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River Campus hinges on state aid or student fees (03/17/07)
Southeast Missouri State University students by fall 2008 could be footing the bill for the school to make payments on River Campus bonds if the state legislature doesn't provide the necessary funding, school officials say. University president Dr. Ken Dobbins says he hopes that doesn't happen...
Bond issue an 'uphill battle' for Caruthersville (03/17/07)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A year and a day after the tornado ripped up their town, voters in Caruthersville will decide whether to approve a $4.5 million bond issue to help finance construction of a new high school. The building was insured by Great American Insurance Co., but the company hasn't agreed that the school is a total loss. ...
Cairo loses two school officials (03/17/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- The superintendent of the Cairo School District and the president of the school board resigned Thursday night. Superintendent Gary Whitledge submitted his resignation, effective June 30. Whitledge said Friday he resigned because of a change in the board's administrative philosophy...
Businesses still open after carrier grounding (03/17/07)
Cape Girardeau Regional Airport and businesses located there are still open and operating despite the fact that the airport's commuter airline has been grounded. People are still using airport services, just not the commercial airline. "General aviation isn't totally at a standstill," said airport administrative coordinator Angela Ahrens...
Fruitland woman safely escapes home fire (03/17/07)
A smoke detector saved the life of a Fruitland woman Friday morning, fire officials said. Becky DuBois was alone in the upstairs bathroom of her home at 194 Kyle Drive at about 7:30 a.m. when she heard the alarm from her smoke detector, said Fruitland Fire District chief Dean Riley...
Directors address Medicaid overhaul (03/17/07)
A new Medicaid system will seek to make disease prevention and the use of the most cost-effective treatments a priority while trying to serve a population that is sicker and older than the state as a whole, top officials from Missouri agencies that operate the program said Friday...
Distract, demoralize, defeat (03/17/07)
If you play center field against the Redhawks at Capaha Field, bring earplugs. "Hey, Jeremy, how's your wife and my kids?" "I got it, I got it." "Are you on the roster? I don't see your name on the roster. Are you sure you're supposed to be here?"...
The diary of an overweight woman (03/17/07)
The American Medical Association refers to it as diagnosis code 278.01. A disease that affects 9 million Americans and kills 400,000 each year. A serious disease that attracts stares on the street and the occasional snicker from strangers, family and friends alike....
Around Southeast Missouri (03/17/07)
Stoddard Co. sheriff cracks down on meth dealers BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Methamphetamine dealers in Stoddard County took a hard hit during February, said Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner. Several arrests were made during the month, including one that lead to the fall of a drug-trafficking ring and charges from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. ...
Toll-free number provided for Sikeston cemeteries complaints (03/17/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston Department of Public Safety director Drew Juden said numerous complaints have been received by the city of Sikeston and the Sikeston City Council concerning the care and appearance of the Memorial Park and Garden of Memories cemeteries. Both are owned by Michael Graham Jr. and Associates of Houston...
Former police officer turns self in for stealing (03/17/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- A former police officer for the cities of Chaffee, Mo., and Jackson turned himself in to Chaffee police Friday and posted a $15,000 bond on a felony stealing charge. According to a Scott County Sheriff's Department news release, David Rubel, 37, of Chaffee, reportedly conspired with Nicole L. Beaulieu, 28, of Minnesota, to steal a 1990 GMC vehicle impounded in a Sikeston, Mo., storage yard March 8...
Ameren top execs get bonus in spite of missing profit goals (03/17/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Ameren Corp. didn't meet its own profit goals last year and suffered two power outages that left more than 1.5 million customers without electricity for days at a time. But top executives still pulled down $762,000 in cash performance bonuses...
DNR chief threatens to take Nixon to court over Taum Sauk case (03/17/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Department of Natural Resources director Doyle Childers threatened Friday to take Attorney General Jay Nixon to court if Nixon does not recuse himself from the Taum Sauk reservoir case. Nixon is suing St. Louis-based Ameren Corp. over the reservoir collapse and is considering whether to file criminal charges...
Federal health agency ordered Missouri to turn over records on internal investigation (03/17/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The U.S. health department has subpoenaed records from the Missouri health agency as it reviews potential problems with the spending of federal funds. The revelation that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general ordered the state to turn over documents related to the state health agency's internal investigation was made in a newly released state audit. The state and federal agencies previously had refused to discuss the subpoena...
Restaurants in Jefferson City create desserts using Girl Scout Cookies (03/17/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The excitement begins to build each year when Girl Scouts begin knocking on doors across the area selling the annual favorites, Girl Scout Cookies. Through most of March several Jefferson City restaurants are adding various dessert treats to their menus, all featuring Girl Scout Cookies. Leisa and Steve Burkemper, owners of Old Brick House Deli, are new this year to the Cookie Creations promotion...
New Mexico lawmakers push for memorial measure for Pluto (03/17/07)
SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico is taking pity on Pluto. Though astronomers have stopped calling Pluto a full-fledged planet, some state lawmakers are pushing a memorial measure that bumps up its in status. It delares that Pluto be designated a planet whenever it "passes overhead through New Mexico's excellent night skies."...
New York City mayor says families of slain officers to get compensation (03/17/07)
NEW YORK -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that the families of two unarmed NYPD volunteers who died trying to stop a gunman are ineligible for police line-of-duty death benefits, but could qualify for more than $400,000 from other programs. The city is looking for ways to compensate the families of Auxiliary Officers Eugene Marshalik and Nicholas Todd Pekearo, who the mayor said "were trying to protect you and me on a voluntary basis, getting no compensation for it, putting their time in.". ...
Analysts say $3 gasoline is unlikely this summer (03/17/07)
Elementary school principal Randy Busscher of Holland, Mich., is braced for gasoline prices of $3 a gallon or more by summer break. Analysts say Busscher and other U.S. motorists may be more worried than necessary, however. Absent a major Gulf Coast hurricane, unexpected international strife or a wave of refinery woes, average U.S. ...
Study: Chest compression better CPR than mouth-to-mouth (03/17/07)
Chest compression -- not mouth-to-mouth resuscitation -- seems to be the key in helping someone recover from cardiac arrest, according to new research that further bolsters advice from heart experts. A study in Japan showed that people were more likely to recover without brain damage if rescuers focused on chest compressions rather than rescue breaths, and some experts advised dropping the mouth-to-mouth part of CPR altogether. ...
Affair between student, married teacher leads to fatal shooting in Knoxville, Tenn. (03/17/07)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- In a tragic twist to a familiar story, a teenager who had sex with his married 30-year-old teacher was fatally shot outside the woman's home, and authorities have charged the woman's husband. "You see all this stuff with teachers involved with their students. It just comes up time after time on the national news," said Norman McLean, father of suspect Eric McLean. "Well, this is the first time where one has actually died over it."...
Ga. boy's slaying prompts outcry that molester was allowed to live close to victim (03/17/07)
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Neighbors of a slain 6-year-old boy are fuming over how a molester arrested in the child's abduction had been allowed to live in the same trailer park as the victim, just months after legislators passed one of the nation's toughest crackdowns on sex offenders...
Plame says Bush administration treated her identity 'recklessly' (03/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- Valerie Plame, the CIA operative at the heart of a political scandal, told Congress Friday that senior officials at the White House and State Department "carelessly and recklessly" blew her cover to discredit her diplomat-husband. Plame, whose 2003 outing triggered a federal investigation, said she always knew her identity could be discovered by foreign governments...
Nearly a third of school cafeterias don't get required health checks (03/17/07)
Millions of children eat in school cafeterias that don't get the twice-yearly health inspections required by Congress to help prevent food poisoning. Schools are supposed to get two visits from health inspectors every year. But one in 10 schools didn't get inspected at all last year, according to Agriculture Department data obtained by The Associated Press. Thirty percent were visited only once...
Briefly (03/17/07)
Wal-Mart withdraws bid for banking license Stymied by a phalanx of opponents from big banks to unions and dogged by conflicting messages about its intentions, Wal-Mart withdrew a bid for a banking license Friday and said it would find other ways to serve customers' financial needs. The world's largest retailer withdrew its application to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. for a bank charter after nearly two years of what it called "manufactured controversy."...
Inquest: Attack by U.S. pilots that killed British soldier in Iraq was criminal assault (03/17/07)
LONDON -- A British coroner ruled Friday that an attack by two American pilots that killed a British soldier in Iraq was a criminal assault, contradicting a U.S. finding that the incident captured in a dramatic cockpit video was a tragic accident. The finding has no direct legal consequences, but the case has stirred tensions between Britain and the United States, which declined to send the pilots to give evidence and repeatedly refused to release the cockpit recording. ...
Al-Sadr urges opposition to U.S. in sign security cooperation may end (03/17/07)
BAGHDAD -- After weeks of cooperation with a new security plan, radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr decried U.S. forces as occupiers Friday and called on his followers to "shout 'No, No America!"' in a sign of resurgent anger and opposition. Thousands of Shiites flooded from the mosque where al-Sadr's statement was read by a preacher at Friday prayers, spilling into the streets of the Sadr City slum to protest the 2-week-old American military presence there. ...
Italian government lawyers seek to annul indictments in kidnapping (03/17/07)
ROME -- Lawyers for the Italian government appealed to a top court seeking to annul the indictments against 26 Americans -- mostly CIA agents -- and several Italians who face trial in Milan in the kidnapping of an Egyptian terrorist suspect, a lawyer said Friday...
Southeast women play Oklahoma today in NCAA tournament (03/17/07)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Virtually everybody not associated with the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team expects the Redhawks to offer Oklahoma little resistance today. But don't count OU coach Sherri Coale among that group -- if you can believe her...
OU's Paris twins not foreign to Ishee (03/17/07)
AUSTIN, Texas -- John Ishee made his mark as a recruiter at several Division I programs before becoming Southeast Missouri State's head coach this year. But Ishee jokingly regrets he didn't do a very good job recruiting at one of his stops as an assistant coach...
Cubs get wish with Jefferson rematch (03/17/07)
COLUMBIA -- The Bell City boys basketball team got the rematch it wanted. Jefferson, the tiny school in Conception Junction, has beaten Bell City the last two years in the Class 1 final four at the state tournament. The Cubs lost 74-61 in the title game last year as Jefferson capped a 32-0 season...
Bell City will play for third state title (03/17/07)
bell city 82, laplata 60 By JEREMY JOFFRAY Southeast Missourian COLUMBIA -- Every blow of the whistle in the second half of Friday's Class 1 semifinal boys basketball game seemed to help previously undefeated LaPlata stay with Bell City, but the Cubs eventually pulled away for an 82-60 win at Mizzou Arena...
Redhawks post7-0 OVC win against Tigers (03/17/07)
Southeast Missouri State dropped just three sets as it blistered Tennessee State 7-0 in an Ohio Valley Conference women's tennis match Friday. The Kristal twins led the way for the Redhawks, as Bryce won at No. 1 singles and Drew followed with a win at No. 2. They teamed for a victory at No. 1 doubles...
Redhawks notch 5-0 home win (03/17/07)
Dustin Renfrow baffled opposing hitters and allowed only one runner past second base in a complete-game shutout Friday at Capaha Field. Renfrow struck out five and walked one to lead Southeast Missouri State to a 5-0 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a nonconference baseball game that kicked off a three-game, two-day series...
Charleston defeats Pembroke Hill for Class 3 championship (03/17/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Shawn Sherrell scored 27 points to lead Charleston past Pembroke Hill 66-48 in the Class 3 state championship Friday. The state title was the Bluejays' 10th for boys basketball and came after the team placed second in 2005 and 2006 and third in 2004...
Briefly (03/17/07)
Choir from Moody Bible Institute to perform The Women's Concert Choir and Bell Ensemble from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lynwood Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau. Founded in 1955, the Women's Concert Choir and Bell Ensemble has performed for audiences all over the United States, as well as Europe, South America, the Caribbean and the Far East. ...
Uplifting (03/17/07)
Searching for some inspirational reading? You might want to consider the books some local ministers have read and recommend. They explain why in their own words. By Rev. Ann Mowery, pastor of Zion United Methodist Church in Gordonville I am always reading something, I read books to grow in my faith, I read books to help me be an effective pastor, I read books just for fun, and I read books that others recommend to me, in all three categories. ...
Doing the right thing (03/17/07)
As I sat talking with my friend Allan recently, I asked him how things were going with his farm. His answer revitalized my faith in people. Due to health concerns, Allan and his wife, Emma, are unable to keep up with the farm they own. They rent it to another couple, an honest man named Gerald and his wife...
Raymond Eifert (03/17/07)
Raymond Lee Eifert, 76, died Thursday, March 15, 2007, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 6, 1930, at Illmo, Mo., son of Paul Casper Eifert and Hattie Elizabeth Bretzel. He and Shirley Rose Vaughn were married Oct. 10, 1959, at Illmo...
Margaret Rhodes (03/17/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Margaret Hope Rhodes, 96, of Chaffee died Thursday, March 15, 2007, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born Nov. 13, 1910, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., daughter of W.H. "Bud" and Laura White Hickman. She and John C. Rhodes were married Sept. 23, 1929. He died April 24, 1974...
Marilyn Diebold (03/17/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- Marilyn C. Diebold, 71, of Oran died Thursday, March 15, 2007, at home. She was born May 20, 1935, in Oran, daughter of Zeno and Welden A. Stike LeGrand. She and Jerome C. Diebold were married July 23, 1955. He died Nov. 17, 1999. Diebold was a member of Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Oran. She belonged to St. Ann Sodality and was on the board of directors for Oran housing...
Geneva Lichtenegger (03/17/07)
Geneva B. Lichtenegger, 86, of Cape Girardeau passed away Friday, March 16, 2007 at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 28, 1920, at Neelys Landing, daughter of Edward F. and Mary Stanley Brown. She and Charles J. Lichtenegger were married Nov. 22, 1942, in Pocahontas. He passed away Dec. 16, 2006...
Virginia Crow (03/17/07)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Virginia L. Crow, 79, of Mounds died Friday, March 16, 2007, at the Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Ill. She was born May 12, 1927, at Mounds, daughter of Harry and Edith Cruse Junkerman. She and James C. Crow were married Nov. 16, 1946, at Mounds. He died Nov. 29, 2003...
Frieda Scheffer (03/17/07)
Frieda Clara Scheffer, 91 years of age, passed away peacefully at her home March 16, 2007, surrounded by her family. She was born to Lawrence and Mathilda Bullinger Schaefer on May 2, 1915. She married Paul Scheffer in 1938. Together they had seven children; Paul Joseph Scheffer and Marcy of Oak Ridge, Elaine Haney and David of East Prairie, Mo., Dorothy Lynch of Morehouse, Mo., Ellen Chrostoski of Sikeston, Mo., LaDonna Triplett and Jamie of Eldorado, Ill., Arthur Scheffer and Loretta of Galatia, Ill., and Robert Scheffer and Sandi of East Carondolet, Ill.. ...
Births 3/17/07 (03/17/07)
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Fire report 3/17/07 (03/17/07)
n At 5:40 p.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of Dearmont. n At 6:49 p.m., a flue fire in the 100 block of East Lake Drive. n At 1:05 a.m., emergency medical service in the Peironnet Drive. n At 1:55 p.m., a motor vehicle collision at North Cape Rock Drive and North Kingshighway...
Police report 3/17/07 (03/17/07)
DWI; DWI
Out of the past 3/17/07 (03/17/07)
Motions, motions to amend those motions, and heated words over proposed cost-saving measures stretched yesterday's Cape Girardeau school board meeting into one of the longest and one of the most fruitless; two issues, both related to a package which school officials say the district must adopt to maintain its fiscal integrity, met unusual defeat when put before the board for a vote...
Better competition (03/17/07)
By Daniel P. Mehan It has been a long time since lawmakers have had the opportunity to provide tax relief for Missourians, but strong fiscal management over recent years has put our state back in the black and in the position to reinvest state revenue in the people who generated those funds: taxpayers. How will lawmakers decide to use that power?...
Go, Redhawks (03/17/07)
The two best rebounders in women's college basketball will square off this morning when Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Oklahoma play in the first round of the NCAA Dayton Regional tournament in Austin, Texas. The Redhawks' 6-foot-2-inch Lachelle Lyles led the nation in rebounding with an average of 17.2 per game. ...
Speak Out 3/17/07 (03/17/07)
Boundless hypocrisy; Mars is melting; Paint drying; Necessary resources; Crazy pills; Drugs over TV; No monopoly; Long rate wait; Thanks for debit card; Battle locale; Hate-hate relationship; Rock trivia; Phone manners; Look for beauty; Positive change; Energy analogy; Libby and Liddy; Nighttime jogging; Wasting time; Think twice; She touched lives; Shoddy work
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