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Krajcir confesses to Paducah murder (12/19/07)
Again providing specific details only the killer would know, Timothy Krajcir convinced Paducah police he committed the murder of Joyce Tharp, a 29-year-old woman kidnaped from her home in 1979. A flower deliveryman found Tharp's naked body lying beside some garbage cans behind Park Avenue Baptist Church in Paducah on the cool, rainy morning of March 23, 1979...
Boil water order impacts southwest Cape (12/19/07)
A water main break Tuesday night on Siemers Drive means a precautionary boil water order has been issued for the southwest part of Cape Girardeau. Residents living in all areas west of I-55 south of William Street (Route K) will be served notices advising them about the boil order, according to Kevin Priester, Alliance Water division manager...
Blunt appoints Southeast Missourians to state boards (12/19/07)
Gov. Matt Blunt appointed three Southeast Missouri residents to positions on state boards. Julie A. Robinson, 33, of Cape Girardeau will be the medical representative on the Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board. Robinson is a registered nurse at Southeast Missouri State University and Saint Francis Medical Center who holds a bachelor's degree in nursing and general studies from Southeast Missouri State University. ...
2 candidates hope to keep contributions over legal limit (12/19/07)
Most candidates with Southeast Missouri ties who took contributions in excess of the legal limit during a seven-month period earlier this year either have returned or will return the money. But at least two state lawmakers plan to ask for hardship exemptions, requests that can be heard behind closed doors according to a ruling issued Tuesday...
Cape airport $53,000 in red (12/19/07)
Lack of passenger air service all summer hurt Cape Girardeau Regional Airport's income. So did a disappointing turnout for the ninth annual air festival. The airport showed a negative $53,604 in revenue between July and September, the first quarter of the city's fiscal year...
Task force considering changes to state law on Internet harassment (12/19/07)
A state task force on Internet harassment heard a clear message from the mother of a teenage girl who took her life after being taunted online -- current laws have not kept up with changing technology. "I can start MySpace [accounts] on every single one of you, and spread rumors about every single one of you, and what's going to happen to me? Nothing," Tina Meier told the task force at its first meeting in Jefferson City, Mo...
Library works to reverse national trends (12/19/07)
The door to the library is magical: As you pass through it, all your problems disappear, librarian Vickie Howard tells her students at Central Middle School. Books are the key to escape, the passageway to a world where new ideas are exposed and thought-provoking discussions begin. Libraries can be a haven, a place to make connections or discover something about yourself...
Southeast's Barry Bernhardt to direct bands at college bowls (12/19/07)
Barry Bernhardt only assisted when USC band director Art Bartner surrounded Chubby Checker and the Rockettes with 88 grand pianos at halftime during the 1987 Super Bowl. Bernhardt was beginning his teaching career at California State University at Long Beach. Bartner had conducted the bands at the Olympic Games in 1984 and did similar work for Disney World. "He was the guy in the 1980s," Bernhardt said...
500 floor seats still available for concert (12/19/07)
The Show Me Center announced Tuesday that about 500 general admission "floor seats" for its Feb. 21 concert with modern rock bands Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin and Seether. Those tickets are available now. For more information, call 651-5000 or visit www.showmecenter.biz...
Last day for Toybox donations (12/19/07)
Houses with dirt floors, barely any insulation and light bulbs hanging from a cord in the ceiling left an impression with Rick Crow when he helped the Jaycees deliver toys for their Toybox charity program years ago. He told his fellow car buddies in the River City Rodders Car Club about the experience and the club decided to help out with "the bigger ticket items," said Crow, now the president of the club. ...
Mothers with diverse situations look for aid (12/19/07)
Woman, children live at Safe House Annie, a mother of two, is protected by confidentiality policies at the Safe House where she resides. On the list for 6-year-old Timothy are Spider-Man and SpongeBob toys, action figures and learning toys. Jimmy, 3, has the same items on his wish list...
Repairs delay opening of Southeast offices (12/19/07)
Southeast Missouri State University offices will delay opening until 10 a.m. Wednesday instead of 8 a.m. The delayed opening will apply to "main campus buildings," according to a news release sent out by the university Tuesday night. The delay is necessary while the university repairs its steam system, as main campus buildings have been without heat this week...
Scott City, Youth League make deal (12/19/07)
In hindsight, the controversy over the Scott City Youth League and its contract with the city may have been a lot of arguing for not much change, at least in terms of the contract. Monday night the Scott City city council voted 7-0 to authorize Mayor Tim Porch to enter into a new contract with the not-for-profit Youth League giving the league use of the city's ball fields...
Poplar Bluff council votes to allow beer sales at venue (12/19/07)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Pastors and church members opposed to selling beer in the Black River Coliseum filled the Poplar Bluff city council chambers Monday night, but no minds were changed. The vote remained 5-2 to allow beer sales. About 80 people, including at least 15 who had to stand, listened to two supporters of the coliseum's alcohol management plan and 11 opponents of the beer sales. ...
Nixon wants to penalize businesses that hire illegal workers (12/19/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Attorney General Jay Nixon wants to penalize businesses that hire illegal immigrants. Nixon is backing legislation that would suspend business licenses of companies caught using undocumented workers, and permanently revoke licenses of second-time offenders...
Mo. panel makes recommendations to help autistic people (12/19/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (AP) -- A panel examining how Missouri can better help those with autism has proposed 36 recommendations, asking for more services, improved coordination and a comprehensive system for gathering data. The blue-ribbon panel on autism was appointed earlier this year by Senate President Pro Tem Michael Gibbons, R-Kirkwood, to examine Missouri's response to autism and how it might improve services...
Five Springfield parents charged over truancies (12/19/07)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Prosecutors are charging five parents for allowing four children to miss as many as 30 straight days of school in Springfield. The parents could face 15 days in jail or a $300 fine or both if found guilty of violating the state's compulsory attendance law, a Class C misdemeanor...
Man arrested in St. Louis in abduction of 14-year-old girl (12/19/07)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A 14-year-old girl is rescued and the man who allegedly abducted her is in police custody after an incident that began at the girl's home in Columbia, Ill., and ended with a police chase in St. Louis. Britany Adkins was reportedly abducted at knifepoint just before 3 a.m. Wednesday, allegedly by a 17-year-old suspect. The suspect was arrested after a brief chase that ended around 7:15 a.m. in St. Louis city...
Ahuja appointed to Mo. appeals court on third try (12/19/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas City-area attorney Alok (AH'-lok) Ahuja (Ah-HUH'-jah) has been appointed to the state Court of Appeals. Governor Matt Blunt picked Ahuja to fill the Western District appeals seat vacated when Judge Patricia Breckenridge was elevated to the state Supreme Court...
Blunt, Nixon trying to redirect refund checks (12/19/07)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican Gov. Matt Blunt and his Democratic challenger, Attorney General Jay Nixon, have begun refunding millions of dollars to big donors in compliance with a state Supreme Court decision reinstating Missouri's campaign contribution limits...
Judge grants temporary custody to Missouri man who says weight lost him adoption (12/19/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A man who underwent gastric bypass surgery after saying he was not allowed to adopt a child because of his weight has been awarded temporary custody of the baby boy. But before he issued the order granting temporary adoptive custody, Jackson County Circuit Judge John R. O'Malley also sharply criticized Gary Stocklaufer for his handling of the matter and denied Stocklaufer's claim that the court would not allow him to adopt the baby because he is obese...
State ranks high in survey on emergency preparedness (12/19/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri scored high marks in a national survey released Tuesday on preparedness for public health emergencies such as an influenza pandemic or a bioterrorism attack. The state achieved nine of the 10 criteria used by the Trust for America's Health, a research group that since 2003 has assessed how prepared states are to deal with public health crises...
Mo. gas station cleaning up fuel leak (12/19/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Cleanup continued Tuesday at a suburban St. Louis QuikTrip service station, where the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said more than 20,000 gallons of fuel leaked underground. The leak was discovered Friday in the north St. Louis County town of Ferguson, though state officials believe it began earlier last week. Crews were trying to remove gasoline from the soil and from a waterway connected to Maline Creek, DNR spokesman Larry Archer said...
Woman earns 'naughty' status while sitting on mall Santa's lap (12/19/07)
DANBURY, Conn. -- Santa Claus says that a woman who sat on his lap was naughty, not nice. A Santa at the Danbury Fair mall said the woman groped him. "The security officer at the mall said Santa Claus has been sexually assaulted," police Detective Lt. Thomas Michael said of the weekend complaint...
Judge orders hearing on whether administration violated court order by destroying CIA videos (12/19/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration must answer questions about the destruction of CIA interrogation videos of two al-Qaida suspects, a federal judge said Tuesday, rejecting the government's efforts to keep the courts out of the investigation. U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy ordered Justice Department lawyers to appear before him at 11 a.m. Friday to discuss whether destroying the tapes, which showed two al-Qaida suspects being questioned, violated a court order...
SWAT team's mistake leads to terror for Minneapolis family (12/19/07)
MINNEAPOLIS -- With her six children and husband tucked into bed, Yee Moua was watching TV in her living room just after midnight when she heard voices -- faint at first, then louder. Then came the sound of a window shattering. Moua bolted upstairs, where her husband, Vang Khang, grabbed his shotgun from a closet, knelt and fired a warning shot through his doorway as he heard footsteps coming up the stairs. ...
Congress OKs auto fuel economy increase, more ethanol use (12/19/07)
WASHINGTON -- Congress approved by a wide margin the first increase in automobile fuel economy in 32 years Tuesday, and President Bush plans to quickly sign the legislation, accepting the mandates on the auto industry. The energy bill, boosting mileage by 40 percent to 35 miles per gallon, passed the House 314-100 and now goes to the White House, following the Senate's approval last week...
Congress expands FOIA to allow access to more government records (12/19/07)
WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday Congress struck back at the Bush administration's trend toward secrecy since the 2001 terrorist attacks, passing legislation to toughen the Freedom of Information Act and increasing penalties on agencies that don't comply...
FCC OKs rule letting some broadcasters own newspapers (12/19/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission, overturning a 32-year-old ban, voted Tuesday to allow broadcasters in the nation's 20 largest media markets to also own a newspaper. FCC chairman Kevin Martin was joined by his two Republican colleagues in favor of the proposal, while the commission's two Democrats voted against it...
Stocks rise in volatile trading (12/19/07)
NEW YORK -- Stocks rose Tuesday after investors found solace in the European Central Bank's $500 billion loan issuance, but the possibility of recession in 2008 made for a back-and-forth session. The ECB's massive 16-day tender supported the idea that the world's central banks are working to revive demand in struggling areas of the credit market. ...
Fed endorses plan to curb shady lending practices (12/19/07)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve moved Tuesday to protect home buyers from dubious lending practices, its most sweeping response to a mortgage meltdown that has forced record numbers of people from their homes. The Fed has been under attack for not doing more to stem the crisis as hundreds of thousands of people lost the roof over their head. ...
87-year-old man completes degree (12/19/07)
@calendar:The Associated Press MILWAUKEE -- A 50-year gap in his higher education didn't stop Clarence Garrett. After returning to college in spring of 2006 as a full-time student, Garrett completed course work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was awarded his bachelor's degree at commencement ceremonies Sunday -- at the age of 87...
Castro hints at retirement, doesn't want to fade as Cuba's leader (12/19/07)
HAVANA -- Fidel Castro says he won't stand in the way of younger people who can lead Cuba, but also insists on being "of consequence" until the end of his life. So it goes with the ailing 81-year-old -- eager to see others keep up the revolution but reluctant to let go of power...
Train carrying holiday travelers derails in Pakistan, killing 50 (12/19/07)
MIRPURKHAS, Pakistan -- An express train crowded with holiday travelers derailed in southern Pakistan early Wednesday, killing at least 50 people and injuring many more, officials said. The overnight train was going from Karachi to Lahore when about 12 of its 16 cars came off the rails near Mehrabpur, about 250 miles north of Karachi, the officials said...
Muslims mark spiritual high point of hajj, though some politics sneak in (12/19/07)
MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia -- Millions of Muslims marked the zenith of the annual hajj Tuesday, praying for God's forgiveness on a rocky desert hill here where in Muslim tradition Adam and Eve were reunited after leaving Eden. The ritual of standing at Mount Rahma is the most spiritual moment of the pilgrimage, when Muslims believe God will grant whatever prayers they make...
Blake Peiffer, Jackson wrestling (12/19/07)
Blake Peiffer's Saturday ended with a loss. But the Jackson junior hasn't had many of those this year. Peiffer finished second in the 215-pound weight class Saturday at the Tiger Classic wrestling tournament hosted by Cape Central to lead the Indians to a seventh-place finish...
Scott City boys win, improve mark to 4-0 (12/19/07)
The Scott City boys basketball team remained perfect through four games with a 70-38 drubbing of Poplar Bluff at home Tuesday night. The Rams bolted to a 19-2 lead after one period and a 36-11 advantage at halftime. Six-foot-5 senior center Alex King led the Rams with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while guard Jay Simmons recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds. Shae Simmons added 10 points, and Caleb Estes chipped in with 12. Derrick Laxton had six rebounds and five assists...
Chastain steps down as Perryville football coach (12/19/07)
Perryville high school is searching for a new head football coach after Rick Chastain submitted a letter of resignation at the school district's last board meeting. Perryville assistant superintendent Russell Leek, who confirmed Chastain's decision to step down, said Tuesday that the school hopes to replace the coach by its February board meeting...
Coffman expects to return next season for Missouri (12/19/07)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri tight end Chase Coffman expects to return for his senior season rather than enter the NFL draft, but isn't quite ready to make that decision final. Around the time No. 7 Missouri (11-2) plays No. 25 Arkansas (8-4) in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. ...
Southeast's full cast topples Samford (12/19/07)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Sonya Daugherty was glad to be back on the basketball court. So was Missy Whitney. And Southeast Missouri State was more than happy to have its top two players back. Daugherty and Whitney returned from absences to help the Redhawks start off their toughest stretch of the season with a 69-60 win over host Samford on Tuesday night...
Drew's late shot lifts Redhawks (12/19/07)
Southeast Missourian BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Things did not look good for Southeast Missouri State late in Tuesday night's game. In fact, the situation appeared close to hopeless. Except the Redhawks never gave up hope. "We just kept believing," sophomore point guard Roderick Pearson said. "We just stayed positive."...
Clemens denies use of steroids (12/19/07)
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens denied allegations by his former trainer that he took performance-enhancing drugs, calling them "a dangerous and destructive shortcut that no athlete should ever take." The accusations against the seven-time Cy Young Award winner from former trainer Brian McNamee were the most striking in last week's Mitchell Report. ...
Edwards apologizes to KC fans (12/19/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Coach Herm Edwards apologized to Kansas City Chiefs fans Tuesday for telling them to "get over it," and said he should have chosen his words more carefully in talking about their reaction to his team's losing streak. The Chiefs (4-10) have lost seven in a row in Edwards' second season and could be headed toward their worst record in two decades. ...
Slain Redskins safety voted to Pro Bowl (12/19/07)
NEW YORK -- Sean Taylor was voted to the NFC Pro Bowl team posthumously on Tuesday, three weeks after he was shot during a burglary at his Florida home. The Washington Redskins defensive back got a starting position on the team at free safety. He was having an outstanding season and was among the leaders in fan balloting for a team selected by a combination of fans, players and coaches...
Holt will represent Rams; Jones is second alternate (12/19/07)
ST. LOUIS -- Despite the St. Louis Rams' dismal 3-11 record and a knee injury that hampered him all year, Torry Holt earned his seventh Pro Bowl berth Tuesday. Holt was the only Rams player honored besides punter Donnie Jones, a second alternate, which made the honor that much more meaningful. Holt is among the league leaders with 83 receptions for 1,055 yards, his eighth consecutive 1,000-yard season, with a 12.7-yard average and seven touchdowns...
Holiday Best contest: Family tradition takes first place (12/19/07)
It all started with a simple cookie -- a cornmeal cookie. Add some cranberries, some chocolate chips and seven generations of Southern Irish cooking and you have the winner of the Southeast Missourian and SHE magazine's 2007 Holiday Best contest. Who would have thought to put cranberries, chocolate chips and cornmeal together in one cookie?...
Southeast Missourian and She The Magazine 2007 Holiday Best winners (12/19/07)
Chocolate Chip Cornmeal Cookies by Angie Holtzhouser and Ellie Potter of Scott City 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup light brown sugar 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 1 large egg 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract...
More cookie recipes for the Holiday Best contest (12/19/07)
These are just a few more of the recipes submitted for the Southeast Missourian and SHE the Magazine's 2007 Holiday Best cookie contest. Check back next week for more submissions. Gooey Butter Cookies -- Fran Rediger of Cape Girardeau 1 butter yellow cake mix...
Keeping a plant alive requires care (12/19/07)
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. -- They sit on grocery or home-improvement store shelves, waiting for someone to nurture them. But a worse fate could lie ahead -- too small pots, too little sunlight or the worst of all, over-watering. That's what a common houseplant can endure given an owner who knows little to nothing about plant care...
A colorful explanation of the season's favorite hues (12/19/07)
Ever wonder why red and green are so popular during the Christmas season? The first reason might be found in nature. Red and green are prominent December colors that can be seen in places such as the red poinsettias which bloom during this month. Evergreen trees are the only color visible in colder states. And in warmer climates, the Christmas palm blooms with red berries this time of year...
Sweet release, more cookie recipes (12/19/07)
There were many great entries to the Southeast Missourian cookie contest, and it was a lot of fun judging the finalists. Since the announcement of the cookie contest, I have not been able to include any cookie recipes in this column. You know what it is like to be told you can't do something? Since then I have wanted to include some cookie recipes for you, but couldn't. ...
Robert Dressler (12/19/07)
Robert H. Dressler, 80, of Edwardsville, Ill., died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, Ill. He was born July 17, 1927, in Sebewaing, Mich., son of Lendon and Anna Nitz Dressler. He and Caroline Louise Hartwig were married Feb. 20, 1954, in Los Angeles...
Dennis Stanfill (12/19/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Dennis L. "Dee" Stanfill, 54, of Perryville died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007, in Perry County. He was born Dec. 23, 1952, at Ironton, Mo., son of Raymond and Helen Sikes Stanfill. He and Terry L. Kennon were married Oct. 25, 1997, in Perryville...
Diane Moore (12/19/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Diane C. Moore, 55, of Perryville died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007, at her home. She was born Dec. 16, 1952, in St. Louis, daughter of Alvin and Dolores Kennon. Survivors include three daughters, Kelly Plunkett and Letitia Bell of Perryville, Julie Daugherty of Altenburg, Mo.; her parents of Perryville; two stepdaughters, Lisa Manning of Joplin, Mo., Brenda Kennon of Perryville; three stepsons, Richard Moore of Georgia, Ron Moore of Dittmer, Mo., Jerry Moore Jr. ...
Jerry Moore Sr. (12/19/07)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Jerry E. Moore Sr., 68, of Perryville died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007, at his home. He was born March 16, 1939, at Van Buren, Mo., son of Charles and Wilma Fry Moore. Moore was a truck driver with Rollet Brothers. Survivors include three daughters, Lisa Manning of Joplin, Mo., Brenda Kennon and Letitia Bell of Perryville; three sons, Richard Moore of Georgia, Ron Moore of Dittmer, Mo., Jerry Moore Jr. ...
Michael Blanchard (12/19/07)
Michael D. Blanchard, 63, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Nov. 20, 1944, in Owensboro, Ky., son of James and Lorene Southard Blanchard. Blanchard was employed by Union Local 37 as an insulation installer, retiring in 1997. He then worked at K's Merchandise eight years. He was a member of Iona Baptist Church...
Gary Sperling (12/19/07)
Gary W. Sperling, 58, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Nov. 22, 1949, in Cape Girardeau, son of Fred C. and Elda Amanda Schwab Sperling. He and Sheree A. Davis were married March 16, 1974, at Gordonville...
Births 12/19/07 (12/19/07)
Dunaway; Bass; Stickel; Garnett; Williams; Wyatt; Simpson
Cape/Jackson police report 12/19/07 (12/19/07)
Arrests; Summons
Cape fire report 12/19/07 (12/19/07)
n At 6:23 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of North Middle Street. n At 2:03 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of Themis Street. n At 4:05 a.m., emergency medical service in the 3100 block of Independence Street. n At 8:34 a.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of South Silver Springs Road...
Out of the past 12/19/07 (12/19/07)
Narvol A. Randol, whose varied career includes time as mayor of Cape Girardeau and brigadier general in the National Guard, is preparing to retire as president of Boatmen's Bank of Cape Girardeau; his banking career began with the old First National Bank on Main Street in the late 1930s...
Workers' comp (12/19/07)
By Mark Baker At the turn of the 20th century, Missouri, like much of the nation, found itself shifting from an agricultural to an industrial society, in most instances replacing a barter system of trade with capitalism. As new technologies and processes evolved, such as electricity and the automobile, workers found themselves among assembly lines and factory jobs, as many had left the farm in search for employment in the city...
Optimist leader (12/19/07)
Jackson resident Don Sievers was recently named president of Optimist International, a service organization with 3,200 clubs and 105,000 members around the world. Sievers started Associated Sheet Metal Inc., a commercial and industrial heating-ventilation-air conditioning company in Jackson. That management and leadership experience should serve Sievers well in his new post...
It's time to try some diplomacy (12/19/07)
To the editor:With Iraq, we were subjected to an ongoing litany of lies from the Bush administration. Despite the denials of the U.N. inspectors on the ground in Iraq, the administration told us Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and nuclear capability. ...
Thanks for help with VFW delivery (12/19/07)
To the editor:On behalf of VFW Post 3838, I would like to thank Cape Auto & Truck Sales, owner Tom Ambruster and salesmen Bob and Darren for the use of the 42-foot truck with the lift on the back so we could make our annual food delivery to the Salvation Army, FISH and the Red Star Food Pantry. We delivered 3,900 items to each for a total of 11,700 items. Without the use of the truck it would have been a very tough job...
Wilderness deserves protection (12/19/07)
To the editor:Kudos to Canada. Our neighbors to the north are making huge strides in the preservation of beautiful natural places. The Canadian government is moving to protect two huge pieces of land from industrial development and preserve these ecological and cultural wonders for the enjoyment of future generations. ...
Speak Out 12/19/07 (12/19/07)
Banana incentive; Criminal background; Liking him more; Not interested; Important information; Season's blessings; Shopping safety
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