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First Friday Coffee program changes (06/06/03)
Due to the special session of the Missouri Legislature called by Gov. Bob Holden, this month's First Friday Coffee program has been changed. Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder and state Rep. Jason Crowell cannot present the original program as scheduled...
Burglary victim faces domestic assault charge (06/06/03)
After first beating up a suspected burglar, a Cape Girardeau man now sits in county jail on domestic assault charges. John Henry Harris II, 20, was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree assault for allegedly attacking Chasity R. Pehm. Police responded to a call shortly before 2:30 a.m. Thursday at Southeast Missouri Hospital, where Pehm was receiving treatment. She told police the couple were arguing when Harris punched her, grabbed her by the hair and hit her twice more...
Appeals judges make plans to hold court in Perryville (06/06/03)
Students and interested parties are invited to attend the court session of the Missouri Eastern District Court of Appeals when it holds a docket for the first time in history at the circuit courtroom at the Perry County Courthouse in Perryville, Mo...
Swimming accident puts boy in hospital (06/06/03)
An 11-year old boy nearly drowned Thursday morning at the Jackson city pool during swim team practice and now a machine is breathing for him at a St. Louis hospital as his family awaits word on possible brain damage. Andrew Tyler was rushed from Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis, followed by his family and friends...
Ukrainian bankers learn U.S. practices in Cape (06/06/03)
Ukrainian banker Oleg Kovalenko thought when he arrived at an American financial institution, he would see customers lining up to have money flung at them, regardless of collateral or credit. "I had that stereotype," Kovalenko said. "But it's like getting a loan in other places. You have strict regulations here too."...
Correction 6/6/03 (06/06/03)
  • In a story in Thursday's edition, Chasity Pehm's first name was misspelled. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
  • Roads to recovery (06/06/03)
    The gawkers don't come around anymore. The volunteers who came in droves to help strangers remove debris and salvage the salvageable are seldom seen. Traffic comes and goes as it pleases. For those Jackson residents who were not directly hit by the May 6 tornado, it may appear that business is getting back to normal...
    Sikeston woman faces murder charges (06/06/03)
    Standard Democrat BENTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston, Mo., woman will face trial on second degree murder charges following her appearance before Associate Circuit Court Judge David Mann at her preliminary hearing Wednesday. Stephanie Miles, 28, is charged with the stabbing death of her estranged boyfriend, Sherman Baker, 34, also of Sikeston, during an altercation at 1:30 a.m. April 18 at 249 W. Kathleen. Her arraignment is set for June 26 in Division I of Scott County Circuit Court...
    Couple discovers their dream country house is actually in city (06/06/03)
    WEBB CITY, Mo. -- Members of a southwest Missouri family who believed they were living in the country recently discovered they are city dwellers due to a 33-year delay in filing annexation papers. Randy and Jodi Heuertz wanted their three children to grow up in a rural area, where they could play and not have to worry about neighbors. ...
    Judge - Longtime mental patient not denied speedy trial (06/06/03)
    CHESTER, Ill. -- A Randolph County judge has ruled longtime mental patient and criminal defendant Rodney Yoder has not been denied a speedy trial, even though the crimes he's accused of occurred three years ago. Yoder, 44, had been held in the Chester Mental Health Center, a state mental hospital, since 1991 after a contentious stint in jail for hitting his ex-wife...
    Judge gives teen five years for fatal hit-and-run incident (06/06/03)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A teenage boy who ran over and killed a woman after she confronted him for hot-rodding on a city street has been sentenced to five years in prison. Frederico Cantu, 17, pleaded guilty in March to involuntary manslaughter and fleeing the scene of a June accident in the death of Bee Etta Harkins, 49. ...
    Mother and son die after collision with tractor trailer (06/06/03)
    PALMYRA, Mo. -- A northeast Missouri woman and her son were killed Thursday when their car was hit by a tractor trailer and ran off U.S. 61 near Palmyra, authorities said. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Carol Nunemacher, 55, and her 16-year-old son, Wolfgang Nunemacher, who was driving the car, were pronounced dead at the scene...
    St. Louis man acquitted in 3 murders found guilty of another (06/06/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- A man described by police as a violent drug dealer was found guilty of shooting two men, killing one, after being acquitted earlier this year of murdering three other people. On Wednesday, a St. Louis Circuit Court jury convicted Adrian Bowman, 24, of University City, of murdering Daryl Spann, 37, of St. Louis, and assaulting Spann's friend on Oct. 28, 2000...
    Special session - Gov. Bob Holden (06/06/03)
    Here is the prepared text of Gov. Bob Holden's speech Thursday to the Missouri Legislature, which is convened in a special session: Madame Speaker, Mr. President Pro Tem, First Lady Lori Hauser Holden, and members of the 92nd General Assembly:...
    Earthquake shakes western Kentucky, no injuries reported (06/06/03)
    BARDWELL, Ky. (AP) -- An earthquake shook portions of western Kentucky early Friday, cracking sidewalks and rattling pictures off walls, authorities said. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Sheriff's dispatchers in southeast Missouri said they had no reports of quakes or damage in the region...
    Kentucky earthquake shakes things up in Southern Illinois (06/06/03)
    An earthquake in western Kentucky shook things up in southern Illinois and across the region early Friday, causing minor damage. An earthquake measuring 4.5 in magnitude erupted one mile south of Blandville, Ky., at 7:29 a.m. CDT, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter is about 15 miles south of Cairo at Illinois' southern tip...
    Ex-priest ordered imprisoned for possessing child porn (06/06/03)
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A former Roman Catholic priest and grade school counselor was sentenced Friday to nearly five years in federal prison and fined $10,000 for possessing thousands of pornographic images of children. U.S. District Judge Jean Hamilton sentenced James Beine, 60, who also goes by the name Mar James, to four years and nine months behind bars...
    Special session - Rep. Catherine Hanaway (06/06/03)
    The prepared text of House Speaker Catherine Hanaway's speech Thursday to the Missouri Legislature, which is convened in a special session: Fellow members of the General Assembly, at the end of the day, when the debates and speeches have finished, when the arguing stops, when the reporters have written their stories and broadcast the news, when we have retired to our offices to continue our work, and when this chamber is quiet, the essential truth of this great debate over the state budget will remain.. ...
    Special session - Sen. Peter Kinder (06/06/03)
    The prepared text of Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder's speech Thursday to the Missouri Legislature, which is convened in a special session: I wish to appeal to you first for some cooperation on three measures we passed that you have pledged to veto. First, you have pledged a veto of the right-to-carry bill we passed, yet again, with overwhelming bipartisan support...
    Governor, GOP legislative leaders trade barbs in speeches (06/06/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Anti-tax protesters and opposing factions upset with cuts in state services traded heated rhetoric in the Capitol Thursday as the House of Representatives passed revised spending plans for education and other key portions of the state budget...
    Georgia university losing battle for top black students (06/06/03)
    LITHONIA, Ga. -- In the nearly two years since a federal appeals court barred the University of Georgia from using affirmative action, the school has stepped up its efforts to reach top black students. It has put recruiters in offices in mostly black Atlanta and in southern Georgia. ...
    Prosecutors try risky legal move against Stewart, say experts (06/06/03)
    NEW YORK -- Prosecutors tucked a highly unusual twist into their indictment of Martha Stewart -- a charge that she committed a crime simply by declaring her own innocence. Prosecutors say the domestic guru committed securities fraud -- that is, she deliberately tried to inflate the stock of her own company -- when she stood up in public last summer and denied engaging in insider trading...
    Ridge wants to revise terror alert system (06/06/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge acknowledged frustration with the nation's color-coded terror alert system Thursday and said he wants a system of specific alerts when intelligence warrants it. Ridge said he believes the national alert system provides vital information to law enforcement, businesses and the public about the seriousness of intelligence gathered on terrorists. ...
    Senate extends $400 child credit to low-income families (06/06/03)
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Thursday to give some low-income families a check worth up to $400 for each of their children, as Republicans buckled under demands from Democrats to make more low-wage workers eligible for an increased child tax credit...
    Ashcroft calls for additional death penalties for terrorists (06/06/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Attorney General John Ashcroft urged Congress on Thursday to expand the new anti-terror law to permit the government to hold more suspects indefinitely and extend the death penalty to more people accused of terrorist crimes. He also said the current anti-terror law, which critics say is cramping citizens' legitimate rights, needs to be expanded to let prosecutors bring charges against anyone who helps or works with suspected terrorist groups as "material supporters."...
    Senate votes for measure to double use of ethanol in gasoline (06/06/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Virtually every driver in the country could be pumping gasoline containing corn-produced ethanol by 2012 under a plan approved Thursday by the Senate. The proposal, incorporated into a broader energy bill, would dramatically change how refiners blend gasoline and how they meet federal clean air requirements. It would require a doubling of ethanol use, to at least 5 billion gallons a year, in what would be a boon to corn farmers...
    U.S. troops move from Korean DMZ (06/06/03)
    WASHINGTON -- In a historic move after a half-century, the United States will pull its ground troops away from the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea and consolidate them at bases well to the south. The realignment, announced in a joint U.S.-South Korean statement Thursday, has been in the works for months. It reflects Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's push to break a Cold War mold of assumptions about the usefulness of having troops along the tense DMZ...
    Nation briefs 06/06/03 (06/06/03)
    R.I. commission votes for stronger fire safety laws PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A commission formed after a deadly nightclub fire voted Thursday to recommend a tougher state fire code with more stringent sprinkler requirements and a ban on pyrotechnics in smaller buildings...
    People talk 06/06/03 (06/06/03)
    Maguire blames movie roles for yo-yo dieting NEW YORK -- Tobey Maguire has been yo-yo dieting lately, but it's work-related. He bulked up to star as the webslinging crimefighter in last year's "Spider-Man," then trimmed down to play a jockey in the upcoming "Seabiscuit," then had to get buff again for next summer's "Spider-Man 2."...
    Top two editors at New York Times resign (06/06/03)
    NEW YORK -- The New York Times' top two editors resigned Thursday after a tumultuous five weeks that began with the exposure of Jayson Blair's journalistic fraud and grew into a drumbeat of criticism of the management style at one of the world's most distinguished newspapers...
    Palestinians doubt Israeli commitment to remove settlers (06/06/03)
    JERUSALEM -- Palestinian leaders expressed doubts Thursday about Israel's commitment to remove dozens of unauthorized Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank as required by a new Mideast peace plan. Jewish settlers have pledged to resist the dismantling of any of the more than 100 outposts that have been established since 1998 -- at times with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's encouragement -- to prevent the handover of land to the Palestinians...
    Bush tells U.S. troops war with Iraq was justified (06/06/03)
    CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- President Bush insisted anew on Thursday that war to rid Iraq of destructive weapons was justified, and he said the truth about Saddam Hussein's ability to create and use deadly germs and bombs would come in time. "We're on the look. We'll reveal the truth," Bush said in a speech to 1,000 cheering troops as he wound up a seven-day tour of Europe and the Middle East. He flew back to Washington along a path that took him over Baghdad...
    Frail pope begins his 100th foreign pilgrimage in Croatia (06/06/03)
    RIJEKA, Croatia -- Despite advancing age and ailments, a determined Pope John Paul II began his landmark 100th pilgrimage on Thursday -- a grueling five-day, five-city tour of this ex-Yugoslav republic still struggling with the legacy of war. Blinking in the afternoon sun, the 83-year-old pontiff was helped by aides into a chair atop a cart, and then was wheeled along a red carpet during the welcoming ceremonies...
    Suicide attacker bombs bus in Russia, killing at least 16 (06/06/03)
    VLADIKAVKAZ, Russia -- A female suicide attacker detonated a bomb Thursday near a bus carrying soldiers and civilians to work at a military airfield near Chechnya, killing at least 16 people. It was the third suicide attack in the Russian Caucasus in less than a month...
    One U.S. soldier killed, five wounded in Iraqi attack (06/06/03)
    FALLUJAH, Iraq -- Guns drawn and tensed for battle, U.S. forces locked down a neighborhood for a house-to-house search Thursday, targeting attackers who killed one American soldier and wounded five others in the latest eruption of anti-occupation violence...
    Women pregnant with boys eat more than those carrying girls (06/06/03)
    LONDON -- Women pregnant with boys tend to eat about 10 percent more calories a day than those carrying girls but don't gain more weight, new research indicates. The study, published this week in the British Medical Journal, appears to explain -- at least in part -- why newborn boys are heavier than girls and suggests that signals between the fetus and the mother drive the appetite during pregnancy...
    World briefs 06/06/03 (06/06/03)
    WHO officials say SARS outbreak 'over the peak' BEIJING -- The SARS outbreak is "over its peak" around the world, including in the hardest-hit country China, a World Health Organization official said Thursday. A renewed outbreak in Toronto shows, however, that the world must still remain vigilant against the illness, said Henk Bekedam, the WHO representative in China...
    WHO - SARS outbreak 'over the peak' (06/06/03)
    BEIJING -- The SARS outbreak is "over its peak" around the world, including in the hardest-hit country China, a World Health Organization official said Thursday. A renewed outbreak in Toronto shows, however, that the world must still remain vigilant against the illness, said Henk Bekedam, the WHO representative in China...
    Chief inspector says U.N. isn't ready to jump to any conclusion (06/06/03)
    UNITED NATIONS -- Chief U.N. inspector Hans Blix warned Thursday against jumping to the conclusion that Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction just because there is a long list of outstanding questions about its weapons program. Saddam Hussein's regime may have hidden weapons, but it also may have destroyed them, and now that the Iraqi dictator has been ousted "it should be possible to establish the truth we all want to know," he told the U.N. Security Council...
    Title eludes Eagles' claws (06/06/03)
    Oran outhits Sparta 11-3 in Class 1 championship game but falls 5-2. By Rus Baer ~ Southeast Missourian COLUMBIA, Mo. -- It's been well documented what Oran senior Ryne Wood thinks about third place. Simply -- and definitely more delicately -- put, he doesn't care much for it...
    Title talk is still too early, area racer says (06/06/03)
    Southeast Missourian Larry Hull sits just seven points out of the lead in the modifieds season points chase at Malden Speedway. It's a fact that the racer from Old Appleton isn't following, at least not this early in a season still weeks away from the halfway point...
    Semifinal loss leaves tournament final Williams-less (06/06/03)
    PARIS -- It started in the very first game, when a few fans applauded an errant forehand. By the final set, thousands loudly cheered missed serves. And when Serena Williams abruptly shook hands without speaking a word to Justine Henin-Hardenne, the woman who had just ended her Grand Slam winning streak, full-throated boos echoed from the upper deck...
    Sosa still to receive honor from House (06/06/03)
    Several Illinois congressmen are expected to visit Wrigley Field today to honor Sammy Sosa, even though the star is facing suspension over playing with a juiced bat. The U.S. House voted 372-0 Monday to congratulate the Chicago Cubs star on his 500th home run and praise him as a role model. Today's ceremony is to present him with a copy of the House resolution. A day after the House vote, Sosa was found to be hitting with a corked bat...
    Redbirds use Williams gem to sweep Jays (06/06/03)
    Williams takes no-hitter into eighth inning of Cardinals' 13-5 victory. By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Woody Williams held Toronto hitless until Orlando Hudson singled with one out in the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals romped 13-5 Thursday night in a game the Blue Jays played under protest...
    Sosa's bats pass more inspections (06/06/03)
    X-rays, scans on Hall of Fame bats are negative; slugger awaits word on suspension. By Nancy Armour ~ The Associated Press CHICAGO -- The bats have been checked and the interviews done. Now all Sammy Sosa can do is wait to see what his punishment will be for using a corked bat...
    Devils grab 3-2 series lead on Ducks (06/06/03)
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Three unconventional goals in a totally out-of-character game put the New Jersey Devils in a familiar position -- up 3-2 in the Stanley Cup finals. Brian Gionta scored a goal and set up Jay Pandolfo for the go-ahead score -- neither of which went off the Devils' sticks -- in a decisive second period as New Jersey beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 6-3 in Game 5 Thursday night...
    Outdoors digest (06/06/03)
    Deer hunters will benefit from changes, MDC says Missouri deer hunters will have more days of hunting and may have to spend less on permits when the season begins in the fall. The Missouri Department of Conservation has approved 2003 deer hunting regulations that increase the length of the firearms deer seasons by eight days. ...
    Area digest 6/6/03 (06/06/03)
    Cape Sr. Legion loses on the road to Festus Cape Girardeau's Ford & Sons Senior American Legion baseball team dropped an 8-6 decision to host Festus Wednesday night in its season opener. John Thies picked up the loss. He worked five innings, allowing four runs and five hits...
    FanFare 6/6/03 (06/06/03)
    Briefly Baseball
  • The Royals took just two days to lock up their two first-round picks, signing outfielder Chris Lubanski and catcher Mitch Maier Thursday. Both are lefthanded hitters. Terms were not disclosed...
  • Ford celebrates centennial with memorial Harley Davidson model (06/06/03)
    Listen up, all you multitasking lawyers, bankers, doctors and executives. Yeah, you ... you know who you are! You wear a suit Monday through Friday, and you probably drive a so-called midlevel luxury car like a Lincoln, or one of those "suave" foreign brands that you bought up in St. ...
    Please, no autographs (06/06/03)
    In this business, it's hard to be a celebrity. Most newspaper folks are born, get a job, work a long time, move around a little bit to improve their paychecks, retire, never write the Great American Novel and die, pretty much in that order. I'm not trying to be glum. It's just that a handful of journalists have been much in the news lately, and one of the cardinal rules of journalists is to report the news but avoid, at all costs, being the news...
    Let's eat out 6/6 (06/06/03)
    For the last six months I have been watching the building of the new O'Charley's in Cape on my way to work. Wondering first what it was, then who O'Charley was and whether I would like O'Charley. Well, the last is not at issue. I like all new shiny things, like toys, boys and coins. Ooh, is that a quarter on the ground? Get out of my way, Fabio...
    Artifacts 6/6 (06/06/03)
    Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres this weekend PRAIRIE DU ROCHER, Ill. -- The Midwest's largest gathering of 1700s-era re-enactors will be at the 33rd annual Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres Saturday and Sunday. The rendezvous features military units, traditional craft demonstrations, period music and dancing, an 18th century fashion show, black powder shooting events, cannon firings and more. Everything is free and open to the public. The public can participate in some activities...
    The gospel according to Randy Travis (06/06/03)
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The opening sounds like a line from a dirty joke: "A farmer and a teacher, a hooker and a preacher." But the one laughing is Randy Travis, who has his first No. 1 country hit in nine years singing those lyrics in the gospel song, "Three Wooden Crosses."...
    Show uncovers vintage artists (06/06/03)
    The names Vicki L. Outman and Herb Wickham are well known in Southeast Missouri art circles, so it is not surprising that Outman's "Lake Boutin" won a Best of Show award and Wickham's "Bollinger Mill in Snow" a Juror's Award in the new exhibit opening today at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri...
    Leftovers make for thin plot in 'Wrong Turn' (06/06/03)
    "Wrong Turn" suffers a fate similar to that of many other horror and supernatural thrillers released in the last decade: It leaves you with the feeling that you're watching an episode of "The X-Files," only Mulder and Scully never show up. In this case, the feeling is especially strong, as the movie closely recalls an episode called "Home," featuring the inbred Peacock brothers. ...
    New on CD 6/6 (06/06/03)
    'In the Pursuit of Leisure'Far from reflecting the fun produced by a night of club-hopping, "Mr. Bartender (It's So Easy)" the first single from Sugar Ray's "In the Pursuit of Leisure," is about as much fun as a hangover. That goes double for "Bring Me the Head Of ... ," the spoken-word intro preceding it...
    Everybody's a critic - 'Finding Nemo' (06/06/03)
    Three stars (out of four) "Finding Nemo" is a charming children's movie. The CGI animation was done by Pixar, whose films include "Toy Story" and "Monsters, Inc." It has your simple get-back-the-kidnapped-child plot but with a twist...
    Ann Watts (06/06/03)
    Ann Mary Watts, 79, of St. Louis died Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Aug. 16, 1923, in Collinsville, Ill., daughter of Azelio and Maria Petucci Ferrari. She and Lester Leonard Watts were married Dec. 25, 1958. He died in April 1961...
    Geraldine Egan (06/06/03)
    ANNA, Ill. -- Geraldine "Jerry" Egan, 85, of Lombard, Ill., died Monday, June 2, 2003, at the home of a daughter. She was born Feb. 8, 1918, in Joliet, Ill., daughter of Edward William and Jenny Helen Morello Peters. She married James K. Egan. Survivors include a son, Terence Egan of Plano, Texas; a daughter, Jeanine Weilmuenster of Anna; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren...
    Fannie Simmons (06/06/03)
    SIKESTON, Mo. -- Fannie Mae Lane Simmons, 99, of Sikeston died Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at Miner Nursing Center. She was born Sept. 3, 1903, in Martin, Tenn., daughter of Lorenza Dow and Martha Jane Lane Davis. She first married Buford "Shorty" Lane, and then Connie Simmons...
    Verna Petzoldt (06/06/03)
    Verna Dell Petzoldt, 68, of Oak Ridge died Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 22, 1934, in Oak Ridge, daughter of Lynn and Artie Barks Roberts. She and Royal Petzoldt were married April 8, 1967...
    Births 6/6/03 (06/06/03)
    Fields Daughter to Dr. Ken and Marla Fields of Hamilton, Mont., Community Medical Center in Missoula, Mont., 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2003. Name, Katelyn Marie. Weight, 8 pounds. Second daughter. Mrs. Fields is the daughter of James and Carol Craft of Jackson. Fields is the son of James and Sandy Fields of Evansville, Ind., and Joe and Karen Kitchen of Atlanta, Ga. He is employed at Rocky Mountain Lab...
    Cape/Jackson police reports 6/6/03 (06/06/03)
    Cape Girardeau Friday, June 6 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Gwen L. Wood, 27, of 10033 County Road 607, Dexter, Mo., was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and failure to drive in a single lane...
    Cape fire report 6/6/03 (06/06/03)
    Cape Girardeau Friday June 6 Firefighters responded to the following items Wednesday: At 6:05 p.m., a medical assist at 913 Ranney Ave. At 7:58 p.m., a carbon monoxide assist at 2719 Stephen Drive. Firefighters responded to the following items Thursday: At 3:16 a.m., an alarm sounding at 3039 William St...
    Out of the past 6/6/03 (06/06/03)
    10 years ago: June 6, 1993 Members of St. Mary's Cathedral Parish celebrate church's 125th homecoming with Mass at Deerfield; festivities continue with picnic lunch, games and lots of visiting with family and friends; parish was founded in 1868. Ralph Ford, chairman of Cape Girardeau County Republican Central Committee for past two-and-one-half years, has resigned his position; retired Cape Girardeau school teacher, who operates 200-acre farm north of Jackson, made semi-surprise announcement Friday at meeting of committee.. ...
    GOP has better argument (06/06/03)
    Clarity on the state budget is elusive. Democratic Gov. Bob Holden vetoed four of the state's budget bills passed by the GOP-controlled legislature and called for a special session. Republican leaders in the House and Senate say the budget they advanced to the governor is only $12 short of balancing. Holden says not true -- revenues will be $367 million short, resulting in unconscionable cuts to education and to health and human services...
    Give voters the final say (06/06/03)
    At a special session that started this week, Missouri lawmakers should quickly restore money to serve the state's neediest citizens, then place several tax increases before voters this fall. Missourians deserve the opportunity to adequately finance critical state services such as educating children and taking care of the less fortunate...
    Missouri budget - More cuts, bigger cushion (06/06/03)
    When Gov. Bob Holden vetoed two-thirds of the Missouri budget last week, he hoped there would be enough pressure from special-interest groups to force state legislators to find ways to increase spending beyond that contained in bills approved in the regular legislative session. The governor would like to see some taxes increased, including some that would require a statewide vote later this year, well after the new budget takes effect July 1...
    TV viewing goes high-tech (06/06/03)
    Many of the gadgets of modern technology wind up in cluttered closets, bulging basements or overflowing garages. But gadgets that affect the way we watch TV -- which occupies our time more than just about anything else -- find wide acceptance and a ready market...
    Mayor Knudtson clarifies comment about personnel (06/06/03)
    To the editor: In your May 31 issue, the following statement was made: "The mayor said he and the council were instrumental in sacking fire chief Michael Lackman, Convention and Visitors Bureau director Terri Clark-Bauer and city inspections director Tarryl Booker last year." I never used the word "sacked." This paraphrased quote attributed to me does not reflect the true meaning of my statement. ...
    U.S. legislators think mostly about themselves (06/06/03)
    To the editor: It seems that instead of calling our elected officials "representatives" or "senators," we should just call them "politicians." How can we call people who throw away our tax dollars so thoughtlessly our federal representatives? They represent themselves. What has been allowed is certainly bad enough, but to allow a $21 billion increase in pork is an unconscionable act...
    Elderly need prescription plan through Medicare (06/06/03)
    To the editor: I urge our federal legislators to enact a Medicare drug benefit this year. Average Americans are confronted with serious problems affording the medications their doctors prescribe. Prescription-drug affordability used to be viewed as a low-income problem, but today it's hurting those of all incomes. ...
    Speak Out A 06/06/03 (06/06/03)
    Preferred seating I WANT to commend Central Junior High School for an excellent performance of "Little Mermaid." I've seen this many times in productions here in Cape Girardeau. We go to a lot of events at the junior high and the high school. Once again, all of the seats up the middle were reserved. ...
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