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Burfordville man charged in Sigma Chi fire (11/02/07)
Ryan Johnston, of Burfordville, was charged with second-degree arson and burglary in connection with a fire at an auxillary building belonging to the Sigma Chi fraternity. Bond was set at $100,000 surety. Johnston will later be transported to the Cape Girardeau County Jail...
Workshop suggests simple, green savings (11/02/07)
Just in time for the winter bills, a free Southeast Missouri State University workshop will offer money saving tips. Eric Redinger, assistant director of recreation services at Southeast Missouri State University, said the hour long workshop is aimed at "aimed at anyone interested in saving a buck or two or going green, especially with heating and how much gas costs now."...
Cape may alter rules for licenses (11/02/07)
Cape Girardeau's rules for licensing contracts and construction permits may get tougher. When the eight-member board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday it will review small but significant changes in who needs a license for construction work and how permits will be issued...
Men arraigned on dogfighting charges (11/02/07)
The three men accused of felony dogfighting were arraigned before Judge Joe Z. Satterfield on Thursday at the Stoddard County Courthouse. Jamie Sifford, 29, of Dudley, Mo., and Jessey Short, 30, of Cape Girardeau, will have a preliminary hearing Nov. 29...
19-year-old in custody after fire causes $50,000 in damage at frat building (11/02/07)
Police have a placed a suspect in custody in connection with a suspicious fire that burned an activity center for the Sigma Chi fraternity at Southeast Missouri State University early Friday morning. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to the building at 1134 N. Sprigg St. at 4:07 a.m. to find smoke billowing from the metal structure...
New downtown gallery makes its debut tonight (11/02/07)
Only a few weeks ago the building at 116 N. Main St., some prime downtown real estate, sat empty. Empty except for a huge pile of boards and other building materials lying in the middle of the floor. But a plan was already in the works to turn the space into a showcase for contemporary art produced by students at Southeast Missouri State University -- a plan formed by students Tim Vollink and Nathan Pierce over a barbecue dinner in August. ...
Cape Importers has First Friday reception (11/02/07)
Southeast Missourian Cape Importers, 16 N. Spanish St., will host a First Friday reception today until 8 p.m., featuring a special showing of new, unframed oil paintings. The paintings include floral, landscape and abstract. For more information, call Cape Importers at 339-1113...
Southeast Missouri counties declared disaster areas after summer drought (11/02/07)
Farmers in 25 of the 28 counties in the 8th Congressional District will be eligible for emergency loans because of severe drought, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson announced Thursday. In granting the disaster assistance request, the U.S. Department of Agriculture named 22 Missouri counties, including 20 in the 8th District, as primary disaster areas, and five additional counties were named as eligible for assistance because they are contiguous with the disaster area...
Getting into the groove of virtual learning (11/02/07)
Eric Nanney sometimes takes his book outside and completes his classwork laying on a trampoline. Other times he will cozy into a recliner to finish a math assignment. Twice a week he logs on to a computer to talk electronically to his teacher or other fifth-grade students...
Residents to testify on senior health at Sikeston hearing (11/02/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- An interim committee looking to find ways to improve the health of the state's senior citizens will make a stop in Sikeston next week to obtain testimony from area residents. The hearing will begin at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Sikeston Senior OAKS Center, 305 Cresap St...
City releases schedule for fall leaf pickup (11/02/07)
The city of Cape Girardeau has announced its annual fall leaf pickup plans, which start Nov. 13. State law bans leaves from landfills. Cape Girardeau residents are encouraged to mulch or compost leaves and yard waste if possible, those unable to do so have three other options for disposing of leaves:...
Air National Guard jet crashes in Dent County (11/02/07)
BOSS, Mo. (AP) -- A pilot was able to eject Friday before his F-15 Air National Guard jet crashed in rural south-central Missouri, authorities said. The man, whose name and rank were not immediately released, was flown to a St. Louis hospital. "He looks like he's in pretty good shape. He has some injuries, but nothing life threatening," said Jennifer Arvin, a spokeswoman for Barnes-Jewish Hospital...
Sen. Bond poised to endorse Giuliani (11/02/07)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Missouri Sen. Kit Bond plans to endorse former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for president, Bond's office said late Thurdsay. Bond, a four-term Republican, will make the announcement Friday morning at a Washington news conference with Giuliani...
Pilot killed after crashing plane in farm field in Northeast Missouri (11/02/07)
LA BELLE, Mo. (AP) -- A 71-year-old Missouri man is dead after crashing his single-engine airplane in a northeast Missouri farm field Thursday afternoon. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Stevens L. Walker of Newark crashed his Zodiac 601 XL Zenair plane around 4:35 p.m. in Lewis County near La Belle, about 25 miles west of Canton...
Mo. school districts to appeal funding lawsuit decision (11/02/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A group of more than 200 Missouri school districts isn't giving up on a lawsuit challenging the state's school funding system. The districts want the state's $2.7 billion school funding plan to be declared unconstitutional for failing to provide adequate or equitable support for public schools. A Cole County circuit judge rejected those claims in a ruling made final last month...
Justice wants government response to bail request from former Ill. governor (11/02/07)
CHICAGO -- George Ryan's hopes of staying out of prison got a boost Thursday when a U.S. Supreme Court justice asked the government to reply to the former governor's request for bail while he appeals his corruption conviction. "It's encouraging," said a plainly upbeat former governor James R. Thompson, Ryan's attorney, after receiving the news from Washington...
Gov. Matt Blunt says his office has no specific policy on deleting e-mails (11/02/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Gov. Matt Blunt said Thursday his office has no written policy dictating which internal e-mails are public records and which can be deleted. He rebutted charges from a former staff lawyer who said he was fired for warning Blunt officials they had violated his office's written policy...
Elvis is Alive Museum closing, contents auctioned on eBay (11/02/07)
WRIGHT CITY, Mo. -- If Elvis were here today, he might say "Thank you, thank you very much" for an odd Missouri outpost's 17 years of making the case that the King never died. But the burden of proof soon will fall on someone else's shoulders. Bill Beeny, the 81-year-old proprietor of The Elvis is Alive Museum, said he has placed his Elvis memorabilia on eBay in hopes someone else will take up the cause. ...
Mountain lion sightings reported (11/02/07)
NEW HAVEN, Mo. -- Mountain lions, once common in Missouri, have been mostly gone from the state for 80 years. But some Franklin County residents think they're making a comeback. The Washington Missourian newspaper has received four separate reports of sightings of a large predatory cat -- perhaps a mountain lion -- all in the same area of the eastern Missouri county...
Nixon donates 91 'Hannah Montana' tickets (11/02/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon has donated 91 tickets to a "Hannah Montana" concert to four charities after resolving claims that two ticket brokers sold tickets above face value. Nixon announced Wednesday that his office had resolved its legal issues with a pair of ticket brokers, Ticket Solutions of Overland Park and RazorGator of Los Angeles...
Hoover High of MTV fame not alone in world of big-business preps (11/02/07)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Scandal-plagued Hoover High School of MTV fame may be a poster child for prep football gone awry. But coast to coast, questions are cropping up about improper transfers and player recruitment as high school programs operate more like big-time college teams than hometown entertainment...
Survey shows inflation dragging on regional economy in October (11/02/07)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Economic growth slowed dramatically because of inflation in nine Midwestern and Plains states during October, according to a survey of supply managers and business leaders released Thursday. "Since June, we have been tracking slower growth. However, October's survey produced the first clear signal that the regional economy is dramatically slowing down," said Creighton University economics professor Ernie Goss...
Chrysler to cut up to 12,000 jobs (11/02/07)
DETROIT -- The ink barely dry on a new four-year labor contract, Chrysler LLC says it plans to cut up to 12,000 jobs and remove four models from its lineup. The move stunned workers and suggests the now-private Chrysler won't hesitate to cut production and jettison vehicles that aren't selling well...
AP poll: Most parents favor public schools providing birth control (11/02/07)
WASHINGTON -- People decisively favor letting their public schools provide birth control to students, but they also voice misgivings that divide them along generational, income and racial lines, a poll showed. Sixty-seven percent support giving contraceptives to students, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll. About as many -- 62 percent -- said they believe providing birth control reduces the number of teenage pregnancies...
Utah to vote on first U.S. school voucher program open to anyone (11/02/07)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah voters will decide Tuesday whether to adopt the country's first statewide school voucher program that would be open to anyone. The referendum could influence efforts elsewhere to use tax dollars for private school tuition. Utah's voucher law would grant $500 to $3,000, depending on family income, for each child sent to private school. ...
Bush: There may be no attorney general if Mukasey nomination fails (11/02/07)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush sought to save Michael Mukasey's troubled nomination for attorney general Thursday, defending the retired judge's refusal to say whether he considers waterboarding torture and warning of a leaderless Justice Department if Democrats do not confirm him...
Authorities searching for Nebraska teacher and student (11/02/07)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Authorities were searching Thursday for a 13-year-old boy and a female middle school teacher believed to be on the run after police began investigating an alleged intimate relationship between the pair. Kelsey Peterson, 25, a sixth-grade teacher and basketball coach at Lexington Middle School, was placed on administrative leave last week. A judge issued an arrest warrant Monday charging her with kidnapping, child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor...
Bystanders help out after cash spill (11/02/07)
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Money doesn't grow on trees, but it apparently does flutter like leaves in the wind. Three bystanders helped pick up $15,000 in dollar bills that flitted across a Long Island road after falling out of an armored car on Halloween, according to two volunteer police officers who helped at the scene...
Pilot of B-29 that dropped atomic bomb on Hiroshima dies at 92 (11/02/07)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Paul Tibbets, who etched his mother's name -- Enola Gay -- into history on the nose of the B-29 bomber he flew to drop the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, died Thursday after six decades of steadfastly defending the mission. He was 92...
U.S. Navy trying to remove pirates from ships off coast of Somalia (11/02/07)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- The U.S. Navy said Thursday it intended to remove pirates from a hijacked Japanese tanker monitored by American warships off the coast of Somalia. A crew member's sister said negotiations were underway for the release of the ship...
Venezuelan troops use tear gas and water cannons to break up protest of Chavez reforms (11/02/07)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Soldiers used tear gas, plastic bullets and water cannons to scatter tens of thousands of people who massed Thursday to protest constitutional reforms that would permit Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to run for re-election indefinitely...
Tropical Storm Noel drenches Bahamas, Cuba as death toll rises (11/02/07)
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Tropical Storm Noel drenched the Bahamas and Cuba on Thursday while rescue workers in the Dominican Republic headed out in boats and helicopters to reach dozens of communities isolated by floods and mudslides. The death toll in the Caribbean rose to 107...
Team to begin disabling North Korea nuclear reactor (11/02/07)
BEIJING -- A team of U.S. experts landed in the North Korean capital Thursday to start work on disabling the country's main nuclear complex. The process was expected to begin this week at a reactor that produces plutonium for bombs at the Yongbyon nuclear complex...
Central football closes season with 27-20 district win (11/02/07)
Senior running back Derek Walker rushed for more than 200 yards in his final game as the Tigers ended a disappointing football season with a 27-20 victory over Sikeston on senior night at Houck Stadium on Thursday. Central picked up its first district win and just its second victory of the season, concluding with a 2-8 record...
High school football capsules 11/2/07 (11/02/07)
Seckman (4-5) at Jackson (9-0) Last year's meeting: Jackson 23, Seckman 6. Notes: The Indians wrapped up a district title last week. Jackson's defense has been outstanding this season, holding opponents to 10.33 points per game. Matt Lang intercepted four passes to help the Indians to victory last week. ...
St. Vincent: Defense will decide its fate in Class 2 (11/02/07)
St. Vincent libero Sara Moll loves the feeling of diving to the ground to dig a volleyball that has just been smashed in her direction. "Oh gosh, it's an awesome feeling whenever a girl hits it as hard as she can and she expects it to go down and you pop it back up," Moll said. "You watch your shoulders and hope she hits it at you."...
Leopold: Depth, passing, fans lead charge in Class 1 (11/02/07)
When Leopold coach Sandy Davis watched the film of her team's sectional and state quarterfinal victories last Saturday, she realized something -- her hitters are hot. "We watched the tape and we watched where the blocks were going and they had no idea a lot of the time because our hitters were so effective," Davis said. "They're playing well. They're hitting the ball well."...
Southeast women dominate exhibition (11/02/07)
It was only an exhibition, but the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team picked up where it left off last season. Perennial NAIA power Auburn-Montgomery proved no match for the Redhawks, who rolled to a 63-41 victory Thursday night at the Show Me Center...
Newcomers help Southeast to exhibition victory (11/02/07)
Southeast Missouri State expects solid contributions from its newcomers this season. But with the Redhawks' top two returning players not seeing action in Thursday night's exhibition opener, the rookies had to shoulder even more of a load than anticipated...
St. Louis defeats Wild 3-2 on late goal (11/02/07)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jay McKee scored the winning goal in the third period and the St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Thursday night. Keith Tkachuk and Martin Rucinsky also scored for the Blues, who have yet to lose back-to-back games this season. Manny Legace stopped 23 shots for his sixth win in eight starts...
Dodgers sign Torre to three-year contract (11/02/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Joe Torre grew up in Brooklyn rooting against the Dodgers. Now, a half-century after they moved west, he's their manager. Torre was hired by Los Angeles to succeed Grady Little on Thursday, taking the job two weeks after walking away from the New York Yankees...
Major league baseball Class AAA Mudhens make offer to Rodriguez (11/02/07)
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Alex Rodriguez a Mud Hen? Spurred by an offhand remark from George Steinbrenner's son, the Class AAA Toledo Mud Hens want in on the A-Rod sweepstakes. The Mud Hens, the top affiliate for the Detroit Tigers, playfully offered the prize free agent a deal Thursday -- a contract proposal that includes a bonus for hitting 75 home runs next year and leading them to 10 straight International League titles...
Bulls say trade talk for Bryant has cooled (11/02/07)
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Kobe Bryant won't be joining the Chicago Bulls anytime soon. General manager John Paxson basically squashed the notion that the Los Angeles Lakers' superstar will wind up in Chicago, saying the teams were never on the verge of a deal and talks were over for now...
neXt: the next generation, covered now (11/02/07)
While most students sit in a classroom taking notes the last 45 minutes of the school day, the band is running -- in step of course -- around the practice field hitting drill marks. When the football team heads to the locker room, these students take to the field. The Cape Central Marching Tigers have performed their 2007 field show at every home game...
Science experiment: Cartesian Diver (11/02/07)
Here's an experiment that will keep the children busy while they learn a little science. The Cartesian Diver experiment teaches children about buoyancy. Ingredients n 1 glass medicine eyedropper n 2-liter bottle with cap n Water Instructions STEP 1: Fill the 2-liter bottle with water...
Monument ... to folly? (11/02/07)
If you wonder why we have a $62 million federal courthouse standing empty in Cape Girardeau while bureaucrats find new ways to manufacture red tape, you are eligible to be a charter member of my new club called TIRED, or ThisIsReallyEconomicallyDumb.gov.us...
Colbert files as Democrat in S.C., but Democrats say no (11/02/07)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Democrats squashed Stephen Colbert's fanciful White House bid Thursday. Colbert, who poses as a conservative talk-show host on the Comedy Central cable network, filed to get on the ballot as a Democratic candidate in his native South Carolina. His campaign paid a $2,500 filing fee just before the noon deadline, said state Democratic Party chairwoman Carol Fowler...
Wagoner honored at Grand Ole Opry service (11/02/07)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Country singer Porter Wagoner was remembered Thursday as a legend in music, but friends said he was also a man who knew God and was prepared to die. "I think this is a real sad day for everybody but Porter," said Dolly Parton, his former duet partner...
Carl Hopkins (11/02/07)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Carl David "Porky" Hopkins, 77, of Morley died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at Sikeston Convalescent Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born May 23, 1930, at Avert, Mo., son of Carl and Luella Curd Hopkins. He and Shirley Sanders were married Dec. 30, 1950...
Louie Moll (11/02/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Louie O. Moll, 82, of Perryville died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born Dec. 14, 1924, in Perry County, son of Sylvester and Ada Grass Moll. He and Virginia "Jean" Ochs were married May 20, 1948...
Patsy Stiff (11/02/07)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Patsy R. Stiff, 70, of Mounds died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 2, 1937, in Cairo, daughter of Lloyd and Minnie Fair Hafford. Stiff was a teller 30 years at First National Bank in Cairo, Ill. She was a member of First Christian Church in Cairo...
Charles Barfield (11/02/07)
PIEDMONT, Mo. -- Charles "Pete" Barfield, 79, of Piedmont died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, at his home. He was born May 10, 1928, at Piedmont. He and Judy Green were married Feb. 18, 1950, in Piggott, Ark. Barfield was a park ranger at Clearwater Lake 32 years, retiring in 1987. He was a charter member of Wayne Saddle Club...
Geneva Holland (11/02/07)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Geneva B. Holland, 86, of Cairo died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, at Daystar Care Center. She was born Jan. 9, 1921, in Cairo, daughter of Carl and Augusta Hailey Blackburn. She married John G. Holland, who died in 2004. Holland was a graduate of Cairo High School. She had been a bookkeeper with Edison Electric Co. She was a member of First Christian Church, Cairo Junior Women's Club and Cairo Historical Association...
Births 11/2/07 (11/02/07)
Wilson; Steffens
Cape/Jackson police report 11/2/07 (11/02/07)
Arrests; Thefts
Cape/Jackson fire report 11/2/07 (11/02/07)
n At 8:46 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of South Pacific Street. n At 9:55 p.m., emergency medical service in the 500 block of South Frederick Street. n At 1:47 a.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of North Main Street...
Out of the past 11/2/07 (11/02/07)
In a 5-2 vote last night, the Cape Girardeau gave final approval to an ordinance repealing the city's controversial abortion ordinance rather than face a court battle to defend it; the vote was much to the satisfaction of Dr. Bolivar M. Escobedo, director of the Cape Girardeau Gynecological Center, but clearly to the dismay of Thomas L. Meyer, spokesman for a local pro-life group...
Zonta's honorees (11/02/07)
The annual Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau honors luncheon has become one of the biggest events in town, raising $13,000 for community projects and bestowing awards on women who have distinguished themselves. This year's honorees, both the winners and the nominees, represent the best of what a community ought to be: caring, giving, generous, meaningful, productive and honorable...
Speak Out 11/2/07 (11/02/07)
No Christian threat; Rich or poor; Taking the pulse; Government housing; Airborne pollutants; Rent complaint; Making an impression
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