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Stories from Monday, October 2, 2006

Increase in health insurance rates slows (10/02/06)
As assistant director of human resources at Southeast Missouri State University, Alissa Vandeven has seen substantial increases in health insurance premiums over the last few years. Next year will be no exception as the 1,200 employees at the university are facing a 10 percent increase in 2007...
Query leads to commemoration of Cape Girardeau County's founding (10/02/06)
Sometimes a simple question can launch some unexpected actions. In June, Cape Girardeau County Presiding Commissioner Gerald Jones received a message from his counterpart in Daviess County, who wanted to know how to get into the cornerstone of his courthouse...
Scott City Council to make liquor license decision on two businesses (10/02/06)
The Scott City Council is expected to decide tonight whether to renew or revoke liquor licenses for two businesses that repeatedly sold alcohol to minors in police checks late last year and early this year. In early July the council unanimously voted to place Larry's Store 24 on Main Street and Rhodes Travel Center on Nash Road on extended licenses pending two stipulations. ...
Fifteen marching bands to take part in festival (10/02/06)
Area high school students will march through the streets of Jackson on Tuesday. The 62nd annual Jackson Marching Band Festival parade begins at 4 p.m. and will travel from the high school down High, Main and Russell streets before returning to the school. ...
Jackson's fall cleanup runs through Friday (10/02/06)
Jackson's annual fall cleanup week begins today and runs through Friday. During the week, the Jackson Sanitation Department's three-bag limit is not enforced. There will be a four-cubic-yard limit on the amount of trash collected. All items must be placed on the curb by 8 a.m. ...
Not-quite-so-bountiful harvest (10/02/06)
You can't ask for a bumper crop every year. Bob Breuer knows that. And this isn't a bumper crop year. But Breuer has other things to be happy about. The co-owner of Tower Rock Winery in Altenburg is celebrating awards at the state and national level for his locally made wine. Like other local winery owners, Breuer not only makes wine, he grows many of the grapes that go into making that wine...
Community briefs 10/2/06 (10/02/06)
AARP 4041 to meet today at Grace UMC The Cape Girardeau County chapter of AARP 4041 will meet at 1:30 p.m. today at Grace United Methodist Church, Broadway and Caruthers Avenue. The program will be a candidates forum. A door prize drawing will be held...
Lutheran Family and Children's Services holds dinner (10/02/06)
Several organizations and individuals were recognized at the LFCS Faith in Action dinner for their continuous support throughout the years. The event was held Sept. 24 at the Drury Lodge. In honor of the Rev. Walter J. Keisker, who for 30 years served as pastor of St. ...
Community cuisine 10/2/06 (10/02/06)
Whole-hog sausage supper planned Oct. 15; Benefit supper set for Saxony, LLL scholarship
Military news 10/2/06 (10/02/06)
Wilferth graduates from Reserve basic training...
Missouri school boards renewing fight against classroom spending requirement (10/02/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- State lawmakers won't reconvene at the Capitol for another four months, but school boards across Missouri are already gearing up for a fight over how they spend tax dollars. The Missouri School Boards Association has told members to begin lobbying their local legislators against the potential reintroduction of a proposal that would require school districts to spend at least 65 percent of their budgets on classroom instruction...
Farrakhan's illness raises questions about the future of Nation of Islam (10/02/06)
Minister Louis Farrakhan, ailing and in seclusion at his Michigan home, has ceded leadership of the Nation of Islam to an executive board while he recovers, saying the movement must prove that it "is more than the charisma, eloquence and personality" of one person...
Eagle-eyed: Father, son are dedicated bird counters (10/02/06)
HAVANA, Ill. -- They've witnessed nearly two dozen young bald eagles fledge from their nests and have marveled at ungainly American pelicans that manage to fly in graceful undulating lines. But it's the chance to lend a hand to birds along the Illinois River that keeps them coming back...
Gov. Blunt's highly unlikely MOHELA scenario comes true (10/02/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Still stewing over the legislative failure of one his hallmark proposals, Gov. Matt Blunt decided last May to simply bypass those bickering lawmakers. His grand plan to construct buildings at every public university in Missouri -- financed through the profits of Missouri's student loan agency -- would move forward regardless. He would pursue a direct transfer of the money from the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority to universities...
MSU hopes new academy will lure rural students to sciences (10/02/06)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Missouri State University president Michael Nietzel wants to give rural high school students in the state a better chance at becoming scientists, mathematicians and engineers. Nietzel is proposing to open an Innovation Academy that would bring rural and low-income students from across the state, with an interest in the sciences, to Missouri State for a three-week summer camp...
Study: Children who slept through fire alarm awoke to mother's voice (10/02/06)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Children in deep sleep awoke to recordings of their mothers' voices -- calling them by name and ordering them out of their bedrooms -- even if they slept through the beeping sound a smoke alarm makes, according to a small study. The study reaffirms previous research that shows what works for adults doesn't always work for children, said Dr. Gary Smith, one of the co-authors...
Scientists: Premature births account for more than 30 percent of infant deaths (10/02/06)
ATLANTA -- Scientists now say a third of infant deaths are due to premature births -- a much larger percentage than previously thought. In the past, "preterm birth" has been the listed cause of death in fewer than 20 percent of newborn fatalities. But that number should be 34 percent or more, said researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
Georgia authorities seek gossipy MySpace blogger for sexual content (10/02/06)
ATHENS, Ga. -- MySpace Lesson No. 143: Be careful what gossip you blog about. Authorities are searching for whomever posted a long list and description of supposed sexual encounters between dozens of high school students on the online networking site MySpace.com...
Murder charges filed against South Carolina man in shooting deaths of his wife and four children (10/02/06)
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A man was charged Sunday with murdering his wife and her four children in a domestic dispute at their home, authorities said. Michael Simmons, 41, appeared at a bond hearing via video link from the Charleston County jail Sunday and was ordered held without bond on five counts of murder...
'No perfect security' -- shootings put school safety back in spotlight (10/02/06)
DENVER -- A bearded drifter walks into a Colorado school and fatally shoots a student before taking his own life. Wisconsin authorities charge three boys with plotting a bomb attack on their high school and, two weeks later, a student in a rural school allegedly shoots his principal. A gunman bursts into a Vermont elementary school looking for his ex-girlfriend and guns down a teacher...
Study: Ads for high-fat foods fill toddler TV shows (10/02/06)
CHICAGO -- When Susan Connor's 3-year-old son started humming the McDonald's jingle, a research project was born. Connor knew where he'd heard the fast food giant's catchy tune -- on the Disney Channel during "The Wiggles," a show for preschoolers...
White House, Dems expect criminal probe of e-mail scandal (10/02/06)
WASHINGTON -- The White House and Democratic leaders in Congress called Sunday for a criminal probe into former Rep. Mark Foley's electronic messages to teenage boys -- a lurid scandal that has put House Republicans in political peril. White House counselor Dan Bartlett called the allegations against Foley shocking. He said President Bush hadn't learned of Foley's inappropriate e-mails to a 16-year-old boy and instant messages to other boys before the news broke last week...
Feds worry that terrorists, mobsters might collaborate (10/02/06)
WASHINGTON -- The FBI's top counterterrorism official harbors lots of concerns: weapons of mass destruction, undetected homegrown terrorists and the possibility that old-fashioned mobsters will team up with al-Qaida for the right price. Though there is no direct evidence yet of organized crime collaborating with terrorists, the first hints of a connection surfaced in a recent undercover FBI operation. ...
Teen with microchip implant killed in Fla. motorcycle crash (10/02/06)
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- A teen engineering prodigy who gained national attention in 2002 when he and his family received identification chip implants on live television was killed in a motorcycle accident, authorities said. Derek Jacobs, 18, lost control of his motorcycle early Saturday and crashed into a guardrail and a pole, the Palm Beach County sheriff's office said. He was wearing a helmet...
Suburb in contempt after Nike annexation battle (10/02/06)
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Can Nike Inc. and this growing suburb ever be good neighbors again? After the "smoking gun?" After running up a legal bill of about $1.1 million over a file less than a couple dozen pages thick? And, oh, how about the judge finding the city in contempt?...
6 people killed in 3-car collision in S. Ill. (10/02/06)
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. -- A three-vehicle crash in Southern Illinois killed six people, including five family members, authorities said Sunday. The chain-reaction crash, which also injured two others, happened Saturday evening near Belleville, Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Roger Hayes said...
Head of European Commission pledges aid to Darfur region (10/02/06)
EL FASHER, Sudan -- The head of the European Commission urged Sudan's president on Sunday to help the African Union keep peace in the troubled Darfur region and end the obstacles hampering the work of humanitarian groups there. On a visit to the war-torn region, Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso also announced a pledge of more than $50 million in aid from Europe amid mounting international pressure on the Sudanese government to accept a U.N. peacekeeping force in Darfur...
Gaza fighting between Hamas, Fatah kills seven (10/02/06)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Heavily armed Hamas militiamen's efforts to break up anti-government protests Sunday sparked gunbattles across the Gaza Strip that killed seven people in the worst internal Palestinian violence since Hamas took power. Militants from the opposition Fatah group retaliated by torching the Palestinian Cabinet building in the West Bank. The violence comes amid growing frustration over forming a national unity government that could end crippling economic sanctions...
Shiites demand changes after arrest of Sunni's bodyguard (10/02/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Shiite politicians demanded changes in the Iraqi government Sunday, accusing a Sunni Arab party in the coalition of ties to terrorism after a bodyguard of its leader was arrested on suspicion of planning bomb attacks. The dispute threatened a sectarian crisis within the national unity government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, which is struggling to contain spiraling Shiite-Sunni killings that the U.S. ambassador said have surpassed Sunni insurgent attacks in deadliness...
Thailand swears in new prime minister (10/02/06)
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Retired army commander Gen. Surayud Chulanont was sworn in Sunday as Thailand's interim prime minister, saying he wanted to settle a bloody Muslim insurgency and heal a country divided by the policies of his predecessor. The ruling military council running Thailand since a Sept. 19 coup appointed Surayud after ousting Thaksin Shinawatra...
Dam collapse in Nigeria sweeps away families, up to 40 feared dead (10/02/06)
KANO, Nigeria -- Families were swept away in a torrent of water and up to 40 people were feared dead after a dam collapsed in Nigeria, a state-owned radio station said Sunday. The dam -- about one mile from the center of Zamfara state's capital city of Gusau -- collapsed Saturday after heavy rains. But surveyors were trying to determine whether to blame the downpour or structural neglect...
Israeli pullout 'incomplete' (10/02/06)
MARWAHEEN, Lebanon -- The U.N. called Israel's pullout from nearly all of south Lebanon on Sunday "significant progress." But sources of friction remained: Israel still holds the Lebanese part of a divided border village and its planes patrol Lebanon's airspace...
Late slide pairs Tigers with Yankees (10/02/06)
NEW YORK -- If the Detroit Tigers are going to extend their surprising season by making a run in the playoffs, they'll have to get past the New York Yankees. After wasting several chances to wrap up an AL Central title, the slumping Tigers slipped to a wild-card spot Sunday and now must open the postseason Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium against New York's powerful lineup...
Clemens, Pettitte, Tejada deny steroids use following report (10/02/06)
Roger Clemens calls the report "dangerous and malicious and reckless." Andy Pettitte insists he never took banned drugs. Miguel Tejada says he is being smeared again by scandal. Some of baseball's biggest stars responded with denials and denunciations Sunday following a Los Angeles Times report in which former pitcher Jason Grimsley accused five players of using performance-enhancing drugs, according to a federal agent's affidavit. ...
Stewart wins Banquet 400; Johnson hit with penalty (10/02/06)
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Tony Stewart was on fumes. Jimmie Johnson was fuming. Eliminated from championship contention, Stewart and his crew decided to gamble on fuel mileage. It paid off -- but just barely, as Stewart crawled across the finish line Sunday to win the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway...
Trahan claims his first title on PGA Tour (10/02/06)
D.J. Trahan won the Southern Farm Bureau Classic for his first PGA Tour victory, birdieing the par-5 18th hole three straight times in a playoff to hold off Joe Durant. Trahan won with a 5-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole after closing with a 1-under 71 to match Durant (66) at 13-under 275 on the Annandale Golf Club course in Madison, Miss. Trahan holed the winning putt after Durant missed a 5-footer of his own...
Woods ready for break after PGA win streak hits six (10/02/06)
CHANDLER'S CROSS, England -- Good news for the rest of golf: Tiger Woods is going on vacation. A streak that began 10 weeks ago on the sun-baked links of Hoylake reached six straight PGA Tour victories on the rain-drenched fairways north of London on Sunday when Woods went wire-to-wire in the American Express Championship. He became the first player in tour history to win at least eight times in three seasons...
Struggling Cardinals back into the playoffs (10/02/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals won another NL Central title with a team still running in reverse. There was no sign of distress in a raucous clubhouse, though, with champagne spraying in every direction after the Cardinals backed into their third straight division championship and averted perhaps the biggest September collapse in major league history...
St. Louis outscores Martz, Lions (10/02/06)
ST. LOUIS -- With the architect of the "Greatest Show" on the other side of the turf, new St. Louis Rams coach Scott Linehan showed his team can win a shootout, too. The Rams rallied from behind three times, then benefited from an overturned pass interference penalty in the waning seconds to beat Detroit 41-34 on Sunday...
Business to bring a piece of Mexico to Cape (10/02/06)
Small-town life can be frustrating at times. Like when you ask a waitress what the "soup du jour" is and she tells you it's the soup of the day, as if you were asking for a translation. Or that the best art-house movies never make it to our local theaters because they absolutely HAVE to have six screens reserved for the latest Will Ferrell flick...
Robin Williams seeks rehab after Gibson arrest (10/02/06)
LOS ANGELES -- Mel Gibson's DUI arrest was a "big wake-up call" for Robin Williams, the funnyman tells "Access Hollywood" in an interview scheduled to air today. "If you're violating your standards faster than you can lower them, time to go away," he said...
Missouri's exports up by 19 percent (10/02/06)
Missouri's exports through the second quarter of 2006 were up by nearly 19 percent compared to the same period in 2005, according to the World Institute for Strategic Economic Research. Through June 2006, exports by Missouri companies topped $6 billion, compared to just over $5 billion after the second quarter 2005. ...
People on the move 10/2/06 (10/02/06)
Plaza Tire founder wins advertising award The Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals have announced that Vernon "Pee Wee" Rhodes of Plaza Tire Service has been chosen as the recipient of the 2006 Tri-State AMP Triumph award. The Triumph award is given annually to recognize outstanding achievement in business and marketing. ...
Trading blame: Bioshield dispute underscores problems with defense program (10/02/06)
SAN FRANCISCO -- By now, millions of anthrax vaccine shots developed through cutting-edge genetic engineering were supposed to be filling a new national stockpile of biodefense drugs. Instead, five years after anthrax attacks left five dead, sickened 17 and panicked the country, the nearly $1 billion contract awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to a tiny and struggling San Francisco Bay Area biotechnology company is plagued with misfortune and delays...
2 Cape businesses included in St. Louis market (10/02/06)
For Wes Kinsey, the Best of St. Louis Best of Missouri Market was something of a business saver. A few years back, My Daddy's Cheesecake was treading water. Rumors circulated that it was going to have to close. But then Kinsey met representatives from Dierbergs, the St. Louis-based grocery store chain...
Florida citrus industry faces potential shortage of oranges (10/02/06)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- It's getting hard to grow oranges in the Sunshine State. Monthslong droughts are broken by nasty hurricane seasons. Three diseases that kill and damage citrus trees and fruit continue to spread. Urban sprawl is taking over groves, and there are now fewer acres of trees than any time since 1988, when a wave of freezes crippled the industry...
Eva Davis (10/02/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Eva M. Davis, 77, of Tamms, Ill., died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, at the Daystar Care Center in Cairo. She was born Feb. 13, 1929, in Hardin County, Tenn., the daughter of John Henry and Beulah Flat Pearson. She and Floyd Davis were married. He died in 1974...
Winniefred Stout (10/02/06)
Winniefred C. Stout, 94, of Mound City, Ill., died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 14, 1911, in New York City, daughter of James A. and Bessie Hogg Connell. She and J. Paul Stout were married and he preceded her in death...
Melvin Lorenz (10/02/06)
Melvin A. Lorenz, 84, of Shawneetown died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson and after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shawneetown...
Delores Gettings (10/02/06)
Delores "Dee" Medley Gettings, 60, of Scott City formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at the Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 21, 1946, in Delta, the daughter of the late Russell L. and Iva Driskill Medley...
Judd Wilson (10/02/06)
Judd W. Wilson, 94, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 18, 1912, in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, the son of Judd E. and Mary J. Pitts Wilson. He first married Viola Wilson. She preceded him in death in December of 2000. He then married Alice M. Maple in 2002 in St. Petersburg, Fla. She preceded him in death in 2004...
Cape/Jackson fire reports 10/2/06 (10/02/06)
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Cape police reports 10/2/06 (10/02/06)
The following items were released by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt....
Out of the past 10/2/06 (10/02/06)
25 years ago: Oct. 2, 1981 Cape Girardeau County lost 3,000 acres of farmland to housing and other rural developments last year, according to statistics presented at a hearing of the Missouri House Select Interim Committee on the Preservation of Agricultural Land held in Cape Girardeau yesterday...
Pleasing to the eye (10/02/06)
If you've been in downtown Cape Girardeau recently, particularly in the area of the huge parking lot and pavilion in front of the floodwall that will soon display a new Wall of Fame mural, you have seen all the construction going on. The plan is to improve traffic flow through the parking areas and spruce up an otherwise ordinary expanse of concrete...
Speak Out 10/2/06 (10/02/06)
Dog or medicine; Candidates' views; Nutrition and learning; Society's problems; Teenage drivers; Driving distractions; School sales; Better alternative; Give us guidelines; Run with an apple; Don't want the truth; Congrats on awards; Too rational; Train's coming; Grants for sidewalks; Proud to serve
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