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Stories from Friday, December 13, 2002

Mr. U would like clothing, groceries, household items (12/13/02)
Mr. U was injured in an automobile accident that left him confined to a wheelchair. The accident also forced him out of work. Mr. U lives on his disability check and receives some help from Medicaid. He is diabetic, has arthritis and is a paraplegic, so his medical expenses are great...
Educational toys and materials make good gifts (12/13/02)
Justin, 8, spends his time looking for fossils in rocks around his family's home. Right now he uses a magnifying class as his only scientific instrument, so a science kit or books would make a great Christmas gift for him. However, his family is in financial straits and needs assistance from Toybox to provide presents this holiday...
Inmate-caused damage to jail to top $10,000 (12/13/02)
Daily American Republic GREENVILLE, Mo. -- With bills still coming in, Wayne County officials believe the damage caused when inmates recently flooded the jail will reach upward of $10,000. "We don't have enough figures to finalize the amount yet," said Wayne County Clerk Alan Lutes. "It's definitely over $10,000."...
New plan for River Campus set to get approval (12/13/02)
Southeast Missouri State University's new River Campus arts school would include a visitors center that would house Cape Girardeau's Convention and Visitors Bureau under a revised conceptual design that focuses on a new downtown street entrance. The plan will be presented to the university's board of regents today...
Kiwanis look for park to call their own (12/13/02)
The Cape Girardeau Kiwanis Club wants a place to call its own. Cherokee Park, members figure, is as good a place as any. The club has the means and the motivation to improve and develop Cherokee Park, which has entry points from Perryville and Lexington roads. Within months, the park could be the first in the city named after a service organization...
Sikeston fugitive arrested in Indiana (12/13/02)
The final member of Sikeston's Sumlin family being sought on federal drug distribution charges was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Kokomo, Ind. Rufus Montshobee Sumlin III, 26, was arrested by Kokomo police officers after they obtained photos and warrant information from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety...
Southeast increase in tuition up before regents (12/13/02)
Southeast Missouri State University students could return from Christmas break next month to another tuition increase, the third in less than a year. The board of regents today will vote on a school administration plan to impose another surcharge for the spring and summer semesters that could increase tuition for graduate and undergraduate students by anywhere from $1 to $8 a credit hour, depending on state funding cuts. The regents will meet at 11 a.m. in the University Center Ballroom...
County commission approves nature center bonds (12/13/02)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission will issue $4.7 million in bonds to help finance a new Missouri Department of Conservation nature center in the county park. The commission unanimously approved the issuance of bonds at its meeting Thursday in Jackson, culminating more than three years of planning for the project. The arrangement still must be approved by the Missouri Conservation Commission, which expects to sign off on the deal on Dec. 20...
Center to celebrate milestone with Sunday open house (12/13/02)
The Cape Area Family Resource Center will celebrate paying off its building, thank donors for their contributions and showcase center offerings with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Community members and agencies donated $40,000, paying off the building in full in one year. The center is located at 1202 S. Sprigg St. in a former church and serves the section of Cape Girardeau bounded by William Street, West End Boulevard and Southern Expressway...
Kinder meets president during visit to Washington (12/13/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder briefly met with President George W. Bush on Thursday while in Washington, D.C., attending a legislative conference. Kinder, R-Cape Girardeau, was one of six state lawmakers to get the opportunity to talk with the president and have their photo taken with him...
State lawmakers skeptical of tobacco bond approach (12/13/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Some lawmakers expressed skepticism Thursday about the state's newly proposed approach to selling tobacco bonds designed to ease pressure on the state budget. Last week, the state Tobacco Settlement Financing Authority was advised that the state could save up to $150 million over the lifetime of the bonds if they instead were offered through the state Board of Public Buildings...
U.S. court rejects bid by Peltier to reduce sentences (12/13/02)
ST. LOUIS -- A federal court Thursday rejected American Indian activist Leonard Peltier's request for reductions in the two consecutive life sentences he got in the 1975 killings of two FBI agents, saying the appeal came far too late. An attorney for Peltier has argued that ballistics evidence not considered by his client's sentencing judge could have led to two concurrent life sentences, not the back-to-back ones Peltier has been serving since his 1977 conviction and sentencing...
Man charged after son drinks meth chemicals (12/13/02)
CARTHAGE, Mo. -- A southwest Missouri man has been charged with murder after his 11-month-old son died from drinking chemicals authorities say were leftover from a methamphetamine cook. Zarrin Doubet had Coleman fuel, commonly used for camping, and other substances in his system when he died Sept. 23, Jasper County Prosecutor Dean Dankelson said Thursday...
Family gets $7 million in pool drowning case (12/13/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The mother of a teenager who drowned at an apartment complex's swimming pool has been awarded nearly $7.2 million. A Jackson County jury Wednesday awarded the money to Jessica Washington. Her son, Carlos Sango, 17, drowned in July 1999 when his shirt became entangled in a broken pool drain cover...
Funeral set for Saturday for slain sheriff's deputy (12/13/02)
SALEM, Mo. -- Funeral services will be Saturday for a sheriff's deputy killed by a murder suspect. Services for Dent County chief deputy Sharon Joann Barnes will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Community Church in Salem. Burial will be at Concord Cemetery near Licking...
Survey shows Missouri education cuts among highest nationwide (12/13/02)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's 10 percent budget cuts for higher education this school year rank second among state governments' cuts to colleges, according to a recent survey. The only state to slash a larger percentage from higher education funding was Oregon, with an 11 percent cut...
Judges pass out nearly $3 million (12/13/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Two capital city judges passed out nearly $3 million in surprise gifts Thursday to government and nonprofit groups, disbursing all that remained in four funds from old court cases at the encouragement of the state Supreme Court...
Road money fight not easy, Bond says (12/13/02)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- When U.S. Sen. Kit Bond earned what he called the "dubious distinction" of being involved in the last fistfight on the Senate floor, it was during heated debate on a highway funding bill. "It is, I hope, the last time we come to blows over highways. But I tell you, it is going to be close this year," Bond said of the coming effort to draft new federal highways legislation...
Feds set higher standards for fuel economy (12/13/02)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration approved a modest increase Thursday in fuel economy for sport utility vehicles and small trucks, beginning with the 2005 model year, administration sources said. The change is the first since 1996, when Congress imposed a freeze on the federal fuel economy requirements on automakers...
Retail sales rise 0.4 percent with big gain for furnishings (12/13/02)
WASHINGTON -- Energized shoppers pushed sales at the nation's retailers up by 0.4 percent in November, the best showing in three months. Sales of furniture and home furnishings posted the biggest gain in nearly two years. The solid advance came after retail sales fell by 1.5 percent in September and edged up by just 0.1 percent in October, the Commerce Department reported Thursday...
Bankrupt United to reapply for loan, start low-cost carrier (12/13/02)
HERNDON, Va. -- Bankrupt United Airlines plans to launch a low-cost carrier next year to compete with Southwest Airlines and others as it attempts to regain financial footing by negotiating pay cuts and trying again for a government loan guarantee, the airline's chairman said Thursday...
Prices for natural gas soar to 19-month high (12/13/02)
NEW YORK -- The wholesale price of natural gas spiked to a 19-month high Thursday after the government reported a sharper-than-expected decline in supplies. Wholesale prices for gasoline and heating oil also rose as political unrest persisted in Venezuela, a key exporter of crude oil, and OPEC members pursued a plan to curb production...
New York City mayor unveils his vision for Lower Manhattan (12/13/02)
NEW YORK -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday unveiled his vision of a revitalized Lower Manhattan with vast green spaces, new neighborhoods, a large public marketplace and a transit hub with direct links to airports. His announcement came one week before the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation was scheduled to present seven proposals for redeveloping the 16 acres where the World Trade Center stood...
Judge bars TV cameras in trial of sniper suspect (12/13/02)
MANASSAS, Va. -- A judge Thursday barred television cameras from next year's trial of sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad, saying such media coverage could compromise his right to a fair trial. Prince William County Circuit Judge LeRoy F. Millette Jr. also said trial would begin Oct. 14 and he set aside eight weeks for what is expected to be a closely watched case...
People talk 12/13/02 (12/13/02)
Nick Nolte pleads no contest to charges MALIBU, Calif. -- Actor Nick Nolte pleaded no contest Thursday to one count of driving under the influence of drugs. He was sentenced to three years probation, including counseling and drug testing. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped a second misdemeanor charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance...
Law, other bishops subpoenaed by grand jury (12/13/02)
BOSTON -- Boston Cardinal Bernard Law, the nation's senior Roman Catholic prelate, could soon be facing questions from a Massachusetts grand jury investigating the priest sex abuse scandal. Law and seven bishops who once worked for him were subpoenaed last week to appear before a grand jury looking into possible criminal violations by church officials, a source familiar with the subpoenas said Thursday on condition of anonymity...
Bush to allow religious bias by government contractors (12/13/02)
PHILADELPHIA -- Sidestepping Congress, President Bush took action Thursday to help churches and other religious groups better compete for federal dollars to provide social services. He said he wanted to "clear away a legacy of discrimination" against such organizations, even those that refuse to hire people of a different faith...
New York City prepares for life without public transit (12/13/02)
NEW YORK -- Bond broker Vince DiGaetano would dust off his old bicycle, while Bronx teenager Alex Macari would "depend on my own two feet." Attorney Seth Rowland would telecommute and suburbanite Joan Cronin would give up holiday shopping in Manhattan...
Ex-handyman sentenced to death for killing three tourists (12/13/02)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A former motel handyman was sentenced to death Thursday for murdering three Yosemite National Park tourists in 1999. Cary Stayner, 41, was ordered to die by lethal injection in state prison, a fate that could be decades away on the nation's most congested death row. The case was automatically appealed...
Genealogist looks for DNA links to Benjamin Franklin (12/13/02)
PHILADELPHIA -- An amateur genealogist wants to create a way for people to find out whether they're descended from Benjamin Franklin and he needs some DNA to do it. One possibility, of course, would be digging up Franklin's bones, which have been buried for 212 years near Independence Hall. Since that seems unlikely, L. David Rober is focusing instead on men with well-documented ties to the statesman and inventor...
Clinton-era 'roadless rule' detoured by court (12/13/02)
SAN FRANCISCO -- A Clinton-era rule blocking development on about 58 million acres of federal forest cleared a major legal hurdle Thursday. In a 2-1 decision, a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ordered a federal judge in Idaho to lift his injunction blocking the so-called "Roadless Rule," which was supposed to take effect May 2001...
Nation briefs 12/13/02 (12/13/02)
Judge bars TV cameras in trial of sniper suspect MANASSAS, Va. -- A judge Thursday barred television cameras from next year's trial of sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad, saying such media coverage could compromise his right to a fair trial. Prince William County Circuit Judge LeRoy F. Millette Jr. also said trial would begin Oct. 14, and he set aside eight weeks for what is expected to be a closely watched case...
Bush names investment banker Friedman top economic adviser (12/13/02)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, rejecting protests from supply-side conservatives, named Wall Street investment banker Stephen Friedman on Thursday to head his National Economic Council, completing the top selections for his revamped economic team. Friedman will replace Lawrence Lindsey, who was ousted last week along with Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill when Bush decided he needed a stronger team to deal with the lackluster economy and sell Congress on a new round of tax cuts...
Judge claims energy companies overcharged state by $1.8 billion (12/13/02)
WASHINGTON -- Energy companies overcharged California by $1.8 billion during the state's power crisis, a federal regulatory judge said Thursday. The amount is far short of what the state is seeking. Bruce Birchman, an administrative law judge at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, also found that the companies still have $3 billion in unpaid bills for power delivered to California, meaning it is unlikely the state will see any refunds if FERC adopts the judge's recommendations...
FEC reduces amount Bush, Gore campaigns must repay government (12/13/02)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission on Thursday decided to scale back the amounts that auditors had recommended the 2000 presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and Al Gore repay the government. Also, while reviewing presidential campaign audits, the commission said former candidate Pat Buchanan could use taxpayer dollars to award $70,000 in bonuses to his campaign staff, including $20,000 to his sister...
North Korea says it will reactivate nuclear reactor (12/13/02)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea said Thursday it will immediately revive a Soviet-designed nuclear power plant the United States suspects was being used to develop nuclear weapons before it was frozen in 1994. A dismayed South Korea urged its neighbor to reverse the decision. In Washington, a spokesman for President Bush called the situation "regrettable" but said the United States had no plans for military action in response to the North Korean decision...
U.S. military helicopter crashes in Honduras, killing five (12/13/02)
SANTA CRUZ DE YOJOA, Honduras -- An American Black Hawk helicopter crashed in the hills of central Honduras during a night training exercise, killing five U.S. soldiers. The helicopter, from Soto Cano Air Force Base in Palmerola, Honduras, crashed about 9 p.m. Wednesday while on routine training, said Lt. Col. Bill Costello, a spokesman for the U.S. Southern Command in Florida...
Iran orders up feasibility study for second nuclear plant (12/13/02)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran is considering construction of a second major nuclear power plant, state-run television reported Thursday, despite U.S. concern that byproducts from Iranian plants could be used to manufacture nuclear weapons. Iran's Atomic Energy Council ordered a feasibility study on a second plant as the country's first nuclear power station at Bushehr prepares to go online next year with Russian help...
Suicide squads trained in Pakistan by al-Qaida (12/13/02)
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Suicide squads are being trained in Pakistan by al-Qaida operatives to hit targets in Afghanistan and the bombers' families are being promised $50,000, say Afghan and Pakistani sources. The Pakistani government denies the presence of camps here. "Nobody will ever be able to either hide here or establish training camps in Pakistan," said Interior Ministry spokesman Iftikar Ahmed...
Five unarmed Palestinians killed at Gaza-Israel fence (12/13/02)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israeli soldiers shot and killed five unarmed Palestinians who tried to infiltrate Israel from Gaza, the military said Thursday, and in the West Bank, two Israeli soldiers were shot and killed in the tense city of Hebron. Israeli soldiers believed the five men killed overnight at the border intended to carry out a terror attack, but no weapons or explosives were found, leading to speculation that they were sneaking into Israeli territory in order to find work. ...
World briefs 12/13/02 (12/13/02)
Iraq invites U.N. envoy to find missing Kuwaitis UNITED NATIONS -- Iraq has lifted a ban on visits by a U.N. envoy charged with trying to resolve disputes stemming from its 1990 invasion of Kuwait, U.N. officials said Thursday. In a letter to the United Nations, Iraq invited envoy Yuli Vorontsov to visit Baghdad for the first time, U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard said. No date was set for the trip...
'Patch' Adams tries to bring laughter to the Gaza Strip (12/13/02)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Wearing huge floppy shoes, a duck hat and a honking red nose, Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams and his gang of zany clowns charmed a swarm of Palestinian children Thursday. The physician, activist and clown from Arlington, Va. was on a weeklong visit to hospitals and schools in the region, trying to bring laughter to a place of pain. ...
Iraqi general says inspections disprove groundless allegations (12/13/02)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A senior Iraqi general contended Thursday that the new round of U.N. weapons inspections has disproved "groundless" allegations by Western intelligence agencies that 10 Iraqi sites may be engaged in banned weapons production. Lt. Gen. Hossam Mohammed Amin called the intelligence reports "just a lie." The inspectors have not yet issued their findings, however, from visits to the 10 installations...
OPEC agrees to cut oil production by at 1.5 million barrels (12/13/02)
VIENNA, Austria -- OPEC representatives agreed Thursday on a plan they hope will reduce the cartel's production and keep prices from falling when seasonal demand dips early next year. The pact is expected to have little, if any, impact on consumers...
Tigers look forward to a lift from newest additions (12/13/02)
The Central Tigers boys basketball team, 4-21 a year ago, has made strides in coach Derek McCord's second season and reinforcements are on the way. The Tigers are 3-2 and will soon bolster their front line, one of the thinnest areas, with the addition of junior Mitch Craft and senior Monroe Hicks. The pair recently began practicing with the Tigers after playing starring roles on Central's football team, which finished 10-2 and reached the Class 4 quarterfinals...
Central rallies for win over Doniphan (12/13/02)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sophomore center Scott Chestnutt scored a career-high 32 points to help Central overcome a 12-point deficit and defeat Doniphan 84-80 in a Sikeston Tournament consolation semifinal Thursday night. Chestnutt scored 10 of his game-high total in the fourth quarter, including a conventional three-point play with under two minutes left to put the Tigers ahead 78-77, a lead they never relinquished...
Southeast coach joins Missouri hall of fame (12/13/02)
Southeast Missouri State University track and cross country coach Joey Haines is adding to his list of accomplishments. Haines, who has directed Southeast's men's and women's track and cross country programs since 1982, will be inducted into the Missouri Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame today in Columbia, Mo...
Injured Warner will finish rocky season on the bench (12/13/02)
ST. LOUIS -- There will be no last chance to make a good impression for Kurt Warner, placed on injured reserve Thursday by the Rams. The move came a day after coach Mike Martz suggested there will be an open quarterback competition next year if former third-stringer Marc Bulger, who led the Rams to five straight victories earlier in the season, picks up where he left off...
Predators hold on for a tie at home (12/13/02)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Scott Walker scored a pair of power-play goals, and the Nashville Predators held on for a 2-2 tie Thursday night against the Blues. Walker scored the first goal of the game at 12:11 of the second period. Vitali Yachmenev made a drop pass to Walker who blasted a slap shot by St. Louis goaltender Brent Johnson...
Winning is everything for Miami's senior quarterback (12/13/02)
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Maxwell Award sat in a corner of Ken Dorsey's house for six months, collecting dust and taking up space next to the cat's litter box. Dorsey didn't even care. His roommate, Brett Romberg, decided to clean it up and display it prominently in the living room with many of Dorsey's other trophies. Dorsey didn't even help...
Even as sophomore, McGahee is accustomed to making big impact (12/13/02)
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Willis McGahee has three losses this season, all to Miami teammate Ken Dorsey in a video game. The last time, McGahee had the lead and the ball in the last two minutes. He didn't want to run out the clock, though. He started throwing, was intercepted, and lost...
History of rare skunks has MDC's attention (12/13/02)
If someone described to you a black and white mammal up to 2 feet long with a long tail and an unpleasant odor, you might right away assume the person is describing a striped skunk. Actually there are two mammals in Missouri that fit this description...
Beer and sports like popcorn and movies (12/13/02)
News item: A Harvard study shows sports fans in colleges binge on beer, wine and booze more than students who aren't fans. Shocking, huh? Now we need a study to see whether college sports fans binge on chips, hot dogs and pretzels more. Bet they also gamble more...
Finals give way to a tough road stretch (12/13/02)
I'd like to thank all of the fans who braved the terrible weather we had last Wednesday night to attend our game with Oakland City. The players, coaches and staff appreciate your dedication to come out and support us even in the bad weather. We had a good crowd for the Southern Illinois game Saturday night. ...
Time for a Colorado mountain vacation (12/13/02)
You relax to the crackle of a glowing fire as its flickering flames warm your face. Gazing out the frost-trimmed window at the moonlight as it cascades down a snow-capped mountain, you sip a hot cup of gourmet cocoa contemplating the day's activities. A sense of peace and happiness fills your heart as you realize the gift of a day well spent...
Mueller - After the presentation -- close the sale (12/13/02)
All too often, a nearly perfect sales presentation fails in the final stretch. If we are not asking for the sale, we may not get it. First and foremost, we must understand what our customers want and need. In order to know this we need to qualify them thoroughly...
Stanley - The family fortune (12/13/02)
Part 2 of a 2-part series What if I told you that there was a way for you to create an estate that could benefit heirs for generations to come, free from the claims of creditors? Sound too good to be true? Well, not quite. The irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT) is a vehicle for creating and preserving family wealth. ...
Used cars, and other sacred stuff (12/13/02)
I got a big kick out of the Speak Out answer to the question, What would Jesus drive? The Speak Out answer was drawn from Scripture: "And they were all in one Accord." After I had a good chuckle, I wondered if the folks in the Bible had an exclusive contract with Honda dealers. Or was it possible that there were other biblical auto preferences?...
Artifacts 12/13/02 (12/13/02)
Gala Christmas Concert Saturday in Paducah PADUCAH, Ky. -- Only a few seats remain for the Paducah Symphony's annual Gala Christmas Concert to be held Saturday at Tilghman Auditorium. Appearing with the symphony will be the Children's Chorus and the Symphony Chorus. The program includes the "Hallelujah Chorus," "Russian Christmas Music," a bluegrass version of traditional carols and a traditional audience sing-along of carols...
'Springtime for Hitler' still making people laugh (12/13/02)
The wildly successful Broadway show comes to St. Louis as part of a national tour By Sam Blackwell ~ Southeast Missourian ST. LOUIS Mike Isaacson booked "The Producers the new Mel Brooks Musical" for its current three-week run at the Fox Theatre and is a producer himself. ...
Everybody's a critic - 'Waking Up in Reno' (12/13/02)
Three stars This movie takes a humorous look at life and its tribulations. Starting in Millsburg, Ark., two couples who are also best friends set out on a long-planned vacation to Reno, Nev. The drive starts with being pulled over by the police before getting out of town, progresses with a series of less than desirable sleeping conditions, advances to a steak-eating contest, crescendos with an exposed affair, and culminates with a "Monster Truck Jam." This is all done with a rather light hearted perspective that often has viewers either shaking their heads or laughing in spite of the seriousness of the situation.. ...
'The Two Towers' continues 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy (12/13/02)
NEW YORK -- Peter Jackson's middle movie may suffer a severe case of middle-child syndrome. "The next one is my favorite. I shouldn't actually say that. I'm supposed to be promoting this film," volunteers the director, who's come from New Zealand to flog the second in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "The Two Towers."...
Discount store opened by former retiree (12/13/02)
Business Today SIKESTON - After 38 years in business, Farrell Wilson could have taken up a rocking chair and sat back to enjoy retirement. Yet instead of a rocking, he began a business venture -- Wilson's Rock Bottom Discount. "I tell folks this is my 401K," said Wilson, smiling as he stands behind the counter of his business...
Airport presents new master plan at public forum (12/13/02)
Business Today If everything goes according to the plan, the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport will endure something like a yoga session in the next 20 years. A master plan calls for the airport to stretch, expand and become more flexible for passenger and cargo flights as well as general aviation...
$5 million water park to open in Poplar Bluff (12/13/02)
Business Today POPLAR BLUFF -- Bluff Falls, a 12 1/2-acre water park, is scheduled to open here in May. It is expected to cost $5 million and will employ 60 people during the summer. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in late November. The water park will be built off Cheshire Boulevard, which is a new street behind McDonald's South that can be accessed off of highways 53 and 142...
Highway 34/72 improvements given green light (12/13/02)
Business Today JACKSON -- After months of negotiations over the details of proposed improvements to Highways 34/72 within the city of Jackson, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission and the city have agreed on a contract that will enable the project to proceed...
Keene - Tax ruling may help early retirees (12/13/02)
The IRS has issued a ruling that may help early retirees preserve the assets in their retirement accounts battered by the bear market. But not all early retirees may want to take advantage of the offer. The ruling allows taxpayers who have begun early withdrawals from one or more of their retirement accounts to switch, without penalty, the method they use to calculate their required withdrawals. ...
Cement plant project gets water quality certification (12/13/02)
By Jim Obert Business Today JEFFERSON CITY - The state Department of Natural Resources has granted a 401 Water Quality Certification to the Swiss company that wants to build the nation's largest cement plant in northeast Ste. Genevieve County. Holcim Inc. wants to build the plant near the Mississippi River. It would mine limestone for about 100 years, eventually creating a 1,300-acre quarry...
Missouri high court dodges bargaining issue (12/13/02)
Business Today JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri Supreme Court in late November sidestepped deciding a challenge to the long-standing legal interpretation that the Missouri Constitution's protection of collective bargaining rights doesn't apply to public sector employees...
High-tech gifts for the home top Christmas lists (12/13/02)
Last year, Americans spent an average of $580 on Christmas gifts. Surprised? Don't be. In 2002, more than 75 percent said they expect to spend even more. So what are they buying? Two words: high-tech. Everything from power tools and computers, to small wireless electronics and gadgets - anything trendy, high-tech and made for the home is expected to be in very high demand this Christmas...
Shawnee Center being built near new high school (12/13/02)
By Jim Obert Business Today Construction activity at Highway 74 (Shawnee Parkway) and Silver Springs Road means more retail and office space development on the west end of the city. Shawnee Center, containing more than 27,900 square feet of commercial lease space, is being constructed by the Rebel Group, which includes local businessman Virgil Jones...
Bible Factory Outlet fills niche at shopping center (12/13/02)
By Jill Bock Special to Business Today SIKESTON - "We have been so blessed," said Brenda Sorrells, manager of the Bible Factory Outlet about customer response to the store. "Business has been better than we ever dreamed of." Sorrells said there may be several reasons for the popularity of the store, which opened this past summer at the Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores. ...
Bankruptcies (12/13/02)
Bankruptcies filed through Dec. 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...
Survey - Brisk local labor market (12/13/02)
Job postings will be plentiful in Southeast Missouri this winter if the first-quarter employment outlook survey recently issued by Manpower is right. In its regular survey of the January-March period, 30 percent of the firms questioned said they plan staffing level increases, 10 percent projected reductions and 60 percent expected no change during the winter months...
Stoddard County tax liens (12/13/02)
Stoddard County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Kay Asbell, recorder of deeds, during the month of November 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...
Three year-end questions about charities (12/13/02)
By Trudy Lee director of planned giving Southeast Missouri State University Foundation As you tidy up your financial affairs for this year, you will likely be thinking about your charitable giving goals and aspirations. The charities participating in Leave A Legacy of the Heartland this year hope you have learned of some charitable possibilities that may help you and the charities you hold dear...
Former employee new owner of Cactus Cantina (12/13/02)
By Jill Bock Special to Business Today SIKESTON - It's a place with a past. JulieAnn Thrower, the new owner of Cactus Cantina, isn't exactly sure how long the small business at 1201 E. Malone Ave. has provided food and beverages. Customers have told her it was part of Sikeston during World War II when it served as an oasis for locals and the military...
Don't waste your federal credit (12/13/02)
People are sometimes surprised to learn that the government not only taxes the income they earn while working, but it also can tax the accumulated estate built from their work. What can you do to minimize the sting of federal estate and gift taxes and protect your family inheritance? Start by looking at your will and beneficiary designations...
Marketing-driven fits the times (12/13/02)
Sales-driven doesn't do it anymore By John R. Graham With effusive CEO testimonials and countless articles and books describing how companies have transformed themselves into tightly focused, totally energized commerce machines, it would seem that change should be easy...
Commentary - The kind of tax cut does matter (12/13/02)
By Raymond J. Keating Small Business Survival Committee All tax cuts are not created equal. That is something the White House and the incoming 108th Congress need to keep in mind as talks once again heat up as to what can be done on the policy front to give the economy a boost...
Brown Builders Electrical go after the big jobs (12/13/02)
By Lonnie Thiele Special to Business Today POPLAR BLUFF -- Brown Builders Electrical Co. is making an impact. The electrical business is landing major contracts after having been opened two years. Owner Larry Brown has increased his electrician staff from two to 13...
Cape Girardeau County tax liens (12/13/02)
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 November 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 (12/13/02)
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI CAPE GIRARDEAU Grace Cafe is moving into the former Craftsman building at 835 Broadway. The owner is Grace Parry. The law office of Kenneth McManaman has moved to the Blattner Building at 10228A N. Kingshighway. Nick's Family Sports Pub has opened in the former Willie Jak's location at 1 N. Main. The owner is Robert LaGore...
People news (12/13/02)
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Frank and Cheryl Stoffregen have joined the staff of Coldwell Banker Hamilton Realty in Cape Girardeau as sales associates. Joe Hercik is the new manager of Ford Groves in Jackson. Dr. Kathy Johnson has joined the staff at Cross Trails Medical Center in Cape Girardeau...
Fifth lane likely for Mount Auburn in Cape (12/13/02)
Business Today Mount Auburn Road from William Street to Independence likely will be widened to five lanes, Cape Girardeau city engineer Mark Lester said in mid-November after two bids were offered on the project. The expansion, city leaders say, will improve traffic flow to an expanding, heavily driven commercial area...
Tractor from Finland being sold in area (12/13/02)
Business Today BERTRAND - A new tractor being used in Finland and other European countries has attracted the interest of two Southeast Missouri business owners. Allen and Phyllis McKinley, owners of A-Mac Sales in Bertrand in Scott County, recently completed a 10-day trip to Finland where they visited the Valtra Factory, located 70 miles north of Helsinki...
Strickland Engineering hires surveyor, civil engineer (12/13/02)
Brian Strickland, senior civil engineer of Strickland Engineering in Jackson, announces the addition of Ron Lange and David Lynn to its civil engineering and surveying staff. Lange is a professional land surveyor with 39 years experience. He will be responsible for the coordination and direction of all surveying projects including project management and client communication...
Commentary - The 2002 elections and the small business agenda (12/13/02)
By Karen Kerrigan Small Business Survival Committee Washington, D.C. - Now that Republicans control Congress and the White House, business interests are beginning to develop their wish lists for the 108th congressional session. What can America's small business and entrepreneurial sector expect from Washington next year?...
Recognition (12/13/02)
Don C. Bedell of Sikeston recently joined the Missouri Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as a district director. Bedell is chairman of the board of Health Facilities Management Corp. He started the business in 1984, and it operates 27 nursing homes in Missouri, Arkansas and Arizona. ...
Cost estimates in the works for airport proposal (12/13/02)
Business Today Some long-range planning cost estimates for the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport's 20-year master plan will be put together as early as the end of January, according to Neil Ralston, an aviation planner with the engineering firm, Crawford, Murphy and Tilly Inc., hired by the airport...
Shelter Insurance to close Cape branch (12/13/02)
Shelter Insurance Cos. will close its Cape Girardeau branch claims office and consolidate the Cape Girardeau claims operations into the companies' branch office in St. Louis, the company recently announced. The closing, which affects about 11 employees, will take effect Feb. 1. The Cape Girardeau office is at 20 S. Mount Auburn Road...
Nursing agency ends affiliation, changes name (12/13/02)
Business Today SIKESTON -- The area's oldest privately-owned private-duty nursing agency has changed its name to reflect its expanded services. Allen Home Care Services Inc. of Sikeston has reverted back to its corporate name after ending its affiliation with Tender Loving Care/Staff Builders, the company's administrator announced today...
Satellite TV business looking up (12/13/02)
Business Today DONIPHAN -- Since moving his business from Fairdealing to Doniphan in 1995, Ron Litherland has been expanding services. Litherland owns RJM Electronics off of Highway 160. RJM sells DishNetwork and DirecTV satellite systems, which use 18-inch to 22-inch satellite dishes. The satellite systems offer up to 180 television channels...
Nearly all Missouri employers small businesses (12/13/02)
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Small business continues to be Missouri's employer, according to a new report issued by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The most recent data show that over 98 percent of the state's employers are small businesses and that they employ close to half of the private workforce...
Businesses change, but building remains (12/13/02)
Business Today What was once the John A. Vandeven Dry Goods & Groceries store at the corner of Harmony and Pacific and most recently the Craftsman Office Supply Co. at the same corner of Broadway and Pacific is getting yet another face-lift. Grace Parry, owner of A Touch of Grace Herb Shop and Grace Cafe, will be moving her businesses to the old Craftsman/Vandeven site in January...
$400,000 in grants go to port, education projects (12/13/02)
Business Today 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...
Procter & Gamble plans $150 million addition (12/13/02)
A new $150 million paper machine will be built at Procter & Gamble's Cape Girardeau plant to boost the facility's tissue- and towel-making capacity by 80,000 tons a year. This will help meet increased demands and to facilitate the launching of several new products, the company said Thursday...
Kmart announces more store closings (12/13/02)
The Christmas season may be more worrisome than merry for Kmart employees who have to wait until mid-January to see if their store will be among the second round of closings announced earlier this week. Kmart CEO Jim Adamson told the Detroit Free Press about the beleaguered retailer's cost-cutting closings on Tuesday, describing them as "painful." While he didn't say how many closings there would be, analysts say the number could be as high as 300, the Free Press said...
Bonna Hunt (12/13/02)
Bonna M. Hunt, 90, of Jackson, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, at Perry Oaks Manor in Perryville, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
Jolene Abbott (12/13/02)
The funeral for Jolene "Jo" Abbott of Cape Girardeau will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The Rev. Alvie Surface will officiate. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. today...
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