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Stories from Saturday, January 19, 2008

Sinkholes closing part of Sprigg Street (01/19/08)
As the sinkhole problem continues to plague South Sprigg Street, with four new sinkholes opening up in three months, city officials have decided to shut down part of the road so repairs can be made. The city council will vote Tuesday to ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help the city determine a specific cause of the 11 sinkholes that have opened up along the road, as well as a permanent solution to the problem...
Legislators, Blunt seek biodiesel mandate (01/19/08)
Missouri's biodiesel producers may soon get a guaranteed market for their product. Under a proposal similar to the state's 10 percent ethanol mandate that took effect Jan. 1, Gov. Matt Blunt and some legislators are pushing for a biodiesel standard...
Lanes reduced for road work on two area highways (01/19/08)
Lanes will be reduced on two highways in Cape Girardeau and Scott counties next week while MoDOT replaces guardrails and patches sections of roadway. Highway 77 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane with a width restriction of 12 feet at the southbound exit ramp at Benton while crews replace guardrails. Work is scheduled to take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday...
Krajcir given 40 years for second Ill. murder (01/19/08)
MARION, Ill. -- Confessed serial killer Timothy W. Krajcir pleaded guilty Friday to the 1978 murder of a Marion woman and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. The sentence for the murder conviction will run consecutively with a sentence of the same length Krajcir, 63, received Dec. 10 for a 1982 murder in Carbondale, Ill., meaning Krajcir will spend the next 80 years behind bars...
Blunt tours career center, touts proposed increases in education funding (01/19/08)
Gov. Matt Blunt crisscrossed the state Friday, stopping in Cape Gir?ardeau to tout increases in education funding he is recommending, including $121 million for the state's funding formula. This is third time Blunt has spoken in Cape Girardeau in about a month, as he prepares to seek re-election in November...
Farmer charged with dumping waste (01/19/08)
Southeast Missourian PEMISCOT COUNTY, Mo. -- A federal grand jury has indicted a Pemiscot County farmer, accusing him of dumping byproducts from biodiesel production on his farm and killing a significant amount of fish and other aquatic life, according to a Missouri Department of Natural Resources news release sent out Friday afternoon...
Soybean oil prices more than double over past two years (01/19/08)
High prices for soybean commodities have coincided with a steady rise in soybean oil prices, bringing the cost of the biodiesel feedstock to more than twice what it was in January 2006. Soybean oil is commonly used to make biodiesel, though other plant oils and even animal fats can be used to produce the fuel. On Friday, soybean oil for March delivery topped 53 cents a pound on the Chicago Board of Trade...
Panel will propose higher parking fines (01/19/08)
Southeast Missouri State University students face higher fines and, at least for now, fewer free parking spaces around the River Campus. Those are two on a list of recommendations being made by a committee appointed by Cape Girardeau City Council. The list, finished Wednesday, will be presented to the council Feb. 4...
Ill. governor under fire from legislators in his own party (01/19/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Dictator. Madman. Unruly child. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been called all those and more -- and that's just by his fellow Democrats. A series of policy defeats and bitter confrontations has driven Blagojevich's relationship with Illinois legislators to a new low...
Woman gets 20 years for St. Francois County poisoning (01/19/08)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- A St. Francois County woman was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for poisoning another woman with a chemical used in curing meat. Tina Vazquez, 35, of Bonne Terre, Mo., pleaded guilty last year and said she got the sodium nitrate from a meat-processing plant where she worked...
Conviction from 1992 killing in Poplar Bluff overturned by court (01/19/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A state appeals court has overturned a man's conviction for the 1992 strangulation death of Southeast Missouri woman, citing insufficient evidence. Samuel Andrew Freeman, 41, of Jefferson City, Mo., was convicted in 2006 of killing Laura Ann Wynn, 31, of Poplar Bluff...
Bush calls for rescue package up to $150 billion (01/19/08)
WASHINGTON -- With recession fears rising and the stock market tumbling, President Bush on Friday called for up to $150 billion in tax relief for consumers and business -- and said there was no time to waste. Bush's urgent remarks gave fresh impetus to congressional leaders already hard at work on an economic rescue package that would include extra money for food stamps and jobless benefits in addition to tax rebates of hundreds of dollars each for millions of Americans. ...
Mo. unemployment rises to 5.5 percent (01/19/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's unemployment rate rose in December as the number of jobs in the state declined. Missouri's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.5 percent last month, an increase of three-tenths of a percentage point from November, according to figures released Friday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The national rate was 5 percent in December...
Bush fills Iran policy void as State Department exodus continues (01/19/08)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush moved quickly Friday to fill a key diplomatic post with responsibility for Iran policy, nominating the American ambassador to Russia for the job immediately after his predecessor's resignation. Bush tapped William Burns less than three hours after the State Department's third highest-ranking official, undersecretary of state for political affairs Nicholas Burns, announced he was joining a growing exodus of senior diplomats stepping down...
Wide range of women in U.S. get abortions; most have at least one child (01/19/08)
NEW YORK -- In American pop culture, the face of abortion is often a frightened teenager, nervously choosing to terminate an unexpected pregnancy. The numbers tell a far more complex story in which financial stress can play a pivotal role. Half of the roughly 1.2 million U.S. women who have abortions each year are 25 or older. Only about 17 percent are teens. About 60 percent have given birth to least one child before getting an abortion...
Labeling photos with GPS data becoming new trend on Internet (01/19/08)
NEW YORK -- To plan an upcoming hike in the Alps, John Higham scoured scores of photos plotted along his route on a digital map for clues to the steepness of trails and the availability of accommodations or camp sites. These images were just like all the other vacation photos shared by travelers and amateur photographers, except they'd been tagged with location information in an emerging practice known as "geotagging."...
Man with shotgun arrested near U.S. Capitol; no one injured (01/19/08)
WASHINGTON -- Police arrested a man carrying a shotgun outside the Capitol on Friday, authorities said. The man, who was not immediately identified, was in custody, and no one was injured, U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said...
Doctored photo slims down Texas congressional candidate (01/19/08)
HOUSTON -- A mailer from a congressional candidate's campaign contains a photo of his head attached to an image of a different body that makes him look thinner. The photo is presented as a true image of Dean Hrbacek, a Republican former mayor of Sugar Land, Texas. In reality, it is a computerized composite of Hrbacek's face and someone else's slimmer figure, in suit and tie, from neck to knee...
Judge says man can keep $1 million lottery win despite breaking probation (01/19/08)
BARNSTABLE, Mass. -- The luck keeps rolling for a convicted bank robber who won a $1 million lottery prize: Though he violated his probation by buying the ticket, a judge says he can keep the money. Barnstable Superior Court Judge Richard Connon on Friday approved the probation department's agreement that Timothy Elliott, 33, could keep the winnings...
White House chart shows 473 days of no e-mail during CIA leak case, other periods (01/19/08)
WASHINGTON -- Apparent gaps in White House e-mail archives coincide with dates in late 2003 and early 2004 when the administration was struggling to deal with the CIA leak investigation and the possibility of a congressional probe into Iraq intelligence failures...
NASA says new rocket has potentially dangerous shaking problem (01/19/08)
WASHINGTON -- NASA is wrestling with a potentially dangerous problem in a spacecraft, this time in a moon rocket that hasn't even been built yet. Engineers are concerned that the new rocket meant to replace the space shuttle and send astronauts on their way to the moon could shake violently during the first few minutes of flight, possibly destroying the vehicle...
Canadian training manual lists U.S. and Israel among countries where prisoners risk torture and abuse (01/19/08)
TORONTO -- A training manual for Canadian diplomats lists the United States as a country where prisoners risk torture and abuse, citing interrogation techniques such as stripping prisoners, blindfolding and sleep deprivation. The Foreign Affairs Department document, released Friday, singled out the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay. It also names Israel, Afghanistan, China, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Syria as places where inmates could face torture...
Iraqi troops clash with members of Shiite cult (01/19/08)
BAGHDAD -- Violence left nearly 50 people dead in two major southern cities Friday when members of a shadowy, messianic cult attacked police and fellow Shiite worshippers -- a year after a similar plot was foiled during Shiite Islam's most important holiday...
Militants open fire on tourists in Yemen, killing 2 Belgian women (01/19/08)
SAN'A, Yemen -- Suspected al-Qaida militants opened fire on a convoy of tourists in a remote desert mountain valley Friday, killing two Belgian women and their Yemeni driver. It was the second recent militant attack on foreign tourists in Yemen, the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden...
Israel closes Gaza crossings and pounds Hamas targets (01/19/08)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israel sought to put an end to a surge in rocket attacks from Gaza, sending its air force Friday against a symbol of Hamas power in the heart of Gaza City and simultaneously choking off shipments of fuel and food across its border with the strip...
Former chess champion Bobby Fischer, icon and enigma, dead at 64 (01/19/08)
REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- "Chess," Bobby Fischer once said, "is life." It was the chess master's tragedy that the messy, tawdry details of his life often overshadowed the sublime genius of his game. Fischer, who has died at the age of 64, was a child prodigy, a teenage grandmaster and -- before age 30 -- a world champion who triumphed in a Cold War showdown with Soviet champion Boris Spassky...
Engines in Heathrow plane crash failed to respond to demand for increased thrust (01/19/08)
LONDON -- The engines on a British Airways plane that crash-landed at London's Heathrow Airport failed to respond for a demand to increase thrust about two miles before it reached the runway, a preliminary accident report said Friday. Using flight recorder information, investigators will focus on what might have caused the engine problem on British Airways Flight 038 from Beijing to London, according to the report from Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch...
East Prairie holds off Kelly for third in Scott-Miss. tourney (01/19/08)
East Prairie limited Kelly to three points in the second quarter, then held on for the 73-63 victory in the third-place boys basketball game at the Scott-Mississippi Conference tournament Friday in Delta. Tony Jones scored 33 points to lead the Eagles...
Braves win Scott-Mississippi Conference tournament (01/19/08)
DELTA -- Scott County Central sophomore Bobby Hatchett admitted he was not feeling real strong during the final minute and a half of Friday's game against Scott City. "I was tired," he said. "Heck yeah." Still Hatchett showed no signs of fatigue. Nor did his teammates...
Central swimmers to host 15-team City of Roses Invitational today (01/19/08)
The water at the Central Municipal Pool is heating up and so is the competition. The pool received a new water heater Wednesday, increasing temperatures to 78 and 79 degrees just in time for today's 15-team City of Roses Invitational. Hosted by Central, diving begins at 9 a.m. and swimming begins at 1 p.m...
HS BKB - ND v Saxony (01/19/08)
Notre Dame constantly pumped the ball into its big men near the basket, and the Bulldogs post players created headaches for the Saxony Lutheran defenders. Notre Dame's Ryan Willen maneuvered down low and forced the Crusaders to foul him, generating 10 free-throw attempts in the first half alone. He converted all 10 and helped the Bulldogs earn the 67-50 victory Friday in boys basketball action...
Southeast women try to extend road streak (01/19/08)
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Southeast Missouri State women's basketball coach John Ishee knew his team would be tested by its early run of Ohio Valley Conference road games. So far the Redhawks have passed with flying colors, and another win today would put them in a solid position as they chase their third straight OVC regular-season title...
Redhawks look to end three-game slide today (01/19/08)
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team is reeling after three straight losses. Things only will get tougher for the Redhawks today as they face an amped Tennessee Tech squad. Southeast (11-8, 6-3 Ohio Valley Conference) faces the host Eagles (8-11, 5-4) in a 1 p.m. tipoff...
Redhawks upset Kentucky in season debut (01/19/08)
The Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team opened its season Friday night with dual meet victory over No. 18 Kentucky at Houck Field House. The Redhawks won 192.625 to 191.875, defeating a Kentucky team that had beaten Auburn in its season-opening match...
Heightened enlightenment Local group seeks to interpret God through Aramaic translations (01/19/08)
KELSO, Mo. -- In the era of megachurches that cater to congregations of thousands, a handful of people gather here in a small office on Sunday mornings to talk with each other about God. Seeking purity they study a Bible translated from Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke. They read from "A Course in Miracles," a book which purports to have been dictated by Jesus and has received Oprah Winfrey's imprimatur...
Finding the source of joy (01/19/08)
One of my favorite stories, which I know I have told before, is of a woman who had made an appointment with her attorney in order to change her will. She was a single woman who had never dated and thus never married or had children. She led a successful business that allowed her to establish several endowments to various charities, including her church. ...
Briefly (01/19/08)
Vincentian Marian Youth to hold retreat A Romans 8 Retreat, bringing teens together from different cultures and nationalities to grow in leadership and faith, will be held for all high-school-age teens from Feb. 29 to March 2 at Camp Trinity in New Haven, Mo. ...
God keeps up (01/19/08)
Traffic flowed in all directions following the entanglement of roads. A train passed by. Overpasses, underpasses, toll roads and bypasses were filled with automobiles. People drove by while talking on cell phones. I felt overwhelmed merely viewing the constant motion of everything on my most recent trip...
Lohan to work in morgue, ER as part of plea bargain (01/19/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Lindsay Lohan is about to see dead people. The 21-year-old actress will soon be working at a morgue as part of her punishment for misdemeanor drunken driving, her attorney, Blair Berk, told a judge Thursday. She has also spent two months in rehabilitation and has done some community service, Berk said at a hearing on her progress toward fulfilling the terms of her plea bargain...
Gene Wilcox (01/19/08)
Earl Eugene "Gene" Wilcox, 83, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, in Henderson, Nev. He was born Sept. 16, 1923, in Jackson, son of Earl E. and Della Crites Wilcox. He married Maxine Ray. Wilcox grew up in Jackson and Shawneetown, and graduated from Jackson High School in 1943. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946 aboard the destroyer USS Strong in the Pacific during World War II...
Mary Schubert (01/19/08)
Mary F. Schubert, 81, of Jackson died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at her home. She was born May 26, 1926, in Arbor, Mo., daughter of Arthur and Sarah F. Moreland Hitt. She and Bill Schubert were married Oct. 27, 1956. He died Nov. 20, 2007. Schubert graduated from Randles High School in 1942. ...
Charles Simms (01/19/08)
Charles Wayne Simms, 67, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Dec. 22, 1940, in Ridgely, Tenn., son of J.T. and Gladys Edgin Simms. He and Abby Ardella Floyd were married May 16, 1964, in Rector, Ark...
Gertrude Garris (01/19/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Gertrude Garris, 85, of Perryville died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at Perry Oaks Manor. She was born Oct. 22, 1922, in Newfoundland, Canada, daughter of Peter and Mary Blackmore. She married Louie Garris, who died March 19, 1981. Garris worked at International Shoe Co. and had been a nurse's aide...
Virginia Beger (01/19/08)
Virginia A. "Ginny" Beger, 79, of Overland, Mo., died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, at DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton, Mo. She was born Jan. 13, 1929, in Altenburg, Mo., daughter of Hieronymous and Hilda Jungklaus Schade. She married Orvis W. Beger. Beger retired as a data entry worker at the Sporting News in St. Louis...
Joe Beckett (01/19/08)
Joe Edward Beckett, 75, of Sanford, Fla., died Friday, Jan. 11, 2008. The funeral will be today at Sunset's Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, 200 E. West Street, Georgetown, Ill. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery at Ridge Farm, Ill. He was born Aug. 2, 1932, to Eli Austin "Tot" Beckett and Myrtle Serena Flynn Beckett. He grew up at 513 Bellevue in Cape Girardeau. He was married to Shirley Rose Ankrum May 22, 1955, in Ridge Farm...
Sharon Rogers (01/19/08)
Sharon Katheryn Rogers, 65, of Scott City died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, in Jackson. She was born Oct. 12, 1942, at Ancell, daughter of Albert Joseph and Julia Frances Enderle Dumey. She and Charles J. "Onie" Rogers were married May 13, 1994, in Las Vegas...
Births 1/19/08 (01/19/08)
Kilhafner; Findlay; Littleton; Dean; Rodriguez; Locke; Lewis; Sander; McClenithan
Police report 1/19/08 (01/19/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Terrence D. Mosley, 19, 331 S. Lorimier St., Apt. B, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for contempt of court for failure to pay fine and cost for stealing...
Fire report 1/19/08 (01/19/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 4:29 p.m., an alarm sounding at 2825 Bloomfield Road. n At 4:51 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2800 block of Independence Street. n At 6:40 p.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of Mill Street...
Out of the past 1/19/08 (01/19/08)
The planned construction of a new Jackson post office may provide the solution not only to the U.S. Postal Service's need for a larger facility, but also for additional county office space, says Presiding Judge Gene Huckstep; he notes that the county might be interested in purchasing the structure for use as a government office building...
Give blood (01/19/08)
It seems the American Red Cross is always talking about low blood levels. That's their job: to ensure that enough blood is on hand for transfusions when we need them. The Red Cross also gets the word out to potential donors when their veins are needed...
Speak Out 1/19/08 (01/19/08)
Reflective striping; Thanks for license; Needed frequencies; Highway trash; Federal prosecutions; Thanks for lights; Energy and cars; Too fat to give; No limit on tickets; Paying teachers
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