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Trans-Siberian helps bring in Tool? (05/01/07)
The success Trans-Siberian Orchestra has experienced on its three yearly concerts at the Show Me Center since 2004 may be responsible for bringing one of the biggest touring rock acts in the industry to Cape Girardeau this June...
Another rally for Central Middle School principals (05/01/07)
Supporters of Cape Girardeau's Central Middle School principal Frank Ellis and assistant superintendent Debbie Followell will hold a rally Sunday at Capaha Park to demand that the school board reverse its decision to replace the two administrators.
1947 Soap Box Derby plaque sent to winner (05/01/07)
A plaque awarded to the 1947 winner of the Soap Box Derby in Cape Girardeau recently was mailed to president-elect Lowell Peterson of the Cape Girardeau Rotary Club. Dorie Wilson, the Oregon woman who found the plaque in a chest purchased at an auction, had tried unsuccessfully to locate Howard Geringer, whose name was engraved on the plaque...
Board to vote on road plan Monday (05/01/07)
Another week of study should be enough to finalize a plan for paving county roads, the Cape Girardeau County Road and Bridge Advisory Board decided Monday evening. The board, by informal consensus, agreed that they would vote next Monday on the plan that will maintain past promises made for paving this year and recommend a list of roads for a dust control treatment. ...
Some counties lag in 911 capabilities (05/01/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's emergency service coverage lags behind the rest of the country and is among the nation's worst in allowing 911 operators to determine a caller's location. Throughout most of the country, it is assumed that when someone picks up a wireline phone that the caller will be able to connect to a local 911 system, so most of the attention has focused on upgrading existing systems to handle wireless and Internet calls...
No trial in father's slaying (05/01/07)
Clayton Mosley was incapable of knowing right from wrong when he bludgeoned his father to death. The Missouri Department of Mental Health announced that finding Monday, determining the 23-year-old Cape Girardeau man suffered from paranoid schizophrenia when he committed the January slaying at the family home in Cape Girardeau...
Teachers receive grants (05/01/07)
Ben Belanger was surprised to get a visit from the "prize patrol" Monday. "I didn't think I was going to get it," said the Cape Girardeau Central Junior High School music teacher. What he got was $3,750 to buy 20 to 25 guitars that will help him transform a music appreciation course into a hands-on learning class. "I believe that music is about doing," said Belanger, who plans to teach both guitar and keyboard to his music appreciation students next fall...
Fort D comes to life again for three days this weekend (05/01/07)
During the Civil War, four Union army forts helped protect Cape Girardeau from Confederate troops and raiders. Today only one of those forts, Fort D, still stands, and this weekend it will play host to three days of historical re-enactment known collectively as Fort D Days...
'42nd Street' had strongest sales of any SEMO production since 1974 (05/01/07)
The success of "42nd Street" will provide momentum that should carry over to the River Campus' opening in the fall, Dr. Gary Miller, interim director of Southeast Missouri State University's School of Visual and Performing Arts, said Monday, a day after "42nd Street" ended its run at FRose Theatre...
Cape/Jackson fire report 5/1/07 (05/01/07)
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to the following calls Sunday:n At 6:50 p.m., illegal burn at 1222 N. Spanish St. n At 8:55 p.m., illegal burn at 1627 N. West End Blvd. n At 10:07 p.m., emergency medical service in the 200 block of North Park Street...
SEMO professor gets state honor (05/01/07)
Bonnie Stepenoff, history professor at Southeast Missouri State University, recently received a prestigious state honor for her book on historical Ste. Genevieve. The Missouri Conference on History Book Award is given annually to the best historical book written by a Missouri resident. The award comes with a cash prize of $300...
Economic development group to hold spring conference Friday in Dexter (05/01/07)
The Southeast Missouri Economic Development Alliance will hold its annual spring conference Friday at the National Guard Armory on Highway 114 E. in Dexter, Mo. The theme of the conference is "Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development -- Growing Our Own Jobs."...
School board wants cost estimates on possible building projects (05/01/07)
Cape Girardeau's five-year-old public high school could get added classrooms, a performance hall and a football/soccer/track athletic complex that would include bleachers, restrooms and a concession stand. They are among the high-profile construction projects being considered by superintendent Dr. David Scala and the school board...
Cape Girardeau County Commission action 5/1/07 (05/01/07)
Monday County Administration Building 1 Barton Square, Jackson Routine business n Received and filed notice of approval of $18,000 waste tire disposal grant. n Received and filed notice of approval of $500,000 Community Development Block Grant for Public Water Supply District No. 5...
Two blocks of Independence Street closed for sewer work (05/01/07)
Independence Street in Cape Girardeau will be closed between Fountain and Frederick streets this week as part of a sewer rehabilitation project. People with business at city hall are asked to use the west entrance at Middle Street. Over half of the $312,000 project is being paid by an Environmental Protection Agency grant. The work will replace about 2,500 feet of sewer by lining the existing piping with new "flexpipe" designed to prevent leakage and corrosion...
$500,000 grant approved for water district No. 5 project (05/01/07)
Just one small hurdle remains before Public Water Supply District No. 5 can begin seeking contractors to build its new waterworks. The final piece of financing for a $2.8 million water system was approved last week, as the Missouri Department of Economic Development awarded a $500,000 grant to the district. The Community Development Block Grant will supplement an $880,000 loan and $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's rural development program...
Corrections 5/1/07 (05/01/07)
* In Friday's Arts and Leisure section article on the River City Players' upcoming production of "Driving Miss Daisy," one of the actor's names was misspelled. Claudette Henry should have been Claudette Hency.
Mo. Supreme Court upholds parental lawsuits for abortions (05/01/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Supreme Court upheld a law Tuesday letting parents sue people who help their teenage daughters get abortions without their consent. The court's unanimous decision rejected claims by Planned Parenthood that the 2005 law could infringe on their free speech rights to provide information and counseling about abortions. It also turned down various other constitutional challenges by the organization...
Hancock was in auto accident just days before fatal wreck (05/01/07)
SAUGET, Ill. (AP) -- Just three days before his death in a freeway wreck, the sport utility vehicle of Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was clipped by a semi rig in a St. Louis suburb. Officers who talked with Hancock moments after the predawn crash last Thursday in this village found the 29-year-old reliever to be lucid and not under the influence of alcohol, Police Chief Patrick Delaney said Tuesday...
Convicted murderers granted parole by Missouri board (05/01/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The attorney for one of two women who will be released from prison after serving time in the killings of their abusive husbands said that the decision was long overdue. The state Board of Probation and Parole decided Monday to release Lynda Branch and Shirley Lute...
Stem-cell amendment fails in committee (05/01/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A proposal to undo the main goal of the recent amendment protecting stem-cell research failed in a House committee Monday night. While the measure cleared a House health care committee about a month ago, the House Rules Committee also must sign off on legislation before it reaches the floor for debate. That panel rejected sending the bill forward Monday on a 4-3 vote with little discussion...
State, Ameren disagree on when Johnson Shut-Ins park could open (05/01/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A popular state park, washed out when a mountaintop reservoir collapsed in December 2005, could be sufficiently repaired to reopen to tourists in July, a utility company that operated the reservoir asserts. But state park officials rejected the "Band-Aid fix" on Monday as a "potentially dangerous" solution that would turn off tourists with a less-than-fulfilling experience. Instead, the state is sticking with its decision to keep the park closed this summer...
Police: KC mall shooter had a plan to 'cause havoc' (05/01/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A former Target employee who was turned down for a private security license and planned to "cause havoc" was identified Monday as the man suspected of killing two people in a crowded mall parking lot Sunday before he was shot by police inside the mall...
Gaps in Missouri's 911 coverage (05/01/07)
Most Missouri counties have basic 911 service for wireline phones. But most of the state's counties do not have the ability to track the location of wireless 911 phone calls. Here are the exceptions:n Missouri counties lacking wireline 911 coverage: Bates, Bollinger, Carter, Cedar, Clark, Douglas, Iron, Knox, Mercer, Oregon, Ozark, Reynolds, Ripley, Schuyler, Scotland and Shannon...
Supreme Court sides with officer tactics in high-speed police chases (05/01/07)
WASHINGTON -- Police may use tactics that put fleeing suspects at risk of death to end high-speed car chases, the Supreme Court said Monday in ruling against a Georgia teenager who was paralyzed after his car was run off the road. In a case that turned in part on a video of the chase in suburban Atlanta, the court said it is reasonable for law enforcement officers to try to stop a fleeing motorist to prevent harm to bystanders or other drivers...
Corps of Engineers asked to explain New Orleans pump contract (05/01/07)
NEW ORLEANS -- When the Army Corps of Engineers solicited bids for drainage pumps for New Orleans, it copied the specifications -- typos and all -- from the catalog of the manufacturer that ultimately won the $32 million contract, a review of documents by the Associated Press found...
British army chief says Prince Harry will go to Iraq (05/01/07)
LONDON -- The head of the British army said Monday that he had personally decided that Prince Harry, the third in line to the throne, will serve with a combat unit in Iraq. Commanders reportedly had reconsidered their decision to allow the prince to fight in Iraq for fear he would become a target of insurgents and his presence could endanger other soldiers...
U.S. death toll tops 100 in April (05/01/07)
BAGHDAD -- Five U.S. troops died in weekend attacks, pushing the death toll past 100 in the deadliest month for American forces since December, the military said Monday as a wave of violence battered Iraqi civilians including a suicide bombing at a Shiite funeral...
World briefs 5/1/07 (05/01/07)
Virgina closes loophole in state gun law RICHMOND, Va. -- The governor on Monday closed the loophole in state law that allowed the Virginia Tech gunman to buy weapons despite a court ruling that he was a threat and needed psychiatric counseling. Gov. ...
Jackson wins SEMO Conference tournament in nine innings (05/01/07)
Jackson's relentless aggressiveness on the bases paid off in the championship game of the SEMO Conference baseball tournament Monday night at Capaha Field. The Indians stole four bases in a six-run rally in the top of the ninth inning and held on for an 8-6 victory against top-seeded Sikeston...
Tigers claim third place with six-run third (05/01/07)
Those innings that seemingly will never end. The Central baseball team was on the wrong side of one Saturday in its loss to Jackson. On Monday night, the Tigers put one of those innings together in a 9-4 victory against Dexter in the third-place game of the SEMO Conference baseball tournament...
Cards forge on with a loss (05/01/07)
MILWAUKEE -- A day after the death of Josh Hancock, the St. Louis Cardinals tried to move on. They had a game to play. But for Scott Spiezio, it was too much to handle. He was overcome with emotion just before the first pitch when he saw Hancock's jersey and the black No. 32 patch the team would be wearing Monday night, and manager Tony La Russa pulled him from the starting lineup...
Central, Jackson will be represented at state golf meet (05/01/07)
Central golfers Tim Simmons and Jordan Sheets, and T.J. Smith of Jackson each earned a berth in the state tournament by way of a top-10 finish at the Class 4, District 1 tournament Monday at the Eagle Lake Golf Course in Farmington. Poplar Bluff earned the automatic team berth as district champion, finishing 12 strokes ahead of runner-up Oakville. Central finished fifth and Jackson was ninth in the 10-team district...
Curlin runs up against history (05/01/07)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky Derby purists cling to these truths:~ The horse could become the first in 125 years to win a Kentucky Derby without running as a 2-year-old. a horse can't win if he didn't run as a 2-year-old or if he comes into the race with three or fewer career starts...
NBA Spurs' duo leads all-defensive team (05/01/07)
NEW YORK -- Tim Duncan made his 10th straight NBA All-Defensive first team Wednesday, and San Antonio teammate Bruce Bowen was the top vote-getter in being selected for the seventh time. Completing the team were: Denver Nuggets center Marcus Camby and guards Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Raja Bell of the Phoenix Suns...
Alabama mourns the death of former prep, college star (05/01/07)
VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. -- Former high school and college teammates are mourning the death of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock, who helped Vestavia Hills High School to three state championships in the 1990s and was a member of the Auburn team that went to the College World Series in 1997...
The big man is on campus (05/01/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Rick Majerus got out of coaching three years ago because of health concerns. Now his biggest worry is how long it'll take to put Saint Louis back on the basketball map. Still rotund and nearly bald, the 59-year-old Majerus was introduced at a news conference Monday and thought his appearance "eerily" similar to the school's gnome-like Billiken mascot. ...
Scrimping abroad (05/01/07)
LONDON -- Giving shoulder rubs to strangers in London. Sleeping on the steps of a Spanish cathedral rather than the hostel. Waiting until 1 a.m. to eat spaghetti at home in Rome because dinner out breaks the bank. American students are getting creative as they cope with the weakening dollar...
Learning briefs 5/1/07 (05/01/07)
Area students win FFA competitions The following area schools and students were winners at the annual District Vocational Agriculture and Future Farmers of America contests. Top teams by chapter included Jackson in ag mechanics, ag sales, dairy cattle, entomology, farm management, forestry, meats, poultry, soils and FFA knowledge; Meadow Heights in ag mechanics; Perryville in ag mechanics, agronomy, dairy food, floriculture, forestry, horse evaluation, livestock, nursery/landscape, soils and FFA knowledge; Kelly in dairy cattle, livestock and FFA knowledge; Woodland in ag sales and nursery/landscape; Delta in floriculture; Advance in livestock; Mallory Cowget of Kelly in creed speaking; Kim Miesner of Perryville in speaking; Colby Siebert of Jackson in prepared public speaking Division II; and Katie Patterson of Advance in prepared public speaking advanced.. ...
7 sins of high school (05/01/07)
Gossip in high school can be a bigger problem than wearing a brown belt with black shoes. It spreads through the crowded halls quicker than most upperclassmen can walk past sophomores. Gossip has turned into one of the biggest downfalls of your average high school student...
Film company goes hog wild (05/01/07)
What is it with horror movies these days? It seems like every movie commercial I see is advertising some bloody, gory movie. My teenage daughter and her friends love horror movies. As best I can tell, it seems to be a rite of passage for teenagers to sit through scary movies and then tell each other how silly those movies were...
Franklin Walker (05/01/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Franklin R. Walker, 87, of Cairo died Sunday, April 29, 2007, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Feb. 20, 1920, in Bradford, Ark., son of Alfred and Sarah Estelle Foster Walker. He and Alma Cook were married March 4, 1940, in Jackson. She died Sept. 7, 2002...
Carl Southard (05/01/07)
Carl W. Southard, 74, of Shawnee, Kan., died peacefully Saturday, April 28, 2007, at home with his wife and daughter by his side. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hope Lutheran Church, 6308 Quivira Road, Shawnee. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery...
Valeria Dunger (05/01/07)
Valeria Cecilia Caroline Dunger, 93, of Scott City died Sunday, April 29, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 8, 1914, in Caryville, Ark., daughter of Alexander and Lennie Adeline Jones Hampton. She and Henry August Dunger were married Nov. 24, 1938, at Potosi, Mo. He died Feb. 11, 1969...
Margaret Brinkopf (05/01/07)
Margaret Campbell Brinkopf, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, April 30, 2007, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Sept. 16, 1915, in Jackson, daughter of John F. and Minnie W. Meyer Campbell. She married Benjamin R. Brinkopf May 9, 1947. He preceded her in death Aug. 16, 1986...
Births 5/1/07 (05/01/07)
Warner; Sanders; Comer; Hopfer; Shreve; Denny; Auer
Cape police report 5/1/07 (05/01/07)
Arrests; Summons; Assault; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 5/1/07 (05/01/07)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department has undergone numerous changes over the past 12 months, ranging from a new chief to a change in uniform fashion. Many of those changes are due to a controversial evaluation of the department performed by the Public Administration Service of Chicago at the request of the city council early last year...
Real men (05/01/07)
For many of the 2,700-strong crowd, mostly men, at Saturday's Promise Keepers rally at the Show Me Center, quarterback Kurt Warner was a good reason to attend. Warner has widely proclaimed the Good News and how it has affected his life, which is a story of triumph even in the face of defeat...
Learning to think for yourself (05/01/07)
To the editor:In response to the story "House seeks to rein in 'rogue' teachers": This House bill against rogue teachers sounds vaguely familiar. It reminds me a great deal of Hitler and Saddam Hussein's idea of a curriculum for a college education. There are too many closed minds in society now. Missouri, please don't legislate narrow-mindedness into law...
Owners must pay to get pets back (05/01/07)
To the editor:The humane society is supposed to be a not-for-profit organization. There was a time I made donations to the humane society. Now I am appalled by its actions. My terrier was freed from his tie-out by some of the neighborhood children. Three days later my dog was picked up and taken to the humane society's animal shelter. ...
Thanks for '42nd Street' support (05/01/07)
To the editor:Thank you, one and all, for your tremendous support in helping to make "42nd Street" a glorious success. The faculty, staff and students in the Department of Theater and Dance appreciate it more than you will ever know. KENN STILSON, Chairman, Department of Theater and Dance, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau...
No pass for the ordinary people (05/01/07)
To the editor:Last week I did something awful, something I am ashamed of, something I regret. Actually, what I did wasn't so awful in my mind, but someone else found out about it, so now I'm really sorry I did it. What I wish I could do now is appear on "The View" or with Dr. ...
Not duty-bound to finance Iraq war (05/01/07)
To the editor:I consider military personnel to be doing their duty admirably by being available if circumstances should require their bravery, their valor, their prowess and their skills. And, from the bottom of my heart, I thank them. On the other hand, I would like to point out that the defense establishment -- of which they are a part -- does not make national policy. ...
Speak Out 5/1/07 (05/01/07)
Bus danger; Speak your mind; Properly concerned; Left behind; Not telling the truth; Bus for religion class; Bus safety; Doing their jobs; Better materials; Paying Social Security; Replacing services; Archery season; Ready to collect; Bad seeds in school; Less medieval
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