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Study says one in eight Missouri children uninsured (09/29/06)
One of every eight Missouri children has no health insurance. That's according to a study prepared by Families USA -- a national consumer organization, on behalf of the Campaign for Children's Health Care. The number of uninsured children is unacceptable, said Beth Griffin, Citizens for Missouri's Children executive director...
Accusations by both sides heat up state auditor campaign (09/29/06)
Missouri's Democratic candidate for state auditor, Buchanan County Auditor Susan Montee, says her campaign was reluctant to make an election issue out of reported discrepancies in her opponent's job performance, but calls to her campaign office forced her hand on the issue...
'Noises Off' production turns confusion, chaos into comedy (09/29/06)
Pain, confusion, chaos, anxiety. Those words usually aren't the terms that come to mind when one thinks about humor -- unless it's not you who's experiences them. In the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Theatre and Dance's 2006-2007 season opener, "Noises Off," pain, confusion and chaos take on a whole new meaning. Somewhere between the stage and the Rose Theatre seats, they become funny, funny and more funny...
Conflicting stories complicate shooting investigation (09/29/06)
Conflicting witness statements about a Cape Girardeau shooting that injured two people are stalling the investigative process, authorities said. Detectives have interviewed several witnesses, some of whom have given conflicting statements as to what occurred in the Wednesday afternoon shooting, police Sgt. Barry Hovis said. He said investigators were searching for additional witnesses...
Commission names road advisory board (09/29/06)
The task of deciding how, when and where to lay asphalt on Cape Girardeau County roads is now in the hands of 11 county residents. The county commission Thursday named the new Road and Bridge Advisory Board during a discussion that focused on the strong points of each candidate. The final list was approved unanimously after a township-by-township selection process that saw split votes on six of the 11 members...
City officials clarify restaurant tax (09/29/06)
The city of Cape Girardeau has begun collecting more revenue after changing the paperwork for its 1 percent restaurant tax. The new form, which was due to City Hall Sept. 20, is meant to ensure restaurateurs calculate their gross receipts correctly. Many local restaurants had been paying incorrect tax on the food and non-alcoholic drinks they sell, say city officials...
Student transfer meeting scheduled for Thursday (09/29/06)
The Cape Area Family Resource Center will hold a public meeting Thursday to inform parents of students at Jefferson and Blanchard elementary schools about the opportunity for some of those students to transfer to other schools in the Cape Girardeau School District...
Historical association offers horse-drawn tours (09/29/06)
The Cairo Historical Association will provide horse-drawn carriage ride tours of four historic landmarks in Cairo this weekend. Guided tours will be given from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The historic landmarks on the tour will include the Cairo Custom House, Magnolia Manor, Riverlore Mansion and the Safford Memorial Library. Ticket price is $20 and includes refreshments. For more information, call (618) 734-1840...
Autumn days (09/29/06)
Mother raises questions over son's jail-cell death (09/29/06)
Vanessa Murray isn't satisfied. Ten years ago her son, John Lowell, 18, was found dead in a Cape Girardeau police jail cell. Officials called the death a suicide, stating he hanged himself from jail cell bars using his own pants. She suspects the suicide was simply a cover-up for something far more brutal...
Region briefs 9/29/06 (09/29/06)
Visions of Pride makes plans for special event In an effort to build community spirit, Visions of Pride is sponsoring a "Grand Freedom Gathering" this Sunday. The event lasts from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cape Girardeau County Park North. Performers, artists, musicians and vendors will be at the free event. ...
Woman given probation for beating attack with dead Chihuahua puppy (09/29/06)
ST. LOUIS -- A woman found guilty of beating a dog breeder over the head with a dead Chihuahua puppy was sentenced to probation and ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation. Lisa Lynn Hopfer, 34, of Wentzville, had faced up to 18 months in jail after St. Charles County Associate Circuit Court Judge Terry Cundiff found her guilty on Sept. 6 of misdemeanor assault and trespassing in the June attack...
Lower fuel prices foreshadow cheaper heating bills this winter (09/29/06)
WASHINGTON -- After years of relentlessly rising heating bills, homeowners are likely find some relief this winter. Supplies are plentiful, and prices are falling for natural gas, heating oil and propane. The cost of natural gas on wholesale markets is about half of what it was last January because of high inventories and anticipation of record amounts in storage by the time heating season begins in November...
2007 Compass is a gentler Jeep, not a burly SUV (09/29/06)
It's not your imagination. There are more Jeeps on sale than ever before -- five nameplates, to be exact. The newest is the 2007 Jeep Compass, a five-passenger, compact sport utility vehicle that's expected to attract more women than men. The reason: While the Compass has Jeep's characteristic seven-slot grille and round headlights up front, high-profile seating and is offered with four-wheel drive, it's not a burly SUV...
Autopsy: Girl's coma, death after visit to dentist was caused by anesthesia (09/29/06)
CHICAGO -- Lack of oxygen to the brain caused by anesthesia caused the death of a 5-year-old girl who never awoke from sedation during a visit to the dentist, the Cook County medical examiner's office said Thursday. Diamond Brownridge died Wednesday at Children's Memorial Hospital. She had been on life support for four days after her visit to Little Angel Dental, a storefront clinic, to have some teeth filled and others capped...
Stocks post modestly higher after Dow surpasses record high close (09/29/06)
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrial average reached a milestone Thursday in Wall Street's nearly seven-year recovery from corporate upheaval, economic recession and terrorism, briefly trading above its record high close of 11,722.98 set on Jan. 14, 2000...
Lawmakers compare HP spy scandal to Enron, Watergate (09/29/06)
WASHINGTON -- The saga of Hewlett-Packard Co.'s spying scandal -- which has toppled the company's chairwoman, two other directors and at least two high-ranking executives -- deepened in intrigue Thursday as lawmakers exploring the imbroglio summoned comparisons to Watergate and Enron...
Killer in high school attack sexually assaulted hostages (09/29/06)
BAILEY, Colo. -- The gunman who killed a student and committed suicide during a high school standoff methodically selected six girls as hostages -- apparently favoring blondes -- and sexually assaulted at least some of them, authorities and witnesses said Thursday...
GOP pushes detainee bill toward Senate passage (09/29/06)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans fought off opposition Thursday to President Bush's plan to prosecute and interrogate terror suspects, pushing toward passage of a bill the GOP hopes to use as a campaign spotlight for its tough stance against terrorists...
Detainee prosecution plan approved by Senate (09/29/06)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Thursday endorsed President Bush's plans to prosecute and interrogate terror suspects, all but sealing congressional approval for legislation that Republicans intend to use on the campaign trail to assert their toughness on terrorism...
Capsule carrying female space tourist, U.S.-Russian crew returns to Earth (09/29/06)
ARKALYK, Kazakhstan -- The capsule carrying a female space tourist touched down today on the Kazakh steppe after a bone-jarring journey from the international space station. Anousheh Ansari, Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov and U.S. astronaut Jeffrey Williams had left the station aboard a cramped Russian Soyuz capsule about three hours earlier. ...
Typhoon batters the Philippines, leaving 17 dead (09/29/06)
MANILA, Philippines -- The death toll from a powerful typhoon that cut across the northern Philippines rose to 17 on today as schools and offices in Manila remained closed for a second day. The Office of Civil Defense and local officials reported at least 17 people were killed on Thursday, mostly from drowning and accidents involving fallen trees and billboards as Typhoon Xangsane sliced through the central Bicol region and Manila with fierce winds and pounding rains...
ND soccer edges Jackson 2-1 (09/29/06)
The Notre Dame boys soccer team picked up a narrow road victory over Jackson on Thursday, dropping the Indians to 2-1. The Bulldogs (13-1) struck first midway through the first half when a header from Ryan Willen found the net. Richard Marquart assisted on the goal...
High school football: Week 5 (09/29/06)
Clayton (1-3) at Jackson (3-1) St. Charles West (1-3) at Central (1-3) Chaffee (2-2) at Scott City (1-3) Perryville (3-1) at Potosi (4-0) St. Pius (0-4) at St. Vincent (1-3) -- Jeremy Joffray...
West Plains joins field for Notre Dame Inv. (09/29/06)
Weather conditions prohibited Notre Dame's boys cross country team from facing some of its chief Class 3 competition -- mainly defending state champion Potosi and Ste. Genevieve -- at the Hancock Invitational last weekend, but the Bulldogs will get a look at a Class 3 favorite when it hosts the Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday...
Red Devils try to end rival Rams' dominance (09/29/06)
While this year's rivalry game between Scott City and Chaffee promises the typical raucous crowd and intense play, there is a different feel surrounding the matchup. For the first time in 10 years, the Red Devils hold a superior record heading into the SEMO Southern Division contest, which kicks off at 7 p.m. tonight at Scott City...
Redhawks face OVC nemesis on road (09/29/06)
It's still early in the Ohio Valley Conference soccer season, but Southeast Missouri State coach Heather Nelson won't try to diminish the importance of today's 3 p.m. match at Eastern Illinois. The Redhawks have not fared well against the Panthers over the years, but a win today would allow Southeast to solidify its hold on first place in the OVC...
Mets ace Martinez will miss postseason with injury (09/29/06)
ATLANTA -- Pedro Martinez is out for the postseason after an exam Thursday showed the New York Mets ace has a torn tendon in his left calf muscle. The Mets, who won their first NL East title since 1988 with Martinez battling injuries most of the season, won't have the three-time Cy Young Award winner at all in the playoffs...
Players notice behavioral changes with implementation of drug testing (09/29/06)
NEW YORK -- Tom Glavine has noticed a change when the New York Mets go on the road this year: More players are remaining at the team hotel after games rather than heading out for a night on the town. The reason? For the first time, players are being tested for amphetamines...
Woods takes early lead in quest for sixth straight stroke-play title (09/29/06)
Tiger Woods returned to stroke play and to the top of the leaderboard, hitting a 3-wood from 267 yards to 20 feet for eagle on the 18th Thursday for an 8-under 63 and a one-shot lead in the American Express Championship in Chandler's Cross, England...
Chiefs' Green will miss at least two more games (09/29/06)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City quarterback Trent Green says the severe concussion that left him unconscious on Sept. 10 will keep him sidelined at least until after the Chiefs' Oct. 8 game against Arizona. Speaking with Kansas City reporters for the first time since the head-snapping hit in the season opener, the two-time Pro Bowler said Thursday that he's feeling much better and finally able to drive a car. ...
Dallas police call Owens case accidental overdose (09/29/06)
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas police have classified Terrell Owens' case as an "accidental overdose," not an attempted suicide, closing their investigation Thursday of the Cowboys receiver's hospitalization. Dallas police chief David Kunkle said he has "great confidence in the original officer report," which said rescue workers were called to the scene because of an attempted "suicide by prescription pain medication." The police document also said a friend described Owens as being depressed and that Owens said "Yes" when asked whether he was trying to harm himself.. ...
Financially troubled Tyson will reluctantly make exhibition tour (09/29/06)
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Even Mike Tyson doesn't know why people would pay to see him fight anymore. "That's what I said," he said to that question Thursday, drawing laughter at a news conference to announce "Mike Tyson's World Tour," in which he will fight in a series of four-round exhibitions...
Two more men charged in shooting; one man released (09/29/06)
PITTSBURGH -- Prosecutors on Thursday dropped charges against one of two men accused of shooting five Duquesne University basketball players, but filed charges against two additional suspects. All charges were dropped against Brandon Baynes, 18, of Penn Hills, in the Sept. 17 shooting after an on-campus dance party...
Cardinals' swoon resumes (09/29/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Eight days ago, the St. Louis Cardinals were ready to cruise to their third straight NL Central championship. Now, only a half-game remains of what had been a seven-game cushion. Jason Marquis got just six outs and St. Louis fell behind by eight runs in the third inning, losing 9-4 to the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday night. In a swoon that could become one of baseball's historic collapses, St. Louis (81-77) has lost eight of nine...
Downtown and its river (09/29/06)
Most of you already know what I think about Cape Girardeau's riverfront. And you can blame it all on Mark Twain. When I was growing up on a farm on Killough Valley over yonder in the Ozark hills, books were my escape. We had no TV. Our battery radio could only pick up one Poplar Bluff station. So I read books. Lots of them...
City of Roses Music Festival starts today (09/29/06)
The City of Roses Music Festival kicks off tonight with a schedule of bands that organizers are calling one of the most diverse musical offerings in the festival's 10-year history. Bands will perform on three outdoor stages downtown -- on Themis Street, on Broadway and at the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau parking lot. ...
Everyone's a critic: 'All the King's Men' (09/29/06)
One star (out of four) Reporter Jack Burden (Jude Law) follows the rise and fall of Louisiana politician Willie Stark (Sean Penn) in "All the King's Men." Stark soon loses his innocence and becomes just as corrupt as those who he fights to expose. The novel by William Penn Warren is loosely based upon the career and assassination of former Louisiana Gov. ...
Get it started: Two university departments kick off the season (09/29/06)
In putting together a season of performing arts, few things are more important than a strong start. The season's first show or concert sets the tone for what's to come and drives up the interest among audiences who have many options on which to spend their entertainment budget...
Sharing scenes from the swamp (09/29/06)
To Chaffee, Mo., artist Aaron Horrell, Stoddard County's Mingo National Wildlife Refuge is one of Southeast Missouri's great natural wonders. Few places in the region are as pristine, or as rich with inspiring nature scenes, as the expansive swamp near Puxico, Horrell said. And few places provide as much material for nature photography as Mingo...
Artifacts 9/29/06 (09/29/06)
Archaeology Day event at nature center; Glenn Miller Orchestra at Three Rivers center; Notre Dame to present 'The Mouse Trap' ; Arts council holds annual meeting Oct. 7; 'Radio Lab' to air on Southeast Public Radio
Musician Miles Davis inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk (09/29/06)
LOS ANGELES -- The King of Cool, Miles Davis, was posthumously inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk on Thursday. The event was attended by musicians and members of the Davis family, including his son, Erin, and daughter, Cheryl. While living icons have had their handprints immortalized on the sidewalk gallery outside the Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard, a bronze bust of Davis will be put on display outside the store instead. Davis died in 1991 at age 65...
Ervin Boxdorfer (09/29/06)
Ervin Leonard Boxdorfer, 68, of Jackson was taken to his heavenly home Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He entered this earthly life Feb. 16, 1938, in Perry County, Mo., son of Leonard G. and Minnie C. Deimund Boxdorfer. He married Wanda L. Bohnert Oct. 27, 1962. She preceded him in death Aug. 1, 1993. He later married Ellen E. "Jeannie" Roberts June 4, 1994, in Cape Girardeau. She survives...
Phyllis Riney (09/29/06)
Phyllis C. Riney, 57, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born May 21, 1949, in Perryville, Mo., daughter of John and Helen Muench Henderson. She and Melvin Riney Jr. were married Oct. 12, 1968. Phyllis was employed more than 20 years with Jackson School District, including Primary Annex, Jackson High School, and North Elementary as cafeteria manager...
Ruth Ogden (09/29/06)
Ruth Ogden, 59, of Plantation, Fla., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Wednesday, July 12, 2006, in Plantation. She was born June 4, 1947, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., daughter of Jack and Jenny Dannenberg Vanaman. She and William Ogden were married March 2, 1985, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla...
Philip Rinehart II (09/29/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Philip O. Rinehart II, 65, of Chaffee died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006, at his home. He was born Aug. 28, 1941, in Columbus, Ohio, son of Philip O. and Pauline Snowden Rinehart. He and Sue Ann Jobe were married Dec. 11, 1969. Rinehart had been a supervisor at Lonestar Gas Co. in Bryan, Texas. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church at Rockview, Mo...
Carl Dallas (09/29/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Carl E. Dallas, 82, of Anna died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006, at his home. He was born May 4, 1924, in Carterville, Ill., son of Elbert and Hazel Carter Dallas. He and Lucille Cox were married Nov. 20, 1943. Dallas graduated from Anna-Jonesboro High School in 1942. He served 26 years with the U.S. Air Force, retiring as chief master sergeant. He was a veteran of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War...
Births 9/29/06 (09/29/06)
Hays; Edwards; Brashear; Kuykendoll; Surface; Landgraf; Seabaugh; Huskey; Amberger; Null; Holtmann
Cape police reports 9/29/06 (09/29/06)
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Cape/Jackson fire reports 9/29/06 (09/29/06)
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Out of the past 9/29/06 (09/29/06)
25 years ago: Sept. 29, 1981 Bingo, a game long banned in Missouri, is now legal for certain organizations in the state; but the law permitting the game to be played is apparently so confusing and restricting that several groups in Cape Girardeau have been discouraged from applying for bingo licenses...
Civic art (09/29/06)
The Cape Girardeau area has a well-established tradition of public and private beautification that has made our communities pleasing to the eye and appealing to visitors. There are still a good many residents, for example, who remember the 10-mile rose garden that flanked U.S. 61 between Cape Girardeau and Jackson...
Speak Out 9/29/06 (09/29/06)
Not always reliable; Not whole story; Seeing the light; Media games; Middle Eastern woes; What about the water?; More signs, please; Posting names; Sweet protest; Avoiding smokers; Teaching authority; Memorial idea; Education funding
Doggie Swim Day (09/29/06)
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