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Stories from Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Cairo councilwoman Linda Jackson calls mayor a liar (07/12/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Cairo city councilwoman Linda Jackson called out the town's mayor Tuesday night, calling him a liar who disregards state and local law. "From day one, you have single-handedly broken the laws of our state, ignored our local ordinances and dictated all city policy," Jackson said of Paul Farris in a news release...
Highway commission OKs decreased spending through 2011 (07/12/06)
From staff and wire reports FRONTENAC, Mo. -- Spending on Missouri roads and transportation will face a dramatic decrease five years from now, from $1.6 billion next year to $700 million in 2011 partly because materials have become so expensive, highway officials said Tuesday...
County officials promote Proposition 1 at town meeting (07/12/06)
GORDONVILLE -- Lower property taxes, better roads and stronger law enforcement are the top selling points county officials used Tuesday evening to promote Proposition 1 at a town meeting at Zion United Methodist Church. But when the audience got a chance to respond, they wanted to know when new rules for making paving decisions would be ready, why deputy sheriffs need a pay hike and how soon a citizen's advisory board would begin work...
School board puts hold on plan to build sports stadium (07/12/06)
The Cape Girardeau school board won't move ahead with plans for a new high school football stadium, at least not yet. Board members said Tuesday they want an overall facilities plan for the district that looks at all the building needs, not just high school athletic facilities...
Tryouts for NBC's 'Deal' heading to Metropolis, Ill. (07/12/06)
METROPOLIS, Ill. -- A few thousand people are expected to descend on Superman's hometown later this month for a shot at a million bucks or at least a chance to hear Howie Mandel ask that suddenly famous TV catch-phrase. Deal ... or no deal. NBC's hit game show is getting some help from its affiliate stations for a nationwide search for contestants including a casting-call stop in Metropolis on July 22. ...
Contract confusion (07/12/06)
Questions about exactly how much a taxi ride now costs in Cape Girardeau and who is eligible for discounted rides are creating confusion for patrons of the expanded Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority. Basic taxi rates increased $1 from those charged by Kelley Transportation Co. Inc. prior to the transit authority's takeover of the taxi service June 30. But contracts signed by the authority with funding agencies provide steeply discounted rides to some people riding for specific reasons...
Two Sikeston residents charged with possession of drugs (07/12/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Two Sikeston residents were charged recently for cocaine and marijuana possession. Cora K. Looney, 24, and Mario Bean, 26, were both charged Friday with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of cocaine, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. ...
Police seek man posing as member of Puddle of Mudd (07/12/06)
ULLIN, Ill. -- Illinois State Police are seeking an impostor of a rock band member believed to have threatened at least two women. Around 1:45 a.m. Friday, a man came up behind a woman walking to her vehicle in the parking lot of a Carbondale, Ill., business and held an object on her throat, according to a news release from the Illinois State Police...
Heavy rain drenches Southeast Missouri (07/12/06)
Precipitation pummeled the region Tuesday afternoon, closing some local roadways due to flooding but causing few accidents. According to readings at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, 2.46 inches of rain fell between early Tuesday and 7:53 p.m., the National Weather Service reported...
Eight Perry County stores caught selling alcohol to minors (07/12/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Eight convenience store employees were caught selling alcohol to minors in Perry County last week. Working with the Perryville Police Department, the Perry County Sheriff's Department conducted an undercover operation Saturday to see if employees at local convenience stores sold alcohol to minors...
Three family members charged with felony burglary (07/12/06)
Three family members accused of looting a Cape Girardeau County home for profit were charged Tuesday with felony burglary. A county sheriff's deputy responded to a call Monday afternoon of trespassing and suspicious activity at 9469 State Route W near Fruitland. When she arrived, the deputy found Dana L. Sheldrake, Stephen D. Sheldrake II, and William D. Porter on the property...
Stolen truck pulled from Mississippi River (07/12/06)
A truck reported stolen in April from Cape Girardeau was found Tuesday afternoon in the Mississippi River off a local boat dock. The vehicle was found around 1:42 p.m. by a caretaker of the Red Star Boat Dock, according to police Sgt. Barry Hovis. The truck, pulled from the river by 4:10 p.m., appeared to have been submerged for an "extended period of time," Hovis said. The truck was reported stolen April 5 from 501 S. Middle St. Police have no suspects...
Taxi discounts (07/12/06)
Source: Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority...
Court briefs 7/12/06 (07/12/06)
Jury convicts suspected Cape drug dealer A jury took less than an hour Tuesday to convict a suspected Cape Girardeau drug dealer. Dale J. Howard, of 259 N. Park St., was found guilty of felony second-degree drug trafficking following about 40 minutes of jury deliberations Tuesday night, according to assistant prosecuting attorney Brent Nelson. ...
Club news 7/12/06 (07/12/06)
Oak Ridge FCE; Progressive Club
Archbishop of St. Louis appointed to top Vatican court (07/12/06)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke now sits on the Roman Catholic Church's highest judicial authority. Pope Benedict XVI named Burke to the church's supreme court Saturday. He was out of the country and not available for comment. The Vatican's so-called Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature hears appeals of certain cases that cannot be settled in the church's lower courts...
Louisiana insurance regulator calls for extension for Katrina damage claims (07/12/06)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana's top insurance regulator said Tuesday he was ordering private insurers to give homeowners an extra year to settle their claims for damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. By law, homeowners have only one year from the date when the damage was caused to either settle their claim or sue their insurer...
Proposal to allow prescription drug imports from Canada OK'd by Senate (07/12/06)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate opened the way Tuesday to let Americans import prescription drugs into the United States from Canada, seeking to ease a regulatory ban on cheaper medicine crossing the border. The proposal, which was approved 68-32, would create a Canadian loophole on a Food and Drug Administration ban on importing prescription medicine into the United States. It was offered as part of a $31.7 billion Homeland Security Department spending blueprint for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1...
34 shootings in Phoenix may be related (07/12/06)
PHOENIX -- A series of shootings that wounded 13 people during the past two months may be linked to an earlier set of assaults, slayings and animal shootings in the city that killed four people, police said Tuesday. Clues in the serial shootings possibly point to the same perpetrator, police Cmdr. Bill Louis said, but so little is known that detectives are frustrated and need help to break the case...
House passes legislation to limit growing online gambling industry (07/12/06)
WASHINGTON -- Internet gambling is big business and growing. Just consider the numbers: Consumers worldwide currently spend $12 billion a year on Internet gambling, a figure that is projected to jump to $24 billion by 2010. But lawmakers are hoping to stem that growth. On Tuesday, the House passed a bill that would forbid online gamblers from using credit cards and other payment forms for settling Internet wagers...
Budget deficit estimate drops to $296 billion under new White House figures (07/12/06)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is crediting his tax cuts for new deficit figures that are far lower than earlier White House estimates, but the red ink is expected to climb again next year and the longer-term outlook is more bleak. White House figures released Tuesday estimate the federal deficit for the 2006 budget year ending Sept. 30 will be $296 billion -- better than the $423 billion Bush predicted in February but only a slight improvement over last year's $318 billion...
HUD approves $4.2 billion for Louisiana's 'Road Home' hurricane rebuilding program (07/12/06)
NEW ORLEANS -- The federal government will pay $4.2 billion into a program to help Louisiana residents rebuild or sell houses severely damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, officials said Tuesday. The Department of Housing and Urban Development also announced it would provide $1 billion for hurricane-related housing needs in Mississippi, Texas, Alabama and Florida, and called on those states to apply for the additional money...
White House extends Geneva protections to terror suspects (07/12/06)
WASHINGTON -- A brief memo circulated among military brass marked the end of the Bush administration's insistence that the Geneva Conventions don't apply to captives in the war on terrorism. On Tuesday, the Pentagon disclosed the directive ordering a thorough review to make sure all policies and practices on the military detention of suspected terrorists conform with basic human rights protections of Article 3 of the Geneva accords...
Elderly should expect another big jump in Medicare premiums (07/12/06)
WASHINGTON -- The elderly will face another double-digit rise in their Medicare premiums next year, resulting in monthly payments of nearly $100. The monthly premiums for supplementary medical insurance will rise from $88.50 to at least $98.40, the Bush administration projected Tuesday. That's an 11.2 percent increase, and it's possible the amount will be slightly higher...
Boston tunnel collapse prompts scrutiny of project (07/12/06)
BOSTON -- At least 12 tons of concrete collapsed onto a car in a Big Dig tunnel, fatally crushing a passenger and prompting renewed scrutiny Tuesday of a troubled highway project that is already the costliest in U.S. history. The state attorney general said he plans to treat the site as a crime scene that could lead to negligent homicide charges...
Clean water, Internet coming, but lights remain dim in devastated city (07/12/06)
FALLUJAH, Iraq -- Clean water should flow to 80 percent of Fallujah's homes this fall, and by summer's end a planned wireless network will provide phone service and Internet access to thousands, a technological leap unimaginable just months ago. But mounds of rubble litter the city, electricity is available only four hours a day, and an estimated 50,000 people out of a population of about 300,000 still have not returned 18 months after Fallujah was destroyed in an American assault to wrest control from insurgents.. ...
Iraqi lawmakers demand action after wave of sectarian violence kills at least 60 (07/12/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- More than a dozen bombings killed about 60 people in Iraq on Tuesday, part of a recent surge in violence that prompted lawmakers to ask the government to explain why its security plan for the capital is failing. Suicide bombers struck across the street from Baghdad's heavily guarded Green Zone, killing up to 16 people -- the deadliest attack in a wave of bombings and shootings that threatened to shatter confidence in Iraq's new government...
147 dead in rail explosions (07/12/06)
BOMBAY, India -- It took just minutes. One by one down the railway line, the bombs went off, ripping apart the trains, tearing through flesh and paralyzing what is arguably India's most vibrant city. The eight blasts struck during Bombay's busy evening rush hour Tuesday, killing 147 people and wounding hundreds in a well-coordinated terror attack on the heart of a city that embodies India's global ambitions...
Scott County falls to Dunklin County (07/12/06)
Scott County's American Legion team dropped a rain-shortened game 12-6 in six innings Tuesday at district foe Dunklin County. Scott County (12-15) was outhit 12-6 in the game. Blake Dirnberger led Scott County with two hits, and Shane Menz scored twice and added an RBI...
Area sports digest 7/12/06 (07/12/06)
Singleton, Gilmore add to Kimbeland aces Joe Singleton and Ron Gilmore each had a hole in one last week at Kimbeland Country Club in Jackson, bringing the number of aces for last week to four. Singleton aced the 150-yard, par-3 sixth hole on July 4...
MVP Young caps AL's two-out rally in ninth inning with two-run triple (07/12/06)
PITTSBURGH -- No matter who's on the mound, the National League can't find a way to close out an All-Star game. With the American League down to its final strike, Michael Young hit a two-run triple off Trevor Hoffman for a 3-2 victory Tuesday night that kept the AL unbeaten for the past decade...
Healing process continues at Mizzou (07/12/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- At a time of day when many are still settling in for their first morning coffee, a cacophony of sound floods the University of Missouri's football training complex. Left unspoken -- but seared in the memories of returning players and coaches -- are events of a year ago today, when 19-year-old Aaron O'Neal, a redshirt freshman and reserve linebacker, collapsed on Faurot Field during a voluntary summer workout...
Selig happy with progress on drug use (07/12/06)
PITTSBURGH -- Bud Selig stuck up for baseball's drug-testing program Tuesday and insisted the toughened policy is working and later touched on recent scandals set off by Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco and Jason Grimsley. "I really think steroid use has been minimized," the commissioner said. "Amphetamines, we're doing OK."...
Race heads to mountains (07/12/06)
DAX, France -- Now for the hard part. Having made it through fast and dangerous racing during the opening flat stages of the Tour de France, riders veer into the Pyrenees today for their first encounter with the high mountains. The spotlight will move away from sprint specialists like Oscar Freire, winner of Tuesday's pancake-flat stage nine...
Jury deliberating in Barton County case (07/12/06)
WICHITA, Kan. -- Jurors began deliberations Tuesday in the trial of a former Barton County Community College track coach who is accused of participating in a scheme to fraudulently use student work programs to get around a Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference prohibition against athletes receiving full-ride scholarships...
Chinese man sets record in hurdles (07/12/06)
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Liu Xiang of China set a world record in the 110-meter hurdles on Tuesday, breaking the record he shared with Britain's Colin Jackson. Liu's time of 12.88 seconds at the Athletissima Grand Prix meeting was .03 better than the record he matched in winning gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Jackson ran 12.91 in Stuttgart, Germany, in August 1993...
Wie more confident about making cut at men's event (07/12/06)
SILVIS, Ill. -- Michelle Wie feels all grown up now. She looked like she belonged on the PGA Tour, one shot better than the cut line with momentum on her side last year at the John Deere Classic. Then came a double bogey on her 15th hole with two shots into a bunker and three putts from 20 feet. Her next shot sailed far right of the green, smacking off a cart path. And after missing the cut by two shots, it was time to go home...
Violent sport finds its audience (07/12/06)
NEW YORK -- Shortly after a group of investors bought the nearly bankrupt Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2001, the company put on a pay-per-view bout. But the fight ran over its allotted time. Angry viewers didn't get to see the conclusion. "It was a very bad start," UFC president Dana White acknowledged. "It took us a long time to rebuild."...
Trustees will ponder proposal on AD's contract (07/12/06)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- With the Chief Illiniwek controversy still unresolved and the start of the $116 million renovation of Memorial Stadium just a few months away, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees is being asked to ensure stability at the top of its athletics program...
Formula One team kicks Montoya free immediately (07/12/06)
NASCAR fans might get a look at open-wheel racing star Juan Pablo Montoya a lot sooner than expected. Montoya, who announced Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway that he will drive for former boss Chip Ganassi next season in NASCAR, is leaving Formula One's McLaren Mercedes team immediately...
Cycling for sweets: Tour de Donut offers the perfect incentive for bicycling (07/12/06)
Last weekend, like many other enthusiasts, I followed closely the progress of one of the greatest sporting events in the world, and certainly the most remarkable contest in the field of cycling. No, I'm not talking about the annual Tour de France, but another bike race that for nearly 20 years has been running concurrently with it and is, to my mind, far more thrilling: the Tour de Donut...
Salads to get you through summer (07/12/06)
It is hard for me to believe the Fourth of July is over, another fiscal year is behind us at work and the Hallmark Christmas ornament collection is out already. I marvel at how time flies and how quickly time gets away from me. My mother tells me that the older she gets, the faster time goes. I cannot imagine it going any faster, but I guess it will, whether I am ready or not...
Do economic signs read 'end is near'? (07/12/06)
When lean times hit, they hit hard. In the past few weeks I've been writing and reading about some economic indicators. Almost all of them seem to be flashing red warning signs. Most noticeable, of course, is the cost of gasoline, which is headed toward $3 per gallon in Southeast Missouri. A weekend drive to St. Louis and back now costs a cool $20 for a small car or, I'm guessing, $50 in your standard H-2 Hummer...
Everett Barks (07/12/06)
Romeoville Mo. -- Everett E. Barks, 81, of Romeoville, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, July 11, 2006, in his home. He was born June 29, 1925, in Cape Girardeau, son of Thomas and Lillie Barks. He and Lillian Iola Barks were married for 59 years...
Jeanne Currie (07/12/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Jeanne R. Currie, 79, of Anna died Sunday, July 9, 2006, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Ill. She was born Oct. 8, 1926, in Hammond, Ind., daughter of William and Vita Hall Leader. She and William A. Currie were married July 5, 1956. He died March 22, 1993...
William Collins (07/12/06)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- William "Bill" Collins, 84, of Olive Branch died Monday, July 10, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 18, 1921, in Alexander County, Ill., son of William and Gertrude Greenley Collins. He and Josephine Siers were married May 19, 1945...
Robert Welborn (07/12/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Robert F. "Chief" Welborn, 65, of Columbus, Ohio, died Wednesday, July 5, 2006, at the home of a son in Chaffee. He was born April 6, 1941, in Chicago, son of Wayman Leroy Welborn and Marion Helen Stonequiest. He was raised by Wayman and Yvonne Welborn...
Ona Wright (07/12/06)
Ona Pearl Wright, 100, left this world Monday, July 10, 2006, to join her heavenly family -- parents, Charles P. and Henrietta Green Wright; brothers, Guy and Clyde Wright; sisters, Opal Wright and Theola Wright Schafer. Ona's beautiful mind, sense of humor and generous heart were amazing to all who knew her. She was talented in so many areas of her life, loved and remembered for her dutiful and loving heart as she cared for each of her family in times of need...
Mary Mattingly (07/12/06)
Mary Verline Mattingly, 85, of Cape Girardeau passed away Saturday, July 8, 2006, at Ratliff Care Center. She was born Feb. 10, 1921, in Perry County, Mo., daughter of Vincent and Rosella Gibbar Mattingly. Mary worked as a nurse's aide at Shriner's Hospital in St. Louis. She was a long-time member of West End Church of Christ in Cape Girardeau...
Rhoda Riley (07/12/06)
The life of Sister Rhoda Riley began March 3, 1928. She was the second daughter born to Walter Riley and Mary Farrar at Neelys Landing. Rhoda confessed her life to Christ at an early age at Hilley Chapel in Cape Girardeau under the leadership of Rev. White. She later joined New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church where she has served as a Sunday school teacher, usher, and in many other various ministries...
Births 7/12/06 (07/12/06)
Davie; Meisenheimer; Spane; Heisserer; Gabriel; Venable; Schiwitz
Cape/Jackson police reports 7/12/06 (07/12/06)
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Cape/Jackson fire reports 7/12/06 (07/12/06)
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Out of the past 7/12/06 (07/12/06)
25 years ago: July 12, 1981 COMMERCE, Mo. -- A microfilm copy of the Commerce Dispatch newspaper has been acquired through the efforts of the Scott County Historical Society; the microfilm covers the period from the newspaper's establishment on March 2, 1867, to the issue of March 23, 1872...
Student impact (07/12/06)
Many Cape Girardeau residents who aren't students appreciate the slowdown that occurs when the student population at Southeast Missouri State University decreases during the summer. The press of traffic eases and lines are shorter at the movie theaters -- except for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."...
Plenty of opinions (07/12/06)
Most of the Opinion page today is devoted to Speak Out comments -- a larger-than-normal number of comments. Ordinarily, summertime is a slower time for comments received by phone, e-mail or letter. But not this year. As a matter of fact, the number of comments has increased along with the temperature and humidity...
Year-round school is a bad idea (07/12/06)
To the editor: There is no evidence that children benefit academically from year-round school. Standardized test scores show no significant impact, and numerous studies on how much students forget over a break show that most of what they forget, they forget over the first two or three weeks of a break. ...
Why isn't the cable guide working? (07/12/06)
To the editor: Does anyone out there know what the deal is with Charter Communications' cable-TV guide? For days at a time the only choice my guide gives me is "To be announced." I guess the hundred bucks a month we pay for cable service doesn't guarantee a working guide...
Speak Out 7/12/06 (07/12/06)
Wedding gift; Eternity for gougers; In God's hands; Yard sales; Excellent article; Business failure; Drowning in fees; Trading taxes; Guard takes the brunt; Thanks for freedom; Waste of money; Thanks for a great day; Involuntary service; Perfume section; A suitable monument; Bigger problems; Great chief; Liberal import; Noise compromise; Military thanks; No comparison; TV alternative; Speak Out boost; No bus service; New problems; Fireworks concerns; WWII history; Creeping control; Donating to save lives; Exhaustive research; Doing a job; Teacher conferences; Protected speech; Thanks to Westriches; Mexican percentages
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