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Missing Perry County youths found in Florida (03/26/07)
MILTON, Fla. -- Two youths missing from Perry County since last week have been found in Florida.
EPA says roads to SEMO port could have lead contamination (03/26/07)
The EPA says lead contamination may have affected roads along the way to the SEMO Port, but tests of soils along those roads haven't been conducted yet. Dianna Whitaker, a public affairs specialist with the EPA based in Kansas City, Mo., said Monday that shipments of lead concentrate from the Doe Run Co. could have contaminated soils along the roads leading from Doe Run's mines and smelter in the lead belt to the SEMO Port...
Residents voice concern over local landfarm (03/26/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- A public hearing last Thursday in Stoddard County did little to ease landowners with property near an Advance-area landfarm. Thursday a public meeting was held by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to hear residents' concerns about a landfarm operated by Smith and Co. of Poplar Bluff, Mo. Smith and Co. must be approved for a DNR permit to operate its facility, and under new regulation the permitting process requires public hearings...
Director of Cape emergency operations to retire (03/26/07)
David Hitt, director of emergency operations for Cape Girardeau County, announced his retirement Monday after 11 years on the job. Hitt, 60, told county commissioners in a letter that his departure is not the result of "any issues with any of you or anything related to Cape Girardeau County government. There are things I want to do while I am young enough and healthy enough to do and enjoy."...
Collapsed building on Themis Street should be cleaned up by next month (03/26/07)
David White won't open the curtains in his bedroom window because of the "junkyard" behind his apartment building on Themis Street. Last May, an apartment building collapsed at the corner of Themis and North Ellis streets, and little cleanup work has been done since...
Rebuilding Caruthersville (03/26/07)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- The view from inside Aaro Hayes' mobile home on 19th Street in Caruthersville is a reminder of what a few minutes of nature's fury can do. Last March, Hayes sat inside her home and watched neighbor Polly Foreman's children, Corbin and Darius, play in the front yard. Today a cement foundation sits on the property, and the Foremans live several blocks away in a Federal Emergency Management Agency mobile home park...
2 high schools taking shape (03/26/07)
To the casual visitor, the Jackson High School campus looks like one big construction site. Envisioning how it will all connect together is the confusing part. Construction workers are erecting concrete block walls for the new events center. On the other side of the campus, the concrete walls of a basement storage area have been erected. The walls are the foundation for a new two-story music structure...
Ethanol booming in Scott Co. (03/26/07)
A third ethanol plant is rumored to be interested in a Scott County location, but so far county officials are reluctant to release any details. Talk has circulated among public officials at the county and municipal level concerning a proposed third ethanol firm looking to set up a production plant within Scott County. Scott County developer Joel Evans said there's "nothing solid yet." Evans said he can't name the company or talk about possible locations for a plant...
Former treasurer Reynolds,78, dies (03/26/07)
Cape Girardeau County's longest-serving treasurer died Saturday at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Bill Reynolds, 78, of Cape Girardeau, who served as county treasurer for 24 years, died following what friends and former coworkers believed to be an extended illness...
Community briefs 3/26/07 (03/26/07)
Parks and Recreation holds egg hunt in Cape The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department will hold its 18th annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at the parking lot near Capaha Ball Field in Capaha Park, rain or shine. Three different egg hunts are scheduled. ...
Substance abuse the topic at daylong meeting (03/26/07)
The topic of the 18th annual Community Caring Conference, held at Glenn Auditorium on the Southeast campus, was alcohol and substance abuse awareness. The daylong conference, attended by 181 people, was presented in a question-and-answer format. The keynote speaker, Dr. ...
Agriculture agency details computer misuse in harassment suit (03/26/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A former employee of the state Agriculture Department tapped into her supervisor's computer and e-mailed correspondence regarding her allegations that she had been sexually harassed by the director, the agency said in court filings...
Blunt travels to Italy to promote Boeing (03/26/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt is in Italy this week promoting Boeing helicopters and airplanes along with Missouri agriculture and biotechnology. Blunt left for Europe on Saturday for a weeklong trade mission with stops in Rome and Milan. While there, the governor plans to encourage Italy to replace its Chinook helicopters with Boeing-made CH-47F versions, and buy C-17 surveillance and command airplanes and new weapons systems...
Missouri legislative priorities still awaiting Senate votes (03/26/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- There was a lot of talk as Missouri lawmakers convened this winter about the need to overhaul Missouri's health care program for the poor. So far, there hasn't been much action. At the legislature's annual spring break, the much-touted Medicaid overhaul has yet to be considered in the House or Senate. But lawmakers are continuing to talk about it, and Republican leaders vow it's still a priority for the final eight weeks of the session that resumes Monday...
Status of major issues of 2007 session (03/26/07)
The Missouri Legislature is to reconvene Monday following its annual spring break. Here's a look at where some issues stand:n AGRICULTURE The Senate Agriculture Committee approved a bill banning local health and zoning ordinances regulating concentrated animal feeding operations. It awaits Senate debate...
Mail threats linked to Wis. post office (03/26/07)
MILWAUKEE -- A person suspected of mailing threatening letters to Milwaukee-area financial firms is apparently the same person who sent at least two dud pipe bombs that ended up at companies in Chicago and Kansas City, a postal investigator said. The suspect, who identified himself in some of the letters as "The Bishop," sent 15 letters, including one with a Milwaukee postmark, across the country starting in May 2005, said David Colen, acting assistant inspector of the Chicago division of the U.S. ...
More pets are spared thanks to KC's new Adoption Center (03/26/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- DiAnn Roberts of the city's department of animal health surveys her yowling, barking buddies:~ Cats and dogs are being adopted out at about twice the rate of last year. Roxie, the 3-year-old collie mix, sits wide-eyed in her corner pen. Ghost, the white Lab mix, jumps against her cage and barks. A collection of cats, Ginger, Silky and Scooter, all skitter over the concrete floor...
Marshfield tries to absorb loss of casket company (03/26/07)
MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- Employees of York Quality Caskets and the people of Marshfield are trying to figure out how to survive when the casket company closes next weekend, after more than four decades in business. The company's owner, Pittsburgh-based Matthews International, said it was closing the plant and moving its work to other facilities, including one in Mexico. It said the move was necessary to help the company better compete in the global economy...
Malls resort to teen curfews to foster family environment (03/26/07)
ST. LOUIS --Teens and shopping malls have fit well for years. Stores cater to teens' whims and they, in turn, unleash their enormous purchasing power. But two malls in St. Louis County recently imposed new rules aimed at limiting the number of unsupervised teenagers on weekend nights...
Emerson pushes to increase funding for food aid program (03/26/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Rep. Jo Ann Emerson is pushing to increase funding for an international food aid and education program that has seen a dramatic drop in financial support in recent years. The American Soybean Association says the program helps poor children, soybean farmers and America's image abroad...
Scientists propose cloning between species (03/26/07)
SAN FRANCISCO -- It was nearly a decade ago that Jose Cibelli plugged his own DNA into a cow's egg in a novel cloning attempt that was condemned as unethical by President Clinton and landed the Michigan State University researcher in a mess of controversy...
Nation briefs 3/26/07 (03/26/07)
Teen killed where friend died hours earlier WEST WARWICK, R.I. -- A teenager was killed by a hit-and-run driver at the same spot where his 14-year-old friend had died in a car crash just hours earlier. Andrew Coit, 18, was hit by a car after 4 a.m. Saturday as he played a guitar at a makeshift memorial to Darien Plass, 14, on West Warwick's Main Street. ...
Senators question Gonzales' credibility in prosecutors' firings (03/26/07)
WASHINGTON -- Republican support for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales eroded Sunday as three key senators sharply questioned his honesty over last fall's firings of eight federal prosecutors. Additionally, two Democrats joined the list of lawmakers calling for Gonzales' ouster...
U.S. testing companies 'buckling' under NCLB (03/26/07)
CHICAGO -- To motivate juniors on last April's assessment exams, Springfield High School offered coveted lockers, parking spaces near the door and free prom tickets as incentives for good scores. But the incentives at the central Illinois school went unclaimed until earlier this month, when Illinois finally published its 2006 test scores -- more than four months after they were due...
Study finds new heart failure drug helps symptoms but not survival (03/26/07)
NEW ORLEANS -- An experimental drug is the first to substantially and safely improve shortness of breath and other symptoms in people hospitalized with severe heart failure, an epidemic that is growing as baby boomers age, doctors reported Sunday. However, many were disappointed that the drug also did not help people live longer or stay out of the hospital...
Lott says Senate won't pass Iraq timetable (03/26/07)
The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- With his go-it-alone approach on Iraq, President Bush is flouting Congress and the public, so angering lawmakers that some consider impeachment an option over his war policy, a senator from Bush's own party said Sunday...
Study links child care with aggressive behavior in school (03/26/07)
WASHINGTON -- Children who got quality child care before entering kindergarten had better vocabulary scores in the fifth grade than did youngsters who received lower quality care. Also, the more time that children spent in child care, the more likely their sixth-grade teachers were to report problem behavior...
Global warming and new technology heat up race for riches in melting Arctic (03/26/07)
HAMMERFEST, Norway -- Barren and uninhabited, Hans Island is hard to find on a map. Yet these days the Frisbee-shaped rock in the Arctic is much in demand -- so much so that Canada and Denmark have both staked their claim to it with flags and warships...
Iran announces partial suspension of cooperation with U.N. nuclear watchdog (03/26/07)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran announced Sunday that it was partially suspending cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog while hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the latest U.N. sanctions would not halt the country's uranium enrichment "even for a second."...
Britain's Blair says Iranian capture of sailors a serious, fundamental issue (03/26/07)
LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sunday called the Iranian seizure of 15 British sailors and marines "unjustified and wrong," saying in his first remarks on the escalating confrontation that London saw it as a "very serious situation." Iran said legal proceedings were under way, suggesting the possibility that the group may be tried for illegally entering Iranian waters off the coast of Iraq...
Britain may extend N. Ireland power-sharing deadline, hails Protestant 'breakthrough' (03/26/07)
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Britain said Sunday it intends to try to hand power immediately to a new Catholic-Protestant administration for Northern Ireland -- but is open to Protestant demands for an extension to May. Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain said Saturday's decision by the major Protestant party, the Democratic Unionists, to reject his deadline of today would not spell the end of Britain's decade-old effort to forge a stable power-sharing administration...
Aftershocks hit central Japan day after magnitude-6.9 quake (03/26/07)
KANAZAWA, Japan -- Aftershocks shook a rural area of coastal central Japan early today, a day after a powerful earthquake killed at least one person and injured 170 others as it toppled buildings, triggered landslides and generated a small tsunami along the coast...
Beijing's favorite wins easy victory in leadership election (03/26/07)
HONG KONG -- Beijing's favored candidate was selected for another term as Hong Kong's leader, spawning calls for universal suffrage after the former British colony's first contested leadership race since its return to Chinese rule. Veteran civil servant Donald Tsang beat pro-democracy lawmaker Alan Leong 649-123 in the vote by an election committee loaded with tycoons and other elites, which has always picked the candidate with Beijing's blessing...
Blair calls for action against Sudan (03/26/07)
ES SALLAM, Sudan -- Britain and Germany called Sunday for tougher action against Sudan to end four years of bloodshed in Darfur, where the new U.N. humanitarian chief warned of a possible collapse in the massive effort to aid refugees from the violence...
U.S. the top food source for Cuba (03/26/07)
HAVANA -- Since 2003, one country has been the main supplier of food to Fidel Castro's Cuba: the United States. Surprised? You have good company. Many Americans think their government's 45-year-old embargo blocks all trade with the communist government, but the United States is the top supplier of food and agricultural products to Cuba. In fact, many Cubans depend on rations grown in Arkansas and North Dakota for their rice and beans...
Clashes break out in central Baghdad (03/26/07)
BAGHDAD -- With U.S. attack helicopters buzzing overhead, gunmen and Iraqi security forces clashed Sunday in a Sunni area in central Baghdad, and police said at least two people were killed in fighting in the neighborhood's narrow streets and alleys. Roadside bombings, meanwhile, killed five U.S. soldiers, including four in a single strike in a volatile province northeast of the capital...
Attack against deputy PM seen as inside job (03/26/07)
BAGHDAD -- The suicide attack against Iraq's Sunni deputy prime minister is now seen as an inside job carried out by a member of his own security detail -- a distant relative who had been arrested as an insurgent, freed at the official's request, then hired as a bodyguard, a senior security official and an aide to the victim told said Sunday...
Redhawks even OVC record (03/26/07)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team won a pitcher's duel Sunday to salvage the finale of a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series. Elaine Fisher fired a three-hit shutout and the Redhawks pushed across a run in the seventh inning to beat host Tennessee State 1-0...
Redhawks hammer five HRs to complete sweep of UTM (03/26/07)
No late-game magic was needed for Southeast Missouri State to finish off a series sweep of Tennessee-Martin. After rallying to win both ends of Saturday's doubleheader, the Redhawks crushed the visiting Skyhawks 18-8 on Sunday afternoon. As a result, the Redhawks have their first 3-0 Ohio Valley Conference start since 2003...
St. Vincent soccer collects three shutouts in its first four games (03/26/07)
St. Vincent's second 1-0 win against Central on Saturday in the third-place game of the Noon Optimist tournament was a repeat of the season-opener for both teams. It also kept up some trends. St. Vincent (3-1) posted its third shutout of the season, as goalkeeper Megan Wengert earned credit for her third shutout...
Paradoski leaves Redhawks program (03/26/07)
Paul Paradoski would have been Southeast Missouri State's most experienced basketball player by far next year, having started 66 games in his first three college seasons. But Paradoski will not add to that total. It has been widely rumored for some time that he was considering a transfer, and the junior point guard said Sunday that he has made it official...
St. Louis suffers loss to Columbus (03/26/07)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Fredrik Modin scored his 20th goal of the season -- and 400th of his career -- in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night. Manny Malhotra added a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets, who have won three straight. Derrick Walser and Geoff Platt scored goals, while Jason Chimera had three assists. Fredrik Norrena made 25 saves for Columbus...
NBA Bryant's streak ends with 43 points (03/26/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant's 50-point streak is over. But the Los Angeles Lakers' season-high winning streak lives on. Bryant scored 17 points in the first nine minutes Sunday night, but cooled off after that and finished with 43 in the Lakers' fifth straight victory, a 115-113 triumph over the Golden State Warriors...
Mississippi eliminates Oklahoma 90-82 (03/26/07)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Mississippi's frantic and frenetic defense sure bothered Courtney Paris and Oklahoma. Next up, the surprising Rebels will try to run top-seeded Tennessee out of the tournament. Armintie Price scored 31 points and Ashley Awkward added 25 for Ole Miss, which fastbreaked and trapped its way to a 90-82 win over Oklahoma on Sunday in the Dayton Regional...
Gators end Oregon's run in Midwest final (03/26/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Inside, outside, early, late. It doesn't matter how Florida does it. At tournament time, nobody's better than the Gators. Joakim Noah and his buddies are heading back to the Final Four, looking for a second straight national championship that was worth more to them than NBA millions...
Kyle Busch nips Burton to win first Car of Tomorrow race (03/26/07)
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kyle Busch held off teammate Jeff Gordon on a restart, then beat Jeff Burton in a drag race to the finish line to win the first Car of Tomorrow race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch took the lead with 16 laps to go on a smooth pass around Denny Hamlin in thick traffic and stayed there through a pair of cautions. Busch had driven away from the competition when the 15th and final caution set up overtime...
Edmonds sees first spring action in loss to Orioles (03/26/07)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds took his biggest leap toward playing on opening day in his first spring training game Sunday in a 6-5 loss to Baltimore. An eight-time Gold Glove winner, Edmonds has spent the spring recovering from offseason shoulder and toe surgeries...
Woods keeps monopoly going at Blue Monster (03/26/07)
They can move this World Golf Championship around country and continents, change its name and stick it in a different spot on the calendar. Tiger Woods still seems to wind up with the trophy. Woods made sure the outcome was never in doubt Sunday in Miami, making enough key putts to keep everyone at a distance and playing it safe at the end for a 1-over 73 to capture the CA Championship by two shots over Brett Wetterich in his final tournament before the Masters...
Sons shine for Hoyas (03/26/07)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Twenty-five years later, Georgetown got even for a coach named Thompson and a player named Ewing. In an NCAA tournament full of tremendous rallies, it was the Hoyas' turn -- against North Carolina, of all teams. Georgetown overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half, then ripped off 14 straight points in overtime to stun the top-seeded Tar Heels 96-84 in the East Regional final Sunday for their first trip to the Final Four since 1985, when the coach was John Thompson Jr. ...
Southern Chef offers exotic meats (03/26/07)
Restaurants have come and gone in the old Harmon's Furniture building at the corner of Second Street East and East Hickory Street in Scott City, but none has been quite like the Southern Chef. "You could get a dish here that you can't get at any other restaurant," said James Green, manager of the restaurant, which opened Dec. 18...
Mutant Ninja Turtles top box office; 'TMNT' earns $25.45M (03/26/07)
LOS ANGELES -- The ninja turtles are back, and they're winning. The Warner Bros. adventure "TMNT," a computer-animated update of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" comics, cartoons and 1990s live-action movies, debuted as the top weekend flick with $25.45 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday...
English lessons (03/26/07)
Cowboy hats have been replaced with skunk helmets at Fox Run Stables, the English-style riding equestrian community between Cape Girardeau and Jackson. At the full-service hunter-jumper training facility at 121 Fox Run, off of County Route 618, Tricia LaFoe and Julia Rupke have provided lessons for beginners through advanced riders since late last year...
Memo 3/26/07 (03/26/07)
Spartech declares quarterly dividend The board of directors of St. Louis-based Spartech Corp. declared March 14 a regular quarterly cash dividend of 13.5 cents per share, payable May 9 to common shareholders of record on April 25. Spartech recently announced first-quarter 2007 results, including sales of $347.3 million, net earnings of $8.1 million and record first-quarter operating cash flows of $17.2 million. ...
People on the move 3/26/07 (03/26/07)
Cape Girardeau resident recognized C. Chris Kuhn of Cape Girardeau has been recognized for outstanding sales achievement by National Companies. National Companies is a coast-to-coast business that markets 30 products and services in 11 industries through its benefits package...
Gaytha Schmidt (03/26/07)
Gaytha A. Schmidt, 53, of Altenburg, Mo., died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at her home. She was born Oct. 20, 1953, in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., daughter of Arthur and Margery Sadler Doll. She and Robert Schmidt were married Feb. 10, 1973. Schmidt was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg...
Bill Reynolds (03/26/07)
Bill J. Reynolds, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Reynolds was the former treasurer of Cape Girardeau County. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Billy Snider (03/26/07)
Billy P. Snider, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, March 25, 2007, at his home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
Herbert Schoenberg (03/26/07)
Herbert "Bob" Schoenberg, 74, of Cape Girardeau, formerly St. Louis died Thursday, March 22, 2007. Husband of the late Nancy Schoenberg; dear father of Erick (Dawn) and Rob (April) Schoenberg; grandfather of Ericka, Jonathon, Courtney, Kate and Karsten; loving brother-in-law, uncle and friend to many...
Dorothy Beese (03/26/07)
Dorothy J. Beese, 70, died Sunday, March 25, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Betty Massa (03/26/07)
Betty Delores Massa, 72, of Patterson, Mo., died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at the St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born March 13, 1935, in Marietta, Ga., daughter of Woodrow and Louise Medley Carney. She and Lemuel Donald Massa were married Sept. 26, 1953, in Georgia. He died Jan. 16, 2006...
Juliette Asa (03/26/07)
SIKESTON, MO. --Juliette Marie "Judy" Asa, 72, of Charleston, Mo., died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born June 6, 1934, in Bee Branch, Ark., daughter of O.W. and Lema Holland Duncan. She and Carl William Asa were married Dec. 28, 1951...
Cape/Jackson fire report 3/26/07 (03/26/07)
n At 7:01 p.m., a still alarm at 2001 N. Kinsghighway. n At 7:08 p.m., emergency medical service at the 400 block of Green Acres Drive. n At 5:48 a.m., emergency medical service at the 1100 block of North Spanish Street. n At 6:50 a.m., emergency medical service at the 2100 block of Montgomery Drive...
Cape/Jackson police report 3/26/07 (03/26/07)
Cape Girardeau: DWI; Arrests; Theft; Property damage; Jackson: Summonses; Property damage
Out of the past 3/26/07 (03/26/07)
Around 6,000 aspiring musicians from high schools throughout the district are on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University for the annual Southeast Missouri District Music Festival. Circuit Judge A.J. Seier of Cape Girardeau has announced he will file for re-election as Division II circuit judge of the 32nd Judicial Circuit; Seier, a Republican, was first elected to the court in 1976...
Abandoned cemeteries (03/26/07)
Sikeston and Scott County have taken over as temporary custodians of three cemeteries in Sikeston and Morley. The three cemeteries are owned by Michael Graham and Associates, a Houston, Texas-based company that has been dissolved. Sikeston has taken on the record-keeping and maintenance at the two cemeteries there -- Memorial Park Cemetery and Garden of Memories. ...
Speak Out 3/26/07 (03/26/07)
The other movie; Tuition increases; Interstate driving; Be vigilant; Leopold's magnet; Community based; Real facts; Nitzschke's job; Over a cliff; No faith in voters; Warming findings; Firing attorneys; Illegal dumping; Questionable contact; Lake takes homes; Change in strategy; Smooth road; Practical stuff; Won't solve anything; Rivers for families; No more parking; Great school; Lying to Congress; Damaged businesses; Political power; Need sidewalks
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