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Man accused of trying to lure away Alexander Co. candidate's daughter (09/07/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- An Illinois man was accused Wednesday of attempting to kidnap the daughter of a candidate for Alexander County commissioner. Don W. Miller Sr., 68, of Brighton, Ill., was charged with felony child abduction in the Monday incident. He is accused of luring toward a vehicle the 13-year-old daughter of Duane "Street Preacher" Lyon during a Labor Day festival in Olive Branch, Ill...
Bridge's fate rests with county commission (09/07/06)
Contractors removed the old steel pony truss bridge from County Road 439 Wednesday, taking the structure in one piece to the Cape Girardeau County highway maintenance shed. The bridge, which county commissioners have sought to give away, will now sit until a decision is made on which, if any, of six applicants will receive it...
Area soldier killed in Iraq Wednesday (09/07/06)
A local teenager serving in the U.S. Army was killed in Iraq Wednesday. Jeremy Shank, 18, of Jackson was killed early Wednesday morning local time. He was in the Army's 25th Infantry Division, based in Hawaii. Details on his death were not immediately available...
2 teens charged in Oran vandalism (09/07/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- Two 17-year-old girls were charged Wednesday for a vandalism spree in Oran, Mo., two weeks ago. Heather N. Turner and Melba J. Hays, both of Morley, Mo., were each charged with three counts of felony tampering with a motor vehicle, misdemeanor tampering with a motor vehicle and two counts of misdemeanor property damage...
Cape lawyer sues biotech firm over rice (09/07/06)
Southeast Missouri's rice farmers face falling prices because a biotechnology company negligently allowed a strain of genetically modified rice to escape research fields, a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday charges. The lawsuit, filed by Cape Girardeau attorney Michael Ponder on behalf of three Southeast Missouri rice farmers, seeks unspecified damages against Bayer Cropscience USA, developer of the modified rice...
Cape Girardeau library to hold fall book sale this weekend (09/07/06)
The Cape Girardeau Public Library will put up for sale thousands of used books this weekend to raise money for library operations and future expansion of the facility. Most of the books have been donated by library supporters. Some, however, are well-used library books, library director Betty Martin said...
Powering up for the fair (09/07/06)
Shane Ward crawled out from underneath the teacup ride after plugging it into an electrical line. He was setting up for the 151st SEMO District Fair, which starts Saturday and runs through Sept. 16 at Arena Park in Cape Girardeau.
MoDOT plans ramp repairs on Interstate 55 (09/07/06)
Repair work will begin Monday on the Interstate 55 interchange ramps at Scott City, weather permitting. Work starts at 6 p.m. and goes to 6 a.m. daily. The southbound on-ramp will be the first to undergo repairs. The ramp will remain open, but traffic will be detoured onto the shoulder, with speed reduced to 25 miles per hour...
Community briefs 9/7/06 (09/07/06)
Mungle family reunion to be held Sept. 17 The Mungle family will have a reunion from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 at Jackson City Park Pavillion No. 6. There will be a basket dinner. n The book discussion group will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 19. Participants will share their views on the book "Feather Crowns" by Bobbie Ann Mason. The novel may be checked out at the reference desk with a patron card...
Southeast Missouri State University's summer dean's list (09/07/06)
Southeast Missouri State University named 521 students to its dean's list for academic achievement during the 2006 summer session. Area students named to the list by hometown: Advance -- Amy McNew, Eric O'Hare, Angela Poe, James Wright. Altenburg -- Ashley Lueders...
Japanese scholar to give Faulkner lecture today (09/07/06)
A Japanese scholar will lecture today in Cape Girardeau about American author William Faulkner. Nobuaki Namiki, professor of English at Senshu University in Kawasaki City, Japan, will discuss "Faulkner and Post-World War II Japan" in a presentation at 3:30 p.m. ...
Area ceremonies will commemorate 9-11 (09/07/06)
Americans across Southeast Missouri -- Muslim and otherwise -- will mark Monday's fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with heartfelt prayer, sorrowful events and somber reflection. Emergency personnel and the public will gather at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Cape Girardeau's fire station No. 1 on Sprigg Street for a brief ceremony...
Father bound to circuit court, charged with stealing by deceit (09/07/06)
A man charged with stealing by using his disabled son to garner monetary donations was bound for circuit court. Timothy J. Heuring, 45, of 613 Sycamore St., waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Associate Circuit Judge Gary A. Kamp scheduled him to appear for arraignment Sept. 18 in circuit court...
Red House prepares for fund-raising party (09/07/06)
Three years ago in November, sidewalks in downtown Cape Girardeau were lined with spectators when the Red House opened its doors to the public. The event celebrated the completion of the rendition of Louis Lorimier's military trading post, reawakening residents to the city's history and the Lewis and Clark expedition...
Club news 9/7/06 (09/07/06)
Progressive Club...
Commerce to celebrate two-day Floodfest in September (09/07/06)
COMMERCE, Mo. -- Events at the two-day Commerce Floodfest to be held Sept. 23 to 24 will include a lawn-mower race, car show, karaoke contest, dinner, pageant and cake walk. Prizes will be awarded to the people of Commerce for the most in one family and for traveling the farthest...
Community cuisine 9/7/06 (09/07/06)
Benefit held for Christ Episcopal Church...
Nixon labels Blunt's latest plan for MOHELA as 'ill-conceived' (09/07/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Attorney General Jay Nixon on Wednesday urged Missouri's student loan authority to reject Gov. Matt Blunt's "latest ill-conceived" plan for a college building boom financed by the agency's money. Nixon's sharply worded nine-page letter comes in advance of Friday's board meeting of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority, which is to consider -- and potentially vote -- on Blunt's plan...
Los Alamos, N.M., tops best-savers list, report says (09/07/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Jim West figures he and his fellow residents of Los Alamos, N.M., are too busy biking, fishing and riding horses to spend much money. Perhaps that's part of the reason the town of 18,500 residents ranks No. 1 in this year's A.G. Edwards "Nest Egg Index," an annual ranking of how the nation's cities and states put away money for safekeeping...
Authorities: DNA evidence links St. Louis man to 1994 rape, killing (09/07/06)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- A St. Louis man already serving time for burglary was charged Wednesday in the 1994 rape and killing of a north St. Louis County woman thanks to a DNA match 12 years later. Prosecutors said they have matched the DNA of Stanley Johnson, 49, to the scene of the May 5, 1994, killing of Lela Warner. The 68-year old grandmother was found raped and strangled in her bedroom with a vacuum cleaner cord...
Child rescued after being tossed into lake (09/07/06)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Investigators called off the search for a body in a lake north of Springfield on Wednesday after determining that a 5-year-old girl who was rescued after being thrown in was the only victim. The girl, whose name was not immediately released, told investigators that her assailant had told her before throwing her in that her mother was dead and in the water. ...
State police officer wins sexual harassment suit (09/07/06)
BENTON, Ill. -- A federal jury awarded an Illinois State Police investigator $146,000 in damages after concluding that the state agency retaliated against her when she complained of being sexually harassed by a now-retired supervisory officer. Jurors in Benton sided with Belinda Storey on Aug. 31, ruling that the state police unjustifiably gave her inferior assignments and lower job-performance marks after she complained about the harassment...
Woman found guilty of attack with dead Chihuahua puppy (09/07/06)
ST. LOUIS -- A Wentzville, Mo., woman convicted of pummeling a St. Louis-area dog breeder over the head with a dead Chihuahua puppy could get up to 18 months in jail and a $1,500 fine. Lisa Hopfer, 34, was found guilty Wednesday in St. Charles County Court of misdemeanor assault and trespassing. She is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 25...
SIU's fall enrollment at Carbondale drops 2 percent (09/07/06)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University's fall enrollment in Carbondale has slid 2 percent from last year, prompting the school's hiring of two new recruiters in the Chicago area as part of a push to reverse the decline, SIU officials said Wednesday...
St. Louis men charged in two-state crime spree (09/07/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Two St. Louis men went on a robbery rampage, then led officers on a dangerous chase in two states, police said Wednesday. Gary May, 19, and Kellen Stapleton, 24, both are accused of two counts of first-degree robbery, three counts of attempted robbery, three counts of assault of a law enforcement officer, one count of felony fleeing and one count of tampering. May also faces one count of possessing drug paraphernalia. The incidents all happened Monday morning...
State revenue up by more than 6 percent (09/07/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state's financial picture is off to a good start, with the Office of Administration announcing Wednesday that net revenue has increased more than 6 percent in the first two months of the state's fiscal year. Net state revenue increased from $1.04 billion to $1.1 billion through August, the office said. ...
Sting nets potential cases of sex predators (09/07/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An investigation searching for Internet sex predators led to eight arrests and at least 13 other potential cases, authorities said. Federal and regional law enforcement agencies from throughout the Kansas City area conducted Operation Police Over Shoulder from Aug. 29 through Thursday. Platte County Sheriff Dick Anderson said law officers working at a computer bank posed on Internet chat sites as girls who were 14 years old or younger...
Smelter can't be linked to three with disease (09/07/06)
ST. LOUIS -- A "small but statistically significant" cluster of three patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, has been identified in Herculaneum, state health officials said Tuesday. But Dr. Bao-Ping Zhu, state epidemiologist for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, said a new study showed that the overall prevalence of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and multiple sclerosis in Jefferson County was no higher than the national average. ...
Bush acknowledges secret prisons, says suspects taken to Guantanamo (09/07/06)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Wednesday acknowledged previously secret CIA prisons around the world and said 14 high-value terrorism suspects -- including the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks -- have been transferred from the system to Guantanamo Bay for trials...
Scientists find methane bubbling from permafrost faster than thought (09/07/06)
WASHINGTON -- Global warming gases trapped in the soil are bubbling out of the thawing permafrost in amounts far higher than previously thought and may trigger what researchers warn is a climate time bomb. Methane -- a greenhouse gas 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide -- is being released from the permafrost at a rate five times faster than thought, according to a study being published today in the journal Nature. The findings are based on new, more accurate measuring techniques...
Nation briefs 9/7/06 (09/07/06)
Florence could become hurricane by weekend MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Florence gained strength in the open Atlantic on Wednesday and could become a hurricane by the weekend, but forecasters said it was too soon to tell whether it would reach the United States. ...
NASA tries to decide when to launch shuttle after delay (09/07/06)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- An electrical problem forced NASA to postpone Wednesday's liftoff of the space shuttle Atlantis yet again, and engineers faced with a tight launch schedule struggled to understand the problem. About 11 hours before the scheduled midday launch, engineers discovered that a coolant pump that chills one of the shuttle's three electricity-generating fuel cells was giving an erratic reading. ...
Former Illinois governor gets 6 1/2 years for racketeering (09/07/06)
CHICAGO -- Former governor George Ryan, who was acclaimed by capital punishment foes for suspending executions in Illinois and emptying out death row, was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years behind bars in the corruption scandal that ruined his political career...
Doctor who discovered killer TB strains says it's probably widespread (09/07/06)
TUGELA FERRY, South Africa -- A deadly new strain of extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis discovered in South Africa is likely to have spread beyond the rural area where 52 of the 53 people diagnosed with it have died, the doctor who discovered the super bug said...
Israel to lift blockade of air and sea ports (09/07/06)
JERUSALEM -- Israel said it will lift its sea and air blockade of Lebanon today as it faced widespread international pressure more than three weeks after a cease-fire took effect, ending a bloody monthlong conflict with Hezbollah guerrillas. A statement from the Prime Minister's Office said Wednesday that international forces would replace the Israelis at command positions over Lebanese seaports and airports...
Teen held for 8 1/2 years says she 'thought only of escape' (09/07/06)
VIENNA, Austria -- A young woman abducted 8 1/2 years ago told Austrian TV viewers Wednesday of her anger and frustration that she hadn't simply crossed the street to avoid her kidnapper or gone to school with her mother on the morning she was seized...
Two more charged over alleged plot to bomb airliners (09/07/06)
LONDON -- Authorities charged two more suspects Wednesday in an alleged plot to blow up passenger-laden jetliners bound for the United States, bringing to 17 the number formally charged. One other suspect was released without charge, while two others were still being held. Police have a few hours before a legal deadline to charge or release the two...
French peacekeepers begin patrols on border (09/07/06)
YAROUN, Lebanon -- An advance team of French peacekeepers wove around rubble and minefields Wednesday as it made its way through destroyed villages on one of its first reconnaissance missions in southern Lebanon. The patrol -- seven men in a jeep and an armored vehicle freshly painted white with U.N. letters on the side -- kept a wide berth from dug-in Israeli tanks positioned in the hilltops...
Iraq to take control of armed forces command today (09/07/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq will take control of its armed forces command today, a major step on its painful path toward independence and an essential move before international troops can eventually withdraw. Despite the progress, there was more bloodshed with at least 36 people killed across the country in car bombs, mortar attacks and drive-by shootings. Police also found 29 bodies...
Scott City overwhelms Notre Dame (09/07/06)
Scott City volleyball coach Carl Ritter Jr. was not sure what to expect out of his team heading into its third match of the season Wednesday against at Notre Dame, which had already played eight matches. Ritter got his answer early in the match, as Scott City dominated the Bulldogs 25-14, 25-16 in a resounding sweep...
St. Vincent sweeps Saxony Lutheran, improves to 8-0 (09/07/06)
The St. Vincent volleyball team remained undefeated with a 25-15, 25-12 road victory Wednesday at Saxony Lutheran. The Squaws (8-0) were led by junior Kailyn Petzoldt, who had 17 service points with four aces, five digs, and 3 kills. Lacey Siegmund added four points, five digs, two blocks and six assists for the Squaws, and Brooke Brown had seven digs, two kills, one ace and one block...
Title up for grabs at B.A. Sports classic (09/07/06)
The B.A. Sports Volleyball Classic title appears up for grabs this year with the past three champions all out of the event. The tournament begins Friday at Notre Dame Regional High School and the Student Recreation Center on the campus of Southeast Missouri State...
Area sports digest 9/7/06 (09/07/06)
Williams claims medalist in Chip-A-Ways action Linda Williams was the medalist Tuesday in J.C. Chip-A-Ways golf action at Cape Jaycee Municipal Golf Course. Evelyn Riley and Waunita Van Dyke tied atop the B class. Bonnie Miller and Dottie Gill tied for low putts. Sharon Dow won the play of the day, which was longest putt on No. 15...
Culpepper, Batch take spotlight for opener (09/07/06)
PITTSBURGH -- They were the NFL's hottest team at the end of last season, with numerous reasons to think they will be better still in 2006. Their quarterback's exceptional offseason injury recovery makes them all the more optimistic this could be a championship season...
Kahne takes another shot at berth in Chase (09/07/06)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kasey Kahne has been on the Chase for the championship bubble before -- twice, actually -- and failed to race his way into NASCAR's title-crowning format both times. He'll be back on the bubble this weekend at Richmond International Raceway, where he's the only driver still mathematically eligible to crack the top 10 and compete for the Nextel Cup title. ...
Nadal eliminated, while Federer, Blake advance (09/07/06)
NEW YORK -- Rafael Nadal's shots were off the mark and, more shockingly, even his boundless energy seemed to fail him. After one miss-hit, the man usually in perpetual motion hunched over, hands on knees, to catch his breath. No. 2 Nadal and No. 1 Roger Federer will not become the first pair of men to meet in three consecutive Grand Slam finals during a season: Nadal was upset in the U.S. Open quarterfinals by 54th-ranked Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-1 on Wednesday...
Mulder expected to have surgery (09/07/06)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Mark Mulder will undergo arthroscopic surgery next week to repair his rotator cuff after getting a second opinion that concurred with the team's diagnosis. Mulder, 29, went back on the 15-day disabled list last week for the second time this season. He missed two months earlier this year due to rotator cuff damage and impingement in the shoulder, which had caused him to alter his delivery...
New safety Chavous selected one of team's captains (09/07/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Corey Chavous made a fast enough impression on his new St. Louis Rams teammates that they named him a team captain on Wednesday. The veteran free safety, signed to a free agent deal in the offseason, figures to help stabilize a defense that ranked 30th last season. He's also made himself at home in the locker room, with his boom box belting out rap tunes at the end of practice...
Isringhausen blows save (09/07/06)
WASHINGTON -- Jose Vidro picked a good time to start getting clutch hits. Vidro ended a game of comebacks, lining a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday to give the Washington Nationals a 7-6 victory over St. Louis. "I've missed a lot of chances to contribute to the ballclub," Vidro said. "This has been the biggest hit of the year for me right now."...
Health & faith: Doctors across country incorporate religion into practices (09/07/06)
WASHINGTON -- Sandwiched between a swimming pool store and a spice shop in Fairfax, Va., the Tepeyac Family Center looks like any other suburban doctor's office. But it isn't. The practice combines "the best of modern medicine with the healing presence of Jesus Christ," a brochure at the reception desk announces. An image of the Madonna greets every patient. Doctors, nurses and staff members gather to pray each day before the first appointments...
Health briefs 9/7/06 (09/07/06)
Briefly A Healthier You is the theme for an upcoming health fair at West Park Mall. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and will offer interactive booths with healthy tips, information and screenings. Emily Stapleton, owner of Contours Express in Cape Girardeau -- the business sponsoring the fair -- created the fair to help residents lead healthier lives. ...
Castor Fest 2006: Babies in the woods (09/07/06)
Sept. 7, 2006 Dear Leslie, Castor Fest has taken many forms in the four years since DC drove her pickup to the cabin on the Castor River to dump a load of lumber that became an outdoor stage that begged to be performed on. One year the Castor Fest theme was "This time we rehearse." This year's was imprinted on souvenir tea towels: A baby dancing with catfish...
Celebrating a birthday with the thought of death (09/07/06)
It's my birthday and I will die if I want to. Lately, when I encounter yet another birthday careening my way, I try to spend it pretending that it is my last day on earth. This week it arrives, and I will once again immerse myself in this task. You may see this as some macabre indulgence, but I see it as a gift to myself...
Eula Johnson (09/07/06)
Eula R. Johnson, 96, formerly of Jackson, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 5, 1910, at Neelys Landing, daughter of James R. and Mary E. Hartle Robison. She and George D. Clingingsmith were married Dec. 23, 1926. He died March 7, 1930. She married Claude R. Phillips Sept. 17, 1932. He died March 19, 1947. She and Avery Johnson were married Oct. 24, 1958. He died Jan. 2, 1986...
Herbert Seiler (09/07/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- Herbert H. Seiler, 80, of Benton died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel at Benton is in charge of arrangements.
Amy & Jason Schamburg (09/07/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Amy E. and Jason J. Schamburg, both 31, of Perryville died Monday, Sept. 4, 2006, in a motorcycle accident in Perry County. Amy was born May 24, 1975, in Perryville, daughter of Gary and Norma Christisen Schumer. She was a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. ...
Allen Henderson (09/07/06)
Charles Allen Henderson, 86, of Delta passed away Monday, Sept. 4, 2006, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 25, 1920, in Jackson, son of Weston and Lena Goodwin Henderson. He and Ann Felker were married Dec. 24, 1950, in Jackson. She passed away Sept. 14, 2004...
Nona Pind (09/07/06)
Nona Imogene "Gene" Smith Pind, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, at her home. She was born Nov. 6, 1918, on the family farm at Jackson, daughter of Joe and Daisy Gholson Smith. She and Lester E. Pind were married Feb. 17, 1939. He preceded her in death March 23, 2000...
Eldred Hargens (09/07/06)
Eldred G. Hargens, son of John and Laura Mae Angle Hargens, was born May 27, 1916, at Advance, Mo., and died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006. Eldred's parents moved from Advance to Cape Girardeau, where he completed his education through high school. After high school graduation he worked at Kelso Oil, the International Shoe Co., and both Kilgore and Dormeyer's Drug Stores...
Births 9/7/06 (09/07/06)
Locke; Franklin; Rash; Hull; Hale; Rodgers; McCracken; King; Pfaff; Byland; Rico
Cape/Jackson police reports 9/7/06 (09/07/06)
n At 12:08 p.m., a fire alarm at 1701 Lacey St....
Cape fire reports 9/7/06 (09/07/06)
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Out of the past 9/7/06 (09/07/06)
25 years ago: Sept. 7, 1981 Labor Day. White's Standard Station, 1001 Broadway, owned and operated by Thurman "Drake" White, has moved to 1800 Broadway to resume business at a location formerly servicing a Standard Oil Co. retail gasoline outlet; the former location, at Broadway and Harmon Street, concludes its position as the longest continuous location of a retail gasoline unit in Cape Girardeau...
Road meetings (09/07/06)
In its recent discussions regarding the creation of a road and bridge advisory board, the Cape Girardeau County Commission has suggested that giving one of its own members a nonvoting seat might unduly influence the voting board members or stifle a free and open exchange of ideas...
Speak Out 9/7/06 (09/07/06)
Nicotine levels; Religious clubs; Parental support; Worship in jeans; Not logical; Safety first; Double taxing; Real diseases; No respect; Respect for military; Fat or fit; Take down signs; Left-wing response; Put them on TV; Slow down
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