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Unemployment compensation bill hits snag (05/07/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Legislation that would authorize the state to sell $450 million in bonds to bail out Missouri's Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund derailed in the Senate on Thursday. The impasse occurred on a substitute version of the measure offered by state Sen. Bill Foster, R-Poplar Bluff, that would temporarily increase the amount Missouri employers pay into the fund instead of selling bonds...
Day of prayer focuses on tolerance, truth (05/07/04)
Christians can be tolerant people who respect another's religious beliefs without accepting those claims as truth. In an era of postmodernism, America needs to reclaim its godly values and freedoms, says syndicated newspaper columnist and author David Limbaugh...
Predatory lending focus of seminar (05/07/04)
In response to concerns from local lenders and real estate agents, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development came to Cape Girardeau Thursday to warn people of predatory lending practices. Frank Montgomery, an equal opportunity specialist with HUD, came to the Drury Lodge to speak to over a dozen area bankers, loan officers, real estate agents and concerned members of the public about unscrupulous practices that are sometimes used when purchasing or refinancing a home...
Naturally historic (05/07/04)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- It's been two years since the Bollinger County Museum of Natural History was incorporated and four years since volunteers began fixing the building where its antiquities are housed. In this short span, the museum has become known for its dinosaur exhibits, especially the bone fragments of the Hadrosaur -- known colloquially as the "Missouri dinosaur."...
Bridge lights up again (05/07/04)
The lights were back on the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge Thursday night, a week later than the contractor expected. Scott Meyers of the Missouri Department of Transportation said he hasn't been told whether they're on permanently. Sachs Electric of St. Louis said the parts needed to seal the lights from moisture were on their way and would be delivered April 23, with the lights back on May 1...
Gathering in Jackson recalls day of tornado (05/07/04)
About a year to the hour after a tornado ripped the roof off of the police and fire station, pulverized a bakery and destroyed just about everything in its two-mile path, city, county and weather officials Thursday night were able to laugh at a public commemoration ceremony...
Council in Cape favoring tax break (05/07/04)
The Cape Girardeau City Council is expected to vote May 17 on whether it will observe Missouri's sales tax holiday in August. Mayor Jay Knudtson and Councilman Hugh White both say the council is leaning toward approving the holiday. The Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce board of directors unanimously endorsed the tax holiday at its meeting Tuesday...
Chaffee man killed in accident (05/07/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- A Chaffee man was killed Wednesday in a single-car accident on Scott County Road 227 a mile south of New Hamburg. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Anthony Glueck, 49, was southbound when he lost control of his car about 10 p.m. The car skidded off the the road, struck an embankment and overturned...
Lawmakers pass $18.9 billion state budget (05/07/04)
Associated Press Writer JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's multi-billion-dollar Medicaid program would be spared all but the smallest of cuts under a compromise state budget given final approval late Thursday night. Passage of the nearly $18.9 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 came after House and Senate negotiators broke a standoff over funding for the government-run health care program...
State passes $18.9 billion budget (05/07/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's multi-billion-dollar Medicaid program would be spared all but the smallest of cuts under a compromise state budget given final approval late Thursday night. Passage of the nearly $18.9 billion budget came after House and Senate negotiators broke a several-day standoff over funding for the government-run health-care program...
Former hostage's family planning quiet welcome (05/07/04)
JACKSON, Miss. -- Thomas Hamill is tired after his hostage ordeal in Iraq but told family members in an emotional phone call that he is excited to soon be returning home, his grandmother said Thursday. "He called me and we had a good talk," the 92-year-old Vera Hamill said Thursday. "He said he wants to be back home but he doesn't want to be in the limelight."...
Man with HIV accused of having unprotected sex (05/07/04)
ST. PETERS, Mo. (AP) -- A St. Louis area man infected with the virus that causes AIDS faces charges for allegedly having sex with his girlfriend and at least three other women, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday. Aaron Sindelar, 28, of St. Peters, was charged with recklessly risking another with HIV infection, a felony that carries a sentence of five to 15 years in prison. He was in state custody...
Charges filed against fraternity members for cannon blast (05/07/04)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Two members of the Kappa Alpha fraternity have been charged in a cannon explosion that blew out the window of a second-story apartment and sent a piece of the cannon through its roof. Seth R. Fagan, the president of the chapter's fraternity, and Daniel B. Dunn, both 21 and students at the University of Missouri-Columbia, were charged on Monday with reckless exploding and third-degree assault, both misdemeanors...
Bush selection for ambassador to Iraq receives Senate approval (05/07/04)
WASHINGTON -- John Negroponte won easy Senate confirmation Thursday as the United States ambassador to Iraq as Democrats put aside their opposition to President Bush's postwar policy to support his choice. The vote was 95-3. "I urge my colleagues to vote for Mr. ...
Greenspan - No 'free lunch' for shortfalls (05/07/04)
WASHINGTON -- Huge federal budget deficits threaten the nation's long-term economic stability, Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said Thursday as he raised new concerns about impending financing problems in Social Security and Medicare. A day of reckoning will come, Greenspan warned, because there is no "free lunch."...
Iraq, Afghanistan funding needs may top $50 billion next year (05/07/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush may seek more money for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan next year than the $50 billion figure his budget director cited months ago, White House officials say. The acknowledgment comes amid growing doubts in Congress that the amount will be enough to finance U.S. operations in the two countries, especially in an increasingly violent Iraq. Lawmakers also say they will probably give the administration less leeway than it wants in spending the money...
NASA introduces new group of 11 astronauts (05/07/04)
CHANTILLY, Va. -- NASA on Thursday introduced a new class of 11 astronauts, a group that includes three teachers who are giving up the classroom for the chance to fly into space. The teachers, selected from a field of more than 1,000 applicants, will live, work and train with more than 100 other astronauts at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The new astronauts could be scheduled for space flights by 2009...
FDA - No over-the-counter morning-after pill yet (05/07/04)
WASHINGTON -- The government rejected over-the-counter sales of morning-after birth control Thursday, citing concern about young teenagers' use of the pills. But regulators left open the possibility they will reconsider. Proponents immediately accused the Food and Drug Administration of bowing to conservative political pressure -- noting that the agency had overruled its own scientific advisers, who had overwhelmingly called easier access to emergency contraception a safe way to prevent thousands of abortions.. ...
Bombings probe leads to arrest of Oregon lawyer (05/07/04)
WASHINGTON -- A lawyer from Portland, Ore., was arrested by FBI agents Thursday as part of the investigation into the deadly train bombings in Spain, federal officials said. Brandon Mayfield, a U.S. citizen, was taken into custody on a material witness warrant, said a senior law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity. ...
Bush apologizes for Iraq abuse (05/07/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, struggling to control a growing crisis, apologized Thursday for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers and called it "a stain on our country's honor." He rejected calls for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's resignation but complained about Rumsfeld's handling of the controversy...
Purported tape of bin Laden offers rewards for killings (05/07/04)
CAIRO, Egypt -- An audio recording attributed to Osama bin Laden offered rewards in gold Thursday for the killing of top U.S. and U.N. officials in Iraq or of the citizens of any nation fighting there. The 20-minute recording, dated Thursday, appeared on two Web sites known for militant Islamic messages. The voice sounded like that of bin Laden and the words were laden with Quranic verse, but the authenticity of the recording could not immediately be verified...
Red Cross - 500 killed in attacks on village (05/07/04)
YELWA, Nigeria -- Militants from a predominantly Christian tribe killed at least 500 people in two attacks on a Muslim town in central Nigeria, a senior Red Cross official said Thursday. Although an exact toll from the raids Sunday and Tuesday was unavailable, Red Cross workers who interviewed witnesses and families of victims, and inspected a mass burial site "estimate 500 to 600 dead," said Umar Abdu Mairiga, head of the Nigerian Red Cross team visiting the mostly Muslim town of Yelwa after the assaults by the Tarok tribe. ...
Libya convicts foreigners for infecting children (05/07/04)
BENGHAZI, Libya -- Libya sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death by firing squad after convicting them Thursday of intentionally infecting more than 400 children with the AIDS virus in an experiment to find a cure. Relatives of the children shouted for joy as the sentences were handed down, but Bulgaria's justice minister called the verdicts "absurd." Some human rights groups say Libya concocted the experiment story to cover up unsafe hospital practices. ...
Arafat fortifies compound, fears Israeli capture attempt (05/07/04)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Fearing Israel will seize him, Yasser Arafat fortified his West Bank headquarters with hundreds of concrete-filled barrels and wrecked cars Thursday, saying he's determined to go down fighting. Israel, which has repeatedly threatened the Palestinian leader, said it has no immediate plan to go after Arafat. ...
Troops battle Iraqi insurgents for control of governor's office (05/07/04)
Scheherezade Faramarzi ~ The Associated Press NAJAF, Iraq -- U.S. soldiers seized the governor's office Thursday in the holy city of Najaf, wresting control from Shiite militiamen loyal to a radical cleric in battles that left an estimated 40 insurgents dead...
Arab television shows man described as Iraqi-American hostage (05/07/04)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- A blindfolded man described as an Iraqi-American being held hostage in Iraq was shown pleading for help on an Arab television station Thursday. The man, speaking in English, identified himself as Aban Elias and said he was from Denver and worked with the Pentagon as a civilian engineer. He was wearing a black-and-white kaffiyeh, or headdress, over his eyes...
State schools vote to keep multiplier (05/07/04)
The majority of schools competing in the Missouri High School Activities Association are public schools. That majority spoke loud and clear in voting on the MSHSAA annual ballot, the results of which were released Thursday. Member schools voted 309-128 against deleting the 1.35 multiplier that applies to private and parochial schools' enrollments for MSHSAA classification purposes. ...
Jackson begins search for basketball coach (05/07/04)
Jackson boys basketball coach Mike Kiehne resigned his coaching position late last week. Kiehne led the Indians to a 22-5 record this season, their highest win total since 1993. He was the head coach at Jackson for three years and posted a record of 45-35 in that time...
Perryville boys capture JCC track title (05/07/04)
The Perryville boys track and field team placed first at the Jefferson County Conference meet, a two-day meet which concluded Thursday at Herculaneum. Kyle Dobbelare won both hurdles events and finished second in the long jump and triple jump. Perryville's girls junior varsity team won with 140 points and the boys won with 163 points.Varsity...
Indians' sixth trips up Tigers (05/07/04)
For a team that has had its share of troubles in the field this season, a one-error game would be considered an improvement for Central's baseball team. Unfortunately, the Tigers' one error on Thursday cost them two runs -- including the go-ahead run -- in a 7-3 loss at rival Jackson...
RacePark plans busy weekend (05/07/04)
The "Battle at Benton 50" has been rescheduled for tonight at the Auto Tire and Parts NAPA RacePark in Benton, Mo. The event features the only Missouri appearance for the Stacker2 Xtreme DirtCar Series, which is making its first stop at the 3/8-mile track in Benton...
Giants interested in Warner as a bridge to Manning era (05/07/04)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants are thinking about signing quarterback Kurt Warner if the two-time NFL MVP is released by the St. Louis Rams in a salary-cap move. "We've been talking," Mark Bartelstein, Warner's agent, said in a telephone interview Thursday...
Triplett breaks record for Wachovia course (05/07/04)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kirk Triplett closed with three straight birdies for a course-record 8-under 64 Thursday and took a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Wachovia Championship. Triplett took only 11 putts over the last nine holes -- including a 45-footer for birdie on No. 9, his last hole -- to pull away from an enormous pack of players at Quail Hollow...
Spider-Man gets picked off base (05/07/04)
Spider-Man ads on bases didn't fly with baseball fans. A day after announcing a novel promotion to have advertisements on bases next month, Major League Baseball reversed course Thursday and eliminated that part of its marketing deal for "Spider-Man 2."...
Luna shot lifts Cards (05/07/04)
PHILADELPHIA -- St. Louis manager Tony La Russa expected a high-scoring game where the bullpens would get stretched thin. Instead, the Cardinals' relievers kept it under control. Hector Luna's three-run homer capped a five-run first inning and the Cardinals got three scoreless innings from five relievers for a 7-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday...
Sports briefs 5/7/04 (05/07/04)
Baseball Chicago shortstop Alex Gonzalez has a broken bone in his right wrist and could miss six weeks, the latest injury setback for the Cubs. Gonzalez was hurt in the seventh inning of Wednesday night's 2-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks when he was struck by the ball on a pitch from Mike Koplove. ...
New pets from land, sea and air (05/07/04)
When I was growing up on the Killough Valley farm in the Ozark hills over yonder, animals weren't considered pets, no matter how domesticated they were. Even dogs and cats had jobs. Dogs were supposed to bark at strangers. Cats were supposed to control the mice...
Grand Marquis provides a grand ride (05/07/04)
STEVE ROBERTSON * photos@semissourian.com The 2004 Grand Marquis retains the traditional, stately Mercury sedan style. The nearly 4000-pound car gets surprisingly good gas mileage and has an excellent safety rating.srobertson The Grand Marquis appeals to a conservative, mature buyer...
Everybody's a critic - 'Envy' (05/07/04)
Three stars (out of four) I was excited when I was told that this week's movie for review was "Envy." While viewing it, however, I was slightly disappointed. The movie stars Ben Stiller as Tim Dingman and Jack Black as Nick Vanderpark...
Artifacts 5/7/04 (05/07/04)
Perryville's Mardi Gras Mayfest underway PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Starting today, Perryville is holding its Mardi Gras Mayfest with parades, live music, food, refreshments, a 5K race and more. The whole event gets underway at 5 p.m. and the parade starts at 6 p.m. ...
Jackman balances vampires, Broadway, fatherhood (05/07/04)
NEW YORK -- Hey ladies (and guys who think he's hot): Wanna meet Hugh Jackman? It's easy, though it could be expensive and a little embarrassing. All you have to do is buy tickets for his Broadway musical "The Boy From Oz," preferably in the front row, and show up late, preferably after the first couple of numbers have come and gone...
'Friends' fans say final goodbye (05/07/04)
Ross and Rachel, together again as "Friends" fades into history. Were you expecting anything different? Along with millions of other views, about 15 Southeast Missouri State University students were glued to the set, waiting to find out how television's most popular comedy would all end...
Coming to theaters 5/7/04 (05/07/04)
'New York Minute' Starring Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Eugene Levy, Andy Richter, Andrea Martin, Darrell Hammond and Jared Padalecki. Twin sisters Jane and Roxanne Ryan journey from Long Island to New York City, where Jane is set to deliver a speech to qualify for a prestigious college scholarship. ...
A family affair (05/07/04)
A distance of about 150 miles separates sisters Margaret Schneider and Annie Schuchart, but their mutual love of painting in watercolors makes sure they see quite a lot of each other. Starting tonight, the sisters' work will be on display at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri's "Artful Excursions: Sisters Paint Europe" exhibit...
Paul Hahn (05/07/04)
Paul Eugene Hahn, 55, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at his home. He was born Oct. 18, 1948, in Cape Girardeau, son of Paul D. and Anna Rodenberry Hahn. Hahn was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Survivors include his mother, Anna Whitley of Cape Girardeau; a brother, Danny Hahn of Egypt Mills, Mo.; three sisters, Patty Brown of Cape Girardeau, Vicki Henderson of Villa Ridge, Ill., Marilyn McClard of Chaffee, Mo.; and a stepsister, Kathy Williams of Cape Girardeau...
Richard Hildebrand (05/07/04)
Richard Elmer Hildebrand, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. He was born Sept. 6, 1924, in Lebanon, Pa., son of Charles and Virginia Hildebrand. He and Marjorie Blaylock were married Jan. 10, 1946, in Blytheville, Ark...
Lillian Ruesler (05/07/04)
Lillian H. Ruesler, 96, of Friedheim died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home in Jackson. She was born Nov. 30, 1907, at Friedheim, daughter of Emil and Sibilla Kayser Hobeck. She and Walter Ruesler were married Nov. 9, 1927, in Friedheim. He died Dec. 31, 1971...
Elmer Nance (05/07/04)
MOUND CITY, Ill. -- Elmer W. Nance, 83, of Mound City died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 19, 1921, in Cairo, Ill., son of George and Radie Singleton Nance. Nance was a retired auto mechanic and service station owner. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church...
Jasper Jordan (05/07/04)
Jasper Jordan, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born March 12, 1923, in Chicago, son of Eli and Peggy Jordan. Jordan was retired from Continental Can Co. in Chicago. He was a U.S Army veteran of World War II...
Bernice Penn (05/07/04)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Bernice Penn, 70, of Sikeston, Mo., died Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 27, 1933, in Wyatt, Mo., daughter of Jim and Doris Davis. She married Fred Penn who died May 2, 1987...
Edward Johnson (05/07/04)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Edward Johnson, 74, of Mounds died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 8, 1930, in Rockford, Ill., son of Julius and Ollie Vaughn Johnson. Johnson was a retired general contractor, and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church at Villa Ridge, Ill...
Gov. Bob Holden's mother, Wanda Holden, dies at age 77 (05/07/04)
BIRCH TREE, Mo. -- Wanda Mae Holden, the mother of Missouri Gov. Bob Holden, died Thursday at her home after a long illness, the governor's office said. She was 77. Holden, a Kansas City native, moved to Birch Tree after marrying Robert Lee Holden in 1948 and was a homemaker who helped manage their Shannon County farm...
Anthony Glueck (05/07/04)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Anthony Joseph Glueck, 49, of Chaffee died Wednesday, May 5, 2004, in a car accident on County Road 227. He was born May 19, 1954, in Cape Girardeau, son of Joseph August and Marie Ida Menz Glueck. Glueck was a farmer with Essner Farms in New Hamburg, Mo. He was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church at New Hamburg, St. Joseph Sodality and Knights of Columbus Council 6420 at Scott City...
Cape/Jackson police reports 5/7 (05/07/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Christy C. Dubs, 51, 1722 Belleridge Pike, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and failure to drive in a single lane...
Out of the past 5/7/04 (05/07/04)
10 years ago: May 7, 1994 Jackson lawyer John Lichtenegger is commencement speaker at Southeast Missouri State University in afternoon; 663 undergraduates and 36 graduate students receive diplomas at Show Me Center exercises. The 1994 version of Cape Girardeau Riverfest T-shirt is on sale through Riverfest Association; white shirts feature full-color print caricature of spirited river pirate dancing jig around Cape Girardeau's downtown clock...
Unfit for office (05/07/04)
By John O'Neill ~ From The Wall Street Journal HOUSTON -- In 1971, I debated John Kerry, then a national spokesman for the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, for 90 minutes on "The Dick Cavett Show." The key issue in that debate was Mr. Kerry's claim that American troops were committing war crimes in Vietnam "on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command."...
Medicare drug cards (05/07/04)
The first phase-in of the Medicare prescription plan authorized by Congress has arrived. Prescription discount cards are available, and individuals who are eligible for them will want to carefully weigh all their options, probably with assistance and information from sources readily available to them...
Iraqi insurgents have media ally (05/07/04)
To the editor: A lot has been said about how our soldiers treated a few Iraqi prisoners. The liberal press has reported a whole lot of things negatively. With all the resources they have for covering the Iraq situation, you would think the media could find at least one instance of our people doing something good over there...
Jackson Indians honor ancestors (05/07/04)
To the editor: My great-grandmother was a Cherokee Indian who was dropped off in the Trail of Tears march. I am very proud of my Indian heritage. I am also a Jackson Indian (Class of 1945) and am proud to be one. I believe that calling the Jackson team "Indians" is a compliment to my ancestors instead of any kind of insult. I hope the name will not be changed...
Autism stories provided comfort (05/07/04)
To the editor: The articles on autism were great. As a parent of a boy with autism, it is nice to know I am not alone and sad that there are so many. Please keep us informed of anything new that can help or give some peace of mind. SHARILYN PAULS...
Ben Rushin story is about heroism (05/07/04)
To the editor: I just finished reading Bob Miller's story on Ben Rushin. I still have tears in my eyes as I am writing this note. I have known Ben and Richard Rushin for about year now. I met Richard through a mutual friend. I coach in the JAYF football league with the mutual friend. ...
Speak Out 05/07/04 (05/07/04)
Enthusiastic audience I TOTALLY disagree with Kathryn Alfisi's opinion that the Lipizzaner show was too long. I did not see people leaving, and the crowd was very enthusiastic about the performance until the very end. As for the performers getting treats, what would you give a horse for a wonderful performance? It was a great show...
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