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Rain forecast cancels music, fireworks (09/07/07)
Forecast for more rain Friday evening squelched the River City Music Festival, Mayor Jay Knudtson said. The sound technicians in charge of setting up the event said there was a 100 percent chance of rain in the forecast, so festival organizer Mary Ramsey decided to call off the outdoor festivities, Knudtson said...
Democrats choose former postmaster for House race (09/07/07)
The first person up for the Democratic Party was the last one standing. Mike Keefe, former Cape Gir­ardeau postmaster and chairman of the Cape Girardeau Parks Advisory Board, won the nomination Thursday evening as candidate for the 158th District Missouri House seat left open by the resignation of Nathan Cooper...
Teen to be tried as adult (09/07/07)
The 16-year-old from Jackson accused of shooting and wounding another teen three times in a love-triangle dispute will be tried as an adult for the crime. Circuit Judge Scott Thomsen certified Jonathan D. McClard as an adult Thursday morning. McClard is accused of shooting Jeremy D. Voshage, 17, also of Jackson, in July at the Shawnee Square Car Wash in Jackson...
Thursday rains drop 1.65 inches on Cape (09/07/07)
Southeast Missouri got more rain in six hours Thursday than in all of August. The morning and midday rains dropped 1.65 inches on Cape Girardeau, with more showers occurring later in the day. "It looks like for the next week there's a pretty good chance of rain," said Dave Purdy, meteorological technician with the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky. "I don't know if that will be enough to make up the deficit as far as the drought goes."...
Cape men charged with hunting from car (09/07/07)
Police arrested two men they say were trying to shoot deer from a car on a Cape Girardeau city street. They were each charged with taking wildlife in violation of Missouri Department of Conservation guidelines. Cape Girardeau police responded to calls around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday alerting them that someone was trying to shoot deer at the intersection of Bertling and Sprigg streets. The deer were on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University...
Appeals court affirms Sparkman's conviction (09/07/07)
The U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed Gregory A. Sparkman's conviction Wednesday for charges related to a scheme to defraud his business's insurer by burning an office building and two cars, federal prosecutor Larry Ferrell said. On Dec. 12, 2000, the office of West Park Motors, the used car dealership co-owned by Sparkman, was destroyed in a fire...
Route ZZ down to one lane for bridge work (09/07/07)
Route ZZ in Bollinger County will be reduced to one 10-foot lane today to accommodate bridge repair. The bridge is a half-mile north of Highway 34. The work zone will be marked with signs. The Missouri Department of Transportation issued a statement asking drivers to use extreme caution in the construction area...
Fair adds new events for families (09/07/07)
In the past few days Arena Park has undergone a remarkable transformation. Where before there was only green grass and asphalt, rows of white camper-trailers, mobile food carts, carnival rides and tractor-trailers sporting the images of the Budweiser Clydesdales now sit...
Highway reopens with ribbon-cutting today (09/07/07)
Highway 34/72 in Jackson officially reopens today, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m. More than two miles of road were widened and repaved, starting one mile west of Highway 25. Jackson Mayor Barbara Lohr will be among those speaking. ...
Group of WWII veterans departs on Honor Tour (09/07/07)
People who sign up and stand up filled the First Midwest Bank parking lot in Jackson on Thursday. First among them were 30 World War II veterans being given a send-off on the second Honor Tour to Washington, D.C. They will spend today through Sunday seeing Washington memorials, with a special emphasis on the National World War II Memorial...
Blunt's office denies claims of Supreme Court appointment (09/07/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A coalition of conservative groups claims Governor Matt Blunt intends to appoint appeals court Judge Patricia Breckenridge to the Missouri Supreme Court. But the governor's office insists no decision has been made. A joint memo from the Family Research Council, the Free Congress Foundation and the Coalition for a Fair Judiciary claims Blunt has told campaign donors and Republican Party leaders that he has decided to appoint Breckenridge...
New Mo. law changes maximum required age to pay child support (09/07/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Noncustodial parents have to pay child support for their children in college only until they turn 21, after a new law dropped the maximum age by a year. Last week's change could cut off child support for 3,200 current college students over age 21. The new law allows a parent to stop paying after a child turns 21 or fails at least half of his or her courses in a college semester. A parent still can stop paying at 18 if the child does not pursue a higher education...
Size of new college scholarships reduced after surge in qualifying students (09/07/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A new college scholarship for Missouri students in financial need has attracted more participants than expected, meaning some students will get less money than originally planned. The Access Missouri scholarship was created by lawmakers this year to replace two separate financial-needs-based scholarships. The state began sending out the first scholarship checks under the new program within the past week...
Missouri bank to offer 'swipeless' debit cards (09/07/07)
O'FALLON, Mo. -- PINs and signed receipts? Forget about it. MasterCard Worldwide announced that Central Bancompany will become the first bank of its kind to offer "PayPass" debit cards that don't need to be swiped to make a purchase. The technology is already widely used in credit cards and national banks, but Central Bancompany is the first community bank holding company to offer the product...
More Missouri graduates taking college classes to learn basic concepts (09/07/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- More than one-third of college freshmen at Missouri's public schools had to take remedial courses last year to catch up with the basic concepts they should have learned in high school. The percentage of students in remedial courses is up significantly compared with a decade ago...
Wash. woman who registered dog to vote pleads guilty, avoiding jail time (09/07/07)
SEATTLE -- A woman who faced up to 90 days in jail for registering her dog to vote has agreed to a deal that could remove the charge from her record. Jane Balogh, 66, won't be prosecuted on the charge of making a false or misleading statement to a public servant if she does 10 hours of community service, pays a $250 fine and avoids violating the law for the next year, District Judge Mariane Spearman said Wednesday...
Three senior Marine officers disciplined over investigation of slayings of 24 civilians in Iraq (09/07/07)
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Three high-ranking Marines were given censures, the military's most severe administrative punishment, for their roles in investigating the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, the Marine Corps said. Maj. Gen. Richard A. ...
Virus suspect in honeybee deaths (09/07/07)
WASHINGTON -- Scientific sleuths have a new suspect for a mysterious affliction that has killed off honeybees by the billions: a virus previously unknown in the United States. The scientists report using a novel genetic technique and old-fashioned statistics to identify Israeli acute paralysis virus as the latest potential culprit in the widespread deaths of worker bees, a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder...
Federal judge throws out parts of Patriot Act (09/07/07)
NEW YORK -- A federal judge struck down parts of the revised USA Patriot Act on Thursday, saying investigators must have a court's approval before they can order Internet providers to turn over records without telling customers. U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero said the government orders must be subject to meaningful judicial review and that the recently rewritten Patriot Act "offends the fundamental constitutional principles of checks and balances and separation of powers."...
Jury in Fort Dix plot trial to be anonymous; judge rejects defense argument of potential bias (09/07/07)
CAMDEN, N.J. -- An anonymous jury will hear the case of six men accused of plotting to attack soldiers at Fort Dix, a federal judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler agreed with prosecutors' concerns that jurors could be intimidated because of the nature of the charges and the possibility the media would pursue jurors if their names were released. He rejected defense complaints that such a jury would be biased...
Truckers at borders protest program allowing Mexican carriers in U.S. (09/07/07)
LAREDO, Texas -- Dozens of truckers protested at border crossings in Texas and California on Thursday, denouncing as dangerous and unfair a pilot program allowing up to 100 Mexican trucking companies to transport cargo anywhere in the United States...
Study: U.S. should lower its profile in Iraq (09/07/07)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. forces in Iraq should be reduced significantly, according to a new study on Iraq's security forces that inflamed debate in Congress on how quickly that can happen without hurling the country into chaos. The report, authored by a 20-member panel made up mostly of retired senior military and police officers, said the massive deployment of U.S. ...
New Jersey Supreme Court rejects Vioxx class action suit (09/07/07)
TRENTON, N.J. -- In a major legal victory for Merck & Co. in its massive Vioxx litigation, New Jersey's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a potential class-action lawsuit that could have cost the drugmaker up to $18 billion. New Jersey's highest court, reversing two lower-court decisions, ruled a nationwide class was not appropriate. ...
Productivity rebounds; wage pressures ease (09/07/07)
WASHINGTON -- Worker productivity rebounded, growing at the fastest pace in nearly two years, while wage pressures eased sharply in the spring -- developments that should reduce inflation worries. The Labor Department reported Thursday that productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, jumped to an annual growth rate of 2.6 percent in the April-June quarter, even better than the 1.8 percent increase that was originally reported...
10 Palestinian militants killed in clashes with Israeli forces (09/07/07)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israeli troops backed by tanks and bulldozers crossed into southern Gaza to strike at Palestinian militants Thursday, killing 10, a day after Israeli leaders ruled out a large-scale offensive to stop daily rocket salvos from Gaza...
U.S., Iraqi troops fight suspected Shiite militiamen in Baghdad (09/07/07)
BAGHDAD -- U.S. and Iraqi troops backed by attack aircraft clashed with suspected Shiite militiamen before dawn Thursday in Baghdad, bombing houses and battling more than a dozen snipers on rooftops. Residents and police said at least 14 people were killed...
Bin Laden plans new video in advance of Sept. 11 anniversary; first video in 3 years (09/07/07)
CAIRO, Egypt -- Osama bin Laden plans a new video to be released in the coming days ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in what would be the first new images of the terror mastermind in nearly three years, al-Qaida's media arm announced Thursday...
Bush speaks on trade, global warming before meeting with Putin (09/07/07)
SYDNEY, Australia -- President Bush today urged Asia-Pacific nations to lead the way toward a worldwide trade agreement and a plan to combat global warming while also banding together against terrorism. In a speech to business leaders, Bush prodded Russia and China to honor democratic principles and allow more freedoms. He appealed for international pressure against the military government in Myanmar to stop its crackdown on pro-democracy activists in the Southeast Asian nation...
U.S. military joins search for Felix's victims as death toll rises to 65 (09/07/07)
PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua -- U.S., Honduran and Nicaraguan soldiers searched remote jungle beaches and the open sea Thursday looking for survivors and the dead from Hurricane Felix's rampage. Villagers in canoes helped, paddling through waters thick with fallen trees...
Rain lashes Tokyo as typhoon approaches (09/07/07)
TOKYO -- Heavy rain and strong winds lashed Tokyo today as a typhoon neared the capital after killing one person, injuring at least 35 and cutting power to tens of thousands of homes. Typhoon Fitow made landfall in Odawara in Kanagawa prefecture just south of Tokyo early today, public broadcaster NHK said. It was packing winds of up to 78 mph on Thursday evening, according to the Meteorological Agency...
Funding terror, one small sum at a time (09/07/07)
MILAN, Italy -- Prosecutors call it terrorism on the cheap. Every few weeks, the Tunisians would stop at a bank or Western Union office and wire funds to a city in Europe or the Middle East. No one took much notice. The sums were small -- sometimes only a few hundred dollars -- and thousands of other people were doing the same thing across Italy, many of them immigrant workers sending money home...
Central collects road victory at Oak Ridge (09/07/07)
Taylor Kirn recorded seven kills to lead the Central volleyball team to a victory over Oak Ridge on Thursday. Katie Scholl finished with 10 assists to help the Tigers to the 25-14, 25-19 victory. Central improved to 3-4-1 with the road victory over the Blue Jays...
High school football | Week 2 (09/07/07)
Parkway North (1-0) at Jackson (1-0) Last year's meeting: Parkway North 29, Jackson 25 Notes: Jackson's defense was extremely strong last week, holding Francis Howell Central, the top-scoring team in the Gateway Athletic Conference in 2006, to one first down. ...
St. Vincent seniors build cohesion over years (09/07/07)
The six senior members of the St. Vincent volleyball team have been playing together since they were in the sixth grade. They say they have formed a connection on the floor and know the plays one another will make because they have been together for so long...
Jackson defense looks to build on opening shutout (09/07/07)
The Jackson defense recorded a shutout in its season opener last week against a talented Francis Howell Central offense, but coach Carl Gross said he will receive a better picture of how strong the group is tonight. The defensive strategy focused much of its energy on stopping one talented Howell Central receiver last week. But this week, the coaching staff has dissected the entire Parkway North offense, which posted 56 points against Central in Week 1...
Area sports digest 9/7/07 (09/07/07)
Peterman takesfirst in A-flight Deanna Peterman took first place Tuesday in the A-flight at the weekly Cape Chip-A-Ways golf outing. Jean Graham and Evelyn Riley tied for first place in the B-flight. Lil Angle and Carolyn Blechle tied for the low putts and Bea Mashek had the play of the day...
Cape dentist lives out football fantasy for ND (09/07/07)
Robert Haberkorn realizes a lifelong dream tonight. He'll get the opportunity to take the football field as a Notre Dame football player, in full pads and sporting the legendary gold helmet. Haberkorn, a dentist in Cape Girardeau, will play for Notre Dame in tonight's Fantasy Bowl I, and he couldn't be more proud. ...
Vick memo auction tops $10,000 (09/07/07)
WASHINGTON -- Bids topped $10,000 on Thursday on an Internet auction site for what an animal rights group says are notes from football star Michael Vick's speech apologizing for a dogfighting scandal. The Humane Society of the United States is selling on eBay the single-page, six-point outline of the speech Vick gave at an Aug. 27 news conference in Richmond after pleading guilty in his dogfighting case...
'Bubble boy' takes BMW lead with hot finish (09/07/07)
LEMONT, Ill. -- Jonathan Byrd forgot what it was like to play in one of those PGA Tour boondoggles that have no cut and guaranteed money even for last place. But the BMW Championship is no place for him to relax, even if Cog Hill had the atmosphere of a library Thursday...
NFL Super Bowl champs open with a victory (09/07/07)
INDIANAPOLIS -- It took the Indianapolis Colts one half to shake off their post-Super Bowl hangover. Then Peyton Manning and friends came alive to beat New Orleans 41-10 on Thursday night in the NFL's opener, running away in the final 30 minutes with a championship caliber performance...
Top-seed Federer ousts Roddick from quarterfinals in straight sets (09/07/07)
NEW YORK -- To Andy Roddick's credit, he played nearly flawlessly against Roger Federer, serving brilliantly, returning well, too, and giving tennis' top player a tough time. To Roddick's dismay, it all added up to yet another loss. In a match as tight as could be for 2 1/2 sets, Federer was barely better on the most important points and emerged to edge Roddick 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-2 in Wednesday's quarterfinals, moving two victories away from a fourth consecutive U.S. Open title...
Ankiel's two home runs, 7 RBIs pull Cards within a game of first (09/07/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Rick Ankiel isn't just hitting, he's turning into a force. Ankiel homered twice and had a career-high seven RBIs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 16-4 on Thursday in a game shortened to eight innings because of rain...
Ankiel received HGH in 2004 (09/07/07)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Comeback kid Rick Ankiel of the St. Louis Cardinals received a year's supply of human growth hormone in 2004, the Daily News reported Friday. The pitcher-turned-outfielder is the latest athlete to be linked to the Florida pharmacy at the center of an investigation by the Albany County (N.Y.) district attorney's office into the illegal Internet distribution of performance-enhancing drugs...
Music and terror (09/07/07)
It's a bit strange that I would be thinking of music and terrorism at the same time. That's what happens when a music festival opens near the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Not that there's any connection between our music festival and terrorists. None whatsoever...
Britney Spears will open MTV awards (09/07/07)
NEW YORK -- Britney Spears will be the opening act at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. The 25-year-old singer will perform "Gimme More" -- the first single from her upcoming album -- at Sunday's event in Las Vegas, MTV announced Thursday. Spears, whose late-night partying and erratic behavior have made her a tabloid fixture, is a veteran of the VMAs: She performed "I'm A Slave 4 U" with a 7-foot albino python around her neck in 2001. ...
Crowds gather in main piazza of Pavarotti's hometown to mourn tenor (09/07/07)
MILAN, Italy -- Hundreds of people gathered Thursday night in Modena's main piazza to pay final respects to Luciano Pavarotti, whose vibrant high C's and ebullient showmanship made him the most beloved and celebrated tenor since Enrico Caruso. The crowd applauded in a sign of respect as pallbearers carried the casket into Modena's cathedral, where a funeral is scheduled for Saturday. The tenor died early Thursday at the age of 71 after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer...
Velma Treece (09/07/07)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Velma M. Treece, 91, of Jonesboro died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007, at Jonesboro Rehab and Healthcare Center. She was born Sept. 12, 1915, in Wolf Lake, Ill., daughter of William and Ada Crowell Bright. She and Curtis L. Treece were married Dec. 22, 1932, in Jonesboro. He died Aug. 15, 1983...
Clyde Russell (09/07/07)
Clyde Marvin Russell, 66, of Scott City died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007, at Heartland Care Rehab Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 6, 1940, in Tupelo, Miss., son of William and Johnnie Lou Ivey Russell. Russell owned Russell Construction. He was a member of Eagles Aerie 3775 in Cape Girardeau, American Legion Post 369 in Benton, Mo., and Southeast Missouri Horseshoe Association...
Edward Adams (09/07/07)
Edward T. Adams, 76, formerly of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007, in Winter Haven, Fla. He was born Jan. 7, 1931, in Springfield, Tenn., son of Jesse Reed and Ruth Dean Adams. He married Katy Adams, who died in December 2006. Adams received a bachelor's degree in music from Murray State University in Murray, Ky. He served four years in the U.S. Army, and then worked with dance bands for a year...
Alma Bodenschatz (09/07/07)
Alma E. Palisch Bodenschatz, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007, at Fountainbleau Lodge. She was born Jan. 17, 1921, in Altenburg, Mo., daughter of Adolph C. and Freida M. Jungclauss Palisch. She and Raymond O. Bodenschatz were married June 18, 1944, in Altenburg. He died May 23, 1992...
Cape/Jackson fire report 9/7/07 (09/07/07)
n At 6:49 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of South Ellis Street. n At 7:38 p.m., an illegal burn at 2100 William St. n At 8:22 p.m., assist police department at 100 N. Sprigg St. n At 11:15 p.m., emergency medical service at Ripley Street and West End Boulevard...
Cape/Jackson police report 9/7/07 (09/07/07)
Arrests; Thefts
Out of the past 9/7/07 (09/07/07)
A petition drive seeking to place on the November ballot a proposition to repeal the "Blue Law" Sunday sales ban in Cape Girardeau has already collected about 5,000 signatures, although election officials say some of them are invalid. Although he calls it "one of the most useless things we've ever done," Cape Girardeau Mayor Howard C. Tooke casts the deciding vote to approve the first reading of a long-debated ordinance aimed at regulating abortions here...
Music festival (09/07/07)
Cape Girardeau's annual downtown music festival -- in its 11th year -- has a new name (River City Music Festival), an earlier-in-the-year time frame, scaled-back hours and more business and community support. The festival kicks off tonight and continues through Saturday night with more than 40 bands and performers in the lineup...
NARS celebrates (09/07/07)
When Cape Girardeau native Chris Buehrle first considered his hometown as a location for one of his call-center operations, he wasn't sure the community could meet the demand for hundreds of employees. Cooperatively, the Cape Gir­ardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, Cape Girardeau Area MAGNET, Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center, Mineral Area College, Southeast Missouri State University and state economic development agencies put together the resources to provide National Asset Recovery Services with what it needed, including a job fair where 900 prospective employees showed up. ...
Speak Out 9/7/07 (09/07/07)
Secular society; Water problems; Driving offense; Extra supplies; Thanks for water; Not a priority; Productive workers; Utility-bill increase; Don't blame restaurants; Vial of justification; Need intervention; Center-lane safety; Poor farmers; Hem and haw
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