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Emerson opposes more wilderness protection (11/20/07)
U.S. representatives Jo Ann Emerson and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., have joined together in strong opposition to an environmental group's proposal to put 50,000 acres of the Mark Twain National Forest under wilderness protection. The two announced Tuesday that they would ban together to fight any efforts to designate the acreage in seven different areas of the forest as wilderness areas -- a designation that can only be granted by an act of Congress...
Unable to make hay, cattle farmers look for ways to get through winter (11/20/07)
The drought conditions that hampered Southeast Missouri this summer have been gone for weeks. But for livestock producers, the effect of that drought, coupled with the late freeze in April, will be felt throughout the coming winter. The spring freeze and the subsequent summer drought dramatically slowed the growth of pasture grasses used to make hay -- an important feed during the winter months when pasture grass is scarce. ...
Cape Electrical sold, going to 'the next level' (11/20/07)
Cape Electrical Supply, a fixture of the Cape Girardeau business scene for more than 50 years, has been sold to a group of investors that include top managers and a Chicago-based equity firm. The company, founded in 1953 by J.P. Tlapek, was owned by John C. Tlapek, who purchased it in 1986, and John Daniel, said Allen Tooley, president of the company...
Permission, scolding for Habitat (11/20/07)
Efforts by neighbors to stop a Habitat for Humanity -- Cape Area project failed on Monday night. Despite a petition with 62 signatures, Cape Girardeau's city council members had no choice but to approve Habitat's request to split a parcel of land in the Rose Marie subdivision...
Cape Board of Education approves annual budget (11/20/07)
The Cape Girardeau Board of Education approved an annual budget Monday night that projects $40.9 million in operating expenses and adds $330,000 to the district's operating reserve. The budget includes an average 5 percent salary increase for all employees and moves $1.4 million from general revenue into capital projects...
Cape superintendent Scala placed on administrative leave (11/20/07)
Cape Girardeau School District superintendent Dr. David Scala has been placed on administrative leave effective today and his contract will be terminated Dec. 19, the board of education voted in a late-night closed session Monday. Board president Dr. Steven Trautwein said he couldn't go into details about the board's reasoning, saying the decision was "to the advantage of the district and to Dr. Scala."...
Coats for Kids brings in thousands of clothing items (11/20/07)
The annual Coats for Kids collection at Schnucks Supermarket in Cape Girardeau brought in what store manager Dennis Marchi estimated to be 3,500 to 4,000 items of warm clothing for distribution by the Salvation Army. The coats, gloves and other items will be distributed beginning Thursday during the Salvation Army's annual Thanksgiving Day meal, which will be served from noon until 2 p.m. at the local mission at 701 Good Hope St...
Interstate 55 to be narrowed near Scott City (11/20/07)
A stretch of Interstate 55 will be reduced to one lane northbound today and Wednesday. MoDOT crews will perform guardrail repairs on I-55 northbound from Route M to Route AB in the Scott City area. Work will begin at 8 a.m. today and continue until 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Improvement district to consider sales tax (11/20/07)
The Town Plaza Community Improvement District will take its first action in a public meeting of its board of directors today. The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at Cape Girardeau City Hall. The board will take its first action by appointing officers and a custodian of records. A 1 percent sales tax on purchases in the district to pay for improvements within the district will also be discussed...
Lighting the Way (11/20/07)
The Salvation Army's annual fundraising campaign, the Tree of Lights, has a goal of $270,000 to support the group's work providing meals and clothing during the holiday season and other mission activities for the coming year. Major Ben Stillwell who, with his wife Major Beth Stillwell, commands the Cape Girardeau corps center, said the money is vital to the center's work all year long. ...
Sikeston police arrest two in connection with robbery (11/20/07)
By Bridget DiCosmo Southeast Missourian SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston police apprehended two suspects in connection with a weekend robbery at the Murray Lane Mini Mart, 626 Murray Lane in Sikeston. Officers were called to the convenience store about 7 p.m. Sunday by a panic alarm and found an employee had just been robbed at gunpoint, according to the a news release from Sgt. Jim McMillen of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety...
Sedgewickville, Mo., man sentenced in statutory rape case (11/20/07)
A Stoddard County judge sentenced Bryan J. Ellis of Sedgewickville, Mo., to seven years each for two separate charges of second-degree statutory rape, to run consecutively. Judge Stephen R. Sharp assigned Ellis to the Department of Corrections, according to the Stoddard County circuit clerk's office...
Three schools in NW Missouri district evacuated again (11/20/07)
GOWER, Mo. (AP) -- Students in the East Buchanan School District have been evacuated again, the sixth day that threats kept them out of class. A district spokeswoman said just a few hours after classes resumed Tuesday that the district's three schools in Gower had been evacuated, again by a threat. Gower is a rural community around 20 miles southeast of St. Joseph. The district has about 730 students...
Father charged in deaths of 2 Missouri children (11/20/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The father of two children whose remains were found in a shallow grave more three years after they disappeared was charged Tuesday in their deaths. Dan Porter, 44, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his children, Sam, 7, and Lindsey, 8...
Soccer player killed in St. Louis park when makeshift goal collapses (11/20/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Authorities say a teenage soccer player is dead after a freak accident at a St. Louis park. Ranger Chief Dan Stritzel at Wilmore Park said the 19-year-old man died Monday night after a makeshift steel goal collapsed on him. He said the teen was practicing with a group of teammates and was doing chin-ups on the goal when it collapsed on top of him...
Cheetah cub escapes briefly from St. Louis Zoo exhibit (11/20/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Zoo officials are trying to determine how a cheetah cub got out of its exhibit for a short time. The cub escaped around 10:45 a.m. Monday on a day when the popular zoo in Forest Park was crowded, in part because of the unseasonably warm weather. The cub was found a short time later, about 30 feet from the exhibit. It was unharmed...
University presidential search narrows to single candidate (11/20/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The search for the next University of Missouri president is down to a single finalist. Several members of a 19-member advisory committee said the group planned to interview just one candidate. The committee met Monday afternoon in a closed meeting at Kansas City Southern, the employer of curator Warren Erdman...
Kan. lawmakers target illegal immigration (11/20/07)
WICHITA, Kan. -- Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Kansas are drafting separate bills targeting illegal immigration amid fears about a potential influx of illegal immigrants from neighboring states that have already started cracking down. Across the nation, at least 127 cities and states have passed or are considering local laws aimed at curbing illegal immigration, according to a database compiled by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, a project of the Center for Community Change, an immigrant advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.. ...
Lambert plans 2 cell phone lots, extra security for holiday (11/20/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Lambert Airport officials expect 140,000 travelers to depart over the next week, and they're making plans to ease the burden. The St. Louis airport announced Monday it will open its cell phone parking lot Wednesday. ...
Washington University to host vice presidential debate (11/20/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Washington University in St. Louis will host the only formal debate between vice presidential candidates next year. The debate will take place Oct. 2, the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday. It is the fifth time since 1992 that the university has been chosen as the site of a key debate during the presidential race. The debate will last 90 minutes and start at 8 p.m...
Emerson vows to fight wilderness project (11/20/07)
Emerson vows to fight wilderness project ST. LOUIS -- Rep. Jo Ann Emerson said she will fight an effort to designate 50,000 additional acres for federal wilderness protection in her district. Emerson calls the move unnecessary. The Missouri Wilderness Coalition said the land that is mostly in the Mark Twain National Forest is at risk for environmental damage by logging, mining and other threats. ...
Study: Deaths from heart disease down in older adults (11/20/07)
ATLANTA -- For decades, heart disease death rates have been falling. But a new study shows a troubling turn -- more women younger than 45 are dying of heart disease due to clogged arteries, and the death rate for men that age has leveled off. Heart experts aren't sure what went wrong, but they think increasing rates of obesity and other risk factors are to blame...
FBI reports hate crimes were up nearly 8 percent in 2006 (11/20/07)
WASHINGTON -- Hate crime incidents rose nearly 8 percent last year, the FBI reported Monday, as civil rights advocates increasingly take to the streets to protest what they call official indifference to intimidation and attacks against blacks and other minorities...
'Mr. Whipple' actor Wilson dies at 91 (11/20/07)
LOS ANGELES -- Dick Wilson, the actor and pitchman who played the uptight grocer begging customers "Please, don't squeeze the Charmin," died Monday. He was 91. The man famous as TV's "Mr. Whipple" died of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills, said his daughter Melanie Wilson, who is known for her role as a flight attendant on the ABC sitcom "Perfect Strangers."...
Inventors take part in Bubble Wrap contest (11/20/07)
TRENTON, N.J. -- It's the stuff that many people find addictively fun to pop after opening a fragile package. But for a group of young inventors, Bubble Wrap is a source of inspiration. To 11-year-old Kayla Weston, it's a building material for shock-absorbing flooring for dancers; 11-year-old Max Wallack used it to create wrist cushions meant for carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers...
Proposed Ariz. park would use 100 million gallons of water a year (11/20/07)
MESA, Ariz. -- By tapping rivers and sucking water from deep underground, developers have covered Arizona with carpets of Bermuda grass and dotted the parched landscape with swimming pools, golf courses and lakeshore homes. Now another ambitious project is in the works: A massive new water park that would offer surf-sized waves, snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking -- all in a bone-dry region that gets just 8 inches of rain a year...
Survivors tell of Bangladesh cyclone horror as officials, families search for the dead (11/20/07)
BARGUNA, Bangladesh -- Azahar Ali huddled with his family, reading from the Quran, as the cyclone roared in. First the power went out, then screaming winds blew out the windows and ripped off the roof. The sea rushed in, washing him and his family away...
Pakistani high court judges reject challenges to president's re-election (11/20/07)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Judges hand-picked by Gen. Pervez Musharraf took just two hours Monday to quash legal challenges to his disputed re-election as president, paving the way for him to fulfill a promise to quit as army chief, perhaps by the end of the month...
Woodland girls drop opener to Fredericktown 65-31 (11/20/07)
Lacey Moore scored 14 points, but it wasn't enough as the Woodland girls basketball team opened its season with a loss. The Cardinals fell to Fredericktown 65-31 on Monday. Taylor Seckman added eight points in the loss. Fredericktown (65) -- Courtney Kemp 16, Lauren Henderson 8, Johnna Tinnin 9, Tritia Ward 9, Ashley Mascarow 8, Kylie Oertel 13, Megan Moser 2. FG -- 30; FT -- 4-10; F -- 10 (3-pointers: Tritia Ward 1. Fouled out: none)...
Tigers suffer first loss in CBE semis (11/20/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Drew Neitzel hit the shots when Michigan State needed it. It still almost wasn't enough. Neitzel made a late 3-pointer and hit two free throws with 2.4 seconds left, helping No. 10 Michigan State survive Missouri's relentless defensive pressure in an 86-83 victory Monday night in the semifinals of the CBE Classic...
Southeast women seek 4-0 start (11/20/07)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team has a chance to make history today. Southeast never before has started a season with four straight wins on the Division I level. The Redhawks will get that chance when NAIA power Cumberland (Tenn.) University visits the Show Me Center for a 5 p.m. tipoff...
Redhawks may have hands full with Aces (11/20/07)
The nonconference schedule for the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team features just three home games, and two of those are against non-Division I squads. For Southeast fans, the Redhawks' most attractive nonconference home opponent visits the Show Me Center tonight...
Samuel sees positive strides in 3-8 season (11/20/07)
Even though the record didn't indicate it, Southeast Missouri State football coach Tony Samuel felt all along that the Redhawks were making strides this season. Samuel hopes the way the year ended -- with Saturday's 32-25 comeback win over perennial Ohio Valley Conference power Jacksonville State -- shows his young squad that there is light at the end of the tunnel...
Area digest 11/20/06 (11/20/07)
Neader defeats Cooper for men's singles title Jackson's Darren Neader beat Danny Cooper of Sikeston, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, to win the men's singles division at the Turkey Day tournament, sponsored by CATA, at the Class Act Family Fitness Center in Jackson on Sunday...
Redbirds sign LaRueas backup catcher (11/20/07)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a one-year contract with catcher Jason LaRue, who will serve as the backup to Yadier Molina, the team said Monday. Terms were not disclosed. LaRue, 33, will replace Gary Bennett, who was not resigned...
White Sox acquire shortstop Cabrera (11/20/07)
The Associated Press The Los Angeles Angels traded Gold Glove shortstop Orlando Cabrera to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Jon Garland on Monday, while World Series champion Boston kept Mike Lowell and the Yankees held on to closer Mariano Rivera...
Broncos ride big plays to 34-20 win over Titans (11/20/07)
DENVER -- Jay Cutler threw touchdown passes of 41 and 48 yards and little-known Glenn Martinez and Andre Hall added to Denver's slew of big scoring plays Monday night in a 34-20 victory over the Tennessee Titans that lifted the Broncos in to a tie for first place in the AFC West...
Vick displays cooperation, surrenders to authoritiesto (11/20/07)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Michael Vick got a head start on a possible long prison stretch Monday, surrendering three weeks before he was to be sentenced for his involvement in a bloody dogfighting ring. The disgraced Atlanta Falcons quarterback surrendered to U.S. marshals in what his lawyer said was another step in his public repentance...
Blues extend win streak to four (11/20/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Paul Kariya had a goal and an assist against his former team, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Monday night. Brad Boyes scored his team-leading 12th goal for the Blues, who have won four straight. St. Louis also won 3-2 in Nashville on Saturday night...
A-Rod collects third MVP, wants one World Series ring (11/20/07)
NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez is headed back to the New York Yankees as the American League's Most Valuable Player. A-Rod won his third AL MVP award Monday, easily defeating Detroit's Magglio Ordonez after compiling an astounding season at the plate. Rodriguez received 26 first-place votes and 382 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, while Ordonez had two firsts and 258 points...
Thinking small: Knowing the proper portion size can keep you in line this season (11/20/07)
Holiday time is here and people are again tempted to overindulge. Many people are hung up on calorie counting to keep unwanted weight off. Local dietitians and nutritionists offer their suggestions on what and how much to eat this holiday season. Debra Schumer, registered dietitian at Saint Francis Medical Center, said she doesn't recommend focusing on calories...
Health calendar 11/20/07 (11/20/07)
Calendar Today n Refresher childbirth class: 6 to 8 p.m. in meeting room 108 at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Refresher class for those who have had children. One-session review of labor, delivery, interventions and sibling rivalry issues. Call Generations at 651-5825 to preregister or register online at www.southeastmissourihospital.com...
Blood drives 11/20/07 (11/20/07)
Today n McDonalds, 1302 S. Perryville Blvd., Perryville, Mo., 3 to 7 p.m. n Perry Park Center, 800 City Park Drive, Perryville, Mo., noon to 6 p.m. Friday n Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores, Sikeston, Mo., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday n St Marys Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m...
Have we no shame? (11/20/07)
This is a weird world we live in. Britney's body is displayed all over the Internet, and apparently her mother has the chutzpah to write a book on parenting. And, if I want to know about 'Stephanie's' philosophy of life -- she is 19, from Atlanta and quotes "Men may wear the pants but I control the zipper" -- all I have to do is become her "friend" on MySpace and all will be revealed...
Archbishop salutes Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip on 60th anniversary (11/20/07)
LONDON -- The 60th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip is also an occasion to be thankful for her long and devoted service to the nation and Commonwealth, the archbishop of Canterbury said Monday. Archbishop Rowan Williams, speaking to the royal couple and 2,000 guests at a thanksgiving service at Westminster Abbey, said today's diamond anniversary was a milestone in her commitment to her role...
William Jones (11/20/07)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- William Henry Jones, 73, of Glenallen died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, at his home. He was born June 11, 1934, in Decaturville, Tenn., son of Locie A. and Vera Alice Morgan Jones. He and Fay Nimon were married June 27, 1954, in Corinth, Miss...
Buel Curtis (11/20/07)
MATTHEWS, Mo. -- Buel Curtis, 84, of Matthews died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 13, 1923, in Waverly, Tenn., son of A.R. and Ollie Elizabeth Winters Curtis. He and Verble L. Kelso were married Feb. 22, 1942, in New Madrid, Mo...
Elmer Adams (11/20/07)
ULLIN, Ill. -- Elmer A. "Sharkey" Adams, 83, of Ullin died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 29, 1924, in Tamms, Ill., son of George Monroe and Rhoda Poe Adams. He and Carol Jean Dexter were married Aug. 20, 1947, in Mounds, Ill...
Anna Cogdill (11/20/07)
Anna L. Cogdill, 78, of Cape Girardeau and formerly of Elgin, Ill., died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, at her home. She was born Oct. 25, 1929, in Livingston County, Ky., daughter of Ivan and Allie Moore Watson. She and Tracy Cogdill were married May 3, 1947, in Morganfield, Ky. He died Dec. 14, 1983...
The Rev. Denver Glenn (11/20/07)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- The Rev. Denver L. Glenn Sr., 63, of East Prairie died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, at Veterans Administration Hospital in Marion, Ill. He was born Nov. 27, 1943, in St. Louis, son of Paul F. and Beulah Scowden Glenn. He and Sue I. Whorton were married May 17, 2000...
Wayne Whitener (11/20/07)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Wayne Whitener of Marble Hill passed away at his home Monday, Nov. 19, 2007. Born in Arab, Mo., he was the son of Arthur Sylvester and Sarah Elizabeth Cullison Whitener. He married Mardella Wagner in Nappanie, Ind., in 1957. She preceded him in death in January 1978. On June 28, 1981, he married Marilyn Nenninger Jansen in Bossier City, La...
Ruth Mayer (11/20/07)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Ruth Esther Mayer, 76, of Dexter died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007. She was born Dec. 10, 1930, in Frisco, Mo., daughter of Carter P. and Esther M. Smith Worley. She and Robert Jean Mayer were married Jan. 12, 1951, at Dexter. Ruth was a 1947 graduate of Dexter High School, and received a bachelor of science in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University in 1957. ...
Franklin McNeely (11/20/07)
Franklin T. McNeely, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, at Ratliff Care Center. He was born Nov. 28, 1921, in Cape Girardeau, son of Paul Byron and Grace Margaret Masterson McNeely. He and Juanita Heard were married Jan. 21, 1942, in Cape Girardeau...
Cape fire report 11/20/07 (11/20/07)
n At 4:12 p.m., a carbon monoxide call at 1027 Stewart St. n At 4:57 p.m., a smoke scare at 221 N. Fountain St. n At 5:38 p.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of Mason Street. n At 6:02 p.m., emergency medical service, canceled, in the 1800 block of Ferndale Drive...
Out of the past 11/20/07 (11/20/07)
The Cape Girardeau Evening Optimist Club is the first service club in Southeast Missouri to respond to requests by Southeast Missouri State University for assistance to help overcome the current tight financial situation; the club has given the university $500 to be used for a scholarship at the school...
Correction 11/20/07 (11/20/07)
A story in the Nov. 17 issue should have said the Southeast Missouri Medical Center has offered to pay for half of the East Deerwood Drive bridge project. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error
Community colleges (11/20/07)
The role of community colleges in Cape Girardeau County has received considerable attention in recent months. At issue is whether or not there is a need for a full-blown community college, as a few community leaders have urged, or whether or not partnerships with already existing community colleges can fill the perceived needs...
Speak Out 11/20/07 (11/20/07)
Ethanol is not solution; Making comparisons; Sentencing sense; Ethanol information; City hall parking; Awesome season; Right-of-way; Broadway buildings; Burlison's back; Health-care solution; Hillary's memory; Lessons of the past; Biking reality; Police image; Amazing feat
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