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Cape budget cuts final list (02/18/04)
The Cape Girardeau City Council has approved a final list of planned budget cuts, fund transfers and fee increases scheduled to take effect in the new fiscal year that begins July 1. The fee increases do not require voter approval. The list of items and the net annual savings by category:...
Cape Girardeau police confiscate realistic toy gun (02/18/04)
When a school bus driver called 911 to report seeing several young boys with what appeared to be a handgun, Cape Girardeau police responded in force. The incident occurred Friday afternoon, said police spokesman Sgt. Rick Schmidt. The driver called after spotting the boys riding bikes near the city's Fire Station No. 3 at 429 Emerald. Because the responding officer's report was unfinished as of Tuesday, Schmidt did not know how many boys were involved or their ages...
Southeast enrollment down slightly (02/18/04)
Southeast Missouri State University has 99 fewer students enrolled in classes this spring than a year ago, school officials said Tuesday. Southeast's final enrollment after four weeks of classes stands at 8,894, down from 8,993 in spring 2003. The enrollment decline is in the number of graduate students. Southeast has 1,085 graduate students, down 9.1 percent from a year ago...
Broussard's under new ownership (02/18/04)
Broussard's Cajun Cuisine, a popular downtown Cape Girardeau restaurant and bar, has been sold to Hunter and Stephanie Clark of Cape Girardeau. The previous owner, Shawn Stockard, said the transaction is being financed through a lease-purchase arrangement. Stockard had owned it for 3 1/2 years and managed it for his father, Dennis Stockard, prior to that...
Bill seeks to stop fast-food lawsuits (02/18/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- If your penchant for pizza and Quarter Pounders is making you fat, the fault, dear consumer, lies not with Big Food but yourself. That is the theme of the proposed Common Sense Food Consumption Act, which would immunize the food industry from civil liability in cases where people claim to have suffered obesity-related health problems as a result of overeating. The bill was heard Tuesday by the Senate Pensions and General Laws Committee...
Perry Co. burglary suspect arrested (02/18/04)
Perry County deputies got a break recently with the arrest of Paul L. Bainter, 44, by St. Charles County authorities. Perry County detective Brian McCain interviewed Bainter on several occasions and gained his admission to five burglaries in Perry County over the last two years. Bainter faces two counts of burglary and three counts of stealing...
Hair color causes Oak Ridge dispute (02/18/04)
When Teresa McLane's daughter wanted to dye her hair purple a few weeks ago, the Oak Ridge mother pulled down two small sections of the 14-year-old's hair and said, "this is all you can do." McLane says the next day, her daughter, Hailey Whipfler, was given an in-school suspension for the 1-inch streaks of color running through her blond hair...
A little bit of country keeps Show Me Center rolling (02/18/04)
Country duo Brooks & Dunn are well-known in country music -- they've been named "Entertainers of the Year" four times by fans. With Tuesday's announcement of a concert in Cape Girardeau this spring, the big-name band expanded a large lineup of events for families scheduled in coming months at the Show Me Center...
Gun locks available from Scott City police (02/18/04)
The Scott City Police Department will provide 300 free firearm safety kits to residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program. The safety kits include a gun lock and will be distributed March 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the police station...
Cape Girardeau City Council action (02/18/04)
Consent ordinances (Second and third readings) Amended the city code on fireworks. Approved the record plat of McLane Outlot No. 1 Subdivision at Route K and Broadview. Established the boundaries of a sewer district to serve 19 duplexes and a community building to be constructed on Jefferson Street between West End Boulevard and Missouri Street...
Clearing the online air on cigarette sales (02/18/04)
They can sell you a carton of cigarettes at half the price. But they're skirting the government and undercutting law-abiding retailers in the process. Internet and bulk-mail cigarette companies, many of them based outside the United States, are currently using a loophole in the law that allows them to circumvent all sorts of taxes, including local and state cigarette and sales taxes...
Cape couple's son dies in Tennessee in police custody (02/18/04)
The Cape Girardeau parents of a man who died in police custody after running naked along a downtown Chattanooga, Tenn., street and scuffling with officers have ordered a second autopsy. Dr. Loretta Prater, dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Southeast Missouri State University, and her husband, Dwight Prater, requested the autopsy on their son, Leslie Vaughn Prater, a 37-year-old artist living in Chattanooga. ...
Council OKs fire tax vote for Cape on June ballot (02/18/04)
The Cape Girardeau City Council rejected Mayor Jay Knudtson's request to completely eliminate, or sunset, a proposed fire sales tax after 10 years during Tuesday's meeting. Instead, the council unanimously agreed to ask voters to approve the tax with a more limited sunset clause at a June 8 special election...
Club news 2/18 (02/18/04)
Xi Nu Phi The Xi Nu Phi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Feb. 3 at the home of Tammy Monia. Information was given to members about the Beta Sigma Phi Endowment Fund proposals and projects. Recipe request forms were distributed to those who want to submit a recipe for next year's Beta Sigma Phi cookbook...
Jury returns $1.28 billion verdict (02/18/04)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Cattlemen won a landmark $1.28 billion price-manipulation verdict Tuesday against the nation's largest beef packer in a closely watched case that could affect the way other agricultural industries do business. A federal court jury deliberated four days before agreeing with the cattlemen -- who claim to represent thousands of beef producers across the country -- that Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. used contracts with a select few ranchers to create a captive supply of cattle...
Senate gives OK to amendment (02/18/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Senate gave initial approval Tuesday to a proposed constitutional amendment that would ask voters to gradually reduce the diversion of state road funds to various state agencies. Eventually, the legislation would direct an additional $179 million annually to Missouri's roads and bridges. But it would start small, with $11 million in the first year, and does not provide a new funding source to replace the money lost by other parts of state government...
Cingular makes bid for AT&T Wireless (02/18/04)
ATLANTA -- Cingular Wireless agreed to pay nearly $41 billion in cash to buy AT&T Wireless Services to create the nation's largest mobile phone company, raising concern among consumer advocates that it may hurt competition and impede lower prices. The deal announced Tuesday between the second and third largest U.S. wireless companies would create a cellular giant with 46 million subscribers and 70,000 employees...
Nation briefs 2/18/04 (02/18/04)
Rival factions compete to control Sierra Club SAN FRANCISCO -- A fierce battle is brewing over the future of the Sierra Club, and an unlikely issue is at the center of the debate: immigration. A growing faction in the nation's most influential environmental group has urged a stronger stance against immigration, calling the growing U.S. ...
Nation briefs 2/18/04 (02/18/04)
Rumsfeld, Tenet to testify publicly in 9-11 probe WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and CIA Director George Tenet will testify publicly next month in a federal commission probe into who should be held accountable for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. ...
Gays and lesbians keep marrying in San Francisco (02/18/04)
SAN FRANCISCO -- A judge said Tuesday that San Francisco appears to be violating the law by issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, but he declined to order an immediate halt to the weddings. A conservative group had asked Judge James Warren to immediately stop the weddings and void the 2,464 same-sex marriages performed in the city since Thursday. Instead, Warren issued a nonbinding cease-and-desist order and told the city to return on March 29 and explain its legal position...
Study - Unlabeled content in teen-rated games (02/18/04)
CHICAGO -- Many teen-rated video games contain content that is not listed on the label, including sexual themes, alcohol and profanity, a study found. Given the results, parents should be aware that popular T-rated video games might include a wide range of unexpected content that could have a negative influence on their children, said Harvard University researchers Kevin Haninger and Kimberly Thompson...
Kerry wins close vote in Wisconsin (02/18/04)
John Kerry squeezed out victory in Wisconsin, barely holding off hard-charging rival John Edwards who established himself as the front-runner's sole rival as the Democratic presidential race thunders toward a 10-state showdown March 2. Howard Dean trailed far behind, winless in 17 contests, his candidacy doomed less than a month after he stood atop the Democratic field. ...
U.S. announces rewards for insurgency leaders (02/18/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The U.S. military on Tuesday issued for the first time a wanted list of dozens of key figures suspected of leading the anti-U.S. insurgency in Iraq, including a $1 million reward for a senior Baath Party figure believed to be running guerrilla cells. ...
Estonia, Russia and Ukraine HIV rates grow (02/18/04)
MOSCOW -- Russia, Ukraine and the Baltic nation of Estonia have some of the world's fastest HIV growth rates, the United Nations Development Program declared in a report released Tuesday. The world body said one in every 100 adults of the three countries is infected. ...
Russian military exercise set back by glitch (02/18/04)
MOSCOW -- A technical glitch thwarted the launch of Russian ballistic missiles in the Barents Sea on Tuesday during naval maneuvers overseen by President Vladimir Putin, who watched the massive exercise while decked out in naval officer's garb aboard a nuclear submarine...
Gambian president says oil found in his nation (02/18/04)
DAKAR, Senegal -- The Gambian president announced the discovery of "large quantities" of oil in his tiny West African nation, saying the offshore find would eliminate poverty and hunger, Gambian media reported. An unnamed Western company made the find while studying 200 square miles of Atlantic seabed off Gambia's coast, the Gambian newspaper The Independent reported Monday. ...
Rebellion spreads as leaders warn coup under way (02/18/04)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Haiti's prime minister warned Tuesday of an impending coup and appealed for international help to contend with a bloody uprising that has claimed 57 lives. But the United States and France expressed reluctance to send troops to put down the rebellion...
Dissident Iranian lawmakers break taboo with public rebuke (02/18/04)
TEHRAN, Iran -- In a daring protest described Tuesday as a "cry of agony," more than 100 reformist lawmakers accused Iran's supreme leader of allowing freedoms to be "trampled" and rigging upcoming parliament elections in favor of hard-line backers...
Jackson overpowers Kelly (02/18/04)
The Jackson boys basketball team's season finale may not have gone the way coach Mike Kiehne would have liked, but the Indians managed to fight through a sloppy second quarter to win 52-35 over visiting Kelly on Tuesday night. "It was just one of those types of games where you just grit it out and get the job done," Kiehne said...
Top-ranked Charleston cruises past Central (02/18/04)
Central's boys basketball team could not keep up with the top-ranked team in Class 3 and fell 84-62 at Charleston on Tuesday night. Central (17-7) stayed with the Blue Jays for the opening quarter, trailing only 19-13. In the second quarter Charleston flexed its muscles and outscored the Tigers by 10 to open up a 44-28 halftime lead...
Conley finally finds his niche (02/18/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- For both Missouri and guard Jason Conley, it might be a case of better late than never. The underachieving Tigers climbed above .500 with their best overall performance of the season in a 34-point blowout against UNLV on Sunday. Conley, the transfer who was curiously quiet most of his first two months in uniform, played a pivotal role...
Indians plan to contend again (02/18/04)
Southeast Missouri State University baseball fans better have a roster handy this season, especially early. They'll need it to identify all the new players. The Indians 28-man squad features 16 newcomers, including 11 junior college transfers. Even some of the returning players either redshirted or didn't see much action last year...
Foreman has a deal, King says (02/18/04)
MIAMI -- George Foreman agreed to a tentative $20 million deal to return for a fight celebrating the 30th anniversary of his epic bout with Muhammad Ali, Don King said Tuesday. King said he talked with the 55-year-old Foreman last week about the prospects of a fight...
Spoonhour resigns at UNLV (02/18/04)
LAS VEGAS -- UNLV coach Charlie Spoonhour resigned Tuesday, citing health reasons. "I am physically unable to do this right now," Spoonhour, 64, said in a statement. "Because of my health it is in my best interest to step away. It has nothing to do with basketball or anything surrounding the program."...
Bonds' trainer says he supplied steroids to baseball players (02/18/04)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds' personal trainer told federal agents he gave steroids to several baseball players, according to documents released Tuesday. No players were identified, and it was unclear whether the trainer, Greg Anderson, gave specific names...
Cubs will sign Maddux (02/18/04)
MESA, Ariz. -- Greg Maddux is going back where he started, deciding to sign with the Chicago Cubs, The Associated Press learned Tuesday night. The four-time Cy Young winner agreed to a $24 million, three-year deal with the Cubs, rejoining the team that gave him his start in the majors, a source close the negotiations said on condition of anonymity...
Area digest (02/18/04)
Kohlfield Scorpions defeat Hopkinsville Headhunters The Kohlfeld Scorpions defeated the Hopkinsville (Ky.) Headhunters 35-9 on Saturday in rugby action. Scoring for the Scorpions were veterans Alan Kloss and T.J. Ebner and newcomers Andy Stover and Carlos Velasco...
Sports briefs 2/18/04 (02/18/04)
Baseball The Phillie Phanatic has his head back. One week after the head of the Philadelphia Phillies' furry green mascot was stolen, it was returned. It had disappeared during a charity sale and auction of mementos from the soon-to-be-demolished Veterans Stadium. ...
Do-it-yourselfers caught up in Web education for improvements (02/18/04)
The Internet has flattened the learning curve for do-it-yourselfers faster than you can drive a nail into a board. Project neophytes can check out the business end of a hammer. Seasoned pros can log on to weigh the plusses of finishing planers with new cutterhead locks (all the better to eliminate snipe)...
In a few hours you can install a real tile or stone floor (02/18/04)
Expecting company? Why not wow your guests with a beautiful ceramic-tile or stone floor you installed in a matter of hours earlier in the day? Talk about a conversation piece. Mission impossible? Not at all. In fact, installation is so ultra consumer friendly it turns the norm of surface prep, messy glues, cracked grout and professional-only installation on its head...
Worm recipe gives laughs (02/18/04)
Our son, Ross, is in the fourth grade and having a wonderful year at school. He has a fabulous teacher who cares so much for the children and their well-being, as well as for their education. He tries to teach them as much as he can in the time allowed, while having a great deal of fun too...
Going Goth in sunny Tampa (02/18/04)
For me, the best part of city life is the assortment of people who come for -- or are produced by -- the collection of interstates and bright lights and tall buildings. I like hearing people speak Russian -- at least, that's what it sounds like to me -- while apparently discussing the Cool Whip selection. ...
Louise Corpus (02/18/04)
ANNA, Ill. -- Louise C. Corpus, 73, of Anna died Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Ill. She was born April 2, 1930, in St. Clair County, Ill., daughter of John Emmett and Cora Cecelia Madelaine Tucker. Corpus was a member of Anna Moose Lodge Auxiliary...
Sylvia Edwards (02/18/04)
Sylvia J. Edwards, 89, of Tulsa, Okla., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, at her home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Frances Newcom (02/18/04)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Frances K. Newcom, 90, of Perryville died Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 23, 1913, in Daviess County, Ky., daughter of Robert B. and Ina Nicely Moorman. She and Wilburn E. Newcom were married Nov. 30, 1931. He died June 6, 1983...
Dorothy Hart (02/18/04)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Dorothy Ann Hart, 64, of Bell City died Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 3, 1939, in Red Rock, Okla., daughter of Oliver and Dorothy May Pickens Young. She first married Doyle Colbert, who preceded her in death. She later married James Welker, who also preceded her in death. She and Harold Hart were married in 1988...
Willie Flowers (02/18/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Willie Flowers, 86, of Cairo died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at his home. He was born Nov. 7, 1917, in Tunica, Miss., son of W.T. and Irene Flowers. He and Willella Green were married May 3, 1943. Flowers retired from Burkart Manufacturing...
Louis Stoops (02/18/04)
Louis F. Stoops, 72, of Jackson died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, at Monticello House in Jackson. He was born Dec. 11, 1931, in Cape Girardeau, son of Merritt and Verda May Stoops. Stoops played baseball for the Cincinnati Reds Farm Club in Texas. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1964, and was a pitcher in the special services traveling to Texas, Missouri, Kentucky, the Carolinas, Germany, Spain, France and England...
Clifton Poole (02/18/04)
Clifton Poole, 84, of Jackson died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Bennie Washburn (02/18/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Bennie Washburn, 77, of St. Louis, formerly of Marble Hill, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, at his home. He was born Nov. 17, 1926, in Blackwell, Okla., son of Walter and Jennie Hancock Washburn. He and Thelma Fulbright were married Sept. 26, 1954. She died April 29, 1996...
Births 2/18/04 (02/18/04)
Weaver Son to Kevin Matthew and Kelly Michelle Weaver of Millersville, St. Francis Medical Center, 5 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004. Name, Dylan Matthew. Weight, 7 pounds 6 ounces. Mrs. Weaver is the former Kelly Owens, daughter of Hope and Mark Thomlinson of Ironton, Mo. She is a nurse. Weaver is the son of Phil and Sharon Weaver of Millersville. He is a college student...
Cape/Jackson police reports 02/18/04 (02/18/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Carla L. Westbrook, 33, of P.O. Box 91, Unity, Ill., was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, forgery and no operator's license...
Cape fire report 02/18/04 (02/18/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded Monday to the following item: At 8:46 p.m., medical assist at 534 S. Hanover. Firefighters responded Tuesday to the following items: At 4:03 a.m., citizen assist at 1125 Landgraf. At 10:47 a.m., emergency medical service at 3439 William...
Out of the past 2/18/04 (02/18/04)
10 years ago: Feb. 18, 1994 Southeast Missouri State University President Kala Stroup has banned Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity from campus in wake of beating death of student Michael Davis. After eight-year absence from local government, former Cape Girardeau mayor Howard Tooke has decided to seek Republican nomination for county presiding commissioner...
Correction 2/18/04 (02/18/04)
  • The American Cancer Society Gala Feb. 28 is cocktail attire, with black tie optional. The event raised $21,000 last year. Organizers hope for about 300 people to attend.
  • Legislature takes schools seriously (02/18/04)
    By Peter Kinder Education continues to be a primary topic in this year's legislative session. Three key areas of this discussion are funding, improving Missouri's schools and finding new ways to assist Missouri's teachers. Our state's constitution puts education funding at the top of the priority list, second only to the paying of public debts. ...
    Restore funding for our children (02/18/04)
    By Bob Holden Last year Missouri created 27,000 new private-sector jobs while America lost 230,000 jobs. Missouri created more jobs last year than all but seven states. None of the eight states that border Missouri created more jobs in 2003. Missouri's economy is on the right track, and one important reason is our educated work force...
    Street plan makes sense (02/18/04)
    Drivers knew the roundabout Cape Girardeau built at the intersection of Silver Springs and Gordonville roads in 2001 was cockeyed. It might have been OK for slalom skiing but was too narrow for driving. One critic called it a "dysfunctional monstrosity." Eventually, the city did enough nipping and tucking on the intersection to satisfy most people...
    All you need is ... (02/18/04)
    The (Pascagoula) Mississippi Press Has it been 40 years? As the Beatles said it so long ago: "Yeah, yeah, yeah." It has indeed been four decades since an army of mop-topped bands came to America: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Dave Clark Five, The Who and on and on and on...
    Jackson food pantry needs help (02/18/04)
    To the editor: We would like to thank the community of Jackson. The task of the Jackson Ministerial Alliance is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ by helping those in need. No single church can do this alone. There are volunteers who go the extra mile by offering their time as food pantry workers. ...
    Free market for telecommunications (02/18/04)
    To the editor: Your recent article on telecom legislation before the Missouri Legislature was of great interest to my family, friends and neighbors. As a longtime resident, I am delighted to report that Scott City is the choice site for several new businesses and companies, and there are more to come. ...
    Speak Out 02/18/04 (02/18/04)
    Blackmail tactics I AM getting sick and tired of our city government using blackmail tactics. I'd rather see spring cleanup than leaf collecting. Leaves are a natural fertilizer. I know where at least four police officers live. They use their city vehicles for personal use. I don't feel any safer knowing that a police officer lives in my neighborhood...
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