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Soybean rust found in Southeast Missouri (09/26/07)
Asian Soybean Rust has infected soybean plants in Southeast Missouri, but it's appearance is late enough in the season that the state's major soybean marketing association says it's not concerned about the fungus. The soybean rust was discovered on plants in Scott and Pemiscot counties, the USDA has confirmed. The fungus was also discovered in Southern Illinois on Wednesday, and has been discovered in 13 states this year...
Business group concerned about ethanol pollution (09/26/07)
If all three ethanol plants proposed for sites along Nash Road are built, it will be the most concentrated location in the United States for production of the corn-based fuel, a state air-pollution advisory board was told Wednesday. Two of those plants now have permits to begin construction. ...
University president Dobbins awarded contract through 2012 (09/26/07)
Dr. Ken Dobbins will remain president of Southeast Missouri State University through 2012 under a contract approved by the board of regents Wednesday. His salary was increased from $165,000 to $174,109 and his annuity from $20,000 to $25,000. The average compensation of presidents at similar Missouri public universities is about $214,000, according to a university news release...
Businesses pledge to help fund downtown security (09/26/07)
Downtown business owners have tentatively agreed to lend financial support for additional security in downtown Cape Girardeau. The agreement came after an offer by the Southeast Missourian of a $5,000 challenge grant designed to provide encouragement to other businesses to become part of the solution, according to Old Town Cape executive director Marla Mills...
Department looks for return on investment (09/26/07)
The U.S. Department of Labor expects real, measurable results from its $5 million investment in the Southeast Missouri Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development, or WIRED, initiative, assistant Secretary of Labor Emily Stover-DeRocco said Tuesday during a visit to the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center...
City promotes Neighborhood Nights (09/26/07)
At Monday's regular meeting, Cape Girardeau's city council and Mayor Jay Knudtson will officially designate October as Neighborhood Nights month. The main point is for Cape Girardeau residents "to get to know their neighbors," said Heather Brooks, assistant to the city manager. She's coordinating the effort...
Cape police seize more than $2,000 worth of illegal substances in drug busts (09/26/07)
Two drug busts in as many days caused the Cape Girardeau police to seize more than $2,000 worth of illegal substances. For Danny R. Bickings, 54, of 1742 Rampart St. it was the second bust in two months. Police arrested Bickings and three others Monday afternoon in the 700 block of Penny Ave­nue following a sting operation, said police spokesman Sgt. Barry Hovis...
Business Reports (09/26/07)
Bankruptcies Bankruptcies filed through August for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
View Point (09/26/07)
By Rudi Keller Business Today Every year, the number of Americans without health insurace goes up. In late August, the U.S. Census Bureau released the latest figures, showing that 47 million U.S. residents lacked health insurance coverage in 2006. That's up 5 percent. And for Missouri, the growth was even more dramatic, up 16 percent for the year to 772,000 people...
Health BIZ (09/26/07)
By Rudi Keller Business Today With a total payroll in excess of $170 million annually, Cape Girardeau's two hospitals spend more money on wages than entire sectors of the economy. Add the $84 million payrolls for doctors' offices and the picture becomes clear: health care is taking care of Cape Girardeau...
Staying on-line (09/26/07)
It's almost lunch time. What are your choices? A quick run through the drive through? Sitting down over a lunch special or a trip through the salad bar? Or is it going to be the same old tired tuna salad sandwich from home or taking your chances with something out of a vending machine?...
Healthy eating possible with on-site cafeterias (09/26/07)
By Linda Redeffer Business Today Where to go for lunch? Some larger companies offer a cafeteria for employees. Southeast Missouri State University employees can enjoy lunch at several campus locations managed by Chartwell's, which is contracted to provide meals for the students' meal plan...
Landing new doctors means selling the community (09/26/07)
With the closest medical schools more than 100 miles away, area hospitals find they rely on selling the community as much as themselves when recruiting doctors and other health professionas. They hire national recruiting firms, send representatives to medical colleges in St. Louis, Memphis and beyond and enlist community members, including school officials and church leaders, to help land prospects...
Therapist joins Farmington clinic (09/26/07)
With the closest medical schools more than 100 miles away, area hospitals find they rely on selling the community as much as themselves when recruiting doctors and other health professionas. They hire national recruiting firms, send representatives to medical colleges in St. Louis, Memphis and beyond and enlist community members, including school officials and church leaders, to help land prospects...
Health Briefs (09/26/07)
Therapist joins Farmington clinic FARMINGTON, Mo. -- LORI COX has joined the physical therapy staff of ProRehab. She is a graduate of Maryville University and is McKenzie-trained with experience in pediatrics/neuro rehab, orthopedics and aquatics. Collins named employee of the month...
Hospitals not necessarily hot properties for development (09/26/07)
Cape Girardeau's two hospitals lie in contrasting settings. Much of the land around Southeast Missouri Hospital is residential property, quiet, well-kept neighborhoods of single-family homes. Saint Francis Medical Center, meanwhile, sits adjacent to a sizable commercial strip on the south and abuts open land on the west...
Development news (09/26/07)
Area on North Kingshighway being developed Anyone traveling on North Kingshighway going past Mount Auburn Road can't miss noticing that a lot of space is being prepared for development. The new building for Casa Mexicana, a restaurant owned by Paducah, Ky., entrepreneur Israel Delapaz, will be ready to open soon, said Gary Helwege, developer of the site just north of the intersection...
Names in the news (09/26/07)
Financial representative wins planning award D. Joseph McKeon, a financial representative for 27 years with Northwestern Mutual Financial Networks, received the 2007 Missouri Insurance and Financial Planner of the Year award at the annual convention of the Missouri Association of Insurance and Financial Planners in Columbia, Mo. ...
Business Briefs (09/26/07)
Program acts as early warning system A new program available in Southeast Missouri will combine business retention efforts and work force development, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson announced. The Early Warning Network will cooperate with the Workforce Investment Board to identify at-risk companies and marshal state and local resources to prevent business closings and layoffs. ...
Small investments in employee health yield dividends (09/26/07)
A healthy workforce is a bargain for business. A company that takes care of its employees and encourages employees to lead a healthy life can not only save money on its insurance costs, but will also benefit from a more productive workforce, say area business leaders...
Jack Greene: Navigating the health insurance market (09/26/07)
Business Today: The costs of health insurance have been increasing by 10 percent or more for the past several years. What are the prospects for that to continue, or will the increase be more moderate? Jack Greene: As far as foreseeing the future, I just don't know. ...
Residents offer ideas on MoDOT projects (09/26/07)
MoDOT's ears are open when it comes to the Ramsey Creek Bridge project, a proposed interchange south of Scott City and relieving traffic congestion on Interstate 55 in the Scott City area, agency officials say. Monday night the state transportation agency held the first of two public meetings this week to discuss its traffic study of the I-55 corridor from Fruitland to Scott City. Another will be held Thursday at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center...
Open secret: Health care fuels Cape Girardeau economy (09/26/07)
With a total payroll in excess of $170 million annually, Cape Girardeau's two hospitals spend more money on wages than entire sectors of the economy. Add the $84 million payrolls for doctors' offices and the picture becomes clear: health care is taking care of Cape Girardeau...
Jackson school board learns about digital video library (09/26/07)
Members of the Jackson board of education were schooled in technology at their meeting Tuesday night. Junior high librarian Mary Pensel showed members the programs accessible to teachers through the Web site United Streaming, now available to all Jackson teachers. Previously it was only available to secondary teachers...
One lane of old Route 74 to be closed for repairs (09/26/07)
Old Route 74 will be reduced to one lane for repairs today and Thursday, the Missouri Department of Transportation said Tuesday. The section of road slated for repairs is about a half-mile west of Kingshighway and the work area will be marked with signs...
Southeast Missouri towns plan fall festivals for next two weekends (09/26/07)
Southeast Missourians that didn't get their fill of carnival rides, fried food or mule jumping's at the SEMO District Fair or the East Perry County Fair will have three more opportunities the next two weekends. The Bollinger County Fall Festival and Heritage Days and the Commerce Floodfest are this weekend, and the Morley Fall Festival is October 4 through 6...
SEMO regents OK new insurance plan (09/26/07)
Employees will pay 100 percent of office visit costs and 100 percent of prescription costs up to their $500 deductible under a new medical insurance plan approved by the Southeast Missouri State University's Board of Regents Tuesday. This applies to the the university's regular plan. Changes to their catastrophic plan include the addition of preventive care coverage and the elimination of prescription drug co-pays; employees will pay up to the cost of the $1,500 deductible...
Breaking the cycle (09/26/07)
Twenty-five percent of children entering kindergarten in Cape Girardeau public schools do not have the basic skills needed to begin progressing educationally. Some can't differentiate between colors. Twenty percent of the students who enter Central High School as freshmen are failing to graduate. The same is true for more than 40 percent of black students there...
Two lawmakers and lobbyist charged in casino incident (09/26/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Two state lawmakers and a lobbyist were charged Tuesday with misdemeanor crimes of presenting a false identification at a Boonville casino. Cooper County prosecutor Doug Abele filed one criminal count each against Sen. Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis; Rep. Joe Aull, D-Marshall; and former Isle of Capri lobbyist Lynn Schlosser of Kansas City...
Prosecutor: No criminal negligence in baby's death (09/26/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The parents of a 7-month-old girl who was found dead in the heat of a parked car last month are not criminally negligent, a city prosecutor said Tuesday, although they demonstrated "questionable parenting and communication skills" that day...
Missouri utility regulators trim back proposed tree-trimming rule (09/26/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State utility regulators are trimming back a plan to mandate more extensive tree trimming by Missouri's public utilities, fearing consumers could have been hit with a costly rate increase. On July 17, St. Louis-based Ameren Corp., the state's largest electricity provider, announced a three-year, $1 billion program to improved service, calling the program "Project Power On." Projects would include a $135-million tree-trimming schedule, increased equipment inspections and a $300-million effort to put more electric service underground, according to Ameren spokesman Mike Cleary.. ...
Fast treatment of depression helps workers and employers, study finds (09/26/07)
CHICAGO -- Investing in depressed employees -- quickly getting them treatment and even offering telephone psychotherapy -- can cut absenteeism while improving workers' health, a study suggests. Many employers view mental health coverage as a financial black hole, but the study shows that spending money on depression is a smart business move, said researcher Dr. Philip Wang. Wang works for the National Institute of Mental Health, which funded the study...
National education assessment shows math test scores up (09/26/07)
WASHINGTON -- Elementary and middle schoolers posted solid gains in math and more modest improvements in reading in national test results released Tuesday. The test scores landed in the midst of a raging debate in Congress over renewal of President Bush's signature No Child Left Behind education law, and provided ammunition for those who want to see it extended with minimal changes...
Justices accept case against lethal injection (09/26/07)
By MARK SHERMAN The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to take a look at the method of lethal injection most states use to put inmates to death in a case that could further slow the pace of executions. The high court will hear a challenge early next year from two inmates on death row in Kentucky -- Ralph Baze and Thomas Clyde Bowling Jr. ...
Polygamist leader convicted of sex charges (09/26/07)
ST. GEORGE, Utah ­-- The leader of a polygamous Mormon splinter group was convicted Tuesday of being an accomplice to rape for forcing a 14-year-old girl to marry her 19-year-old cousin. Warren Jeffs, 51, could get life in prison after a trial that threw a spotlight on a renegade community along the Arizona-Utah line where as many as 10,000 of Jeffs' followers practice plural marriage and revere him as a mighty prophet with dominion over their salvation...
Equipment failure grounds flights around Memphis (09/26/07)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Communications equipment failed Tuesday at a regional air-traffic control center, shutting down all airline traffic within 250 miles of Memphis and causing a ripple effect across the country that grounded dozens of passenger and cargo flights...
Iran rejects U.N. demands to halt nuclear program (09/26/07)
UNITED NATIONS -- Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared Tuesday that Iran's disputed nuclear program is closed as a political issue and said Tehran will ignore a U.N. Security Council demand imposed by "arrogant powers" that it halt uranium enrichment...
Pool problem has area teams seeking new water (09/26/07)
Central swimming coach Dayna Powell said Tuesday that she has heard the motor and pump failure at Central Municipal Pool will not be fixed until mid-November, so she has decided to cancel the Cape Rock Invitational on Oct. 6. "At the moment I'm preparing an e-mail to get out to coaches," she said Tuesday evening. ...
Lucky to be on the sideline (09/26/07)
T.J. Walls insists he plans to play football again. That remains to be seen. But football aside, Walls has made a remarkable recovery from the scary injury he suffered during a Southeast Missouri State spring scrimmage. Walls was hit by a defender who was trying to break up a pass, and the freshman wide receiver tumbled onto his head and neck April 7 at Houck Stadium...
Slam-Fest returns for 16th edition (09/26/07)
Slam-Fest has changed dates, but organizers of the outdoor basketball tournament expect its popularity to remain as strong as ever. The 16th annual Slam-Fest will take place Saturday and Sunday at Indian Park in Cape Girardeau. "We really are looking forward to it," said Stafford Moore Jr., one of the tournament directors...
Brewers top Cards, close gap on Cubs (09/26/07)
MILWAUKEE -- Prince Fielder became the youngest major league player ever to hit 50 home runs in a season, connecting twice in the Milwaukee Brewers' 9-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. The win pulled the Brewers to within two games of the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs, who lost at Florida 4-2 on Tuesday night. With five games remaining for each team, the Cubs' magic number remained stuck at four...
Vick hit with additional dogfighting charges on state level (09/26/07)
The quarterback has already pleaded guilty to federal charges. SUSSEX, Va. -- Michael Vick, already looking at a federal prison term for bankrolling a dogfighting operation in rural Virginia, now faces two state charges that could get him more prison time if he's convicted...
The frame up (09/26/07)
Airports are all the same. Pretty much everyone is hanging around. It's a "hurry up and wait" environment. Get there two hours early to check in and clear security. Fifteen minutes later you're stuck at the gate. About 30 minutes before departure, there's a mad rush to the gate so that five minutes later you can sit on the plane and wait for everyone else to put their entirely too large bags in the overhead compartments...
National garden club plants cloned trees from presidential estates (09/26/07)
By BETSY TAYLOR The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- In an unusual nod to American history, a national gardening organization will plant a tree Friday cloned from President Teddy Roosevelt's Sagamore Hill home on Long Island. It will join an ash tree cloned from George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, with plans to add genetic replica trees from properties owned by Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln -- ultimately creating a tree tribute to the four presidents represented on Mount Rushmore in upcoming years.. ...
Spice up your social event with some new flavors (09/26/07)
I was recently given a new cookbook celebrating the Red Hat societies, "Red Hats, Purple Shoes and Pink Elephants: The Red Hatters Guide to Cocktails, Food and Fun." Of course, anyone can enjoy the recipes, and that is why I am passing them along to you today. The next time you have a church meeting in your home, a bridge group or some other type of meeting, many of these recipes will come in handy...
Shirley Garrett (09/26/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Shirley Ann Garrett, 65, of Chaffee, formerly of East Prairie, Mo., died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007. She was born April 2, 1942, in East Prairie, the daughter of John Shelby and Martha Ellen Northcutt Turner. She married Sammie E. Garrett on Oct. 28, 1994...
Douglas Massey (09/26/07)
Douglas Murray Massey, 67, of Vernal, Utah, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007. He was born Dec. 4, 1939, in Vernal, son of William Sewell and Sarah Murray Massey. He worked in the physical plant at Southeast Missouri State University and for several years prior, as a driver at the Golden Age Center. He was active as a community volunteer...
Howard Spicer (09/26/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Howard Samuel Spicer, 89, of Chaffee died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 21, 1918, in Birmingham, Mich., son of Howard William and Flossie Elizabeth Render Spicer. He and Marie Dirnberger Martin were married April 21, 1991. She died March 22, 2004...
Lisa Sexton (09/26/07)
Lisa Michelle Sexton, 43, of Red Oak, Mo., died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, at the home of her mother in Jasper, Mo. She was born June 9, 1964, in Oklahoma City, daughter of David L. and Betty J. Blankenship Dysinger. She and Sidney James Sexton were married April 23, 1983, at Miller, Mo...
Brainard Hope (09/26/07)
Jennings Brainard Hope, 99, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Sept. 14, 2007, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Oct. 27, 1908, at Pocahontas, son of Annas Cross and Myrtle Tant Hope. He and Dessie Davis were married in October 1935. She died Aug. 17, 1965...
Charles Cora (09/26/07)
Charles Junior Cora, 79, of Leachville, Ark., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, at his home. He was born in Cape Gir­ardeau, son of William Arthur and Mabel Skaggs Cora. Cora was a retired brick mason and member of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union Local 3 in California...
Lillian Sanders (09/26/07)
Lillian Sanders, 84, of Scott City died Monday, Sept. 24, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Gir­ardeau. She was born July 5, 1923, near McClure, Ill., daughter of Leo Kerley and Ida Virginia Miller. She was married to Joseph C. Sanders Feb. 4, 1949...
Cape police 9/26/07 (09/26/07)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Robert A. Salvatore, 49, 723 S. Pacific St., was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and assault on a law enforcement officer...
Out of the past 9/26/07 (09/26/07)
This year, the Wesley Foundation on the Southeast Missouri State University campus has a meeting house and a new student director; the Rev. Wally Shearburn was appointed in June to a newly created, full-time position for the Wesley Foundation house, 321 N. Ellis St...
Playing taps (09/26/07)
Twelve days after the Missouri National Guard announced it would no longer pay for buglers to play taps at military funerals, Gov. Matt Blunt stepped in and directed the Guard to use buglers when available. Taps is a tradition that is difficult to quantify with a price. Guard representatives said recent funding cuts forced the restriction on live buglers in favor of a ceremonial bugle outfitted with an electronic device that plays taps...
Speak Out 9/26/07 (09/26/07)
No merging needed; Back in business; On-time appointments; Questionable report; Diversionary tactic; Drug lure; Smoking equality; Felons with guns; Before the fact; Not socialism; Altenburg fair; Drinking laws; Computerized grades; School calendar; Out-of-touch wall
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