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Officials urge fire safety during holidays (12/13/06)
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, but be careful with Christmas lights and holiday candles. The candles and decorative strands of lights can be a fire hazard if homeowners aren't careful, local fire officials said Tuesday. Jackson fire officials suspect holiday lights were to blame for a fire Monday night that heavily damaged one apartment and caused some smoke and water damage in other apartments at 320 Shawnee Blvd...
County's health plan limits choice to Southeast Hospital (12/13/06)
Cape Girardeau County commissioners Tuesday chose a health insurance plan that cuts costs and limits employees to using Southeast Missouri Hospital for services other than traumatic injuries. Faced with an increase in health insurance coverage estimated at 20 percent, commissioners chose a plan that includes incentives for employees to limit their health spending. In the end, the United Health Care plan chosen for employees will add just 7.6 percent to the county's insurance costs in 2007...
Father charged in baby's death (12/13/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A 20-year-old Perryville man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 9-month-old son, Robert M. Lindsey. Matthew R. Lindsey admitted to authorities that in an effort to quiet the baby's cries Friday he held the child's face against his chest for approximately five minutes until he stopped moving, according to the probable-cause statement...
Blunt seeks tax cut, limits on new employees (12/13/06)
The time is ripe for a tax cut, Gov. Matt Blunt said Tuesday during a telephone interview with reporters from across the state. After entering office in 2005 facing a massive budget shortfall, Blunt and the Republican-controlled Missouri Legislature adopted restrictions on Medicaid eligibility and cut the total number of state employees from 65,0000 to fewer than 60,000. ...
Folk duo slated to perform Thursday (12/13/06)
The touring folk duo Small Potatoes will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at Port Cape Girardeau as part of Southeast Public Radio's Folk Coffee House concert series. The Chicago-based band, made up of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso, has been touring the folk circuit since 1993, playing clubs and coffeehouses throughout the United States. Their eclectic mix of music integrates country, blues, swing and Irish styles...
Elderly man needs domestic items (12/13/06)
Mr. H lives alone in a small apartment. Arthritis, diabetes and a stroke leave little time in his life without discomfort. Without family to visit him and a small Social Security check as his fixed income, Mr. H's daily existence could be defined as bleak...
Dana will close Cape plant (12/13/06)
About 200 local employees of Cape Girardeau's Dana Corp. plant learned Tuesday that they'll be out work in 18 months -- some even sooner -- when the plant shuts down and the jobs are sent to Mexico. Employees at the auto parts manufacturer were disappointed Tuesday but not shocked. ...
School board hopefuls show interest on first day for filings (12/13/06)
Incumbents and challengers were among those who filed for school board seats on the first day of filing Tuesday in the Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Scott City school districts. In Jackson, incumbent Gerald Adams filed for re-election. Also filing was Dan Stover of Jackson, a retired teacher who now operates an auction service...
State veterans cemetery to take part in national wreath-laying ceremony (12/13/06)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield will take part in nationwide ceremony to remember veterans. Wreaths Across America started in 1992 at Arlington National Cemetery and has now grown to include 230 state and national cemeteries and monuments...
Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning agenda (12/13/06)
7 p.m. today 401 Independence St. Appearances n Presentation of status of DREAM Initiative. Hearings n Request of James and Keisha McReynolds for a special-use permit to operate a day-care at 1540 Independence St. in an R-2, single-family residential district...
Man waives hearing in DWI case (12/13/06)
Southeast Missourian An Illinois man waived his preliminary hearing in Alexander County circuit court Tuesday before Circuit Judge William J. Thurston. David D. Hull, 45, of Thebes, Ill., is charged with two felony counts of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and two felony counts of aggravated driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. ...
Oran aldermen review police applicants (12/13/06)
ORAN, Mo. -- The city of Oran will have a new police force next month. At its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, the Oran Board of Aldermen screened 13 applicants for its police force during a closed session following the regular open meeting. Mayor Tom Urhahn and the town's eight aldermen spent roughly an hour behind closed doors, discussing the applications...
Nixon sues Ameren over Taum Sauk breach (12/13/06)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Ameren Corp., asking the state's largest utility to pay compensation and punitive damages for negligence that resulted in the Dec. 14, 2005, breach of the Taum Sauk reservoir...
DNR proposes settlement over reservoir collapse (12/13/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Nearly a year after Ameren Corp.'s Taum Sauk reservoir burst, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has offered a settlement proposal to the St. Louis-based utility company, DNR officials said Tuesday. As part of the proposal, Ameren would either give to the state or allow the state to use a mountain it owns near the site of the reservoir collapse and a stretch of railroad right of way the company owns in western Missouri...
Fed holds interest rates steady (12/13/06)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve kept interest rates steady, giving holiday shoppers a reason for some cheer. However, the Fed held back an extra gift Wall Street was hoping for: a signal that rates might actually be lowered soon. Wrapping up their last meeting of the year, Fed chairman Ben Bernanke and all but one of his central bank colleagues agreed Tuesday to leave an important rate unchanged at 5.25 percent, the fourth straight meeting without budging the rate...
Taco Bell aims to persuade customers its food is safe after E. coli outbreak (12/13/06)
Taco Bell Corp. is trying to get the word out that its food is safe, even as the cause of the E. coli outbreak linked to the fast-food chain along with rival Taco John's remains a mystery. In an open letter to customers published in USA Today, The New York Times and other newspapers, Taco Bell president Greg Creed said he would support the creation of a coalition of food suppliers, competitors, government and other experts to explore ways to safeguard the food supply chain and public health...
Mother convicted in children's deaths (12/13/06)
DECATUR, Ill. -- A woman whose three children drowned when the family car rolled into a lake in 2003 was convicted Tuesday of child endangerment. Prosecutors had charged Amanda Hamm, 30, with first-degree murder in the deaths of Christopher Hamm, 6, Austin Brown, 3, and Kyleigh Hamm, 1...
ICE agents probing ID thefts raid meat processing plants in 6 states (12/13/06)
GREELEY, Colo. -- Federal agents raided meat processing plants in six states Tuesday and arrested an unknown number of suspected illegal immigrants in an identity theft investigation, temporarily suspending operations at all six plants. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said the workers were being arrested on administrative immigration violations and, in some cases, criminal arrest warrants stemming from a nearly yearlong investigation...
Pentagon: Military met recruiting goals for November (12/13/06)
WASHINGTON -- Though Americans are increasingly pessimistic about the war in Iraq, the Pentagon said Tuesday it is having success enlisting new troops. The Navy and Air Force met their recruiting goals last month while the Army and Marine Corps exceeded theirs, the Defense Department announced...
Democrats' education agenda includes cutting college costs (12/13/06)
WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats say when they take the gavel from Republicans next month, they will put money in the pockets of college students and closely examine a law reforming elementary and secondary schools. How they will pay for their plans isn't clear...
Missouri ranks high in disaster preparedness study (12/13/06)
WASHINGTON -- Missouri ranks higher than most states in planning for bioterror attacks and other public health emergencies, a new report finds. The report by the Trust for America's Health said Missouri is one of only 14 states to meet at least eight of 10 indicators of emergency preparedness. Last year, the state met only half of the criteria...
Ahmadinejad: Israel will be 'wiped out' like Soviet Union (12/13/06)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's hard-line president said Tuesday that Israel will one day be "wiped out" as the Soviet Union was, drawing applause from participants in a conference casting doubt on the Holocaust. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments were likely to further fuel the outcry prompted by the two-day gathering, which has gathered some of Europe's and the United States' best-known Holocaust deniers...
Suicide bombing strikes Shiites looking for work in central Baghdad, killing 63 (12/13/06)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A suicide bomber struck a crowd of mostly poor Shiites in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 63 people and wounding more than 200 after luring construction workers onto a pickup truck by offering them jobs as they were eating breakfast...
ND boys improve to 6-1 with rout (12/13/06)
The Notre Dame boys basketball team had an easy time on the road Tuesday night as the Bulldogs routed New Madrid County Central 76-39. Abe Dirnberger had 19 points to lead the Bulldogs (6-1). Also scoring in double figures for Notre Dame were Ryan Willen with 14 points, John Unterreiner with 14, Ty Williams with 12 and Austin Greer with 10...
Braves win first encounter with Saxony Lutheran (12/13/06)
Scott County Central's boys basketball team hammered visiting Saxony Lutheran on the boards Tuesday, and in the process turned a five-point halftime advantage into a 79-58 rout. The Braves, ranked No. 2 in the initial Class 1 state poll released today, improved to 4-1. This was the home opener for the Braves, who celebrated the second annual Alumni Night on Tuesday, as Scott County coach Ronnie Cookson sat on the bench in the gym named in his honor...
Penn St.'s Posluszny, USC's Jarrett repeat (12/13/06)
NEW YORK -- Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny and Southern California receiver Dwayne Jarrett overcame adversity to become two-time Associated Press All-Americans. Posluszny and Jarrett were selected to the first-team for the second consecutive season Tuesday, joining Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and Arkansas running back Darren McFadden on the AP's honor roll...
Paradoski injures knee, questionable for Sunday's game (12/13/06)
Junior point guard Paul Paradoski has started all but three games during his Southeast Missouri State basketball career. An injury suffered during practice Tuesday threatens to increase the above figure, but Southeast coach Scott Edgar is hopeful that Paradoski will be ready for Sunday's 4:30 p.m. Ohio Valley Conference home game against Jacksonville State...
Tinoisamoa breaks his other hand (12/13/06)
ST. LOUIS -- The latest injury to St. Louis Rams outside linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, a broken right hand nearly identical to a break on his left hand, is likely to land him on injured reserve. The Rams kept Tinoisamoa in the lineup despite assorted other ailments, including a dislocated left elbow that reduced him to one-armed tackling, until he was hurt again on Mondahy night against the Chicago Bears...
Effort not an issue after loss to Bears (12/13/06)
ST. LOUIS -- None of the St. Louis Rams complained about a lack of commitment this week. That's one of few positives from the latest setback in a season gone sour. After a 4-1 start under new coach Scott Linehan, the Rams have lost seven of eight after falling 42-27 to the Chicago Bears on Monday night. Playoff talk has evaporated with the Rams (5-8), even in the muddled NFC...
St. Louis' skid hits eight games in Murray's debut (12/13/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Peter Bondra scored his 499th NHL goal in his first game with Chicago and started a three-goal, third-period spurt by the Blackhawks that spoiled the debut of new St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray in a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night. Radim Vrbata had a goal and an assist in the flurry against Marek Schwarz, the Blues' first-round pick in the 2004 draft who made his NHL debut. ...
Chiefs founder Hunt in late stage of cancer fight (12/13/06)
The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Lamar Hunt was fighting for his life in a Dallas hospital Tuesday, and friends and family of the 74-year-old pioneer of the modern NFL were hoping for "miracles." Hunt has battled cancer for several years and was hospitalized the day before Thanksgiving with a partially collapsed lung. Doctors discovered that the cancer has since spread, and Hunt has been under heavy sedation since last week...
NFL Network will offer free sample (12/13/06)
NEW YORK -- The NFL has offered one free week of its network programming to two cable TV operators who do not carry the channel in hopes of breaking a deadlock. Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Tuesday that the week of Dec. 24 to 30 would be offered as a "free view" for customers of Cablevision and Time Warner Cable, two of the nation's largest cable carriers. The NFL Network would be offered on the expanded basic levels of the two carriers...
Astros acquire Jennings from Colorado (12/13/06)
NEW YORK -- As Boston officials tried to work out a contract with Daisuke Matsuzaka before Thursday's deadline, the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers found pitching help of their own. Five days after a potential trade with the White Sox came apart, Houston acquired Jason Jennings and pitcher Miguel Asencio from the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday for outfielder Willy Taveras and pitchers Taylor Buchholz and Jason Hirsh -- who all would have been sent to Chicago for Jon Garland...
Dissecting road rage (12/13/06)
What is it about driving a car that makes us act so darned irrationally? I thought about this question the other day when driving on Broadway toward Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau. A young woman (she knows who she is) zoomed around me just as the road changed over to two lanes...
Colorful landscape all year long (12/13/06)
Over the course of the last two months two shrubs have grabbed my attention. One is compact nandina, planted on the north side of the Show Me Center on the Southeast Missouri State University campus. The other one is "Firepower" nandina, found in many landscapes in the area. Both of these shrubs are varieties of Nandina domestica, otherwise known as nandina, or heavenly bamboo...
Enjoying the recipes from readers (12/13/06)
I always enjoy when I get e-mail from readers about this recipe column. Sometimes they are looking for a recipe, other times they are passing along a recipe they want to share with other readers. This week I was pleased to receive a recipe from my cousin Richard Kinsey, who's on active duty at Twenty Nine Palms, Calif. at the Navy hospital there. In his spare time he is able to try a recipe. He's a wonderful cook and always loved to cook he got that from his daddy...
CBS claims ratings victory, logging six of last week's Top 10 prime-time shows (12/13/06)
NEW YORK -- CBS maintained its perfect score so far this season, grabbing its 12th consecutive ratings win last week. The network averaged 11.7 million viewers in prime time (7.5 rating, 12 share) and claimed six of the week's top 10 programs and 13 of the top 20 (including "CSI," the week's No. 1 show), according to Nielsen Media Research figures...
Georgia Goulding (12/13/06)
Georgia Goulding, 93, of Springfield, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006, at Primrose Place Nursing Home in Springfield. She was born Aug. 22, 1913, in Shiloh, Mo., daughter of William and Amelia Rhyne Greene. She and David Goulding were married April 17, 1953 in St. Louis...
Emma Bohannon (12/13/06)
MOREHOUSE, Mo. -- Emma Julia Bohannon, 80, of Morehouse died Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, at her home. She was born April 12, 1926, in Neshoba, Miss., to William Andrew and Julia Rebecca Everett Jackson. She married Alton Bohannon Jan. 18, 1945, in Philadelphia, Miss...
Mary Johnson (12/13/06)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Mary Betty Kleb Johnson was born in Cairo May 22, 1918. She was baptized in the Church of the Redeemer -- the Episcopal Church -- where she was raised and then married. She died at Daystar Care Center in Cairo the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 11, 2006...
Michael Biri Sr. (12/13/06)
Michael W. "Mike" Biri Sr., 50, of Jackson passed away Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 22, 1956, in Cape Girardeau, son of John and Alma Christy Biri. He and Brenda Diane Seabaugh were married Feb. 22, 1975, in Cape Girardeau...
Glenna Duncan (12/13/06)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Glenna Duncan, 89, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 8, 1917, in Bee Branch, Ark., daughter of Adrain and Mealie Hogue Guiling. She and E.M. Duncan were married Aug. 5. 1934, in Bee Branch. He died Oct. 9, 1986...
James Bobbitt (12/13/06)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- James Howard Bobbitt, 53, of Perryville died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at his home. He was born Dec. 22, 1952, in St. Louis, son of Emery and Ann Bobbitt. He and Deborah Maxey were married Aug. 10, 1996, at Festus, Mo. Bobbitt was a mechanic...
Alleene Mowery (12/13/06)
Alleene Mowery, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, at Chateau Girardeau. She was born July 14, 1911, daughter of Samuel and Delpha Ann Dillard Littlejohn. She married Harley "Raymond" Mowery Aug. 22, 1928, in Waterloo, Ill. He died July 15, 1987...
Births 12/13/06 (12/13/06)
Lappe; Roth; Hahn; Bentley; Wolf; Larsen; Lewis
Cape fire reports 12/13/06 (12/13/06)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Monday: n At 11:16 p.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of Park Drive. Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: n At 5:19 a.m., emergency medical service in the 800 block of Rodney Vista Boulevard...
Cape/Jackson police report 12/13/06 (12/13/06)
Arrests; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Thefts; Thefts
Out of the past 12/13/06 (12/13/06)
The Chancel Choir of Centenary United Methodist Church presents Antonio Vivaldi's "Gloria" at the morning worship service; soloists are Mrs. James Kinder, Mrs. Melvin Gilhaus, Judy Myers, Mrs. Bud Craven and Mrs. Orville Krauss. The Rev. Warner L. Miles, an Assemblies of God-approved minister to South Korea, conducts a special missionary service in the morning at the First Assembly of God Church in Jackson...
Unfair subsidies: Support for ethanol affects other prices (12/13/06)
By Mike Kasten Now that the election is over, I hope we can have a serious debate about the farm bill. The beef industry and meat industry as a whole do not receive price supports or subsidies, and we do not want them. Our prices are determined by good, old-fashioned supply and demand. ...
Light-O-Rama (12/13/06)
Driving around to look at outdoor Christmas decorations, particularly those with lights, is a tradition for many families. The drive naturally includes a trip through Cape County Park North to see the Holiday of Lights displays erected by churches, civic organizations and businesses...
Thanks for effort in fighting fire (12/13/06)
To the editor:Thanks to all the fire departments that helped with the fire at Mr. Ed's Trading Post in East Cape Girardeau, Ill. The firefighters risked their lives to help save what they could for us. I also want to thank whoever called 911. We will wait until after the holidays to see what we do next...
Many don't have access to Internet (12/13/06)
To the editor:One of the proposed changes in Missouri Medicaid involves the use of the Internet by clients. This proposal either ignores reality or shows a lack of knowledge about some of the poor people and conditions in rural Missouri. Many poor people cannot afford Internet access, even if they have a computer. ...
Voters rejected GOP extremism (12/13/06)
To the editor:Interpretations of the meaning of the election are many. In an act of pure blind wishful thinking, Chad Craft claimed it a victory for conservatism while Joe Martin inanely saw it as a victory for socialism. I suggest a different interpretation...
Remember the greatest gift of all (12/13/06)
To the editor:Here it is, almost Christmas. You can tell because of the hustle and bustle, the decorations, the ringing of the Salvation Army bells at all the stores and all the money going to the banks from the stores where we buy presents to place under our wonderful tree...
Speak Out 12/13/06 (12/13/06)
Coming together; Need police help; Plenty of parking; Obeying the law; Hypocritical stench; Earning respect; Congrats, scholars; Smaller servings; Ineffective middle; Benefit concert; Police work; Too little discipline; No private support; Better use of money; Flashing yellow; Paternity fraud; Iraqi timetable
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