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Stories from Friday, November 15, 2002

Thorngate dryer catches on fire (11/15/02)
A night janitor was the first to notice a fire had started inside a commercial dryer Thursday night at at Thorngate Ltd., a Cape Girardeau clothing manufacturer. A pile of damp nylon and cloth soil bags inside the machine spontaneously combusted, said battalion chief Steve Niswonger of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department...
Region briefs 11/15/02 (11/15/02)
Stolen car sunk in Diversion Channel Scott City police responded Thursday afternoon to an emergency call near the city limits at the Headwater Diversion Channel, where a 1998 Dodge sedan sat submerged in water up to its roof, said Sgt. Rob Elledge...
Jackson, AmerenEnergy strike deal for power (11/15/02)
After two years of negotiations, the city of Jackson has worked out a deal with AmerenEnergy that will enable the city and the company to buy electricity from each other. The agreement will pay Jackson to be a standby supplier of electricity to AmerenEnergy whether the energy trading and marketing company needs to buy electricity or not. Jackson, one of the few cities in the region that generates its own power, already buys electricity from AmerenEnergy during peak-use periods...
Fifth lane for Mount Auburn appears likely, engineer says (11/15/02)
Mount Auburn Road from William Street to Independence likely will be widened to five lanes, Cape Girardeau city engineer Mark Lester said Thursday after two bids were offered on the project. The expansion, city leaders say, will improve traffic flow to an expanding, heavily driven commercial area...
$400,000 in grants go to port, education projects (11/15/02)
The Southeast Missouri Regional Port at Scott City and Southeast Missouri State University each will receive $200,000 grants from the federal Delta Regional Authority for construction that could lead to expanded industry and educational opportunities in the region...
Drunk driving speeds up, police try to keep up (11/15/02)
The approach of the holiday season might prove rough on Cape Girardeau County law enforcement agencies, who already having surpassed last year's DWI arrest totals, are forced to battle increasing drunk drivers with limited funding and manpower. The holiday season traditionally has more alcohol-related traffic fatalities because people are traveling more often at night and on weekends, times when drivers are more likely to be drinking...
Faulkner writings swiping surprises university (11/15/02)
Southeast Missouri State University police are investigating the theft of at least three letters from the school's highly touted collection of William Faulkner manuscripts after a Faulkner collector discovered the documents were being sold on the Internet...
Chief Illiniwek protesters crash board meeting (11/15/02)
URBANA, Ill. -- Dozens of Chief Illiniwek opponents disrupted a meeting of the University of Illinois board of trustees Thursday in the latest attempt to force retirement of the school's mascot. During the public comment session, protester Brooke Anderson presented a resolution asking the board to get rid of the Chief, issue an apology to American Indians and spend money on recruiting Indian students...
Springfield uses 'glassphalt' to pave road (11/15/02)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- An increase in glass recycling could mean success not only for Springfield's environmental conservation efforts, but also for its roadways. Crews recently paved the road at the Springfield City Landfill using "glassphalt" -- asphalt mixed with glass crushed to the consistency of sand...
St. Louis women among first to try new birth control procedure (11/15/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Women in St. Louis will be among the first in the nation to try a new method of birth control approved by the government last week. Dr. David Levine of St. Luke's Hospital in suburban Chesterfield, who led clinical trials for Essure, will perform his first two commercial procedures Friday. On Saturday, Levine will show 16 doctors how to do the procedure, which involves implanting a tiny device to scar fallopian tubes and takes as little as 30 minutes...
New Southern Illinois hospital close to another (11/15/02)
MARION, Ill. -- A Tennessee health-care company is putting the finishing touches on a new $42 million hospital that developers say will be the first hospital built in far Southern Illinois in 40 years. It may also renew an old rivalry over heart surgery in the region...
Attorneys ask Alabama high court to block ballot recount (11/15/02)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Republican Bob Riley turned to the Republican-dominated Alabama Supreme Court on Thursday to block a statewide recount that Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman hopes will erase Riley's 3,117-vote lead. Riley attorney Matt Lembke said an emergency motion asks the Supreme Court to halt all recounts statewide while it considers whether state law prohibits the seal of a voting machine from being broken except in limited circumstances that don't exist in this case...
Lawsuit alleges 'Runaway Jury' ran off business (11/15/02)
NEW ORLEANS -- A kite store in the heart of the French Quarter filed a lawsuit Thursday against the makers of a movie being made here, alleging crews blocked the store entrance for two days. The Kite Shop, on Jackson Square near the St. Louis Cathedral, filed the lawsuit against 20th Century Fox and Jury Productions Inc. seeking compensation for business lost due to the filming of "Runaway Jury," starring John Cusack, Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman...
New UM president makes campus tours (11/15/02)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Incoming University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd pledged Thursday to "make partnerships" in winning citizen and legislative backing as well as private financial support for higher education. Floyd, whose hiring was confirmed Wednesday, was traveling to all four campuses in a single day -- and he pledged to visit the four corners of Missouri...
Pakistani executed for CIA killings (11/15/02)
JARRATT, Va. -- A Pakistani who killed two CIA employees in a 1993 shooting rampage outside the spy agency's headquarters was executed Thursday as the State Department warned of global retaliation against Americans. Aimal Khan Kasi, 38, died by injection at the Greensville Correctional Center at 9:07 EST...
Kansas jury decides Carr brothers should be executed (11/15/02)
WICHITA, Kan. -- Jurors decided Thursday evening two brothers convicted in the execution-style slayings of four friends on a snow-covered soccer field should be put to death. It took jurors about seven hours to decide the fate of Reginald Carr, who turned 25 Thursday, and his brother Jonathan, 22, who were convicted last week of capital murder for the Dec. 15, 2000, deaths of four people, and of attempted murder for the shooting of a fifth person that day...
U.S. policy welcoms Cubans, rebuffs Haitians (11/15/02)
MIAMI -- Eight Cubans land in Key West aboard a crop-duster and are allowed to remain in the United States. More than 200 Haitians come ashore aboard a rickety ship near downtown Miami and are all but certain to be sent back to their desperately poor homeland...
Senate clears way for annual pay raise (11/15/02)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate has used one of the first votes of its lame-duck session to accept a pay raise for the fourth consecutive year. The Senate, without debate, used its second vote on Wednesday to reject 58-36 a measure by Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., that would have denied the congressional pay raise...
Prison terms in race riot slaying anger from family (11/15/02)
YORK, Pa. -- Six white men apologized in court for the slaying of a young black woman during a 1969 race riot, but neither their remorse nor their prison terms soothed the grief and outrage of the victim's kin. The six were given sentences of up to three years in prison Wednesday in the shooting death of Lillie Belle Allen during 10 days of racial violence in York. None was given the maximum sentence -- and only one will serve in a state lockup...
FTC predicts end to Miss Cleo calls after settlement (11/15/02)
WASHINGTON -- Trading fortunes cost a fortune as the companies behind Miss Cleo's psychic hot line agreed Thursday to forgive $500 million in customer bills to settle a federal lawsuit alleging they fleeced callers hoping to glimpse the future. Access Resource Services Inc. and Psychic Readers Network Inc. also agreed to stop selling their alleged soothsaying services over the phone and pay the government a $5 million fine, the Federal Trade Commission said...
People talk 11/15/02 (11/15/02)
Singer gives up glasses in favor of laser surgery LONDON -- Singer Elton John, who claims to own some 4,000 pairs of eyeglasses, says he plans to have laser surgery so that he won't need corrective lenses. "I'm so fed up with 'Where are they?' I can't see anything, so why wait?" John said in a televised interview Wednesday...
CDC - More senior citizens need to get their flu shots (11/15/02)
ATLANTA -- Less than two-thirds of the nation's senior citizens have been vaccinated against flu and pneumonia -- well short of the government's goal of 90 percent by 2010, the CDC reported Thursday. In a 2001 survey of nearly 40,000 elderly people by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 65 percent said they had received a flu shot in the preceding year, and only 60 percent had gotten a shot against the most common form of bacterial pneumonia...
Teenagers plead guilty in father's slaying (11/15/02)
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Two teen-age brothers pleaded guilty Thursday to reduced charges in the baseball-bat slaying of their father, ending an unusual case in which the boys and a family friend were tried for the crime before separate juries. Derek King, 14, and Alex King, 13, admitted to third-degree murder and arson charges after the judge threw out second-degree murder convictions and ordered the case into mediation...
West Virginia University drops 'free speech zones' (11/15/02)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Under legal pressure from a civil liberties organization, West Virginia University has dropped a policy that restricted student protesters to designated "free speech zones" on campus. The Rutherford Institute of Charlottesville, Va., claimed victory after the Board of Governors rescinded the policy on Friday...
Gun distributor ordered to pay $1.2 million to teacher's widow (11/15/02)
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A jury ordered a gun distributor Thursday to pay $1.2 million to the widow of a teacher gunned down by a 13-year-old student in a landmark case targeting inexpensive handguns. As part of a $24 million judgment, the jury pinned most of the fault for the 2000 slaying of Barry Grunow on the gun's owner and school officials. ...
Law enforcement raids rap mogul's record company (11/15/02)
LOS ANGELES -- Authorities on Thursday raided the record label and homes of rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, a figure in an East Coast-West Coast rap feud that some believe led to the killings of two major stars. A sheriff's spokesman said Knight is not considered a suspect...
Christie's art auction brings strong prices (11/15/02)
NEW YORK -- Auction records were set for works by six artists at a Christie's sale of postwar and contemporary art, including one painting that had just recently been exhibited in two major museums. Records were set Wednesday evening for Roy Lichtenstein, Barnett Newman, David Hockney, Morris Louis, Dan Flavin and Laura Owens...
Pair of soldiers killed in combat exercise (11/15/02)
FORT POLK, La. -- Two soldiers involved in an urban assault drill were killed Thursday when they were run over by a 63-ton tank. The accident came a day after an Air Force Reserve F-16 crashed in Utah, killing the pilot. That crash was the second fatal accident involving F-16s in Utah in less than three weeks...
NYC mayor offers tax increases, sees job losses (11/15/02)
NEW YORK -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg, facing a possible $6 billion shortfall next fiscal year, said Thursday he will move to reduce the city work force by 8,000, through layoffs if possible. He also reiterated his call for an income tax on commuters...
Sprint PCS to lay off 1,600 workers (11/15/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sprint Corp.'s wireless division will lay off about 1,600 workers, or 6 percent of the division's work force, and release about 500 contractors, the company announced Thursday. Sprint PCS President Len Lauer said the layoffs were part of the Overland Park, Kan.-based company's efforts to reorganize by getting rid of management and reprioritizing products and services to cut costs...
U.S. to phase out oil deliveries to North Korea (11/15/02)
The Associated PressWASHINGTON -- President Bush is suspending oil assistance to North Korea in response to Pyongyang's violation of a pledge not to develop nuclear weapons, administration officials say. Bush made the decision during a meeting with his national security team Wednesday night ahead of a key conclave of allied governments Thursday in New York City on the North Korean situation...
Pelosi to lead House Dems, aims for a centrist economic program (11/15/02)
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a California liberal, easily won election Thursday as leader of minority House Democrats and swiftly set a goal of crafting a "down the center" program for economic growth. "Hopefully, we can find a great deal of common ground with Republicans" across a range of issues, said the 62-year-old, a veteran of 15 years in Congress. "But where not, we will put up the fight."...
Bush administration looks for NATO support of Iraqi disarmament (11/15/02)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, emboldened by unanimous support from the United Nations Security Council, turns next to the NATO alliance for backing -- in words, if not yet in deeds -- of his demands for Iraq to disarm. Shifting diplomatic gears from the Security Council vote to next week's NATO summit, U.S. ...
Terrorism insurance bill OK'd (11/15/02)
WASHINGTON -- The government would cover up to $90 billion annually in insurance claims from any future terrorist attacks under a compromise bill approved Thursday by the House as lawmakers sorted through their final stack of legislation for the year...
Bush administration looks at privatizing federal civilian jobs (11/15/02)
WASHINGTON -- Up to half the nation's 1.8 million federal civilian workers eventually could find they have a new boss or, worse, no job. The Bush administration is taking steps that could lead to the privatization of federal jobs at an unprecedented level, and officials proposed rules Thursday to make it easier for companies to compete with the government for maintenance, construction, secretarial and other work...
Despite signs, officials say no evidence of imminent attack (11/15/02)
WASHINGTON -- There is not enough specific, credible evidence to believe another attack on America is imminent, despite warnings of increased terrorist activity, U.S. officials said Thursday. The nation's terrorist threat level remains at code yellow, or "elevated," the middle of a five-point scale of risk developed by the Bush administration after the Sept 11, 2001, attacks...
U.S. 'concerned' about possible Iraq-sponsored terrorist attack (11/15/02)
WASHINGTON -- The United States is "prepared and concerned" about possible Iraq-sponsored terrorist attacks if President Bush orders a war to disarm Saddam Hussein, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday. Rumsfeld also said the Iraqi leader could launch chemical or biological attacks on U.S. troops...
Germ-warfare negotiators agree to discuss reducing threat (11/15/02)
GENEVA -- A 146-nation conference unanimously accepted a proposal Thursday to look for new ways to combat biological weapons, the first meeting of the group since the United States rejected a plan to enforce a global ban as unverifiable. "We are trying to set aside our differences," said Tibor Toth, the Hungarian diplomat who is conference chairman...
Allies back U.S. on suspending oil deliveries (11/15/02)
Key U.S. allies late Thursday backed a Bush administration decision to suspend oil deliveries to North Korea as punishment for its secret nuclear program. The decision was announced after a day-long meeting of the four parties that operate the 8-year-old oil assistance program -- Japan, South Korea, the European Union and the United States in New York...
World briefs - Ireland seeks to bring spending under control (11/15/02)
DUBLIN, Ireland -- Ireland's government announced Thursday it will slash spending to cope with the waning of its vaunted Celtic Tiger economy. Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy said 2003 spending would rise by less than 2 percent to $37.6 billion, a stunning turnaround from the double-digit increases of recent years fueled by record tax receipts on the back of an unprecedented boom...
Sniper suspect probed in Antigua (11/15/02)
ST. JOHNS, Antigua -- A U.S. Consulate official alerted authorities that sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad tried to obtain a U.S. passport in 2000 with fraudulent documents but he escaped from Antiguan custody before questioning, a task force official said Thursday...
U.N. inspector could make or break support for war with Iraq (11/15/02)
UNITED NATIONS -- In a recent speech, Hans Blix told his weapons inspectors exactly how to act in Iraq: Be driving and dynamic, but not angry and aggressive. Show some flexibility, but don't be pushed around. He could have been describing himself. The 74-year-old Swede is charged with telling the world whether Iraq has biological and chemical weapons and is complying with U.N. ...
Pope makes historic visit to Italian parliament (11/15/02)
ROME -- Pope John Paul II made a historic speech to Italy's parliament Thursday, urging Italians to work for world peace, uphold their Christian values and have more babies. The visit -- the first time a pope has appeared before the Italian parliament -- underscored the warmth that the country feels for the Polish-born John Paul, the first non-Italian pontiff in 455 years...
U.S. deserter wants wife to return to North Korea (11/15/02)
MANO, Japan -- An alleged U.S. Army deserter, whose Japanese wife was abducted decades ago to North Korea by communist spies, pleaded Thursday for Tokyo to end her visit with long-lost Japanese relatives and send her "home" to North Korea. The appeal came in a rare interview with Charles Robert Jenkins, who married abductee Hitomi Soga in North Korea in 1980. It was published in the weekly Japanese news magazine Shukan Kinyobi...
Ivory Coast rebels reject peace accord (11/15/02)
LOME, Togo -- Ivory Coast rebels rejected a draft peace plan seeking to end a nearly 2-month-old uprising that has claimed hundreds of lives, and were preparing a counterproposal, a spokesman said Thursday. The setback comes after two weeks of talks meant to end peacefully a conflict that has split Ivory Coast in two, crippled the West African nation's economy and raised fears of regional destabilization...
China's Hu moves into leadership role of Communist Party (11/15/02)
BEIJING -- Chinese Vice President Hu Jintao, appointed leader of China's Communist Party today, is known for being smart, cautious and, perhaps most of all, able to keep his personality and views on politics a mystery to outsiders. Recommended a decade ago by then-supreme leader Deng Xiaoping as heir apparent to President Jiang Zemin, Hu has spent time building alliances and gaining experience while drawing little attention. ...
Leading suspect in kibbutz shooting captured (11/15/02)
JERUSALEM -- Israeli troops tracked down the suspected ringleader of a deadly Palestinian shooting spree at an Israeli kibbutz, forcing him to strip to his underwear and surrender Thursday in the West Bank town of Tulkarem. In a separate army action in the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces carried out an early morning raid in Gaza City -- a congested place that ground troops rarely approach -- and detained four Palestinian brothers suspected of making mortars...
Soldiers struggle to replace Britain's striking firefighters (11/15/02)
LONDON -- The emergency call about a house fire came through Thursday afternoon to a reserve army barracks whose soldiers are replacing Britain's striking firefighters. First, they didn't know where the fire was. As soldiers rushed out of their buildings -- including one who had been showering and wore a towel around his waist -- it took several minutes of searching through city maps to find the street...
Powell tries to soothe hard feelings with Canada on border (11/15/02)
OTTAWA -- Saying "America treasures its relationship with Canada," Secretary of State Colin Powell promised Thursday that the United States would strive to keep Canadian citizens from being hassled or singled out when they cross the border. Powell flew here for a luncheon meeting with Foreign Minister Bill Graham and other Canadian officials that he said dealt with Iraq "in considerable detail." The meeting also was intended as a balm on sore feelings in Canada over border security measures implemented by its powerful next-door neighbor.. ...
Bulldogs to make semifinal debut (11/15/02)
After escaping the shadow of St. Mary's, Notre Dame will be making its first semifinal soccer appearance in the programs decade and a half long existence at 6 p.m. today at the Anheuser-Busch Conference and Sports Centre in Fenton, Mo. "We have had our bad luck against St. Mary's the last couple of years," Notre Dame coach Brad Wittenborn said of his team's sectional round exits at the hands of the Dragons the past four seasons...
Gonner not a goner for Indians (11/15/02)
Better late than never as far as Dainmon Gonner and Southeast Missouri State University's men's basketball program are concerned. Gonner, a standout at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College the past two seasons, originally signed with Southeast last spring but failed to meet NCAA eligibility requirements...
SEMO wants to exhibit improvement in 2nd outing (11/15/02)
Southeast Missouri State University men's basketball coach Gary Garner was pleased with his team's first exhibition game. Tonight, Garner will look for more improvement as the Indians close out their exhibition schedule. The Dream Builders, a team based in Des Moines, Iowa, and made up of former college players, will provide the opposition in a 7:30 p.m. ...
Cards' gloves turn gold with four fielding awards (11/15/02)
ST. LOUIS -- Greg Maddux won his 13th straight Gold Glove, and St. Louis Cardinals players won four of the nine National League awards Thursday. Maddux, who extended his own NL record for pitchers, moved within three of the overall record, held by Jim Kaat. Maddux, who has won 10 of his Gold Gloves with the Atlanta Braves, became a free agent after the World Series...
Fanfare 11/15 (11/15/02)
College
  • After months of phone calls, letters and courting by collegiate basketball powerhouses, the agonizing is officially over for Reno standout David Padgett. On Wednesday, the 6-foot-11, 242-pound Reno High senior signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Kansas, the No. 2-ranked team in this year's preseason poll...
  • Rockies' Hampton may block 6-player trade with Marlins (11/15/02)
    TUCSON, Ariz. -- Mike Hampton and Charles Johnson are the biggest names in a six-player deal tentatively agreed to Thursday by the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins. Colorado's Hampton and Florida's Johnson would have to waive no-trade clauses. They have until midday Saturday to decide whether to do so, according to Scott Boras, Johnson's agent...
    Royals promise to cut an already low payroll (11/15/02)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals had their highest payroll in 2002 and their worst win-loss record, so changes are going to be made, says owner David Glass. Glass said the payroll for the 25-man roster will be trimmed about $10 million to $37 million for 2003. He said the figure includes money to re-sign their pitcher-of-the-year, Paul Byrd, who is a free agent after going 17-11 with a 3.90 ERA...
    Gordon replaces a top draft pick as Faulk's backup (11/15/02)
    ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams running back Lamar Gordon, who might have to fill in for Marshall Faulk on Monday night against the Bears, is feeling less and less like a rookie. Being on the field for the Rams' game-winning drive in last week's 28-24 victory over the Chargers will do that. Gordon caught two passes for 18 yards and ran twice for 11 yards to help set up Marc Bulger's game-winning 7-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Bruce with 1:14 to play...
    Hockey team to pull off one big publicity stunt (11/15/02)
    Picture 7-foot-7 Manute Bol on skates. Indianapolis Ice general manager Larry Linde did more than that. Earlier this week, he got Bol's signature on a Central Hockey League contract and then started measuring the rest of him for a uniform. Never mind that Bol played pro basketball, not hockey, or that all his previous experience with ice is the kind that fills a glass...
    O'Neal hopes to return Nov. 22 (11/15/02)
    The Associated Press EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- With his sore toe getting better, Shaquille O'Neal hopes to play his first game Nov. 22 at home against Chicago. O'Neal said Thursday that his foot has been less sore during practices, but that the pain returns following workouts. He had the arthritic big toe on his right foot operated on Sept. 11...
    Youth receives probation for attack on Royals' coach (11/15/02)
    A 15-year-old boy who attacked a Kansas City Royals coach during a baseball game at Comiskey Park was sentenced Thursday to five years of probation. Cook County Judge Paul Stralka also ordered the teen to undergo mandatory counseling and perform 30 hours of community service...
    Crenshaw to join his mentor in golf's hall (11/15/02)
    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Ben Crenshaw has been linked with trusty teacher Harvey Penick for as long as he has played golf. His induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame will be no different. Penick first wrapped Crenshaw's hands around a golf club. He died a week before Crenshaw won the 1995 Masters, an emotional victory in which Crenshaw said he felt his teacher's hand on his shoulder, guiding him to the best golf of his life...
    Missouri's deer firearms season opens Saturday (11/15/02)
    The November portion of Missouri's firearms deer hunting season opens Saturday and runs through Nov. 26. Last year, 568,339 firearms deer hunting permits were sold and 201,165 deer were taken during the 11-day segment. The Youth-Only portion of the firearms deer hunting season took place Nov. ...
    Stanley - The family fortune and how to protect it (11/15/02)
    Part 1 of a 2-part series Years ago people used to talk about the family fortune. They wanted to create the family fortune, protect it, and pass it along to their heirs. While those objectives may still endure, changing tax laws and a roller-coaster economy have made them more difficult to achieve, especially for baby-boomers sandwiched between aging parents and growing children...
    Tips on giving powerful presentations (11/15/02)
    Many people fear giving presentations. No matter the size of our audience or the type of presentation, there are some simple steps we can take to put our best foot forward. Whether it is a five-minute sales presentation or an hour-long keynote address, there is a basic structure...
    Old friends, many years, new links (11/15/02)
    Anyone who has lived in 12 towns in the 37 years -- that's my record since I've been married -- is used to the assumptions drawn by others: Running from the law. Can't hold a job. How many divorces? I'm pleased to report that all of those characterizations in my case would be wrong...
    Moscow Ballet makes peace sweet (11/15/02)
    In the "Nutcracker," which American audiences have adopted as a holiday tradition, Clara ends up in the Kingdom of Sweets. In "The Great Russian Nutcracker" to be presented Monday at the Show Me Center, the heroine named Masha winds up in the Land of Peace and Harmony. This tweaking of the U.S. version comes with astounding 10-foot-tall animal puppets and backdrops based on the work of Russian painters...
    Broadcast networks reach deal to keep Emmy Awards (11/15/02)
    LOS ANGELES -- With cooler heads prevailing, the networks and television academy each gave financial ground to reach a deal to keep the Emmy Awards on broadcast TV, a network executive said Thursday. Staving off a fat HBO offer, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC agreed to pay the TV academy $52 million over eight years to prevent the showcase event from slipping away to the cable channel...
    Everybody's a critic - 'Femme Fatale' (11/15/02)
    One star The R rating for this movie is very apropos. The first few minutes show Rebecca Romijn-Stamos working with thieves stealing jewelry in a hotel. The story then goes into strong sexuality and foul language. Antonio Banderas plays a photographer, and that's about all that is remembered of his role. Peter Coyote appears in a small scene in an airplane. These two great actors can't turn this movie into a must-see...
    Who's who in 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' (11/15/02)
    LOS ANGELES When last we left our magical hero, Harry Potter had survived a perilous freshman year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and defeated his reincarnated nemesis, the wicked Voldemort. After all that, the 12-year-old's second school year should be as simple as a card trick, right?...
    Artifacts 11/15 (11/15/02)
    Art by Max Cordonnier on display at Shawnee ANNA, Ill. -- Digital triptych works by Dr. Max Cordonnier are on display through November at the Shawnee Community College Anna Center. Cordonnier is a professor emeritus of English at Southeast Missouri State University. One of his works, "Canterbury Pilgrims," was named Best of Show in the "Art for the Health of It" 2001 competition sponsored by Southeast Missouri Hospital...
    Rust receives Inland Press Association Award (11/15/02)
    Business Today Citing strong contributions to journalism, public service and leadership, longtime Cape Girardeau newspaperman Gary W. Rust has been awarded the Ralph D. Casey Award by the Inland Press Association, one of the country's top newspaper trade associations...
    Keene - 8 year-end tax-saving strategies (11/15/02)
    The end of the year is fast approaching -- and so are several important Dec. 31 financial deadlines. Here are eight financial tasks you may want to carry out before the year ends. Convert to a Roth IRA With many individual retirement accounts decimated by the bear market, taxpayers may find this the perfect time to convert their traditional individual retirement accounts to a Roth IRA, whose eligible earnings are not taxable upon withdrawal. ...
    New Marion medical center opens in December (11/15/02)
    MARION, Ill. -- The first new hospital in Southern Illinois in 40 years will officially open Dec. 12 when Heartland Regional Medical Center begins accepting patients. "We will actually be running two hospitals for a while that day," Tom Keim, vice president of marketing for Marion Memorial Hospital, told the Southern Illinoisan newspaper...
    Beverly Healthcare being renovated (11/15/02)
    Business Today POPLAR BLUFF -- The new administrator didn't waste time in getting things going. Patty Norman took over as executive director of Beverly Healthcare last May. The facility is located at 2071 Barron Road. In August, Norman started a renovation project of the main lobby at the nursing home to expand the commons area...
    A legacy of land (11/15/02)
    By J. Charles Stotz executive director Southeast Missouri Hospital Foundation There are many ways to offer lasting support to one's favorite charities. Often the obvious ones are life insurance and a remembrance bequest in the donor's will. One unique way to "leave a legacy" is to donate property...
    Large water tower being built in Farmington (11/15/02)
    FARMINGTON -- The city will soon add another million-gallon water tower and well to its infrastructure. Work has steadily progressed on the replacement of a 54,000-gallon water tank with a new million-gallon unit on the hill adjacent to Maple Valley Shopping Center off Karsch Boulevard. Welding crews recently finished initial construction. The next step is to connect the well, pump and service lines and test the system for water purity...
    Southeast Missouri recognitions (11/15/02)
    Two Cape Girardeau businesswomen, Cheryl Mothes and Jean Schlichter, recently attended the Zonta District 7 annual seminar, which was held in St. Paul, Minn. They represented the Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau Area, one of the 25 clubs in the district, which includes Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, South and North Dakota. The Cape Zonta Club received numerous district awards including the Governor's Award, District 7 Membership Award, Legislative Awareness and Advocacy Award,...
    Newspaper Web sites add audience (11/15/02)
    Business Today New research data confirms the strength of online newspapers compared with local-market competition and charts the rise of these sites as valuable advertising vehicles for area retailers. Sites operated by newspapers attract the most visitors in 78 out of 85 local markets tracked by The Media Audit, a research product from Houston's International Demographics Inc...
    Highway board approves new five-year plan (11/15/02)
    Business Today JEFFERSON CITY -- The State Highways and Transportation Commission in late October decided to approve the latest version of its five-year road construction plan without specifying projects for the fifth year. Since dropping its ambitious 15-year plan in 1998, the Department of Transportation has operated on rolling five-year plans. ...
    Duckett Truck Center keeps expands, adds fuel center (11/15/02)
    Business Today POPLAR BLUFF -- It's roomy, all new and fully automated. It has easy access and 10 acres of truck and trailer parking, and it just may offer the best price for gas and diesel fuel in town. Duckett Fuel Center, adjacent to Duckett Truck Center on Highway 67 North, opened in early October...
    Work begins on new Cape bank (11/15/02)
    Construction has started for the 1st Community Bank building at the corner of Mt. Auburn Road and Independence. The address will be 17 S. Mount Auburn Road. The bank building is expected to be finished by May 30. According to 1st Community Bank president and CEO Scott Spencer, the new bank will be a 7,300-square-foot facility offering full-service commercial banking with a drive-through and 24 hour ATM. ...
    Parker - Are your assets really diversified? (11/15/02)
    You've heard the old investment adage, "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." It's good advice. A diversified portfolio should be at the core of any well-planned investment strategy. While a worthy goal at any age, it's especially desirable as your net worth grows over the years...
    Interview tips (11/15/02)
    Be prepared to market your skills and experiences as they relate to the job described. Work at positioning yourself in the mind of the employer as a person with a particular set of skills and attributes. Employers have problems that need to be solved by employees with particular skills, so work to describe your qualifications appropriately...
    Cape Girardeau County tax liens (11/15/02)
    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 October are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue except as indicated by IRS designation. For information concerning the dollar amount of the liens, contact the recorder's office at 243-8123.TAX LIENS AGAINST:...
    Scott County tax liens (11/15/02)
    Scott County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Tom Dirnberger, Scott County recorder of deeds, during the month of October are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue except as indicated by IRS designation. For information concerning the dollar amount of the liens, contact the recorder's office at 545-3551.TAX LIENS AGAINST:...
    Cameras installed at new stop lights (11/15/02)
    To help traffic flow near university Business Today Several feet above the new traffic signals at the intersection of Sprigg and Normal streets in Cape Girardeau -- an entrance to Southeast Missouri State University -- cameras sit atop thin poles, 25 feet above the pavement, for a bird's-eye view down both streets...
    Last large concrete pour made on Emerson bridge (11/15/02)
    Business Today The giant steel-and-concrete bridge taking shape over the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau moved a step closer to completion Oct. 23-24 with 5.8 million pounds of concrete poured for construction of yet another pier for the $100 million span...
    People news (11/15/02)
    Southeast Missouri Robert Scheper has been named director of the Cancer Institute at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Courtney Corbett has joined Magna-Tel in Cape Girardeau as a sales agent. Jeremy Graves has joined Country Insurance and Financial Services in Cape Girardeau as a financial agent...
    Business licenses (11/15/02)
    Nov. 2002 Cape Girardeau County Business Licenses (all located in Cape Girardeau unless otherwise noted) Karie's Cookies; Westfield Shoppingtown Mall William Bros. Farm Toys; Westfield Shoppingtown Mall Endless Summer Tan; 1420 N. Kingshighway...
    Business briefs (11/15/02)
    Southeast Missouri CAPE GIRARDEAU Eye Care for You has opened at 1435 N. Mount Auburn. The owner is Dr. Alan Branson. Charming Creations, which offers bracelets, jewelry and home decor items, has opened at 211-A S. Kingshighway. The owner is Dana Rowland...
    Fredericktown receives economic grant (11/15/02)
    The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) has approved almost $400,000 to foster economic development in two Missouri communities, according to Sen. Kit Bond. The Delta Regional Authority will send $399,750 in funds for the following development projects: -- $200,000 grant to the city of Fredericktown in Madison County. ...
    Keeping sales force and marketing department on same page (11/15/02)
    By John R. Graham The rainmakers from the sales department and the gurus from marketing working side by side? Becoming a team? I don't think so! It'll never work. Not that it hasn't been tried before. Well, this article is not about organizational development. ...
    Area job hunters attend inaugural Career Fair (11/15/02)
    Business Today About 375 job hopefuls from throughout the area took advantage of the opportunity to meet with business representatives, fill out applications and gather employment information Oct. 15 during the inaugural Career Fair at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau...
    When job-hunting -- dress for success (11/15/02)
    Business Today It's probably one of the most overused phrases in job hunting, but also one of the most underutilized by job seekers -- dress for success. In job hunting, first impressions are critical. Remember, you are marketing a product -- yourself -- to a potential employer, and the first thing the employer sees when greeting you is your attire; thus, you must make every effort to have the proper dress for the type of job you are seeking...
    Cape motorcycle dealer to relocate (11/15/02)
    Business Today Minor's Harley-Davidson Suzuki Sales is planning to move from 905 Enterprise to a new 20,000-square-foot building on 2.75 acres on the north side of I-55, almost directly across the highway from the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport along the outer roadway near mile marker 89...
    Jackson development leased on Highway 61 (11/15/02)
    Work to begin on adjacent property Business Today JACKSON -- A commercial development along Highway 61 between Jackson and I-55 is completely occupied. Known as the 2370 N. High St. Center, the building was developed by Oak Enterprises, which is owned by the Farris Nabors family...
    Applebee's opens in Sikeston (11/15/02)
    By Jill Bock Special to Business Today SIKESTON - There's a new grill in the neighborhood. Applebee's, located between Lowe's and Office Max on South Main Street, officially opened its doors Oct. 21 to those who enjoy a casual dining experience. Putting the emphasis on being a neighborhood bar and grill, the interior definitely has a Southeast Missouri decor. There are photos of Sikeston's past and present along with mementos from area high schools...
    Kinder Morgan pulls plug on power plant project (11/15/02)
    Blames DNR opposition Business Today Kinder Morgan Power Co. has terminated its plan to build a $300 million power plant between Crump and Whitewater in rural Cape Girardeau County. The company cited "repeated, unexplained delays" by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as the reason it is ending the project...
    Improved Ryan's Food Mart reopens (11/15/02)
    Business Today PARMA - "It was a terrible day," recalled Tom Ryan about the fire last year that destroyed his business. But from those ashes rose a new store. On Sept. 16, Ryan reopened Ryan's Food Mart at 200 Main St. in Parma, a town of 1,000 residents...
    Leible Autos adds motorcycles (11/15/02)
    Business Today SIKESTON - Sometimes you can turn your passion into your business. Mike Stephens has been riding and racing motorcycles since he was 4 years old. Although he admits he would rather be riding than anything else, he has found the next best thing is the time he can spend at Leible Cycles, introducing ATVs and motorcycles to others...
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