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Gov. Blunt seeks expedited extradition for Krajcir (12/17/07)
Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt sent the follow letter to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich today...
50 years ago, a tornado changed Chaffee (12/17/07)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- On Dec. 18, 1957, the face of Chaffee's downtown changed. That day a powerful tornado ripped through the city's downtown, shearing the fronts off two story brick building, smashing windows and causing what was estimated as over $1 million damage at the time...
Jackson Police Department nearing its goal (12/17/07)
For the past three years, the Jackson Police Department has focused its attention on one thing. Staff members spent countless hours sifting through reports and rewriting policies, often working 12-hour days to meet deadlines, all with the single goal of achieving the highest level of recognition for a law enforcement agency...
Southeast officials noticing more 'helicopter parents' (12/17/07)
When junior Kayla Drady had billing problems at Southeast Missouri State University, she turned to her parents. Her mom called the college and got the issue straightened out. Courtney Caldwell, a freshman, said she talks to her mom every day. "She always wants to know what's going on, how I'm doing in school, what I'm doing," Caldwell said...
Family safe after fire starts in basement (12/17/07)
A four-alarm fire in the basement of a house on the corner of Bloomfield Street and South Plaza Way put a family on the street, but all safe and accounted for shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday. The fire started in the basement, but flames were visible from the ground level of the home, said Fred Vincel, a battalion chief with the Cape Gir-ardeau Fire Department...
Perry County shooting leaves three dead, one injured (12/17/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Three are dead and one man was taken to the hospital after a shooting Sunday in a gated community 15 minutes west of Perryville. About 11 a.m. Sunday, the Perry County Sheriff's office responded to a 911 call to a home on Port Perry Drive in the Lake Perry neighborhood, a gated community near Silver Lake, Mo...
Volunteer for 'Alternative Spring Break' (12/17/07)
MTV and United Way of America developed a partnership in 2005 to send 18- to 24-year-olds to help rebuild the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. Now the program, "Alternative Spring Break," reaches beyond storm victims. Projects range from construction and remodeling to community leadership work. Applicants are chosen for diversity and pay only for transportation to their volunteer site and a few nominal fees...
Parents Without Partners announces January events (12/17/07)
For more information on Parents Without Partners, call 335-0797 or e-mail: capesemopwp@yahoo.com n Parents Without Partners will attend line dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at Eagles Aerie 3775, 321 N. Spring Ave., Cape Girardeau. Beginner lessons start at 6 p.m. Open to the public. There is a cost...
Single mothers look for help with Christmas gifts (12/17/07)
Those wishing to contribute to individual profiles already published should indicate the recipient's name. Cash and check donations should be made payable to Toybox, P.O. Box 4, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63702. Salary doesn't keep up with cost of living...
Community digest 12/17/07 (12/17/07)
Huck's Karing For Kids program underway; School library holds three-day book fair ; Christmas celebration to support food banks; Home for the Holidays airs on CBS Dec. 21; Relieve cabin fever at the Nature Center
SW Mo. pastor will plead not guilty to renewed abuse charges (12/17/07)
PINEVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- The leader of a southwest Missouri church commune plans to plead not guilty to renewed charges of abusing two girls from his congregation. A defense lawyer for the Rev. Raymond Lambert said the 52-year-old will plead not guilty when his first court appearance is rescheduled...
Woman who faked birth of sextuplets arrested in Independence (12/17/07)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) -- A woman who faked the birth of sextuplets was arrested Monday in Independence on outstanding warrants. Forty-six-year-old Sarah Everson and her 35-year-old husband, Kris, were living in the Kansas City suburb of Grain Valley in March 2006 when they concocted the story to tap the generosity of neighbors...
Highway Patrol honors suburban St. Louis man (12/17/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A National Guardsman who died after trying to assist another driver during a severe ice storm is being honored by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. A ceremony is being held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis at 10 a.m. There, the Patrol will designate Neilson Rudd an honorary trooper, for his efforts before he was killed...
McKinley Bridge to reopen, linking St. Louis to Illinois suburbs (12/17/07)
VENICE, Ill. (AP) -- Commuters between St. Louis and some of its Illinois suburbs will have another option when the barricades finally get taken off the McKinley Bridge. The reopening of the 97-year-old bridge at 3 p.m. Monday will bring a close to the six-year, $52 million rehab effort...
Alton church gives away free gasoline, prayers (12/17/07)
ALTON, Ill. -- An Alton church has a unique way of reaching the faithful -- free gas. Abundant Life Community Church gave 300 drivers a free fill-up Saturday. Each fill-up was valued at $20. It's the fourth year the church offered the holiday charity program that mixes fuel with prayer...
Educators in southwest Missouri: College students unprepared for higher education (12/17/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Higher education leaders in southwest Missouri say freshman in the region are increasingly unprepared to pass basic college-level courses. Two colleges have formed task forces to find ways to stem the rising need for remedial classes as a growing number of students fail to pass English and math classes...
Many audit recommendations getting ignored (12/17/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers and bureaucrats have ignored many of the recommendations from state auditors to make government more accountable to voters and taxpayers. During roughly the past five years, the state auditor's office has made more than 50 specific recommendations for changes to state laws and polices on topics as varied as public education, law enforcement and tax policy...
Power restoration efforts continue in Mo. (12/17/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Power outages continued to shrink Sunday despite another winter storm that dumped up to 8 inches of snow across parts of Missouri. Only about 14,900 homes and business remained without power Sunday morning, down from a high of about 165,000 Tuesday, said Duane Nichols, deputy director of the State Emergency Management Agency...
Mother whose newborn died from alcohol gets treatment (12/17/07)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- A doctor for a woman whose baby died from alcohol poisoning minutes after birth is angered that his patient will avoid a seven-year prison term if she completes an alcohol treatment program. But treatment advocates say the sentence is the proper way to help Sherri Lohnstein battle alcoholism...
In-flight Web access sought by some busy air travelers (12/17/07)
NEW YORK -- Warren Adelman's colleagues know him as "Thumbs": Like many executives, he is adept at checking e-mail on his BlackBerry and does it almost constantly. Unable to do so during flights, Adelman welcomes business trips as "an opportunity to decompress a little bit from the constant flow of e-mail, perhaps catch up on a book."...
Consumer inflation goes up while economy slows (12/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- Led by higher gasoline prices, consumer inflation shot up in November by the largest amount in more than two years. In a troubling juxtaposition, the rise in inflation is coming at a time when economic growth is slowing sharply under the weight of a steep slump in housing and a severe credit crunch...
Democrats reverse Bush-sought cuts in final budget bill (12/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers unveiled a $500 billion-plus catchall spending bill Sunday, reluctantly sticking within President Bush's budget but still protecting politically sensitive domestic programs from White House cuts. The bill wraps together the budgets for every Cabinet department except the Pentagon and is expected to pass Congress this week before lawmakers head home for Christmas. ...
GOP congressman Hoekstra pledges investigation into destroyed CIA tapes (12/17/07)
WASHINGTON -- The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee defied the Bush administration Sunday and pledged to investigate the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes. "We want to hold the community accountable for what's happened with these tapes. I think we will issue subpoenas," said Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich...
Study finds more Americans searching online for information on themselves (12/17/07)
NEW YORK -- More Americans are Googling themselves -- and many are checking out their friends, co-workers and romantic interests, too. In a report released Sunday, the Pew Internet and American Life Project said 47 percent of U.S. adult Internet users have looked for information about themselves through Google or another search engine...
Possible tornado reported in Fla.; jail building destroyed after inmates evacuated (12/17/07)
LAND O' LAKES, Fla. -- An apparent tornado demolished a jail building and overturned vehicles early Sunday in central Florida, authorities said. No injuries were reported. The storm was reported about 5:15 a.m. in Pasco County, the National Weather Service said...
Snow, sleet, freezing rain fall from Great Lakes to New England (12/17/07)
BOSTON -- A wind-blown brew of snow, sleet and freezing rain cut visibility and iced over highways from the Great Lakes to New England on Sunday, stranding air and road travelers and causing a jetliner to skid off a runway. At least three traffic deaths have been blamed on the storm...
Dan Fogelberg, easy rock singer, dies of cancer (12/17/07)
NEW YORK -- Dan Fogelberg, the singer and songwriter whose hits "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne" helped define the soft-rock era, died Sunday at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. He was 56. His death was announced Sunday in a statement by Anna Loynes of the Solters & Digney public relations agency, and was also posted on the singer's Web site...
Polite couple with problems but no criminal records arrested in $7.4 million heist (12/17/07)
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- By age 24, she had been married, given birth to a son, gotten a divorce, filed for bankruptcy and tried to make extra cash as a model. By age 22, he had played plenty of the computer game Halo and found a job at an armored car company...
Scientists, conservationists fight fatigue in effort to save Chesapeake (12/17/07)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Billions of dollars have been spent to restore the polluted Chesapeake Bay since the rallying cry "Save The Bay" was plastered on a popular blue-and-white bumper sticker 30 years ago. But for the scientists and activists working to revive the nation's largest estuary, it's clear the bay has not been saved. Conservationists say the job is more difficult than they imagined, and they're battling fatigue...
Man tries to escape police by driving through car wash (12/17/07)
FOND DU LAC, Wis. -- A driver did not make a clean getaway Sunday, despite taking his vehicle through a car wash while fleeing an officer. A reserve officer tried to stop the driver on suspicion of drunken driving, the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. But the motorist fled by driving through a car wash. A tire deflation device was eventually used to stop the car...
Afghan border attacks drop 40 percent, country headed in right direction, U.S. general says (12/17/07)
BAGRAM, Afghanistan -- A top American general said Sunday that attacks along the Afghan-Pakistan border have dropped more than 40 percent since July and the U.S. and its allies are making progress in the fight against the Taliban. Brig. Gen. Joseph Votel said the decrease in insurgent activity along the border could be attributed to the onset of winter, a rise in insurgent attacks in Pakistan and an increase in communication and coordination among NATO, Afghan and Pakistani forces...
U.S. general: Iraq violence levels lowest since first year of American invasion (12/17/07)
BAGHDAD -- Violence in Iraq is at its lowest levels since the first year of the American invasion, finally opening a window for reconciliation among rival sects, the second-ranking U.S. general in Iraq said Sunday as Iraqi forces formally took control of security across half the country...
Afghan border attacks drop 40 percent, country headed in right direction, U.S. general says (12/17/07)
BAGRAM, Afghanistan -- A top American general said Sunday that attacks along the Afghan-Pakistan border have dropped more than 40 percent since July and the U.S. and its allies are making progress in the fight against the Taliban. Brig. Gen. Joseph Votel said the decrease in insurgent activity along the border could be attributed to the onset of winter, a rise in insurgent attacks in Pakistan and an increase in communication and coordination among NATO, Afghan and Pakistani forces...
Packers' Favre passes Marino (12/17/07)
ST. LOUIS -- After Brett Favre threw a short 7-yard pass to Donald Driver early in the fourth quarter, he noticed the referee waving his arms to stop the clock. Driver caught the ball, so Favre wasn't sure what was going on. "My first impression was, 'What happened, a penalty or something like that,'" Favre said...
Patriots defeat Jets 20-10, stand two wins away from unbeaten regular season (12/17/07)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs even though quarterback Tom Brady failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time this season during the Patriots' 20-10 victory Sunday over the New York Jets...
Woods caps year with seven-shot win at Target World Challenge (12/17/07)
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Ten weeks later, nothing has changed with Tiger Woods and the rest of golf. Woods won the final golf tournament of the year Sunday, closing with a 4-under 68 to match the tournament record at the Target World Challenge and set a record for the largest margin of victory, by seven shots over Masters champion Zach Johnson...
Flames collect fifth straight road victory against St. Louis (12/17/07)
ST. LOUIS -- If the Calgary Flames continue to play like this away from home, they may not be all that eager to return to Alberta any time soon. The Flames' top line of Jarome Iginla, Kristian Huselius and Daymond Langkow combined for 12 points, and the Flames won their fifth in a row on the road with a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night...
Dolphins avoid winless season with OT victory (12/17/07)
MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins finally won one, thanks to a break and a big play in overtime. After Baltimore's Matt Stover missed a 44-yard field goal in the extra period, Miami's Greg Camarillo turned a short completion into a 64-yard touchdown, and the Dolphins beat the Baltimore Ravens 22-16 Sunday...
Favre sets passing record in Packers' win over Rams (12/17/07)
ST. LOUIS -- A simple slant pattern to his favorite receiver gave Brett Favre yet another record in a milestone season. It's been a pretty big year for his team, too. The Green Bay Packers secured a first-round playoff bye for the first time since 1997...
Redhawks will try to re-establish momentum on road (12/17/07)
If you're a Southeast Missouri State men's basketball fan -- or coach Scott Edgar, for that matter -- you just hope the Redhawks can pick up right where they left off following a lengthy break from game action. When I wrote my last column, the Redhawks were coming off a sensational opening week of OVC play, starting out 2-0 in the league for the first time since the 1999-2000 season...
Fan Speak 12/17/07 (12/17/07)
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Company with Cape ties goes public (12/17/07)
It's nice work if you can get it. While he was flying away for a vacation last week, the successor entity to a company founded by Earl Norman of Cape Girardeau was going public with a stock offering. MedAssets, the Alpharetta, Ga.-based company that provides both collection and supply-purchase services to hospitals, sold 13.3 million shares of stock Wednesday at $16 a share...
Magazine rates Johnny Depp best, Will Ferrell worst for celebrity autographs (12/17/07)
NEW YORK -- Want an autograph from Johnny Depp? Chances are, he'll sign something for you -- and not be a jerk about it. The 44-year-old actor is the most gracious celebrity -- for the third year in a row -- on Autograph magazine's annual list of the "10 Best and 10 Worst Hollywood Signers."...
Sharing the area market (12/17/07)
In the world of banking, bigger is not always better. Just ask the depositors in Southeast Missouri. As of June 30, more than 68 percent of the almost $2.6 billion deposited in the 20 banks doing business in Cape Girardeau, Scott, Perry and Bollinger counties was in the hands of smaller banks that do substantial business in the Southeast Missouri market. Major banks, such as Bank of America, Regions Bank and US Bank, are steadily losing market share...
Memo 12/17/07 (12/17/07)
Seminar to focus on customer service The keys to providing quality customer service in the retail and service industry will be the focus of a seminar to be offered at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Perry County Health Department meeting room in Perryville, Mo. ...
People on the move 12/17/07 (12/17/07)
Ad director selected as predecessor moves on Gera LeGrand, retail advertising manager at the Southeast Missourian, took over as advertising director Friday. LeGrand replaces Adam Burnham, who will be moving to an executive position with the Journal-Register Co. ...
Charles Hitt (12/17/07)
Charles Jefferson Hitt, 72, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, at the Karmenta Center in Madison, Wis. Charlie was born in Edgemont, S.D., on Oct. 25, 1935, to Charles Hitt Sr. and Jane Beeson Hitt. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sister, Jane McAndrew of Oshkosh, Wis., her husband John; nephews Jeff McAndrew of Fond du Lac, Wis., Scott McAndrew of Madison; niece Sarah Kempainen of St. ...
James Watkins (12/17/07)
James Reno Watkins Sr., 82, died peacefully the morning of Dec. 14, 2007, at Joanne's House at Hope Hospice, Bonita Springs, Fla. Born in Hayti, Mo., on May 9, 1925, James was a devout Christian and family man. He loved dancing, hunting, fishing and golf with friends, especially at Moila Country Club in St. Joseph, Mo., where, after 18 holes, he could be found playing gin rummy on many an afternoon...
Cape/Jackson fire report 12/17/07 (12/17/07)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Saturday: n At 5:19 p.m., emergency medical service at 3000 William St. Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n At 1:14 a.m., stove fire at 400 S. Hanover St...
Cape/Jackson police report 12/17/07 (12/17/07)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Jeremy A. Kijowski, 24, of St. Louis was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and driving without headlights...
Out of the past 12/17/07 (12/17/07)
A truck filled with everything from blanks to Teddy bears is on its way from Waukesha Township, 25 miles west of Milwaukee, to Cape Girardeau; the 7,000 people of the township are sending aid to the Southeast Missouri victims of recent tornadoes and floods...
Cooper's sentence (12/17/07)
Former state representative Nathan Cooper was sentenced last week to 15 months in prison and a $6,000 fine for immigration fraud. He had to forfeit $50,000 in legal fees and lost his license to practice law. Cooper, a former immigration lawyer, set up shell companies to hide the true employers of foreign truck drivers. ...
Baseball heroes, presidential perks (12/17/07)
To the editor:I realize that these sports stories have to be investigated, but do the investigators realize how many heroes they have destroyed in many people's hearts, especially children? Is it worth it? Another comment on politics. If Hilary Clinton wins the presidential election, do you realize that she and Bill Clinton will both draw a substantial retirement from the government, plus all the other perks that come from being president?...
Legislator should set good example (12/17/07)
To the editor:Earlier this year state Rep. Talibdin El-Amin of St. Louis introduced his slavery apology bill. The bill was tabled before it could be voted on during the last legislative session. On Dec. 12 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that a public hearing was held at the Old St. Louis Courthouse. It seems El-Amin and his cohorts have added some items to their wish list for next year's legislative session...
Speak Out 12/17/07 (12/17/07)
Knew what he was doing; Another victim; Murders solved; Detective's work; Strong message; Comparing sentences; Another murder; Good detective; Stoplight warning; Misused word
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