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Stories from Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Bill targets insurance rates for rural doctors (04/19/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A proposal by some Southeast Missouri lawmakers intended to lower medical malpractice insurance rates for rural doctors has been added to a larger bill on insurance reform. The Republican-sponsored insurance bill is a companion measure to legislation Gov. ...
Accident involving lime spill causes traffic delay (04/19/05)
ST. MARY, Mo. -- A tractor trailer carrying lime overturned on Route M in Perry County Monday, causing traffic to be closed for several hours. The one-vehicle accident occurred at about 7 a.m. and the highway didn't open up again until after 1 p.m. when the lime, not considered a hazardous material, was cleaned up. No one was injured in the accident, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said...
Sikeston fugitive caught in Mexico (04/19/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Almost seven years after he murdered his wife, Louise, Richard Yang was captured in an international effort by China, Mexico and the United States. Yang was apprehended by the FBI's Legal Attache Friday evening in Ciudad Guzman, about 75 miles south of Guadalajara, Mexico, after someone who knew Yang told authorities of his identity...
Authorities claim Cape Girardeau man abused girl, 6 (04/19/05)
A Cape Girardeau man was in the Cape Girardeau County Jail Monday afternoon facing three counts of first-degree statutory sodomy. Jeffrey Daniel Anderson, 26, allegedly molested the 6-year-old daughter of his live-in girlfriend, according to police and prosecutors...
Jackson saves $107,000 with bond refinancing (04/19/05)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen saved the city $107,000 over the next 10 years by voting to refinance electric system refunding revenue bonds Monday night. That's about 2.8 percent of the outstanding principal of the Series 2000 electric revenue bonds...
Cape will ask for extension of sales tax (04/19/05)
Cape Girardeau voters will decide Aug. 2 whether to extend the city's half-cent transportation sales tax for another five years to fund road projects in a city that will hold a bicentennial celebration next year. The city council said it plans to celebrate the 200th anniversary of when the town was first platted...
Regents to consider proposal to raise student fees (04/19/05)
Southeast Missouri State University closed its old swimming pool less than three years ago and turned it into new quarters for the campus printing office. Now student leaders and the administration of school president Ken Dobbins want to build a new one...
In touch with young fans (04/19/05)
KELSO, Mo. -- About 30 fifth- through eighth-grade students in the gym at St. Augustine School Monday were star-struck to see the author of their favorite adventure book series at their school. "I've read all her books, and I keep bugging her to write another," said sixth-grader Geanny Bradshaw...
Last new Oldsmobile in Cape Girardeau sold (04/19/05)
For more than 100 years, Oldsmobiles were the model mode of transportation for America's discerning middle class -- more expensive than Chevrolet and Pontiac, just a notch on the money belt below Cadillac and Buick. On Monday, that ended as Katina Koyle of Marble Hill, Mo., rolled away in her 2004 Oldsmobile Alero -- an event that marked the last time a new Oldsmobile will be sold in Cape Girardeau...
Women's basketball team taps Hungary for guard (04/19/05)
Southeast Missouri State University's latest women's basketball recruit will be playing a long way from home. Coach B.J. Smith announced Monday that Szandra Pal, a native of Budapest, Hungary, has signed a national letter of intent with the Redhawks. The 5-foot-8 guard will be a freshman at Southeast...
Getting lost on the way to the station (04/19/05)
I'm one of the Southeast Missouri March of Dimes Family Ambassador people. I became one by a fluke meeting with the former March of Dimes director late last year, and I'm happy to help promote awareness and prevention of birth defects and premature births. That's why I agreed to record a few radio advertisement snippets for the organization. Sounds simple, right? Yeah, I thought that, too. Let me tell you all about my radio experience...
Freud vs. Jung vs. 'Punk'd' (04/19/05)
Used to, I could spit one of these columns out in 45 minutes or less. These days, I've become so unmotivated to write for the paper only because I have to write so many other things for all my classes. So the spare time I do have, I spend watching reruns of "Punk'd" or washing my car -- only to get stuck behind a truck whose cargo usually consists of loose dirt...
For many students, college life begins in high school (04/19/05)
WASHINGTON -- After two years at Northland Pioneer College, many students are ready for a career or advanced university work -- and some of them aren't even finished with high school yet. The northeastern Arizona community college offers dual enrollment, which allows students in high schools to take courses for which they earn both college and high school credit. ...
Auto racing digest April 19 (04/19/05)
Simmons wins feature at Sikeston Drag Strip Ron Simmons of Cape Girardeau won the feature race, the Super Pro, at the Sikeston Drag Strip on April 9. Simmons ran an elapsed time of 6.009 seconds with a dial-in of 6.001. He averaged 113.89 mph with a reaction time of .564...
Kennett receiving state grant to aid revitalization (04/19/05)
KENNETT, Mo. -- During a speech at the Kennett Area Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt announced Monday that a state grant will assist the city of Kennett in economic projects. Blunt approved $400,000 for the city's downtown revitalization including the construction of a swimming pool made possible by donations from musician Sheryl Crow. ...
Jackson unveils new sanitation building (04/19/05)
City officials will unveil a new sanitation building Monday, meaning the sanitation department's trucks will now have a shelter. The six trucks have been parked outside since the May 6, 2003, tornado that destroyed the old building. The facility has 7,500 square feet of floor space for truck parking, storage, offices and a break room. ...
Cape Girardeau City Council action (04/19/05)
Consent ordinances (Second and third readings) * Accepted a receiver's deed from High Ridge Partners Inc. for the property at 2007 Southern Expressway. * Rezoned 2948 Bloomfield Road from residential to commercial. * Established a no-parking zone in front of the Red House on Main Street...
Learning briefs 4/19/05 (04/19/05)
McDonald gets president's leadership scholarship; Hoffstetter named to college Who's Who; Jackson student named to high school Who's Who; Two students inducted into honor society; District fair foundation offers scholarship; Berea College names siblings to dean's list; Students inducted into honor society chapter; Jenkins makes fall dean's list at Collins College; Southeast student heads up nursing association
Southeast golfers four shots off lead (04/19/05)
DECATUR, Ala. -- Southeast Missouri State began its final golf competition well as the Redhawks are tied for third place after Monday's first round of the 54-hole Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. Southeast, which is dropping its golf program following this season due to budget cuts, shot 291 at the Burningtree Golf Course to trail by four strokes...
Relatives of suspect in trooper slaying face new charges (04/19/05)
Three relatives of a man charged with killing a Missouri state trooper are accused of related counts, ranging from showing up at the prosecutor's house -- ostensibly to intimidate him -- to perjury and evidence tampering. Lance Shockley, 28, of Van Buren, was charged March 29 with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the ambush shooting nine days earlier of patrol Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham Jr. outside the trooper's home near Van Buren...
No bids for cloth from Lincoln's coat (04/19/05)
ST. LOUIS -- A day after drawing no bids for a cloth swatch he claims came from the coat President Lincoln wore the night he was assassinated, George St. Pierre wasn't blaming the $1 million minimum selling price for his failure to close a deal. The eastern Missouri man who bought the postage stamp-sized scrap for just $10 at a secondhand store in 1987 suspected Monday that he simply didn't make the sale on proving its authenticity...
As museum opens, Lincoln fans await '09 (04/19/05)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- With the new Abraham Lincoln museum finished, the next big event for Lincoln fans comes in 2009 -- the 200th anniversary of his birth. The national Lincoln Bicentennial Commission is already making plans, from revamping the penny to sending teaching materials to schools across the country. Organizers also want to make sure southern states join in the celebration, despite any hard feelings left from the Civil War...
The fine points of proper behavior (04/19/05)
Sitting at an elegantly dressed dining table at a country club, 17-year-old Katie Allen can't decide what to do with the long green bean poised on her fork. The answer comes from the head of the table. "The faux pas would be to eat it like that," etiquette expert Joy Weaver said...
High court considers case where spouses disagree on allowing police searches (04/19/05)
WASHINGTON -- Scott Randolph didn't want police to search his home after officers showed up to answer his wife's domestic disturbance call. Mrs. Randolph had no such reservations. She not only let them in -- but led officers to evidence later used to charge Randolph with drug possession...
Farm-state lawmakers seek boost in ethanol production (04/19/05)
WASHINGTON -- Corn-based ethanol is being pumped into more gas tanks every year, and farm-state senators and a majority of governors want an even greater flow. They say an energy bill Republicans are pushing through the House this week does not go far enough to replace foreign oil with homegrown ethanol...
Ex-WorldCom chief Ebbers seeks new trial (04/19/05)
NEW YORK -- Former WorldCom chief Bernard Ebbers, who was convicted last month of orchestrating an $11 billion accounting fraud, asked for a new trial, citing unfair rulings by the judge. In court papers made public Monday, attorneys for Ebbers said U.S. District Judge Barbara Jones should have granted immunity to three former WorldCom executives who were reluctant to testify. The defense claims they could have helped prove Ebbers' innocence...
Nation/world digest 04/19/05 (04/19/05)
Rep. Henry Hyde says he will retire in 2006; Obelisk taken by dictator going back to Ethiopia; Israel's Sharon looks to delay in Gaza pullout; GOP takes in record $32 million in first quarter
Iraqi sweep turns up no hostages (04/19/05)
MADAIN, Iraq -- Hundreds of Iraqi security forces launched an operation Monday to root out Sunni insurgents at the tip of Iraq's "Triangle of Death," but found no hostages despite reports that up to 100 Shiites may have been seized. Iraqi forces fanned through the dusty streets of Madain and took positions on rooftops in the town south of Baghdad, while Sunni leaders dismissed the reports of a hostage crisis as a hoax...
No pope chosen in first vote; conclave will continue today (04/19/05)
VATICAN CITY -- Black smoke streamed from the Sistine Chapel's chimney Monday to signal that cardinals failed to select a new pope in their first round of voting, held just hours after they began their historic task: finding a leader capable of building on John Paul II's spiritual energy while keeping modern rifts from tearing deeper into the church...
Devils' Dooley outduels Cubs (04/19/05)
Chaffee freshman Steven Dooley earned his first varsity win on the mound with a one-hit performance as Chaffee edged host Bell City 3-1 on Monday. Dooley struck out 13 batters in seven innings. The Cubs' only hit came off the bat of Blaine Stewart on a misjudged fly ball...
Tigers, Bulldogs settle for 1-1 tie (04/19/05)
On paper, a girls soccer matchup between Central and Notre Dame would appear pretty even. Both teams entered Monday's game at Central coming off shutout losses to St. Louis area schools. On grass, after 100 minutes of play, the teams proved to be dead even...
Southeast' Heins finishes 102nd (04/19/05)
Many runners would probably be elated with finishing 102nd overall in the prestigious Boston Marathon, but Eric Heins had bigger ambitions. Heins, Southeast Missouri State's second-year cross country and assistant track coach, came away disappointed Monday after competing in the 109th edition of the world's oldest annual marathon...
Monday Night Football to make move to ESPN (04/19/05)
NEW YORK -- The NFL's "Monday Night Football," a hallmark of television sports programming since the days of Howard Cosell, is leaving ABC after 35 years for ESPN starting with the 2006 season. The NFL's new broadcast deal also brings football back to NBC for the first time in six years. NBC will take over the Sunday night games previously broadcast on ESPN, and plans to use a flexible scheduling model that ensures meaningful games will played in that slot late in the season...
Armstrong will retire after Tour de France (04/19/05)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Lance Armstrong is retiring after this year's Tour de France, ending a cycling career in which he inspired millions by overcoming testicular cancer to win his sport's signature event a record six straight times. Armstrong said he remains "fully committed" to winning his seventh straight Tour de France this year and is driven "by that dream to go out on top. That's a big deal to me."...
Mills loses two-year battle with cancer (04/19/05)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Small in stature, Sam Mills was a giant both on and off the football field. Told 5-foot-9 was too small to be a professional linebacker, teams didn't give him tryouts and agents refused to represent him. None of it stopped Mills, who went on to make five Pro Bowls in a stellar 12-year NFL career...
Ndereba keeps streak alive; Negussie ends Kenya's hold (04/19/05)
BOSTON -- Twenty-five years after Rosie Ruiz came out of nowhere to "win" the Boston Marathon, Catherine Ndereba staged a rally almost as improbable. Trailing by four football fields at the halfway point, the Kenyan known as "Catherine the Great" caught Elfenesh Alemu to win an unprecedented fourth women's title Monday, finishing in 2 hours, 25 minutes, 13 seconds...
Mulder shakes funk (04/19/05)
PITTSBURGH -- Mark Mulder finally ended a slide that began late last season. The Pittsburgh Pirates only wish they could. Mulder, the Cardinals' top offseason pickup, halted a personal nine-game winless streak by allowing two hits over eight innings to lead the Cardinals past the struggling Pirates 11-1 Monday night...
Sports briefs 4/19/05 (04/19/05)
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Martha could get us all in shape (04/19/05)
The headlines scream at us. We're told we're overweight and out of shape. We're told it's a health crisis. But it appears things aren't as bleak as we may have thought. After five months in prison, American entrepreneur Martha Stewart emerged thinner, wealthier and ready for prime-time television...
Seth MacFarlane is the master voice of 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad' (04/19/05)
LOS ANGELES -- He's a family man, evil infant, talking dog and sarcastic alien. Meet Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Fox's "Family Guy" and "American Dad," as well as the voice of many of the characters on the two witty and ribald animated series...
Oma Lurk (04/19/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Oma M. Lurk, 86, of Perryville died Sunday, April 17, 2005, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born May 15, 1918, in Perry County, Mo., daughter of Earl and Trula Griffaw Warren. She first married Lee Ernst, who died in 1961. She later married John Lurk. He died Nov. 13, 1997...
Mark Copeland (04/19/05)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Mark Copeland, 51, of Marble Hill died Monday, April 18, 2005, at his home. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Oma Brooks (04/19/05)
Oma L. Linebarger Brooks, 97, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, April 18, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Jan. 17, 1908, at Sedgewickville, Mo., daughter of James Edward and Ida May Cook Linebarger. She married Lloyd Given Brooks, who passed away in 1956...
James Ezzell (04/19/05)
BERTRAND, Mo. -- James H. Ezzell, 75, of Bertrand died Sunday, April 17, 2005, at his home. He was born March 27, 1930, in Red Bay, Ala., son of Charles and Effie Mitchell Ezzell. He and Helen Chandler were married April 8, 1953. Ezzell was a farmer and member of the United Methodist Church...
Shirley Reeves (04/19/05)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Shirley Bryant Reeves, 69, of Charleston died Saturday, April 16, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 7, 1935, in Diehlstadt, Mo., daughter of Paul and Stella Bryant. She and Byron "Barney" Reeves were married April 18, 1954...
Leona Bucher (04/19/05)
Leona N. Bucher, 92, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, April 17, 2005, at her home. She was born Feb. 9, 1913, at New Hamburg, Mo., daughter of Albert and Mary Uhrhan Goetz. She and Frank Joseph Bucher were married Aug. 5, 1930, at New Hamburg. He died Nov. 6, 1986...
Lee Goodwin (04/19/05)
Lee "LA" Goodwin, 63, of Jonesboro, Ark., died Sunday, April 17, 2005, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro. He was born in Cape Girardeau, son of Roy E. and Dixie Fulenwider Goodwin. He grew up in Jackson, moving to St. Louis in the late 1950s...
Births 4/19/05 (04/19/05)
Ybarra; Biri; Held; Saputo; Mewhirter; Morris
Police reports 4/19/05 (04/19/05)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items Monday. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs * Andre C. Rogers, 19, of Pulaski, Ill., was issued a summons on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. * Mark E. Sitek, 20, of Fenton, Mo., was issued a summons on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
Fire reports 4/19/05 (04/19/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: * At 8:14 p.m., a still alarm in the 600 block of South Pacific Street. Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: * At 2:12 a.m., emergency medical service in the 2000 block of South Plaza Way...
Out of the past 4/19/05 (04/19/05)
25 years ago: April 19, 1980 In a move designed to make more money available in the Cape Girardeau housing market, First Federal Savings and Loan has initiated a policy in which -- on assumed loans only -- the difference is divided between the present 16 percent interest rate and the interest rate of the loan being assumed...
Replacing Medicaid (04/19/05)
The runaway cost of providing health care and special services to the needy was illustrated again in Jefferson City with the Missouri Legislature's recent approval of a supplemental spending bill. Supplemental spending occurs when state programs cost more than appropriated funding...
Tax savings for some seniors (04/19/05)
To the editor: The recent letters from seniors not voting for the Jackson School District bond issue failed to recognize that if their total income was approximately $25,000 or less, some or all of their increased property tax would have been refunded by the Missouri Property Tax Credit program. This also applies to senior renters. I hope they reconsider their vote the next time...
Disappointed with Republicans (04/19/05)
To the editor: I served in the Missouri Senate plus time in the House of Representatives for 12 1/2 years. I am a Republican. I cannot go out of my front door without having someone discuss with me Gov. Matt Blunt's actions regarding Medicaid. I will not discuss it here, for I know what I would say would be repetitive of what the governor already knows...
Remember those who need help (04/19/05)
To the editor: I think of the problems facing children, seniors and the disabled and wonder where it all started. I remember the love-ins of the 1960s and the anti-war demonstrations. So I wonder what happened. I guess we sold out to the almighty dollar...
ID act offers false sense of security (04/19/05)
To the editor: I was deeply saddened to see that U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson supported House Resolution 418, the Real ID Act of 2005, which will establish a national ID card through each state's license bureau. The law establishes a federally coordinated database that will share personal information on American citizens with Canada and Mexico. ...
Speak Out 4/19/05 (04/19/05)
Police on the phone; Autism program; Above the law?; Keeping up; Reform health care; Post office moving; Staying on budget; Bad location; Not in the creek; Fixed incomes; Let's move forward; Noisy contraption; Others are worse; Our responsibility
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