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Three Rivers plans to build Cape Girardeau County center (08/03/07)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The administration of Poplar Bluff-based Three Rivers Community College announced plans Friday afternoon to open an education center in Cape Girardeau County, with the goal of opening the facility in fall 2008. In a news release, Three Rivers executive vice president Dr. Larry Kimbrow said the plans are in response to strong demand for a community college's services in Cape Girardeau County...
Power suppliers say they can meet spike in demand (08/03/07)
Local homes won't have to worry about interruptions in electric service as the current heat wave continues, say local electricity suppliers. The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s for the next week -- conditions guaranteed to create a spike in demand for electricity...
SEMO announces admissions deferred (08/03/07)
Prospective Southeast Missouri State University students applying for campus housing won't be admitted until spring because there's no more room to house them this fall, school officials said Friday. To date, the university has more than 2,600 students signed up for campus housing this fall, said Bruce Skinner, residence life director at Southeast. That exceeds the record 2,494 students who lived on campus during the 2003-2004 academic year, officials said...
Police only hint at motive in Scopus shooting (08/03/07)
A sworn statement by police gives a mountain of circumstantial evidence as to why they think Lisa Barlow is guilty of murder. What's less clear is why they think she did it. The probable-cause statement offers a number of incriminating pieces of information that contradicted the story she told police shortly after Michael Strong was killed July 27 at his Scopus, Mo., home. The statement, however, only hints at a motive...
People with ties to Minn. made frantic calls after collapse (08/03/07)
The bridge collapse in Minnesota kept people in Southeast Missouri with ties to the Minneapolis area glued to their televisions and close to telephones to learn whether anyone they knew was injured or killed in the tragedy. Linda Tilsen, who moved to the area recently with husband Scott, said in an e-mail to the Southeast Missourian that she was "stunned and deeply saddened" by the catastrophe. ...
States inspecting bridges (08/03/07)
The Missouri Department of Transportation on Thursday ordered inspections of the 11 bridges, including one on U.S. 60 near Poplar Bluff, built using designs similar to the Interstate 35 bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich issued similar orders to the Illinois Department of Transportation, directing the agency to inspect all "critical" bridges, including those spanning the Mississippi River and other waterways...
11-year-old in custody for stealing; his mother is charged with second-degree assault (08/03/07)
For several months, Cape Gir-ardeau police have been investigating a series of petty thefts in the area of West Mount Drive. About 6:20 Wednesday morning, they got their man, though he may been shorter than they expected. He's 11 years old. The alleged thief was discovered by Matthew Christopher, a neighbor, who says he woke up to find the juvenile in his house trying to unhook his XBox 360...
New courthouse in Cape needs roof replaced (08/03/07)
The roof on Cape Girardeau's new and still unoccupied $50 million U.S. courthouse doesn't meet the government's quality standards and needs to be replaced, federal building officials said Thursday. The news comes amid lingering delays in opening the four-story, 154,000-square-foot Rush H. Limbaugh Sr. U.S. Courthouse on Independence Street...
More problems delay federal courthouse opening (08/03/07)
The new federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau won't be available for occupancy until the spring, the General Services Administration announced today as it cited numerous problems uncovered during the agency's inspection of the building. Design, construction and "contract execution deficiencies" forced the delay, the GSA said in a prepared statement. ...
Making room for overflow parking at River Campus (08/03/07)
Southeast Missouri State University began demolishing the building to make room for overflow parking for the River Campus, school officials said Thursday. The university's fund-raising foundation acquired the building in 2003 from Ann Ritter of Cape Girardeau. At the time, the former service station housed Bettie's Restaurant and a satellite dish dealer...
Schnucks recalls store brand French-style green beans (08/03/07)
Schnucks 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 of Schnucks' more than 100 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. ...
KFVS12 cancels newscast on Heartland's CW (08/03/07)
KFVS12's 9 p.m. newscast experiment lasted nearly four years, but in the end the program couldn't stand up to the power of Oprah Winfrey. Last week the station aired its last episode of "Heartland News at 9" on its station The Heartland's CW -- a program that started as the first 9 p.m. ...
Stagnant air mass allowing buildup of dust, pollen and ozone in Midwest (08/03/07)
Area health workers are cautioning people with asthma and other breathing difficulties to stay indoors if deteriorating air quality predicted for the coming week causes respiratory distress. A stagnant air mass allowing the buildup of pollutants covers the Midwest from southern Wisconsin to the Gulf Coast, said Robin Smith, a meteorologist in the Paducah, Ky., forecast office. ...
Lisa Barlow, and our coverage (08/03/07)
Dear readers, Some of you may have read where Lisa Barlow, the suspect in the alleged shooting death of Michael Strong, was employed with the Southeast Missourian. The newspaper is not releasing any work-related information to the public. The Southeast Missourian has worked with police in providing requested information to law enforcement in accordance with the law. ...
Washington University student playing role in Mars landing (08/03/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- As the spacecraft Phoenix heads for Mars, the success of the mission rests in part on the work of a 21-year-old St. Louis college student. Weather permitting, NASA on Saturday will launch its Phoenix Mission, the first project of the space agency's Scout program, a lower-cost complement to more expensive Mars missions. ...
Mo. sales tax holiday weekend under way (08/03/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Back-to-school shoppers, now is the time to stock up. Friday marked the beginning of the state's sales tax holiday weekend. No state sales tax will be collected statewide on back-to-school items, from clothing to notebooks and pencils to computers, up to a certain amount...
Springfield crime rate up 13 percent in first half of 2007 (08/03/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Major crime in Springfield was up 13 percent in the first half of 2007, a slower rise than in the first three months but on track for a new annual record in Missouri's third-largest city. The increase was led by robberies, up 55 percent. Motor vehicle thefts were up 37 percent, and there was a 16 percent increase in aggravated assaults. The overall rise was 16 percent in the first quarter...
Man gets 10 years for trying to sell drugs in Mo. jail lobby (08/03/07)
PALMYRA, Mo. (AP) -- A "brazen" attempt to sell drugs in a Missouri jail lobby results in a 10-year prison sentence. Jerry Lynn Brooks Jr., 25, of Lake Village, Ark., pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge and was sentenced Wednesday. Brooks was at the Marion County jail in northeast Missouri on June 13 to post bond for a relative...
Manager says he felt pressure to boost reservoir's productivity (08/03/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A former manager of the Taum Sauk hydroelectric plant told the Missouri Public Service Commission on 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...
'Stache Bash 2007 celebrates the mustache (08/03/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Tom Selleck had one. Burt Reynolds and Reggie Jackson, too. Time was, all the hip guys wore mustaches. Those days went by the wayside with disco and mood rings. The mustache, the epitome of macho cool in the '70s, is now often the subject of scorn and ridicule. Few athletes or celebrities wear them unless they're attached to beards. Mustache-wearing TV and movie characters tend to be evil or goofy. And corporate America?...
Doctors' groups try to block midwives law (08/03/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state senator who secretly added new legal protections for lay midwives to another bill did nothing unconstitutional, even if his colleagues find the tactic unfair, an attorney defending the measure argued to a court Thursday...
Electric customers could get credits under rule (08/03/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A divided state panel of utility regulators voted Thursday to move forward with a proposal that would require companies to credit electric customers whose power goes out regularly or for an extended time. But the issue is far from resolved. The proposal still needs another round of approval, then undergoes a public comment period, and more changes are expected before the measure becomes final...
Court rules against Katrina victims in flood insurance case (08/03/07)
NEW ORLEANS -- Hurricane Katrina victims whose homes and businesses were destroyed when floodwaters breached levees in the 2005 storm cannot recover money from their insurance companies for the damages, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The case could affect tens of thousands of rebuilding residents and business owners in Louisiana, said Daniel E. ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers early retirement (08/03/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Calling 2007 a "difficult year for the newspaper industry," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said Thursday it will offer employees early retirement packages...
Study: Korean stem-cell fraud appears to have overlooked - or hidden - a real advance (08/03/07)
NEW YORK -- Remember the spectacular South Korean stem-cell fraud of a few years ago? A new analysis says the disgraced scientist actually did reach a long-sought scientific goal. It's just not the one he claimed. The new study suggests Hwang Woo-suk and his team produced stem cells -- not through cloning as they contended -- but through a different process called parthenogenesis...
Minnesota officials warned about bridge problems as early as 1990 (08/03/07)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota officials were warned as early as 1990 that the bridge that collapsed into the Mississippi River was "structurally deficient," yet they relied on patchwork repairs and stepped-up inspections that unraveled Wednesday amid a thunderous plunge of concrete and automobiles...
Russian mini-subs dive to Arctic seabed to make symbolic claim on energy reserves (08/03/07)
MOSCOW -- Two small Russian submarines completed a risky voyage deep below the North Pole Thursday, planting their country's flag in a titanium capsule on the Arctic Ocean floor to symbolically claim what could be vast energy reserves beneath the seabed...
Water taps run dry during peak of Baghdad summer heat (08/03/07)
BAGHDAD -- Much of the Iraqi capital was without running water Thursday and had been for at least 24 hours, compounding the urban misery in a war zone and the blistering heat at the height of the Baghdad summer. Residents and city officials said large sections in the west of the capital had been virtually dry for six days because the already strained electricity grid cannot provide sufficient power to run water purification and pumping stations...
Redhawks launch fall pratices today (08/03/07)
The 90-plus degree temperatures might not indicate it, but college football season has arrived. The Southeast Missouri State players arrived for the start of fall camp Thursday and will begin the process of preparing for the season today. "This is where we earn our keep," Southeast coach Tony Samuel said. "This is what we do. The kids get excited, the coaches, everybody gets excited this time of year."...
Jackson fails to budge Rock in zone opener (08/03/07)
Jackson proved to be no pushover Thursday night in a first-round game at the American Legion zone tournament at Legion Field. In a field of district champions, the sub-.500 host team battled Rock Memorial before succumbing 11-7. The loss sends Jackson (23-28) into an elimination bracket game with Manchester (31-5). That game will start at 10 a.m., just 11 hours after Jackson's surprising rally fell short in the bottom of the ninth inning...
Area sports digest 8/3/07 (08/03/07)
Williams claims firstin Chip-A-Ways event JoAnn Williams won A flight at the Cape Chip-A-Ways' weekly event at Cape Jaycee Municipal Golf Course. Dottie Gill claimed B flight and Cathy Kapfer finished first in C flight. Jo Ellen Haas posted the low-putt total and Deanna Peterman and Phoebe Moore tied for play of the day...
Riley pitches gem in NBC opener (08/03/07)
WICHITA, Kan. -- Phillip Riley answered any lingering questions about the health of his elbow Thursday at the NBC World Series. The Plaza Tire Capahas pitcher had thrown just two inning since being struck on his throwing arm by a line drive during the NBC Mid-South Regional...
Mahan among leaders after opening round of Bridgestone Invitational (08/03/07)
It has reached the point where everyone expects to see his name atop the leaderboard, and he got there Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational with five birdies in a seven-hole stretch on a course that felt like a major. Indeed, Hunter Mahan is on a roll...
Pirates catch Cards out of position (08/03/07)
PITTSBURGH -- Adam Kennedy had played in 1,103 major league games heading into Thursday -- just never in the outfield. Sure enough, with the potential winning run on second and two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning, Jose Castillo singled to Kennedy in right field. Ryan Doumit had no trouble beating a weak and off line throw, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals...
Ram of all trades (08/03/07)
ST. LOUIS -- If St. Louis rookie running back Brian Leonard ever needs a favor, he knows where to turn. While finishing a stellar college career at Rutgers University, Leonard became acquainted with actor James Gondolfi, a Rutgers graduate who attends three or four games a year...
Ex-Titans lineman not anonymous among hall voters (08/03/07)
Except for the occasional holding penalty that negates a big play, offensive linemen are the anonymous creatures on NFL teams. That makes Bruce Matthews' immediate election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame somewhat remarkable. It can take years, even decades, for blockers to get noticed by the Hall voters. Not Matthews, whose versatility and reliability for 19 seasons made him an easy choice in his first year of eligibility...
Everyone's a critic: 'Simpsons Movie' (08/03/07)
Four stars (out of four) "The Simpsons" has been a staple of my TV viewing since I was a child, so I was thrilled when this show finally came to the big screen. In reality, the movie was just like a supersized episode of the show, but it was exciting to see these characters on the big screen and for longer than 30 minutes. ...
Artifacts 8/3/07 (08/03/07)
Music Festival seeks volunteers, sponsors; River City Players group invites participation; Illinois vineyard wins wine best-of-show medal; Illinois Arts Council issues calls for artists; Local band Drivin' Rain adds new member; -- From staff reports
First Friday events (08/03/07)
The Artist Studio The Artist Studio will featuring jewelry made by studio owner Judy Barks-Westrich: necklaces made from materials like wood, bone, glass, clay, polymer, acrylic, mother of pearl, turquoise, amethyst, lapis, feathers and more. Sign-ups for watercolor and acrylic painting workshops and weaving will be taken. The studio will be open from non to 9 p.m. For more information, call 651-4464...
Individual milestones: Tonight five artists will show at Gallery 1.2.5 - just don't call them a group (08/03/07)
The five artists bringing their work together tonight at Gallery 1.2.5 might be considered a group, just don't call them one. Instead, try calling them by their names: Nathan Pierce, Rochelle Steffen, Jonathan Seyer, Ashley Sites and Jim "Woody" Woodward...
Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo starts Wednesday with lineup of country acts (08/03/07)
A Southeast Missouri tradition, the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo, kicks off this year's event on Wednesday with the first of four nights of rodeo and concerts by popular country acts. Wednesday -- Sugarland Sugarland's rise to the top of the country world has been nothing less than meteoric -- in just three years they've become one of the hottest acts in country music, with hits like "Baby Girl" and "Something More" from their 2004 major-label debut "Twice the Speed of Life" and a 2006 tour with Kenny Chesney.. ...
The things you say (08/03/07)
One of the pleasures I get from writing a column is the feedback you give me. Your thoughts, reactions, suggestions and disagreements come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Like a kid at a birthday party, I like them all. Here are some recent examples:...
The mayor loves music (08/03/07)
I'll be the first to admit my acquaintance with the City of Roses Music Festival, known for the first time this year as the River City Music Festival, has been rather limited and brief. In my time here as the resident "arts and fun" guy, I've only seen two of the festivals first-hand, 2005 and 2006. ...
At the theaters 8/3/07 (08/03/07)
New at the theaters 'Bourne Ultimatum' Starring Matt Damon, Julia Stiles and David Strathairn. Jason Bourne is hunted by the people who made him what he is. Having lost his memory and the one person he loved, he is undeterred by the barrage of bullets and a new generation of highly trained killers. ...
Mary Marlin, Charles Marlin, Gilbert Marlin (08/03/07)
A memorial service for Mary Janice Marlin, her husband, Charles Lester Marlin, and his brother, Gilbert L. Marlin, will be held Sunday at the gravesite of Lester B. and Tommie Marlin at Hobbs Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Marlin, 82, died Jan. 19, 2006, in Rock Falls, Ill...
Anna Leimer (08/03/07)
Anna E. Leimer, 93, of Jackson, Mo., passed away Thursday at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral services will be Sunday afternoon at the St. John Lutheran Church at Pocahontas, Mo...
Edith Wells (08/03/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Edith Mildred Wells, 101, of Little Rock, Ark., died Monday, July 30, 2007, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Little Rock. She was born March 12, 1906, in Anna, daughter of Clay R. and Ella Kiest Walser. She and Fred Rayburn Wells were married July 10, 1925. He died March 26, 1953...
Cindy Prost (08/03/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mary "Cindy" Prost, 52, of Perryville died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, at her home. She was born Jan. 30, 1955, in Perryville, daughter of Chalmer and Rita Hagan Wood. She and Roger F. Prost were married Oct. 20, 1973. Prost was office manager at Zahner and Associates Inc. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and past member of Rotary Club...
Joletta Allen (08/03/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Wilma Joletta Allen, 67, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, at her home. She was born Dec. 22, 1939, at Sedgewickville, Mo., daughter of Ruthford and Lucille Cook. She and Clarence Martin Allen were married Aug. 1, 1958. Allen had worked at the Boy Scout office in Cape Girardeau, at Sikeston Middle School, and was an Avon representative many years. She was a member of Miner Baptist Church, its Ruth Sunday School Class, and was a nursery worker many years...
Colleen Weisenborn (08/03/07)
Colleen A. Weisenborn, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Jan. 31, 1929, at Whitewater, daughter of Leo E. and Freida A. Maag Nussbaum. She and Charles R. Weisenborn were married April 5, 1975, at Gordonville. He died April 19, 1984...
Raymond Smith (08/03/07)
Raymond M. Smith, 84, of Bacliff, Texas, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2007. He was born Sept. 25, 1922, in Cape Girardeau, son of Charles H. and Rhoda V. Cox Smith. He grew up and lived in Cape Girardeau all his life until enlisting in the service. A retired major with the U.S. ...
Ida Watkins (08/03/07)
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 8/3/07 (08/03/07)
Yamnitz; Butrum; Lincoln; Ward; Shands
Cape fire report 8/3/07 (08/03/07)
n At 3:38 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2300 block of Jane Drive. n At 6:02 p.m., public assist at 1 First St. n At 1:48 a.m., emergency medical service at Broadway and Clark Street. n At 1:54 a.m., emergency medical service at 14 S. Kingshighway...
Cape/Jackson police report 8/3/07 (08/03/07)
Thefts; Arrests
Out of the past 8/3/07 (08/03/07)
By a unanimous 5-0 decision, with two councilmen absent, the Cape Girardeau City Council approved the passage yesterday of a five-paragraph resolution affirming the existence of state laws dealing with abortion and pledging the city's "full cooperation and support" in the enforcement of those laws...
Government intrusion (08/03/07)
Many health-conscious Americans are applauding a new Illinois law that bans smoking in public places starting next Jan. 1. They don't like to be around smokers because of the risks of second-hand smoke, the smell tobacco smoke leaves in their clothing and hair and the effect smoke has on their breathing. With a statewide ban, they will no longer have to rely on local ordinances to enjoy smoke-free restaurants and other public venues...
Speak Out 8/3/07 (08/03/07)
Itching for a fight; What's the cost?; Funding source; Restaurant hours; Keep children safe; Good comedy; Camp gratitude; No shining example; Looking for taffy; Ban the bars too; Fountain on Fountain; This president acts; Yard thieves; Buying supplies; Thanks for help; Thanks, volunteers
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