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Cold endangers wheat crop (04/10/07)
Area crops are being hit hard by a recent cold snap. Overnight temperatures Monday were projected to dip below freezing for the sixth consecutive night before finally warming up mid-day today. Sunday morning's low of 18 degrees broke a 34-year-old record of 27 degrees. Monday morning's low of 22 degrees broke a 6-year-old record...
Sparks over Spykes (04/10/07)
A new Anheuser-Busch product is under fire from consumer groups that say its target market is teens. Spykes is a flavored malt beverage packaged in a 2-ounce bottle. Containing 12 percent alcohol, Spykes can be mixed with beer and other drinks or consumed as a shot...
Medicine Shoppe thieves caught on tape (04/10/07)
Two men who stole thousands of dollars worth of narcotics and controlled drugs early Saturday were videotaped by a surveillance camera. Cape Girardeau police responded to an alarm at the Medicine Shoppe, 864 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau, at 12:47 a.m. Saturday, Sgt. Barry Hovis said. Officers arrived minutes later to find the store's front door smashed and no one inside...
Six area schools in top 10 for MAP (04/10/07)
Six area public schools rank among the state's highest performers on statewide standardized tests. The Leopold School District ranked in the top 10 in Missouri Assessment Program scores from 2006 in seven of 14 grade and subject categories for small schools, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education...
Ameren boosts funding for tree trimming (04/10/07)
Trees are the No. 1 cause of power outages in Ameren Corporation's service area, including Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. After outages left more than 1 million customers without power last year in the two states following several severe storms, the Missouri Public Service Commission recommended Ameren take a more aggressive approach to tree trimming...
Briefly (04/10/07)
No injuries from shots fired Sunday night Police responded to a call Sunday of shots being fired in the 1100 block of Jefferson Street. Cape Girardeau police Sgt. Barry Hovis said Monday officers retrieved 16 shell casings of 380-caliber and 9-millimeter size after getting the call at about 9 p.m. No one was injured and police are still investigating the scene. Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call police at 335-6621...
Local schools in top 10 for MAP (04/10/07)
Missouri Assessment Program highest-performing schools Leopold School District Communication arts n Third grade, 72.7 percent advanced or proficient, 10th in the state n Seventh grade, 66.7 percent advanced or proficient, tied for eighth in the state with two other schools...
County commission seeks new emergency management director (04/10/07)
The search for a new emergency management director for Cape Girardeau County will include a two-week period for applications and a five-member screening committee that will recommend three candidates to the county commission. David Hitt is retiring from the post after 11 years on the job and will leave his post April 30. By that date, all applications will be received and the screening committee will be working on narrowing the list...
Cape Girardeau Co. Commission action 4/10/07 (04/10/07)
Monday County Administration Building 1 Barton Square, Jackson Routine business n Received and filed public administrator's quarterly update. and appointments n Approved advertising for applicants for emergency management director's position. Items not on agenda...
Drug sting in Scott City nets three men with cocaine and pot (04/10/07)
SCOTT CITY, Mo. -- Three Scott City men were arrested Saturday night after a monthlong narcotics investigation, police said. Keith Estes, Claude Coward and Michael Rice were in Scott County Jail Monday night on charges of possession of a controlled substance, said Sheriff Rick Walter...
Guest trumpet player Mark Zauss featured in university's jazz concert Thursday (04/10/07)
The Southeast Missouri State University jazz program will end the school year with a bang Thursday when it performs in concert with guest artist Mark Zauss. Zauss, a professional jazz trumpet player from Orlando, Fla., will join both of the university's jazz ensembles -- Studio Jazz and the Jazz Lab Band -- for a concert at 7:30 p.m. in Academic Auditorium...
'Alaska's Fiddling Poet' takes part in SEMO's annual Wordsfair Saturday (04/10/07)
Two decades ago Ken Waldman had no idea his life's road would take him to Alaska, or that he would one day be known as that state's "Fiddling Poet" -- a sort of literary and musical ambassador of the biggest state in the United States. In 1984 Waldman, a Philadelphia native, decided to pick up and head out west, ending up in Seattle for a year before going to graduate school in Fairbanks, Alaska, for a master's degree in creative writing...
Correction/clarification 4/10/07 (04/10/07)
n An article in Saturday's edition of the Southeast Missourian should have said said a group of private citizens talked with the Scott City Council at a recent council meeting regarding tanker truck traffic through Scott City. n An article in Monday's Southeast Missourian stated Scott City Mayor Tim Porch had invested in a proposed ethanol plant to be built by Riverside Energy LLC near Scott City. ...
Abuse lawsuit against former Mo. priests settled (04/10/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph will pay $60,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by two of its priests -- one of whom has since been defrocked. The settlement was reached in February after both sides agreed to mediation, the diocese said in a statement issued Tuesday. The settlement does not admit wrongdoing...
Two students report minor injures after pickup hits bus in KC (04/10/07)
Two students report minor injuries after pickup hits bus KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Two high school students reported minor injuries after a pickup hit their school bus Tuesday morning at a Kansas City intersection, police said. Officer Darin Snapp, a police spokesman, said the pickup ran a red light and hit the bus carrying students from Central High School. One student reported leg pain, and the other facial pain...
Family that got new home may struggle with higher bills (04/10/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Having the television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" build and furnish a new home for them made some things easier for the Jacobo family of Kansas City. But the financial pressures facing Jesus and Michelle Jacobo and their extended family of 12 didn't disappear when they moved into the new home...
Missouri National Guard trains one weekend a month for lifesaving skills (04/10/07)
FULTON, Mo. -- Bitter wind buffeted the sides of the Humvee, and the metal doors clanked as the vehicle hit a pothole. Vents just below the windshield and next to the M-16 rifle clamps yielded scarcely a thin breath of warmth. A gritty film of dirt covered every surface...
Medicare should pay for device to fight depression, researcher says (04/10/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The federal agency that oversees the government health insurance programs Medicare and Medicaid will announce next month whether to pay for an implantable device designed to treat severe depression. So far, it has indicated it will not, citing lack of evidence it works...
Internet searches change dating (04/10/07)
CHICAGO -- Dating used to be largely a matter of spending time with a love interest, discovering the good, the bad and the ugly in person. If you were lucky, friends helped fill in some of the blanks. These days, the Internet -- and the ability to check people out before they ever meet up -- has forever changed the rules...
Imus on racially charged comments: 'I'm a good person, but I said a bad thing' (04/10/07)
NEW YORK -- Don Imus' morning talk show will be suspended from CBS Radio and MSNBC for two weeks following protests about his reference to members of the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos," both networks said Monday. MSNBC, which telecasts the radio show, said Imus' expressions of regret and embarrassment, coupled with his stated dedication to changing the show's discourse, made it believe suspension was the appropriate response...
Congress' approval hits high point in a year - 40 percent - as Democrats challenge Bush (04/10/07)
WASHINGTON -- Public approval for Congress is at its highest level in a year as Democrats mark 100 days in power and step up their confrontation with President Bush over his handling of the Iraq War, the issue that overshadows all others. Yet for all their eagerness to challenge Bush, congressional Democrats so far have failed to attract significant support among independents, a group that helped propel them to power in last fall's elections and now appears more strongly opposed to the war than the general public.. ...
CIT places executives on leave amid lending probe (04/10/07)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- CIT Group Inc. has placed three top executives of its student loan business on paid leave following an investigation into stock transactions with a high-level U.S. Department of Education official and college financial aid officers, the company said Monday...
Iran says it has expanded uranium enrichment in defiance of sanctions (04/10/07)
NATANZ, Iran -- Iran announced a dramatic expansion of uranium enrichment Monday, saying it has begun operating 3,000 centrifuges -- nearly 10 times the previously known number -- in defiance of U.N. demands it halt its nuclear program or face increased sanctions...
Shiites march, demand U.S. departure from Iraq (04/10/07)
BAGHDAD -- Tens of thousands of Shiites -- a sea of women in black abayas and men waving Iraqi flags -- rallied Monday to demand that U.S. forces leave their country. Some ripped apart American flags and tromped across a Stars and Stripes rug. The protesters marched about three miles between the holy cities of Kufa and Najaf to mark the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad. In the capital, streets were silent and empty under a hastily imposed 24-hour driving ban...
Tigers blank Potosi on two hits (04/10/07)
Central pitchers Justin Myers and Tyler Propst combined to two-hit visiting Potosi on Monday in a 4-0 shutout. Myers threw the first five innings and allowed two hits without a walk. Propst pitched the final two hitless innings with two strikeouts and two walks...
Redhawks, Salukis ride high into season's first meeting (04/10/07)
Regional rivals experiencing successful baseball seasons will square off today at Capaha Field. Southeast Missouri State and Southern Illinois, who have both already cracked the 20-win mark, meet in a 3 p.m. first pitch. The 21-11 Redhawks are 7-2 in Ohio Valley Conference play, which has them tied for first in the 10-team league...
Pagnozzi gets save as banquet speaker (04/10/07)
Lee Smith saved 478 games in his career, the second most by any player in history. One of his former catchers earned the save Monday night. Smith, the former closer for the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals, was scheduled to be the featured speaker at the Joe Uhls Memorial Golf Tournament banquet, but he couldn't make the event. Instead, former Cardinals catcher Tom Pagnozzi stepped in as the featured speaker...
Mastering Tiger (04/10/07)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- One was the greatest major champion of his era. The other was an unproven pro from Iowa. This wasn't Sunday at Augusta National. It was 1955 at The Olympic Club. In both cases, the feeling was it would be no contest. "Most of them all thought Ben Hogan would be tough to beat," Jack Fleck said Sunday night. "No doubt about it."...
Cuban silent about buying the Cubs (04/10/07)
DALLAS -- Mark Cuban has led the Wrigley Field crowd during the seventh-inning stretch and has long been considered a potential buyer for the Chicago Cubs. Now that the team will be for sale after this season, might the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks step up to the plate and put in a bid?...
Edwards speeds toward Busch title (04/10/07)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carl Edwards never came close to winning the Busch Series title last season, when Kevin Harvick humiliated the competition with a near-flawless run to the championship. Harvick wrapped up the title with a month to go and finished with an outrageous 824-point lead over runner-up Edwards...
SIU-Edwardsville hires coach to aid transition (04/10/07)
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- Former Bradley assistant Lennox Forrester was named Monday as the new men's head basketball coach at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where he will guide the Cougars as they seek to transition to NCAA Division I status...
NBA Wade shows rustin return to Heat (04/10/07)
He shot free throws like Shaquille O'Neal and had nearly as many turnovers as assists. Yes, Dwyane Wade was rusty. The Miami Heat weren't concerned, though, because he was also pain-free. Wade's struggled in his first game in more than six weeks helped the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Heat 111-103 in overtime Sunday. ...
Hampton will have arm surgery (04/10/07)
ATLANTA -- Mike Hampton will have surgery on his left elbow on Tuesday in New York, leaving the Atlanta Braves without one of their starting pitchers for the second straight season. Hampton, who had elbow ligament-replacement surgery performed by Dr. Dave Altchek on Sept. 26, 2005, will have a torn tendon in the elbow repaired by Altchek today. He is expected to be held out of pitching activities for at least six months...
Cards ace goes on DL (04/10/07)
PITTSBURGH -- Cardinals staff ace Chris Carpenter was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday after an MRI exam in St. Louis revealed arthritis and a previously undiscovered impingement in his right elbow. Carpenter, limited to one start this season, will rest for the next 10 days to two weeks and will be re-examined after that. The condition sometimes requires surgery but also can be cured by rest and treatment...
Looper hurls Cards to 3-0 win (04/10/07)
PITTSBURGH -- The St. Louis Cardinals are looking for a top-of-the-rotation pitcher while Chris Carpenter sits out with an elbow problem. Braden Looper, a career reliever until this season, may be exactly what they need. Albert Pujols doubled and scored the only run Looper needed in his first career victory as a starter, and the Cardinals spoiled the Pirates' home opener with a 3-0 victory Monday...
Cold reality (04/10/07)
Play (snow)ball! After a frosty first week, baseball quickly made a move for warmth and shifted the Los Angeles Angels' series against the Indians from Cleveland to an enclosed field in Milwaukee. That didn't do much good for Indians fans on Monday. For the fourth straight day, games were wiped out by snow at Jacobs Field, sending the Seattle Mariners packing without playing an inning that counted...
Teens and credit: what not to do (04/10/07)
Ah, freedom! The world opens up to us at the age of 18. We can leave the nest, vote and stay out as late as we want. Yet, our parents' words still ring true: with privilege comes responsibility. At 18, American teens can assume control of their legal and financial futures. Yet they need to understand that slip-ups can affect their futures for years to come...
Mizzou journalism student interns at the Southeast Missourian (04/10/07)
Michelle Felter, a senior at the University of Missouri in Columbia, will begin an internship at the Southeast Missourian on Thursday to experience how a non-metropolitan newspaper operates. A graduate of Thomas Kelly High School in Benton, Felter is majoring in news-editorial journalism with a minor in political science...
Creating the collapsing can (04/10/07)
It's around us, but we don't notice it until it changes. It's air pressure, and in the next KFVS-12 Heartland Science Lab science reporter Jason Lindsey will show what happens when you remove the air from inside a soda can. Ingredients n An empty soft drink Can...
Small town girl prepares for prom (04/10/07)
My high school prom is only a few weeks away, and for any girl, there is much to be done. I had to find the perfect dress, make a hair appointment, set dinner reservations, work on my beach babe tan, and the list goes on. Some senior girls have attended prom before, so the anticipation is not as great as it was the first time. For me, the anticipation is tremendous. I attend Delta High School, which is a small school about 20 minutes south of Cape Girardeau...
Learning briefs 4/10/07 (04/10/07)
Student to intern with Southeast Missourian Michelle Felter, a senior at the University of Missouri in Columbia, will begin an internship at the Southeast Missourian on Thursday to experience how a non-metropolitan newspaper operates. A graduate of Thomas Kelly High School in Benton, Mo., Felter is majoring in news-editorial journalism with a minor in political science. ...
Family not counting on eBay for a fresh start (04/10/07)
Some people go to great lengths to get a fresh start in life. Lisa Perry's clearly one of those people. The Minnesota woman has decided to sell nearly all of her belongings in an online auction on eBay. The 45-year-old Perry told the Associated Press that she's selling more than 300 items including snowshoes, a futon, a "Village People" album, seashells and other assorted items...
'Blades of Glory' holds on to box-office footing (04/10/07)
LOS ANGELES -- "Blades of Glory" remained the top movie for the second straight weekend with $22.5 million, while the bloody double feature "Grindhouse" debuted far below expectations with $11.6 million. "Grindhouse," two complete B-movie-style thrillers from Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, had been expected to open with at least $20 million...
Shannon McIntyre (04/10/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Shannon Renee McIntyre, 25, of Perryville, formerly of Oak Ridge, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2007, at her home. She was born June 16, 1981, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Larry and Betty Kester McIntyre. Loving survivors include a daughter, Mariah McIntyre; two sons, Cameron and Noah McIntyre, her parents; two brothers, Justin and Jacob McIntyre, all of Perryville; paternal grandmother, Dorothy McIntyre; and maternal grandmother, Wilma Kester, both of Jackson...
LaVern Griffaw (04/10/07)
LaVern Alta Griffaw, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, April 8, 2007, at Heartland Care and Rehab. She was born May 2, 1920, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Ira and Nevada Gaines Fee. She and William "Bill" Griffaw were married in the summer of 1953 in Colorado Springs, Colo. He died Oct. 26, 1980...
Catherine Juch (04/10/07)
Catherine Margaret "Kitty" Zeisler Juch, 90, died April 8, 2007, at Spring Branch Healthcare Center in Houston, Texas. Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m. April 21 at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. The service will immediately follow at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home, with Monsignor Edward Eftink of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson, officiating. Burial will follow at Cape County Memorial Park in Cape Girardeau...
Anna Graham (04/10/07)
Anna Caroline Graham, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, April 7, 2007, at the home of a granddaughter in Belton, Mo. She was born Aug. 16, 1911, in Advance, Mo., daughter of Jesse E. and Margaret Uphoff Leazenby. She and Lawrence E. Graham were married Sept. 17, 1929, at Bloomfield, Mo. He died Feb. 29, 1980...
Velma Abernathy (04/10/07)
GREENBRIER, Mo. -- Velma "Rosalie" Abernathy, 76, of Greenbrier passed away Monday, April 9, 2007, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born May 1, 1930, at Greenbrier, daughter of Dudley Hugh and Ida Fern Miller McCullough. She and E.W. "Bill" Abernathy were married Dec. 5, 1953, at Greenbrier...
Tina May (04/10/07)
Tina J. May, 46, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, March 28, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Oct. 6, 1960, in Bonne Terre, Mo., daughter of Harold D. and Elaine Tedder Masters. She and Rick N. May were married Feb. 28, 1981, at Perryville, Mo...
Raymond Vogel Jr. (04/10/07)
Raymond Henry Vogel Jr., 57, of Durham, N.C., died suddenly Monday, April 2, 2007, at his home. He was born Nov. 15, 1949, in Cape Girardeau, son of Raymond and Rosalind Vogel. Vogel received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1971...
David Vance (04/10/07)
COBDEN, Ill. -- David A. Vance, 70, of Cobden died Monday, April 9, 2007, at his home. He was born Feb. 4, 1937, in Chicago, son of John C. and Barbara Smith Vance. He and Donna F. Wolff were married in 1960 in Springfield, Ill. Vance was a bricklayer all his life. He was a member of United Bricklayers Union...
David Nance (04/10/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- David M. Nance, 59, of Cairo died Sunday, April 8, 2007, at his home. He was born Dec. 13, 1947, in Cairo, son of Joseph J. and Rosemary Steinhouse Nance. He married Lynne R. Pitcher. Nance was a mental health technician at Choate Mental Hospital in Anna and was supervisor of maintenance at Daystar Care Center in Cairo. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church, VFW Post 2649, American Legion, and fourth-degree member of Knights of Columbus Council 1027...
Clarence Halter (04/10/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Clarence M. Halter, 89, of Chaffee died Monday, April 9, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 20, 1917, at New Hamburg, Mo., son of Louis and Mary Miederhoff Halter. He and Anna May Miller were married Oct. 16, 1954, at Chaffee. She died Feb. 3, 2004...
Births 4/10/07 (04/10/07)
Burr; Eades; Culbreath; Raines; Cook; Brown; Stevens; Knupp; Terrell
Cape/Jackson police report 4/10/07 (04/10/07)
Cape Girardeau: Assaults; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Property damage; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 4/10/07 (04/10/07)
Saying Missouri Sen. John C. Danforth is "out of touch with the average Missouri family and its needs," Democratic challenger Burleigh Arnold attacked the incumbent's voting record during a swing through Cape Girardeau yesterday. Mr. and Mrs. Don Owen of Cape Girardeau have been named to the board of regents of Southwest Baptist University at Bolivar, Mo.; they will serve a three-year term which began April 1...
Jail security (04/10/07)
Leave it to crafty inmates to figure out the weaknesses in the security systems in place at the Cape Girardeau County Jail. The jail, which opened six years ago, has never had a serious breach in security. But a couple of federal prisoners being housed in the jail by the U.S. Marshals Service found a weakness in the system, one that appears to have been both a mechanical and a human failure...
Keeping us safe from ... baking soda (04/10/07)
To the editor:I spied an interesting article regarding the regulation of the sale of baking soda. A Democratic state representative in St. Louis feels this frightening ingredient should be held under lock and key in the pharmacy department due to its part in concocting crack cocaine. I went to my cupboard and stripped it bare of baking soda. I transferred it to a locked strong box for fear I would overmedicate myself and/or my family when baking my next batch of chocolate-chip cookies...
Investigator deserves same pay (04/10/07)
To the editor:I fail to see just what the problem is with the Cape Girardeau County prosecutor's investigator, John Volkerding, getting the same raise as the other deputies. No one seems to be too concerned about his status when the Major Case Squad is called out for a critical investigation, and Volkerding gets the same 2 a.m. ...
Cemetery fraud is national issue (04/10/07)
To the editor:In response to the story "Abandoned cemeteries": The Michael Graham group was the owner of our local perpetual-care cemetery as well. Right now we are pursuing legal action against the group and the person it claims to have sold the cemetery to (but it is still represented on the board of directors). ...
Speak Out 4/10/07 (04/10/07)
Church sign; Paying coaches; School dress; Missed the boat; Bunch of losers; Looking silly; Ready to go; Looking for SUV; Zero tolerance; Wrong choice; Street repairs; Condoning terrorism
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