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Higher bond sought for guard (01/31/07)
A prison guard accused of threatening to kill a Cape Girardeau homeowner last month after breaking into his home and smashing items inside with a baseball bat may have his bond revoked. Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle filed a motion Tuesday to have the $25,000 bond revoked for James W. Ellington, 36, of 713 Spanish St., after he allegedly violated the conditions of that bond by contacting the victim...
Bond: Former Guard chief had 'great leadership ability' (01/31/07)
In 1973 at age 33, Kit Bond was Missouri's youngest governor. In turn, he looked down into the ranks of the Missouri National Guard and chose the youngest man ever to serve as adjutant general, Charles M. Kiefner of Perryville, Mo., a Cape Girardeau-born lieutenant colonel who was only 42 at the time...
SEMO hopes to revive mobile health unit (01/31/07)
Southeast Missouri State University hopes a partnership with a federally funded Bootheel network of health centers will help get a mobile health unit back on the road. The university shut down its Southeast Health on Wheels Mobile, or SHOW Mobile, last week. Currently parked at the university's center at Malden, Mo., the 38-foot mobile health center is housed in a converted Airstream RV...
Arena Park upgrade (01/31/07)
Waiting for spring (01/31/07)
Region briefs 1/31/07 (01/31/07)
Cape man pleads guilty to reduced charges A Cape Girardeau man pleaded guilty in circuit court Jan. 16 to felony unlawful use of a weapon and misdemeanor unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Kenneth E. Brown, 38, of 205 S. Middle St., had originally been charged with felony burglary, domestic assault and unlawful use of a weapon. ...
Property owners told North Cut drainage ditch work could force removal of fences (01/31/07)
The board of directors of the Scott County Consolidated Drainage District No. 2 is putting residents on notice that work on the North Cut drainage ditch is about to begin -- work that could require some landowners along the ditch to take out fences on their property...
Charges filed in theft from construction site (01/31/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- An East Prairie, Mo., man was arrested and charged in the theft of tools and materials from the Kelly School construction site. A Scott County Sheriff's Department release Monday said Beachie T. Johnston, 37, reportedly stole tools valued at about $900 from the site. ...
Trial of Jackson man postponed; more charges filed (01/31/07)
Southeast Missourian Jurors expecting to hear the jury trial of a Jackson man charged with receiving stolen property learned Tuesday the trial was postponed and potential jurors interviewed by Cape Girardeau County law enforcement officers. Todd R. Rowland, 37, who was charged with three counts of felony receiving stolen property and one count of misdemeanor receiving stolen property, is now facing additional charges of attempted improper communication with a juror and attempted perjury, according to a release Tuesday from Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle.. ...
Donation helps sheriff's department with communications equipment needs (01/31/07)
Southeast Missourian BENTON, Mo. -- A Blodgett, Mo., businessman has contributed to the safety of Scott County Sheriff's deputies, Sheriff Rick Walter said Monday. David Russell, of Russell Tank-Tech in Blodgett, paid for the department's new base radio repeater, a necessary tool for effective communication between deputies, Walter said. Russell could not be reached for comment Tuesday...
Cape public schools foundation looks to grow (01/31/07)
The Cape Girardeau Public School Foundation wants to raise more money for the local school system, but to do so it needs to do a better job of publicizing its existence, executive director Tammy Samuel said. To that end, the foundation is holding a "Penguin Party" at the Cape Girardeau Country Club on Saturday night. Participants are encouraged to dress up in their favorite black and white party wear...
Booster just wants good game (01/31/07)
On a night when Central High School's cheering section came up with creative chants to make up for a 34-point loss to Notre Dame, finally resorting to "we can't hear you," one basketball fan was just hoping for a good game. He's had the same outlook for more than 40 years...
Senate denies water commissioner appointee because of Missouri law (01/31/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A member of state Clean Water Commission has been forced off the panel, because his presence provided one more Republican than allowed under state law. The Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee declined Wednesday to confirm the appointment of Republican Jan Tupper, of Joplin, to the commission that oversees state water quality regulations...
Mo. lawmaker proposes canceling classes missed because of ice storm (01/31/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Students whose classes were canceled because of a January ice storm might not have their summer vacation shortened. A Springfield lawmaker has filed a bill that would allow school districts in the 34 counties declared a federal disaster area to decide whether they want to make up classes missed from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22...
Hundreds show up to oppose state takeover of St. Louis schools (01/31/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- More than 600 St. Louis residents attended a public hearing Tuesday night, with most of them speaking out against a plan for a state takeover of the city's schools. Waving green signs that read "No Takeover," members of the crowd made it clear they want control of the city's ailing school system to remain in local hands...
Proposal would help more families with child-care costs (01/31/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- More poor families could get help paying for child care under legislation a Senate committee began considering Tuesday. The committee heard from a slew of early childhood advocates who shared stories of people forced to go without raises and promotions to avoid losing their government-subsidized child-care assistance or quitting work entirely because they had to care for their children...
Mo. lawmakers consider exempting retirement benefits from state taxes (01/31/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The leader of the state House wants to give some Missourians a tax break, but some of the seniors targeted for the break don't want it. Fritzi Lainoff, 77, of St. Louis urged a special House tax committee on Tuesday to reject a $160 million proposal exempting many retirement benefits from state income taxes. Instead, she said, the state should use the money for health care and senior meals programs...
Tax cut proposals aimed at seniors (01/31/07)
Missouri lawmakers have filed numerous bills designed to ease the tax burden on seniors and the retired. Most would not require state income taxes to be paid on Social Security benefits -- a proposal endorsed by both House Speaker Rod Jetton and Gov. Matt Blunt. Here's a look at the various bills:n HB116, 367 and 383: Allow the full cost of premiums for long-term health care insurance to be deducted from state income tax taxes, instead of half the cost. Cost: $2.7 million...
Tattoo parlor raises health concerns (01/31/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Health officials in St. Louis County are seeking potentially hundreds of customers of an unlicensed tattoo parlor over concerns that they could have been exposed to HIV and forms of hepatitis due to nonsterile equipment. The unlicensed parlor was operated out of a house in Jennings. The operator was arrested earlier this month. His name was not released...
Conference Board says consumer confidence edged up in January (01/31/07)
NEW YORK -- Consumers were feeling confident in January: The job market was chugging along and oil prices were down. Their optimism may dwindle, however, on concerns that job and wage growth may slow. The Conference Board, a private research group, said Tuesday that its Consumer Confidence Index edged up to 110.3 in January from a revised 110.0 in December. Analysts had expected a reading between 110.0 and 110.5...
Contractor takes the heat for slow pace of post-Katrina program in La. (01/31/07)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Nearly eight months after it was hired by the state, a consulting company in charge of dispensing billions in federal aid to people whose homes were damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has received 101,000 applications but handed out fewer than 300 grants...
Democrats push budget bill toward House vote (01/31/07)
WASHINGTON -- Democrats say they are making the best of a bad situation as they bring to the House floor a massive bill cobbling together $463.5 billion in unfinished budget business. The bill, combining the budgets of 13 Cabinet agencies, won praise Tuesday from Democratic Party allies such as activists pressing the fight against AIDS overseas and advocates for boosting education funding...
Judith Miller contradicts Libby over leak of CIA operative's identity (01/31/07)
WASHINGTON -- Reporter Judith Miller testified Tuesday that former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby identified a CIA operative to her on two occasions on dates earlier than he has told investigators he first heard the information from another reporter...
Merck & Co. lobbies states to require cervical-cancer vaccine for schoolgirls (01/31/07)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Merck & Co. is helping bankroll efforts to pass state laws requiring girls as young as 11 or 12 to receive the drugmaker's new vaccine against the sexually transmitted cervical-cancer virus. Some conservatives and parents'-rights groups say such a requirement would encourage premarital sex and interfere with the way they raise their children, and they say Merck's push for such laws is underhanded. But the company said its lobbying efforts have been aboveboard...
College student jailed after reporting rape; police found an old warrant (01/31/07)
TAMPA, Fla. -- A woman who told police she had been raped was jailed for two days after officers found an old warrant accusing her of failing to pay restitution for a 2003 theft arrest. While she was behind bars, according to the college student's attorney, a jail worker refused to give her a second dose of the morning-after contraceptive pill because of the worker's religious convictions...
EPA scientists to recommend tougher regulations on smog (01/31/07)
WASHINGTON -- Federal scientists want to tighten smog standards, a step that would allow tens of millions of Americans to breathe easier but also would clash with President Bush's plan to wean Americans away from gasoline. More than half the nation, or nearly 160 million people, breathe illegal levels of smog, mostly in and around major cities in California and the East...
Business briefs 1/31/07 (01/31/07)
P&G, Colgate post double-digit earnings CINCINNATI -- Boosted by new products from familiar brands and growth in emerging markets, consumer products makers Procter & Gamble Co. and Colgate-Palmolive Co. posted double-digit quarterly earnings increases Tuesday and offered bright outlooks. ...
Cuban TV shows Castro meeting with Chavez in first images for three months (01/31/07)
HAVANA -- Cuban state television on Tuesday showed a video of a healthier looking Fidel Castro meeting and speaking with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the first images of the ailing leader shown in three months. The report said the 10-minute video clip was taped Monday during a two-hour private meeting in Havana that was not previously publicized...
Bombers target Shiite worshippers; millions turn out for key Shiite rituals (01/31/07)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Bombers struck Shiite worshippers in two cities Tuesday and gunmen ambushed a busload of pilgrims in a series of attacks that killed at least 58 people as more than 2 million Shiites jammed major shrines for ceremonies marking Ashoura, the holiest day of the Shiite calendar...
Six Holocaust survivors seek to block insurance settlement (01/31/07)
The Nazis were about to arrest his family in 1944, and Alex Moskovic remembers his father burying family documents in a 3-foot-deep hole under the shed behind their home in Czechoslovakia. When he returned after the Holocaust -- the only survivor in his family -- Moskovic found the house in Sobrance had been pillaged and the shed torn down. The buried cache, probably including insurance policies, was never found...
Jackson's rally falls short against Charleston (01/31/07)
Charleston held on for its second tight SEMO Conference win in four days, beating host Jackson 60-58 on Tuesday night. The Bluejays, who handed Notre Dame its first loss Saturday, improved to 17-3 overall and 5-1 in the conference. Jackson fell behind by seven points at halftime but closed the gap in the second half...
ND girls clobber Tigers 61-26 (01/31/07)
Notre Dame's girls basketball team strung together three big wins last week -- two of its wins came over some of the area's top squads -- as the Bulldogs celebrated the career of coach Jerry Grim. The Bulldogs continued their charge toward the district playoffs with a 61-26 rout of rival Central on Tuesday at the Show Me Center...
Notre Dame boys breeze past Central (01/31/07)
Rival boys basketball teams Notre Dame and Central met for the second time this season Tuesday, and for the second time the Bulldogs were able to empty their bench with a running clock in the final quarter. Notre Dame opened a 30-point lead midway through the third quarter and routed Central 79-45 at the Show Me Center...
Redhawks' mystery date is ... La. Tech (01/31/07)
Louisiana Tech will be Southeast Missouri State's opponent at the Show Me Center on Feb. 17 as part of the BracketBusters series. The announcement came Tuesday, when the majority of the BracketBusters matchups were revealed. Southeast and Louisiana Tech will square off at 7:30 p.m., with the Southeast women playing Ohio Valley Conference opponent Tennessee-Martin at 5 p.m...
NBA Bryant suspended for striking Ginobili (01/31/07)
NEW YORK -- Kobe Bryant was suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Tuesday and missed the Lakers' loss to the Knicks after his long-shot bid for a hearing was denied. Bryant was penalized for striking San Antonio's Manu Ginobili in the face late in the Lakers' loss to the Spurs on Sunday...
Weaver: Did not feel wanted by Cards (01/31/07)
SEATTLE -- Jeff Weaver chose the last-place Seattle Mariners over the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. "As has been known the last couple years for me, change is good," the pitcher said with a smile Tuesday at Safeco Field. Weaver's new No. ...
Blues lose out on opportunity to make up ground on Wild (01/31/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The Minnesota Wild came up empty on three breakaways, and still won going away. Pierre-Marc Bouchard's second goal snapped a third-period tie in a 5-2 victory Tuesday night over the St. Louis Blues, handing a team that had climbed back into the Western Conference playoff race its second straight loss...
Tigers, Wildcats both playing better since earlier encounter (01/31/07)
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Much has changed since Kansas State and Missouri last met on Jan. 13 in Columbia, Mo. Going into that game, both teams were winless in the Big 12. The Wildcats, under coach Bob Huggins, won 85-81 and haven't lost since, compiling a five-game overall winning streak that's run their record to 15-6 overall and 4-2 in the league and sparked talk among fans of a possible NCAA playoff berth...
College basketball Illinois turns back Michigan St. 57-50 (01/31/07)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Chester Frazier had 17 points and Shaun Pruitt added 15 as Illinois defeated Michigan State 57-50 Tuesday night. The Illini (16-8, 4-5 Big Ten) set the tone with a 28-17 advantage at halftime. Michigan State (17-6, 4-4) went on a 13-4 run to close Illinois' lead to 40-36 with 8:45 to play but got no closer...
Bears have no fear of Colts' no-huddle (01/31/07)
MIAMI -- There's no hiding from the no-huddle at the Super Bowl. And there's no fear of the no-huddle for the Chicago Bears. They understand what they will face on Sunday. They know Peyton Manning will bring the Indianapolis Colts to the line of scrimmage almost immediately after the previous play concludes, survey the scenery and choose a play that befuddles the defense...
Two-headed running attack (01/31/07)
MIAMI -- When he's fresh, Thomas Jones is at his best. Lighter legs give him the lift to sidestep tacklers and spring forward down the field for the Chicago Bears. This season he's been able to take some plays off, thanks to the emergence of the man who wants to eventually take his job, Cedric Benson...
Reluctant Harrison takes the stage (01/31/07)
MIAMI -- Tick, tock, tick, tock. For 3,600 seconds Tuesday, reclusive Colts receiver Marvin Harrison sat patiently and fielded questions he wouldn't think of availing himself for on a normal day. But this is the Super Bowl, and this was media day. And only under auspices as grand as these would one of the NFL's best receivers consent to talk...
Sudan novel defies being categorized (01/31/07)
Every once in a while I'm lucky enough to read a novel that affects me. Something that hits home. Dave Eggers' newest work, "What is the What," is one of those rare finds. Some of you in the 30-years-and-under crowd may know Eggers. He wrote the best-selling "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" in 2000...
Mishaps nearly turn sesame chicken into stir-fry surprise (01/31/07)
A co-worker and I have argued in the past over who gets to order the sesame chicken when we head to lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. We both love the tasty Asian dish, but for some reason he feels a little weird when we both order the exact same meal. A few weeks ago, he decided to try something new -- it wasn't as good and he's ordered sesame chicken ever since...
Preparing for the big game (01/31/07)
From every bad situation or setback, there is always something good that comes from each experience. You've heard that every dark cloud has a silver lining, haven't you? On Monday, I started my morning with a big gas leak at my job at the Cape Girardeau Senior Center. ...
DreamWorks Animation ends deal with 'Flushed Away' creators (01/31/07)
LOS ANGELES -- DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. said Tuesday it had ended an exclusive production arrangement with the British maker of the award-winning claymation series "Wallace & Gromit," which won critical acclaim but failed at the box office...
Lena Uptain (01/31/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- Lena Amy Uptain, 85, of East Moline, Ill., died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, at Rosewood Care Center of Moline Inc. She was born March 12, 1921, in Lamar, Ark., daughter of Alvin Eric and Ann Lee Goforth Wilkins. She and Newell Uptain were married Nov. 13, 1938. He died May 24, 1993...
Larry Hopfer (01/31/07)
OLD APPLETON, Mo. -- Larry W. Hopfer, 49, of Old Appleton died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 30, 1957, in St. Louis, son of Wilbert A. and Wilma Grossheider Hopfer. Hopfer was a concrete finisher for Russell Richardet...
Marjorie Pratt (01/31/07)
COBDEN, Ill. -- Marjorie L. Pratt, 73, of McLeansboro, Ill., died Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mount Vernon, Ill. She was born May 5, 1933, in Cobden, daughter of Tom and Mable Gibbons Adams. She and Flones Hollie Pratt were married April 27, 1957. He died June 27, 1972...
Lt. Gen. Charles Kiefner (01/31/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Retired Missouri National Guard Lt. Gen. Charles M. Kiefner, 76, of Dothan, Ala., died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, at Flowers Hospital in Dothan. He was born June 28, 1930, in Cape Girardeau, son of John and Cleo Mercier Kiefner. He and Marilyn Stapleton were married June 26, 1952...
Arlie Nistendirk (01/31/07)
Arlie Moore Nistendirk, 95, of Monticello, Fla., died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007. The graveside service was held Jan. 25 at Springfield Cemetery in Lloyd, Fla. Arlie was a native of Jackson and a former resident of Advance, Mo. She moved to Monticello in 1960. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Monticello...
Elizabeth Reese (01/31/07)
Elizabeth "Betty" Bahn Reese died Tuesday Jan. 23, 2007, in Little Rock, Ark. She was born Nov. 9, 1917, to Emil L. and Viola E. Taylor Bahn in the house they built at 428 Themis St. in Cape Girardeau. She descended from her father's German stock traced back to the 1500s and her mother's German and British stock -- some of the latter were in the U.S. by colonial times...
Terry Hampton (01/31/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Terry Ray Hampton, 55, of Perryville died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006. He was born July 4, 1951, at Bertrand, Mo. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Perryville. Memorials may be made to the family...
Billy Johnson (01/31/07)
The Lord answered all of our prayers throughout his illness. When we asked the Lord if he could stay, He said "No, I want my son home." Billy Ray "B.R." Johnson went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, while surrounded by his wife, daughters and nephew, Mike...
Raymond Sexton (01/31/07)
Raymond David Sexton, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006, at Fountainbleau Lodge. He was born June 14, 1921, in New York City, son of David and Marie Halpin Sexton. He married Catherine Kelly in 1978. She preceded him in death March 1, 1996. He grew up in New York City, worked for the state of New York welfare services, was a retired Teamster with local Union 816. He was an avid hockey fan, Yankees fan, and he played stickball with Walter Matthau...
Births 1/31/07 (01/31/07)
Branscum; Best; Walton; Uhrhan; Stotts; Maddox; Patterson-Pratt; Meyer
Cape fire report 1/31/07 (01/31/07)
Cape Girardeau n At 9:18 p.m., fire alarm at 13 Doctors Park Drive. n At 10:46 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1200 block of Linden Street. n At 5:48 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1200 block of Linden Street. n At 10:32 p.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of South Silver Springs Road...
Cape/Jackson police report 1/31/07 (01/31/07)
Arrests; Jackson: Assault
Out of the past 1/31/07 (01/31/07)
Yesterday's rain turns into snow early this morning; before the storm moves out of the area early in the afternoon, it leaves nearly 7 inches of rain, a sheet of ice and about 3 inches of snow on the Cape Girardeau area. Speed Queen Laundromat, 2009 Independence St. in Cape Girardeau, has been purchased by Slobo Ilijevski, who is a goalie for the St. Louis Steamers soccer team, and Andre Sabel, also of St. Louis, a distributor in the area for Speed Queen laundry equipment...
WorkKeys certifies basic skill levels (01/31/07)
Recently the Southeast Missourian has kindly given press to a few programs offered through the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center. I would like to clarify information concerning WorkKeys assessments, a test from ACT Inc. which provides information about a person's ability to use skills in the workplace...
New employers (01/31/07)
The good news is that three businesses recently announced plans to open facilities in the region. National Asset Recovery Service in Cape Girardeau, Signature Packaging Industries in Jackson and Mid-South Wire Co. in Scott City have the potential to bring more than 600 new jobs to the area. ...
Stop bickering about Iraq mess (01/31/07)
To the editor:I have a question for those of you who may be more educated in politics than I am. What useful plan do the Democrats have to offer regarding Iraq? They are constantly screaming at President Bush's plans for finishing the debacle in Iraq, but they never give any realistic ideas on how to proceed from here. ...
Speak Out 1/31/07 (01/31/07)
Model schools?; Speedy police; Keeping status quo; No public preschool; ATV danger; Keep to the right; Industrial growth; Buying cheap goods; Placing blame; Copy good ideas; Worse off than ever; Determined leader; Moving away; Releasing prisoners
Give War a Chance (01/31/07)
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