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Charges filed against Kimberling City, Mo., man after missing tractor-trailer is recovered (05/09/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The recovery earlier this week of a tractor-trailer stolen from a Butler County business led to the filing of charges against a Kimberling City, Mo., man. Christopher Amsden, 33, was charged Wednesday afternoon with first-degree tampering and stealing by Butler County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Bill Gresham...
Regents OK tuition increase; report says SEMO costs less than other state institutions (05/09/08)
Tuition is rising faster at Southeast Missouri State University than most other public Missouri institutions, but the university remains one of the cheapest, records presented to the board of regents on Friday show. Regents raised tuition the maximum amount allowed under a new law, equal to the cost of inflation, 4.1 percent. ...
SEMO committee considering ideas for expanding technology (05/09/08)
Students in Dr. Karie Hollerbach's mass communication summer class will be able to log on and download a podcast of her lectures. They will be able to print out a written version of the notes. For particularly difficult topics, with the push of a button, they will be able to watch a video of her explaining a topic...
Scopus murder trial set for Sept. 8 (05/09/08)
The St. Louis County Circuit Court has set a tentative trial date of Sept. 8 for the murder trial of Lisa A. Barlow but has not yet secured a courtroom where Cape Girardeau County Circuit Judge William Syler can hear the case, according to St. Louis County judicial administrator Paul Fox...
Salary freeze likely for Cape city workers (05/09/08)
A proposed salary freeze will likely be necessary for Cape Girardeau city employees, finance director John Richbourg said Thursday. Employees will still receive a 2 percent cost-of-living increase as of Jan. 1 under the proposal, Richbourg said. "The city has a step grade plan, so salaries usually move up, and that won't happen this year," Richbourg said...
Board of regents to consider proposal to raise SEMO tuition 5.6 percent (05/09/08)
Tuition would rise 5.6 percent under a proposal the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider today. The increase would cover increases in operating expenses, a 3.25 pay raise for faculty, staff and administration and various "program enhancements," including money for admissions recruitment operations...
Three homes evacuated after gas line ruptures (05/09/08)
Southeast Missourian Three homes in the 500 block of County Road 205 were evacuated after a construction vehicle ruptured a gas line Thursday evening. Gordonville fire chief Mark Koerber said no one was injured. He said eight members of his department responded to the call just after 7:30 p.m. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department provided mutual aid, which included gas detection equipment...
Lindsey's Hooked on Science features recognized (05/09/08)
Jason Lindsey has received accolades from the Missouri State Teachers Association for his Hooked on Science features. His Hooked on Science experiment, published weekly in the Southeast Missourian, won Best Newspaper Feature, and his Hooked on Science television segment won Best Television Feature. Lindsey works as an Outreach Science Educator for the Bootheel Youth Museum in Malden, Mo...
Musical send-off for Honor Tour (05/09/08)
KIT DOYLE ~ kdoyle@semissourian.com Area World War II veterans listened to the musical group Replica entertain the Honor Tour Thursday afternoon before they left the National Guard Armory in Cape Girardeau to spend the weekend in Washington, D.C.
March for Babies (05/09/08)
KIT DOYLE ~ kdoyle@semissourian.com Participants turned onto Northbridge Drive off of Lexington Avenue on Thursday during the March of Dimes' 2008 Cape March for Babies Thursday, which started at Kiwanis Park in Cape Girardeau.
Donations made with love (05/09/08)
Sara Bradshaw, a junior high science teacher at Scott City, looked toward her students Thursday as Corteny Stubenrauch from Style Studio cut off a 10-inch lock of hair at the Scott City High School gym. Bradshaw was joined by 14 students, cutting their long hair to donate to Locks of Love. Locks of Love is a not-for-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis...
Mo. Supreme Court judge defends judicial selection system (05/09/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Supreme Court's newest member jokes about criticisms in her selection and declares victory in beating back efforts to change how some judges are picked. Judge Patricia Breckenridge was named to the court last year. But that process drew criticism from Republican politicians and conservative legal groups...
Dexter works to rebuild municipal airport (05/09/08)
DEXTER, Mo. (AP) -- The southeast Missouri city of Dexter is rebuilding its airport after it was damaged by high winds in January. City Administrator Mark Stidham says insurance is covering some of the damage. The city is also pursuing federal and state grants or low-interest loans, and should know by the end of May what funding will be available...
'Funeral Day Burglar' found guilty on 10 counts (05/09/08)
PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Kansas City man notorious for burglarizing homes while owners were at funerals was found guilty Friday in connection with five Platte County burglaries. Circuit Judge Owens Lee Hull Jr. found Dane S. Johnson, 35, guilty of 10 counts -- one count of first degree burglary, four counts of second degree burglary and five counts of stealing -- following a bench trial this week...
St. Louisan faces charges in double fatal crash (05/09/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis man accused of fleeing the scene of an accident that killed two men now faces charges of involuntary manslaughter. The Circuit Attorney's office on Thursday also charged 28-year-old Courtney Cooper with leaving the scene of an accident...
Protests planned against Schlafly receiving honorary degree from Washington U. (05/09/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Some faculty and students at Washington University plan to protest at Friday's commencement to show their disapproval for the university's decision to award conservative leader Phyllis Schlafly an honorary degree. The director of the Woman and Gender Studies program, Mary Ann Dzuback (ZOO' bak), says she believes there are plans by some to turn their backs when Schlafly is honored, and students may have signs or wear armbands to show their opposition...
Lambert guard fired, 2 suspended after airport breaches (05/09/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- One guard is fired and two others are suspended at Lambert Airport in St. Louis after two security breaches this week. The guard was fired after an incident Tuesday in which a woman exited a secured area, then realized she left her purse inside the terminal. The guard allowed her to re-enter but then realized it was a violation of policy, prompting a security sweep of the concourse...
Torrez enters plea in baby kidnapping case (05/09/08)
UNION, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri woman accused of slashing a young mother's throat, kidnapping her newborn and passing off the child as her own for five days reached a plea deal with prosecutors. Shannon Torrez, 38, of Lonedell, Mo., appeared in court on Friday and entered an Alford plea to one count each of child kidnapping, armed criminal action and first-degree assault. Under the arrangement, the defendant does not admit guilt but concedes there is sufficient evidence for a guilty verdict...
St. Joe police to lend radar guns to residents (05/09/08)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- St. Joseph residents will get radar guns to nail speeders in their neighborhoods under a new program with the police department. The new program was prompted by the limited number of officers available to catch speeders and because police want residents to become more involved in their neighborhoods...
Mo. lawmakers create panel to study autism (05/09/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state would create a 24-member panel to study autism and recommend a state plan for how to deliver services under legislation heading to the governor. Bill supporters say a "tsunami" is headed toward the state as more children are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders...
Mo. lawmakers target meth, grant nurses new powers (05/09/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- With a single bill, Missouri lawmakers have boosted the state's ability to track down illegal methamphetamine makers while expanding the power of specially trained nurses to write prescription drugs. The legislation, approved Thursday by the House, could serve as the basis for the state to create a real-time electronic log of people buying cold medications containing an ingredient often used by meth makers...
Corps uncertain about condition of nation's thousands of private levees (05/09/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Across America, earthen flood levees protect big cities and small towns, wealthy suburbs and rich farmland. And while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has recently completed an inventory of levees it maintains or helps fund, it has no such inventory of the nation's thousands of private levees -- no idea how many there are, where they sit, what they protect or how sturdy they are. ...
University of Missouri professors protest spending cuts (05/09/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A palpable sense of angst was on display at the University of Missouri's flagship campus Thursday afternoon -- and the anxiety stemmed from a lecture hall full of professors, not students stressing over final exams. Roughly 200 professors crammed into a business school auditorium to raise concerns about a plan that boosts faculty salaries by making financial cuts on campus, including a hiring freeze on most vacant teaching jobs...
Funeral industry interested in lye technique to dissolve bodies (05/09/08)
CONCORD, N.H. -- Since they first walked the planet, humans have either buried or burned their dead. Now a new option is generating interest -- dissolving bodies in lye and flushing the brownish, syrupy residue down the drain. The process is called alkaline hydrolysis and was developed in this country 16 years ago to get rid of animal carcasses. ...
President Bush in Texas for daughter Jenna's wedding (05/09/08)
CRAWFORD, Texas -- President Bush stuck out his right elbow Thursday, jokingly demonstrating how he'll escort his daughter down the aisle at her wedding this weekend. He made the gesture at Andrews Air Force Base before boarding Air Force One for the flight to Texas, where Jenna Bush will be married Saturday before about 200 guests at the family's 1,600-acre, secluded ranch. Asked if he was excited, the president smiled and gave a thumbs-up...
Federal judge rejects bid to delay suit to place wolf back on endangered list (05/09/08)
BILLINGS, Mont. -- A federal judge in Montana has rejected a request by the government to delay a lawsuit seeking to place the gray wolf back on the endangered species list, saying he's "unwilling to risk more deaths." At least 39 of the Northern Rockies' 1,500 gray wolves have been killed since they lost federal protection in March. That action placed wolves under the authority of state wildlife agencies in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana...
Storms cause damage in three states (05/09/08)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A line of severe storms swept across the Southeast on Thursday, damaging homes and businesses in at least three states. No injuries were reported. An apparent tornado wrecked a shopping area in Mississippi and strong winds flipped a mobile home in Alabama. In south-central Tennessee, at least four homes and a few barns were damaged. Portions of Alabama remained under tornado watches until early Thursday evening...
Graduation readers cram to prep for names (05/09/08)
A week from Saturday, 453 new graduates will cross the commencement stage on the lawn of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. Among them: Nokuthula Sikhethiwe Kitikiti, Udochukwu Chinyere Obodo, and Baitnairamdal Otgonshar. Jayne Niemi will be ready...
Church records offer look inside polygamist families (05/09/08)
SAN ANTONIO -- Hand-scrawled records taken from a polygamist sect are helping untangle the spider-web network of family relationships at the Yearning For Zion Ranch, where some husbands had more than a dozen wives. The church records offer a peek into an intricate culture in which men related to the sect's prophet, Warren Jeffs, enjoyed favored-husband status in the distribution of wives and all young women were married by 24...
Officials say huge Texas sinkhole's appetite seems to be decreasing (05/09/08)
DAISETTA, Texas -- Geologists said a 260-foot-deep sinkhole that grew to the length of three football fields over just two days seemed to be slowing down Thursday, but that it could take months before it's clear whether surrounding areas are stable...
Israeli prime minister accused of receiving illegal funds (05/09/08)
JERUSALEM -- Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, responding to fresh accusations that he illegally accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from a U.S. citizen, on Thursday said he will step down if he is indicted. Olmert said he never took illegal campaign contributions, responding to a corruption case that also has the potential to derail delicate peace talks with the Palestinians...
Scientists report the genetic makeup of the platypus (05/09/08)
SYDNEY, Australia -- With a bill like a duck, a tail like a beaver and snakelike venom hidden in heel spurs, the platypus could be the result of some strange genetic experiment. And it is, scientists say: evolution. A scientific team published the genetic makeup of the Australian animal in the scientific journal Nature on Thursday, confirming that its features -- which straddle multiple animal classes -- are reflected in its DNA...
Sectarian street clashes in Beirut grow into gunbattles (05/09/08)
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Running gunbattles raged in parts of Beirut on Thursday after the leader of Hezbollah accused Lebanon's Western-backed government of declaring war on his Shiite militant group. At least four people were killed and eight wounded in the capital...
First big foreign aid flights let in by Myanmar junta; U.S. offer rejected (05/09/08)
YANGON, Myanmar -- Myanmar's military regime allowed in the first major international aid shipment Thursday, but it snubbed a U.S. offer to help cyclone victims struggling to recover from a tragedy of unimaginable scale. Five days after the storm, the junta continued to stall on visas for U.N. teams and other foreign aid workers anxious to deliver food, water and medicine to survivors amid fears the death toll could hit 100,000...
Olympic flame reaches peak of Mount Everest (05/09/08)
BEIJING -- Cheering mountaineers raised the Olympic torch at the summit of the world's highest peak Thursday, producing the triumphant image that China has longed for in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics. The final ascent along Mount Everest's icy ridge was broadcast live and provided organizers with a dramatic counterpoint to the pro-Tibet protests that marked parts of the torch's international relay...
Oran baseball unleashes offense on East Prairie (05/09/08)
The Oran baseball team improved to 18-4 with a romp over East Prairie, pounding out 12 hits in a 12-1, five-inning victory Thursday. Kody Campbell went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, while Jayden Pobst went 2-for-3 with a long ball and three RBIs for the Eagles...
Tollison will take over as Central athletic director (05/09/08)
Central High School turned to an athletic director rookie to man its soon-to-be-open post. Lance Tollison was named the new athletic director Thursday, replacing Mark Ruark, who announced at the end of February his plans to step down. It will be Tollison's first athletic director job...
Berry, Duffy move within a win of state tournament (05/09/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Central seniors David Berry and Patrick Duffy are one match away from making a return visit to the state tennis tournament. Berry and Duffy, who won the Class 2 District 1 doubles championship last year, advanced to the semifinals of this year's tournament, which is being played in St. Louis...
Recruiting service lauds the latest Southeast women basketball signings (05/09/08)
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball coach John Ishee believes the Redhawks had a banner recruiting year. A national recruiting service agrees. Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ranks the Redhawks' six-member recruiting class 53rd nationally and No. 1 among Ohio Valley Conference members...
Southeast athletics faces multitude of recommendations (05/09/08)
A review of Southeast Missouri State athletics concluded that the department needs a plan. It also recommended adding several positions to help implement one. Presentations on the report will be made twice today -- first at a meeting of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee then in the afternoon for the Board of Regents...
Garcia fires opening 66 at Players tourney (05/09/08)
The flag was in a tempting location, back and left on the 13th green at the TPC Sawgrass with a pond running alongside the left side. Sergio Garcia took dead aim with a 7-iron and the ball never left its target. This is nothing new with Garcia, who rarely struggles to make solid contact...
Linehan eliminates rookie minicamp (05/09/08)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams' three-day mandatory minicamp that begins today is an indication that coach Scott Linehan is not taking the long view. Linehan, coming off a 3-13 record that landed the Rams with the second overall pick of last month's draft and perhaps under fire entering the third season of a four-year contract, wants to set the tone now. ...
Cards fall 9-3, split Colorado series (05/09/08)
DENVER -- Rockies manager Clint Hurdle has been pleading with his team to play more relaxed. With the losses piling up, though, relaxed was the last thing the players felt. But the reigning NL champs are walking around with a little more pep after beating the St. Louis Cardinals for a second straight time, a 9-3 win Thursday to salvage a split in their four-game series...
who's neXt 5/9/08 (05/09/08)
SCHOLARSHIPS n Zachary Wachter of Chaffee, Mo., has been awarded the Charter Collegiate Scholarship Award for 2008. n Brooke Heischmidt of Cape Girardeau has been awarded the Pepsi-Cola Public Affairs Scholarship. n Jesse Surface of Benton, Mo.; Susannah Green of Whitewater; Richard Gramlisch of Chaffee, Mo.; and Eric Dalton, Mitchell Baltzell, and Karly Hinkebein of Jackson have each been awarded a MAP Scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University next year.. ...
Hooked on Science: Test your kinesthetic sense (05/09/08)
Have you ever tested your kinesthetic sense? This is important for any body movement and here's an experiment that will get you tuned into your kinesthetic sense. Ingredient n Blindfold Instructions STEP 1: Cover your eyes using the blindfold. STEP 2: Using your hand touch your ear, now your eye, now your nose, now your lips...
Next up 5/9/08 (05/09/08)
FRIDAY New Movies "Redbelt," Rated R, running time 1 hour 39 minutes @ Cape West 14 Cine "Speed Racer" Rated PG, running time 2 hours 15 minutes @ Town Plaza Cinema "What Happens in Vegas" Rated PG-13, running time 1 hour 39 minutes @ Cape West 14 Cine...
Jackson jump ropers prepare for national competition (05/09/08)
On Monday and Thursday afternoons at Cape Bible Chapel you can find 10 children ranging in ages from 9 to 14, two women and a pile of jump ropes. They are the jumpers and two coaches of a program called "Alpha Omega Jumpers." The fledgling team is heading to Walt Disney World this summer to compete in a national competition that will be broadcast on ESPN. The team won numerous honors at a regional competition April 12 in Montgomery, Texas, that qualified them for nationals...
Country music superstar Eddy Arnold dies in Nashville at age 89 (05/09/08)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Eddy Arnold, whose mellow baritone on songs like "Make the World Go Away" made him one of the most successful country singers in history, died Thursday morning, days short of his 90th birthday. Arnold died at a care facility near Nashville, said Don Cusic, a professor at Belmont University and author of the biography "Eddy Arnold: I'll Hold You in My Heart." His wife of 66 years, Sally, had died in March, and in the same month, Arnold fell outside his home, injuring his hip.. ...
Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon spill the wedding beans to People (05/09/08)
NEW YORK -- Mariah Carey really did get married to Nick Cannon in the Bahamas last week -- and they have the tattoos to prove it. The 38-year-old singer and the 27-year-old actor confirmed to People magazine that they tied the knot at Carey's Bahamian estate April 30 after a courtship that began in late March...
Hard-hit consumers turning to Amish-run stores, expired goods (05/09/08)
MESOPOTAMIA, Ohio -- In a quiet gas-lit farmhouse, two girls in bonnets and long blue dresses wind tape around expired bottles of Newman's Own salad dressing and wipe dust off dented cans of vegetables and crumpled boxes of Butterfinger candy bars...
Lefern Long (05/09/08)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Lefern Long, 84, of Bell City died Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 23, 1923, at Bell City, daughter of Josh and Bertha Mayberry Kneezle. She and Shelby Long were married July 31, 1940. He died June 29, 2001...
Bartley Ferrell (05/09/08)
BENTON, Mo. -- Bartley C. Ferrell, 84, of Benton died Thursday, May 8, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
James McCollum (05/09/08)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- James Earl McCollum, 76, of Advance died Thursday, May 8, 2008, at his home. He was born June 30, 1931, at Ina, Ill., son of Jesse and Martha Phillips McCollum. He and Virginia Cox were united in marriage March 30, 1951, in Alton, Ill. She preceded him in death Dec. 19, 2000...
Marjorie Massie (05/09/08)
Marjorie I. Massie, 87, of Dupo, Ill., died Friday, May 2, 2008, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Ill. She was born Jan. 12, 1921, in Scott City, daughter of Gordon and Iva Estella Jones Tapp. She married Henry Lee Massie, who preceded her in death...
Lucille Jenkins (05/09/08)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Lucille Jenkins, 101, of Cairo died Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at Daystar Care Center. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to service time Monday at First Missionary Baptist Church in Cairo. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the church, with Ronnie White, Abraham Jones and Donald Topps officiating. Burial will be in Mound City National Cemetery...
Elaine Stout (05/09/08)
Elaine F. Stout, 79, of Ullin, Ill., formerly of Mounds, Ill., died Thursday, May 8, 2008, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Ill. She was born Sept. 29, 1928, at Aurora, Ill., daughter of Robert B. and Jessie Jackson Caswell. She was a member of the Church of Christ of Mounds...
Luther Hahs (05/09/08)
M. Luther Hahs, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. He was born April 21, 1919, at Daisy, son of Theodore and Mary Barks Hahs. He and Catherine Elizabeth Schrader were married Nov. 5, 1945, in Cape Girardeau...
Gary Puckett (05/09/08)
ORAN, Mo. -- Gary Wayne Puckett, 62, of Oran died Wednesday, May 7, 2008, in a vehicle accident at Van Buren, Mo. He was born Aug. 30, 1945, at Vanduser, Mo., son of John Almon and Reba Velma Johnson Puckett. He and Mary Letisha Campbell were married June 2, 1968, in Scott City...
Police reports 5/9/08 (05/09/08)
Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest n Michael L. Allison, 31, 526 S. Shawnee Blvd., was arrested on a Jackson warrant for failure to appear. Property damage n Property damage was reported in the 100 block of South High Street...
Fire reports 5/9/08 (05/09/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: n At 5:37 p.m., emergency medical service in the 400 block of Green Acre Drive. n At 6:42 p.m., emergency medical service in the 700 block of Giboney Avenue. n At 7:43 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of William Street...
Out of the past 5/9/08 (05/09/08)
25 years ago: May 9, 1983 More sunny skies and warming temperatures are expected today for hundreds of Eastern Missourians hoping to begin the arduous task of cleanup following last week's flooding; scattered thunderstorms Saturday did little to slow the rapid decline of water on the bulging Mississippi River...
Clarification 5/9/08 (05/09/08)
An article about a lawsuit between Jennifer Eudy and the Cape Girardeau School Board should have said that Eudy asked for the district to pay her attorney fees. The district has not agreed to do so at this time.
There is beauty amidst the gloom (05/09/08)
Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks we have just endured -- and maybe are still experiencing -- one of the gloomiest winters and springs in recent memory. Gray. Rainy. Cold. Depressing. Wait. That's how a lot of folks -- smart ones, too -- describe the Oregon coast where my wife and I make as many trips as possible. However, we have thought about charging the Oregon Tourism Board a fee for our services. Every time we visit, the weather is sunny and gorgeous. Go figure...
Ending the arson (05/09/08)
Investigators continue to seek clues that would lead to the arrest of the person or persons setting fires in Cape Girardeau -- 19 of them since April 2005, including nine this year. Tragically, one of the most recent fires on April 29 killed a 42-year-old man...
More lights at commencement (05/09/08)
To the editor: I have attended three commencements at Southeast Missouri State University in the last five years and have watched graduates process and recess into and from a darkened room. I have tried to recognize graduates as they stand, also under lowered lights. I have many dark pictures. In preparation for Saturday's commencement, I shared with the university a desire of families and friends of graduates to see them...
Speak Out 5/9/08 (05/09/08)
My way, or else WE FINALLY have a great county commissioner in Jay Purcell, and what happens? Presiding Commissioner Gerald Jones decides to silence him and strip him of power. If you don't do it his way, you are out. Speeding in Jackson I WOULD like to ask the Jackson Police Department to set up a speed trap on South Shawnee Boulevard. ...
Old Town Cape kicks off Tunes at Twilight Spring Series (05/09/08)
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