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Witness: Murder suspect threatened him (03/04/06)
A Cape Girardeau County judge found probable cause to try a man for murder after hearing testimony the defendant threatened to kill a key witness. Following a preliminary hearing Friday at the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse in Jackson, Associate Circuit Judge Gary Kamp bound Bernard Richards over for arraignment and ordered the case to continue...
Southeast to hold Spring Dance Concert (03/04/06)
The Southeast Missouri Department of Theatre and Dance will hold its informal Spring Dance Concert at the Parker Dance Studio on campus at 8 p.m. March 9 through 11. The department's fall concerts are held at Rose Theatre. ...
Nation briefs 3/4/06 (03/04/06)
After meds on market, studies left pending; Agencies withheld $471 million in funds; Lawmakers to expand oversight of surveillance; Bush: Outsourcing hurts U.S. workers
World briefs 3/4/06 (03/04/06)
Suicide bomber hits Canadian vehicle; Attack on Nazareth holy site sparks riot; Flooding cuts off thousands in Australia; Police find bank heist millions in a warehouse; Democracy in Southeast Asia suffers setbacks
Cape County looks at buying U.S. courthouse on Broadway (03/04/06)
Cape Girardeau County officials are still closely considering the possibility of taking over the federal building on Broadway, a move that would allow the county offices to relocate from the Common Pleas Courthouse. That would set wheels into motion by the city of Cape Girardeau, which -- if the county moves forward on acquiring the federal building -- could convert the Common Pleas Courthouse into a museum...
League of Women Voters to hold forum (03/04/06)
The League of Women Voters of Southeast Missouri will hold a voter's forum on Thursday, at the Career and Technology Center. The forum, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., will be broadcast live on KAPE 1550 AM and will be filmed by students of the CTC for later broadcast on Channel 5...
Man's battle with UP goes back to '02 (03/04/06)
Les Glastetter has been at war with the railroad company since August 2002. "Here are the records to prove it," said Glastetter gesturing to a box overflowing with photographs, maps and correspondence in his home. His extensive files chronicle a legal battle that started over drainage but has now extended to 1,000-foot-wide section of Glastetter's property that abuts the railroad. Union Pacific seized this property in May 2005 through eminent domain...
Area officials issue no-burn orders (03/04/06)
Dry and windy conditions sparked grass fires in recent days -- including one that destroyed 53 used cars near Sikeston on Thursday -- prompting area fire officials to issue no-burn orders. Jackson and Cape Girardeau County officials issued no-burn orders around midday on Friday. The cities of Cape Girardeau and Sikeston earlier had issued no-burn orders. Fire officials said the no-fire bans will remain in effect until the winds die down and the area receives some rain...
Cape teen's drawing wins her trip to see Venus mission (03/04/06)
Cape Girardeau 17-year-old Tatianna Cwik loves art. Her dad, Gary, a professor of geoscience at Southeast Missouri State University, has a passion for planetary exploration. Their loves have come together to give them both the trip of a lifetime -- to view the European Space Agency's unmanned Venus Express mission in the heart of the agency's mission control center in Darmstadt, Germany, on April 11...
Dana Corp. files for bankruptcy protection (03/04/06)
Auto-parts maker Dana Corp. -- which operates a facility in Cape Girardeau -- filed for bankruptcy protection for its U.S. operations on Friday, joining a growing list of suppliers forced to make major restructuring moves because of the slumping U.S. auto industry...
UP crews in Rockview (03/04/06)
ROCKVIEW, Mo. -- Rockview resident Les Glastetter has not resigned himself to the fact that someday in the near future 50 trains daily will be rumbling by his house. So when he looks out his window and sees Union Pacific moving forward with construction as though the hotly contested track swap will soon be a reality, he gets upset...
Bill limiting eminent domain filed in Missouri House (03/04/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A House proposal would expand how much money people could receive when their property is taken through eminent domain while also imposing more restrictions on using the tool for economic development. The bill adopts almost all of the 18 recommendations made last December by a gubernatorial task force charged with studying eminent domain...
States consider strengthening seat belt laws to reduce fatalities (03/04/06)
WASHINGTON -- Seventeen-year-old Brittney Hudson wasn't wearing her seat belt when it mattered most, the moment her 2004 Toyota Celica rolled over along a rural stretch in western Colorado and ejected her from the vehicle. The crash happened a day before Thanksgiving and months later, her parents can only speculate on why she wasn't buckled up. Brittney, a straight-A student, normally wore her seat belt and state troopers told family members it probably would have saved her life...
College celebrates 60th anniversary of Churchill's 'Iron Curtain' speech (03/04/06)
FULTON, Mo. -- President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair sent their regrets, but Westminster College still planned to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Winston Churchill's famed "Iron Curtain" speech. Officials at the small Missouri liberal arts college aimed high in their efforts to lure a marquee speaker to deliver the John Findley Green lecture this weekend...
State revenue up for month, year (03/04/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state's net general revenues rose 9.7 percent in February, helped along by a mild winter, the Office of Administration said Friday. Through the first eight months of the fiscal year, which ends June 30, net revenues were up 6.1 percent to total $4.44 billion, compared with $4.19 billion the previous year, the agency said...
Springfield could face water rationing if drought continues (03/04/06)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield could face unprecedented water rationing if a persistent drought continues to drain two lakes that supply the city's drinking water, City Utilities officials say. Rural residents, meanwhile, are concerned the drought may be tapping out wells, and well companies report an increase in the number of calls and the depth of wells they're drilling...
Gunman's ex-girlfriend testifies in trial over socialite's murder (03/04/06)
ATLANTA -- The triggerman in the murder of an Atlanta socialite called the crime a hit for a husband who wanted "to take out" his wife to avoid giving her any money in a divorce, a woman testified Friday. Belinda Trahan told jurors that her ex-boyfriend, Phillip Harwood, made the comment to her days before Lita Sullivan was shot on her doorstep Jan. 16, 1987, by a man carrying a dozen long-stemmed pink roses...
Starbucks to more than double number of stores selling breakfast (03/04/06)
SEATTLE -- Once premium java percolated into the mainstream, it was only a matter of time before major fast-food and doughnut chains got more serious about their coffee. Bracing for that threat, Starbucks Corp. started trying out toasty egg and cheese sandwiches in its hometown coffeehouses three years ago...
Pesticides found throughout U.S. rivers and streams (03/04/06)
WASHINGTON -- Most of the nation's rivers and streams -- and the fish in them -- are contaminated with pesticides linked to cancer, birth defects and neurological disorders, but not at levels that can harm humans. Pesticides were found in almost all U.S. rivers and streams between 1992 and 2001, says a study released Friday by the U.S. Geological Survey, although most drinking water supplies haven't been affected...
Dubai company formally submits to broader U.S. security review (03/04/06)
WASHINGTON -- A United Arab Emirates company formally submitted Friday to an unusual, broader security examination of its plans to assume significant operations at six major U.S. ports -- a business deal it code-named "Project Thunder." The Bush administration said it will conduct a new, 45-day investigation of plans by Dubai-owned DP World to purchase London-based Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. for $6.8 billion...
Former congressman gets more than eight years (03/04/06)
SAN DIEGO -- Former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, who collected $2.4 million in homes, yachts, antique furnishings and other bribes on a scale unparalleled in the history of Congress, was sentenced Friday to eight years and four months in prison, the longest term meted out to a congressman in decades...
Bush opens security-tense Pakistan visit to show solidarity (03/04/06)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Traveling under heavy security, President Bush showed solidarity with Pakistan in the global war on terror Friday as anti-American protests flared across this Islamic nation. Air Force One flew through the night without lights to conceal the plane's profile as it delivered Bush and his wife, Laura, from India. ...
U.S. reveals names, countries of detainees held at Guantanamo (03/04/06)
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- The Pentagon says he had a rocket-propelled grenade launcher in his house. Zahir Shah says he had only a rifle -- for protection against a cousin in a family feud -- and that the only time he shot anything was when he hunted with a BB gun...
Charleston ends season for Hawks (03/04/06)
Charleston's talent and experience ruled supreme in the boys Class 3 District 2 championship Friday night at Three Rivers Community College, as the top-seeded Bluejays routed No. 2 Kelly 70-50 to clinch its fifth straight district title. The Bluejays will face Doniphan on Wednesday in a Class 3 sectional at Poplar Bluff High School. Charleston is going for its fourth straight trip to the state final four...
Advance uses patience to reach sectional round (03/04/06)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Advance wasn't having its best night Thursday, but Hornets coach Joe Shoemaker kept telling his players to hang in there and things would eventually turn around. He was right. Advance opened the fourth quarter with 17-2 run that erased a five-point deficit and propelled the Hornets to a 64-47 win over South Iron in the Class 2 District 2 championship game Thursday at Bloomfield...
SCC runs its district title streak to three (03/04/06)
GIDEON, Mo. -- The Scott County Central boys basketball team did what coach David Heeb said no one expected of his team this season. On Thursday night, the Braves knocked off Clarkton 88-77 to win its third straight district championship. But the Class 1 District 1 title earned at Gideon was a little different, with Scott County Central's new coach, a sophomore transfer from Bell City, two other sophomores and a freshman leading the way...
Kelly girls post 50-49 victory for district title (03/04/06)
Kelly coach Rod McQuerter has been waiting the entire season for his team to catch a break. The Hawks finally got one at the most opportune time. Junior Nikki Weiny picked up a loose ball and banked in a short jumper with 3 seconds left to lift Kelly past Greenville 50-49 in the Class 3 District 2 championship game Friday night at Three Rivers Community College...
Redhawks encounter quiet day, two losses (03/04/06)
The Redhawks baseball team opened a seven-game homestand at Capaha Park on Friday, but their bats appeared left behind in Evansville, Ind., as Southeast was swept in a doubleheader by a combined 16-1. Southeast fell 8-1 to Indiana State and 8-0 to Southeastern Louisiana as the four-team round-robin Little Caesars Pizza Classic began play...
Co-champions square off in final (03/04/06)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It will be a clash between the Ohio Valley Conference's all-time best women's basketball program and the league's up-and-coming program for all the marbles today. Perennial power Tennessee Tech and upstart Southeast Missouri State will square off at 11 a.m. in the championship game of the OVC tournament, with the winner earning the conference's automatic NCAA tournament berth...
Redhawks finally find answer for nemesis Samford, reach final (03/04/06)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tatiana Conceicao said she had strict orders from Southeast Missouri State coach B.J. Smith prior to Friday's semifinal game of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. "We had a conversation, and coach B.J. said you have to stay out of foul trouble. That was my main focus," Conceicao said...
Woods, Mickelson among four tied for Doral lead (03/04/06)
MIAMI -- Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have been leaving their footprints on the Blue Monster for two days, their paths only running parallel on the few holes at Doral where the front nine meets the back. That won't be the case Saturday. Mickelson birdied two of his last three holes Friday for a 6-under 66, while Woods settled for pars on his final four holes for a 5-under 67. ...
Owners, labor union resume stalled contract negotiations (03/04/06)
NEW YORK -- Talks between the NFL and its players union resumed Friday afternoon, minus the rhetoric that has characterized earlier discussions. That was perhaps a sign that the sides take seriously the ramifications of beginning free agency without a new deal -- something that was seven hours away from happening before the league and the union agreed Thursday to extend by three days the start of the NFL's new calendar year. It now begins at 12:01 a.m. EST on Monday...
Carpenter, Miles lead Cards to first victory (03/04/06)
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Chris Carpenter pitched three shutout innings, Aaron Miles had five hits and the St. Louis Cardinals scored four times in the ninth to beat the New York Mets 11-8 Friday night. Scott Spiezio homered, tripled and drove in five runs for the Cardinals. He finished 3-for-4...
Team USA conducts its first workout (03/04/06)
PHOENIX -- America might be taking a blase attitude toward the inaugural World Baseball Classic. The players on the star-studded U.S. team certainly aren't. Team USA was focused on patriotism, pride and performance in its first workout Friday at Chase Field, formerly known as Bank One Ballpark...
Murray St., Samford reach men's title game in OVC tournament (03/04/06)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Shawn Witherspoon and Pearson Griffith each scored 14 points and Murray State advanced to the Ohio Valley Conference tournament finals with a 69-64 victory over Jacksonville State on Friday night. Murray State (23-6) will play Samford in the championship game today for an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. If Murray State loses, the Racers will still be invited to the National Invitation Tournament based the Racers' regular season OVC championship...
Richard Beaver (03/04/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Richard D. Beaver, 86, of Anna died Wednesday, March 1, 2006, at Union County Hospital. He was born May 24, 1919, in Fancy Creek Township, Ill., son of Otto and Louise Ritterbush Beaver. Beaver served 20 years in the U.S. Navy. He then worked as an air traffic controller 10 years...
Rae Watts (03/04/06)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Rae Watts, 82, of Tamms died Thursday, March 2, 2006, at Jonesboro Health Care Center in Jonesboro, Ill. She was born April 24, 1923, in Watson, Ark., daughter of William L. and Lillen Sample Bickerstaff. She married Bill H. Watts, who preceded her in death...
Winifred Francis (03/04/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Winifred June "Winnie" Francis, 89, of Marble Hill died Thursday, March 2, 2006, at Elder Care of Marble Hill. She was born June 12, 1916, at Lutesville, daughter of Andrew and Lillie Agnes Ripptoe Cavaness. She and William M. Francis were married April 18, 1934. He died in 1973...
Maggie Dodd (03/04/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Maggie Ann Dodd, 97, of Chaffee died Thursday, March 2, 2006, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born June 15, 1908, at London, Ark., daughter of John Thomas and Loe Amy Freeman Cochran. She and Joe Pleasant Hampton Burton were married in 1926; he died in 1946. She and Cleveland Dodd were married Oct. 9, 1948; he died April 11, 1997...
Cleo Cooper (03/04/06)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Cleo M. Cooper, 83, of Bloomfield died Thursday, March 2, 2006, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 30, 1922, in Stoddard County, to Albert M. and Ada George Bornemann. She and Floyd V. Cooper were married Sept. 1, 1939, at Bloomfield. He died March 1, 1990...
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Out of the past 3/4/06 (03/04/06)
25 years ago: March 4, 1981 The city of Jackson will operate this year on a $5.7 million budget, an increase of $1.5 million over last year's $4.2 million budget; the 1981 budget, approved this week by the board of aldermen, includes a 10 percent across-the-board pay raise for city employees...
A court system in crisis (03/04/06)
By Ashley E. Allen Kyle Morrison's article in the Feb. 26 Southeast Missourian on how the public defender system is failing to provide adequate legal counsel for criminal defendants represents just one side of the growing crisis for Missouri and its court system...
Coach Bess (03/04/06)
In 36 years of coaching at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mo., Gene Bess never has had a losing season. That's more than most people in any profession can say. Bess already was the winningest coach in collegiate history when he achieved his 1,000th win as a college coach last week. ...
Use caution near road emergencies (03/04/06)
To the editor: Missouri's streets and highways have been dangerous for emergency personnel for many years. With the passage of the initial "Move Over" legislation in August 2002, many people thought the problem had been solved. This past year the problem reappeared with the untimely deaths of troopers Jay Sampietro and Kevin Floyd. Both officers were killed while performing traffic duties...
Life is constantly changing (03/04/06)
To the editor: Life has made many changes over a 100-year period. Compared to early years, life is as different as day as night. Many were the times I spaded the ground for vegetables. Joy was felt in seeing it produce. I found fun in cutting our lawn with a hand mower. It sure beat riding a stationary bike or exercising on some of today's equipment...
Missouri needs more AEDs (03/04/06)
To the editor: As a sudden cardiac arrest survivor and health-care professional, I am deeply concerned that President Bush has proposed eliminating an important federal program to place automated external defibrillators in many communities and rural areas. I know firsthand that immediate CPR and early defibrillation using an AED can more than double a victim's chance of survival...
Speak Out 3/4/06 (03/04/06)
Good place to be; School bus safety; What's that smell?; Unsafe roadblock
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