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Stories from Saturday, April 14, 2007

Emerson: 'All of you can do my job' (04/14/07)
It's tough to work with President Bush at times, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson told second graders on Friday at St. Vincent de Paul School in Cape Girardeau. "Sometimes he doesn't like to listen," she told students in Lynn Karnes' second-grade class...
New state program helping ex-inmates (04/14/07)
Ex-offenders returning to the Cape Girardeau area now have help in finding jobs and acclimating into the community thanks to a program offered through the Missouri Department of Corrections. Missouri is one of two states chosen by the National Institute of Corrections to adopt the Transition from Prison to Community Initiative last year, said Julie Boehm, manager of the Department of Corrections re-entry program...
New tax credit bill for filmmakers goes to joint review by committee (04/14/07)
Legislation that could attract film production companies -- and the dollars they bring with them -- came closer to becoming law Thursday. The Missouri Film Production Tax Credit bill was passed by the Senate on Thursday and is headed to a joint House and Senate committee for review...
Area climate group touts energy efficiency (04/14/07)
Since Mayor Jay Knudtson signed a proclamation recognizing Alan Journet and Kathy Conway's local grassroots movement a few weeks ago, the couple has not wasted any time -- or energy. The two facilitators of the Southeast Missouri Climate Protection Initiative produced a list of 10 things people can do to reduce their personal contribution to greenhouse gas emissions in recognition of National Day of Climate Action today...
Jackson may take public input on East Main zoning proposal (04/14/07)
Jackson residents will get a chance to speak their mind on a proposed ordinance designed to control development along the East Main Street extension if the board of aldermen approves a motion on its Monday agenda. The proposed overlay district rules won approval this week from the Planning and Zoning Commission. ...
State rep plans vaccine bill (04/14/07)
Missouri state Rep. Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, said last week he is going to introduce a bill that would require health insurance companies in the state to pay for Gardasil, the vaccine that protects women from several strains of the human papillomavirus or HPV. The state would provide the vaccine to women who don't have insurance...
What people can do (04/14/07)
The Southeast Missouri Climate Protection Initiative listed 10 things people can do to reduce their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions:n Consume locally grown food whenever possible. n Consider the environmental concerns and sensitivity of political candidates when voting...
Briefly (04/14/07)
Repeat DWI offender to be tried on new charges An Illinois man convicted of reckless homicide in 1987 will be tried by an Alexander County, Ill., jury for new driving while intoxicated charges starting April 25. David D. Hull, 45, of Thebes, Ill., is charged with two felony counts of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and two felony counts of aggravated driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. ...
Around Southeast Missouri (04/14/07)
Twins jailed for assault on Sikeston officers SIKESTON, Mo. -- Twin men from the St. Louis area are in jail after polic e say they assaulted two Sikeston officers. At about 5:05 p.m. Tuesday, officer Zach Albright of the DPS observed a vehicle parked on the wrong side of the roadway while patrolling near Ruth Street and Branum Avenue, according to Capt. ...
Area Baptist leaders have little comment on ousting of Missouri Baptist Convention leader (04/14/07)
Local Baptist ministers mostly kept quiet about the ousting of David Clippard, a Jackson native, from his position as executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention over harrassment and religious intolerance charges. Most area Baptist ministers were unavailable or declined to comment. ...
Judge orders state to keep silent on tipped workers' back pay issue (04/14/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A judge has ordered the state labor department to remain neutral -- for now -- on whether food servers and other tipped employees are due a retroactive pay increase under Missouri's new minimum-wage law. The hourly wage due to tipped employees has been a point of contention since Missouri's minimum wage rose from $5.15 to $6.50 an hour Jan. 1 as a result of a ballot measure approved last year by voters...
Virginia geological wonder on the market for $32.5 million (04/14/07)
NATURAL BRIDGE, Va. -- MUST SEE! Spectacular limestone formation, good condition. Age: about 500 million years. Newer addition may need TLC. Asking $32.5 million. The owners of Natural Bridge are putting the 215-foot-high landmark on the market, along with 1,600 acres that includes a hotel, gift shop, wax museum, caverns, hiking area and rock formation...
SIU approves tuition, fee increases (04/14/07)
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- Tuition and fees for new students will increase by about $1,000 at Southern Illinois University's campuses in Edwardsville and Carbondale this fall. The university's board of trustees approved the increase Thursday. Tuition for new full-time students at the university's flagship Carbondale campus will increase by $540 a year, a 9.3 percent increase, for a total of $6,348. ...
Navy shows off terror-fighting marine mammal program (04/14/07)
SAN DIEGO -- In a world of high-tech sensors and underwater robotics, Koa the bottlenose dolphin and others like her may still be the Navy's best line of defense against terrorists in scuba gear. "They are better than anything we have ever made," said Mike Rothe, head of science for the Navy's marine mammal program, which trains dolphins and sea lions to guard military installations...
Aide says injured New Jersey governor apparently was not wearing seat belt during crash (04/14/07)
CAMDEN, N.J. -- Gov. Jon S. Corzine was apparently riding without a seat belt, in violation of state law, when he was critically injured in the crash of his official vehicle, a spokesman said Friday. A state trooper was at the wheel and the governor was sitting as usual in the front passenger seat when the sport utility vehicle slammed into a guard rail Thursday night, authorities said. Corzine broke a leg, his breastbone, 12 ribs and a vertebra...
Underwater turbines use the tides to produce electricity in New York City (04/14/07)
NEW YORK -- The murky rivers around New York City bring to mind many things -- garbage, chemicals, perhaps mobsters' bodies. Clean energy is not one of them. But the state is trying to change that thinking. It is teaming up with a Virginia company to use the East River for an experiment in renewable energy: Six giant turbines are being placed underwater in a $7 million project to harness the energy of the tides and produce electricity...
IRS: Internet scam artists are using its Free File tax program (04/14/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service on Friday warned of Internet scam artists trying to obtain people's bank account numbers and other information by posing as a participant in a program offering free tax preparation software to low- and middle-income taxpayers...
Documents: U.S. Department of Justice considered prosecutors' political credentials (04/14/07)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration gave Congress 2,394 pages of documents in the fired-prosecutors probe on Friday, pushing the total so far to nearly 6,000. Not enough, the Democrats say. At least not enough of the right ones. Friday's batch showed that the Justice Department weighed political activism and membership in a conservative law group in evaluating the nation's federal prosecutors...
Bush: Resist 'temptation to manipulate life' with stem-cell research bill (04/14/07)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, at the national Catholic prayer breakfast, stressed his opposition to easing restrictions on federally funded embryonic stem-cell research, a reference to a bill he's threatened to veto. "In our day there is a temptation to manipulate life in ways that do not respect the humanity of the person," Bush said Friday. "When that happens, the most vulnerable among us can be valued for their utility to others instead of their own inherent worth."...
Administration asks Congress to revamp surveillance law (04/14/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration asked Congress on Friday to allow monitoring of more foreigners in the United States during intelligence investigations. The plan is one of several proposed changes, which have been in the works for more than a year, that go to the heart of a key U.S. surveillance law...
Israeli army suspends commander of troops who used human shields (04/14/07)
JERUSALEM -- The Israeli army said Friday it was suspending the commander of troops seen using two Palestinian youths as human shields, the latest evidence that its soldiers still protect themselves with civilians in violation of international and Israeli law...
Civilian deaths down in Baghdad since start of security operation (04/14/07)
BAGHDAD -- Iraqi civilian deaths have fallen in Baghdad in the two months since the Feb. 14 start of the U.S.-led offensive, according to an Associated Press tally. Outside the capital, however, civilian deaths are up as Sunni and Shiite extremists shift their operations to avoid the crackdown...
'Shoot refugees' letter was known to No Gun Ri inquiry, went undisclosed (04/14/07)
Six years after declaring the U.S. killing of Korean War refugees at No Gun Ri was "not deliberate," the Army has acknowledged it found but did not divulge that a high-level document said the U.S. military had a policy of shooting approaching civilians in South Korea...
Strong quake frightens people across southern Mexico; no deaths reported (04/14/07)
MEXICO CITY -- A strong earthquake swayed tall buildings from Acapulco to Mexico City early Friday, jolting people awake and sending many fleeing to spend the rest of the night outside. The country escaped the magnitude-6 quake with no deaths or widespread destruction, but several apartment buildings in Mexico City were evacuated and inspected for possible structural damage...
Australian leader: HIV-positive immigrants should not be allowed into his country (04/14/07)
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Prime Minister John Howard said Friday that Australia should bar immigrants with HIV, and his government was examining ways to make its tough restrictions even stronger. HIV-AIDS workers accused Howard of xenophobia and promoting the racist belief that immigrants -- particularly Africans -- were responsible for bringing the disease to Australia. ...
School releases details of injury (04/14/07)
Southeast Missouri State University on Friday released to the Southeast Missourian a video and a brief summary of the events surrounding freshman receiver T.J. Walls' injury during practice at Houck Stadium on April 7. Southeast athletic director Don Kaverman would not field questions, however...
The best head West (04/14/07)
Four Southeast Missouri State gymnasts will go up against some of the nation's finest tonight when they compete in the NCAA South Central Regional in Tuscon, Ariz. Sophomore Sandra Blake, freshman Rikara Turner and freshman Bryanna Wong all qualified for the all-around competition, while freshman Jena Nguyen will participate on the balance beam...
Tigers sparked by bitter ending to '06 season (04/14/07)
It would be easy for Central players Brad LaBruyere, Justin Myers, Blake Slattery and Matt Hester to feel bitter about how their junior seasons ended last year. The four Tigers seniors had to sit out Central's district semifinal loss, serving the second of a two-game suspension after Central self-reported a Missouri State High School Activities Association violation involving a winter camp. ...
Redhawks visit OVC preseason favorite Samford (04/14/07)
Samford has not yet lived up to its billing as the Ohio Valley Conference preseason baseball favorite. Southeast Missouri State coach Mark Hogan expects that to change soon enough -- although Hogan would rather not have it happen this weekend. Hogan's Redhawks, who are tied for first place in the OVC, visit defending conference regular-season champion Samford for a three-game series. There will be a 1 p.m. doubleheader today and a 1 p.m. contest Sunday...
Rebuilding Old Bethel (04/14/07)
Just outside Jackson wild turkeys and deer live in woods that take a visitor back to more rustic times. Nearby is an ancient cemetery, and next to the cemetery is a log cabin. The cabin is not original, but contains logs that once were part of the first Baptist church ever built in the Louisiana Purchase area in 1806 -- Old Bethel Church...
Church briefs 4-14 (04/14/07)
Briefly Activities at First Baptist in Cape Girardeau This Sunday at the 10:45 a.m. worship service, the Rev. Mike Shupert will begin his series of sermons, "Going From No-Win to Win-Win," which is the first in the "Life Together ... Community" series. ...
Death and taxes are unavoidable (04/14/07)
By ROB HURTGEN Southeast Missourian Benjamin Franklin is famously quoted from one of his letters saying, "in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes." Death and taxes are two realities that are unavoidable -- just in case you missed it, taxes are due April 17 this year. ...
Knowing something about each other (04/14/07)
In a small, impoverished town where hope was scarce, Jane placed a prayer request on a church wall -- a sacred place where miracles supposedly happened. Soon a swift wind passed through, blowing her request to the ground. Without intending any harm, Jane's friend, Jack, who was sitting nearby, retrieved the prayer and read its contents. ...
Radio? Retirement? Fired Imus faces uncertain future (04/14/07)
NEW YORK -- Back on the radio? Or off to retirement? Answers about the future were hard to come by Friday, when 66-year-old radio legend Don Imus spent his first day of unemployment in silence -- a change from his repeated apologies and media appearances of the last week. The biggest question was whether he would try rehabilitating his image or simply slip into obscurity...
Hughes Plumb (04/14/07)
Hughes Plumb, 85, of St. Peters, Mo., died Thursday, April 12, 2007, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Peters. He was born Aug. 8, 1921, at Allenville, son of John and Della Plumb. He married Nellie Ada Plumb. Plumb worked for Carondelet Foundry Co. in St. Louis 27 years, and then worked more than 20 years at Columbus Foundries in Columbus, Ga. He was a member of First Baptist Church of O'Fallon, Mo...
Conrad Ward (04/14/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Conrad Ward, 56, of Advance died Thursday, April 12, 2007, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 13, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, son of Carl and Trella Pape Ward. He and Marsha Beal were married July 4, 1970, at Brownwood, Mo...
James Adams (04/14/07)
James Louis "Jimmy" Adams, 34, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, April 12, 2007, at his home. He was born July 25, 1972, in Charleston, Mo., to Larry E. Adams and Linda Gentles Lopes. He was employed with Spartech Plastics in Cape Girardeau. He had earlier worked as manager of several pizza establishments, including Mazzio's Pizza in Sikeston, Mo...
Cletus Lowes (04/14/07)
Cletus John Lowes, 88, of Jackson died Thursday, April 12, 2007, at his home. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Sandra Moore (04/14/07)
Sandra O. Moore, 50, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, April 11, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital Emergency Room. She was born Feb. 24, 1957, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Joseph L. and Creasie Mae Nunley Moore. Moore attended Cape Girardeau public schools...
Clarence Thomas (04/14/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Clarence William Thomas, 95, of St. Louis died Monday, April 9, 2007, at Delmar Gardens North in St. Louis. He was born July 19, 1911, at Buchanon, Mo., son of Daniel Jefferson and Ida Mae Whitener Thomas. He and Dolores Wehmueller were married in 1934 in St. Louis. She died Feb. 1, 1967...
Thelma McGill (04/14/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Thelma Zelene McGill, 98, of Sikeston died Friday, April 13, 2007, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Sept. 26, 1908, in Bell City, Mo., daughter of Robert and Mattie Strainey Overbey. She and Harlie McGill were married April 14, 1928, at Benton, Mo. He died Feb. 3, 1991...
Louie Hirschowitz (04/14/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- The Oran Ministerial Alliance is hosting a time of prayer, memories and song honoring Louie J. Hirschowitz. The event, open to the public, will be held at 2 p.m. April 29 at Guardian Angel Catholic Church. Speakers representing the city and Scott County will join other invited guests in remembering Hirschowitz...
Births 4/14/07 (04/14/07)
Worley; Greenley; Grossman
Police report 4/14/07 (04/14/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Assaults; Summons; Thefts; Property damage; Arrests; Jackson: Assaults; Thefts; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 4/14/07 (04/14/07)
A 7-year-old boy, who authorities say was padlocked in the basement of an otherwise unoccupied Cape Girardeau home, came within minutes of death last night as the house burned around and his lungs filled with smoke; police are seeking to question Dejan Kocenski's parents, whom neighbors haven't seen for several days...
Road to Damascus (04/14/07)
By Michael Barone "We came in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to peace," Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared after her visit to Syria and her meeting with its hereditary dictator Bashir Assad last week. "We expressed our interest in using our good offices in promoting peace between Israel and Syria."...
Cell phones and 911 (04/14/07)
Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt has called for a reassessment of the capabilities of the state's 911 systems. A Homeland Security-funded evaluation found the state's 911 system to be outdated, using technology that existed in the 1960s. Blunt has ordered the creation of a legislative committee that will review the current capabilities of 911 centers and consolidation and regionalization of services. ...
Speak Out 4/14/07 (04/14/07)
Dangerous kitchen; He won't listen; Dance dressing; Redrawing the lines; Road to utopia; Leery of picks; Courage to switch; Patrol philosophy; Easter display; Make them eat it; Quality education; Get the facts; Save your breath; Controlling dogs; War compromise; Show of force
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