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Veterans group faces delay in memorial plans (06/21/07)
Citing the need for more discussion and consultation with Cape Girardeau city officials, the Cape Girardeau County Commission put off consideration of a veterans group's request to put several war memorials on the lawn of the Common Pleas Courthouse...
Business incubator opening new offices (06/21/07)
Southeast Missouri State University will hold a grand opening today for its new business incubator offices. Gov. Matt Blunt is scheduled to participate in the 4 p.m. ceremony on the remodeled third floor of the Southeast Innovation Center at 920 Broadway...
Area wins $5 million jobs grant (06/21/07)
Southeast Missouri will receive $5 million in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Labor for jobs and economic development, labor secretary Elaine Chao announced Wednesday. The funds are part of the department's Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development, or WIRED, initiative. Twelve other regions across the nation will receive $5 million each for the initiative...
Truck containing blasting chemicals overturns (06/21/07)
PATTON, Mo. -- A 10-wheel tractor-trailer carrying three chemicals used for blasting overturned Wednesday on Highway 72 in Bollinger County. The tanker has three compartments containing an acid solution and two other compounds that, when mixed together, can cause a small explosion. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the acid solution's compartment had a small leak, but cleanup crews were taking precautions to make sure it did not mix with the other compounds...
State lawmakers field questions on Social Security tax exemption (06/21/07)
House Speaker Rod Jetton told a crowd of seniors at the Cape Girardeau Senior Center on Wednesday that a bill he sponsored is going to give them a little extra cash each month. Jetton, R-Marble Hill, was joined at the senior center by state Sens. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, and Ryan McKenna, D-Jefferson City, state Reps. Ron Casey, D-Crystal City, and Steve Hodges, D-East Prairie, and leaders of advocacy groups who lobbied for the bill...
Respect for law (06/21/07)
submitted photoOptimist Club recognizes area law enforcement officersThe Evening Optimist Club of Cape Girardeau annually hosts a recognition ceremony for community members serving in law enforcement, the judicial system and their support personnel. ...
Using the river's magic (06/21/07)
In June 1972, six state and federal officials with responsibilities for the environmental and commercial health of the Mississippi River embarked on a first-of-its-kind trip along the river to talk about their interests. The brainchild of Claude Strauser, now river engineer with Hydrologic and Hydraulics Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District office, the trip was an attempt to break through communication barriers that undermined their efforts...
Cape Evening Lions Club installs new officers (06/21/07)
The Cape Evening Lions Club held its annual installation dinner at Dexter Bar-B-Que recently. Following the dinner, incoming district governor Willard Haynes of Farmington, Mo., installed club officers. District governor Vern Griffith of Sikeston, Mo., inducted four new members: Clet-us Crites, Linda Christenson, both of Jackson, and Mark and Claire Rigdon of Cape Girar-deau...
Military digest (06/21/07)
Airman graduates from basic training Air Force Airman Ricardo Garcia Jr. graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Garcia is the son of Lindell and Carmen Hodge of Jackson. The airman is a 2006 graduate of Jackson High School...
Blood supply down as Fourth of July nears (06/21/07)
The need for blood never takes a vacation. Every two seconds someone in America needs a blood transfusion. Kelly R. Ressel, donor recruitment account manager of the American Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Region, said, "Blood levels are at a critical state right now. ...
Region briefs 6/21/07 (06/21/07)
Josh Crowell named assistant principal Josh Crowell, the brother of state Sen. Jason Crowell, has been named assistant principal at Central High School for the 2007-2008 school year, school officials announced. Crowell's appointment was approved by the school board earlier this week. ...
Dispatcher, three police officers resign in Chaffee (06/21/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Three members of the Chaffee Police Department and a police dispatcher turned in their resignations at Chaffee City Council's Monday night meeting, one of the council's most senior members said Wednesday. Ward 4 Councilman Tom Cunningham declined to give officers' names and said the resignations "came as a surprise to us."...
Community digest 6/21/07 (06/21/07)
Prescription assistance bus travels to area; Nursing center plans benefit for aviary; Southeast Missouri Pachyderms meet today; Fun Fest will raise funds for child with leukemia; Hemmann reunion planned for July 8; Two regional pageants planned July 1, July 7; Deadline extended for sweetcorn pageants; Modern Woodmen Camp No. 4902 dinner canceled
Blunt backs new legal protections for midwives (06/21/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt said Thursday that he backs new legal protections for midwives. Blunt signed a bill into law June 1 that expands private health insurance options and allows certified midwives to legally work in Missouri. But Blunt held the signing ceremony on short notice away from the Capitol and, in a new release, touted only the insurance provisions. His office would not directly say whether he also supported the midwives provision...
State board removes Riverview schools' accreditation (06/21/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- For the second time in three months, the state Board of Education voted Thursday to remove accreditation from a St. Louis-area school district. The board decided without a dissenting vote to knock the Riverview Gardens district from provisional to unaccredited status...
Devlin jurors will come for another county (06/21/07)
UNION, Mo. (AP) -- A judge in a rural Missouri county ruled Thursday that accused kidnapper Michael Devlin will have jurors selected from another county in his trial for the kidnapping of 13-year-old Ben Ownby. Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Stanley Williams ruled that the Devlin jurors will be selected from a county elsewhere in the state, but they will be brought to Franklin County for the legal proceedings...
New Missouri law requires eye exams when starting school (06/21/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri children starting public school in kindergarten or first grade will have to receive eye exams, beginning with the 2008-2009 school year. Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation Thursday requiring the comprehensive vision exams by licensed optometrists or physicians. The bill also requires public schools to conduct less thorough vision screenings for all first- and third-graders...
Crayfish, box turtle added as Missouri state symbols (06/21/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Although somewhat slow and shy, the box turtle and crayfish have risen to the top of their classifications as the newest official state symbols. Legislation signed into law Thursday by Gov. Matt Blunt designates the three-toed box turtle as the official reptile of Missouri and makes the crayfish, also known as the crawfish or crawdad, the official state invertebrate...
Investigators: Drug debt may have played role in Butler County killing (06/21/07)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) -- Investigators in southeast Missouri now believe a drug debt -- and not just a quarrel over fishing poles -- played a role in the death of a 23-year-old man. Tommy Haugen of Butler County died early Monday after being struck once in the head with an iron pipe by a 17-year-old Sunday night. Initially, police said the two were fighing over stolen fishing poles...
Rare two-headed snake, named We, dies (06/21/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The two-headed rat snake known affectionately by fans worldwide as "We" has died. The 8-year-old oddity of nature died this weekend of natural causes, We's caretaker, Leonard Sonnenschein, said. The snake was the main attraction at the World Aquarium, which is inside the City Museum in downtown St. Louis...
ACLU gives St. Louis residents video cameras to monitor police activity (06/21/07)
ST. LOUIS -- After a year of delays, the American Civil Liberties Union chapter in St. Louis is launching a program that will put video cameras in the hands of St. Louis residents so they can monitor police activity in their neighborhoods. The ACLU of Eastern Missouri announced the program last year after television crews videotaped police punching and kicking a suspect after a car chase...
Eleven Missouri public, private colleges sign student loan code (06/21/07)
Eleven public and private colleges in Missouri have agreed to a code of conduct regarding student loans, Attorney General Jay Nixon said Wednesday. Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mo., was among the schools who agreed to the code. "When we got the initial request from the attorney general, we put it as one of our highest priorities," said Dr. ...
Biologists counting state's black bears (06/21/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Are the bears that wander the Ozarks woods native Missourians, or are they interlopers that wandered north from Arkansas? Agents from the Missouri Department of Conservation hope to answer that question and others in a kind of bear census taking place this summer...
Investigators seek cause of Charleston warehouse fire (06/21/07)
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- One coached football when he wasn't fighting fires. Another cut hair at a barbershop. Yet another was known for quoting the Bible. They called each other nicknames like "Squirrel" and "Lightning." On Tuesday, this city on the South Carolina coast mourned them all: nine firefighters killed inside a burning furniture store in the nation's worst loss of firefighters since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks...
Sand deadlier than sharks, claim doctors who study deaths at the beach (06/21/07)
ATLANTA -- Waves and sharks aren't the only dangers at the beach. More than two dozen young people have been killed over the last decade when sand holes collapsed on them, report father-and-son doctors who have made warning of the risk their personal campaign...
Police search for people that killed passenger of car that hit child (06/21/07)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Police were pleading Wednesday for witnesses to help them track down members of an angry mob that beat a man to death after the car he was riding in apparently struck and injured a child. Investigators were struggling to piece together what happened Tuesday when David Rivas Morales died defending the driver from members of a crowd leaving a Juneteenth celebration. There could have been anywhere from two to 20 attackers, Austin police commander Harold Piatt said...
Bush vetoes embryonic stem-cell bill (06/21/07)
WASHINGTON -- Pushing back against the Democratic-led Congress, President Bush vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have eased restraints on federally funded embryonic stem-cell research. "Our innovative spirit is making possible incredible advances in medicine that can save lives and cure diseases," the president told an invited audience in the East Room. ...
Failing schools face overhaul under No Child Left Behind (06/21/07)
NEW YORK -- The scarlet letter in education these days is an "R." It stands for restructuring -- the purgatory that schools are pushed into if they fail to meet testing goals for six straight years under the No Child Left Behind law. Nationwide, about 2,300 schools are either in restructuring or are a year away and planning for such drastic action as firing the principal and moving many of the teachers, according to a database provided to The Associated Press by the Education Department. ...
Rat, four cats resuscitated after apartment fire (06/21/07)
POCATELLO, Idaho -- Firefighters resuscitated four cats and an albino rat from a charred apartment Monday in southeastern Idaho. The animals received oxygen through a special mask designed for small animals that the department got two years ago. Electrical failure likely caused the fire, which resulted in at least $10,000 in damage, fire officials said. No people were injured...
Man strangles infected bobcat that attacked him (06/21/07)
WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. -- Dale Rippy says he was acting on instinct when a rabid 25-pound bobcat attacked him on his porch in this central Florida suburb. Rippy, 62, endured the bobcat's slashes and bites until it clawed into a position where he could grab it by the throat...
Firefighters use 250 gallons of water to rescue kitten (06/21/07)
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- It took two firetrucks, five firefighters, several animal rescuers and about 250 gallons of water to rescue a 2-pound kitten. Animal control officers tried coaxing the gray tabby out of a storm sewer drain with encouraging words and food Monday before giving up after about an hour and a half...
U.S., Iraqi soldiers discover emaciated children in Baghdad orphanage (06/21/07)
BAGHDAD -- U.S. and Iraqi soldiers found 24 severely malnourished children in a Baghdad orphanage -- some tied to their beds and too weak to stand, the U.S. military said Wednesday. Photographs showed emaciated children lying on the floor, some of them tied to cribs, of a U.S. soldier holding a bottle of water for one of the boys to drink and of American medics examining the children...
Palestinian president denounces Hamas for Gaza takeover, rules out negotiations (06/21/07)
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas lashed out at the Islamic militants of Hamas on Wednesday, accusing them of trying to build an "empire of darkness" in the Gaza Strip and pledging he would not negotiate with the "murderous terrorists."...
Japan changes name of Iwo Jima back to Iwo To to shore up tradition (06/21/07)
TOKYO -- Japan has returned to using the prewar name for the island of Iwo Jima -- site of one of World War II's most horrific battles -- at the urging of its original inhabitants, who want to reclaim an identity they say has been hijacked by high-profile movies like Clint Eastwood's "Letters from Iwo Jima."...
Reptiles smuggled in garden gnomes (06/21/07)
SYDNEY, Australia -- What's in a gnome? For surprised Australian customs officials, the answer was snakes and lizards. During a routine check of international mail June 10, an officer discovered two snakes and three lizards stuffed inside three of the diminutive garden figurines in a shipment from Britain...
Brake takes over wrestling program (06/21/07)
Even though he's only 24 years old, James Brake has been involved with the Central High School wrestling program the past five years. That's why Brake believes he is ready to take over as the Tigers' head coach. Brake was recently promoted from a Central assistant to the top spot. He replaces Josh Crowell, who stepped down after eight years leading the Tigers to become a Central assistant principal...
Capahas can't hold leads, fall 10-9 (06/21/07)
The Plaza Tire Capahas could not hold several leads Wednesday night and suffered a 10-9 loss to the host St. Louis Golden Spikes. Plaza Tire led 5-0 in the third inning and 8-4 in the eighth inning before the Golden Spikes forged an 8-8 tie with four runs in the bottom of the eighth...
Course, community earn high marks from out of state golfers (06/21/07)
With 18 competitors in the 144-player field, Texas has the second-most representatives among the 29 states in the AJGA Dalhousie Junior Championship outside the host state of Missouri, which has 46 players. And the parents who have made the trek from the Lone Star State have not been disappointed with their first look at Dalhousie Golf Club. The reviews have been thumbs up...
Five are within five shots of the lead (06/21/07)
Tyler Brown was disappointed with his performance in his first-ever American Junior Golf Association tournament. So far in his second AJGA event, Brown has few complaints. Brown, from Lee's Summit, Mo., leads by three strokes through two rounds of the Dalhousie Junior Championship...
Talley fell in love with golf, ragged clubs and all (06/21/07)
Four years ago, when Dan Talley took his two children, Jackson and Emma, to play a few holes at the Princeton Golf and Country Club near his home in Princeton, Ky., his main focus was to get his son more involved in the game of golf. Although his family lived right next to the 16th hole, Dan was not a golfer, but he had hopes for 13-year-old Jackson, who had taken a few lessons. ...
Ludwick's homer in the 14th inning wins it for the Cardinals (06/21/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals sent struggling Kip Wells to the bullpen to give him time to clear his head. But they were out of arms, and the right-hander responded with two scoreless innings in a 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night...
Sosa joins 600-homer club (06/21/07)
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Sammy Sosa's 600th homer resembled so many that came before -- except this time the Chicago Cubs were on the other side. Playing for the Texas Rangers after a year out of baseball, Sosa became the fifth member of the 600-homer club Wednesday night when he connected against his former team...
Cards aces pitch (06/21/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Carpenter pushed himself Wednesday in his second bullpen session since elbow surgery, a 50-pitch workout that brought the 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner another step closer to returning to the pitching-starved St. Louis Cardinals. "He might have taken a step and a half today," said Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who sat next to general manager Walt Jocketty and watched from the bullpen bench. "He's just feeling really good, and he's had no setbacks."...
Almost to the finish line (06/21/07)
Surrounded by supporters and spice muffins, the members of the weight-loss program Starting Point called out their lost poundage. Entering their 15th week in the 20-week program, the seven reporting participants have lost a total of 273 pounds. Starting Point, a weight-loss program offered at HealthPoint Plaza, uses meal replacement packets and advocates lifestyle changes to lose weight. ...
Health news 6/21/07 (06/21/07)
Blood drive: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., McAlister's Deli, 244 S. Mount Auburn Road. Tuesday Summer youth weight training clinic: 1 p.m., HealthPoint Fitness, 2126 Independence St. For more information or to register, call Andy or Stacy at 986-4400. Blood drive: 3 to 7 p.m., First Baptist Church-Marble Hill, 502 Broadway St., Marble Hill, Mo...
An itsy-bitsy spider (06/21/07)
June 21, 2007 Dear Patty, We're keeping an eye on our friend and next-door neighbor Robyn. We're watching for the appearance of superpowers. Spider-Woman got hers through an injection of irradiated spider blood. Soon she could lift tons and stick to walls...
Bouncing back (06/21/07)
When life goes south, why do some grin and bear it and emerge with greater wisdom while others scream for their mommies as they are being led away? Those who are chanting "Free Paris," and even those who are calling for the Hilton heiress' head on a platter, might stop to consider such a question. ...
Mary Webb (06/21/07)
Mary M. Webb, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, June 19, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Sept. 18, 1928, in Mesler, Mo., daughter of Herbert and Golda Price Van Matre. She and John William Webb were married Jan. 18, 1946, in Jackson. He died June 23, 2006...
Dr. Willis Williams Jr. (06/21/07)
Dr. Willis Albert Williams Jr., 72, of Wichita, Kan., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Wednesday, June 20, 2007, in Wichita. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home...
Loy Limbaugh (06/21/07)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Loy Arnold Limbaugh, 82, of Sedgewickville died Monday, June 18, 2007, at Gulfside Regional Hospice in New Port Richey, Fla. He was born July 19, 1924, son of Loy Arnold Limbaugh and Hannah Elizabeth Cook. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, Arthur Ridings. He and Annie Louise Hayes were married Feb. 12, 1947. She died Nov. 21, 1976...
Births 6/21/07 (06/21/07)
Hogan; Kirn; Lindsey; Pobst; Beasley; Heuring; Lutes; Bell; Class
Jackson fire report 6/21/07 (06/21/07)
** Jackson Firefighters reponded to the following call Tuesday. n Emergency medical service on West Adams Street. ** Firefighters reponded to the following call Wednesday. n Grass fire and a power line down in the 1700 block of South Hope Street.
Cape/Jackson police report 6/21/07 (06/21/07)
DWI; Arrests
Out of the past 6/21/07 (06/21/07)
Police find the body of a middle-aged woman in a house in the 1200 block of William Street in Cape Girardeau and immediately term the death "an apparent homicide"; the body is found in the home of Mildred Wallace. Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce officials are labeling this weekend's Riverfest celebration a "huge success"; an estimated 35,000 people attended the two-day event, up from last year's Riverfest...
Correction 6/21/07 (06/21/07)
An article in Wednesday's Southeast Missourian about the Cape Girardeau Public Library's temporary quarters incorrectly identified a representative of McLane Investment. His name is Chris Wheeler. The Missourian regrets the error.
The consequences (06/21/07)
By John R. Lott Jr. From The Wall Street Journal The abortion debate usually centers on the morality of the act itself. But liberalizing abortion rules from 1969 to 1973 ignited vast social changes in America. With the perennial political debate over abortion again consuming the presidential campaign and the Supreme Court, it might be time to evaluate what Roe v. Wade has meant in practical terms...
Monument planning (06/21/07)
A new monument dedicated to World War I veterans is planned for Courthouse Park in downtown Cape Girardeau near several other war monuments: the fountain on Lorimier Street that honors Union soldiers in the Civil War, another monument for Confederate veterans of that war that was moved from Morgan Oak Street when the old Mississippi River bridge was replaced, and the newest monument, a tribute to Vietnam veterans that was unveiled last year...
Speak Out 6/21/07 (06/21/07)
Outsiders pay; No payroll tax; Convenient swimming; Making pieces fit; Good study idea; Not a good idea; Heavy metal; Budget priorities; Taxing workers; Rural response; Oran vandalism; Two-tiered education; Current laws; No payroll tax
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