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Stories from Tuesday, May 8, 2007

NWS predicts flooding in Cape, other local counties (05/08/07)
The National Weather Service issued a flood warning Tuesday for several Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois cities along the Mississippi River, including Cape Girardeau, Perry, and Scott counties in Missouri and Union and Alexander counties in Illinois...
Cape firefighters protest cuts (05/08/07)
Cape Girardeau firefighters want it known they're not happy with the benefits they're receiving from the city. About 50 firefighters past and present, along with their wives and children, attended Monday's city council meeting in a show of solidarity. They stood at the back of the chambers wearing navy blue T-shirts, patiently waiting 90 minutes to speak...
Assessed values up in two counties (05/08/07)
Reassessment is almost complete in area counties, with some property owners already receiving notices in the mail. Property values have increased, assessors said, but not by the dramatic jumps being reported in urbanized areas around St. Louis, where home values have increased on average 22 percent and, in some cases, up to 90 percent...
Security raised after gun threat (05/08/07)
A 21-year-old Southeast Missouri State University student from St. Louis was arrested by police after he threatened a female student with a shotgun outside the Towers residence hall complex Sunday. The action prompted school officials to step up security around student housing...
Three sorority members charged with hazing (05/08/07)
Three members of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority at Southeast Missouri State University were charged Monday with assault and hazing for incidents that allegedly occurred in February in Cape Girardeau. Darleta McKennis-Weems, 23, of 522 N. Sprigg St., Ashley Moore, 22, of Dearmont residence hall, and Jessica Reynolds, 23, of 1710 N. Sprigg St., Apt. 608, each have been charged with one count of misdemeanor hazing and one count of misdemeanor third-degree assault...
New Social Security campaign lets Medicare recipients know of extra help (05/08/07)
In an attempt to make Medicare recipients more aware of the extra help program for prescription drug costs, the Social Security Administration has mailed out 19 million applications in the past two years...
Orchestras perform in an 'ocean of strings' (05/08/07)
Cape Girardeau Central High School orchestra director Steve Schaffner will oversee what he calls an "ocean of strings" tonight at the Central High School gymnasium. Schaffner's combined freshman and high school orchestras will perform together in a 112-piece band for the school's spring orchestra concert and awards ceremony at 7 p.m. The concert is one of two each year at which the combined orchestras perform, giving freshmen a chance to learn from upperclassmen hands-on, Schaffner said...
Cape Girardeau City Council action 5/8/07 (05/08/07)
Invocation by the Rev. Barry Pfanstiel of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Presentation n Heard presentation by Bill Burke of Arcturis regarding the city's comprehensive plan. Public hearings n Held a public hearing to discuss the past performance by the city in carrying out the Grow Missouri Loan Fund Program, a multijurisdictional program on behalf of the Delta Region to provide seed money to be used by small business operators to retain and create jobs and stimulate investment...
Scott City Council weighs concerns about ethanol plant's emissions (05/08/07)
A rural Scott City man appeared before the Scott City Council for the second consecutive time Monday night, pressuring the council to examine the costs and benefits of ethanol production in the Scott City area. Monty Keesee, who lives near the Southeast Missouri Port Authority, started a campaign against the building of local ethanol facilities after he heard one is proposed to be built a short distance from his home...
Prosecutors undecided on filing charges against man in Sunday morning shooting incident (05/08/07)
A man who admitted to shooting another man in the stomach early Sunday morning in Cape Girardeau was released while prosecutors decide whether to file charges or declare the shooting self-defense, a Cape Girardeau police spokesman said. Police called to the 3000 block of Themis Street about 1:30 a.m. ...
Region briefs 5/8/07 (05/08/07)
DREAM Initiative Focus groups meet tonight Cape Girardeau will play host to four focus groups tonight in connection with the Missouri DREAM Initiative. The focus groups, organized by Old Town Cape, will collect the opinions of about 70 people selected to represent a cross-section of those who live, work and shop in the downtown district. ...
Cape GIrardeau Co. Commission action 5/8/07 (05/08/07)
Monday County Administration Building 1 Barton Square, Jackson Routine business n Received and filed Archive Center report for April. n Received and filed the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center audit. Items not on agenda n Approved a maintenance agreement for electronic equipment in Division I and Division II of the circuit court...
New Jackson mayor sworn in at meeting (05/08/07)
Even before she was sworn in Monday as mayor of Jackson, Barbara Lohr provided a glimpse of her leadership style. Defeated mayoral candidate John Graham, taking the opportunity for public comment on nonagenda items, brought the Jackson Board of Aldermen an annotated, highlighted copy of the city's contract with the Missouri Public Energy Pool that he said was "catastrophic for the city."...
Gas prices shoot up in St. Louis area (05/08/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Amanda Langendorf and her husband had hoped to take their four children on a road trip to Indiana this summer. That was before gasoline prices reached record highs in the St. Louis area. Langendorf, of New Athens, Ill., commutes three days a week to her accountant assistant job in St. Louis. Every day, she checks Web sites to see where gasoline prices are lowest. It hasn't helped much...
DNR, Nixon may work together (05/08/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Officials with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources may be willing to put aside differences with Attorney General Jay Nixon and work with him toward a settlement with Ameren Corp. over the Taum Sauk disaster, DNR director Doyle Childers said Monday. Also Monday, Nixon sent a letter to an Ameren attorney outlining the "essential elements" necessary to settle a civil case over the December 2005 breach at Taum Sauk...
Senate rejects expanding schools' bullying rules (05/08/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Senate rejected an effort Monday to expand a state law against bullying in school to address gay students. Missouri already requires school districts to come up with a policy against bullying by September. Current law says all students should be treated equally but that policies should not spell out classes of students in need of protection...
House approves wide-ranging agriculture bill (05/08/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House members approved Monday a wide-ranging agriculture bill that includes a loan forgiveness program for veterinary students, changes to the state ethanol subsidy and new restrictions on Agriculture Department funds. The legislation combines into a single agriculture bill several separate bills that have cleared either the House or Senate but have not moved in the other chamber...
Lawmakers pass Gov. Matt Blunt's $350 million college construction plan (05/08/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Lawmakers gave final approval Monday to a $350 million plan to finance college buildings with student loan agency money, delivering a victory to Gov. Matt Blunt after more than a year of political and legal wrangling. The Republican-led House sent the GOP governor his higher education package on a largely party-line 91-64 vote. The Senate passed the bill last month, 23-11...
Senate blocks bid to allow prescription drug imports (05/08/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate effectively killed a bid to allow consumers to buy their prescription medicines abroad Monday, requiring U.S. officials to certify the safety and effectiveness of such drugs. The certification amendment, passed on a 49-40 vote, would require health officials to do something they have long said they cannot...
Working on better pain care for troops returning from war (05/08/07)
WASHINGTON -- They call it the coming tsunami, veterans returning from Iraq who will suffer chronic pain years from now. Get ready, military doctors are warning pain specialists -- even as they hope that improving battlefield pain control may stem the tide...
Nation briefs 5/8/07 (05/08/07)
Survivor, 2 more victims found in tornado rubble GREENSBURG, Kan. -- Rescue teams searching the rubble that was once Greensburg found two more victims and a survivor, raising the death toll from a powerful tornado that largely obliterated the small town to at least 10, authorities said Monday. ...
States vie to host deadly disease research lab (05/08/07)
WASHINGTON -- A dozen states, including Kansas and Missouri, are competing for a government research lab full of killer germs like anthrax, avian flu and foot-and-mouth disease -- a prospect some of their residents want to avoid like the plague. The states are bidding for a proposed 520,000-square-foot National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility that will cost at least $450 million to build. ...
68 killed or found dead across Iraq (05/08/07)
BAGHDAD -- Suicide bombers killed 13 people in a pair of attacks Monday around the Sunni city of Ramadi in what local officials said was part of a power struggle between al-Qaida and tribes that have broken with the terror network. In all, at least 68 people were killed or found dead nationwide Monday, police said. They included the bullet-riddled bodies of 30 men found in Baghdad -- the apparent victims of sectarian death squads...
St. Vincent golfers win conference tournament (05/08/07)
The St. Vincent golf team capped its regular season in style with a win at the Jefferson County Conference Tournament on Monday at Fourche Valley Golf Course in Potosi, Mo. The Indians finished with a 359, 11 strokes ahead of regular-season conference champion Windsor. Hillsboro rounded out the top three with a 358. Perryville finished fifth with a 381...
Sikeston rallies for 2-1 win over Notre Dame (05/08/07)
The Sikeston Bulldogs clinched at least a share of the SEMO Conference regular-season championship as they defeated Notre Dame 2-1 on Monday at VFW Stadium. The game was originally scheduled for March 20 but inclement weather resulted in the contest continually getting pushed back...
Oran uses grand slam to stop Chaffee (05/08/07)
It had been about four or five weeks since Chase Seyer last threw more than one inning. There wasn't a speck of rust on the Oran southpaw. Seyer struck out seven and walked five as the Eagles downed Chaffee 8-3 in a well-pitched baseball game Monday in Oran...
Area digest (05/08/07)
Dalhousie winssenior challenge The Dalhousie Golf Club claimed the Senior Challenge Cup with a 12-8 victory over the Country Club of Paducah. Dalhousie, the host, won all three formats Sunday in the 27-hole competition. Dalhousie won 3-2 in Four-Ball and 3 1/2-1 1/2 in Chapman. Both formats consisted of five two-man teams. Dalhousie clinched the victory with a 5 1/2-4 1/2 edge in singles Match Play...
Rockies stroll to 3-2 victory (05/08/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Brad Hawpe didn't have to swing the bat to provide the spark the Colorado Rockies needed. Hawpe drew a full-count walk with the bases loaded in the ninth inning for the tiebreaking run in a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night. On Saturday, his two-run single in the sixth was the go-ahead hit at Cincinnati...
TPC: New look, same question (05/08/07)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- What some bill as the fifth-best golf tournament looked more like an open house Monday. One by one, players pulled their courtesy cars to the front of the 77,000-square-foot clubhouse at The Players Championship and were pointed in every direction. ...
Alexander may still have broken foot (05/08/07)
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Shaun Alexander might still have a broken foot, something he doesn't want confirmed just yet. The Seattle Seahawks' star running back said Monday his left foot, broken for the final four months of last season, may still be cracked as he begins the 2007 preseason...
Devil Rays pitcher suspended 50 games (05/08/07)
NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay relief pitcher Juan Salas was suspended for 50 games Monday after becoming the first player this year to flunk a drug test under Major League Baseball's testing program. Salas tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance, the commissioner's office said. His suspension will start today...
Curtains to curtain calls (05/08/07)
CINCINNATI -- Josh Hamilton's inspiring comeback story keeps getting better. During spring training, the 25-year-old outfielder got attention for the way he overcame alcohol and drug addiction. It was a wonderful tale on the human level, one that made fans stand and cheer on opening day...
Acing gym class (05/08/07)
More than 500 students, parents and teachers attended Project ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously), a worldwide event that takes place annually and boasts itself as the world's largest exercise class, May 2 at Oran schools. Participants included Guardian Angel students, Lori's Little Rascals Day Care and the Early Learning Center. The local event included stretches, warm-up exercises and martial arts demonstrations, which were led by Peak Performance Tae Kwon Do of Cape Girardeau...
Leak proof bag (05/08/07)
n Several round pencils n 1 plastic zip-top bag n Water STEP 1: Fill a plastic zip-top bag about three quarters of the way with water. STEP 2: Stick a sharp round pencil through the bag. Explanation The zip-top bag is made out of polymers. Polymers are long chains of molecules and when the sharp pencil is pushed through the bag these molecules seal up around the pencil, which prevents the water from gushing out of the bag...
Learning briefs 5/8/07 (05/08/07)
Students win essay, poem, poster contest The Cape Girardeau County Area Medical Society held its annual "Smoking is Not For Me" essay contest for grades six through eight. Students wrote essays and poems and drew posters to show why they don't smoke. ...
Pirate-themed books can tide children over until 'World's End' (05/08/07)
Can't wait for the May 25 opening of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"? There's a small treasure chest of pirate-themed books already out there to tide children over -- and they might learn something in the process. An official Disney book published by Reader's Digest Children's Books called "The Journey to World's End" does indeed give a sneak peek at the movie's story line, which centers on the struggle between the pirates and the East India Trading Company over who will control the seas. ...
Finding benefits in a messy desk (05/08/07)
I have a cluttered desk at work. Some people would call it messy. I prefer to think of it as testimony to the fact I'm hard at work. I've always been suspicious of people with clean desks. If they have time to clean off their desks, doesn't that mean they don't have enough to do?...
ABC announces 2010 end date for struggling 'Lost' (05/08/07)
LOS ANGELES -- ABC is attempting to rescue once-hot "Lost" by ending the show -- in 2010. Bowing to the fact that convention isn't working for the drama about plane-crash survivors on a surreal island, the network is taking the unusual step of turning "Lost" into a limited-run series...
Alice Barron (05/08/07)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Alice Maxine Barron, 78, of Loranger, La., died Saturday, May 5, 2007, at her home. She was born Oct. 18, 1928, in New Madrid, daughter of Jack and Florence Mast Masterson. She married Frank Barron, who preceded her in death. Barron attended New Madrid High School, then worked at a small arms plant and McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis. She was a lifelong member of the United Pentecostal Church...
Vertie Meyer (05/08/07)
Vertie Marie Meyer, 90, of Jackson died Sunday, May 6, 2007, at Monticello House. She was born June 29, 1916, near Neelys Landing, daughter of J.W. and Eliza Craft Cotner. She and Alfred Meyer were married Nov. 7, 1931. He died Sept. 20, 2000. Meyer was employed at the munitions plant in St. ...
Herbert Schlegel (05/08/07)
Herbert Henry Schlegel, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, May 5, 2007, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. He was born Aug. 25, 1918, in Cape Girar-deau, son of George and Emma Grossheider Schlegel. He and Ora Helen Withers were married Aug. 24, 1940, in Cape Girar-deau. She died Sept. 30, 2001...
Wilma Storey (05/08/07)
PATTON, Mo. -- Wilma Columbia Storey, 86, of Patton died Sunday, May 6, 2007, at St. Francis Manor in Farmington, Mo. She was born March 11, 1921, at Marquand, Mo., daughter of Arthur Lewis and Minnie Ann Pogue Johnson. She and Forrest D. Storey were married May 4, 1946. He died March 13, 2004...
Helmut Hanusa (05/08/07)
Helmut Hanusa, 87, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, May 7, 2007, at St. David's Hospital in Georgetown, Texas. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
John Yuracko (05/08/07)
John David Yuracko, 63, of McAlester, Okla., died Friday, April 27, 2007, at his home. He was born Sept. 1, 1943, in Cape Girardeau, son of William and Mildred Yuracko. He and Betty Ann Verner were married Aug. 17, 1968. Yuracko was a 1961 graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School, received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from St. Louis University, and a master's in administrative education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis...
Dorothy Leoni (05/08/07)
Dorothy Ida Lundin Leoni, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, May 6, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Leoni moved to Cape Girar-deau from Chicago in 1982. She was involved in retail sales in Chicago and Cape Girardeau. She was a member of Cape Bible Chapel...
Births 5/8/07 (05/08/07)
Glueck; Fowler; Speight; Long; Russell; Dees; Lorenz
Cape/Jackson police report 5/8/07 (05/08/07)
Cape Girardeau: DWI; Arrests; Theft; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Assault; Theft; Miscellaneous; Assault; Theft
Cape fire report 5/8/07 (05/08/07)
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to the following call Sunday:n At 6:21 p.m., medical assistance at the corner of Jefferson and Ellis streets. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to the following calls Monday: n At 1:17 a.m., medical assistance in the 400 block of South Ellis Street...
Out of the past 5/8/07 (05/08/07)
Old St. Vincent's Catholic Church in Cape Girardeau has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Clemson University president Bill L. Atchley delivered the commencement address at the 108th annual spring commencement of Southeast Missouri State University; he admonished the graduating class of more than 900 to "tackle the world with a positive attitude" and with an "innovative spirit."...
Graphic lessons (05/08/07)
Students teaching students is an effective way to convey important messages. That was the case recently for elementary students at two Cape Girardeau schools and for teenagers at Notre Dame Regional High School. At Franklin and Jefferson elementary schools, Central High School students -- Teens Against Tobacco Use -- used skits and show-and-tell to give fourth-graders information about the hazards of smoking. ...
Thanks for the honor, tributes (05/08/07)
To the editor:I would like to thank the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce for the wonderful evening recognizing the five educators of the year. I was fortunate to be one of the recipients of the award and felt so honored by the warm tributes, a wonderful video and the opportunity to share this time with family, friends and co-workers...
Missouri Baptists, unite (05/08/07)
To the editor:The Missouri Baptist Convention recently removed the executive director and replaced him. With the way it has been handled, it is time to also remove all other members of the MBC board and staff involved with this decision, as they are tainted...
Gas prices: Enough is enough (05/08/07)
To the editor:Today I received an e-mail saying if we don't buy gas on May 15, oil companies would lose about $3 billion. This brings to mind the gas prices in the late 1990s. They were high too and we were asked to do the same thing. I wrote a letter to the editor around that time about the gas prices in Marble Hill compared to the prices in Cape Girardeau and Jackson. ...
Speak Out 5/8/07 (05/08/07)
Burden on criminals; Crime deterrent; Egg on their faces; Spending line; Providing assistance; Laptops not the answer; Paint me! Paint me!; Something to do; Repair the parking lot; We need real proof; Health care for children; Gambling defeat; Town honors resident
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