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Stories from Saturday, March 10, 2007

Three school districts have ballot issues in April (03/10/07)
Two small Southeast Missouri school districts have tax issues on the April 3 ballot in an effort to garner more state aid, and a third district has a bond issue on the ballot for the second time since November. Perryville school officials once again are asking voters to approve a $3.36 million general obligation bond issue to retire existing debt and free up operating-fund money to make needed improvements on the school campus. ...
Blunt hopes to reduce senior tax cut to original amount (03/10/07)
The tax cut aimed at senior citizens ballooned during House debate, and Gov. Matt Blunt is counting on the Missouri Senate to pare it back closer to its original $110 million annual price tag. At a news conference and rally Saturday at the Cape Girardeau Senior Center, Blunt was joined by House Speaker Rod Jetton, R-Marble Hill, and other area legislators in urging support for the proposal. Blunt wants to remove Social Security benefits from calculations of taxable income...
Proposed Missouri amendments could alter balance of power (03/10/07)
The proposals in the Missouri Legislature to amend the state constitution could, if enacted, dramatically alter the balance of power between the branches of government and between state government and the people. In all, more than a dozen amendments have been proposed dealing with basic constitutional questions. ...
Regions grounded again (03/10/07)
Once again, Southeast Missouri has no air service. As of 4:36 p.m. Thursday, RegionsAir grounded its entire fleet of aircraft, citing an FAA order to do so for the second time in seven days. Additionally, three full-time and six part-time employees who work as AmericanConnection agents for the airline in Cape Girar?deau were told by the airline not to come to work pending further notice. ...
Court staff will be able to work up a sweat with exercise rooms (03/10/07)
Court staff and security personnel at Cape Girardeau's new 150,000-square-foot federal courthouse will be able to work up a sweat without leaving the building. The $50 million, four-story structure at Independence and Frederick streets includes two exercise rooms -- one for the court staff and judges and another for the U.S. Marshals Service...
Notre Dame falls in final (03/10/07)
Ruskin defeated Notre Dame 59-56 in the Class 4 boys basketball state championship game Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. The Bulldogs (27-5) missed two 3-pointers in the final seconds that would have tied the score. Ruskin finished 29-1 with 29 consecutive victories to close the season. The championship was the first for the Ruskin program...
No parent left behind (03/10/07)
Prodded by federal law, America's public school districts have spent the past five years trying to make sure that no child will be left behind academically. In an effort to meet that goal, schools have sought to involve parents more in the education process...
Suspect arrested in connection with two armed robberies (03/10/07)
Cape Girardeau police have arrested a suspect in connection with two armed robberies and a theft that occurred last month. Damarius A. Wells, 17, of Kennett, Mo., was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of armed criminal action. On Feb. 17, he reportedly displayed a handgun in stealing cash and cell phones from two victims at about 11:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Broadway...
Around Southeast Missouri (03/10/07)
Dexter works to get landowners to clean up DEXTER, Mo. -- City officials are still working to get landowners to clean up their property across the city. Dexter Building Commissioner Jerry Jenkins said that a total of eight houses are no longer part of the city's efforts to clean up the city. ...
Country concert brings partylike atmosphere to Show Me Center (03/10/07)
When you see a bass player for a country band sporting a Mohawk, you can bet you're in for a different kind of country concert. Friday night at the Show Me Center 3,769 fans got just that -- a high-octane country-rock-pop hybrid show delivered by two of country music's young stars, opener Miranda Lambert and headliner Dierks Bentley...
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Robbery suspect to be arraigned March 16 A Cape Girardeau man accused of robbing three retail outlets at gunpoint was bound over to circuit court Thursday to appear for arraignment March 16. Gregory D. Williams, 33, of 321 Albert St., 32, is charged with three counts of first degree robbery and one count of attempted escape from custody facing up to 94 years imprisonment if convicted of all charges. ...
Big Sky gets nod from DOT (03/10/07)
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday awarded Big Sky Airlines a contract to provide three daily flights between Cape Girardeau and Cincinnati. Public comments on the Essential Air Service contract were due Wednesday, and the department made its decision two days later. Everyone involved agreed that was a quick turnaround by a federal agency that typically takes a month or more to weigh options...
School bus to be converted to disaster reponse vehicle (03/10/07)
The recent purchase of a 1989 Bluebird school bus from the Scott City School District by the North Scott County Ambulance District proved to be a win-win situation. Earlier this year, the school district accepted the ambulance district's bid of $2,500, which was more than superintendent Diann Bradshaw-Ulmer had hoped for in selling or trading in the retired vehicle...
Pre-concert patio party a success (03/10/07)
The Show Me Center's first preconcert patio party appears to have been a success, said the venue's marketing director, Shannon Buford. The venue tried out the concept Friday night before the Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert concert, opening the Show Me Center's north patio starting at 5 p.m. for fans to enjoy warm weather. By 6 p.m., about 80 people had taken part in the patio party, where they were provided snacks, which were free, and draft beer, which was not...
Briefly (03/10/07)
Suspect in custody in for Best Buy robbery Anonymous tips made to Cape Girardeau police about a suspect in Wednesday's robbery at Best Buy, 3026 William St., led police to request charges against him Friday. Sgt. Barry Hovis said Friday that the suspect is already in custody in Cape Girardeau County Jail on a separate stealing incident in lieu of a $2,500 cash-only bond. ...
Scott County sheriff requests dismissal of grand jury indictment against him (03/10/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- Former Scott County Sheriff Bill Ferrell has requested the court dismiss the grand jury's indictment against him. Ferrell's attorney Jim Robison filed the motion Wednesday in Scott County Circuit Court. The motion called for the dismissal, stating Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd had a conflict of interest in the case...
Theology at the Bottleworks (03/10/07)
MAPLEWOOD, Mo. -- In a back room at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood, about 50 people gathered on a recent Wednesday night to talk rock 'n' roll. Why are Bob Marley and Kurt Cobain considered by some to be messiahs? When did rock music lose its edge and become another product manufactured and marketed by huge conglomerates such as Viacom?...
Rates for natural gas could go up (03/10/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Natural gas customers in parts of eastern, southeastern and central Missouri would pay an additional $2.24 to $6.86 per month under an agreement between Ameren Corp. and the staff of the Missouri Public Service Commission, Ameren said Friday...
Ethanol mandate could have gas stations breaking EPA rules (03/10/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In January, the mandated sale of ethanol-blended fuel could leave gas station owners deciding whether to break state or federal law. Last year, Missouri lawmakers passed a law requiring gas station owners to sell ethanol-blended fuel when it is not more expensive than unblended gas. The law goes into effect in January...
MoDOT to improve bridges (03/10/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The Missouri Department of Transportation awarded two emergency contracts Friday to repair pedestrian bridges across the state after one of the bridges collapsed in St. Louis. MoDOT found that 60 bridges shared the same design of a concrete walkway that collapsed last week onto Interstate 55 in St. Louis, said Paul Kelly, the agency's assistant state bridge engineer...
Homeland Security Secretary says computer project not 'data mining' (03/10/07)
HOOVER, Ala. -- A new Homeland Security program aims to analyze existing, legally collected computer data, not gather new personal information on U.S. citizens, Secretary Michael Chertoff said Friday in defending the program from congressional critics...
Briefly (03/10/07)
Court: D.C.'s handgun ban unconstitutional WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court overturned the District of Columbia's long-standing handgun ban Friday, rejecting the city's argument that the Second Amendment right to bear arms applied only to militias. In a 2-1 decision, the judges held that the activities protected by the Second Amendment "are not limited to militia service, nor is an individual's enjoyment of the right contingent" on enrollment in a militia...
States try to control college textbook prices (03/10/07)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Winona State University senior Rick Howden, a business administration major, figures he knows a bad deal when he sees it. A $4,500 tab for his college textbooks by the time he graduates? Bad deal. That includes a $142 business text he had to buy that he has barely opened...
House bill boosts wages for water projects; White House threatens veto (03/10/07)
WASHINGTON -- Union construction workers would gain a hiring advantage for more projects under legislation the House passed Friday, the latest in a series of pro-labor measures by Democrats that President Bush has promised to veto. The 303-108 vote involves water projects funded by federal lending. Republicans tried but failed to strip out a provision requiring contractors to pay wages equal to those prevailing locally...
Unemployment rate dips, worker pay rises in February (03/10/07)
WASHINGTON -- The unemployment rate dipped to 4.5 percent and workers got fatter paychecks in February, even as bad winter weather sent a bit of a chill through U.S. job growth. The latest employment picture, released by the Labor Department on Friday, suggested employers are holding up well and opportunities continue for jobseekers as the economy deals with a sluggish spell, a housing slump and troubles in the automotive industry...
Trade deficit falls slightly; exports at all-time high (03/10/07)
WASHINGTON -- The trade deficit narrowed slightly in January as U.S. exports rose to an all-time high while imports dropped, sending a hopeful signal that the country's trade imbalances may finally start to improve this year. The Commerce Department reported Friday that the gap between what America sells abroad and what it imports fell to $59.1 billion in January, down by 3.8 percent from a December deficit of $61.5 billion...
Audit: FBI broke law in prying out Americans' personal info (03/10/07)
WASHINGTON -- The nation's top two law enforcement officials acknowledged Friday the FBI broke the law to secretly pry out personal information about Americans. They apologized and vowed to prevent further illegal intrusions. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales left open the possibility of pursuing criminal charges against FBI agents or lawyers who improperly used the USA Patriot Act in pursuit of suspected terrorists and spies...
Democrats pair plan to bring home troops from Iraq with domestic pet projects (03/10/07)
WASHINGTON -- Democrats seeking votes for their Iraq-withdrawal plan have stuffed the bill it's in with billions of dollars for farms, flu preparedness, New Orleans levees, home heating and other causes. Some critics say the Democrats are simply being opportunistic -- using a must-pass measure for funding U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to carry items that can't advance as easily on their own...
Iraq meeting offers room for possible Iran-U.S. overtures (03/10/07)
BAGHDAD -- Washington is sending a veteran Middle East hand. Tehran's envoy is a British-educated diplomat considered one of Iran's leading Western analysts. Combine that with a flexible agenda and a matchmaking Iraqi host -- and the international gathering today to help steer Iraq's future also appears as a prime opportunity for some icebreaking overtures between Iran and the United States...
Indonesia tries to stem flow from mud volcano with hundreds of concrete balls (03/10/07)
PORONG, Indonesia -- For nine months, a gaping hole in the ground has spit out a biblical torrent of hot, black mud, swallowing thousands of homes outside Indonesia's second-largest city and attracting geologists from around the world. Most say the flow is unstoppable, but Indonesian experts refuse to listen, and they have recently began carrying out a scheme straight from a Hollywood movie: dropping nearly 1,500 concrete balls into the mouth of the mud volcano...
Iraqis say a top figure in al-Qaida network arrested in western Baghdad (03/10/07)
BAGHDAD -- The shadowy leader of the Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaida-inspired group that challenged the authority of Iraq's government, was captured Friday in a raid on the western outskirts of Baghdad, an Iraqi military spokesman said. Abu Omar al-Baghdadi was arrested along with several other insurgents in a raid in the town of Abu Ghraib, said Brig. ...
Bush spars with Venezuela's Chavez, celebrates fuel pact with Brazil (03/10/07)
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Taunted by leftist President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, President Bush on Friday insisted the United States is not neglecting Latin America and celebrated an alternative-fuels pact with Brazil as proof. "I don't think America gets enough credit for trying to help improve people's lives," Bush said at a joint news conference with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. "My trip is to explain as clearly as I can that our nation is generous and compassionate."...
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Hard-liners win in Northern Ireland BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Hard-liners on both sides won Northern Ireland's election, final results confirmed Friday, setting the stage for a major diplomatic push to forge a Catholic-Protestant administration of bitter enemies. ...
EU nations OK bold plan to battle global warming (03/10/07)
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- More windmills, and not just in Holland. Smaller, more efficient cars, running on fuel that is grown, not pumped. Solar panels alongside the spires and mansions of Europe. European leaders on Friday committed themselves to these changes -- and many others -- as they seek to turn their bloc of 27 nations into a green giant to lead the rest of the world in battling climate change by using more renewable energy...
One down, one to go (03/10/07)
NOTRE DAME 53, ST. CHARLES 51 By Jeremy JoffraY Southeast Missourian COLUMBIA -- Last-second heroics kept the Notre Dame boys basketball team on a path to the state title for the second time during the playoffs Friday as junior Ryan Willen sank two free throws with 3.1 seconds left to give the Bulldogs a 53-51 win over St. Charles in a Class 4 semifinal at Mizzou Arena...
Bulldogs use edge in 3-pointers to move into championship tilt (03/10/07)
COLUMBIA -- The Notre Dame boys basketball team came into the Class 4 final four as the most prolific 3-point shooting team among the remaining squads. The Bulldogs had hit 180 3-pointers heading into Friday's semifinal game against St. Charles. Notre Dame needed all seven of its treys against the Pirates to pull out a 53-51 win...
Bravettes seek return to final four (03/10/07)
The Scott County County Central girls basketball team finally found a way to get through rival Delta in the sectional round, and now the Bravettes have a chance to regain some of their program's former glory when they hit the West Plains Civic Center floor today for a Class 1 quarterfinal game...
Redhawks cruise in home opener (03/10/07)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team opened its home schedule Friday afternoon by blasting Belmont 9-0 in a game shortened to 5 1/2 innings by the eight-run mercy rule. Southeast (3-4) began an eight-game homestand that features its annual tournament this weekend...
Redhawks fall to Redbirds in opening game of weekend series (03/10/07)
Southeast Missouri State baseball coach Mark Hogan was fairly certain that Illinois State would be the Redhawks' best opponent so far this season. Nothing Hogan saw during Friday's opener of a three-game series changed his mind. ISU rallied from a three-run deficit after five innings to beat the host Redhawks 8-5...
A new year, a new location (03/10/07)
Two years ago, a small group gathered at Pat Reagan Briggs' home to talk about starting a Unitarian church. Cape Girardeau had a Unitarian church in the 1950s and 1960s, but its membership dwindled. Sunday about 25 church members will celebrate not only the church's second anniversary, but its new location in the former First General Baptist Church at 200 Broadway. ...
Not getting lost in the cosmos (03/10/07)
It's a sinking feeling not to be remembered by someone who once knew you. Years ago, music was the biggest thing in my life. It was about the only thing at which I felt any degree of proficiency. The choral director of my high school chose me as a section leader, and picked me to sing solos at public performances including commencement. A few years later, I saw the director again. I told him how much he had meant to me. He thanked me politely, but it was clear he had no idea who I was...
N.J. city attorney says town can't stop 'Sopranos' filming (03/10/07)
NEWARK, N.J. -- Tony Soprano is welcome in the North Jersey town of Bloomfield. Earlier this week, the town's mayor and council had denied a permit to film the series' final scene, saying they found the HBO mob drama a disparaging portrait of Italian-Americans...
Area businesses debug the earlier daylight-saving time (03/10/07)
Area businesses and organizations that depend on computers expect the early change to daylight-saving time will go smoothly. In 2005, Congress passed a measure to begin daylight-saving time three weeks early this year in an attempt to save on energy consumption, with an extra hour of daylight beginning March 11 instead of the first Sunday in April. However, digital clock-driven devices were designed for the original timetable...
Joseph Musgrave (03/10/07)
Joseph Leroy Musgrave, 66, of Portageville, Mo., died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at his home. He was born Aug. 2, 2004, at Lilbourn, Mo., son of Clem and Daisy Taylor Musgrave. He and Shirley Mae Gooch were married Feb. 24, 1962, in Portageville. Musgrave was a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Cape Girardeau, and served in the U.S. Navy...
Esther Polen (03/10/07)
Esther M. Polen, 95, of Jackson died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at her home. She was born Sept. 30, 1911, in Scopus, Mo., daughter of William "Joe" and Bessie May Mayfield Long. She and Russell Henry Polen were married Oct. 6, 1934, in Essex, Mo. He died Jan. 13, 2005...
Susie McFerron (03/10/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Susie I. McFerron, 79, of Chaffee died Friday, March 9, 2007, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee.
Elsie Phillips (03/10/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- Elsie M. Phillips, 87, of Oran died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 3, 1920, at Chaffee, Mo., daughter of John P. and Claude Goodson Ponder. She and Jess W. Phillips Sr. were married Aug. 28, 1936. He died Oct. 20, 1988...
John Allen Jr. (03/10/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- John Allen Jr., 83, of Anna died Friday, March 9, 2007, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. He was born Aug. 16, 1923, at Wolf Lake, Ill., son of John Thomas and Julia Butterfield Allen. He and Betty Ann Cook were married March 11, 1950, at Wolf Lake. She died Feb. 15, 1990...
James Romines (03/10/07)
James "J.R." Romines, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 10, 1933, in Kennett, Mo., son of Jimmy and Etta Clay Romines. He was a resident of Cape Girardeau since 1954. He worked several years at VIP Industries in Cape Girardeau...
John Smith (03/10/07)
John Reginald Smith, 93, of Jackson died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at his home. He was born April 27, 1913, at Fredericktown, Mo., son of Turner Lafayette and Nora PollyLee Statler Smith. He and Mary Louise Poe were married Jan. 4, 1936. Smith was a 1933 graduate of Jackson High School. He was a sole layer and heel trimmer at International Shoe Co. 41 years, retiring in 1975...
Vernie McDaniel (03/10/07)
Vernie McDaniel, 92, of St. Louis died Wednesday, March 7, 2007, after a brief illness. She was born Aug. 4, 1914, at Burfordville, daughter of Otis and Clara Hood Proffer. She and LeRoy McDaniel were married March 7, 1936. He died in May 1975. Her mother passed away when she was five years old, and she was raised by her grandparents. She and her family moved to St. Louis in 1942, where she was employed for some 20 years...
Births 3/10/07 (03/10/07)
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Police report 3/10/07 (03/10/07)
Arrests; Arrests; Assault
Fire report 3/10/07 (03/10/07)
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 3:09 p.m., emergency medical service at 2400 Memorial Drive. n At 4:02 p.m., emergency medical service at the corner of Harmony Street and Henderson Avenue. n At 7:13 p.m., public assistance call at 3020 Boutin St...
Out of the past 3/10/07 (03/10/07)
About 30 residents living in the area of Highway 177 about two miles north of Cape Girardeau have organized to oppose the possibility of the city putting a landfill near where they live; the group organized after residents in the neighborhood, located not far from the existing landfill, observed city workers taking core samples from the land in an effort to determine if it is suitable for a landfill...
Cincinnati option (03/10/07)
The concept of taking a commuter flight to a hub in Cincinnati instead of in St. Louis is difficult for many in the Cape Girardeau region to accept. But that's the scenario the U.S. Department of Transportation has in mind for connecting flights in and out of the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. Its decision in favor of Big Sky Airlines to provide shuttle service between Cape Girardeau and Cincinnati was announced Friday...
Speak Out 3/10/07 (03/10/07)
Shutting business; Musical wish; Too many monuments; Low-paying jobs; Worse than smoking; Following the law; Beautiful campus; Not logical; Enforce city ordinances; The Coulter cycle; No mudslinging; Defending little guys; Just a sample; Short-term gain; Wrong hub
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