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Possible tornado sighting in Stoddard County (05/03/07)
NEAR ESSEX, Mo. -- The National Weather Service office in Paducah, Ky., has received reports of a possible tornado touchdown in Stoddard County near Essex. A weather service meteorologist said the office received reports of a possible touchdown near the small community around 4:30 p.m., but has not verified weather the severe thunderstorm that passed through that area did indeed produce a tornado. The storm moved through the county and on to southern Scott, New Madrid and Mississippi counties...
Major wreck in Cape Girardeau (05/03/07)
Officials have confirmed a major wreck has occurred at the intersection of Sprigg Street and Lexington Avenue involving, and there are injuries. Check back at semissourian.com for more details as they become available.
Video technology: Crimes solved, criminals deterred (05/03/07)
SIKESTON, Mo.--If Cape Girardeau needs a model of how to use surveillance technology to monitor after-hours activity on downtown streets, officials need look no further than Sikeston. Near the end of 2005, the city installed 21 cameras at its schools, downtown area and around the low-income Sikeston Housing Authority. The total project came with an initial price tag of $123,000, of which the city paid $25,000...
Scott County residents step closer to public water supply (05/03/07)
Rural residents of the southern third of Scott County are now a key step closer to seeing the benefits of a regulated public water supply, but potential water users in the rest of the county may have a long wait before hooking on to the system...
Agricultural biotechnology expert to speak at SEMO commencement (05/03/07)
The so-called "father of agricultural biotechnology" will speak at Southeast Missouri State University's commencement ceremony on May 12 at the Show Me Center. Dr. Jerry Caulder of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., an alumnus of the school, has had a record of success in the life science industry, Southeast officials said...
Mo. House passes revised tax break (05/03/07)
A proposal to give manufacturers a sales tax break on their utility costs won't take away any local revenue, Sen. Jason Crowell said Wednesday. A compromise version of a bill loaded with economic development incentives exempts electricity, gas, water and other utility purchases by manufacturers from the state-imposed portion of the sales tax but keeps the local portion intact...
2 Cape teachers receive national award (05/03/07)
Cape Girardeau elementary school teachers Becky Hicks and Barb Egbert have been announced winners of the 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation's top award for math and science teachers. Hicks is a second-grade teacher at Blanchard Elementary School, and Egbert teaches kindergarten at Franklin Elementary School...
SEMO mill begins production (05/03/07)
After months of anticipation, SEMO Milling LLC received its first loads of corn Tuesday, marking the beginnings of the plant's production process. When the company announced its intention to start operations at the Southeast Missouri Port Authority in December 2005, SEMO Milling representatives said in a news release that operations would be underway in six months. ...
Cape student sent to juvenile detention after bomb threat (05/03/07)
A 13-year-old student at Cape Girardeau Central Junior High School told a teacher he had a bomb in his backpack during a dispute Tuesday. The threat was quickly determined to be unfounded, but the boy was taken in handcuffs to the Cape Girardeau Juvenile Detention Center after continuing to use abusive language toward teachers and administrators...
Day of prayer (05/03/07)
Southeast Missourian names online, special publications managing editor (05/03/07)
Callie Clark Miller has been named online and special publications managing editor of the Southeast Missouri. This is a new position that recognizes the rapid growth of an Internet presence by the Southeast Missourian as well as the development of high-quality special advertising publications that contain editorial content. Many of these special publications also have online Web sites...
Parents Without Partners announces May schedule (05/03/07)
n Beginner line dance lessons begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday and May 16, 23, 30 at Eagles Aerie 3775, 321 N. Spring Ave., Cape Girardeau. Open to the public, free. n PWP will hold a general meeting/orientation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Delmonico's restaurant in Jackson. A program on diabetes will be presented by Southeast Missouri Hospital Diabetes Association. Open to the public, free...
Pender graduates basic training at Fort Benning (05/03/07)
Army Reserve Pvt. Kyle J. Pender graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. During nine weeks of training, he received training in drill, ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, Army history, core values and traditions. ...
Middle school student charged with 2 counts of sexual misconduct (05/03/07)
A Cape Girardeau middle school student allegedly attempted to molest two other students in a bathroom Friday before being detained. "These are unusual circumstances, we don't see this too often in this age group," said Sgt. Barry Hovis of the Cape Girardeau Police Dept...
Teens attend Youth in Government Day (05/03/07)
They're going to run the country one day, but a few seem ready to get an early start. Cape Girardeau County held its 22nd annual Optimist Youth in Government Day on Wednesday, giving high school students the chance to play the roles of police chief, city attorney, council members and mayor...
Kelly to hold Festival of Fine Arts (05/03/07)
Southeast Missourian BENTON, Mo. -- The Kelly School District will host its Festival of Fine Arts today and Friday from 3:30 to 7 p.m. During the event drawing, painting, ceramics and photography from high school students as well as other work from elementary and middle school students will be on display in the high school gym...
Running toward success (05/03/07)
Teri Jones and Missy Ashby don't worry that students in their after-school club at Clippard Elementary School will leave them far behind. Jones and Ashby, who are marathon runners in their spare time, can keep up with their energetic third- and fourth-graders...
St. Anthony's at Glennon to hold May dinner (05/03/07)
St. Anthony's Parish at Glennon will have an all-you-can-eat dinner from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Glennon Parish Hall at the junction of AB and T. Menu includes kettle beef, chicken and dumplings, chicken and dressing, all the trimmings, drink and dessert. Carryouts will be available...
Mo. Senate proposes smaller Social Security benefit tax cut (05/03/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Senate early Thursday morning voted to accept a slimmed-down state income tax exemption on Social Security benefits and some retirement benefits. The Senate voted 29-3 to endorse its version of the tax cut but did not vote on whether to pass the legislation because the bill's cost must still be analyzed...
Mystery ailment at Farmington call center sickens 130 (05/03/07)
FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) -- Investigators continue to look into what caused about 130 employees of an eastern Missouri call center to become ill. All 338 workers on duty at ACCENT Marketing Services in Farmington were evacuated Wednesday afternoon, and 130 were taken to hospitals, some in school buses, complaining of breathing troubles and irritation to their eyes. The center handles customer calls for Sprint Nextel Corp...
Son of Ballwin police chief pleads guilty to impersonating officer (05/03/07)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) -- The son of the police chief in Ballwin has pleaded guilty to impersonating an officer for using his father's squad car to pull over drivers. Brian Paul Biederman, 23, of Defiance, entered the plea Wednesday. He was placed on probation for two years and ordered to perform community service...
Ameren: Tired of playing 'political football' over Taum Sauk breach (05/03/07)
ST. LOUIS -- An Ameren Corp. vice president Wednesday accused the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the state Attorney General's office of playing "political football" while cleanup from the Taum Sauk reservoir breach languishes nearly 17 months after the accident...
Mockingbirds sing through the Southern Illinois night (05/03/07)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- If children are to be seen and not heard, the opposite holds true of the northern mockingbird. There is nothing shy or retiring about this species. "The thing mockingbirds will do is sing all night long, especially on a full moon," said Mike Baltz of The Nature Conservancy. "They will sing at night. They are interesting for their song...
Congress is the next target for immigration reform movement (05/03/07)
CHICAGO -- A day after putting aside the American flag and protest sign he carried during an immigration march in Chicago, Luis Dominguez said Wednesday he is turning his attention to looming legislative battles 600 miles away in Washington, D.C. With immigrants and supporters rallying nationwide for a second straight year, the 62-year-old Dominguez said he believes Tuesday's display will help spur politicians to adopt immigration reform...
Police officers plead guilty to beating inmate (05/03/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Two former police officers from the St. Louis suburb Velda City pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges in the beating of a jail inmate, authorities said. Former Velda City police Sgt. Lewis McGee and former detective Mark Winger both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the civil rights of a jailed man...
Blunt taps Platte City woman to lead agriculture department (05/03/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A couple of months after the state agriculture director left amid accusations of sexual harassment, Gov. Matt Blunt chose a 29-year-old woman Wednesday to lead the agency. Blunt named Katie Smith of Platte City the new director. Former director Fred Ferrell, a Charleston farmer, was forced to resign in February after an employee accused him of sexual harassment and refusing to promote her because she is a woman...
Senate approves primary seat belt law (05/03/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Police would be able to pull over motorists solely for not wearing seat belts under a measure that won approval Wednesday in the Senate. Under the current law, Missouri motorists must wear seat belts, but police can only ticket them if they have stopped them for another reason...
Train carrying space-shuttle components derails in Ala. (05/03/07)
MYRTLEWOOD, Ala. -- A freight train carrying segments of the space shuttle's solid rocket boosters derailed Wednesday after a bridge collapsed, authorities said. Six people aboard the train were reported injured. NASA said it was not immediately known whether the equipment was damaged. But space agency spokesman Allard Beutel in Washington, D.C., said the accident should not delay any shuttle launches...
Veto survives House challenge; Dems meet with Bush on Iraq (05/03/07)
WASHINGTON -- Congress failed to override President Bush's veto of legislation requiring the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq on Wednesday, a defeat for anti-war Democrats that triggered immediate talks on a new measure to fund the conflict. The vote in the House was 222-203, 62 shy of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto. With few exceptions, Republicans stood fast with Bush in the wartime clash...
Ethanol bill heads to full Senate, prompts debate over coal as fuel (05/03/07)
WASHINGTON -- Senators moved ahead Wednesday on legislation to replace one-quarter of the nation's gasoline with ethanol and set a goal of cutting gasoline consumption nearly in half by 2030. Coal-state lawmakers tried to promote liquefied coal as a motor fuel substitute, but their effort stalled amid a debate over global warming...
Wrongful death claim filed in police shooting of 92-year-old (05/03/07)
ATLANTA -- Attorneys for a niece of the 92-year-old woman who was killed by police during a botched drug raid have filed a wrongful death claim with the city as a precursor to a lawsuit. Kathryn Johnston was shot Nov. 21 when narcotics officers burst into her home with a no-knock warrant. The officers said an informant reported buying drugs there, but prosecutors say they were lying. Johnston fired one shot at the intruders, hitting no one, and the officers fired back, killing her...
Keys to Iowa maximum-security prison sold on eBay; belonged to retired locksmith (05/03/07)
ANAMOSA, Iowa -- A 135-year-old penitentiary changed some of its locks after keys to the maximum-security prison were apparently sold on eBay. The keys belonged to a locksmith who retired from Anamosa State Penitentiary in 1974. He died two years later and when his wife died last year, an auctioneer was hired to sell off the estate, which included the keys...
Suicide bomber strikes Sadr City; more U.S. soldiers arrive in Iraq (05/03/07)
BAGHDAD -- A suicide car bomber struck in the main Shiite district of the capital Wednesday, killing at least nine people as the U.S. military said its troop buildup in Baghdad was nearly complete. Three more U.S. soldiers were killed by bombs in the capital...
Palestinians hold back raid on hideout for kidnapped British reporter (05/03/07)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- The Palestinian government knows where to find a British journalist kidnapped nearly two months ago but has held back on raiding the hideout at Britain's request, the Palestinian prime minister said Wednesday. Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said negotiators had instead persuaded the captors, whom he indicated were Islamic extremists, to reduce their demands for the release of Alan Johnston, who was kidnapped March 12 in Gaza City...
International court issues warrants for Darfur war crimes suspects (05/03/07)
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The International Criminal Court issued its first arrest warrants Wednesday in the murderous Darfur conflict, seeking to try a government minister and a janjaweed militia leader on charges of mass slayings, rape and torture. Sudan immediately refused to arrest them...
Dispute over Soviet war memorial heats up (05/03/07)
MOSCOW -- Young Russians staged raucous protests in Moscow on Wednesday to denounce neighboring Estonia for removing a Soviet war memorial from its capital, and the Estonian ambassador said pro-Kremlin activists tried to attack her as she arrived at a news conference...
Foster's and scientists to generate clean energy from beer-making (05/03/07)
CANBERRA, Australia -- Scientists and Australian beer maker Foster's are teaming up to generate clean energy from brewery waste water -- by using sugar-consuming bacteria. The experimental technology was unveiled Wednesday by scientists at Australia's University of Queensland, which was given a $115,000 state government grant to install a microbial fuel cell at a Foster's Group brewery near Brisbane, the capital of Queensland state...
U.S. and European Union warn Turkish military to stay out of politics (05/03/07)
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- The United States and European Union on Wednesday warned Turkey, a NATO member and close ally, to prevent its military from defying civilian leaders in a conflict between the Islamic-rooted government and the secular establishment...
Israeli foreign minister calls on Olmert to resign over war failures (05/03/07)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's popular foreign minister called Wednesday on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign -- positioning herself to replace him and dealing the toughest blow yet to his efforts to stay in power after a scathing report on his performance in the war in Lebanon...
Iran's former nuclear negotiator arrested (05/03/07)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian authorities have arrested the country's former nuclear negotiator, an ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's predecessor and key rival, and he reportedly could face an espionage charge. The hard-line president, meanwhile, insisted his country will not retreat "even an iota" on its nuclear program...
Redhawks keep playoff hopes alive with OVC win (05/03/07)
Southeast Missouri State kept its slim hopes of reaching the Ohio Valley Conference softball tournament alive Wednesday with a 5-2 home win over Eastern Illinois. The Redhawks found themselves in ninth place in the 10-team league heading into Wednesday's game. Southeast improved to 9-15 in the OVC with the win and moved ahead of Eastern Illinois into eighth and two games behind sixth-place Tennessee-Martin in the win column. The top six teams qualify for the tournament...
Area sports digest 5/3/07 (05/03/07)
Burnett tops A-flight at Chip-A-Ways outing Sissy Burnett finished atop the A-flight standings at the weekly Cape Chip-A-Ways golf outing. Jeana Koch and Sandy Bonner tied for first in the B-flight. Linda Williams won the low putts and Lil Angle earned the play of the day...
St. Vincent captures district golf title (05/03/07)
St. Vincent grabbed the automatic team berth into the state golf tournament with a convincing victory in the Class 1, District 1 tournament Wednesday at the Ste. Genevieve Golf Course. The Indians downed defending district champion and state runner-up Thayer by 17 strokes. St. Vincent finished with a 327, followed by Thayer with a 344. First-year program Saxony Lutheran came in third with a 373 and fellow first-year program Advance was fifth with a 414...
Moses eager to continue career with Redhawks (05/03/07)
Making the move from Class 1 to Division I is a tall task. Thankfully for Advance senior Trenton Moses, he already has the tall part down at 6-foot-3. Moses, an all-state infielder/pitcher last season for the Hornets, recently signed with Southeast Missouri State...
Jackson puts pressure on defense to create scoring chances (05/03/07)
Pitching and defense wins championships? They didn't compare to speed and scoring for Jackson during the SEMO Conference tournament. The Indians (14-7) put up 31 runs to sweep Notre Dame, second-seeded Central and top-seeded Sikeston in a four-day span to capture their first conference tournament title...
NCAA penalizes football program (05/03/07)
Southeast Missouri State's football team will lose just over 4 1/2 scholarships based on the program's Academic Progress Report, released by the NCAA on Wednesday. The football team scored an 895 on the multiyear APR, 30 points below the NCAA's cutoff score. The APR is based on a school's ability to retain student-athletes each year, keep them academically eligible and also graduate them. Southeast's score was based on its performance from the 2003-04 academic year through the 2005-06 year...
Brewers sweep Cardinals (05/03/07)
MILWAUKEE -- As the St. Louis Cardinals prepare to remember a lost teammate, they'd just as soon forget about their last three games. The Cardinals lost 4-0 to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, leaving them swept and dazed in their first series since the death of relief pitcher Josh Hancock...
Marion Jones' agent linked to fraud case (05/03/07)
NEW YORK -- Track star Marion Jones' longtime agent pleaded guilty to bank fraud six weeks ago in a case that has also entangled the sprinter's coach and the father of her child. Charles Wells, the president of Vector Sports Management, entered the plea in federal court in Manhattan on March 22, the same day he was charged, according to court records...
NCAA's academic report hits black colleges, Louisiana schools hardest (05/03/07)
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA's latest academic progress report shows money pays off in the classroom, not just on the playing field. Athletic programs with the biggest budgets, such as the six BCS conferences, scored well on the latest Academic Progress Report, released Wednesday. Those with less money did not...
NBA, some players dismiss study that on racial bias in officiating (05/03/07)
Academic study found racial bias in referees' calls. By NANCY ARMOUR The Associated Press Kobe Bryant says he's never noticed any evidence of racial bias when it comes to NBA officiating. "I think I've gotten more techs from black refs than white refs," the Los Angeles Lakers star joked Wednesday. "That's reverse racism probably."...
Hall of Famer Cepeda arrested on suspicion of drug possession (05/03/07)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda was arrested after a California Highway Patrol officer pulled him over for speeding and discovered drugs in the car. The former San Francisco Giants star was stopped about 3 p.m. Tuesday after his 2001 Lexus was clocked going 83 mph in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 80 in Cordelia, about 40 miles northeast of San Francisco, the CHP said...
Derby favorite Curlin draws No. 2 position (05/03/07)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Curlin is undefeated, unchallenged and now he's the favorite for the Kentucky Derby. And in drawing the No. 2 post for Saturday's race, the imposing chestnut colt even gets to start from the same spot Affirmed did on his way to winning the Triple Crown in 1978 -- the last horse to do so...
Baffled by fastfood nutrition? (05/03/07)
You are not alone. A recent poll showed few consumers know what is healthiest on restaurant menus.
Health news 5/3/07 (05/03/07)
American Red Cross offers promotions In conjunction with National Photo Month, the American Red Cross is teaming with local photography studios to help save lives. From May 14 to May 19, participating photography studios are challenged to recruit five donors to donate blood at the American Red Cross blood donation center at 20 S. ...
Poll says fast-food nutrition baffles consumers (05/03/07)
Common sense says a chicken Caesar salad makes a lower-fat lunch than pasta with sausage, a barbecue chicken pizza or lasagna. Right? For consumers staring up at a fast-food menu board, coming up with the right answers to questions like that is essential if they're going to choose more healthful meals and avoid obesity, diabetes and a raft of other chronic illnesses...
It's still there (05/03/07)
May 3, 2007 Dear Julie, Someone has estimated that the average human being has 60,000 thoughts per day -- there's one now -- and that most of those thoughts are the same thoughts day after day. Our minds are chatterboxes carrying on conversations with themselves, usually over mundane concepts like whether to turn right or go straight, choosing ginger sesame dressing or raspberry vinaigrette, "Grey's Anatomy" or "30 Rock."...
Resolve conflict by recognizing its causes (05/03/07)
Editor's note: This column was originally published Aug. 11, 2005. You and your spouse may agree on who to vote for, how you feel about facial hardware on teenagers, even how you feel about eating veal. Yet you may not have a clue how your spouse's mind works. ...
Carole Stanley (05/03/07)
Carole Mosette Stanley, 72, of Perry, Mo., died Thursday, April 26, 2007, at University Hospital and Clinics in Columbia, Mo. She was born Aug. 16, 1934, in Marble Hill, Mo., daughter of William Lacy and Dora Crites Ladd. She and William H. Stanley were married in 1955 in Yuma, Ariz. He died in 1971...
Ella Bennett (05/03/07)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Ella Ruth Bennett, 99, of Advance died Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born Jan. 24, 1908, at Arab, Mo., daughter of William and Toney George Arnold. She first married Charlie Burchett, who preceded her in death. She and James Bennett were married Nov. 17, 1928, at Zalma, Mo. He died in December 1988...
Herbert Brown (05/03/07)
Herbert "Bud" Brown, 79, of Murrieta, Calif., died Friday, April 6, 2007, at Loma Linda, Calif., VA Hospital. He was born May 25, 1927, at Morehouse, Mo. Brown was a resident of Murrieta 10 years, and was a member of Las Brisas Bible Fellowship Church...
George Ray (05/03/07)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- George Waymon Ray, 92, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at Chateau Girardeau in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 23, 1915, in Murphysboro, Ill., son of Charles and Ella Mangrum Ray. He and Mable Bagby were married July 1, 1947, in Murphysboro...
Marjorie Knowles (05/03/07)
Marjorie Janice Knowles, 75, of Union, Mo., died Sunday, April 29, 2007, at her home. She was born July 10, 1931, in Evansville, Ind., daughter of John and Edna Angel Claspell. She and Orville Knowles were married Aug. 28, 1947, in Henderson, Ky. He died Oct. 22, 2000...
Alvin Miller (05/03/07)
Alvin Cloyd Miller, 84, of Springfield, Mo., formerly of Esther, Mo., died Friday, April 27, 2007, in Springfield. He was He was born Jan. 15, 1923, at Flat River, Mo., son of Charles and Laura Miller. He married Mary C. Miller, who died Feb. 24. Miller was employed by Peterson Pepsi-Cola 30 years, retiring as a route supervisor. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Bonne Terre, Mo. He was a former Sunday school superintendent, member of the administrative board and the choir...
Veda Teets (05/03/07)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Veda Delores Teets, 83, of Bloomfield died Wednesday, May 2, 2007, at Heartland Care and Rehab Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 10, 1924, at Essex, Mo., daughter of Cleveland and Edna Bledsoe DeJournett. She and D. Harding Teets were married Oct. 28, 1941, at Ardeola, Mo. He died June 16, 2003...
Naomia Smith (05/03/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Naomia Loucretia Smith, 100, of Portland, Texas, died Monday, April 30, 2007, at Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was born May 14, 1906, at Oran, Mo., daughter of James Henry and Dora Loucretia Lyon Davenport. She and the Rev. Liston Smith were married April 1, 1939. He died Jan. 4, 1984...
Joan McKenzie (05/03/07)
Joan Alice McKenzie, 78, of Jackson died Wednesday, May 2, 2007, at her home. She was born Sept. 1, 1928, in St. Louis, daughter of Thomas and Mignon Trojahn Beckley. She and Daniel Arthur McKenzie Jr. were married in 1946. He died in October 1991. Survivors include two sons, Timothy McKenzie of Jackson, Daniel McKenzie of Camanche, Iowa; a brother, Thomas Beckley of San Antonio, Texas; and six grandchildren...
Births 5/3/07 (05/03/07)
Sanderson; Conklin
Cape/Jackson fire report 5/3/07 (05/03/07)
n At 10:04 p.m., a fire alarm at 803 N. Henderson Ave. n At 9:25 a.m., a box alarm at 1253 Marilyn Drive. n At 11:34 a.m., citizen assist at 300 N. Sprigg St. n At 1:11 p.m., the smell of gas at the corner of South Sprigg and Locust streets. n At 2:19 p.m., emergency medical service at 1600 Luce St...
Cape/Jackson police report 5/3/07 (05/03/07)
Miscellaneous
Out of the past 5/3/07 (05/03/07)
U.S. Rep. Bill Emerson of Missouri's 10th District is scheduled to make a jail cell visit with farm activist Wayne Cryts of Puxico, Mo., who is in the Pope County (Ark.) jail for civil contempt of court. Burying garbage in a landfill may not be the best way to dispose of refuse ecologically, but there's no better method economically at this time for Cape Girardeau; that assessment is offered by City Manager Gary A. Eide; the city is searching for a new landfill location...
Correction 5/3/07 (05/03/07)
n Jackson school bus driver Romona Marxer's name was spelled incorrectly in a story on bus safety awards in Tuesday's edition. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Need a conservative: Fred Thompson would make the best candidate (05/03/07)
By Ted A. LeGrand It is time for a true conservative, a Republican standard bearer, to enter the presidential race. It was a short time ago when conservatives Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush captured 137 of 150 states in three consecutive elections. Barring a third-party candidacy lke Ross Perot's, which put Bill Clinton in the White House, the conservative base will meet any liberal challenge...
Critical decisions affect higher education (05/03/07)
By Robert B. Stein Missouri is faced with increased national and international economic competition. In an environment where other countries are producing millions of college graduates with fluency in English and are offering attractive incentives for businesses to relocate, Missouri must be able to present compelling reasons for businesses to locate and grow in the Show-Me State...
Buying a courthouse (05/03/07)
With the construction of the new Rush H. Limbaugh Federal Building nearing completion, the disposition of the old federal building at the corner of Broadway and Fountain Street in downtown Cape Girardeau has become something of an urgent issue. Until recently, the General Services Administration gave away surplus buildings for specific uses. ...
Close border to Mexican truckers (05/03/07)
To the editor:The U.S. Department of Transportation is poised to kick the border wide open to trucks from Mexico operating throughout the United States. This will have an effect on all highway users. The DOT says safety and security programs are in place. This is a joke...
Separation is religious protection (05/03/07)
To the editor:In response to Richard Kline's letter "History should guide, not divide": Separation of church and state protects and defends the rest of us from being dominated by a single religious group whether that group is Catholic, Protestant, Jewish or Islamic. Mr. Kline seems to be advocating a Christian version of Shari'a. He should read his Jefferson...
Speak Out 5/3/07 (05/03/07)
Zoning revisited; Zoning outreach; Mixed directions; Fawn on parking lot; Early school start; Smartest woman; Gas mileage tradeoff; Enjoy the wildlife; School issues; Doesn't sound right; Planning for spending
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