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Stories from Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Missouri Supreme Court acts to suspend Cooper's law license (08/15/07)
The Missouri Supreme Court issued an order late today giving former state representative Nathan Cooper 24 hours to present reasons why his law license should not be suspended. The action, called an "order to show cause," directs Cooper to respond by 5 p.m. Thursday. The order was signed by Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith. Judge Stephen Limbaugh of Cape Girardeau did not participate in the decision...
SEMO plans to cool off Dearmont (08/15/07)
Southeast Missouri State University plans to beat the heat at its aging Dearmont residence hall by providing temporary air conditioning for the building for the first month of the fall semester. Trailer-mounted air conditioning equipment powered by its own generators will blow cool air into the building through flexible ducts...
New heat advisory issued today (08/15/07)
The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory effective until 9 p.m. this evening for the region as temperatures at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport reached 100 degrees for the third day in a week. The heat index stood at 109 degrees shortly after 2 p.m. Today is the 21st day of a heat wave that began July 26, when the high temperature reached 90 degrees...
Preliminary hearing set for defendant in Scopus killing (08/15/07)
Lisa Barlow, the defendant accused of murdering her boyfriend, Michael Strong, pled not guilty to the charges Wednesday morning at the Bollinger County Courthouse in Marble Hill, Mo. Associate Circuit Judge Scott E. Thomsen set the preliminary hearing for Barlow at Sept. 28, 2007 at 9 a.m...
Ethanol plant gets pollution control permit (08/15/07)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has given the go-ahead for the construction of an ethanol plant on Nash Road -- the second Southeast Missouri area plant that has been given such permission. DNR announced Monday afternoon that it had approved an air pollution control permit for Renewable Power of Cape Gir-ardeau. Pollution permits are required before construction begins unless a company acquires a special waiver...
Possible replacements considering whether to run (08/15/07)
While state law directs Gov. Matt Blunt to call a special election "without delay" following the resignation of Nathan Cooper on Tuesday, the political reality is that Cape Girardeau voters won't know for some time when they will cast ballots. But possible candidates aren't waiting for the governor to make up his mind on a date. ...
Gunshot residue may be key to case (08/15/07)
Police have stated several reasons why they think Lisa Barlow was lying in interviews immediately following the shooting death of her boyfriend. But police have yet to establish a clear motive. A weapon has not been found, and police have not shared evidence showing that Barlow actually pulled the trigger that killed Michael Strong...
Central Middle School failing to make adequate yearly progress, state says (08/15/07)
Cape Girardeau's Central Middle School is unlikely to meet "adequate yearly progress" goals and will be classified by the state as "needing improvement" during the coming school year, state education officials said Tuesday. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has notified more than 250 public schools and school districts that they probably won't meet the academic goals set by the state to meet federal law. ...
Servicing the city's parks (08/15/07)
Cape Girardeau taxpayers spend $1.2 million on the city's parks division. But none of the cash pays for swing sets, pools or trees. The city has enough revenue to maintain and staff its 22 parks, but as it currently stands, the purchase of new equipment and structures rests exclusively on the shoulders of civic clubs and recreation groups...
United Way changes focus for 2007 (08/15/07)
United Way of Southeast Missouri is changing its focus. "We haven't changed our mission. We're still bringing people together," said Nancy Jernigan, the charity's executive director, Jernigan presented the plan Tuesday during a media preview of the upcoming annual fundraising campaign...
Cape Girardeau offers 'cooling centers' to help beat the heat (08/15/07)
With the National Weather Service predicting extreme heat for at least the next two days, cooling centers are being opened in the city. Cape Girardeau residents who need relief from the extreme heat can visit the Osage Community Centre from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday...
In federal court 8/15/07 (08/15/07)
Federal prosecutor Catherine L. Hanaway released the following items. Sentenced Age: 45 Address: Poplar Bluff, Mo. Charges: unlawful possession of a firearm. Sentence: 327 months Summary: On Dec. 10, 2003, a .38 caliber pistol was stolen from a Poplar Bluff residence during a burglary. Police contacted Rippee at his home Dec. 22 about an unrelated matter. He was found in possession of the firearm and other stolen items. Because of prior convictions, he cannot legally possess a firearm...
How gunshot residue testing works (08/15/07)
How gunshot residue tests work The Missouri State Highway Patrol crime lab, which performed the analysis on the evidence collected from Lisa Barlow's hands, typically analyzes about 20 to 30 gunshot residue tests each month. The lab analyzes these cases using a scanning electron microscope with an energy dispersive X-ray, capable of detecting particles 1/10 the width of a human hair, and what's commonly referred to as a GSR kit...
Campaign treasurer could lose control of political fund (08/15/07)
Victor Gunn, Nathan Cooper's campaign treasurer, could be forced to give up control of a $66,000 political fund he helped Cooper create. Last Monday, Gunn worked for several hours closing the books on Cooper's campaign account without knowing why, according to statements he made to the Southeast Missourian Thursday after Cooper pleaded guilty to two federal felonies. ...
Scott County recorder elected president of state association (08/15/07)
Southeast Missourian BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County Recorder Tom Dirnberger has been elected president of the Recorders Association of Missouri for the second year. The election was held in April at the association's training conference in St. Charles, Mo...
Police arrest robbery suspect (08/15/07)
After a speedy investigation, Cape Girardeau police arrested Antonio E. Johnson on Monday in connection with an attempted armed robbery. Police responded to 2007 New Madrid St. at 5:41 a.m. Monday morning when the dispatcher received a call about a "masked gunman," according to the probable cause statement...
Highway 77 to be closed for I-55 bridge repair (08/15/07)
Highway 77 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane at its overpass of Interstate 55 Thursday while MoDOT crews make routine repairs to the structure. The road will be reduced to one lane from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, weather permitting, while the repairs are made...
Bush, candidates to address VFW convention in Kansas City (08/15/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Veteran health care is expected to top the agenda at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention, which has attracted a host of heavy-hitting speakers, including President Bush and four presidential candidates. But VFW spokesman Jerry Newberry said he wasn't sure Bush or any of the candidates scheduled to speak during the convention would address the health care problems facing veterans...
Man accused of videotaping men in bathroom of Mo. State Fair (08/15/07)
SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) -- A man arrested for allegedly videotaping other men in the bathrooms at the Missouri State Fair has been charged with invasion of privacy. Larry J. Hinson, 41, of Kansas City, Kan., was released Monday on a $5,000 cash bond on a felony charge of second-degree invasion of privacy...
60-year-old St. Louis man latest heat fatality (08/15/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A 60-year-old man is the latest heat fatality in St. Louis. A neighbor found the man dead inside his home Monday. He lived alone and had no air conditioning or fan. Jeff Rainford, Mayor Francis Slay's chief of staff, said the heat death was confirmed Tuesday by the city medical examiner...
Supervisor: Safety gauges not checked before Taum Sauk reservoir collapse (08/15/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After water washed over the top of the Taum Sauk hydroelectric plant reservoir in September 2005, plant supervisors determined the water level gauges weren't accurate and attempted to correct them. But a former Taum Sauk supervisor testified Tuesday that he never checked out the reservoir's separate emergency water sensors. ...
Mo. Democratic AG candidates calls for product safety law (08/15/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Democratic attorney general candidate Margaret Donnelly on Wednesday called for Missouri to enact a children's product safety law that could penalize business that don't quickly inform consumers of product recalls. Donnelly wants Missouri to model its measure on one in Illinois, which makes it illegal to sell children's products that have been recalled, are subject to safety warnings or don't meet federal standards...
Passport rules snare child support scofflaws (08/15/07)
WASHINGTON -- The price of a passport: $311,491 in back child support payments for a U.S. businessman now living in China; $46,000 for a musician seeking to perform overseas, and $45,849 for a man planning a Dominican Republic vacation. The new passport requirements that have complicated travel this summer also have uncovered untold numbers of child support scofflaws and forced them to pay millions...
Mattel pulls Chinese-made toys for second time in two weeks (08/15/07)
WASHINGTON -- Mattel announced recalls Tuesday for 9 million more Chinese-made toys, including popular Barbie, Polly Pocket and "Cars" movie items, and warned that more could be ordered off store shelves because of lead paint and tiny magnets that could be swallowed...
Tropical Storm Dean forms in Atlantic (08/15/07)
MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Dean formed in the open Atlantic on Tuesday, but remained far from land, forecasters said. At 4 p.m., the storm was centered about 1,140 miles west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands and about 1,390 miles east of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean, according to the National Hurricane Center. It had top sustained winds of 40 mph, just above the threshold to be a named storm. Some strengthening was expected within the next day...
Temple returns to drills, Woods to miss week (08/15/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Tony Temple returned to full-contact drills for the first time in a week Tuesday, but Missouri coach Gary Pinkel also confirmed that Temple's backup, Marcus Woods, will miss more than a week with a high-ankle sprain. Missouri canceled the afternoon workout of two-a-days due to triple-digit heat. Instead, Pinkel treated players to a break at a local movie theater...
Southeast names its four captains (08/15/07)
The Southeast Missouri State football team named its captains for the upcoming season Tuesday. Senior linebacker Adam Casper, who landed on the preseason all-Ohio Valley Conference team, is the only captain from the defensive side of the ball. He is joined by wide receiver Michael Williamson, offensive lineman Francisco Perez and fullback Clint Jones, all seniors...
Eastern Illinois fires former Southeast AD (08/15/07)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Eastern Illinois University fired athletic director Rich McDuffie two weeks after saying it found no evidence to support a sexual harassment claim made against him. McDuffie, who served as athletic director at Southeast Missouri State for the eight years prior to taking the job at Eastern Illinois, was fired late Monday, university President William Perry said in a brief statement on the school's Web site. He started at the university in March of 1997...
Area digest 8/15/07 (08/15/07)
Cape Country Club holds member tourney The team of Mark Kneer, Mike Bennett, Chris Bradshaw and Ross Bennett placed first in the four-man format at the annual member-member golf tournament Saturday and Sunday at Cape Girardeau Country Club. In the two-man formats, Kneer and Mike Bennett were the best ball winners, while Bradshaw and Ross Bennett were alternate shot winners...
Cards pound Brewers (08/15/07)
MILWAUKEE -- The St. Louis Cardinals scored six runs in the fifth inning to rally for a 12-4 victory over Milwaukee, spoiling the Brewers' 1982 World Series team reunion. After a sluggish start that relegated them to fifth place in the National League Central by mid-May, the reigning World Series champions have clawed their way back into the division race. With Tuesday's victory, St. Louis trails Milwaukee by 41/2 games, and second-place Chicago by three...
Busch adds firepower to Joe Gibbs Racing's 3-car lineup (08/15/07)
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Kyle Busch had no shortage of job opportunities when he lost his ride at Hendrick Motorsports. Some offered him tons of money, others offered him a chance to be a No. 1 driver. In the end, only Joe Gibbs Racing offered him an immediate chance to win a Nextel Cup title. JGR teams have won three of the past seven championships...
Blues sign McRae as part-time scout (08/15/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Former NHL tough guy Basil McRae was hired as a part-time amateur scout Tuesday by the St. Louis Blues, one of seven franchises for which he played. Blues president John Davidson said McRae, who accumulated 2,457 penalty minutes in 576 games, would have primary responsibilities in the major junior Ontario Hockey League...
Phil Rizzuto, Yankees' Hall of Fame shortstop and longtime broadcaster, dies at 89 (08/15/07)
NEW YORK -- His speed and spunk made him a Hall of Famer. "Holy cow!" made Phil Rizzuto famous. Popular as a player and beloved as a broadcaster, the New York Yankees shortstop during their dynasty years of the 1940s and 1950s died Monday night. "The Scooter" was 89...
Little predicts stingier defense (08/15/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Even before the first preseason game, St. Louis Rams defensive end Leonard Little was convinced things would be different this year. A strong initial effort did nothing to change his view. The Rams limited the Vikings to 215 yards total and three points on offense in a 13-10 opening exhibition victory last Friday, holding Minnesota's offense to three points. St. Louis, next to last in the NFL against the run last year, allowed 87 yards rushing...
A gardener's quest for the perfect flower (08/15/07)
Dave Niswonger's garden is littered with paper. The rows of retreating daylilies and irises shimmer with tiny paper tags where Niswonger has recorded which two plants have been combined to make that particular stalk. Niswonger has been gardening since he was 6 years old. ...
Around your house 8/15/07 (08/15/07)
Food Most ginger ales taste like something off a nursing home dinner tray -- insipid, watery and just shy of tasteless. Which is why if you enjoy the taste of real ginger -- that bracing snap that gently sizzles taste buds -- it'ss best to skip most conventional ginger ales. ...
Publishers ponder book by Karl Rove (08/15/07)
NEW YORK (AP) -- In announcing that he was stepping down as President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove said he wanted to write a book about his White House years. Publishers, with some reservations, would like to see what he has in mind. "If he's ready to talk about he's been doing, to lay out how he developed his architectural plans and then implemented them and what his vision is, I think that book would have significant readership," says Steve Ross, publisher of the Collins division at HarperCollins and publisher of Sen. ...
A tasty souvenir (08/15/07)
We have just returned home from a wonderful vacation to the upper Michigan area and found it to be a fun culinary adventure. For those of you who have visited the Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island area, there are fudge and pastie shops on every street corner. One fudge shop we visited on the island had 50 different flavors. You can sample as many as you want, but pecan and turtle were my favorites...
Woman sues Lindsay Lohan for assault, negligence in last month's predawn car chase (08/15/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Lindsay Lohan was sued Tuesday for assault and negligence by a woman who was a passenger in a car the actress is accused of chasing while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Lohan "put me through one of the most frightening experiences of my life," Tracie Rice said in a statement after the lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court...
Don Imus settles with CBS, takes steps to resume broadcasting (08/15/07)
NEW YORK -- Don Imus has reached a settlement with CBS over his multimillion-dollar contract and is negotiating to resume his broadcasting career. Imus and CBS Radio "have mutually agreed to settle claims that each had against the other regarding the Imus radio program on CBS," the network and Imus' attorney Martin Garbus said in a joint statement Tuesday...
Doris Jones (08/15/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Doris M. Jones, 74, of Perryville died Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, at her home. She was born July 29, 1933, at Perryville, daughter of William and Vesta Wills Hansen. She married Grover L. Jones. Jones was a homemaker and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church...
Alice Brown (08/15/07)
Alice Fay Brown, 51, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 2, 1955, in Kankakee, Ill., daughter of Virgil Lee and Ethel Jane Childress Brown. Brown moved to Cape Girardeau in 1958 from Kankakee. She was a member of Victory Outreach Church...
Jimmy Hahs (08/15/07)
Jimmy C. Hahs, 59, of Sebring, Fla., formerly of Cape Girardeau and Murphysboro, Ill., died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Sebring. He was born March 14, 1948, in Cape Girardeau, son of Carl and Louise James Hahs. He and Patricia A. Turner were married April 21, 1992, in Paducah, Ky...
Leona Hitt (08/15/07)
Leona Hitt, 96, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, at Mark Twain Caring Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Mrs. Hitt was born Dec. 5, 1910, at Perkins, Mo. She was of the Catholic belief and was a homemaker. Mrs. Hitt enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking and sewing...
Births 8/15/07 (08/15/07)
Wormington; Lema; McKinley; Mathis
Cape/Jackson fire report 8/15/07 (08/15/07)
n At 4:53 p.m., a motor vehicle accident at South West End Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue. n At 6:14 p.m., an illegal burn in the 700 block of North Middle Street. n At 6:21 p.m., an alarm sounding in the 1500 block of Sylvan Lane. n At 7:42 p.m., emergency medical service at 1106 S. Sprigg St...
Cape/Jackson police report 8/15/07 (08/15/07)
Arrests; Arrests
Out of the past 8/15/07 (08/15/07)
The Second Missionary Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau celebrates its 115th anniversary in the afternoon; the Rev. Albert Collins of Centerville, Ill., is guest speaker, and Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, also of Centerville, is the guest church...
Sun-Sations adds two staff members (08/15/07)
Editor's note: The following item appeared in the Aug. 6 issue of the Southeast Missourian. It is being reprinted to correct the spelling of the business and a name. The Southeast Missourian regrets the errors. Southeast Missourian Sun-Sations Hair and Tanning Studio in Fruitland added two new staff members in late July. ...
Chasing Gettysburg's ghosts (08/15/07)
By Joe Martin My wife Candy and I recently returned from a trip to some eastern states in lieu of dragging my aging derriere out to Escondido, Calif., to attend my 40th high school reunion. My rationale was that, either way, I'd be visiting historic sites and relics anyway...
911 tax (08/15/07)
Before emergency responders can help you they have to find you. That's the premise behind a proposed 75-cent-per-month cell phone tax that would equip counties throughout the state with cell phone tracking technology. Currently in Missouri there are varying levels of service. Eighteen counties, according to a recent Associated Press article, have no local 911 service on landline phones much less cell phones...
Speak Out 8/15/07 (08/15/07)
Take back America; Fresh air; Take the heat; More propaganda; Cost-efficient; Out of whack; Money for loans; Money pit; Higher raise; Pay for return; Equal treatment; Real work; Constant bashing; Street runners
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