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Dexter man killed in motorcycle crash (06/16/08)
DEXTER, Mo. — A Stoddard County man died as the result of a motorcycle accident on Saturday night. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the incident occurred around 9:40 p.m. Saturday on Route U, two miles west of Powe. The eastbound motorcycle driven by James D. Morin, 60, of Dexter, ran off the right side of the roadway. Morin was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene by Stoddard County Coroner Morgan Sifford....
Sikeston chooses to participate in sales tax holiday (06/16/08)
SIKESTON -- Sikeston will have a Sales Tax Holiday. Council members voted down an ordinance during a special meeting Friday that would have kept the city from participating in the annual back-to-school tax break weekend. Councilman Mike Bohannon said the only city in the area that had decided to opt out of the Sales Tax Holiday this year is Poplar Bluff...
Missouri Gaming Commission votes unanimously for riverboat casino moratorium (06/16/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Gaming Commission on Monday all but killed the chances for a group of Cape Girardeau investors to apply for a casino license before November. In a meeting held less than 10 days before the commission's regularly scheduled monthly session, the five-member commission voted unanimously to approve a moratorium on casino licenses...
Red Cross looking to St. Louis to see how bad Cape flooding may be (06/16/08)
As the Mississippi River continues to rise, American Red Cross officials said that St. Louis could be an indicator of whether predicted extensive flooding will occur in such areas as Cape Girardeau later this week. This morning the National Weather Service predicted a crest of 39 feet on June 21 in St. ...
Stories of Sprigg: Neighborhoods a matter of 'taking the good with the bad' (06/16/08)
Between Lexington and Southern Expressway, scattered between schools, churches, businesses and industrial sites, Sprigg Street is dotted with homes and apartment buildings. With the exception of a few blocks between Broadway and William Street, Sprigg is lined with trees...
Volunteer opens no-kill shelter for dogs in Bollinger County (06/16/08)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Vanessa Murray sees a picture of dogs and becomes stirred with emotion. "I see these dogs," she said, "and it's kind of like they're saying, 'Well, who'll play with me now?' and it's sad." Murray is the director of a recently opened no-kill, not-for-profit dog shelter, Furry Animal Rescue Mission, or FARM, in Sedgewickville. She runs the only no-kill animal shelter in Bollinger County...
Safe House to expand its outreach services (06/16/08)
Victims of domestic and intimate partner sexual violence, sexual assault or adult survivors of childhood abuse who feel a need to talk to others in similar situations may soon have a source of support if they take action. Theresa Lumos, a licensed professional counselor at the Safe House for Women, wants to expand services available at the outreach office. ...
Community briefs 6/16/08 (06/16/08)
Neighborhood watch group to meet The Neighborhood Connections group meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Christ Episcopal Church, 101 N. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau. The topic is how to report suspicious activity as a refresher for members and a learning experience for those new to the group. The group meets on the third Thursday of every other month, and the public is welcome to attend. Call 651-4567 for more information...
Reverend spends Father's Day with his son, church family (06/16/08)
For Bob Towner, Sunday was Father's Day on two fronts. Towner celebrated with his son, Ted, like so many other dads. He also gathered with the congregation at Christ Episcopal Church in Cape Girardeau, just as he does every Sunday. He wasn't there simply to listen; he was there to offer guidance to the parishioners. Because the Rev. Bob Towner is a father figure to them as well...
Cape graduate returns after deployment (06/16/08)
Lt. Samuel Fletcher, a 1999 Cape Girardeau Central High School graduate, recently returned from a seven-month deployment in the Persian Gulf aboard the USS Harry S. Truman, a U.S. Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Fletcher flew combat missions over Iraq as a flight officer in an F-18 Superhornet. ...
Sikeston housing market still strong (06/16/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Nationally, the housing market has taken a pretty big hit. But local real estate professionals and bankers don't see that trend too much in Southeast Missouri. And in some cases, lower interest rates are creating a better market for those in the market for a home...
McCain to campaign in Springfield on Wednesday (06/16/08)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate John McCain is coming to Missouri on Wednesday for a campaign event. McCain is to discuss energy and economic policy on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield. The event is scheduled to start at 2 p.m...
Internet suicide case woman pleads not guilty (06/16/08)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Missouri woman has pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles federal court to charges in a MySpace hoax allegedly linked to a 13-year-old girl's suicide. Forty-nine-year-old Lori Drew stood quietly beside her attorney Monday as U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Abrams asked if she understood the charges and conditions under which she was being released on bond. She said she did...
Gov. Blunt asks for federal review of InBev offer (06/16/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Gov. Matt Blunt is asking the Federal Trade Commission to review the proposed sale of Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. to Belgian brewer InBev. Blunt sent a letter to the federal commission asking for the review Monday. He says he is concerned the sale could create a near monopoly in the U.S. beer market by combining the two large brewers...
Canton asks for help; Northeast Mo. prepares for flooding (06/16/08)
CANTON, Mo. (AP) -- The city on Monday asked for more volunteers to help them prepare for flooding, with the Mississippi River predicted to crest at record levels later in the week. Canton emergency management director Jeff McReynolds said volunteers were urgently needed to build up Canton's levee. He said more than 1,100 volunteers showed up over the weekend, but a city spokesman said that number dropped to about 300 on Monday...
Missouri asks Bush to expedite declaration for flood help (06/16/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is asking President Bush to expedite a disaster declaration to help Missouri deal with record flooding along the Mississippi River. With Gov. Matt Blunt out of the state, Kinder has deployed 15 more National Guard members to help manage relief efforts in West Quincy, Mo. In a statement, Kinder asks Bush for "swift action as we move more National Guard members into areas where flooding looks inevitable."...
Fenton man dies in Afghanistan (06/16/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A 19-year-old from Fenton is dead after a war-related accident in Afghanistan. The marine is being remembered as a family man who loved life and the military. Michael Patton's mother says her son knew he wanted to be a member of the armed forces ever since he was 5 years old...
Kansas City Star to cut 120 jobs (06/16/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Star said Monday that it plans to cut 120 jobs as its parent company, McClatchy Co., reduces its work force by 10 percent as it struggles to attract advertising dollars. The Star is the newspaper chain's third-largest paper with daily circulation of 252,957...
So far, there's been only surface talk about fixing Mo. road funding woes (06/16/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- On the surface, many of Missouri's most-traveled interstate highways now appear in good condition. Underneath, the crumbling substance cannot sustain them for much longer. Similarly, voters may hear only a surface discussion -- not substantive, concrete plans -- from Missouri's gubernatorial candidates about how to fix a looming transportation funding crisis...
State's river crests this week expected to top 1993 levels (06/16/08)
CANTON, Mo. -- Sandbaggers on Sunday continued to fortify levees in Mark Twain's hometown of Hannibal, in Canton and in other Mississippi River communities now expecting to see river levels topping records set in the Great Flood of 1993. Hannibal's flood levee is expected to hold, even as a crest of 32.1 feet is expected Thursday. ...
Habitat for Humanity gives women a chance to build (06/16/08)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- With Habitat for Humanity, all women can build. As part of National Women's Build Week, women volunteers with Habitat for Humanity spent a recent morning building a house for two Hurricane Katrina survivors. The event was originally planned during the National Women's Build Week, but it was rained out and rescheduled...
Iowa City's flood protections face a marathon test (06/16/08)
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Even as flood fears eased in Iowa City, the state's south and east prepared for new problems ahead for a string of towns along the Mississippi River. Sandbagging was under way in Burlington, a key rail hub, to build the city's levee system and protect it from the river; 350 people had been evacuated...
Making it home: Two premature boys still had a fight ahead (06/16/08)
Editor's note: In the conclusion of a two-part narrative about the struggles of his prematurely born twin sons, Associated Press Texas sports editor Jaime Aron tells of new challenges and hopes and a steadfast goal: to bring them home. By JAIME ARON...
Oregon man wins Great American Think-Off (06/16/08)
NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. -- An Oregon man is the winner of this year's Great American Think-Off, a national philosophy competition that gives ordinary people the chance to debate some of life's perplexing questions. This year's question: "Does immigration strengthen or threaten the United States?"...
Texas tattoo artist sets record with number of tattoos (06/16/08)
DALLAS -- Oliver Peck may be seeing the number 13 in his dreams. From midnight Thursday to midnight Friday, Peck completed 415 tattoos, applying the unlucky number 13 to scores of arms, legs, ankles, backs, thighs and even some rear ends. Peck claimed a mention in the Guinness Book of Records for drawing the most tattoos in a 24-hour period. He was awarded the honor by Guinness adjudicator Danny Girton Jr., according to a report on The Dallas Morning News Web site Saturday...
Pa. wedding reception evacuated because of fire (06/16/08)
ENOLA, Pa. -- Many of the wedding reception guests didn't believe the disc jockey when he announced the hotel was on fire. Then firefighters interrupted the celebration, and newlyweds Trey and Robyn Kunkel knew it wasn't a joke. Fire officials said the fire led to the evacuation of more than 400 guests Saturday night from the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center in East Pennsboro...
Hundreds ordered to flee Iowa homes (06/16/08)
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A week's work of frantic sandbagging by students, professors and the National Guard couldn't spare this bucolic college town from the surging Iowa River, which has swamped more than a dozen campus buildings and forced the evacuation Sunday of hundreds of nearby homes...
Gun rights biggest issue facing Supreme Court (06/16/08)
WASHINGTON -- One momentous case down, another equally historic decision to go. The Supreme Court returns to the bench today with 17 cases still unresolved, including its first-ever comprehensive look at the Second Amendment's right to bear arms. The guns case -- including Washington, D.C.'s, ban on handguns -- is widely expected to be a victory for supporters of gun rights. ...
Kosovo's new constitution ends 9 years of U.N. rule (06/16/08)
PRISTINA, Kosovo -- Kosovo's constitution went into force Sunday, handing the newly independent nation's ethnic Albanian government power after nine years of U.N. administration. The charter -- a milestone that comes four months after leaders declared independence from Serbia -- gives the government in Pristina sole decision-making authority...
Runoff election not likely to end Zimbabwe's problem (06/16/08)
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Andrew Makoni wants change in Zimbabwe, his homeland. But he won't be there to vote for it. Instead, the human rights lawyer will be in neighboring South Africa, hiding from government-hired killers he says have targeted him...
Afghanistan's president threatens to send military force into Pakistan (06/16/08)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai threatened Sunday to send Afghan troops after notorious Taliban leaders inside Pakistan in an angry warning to his eastern neighbor that he will no longer tolerate cross-border attacks. The threat is the first time Karzai has said he would send forces into Pakistan...
U.N. chief: Saudis to boost oil output by 200,000 barrels a day (06/16/08)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia plans to increase its oil production by 200,000 barrels a day next month, the kingdom's oil minister told U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Sunday, according to Ban's spokesman. The U.N. secretary-general met with oil minister Ali al-Naimi in the port city of Jiddah during a one-day trip to the world's largest oil producer...
Despite hamstring, Smith had amazing career (06/16/08)
After Southeast Missouri State's Miles Smith finished fifth in the NCAA outdoor 400 meters as a sophomore in 2005, he had every right to believe his goal of a national title was well within reach. A lingering hamstring injury that has bothered Smith for much of the past few years prevented him from attaining his goal...
Lakers send finals back to Boston (06/16/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Pack up the championship trophy and book a flight back to Boston, the NBA finals aren't over yet. The Los Angeles Lakers are headed East to try a historic comeback of their own. Kobe Bryant scored 25 points, including a decisive dunk in the final minute -- and Lamar Odom added 20 as the Lakers, playing with pride on their star-studded stage, prevented the Celtics from winning a 17th title with a 103-98 win in Game 5 on Sunday night to close to 3-2 in this restored rivalry...
Former Redhawks pitch Capahas to sweep (06/16/08)
For the second consecutive Sunday, Anthony Maupin and Phillip Riley combined to pitch the Plaza Tire Capahas to a doubleheader sweep. As far as Plaza Tire manager Jess Bolen is concerned, that's a formidable one-two punch to have at the top of the rotation...
Freight hauls away its third Klassic crown (06/16/08)
KELSO -- Vandalia Freight hurler Brad Sturdy has had some discomfort in his neck and the right side of his shoulder recently, prompting him to have an ultrasound performed Friday -- the first day of the Kelso Klassic. The test revealed Sturdy had a pulled muscle. But he still pitched over the weekend after taking some painkillers. And he threw well, leading his team to the tournament title...
Jackson Senior Babe Ruth sweeps doubleheader (06/16/08)
The Jackson Senior Babe Ruth baseball team swept a doubleheader at Matthews on Saturday, 14-2 and 11-0. Chris Roth had a big day for Jackson (9-3), picking up the win in the opener and homering in each game. Roth had three hits, including a grand slam, in the opener. Garrett Fritsche and Ben Rhodes each added two hits...
Last-gasp birdie forces U.S. Open playoff (06/16/08)
SAN DIEGO -- In a week of epic moments at the U.S. Open, Tiger Woods delivered the biggest one yet. It didn't bring him another major, just another chance. Down to his last stroke Sunday afternoon at Torrey Pines, Woods rapped a 12-foot birdie putt that bumped along toward the hole and swirled into the back corner of the cup without an inch to spare...
Collision sends Molina to hospital (06/16/08)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals backup catcher Jason LaRue watched from the dugout as Yadier Molina, his back to the play after an off-line throw, got flattened by a pinch runner. Like several teammates, LaRue was impressed that Molina apparently avoided serious injury after being taken off the field on a body board with a brace around his neck, and that Molina held onto the ball for an important ninth-inning out in Sunday's 7-6, 10-inning victory over the Philadelphia Phillies...
Earnhardt ends winless drought under caution (06/16/08)
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. ended his 76-race winless string Sunday, coasting to victory at Michigan International Speedway under a caution flag with little but fumes left in his gas tank. NASCAR's most popular driver gave his new boss, Rick Hendrick, only his second victory of the season as he somehow squeezed enough gas out of his last fillup to go three laps beyond the regulation finish in the Lifelock 400...
Cards hold on, beat Phils in 10 (06/16/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Yadier Molina never saw what hit him, leaving the field on a body board and wearing a neck brace. One inning later, it was the Philadelphia Phillies who were stunned. Rick Ankiel scored from second on the Phillies' second error at first base in the 10th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 7-6 victory on Sunday, a game interrupted when Molina was run over on a tag play in the ninth...
New 'Hulk' sees $54.5M opening weekend (06/16/08)
LOS ANGELES — "The Incredible Hulk" was a box-office bruiser, yanking in $54.5 million over opening weekend and laying to rest the stigma of his unappreciated big-screen adventure five years ago. "The Hulk got a second chance, got angry and came back with a vengeance," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. "This was a big question mark going in. The film had a history or a checkered past."...
Restaurant deliveries hit hard by gas prices (06/16/08)
The price a consumer pays at the pump for a tank of gas continues to increase, but there's an up side to the situation for Carly Wilson, manager of Papa John's in Cape Girardeau. Thanks to the rising cost of fuel, the pizza restaurant is reaping the benefits of an erratic economy...
'Say on pay' bills may be more cudgel than reality (06/16/08)
WASHINGTON -- Investors who want some say in how corporate executives are paid will know the next president supports their cause -- but there are differences in how to get there. Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has proposed writing the concept, known as "say on pay," into law. Republican Sen. John McCain wants to encourage companies to give shareholders a say but without legislating the idea...
People on the move 6/16/08 (06/16/08)
Hospital names director of medical affairs Thomas S. Diemer has been named director of medical affairs at Saint Francis Medical Center, 211 Saint Francis Drive in Cape Girardeau. Diemer will leave his private practice in Cape Girardeau to join the staff in September 2008. His past involvement with the medical center includes secretary of staff, medical staff president and vice president and department chair of medicine...
Tracy Jones (06/16/08)
Tracy Jones, 45, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, June 14, 2008, at his home. He was born June 14, 1963, in St. Louis, son of Roy C. and Alberta Warner Jones. Jones worked in the construction business and was a member of the Eagles Aerie in Cape Girardeau...
Kenneth Hurt (06/16/08)
Kenneth L. Hurt, 62, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, June 14, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Sept. 8, 1945, in Cape Girardeau, son of James and Opal Griffith London Hurt. He was employed by Florsheim as a shoe edge setter, and was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church. He was also an avid pool player...
Anna Diebold (06/16/08)
Anna Marie Diebold, 85, of Oran, Mo., died Sunday, June 15, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Feb. 2, 1923, in Benton, Mo., daughter of August and Katy Elizabeth Reiminger Schlosser. She and Leon Diebold were married April 15, 1944. He died Oct. 3, 1998...
Anita Geringer (06/16/08)
COLUMBIA, Ill. — Anita Floyd Geringer, 91, of Columbia died Thursday, June 12 at Columbia Convalescent Center. She was born July 26, 1916, in Cape Girardeau, to Theodore and Martha Schrader Floyd. She was married to Robert Geringer in Cape Girardeau...
Fire report 6/16/08 (06/16/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: n At 8:02 p.m., a fire alarm at 341 N. Main St. n At 8:16 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2300 block of Broadway. n At 10:15 p.m., a motor vehicle accident at Old Hopper and North Mount Auburn roads...
Police report 6/16/08 (06/16/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs n Elizabeth L. Peters, 41, 3114 Westfield Drive, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. n Charles Anthony Moore Jr., no age given, 3002 Themis St., Apt. 3, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated...
Out of the past 6/16/08 (06/16/08)
25 years ago: June 16, 1983 Missouri Gov. Kit Bond, speaking at a news conference at the Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport, leaves doubt he will sign the $3.5 million appropriation bill passed by the Missouri General Assembly yesterday to help finance construction of a multipurpose building here...
Big DREAMs for revitalizing downtown (06/16/08)
Imagine a high-rise hotel, a 4,000-seat entertainment complex, apartment developments and a riverboat casino, all nestled behind the Cape Girardeau floodwall north of downtown. Imagine the subpar housing, overgrown lots and aging commercial buildings along North Main Street and North Spanish Street between Broadway and Sloan Creek have all disappeared...
Rescue a queen (or 15) from obscurity (06/16/08)
Linda Penzel sent an e-mail asking for help. She's organizing the part of Jackson Homecomers devoted to the 63 queens named since 1935, the year Ruby Johnson Conrad won the crown. "I have found 48 of them and have had contact with them," she wrote. "I am missing 15."...
Leadership Cape (06/16/08)
The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce program, Leadership Cape, is a great program that lets young leaders brainstorm ideas that will improve the city. It's a process of problem solving, which is a good exercise to experience. One of the ideas from last week's presentation was to build a large steel steamboat wheel on the river side of the floodwall so tourists could have an interesting backdrop for taking photographs. ...
Speak Out 6/16/08 (06/16/08)
Big picture I CAN'T believe somebody complained about the police department buying a double-wide trailer so the officers wouldn't be in cramped quarters. Would you have rather have them in a trailer that costs a few thousand dollars or a new $2 million or $3 million building at taxpayers' expense? Look at the big picture...
Online Pet of the Week (06/16/08)
Crystal is a beautiful Snowshoe/Siamese mix. She is one-year-old and already spayed! Crystal is litterbox-trained and gets along with other cats. She is available for adoption at The Humane Society of SEMO 573-334-5837. See more pets looking for homes at www.semopets.org...
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