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Scott County commissioners monitoring high gas prices (04/25/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- High gas prices aren't only stretching the budgets of consumers. The recent jumps in fuel costs are causing concern to Scott County commissioners, who discussed the prices during their regular meeting on Thursday, with reference to highway department duties such as mowing and road work...
FEMA, SEMA personnel to be at area hardware store starting Monday (04/25/08)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and State Emergency Management Agency will have a joint team of "mitigation experts" on hand starting Monday through May 3 at Southeast Missouri Builders Supply, 411 Jefferson Ave., in Cape Girardeau, according to a FEMA news release.The experts will be there to assist people with cleaning up after the floods and give them other disaster assistance information. ...
Ice storms, sink holes, floods: What's next? Not locusts, but maybe cicadas (04/25/08)
Since January, Southeast Missourians have faced monthly disasters. In January, storms ripped through the region. A tornado destroyed an Essex, Mo., home. February featured a series of devastating ice storms. In March, Cape Girardeau experienced record-breaking rainfall, followed by floods. Aftershocks from April 18's 5.2 magnitude earthquake near Bellmont, Ill., continue to be recorded almost daily...
Two suspicious fires under investigation (04/25/08)
Cape Girardeau firefighters responded to two structures fires last night within the city. The first occurred at 516 N. Middle St., said fire chief Rick Ennis. The blaze started in the basement and crept up through the walls to the attic, causing heavy damage to the lower floors and considerable damage to the top floors of the house...
Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive scheduled for this weekend (04/25/08)
The Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive carves a path through Southeast Missouri as far south as Commerce and north to Perryville. Several rural communities and towns along the way will have festivals, music, dancing, crafts, living history events, camping and more. ...
13 candidates attend Southeast Missourian election workshop (04/25/08)
Thirteen candidates for August elections attended a workshop conducted by the Southeast Missourian on Thursday, including Cape Girardeau County Commission candidates, 158th District state representative candidates, a 27th District senatorial candidate and sheriff candidates from Bollinger and Scott counties. ...
Governor speaks at Saint Francis about frivolous lawsuits (04/25/08)
Gov. Matt Blunt addressed a group of physicians and taxpayers Thursday at Saint Francis Medical Center, speaking about the decrease in what he called frivolous malpractice lawsuits since 2005 tort reform laws took effect. Blunt credited reforms with freeing up money that hospitals and physicians would have spent on insurance and costly litigations for health care, hiring new doctors, and new equipment...
Jackson School District makes personnel changes (04/25/08)
The Jackson School District hired a new financial director and added to the duties of two longtime staff members in a reorganization sparked by the departure of assistant superintendent Dr. Jim Welker, said district superintendent Dr. Ron Anderson. Welker will take over as superintendent of the Cape Girardeau School District on July 1. ...
Cape 9-year-old cited for carrying knife to school (04/25/08)
A 9-year-old girl was cited for unlawful use of a weapon Wednesday after she was found with a knife at school. School personnel at Clippard Elementary found out the girl was carrying the knife after it had been seen by other students, said Sgt. Barry Hovis, spokesman for the Cape Girardeau Police Department. ...
Eighth District Democratic candidate to appear at local events (04/25/08)
Eighth District Democratic congressional candidate Joe Allen will appear at a series of events today in Cape Girardeau. Public events include lunch and meeting with retirees at 11:30 a.m. at the Cape Girardeau Senior Center at 921 N. Clark Ave., an informal discussion with local Democrats at 2 p.m. ...
Hal Holbrook to portray Mark Twain at River Campus (04/25/08)
Mark Twain is returning to the Mississippi River for one night only. Hal Holbrook posing as Mark Twain that is, in his one-man performance, "Mark Twain Tonight!" Holbrook has been performing as Mark Twain since 1959 and will be at the River Campus at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for a sold-out, one-night performance...
Insect control (04/25/08)
Limiting cicadas Cicadas are mostly noisy and clumsy -- but they can damage trees. Females lay eggs below the bark of limbs. Limbs can sometimes fall off, so the damage is primarily cosmetic. If enough females use the tree, it will die, said Bruce Barrett, entomologist with the University of Missouri's Extension Office...
Cape Girardeau City Council studies '09 budget (04/25/08)
Before June 18, Cape Girardeau's city council members will have to make some hard decision about money. John Richbourg, the city's financial director, pointed out key issues in a two-hour budget review Wednesday evening. With the combination of a general economic slowdown and rising costs, the city must be conservative in how it manages money, Richbourg told the board...
Day care provider charged with child endangerment (04/25/08)
Tracy L. Poston was charged Thursday with endangering the welfare of a child after Cape Girardeau County investigators learned she deliberately inflicted a head injury to an infant in her care, according to a probable-cause statement written and signed by Detective Jamie Malugen...
Southeast Missouri Hospital's 80 years of work recognized (04/25/08)
Over 80 years, Southeast Missouri Hospital has grown from a dream of leaders from communities across the region to a major health institution where 1,300 babies are born annually and 11,000 patients receive care. The Southeast Missouri Hospital Association celebrated that achievement Thursday as hundreds of association members and guests gathered to honor hospital employees and volunteers at the Show Me Center. ...
Soldier with Mo. ties killed in Iraq (04/25/08)
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- A Fort Campbell soldier with Missouri ties died this week in Iraq from injuries suffered after his vehicle hit an improved explosive device. Sgt. Adam J. Kohlhaas, 26, who enlisted in Missouri but was from Kentucky, died Monday in Bayji, Iraq, the U.S. Department of Defense said Wednesday. He was formerly of Perryville, Mo...
New Kirkwood mayor sworn in (04/25/08)
KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) -- Kirkwood's new mayor takes the oath of office in an emotional ceremony. Art McDonnell was sworn in Thursday night. He replaces Mike Swoboda, the outgoing mayor who survived being shot in the head in a rampage in February that killed two council members, two police officers and the city's director of public works...
2 St. Joe teens, adult arrested in prescription drug probe (04/25/08)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) -- Police report two teenaged girls have been arrested in connection with another incident involving prescription drugs at a St. Joseph school. The Central High School freshmen and an adult were arrested Thursday in what police call a prescription drug investigation. Police are disclosing little about the case, including what type of drugs were involved...
Man shot dead in KC's Westport (04/25/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Police are looking for a gunman who shot and killed an acquaintance in Kansas City's Westport entertainment neighborhood. Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp said the victim was gunned down in a parking lot outside Chili's restaurant at about 1 a.m. Friday. The suspect sped away in a blue Chevy truck with tinted windows...
7 injured in Southern Missouri school van crash (04/25/08)
TECUMSAH, Mo. (AP) -- Six high school students and a teacher were injured Friday when a school van went off a southern Missouri highway during a trip to a youth business conference. All seven people were injured and taken to area hospitals, but there was no information on the extent of the injuries, Gainesville schools Superintendent Bill Looney said...
Missouri lawmakers target Carthage plant over odors (04/25/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A spate of odor complaints about a southwest Missouri plant that turns turkey parts into fuel oil has prompted a get-tough bill in the Legislature. A bill awaiting final Senate approval could force the Renewable Environmental Solutions plant in Carthage to close if it is cited for repeated clean air violations in the future...
Police shooting in St. Louis fatal to would-be robber (04/25/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis police officer moonlighting as a security officer at a restaurant shot and killed a would-be robber early Friday, police said. The suspect was identified as 37-year-old Brett Holloway of Waynesville. The officer's name was not released. He was placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation...
Mo. student overcomes tumor, gets perfect ACT score (04/25/08)
LADUE, Mo. (AP) -- You'll have to excuse 17-year-old Gregg Fox if he wasn't too stressed about taking the ACT college entrance exam. The teen from the St. Louis suburb of Ladue has already faced tougher challenges. Fox aced the exam -- one of just four Missouri students to get perfect scores. More remarkably, he did it after twice being diagnosed and treated for a brain tumor...
Aftershocks continue in Midwest (04/25/08)
WEST SALEM, Ill. (AP) -- The number of aftershocks linked to last week's earthquake has grown to more than two dozen. The U.S. Geological Survey says 26 aftershocks have been centered in Illinois since last week's 5.2-magnitude temblor with its epicenter near West Salem in Edwards County...
Centene Corp., Clayton are trying again (04/25/08)
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- A development project once thought lost over eminent domain squabbles may re-emerge after all. Centene Corp. is working toward restoring plans for a $210 million expansion in downtown Clayton, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday...
Missouri House repeals income tax on military pensions (04/25/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Military veterans would not need to pay state income taxes on their pensions under legislation approved Thursday by the House. Lawmakers last year approved a bill that gradually repeals income taxes on Social Security and other retirement pensions by 2012. It is estimated to cost the state $154 million when fully implemented...
Insure Mo. plan stalled in House (04/25/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A plan to subsidize health insurance for as many as 200,000 lower-income workers is languishing in the House because of a dispute between some key lawmakers and hospital officials. House Speaker Rod Jetton said Thursday that the Insure Missouri plan doesn't have enough support to pass the House, and it won't be brought up for debate unless hospitals agree to make it easier for new medical centers to open in Missouri...
Vehicle hits bear; driver unhurt (04/25/08)
KOSHKONONG, Mo. -- Vehicles striking deer are a common occurrence in Missouri. But a bear? Connie Roberts of Brandsville in southern Missouri was driving a Chevy Blazer Sunday night as she, her husband and foster son returned home from a fishing trip when a black bear suddenly bolted into the roadway. She estimated she was driving 60 mph...
Police shooting in St. Louis fatal to would-be robber (04/25/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis police officer is on leave after officers say he fatally shot a would-be robber inside a Denny's restaurant. Lt. Ken Bradshaw said the man walked into the restaurant at 1:20 a.m. Friday and pointed a gun at the officer, who was seated at a counter. Bradshaw said several shots were fired, all by the officer...
Mo. House rejects lower base wage for tipped workers (04/25/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The House rejected legislation Thursday that would have lowered the base wages for waitresses, valets and other tipped employees to the amount they had received before a voter-approved increase in Missouri's minimum wage. Voters in 2006 overwhelmingly approved an initiative that increased the minimum wage to $6.50 an hour, with an annual increase to coincide with inflation. This year, the state's wage floor is set at $6.65...
Senate panel approves Missouri judicial nominees, including Limbaugh (04/25/08)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve the nominations of two judges for seats on the federal bench in Missouri. Missouri Supreme Court Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. and Circuit Court Judge David Gregory Kays now await a vote in the full Senate...
Test run for 2010 census is scaled back, worrying experts (04/25/08)
FRESNO, Calif. -- The Census Bureau has scaled back its dress rehearsal for the once-a-decade national head count, raising fears that thousands of soldiers, immigrants and other hard-to-reach people will go uncounted when the population survey is conducted in 2010...
Common pump glitch adds to gas costs, but it also cheats stations (04/25/08)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Angry about the price of gas? Just imagine paying for gas you don't get. Some alert consumers have noticed it over the years: A pump that seems to hesitate a second when the lever is squeezed. Anywhere from 2 to 6 cents tick off before the rush of gasoline starts. That's what happens with a common, hard to diagnose and mostly ignored problem with the "check valve," which is supposed to make sure gas flows at the same time the price meter starts...
After losing job, ex-mayor in dognap scandal loses the dog (04/25/08)
McALLEN, Texas -- A custody case that wrecked a small-town south Texas mayor's political career ended Thursday when she was ordered to return a Shih Tzu to her neighbors. Grace Saenz-Lopez, the former mayor of Alice, had claimed Puddles died last year while she was pet-sitting for the neighbors. Three months later, however, a relative of the neighbors saw the dog, renamed Panchito, at a grooming business...
Kasey Crowden, Jackson girls soccer (04/25/08)
Jackson freshman Kasey Crowden continued her strong rookie soccer season by netting four goals over the past week. Her streak of four-straight games with one goal included tallying the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Poplar Bluff on April 17. "[Crowden] has been playing well," Jackson coach Julie Wunderlich said. ...
Rams still profess uncertainty on their first draft pick Saturday (04/25/08)
ST. LOUIS -- No. 2 is the new No. 1 in the NFL draft, now that the Miami Dolphins have signed Jake Long. That doesn't mean the games and the misdirection are over for the St. Louis Rams. The team refused to tip its hand Thursday beyond acknowledging interest in taking LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, Virginia defensive end Chris Long and Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston with the second pick of Saturday's draft...
Braves notch 14-8 win over Meadow Heights (04/25/08)
Mark Freed went 3-for-5 with a triple, double and three RBIs to help Scott County Central earn a 14-8 road win over Meadow Heights on Thursday in high school baseball action. The game was tied 5-5 after three innings, but the Braves used a five-run fifth inning to finally gain some breathing room before going on to win by six runs...
SCC hires Wright as assistant, successor (04/25/08)
Ronnie Cookson's probable successor has been hired. Kenyon Wright has been named the new assistant boys basketball coach at Scott County Central and likely will take over the program when Cookson eventually retires. "They've hired him and he's going to come down and work, and I'm going to work with him for a year, and then he'll take over probably," Cookson said. "Probably some time along that line. We're not for sure."...
Carroll, Lyons declare for NBA draft (04/25/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Two starters for the Missouri basketball team have declared themselves eligible for the June 26 NBA draft, though neither will hire an agent and could return to school next year. The university announced Thursday that junior forwards DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons had entered their names in the draft pool. As long as they maintain their academic standing at the university and withdraw their names by June 16, both are eligible to return...
Weekend walk will benefit Southeast women's athletics (04/25/08)
Cindy Gannon has been affiliated with Southeast Missouri State athletics all of her adult life, so it's no surprise that the university's women's sports programs are dear to her heart. On Saturday, an endeavor to aid Gannon's passion that has been nearly two years in the making will come to fruition...
Cards split road trip (04/25/08)
By ALAN ROBINSON The Associated Press PITTSBURGH -- St. Louis had 12 hits, yet needed only two to put away the Pittsburgh Pirates. Tom Gorzelanny's wildness gave the Cardinals all the offense they needed on a night their patience was as important as their production...
Parnevik uses tip from 'hack' to help game (04/25/08)
Jesper Parnevik has been so inconsistent that he's willing to take advice from a golfing buddy he refers to as a "complete hack monster." Something worked Thursday, with Parnevik overcoming gusty wind and a redesigned course to shoot a 2-under 68 in the first round of the EDS Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas...
IMO: Schools can do more to help save the earth (04/25/08)
It may be shocking to know that the most difficult time of my academic school day is when the entire student population gathers to eat lunch. Each day I gaze in amazement as all 1,300 students contribute to the city's landfill. Recycling in the school cafeteria would not only improve the environment, but also make good use of the cafeteria's fixed budget, decrease the amount of trash the school produces and teach the students how to care for the Earth they live on...
Hooked on science: How high can you jump in space? (04/25/08)
Have you ever wanted to jump super high? If so, you may want to go to the moon. Here's some simple math that will show you how high you would jump in space. Ingredients Instructions STEP 1: Using the measuring tape, determine how high you can jump on Earth...
Who's neXt 4/25/08 (04/25/08)
School news Students from Central Middle School in Cape Girardeau competed in a student math competition conducted by the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics on April 12. On the concept test for fifth-graders, Luke Kinder placed fourth, and Alex Gentle placed 9th; for sixth grade, Sydney Messerli placed 2nd and Vikas Rudrappa placed 5th. ...
neXt up 4/25/08 (04/25/08)
FRIDAY New movies "Baby Mama" Rated PG-13, running time 1 hour 36 minutes @ Cape West 14 Cine "Deception" Rated R, running time 1 hour 48 minutes @ Cape West 14 Cine "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" Rated R, running time 1 hour 42 minutes @ Cape West 14 Cine, midnight showing Thursday...
Prince William's helicopter antics hurt good-boy image (04/25/08)
LONDON -- Good prince, bad prince. In recent years, the good prince has been William, the responsible, handsome, self-effacing heir to the throne. The bad prince has been carrot-topped, pot-smoking Harry, partying too hard and wearing Nazi gear on a boozy night out...
Randy Davis (04/25/08)
Randy Davis Randy C. Davis, 51, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, April 24, 2008, at his home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Cletys Logsden (04/25/08)
Cletys Logsden Cletys Michael Logsden, 51, of Portage, Mich., died unexpectedly Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, in Arroyo Grande, Calif. He was born April 26, 1956, in Newport, R.I., son of Cletys A. and Evelyn R. Schroeder Logsden. Logsden was formerly of Jackson and attended Jackson schools. He moved to Kalamazoo, Mich., and worked in nuclear plants across the country. He was a member of Local 525...
Herbert Hayden (04/25/08)
Herbert Hayden MOUNDS, Ill. -- Herbert L. Hayden, 96, of Mounds died Thurs¿day, April 24, 2008, at Parkway Regional Hospital in Fulton, Ky. He was born Aug. 28, 1911, in Pulaski County, Ill., son of Ernliegh and Mildred Kay Fuller Hayden. He first married Joyce Goza, who died Sept. 10, 1991. He later married Margie Wallace...
Richard Ham (04/25/08)
Richard Ham CAIRO, Ill. -- Richard W. "Dick" Ham, 88, of Cairo died Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at his home. He was born July 13, 1919, in Oakwood, Ohio, son of Thomas and Blanche Carnahan Ham. He married Dorothy Rose, who died in 1985. Ham was a carpenter and roofer and had worked at Pyramid Roofing and Lumber Co., and Webster Plumbing Co. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans. He was formerly of America, Ill...
Births 4/25/08 (04/25/08)
Myers Son to Ronald Joe Myers III and Mallory Jo Estes of Chaffee, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 10:25 a.m. Sunday, April 13, 2008. Name, Kolbey Joe. Weight, 8 pounds, 3 ounces. First child. Ms. Estes is the daughter of Carl and Laura Estes of Chaffee. She is a student at Southeast Missouri State University, and is employed at Chaffee Drive In. Myers is the son of Ronald and Christell Myers II of Chaffee. He is a student, and is employed at Larry's Quick Mart...
Fire report 4/25/08 (04/25/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: At 4:47 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of Jefferson Avenue. At 4:49 p.m., emergency medical service at the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. At 5:09 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2500 block of Allendale Drive...
Police report 4/25/08 (04/25/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Juan S. Cruz, 19, 115 N. Ellis St., Apt. B, was arrested on two Cape Girardeau warrants for contempt of court for failure to pay fine and cost for speeding and no operator's license...
Out of the past 4/25/08 (04/25/08)
25 years ago: April 25, 1983 Three area bartenders are among the top 20 finalists in the annual "Ugliest Bartender" competition; they are Ted Clark of the Andy J in Jackson, Cy Glueck of Schindler's Tavern in New Hamburg, Mo., and Jack McDowell of Victoria's in Cape Girardeau; winners will be announced in May...
Charleston surprise: Pianos and praise (04/25/08)
The official dogwood-azalea festival in Charleston, Mo., was last weekend. But if you visit what I consider to be the prettiest town in Missouri this weekend, you won't be disappointed. We met so many friendly Charlestonians during our visit on a gray, drizzly Saturday. ...
Ethanol is a boon for fuel-starved nation, cleaner for air and saves you money (04/25/08)
By Mike Geske The major media outlets have been extremely critical of ethanol this past winter. News stories blasting ethanol have been plentiful. Articles paint ethanol as the scapegoat for causing food prices to soar, costing consumers additional money and polluting the environment. While we are all frustrated with skyrocketing energy costs, we need to look at the facts and not listen to the emotion...
City-county planning (04/25/08)
To many Cape Girardeau County residents, the words "planning" and "meet city codes" sounds like zoning. And county residents, on more than one occasion, have expressed with their votes their dislike of planning and zoning proposals. Cape Girardeau would like to meet developers halfway on subdivisions near the city -- subdivisions that are likely to be annexed in the future...
Nurse also helps rescue dogs (04/25/08)
To the editor: I wish to share a feel-good story about the gifted and dedicated people at Landmark Hospital. During the last ice storm, my husband fell and hit his head and had to have brain surgery. He is recovering at Landmark Hospital. A nurse, Kris Brookshire, in her free time does another incredible job. ...
A reminder about bike-riding rules (04/25/08)
To the editor: Warm weather and high gasoline prices mean lots of bikes on the roads again. Let's review the rights and duties of bicycle riders. During the bicycle craze of the 19th century the first law for bicycles came from New York in 1896. Laws for cars were copied years later from this law. Bike riders led the push to pave roads in America in the early 20th century. Bikes are now classified as vehicles in all 50 states...
Speak Out 4/25/08 (04/25/08)
Slow traffic I WAS driving on Highway 72 past Pioneer Orchard coming into Jackson. This guy ahead had been doing 40 mph since the Highway 34 split. Cars were backed up, all anxious to pass. The new four-lane starts well before the speed limit sign at the medical center, and people were rushing by the slowpoke. Slow is not always safe. I wish the police would pull people over for obstructing traffic...
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