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Missouri Supreme Court receives no word from Cooper (08/16/07)
Former state Rep. Nathan Cooper did not respond to a Missouri Supreme Court order directing him to provide reasons why his law license should not be suspended, high court communicationns counsel Beth Riggert said. Cooper, who pleaded guilty to two federal felony counts of immigration fraud, was ordered on Wednesday to "show cause" why he should not be subject to an interim suspension of his license while he is awaiting sentencing. ...
City hires familiar face for planning role (08/16/07)
Ken Eftink has been named Cape Girardeau's new development services director. Eftink replaces Kent Bratton, the city planner who retired on July 31. The job is slightly different; it's an expanded department-head position leading divisions for planning, engineering and inspections...
Heat blamed in death of Cape woman (08/16/07)
An 81-year-old woman died after being overcome by heat while at Lake Boutin in Trail of Tears State Park, Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton said this morning. The woman, a Cape Girardeau resident, was on a family outing Wednesday when she fell victim to the heat and became unresponsive, Clifton said. ...
Prosecutor: Residue tests positive in Bollinger County shooting case (08/16/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- On the same day Lisa Barlow pleaded not guilty to killing Michael Strong, the prosecutor handling the case said that gunshot residue tests showed that Barlow handled a just-fired gun the evening her boyfriend died. Every courtroom bench was filled at Wednesday's arraignment at the Bollinger County Courthouse in Marble Hill, where Associate Circuit Judge Scott E. ...
University prepares for students, heat (08/16/07)
Southeast Missouri State University plans to provide relief to students at its aging Dearmont residence hall by renting temporary air-conditioning equipment 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...
Court: Cooper must give reasons to keep law license (08/16/07)
Former state Rep. Nathan Cooper has until 5 p.m. today to respond to a Missouri Supreme Court order directing him to present reasons why his law license should not be suspended. The action, called an "order to show cause," was issued in response to a motion for interim suspension filed by Sharon Weedin of the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, the agency responsible for monitoring actions by attorneys...
Wednesday hottest day of 2007 so far; some relief coming (08/16/07)
The hottest day of the year so far sent the mercury up to 102 degrees Wednesday at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport and prompted a heat advisory, conditions that are likely to repeat themselves today before a weak front brings a little relief. Wednesday was the 21st straight day with a high temperature above 90 as the city closed in on the records for lengthy heat waves. ...
City begins paving project on Lexington Avenue (08/16/07)
The bump drivers feel on Lexington Avenue between Kings-highway and Carolina Lane is getting fixed. Old asphalt will be removed, starting Friday at 8:30 a.m. and will be done before the afternoon commute begins, according to Geoff Dial, special projects coordinator for Cape Girardeau's public works department...
Show Me Center's 20 years of impact (08/16/07)
Born in controversy over its location, funding and even its name, the Show Me Center will turn 20 years old this month amid praise for its impact on the economic and cultural life of the region. More than 5.6 million people have passed through the turnstiles in those 20 years. ...
Rural fire departments receive fund-matching checks (08/16/07)
Matching funds grant checks for rural fire departments were distributed recently by the Missouri Department of Conservation Forestry Division staff to help with purchases of protective gear and fire fighting equipment for wildfires and structural fires. The funds are provided by the U.S. Forest Service and the Missouri Department of Conservation...
Draft of city's comprehensive plan debuts at joint meeting (08/16/07)
The future of Cape Girar-deau will be suggested during tonight's joint meeting of the city council and the city's planning and zoning commission. A draft of a comprehensive plan will be presented by Carol Gossett and Surabhi Barbhaya of Arcturis, a St. Louis-based design and consulting firm hired by the city...
Community digest 8/16/07 (08/16/07)
Neighborhood group to meet at Osage Centre; Cape library to have Mo. State Fair exhibit; First Cars for Kids show to be held at Arena Park; PWP to hold silent auction at dance; Civil War Roundtable to meet Sunday; Post M holds last picnic of the season Saturday; Advance High School to hold banquet ; Cape Jaycees hold 15th annual barbecue fest
Scott City church to hold all-you-can-eat fish fry (08/16/07)
The Scott City First Assembly of God will hold a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at 312 Dearborn in Scott City. The meal will include fried fish, coleslaw, baked beans, potatoes, hush puppies, tea and coffee. Children 5 and younger eat free. A dine-in and carry-out plate lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For multiple carryouts, please call ahead. For more information, call (573) 264-2365...
Missouri heat deaths: 9 confirmed, another 7 reported (08/16/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An unrelenting August heat wave has killed nine people in Missouri and is the likely cause of another seven deaths, state officials said Thursday. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said it had confirmed the nine deaths and was working to confirm the other seven. Six of the nine confirmed deaths are from St. Louis city and county. Two are from Jackson County; one is from rural Missouri...
McDonald County prosecutors drop last charges against deacon (08/16/07)
PINEVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- The last sexual abuse charges against the deacon of a southwest Missouri church have been dropped because the statute of limitations had expired. Prosecutors dropped a rape charge against Paul Epling, 54, a deacon of Grand Valley Independent Baptist Church, according to McDonald County Prosecutor Janice Durbin...
CEO defends Ameren at Taum Sauk hearing (08/16/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- AmerenUE Chief Executive Officer Tom Voss told the Missouri Public Service Commission Thursday that the utility has launched new safety programs since the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse, but has not changed a bonus system that critics say favors keeping plants running over closing them for safety concerns...
St. Louis police officer fatally shot (08/16/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis police officer was fatally shot while trying to detain a suspect on the city's north side. Norvelle Brown, 22, was shot multiple times just before 10 p.m. Wednesday. The officer was wearing body armor, but the bullet may have entered through the side of his bulletproof vest...
Central Region of National Archives moving to KC's Union Station (08/16/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Documents chronicling 170 years of life on the Great Plains will move to Kansas City's Union Station in an effort to make the archives more accessible to the public. The Central Plains Region of the National Archives has received approval to move its artifacts and documents from the Bannister Federal Complex to the old Adams Express Co. freight building next to Union Station...
Missouri quietly kept overpaid sales taxes for five years (08/16/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- For about five years, Missouri quietly held on to millions of dollars in overpaid taxes from consumers who shopped and dined in the state. Now, the state has quietly paid part of that money back to businesses. But because of state law, most consumers never will see even a penny of those sales-tax refunds...
Ameren gets OK to rebuild reservoir (08/16/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Federal regulators Wednesday cleared Ameren Corp. to begin rebuilding its Taum Sauk mountaintop reservoir, which collapsed in 2005, sending a torrent of water into a state park in southeast Missouri. Ameren was notified that it could move forward in a letter from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. But FERC, which regulates the reservoir, is requiring Ameren to undertake various measures to minimize the impact of construction on park users and the environment...
Governor defends plan to cut budget (08/16/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday defended his intentions to increase spending on health care without permission from Illinois lawmakers, calling the plan "as constitutional as it gets." The Democratic governor said he will slash $500 million from the budget approved by the legislature following a lengthy budget impasse and will increase spending for several health-care programs he favors...
Two men latest heat fatalities (08/16/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Two more people have succumbed to the blistering heat that has settled over the region for two weeks, even as the temperature at Lambert Airport in St. Louis reached 105 on Wednesday, breaking the record of 104 degrees set in 1936. The latest heat fatalities in St. Louis were older men, the city said...
Bush, Congress in struggle for low marks from public (08/16/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Democratic-controlled Congress and President Bush seem locked in a perverse competition for public unfavorability, according to a new Associated Press-Ipsos poll. The survey shows Bush's approval ratings at 35 percent and Congress' even lower, at 25 percent. Only 27 percent of those polled said the country is headed in the right direction, and 39 percent said they support the Iraq war, with 58 percent opposed...
Mine rescuers running out of options to find 6 missing men (08/16/07)
HUNTINGTON, Utah -- Rescuers are running out of options to rescue six coal miners trapped by a cave-in nearly 10 days ago, and experts say the chances of finding the men alive are slim. As crews slowly dig a path to the men's presumed location at the Crandall Canyon mine, narrow drill holes sunk deep into the mountain amount to little more than educated guesses...
Ripped glove forces early end to spacewalk; tests nearly completed (08/16/07)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- After nearly a week of agonizing over a deep gouge on Endeavour's belly, NASA was close to wrapping up tests Wednesday and deciding whether to order risky repairs. One of the astronauts who would attempt those repairs, Rick Mastracchio, had to cut his latest spacewalk short after he noticed a hole in his left glove...
Business briefs 8/16/07 (08/16/07)
Stocks fall again as investors still jittery NEW YORK -- Wall Street tumbled again Wednesday after the Federal Reserve added more cash to the banking system but failed to quash investors' jitters about problems in lending. The market jerked the Dow Jones industrial average above and below the 13,000 mark throughout the day as investors wrestled with reports about potential trouble at Countrywide Financial Corp. ...
Toll from bloodiest attack of Iraq war rises to at least 250 (08/16/07)
BAGHDAD -- Rescuers used bare hands and shovels Wednesday to claw through clay houses shattered by an onslaught of suicide bombings that killed at least 250 and possibly as many as 500 members of an ancient religious sect in the deadliest attack of the Iraq war...
Area sports digest 8/16/07 (08/16/07)
Scott adds another medal in Rio Susan Beth Scott of Cape Girardeau captured a silver medal in the 100-meter backstroke Tuesday at the Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. It was her first medal in international competition as an individual. She won a silver as part of the 400 freestyle relay Monday...
Blemker's play at World Series earns him honor (08/16/07)
Zak Blemker saw limited opportunities at the plate during the Southeast Missouri State baseball season. All Blemker needed was a chance to show his ability. Blemker finished fifth in hitting at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan., posting a .417 average for the Plaza Tire Capahas. He was rewarded for his play with a spot as the first baseman on the NBC all-American team...
Former Southeast running back expected to compete Saturday (08/16/07)
The fourth mixed martial arts competition held in Cape Girardeau this year will take place Saturday at the Osage Community Centre with former Southeast Missouri State running back Adrian Porter among the locals expected to compete. Hosted by Pitbull Combative Sports in Sikeston, "Absolute Fighting Challenge: Survival of the Fittest" will include 15 matches...
Rams' McCollum back after missing last season (08/16/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Veteran center Andy McCollum returns for his 14th NFL season and he is looking to regain the form that allowed him to play all 1,025 offensive snaps in 2005. McCollum missed the 2006 season. In the season opener against Denver, he started at left guard and suffered torn ACL and MCL ligaments in his left knee in the second quarter. That sidelined him for the rest of the year. The injury snapped a string of 156 consecutive regular season starts that dated back to 1996...
Former big league all-star Offerman suspended after arrest for hitting two players with bat (08/16/07)
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Jose Offerman was having a pretty good summer. Then in a flash, things went flying out of control. Looking for a last chance in the majors, the two-time all-star turned violent at a minor league game Tuesday night. Hit by a fastball, Offerman charged the mound with his bat and swung at least twice, striking the opposing pitcher and catcher...
Earnhardt can't bring No. 8 with him to Hendrick (08/16/07)
CONCORD, N.C. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not be taking his familiar No. 8 with him to Hendrick Motorsports next season. Earnhardt is leaving Dale Earnhardt Inc. at the end of the season and had hoped to take No. 8 with him to his new team. His late grandfather, Ralph, used that number and Earnhardt picked it when he entered the Cup Series in 1999...
The lost summer of Phil Mickelson (08/16/07)
TULSA, Okla. -- Beneath a blistering sun and surrounded by cheers, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson climbed the steep hill together toward the clubhouse at Southern Hills. They were separated by some 30 yards. And they could not have been farther apart...
Authorities: Former ref bet on games since '03, took payoffs (08/16/07)
NEW YORK -- Tim Donaghy started making NBA bets four years ago, and he didn't hesitate to wager on games he worked. Speaking in code during telephone calls, he tipped off high-stakes gamblers with inside information and recommended which teams to bet on. When his picks hit, he was paid $5,000...
St. Louis moves within 3 1/2 games of first place (08/16/07)
MILWAUKEE -- The St. Louis Cardinals' deal for Joel Pineiro didn't make much of a ripple at the trade deadline, but it's beginning to look like a key move that could help push the team back into contention in the National League Central. Pineiro, who was acquired in a trade with the Boston Red Sox on July 31, gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings as the Cardinals beat the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 on Wednesday night...
Health calendar 8/16/07 (08/16/07)
Today n Diabetes and Food -- A Family Affair: From 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Program focuses on including great tasting healthy foods that are good for both you and your family. Eating right for diabetes control can fit into your lifestyle when cooking for children or other family members, eating out, entertaining, enjoying retirement or traveling. For more information, call 651-5825...
Youth diabetes network receives funding (08/16/07)
The Youth Diabetes Network at Southeast Missouri Hospital received a donation of $12,486.97 at the hospital's 11th annual Camp DAY (Diabetes and Youth) Break Aug. 9 and 10 at HealthPoint Jackson. The donation came from the Cape Girardeau Kohl's store as part of its Kohl's Cares for Kids program. ...
Blood drives 8/16/07 (08/16/07)
Today Southeast Missouri Hospital from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday St. Ambrose Catholic Parish Center in Chaffee, Mo., from 8 a.m. to noon. Tuesday First Baptist Church in Marble Hill, Mo., from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday US Bank, 325 N. Kingshighway, in Cape Girardeau, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m...
Rehabbing with wii: Physical therapists use video games to help patients (08/16/07)
Physical rehab can be a major pain, but it's all a game to Jerry Pope. The 77-year-old semipro tennis player suffered a debilitating stroke in June and is using a hot new video game system to help him get back onto the real court. He's one of several patients using the Nintendo Wii as part of an innovative program at the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute at Minneapolis' Abbott Northwestern Hospital...
Making sense (08/16/07)
Aug. 16, 2007 Dear Pat, Galway Kinnell is 80 now. The title of his latest book of poems, "Strong is Your Hold," is taken from lines Walt Whitman wrote: "Strong is your hold O mortal flesh, Strong is your hold O love." At 80, Galway Kinnell writes of body parts that no longer cooperate and heroes of youth who turned out not to know what they were talking about. But his love of being alive if anything seems stronger...
Beware of fat friends (08/16/07)
We've always heard that we are what we eat. But now, it seems, we are who we eat with. That is the apparent conclusion of one of this summer's most highly reported health findings. A study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine found that if you hang around fat people, you are more likely to become overweight yourself. ...
Matt Damon took break from 'Bourne' to lend voice to PBS children's show (08/16/07)
BOSTON -- Matt Damon, who plays former assassin Jason Bourne in "The Bourne Ultimatum," has a much fuzzier role in an upcoming episode of PBS' "Arthur." Damon, bedecked with bear ears, plays himself as part of "Postcards From You," an initiative to encourage young viewers to make their own videos. He voices the character...
Francis Gibbar (08/16/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Francis N. "Nubbin" Gibbar, 84, of Perryville died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born March 24, 1923, at Silver Lake, Mo., son of Joseph and Nettie DuVall Gibbar. He and Gladys Jannin were married Sept. 19, 1944, at Silver Lake...
Robert Hansen (08/16/07)
Robert Joseph Hansen Sr., 75, of Jackson died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 16, 1932, in Camanche, Iowa, son of Walter and Pauline Mercer Hansen. He and Alice Marie Schafer were married Sept. 3, 1961...
Patricia Cherry (08/16/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Patricia Ann Cherry, 77, of Perryville died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born Oct. 9, 1929, in St. Louis, daughter of Edward and Lucille Kehoe Kelley. She and Kenneth W. Cherry were married May 24, 1958, in St. Charles, Mo...
Luther Arnold Jr. (08/16/07)
Luther Lee Arnold Jr., 80, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, at Missouri Veterans Home. He was born March 27, 1927, at Qulin, Mo., son of Luther and Anna Johnson Arnold. Arnold served 23 years in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He then was an art and science teacher at Chaffee High School in Chaffee, Mo., and later was a driver with Southeast Missouri Hospital Shuttle Bus...
Kathryn Rahm (08/16/07)
Kathryn Lucille Rahm, 97, of Jackson died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, at her home. She was born July 26, 1910, at the home of her grandmother in Corning, Ark., the daughter of William Walter and Cecile Lucille Ray Henry. She and Thomas E. Rahm were married in 1934 in Corning. He died Jan. 3, 1967...
Kenneth Webb (08/16/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Kenneth Webb, 59, of Sikeston passed away Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007. He was born Nov. 7, 1947, in Sikeston, son of Kenneth and Ruth Burns Webb Sr. He and Sue Whittley were married Oct. 14, 1967. Webb had farmed, and retired as a farm loan program manager with Farm Service Agency in Illinois...
Maggie Rogers (08/16/07)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Maggie Bell Rogers, 84, of Charleston died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, at her home. She was born Oct. 8, 1922, in Braggadocio, Mo., daughter of William Butler and Nola Bell Ezelle Quillin. She and Willie Walter Rogers were married Dec. 11, 1943. He died July 6, 1992...
Glenda Hays (08/16/07)
DESOTO, Mo. -- Glenda Mayola Hays, 86, of DeSoto died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, at her home. She was born Sept. 14, 1920, at Qulin, Mo. She and Julius C. Hays were married May 9, 1942, in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He preceded her in death Nov. 9, 2001. Mrs. Hays was a retired certified nurse's aide, cook at Qulin Elementary School, and was a homemaker. She was a member and served as secretary of Qulin United Methodist Church...
John Peek Jr. (08/16/07)
John Ambrose Peek Jr., 72, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, at Heartland Care Rehab Center. He was born March 13, 1935, at Millersville, son of John Ambrose and Naida Kistner Peek Sr. He and JoAnna Dee Sachse were married March 23, 1958...
Cape/Jackson police report 8/16/07 (08/16/07)
Arrests; Assault
Jackson fire report 8/16/07 (08/16/07)
n Emergency medical service on West Main Street. n A motor vehicle accident on East Jackson Boulevard. n A rubbish fire on North Russell Avenue. n An emergency medical service on West Main Street. n A request for citizen assistance on Whetstone Way...
Out of the past 8/16/07 (08/16/07)
For the second time in little more than a month, a Cape Girardeau County grand jury is convened at Jackson; Presiding Circuit Judge A.J. Seier gives the jury a general charge. City Councilman Peter D. Hilty plays a major part in deciding two issues at the Cape Girardeau City Council session. ...
Letting the public in (08/16/07)
The failure of AmerenUE's Taum Sauk reservoir in December 2005 has been investigated, probed and analyzed over the months since the disaster sent a billion-plus gallons of water through Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park. The park reopened to visitors this summer, and Ameren officials thought the official inquiries had come to an end...
Harbinger of climate change (08/16/07)
To the editor:In relation to climate extremes, folks often say: "People always complain about the weather, but nobody ever does anything." Regrettably, we have now changed that. The evidence strongly suggests that we are doing something about it. By releasing greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide into the environment, we are altering the climate. The heat wave and drought in Southeast Missouri (repeated throughout the continent and the world) are unfortunate harbingers of the future...
Eliminate tax credits, subsidies (08/16/07)
To the editor:In July Gov. Matt Blunt vetoed House Bill 327, an economic development bill that passed overwhelmingly in the House with nine representatives voting no, including myself. The bill had problems, and the governor made the right decision to veto it, stopping it from becoming law...
No tears for Nathan Cooper (08/16/07)
To the editor:Former state representative Nathan Cooper put everyone at risk of losing our lives by some unqualified truck drivers. He used his office for personal gain. He isn't the first. He won't be the last. Cooper got caught by a man doing his job. In his mind, that's all Cooper thinks he did wrong. My take on the Cooper story is thank God we had an alert, dedicated public servant on duty who did his job: the border guard who smelled something rotten...
Speak Out 8/16/07 (08/16/07)
Paying for repairs; Magazine compliments; Mental blindness; Healthy corn dogs; Must be caught; Secure the borders; Opinions on abortion; Fair weather; It's not free; Too much warning; Laptops banned; What involvement?; Water for pets; Three Rivers in review
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