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Stories from Friday, October 26, 2007

Workers' comp costs squeeze Scott County budget (10/26/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- The Scott County government is looking for ways to cut workers' compensation insurance costs in the face of a coming budget crunch. Meanwhile, the county has been put on a "watch list" by its insurer, the Missouri Association of Counties, though MAC executive director Dick Burke said the county isn't in danger of losing its coverage any time soon...
Bollinger County woman, son falling through the cracks (10/26/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- June Werchow fell through the cracks and landed hard. What happened to June and her son, Freddie, is happening more and more to people who are living just a paycheck away from hard times. In a recent interview, June, 63, said she lost her job and in so doing, lost her health insurance. Freddie, 38, said he has a bad back from an injury and can no longer work...
Jackson native among evacuees (10/26/07)
Erica Haff lived for less than a month in her Spring Valley, Calif., apartment before leaving it Tuesday. The former Jackson resident was among those evacuated in response to advancing wildfires in Southern California...
Former Cape couple's California home saved (10/26/07)
Pat Heckert, who taught for 30 years in schools in Cape Girardeau, Scott City and Delta, moved to Southern California with her husband in 2002. It was a different world over on the West Coast, a vibrant place where the weather is a beautiful 72 degrees almost every day...
Blunt seeks prosecutors' help on illegal immigration (10/26/07)
Gov. Matt Blunt appealed to Missouri prosecutors this week for help in enforcing a state law regarding illegal immigration, though the local prosecutor says no such cases have been referred to his office during his term. The law Blunt would like to see enforced more rigorously, enacted in 1999, exempts any employer found to hire illegal aliens from state economic incentives, tax abatements and loans...
Cape pool hall's liquor license to be suspended (10/26/07)
The Billiard Center, a Cape Girardeau pool hall at 26 N. Main St., faces a 15-day suspension of its liquor license as a result of drug sales that resulted in the February arrest of four people, including the manager. The suspension takes effect Nov. 16 unless appealed by owner Loi Ha. While Ha hasn't decided whether to appeal, he considers the suspension a fair penalty, perhaps even lenient...
Southbound Interstate 55 overpass complete (10/26/07)
If the weather cooperates, the southbound overpass bridge of the new East Main Street/LaSalle Avenue interchange on Interstate 55 will open soon. Dumey Contracting has completed its construction work on that portion of the road. Dry weather will allow for roadway striping as early as today, with traffic being allowed to pass by late afternoon...
Career Fair draws all ages, displaced workers (10/26/07)
Vivian Reddick of Cape Girar-deau arrived at the sixth annual Southeast Missourian Career Fair on Thursday with an open mind. Her administrative assistant job in Procter & Gamble's finance and accounting department will end in February, she said...
Region briefs 10/26/07 (10/26/07)
Workers evacuated after fire at Dana Corp. Though the company is no longer in operation, a small fire broke out at Dana Corp. Thursday morning. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to the call at 9:46 a.m. Thursday, battalion chief Steve Niswonger said. ...
Lecturer says the world needs another agricultural revolution (10/26/07)
The chancellor emeritus of Washington University in St. Louis stressed the need for a fourth agricultural revolution, or an "evergreen revolution" where science and "sensible public policy" combine. Dr. William Danforth spoke Thursday on "The Miracles of Agricultural History" for the seventh annual Veryl L. Riddle Distinguished History Lecture. About 100 people attended the lecture in Dempster Hall at Southeast Missouri State University...
Obama to hold fundraiser in St. Louis (10/26/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama is scheduled to appear at a "low-dollar fundraiser" here Friday to help build momentum for his campaign in Missouri, an aide said. The senator from Illinois, lagging behind rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the polls, is scheduled to speak after 6 p.m. at Union Station...
Mo. jury recommends death for Lisa Montgomery (10/26/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A jury on Friday decided that a woman convicted of killing an expectant mother and cutting her baby from her womb should receive the death penalty. Jurors deliberated for more than five hours before recommending the sentence for Lisa Montgomery. Judge Gary Fenner will sentence Montgomery, but had told jurors that he was obligated to abide by their recommendation. A sentencing date has not been set...
Fleeing SUV causes wreck in St. Louis; 1 dead (10/26/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- One woman died and another was badly hurt after their sport utility vehicle was struck by an SUV that was fleeing from police. It happened Thursday night in St. Louis. The victim was identified Friday as Sadie Perkins, 71, of St. Louis. A 47-year-old woman was in critical condition, and a 73-year-old man was also hurt...
St. George mayor suspected of child porn (10/26/07)
ST. GEORGE, Mo. (AP) -- The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of St. George, already accused of possessing marijuana, is now facing an even more serious accusation: suspicion of possessing child pornography. Sixty-four-year-old Harold Goodman's latest arrest was announced Thursday night at a city hall meeting, drawing gasps from the large crowd...
Viral infection believed cause of convention illnesses in St. Louis (10/26/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis health officials believe a viral infection caused an outbreak of illnesses last month at a national conference of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. A MADD spokesman says that 127 conventioneers were stricken with the stomach and intestinal illness. At least 12 were treated at hospitals...
Mo. Highway Patrol testing device that detects meth (10/26/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Some Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers have been testing a device that can detect even microscopic traces of methamphetamine with the simple click of a button. The scanner, which still is in the developmental stage and hasn't been put on the market, is considered by some to be the future of crime-fighting technology. To others, it represents a potential affront to constitutional rights...
Ameren close to settlement over Taum Sauk damage (10/26/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Ameren Corp. is close to reaching a settlement with state officials that would end a civil lawsuit against the utility and repay damages associated with the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse, according to a court filing obtained by The Associated Press...
Second abortion lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood (10/26/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Planned Parenthood is seeking a double whammy against a new Missouri abortion regulation, asking a state court to rule on a law that already has been placed on hold by a federal judge. A law that was supposed to have taken effect Aug. 28 would classify more abortion providers as outpatient surgery centers, thus making them subject to state health department oversight...
Ryan could be on way to prison after appeals court denies hearing (10/26/07)
CHICAGO -- A federal appeals court turned down former governor George Ryan's plea for a fresh hearing in his corruption conviction Thursday, raising the possibility he could forced to go to prison within two weeks. In a dramatic 6-3 decision, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a claim by Ryan and co-defendant Larry Warner that chaotic jury deliberations had wrecked their chances of getting a fair trial...
New clues to why Parkinson's patients are so impulsive (10/26/07)
WASHINGTON -- Your brain is supposed to fire a "hold your horses" signal when faced with a tough choice. But a brain implant that stops the tremors of Parkinson's disease may block that signal -- a new explanation for why some Parkinson's patients become hugely impulsive...
Research shows some Neanderthals could have been fair red-heads (10/26/07)
WASHINGTON -- The image of Neanderthals may be in need of a makeover: scientists say at least some of these extinct hominids could have had fair skin and red hair. Researchers studying the DNA of Neanderthals found a mutation in two individuals that can affect skin and hair pigmentation, they reported in Thursday's online issue of the journal Science...
One-third in poll believe in ghosts, UFOs (10/26/07)
WASHINGTON -- It was bad enough when the TV and lights inexplicably flicked on at night, Misty Conrad says. When her daughter began talking to an unseen girl named Nicole and neighbors said children had been murdered in the house, it was time to move...
Four bodies found in migrant camp burned by wildfires (10/26/07)
SAN DIEGO -- Four charred bodies were found Thursday in an apparent migrant camp burned by one of the wildfires raging across Southern California, authorities said Thursday. If the fire was responsible for the deaths -- which authorities said was not immediately certain -- it would mean seven people have died in the flames that have consumed about 750 square miles since the weekend...
Air tankers, helicopters grounded asfires took hold (10/26/07)
LOS ANGELES -- As wildfires were charging across Southern California, nearly two dozen water-dropping helicopters and two massive cargo planes sat idly by, grounded by government rules and bureaucracy. How much the aircraft would have helped will never be known, but their inability to provide quick assistance raises troubling questions about California's preparations for a fire season that was widely expected to be among the worst on record...
Skelton pushes for oversight, military readiness (10/26/07)
WASHINGTON -- When Rep. Ike Skelton took over as head of the House Armed Services Committee this year, he pledged "oversight, oversight, oversight." He has kept that promise with an aggressive schedule so far, holding more than 90 hearings and reviving a key panel on defense oversight and investigations that Republicans had disbanded...
Iranian complaints grow despite regime's insistence sanctions don't hurt (10/26/07)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Despite the government's insistence that U.S. and U.N. sanctions aren't causing any pain, some leading Iranians have begun to say publicly that the pressure does hurt. And on Tehran's streets, people are increasingly worried over the economic pinch...
Jackson edges Saxony Lutheran 2-1 (10/26/07)
Jackson opened a two-goal lead in the second half and held on for the 2-1 victory against Saxony Lutheran in boys soccer action Thursday. The Indians led 1-0 at halftime and pushed the lead to 2-0 before Max Wieser scored with about three minutes left in the game. Andrew Etzold assisted on the Crusaders' goal...
Glance at tonight's area prep football 10/24/07 (10/26/07)
Scott City (5-3) at Crystal City (7-1) Last year's meeting: Crystal City 38, Scott City 0. Notes: Crystal City features a two-headed running attack, let by Demetrius Terry. He's rushed for 1,498 yards this season and averages over 8 yards per carry. ...
Carlyle: Scott City's battering Ram (10/26/07)
Whether it's on the football field or baseball diamond, Cody Carlyle seeks contact on every play. The most amazing part of the way he throws his body around with reckless abandon is that he's a mere 5 foot 10 and 190 pounds. "I guess I just like pain," Carlyle, a Scott City senior, said. "I don't know."...
St. Vincent captures district title (10/26/07)
GREENVILLE, Mo. -- With elimination and the end of her high school volleyball career staring her in the face, St. Vincent senior hitter Kayla Cissell hammered a kill that nicked the opposite sideline to keep her team alive. After that, Sarah DeWilde had kills on the next two points to win the second game and propel the Indians to a 20-25, 27-25, 25-15 victory against Arcadia Valley in the championship match of the Class 2 District 3 tournament...
Eagle Ridge's Galemmo adjusts to Missouri, boys soccer (10/26/07)
Eagle Ridge sophomore soccer player Stephen Cohen decided to say hello to Mary-Kate Galemmo, the new girl in town who had just moved from Ohio, during the first week of school. Little did he know what would come from a simple greeting. "I didn't really know her," Cohen said. ...
Southeast soccer eyes big weekend (10/26/07)
The Ohio Valley Conference regular-season soccer title and host site for the OVC tournament is expected to be decided in Cape Girardeau on Sunday. But first Southeast Missouri State has to take care of business tonight. The Redhawks and Samford appear headed on a collision course when Southeast hosts the Bulldogs at 2 p.m. Sunday in its regular-season finale...
Blue Jackets notch 3-0 victory over Blues (10/26/07)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Rick Nash scored a goal in his fifth straight game on a shot between his legs, and Pascal Leclaire stopped 36 shots to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. Jared Boll had a goal, and Nash also assisted on Jiri Novotny's awarded goal. Novotny was skating in on an empty net late in the game when he was hooked from behind by Eric Brewer, the officials awarding the goal to Novotny -- his fourth goal in five games...
Red Sox scale Rockies again (10/26/07)
Boston won 2-1 on Thursday to charge out to a 2-0 lead in the World Series. By MIKE FITZPATRICK The Associated Press BOSTON -- First a blowout, then a nail-biter. October ace Curt Schilling and Boston's stingy bullpen figured out another way to stop Colorado...
Answers to horror movie questionnaire (10/26/07)
1. C 2. C 3. B 4. A 5. B
Next (10/26/07)
Are you scared or in love? Sometimes your body may not know. Whether you're in a dark theater for a scary movie or wandering down a dark hallway in a haunted house, there's a possibility your body can confuse those feelings of terror with feelings of attraction for your date...
Highest grossing horror films (10/26/07)
2. The Exorcist 3. The Sixth Sense 4. The Mummy Returns 6. The Amityville Horror 8. The Mummy 9. What Lies Beneath 10. The Omen...
Self-identified single nerds find love in geeky places (10/26/07)
CHICAGO -- The nerds of the world have finally met their match: each other. Thanks to nerd-themed dating Web sites, museum parties, steamily intellectual lectures, meetups at comic book conventions and yes, even a matchmaking company called Nerds at Heart, self-identified nerds are finding that smart is the new sexy...
Learning briefs 10/26/07 (10/26/07)
SCHOLARSHIPS n Katie Lakner of Jackson was selected as a Truman Leadership Scholar. Lakner is a graduate of Notre Dame Regional High School and is the daughter of Dennis and Janet Lakner. n Brent Menz of Delta has been awarded the the Gary and Laurine Roach Scholarship, the Betsy Ross Scholarship and the Niels W. "Doc" Robinson Rodeo Scholarship for the 2007-2008 school year to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is the son of Marty Menz and Jerri Lynn Menz...
Lots of Lincoln (10/26/07)
Springfield -- the one in Illinois -- has long been on our list of places to visit, but my wife and I always found excuses to go other places. Until last weekend, that is. It has been our custom for several years to plan a long weekend away from home when the cool weather of autumn arrives. ...
Review: Spears' new album is her best (10/26/07)
Just when it seemed safe to write off Britney Spears as a punch line only capable of entertaining people through tabloid escapades, she goes and gets all musically relevant on us. "Blackout," her first studio album in four years, is not only a good album, it's her best work ever -- a triumph, with not a bad song to be found on the 12 tracks...
Geneva Harvell (10/26/07)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Geneva "Geb" Harvell, 82, of Tamms died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. Crain Funeral Home in Tamms is in charge of arrangements.
Donna Birk (10/26/07)
Donna Jean Birk, 49, of Jackson died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, at Madison Medical Center in Fredericktown, Mo. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Sherry Keith (10/26/07)
Sherry S. Keith, 52, of Flower Mound, Texas, formerly of Jackson, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, at her home. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Gerald Lamb (10/26/07)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Gerald Lamb, 72, of Tamms died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Crain Funeral Home in Tamms is in charge of arrangements.
Jack Milliano (10/26/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Jack A. Milliano, 72, of Cuba, Mo., died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, at his home. He was born Oct. 14, 1935, in Perryville, son of Rawliegh and Alma Cissell Milliano. He and Mary E. Gerber were married Dec. 6, 1958, at Perryville. Milliano served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1961. He was a tool and die maker with Gerber Tool, and retired as a tool and die designer from Bachman in St. Louis...
Viola Snider (10/26/07)
Viola O. Snider, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 7, 1924, in Kelso, Mo., daughter of Solomon J. and Alma Compas Hahn. She and James R. Snider were married July 3, 1945, in Cape Girardeau. He died Nov. 8, 1997...
Births 10/26/07 (10/26/07)
Jones; Sanders; Jansen; Pobst
Cape fire report 10/26/07 (10/26/07)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: n At 6:53 p.m., emergency medical service in the 3000 block for Boutin Drive. n At 8:19 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of Linden Street. Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Cape/Jackson police report 10/26/07 (10/26/07)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Misty R. McIntyre, 22, of St. Louis was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for contempt of court, for miscellaneous traffic violations...
Out of the past 10/26/07 (10/26/07)
Broadway, a portion of which has been one-way for the past six years, could once again accommodate two-way traffic by the end of the year, thanks to action taken by the Cape Girardeau City Council last night; the council unanimously approved a motion to re-establish two-way traffic on Broadway between Pacific and Lorimier streets...
Honoring the artists (10/26/07)
Over the years, countless individuals have, in one way or another, made significant contributions to the local arts. Each year, the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri honors two of those individuals, and the winners this year of the Otto F. Dingeldein Award and the Jeff Maguire Award are most deserving. The awards will be presented at a reception tonight at Southeast Missouri University's River Campus for the visual and performing arts before a performance of the musical "Big River."...
Speak Out 10/26/07 (10/26/07)
School boundaries; Great flu shot; No real increase; End to cooperation; No-win situation; Lesson plans; Move On DoT org; If you don't approve; Concert nudity; Incredible honor; Rule inequity; Not accountable; No advance warning; Ministry research
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