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Three Rivers, SEMO quibble over paper (04/08/05)
The dispute between Three Rivers Community College and Southeast Missouri State University took an even nastier tone on Thursday. Three Rivers staff at the Crisp Bootheel Education Center in Malden, Mo., leveled accusations that they were denied necessary supplies for the learning environment by Southeast staff at the centers...
Country cutups (04/08/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ray Sauer is walking around the performing arts hall at the Perry Park Center dressed to kill. He's wearing gaudy overalls decorated with yellow cartoon chicken heads. A straw hat with an upturned brim, like the kind in illustrations of Huckleberry Finn, sits atop his head as he goes around talking to about a dozen country cutups backstage...
River City Players bring 'Harvey' to life (04/08/05)
Lots of people know the movie adaptation of the play "Harvey," starring Jimmy Stewart, and likely for good reason. The material the screenwriters had to adapt from was golden. Simply put, the play "Harvey" by Mary Chase is an extraordinary piece of writing...
Two Malden residents killed in crash (04/08/05)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Two Malden, Mo., residents were killed Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash near Poplar Bluff, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The accident occurred on Highway 53, eight miles south of Poplar Bluff, when a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Nena Rivers was struck head-on by a vehicle driven by 71-year-old Earl Oswell. Oswell was attempting to pass and Rivers was coming in the opposite lane...
MoDOT awards contracts for road improvements (04/08/05)
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded three contracts Wednesday to improve roads in Southeast Missouri. The commission awarded a $7.12 million contract to Apex Paving Co. of Cape Girardeau to resurface 16 miles of Interstate 55 from Fruitland to Scott City. ...
Local students prepare for the end of the pope (04/08/05)
Jordan Janet was a sixth-grader when he saw Pope John Paul II during a 1999 visit to St. Louis. Even then, the Catholic leader's hands trembled and his shoulders stooped. "He was a leader and a role model to follow. It was hard for me to watch him when his health failed," said Janet, now a senior at Notre Dame Regional High School...
Inaccurate information provided about Jackson drug-related arrests (04/08/05)
The Jackson Police Department provided inaccurate information to the Southeast Missourian regarding recent drug-related arrests, Capt. Bob Bonney said Thursday. The police department provided a list to the newspaper as evidence of its increased drug enforcement within the city limits. The article about drug enforcement as well as the list appeared in Tuesday's edition...
Gas-pain forecast (04/08/05)
WASHINGTON -- The Energy Department projects high gasoline prices and $50-plus crude oil at least through next year as producers struggle to keep up with demand. The department said Thursday it expects gasoline prices to average $2.35 a gallon nationwide in May, the dawn of the summer driving season. Motorists paid an average of $2.22 a gallon last week, 44 cents more than a year ago...
Kohl's in Cape joins national expansion (04/08/05)
In between shuffling from clothing to jewelry and back to clothes again, Jessica James was pleasantly surprised on her first trip to Kohl's Thursday, the grand opening day for Cape Girardeau's newest big-name department store. "It's better than I thought," said the Jackson resident, who was shopping for her three children. "I thought it'd be smaller. They also have a lot more variety. This one seems to have good sales, and I really like the way the store's set up."...
Post office plans return to original site in Cape (04/08/05)
The U.S. Postal Service has purchased the Cape Girardeau post office building it vacated a year ago and plans to move back in by September once the building is renovated. The Postal Service plans to replace the roof and the electrical and lighting systems in the 18,000-square-foot building at 320 N. Frederick St. before reopening it as a post office, postmaster Mike Keefe said Thursday...
Medicaid graphic (04/08/05)
A look at how area lawmakers voted How Southeast Missouri's House delegation voted on SB 539, which overhauls the state Medicaid program. The bill was sent to the governor Thursday on an 89-69 vote: Lanie Black, R-Charleston No Otto Bean, R-Holcomb No...
Anheuser-Busch launches watermelon 'malternative' (04/08/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Anheuser-Busch on Wednesday launched another flavor in its Bacardi Silver lineup, hoping the watermelon-tinged brew will give a warm-weather boost to a company with suddenly sluggish sales. Bacardi Silver Watermelon is the latest flavored malt beverage, or "malternative," in the Bacardi Silver line introduced three years ago. ...
Committee budget plan gives boost to schools (04/08/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The House Budget Committee signed off Thursday night on a roughly $19 billion budget plan that would boost school spending while cutting some health-care services for the fiscal year that begins in July. Highlights of the legislation include $4.8 billion for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, a roughly $76 million increase from the 2005 budget. ...
Medicaid overhaul passes to governor after legislative OK (04/08/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Two Bootheel Republicans broke with their party and Gov. Matt Blunt on Thursday to oppose a Medicaid overhaul bill that authorizes the elimination or reduction of health-care services for many low-income Missourians. After two days of debate in which Democrats branded the proposal as "cruel" and "immoral," the GOP-led House of Representatives passed it 89-69. ...
Painkiller off market; warnings urged on others (04/08/05)
WASHINGTON -- Doctors are bracing for a flood of confused patients wondering what painkillers are safe, now that the government is ordering scarier warning labels on popular prescription brands. At issue: whether anti-inflammatory medicines called NSAIDs -- the backbone of U.S. pain treatment -- raise the risk heart attacks and strokes, particularly when taken at high doses or for long periods of time...
Government- Gas prices will go higher (04/08/05)
WASHINGTON -- There's pump shock at every corner gas station, with prices well over $2 a gallon and still rising. And the government says you had better get used to it. The Energy Department projects high gasoline prices and $50-plus crude oil at least through next year as producers struggle to keep up with demand...
Leftover low-carb bars going to food banks (04/08/05)
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. -- A surplus of diet food for the overweight has been a boon for the hungry in Appalachia. Once hot and trendy, low-carb Atkins diet foods that never got sold are being shipped to food banks. Since September, 14 truckloads of Atkins nutritional bars, shakes and breakfast mixes have been sent to charities that hand out free food...
Retail spending, weather mix March sales reports (04/08/05)
NEW YORK -- The nation's retailers struggled with mixed sales in March as cold weather kept many shoppers indoors, but analysts said consumers' willingness to spend nonetheless appeared robust. As stores released their sales figures Thursday, heavyweights Wal-Mart Stores Inc. ...
DaimlerChrysler wins in court (04/08/05)
DETROIT -- A federal court ruled Thursday in favor of U.S.-German automaker DaimlerChrysler AG in a high-profile securities lawsuit that pitted billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian against the company. Kerkorian sued DaimlerChrysler for more than $1 billion, claiming DaimlerBenz engineered a takeover of Chrysler Corp. in 1998, then cheated him out of an acquisition fee...
Two killed, four wounded during crime spree (04/08/05)
LAUREL, Del. -- A man wearing a bulletproof vest killed two people and wounded four others Thursday during a shooting rampage in Maryland and Delaware before police arrested him, authorities said. Police said the suspect also carjacked a vehicle, shot and killed a dog and rammed a SUV into a chain-link fence and over a utility meter during the crime spree. ...
Pope (04/08/05)
VATICAN CITY -- Millions gathered earlier today to be a part of one of the largest Western religious gatherings of modern times, conducted with the pomp of an ancient liturgy and attended by royalty. But Pope John Paul II, who died last Saturday, had doubts about continuing in his role as long as he did, according to his last will and testament published Thursday. ...
Official: Israel will transfer Gaza Strip settlements (04/08/05)
JERUSALEM -- Israel will transfer Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip to the Palestinians intact, the defense minister decided Thursday, reversing an earlier plan to destroy all homes during this summer's withdrawal. The decision, which would need Cabinet approval, was made in a meeting with top Israeli security officials. ...
Iraqi prime minister named despite flubbed ceremony (04/08/05)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqis have been waiting for weeks, but nearly everyone missed the big event Thursday: the naming of the man who will lead the country's first democratically elected government in a half century. Jalal Talabani, a prominent Kurd just sworn in as interim president, had been expected to announce at the end of his inauguration speech that the President's Council selected Shiite Arab leader Ibrahim al-Jaafari to be prime minister...
Security Council OKs probe into Lebanese leader's slaying (04/08/05)
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to authorize an international investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The resolution -- co-sponsored by the United States, France and Britain -- urged the independent commission to complete its work in three months but gave Secretary-General Kofi Annan authority to extend its mandate for another three months if necessary...
Zalma hires coach; Bell City looking (04/08/05)
Zalma will have a new basketball coach for 2005-06, while Bell City still is searching for the replacement for coach and athletic director David Heeb. Zalma named Ryan Harmon, the junior varsity and junior high basketball coach who is completing his first year at the school, as the replacement for Dwyght Ford...
Lindmann earns medalist, but Central wins meet (04/08/05)
Notre Dame's Will Lindman was the medalist with a 2-over-par 37 in a three-team meet Thursday with Jackson and Central at Kimbeland Country Club. Central won the meet with a 160, followed by Jackson (167) and Notre Dame (174). Central's Blake Driskell was the only other golfer to break 40, finishing with a 39 on a wet and windy day...
Kinder excels in Tigers' loss to Nerinx Hall (04/08/05)
Hannah Kinder is the kind of person Central girls swimming coach Dayna Powell likes having on the team. "She's a great teammate," Powell said. "She's concerned about others on the team. She's very unassuming and encouraging to others." It doesn't hurt that Kinder also has the kind of talent which may lead to some all-state honors in this, her sophomore season...
Coming to a breakfast table near you (04/08/05)
ST. LOUIS -- In a career filled with firsts, St. Louis Cardinals star Albert Pujols made room for another on Thursday. Pujols, the only player in major league history to hit .300 with 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and 100 runs in each of his first four seasons, now graces the cover of a Wheaties box with his power-stroke follow-through...
Cards alter tickets to combat conterfeits (04/08/05)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals have already sold a franchise-record 2.7 million tickets for the final season at Busch Stadium, and that demand has prompted the NL champions to redesign tickets aimed at avoiding fraud. Missouri attorney general Jay Nixon joined team president Mark Lamping at a news conference Thursday, a day before the home opener. Nixon said there were several "issues" involving ticket scalpers at the World Series...
Wet 'n' wild at Augusta (04/08/05)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Opening Day at the Masters brought some familiar sights Thursday-- first the rain, then the names atop the leaderboard that included defending champion Phil Mickelson and world No. 1 Vijay Singh. But don't get the idea this was just another typical day at Augusta National...
Opening act, closing act (04/08/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Mark Mulder pitches the third game of the season for the Cardinals tonight, and it'll be every bit as big of an occasion as opening day. The 17-game winner, the team's biggest offseason acquisition, gets to pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies amid the pomp and circumstance of the home opener...
Fueled by Yankees' spending, baseball salaries reach record (04/08/05)
NEW YORK -- Baseball's big-money boom pushed the average salary to a record $2.6 million on opening day, and the New York Yankees' payroll of just under $200 million topped five teams combined. Following a rare drop from 2003 to 2004, the average climbed 5.9 percent to $2.63 million, according to a study by The Associated Press...
Some complaints are fun (04/08/05)
The phone rang Thursday morning. On the other end was a Lovely Lady -- I could tell she was lovely by the way she stated her case. Folks who call the editor usually have a complaint. And folks who are complaining tend to be on the -- How should I put this? -- grumpy side...
Possible causes of unintended acceleration (04/08/05)
Dear Tom and Ray: Do you know of any sudden-acceleration problems with Subaru vehicles? My 2004 Outback suddenly accelerated, on its own, while my foot was on the brake. I had to stand on the brake to avoid surging ahead into traffic. It continued at super-high revs when placed in Park, then subsided on its own. ...
American economy car (04/08/05)
srobertson Chevy Cobalt ready to battle imports If you are one of those car shoppers browsing in the "high value" market (translation: inexpensive), and you can't stand the thought of buying anything but American, I've got a car for you. It's brand new, it has most of the gee-whiz engineering gizmos, it's very well built, and it flies Old Glory with pride. ...
Making a scene on Rage 103.7 (04/08/05)
6 p.m. on a weekday night, and Southeast Missouri State University's student radio station, Rage 103.7, is about to do something it does 24 times a day -- something other local radio stations won't. A voice comes over the air, announcing to listeners they're about to hear a band they won't hear on commercial rock stations. "It's the local spotlight on Minds Above," says the voice...
Everybody's a critic: 'Sin City' (04/08/05)
There should be a new rating added for this movie: "D" for dumb. The poorly done opening scenes and credits are just a prelude of what is to come. There are three rambling stories that make no sense, nudity that adds absolutely nothing to the movie and blood that doesn't look like blood...
At the theaters 4/8/05 (04/08/05)
NEW AT THE THEATERS 'Fever Pitch' Starring Jimmy Fallon, Drew Barrymore, Lenny Clarke, Jack Kehler and James B. Sikking. A successful young woman falls for a man she thinks is the perfect guy. The only catch? He's a little bit obsessed with the Boston Red Sox. Rated PG-13- for crude and sexual humor, and some sensuality, running time 104 minutes. (Cape West Cine)...
Artifacts 4/8/2005 (04/08/05)
Dinner theater performances at Cape Christian School...
Banking on God: TV networks are placing new faith in religious programming (04/08/05)
LOS ANGELES The Gospel according to Mel, as the TV industry views it, is that religion sells. With Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" ranked among the 10 highest-grossing movies ever and with glowing visions of "The Da Vinci Code" profits before them, TV networks are embracing a newfound faith...
Rock howl offers an eclectic mix of area bands this evening (04/08/05)
the Cape Girardeau music scene is ready to proclaim its presence with a triumphant rock howl tonight, as several area bands team up for an all-ages show at the Arena Building. The show begins at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by Rage 103.7 and OFF! magazine, with help from Shivelbine's music store...
Stanley Brown (04/08/05)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Stanley Edward Brown, 80, of Chaffee died Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 23, 1924, at Herculaneum, Mo., son of Robert and Mary Idell Tripp Brown. He and Wanda Lorse were married July 18, 1952. She died Feb. 22, 2005...
Ruby Wilkins (04/08/05)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Ruby Lee Wilkins, 75, of Tamms died Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at her home. Friends may call Saturday from noon until time of service at Second Baptist Church. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, with James Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Spencer Heights Memorial Park in Mounds, Ill...
Anna Arnold (04/08/05)
Anna Marie Arnold, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, April 7, 2005, at her home. She was born Oct. 17, 1928, in St. Louis, daughter of Lawrence and Anna Marie Ollinger Watson. She and Nathan Lindy Arnold were married Oct. 15, 1946, in Richmond, Calif...
Alita Rice (04/08/05)
Alita Ann Rice, 64, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Nov. 29, 1940, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Omer J. and Margaret M. Rush Shell. She and Harold L. "Bill" Rice were married Aug. 12, 1984, in California. He died April 3, 2005...
Darrell Beard (04/08/05)
Darrell L. Beard, 64, of Gordonville died Thursday, April 7, 2005, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 29, 1940, in Bollinger County, Mo., son of William W. "Bill" and Melba L. Jackson Beard. He and Kay D. Jacobs were married Dec. 26, 1963. She died July 19, 1993. He and Anne Evans were married May 29, 1994...
Earline Dickson (04/08/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Earline Dickson, 97, of Sikeston died Thursday, April 7, 2005, at Miner Nursing Center. She was born Oct. 7, 1907, in Brownsville, Texas, daughter of James Pickens and Annie Perry Jones. She and Robert J. Dickson were married Nov. 28, 1926, in Sikeston. He died Dec. 1, 1994...
Shirley Hottinger (04/08/05)
Shirley Marie Hottinger, 69, of Jackson died Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at her home. She was born Oct. 11, 1935, in Mounds, Ill., daughter of Robert Howard and Hattie Marie Boren Johnson. She and Buddy Hottinger were married July 21, 1964. He died Oct. 17, 2003...
Births 4/8/2005 (04/08/05)
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Fire report 04/08/05 (04/08/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items Wednesday: <li> At 8:13 p.m., an emergency medical service at 1256 Linden St. <li> At 8:53 p.m., a citizen assist at 611 S. West End Blvd. <li> At 9:25 p.m., an alarm sounding at 435 N. Frederick St...
Police reports 4/8/2005 (04/08/05)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items on Thursday. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI <li> Carl J. Cummings, 21, 2830 Whitener, Apt. 4, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests <li> Kittrel E. Braselman, 42, 507 S. Ellis St., was arrested on a Perry County warrant for failing to appear on a seat belt violation...
Out of the past 4/8/05 (04/08/05)
25 years ago: April 8, 1980 Emphasizing what he calls "a need for absolute secrecy," Circuit Judge Stanley A. Grimm yesterday impaneled the first county grand jury to be called in 11 years; Grimm called the grand jury to investigate the county sheriff's department...
The eternal and the new (04/08/05)
With this morning's funeral for Pope John Paul II, another chapter in religious history has ended. Now the attention of the Roman Catholic church turns to the 117 cardinals who are eligible to vote in the conclave, which begins April 18, to elect the successor to St. Peter, the church's first pope...
Those in need should be heard (04/08/05)
To the editor: Rod Jetton, speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives, is on record as being in favor of drastic cuts to Medicaid. Interestingly, it has just come to light that Jetton was on Medicaid at one time. It gave him that extra security for him to go to college and become what he feels is a productive citizen. Now, he seems to feel that people in the same situation don't deserve the same opportunity...
Contact senators about drug bill (04/08/05)
To the editor: Once again the federal government has shown just how much influence the pharmaceutical industry has over it. Senate Bill 3 uses the war on terrorism to further the interests of the already powerful pharmaceutical industry, and our government seems more than willing to accommodate them...
Put Jackson schools in same area (04/08/05)
To the editor: On the Jackson School District bond issue: It seems to me that the district should work on building a new school away from the old rundown school. It would be best if all the schools were in the same area so buses would not be running in circles. It seems like a lot of money to spend on that old building...
Unbiased poll favors protecting life (04/08/05)
To the editor: It's now been shown that the polls that were widely reported in the mainstream media leading up to Terri Schiavo's death were biased polls with leading questions. Why aren't we hearing about that? The latest unbiased polling from Zogby shows the nation clearly supporting Terri and her parents and wanting to protect the lives of other disabled patients. ...
Speak Out 4/8/2005 (04/08/05)
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