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Made by Montessori in Cape -- some success stories (01/08/04)
Pablo Picasso prints hang on the wall. Tchaikovsky plays in the background during nap time. There are no admonitions to sit still or participate in group activities. But at a moment's notice, the majority of students in this small Cape Girardeau preschool can reel off the names of all the U.S. presidents in chronological order...
Military digest 1/8/04 (01/08/04)
Cotner completes basic training with Guard Pvt. Matthew R. Cotner, the son of Ron and Karen Cotner of Cape Girardeau, recently completed basic and advanced individual training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He is with the 1137th Military Police Company of the Missouri National Guard in Kennett, Mo...
Community digest 1/8/04 (01/08/04)
'Independently Speaking' to feature March of Dimes The program, "Independently Speaking," will air at 5:30 a.m. Sunday on WDKA-TV, Channel 49 (Channel 17 on cable) and at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Jan. 27 on cable access Channel 5. Guests include Amanda Mills, community director of the March of Dimes Southeast Missouri Division, and Christy Rains, March of Dimes division director in Cape Girardeau...
FEMA grants 2004 funding to Cape Girardeau County (01/08/04)
Cape Girardeau County has been chosen to receive $26,738 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area for 2004. The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by FEMA and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. ...
Couple puts wedding plans up for vote (01/08/04)
Their relationship, at least some of the more important moments, has been a bit eccentric. When they met after a friend's wedding, Michael Casey of St. Louis told Cape Girardeau's Dianne Johnson she should date his best friend. She wouldn't want to date him, he told her, because he came with too much baggage...
To serve and protect (01/08/04)
Three nightclub-related shootings have hit the Cape Girardeau area in a little over two months. Young men died outside both Players and the Taste in Cape Girardeau, and shots fired in a bathroom at the Purple Crackle in East Cape Girardeau, Ill., wounded at least two...
Area school elections field few candidates (01/08/04)
It's been over a decade since Jackson has had an uncontested school board race, but with less than two weeks until the filing deadline and only two candidates, it's a possibility this year. Constituents will vote April 6 on candidates to fill two terms of three years each on several Cape Girardeau County school boards and in Scott City. The deadline to file for election is Jan. 20...
Cape Girardeau man pleads guilty to drug charges (01/08/04)
Agreeing to forfeit to $13,000 in cash the U.S. government, Andre Hill, 34, of Cape Girardeau, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to two felonies for possession of five grams or more of cocaine base and cocaine with intent to distribute. He appeared before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey in Cape Girardeau, entering his plea minutes before his trial was to begin...
Man pleads guilty to firearm, hunting violations (01/08/04)
John W. Rogers, 42, of Caruthersville, Mo., pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to hunting violations, in addition to being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Authorities charged Rogers with exceeding a daily bag limit, possession of migratory game birds in excess of a daily bag limit and to receiving an untagged dove that was possessed and transported...
Traffic charge dismissed in challenge to '73 ruling (01/08/04)
A speeding charge was dismissed by Cape Girardeau County assistant prosecuting attorney Ben Gray Tuesday against the man challenging a 1973 court order assigning speed limits on some county roads. During the bench trial, defendant Ricky Ross' attorney, Daniel Finch, entered a "hearsay" objection to Gray presenting a certified copy of the order, Gray said. ...
Cape pizza delivery driver reports armed robbery (01/08/04)
A pizza delivery driver told police he was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night outside an apartment complex at 24 Village Drive. When he arrived at the address, two men and a woman were outside the apartments. After the woman went into an apartment to get money to pay for the delivery, the two men punched him and pushed him to the ground, said Cape Girardeau police spokesman Sgt. ...
Family escapes unhurt from house fire (01/08/04)
Firefighters responded at 6:12 a.m. Wednesday to the home of Richard and LaDonna Hengst at 734 W. Rodney, where a fire caused damage to a family room and a bedroom. LaDonna Hengst and the couple's two children, Grant and LeAnne, were asleep when the blaze broke out, said Cape Girardeau fire battalion chief Steve Niswonger. The son woke from the light and heat from the fire and alerted his sister and mother; all escaped without injury...
CVB to give program at First Friday Coffee (01/08/04)
Chuck Martin, director of the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau, will present the program at First Friday Coffee this week. Martin will be going over the recent accomplishments and future direction of the bureau. First Friday Coffee is a monthly program held by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce. This month's meeting will be held at 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Show Me Center. For more information contact the Chamber of Commerce at 335-3312...
Company to close center thanks to no-call list (01/08/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Citing the impact of federal and state no-call lists, Americall Group Inc. has decided to close its Columbia call center March 1, putting 175 people out of work. Americall has 16 call centers nationwide -- including two in St. Louis -- but will close only the Columbia center, said Jeffrey Johnson, human resources manager in Columbia. ...
Benton expected to be nominated to appeals court (01/08/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Supreme Court Judge Duane Benton is expected to be nominated by President Bush for a seat on a federal appeals court, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said Thursday. Benton, 53, was hearing court arguments Thursday morning, but court spokeswoman Beth Riggert confirmed his expected selection for a spot on the St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...
Congressional hopeful offering money-back guarantee to voters (01/08/04)
ST. LOUIS -- It's a common sales pitch for those pushing vacuum cleaners or used cars, but not so common for politicians: If you're not completely satisfied, you get your money back, guaranteed. Yet that's the pledge from Mariano Favazza, one of six Democrats seeking Missouri's 3rd District congressional seat being vacated after more than a quarter of a century by Dick Gephardt. Two Republicans have also announced intentions to run...
Military says senator did not knowingly engage in wrongdoing (01/08/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri senator who left his military assignment in Cuba to cast the critical vote on concealed guns legislation did not knowingly engage in wrongdoing, Army officials said Wednesday. But state Sen. Jon Dolan's political activities did violate rules that bar National Guard members from carrying out functions of political office while on a tour of duty, the Army concluded after an internal investigation...
Ex-astronaut can't testify in Carnahan suit (01/08/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A judge has decided that Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell cannot testify on behalf of an aircraft parts manufacturer in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by former Gov. Mel Carnahan's family. Attorneys for Carnahan's family argued that Lovell's testimony was a ploy to prejudice the jury...
Chicago police to patrol airports atop Segways (01/08/04)
CHICAGO -- Police patrolling Chicago's airports are going to get some high-tech help. The city has signed a $128,000 contract to buy 28 Segway Human Transporters for officers assigned to terminal patrol at Midway Airport and O'Hare International Airport, officials said...
NRC blames radioactive gas leak on human error (01/08/04)
METROPOLIS, Ill. -- Human error caused a radioactive gas leak from a nuclear fuel plant, sending four to hospitals and causing one nearby resident reddened skin and lung exposure, according to a Nuclear Regulatory Commission report. The Dec. 22 leak from the Honeywell International plant released seven pounds of uranium hexafluoride gas that rose 86 feet and rode light winds into a residential area, according to the report, which the agency released at a public meeting Tuesday at a Massac County courtroom.. ...
Legislature opens with tort, tax talk (01/08/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican legislative leaders have softened their stance on closing certain corporate tax loopholes but remain firmly opposed to any broad tax increases likely to be proposed by Missouri's Democratic governor. While the first day of the 2004 legislative session began Wednesday with the usual calls for bipartisanship, the political battle lines were drawn on contentious issues such as tort reform and the state budget...
Mo. Supreme Court hears two double jeopardy cases (01/08/04)
Associated Press WriterJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Two men convicted of murder and a second charge related to the same killing told the Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday the convictions violate constitutional prohibitions against double jeopardy...
Bush proposes overhaul of U.S. immigration system for workers (01/08/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush called Wednesday for a major overhaul of America's immigration system to grant legal status to millions of undocumented workers in the United States, saying the current program is not working. "Out of common sense and fairness, our laws should allow willing workers to enter our country and fill jobs that Americans are not filling," the president said in an East Room speech to members of Congress, his Cabinet and immigrant advocacy groups...
Nuke experts hunt for 'dirty' bombs (01/08/04)
WASHINGTON -- Government nuclear experts are working undercover in major U.S. cities, using high-tech equipment hidden in briefcases and golf bags to hunt for radiological "dirty" bombs and other weapons terrorists might use. The Energy Department's Nuclear Incident Response Teams were in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and Washington last month, according to three government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity...
Bush amasses record campaign chest (01/08/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, with no challenger for the Republican presidential nomination, begins the 2004 election year with a record $99 million in the bank and an aggressive plan to raise millions more. While the nine hopefuls competing for the Democratic nomination have spent much of the money they've taken in, Bush's cash-on-hand total shows he's spent a fraction of the record $130.8 million he raised last year...
Terrorism alert bills pile up for state and local officials (01/08/04)
The sacrifice can be measured in dollars and cents -- and surely it will run into the tens of millions. Sharpshooters deployed on Las Vegas Boulevard, extra patrols checking a North Dakota dam, helicopters circling Times Square. When the fifth orange-level terrorism alert took effect days before Christmas, local and state authorities put plans in action...
Nation briefs 1/8/04 (01/08/04)
Cattle herd that included diseased cow put down WILBUR, Wash. -- Federal workers using a vacant slaughterhouse in rural eastern Washington killed a herd of calves that included the offspring of a Holstein infected with mad cow disease whose bloodlines were traced to Canada. The entire herd of 449 bull calves, ranging in age from 1 month to several months, was sedated and given lethal injections Tuesday, Nolan Lemon, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said Wednesday...
After 39 years, Willie Brown is leaving politics (01/08/04)
SAN FRANCISCO -- During his nearly four decades in political office, Willie Brown has been called plenty of colorful names, some of them fit to print: The Ayatollah of the Assembly. His Williness. Da Mayor. The Real Slick Willie (a moniker affectionately bestowed by Bill Clinton)...
Drug boosts survival rate in deadliest cardiac arrest (01/08/04)
A hormone called vasopressin is clearly better at saving the lives of patients whose hearts have stopped than the drug doctors have been using for the past 100 years, according to a study that could transform the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest. For a century, cardiac arrest victims have been given epinephrine, a synthetic adrenaline that constricts blood vessels and boosts blood pressure. It is often administered when shocking the heart with a defibrillator fails to revive the patient...
People talk 1/8/04 (01/08/04)
Dan Rather goes off air after blemish removal NEW YORK -- CBS News anchor Dan Rather is off the air for a few days after a minor dermatological procedure on his face. The 72-year-old had some basal skin cells removed as a precautionary measure, the network said Wednesday. There's no indication that the cells were cancerous, CBS said. Rather is expected back on the "CBS Evening News" sometime next week...
In Mexico, work program greeted with guarded optimism (01/08/04)
GENERAL BRAVO, Mexico -- After lifetimes spent finding ways to sneak into the United States, Mexicans are excited over a new plan by President Bush that may allow them to cross legally for work while maintaining a life in Mexico. But many worry they will have to compete with a flood of new foreign applicants. ...
American air demands cause foreign friction (01/08/04)
LONDON -- Fears of a new airborne terrorist attack have brought heightened tensions, grounded flights -- and created turbulence for U.S.-European relations. Some European nations have balked at the United States' tough new aviation security measures, which include armed guards on aircraft and preflight scrutiny of passenger lists. Airlines, hit by rising security demands, want governments to handle part of the cost...
World briefs 1/8/04 (01/08/04)
Kandahar bomb hidden in apple cart; 15 dead KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- A bomb that tore through a group of curious children in this southern city was hidden in an apple cart, police said Wednesday, as the death toll rose to 15. Meanwhile, a man seized by security forces as he fled the scene of Tuesday's treacherous double blast was refusing to speak to his interrogators. ...
Nation/world briefs 1/8/04 (01/08/04)
Air purifier may be cause of space station problems CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Flight controllers suspect an air purifier may be leaking aboard the international space station and causing the biggest prolonged loss of pressure ever seen at the 5-year-old orbital complex. ...
France confirms search for man who missed Christmas Eve flight (01/08/04)
PARIS -- French authorities are searching for a passenger who failed to show up for an Air France flight that was canceled because of security concerns on Christmas Eve, France's justice minister said Wednesday. The man, who was ticketed for Air France flight 68 from Paris to Los Angeles on Dec. 24, was believed to have trained in Afghanistan, have ties to al-Qaida and carry a French passport, ABC television news reported, citing unidentified American officials...
Haitian students march against Aristide (01/08/04)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Following the example of student movements that helped topple two presidents, university students marched against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on Wednesday in a protest marred by bloody clashes that killed at least one person and wounded 13...
U.S. soldiers balk at $10,000 bonus (01/08/04)
BAQOUBA, Iraq -- At a checkpoint on the barren plain east of Baqouba, word of a new U.S. Army plan to pay soldiers up to $10,000 to re-enlist evoked laughter from a few bored-looking troopers. "Man, they can't pay me enough to stay here," said a 23-year-old specialist from the Army's 4th Infantry Division as he manned the checkpoint with Iraqi police outside this city 35 miles northeast of Baghdad...
Chestnutt leads Central win (01/08/04)
Scott Chestnutt poured in 31 points as Central's boys basketball team knocked off visiting Caruthersville 63-46 Wednesday night and improved to 11-3. Chestnutt hit 12 of 16 shots from the field as the Tigers shot 69 percent as a team, connecting on 24 of 35...
Otahks look for revenge vs. Govs (01/08/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's women had a big debut under new coach B.J. Smith last year, finishing second in the Ohio Valley Conference's regular season and tournament for the first time ever. But Smith's rookie season with the Otahkians could have been even better if not for Austin Peay, which dealt them three losses -- including 85-61 in the OVC Tournament finals...
Indians seek quick start in OVC (01/08/04)
Southeast Missouri State University men's coach Gary Garner considers his team's nonconference season a success as the Indians went 7-4. But that solid start will mean very little beginning tonight as Ohio Valley Conference play opens with a home game against defending champion and preseason favorite Austin Peay...
Harlem Globetrotters bring their act to Cape Girardeau (01/08/04)
Basketball fans of all ages braved the frigid weather Wednesday night, coming out to the Show Me Center to catch the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters in action. Since 1927, the Globetrotters have been delighting basketball fans of all ages with their goofy antics and amazing talent...
Swimming more than a hobby for Kuper (01/08/04)
Swimming isn't just a hobby for Jameson Kuper. It's a lifestyle. His family ushered him into the sport at age 5, and now he won't let go of his dream of competing at the college level. Kuper, a 16-year-old sophomore at Notre Dame Regional High School, hasn't taken a break from the sport since his mother, Pat, first taught him the basic strokes 11 years ago. A year later, at 6, he was swimming year-round for the Gators, a local club team...
Freshmen help Iowa State beat Missouri in Big 12 opener (01/08/04)
AMES, Iowa -- With two seniors and a junior on the floor, Iowa State turned to its two freshmen to beat Missouri. Curtis Stinson hit a spinning shot in the lane to put Iowa State ahead with 38.5 seconds left and Will Blalock followed with a steal, lifting the Cyclones to a 70-65 victory on Wednesday night...
Motivation and muscle (01/08/04)
Bored with your regular workout? Looking for a way to melt those pounds away? Maybe what you need is a personal trainer. Sort of a mixture of motivation and muscle, personal trainers can help you get started with a regular workout routine or help push you over the hump in a workout you've already begun...
Everything falls into place (01/08/04)
Jan. 8, 2004 Dear Leslie, When DC is scared, she look for signs of reassurance. She swears she saw one New Year's Eve. She was worried because of the troubles in the world, and now terrorists were threatening to ring in the New Year by blowing up Las Vegas. When a rare snowfall fluttered like angels' wings in the lights of Las Vegas, DC wondered if it was a sign of sorrow or salvation...
Weight loss - Show me the motivation (01/08/04)
I recently received an e-mail from someone asking if I knew of or had any information on the problem of "Winter Weight Gain." Vanity had always been enough to keep me in line when it came to my weight. But those extra 10 pounds no longer seem to care what the mirror is saying...
Little gizmos for big toys on display at Detroit show (01/08/04)
DETROIT -- If you've ever haplessly wrestled with a truck's spare tire or longed to liven up a drab dashboard display, the auto industry has the gadget for you. A wide array of handy gizmos and whimsical extras are hidden among the horsepower on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit...
For-profit insurers do not necessarily skimp on surgical care (01/08/04)
To researchers' surprise, a study found that for-profit health insurers are just as likely as not-for-profit ones to pay for costly operations for the elderly such as heart bypasses and knee replacements. The study of 1997 data on 12 operations and other procedures showed that for-profit plans were neither denying care nor holding down costs as much as commonly believed, the researchers said...
Former Enron finance chief Fastow negotiating plea deal (01/08/04)
HOUSTON -- Former Enron Corp. finance chief Andrew Fastow is negotiating a plea bargain that could send the high-powered executive to prison for his role in the accounting scandal that brought down the energy company, sources close to the case said Wednesday...
Tech firms defend moving U.S. jobs overseas (01/08/04)
WASHINGTON -- Leading technology companies urged Congress and the Bush administration Wednesday not to impose new trade restrictions aimed at keeping U.S. jobs from moving overseas, where labor costs are lower. The companies said such policies would do little to resolve long-standing problems more broadly affecting America's global competitiveness, such as low-scoring schools and inadequate research spending. ...
Mary Hall (01/08/04)
Mary "Meg" Hall, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, at Ratliff Care Center. She was born May 2, 1925, in Washington, D.C., daughter of Arthur H. and Carolyn Easton Gass. She married William C. Hall, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Hall was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Mary's Council of Catholic Women...
Robert Shuck (01/08/04)
Robert F. Shuck, 93, of Seminole, Fla., died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, at Wright Nursing Center in Seminole. He was born June 3, 1910, in Elsberry, Mo., son of Robert F. and Margaret Mitchell Shuck. He and Gertrude Lehr were married March 23, 1935, in St. Louis. She died Feb. 10, 2000...
Henry Copman (01/08/04)
Henry Carl Copman, 70, of Wheaton, Md., died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, at his home. He was born April 2, 1933, in Advance, Mo., son of Paul and Lillie Hefner Copman. He and Rosemary O'Neill were married July 27, 1957. Mr. Copman retired from IBM after 36 years of service. He was an active volunteer with Meals on Wheels and Friendly Visitor Program...
Ralph Vesterby (01/08/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Ralph Doyle Vesterby, 63, of Selmer, Tenn., died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004, at McNairy Regional Hospital in Selmer. He was born Feb. 24, 1940, in Indio, Calif., son of Doyle Frederick and Minnie May Ramsey Vesterby. Vesterby was a pattern designer with Brown Shoe Co...
Preston Harper (01/08/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Preston Lawrence Harper, 2 days, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He was born Jan. 5, 2004, in Sikeston, son of Travis and Amanda Richardson Harper. Survivors include his parents of Sikeston; maternal grandparents, Karen Richardson and David Pemberton Jr. ...
Eulalia Friend (01/08/04)
Eulalia F. Friend, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center. She was born Jan. 8, 1918, at Dexter, Mo., daughter of Arthur and Luella Bischoff Kirsch. She and Harry D. Friend were married Nov. 15, 1942, at Parma, Mo...
Vonda Snyder (01/08/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Vonda Lee Snyder, 68, of Sikeston died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 15, 1935, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Hayward Joseph and Verna Ussery Poe. She and the Rev. Bill Snyder were married March 25, 1956, in Cape Girardeau...
Helen Dittlinger (01/08/04)
Helen Elvira Dittlinger, 90, of Whitewater died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 22, 1913, at Lutesville, Mo., daughter of Samuel E. and Buelah Hunt Dial. She and Albert A. Dittlinger were married July 4, 1935, at Benton, Mo. He died June 15, 1994...
Florence Schlemeyer (01/08/04)
Florence C. Schlemeyer, 97, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Oct. 13, 1906, at Senate Grove, Mo., daughter of Arnold and Lydia Bade Rohlfing. She and George Schlemeyer were married May 27, 1931. He died Oct. 14, 1985...
Ford Childers (01/08/04)
Ford D. Childers, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Feb. 26, 1915, in Cobden, Ill., son of Jesse Allen and Eliza Ellen Pearson Childers. He and Ethel A. Blessing Glasford were married Sept. 14, 1978, in Shawneetown, Ill. She died Dec. 4, 2003...
Msgr. Tom Miller (01/08/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Msgr. Tom Miller, 52, of Anna died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Nov. 4, 1951, son of Frank E. and Rose Catherine Ann Miller. He was pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Anna. Survivors include his mother...
Cape fire report 1/8/04 (01/08/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items Tuesday: At 5:54 p.m., a utility pole down at 922 College. At 8:12 p.m., an emergency medical service at 507 S. Ellis. At 8:37 p.m., a natural gas leak at 2753 Chrysler. At 9:50 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1908 Weissinger...
Cape/Jackson police reports 1/8/04 (01/08/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Christopher Brian Churchwell, 27, of 115 Welch Pass, Apt. 6, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and running a red light...
Out of the past 1/8/04 (01/08/04)
10 years ago: Jan. 8, 1994 Steve Naeter has filed for seat on Cape Girardeau Board of Education; he joins incumbent Jack Ruopp in seeking three-year term on board. When Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority convenes its first board meeting of 1994 Monday, it will have two new members; Cape Girardeau County Commission voted to appoint Joe Gambill of Cape Girardeau to replace Jim Limbaugh...
Campus spending (01/08/04)
St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press The University of Missouri wants $72 million to build a new health-science research center for its School of Medicine. If it gets that money from the state, the university system would need another $52 million to build a new health-sciences building on its Kansas City campus...
Soldier safety (01/08/04)
For the U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq, the fear of roadside bombs and snipers is all too real. Iraqi guerrilla groups have been targeting all types of military vehicles with homemade bombs and small-caliber weapons. When members of the U.S. Army Reserve's 428th Transportation Company in Jefferson City was activated to go to Iraq, the soldiers took creative measures to fashion homemade armor to add on to their vehicles...
Competing bond plans (01/08/04)
Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune Within the past couple of weeks, state politicians have launched grand plans for funding popular programs with two separate bond issues no doubt reflecting partisan electoral competition. Democrat Gov. Bob Holden came out first with a rather vague plan for funding life sciences research and transportation infrastructure. He would repay the bonds in part by scaling back on tax credit programs, which have become quite numerous in Missouri...
Wait till summer to do bridge work on Bloomfield (01/08/04)
To the editor: I just read the article about the bridge work on Bloomfield Road. The construction superintendent indicated that the ground around the temporary gravel detour is saturated with water and doesn't drain well. He also said that "it is just a bad time of the year" to use the gravel detour. Why don't city officials wait until the summer to do this three-month project? Wouldn't it be safer for area families?...
If you don't like your job, find another one (01/08/04)
To the editor: I am a state worker. I love my job. It doesn't bother me much that we haven't received any raises in three years. No job is perfect. I choose to work where I do. I know I have a job that is much better than many out there, and I was very thankful that we were off the day after Christmas and the day after Thanksgiving. It was a wonderful gesture to let us know we were being thought of and appreciated...
Macon soldiers added to those headed overseas (01/08/04)
To the editor: As I was reading on your Web site your coverage about recent deployment activities, I realized that there was no mention of the 30 or so men who were called up from the 110th from Macon. I was married Dec. 31. My husband was called up for active duty to serve with the men leaving from Perryville, Mo. ...
Washington's prayer is guide for our healing (01/08/04)
To the editor: Not all of our Founding Fathers were anti-Christian. This was George Washington's prayer for the United States. If we would all say this prayer daily, our country just might be healed. George Washington's Prayer for the United States...
Speak Out 01/08/04 (01/08/04)
Blame the loiterers I SEE more calls urging the city to shut down the Taste, a legal business, when the problem is not the business. The problem is the loiters allowed to gather up and down the street. Blame them for the problems. Love is a blessing...
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