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Seven-hour Interstate closing due to overturned truck (01/29/04)
An overturned tractor trailer diverted southbound traffic for seven hours Wednesday along Interstate 55 in New Madrid County at the 39 mile marker, said the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The lane was closed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., due to a fuel leak coming from the vehicle, a patrol dispatcher said. ...
East Prairie man dies in early morning house fire (01/29/04)
An early morning house fire Wednesday on O'Bryan Street in East Prairie, Mo., claimed the life of Donald R. Henry, 50, who lived alone in the home. Henry was pronounced dead at the scene by Mississippi County Coroner Terry A. Parker, who will continue the investigation into the cause of death. ...
Ethics commission enjoys the absence of Cape complaints (01/29/04)
Cape Girardeau's Ethics Commission has had nothing to do -- outside of annually electing officers -- since it was formed nearly seven years ago. It has received no written complaints concerning top city officials and has launched no investigations of its own...
Holden alters state's meth strategies as arrests grow (01/29/04)
For the third consecutive year, Missouri gets to keep its dubious title of methamphetamine capital of the nation. To address the rising arrests and meth lab seizures, Gov. Bob Holden announced Tuesday the formation of two new task forces to educate the public about meth and to study effective treatment for addicts. He also revamped an existing task force that for five years has dealt with clandestine lab seizures, officer training and protecting the environment from meth lab chemicals...
Participation fees raising concerns at Cape Central (01/29/04)
A new pay-to-play system at Central High School has coaches and representatives of school organizations worried that more than parents' pocketbooks will be affected. Monday the Cape Girardeau School Board approved a plan to charge participation fees for all Missouri State High School Activity Association-sanctioned student activities, including athletics, band, speech/debate team and scholar bowl at the high school level...
University plans Black History Month activities (01/29/04)
Art displays, forums, presentations among scheduled events. Designed to commemorate the heritage of African Americans, Black History Month will be marked by Southeast Missouri State University with a variety of activities during the month of February...
Man instrumental in building area water, sewer systems dead (01/29/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Tom Tucker, who directed the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission for more than three decades, died Tuesday at his home in Perryville after a battle with cancer. He was 62. Local officials and co-workers said Tucker was instrumental in securing government grants that provided many Southeast Missouri cities with water and sewer systems...
Military digest 1/29/04 (01/29/04)
Charleston High School graduate promoted Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class James L. Mercer, a 2000 graduate of Charleston High School, Charleston, Mo., recently was promoted to his current rank while serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy. The ship's home port is located at Mayport, Fla. Mercer was promoted based on sustained superior job performance and proficiency in his designated specialty...
Community digest 1/29/04 (01/29/04)
Conservation department to discuss idle land BENTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation will hold an informational meeting from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Scott County USDA Service Center, 6458 Highway 77, to discuss the new Idle Land Pilot Program. ...
State briefs 1/29/04 (01/29/04)
Stoddard County opens 911 administrative office DEXTER, Mo. -- Stoddard County 911 Services celebrated the opening of its new administrative offices at 512 Cooper St. by holding an open house on Sunday. The new facility is nearly 3,500 square feet and features offices for the 911 Services administrator and administrative assistant. The new office also has a full kitchen, board room, mapping/training room and a file storage room...
Training spells out ethics for Illinois workers (01/29/04)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- In a state that helped write the book on political corruption, every employee is getting a crash course in ethics. Illinois has launched a training program in which state workers are given a computerized test that highlights a variety of ethical dilemmas, such as accepting payoffs from contractors and making fund-raising calls during lunch breaks...
MoDOT - New revenue needed (01/29/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- While characterizing the condition of Missouri's transportation system as sound, state transportation director Henry Hungerbeeler on Wednesday told lawmakers it is still inadequate to serve the needs of the state. However, Hungerbeeler suggested no overall plan to significantly increase transportation funding, but he did suggest toll roads and seat belt fines as means for generating new revenue -- an issue lawmakers almost universally acknowledge needs to be resolved to substantially upgrade the system.. ...
Democrats begin dash through Missouri (01/29/04)
Democrats John Kerry, John Edwards and Al Sharpton began campaigning Wednesday in Missouri, home of former rival Dick Gephardt, in hopes of winning the biggest prize in next Tuesday's primaries. Front-runner Kerry appeared in St. Louis with former Missouri Sens. Jean Carnahan and Tom Eagleton, who both formally endorsed Kerry after he won the New Hampshire primary. A Missouri poll showed Kerry leading other Democrats, but more voters were undecided than supported Kerry...
Exxon Mobil to pay nearly $7 billion in spill damages (01/29/04)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay about $6.75 billion to thousands of Alaskans affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. The ruling is the latest of several damage awards in the case over the past decade -- the result of successful appeals in federal court by Exxon. ...
Senate OKs bill to ease employer pension fund burdens (01/29/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate, acting with rare election-year concord, passed a bill Wednesday to reduce by $96 billion the payments companies will have to make into their pension plans this year and next. Sponsors said the measure, passed 86-9, will help preserve pension benefits for millions of workers by discouraging financially strapped companies from terminating plans as no longer affordable...
FCC hit by bipartisan criticism regarding indecency (01/29/04)
WASHINGTON -- Republicans and Democrats took turns Wednesday criticizing federal regulators who they say haven't done nearly enough to shield the public from indecent programming on radio and TV. The lawmakers supported sharply increasing the fines which the Federal Communications Commission can level against broadcasters who air such shows...
Iraq intelligence failures warrant investigation, says Kay (01/29/04)
WASHINGTON -- Former weapons inspector David Kay said Wednesday "we were almost all wrong" about Saddam Hussein's weapons programs, as Congress pressed a high-stakes struggle to pinpoint why that happened and who was responsible. Republicans say the nation's intelligence agencies were the problem. ...
Stocks plunge following announcements by Fed (01/29/04)
NEW YORK -- Stocks fell sharply Wednesday as the Federal Reserve, shifting its stance on interest rates, signaled that an increase is coming. The Dow Jones industrials tumbled more than 140 points. After a two-day meeting, the Fed's Open Market Committee left rates unchanged, maintaining a 45-year low. ...
Lottery director commits suicide (01/29/04)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- George Andersen built the Minnesota Lottery from the ground up, and some who knew him say he looked upon it less like a bureaucrat and more like a proud and protective father. Andersen committed suicide Tuesday, a day after meeting with a government auditor examining the lottery's operations. He was found outside his home, and an autopsy determined he died of hypothermia in single-digit termperatures after cutting his wrists, said sheriff's Cmdr. Scott Malinosky...
People talk 1/29/04 (01/29/04)
Wallace: Walters is making a good move PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Wallace says he doesn't blame Barbara Walters for her decision to step down from ABC's "20/20," the newsmag-azine she's called home since 1979. "She's of a certain age now," the 85-year-old Wallace told The Philadelphia Inquirer in Tuesday's editions. ...
Lockheed Martin PAC faces embezzlement probe (01/29/04)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Federal elections officials will audit Lockheed Martin's political action committee after the defense contractor accused a former employee of embezzling $170,000 from the fund. For two years beginning November 2001, the committee's assistant treasurer wrote himself checks and made it appear they had been sent to political candidates, Lockheed spokesman Tom Jurkowsky said Wednesday. ...
Columbia's fall , NASA's follow-up (01/29/04)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- These days the e-mailed gripes to the boss from NASA employees are often signed. More workers stand up at meetings and ask questions. More time is spent in making careful decisions. As NASA sets aside today as a day to remember the dead and reflect on its mistakes, its redemption for Columbia goes on, moving forward in small, sometimes barely perceptible ways...
Bush's NASA vision draws cost questions (01/29/04)
WASHINGTON -- Skeptical senators grilled NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe Wednesday on whether President Bush's vision of returning astronauts to the Moon and exploring Mars is feasible in light of strained federal budgets. "Space flight is costly," said Sen. ...
Snow closes schools, U.N., slows air travel (01/29/04)
The United Nations was shut down and more than a million children got the day off from school Wednesday on the heels of a storm that dumped as much as 14 inches of snow in the Northeast. It was the latest in a series of storms that have spread snow and ice across parts of the eastern half of the nation since the weekend...
Marathons for the masses (01/29/04)
Once the realm of elite runners with iron constitutions and a taste for pain, marathons have gone mainstream. Training programs, nutrition, well-stocked events and the snowball effect of so many participants has turned the 26.2-mile run into a long jog for the masses...
U.S. Army planning for soldiers in Iraq through year 2006 (01/29/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Army's top general said Wednesday he is making plans based on the possibility that the Army will be required to keep tens of thousands of soldiers in Iraq through 2006. Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army chief of staff, told the House Armed Services Committee that "for planning purposes" he has ordered his staff to consider how the Army would replace the force that is now rotating into Iraq with another force of similar size in 2005 -- and again in 2006...
Suicide bomber explodes van disguised as ambulance (01/29/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A suicide bomber blew up a van disguised as an ambulance in front of a hotel Wednesday after speeding through a security barrier in the heart of Baghdad, killing three people -- including a South African -- and injuring 17. Also, in the southern city of Nasiriyah, about 10,000 followers of a radical Shiite Muslim cleric forced the coalition-appointed provincial governor to vacate his office, insisting they would recognize only elected leaders...
Long-awaited Israel-Hezbollah prisoner exchange under way (01/29/04)
JERUSALEM -- Arab prisoners and a single Israeli flew on separate planes toward freedom in Germany today, in a long-awaited prisoner swap between Israel and the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah. A plane carrying 36 Arab prisoners took off from Jerusalem shortly before 4 a.m., while another plane left Beirut, Lebanon, carrying kidnapped businessman Elhanan Tannenbaum and the bodies of three Israeli soldiers...
Rams fall below .500 with loss to Ste. Gen. (01/29/04)
The Scott City girls basketball team led by three at halftime but couldn't hold on at home as Ste. Genevieve handed the Rams their eighth loss. Christie Laxton led all scorers in the non-conference clash with 16 points. Amanda Raines added 11, including the game's only successful 3-point shot, for Scott City (7-8).Ste. Genevieve 47, Scott City 44...
Jackson's McNeely makes plans to play football for Arkansas (01/29/04)
Jackson High School senior Tyler McNeely has made an oral commitment to play football at Arkansas State University, Jackson coach Carl Gross said Wednesday night. McNeely, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end, was a three-time all-conference player. He also played tight end for the Indians...
Missouri falls in Colorado (01/29/04)
BOULDER, Colo. -- Michel Morandais scored 28 points on 9-of-11 shooting, and David Harrison had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead Colorado to an 83-70 victory against Missouri on Wednesday night. Colorado (11-6, 3-3 Big 12) used a 21-4 run early in the second half to open up a 19-point lead, and Missouri got no closer than 10 points after that...
Jacksonville State's success has been OVC's big surprise (01/29/04)
Coming off one of their best performances of the season -- even though it resulted in a loss -- Southeast Missouri State University's Otahkians now set their sights on the Ohio Valley Conference's most surprising team. Jacksonville State (11-5, 5-1) was picked eighth out of 11 squads in the league's preseason coaches poll, but the first-year OVC member is in second place heading into today's 5 p.m. game with the Otahkians (8-9 3-3) in Jacksonville, Ala...
Indians hunt for wins in Alabama (01/29/04)
Southeast Missouri State University's Indians hope this week's road trip to Alabama treats them a lot better than last week's trek to Tennessee. The Indians, who lost by one point at Tennessee Tech last Thursday and by two points at Austin Peay on Saturday, are in desperate need of some Ohio Valley Conference wins...
Huston stays in high gear (01/29/04)
Fifty states just may not be enough for Bernadette Huston. She wants to run marathons on seven continents. The 47-year-old Cape Girardeau resident didn't run her first marathon until she was 38, and since then she's completed more than 30 of these races, including at least one in over 20 states and even one in Bordeaux, France...
Blues, Thrashers tie 1-1 (01/29/04)
ATLANTA -- Jeff Cowan scored with 2:24 left in regulation and the Atlanta Thrashers, bolstered by the return of Dany Heatley, managed a 1-1 tie with the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night. Heatley was playing for the first time since a Sept. 29 car wreck killed teammate Dan Snyder...
Tough times paid off (01/29/04)
HOUSTON -- By failing last season, the New England Patriots set themselves up for success this year. By improving last season, the Carolina Panthers built the framework for their surprising Super Bowl run. Perhaps more than anything, those two elements provided the impetus and the drive for the two teams who will face each other in Sunday's Super Bowl...
Sports briefs 1/29/04 (01/29/04)
Football Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch, an NFL Hall of Famer and later the athletic director at the University of Wisconsin, died early Wednesday. He was 80. Hirsch died of natural causes at an assisted living facility, according to Wisconsin assistant AD Steve Malchow. ...
Age-related pain syndrome (01/29/04)
When I dutifully called to check up on my 83-year-old mother recently and inquired what she was up to, she replied that she had just returned home from an organ recital with her lady friends. "I didn't know you liked the organ," I said. "No, not that kind. We get together for bridge and before we shuffle the cards, we all talk about our aches and pains, what hurts where. We call it our organ recital."...
Health calendar 1/29 (01/29/04)
Today Preparation for childbirth class 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Healing Arts Center. This is the last of a four-session class. For more information, call 331-5107. Grief Support Group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. in conference room A in the St. Francis Education Center. For information, call Denise Essner at 651-4617...
The bliss of golf dreams (01/29/04)
Jan. 29, 2004 Dear Julie, Ice gave way to snow this last week of January in Southeast Missouri. Temperatures have held hard to the 20s and 30s. These are the days when golfers are likely to break things. Few are crazed enough to go out and play golf at a time of year when obeying the axiom to hit down on the ball leaves you recoiling in pain when steel blade contacts frozen ground...
Thomas Tucker Jr. (01/29/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Thomas G. Tucker Jr., 62, of Perryville died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at his home. He was born Feb. 11, 1941, in Cape Girardeau, son of Thomas Gilmore and Emma Catherine Blechle Tucker. He and Brenda Coy were married July 17, 1976...
Arnold Baker (01/29/04)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Arnold U. Baker, 77, of Charleston died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Feb. 20, 1926, at Wyatt, Mo., son of Lindsey G. and Opha Mae Kennedy Baker. He and Patty Louise Baker were married Dec. 21, 1946...
Don Wilson (01/29/04)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Don Wilson, 73, of Jonesboro died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill. He was born April 23, 1930, at Wolf Lake, Ill., son of Olen Henry and Verna Franklin Wilson. He and Mary McIntire were married in 1951 in Hernando, Miss. She died Oct. 13, 1984...
Curtis Payne (01/29/04)
G. Curtis Payne, 74, of Whitewater died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 25, 1929, son of Guy and Katie Kirk Payne. He and Francine Whitesell were married March 14, 1969. Payne received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He retired as a civil engineer and track supervisor with Frisco Railway Co. in Chaffee, Mo. He was a member of First Baptist Church at Whitewater...
Ruth Steinborn (01/29/04)
Ruth Mae Steinborn, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Jan. 13, 1915, at Whitewater, daughter of Lewis Wiley and Rosa M. Nance Young. She and Emil H. Steinborn were married Nov. 10, 1943, in Cape Girardeau. He died Sept. 19, 1988...
Louise Amschler (01/29/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Louise Amschler, 93, of Anna died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at Union County Hospital. She was born Nov. 7, 1910, in Perryville, Mo., daughter of John and Louise Hoehn Bergman. She married Howard Hoehn Oct. 2, 1940, who died in 1954. She later married Henry Guetersloh and then Alfred Amschler. Both preceded her in death...
Alvin Clingingsmith (01/29/04)
Alvin "Jake" Clingingsmith, 84, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 8, 1919, at Neelys Landing, son of Charles F. and Bessie Lou Sides Clingingsmith. He and Alma Hanselmann were married June 29, 1943, in Jackson...
Annie Dove (01/29/04)
BENTON, Mo. -- Annie M. Dove, 79, of Benton died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel at Benton is in charge of arrangements.
Births 1/29/04 (01/29/04)
Howard Son to Tyler Ray Howard and Amanda Lee Crocker of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 2:18 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004. Name, Collier Ray. Weight, 7 pounds 7 ounces. First child. Ms. Crocker is the daughter of Linn Crocker and Avon Crocker of Cape Girardeau. She is employed at McDonald's. Howard is the son of Mike Laxton of Marble Hill, Mo., and Marla Bowers of Oak Ridge. He is employed at Ford Groves...
Cape fire reports 1/29/04 (01/29/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following item: At 6:16 p.m., extrication at Highway 72. Firefighters responded Wednesday to the following items: At 1:46 p.m., emergency medical service at 2536 Tulip. At 7:56 a.m., emergency medical service at 1115 Woodlawn Avenue...
Cape/Jackson police reports 1/29/04 (01/29/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Ricky S. Wolpers, 32, of 2042 Thilenius, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and failure to drive in a single lane...
Out of the past 1/29/04 (01/29/04)
10 years ago: Jan. 29, 1994 Developer of Lady Luck Gaming Corp. riverboat casino proposal for Cape Girardeau says concerns about feasibility of project are unwarranted. Lightning pulled plug on cable television in much of Cape Girardeau Thursday morning, and cable system officials were left in dark about situation for about five and a half hours...
Jetton tells why he spoke up (01/29/04)
By Rod Jetton When all the dust settles in Jefferson City, Gov. Bob Holden's State of the State address will unfortunately be remembered as one of the most partisan in our state's history. House Speaker Catherine Hanaway gave her opening-session speech by calling on all parties to leave partisan disputes in the past. She did not point one finger in her speech but listed areas where we must work together...
Practical testing (01/29/04)
The Joplin Globe State Sen. Gary Nodler has proposed linking the Missouri Assessment Program tests to the federal No Child Left Behind Act so that school districts aren't unfairly penalized as "failing" even though Missouri students outperform those in other states...
Emergency calls (01/29/04)
It used to be that when a fire truck sped through town, sirens wailing, it was on its way to put out a fire. But that's not always the case today in Cape Girardeau or Jackson. More often than not, the fire truck is on its way to a medical call. First responder services have become an important aspect of firefighter responsibilities. ...
Speak Out 01/29/04 (01/29/04)
Air link to Memphis CAPE GIRARDEAU needs air service to Memphis. It would greatly improve this area's transportation. On-the-job retreat AS A former city employee in Cape Girardeau, I was disappointed with the city council's decision to not place the fire tax on the April ballot. ...
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