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Stories from Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Woman sentenced for role in accident that cost daughter's arm (11/08/06)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A mother accused of leading her daughter beneath a train that later severed the child's arm pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the incident and was sentenced to one year in jail. Glenda Ross, 34, of Scott City, was originally charged with three counts of felony endangering the welfare of a child in the Oct. ...
Gov. Matt Blunt to honor area law enforcement officials (11/08/06)
Gov. Matt Blunt will recognize several area law officials today for their efforts in guaranteeing the funeral of a Jackson soldier was undisturbed by protesters. Blunt issues proclamations just about every month, but today's presentation will be the first time Blunt has honored law enforcement members for upholding the new state law making it a crime to protest in front of or around a funeral's location, spokesman Brian Hauswirth said...
Financial report warns Cape Girardeau officials (11/08/06)
By TJ GREANEY Southeast Missourian Cape Girardeau's financial house appears to be in order, but the city may still be too reliant on sales-tax revenue, according to a recent report. Finance director John Richbourg submitted his quarterly revenue and expense summaries to council members at Monday's city council meeting...
Deputies to patrol Oran after entire police force resigns (11/08/06)
By JENNIFER FREEZE Southeast Missourian The search for a police force in Oran has begun. The city's three police officers, including chief Marc Tragesser, had resigned by 8 a.m. Tuesday, Mayor Tom Urhahn said at a regular board of aldermen meeting Tuesday night...
Missouri National Guard soldiers returning from Iraq (11/08/06)
By SCOTT MOYERS Southeast Missourian The last year has been a distressing one for Katie Jenkins of Cape Girardeau, who has spent countless hours waiting and worrying while her father served his yearlong tour of duty in Iraq. "It's been difficult," said the 20-year-old Southeast Missouri State University student. "You try to tune out the fact that he's been in a dangerous place, but it's hard."...
Voters back Democrat's bid for Union County sheriff (11/08/06)
By KYLE W. MORRISON Southeast Missourian ANNA, Ill. -- There's a new sheriff in Union County, one who promises to help curb the drug problem in the area. Following the retirement of Jim Nash, Democrat David Livesay beat out Republican Steven J. Hoepker to become the county's new sheriff in Tuesday's election...
Democrats, Republicans split Ill. 115th, 118th House seats (11/08/06)
Southeast Missourian MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Two Illinois state representatives, one a Republican and the other a Democrat, appeared to be headed for victory Tuesday night in their re-election bids. State Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, Ill., was winning by more than a 6,500-vote margin with results in from five of 11 counties in the 118th House District late Tuesday night...
Vote totals show Stewart ahead of McGlynn in appellate court race (11/08/06)
Southeast Missourian A Southern Illinois judge pushing for more diversity in the Metro East-favored 5th Judicial District of the Illinois Appellate Court appeared to unseat the incumbent judge. Saline County Judge Bruce Stewart ran on the Democratic ticket against Republican Judge Stephen McGlynn in Tuesday's election for the appellate district, which encompasses Illinois's 37 southernmost counties...
Jones elected to fourth term as presiding commissioner (11/08/06)
Southeast Missourian Cape Girardeau Presiding Commissioner Gerald Jones cruised to a fourth term Tuesday, winning a landslide victory over challenger Victor Farrow. Jones, a Republican, ran on a record of sound fiscal management and economic expansion. Farrow, a Democrat, was almost invisible on the campaign trail, not attending many events or campaigning to any extent...
Republicans swept most legislative seats in area (11/08/06)
By RUDI KELLER Southeast Missourian Republicans swept all but one of the contested area legislative races, losing the seat GOP committees spent more than $150,000 to defend. The only Democratic victory was in the 161st District, where Steve Hodges of East Prairie defeated Republican Gary Branum of New Madrid in a narrow victory...
Hodge wins 161st District seat for Dems (11/08/06)
By MATT SANDERS Southeast Missourian CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Late returns from Mississippi County Tuesday night show Democrat Steve Hodges will replace Rep. Lanie Black in the 161st District of the Missouri House of Representatives. With all 36 precincts in the district reporting their unofficial totals to the Missouri Secretary of State's office, Hodges held a 153-vote lead over Republican Gary Branum, a New Madrid farmer. ...
Federal court 11/08/06 (11/08/06)
The following information was released by the office of federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway for defendants who appeared in federal court Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Charles A. Shaw: SENTENCED Name: Randy Green Age: 47 Residence: Sikeston, Mo...
Jo Ann Emerson defeats former MSTA president Hambacker for sixth term (11/08/06)
By TJ GREANEY Southeast Missourian Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, celebrated her election -day victory with more than 200 supporters at the Drury Lodge. Emerson beat Veronica Hambacker, 59-year-old former president of the Missouri State Teachers Association from Salem, Mo., and will enter her sixth term in Congress...
Wright retains seat in 159th District (11/08/06)
By MATT SANDERS Southeast Missourian DEXTER, Mo. -- For the second time in two years voters in southwestern Cape Girardeau County appeared to have delivered the 159th District of the Missouri House of Representatives to Billy Pat Wright. In 2004, Cape Girardeau County voters in the 159th District helped put Wright in the Missouri House of Representatives for the first time...
Voters in 156th District re-elect House speaker (11/08/06)
By MARK BLISS Southeast Missourian MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton was re-elected Tuesday to a fourth two-year term in the legislature. Jetton, a Republican, defeated Democratic challenger Michael Winder, an ironworker from Marquand, Mo...
Cooper wins first run as incumbent (11/08/06)
By TJ GREANEY Southeast Missourian State Rep. Nathan Cooper, R-Cape Girardeau, fended off a challenge from Democrat Matt Hill Tuesday to retain his seat in the 158th District of the Missouri House of Representatives by a comfortable margin. In Cooper's first run as an incumbent and first general election with a Democratic opponent, he received 62 percent of the 11,938 total votes cast...
Perry Co. rejects school bond issue (11/08/06)
Southeast Missourian PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Voters rejected a $3.36 million general obligation bond issue Tuesday that would have paid off debt for past school improvements and freed up money to further upgrade the Perryville public schools. The vote was 2,531 for the bonds to 3,514 against. The measure needed just over 57 percent approval to pass...
GOP newcomer wins 160th (11/08/06)
By MATT SANDERS Southeast Missourian SIKESTON, Mo. -- This year voters in the 160th District of the Missouri House of Representatives had a choice between two political newcomers -- Republican Ellen Brandom and Democrat Larry Tetley. Both are former business owners, both espoused conservative values, both are from Sikeston. On election night, voters overwhelmingly selected Brandom...
Republican candidates sweep Bollinger County races (11/08/06)
By SCOTT MOYERS Southeast Missourian MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Two incumbents won easily, but a third candidate had to sweat out an evening of ups and downs before winning in a Republican sweep in Bollinger County races for circuit clerk, recorder of deeds and treasurer...
Lewis defeats Heisserer second time for judge seat (11/08/06)
By RUDI KELLER Southeast Missourian In a race that ended in a mirror image of the 2004 contest, Circuit Judge Ben Lewis won two of three counties in the 32nd Judicial Circuit to win a full six-year term on the bench. In 2004, a big win in the smallest constituency, Bollinger County, provided Lewis, a Republican, with the edge needed to take the seat from John Heisserer, a Democrat. In this year's race, Bollinger County went to Heisserer while Lewis captured Perry and Cape Girardeau counties...
College town approves off-campus party crackdown (11/08/06)
The Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Tired of off-campus parties that are anything but fun for nearby homeowners, elected leaders in this college town on Monday unanimously approved new laws cracking down on nuisance party hosts and their landlords...
Consumer borrowing falls in September by biggest amount since early 1990s (11/08/06)
By MARCY GORDON The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Consumer borrowing fell in September by the largest amount since the recession of the early 1990s, weakened by a huge drop in auto loans. The Federal Reserve reported Tuesday that borrowing declined at an annual rate of 0.6 percent in September, compared with a 4.6 percent rate of increase in August. Borrowing fell by $1.2 billion in September -- the biggest drop since a $1.78 billion decrease in April 1992...
Blagojevich deflects scandal to win re-election (11/08/06)
By CHRISTOPHER WILLS The Associated Press CHICAGO -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich persuaded Illinois voters to put aside any doubts about his honesty Tuesday and give him the chance to tackle an ambitious second-term agenda. His optimistic message -- coupled with millions of dollars worth of negative ads -- overwhelmed Republican Judy Baar Topinka's efforts to focus on federal investigations of the Blagojevich administration and the state's financial problems...
McCaskill, Talent race for Senate one of nation's closest (11/08/06)
By DAVID A. LIEB The Associated Press Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill sought to take away the seat of Republican Jim Talent on Tuesday in one of the nation's tightest -- and potentially pivotal -- Senate races. After a $40 million contest that consumed thousands of campaign miles, early election results confirmed what polls had predicted: a close race...
70 Missouri counties reject Amendment 2 (11/08/06)
By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- The eyes of scientists, politicians and business leaders across the country were on Missouri and its proposed constitutional amendment to protect stem-cell research Tuesday. Known as Amendment 2, the ballot measure was the only one nationally in Tuesday's election to directly address the disputed research technique...
Cleveland house fire kills four children; two others rescued by passer-by (11/08/06)
The Associated Press CLEVELAND -- Fire swept through a house early Tuesday, killing four children and injuring three other people, one who jumped from a second-story window and two boys who were pulled to safety after a passer-by broke a basement window, a fire official said...
Hovering 'helicopter parents' try to help their children land jobs (11/08/06)
By MARTHA IRVINE The Associated Press CHICAGO -- Some parents are writing their college-age children's resumes. Others are acting as their children's "representatives," hounding college career counselors, showing up at job fairs and sometimes going as far as calling employers to ask why their child didn't get a job...
Plane's wing clips another's tail at Chicago's O'Hare Airport (11/08/06)
The Associated Press CHICAGO -- A United Airlines plane's wing clipped the tail of another jetliner Tuesday morning as they taxied toward takeoff at O'Hare International Airport, aviation officials said. No injuries were reported. One of the planes was turning left and the wing of the second plane, another United flight, hit the first plane's tail, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro...
Missouri voters approve minimum wage increase (11/08/06)
By DAVID A. LIEB The Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missourians gave low-income workers a raise Tuesday, overwhelming passing a ballot measure to boost the state's minimum wage. The minimum wage increase was supported by nearly three-quarters of the voters, with about half of statewide precincts reporting results...
Democrats sweeping toward control of House (11/08/06)
By DAVID ESPO The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Resurgent Democrats swept toward control of the House and gained ground in the Senate on Tuesday in elections shaped by an unpopular war in Iraq and scandal at home. CNN projected the Democrats will take control...
Appeals court upholds ruling to vacate Lay's convictions (11/08/06)
By JUAN A. LOZANO The Associated Press HOUSTON -- A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's ruling to vacate the conviction of Enron Corp.'s late founder, Kenneth Lay, who had been found guilty earlier this year of committing fraud and conspiracy in one of the biggest corporate scandals in U.S. history...
Construction worker jailed on charges of murdering actress (11/08/06)
The Associated Press NEW YORK -- A construction worker was jailed Tuesday on charges of murdering an actress who was found hanging from a shower rod. Diego Pillco, 19, confessed to the slaying of 40-year-old Adrienne Shelly, prosecutor Marit Delozier said at Pillco's arraignment...
Volkswagen CEO to step down (11/08/06)
The Associated Press BERLIN -- Volkswagen AG, Europe's biggest car maker, said Tuesday that Bernd Pischetsrieder will step down as chief executive after four years and be replaced by Martin Winterkorn, head of the company's premium Audi unit. Pischetsrieder, 58,who got a five-year contract extension in May, leaves with the company profitable but in the midst of a painful cost-cutting program...
World briefs 11/8/06 (11/08/06)
Australian Senate votes to lift stem-cell cloning ban CANBERRA, Australia -- Australia's Senate narrowly voted Tuesday to lift the country's ban on cloning human embryos for stem-cell research. The bill, which was approved 34-32, would relax rules on stem-cell research and allow therapeutic cloning of embryos for medical research. The House of Representatives still needs to pass the bill before it becomes law, but lawmakers had expected the Senate to pose the biggest hurdle...
Kidnappers release British, American hostages taken near coast of Nigeria (11/08/06)
By WILLIAM NSOYOH The Associated Press YENAGOA, Nigeria -- An American and a Briton kidnapped from a ship mapping petroleum deposits off Nigeria's oil-rich southern coast were released Tuesday, government and company officials said. The two men taken hostage Thursday were employed by a Norwegian firm working with Chevron Corp. to map the seabed for potential petroleum deposits when gunmen raided it and fled in speedboats...
Israel pulls troops out of Gaza town (11/08/06)
By IBRAHIM BARZAK The Associated Press BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip -- Israeli forces ended a weeklong offensive Tuesday aimed at halting rocket attacks from this northern Gaza town, leaving behind wrecked homes, uprooted trees and sewage-covered streets. But hours after the pullback, the Palestinian rocket fire resumed...
Hawks end Jackson's run (11/08/06)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- The Jackson Indians came up empty on all fronts of the goal department Tuesday night at Farmington High School. Playing in their first sectional soccer game since 1998, the Indians failed to record the program's first playoff victory, falling 2-0 to Hazelwood Central in the Class 3 contest...
Central bids for upset win to extend its campaign (11/08/06)
It has been a struggle at times for the Central football team this season -- as a season-ending loss that doubled Sikeston's win total indicated -- but the Tigers were good enough at a key time of the season to make its first appearance in the sectionals since 2003...
Bulldogs' offensive display sinks Lancers (11/08/06)
FENTON, Mo. -- Notre Dame's record-setting offense was unleashed on Class 2 quarterfinal opponent Lutheran South on Tuesday in a 5-1 rout at the Anheuser-Busch Center. The Bulldogs (24-1) will face West Plains (19-5-2) in the semifinals 6 p.m. Friday back at the Anheuser-Busch Center. This will be the second final four trip for Notre Dame, which won the state title in 2002...
Panthers in hunt, but Skyhawks soar as OVC's big bird (11/08/06)
Eastern Illinois no longer controls its own destiny in its quest for a second consecutive Ohio Valley Conference championship. But the Panthers remained in the hunt Saturday by beating Tennessee State -- and in the process aided Tennessee-Martin's bid for its first OVC title...
Tigers will use bye week to recover (11/08/06)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- After losing three of four following a 6-0 start, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is glad to have a week off to regroup. Pinkel said the Tigers (7-3, 3-3 Big 12) aren't ready to panic, despite a tough month that began with a 25-19 loss at Texas A&M on Oct. 14. After beating Kansas State, Missouri lost to Oklahoma and Nebraska, all but eliminating the team from competition for the North division title...
Blues hire MacInnis as vice president of operations (11/08/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Former St. Louis Blues defenseman Al MacInnis was named Vice President of Hockey Operations for the team Tuesday. "His knowledge and awareness of the game are well respected in the NHL. He is a first-class person and will play a major role in our quest to build a winner in St. Louis," Blues president John Davidson said in a statement...
UNC's Hansbrough leads AP's preseason All-America squad (11/08/06)
Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina led a preseason All-America team of underclassmen. The 6-foot-9 sophomore forward was the top vote-getter Tuesday on the team chosen by the same panel that selects The Associated Press' college basketball poll. Joining Hansbrough were juniors Joakim Noah of Florida, Ronald Steele of Alabama and Glen Davis of LSU and sophomore Brandon Rush of Kansas...
Festive breads for the holidays (11/08/06)
Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and I know many of you are making plans for family gatherings. Family traditions are a wonderful thing, and it would be even better if you would share them. Please send in your favorite Thanksgiving recipes or family traditions so we can have a column full of great recipes and ideas. Send those to me at the e-mail address listed at the end of this column...
Holiday cleaning tips (11/08/06)
With the holidays just around the corner, lots of people are planning to entertain or have houseguests. You want your home to look its best. To that end, we offer some of our favorite cleaning tips to help you get through the season with a bit less stress and your home no worse for the wear...
Club news 11/8/06 (11/08/06)
American Legion Post 158 The Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158 in Jackson met Sept. 12 and Oct. 10 with Dick Decker, commander, presiding. At the Sept. 12 meeting, Kenny Koehler introduced Rob French and Mark Lewis, who spoke about the baseball program...
Let the experts do the talking (11/08/06)
"I feel so betrayed." The statement was startling because of its anger and because the source -- my normally forgiving mom -- who almost never gets worked up. The target of her anger was equally surprising: David Eckstein, the Cardinals' diminutive shortstop and World Series hero...
John Chanley (11/08/06)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- John Ervin Chanley, 68, of East Prairie died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, at his home. He was born May 6, 1938, in East Prairie, son of John Daniel and Alma Ester Flick Chanley. He and Martha Sue Reed were married Aug. 16, 1956, in Corinth, Miss...
Freda Suedekum (11/08/06)
Freda Lee Suedekum, 82, of Nashville, Tenn., died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. She was born March 19, 1924, in Cape Girardeau. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Almon W. Suedekum; two sons, Lynn Suedekum of Nashville, Ron (Teresa) Suedekum of Franklin, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Heidi, Chris, Maggie, Parker and Garrett Suedekum...
Frances Beck (11/08/06)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Frances Alma Beck, 85, of Chaffee died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born June 27, 1921, at Kelso, Mo., daughter of Louis and Regina Blattel Hahn. She and Wilford "Bill" Beck were married April 10, 1947. He died Jan. 26, 1998...
Alfreda Crader (11/08/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Alfreda Crader, 78, of Paragould, Ark., formerly of Marble Hill, died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, at her home. She was born Jan. 17, 1928, at Blodgett, Mo., daughter of Charlie P. and Pearl M. Cobb James. She and Woodrow S. Crader were married June 5, 1946...
William Gerhardt (11/08/06)
William Howard "Bill" Gerhardt, 34, of Warrenton, Mo., died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, at St. John's Mercy Hospital in Washington, Mo. He was born Dec. 20, 1971, in Cape Girardeau, son of Reginald and Dolores Linebarger Gerhardt. He married Jennifer Shanks...
Linus Heisserer (11/08/06)
Linus A. Heisserer, 87, of Scott City died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
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Out of the past 11/8/06 (11/08/06)
25 years ago: Nov. 8, 1981 The Rev. David V. Dissen, who formerly served First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Clearwater, Fla., is installed as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau; Dr. Robert Sauer, first vice president of the national Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, is the guest speaker...
Teaching moderation (11/08/06)
By Raymond Scalettar An interesting government-funded study recently published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reported that men with healthy lifestyles who consumed light to moderate amounts of liquor, beer or wine had a 40 to 60 percent reduced risk of heart attack compared with men who had similarly healthy lifestyles but did not drink at all...
Miss Missouri USA (11/08/06)
New proof that Southeast Missouri is home to the most intelligent, graceful and beautiful women in the state was provided recently when Amber Seyer of Oran was crowned Miss Missouri USA. Seyer, a junior at Lindenwood College in St. Louis, represented Scott County at the pageant in Springfield...
Voices can transmit personality (11/08/06)
To the editor: Interests vary among people. Some can be surprisingly strange. Give it a thought, and you just might agree. Did you know a voice can be related to one's personality? That is indeed true, believe it or not. That, in part, is what has prompted me to write...
German couple says 'Vielen dank' (11/08/06)
To the editor: In October 2006, my husband (Johannes Kraemer) and I, (Gail Kraemer, nee Bruening) from Germany, visited Cape Girardeau for the first time to do genealogical research on the Bruening family. Our Bruening research was a real success, and we would like to thank the many family members, friends and others who helped us with the genealogy...
Photography is important art form (11/08/06)
To the editor: To my knowledge, photography has been an accepted art medium for more than 75 years worldwide. In the United States, photography is a part of many notable art institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution...
Speak Out 11/08/06 (11/08/06)
Crass commercialism MATT SANDERS doesn't like to pay to go big commercial rock bands because, I guess, he thinks it's uncool. I admire that. However, Sanders seemed to pledge to lower himself to uncoolness if the Show Me Center would book some big commercial rock bands. It bothers me that Sanders would indulge in such a betrayal of his commitment to coolness for crass commercialism...
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