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Jackson woman gets 20 years for arson in murder attempt (04/02/05)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Jackson woman who was convicted March 1 of arson, attempted murder and first-degree burglary will spend at least 17 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole. Circuit Judge David Dolan in Mississippi County Circuit Court followed the jury's recommendation on Friday and sentenced Tara McClanahan to 20 years for arson, 10 years for attempted murder and five years for burglary, according to assistant prosecuting attorney Jack Koester. ...
Guard major gives details on 1140th's time in Iraq (04/02/05)
While in Iraq for a year, the 1140th Engineer Battalion completed a litany of tasks, from vigorous patrolling to clearing roadside bombs from a main supply route, but Maj. Ed Gargas told a group of Cape Girardeau business leaders Friday what the most significant accomplishment was...
Litter elimination deadline set by local governments (04/02/05)
Local officials have vowed to lead a civic effort to rid their cities and the county of litter by July 4. Officials from the cities of Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Scott City and Cape Girardeau County set the deadline at a meeting Friday of the Anti-Litter Campaign Committee...
Educators of the year named by chamber of commerce (04/02/05)
Three veteran teachers, a rural school administrator and the international programs director for Southeast Missouri State University have been named winners of this year's educator of the year awards by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce. The winners will be officially recognized during the chamber's annual banquet May 5 at Drury Lodge. The educators will receive the Crystal Apple Award, $500 cash and a commemorative video...
Illinois coach finds himself among an accomplished group at Final Four (04/02/05)
Area coaches say lack of experience on big stage shouldn't hurt Weber. An argument about which of the Final Four coaches is the best could go on longer than the Final Four itself. An argument about which coach has the lightest resume wouldn't last long at all...
Local reaction to pope's passing (04/02/05)
As the world awaited word of Pope John Paul's imminent death, many area Catholics spent Friday praying for the pontiff's soul. As word of his kidney failure and labored breathing spread, church doors in Southeast Missouri were open so people could gather to pray. At St. Vincent de Paul Church in Cape Girardeau people gathered for a special evening prayer service...
Newspaper wins awards for autism series, other stories (04/02/05)
BRANSON, Mo. -- The Southeast Missourian took home one first-place, three second-place and two third-place awards at the annual Missouri APME News Writing Contest. The contest drew 200 entries from 18 newspapers and was judged by newspapers staffs from Nebraska. The awards were presented Friday in Branson at the APME's annual convention...
Redhawks look to shake losing ways vs. JSU (04/02/05)
With 24 scheduled Ohio Valley Conference games remaining, Southeast Missouri State baseball coach Mark Hogan knows it is way too early to panic. But Hogan also realizes it is never too early to right the ship -- and this weekend would be a perfect time...
Religion briefs 4/2/05 (04/02/05)
Today Gloryroad Travelers perform at 7 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church in Villa Ridge, Ill. Call (618) 995-2306. Chalk artist Randy Davis will speak at 7 tonight and at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday at East Cape Baptist Church in East Cape Girardeau, Ill...
Ingrained service (04/02/05)
Woodworking requires patience, the necessary tools, know-how, and the will to create and shape. The same can be said about dedicated Catholics eager to live a life of service. Paul Summers demonstrates these qualities while he works on his current project, a jewelry box for Jackson's Immaculate Conception Church auction in April. It is just one of the many woodworking projects he volunteers to undertake for churches and organizations in the community...
What's your escape from life's stress? (04/02/05)
I could scarcely wait until my day's activities were over when I could eat my evening meal and relax with my favorite television show. And I had quite a repertoire of them. Each night I shoved my concerns and work behind me, for just a while, and lived in a make-believe world. Then, one evening, my alluring coziness was disturbed by an uninvited insight...
Revenue chief- Vehicle license fees failing to pay for costs (04/02/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Because of a constitutional change voters approved last year, the Missouri Department of Revenue will no longer be able to retain sufficient revenue it collects from driver and vehicle licensing fees to cover its costs for issuing those licenses, the agency's director told a special commission reviewing the structure of state government on Friday...
Wife of suspect in trooper's killing charged with evidence tampering (04/02/05)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- The wife of a suspect in the killing of a state trooper was charged Friday with tampering with evidence in the case, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Coree Shockley, 23, of Van Buren, was being held at the Pemiscot County jail on $50,000 bond, said Sgt. Marty Elmore with the patrol. He said he could not provide additional details about the evidence tampering accusation...
Ex-national security adviser pleads guilty to taking classified material (04/02/05)
WASHINGTON -- Former national security adviser Sandy Berger, who once had unfettered access to the government's most sensitive secrets, pleaded guilty Friday to sneaking classified documents out of the National Archives, then using scissors to cut up some of them...
Though appointed by pope, cardinals not likely to elect a John Paul II copy (04/02/05)
The next pope will face a number of challenges, such as technological advances that conflict with Catholic teaching. Pope John Paul II has named nearly every cardinal who will elect his successor, but that does not mean the next pontiff will be just like him...
E. coli outbreak in Florida draws state scrutiny on petting zoo (04/02/05)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Shannon Smowton's trip to the fair should have ended with happy memories of carnival rides and cute farm animals. Instead, the 5-year-old is clinging to life, her kidneys under attack from the E. coli infection she apparently caught at the fair...
Jobless rate drops despite slow hiring (04/02/05)
WASHINGTON -- It's a bumpy road that America's unemployed are traveling. Just a month after hopes were raised of better days for job seekers, companies were stung by higher energy bills, making them more cautious in their hiring. Only 110,000 new jobs, the fewest in eight months, were added nationally in March. Still, that was enough to push the unemployment rate down...
Terri Schiavo's husband, family plan separate funerals (04/02/05)
TAMPA, Fla. -- The medical examiner completed the autopsy of Terri Schiavo on Friday, clearing the way for the release of the body to her husband, who plans to cremate her remains and bury the ashes without telling his in-laws when or where. Results of the autopsy may not be released for several weeks, the medical examiner's office said. Husband Michael Schiavo hopes the autopsy will settle questions about her medical condition, but experts differ on whether that will happen...
Chicken entrepreneur Frank Perdue dies (04/02/05)
BALTIMORE -- Frank Perdue, who built one of the world's biggest chicken companies by appearing in TV commercials that seemed to play off his remarkable resemblance to the product he sold, has died at 84. Perdue, who died Thursday at his home in Salisbury, was one of the first CEOs to pitch his own product on television in 1971, turning on the down-home charm as he delivered his famous line, "It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken."...
Nation digest 04/02/05 (04/02/05)
FBI: Explosives found where Terry Nichols lived; Data delay threatens May launch daye for shuttle; Ex-Connecticut governor reports to federal prison; British firm sues for $2.6 million for flu shots; Tribal chairman says he won't resign, defends son
World digest 04/02/05 (04/02/05)
Zimbabwe's ruling party secures majority; 13 arrested in Madrid bombing investigation; Clerics encourage Iraqis to join security forces; Cholera epidemic threatens Congo region; Quake aid effort shifts from rescue to relief
Praying for a dying pope (04/02/05)
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II was near death as dawn approached earlier today, his breathing shallow and his heart and kidneys failing, the Vatican said. Millions of faithful around the world paid homage, many weeping as they knelt with bowed heads, others carrying candles in prayer for the 84-year-old pontiff...
Jackson baseball improves to 3-0 (04/02/05)
Jackson's baseball team improved to 3-0 with an 11-2 rout of SEMO Conference foe New Madrid County Central at home Friday. Jason Meystedt had a big game for the Indians, picking up a complete game win to go along with three hits, two home runs and four RBIs. Meystedt allowed five hits, struck out five and walked two on the mound...
Robinson released by Mets despite strong numbers (04/02/05)
Kerry Robinson is frustrated but hopeful that things will work out for the best. Robinson, a former Southeast Missouri State baseball star who has spent parts of six seasons in the major leagues, was released on Thursday by the New York Mets despite having an impressive spring...
Rams' Little acquitted of DWI (04/02/05)
The Associate Press CLAYTON, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams' defense end Leonard Little was found innocent of drunken driving Friday by a St. Louis County Circuit jury. Jurors ruled that Little, 30, was speeding at the time of his arrest April 24 on Interstate 64 in the St. Louis suburb Ladue. He will be sentenced on that charge May 6...
St. Louis fills the air with Final Four scent (04/02/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The love of college basketball added a carnival flair to this city Friday, as thousands of hoops fans arrived to celebrate the Final Four. Piano players performed fight songs at the airport, while kids practiced their best shots at nets set up in the convention center...
Illinois, Louisville will match guards in semi (04/02/05)
ST. LOUIS -- They shoot, they score, they pass, they even rebound. If it seems like guards are everywhere whenever Louisville or Illinois play, it's because they are. Luther Head, Deron Williams and Dee Brown are the ones who make the Illini tick. Francisco Garcia, Taquan Dean and Larry O'Bannon do the same for the Cardinals...
Orioles snap tie in ninth, defeat Cards (04/02/05)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Bruce Chen finished off a scoreless spring and locked up a spot in the Baltimore Orioles' rotation in the process. Chen pitched five scoreless innings and Luis Matos drove in the winning run with a triple in the ninth inning as the Orioles beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Friday night...
Dodgers put Gagne on DL; Yanks' Brown leaves early (04/02/05)
Kevin Brown's fickle back is acting up again for the New York Yankees, just in time for the regular season. Eric Gagne's elbow isn't doing much better. The Los Angeles Dodgers placed their closer on the 15-day disabled list Friday night with a sprained right elbow. Gagne felt soreness in the elbow -- the same one repaired with Tommy John surgery in 1995 -- after Thursday's game...
Sports briefs 4/2/05 (04/02/05)
College * Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun has been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, The Associated Press learned Friday. Calhoun was told Thursday that he was elected, according to a source close to the coach who spoke on condition of anonymity. Calhoun was one of 16 finalists for this year's class, which will be formally announced Monday at the Final Four in St. Louis...
Schiavo's death becomes full-time topic for networks (04/02/05)
Terri Schiavo's last breath caused barely a pause in the national conversation over life and death that has preoccupied television news networks for the past few weeks. CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC covered the story without interruption on Thursday from the time Schiavo's death became known shortly before 9 a.m. until midafternoon, when their gaze shifted upon news that Pope John Paul II's condition had worsened...
'Nightline' after Koppel (04/02/05)
NEW YORK -- After 25 years, ABC News' "Nightline" is about to learn whether there is life after Ted Koppel. Or is it? The much-honored late-night news program will lose the only anchor it has ever had at the end of the year. Koppel said Thursday he will end his 42-year career when his contract expires in December...
Dortha Smith (04/02/05)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Dortha Louise Smith, 82, of East Prairie, died Friday April 1, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 10, 1923, at New Madrid, Mo., daughter of Riley and Enoma Barker Givens. She and Eugene W. Smith were married Nov. 20, 1937, and he died June 3, 1996...
Douglas Koehler (04/02/05)
Douglas L. Koehler, 52, of Jackson died Friday, April 1, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Ronnie Tinsley (04/02/05)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Ronnie Tinsley, 55, of Mounds died Friday, April 1, 2005, at his home. Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
Otis Rushing (04/02/05)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Otis James "Buddy" Rushing, 41, of Decatur, Ind., died Thursday, March 31, 2005, in Chaffee. He was born Dec. 19, 1963, in Cape Girardeau, son of Russell Gene and Judy Ann Keller Rushing. Rushing was a computer software developer in Fort Wayne, Ind...
Norma Abernathy (04/02/05)
LONGTOWN, Mo. -- Norma K. Abernathy, 89, of Granite City, Ill., formerly of Longtown, died Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at St. Sophia Nursing Center in Florissant, Mo. She was born April 14, 1915, at Gideon, Mo., daughter of Cleveland and Maude Jaynes Tidwell. She and Howard Abernathy were married May 26, 1938. He died Aug. 8, 1969...
Carolyn Linhart (04/02/05)
Carolyn Sue Linhart, 58, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, March 31, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Dec. 11, 1946, in East Prairie, Mo., daughter of William David and Pearline Mae Davis Hannah. She and Jerry L. Linhart were married May 29, 1965, in East Prairie. He died July 10, 2001...
Jimmie Bogle (04/02/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Jimmie Lee Bogle, 65, of Sikeston died Friday, April 1, 2005, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born Oct. 3, 1939, in Letona, Ark., son of Carlos and Sybil King Bogle. He and Sue Early were married May 16, 1964, at Morehouse, Mo...
Police reports 4/2/05 (04/02/05)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Friday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt: DWIs * Larry C. Cordill, 34, 925 N. West End Blvd., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and obstructing the flow of traffic...
Fire reports 4/2/05 (04/02/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: * At 3:03 p.m., medical assist at 4210 Route K. * At 6:22 p.m., medical assist at 216 Hillview St. Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: * At 1:10 a.m., citizen assist at 1400 S. West End Blvd...
Out of the past 4/2/05 (04/02/05)
25 years ago: April 2, 1980 A near-perfect spring day and a red-carpet greeting welcomes the Delta Queen and its special passengers to Cape Girardeau; the historic steamer debarks about 170 Stanford University alumni taking part in its "College on the Mississippi River" travel study program for tours of the city's points of interest...
A boost for Cape schools (04/02/05)
If you want a big dose of enthusiasm to get you going some morning, call Angie Bender, the executive director of the Cape Girardeau Public Schools Foundation. Bender has been working hard to inform the community about the "new" and "reorganized" foundation. Her efforts, along with foundation board members and many financial supporters, have paid off handsomely for 11 teachers who recently found out their applications for classroom grants had been approved...
Show a little empathy for elders (04/02/05)
To the editor: I continue to read irate letters from Cape Girardeau residents regarding seniors. I can't believe that someone is complaining about a senior taking 60 seconds to cross an intersection at a crosswalk and then getting into a car and driving off. Can't you take 60 seconds to let someone cross the street? I would hope that someday when this person is a senior that someone will show you the courtesy of being a good citizen...
Hypocrisy and shameless pandering (04/02/05)
To the editor: Regarding Terri Schiavo: President Bush wants all Americans protected and honored? Unless they can't afford medical care, are sentenced to death or are somehow connected with terrorism, I suppose. His hypocrisy and shameless pandering to the religious right knows no bounds. ...
Congratulations on volunteer honor (04/02/05)
To the editor: Terri Foley, fellow board members of the Cape River Heritage Museum wish to congratulate you in achieving the volunteer of the year sward at the Old Town Cape annual dinner. We are proud of you. MARJORIE THOMPSON, President, Cape River Heritage Museum, Cape Girardeau...
Speak Out 4/2/05 (04/02/05)
Canine souvenirs; Smoking choices; Hidden newspaper; Amazing sight; Fountain donations; No-smoking only; Litter perspective; Loss of control; Road spending; Making up snow days; Pleasant experience; Cut the fat; Wholesome place; Reasonable fines; Flapping mailbox doors
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