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Stories from Saturday, June 16, 2007

U.S. 60 road work likely to cause delays this summer (06/16/07)
Drivers using U.S. 60 from Butler County to New Madrid County can expect a few delays later this summer as contractors smooth out the road surface along several stretches of the highway. Work will take place on 6.8 miles of the westbound lanes from Highway 67 to Route T in Butler County; 10 miles of the westbound lanes from Route DD to Route F and 5.9 miles of the eastbound lanes from Route F to just east of Dexter in Stoddard County; and 9.2 miles of eastbound lanes from the Stoddard County line to Interstate 55 in Scott and New Madrid counties.. ...
State study needs job focus, schools say (06/16/07)
The state should identify high-demand jobs in Southeast Missouri and the type of education such jobs require as part of any study on the feasibility of establishing a community college or providing other post-secondary training in the region, area school officials say...
Agents: Parents should 'be nosy' about Net use (06/16/07)
Where child predators previously had to target children at public places or homes, now a single mouse click gives them access to chat rooms and social networking sites where children are not always so closely monitored. Pedophiles lead children from initial contact to private face-to-face meetings through a process known as grooming. The pedophiles may send gifts or play games with the child over the Internet and often pose as children to create a higher comfort level with their young target...
I-55 project on schedule, project manager says (06/16/07)
Contractors working on the East Main Street/LaSalle Avenue interchange project are on or ahead of schedule, according to a Missouri Department of Transportation project manager. Project manager Andrew Meyer said the June 18 date for starting to divert traffic that MoDOT has been publicizing was not actually a deadline for diverting traffic, but the earliest anticipated date the diversion would begin. ...
Outreach group prepares volunteers at Cape workshop (06/16/07)
A global outreach program showed area residents how to help poor communities break the cycle of poverty one animal at a time. Heifer International, which combats hunger and poverty though gifts of animals and animal husbandry training, held a workshop Friday at First Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau...
School funding (06/16/07)
State funding for Southeast Missouri school districts for fiscal 2008 with percentage increase over the previous fiscal year Sikeston: $12.4 million, 4.8 Jackson: $12.19 million, 5.1 Cape Girardeau: $6.29 million, 6.7 Fredericktown: $6.1 million, 3.9...
Blunt signs education funding bill in Cape (06/16/07)
Gov. Matt Blunt signed a $5.2 billion education spending bill that includes added state funding of more than $11 million for 22 school districts in a six-county area of Southeast Missouri. "I believe education is our most important investment," Blunt told about 30 local educators, students and civic leaders at a bill-signing ceremony Friday in the library at Cape Girardeau Central High School...
Phase two of 34/72 project on schedule (06/16/07)
Phase two of the Highway 34/72 project in Jackson is progressing well and should be completed late this summer, said Missouri Department of Transportation engineer Darius Dowdy. "If the weather is hot and dry, it might go slower, it's tougher on the guys. Rain would also slow us down," Dowdy said. "They have 150 work days, and I don't see them having any problems finishing in the time they have left."...
Briefly (06/16/07)
Creal Springs, Ill., man presumed drowned MILLER CITY, Ill. -- A Creal Springs, Ill., man was reported missing Wednesday to the Alexander County Sheriff Department. Anthony L. Dodd, 41, was apparently fishing just off Miller City Road near the Cache River, with runs into the Mississippi River, and a witness observed him go under in the water. Dodd is still missing and presumed drowned. Emergency personnel are searching the area where he was last seen...
Attorney for Michael Taylor calls move to set execution date 'blatantly premature' (06/16/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Attorney General Jay Nixon's move to set an execution date for condemned killer Michael Taylor is "blatantly premature," his attorney argued in documents filed Friday with the Missouri Supreme Court. Attorney Ginger Anders said she plans to file a request July 2 to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. She will request the court to hear Taylor's case and, if necessary, will further appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court...
Officials look for cause of 3-mile-long orange streak on Illinois freeway (06/16/07)
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- It's not quite the highway beautification Illinois transportation officials had in mind. Authorities on Friday continued trying to ferret out what caused a three-mile streak of a bright orange substance, possibly paint, in the westbound lanes of Interstate 55-70 near East St. Louis during Thursday morning's rush-hour...
Springfield in race to host premiere of 'Simpsons' movie (06/16/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Lights, cameras, doughnuts. This Ozarks city wants hundreds of residents to turn out today to film a mass scene for its entry in a national contest to host next month's premiere of the movie version of the long-running TV cartoon "The Simpsons."...
Friendship leads to relationship between church, Kenyan slum (06/16/07)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- A friendship between a young man from Kenya and a Sedalia woman has resulted in a church outreach to a slum village half a world away. Betty Hopkins met Nicholas "Nick" Musyoka at a YMCA camp in New York about three years ago. Since then, Hopkins has been selling artifacts that Musyoka, 26, sends her from the Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi. Her church, Calvary Episcopal, is selling the African pieces. It is calling the project The Art of Hope: A Church Outreach to Kenya...
Mo. Guardsman awarded medal for heroism in Iraq (06/16/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A southwest Missouri National Guard sergeant has been awarded the U.S. Army's Distinguished Flying Cross medal for heroism during a flight over Iraq that came under fire. The Missouri National Guard said Friday that Sgt. Alexander Johnston, 30, of Willard, is one of just a few enlisted soldiers to receive the medal, which is primarily given to flight officers...
Missouri public defenders ask court to help curb workload (06/16/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The state Public Defenders Commission voted Friday to ask the Missouri Supreme Court for help easing its workload. The panel approved a proposal asking the court to adopt a rule to address what it says is a burdened public defender system. If the court agrees, it would direct lower courts not to assign new cases to public defenders in a region that has been certified as overloaded...
States mull dropping school 'zero tolerance' rules (06/16/07)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Fifth-graders in California who adorned their mortarboards with tiny toy plastic soldiers this week to support troops in Iraq were forced to cut off their miniature weapons. A Utah boy was suspended for giving his cousin a cold pill prescribed to both students. In Rhode Island, a kindergartner was suspended for bringing a plastic knife to school so he could cut cookies...
Ill. girl found alive 2 days after disappearing on boat trip; grandfather dead (06/16/07)
MOMENCE, Ill. -- A 5-year-old girl who was feared drowned with her grandfather on a boating trip startled searchers Friday when she emerged from the woods -- naked, scratched and holding mulberries. Crews had pulled her grandfather's body from the Kankakee River in eastern Illinois just hours earlier...
NASA has no plans to leave space station (06/16/07)
HOUSTON -- A U.S. space agency official rejected suggestions Friday that the international space station might have to be abandoned at some point if a failed computer system operated by NASA's Russian partners couldn't be restored. "There is nobody in this agency, or as far as I know in the Russian agency, that thinks this vehicle is at risk of being lost, not even remotely," said Mike Suffredini, space station program manager. "I have no plans to de-man the space station."...
Files show investigators were suspicious of Georgia governor in 1946 lynching (06/16/07)
MONROE, Ga. -- Newly released files from the lynching of two black couples more than 60 years ago contain a disturbing revelation: The FBI investigated suspicions that a three-term governor of Georgia sanctioned the murders to sway rural white voters during a tough election campaign...
As Congress fails to pass immigration bill, problem grows worse (06/16/07)
WASHINGTON -- Left for dead a week ago, legislation to strengthen border security while bestowing legal status on millions of illegal immigrants is showing signs of life. President Bush said Friday it's time for Congress to act. "Each day our nation fails to act, the problem only grows worse," the president said at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast. "I will continue to work closely with members of both parties, to get past our differences, and pass a bill I can sign this year."...
American fighter jet crashes in Iraq; no word on pilot (06/16/07)
BAGHDAD -- A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed Friday during a close air support mission for ground forces in Iraq -- a rare loss of the workhorse aircraft. Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Robert Gates came to Baghdad on an unannounced visit, and the U.S. military said five soldiers had died...
N. Korea lashes out at U.S., may be stalling nuclear disarmament (06/16/07)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea warned Friday it might increase its "self-defense deterrent," a term the communist nation usually uses to describe its nuclear program, even as its key condition for nuclear disarmament was being met. North Korea's warning, in a statement criticizing U.S. ...
Indonesian police say 2 top terrorists arrested in last week's crackdown (06/16/07)
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The head of Southeast Asia's most feared terrorist group was arrested along with his military chief, police said Friday, claiming a breakthrough in the fight against extremists in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Authorities warned, however, that Jemaah Islamiyah -- blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings and other attacks -- and breakaway factions could still carry out strikes against Western and Christian interests...
Victorious Hamas offers amnesty but allows looting and revenge killings (06/16/07)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Cheering Hamas supporters wearing green headbands and waving flags surged through Gaza's streets Friday as Islamic militants in black masks took over one of President Mahmoud Abbas' offices and rifled through his bedroom. Hamas offered amnesty to its defeated foes as violence tapered off from five days of bloodshed that claimed more than 90 lives. ...
Crosnoe leaves Indians for job with Cape school (06/16/07)
Rex Crosnoe's tenure as Jackson's baseball coach may have been brief, but in four years the former area standout transformed the Indians into one of the top programs in the area. Jackson went 66-29 in Crosnoe's four years, a .695 winning percentage. ...
Nebraska flavor permeates golf tournament fundraiser (06/16/07)
Southeast Missouri State football coach Tony Samuel is again dipping into his University of Nebraska roots to add some spice to his program's golf tournament fundraiser. Samuel said former Nebraska stars Tommie Frazier, Rich Glover, Broderick Thomas, Jamie Williams, Paul Miles and Neil Harris will all participate in the June 25 event at Cape Girardeau Country Club...
Capahas game canceled (06/16/07)
The Plaza Tire Capahas will have to wait an extra day to try and start a new winning streak. According to Capahas manager Jess Bolen, Wayne County, Ill. -- today's scheduled home opponent -- will not be able to make the trip to Cape Girardeau. "Their coach just called me and said due to unforeseen circumstances, they couldn't make it over," Bolen said early Friday evening. "He really didn't give any further explanation...
Area digest (06/16/07)
Scott County Senior Legion team wins The Scott County American Legion senior baseball team improved to 2-0 in the Mountain Home (Ark.) Tournament on Friday by beating Miller 16-8. Scott County (8-3) will finish up pool play in the 28-team tournament at 8:15 p.m. today against host Mountain Home. A win would send Scott County into Sunday's championship round...
Even Spiezio pitched an inning as Oakland hammers the Cardinals (06/16/07)
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Only one of the four pitchers the St. Louis Cardinals sent to the mound Friday night gave up fewer runs than innings pitched, and he is normally a third baseman. Scott Spiezio pitched the final inning and the Cardinals lost 14-3 to the Oakland Athletics, a night after allowing 17 runs to the Kansas City Royals...
Wiggle room (06/16/07)
Children love to come to La Croix United Methodist Church. They learn to worship in a children's church setting, and no grown-ups tell them to be quiet and not fidget. The church plans to dedicate its new two-story, 20,000-square-foot children's ministry building addition by this time next year...
The mark of a father (06/16/07)
As a nation we take this weekend to recognize fathers. Fathers play an important role in shaping our culture. Their influence passes from generation to generation. We each bear the image and mark of our fathers. Each of us carry this image with us even to the extent that those who do not know their fathers carry a mental picture of what a father should have been. ...
Briefly (06/16/07)
MOPS participate in Friends of the Park Day MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), a group from First Presbyterian Church of Cape Girardeau, participated in the Friends of the Park last month. Twenty-six members helped mulch, plant flowers and paint the park benches around the lagoon...
Reviews: Worse than dentist visits? (06/16/07)
SHEILA NORMAN CULP offers tips for surviving the yearly dressing down from your boss. ASAP Worklife columnist Sheila Norman-Culp. (AP Photo/Randall Hackley/Photo Illustration/Jacky Myint) I hate annual reviews, and I know I am not alone. I can have a perfectly good relationship with my boss for 364 days of the year. ...
Call to a higher standard (06/16/07)
There once was a preacher who delivered a sermon one Sunday and promptly lost his job. Harry Emerson Fosdick was his name. His provocative sermon back in 1922 was reprinted, word-for-word, in the New York Times. (I don't need to tell you preachers don't get that kind of ink in that august publication anymore.)...
Newsman Dan Rather having a great time at HDNet, though few can see him (06/16/07)
NEW YORK -- Dan Rather was walking down 41st Street recently when a woman stopped him, grabbed his right hand and began pumping it. "Mr. Rather," she said, "I just want you to know. We miss you." Just one thing: Rather isn't gone. It just seems that way...
Jeanne Beaty (06/16/07)
Jeanne W. Beaty, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, June 15, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at McCombs Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery...
Norma Gentry (06/16/07)
Norma Lee Gentry, 71, of Scott City died Thursday, June 14, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 29, 1936, at Fornfelt, daughter of Lester Lowell and Lola Mae Simmons Russom. She and Lynn R. Gentry were married Nov. 13, 1955, in Scott City...
Elmer Southard (06/16/07)
Elmer Clifford Southard, 85, of Jackson passed away Friday, June 15, 2007, at his home. He was born Aug. 11, 1921, in Safe, Mo., son of John C. and Minnie L. Givens Southard. He and Anita Maxine Ludwig were married Jan. 8, 1944, in Wichita, Kan. Elmer served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was honorably discharged Nov. 17, 1943, as a tech 5...
Births 6/16/07 (06/16/07)
Hoeckele; Johnson; Mosby; McAlister; Garris; Stone; Barker; Thorne; Schiwitz; Hethcote; Montgomery; Warren; Meyer; Anderson
Police report 6/16/07 (06/16/07)
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Fire report 6/16/07 (06/16/07)
n At 8:51 p.m., a medical assist in the unit block of North Middle Street. n At 9:19 p.m., an illegal burn in the 200 block of Mason Street. n At 9:44 p.m., an alarm sounding at 112 S. Spanish St. n At 10:18 p.m., a medical assist in the 1100 block of South West End Boulevard...
Out of the past 6/16/07 (06/16/07)
Cape Girardeau city officials are taking a second look at disaster warning sirens following the tornado that ripped through Marion, Ill., on May 29; officials there say the death toll would have been much higher had residents not heard the town's sirens before the tornado struck...
Leadership projects (06/16/07)
Two Leadership Cape projects appear on their way to becoming a reality. Complete the Streets, a plan to create bicycle lanes and appropriate signage on six Cape Girardeau streets. The city is considering the idea, which was endorsed last week by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce...
Speak Out 6/16/07 (06/16/07)
For all citizens; Shoppers have had it; Enough taxes; Close the loophole; Regressive tax; Enforcement issue; Fewer voters; Willing to pay; Spending our money; Immigration bill; Sidewalk data; Running from police; Failed experiment; Wrong priority; Teachers benefit; Honest comments; In possession; Parking on Broadway
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