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Stories from Saturday, November 3, 2007

Survey aims to redefine Cape's downtown (11/03/07)
Next week, 3,000 Cape Gir?ardeau residents will get an important piece of mail, according to Marla Mills, executive director of Old Town Cape. It is a simple survey about downtown Cape Girardeau. "We see, time and again, the importance of having community input in the way we plan our direction and move forward," Mills said. "It has been very successful in the past."...
River Campus director seeking additional dates for 'Catechism,' Twain show (11/03/07)
Robert Cerchio, assistant director of the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, announced Friday morning that the River Campus is seeking to provide additional performances of "Late Nite Catechism" and Hal Holbrook in "Mark Twain Tonight!" as part of the touring series at Bedell Performance Hall...
Suspect says pants caused fire (11/03/07)
The man arrested over a fire at a fraternity building told police he tried to burn the cuffs off his pants because he kept tripping over them. Ryan M. Johnston, 19, of Burfordville was charged Friday with arson and second-degree burglary. He is being held at the Cape Girardeau County Jail on $100,000 bond...
Mo. House Dems announce plan for providing health insurance (11/03/07)
Declaring that Missouri must craft a plan to provide affordable health insurance to every resident, Democratic leaders of the state House of Representatives outlined a plan Friday they said will help achieve that goal. The first step, the Democrats said at a news conference in Scott City, is to reinstate coverage for 180,000 Missourians cut from the Medicaid program in 2005. ...
Tropical Storm Noel strands local couple in the Bahamas (11/03/07)
On Thursday, Tropical Storm Noel became the deadliest storm of the Atlantic region this year. The storm drenched Cuba, and a record 15 inches of rain was brought to the Bahamas. The storm also stranded a Sikeston, Mo., couple at their vacation destination...
First Friday Coffee held at River Campus (11/03/07)
John Mehner has dropped part of his pitch to the businesses and professionals he's trying to recruit to Cape Girardeau. Mehner, president of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, said his sales talk once downplayed the distances area residents had to drive to see top-notch shows. Instead, he said, he would talk about how convenient Cape Girardeau is for a visit to St. Louis or Memphis...
Missouri Research Corp. awarded grants (11/03/07)
Two grants totaling $137,500 awarded to the Missouri Research Corp. will be used to train leaders in small communities and expand technical assistance to rural areas. Money for both grants comes from USDA Rural Development, announced at a USDA news conference Friday at Southeast Missouri State University. ...
2 sides of Tasers (11/03/07)
The Taser has become a popular weapon among law enforcement within the last decade. While concerns linger among doctors and civil rights groups about the health risks of the device, law enforcement agencies say Taser weapons have reduced injuries. A Taser shock, if it occurs at the right moment during a heartbeat, could cause cardiac arrhythmia, said cardiologist Dr. Bryan Beck of Cape Girardeau...
Briefly (11/03/07)
Story-Thon to be held at Rose Theatre lobby Phi Kappa Phi's Born to Read project and University Studies First Year Experience classes at Southeast Missouri State University are hosting a Story-Thon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Rose Theatre lobby at the university. More than 85 story readers will share their favorite children's stories for ages 5 to 8. All ages are welcome. At 2 p.m. Jim Riley will read from his new, soon-to-be released children's book "Dog Town." Admission is free...
Environmentalists target Taum Sauk rebuilding plan (11/03/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The proposed restoration of the Taum Sauk reservoir after its December 2005 collapse could be delayed over environmental concerns and a likely lawsuit against the project. Federal regulators in August gave Ameren Corp. the necessary approval to begin rebuilding the mountaintop reservoir in Southeast Missouri. ...
School districts to appeal funding lawsuit decision (11/03/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- 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...
Bond endorses Giuliani for president (11/03/07)
WASHINGTON -- Playing down their political differences, Missouri Sen. Kit Bond said Friday that Rudy Giuliani has the vision and leadership needed to become the nation's next president. Bond formally endorsed the former New York City mayor at a Washington news conference where he praised Giuliani's experience and vouched for his conservative credentials...
Chrysler to end second shift at Fenton plant next year (11/03/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Chrysler will eliminate the second shift at its minivan plant in suburban St. Louis effective New Year's Day, with about 1,000 workers losing their jobs, a company spokeswoman said Friday. The move comes earlier than some workers expected. But Chrysler spokeswoman Michele Tinson said the company has said all along the cut would happen in the first quarter of 2008. Workers were informed in a letter giving 60 days' notice, sent Thursday...
Air National Guard jet crashes in rural south-central Mo. (11/03/07)
BOSS, Mo. -- 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. Barnes-Jewish Hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Arvin said the pilot was in serious condition Friday afternoon and would probably have to stay at the hospital overnight...
Nuclear plant worker with bomb stopped (11/03/07)
WINTERSBURG, Ariz. -- Security officials at the nation's largest nuclear power plant detained a contract worker with a small pipe bomb in the back of his pickup truck Friday, and investigators were searching his apartment, authorities said. It didn't appear to be an act of terrorism, authorities said, but they were still trying to determine why the device was in the truck...
Senate Democrats boost prospects for A.G. nominee (11/03/07)
WASHINGTON -- Sens. Charles Schumer and Dianne Feinstein say they will vote for attorney general-nominee Michael Mukasey, which likely gives him enough support to pass the Senate Judiciary Committee. Their decision came shortly after the chairman of the committee, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced he would vote against Mukasey, a former federal judge...
FBI told in advance of Simpson's plan to retrieve memorabilia (11/03/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Federal agents learned three weeks in advance that O.J. Simpson and a memorabilia dealer planned an operation to retrieve personal items Simpson said were stolen from him, according to FBI reports obtained Friday. Dealer Thomas Riccio said he reported to the FBI a collector who claimed to have belongings taken from Simpson...
Standard time returns Sunday (11/03/07)
WASHINGTON -- Most Americans get a bonus this weekend: an extra hour to sleep. Standard time returns at 2 a.m. Sunday, meaning clocks should be set back an hour. The change occurs a week later, starting this year, because of a change in the law. Most people change their clocks before going to bed Saturday night. Some, of course, will forget. They'll be the ones at church or other activities an hour early Sunday...
Leaders target teacher sexual misconduct after investigation (11/03/07)
The state government would open its now-secret books on teacher sexual misconduct in Maine. Missouri school districts would be barred from backroom deals that let misbehaving teachers quietly move on. New York would be able to swiftly remove convicted teachers' licenses...
Indiana man accused of transporting venomous baby snakes on a bus (11/03/07)
MUNCIE, Ind. -- This time, the snakes weren't on a plane -- they were on a bus. A 21-year-old man who police say picked up a package of venomous baby timber rattlesnakes at the post office and took it home on a city bus is now facing charges. Dustin A. Draper of Muncie faces preliminary charges of possession of an endangered species and transportation of a dangerous reptile without a permit. He was in jail Friday on $3,500 bond...
Study: Time change increases pedestrian deaths (11/03/07)
WASHINGTON -- After clocks are turned back this weekend, pedestrians walking during the evening rush hour are nearly three times more likely to be struck and killed by cars than before the time change, two scientists calculate. Ending daylight saving time translates into about 37 more U.S. pedestrian deaths around 6 p.m. in November compared to October, the researchers report...
Storm drenches Haiti, delays damage assessment (11/03/07)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti --U.N. helicopters were waiting out driving rain that lashed Haiti on Friday before they could assess flood damage from Tropical Storm Noel, now a hurricane, which killed at least 48 and left thousands homeless. The new showers from Noel's outer bands raised fears of further deaths in a country prone to catastrophic flooding. ...
Turkey presses U.S. for action against Kurdish rebels (11/03/07)
ANKARA, Turkey -- Faced with the prospect of another front opening in the already difficult Iraq war, the United States struggled Friday to persuade Turkey not to send its army across the Iraqi border to attack guerrillas who use the remote terrain to launch strikes inside Turkey...
Leopold fails to close door, will play for third (11/03/07)
WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Leopold senior Desiree Arnzen was not making any excuses after the Wildcats served for game point four times against Osceola, but came away empty each time in the Class 1 round-robin semifinals. Ahead 24-20, Leopold ended up losing 26-24...
Jackson finishes regular season undefeated (11/03/07)
JACKSON -- Seckman barely allowed Jackson to fine-tune its offense Friday in preparation for the Class 5 state quarterfinals. That's because the Indians kept hitting big scoring plays. Jackson possessed the ball for 5 minutes, 8 seconds in the first half but opened a big lead and rolled to a 42-0 victory over Seckman in the final Class 5 District 1 game for both teams. The win capped a perfect 10-0 regular season for Jackson...
Perryville ends skid, season with 31-20 win (11/03/07)
The season did not go quite like Perryville wanted, but the Pirates at least ended on a positive note. Perryville, which started out 3-0 before losing six straight, beat visiting Kennett 31-20 on Friday night to finish 4-6. Kris Cottner rushed for 185 yards on 38 carries, including touchdown runs of 31 and 24 yards. He finished the season above 1,000 yards for the second year in a row...
Redhawks spikers capture five-game thriller over Jacksonville State (11/03/07)
The Southeast Missouri State volleyball team notched probably its biggest win of the season by beating host Jacksonville State on Oct. 13. Southeast showed that its previous victory over the defending Ohio Valley Conference champion and preseason favorite was no fluke...
Former libero plays tall for St. Vincent (11/03/07)
WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- St. Vincent junior Courtney Besand certainly is not the biggest girl on the volleyball court at just 5 foot 6. Her small stature makes her appear to be an obvious choice to play the libero position. Instead she's an outside hitter...
Running solo (11/03/07)
Cole Bradley nabbed a district title then added a trip to the Class 4 state cross country meet. Considering he picked up the sport three years ago because it sounded like fun, he's on quite a roll. "I played soccer my freshman year," Bradley, a Central senior, said. "I did not have very much fun playing soccer, actually. I like the cross country a lot more. It's a lot more laid back. And I'm glad I switched, obviously."...
St. Vincent's comebacks lead to shot at state title (11/03/07)
WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- St. Vincent outside hitter Brooke Brown said her team's 30-5-3 record might not indicate it, but the Indians fell behind in quite a few matches this season and had to battle back for victories. She added that the seniors, who have been playing together since junior high school, have always had a fair share of comeback wins...
OVC's big surprise pays visit to Houck (11/03/07)
Austin Peay's success this year might be a surprise to the majority of the Ohio Valley Conference. But not to Southeast Missouri State coach Tony Samuel. Samuel said before the season that he considered Austin Peay one of the league's potential breakthrough squads...
A good match (11/03/07)
Lauren Emma Holbrook is a busy young woman. She works for her best friend, who owns the studio where she is a photographer. She lives with her widowed father and keeps up with her two married sisters and their growing families. She leads a Bible class for teenage girls; is completely addicted to coffee and chocolate; is active in her church and in a singles Bible study group...
Briefly (11/03/07)
BRIEFLY Revival going on at Morley Baptist Church Morley Baptist Church, 221 S. Stephenson St., Morley, Mo., will be in revival at 6:30 p.m. today through Wednesday. The Rev. Dr. Don Womack of Memphis, Tenn., will be the guest speaker. Celebrate Recovery program begins Monday...
A better role model than Britney (11/03/07)
There is not a day that goes by when one of the 24-hour news networks does not have some story regarding the self-destruction of Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan. These women, who at one time thousands of girls harmlessly imitated, now strike fear in the hearts of fathers when their daughters look to them with admiration. What mentor can a young woman look to that will inspire pairing her beauty with integrity and intelligence?...
Shaking the memory tree (11/03/07)
"We lose 1,000 World War II veterans every single day." The above message closes Ken Burns' impressive new PBS documentary, "The War." Those words crystallize the plain fact that the greatest generation, formed in the crucible of the Great Depression and shaped by the worldwide conflagration euphemistically known as "The Big One," is being erased all too rapidly...
Sarah Ferguson advises Heather Mills McCartney to get off 'public stage' if glare is too much (11/03/07)
NEW YORK -- Sarah Ferguson, no stranger to unflattering coverage in the British press, can empathize with Heather Mills McCartney, but doesn't have much sympathy for Paul McCartney's estranged wife in her battle with the media. Mills McCartney, who is going through a bitter divorce with the ex-Beatle, went on a tirade this week against the British press on talk shows in London and the U.S...
Evelyn Wolfe (11/03/07)
Evelyn A. Wolfe, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at the Lutheran Home. She was born July 5, 1912, at Dutchtown, daughter of Benjamin G. and Caroline LaCroix Rudert. She and Fred Wolfe were married Dec. 24, 1936, at Benton, Mo. He died March 7, 1975...
Dorothea Schumer (11/03/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Dorothea M. Schumer, 90, of Perryville died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at Perry County Nursing Home. She was born Nov. 12, 1916, at Advance, Mo., daughter of August and Anna Greuel Hoernig. She married Walter J. Schumer. Schumer worked at McDonnell Aircraft Corp. during World War II, and had worked at International Shoe Co. She was a member of St. Maurus Catholic Church at Biehle, Mo., St. Ann Sodality, Western Catholic Union, Miraculous Medal Association...
Lorene Noble (11/03/07)
Lorene Noble, 99, of Delta died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo.
Arthur Jackson (11/03/07)
Arthur E. "Bud" Jackson, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at Missouri Veterans Home. Arrangements are pending at McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Carolyn Heeley (11/03/07)
Carolyn J. Glastetter Heeley died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007. Beloved wife of Robert Heeley of St. James, Mo.; dearest mother of Steve (Karen) of St. Louis, Tim (Lori) of St. Charles, Mo., Kelly (Tim) Arnold of St. Charles, Mike (Heather) of Union, Mo.; dear grandmother of Jackson, Cullen and Grace Arnold; daughter of the late Leon and Mary Glastetter of New Hamburg, Mo.; sister of Patricia Schott of New Hamburg, Gene Glastetter of Paducah, Ky., Jim Glastetter of O'Fallon, Mo., Virginia Wiedefeld of Jackson, and the late Dolores Hileman; our dear sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend.. ...
Norman Roth (11/03/07)
FROHNA, Mo. -- Norman G. Roth, 76, of Frohna died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 17, 1931, in Old Appleton, Mo., son of Gottfried C. and Bertha F. Mueller Roth. He and Jeanette Kimbel were married July 24, 1954...
Bud Mills (11/03/07)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Alvin Edward "Bud" Mills, 74, of Sikeston died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 8, 1933, in Guin, Ala., son of Jeremiah Matthew and Mary Pugh Mills. He and Sandra L. Teeters Hunt were married March 26, 1982, in Blytheville, Ark...
Emma Filla (11/03/07)
Emma H. Filla, 97, of Cape Girardeau passed away Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at the Lutheran Home. She was born May 7, 1910, in Hooper, Neb., daughter of Walter and Marina Schaefer Trautwein. She and Maurice Filla were married in 1995 in Cape Girardeau. He survives of the Lutheran Home...
Liz Richards (11/03/07)
BENTON, Mo. -- Elizabeth Ann "Liz" Richards, 71, of Benton died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at her home. Blanchard Funeral Chapel in Sikeston, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Police report 11/3/07 (11/03/07)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n A subject was in custody pending formal charges of arson/burglary. n A subject was in custody pending formal charges of resisting arrest, driving with a revoked license, failure to stop and stop sign violation...
Fire report 11/3/07 (11/03/07)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 6:42 p.m., a vehicle fire at 2102 William St. n At 9:30 p.m., an alarm sounding at 1000 Tower Circle. Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Out of the past 11/3/07 (11/03/07)
Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Emerson won 16 of the 25 counties within the new 8th Congressional District yesterday to defeat Democratic challenger Jerry Ford in a tough-fought race; the tight race surprised no one. It will continue to be business as usual for Cape Girardeau County merchants; voters yesterday defeated a proposal to repeal the Missouri Blue Law in the county, which would make it possible for retail stores to be open for business on Sundays...
River Campus: Wow! (11/03/07)
First there was the anticipation of the buildings being completed. Then the anticipation turned to hype about the performances. Now the performances have turned into rave reviews. Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, in its first couple of weeks, has delivered the goods...
Speak Out 11/3/07 (11/03/07)
Messy world; Ethanol means jobs; This is history; Nothing changes; Horse cruelty; Moving choice; Rigorous or dumb; Strictly pro-life; Lights off: Stay away; No other hand; Not enough restrooms; Dangerous risk; Highway hay; Wonderful sight; Halloween memories; Wrong stance; School parties; Polite leaf burning; Marvelous thing
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