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Power restored in Cape Girardeau ZIP code (06/09/08)
Power has been restored to the over 350 AmerenUE customers who experienced an outage early this afternoon. The outage was caused by a tree falling on power lines on Henderson Avenue near its intersection with Dunklin Street, said Mike Cleary, a spokesman for AmerenUE...
U.S. 61 in Jackson reduced for signal repairs Tuesday, Wednesday (06/09/08)
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Weekend arson probably not related to other recent arsons, investigators say (06/09/08)
An arson fire that did extensive damage to a home on Chesley Drive doesn't appear to be connected to a string of arsons in central Cape Girardeau, including one that killed a man on April 29. A dedicated arson squad with members from the Cape Girardeau Police Department, the Cape Girardeau Fire Department and the Missouri Fire Marshal's Office was working Monday on an investigation of the Chesley Drive fire, fire chief Rick Ennis said. ...
Date set for next hearing on Kezer conviction (06/09/08)
A Cole County, Mo., judge continued hearings on the murder conviction of Joshua Kezer today, setting another court date for July 28 in Jefferson City.Kezer's defense team is challenging his conviction for the 1992 murder of Angela Mischelle Lawless, whose body was found at an Interstate 55 exit ramp near Benton, Mo. ...
School's in for summer (06/09/08)
Summer school is decidedly different from school at Jackson Junior High this year. Gone are days of mandatory remedial classes, the structure of summer school when director Bill Myers was in school. Classes like landscaping, online scrapbooking and Windows Movie Maker have taken its place. ...
Libertyfest, Air Show join forces downtown (06/09/08)
With music, art, fireworks and an air show rolled into one Fourth of July event on the riverfront, Libertyfest Air Show 2008 is preparing for its inaugural year. Marla Mills, Old Town Cape executive director, said this year will bring two events the community loves together for the first time. The Cape Regional Air Festival is typically held at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport and an admission fee is charged. This year, festivalgoers will be entertained for free...
Carrie Underwood sells out Show Me Center (06/09/08)
A sold-out crowd watched country star Carrie Underwood perform at the Show Me Center on Sunday night. According to early sales totals, 6,117 people attended the show. The crowd was made up of men and women, young and old, wearing everything from collared shirts to cutoffs. Underwood took the stage after a 30-minute performance by opener Jason Michael Carroll...
Alternative fuel plants won't be built in Southern Illinois (06/09/08)
A year ago, Southern Illinois economic development leaders held a meeting where big plans for alternative fuel factories dominated the discussions and confident predictions about groundbreaking dates became the big news. Not a single shovel-full has been turned, however, and the three projects that were making headlines, including a $3.4 billion coal gasification plant just north of Cairo, Ill., are all apparently dead...
State Fire Marshal says fire off Bloomfield 'intentionally set' (06/09/08)
A fire Saturday night at Bloomfield Road and Chesley Drive in Cape Girardeau was ruled arson by the State Fire Marshal's office Sunday. Cape Girardeau firefighters went to the location at 10 p.m. Saturday after a person came to the station and said there was smoke in that area. Firefighters found heavy smoke pouring from the residence at 402 Chesley Drive, according to a news release...
Community briefs 6/9/08 (06/09/08)
Climate protection group to hold meeting The Southeast Missouri Climate Protection Initiative will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in room one of the Osage Community Centre on North Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau. The primary focus of the meeting will be discussions of projects and plans for the summer. ...
Libertyfest schedule of events (06/09/08)
n 3:30 p.m.: Welcome, duck race sponsored by Cape Girardeau Esprit and Southside Optimist Clubs and music by Boone Project n 3:30 to 8 p.m.: Kids' Zone with free face painting and activities at the Themis and Water streets parking lot sponsored by the Evening Optimist Club...
Open house held by garden club at Chateau Girardeau (06/09/08)
The Chateau Girardeau Garden Club meets monthly for programs on herbs, caring for potted plants and bird identification, as well as for presentations on components that enhance a garden, including patios and blooming flowers. A recent open house at the Courtyard at Chateau Girardeau, sponsored by the garden club, was attended by 50 residents from Independent Living, Chateau Estates, Residential Care, Assisted Living and the Health Center. ...
Mid-Missouri deputy kills burglary suspect after car chase (06/09/08)
PETTIS COUNTY, Mo. (AP) -- A Johnson County Sheriff's deputy has killed a burglary suspect following a chase and shootout in Pettis County. Deputy James Doty followed a stolen van on Sunday into Pettis County, and eventually exchanged shots with the van's driver on Upton Road. Johnson County Sheriff Chuck Heiss said Doty fired one shot, striking the male suspect...
2 die in separate drownings in Missouri (06/09/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two people are dead after separate weekend drownings on eastern Missouri rivers. Both incidents happened on Saturday. On the Current River near Doniphan, 17-year-old Tyler Snowden of Strafford, Okla., was swimming across the river with several other young people. The teen and his brother began to have trouble and clung to a root wad. The Missouri State Water Patrol says the brother made it to shore but Tyler went under...
Storm-damaged Ritchey Mansion might be fixed by Sept. 1 (06/09/08)
NEWTONIA, Mo. (AP) -- Local preservationists hope that repairs to the tornado-damaged Ritchey Mansion will be complete by Sept. 1. The Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association estimates that between $86,000 to $100,000 will be needed to repair damage to the building caused by the May 10 twister...
Torah valued at $30,000 stolen from Mo. synagogue (06/09/08)
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Police are searching for a Torah valued at $30,000 that was stolen from a St. Louis-area synagogue. The handmade scrolls have been missing from the Congregation Bais Menachem-Chabad in University City since May 24th. The Torah is the first five books of Hebrew scriptures...
Obama stumping in Missouri (06/09/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Barack Obama kicked off what is essentially the first week of the general election campaign by visiting Missouri on Monday, trying to shore up support in a bellwether state where his razor-thin victory during the Democratic primary campaign might signal a tough fight against Republican John McCain...
Hulshof to announce endorsement (06/09/08)
BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) -- Republican Kenny Hulshof is announcing an endorsement in his bid to become Missouri's next governor. The announcement was scheduled for Monday afternoon at Hunter Engineering Co. in the St. Louis suburb of Bridgeton. Hulshof is currently the congressman for Missouri's 9th District. He is opposing state Treasurer Sarah Steelman for the GOP nomination. Incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Blunt announced in January that he would not seek a second term...
Budweiser comes to Vietnam (06/09/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Anheuser-Busch continues to expand into Asia, now launching Budweiser in Vietnam. The St. Louis-based brewer on Monday announced an import and distribution agreement with the Gannon Distribution Co., making Budweiser available in Vietnam starting early this month. A specific date was not announced...
Obama to attend fundraiser in St. Louis (06/09/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Barack Obama is expected to be in St. Louis on Monday for the first time as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. The senator from Illinois will attend a private fundraiser at the Renaissance Grand Hotel Monday night after spending the earlier part of the day campaigning in North Carolina...
3 drown in Missouri (06/09/08)
CAPLINGER MILLS, Mo. (AP) -- Three people are dead after separate weekend drownings in Missouri. A western Missouri man drowned on Sunday when he jumped off a rope swing into the Sac River and was repeatedly pulled under by strong currents. The Missouri State Water Patrol said 24-year-old Jason Corbin of Raymore landed in the fast-moving water, was swept down river and drowned after trying to swim to safety...
Missouri chamber endorses Hulshof (06/09/08)
BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Monday endorsed Republican Kenny Hulshof in his bid to become Missouri's next governor. Chamber president and chief executive officer Dan Mehan made the announcement at Hunter Engineering Co. in the St. Louis suburb of Bridgeton. The chamber is Missouri's largest business association, representing about 3,000 employers...
Covenant House opens new St. Louis shelter for teenagers (06/09/08)
ST. LOUIS -- In one of the photographs hanging in a conference room at a new Covenant House shelter for teens in St. Louis, a young woman stands in the burned-out remnants of a vacant house where she used to sleep. It's a little hard to make out, but written across her T-shirt is one ironic word: "Spoiled."...
Lack of federal money slowing expansion of Rosecrans airport (06/09/08)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A lack of federal dollars caused by the war in Iraq could halt planned construction and expansion for the 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph. "At the current rate of construction, our 20-year plan to build a new base on the north end of the airport is becoming an 80-year plan," said Col. Stephen Cotter, the Wing commander...
Mo. sticks with the pack in cracking down on immigration (06/09/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri politicians say they sprinted toward the front in the national race to crack down on illegal immigration, but the front-runners still have a comfortable lead. Missouri's legislation includes mandates for employers and police as well as penalties for illegal immigrants and cities that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities...
Cancer survivor takes top chef award at food 'Oscars' (06/09/08)
NEW YORK -- A Chicago chef known for his ethereal cooking -- as well as the tongue cancer that nearly ended his life -- was named the nation's top chef Sunday by the James Beard Foundation. The award marked another victory in a tumultuous year for Grant Achatz, who last July was diagnosed with Stage 4 tongue cancer, underwent aggressive treatment to save his life and sense of taste, and by December was cancer free...
Orienteering is quickly turning into a popular competitive sport (06/09/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Anna Shafer-Skelton's parents met at an orienteering meet, which may explain why she came by the sport so naturally. At 19, the Washington University freshman is a nationally ranked orienteering competitor. "I started with my parents going to meets," she said. "How long do I plan to do it? Ages go up to 85."...
Illinois' cleanup underway from storms; state braces for round 2 (06/09/08)
CHICAGO -- Residents of Chicago's southern suburbs spent Sunday cleaning up from a series of tornadoes that pelted the region this weekend, while bracing for another round of severe weather. The National Weather Service said a sprawling storm system generated six separate tornadoes in Chicago's southern suburbs on Saturday, tearing off the roofs from homes, knocking down power lines and overturning semitrailers. One tornado was reported in the northern suburbs...
Columbia plant damaged in fire (06/09/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Columbia fire officials say a two-alarm blaze at a manufacturing plant caused an estimated $1 million in damage. No injuries were reported in the fire, which occurred about 8:15 a.m. Sunday at Engineered Plastic Components. Fire crews had to call for backup after getting to the scene and finding heavy smoke inside the building...
Six killed in Ohio plane crash, including former state legislator (06/09/08)
FREMONT, Ohio -- A small plane crashed Sunday afternoon in a residential area and killed all six people aboard, including the pilot, a former state lawmaker who had offered joyrides to airport visitors after a charity breakfast. Gene Damschroder Sr., 86, was flying the fixed-wing, single-engine Cessna when it crashed about 1 p.m., the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. His five passengers also died in the crash in Sandusky County...
Arson suspected in Texas governor's mansion fire (06/09/08)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Arson is suspected in the fire that struck the historic Texas Governor's Mansion early Sunday, causing damage that state officials described as "bordering on catastrophic," the state fire marshal said. No one was inside the 152-year-old mansion at the time, said Robert Black, a spokesman for Gov. Rick Perry. The mansion had been undergoing a $10 million renovation, and Perry and his wife, Anita, had moved out last fall...
Earthquake swarm picks up again in Nevada (06/09/08)
RENO, Nev. -- A months-long swarm of earthquakes picked up again Sunday as a string of minor temblors rattled Reno, causing downtown high-rises to sway and knocking items off walls and shelves. There were no immediate reports of injuries or major property damage after about 20 minor quakes reported on the western edge of Reno over 12 hours ending about noon...
Astronauts breeze through spacewalk (06/09/08)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Shuttle Discovery's astronauts breezed through their third and final spacewalk Sunday, replacing an empty gas tank at the international space station and collecting a sample of dusty debris. Spacewalkers Michael Fossum and Ronald Garan Jr. wrapped up their work so quickly that Mission Control threw in some extra chores...
Food banks ask gardeners to grow extra for hungry (06/09/08)
LANGDON, N.H. -- Sharon Crossman hadn't tasted fresh fruits or vegetables in a week. Since her husband had two heart attacks and stopped working, she has relied on disability checks and the free food provided by a food pantry. But lately, the only fresh produce available at the Fall Mountain Foodshelf where she volunteers has been shriveled potatoes and sprouting onions...
Study: Teen drivers ignore cell phone bans (06/09/08)
WASHINGTON -- From Jeannie Harrison's perspective, the social lives of most teenagers tend to revolve around their cell phones -- even when they are behind the wheel. "People don't want to be inaccessible for even 15 minutes driving up the street," said Harrison, 19, a sophomore at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. "They're so used to being accessible all the time."...
Lawmakers question program to cut Medicare medical equipment costs (06/09/08)
WASHINGTON -- Makers and sellers of wheelchairs, oxygen machines and other medical equipment are on the verge of getting Congress to delay, if not scrap, a new program the Bush administration says would save Medicare about $1 billion a year. For years, lawmakers and the Bush administration have complained that Medicare pays much more than private insurers and the general public for medical equipment. ...
7 dead in stabbing spree in downtown Tokyo (06/09/08)
TOKYO -- A man plowed into shoppers with a truck Sunday and then stabbed 17 people within minutes, killing at least seven of them in a grisly attack that shocked a country known for its low crime rate. The lunchtime violence in the Akihabara district, a popular electronics and video game area, sent thousands of people fleeing...
Suicide car bomb kills U.S. soldier, wounds 20 (06/09/08)
BAGHDAD -- A suicide truck bomber who concealed his explosives under tanned animal hides struck a U.S. patrol base Sunday in northern Iraq, killing one U.S. soldier and wounding 18 other Americans, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. Two Iraqi contractors working at the base in Tamim province also were wounded, according to a brief statement from the military. ...
Iraqi PM: Security pact with U.S. will not harm Iran (06/09/08)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki pushed Iran on Sunday to back off its fierce opposition to a U.S.-Iraqi security pact, Iraqi officials said, as he promised Iranian leaders that Iraq will not be a launching pad for any attack on their country...
Aftershock rocks China lake, creates landslides (06/09/08)
QINGLIAN, China -- A magnitude 5.0 aftershock shook a brimming, earthquake-formed lake and sent landslides tumbling down surrounding mountains Sunday, underscoring the persistent threat of flooding to more than 1 million weary refugees downstream. No new evacuations were ordered and the lake's dam of unstable mud and rocks did not collapse, said Hu Peng, a media officer at the disaster relief headquarters of the lake. He had no additional details...
Group of stranded divers chase off Komodo dragon on island (06/09/08)
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Scuba divers swept away in strong currents survived 12 hours in shark-infested waters before scrambling onto a remote Indonesian island where they faced yet another threat: a Komodo dragon. The divers -- three from Britain and one each from France and Sweden -- came face-to-face with the giant, carnivorous lizard on Rinca's palm-fringed beach and fought it off by pelting it with rocks and pieces of wood, Pariman, a port official said Sunday...
Cardinals capitalize on Astros blunders (06/09/08)
HOUSTON -- The St. Louis Cardinals scored five runs in one inning off Houston miscues Sunday and rallied to win another series from the Astros. Brendan Ryan hit a two-run single to cap a comeback fueled by two Houston errors and St. Louis beat the Astros 5-4...
Celtics open 2-0 lead with 108-102 win (06/09/08)
BOSTON -- Banner No. 17 is halfway to the rafters. The Celtics are two wins from another NBA championship. And maybe a little lucky to be there. Paul Pierce, darting around the parquet floor with ease, scored 28 points, Boston's defense mobbed Kobe Bryant long enough and unknown Leon Powe scored 21 points as the Celtics held off a remarkable Los Angeles rally for a 108-102 win over the Lakers on Sunday night. The Celtics have a 2-0 lead in these trip-down-memory-lane NBA finals...
Nadal routs Federer to win fourth French title (06/09/08)
PARIS -- Early in the second set of the French Open final, not quite halfway into what would wind up as Roger Federer's worst loss in 173 career Grand Slam matches, he watched intently as Rafael Nadal pushed a forehand wide to end a lengthy exchange...
LPGA Championship ends with Tseng's playoff win (06/09/08)
In her rookie year on the LPGA Tour, playing in only her third major championship Sunday, 19-year-old Yani Tseng felt lucky to become the youngest winner of the LPGA Championship. After the day she had at Bulle Rock in Havre De Grace, Md., that was hardly the case...
Kahne posts third victory in 4 weeks (06/09/08)
LONG POND, Pa. -- Kasey Kahne never thought his start to the season was all that bad, despite how it looked on paper. In hindsight, there was something missing and it took last month's win in the all-star race to see it. Now Kahne is on a roll, riding a wave of momentum from that $1 million payday into a championship-contending run...
Friedrich becomes second OVC player picked in draft's first round (06/09/08)
It's always a lot of fun to follow the Major League Baseball draft, and the 2008 edition conducted last week had some angles that held quite a bit of interest for area sports fans. Topping the list was the first-round selection of Eastern Kentucky junior left-hander Christian Friedrich, who went to the Colorado Rockies with the 25th pick overall...
Capahas roll to sweep (06/09/08)
The Plaza Tire Capahas split a tightly contested doubleheader with the St. Louis Kings last season. That had Plaza Tire manager Jess Bolen anticipating two more tough games Sunday when the Kings paid another visit to Cape Girardeau. But the Capahas are on a roll these days as they have been gaining the services of many of the key players they are counting on...
'Panda' beats Sandler with $60 million weekend (06/09/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Jack Black's Po the panda outgunned Adam Sandler's Zo the hairdresser. Black's cartoon comedy "Kung Fu Panda" pulled in $60 million in ticket sales to debut as the weekend's No. 1 movie, while Sandler's salon romp "You Don't Mess With the Zohan" opened in second place with $40 million, according to studio estimates Sunday...
People on the move 6/9/08 (06/09/08)
Trucking company receives safety honor Jerry Lipps Trucking Company, 3888 Nash Road in Cape Girardeau, was awarded a Gold Safety Award as part of Great West Casualty Insurance Company's National Safety Awards program. The program recognizes carriers across the country with awards based on their safety performance. On hand to accept the award were Dennis Laubach, Vickie Marler and John Lesar...
Gas hits national average of $4 for first time (06/09/08)
NEW YORK -- The average price of regular gas crept up to $4 a gallon for the first time over the weekend, passing the once-unthinkable milestone just in time for the peak summer travel season. Prices at the pump are expected to keep climbing, especially after last week's furious surge in oil prices, which neared $140 a barrel in a record-shattering rally Friday...
Experts warn of 10 investment threats for 2008 (06/09/08)
Benjamin Dow has heard the stories too often. An individual learns of an enticing investment opportunity, with dreams of earning thousands of dollars on its future earnings. In the end, that person has invested hundreds of dollars only to learn later that he or she had fallen for a scam...
Southeast Missourian launches advertising site (06/09/08)
The Southeast Missourian has launched a comprehensive online service for local businesses. The Web site, SemoMarketplace.com, offers free listings for more than 4,000 area businesses that include such information as store hours, methods of payment and photos of the businesses...
Johnny Young (06/09/08)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. —Johnny Wilbur Young, 86, of Memphis died Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at Saint Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was born in Henson, Mo., son of John Sampson and Claudie O'Guin Young, and graduated from Illmo High School in Scott City. He was married to Audrey Lois Hammond Young for 62 years. She preceded him in death...
Fire report 6/9/08 (06/09/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: n At 9:59 p.m., house fire in the 400 block of Chesley Drive. n At 11:36 p.m., emergency medical service at Themis and Main streets. Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Police report 6/9/08 (06/09/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Jarell Gingles, of Florissant, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, failing to maintain a single lane, not wearing a seat belt and having no insurance...
Out of the past 6/9/08 (06/09/08)
25 years ago: June 9, 1983 Douglas Wayne Thompson, who has twice been convicted of the murder of a Cape Girardeau auxiliary police officer in 1961 and has had both convictions overturned, is scheduled to go to trial once again; county Prosecuting Attorney Larry Ferrell filed new murder charges against Thompson yesterday in the death of Herbert L. Goss...
Planning for change (06/09/08)
This column was written in Michigan, where I've been working on house projects. Making the four-state drive is always an eye-opener. While on the freeway, I saw a truck outfitted for spotting tornadoes. I looked but did not see any twisters, though more than one reportedly touched down in northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana about 45 minutes after I blew through that area...
Settlement reached in Spa 151 saga (06/09/08)
The sorry saga of Spa 151 played out its final chapter last week when Attorney General Jay Nixon's consumer protection division secured a $103,000 settlement for holders of gift cards and gift certificates. For most of the past four months, I made a weekly call to Nixon's office, seeking information on the progress of the effort to win refunds from owners Ashli Rowland, Scott Rowland and Brent Wills. ...
Naming the armory (06/09/08)
Efforts are underway to rename Jackson's National Guard armory after Staff Sgt. Bradley Skelton, who died earlier this year while serving in Iraq. For those who haven't heard the story, Skelton, who was 40 years old when he died, came out of retirement to serve a second tour in Iraq. Skelton, a single man with no children, told others he wanted to serve again so another soldier who had children wouldn't have to. His temporary sacrifice turned into a permanent one...
Business makes great improvement (06/09/08)
To the editor: Take a drive to the Sansey Village Plaza on the corner of Silver Springs Road and Themis Street and see the property owner's commitment to the beautification of Cape Girardeau. I applaud this business for its commitment to Cape Girardeau, its visible interest in improving the property and its leadership example. What an amazing improvement from a dull corner to a perfectly blended landscape of plants and flowers...
Speak Out 6/9/08 (06/09/08)
Hiding the naughtiness I DON'T think it hurts anything for people to hold advertising signs. It provides these people with jobs. All we're doing these days is hiding the naughtiness in our society. I noticed horse racing may come back to Missouri. When there's betting in our state, it weakens our country. Money that would be used for gambling could be going to better things. How sad when we take away money from ordinary people holding up a sign but somehow cover up our gambling industry...
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