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McCaskill predicts busy session (01/05/07)
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., officially took office Thursday after a swearing-in ceremony in Washington, D.C. During an afternoon conference call from the Capitol, she told reporters she is anxious to get to work and predicts a flurry of activity in the first months the 110th Congress is in session...
Witnesses attack AmerenUE (01/05/07)
AmerenUE took a verbal pounding over service issues and its request to impose dramatically higher electric rates Thursday night during a public hearing conducted by the Missouri Public Service Commission. While business leaders from Cape Girardeau and Dexter detailed the damage higher rates would cause their bottom lines, civic leaders and members of the public focused on poor response to outages and other service issues. ...
Cape's grad rate low for blacks (01/05/07)
Cape Girardeau Central High School graduates less than 60 percent of its black students, according to the latest school district report card from the state's education agency. Of the black freshmen who entered the high school four years earlier, 59.3 percent graduated last spring, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said. The 2006 state average was 75.9 percent...
The double squeeze (01/05/07)
If the first paycheck of the new year appears smaller, it is time to check how much has been deducted for health insurance premiums. Many changes in health plans take effect Jan. 1. As employers battle to control costs the most common response is to increase employees' deductibles and copayments. Despite those changes, most employers are still paying higher premiums, which are passed on to employees who add dependent family members to their coverage at work...
FTC fines weight-loss pill marketers over claims (01/05/07)
WASHINGTON -- Now that you've indulged in all those holiday goodies and made that New Year's resolution to shed some pounds, the government says don't count on a diet pill to help. The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday it was fining the marketers of four weight-loss drugs a collective $25 million for false advertising claims. Despite that, the pills -- Xenadrine EFX, CortiSlim, One-A-Day WeightSmart and TrimSpa -- will remain on store shelves...
Working under the tracks (01/05/07)
Interior Ministry threatens arrest of Iraqi police officer (01/05/07)
BAGHDAD, Iraq _ The Interior Ministry acknowledged Thursday that an Iraqi police officer whose existence had been denied by the Iraqis and the U.S. military is in fact an active member of the force, and said he now faces arrest for speaking to the media...
Leaders agree more troops needed in Iraq (01/05/07)
WASHINGTON -- With President Bush expected to order a short-term increase of U.S. troops in Iraq, the White House said that Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki agreed Thursday on the need to have enough military might to calm violence-wracked Baghdad. ...
Pelosi becomes first female House speaker as control of Congress shifts (01/05/07)
WASHINGTON -- In a day of ceremony and historic change, Rep. Nancy Pelosi became the nation's first female House speaker on Thursday as Democrats eagerly took control of Congress for the final two years of President Bush's term. "The Democrats are back," rejoiced Pelosi, and she immediately set the rank-and-file to work passing tougher ethics rules...
Cape Girardeau County Commission action 1/5/07 (01/05/07)
Routine business n Received and filed juvenile detention report. n Received and filed notice of Nordenia USA's $63,831 2006 payment in lieu of taxes. Discussion items and appointments n Approved hiring of Amanda Pratt at county archive center. n Approved adding County Clerk Kara Clark as signatory on county checks and removing former clerk Rodney Miller...
Change of venue ordered in child endangerment case (01/05/07)
A Scott City dentist charged with two felony counts of child endangerment will have his case heard in New Madrid County. Gary L. Riddle appeared in Scott County circuit court Dec. 22, at which time his case was moved to New Madrid County circuit court...
Warrant arrest leads to discovery of meth lab (01/05/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- An observant Scott County Sheriff's deputy on routine patrol arrested an Oran, Mo., man wanted on a drug-related charge and discovered a methamphetamine lab in the process. Deputy Scott Skinner was on patrol serving civil process Tuesday when he spotted James W. Hendrix, 59, driving a vehicle, Sheriff Rick Walter said Wednesday. Hendrix was wanted on a Scott County warrant for attempt to manufacture a controlled substance,...
Illinois man killed (01/05/07)
A McClure, Ill., man died in a two-vehicle accident in Alexander County, Ill., about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday near the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. Kevin A. Poppen, 30, was northbound on Levee Road driving an all-terrain vehicle when he failed to stop at the Highway 146 intersection, according to Illinois State Highway Patrol officials...
Two men charged with burglarizing Perry County homes (01/05/07)
The Perry County Sheriff's Department has charged two St. Louis men with burglary and theft related to three residential burglaries. Adrian L. Miller, 44, is charged with felony burglary, theft/stealing and misdemeanor property damage. He is being held in Ste. Genevieve County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond...
County department budget requests due (01/05/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- Today marks the deadline for Scott County's 2007 budget requests to be turned in for review by the county commission. Scott County government departments are not required to have their requests in until Jan. 15, said County Clerk Rita Milam, but county commissioners Dennis Ziegenhorn and Jamie Burger have asked for departments to submit requests early to get a jump on the process of creating the new budget...
Payne to speak at First Friday Coffee (01/05/07)
Rich Payne, executive director of the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center, will discuss the center's expansion project at today's First Friday Coffee. The program, hosted by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, begins at 7:40 a.m. at the Show Me Center. Prior to the program, a continental breakfast will be available starting at 7 a.m., chamber officials said...
Around Southeast Missouri 1/5/07 (01/05/07)
Murder suspect pleads not guilty A 28-year-old Puxico, Mo., woman charged with second-degree murder in connection with the drug overdose that killed her husband pleaded not guilty Dec. 20. Amy Graves was charged with murder after toxicology results showed that her husband, Charles P. ...
St. Louis woman's son, two others charged in killing (01/05/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- At first, it looked like Rita Oberhart-Servais was killed during a burglary at her south St. Louis home. Now, authorities believe the 57-year-old woman's own son and his fiancee hired a friend to kill her. Money was the suspected motive...
Heavy fog in Southeast Missouri, Northeast Arkansas hinders search for small plane (01/05/07)
Heavy fog in southeast Missouri and northeast Arkansas was hindering the search Friday for a small plane missing for about a day. Two people from Barr Air Patrol LLC of Mesquite, Texas, were on board the Cessna 182R that was scheduled to land at 1 p.m. Thursday at Batesville, Ark., Regional Airport. It failed to show up, and the last contact was earlier Thursday when the plane was over Ripley County, Mo...
Former Missouri coach sentenced to prison for possessing child porn (01/05/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A former high school football coach in the eastern Missouri town Washington was sentenced Friday to nearly four years in prison for possessing child pornography. Carl Hagedorn, 49, of Washington, will also be on supervised release for life after serving his sentence, U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway said...
'Ferrill Five' quintuplets doing just fine (01/05/07)
ST. LOUIS -- It has taken an oversized effort to deliver and care for the quintuplets already known as the "Ferrill Five." Born to parents Pete and Jenny Ferrill of Danville, Ill., on Dec. 21, each weighed a little over 3 pounds. All are doing well, though the babies are expected to stay in a neonatal intensive care unit at St. Louis Children's Hospital for several more weeks...
R.I. cancels school for more than 20,000 (01/05/07)
COVENTRY, R.I. -- Rhode Island officials canceled school Thursday for more than 20,000 students while health experts search for any connection between a suspected case of meningitis and a second-grader's encephalitis death two weeks ago. "Given the parents' concerns and our concerns, we felt that out of abundance of caution we would keep schools closed for the next two days," Dr. ...
Cruise line to pay estate of missing man (01/05/07)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Royal Caribbean Cruises has agreed to pay more than $1 million to the estate of a Connecticut man who vanished from his honeymoon cruise in the Mediterranean, according settlement papers to be filed Thursday. George Allen Smith IV disappeared after a night of heavy drinking aboard Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas as it sailed between Greece and Turkey on July 5, 2005. ...
Parents use surgery to stunt disabled girl's growth (01/05/07)
CHICAGO -- In a case fraught with ethical questions, the parents of a severely mentally and physically disabled child have stunted her growth to keep their little "pillow angel" a manageable and more portable size. The bedridden 9-year-old girl had her uterus and breast tissue removed at a Seattle hospital and received large doses of hormones to halt her growth. She is now 4 feet 5 inches; her parents say she would otherwise probably reach a normal 5 feet 6 inches...
Islamic militiamen fight Somalis and Ethiopians forces; U.S. cuts off escape route (01/05/07)
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Somali government troops backed by Ethiopian soldiers battled about 600 Islamic militiamen Thursday on the southern tip of this Horn of Africa nation, and U.S. Navy forces prevented the militants from fleeing by sea, authorities said. A U.S. diplomat said she hoped peacekeepers from the region could be in place by month's end in Somalia, where the Council of Islamic Courts militias were driven from the capital of Mogadishu and much of the south last week...
Jackson girls throw fast start at Dons (01/05/07)
The Jackson girls basketball team started fast in its showdown with Doniphan, building a 17-point lead after one period en route to a 63-54 victory at home. "We got a good jump, and we could have put them away," Jackson coach Sam Sides said. "We tried to go inside early and often. In the second half, we just couldn't finish and their defensive intensity picked up...
Cardinals Caravan set for Jan. 14 (01/05/07)
Members of the world champion St. Louis Cardinals will be in town Jan. 14 for the annual Cardinals Caravan, but no one is sure quite yet which players will be attending. Penny Williams of the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department said the Cardinals have not informed her as to which players will be appearing at the Osage Community Centre later this month. ...
Redhawks make it two straight with 80-65 victory (01/05/07)
After Southeast Missouri State rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to win at Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday, being down by one point at the intermission Thursday night must have seemed like nothing. "We felt pretty good at halftime. We had a lot of confidence," freshman point guard Roderick Pearson said. "I think we're starting to become a second-half team."...
Crusaders fight off Oran for 58-55 win (01/05/07)
An early schedule filled with lopsided victories had the Saxony Lutheran boys basketball team off to a 8-1 start but with questions surrounding its ability to win the close one. The Crusaders proved their mettle at home Thursday, securing a 58-55 win against Oran in a game that saw eight fourth-quarter lead changes...
Daugherty's returns from illness keeps Southeast win streak healthy (01/05/07)
Sonya Daugherty was disappointed that she missed Southeast Missouri State's last two games because of an illness. The Redhawks welcomed her back with open arms Thursday night at the Show Me Center. Although Daugherty is not among Southeast's top players statistically, the sophomore guard has been a valuable performer off the bench, with a few starts thrown in...
Legace stops Blackhawks for shutout (01/05/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Lee Stempniak and Dennis Wideman scored goals to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night. St. Louis has not given up a goal in the first period since Andy Murray became coach 12 games ago. The streak matches the NHL record which was set in 1974 by the Los Angeles Kings. The Blues ended the Kings streak that season by scoring a first period goal in the 13th game...
WR Curtis leads Rams' group of free agents (01/05/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Kevin Curtis says he'll let his agent worry about a contract for next season. Until a few days ago, that's a phrase the St. Louis Rams' No. 3 wide receiver couldn't utter. Curtis, who can become an unrestricted free agent, dumped his agent before the season and played the entire schedule without representation...
Tomlinson's record year is worthy of MVP (01/05/07)
NEW YORK -- Spell this year's NFL MVP: L.T. Record-setting LaDainian Tomlinson of the San Diego Chargers ran away with The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award Thursday the way he eluded defenders in leading his team to the AFC's best record (14-2) and a favorite's role for the Super Bowl...
Penguins to reveal plans by early Feb. (01/05/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Pittsburgh Penguins could play rent-free and be equal managing partners in the new Sprint Center if they move to Kansas City, under an offer unveiled Thursday by the arena's operating group. Tim Leiweke, president of Anschutz Entertainment Group, said the Penguins would not have to buy into the management agreement. The $276 million Sprint Center is scheduled to open in October...
Five share first-round lead at Mercedes (01/05/07)
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Convinced that he has figured out his flaws, determined not to let another opportunity on Maui slip away, Vijay Singh survived the raging trade wind at Kapalua to make six birdies for a 4-under 69 Thursday at the Mercedes-Benz Championship, leaving him in a five-way tie for the lead as the PGA Tour season began in strenuous conditions...
Steelers schedule news conference (01/05/07)
PITTSBURGH -- With Bill Cowher showing no signs of returning next season, the Pittsburgh Steelers will hold an afternoon news conference Friday and likely will begin searching for a new coach immediately afterward. Cowher, the Steelers' coach for 15 seasons and one of the NFL's best-known figures, met with team owner Dan Rooney and president Art Rooney II on Tuesday and asked for a few days to weigh his future plans. ...
Jets' Pennington selected Comeback Player (01/05/07)
NEW YORK -- One rotator cuff injury often is enough to ruin a premier athlete's career. Chad Pennington overcame two in two years to win The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. The New York Jets had become too accustomed to seeing Pennington leave the field with a damaged right shoulder. After the 2004 season and again midway through 2005, he underwent surgery to repair his right rotator cuff...
Learning curve: Linehan grew into the head coach role during 8-8 year (01/05/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Ten games into his rookie season as an NFL head coach, Scott Linehan gave himself a makeover. The St. Louis Rams finished the year on a roll after Linehan, following a dispiriting 15-0 loss at Carolina, handed over play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Greg Olson and became the man in charge...
Yankees to send Johnson back to Arizona (01/05/07)
NEW YORK -- Randy Johnson is headed back to the Arizona Diamondbacks after two unfulfilling years with the New York Yankees that began with a nasty sidewalk confrontation and ended with a messy playoff loss. The Yankees reached a tentative agreement with Arizona on Thursday to trade Johnson to Arizona for reliever Luis Vizcaino and three minor leaguers, a move that allows the Big Unit's agents to get him a contract extension...
Paper mosaic artist, oil painter exhibit works tonight (01/05/07)
The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri has seen many artists and styles pass through its galleries, but none like the art that visitors will see starting tonight. This form of art -- called "paper mosaic" -- is unique to one man, Russell Irwin. Tonight 20 of Irwin's pieces will be on display, including two new pieces that have never been seen before...
Wood, steel and cotton (01/05/07)
Robert Friedrich does not subscribe to the adage of those who can't, teach. He does both. "I always tell the kids I practice what I preach," said Friedrich, who's been an art teacher for 11 years at Cape Girardeau's Central High School. As he walks into Gallery 1.2.5 Wednesday afternoon, Friedrich looks more like a doer than a teacher, more the starving artist than the scholar. ...
Artifacts 1/5/07 (01/05/07)
New program debuts on KRCU Saturday; Ticket sales start Monday for The Wiggles; Paducah Printmakers show at Harwell Museum; -- From staff reports
'07 Elantra is larger, more refined sedan (01/05/07)
Don't be surprised if you mistake the new-generation Hyundai Elantra sedan for a Toyota. It's easy to do, now that the Elantra is restyled with an upscale look and a back end, in particular, that seems to have come from a Toyota designer, not a stylist for South Korea's Hyundai...
Snow shovels and voodoo (01/05/07)
I like to think I'm not superstitious. But I am. Just like you. My childhood Sunday school teacher, Miss Cynthia, and others tried their best to convince me that young boys armed with the shield of faith should shun superstitions. But I was a backslider from the start. I wouldn't walk under ladders. I tried to avoid 13 of anything. I knocked on wood. If I spilled salt, I tasted it to see if it might be sugar...
Add vapor lock to problems faced by military (01/05/07)
Dear Tom and Ray: I'm a soldier in Iraq, and I have a problem with what I suspect is vapor lock on a 2005 Polaris Rover all-terrain vehicle. Frequently (although usually occurring during the hot parts of the day and after driving two to four miles), the Rover stalls. ...
A modest return (01/05/07)
A little more than a year ago, I encountered a group of Cape Girardeau artists that really gave me hope for the future of the local art scene -- the Modest Living Artists. It was November 2005, and I had recently run into what I thought was the area's only contemporary visual arts group, Integrated Counterbalance. ...
At the theaters (01/05/07)
New at the theaters: 'Children of Men'; 'Code Name: The Cleaner'; 'Freedom Writers'; 'Happily N'Ever After'; STILL PLAYING: 'Black Christmas'; 'Blood Diamond'; 'Casino Royale'; 'Charlotte's Web'; 'Eragon'; 'The Good Shepherd'; 'Happy Feet'; 'The Holiday'; 'The Nativity Story'; 'Night at the Museum'; 'The Pursuit of Happyness'; 'Rocky Balboa'; 'We are Marshall'
Federal judge freezes money from Simpson TV, book deal (01/05/07)
LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge prohibited O.J. Simpson from using money he may have received from a canceled book deal and TV interview in which he reportedly told a hypothetical tale of how he would have killed his ex-wife and her friend Ron Goldman...
Dorothy Baker (01/05/07)
Dorothy Lou Juden Baker, 86, of Oxford, Kan., died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield, Kan. The funeral will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home in Arkansas City, Kan. Norman Reeves will officiate...
Kevin Poppen (01/05/07)
McCLURE, Ill. -- Kevin Arnold Poppen, 30, of McClure died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, in an automobile accident in East Cape Girardeau, Ill. He was born Nov. 26, 1976, in Chester, Ill., son of Alfred and Linda Foeste Poppen. He and Lisa Dibenedetto were married Nov. 28, 1998, in Bremen, Ill...
James Gihring (01/05/07)
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- James E. Gihring, 63, of Altenburg died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at his home. He was born Sept. 8, 1943, in St. Louis, son of Arnold and Marie Schroeder Gihring. He and Doris Koenig Petzoldt were married July 12, 1975. Gihring served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1972...
Mary Welker (01/05/07)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Mary E. Welker, 79, of Bell City died Monday, Jan. 1, 2007, at her home. She was born Feb. 5, 1927, at Avert, Mo., daughter of William B. and Eartie Hammond Henson. She and William A. "Bill" Welker were married April 29, 1967, at Oran, Mo...
Wanda Schrader (01/05/07)
ZALMA, Mo. -- Wanda Juanita Schrader, 90, of West Linn, Ore., died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, at Just Like Home in West Linn. She was born July 30, 1916, at Zalma, daughter of William and Rhoda Sitz Pape. She and Clarence Schrader were married Aug. 22, 1942, in St. Louis. He died March 1, 1970...
Linda Ramsey (01/05/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Linda Sue Ramsey, 63, of Sikeston died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, at her home. She was born Nov. 8, 1943, near Bertrand, Mo., daughter of Jim and Carrie Carlyle Western. She and James E. Ramsey were married June 13, 1961, at Bertrand. Ramsey was a 1961 graduate of Sikeston High School. She had worked at McMullin Mini-Mart near Sikeston...
Tina Sissom (01/05/07)
THEBES, Ill. -- Tina M. Hale Sissom, 42, of Thebes died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at her home. She was born Feb. 11, 1964, in Chicago Heights, daughter of Robert Monroe and Kathe Matz Hale. She married James B. Sissom March 28, 1998. Mrs. Sissom was employed by Kagmo Electric Motor Co. She was a member of Apostolic Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church and Thebes Women's Club...
Sue Rademaker (01/05/07)
Sue Anne Rademaker, 60, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, at her home. She was born Feb. 5, 1946, in Sparta, Tenn., daughter of Willie Carson and Peggy Anne Herndon Brown. She and Tim Rademaker were married Aug. 24, 1968, in Strongsville, Ohio...
Cricket Merrick (01/05/07)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Ruth Charlene "Cricket" Warren Merrick entered into eternal rest at 7:14 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee, Kan. A devoted wife and mother, Cricket and her family were active in the First Baptist Church of Charleston and more recently, the First Baptist Church in Jefferson City, Mo...
Thelma Kingsbury (01/05/07)
Thelma Jane "Tellie" Kingsbury, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Dec. 5, 1916, in Zalma, Mo., daughter of Marvin B. and Mae Back Moore. She and Clark E. Ervin were married in 1939 at Bonne Terre, Mo. He died in 1973. She later married Delbert Kingsbury Nov. 22, 1984, in Adrian, Mo. He died Aug. 6, 1996...
Births 1/5/07 (01/05/07)
Vandeven; Hahs; Koyle; Petzoldt
Cape/Jackson police report 1/5/07 (01/05/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summonses; DWI; Thefts; Property damage; Assaults; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Arrest; Thefts; Summons; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Cape/Jackson fire report 1/5/07 (01/05/07)
n At 6:14 p.m., box alarm at 442 S. Spring Ave. n At 6:34 p.m., emergency medical service at the Missouri/Illinois River Bridge. n At 7:34 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of North Kingshighway. n At 10:43 p.m., emergency medical service in the 900 block of Rodney Vista Boulevard...
Out of the past 1/5/07 (01/05/07)
Work is substantially finished on the new Jackson Public Safety building, with project architect predicting all construction will be completed by Jan. 15, more than six months after it was originally scheduled for completion. The East Cape County Fire District, just north of Cape Girardeau, will be adding a 750-gallon-per-minute pumper truck to its firefighting arsenal, if the Cape Girardeau City Council approves a request from the district to part with the seldom-used vehicle...
Registering offenders (01/05/07)
That no ex post facto law, nor law impairing the obligation of contracts, or retrospective in its operation, or making any irrevocable grant of special privileges or immunities, can be enacted. -- Missouri Constitution, Article I, Section 13....
Church/state separation crucial (01/05/07)
To the editor:Some letter writers and others express frustration and disappointment that religion does not play a larger role in our government. These critics overlook the fact that our Founders and their ancestors who arrived in the 17th and 18th centuries and established the first great experiment in democracy came here to escape the civil and religious tyranny in their native European countries. ...
Neighbors want center to move (01/05/07)
To the editor:We are a small group of neighbors, homeowners, taxpayers and voters of Jackson. We want our neighborhood safe and free of the fear of danger and crime. The streets, homes and yards are mostly well-kept by their owners. We want our property to keep its market value. ...
Speak Out 1/5/07 (01/05/07)
Media suggestions; Lock up medicine; Pay as you go; City pay raises; Bad decision; Enough whining; Message to skinflints; Bulbs aren't better; Pay up, city
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