant superintendent of administrative services, said the district's total assessed valuation is $633,657,242 -- a 2.3 percent increase over last year...

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