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Pharmacists get respite from new prescription pad rules (09/29/07)
Pharmacists and doctors will likely get a six-month respite from new rules requiring all Medicaid prescriptions to be written on tamper-proof paper. Some area pharmacists were ready for the change -- set to take effect Oct. 1 -- while others were not. Many said the biggest headache in the new program was the lack of adequate notice from federal officials of the change and delays in producing prescription pads that met the new specifications...
Cape city council to take Vision 2020 in new direction (09/29/07)
On Monday, Cape Girardeau's City Council will take the first step in restructuring Vision 2020. "Vision 2020 was originally formed to help implement the strategic plan for the city," said Connie Hanner, Vision 2020's chairwoman. "Once those objectives were met, it became a monitoring board."...
Hundreds to take part in service blitz (09/29/07)
More than 900 volunteers clad in yellow T-shirts will converge at 7:15 a.m. today to take part in almost 80 different volunteer projects around the Cape Girardeau area. The outreach project, organized by Rick Warren of La Croix Church, is known as "40 Days of Community." Members of the church have been preparing for the event for about two months, and have enlisted the help of other area churches and individuals interested in lending a hand...
Man in custody after firing gun on North Fountain Street (09/29/07)
Southeast Missourian Cape Girardeau police took a man into custody Friday afternoon after he fired a gunshot on North Fountain Street. Officers were still working on the investigation and were not ready to release the name of the suspect, police spokesman Cpl. Ike Hammonds said...
Mo. students show gains in math scores on NAEP test; reading scores stagnant (09/29/07)
Missouri students posted gains in math but remained stagnant in reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests. The same test is administered to fourth- and eighth-graders across the nation, allowing educators to see how Missouri students stack up against other states. For both subjects and both grades Missouri students are almost exactly at the national average...
Briefly (09/29/07)
Parenting classes begin Tuesday in Jackson Parenting classes will begin Tuesday at North Elementary in Jackson. The four-week class will run from 5 to 7 p.m. and is open to all parents in the district. The first session will be on family strengths and the last on nutrition. Parents can choose the topic for the middle two sessions. Classes will be led by the social work department...
Barlow ordered to stand trial for murder (09/29/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- After a daylong preliminary hearing, Associate Circuit Judge Scott Thomsen on Friday ordered Lisa Barlow to stand trial for the July 27 slaying of Michael Strong. Prosecutor Stephen Gray presented more than a dozen witnesses as he built his case to show probable cause that Barlow had committed the crime. Barlow is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action...
Giant meteorite found in Kan. to be sold at auction (09/29/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 1,410-pound meteorite, wrenched two years ago from a wheat field near Greensburg, Kan., will be up for auction next month, with an estimated price that's out of this world. The so-called Brenham meteorite, prized as the largest of its kind, is one of two centerpiece attractions at a meteorite sale scheduled for Oct. 28 at the Bonhams auction house in New York...
Garden helps offenders pay back community (09/29/07)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- George Williams and James Burton Jr. had farmed in their youth, while Ricky Hollywood and Hans Goeth barely knew a cucumber from a tomato. But together, they and other inmates produced tens of thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables this summer at a six-acre garden in a state prison complex here -- all of it donated to the Bootheel Food Bank in Sikeston, Mo., serving some of the poorest counties in the state...
Brain-eating amoebas blamed for six deaths (09/29/07)
PHOENIX -- It sounds like science fiction but it's true: A killer amoeba living in lakes enters the body through the nose and attacks the brain, where it feeds until you die. Even though encounters with the microscopic bug are extraordinarily rare, it's killed six boys and young men this year. The spike in cases has health officials concerned, and they are predicting more cases in the future...
Stranger posts bond to allow teen in 'Jena 6' case to leave police custody (09/29/07)
NEW ORLEANS -- When a 17-year-old at the center of a civil rights controversy in a small Louisiana town left jail, he had a stranger to thank. Dr. Stephen Ayers, who lives about 135 miles away, said he felt compelled to help the family of Mychal Bell by posting the teen's bond and allowing him to go home for the first time in 10 months...
Taxpayers spent at least $28 million to protect judge (09/29/07)
WASHINGTON -- Protecting former federal judge Michael Mukasey cost taxpayers an estimated $28 million over more than seven years -- or $10,000 a day -- even as Justice Department agencies argued about how much of a threat he faced. Now nominated to become the nation's 81st attorney general, Mukasey was given U.S. ...
O.J. Simpson case exposes shady side of memorabilia collecting (09/29/07)
Think of sports memorabilia, and those baseball cards from childhood immediately spring to mind. It's simple, nostalgic, a way to hold on to a much simpler time. Then O.J. Simpson got involved. Simpson's arrest almost two weeks ago in an armed holdup of sports memorabilia collectors was a reminder of just how big a business collecting is. And like every business, memorabilia collecting has its shady characters...
Girl seen being assaulted on tape is found safe, Nev.authorities say (09/29/07)
LAS VEGAS -- A young girl who was seen being sexually assaulted in a homemade videotape has been found and is safe with relatives and sheriff's officials, an investigator said Friday. "We found the victim. She's safe," Nye County sheriff's Detective David Boruchowitz said...
Iran gets reprieve from new nuclear sanctions (09/29/07)
NEW YORK -- In a setback for the United States, Iran won a two-month reprieve from new U.N. sanctions over its nuclear program on Friday. The Bush administration and its European allies ceded to Russian and Chinese demands to give Tehran more time to address international concerns...
Gunman in custody after shots fired at Northern California high school (09/29/07)
OROVILLE, Calif. -- A student gunman held a high school drama class hostage Friday, firing shots and holding three of the students for more than an hour before surrendering, authorities said. No one was hurt. Police would not say what the 17-year-old's motive was, but several students said he was distraught over a breakup with his girlfriend...
Lorenzo batters Mexico's Gulf coastline, kills three (09/29/07)
SAN RAFAEL, Mexico -- Hurricane Lorenzo hit Mexico's central Gulf coast Friday, flinging roofs and billboards through the air and causing a landslide that claimed three lives. The storm brought steady rain to much of central Mexico. In Puebla state, a saturated hillside collapsed, killing a woman and two children...
Iraqi prime minister pans proposal to split Iraq (09/29/07)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's prime minister said Friday that a U.S. Senate proposal to split the country into regions according to religious or ethnic divisions would be a "catastrophe." The Kurds in three northern Iraqi provinces are running a virtually independent country within Iraq, while nominally maintaining relations with Baghdad. They support a formal division. But both Sunni and Shiite Muslims have reacted with extreme opposition to the U.S. Senate proposal...
ND soccer suffers loss to Lafayette (09/29/07)
Lafayette scored just before halftime and held on to knock off Notre Dame 2-1 in boys soccer action Friday. Lafayette is ranked sixth in the state. "They're a very good team," Notre Dame coach Brad Wittenborn said. "I feel like we had the better of the plays, but they had the better of the scoring."...
Rams finally give Devils their due (09/29/07)
CHAFFEE -- Streak over. Adam Horton wasn't alive when it started, but he played a big role in ending it. Horton and Dylan McAlister tripped up Scott City's Cody Carlyle short of the goal line on a 2-point attempt and Chaffee held on for the 21-19 victory Friday night. The victory ended the Rams' 21-game winning streak against the Red Devils...
Potosi thwarts Perryville's comeback (09/29/07)
PERRYVILLE -- When Perryville tailback Kris Cottner dashed down the sidelines for a 72-yard touchdown run with a little more than 7 minutes remaining in Friday night's contest against Potosi, he instilled some hope into the Pirates. After trailing by as many as 15 points in the second half, they had closed within 22-20. But the Pirates still needed to convert a 2-point try...
Redhawks soccer team opens OVC with victory (09/29/07)
The Southeast Missouri State soccer team opened its Ohio Valley Conference schedule with a road victory Friday night. Casey Kraft scored on a penalty kick with less than 3 minutes left to lift the Redhawks past Morehead State 3-2. Southeast, the defending OVC tournament champion, improved to 4-2-1 overall. Morehead is 1-6...
Redhawks suffer home sweep to Eagles (09/29/07)
There wasn't that much separating Southeast Missouri State and Morehead State on Friday night. But the Eagles came up big in the most important situations to sweep the Redhawks and remain atop the Ohio Valley Conference standings. The Eagles won 30-27, 30-26, 30-24 at Houck Field House as they improved to 11-5 overall and 5-0 in OVC play. Southeast is 7-9 and 3-3...
Defending conference champ pays visit today (09/29/07)
Southeast Missouri State opened its Ohio Valley Conference schedule against a squad expected to finish toward the bottom of the 10-team league. Tonight, the Redhawks get a crack at the OVC preseason favorite. One week after Southeast dropped its OVC opener at Samford, the Redhawks welcome two-time defending champion Eastern Illinois to Houck Stadium...
The first fifty: Area church celebrates golden anniversary (09/29/07)
Fifty years ago Oct. 6, 104 Lutheran adults and 73 children gathered around a flatbed trailer at Kingshighway and Cape Rock Drive, in what was then the outskirts of Cape Girardeau, and held a church service. A makeshift pulpit and altar were on the flatbed, along with the choir. The congregation sat on benches facing the trailer...
Keeping God in focus (09/29/07)
Our focus is a reflection of our priorities. Whether your focus is on raising children, building a successful career or deciding whether you should retire, where you focus your attention and energy reflects your priorities. Focus gets lost when our priorities are compromised. Focus is a small word that can determine or destroy the future...
What's your gift for success? (09/29/07)
Do you feel you have nothing to offer? Like you've been rejected so many times that you've lost count? Allow me to share a story of a little boy, Teddy, who experienced an unbelievable amount of failure yet refused to give up his desire. School was difficult for Teddy. ...
Church briefs 9-29 (09/29/07)
Briefly Teen Challenge choir New Creations to sing The New Creations, a men's choir from Teen Challenge International of Mid-America, will be featured at 6 p.m. Sunday at Cornerstone Assembly of God Church, 922 Koch Ave., Cape Girardeau. The concert will have contemporary and traditional gospel music interspersed with testimonials of how the men found their way out of drug abuse and other life-controlling problems. ...
Stanley Hagan (09/29/07)
KELSO, Mo. -- Stanley Frank Hagan, 45, of Kelso died Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 17, 1962, in Cape Girardeau, son of Franklin Delano and Patricia Ruth Geiser Caldwell. He married Linda Brunke Wessel...
Ronald Anthony (09/29/07)
Ronald Ross Anthony, 57, of O'Fallon, Mo., died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, at John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born Jan. 27, 1950, in Cape Girardeau, son of Virgil L. and Mary Bernice Anthony. Anthony was a salesman with Philip Morris in St. Louis...
Dr. Robert Cox (09/29/07)
Dr. Robert Lee Cox Sr., 76, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Oct. 26, 1930, in Harrisburg, Ark., son of Joseph William and Winifred Howard Cox. He and Betty L. Scott were married June 3, 1956, in Mound City, Kan...
Charline Bermel (09/29/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Charline Marie Bermel, 78, of Randolph, Neb., died Friday, Aug. 17, 2007, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Randolph. She was born June 24, 1929, in Kansas City, Mo., daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Hess Seyer. She and Fred Arnold Spader were married Jan. 19, 1957, at Kelso, Mo. He died Jan. 11, 1968. She later married Arthur J. Bermel Sr. Aug. 17, 1970, in Randolph...
Leon Davis (09/29/07)
ORAN, Mo. -- Roy Leon Davis, 72, of Vicksburg, Miss., died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, at Promise Hospital of Vicksburg. He was born June 30, 1935, in Osceola, Ark., son of Dick and Mary Buell Davis. Davis was a brick mason and owned and operated a lawn care service many years...
Births 9/29/07 (09/29/07)
Mueller; Huff; Douglas; Hill; Grojean; Neumann; Hupp; Burnett; Burlison; Brink; Carlson; Hoke
Fire report 9/29/07 (09/29/07)
n At 6:28 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of Terry Lane. n At 10:26 p.m., an alarm sounding at 611 S. West End Blvd. n At 12:57 a.m., emergency medical service at 1000 Towers Circle. n At 4:07 a.m., an alarm sounding at 3049 William St...
Police report 9/29/07 (09/29/07)
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Out of the past 9/29/07 (09/29/07)
Circuit Judge A.J. Seier of Cape Girardeau, one of the original members of the board of the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority, will resign from the board as the result of a recent opinion issued by the Commission on Retirement, Removal and Discipline of Judges...
Civics quiz: Test your self-esteem (09/29/07)
By Bill Springer Recently the well-known Reaganesque-haired columnist Cal Thomas wrote about the lack of knowledge of college freshmen after taking a nationwide civics exam. The best of a plethora of schools was a D-minus. I tested a group of 29 college freshmen, and the average score was a 49 percent...
Alarming trend (09/29/07)
By Stephen Wallace The early morning car crash on Union Bridge Street in Duxbury, Mass., left a late-model station wagon wrapped around a tree and sent three teens, two critically injured, to area hospitals. One would die soon thereafter -- a grim, and eerily poignant, reminder that fall is not all about reading, writing, and arithmetic. There's a fourth "R" that's just as important: road safety...
Lack of flood control is not acceptable (09/29/07)
By Jo Ann Emerson On Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called the St. John's Bayou-New Madrid Floodway Project "an ill-conceived project that cannot be justified either economically or environmentally," but discussed neither how the federal effort to close Missouri's only remaining gap in Mississippi River flood protection was conceived nor how it is justified...
Serving the city (09/29/07)
Much is going on at Cape Girardeau City Hall these days. The city's appointed park board members and the city's elected city council members are trying to come up with a tax proposal that will address concerns associated with Cape Girardeau's park system and its storm-water problems...
Speak Out 9/29/07 (09/29/07)
Revenue idea; Hats off to band; Bursting bubble; An easy out; Appears healthy; Cigarette litter; Educated dogs; Tolerating addiction; Public ban
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