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Stories from Thursday, October 26, 2006

Ameren plans cut in gas rates (10/26/06)
Falling natural gas prices will bring relief from high heating bills for most natural gas users in Southeast Missouri. The Missouri Public Service Commission will act today on the proposed winter gas prices for AmerenUE's customers in Cape Girardeau, Scott, Stoddard, Butler and Bollinger counties...
Preparing for moments of truth (10/26/06)
Crime suspects in Cape Girardeau and the region may soon find themselves in the hot seat. On Monday, the Cape Girardeau Police Department will have a new polygraph, commonly known as a lie detector, and an officer trained to use it. "It's a great investigative tool," said police Cpl. Don Perry. Perry is taking classes at the Northeast Counterdrug Training Center on how to use a polygraph...
New Madrid soldier killed in Baghdad (10/26/06)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A soldier from Southeast Missouri died Sunday while serving in Iraq. First Lt. Camden Bock was on patrol in Baghdad when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb. Bock, 24, of New Madrid, was a member of the 101st Airborne based in Fort Campbell, Ky...
Area briefs 10/26/06 (10/26/06)
Third shooting suspect in police custody (10/26/06)
Police Tuesday night arrested a third man suspected in a string of Cape Girardeau shootings. Marquies C. Boyd, 22, of a last known address of 424 S. Hanover St., was in custody of the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department Wednesday, being held in lieu of a $250,000 cash-only bond...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 10/26/06 (10/26/06)
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda Routine business Discussion items and appointments...
Making an entrance (10/26/06)
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will vote today on a plan to spend more than $1 million to renovate the former First Baptist Church sanctuary building on Broadway to house alumni, foundation and athletic offices. The regents are scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. at the St. Louis Club in Clayton, Mo. The regents plan to return to the club Friday for a board retreat...
SEMO students plan fund-raiser for professor's wife (10/26/06)
Southeast Missouri State University students are holding a fund-raiser Saturday for a Cape Girardeau woman who's been in a comalike state since July. As part of their service learning project, students in the Success in Technology course are hosting a spaghetti dinner at St. Andrew Lutheran Church to raise money for Jonie Koch, the wife of Doug Koch, an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology at the university...
'Legends' event happening at Old Lorimier Cemetery (10/26/06)
Old Lorimier Cemetery will come alive from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday with stories of famous Cape Girardeau founders at the second "Legends of Lorimier" event. The event will feature tales about residents such as Louis Lorimier and Lewis Houck, and stories about the steamboat explosion and epidemic...
Note describing possible school shooting leads to arrest (10/26/06)
High schoolers learned Wednesday even jokes of school shootings would not be tolerated following the arrest of a Cape Girardeau student. The 17-year-old student was arrested at Central High School early Wednesday afternoon while class was still in session, police spokesman Jason Selzer said. The boy wrote a note depicting how to conduct a school shooting...
Zonta Women of Achievement Luncheon to feature Judith Farris (10/26/06)
The upcoming third annual Zonta Women of Achievement Luncheon will honor women from the Cape Girardeau area for their community and professional contributions and raise money for local and international service projects and scholarships. The luncheon takes place Nov. 3 at the Show Me Center...
Military news 10/26/06 (10/26/06)
Local man receives graduate award...
Muscular Dystrophy Executive Lock-Up raised $75,000 (10/26/06)
This year's annual Muscular Dystrophy Executive Lock-Up fund-raiser collected $75,000 for the MDA Telethon. Local businessman Tom Kiefner of Kiefner Brothers Inc., who has participated in the MDA event for three years, increased his fund-raising efforts from a little under $5,000 to a record-breaking $12,000 this year...
Community cuisine 10/26/06 (10/26/06)
verbs are good things...
Pageant to include local contestant (10/26/06)
Morganne Phillips, a freshman at Central High School, has been selected to participate in the 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant in the upcoming pageant Friday through Sunday at Springfield, where she will compete as Miss Cape Girardeau Teen. She is the daughter of Mark and Kellie Phillips. Sponsors include Epic Systems Inc., Crowe Orthodontics, her grandparents and parents...
Stem-cell issue attracts stars, merging with Senate race in Missouri (10/26/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The battle over stem-cell research in Missouri certainly doesn't lack star power. Ailing actor Michael J. Fox, rock star cancer-survivor Sheryl Crow, Super Bowl hero Kurt Warner, Wednesday's starting World Series pitcher Jeff Suppan and celebrities galore have all given voters their two cents...
Couple accused in social worker's death are returned to Kentucky (10/26/06)
HENDERSON, Ky. -- A man accused with his girlfriend of kidnapping her baby and killing a social worker told reporters Wednesday he was responsible for the slaying as authorities returned the couple from Illinois to Kentucky to face charges. When reporters greeted the couple Wednesday evening, Christopher Wayne Luttrell "apologized for all the people he hurt, all his family and friends," said Henderson police Sgt. John Nevels, one of two officers who escorted Luttrell...
Study says lung scans may find cancer earlier in smokers and save lives (10/26/06)
A controversial new study offers the strongest evidence yet that screening smokers for lung cancer with computerized chest scans can save lives, much as mammograms do for women with breast cancer. Doctors have long had doubts that early detection of tumors could improve survival, and also feared that screening would lead to too many false alarms and unnecessary biopsies. Scans are not now recommended, but many smokers have been paying for them on their own for their peace of mind...
Shingles vaccine recommended for people age 60 and older (10/26/06)
ATLANTA -- An influential government advisory panel recommended on Wednesday that Americans 60 and older get vaccinated against shingles, an excruciatingly painful rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. The recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices usually are accepted by federal health officials, and they influence insurance companies' decisions on which vaccinations to cover...
N.J. court gives gays more rights but doesn't decide on marriage (10/26/06)
NEWARK, N.J. -- Soon after the state Supreme Court ruled that she has the right to some form of legal union with her partner, Cindy Meneghin stood behind a news conference lectern and said she was "feeling butterflies." She said she was reminded of the day, in a Catholic high school gym, that she first saw her partner of more than 30 years. And then, with the video cameras whirring, she decided that too much time had already been wasted...
Nation briefs 10/26/06 (10/26/06)
Principal suspended for giving student a 'wedgie' LIVINGSTON, Mont. -- A high school principal received a six-day suspension and a letter of reprimand for giving one of his students a wedgie. Eric Messerli pulled a Park High School senior's soccer jersey over his head and yanked upward on the waistband of the boy's underwear at a soccer game Oct. ...
Study finds Americans' weight gain adds to gasoline consumption (10/26/06)
CHICAGO -- Want to spend less at the pump? Lose weight. That's the implication of a new study that says Americans are burning nearly 1 billion more gallons of gasoline each year than they did in 1960 because of their expanding waistlines. Simply put, more weight in the car means lower gas mileage...
President Bush acknowledges public discontent at home with war in Iraq (10/26/06)
WASHINGTON -- In a somber but combative pre-election review of a long and brutal war, President Bush conceded Wednesday that the United States is taking heavy casualties in Iraq and said, "I know many Americans are not satisfied with the situation" there...
Fed leaves interest rates untouched (10/26/06)
WASHINGTON -- Borrowers are getting a break that could last into next year on interest rates on credit cards, home equity lines of credit, adjustable-rate mortgages and other loans. The Federal Reserve, wrapping up a two-day meeting Wednesday, held interest rates steady -- yet again...
Business digest 102606 (10/26/06)
Home sales fall for sixth straight month WASHINGTON -- In further evidence of a sharp slowdown in the once-booming housing market, sales of existing homes fell for a sixth straight month in September and the median sales price dropped by a record amount. ...
World briefs 10/26/06 (10/26/06)
Tropical Storm Paul continues losing steam SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico -- Tropical Storm Paul quickly lost strength Wednesday as it swirled toward Mexico's mainland at the tip of the Baja California peninsula. About 100 residents who were evacuated to government shelters in Cabo San Lucas were heading back to their homes, relieved the sun had re-emerged and they had been spared by Paul, which earlier in the week had been the season's third hurricane to threaten the region. ...
Iran expands nuclear program despite call for U.N. sanctions (10/26/06)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran confirmed Wednesday that it had expanded its controversial uranium enrichment program, a semiofficial news agency reported, even as the United States and its partners prepared a U.N. resolution to impose sanctions. Tehran's plan to inject gas into a second cascade of centrifuges -- a process that yields either nuclear fuel or material for a warhead -- was a tiny step unlikely to bring Iran within grasp of a weapon...
Iraqi prime minister disavows U.S.-Iraqi raid in Baghdad slum (10/26/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- An angry Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki disavowed a joint U.S.-Iraqi raid in the capital's Sadr City slum Wednesday. Al-Maliki complained that he was not consulted beforehand about the Sadr City offensive. The raid was conducted by Iraqi special forces backed by U.S. advisers and was aimed at capturing a top militia commander wanted for running a Shiite death squad...
St. Vincent spikers sweep Woodland for district crown (10/26/06)
The St. Vincent volleyball team won its second straight district championship on Wednesday night, defeating Woodland 25-14, 25-20 in the Class 2 District 3 championship game at Clearwater High School in Piedmont, Mo. St. Vincent will carry a 28-6-2 record into the sectional Saturday at Bloomfield, Mo...
High school football: Week 9 (10/26/06)
High school football | Week 9 West Plains (3-5) at Central (3-5) Friday (all games 7 p.m.) Parkway West (6-2) at Jackson (5-3) Crystal City (7-1) at Scott City (5-3) Hayti (6-2) at Chaffee (2-6) Perryville (4-4) at New Madrid County Central (6-2) St. Vincent (4-4) at Portageville (0-7)...
Unbeaten New Salem eyes state volleyball title (10/26/06)
New Salem Baptist Academy will put its 16-0 record against the best in the state today when the Missouri Christian School Athletic Association Division II state volleyball tournament begins in Joplin, Mo. The 10-team field is divided into two pools with the top eight teams moving on to bracket play. Along with New Salem, area rival Eagle Ridge, Christian Outreach, Riverview Bible Baptist and Liberty Christian make up Pool A...
Central faces familiar roadblock (10/26/06)
The past two seasons, the Central football team's district title hopes have been dashed by West Plains. Central (3-5) again enters Week 9 with a 1-0 district mark and again with the Zizzers next on the schedule. The teams meet 7 p.m. tonight at Houck Stadium...
St. Louis sweeps Redhawks (10/26/06)
St. Louis University made short work of Southeast Missouri State in a nonconference volleyball match Wednesday, winning in three games. The Billikens swept the Redhawks 30-21, 30-19, 30-28. SLU improved to 16-7, while Southeast fell to 11-14. Jessica Koeper had 10 kills for the Redhawks. Sarah Barth had 24 assists and 13 digs, while Molly Davis added 12 digs...
Redhawks show off up-tempo style, newcomers in intrasquad scrimmage (10/26/06)
Scott Edgar assures fans his first Southeast Missouri State basketball team does indeed plan to play defense this season. Plenty of it, in fact. But through the early stages of practice, Edgar has focused primarily on getting the Redhawks used to his up-tempo style of offense...
Area sports digest 10-26-06 (10/26/06)
Two local girls qualify for Rams PPK event Two local girls, Sydney Rapp of Jackson and Nikki Chambers of Chaffee, qualified to compete in the St. Louis Rams Team Championship for the NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick competition. The annual series of competitions allows children to compete in free local and sectional events in hopes of earning a berth in the home stadiums of NFL teams and a national competition...
Area bowling scores 10/26/06 (10/26/06)
Jackson Bowling Lanes Men High Games: Stan Lueders 300, Jim Burnett 289, Kyle Bruce 279, Terry Wrmack 279, John Wondel 278, Jim Brown 277, Dennis Roth 269, Terry Seabaugh 268, Tim tuschhoff 267, John Litz 265, Chris Roberts 264, Mike Bone 260, Rick Beine 258, Brian McClanahan 258, Jeremy Hunt 258, Toby Zoellner 258, Tyler Hodge 257, Syl Zoellner 255, Leroy Ponder 255, dennis Leinbach 255, Brad Heise 254, Dan Tuschhoff 250, Mike Edgar 247, Mike Turnbow 246, Jason Brothers 246, Ed Craft 246, Dennis hacker 246, Don Stout 246.. ...
Cardinals, Tigers play series before sparse TV audience (10/26/06)
ST. LOUIS -- World Series television ratings are as meager as the Detroit Tigers' offense. The St. Louis Cardinals' 5-0 victory Tuesday night was the lowest-rated Game 3 in Series history, and the three-game average also was the lowest ever. Game 3 drew a 10.2 fast national rating and 17 share, Fox said Wednesday, down 7 percent from the 11.0 rating last year for the 7-5, 14-inning win by the Chicago White Sox over the Houston Astros. ...
Cowboys announce Romo will start at quarterback (10/26/06)
IRVING, Texas -- Tony Romo is now the first-string quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, and will make his first career start Sunday night at Carolina. Coach Bill Parcells said Wednesday that Romo, who replaced 14-year veteran Drew Bledsoe in the second half of Monday night's 36-22 loss to the New York Giants, will start...
Zumaya shot down by slow gun (10/26/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Detroit reliever Joel Zumaya attracted quite a bit of attention in the AL playoffs by routinely topping 100 mph on the radar gun. So fellow Tigers rookie Justin Verlander thought it was odd when he noticed Zumaya wasn't hitting triple digits on the Busch Stadium scoreboard in Game 3...
Bulger adapts to new system (10/26/06)
ST. LOUIS -- It looks like St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger is adjusting well to new coach Scott Linehan's offense. Bulger has thrown just one interception and his 99.8 passer rating ranks third in the NFL for the Rams (4-2), who are coming off a bye week to play the San Diego Chargers (4-2) on the road Sunday...
Series derailed by rain (10/26/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Pitchers dominated the first three games of the World Series, and the rain took over on Wednesday night. Game 4 was postponed because of rain and will be made up tonight at 7:27 p.m., potentially sending the World Series into scheduling chaos. More showers are expected today and Friday, and nobody was certain when the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals would play again...
Asthma season (10/26/06)
Inhalers, nebulizers and peak flow monitors -- Tina Wright is familiar with all of them. The Cape Girardeau mother has spent 20 years helping her four children battle the chronic respiratory disease asthma. A new report released by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services shows that about 14,000 Missouri children under the age of 18 made trips to the emergency room for asthma in 2003, the most recent year data available. ...
Health briefs 10/26/06 (10/26/06)
Briefly Free health screenings will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church. Health officials also will give presentations throughout the morning. The health fair is sponsored by Southeast Missouri Hospital staff and the Generations Center. For more information, call 335-8224...
Confessions of a cluttered mind (10/26/06)
Oct. 26, 2006 Dear Leslie, At home during a long, frustrating search in vain for a video that purports to reveal the truth about golf I experienced a sudden flash of self-realization. Who am I? I'm a man with a cluttered life. Last year while my office was being renovated I boxed up the nonessential items. They're still sitting in three boxes on my office floor. Once in awhile I peek inside a box to see if anything inside might be of use. The answer is always no...
What if you had one year left to live? (10/26/06)
Editor's note: This column was originally published Nov. 3, 2005. Imagine this. You visit your doctor for your annual physical. Strictly routine. She studies your lab work with her usual casualness; you are already thinking about the dry cleaning you have to pick up. All at once, you notice that wrinkles are appearing in her forehead where Botox had seemed to permanently remove them...
Ex-sitcom queen Roseanne finds way back to standup (10/26/06)
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Roseanne Barr sings! And it's not the national anthem! Warbling a personalized version of "My Way" at the end of her new HBO comedy special, she proclaims: "And as the baseball fans all watched, butchered that song and grabbed my crotch. Yes, I was loud, but I was proud, and did it my way."...
James Pryor (10/26/06)
ULLIN, Ill. -- James "Snooky" Pryor, 85, of Ullin died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 15, 1921, in Lambert, Miss., son of James and Jo Willie Pryor. He and Luella Pryor were married Dec. 21, 1941...
Kenneth Kepner (10/26/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Kenneth Kepner, 91, of Cairo died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, at Heartland Care Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 4, 1915, in Cairo, son of Kelly and Flora Buchamef Kepner. He married Nina Williams. Kepner was retired from Karcher Brothers Funeral Home and Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo. He attended Tigert Memorial United Methodist Church...
Nola Eldridge (10/26/06)
Nola Eldridge, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006, at her home. McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Barbara Vance (10/26/06)
Barbara Vance, 65, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rev. Earl Weis (10/26/06)
The Rev. Earl Weis, 85, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Jackson, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006, at his home. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Ernest Eudy (10/26/06)
ANNA, Ill. -- Ernest "Bus" Eudy, 77, of Anna died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, at his home. He was born Feb. 19, 1929, in McClure, Ill., son of Earl Eugene and Viola Waring Eudy. He and Ollie Mayberry were married Sept. 30, 1949, in Reynoldsville, Ill...
Jacob Wright (10/26/06)
Jacob B. "Jack" Wright, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006, at Life Care Center. He was born Jan. 1, 1928, in Charleston, Mo., son of Jacob Merle and Anna Elizabeth Essary Wright. He and Anne Austin were married June 17, 1961. Wright worked at Brown Shoe Co. in Charleston a number of years, and was also a barber many years. He was a member of West End Church of Christ in Cape Girardeau...
Edward Caul (10/26/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Edward "Ed" Caul, 91, of Chaffee died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements.
Births 10/26/06 (10/26/06)
Moser; Castile; Seiler; Dale; McGee; Aldridge; Elfrink
Cape police reports 10/26/06 (10/26/06)
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Cape/Jackson fire reports 10/26/06 (10/26/06)
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Out of the past 10/26/06 (10/26/06)
25 years ago: Oct. 26, 1981 Homecoming week at Southeast Missouri State University begins; a number of special activities are scheduled throughout the week leading up to the Homecoming dance and football game next weekend; the Indians, coming off a 53-0 win over Lincoln University, will square off against Northwest Missouri State University...
Letter-to-the-editor guidelines (10/26/06)
1. Letters on topics of general public interest are welcomed. 2. All letters must be signed. The name of the writer(s) will be published. 3. All letters to be considered for publication must include the name of the town where the writer lives and a daytime telephone number where the writer may be reached during normal business hours...
Student safety (10/26/06)
In Burleson, Texas, all the 8,500 students in the public school district and their teachers have been trained to deal with all sorts of situations ranging from tornadoes to first aid. Included are instructions to fight back if threatened by anyone with a gun. One of the instructors in this fight-back program, a major in the British army, says it beats getting under a desk and praying for rescue...
White House picks what info it likes (10/26/06)
To the editor: If you visit a physician for a suspected medical condition, would you prefer a diagnosis based on the evidence or on what the physician believes or thinks you deserve? I prefer diagnosis based on the best available medical wisdom. Likewise, politicians should first accept the scientific evidence and then make informed political decisions. ...
Stem-cell plan is poorly written (10/26/06)
To the editor: Even if you support embryonic stem-cell research, which most people view as unethical, do not vote for Amendment 2. It is legally poorly written, contradicts itself in several places, gives researchers permission to do anything that is not specifically banned by federal law and removes the state's and individual's right to seek recourse in the courts in the event of harm, since civil and criminal liabilities are prohibited...
Candidate clarifies position on guns (10/26/06)
To the editor: There have been many stories and comments recently regarding statements I made at the League of Women Voters candidate forum. At the forum, a question was asked about teachers carrying guns to which I responded, in part, that it is my position that anyone competent and qualified should be permitted to carry a firearm anywhere, including a school. ...
Globalists seek to control the U.S. (10/26/06)
To the editor: For generations, wealthy and powerful internationalists have been manipulating us toward world government. Their goal is to destroy our Constitution, values and morals to get as many people as possible dependent on government -- easier to control and to create confusion, discontent and chaos so they may enact martial law and take over the country. ...
Speak Out 10/26/06 (10/26/06)
Making comparisons; Eternal guide; Teacher's concerns; Use it or lose it; Scaring the voters; Billfold returned; Boring lessons; Manana
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