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Two filling position of Scott County E911 director (07/27/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County will try operating its E-911 communications center without having one person filling the capacity of supervisor. Instead, the county's jail administrator and a senior employee of the E-911 center will both work to oversee the operations...
Stories to look for SATURDAY (07/27/07)
The city of Cape Girardeau receives its first check in a series of federal grants to help pay for the extension of Fountain Street from Morgan Oak to William. The $1.4 million project will be funded largely with federal money. It won't be just a regular concrete street. This one will feature pavers, decorative lighting and a planted median to complement the decorative section of Fountain Street by the River Campus. Reporter MARK BLISS shares the details...
Skyhawk makes final landing (07/27/07)
On July 25, a TA-4 Skyhawk was moved to its concrete display pad next to the entrance gate at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. Plans are in place to finish the design of the monument, which honors military personnel. Lineman Mark Perry captured the images of the Skyhawk's move, and it's positioning on it's pad...
Road to link Kingshighway, LaSalle Avenue (07/27/07)
The city of Cape Girardeau is rolling toward a major road project aimed at easing traffic congestion. The Lewis and Clark Parkway -- a virtual road formerly known as Technology Drive -- will materialize in three phases, with the goal of linking Kingshighway to another yet-to-be-built road, LaSalle Avenue. Lewis and Clark Parkway will cost an estimated $2.4 million...
New preschool program in Cape still has openings (07/27/07)
The Cape Girardeau School District has room for more children in its new preschool program that kicks off Aug. 16 with the start of the regular school year. The district has received about 30 applications for enrollment since school officials first announced the enrollment process in mid-July...
Mentor program will include young fathers (07/27/07)
Jonathon Tanner doesn't go out a lot. The 18-year-old spends his days changing diapers and refilling sippy cups for his 16-month-old son, Darin. But he was not always so adept at child care. Tanner said he was "clueless" when it came to children. When he found out his girlfriend, Ashley, was pregnant, he knew he would need help, especially because most of his friends were just as young as he was and turned out to be unsupportive...
Nell Holcomb construction continues (07/27/07)
As workmen remove the walls of the 30-year-old gym, construction continues on a new parking lot and front entrance to the rural Nell Holcomb School. It's all part of a more than $2 million project that includes replacing the gym and adding classrooms to the kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school on Highway 177...
Police drug crackdown in Cape leads to arrest (07/27/07)
A Cape Girardeau man arrested Wednesday for five counts of drug-related charges allegedly committed the first offense, distribution of marijuana, within 2,000 feet of St. Mary Cathedral School, police said. He was dealing to an undercover informant for the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force, an error he made four more times, according to authorities...
Van overturns on Route PP in Jackson (07/27/07)
Jackson police and the Jackson Fire Department responded to a car accident involving an overturned van Thursday around 8 p.m. on Route PP in Jackson. A Chevrolet Astro minivan was traveling east on Jackson Boulevard, allegedly ran the light and collided with a Chevrolet Trailblazer headed south on Route PP, causing the minivan to flip onto its top, said Capt. Steve Grant of the Jackson Fire Department...
Police seek man who fled after wreck (07/27/07)
A suspect fled into a wooded area between Fountain and Spanish streets in north-central Cape Girardeau on Thursday after abandoning his car while it was moving. The white Cadillac came to rest against a Chrysler Sebring and a Dumpster behind the Elms Apartments, 510 N. Frederick St. A search of the area between Fountain Street and the Mississippi River failed to turn up the suspect...
Drug bust in Alexander County results in 5 arrests (07/27/07)
The Alexander County Sheriff's Department, the Southern Illinois drug Task Force, and the Illinois State Police have combined forces to crack down on drugs and drug dealers in Alexander County. A drug sweep Tuesday morning through the Olive Branch and Klondike areas resulted in five arrests, according to a prepared statement by the Alexander County Sheriff's Department, which declined further comment on the incidents...
Safer shoulders on U.S. 61 (07/27/07)
Scott Stearns of Cape Girardeau tenses every time he has to turn his car onto Route Y from U.S. 61. Stearns has totaled two cars in rear-end collisions at that intersection in the past two years. "I keep thinking they'll make it four lanes," Stearns said...
Blunt optimistic about Missouri's ag economy even after tough year (07/27/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Despite natural disasters like a spring freeze and May flooding in other parts of the state, Gov. Matt Blunt expressed optimism about the current agricultural season Thursday in Sikeston. "It appears to be the makings of a pretty good year for agriculture, the bedrock of our economy," Blunt said Thursday to a small crowd at the Sikes­ton Area Chamber of Commerce. ...
Jackson County deputy resigns after being accused of sodomizing teen (07/27/07)
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) -- A Jackson County sheriff's deputy resigned Friday after being accused of sodomizing a 15-year-old girl in a Sibley park. Authorities are still investigating the incident and haven't charged the suspect, who isn't being identified pending charges being filed...
Woman's body found in Missouri River (07/27/07)
LEXINGTON, Mo. (AP) -- Searchers have recovered the body of a woman in the Missouri River northeast of Kansas City. The Missouri Water Patrol says a search was launched Thursday night when fisherman called the Clay County Sheriff's Department after seeing a body in the water near Missouri City...
State proposal on returning donations exempts McCaskill, others (07/27/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Sen. Claire McCaskill and others working to pay off old campaign debts could benefit if the state Supreme Court follows the state's suggested model for reinstating Missouri's campaign contribution limits. A brief filed by Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, on behalf of the state and the Ethics Commission, says a recent Supreme Court ruling reimposing contribution limits should apply retroactive to January, when a law took effect removing the limits...
Police stumped by cremated remains found in SW Mo. yard (07/27/07)
MONETT, Mo. (AP) -- Monett police have a strange mystery on their hands. Police said Thursday they are trying to determine the identity of cremated remains in a popcorn tin that ended up in front of a home in the southwest Missouri town. Police are asking the public for help in identifying the ashes and finding whoever lost -- or dumped -- the remains. A man mowing the front lawn of his home on July 12 made the discovery and called police...
Missouri appeals court judge leaving for private practice (07/27/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A state appeals court judge announced Thursday that he is leaving the bench in September to return to private practice. Judge Phillip R. Garrison, 65, has served on the Missouri Court of Appeals' Southern District since being appointed in December 1992. He served as the court's chief judge in 1998 and 1999...
Paddlers test endurance in Missouri River race (07/27/07)
GLASGOW, Mo. -- For paddlers like Texas teammates West Hansen and Richard Steppe, reaching the finish line first was the only thing that mattered in the second annual 340-mile Missouri River race. Sleep, food and bathroom breaks could wait. Thursday morning -- a mere 44 1/2 hours after the race's start in Kansas City, Kan. -- the tandem canoeists pulled into the St. Charles riverfront well before dawn, shattering the course record in less than half the time of last year's tandem winners...
Ill. lawmakers finally get electric rate relief off their plates (07/27/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- For better or worse, they're just glad it's over. Illinois lawmakers have squabbled, negotiated and debated for months about how to deal with angry consumers' soaring electric rates. On Thursday, they cleared the nagging item off their plates by approving a $1 billion rate relief package...
How to capture a bat (07/27/07)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says homeowners should call for professional help to capture a bat so that health officials can determine if it has rabies. If no help is available, CDC suggests putting on leather work gloves and using a small box or coffee can, a piece of cardboard and tape...
Girl recovering after being bitten by rabid bat (07/27/07)
An eastern Missouri teenager is expected to make a full recovery after being bitten by a rabid bat, health officials said Thursday. The incident should serve as a reminder for people to rid their homes of bats, even those that appear confined to the attic, and to get to a doctor if they've had contact with them...
Dow plunges more than 300 points due to lending worries (07/27/07)
NEW YORK -- Wall Street suffered one of its worst losses of 2007 Thursday, leading a global stock market plunge as investors succumbed to months of worry about the mortgage and corporate lending markets. The Dow Jones industrials closed down more than 310 points after skidding nearly 450 earlier in the day...
Two killed in explosion at Mojave airport site used by pioneering rocket firm (07/27/07)
MOJAVE, Calif. -- An explosion killed two workers and critically injured four others at a Mojave Desert airport site used by the pioneering aerospace company that sent the first private manned rocket into space, authorities said. The blast at a Mojave Air and Space Port facility belonging to Scaled Composites LLC also left some toxic material, said Kern County fire Capt. Doug Johnston. All the victims worked for Scaled...
Company agrees to pay $15 million after deadly N.M. pipeline explosion (07/27/07)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- El Paso Natural Gas Co. agreed Thursday to pay a $15.5 million fine and make $86 million in pipeline modifications in a settlement after a fiery explosion killed 12 campers in August 2000. The Justice Department and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said the settlement covers the company's 10,000-mile pipeline system across the West, Southwest and northern Mexico...
Medical group to issue guidelines aimed at preventing surgery fires (07/27/07)
Flames engulfed Kathleen Osberger's face as she lay sedated on a Chicago operating room table during what was supposed to be a simple procedure to remove two moles from her face. Now, seven years and 18 corrective surgeries later, the 54-year-old clinical social worker is still on disability leave because of the severe burns to her upper lip, nose and nasal passages...
NASA shaken by reports of drunken astronauts, equipment sabotage (07/27/07)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- America's space agency was shaken Thursday by two startling and unrelated reports: One involved claims that astronauts were drunk before flying. The other was news from NASA itself that a worker had sabotaged a computer set for delivery to the international space station...
General faces demotion in Tillman death (07/27/07)
WASHINGTON -- Army Secretary Pete Geren is expected to recommend demoting a retired three-star general for his role in providing misleading information to investigators about the friendly-fire shooting of Pat Tillman in Afghanistan, military officials say...
State Dems favor House farm bill; GOP wavering (07/27/07)
WASHINGTON -- Missouri Democrats on Thursday praised the farm bill being considered in the House this week, but Republicans said they are concerned about last-minute provisions that threatened to drive away GOP support for the measure. Democratic Rep. Ike Skelton, of Lexington, said the bill would help the state's farmers, fund important conservation programs and improve nutrition programs...
Study finds marijuana may increase psychosis risk (07/27/07)
LONDON -- Using marijuana seems to increase the chance of becoming psychotic, researchers report in an analysis of past research that reignites the issue of whether pot is dangerous. The new review suggests that even infrequent use could raise the small but real risk of this serious mental illness by 40 percent...
Area sports digest 7/27/07 (07/27/07)
Hogan to throw out first pitch at Miners game The Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association is hosting Southeast Night at Saturday's Southern Illinois Miners baseball game, with Redhawks baseball coach Mark Hogan throwing out the ceremonial first pitch...
Cape eliminates Jackson 19-13 (07/27/07)
Jackson knows it will participate in next week's American Legion Zone 4 tournament because Post 158 is serving as host of the five-team event. Cape Girardeau Ford & Sons knows the only way it will advance to the zone is by winning this week's District 14 tournament...
Scott County advances past Cape, reaches district championship game (07/27/07)
The Scott County American Legion baseball team was able to shake off Wednesday's loss to Dunklin County in the winners bracket final of the District 14 tournament. As a result, Post 369 will get another crack at Dunklin County with the district title and a berth in next week's zone tournament on the line...
Phillies' Utley suffers broken hand (07/27/07)
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies All-Star second baseman Chase Utley broke his right hand when he was hit by a pitch during Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Washington Nationals. Utley was hit in the fifth inning by Washington's John Lannan, who was making his major league debut. Utley finished the game, going 2-for-4, but X-rays after the game showed he broke a bone in the hand...
Carpenter visits clubhouse two days after surgery (07/27/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Carpenter returned to the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse Thursday to visit with his teammates two days after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Team physician Dr. George Paletta repaired the ulnar collateral ligament in Carpenter's right elbow Tuesday in St. Louis...
Cards slam Marquis in averting Cubs sweep (07/27/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Duncan found a pitch he liked and the result -- a grand slam -- helped the St. Louis Cardinals avoid a sweep at the hands of the Chicago Cubs. Albert Pujols snapped an 0-for-11 slump with a three-run homer and Braden Looper pitched seven innings as the Cardinals routed the Cubs 11-1 on Thursday...
Faldo makes senior debut, leads Senior British Open (07/27/07)
Nick Faldo recaptured enough of his famous competitive edge to shoot a 3-under 68 for a share of the lead in his senior tour debut. The six-time major champion made six birdies -- including a 3-foot putt at the last -- in the first round of the Senior British Open at Muirfield in Gullane, Scotland, where he won two of his three Opens, in 1987 and 1992...
Reeling race has new leader (07/27/07)
CASTELSARRASIN, France -- On a day when the Tour de France got a new leader in Alberto Contador, Michael Rasmussen's mark on cycling's premier event was all too clear -- an indelible stain. Rasmussen, the former overall leader from Denmark, was kicked out of the race by his own Rabobank team a day earlier. His ouster left a pack of dispirited riders Thursday heading toward Paris, burdened by the latest jolt to the sport...
Vick pleads innocent to dogfighting charges (07/27/07)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Barred by the NFL from reporting to work with the Atlanta Falcons, Michael Vick declared his innocence on federal dogfighting charges Thursday and asked the public to hold its judgment "until all the facts are shown." Lustily jeered by hundreds of protesters as he entered and left U.S. District Court, Vick strolled in stony silence and did his only talking inside the courtroom, where his career as a superstar quarterback and his freedom are jeopardized...
Martin retires as NFL's No. 4 rusher (07/27/07)
NEW YORK -- Curtis Martin hopes to run straight from the backfield to the front office. After retiring from the New York Jets on Thursday as the No. 4 rusher in league history, the 34-year-old Martin revealed he has his sights set on becoming an NFL owner...
Bulger skips meeting to open camp (07/27/07)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger, who is seeking a new contract, was a no-show for a mandatory team meeting the day before the start of training camp. Coach Scott Linehan said team officials were meeting with Bulger's representatives and was hopeful that Bulger would be on the field for the first practice this morning...
Everyone's a critic: 'I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry' (07/27/07)
Three stars (out of four) I had a bit of trepidation about seeing "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry." Though I am a big fan of Kevin James and have always enjoyed Adam Sandler's movies, I was afraid that this movie was going to be 90 minutes of homophobia. That was definitely how the previews portrayed it and until at least halfway through it seemed like that's what it was. However, there was a positive message about tolerance and acceptance in the end...
Artifacts 7/27/07 (07/27/07)
Crown Valley Winery hosts art fair in August; Smokey Robinson concert canceled; Broadway Books to host Dave Carter memorial; Nominations being sought for Arts Awards; Artists give watercolor, pastel workshops ; Red House seeks crafters, artists; Garden Gallery seeks entries for exhibition; Opening reception set for Watson exhibition; -- From staff reports
Serving the classics (07/27/07)
Tom Harte does this every weekday. Monday through Friday he arrives at Southeast Public Radio KRCU, Cape Girardeau's National Public Radio affiliate, just before 11 a.m. and prepares for his lunch-time spot on local public radio, Caffe Concerto. "We have a reservation for you and your table is now ready," Harte tells his listeners before reciting today's menu, two hours of classical music, which includes "a little scoop of Schubert."...
Water madness (07/27/07)
A civilization's gullibility, I suspect, can be measured by rising sales of bottled water. Not that there's anything wrong with bottled water -- except, perhaps, its exorbitant cost and its dubious origins. Spring water, melting glaciers and mountain streams may suggest that water bottled at any of those sources is, in some mysterious way, better and healthier...
Hype and the River Campus (07/27/07)
I'm sure we all have great hopes for the River Campus. How could you not? If the facility is everything the powers-that-be at Southeast Missouri State University, in local politics and economic development tell us it will be, the campus has the potential to overhaul Cape Girardeau's downtown, maybe creating our own little Greenwich Village or Haight Ashbury-type of place (minus the strong liberal political bent?), and turn the city into a true arts hub for the entire region, a role Cape Girardeau has only filled so far in a limited capacity.. ...
Will fans cry 'woo-hoo' or 'd'oh' over 'Simpsons Movie'? (07/27/07)
LOS ANGELES -- For a cartoon comedy dependent on how much ruination one homely yellow family can cause, there's an awful lot of drama behind "The Simpsons." Fans gripe that the animated show is nowhere near as funny as it was in the early glory years of the 1990s. Some predict the big-screen "The Simpsons Movie," opening today, will be similarly disappointing. Others wonder why it took so long for the show to make the leap to theaters...
Etta James hospitalized in L.A. for complications from surgery (07/27/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Etta James was in stable condition Thursday after being hospitalized for complications from abdominal surgery she had last month, her manager said. The 69-year-old blues singer was being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "Her condition is stabilized," but she had to cancel upcoming tour dates with B.B. King and Al Green, her manager, Lupe De Leon, said in an e-mail...
At the theaters 7/27/07 (07/27/07)
New at the theaters: 'I Know Who Killed Me'; 'No Reservations'; 'The Simpsons Movie'; 'Who's Your Caddy?'; STILL PLAYING: '1408'; 'Evan Almighty'; 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer'; 'Hairspray'; 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'; 'I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry'; 'Knocked Up'; 'License to Wed'; 'Live Free or Die Hard'; 'Ratatouille'; 'Shrek the Third'; 'Transformers'
Rowling discusses Harry Potter's fate (07/27/07)
NEW YORK -- Less than a week after the release of the final Harry Potter book, author J.K. Rowling is giving hints about its conclusion. In an interview broadcast Thursday on NBC's "Today" show and in one published Thursday in USA Today, she discussed the young wizard's fate in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."...
Technology, marketplace enable unprecedented sales (07/27/07)
NEW YORK -- Laurence J. Kirshbaum, the former head of Warner Books, remembers publishing one of the biggest sensations of its time: Alexandra Ripley's "Scarlett," the authorized sequel to Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind." Ripley's novel, with its answer to a decades-old tease -- whether Scarlett and Rhett end up together -- was a guaranteed instant best seller. And it deserved the fullest first printing the market could handle, in 1991: 500,000 copies...
Benjamin Abbott (07/27/07)
Benjamin Abbott, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, July 26, 2007, at his home. McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Frank Mateka (07/27/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Frank E. Mateka, 86, of Perryville, Mo., died Thursday, July 26, 2007, at Perry Oaks Manor. He was born Oct. 9, 1920, at House Spring, Mo., the son of Frank and Barbara Steck Mateka. He and Rosalia Wuertz were married May 7, 1949...
Cletus Brown (07/27/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Cletus M. Brown, 87, of Perryville died Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at Perry County Nursing Home. He was born Jan. 4, 1920, at St. Mary, Mo., son of Merlin V. and Judie M. Hudson Brown. He and Retha L. Gale were married April 25, 1943. She died Sept. 24, 2003...
Mildred Calvin (07/27/07)
VILLA RIDGE, Ill. -- Mildred Ruth Calvin, 87, of Villa Ridge died Thursday, July 26, 2007, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. She was born Oct. 25, 1919, in Villa Ridge, daughter of Glenn W. and Myrtle Helman Aldrich Sr. She married Raymond Calvin, who died Nov. 22, 1980...
Margaret Collins (07/27/07)
STEELVILLE, Mo. -- Margaret Anita Collins, 76, of Steelville, Mo., passed away Thursday, July 26, 2007, at her daughter's home in Steelville. She was born October 28, 1930, in Kewanee, Mo., to Charles and Ruby (Gentry) Woods. She was married to Richard Harrington and later to Howard Collins...
Cape/Jackson police report 7/27/07 (07/27/07)
Arrests; Jackson: Arrest
Cape fire report 7/27/07 (07/27/07)
n At 7:43 p.m., a wire down at 232 Mill St. n At 8:35 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of West End Boulevard. n At 9:17 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1300 block of William Street. n At 10:21 p.m., emergency medical service at 1000 Towers Circle...
Out of the past 7/27/07 (07/27/07)
A former Jackson police officer has been appointed director of security at Southeast Missouri State University; Mike Murray, 32, has been named to the position vacated earlier this summer by Ken Peoples; Murray, a native of Perryville, Mo., was a patrol officer with the Jackson Police Department for the past 6 1/2 years...
Let the blowhards blow (07/27/07)
The Economist Rush Limbaugh makes an unusual martyr. He's a rich, white and often rather nasty celebrity. He has the look of a man who eats steak for breakfast. He likes to smoke huge cigars. But a martyr is exactly what he will become if some of America's most prominent politicians get their way...
Fun in Jackson (07/27/07)
What do you do when you're about to reach your centennial anniversary? Why, throw a party, of course. That's exactly what Jackson has been doing since Tuesday night, and the fun won't stop until the annual Homecomers celebration ends Saturday night...
Speak Out 7/27/07 (07/27/07)
Taxing issues; Taking shortcuts; Giving extra; Memorial location; No more taxes; Iraq's borders; Dark danger; Work on health care; Hiring teachers; Thanks for the fix
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