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Two injured in Sikeston shooting (08/07/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Police are investigating a shooting that occurred early today and injured two people in the 800 block of Ruth Street. Fredrick Cotton, 18, and Stacy Townsend, 34, suffered minor injuries. They were treated at Missouri Delta Medical Center and later released, Sikeston Department of Public Safety officials said...
TRCC plans to get input on plan for center (08/07/07)
Three Rivers Community College will seek public input from local business leaders and area residents in its effort to open an education center in Cape Girardeau, a top official at the school said Monday. "We are going to hold public forums," said Dr. Larry Kimbrow, the school's executive vice president. The goal, he said, is to find out what students want in terms of academic programs and what employers need in terms of job training...
'Prospects good' to fill police vacancies (08/07/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Chaffee has received about 50 applications to fill its police department vacancies created by recent resignations, Mayor Loretta Mohorc said before Monday's city council meeting. "The prospects are very good," Mohorc said. "We've had a wonderful response."...
Cape Girardeau's Channel 5 adds 30 hours of programming (08/07/07)
Viewers of Cape Girardeau's Channel 5 will start seeing new shows. Not that the city is trying to compete with the new network seasons. Michelle Hahn said the city is adding shows to meet a new state-required minimum 40 hours of programming as part of the Video Providers Act. The new law says cable companies can pull the plug on local access channels if they don't air enough programming...
Civilian emergency responders wanted for unit (08/07/07)
More than a dozen nurses have joined a fledgling Cape Gir-ardeau County medical reserve corps unit. Charlotte Craig, Cape Girardeau County Health Department's director, hopes more people, with or without medical backgrounds, join the group. Craig made the statement during her report to members of Cape Girardeau City Council during their Monday meeting...
Accident on Kingshighway (08/07/07)
Two people involved in a two-vehicle accident at South Kingshighway and Highway 74 Monday were transported to Saint Francis Medical Center for treatment.
Tips to beating the heat (08/07/07)
Staying cool n Stay inside in air conditioning as much as possible. Even a few hours in air conditioning will allow your body to cool. n If you have no air-conditioning, keep windows open to allow air to flow through your house. Heat builds up in a closed building...
Region briefs 8/7/07 (08/07/07)
Fire damages apartment in Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded Sunday night to a call of a structure fire in a two-story apartment building. At 9:27 p.m., neighbors reported flames showing from the second floor of the 211 N. Park Ave. ...
Cape Girardeau City Council action 8/7/07 (08/07/07)
Communications n Presented members of the Parks and Recreation Cal Ripken all-star team of 10-year-old boys a resolution congratulating them for winning state and regional titles. The team competes for a World Series title Saturday in Vincennes, Ind...
No relief in sight (08/07/07)
The heat wave that pushed temperatures above 90 degrees in late July will challenge record temperatures in coming days. The American Red Cross opened a cooling center Monday at the Osage Community Centre on North Kingshighway after the National Weather Service office in Paducah, Ky., extended a heat advisory to Tuesday afternoon. ...
Light rail may become issue again in Kansas City (08/07/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Just when this city's voters thought they had put the light-rail issue behind them, it may be returning. A petition committee plans to submit 6,000 signatures to repeal the city's light-rail plan, a multimillion dollar blueprint that voters approved in November after years of failed efforts by advocate Clay Chastain...
Inmate dead after fight in Missouri prison (08/07/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities on Tuesday were investigating a fight at a southern Missouri prison that resulted in the death of a convicted sex offender. Pleasant J. Hurst, 48, was punched in the head and injured during an altercation Saturday in the gymnasium of the South Central Correctional Center in Licking. He was pronounced dead later that day at a hospital in Houston, Mo., said Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Hauswirth...
44 more plaintiffs in lawsuit involving Missouri popcorn plant (08/07/07)
JASPER, Mo. (AP) -- Forty-three current or former workers at a southwest Missouri microwave-popcorn packaging plant have joined in the suit claiming they sustained lung damage by working with a butter flavoring. A man who lived near the Jasper Popcorn Co. plant also filed suit in the second round of legal action against International Flavors and Fragrances Inc. of New York and its subsidiary, New Jersey-based Bush Boake Allen Inc. The suits seek damages over use of diacetyl in the flavoring...
Mo. appeals court judge retires (08/07/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Another appeals court judge is leaving the bench. Judge Gary M. Gaertner Sr. is retiring Friday, the Appellate Judicial Commission said Tuesday, and it is accepting applications to fill his slot on the state Court of Appeals' Eastern District...
Jefferson County man shot in alleged road-rage incident (08/07/07)
BARNHART, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities in Jefferson County are searching for a green dump truck whose driver allegedly shot the driver of a car in an apparent road-rage incident. Sheriff Glenn Boyer told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Web site STLtoday.com that the incident happened this morning near Barnhart. The victim is believed to be a 29-year-old man who was grazed in the leg by the bullet. His injury is not considered life-threatening...
Normandy dedicates park to slain officer (08/07/07)
NORMANDY, Mo. (AP) -- National Night Out events in the St. Louis suburb of Normandy will have a solemn mood tonight, when the community dedicates a playground to a murdered police officer. Normandy Police Chief Douglas Lebert says the playground at Hoelzel Park will be named for Normandy Officer Amanda Cates. It's to be called "Amandaland."...
Hornbeck case will be tried in Washington County (08/07/07)
POTOSI, Mo. -- The Michael Devlin kidnapping trial in the Shawn Hornbeck case will be heard in Washington County -- but with an imported jury. Attorneys for both sides agreed during a court hearing Monday to allow for a jury to be brought in. A date for the trial has not been set. A judge is expected to decide Sept. 10 what county the jury will come from...
Public safety director calls for cell phone fee (08/07/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state's public safety director advocated Monday for imposing a 75-cent fee on cell phone customers to improve the state's 911 service for wireless calls. Public Safety director Mark James spoke to a special legislative committee looking into problems with 911 service in Missouri...
Interest-free loans offered to Ill. schools (08/07/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Martin Payne has a thick file folder on his desk stuffed with his staff's suggestions for opening Monmouth schools if there's no state budget agreement and state-aid payments don't arrive on time. The unpleasant options include using cash on hand, relying on local property tax receipts that haven't arrived yet and borrowing...
Giuliani's 17-year-old daughter indicates she's backing Obama for president (08/07/07)
WASHINGTON -- The daughter of Republican hopeful Rudy Giuliani has signaled she's backing Democrat Barack Obama for president. According to her Facebook profile, Giuliani's 17-year-old daughter, Caroline, belonged to Democrat Barack Obama's Facebook group "Barack Obama (One Million Strong for Barack)." She left the group Monday morning after the online magazine Slate sent an inquiry...
Anything in McDonald's wrapper tastes better, tots say (08/07/07)
CHICAGO -- Anything made by McDonald's tastes better, preschoolers said in a study that powerfully demonstrates how advertising can trick the taste buds of young children. Even carrots, milk and apple juice tasted better to the kids when they were wrapped in the familiar packaging of the Golden Arches...
Mortgage company files for bankruptcy (08/07/07)
NEW YORK -- American Home Mortgage Investment Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, the latest casualty of a mortgage industry that has plunged into distress. The Melville, N.Y.-based company's request for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection -- filed in bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Del. -- caps a tumultuous 10 days for what had been the nation's 10th-biggest home lender...
Six miners trapped 1,500 feet underground in Utah (08/07/07)
HUNTINGTON, Utah -- Hundreds of rescuers struggled with falling rock and debris Monday in a desperate race to reach six coal miners trapped 1,500 feet below ground by a cave-in so powerful authorities initially thought it was an earthquake. As the rescue stretched into the night, workers were unable to make significant progress and the initial effort was declared a failure...
Giuliani's 17-year-old daughter indicates she's supporting Obama, then backs off (08/07/07)
WASHINGTON -- The daughter of Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani signaled she was supporting Democrat Barack Obama, then backed off when faced with questions. On her Facebook profile, 17-year-old Caroline Giuliani listed herself as a member of Obama's Facebook group, "Barack Obama (One Million Strong for Barack)." She left the group Monday morning after the online magazine Slate sent an inquiry and later in the day, a spokeswoman said she did not intend to comment on the 2008 race...
Iraqi political crisis grows as Sunnis leave cabinet (08/07/07)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's political crisis worsened Monday as five more ministers announced a boycott of Cabinet meetings -- leaving the embattled prime minister's unity government with no members affiliated with Sunni political factions. The new cracks in Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government appeared even as U.S. ...
Palestinian, Israeli leaders hold first meetings in West Bank (08/07/07)
JERICHO, West Bank -- In their first meeting on Palestinian soil, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday he hopes to launch negotiations "soon" on establishing a Palestinian state, his clearest promise yet to tackle a final peace deal...
Zimbabwe arrests 7,500 for allegedly violating price cuts (08/07/07)
HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Nearly 7,500 business leaders and traders have been arrested for violating sweeping price controls since they were imposed six weeks ago, the government said Monday. President Robert Mugabe vowed not to back down from the clampdown...
Capahas stay alive at NBC World Series (08/07/07)
The Plaza Tire Capahas broke open a tied game with a five-run sixth and avoided elimination with a 10-2 victory over Moreno Valley (Calif.) on Monday at the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kan. Plaza Tire improved to 30-7 and will play the Nevada (Mo.) Griffons at 8 a.m. today...
Area sports digest 8/7/07 (08/07/07)
Heartland Nationals drop to 1-2 at Series The Heartland Nationals 12-and-under softball team couldn't rally from an early deficit, as it fell to Angola, Ind., 7-4 at the Babe Ruth League World Series in Wilson, N.C., on Monday. The loss dropped the Nationals to 1-2 in the tournament...
Cards put Maroth on disabled list (08/07/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Mike Maroth, saddled with an 11.08 ERA since being acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals in June, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of tendinitis in his left elbow. The move was made a few hours after lefty reliever Tyler Johnson was activated from the DL. He'd been out since June 19 because of an injured left shoulder...
Sizzling temperatures force Rams to practice indoors (08/07/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Triple-digit temperatures have forced the St. Louis Rams inside for daytime workouts for the time being. "It's the hottest spot in the country right now," coach Scott Linehan said of St. Louis on Monday. "One of the precautions you take with extreme heat is to have an alternative plan."...
Many fans relish Bonds' quest (08/07/07)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds cooperated with Cy Philbrick and Will McGuire. When the two Bonds fans set off from Connecticut on a cross-country journey, they hoped to time their arrival in San Francisco with the slugger's record-breaking home run. So the two were quite pleased when Bonds went into Monday night's game against the Washington Nationals needing just one home run to break Hank Aaron's mark of 755. ...
Tour courses pose major problems (08/07/07)
TULSA, Okla. -- Tiger Woods usually goes on vacation after winning at Firestone, but that changed this year when it was moved to the week before the PGA Championship. He was at Southern Hills on Monday morning getting ready for the final major of 2007...
Suspended 'Pacman' to enter wrestling ring (08/07/07)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones is ready to step into the wrestling ring. He signed a contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and will appear in the ring Thursday, although it's not clear if he will wrestle. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, the company said Monday...
Cards' hit parade squashes Padres (08/07/07)
ST. LOUIS -- For one inning, the St. Louis Cardinals could do no wrong. The Cardinals tied a major league record with 10 straight hits in a 10-run fifth inning, with pitcher Braden Looper and Aaron Miles getting two apiece in a 10-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night...
Science experiment: Make a dust explosion from household items (08/07/07)
Grain bin explosions are common out west, but they can happen right here in the Heartland. Here's a safe experiment that will demonstrate how one of these explosions occur. Make sure to have an adult present during this experiment. Ingredients Tin with a metal sealing lid...
Let's talk about sex: Campaign advocates family conversations about sex and offers tips for parents to approach the issue (08/07/07)
Commercials associated with a new campaign are aimed at helping parents talk to their children about waiting until marriage to have sex. The Department of Health and Human Services introduced the Parents Speak Up National Campaign in June and, in addition to a Web site with tips and information for parents, a public service announcement campaign will start in September...
The birds and the bees (08/07/07)
It's "The Talk" between teenagers and parents that makes both equally uneasy and both feel like they want to flee the room. But just because this is the most awkward talk on Earth, does it mean parents just simply shouldn't bring it up? According to a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and YM magazine, more than 50 percent of teenagers have had sexual intercourse by age 18...
Learning briefs 8/7/07 (08/07/07)
GRADUATIONS, HONORS n Christopher Robertson, a 1993 graduate of Cape Girardeau Central High School, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass. He is an attorney with the Scruggs Law Firm in Oxford, Miss. n Russell David Crader II, a 1995 graduate of Perryville High School in Perryville, Mo., graduated from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., with a master's degree from the Graduate School of Design...
The best part of school in any language: Lunch (08/07/07)
Here's a look at children's school lunches abroad, as reported by Associated Press correspondents around the world:CHINA Children seldom bring lunch to school in Beijing. Their lunches are arranged by the school and they pay a monthly fee. Schools order boxed lunches -- usually rice, meat and vegetables in a takeaway box -- from food companies supervised by the local educational authority. The cost is usually about 5 yuan (66 cents) to 10 yuan ($1.32) a day...
Daughter driving to learn left from right (08/07/07)
These are the dog days of summer when children often get bored with their lazy existence but are still in denial about the upcoming start of another school year. Thankfully, life's not boring when you have a teenager. Becca has spent the summer behind the wheel every chance possible. I can't even sneak out to the convenience store to gas up the car without her rushing ahead of me to get into the driver's seat...
Norman Short (08/07/07)
Norman Short, 90, of Boulder, Colo., died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, at his home. Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Helen Pender (08/07/07)
Helen Pender, 63, of Jackson died Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, at her home. Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jimmie Peeler (08/07/07)
MOUND CITY, Ill. -- Jimmie E. Peeler, 68, of Mound City died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, at St. Louis University Hospital. He was born Feb. 25, 1939, in Cairo, Ill., son of Cletus and Vera Davault Peeler. Peeler had been a deckhand on a riverboat, and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church...
James Howell Jr. (08/07/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- James E. Howell Jr., 55, of Marble Hill died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 26, 1951, in Cape Gir­ar­deau, son of James E. and Betty Jaco Howell Sr. He and Shawne C. Grisham were married July 1, 1995, at Marble Hill...
Martha Snowden (08/07/07)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Martha Alice Snowden, 80, of Charleston died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, at her home. She was born Dec. 14, 1926, near Charleston, daughter of Charles Dunning and Clara Bell Brawner Martin. She and James Edward Snowden were married June 11, 1950. He died Feb. 16, 1991...
Dorothy Reeves (08/07/07)
PATTON, Mo.-- Dorothy Louise Reeves, 67, of Patton died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Gir­ar­deau. She was born Oct. 30, 1939, in Kirkwood, Mo., daughter of Leo and Anna Pinell Baremore. Reeves was a former machinist/inspector with Alco Valve...
Randy Brant (08/07/07)
Randy Lynn Brant, 54, of Gulfport, Miss., died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, in Scott City. He was born Jan. 3, 1953, in Cape Girardeau, son of Lester Woodson and Lela Idalene Payne Brant. He and Beryl Ann Hooper were married Nov. 26, 1997, in Belton, Texas...
Donald Taylor (08/07/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Donald Taylor, 71, of Sikeston died Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. He was born June 18, 1936, in Reyno, Ark., son of Dempse and Lillie Ruth King Taylor. He married Norma Gordon. Taylor retired from Chambers Electric...
Karen Vaughn (08/07/07)
CANALOU, Mo. -- Karen Elaine Vaughn, 54, of Canalou died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born Sept. 22, 1952, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., daughter of Charles and Margaret Creed Tucker. She and William Vaughn were married Sept. 14, 1989...
Billy Rommel (08/07/07)
GLADSTONE, Mo. -- Billy Bertran Rommel, 83, of Gladstone passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, surrounded by his family, following a one-year battle with cancer. Bill was born Jan. 31, 1924, in Malden, Mo., son of Barney H. and Eva Cleo Baxter Rommel...
Donald Wolfenkoehler (08/07/07)
Donald D. Wolfenkoehler, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Nov. 16, 1932, in Cape Girardeau, son of Albert C. and Irene Friedrich Wolfenkoehler. He was married to Lola McNeely. Don was a syrup mixer with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. ...
Rhonda Shelton (08/07/07)
Rhonda Cheri Shelton, 48, of Russellville, Ark., died Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center. She was born April 29, 1959, in Cape Girar­deau. Survivors include her husband of five years, Alvin L. Shelton of Russellville; a son; two daughters, including Amber Dawn Stone of Cape Girardeau; a stepdaughter, Heather Renee Shelton of Naples, Fla.; and two grandchildren, including Haley Elizabeth Stone of Cape Gir­ar­deau...
Births 8/7/07 (08/07/07)
Clark; Kempfer; Lusk; Ross; Smith; Hazard; Ryan
Cape fire report 8/7/07 (08/07/07)
Cape Girardeau Fire Department n At 7:33 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of South Benton St. n At 8:20 p.m., a motor vehicle accident at Highway 91 North and Interstate 55. n At 8:14 p.m., illegal burn at 315 Sheridan St. rear. n At 8:28 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3000 block of Themis Street...
Cape/Jackson police report 8/7/07 (08/07/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summons; Assaults; Thefts; Property damage; Summons
Out of the past 8/7/07 (08/07/07)
The recent installation of a "CrimeStoppers" telephone tip line has already shown results, says police chief D. Ray Johnson; although declining to give specifics, Johnson says detectives have started an investigation as a result of information forwarded by a caller to the line...
Fewer inmates (08/07/07)
For a number of years, Missouri experienced the same prison-building boom that was sweeping the nation. Tougher sentencing laws were passed. Drug enforcement was more strenuous. And states like Missouri were faced with the need to build a new prison every two years to keep up with the increased inmate population. Until just a couple of years ago, two additional prisoners were being added to the penitentiary population every day...
Thanks for investigation assistance (08/07/07)
To the editor:The Bollinger County Sheriff's Department and the Bollinger County prosecuting attorney would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to the Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad along with the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department, Cape Girardeau Police Department, Jackson Police Department, Southeast Missouri State University Department of Public Safety, Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney's office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri State Water Patrol, the Bollinger County coroner and the officers of the sheriff's reserve unit for their long hours and hard work in the Michael Strong homicide investigation.. ...
Motivated children likely to succeed (08/07/07)
To the editor:Most people would agree that no child should be left behind. Call it a push-push situation. Imagine a kindergarten student on a scooter. The parent and teacher give a slight push, but the child keeps the scooter going, using whatever God-given abilities he or she possesses. That child is not left behind. That child is self-sufficient...
New policy weakens our military (08/07/07)
To the editor:I heard the most disturbing news report regarding our military. Apparently, in order to keep new recruits in the Army and other strained branches of our armed forces, the Pentagon has asked that drill sergeants, who have traditionally been in-your-face and tough-as-nails, to tone down their ferociousness and to be more likes coaches and mentors and less like drill sergeants...
Speak Out 8/7/07 (08/07/07)
Making money; Junk from China; Unwanted litter; Lack of discipline; Lack of control; Dumping yard debris; Dubious honor; Bunker mentality; Stalking horses; Taxing tobacco; Dangerous stroller; School supplies; New list of R's; Bumper sticker; Apt metaphor; Fast and loose; Soldiers' comments
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