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Sen. Crowell introduces legislation outlawing Missouri abortions (03/01/06)
JEFFERSON CITY -- Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, introduced two pieces of legislation today that would outlaw abortion in the State of Missouri. The bill he filed would prohibit abortions and deem violations as Class B felonies. The Senate Joint Resolution would put the issue on the ballot and allow Missouri voters to choose whether to allow pregnancies to be terminated in the state of Missouri...
Miller says final county filing day is 'bittersweet' (03/01/06)
Tuesday's election filing wasn't any ordinary filing day for Cape Girardeau County Clerk Rodney Miller. It was the last time Missouri's longest-tenured clerk would greet familiar county incumbents with that old jury box, used now as a lottery-type system to see whose name gets placed on the ballot first...
Democrat will challenge Jetton (03/01/06)
A Democrat filed Tuesday to challenge House Speaker Rod Jetton, who also filed for re-election. Michael Winder of Marquand, Mo., filed his paperwork for the 156th District seat in the Missouri House Tuesday at the Missouri secretary of state's office in Jefferson City, Mo...
Children's author and illustrator speaks at area schools, libraries (03/01/06)
On Tuesday more than 75 Jackson preschool students wearing cowboy hats, fringe vests and bandanas sat around well-known children's author Lisa Campbell Ernst. "I always wanted to be a cowgirl when I was little, and if you ever imagined you were another character, that means you are an author," Ernst told the children inside Jackson's Riverside Regional Library...
Cairo officials argue, leave insurance in limbo (03/01/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- The four city council members in open rebellion against Mayor Paul Farris received another slight Tuesday from their foe -- he left their names off the city payroll list. The snub was only small part of a rancorous meeting where nothing was approved except a small contract to relocate a decorative clock. ...
'Shot in the arm (03/01/06)
The filming of "Killshot" in January wasn't exactly a box-office bonanza for the Cape Girardeau economy, but local officials are hoping that it leads to something more profitable. In Hollywood, it's called exposure, dah-ling. "Any residual effects are still up in the air," said Mayor Jay Knudtson. "But if the movie ends up being a box-office smash or even widely viewed, then it could mean so much more for Cape Gir-ardeau than what was actually spent here."...
AmerenUE: Area natural gas rates to drop this month (03/01/06)
Natural gas customers in Cape Girardeau and nearby areas will get a break on their bills this month, the Public Service Commission announced Tuesday. As a result of falling prices in the gas market, new rates take effect today that are 12.5 percent lower for about 20,000 AmerenUE customers in Cape Girardeau, Scott and Stoddard counties...
Eight enter innocent pleas in fraternity prank retaliation (03/01/06)
Eight men pleaded innocent Tuesday to charges they sneaked into and spray painted a room of a rival fraternity house. On Oct. 24, members of the Southeast Missouri State University fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha reported blue squiggles, profanity and lewd drawings in a lodge room known as the Pikes Only room...
Bollinger County incumbents file (03/01/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Two Republicans and one Democrat filed Tuesday as candidates to replace retiring Bollinger County Recorder of Deeds Winonah Ossig. The candidates include Republicans Dana Fulbright of the Scopus, Mo., area and Linda Schreckenberg from near Leopold, Mo.; and Democrat Patti Barrett of Marble Hill, election officials said...
Region digest 03/01/06 (03/01/06)
Concrete repair on I-55 northbound starts today Missouri Department of Transportation maintenance crews will make concrete repairs in the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County today through Friday. Repairs will be made from mile marker 108 near Fruitland to mile marker 117 near the Old Appleton exit. Traffic will be reduced from to one lane from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, highway officials said...
10 Democrats, no Republicans file in Scott Co. (03/01/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- Out of nine seats open in Scott County's August primary only one is contested after the first day of filing. Ten Democrats filed for presiding commissioner, county clerk, collector, recorder, circuit clerk, prosecuting attorney, associate judge in divisions 4 and 5 Tuesday. No Republicans filed...
Club news 3/1/06 (03/01/06)
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Study: People know more 'Simpsons' characters than First Amendment rights (03/01/06)
CHICAGO -- In a contest between Americans' knowledge of "The Simpsons" and what they know about the First Amendment -- Bart and Homer win hands down. About one in four Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly and petition for redress of grievances.) But more than half of Americans can name at least two members of the fictional cartoon family, according to a survey...
Strip club operator runs for school board in St. Louis suburb (03/01/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The president and director of a Colorado-based adult entertainment company is running for the school board of a suburban St. Louis district, and already many residents are giving the candidacy a thumbs down. "I wouldn't want that kind of guy running a school board," said Jeremy Parks, 21. "If he's that great of a guy, with good morals, he wouldn't be running strip clubs."...
Wilson's Creek battleground taken off endangered list (03/01/06)
REPUBLIC, Mo. -- A southwest Missouri battlefield that had been threatened by a housing development has dropped off a preservation group's list of the 10 most endangered Civil War battlefields. The Wilson's Creek National Battlefield had been on the list for the past two years. But the Washington-based Civil War Preservation Trust left the battlefield off the list released Tuesday because the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation has acquired 157 acres of once endangered land...
ACLU seeks end to Bible giveaway (03/01/06)
ST. LOUIS -- An Iron County school district should be barred from allowing a Bible giveaway program to fifth-graders, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in St. Louis seeks an injunction prohibiting South Iron Elementary School in Annapolis, Mo., from allowing Gideons International into the classroom to distribute the Bibles. ...
Coleman drops bid for auditor (03/01/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Sen. Maida Coleman dropped out of the state auditor's race Tuesday, instead endorsing fellow Democrat Susan Montee. Coleman, a Sikeston native who declared her candidacy in November, had said in January that she was considering quitting the race because of a chilly reception from some Democratic insiders and donors...
Freedom from speech ... d'oh! (03/01/06)
The McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum's survey shows more Americans can identify characters from the cartoon "The Simpsons" than their First Amendment rights. Percentage who could name "Simpsons" characters: Percentage who believe First Amendment rights include:...
State digest 03/01/06 (03/01/06)
Supreme Court upholds 24-hour abortion wait JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the state's 24-hour waiting period for abortions, rejecting arguments that it was overly vague and deprived people of liberty and privacy rights. ...
Hundreds turn out for filing (03/01/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's top U.S. Senate hopefuls drew challenges Tuesday from lesser-known candidates with catchy names as hundreds of aspiring politicians signed up on the first day possible to seek elected office. The opening of candidate filing for the Aug. 8 primary elections marks the traditional start of Missouri's political season, although some candidates have already been campaigning for months. The filing period runs through March 28...
Partying crowd smaller than usual for Mardi Gras in New Orleans (03/01/06)
NEW ORLEANS -- The crowds were small and the costumes wickedly satirical as Mardi Gras built toward its boozy climax Tuesday in this hurricane-buckled city that could use a few laughs. The culmination of the eight-day pre-Lenten bash fell nearly six months to the day after the Aug. 29 storm that smashed thousands of homes and killed more than 1,300 people, the vast majority of them in New Orleans...
Patriot Act renewal clears final hurdle on path to Senate passage (03/01/06)
WASHINGTON -- Months overdue in a midterm election year, the USA Patriot Act renewal cleared a final hurdle in the Senate Tuesday on its way to President Bush's desk. But the bill's sponsor said he is unsatisfied with the measure's privacy protections and far from done tinkering with the centerpiece of Bush's war on terrorism...
Nation briefs 3/1/06 (03/01/06)
Supreme Court sides with abortion protesters WASHINGTON -- A 20-year-old legal fight over protests outside abortion clinics ended Tuesday with the Supreme Court ruling that federal extortion and racketeering laws cannot be used against demonstrators. ...
Supreme Court hints at victory for Playboy playmate (03/01/06)
WASHINGTON -- Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith's date with the Supreme Court had all the trappings of a soap opera: tears, a family feud and lots of money. And justices hinted that the 11-year fight was far from over. The court will decide in a few months whether to renew Smith's claim to a piece of the estate of Texas oilman J. Howard Marshall II, who died at age 90 after a brief marriage to Smith...
Commemorative coin to honor Braille (03/01/06)
WASHINGTON -- Louis Braille, the inventor of the most widely used reading and writing method for the blind, will be featured on a commemorative U.S. silver dollar. Under a House bill passed by voice vote Tuesday, the U.S. Mint will issue 400,000 silver dollars commemorating Braille in 2009, the bicentennial of his birth. Funds raised from a $10 surcharge will go to the National Federation of the Blind to promote Braille literacy...
CBS radio sues Howard Stern (03/01/06)
NEW YORK -- CBS Corp.'s radio division sued Howard Stern Tuesday, claiming its former star shock jock breached his contract with them when he moved to Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. The lawsuit, which also names Sirius and Stern's agent as defendants, claims Stern improperly used CBS radio's air time to promote his new show with Sirius, which began last month. CBS also claims Stern discussed his plans with Sirius without disclosing them to CBS as required under his contract...
Consumer confidence falls more than expected during February (03/01/06)
NEW YORK -- Americans in February became less optimistic about the overall economy, especially the short-term prospects for the job market, sending a widely followed barometer of consumer sentiment below analysts' estimates. The Conference Board, a New York-based private research group, said Tuesday its consumer confidence index fell to 101.7 from a revised 106.8 in January, the highest level since May 2002. ...
North Korea urges United States to lift financial sanctions (03/01/06)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea urged the United States to lift financial sanctions over counterfeiting allegations, saying the move would show whether Washington is willing to drop its hostile policy toward the communist country, the North's official news agency reported Tuesday...
World briefs 3/1/06 (03/01/06)
Revelers enjoy last gasp of Carnival in Brazil RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Carnival celebrations returned to Rio's streets for a last gasp of partying Tuesday, following close on the heels of the city's legendary samba parade. As the centerpiece of Brazil's carnival ended early Tuesday in the massive Sambadrome, bleary-eyed revelers took to the avenues and byways to dance, drink and snarl traffic. ...
Lawyer in 'Da Vinci Code' case in Britain says ideas too general for copyright protection (03/01/06)
LONDON -- Britain's High Court was plunged into the arcane world of Templars, Merovingians and characters such as Pepin the Fat as lawyers argued Tuesday over the genesis of the mega-selling thriller "The Da Vinci Code." An attorney for the novel's publisher said ideas about the life and legacy of Jesus Christ that two writers claim were stolen for Dan Brown's blockbuster are so general that they are not protected by copyright, and that many key themes of their book are not in "The Da Vinci Code.". ...
Russia drafts ambitious plan to build new nuclear power plants (03/01/06)
MOSCOW -- Russia's atomic agency is drafting an ambitious program to build two nuclear reactors a year to make nuclear power account for a quarter of the nation's energy by 2030, officials said Tuesday. Russia currently has 31 reactors at 10 nuclear power plants, accounting for 16 to 17 percent of the country's electricity generation, and President Vladimir Putin has called for raising the share to 25 percent...
Religious attacks kill 68, increase unrest in Iraq (03/01/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The day's violence started with attacks on three Sunni mosques. But as night fell, three Shiite holy places had come under attack in what appeared to be a tit-for-tat exchange of sectarian clashes. At least 68 people were dead. The surge of violence Tuesday deepened the trauma of residents already shaken by fears the country was teetering on the brink of sectarian civil war, threatened talks among Iraqi politicians struggling to form a government and raised questions about U.S. ...
Indians demonstrate before Bush's visit (03/01/06)
BOMBAY, India -- Demonstrators in India shouted "Death to America!" and burned effigies of President Bush on Tuesday, demanding that he be barred from visiting the country this week. Bush arrives in India today for a three-day visit focused on strengthening the emerging strategic partnership between India and the United States. Dozens of protests have been planned by Islamic leaders and communist politicians...
Advance, Kelly, Scott County advance to finals (03/01/06)
Advance opened up a 21-point first quarter lead and cruised to an 81-51 semifinal victory Tuesday against No. 6 Bloomfield in the Class 2 District 2 boys basketball tournament at Bloomfield. The second-seeded Hornets will meet No. 1 South Iron, a 62-51 winner over East Carter County, in the championship Thursday at 8 p.m...
Eagles cruise past Crusaders (03/01/06)
In the postseason, games often are officiated loosely, and that was the case for the majority of Tuesday's Class 1 District 2 semifinal game between Saxony Lutheran and Oran. The third-seeded Eagles won the physical battle Tuesday, upsetting No. 2 Saxony Lutheran 71-52...
Jackson faces big challenge with St. Joe's (03/01/06)
The Jackson girls basketball team has won more than 20 games in each of coach Sam Sides' first three seasons at the helm, continuing to build on a rich Indians tradition. The Indians have made it to the state final four seven times, all since 1992. Jackson has yet to win a state title but has three runner-up and three third-place finishes...
Garner will not be back, source says (03/01/06)
Gary Garner's nine-year run as the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach apparently is over. A source close to the situation told the Southeast Missourian on Tuesday night that Garner, who is in the final year of his contract, will not have the contract renewed...
Redhawks reach semis with rout of Murray St. (03/01/06)
It usually takes an awful lot to impress Southeast Missouri State coach B.J. Smith. But even Smith couldn't contain his enthusiasm following Tuesday night's first-round Ohio Valley Conference tournament game against visiting Murray State. "That was impressive," said a smiling Smith...
Area sports digest 3/1/06 (03/01/06)
Thurman scores first hole in one of year Durwood Thurman scored the first hole in one reported this year. He scored his ace Sunday on the par-3 third hole, which was playing at 100 yards on temporary winter greens. Thurman used a pitching wedge. Witnesses were Mike Blechle and Kenny Brown...
Labor talks break off days before free-agency period (03/01/06)
NEW YORK -- NFL labor talks broke off Tuesday three days before the start of free agency, leaving teams and players in a quandary about negotiating new contracts. Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association, spent the last three days meeting in New York and Washington with commissioner Paul Tagliabue...
Tigers suffer 85-78 loss to 3-point crazy Iowa St. (03/01/06)
AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State attempted a school-record 32 3-pointers and hit just enough of them to end its home schedule on a high note. Will Blalock led six Cyclones in double figures with 20 points as Iowa State beat Missouri 85-78 Tuesday, its seventh straight home win over the Tigers...
Sampras to join pro league to stay busy (03/01/06)
All those comparisons between Roger Federer and Pete Sampras are right on the mark. Sampras himself says so. "They're all very valid: Not only is he winning majors, but the way he's winning them -- with pretty much ease. He's pretty much the favorite in every major for the rest of his career," Sampras said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press...
Ankiel will miss time with knee injury; Cards top Florida Atlantic (03/01/06)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Rick Ankiel, the former pitching phenom trying to make the St. Louis Cardinals as an outfielder, will miss 10 to 14 days of spring training after injuring his left knee, the team said Tuesday. Ankiel suffered the injury during an intrasquad game Monday. He had been scheduled to start Tuesday's exhibition game in center field against Florida Atlantic University...
Vanderbilt QB sees stock soar at combine (03/01/06)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jay Cutler will be leaving Vanderbilt with much more than an excellent education. He is the current hot topic of the NFL draft, shooting so far up the charts after a strong performance at the combine that some analysts now consider him the top quarterback available -- ahead of even Matt Leinart and Vince Young...
TV ratings drop 37 percent from Salt Lake City Games '02 Games (03/01/06)
NEW YORK -- NBC's prime-time Olympics coverage from Turin ended up averaging 20.2 million viewers per night, a 37 percent decline from the Salt Lake City games four years ago, with an even steeper decline among young viewers. The closing ceremonies on Sunday had only 14.8 million viewers, and was clobbered by ABC's finale of "Dancing With the Stars."...
MVC may have major representation in NCAA tournament (03/01/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Perhaps the Missouri Valley Conference isn't such a "midmajor" after all. The Missouri Valley, ranked sixth among all college basketball conferences, is poised to send an unprecedented four teams to the NCAA tournament this year, perhaps more, conference officials and coaches believe...
Macy is out as coach at Morehead St. (03/01/06)
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kyle Macy, a former University of Kentucky player who spent seven seasons in the NBA, resigned Tuesday as head basketball coach at Morehead State. Morehead finished the season with one of the worst records in the nation at 4-23 and did not qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament for a second straight year. Macy was 106-144 in nine seasons as coach...
No waffling about it: Baked cake is sweet treat (03/01/06)
The Dutch likely manufactured the first waffle irons. Undoubtedly the most inventive, not to mention lucrative, use of a waffle iron occurred in Bill Bowerman's garage. That's where, back in 1971, the University of Oregon track coach poured some liquid rubber into his wife's waffle iron and created the soles of the first Nike running shoes. The rest, as they say, is history...
Recipes to complete any Ash Wednesday meal (03/01/06)
Today being Ash Wednesday, many people will be eating fish or non-meat items for their meals today. I thought I would share a couple of recipes with you that have been given to me to use during Lent. 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 onions, chopped 2 celery ribs, finely chopped...
Cookbook salvages fish and chips into health choice (03/01/06)
A deep-fried favorite of the British, the classic preparation of fish and chips turns two fundamentally healthy foods into something of a fat-loaded dietary disaster. Don't despair. With the guidance of a recipe in "Cooking Smart for a Healthy Heart"(Reader's Digest, 2005), cooks can rescue the fish and potatoes, add a few tomatoes and enjoy the best of both food worlds...
End of winter heralds beginning of baseball (03/01/06)
Quick, what are the five greatest words in the English language? If you're a baseball fan and February rolls around, there's one easy answer -- "pitchers and catchers are reporting." Nothing gets the juices flowing after a long winter in quite the same way as the first footage from Florida on the nightly newscast of pitchers and catchers arriving at spring training...
James Hepler (03/01/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- James R. "Rudy" Hepler, 33, of Lowden, Iowa, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa. He was born Aug. 25, 1972, in Maryland, son of Fred L. and Brenda Moore Hepler. He and Diana Shocker were married April 5, 2003...
Duane Eastman (03/01/06)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Duane Guy Eastman, 70, of Charleston died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Aug. 24, 1935, in Marion, Ill., son of Donald G. and Emma LaBotte Eastman. He and Betty LaVerne Allen were married June 26, 1954...
Brenda Myers (03/01/06)
Brenda Sue Myers, 57, of Mayfield, Ky., died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Ky. She was born March 7, 1948, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Charles and Wanda Gross Cox. Myers was a receptionist at West Kentucky Rural Telephone. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Mayfield...
Meyer Spradlin (03/01/06)
Meyer Albert "Pete" Spradlin, 80, of Berryman, Mo., died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at Washington County Memorial Hospital in Potosi, Mo. He was born Jan. 19, 1926, at Fornfelt, Mo., son of Harrison Kue and Allie Taylor Spradlin. He and Wanda Marie Gray were married in 1973...
Linda Bohnert (03/01/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Linda E. Bohnert, 88, of Perryville died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 5, 1917, in Perry County, daughter of William and Emma Hoehn Boxdorfer. She and Melvin Bohnert were married May 6, 1939. He died April 8, 1987...
Dorothy Halter (03/01/06)
Dorothy Jane "Dottie" Halter, 75, of Pensacola, Fla., and Scott City died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at 12:15 p.m. at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Dorothy was born July 9, 1930, in Cape Girardeau, to the late Otto and Ottilia Burger Halter. She attended school at Benton and Kelso, Mo., and Cape Girardeau...
Morton Grim (03/01/06)
Morton W. Grim, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006, at his home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ralph Bowerman (03/01/06)
MCCLURE, Ill. -- Ralph Woodrow Bowerman, 86, of McClure died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at his home. He was born March 29, 1919, in Cape Girardeau, son of Alonzo L. "Lon" and Nancy E. Vandegraf Bowerman. He married Anola Mae Burris Gill. Bowerman had been a meat cutter. He was a member of Red Star Baptist Church and VFW Post 3838...
Births 3/1/06 (03/01/06)
Brandon; Radcliff
Cape/Jackson police reports 3/1/06 (03/01/06)
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Cape/Jackson fire reports 3/1/06 (03/01/06)
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Out of the past 3/1/06 (03/01/06)
25 years ago: March 1, 1981 Twenty-two black ministers from the Cape Girardeau and Jackson area have organized a Ministerial Community Outreach Conference in an effort to meet the emotional and financial needs of the elderly, the young and low-income; the Rev. Claude Russell, pastor of Second Baptist Church, is president of the organization...
Banking on science (03/01/06)
In allying with the St. Louis Science Center, Montgomery Bank has developed an arrangement that should benefit both the people of Southeast Missouri and the bank itself. Over the three-year partnership, the Sikeston, Mo.-based bank will provide $600,000 to support educational programs at the center along with traveling exhibits that will come to Southeast Missouri...
Speak Out 3/1/06 (03/01/06)
One-way destruction; Grandstanding; Illinois feelings; Subtle bullying; Vote with care; Losing officers; Expensive markers; Students are paying; Better than most; Need a highway; Cairo's future; Own worst enemies; Just helping out; Look at sacred cow
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