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Community cuisine 2/5/04 (02/05/04)
Scott City church has chili, chicken noodle There will be a chili and chicken noodle dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb.18 at Eisleben Lutheran Church in Scott City. Homemade pie or cake and a drink also will be served. The dinner is sponsored by the church's cemetery and grounds committee and ladies aid...
Region briefs 2/5/04 (02/05/04)
Jackson man waives preliminary hearing A Jackson man waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday in associate circuit court on a charge of felony child abuse. Ronald L. Garmon, 31, of Jackson, was arrested Jan. 9 after a child complained to school officials about a bruise she suffered while Garmon allegedly struck her with a belt, according to court records. His next court appearance was set for Feb. 17 in circuit court. He is currently free on bond...
Kennett mayor's speeding directive sparks controversy (02/05/04)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Kennett Mayor Donald Parker took fast action Tuesday on the problem of speeding motorists within city limits. In an unprecedented move Parker ordered police chief Barry Tate to start enforcing the city speed limit, enacting a city ordinance stating the chief of police is subject to the order of the mayor...
Filibuster broken over Southwest name change (02/05/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A 24-hour filibuster spread over five days was broken early Wednesday as the Senate endorsed legislation that would change the name of Southwest Missouri State University to Missouri State University. The Springfield institution has sought the change for about 20 years. ...
Bill would ban governments from mandating union labor (02/05/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After numerous failed attempts to win public support for replacing their inadequate, century-old courthouse, Cass County officials finally discovered a way to build a constituency for the project in 1999. Forging a partnership with organized labor, county officials publicly agreed that if voters approved a bond issue to fund a new $37 million courthouse, the county would insist on a project labor agreement with the contractor specifying that construction jobs thereby generated would go to union members.. ...
Cape schools add speed to burdened computer networks (02/05/04)
Numerous technology problems in the Cape Girardeau School District should disappear over the next six months with the installation of a new network system. The Cape Girardeau School Board approved a bid from Charter Communications in a special meeting Wednesday night for a fiber-based, wide-area network system, also called a WAN system...
Priceless lessons in work without pay (02/05/04)
There's no keeping the excitement out of Rowdy Hency's voice when he talks about his job at Victorian Inn in Cape Girardeau. On a flight of stairs in back of the hotel, the 19-year-old youth concentrates on sweeping salt granules off the steps. His cheeks are red from the frigid February air, but the cold doesn't diminish his enthusiasm...
Old Navy gives plans for mall remodeling (02/05/04)
Old Navy, a popular clothing retail chain, submitted plans to the city of Cape Girardeau on Wednesday to remodel a large section of Westfield Shoppingtown West Park. If the plans are executed, the new store would become one of the largest in the shopping mall, roughly the same size as Lerner. ...
Community briefs 2/5/04 (02/05/04)
Friends of St. Francis Honor Outgoing President The Friends of Saint Francis honored outgoing Board President, Jim Govro at a lunchoen held recently. Current Friends of St. Francis president Janet Esicar, left, presented Govro, center, with a plaque for his years of dedications and service to the mission of the organization. Standing, right, is William H. Kiehl executive director of the foundation and chief fund raising executive...
Military digest 2/5/04 (02/05/04)
Trevino completes Crucible to become a Marine Marine Corps Pfc. Karl R. Trevino, son of Sandy A. and Allen E. Sauer of Perryville, Mo., recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif., designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally. ...
GOP says Kerry is too liberal for state (02/05/04)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Looking toward November, Republicans eagerly labeled John Kerry too liberal to carry Missouri while Democrats said Kerry's sweeping presidential primary victory displayed strength critical to beating President Bush in the swing state...
School official wants student to end Hooters work study (02/05/04)
GUYTON, Ga. -- Seventeen-year-old Laura Williams didn't see anything wrong with working at Hooters for class credit. But her school's superintendent did. Williams, a senior at Effingham County High School, has been working at the restaurant as a hostess for about a month, leaving school early to earn credits...
Health-care limits sought by lawmakers (02/05/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Insurers would no longer be required to cover some services that currently must be provided by minimal health insurance plans, such as mammograms and hospital stays after giving birth, under legislation being considered by a House committee...
Second-grader suspended; told classmate he'd go to hell (02/05/04)
PITTSBURGH -- A second-grader was suspended for a day for telling a classmate he would go to hell for saying, "I swear to God." Brandy McKenith, 7, was suspended for swearing for saying the word "hell," but her family says she was referring to the biblical location of fire and brimstone...
Candidates back away from battling Kerry in weekend elections (02/05/04)
John Kerry's chief rivals all but ceded three weekend elections to the high-striding presidential front-runner on Wednesday, covering their retreat with fresh claims that he is a flip-flopping Washington insider who would lead the party to defeat this fall...
Singer says Super Bowl stunt offended his family (02/05/04)
LOS ANGELES -- Justin Timberlake said Wednesday that his own family was offended by his racy Super Bowl halftime duet with Janet Jackson, but he insisted he thought only her bustier would be revealed when he pulled on her costume, not her breast. Uproar over what Timberlake memorably described as a "wardrobe malfunction" is showing no sign of letting up. ...
Ford Explorer rated poorly in federal rollover tests (02/05/04)
WASHINGTON -- The Ford Explorer Sport Trac got the worst rating among 14 vehicles subjected to a new government safety test designed to predict the likelihood of a rollover during a sharp turn. The federal auto safety agency, which announced the ratings Wednesday, uses a rating system in which five stars is the best score and means the likelihood of rollover is less than 10 percent. ...
Government bans birds from eight countries (02/05/04)
WASHINGTON -- The government on Wednesday announced a ban on the import of birds from eight Southeast Asian countries following outbreaks of avian flu that have killed at least 15 people and millions of birds. The temporary ban, announced by the Agriculture and Health and Human Services departments, is effective immediately, and is aimed to protect people and poultry in the United States from the possible spread of bird flu...
Snow - Government to hit debt limit in late summer (02/05/04)
WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary John Snow told lawmakers Wednesday that the nation's debt limit will probably have to be raised sometime in late summer so the government can continue borrowing money. Snow made the ballpark estimate while testifying before the House Budget Committee about the president's proposed budget...
Senate starts getting back to business (02/05/04)
WASHINGTON -- A Senate rattled by a ricin attack began returning to regular business Wednesday, and the lack of any reported illnesses prompted plans to reopen buildings. Even so, officials continued to say they did not know how the powdery poison arrived Monday in the mailroom of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. Frist said he assumed it came in the mail because the powder was found on the tray of a machine his aides use to cut open envelopes...
Letters draw focus in fed's new ricin investigation (02/05/04)
WASHINGTON -- Investigators are trying to determine if a mysterious "Fallen Angel" who sent two threatening letters containing ricin last fall is responsible for the deadly poison that turned up in the Senate this week. The earlier typewritten letters addressed to the White House and Transportation Department warned that more ricin would be used unless new federal trucking regulations were scrapped. ...
Kerry's Big Dig decision followed by big donations (02/05/04)
WASHINGTON -- A Senate colleague was trying to close a loophole that allowed a major insurer to divert millions of federal dollars from the nation's most expensive construction project. John Kerry stepped in and blocked the legislation. Over the next two years, the insurer, American International Group, paid Kerry's way on a trip to Vermont and donated at least $30,000 to a tax-exempt group Kerry used to set up his presidential campaign. ...
Boy charged in killing of classmate at school (02/05/04)
PALMETTO BAY, Fla. -- A 14-year-old boy was charged with murder in the slaying of a classmate, a musician and baseball player who was found bleeding to death in a middle school bathroom. A fellow student said the victim and the boy accused of killing him were friends who competed with each other to get top grades. ...
Suspect questioned in case of missing girl (02/05/04)
SARASOTA, Fla. -- A drug felon was being questioned Wednesday in the disappearance of an 11-year-old girl who was apparently kidnapped while walking home from a friend's house, authorities said. The girl's whereabouts were not immediately known. Joseph P. ...
Ford pledges to revive struggling Mercury brand (02/05/04)
CHICAGO -- Despite two years of steep sales declines, Ford's Mercury brand has plenty of life left and will expand from four to seven vehicles next year, chairman Bill Ford said Wednesday at the Chicago Auto Show. Mercury's U.S. sales fell 23.2 percent last year after a 15.6 percent drop in 2002. Declining sales have prompted some industry observers to speculate whether Mercury might go the way of Oldsmobile, the aging General Motors Corp. brand that will call the 2004 model year its last...
Decision by court expands gay rights to wed (02/05/04)
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts high court declared Wednesday that gays are entitled to nothing less than marriage and that Vermont-style civil unions will not suffice, setting the stage for the nation's first legally sanctioned same-sex weddings by the spring...
Fabergé eggs sold to Russian industrialist (02/05/04)
NEW YORK -- A Russian industrialist privately purchased the Forbes collection of historic Fabergé art pieces, including nine rare Imperial Easter Eggs, for an undisclosed sum and ahead of a scheduled auction. The eggs, all commissioned by Russian czars in the late 1800s, and more than 180 other Fabergé pieces were bought by Victor Vekselberg, Sotheby's said Wednesday...
Many drivers ignoring New York's hand-held cell phone ban (02/05/04)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York drivers hung up their cell phones for a while when the state banned them three years ago, but are back to using hand-held models at nearly the same rate they were before the ban, a study shows. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety attributed the behavior mostly to a lack of publicity, a possible warning to the other states and cities considering similar bans...
Rumsfeld - It's too early to say no Iraq weapons (02/05/04)
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Wednesday he still thinks Iraq may have had weapons of mass destruction before U.S. troops invaded, the Bush administration's hardest push-back against a weapons inspector's assertions that stockpiles did not exist...
Cubans reported stopped at sea in a 1950s Buick (02/05/04)
MIAMI -- Eleven Cubans trying to sail to Florida in a 1950s Buick converted into a tailfinned boat were intercepted at sea by the Coast Guard and will be sent back to their homeland, exile activists said Wednesday. Marciel Basanta Lopez and Luis Grass Rodriguez, the two men who turned the classic car into a floating vessel, tried a similar stunt last summer and got caught. ...
Sharon defends plan to evacuate settlements (02/05/04)
JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Wednesday defended his plan to dismantle virtually all Jewish settlements in Gaza, and there were new signs the proposal threatened the stability of his government. Ten lawmakers from the ruling Likud Party sent a letter to Sharon threatening to abandon the prime minister if he moves forward with his plans without their consent...
Slovenes debate restoring rights to 'foreigners' (02/05/04)
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia -- On a bright morning in 1992, Zoran Vojinovic awoke to the jarring realization that he no longer existed. Not on paper -- when his identity card expired, officials refused to renew it. Not at the hospital -- when he got sick and sought treatment, he was told he had lost his health benefits...
Nations wrangle over nuke crisis (02/05/04)
SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea and North Korea argued Wednesday over how to end the crisis over the communist North's atomic weapons programs, a day after the North agreed to resume six-nation talks on the standoff. Unless nuclear tensions ease significantly, South Korean Unification Minister Jeong Se-hyun said, South Korea cannot push ahead with tourism and industrial projects for impoverished North Korea...
Police detain contractors in deadly building collapse (02/05/04)
KONYA, Turkey -- Police detained two contractors Wednesday following the collapse of an apartment building that killed at least 27 people and left dozens missing. Rescuers said hopes were fading of finding more survivors. Authorities said 31 survivors had been pulled out of the rubble since the sudden collapse of the 11-story apartment building on Monday evening. ...
Top cardinal says pope's health has improved (02/05/04)
VATICAN CITY -- A top Vatican cardinal said in an Italian religious affairs magazine interview released Wednesday that Pope John Paul II's health has recently improved and that talk of term limits is not relevant to the current papacy. But Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said he would not rule out term limits in the future. ...
Top nuclear scientist takes blame for technology leaks (02/05/04)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- In a startling confession made on national television, the founder of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program said Wednesday that he -- not the government -- leaked secrets to countries abroad. Abdul Qadeer Khan's solemn speech begging forgiveness came after the government indicated that an apology would help him avoid a messy public prosecution for providing nuclear technology to Libya, Iran and North Korea, intelligence officials told The Associated Press...
Tenuous peace spreads in West Africa (02/05/04)
DAKAR, Senegal -- Machete wounds are healing in West Africa's conflict zones. Child soldiers are laying down AK-47s. Warlords languish in jail or exile, their countries now patrolled by the world's largest deployment of U.N. troops. "Out of Africa, always something new," Roman author Pliny the Elder declared some 2,000 years ago. The news out of West Africa today is peace, after nearly 15 years of wars that killed more than a quarter-million people...
Intelligence experts had doubts about Iraq intelligence (02/05/04)
LONDON -- Interrupted by shouts and heckles, Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday defended his decision to launch an inquiry into prewar intelligence on Iraq but not to examine whether the war was justified. "That is a question for the government first, then for parliament and finally for the people to decide. ... There will carry on being a debate about whether the war was justified or not. That is democracy. We don't need a committee to tell us that."...
Juppe urges approval of bill banning head scarves (02/05/04)
PARIS -- Former Prime Minister Alain Juppe on Wednesday urged a "massive vote" of approval for a bill that would ban Islamic head scarves in public schools, as Muslims opposed to the measure protested outside the National Assembly. Women in head scarves and other opponents marched to protest the "law on secularism" -- a move seen by supporters as key to maintaining France's cherished separation of church and state. ...
U.S. general - Iraq attacks aimed at gaining political leverage (02/05/04)
TIKRIT, Iraq -- A senior U.S. commander said Wednesday that recent attacks in Iraq are the work of groups seeking to sabotage -- or gain leverage in -- a future independent Iraqi government that is due to take power by July. Maj. Gen. Raymond Odierno, commander of the Army's 4th Infantry Division, also predicted that coalition forces would be able to crush the insurgency within a year, despite continued American losses since the Dec. 13 capture of Saddam Hussein...
Jackson wins tourney opener (02/05/04)
Jackson defeated Cor Jesu 62-47 Wednesday night in the opening round of the Ameritime Invitational at Maryville University inSt. Louis County. The win, Jackson's second against Cor Jesu this season, sends the Indians into a semifinal game 7 p.m. Friday...
The new math now applies to football, too (02/05/04)
The Missouri State High School Activities Association on Wednesday released the high school football district pairings, using the private school multiplier in the equation for the first time. Depending on what happens in April, it may have been used for the last time...
Otahkians ready to get on a roll (02/05/04)
The Southeast Missouri State University Otahkians have a one-game winning streak going -- but that pales in comparison to their ultimate goal. "After we beat Samford, we talked about winning 11 games in a row," senior guard Kenja White said. "I don't see why we can't do it."...
Billings pleased with recruits (02/05/04)
What Southeast Missouri State University's football recruiting class lacks in numbers, it makes up for in quality. So declared head coach Tim Billings on Wednesday as he announced the signing of 10 players on the first day of the national letter of intent period...
Skyhawks recovering from sluggish opening (02/05/04)
After Tennessee-Martin lost arguably its top two players to season-ending injuries, the Skyhawks would probably have had every reason to close up shop and look toward next year. Much to Skyhawks coach Bret Campbell's delight, however, they have done anything but. Tennessee-Martin (8-12, 3-5) is one of the Ohio Valley Conference's hottest teams entering tonight's 7:30 game at the Show Me Center against struggling Southeast Missouri State University (9-10, 2-6)...
Dickerson finds his groove (02/05/04)
At 19, Doug Dickerson took a break from bowling to serve in the U.S. Army. But when he returned to the lanes 10 years later, it didn't take him long to get rolling again. Since his comeback in 1999, the 33-year-old Dickerson has cashed in on 11 of the 15 tournaments he's entered...
With loss to Oilers, Blues winless in last eight games (02/05/04)
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Ryan Smyth scored twice to help the Edmonton Oilers beat St. Louis 5-3 on Wednesday night, extending the Blues' winless streak to eight games. Radek Dvorak had a goal and an assist and Ethan Moreau also scored in Edmonton's four-goal second period...
Mizzou snares state's best (02/05/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Signing day can be a time of high anxiety for college football coaches. Not so for Missouri's Gary Pinkel. Coming off the school's first bowl appearance in five seasons, Missouri got almost everybody it wanted Wednesday and came close to sealing the state borders. The Tigers, 8-5 last year, secured commitments from 14 of the top 16 players in the state, according to Rivals.com...
Male menopause - Say it isn't so! (02/05/04)
All right, let's get it out in the open. We fellas "of a certain age" aren't the romping chomping sexual athletes we once were. "I may last longer in the sack, that's a plus," said Bud, a 58-year-old friend of mine, recently, "but it's a whole lot of work for such a weak finish."...
Gearing gyms to genders (02/05/04)
Cuts Fitness for Men is trying to get rolling, having started in 2003 with one facility in Clark, N.J. It has 10 open now, with at least two more on the way -- though none are in Missouri. Southeast Missouri's single men's-only gym, The Blitz, recently closed. The center used the same 30-minute workout routine that Cuts offers...
Health calendar 2/5 (02/05/04)
Today Blood pressure screening from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cape Senior Center. The staff at Generations Resource Center at Southeast Missouri Hospital will offer the testing. For information, call 651-5825. Healthy Bites luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. in the St. Francis Conference Center. Topic is "Ways to a Woman's Heart." Cost is $6. For more information call the Fitness and Wellness Department at 331-5399 or 331-5970...
Finding ways to stop the whirl (02/05/04)
Feb. 5, 2004 Dear David, Even in Cape Girardeau, the world seems to be moving at hyper-speed these days. We want high-speed Internet service and cars that zoom. We want faster service in restaurants if we aren't ordering fast food. "Fast food, fast life," an old friend used to warn...
Broker assistant strengthens case against Stewart (02/05/04)
NEW YORK -- In the most damaging testimony yet against Martha Stewart, a former Merrill Lynch assistant said Wednesday that the homemaking mogul ordered all her ImClone Systems stock sold after she learned the company founder was dumping his own shares...
Business briefs 2/5/04 (02/05/04)
IBM to take over some Sprint call centers KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- IBM Business Consulting Services will take over management of some of Sprint Corp.'s call centers across the country, Sprint announced Wednesday. The five-year customer-service agreement calls for IBM to take over management of Sprint's 21 vendor-operated call centers across the country and of the Sprint-owned call center in Nashville, Tenn. ...
Rev. Billy Heady (02/05/04)
TAMMS, Ill. -- The Rev. Billy Don "Preacher" Heady, 68, of Tamms died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004, at his home. He was born Feb. 23, 1935, in Okmulgee, Okla., son of Floyd and Lillian Taff Heady. He and Cheryl Browning were married March 16, 1973. Rev. Heady was a member of Trinity Assembly of God Church in Olive Branch, Ill., where he had served as pastor. He had also pastored at Sandusky Assembly of God Church. He had been an evangelist in the earlier years of his ministry...
Ivy Niswonger (02/05/04)
PATTON, Mo. -- Ivy Wesley Niswonger was born Sept. 13, 1927, at Marquand, Mo. He died at Southeast Missouri Hospital Feb. 2, 2004. He was the son of the Rev. O.D. and Alma Robinson Niswonger. He was preceded in death by a younger brother, Paul R. Niswonger who lived in San Diego, Calif., and his parents...
Margaret Roberts (02/05/04)
Margaret Ellen Foster Roberts, 82, died at Southeast Missouri Hospital Feb. 3, 2004. She was born in the family home in Cape Girardeau Aug. 26, 1921, daughter of Martha Ellen McQueen and Franklin Pierce Foster Sr. She grew up in Cape Girardeau attending Franklin Grade School and graduated from Central High School. After attending Southeast Missouri State University, she graduated from Miss Steimle's Business College...
Laura Borchelt (02/05/04)
Laura Augustine Borchelt of Accokeek, Md., died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004. Survivors include her husband, Archie R. Borchelt; two sons, Mark and Fred Borchelt; two daughters-in-law, Ruth Ann and Beth Borchelt; a sister, Jeanne Brennan; and 10 grandchildren...
Donald Keith (02/05/04)
Donald L. Keith, 78, of Jackson died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 8, 1925, in Roaring Springs, Pa., son of Roy and Josephine Raugh Keith. He and Ella Dee Martin were married in 1950 in Paragould, Ark...
Mildred Watson (02/05/04)
Mildred Ilene Watson, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born March 7, 1929, in Jonesboro, Ill., daughter of William M. and Maggie A. Miller Norris. She and Otis "Harold" Watson were married March 7, 1963, in Cape Girardeau...
Births 2/5/04 (02/05/04)
Coleson Son to Keith Duane and Beth Coleson of Lexington, Ky., St. Joseph East Hospital in Lexington, 8:46 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004. Name, Blake Ashton. Weight, 8 pounds 6 ounces. First child. Mrs. Coleson is the former Beth Roney, daughter of Dr. ...
Cape fire report 2/5/04 (02/05/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following items: At 4:48 p.m., gas smell at 2031 Woodlawn. At 5:22 p.m., alarm sounding at 429 N. Frederick. At 8:27 p.m., emergency medical service at 6 Village Drive. At 10:18 p.m., emergency medical service at 410 N. Mount Auburn...
Cape/Jackson police reports 2/5/04 (02/05/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Howard H. Smith Jr., 31, of 1427 N. Henderson, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Monday on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and driving while revoked...
Out of the past 2/5/04 (02/05/04)
10 years ago: Feb. 5, 1994 U.S. Rep. Bill Emerson has teamed up with U.S. Reps. Harold Volkmer, who represents Hannibal, Mo., and David Durbin and Jerry Costello, who represent Illinois, to seek funding for replacement bridges crossing Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau and Hannibal...
Quotes in the news (02/05/04)
"At the heart of this campaign is our commitment to an America where the future is built on fairness for all, not privilege for the few," -- Sen. John Kerry, who on Tuesday won nomination contests in five of seven states. "We won South Carolina in a resounding fashion and won both the African-American and white vote in South Carolina, and we go from here to other states -- Michigan, Virginia and Tennessee." -- Sen. ...
School financing (02/05/04)
Missouri educators are caught between a rock and a hard place as they decide how to best reconcile their budgets with their revenue projections. They're reviewing what programs can be eliminated while parents expect the best for their children. State coffers simply aren't adequate to fund every wish. ...
When will Bush administration admit it lied? (02/05/04)
To the editor: The primary reasons for going to war given by the Bush administration were weapons of mass destruction and ties to al-Qaida. The public was told that Iraq had 100 to 500 tons of chemical and biological weapons and even nuclear weapons. Anyone investigating, however, knew that these claims were exaggerations at best and outright lies at worst...
GOP is stingy in Missouri, big spender in U.S. (02/05/04)
To the editor: So many people seem shocked at the fact that half of the registered voters in this country do not even bother to go vote and the other half of the population is not even registered to vote and don't want to because they think their vote doesn't count. This is called being disenfranchised. Perhaps this has been a goal of our current political system to deprive all of us working class people of our right to be heard...
Cape's magic could benefit from wizardry (02/05/04)
To the editor: I have been a Cape Girardeau resident for 12 years. I read about the city's effort to promote itself. Coming from a smaller city just to our south, I found Cape Girardeau to be strictly magical. There were so many things to do here. Cultural activities, sports and the college atmosphere all worked together to enchant me. Coming from the flat land just south, I loved the rolling hills and the river. Cape Girardeau is a beautiful place to be...
Speak Out 02/05/04 (02/05/04)
Audit is good idea I AGREE that Cape Girardeau School District superintendent Mark Bowles and the board need to have the state audit the district's spending. Let the taxpayers know up front if we are spending correctly as the state says we should. How else will we know if one program is favored over another program? Is the district spending money where it should be spent, or is it being spent for programs way in excess of what the state suggests or what comparable districts are spending with better results? Let the state tell us.. ...
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