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MoDOT faces funding bottleneck (08/04/07)
Scott City's much anticipated interchange to Interstate 55 may end up on the back burner indefinitely. "That would not be good for Scott City. It would be detrimental to our growth," said Tim Porch, Scott City's mayor. But that's the indication after Missouri's Department of Transportation announced a huge drop in funding starting in 2010...
Arts council suggests survey to measure arts interest, discover needs of community (08/04/07)
The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri hopes to measure interest in art and culture among local people by administering a survey. The council's board of directors discussed the idea at a recent retreat, said executive director Delilah Tayloe. "We're always seeking feedback to really check the pulse of what is needed in the area," Tayloe said...
Fall admissions deferred at SEMO (08/04/07)
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...
Three Rivers proposes center in Cape County (08/04/07)
Three Rivers Community College plans to open an education center in Cape Girardeau by fall 2008, subject to approval from the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education, school officials said Friday. The late-afternoon announcement caught state and local education officials by surprise...
Power suppliers say they can meet demand spike (08/04/07)
Local electricity suppliers say they can meet the spike in demand that will coincide with the current heat wave. But those who have problems paying their utility bills may have few avenues remaining for assistance, local service agencies say. Forecasts from the National Weather Service say highs are expected to stay in the mid- to upper 90s through the coming week, conditions that cause large spikes in electricity demands...
Work on several local MoDOT projects to start this week (08/04/07)
Southeast Missourian MoDOT will begin work on a number of road projects in Cape Girardeau and Scott counties starting Monday. n Crews will repair the shoulders on Highway 72 in Cape Gir-ardeau County from Highway 72/34 to Route B near Millersville, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday...
Design, construction deficiencies push courthouse opening back to spring (08/04/07)
The new federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau won't be available for occupancy until spring because of numerous problems with the construction project, the General Services Administration said Friday. The GSA said design, construction and "contract execution" deficiencies were uncovered during the agency's inspections of the new building...
Shooting raises death penalty question (08/04/07)
Prosecutors have not yet decided they will seek the death penalty if the Scopus, Mo., woman charged with Michael Strong's murder is found guilty. Strong was found shot to death in his Bollinger County home July 27 after his girlfriend, Lisa Barlow, 41, called 911 and indicated intruders may have shot him...
Tax holiday popular with stores, shoppers (08/04/07)
Missouri's sales-tax holiday doesn't compare to the Christmas season when it comes to shopping. But local retailers say the first weekend in August ranks high in sales. Local shoppers say they like the tax holiday because of the savings. The tax holiday began at 12:01 a.m. Friday and continues through midnight Sunday...
Visitors (08/04/07)
Over the past five years, drawing visitors to Cape Girardeau has become easier as a result of nearly a dozen new or upgraded attractions and better transportation, Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau director Chuck Martin told a group of business leaders Friday...
DNR chief says he met with feds over Taum Sauk (08/04/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The head of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources confirmed Friday that he has met with federal prosecutors and the Environmental Protection Agency, who asked him to provide information for a criminal investigation into the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse...
Student playing role in Mars landing (08/04/07)
ST. LOUIS -- 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 will launch its Phoenix Mission today, the first project of the space agency's Scout program, a lower-cost complement to more expensive Mars missions...
Greensburg couple to move into home left standing by tornado (08/04/07)
GREENSBURG, Kan. -- Randy and Kathy Kelley walked through the carpeted rooms of their "new" house, listening to workers explain issues with roofing, Sheetrock and siding. They stepped around boards of carpet samples to inspect brand new windows that sparkled in the sunlight...
Forecaster lowers 2007 hurricane estimates slightly (08/04/07)
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Hurricane researcher William Gray lowered his 2007 forecast slightly Friday, calling for 15 named storms, with eight becoming hurricanes and four becoming intense. On May 31, at the outset of hurricane season, Gray had called for 17 named storms and nine hurricanes, five of them intense...
Authorities lower prediction on death toll from collapse (08/04/07)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Fears that the death toll would rise dramatically as workers searched through the wreckage of a bridge that plunged into the Mississippi River eased Friday when authorities lowered the number of missing from as many as 30 to just eight...
Water bottlers defend their reputation with full-page newspaper ads (08/04/07)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Bottled water is fighting back. The industry's reputation took a hit this summer as restaurants, church associations and cities led by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom extolled the virtues of the tap and swore off the bottle, denouncing it as an expensive and environmentally unsound extravagance that leaves millions of empty plastic shells in its wake...
Printers give off particles; study raises more questions than answers (08/04/07)
MILWAUKEE -- Should laser printers come with a surgeon general's warning? An Australian research team has found that some printers give off invisible particles as they operate, with the worst culprit emitting concentrations similar to those of secondhand tobacco smoke...
Once wary of pop culture and high art, evangelicals seek greater role as 'creators of culture' (08/04/07)
There are no crosses in Makoto Fujimura's paintings. No images of Jesus gazing into the distance, or serene scenes of churches in a snow-cloaked wood. Fujimura's abstract works speak to his evangelical Christian faith. But to find it takes some digging...
Bush, Democrats deadlocked on expanding government's foreign surveillance authority (08/04/07)
By LARA JAKES JORDAN The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The White House and Congress were deadlocked Friday and up against a deadline to expand the government's power to eavesdrop on suspected foreign terrorists. President Bush implored lawmakers to update a 1978 surveillance law before leaving Washington for a monthlong summer break -- a potentially vulnerable time for attacks because of the high-travel season...
Court says FBI violatedConstitution during raid on congressman's office (08/04/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department trampled on congressional independence when raiding U.S. Rep. William Jefferson's office last year, a federal appeals court ruled Friday, siding with Congress in a constitutional showdown. In a rare textbook case involving all three branches of government, the court held that investigators violated the Constitution by reviewing legislative documents as part of a corruption investigation...
United States, China wrap up talks on product safety, pledging closer cooperation (08/04/07)
BEIJING -- Beijing and Washington have wrapped up their first meeting aimed at resolving safety problems with Chinese products, a step that one expert said Friday was crucial if China wanted to protect its image abroad and preserve stability at home...
Monsoon floods kill 186 in India, Bangladesh (08/04/07)
LUCKNOW, India -- Torrents of water washed away homes, crops and cows, leaving hungry and frightened villagers perched in treetops or on roofs as the death toll rose Friday from monsoon rains across northern India and Bangladesh. Vital to farmers, the annual rains are a blessing and a curse for the subcontinent -- a fact highlighted by official tallies: At least 186 people have been killed and 19 million driven from their homes in recent days...
Archaeologists find what they believe are funeral chambers of Aztec emperor (08/04/07)
MEXICO CITY -- Mexican archaeologists using ground-penetrating radar have detected underground chambers they believe contain the remains of Emperor Ahuizotl, who ruled the Aztecs when Columbus landed in the New World. It would be the first tomb of an Aztec ruler ever found...
Pakistan criticizes Obama for statement on strikes (08/04/07)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistani officials called Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama irresponsible for saying that, if elected, he might order unilateral military strikes in Pakistan against al-Qaida. Hundreds chanted anti-U.S. slogans and burned an American flag in the street to protest the remark...
Southeast's Schermann suffers skull fracture in fall (08/04/07)
Southeast Missouri State starting place-kicker Colin Schermann is in the hospital after falling off a ladder around noon Tuesday. Schermann, a Cape Central graduate, has a skull fracture and is in the intensive care unit at Southeast Missouri Hospital, his father Paul Schermann said...
Loose Rock ahead (08/04/07)
Some members of the Rock Memorial American Legion baseball team take dugout chatter to a new level. Instead of the usual, among the things you're likely to hear yelled from the Rock dugout while its team is at-bat: "Moulin Rouge." "Little Rascals."...
Host Jackson is first to part zone tournament (08/04/07)
It was two and out for the Jackson American Legion team in the Zone 4 tournament, making Post 158 the first team eliminated. No surprise there, as host Jackson was the only team to come into the tournament with a losing record. And the zone schedule called for the loser of Thursday's late game to turn right back around and play again Friday at 10 a.m...
Kutz receives Man of Year award from football league (08/04/07)
Former Southeast Missouri State kicker and Perryville, Mo., native Derek Kutz has been named the United Indoor Football's Man of the Year. Kutz, who played his final season at Southeast in 2004, is the place-kicker for the River City Rage. Just the third recipient of the award, Kutz was acknowledged for his fund-raising golf tournament Touchdown 4 A Cure, which raised $10,164 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital...
Creatively wired (08/04/07)
By ERIC GORSKI The Associated Press There are no crosses in Makoto Fujimura's paintings. No images of Jesus gazing into the distance, or serene scenes of churches in a snow-cloaked wood. Fujimura's abstract works speak to his evangelical Christian faith. But to find it takes some digging...
Greater Dimension Ministry reaches out with picnic event (08/04/07)
Glenda Eason belongs to a praise team and the choir at Greater Dimension Church of God in Christ in Cape Girardeau. But the soprano is not interested in singing solo. "Oh no," she laughs, "Nooooo. I don't do solos." Eason prefers working as part of a group, whether that's shepherding her five grandchildren when they visit or directing the Pastor's Aid Society of Greater Dimension Ministries, which works to raise money for church expenses...
Community of Christ sues small church for using its former name (08/04/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Community of Christ filed a federal trademark infringement suit against a small church in suburban Kansas City for what the larger church says is an improper use of its former name and initials. The Community of Christ, which has about 250,000 members worldwide, is suing the South Restoration Branch of Raytown. The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court...
Buying rights to your life (08/04/07)
When did shopping become a holiday? Don't get me wrong, I am extremely grateful for the sales tax incentives that we are able to take advantage of this weekend. I just wonder when shopping was declared a holiday. (I do realize that my gender is causing me to be biased to some degree about shopping). ...
Briefly (08/04/07)
Youth revivals in Cape Girardeau, Scott City n Faith Tabernacle, 351 Country Club Drive, will hold a two-day youth revival for ages 12 to 25 at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 and 6 p.m. Sept. 1. The speaker will be recording artist the Rev. Tom Trimble, who will appear with his wife. Everyone is welcome...
Don't build a case against yourself (08/04/07)
"This is a good place to work, but I'm about ready to go back into nursing," Joy recently declared. She was giving her best to the present job but wasn't satisfied with it. "But it's hard to get a position in nursing nowadays," she added. I said I thought nurses were always in demand. ...
New Van Gogh painting found under another at Boston museum (08/04/07)
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Art historians had known of the Van Gogh landscape drawing stored at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. But they had always wondered whether it was a copy of a completed painting. Now, at last, the painting itself has been discovered -- concealed under another painting in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Van Gogh Museum said Friday...
Mary Marlin (08/04/07)
Charles Marlin Gilbert Marlin A memorial service for Mary Janice Marlin, Charles Lester Marlin and Gilbert L. Marlin will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Hobbs Chapel Cemetery. The service will be at the gravesite of Lester B. and Tommie Marlin.
Velma Sivia (08/04/07)
DONGOLA, Ill. -- Velma M. Sivia, 78, of Dongola died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill. She was born June 20, 1929, daughter of John and Edna Speck Dillow. Sivia was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Bobby Sivia of Dongola...
Margaret Fisher (08/04/07)
Margaret Ann Fisher, 73, of St. Peters, Mo., died Monday, July 23, 2007, at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born April 7, 1934, at Chaffee, Mo., daughter of George and Grace Pryor Griffin. She and Carl Gene Fisher were married Feb. 4, 1956, at Chaffee...
Donald Wolfenkoehler (08/04/07)
Donald D. Wolfenkoehler, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Lorberg Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Margie Privett (08/04/07)
FRIENDSHIP, Tenn. -- Margie Hopkins Privett, 84, of Friendship, died Saturday, July 28, 2007, at her home. She was born July 22, 1923, daughter of Clarence "Slim" and Maddie Alice "Lee" May. She first married Edwin "Hop" Hopkins, who preceded her in death. She then married Thomas Privett, who also preceded her in death...
Anna Leimer (08/04/07)
Anna E. Leimer, 93, of Jackson passed away Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 14, 1913, at Silver Lake, Mo., daughter of Andrew and Anna Stortz Biri. She and Elmer Leimer were married April 17, 1932, in Pocahontas. He died June 14, 1988...
Police report 8/4/07 (08/04/07)
Arrests; Thefts; DWI
Fire report 8/4/07 (08/04/07)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:n At 2:52 p.m., citizen assist at 611 S. West End Blvd. n At 4:32 p.m., an alarm sounding at 331 S. Lorimier St. n At 4:41 p.m., a car fire on Interstate 55 South. n At 5:12 p.m., a citizen assist at 400 S. Pacific St...
Out of the past 8/4/07 (08/04/07)
State Rep. Jerry Ford of Cape Girardeau swept yesterday's primary contest for the Democratic nomination to Congress, earning the right to face incumbent Republican Bill Emerson of Cape Girardeau in a race for 8th District congressman in November. Mary Kasten defeated Calvin R. Wells and Gail D. "Woody" Woodfin yesterday to claim the Republican nomination for the 159th District seat in Missouri's General Assembly; she will take on Thomas M. Meyer in the November general election...
Efficiency savings (08/04/07)
By Nathan Cooper Recently, I discussed efforts that have been made during the last few years to eliminate waste in government spending. In particular, I pointed out the changes that have been made in state facilities management. Today, I want to focus on several of the energy-efficiency initiatives that have been implemented. These measures have involved reducing the state's energy bill through a combination of energy consumption reduction, cost savings and on-site energy projects...
Park gifts (08/04/07)
The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department announced a fistful of donations last week that will improve the Shawnee Park Sports Complex. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the biggest of them came from the late B.W. Harrison. His estate left $40,000 for soccer fields and a shelter. ...
Support group for mental health (08/04/07)
To the editor:I would like to take this time to tell you a little about the National Alliance on Mental Health support group in Cape Girardeau. As I understand it, this group tried to start several years ago without success. Today we have four trained facilitators waiting to give free support where needed. The meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of each month...
Speak Out 8/4/07 (08/04/07)
Thanks for purse; Gravel hazard; Buckled street; Reporting the facts; Will is lacking; Regional view; Doing the job; From Baghdad
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