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Drug sweeps nets 13 Bootheel arrests (06/04/08)
Thirteen area individuals were recently arrested following a "round-up" conducted by the Bootheel Drug Task Force with help from the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department, Caruthersville and Hayti police departments and the FBI. In the early morning hours Friday, several arrests were made as a result of investigations conducted by the above listed agencies over the past six months to a year...
MoDOT to work on U.S. 61 in Cape County, Highway 77 in Scott County (06/04/08)
US 61 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction while MoDOT crews perform drainage work in the northbound and southbound lanes.  This section of roadway is located at the intersection of Route D.Weather permitting, the work will take place Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. ...
Trial against repeat DWI offender from Delta thrown out (06/04/08)
Cape Girardeau County Circuit Judge William Syler granted a defense motion to throw out the jury trial against a Delta man for DWI today.Dallis F. Coomer, a repeat DWI offender, was on trial for allegedly having a blood alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit while driving on Feb. ...
Steelman touts BIG Missouri program on Dexter visit (06/04/08)
DEXTER, Mo. -- On her second visit to Dexter in as many months, State Treasurer Sarah Steelman, who is bidding for the top spot in Missouri's political arena, met with several female supporters during a luncheon held at the Hickory Log Tuesday afternoon...
Perryville sisters dealing with rare genetic disease (06/04/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Kaylee learned how to blow kisses while in the hospital. She gives them out indiscriminately, stealing nurses' hearts with her smile. Wendy, with the help of new hearing aide "ears," now talks nonstop. After 65 days in the hospital, she is getting close to release, if breathing problems subside...
Cape airport usage off to slow start (06/04/08)
Since the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport resumed passenger service May 19, business has been slow. As of Tuesday, 16 passengers have flown on Great Lakes Airlines, the latest airline to serve the area. Because of the low number of passengers who have purchased tickets, airport manager Bruce Loy said, the majority of the scheduled flights so far have been canceled. The most passengers any flight has had is four; the least is one...
Ruptured gas line repaired quickly in Cape Girardeau (06/04/08)
Southeast Missourian A construction worker ruptured a gas line Tuesday in the 600 block of Charles Street, but only a brief service interruption to one customer was reported. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded at about 11:45 a.m. at the intersection of Charles Street and Hawthorne Road, west of Arena Park...
A year's worth of work on Independence Street (06/04/08)
A $4 million contract bid for a construction project on Independence Street was approved Monday night by the Cape Girardeau City Council and granted to Fronabarger Concreters Inc. The construction, which will focus on widening with repaving and an update to the storm drainage system, will take place between Pacific Street and Kingshighway over the next year...
Customers of former spa will get money back (06/04/08)
When Spa 151 on the River closed without warning in late January, hundreds of customers were left holding worthless gift certificates and gift cards. On Tuesday, after almost four months of investigation and negotiation, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon announced those consumers will get their money back. Ashli and Scott Rowland, owners of the spa, and Brent Wills, a one-time business partner of the Rowlands, agreed to pay up to $103,000 in restitution...
Route E in Bollinger County closed Thursday (06/04/08)
Route E in Bollinger County closed Thursday Route E between routes TT and P in Bollinger County will be closed Thursday while MoDOT crews replace a drainage pipe beneath the roadway. Weather permitting, the work will be done 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Signs will mark the work zone and drivers are cautioned to take care while traveling through the area. For more information, call the Missouri Department of Transportation's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Tools taken from shed at Dexter business (06/04/08)
Tools taken from shed at Dexter business DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter business was burglarized over the weekend. Cory Mills, a detective for the Dexter Police Department, said several construction tools were taken from a storage shed at Key Stone Automotive on Conder Drive. ...
Attorney to review resolution of housing discrimination case (06/04/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- An agreement that "resolved" a housing discrimination complaint against the city will be reviewed by the city's attorney. City council members looked over documents from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during their regular meeting Monday...
Cape police report one complaint about sign carriers (06/04/08)
Cape police report one complaint about signs The Cape Girardeau Police Department reported Tuesday that it has received one formal residential complaint regarding the use of people holding signs near curbsides to draw in potential customers to businesses. ...
Rain may set records in Poplar Bluff (06/04/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Poplar Bluff's precipitation during the past six months surpassed the previous 12 months and nearly equaled the average annual amount. According to the National Weather Service at Paducah, Ky., the precipitation totaled 43.85 inches from Dec. 1 through May 31. This is about 1.3 inches more than the 42.58 inches received from Dec. 1, 2006, through Nov. 30, and only 3.3 inches below the yearly average of 47.14 for the 30-year period from 1971 to 2000...
Public hearing set to discuss bridge (06/04/08)
ORAN, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Transportation will host a public hearing this week concerning replacement of the Route W bridge west of Oran, according to a news release from MoDOT. The hearing will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Oran Elementary School's multipurpose building at 310 Church St...
Jackson, Cape bands ready to start season (06/04/08)
Jackson, Cape bands ready to start season The Cape Girardeau Municipal Band officially begins its summer series of outdoor concerts today in the Capaha Park band shell. The free concert features the "Stars and Bars March," "Chorale and Shaker Dance," "America, the Beautiful" and selections from the musical "Cats." Ronald Nall will direct the band for the concert, which will be from 8 to 9 p.m. ...
Accused rapist makes escape from area jail (06/04/08)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Dunklin County authorities are on the hunt for an alleged rapist who escaped from the Dunklin County Justice Center over the weekend. According to Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder, Dewey Odell Hopper Jr., 42, escaped from custody about 9 p.m. Saturday...
Dead puppy, nine live dogs removed from home (06/04/08)
Cape Girardeau police removed 10 dogs, including a dead puppy, from a Middle Street home Tuesday afternoon. The animals were discovered by a neighbor, who responded to the yelps of one dog only to find three more dogs tied up and five puppies running loose in the backyard of the home at 220 Middle St. The neighbor did not want to be identified for fear of possible reprisal. He said one female dog was unable to reach its water, so he pushed the pan closer...
Man found alive in trunk of car at airport (06/04/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Authorities are investigating a possible kidnapping after a man is found alive in the trunk of a car at Lambert Airport in St. Louis. The man was found Monday night at the East Terminal. The car was parked in the parking garage. A passer-by heard something coming from the trunk and notified airport police. Officers and firefighters were able to open the trunk and found the man inside, tied up...
Forecasters predict Great Plains tornado outbreak on Thursday (06/04/08)
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The National Weather Service is giving advance warning of a possible tornado outbreak in the Great Plains on Thursday with conditions similar to a deadly day in 1974 when 39 tornadoes touched down. Computer forecasting models for Thursday resemble those on June 8, 1974, when more than three dozen tornadoes touched down in the southern Plains and killed 22 people, including six in Emporia...
Priest accused of driving while intoxicated (06/04/08)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) -- A Catholic priest from St. Charles County is facing charges of second-degree assault and driving while intoxicated following an accident in St. Louis County. Prosecutors say the Rev. John Brockland ran a red light and hit another car last month, leaving the other driver with a fractured clavicle, ribs and pelvis...
Steelman criticizes Hulshof's missed votes in Congress (06/04/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Steelman is criticizing U.S. Rep Kenny Hulshof for missing votes on legislation related to war funding and petroleum. A nonpartisan voting tracking service shows Hulshof has missed nearly 30 percent of the votes this year in Congress. That's partly because he's been campaigning for governor...
Grocers to start lobbying campaign against biofuels; some crying foul (06/04/08)
ST. LOUIS -- The rhetoric is set to heat up this summer over the use of crop-based fuels like ethanol as a number of activist groups will protest biofuels as a key reason for rising food costs. While the voices might be many, the source behind them is a single food lobbying group...
Clinton says she's open to vice presidential nod (06/04/08)
NEW YORK -- Angling for a vice presidential nod, Hillary Rodham Clinton refused to bow out of the Democratic race Tuesday, hoping to maintain leverage as Barack Obama clinched the delegates needed to secure the party's nomination. "A lot of people are asking, 'What does Hillary want?'" Clinton told supporters at a rally in New York City. "I want what I have always fought for: I want the nearly 18 million people who voted for me to be respected and heard."...
Study: Marked-up birds favored by females, exude more testosterone (06/04/08)
WASHINGTON -- A little strategically placed makeup quickly turns the wimpiest of male barn swallows into chick magnets, amping up their testosterone and even trimming their weight, new research shows. It's a "clothes make the man" lesson that -- with some caveats -- also applies to human males, researchers say...
Mo. Democrats back Obama (06/04/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Several of Missouri's top-ranking superdelegates endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Tuesday night after Obama proclaimed he had won the nomination. The state Democratic Party said Obama picked up the support of Attorney General Jay Nixon, who is the party's leading gubernatorial candidate, as well as that of Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and state party chairman John Temporiti...
VA denies money a factor in PTSD diagnoses (06/04/08)
WASHINGTON -- A Veterans Affairs psychologist denies she was trying to save money when she suggested counselors make fewer diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder in injured soldiers. Norma Perez, who helps coordinate a post-traumatic stress disorder clinical team in central Texas, indicated she might have been out of line to cite growing disability claims in her March 20 e-mail titled "Suggestion." She said her intent was simply to remind staffers that stress symptoms could also be adjustment disorder. ...
Inflation moves up on Bernanke's worry list (06/04/08)
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke has moved inflation up on his list of worries, suggesting more pointedly than ever that the time for cutting interest rates is over in view of soaring oil and commodity prices and a weakened dollar...
Obama seals Democratic nomination (06/04/08)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Cheered by a roaring crowd, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois laid claim to the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday night, taking a historic step toward his once-improbable goal of becoming the nation's first black president. "America, this is our moment," the 46-year-old senator and one-time community organizer said in his first appearance as the Democratic nominee-in-waiting. "This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past."...
U.S. nets two al-Qaida suspects, Shiite leader (06/04/08)
BAGHDAD -- American troops grabbed two al-Qaida in Iraq bombing suspects and a Shiite militia leader Tuesday in separate raids north and south of Baghdad, the U.S. military said. One of the two al-Qaida suspects, who was captured with four aides in Mosul, is believed to have overseen security for the group's branch in that northern city, the military said. Mosul is one of the terror network's last urban strongholds and the target of a joint U.S.-Iraqi operation...
Venezuelan intelligence law prompts fears of Cuba-style system of spying (06/04/08)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelans may be forced to spy on their neighbors or risk prison terms under President Hugo Chavez's new intelligence decree, raising fears of a Cuba-style system that could be used to stifle dissent. Chavez said the intelligence law he quietly decreed last week will help Venezuela detect and neutralize national security threats, including assassination or coups plots. ...
Prosecutor links Sudan's government to Darfur acts (06/04/08)
UNITED NATIONS -- The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court charges that "the whole state apparatus" of Sudan is implicated in crimes against humanity in the Darfur region, linking the government directly with the feared janjaweed militia...
China blocks protest of destroyed school (06/04/08)
DUJIANGYAN, China -- Angry parents whose children were killed in an earthquake-stricken school shouted "Oh, my child!" and "Tell us something!" when police forcefully removed them Tuesday from a protest outside a courthouse. The police action was the clearest signal yet that authorities are hardening their stance against the impromptu displays of public anger over the May 12 earthquake that collapsed schools and killed thousands of children...
Cards find win at end of rainy night (06/04/08)
WASHINGTON -- The St. Louis Cardinals faced more resistance from Mother Nature than from the Washington Nationals, enduring more than 2 1/2 hours of delays before finishing off a 6-1 victory Tuesday night. A miscue-filled, four-run first-inning, highlighted by Yadier Molina's three-run homer, was all the Cardinals needed against a Nationals team whose inept hitting and defense mercifully were interrupted twice by a storm over the nation's capital. ...
Penguins waddle, Red Wings wallow after 3 OT thriller extends series (06/04/08)
PITTSBURGH -- The Stanley Cup was out of its crate, getting one last polish. The Detroit Red Wings had rallied, taken the lead and were only 35 seconds from hoisting that shiny prize. That's when a player no one expected to be on the ice struck for the Pittsburgh Penguins...
Energy drink companies try appealing to niche audiences (06/04/08)
NEW YORK -- Go Girl. King 888. Brain Toniq. No, we're not introducing new IM lingo. But when you're competing with 250 energy drinks, according to a recent count from BevNET.com, a catchy name is crucial. With more Americans searching for energy and willing to pay a premium for it -- some energy drinks are $3 a can -- many drink makers are hoping to duplicate the success of Red Bull, which sold 3.5 billion cans last year, according to company figures...
CDC: Tomatoes eyed in salmonella cases in nine states, including Illinois (06/04/08)
ATLANTA -- An outbreak of salmonella food poisoning first linked to uncooked tomatoes has now been reported in nine states, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. Lab tests have confirmed 40 illnesses in Texas and New Mexico as the same type of salmonella, right down to the genetic fingerprint. An investigation by Texas and New Mexico health authorities and the Indian Health Service tied those cases to uncooked, raw, large tomatoes...
Designers offer tips for conquering clutter around the house (06/04/08)
It was a popular phrase in the 1980s: "The one who dies with the most toys wins." Judging by the clutter problems plaguing households across the country, a lot of Americans took that axiom seriously. An entire organization industry has sprung up around managing household clutter, but we still don't appear to be winning the battle. Interior designers see clutter in nearly every home they visit, and they're often called upon to creatively eliminate it...
Nifty Thrifty: Bring the green when going to the grocery store (06/04/08)
My dad likes to give me a hard time about my attempts to "save the planet." Reusing, conserving and being good stewards of the Earth were part of my mom's and dad's lives growing up as farm kids in Southeast Missouri. The ebbs and flows of nature dictated good seasons and bad seasons, hearty years and years of struggle...
Recipe Swap: The best sides for your summer cookouts (06/04/08)
Over the weekend I ran across a couple of recipes I want to try as side dishes to accompany our cookouts. I think the slaw recipe would be delicious alongside my husband's favorite bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin teriyaki recipe. If you have a favorite side dish recipe, send it in so we can include it here and other readers can try the new recipes over the summer cookout months...
Review: 'Kung Fu Panda' a bright surprise (06/04/08)
Ah, the panda. There's no cuter member of the animal kingdom, so why has he taken so long to land a starring role in Hollywood? The truth is, we like our cartoons to be the less attractive eccentrics: mice, rats, whatever Gonzo is. But in "Kung Fu Panda," Jack Black's panda isn't cuddly; he's an overweight dreamer who has more in common with Nacho Libre than Hsing-Hsing. He puts the giant in giant panda...
Tatum O'Neal says drug arrest 'saved' her (06/04/08)
NEW YORK -- Tatum O'Neal told a newspaper columnist she is grateful to the New York City police officers who busted her for cocaine and saved her from herself. "I'm still sober!" the 44-year-old actress told New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser in a phone call shortly after being released from custody Monday...
GM to close four truck, SUV plants (06/04/08)
WILMINGTON, Del. -- General Motors Corp. officially blew up its old business model Tuesday, closing four pickup truck and sport utility vehicle factories, announcing a new small car that could get 45 miles per gallon and shedding 8,350 jobs in the process...
Paul Housman (06/04/08)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Paul Dean Housman, 73, of Jonesboro died Monday, June 2, 2008, at his home. He was born Sept. 29, 1934, in Anna, Ill., son of Ernest Franklin and Helen Groner Housman. He and Caroline M. Norrbom were married Nov. 28, 1969, in Riverside, Calif...
Edward Lewis (06/04/08)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Edward Dale Lewis, 62, of Chaffee died Sunday, May 25, 2008, at his home. He was born Aug. 7, 1945, at Chaffee, son of Delbert and Frances Evelyn Golightly Lewis. Lewis was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors include a brother, Bob Lewis of Waynesville, Mo.; and two sisters, Karen Cline and Donna Richmond of Noble, Okla...
Carl Ward (06/04/08)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Carl E. Ward, 89, of Advance died Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at his home. He was born April 22, 1919, at Sylvia, Mo., son of Leonard and Grace Carlton Ward. He and Trella Pape were married June 2, 1947, in Piggott, Ark. She died Dec. 23, 1996...
Michael McKnight (06/04/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Michael McKnight, 53, died Monday, June 2, 2008, at Clearview Nursing Center in Sikeston. He was born Feb. 4, 1955, in Memphis, Tenn., son of Buster and Betty Joe Freshour McKnight. McKnight was a member of Shady Acres Church of Christ and worked as a project manager for PB2 Architecture and Design in Rogers, Ark...
Betty Metcalfe (06/04/08)
Betty Jo Werner Metcalfe, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, June 2, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Jan. 31, 1926, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Edward and Rosa Bingenheimer Haman. She and Alvin Werner were married Nov. 4, 1950, in Cape Girardeau. He died Dec. 15, 1987. Then she married Donald Metcalfe on March 19, 1994, in Cape Girardeau. He died April 4, 2005...
Luwanda Bryant (06/04/08)
Luwanda Bryant, 61, of Plano, Texas, formerly of Cape Girardeau, passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2008, at Richardson Regional Medical Center in Richardson, Texas, after a brief illness. Survivors include her children, Julia and Jeremy of Dallas; grandchildren, J'Nae and Jalen; her mother, Malinda Haynes of Florissant, Mo.; a brother, Louis Haynes of Spanish Lake, Mo.; four sisters, Shirley Sides of Cape Girardeau, Gladys Johnson of Florissant, Sharon Sides of Forney, Texas, Gretchen Woods of Urbandale, Iowa; and a host of nieces and nephews.. ...
Police report 6/4/08 (06/04/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Jeremy C. Jones, 18, 919 S. Pacific St., was arrested on suspicion of stealing. n Kristopher R. Knaeble, 17, 701 Broadway, was arrested on suspicion of stealing and being a minor in possession of alcohol...
Fire report 6/4/08 (06/04/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: n At 5:16 p.m., emergency medical service in the 200 block of Country Club Drive. n At 5:56 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1300 block of Carolyn Drive. n At 6:24 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1000 block Dorothy Street...
Out of the past 6/4/08 (06/04/08)
25 years ago: June 4, 1983 Fire guts a Cape Girardeau boarding house, forcing the evacuation of some residents but causing no serious injuries; the fire, in a two-story building at 18 N. Fountain St. that contained about 20 rooms, is reported by a tenant at about 4:30 a.m...
A silent killer of U.S. veterans (06/04/08)
By John P. "JP" Brown III We have heard an outcry in recent years for better health care for recently returned veterans from the global war on terror. Numerous reports cite high rates of suicide among our young vets, and nearly 30 percent suffer from some kind of mental health problem upon returning from combat...
Dutchtown's unity (06/04/08)
The Dutchtown post office is open again. Last week, residents there held a fund-raiser in conjunction with the 100-Mile Yard Sale. Dutchtown would rather not be in the news, but when the water rises, so too do the blood-pressure readings of residents there. Nestled in the lowlands, Dutchtown is the path of least resistance when the Diversion Channel outgrows its banks. In the huge flash floods earlier this spring, the water came like residents hadn't seen before...
Speak Out 6/4/08 (06/04/08)
Military issues TIMES ARE tough. I agree with President Bush about no military pay increase. I know my spouse hasn't received a raise this year. Times are tough, and he's producing the same amount of work and quality of work he's always done. Regarding scholarships for college for military personnel, there are no free rides. ...
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