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Cape Girardeau accepts wage increase (01/09/07)
"There will be no wavering. We will move forward and implement the increases and then have some continued budget discussion," Mayor Jay Knudtson said. "It becomes an expense that we've got to absorb, and we will." The city previously had claimed itself exempt from the new minimum wage law passed by state voters last year...
Jackson wants transit authority contract (01/09/07)
To win extra support from the city of Jackson, the Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority will have to provide guarantees of low prices and better service, members of the Board of Aldermen said Monday night. During a board work session, several members expressed frustration with the transit authority and echoed complaints they have heard from constituents. The transit authority is asking Jackson to increase its annual support to $20,000 from the previous level of $6,000...
Chaffee sued by victim of crash (01/09/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- One of the two surviving victims of a fatal police-chase crash in September has filed a civil lawsuit against the city of Chaffee. The suit was filed Dec. 21 by Cape Girardeau attorney David Remley on behalf of Betina M. Ott of Chaffee, Remley confirmed Monday...
Cape county buys MREs by the case (01/09/07)
On Thursday morning, Cape Girardeau County emergency operations manager David Hitt will head to Jefferson City on a mission to pick up 200 cases of food he hopes will never have to be used. The surplus military field rations, known as Meals Ready to Eat -- MREs -- would be used in emergencies that make food deliveries difficult or impossible, Hitt said...
Challenger joins Jackson race (01/09/07)
A lifelong Jackson resident pushing "quality of life" issues filed late last week as a challenger to 16-year incumbent alderwoman Valerie Tuschoff in the city's Third Ward. Mark Dambach, 50, shop supervisor for Biomedical Services at Southeast Missouri Hospital, is making his first foray into politics. ...
Fund-raising can proceed during session (01/09/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The fund-raising spigot is open again. A Cole County judge Monday temporarily blocked a new law banning fund-raising by lawmakers, statewide officials and candidates during the legislative session, which began last week and runs through mid-May...
Hi-yah (01/09/07)
Jackson White got his kicks Monday at Kids' Boot Camp, a twice-a-week, two-hour fitness program for youngsters ages 6 to 13 at HealthPoint Plaza in Cape Girardeau.
Jackson Board of Aldermen action 1/9/07 (01/09/07)
Monday Action Items Power and light committee n Approved changing the Board of Aldermen regular meeting from Feb. 19 to Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in observance of the President's Day holiday. n Approved extending of the contractual agreement with the Cape Girardeau Area Magnet for a period of one year, ending Dec. 31...
State to hold earthquake awareness programs in Cape, New Madrid and St. Louis (01/09/07)
The threat of a major earthquake in the New Madrid seismic zone will be the focus of public events next month in Cape Girardeau, St. Louis and New Madrid. Organized by the State Emergency Management Agency, the activities will include seminars, field trips and classroom instruction for teachers and a town-hall meeting in New Madrid. The various programs will be held from Feb. 1 through 11...
Two openings remain on mental health board (01/09/07)
Southeast Missourian Cape Girardeau County is seeking applicants for two openings on the County Mental Health Board. During its Monday meeting, the Cape Girardeau County Commission filled one of the three vacancies on the board by appointing Bonnie Chaudoir. That leaves two vacancies to fill on the board that meets quarterly, said Donna Oldham, assistant to the commission...
Cape Girardeau Co. Commission action 1/9/07 (01/09/07)
Monday Routine business n Received and filed December Archive Center report. n Received and filed letter from Missouri Department of Transportation agreeing to placement of signs for unincorporated town of Millersville. n Received and filed Nordenia USA verification to auditors regarding notes payable...
Gov. Blunt: No vice presidential aspirations (01/09/07)
ST. ANN, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt said Tuesday he is not looking to be a running mate with Republican Governor Mitt Romney if the Massachusetts governor decides to pursue the presidency in 2008. Blunt's statement was in response to a reporter's question during an unrelated news conference in this St. Louis suburb. He said he and Romney are good friends only, and that the only office he might pursue in 2008 is that of governor...
Missouri boy, 13, missing and feared kidnapped (01/09/07)
BEAUFORT, Mo. (AP) -- Searchers fanned out in wooded areas around this eastern Missouri town again Tuesday, a day after a 13-year-old boy disappeared. Authorities said William "Ben" Owenby was last seen around 4:15 p.m. Monday getting off a school bus with a friend. The Franklin County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol said he is considered "endangered," and may have been kidnapped...
Blunt proposes $6.3 million for heating assistance (01/09/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt urged lawmakers Tuesday to approve $6.3 million for a state program that helps those with low incomes pay heating and cooling costs. The request would mark the second consecutive year of state funding for the Utilicare program, which supplements the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance program...
Report finds truck license fraud; several drivers used false address (01/09/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Several people who obtained commercial driver's licenses from a southern Missouri trucking school gave false home addresses in Missouri, and state officials acknowledge they currently have no way to stop the practice. An analysis by The Kansas City Star found numerous examples of multiple drivers, all licensed through the South Central Career Center Truck Driver Training School in West Plains, claiming to live at the same Missouri addresses...
Job growth under Bush slower than under Clinton, Reagan (01/09/07)
WASHINGTON -- The economy has cranked out fewer jobs under President Bush -- by millions -- than it had by the same point in the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Democrats say it's evidence that Bush's economic policies aren't working...
Judge voids gay marriage, but $780K separation pact is valid (01/09/07)
NEW YORK -- The marriage of two men in Massachusetts is not recognized by the state, but an agreement the couple made for one to pay the other $780,000 if they split is valid and legally enforceable, a judge has ruled. The ruling, published Monday, came in the separation of lawyer David Gonzalez and real estate investor Steven Green...
Gas-like odor reported in parts of Manhattan (01/09/07)
NEW YORK -- A natural gas-like odor hung over much of Manhattan and parts of New Jersey Monday. The smell seemed to be gone by early afternoon. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said there was no indication the air was unsafe. "It may just be an unpleasant smell," he said. The city's major utility company reported it found no gas leaks...
Schwarzenegger offers sweeping insurance plan (01/09/07)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday proposed extending health coverage to nearly all of California's 6.5 million uninsured residents, promising to spread the cost among businesses, individuals, hospitals, insurers and the government. Schwarzenegger said his plan will save $10 billion a year by cutting costs and redirecting money already in the health care system...
Bush to tell nation of his plans for Iraq (01/09/07)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush will address the nation at 8 p.m. today about his new approach for the war in Iraq, the White House said. Bush is expected to announce an increase of up to 20,000 additional U.S. troops. Bush's decisions, more than two months in the making, already are drawing criticism from new Democratic leaders in Congress who say it is time to begin ending the war, not to send in more U.S. ...
U.S. targets terrorists in Somalia, reports say (01/09/07)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military launched a strike Monday against several suspected members of al-Qaida in Somalia, CBS News reported Monday. The targets, CBS reported, included the senior al-Qaida leader in East Africa and an al-Qaida operative wanted for his involvement in the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. ...
New Orleans' recovery bloodied by killings in 8 days (01/09/07)
NEW ORLEANS -- Nine people have been slain in New Orleans in the first eight days of the new year, deepening the sense of despair over the slow pace of the city's recovery and leaving police and civic leaders grasping for ways to stop the bloodshed...
Blast at Ohio coal-burning power plant kills 1 (01/09/07)
BEVERLY, Ohio -- An explosion at a coal-burning power plant killed a worker delivering pressurized hydrogen and injured nine others Monday, authorities said. Officials weren't sure what caused the blast outside the Muskingum River Plant, said Vikki Michalski, a spokeswoman for American Electric Power...
Bush, lawmakers meet to plan next phase of No Child Left Behind (01/09/07)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush pushed for renewal of the No Child Left Behind education law Monday in a meeting with congressional leaders but was noncommittal on their request for more money to help schools meet the law's requirements. "In our discussions today, we've all agreed to work together to address some of the major concerns that some people have on this piece of legislation, without weakening the essence of the bill," Bush said following the White House meeting with Democratic and Republican lawmakers.. ...
Malibu fire destroys 8 mansions (01/09/07)
MALIBU, Calif. -- A wildfire fanned by Santa Ana winds destroyed eight seaside mansions and damaged five others Monday as it spread over more than 20 acres in this celebrity enclave, authorities said. Flames boiled furiously out of the skeletons of multimillion-dollar beach homes for about two hours until there was little left to burn. No injuries were reported, fire officials said...
Execution sparks support for Saddam in Arab world (01/09/07)
CAIRO, Egypt -- Another leaked video from Saddam Hussein's execution carried fresh adulation Monday of the fallen dictator, who in death has become a martyr and hero of Arab nationalism for some in the Middle East. Saddam's stature has grown since his execution -- when he answered insults and taunts with disdain -- overshadowing the memories in much of the Arab world of the massacres and other atrocities committed by his regime...
Farmington avenges loss to ND (01/09/07)
Notre Dame's girls basketball team did not find Farmington as accomodating the second time around, falling 58-46 on Monday at Farmington in a clash of Class 4 squads. The Bulldogs (7-5) used a strong fourth quarter to rout the Knightettes 66-49 in the third-place game of the Saint Francis Medical Center Holiday Classic last month. This time, Farmington used an 18-11 scoring edge in the fourth quarter to pull away...
Southeast women grab share of first in OVC (01/09/07)
MURRAY, Ky. -- Murray State entered Monday's Ohio Valley Conference showdown boasting by far the top offensive statistics in the league, and some of the best in the nation. But the Racers' offense finally hit a speed bump against a Southeast Missouri State defense that has been stifling most of the season...
Edgar returns to a big victory (01/09/07)
MURRAY, Ky. -- Scott Edgar made a triumphant return to Murray State Monday night. And it took virtually the entire Southeast Missouri State roster to make sure the Redhawks' first-year coach would beat his former team. With many of Southeast's key players in foul trouble -- and with senior guard Terrick Willoughby out because of an illness -- Edgar had to dig deeper into his bench than normal...
Gators rule (01/09/07)
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Not even close. Florida -- yes, Florida -- owned the field it wasn't supposed to be on, embarrassing Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and No. 1 Ohio State 41-14 on Monday night to run away with the college football national championship...
N. Carolina moves to No. 1 in AP poll (01/09/07)
North Carolina is No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for the first time in almost six years. The wait has been quite a bit longer for Washington State, which is ranked for the first time in almost 24 years. The Tar Heels (14-1) moved into the top spot Monday after three weeks at No. 2 following UCLA's loss at Oregon last weekend...
Blues make effort to reach out to fans (01/09/07)
ST. LOUIS -- "Thank you, fans," the greeting painted on NHL rinks the year after the lockout, rang hollow coming from the St. Louis Blues. New ownership really means it. Revamping a roster that led to a last-place overall finish last season, raising payroll and changing coaches in midseason was step 1 for the franchise in its effort to put people back in the seats. ...
Three players unanimous picks (01/09/07)
San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson, Miami defensive end Jason Taylor and Denver cornerback Champ Bailey capped superb seasons by unanimously making The Associated Press NFL All-Pro team announced Monday. In all, the Chargers had the most All-Pros with five: Tomlinson, tight end Antonio Gates, fullback Lorenzo Neal, defensive tackle Jamal Williams and linebacker Shawne Merriman...
Colts quietly lurk in AFC's final four (01/09/07)
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts have not lowered their expectations. They still envision a Super Bowl title next month. Yet the Colts, burdened by a sieve of a run defense and an unimpressive final seven games of the regular season, entered the playoffs as more of an outsider than a championship contender. Judging by their performance in their postseason opener, that might be a very good thing for Peyton Manning and his team...
Seattle's top receiver will likely miss Bears game (01/09/07)
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks leading receiver Darrell Jackson is unlikely to play in Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game at Chicago. Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said Monday on his KIRO radio show in Seattle that Jackson worsened a turf toe ligament strain on his left foot during Saturday's win against Dallas...
Brady puts on playoff face (01/09/07)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass -- When Tom Brady was overlooked in this year's Pro Bowl voting, his reaction demonstrated exactly what he is all about. "There's only one bowl I'm interested in, and it's not the Pro Bowl," he said. After Sunday's win over the New York Jets, the New England Patriots' star quarterback is two wins away from getting back to that Bowl for the fourth time. ...
Diamondbacks to announce Johnson trade today (01/09/07)
PHOENIX -- Randy Johnson took his physical Monday, and the Arizona Diamondbacks scheduled a news conference for today as their deal to reacquire the Big Unit from the New York Yankees neared completion. Not that he needs an introduction. The Big Unit's best years were in Arizona, where he was 103-49 in six seasons and won four Cy Young Awards before going to the Yankees in a trade he sought in 2005...
Gwynn, Ripken will likely enter Hall, but not unanimously (01/09/07)
NEW YORK -- Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr. will fall short of becoming the first unanimous Hall of Fame picks, and Mark McGwire doesn't figure to be anywhere close to the necessary 75 percent when 2007 voting is released today. Paul Ladewski of the Daily Southtown in suburban Chicago wrote in a column Monday that he submitted a blank ballot because of doubts he had over performance-enhancing drugs in baseball...
Jackson High School senior believes school uniforms should be a mandatory requirement (01/09/07)
Recently, as I strolled down the hallway at Jackson High School, I noticed a girl walking past me wearing a skimpy skirt, high heels and a low-cut sleeveless shirt. I wondered if she would be called down to the principal's office for inappropriate attire, or if she would get away with what she was wearing?...
Learning briefs 1/9/07 (01/09/07)
Sarah McDonald of Jackson was named to the 2006 fall semester dean's list at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, N.C. Kari Bragg of Cape Girardeau has been named to the president's list for the fall semester at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Ky...
College student speaks out (01/09/07)
If I don't have the time or patience to read the whole newspaper, I will at least read Speak Out. Not only is it the most entertaining part of the paper, but it also opens my eyes to some of the more important topics concerning the good people of Southeast Missouri...
Driving lessons put father to the test (01/09/07)
Moms and dads keep their own calendar when it comes to family life. They track their children's development by more than birthdays. Driver training is one of those signposts. Our teenage daughter, Becca, has been begging me to give her a driving lesson...
Library arranges display of relics from 1970 Elvis-Nixon meeting (01/09/07)
YORBA LINDA, Calif. -- The meeting between two of the most improbable cultural icons of the 1970s lasted all of 30 minutes, but it has fascinated the nation for years. A photo of a cloaked and bejeweled Elvis Presley solemnly shaking hands with a grim-faced President Nixon remains the No. 1 requested document from the National Archives, nearly four decades after the secret meeting took place Dec. 21, 1970...
Charles Mosley (01/09/07)
Charles Evin Mosley, 55, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Jan. 5, 2007. He was born Aug. 15, 1951, at Vanduser, Mo., son of Edgar and Sadie Mosley. He married Betty Johnson. Mosley was a master carpenter, employed with Carpenters Union 1770. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Charles II, Brandon and Clayton Mosley; his parents; siblings, Mary Scott, James Mosley, Mindi Lewis, Bret Estes, Lucy Primm, Marcellus Mosley and Joseph Mosley; and two grandchildren...
Charles Seaman Sr. (01/09/07)
Charles Elroy Seaman Sr., 90, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, at Ratliff Care Center. He was born June 14, 1916, in Mount Vernon, Ill., son of Claud and Grace Bennett Seaman. He married Betty Jennings, who died in 1978. Seaman served in the Coast Guard from July 18, 1942, to Jan. ...
Rene Dellamano (01/09/07)
OLD APPLETON, Mo. -- Rene L. Dellamano, 79, of Old Appleton died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Ill. She was born July 3, 1927, in DuQuoin, Ill., daughter of Harry E. and Viola Claunch Jones. She married Arthur I. "Art" Dellamano, who preceded her in death...
Jack Sheppard (01/09/07)
Jack L. Sheppard, 87, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Fremont, Calif., died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born April 19, 1919, in Concord, Ore., son of William T. and Cloe Dilley Sheppard. He and Jewel McDaniels were married March 31, 1945, in California. She died Feb. 5, 1998...
Connie Whitson (01/09/07)
MOUND CITY, Ill. -- Connie Ann Acree Whitson, 47, of Jacksonville, N.C., died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at her home. She was born Feb. 18, 1959, in Washington, Ga., daughter of Fred Jones and Lula Acree. Acree was a 1977 graduate of Meridian High School in Mounds, Ill...
Henry Ashworth (01/09/07)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Henry H. Ashworth, 77, of Cordova, Tenn., formerly of Olive Branch, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, at his home. He was born Sept. 12, 1929, in Wickliffe, Ky., son of Mark Hanna and Ruth Myrtle Haws Ashworth. He and Lela Turner were married Jan. 9, 1966...
Josh Hilsgen (01/09/07)
Josh Hilsgen, 17, of Olive Branch, Miss., died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, in Southaven, Miss. He was a student at Olive Branch High School. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Jodie and Ricky Latham of Cape Girardeau; his father, Mark Hilsgen of Olive Branch; two brothers, Chad Hilsgen of Southaven, Chris Latham of Wickliffe, Ky.; and two sisters, Jessy Hilsgen of Olive Branch and Emilie Latham of Wickliffe...
Agnes Dobbs (01/09/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Agnes Z. Dobbs, 99, of Chaffee died Monday, Jan. 8, 2007, at her home. She was born Dec. 25, 1907, at Puxico, Mo., daughter of Henry Warren and Cora Lee Hodge Shrum. She and John F. Dobbs were married March 23, 1935. He died Feb. 8, 1982...
Ronald Obermann Sr. (01/09/07)
Ronald Lee Obermann Sr., 58, of Jackson died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born July 25, 1948, in Cape Girardeau, son of Arthur Lee and Betty Ann Fuhrmann Obermann. He and Janice L. Welter were married March 20, 1971...
Births 1/9/07 (01/09/07)
Bottoms; McKay; Triplett; Welker; Gordon; Schilling; Anderson
Cape/Jackson police report 1/9/07 (01/09/07)
DWIs; Arrests; Summonses; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Assaults; Thefts; Miscellaneous
Cape fire report 1/9/07 (01/09/07)
Cape Girardeau n At 6:39 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2600 block of Janet Drive. n At 9:49 p.m., alarm sounding in the 2000 block of Woodland Hills. n At 4:28 a.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of South Sprigg Street. n At 8:01 a.m., alarm sounding at 741 S. Sprigg St...
Out of the past 1/9/07 (01/09/07)
The new pediatric intensive care unit at Southeast Missouri Hospital will be unveiled tomorrow during dedication and open house ceremonies; the unit includes four beds and an isolation room. Restaurant and lounge space in the old Idan-Ha Hotel building at Broadway and Fountain, formerly occupied by Figaro's, has been leased by Ed Radetic Jr., who plans to open a seafood restaurant there; the lounge in the basement area will also be reopened...
Chilling effect on youth mentoring (01/09/07)
By Stephen Wallace Given recent well-publicized cases of child exploitation, perhaps it is no surprise that the age-old practice of mentoring teens may be yielding to modern-day concerns about youth safety. But throwing the baby out with the bathwater, regardless of how sullied, may do more harm than good...
I miss the Cold War (01/09/07)
By Bill Springer This mess we've gotten into in Iraq has made me nostalgic. I know, many old folks say that things in their past were better, and usually they are applying the old saw about hindsight being 20/20. I was born on the cusp of the baby boom in 1944 and began school in 1950 just when Truman went to Korea...
Teens and drugs (01/09/07)
The findings of a University of Michigan study of drug use among teenagers had good news. And bad news. The good news was the finding that the use by teens of illegal drugs like marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine has declined in the past five years. The bad news is the growing use of prescription drugs -- prescribed by doctors or obtained in other ways -- by youths...
Ruling didn't create 'safe haven' (01/09/07)
To the editor:In response to the story "Crowell seeks Bill of Rights change": The Missouri Legislature needs to be extremely cautious about state Sen. Jason Crowell's proposal to change the Missouri Constitution so that sex offenders convicted before January 1995 would have to register. While well-intentioned, the measure could have dramatic consequences that need to be carefully evaluated...
Thanks for helping foster children (01/09/07)
To the editor:The 32nd Circuit Foster Parent Association would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this a wonderful Christmas for the foster children in Perry, Cape and Bollinger counties. In Cape Girardeau: Toni's Flower House, Ford & Sons Funeral Homes, Coad Toyota Mitsubishi, Fred' Discount, Wal-Mart, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church...
Speak Out 1/9/07 (01/09/07)
You have to pay; Comply with the law; Jobs at stake; Top priorities; Parents not involved; Race not a factor
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