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Blunt calls on Cooper to resign soon (08/10/07)
State Rep. Nathan Cooper should resign from "all positions of public trust," Gov. Matt Blunt said Thursday. During an appearance in Cape Girardeau, Blunt said he received very little advance notice that Cooper would plead guilty to two federal felonies for immigration law violations. In a statement issued soon after he entered the guilty plea, Cooper said his resignation from the Missouri House "would be forthcoming."...
Lawsuit seeks to block MOHELA spending plan (08/10/07)
Two student loan holders have filed a lawsuit seeking to block Gov. Matt Blunt's $350 million plan to finance college construction projects by taking money from the state's student loan authority. The lawsuit against the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority claims the agency is violating both its state-mandated mission and its financial duty to students by allowing its money to be used for campus construction rather than lower loan rates for its borrowers...
Special election needed to fill 158th District seat (08/10/07)
State Rep. Nathan Cooper's pending resignation from the Missouri House will force a special election to fill the seat, but Gov. Matt Blunt will set the date for the contest. Local political parties will choose the candidates. Cooper has represented the 158th District of the Missouri House since January 2005. The district, which leans strongly Republican, includes most of Cape Girardeau's voters...
Sikeston firm still waiting for payment on courthouse project (08/10/07)
The federal government expects to spend $62 million for the new federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau, but a Sikeston, Mo. cleaning company still hasn't seen a dime for work it did nearly two years ago at the job site. The General Services Administration and staff members for U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson said they will investigate the matter...
Immigration fraud snares state representative (08/10/07)
A New Zealand trucker. A letter from the office of Nathan Cooper. And a skeptical federal border guard. Those were the ingredients that eventually led to the political and professional demise of a state representative Thursday when a federal prosecutor announced that Cooper pleaded guilty to two federal felonies...
Political leaders 'shocked' by charges and guilty plea (08/10/07)
Mary Kasten was Nathan Cooper's political mother. When he was a student at Southeast Missouri State University in the 1990s, he lived in Kasten's home. In 2004, he won the Missouri House seat Kasten held from 1983 to 1995. And when his life, both politically and professionally, was unraveling this week, he visited her to tell her he would plead guilty to federal crimes...
SEMO receives business grant (08/10/07)
Southeast Missouri State University has received an $85,000 federal grant to expand the Harrison College of Business Center for Economic and Business Research. The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration awarded the grant, which is renewable for three years, school officials said...
Nathan Cooper timeline (08/10/07)
n Sept. 28, 1973: Born in Potosi, Mo. n 1992: Co-chaired College Republicans at Southeast Missouri State University at age 18. Told a Southeast Missourian reporter he had been a Republican since he was 8 years old. Was a member of the debate team at Southeast...
Blunt will discuss DREAM progress today (08/10/07)
Gov. Matt Blunt will visit Cape Girardeau at 1:30 p.m. today for a half-hour visit at the Discovery Playhouse Children's Museum, 101 William St. Blunt will discuss the city's progress under the Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri, or DREAM, initiative. ...
Barlow arraignment postponed (08/10/07)
Barlow arraignment postponed one week Arraignment for Lisa A. Barlow, the suspect charged with the murder of Michael Strong, which was scheduled for Wednesday, is postponed until Wednesday. Arraignment will be held at 9 a.m. at the Bollinger County Courthouse in front of Circuit Judge Scott E. Thompson...
Hot, dry weather forecast to continue (08/10/07)
The heat wave gripping the region is expected to continue at least through the next week, with only slight relief as daytime highs fall from the upper 90s to the mid-90s. Official highs observed at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport by the National Weather Service peaked at 99 degrees Thursday before a few clouds and rain showers moved through the city. ...
Group pressing to bring Major League Soccer to St. Louis area (08/10/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An attorney leading the charge to lure big-time soccer to the St. Louis area will make his case next week to the Metro East community of Collinsville, Ill., for a new 18,500-seat stadium he thinks will kick-start the courtship. Jeff Cooper's pitch Monday to the Collinsville City Council on behalf of the St. Louis Soccer United group marks the biggest step yet in his group's quest to land a Major League Soccer expansion team by the 2009 season...
Future of KC's light-rail plan in doubt (08/10/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The future of a light-rail plan approved by voters last year is in doubt after the Kansas City Council was told there's not enough money to pay for it, and a petition seeking to repeal the plan was officially verified. Consultants told a council committee Thursday that a funding mechanism included in the proposal would fall more than a half-billion dollars short of providing the money needed to build and operate the system...
St. Louis-area boy admits raping 6-year-old neighbor (08/10/07)
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- A St. Louis-area boy admitted Friday that he kidnapped, sexually assaulted and stomped a 6-year-old neighbor, then left her semiconscious near railroad tracks. Sherman Burnett Jr. was 13 at the time of the attack. Now 15, he pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping, first-degree assault, sodomy and attempted rape in the November 2005 attack in Spanish Lake. ...
Student loan holders sue to block Blunt's college building plan (08/10/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A lawsuit by student loan holders seeks to block Gov. Matt Blunt's $350 million plan to finance college construction projects by taking money from the state's student loan authority. The lawsuit against the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority claims the agency is violating both its state-mandated mission and its fiduciary duty to students by allowing its money to go buildings instead of better deals for its borrowers...
Blunt calls special session to start Aug. 20 (08/10/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt is calling a special legislative session starting Aug. 20 to address economic development and a measure to speed up bridge repairs. The special session is a second chance on the economic development bill. Last month, Blunt vetoed a package of tax breaks that he said could have cost about $200 million, contained errors and would have directed money to some questionable causes...
Ameren says system holding up despite stress caused by heat wave (08/10/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The sweltering weather that has settled over Missouri is stressing AmerenUE's system, but so far, the company says outages have been kept to a minimum. The region is in the midst of a heat wave with temperatures in the upper 90s and beyond, and there is no end in sight. The forecast calls for more of the same over the next several days...
Second defendant pleads guilty in case against KC councilwoman (08/10/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The second of two alleged accomplices of a former Kansas City councilwoman had pleaded guilty to mortgage fraud. Emanuel M. Kind, 52, on Thursday pleaded guilty to single counts of conspiracy and wire fraud. His co-defendant, Ricky L. Hamilton, plead guilty to similar charges Tuesday...
Ill. legislators consider budget despite governor's concerns (08/10/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois lawmakers tried to end months of gridlock over a new state budget by passing a spending plan over the governor's objections Thursday, but the effort bogged down amid differences between the House and Senate. House Speaker Michael Madigan said the Senate made changes in the agreed budget. And Senate Democrats were preparing to vote on a new Chicago casino and a major construction program, which Madigan doesn't support...
House leader: Special session to start Aug. 20 (08/10/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Matt Blunt apparently plans to call lawmakers into a special session starting Aug. 20 to consider an economic development package and a measure that could help speed up repairs to Missouri's bridges. House Speaker Rod Jetton, R-Marble Hill, has sent an e-mail to fellow Republican legislators outlining the governor's plans for the special session. Blunt has not yet officially called lawmakers into session...
Kansas unhappy with Missouri tax law (08/10/07)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius warned Thursday that a new Missouri tax law that hits Kansans in the pocketbook could lead to legislative retaliation. Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt responded that he favors repealing the law. The two governors -- Sebelius is a Democrat and Blunt is a Republican -- exchanged letters about the tax law. Both agreed their states have worked together more in recent years on issues affecting their two states, particularly in the Kansas City region...
Two boys drown at baby sitter's house (08/10/07)
WARRENTON, Mo. -- Two young boys drowned Thursday while at a baby sitter's house in the eastern Missouri community of Warrenton. Warren County Sheriff Kevin Harrison said two boys, ages 2 and 3, died, but said additional details will be released through the Warrenton police department. Authorities told KMOV-TV that the boys drowned in an above ground pool at a private residence...
Child porn indictments on record pace (08/10/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The federal prosecutor in St. Louis said this is shaping up as a record year for federal child pornography indictments. At a news conference Thursday, federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway announced five indictments in separate cases filed this week. ...
Vet charged with animal cruelty (08/10/07)
ST. LOUIS -- 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...
Surviving Utah miners would listen for rescue in darkness (08/10/07)
HUNTINGTON, Utah -- If the six trapped miners are alive, they may be sitting in inky darkness, their headlamps having burned out. Wearing thin work clothes in the 58-degree cold, they could be chilled to the bone if water is seeping into their chamber 150 stories below ground...
Searchers find bodies of two more bridge collapse victims (08/10/07)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Divers pulled two more bodies from the wreckage of the collapsed Mississippi River bridge Thursday, bringing the disaster's confirmed death toll to seven, more than a week after the span crumbled. Crews have been searching for at least eight people missing and presumed killed in the Aug. 1 collapse, including a mother and her young daughter and another woman and her adult son...
Army recruiters may soon offer seed money for starting a business, other incentives (08/10/07)
WASHINGTON -- Need a down payment for your home? Seed money to start a business? The Army wants to help -- if you're willing to join. Despite spending nearly $1 billion last year on recruiting bonuses and ads, Army leaders say an even bolder approach is needed to fill wartime ranks...
Anti-porn group targets company offering adult movies to hotel guests (08/10/07)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A Cincinnati-based conservative group led by a self-described former porn addict wants to purge hard-core pay-per-view movies from the nation's hotel rooms, and it took its fight Thursday to the hometown of LodgeNet Entertainment Corp...
Inmates perform Michael Jackson's 'Thriller,' other songs on YouTube (08/10/07)
CEBU, Philippines -- Behind thick stone walls topped by electrified razor wire, one of cyberspace's most unlikely hits is already warming up as the rest of Cebu stirs from sleep. Pockets of inmates stretch and practice their latest moves. Then the morning workout gets underway in earnest in the exercise yard of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center...
Heeb heading to college post in Illinois (08/10/07)
David Heeb is heading to the next level -- college basketball. And he knows what you're going to say next. "We'll find out how well I can recruit," Heeb said Thursday evening. "Insert your own joke here." Heeb is the former boys basketball coach at Bell City and Scott County Central whose resume includes two Class 1 state championships, three final four appearances and five district titles in six years on the bench. ...
After tourney runner-up finish, Redhawks selected for sixth (08/10/07)
Southeast Missouri State was tabbed for the middle of the pack -- sixth out of 11 -- in the preseason poll of Ohio Valley Conference women's volleyball coaches and sports information directors. Southeast finished 8-8 in the conference last year and 16-18 overall in its second season under coach Renata Nowacki. The team won 16 games the previous year as well with a 11-5 OVC mark...
Capahas run out of steam (08/10/07)
WICHITA, Kan. -- A seventh-place trophy for the National Baseball Congress World Series sat there on the bench in an almost empty dugout. In all honesty, it had been long decided that it would go home with the Plaza Tire Capahas on Thursday night. When the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Foresters, the NBC's defending champion, scored four runs in the first inning, the game was not decided, of course. But no one had to detail the predicament to the Capahas...
Area sports digest 8/10/07 (08/10/07)
Junior high footballpractices next week Central Junior High athletic director Terry Kitchen said the practices for the eighth-grade football team will begin after the first day of school next Thursday. Kitchen said the practices will begin at 3 p.m...
Storm, Daly surprisingly lead the way (08/10/07)
TULSA, Okla. -- After all these years, John Daly still loves to grip it and rip it. First at the slot machines. Then at Southern Hills. Neither figured to be the smart choice at the PGA Championship. Instead of practicing on a course he had not see in 13 years, Daly chose to gamble at Cherokee Casino. Then he really rolled the dice by hitting driver at every opportunity on a track that demands precision...
Temple's injury sparks competition for backup running back (08/10/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Tony Temple's knee injury proved to be minor, but his missed practice time is giving Missouri's other running backs a chance to showcase themselves in the hunt for playing time. Temple, who is the Big 12's leading returning rusher with 1,063 yards last season, at first appeared to be seriously hurt after colliding with another player Tuesday. An MRI showed only a bruise. Still, Temple has remained on the sidelines as a precaution...
Rams, Vikings eager for tonight's preseason opener (08/10/07)
MINNEAPOLIS -- The important players from both teams will soon be on the sidelines, and the fans at today's preseason contest between the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings will quickly remember they're watching an exhibition, not a game that counts...
Spiezio out (08/10/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals utility player Scott Spiezio voluntarily sought treatment for "possible problems related to substances" that the team did not specify. Spiezio, who has relished a hard-rocking image through his 12 seasons in the major leagues, was placed on the restricted list Thursday and will be paid while he undergoes treatment. He has not played since Sunday...
Padres shut down by Pineiro (08/10/07)
ST. LOUIS -- In spring training 2005, Rick Ankiel launched his new career as a 26-year-old minor league outfielder. In his first game back in the major leagues, he launched one out of the ballpark. Ankiel's three-run homer capped a storybook return, and Joel Pineiro worked seven scoreless innings in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night...
Ankiel up (08/10/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Rick Ankiel returned to the major leagues Thursday as an outfielder -- and quickly put on a power display. After flopping in his attempt to rejoin the St. Louis Cardinals as a pitcher in 2005, Ankiel was called up from the minors and hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning off San Diego's Doug Brocail. Ankiel drove a 2-1 pitch into the right-field stands to put St. Louis ahead 5-0...
Area filmmaker to debut work at international film festival (08/10/07)
Sunday is still two days away, and for Matt Wittmer it can't come soon enough. Wittmer, a documentary filmmaker from Cape Girardeau, will premiere his documentary short "The Regiment" Sunday at the prestigious Rhode Island International Film Festival. But before then, he'll spend his time trying to pack as many people as he can into the Providence theater where he'll screen his film...
Everyone's a critic: 'Bourne Ultimatum' (08/10/07)
Three and a half stars (out of four) Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) returns looking for answers. This action-packed, stay-in-your-seat-no-matter-what movie is well worth the price of the ticket. Bourne is up against the government, trying to find out who he really is and why they want him eliminated. In his search he finds one government official who is willing to do what is right, not just what is easiest...
Artifacts 8/10/07 (08/10/07)
'American Idol' tryouts today at West Park Mall; Montgomery Gentry, Jennings to perform; Chris Knight to perform at 55 North in Miner; Gemeinhardt to speak at Conservation Campus; -- From staff reports
Driving demons (08/10/07)
My wife and I had to be in the Big City one day this week. As it turns out, the day we went was the hottest so far this summer. According to the temperature reading on my rearview mirror (a sure sign that machines are way too smart), it was 103 in the shade as we headed home...
The wait is over at Club Moxy (08/10/07)
This is the date you've been waiting for, isn't it? If you're a fan of the Cape Girardeau nightlife scene, or someone who's not a fan because there's nothing that suits your taste, the answer is probably yes. After months of waiting, ladies and gents, Club Moxy is finally set to open tonight...
At the theaters 8/10/07 (08/10/07)
New at the theaters: 'Rush Hour 3'; 'Skinwalkers'; 'Stardust'; STILL PLAYING: '1408'; 'Bourne Ultimatum'; 'Bratz'; 'Hairspray'; 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'; 'Hot Rod'; 'I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry'; 'Knocked Up'; 'License to Wed'; 'Live Free or Die Hard'; 'No Reservations'; 'Ratatouille'; 'Rescue Dawn'; 'The Simpsons Movie'; 'Transformers'; 'Underdog'
Porter's Revival: Forgotten country music star steps back into the spotlight (08/10/07)
NEW YORK -- Porter Wagoner looks right at home in the marble lobby of Manhattan's Roosevelt Hotel. He wears a dark Western suit and tie and holds a shiny black cane. The glare from the crystal chandelier reflects off his eyeglasses as he tilts his head back, trying to remember the last time he played Madison Square Garden...
Norman Short (08/10/07)
Norman Vinyard "High-Power" Short, 90, of Boulder, Colo., died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, at his home. He was born Nov. 18, 1916, in Jackson, son of Maurice A. and Kathryn D. Paul Short. He and Betty Read were married Dec. 20, 1948. She died May 3, 1967. He and Marguerite Hazzard were married in 1969. She died in May 2006...
Joel Jones (08/10/07)
Joel Leonard Jones, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Dec. 3, 1925, in Cape Girardeau, son of Raymond Monroe and Nellie Sara Baker Jones. Jones served in the U.S. Navy from Feb. 23, 1943, to April 9, 1946. He was a veteran of World War II, participated in several major battles and was awarded four battle stars...
Rose Hill (08/10/07)
Rose Marie Hill, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. She was born April 28, 1928, in Cairo, Ill., daughter of Edward and Emma Workman Nelms. She married John J. "Jack" Hill, who preceded her in death. Hill retired from Community Health Services in Cairo. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cairo, St. Mary's Cathedral in Cape Girardeau, and Daughters of Isabella...
Effie Warren (08/10/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Effie M. Warren, 85, of Perryville died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 18, 1921, in Summerville, Texas, daughter of Henry and Bertha Storns Cornehlsen. She married Roy E. Warren, who died April 2, 1971...
Ellen Strange (08/10/07)
Ellen Strange, 41, of Jackson died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Rose Hellrung (08/10/07)
Rose M. Hellrung, 83, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at Monticello House. She was born April 17, 1924, in St. Louis, daughter of Fred and Rosa Sommer Schwarzbauer. She and Lloyd "Wes" Hellrung were married April 21, 1951. He passed away April 19, 2003...
Mark Hughes (08/10/07)
OLMSTED, Ill. -- Mark Lafayette Hughes, 72, of Anderson, S.C., died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, at Hospice House in Anderson. He was born Sept. 11, 1934, in Olmsted, son of Marcus L. and Ruth Hodgendobler Hughes Jr. He married Phyllis Jean Hudgens. Mark's career started in 1955 as a relief pitcher for the Washington Senators farm club. ...
Births 8/10/07 (08/10/07)
Eftink; Wilson; Williams
Cape fire report 8/10/07 (08/10/07)
Cape Girardeau n At 5:44 p.m., emergency medical service at the corner of South Sprigg Street and Highway 74. n At 8:08 p.m., a stove fire in the unit block of North Middle Street. n At 2:41 a.m., emergency medical service at the corner of Water Street and Broadway...
Cape police report 8/10/07 (08/10/07)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summons; Thefts; Property damage
Out of the past 8/10/07 (08/10/07)
The Cape Girardeau City Council votes 5 to 1 to appropriate $22,500 to help pay for a study into the feasibility of establishing a multipurpose sports and convention facility here. County Court Presiding Judge Gene Huckstep says the Common Pleas Courthouse Park fountain and its soldier statue may be dismantled in the near future for major repairs to restore the memorial; the extensive renovations required would cost an estimated $8,000...
Shield law legislation finds middle ground (08/10/07)
By Ken Newton Mark Fainaru-Wada must shake his head at the irony of recent days. Barry Bonds swings for the fences, the slugger trying to displace Hank Aaron as big-league baseball's all-time home run champion. And Mr. Fainaru-Wada sits nearly a year removed from being sentenced to 18 months in prison for what he wrote about Mr. Bonds...
Safe bridges (08/10/07)
The bridge collapse in Minneapolis and, just a few days before, the rupture of a steam line in New York City have made us focus on the reality that much of what we assume will work might, without notice, stop working. But the fact remains that most of the nation's infrastructure is still working. ...
Speak Out 8/10/07 (08/10/07)
Roll back taxes; Ready for TRCC; Less sun energy; Space defense; Good old school days; One size fits all; They're taking over; Taking our rights; Bleeding hearts; Comparing costs; Paying for mistakes; Affordable art; Book discussion
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