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Stories from Saturday, August 18, 2007

Drought conditions worsening (08/18/07)
The last week has seen a worsening of drought conditions across Southeast Missouri, pushing the region's southernmost portions into severe drought, according to the latest drought report from the U.S. Drought Monitor. With drought conditions this severe, brief downpours like the one experienced Thursday evening in Cape Girardeau won't even put a dent in the problem, climate specialists say...
Court suspends former rep's law license (08/18/07)
The Missouri Supreme Court suspended former state Rep. Nathan Cooper's law license Friday, citing his guilty plea to two federal felonies. The order came just hours after the court accepted Cooper's late response to its Wednesday demand that he show cause why his license should not be suspended. In his response, Cooper told the court he intended to voluntarily surrender his license Sept. 1...
Cities differ on transit service's performance (08/18/07)
A year after operations began, the Cape County Transit Authority is either rolling merrily along or spinning its wheels. The views east and west of Interstate 55 are different. Cape Girardeau's mayor says the transit system has improved and provides a valuable service that can benefit from additional funding. ...
Cape bus routes to expand (08/18/07)
The Cape County Transit Authority plans expanded routes and shorter waits for the fixed-route bus system that serves Cape Girardeau. Taxi riders in Jackson can expect to pay higher prices by October. Instead of the two buses currently running the same route at different times in Cape Girardeau, beginning Sept. ...
Building Bethel again (08/18/07)
When Baptist missionaries traveling west in the 1800s came upon the Mississippi River, they usually got discouraged and turned back east instead of crossing and setting up a seminary in the Roman Catholic territory beyond the river. When local Baptists came to Goose Creek in Jackson in 2005, they splashed through it and followed the gravel road to the site of Old Bethel, the first Baptist church built west of the Mississippi...
Bomb threats at six sites in Cape turn out to be hoaxes (08/18/07)
Cape Girardeau police continue to investigate a series of bomb threats received by multiple public facilities Friday morning. The caller, who simply said "there's a bomb outside your building and it will explode in 15 minutes," placed the calls from a cell phone, according to Sgt. Barry Hovis...
Cape police arrest man over gun incident at downtown bar (08/18/07)
Police arrested a man in the early Friday for allegedly revealing a gun to patrons of a downtown Cape Girardeau bar. Around 1 a.m., police responded to Ragsdale's at Broadway and Main Street for a reported firearms violation, according to a probable-cause statement by patrolman Mark Wyatt...
Power outage hits 1,000 Cape customers, traffic lights (08/18/07)
A loose power line in the 500 block of South Kingshighway cut off power to several traffic lights and 1,065 AmerenUE customers Friday afternoon. The outage began about 2:10 p.m., AmerenUE spokesman Mike Cleary said, when a loose power line caused a pole to catch fire briefly at 511 S. Kingshighway in front of Van Matre Buick. Cleary said he received reports the loose wire came into contact with a cross arm on the pole...
MO--Abortion Lawsuit,0173 (08/18/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Planned Parenthood is going to court to try to block a new Missouri abortion law from taking effect Aug. 28. Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri said Friday that it will file a federal lawsuit Monday seeking an injunction against the law, which would place more abortion clinics under government oversight by classifying them as ambulatory surgical centers...
Ill. court: SIU can't block public's access to staff contracts (08/18/07)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University can't withhold public access to the employment contracts of SIU president Glenn Poshard and other officials, the Illinois Appellate Court ruled. A lower court earlier sided with the school in the lawsuit, filed when SIU rejected a request under the state's Freedom of Information Act...
Three girls spend months growing big pumpkins for state fair (08/18/07)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- Sisters Macey and Breana Hoover and their second cousin Marissa Gertz wanted to grow the biggest pumpkin this year, and have it displayed at the Missouri State Fair. The three little girls traditionally have had their picture taken at the Missouri State Fair with the prize-winning largest pumpkin...
Ameren exec: Unsafe plants not kept running (08/18/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State utility regulators on Friday continued to probe the balancing act that Ameren Corp. plays between generating profits and providing safe electricity during another day of public hearing into the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse...
NASA considering ending mission early due to Hurricane Dean (08/18/07)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Worried Hurricane Dean might blow its way, Mission Control considered scaling back today's spacewalk at the orbiting shuttle and station complex to allow for a possibly early end to Endeavour's mission. NASA wants to keep its options open for moving up Wednesday's shuttle landing by one day, and shortening the spacewalk would be one way to do it, said Le Roy Cain, a ranking member of the mission management team...
Former House speaker Hastert says he won't seek re-election (08/18/07)
YORKVILLE, Ill. -- Rep. Dennis Hastert, who was speaker of the House longer than any Republican, announced Friday morning he will not seek another term in Congress. Speaking to hundreds of supporters outside the Kendall County Courthouse in his northern Illinois district, Hastert thanked staff, supporters and voters who helped keep him in office for 20 years...
Search for 6 miners suspended after cave-in kills 3 rescuers (08/18/07)
"Yesterday we went from a tragedy to a catastrophe," Gov. Jon Huntsman said. By PAUL FOY The Associated Press HUNTINGTON, Utah -- The desperate underground drive to reach six trapped miners was suspended indefinitely Friday after a cave-in killed three rescuers inside a mountainside mine...
Fed's cut in discount rate encourages market, raises Bernanke's rep with investors (08/18/07)
WASHINGTON -- A dramatic cut in the Federal Reserve's discount rate sent stocks soaring Friday, but the spreading global credit crisis means the Fed will almost certainly have to do more. A cut in the more important federal funds rate is expected to follow in short order as the central bank battles to keep the economy out of recession. Some economists believe the Fed could engineer more interest rate reductions at each of its three remaining meetings this year...
Brazil to provide free sex-change operations through public health system (08/18/07)
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Brazil's public health system will begin providing free sex-change operations in compliance with a court order, the Health Ministry said Friday. Ministry spokesman Edmilson Oliveira da Silva said the government would not appeal Wednesday's ruling by a panel of federal judges giving the government 30 days to offer the procedure or face fines of $5,000 a day...
Russia sends message to U.S. with long-range bomber flights, drill with China (08/18/07)
CHEBARKUL TESTING RANGE, Russia -- President Vladimir Putin placed strategic bombers back on long-range patrol for the first time since the Soviet breakup, sending a tough message to the United States on Friday hours after a major Russian military exercise with China...
Area digest (08/18/07)
Scott wins gold in international meet Susan Beth Scott of Cape Girardeau won her first gold medal in international competition Friday, winning the 400-meter freestyle at the Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. Scott won in a personal-best time of 4 minutes, 45.57 seconds...
Brothers reflect on Perryville title (08/18/07)
Perryville High School 2005 graduate Matt Schamburg stood on the sidelines Friday night during the Pirates annual alumni football game, pointing just inside the 10-yard line. He was reflecting on the spot on the field where his former teammate, Matt Unterreiner, intercepted a pass against Dexter during the 2004 season to give the Pirates a district championship title...
Heisserer has hands full at Oran with two fall sports (08/18/07)
Oran's Sara Heisserer will be pulling double duty in coaching. Not this school year, this fall. Heisserer, in her first year at her alma mater, will guide both the Oran volleyball and softball teams this season. The school district in March switched softball from spring to fall, which is when the Missouri State High School Activities Association conducts its playoff series...
Redhawks' Rembert undergoes second surgery on knee (08/18/07)
Southeast Missouri State senior center Michael Rembert had surgery Friday on his right knee, but Redhawks coach Scott Edgar is optimistic that Rembert will be ready for the start of practice in less than two months. For Rembert, the surgery was the second procedure on the knee, which he injured in a game last February...
Cards drop opener of crucial series with Cubs (08/18/07)
CHICAGO -- Jacque Jones has heard it all. Boos, catcalls and on Friday the cheers from a powerful ovation at Wrigley Field. Benched earlier this season and nearly traded, Jones made a great catch and hit a two-run homer to lead a 2-1 Cubs' victory Friday that ended the St. Louis Cardinals' five-game winning streak...
Never stop learning, exploring, reading (08/18/07)
God has chosen to reveal himself primarily through the written word. Certainly we see the works of his hands in the heavens. We can grow numb counting the stars. We get a breathless feeling from the brilliant colors of the sunrise. God certainly demonstrates his glory through our world, and he has revealed himself through his word...
Briefly (08/18/07)
'Minnie Pearly Gates' speaks at luncheon More than 50 women met Monday at Miner Baptist Church to hear testimony from Becky Tyler, also known as Miss Minnie Pearly Gates. Tyler, of Sikeston, Mo., and her husband, Ed, adopted two children. At the age of 11 their son suffered a heart attack, and 16 months later that killed him. ...
Battling the baby blues (08/18/07)
She woke up crying, had trouble sleeping and found little motivation. Sue McRoberts was experiencing postpartum depression. Having postpartum depression puzzled her because the feelings came only after the birth of two of her three children -- the oldest, Katie, now 8, and the youngest, Bennett, 23 months. She escaped the illness with her second child, Andrew, 5...
Inner life more important than outer beauty (08/18/07)
"Oh, look, isn't this pretty? Does it have eggs in it?" asked 4-year-old Anthony, who lives with us. I looked to see what he was speaking of. It was a beautiful plant with a bird's nest in its branches. It was artificial! "Can we buy some eggs to put in it?" the child said. Although Anthony is a child, I wonder how often we, too, are fooled by what's unreal...
Frank Keistler (08/18/07)
ANNA, Ill. -- Frank Keistler, 86, of Anna died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, at Jonesboro Rehab and Healthcare Center in Jonesboro, Ill. He was born March 22, 1921, in Anna, son of James Franklin and Edna Bridges Keistler. He and Ruth Anne Eddleman were married Feb. 7, 1941, in Jackson...
Gilbert Robinson (08/18/07)
Gilbert E. Robinson, 80, of Jackson died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, at his home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Ruth Bender (08/18/07)
Ruth A. Bender, 99, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Feb. 14, 1908, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of William F. and Anna Brunke Bender. Bender had worked at International Shoe Co., and then worked 30 years with Missouri Division of Employment Security. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and its Senior Ladies Aid...
Patricia Janevic (08/18/07)
Patricia "Pat" Janevic, 73, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, in Ann Arbor, Mich. She was born Aug. 6, 1934, in Cape Girardeau, to Raymond and Alma Stoll Schonhoff. Pat grew up on the Schonhoff Dairy Farm west of Cape Girardeau, and was active in 4-H club work. She graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1952, and received a nursing degree from St. John's Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis in 1955. She had lived in the Detroit area since 1956...
Raymond Seckel (08/18/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Raymond R. Seckel, 83, of Perryville died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born Jan. 18, 1924, in St. Louis, son of Christopher W. and Helen Long Seckel. He and Virginia Shackelford were married July 9, 1960. She died July 25, 2005...
Genice Huffman (08/18/07)
Genice K. Huffman, 61, of Jackson died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 2, 1945, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Arnold Edward and Lela Viola Jaco Silman. She and Aulcey F. "Pee Wee" Huffman were married July 30, 1966, in Cape Girardeau...
Louise Skaggs (08/18/07)
Louise Skaggs, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 7, 1926, in Union County, Ill., daughter of Riley and Esther Foster Knight. She and Virgil Skaggs were married in 1948 in Piggott, Ark. He died Aug. 20, 1991...
Births 8/18/07 (08/18/07)
Hoffman; Cothran; Ellsworth; Davidson; Cureton; Doran; Hanback; Heim
Fire report 8/18/07 (08/18/07)
n At 4:59 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2800 block of Themis Street. n At 6:15 p.m., a citizen assist in the 2800 block of Whitener Street. n At 6:57 p.m., a fire alarm on Mechaw Drive. n At 1:49 a.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of South Sprigg Street...
Police report 8/18/07 (08/18/07)
Arrests; Arrest
Out of the past 8/18/07 (08/18/07)
A year ago, it didn't appear the sanitary landfill north of Cape Girardeau would last this long; now, however, thanks to a lease extension and the addition of extra cover dirt, city officials feel confident the present landfill will last well into next year; meanwhile, the search for a new landfill site continues...
Have fun(but not too much) (08/18/07)
Dear Southeast Missouri State University student, Welcome to Cape Girardeau, or welcome back. We've noticed the increase in traffic on Broadway this week as you and many other students have begun your annual migration back to the dorms and apartments on or near the campus...
Speak Out 8/18/07 (08/18/07)
Work together; No defense; Cycle carelessness; Just ain't so; Which laws?; Always surprised; Race talk; Park concerns; Lenient judges; Don't be a butthead
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