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Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda (07/15/02)
7:30 p.m. Monday, July 15 City Hall Public Hearingn Hearing to consider the request for the voluntary annexation of .67 acres of land owned by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nitsch. Action Items Power and Light Committee Consider motion to approve the semi-annual financial statement ending June 30...
Jackson senior center to apply for $200,000 grant (07/15/02)
JACKSON, Mo. -- The Jackson Senior Citizens Center will make a second attempt to secure a Community Development Block Grant needed to construct its new home. In February, the center applied for a $300,000 grant that was denied. Richard Aguilar, vice president of the center's board of directors, said they were not told why the previous application was turned down...
Learning briefs 7/15/02 (07/15/02)
Harris named to Logan president's list James Harris of Anna, Ill., was recently named to the President's List at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill. McKendree College names dean's list McKendree College of Lebanon, Ill., has released its dean's list...
GSA still looking for design for courthouse (07/15/02)
The General Services Administration has spent over $700,000 on design work for Cape Girardeau's new federal courthouse and still doesn't know what the building will look like. The agency plans to spend another $225,000 to get to that point. It hasn't been easy designing the courthouse. The federal government paid 440,000 to a Chicago architectural firm for a design that ultimately was scrapped, partly because it didn't envision air-conditioning the whole building...
Price tag of new courthouse will top $44 million (07/15/02)
The federal government plans to spend over $44 million on actual construction of a new Cape Girardeau courthouse, or $285 a square foot. The General Services Administration, the agency charged with maintaining and building federal buildings, says that's more per square foot than it cost to build the 28-story Eagleton Federal Courthouse that towers over the downtown St. Louis landscape...
State promoting Grow Native program (07/15/02)
Often pretty and sometimes useful, invasive plants are taking over fields and forest floors throughout Missouri. Invasive plants, which are defined as plants non-native to the ecosystem whose introduction may cause environmental harm, have become a prime target of the Missouri Department of Conservation and other government agencies...
Four hurt in weekend accidents (07/15/02)
Three Scott County men were injured in a one-vehicle accident Saturday and a Mississippi County man was injured in separate accident Sunday. Both were investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Allen Basinger, 21, of Sikeston was driving southbound on Scott County Road 333 when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road. The accident happened at 8:55 p.m. northeast of Benton...
Christian capitalists (07/15/02)
Even if you missed the large sign out front, once you stepped inside the office in Broadview Plaza it wouldn't take you long to realize that this was not your run-of-the-mill real-estate agency. Soft Christian music drifts from a CD player. There's a Bible on the glass table. A picture of Jesus with a lamb nestled in his lap hangs squarely on the wall. You're tempted to try to count the decorative angels, but suffice to say there's a lot...
Paper calls on Illinois governor to resign (07/15/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The State Journal-Register is calling for Gov. George Ryan's resignation because of allegations of corruption in the governor's campaign apparatus. "For the sake of Illinois and the sake of his party, George Ryan should step down," stated a Sunday editorial in the Springfield newspaper that endorsed Ryan for governor nearly four years ago...
Earlier warning about revenue proves accurate (07/15/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A warning issued 12 years ago this month by two university economists has become a reality for Missouri's state officials: Annual available tax revenue will actually decline, leaving no room for essential or new programs. State revenue director Carol Fischer has just announced that Missouri's general revenue collections declined 3.5 percent during Fiscal Year 2002, which ended June 30, over those for FY 2001. ...
Springfield ag center to expand (07/15/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Construction of better agricultural facilities at Southwest Missouri State University could begin within two months now that state financing has been secured. On Friday -- the final day for action on measures passed by the 2002 legislature -- Gov. Bob Holden signed a resolution authorizing the state to spend about $2.6 million for the work...
Fatal Ste. Genevieve crash followed bachelor party (07/15/02)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- A weekend wedding was interrupted by tragedy when a groom and members of his wedding party plunged off a 30-foot cliff in a Jeep. The wreck killed two men, including the groom's brother, 26-year-old Geoffrey Francis of Farmington. Benton Chandler, 25, of Fayette, also was declared dead at the scene early Saturday, the Missouri State Highway patrol said. Four other passengers were injured...
State taxes and fees mount into millions from new laws (07/15/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Over the next few months, the efforts of Missouri lawmakers will become law. And little by little, Missourians will start to see their taxes and fees go up. The roughly 200 laws that Holden finished signing Friday contain higher fees for vehicle and driver's licenses, as well as traffic tickets and court cases...
20 injured in weekend crash (07/15/02)
BOONVILLE, Mo. -- Two vans carrying teen-agers on an outing were struck by a third vehicle on Interstate 70 on Saturday, sending 20 people to Columbia hospitals, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. The accident happened about 12:45 p.m. Saturday when an eastbound vehicle crossed the median and hit both vans, sending one of them into an embankment and onto its side...
Suspected 75-year-old bank robber nabbed in stolen motor home (07/15/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 75-year-old man suspected of robbing a bank to buy a $166,000 motorhome was arrested Sunday in South Dakota after one of his unwitting passengers was tipped off by Missouri authorities, the FBI said. "They were doing some touring at Mount Rushmore," Jeff Lanza, an FBI spokes-man in Kansas City, said Sunday night...
Sedalia man sentenced to life in prison (07/15/02)
BUFFALO, Mo. -- A Sedalia man will spend the rest of his life in prison for helping kill a man in an ambush one year ago. Dallas County Circuit Court Judge Theodore Scott sentenced Kinya T. Kerr, 23, on Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 25 years...
Missouri dog tax an example of outdated laws still on books (07/15/02)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- This is the story of a tax uncollected, a law unremembered, a still-valid statute that, if set in motion after eight decades, could create money-losing work for elected officials. It's the story of Missouri's dog tax. This is also an example of how state law books grow each year by paragraphs and pages, with statutes enduring although their intent and effect may be as outdated as a Model T or a manual typewriter...
After a year in jail, activist ready to resume protests (07/15/02)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- If incarceration was supposed to make Steve Jacobs see the error of his ways, his year in federal custody in Leavenworth, Kan., was a failure. That was clear from the T-shirt he donned immediately upon his release. "SHUT DOWN THE SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS," read the message on the shirt -- a reference to the Army facility at Fort Benning, Ga., where Latin American military personnel trained in the 1980s and 1990s...
Genes may show which lung cancer patients need aggressive care (07/15/02)
WASHINGTON -- Studying the genes active in early stage lung cancers may help identify which patients are at greatest risk of dying, allowing their doctors to prescribe more aggressive treatment, researchers report. A team led by Dr. David G. Beer at the University of Michigan found that by studying which of about 50 genes in an early stage tumor are more or less active, it could predict which patients are more likely to relapse within five years...
Study - Seat belts saved 4,305 teen-age drivers in fatal wrecks (07/15/02)
WASHINGTON -- Seat belts saved the lives of 4,305 teen-age drivers involved in fatal accidents from 1995 to 2000, an advocacy group estimated in a report Sunday. The group found that seat belts were used by 36 percent of all fatally injured teen-age drivers and 23 percent of all fatally injured teen-age passengers...
SEC chief pledges vigorous investigation (07/15/02)
WASHINGTON -- The Securities and Exchange Commission will vigorously investigate Vice President Dick Cheney's former company and take enforcement action if needed, the agency chairman said Sunday. Harvey Pitt also said it is up to President Bush to decide whether to release documents related to the decade-old SEC investigation of his sale of stock in his former oil company...
WorldCom officials shifted accounts as early as 2000 (07/15/02)
WASHINGTON -- Officials at WorldCom Inc. shifted accounts around as early as 2000, well before the nearly $4 billion in accounting irregularities that led the government to file civil fraud charges against the company, documents turned over to a House investigative panel show...
Government the champ at cooking books (07/15/02)
WASHINGTON -- Lost in all the outrage over the corporate accounting scandals is one fact politicians do not like to acknowledge: The auditing problems at American companies cannot rival the bookkeeping shambles of the world's largest enterprise -- the U.S. government...
Visit to Lake Erie beach leaves four would-be rescuers dead (07/15/02)
HURON, Ohio -- They were no more than knee-deep in the water, seemingly safe from the churning waves being whipped up by an unusually strong wind blowing across Lake Erie. Nine friends had just arrived at Nickel Plate Beach to enjoy a hot, sunny summer day on the sand...
More U.S. children leaving ranks of uninsured for health care (07/15/02)
WASHINGTON -- The percentage of American children without health insurance has dropped by more than one-fifth since 1997, largely because of a program that covers those in poor families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, the government reports...
Judge sentences woman to 4 years in prison for dog mauling (07/15/02)
Associated Press WriterSAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A judge sentenced Marjorie Knoller to the maximum four years in prison for the dog mauling death of her neighbor in their apartment building last year. With time served, the sentence will keep Knoller behind bars for nearly two more years. Her husband, Robert Noel, has already begun serving his four-year sentence...
Teen dies after being shot in head at gun show (07/15/02)
NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) -- A 13-year-old boy who was accidentally shot in the head while attending a gun show with his father died Monday. Stephen Bray King, of Prattville, Ala., was taken to Scottish Rite Children's Hospital in Atlanta after a single bullet from a .38-caliber revolver struck him in his right eye and lodged in his brain Sunday afternoon...
Authorities investigate another death at Skydive Chicago (07/15/02)
OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) -- Authorities were investigating a death involving an Illinois skydiving club Monday after a 33-year-old man was killed over the weekend in the sixth fatal accident at the club in a little more than a year. Ronald Passmore Jr. of Butler, Ind., was jumping with Skydive Chicago on Sunday afternoon when he tried to land in a pond but struck the water too hard, LaSalle County Coroner Jody Bernard said...
Orphaned orca released to join home pod (07/15/02)
HANSON ISLAND, British Columbia -- An orphan orca that wandered into busy Puget Sound last winter bolted off to join her home pod Sunday afternoon after she was released off this remote Canadian island. The female, 2-year-old killer whale called loudly to the 20 to 30 members in the pod and tried to look over a safety net as they swam by Sunday morning, her caretakers said...
Wall Street ends panicky session mixed (07/15/02)
AP Business WriterNEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street's dramatic selloff intensified Monday with despondent investors seeing no reason to buy stocks while they await the release of second-quarter earnings results. Stocks skidded throughout the day, with the Dow Jones industrials falling as much as 439 points before bargain hunting lifted the blue chips to a moderate loss of 45...
Industries fret as parts of South suffer under historic drought (07/15/02)
FLORENCE, S.C. -- Mayor Frank Willis is exasperated that his already struggling region's economic future lies in dwindling lakes 100 miles away in another state. Without significant rain, state officials say, several reservoirs along the Yadkin River in North Carolina will run dry by mid-September. Those waters feed the Pee Dee River, which provides industry and drinking water for the million or so people who live along its basin in northeast South Carolina...
Governors - Corporate scandals shake Main Street, Wall Street (07/15/02)
BOISE, Idaho -- West Virginia was among a handful of states that weathered a stormy economy to end the last fiscal year in the black. This year that surplus is gone, thanks largely to a plummeting stock market that has decreased investment returns. Now state leaders are worried about the pension fund that serves teachers, judges and troopers. And like any individual whose 401(k) has hit the skids, they are looking for someone to blame...
Spain vows to get island back from Morocco (07/15/02)
MADRID, Spain -- Spain indicated Sunday that it would not use force to get Morocco to withdraw troops from an abandoned flyspeck island on the North African coast, despite its deployment of four warships nearby. Deputy Interior Minister Pedro Morenes flew into the area to reassert his country's claim to Perejil Island and seek support from allies in pressuring Morocco...
Model jetliner crashes into desert (07/15/02)
WOOMERA, Australia -- A model of an experimental jet crashed and exploded in the Australian desert Sunday in a disastrous first test for a Japanese project to develop the next generation supersonic passenger plane. The 36-foot model of the needle-nosed jet was mounted on a booster rocket. But moments after launch, the plane separated from the rocket and crashed to the ground, witnesses said...
Book reveals harrowing moments in missile crisis (07/15/02)
MOSCOW -- Hunted down by the U.S. Navy off Cuba during the 1962 missile crisis, a furious Soviet submarine commander ordered a nuclear-tipped torpedo armed for action but then controlled his anger and brought the sub to the surface, where American ships were waiting...
Israeli fighter jets strike building in Gaza Strip (07/15/02)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israel deployed fighter jets over the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday and fired missiles at a building, destroying it and injuring about 10 Palestinians, witnesses and hospital officials said. In the pandemonium that ensued, a Palestinian man on trial for allegedly collaborating with Israel to kill Palestinians was shot and killed by Hamas militants, a judge said...
Hostage-holding farmers prepare for long standoff (07/15/02)
SAN SALVADOR ATENCO, Mexico -- A state governor said Sunday that jailed villagers at the heart of a violent protest could be let go, but demonstrators said that would not be enough to meet their increased demands for freeing the hostages they hold. Mexico State Gov. ...
No gorings reported in last day of San Fermin festival bull run (07/15/02)
PAMPLONA, Spain -- No one was gored Sunday on the last day of the running of the bulls at Pamplona's San Fermin festival, as the sprint went off quick and clean on rain-slick streets. One runner was injured when he fell and four people received treatment, mostly for bruises, after they slipped or were trampled by bulls on the 900-yard dash, the Navarra regional government said...
U.S. ready to remove sanctions against two Swedish citizens (07/15/02)
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- The United States is close to removing two Swedish citizens of Somali origin from a list of individuals suspected of having financial ties to terrorism, Swedish and U.S. officials said Sunday. In Washington, Treasury Department spokeswoman Tasia Scolinos said the government has not yet taken the two men off the list, but is very close to doing so. ...
Governors to discuss more control of American operations (07/15/02)
KANDAHAR, Afghan-istan -- Southern Afghan governors began gathering Sunday for a regional meeting that could endorse or reject a proposal to require U.S. troops to seek their permission before striking suspected al-Qaida and Taliban units in the region...
Would-be assassin fires shot as French president passes (07/15/02)
PARIS -- A man described as an emotionally disturbed neo-Nazi allegedly tried to assassinate French President Jacques Chirac on Sunday, pulling a rifle from a guitar case and firing a shot before being wrestled to the ground during a Bastille Day parade...
Eradication causes shifts in coca trade; output not affected (07/15/02)
LA HORMIGA, Colombia -- The cocaine trade that brought prosperity to this remote frontier town is proving as tough to wipe out as the hardy coca bush that produces the drug. In the year and a half since the United States began funneling $1.7 billion to Plan Colombia, an anti-drug offensive, the program has succeeded in shifting some of the business out of La Hormiga, once the center of the country's cocaine heartland. And traffickers still working here have been forced deeper underground...
Dictator's boyhood home haunts Austrian town (07/15/02)
LEONDING, Austria -- Word is spreading: Hitler lived here. For decades, few people outside Leonding knew the Nazi dictator spent his boyhood in this picture-pretty town near the west Austrian city of Linz. In a country that is still struggling to own up to its past, Leonding would have preferred to keep its Hitler connection out of the public eye...
Archaeologists uncover ancient arena (07/15/02)
JERUSALEM -- On the shores of the Sea of Galilee, Israeli archaeologists have uncovered what they believe are the remains of a Roman stadium from the time of Jesus, where thousands watched horse races, track events and boat races on long, man-made pools...
South Korean protesters demand U.S. military hand over soldiers (07/15/02)
SEOUL, South Korea -- Protesters burned a giant American flag on Sunday, demanding that the U.S. military hand over two American soldiers whose armored vehicle allegedly hit and killed two South Korean teen-age girls last month. Nearly 1,000 activists and students rallied near the U.S. Army's 2nd Infantry Division base in Uijongbu, on the northern outskirts of Seoul, chanting, "We oppose the U.S. military!"...
Vandals force field change (07/15/02)
Sunday's games in the National Baseball Congress Mid-South Regional were moved from Capaha Field to Notre Dame Regional High School because a vandal or vandals caused the Capaha diamond to be unplayable. Some time early Sunday morning, a water main was turned on and apparently left on for several hours, flooding the infield and causing tournament director Jess Bolen to make alternate plans for the day's scheduled games...
Capahas split two tournament games (07/15/02)
After rolling through the National Baseball Congress Mid-South Regional last season, the Cape Girardeau Craftsman Union Capahas find themselves in a much different position following the opening weekend of play. While the host Capahas are still in the running for their second consecutive regional championship, they are no longer in the driver's seat, thanks to Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Southern Illinois Merchants...
Robinson comes through in the clutch with bloop (07/15/02)
SAN DIEGO -- Kerry Robinson doesn't mind that his go-ahead hit wasn't one for the highlight reels. Robinson hit a run-scoring single in the top of the 10th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night...
Sluman holds things together in Milwaukee (07/15/02)
MILWAUKEE -- Jeff Sluman held it together this time on the final day of the Greater Milwaukee Open. Sluman fired a 3-under-par 68 Sunday for a four-stroke victory over Tim Herron (66) and Steve Lowery (70) and his second GMO title. His 23-under 261 total was one stroke shy of Loren Roberts' 72-hole GMO record set two years ago...
Big crowd sees Expos knock off Braves (07/15/02)
MONTREAL -- Wil Cordero hit his third career grand slam and had five RBIs to lead the Montreal Expos to a 10-3 win over the Atanta Braves on Sunday before the third-largest Olympic Stadium crowd of the season. With 25,109 on hand -- only Montreal's third crowd over 20,000 this season -- for a Tim Raines bobblehead promotion, the second-place Expos split the four-game series to draw to within 9 1/2 games of Atlanta in the NL East...
Defending champion finally turns on speed (07/15/02)
PLOUAY, France -- Finally, Lance Armstrong turned on the speed as the Tour de France neared the parts of the race where he hopes to build his fourth straight championship. A day after losing time in a crash, Armstrong covered the final part of Sunday's eighth stage through Brittany in exceptionally fast time to keep pace with race leader Igor Gonzalez Galdeano of Spain...
Aggressive Harvick gets first win in a year (07/15/02)
JOLIET, Ill. -- An aggressive move by Kevin Harvick set the stage for his first win in a year. It also brought a new round of criticism for NASCAR's bad boy, but not before a late-race gamble on gas by crew chief Gil Martin paid off. Harvick was told to stay on the track while most of the other leaders pitted, but that earned him a victory Sunday in the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway...
WNBA All-Star game will shoot for plenty of points (07/15/02)
WASHINGTON -- Michael Cooper knows exactly what he wants to see in the WNBA All-Star game, a lot of scoring. "I'm looking for 100 points," the Western Conference All-Stars coach said Sunday. "I'm going to tell the players, 'Let's move it up,' because I think it's great entertainment value for the league."...
Indians rally from 7-0 deficit to stun Yankees (07/15/02)
CLEVELAND -- Bill Selby's grand slam capped Cleveland's six-run ninth inning against Mariano Rivera as the Indians rallied from seven runs down to stun the New York Yankees 10-7 Sunday. Trailing 7-0 after four innings, the Indians cut it to a three-run game heading into the ninth against Rivera (1-4), who blew his second save of the series after converting 17 straight chances...
Finally, this Bud is for the Cards (07/15/02)
SAN DIEGO -- There's something about Bud Smith and San Diego. Smith got his first win of the year, against the team he no-hit in September, and drove in a run as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 4-1 Sunday. Smith (1-5) had struggled so badly that he was scratched from a start just before the All-Star break. He had no problem against the punchless Padres, though, holding them to three hits in seven scoreless innings, his longest outing this year...
Fanfare 7/15/02 (07/15/02)
BRIEFLY Basketball ***As he awaited arrest on assault charges, Allen Iverson played host to an all-night party at his mansion, where guests swam and played basketball in the rain. The $2.4 million house in Gladwyne had been quiet since the charges were filed Thursday...
Mueller - Taking a vacation close to home (07/15/02)
So often I interface with business leaders and they are concerned that there is a loss of work ethic, and no motivation within the employee ranks. How do we motivate employees? I believe that employers possess the ability to create an atmosphere that is conducive to allowing employees to energize and motivate themselves...
Kempf - Taking a vacation close to home (07/15/02)
As the fireworks blasted against the night sky in celebration of the birth of our nation's freedom and independence, I reflected on the past nine months and what a change it has had on the American traveler. As public confidence and the economy has begun its rebound, everyone is asking the question: "Where can I safely travel close to home?" The question comes daily so here are some suggestions for those who want to go abroad -- but yet stay close to home...
Custard's first stand- Frozen treat restaurant opens soon (07/15/02)
smoyers We've seen the temperatures leap into the mid-90s over the past few weeks, often pulling the humidity gleefully along with it. In addition to murdering my once-lush lawn, it also has delivered a strong blow to my normally cheery disposition...
USA Network exec always on lookout for good ideas (07/15/02)
NEW YORK -- When you program a cable network that aspires to reach a big, general audience, you have to hope that the broadcast networks overlook some things. That's the case with the USA Network's two new original series, "The Dead Zone" and "Monk."...
CNN signs comedian to do news satire (07/15/02)
NEW YORK -- CNN is entering the comedy business, although you'll have to travel overseas and stay up very late to notice. The news company has signed Jon Stewart of Comedy Central to make a weekly version of his satirical news program, "The Daily Show," to air late at night on its international network...
Bank of Missouri plans $2.5 million facility in Cape (07/15/02)
Business Today Plans for a new $2.5 million Bank of Missouri branch office in west Cape Girardeau are the result of the Perryville-based bank's steady growth and its desire for a stronger presence in this burgeoning market, according to president and CEO David Crader...
Bankruptcies (07/15/02)
Bankruptcies filed through July 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...
I-55 project makes list of roadways to get funds (07/15/02)
Business Today JEFFERSON CITY -- Heeding complaints that Southeast Missouri would gain little from a proposed transportation tax package, state officials on June 25 added Interstate 55 improvements to the list of major projects that would be built with the new revenue...
guest editorial (07/15/02)
Guest editorial - Transcript documents DNR's shenanigans By the Southeast Missourian An application for a permit for a $250 million, gas-fired power plant to be built in Cape Girardeau County has been pending with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources since late 2000. Kinder Morgan Power Co. is seeking a permit to operate a 530-megawatt facility south of Crump along Route U...
Cape County tax liens (07/15/02)
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 June 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:...
Corrections (07/15/02)
In last month's edition of Business Today there were several errors concerning the Top 50 list of area manufacturing employers. TG Missouri in Perryville, manufacturer of parts for Toyota Motors and domestic auto makers, has 940 employees. Federal Mogul in Malden, maker of aluminum pistons, is not moving its operation to Mexico. Federal Mogul will remain in Malden where it employs 430 workers...
Words that betray our true motives (07/15/02)
Talking our way out of sales By John R. Graham We speak forcefully and sometimes even passionately about serving customers and taking care of their needs. We take special pride in these commitments. At times, our words sound so sincere we actually convince ourselves of our sincerity...
The basics of charitable gift annuities (07/15/02)
By Trudy Lee A charitable gift annuity offers an interesting and beneficial option to the philanthropically-minded individual. Not only does this arrangement allow you to support your favorite charitable organization, but also reap financial benefits from both a fixed annual income and a tax break. The combination results in a true win-win situation...
Floral accessories business expands (07/15/02)
Business Today BERNIE -- Barely three months ago, Distributor Services LLC began its expanded operation in Bernie from its facility in Piggott, Ark. Last March, Stan Morris, managing director of the company, projected a workforce of 40 to 60 employees within 30 days of starting operations in the former Brown Shoe Co. ...
Missouri golfer hit by tee shot gets $105K (07/15/02)
Country club member liable for guest's negligence missourilawyersweekly.com St. Louis -- Golfers taking a novice golfer to play a round or two may want to think twice after an unusual lawsuit settlement. A Missouri woman just agreed to pay $105,000 after her guest's tee shot hit another golfer in the eye, causing permanent vision loss...
Ham companies merge (07/15/02)
The HoneyBaked Ham Co. has announced that it has purchased Heavenly Ham, which merges Heavenly Ham's 200 franchises with HoneyBake's 300 stores. But Cape Girardeau's Heavenly Ham won't be changing, said store owner Kenny Ritter. "We're staying the same," Ritter said. "I don't foresee any changes. All of our items will remain the same. We will not be selling any of the HoneyBaked products."...
Important employment rulings handed down by the Supreme Court (07/15/02)
The U.S. Supreme Court handed down two significant employment law rulings June 10. The first ruling relaxed the deadlines for employees to file a claim of hostile work environment with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The second case involved a disabled person who wanted a job that would pose a direct threat to himself but not to others...
Stoddard County tax liens (07/15/02)
Stoddard County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Kay Asbell, recorder of deeds, during the month of July 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 568-3444.TAX LIENS AGAINST:...
Retail sales rise in Ste. Genevieve (07/15/02)
suntimesnews.com STE. GENEVIEVE -- Retail sales are up more than 5 1/2 percent in Ste. Genevieve so far this fiscal year, while statewide retail sales are down nearly 4 percent. That's according to the latest report of sales tax collections reported by City Hall...
Road tax proposal would add to county, city funds (07/15/02)
Proposition B is Aug. 6 Business Today JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri counties and municipalities large and small would share an extra $51.8 million a year for local road and bridge projects if voters approve Proposition B. The ballot measure, which Missouri voters will decide on Aug. 6, calls for adding 4 cents to the state fuel tax and increasing the statewide sales tax by a half cent...
Developers plan to 'bowlerize' former Wal-Mart building (07/15/02)
Business Today JACKSON -- Local developers want to turn a former Wal-Mart building into a 20-lane bowling alley and sports bar. Jim and Tim Maevers and their father, Lester, hope to open a sports bar and state-of-the-art bowling alley by next March...
Cape airport to expand activities (07/15/02)
$500,000 federal grant Business Today The Cape Girardeau Regional Airport will receive a one-time $500,000 boost from the federal government to help increase the use of the airport and keep ticket prices down, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced June 26...
New commercial buildings will replace old ones (07/15/02)
Business Today The former Sonic and Jay's Fried Chicken buildings at 875 and 879 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau have been sold to make way for a new insurance office and two new retail stores. The buildings -- which had been owned by the Martin family of Rolla, Mo. -- have sat empty for more than a year, but Chap Arnold of Chap Arnold Insurance closed on the property in late June...
Home construction steady in Cape (07/15/02)
Business Today In spite of the recent economic slowdown and about two months of spring rain, the home construction business in the Cape Girardeau area is healthy. Figures from the Cape Girardeau city manager's office show that building permits for single-family homes for 2001 have run slightly ahead of those issued in 2000...
Decision on Kinder Morgan plant expected this fall (07/15/02)
Business Today ST. LOUIS -- By summer's end, Kinder Morgan Power Co. will either be preparing to start construction on a $250 million power plant in Cape Girardeau County or re-evaluating whether the project is still feasible in light of an expensive requirement sought by state officials that could potentially prompt the company to look elsewhere...
Bankshot Cafe & Billiards is on cue (07/15/02)
By Jill Bock Special to Business Today SIKESTON -- Here's a business that has found itself behind the eight ball and is happy to be there. Yet those involved with Bankshot Cafe & Billiards will be the first to tell you there is much more to the business than playing pool...
Apple to expand iMac LCD display (07/15/02)
CNET News.com Apple Computer plans to serve up a new iMac model with a larger flat-panel display during this week's Macworld Expo trade show, according to sources. The upgrade to a 17-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) comes as sales have all but stalled on existing 15-inch flat-panel iMacs. Apple unveiled the original flat-panel iMac, which suspends the monitor from a pivoting arm attached to a hemispherical base, during January's Macworld Expo in San Francisco...
Teams needed for 10th annual Cape BBQ Fest (07/15/02)
The Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce is planning yet another great time in August and the Chamber needs one key ingredient to make it happen -- outstanding backyard barbecue teams from around the area. Each year Cape BBQ Fest in Arena Park has attracted between 25 to 30 grilling teams for the competition. All past participants have been notified and all Chamber members have marked the event on their calendars...
Business briefs for July 2002 (07/15/02)
Southeast Missouri Cape Girardeau Coach's Sports Bar & Grill is expected to open in October on North Sprigg Street in the building formerly occupied by Rhodes 101. It is near the Show Me Center. Club Semo, a sports bar, is slated for an August opening on North Sprigg Street near the Show Me Center...
People in the News July 2002 (07/15/02)
Southeast Missouri Jim Porterfield is the new manager of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at Independence Avenue in Kennett. Nikki Stallion has been named vice president of Mac Con Co., a general contracting company in Gordonville...
Business licenses July 2002 (07/15/02)
Cape Girardeau County Business Licenses (all located in Cape Girardeau unless otherwise noted) Judgment Recovery Solutions; POB 37; Jackson Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar; 2136 William Kidd's Jacakson; 304 E. Jackson Blvd.; Jackson...
FYI from the Missouri Chamber of Commerce (07/15/02)
Big-spending state governments The U.S. Census Bureau came out with its latest State Government Finances report for fiscal year 2000, according to the Small Business Survival Committee. If you are wondering why state governments have faced budget deficits in recent months, consider the spending binge the states went on during the 1990s...
Employment board funds jobs at Cap America (07/15/02)
FREDERICKTOWN -- The Workforce Investment Board of Southeast Missouri recently voted to fund 20 on-the-job training positions at Cap America in the amount of $38,651. Cap America has started an expansion of its product line due to an out-of-state business acquisition...
Cape airport among those selected for security testing (07/15/02)
Business Today Cape Girardeau Regional Airport is a launching point for a new program to place federal baggage screeners in every U.S. airport, and a team from the Transportation Security Administration arrived June 22 to start the process. Airport manager Bruce Loy said TSA agents will review the baggage screening area, study passengers and collect countless other pieces of information in an effort to improve security. ...
Letter - Carnahan against permanent fix for death tax (07/15/02)
To the editor: I am responding to U.S. Sen. Jean Carnahan's June 22 letter to the editor in the Southeast Missourian. Carnahan claims that her position on the death tax was "grossly mischaracterized" in a recent Southeast Missourian editorial. However, the fact remains that Carnahan opposed the only legislation that would have permanently repealed the death tax...
Keene - Graduating with a diploma ... and debt (07/15/02)
Now is the time of year that many college students are graduating with a degree, ambition, idealism -- and a load of debt. Reducing that debt as quickly as possible is critical to helping young adults start their career off on the right financial foot...
Letter - Should you be preparing a 'war' portfolio? (07/15/02)
To the editor: Jean Carnahan continued to show her true colors when in mid-June she sided with the most liberal members of her caucus and voted against permanently repealing the death tax. The measure gained a majority of the votes in the Senate but fell short of the 60 required for passage. Carnahan's vote once again illustrates the political nature of last year's support for President Bush's tax cut...
Parker - Should you be preparing a 'war' portfolio? (07/15/02)
Should you be bulletproofing your portfolio for wartime? That's the recommendation of some investment advisors, and some investors are listening. But it's not a good idea. Fear should never drive investment decisions. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, military strikes in Afghanistan, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the threat of war with Iraq, suggestions for defensive "war" portfolios have begun to appear. ...
Recognition (07/15/02)
Radio stations KFMO and B104 in Park Hills were honored at the annual Missouri Broadcasters Association convention June 6-9 in Kansas City. The stations received a first-place award for best spot news coverage of the deadly April 2001 plane crash in Farmington. ...
Steel Technologies completes expansion (07/15/02)
Business Today KENNETT -- Steel Technologies' Custom Steel Division has completed its addition to the Kennett facility located in the Industrial Park. The addition will double the production of the plant. "We're very excited about our extended capabilities," said Scott Lowry, director of sales and marketing for the company...
New company buys area subdivisions (07/15/02)
Business Today Cape Girardeau real estate investors Eric and Karla Marquart and Mike and Debbie Annis have formed a company called SEMO Land LLC. One of their first moves as a company involved buying several residential subdivisions in Southeast Missouri, including Forest Hills off Sprigg Street and Ashland Courts off Boulder Crest in Cape Girardeau, as well as subdivisions in Fruitland, Malden, Miner, Dexter and Poplar Bluff...
Companies fined for violating No Call list (07/15/02)
Business Today More than 72,000 companies have paid more than $580,000 to learn that Missouri means business when it warns against telemarketing calls to people who have indicated they don't want the calls. "We do mean business," said Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, who was in Cape Girardeau on June 17 to discuss the state's No Call list, which protects more than 980,000 residential phone lines...
People on the move 07/15/02 (07/15/02)
Vollink made president of Drury Southwest Robert A. Drury, owner of Drury Southwest Inc., recently announced the promotion of Dennis J. Vollink to the position of president. Drury Southwest is involved in a variety of commercial and industrial developments and construction in the Cape Girardeau and San Antonio, Texas, areas. Vollink will be in charge of all construction, renovation, real estate development and marketing...
Business memo 07/15/02 (07/15/02)
Missouri's PMI climbs for seventh month Missouri's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) climbed for the seventh consecutive month in June, rising to 64.6, up one point from last month. This is the highest Missouri's score has been since April 2000...
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