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Lawmaker seeks to block MOHELA plan (12/09/06)
A Democratic state lawmaker plans to introduce legislation to block the use of Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority funds for construction projects on state college campuses. Rep. Clint Zweifel, D-Florissant, said the loan authority has no business funding campus projects. "MOHELA's sole mission is to provide low-cost student loans so a college education is attainable for most Missourians," he said Friday...
Autopsy: Heart attack or blood clot killed driver (12/09/06)
The death of a Canadian man involved in a traffic accident on Interstate 55 Thursday was most likely caused by a heart attack or blood clot, said Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton, not trauma due to the crash. Clifton said his opinion is based on an autopsy performed shortly after Tadeusz A. ...
Medicaid funding likely to avoid ax (12/09/06)
In recent weeks, Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, has helped lead a charge against a move by President Bush that sought to change the way states fund Medicaid. The proposal by Bush directed the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services to restrict states' ability to tax health-care providers in its 2007 budget...
Crash kills Sikeston man on County Road 333 (12/09/06)
A 20-year-old Sikeston, Mo., man was killed Thursday in a single-vehicle accident on County Road 333, three miles east of Benton, Mo. Alex M. Johnson was northbound on County Road 333 when the 2001 Dodge truck he was driving left the roadway, went airborne, returned onto the road and ran off the left side of the road before overturning and coming to rest in a ditch, Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Dewey Heppe said Friday. ...
Around Southeast Missouri (12/09/06)
Bootheel resident charged in shooting SIKESTON, Mo. -- A New Madrid County resident has been charged in the shooting/stabbing incident at 819 Davis St. on Tuesday morning that left him and two others hospitalized. According to a news release from Department of Public Safety director Drew Juden, Vincent Minner, 42, of New Madrid, Mo., has been charged with three counts of first-degree assault, three counts of armed criminal action, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of tampering with a witness. ...
Court briefs (12/09/06)
Hearing continued for man arrested in sex sting MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- An Illinois man accused of arranging to have sex with a 15-year-old girl as part of a Bollinger County online sex sting had his Bollinger County court appearance continued Friday. William J. ...
Optimism, joy and celebration (12/09/06)
As Shannon Aldridge hoisted his 12-year-old daughter Sahara onto the stage at the Show Me Center Friday night, a look of joy was on his face. That same look was on mother Amy's face as she watched from the front row. The emotion in the air was palpable -- 1,711 people all coming together for one reason, to support a little girl in her fight against cancer...
World War II veteran still recovering health (12/09/06)
Mr. F stays home most of the time because of his poor health situation. He has been hospitalized several times this year with bladder and back surgery. He has a history of diabetes and hypertension as well. His limited income leaves him without a phone and since he lives alone and has limited contact with his family, Mr. F's world has diminished considerably...
Transportation chief, governor celebrate road project completion (12/09/06)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt joined Transportation director Pete Rahn on Friday to celebrate completion of the agency's "Smooth Roads" plan to repave 2,200 miles of heavily traveled roads a year ahead of schedule. "They met a very real challenge," Blunt said at a chilly morning news conference along U.S. 54 a few miles south of Jefferson City, as highway traffic whizzed along behind him. "This is a great gift for the people of Missouri."...
Ameren: All power expected back on (12/09/06)
ST. LOUIS -- With all power expected to be back on for storm-affected customers in Missouri and Illinois, attention turned Friday to cleanup of limbs and other debris. In Waterloo, Ill., southeast of St. Louis, Mayor Terry Kipping said city workers have done a yeoman's job in hauling off many of the countless limbs and downed trees -- damage he likened to a tornado's legacy...
Former ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick dies (12/09/06)
WASHINGTON -- Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, a political science professor whose support for Ronald Reagan conservatism catapulted her into the post of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has died at 80. She was the first woman to hold the post. Initially a liberal Democrat, Kirkpatrick championed human rights, opposed Soviet Union communism and supported Israel...
Workers begin taking down lower Manhattan tower damaged by trade center collapse (12/09/06)
NEW YORK -- Workers began dismantling a black-shrouded skyscraper near the World Trade Center site Friday, nearing the removal of an urban eyesore that stood for five years above ground zero. The workers started removing the metal-and-glass facade on the top floors of the Deutsche Bank AG building a day after final permits were issued to begin its long-delayed deconstruction...
Man charged with planning to set off hand grenades in Illinois shopping mall (12/09/06)
CHICAGO -- A Muslim convert who talked about his desire to wage jihad against civilians was charged Friday in a plot to set off hand grenades at a shopping mall at the height of the Christmas rush, authorities said. Investigators said Derrick Shareef, 22, an American citizen from Rockford, was acting alone and never actually obtained any grenades. ...
Rare alignment of Jupiter, Mars and Mercury to happen Sunday (12/09/06)
The three planets will not be this close again until 2053. By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Stargazers will get a rare triple planetary treat this weekend with Jupiter, Mercury and Mars appearing to nestle together in the predawn skies...
16 injured in wet concrete slab collapse at Va. construction site (12/09/06)
ARLINGTON, Va. -- A slab of wet concrete collapsed on the 24th floor of a high-rise construction site Friday, injuring 16 workers, including two who had to be extricated from the concrete, officials said. Three workers, including the two who had been trapped, were in critical condition and four were in serious condition, said Tom Polera, a spokesman for the Arlington County Fire Department. Nine other construction workers and one firefighter had minor injuries...
Republicans push tax bill through the House before Democrats take over (12/09/06)
WASHINGTON -- Rejected by voters and limping off stage, the Republican-led House on Friday passed a sweeping bill reviving expired tax breaks and protecting doctors from a big cut in Medicare payments. But they dumped an unfinished budget on the Democrats about to take power, passing by a 320-70 vote a stopgap spending bill putting the government on autopilot until Feb. 15. The Senate planned a vote before midnight to avoid a government shutdown...
Balmy temperatures, lack of snow threaten to cancel Europe's winter (12/09/06)
GENEVA -- Spring blossoms are popping up all over the Austrian Alps. Geneva's official chestnut tree has already sprouted leaves and flowers. And Swedes are still picking mushrooms. The same question is on everyone's minds: Is winter in Europe going to be canceled this year?...
Brazilian police accuse 2 U.S. pilots of exposing aircraft to danger in Amazon crash (12/09/06)
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Police on Friday formally accused two U.S. pilots in connection with Brazil's deadliest air disaster, saying their "lack of caution" at the controls of an executive jet played a role in the collision over the Amazon that killed 154 people...
Hospital fire in Moscow kills 42 people (12/09/06)
MOSCOW -- A fire broke out at a drug treatment hospital while patients slept early Saturday in Moscow, filling the wards with heavy smoke and killing 42 people, fire officials said. Russia's chief fire inspector, Yuri Nenashev, said he was "90 percent certain" the fire was caused by arson...
Bluejays win title (12/09/06)
Second-seeded Charleston posted a 79-72 win against Sikeston in the championship game of the SEMO Conference Tournament. Jamarcus Williams, in his second game back from a football injury, scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Shawn Sherrell had 22 points and nine assists to lead the Bluejays...
Rams collect first victory at Oran (12/09/06)
Jay Simmons scored a game-high 31 points as Scott City picked up its first win of the season with an 80-66 triumph at Oran. Alex King added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Rams (1-1), who also received 14 points from Jamie Pinkston. Simmons also had eight rebounds and six assists...
Notre Dame claims third place in SEMO Conference Tournament (12/09/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Notre Dame's aggressive play Friday in the third-place game of the SEMO Conference Tournament led to a free throw attempt edge of 43 to 11, and it ultimately led to an 88-81 win over Jackson. The third-seeded Bulldogs hit 27 of 43 free throw attempts...
Central stalls its way to victory in fifth-place game (12/09/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- After dropping its opening game of the SEMO Conference Tournament by 49 points on Tuesday, sixth-seeded Central wrapped up the consolation bracket with a 29-23 overtime win Friday over No. 5 Poplar Bluff. The game was tied 23-23 after regulation...
Redhawks pursue first road victory at Tennessee Tech (12/09/06)
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Southeast Missouri State isn't into moral victories, so there were understandably no happy faces following Thursday's 75-72 loss at Tennessee State. But the Redhawks did acknowledge they were encouraged by taking the team picked to finish second in the Ohio Valley Conference down to the wire on its home court...
Defending co-champs add new faces to rivalry (12/09/06)
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The cast of characters has changed quite a bit. But there still figures to be plenty of intensity today when fierce Ohio Valley Conference women's basketball rivals Southeast Missouri State and Tennessee Tech square off. The tip between the Redhawks (3-3, 1-0 OVC) and host Eaglettes (1-6, 0-2), who are off to a surprisingly slow conference start, is set for 5:30 p.m. and caps Southeast's two-game road trip...
Rookie Hill expects to be in lineup Monday (12/09/06)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams cornerback Tye Hill is expected back on the field Monday night against the Chicago Bears, but fellow rookie Victor Adeyanju will need at least an extra week after ending an attempt to play with a broken forearm. Hill, the Rams' first-round pick, has been nursing a left thigh injury the last two weeks. He was held out of Wednesday's practice...
All 162 Cardinals games to be on TV (12/09/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals fans will have plenty of opportunities to see the world champions on television this season. In fact, those with cable TV who also get St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK can watch every game. The Cardinals on Thursday announced that FSN Midwest will carry 130 games -- up from 110 last season. ...
Pettitte leaves Astros to return to Yankees; Clemens may follow (12/09/06)
NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte is headed back to the New York Yankees. Pettitte and the Yankees reached a preliminary agreement Friday on a $16 million, one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced...
A landslide in the making (12/09/06)
NEW YORK -- Troy Smith looks like a lock to win the Heisman Trophy. In fact, the Ohio State quarterback is such a heavy favorite to take college football's most famous award tonight that this competition could turn into one of the biggest routs in Heisman history...
Feeding the hungry one family at a time (12/09/06)
At a time when emphasis is on buying, making a profit and spreading holiday cheer, a group of volunteers in Cape Girardeau quietly demonstrates its faith by helping those whose season is less than jolly. The FISH Volunteers of Cape Girardeau help feed those who have fallen on hard times and are hungry...
The birthday wish (12/09/06)
What do you want for Christmas? Does that sound like a familiar query? In other words, what would we like to have or give in honor of Jesus' birthday? While pondering what I wanted this year -- and it happens each Christmas -- I could think of few material items I wanted. Then I discovered why...
Mary Prost (12/09/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mary Margaret Prost, 79, of Perryville died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 30, 1926, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Frank and Alice Simpson Schafer. She and Merlin "Bob" Prost were married Feb. 16, 1952, in Cape Girardeau...
Alex Johnson (12/09/06)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Alex Matthew Johnson, 20, of Sikeston died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, in an automobile accident on County Road 333, three miles east of Benton, Mo. He was born Jan. 1, 1986, in Cape Girardeau, son of Michael Deverist and Angelia Kay Grimes Johnson...
Bernard Recker (12/09/06)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- Bernard W. Recker, 89, of Portageville died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, at his home. He was born Feb. 5, 1917, in Portageville, son of August and Francis Warneke Recker. He and Dolores Gill were married Nov. 28, 1936, in Portageville...
Arvel Long (12/09/06)
BENTON, Mo. -- Arvel Omer Long, 70, of Benton died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, at his home. He was born Dec. 2, 1936, in Wickliffe, Ky., son of Byoma and Addie May Wilson Long. He and Doris Ann Gore were married Jan. 4, 1972, in West Lebanon, Ind. Long was a farmer with Tongate Farms in Sikeston, Mo. He attended Unity Baptist Church in Benton...
Viola Mayfield (12/09/06)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Viola Marie Mayfield, 93, of Sedgewickville died Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 4, 1913, at Sedgewickville, daughter of Curb and Flora Statler. She and Earl Mayfield were married in July 1931. He died Aug. 30, 1982...
Carrie Phillips (12/09/06)
Carrie L. Phillips, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Births 12/9/06 (12/09/06)
Forrester; Schwartz; Matlock; Lambert; Harrington; Lewis; Conrad; Westbrooks; Lopez; Allen; Jackson; Wilson
Fire report 12/9/06 (12/09/06)
n At 4:24 p.m., emergency medical service at 1500 Saratoga Ave. n At 6:10 p.m., emergency medical service at 400 S. West End Blvd. n At 7:35 p.m., trash fire at 820 N. Sprigg St. n At 11:28 p.m., alarm sounding at 3253 William St. n At 11:47 p.m., alarm sounding at 1000 Towers Circle...
Police report 12/9/06 (12/09/06)
Arrests; Assaults; Thefts; Summonses; Miscellaneous; Arrests; DWIs; DWIs
Out of the past 12/9/06 (12/09/06)
WOLF LAKE, Ill. -- The Trojan Powder Plant here, a major Union County employer, plans to close its doors at the end of the month, a victim of the continuing slump in the construction agency; the shutdown will eliminate about 102 jobs. For the third time in about six months, voters in the Jackson R-2 School District will go to the polls in a special election Feb. 2, as school officials seek approval of bond issues for construction of classroom additions and expansion of the high school gymnasium...
Arts preview (12/09/06)
When Southeast Missouri State University's School of Visual and Performing Arts opens at the River Campus next fall, the region will have two venues for first-class performances: the Show Me Center and the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. The Show Me Center can hold up to 7,000 people. At the River Campus, the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall will provide a more intimate setting for fewer than 1,000...
Speak Out 12/9/06 (12/09/06)
Use big rocks; Shrill voices; Recipe for disaster; Poor service; True heroes; Teach the subject; No change; Parking comparison; Failing the vets; We're not wanted; Interstate cure; In the line of duty; A real human; Restroom gripe; Respect for life; Big shows in Cape; Education reality; Can't see the test
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