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Stories from Friday, March 15, 2002

Guilty plea for horse neglect clears way to adopt (03/15/02)
JACKSON, Mo. -- A Jackson man's guilty plea to animal neglect, followed by speedy sentencing, cleared the path Thursday for the adoption of his three surviving horses. In his first appearance in court, David Kinder, 55, of 1305 Farmington Road, admitted that he failed to provide adequate food and water for his horses over the winter...
Students at Scott City to record war stories (03/15/02)
Starting next week, students at Scott City Middle School will get a new kind of history lesson -- a living one. Students in sixth through eighth grade will videotape local military veterans as they share their stories of war and then use the tapes for research projects and on special days, like history day...
Student Council leadership conference begins at Central (03/15/02)
A three-day leadership conference kicked off Thursday night like a bucking bronco as students from all over the state were treated to Southeast Missouri hospitality. "A Leadership Thang with a Southeast Twang," is the slogan adopted by Cape Central, the host of the Missouri Association of Student Councils. It's the first time in 10 years that Central has been the host of the conference...
Union, corrections unit reach agreement (03/15/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Union negotiators and the state Corrections Department reached an agreement Thursday that includes the payment of $7.7 million in long-overdue overtime. The agreement, which still needs ratification by union members, comes as the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is facing an April vote on whether to decertify its representation...
Bill would let schools levy income taxes (03/15/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- School districts could ask voters to enact local income taxes under a proposal given initial approval Thursday by the House. Public schools traditionally have been financed by local property taxes and state funds. Proponents of the House bill said it would let schools collect more tax money without increasing property taxes, which some residents already believe are too high...
House GOP gets to debate education plan (03/15/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- What began as a House debate on whether to expand horse-race betting turned into a platform Thursday for a Republican education plan. House Republicans have complained for weeks that the chamber's Democratic leadership was blocking debate on the GOP proposal...
Unemployment windfall will keep Missouri fund afloat -- for now (03/15/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A federal economic stimulus bill will result in a $161 million windfall for Missouri's unemployment trust fund -- enough to keep it from going broke before the end of this year. Even so, the state fund that pays unemployment benefits is expected to become insolvent sometime in 2003, said Gracia Backer, director of the state Employment Security Division...
State's airports to get $25.8 million in grants (03/15/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta has announced $25.8 million in federal grants for improvements at Missouri airports. Springfield-Branson Regional Airport will get the largest grant, $6 million, Mineta told reporters at Kansas City International Airport...
Substitute faces assault charges (03/15/02)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- A Warrensburg man is accused of assaulting students while substitute teaching at a middle school. Timothy Neal Thomure, 46, was charged March 8 in Johnson County with seven counts of felony assault on school property and one count of armed criminal action. He's free on a $50,000 bond...
Workers comp claim filed in mayor's death (03/15/02)
PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. -- The widow of the mayor of this coal-mining town has filed a workers compensation claim against it, charging that job-related stress drove her husband to suicide. Lois Heisner said Thursday her late husband was "on top of the world" when Gov. George Ryan visited here in June to sign a package of incentives for the state's coal industry...
Sikeston library schedules book sale (03/15/02)
Standard Democrat SIKESTON, Mo. -- This year's Sikeston Public Library book sale is set for 5 to 8 p.m. April 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 6 and 1 to 3 p.m. April 7. Library director Sue Tangeman said people have caught onto the fact that the books don't last long at sale prices and turn out in droves...
Tip to Bluff police leads to five arrests (03/15/02)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- An anonymous call to the Poplar Bluff Police Department led to the arrest of five people and the seizure of what authorities describe as a "substantial quantity" of suspected methamphetamine. Police detective Kevin Elledge said the call Wednesday indicated a black Durango was at a house on Abbott Street and that it had a large quantity of methamphetamine. The police department's narcotics division set up a surveillance at the residence...
Foggy road conditions result in deadly pileup (03/15/02)
RINGGOLD, Ga. -- About 125 vehicles piled up in a foggy chain-reaction crash that killed four people and left a half-mile trail of mangled cars and trucks on a highway in northwest Georgia Thursday. The accident, about five miles south of the Tennessee line on Interstate 75, shut down the highway in both directions and caused 39 injuries, 15 of which were described as serious...
Higher education board faces deep budget cuts (03/15/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Nearly every state agency is feeling pain as lawmakers continue searching for ways to cut the budget. However, the governing body of the Department of Higher Education looks to feel the hurt more than most. As the situation stands, the Coordinating Board for Higher Education will see its fiscal year 2003 budget drop by nearly one third from what the General Assembly appropriated for this fiscal year, which ends June 30...
Circuit judge files for re-election (03/15/02)
Southeast Missourian Circuit Judge William Syler has filed for re-election in the 32nd Judicial Circuit of Cape Girardeau, Perry and Bollinger counties. Syler faces opposition in the August Republican primary from Bryan Keller of Cape Girardeau. Syler said the circuit court has won awards for judicial efficiency in processing cases...
College rivalries play out in office pools around country (03/15/02)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Gary "G-Money" Davis is betting on Duke in the office basketball pool. He actually hates Duke, but he figures whatever happens, he wins. If Duke loses, he gets the pleasure of seeing it. And if Duke goes all the way in the NCAA tournament, Davis -- and not one of those insufferable Duke fans -- wins the pool...
Plane used by Army parachute team collides with civilian craft (03/15/02)
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) -- An aircraft used by the Army's Golden Knights parachute team collided Friday with a civilian aircraft during a training mission near a rural airport, a military official said. A spokesman for the Army Recruiting Command said he didn't know whether there had been any casualties...
Family of six found dead in Oregon town (03/15/02)
Associated Press WriterMcMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- A family of six was found shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide that may have happened nearly three weeks before sheriff's deputies found the bodies, authorities said Friday. The four children, ages 9 to 15, and their mother were found shot to death in their beds inside the family's rural home Thursday evening, said Yamhill County District Attorney Bradley C. Berry...
Yates sentenced to life in prison (03/15/02)
HOUSTON (AP) -- After less than an hour of deliberations, a jury spared Andrea Yates from death row Friday and sentenced her instead to life in prison for drowning her children in the bathtub. The 37-year-old housewife will have to serve at least 40 years before becoming eligible for parole...
Tipper Gore mulling Senate race (03/15/02)
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- Tipper Gore was cutting short a trip to California to return to Tennessee, where she planned to spend the weekend talking with associates about a possible run for the Senate, sources close to her said Friday...
Promising high school football player killed in holdup attempt (03/15/02)
DUNDALK, Md. -- A high school football star armed with a pellet gun was fatally shot during an attempted liquor store holdup, police said. Derrick Lemell Breedlove, 17, who had a football scholarship to attend Virginia's Hampton University in the fall, died Wednesday of two gunshot wounds to the upper chest...
People talk 3/15/02 (03/15/02)
Actor describes battle with bottle in new book NEW YORK -- Michael J. Fox turned to alcohol after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991, he says in his autobiography. In "Lucky Man: A Memoir," the former "Spin City" star describes the nightly drinking binges, which his wife, actress Tracy Pollan, confronted him about. Excerpts from the book, due out in April, appear in the March 25 issue of People magazine...
Feds indict Andersen in Enron collapse (03/15/02)
WASHINGTON -- The government secured its first indictment in the politically charged collapse of Enron Corp., accusing the Arthur Andersen accounting firm of obstructing justice by shredding documents and deleting computer files about the energy trading company...
'Miss Cleo' hails from California, not Jamaica (03/15/02)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A birth certificate obtained by the state shows the woman marketed on cable television as Jamaican psychic Miss Cleo was actually born in Los Angeles, the daughter of American parents. Miss Cleo -- Caribbean accent and colorful clothing aside -- was born Youree Dell Harris on Aug. 13, 1962, in Los Angeles County Hospital, the document shows. Her parents were from California and Texas...
Andersen bankruptcy likely, experts say (03/15/02)
CHICAGO -- Filing for bankruptcy might be the best remaining option for Arthur Andersen LLP if the once-mighty accounting firm hopes to stop an exodus of clients and employees and find a buyer to salvage its operations, experts say. However, Charlie Leonard, an Andersen spokesman, said the company has no plans to seek bankruptcy protection...
Andrea Yates' mother begs jury to spare life (03/15/02)
HOUSTON -- Sobbing relatives of Andrea Yates pleaded for her life before a jury Thursday, calling her a wonderful mother who should be spared a death sentence for drowning her children in the bathtub. "I've lost seven people in one year," said Jutta Karin Kennedy, referring to the slaying of her five grandchildren, the death of her husband and the conviction of her daughter in the children's deaths...
Serbia, Montenegro plan to preserve alliance under new name (03/15/02)
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Agreeing to wipe the name Yugoslavia from the map of Europe, the federation's two remaining republics committed Thursday to forming a loose joint state with a new name: Serbia and Montenegro. The radically restructured alliance -- mediated by the European Union and approved in a historic accord signed by top Serbian and Montenegrin leaders -- aims to ease years of feuding between the republics and help the volatile Balkan region focus on much-needed economic reforms...
Bombing survivors file compensation claims (03/15/02)
CHOKER KARAIZ, Afghanistan -- The stricken old man could barely walk through the rubble of his village. The vision of the torn bodies of women and children was still too real in his mind's eye. "Every time I walk through here, I see the scene all over again," Mohammad Qasin said Thursday...
Allied troops comb through caves (03/15/02)
BAGRAM, Afghanistan -- Mopping up after the biggest U.S.-led offensive of the Afghan war, U.S. and Canadian troops killed three enemy fighters Thursday in a 90-minute gunbattle while clearing caves and bunkers in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan...
U.S. envoy arrives in Middle East (03/15/02)
JERUSALEM -- U.S. envoy Anthony Zinni launched his third Mideast truce mission on Thursday, prompting Israel to withdraw forces from a key West Bank town. The visit came during a major Israeli offensive and the bloodiest period in 18 months of Israeli-Palestinian fighting...
Indian prime minister issues peace appeal to Hindus, Muslims (03/15/02)
AYODHYA, India -- India's prime minister appealed for peace Thursday following Hindu-Muslim violence that has killed more than 700 people, and police arrested hundreds of Hindu activists ahead of a disputed prayer ceremony. More than 14,000 police and troops patrolled streets and canals in the northern city of Ayodhya, where Hindu nationalists vowed to pray Friday near the site of a razed 16th-century mosque despite a Supreme Court ban on the ceremony...
Terror suspects still in custody (03/15/02)
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- A Dutch court ordered two suspects held in custody for three more months to give prosecutors more to investigate allegations they plotted to blow up the U.S. embassy in Paris. Jerome Courtailler and Mohammed Berkous, both French citizens, were arrested by Dutch police in the port city of Rotterdam two days after the Sept. 11 attacks...
Today's game (03/15/02)
TODAY'S GAME Class 2A semifinal Notre Dame (27-2) vs. Stockton (29-1) WHEN/WHERE: 4:45 p.m., Hearnes Center, Columbia, Mo. UP NEXT: Elsberry (30-0) or Seymour (29-1) NOTRE DAME PLAYOFFS: def. Kelly 69-29 in district final; def. Twin Rivers 60-41 in sectional; def. John Burroughs 80-51 in quarterfinal...
ND sees familiar obstacle in drive to championship (03/15/02)
Stockton coach Tony Armstrong is aware his team sneaked in and avoided radar in winning last year's Class 2A state title. But he knows his current team has lost its stealth qualities. Besides being the defending state champion, Stockton is 29-1 and top-ranked in the state...
Notre Dame basketball trio look to solidify personal legacy (03/15/02)
The gymnasium at Notre Dame Regional High School has about every conceivable feature a fan, player or coach could want. Seating falls perfectly between being spacious and cozy. Scoreboards provide every pertinent detail. On the west wall hang banners from the school's state championship teams...
Stewartsville provides Bell City a tall 1A task (03/15/02)
A tall task lies before the Bell City Cubs in today's Class 1A semifinal game. More precisely, the lanky Stewartsville Cardinals. Playing in its first state semifinal game since 1981, Bell City (27-5) will try to cut down Stewartsville (27-3), which features a front line that measures at least 6-foot-5 across...
Unbeaten Iowa State senior nears record, championship (03/15/02)
AMES, Iowa -- Cael Sanderson furrowed his brow and thought for a moment as he tried to recall his earliest wrestling memory. Finally, he remembered a youth program in his hometown of Heber City, Utah. He was 6. "We'd practice once a week and wrestle on Saturday," Sanderson said. "You'd line up and wrestle somebody close to your weight, and then both guys' hands were raised."...
Mizzou marches on (03/15/02)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Missouri woke up just after dawn and regained its early season form at just the right time. Looking once more like a team that opened 9-0 and climbed to No. 2 in the rankings, the Tigers scored the first 12 points Thursday and upset No. 5-seeded Miami 93-80 in the West Regional...
Thursday's scores (03/15/02)
East
  • (4) Kentucky 83, (13) Valparaiso 68
  • (12) Tulsa 71, (5) Marquette 69Midwest
  • (1) Kansas 70, (16) Holy Cross 59
  • (2) Oregon 81, (15) Montana 62
  • (7) Wake Forest 83, (10) Pepperdine 74
  • (8) Stanford vs. (9) Western Kentucky, lateSouth...
  • Southeast assistant says knowledge of program is a plus (03/15/02)
    Alan Eads said he believes his Division I experience and familiarity with Southeast Missouri State University's women's basketball program have made him ready to take over as the Otahkians' coach. "It's got to be an advantage, I would think. I've been down that road for eight years," he said Thursday. "The players seem to have a lot of confidence in me. They trust me to make the right decisions and I appreciate that."...
    Low seeds knock out Gonzaga, USC (03/15/02)
    The AssociatedPress Sure didn't take long for low-seeded teams to pick up right where they left off last year in the NCAA tournament. And -- surprise! -- Gonzaga was among the teams learning how it feels to be on the losing end of an upset. Five schools with double-digit seedings advanced to the second round Thursday: North Carolina Wilmington is seeded 13th, Tulsa and Missouri are both No. 12, Wyoming is No. 11 and Kent State No. 10...
    Woods, Daly share lead at Bay Hill Invitational (03/15/02)
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods and John Daly, two of the biggest attractions on the PGA Tour, shot 5-under 67s on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead in the Bay Hill Invitational. Angel Cabrera, John Huston, Steve Flesch and 48-year-old D.A. Weibring, who got into the tournament on a sponsor's exemption, also had 67s on a sunny, calm day at Arnold Palmer's course...
    A star who can't win for losing (03/15/02)
    It's always been one step forward, two steps back for Darryl Strawberry. It's why you cringe every time his name pops up in the news. It's why one of his teammates from long ago called him "a walking stick of TNT." Because he never lets things stay good for too long...
    Thursday's highs and lows (03/15/02)
    STARSn Mo Williams, Alabama, scored a career-high 33 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had six assists to lead Alabama to an 86-78 victory over Florida Atlantic in the South Regional.
  • Brian Brown, Ohio State, scored a career-high 33 points and the Buckeyes held off Davidson 69-64 in the West Regional...
  • Outdoors digest 3/15/02 (03/15/02)
    Conservation Department director to retire July 1 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Conservation Department director Jerry Conley said he will retire from the state wildlife agency in July. His retirement will end a 36-year career with state conservation agencies, 25 years of those as director. He said he will return to Idaho with his wife, Janet...
    Finding joy in the unseen colors of spring (03/15/02)
    March is not a very colorful month. The browns of winter are still hanging on and the colors of spring have not started to show. Or have they? Many creeks and small streams at this time of the year look cold and barren from the surface, but hide a wealth of vibrant colors. ...
    Sports digest 3/15/02 (03/15/02)
    AREA SOUTHEAST GYMNASTICS SET FOR FINAL HOME MEET Southeast Missouri State University's gymnastics team will hold its senior night today as the Otahkians close out their home schedule against Western Michigan. Otahkian seniors Jessica Bagwill, Stephanie Furman, Karen Hamilton, Michelle Walker and Elenor Wilson will all be honored prior to the 7 p.m. dual match at Houck Field House...
    Paying for long-term care -- Can I count on my family? (03/15/02)
    Part 2 of a 3-part series As we live longer and are increasingly successful in fighting acute disease and injury, the likelihood that we'll need some form of long-term care is high. Unfortunately, the cost of long-term care is also high and likely to climb. Given these uncomfortable realities, it's not surprising that a common first reaction is "my family will pitch in."...
    Listening - a business skill (03/15/02)
    One of Dale Carnegie's most challenging principles is "Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about them." Listening is an underutilized business skill. Think about the qualities of good listeners. They make the appropriate eye contact. Their body language, such as the nodding of the head, or leaning forward, indicates they are in tune with you. ...
    Over my dead body 3/15 (03/15/02)
    These are the 10 songs Rodney Bollinger of Jackson, Mo., couldn't live without: 1. "Born to Run" -- Bruce Springsteen One of the best, if not the very best, rock 'n' roll record ever recorded. 2. "Blitzkrieg Bop" -- The Ramones...
    Jackson drama captures atmosphere of fear found at witch trials (03/15/02)
    "The Crucible" was first presented on Broadway in 1953, just as U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy was beginning infamous hearings aimed at exposing Communists. The anti-Communist hysteria in the United States at the time inspired Arthur Miller to write this scathing indictment of the thought police, here disguised as the inquisitors at the 1692 witch trials in Salem, Mass...
    Everybody's a critic; This week - 'The Time Machine' (03/15/02)
    HHH Why can't we change the past? This is the question Alexander Hartdegen (Guy Pearce) asks in this remake of the H.G. Wells novel. When his fiancé is killed, Hartdegen creates a time machine to save her. When he finds out he can't change the past, he goes to the future to find out why...
    Everybody's a critic; This week - 'The Time Machine' (03/15/02)
    H The "Time Machine" directed by Simon Wells (the great-grandson of the book's author H. G. Wells) is a poor attempt to retell the science-fiction classic with modern movie-making techniques. Tweaking the story, the hero, Alexander Hartdegen, in this version goes back in time to try to right something that went wrong. When he fails, he wants to know why and decides that the future is the only place he can find the answer...
    Everybody's a critic; This week - The Time Machine' (03/15/02)
    HHH You need to be warned of my bias: I am a science fiction fan -- have been ever since I can remember. I enjoyed "The Time Machine." The basic formula is familiar -- guy loses girl, guy finds girl, guy saves a civilization. What makes it so fun are the questions it raises, the worlds created, the acting and the sincere and successful nod to the 1960 classic film by George Pal...
    Other-worldly film 'Fellowship' elevates neglected genre (03/15/02)
    LOS ANGELES Nothing as fantastically removed from our own world has ever done as well with Academy Awards voters as "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" has so far. Then again, Hollywood has never made anything quite like it: a sprawling, other-worldly epic filled with mythical creatures, which takes itself as seriously as its straight-drama rivals for best picture, "A Beautiful Mind" and "In the Bedroom." (The other nominees are "Moulin Rouge" and "Gosford Park.")...
    New local service provider to compete with Bell (03/15/02)
    Sage Telecom recently announced that it will soon begin providing telephone service to Cape Girardeau residential and business customers. The company's entry into the local service market stems from the 1996 Telecommunications Act and rulings from Missouri Public Service Commission that have opened local telephone markets to competition...
    Screening process at airport receives Fed review (03/15/02)
    Business Today A representative with the new Transportation Security Administration recently visited Cape Girardeau Regional Airport as a first step toward federal government control of the airport's screening process. The new system will be run by better-trained and higher-paid federal employees who will screen passengers and luggage...
    Guest editorial - Workers' comp system held hostage (03/15/02)
    By Sheelah R. Yawitz At a time of economic uncertainty, most states are doing everything they possibly can to retain businesses in their states. Unfortunately, reports of plant closings throughout Missouri are being listed in newspapers. Employers, including some leaving Missouri, are complaining that Missouri's workers' compensation costs are unfavorable as compared to other states....
    Building projects receive boost with grants (03/15/02)
    Business Today DEXTER -- Two projects in Stoddard County recently received a financial boost from the federal government. The Dexter Chamber of Commerce incubator building project and the expansion program at the Stars and Stripes Museum in Bloomfield were recipients of grants from the Department of Agriculture Rural Development program...
    Nordenia USA --the total package (03/15/02)
    By Scott Moyers Special to Business Today At Nordenia USA, it's all about finding a way to make a package jump off a shelf and into a shopping cart, something it has aimed to do for its entire decade-long history. But with its recent $17 million expansion -- which created about 100 new local jobs as well as upgrade its vast system -- company president Paul Wiedlin said the packaging company is better prepared to do that than ever...
    Training fund to go to two Cape companies (03/15/02)
    The Missouri Department of Economic Development has committed funding from the Missouri Job Development Fund to provide training for employees of Biokyowa Inc., and Lone Star Industries Inc. of Cape Girardeau. The funding will come through the Customized Training Program and the two companies will receive $25,300 to train 100 new and current employees...
    Firstar switches over to U.S. Bank (03/15/02)
    Business Today On March 15, Firstar became U.S. Bank, more than a year after the two corporations merged. The change of Firstar Bank to U.S. Bank is happening region by region across the country, said Cathy Bertrand, senior vice president of the Cape Girardeau branch. The changeover is expected to be completed nationwide by August...
    National briefs (03/15/02)
    Fortune names SBC 'most admired' telecom Fortune magazine has named SBC Communications Inc., parent company of SBC Southwestern Bell-Missouri, America's "most admired" telecommunications company. This is the sixth time SBC has topped the industry rankings. In the past decade, no other telecommunications company has made it to the top of the industry ranking more times than SBC...
    Construction a record in Kennett (03/15/02)
    Business Today After years of doldrums, building activity has picked up considerably in Kennett. It was at record level the past year, according to Melvyn Gerdel, city code enforcement officer. "Last year construction growth amounted to more than $20 million," he said. "This year we'll just have to watch and see what develops. It looks good for the future. The number of inspections I do has increased significantly."...
    Furniture store to open in Cape (03/15/02)
    $4 million project Business Today FARMINGTON -- The Farmington City Council on Feb. 25 accepted a bid to construct a multi-million dollar performing arts and banquet center alongside the Farmington Community Civic Center. Work on the new center has begun....
    Vehicle window tinting back on track (03/15/02)
    New law in effect By Jim Obert Business Today After almost six months, Missouri motorists can once more have dark tints on the rear windows of their vehicles. And for the first time, lighter tints are legal on driver- and passenger-side windows without a doctor's okay...
    Flashy motorcycles entice at custom bikes shop (03/15/02)
    By Jim Obert Business Today Softtails, Fat Boys, Bad Boys, Wide Glides, Shovelheads, Knuckelheads -- these are not insults to hurl at groups in a dank bar. They are, of course, models of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Pre-owned Harleys, custom-made motorcycles, and accessories from racing pistons to black leather saddlebags pepper the newly expanded showroom at Ford's Custom Bikes & Auto Service in Cape Girardeau...
    Cap America of Fredericktown receives industry award (03/15/02)
    At the 2002 ASI Performance Awards Ceremony held Jan. 3 in Orlando, Fla., Fredericktown- based Cap America was presented the ASI Distributors' Choice Award for Caps and Hats. Cap America, a supplier of caps and hats to promotional products distributors since 1985, was one of 20 suppliers in the industry. The sponsor of the awards program was the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI), a trade publisher serving the promotional products/advertising specialty industry...
    Letter - Let the market drive fuel efficiency (03/15/02)
    To the editor: The Bush Administration's recent decision to end the government's 8-year-old failed program to drive up the fuel efficiency of gasoline engines at any cost was a step forward. Energy Secretary Spence Abraham announced last month that the government was dropping taxpayer support aimed at developing a gasoline-powered car that would deliver 80 miles to the gallon by 2004. ...
    Cap America makes management changes (03/15/02)
    FREDERICKTOWN -- Cap America, a domestic manufacturer of custom caps and knits, has been in Fredericktown since 1985. Phillip Page, president and CEO, said that during the past year many changes have taken place integrating imports into the line, as well as expanding the knit department and improving manufacturing methods...
    New service program at networking business (03/15/02)
    SCOTT CITY -- Technology and Networking recently introduced its new Emergency Service Program. "We are now there for our customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Jason S. Eftink, co-owner and chief executive officer. Eftink said this service provides the customer with an access number that will contact the emergency response team outside regular business hours. ...
    FYI from the Missouri Chamber of Commerce (03/15/02)
    New "saver's credit" makes its debut this year This income-tax credit is aimed at low- and middle-income taxpayers to help offset the cost of the first $2,000 people contribute to an IRA, 401(k) or similar plan. The saver's credit can be as much as 50 percent of the taxpayer's contributions, with a maximum per-person credit of $1,000 a year (or as much as $2,000 for a married couple filing jointly)...
    SERPs boost executive retirement income (03/15/02)
    Because of the contribution limits of qualified retirement plans and individual retirement accounts, an increasingly popular method to enhance the retirement income of highly paid executives is the supplemental executive retirement plan. A SERP is a nonqualified retirement plan, which in general doesn't have the same restrictions and limitations imposed on 401(k) and profit sharing plans...
    Budget cuts would force closure of DED offices (03/15/02)
    Business Today JEFFERSON CITY --Bootheel lawmakers are worried state budget cuts could have a devastating impact on the region's ability to attract and retain companies at a time when economic growth is needed most. Under Gov. Bob Holden's proposed budget for the upcoming state fiscal year, the Department of Economic Development would close its seven regional field offices, including one in Dexter. ...
    Cable installer opens Ste. Genevieve district office (03/15/02)
    Company has 9-state operation By Jim Obert Business Today STE. GENEVIEVE -- Baker Installations, a telecommunications outsourcing business headquartered in McMurray, Pa., has opened a district office here. It is the 14th district office in the company's nine-state operation....
    Grants seldom used for small-businesses start-ups (03/15/02)
    By Rick Sparks University Extension JACKSON -- Rick Sparks, business and industry specialist with the University Extension office in Jackson, hears this question at least twice a week: "Do you have any grants to start a small business?" According to Sparks, grants are usually made by government agencies or non-profit foundations. Very seldom are they intended to fund for-profit enterprises like a small business...
    Teen-agers open skate park in Sikeston (03/15/02)
    Business Today SIKESTON - After years of commuting to Memphis and St. Louis, area youths (and their parents) now have the convenience of a local safe and legal skate park. Dirty Bearings has opened at 157 East Murray Lane, behind Fisherman's Net and next to the bus station...
    Trust your gut marketing (03/15/02)
    You may be more of a marketer than you think by John R. Graham Far too often, marketers turn out to be their own worst enemies. It seems easy for them to commit the unpardonable sin of business: they start believing their own baloney. What they attempt to pass off as marketing principles often turn out to be little more than marketing prejudices....
    Deducting business start-up and expansion expenses (03/15/02)
    If you plan on starting a business or expanding an existing business, it is important to know that you will not recoup all the expenses as tax deductions. However, there are steps that you may take to accelerate deductions in certain instances. The first step is to understand how the rules work...
    Floral supplies business expanding to Stoddard County (03/15/02)
    Will locate in former Brown Shoe Co. building Business Today BERNIE - Stan Morris, managing director of Distributor Services LLC, has announced that the Piggott, Ark.-based business would be expanding to Bernie. Distributor Services LLC sells and supplies products to the floral industry in the retail and mass markets....
    Regional retailer to locate in Ste. Genevieve (03/15/02)
    Discount chain in 21 states By Jim Obert Business Today STE. GENEVIEVE -- Duckwall-ALCO Stores, a regional retailer with 176 stores in the Midwest and West, plans to open an ALCO Discount Store in Ste. Genevieve Plaza Shopping Center in May...
    MoDOT explains Highway 34/72 widening in Jackson (03/15/02)
    Business Today JACKSON -- A year ago the Missouri Department of Transportation announced a change of plans for widening Highway 34/72 through Jackson. Thos plans were explained in detail by MoDOT officials Feb. 28 at a public meeting. The $16 million project will widen Highway 34/72 through Jackson from two lanes to four lanes separated by a landscaped median. Signalized intersections will provide the opportunities to turn left or make a U-turn along the route...
    Power plant company offers millions to build (03/15/02)
    Business Today JACKSON -- Developers of a proposed power plant in southwest Cape Girardeau County have promised millions of dollars in payments to a small school district and a rural fire district if the plant is built. The promises were made in closed-door meetings in late February involving the Cape Girardeau County Commission. The two meetings were called by officials with Kinder Morgan Power Co...
    Charter to test local cable modem (03/15/02)
    New Internet service starts soon Business Today SIKESTON -- For those who have been anxiously waiting for cable modem Internet access in the area, Charter Communications will begin testing Charter Pipeline, its high-speed cable modem Internet service, at the end of March or early April. The service should be available to the general public by May....
    Sikeston's Kmart listed among stores to close (03/15/02)
    SIKESTON -- The Kmart here is among 284 stores closing as part of the retailer's restructuring under Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company announced March 8. The closings will mean a loss of 22,000 jobs, presumably including the 72 workers at the Sikeston store...
    Hospital launches Web program for employees (03/15/02)
    Business Today KENNETT -- Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center recently kicked-off an employee education program that is only a click away. The .EDU (dot EDU) program allows employees of Twin Rivers to update their educational requirements as well as access a vast array of reference materials -- all on-line...
    Letter - Enviros plant 'evidence' to grab public land (03/15/02)
    To the editor: The enviromentalists' unholy war against rural America continues to rage all across the nation. Recently five U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologists and two Washington state researchers were caught planting false evidence of endangered species in national forests. The had repeatedly planted endangered lynx hairs in areas where the animals did not exist...
    Southeast Missouri recognitions (03/15/02)
    Parkland Health Center in Farmington announces the election of the following physicians to positions as medical staff officers for 2002: Norman Crecelius, DO, president of Parkland Health Center medical staff; Scott Snyder, MD, vice president; and Patrick Johnson, MD, secretary...
    Scott County tax liens (03/15/02)
    Scott County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Tom Dirnberger, Scott County recorder of deeds, during the month of January 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 545-3551...
    Cape Girardeau County tax liens (03/15/02)
    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 February 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 briefs (03/15/02)
    Southeast Missouri Bonne Terre Cheers, a restaurant and lounge, has opened at 7034 Highway 67 South. Cape Girardeau Premier Counseling has opened at 400 Broadway, Suite 423, in the H&H Building downtown. Answer Right, a 24-hour live operator answering service and nationwide Internet service, has opened at 519 Broadway. The owner is Brad Keck...
    Business licenses (03/15/02)
    Cape Girardeau County Business Licenses (all located in Cape Girardeau unless otherwise noted) Scotts Locks 323 County Road 630 Rocksand LLC POB 1590 Environmental Technologies 711 E. Jackson Blvd. Jackson Plainswalker Gamers Guild 1927 N. Kingshighway...
    United Cities Gas relocates local office (03/15/02)
    Business Today United Cites Gas Co. has relocated its operations office in Jackson to 2370 N. High St. The new space is in a multi-tenant building owned by Oak Enterprises, located along Highway 61 North. Tom Kelsey, commercial real estate broker with Lorimont Place Ltd., who handled the transaction, said the Franklin, Tenn.-based natural gas provider has relocated its local customer service and operations facility to the new 2,500-square-foot space...
    Obtaining a commercial loan (03/15/02)
    "The recession that hit the nation really hasn't hit our part of the country. We are still having a lot of activity in commercial lending," said Brad Wilson, commercial relationship manager at The First National Bank. With commercial ventures having held their own in our market in 2001, we expect growth this year. To facilitate this growth, let's get lending options in order and be ready to go!...
    People news (03/15/02)
    Southeast Missouri Susan Wigger has been hired as assistant vice president and lending officer at New Era Bank in Park Hills. Jerome Hulehan, John Cooley, Michelle Wagner and Debi Oliver are therapists at newly opened Premier Counseling in Cape Girardeau...
    Bankruptcies for March 2002 (03/15/02)
    Bankruptcies filed through March 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...
    Grocery closings (03/15/02)
    Over the past 20 years, several large grocery stores in Cape Girardeau have shut down: Kroger, 2001 Independence, closed in 1982. Storey's Food Giant closed at 201 S. Broadview in 1991. Del Farm, a store in the National Grocery chain, closed at 121 N. Sprigg in 1995...
    Albertsons checks out (03/15/02)
    Thirteen months after opening its doors, Albertsons Inc. is exiting the highly competitive Cape Girardeau grocery market and is trying to sell its $3 million building as soon as possible, the company announced Thursday. Albertsons, the country's second-largest grocery chain behind Kroger Co., will close the doors of its Cape Girardeau store Thursday at 6 p.m., leaving roughly 80 employees out of work. The 57,560-square-foot building is located at the corner of Kingshighway and Independence...
    Raymond Morgan (03/15/02)
    Charles Raymond Morgan, 82, of Landrum, S.C., widower of Faye Elizabeth "Betty" Dill Morgan, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at Greenville Memorial Medical Center in Greenville, S.C. A native of Greenville County, S.C., he was the son of the late Willie and Isabelle Davis Morgan...
    Robert Hope (03/15/02)
    JACKSON, Mo. -- Robert J. Hope, 84, of Jackson died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 21, 1918, at Pocahontas, Mo., son of James Robert and Bertha Thompson Hope. He and June Barber were married Feb. 21, 1946, at Pocahontas...
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