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Cape public schools list banned items (09/18/06)
Life Savers are banned in Cape Girardeau's public schools. So too are Sweet Tarts, Jolly Ranchers, chewing gum and a whole list of other sugary treats that don't comply with the district's new focus on healthy nutrition for students. The school board adopted a new wellness policy in May that prescribes good nutrition and adequate exercise for the district's students...
Officials address care for special-needs residents (09/18/06)
The state of Missouri and some local agencies and facilities are preparing emergency response procedures geared toward special-needs residents. In a statement made early last week, state director of Public Safety Mark James said he and several other state officials were working together to produce an additional section for the state's emergency response plan to address persons with disabilities or special needs...
Cape shelter for women opens office (09/18/06)
An expansion will allow Cape Girardeau's Safe House for Women to better serve battered women and their children in the local community, the executive director for the not-for-profit organization said. The Safe House, in its 15th year in Cape Girardeau, recently opened a new business office at 1810 E. Plaza Way. Executive director Linda Garner said the new business office has allowed the Safe House to move its administrative operations out of its secret shelter location...
History takes a back seat (09/18/06)
Missouri schools and those in most other states get failing grades when it comes to teaching world history, a new study reports. Missouri scored an "F" on the study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, ranking only ahead of Iowa and Rhode Island in teaching world history...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda (09/18/06)
9 a.m. today Cape Girardeau County Administration Building, 1 Barton Square in Jackson Routine business Action items Discussion items and appointments...
Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda 9/18/06 (09/18/06)
7:30 p.m. today Public hearings Action items Power and light committee Street committee...
Scott City man killed following motorcycle accident (09/18/06)
A Scott City man died late Saturday night from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Cape Girardeau County. David A. Grimes, 46, was killed after he failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the left side of the roadway, according to authorities. He was ejected from his 1994 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 9/18/06 (09/18/06)
401 Independence St. Communications Appearances Consent Ordinances New ordinances Resolutions Appointments Liquor Licenses...
Results from last week's online poll 9/18/06 (09/18/06)
The SEMO District Fair wrapped up this weekend with a performance by "American Idol" runner up Bo Bice. This year's fair had a plethora of musical talent, highlighted by another former "Idol" star. the Southeast Missourian's online pll asked, "Do you like the music selection slated for this year's SEMO District Fair?" Due to rounding, Percentages may not add up to 100. (369 votes) n 38 percent: Yes n 62 percent: No
A community mourns (09/18/06)
As a child, Jeremy Shank patrolled the streets of Jackson with a toy rifle over his shoulder and a toy pistol in his jeans. He called himself the "gun guy," his father Jim Shank said. "Jeremy had always been the gun guy, even up to his last breath," Jim Shank said Sunday at his son's funeral...
Community briefs 9/18/06 (09/18/06)
AARP needs volunteers to assist tax preparation AARP Tax Aide, the nation's largest free, volunteer-operated tax consulting and preparation service, seeks volunteers as leadership coordinators or to assist in tax preparation. Tax counselors receive free tax training and become IRS certified by passing the IRS exam. ...
Parents Without Partners releases October calendar (09/18/06)
Parents Without Partners recently released its calendar of events for October. For more information, call 335-0797 or e-mail capesemopwp@yahoo.com. n 7 to 9 p.m., Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 -- PWP members will attend line dance lessons at Silver Saddles Country & Western Club, 330 S. Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau. Open to the public. Admisson fee...
Community cuisine 9/18/06 (09/18/06)
All-you-can-eat fish fry Friday in Scott City...
Military news 9/18/06 (09/18/06)
Jackson grad completes basic combat training...
Branson leaderes believe economc boom will continue (09/18/06)
BRANSON, Mo. -- Development in tourist-driven Branson has topped the billion-dollar mark and community leaders say a recent boom could continue for at least another five years. But the city's economic development director, Mike Rankin, said it isn't just the show palaces, restaurants and hotels that are helping to build the local economy...
Boy Scouts, doctors help paralyzed cat (09/18/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Socks the kitten reached for the dancing leash but never managed to grab it. The leash kept slipping through her paws. For most cats, such play would constitute part of a normal happy-go-lucky day, but for Socks, it's therapeutic fun she enjoys with the help of a wheelchair built by area Boy Scouts...
Officials skip chance to consider MOHELA in special session (09/18/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- To Gov. Matt Blunt, it's critical for the state to act as quickly as possible to enact his $350 million college construction plan financed through student loan agency profits. Not only are the buildings badly needed -- for the sake of students, researchers and the economy, he says -- but every day of delay adds an extra $70,000 to their cost...
Rural Sedalia woman builds career out of baskets (09/18/06)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- A rural Sedalia mother has turned business guru by converting her pole barn into a basket-making bonanza. Debbie Spencer has launched Country Road Baskets, her own line of hand-crafted baskets sold through home parties and several retail locations...
Few clues in rural abduction of week-old baby (09/18/06)
ST. CLAIR, Mo. -- A rural Missouri mother whose throat was slashed and her newborn baby kidnapped was released from a hospital as authorities said they found a knife on property near her home. A woman came to 21-year-old Stephanie Ochsenbine's home in the small town of Lonedell on Friday, attacked her with a knife and left with her week-old infant, Abigale Lynn Woods, officials said...
Safety lab battling counterfeit UL labels (09/18/06)
WASHINGTON -- For 112 years, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. has made its mark on everything from fire doors to night lights, with the familiar "UL" seal of approval assuring consumers a product is safe. The Illinois-based not-for-profit brags that it provides its services at cost to manufacturers worldwide that voluntarily pay the independent testing lab about $700 million a year to have their products inspected...
Helene rated Category 3 storm, churns in open Atlantic waters (09/18/06)
MIAMI -- Hurricane Helene strengthened Sunday into a Category 3 storm in the open Atlantic, becoming the second major hurricane of the 2006 season, forecasters said. Helene had top sustained winds of 115 mph; hurricanes with top sustained winds of at least 111 mph are considered major hurricanes...
Nation briefs 9/18/06 (09/18/06)
Number of spinach E. coli cases rises to 109; Officials to lease half of Freedom Tower; Tennessee prepares to use electric chair
Administration, holdout senators may compromise on interrogation program (09/18/06)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration and holdout GOP senators expressed confidence Sunday they could reach a compromise on rules for CIA interrogations of suspected terrorists. Neither the president's national security aides nor some of the lawmakers who are resisting White House pressure would say how they can reconcile their deep differences after a week of public sparring...
Man arrested without a fight after kidnapped girl sends phone text message to her mom (09/18/06)
LUGOFF, S.C. -- A man suspected of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl and keeping her in an underground bunker was charged Sunday with raping the teen, Kershaw County Sheriff Steve McCaskill said. Kershaw County Sheriff Steve McCaskill said Vinson Filyaw had eluded police with an elaborate system of hideouts and bunkers since November 2005 when he was charged with criminal sexual conduct on a 12-year-old girl...
Tutu tells teens they can change the world -- and they must (09/18/06)
DENVER -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu looked across a sea of cheering teenagers from around the globe Sunday, saying they not only can change the world, but they must. "I look at you, and I am in awe," he said on the final day of an international call for peace and action called PeaceJam. "You are the ones who are going to make this a better world."...
Hospital says two premature infants die after given adult doses of blood thinner (09/18/06)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Two premature infants died after receiving adult doses of a blood thinner, a hospital said Sunday, blaming the incident on human error. Four other infants in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit of Methodist Hospital also received adult doses of Heparin, and one might need surgery, said Sam Odle, chief executive of Methodist and Indiana University Hospitals. The other three were in serious condition...
Lawmakers 'hold' up Senate (09/18/06)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate is by design a cumbersome place to do business. Any one of the 100 senators can gum up the works, and they often do -- without uttering a word. Welcome to the world of the Senate "hold," a first cousin of the better known filibuster. It's where a simple threat by a single stubborn senator to talk ad nauseam -- at least until 60 senators declare enough -- can bottle up a nomination or popular bill for months. A fax or letter is all that is needed...
1 girl killed, hundreds of homes damaged in Minn. storm (09/18/06)
ROGERS, Minn. -- A tornado swept through this Minnesota town, killing a 10-year-old girl, damaging hundreds of homes and scattering debris across the city, officials said Sunday. The girl was at a neighbor's house with her 19-year-old brother when it collapsed about 10 p.m. Saturday, police chief Keith Oldfather said...
World briefs 9/18/06 (09/18/06)
At least 5 dead or missing as typhoon hits Japan; Bombings in Iraq's north kill two dozen, injure 84; General: Afghan offensive successfully completed
U.S. military wartime prison network grows into legal vacuum for 14,000 (09/18/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- In the few short years since the first shackled Afghan shuffled off to Guantanamo, the U.S. military has created a global network of overseas prisons, its islands of high security keeping 14,000 detainees beyond the reach of established law...
AP photographer in Iraq detained without charges for 5 months (09/18/06)
The U.S. military in Iraq has imprisoned an Associated Press photographer for five months, accusing him of being a security threat but never filing charges or permitting a public hearing. Military officials said Bilal Hussein, an Iraqi citizen, was being held for "imperative reasons of security" under United Nations resolutions. ...
Pitching leads way for ND softball (09/18/06)
Notre Dame softball coach Jeff Graviett has the luxury of choosing between two standout pitchers for the Bulldogs' important games. All-stater Beth Schnurbusch is 10-0 this season, while Miranda Schlosser is 9-2. She has lost two decisions -- on Sept. 9 against Incarnate Word in the championship of that team's tournament and Saturday against Seckman in the final of the Jackson Invitational. Both those teams are in Class 4...
First victory is huge for St. Vincent (09/18/06)
The difference between St. Vincent and Valle Catholic was one point. The extra point by Lucas Robinson following St. Vincent's first touchdown, early in the fourth quarter, lifted the Indians to a 13-12 victory in the Mississippi Area Football Conference Blue Division showdown...
Dambach moves into KU's starting lineup (09/18/06)
Kansas senior Travis Dambach, a Jackson graduate, has started the first three games for the Jayhawks at right guard. Dambach had been a part-time starter each of the past two seasons. n Lindenwood University, an NAIA school located in St. Charles, Mo., has benefited from a pair of area defenders to start the season...
Curry wins MGA title at Dalhousie (09/18/06)
After several hours of tight competition, a short episode of rain and bad fortune on the side of Richard Gleghorn, it was B.J. Curry who emerged as the victor in the 12th edition of the Missouri Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship at Dalhousie Golf Club on Sunday...
49ers pick on Rams QB, find victory (09/18/06)
SAN FRANCISCO -- When Antonio Bryant heard the next play-call, he stuck his head in the San Francisco 49ers' huddle and yelled something foolish. "Meet me in the end zone," the receiver told his offensive line. That would've been downright hilarious from a member of last season's woeful 49ers -- but then Bryant made a 72-yard touchdown catch, keying San Francisco's 20-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday...
Tigers may stay unbeaten for weeks (09/18/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- After easy wins over Murray State and Mississippi to start the season, some thought the Missouri Tigers would face their first true test at New Mexico on Saturday. But with solid performances by Missouri's defense and quarterback Chase Daniel in a 27-17 win over New Mexico, it appears the Tigers might be weeks away from being seriously challenged...
College football polls 9/18/06 (09/18/06)
AP Top 25 The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 16, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:...
NFL: Week 2 (09/18/06)
Sunday's games Colts 43, Texans 24 Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes, broke one of John Unitas' franchise records, and the Colts scored on six of their first seven possessions to dominate Houston (0-2) on Sunday. For Indy (2-0) -- 9-0 all-time against the Texans -- it was another milestone day. Manning broke Unitas' franchise record for completions, Marvin Harrison moved into fifth place on the NFL's receptions list and Tony Dungy earned his 50th regular-season win as Colts coach...
Five Duquesne players shot after campus dance (09/18/06)
PITTSBURGH -- Five Duquesne basketball players were shot on campus early Sunday, leaving at least one critically injured, after some of them tried to calm a man who apparently had been disruptive at a dance, officials said. Police searched for the gunman, and the downtown school stepped up its round-the-clock police protection with armed university police officers guarding dormitories and other buildings...
Wainright, Looper will likely share closer role (09/18/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Braden Looper got a lucrative contract to be the setup man in the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen and also serve as a fill-in closer on days Jason Isringhausen was not available. Now that Isringhausen is out for the rest of the season with an injured left hip that will require surgery for the second time in two years, the Cardinals hope Looper's three-year, $13.5-million deal pays off...
Harvick dominates Sylvania 300 (09/18/06)
LOUDON, N.H. -- Kevin Harvick saw the hole in front of him, a small patch of open track between two other cars. Driving through it would be risky, but Harvick's never shied away from taking chances. So he shoved his Chevrolet in between Denny Hamlin and Jeff Burton, forcing his way to the front and running away with the win Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway...
Casey runs away with match play tournament (09/18/06)
The guy in a red shirt and a swoosh turned in a record-setting performance to win the World Match Play Championship on Sunday, just as everyone expected. Paul Casey said his choice of apparel was merely a coincidence. A tournament that began with Tiger Woods going for his sixth straight victory ended with Casey plowing through everyone in his path to capture the richest prize in golf ($ 1.88 million) and send the Englishman to the Ryder Cup with the biggest win of his career...
East Cape getting Greek restaurant (09/18/06)
And now for something completely different, as those insane Brits from Monty Python might say. The restaurant in East Cape Girardeau, Ill., has been Witz's, Joey's, Courtney's and Marjorie's. But each restaurant basically offered more of the same -- that so-called home-style cookin'...
From gloves to spatulas, spacewalkers lose the strangest things in orbit (09/18/06)
HOUSTON -- It's a junkyard out there in space and sometimes astronauts accidentally contribute to the litter. In 1965, the first American spacewalker, Ed White, lost a spare glove when he went outside for the first time. From that time on, astronauts have accidentally added some of the more unusual items to the 100,000 pieces of space trash that circle Earth...
Uranium's boom: Renaissance of nuclear power reinvigorates Western mining (09/18/06)
TICABOO, Utah -- The last U.S. uranium mill ever built, in this parched landscape near Lake Powell, shut down almost as quickly as it started operating as nuclear power fell into disfavor about two decades ago. Keith Larsen, chief executive for U.S. Energy Corp., picked up the mill 10 years later for practically nothing, banking it for better days. His patience paid off, making Larsen's company one of the few already taking profits out of a new uranium boom...
People on the move 09/18/06 (09/18/06)
Jackson woman earns specialist certification Carol Roth of Jackson has earned certification as advanced oxidation process (AOP) specialist upon the completion of the two-day national training course conducted by EcoQuest International in Memphis, Tenn. Education facilities, industrial sites, hospitals, office complexes and airports use AOP equipment to mitigate indoor air problems. David and Carol Roth own Mead Distributing International...
Walter Reimann (09/18/06)
Walter A. Reimann, 92, of McClure, Ill., died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Betty McIntire (09/18/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Betty Lou McIntire, 71, of Anna died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006, at the Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born Jan. 10, 1935, in Anna, daughter of Louie A. and Mildred Mallender Lockard. McIntire attended First Baptist Church in Anna. She retired after 26 years of service from Vitamin World in Carbondale, Ill...
Jesse Hunter (09/18/06)
DONGOLA, Ill. -- Jesse E. "Tiny" Hunter, 85, of Dongola died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006, at his home in Dongola. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Crain Funeral Home in Dongola. Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Crain Funeral Home with the Rev. Dare Aden officiating. Interment will be in the Mount Pisgah Cemetery...
Rex Nations (09/18/06)
Rex M. Nations, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
Kyle Nanney (09/18/06)
Kyle P. Nanney, 39, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 31, 1967, in Chaffee, Mo., son of Fred W. and Melba J. Stroder Nanney. Nanney was a 1985 graduate of Cape Girardeau Central High School...
Cape fire reports 9/18/06 (09/18/06)
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Cape police reports 9/18/06 (09/18/06)
The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt....
Out of the past 9/18/06 (09/18/06)
25 years ago: Sept. 18, 1981 CAIRO, Ill. -- The Cairo Board of Education last night ratified a two-year contract with school district teachers; the contract will cost the district an additional $294,000 over the two-year period. Hoods and caps are the order of the day at the SEMO District Fair, but the unseasonably cool temperatures don't keep fairgoers away from Arena Park; yesterday's Ray Stevens Show drew a large crowd, and the Johnny Cash Show, on tap for tonight in front of the grandstand, is expected to be a sellout.. ...
Rural solutions: Renewable fuels are coming of age (09/18/06)
By Thomas Dorr Renewable fuels are coming of age, and that's great for rural America. As the nation works to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil, the potential for renewable fuels on the agricultural economy can be summed up in three words: positive, significant, imminent...
PTA and PTO (09/18/06)
The importance of the role PTAs and PTOs play at schools in the region would be difficult to overestimate. The fund-raising events the organizations undertake each school year contribute thousands of dollars to each school, enabling them to buy playground equipment, pay for field trips and provide other extras students otherwise would have to do with out...
Speak Out 9/18/06 (09/18/06)
Parade trash; Not the same; Divide and win; Collecting twice; Goal is success; Trash and trail; Finally, it's right; Juicy advice; Dropout reason; Law of the land; What we go through
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