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Stories from Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Blunt warns of veto use on Medicaid (04/27/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Senate on Tuesday began debating a $19.2 billion state budget plan that calls for restoring some cuts in health-care spending for the poor endorsed by the House of Representatives and Gov. Matt Blunt. But Blunt warned that he would use his line-item veto power if legislators provide additional money for some of the Medicaid programs he has targeted for cuts...
Downtown Cape fires spur safety discussions (04/27/05)
Three downtown fires in the past year -- two of them devastating -- are prompting the Cape Girardeau Fire Department to lobby downtown merchants to install sprinkler systems in their buildings. At a meeting of Old Town Cape Tuesday night, Cape Girardeau fire chief Rick Ennis and representatives of fire protection and insurance companies informed about a dozen downtown business owners about the importance of fire protection systems such as sprinklers...
Cape couple arrives in China for help with Gehrig's disease (04/27/05)
Since arriving in China on Sunday, Jim and Brandy Trickey have been getting accustomed to a new culture, a different medical system and unusual foods. The couple left Cape Girardeau Friday for a flight the following morning to Bejing, China, where Jim is scheduled to have surgery to implant cells in hopes of helping him gain more mobility...
Mr. Dumey adopts an orphan (04/27/05)
Mike Dumey has a secret. He has one every year around the start of school, but this year is even more exciting than usual. From the first day of classes on, students and co-workers alike pester him with the same question: What musical are we doing this year, Mr. Dumey?...
Rotary hosts, Brazilians become family during brief stay in Cape (04/27/05)
Cooking dinner for more than 30 people is a recipe for chaos, especially when the cooks speak different languages. The kitchen of Sarah and Dennis Holt was noisy as laughter spilled in between conversations of broken English and Portuguese. Everyone talked over each other just like family -- which is what they became thanks to the Rotary Club's Friendship Exchange program...
Region digest 04/27/05 (04/27/05)
Greeks raise more than $40,000 for charities; Cape man pleads guilty to selling crack; School bus involved in Union Co. accident; Court overturns former priest's convictions
Blunt signs law ending special state pensions (04/27/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt on Tuesday signed legislation eliminating lucrative retirement benefits enjoyed by a handful of administrative law judges that critics have long complained were used to reward political cronies of Missouri governors...
Jackson may fix two water issues at once (04/27/05)
Jackson city leaders are considering a way to solve water pressure issues and improve water-meter technology at the same time. The city has invested $1.3 million in new water pumps and wells to increase water pressure in certain areas of the city. However, it has been recently discovered that the upgrades have pushed the water pressure too high in some places, meaning as many as 1,000 homes would need special pressure-release valves...
Hearing in raffle case set for May (04/27/05)
A preliminary hearing has been set for the Rev. David Butler, who faces two felony charges in what prosecutors describe as a $10,000 raffle scam in which he promised that the winning ticket holder would get a new car. Butler appeared at an arraignment Tuesday before Judge Scott Thomsen, who set a preliminary hearing for 2 p.m. May 24...
Garden clubs add azaleas to city's rose garden site (04/27/05)
Another season of blooms and a variety of color can be found at Rose Garden in Capaha Park with the recent addition of 84 azalea plants. The spring flowers of "Mandarin Lights," "Coral Bells" and "Autumn Embers" line the curb and space just out front of the fenced-in rose garden. Just when they lose their coloring, it will be time for the roses to show off their blossoms in the summer months...
Club news 4/27/05 (04/27/05)
Roberts Homemakers; Alpha Mu Master; Zonta Club; Oma Brooks Circle; Wonderworkers FCE; Xi Nu Phi; Capaha Scottish Rite Women's Club
Third citation issued against smelly Carthage plant (04/27/05)
CARTHAGE, Mo. -- A Carthage company that turns turkey byproducts into fuel oil has been cited for the third time in less than a month for odor emissions, and could start facing fines of $10,000 a day or more if it doesn't fix the problem. A Department of Natural Resources investigator detected the latest odor while visiting the Renewable Environmental Solutions plant after normal business hours April 18. A notice of excess emissions was issued Friday...
Governor's office says asbestos problem isolated (04/27/05)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican Gov. Matt Blunt cited the presence of "dangerous asbestos" as part of the reason for a renovation of the governor's Capitol office. As it turns out, the asbestos was on only one piece of plywood, which a worker removed by simply carrying it away. The asbestos served as insulation on an old 4-foot-by-3-foot radiator cover, Blunt's Office of Administration commissioner, Michael Keathley, said Tuesday...
Insurgent attacks in Iraq increase again (04/27/05)
WASHINGTON -- After a postelection respite, the pace of insurgent attacks in Iraq has increased in recent weeks to approach last year's levels, Pentagon officials said Tuesday. "Where they are right now is where they were almost a year ago, and it's nowhere near the peak," said Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in a Pentagon press conference...
Partisan politics harden on Social Security (04/27/05)
WASHINGTON -- From the buttoned-down confines of a Senate hearing room to a boisterous outdoor rally nearby, Democrats took on President Bush and his Social Security proposals with gusto on Tuesday and rebuffed pleas for bipartisanship from frustrated Republicans...
Terrorist al-Zarqawi eluded U.S. raid (04/27/05)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. forces in Iraq believe they just missed capturing most-wanted terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a February raid that netted two of his associates, a senior U.S. military official said Tuesday. The official, who discussed the operation on the condition of anonymity, could provide no details on how al-Zarqawi escaped. U.S. forces recovered a computer belonging to al-Zarqawi, the official said, although he did not say how it was obtained...
Minnesota leads nation in rate of insurance coverage (04/27/05)
WASHINGTON -- Minnesota has the lowest percentage of adults without health insurance of any state and Texas has the highest, according to a study released today. The study was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which seeks to promote health coverage for all Americans. It noted that a significant portion of the uninsured in the country are employed...
Chairman- GOP must change rules (04/27/05)
WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders weighed additional concessions to Democrats Tuesday night as they struggled to limit political fallout from a virtual shutdown of the ethics committee. GOP officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said party leaders were considering options including reversal of investigative rules changes they muscled through in January...
Final survivor pulled from train wreckage (04/27/05)
AMAGASAKI, Japan -- At least he was alive. Hours after Japan's worst train crash in decades, rescue teams found Hiroki Hayashi in an open space in the wreckage with his legs badly hurt, but he was still conscious. Workers, however, faced a major hurdle: they couldn't get the 19-year-old college student out. Rescuers could pass him water and put him on an intravenous drip, but he was pinned down by slabs of metal and the bodies of victims...
Afghan farmers harvest opium despite clampdown (04/27/05)
MAYWAND, Afghanistan -- Afghan farmers have begun harvesting this year's opium crop, exposing the limits of a U.S.-sponsored crackdown on the world's largest narcotics industry despite claims Tuesday by President Hamid Karzai that drug cultivation was down sharply...
Last Syrian soldier crosses border, ending presence in Lebanon (04/27/05)
MASNAA, Lebanon -- The difference between Syria's entry and exit was stark. Twenty-nine years ago, its tanks and troops stormed into Lebanon, fighting in the mountains and descending on Beirut to restore order to a city ravaged by civil war. On Tuesday, Syria's last soldier quietly walked home across the border, ending the military domination...
Historic trip to China stirs resentment in Taiwan (04/27/05)
NANJING, China -- A historic trip to China by the head of Taiwan's opposition party began Tuesday with a flurry of eggs and punches from angry supporters of the island's president at Taipei airport. Hours later, he was welcomed with flowers and speeches by Chinese communist officials who hailed his arrival as a sign of reconciliation...
Central tennis falls to unbeaten Dexter (04/27/05)
The Central boys tennis team fell 6-3 to unbeaten Dexter in a home match delayed by rain. Dexter improved to 8-0, while Central fell to 6-3. No. 1 singles player Kevin Rohatgi posted a 6-0 victory against Jake Smith and teamed with Alex Kies for a doubles victory. No. 2 singles player Carson Kelley also won...
Redhawks try to take winning streak to four games (04/27/05)
Southeast Missouri State will go for its first four-game winning streak of the season today at Southern Illinois. The Redhawks (16-22, 7-8 Ohio Valley Conference) and Salukis (25-15, 9-6 Missouri Valley Conference) square off at 3 p.m. in Carbondale. Southeast won the earlier meeting 7-3 on March 10 in Cape Girardeau...
Redhawks sign JUCO player for frontcourt (04/27/05)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball program has landed a junior college forward/center who coach Gary Garner believes will provide the Redhawks with needed punch inside. Garner announced Tuesday that Andrais Thornton, the most valuable player last season at SMS-West Plains Community College, signed a national letter of intent with the Redhawks...
New management, but same vision (04/27/05)
Andy Deiro serves two bosses. But from his vantage point, the relationship between Dalhousie Golf Club and Arizona-based O.B. Sports Golf Management couldn't be more complementary. Deiro's past is with O.B. Sports, a firm for which he has worked since 1991...
Tigers receive commitment from Chicago player (04/27/05)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Just days after Linas Kleiza announced he planned to leave Missouri to enter the NBA draft, the Tigers may have found another big man to help fill the void. Chicago standout DeAndre Thomas on Monday made an oral commitment to play for the Tigers. The 6-foot-8 center is considered one of Chicago's top recruits...
The Morris of old (04/27/05)
ST. LOUIS -- It's a big relief for Matt Morris, given the luxury of concentrating on his pitches instead of that dull ache in his shoulder. The Cardinals' former ace has made two starts since beginning the season on the 15-day disabled list while rehabbing from offseason surgery. Both have been big successes, giving the National League champions perhaps the best fifth starter around. In 11 innings he's allowed three earned runs with 11 strikeouts and two walks...
Cards continue roll (04/27/05)
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols was 3-for-5 with a pair of two-run doubles, and closer Jason Isringhausen left with an apparent injury Tuesday night in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. St. Louis has won 10 of 11 and is a National League-best 13-5, the best start for the Cardinals since they began 1982 with a 13-4 record and went on to win the World Series. ...
NFL ups frequency of offseason tests (04/27/05)
WASHINGTON -- The NFL is tripling the number of offseason drug tests each player can face, a policy change made public on the eve of today's hearing before congressmen who are already drafting legislation on steroids in sports. Leaders of the House Government Reform Committee, which subpoenaed baseball stars and officials to testify 1 1/2 months ago, are working with Sen. ...
Eastern Kentucky reaches buyout agreement with Ford (04/27/05)
RICHMOND, Ky. -- Eastern Kentucky and its former basketball coach, Travis Ford, have reached a settlement in a dispute over how much the coach owed the university after he left for another job. Ford, who resigned last month to become the coach at Massachusetts, will pay Eastern Kentucky $150,000 by May 22, according to an agreement signed by both parties Friday...
Heat too much for Nets again (04/27/05)
The story line didn't change, nor did the outcome. Once again, the New Jersey Nets held Shaquille O'Neal in check but couldn't find a way to beat his Miami Heat. And former Nets center Alonzo Mourning did the most damage of all. Mourning, who wanted out of New Jersey so he could play for a title contender, had 21 points, and Dwyane Wade had 17 points and 10 assists on Tuesday night in the Heat's 104-87 win for a 2-0 lead over the Nets in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series...
Bertuzzi presents his case for reinstatement (04/27/05)
NEW YORK -- Todd Bertuzzi got his chance to tell the NHL why it should allow him to play hockey again. Steve Moore, who might never play again because of the vicious hit Bertuzzi dealt him, believes the Vancouver Canucks forward hasn't sat out long enough...
Tigers' Ordonez to miss two to three months (04/27/05)
Detroit Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez will be sidelined for two to three months after hernia surgery this week. Ordonez, who signed a $75 million, five-year contract with Detroit during the offseason, will be operated on by Dr. Bill Meyers on Wednesday in Philadelphia...
Eldred recovers slowly from heart infection (04/27/05)
ST. LOUIS -- These days, walking around and holding a conversation ranks as progress for Cardinals reliever Cal Eldred. The right-hander has been sidelined since April 11 with myopericarditis, an infection of the lining around his heart. There's no timetable for his return from the 15-day disabled list and once he's cleared to resume baseball activities, Eldred might have to go through the equivalent of a personal spring training...
Hall of Fame still work in progress (04/27/05)
The World Golf Hall of Fame remains a work in progress, much like the career of the man that just got elected. Vijay Singh had all the credentials to be included among the best who ever played the game, with 25 career victories on the PGA Tour and three major championships...
British Open will remove men-only restriction by 2006 (04/27/05)
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- The British Open will allow women to compete starting in 2006, and might even accept Michelle Wie this summer if she qualifies. The Royal & Ancient Club said Tuesday it has agreed to alter the wording of entry regulations -- a change that could put a woman in one of golf's four majors for the first time...
Asian chicken, scallions offer low-carb alternative (04/27/05)
In her latest cookbook, "Low Carb 1-2-3" (Rodale, 2005, $16.95), food-writer and chef Rozanne Gold combines her sure sense of how to use a few key ingredients (and not a teaspoon more) with a keen eye for nutrition. Gold's record as a prize-winning cookbook author is based on her creation of recipes that simply work and taste great. ...
Pea salad with bacon and eggs (04/27/05)
Sometimes it's so easy being green. The ever-popular pea, a favorite springtime veggie, is arriving in quantity in produce sections, and who'd want to resist its multiple appeals? Along with the vibrant color, there's the so-edible size, the crunchy-smooth texture and subtly distinctive taste...
Doing dog duties in the neighborhood (04/27/05)
In apartment complexes, people come and go. So there's really no good reason to get to know your neighbors. Some of the bigger complexes put on special clubhouse parties, but what's the point? Just as soon as you form a bond, a lease ends and you or they are gone...
Spread a lawn with sod (04/27/05)
Maintaining ideal soil conditions when installing sod helps spur root growth Have you ever driven by a construction site and seen bare soil everywhere? Then the next day you drive by and the bare soil is now a green lawn. Wow -- what a change in such a short time. For those who want instantaneous lawn, sod is the way to go...
Donald Metcalfe (04/27/05)
Donald Catron Metcalfe, 89, died peacefully at his home Sunday, April 24, 2005. He was born Jan. 20, 1916, in Kansas City, Mo., son of John Pickett and Mabel Hancock Metcalfe. Don graduated from Lee's Summit High School, and received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Washington in Seattle...
Jean Cissell (04/27/05)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Jean L. Cissell, 77, of Perryville died Monday, April 25, 2005, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 17, 1927, at Perryville, daughter of John and Lela Rabe Diefenbach. She and Joseph E. Cissell were married Jan. 24, 1953. He died Nov. 13, 1992...
Herschel Deal (04/27/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Herschel W. Deal, 86, of Sikeston died Monday, April 25, 2005, at Miner Nursing Center. He was born May 22, 1918, in Karnak, Ill., son of Joseph Henry and Lena Elizabeth Hanle Deal. He and Mary Helen Johnson were married March 19, 1961, at Charleston, Mo. She died March 4, 2004...
Opal Mason (04/27/05)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Opal "Sissy" Mason, 80, of Sikeston died Monday, April 25, 2005, at Hunter Acres Caring Center. She was born Aug. 9, 1924, in Sikeston, daughter of V.A. and Eva Crunk Tubbs. Mason was a graduate of Vanduser High School. She worked at Potlatch as a packer and later as an inspector 28 years prior to retiring. She was a member of Eagles Auxiliary...
Douglas King (04/27/05)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Douglas "Scotty" King, 11, of Jonesboro died Monday, April 25, 2005, at his home. He was born Feb. 22, 1994, in Carbondale, Ill., son of Douglas Dean and Lisa Marie Davis King. He was a student at Jonesboro Elementary School. He attended Landmark Pentecostal Church in Anna, Ill., and United Pentecostal Church in Dongola, Ill...
Fire reports 4/27/05 (04/27/05)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: * At 5:52 p.m., emergency medical service in the 200 block of Pearl Street. * At 6:28 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1900 block of Eden Way. * At 6:32 p.m., emergency medical service in the 200 block of South Lorimier Street...
Police reports 4/27/05 (04/27/05)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items Tuesday. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI * Ryan Scott Shores, 23, 335 Edgewood Road, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway...
Out of the past 4/27/05 (04/27/05)
25 years ago: April 27, 1980 The Rev. Keith C. Grams, an ordained Assemblies of God minister, celebrates his first Sunday as the newly elected pastor of First Assembly of God in Cape Girardeau; Grams, along with his wife, Millie, and two sons, Jeffry and Jeremy, came to Cape Girardeau from Rockford, Ill...
Airport security (04/27/05)
New government reports say security at U.S. airports is no better today than it was before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, even though travelers continue to be inconvenienced and spend hours waiting in long lines to be screened. The Government Accountability Office (a congressional investigative unit) and the Homeland Security Department inspector both issued reports saying that the Transportation Security Administration screeners are not performing up to standard. ...
Speak Out 4/27/05 (04/27/05)
Historical caution; Dandelions on the loose; Paying our way; Better than roses; Easy fix for dumping; Fun is OK; Concerned voices; A relaxing escape; Somebody's in charge; Who's the boss?; Working the system; Small cost, big benefit; He represents us; Support for police; Tips at the ATM; Don't need advice
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