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Cooper will resign Tuesday (08/13/07)
State Rep. Nathan Cooper said today he will resign his seat in the Missouri House Tuesday. Cooper, a Cape Girardeau Republican who pleaded guilty Thursday to two federal felonies for immigration fraud, was under pressure from public statements by Gov. Matt Blunt and others to step down. Blunt, during an appearance Friday in Cape Girardeau, said Cooper should quit his post or stay away from the state Capitol during a special session scheduled to begin next Monday...
Airport advisory board meeting changed (08/13/07)
Cape Girardeau's airport advisory board members will review airport renovation plans and hear from Fred deLeeuw, president of Big Sky Airlines. The airport board meeting starts at 5 p.m. tonight at The Drop Zone restaurant at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, off Interstate 55, just south of County Road 302. For details, call 334-6230...
Going underground (08/13/07)
The water is muddy and frigid. The only light comes from flashlights or headgear. And sometimes you have to empty all the air from your lungs in order to squeeze through the tighter spots of a cramped underground passage. These hardships just make the discovery of another rock formation or a 50-foot tall subsurface cavern all the more gratifying to the men and women who belong to the Southeast Missouri Grotto...
Kelly High eases cramped quarters (08/13/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- Kelly High School was more than just a building when it opened 50 years ago this month. It was a symbol of a new school district, created from small rural schools in Scott County where farming was the main industry. "It was the first high school I know of in any part of Missouri that was built in a cornfield," said Roy Hayes, the first superintendent of the Kelly school system...
Cape clinic marks 10 years of serving low-income patients (08/13/07)
Sharon Fuller delayed taking care of a knee injury for a decade. Mary Campbell and her two children skipped dentist appointments for three years. Neither single mom felt they could afford to get medical treatment. Each eventually made appointments at Cross Trails Medical Center at 408 S. Broadview St. in Cape Girardeau...
Police: Man missing since May might have jumped off bridge (08/13/07)
Cape Girardeau police continue to investigate the disappearance of a Southeast Missouri State University student missing since mid-May. Thirty-year-old Lance A. Daugherty was last seen by his parents around 7 p.m. May 15 when he stopped by their Cape Girardeau residence to pick up his walking shoes, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol missing person report...
Crop condition likely on the decline in SE Missouri (08/13/07)
When the latest report on the condition and progress of Missouri's agricultural crops is released this afternoon, it's likely to contain more bad news than good. The Missouri office of the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will release the report -- which details the condition of state crops -- at 3 p.m. With the recent hot temperatures and lack of rain experienced in Southeast Missouri, crop condition is likely to decline, said Gene Danekas, the head of the state NASS...
Canines aid in murder investigation (08/13/07)
For nearly 48 hours, the Cape Girardeau County-Bollinger County Major Case Squad combed the Scopus, Mo., residence where Michael Strong, 49, was found shot to death on July 27. They found nothing. When the search failed to yield any ballistics evidence, such as spent shell casings, the squad brought in the big guns...
Southeast Missourian Jr. publication earns best overall award (08/13/07)
Southeast Missourian Jr. has earned a major first-place prize. The Suburban Newspaper Association named the monthly paper Best Kids Publication among newspapers of all sizes. The Jr. is filled with original writing and art by local schoolchildren. SNA, a not-for-profit professional trade association of more than 2,000 North American suburban and community newspapers, announces the awards annually...
Autism awareness plates: Orders needed (08/13/07)
Mike Sciortino wants to find the voters who supported the drive to create personalized "autism awareness" license plates because the state won't produce them until more are ordered. "I know we had at least 250 people who supported this," he said...
Community digest 8/13/07 (08/13/07)
River Heritage Quilters' Guild meeting today; Photographer to speak at Nature Center; Ben and Mary Fiedler reunion planned; Area Pachyderm club meets Thursday; Missouri State Fair exhibit at Cape library
Community cuisine 8/13/07 (08/13/07)
All-you-can-eat fish fry Aug. 24 in Scott City The Scott City First Assembly of God will hold an all-you-can-eat fish fry From 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at 312 Dearborn St. The menu is fried fish, cole slaw, baked beans, potatoes, hush puppies, tea and coffee. Children age 5 and younger eat free. A dine-in and carryout plate lunch will be available from 11 to 1 p.m. For multiple carryouts, call ahead. For more information, call (573) 264-2365...
Latest drowning at state park prompts calls for restrictions on river (08/13/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The latest drowning at a state park in St. Louis County has raised questions about safety, along with calls for restrictions, at a popular swimming area along the Meramec River. Others say every body of water carries risks, and that swimmers must exercise personal responsibility...
Prosecutors charge suspect in Mo. church shooting (08/13/07)
NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) -- Prosecutors on Monday filed three charges of first-degree murder against a man accused of opening fire inside of a church during a service for Micronesian islanders, killing three people and wounding five others. Prosecutors also charged Eiken Elam Saimon, 52, of Newton County with four counts of first-degree assault, one count of felonious restraint for holding the congregation hostage, and one count of armed criminal action. ...
Ameren employee: Nothing unusual before reservoir collapsed (08/13/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An Ameren Corp. employee who gave the orders to run a mountaintop hydroelectric plant said his computer readings showed nothing unusual about its water level on an early December 2005 morning, even though water was running over the top of its reservoir...
Outages prompt concerns as triple-digit heat forecast in Missouri (08/13/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The utility company AmerenUE scrambled Monday to restore power to thousands in the St. Louis area as more triple-digit temperatures were expected through much of the week. But finally, a break in the deadly Midwestern heat wave was on the horizon...
Prosecutors believe Neosho gunman targeted Micronesian church leaders (08/13/07)
NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) -- Prosecutors believe a gunman deliberately targeted the leaders of a Micronesian congregation in a church shooting Sunday that killed three people. Newton County prosecutor Scott Watson said Monday the investigation so far suggests that the gunman deliberately targeted elders of the congregation from a local community of Pacific Islanders...
Gunman attacks church, kills 3 (08/13/07)
NEOSHO, Mo. -- A gunman opened fire in the sanctuary of a southwest Missouri church Sunday, killing three people and wounding several others, authorities said. One of the victims was the Rev. Kernal Rehobson, 44, who led the local congregation of predominantly Micronesian worshippers holding the service at the First Congregational Church, police said...
Johnson's Shut-Ins open until Labor Day (08/13/07)
LESTERVILLE, Mo. -- Visitors to Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park can enjoy Missouri's favorite swimming hole through Labor Day. But certain areas of the eastern Missouri park devastated by a reservoir breach nearly two years ago remain off-limits. The campgrounds and hiking trails have not been rebuilt since the catastrophic breach of the upper Taum Sauk reservoir in December 2005, which sent 1.3 million gallons of water roaring into the park...
St. Louis event organizers working to turn green (08/13/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals fans throw away more than 6 tons of garbage at every game. Blues fans generate about 4 tons per game. And at this year's Fair St. Louis, the heaps of trash left behind weighed in at 40 tons. Memories of special events like these may last a lifetime, but the trash they generate will last centuries. ...
Teenager drowns in Meramec River during family outing (08/13/07)
BALLWIN, Mo. -- A 15-year-old boy drowned Sunday in the Meramec River during a family outing. Isaiah Green was swimming in the river around 3 p.m. at Castlewood State Park in St. Louis County when he cried for help, emergency responders said. The Missouri State Water Patrol reported the boy began slipping on the silty bottom and went under when he tried to remove his water shoes...
Creature comforts: frozen fruit, squid pops (08/13/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Construction workers, ballplayers and postal carriers: Don't complain to Bud about the heat. He lives and works in this weather 24 hours a day. Of course, as an African elephant, Bud is genetically built to handle 100-degree temperatures...
Gov. Blagojevich establishes task force on condition of black men in Ill. (08/13/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Governor Rod Blagojevich has signed legislation establishing the first statewide Task Force on the Condition of African American Men in Illinois. The task force will look to address issues including education, incarceration and parole rates, health disparities and economic earnings. It will be part of the Department of Human Services...
Lawmakers back Blagojevich into corner as debate persists (08/13/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Tired, angry legislators have put aside their many differences and managed to back Gov. Rod Blagojevich into a corner. Now they're waiting to see whether he'll try to fight his way out or compromise. The maneuver came Friday, after five months of futile negotiations, when lawmakers passed a state budget that Blagojevich opposes...
Photographer to feature Missouri's Boonville in national project (08/13/07)
BOONVILLE, Mo. -- For the next four weeks Boonville locals may see a young man sitting at the Fredrick Hotel typing on his computer or walking, biking or driving around the city's streets with a camera in hand. The photographer and rural Indiana native Tim Briner, currently of Brooklyn, N.Y., will begin a six month journey across the U.S. studying small towns in America...
Ill. budget gridlock frustrates residents (08/13/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- At first, people rolled their eyes and cracked jokes about Illinois officials failing, and failing some more, to approve a new state budget. Then August arrived. A temporary budget expired. Talk of a government shutdown ran wild. As temperatures rose, so did anxiety over the impact of the bitter deadlock...
Training eases Alzheimer's caregiving, but it's hard to find (08/13/07)
The findings are stunning: Offering simple training to people struggling to care for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease not only eases their burden, it even can keep patients out of nursing homes for an extra 1 1/2 years. But the exciting also runs headlong into a grim reality...
Laser inspection shows gash went through tiles (08/13/07)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A close-up laser inspection by Endeavour's astronauts Sunday revealed that a 3-1/2-inch-long gouge penetrates all the way through thermal tiles on the shuttle's belly, and had NASA urgently calculating whether risky spacewalk repairs are needed...
International arrivals stuck at L.A. airport after computer failure (08/13/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Weary international passengers were stuck at Los Angeles International Airport for several hours, unable to set foot in the United States after a computer failure prevented customs officials from screening arrivals. Over 20,000 international passengers, both Americans and foreigners, sat in four airport terminals and in 60 planes starting about 2 p.m. on Saturday, when the computer system broke down, said Los Angeles World Airports spokesman Paul Haney...
Divers find ninth body at site of Minn. bridge collapse (08/13/07)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Divers found another body in the Mississippi River on Sunday, 11 days after a highway bridge collapsed into the fast-flowing water, raising the official death toll to nine. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office identified the body as 20-year-old Richard Chit of St. Anthony. His mother, 50-year-old Vera Peck of Bloomington, is still missing...
Rescuers plan to drill third hole in search of lost Utah coal miners (08/13/07)
HUNTINGTON, Utah -- A video camera lowered into a collapsed coal mine revealed equipment but not the six missing miners, a federal official said Sunday. Officials planned to drill yet another hole in an attempt to locate the men. Poor lighting allowed the camera to only see about 15 feet into a void at the bottom of the drill hole, far less than the 100 feet it's capable of seeing, said Richard Stickler, head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration...
Category 4 Hurricane Flossie, on path toward Hawaii, expected to weaken soon (08/13/07)
HONOLULU -- Hurricane Flossie packed 135 mph wind as it spun closer to Hawaii on Sunday, but forecasters predicted the Category 4 storm would weaken before passing by the islands later this week. The hurricane was expected to pass about 70 miles south of the island of Hawaii late Tuesday or early Wednesday, but by then cooler water should weaken it to a Category 1 hurricane or a strong tropical storm...
Pakistani, Afghan leaders to engage fighters in talks (08/13/07)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Working to soothe relations with neighboring Afghanistan, Pakistan's president told a large gathering of tribal leaders Sunday that a "particularly dark form" of terrorism confronts the region and that the countries must engage militant fighters in dialogue to confront extremism...
Algeria aims to tap vast sunbelt to export solar energy to Europeans (08/13/07)
ALGIERS, Algeria -- It's a vision that has long enticed energy planners: solar panels stretching out over vast swaths of the Sahara desert, soaking up sun to generate clean, green power. Now Algeria, aware that its oil and gas riches will one day run dry, is gearing up to tap its sunshine on an industrial scale for itself and even Europe...
Saudi man nabbed trying to take snakes, crocodiles on plane (08/13/07)
CAIRO, Egypt -- It was very nearly a real-life version of "Snakes on a Plane." A man was stopped at Cairo's airport just moments before he boarded a Saudi Arabia-bound plane with carry-on bags filled with live snakes, as well as a few baby crocodiles and chameleons...
Poland's ruling party agrees to push for early elections (08/13/07)
WARSAW, Poland -- Poland's governing party is pushing for early elections after the prime minister said he could no longer work with his two coalition partners. Poland has been bogged down for weeks because of infighting between Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski's ruling Law and Justice party and the two junior parties in the nationalist government...
Thais find new spiritual anchor in amulets (08/13/07)
BANGKOK, Thailand -- They can cost a small fortune, resemble '80s disco jewelry, and are arguably un-Buddhist, but many Thais seeking psychic insurance in troubled times are snapping up so-called Jatukam Ramathep amulets, coin-shaped talismans with supposed magical powers...
Italy probe unearths illegal arms deal tied to Baghdad (08/13/07)
PERUGIA, Italy -- In a hidden corner of Rome's busy Fiumicino Airport, police dug quietly through a traveler's checked baggage, looking for smuggled drugs. What they found instead was a catalog of weapons, a clue to something bigger. Their discovery led anti-Mafia investigators down a months-long trail of telephone and e-mail intercepts, into the midst of a huge black-market transaction, as Iraqi and Italian partners haggled over shipping more than 100,000 Russian-made automatic weapons into the bloodbath of Iraq.. ...
Cuban billboards offer propaganda, not advertising (08/13/07)
HAVANA -- Most Cubans simply call him "Fidel," but the island's 81-year-old "Maximum Leader" has never lacked nicknames: "The Man," "The Boss," "The One." Some even call Fidel Castro "The Horse," an obscure reference to zodiac symbols in the Chinese gaming parlors he closed after seizing power nearly 50 years ago...
Area sports digest 8/13/07 (08/13/07)
Team fires 19-under 125 to capture title Rob Erlbacher, Jim Rust, Clay Crosson and Tom Metheny fired a 19-under 125 to capture first place Saturday in the four-man two best ball net tournament at Dalhousie Golf Club. Ken Swinford, Mark Unger, Greg Howard and John Morlan shot an 18-under 126 to take second place...
Tiger grabs major No. 13 (08/13/07)
TULSA, Okla. -- The 13th major for Tiger Woods looked like so many others until he finished. His father is no longer alive for Woods to walk into his arms. His mother no longer travels to any major but the Masters. He now shares his triumphs with a wife and baby daughter, and the biggest surprise Sunday at the PGA Championship was seeing them when he walked into the scoring trailer to sign for a 69 and a two-shot victory...
Cardinals' Kennedy to undergo surgery for torn cartilage (08/13/07)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Adam Kennedy will be sidelined two to six weeks with torn cartilage in his right knee, the latest blow for the defending World Series champions. Infielder Brendan Ryan was recalled from Class AAA Memphis. He and Aaron Miles likely will share playing time at second while Kennedy, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list, is out...
Tony Stewart capitalizes on Gordon's spin (08/13/07)
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Tony Stewart was more stunned than anyone. With just two laps remaining in Sunday's Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International, Jeff Gordon had a two car-length lead on Stewart. NASCAR's top two road racers were preparing for a final clash...
Ludwick powers Cardinals to victory (08/13/07)
ST. LOUIS -- For a change, hard luck Anthony Reyes had a huge cushion. He helped out with his second hit of the season and first career RBI. Reyes won his second game of the season and Ryan Ludwick homered and drove in four runs in the surging St. Louis Cardinals' 12-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday...
Growing town, growing businesses (08/13/07)
A little more than a year ago, there wasn't much activity at the intersection of U.S. 51 and Edgemont Boulevard in Perryville, Mo. Then the folks at Hoeckele's Bakery began building a new strip mall, part of their move from the town square to bigger and better digs. It was a gamble, one the third-generation owners had been contemplating for some time, said Angie Hoeckele, wife of Paul Hoeckele, grandson of the bakery's founders...
Dueling formats: Holiday shoppers could deliver knockout blow in high-def DVD fight (08/13/07)
LOS ANGELES -- People who own an HD DVD player can forget about watching "Spider-Man 3" in high definition when it goes on sale during the holiday season. The movie from Sony Pictures will only be available in the Blu-ray DVD format. Likewise, people with Blu-ray players won't be able to enjoy the action-thriller "The Bourne Ultimatum," which Universal Pictures will release only in HD DVD...
'Rush Hour 3' races to top of weekend box office (08/13/07)
LOS ANGELES -- People rushed to theaters to see the buddy cop comedy "Rush Hour 3," making the last of this summer's big budget Hollywood films the top movie at the weekend box office. The film from New Line Cinema took in $50.2 million according to studio estimates, enough to push last week's top film, "The Bourne Ultimatum," into second place with $33.7 million...
Merv Griffin, entertainer turned businessman, dies at age 82 (08/13/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Merv Griffin, the big band-era crooner turned impresario who parlayed his "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" game shows into a multimillion-dollar empire, died Sunday. He was 82. Griffin died of prostate cancer, according to a statement from his family that was released by Marcia Newberger, spokeswoman for The Griffin Group/Merv Griffin Entertainment...
Concerts in three cities bring together musicians from myriad cultures (08/13/07)
WASHINGTON -- An ensemble of musicians normally separated by oceans and thousands of miles will perform together later this month for the first time, having until now composed music layer-by-layer with sound files exchanged over the Internet. Their goal: Show how the arts can bridge diverse cultures -- even among people who have never met in person before coming together on stage...
A survival guide for sub-prime bystanders (08/13/07)
For months as the sub-prime mortgage mess has unfolded, Wall Street has talked incessantly about the risk of "other shoes'' dropping. Other shoes? In recent weeks financial markets have resembled a Payless shoe store after a big sale. There's footwear all over the place...
Two major lenders warn of possible problems (08/13/07)
Two of the nation's biggest home-loan companies are preparing their investors for the worst. Countrywide Financial Corp. and Washington Mutual Inc. warned Thursday that turbulent mortgage market conditions are likely to hurt operations in the near term. The news, which came at the close of Wall Street's worst trading day since February, sent shares of both companies lower in after-hours trading...
Memo 8/13/07 (08/13/07)
Learn how to make money from recycling Business owners hoping to turn trash into cash can take advantage of a St. Louis-based recycling expert Aug. 29 at the Cape Girardeau County Extension Center, 864 West Jackson Trail. Lee Fox, director of the Missouri Market Development Program for University of Missouri Extension, will answer questions about generating revenue from waste products. ...
People on the move 8/13/07 (08/13/07)
Wolfe marks five years with mentoring group; Commerce Bank names Bartels to VP post; Miget named Buchheit assistant store manager; Area Red Cross hires development specialist; Rental Land employee gets $3,000 scholarship; Eden Salon brings in three new stylists
Ricky Sharp (08/13/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Ricky L. Sharp, 52, of Buncombe, Ill., died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born Nov. 14, 1954, in Cairo, Ill., the son of Paul S. and Norma Jordan Sharp. He married Debra L. Hill on May 29, 1976, in Jonesboro, Ill...
Stephen Wibbenmeyer (08/13/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Stephen S. Wibbenmeyer, 64, of Perryville, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at his home. He was born May 14, 1943, in Perryville, son of Sylvester A. and Rita Marie Glaub Wibbenmeyer. He and Lorena Stortz Wibbenmeyer were married Oct. 7, 1961...
James E. Poley (08/13/07)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- James E. Poley, 80, of East Prairie, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born July 2, 1927 in Mississippi County to the late Robert William and Jen Nettie Burnes Poley. He married Pearl Marie Hutson on April 4, 1953...
Junior Leonard Bunch (08/13/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Junior Leonard Bunch, 85, of Anna, Ill., died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at the Jonesboro Rehab and Care Center in Jonesboro, Ill. He was born Oct. 16, 1921, in Sylamore, Ark., the son of John Wesley and Arizona Pitts Bunch. He married Anita Dillow on Aug. 26, 1950, in Clay County, Ark...
Jerramy Yamnitz (08/13/07)
Jerramy W. Yamnitz, 43, of Patton, Mo., died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at the family home. He was born Feb. 3, 1964, in Fredericktown, Mo., son of Duell Ray and Edna Bollinger Yamnitz. He and Terri Lynn Mayberry were married July 29, 1995, at the Post Oak Congregational Methodist Church in Patton...
Cape fire report 8/13/07 (08/13/07)
Cape Girardeau n At 5:02 p.m., an alarm sounding at Towers West. n At 5:59 p.m., an emergency medical service in the 500 block of South Hanover St. n At 9:21 p.m., an emergency medical service in the 3800 block of Fawn St. n At 9:26 p.m., an emergency medical service in the 600 block of Spring Ave...
Cape police report 8/13/07 (08/13/07)
Cape Girardeau: DWI; Assault; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Burglary; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 8/13/07 (08/13/07)
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department wouldn't mind having a new ladder truck to replace its outdated truck; firefighters had the opportunity to examine a truck recently purchased by the Duluth Fire Department, when representatives from the firm which sold the vehicle stopped in Cape Girardeau to show it off...
Bridge work (08/13/07)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission has drawn the cooperation of outside entities on a number of projects over the past several years. For example, the county jail would not have been built without the cooperation of federal officials regarding inmates. ...
Speak Out 8/13/07 (08/13/07)
Naive opinions; Lashing out; Another boon; Overtaxed; Another option; People in need; Nordenia's taxes; Lack of courtesy; Assessment bomb; OSHA's back; Campus slogan; Hiring teachers; Buying supplies
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