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City of Cape inspecting for earthquake damage (04/18/08)
The City of Cape Girardeau has crews out this morning looking for any damage that might have been caused by today's early morning 5.2 earthquake centered in Illinois, according to a city news release.City officials say they're just taking "precautionary steps," and they acknowledge the earthquake was a minor tremor.No damage is expected, the news release said, but the city wants to make sure there's no damage to important infrastructure like bridges and levees. . ...
Another earthquake felt in Southeast Missouri this morning (04/18/08)
Another earthquake was felt in Southeast Missouri several hours after an early morning quake.This quake happened at 10:14 a.m. local time, centered near West Salem, Ill., in the same vicinity as a 5.2 quake that hit early this morning. ...
5.2 earthquake rocks large region of Midwest (04/18/08)
WEST SALEM, Ill. (AP) -- A 5.4 earthquake that appeared to rival the strongest recorded in the region rocked people awake as far away as Milwaukee early Friday, surprising residents unaccustomed to such a powerful Midwest temblor. The quake just before 4:37 a.m. was centered 6 miles from West Salem, Ill., and 66 miles from Evansville, Ind. It awakened people in neighboring Indiana and even Milwaukee, Wis., 350 miles north of the epicenter...
Living in limbo: Cape woman still staying with sister after March basement flood (04/18/08)
Judy Patterson's FEMA check arrived Wednesday: $1,024. "I'm not happy about it. It's not going to cover everything," the 59-year-old said. Until March 22, Patterson, who is hearing-impaired, lived a fairly independent life, caring for her two cats, playing card games on her computer and chatting with friends over the Internet. She used her late father's car to run errands...
SEMO names new dean of education (04/18/08)
Dr. Margaret Noe has been named the new dean of the College of Education at Southeast Missouri State University. She is currently associate chancellor for access and equal opportunity and associate professor of educational leadership at the University of Illinois at Springfield. She will begin July 1 and replaces Dr. I. Sue Shepard, who is retiring...
Gun in felon's possession sends him back to jail (04/18/08)
Southeast Missourian A Cape Girardeau man will spend more than nine years in federal prison on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office. Ryan Blunt, 33, who has a record of convictions for felonies ranging from failure to pay child support to drug dealing and vehicle tampering, was arrested after a search of a North Spanish Street home. ...
Two plead guilty in 2007 bank robbery (04/18/08)
Two men who sought to rob a bank by sowing confusion in Cape Girardeau with bomb hoaxes pleaded guilty this week to robbing a Lilbourn, Mo., bank when their original scheme went awry. Keith D. Moon, 19, of Cape Girardeau, and Lance L. Lewis, 22, of Lilbourn, Mo., pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Cape Girardeau to one count each of armed bank robbery. U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey set sentencing for July 22...
Three arrested after Sikeston home invasion (04/18/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Three suspects are facing charges in connection with a home invasion at a Sikeston residence Wednesday morning. Just after midnight the Sikeston Department of Public Safety received a call from a 24-year-old Sikeston woman reporting a robbery at her home. At the residence, the victims told officers that around 12:09 a.m., three men entered their home, armed with a firearm. They stated they awoke to a gunshot in the residence...
Cape Girardeau and Jackson school board members elect officers (04/18/08)
Kyle McDonald and Paul Nenninger will serve as president and vice president, respectively, on the Cape Girardeau School Board. They were elected by fellow board members Thursday. Previously, Dr. Steve Trautwein served as president and McDonald served as vice president...
Senators want more funding for Delta Regional Authority (04/18/08)
Congress should more than double annual funding for the Delta Regional Authority instead of accepting a recommendation from President Bush to cut the agency's funding by 50 percent, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said Thursday. In a conference call with reporters from Missouri, McCaskill said she and eight other members of the Senate from states in the Mississippi River Delta region have asked that the Delta Regional Authority be given $30 million for the year beginning Oct. ...
Pit bull puppies stolen from Cape Girardeau breeder (04/18/08)
A dog breeder who lives in southwest Cape Girardeau reported the theft of two pit bull terriers valued at $1,500 each. The dogs were in a pen in his yard Monday evening when he left to visit a friend, said Kendrick Morris. The four-month-old puppies, a male and a female, were with a littermate and their mother when they were last seen, he said...
Emerson opponent raises $13,000 (04/18/08)
Southeast Missourian Democratic congressional candidate Joe Allen said Thursday he has raised about $13,000 for his effort to unseat U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Cape Girardeau in Missouri's 8th Congressional District. Allen, a Forsyth, Mo., lawyer, said he knew going into the race it would be difficult to raise money to campaign against the Republican incumbent. ...
SEMO's Kent Library showcases upgrades (04/18/08)
Last year, Daniel Johnson rarely went to the library at Southeast Missouri State University. But for the past three weeks, he's been there nearly every day. The extra library time is not just cramming before the end of the semester. Johnson is drawn to the so-called "information commons" because of recent renovations...
St. Louis mom credited with saving 7 kids from fire (04/18/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis mother manages to safely get her seven children out of their burning home. Haunte McLaurie says she woke up early Friday because her 8-month-old fell out of bed. A short time later, she smelled smoke and realized her three-story home was on fire...
Aftershocks rattle through Midwest after morning earthquake (04/18/08)
WEST SALEM, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says dozens of aftershocks are rumbling through an already-shaken Midwest. USGS Geologist Gary Patterson says the most powerful aftershock happened around 10:20 a.m. Friday and had a 4.5-magnitude...
Quake prompts examination of Mo. bridges (04/18/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri Department of Transportation inspectors on Friday examined hundreds of bridges in the eastern part of the state, checking for possible damage from a moderate earthquake. MoDOT planned to look at 2,500 bridges, all of them on Friday. By mid-afternoon, several hundred had already been evaluated, including Missouri River crossings at Hermann, Jefferson City, Boonville, Rocheport, Miami and Glasgow. No problems were found, the agency said...
Steelman aid working for state, campaign (04/18/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A top deputy for State Treasurer Sarah Steelman has been working full time on her gubernatorial campaign while on paid vacation from his state job. Assistant Treasurer Doug Gaston has been working as Steelman's campaign spokesman for at least the past six weeks while using state vacation time he saved up, Gaston told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch...
Missouri loses 10,000 jobs in March (04/18/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri shed more than 10,000 jobs last month while the unemployment rate climbed to its highest mark in three years. Preliminary figures from the U.S. Department of Labor show that Missouri lost jobs in nearly every employment sector last month...
Kirkwood mayor returns to City Hall (04/18/08)
KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) -- Kirkwood Mayor Mike Swoboda gets a two-minute ovation upon his return to City Hall. Swoboda didn't participate in city business at a city council meeting on Thursday but did read a statement that drew a lengthy ovation from those in attendance...
Hyphen missing from new Missouri license plates (04/18/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's Department of Revenue says it will not correct a grammatical error in new license plates because that's how voters want it to be. The plates featuring a bluebird are due out in June despite the fact that they're missing the hyphen between the words "Show" and "Me"...
Earthquake is talk of the town in St. Louis (04/18/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Damage was light, but the chatter nonstop in St. Louis on Friday after a magnitude 5.2 earthquake centered 130 miles away rocked the Gateway City. Residents told and retold their stories, trying to make sense of an experience they only previously remembered from when they were kids, or not at all...
Hulshof seeks to raise Mo. money limits (04/18/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof wants to increase Missouri's campaign contribution limits. Hulshof proposed Friday to raise individual contribution limits to $2,500 per election, instead of the current $1,350 for statewide offices...
Facelift planned for Becky Thatcher Home (04/18/08)
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) -- Plans are in the works for a $1.3 million upgrade of the Becky Thatcher home in Hannibal. Renovations are also planned for two other popular tourist stops in Mark Twain's hometown -- the justice of the peace office where Twain's father worked and Grant's Drug Store...
Audit pans Mo. housing tax credit (04/18/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State Auditor Susan Montee asserted Thursday that Missouri's tax credits for low-income housing have grown too costly while providing too great of a benefit to developers and investors. Montee's audit suggests the state should consider scrapping its current method of providing aid for low-income housing projects, which she said results in just 35 cents of each $1 in tax credits actually going to build homes...
Mo. Senate OKs $22.6 billion budget (04/18/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri senators passed their version of a $22.6 billion state operating budget Thursday while leaving room for a potential expansion of government health care programs. Whereas the House version of the budget passed last month included no money for the Insure Missouri program, the Senate version includes $340 million from various funding sources that could be used for it...
High school filmmakers tackle social trends in documentaries (04/18/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Caullen Hudson has noticed a trend at Rock Bridge High School. Every day, when students socialize before and after classes and during lunch periods, the bench at the front of the main entryway fills up with black teenagers. White teens stand elsewhere...
Judge says corrections workers due $4 million (04/18/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri probation and parole workers are entitled to more than $4 million in back pay because lawmakers illegally excluded them from a pay raise granted to other state employees, a state judge ruled. But the Republican-led Senate on Thursday refused to insert the back pay into the budget...
Nearly one-fifth of U.S. troops experience mental problems after war service (04/18/08)
WASHINGTON -- Roughly one in every five U.S. troops who have survived the bombs and other dangers of Iraq and Afghanistan now suffers from major depression or post-traumatic stress, an independent study said Thursday. It estimated the toll at 300,000 or more...
Polygamist sect hearing in Texas descends into farce (04/18/08)
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- A court hearing to decide the fate of the 416 children swept up in a raid on a West Texas polygamist sect descended into farce Thursday, with hundreds of lawyers in two packed buildings shouting objections and the judge struggling to maintain order...
Airline execs, regulators often switch places (04/18/08)
WASHINGTON -- What the airline industry wants from Washington it often gets, and no wonder. The people who regulate airlines on one day can become company executives the next -- and the other way around. Industry leaders who were once under the Federal Aviation Administration's authority now sit in top positions at the agency. ...
Pope says Mass, prays with victims of clergy sex abuse (04/18/08)
WASHINGTON -- Pope Benedict XVI prayed with tearful victims of clergy sex abuse in a chapel Thursday, an extraordinary and likely unprecedented gesture from a pontiff who has made atoning for the great shame of the U.S. church the cornerstone of his first papal trip to America...
Israel thwarts another infiltration attempt by Gaza gunmen (04/18/08)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israeli troops fended off Palestinian gunmen who assaulted a crossing on the Gaza border Thursday, thwarting the third attempt by militants to infiltrate into Israel in a week. One Palestinian was reported killed in the clash, which followed a day of fighting between Israeli forces and Gaza militants that killed three Israeli soldiers and 21 Palestinians, including five children and a news cameraman...
Suicide bomber hits funeral north of Baghdad; 50 killed (04/18/08)
BAGHDAD -- A suicide bomber struck the funeral of two Sunni tribesmen who joined forces against al-Qaida in Iraq, killing at least 50 people Thursday and reinforcing fears that insurgents are hitting back after American-led crackdowns. The sudden spike in bloodshed this week adds to the other worries now piling up in Iraq: violent rivalries among Shiites and persistent cracks in the Iraqi security forces...
Chaffee hires Govreau as boys basketball coach at meeting (04/18/08)
Josh Govreau was named the new head coach of the Chaffee boys basketball team Thursday night at Chaffee's school board meeting. Govreau, who has served as the assistant basketball coach at Chaffee for the last three years, replaces Tyson Moyers, who recently stepped down after four years in the position...
Fielder ends Cardinals' home winning streak with 10th-inning blast (04/18/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Prince Fielder waited a long time for this one -- 54 at-bats, in fact. After leading the NL with 50 home runs last year, Fielder connected for his first of 2008, a two-run drive in the 10th inning Thursday that led the Milwaukee Brewers over the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3...
Notre Dame baseball staves off Kelly comeback (04/18/08)
Notre Dame junior Austin Greer hit his fourth home run in five games to help the Bulldogs overpower Kelly 12-11 in a baseball shootout Thursday. The game was supposed to be played at Kelly, but was moved to Notre Dame because of field drainage problems...
Viers paces Central to second in Saxony Lutheran Invitational (04/18/08)
For the first time in his Central golf career, Cole Viers will wear the crown. The junior paced the Tigers to a second-place finish in the second annual Saxony Lutheran Invitational on Thursday at Dalhousie Golf Club. With his score of 8-over-par 80, he grabbed the plaque for fifth place overall and -- more importantly -- will get the honor of wearing a crown from Burger King restaurant that traditionally is donned by the team's top player...
Ford leaves UMass for Oklahoma St. (04/18/08)
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Travis Ford was introduced as Oklahoma State's new basketball coach Thursday. Ford will replace Sean Sutton, who resigned under pressure April 1 after leading the Cowboys to first-round NIT losses in his two full seasons as head coach...
Holloman must sit first five games (04/18/08)
Southeast Missouri State tailback Timmy Holloman has looked sharp in spring practice by all accounts. But Holloman won't be able to put his skills to use until the sixth game of the 2008 season. As had been anticipated, Holloman will miss the first five games of his senior campaign as part of his being ruled ineligible by the NCAA following the fifth game of last season. He missed the final six contests...
Redhawks sweep Billikens behind Fisher's one-hitter (04/18/08)
Elaine Fisher allowed one hit Thursday to lead the Southeast Missouri State softball team to victory in the first game of a doubleheader with Saint Louis University. The Redhawks (21-21) won the first game 6-0, then captured the nightcap 2-1 to complete the sweep...
Bulls fire interim coach after missing playoffs (04/18/08)
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- The Chicago Bulls fired interim coach Jim Boylan on Thursday, likely the first of several changes after a disappointing season. The firing was the first move of what figures to be a busy offseason for a team that finished 11th in the Eastern Conference just one season after reaching the second round of the playoffs...
ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT: Central senior Diana Harper will have a painting displayed at the U.S. Capitol (04/18/08)
Central High School senior Diana Harper might not consider herself an artist, but the judges in the Missouri 8th Congressional District Art Competition do. They voted her painting "Equinox" Best in Show in the competition. The watercolor will hang in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for the next year along with winners from around the nation...
neXt up 4/18/08 (04/18/08)
Friday n New movies "88 Minutes" Rated R, running time 1 hour 48 minutes @ Cape West Cine "Forbidden Kingdom" Rated PG-13, running time 1 hour 53 minutes @ Cape West Cine "Expelled @ No Intelligence Allowed[CloseDouble] Rated PG, running time 1 hour 30 minutes @ Town Plaza Cinema...
Who's neXt 4/18/08 (04/18/08)
SCHOLARSHIPS n Jacquelyn Twidwell of Marble Hill, Mo., has been awarded a Missouri Leadership Award and a MAP Scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University next year. n Whitney Tapley of Scott City, Zackary Deboe of Cape Girardeau and Steven Messmer of Jackson have each been awarded a MAP Scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University next year...
HOOKED ON SCIENCE: How much would you weigh on the moon? (04/18/08)
Have you ever wanted to weigh less? If so, head to the moon. Here's some simple math that will show you how much you would weigh if you were on the moon. Ingredients n Calculator n Pencil or pen n Paper Instructions STEP 1: Write how much you weigh on the piece of paper...
Actors guild signs interim pact with indie film company (04/18/08)
LOS ANGELES -- The Screen Actors Guild has cut a deal that would let its members work for an independent film company regardless of a future strike against the major studios. The deal with The Film Department guarantees completion of nine movies that haven't started filming yet. One of them, a romantic comedy called "The Rebound," stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and is scheduled to begin production Monday in New York City...
Tracy Hull (04/18/08)
Tracy Avante Hull, 33, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, April 12, 2008, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Survivors include two sons, Christopher Hull and Ezekiel Hull, both of Cape Girardeau; a daughter, Kabrina Hull of Cape Girardeau; her mother, Shirley Hull of Cape Girardeau; and two sisters, Tonya Hull and Kasondra Owens, both of Cape Girardeau...
Harold Klobe (04/18/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Harold Klobe, 93, of Perryville died Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at Independence Care Center of Perry County. He was born April 14, 1915, in Perry County, son of Emil J. and Louise Matilda Schroeder Klobe. He and Irma Smith were married May 23, 1936. She died March 14, 1999...
Ruby Lance (04/18/08)
Ruby Anna Lance, 91, of Scott City died Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 31, 1916, at Darksville, Mo., daughter of John Allen and Vertie Mae Westlake Rice. She and Jack F. Lance were married Oct. 2, 1943, in Cape Girardeau. He died May 5, 1968...
Edith Spalding (04/18/08)
Edith A. Spalding, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at her home. She was born May 29, 1924, in Glen­allen, Mo., daughter of Steve S.G. and Rada Miller Page. She and Richard K. Spalding were married Jan. 2, 1946, in Cape Girardeau. He died Oct. 12, 2000...
Births 4/18/08 (04/18/08)
Decker Daughter to Mark Allen and Alicia Christine Decker of Delta, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:57 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2008. Name, Markayla Christine. Weight, 6 pounds, 2 ounces. Third daughter. Mrs. Decker is the former Alicia Stinnett, daughter of Ruby Collins of Delta. Decker is the son of Walter and Doris Decker of Chester, Ill. He is employed at Chester Mental Health, but is currently deployed to Iraq with the Air National Guard...
Police report 4/18/08 (04/18/08)
@graphic_body_indent_bold leadin:Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Ryan B. Jones, 33, 154 S. Minnesota Ave., was arrested on suspicion of stealing. n Nichole L. Daniels, 28, 36 Pind Wood Lane, Apt. 1N, was arrested on suspicion of stealing...
Fire report 4/18/08 (04/18/08)
@graphic_body_indent_bold leadin:Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: n At 5:47 p.m., an illegal burn at 138 Garden Lane. n At 7:25 p.m., a citizen assist in the 600 block of Peironnet Drive. n At 7:58 p.m., a call in the 1100 block of Linden Street...
Out of the past (04/18/08)
25 years ago: April 18, 1983 Cape Girardeau City Councilman Robert K. Herbst, speaking at a council study session, suggests the city should do everything it can to construct sewer trunk lines in northern and western sections of the city to prevent periodic sewage backup problems; Herbst hopes to see a revenue bond issue to finance the project on the August ballot...
Bargains work both ways (04/18/08)
By Kevin B. Spaeth I read with great interest Peter C. Myers Sr.'s sincere letter about Sikeston's attempt to "steal" the I-66 route. Mr. Myers' letter has an element of "aw-shucks" about it. "Aw-shucks" times have changed. "Aw-shucks" you can't get through the Shawnee National Forest (not true -- the Nature Conservancy issued its support for this project on Sept. ...
Wait? Hold? Call back? No, I don't have time! (04/18/08)
I love the Internet. With a high-speed connection, I have instant access to the world. I can't tell you how often I use Internet resources every day. I find out how to spell names of important people. Is it "General David Petraeus" or some other spelling? Click. Click. Click. There it is...
Highway safety (04/18/08)
In 2006, there were 19 fatalities in Missouri's highway construction zones and 1,193 injuries in 3,426 work-zone crashes. Last year, those numbers dropped to six fatalities and 782 injuries in 2,399 accidents in work zones. The fact that there were six deaths is unacceptable...
Grant funds orchestra instruments (04/18/08)
To the editor: I would like to congratulate Steve Schaffner, Central High and Junior High School orchestra instructor. He has been awarded a $10,000 Goody's grant. This money will be used to purchase instruments, which will enable those students who could not afford to buy or rent a string instrument the opportunity to participate in a cocurricular program...
Proposed changes would be harmful (04/18/08)
To the editor: The Department of Health and Human Services has issued several Medicaid regulations recently that could have a substantial impact on health care in Missouri. Congress did not authorize these regulations, and in some cases Congress has declined to support the changes. The regulations would drastically limit the amount of funding states receive for the Medicaid program...
Speak Out 4/18/08 (04/18/08)
Simple facts IT'S ABOUT time conservatives take their heads out of the sand and realize that the Reagan and Bush tax cuts for the rich, which were supposed to trickle down and help the economy, are not working. Democrats are accused of tax-and-spend, but conservatives spend and put it on credit, which runs up our national debt to more than $9 trillion. ...
Jackson Earthquake photo (04/18/08)
Taken shorlty after earthquake
Jackson Earthquake photo (04/18/08)
another photo taken right after earthquake
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