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Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda (01/07/02)
7:30 p.m. Monday City Hall Public Hearingsn Hearing to consider revisions to the Land Subdivision Regulations of Jackson, Mo. Action Items Power and Light Committee Consider a motion approving the appointment of Alderwoman Val Tuschhoff to serve as city representative on the Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda (01/07/02)
Monday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. City Hall, 401 Independence Study session at 5 p.m. Appearances Appearance before the council on items listed on the agenda. Appearances before the council on items not listed on the agenda.Public hearings Consent ordinances...
Jackson to award contract to study traffic (01/07/02)
Southeast Missourian JACKSON, Mo. -- The city of Jackson is expected to award a $100,000 contract tonight to a St. Louis firm that will study traffic patterns in Jackson and recommend solutions to some of the problems that plague motorists in the fast-growing city...
Work on veterans cemetery starts in February (01/07/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Veterans Commission expects to name a contractor for the new state veterans cemetery at Bloomfield in early February with construction to begin later that month. Ron Taylor, the commission's superintendent of services and cemeteries, said on Friday that proposals for the Bloomfield project, and another at Jacksonville in northeast Missouri, are already being solicited. The cemeteries are expected to cost between $5.5 million and $6 million apiece...
Legion Post 63 kicks off fund drive for new facility (01/07/02)
The local American Legion wants to be more down to earth. Or at least in a building without stairs. The Cape Girardeau post, Louis K. Juden Post 63, has announced the kickoff of a $200,000 fund-raising campaign for a new one-story building. "We need the new building," said Melvin Amelunke, commander of the post. "Our current meeting site is upstairs, and some veterans have problems negotiating the stairs."...
Committee compiles school names (01/07/02)
Parents choosing a name for their unborn child often flip through the pages of a book of baby names. But an 11-member committee appointed by the Cape Girardeau Board of Education has no such book to name schools. Instead, the committee relied on input from the community to form its list, which will be compiled and reviewed during a meeting Tuesday at the district's administration office. Deadline for suggestions was Friday...
Phelps County pastor faces charges of abusing boy, 16 (01/07/02)
ST. LOUIS -- A Phelps County pastor whose school for troubled boys was raided by authorities last year prepared to face charges this week of abusing a 16-year-old resident. The Rev. Joseph Intagliata oversees the Hope Baptist Church and Boarding School, which he opened three years ago in abandoned religious compound in St. James, about 90 miles southwest of St. Louis...
Jasper County deputy dies in scuba accident (01/07/02)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Jasper County authorities were investigating a scuba diving accident that resulted in the death of a sheriff's deputy. Sgt. Scott Arner, a member of the department's dive team, had been diving with others Friday in an area northwest of Joplin, authorities said...
Bills cover beer at the movies to cutting grass along roads (01/07/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- For sure, lawmakers will have plenty of weighty issues to tackle during their annual session that starts Wednesday -- the budget, security, transportation, education, economic development, to name a few. Then, too, there are those less talked-about bills...
Frustrated parents want action in unsolved killings (01/07/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kathi Phillips hoped that after Saturday's town hall meeting, she would know something about who killed her son. She left unsatisfied and more frustrated than before. "I got all the wrong answers," said Phillips, whose son Frederick, 24, was killed in December. "They're telling me that witnesses might not come forward, like my son doesn't matter. They're saying the ones who could come forward are too scared."...
Officials warn of more cuts in next state budget (01/07/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Tight budget alerts have been coming from Missouri's Capitol on a seemingly daily basis. Yet just how dire are the state's finances? From the perspective of budget writers, it's as if the present fiscal year simply never existed...
Missouri state auditor announces plan to seek second term (01/07/02)
Associated Press WriterST. LOUIS (AP) -- State Auditor Claire McCaskill made it official Monday: She will seek re-election to a second term. McCaskill, 48, a Democrat, was first elected in 1998, beating Republican Chuck Pierce 50 percent to 46 percent. She perviously served as prosecutor in Jackson County and as a state representative...
Vitamin A aids growth in kids with HIV (01/07/02)
CHICAGO -- Vitamin A supplements could help improve growth in children in developing countries with HIV, malaria and persistent diarrhea, a study in Tanzania found. Delayed growth and vitamin A deficiency in infants and young children are major public health problems in developing countries, where infectious diseases like AIDS and malaria also are common...
Pilot who crashed small plane left note supporting bin Laden (01/07/02)
TAMPA, Fla. -- The 15-year-old who crashed a small plane into a skyscraper wrote a note expressing sympathy for Osama bin Laden and support for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, police said Sunday. The short, handwritten suicide note found in Charles Bishop's pocket said he acted alone, Tampa Police Chief Bennie Holder said, adding that the high school freshman had few friends and no apparent terrorist ties...
Free software unveils Arab world view (01/07/02)
NEW YORK -- To get an Arab's view of U.S. foreign policy, look no further than the Web site of Al-Jazeera, the popular Qatari satellite TV station whose site is peppered with photos of slain Afghan and Palestinian children. But unless you read Arabic, a language which employs its own alphabet, there's no way to read the text...
College said costly for low-income students (01/07/02)
A new study being released today on the skyrocketing cost of higher education says only five states have four-year public colleges that low-income students can afford without financial aid. In a third of all states, low-income students need loans even to attend some two-year community colleges, the study found...
Election-year economy debate begins (01/07/02)
WASHINGTON -- Democrats and Republicans pointed fingers at each other Sunday in a debate over the economy, in what amounted to a game plan for each side's election-year strategy. Democrats blamed last year's tax cut for vanishing budget surpluses, while Republicans said anyone who criticizes a tax cut must want to raise taxes instead...
Troops ready Cuba base for prisoners (01/07/02)
WASHINGTON -- About 1,500 soldiers are heading to the U.S. Navy base in Cuba to prepare for the arrival of al-Qaida and Taliban prisoners. The biggest prize -- Osama bin Laden -- remains uncaptured, though there's a growing belief he's gone to Pakistan, two U.S. senators said Sunday...
Software often needs human help to decipher meanings (01/07/02)
NEW YORK -- With results like "The Israeli flight profanes the Lebanese atmospheres," the Arabic-to-English Web site translator created by Egyptian maker Sakhr Software leaves plenty to the imagination. But experts say so-called machine translations -- even done by software with years on the market -- are rarely very accurate...
Nation digest 1/7 (01/07/02)
Italian premier names himself foreign minister ROME -- Premier Silvio Berlusconi named himself interim foreign minister Sunday and proclaimed himself pro-European amid concerns that Italy would grow more isolated following the resignation of its respected foreign envoy...
People talk 1/7/02 (01/07/02)
Fashion great expected to announce retirement PARIS -- French fashion great Yves Saint Laurent, whose name has been synonymous with haute couture for decades, is expected to announce his retirement today, newspaper reports said. Saint Laurent, 65, called a news conference for today. The daily newspaper Le Monde and the weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche said he will announce the end of his 44-year career as a fashion designer...
Xboxes drawing complaints (01/07/02)
SEATTLE -- Hundreds of people who bought Micro-soft's hot new Xbox game console over the holidays received defective systems, and some say they waited for weeks before the devices were fixed. Analysts said the number of flawed consoles is probably too small to spell serious production troubles, but said long repair times wouldn't help the software giant in its first major foray into hardware...
Supreme Court rejects appeal from Terry Nichols (01/07/02)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court dealt another loss to Terry Nichols, refusing Monday to block a trial that could bring him the death penalty for the Oklahoma City bombing. Nichols has already been convicted on federal charges for his role in the 1995 bombing that killed 168 people. At issue now is the state's effort to try him on more charges...
Convictions thrown out in New York's Crown Heighs slaying (01/07/02)
NEW YORK (AP) -- The convictions of two men in the 1991 fatal stabbing of a Jewish rabbinical student were tossed out Monday by a federal appeals court that found efforts to create a racially balanced jury were flawed. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the trial judge made special efforts that were unconstitutional in an attempt to secure an unbiased jury for the prosecution of Lemrick Nelson Jr. and Charles Price, two black men accused in the racially charged case...
Stocks fall despite bullish Compaq forecast (01/07/02)
AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- A stronger-than-expected forecast from Compaq Computer failed to incite buying on Wall Street Monday as investors, playing it cautious, decided to collect some of their profits from last week's rally. The market drifted lower in quiet selling that analysts said wasn't surprising given stocks' recent gains. ...
Bush pledges to renew fight for stimulus plan (01/07/02)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush said Monday he will renew his request for an economic stimulus plan and urged Congress to set aside "partisan bickering" to pass it. "We've made good progress in the war in Afghanistan and we have got to make good progress in helping people find work," Bush said at the opening of a meeting with his economic advisers and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan...
Women in war going to front of the action (01/07/02)
ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT -- Keeping an eye on incoming fighter jets, Aviation Boatswain's Mate Gail Giberson hauls steel chains and wheel chocks across the flight deck to tie down planes as they return from missions over Afghanistan. It's tough work for the 5-foot-2-inch 20-year-old, but not unusual in today's U.S. Navy, where women have jobs on combat ships that were once the preserve of men...
Karzai to kids - 'I will feed you' (01/07/02)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- There was a podium, but Afghanistan's prime minister ignored it. He chose a chair instead, and pulled it close to an audience of children huddled in rags. "Do you eat meat?" Hamid Karzai asked Sunday. "No!" the shivering orphans cried. "We only eat rice with sauce."...
Prime minister - Search for Omar will keep going (01/07/02)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan's interim leader promised Sunday that fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar will be tracked down, even as reports said the one-eyed cleric may have eluded capture and fled to another province. Meanwhile, American officials said the highest-ranking Taliban official in U.S. custody -- former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan Abdul Salam Zaeef -- has been moved to an American warship...
Troops to starve out seven al-Qaida hiding at hospital (01/07/02)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Anti-Taliban troops said Sunday they plan to starve out seven armed al-Qaida members who have been holed up in an Afghan hospital for a month. Troops have cornered the al-Qaida members in the Mir Wais hospital in Kandahar. They expect the standoff to end within a week...
Argentina sharply devalues peso (01/07/02)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina's economy minister announced a sharp devaluation of the peso Sunday, overriding foreign investors' concerns and ending a decade-long policy pegging the currency one-to-one with the U.S. dollar. Outlining what many expect will be a tricky dual exchange rate, Jorge Remes Lenicov said 1.4 pesos would now buy $1 for import, export and other capital transactions, while individual Argentines would have to buy hard currency on the open market...
Blair arrives in Afghanistan for brief visit (01/07/02)
Associated Press WriterBAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AP) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair visited Afghanistan early Tuesday to show a commitment to the reconstruction of a nation after a war he enthusiastically supported. Blair and his wife, Cherie, arrived on a military flight from Pakistan to meet with Prime Minister Hamid Karzai and British troops at Bagram airport outside Kabul, the capital...
Blair calls military campaign successful (01/07/02)
Associated Press WriterKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. warplanes renewed strikes against suspected terrorist hide-outs in eastern Afghanistan, and British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday that the war against the Taliban and al-Qaida had largely succeeded...
Indians look to regroup (01/07/02)
Southeast Missouri State University's mission as it begins a three-game Ohio Valley Conference homestand tonight is to try and pick itself up off the ground after Saturday's discouraging loss at Eastern Illinois in the Indians' OVC opener. The Indians (2-10 overall, 0-1 OVC) led heavily favored Eastern Illinois by 18 points with under 10 minutes to play but saw the Panthers rally for a stunning 84-74 victory...
Sports digest 1/7/02 (01/07/02)
SEMO gymnastics team loses opener GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Southeast Missouri State University's gymnastics team began its 2002 season Friday night by finishing last in a triangular meet hosted by national power Florida. Florida, ranked seventh in the nation, won easily with a score of 194.175, followed by Central Michigan (189.375) and Southeast (187.150)...
Garcia wins Mercedes in playoff (01/07/02)
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- The grandiose goals that Sergio Garcia set for himself made it clear he thought he was capable of toppling Tiger Woods. The young Spaniard certainly came out swinging. Garcia made a pair of 10-foot birdie putts on the 18th hole Sunday, the first one to get into a playoff with PGA champion David Toms and the second one to win the Mercedes Championships in the first PGA Tour event of the year...
Florida State stuns top-ranked Duke (01/07/02)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- That Florida State was the first team to beat Duke this season was a big surprise. That the top-ranked Blue Devils did themselves in with poor free throw shooting was a shock. Monte Cummings scored with 7.4 seconds left as the Seminoles rallied from a four-point deficit in the final minute to beat Duke 77-76 Sunday, snapping the defending national champion's 22-game winning streak and leaving Division I without an unbeaten team...
Rams finish season in style (01/07/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Marshall Faulk saw a potential disadvantage to becoming the first player in NFL history with four straight 2,000-yard seasons: The man he passed might not be pleased. Faulk had 226 yards rushing and receiving Sunday, helping the St. Louis Rams lock up home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs with a 31-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons...
MU All-American having his problems this season (01/07/02)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Last season, Kareem Rush toyed with defenses, flicking in 3-pointers or driving the lane seemingly at will. This season, nothing much is going right for Missouri's preseason All-American. Rush was 3-for-13 and scored eight points in Saturday's 60-53 Big 12-opening victory over Nebraska and seems to be having a crisis of confidence...
Mid-major squads continue to excel (01/07/02)
INDIANAPOLIS -- When Ball State beat Kansas and Hampton won at North Carolina this season, their victories were called "upsets." It might be time to rethink that term. Suddenly, more and more mid-major programs are having a big impact on college basketball. Take Butler, for example. Its recent win against Ball State helped put the team in the Top 25 for the first time in 53 years...
Rams' high-powered offense sets records (01/07/02)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams' offense finished off another prolific season on Sunday. The Rams (14-2) became the first team in NFL history to score 500 points in a season three consecutive years, ending up with 503. St. Louis had 540 points last year and 526 in 1999...
Patriots capture AFC East (01/07/02)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The New England Patriots clinched the AFC East on Sunday, beating Carolina 38-6 and giving the Carolina Panthers an ignominious spot in NFL history as the first team to lose 15 straight games in the same season. It was New England's first division title since 1997. And because of Oakland's loss, the Patriots earn a first-round bye...
'Facts of Life' star tries 'The Division' (01/07/02)
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The prop list on the day's call sheet for "The Division" reads "All cast: guns; badges; cell phones; coffee." Yes, it's a cop show -- but with a difference. The first five actors listed on that call sheet are all women: Bonnie Bedelia, Nancy McKeon, Tracey Needham, Lisa Vidal and Taraji Henson...
Hollywood producer's lot is hard one in 'Hello, He Lied' (01/07/02)
LOS ANGELES -- Take the telephone firmly in hand and dial the first of some 60 calls. Take a half-dozen meetings, often at chic restaurants where the point is the deal, not the meal. Be rejected countless times. This is the life of a Hollywood producer as jauntily outlined in "Hello, He Lied," an American Movie Classics special loosely based on producer Lynda Obst's 1996 best-selling memoir...
Amassing autos - Automakers spend big on shows (01/07/02)
DETROIT Lean times may be causing carmakers to cut costs, reduce staff and reconsider plans for new products, but the checkbook's open for their displays at the auto shows. The season's first show, in Los Angeles, is under way and media preview days began Sunday for the biggest, the North American International Auto Show. As the displays indicate, austerity still takes a back seat when the issue is catching public attention...
Interest rate jumps when credit account is closed (01/07/02)
NEW YORK The U.S. economy is in recession, and new layoff announcements seem to come daily. The stock market has fallen two years in a row, and interest rates are at historic lows. Meanwhile, people are still jittery from the Sept. 11 terror attacks...
Airlines' offers clues to economic recovery (01/07/02)
NEW YORK -- Travel spending is often first to be cut from a family or corporate budget when the economy is hobbled, and the last to be restored when business is on the mend. As a result, economists have watched for rebounds in the airline industry as one way to detect when a fledgling economic turnaround firmly takes root. ...
Business personnel 01/07/02 (01/07/02)
WIB office hires data entry assistant Cindy Biggs has joined the Workforce Investment Board office, 760 S. Kingshighway at Cape Girar-deau, as a data entry assistant. Biggs, a graduate of Jackson High School, started as a part-time employee with WIB in August and was recently elevated to full-time status, working with David Davis and Wanda Dillon. ...
Business memo 01/06/03 (01/07/02)
Five Bill's Dollar Stores in Missouri close Bill's Dollar Stores at Marble Hill, Hayti, Portageville, Campbell and Seneca have closed operations. Louis DeCarlo, vice president of the Columbia, Miss., group which operates discount stores in 13 southeastern states, said the Missouri stores were the northernmost locations...
Bill Williams (01/07/02)
Bill H. Williams, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Survivors include his wife, Anita. Friends may call at 11 a.m. Tuesday until time of service at Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel. The funeral will be 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery...
Vera Wagner (01/07/02)
Mrs. Vera Seabaugh Wagner passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 20, 1913, the oldest daughter of Loy and Ester Morton Seabaugh. She was a graduate of Jackson High School and earned a B.S. in education from Southeast Missouri State University in 1940. She taught English and art in Jackson and Jefferson City, Mo...
Melvin Williams (01/07/02)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Melvin "Churn" Williams, 79, of Bloomfield, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002. He was born Sept. 16, 1922, son of Frank and Leecy Bolin Williams. He and Deane Clark were married July 4, 1942. She survives. Williams had lived in Bloomfield all his life, graduating from Bloomfield High School in 1942. He owned a business for several years and served as juvenile officer for 16 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Bloomfield...
Arthur Knott (01/07/02)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A private funeral for Arthur "Bud" W. Knott, 75, of Perryville, was held Saturday at Young and Sons Chapel. Burial was in Yount Community Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Williams officiated. Knott died Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, at Perry County Nursing Home...
Dellia Baker (01/07/02)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Dellia L. Baker, 85, formerly of Grand Rapids, Mich., died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, at her home in Bertrand, Mo. She was born Sept. 19, 1916, at Leonard, Ark., daughter of William E. and Jannie King Guthrie. She and John William Baker were married Sept. 21, 1935. He died Oct. 6, 2000...
Barry Scott (01/07/02)
PUXICO, Mo. -- Barry Scott, 60, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, at Three Rivers Healthcare Center North Campus in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was born July 9, 1941, at Poplar Bluff, son of Alvin and Mildred Smith Scott. He and Virginia Henderson were married Jan. 23, 1965, at Puxico...
Cape police report 1/7 (01/07/02)
Cape Girardeau Monday, Jan. 7 AssaultA domestic assault was reported Sunday. Property damageThe city of Cape Girardeau reported damage to grass at Cherokee Park Sunday. Damage to grass was reported Sunday at 2352 Belleridge Pike. TheftNumerous items were reported stolen Sunday at 27 N. Ellis...
Cape fire report 1/7 (01/07/02)
Cape Girardeau Monday, Jan. 7 Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:At 9:16 p.m., emergency services at 205 S. Middle. At 9:51 p.m., alarm sounding at 325 N. Sprigg St. Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:At 5 a.m., box alarm at 515 Themis St...
Out of the past 1/7/02 (01/07/02)
10 years ago: Jan. 7, 1992 Southeast Missouri State University officials expect little change in enrollment this year as compared with number of students enrolled last year; last spring, there were 8,109 students enrolled, with full-time equivalent enrollment totaling 6,593...
Obesity is causing too many health problems (01/07/02)
Recent studies reveal some alarming findings about the condition of Missourians' health: The Missouri Department of Health found that more than one-third of the state's population is overweight or obese, and the $1 billion spent annually for hospitalization resulting from cardiovascular disease is a result of Missourians carrying too much weight...
Sikeston area can be proud of UW campaign (01/07/02)
With the way 2001 ended up, residents of Sikeston, Mo., and the surrounding area should feel extra proud about surpassing United Way of Sikeston's $76,000 goal last year. A lot of communities didn't, largely because of the uncertainties cast upon Americans after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the war in Afghanistan...
Speak Out A 1/07/02 (01/07/02)
Aroma or stench? IT SEEMS like only yesterday that the pages of Speak Out were full of complaints about local citizens burning leaves. Complaints of acrid smoke, pollution and nausea abounded. Now, although the air is filled with the smoke of firewood from the stoves and fireplaces around town, no one seems to be complaining. Isn't it amazing that smoke from burning leaves is a stench, but smoke from firewood is an aroma?...
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