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Stories from Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Some Southeast Missouri roads closed due to flooding (04/16/08)
MoDOT reported the following state roads closed due to flooding in its Southeast  district at 1:45 p.m. today:Bollinger County·        Route H from Route 51 to Route FF Butler County·        Route N the entire length of the route Madison County·        Route V entire length of the route Mississippi County·        Route 80 from the levee to the Ferry landing·        Route 77 from the levee to the Ferry landing·        Route VV from County Road 516 south to the end of state maintenance·        Route OO from Route BB to the end of state maintenance·        Route YY entire length of the route·        Route FF two miles west of Route 77 New Madrid County·        Route P from County Road 717 to County Road 727·        Route 162 from 2.7 miles east of Route M ·        Route WW from Route P to County Road 740·        Route 80 east of I-55 at St. ...
Farmers in Southeast Missouri waiting for fields to dry (04/16/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- It may be a couple of weeks behind schedule, but some farmers around the area are finally getting out in the fields to plant corn. "Right now, it's just finding the high spots and getting them planted," said Anthony Ohmes, agronomy specialist at the Mississippi County Extension office. "Hopefully, the weather will continue to hold off. We need to have some nice days and get the ground temperature back up."...
Cape historic preservation to decide on adding historic site (04/16/08)
Cape Girardeau's historic preservation commission will decide tonight whether to endorse adding another site to the city's commerical historic district, 127 N. Water St., the former site of Jeremiah's. Preservationist Terri Foley, who worked on the project with Southeast Missouri State University history professor Steven J. Hoffman, said it's a mystery why the site wasn't part of the original designation...
Six Cape stores cited for selling alcohol to minors (04/16/08)
Clerks at six Cape Girardeau convenience stores were cited for selling alcohol to a minor as part a sting operation that tested 20 stores, Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Jason Selzer said today. In each case, Selzer said, the stores involved will be reported to the state Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control for action...
Three Rivers college trustee attorney resigns (04/16/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- L. Joe Scott resigned from his position as attorney for the board of trustees at Three Rivers Community College, which also resulted in the withdrawal of his law firm from representing the junior college in the prolonged lawsuit against Southeast Missouri State University...
Finding a path: Transition fair helps parents with disabled children plan for life after high school (04/16/08)
Claudia Thomas says that for an average child, their path after high school is generally outlined for them: go to college or get a job. "But when you have a child with a disability, often they're not able to go to college. And you can't say OK, fine, just go get a job. An employer has to understand they're working with a child with a disability," Thomas said...
MoDOT construction and road report (04/16/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The following roads are scheduled for MoDOT improvements. All projects will proceed depending on the weather. For specific project details, call MoDOT's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-275-6636. Butler County A MoDOT traffic signal crew will be performing maintenance and upgrades on signals on Route WW at Henry Street in Poplar Bluff. The work is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today...
Oran woman named to state board; Sikeston men sentenced in drug cases; men's conference to be held (04/16/08)
Oran woman appointed to state board Clara Urhahn of Oran, Mo., was appointed to the Missouri Workforce Investment Board on Monday by Gov. Matt Blunt. Urhan, 54, is the human resources manager for MedAssets. She holds a bachelor's degree in human resource management from Lindenwood University. ...
Marble Hill plans meeting for owners flood-damaged businesses (04/16/08)
A town hall meeting for Bollinger County businesses recovering from flood damage will be at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Bollinger County Library. Organized by business leaders in the community, the meeting is for anyone with commercial property within the flood plain in Bollinger County, and is advertised as an "informational and brainstorming meeting about how to work with the governmental agencies that deal with flooding."...
The wrong man? (04/16/08)
In the beginning of 2006, Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter reopened a case resolved by Missouri courts in 1994. Unconvinced the right man was sent to prison for the murder of a Benton, Mo., college student named Angela Mischelle Lawless, Walter has been investigating old evidence. ...
SEMA to host briefings for public officials (04/16/08)
The State Emergency Management Agency announced today that it will host 16 briefings for public officials of the 47 counties throughout the state that are eligible for public assistance following the March flooding and severe weather. Governments can get assistance for emergency work, debris removal, repair and replacement of damaged "critical infrastructure."...
Texas drug dealer busted in Kennett, Mo. (04/16/08)
KENNETT, Mo. — The Bootheel Drug Task Force and Kennett Police Department stopped a El Paso, Texas drug dealer in his tracks through an arrest and drug seizure that took place on Friday, with more arrests expected to come soon. According to spokesmen with the Bootheel Drug Task Force and the assistant chief of police for the Kennett Police Department, Steve Williams, on Friday, agents with the drug task force grew suspicious of a vehicle bearing New Mexico plates at the Hardee’s restaurant in Kennett.. ...
158th District campaigns will pick up pace, candidates say (04/16/08)
The three Republican candidates hoping to win their party's nomination in Cape Girardeau's 158th Missouri House District are taking their time getting organized and raising money. Tuesday was the deadline for filing campaign finance reports detailing fundraising and spending from Jan. 1 to March 31. Of the three GOP candidates in the August primary, only Jeff Glenn reported raising money during the period. He collected $3,985, including a $500 personal loan to the campaign...
DNR denies landfill expansion (04/16/08)
An expansion request by a Dexter, Mo., landfill, which takes garbage from the cities of Cape Girardeau and Jackson, has been denied by the state. Dan Rigazio, Lemons Landfill general manager, said the company will reapply. The company had applied last year for more than 33 acres to add to its 75 approved acres of fillable space...
Newly elected Marble Hill officials sworn in (04/16/08)
MABLE HILL, Mo. -- Newly elected Marble Hill city officials were sworn in Monday evening at city hall despite a tie for the open alderman seat for Ward 2. According to Gary Shrum, Marble Hill's city administrative assistant, Mitch Miller and Joel Southwick both received two write-in votes for the seat...
Peripheral rules proposal for Cape inches forward (04/16/08)
If Cape Girardeau pursues peripheral zoning, it will be on a limited basis. It will be more planning than zoning. That's the gist of what Charlie Haubold, the city's planning and zoning advisory board chairman, said during a city council study session Tuesday night...
Mo. woman who lied in rape case free on parole (04/16/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A woman whose false rape claim jailed an innocent southwest Missouri man for 21 months is now free after serving seven months. Authorities said 41-year-old Judith Ann Lummis was paroled April 8, after serving part of a four-year sentence for an unrelated drug charge...
Man charged in shooting of St. Louis mail carrier (04/16/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A 23-year-old is charged in the shooting of a mailman in St. Louis. Authorities say Adrian Mabry is charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. He is jailed on $200,000 bond. Mailman Terry Marcrum was shot in the shoulder and the back of his head Monday afternoon. He was in fair condition on Wednesday...
Trans States cancesl flights out of St. Louis (04/16/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Travelers flying out of St. Louis are in for more headaches. The regional carrier Trans States Airlines canceled about a dozen flights Tuesday and says as many as 40 flights faced cancellation on Wednesday. The airline that operates American Connection, United Express and US Airways out of Lambert Airport says it must conduct federally-mandated inspections of its planes...
Mo. lawmakers approve teacher alternative (04/16/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Professionals looking for a career change soon could have a new route to become a teacher in Missouri. The House gave final approval Wednesday to legislation authorizing a new alternative teacher certification process that could take less time and less money than the current path...
Missouri House OKs bill giving shoppers a tax break (04/16/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri shoppers would get a tax break under a bill given initial House approval. The legislation would waive the state sales tax on any purchase of up to $600 made from June 27-29. The tax break is intended to encourage Missourians to spend their federal tax rebates...
March Madness helps boost KC casino revenue (04/16/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- College basketball fans in Kansas City for tournaments last month helped boost riverboat casinos' revenue to the second-highest March ever -- almost $65 million. That mark is just shy of the nearly $67 million take in March 2007, especially impressive because Leap Year meant what would otherwise have been a busy Friday, March 1, was Feb. 29...
Mo. court rejects class-action status in Diet Coke lawsuit (04/16/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court rejected class-action certification Tuesday for a lawsuit claiming Coca-Cola has misled consumers about the sweeteners used in some Diet Coke products. The lawsuit contends that many consumers would not have bought the fountain version of Diet Coke if they had known it contained the sweetener saccharin, which some people fear can cause health problems...
Democrat Nixon leads Republicans in fundraising for governor's race (04/16/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Democrat Jay Nixon raised more money than either of his likely Republican gubernatorial opponents in the past quarter, though Republicans Kenny Hulshof and Sarah Steelman each took in hundreds of thousands of dollars after their late entry into the race...
Campaign finances of statewide candidates (04/16/08)
Missouri candidates for statewide offices in the 2008 election filed finance reports Tuesday with the Missouri Ethics Commission. Here's a look at how much they raised from January through March, their total raised for the campaign, and their cash on hand after accounting for expenses. Money raised may include loans...
Superintendent resigns from Liberty School District (04/16/08)
LIBERTY, Mo. -- The superintendent of Liberty schools has resigned amid allegations that he and other top administrators abused district credit cards. Two other top administrators -- Steve Fleming, assistant superintendent for human resources, and Jim Hammen, executive director of certified personnel -- were placed on leave...
Senator diagnosed again with cancer (04/16/08)
WASHINGTON -- Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's cancer has returned. The five-time Republican said in a statement released by his office Tuesday that he was diagnosed with an early recurrence of Hodgkin's disease, which is a cancer of the lymph system...
Some gay couples having trouble getting divorces (04/16/08)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Gay couples had to struggle mightily to win the right to marry or form civil unions. Now, some are finding that breaking up is hard to do, too. In Rhode Island, for example, the state's top court ruled in December that gays married in neighboring Massachusetts can't get divorced here because lawmakers have never defined marriage as anything but a union between a man and woman. In Missouri, a judge is deciding whether a lesbian married in Massachusetts can get an annulment...
Robbery foiled with chewing tobacco (04/16/08)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A cigarette store cashier has snuffed out a robbery. Police said a masked man flashed a knife at the Cigarette Outlet on Friday and forced one employee to the floor, then demanded money from another worker, Ruth Wright. Instead of cash, Wright threw two cans of chewing tobacco at the robber, and one hit him in the face...
Authorities defend separation of children from mothers after raid (04/16/08)
ELDORADO, Texas -- State officials Tuesday defended their decision to suddenly separate mothers from many of the children taken in a raid on a polygamist ranch in West Texas. Texas Children's Protective Services spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner said the separation was made Monday after they decided that children are more truthful in interviews about possible abuse if their parents are not around...
Bush to pitch climate change strategy in Rose Garden speech (04/16/08)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, stepping into the debate over global warming, plans to announce today a national goal for stopping the growth of greenhouse gas emissions over the next few decades. In a speech in the Rose Garden, Bush will lay out a strategy rather than a specific proposal for curbing emissions, White House press secretary Dana Perino said Tuesday. ...
Breeders in S.C. try to save tacky horses (04/16/08)
YONGES ISLAND, S.C. -- During centuries of isolation on the Carolina sea islands, the short-legged, sway-backed marsh tacky horses became perfectly suited for toiling long hours in the swamps and oppressive humidity. But their wild looks and workhorse reputation -- their name comes from the old English word meaning "common" -- didn't exactly make them prized among horse lovers. Today, only about 150 of them remain...
Airline combos could mean higher prices, fewer choices (04/16/08)
PHOENIX -- Getting hitched may be the right move for Delta and Northwest. But for beleaguered air travelers, it could usher in an era of fewer flights, more confusion at the airport and even more crowded planes. The merger could kick off a wave of airline consolidation. And while the effects would not be immediate because the combinations could take months to get regulatory approval, industry observers say get ready anyway for fewer carriers in the sky...
State Department: Diplomats may get forced duty in Iraq (04/16/08)
WASHINGTON -- The State Department is warning U.S. diplomats they may be forced to serve in Iraq next year and says it will soon start identifying prime candidates for jobs at the Baghdad embassy and outlying provinces, according to a cable obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press...
Pope lands in U.S., greeted by hundreds (04/16/08)
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. -- Pope Benedict XVI stepped onto U.S. soil for the time as pontiff Tuesday, arriving to a presidential handshake and cheering only hours after he admitted that he is "deeply ashamed" of the clergy sex abuse scandal that has devastated the American church...
Virginia Tech quietly prepares for one-year anniversary of shooting that killed 32, gunman (04/16/08)
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The signs of Virginia Tech's solemn anniversary seemed easy to miss Tuesday on a campus filled, like any other, with backpack-laden students bustling between classes and cramming in a few minutes of study during lunch. On the main lawn, a dozen white roses ringed the memorial stone for Caitlin Hammeran, one of 32 students and teachers slain last April 16 by a student gunman who took his own life as police closed in. ...
Opposition's call for strike fizzles in Zimbabwe (04/16/08)
HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Opposition attempts to stage a nationwide strike to demand the release of election results largely fizzled Tuesday as many of the few Zimbabweans with jobs reported to work in this economically ravaged nation. The failure underscored the difficulty opposition leaders have had harnessing anger against President Robert Mugabe's regime to try to force the release of the official vote count from the March 29 presidential ballot...
Several bombings kill nearly 60 in Iraq (04/16/08)
BAGHDAD -- Bombings blamed on al-Qaida in Iraq tore through market areas in Baghdad and outside the capital Tuesday, killing nearly 60 people and shattering weeks of relative calm in Sunni-dominated areas. The bloodshed -- in four cities as far north as Mosul and as far west as Ramadi -- struck directly at U.S. claims that the Sunni insurgency is waning and being replaced by Shiite militia violence as a major threat...
Putin accepts leadership of dominant Russian party (04/16/08)
MOSCOW -- Vladimir Putin agreed Tuesday to take command of the United Russia Party when he steps down as president, enhancing the power he will wield as prime minister and bolstering his platform for a potential return to the Kremlin. At a party congress that mixed promises of a bright future with traditions from the communist era, more than 550 delegates unanimously approved Putin as chairman of Russia's most powerful political faction...
Plane veers off runway in Congo, bursts into flames in neighborhood (04/16/08)
GOMA, Congo -- A Congolese jetliner with about 80 people aboard crashed on takeoff Tuesday, careening off a runway into a busy neighborhood and bursting into flames. At least 21 people were killed, but most of those aboard survived, an airline official said...
St. Louis Rams release 2008 schedule (04/16/08)
ST. LOUIS — St. Louis will play the Super Bowl champion New York Giants on Sept. 14 in the Rams' home opener for the 2008 regular season. The Rams released game times and locations for the upcoming season Tuesday. Specific times and dates have not been set yet for the team's three preseason games...
Jackson soccer hangs 8-0 loss on Farmington (04/16/08)
Jackson senior Lauren Drewett scored three goals to help power the Indians soccer team to an 8-0 victory over Farmington on Tuesday. Drewett, who has signed to play soccer at Quincy College next fall, added an assist. The Indians also received one goal each from Chelsea Dale, Jenni Tenholder, Sam Watson, Hannah Roach and Kasey Crowden...
Bell City rallies past Red Devils 9-8 (04/16/08)
CHAFFEE -- Nick Niemczyk earned a reputation for being one of the best basketball players in the area during his time at Bell City. His baseball acumen isn't nearly as well-known in Southeast Missouri. But Niemczyk delivered one of his signature clutch performances Tuesday, leading the Cubs on the mound and at the plate to a come-from-behind 9-8 victory over Chaffee...
Modglin leads Scott City to 8-0 win against Notre Dame (04/16/08)
Scott City hurler Ryan Modglin felt a little extra motivated to play Notre Dame on Tuesday because he lost his start to the Bulldogs last year. He also was eager to help Scott City earn a victory over Notre Dame for the first time since 1997, when Rams coach Lance Amick was a sophomore in high school...
Davis leaves Drake after one season in favor of Providence (04/16/08)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Drake's worst fears have been realized. Keno Davis, the bright, young coach that lifted the Bulldogs out of obscurity and into the NCAA tournament, has jumped to a bigger program after just one year on the job. Providence hired Davis, 36, as its new coach Tuesday, less than two weeks after he was honored as The Associated Press national coach of the year. ...
Southeast losing streak hits five games (04/16/08)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- In the scope of a long college baseball season, a win or loss for either Southeast Missouri State or Southern Illinois might not seem all that important. But the way the head coaches looked following Tuesday's game told a different story...
Cardinals open homestand with 6-1 win over Brewers (04/16/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Braden Looper pitched around Prince Fielder, and the rest of a Milwaukee Brewers' lineup minus Ryan Braun failed to make him pay for it. Looper's scrappy pitching set the tone for the St. Louis Cardinals' 6-1 victory Tuesday night. Looper allowed three hits in five innings...
Masters win starts whirlwind (04/16/08)
For someone who's on top of the world, Trevor Immelman has spent a lot of time looking up the last few days. One day after becoming the Masters champion, Immelman was courtside at Madison Square Garden for the Boston Celtics' 99-93 victory over the New York Knicks. He was invited to the Celtics' locker room at halftime by coach Doc Rivers, who wanted his team to shake hands with a champion...
Hawks coach to shave head for making playoffs (04/16/08)
ATLANTA -- Mike Woodson figures an occasion like this should be marked with an extreme gesture. So before the Atlanta Hawks take the court for their first playoff appearance since 1999, the coach plans to shave his head. For Woodson, it's a belated payback on a promise he made a year ago, trying to prod his team to the postseason. The Hawks didn't make it then, but they wrapped up the final spot in the Eastern Conference with two games to spare...
Woods has surgery on bothersome knee (04/16/08)
Tiger Woods had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday to repair cartilage damage, his second operation in five years on the same knee. He is expected to miss at least a month while he recovers. The surgery, announced on his Web site, came two days after Woods finished two shots behind Trevor Immelman in the Masters. He most likely will miss The Players Championship, but should return in time to play the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines on June 12...
Coffee the norm for a growing number of teens, children (04/16/08)
Getting your morning jolt can be tough in Hawarden, Iowa, where there are 2,600 people and not one Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts. It's even harder when you're too young to drive. Which makes the middle and high school students at West Sioux Community School especially grateful for the Falcon Joe Coffee Shop, an oasis of espressos, lattes and other coffee drinks right inside their school...
Using wine in cooking doesn't mean choosing the most expensive -- or inexpensive -- bottle (04/16/08)
How many different grape varieties are allowed in Chateauneuf-du-Pape? Which Italian wine region is the farthest north? What is the most aldehydic wine in the world? I'd be hard pressed to answer any of these questions. In fact, I'm not even sure what the last one is asking. But Doug Hileman, who for 23 years has worked in the wine department at Schnucks (the last 16 as manager) knows the answers to them all...
Punch recipes for that special spring or summer occasion (04/16/08)
Have you been shopping for girl's clothes lately? I went with our daughter to try to find age-appropriate clothing to wear to a couple of weddings we have coming up and was shocked and disappointed at what I found in all of the stores we went to. It was mostly styles that I would not put an 11-year-old girl in. ...
French bill could make it illegal to promote extreme thinness (04/16/08)
PARIS -- In image-conscious France, it may soon be a crime to glamorize the ultra-thin. A new French bill cracks down on Web sites that advise anorexics on how to starve -- and could be used to hit fashion industry heavyweights, too. The groundbreaking bill, adopted Tuesday by Parliament's lower house, recommends fines of up to $71,000 and three-year prison sentences for offenders who encourage "extreme thinness." It goes to the Senate in the coming weeks...
Ruby Lance (04/16/08)
Ruby Lance, 91, of Scott City died Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Margarete Sullivan (04/16/08)
Margarete Sullivan, 68, of Abilene, Texas, died Wednesday, April 9, 2008, while visiting friends and family in Germany. She was born Oct. 11, 1939, in Konigwusterhausen, Germany. She and Richard Sullivan were married July 9, 1960. Survivors include her husband; two sons, Richard Sullivan Jr. of Clovis, N.M., Michael Sullivan of Abilene; a brother; a sister; adopted sisters, Shirley Young of Scott City, Kirsten Bush of Abilene; and a granddaughter...
Brother Stanley Conner (04/16/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Brother Stanley J. Conner, 61, of Perryville died Monday, April 14, 2008, at St. Mary's of the Barrens. He was born July 24, 1946, at Poplar Bluff, Mo., son of Stanley J. and Mildred Lee Hawks Conner Sr. Conner was a graduate of Rushville High School in Rushville, Ind., Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, St. Mary's Seminary in Perryville and DeAndreis Seminary in Lemont, Ill...
Chester Weakley (04/16/08)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Chester Vernon Weakley, 82, of Glenallen died Monday, April 14, 2008, at his home. He was born June 10, 1925, at Henson, Mo., son of John Walter and Nora Thomas Damsworth Weakley. He and Dorothy Mae Baker were married Jan. 25, 1943, at Charleston, Mo...
Births 4/16/08 (04/16/08)
Murray Daughter to Daniel Hank and Amanda Lynn Murray of Scott City, Saint Francis Medical Center, 10:36 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2008. Name, Cloey Danielle. Weight, 7 pounds, 8 ounces. Third child, first daughter. Mrs. Murray is the former Amanda Kerperien, daughter of Shelia Mitchell of Benton, Mo. She is employed at Wal-Mart. Murray is the son of Lorene Murray and Hank Murray of Morley, Mo...
Police report 4/16/08 (04/16/08)
@graphic_body_indent_bold leadin:Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Lattie A. Clark, 49, 537 S. Hanover St., was arrested on suspicion of possession of cocaine. n A subject was in custody pending filing of formal charges of stealing...
Fire report 4/16/08 (04/16/08)
@graphic_body_indent_bold leadin:Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: n At 8:16 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of North Henderson Avenue. n At 9:10 p.m., an alarm sounding at 6012 Dalhousie Drive. @graphic_body_indent_bold leadin:Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 4/16/08 (04/16/08)
25 years ago: April 16, 1983 State Treasurer Mel Carnahan may not be a gubernatorial candidate, but he certainly sounds like one; in a speech at the 91st annual meeting of the Southeast Missouri Press Association, Carnahan blasts Missouri Gov. Kit Bond for lacking goals and leadership in addressing the issues of jobs, public education, upgrading of state roads and overall financial planning for state government...
A bridge to safety: Reliable river crossing is goal (04/16/08)
BY Michael G. Marshall Late last summer, the citizens of Minneapolis suffered a horrific tragedy as a result of a bridge failure. Soon after, the city of Sikeston and representatives from the surrounding area began researching the conditions of the bridges at Cairo, Ill., and Wickliffe, Ky...
Cooperative effort resulted in significant step by voters (04/16/08)
By Danny Essner Tuesday, April 8, was truly a great day for Cape Girardeau. On that day the people of Cape Girardeau took the first step in significantly improving the quality of life in our community by voting to pass the storm-water and parks and recreation initiative. ...
Memorable words (04/16/08)
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama hit a bump in the road last week when he said what appears to be some pointed words at we folk who hail from small Midwestern towns. If you missed what he said, you're watching way too much reality TV. In short, Obama said that we small-town hicks are bitter because of the overall state of the nation and, as a result, we cling to our guns and religion out of frustration. ...
Students and floods (04/16/08)
Rumors that schoolchildren had been let off school buses to wade through floodwaters to get home during the March 18 deluge in Cape Girardeau raised the ire of many concerned parents who feared the same thing might happen to their own children. Most people who heard the story thought the students were elementary students. In fact, they were junior high and senior high school students. But that really doesn't matter. No student should be expected to wade through floodwater. Ever...
Education funding trails inflation (04/16/08)
To the editor: I read with interest state Sen. Jason Crowell's column congratulating the Missouri Legislature on its funding of education. Careful analysis of the statistics Crowell provides indicates that legislators should be a source of shame rather than pride...
A young child's view of politics (04/16/08)
To the editor: I have a funny little story to tell, and since this is an election year, it is time to tell it. I was born and raised in Cape Girardeau, Part of that time we lived at 442 College St. One day when I was a small child, I went into Charley Dietiker's grocery store. Charley was talking to a man and turned and asked me, "Are you a Democrat or Republican, Patsy?"...
Speak Out 4/16/08 (04/16/08)
Appoint the judges TO ALLOW the voters of Missouri to elect members to the Missouri Supreme Court would be an unmitigated disaster and one unparalleled in the annals of Missouri jurisprudence. Gary Rust seemed to write that Supreme Court judges should vote according to how the voters would want them to vote. ...
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