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Stories from Friday, July 13, 2007

State gets low marks in teacher training (07/13/07)
Missouri needs to do more to improve the quality of classroom teachers, a national study says. A three-year study of state regulations regarding preparation and licensing of teachers gave Missouri and 17 other states low marks. But a state education official insists that Missouri's classrooms have quality teachers. ...
AmerenUE plans to bury major lines (07/13/07)
AmerenUE wants to target major feeder lines for burial as part of a $1 billion program that will, among other things, improve the reliability of its electrical service, a company spokesman said Thursday. The utility company will spend $300 million to bury the lines, including about $6 million in Cape Girardeau, Ameren announced. ...
Showcase spotlights local talent (07/13/07)
Mike Dumey's position as a music director and producer of musicals at Central Junior High School puts him much closer to young singing and acting talent than just about anyone in Cape Girardeau. But Dumey's more than an educator: He's also a singer known for his professional gigs in the area. ...
Scott City about to tackle litter at teen hangout (07/13/07)
The Scott City government sent out several letters Thursday morning warning teenagers and their parents that a crackdown on littering at the local teen hangout is about to begin. The letters were addressed to names associated with license plate numbers taken by police at the parking lot on Main Street, where the city's historic caboose is located. ...
Most at meeting prefer alternate memorial sites (07/13/07)
Nobody at a noon meeting to discuss proposed memorials to veterans and mothers of fallen soldiers flatly opposed the idea. But as people suggested possible locations, it was also clear that few in the room aside from members of the VietNow chapter that is pushing the project wanted it built on the Common Pleas Courthouse lawn beside Lorimier Street...
Board member suggests turning metal buildings into offices (07/13/07)
The Cape Girardeau School District should consider turning the administration building for the school system back into a classroom building, board member Tom Reinagel suggested at Thursday's board retreat. School officials already are planning to renovate part of the building for use as an alternative school. But Reinagel said district administrators should look at the possibility of making the entire building on Clark Avenue a school. It previously was used as a vocational school...
New Web site maps state spending (07/13/07)
Missourians can now easily see exactly how the state government is spending their tax dollars, thanks to a Web site launched Wednesday. The Missouri Accountability Portal updates information about state spending at the close of each business day -- one of the first sites in the nation to do so, according to Gov. ...
$600,000 in cash seized from truck near Joplin (07/13/07)
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- State troopers seized $600,000 in cash in plastic-wrapped bundles from a semitrailer near Joplin, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. A trooper stopped the westbound truck Wednesday on Interstate 44 at Joplin for following another vehicle too closely, the patrol said in a written statement...
Body of Missouri man found at Bull Shoals Lake (07/13/07)
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) -- Searchers have found the body of a Missouri man who was missing since a Saturday night boat crash on Bull Shoals Lake. The body of Keith Akridge, 43, of Arnold, Mo., was recovered Thursday night, authorities said. The body was in 142 feet of water and divers were aided by sonar, cadaver dogs and underwater cameras to make the recovery...
Speaker pro tem of House steps down (07/13/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican Rep. Carl Bearden, the No. 2 ranking member in the Missouri House, resigned Thursday to take an advocacy job in which he could end up lobbying his former colleagues on education issues. Bearden, the House speaker pro tem, was first elected to represent part of St. Charles County in November 2000...
S&P and Dow set record closes (07/13/07)
NEW YORK -- Wall Street soared Thursday, propelling the Standard & Poor's 500 index and Dow Jones industrials to record highs as bright spots among generally sluggish retail sales allowed investors to toss aside concerns about the health of the economy...
Hummer powers smallest, best-selling model with V-8 engine (07/13/07)
There's a new reason to love -- or hate -- Hummer. For 2008, the maker of brutish, military-styled sport utility vehicles is offering a powerful V-8 for its smallest and best-selling model, the five-passenger H3 SUV. For Hummer fans, the addition of the 5.3-liter, small-block V-8 to the lineup brings a hearty and pleasing 300 horsepower and 320 foot-pounds of torque at 4,000 rpm -- more power than ever before -- to the midsize H3...
Report: Fewer teens having sex, more using condoms, teen birth rate down (07/13/07)
WASHINGTON -- Fewer high school students are having sex these days, and more are using condoms. The teen birth rate has hit a record low. More young people are finishing high school, too, and more young children are being read to, according to the latest government snapshot on the well-being of the nation's children. It's good news all around, experts said of the report being released today...
House Dems move toward holding Miers in contempt (07/13/07)
WASHINGTON -- House Democrats on Thursday took the first step toward holding former White House counsel Harriet Miers in contempt of Congress after she defied a subpoena -- at President Bush's order -- and skipped a hearing on the firing of U.S. attorneys...
Bush administration assessment of Iraq progress is mixed review (07/13/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Iraqi government has made mixed progress toward fulfilling goals for political, military and economic reform, the Bush administration said Thursday in a report certain to inflame debate in Congress over future U.S. war strategy. In an interim assessment required by Congress, the administration accused Syria of fostering a network that supplies as many as 50 to 80 suicide bombers per month for al-Qaida in Iraq. It also said Iran continues to fund extremist groups...
SCC issues statement to correct story facts (07/13/07)
The Scott County Central School District responded to the request for information from the Southeast Missourian regarding the July 2 school board meeting that included action on coaching positions at the school by issuing a statement correcting some reported information...
Kelly grad eager to earn a chance with Redhawks (07/13/07)
When is getting a scholarship to play basketball at Lyon College just not good enough? When a player has the chance to play his home games at Division I Southeast Missouri State, just 20 minutes from his house. That is what Kendal Deason has decided to do next year after two seasons at Three Rivers Community College. He will be a walk-on with the Redhawks' program this year...
Area sports digest 7/13/07 (07/13/07)
Cape Legion junior team falls in tournament The Cape Girardeau Plaza Tire American Legion junior baseball team suffered a 13-9 loss to Dunklin County in the winners bracket final of the District 14 tournament Thursday night in Jackson. Losing pitcher Zach Wilson allowed 11 hits in five innings. Only four of the 13 runs allowed by Wilson were earned...
Capahas ready to open NBC Mid-South Regional (07/13/07)
By sheer numbers of teams alone, the Plaza Tire Capahas figure to have a bit more competition as they shoot for their third straight National Baseball Congress Mid-South Regional title. Just how much more remains to be seen, but Plaza Tire is taking nothing for granted as the four-team event begins today with two games at Capaha Field...
Pujols: No feud with La Russa (07/13/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols wants to make this absolutely clear:~ The St. Louis star said there is no problem in the aftermath of the All-Star game. He is not feuding with Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. "People want to start World War III with me and Tony, and I think they're picking the wrong person," the St. Louis slugger said Thursday during a workout. "I've got so much respect for Tony, and he's got so much respect for me."...
Hancock death Tow truck driverto file counter suit (07/13/07)
ST. LOUIS -- A lawyer representing the tow truck driver involved in the fatal crash of Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock said Thursday he will file a counter suit against the estate of the late Cardinals pitcher. Robert Pedroli had given the Hancocks 21 days to dismiss the lawsuit that claims his client, tow truck driver Jacob Hargrove, and others were liable for Hancock's death...
Masters champion falls six shots back at Deere Classic (07/13/07)
Masters champion Zach Johnson couldn't settle in at home, shooting a 1-under 70 and falling six strokes off the lead through the first round of the John Deere Classic on Thursday in Silvis, Ill. Neal Lancaster shot 7-under to grab a one-shot lead over Duffy Waldorf, Paul Stankowski, Kenny Perry, Scott Gutschewski and Jason Dufner...
Wellemeyer replaces Eckstein on 15-day DL (07/13/07)
ST. LOUIS -- David Eckstein spent the All-Star break working to escape the 15-day disabled list. Eckstein spent several hours each day at Busch Stadium proving he's ready to shake off a back injury. He came off the DL on Thursday in the biggest in a flurry of moves the St. Louis Cardinals made heading into the first game after the break...
Fujikawa, 16, announces decision to turn professional (07/13/07)
HONOLULU -- Another teenager from Hawaii is turning pro. Tadd Fujikawa, the 16-year-old who became the youngest player in more than 50 years to make the cut on the PGA Tour, said Thursday he was giving up his amateur status and would make his pro debut in three weeks at the Reno-Tahoe Open...
Inaugural MGA Senior Series visits for two tourneys (07/13/07)
The Missouri Golf Association's Senior Series is such a big hit, one wouldn't blame executive director Scott Hovis for taking all the credit. But Hovis, in his second year as the executive director, said the idea came from the Kansas Golf Association, which has had a senior series for 11 years...
Everyone's a critic: 'Live Free or Die Hard' (07/13/07)
Angie Flieg Live Free or Die Hard three stars HHH (out of four) When I was told I would be reviewing this movie, my first impression was "another Die Hard? I haven't even seen the second and third of this series." However, this movie was actually good. ...
The characters of 'Tuna' (07/13/07)
The four cast members interviewed by the Southeast Missourian describe their characters. Ryan Heslinga n Leonard Childers -- "The Redneck Oprah," a radio show host at OKKK. n Jody Bumiller -- A little boy with an addiction to pets. n Arles Struvie -- An excitable co-host at OKKK...
Artifacts 7/13/07 (07/13/07)
Texas artist wins Girardot Best of Show; Jackson Homecomers kicks off July 24; Blunt named Citizens for the Arts chairwoman; -- From staff reports
Opening up the dance (07/13/07)
The Cape Friends of Traditional Music and Dance is still a small group, meeting once a month at the Christ Episcopal Church to practice the little-known art of contra dance, basically traditional folk dancing. It's a small, tight-knit club now, as it has been since its 1983 beginning. ...
Welcome to Tuna (07/13/07)
Tuna, Texas, is fictional, but it's a place not far removed from some of the small-town locales in the Southeast Missouri region -- full of quirky characters proud to live in a place where a traffic jam is something caused when a line of cars gets stuck behind a slow combine...
Vacation daze (07/13/07)
Vacations are great, but they're hard to explain to your cat. A few years ago we left for two weeks and had a friend make daily visits to feed and fuss over Miss Kitty, who decided to leave home. She was gone for an additional two weeks after we returned. Then she sauntered through the patio one afternoon as if nothing was amiss and took up residence again...
Keep toilet paper in the bathroom (07/13/07)
Dear Tom and Ray: While I was attending the University of Oklahoma in 1960, a study was done by the petroleum engineering department. The question was: Is draining oil from a vehicle necessary? They worked with White Trucking Co. and tested their theory on long-haul trucks. ...
The example of Maiden Alley (07/13/07)
We're just haunted by this place called Paducah, Ky., aren't we? Of course, there's Paducah's artist relocation program that many of us artsy types in Cape Girar­deau point to as a model for reshaping downtown the way we'd like to see it. Sure, it's selfish of us, but it's been proven time and time again that small-town downtowns can really benefit from an emphasis on the arts...
At the theaters 7/13/07 (07/13/07)
New at the theaters: 'Captivity'; 'Sicko'; STILL PLAYING: '1408'; 'Evan Almighty'; 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer'; 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'; 'Knocked Up'; 'License to Wed'; 'Live Free or Die Hard'; 'Ocean's 13'; 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End'; 'Ratatouille'; 'Shrek the Third'; 'Transformers'
Show focuses on the polish, power of Napoleon's reign (07/13/07)
ST. LOUIS -- We live in an image-conscious time, bombarded with details about the rich and famous: who is wearing what, how they decorate their homes, the ways they amass and keep their power. But a new show about Napoleon Bonaparte at the Saint Louis Art Museum shows that these fascinations weren't just invented...
Lorene Patterson (07/13/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- Lorene Patterson, 87, of Oran died Wednesday, July 11, 2007, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. She was born June 5, 1920, in Lamar, Ark., daughter of William King and Myrtle Richards Russell. She and Lee Patterson were married Aug. 31, 1940. He died March 11, 1977...
Jo Murphy (07/13/07)
Jo Carol Murphy, 54, of Jackson died Wednesday, July 11, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Dec. 3, 1952, in St. Louis, daughter of Dr. J. Robert and Virginia Mae Koch Cochran. Murphy was a member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church. She is survived by a son, Ryan Murphy of Jackson...
Mary Lyons (07/13/07)
Mary Lee Lyons, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born April 13, 1925, in Grenada, Miss., daughter of Jake and Mary Brocks. She and James Lyons were married Oct. 9, 1951, in Tallahatchie County, Miss...
Maxine Stacy (07/13/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Maxine Marie Stacy, 72, of Chaffee died Thursday, July 12, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 5, 1935, in Folsonville, Ind., daughter of Carl and Geneva Brooks Evans. She and Emory Charles Stacy were married Feb. 13, 1953. He died Jan. 26, 1992...
Thomas Lawson (07/13/07)
Thomas Wayne Lawson, 63, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, July 11, 2007, at his home. He was born May 5,1944, in Chicago, son of William and Wilma Lawson. Lawson worked at VIP Industries, and attended Hanover Lutheran Church. Survivors include cousins Shelly Patterson, Richard McAninch, Ariese Patterson, Jami Ruebel, Kenneth Cornwell, all of Cape Gir-ardeau, and James and Nancy Patterson of Chandlerville, Ill...
Births 7/13/07 (07/13/07)
Brown; Fleming; James; Green; Sokolowski; Roth
Cape/Jackson police report 7/13/07 (07/13/07)
Arrest; Summons; Assault; Thefts; Miscellaneous; Assault; Theft; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 7/13/07 (07/13/07)
Frank X. Hastings of Bloomsdale, Mo., a Democratic candidate for 8th District congressman, yesterday called for a debate among all three Democratic hopefuls; while John L. Woodward of Cuba, Mo., has agreed to the debate, Jerry Ford of Cape Girardeau says he will refuse the invitation...
Correction 7/13/07 (07/13/07)
The Cape Girardeau Rotary Club was incorrectly identified in Wednesday's edition. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Banner message (07/13/07)
A confusing message is being sent about Cape Girardeau's stringent new sign ordinance. At one extreme is a business owner who was sent to jail for five days of shock time because he ignored a judge's order to take down a banner sign -- the only sign informing the public of the whereabouts of his business. Banner signs are banned under the new ordinance except for some specific exceptions...
Speak Out 7/13/07 (07/13/07)
Better location; Concert booze; Higher pool fees; More smiles, please; Great performance; School breakfast; Mowing kindness; Coach's behavior; Proper enforcement; Spotty fines; Speeding fuel; Orchard Road repairs; Immigration laws; No more taxes; Not to worry?; Memorial locations
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