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Stories from Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Arkansas man pleads guilty in theft of letters (01/14/03)
Stealing the archived letters of an acclaimed American novelist has garnered a former Arkansas public defender the same courtroom ending some of his former clients received. Robert Hardin Smith, 43, was sentenced Monday in Jackson by Circuit Judge John Grimm to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing six William Faulkner letters from Southeast Missouri State University's Rare Book Room. He was originally charged Nov. 19...
Chaffee, Kelso schools close because of virus (01/14/03)
Two local school districts have canceled classes and several others are monitoring the situation closely as a flu-like virus has infected hundreds of area children over the past week. Chaffee School District was the first to announce a dismissal due to illness after 35 percent of the student body -- around 200 students -- were absent Monday...
Irradiated beef hits Cape grocery store (01/14/03)
Schnucks this week became the area's first grocer to sell irradiated ground beef, a specially treated meat that proponents say greatly reduces bacteria and the risk of health problems like salmonella and E. coli. Employees placed fresh, 1-pound ground beef packages and boxes of frozen beef patties that were exposed to beams of bacteria-killing electrons on Schnucks' shelves Sunday, said store manager Dennis Marchi. ...
Area students on University of Missouri grad list (01/14/03)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The following students will be eligible for graduation from the University of Missouri-Columbia during the winter semester 2002. Kelso, Mo. -- Lachelle Essner, bachelor's degree in business administration, graduating cum laude...
Contested races plentiful for area school board seats (01/14/03)
There's still a week left to file for election to Missouri school boards, but already several local schools have full-blown races in place. Most Missouri school boards will fill two terms of three years during the elections, which will be held April 8. Candidates have until Jan. 21 to file for the elections...
Learning briefs 1/14 (01/14/03)
Foundation endows nursing scholarship The Dorothy Lee Nilsen Scholarship for nursing students has been endowed through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. Wedel Nilsen gave $10,000 to establish the scholarship at Southeast Missouri State University in memory of his wife...
Sixth-graders write about their futures in class project book (01/14/03)
Although the New Year is well under way and resolutions made and forgotten, several dozen Jackson students are looking farther into the future than just a resolution or two. Students in three sixth-grade classes at Jackson Middle School have published books about what their life will be like in 20 years...
University Foundation awards scholarships (01/14/03)
Southeast Missouri University Foundation on Oct. 12 awarded scholarships for students to attend Southeast Missouri State University. Cape Girardeau students and the scholarships they received are: Sarah Meyers, the Maurice T. and Betty O. Dunklin Scholarship and the Joy Joanna Wimp Scholarship...
Xbox game has plenty of guns, not much plot (01/14/03)
Fast-paced action, dazzling weapons and a variety of play modes make "Unreal Championship" one of the best pure shooters on the shelf for the Xbox. Plot? There really isn't one. But who needs a plot when the next enemy is just a footstep away -- and he's armed with a rocket launcher aimed right at you, with his finger on the trigger?...
SEMO could see record spring enrollment (01/14/03)
Southeast Missouri State University students began picking up their textbooks on Monday as school officials forecast possible record enrollment for the spring semester that begins a week from today. Dr. Dennis Holt, who is beginning his first semester as the new vice president for administration and enrollment management, said Southeast expects to exceed last spring's first-day enrollment figure and could end up with a record enrollment when final numbers come out in a month...
School officials say a few areas on report cards cause concern (01/14/03)
A staffing shortage and low teacher pay were among issues local school administrators said concerned them after reviewing data compiled in their annual report cards. The report cards, recently released by school districts throughout Missouri, allow school officials and community members to size up annual progress in areas such as enrollment, attendance, test scores, teacher quality and finance...
Jackson Board of Education agenda (01/14/03)
7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 Board office, 614E. Adams St. On the agenda: Presentation on the early childhood program Approval of early childhood curriculum and program evaluation.
Region/state briefs 01/14/03 (01/14/03)
Dexter teenager killed in two-car accident DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter teenager was killed and five others injured in an accident Monday at the intersection of Two Mile Road and Grant Street just outside of Dexter. Adam Lott, 15, of Dexter, a passenger in one of the vehicles, was pronounced dead at the scene...
Sikeston man pleads guilty to drug charge (01/14/03)
A Sikeston, Mo., man pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to three felony counts of distribution of 5 grams or more of cocaine base. Roy Yarber, 72, of Sikeston, Mo., also agreed to forfeit a 1995 Chevrolet Taho and certain real estate in Sikeston to the U.S. government. He appeared before U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber...
Skee ball score sends Perryville teacher to Hawaii (01/14/03)
The world championship in the popular carnival game is worth $50,000 By Mike Wells ~ Southeast Missourian It is a test of precise aim, a steady hand and perfect control. At stake is $50,000. Not a bad payoff for skee ball...
MuchMusic tries to crack the MTV stranglehold (01/14/03)
The new cable channel will take its direction from its 12-to-24-year-old audience By David Bauder ~ The Associated Press NEW YORK -- The people who run the MuchMusic USA cable channel believe they can build a solid business by following the model essentially abandoned by MTV about 15 years ago...
Missouri lawmakers to observe King holiday for first time (01/14/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- For the first time, the Missouri Legislature will close for the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Republicans, who gained full control of the Legislature this year, announced the decision Monday and said it was long overdue...
Military widows want benefits returned (01/14/03)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Frances Lovelace was married to Crawford Lovelace for 38 years. He served in World War II and Korea. Like many couples of their generation, she took care of the kids and he took care of the money and bills. But that changed when he died in 1988. Then when she started looking at her benefits as a survivor of a retired military man, she found her income dropped nearly in half...
GOP aims to revise rules of House debate (01/14/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The transfer of power in the Missouri House has led to a debate between Republicans and Democrats -- on how to conduct formal debate. The new Republican majority is proposing reforms that its leaders say would make legislative debate a more open process. Democrats predict the revisions would stifle debate...
Missourians react to Illinois governor's commutations (01/14/03)
ST. LOUIS -- Illinois Gov. George Ryan's decision to commute the death sentences of all of the state's death row prisoners brought both praise and scorn in Missouri on Monday. Death row opponents called Ryan's decision "courageous." A prosecutor called Ryan a "coward." And Missouri's top elected official said the decision would have little or no bearing on how the death penalty is meted out here...
Auditor McCaskill predicts more influence for audits (01/14/03)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Entering her second term as state auditor, Democrat Claire McCaskill predicted Monday that audits of state agencies would have more influence as lawmakers seek to eliminate wasteful spending in light of Missouri's budget troubles...
Raytheon division under informal accounting probe (01/14/03)
BOSTON -- Defense contractor Raytheon Co. said Monday that the Securities and Exchange Commission has begun an informal inquiry into accounting practices at its commuter aircraft division. The announcement came the same day Raytheon Aircraft Co. acknowledged paying nearly $4 million to settle a Defense Department claim of overbilling for insurance...
Four men exonerated in massacre sue police, city (01/14/03)
PHILADELPHIA -- Four men jailed 18 months for a deadly shooting they didn't commit have sued the people they blame for keeping them locked up, including police officers, the city and a survivor of the slayings. Lawyers for the four claim police ignored evidence -- including another man's alleged confession -- that would have cleared the men of charges they gunned down seven people in a West Philadelphia row house in 2000...
Pentagon opposed to restarting military draft (01/14/03)
WASHINGTON -- Trying to head off a proposal to reinstate the military draft, the Pentagon Monday disputed charges that blacks and poorer Americans bear an unfair burden in fighting the country's wars. "Contrary to myth, data show that the enlisted force is quite representative of the civilian population," the Defense Department said in an 11-page paper arguing the merits of the all-volunteer force that has been in place for nearly 30 years...
Private foundation gives $42 million in grants (01/14/03)
CHICAGO -- A private foundation said Monday it was handing out $42 million to Chicago-area cultural organizations, National Public Radio and other groups to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is giving special one-time grants totaling $21.5 million to 41 arts and cultural groups ranging from the city's largest museums to small community-based arts education groups...
Actor won't answer questions at deposition (01/14/03)
LOS ANGELES -- Robert Blake's criminal lawyer said Monday he will not permit his client to answer questions at a civil deposition in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Blake's slain wife. Thomas Mesereau Jr. said he previously proposed that the civil suit inquiries be postponed until after Blake's criminal trial but a judge turned down that request...
Lieberman enters 2004 race as 'different kind of Democrat' (01/14/03)
STAMFORD, Conn. -- Sen. Joseph Lieberman jumped into the 2004 race for president Monday, criticizing President Bush while promising to "talk straight to the American people" and show them he is "a different kind of Democrat." Lieberman, who could become the nation's first Jewish president, told students at his old high school that during the Bush campaign two years ago, "we were promised a better America, but that promise has not been kept."...
Media consortium agrees to disband vote-counting operation (01/14/03)
NEW YORK -- Six major news organizations announced Monday the breakup of Voter News Service, the consortium they had built to count votes and conduct surveys on Election Day. The decision follows two major election-night failures in a row by VNS. Given the expense of mounting such operations on their own, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel and The Associated Press said they were considering other options for sharing vote counts and exit poll surveys...
Cuban spy's ex-wife buys plane used to fly defectors (01/14/03)
KEY WEST, Fla. -- The ex-wife of a Cuban spy placed the winning $7,000 bid Monday for a biplane that carried eight defectors here from the communist nation, saying she hoped to resell it for more money. The auction was arranged by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office to help pay the $27.1 million the Cuban government owes Ana Margarita Martinez...
Virginia-based ships leave port as deployment of military force (01/14/03)
The Associated PressVIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Petty Officer 2nd Class Edgar Rodriguez and his wife, Kerri, know that deployment with little warning is part of Navy life. But that didn't make saying goodbye any easier when he joined fellow sailors aboard the USS Ashland...
Young hero tops rodeo's mutton bustin' contest (01/14/03)
DENVER -- A 7-year-old boy hailed as a hero for helping to save his mother's life two months ago moved a step closer to his dream of becoming a rodeo cowboy, winning the Mutton Bustin' competition at the National Western Stock Show. Titus Adams beat six other riders in the annual event Sunday that has 5- to 7-year-olds clinging to the backs of sheep as they sprint around the ring...
Hearing planned over 'friendly fire' incident in Afghanistan (01/14/03)
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- An Air Force colonel who said communications problems would cause "friendly fire" accidents will testify at a hearing into the accidental deaths of four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan last year, a defense lawyer said Monday...
Mousetrap leads to evacuation at Tampa airport (01/14/03)
TAMPA, Fla. -- A section of the Tampa airport was evacuated Monday after baggage screeners spotted a "very, very suspicious" object on an X-ray monitor. It turned out to be a mousetrap inside a coffee can. The ticketing area was evacuated for about 45 minutes and several flights were delayed briefly. A bomb squad used a robot to remove the object from the bag...
People talk 01/14/03 (01/14/03)
Aniston attends awards show despite broken toe LOS ANGELES -- Jennifer Aniston, nursing a broken toe, needed a cane and a co-star to collect her People's Choice Award. Aniston, who plays Rachel Green on the hit NBC series "Friends," used the cane and a helping hand from co-star Matthew Perry Sunday to walk to the stage of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium...
AOL Time Warner chief quits, still confident about merger (01/14/03)
NEW YORK -- Outgoing AOL Time Warner chairman Steve Case acknowledged Monday that the 2001 merger he helped orchestrate has not lived up to expectations, but he said he remains confident that the marriage of Time Warner and America Online will prove sound over the long run...
Administration dismisses O'Neill criticism of tax plan (01/14/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration insisted Monday that the effort to win congressional passage of a new round of tax cuts remained on track despite criticism from former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill. President Bush also met Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan on Monday for a private lunch "to exchange ideas frankly about the state of the economy," presidential spokesman Ari Fleischer told reporters...
White House - Assistance for N. Korea not reward (01/14/03)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration walked a diplomatic tightrope Monday, talking of energy assistance and other help for North Korea while insisting such tantalizing prospects wouldn't be a prize for Pyongyang's increasing bellicose behavior. The administration argued this fine point: that talking with North Korea about its willingness to back off its nuclear weapons programs is different from negotiating over what the impoverished nation would get in return...
Court rejects Sirhan Sirhan's appeal (01/14/03)
WASHINGTON -- Sirhan Sirhan lost a Supreme Court appeal Monday that sought to overturn his conviction in the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. The justices refused without comment to consider claims that Sirhan's defense lawyer was secretly working with the government to win his conviction...
Music, tech groups reach copyright deal (01/14/03)
WASHINGTON -- The music and technology industries, which have battled over consumers downloading music on the Internet, have negotiated a compromise to protect copyrighted works such as movies and songs without new government requirements, people familiar with the plan said Monday...
Ivory Coast tries to secure one-fifth of world's cocoa export (01/14/03)
SAN PEDRO, Ivory Coast -- Soldiers train their heavy machine guns on the mouth of San Pedro's port, defending the harbor that ships one-fifth of the world's cocoa beans from advancing rebels threatening to overrun it. Ivory Coast, the world's No. 1 cocoa producer, is midway through the main harvest season and war has closed to less than a morning's drive away...
Formerly conjoined twins return home to Guatemala (01/14/03)
GUATEMALA CITY -- Twin Guatemalan girls born fused at the skull returned home Monday after successful surgery to the welcoming arms of families, friends and dignitaries. "These little girls make all of Guatemala smile," said sculptor Gloria Chanex, who sells clay pots in a Guatemala City tourist market...
Red Cross delivers letters for Guantanamo detainees (01/14/03)
GENEVA -- The international Red Cross said Monday it has hand carried 3,300 short letters between detainees' families and suspected Taliban and al-Qaida fighters held at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba. The detainees -- the first of whom arrived on Jan. ...
U.S. Navy starts last round of bomb runs on island (01/14/03)
VIEQUES, Puerto Rico -- Fighter jets soared over Vieques dropping inert bombs Monday in what the Navy says will be its final round of nearly six decades of training exercises on the Puerto Rican island. F-18s began dropping inert 25-pound bombs on a firing range shortly after authorities detained five protesters who broke through a Navy fence in an attempt to thwart the maneuvers...
Trial of suspects turns into a judicial drama (01/14/03)
VIENNA, Austria -- The judge knew it would be a tearful trial, so he ordered lawyers and victims' loved ones alike "to keep emotion out of the courtroom." But in the struggle to assign blame for a cable-car fire that killed 155 skiers and snowboarders in the Alps, a defendant fainted in the courtroom and a key prosecution witness suffered a nervous breakdown...
Peru's president says pilot to blame for crash (01/14/03)
LIMA, Peru -- President Alejandro Toledo on Monday blamed pilot error for the crash of a Peruvian airliner that slammed into a mountain, killing all 46 people aboard. "This has apparently been human error. The plane was in perfect condition and the pilot had more than 9,000 hours of flying experience," Toledo said...
Inspectors keep working amid Iraqi criticism, U.S. pressure (01/14/03)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Wearing combat pants, hard shoes and a sky blue jungle hat, the U.N. missile expert stepped out of her white all-terrain vehicle, flashed a smile and told waiting Iraqi government officials what she thought they needed to know of her plans for the day...
Pope says war in Iraq should only be 'very last option' (01/14/03)
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II issued his strongest criticism yet of a possible war with Iraq, saying Monday that military force can only be used as "the very last option" -- and then only under certain conditions. Amid a buildup of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf, John Paul urged political leaders to step up their diplomatic efforts to avoid war, which he said would only harm ordinary Iraqis "already sorely tried" by 12 years of U.N. sanctions...
Two Palestinians die in attack on Israeli bus, army claims (01/14/03)
JERUSALEM -- Two Palestinians threw grenades Monday at an Israeli bus in the Gaza Strip and were shot dead by Israeli troops, and an Islamic Jihad activist was killed in an explosion in the West Bank -- the latest incidents in escalating violence two weeks before Israel's election...
Troops posted in Kuwait practice for possible urban warfare (01/14/03)
SOUTH OF THE KUWAIT-IRAQ BORDER, Kuwait -- U.S. Army troops sorted out enemy fighters from friendly civilians in training exercises Monday designed to help them with one of the most dangerous forms of combat they could face in Iraq -- urban warfare...
Notre Dame rebounds on the road (01/14/03)
After suffering a loss to Anna-Jonesboro its last time out, Notre Dame's girls basketball team went on the road Monday night and cruised past Farmington 69-54. Notre Dame (6-7) used a strong shooting night and went 28 of 54 from the field to establish an early lead. The Bulldogs led 19-13 after one quarter and built a 37-21 lead by halftime...
Top OVC teams take an unlikely turn early (01/14/03)
Southeast Missouri State University coach Gary Garner entered Saturday night's Ohio Valley Conference matchup at Morehead State believing the Eagles were solid but not a powerhouse. But Garner's opinion of the Eagles rose after they thumped the Indians 77-63. Morehead State led by 27 points before coasting...
Otahkians drop first league game (01/14/03)
RICHMOND, Ky. -- Eastern Kentucky won a battle of unbeaten women's basketball teams in the Ohio Valley Conference with an 88-77 victory over Southeast Missouri State University Monday night. The victory was the eighth straight for EKU, which improved to 12-4 overall and 4-0 in the conference...
The Big Easy makes a big statement with Hawaii win (01/14/03)
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- No need to wait for Tiger Woods' return from knee surgery to see a dominant performance on the PGA Tour. Ernie Els showed off all his skills at the season-opening Mercedes Championships, where he shattered two scoring records, won by eight strokes and invited the kind of praise normally reserved for the world's No. 1 player...
Bucs say they can buck trend against Eagles (01/14/03)
TAMPA, Fla. -- To win the NFC championship, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to buck some ugly trends: four straight losses to the Philadelphia Eagles and an 0-6 road record in the postseason. Then there's that 1-21 record when the temperature is 40 or below...
Syracuse's rise into Top 25 is a fall for 11th-ranked MU (01/14/03)
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The constants for Syracuse this season had been freshman Carmelo Anthony starring on offense and the zone defense struggling to stop teams inside. The Orangemen, playing hours after entering the Top 25 for the first time this season, had all five starters in double figures and the 2-3 zone was very effective in a 76-69 victory over No. 11 Missouri on Monday night...
Tennessee's Summitt goes for win No. 800 (01/14/03)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Pat Summitt began her coaching career in 1974 with a loss and a handful of dirty uniforms. Now in her 29th season, the Hall of Famer's record stands at 799-161, and she could become the first women's college basketball coach to win 800 games when the fifth-ranked Lady Vols host DePaul today...
Officiating problems have always been there (01/14/03)
On Jan. 3, a questionable pass interference call against Miami during overtime in the Fiesta Bowl helped Ohio State win college football's national championship. Two days later, the NFL found itself in the middle of its own uproar over an official's call at the end of the Giants-49ers playoff game...
Officials investigate prep star's new car (01/14/03)
CLEVELAND -- State high school officials are investigating whether LeBron James broke any eligibility rules with his new car. James, expected to be the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft if he goes pro, has been driving a Hummer H2 that he reportedly got as an 18th birthday gift from his mother, Gloria...
Loss turns Mariucci's future even murkier (01/14/03)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Some people call this town a vacation spot. Steve Mariucci calls it his own personal hell. His first trip to Tampa as 49ers coach -- his 1997 debut -- was demoralizing. Sunday's visit was far, far worse. This was one of the most humiliating days in 49ers history...
Love is still in the air (01/14/03)
Everyday somewhere in the world someone says "I do." Even in Nevada, the home of the quickie divorce, love rules with over 150,000 marriage ceremonies performed annually. January is my favorite time of year because it brings in the young brides who said "Yes" to that Christmas proposal. If you asked me what the favorite part of my job is I would say it is planning honeymoons. It is such an honor to be entrusted with one of the most important moments in a young couple's life...
Stanley - Financial behaviors among women (01/14/03)
As their mothers did before them, today's women continue to be the principal hands-on managers in the household. From handling the monthly budget to serving as primary caregiver, women are still the "rock" of their families. But unlike the generation that preceded them, today's women face new financial challenges as a result of increased life expectancy and income requirements, more self-reliance, and a whole new range of lifestyle choices -- not marrying, not having children -- far less acceptable in years past.. ...
Mueller - Creating synergy and teamwork (01/14/03)
Teamwork. It is the word that strikes fear into many of today's managers. It can be a daunting task to create and inspire teamwork in the workplace. Yet, it seems to be the buzzword of management themes in the last several years. As always, I recommend that a staff meeting can be a great place to set up some teamwork strategies for your workplace. ...
Ashanti honored as best new R&B artist at AMA (01/14/03)
LOS ANGELES -- Eminem upstaged newcomer Ashanti at Monday's 30th annual American Music Awards, collecting trophies in all four categories in which he was nominated. Ashanti collected two new artist awards. Eminem didn't attend the show, which was broadcast on ABC, but his "8 Mile" co-star Mekhi Phifer accepted the hip-hop album prize on his behalf...
Recognitions (01/14/03)
The Cape Girardeau County Board of Realtors has named Terri Penrod, a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Hamilton Realty, as Realtor of the Year for 2002. Penrod has been with Coldwell since she was licensed in 1995. Penrod was also named Rookie of the Year in 1996 and was a top producer in every year since 1997. Before becoming a real estate agent, Penrod managed Procter & Gamble's employ@Subhead - briefs:ee credit union from 1976 until 1994...
Bankruptcies for January 2003 (01/14/03)
Bankruptcies filed through Jan. 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...
Business briefs (01/14/03)
Southeast Missouri CAPE GIRARDEAU Unexpected Treasures, an antiques shop, has opened at 622 Broadway. The owner is Mustafa Stokely. Automation Services, a computer network and and security business, has moved from Mount Auburn Road to the former Elks Club building on North Kingshighway. The owner is Mike Buchanan...
Scott County tax liens (01/14/03)
Scott County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Tom Dirnberger, Scott County recorder of deeds, during the month of December 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...
Ensure your resume produces top results (01/14/03)
jobseekernews.com A professionally designed resume is an important component to any jobseeker; however, the overall effectiveness of the document depends on how and how often it's used, marketing strategies utilized, and the relevance of the content...
People news (01/14/03)
Southeast Missouri Emma Franklin is a new sales associate with Thomas L. Meyer Realty in Cape Girardeau. Rick Wann is a new jeweler at Rogers Jewelers in Cape Girardeau. Ron Lange has joined Strickland Engineering in Jackson as a land surveyor...
Stoddard County tax liens (01/14/03)
Stoddard County tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Kay Asbell, recorder of deeds, during the month of December 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...
Rust Communications acquires newspapers in Iowa, Indiana (01/14/03)
Business Today Rust Communications Inc., which owns the Southeast Missourian, has acquired several newspapers in northwestern Iowa and one in Indiana from Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., Birmingham, Ala. The effective date of the purchases was Jan. 1...
Letter - EPA takes solid step on power plants (01/14/03)
To the editor: In late November, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed altering Clinton-era rules mandating that if power plants, refineries or factories were expanded or renovated, they also had to install costly new pollution controls. Under the revised Bush EPA rules, companies can be exempt from such dictates according to certain factors, including costs. The EPA wants the rules finalized by late this year...
New cancer institute opens in Cape (01/14/03)
Business Today Saint Francis Medical Center's new Cancer Institute - which began seeing patients Jan. 7 - now means the Cape Girardeau Catholic hospital will offer radiation oncology services for the first time. Saint Francis has hired St. Louis radiation oncologist Dr. Tapan Roy to develop the services...
Parker - Working with a financial adviser (01/14/03)
Would you trust your medical diagnosis to a casual acquaintance? Do you cut your own hair or dry clean your own clothes? For some services, it makes more sense to pay a professional who has the expertise to deliver the best results. A professional financial adviser can help you build a sound estate plan, designed to help you reach your long-term planning goals. These six steps can help you locate and get the most out of this important relationship...
New physician group forms (01/14/03)
Will work in new medical park POPLAR BLUFF -- Physicians Advanced Health Care Group LLC is changing its name to Poplar Bluff Medical Partners. The new name reflects the physician group's recent partnership with Saint Francis Healthcare System in Cape Girardeau, and rejuvenated focus on the health of Poplar Bluff's community, according to Matthew Riffle, MD, co-chair of Poplar Bluff Medical Partners...
Credit, finance issues top consumer complaints (01/14/03)
\JEFFERSON CITY -- For the fourth consecutive year, credit and finance issues topped the list of consumer complaints and inquiries to the Missouri Attorney General's Office, Attorney General Jay Nixon recently reported. Nixon's office fielded more than 93,000 consumer hotline calls, letters and e-mails in 2002, resulting in more than 23,000 formal complaints and inquiries...
18 antiques dealers under one roof (01/14/03)
By Jill Bock Special to Business Today MINER - Double AA Antiques isn't one antiques store -- it is 18. Owner Ken Moore has brought together a dozen and a half diverse dealers in collectibles and antiques to create a single shopping experience at his business, located at 205 State Highway AA in Miner. Customers, he said, are delighted...
Revamping corner for new business part of hotel plan (01/14/03)
Business Today Midamerica Hotels isn't leveling the 40-year-old Holiday Inn just to make way for a smaller Holiday Inn Express - it also wants to create prime retail space for other commercial ventures, including as many as five new restaurants, the Cape Girardeau-based company said Jan. 9...
Nashville-based O'Charley's to open in Cape (01/14/03)
Business Today O'Charley's Restaurant is set to open May 27 on the property to the west of Ruby Tuesday on Route K in Cape Girardeau. "That's what we're hoping," said Les Lockhart, vice president of real estate development for O'Charley's, which is headquartered in Nashville. "Right now we're in the permitting stage. That's our date if we can get the building permit when we think we can."...
SEMO assumes Cape downtown street project (01/14/03)
Business Today The director of Old Town Cape is disappointed that a street project that she and the rest of the group put so much time and effort into has been taken away. But Catherine Dunlap isn't dejected now that Southeast Missouri State University is involved in the first phase of the Fountain Street corridor...
Work continues on Emerson bridge - weather permitting (01/14/03)
Business Today With its gray concrete towers and steel lines appearing drawn against the sky, the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge project defines Cape Girardeau's downtown horizon. That imposing figure started to look even more distinctive on Jan. 8 when new cable installation began on Pier 3, located in the middle of the Mississippi River. Pier 2's cable work on the Missouri side of the river got under way in May 2002...
Area companies to receive job-training money (01/14/03)
JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri Department of Economic Development and its Division of Workforce Development have approved more than $1.7 million in assistance to facilitate the training of more than 7,600 new or existing employees in the state. The funds are for training during the state's fiscal year 2003...
Changes in tax law, more on the horizon (01/14/03)
The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act passed in 2001 produced the most comprehensive tax law changes in 20 years. Breaks were added to help parents, married couples and heirs, as well as increase options for retirement accounts and education expenses...
Home Depot closes Poplar Bluff deal (01/14/03)
Business Today POPLAR BLUFF -- Do-it-yourselfers will soon have a new place to shop for supplies. Home Depot finalized a purchase in mid-December of nearly 18 acres of land on Westwood Boulevard. "They already have equipment setting up on the site," said Robin Blackwell, a spokesman for former property owner Blackwell-Baldwin...
Report lists new, expanding, closing businesses in region (01/14/03)
Cape Girardeau County led in new businesses Largest employment jump in Bonne Terre suntimesnews.com PERRYVILLE - Business expansion continued in the Southeast Missouri region into the second quarter of 2002, despite the sluggish national economy, according to the latest report from the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission...
Make money reading the classifieds (01/14/03)
Business Today Did you know that you can make big money by reading the classified advertisements in your daily newspaper? Careful attention to the classifieds on a regular basis will quickly turn you into an expert on who is looking to sell their goods - tools, antiques, automobiles, houses, you name it. You'll also discover who is looking to buy certain items...
HMO profits skyrocket in first quarter of 2002 (01/14/03)
The nation's HMOs recorded an $868.1 million profit for the first three months of 2002, representing a 162 percent surge over the same period last year, according to Weiss Ratings Inc., the nation's leading independent provider of ratings and analyses of financial services company, stocks and mutual funds...
Strong writing can be magnets to money (01/14/03)
How do you write killer copy? You start your killer copy with an emotion-packed opening statement that will get the attention of your reader. This opening statement may be: a headline an opening sentence a subject line on an email the header on a Web page, or for that matter, the opening words in a telemarketing script, radio commercial or TV spot...
Fewer Missouri workers are hurt on the job (01/14/03)
JEFFERSON CITY -- The number and incidence rate of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases in Missouri decreased in 2001 compared with 2000 and 1999. There were 118,400 nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases reported in private industry workplaces in Missouri in 2001, compared with 132,000 cases in 2000...
Bootheel barge firm to lay off 500 of 545 employees (01/14/03)
CARUTHERSVILLE -- Trinity Barge, one of the largest employers in Pemiscot County in Southeast Missouri, plans to lay off about 500 of its 545 workers in February. Workers at the barge fabrication plant in Caruthersville received notice of potential layoffs in mid-December. That's unless the plant, which is actively seeking new contracts, manages to bring in some new business, Trinity spokeswoman Nancy Farrar said...
Collective bargaining suit dismissed; Kinder claims victory (01/14/03)
Business Today JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Gov. Bob Holden acted within his authority to set executive branch policy when he signed an executive order 18 months ago granting collective bargaining rights to many state employees, a state appeals panel said in late December...
Procter & Gamble plans $150 million addition (01/14/03)
Business Today 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...
New lighting tested for Marquette Hotel exterior (01/14/03)
Business Today While the environmental cleanup of the former Marquette Hotel in Cape Girardeau still awaits delayed state approvals, new owners Prost Builders already want to see how the historic building will look from the outside when it reopens at the end of 2003...
Spam now 30 to 50 percent of all e-mail (01/14/03)
If you think you're seeing more unsolicited commercial e-mail, jokes and chain letters than you did last year, your hunch is right, according to researchers and Internet security experts. They say spam -- the generic term for these annoying messages -- increased to somewhere between 30 percent and 50 percent of all e-mail in 2002...
Sony vs. Microsoft -- Game over? Not yet (01/14/03)
Forbes.com In 1995, when Microsoft debuted its first software for PC videogames, the theme was "Ground Zero." The T-shirts and various swag handed out were colored radioactive green to reflect the design ethos of what had quietly been called the Manhattan Project inside Microsoft...
Cape Girardeau County tax liens (01/14/03)
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 December 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:...
Opinion - Bush economic plan includes small business benefits (01/14/03)
By Raymond J. Keating chief economist Small Business Survival Committee WASHINGTON, D.C. -- At the Economic Club of Chicago on Jan. 7, President George W. Bush unveiled a new set of policy proposals meant to give the economy a boost. Clearly, this President Bush understands something his father didn't - tax increases hurt the economy, while tax cuts serve the economy well...
Holiday Inn in Cape to be razed, replaced (01/14/03)
By Scott Moyers Special to Business Today During a celebration of Holiday Inn's 40-year existence in Cape Girardeau on Jan. 7, MidAmerica Hotels Corp. announced it would tear down the hotel and replace it with a $6 million Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites...
Letter - Seniors Benefit most from Bush Tax Plan (01/14/03)
To the editor: America's seniors will benefit most from the centerpiece of President Bush's economic stimulus plan, according to the Council for Government Reform (CGR). The centerpiece of the Bush economic plan is the elimination of the double taxation of dividends. ...
Keene - Roth IRA owners and tax-free withdrawals (01/14/03)
Q. I opened a Roth individual retirement account when they first became available in 1998, and I'm now 61 years old. When can I start making tax-free withdrawals? A. Right now -- January 2003. Actually, you can withdraw any or your entire principal (the contributions you made to the IRA) free of tax at any time after you open a Roth. ...
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