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Some Southeast Missouri roads closed due to flooding (04/23/08)
MoDOT's Southeast District reports some state roads in Southeast Missouri are closed due to flooding today. The following state routes were closed as of 10:30 a.m.: 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 WW from Route P to County Road 740·        Route 80 east of I-55 at St. ...
Candidates invited to newspaper for workshop (04/23/08)
The Southeast Missourian is conducting a workshop for election candidates Thursday morning. Bollinger, Scott and Cape Girardeau County candidates for contested races in all county offices have been contacted by letter and are encouraged to attend. At the workshop, candidates will learn how to reach the newspaper audience through news -- both print and online -- and advertising. ...
Dexter, Mo., gets $100K from Delta Regional Authority (04/23/08)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Dexter City Administrator Mark Stidham has received word that a $100,000 grant has been approved for the city of Dexter for the purpose of making improvements to the industrial park that houses Emcon Technologies (formerly Arvin Industries)...
32-year-old woman jumps off Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge (04/23/08)
A 32-year-old woman attempted suicide Wednesday afternoon when she jumped from the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge, police said. The extent of her injuries are unknown, but she did survive the plunge, said Sgt. Barry Hovis, spokesman for the police department...
Krajcir waives right to arraignment in Pennsylvania (04/23/08)
Timothy W. Krajcir waived his rights to a formal arraignment and reading of the charges against him Tuesday in a hearing at the Berks County Courthouse in Reading, Penn. Krajcir faces charges of first degree murder, rape, possessing instruments of crime and impersonating a public servant. The charges stem from the 1979 strangulation death of Myrtle Rupp, a 51-year-old woman, in South Temple, Penn...
Portions of area wildlife refuge may be closed for a while due to flooding (04/23/08)
PUXICO, Mo. -- "The water on Mingo is higher now than during the [mid-March] flood," said Mingo National Wildlife Refuge manager Ben Mense as he drove a pickup through flooded waters on a paved refuge road last week. The sides of the roads are marked with metal poles to keep drivers from straying into ditches. "Basically, all of the public-use roads are closed. But Mingo is not closed. The parking lot at the boardwalk is open. You can still walk in."...
A growing number of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD (04/23/08)
Sgt. Lucky Sands returned from Iraq a shell of her old self. After 15 months serving as an M249 saw gunner west of Baghdad, she returned home anxious, angry and depressed. Sands said she began drinking too much rum and Coke. She lashed out at her husband for small things, eventually turning violent. She forbade her daughter, now 11, from jumping in the house because she couldn't stand loud or popping noises...
Southeast regents approve bond sale (04/23/08)
In a 30-minute meeting Tuesday, the Southeast Missouri State University's board of regents approved the bond sale for $56.6 million. Orders for the bonds were taken Monday and will be sold today. The money will be divided among several projects, according to Dr. Ken Dobbins, the university's president...
German shepherd found with gunshot wounds (04/23/08)
X-rays revealed 36 buckshot pellets in the hip area of a 1-year-old German shepherd rescued Friday by the Bollinger County Sheriff's Department. Dr. Colleen Retz of the Bollinger County Veterinary Service said the buckshot was a minor problem compared to the two large gunshot wounds to the dog's front leg...
Two arrested after allegedly forging checks (04/23/08)
A burglary that occurred in January at Kesler Farms in Oran, Mo., was recently solved when the two alleged burglars began forging and attempting to use the checks that had been stolen during the incident, police said. Sikeston police arrested Rebecca Colbert-Penrose, 41, and Chad Goza, 31, both of Sikeston, Mo., after investigating the forging of several checks stolen from the farm office, according to a news release from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety...
Voting rights group sues Missouri, election boards (04/23/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Voting rights advocates are suing Missouri and some local election officials, alleging that they have not followed federal requirements to register poor people to vote. Federal law requires social service organizations to ensure that people who are applying for public aid are asked if they want to register to vote. The lawsuit says the state and other election officials have not done enough to meet those requirements...
Mo. House says Aquila can keep Cass County plant (04/23/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Utility regulators could decide whether Aquila can continue operating a Cass County power plant that courts have ordered torn down. The House has endorsed a bill that essentially overrules the courts, giving the Public Service Commission until next August to approve the plant...
B-2 bombers back in flight after February crash (04/23/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The B-2 stealth bomber is back in flight. The U.S. Air Force grounded the fleet of planes in late February after the Spirit of Kansas plunged to the ground shortly after takeoff from a Guam base en route to Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, where the 21-plane fleet is based. The crash was the first since the planes' maiden flights nearly 20 years ago...
Missouri college scholarships expanded to upper incomes (04/23/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- State budget writers agree to give college scholarships to students from families earning as much as $200,000 annually. The Access Missouri program was created last year as the state's main financial-need scholarship for students attending public or private colleges and universities...
Utility abandons planned coal plant in Northwest Missouri (04/23/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A utility that put a planned coal plant in rural Missouri on hold last month has now decided to abandon the project. Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. of Springfield had already received state approval to build a 780-megawatt coal-fired plant in Norborne. The Carroll County town is about 60 miles east of Kansas City. But the company chose to delay the project, citing rising costs and an uncertain regulatory climate...
Report: Torrez expected to enter Alford plea (04/23/08)
UNION, Mo. (AP) -- The woman accused of slashing a young mother's throat and stealing her baby may be nearing a plea agreement. Franklin County Prosecutor Bob Parks told the Washington Missourian that under a tentative agreement, Shannon Torrez, 38, of Lonedell, Mo., will enter an Alford plea at a hearing on May 9 to charges of kidnapping, first-degree assault and armed criminal action...
Missouri House backs exceptions to minimum wage (04/23/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Lawmakers gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill that would limit wages for tipped employees while attempting to clarify how a voter-approved increase to the state's minimum wage affects fire and police departments. Voters in 2006 overwhelmingly approved an initiative that increased the state minimum wage to $6.50 an hour, with an annual increase to coincide with inflation. This year, the state's minimum wage is set at $6.65...
Plane lands on belly in Chesterfield; no injuries (04/23/08)
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- An investigation is under way after a small plane landed without its landing gear down. No one was hurt in the belly landing around 10 p.m. Tuesday at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield. Three people were on board. The plane sustained minor damage...
Missouri sheriff's wife charged with ID theft (04/23/08)
LAMAR, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri sheriff's wife is accused of using her mother-in-law's Social Security numbers and those of two other people to run up $14,000 in credit-card debt. Susan Michelle Higgins -- the 36-year-old wife of Barton County Sheriff Shannon Higgins -- is charged with one count of felony identity theft...
Mo. Senators debate subsidized health insurance legislation (04/23/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After its flashy debut fizzled out, Gov. Matt Blunt's Insure Missouri proposal made a comeback of sorts Tuesday as senators debated legislation that eventually could subsidize health insurance for as many as 200,000 lower-income Missourians...
Some doctors hesitant to contact patients via e-mail (04/23/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Suzanne Kreuziger is a registered nurse who uses e-mail almost exclusively to communicate with friends. But when it comes to reaching her doctor, there's a frustrating firewall. The barrier is her doctor's own reluctance to talk to patients through e-mail...
Children from polygamist sect leave shelter for foster care (04/23/08)
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Kept together at large west Texas sites for two weeks, the first of more than 400 children taken from a polygamist compound boarded buses Tuesday bound for group homes and other faraway foster care facilities. The children eagerly waved and smiled at television cameras as the buses rolled out. Adult members of the sect, meanwhile, filed through an unmarked building on a courthouse square in nearby Eldorado for the second day of DNA testing...
Former Army engineer charged with passing secrets to Israel during the 1980s (04/23/08)
NEW YORK -- An 84-year-old former U.S. Army mechanical engineer was arrested Tuesday on charges he slipped classified documents about nuclear weapons to an employee of the Israeli Consulate who also received information from convicted Pentagon spy Jonathan Pollard, authorities announced...
Scientists study Arctic haze for clues to rapid ice melting (04/23/08)
The Associated Press FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- Visitors to Alaska often marvel at the crisp, clear air. But the truth is, the skies above the Arctic Circle work like a giant lint trap during late winter and early spring, catching all sorts of pollutants swirling around the globe...
Clinton defeats Obama in Pa. primary (04/23/08)
PHILADELPHIA -- Hillary Rodham Clinton won the Pennsylvania primary Tuesday night, defeating Barack Obama and staving off elimination in their race for the Democratic presidential nomination. "Some counted me out and said to drop out," the former first lady told supporters cheering her triumph in a state where she was outspent by more than two-to-one. "But the American people don't quit. And they deserve a president who doesn't quit, either...
Woman finds alligator in her kitchen (04/23/08)
OLDSMAR, Fla. -- And some people get jittery about mice in the kitchen. Authorities say a 69-year-old central Florida woman found an 8-foot alligator prowling in her kitchen Monday night. Sandra Frosti said the gator must have pushed through a screen door and then went inside through an open sliding glass door at her home. It then apparently strolled through the living room, down a hall and into the kitchen...
Russian news agency: Soyuz crew was in danger on descent (04/23/08)
MOSCOW -- The crew of the Soyuz space capsule that landed hundreds of miles off target in Kazakhstan was in serious danger during the descent, a Russian news agency reported Tuesday. Interfax quoted an unidentified Russian space official as saying the capsule entered Earth's atmosphere Saturday with the hatch first instead of its heat shield leading the way. As a result, the hatch sustained significant damage...
Route for Olympic flame scaled back in Indonesia (04/23/08)
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Torchbearers ran laps with the Olympic flame in front of an invitation-only crowd Tuesday after officials changed the relay route from Jakarta's streets to a sports stadium amid pressure from China to keep away demonstrators. Police arrested several protesters rallying nearby and seized Tibetan flags and banners in the latest actions against a global relay that Beijing had hoped would promote the upcoming Olympics...
Aggressive Red Devils run over Oak Ridge in five innings (04/23/08)
CHAFFEE -- The Chaffee offense hit the gas from the opening pitch and never let up Tuesday. The Red Devils scored in every inning as they throttled Oak Ridge 15-1 in a five-inning baseball showdown at Harmon Field. "We got some confidence [Monday] against Meadow Heights," Chaffee coach Brian Horrell said. "We came out and swung them pretty well a little bit and actually put some runs on the board. Just scoring some runs gave us confidence, and today we just kept it going."...
Meadow Heights' Kennedy is nearly perfect in no-hitter (04/23/08)
Sophomore Cody Kennedy was an error away from a perfect game Tuesday. The Meadow Heights hurler pitched all five innings, striking out 11 of the 15 batters he faced as the Panthers downed Delta 10-0 in baseball action. Kennedy made the only error of the game on a ground ball back to him in the second inning. While he didn't get the perfect game, he had plenty to celebrate with the no-hitter...
Scott City goes to 11-1 with rout of Charleston (04/23/08)
SCOTT CITY -- The Scott City High School baseball team is aiming for an extended postseason run this year. Nothing the Rams have done in recent weeks suggests it won't happen. The Rams pushed their winning streak to seven Tuesday afternoon by demolishing visiting Charleston 18-0 in a game stopped after 4 1/2 innings by the mercy rule...
Notre Dame avenges loss to Jackson (04/23/08)
Notre Dame midfielder Courtney Luehmann is very friendly with the majority of girls who play for Jackson because she plays a lot of soccer with them during the offseason. "I play with a lot of girls on my select team, so I love most of them," Luehmann said. "But on the field, I don't have any love for them."...
Redhawks pay back Indians for home loss (04/23/08)
JONESBORO, Ark. -- The Southeast Missouri State baseball team had little trouble avenging a recent home loss to Arkansas State. Southeast built an early 6-0 lead and cruised to a 12-3 nonconference road victory Tuesday night. The Redhawks, who lost to ASU 8-3 on April 9 in Cape Girardeau, won their third straight and improved to 17-16. The Indians fell to 16-25...
Brewers reward Gross for scoring winning run with trade to Rays (04/23/08)
MILWAUKEE -- Gabe Gross stole second and sped home with the game-winning run. He might as well keep running to Tampa Bay. Gross scored on Gabe Kapler's single with one out in the 12th inning in the Brewers' 9-8 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. After the game, the team announced Gross had been traded to the Rays in a deal for minor league pitcher Josh Butler...
Some real Italian (04/23/08)
Some weeks I am just not sure what to write about, but this week I had so many things I could hardly decide. After tossing around a few ideas, I decided to include the wonderful mail I received from Rob Weeks. Rob is a great cook and a lover of good quality ingredients. ...
Conserving water good for the garden and planet (04/23/08)
Today it's estimated that the average American uses about 100 gallons of water a day. And between 25 percent and 40 percent of that goes to outdoor use. But according to the Environmental Protection Agency, of all the water Americans do use, about half of it is wasted. If we were more responsible about its use and started using only what we needed, we could save more than 3 billion gallons of water every day...
Richie Sambora pleads out DUI case in California (04/23/08)
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- Richie Sambora struck a deal with prosecutors Tuesday just hours after they filed drunken driving charges against him, pleading no contest to one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit...
Soul singer Al Wilson dies of kidney failure at 68 (04/23/08)
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) -- Al Wilson, the soul singer and songwriter who had a number of 1970s hits including "Show and Tell," has died. He was 68. Wilson died Monday of kidney failure at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, according to his son, Tony Wilson of Yucaipa...
Former Bush press secretary Tony Snow joins CNN team (04/23/08)
NEW YORK -- Former White House press secretary Tony Snow has joined CNN as a conservative commentator. Snow's new duties return him to the world of punditry he occupied for 10 years at CNN rival Fox News Channel. In addition, he was host of Fox broadcasting's "Fox News Sunday."...
Business reports (04/23/08)
Bankruptcies Bankruptcies  filed  through  March  for  the  Southeastern  Division  of  the  Eastern  District  of  Missouri’s U.S. Bankruptcy  Court  are  listed  below  with  their  corresponding  case  number. ...
Throwback on Broadway (04/23/08)
Along Broadway where businesses tend to come and go is a little grocery store with plans to make itself a downtown presence. Robert and Mary Gentry own and run The Corner Store, and observed their first year of business in December. They wanted to have a place for people to buy groceries without having to travel very far...
Names in the news (04/23/08)
King joins Ozarks Federal Savings board FARMINGTON, Mo. — Michele L. King, CPA, was elected to the board of directors of Ozarks Federal Savings and Loan Association at the annual meeting on Jan. 9. King began her employment with Ozarks Federal Savings in April 1999 and now serves as the senior vice president and treasurer. ...
Summer travel headaches loom as airlines' woes continue to deepen (04/23/08)
CHICAGO -- Soaring fuel costs. Flights cut. Jobs lost. The parent company of United Airlines reported a worse-than-expected quarterly loss Tuesday, citing a string of problems that are hurting other carriers as well. And for travelers, a vacation season of jammed planes, delayed flights and higher fares looms in what's shaping up as the worst of times for both airlines and their customers...
Major companies release reports (04/23/08)
NEW YORK -- Wall Street pulled back Tuesday, with the Dow Jones industrials tumbling more than 100 points as a rush of quarterly results from bellwethers like AT&T Inc., DuPont and McDonald's Corp. failed to impress investors. Oil prices also reached fresh highs, raising concerns about inflation...
Juanita Long (04/23/08)
Juanita Long Juanita Marie Long, 61, of Jackson, formerly of Marble Hill, Mo., died Monday, April 21, 2008, at her home. She was born Oct. 14, 1946, near Kennett, Mo., daughter of Jonas E. and L.B. Estes Long. Long had worked at Marble Hill Hat Factory and attended Harmony Congregational Methodist Church...
Jacqueline Schultz (04/23/08)
Jacqueline Schultz MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Jacqueline Schultz, 46, of Galesburg, Ill., died Monday, April 21, 2008, at Cottage Hospital in Galesburg. She was born Aug. 10, 1961, at Patton, Mo., daughter of Arthur and Lillian Jefferies Schultz. Schultz worked as a waitress, line operator at Gilster-Mary Lee in Perryville, Mo., and was deli manager at the former Giant Food Store in Galesburg. She was a member of Foursquare Church in Galesburg...
Barbara Pemberton (04/23/08)
Barbara Pemberton Barbara J. Pemberton, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, April 21, 2008, at the Lutheran Home. McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Alice Wyllys (04/23/08)
Alice Wyllys SOUTH BOARDMAN, Mich. -- Alice McCulley Wyllys, 80, of South Boardman died Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at her home. She was born Nov. 12, 1927, in Scott County, daughter of Alvery and Annie Hosea of Oran, Mo. She and W.J. McCulley were married Dec. 6, 1947, in Painton, Mo. He died Feb. 20, 1983. She then married Harry Wyllys Nov. 13, 1994...
Spc. Nicolas Booker (04/23/08)
Spc. Nicolas Booker Nicolas Brandon Booker, 20, of Junction City, Kan., formerly of Jackson, died Monday, April 14, 2008, in Junction City. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Harriet Weaver (04/23/08)
Harriet Weaver Harriet M. Weaver, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, April 21, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Aug. 19, 1919, at Carthage, Mo., daughter of Harry B. and Marie S. Schutt Smallfield. She and Clyde E. Mitchell were married Oct. 6, 1942, in Kansas City, Mo. He died Dec. 24, 1944. Later she married William Ronald Weaver July 7, 1951, in Kansas City. He died July 21, 2004...
Larry Scheetz (04/23/08)
Larry Scheetz CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Larry P. Scheetz, 66, of Marco Island, Fla., died Thursday, April 3, 2008, at Naples Community Hospital. He was born July 10, 1941, at Chaffee. Scheetz attended the University of Missouri. Working for Potashnick Construction and Better Roads as a project manager, he had a 30-year career building various sections of the nation's interstates...
Walter McIntyre (04/23/08)
Walter McIntyre ANNA, Ill. -- Walter McIntyre, 87, of Anna died Monday, April 21, 2008, at his farm. He was born Sept. 25, 1920, in Thebes, Ill., to Edward and Anna Casey McIntyre. He and Virginia Mae Burns were married Aug. 23, 1947, in Olive Branch, Ill...
Lee Benson (04/23/08)
Lee Benson Laura Lee Benson, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, April 21, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born April 16, 1923, in Carlisle County, Ky., daughter of Orion Lindell and Laura Isabelle Moreland Brock. She and Max Dean Barks were married March 25, 1941, in Missouri. He died Nov. 4, 1975. She later married Eugene Benson in April 1979 in Indiana. He also preceded her in death...
Jack Lancaster (04/23/08)
Jack Lancaster Jack Lancaster, 78, of Randles died Monday, April 21, 2008, at his home. He was born Aug. 17, 1929, in Bell City, Mo., son of William "Bill" and Clara Lavada Simmons Lancaster. He and Gearldine Ann Menz were married Jan. 26, 1957. Lancaster was a retired laborer with Local 1104. He was a member of Perkins Baptist Church, Whitewater Masonic Lodge 417 and Whitewater Order of Eastern Star 174...
Births 4/23/08 (04/23/08)
Childress Daughter to James Michael and Maria Kathryn Childress of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 7:43 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2008. Name, Sonnie Kathryn. Weight, 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Mrs. Childress is the former Maria Swan, daughter of Reg and Kathy Swan of Cape Girardeau. She is an office manager. Childress is the son of Joan and Stan Bullington and Phil Childress, all of Poplar Bluff, Mo. He is a banker...
Police report 4/23/08 (04/23/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Kyle T. Birk, 19, 2038 Beth St., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.Arrests...
Fire report 4/23/08 (04/23/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: At 3:56 p.m., a motor vehicle accident and emergency medical service at Lombardo and North Cape Rock drives. At 5:13 p.m., emergency medical service at 611S. West End Blvd...
Out of the past 4/23/08 (04/23/08)
25 years ago: April 23, 1983 Six men indicted by a federal grand jury on charges stemming from St. Louis gang wars are being held in the Cape Girardeau City Jail; among the men are some members of the Leisure family. Next week will mark the 35th anniversary of Craftsman Office Supply Co., Inc., 835 Broadway in Cape Girardeau; president and founder of the firm is Carlston A. Bohnsack...
Candidates forum takes place at Southeast Missourian (04/23/08)
Political candidates and their campaign managers (as well as anyone else from the public) are invited to an informational meeting at the Southeast Missourian newspaper on Thursday, April 24, at 7 am. Address is 301 Broadway, Cape Girardeau. Here's the link to story about the meeting...
Upside-down (04/23/08)
You'd have to be a rock dweller to not get caught up in the discussion of today's economy. Be it the coffee shop, the dining-room table, the endless barrage of television news or the presidential contest, the focus is clearly on the troubled economy. You feel it when you go to the grocery store, the service station or virtually any aspect of your daily lives...
The Kezer conviction (04/23/08)
Joshua Kezer is serving a 60-year sentence for murder based on the recanted and unrecanted testimony of three inmate snitches, one of whom admitted in a letter it was a scam concocted to bargain down their own jail time with prosecutors. Meanwhile, other men have reportedly bragged about their roles in the 1992 murder of Mischelle Lawless, which was chalked up to bravado...
I-66 in Cape is impractical, illogical (04/23/08)
To the editor: As a resident of Cape Girardeau County with roots since 1803, I have enjoyed the sparring of words on the I-66 project. Sikeston is dead right on this issue, and Cape Girardeau is dead wrong. Thomas Jefferson said that "error of opinion can be tolerated as long as reason is left free to combat it."...
HPV vaccine was approved in 2006 (04/23/08)
To the editor: Thank you so much for the article on the availability of free HPV vaccine. We're working hard to get as many Missourians vaccinated as possible, and all media coverage is welcome. I have one correction. In your first paragraph, you say the vaccine was approved last year by the FDA, but it was approved in June 2006...
Speak Out 4/23/08 (04/23/08)
Lots of family fun LOOKING FOR something for youngsters to do in Cape Girardeau? Navigate through the cityofcapegirardeau.org Web site to locate descriptions of the 20 or so parks available for a variety of family activities (picnics, swimming, fishing, walks, swings, tennis, hikes). ...
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