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Stories from Thursday, November 15, 2001

Red Cross redirects full Liberty Fund to Sept. 11 victims (11/15/01)
WASHINGTON -- The American Red Cross said Wednesday it will use all the money donated to the Liberty Fund for people affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, changing a plan to set aside some of the money for other needs. The Liberty Fund has collected $543 million. ...
Planning panel OKs assisted living project (11/15/01)
The Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a plan to build an assisted and independent living complex near Route W and Deer Creek Road. The commission, with new members Scott Rhodes and Greg Williams, gave unanimous preliminary approval to the William O.L. Seabaugh Voluntary Trust Wednesday night to rezone the southwest corner of Cape LaCroix Road off Route W to be rezoned from single-family to multi-family district...
Area livestock auctions 11/15/01 (11/15/01)
Fruitland Livestock FRUITLAND, Mo. -- Fruitland Livestock Auction Tuesday. Receipts, 823; last wee, 751; last year, 1,030. Compared to last week feeder steers and heifers under 500 lbs sold steady to 2.00 higher, offering over 500 lbs sold 2.00-4.00 lower...
Sheryl Crow to perform Dec. 14 in Cape Girardeau (11/15/01)
Grammy-winning singer and songwriter and Kennett, Mo., native Sheryl Crow will return to Cape Girardeau for a concert Dec. 14. The show, titled "Sheryl Crow Unplugged," will be at Academic Auditorium. It will benefit the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast and the Kennett Area Higher Education Center...
Two men arrested in vehicle break-ins (11/15/01)
Police are investigating the possibility that two Sikeston, Mo., men accused of breaking into cars at two Cape Girardeau dealerships were involved in more than 60 other vehicle vandalisms and break-ins over the past two months. Donnie Ray Matheny Jr., 20, and James Terry Simmons, 19, both of Sikeston, were arrested Monday and remained Wednesday at the Cape Girardeau County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash-only bonds...
Winston cup standings (11/15/01)
NASCAR Driver Standings The 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup schedule (winners in parentheses) and driver point standings: Feb. 18 -- Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Michael Waltrip) Feb. 25 -- Dura Lube 400, Rockingham, N.C. (Steve Park)...
Crack Alley - Battling drugs on South Fountain Street (11/15/01)
Situated between Lorimier and Middle streets, a nondescript gravel driveway connecting William and Good Hope streets is a virtual drive-through buffet for anyone seeking illegal drugs. Police and some locals call it Crack Alley. Technically it's South Fountain Street and it draws people from all over the city and from all social strata. It boasts one house, the garden of which was once often used as a "smoking lounge" or a "shooting gallery," depending on one's drug of choice...
MoDOT plans to activate traffic signals at Dutchtown (11/15/01)
Temporary traffic signals at the intersection of Highways 74 and 25 at Dutchtown, Mo., in Cape Girardeau County will be activated at 1 p.m. today. The signals will operate during the construction of the Diversion Channel Bridge reconstruction at the intersection of Interstate 55 and Route AB...
Senior volunteers get honors (11/15/01)
Eloise Moore is a fixture in the first-grade classroom at Chaffee, Mo. At 92, Moore goes to school every day where she puts in more than five hours working with the students. Moore is in her 27th year as a volunteer in the Retired Senior Volunteering Program of Cape Girardeau and Scott counties...
Drury responds to appeal (11/15/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The city of Cape Girardeau and its supporters are arguing on emotion, not evidence, in claiming dire consequences should businessman Jim Drury ultimately prevail in the River Campus lawsuit, Drury's attorney says in legal documents submitted to the Missouri Supreme Court on Wednesday...
Attorneys - Collective bargaining suit should go forward (11/15/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A judge should reject Gov. Bob Holden's request to throw out a lawsuit challenging his executive order on collective bargaining, some business groups and lawmakers said. In a petition to be filed Thursday in Cole County Circuit Court, the individuals and groups suing Holden say their lawsuit should be allowed to move forward...
Superintendent says resources needed (11/15/01)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Urban education won't improve unless the state provides more resources to inner city districts, the superintendent of the Kansas City school district told state senators Wednesday night. Bernard Taylor said urban schools won't get better without greater state commitment to early childhood education and increased standards for teachers, along with measures to attract more qualified principals...
GOP urges Gov. Holden to free funds for state lab (11/15/01)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Some Republican senators are urging Gov. Bob Holden to release $25 million from the state's share of a national tobacco settlement to build a new health laboratory. Because of a tight budget, Holden has withheld millions of dollars in state appropriations, including the money budgeted for the laboratory...
Gas rates lowered (11/15/01)
The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- About 42,000 Utilicorp natural gas customers across Missouri will see lower rates this winter. The rate decreases for customers in three Utilicorp regions will take effect Monday. More than 29,000 customers will see average bills drop by $118.33; 10,500 customers will see a decline of $168.29...
8 aid workers freed (11/15/01)
WASHINGTON -- Eight foreign aid workers, including two Americans, held captive in Afghanistan for three months for preaching Christianity were airlifted to freedom Wednesday by U.S. military helicopters. The Taliban militia had agreed to release the aid workers but left them behind as they fled from northern alliance rebels, paving the way for their dramatic rescue, senior Bush administration officials said...
Retreat prompts change in U.S. plans (11/15/01)
WASHINGTON -- The commander of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, seeking to capitalize on sudden success, is preparing a new military plan for tracking down the leaders of the al-Qaida terrorist network and their Taliban supporters. American ground troops, now present in small numbers, still figure to play a role. ...
Hunt for bin Laden, Omar now focused on hide-outs, caves (11/15/01)
WASHINGTON -- The United States is pursuing Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, believed to be on the move in the shrinking but still difficult parts of Afghanistan that their forces control. Sharpening the focus on the war's primary targets, American special operations troops are questioning Taliban defectors and prisoners, dangling millions in reward money and hoping for a communications slip-up. ...
Immigration service to be restructured (11/15/01)
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General John Ashcroft announced a major restructuring of the Immigration and Naturalization Service on Wednesday and said it would help fight terrorism and speed up service. The plan seeks to separate the two often-conflicting INS missions of keeping out foreigners who violate U.S. law and helping legal immigrants and visitors, he said...
Sen. Bond backs payroll tax holiday (11/15/01)
WASHINGTON -- Many GOP lawmakers are focused on President Bush's tax cut priorities in the current debates over how to stimulate the economy, but Republican Sen. Kit Bond is backing a different proposal. Bond wants a temporary payroll tax holiday in December for workers and businesses. ...
Record increase in October sales (11/15/01)
WASHINGTON -- Consumers snapping up zero-interest car deals sent retail sales surging by a record amount in October, only a month after terrorist attacks had stopped the economy cold. Most analysts said the 7.1 percent jump did not shake their view that the economy had been pushed into recession by the Sept. 11 attacks, although some said the downturn is likely to be milder than first feared...
Coming meteor shower called century's best (11/15/01)
Brew some coffee. Unpack the lawn chairs. Astronomers predict this year's Leonids meteor display, expected to appear before dawn Sunday, will be a dazzler worth missing a little sleep. "It's now or never," said Robert Naeye of the Astronomy Society of the Pacific. "Astronomers don't think we'll see another storm like this one until the year 2099. We will probably never see a better meteor shower in our lifetimes."...
Cheney says killing bin Laden could trigger new terrorism (11/15/01)
WASHINGTON -- The death of Osama bin Laden could trigger new terrorist attacks, Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday. "The threat level is still pretty significant out there, especially if we come to the end of the road here for bin Laden in Afghanistan and we're successful in wrapping him up," Cheney said on CBS's "60 Minutes II."...
Another jet's turbulence possible explanation for crash (11/15/01)
NEW YORK -- Investigators raised the possibility Wednesday that turbulence from the wake of a 747 led to the crash of American Flight 587, saying the doomed plane took off less than the standard two minutes after the jumbo jet. "We do not know whether this contributed in any way to the actual accident, but we are looking at this very closely," said Marion Blakey, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board...
Bush, Putin tackle missile defense in private ranch talks (11/15/01)
CRAWFORD, Texas -- President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin rattled around Bush's Texas ranch in a pickup truck and feasted on mesquite-smoked beef Wednesday -- and pressed toward an understanding on U.S. plans to develop a missile defense system...
Longtime columnist turns writing into diary of his death (11/15/01)
DENVER -- Rocky Mountain News columnist Gene Amole, who has always loved the hubbub of the newsroom, is working from home these days, because that is where he has gone to die. But his readers know that already. Amole has turned his column into a diary of his death...
Airport baggage screeners to become federal workers (11/15/01)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- House and Senate negotiators tentatively agreed Thursday to put all airport baggage screeners on the federal payroll, clearing the way for passage as early as this week of a major aviation security bill...
Bishops acknowledge U.S. right to use force in terror fight (11/15/01)
AP Religion WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's Roman Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved a statement Thursday acknowledging the United States' right to use military force against international terrorism. They urged a new foreign policy that makes ending suffering a priority...
New claims for jobless benefits fall (11/15/01)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans filed fewer new claims for state unemployment insurance last week, but the number of laid-off workers drawing jobless benefits hit an 18-year high, reflecting the sour economy. The Labor Department reported Thursday that for the work week ending Nov. 11, new jobless claims fell by a seasonally adjusted 8,000 to 444,000...
Some al-Qaida, Taliban leaders killed, but not bin Laden (11/15/01)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. airstrikes on two buildings in Afghanistan killed some senior leaders of the Taliban militia and al-Qaida terrorist network, the Pentagon spokeswoman said Thursday. "One of our primary objectives over the last few days has been to go after command and control -- Taliban and al-Qaida leadership," said Victoria Clarke, spokeswoman for Defense Secretary Donald H. ...
2 killed after trains crash, burn northwest of Detroit (11/15/01)
SPRINGFELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Two people were killed and two others trapped in a fiery crash between two freight trains that resulted in a chemical leak, authorities said. The crash occurred at 6:15 a.m. in this community about 25 miles northwest of Detroit, said Sheriff's Sgt. Roy Coates. Authorities did not know what caused the crash...
Bush, Putin conclude three days of summit talks (11/15/01)
Associated Press WriterCRAWFORD, Texas (AP) -- President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin ended three days of summitry Thursday with warm praise for each other, but with no sign of a deal sought by the United States to pave the way for a national missile defense system...
White House, Hill leaders want talks on stimulus plan (11/15/01)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House joined congressional leaders Thursday in calling for bipartisan talks over their rival multibillion-dollar plans for reviving the stagnant economy. But there was a partisan clash over whether a final package should include new spending...
Grand jury subpoenas documents from Rep. Condit (11/15/01)
Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Gary Condit has received a grand jury subpoena for undisclosed documents related to the disappearance of federal intern Chandra Levy, his lawyer said Thursday. The disclosure is the first public indication in months that the investigation of Levy's May 1 disappearance remains active...
Letter carriers face new fears, uncertainty about anthrax (11/15/01)
EWING, N.J. -- When he makes his daily stop at Ewing Family Dentistry, letter carrier Brenton Domitrovic no longer hands the mail to the receptionist. He is not to drop it on the counter next to Judy Al-Hilaly's desk, either. She is worried about anthrax...
Stocks mixed, following downgraded outlook for U.S. economy (11/15/01)
AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- Confident of an economic turnaround in 2002, investors bid blue chips higher Thursday for the third straight session. But a scaled-down outlook for the U.S. economy limited the advance, and profit taking caused a dip in tech stocks...
People talk 11/15/01 (11/15/01)
Douglas duo appearing in first movie together Kirk Douglas and his son, Michael, plan to appear in their first movie together, a comedy called "Smack in the Puss" that is to begin filming in February. Michael Douglas' 23-year-old son Cameron, also is expected to appear in the movie, Variety reported Tuesday...
$1 million paid for rare Ming jar (11/15/01)
The Associate Press LONDON -- A jar bought in an antique shop for $145 sold Wednesday for more than $1 million after experts identified it as a 500-year-old Ming dynasty rarity. Sotheby's auction house had estimated the jar's worth at $390,000, but it reached a sale price of $1.09 million after a seven-minute bidding battle. The jar, found on the back shelf of a shop selling European ceramics, dates from the 1465-87 reign of emperor Chenghua...
U.S. warplanes zero in on pockets of Taliban resistance (11/15/01)
Associated Press WriterKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. warplanes zeroed in Thursday on one of the last pockets of Taliban resistance in northern Afghanistan, where Taliban fighters and followers of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network were apparently set to make a stand near the town of Kunduz...
Retreating Taliban losing cities across Afghanistan (11/15/01)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The rout of the Taliban accelerated Wednesday with the Islamic militia losing control of Jalalabad in the east, once-loyal Pashtun tribesmen joining in the revolt in the south and many of their fighters fleeing into the mountains to evade U.S. airstrikes...
Palestinian police arrest top Islamic Jihad activist (11/15/01)
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian police arrested a top Islamic Jihad activist in the West Bank town of Jenin on Wednesday, setting off a violent protest against Yasser Arafat's security force. The arrest came as Secretary of State Colin Powell scheduled a key Middle East policy speech for next week. An Israeli peace campaigner and a Palestinian spokeswoman said the United States no longer backs Israel's demand for seven days of complete calm before peace talks resume...
OPEC offers conditions for making cut in oil output (11/15/01)
VIENNA, Austria -- OPEC has agreed to reduce its daily production target for oil by 1.5 million barrels, or 6 percent, but only if non-OPEC producers share the burden by making a deep cut of their own, the cartel announced Wednesday. Delegates of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said they were asking oil producing countries outside the cartel to decrease output by 500,000 barrels, for a combined cut of 2 million barrels a day aimed at halting the recent slide in oil prices. ...
Lab in al-Qaida compound points to chemical weapons bid (11/15/01)
Associated Press WriterKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An abandoned compound in the heart of Kabul used by Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network appears to have been a makeshift laboratory, complete with foul-smelling liquids in dirty brown jars and scattered papers covered in chemical formulas...
SE QB to hit the hardwood (11/15/01)
Fresh off becoming the fifth-leading passer in Southeast Missouri State University football history, Bobby Brune will lend a helping hand to the Indians' depleted men's basketball team. After practicing with the Indians for the first time Wednesday, Brune was added to the squad as a walk-on. He will be in uniform -- and stand a good chance of getting into the game -- when Southeast opens the 2001-2002 season Friday night at home against Birmingham Southern...
Otahkians hoping for resurrection (11/15/01)
Southeast Missouri State University's volleyball team posted its lowest-ever Ohio Valley Conference regular-season finish this year. But entering the OVC Tournament that begins Friday in Martin, Tenn., Otahkian coach Cindy Gannon is not ruling out the possibility of her squad coming alive at just the right time...
Arnzen to retire (11/15/01)
Southeast Missouri State University's women's basketball media day Wednesday afternoon at the Show Me Center featured some added spice with something of a surprise announcement by Ed Arnzen. The Otahkians' highly successful veteran head coach said this will be his final season behind the bench as he is planning to retire, effective in June. Arnzen is entering his 19th season in charge of the Otahkians and he has been coaching for more than three decades overall...
Arnzen endorses assistant coach Eads (11/15/01)
Southeast Missouri State University women's basketball coach Ed Arnzen, who announced his retirement effective at the end of the upcoming season during the Otahkians' media day Wednesday afternoon, knows who he would like to see take his spot on the bench...
Former MVP Caminiti arrested on drug charges (11/15/01)
HOUSTON -- Former NL MVP Ken Caminiti was arrested Wednesday on drug possession charges after authorities said he was found in a Houston hotel room with crack cocaine. Early Wednesday afternoon, officers from a drug task force stopped a 2001 Mercedes registered to Caminiti. The vehicle was being driven by another individual...
Baseball antitrust legislation introduced (11/15/01)
By Ronald Blum ~ The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Legislation was introduced in Congress on Wednesday to allow lawsuits against baseball when teams fold or relocate, and lawyers for players and owners agreed the union's grievance to save two teams will be heard next month...
Jordan scores 31 in loss to Bucks (11/15/01)
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan scored 31 points and led the Washington Wizards back from a 20-point deficit, yet the Milwaukee Bucks held on for a 107-98 victory Wednesday night. Sam Cassell scored 20 of his 27 points in the first half, and Ray Allen scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half as the Bucks sent the Wizards to their fifth straight loss...
Piniella and Bowa voted managers of the year (11/15/01)
NEW YORK -- Lou Piniella looked at Larry Bowa a year ago and saw a lot of himself in his third-base coach at Seattle. It turned out he was right -- both wound up with Manager of the Year awards Wednesday. Piniella won the American League honor for the second time for leading the Mariners to a record-setting season, and Bowa won the National League award for keeping the surprising Philadelphia Phillies in playoff contention until the final three days of the season...
National League Cy Young vote should have been closer (11/15/01)
Some of us actually worried they'd split enough ballots to cancel each other out. What a waste of time that turned out to be. Randy Johnson mowed down Arizona Diamondbacks teammate Curt Schilling in voting for the National League Cy Young Award announced Tuesday. The Big Unit received 30 of 32 first-place votes...
Brady to start over Bledsoe vs. Rams (11/15/01)
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Tom Brady will start again at quarterback for New England Sunday even though Drew Bledsoe's doctors say he is healthy and itching to play. Brady is 5-2 as a starter since taking over after Bledsoe was sidelined by a hit from New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis on Sept. 23 that ruptured a blood vessel in Bledsoe's chest. The Patriots were 0-2 with Bledsoe starting...
Gilbert, Rush have their way as Tigers ground Air Force (11/15/01)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Clarence Gilbert scored 20 points and Kareem Rush had 19 as No. 8 Missouri beat Air Force 86-58 Wednesday night in the second round of the Guardians Classic. Gilbert, the lone senior on the team, shot 8-for-13 and added four steals. Rush, a preseason All-American, was 6-for-12 and made three 3-pointers...
Martz cuts back Warner's snaps (11/15/01)
ST. LOUIS -- While not complaining of arm soreness, St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner will take fewer snaps in practice the rest of the season to spare the NFL's passing yardage leader any fatigue from excessive throwing, coach Mike Martz said Wednesday...
Rams keep running full throttle (11/15/01)
ST. LOUIS -- His skills unquestioned as the NFL's reigning MVP, Marshall Faulk isn't running from taking second-year backup Trung Canidate under his wing. "I try to enlighten him," Faulk said. "I try to teach him patience and letting your line work with you. Speed isn't what the game is all about. It helps you once you make your reads, but you've got to use more than just your speed...
Judge dismisses remaining charges in Olympic corruption case (11/15/01)
Associated Press Writer SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Less than three months before the games begin, a judge dismissed all remaining charges Thursday in the 2-year-old bribery scandal that tainted Salt Lake City's Winter Olympics. U.S. District Judge David Sam tossed out 10 fraud counts and a conspiracy charge that federal prosecutors had filed against Salt Lake City bid leaders Tom Welch and Dave Johnson...
Indians finish with win (11/15/01)
It was great to get a win in our final game last Saturday night. It was particularly gratifying to see the seniors who contributed so much to our program enjoy going out with a win. Bobby Brune had a good night throwing the football and was able to move past his dad, Greg, into fifth place on the all-time passing list at Southeast. That is something he will remember all his life. I know he was happy that his whole family was on hand to see his final game...
Sports digest 11/15/01 (11/15/01)
Lisa Millham signs with Central Missouri State Notre Dame senior guard Lisa Millham signed a letter of intent Wednesday -- the first day of the early signing period -- to play basketball at Central Missouri State University, an NCAA Division II school in Warrensburg, Mo...
How much do I need to retire on? (11/15/01)
Part 2 of a 3-part series The first article to this series offered a tried and true methodology for figuring out how much more you need to retire on and how to fund for it. The methodology came down to this: (1) Estimate retirement income needs;...
Alvie - Dog with the big heart (11/15/01)
Nov. 15, 2001 Dear Pat, Mornings, our dogs Hank and Lucy climb the back stairs quickly and leap on our bed like pirates with plunder on their minds. Too many seconds later, the tiny beagle we found a few weeks ago sleepily peeks through the bedroom door. Alvie has neither the stature nor the energy for jumping onto beds. Slowly he climbs into the clean clothes in the laundry basket usually sitting in the hall...
Jim Pearl auto dealership sold (11/15/01)
Business Today CARBONDALE , Ill -- After almost 50 years in business, Jim Pearl Inc. in Carbondale became Auffenberg of Carbondale on Oct. 27. Auffenberg has headquarters in St. Louis. It brings the number of Auffenberg dealerships to eight, all in Missouri and Illinois. Among them are dealerships in Cape Girardeau and Herrin. Most of them carry General Motors products...
Scott City, Sikeston industrial buildings available (11/15/01)
Business Today The former Supervalu distribution facility in Scott City and the former OFMCO building in Sikeston have been listed with Lorimont Place Ltd., according to Tom Kelsey, broker with the Cape Girardeau-based commercial brokerage firm. The 260,040-square-foot Supervalu warehouse/office building is being marketed for sale or lease. ...
Ambulatory Infusion Center moves (11/15/01)
POPLAR BLUFF -- The Three Rivers Healthcare Ambulatory Infusion Center has moved to the Same Day Surgery Department at the south hospital at 621 West Pine St. The center provides outpatient infusion and injection services seven days a week to patients who need nurse-administered medication but are not ill enough for hospitalization or to qualify for home health services...
United Way donations rolling in (11/15/01)
Business Today With the 48th annual Area Wide United Way campaign underway, more than $250,000 of the $875,000 goal has been committed in pledges, which represents more than 30 percent of the goal. Many employee groups are in the midst of planning or running their campaign drive, and those that have completed their campaign are showing increases in overall and per capita giving, said Nancy Jernigan, executive director of the Area Wide United Way...
Emerson Electric streamlines operation (11/15/01)
Jobs to be cut elsewhere By Jim Obert Business Today KENNETT -- Nearly 40 state and local dignitaries were recently entertained at an Appreciation Day at Emerson Electric Motors. The event was to show gratitude for their support in fostering the plant's ability to implement the Lean Manufacturing concept...
Year-end tax planning for 2001 (11/15/01)
Year-end tax planning is increasingly important to a number of taxpayers. Strategies once reserved for the super-wealthy have long passed. Good reasons exist for most middle and higher income taxpayers to investigate year-end tax options. This year, in addition to a growing list of "tried-and-true" year-end tax strategies, tax changes brought about by the historic Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 have added to the opportunities available...
Letter to the Editor (11/15/01)
More than half of Minnesota's state workers walked off the job Oct. 1, fulfilling a strike threat that has been looming for several months. The strike came one week after a broad coalition of Missouri associations, state workers and lawmakers filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Missouri Gov. Bob Holden's executive order dramatically advancing the unionization of 30,000 Missouri state employees...
I-55 Oak Ridge interchange opens (11/15/01)
Business Today OAK RIDGE --An Interstate 55 interchange two miles from this small Cape Girardeau County town opened in mid-October. The Missouri Department of Transportation opened the Oak Ridge interchange on Route E. The state-funded project cost more than $2.38 million. Construction work began last fall...
Job losses climbing at area plants (11/15/01)
During the past six months, total employment nationwide has fallen by 1.2 million, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Southeast Missouri has not escaped unharmed. On Sept. 29, 138 people lost their jobs when Paramount Head Wear of Marble Hill closed. Paramount is moving its production to China...
Try a cruise for a new kind of experience (11/15/01)
The morning sun crested over the edge of the Earth as I firmly grasped my steering wheel and started my car. The day was dawning on a new adventure as I drove to the Cape Girardeau Airport in anticipation of what lay ahead. My day started off with excitement for sure! "Oh by the way, your flight has been canceled," the gate agent advised. I looked at my watch, two hours to my connecting flight into San Francisco "Great!" I mumbled under my breath...
New tax act demands scrutiny of wills (11/15/01)
The Tax Relief Act, while easing and eventually, perhaps, eliminating estate taxes, requires a careful scrutiny of your wills and other estate planning documents. One of the big challenges for estate planning documents in the wake of the new act involves the gradual increase in the exemption amount for estate taxes. While this is good news for those subject to estate tax, it could cause unintended consequences if their wills are not written properly...
Riverboat company files for bankruptcy (11/15/01)
Business Today The American Queen, one of three paddlewheelers cruising the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, canceled its Nov. 16 scheduled stop in Cape Girardeau. American Classic Voyages, which operates the Queens and other cruise vessels, has filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in Wilmington, Del...
Federal Mogul moving to Mexico (11/15/01)
400 to lose jobs Business Today MALDEN -- A major Southeast Missouri employer is shutting down soon. Federal Mogul of Malden, which employs about 400 workers, announced to employees Nov. 1 that the company is completing a study on closing the plant. Sources say an announcement of the closing is expected by Dec. 1...
Three businesses open in Scott City (11/15/01)
Business Today SCOTT CITY -- Three new businesses have opened in Scott City Plaza -- Scott City Medical Clinic, Soups and Sweet's and Dewitt Insurance. The three businesses account for 6,600 square feet, said Tom Kelsey, a commercial real estate broker who handled much of the leasing...
Yoga Life Center presents different world (11/15/01)
By Joy Blackburn Special to Business Today POPLAR BLUFF -- When you walk through the door at the Yoga Life Center, you step into a different world. Soothing aromas drift through the air. The colors are calming and the lighting soft. Candles flicker gently. New age music plays faintly in the background. And slowly, the hustle and bustle of everyday life begins to fade away...
Peabody to build power plant, coal mine in Southern Illinois (11/15/01)
Peabody Energy Corp. will build a $2 billion combination coal mine and power plant in Washington County, which will create about 1,500 construction jobs and up to 500 permanent jobs in an area hit hard by the decline of the state's coal industry. The 1,500-megawatt "mine-mouth" plant will burn 6 million tons of Illinois coal annually, said Sen. Dave Luechtefeld, R-Okawville, on Oct. 16. Construction could begin within one year...
Cape's Dana plant, 4 others studied for 2002 closings (11/15/01)
Business Today Dana Corp.'s Spicer Axle Division plant in Cape Girardeau, a two-time winner of the Chamber of Commerce Industry of the Year award, is among five plants being gauged by the company for closures. The Toledo-based company announced Oct. 17 it will cut 11,000 jobs, or about 15 percent of its work force, through plant closings and consolidations. The announcement followed the company's third-quarter report that reflected a declining market for its auto parts manufacturing division...
Drury Inns now at 101 locations (11/15/01)
The new Drury Inn & Suites hotel located at Interstate 40 and Donelson Pike in Nashville, Tenn., has opened. The hotel is owned and developed by Drury Development Corp., and operated by Drury Inns Inc. The new 155-room hotel features an indoor/outdoor pool and whirlpool, exercise room and guest laundry facilities...
State wine Web site offers info (11/15/01)
Two new local wines debut Business Today The Missouri Department of Agriculture has unveiled a new Missouri wine Web site -- www.missouriwine.org -- that highlights the state's 36 wineries. Winemakers have been perfecting the art of growing grapes and making quality wine in Missouri for more than a century, and the new Web site will project that image to a wider audience, said Jim Anderson, coordinator of the department's Grape and Wine Program.. ...
Access US establishes Internet service in region (11/15/01)
Local dial-up numbers in 50 communities Business Today St. LOUIS -- Access US, a St. Louis-based Internet solutions providers, has announced it will provide local Internet service to 50 communities in Southeast Missouri. Access US recently upgraded to an all-digital, V-POP network that allows the Internet service provider to offer extensive coverage to communities in the region...
Saint Francis announces $48 million expansion (11/15/01)
Business Today Saint Francis Medical Center will soon begin a $48 million building expansion to accommodate the growth the medical center has seen in the past two years, said President and CEO Steven Bjelich. Bjelich revealed the plan Oct. 16 during the medical center's annual meeting...
OFM adds custom storage systems (11/15/01)
Focus is on residential uses By Jim Obert Business Today SIKESTON -- For the past several years Lee DeKriek, owner of Office Furniture Manufacturing, has been calling on businesses throughout Missouri and several neighboring states and helping with their office needs...
Normal parking resumes at Cape airport (11/15/01)
Business Today A federal rule change that allows Cape Girardeau Regional Airport to resume use of its parking lot will save visitors some walking and taxpayers some money. The rule that required unauthorized vehicles to park at least 300 feet from airport terminals was lifted in late October for small airports like Cape Girardeau's, airport manager Bruce Loy said. Large airports still must comply, he said...
Show Me Center will get storage space, patio plaza (11/15/01)
Business Today Director David Ross says the Show Me Center's storage areas have become like a crammed bedroom closet. That's why the center's board of managers has approved a $1.5 million plan that will create 5,600 square feet of storage space as well as a 3,000-square-foot outdoor patio plaza and 2,600 square feet of new office space for Southeast's men's and women's basketball coaches...
BioKyowa to cut 45 jobs (11/15/01)
Business Today BioKyowa Inc. will cease production of farm-grade amino acid lysine and food-grade nucleic acids by March, resulting in the loss of 45 workers. Kyowa Hakko Kogyo, the Japan-based parent company of BioKyowa, which is located on Nash Road, is taking a $100 million loss chiefly due to two expansions in the past two years -- one to increase production of lysine and the other to begin production of food supplements for human consumption...
Skilled care facility opens in Dexter (11/15/01)
Business Today DEXTER -- Cypress Point Health Care recently opened at 801 Bailiff Drive. Vintage Villa/Cypress Point administrator John Langley said Vintage Villa's parent company, Americare Systems Inc. of Sikeston, announced in November 1999 that a new facility would be built. Richard Montgomery of Sikeston is the owner...
Tech business unveils new Web site (11/15/01)
Business Today SCOTT CITY -- Technology and Networking of Scott City recently unveiled its new and improved Web site. "The content of our site has been expanded to provide detailed information on the customer relations solutions we provide," said Jason Eftink, co-owner and chief executive officer. "We've added more product descriptions and demos as well as outlined the strategies we use to provide timely and successful implementations."...
Bankruptcies for November 2001 (11/15/01)
Bankruptcies filed through Nov. 10 for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeastern Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscott, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
The By Referral Only program (11/15/01)
Earlier this year my husband, Ross, and I took the time and opportunity to further our education. We traveled to Chicago to a three-day seminar where we discovered a truly unique group of people in our industry. We have since traveled to Nashville for a follow-up one-day round table meeting to plot our 2002 business plan and have four more trips scheduled over the next 12 months in conjunction with this group...
Strip malls popping up all over (11/15/01)
Business Today Get out your wallets, because there are more than 45,000 shopping centers in the United States -- and 95 percent are strip malls. In this area, the newest strip malls are on North Sprigg Street in Cape Girardeau, and in front of the Wal-Mart Supercenter, along Highway 61 in Jackson...
Opinion - 28,000 Minnesota state employees prepare to strike (11/15/01)
It could happen in Missouri By Karen Buschmann communications director Missouri Chamber of Commerce JEFFERSON CITY -- Minnesota state workers walked off the job on Oct. 1, fulfilling a strike threat that has been looming for several weeks. Nearly 28,000 union members -- more than half of the state work force -- are eligible to join the strike...
Business briefs for November 2001 (11/15/01)
Southeast Missouri Advance First Commercial Bank of Southeast Missouri has opened a branch bank here. Cape Girardeau House Doctors, a home-repair business, has opened at 2711 Thomas Drive. The owner is Rick Hetzel. The Rose of Broadway has opened at 707 Broadway. The French/American restaurant is owned by Geri Graves...
Southeast Missouri recognitions (11/15/01)
Thomas M. Meyer of Thomas L. Meyer Realty Co. in Cape Girardeau, recently returned from the annual Missouri Realtors Association Convention held at Branson. Meyer is a state director and is actively involved in state association business and industry concerns. ...
Cape Girardeau County tax liens (11/15/01)
Cape Girardeau County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Janet Robert, Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds, during the month of October are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue except as indicated by IRS designation. For information concerning the dollar amount of the liens, contact the recorder's office at 243-8123.Tax Liens Against:...
Business licenses for November 2001 (11/15/01)
Cape Girardeau County Business Licenses (all located in Cape Girardeau unless otherwise noted) Sherri's BBQ; 20768 County Road 310; Advance Xtreme Electronics; 626 Woodbine Offices Unlimited; 2129 William D&B Detailing; Millersville...
Economics of the terrorist attacks (11/15/01)
Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, comparisons are being made to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, which include some economic and financial parallels. But it's difficult to make such comparisons because over time our economy has become much more complex and much more globally interdependent...
People news for November 2001 (11/15/01)
Southeast Missouri Debbie Taylor has been named program manager for Southeast Hospital's new Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. Terry Robison has been named vice president and mortgage loan originator at Union Planters Bank in Jackson. Thomas Kearns is the newest member of the board of directors of the Bonne Terre branch of First State Community Bank...
Robert Allen (11/15/01)
A memorial service for Robert Howard Allen of Cape Girardeau will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home. The Rev. Jim Hogue will officiate. There is no visitation. Allen, 80, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, at Southeast Missouri Hospital...
Georgia Bittle (11/15/01)
ALTO PASS, Ill. -- Funeral for Georgia Bittle of Alto Pass will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Congregational Church. The Rev. Gilbert Gee will officiate. Friends may call at the church from 1 p.m. until time of service. Lutz and Rendleman Funeral Home in Alto Pass is in charge of arrangements...
Gene Hovis (11/15/01)
ZALMA, Mo. -- Gene L. Hovis, 62, of Zalma died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001, at the family home. Born Sept. 16, 1939, at Hiram, Mo., he was the son of Delmar Paul and Amy Jaco Hovis. On Aug. 14, 1999, he was married to Virginia Kirkpatrick. Hovis attended the Lutesville General Baptist Church...