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Stories from Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Shield law effort gains lawmakers' attention (01/03/06)
Forcing reporters to reveal confidential sources in court would be more difficult under proposals that will be considered by the Missouri Legislature. Lawyers are increasingly using subpoenas to demand unpublished material and the names of confidential sources, said Jean Maneke, attorney for the Missouri Press Association. Now the association has enlisted the help of two lawmakers, one from each party, to push a bill commonly known as a shield law...
Biologist aids in search for 'extinct' bird (01/03/06)
Bill Eddleman hopes to catch a glimpse of a bird that has mystified researchers for nearly 60 years. The Southeast Missouri State University biology professor will spend the remainder of his Christmas break searching for the ivory-billed woodpecker in southeast Arkansas...
Armored car crashes on Interstate 55 (01/03/06)
An accident involving an armored vehicle and a PT Cruiser shut down northbound lanes of Interstate 55 for approximately two hours Tuesday morning. According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, the armored vehicle, owned by PSI Armored, Inc., was traveling southbound on I-55 when it crossed the median into the northbound lane...
Cape hospitals greet first babies of 2006 (01/03/06)
A fresh-faced baby greeted the new year at Southeast Missouri Hospital on Sunday, stopping short a New Year's Eve party he was attending about 21 hours earlier. The first baby born at Saint Francis Medical Center waited until the next day to make her own special appearance...
Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda 1/3/06 (01/03/06)
Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda 7:30 p.m., today City Hall, 101 Court Public Hearings Hearing to consider the voluntary annexation petition for 0.82 acres of property along Hillcrest Drive, as submitted by Seabaugh Construction Co. Action Items...
Children in danger (01/03/06)
A child dies of a severe staph infection and his family is discovered living in squalor. A mother overmedicates her child. Police respond to a disturbance and discover sexual abuse and children living in a home piled with garbage. All of those cases -- and more like them -- are part of the daily stream of work handled by the Missouri Children's Division, the courts, prosecutors and police...
Community briefs 1/3/06 (01/03/06)
Women in Agriculture group to meet Thursday The Scott County Women in Agriculture will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at the USDA Office on Highway 77 in Benton. Joe Burton, Scott County Emergency Management director, will speak to the group about emergency preparedness. All women are invited to attend. The group's goal is to educate others about agriculture and to provide an atomosphere of fun, fellowship and support. For membership information, contact Kay Dover at the USDA Center at (573) 545-9027...
Military news 1/3/06 (01/03/06)
Bohnert completes basic training at Lackland base; National Guardsman finishes combat training
Community cuisine 1/3/06 (01/03/06)
Fish and chicken fry featured at Leopold...
Last year's Medicaid cutbacks reviewed (01/03/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Some legislators denounced waste, fraud and abuse last year as they repealed a Medicaid health-care program for the working disabled. Now it appears lawmakers are poised to re-enact a trimmed-down version of that program in 2006 -- an acknowledgment, essentially, that last year's cuts went too far...
Little hope seen for legislative action on embryonic stem-cell research (01/03/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- With voters across Missouri likely to consider a proposed constitutional amendment soon, the debate over embryonic stem-cell research is emerging as one of the top statewide political issues in 2006. Just don't expect much of that conversation to occur in the state Capitol...
Storms bring wind, hail to eastern Missouri (01/03/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Those unseasonably warm winter days always seem to come with a price. So it was as New Year's Day's 60-degree warmth was followed early Monday by severe storms -- and perhaps a tornado or two. No one was hurt, but a few mobile homes were rolled over, trees knocked down, and strong hail pelted parts of the St. Louis area...
Small earthquake shakes S. Illinois (01/03/06)
EQUALITY, Ill. -- No major damage was reported after a minor earthquake shook areas around this small town in Southern Illinois on Monday. The quake struck at 3:48 p.m. and registered magnitude 3.6, according to Rafael Abreu, a geologist at the National Earthquake Information Center in Denver. It was centered near Equality, which is about 120 miles southeast of St. Louis...
Nation briefs 1/3/06 (01/03/06)
Bush: Domestic spying program is 'limited' WASHINGTON -- President Bush is standing firmly behind his domestic spying program, saying his decision to let the intelligence community listen in on phone calls Americans have with suspected terrorists is lawful and does not result in widespread domestic eavesdropping. ...
Bush Administration seeks to redo way Homeland Security money given to cities (01/03/06)
WASHINGTON -- Working to further define its mission, the Homeland Security Department is seeking a major shift in competitive bidding for federal grants, directing money to cities that face a wide range of threats -- not just those from terrorists. The change, outlined in departmental documents sent to state and local officials, addresses both the destruction and lack of preparedness seen during Hurricane Katrina. ...
Blast at West Virginia coal mine traps 13 miners underground (01/03/06)
TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. -- After waiting almost 12 agonizing hours for dangerous gases to clear, rescuers Monday entered a coal mine where an explosion had trapped 13 miners underground. The condition of the miners was not immediately known. Four co-workers tried to reach them but were stopped by a wall of debris, and the blast knocked out the mine's communication equipment, preventing authorities from contacting the miners...
Iraq's main Sunni Arabs group agrees for first time on outlines of coalition (01/03/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's main Sunni Arab group made an unprecedented trip north to see the Kurds and agreed Monday for the first time on broad outlines for a coalition government -- possibly opening a way out of the political turmoil that has gripped the country since disputed elections...
Russia says it will increase amount of gas sent via Ukraine for European customers (01/03/06)
MOSCOW -- Russian natural gas monopoly OAO Gazprom promised Monday to boost the amount of gas it ships to European customers through Ukraine, claiming that country was stealing gas intended for the winter-bound continent. The state-controlled company halted deliveries to Ukraine on Sunday because Kiev had refused to meet its demands for a fourfold price increase. ...
Central rallies past Pats (01/03/06)
The Central boys basketball team had more than a week off after dropping two straight games at the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament. After the first half on Saturday at the Tiger Shootout, the Tigers looked like the layoff had taken a toll on them, as they fell behind Parkway South 31-22 at halftime...
Delta New Year's tourney tips off today (01/03/06)
Area girls small school high school basketball teams will kick off the new year at Delta, as the annual Delta New Year's Tournament begins today. The host Bobcats (6-1) are the top seed and will play No. 8 Puxico in the opening game at 4 p.m. Oran is the second seed, followed by Greenville and St. Vincent. Chaffee, Woodland, Meadow Heights and Puxico round out the eight seeds...
Unbeaten Jackson girls stop rival Bluff 48-43 (01/03/06)
Jackson junior Andrea Barnes scored 13 points off the bench to help the visiting Indians win 48-43 over Poplar Bluff in a battle of girls basketball district rivals. Barnes hit a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help Jackson erase a 31-30 deficit heading into the final period...
Racers outplay Southeast (01/03/06)
MURRAY, Ky. -- There was no three-peat for Southeast Missouri State at the Regional Special Events Center. The Redhawks, who had stunningly won on Murray State's home court twice last season -- including in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament -- could not make it three in a row Saturday night...
Redhawks get back on winning track (01/03/06)
MURRAY, Ky. -- Southeast Missouri State finally put together the kind of defensive performance coach B.J. Smith had been looking for. And once the Redhawks' offense caught up, they were able to enjoy one of their few comfortable victories of the season...
'Hawks get win over defending OVC champion (01/03/06)
Eastern Kentucky won the 3-point battle Monday night -- but Southeast Missouri State hit the long-range shots that counted the most. The result was an exciting and much-needed 84-78 victory for the Redhawks at the Show Me Center. "We needed to win this game," senior center Tatiana Conceico said...
Redhawks collect 2nd OVC win (01/03/06)
Southeast Missouri State might not have been in an absolute must-win situation Monday night -- but the Redhawks were about as close as possible. "This was as close to a must-win game in the conference as we could have had," Southeast coach Gary Garner said. "Playing at home, we really needed it."...
Globetrotters to play at Show Me Center (01/03/06)
There is not much in doubt about the outcome of tonight's basketball game at the Show Me Center. When the Harlem Globetrotters are involved, they usually win. The Globetrotters take on the New York Nationals, with tip-off set for 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office...
Patriots post 10th straight postseason win (01/03/06)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Watch out: The New England Patriots look like champions again, and that should send a chill through the rest of the NFL. Tom Brady, Willie McGinest and the Patriots set an NFL record with their 10th straight postseason victory by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-3 on Saturday night...
Redskins defense stops Buccaneers (01/03/06)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Joe Gibbs' teams always had a knack for peaking at the right time, and these Washington Redskins are no different. With the Hall of Fame coach back in the playoffs for the first time in 13 years, the Redskins -- at least on defense -- looked like a Super Bowl contender again in beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-10 in the NFC wild-card round Saturday...
MU collects 7th straight home victory (01/03/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- It wasn't pretty, but Missouri finally got a blowout. Despite committing 22 turnovers, the Tigers beat Louisiana-Monroe 73-44 on Monday night, Missouri's biggest margin of the season and seventh-straight win at home. Thomas Gardner, the Big 12's leading scorer, led the Tigers with 18 points. Kevin Young finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Leo Lyons scored a career-high 12 points and Marshall Brown added 10...
Packers, Saints, Texans, Vikings fire coaches after season finales (01/03/06)
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay fired coach Mike Sherman on Monday, a day after the Packers finished their worst season in 15 years. "At the end of the day I felt like we needed to go in a different direction," Packers general manager Ted Thompson said at a news conference...
Wisconsin badgers Auburn, wins 24-10 (01/03/06)
With a masterful offensive performance and a surprisingly stingy defense, the Wisconsin Badgers gave coach Barry Alvarez a proper send-off. Brian Calhoun rushed for 213 yards, John Stocco passed for 301 and Brandon Williams had 173 yards receiving, lifting the No. 21 Badgers to a 24-10 victory over No. 7 Auburn in the Capital One Bowl on Monday...
Buckeye receivers feast on Notre Dame (01/03/06)
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Troy Smith found a measure of redemption and Notre Dame found itself a bowl loser again in a Fiesta matchup brimming with big plays by the Buckeyes. Suspended from last year's Alamo Bowl for taking $500 from a booster, Smith hooked up on a pair of long touchdown passes and fourth-ranked Ohio State beat the No. 5 Irish 34-20 Monday night, sending them to their eighth straight bowl loss...
Rams defeat deflated Cowboys 20-10 in regular-season finale (01/03/06)
IRVING, Texas -- When the Dallas Cowboys extended their season to the final weekend, coach Bill Parcells praised his club for showing "a little spunk." It was gone by the time they lined up for that last game without a chance of making the playoffs...
Rams pull plug on Martz (01/03/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Now that Mike Martz has medical clearance to return to coaching, he'll need to find a team. Martz was fired as coach of the St. Louis Rams on Monday after a 6-10 season in which he missed the final 11 games because of a heart ailment. That illness did not stop him from repeated clashes with the front office, the major reason for his dismissal with a year left on his contract...
Blues use fast start to beat Canucks 4-1 (01/03/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues finally got off to a strong start at home. The Blues scored three times in the first period Monday night and beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1. Mike Sillinger, who had two goals and assist for the Blues, said this was the way things used to go all the time at the Savvis Center...
Olive Garden to open in March (01/03/06)
Break out the parmesan: Olive Garden will open on March 6 at 3259 William St. in Cape Girardeau, according to a company spokeswoman. Olive Garden is a much-requested restaurant in this area. I have received more queries about this restaurant than any other in my tenure as business editor...
'Narnia' topples 'King Kong' in New Year's weekend battle (01/03/06)
LOS ANGELES -- "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" snatched the box office crown from "King Kong" during another fierce four-day holiday battle for the top spot. Less than $2 million separated "Kong" and "Narnia" each of the past two weekends...
The year that was in business (01/03/06)
Many consumers will remember 2005 as the year of the $3 gallon of gas. But on the business scene, home prices also skyrocketed, the airlines faltered and problems facing the auto industry steadily worsened. There was also new bankruptcy laws, the surprisingly resilient economy and scores of troubled companies defaulting on their pension promises. And while the stock market indexes barely budged, there was a scurry of business activity from January to December in the greater Cape Girardeau area...
Despite spikes in energy prices, inflation remained surprisingly tame in 2005 (01/03/06)
NEW YORK -- This wasn't the way the inflation story was supposed to go in 2005. With oil and other commodity costs soaring, fears of prices surging out of control were on the mind of everyone from the Federal Reserve to business leaders to consumers...
People on the move 01/03/06 (01/03/06)
Jackson native accepts job with UMC Brent J. Lewis of Jackson has recently became the assistant director of ticket operations in the department of intercollegiate athletics at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Lewis is the son of Howard and Ellen Lewis of Jackson. ...
Velma Snell (01/03/06)
Velma Knupp Snell, 91, of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday Dec. 31, 2005, at Heartland Care and Rehab in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 20, 1914, in Anna Ill. She married Owen Snell. He died Sept. 26, 1998. She was preceded in death by her parents. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday at the Anna City Cemetery...
John Whitcher Jr. (01/03/06)
John Herman Whitcher Jr., 53, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements...
Melvin Lichtenegger (01/03/06)
Melvin H. Lichtenegger, 86, of Jackson died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at the Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson.
Joyce Rubel (01/03/06)
Joyce S. Rubel, 66, of Scott City, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Sept. 2, 1939, in St. Louis, daughter of Silas Jefferson and Amy Nora Hasty Statler. She married Roy "Bob" Rubel May 24, 1963, in Zalma, Mo. He died Nov. 30, 1996...
Scyvillia Buell (01/03/06)
Scyvillia Regina Buell, 78, of Oran, Mo., died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 20, 1927, at Oran, daughter of Ferdinand and Louise Wiedefeld Brucker. She and Leroy Buell were married Jan. 27, 1945, and died Dec. 3, 1980...
Jerry Hinkebein (01/03/06)
Jerome "Jerry" Hinkebein, 87, of Jackson, passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 4, 1918, in Laflin, Mo., son of M.G. and Bernadina Steinnard Hinkebein. He and Marie Stause were married Oct. 16, 1948, in Glennon, Mo...
Joseph Bollinger (01/03/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Joseph J. "Joe" Bollinger, 87, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at St. Ambrose church in Chaffee during 9 a.m. Mass. He was born Jan. 18, 1918, in Benton, Mo., the son of the late Victor and Clementine (Hahn) Bollinger. He married Phyllis E. O'Donnell on March 25,1940, in Cape Girardeau, who survives...
Ivan Klughart (01/03/06)
Ivan Kenneth Klughart, 86, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 26, 1919, at Illmo, Mo., son of John J. and Rosa Mae Jackson Klughart. He and Irene Marie Springer were married Feb. 9, 1947, in Illmo...
Melburne Hedge (01/03/06)
Melburne Francis "Bud" Hedge, 70, of East Prairie died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at East Prairie Nursing Center. He was born May 11, 1935, in Mississippi County to George and Hattie L. Moore Hedge. He and Matilda Ann "Tillie" Poley were married Dec. 2, 1954...
Hansel Zahner (01/03/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Hansel J. Zahner, 86, of Perryville died at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006. He was born April 5, 1919, in Perryville, son of Howard I. and Elsie Whistler Zahner. He was retired from International Shoe and Meyer Bus Lines...
Albert Seiler (01/03/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Albert I. Seiler, 84, of Sikeston, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, at his residence. He was born Sept. 26, 1921, in Oran, Mo., son of Herman and Mary Snyder Seiler. He and Margaret Schoen were married Nov. 22, 1944, in New Hamburg, Mo...
Out of the past 1/3/06 (01/03/06)
25 years ago: Jan. 3, 1981 The effect of drought conditions in the upper Mississippi and Ohio river valleys during the last half of 1980 has become evident in the lower Mississippi River valley in the form of extremely low river stages; however, a spokesman for the Coast Guard in Paducah, Ky., says that although low water levels from St. Louis south have slowed barge traffic, no part of the river has been closed for any long periods of time...
The Red Cross (01/03/06)
Yakima (Wash.) Herald-Republic Whether it's helping a family displaced by a home fire or dispatching aid to those devastated by hurricanes in the Gulf Coast -- the American Red Cross is there. That's why the American public cannot be sidetracked by the negative publicity generated with the resignation earlier this month of the organization's president, Marsha Evans -- the second change at the top in three years...
Religion and science (01/03/06)
(Peoria, Ill.) Journal Star Since the term "intelligent design" entered the lexicon, its meaning and educational merits have been extensively debated. No one has summed up the matter better than U.S. District Judge John E. Jones, ruling this week in a landmark Pennsylvania schools case...
Library fees (01/03/06)
Even without an increase, there have been complaints about the Cape Girardeau Public Library's out-of-district fees for a long time. But a good case could be made that fees aren't the real issue. The problem isn't the amount so much as it is the logic. Most residents of Cape Girardeau assume they are within the library's service area and already pay taxes to support the popular services offered on Clark Street...
Speak Out 1/3/06 (01/03/06)
No sidewalks; Welcome relief; Tremendous column; Driving responsibility; Postal appreciation; Extra trash; Sidewalk issues; Teaching a lesson; Differing consultants; Deteriorating Broadway; Disgruntled interview; End the silly debate; Talking during movies; Right side of history; Help when needed
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