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Settlement offered in Cape County Sunshine case; Swingle says 'We're going to court' (05/23/08)
Cape Girardeau County 2nd District Commissioner Jay Purcell released plans Thursday afternoon to settle his lawsuit with the county over alleged violations of the state's open meetings and records law. But that offer was not well received by Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle, who doubles as the commission's counsel...
Area ceremonies set for Memorial Day morning (05/23/08)
The American Legion posts in Cape Girardeau and Jackson will hold Memorial Day services Monday, and the public is invited to attend. The Cape Girardeau service begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Osage Community Centre and includes band performances. Post 63 is sponsoring the event...
Hulshof campaign rally today in Cape (05/23/08)
U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, a Republican candidate for Missouri governor, will be in Cape Girardeau today at 4 p.m. at the Crisis Pregnancy Center, 354 S. Silver Springs Road, to talk about a "pro-life policy package that will make Missouri a leader in obtaining stem cells through non-controversial means," according to a news release.Hulshof's plan would obtain stem cells through umbilical cord blood, instead of harvesting them from embryos. ...
First day of 100-Mile Yard Sale brings out unusual items (05/23/08)
Leah Shaw of Jackson has the perfect gift for that person you just can't stand. It's a hat shaped like a pile of dung with flies that hover around it. "I told my father, 'Nobody's going to pay $5 for that hat," Shaw said. "And he said, 'Well, I did.'"...
In federal court 5/23/08 (05/23/08)
The office of federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway released the following item: pleaded guilty Name: Alan R. Gerecke Residence: Fruitland Charge: Manufacturing marijuana and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Summary: Gerecke admitted growing marijuana outdoors at his residence and business and indoors at his residence. ...
Farmington man confesses to 2003 child molestation (05/23/08)
A Farmington, Mo., man confessed to molesting a teenage boy in a case the victim reported more than four years after the abuse occurred, according to a sworn statement filed with the Circuit Court in Cape Girardeau County. Jacob W. Fox, 24, was interviewed May 6 at the Farmington Police Department by Cape Girardeau County sheriff's detective Jamie Malugen and Farmington police officers. ...
Three Rivers shortens school week (05/23/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- With gas prices expected to reach $4 a gallon this summer, student commuters are feeling the pinch. In response, some colleges are scaling back to a four-day school week. At Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, every weekend will be a long weekend for students this summer...
Poplar Bluff man accused of having child pornography (05/23/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff man is free on bond after turning himself in Tuesday morning on a warrant charging him with possessing child pornography. Coy Delaney Alspaugh, 51, of the 200 block of County Road 527, surrendered at about 10:15 a.m. to Poplar Bluff Police Detective Jeff Shackelford...
Two Cairo men, one juvenile charged after allegedly following woman home to rob her (05/23/08)
Two Cairo, Ill., men followed a 70-year-old woman from Wal-Mart in Cape Girardeau to her Themis Street home to steal her purse May 11, according to charges filed by Cape Girardeau County prosecutors. David J. Pierce, 19, and Lavar N. Pierce, 18, face a single count each of second-degree robbery. The charge is a felony, punishable by up to 15 years in state prison. Warrants for both men were issued Monday...
Bollinger County undergoing regular state audit; information sought (05/23/08)
Southeast Missourian Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee has begun a regular audit of Bollinger County and is asking anyone with information or concerns about the county's operations to contact her office. Under Missouri law, the state auditor conducts reviews in every county that does not have an elected county auditor. ...
St. Louis Zoo announces 25-year plan (05/23/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Zoo is planning ahead -- way ahead. Zoo president Jeffrey Bonner on Friday announced major initiatives for the next 25 years for the free zoo in Forest Park. Bonner announced plans for several upgrades over the next quarter of a century. ...
Mo. gov. raises ethics concnerns about secret taping (05/23/08)
JEFFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt's office claims that a former staff attorney violated his ethical duties by secretly recording a conversation during which he was fired. Scott Eckersley, who is suing Blunt for wrongful firing and defamation, recorded a conversation last September during which he was fired by Blunt's then-chief of staff, Ed Martin...
Anheuser-Busch stock surges on report of possible InBev bid (05/23/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Shares of Anheuser-Busch rise sharply on reports that Europe's InBev SA is working on a $46 billion bid for the St. Louis-based brewer. Anheuser-Busch shares were up 8.1 percent, or $4.28, to $56.86 in Friday morning trading following the report on the Financial Times Web site. At one point, the price hit an all-time high of $58...
Crane collapses at KC-area power plant (05/23/08)
WESTON, Mo. (AP) -- A crane collapse has caused several injuries at the Kansas City Power & Light's Iatan power plant near Weston in Platte County. KCPL spokeswoman Katie McDonald verified there were injuries, but was not sure how many. She said company officials had not confirmed any fatalities...
Gov. Blunt signs $240 M incentive plan for Bombardier (05/23/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation Friday authorizing $240 million in tax incentives for a Canadian airplane maker. It remains to be seen whether that's enough to land Bombardier Aerospace in Missouri. The new law represents Missouri's largest-ever offer in the international competition for big-ticket business projects. Although crafted for Bombardier, it also could serve as model for future endeavors...
Worker killed after crane collapses at KC-area power plant (05/23/08)
WESTON, Mo. (AP) -- One worker was killed and three others were injured after a crane collapsed at a construction site next to the Kansas City Power & Light's Iatan power plant near Weston in Platte County. KCPL spokeswoman Matt Tidwell said the victims were contractors with one of several construction companies working on a new coal-fired plant at the site. No identities were released and the conditions of the injured workers was not known...
Missouri Western raises tuition 4 percent (05/23/08)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Western State University students will pay 4 percent more in tuition starting in the fall. The university's governing board hiked the tuition Thursday. Undergraduate students will pay $166.40 per credit hour starting in the fall, which is $6.40 or 4 percent more per hour...
Washington U. professor, student to aid Mars mission landing (05/23/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A Washington University professor and some of his students are again playing a key role in helping a space vehicle land safely on the rocky soil of Mars. The Phoenix Mars Mission is expected to touch down Sunday afternoon on the northern Mars terrain. Just as they did in a Mars landing last year, Washington University professor Raymond Arvidson and recent graduate Tabatha Heet are again playing a key role in the landing...
Mom, 2 kids rescued from fire in St. Louis (05/23/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A mother and two children are safe after being rescued from a burning home in St. Louis. The fire broke out not long after midnight on Friday. Firefighters used a ladder to get the woman down from the roof of the porch. The firefighters then went inside and were able to get the children out safely...
Drug investigation nets nearly 30 arrests (05/23/08)
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- Nearly 30 people have been arrested on state and federal drug charges in a sting near Fort Leonard Wood that resulted in the discovery of what is believed to be military munitions. Additional arrests are expected, officials said...
Monitors urged for all with high blood pressure (05/23/08)
Everyone with high blood pressure -- some 72 million Americans -- should own a home monitor and do regular pressure checks, the American Heart Association and other groups urged Thursday in an unprecedented endorsement of a medical device for consumers...
Ford cuts North American production, lowers profit goal (05/23/08)
DETROIT -- Fast-rising gas prices claimed their latest victim Thursday: Ford Motor Co., which dropped its goal of becoming profitable by 2009 and said it will cut production of trucks and sport utility vehicles through the rest of this year. It was a warning shot to the rest of the beleaguered U.S. auto industry, which is facing its worst sales in more than a decade...
Court of appeals throws out Texas seizure of polygamist-sect children (05/23/08)
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- In a ruling that could torpedo the case against the West Texas polygamist sect, a state appeals court Thursday said authorities had no right to seize more than 440 children in a raid on the splinter group's compound last month...
Officials say Obama is beginning the search for a running mate (05/23/08)
WASHINGTON -- Likely Democratic nominee Barack Obama has begun a top-secret search for a running mate, fresh signs that the general election campaign is well underway and the primary race against Hillary Rodham Clinton is basically over. Obama has asked former Fannie Mae chief executive officer Jim Johnson to begin vetting potential vice presidential picks, Democratic officials said Thursday. Johnson did the same job for Democratic nominees John Kerry in 2004 and Walter Mondale in 1984...
Tornadoes rip through Colorado; one person killed (05/23/08)
WINDSOR, Colo. -- A large tornado ripped through several northern Colorado towns Thursday, damaging buildings, flipping vehicles and killing at least one person. The National Weather Service said a large tornado touched down just before noon near Platteville, about 50 miles north of Denver. It then moved northward through or near several towns, tearing the roofs off buildings, downing power lines and crumpling farm equipment...
Gay marriage opponents seek 5-month delay (05/23/08)
SAN FRANCISCO -- A conservative legal group asked the California Supreme Court on Thursday to put off finalization of its decision legalizing same-sex marriage until voters got a chance to weigh in. The Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund wants the ruling stayed until November, when voters will probably encounter a ballot measure that would amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage. That amendment would overturn the justices' ruling...
U.N. chief tours Myanmar delta (05/23/08)
KYONDAH, Myanmar -- U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon flew over Myanmar's flooded Irrawaddy delta Thursday, where the ravages of a cyclone stretched as far as the eye could see: Villages were empty of life, flattened huts dissolved into vast areas of water and people perched on rooftops...
Herd of wild boars cuts off suspected car thief's getaway in Germany (05/23/08)
BERLIN -- A herd of wild boars thwarted a suspected car thief's getaway in northern Germany. Police in Schwerin say the 18-year-old abandoned a stolen sport utility vehicle he was driving Thursday after failing to shake off a chasing patrol car by driving into a field...
S. Korea's president apologizes over U.S. beef import deal (05/23/08)
SEOUL, South Korea -- President Lee Myung-bak apologized Thursday to South Koreans over a beef import accord with the United States that has sparked fears of mad cow disease and sent his popularity plummeting in his first months in office. Lee's nationally televised address was aimed at trying to calm public anger over the April 18 deal. It does not affect the agreement's terms, which call for Seoul to resume full-scale imports of American beef for the first time in more than four years...
Quake victims remembered at torch relay in China (05/23/08)
NINGBO, China -- Victims of China's devastating earthquake were remembered with a moment of silence Thursday as the Olympic torch's march to Beijing restarted its journey. Participants at the torch lighting ceremony in the eastern seaport city of Ningo stood and bowed their heads in silence as flags, which flew at half-staff during a three-day earthquake mourning period, fluttered in the wind...
Ross Gage, Saxony Lutheran track and field (05/23/08)
After opening the Class 1 boys state track meet on Friday with a win in the 3,200-meter relay, Saxony Lutheran's first test on Saturday was the 1,600-meter run. Ross Gage ran away from the pack on the last lap to claim first place. His finish, according to coach Larry Cleair, set the tone for what was to become a big day for the Crusaders...
Central selects Payne as new football coach (05/23/08)
Mike Cowan and the rest of the Central High School football coach nominating committee tabbed Rich Payne to help find the right candidate for the open position. Eventually the committee realized one of the men asked to help locate the right coach was the perfect fit...
Notre Dame reaches Class 3 semifinals with win against Pacific (05/23/08)
PACIFIC -- Notre Dame had the edge in experience and statistics heading into the Class 3 state quarterfinal Thursday at Pacific. The Bulldogs just couldn't convince Pacific of that fact until the seventh inning. Notre Dame scored eight times in the top of the seventh to pull away for a 12-2 victory against Pacific...
Central selects Payne as new football coach (05/23/08)
He posted a 44-54 record from 1999 through 2007, winning five district championships and three sectional championships. Brookins was a football coach at Central for 11 years, nine as the head coach Payne My love for football, it's pretty simple. It's not anything complicated. I love football. I spent a lot of time at Central High School coaching. I felt the need to be a part of that again, so I stepped up and am ready to take on the challenge...
Area state qualifiers for Classes 3,4 state meets (05/23/08)
Jackson (Class 4) Girls n Landon Wachter (100 hurdles, 400, 800) n Wachter, Heather Hileman, Beth Barton, Mary Ann Bradshaw (1,600 relay) n Jill Rushin (discus, shot put) Boys n Adam Zweigart (100, 200) n Jacob Bullinger (discus) n Cody Green, Josh Cook, Greg Gibson, Tyson Stoverink (3,200 relay)...
Central doubles pair to play in state tennis tournament (05/23/08)
The first time senior David Berry played a tennis match was the day before tryouts his freshman year at Central. Senior Patrick Duffy, a member of the baseball team during the spring of his freshman year, also admitted he never played much tennis before taking it up as a sophomore...
Glastetter clears hurdles of Oran track (05/23/08)
Freshman Haley Glastetter had such a good debut season in track, she may bring about a change in the curriculum at Oran High School. "We may have to have them make some hurdles in shop class," Oran track coach Wade Sanders. Now, about a track to put them on. That will require more than a shop class project...
Top-seeded Jacksonville State rallies in ninth for OVC tourney win over Redhawks (05/23/08)
PADUCAH, Ky. -- Jacksonville State was the Ohio Valley Conference's dominant baseball team during the regular season. The Gamecocks didn't dominate Southeast Missouri State on Thursday night, but they still found a way to extend the nation's longest current winning streak...
Injury-prone Padres suffer expensive loss to Cardinals (05/23/08)
SAN DIEGO -- It's hard to imagine things getting worse for the hapless San Diego Padres. They did. One day after reigning NL Cy Young winner Jake Peavy was placed on the disabled list, pitcher Chris Young and catcher Josh Bard sustained injuries that knocked them out of Wednesday night's 11-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals...
Top of their class: Meet four local high school valedictorians (05/23/08)
Jackson and Saxony Lutheran students will be featured next week. David Westrich School: Notre Dame Regional High School Hometown: Cape Girardeau Parents: David and Mary Westrich Post-graduation plans: Washington University in St. Louis; major in biology (premed) with a minor in mathematics...
neXt up 5/23/08 (05/23/08)
Friday New movies "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," Rated PG-13, running time 2 hours 4 minutes @ Cape West 14 Cine "In Bruges," Rated R, running time 1 hour 41 minutes @ Town Plaza Cinema...
who's neXt 5/23/08 (05/23/08)
GRADUATIONS Rathael Fambro II of Cape Girardeau received a master of architecture degree and Kathryn Schmitt McCain of Perryville, Mo., received a doctorate from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan...
Hooked on Science: Create some plastic milk (05/23/08)
We're told to drink it so our bones will be strong, but did you know you can make plastic out of milk? Ingredients Skim milk Vinegar Microwave Bowl Strainer Instructions...
Night crashes, no seat belts equal more fatalities (05/23/08)
WASHINGTON -- More than two-thirds of young drivers and passengers killed in nighttime car crashes aren't wearing seat belts -- proof of what can happen when young people don't heed parents' pleas and authorities' threats to "click it." Though seat belt use actually is rising slightly nationwide, fatality figures published Monday offered a somber contrast as law enforcement launched its annual pre-Memorial Day drive to persuade Americans to buckle up...
Madonna's documentary on Malawi shown at Cannes (05/23/08)
CANNES, France -- Madonna says criticism of her adoption of a Malawian boy hurt so much, she compared it to giving birth. "It was painful, and it was a big struggle, and I didn't understand it," the 49-year-old singer told reporters at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, where her documentary, "I Am Because We Are," which shows poverty, AIDS and other diseases devastating Malawi's children, was being shown...
Marc Marlin (05/23/08)
Marc Douglas Marlin, 55, of Jackson died Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Lois Brougher (05/23/08)
Lois N. Brougher, 82, of Gordonville passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at her home. She was born Aug. 29, 1925, in Robertsdale, Ala., to Norman and Dolly Pierce Dawson. She and F. "Jim" Brougher were married Sept. 25, 1958. He passed away Feb. 12, 1974...
Hilda Luehrs (05/23/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Hilda L. Luehrs, 95, of Perryville died Thursday, May 22, 2008, at Perry Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation. She was born July 7, 1912, at Farrar, Mo., daughter of Louis C. and Sarah Koenig Detjen. She and Walter H. Luehrs were married Sept. 29, 1935. He died Sept. 11, 1998...
Police report 5/23/08 (05/23/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Clayton C. Threewit, 29, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., was arrested on a Poplar Bluff warrant for failure to appear and a Butler County warrant for failure to appear for driving while intoxicated...
Fire report 5/23/08 (05/23/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: n At 8:03 p.m., a box alarm at 3049 William St. n At 8:22 p.m., an illegal burn at 820 East Rodney Drive. n At 9:42 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of Jefferson Avenue...
Out of the past 5/23/08 (05/23/08)
25 years ago: May 23, 1983 Helenmarie Koenig on Wednesday will complete 35 years of teaching, during which time she has never missed a single school day; Koenig is a third-grade teacher at St. Paul Lutheran School at Jackson. Larry Wilcox, formerly officer Jon Baker on the television series "CHiPS," is in Cape Girardeau attending the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships; Wilcox, who has his own movie production company, is shooting footage of Marlene Harmon, an athlete from Cal State-Northridge.. ...
Fiendish fantasy (05/23/08)
There is, I am quite sure, a store where folks like me, who have nightmares about squirrels that rob bird feeders even when there are plenty of acorns and walnuts and hickory nuts, can purchase what we'll call the Ultimate Squirrel Elimination Weapon -- U-SEW for short. Perhaps it's asking too much to believe such a store really exists. So let's go shopping in my imagination. It won't be terribly expensive because, after all, it's make-believe....
Courthouse opening (05/23/08)
It's official. The Rush Hudson Limbaugh U.S. Courthouse in Cape Girardeau is about to be occupied. Moving vans have been ferrying items from the old two-story federal building on Broadway to the new four-story courthouse on Independence. The new building will open for business June 2...
Where is our nation's leadership? (05/23/08)
To the editor: In response to Charles Lance's letter, "Hate-filled diatribe was excessive": This country has become just what Thomas Jefferson predicted in 1774. Our society has mistaken dependence for freedom. The vast majority expects the government to provide every facet of our well-being for us. Even after Sept. 11 the people of this nation do not understand that there are factions trying to kill us...
1 bugle, 19 heroes, 78 minutes, 218 people (05/23/08)
By Doug Austin Of all the military bugle calls, none is so easily recognized or more apt to bring an emotional response than taps. On May 16, this melody played so very well by Narvol Randol Jr. filled the auditorium of the Conservation Campus Nature Center, echoed across the rolling hills and surrounded the memorial to our fallen heroes...
Speak Out 5/23/08 (05/23/08)
Outstanding awards THE RED Carpet Awards night at Jackson Junior High was outstanding. I was so proud of all of the students who were nominated and all of the extra time the faculty had put into the night. What an impressive way to end the school year...
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