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Stories from Thursday, August 21, 2003

Natural gas prices to rise by 10 percent (08/21/03)
The causes were spelled out on a screen with charts, graphs, definitions and acronyms by state officials using terms specific to those who deal with energy consumption principles. But the end result is simple: Your natural gas bill will be about 10 percent higher this winter...
Contestants for Homecomers queen announced (08/21/03)
A dozen contestants from Jackson, Cape Girardeau, Gordonville, Sikeston and Dexter will compete in the Jackson Homecomers Queen Contest at 8 p.m. Saturday. CONTESTANTS INCLUDE:
  • Ashley Goggin, age 17, daughter of Jim and Belinda Goggin of Cape Girardeau;...
  • Community Q&a 8/21/03 (08/21/03)
  • Name: Sue Roussel Lives in: Cape Girardeau Family: Husband, Bill; six children and 8 grandchildren. Job: Housewife What do you like most about the area? Cape Girardeau is a good, clean town and a great place to raise children...
  • Community cuisine 8/21/03 (08/21/03)
    Gordonville church to hold dinner Sunday Zion Lutheran Church will hold a chicken and dumplings and kettle-cooked beef supper from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday. The church is on Highway 25 in Gordonville. Kids under 6 eat free. Salvation Army serving meals with friends...
    Community digest 8/21/03 (08/21/03)
    Genealogical society to hold research meeting Tuesday At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday the Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society will meet at the Riverside Regional Library in Jackson. This informal meeting will be a time of research with no business meeting or formal program presented. Visitors are invited to bring their questions and work with more experienced genealogists...
    Lewis & Clark-themed dinner, dance set to benefit Red House (08/21/03)
    The Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Committee will offer an opportunity to eat, drink, be merry and dress like a pioneer if you like, all to benefit construction of the Red House in Cape Girardeau. The Lewis & Clark Dinner and Colonial Ball will be held on Oct. 11. The cost of the dinner is $100 per person and includes a ticket to the ball. A ticket to the ball is $25...
    Cape Girardeau buys back 1950 fire truck for restoration (08/21/03)
    A 53-year-old pumper truck, originally purchased for $12,488, by the City of Cape Girardeau was repurchased from the Gordonville Fire Department for $1 on Monday, August 4.Southeast Missourian A 53-year-old pumper truck, originally purchased for $12,488 by the city of Cape Girardeau, was repurchased from the Gordonville Fire Department for $1 on Aug. 4...
    Area horse first West Nile victim of season (08/21/03)
    West Nile virus claimed its first Southeast Missouri horse this year, a Sikeston, Mo., farm horse that died at a veterinarian's office on Tuesday. Dr. Linus Huck, whose practice is in rural Jackson, said he received blood test results on the 17-year-old quarter horse Wednesday from Arkansas State University...
    Scott City schools open with a 47,000-square-foot addition (08/21/03)
    Some classrooms weren't complete and a new gymnasium floor was barely ready to walk on, but officials in the Scott City School District say the students' return to school Wednesday went smoothly. A 47,000- square-foot addition, which gave the district 20 new classrooms, a multipurpose room and a library, was among several changes the district made for the 2003-04 school year...
    Region briefs 8/21/03 (08/21/03)
    Portion of Broadway closed until Aug. 29 Traffic will be closed on Broadway between Lorimier and Fountain beginning today at 6:30 a.m. through Friday, and again on Monday through Aug. 29. The closing is due to Probst Builders operating a large crane to work on the Marquette Hotel. No parking will be allowed at that location during this time...
    Blind man gets new guide dog to replace loss in home break-in (08/21/03)
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- An 84-year-old blind man who lost his longtime guide dog to a violent intruder at their public housing apartment walked outside Wednesday with a "retired" Seeing Eye dog donated to be his new companion. "I think it is amazing. He comes straight back here to the porch," Frank Owen said after a short walk from his front door with the 5-year-old German shepherd, Baldwin...
    Former deputy pleads guilty in killing of sheriff (08/21/03)
    SOMERSET, Ky. -- A former sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty Wednesday to helping plot the assassination of his chief political rival -- an incumbent sheriff killed by a sniper at a campaign rally fish fry. Jeff Morris, 36, pleaded guilty to complicity to commit murder and will be sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 25 years. If convicted at trial, he could have faced the death penalty...
    Ship manned by WWII veterans returns from river voyage (08/21/03)
    The Associated press MOBILE, Ala. -- The LST-325, with its crew of World War II veterans, returned to its homeport of Mobile, Ala., capping a 78-day voyage on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers that raised $500,000 for its future as a museum vessel. The ship arrived at about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday and moved to its home berth at Hooks Terminal in Chickasaw, Ala., later in the day, completing a journey of 3,150 miles...
    Supreme Court rejects appeal on Ten Commandments (08/21/03)
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore lost a last-ditch appeal Wednesday to keep a Ten Commandments monument in the state judicial building, clearing the way for its removal as protesters at the marker were handcuffed by police and led away...
    St. Louis deseg payments take large bite out of state budget (08/21/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Despite a tight budget that's forced cuts in education funding, Missouri must still pay $70 million to the St. Louis Public Schools over the next six years as part of a four-year-old desegregation settlement. Under the terms of the 1999 agreement, the Kansas City School District was to receive no additional state payments, while St. Louis schools were to receive capital improvement payments on a sliding scale until 2009...
    Springfield may vote on smoking ban (08/21/03)
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- If the mayor gets his way, voters will decide whether the state's third largest city should be totally smoke free. Mayor Tom Carlson said Tuesday that he plans to push for the issue to be placed on the November 2004 ballot. It would coincide with the next presidential election, thus reducing the risk of special-interest groups dominating the election, he said...
    $700 million deal struck in Anniston PCBs cases (08/21/03)
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Solutia Inc. and Monsanto Co. have agreed to pay $700 million to settle claims by more than 20,000 Anniston residents over PCB contamination, plaintiff's attorneys said Wednesday. The agreement, which will end a long-running trial in state court over decades-old pollution from a chemical plant in the east Alabama city, includes payments to homeowners and cash to fund a PCB research laboratory, lawyers for the residents said in a statement...
    Groups square off over Missouri River levels (08/21/03)
    ST. LOUIS -- Where the Missouri and Mississippi rivers meet, political and business leaders Wednesday warned that court-ordered lowerings of the Missouri could squeeze vital shipping and electricity production on both waterways, ultimately pinching consumers' pocketbooks...
    Memo ties new state jobs, unions (08/21/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Some new state employees must agree to either pay union dues or have special fees deducted from their paychecks as a condition of their employment with Missouri, according to a state memo obtained by The Associated Press. Health-care workers seeking employment with the Department of Corrections, Department of Mental Health and Missouri Veterans Commission will have to sign a form telling them of the union provisions contained in contracts that have already gone into effect, according to a letter written Tuesday by a state negotiator and sent to agency officials.. ...
    Missouri case gets hearing in U.S. top court (08/21/03)
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court could alter the national rules governing the admissibility of confessions criminal suspects make to police. The case, which the high court has agreed to hear during its upcoming term, seeks to clarify the scope of officers' obligation to inform suspects of their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination...
    KC clients urged to refuse DNA sampling agreements (08/21/03)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Plea bargains in Jackson County Circuit Court come with a catch: Defendants must surrender a DNA sample as a condition of any agreement involving a felony charge. Prosecutors like the plan for two reasons: Plea agreements keep the court calendar relatively clear, and the DNA sample can be used as a tool in investigating any crimes the defendant might later commit...
    Denied vacation led to Ohio plant shooting (08/21/03)
    ANDOVER, Ohio -- The man who opened fire at an auto parts factory, killing a co-worker and then himself, didn't socialize at work and lived with his parents, spending his free time shooting at targets behind their house, his mother said. Ricky Shadle's parents said their 6-foot-2, 300-pound son had a learning disability, was teased his whole life and always needed help filling out forms at work...
    '60s radical granted parole after 22 years in prison (08/21/03)
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- Kathy Boudin, the '60s radical who has served 22 years in prison for a 1981 armored car heist in which three men were killed, was granted parole Wednesday. Boudin, 60, a one-time member of the Weather Underground described as a model inmate in prison, had been denied parole just three months ago, as well as two years ago. Officials did not immediately explain the change of position...
    Study - Angioplasties so effective they're worth the wait (08/21/03)
    BOSTON -- A major study of heart attacks shows emergency angioplasties work so much better than drugs that they are usually worth the wait of a hospital transfer -- a finding that could reshape guidelines for the 1.1 million Americans who suffer heart attacks each year...
    Democrats call for Bush 'recall' (08/21/03)
    WASHINGTON -- The latest Democratic drive to make sure President Bush serves just one term takes a page from the effort to oust a Democratic governor in California, calling its Web site "bushrecall" and garnering support through petitions. A new committee called the Fair and Balanced PAC plans to launch its Web site www.bushrecall.org today. The PAC's founders include Joe Lockhart, a press secretary to former President Clinton, and Mike Lux, a Democratic political consultant...
    Cadillac Escalade most often targeted by thieves (08/21/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Thieves broke into Don Massey Cadillac in Lone Tree, Colo., last November and stole seven Escalade sport utility vehicles. The dealership was not alone: Thieves go after the $55,000 SUV at a higher rate than any other vehicle, according to a report by a research group funded by auto insurers...
    Bid to delay Calif. recall fails; GOP lays out budget plans (08/21/03)
    LOS ANGELES -- Republican recall candidates Arnold Schwarzenegger and Peter Ueberroth laid out economic recovery outlines for California on Wednesday as a federal judge rejected an effort to delay the Oct. 7 vote because of potential problems with punch-card voting machines...
    People talk 8/21/03 (08/21/03)
    Stones' 'Forty Licks' tour down to 39 AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- The Rolling Stones canceled a concert Wednesday in Amsterdam after Mick Jagger came down with a sore throat. The show's organizer, Mojo, said the concert likely would be rescheduled for Sept. 22...
    Gephardt nabs 12th union endorsement (08/21/03)
    WASHINGTON -- Dick Gephardt picked up his 12th union endorsement Wednesday in his campaign to win the full support of the AFL-CIO in the Democratic presidential contest. The Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers union, with 300,000 members, announced the endorsement in a statement...
    Rising number of Hispanic firefighters creates language barrier (08/21/03)
    SALEM, Ore. -- As they fought a raging wildfire last year in southern Oregon, a fire crew got word that the blaze was approaching rapidly and all workers needed to evacuate. They yelled the directions to a Hispanic crew digging a fire line, but none of them understood English. They stood, confused...
    Michigan father accused of shooting his children (08/21/03)
    DETROIT -- A father allegedly shot and killed three of his children and wounded another before setting their home on fire and fleeing on a bicycle, authorities said. Anthony Lamar Bailey, 37, was apprehended Wednesday as he walked on a freeway overpass. He was named in a warrant charging him with several counts, including first-degree murder, arson and assault with intent to commit murder...
    Club owners, band fined for safety violations (08/21/03)
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Six months after a deadly nightclub fire, the club's owners and a rock band were fined nearly $100,000 on Wednesday by the federal agency that regulates workplace safety. Legal experts say the move could bolster lawsuits filed after the Feb. 20 blaze, which killed 100 people and injured nearly 200 others at a Great White concert...
    Heat wave death toll may soar in France (08/21/03)
    PARIS -- France's biggest funeral parlor chain said Wednesday it counted 2,600 more deaths this month than in the same period last year, raising the prospect that thousands more people died during Europe's heat wave than officials estimate. Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, whose government has come under fire for its handling of the crisis, warned about giving too much credence to early death toll estimates. ...
    New SARS-like outbreak gets Canadian attention (08/21/03)
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- It looks like SARS and acts like a milder version of the disease that has killed 44 people in Canada, but officials doubt the respiratory illness that swept through a British Columbia nursing home is severe acute respiratory syndrome...
    Oxford Dictionary expands language with 'bada bings' (08/21/03)
    LONDON -- Are you feeling like a "muppet" because you cannot remember the meaning of a word? Or are you a bit "Eeyorish" and confused at our rapidly changing language? Those are among 3,000 new words and expressions, many of them slang or foreign, that have entered English usage and are included in the new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English, which is being released today...
    Latest Mideast bomber was not among usual suspects (08/21/03)
    X By Henry Chu ~ Los Angeles Times HEBRON, West Bank -- By the time Raed Abdel-Hamed Masq was 16, he had memorized the Quran, chapter and verse. Religion consumed him, and he wanted it to consume others as well. As an adult, he encouraged his wife, his students and his teachers to learn the scriptures by heart. He was incensed by coarse and blasphemous talk...
    FBI compares truck bomb to munitions from airplane (08/21/03)
    and Tracy Wilkinson ~ Los Angeles Times BAGHDAD, Iraq - The bomb that devastated the U.N. complex in Baghdad was a potent blend of Soviet-era artillery shells, mortar rounds and grenades packed around a powerful centerpiece - a 500-pound bomb meant to be dropped from an aircraft, the FBI said Wednesday...
    Farden to head Southeast gymnastics (08/21/03)
    Tom Farden, Southeast Missouri State University's assistant gymnastics coach the past four seasons, will be the Otahkians' interim head coach for the 2004 campaign. Cindy Gannon, an assistant athletic director who headed the search committee seeking a replacement for Patty Stotzheim, said the school decided not to offer the position to either of the two finalists who were interviewed on campus earlier this month...
    Teacher tells NCAA officials Clarett's grade was changed (08/21/03)
    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A former Ohio State teaching assistant who said star tailback Maurice Clarett received preferential academic treatment met Wednesday for more than two hours with NCAA officials and a university committee. "They were concerned about test scores, about cheating in the classroom, things like that," said Norma McGill, a teaching assistant in Clarett's African-American and African Studies class last fall...
    Defense excels in MU scrimmage (08/21/03)
    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- With much of the preseason attention on the offense, it was the defense that dominated Wednesday as Missouri held its final scheduled intra-squad scrimmage before its Aug. 30 opener against Illinois at St. Louis. The effort at Faurot Field was less than stellar, coach Gary Pinkel said...
    Late models are in, sprints are out after ATPR changes plan (08/21/03)
    For the first time since the track opened in 1991, Auto Tire and Parts Racepark has taken the sprint class off its weekly schedule. Track promoter Jerry Wolsey made the announcement Sunday on the track's Web site and said the decision was financial. The class will be replaced on the Saturday night schedule with United Midwestern Promoters late models starting with events Aug. 30...
    The week ahead in motorsports (08/21/03)
    AREA EVENTS FRIDAY
  • Late models, modifieds, pure stocks, mini stocks at Fredericktown Raceway, 7:30 p.m. Sprints, modifieds, hobby stocks, pure stocks, cruisers at Malden Speedway, 7:30 p.m.Saturday
  • Motorcycles, ATVs at SEMO Raceway, Blodgett, 6 p.m...
  • NASCAR's message - Stop the fights (08/21/03)
    BRISTOL, Tenn. -- The first NASCAR race televised live in its entirety ended with brothers Bobby and Donnie Allison fighting Cale Yarborough after the finish. That was 24 years ago, and the fists have been flying ever since. That might be about to end: NASCAR suspended Jimmy Spencer this week for punching Kurt Busch, sending a message that the good ol' days of giving a competitor a black eye after banging fenders are over...
    Agassi gets top seed at U.S. Open (08/21/03)
    NEW YORK -- Top-ranked Andre Agassi and leading contender Andy Roddick could meet in the U.S. Open final after being drawn into opposite sides of the field Wednesday. The No. 4-seeded Roddick, though, will face a tough first-round match against Tim Henman, the only player who beat the American during the U.S. hard-court season...
    Cardinals rally against Pirates (08/21/03)
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Scott Rolen took advantage of both chances to redeem himself. His three-run double in the eighth gave St. Louis the lead and his two-run single added to a 10-run eighth inning as he drove in a career-high six runs to lead the Cardinals past the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-5 Tuesday night...
    Testing new technology (08/21/03)
    HOUSTON -- Doctors at the Texas Heart Institute hope the success they've had with sending patients home after they received an experimental heart pump will result in a dependable alternative to transplants. Physicians at the institute, based at St. ...
    Health calendar 8/21 (08/21/03)
    Today Diabetes Support Group meets from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in Healing Arts Center. For information, phone 331-5107. Preparation for childbirth class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in conference room at Healing Arts Center. The class is sponsored by St. Francis Medical Center. Call 331-5107 for information...
    Rearranging the center of the world (08/21/03)
    Aug. 21, 2003 Dear Julie, I am in awe of the two women who reassemble our house every two weeks. Two weeks is the amount of time it takes DC and me to bring the house into disorder. Of course, Hank and Lucy and Alvie do their part. Life with dog hair is one of our realities. So is the probability that one of the dogs will be in the mood to rip a misplaced cardboard food container into bite-sized bits...
    Robert Bingenheimer (08/21/03)
    Robert L. Bingenheimer, 74, of Seneca, S.C., died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, at Hospice House of Anderson, S.C. He was born July 19, 1929, in Jackson, son of Leo W. and Lydia L. Koenig Bingenheimer. Bingenheimer was retired from IBM Corp., and held several managerial positions. He was a member of Seneca American Legion Post 120, U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, the USS Lindenwald Veterans Association, and the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels...
    Hester Hoffman (08/21/03)
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Hester C. Hoffman, 88, of Perryville died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 30, 1915, in Perry County, Mo., daughter of William and Albertine Zoellner Ernst. She and Linus J. Hoffman were married April 23, 1935. He died Feb. 24, 1998...
    Verna Fisher (08/21/03)
    DONGOLA, Ill. -- Verna Fisher, 94, of Dongola died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003, at Jonesboro Health Care Center in Jonesboro, Ill. She was born Nov. 25, 1908, in Dongola, daughter of Levi and Armanda Lentz Sivia. She married Millie Lawrence, who died Aug. 5, 1934. She later married William Fisher, who died Nov. 4, 1950...
    Garry Hess (08/21/03)
    ADVANCE, Mo. -- Garry Lee Hess, 51, of Advance died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 4, 1952, at Painton, Mo., son of Robert D. and Vilamae Spillman Hess Sr. He and Ronda Martin were married May 1, 1982, at Scott City...
    Audrey Miller (08/21/03)
    PERKS, Ill. -- Audrey E. Miller, 57, of Perks died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 7, 1946, in Anna, Ill., daughter of George and Mary Hileman Sivia. She and Clyde Doughty were married May 15, 1964, in Alto Pass, Ill. He died May 14, 1999. She and Clyde L. Miller were married Sept. 15, 2002, in Anna...
    Charles Cossairt (08/21/03)
    Charles Albert Cossairt, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Oct. 30, 1916, at Bloomfield, Mo., son of Jacob and Lura Lee Huggins Cossairt. He and Katherine McMullin were married in 1940 at Bloomfield...
    Oswin Meyer (08/21/03)
    STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- Oswin H. Meyer, 90, of Ste. Genevieve died Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, at Ste. Genevieve Care Center. He was born Dec. 23, 1912, in Ste. Genevieve, son of Charles H. and Elizabeth M. Meyer. He and Gertrude M. Naeger were married May 11, 1928. She died April 25, 2002...
    Births 8/21/03 (08/21/03)
    Wren Son to Steven Shawn and Dana Lynn Wren of Scott City, St. Francis Medical Center, 11:01 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003. Name, Ethan Dane. Weight, 7 pounds 8 ounces. Fourth son. Mrs. Wren is the former Dana Smith, daughter of David and Vicki Smith of Scott City. She is a registered nurse at St. Francis. Wren is the son of Winferd and Marietta Wren of Cape Girardeau. He is a carpenter with Mac-Con Co...
    Cape/Jackson police reports 8/21/03 (08/21/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Aug. 21 The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Jesse D. Wages, 18, of 1228 Perry County Road 620, Perryville, Mo., was arrested Tuesday on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear...
    Cape fire report 8/21/03 (08/21/03)
    Cape Girardeau Thursday, Aug. 21 Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following item: At 11 p.m., medical assist at 710 Morgan Oak. Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 2:23 a.m., medical assist at 1456 Howell. At 2:58 a.m., medical assist at 2845 Themis...
    Out of the past 8/21/03 (08/21/03)
    10 years ago: Aug. 21, 1993 Waters from "Flood of 1993" are receding slowly, but record flood's aftermath is leaving behind some numbing statistics; millions of acres of land have been affected in Missouri, Iowa and Illinois; raging waters have wiped out more than 1,900 levees in Midwest; highways, railroads, businesses and homes along Missouri, Mississippi and Illinois rivers have suffered damages up to $5 billion in Missouri and from $15 to $20 billion in Midwest...
    Jackson district to try levy adjustments (08/21/03)
    Like school districts around the state, Jackson knows a hard truth: If more funding isn't found soon, programs and staff are in jeopardy. District officials are hoping voters will help. In an effort to generate more money for operating expenses, the Jackson School Board has agreed to ask voters in a Nov. 4 election to eliminate the district's Proposition C rollback in the operating levy...
    Still beautiful, inside and out (08/21/03)
    As one person put it, Amber Marie Seyer is still Oran's favorite daughter. Seyer didn't win the Miss Teen USA competition in Palm Springs, Calif., but she gave Oran something to cheer about. Many of its residents gathered last week at the Oran Jaycee Hall to watch the pageant that included Seyer, who is Miss Missouri Teen...
    Petition could save woman's life in Nigeria (08/21/03)
    To the editor: On Aug. 27, Amina Lawal is set to be buried up to her neck and executed by stoning in Nigeria for the crime of adultery. She was convicted a year ago, but her sentence was postponed because she was pregnant and then was given this year to nurse her infant. Believe it or not, her baby is evidence of her adultery...
    Important to have Muslim presence at peace vigils (08/21/03)
    To the editor: In response to the article "A quest for peace": I want to say thank you for your article. I am one of those who began back last year with Bob Polack and Joy Bell. I withdrew for a while this summer as I was in the middle of trying to get my husband to the United States from Iran. ...
    Catholic Church has always upheld the death penalty (08/21/03)
    To the editor: The Catholic Church has always taught that the state may lawfully take the life of a person as just punishment for a crime. Proof of this perennial belief can be found in Scripture, where St. Paul speaks of the state's right to "carry the sword" (Romans 13:4) and in the writings of the doctors of the church, including St. ...
    Speak Out A 08/21/03 (08/21/03)
    Leadership decisions IN SPEAK Out, an Episcopalian was annoyed at the criticism of some who disagree with electing a practicing homosexual as a bishop. He proceeded to try to prove his point by stretching a few words of Scripture. Putting church leadership decisions above the Bible has been a problem from the beginning of Christianity...
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