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High temperature in Cape hits 99 degrees (08/09/07)
Official observed temperatures hit 99 degrees Thursday afternoon, topping the official high from Wednesday, 98 degrees. The measurements were taken by the National Weather Service's official weather recording site at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport...
Residents raise concerns about bridge work (08/09/07)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- When Missouri Department of Transportation begins work on the planned replacement of the Route A bridge in New Hamburg, the construction will cut Larry Gosche's farm in half. Because MoDOT has decided not to build a temporary bypass to accommodate the 700 to 800 cars that cross the bridge every day, Gosche said he expects he'll have to go 12 to 15 miles out of his way to tend to his crops...
Three Cape council seats up for grabs (08/09/07)
The next Cape Girardeau City Council election is more than six months away, but the groundwork for campaigning is about to begin. Terms for three city council members' seats will expire. One official can't run again. Another isn't sure. The third, Loretta Schneider, is already planning to compete...
Firefighters douse flaming propane tanker (08/09/07)
A propane tanker caught fire Wednesday morning when a fill hose separated from the valve stem following a delivery on County Road 220. Firefighters responding to the call used a cautious approach to the blaze when initial reports said the tanker was engulfed. "We had announced we were going to stop a half-mile back and assess the situation," said John Sachen, the incident commander for the Delta Fire Protection District. "On the way in, we did not see evidence of a large fire."...
Cooper pleads guilty to immigration fraud (08/09/07)
State Rep. Nathan Cooper pleaded guilty to immigration fraud Thursday morning and agreed to cooperate with federal authorities in an ongoing investigation. One arrest, in Seattle, Wash., has already taken place as a result of information supplied by Cooper, said assistant U.S. attorney Jim Crowe. Cooper, 33, is a Cape Girardeau Republican in his second term in the Missouri House...
Marble Hill teen pursuing her 'Idol' ambitions (08/09/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Just days after being named as a finalist for the Heartland Idol competition, Brandi Gromer of Marble Hill is headed to Omaha, Neb., to audition for "American Idol." And just as any girl getting ready for a big audition, Brandi's wondering what she's going to wear...
Employee of the month (08/09/07)
Alice Collins, nursing assistant for the Cape Girardeau Veterans Home has been selected as the Missouri Veterans Commission July 2007 Employee of the Month. Collins, from Chaffee, Mo., was chosen by the commission out of all seven veterans homes in the state...
Community briefs 8/9/07 (08/09/07)
Mothers of Preschoolers to hold meet and greet The Jackson Mothers of Preschoolers group will have a meet and greet at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. The nondenominational, religion-based organization seeks to provide support to mothers of young children, using the children as a common denominator...
'Sing, America, Sing' to return to Plaza Conference Center (08/09/07)
When Mike Dumey decided to produce "Sing, America, Sing!", a summer production showcasing the talents of eight young hopeful entertainers from Southeast Missouri, he was not prepared for the overwhelming audience response from the two July performances...
Cape, Scott City issue no-burn orders; others to do same (08/09/07)
Cape Girardeau fire chief Rick Ennis issued a citywide ban on outdoor burning late Wednesday. Cape Girardeau County commissioners are expected to order a similar ban today, according to Richard Knaup, Cape Girardeau County Emergency Management Agency director...
Suspect arrested in Sikeston shooting (08/09/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston Department of Public Safety arrested Nicholas D. Gilbert, 27, Tuesday in connection with an early morning shooting in the 800 block of Ruth Street. Around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, Sikeston DPS received a call reporting gunshots fired around 824 Ruth St. ...
Jackson Municipal Band wraps up season tonight (08/09/07)
The Jackson Municipal Band will perform its final concert of the summer at 8 p.m. today at the gazebo on the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse lawn, instead of its usual venue, the Jackson City Park band shell. ...
Central principal drives home academic message at freshman orientation (08/09/07)
Cape Girardeau Central High School's incoming freshmen arrived at orientation Wednesday hoping to learn the location of their lockers and classrooms. They left with a note of caution: Don't get left behind academically. Fifty-eight freshmen last school year failed to become sophomores, principal Dr. Mike Cowan told this year's incoming students...
Vet, daughter charged with animal cruelty (08/09/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A veterinarian who faces charges of cruelty to animals on her Illinois farm demonstrated "care and concern" for her patients at a St. Louis County animal hospital, the administrator said. Georgia Wilson's work at Webster Groves Animal Hospital earned praise...
High winds blast through Northwest Missouri (08/09/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A violent line of thunderstorms rolled through northwest Missouri Wednesday night, blowing down trees and possibly spawning a small tornado. The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill said it had reports of 60-70 mph winds in southern Atchison County and Nodaway and Harrison counties, downing power lines and large branches...
Judge axes new law on midwifery (08/09/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A judge struck down a new law Wednesday that would have allowed certain trained midwives to deliver babies in Missouri without facing the threat of criminal charges. A Cole County judge declared the midwifery law unconstitutional because of the way it was passed by legislators. ...
St. Louis program helps foster children aging out of the system (08/09/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Annica Trotter knows firsthand the challenges foster children face as they become adults: She was already living on her own at age 18, three years after turning herself over to the state, entering the foster care system as a pregnant 15-year-old...
Latest budget deadline passes without action (08/09/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois officials missed the latest in a string of deadlines Wednesday in their battle over a new budget, and this time it threatens thousands of state employees and schools across Illinois. Without a budget, the state comptroller won't begin processing paychecks due to nearly 5,000 employees next week and $170 million in school aid payments scheduled to be mailed Friday...
Appeals court denies hearing in death penalty case (08/09/07)
ST. LOUIS -- A federal appeals court has dealt a major blow to a Missouri death penalty case that effectively had halted executions in the state. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied a request by condemned inmate Michael Taylor to consider whether Missouri's lethal injection method is constitutional...
Death row inmate dies of natural causes (08/09/07)
Brian Kinder's dying wish was to spend his final days at home with family. Instead, the condemned killer died in prison. Kinder, 47, who suffered from throat cancer, died Wednesday morning in the hospital ward of the Potosi Correctional Center in Southeast Missouri, prison superintendent Don Roper said...
Mayor cites need for new bridge over Mississippi (08/09/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The mayor of Sikeston is calling for a "bridge summit" in September to discuss the need for a new Mississippi River bridge from near the Southeast Missouri town into Kentucky. Mayor Mike Marshall said this week that the bridge failure in Minnesota was "a wake-up call to our area." He noted that bridges crossing the Mississippi and Ohio rivers at Cairo, Ill., are "twice as old, twice as long and twice as dangerous as the bridge that failed in Minneapolis." At a meeting Monday, members of the city council unanimously approved inviting Missouri and Kentucky lawmakers for the bridge summit.. ...
PSC denies request to halt hearings (08/09/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State utility regulators have denied a request by Ameren Corp. to halt their investigation into the 2005 collapse of its Taum Sauk reservoir and instead plan to forge ahead with another round of hearings. The Missouri Public Service Commission scheduled more investigatory hearings beginning next Monday and continuing through Aug. 17 if necessary. The commission already has heard from several witnesses in hearings that have spanned parts of two weeks...
Audit: Nonresidents getting break at Missouri public colleges (08/09/07)
Missouri's four-year public universities are a bargain for some out-of-state students when compared with nearby states, even while state residents continue to pay the highest tuition among Big 12 states, according to an audit released Wednesday. The report from Auditor Susan Montee also found that the state has no written policy for setting nonresident tuition. ...
Illinois officials miss another deadline in budget stalemate (08/09/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois officials missed the latest in a string of deadlines Wednesday in their battle over a new budget, and this time it threatens thousands of state employees and schools across Illinois. Without a budget, the state comptroller won't begin processing paychecks due to nearly 5,000 employees next week and $170 million in school aid payments scheduled to be mailed Friday...
Rescuers drill relief holes in Utah mine collapse (08/09/07)
HUNTINGTON, Utah -- Rescue crews clinging to a mountainside struggled Wednesday to drill two narrow holes -- one just 2 1/2 inches across, the other less than 9 inches -- in a painfully slow effort to bring air and food to six miners trapped in a cave-in...
Shuttle blasts off with former teacher aboard (08/09/07)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Endeavour blasted in orbit Wednesday carrying teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan, who after more than two decades is finally carrying out the dream of Christa McAuliffe and the rest of the fallen Challenger crew. Endeavour and its crew of seven rose from the seaside pad at 5:36 p.m., right on time, and pierced a solidly blue sky. They're expected to reach the international space station Friday...
African fossils show 2 human ancestors lived at same time (08/09/07)
WASHINGTON -- Surprising research based on two African fossils suggests our family tree is more like a wayward bush with stubby branches, challenging what had been common thinking on how early humans evolved. The discovery by Meave Leakey, a member of a famous family of paleontologists, shows that two species of early human ancestors lived at the same time in Kenya. That pokes holes in the chief theory of man's early evolution -- that one of those species evolved from the other...
Minorities have become the majority in 10 percent of U.S. counties (08/09/07)
WASHINGTON -- Whites are now in the minority in nearly one in 10 U.S. counties. And that increased diversity, fueled by immigration and higher birth rates among blacks and Hispanics, is straining race relations and sparking a backlash against immigrants in many communities...
Security, human rights concerns make clearing Gitmo a struggle (08/09/07)
The United States has cut the population of the Guantanamo Bay detention center to nearly half its peak in 2003 but is struggling to empty it further. Faced with rising international pressure to close the military prison in Cuba, the United States has identified dozens of detainees who can be released or transferred to other countries. However, that was only the first step in a process so difficult it has slowed releases to a trickle...
Critics say India failed to prepare for monsoon floods (08/09/07)
NEW DELHI -- Each year, the monsoon clouds roll across South Asia and killer floods follow. With this year's flooding especially calamitous in India -- more than 1,200 people have been killed and millions forced from their homes -- experts are blaming the government for failing to strengthen embankments, build needed dams and come up with evacuation plans...
Prominent cardinal deposed in case of alleged rape by priest (08/09/07)
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's most prominent cardinal was deposed Wednesday in a U.S. lawsuit accusing him of complicity in the alleged rape of a child by a Mexican priest. Cardinal Norberto Rivera and his lawyers rushed past reporters and photographers waiting outside offices of the Archdiocese of Mexico without giving comment...
Britain eases its livestock movement ban; authorities isolate foot-and-mouth virus to region near government laboratory (08/09/07)
LONDON -- Britain relaxed a nationwide ban on moving livestock Wednesday after authorities isolated the foot-and-mouth virus to a region near a government laboratory and a private company that developed vaccines for the disease. The European Union maintained a ban on British meat and dairy exports, saying it would review the decision in two weeks. Britain retained a self-imposed export ban on such products...
Kidnappers release British, Bulgarian hostages in Nigeria (08/09/07)
PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria -- Kidnappers released a British and a Bulgarian hostage in Nigeria's restive southern oil region Wednesday, while the young son of a local legislator was seized in a separate incident and gunbattles raged for a third day. Gunmen had kidnapped the two foreign workers July 8 from a barge on a river in the lawless region where the crude is pumped in Africa's biggest producer. The pair was handed over to Nigerian authorities Wednesday, officials said...
Russian Orthodox Church calls for morals to be taught in schools (08/09/07)
MOSCOW -- A Russian Orthodox Church spokesman said Wednesday that the country's schools should teach religious principles and moral values, and he accused some leading scientists of trying to impose the "ideology of science" on the education system...
Southeast men's basketball Southeast 2007-08 schedule released (08/09/07)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team will open the regular season Nov. 10 in Cincinnati at Xavier University in a first-round game for the Chicago Invitational Challenge. Southeast also will play Nov. 14 at Illinois State in the same tournament before going to Chicago for games Nov. 23 (against Coppin State) and Nov. 24 (opponent to be announced)...
Defending OVC tourney champs selected for third place in poll (08/09/07)
Southeast Missouri State, which won the Ohio Valley Conference women's soccer tournament last year and represented the league in the NCAA tournament, was tabbed for third place in the poll of OVC coaches and sports information directors. The poll was released Wednesday by the OVC...
After a few adjustments, James gets his turn to start (08/09/07)
In his first two years on campus at Southeast Missouri State University, Matt James didn't have a lot of opportunities to become an impact player. That's all about to change. James, who played in five games last year, has a chance to emerge in Southeast's retooled offensive line. The junior from Jackson is listed atop the depth chart at left guard...
SID notes two new records: heat, attendance for media day (08/09/07)
Southeast Missouri State's media day was a record-breaker. Sports information director Ron Hines noted during his comments at the luncheon that this year's football media day attracted the largest crowd for the luncheon. The event included speeches from players Kendall Magana and Francisco Perez, defensive coordinator Tim Maguire, offensive coordinator Vincent White and head coach Tony Samuel...
Comfort zone: Southeast's veteran players believe second season under Samuel will be better (08/09/07)
Two big words were tossed around Wednesday by Southeast Missouri State football coaches when asked about the second campaign for coach Tony Samuel and his staff. Familiarity and terminology. Junior running back Tim Hollomam just summed it up with an even cooler word: style...
Capahas survive to earn spot in elite eight (08/09/07)
The Plaza Tire Capahas cruised into the last inning of Wednesday's National Baseball Congress World Series game against the Beatrice (Neb.) Bruins with an eight-run lead. By the end, the Capahas were thankful to have survived, and the Bruins were hopping mad over a called third strike...
Garcia in better frame of mind about major collapse (08/09/07)
TULSA, Okla. -- Rarely has a second-place finisher sounded like as big a loser as Sergio Garcia did after the British Open. Three weeks later, and with another shot at a major coming up, Garcia said he wouldn't have changed a thing. Well, maybe one thing...
Wells clamps down on Padres in 2-1 win (08/09/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Kip Wells limited San Diego to an unearned run in seven innings, and the St. Louis Cardinals got first-inning RBIs from Juan Encarnacion and Albert Pujols in a 2-1 victory over the Padres on Wednesday night. Encarnacion's RBI double off the left-field wall was the second in a string of four straight hits to start the first off Greg Maddux. ...
Slow down and think about fast food choices (08/09/07)
Pile four coworkers into your car for a quick lunch run. Now look around. One of you is obese. According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services more than one in five adults in the state are considered obese. More than half adults are overweight. And with tight schedules and changing cultures, many Americans eat out on a daily basis, making it tough to stick to a controlled diet...
Father's health habits transfer to child (08/09/07)
Men are notorious for avoiding the doctor, and a new study has found that does not change when they become fathers. A recent survey of 1,111 men done for the American Academy of Family Physicians found nearly 30 percent of men say they "wait as long as possible" before seeking medical help even when they feel sick or in pain. And 55 percent said they hadn't seen their primary-care physician for an exam in the past year...
Blood drives (08/09/07)
Today n Metro Business College in Cape Girardeau from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. n Knights of Columbus in Scott City from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday n American Legion Hall in Jackson from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday n First State Community Bank in Cape Girardeau from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m...
Health briefs 8/9/07 (08/09/07)
Saint Francis' Stroke Center reaccredited Saint Francis Medical Center's Stroke Center has again been accredited by The Joint Commission, a national honor awarded to top-notch stroke programs. The center also received The Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction in Disease-Specific Care for Primary Stroke Treatment, which it first received in 2005 (accreditation is valid for two years)...
Seriously quirky (08/09/07)
Aug. 9, 2007 Dear Julie, Our dogs Hank and Lucy are 13 years old now. They not only don't move nearly as fast as they used to, at times they hardly move at all. They have developed some of the quirks that seem to accompany old age...
Studio flood forces CBS morning show to move to drier quarters across town (08/09/07)
NEW YORK -- In television, it's never a good sign when it starts raining in your indoor studio less than 40 minutes before airtime. That's what happened to "The Early Show" on CBS Wednesday, forcing a mad scramble across Manhattan in a downpour to broadcast the morning news program out of Katie Couric's empty studio...
Isabel Jordan (08/09/07)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Isabel Jordan, 77, of Tamms died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, in an automobile accident north of Tamms. She was born Jan. 16, 1930, in McClure, Ill., daughter of Henry and Melissa Porter Lamb. She married Donald Jordan May 31, 1947. He preceded her in death Sept. 24, 2005...
Joel Jones (08/09/07)
Joel L. Jones, 81, of Cape Gir-ardeau died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Larry Reid (08/09/07)
Larry Lrea Reid, 64, of Oak Ridge died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, at his home. He was born Oct. 14, 1942, in Cape Girardeau, son of Lrea and Florence Marie Samuel Reid. He and Hazel A. Williams were married March 17, 1967. She died Sept. 24, 2000. Reid had worked at the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Jackson. He then was a maintenance worker 20 years at Florsheim Shoe Co., retiring in 1987. He was a member of New Life Gospel Center in Scott City...
Robert Haynes (08/09/07)
Robert L. Haynes, 62, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, at Bourbon, Mo. He was a former resident of Whitewater. He was born Oct. 1, 1944, in Florida, to James Rex and Lucille Thoma Haynes. He enjoyed his work as an over-the-road truck driver. Survivors include cousins, Elwood (Rosa) Ulrich of Whitewater, Linda Gilles of Bourbon, Sandra McDowell of Cape Gir-ardeau, Frances McCarty of Mount Vernon, Ind.; and close friends Greg Peak of Bourbon, Joe Berry of St. ...
Rose Hill (08/09/07)
Rose Marie Hill of Jackson and formerly of Cairo, Ill., died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete with Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo, Ill.
Mary Slayden (08/09/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Mary Magdalene Slayden, 84, of Chaffee died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, in the Emergency Room at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 10, 1922, at Chaffee, daughter of Frank Stanley and Pearl Watson Moore. She and Dr. William H. Bagbey were married in February 1943. She and Patrick O'Mara were married March 17, 1961. He died Nov. 22, 1979. She and James F. Slayden were married May 3, 1981. He died Aug. 10, 1999...
Bill Mouser (08/09/07)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Bill E. Mouser, 76, of Morley died Tuesday, Aug, 7, 2007, at his home. He was born Dec. 5, 1930, at Randles, son of Edward Oliver and Clara Frances Dees Mouser. He and Myra Jean Walton were married Jan. 15, 1949, at Arbor. Mouser was a retired heavy equipment operator with Operating Engineers 513. He was a member of Sikeston Gospel Assembly in Sikeston, Mo...
Births 8/9/07 (08/09/07)
Ringwald; DeBerry; Burns; Yarbro; Lamoureux
Cape fire report 8/9/07 (08/09/07)
n At 12:59 a.m., emergency medical service at 3000 Themis St. n At 10:09 a.m., emergency medical service in the 1500 block of North Henderson Avenue. n At 3:26 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2800 block of Bloomfield Road. n At 5:42 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2100 block of Sherwood Drive...
Cape police report 8/9/07 (08/09/07)
Cape Girardeau: Summons; Thefts; Assault; Property damage
Out of the past 8/9/07 (08/09/07)
The Cape Girardeau County grand jury adjourns, issuing a two-page report to Presiding Circuit Judge A.J. Seier, who says he will study it before deciding whether to make the contents public; meanwhile, Prosecuting Attorney Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr., who has advocated grand juries partially to eliminate the preliminary hearing process, says he will ask Seier to impanel another grand jury; the jury was impanelled July 7 to look into two unsolved murders in Cape Girardeau...
Public transit (08/09/07)
The Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority's bus service in Cape Girardeau, offering rides on a fixed route, is serving 500 to 600 passengers a week, up 16 percent in the first half of 2007 from the last half of 2006. Plans are in the works to split the one long route taken by shuttle buses into two routes to better serve those passengers who often have to ride for up to an hour to reach their destinations...
Need safety patrol at Bingo World (08/09/07)
To the editor:Last night at Bingo World hundreds players had a chance to spend and win thousands of dollars. After bingo, players ran to the exit to be one of the first to leave the parking lot. By the time I got inside my car, all vehicles parked behind me were gone. ...
Community college a good idea (08/09/07)
To the editor:Joel Osteen, minister at Lakewood Church, recently urged people to keep moving and not be satisfied with just what you have or what knowledge you know, but to add to it. I like that. I am a strong believer in progress. Much of it has already been seen, and more will follow, I'm sure...
Taking a different route (08/09/07)
To the editor:One rainy night in a coffee shop in Knoxville I was chatting with a contractor whose business was repairing bridges along Interstate 70. He told me that many of the long beams that support bridges have developed long horizontal cracks the entire length of the girder. The contractor used massive jacks to squeeze the beams together and welded them in place. I recalled the Biblical traveler who decided to go home another way...
Speak Out 8/9/07 (08/09/07)
All's well; Not soon enough; P&G tax goes to Jackson; Paying over and over; All in one paragraph; Farm subsidies; Spend money at home; Nature center; No forgetting; Clean highways; Use caution; Too complacent; Blame government; It's broken; Listen to soldiers; No soccer dogs
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