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Stories from Thursday, April 5, 2007

The vets' views (04/05/07)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- For Allen Gulley, a veteran returning home after 10 months in Iraq and suffering from incessant ringing in his ears, the two words he didn't expect to hear when he asked for treatment were "prove it." But Gulley, 35, who returned to his hometown of Poplar Bluff and was treated at John J. Pershing Veterans Hospital, says he was told just that by doctors. He's still fighting to have the connection between his hearing loss and combat acknowledged by Veterans Affairs...
Planner: 'Overlay district' needed before zoning (04/05/07)
A proposal to give commercial developments along East Main Street a uniform appearance should move ahead of the effort to rezone the new area for commercial use, Jackson building and planning administrator Janet Sanders said Wednesday. During a study session of the Jackson Planning and Zoning Commission, Sanders said the proposed "overlay district" needs to be written into the city's ordinances prior to the rezoning. ...
Jail breach costing Cape Co. thousands (04/05/07)
Cape Girardeau County faces a loss of almost $1,000 a day because 19 federal prisoners were removed from the county jail after two male prisoners slipped into a cell block holding female inmates. The county uses the money for payments due on the $5.5 million outstanding debt on the 6-year-old jail. County officials said a temporary reduction in the payments won't cause any hardship but that a shortfall could develop if federal inmate numbers don't return to normal soon...
Freeze threatens grapes (04/05/07)
An unusual weather pattern may put the squeeze on Missouri's grape growers. Vines have budded a few weeks ahead of schedule as a result of last month's warm weather, but low temperatures in the 20s this week may mean a smaller crop. Meteorologist Rachel Trevino with the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky., said the beginning of April is 15 to 20 degrees colder than normal and that Cape Girardeau may see record lows...
Civil War battle marker dedicated near Central Middle School (04/05/07)
A marker of the Civil War Battle of Cape Girardeau, near to where it unfolded in 1863, was placed at the corner of Thilenius Street and Caruthers Avenue recently. Located near a stop sign, the marker can be easily read. It is on an angle suitable for reading height while standing. ...
Cape Girardeau Co. Commission agenda (04/05/07)
9 a.m. today County Administration Building 1 Barton Square, Jackson Routine business n Letter from the County Commission to local legislators regarding House Bill 131. n Payroll change form. n Assessment maintenance budget approved. Action item n None at this time...
DNR seeks artifacts for USS Missouri exhibit (04/05/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking artifacts that may be used in the exhibit about the USS Missouri. A detailed, large-scale model based on the battleship USS Missouri is on display in the Missouri State Museum within the State Capitol. ...
Around Southeast Missouri (04/05/07)
Funeral director dies following car wreck DEXTER, Mo. -- A well-known local funeral director and businessman was killed during the pre-dawn hours Saturday in Dexter. Richard "Rick" Watkins, a funeral director and co-owner of Watkins and Sons Funeral Service of Dexter, Parma, Puxico and Morehouse, was pronounced dead at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. ...
Time changed for Cape County road and bridge public meeting (04/05/07)
The time of a public meeting in Delta with members of the Cape Girardeau County Road and Bridge Advisory Board has been changed because of a conflict with a community pancake breakfast, board chairman Larry Payne said Wednesday. The meeting will be at 11 a.m. April 14 at the Delta Community Center, Payne said. The meeting was originally scheduled for 8 a.m. to accommodate are farm families...
Community digest 4/5/07 (04/05/07)
No dance to be held at Elks Lodge Friday night; Coalition for Peace and Justice meets tonight; Annual Spring Yard Sale benefits seniors' meals; Cape Girardeau County Republican Women meet; Missouri Job Corps to hold open house ; Cape County Women's Democrat Cub to meet ; Sigma Sigma Sigma celebrates anniversary
Senate votes to expand women's health coverage with Medicaid (04/05/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State senators voted Wednesday to expand women's health care and family planning services to tens of thousands of Missourians as part of a plan to revamp the state's Medicaid program. The proposal, if enacted, could mark the most significant expansion of government-funded health care since the Republican-led legislature and Gov. Matt Blunt reduced or eliminated Medicaid services for hundreds of thousands of people two years ago...
State revenue up more than 4 percent for month (04/05/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State revenue was up 4.8 percent through the first three quarters of the state fiscal year, the Office of Administration said Wednesday. Missouri's net revenue of $5.18 billion through March were better than anticipated. State officials' revenue projection, updated in January, counted on Missouri revenue to grow by about 4 percent for the year ending June 30, compared with the previous fiscal year...
Christian art (04/05/07)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- For centuries, the church was the main patron of the arts in the Christian world. Artists such as Michelangelo were commissioned to create works that still amaze the world today, hundreds of years later. Then, for one reason or another, Biblical art fell out of the mainstream, and less and less of it was created on the same grand scale...
Helmet repeal advances in Senate (04/05/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Motorcycle enthusiasts who have tried for years to repeal a Missouri law requiring them to wear helmets saw their effort move forward Wednesday, with a Senate panel's endorsement of the measure. The Senate Transportation Committee endorsed a bill to repeal the requirement for anyone 21 or older to wear a helmet. Younger riders still would need helmets. The measure cleared the House a couple of weeks ago...
Missouri group: U.S. headed to 'carbon-constrained future' (04/05/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The head of a Missouri business group says industry has had a "great life" with energy sources derived from fossil fuels. "They're abundant and easy to use. But they have risks," Roger Walker said Wednesday at the start of a two-day conference on climate change and energy policy his group is sponsoring...
Police who gave away Cardinals tickets disciplined (04/05/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Fifteen members of the St. Louis police department were disciplined Wednesday, after eight officers seized World Series tickets from scalpers and gave them to friends and family to use. St. Louis police chief Joe Mokwa suspended eight officers without pay for two weeks for giving away the seized Cardinals tickets, which should have been stored as evidence. He recommended that their rank be reduced for at least a year. They could lose up to $20,000 each in pay as a result...
No word yet on possible Chrysler sale (04/05/07)
The Associated Press BERLIN -- Shareholders of DaimlerChrysler AG had hoped for a decision on the sale of the money-losing Chrysler unit, or at least news on when that might happen -- but got neither Wednesday at a meeting marked by simmering tension over the automaker's future...
Intern pleads guilty to stealing from the National Archives (04/05/07)
PHILADELPHIA -- A 40-year-old intern with the National Archives pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing 164 Civil War documents, including an official announcement of President Lincoln's death, and putting most of them up for sale on eBay. Prosecutors said Denning McTague, who has master's degrees in history and library science, put about 150 of the documents online and had shipped about half of them...
Obama rivals Clinton in fund raising (04/05/07)
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- With a stunning $25 million fund-raising haul for his presidential campaign, Democrat Barack Obama affirmed his status Wednesday as Hillary Rodham Clinton's chief rival. The freshman Illinois senator proved he could channel his appeal into significant financial muscle, and he dispelled, for now, questions about the durability of his anti-war, "hope"-driven candidacy...
House Speaker Pelosi meets Syria's Assad despite Bush's objections (04/05/07)
DAMASCUS, Syria -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held talks with Syria's leader Wednesday despite White House objections, saying she pressed President Bashar Assad over his country's support for militant groups and passed him a peace message from Israel...
Captive British sailors, marines freed; Blair expresses 'profound relief' (04/05/07)
TEHRAN, Iran -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defused a growing confrontation with Britain, announcing the surprise release of 15 captive British sailors Wednesday and then gleefully accepting the crew's thanks and handshakes in what he called an Easter gift...
Notre Dame rally comes up short (04/05/07)
The Notre Dame baseball team fell behind 6-2 after three innings and could not recover Wednesday in a 9-7 SEMO Conference loss to Dexter. The Bulldogs fell to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Dylan Drury allowed seven runs, six earned, in four innings for the loss. Notre Dame also committed five errors...
Battles with brother prepared Willen well (04/05/07)
Notre Dame junior Ryan Willen has come a long way from his front-yard battles with older brother Bryce. Ryan Willen just wrapped up a season where the 6-foot-8 forward averaged more than 22 points and 10 rebounds a game, surpassed the 1,000-point career scoring plateau, set a school record for points in a season and helped lead his team to a runner-up finish in Class 4...
Bogan has come long way in just two seasons (04/05/07)
Bell City senior Will Bogan's most recent appearance at the Show Me Center saw the 6-foot-10 center scoring 42 points en route to a Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament title. Bogan's future in basketball will be tied to the Show Me Center after giving an oral commitment to Southeast Missouri State earlier this year. ...
Willen, Bogan two different types of post players (04/05/07)
Their style of play on the court is about as similar as their body types, but the end results mirrored each other in the 2006-07 season for Bell City senior Will Bogan and junior Ryan Willen. Both players averaged more than 22 points and 10 rebounds a game -- Bogan was closer to 25 and 16. Both players led their teams to the state final four, eventually earning runner-up finishes...
Kristal's two victories not enough vs. Billikens (04/05/07)
Bryce Kristal won both her matches Wednesday, but Southeast Missouri State dropped a home tennis match 6-1 to St. Louis University. Kristal won at No. 1 singles 6-4, 6-3, and won the No. 1 doubles match with partner Drew Kristal 8-3. The Redhawks (10-10) are back in action today at home against Ohio Valley Conference foe Austin Peay...
Redhawks drop third straight (04/05/07)
Temperatures barely above 40 and a biting northwest wind made for perfect baseball conditions. At least for Missouri State's Kyle Paul. That's not so surprising when you consider Paul is from British Columbia, where such conditions are common in the spring...
Area digest (04/05/07)
WWE RAW comingto Cape on May 19 Tickets will go on sale 10 a.m. April 14 for WWE RAW live: WrestleMania Revenge. The card will include John Cena and Shawn Michaels taking on Edge and Randy Orton in a tag-team world championship match, Jeff Hardy facing Umaga in an intercontintental championship match and the team of Carlito and Torrie Wilson facing Nitro and Melina in a mixed tag-team match...
Buckeyes win championship in Jackson Optimist Wrestling Tournament (04/05/07)
The Buckeyes won the team championship in the Jackson Optimist Wrestling Tournament, which took place March 22 through 24. The Buckeyes had four individual champions and nine runners-up. The Wolverines and the Sooners each had six individual champions among the 32 divisions...
Jackson's 21 state entries earn 10 top-six finishes (04/05/07)
The Jackson USA wrestling club sent a 21-wrestler contingent to the state tournament March 24 and 25 at the Hearnes Center in Columbia. Michael Riney came home with a state championship in the 14-and-under 175-pound division. Ryan Marble was a state runner-up among 150-pounders at 14-and-under...
Area calendar (04/05/07)
Baseball n Jackson Legion tryouts: The Jackson American Legion baseball team tryouts will be April 15. Tryouts will be 1 p.m. for the A team (eighth-graders); 3 p.m. for the AA team (freshmen and sophomores); and 5 p.m. for the AAA team (juniors and seniors). Info: Gerald Adams, 243-4199; or Mark Lewis, 334-9789...
Starting Point - On to the next point (04/05/07)
Three weeks are over and 16 remain for a group of about 10 area residents who hope to improve their health and lifestyles through the medically supervised weight loss program Starting Point. Participants have shed pounds, and insulin medications have been reduced for the diabetic patients during the first few weeks of the program. The average weight loss for each participant is about 12 pounds...
Health news 4/5/07 (04/05/07)
Walk 'n Be Fit mall walking program, West Park Mall, 8 a.m. Blood pressure screening at the Cape Senior Center, 10 to 11:15 a.m. Ask Your Doctor, local health-care providers discuss medical issues and welcome questions from viewers who can call the show live at 334-3095, 8 to 9 p.m., cable Channel 5. This week's speaker is Dr. Franklin Hayward...
The age of keeping it new (04/05/07)
April 5, 2007 Dear Patty, I don't know how it happened. In my 20s one pair of street shoes and a pair of tennis shoes took care of anything my feet wanted to do. Now I'm channeling Imelda Marcos. In the TV show "Sex and the City" Carrie Bradshaw was addicted to shoes. She claimed to have spent more than $40,000 to be shod by designers. The former Philippines first lady was believed to have owned 3,000 pairs of them and opened a museum to display the masterpieces...
Making a conscious relationship work (04/05/07)
As established in last week's column, relationships may be easy in the initial sprint, but difficult to go the marathon distance. (As if you need a column to establish that one!) So let's roll up our sleeves and get right to it. What are the perpetual problems that plague most long-term relationships? In my experience, it usually comes down to sex, money and "tone." These are what typically fuel the "marriage-go-rounds" in which couples become trapped...
Evelyn Strauser (04/05/07)
Evelyn Strauser, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, April 4, 2007, at Heartland Care and Rehabilitation. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
John Bennett (04/05/07)
John Thomas Bennett, 84, of Apex, N.C., died Monday, April 2, 2007. Mr. Bennett was born March 11, 1923, in Shingle, Calif., to William Wiley and Ella Walker Bennett. He served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force and Air Force during World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He retired from the Air Force in 1970 with 27 years of service...
Joel Buchanan (04/05/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Joel Grant Buchanan Sr., 82, died Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at Sells Rest Home in Matthews, Mo. He was born Oct. 4, 1924, at Caruthersville, Mo., son of Melvin Gilbert and Mattie Lula Little Buchanan. He and Betty Sue Roberts were married March 26, 1944. She died Sept. 19, 1997. He and Rosa Abernathy were married Dec. 19, 1998...
Births 4/5/07 (04/05/07)
Porch; Huffman; Proctor; Purkey; Phillips; Bollinger; Thiele; Rosenquist; Rose; Cartwright; James; Sharp; Trost; Gardner; Painter; Flye; Wilhelm; Wright; Heisserer; Howard
Fire report 4/5/07 (04/05/07)
n At 1:19 p.m., standby at 1 Airport Road. n At 4:32 p.m., medical assist in the 300 block of North Sprigg Street. n At 8:07 p.m., alarm sounding in the 900 block of Greek Drive. n At 8:07 p.m., medical assist in the 3000 block of Aspen Drive. n At 9:23 p.m., medical assist in the 1100 block of Linden Street...
Police report 4/5/07 (04/05/07)
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Out of the past 4/5/07 (04/05/07)
Temperatures are expected to drop to around 30 degrees overnight in Southeast Missouri, threatening young vegetables and flower plants; tomatoes, peppers, egg plants, potatoes and flower bulbs will be particularly vulnerable. A Scott City police officer presents a petition to the city council requesting that police chief Ralph Hayes be retained as chief; however, Mayor William Dickey is expected to make an appointment replacing Hayes Wednesday night...
Photo correction (04/05/07)
The captions on the photos on page 1A of Sunday's edition should have said that Ed Evans and Bobby Eskew were using cold mix to repair potholes along County Road 331. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Correction (04/05/07)
An story in Wednesday's edition should have read that Jackson Alderman-elect Mark Dambach wants the city to begin a leaf collection service to discourage open burning but does not support a burning ban.
Slavery apology is discriminatory (04/05/07)
By Clint E. Lacy On Feb. 28, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported that lawmakers met in to debate whether Missouri should officially apologize for slavery. According to the Tribune, "[State Rep. Yaphett] El-Amin's resolution, co-sponsored by House Speaker Rod Jetton, R-Marble Hill, got a hearing yesterday before the House Special Committee on Urban Issues, which met at Lincoln University."...
Judges' ethics (04/05/07)
By Michael A. Wolff Accountability. This buzz word reflects the public's interest in holding public servants -- including judges -- responsible for their actions. The public's interest is well-founded. If opinion surveys about accountability are any guide, judges are doing fine. A national survey last year found that 64 percent of Americans trust the U.S. Supreme Court to operate in the best interests of the American people. Not as high as doctors, but very respectable...
Tax caution (04/05/07)
A bill in the Missouri Legislature proposed to spur economic development by eliminating sales taxes on utilities used by manufacturers. But the proposal is a two-edged sword that should be carefully considered before it is adopted. While state economic development officials say tax exemption would help Missouri regain some of the manufacturing jobs that have been lost in recent years, city and county officials worry about the loss of revenue...
Speak Out 4/5/07 (04/05/07)
Shameful approach; Safe at home; That's my park; Purse returned; Gas prices; Good, cheap service; A good day; Making money; Waitress is a hero; New trees, bench paint; Start writing tickets; Expensive well; Good work, officer; No pay for cleanup; Revolving climate
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