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Loose dog shot to death in Cape Girardeau (04/12/08)
A pit bull was shot to death Friday morning on Hawthorne Road in Cape Girardeau. According to Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Barry Hovis, "two pit bull dogs were running at large from another residence." Hovis said that, according to the incident report, the man living there opened his door to shoo the dogs away "but one got into his residence."...
MoDOT planning roundabout for Blomeyer (04/12/08)
The premiere of the Blomeyer roundabout design seems to be getting good reviews. MoDOT officials hosted an informal public hearing Thursday on the intersection of highways 25 and 77, where they meet Route AB. The hearing, set up in the lobby of the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, featured oversized aerial photos and engineers' drawings mounted on easels...
Scott County picks May 6 for special vote (04/12/08)
Scott County Clerk Rita Milam has confirmed May 6 as the special election to break ties among candidates in Tuesday's election. Tom Urhahn and Ron Diebold Jr. tied at 172 votes each in the race for Oran mayor. Betty Barnes and Mitch Thompson received 152 votes apiece as mayoral candidates in Miner. Richard Griffin and Susan Godwin were tied with 133 votes for the third seat on the Scott County Central School District board. The other two seats were filled by Mark Freed and Michael Blissett...
Events planned as part of Victims' Rights week (04/12/08)
Events planned as part of victims' rights week The Safe House for Women will kick off National Victims' Rights Week with a book fair today at Barnes & Noble. A percentage of sales will be donated to the Safe House for Women. Activities include food samples from Phoenicia from noon to 2 p.m., a book signing of Morley Swingle's "Bootheel Man" from 3 to 5 p.m., story time with Curious George at 4 p.m. ...
Prediction for Mississippi River crest lowered to 41.5 feet Wednesday (04/12/08)
Blustery winds were the only reminder Friday of a major storm that dumped 2 to 5 inches of rain Thursday from Kansas and Oklahoma to central Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. The rain triggered a renewed rise in the Mississippi River, which is predicted to crest at 41.5 feet Wednesday in Cape Girardeau. That's 2.5 feet lower than the original prediction. It will be the fourth crest above flood stage in little over a month...
Bond promises Dutchtown aid (04/12/08)
During a visit to Cape Girardeau on Friday to view flood damage and rising water with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Sen. Kit Bond promised to seek federal funding to build a levee to protect Dutchtown from future floods as soon as local matching money is available...
Mo. to begin using new license plates in June (04/12/08)
Mo. to begin using new license plates in June JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missourians who renew their vehicle registrations after June 16 will get new license plates. Most motorists will need to pay an extra $2.78 to get a set of the new license plates. Those with customized plates will have to pay $4.25. ...
Food aid meeting comes amid soaring commodity, fuel prices (04/12/08)
WICHITA, Kan. -- Against a backdrop of soaring commodity and fuel prices, government and private food aid groups from around the world are gathering next week in Missouri to grapple with the growing hunger crisis in some of the world's most impoverished regions...
State health department: Baby sent home from hospital with wrong family (04/12/08)
MARION, Ill. (AP) -- A federal agency is investigating the case of a baby apparently sent home with the wrong family from a southern Illinois hospital. Officials say the mistake happened in March at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Health says the hospital wasn't required to report the matter but it did on April 4th...
Blunt's attorneys subpoena reporters (04/12/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An Associated Press reporter and a former reporter for the Kansas City Star were subpoenaed Friday by attorneys defending Gov. Matt Blunt against a lawsuit filed by a former staff lawyer. Scott Eckersley sued Blunt and four past or current staff members in January, claiming he was fired and defamed in the fall in retaliation for suggesting Blunt's administration was destroying e-mails in violation of Missouri's open-records law...
Lawsuit filed against hospital after baby sent home with wrong family (04/12/08)
Babies given to wrong families; lawsuits filed MARION, Ill. -- A pair of mothers who say medical workers at a Southern Illinois hospital accidentally switched their baby sons last month have filed two lawsuits. Attorney John Womick said Friday that he wants the court to file an injunction requiring Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion to investigate the incident. ...
Boy, 14, dies trying to cross flooded creek; water still high in many areas (04/12/08)
ST. LOUIS -- The latest round of flooding was blamed in the death of a southern Missouri boy, forced scattered evacuations around the state Friday and had some Mississippi River towns fortifying levees and floodwalls. Four inches of rain fell in parts of southern Missouri on Wednesday and Thursday -- too much moisture for already saturated ground and rivers still high from heavy rains last month...
Poshard taps SIU trustee interim chancellor (04/12/08)
Poshard names trustee as interim chancellor CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A member of Southern Illinois University's board of trustees is resigning his post to accept an appointment as the interim chancellor at SIU's Carbondale campus. University president Glenn Poshard said he's tapped retired professor and longtime Carbondale community leader Samuel Goldman to take over for interim provost Don Rice. ...
Girls in polygamist sect could be placed in foster homes (04/12/08)
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- All their lives, the girls in the polygamist sect in the West Texas desert were told that the outside world was hostile and immoral, and that venturing beyond the brilliant white limestone walls of their compound would consign them to eternal damnation...
Economic powers endorse plan for averting financial crises (04/12/08)
WASHINGTON -- Finance officials from the world's top economic powers endorsed a plan Friday aimed at preventing another financial crisis like the credit and mortgage debacles that erupted in the United States and quickly sent tremors around the globe...
FEMA sets new limits for formaldehyde levels in trailers (04/12/08)
WASHINGTON -- After resisting for years, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is setting strict new limits on formaldehyde levels in the mobile homes it buys for disaster victims. Responding to safety concerns, the agency said Friday it will take "extraordinary precautions" by buying trailers with formaldehyde emissions comparable to that of conventional housing. ...
Airline pushed into bankruptcy by credit-card processor's change (04/12/08)
NEW YORK -- Frontier Airlines, the latest airline to file for bankruptcy, was pushed over the brink by a problem that could spread to other carriers: credit-card troubles. The carrier on Friday blamed its Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on a cash squeeze caused by its credit-card processing company, which has decided to keep a larger chunk of the Denver airline's ticket revenue...
Apparent explosion in Pa. destroys two houses, damages dozens more (04/12/08)
PITTSBURGH -- An apparent explosion showered bricks on a dense residential neighborhood and shattered windows blocks away Friday, leveling two row houses and damaging at least two dozen other homes. No injuries were reported. The cause was not immediately known, but a blast appeared to have originated in one of the two collapsed houses, said Robert McCaughan, the city's chief of emergency medical services. ...
Passionate users beg for XP; potential slim Microsoft will agree (04/12/08)
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp.'s operating systems run most personal computers around the globe and are a cash cow for the world's largest software maker. But you'd never confuse a Windows user with the passionate fans of Mac OS X or even the free Linux operating system...
Rats, bought as snake food, overrun woman's house (04/12/08)
ROCHESTER, Wash. -- A woman bought rats as food for her pet snakes but eventually came to think of them as "friends" and allowed them to breed and overrun her house, which will need to be razed, officials said Friday. The rats have gnawed through wiring, walls, cupboards and drawers, "so there's no lights or heat or sewage" disposal, said Susanne Beauregard, Thurston County animal services director, on Friday...
Gunmen kill anti-American leader Muqtada al-Sadr's top aide in Najaf (04/12/08)
BAGHDAD -- Gunmen assassinated a top aide of anti-American leader Muqtada al-Sadr on Friday, sharpening a Shiite power struggle that has already triggered fighting between the cleric's followers and the U.S.-backed Iraqi government. Riyadh al-Nouri, director of al-Sadr's office in Najaf, was gunned down by an unknown number assailants near his home after returning from prayer services, police and Sadrist officials said...
Argentines greet Olympic torch on its path through Buenos Aires (04/12/08)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Runners surrounded by rows of security carried the Olympic flame past thousands of jubilant Argentines on Friday in the most trouble-free torch relay in nearly a week. People showered the parade route with confetti as banks, government offices and businesses took an impromptu half-day holiday for the only Latin American stop on the flame's five-continent journey from Ancient Olympia to the Beijing Games, Aug. 8 through 24...
Relay the message: Chaffee girls can throw the shot put (04/12/08)
SIKESTON -- If Chaffee freshman Jeanette Spies wants to learn how to be successful in the shot put and discus, she doesn't have to go very far for good advice. The younger sister of football standout and track athlete Michael Spies also has two very good teammates on the Chaffee girls track team in junior Amber Kirk and senior Whitney Schlosser...
Central falls prey to Northwest rally (04/12/08)
Central enjoyed a four-run lead heading to the bottom of the sixth inning Friday. That's when things fell apart for the Tigers baseball team. Northwest scored six runs in the sixth and held on for the 9-7 victory. The loss dropped the Tigers to 4-9 this season...
Southeast baseball visits OVC-power Jacksonville State (04/12/08)
Since joining the Ohio Valley Conference in 2004, Jacksonville State has been the league's most successful baseball team. Southeast Missouri State gets a crack at the potent Gamecocks this weekend in a three-game series that will have major OVC implications...
Area digest (04/12/08)
Cyclones edge Bucheyes for Optimist title The Jackson Cyclones narrowly defeated the defending champion Jackson Bucheyes to take home the Jackson Optimist Wrestling crown at the Jackson High School gymnasium. The Cyclones finished with 230.5 points, while the Bucheyes closed with 228.5. The Jackson Cowboys tallied 224 for third place...
Briefly (04/12/08)
VMY Youth Encounter set for Sunday PERRYVILLE, Mo. — The next Vincentian Marian Youth Encounter will be Sunday at the Shrine Church in Perryville. The evening will start with a five-minute Faith Alive at 6 p.m. Mass featuring contemporary Christian music follows, with the Rev. Joe Williams as the main celebrant. Food and fun will follow Mass. This event is geared for teens and young adults, but all ages are free and welcome...
Listening for God (04/12/08)
Local radio station attracts worldwide audience with contemporary Christian music By Linda Redeffer Southeast Missourian For about 15 years Dave Obergoenner tried to get a contemporary Christian music radio station off the ground in Cape Girardeau. But after years of trying he gave up...
You are more than your possessions (04/12/08)
It's that season again. When you unfolded the paper today, you were at the start of about a three-day window to meet the traditional deadline to get your taxes completed and filed. How did another year pass so quickly? Where did that money go? Money seems to fall into three categories. ...
Keep on asking (04/12/08)
To say to "Keep on asking" is to say "Continue to try." Matthew 7:7 says, "Ask, and it will be given you, search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you." It refers to God's love and desire to answer our prayers — to give good things to people. ...
Jack Handey's thoughts get deeper in new book (04/12/08)
NEW YORK -- Jack Handey thinks dinosaurs are overrated. "A world ruled by dinosaurs? It didn't make any sense! I could understand a world where dinosaurs had some say -- but not rule," he says. With absurdist musings such as these, Handey has established himself as the strangest of birds: a famous comedian whose platform is not the stage or screen, but the page...
Allie Green (04/12/08)
Allie Green BELL CITY, Mo. -- Allie B. Green, 79, of Bell City died Thursday, April 10, 2008, at her home. She was born July 30, 1928, at Bell City, daughter of George and Nellie Smythe Brinkman. She and Fred Alvin Green were married Oct. 9, 1948, at Delta. He died June 16, 1996...
Randy Peters (04/12/08)
Randy Peters Randy W. Peters, 56, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, April 11, 2008, at his home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Verna Trout (04/12/08)
Verna Trout PLANO, Texas -- Verna Trout, 81, of Plano died Monday, April 7, 2008, at Centennial Medical Center in Frisco, Texas. She was born March 5, 1927, in Neon, Ky., daughter of William Henry and Mary Gladys Sturgeon Collier. She married Walter Trout, who died in 1975...
Marie Kluesner (04/12/08)
Marie Kluesner NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- Lillian Marie Kluesner, 84, of New Hamburg died Friday, April 11, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Benton, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Richard Sudmeyer (04/12/08)
Richard Sudmeyer PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Richard Sudmeyer, 78, of Perryville died Friday, April 11, 2008, in Chester, Ill. Sudmeyer had been a truck driver and former member of the Masons. Survivors include a son, David Sudmeyer of Chester, and five grandchildren...
Simon Lukefahr Jr. (04/12/08)
Simon Lukefahr Jr. PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Simon W. "Joe" Lukefahr Jr., 67, of Perryville died Thursday, April 10, 2008, at his home. He was born Feb. 28, 1941, at Perryville, Mo., son of Simon William and Anna Maried Huber Lukefahr. He and Barbara L. Becker were married June 11, 1966, at Perryville...
Births (04/12/08)
Fugate Son to Robert Gene and Dixie Lynn Fugate Jr. of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 9:09 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2008. Name, Nathan Gene. Weight, 6 pounds, 12 ounces. Second child, first son. Mrs. Fugate is the former Dixie Dennis. She is a teacher at Wee Care. Fugate is a technician at Advanced Automotive...
Police (04/12/08)
@graphic_body_indent_bold leadin:Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts n Divine Ministries, 234 N. Sprigg St., reported a theft of cash. n A theft of jewelry was reported at 1400 S. West End Blvd...
Fire (04/12/08)
@graphic_body_indent_bold leadin:Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 7:45 p.m. emergency medical service in the 3000 block of William Street. n At 9:18 p.m., a citizen assist in the 1800 block of Brink Street...
Correction (04/12/08)
n A story in Friday's edition should have said Amber Kaufmann drank one Red Bull prior to her collapse. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
You have 1.5 million new messages (04/12/08)
By Dan Ross When Gov. Matt Blunt appointed me as the chief information officer for the state, one of his charges was to make certain that if disaster strikes the Capitol or another state office building, we can recover critical information. We have systems to recover information in the event of a disaster...
Earmarks serve a good purpose by ensuring good projects get their funding (04/12/08)
By Jo Ann Emerson Many Americans have good questions about the congressional earmark process and what is often labeled pork-barrel spending. I start my response to Mike Jensen's recent column by insisting that there is no place for wasteful spending at any level of government -- even if it takes place in southern Missouri. The federal government in particular has a sometimes sordid record on this matter, both from irresponsible earmarking and reckless spending by executive agencies...
Great stories (04/12/08)
The first-ever Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival has come and gone, and it appears to have been a hit. Organizers who put so much effort into the planning and execution of the three-day event deserve most of the credit for pulling it off. Having expert storytellers on hand gave audiences a taste of what storytelling is all about. And they liked it...
Speak Out (04/12/08)
Coverage lacking THE COVERAGE by the media of the boil-water order left much to be desired. In the past, such orders have flashed across the bottom of the television screen on local channels. The public-access channel should also have had information on this. The map the Southeast Missourian had in the paper also was lacking. It showed Bertling ending at the river, which is does not. The map should have had streets and their names listed...
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