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KFVS drops 9 p.m. news (08/02/07)
KFVS12 has dropped its 9 p.m. newscast on The Heartland's CW -- a show that was in production for several years and had lately shifted its focus to covering primarily Southeast Missouri news. The last episode of Heartland News at 9:00 aired July 29, according to a press release sent out by KFVS12. "The Oprah Winfrey Show" has now taken the 9 p.m. time slot on the KFVS12-owned station, followed by the same newscast that airs on KFVS12 itself at 10 p.m...
Green beans recalled by Schnuck's in Cape (08/02/07)
Schnuck's Markets recalled all cans of its store brand of French-style green beans in response to a notice from the manufacturer that some lots of its product are potentially contaminated, a spokeswoman said Thursday. A check of the inventories at the more than 100 Schnuck's stores showed that the grocery chain only received two cases of the beans from lots identified as possibly undercooked by the manufacturer, Lakeside Foods, Inc. ...
Stagnant air mass impacts dust, pollen in Southeast Missouri (08/02/07)
Dust, pollen and ground-level ozone adding to the distress of people with asthma or other breathing difficulties is likely to get worse over the next week to 10 days, a National Weather Service meteorologist said Thursday. A stagnant air mass allowing the build up of pollutants covers the Midwest from southern Wisconsin to the Gulf Coast, said Robin Smith, a meteorologist in the Paducah forecast office. ...
Courthouse roof has problems (08/02/07)
Federal officials are unhappy with the condition of the roof on the new $50 million U.S. courthouse in Cape Girardeau and say they are working to address the issue amid lengthening delays in opening the massive structure on Independence Street. General Services Administration regional administrator said the agency would be providing more details about the roof problem later today. Check back for more on this story later...
Arrest made in Scopus killing (08/02/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- The Bollinger County Sheriff's Department arrested Lisa A. Barlow Wednesday night in the killing of her boyfriend, Michael E. Strong, who was found shot to death Friday in his Scopus home. Barlow, who was living with Strong at the time of the killing, is charged with armed criminal action and first-degree murder...
Illinois shooting suspect taken in (08/02/07)
It turns out police were looking for more than just some guy with a dark complexion and a gray baseball cap. They were looking for a man with a name. And they found him Tuesday night. Michael Fencil, 25, of Mounds, Ill. -- the man police allege robbed Brown Bag Video II, shot and killed a customer while also wounding a clerk early Tuesday morning -- was arrested by Ottawa, Ill., police in north-central Illinois...
Store owner agrees to pay Cape sign fines (08/02/07)
To resolve his dispute with Cape Girardeau over a banner sign for his mattress store, Dennis McDonald on Wednesday agreed to pay $750 in fines. The agreement, which closed the books on three convictions for violating the city's sign ordinance, also ended city attempts to prosecute McDonald on six additional violations...
Quake specialists share information at workshop (08/02/07)
Christine Aide carries an emergency backpack in the trunk of her car. She keeps enough food in her house for months. Aide vividly recalls being in St. Louis during the Nov. 9, 1968, earthquake that was centered near Dale, Ill., and made her home's brick mortar crumble...
Cape Girardeau man injured in shooting testifies in court (08/02/07)
During a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning, a Cape Girardeau man testified that during an altercation July 3, Brandon Mackins shot him in the arm as he turned to run. After hearing the testimony of John L. Tate, 26, Circuit Judge Gary Kamp decided sufficient evidence existed to uphold the charges against Mackins and set the arraignment for 9 a.m. Aug. 13...
Event benefits sick, disabled children (08/02/07)
Rick Farmer has been planning the first Cars for Kids Southern Style open car show since December. He will have five of his own cars at the show. Since February he's distributed fliers at the weekly car shows he attends and to all his customers at Farmers Sales & Service in Cape Girardeau...
Father, son promoted during training (08/02/07)
Lt. Col. Andrew Rogers and his son, Spc. Thomas Rogers of Jackson were both recently promoted during a mobilization training period in Fort McCoy, Wis. The elder Rogers was pinned by Brig. Gen. Michael Pace in a ceremony in June. ...
Little Miss Queen Elk (08/02/07)
Submitted photo Sara Johnson was named Little Miss Queen Elk at a family picnic held at Elks Lodge no. 639. The 9-year-old Alma Schrader student is the daughter of Ken and Tarolyn Johnson of Cape Girardeau; granddaughter of Jack and Joan Johnson of Cape Girardeau, Ed and Ann Gerler of Gordonville. She is a member of Cape/Jackson Southeast Twirlers...
Southeast Area Twirlers place in top 10 at national competition (08/02/07)
Southeast Area Twirlers competed in their first America's Youth on Parade national competition recently and exceeded the goal of placing in the top 30 in at least one division. Director Kandi Staples said, "With this being our first time at nationals, we needed to get our routines on the floor, see how they matched with twirlers from around the country and get adjusted to competing on this large of a scale."...
Cape resident elected to Lewis and Clark board (08/02/07)
A Cape Girardeau resident starts serving a one-year term as a board member of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation on Monday. Jane Randol Jackson joins a 15-member board and will meet with fellow members three times during her one-year term. The foundation's annual meeting will be Monday in Charlottesville, Va...
First Friday Coffee to feature presentation on Cape attractions (08/02/07)
The monthly First Friday Coffee presented by the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce will feature a presentation by Chuck Martin and the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau on tourist attractions that are making a difference bringing visitors to the city...
Community digest 8/2/07 (08/02/07)
Nature Center hosts events this weekend; Salvation Army holds back-to-school Fair; Andrew and Canzada Moore reunion set; Friedrich family reunion planned for Aug. 19; Farrow reunion will be at Cape County Park
Taum Sauk manager says he felt pressure to increase productivity (08/02/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) A former manager of the Taum Sauk hydroelectric plant told the Missouri Public Service Commission Thursday that Ameren Corp.'s energy trading unit asked him in 2000 to run the reservoir outside of what he considered safe operating limits, soon after industry deregulation allowed the company to sell more power on the open market...
Missouri halts proposed chicken farm near state park (08/02/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- State regulators have at least temporarily stopped a large indoor chicken farm near Roaring River State Park from continuing with construction. Officials said Wednesday that the owners will need to win further approvals to start any operations...
WWI museum in Kansas City to pull disputed recordings (08/02/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The National World War I Museum plans to remove a series of recordings from its exhibits after failing to reach an agreement with the recordings' owner. Edward Golterman, of St. Louis, claims his family owns the rights to a number of recording produced by his grandfather decades ago that are now featured in the audio alcoves of the National World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial...
In light of Minnesota tragedy, Missouri bridges will be scrutinized (08/02/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri will begin immediately inspecting any bridges that have a similar design as the one that collapsed Wednesday in Minnesota, a Transportation Department spokesman said Thursday. Missouri has 10,000 bridges in its state highway system. Officials are now identifying which of them are deck arch truss bridges, which is the type that collapsed in Minnesota, Department of Transportation spokesman Jeff Briggs said...
Schnucks supermarkets pulling green beans amid contamination concerns (08/02/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A supermarket chain is pulling its brand of French style green beans from the shelves of more than 100 stores because of concerns about possible contamination. Schnucks, with stores primarily in the St. Louis area and across the Midwest, said Wednesday it was recalling Schnucks Blue Lake French Style Green Beans from all Schnucks and Logli stores...
Engineer acknowledges removing probes after reservoir collapse (08/02/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An Ameren Corp. engineer said Wednesday a manager told him to remove critical safety probes from their casing at the Taum Sauk reservoir and test them just hours after the structure collapsed. "We wanted to find out what happened -- why the thing didn't work," Tom Pierie said during sworn testimony at a Public Service Commission inquiry into one of the worst man-made disasters in Missouri history...
'Ebert & Roeper' Web site to post movie reviews (08/02/07)
CHICAGO -- For someone who can't talk, film critic Roger Ebert is making a lot of noise -- at times in a British accent. Open a newspaper and his reviews are in there. He's published three books since last fall and has two more on the way. All the while, he's recuperating from cancer surgery and a subsequent operation that left him unable to speak...
Likely Missouri attorney general candidate switches to Democratic Party (08/02/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- As colleagues and political strategists digested news of a state Senate leader switching parties, Sen. Chris Koster stepped back from spelling out his political ambitions and focused on why he left. Koster announced Wednesday that he was switching from the Republican to the Democratic Party...
Arkansas man charged in fatal stabbing at Branson motel (08/02/07)
BRANSON, Mo. -- A 52-year-old man from Little Rock, Ark., was charged Wednesday in the stabbing death of another Arkansas man last month at a Branson motel in a fight over money. Taney County prosecutor Jeff Merrell said Terry Lynn Huey, 52, faces a possible maximum term of life in prison on three felony counts of second-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon...
Murdoch's News Corp. buys out Dow Jones & Co. for $5B (08/02/07)
NEW YORK -- Rupert Murdoch has sealed a deal to buy Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones & Co. for $5 billion, ending a century of family ownership and adding a crown jewel to his global media empire, News Corp. The companies said early Wednesday morning that they signed a definitive agreement after the deal won sufficient support to pass from a deeply divided Bancroft family, which has controlled the storied newspaper publisher for generations...
Fear of greater risk driving investors more than actual risk (08/02/07)
NEW YORK -- The widening fallout in the U.S. mortgage industry has reminded investors of a risk they had forgotten: the fear of risk itself. As unpaid mortgages and bankrupt lenders bring the weakest segments of the mortgage industry to its knees, investors have begun dumping debt and other investments that would seem to have nothing to do with home loans...
Children's health program sparks strife in House (08/02/07)
WASHINGTON -- Republican efforts to scale back expansion of a popular children's health insurance program failed in the Senate on Wednesday, as a bitter partisan battle unfolded in the House over a more generous version that includes broad Medicare changes...
Obama takes tough line against Pakistan (08/02/07)
WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama warned Pakistan on Wednesday that he would use military force if necessary to root out terrorists, the second time in two weeks that he's staked out a dramatically different road for U.S. foreign policy...
At least 7 dead after Minneapolis bridge collapses (08/02/07)
MINNEAPOLIS -- An interstate bridge jammed with rush-hour traffic suddenly broke into huge sections and collapsed into the Mississippi River on Wednesday, pitching dozens of cars 60 feet into the water and killing at least seven people. The eight-lane Interstate 35W bridge, a major Minneapolis artery, was in the midst of being repaired and had several lanes closed when it crumbled...
France among 3 nations ready to take part in Darfur peacekeeping effort (08/02/07)
PARIS -- France, Denmark and Indonesia offered Wednesday to contribute to a joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force for Darfur, while Sudan praised the U.N. resolution, which was watered down to drop the threat of sanctions. Acceptance of the new 26,000-strong force marked a major turnaround for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's government, which had resisted for months a push to send U.N. ...
Gates tours sites key to troop pullout (08/02/07)
KUWAIT CITY -- Bright flashing lights signal the next convoy of flatbed trucks, poised to move U.S. military equipment into Iraq. But to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, riding in a helicopter over the U.S. base in Kuwait's capital, the more relevant sight is the broad expanse of surrounding vacant land. It is capable of holding the tens of thousands of vehicles and other equipment that would come out of Iraq when U.S. troops begin to leave in large numbers...
Top diplomats will push for progress toward peace in the Mideast (08/02/07)
JERUSALEM -- Top U.S. and Israeli diplomats said Wednesday they would push quickly for a political settlement with the moderate-led West Bank in spite of the bitter internal split among Palestinians there and in Gaza. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said they would not squander what each called a rare chance for progress in the 60-year-old conflict between the Jewish state and the Palestinians...
Mission to claim Arctic seabed reaches North Pole (08/02/07)
MOSCOW -- A Russian expedition aiming to claim vast swaths of the Arctic Ocean seabed reached the North Pole on Wednesday, and scientists immediately began preparing to send two mini-submarines under the ice to mark the sea floor with a Russian flag...
Sunni bloc quits government; 142 die in attacks across Iraq (08/02/07)
BAGHDAD -- Baghdad shook with bombings and political upheaval Wednesday as the largest Sunni Arab bloc quit the government and a suicide attacker blew up a fuel tanker in one of several attacks that claimed 142 lives nationwide. The Iraqi Accordance Front's withdrawal from the Cabinet leaves only two Sunnis in the 40-member body, undermining Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's efforts to pull together rival factions and pass reconciliation laws the U.S. ...
Southeast sets school record for academic awards (08/02/07)
The Southeast Missouri State men's cross country team captured the Ohio Valley Conference's Team Academic Achievement Award for having the highest percentage of its student-athletes named to the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2006-07. That was among the honors released Wednesday by the conference in its annual academic awards...
Capahas open NBC tournament today (08/02/07)
The Plaza Tire Capahas head into this year's National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan., with greater expectations than last year. But the 2006 Capahas will be a hard act to follow with three straight wins that led to a 13th-place finish in the amateur wood bat baseball tournament that traces its roots back to the 1930s...
Scotts, Troxel win golds in AAU Junior Olympics (08/02/07)
Twelve-year-old Kristian Troxel out touched his opponent at the finish of the 100-meter breaststroke to capture the gold medal Tuesday in the opening day of the four-day AAU Junior Olympic Games in Knoxville, Tenn...
Softball team sets sights on strong outing at World Series (08/02/07)
For some members of the Heartland Nationals softball team, today's flight to North Carolina will be their first big trip. And the location for the Babe Ruth League World Series for 12-and-under softball -- Wilson, N.C. -- will be tantalizingly close to the Atlantic Ocean...
Pirates drill Cardinals (08/02/07)
PITTSBURGH -- Tony Armas waited all season for a night like this. Ronny Paulino could barely wait 24 hours to make up for a forgettable game that turned some of his own fans against him. Paulino quieted some loud booing with a grand slam during a five-run Pittsburgh first inning, and Armas won as a starter for the first time in more than 10 months to carry the Pirates past St. Louis 15-1 on Wednesday night...
Low-energy lasers easing chronic pain (08/02/07)
Lasers are often used in health care for surgery, but less potent versions of light therapy can be used by chiropractors or physical therapists in pain management. These small battery-operated cold lasers could someday even be used at home by chronic pain sufferers...
Two infected with West Nile virus (08/02/07)
Missouri reports 2 cases of West Nile in humans The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services confirmed the first two human West Nile virus case in Missouri for 2007. These reports add to the national number, which is nearly four times higher than the amount reported this time last year. ...
Heath briefs/calendar 8/2/07 (08/02/07)
Free hospice trainings offered this month The Visiting Nurse Association is offering free Hospice volunteer trainings in August. Those interested can attend any one session or the whole series of four sessions. Each person attending receives a manual containing information about volunteering and providing hospice care. ...
A centrifugal dance (08/02/07)
Aug. 2, 2007 Dear Leslie, I can't dance. I think I might know why. When I was a boy a laughing cousin revealed that she'd looked through the window of my Granny's spare bedroom and seen me dancing in front of a mirror. I was mortified...
Moving on (08/02/07)
My first move as an "adult" was when I packed all of my earthly belongings into my 1969 Toyota and headed west from Missouri to UCLA. How I crammed everything I wore and everything I had for setting up house into that square little Japanese car that looked like a shoe box on wheels is really beyond my comprehension. I even had a futon bed crammed in the back seat...
Eileen Brown (08/02/07)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Eileen Brown, 91, of Tamms, formerly of Albuquerque, N.M., died Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at the home of a son in Tamms. She was born April 7, 1916, in Michigan City, Ind., to Starr Leroy and Gladys Burnett Gephardt. She married Gene Brown in 1954. He died May 20, 2002...
Juanita Cox (08/02/07)
THEBES, Ill. -- Juanita Maxine Cox, 87, of Thebes died Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 15, 1919, in Benton, Ill., daughter of Elic and Nellie Etta Dillow Miller. She and Huie Cox were married Oct. 31, 1939, in Jackson. He died July 1, 1993...
Juanita Wilfong (08/02/07)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Juanita Wilfong, 92, of Bloomfield died Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter, Mo. She was born Oct. 26, 1914, at Bell City, Mo., daughter of John W. and Lydia Jane Masters McCulley. She first married Raymond Davie, who preceded her in death. She then married Truman Elledge, who died in 1972, and later married Clay Wilfong, who died in 1991...
Helen Campbell (08/02/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Helen M. Campbell, 75, of Perryville died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born April 20, 1932, at Milheim, Mo., daughter of Louis H. and Frances Hennemann Behrle. Campbell was a retired restaurant dishwasher. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church...
Joletta Allen (08/02/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Joletta Allen, 67, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston.
Colleen Weisenborn (08/02/07)
Colleen Weisenborn, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Harry Coleman (08/02/07)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Harry Eugene "Gene" Coleman, 76, of Tamms died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, at Jonesboro Rehab and Health Care Center. He was born Oct. 28, 1930, in Tamms, son of James Joshua and Minnie Estella Hargis Coleman. Coleman was a farmer and a member of Tamms United Methodist Church...
Anita Robertson (08/02/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Anita June Robertson, 72, of Anna died Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at City Care Center in Anna. She was born June 13, 1935, in Anna, daughter of Arthur R. and Helen Messamore Verble. Robertson was a member of Anna Church of the Nazarene. Survivors include two daughters, Paula Shankel of Fredericktown, Mo., Vicky Rendleman of Anna; two sons, David Housman of Colorado, Larry Negrete of Anna; a sister, Helen Gurley of Elgin, Ill.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren...
Ida Watkins (08/02/07)
Ida J. Watkins, 96, of Jackson, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, July 30, 2007, at Jackson Manor. She was born Nov. 2, 1910, at Dutchtown, daughter of Theodore and Martha Schrader Floyd. She and Sloan A. Watkins were married May 19, 1928, in Jackson. He died May 23, 1995...
Births 8/2/07 (08/02/07)
Brotherton; Wilburn; Bray; Hahn
Cape/Jackson police report 8/2/07 (08/02/07)
Arrests; Arrests
Cape fire report 8/2/07 (08/02/07)
n At 6:15 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of North Lake Drive. n At 6:17 p.m., illegal burning in the 600 block of Perry Avenue. n At 8:52 p.m., fire alarm in the 1200 block of Big Bend Road. n At 11:14 p.m. fire alarm in the 2500 block of Boutin Drive...
Out of the past 8/2/07 (08/02/07)
Faced with estimated $400-a-month water bills, the Cape Girardeau County Court has turned off the water to the Common Pleas Courthouse fountain in Cape Girardeau; the water was turned off last Thursday, after Missouri Utilities Co. installed a water meter for the fountain, and the county was notified it would be billed for water usage...
Indian givers (08/02/07)
When the Missouri Legislature removed limits on campaign contributions at the start of 2007, the bill included other provisions as well, including one that banned fund-raising during legislative sessions. A circuit judge ruled that the ban on contributions when the legislature was in session was wrong, but he left in place the part of the bill removing caps on contributions...
Speak Out 8/2/07 (08/02/07)
Federal goodies; Highway safety; Memorials at Capaha; Table for 10; Writing tickets; Need term limits; Report from Iraq; Working late; Getting gray; Staying late; First-hand info; Test scores; Paying for pollution
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