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Program offers to help with FAFSA (02/06/04)
Local high school seniors will have an opportunity this Sunday to receive help applying for federal financial aid for college. A statewide initiative through the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel has resulted in the first annual Missouri College Goal from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday...
Senate confirms two Southeast regents (02/06/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed the appointments of the two newest members of the Southeast Missouri State University's Board of Regents. Sikeston agribusinessman Edward "Ned" Matthews be-comes one of the six voting members on the school's governing board and one the panel's three Republican members. He will serve a six-year term...
State briefs 2/6/04 (02/06/04)
Report calls for restricting more from Medicaid funds JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Medicaid recipients should have to prove their income is low enough to qualify for the health-care program, and investigators should search for alternative ways to collect from those with unpaid bills, a legislative report suggests. ...
Bill to give third-class counties more control (02/06/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- County commissioners packed a House hearing room Thursday in support of legislation that would greatly expand the power of Missouri's smaller counties to enact local ordinances. Enhanced ordinance authority was granted to first-, second- and fourth-class counties under a law adopted last year. The state's 89 third-class counties were included in the version of the bill that cleared the House but dropped from the final legislation...
Region briefs 2/6/04 (02/06/04)
Federal Reserve Bank official to speak on Feb. 13 Dr. Patricia Pollard, a research officer and economist with the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis, will speak at the sixth annual Economic Outlook Conference on Feb. 13 at Southeast Missouri State University. ...
Kinder outlines platform for lieutenant governor bid (02/06/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder on Thursday vowed to assume a role rooting out financial waste in state government if elected lieutenant governor this year. Although the lieutenant governor has no constitutional or statutory duties to provide such financial oversight, Kinder, R-Cape Girardeau, said more can be done with the post...
Cape weighs $800,000 in budget cuts (02/06/04)
The Cape Girardeau City Council reviewed over $800,000 in city staff proposed budget cuts Thursday evening, but members said they don't know how much money they'll actually be willing to cut. "We might only get to $100,000," Mayor Jay Knudtson said at a special study session at the Osage Community Centre...
All caught up in winter (02/06/04)
The conditions were bad enough to keep children from school but not bad enough to keep fishermen away from their trout. Advance, Zalma and most of the schools districts in between were closed Thursday as Southeast Missouri experienced its first major snowfall of the year...
A return to the wonderful world of Dumey (02/06/04)
It has been nearly a year since 14-year-old Nathaniel Kinsey donned a red bow tie and knickers and sang about cutting off the head of Sebastian the crab in a performance of "The Little Mermaid." But the thick French accent and flamboyant gestures of Chef Louie came right back to Kinsey during his only rehearsal for a special re-enactment of the part today and Sunday at Cape Girardeau's Central Junior High...
Senate adopts bill blocking collective bargaining rule (02/06/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Senate Republicans passed legislation Thursday to block the collection of union negotiating fees from state employees who aren't union members. But Democratic Gov. Bob Holden quickly promised a veto. The political showdown marked the latest development in battle stemming from Holden's June 2001 executive order granting collective bargaining rights to thousands of state employees...
School board - Student can't work at Hooters (02/06/04)
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A 17-year-old high school senior working at Hooters won't be getting class credit for her job, the Effingham County school board decided Thursday. Laura Williams wanted her hostess job at the restaurant with the risque reputation to count for credit as part of her school's work study program, which lets students leave school early so they can work for course credit. ...
Gephardt plans to back Kerry in presidential race (02/06/04)
NEW YORK -- Rep. Dick Gephardt, the former House minority leader whose presidential campaign collapsed in Iowa's caucuses, will endorse Democratic front-runner John Kerry. Kerry spokesman David Wade said the Missouri lawmaker will give Kerry his backing today in Warren, Mich., a blue-collar suburb of Detroit. The endorsement is a huge boost for Kerry who has been aggressively pursuing the backing of labor unions who had thrown their support to Gephardt...
CIA says threat by Saddam not called imminent (02/06/04)
WASHINGTON -- Intelligence analysts never told President Bush before the invasion of Iraq that Saddam Hussein's rule posed an imminent threat, CIA director George Tenet said Thursday in a heated defense of agency findings central to the decision to go to war...
Investigators widen search for source of Capitol Hill ricin (02/06/04)
WASHINGTON -- Investigators expanded their search Thursday for the source of ricin discovered on Capitol Hill after intensive testing of a Senate office mailroom failed to turn up the deadly poison's origin. The ricin was discovered in Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's office. Law enforcement officials say no letter or note has been found indicating how it got there, who was behind it and whether the Tennessee Republican was the target...
Study - Women eating 335 more calories a day than 30 years ago (02/06/04)
ATLANTA -- Americans, especially women, are getting fatter because they eat much more of everything than they did 30 years ago, and carbs are the biggest culprit, the government said Thursday. In the year 2000, women ate the equivalent of one more large chocolate chip cookie every day -- 335 more calories -- compared to what they ate in 1971...
Snow closes schools in Midwest; streets swamped in Mississippi (02/06/04)
Deadly storms dumped up to 10 inches of snow on parts of the Midwest and Arkansas, closing hundreds of schools and offices, sending a plane sliding off a taxiway and giving greyhounds a day off from the races Thursday. Farther south, heavy rain and lightning swamped streets and knocked out power in Mississippi, with Gov. Haley Barbour declaring a state of emergency in the hardest-hit areas...
Blake trial postponed due to defense shake-up (02/06/04)
LOS ANGELES -- The Robert Blake murder case was thrown into disarray Thursday when the judge relieved the actor's defense attorney because of "irreconcilable differences" with his client. The action forced an indefinite postponement of Blake's trial, which had been scheduled to enter the final phase of jury selection Feb. ...
Regulators, mutual fund company OK settlement (02/06/04)
BOSTON -- The company credited with inventing the mutual fund 80 years ago was formally swept up in the improper fund trading scandal Thursday, as Massachusetts Financial Services agreed to relinquish $350 million in a deal that also forced out two top executives. ...
NYSE board won't sue former CEO and chairman (02/06/04)
NEW YORK -- The New York Stock Exchange said Thursday it will not sue its former CEO and chairman over his lavish pay package, but is cutting the salaries of its top officials. Current chief executive John Thain said the potential case against Richard Grasso is in the hands of the Securities and Exchange Commission and New York state regulators. Grasso was ousted from the exchange in September over a $187.5 million compensation package that outraged Wall Street and regulators...
Suspect in girl's apparent abduction keeps quiet (02/06/04)
SARASOTA, Fla. -- An unemployed mechanic with a criminal record refused to answer questions about the whereabouts of an 11-year-old girl, though "strong evidence" linked him to her abduction outside a carwash, authorities said Thursday. Authorities said they believe Joseph P. Smith, 37, is the tattooed man in a mechanic's shirt who was seen in a carwash surveillance video leading sixth-grader Carlie Brucia away by the arm Sunday evening...
Star witness says Martha Stewart yelled, hunt up on him (02/06/04)
NEW YORK -- The star witness against Martha Stewart testified Thursday that she had berated him at least twice and once even threatened to take her business elsewhere because she didn't like the telephone hold music. The testimony by Douglas Faneuil came during cross-examination by a defense lawyer who sought to show that the young brokerage assistant may have been out to get Stewart...
Megan's Law database still in disarray (02/06/04)
SAN FRANCISCO -- In the year since an Associated Press investigation found that California had lost track of more than 33,000 sex offenders, the state has made only minor improvements in the way it maintains its Megan's Law database. The AP report in January 2003 found that many rapists and child molesters had failed to keep authorities apprised of their whereabouts or did not register at all...
Pentagon halts Internet voting for November (02/06/04)
Pentagon halts Internet voting for November Citing security concerns, the Pentagon has canceled Internet voting that would have involved as many as 100,000 military and overseas citizens from seven states in November, a Defense Department official said Thursday. ...
Cheney's duck hunt outing draws attention (02/06/04)
MORGAN CITY, La. -- For many hunters, duck season in the swamps of Louisiana means an outing with a pickup and a six-pack. For Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Vice President Dick Cheney, it was a little different. The two men arrived near this coastal town in a U.S. ...
NASA takes Mars rover out for inaugural spin (02/06/04)
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA took the rover Opportunity on its first real drive on Mars, a trip across pebbly soil that appears to be unlike anything else seen on the surface of the Red Planet, scientists said Thursday. Opportunity rolled forward about 11 feet on Thursday, leaving it closer to an outcrop of rocks that scientists want to spend days studying. ...
Illegal aliens barred from state's colleges (02/06/04)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Illegal aliens would be barred from attending Virginia's state-supported colleges and universities, and those already in school would be expelled under legislation that passed the House on Thursday. The measure, approved on a 71-29 vote with strong Republican support, now heads to the Senate...
Area churches reserve seats for Gibson's film on Jesus (02/06/04)
Churches are reserving entire theaters for opening day. A national evangelical organization is helping sell tickets from its Web site. Pastors are planning sermons timed to the movie's Ash Wednesday release. Mel Gibson's epic, "The Passion of the Christ," is the subject of an unprecedented marketing effort that has inspired everyday Christians and their spiritual leaders to sell the film and its message -- both to other faithful and the nonreligious...
Productivity gain raises hope companies will boost work force (02/06/04)
WASHINGTON -- The productivity of America's workers grew modestly in the final three months of 2003, raising hopes that companies will step up hiring to meet demand rather than relying solely on increased efficiency. The Labor Department reported Thursday that productivity -- the amount an employee produces for every hour on the job -- grew at a 2.7 percent annual rate from October through December. ...
Germans acquit Moroccan in Sept. 11 trial (02/06/04)
HAMBURG, Germany -- A court acquitted a Moroccan on Thursday of helping the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers while they lived and studied in Hamburg, citing a lack of evidence he was involved in the al-Qaida cell's plans to attack the United States. Abdelghani Mzoudi, a longtime acquaintance of lead hijacker Mohamed Atta who even signed his will, smiled silently as he left the state court a free man after only the second trial anywhere of a Sept. 11 attacks suspect...
U.S. Army roundups in Iraq capture over 100 insurgents (02/06/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. and Iraqi forces captured more than 100 suspected guerrillas in raids across the country, arresting one of Saddam Hussein's intelligence chiefs and another Iraqi believed involved in a suicide bombing last month, a U.S. commander said Thursday...
Blood donors, mad cow disease linked (02/06/04)
LONDON -- British scientists studying how the human form of mad cow disease is transmitted say some people could be passing the illness through blood donations. Although it has not been proven that the brain-wasting variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease can be transmitted through transfusion, the scientists did find a case in which a blood donor and the recipient died of it...
Musharraf pardons nuclear scientist in weapons probe (02/06/04)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan's president pardoned the country's top nuclear scientist Thursday for leaking weapons technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea -- a move designed to ease domestic political pressures and head off a deeper inquiry into official involvement in years of nuclear proliferation...
Afghan official questions claim of civilian deaths (02/06/04)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A senior Afghan official said Thursday it was unclear if a U.S. airstrike last month killed civilians, as President Hamid Karzai claims, and reports of innocent casualties could be an attempt to discredit American forces. In the disputed airstrike targeting Taliban militants, the deputy interior minister told The Associated Press that ministry officials who traveled to the remote area where the attack took place saw graves of six victims, not 11 as previously claimed...
Faberge eggs deal brings hope of more cultural returns (02/06/04)
MOSCOW -- The purchase of nine Czarist-era Faberge eggs by a Russian tycoon who promised to return them to their homeland has prompted optimism in cultural circles that other great artworks sold by the Soviets could be returning home. The purchase of the eggs -- intricate treasures of jewels and precious metals -- from the estate of U.S. ...
North, South Korea OK high-level military talks (02/06/04)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North and South Korea agreed today to hold high-level military talks to ease tensions between the nations, divided by the world's most heavily fortified border and embroiled in a standoff over the North's nuclear weapons development. The agreement came at the end of four days of Cabinet-level meetings. The Koreas held talks between their defense ministers in September 2000, but failed to open a second round of talks...
Stoverink tops field; and Rust makes state cut (02/06/04)
The Central boys swimming team had a diver make the state cut Thursday in SEMO Conference competition at Central Municipal Pool. Tanner Rust posted an 11-dive score of 385.41 to finish second in the meet. His six-dive score of 233.95 surpassed the state-qualifying mark of 215...
Otahkians use long-range attack to stop Skyhawks (02/06/04)
By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University's Otahkians have struggled with their long-range shooting most of the season, hitting just 30.2 percent of their 3-point attempts. But the Otahkians used impressive marksmanship from beyond the arc to bury Ohio Valley Conference rival Tennessee-Martin 83-60 Thursday night at the Show Me Center...
McCoy backs up his commitment (02/06/04)
Junior college All-American cornerback Charles McCoy, who was recruited by Nebraska and also drew interest from co-national champion USC, stayed true to his word. The result is arguably the biggest signing in Southeast Missouri State University football history, as McCoy on Thursday faxed his national letter of intent to the Indians' coaching staff...
Judge rules NFL can't restrict age of players (02/06/04)
NEW YORK -- A federal judge opened the door for Ohio State sensation Maurice Clarett and teenage football stars to turn pro, declaring Thursday that an NFL rule barring their eligibility violates antitrust law and "must be sacked." U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin said legal issues are so clearly in Clarett's favor a trial is unnecessary. The NFL said it will appeal, and it will probably try to block the ruling before the April draft...
Gamecocks tabbed for baseball crown (02/06/04)
If the Ohio Valley Conference's baseball coaches are correct, then first-year OVC member Jacksonville State will win the championship this year. The Gamecocks of Alabama received five first-place votes and 73 points in the preseason poll released by the league...
Indians end skid, beat UTM (02/06/04)
Southeast Missouri State University never led Tennessee-Martin until early in the second half Thursday night. But once the Indians did finally go ahead, there was no stopping them as they broke a four-game losing streak with a 89-78 victory in front of 3,506 fans at the Show Me Center...
Blues finally win (02/06/04)
CALGARY, Alberta -- The St. Louis Blues snapped an eight-game winless streak when Scott Mellanby's goal with 4:15 remaining lifted them past the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. Keith Tkachuk gained the puck along the sideboards and worked it behind the net to Doug Weight, who saw Mellanby near the face-off circle. Weight passed and Mellanby wasted no time firing a shot into the top corner past Flames goaltender Roman Turek...
Warner tries to clarify 'inspirational message' (02/06/04)
ST. LOUIS -- On Super Bowl Sunday, St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner said in a speech in Houston that his devout religious beliefs might have contributed to his benching last season. But on Thursday, the two-time NFL MVP said the speech was almost totally about the power of positive thinking...
Sports briefs 2/6/04 (02/06/04)
Boxing Looks like Lennox Lewis is ready to do what no heavyweight champion has done in nearly half a century: leave boxing with a championship belt around his waist. The 38-year-old Lewis will hold a news conference today amid reports he will retire rather than risk his World Boxing Council title in a rematch against Vitali Klitschko. Secretive to the end, Lewis (41-2-1) was keeping his decision to himself...
Wait a minute! (02/06/04)
As the hair on top of my head gets thinner and whiter, I'd like to think that I am growing wiser too. I'm not exactly sure how anyone would measure his own WQ, or wisdom quotient. All I can do is share some of my thoughts (completely at no charge)...
Stylish Suzuki XL-7 (02/06/04)
srobertson Vehicle offers features not found on other compact sport utilities. Test your automotive knowledge. True or false: 1. Suzuki engines power Toro lawnmowers. 2. Suzuki engines power Arctic Cat snowmobiles. 3. In 1954 Suzuki was producing 1,000 motorcycles per month...
Artifacts 2/6/04 (02/06/04)
Local author to hold book signing Ron Farrow will sign copies of his book "Written from the Heart" at Hastings bookstore Saturday. He will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. Farrow's book is a compilation of columns he wrote for TBY, letters to the editor at the Southeast Missourian and short essays...
Exhibit showcases area high school talent (02/06/04)
Portraits of a man and his dog, sculptures and abstract figures, weavings and paintings were among the selections displayed at the 26th annual High School Art Symposium at Southeast Missouri State University. Several noteworthy works from students at Central High School were among the best of show and finalist winners in the show...
Grammy guesses (02/06/04)
NEW YORK -- The first time OutKast was nominated for best album at the Grammys, in 2002, hip-hop's eclectic duo found their psychedelic rap upstaged by the old-time bluegrass songs of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Two years later, the rap funksters are nominated for best album once again and have a leading six nominations for their dazzling double-disc, "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below." But also nominated for six Grammys are Beyonce, her beau, Jay-Z, and producer-singer-hipster Pharrell Williams.. ...
Clearn Casper (02/06/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Clearn "Kat" Casper, 89, of Perks, Ill., died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2004, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. He was born May 24, 1914, son of Henry and Annie Dillow Casper in Union County, Ill. He served on the board of directors for First State Bank of Grand Chain, Ill., for 20 years. He served in World War II and was a 50-year member of the American Legion at Villa Ridge, Ill. He was owner and operator of Caspers Store in Perks for 51 years...
Rev. Charles Baker (02/06/04)
PATTON, Mo. -- The Rev. Charles Elmer Baker, 91, of Hannibal, Mo., died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004, in a Hannibal hospital. He was born April 13, 1912, at Charleston, Mo., son of the Rev. Charles R. and Mary Ethel Bell Baker. He first married Frieda Cooper, who died in 1975. He later married Stella Schultz, who died in 1997...
Marion Comp (02/06/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Marion Theresa Comp, 59, of Anna died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004, at Union County Hospital. She was born April 19, 1944, in Patterson, N.J., daughter of Richard C. and Marion Louise Richardelli Williams. Comp received a degree in accounting from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She had worked in the food and nutrition department at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale...
Velva Parrish (02/06/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Velva L. Parrish, 81, of Chicago Heights, Ill., died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004, at her home. She was born Aug. 15, 1922, at Richland, Mo., daughter of Oscar and Lily Delores Hill Smith Sr. She and Frank Edward Parrish were married Aug. 2, 1950, in Piggott, Ark. He died July 14, 1994...
Hosie Richards (02/06/04)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Hosie O. Richards, 90, of Advance died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at Puxico Nursing and Rehab Center in Puxico, Mo. He was born Feb. 25, 1913, at Zalma, Mo., son of John and Myrtle Borders Richards. He and Glenda Pickett were married Oct. 2, 1925, at Zalma...
William Henderson (02/06/04)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- William O. Henderson Jr., 29, of St. Ann, Mo., formerly of Charleston and Columbia, Mo., died Jan. 31, 2004, in Fairfax, Va. He was born Dec. 28, 1974, in Kansas City, Mo., son of William O. Henderson and Minnie Simpkins Henderson Thurmond...
Virginia Thurlkill (02/06/04)
Virginia Thurlkill, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born May 30, 1918, in Haile, La., daughter of Jessie and Elizabeth Haile Ray. She and William Thomas Thurlkill were married Aug. 13, 1938, in Farmerville, La. He preceded her in death Dec. 23, 1980...
Leon Stone (02/06/04)
Leon Edward Stone, 85, of Jackson died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004, at Jackson Manor, where he was for the last four days. He was born May 10, 1918, at Lutesville, Mo., son of Hessie Edward and Blanche Edith Conrad Stone. He and Edna Mae Heatley were married Aug. 23, 1938. She preceded him in death July 26, 1985...
Edna Green (02/06/04)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Edna Aline Green, 85, of Bloomfield died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 9, 1918, in Advance, Mo., daughter of James William and Carrie Marie Gamble Hawkins. She and Barney Green were married April 21, 1933, at Marble Hill, Mo. He died March 3, 1988...
Cape police report 2/6/04 (02/06/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Amber N. Windisch, 20, of 3126 Themis, No. 2, Cape Girardeau, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of receiving stolen property...
Out of the past 2/6/04 (02/06/04)
10 years ago: Feb. 6, 1994 Christian Faith Fellowship has moved to former Liberty Baptist Church building at 207 Pindwood; its former location was at 309 Beech St. East in Scott City; pastor is the Rev. Marc Carbaugh. 25 years ago: Feb. 6, 1979 Cape Girardeau City Councilman Howard C. Tooke leads field of nine in city council primary election and will be joined in April's general election by Donald R. Strohmeyer, Gail D. "Woody" Woodfin and Timothy L. Kelley...
Holden's pay plan (02/06/04)
Gov. Bob Holden makes no bones about his relationship with unions. It is no surprise that a Democratic governor would curry favor with the broad base of support unions can deliver on Election Day. While Holden's 2001 executive order expanding collective bargaining rights for state workers infuriated most Republicans and some Democrats, the action was consistent with the labor ties the governor has nurtured...
CBS, KFVS12 don't condone halftime activity (02/06/04)
To the editor: By now the whole world knows about the halftime incident at this year's Super Bowl. There's lots of information that we just don't know yet, like was it planned? And who knew it was going to happen? Let me assure you that KFVS12 had no prior knowledge or expectation that the incident would occur. Had we known, we would never have allowed such matter so completely at odds with our standards to be broadcast to the Heartland...
Family grateful for updates on investigation (02/06/04)
To the editor: I am the son of Don Call, whose mother was murdered in 1982. I have read the updates you print in your paper. My family and I, though upset about the DNA test results, are very grateful that you have kept my grandma's case in the public's eye. We hope you will continue to keep us and the public informed about future updates in the case...
Federal funding expands scope of NASA center (02/06/04)
To the editor: Students and parents in Missouri owe U.S. Sen. Kit Bond a great deal of gratitude. More than most, he is aware that we are living in a complex world society that is becoming increasingly technology-based and science-oriented. It is his vision that Missouri K-12 students, both public and private, be prepared to face that future. ...
Speak Out 02/05/04 (02/06/04)
Back to college? SOME YEARS ago Southeast Missouri State College talked the legislature into elevating it to university status. Now it is eliminating subjects and academic disciplines. Certainly this should cause the legislature to reconsider the "university" designation and revert the school to a "college."...
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