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Warning signs to be tested Wednesday (07/01/08)
The City of Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri State University will perform a test of their tornado warning system at noon on Wednesday, according to a news release from the city.The test will last about three minutes, and will be repeated the first Wednesday of each month.  ...
Southeast Missouri Democrats gathering draws Nixon, McCaskill, Allen and others (07/01/08)
DEXTER, Mo. — The SEMO Democrat rural caucus gathered Saturday for what is their largest annual event. The annual rally was held for the second year in a row at the Dexter Elks Lodge. Missouri Attorney General and gubernatorial hopeful Jay Nixon, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and Missouri Democrat Party Chairman John Temporiti were all, among others...
One dead after SUV smashes into tractor-trailer near Emerson bridge (07/01/08)
The driver of a Chevy Blazer died in a fiery crash late Monday afternoon just east of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. Emergency officials could only confirm that there was one person in the SUV, which burst into flames after striking a westbound tractor-trailer and a Dodge minivan after crossing the center line on Illinois Highway 146 about a half-mile east of the bridge...
Fire marshal urges locals to use fireworks safely, reminds of bottle rocket ban (07/01/08)
An accident while celebrating the Fourth of July can cause "a life changing, life altering injury," according to Cape Girardeau Fire Marshal Mike Morgan. Morgan said fire officials have found "a few" used bottle rockets around town and are concerned that such illegal fireworks, as well as legal consumer-class fireworks, could hurt people if not used properly...
Police not yet disclosing name of fatal crash victim (07/01/08)
Authorities still have not released the identity of a driver killed Monday in a four-vehicle crash on Illinois Highway 146, according to Trooper Bridget Rice of the Illinois State Police. The fatal wreck occurred around 6:30 p.m., just east of Cape Girardeau, when a sport utility vehicle traveling eastbound on the road crossed the center lane of traffic, striking a tractor-trailer...
Fulfilling a purpose: Church works to use faith to foster self-empowerment (07/01/08)
Editor's note: The following is the third part in an occasional series on faith, worship and beliefs in Cape Girardeau's black churches. The message at Rhema Word Breakthrough International Ministries on Sundays is all about self-empowerment. And the pastor's sermons are the key ingredient...
3 charged in fire that destroyed historic schoolhouse (07/01/08)
Three Scott County teens were charged late last week with arson and burglary in connection with an April fire that destroyed the Head School, a historic one-room schoolhouse in Scott City. Cody W. Brashear, 17, and Zackery A. Graham, 17, both of Scott City, and Kerrington B. Moss, 19, of Oran, Mo., each face one count of second-degree arson and one count of second-degree burglary...
Blunt signs bills tightening rules for Mo. sex offenders (07/01/08)
Missouri continued its crackdown on sex offenders Monday when Gov. Matt Blunt signed a bill mandating longer prison terms for some offenders and expanding the list of crimes that force offenders to register with law enforcement officials. The new law, passed by the Missouri Legislature this year, also bars registered sex offenders from taking part in Halloween candy giveaways. ...
Cape Girardeau infant rescued from floodwaters (07/01/08)
JACKSON COUNTY, Ill. -- An Alexander County, Ill., deputy sheriff is being credited with saving a 5-month-old Cape Girardeau infant trapped in floodwaters from the Big Muddy River, according to a Jackson County Sheriff's Department news release. Deputy Brandon Craig, 25, was the first person on the scene of a single-vehicle accident that occurred shortly after 10 p.m. ...
Emerson visits Cape; urges use of domestic oil (07/01/08)
In 2005, with Congress under Republican control, members passed an energy bill setting the first national mandates for biofuels and offering big tax incentives for petroleum companies to drill for more oil and natural gas. In 2007, with Congress under Democratic control, members passed an energy bill requiring cars to be 40 percent more efficient by 2020, increasing the mandate for renewable energy by six times and phasing out the cheap but power-hungry incandescent light bulb...
School board delays budget approval (07/01/08)
The new fiscal year begins today, but the Cape Girardeau School Board has not approved a budget. A motion to approve the budget was removed from the agenda of a regular meeting Monday because president Kyle McDonald said he preferred to have all members present. Laura Sparkman, Stacy Kinder and Steve Trautwein were absent, reportedly out of town...
High-tech court phone line approved by Cape County Commission (07/01/08)
In a unanimous vote, the Cape Girardeau County commission approved spending $840 to nudge the 32nd Circuit Court into the future. The money will allow a direct phone connection between Cape Girardeau County and Jefferson City, and access to the state highway patrol's records on criminals...
Project may cost some Ameren customers up to $750 (07/01/08)
One year ago, AmerenUE announced a $1 billion, three-year initiative that would improve the reliability of its electrical service through the burial of its customers' underground lines. While the energy company promises Project Power On will provide more reliable service and fewer outages, the switch will cost customers who will use the service as much as $750 in out-of-pocket expenses. The program pertains only to customers whose yards will be directly affected by undergrounding work...
InBev to keep pursuing Anheuser bid despite rebuff (07/01/08)
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Brewer InBev SA on Tuesday made a plea to Anheuser-Busch shareholders to challenge the U.S. beer company's rejection of its unsolicited $46 billion takeover bid. InBev CEO Carlos Brito insisted that his offer of $65 a share was "full and fair" and gave shareholders immediate certainty as stock markets plunge...
InBev pitches buyout to Bud owner's shareholders (07/01/08)
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The brewer InBev SA on Tuesday urged Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. shareholders to challenge the biggest U.S. beer company's rejection of its $46 billion buyout bid. InBev CEO Carlos Brito insisted in a statement that his offer of $65 a share was "full and fair" and would give shareholders immediate certainty as stock markets plunge...
FEMA opening 2 disaster recovery centers in Mo. (07/01/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is opening two disaster recovery centers in eastern Missouri to help those affected by recent Mississippi River flooding. The centers will are at the Clarksville Visitors Center and the the Winfield-Foley Fire Station No. 3. FEMA spokesman Don Bolger says flood victims are encouraged to register for disaster assistance even if they have insurance...
Chrysler plant closure a blow to Fenton (07/01/08)
FENTON, Mo. (AP) -- People in this St. Louis suburb have conditioned themselves to accept bad news about the city's Chrysler plant, which has suffered its share of job cuts in recent years as gas prices have risen and auto sales have sagged. But even against that gloomy backdrop, residents were still shocked on Tuesday, a day after learning that one plant will close and other will see production slashed...
Steelman backs repeal of Missouri ethanol mandate (07/01/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Steelman is calling for the repeal of Missouri's ethanol mandate. A state law that took effect in January requires gas stations to sell a 10 percent ethanol blend whenever it is not more expensive than traditional gasoline...
InBev to keep pursuing Anheuser bid despite rebuff (07/01/08)
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — Brewer InBev SA on Tuesday made a plea to Anheuser-Busch shareholders to challenge the U.S. beer company’s rejection of its unsolicited $46 billion takeover bid. InBev CEO Carlos Brito insisted that his offer of $65 a share was "full and fair" and gave shareholders immediate certainty as stock markets plunge...
Mo. education chief: KC needs to transfer schools (07/01/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Education commissioner Kent King demands that the Independence School District get access to seven schools being transferred from Kansas City. The Kansas City Star reported on its Web site Tuesday that King says Independence needs access to the schools to get ready for the upcoming school year. He decried "obstruction" by the Kansas City district...
Mo. governor signing property tax relief measure (07/01/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Matt Blunt is signing legislation intended to provide relief from sharp property tax increases. The legislation closes what some critics call a loophole in Missouri's property tax system. The state constitution already says local governments are to reduce their maximum allowed property tax rates when assessed property values rise by more than inflation...
Recovery process begins for some river towns (07/01/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Some towns along the Mississippi River are beginning the slow task of recovery, even as water remains high. With the river finally receding from near-record levels, the Federal Emergency Management Agency opened disaster recovery centers in the Missouri towns of Clarksville and Winfield on Tuesday...
Justice Department asked to investigate '88 Kansas City blast (07/01/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A U.S. attorney in Kansas City has asked the Justice Department to review a 1998 investigation into a fatal blast that killed six firefighters. John F. Wood on Tuesday said "new assertions" would be reviewed after The Kansas City Star reported on Sunday that federal investigators used intimidation and other means to pressure several witnesses to lie...
McCain picks former lawmaker to head Mo. campaign (07/01/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate John McCain names a former suburban St. Louis House member and fellow Vietnam veteran to be co-chairman of his Missouri campaign. Jack Jackson is a retired Marine Corps colonel who was a pilot during the Vietnam War, like the presidential candidate. Jackson, of Wildwood, later became a test pilot in the private sector...
Police seek man in string of Ill., Mo. killings (07/01/08)
CHICAGO (AP) -- Police searched Tuesday for a 28-year-old convicted felon they say may be connected to a string of eight recent killings in Illinois and Missouri. Nicholas T. Sheley was last seen on the two states' border near St. Louis and should be considered armed and dangerous, police said...
Kinder says Mo. officials shouldn't be consultants (07/01/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- House Speaker Rod Jetton, once one of the most powerful lawmakers because of his position, has become a political target for fellow Republicans campaigning for office. While serving as the top official in the House, Jetton also has been paid as a consultant and fundraiser by the campaigns of several Republican lawmakers, whose legislation he can either advance or stymie through his powerful position...
Clarksville believes worst has passed (07/01/08)
CLARKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — As the crests continue to roll south along the Mississippi River, one town is cautiously optimistic it has survived the worst of the flood. Clarksville doesn’t have a levee, so when the surging river threatened the Pike County town, a massive sandbagging effort began around the downtown shops...
Obama gets offer of shirt off woman's back (07/01/08)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — Clearly, the lady who offered to give Barack Obama the shirt off her back rattled him more than the lady next to her, whose top was emblazoned with a biceps-flexing Hillary Rodham Clinton and the words "Hillary Can Do It."...
Obama's patriotism speech impresses Mo. town residents (07/01/08)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama defended his interpretation of patriotism Monday, impressing many northwestern Missouri supporters who say they never doubted his dedication to America. Many who heard the speech at the Truman Memorial Building said they gained even more respect for Obama as he argued that patriotism should allow Americans to stand up and dissent against a government they don't agree with...
Experts say flood terminology can be misleading to public (07/01/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Fifteen years ago, after the Midwest was swamped with what was pronounced a "100-year" or even a "500-year" flood, some folks figured they would never again see such a disaster in their lifetime. Some even dropped their flood insurance...
Poll: 9 in 10 hit hard by gas prices (07/01/08)
WASHINGTON -- Four-dollar gasoline has stolen a beach vacation from Julie Jacobs' family, "little small luxuries" like exotic bath washes from Angela Crawford and dinners out from folks all over the country. Phil English has had to sell his beloved but fuel-guzzling red pickup...
U.S., NATO deaths in Afghanistan pass Iraq toll (07/01/08)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Militants killed more U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan in June than in Iraq for the second straight month, a grim milestone capping a run of insurgent attacks that analysts say underscore the Taliban's growing strength. The fundamentalist militia in June staged a sophisticated jailbreak that freed 886 prisoners, then briefly infiltrated a strategic valley outside Kandahar. ...
Iraq opens bidding on 8 oil, gas fields (07/01/08)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq opened international bidding for eight enormous oil and gas fields Monday, paving the way for investment in a nation with some of the world's largest petroleum reserves. If approved, contracts to update and manage those fields could involve the biggest foreign stake in Iraq since its oil industry was nationalized more than 30 years ago and help Iraq reach its goal of nearly doubling petroleum production by 2013...
Central fills three coaching positions (07/01/08)
Central assistant boys soccer coach Dan Martin was promoted to head coach Monday. He replaces Tom Doyle, who retired this past spring as the boys and girls soccer coach. The school also hired Elizabeth Fleer as its new girls soccer coach, and former Southeast Missouri State tennis player Bryce Kristal to student-teach and lead the girls tennis team, said Mark Ruark, whose last day as Central athletic director was Monday...
Smith falls short of Olympics (07/01/08)
Southeast Missouri State product Miles Smith saw his dream of competing in this year's Summer Olympics come to an end. Smith finished 12th in Monday's semifinals of the 400 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. The top eight qualified for Thursday's finals...
Area digest 7/1/08 (07/01/08)
Simmons, Matthews win Gateway Junior event Tim Simmons shot an even-par 70 to win the boys 16 to 19 Tour division at the Southeast Missouri PGA Gateway Junior Series event Monday at Cape Girardeau Country Club. Emily Matthews placed first in the girls 16 to 19 Tour division with a 78...
Timeout with ... Brent Holley (07/01/08)
Brent Holley Sport: Golf Place of work: Cape Jaycee Municipal Golf Course Age: 27 Grew up in: Sikeston Best part of job: Playing golf Least fun part of job: Having to work and not play golf Three athletes you'd like to have over for dinner: Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Natalie Gulbis because they're my three favorite golfers...
N.Y. returns Christian to minors after four starts in Yanks' outfield (07/01/08)
Southeast Missouri State product Justin Christian's first stint in the major leagues was brief. Christian, called up by the New York Yankees from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last Tuesday, was optioned back to that Class AAA team Monday. Christian was sent back down in order for the Yankees to call up fellow outfielder Brett Gardner from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre...
Doctors tell Woods his surgically repaired knee will be much better (07/01/08)
BETHESDA, Md. — Tiger Woods does not know when he can play golf again, but he said Monday his rebuilt left knee has been sore his entire PGA Tour career and he looks forward to playing on two good legs. "My left knee has been sore for 10 to 12 years," Woods said during a conference call for his AT&T National tournament, his first public comments since reconstructive surgery last Tuesday. ...
Lohse pitches Cards past Mets (07/01/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Several New York Mets hitters came in with gaudy career numbers against Kyle Lohse. They did next to nothing against the St. Louis Cardinals' resurgent right-hander. Lohse, who allowed an unearned run in seven innings of the Cardinals' 7-1 victory Monday night, showed them he is not the same guy who entered the year 11 games below .500 for his career and had to wait until mid-March for a free agent deal...
Landis loses final bid to retain title (07/01/08)
Floyd Landis lost his final chance to retain his 2006 Tour de France title Monday, the last step of a long, multimillion-dollar process that poked holes in the anti-doping establishment but ultimately left the cyclist as just another convicted cheater...
Sister act continues to play at Wimbledon (07/01/08)
WIMBLEDON, England -- Wimbledon already has lost its top-four seeded women's players, while the Williams sisters keep rolling toward another sibling final. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal also are closing in on another title matchup. Monday's fourth-round play at the All England Club produced more upsets at the top of the women's seedings, but also offered more convincing wins from the champions and title contenders...
Cards recall Thompson, demote Stavinoha (07/01/08)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals recalled right-hander Brad Thompson from Class AAA Memphis on Monday, adding another arm to a beleaguered bullpen. Cardinals relievers were 10-18 with a 4.25 ERA and 18 blown saves in 43 chances entering a three-game series against the Mets on Monday night. They'll carry 13 pitchers and 12 position players for the foreseeable future...
Neal Boyd's first performance on America's Got Talent (07/01/08)
The producers of NBC's "America's Got Talent" thought enough of Sikeston's Neal E. Boyd to give him a long introductory segment telling his story of growing up poor in Southeast Missouri before making his performance the climax of this season's first show.Boyd performed at the end of a program that featured everything from singing Romanian twins to dueling hip hop violinists to male Britney Spears impersonators. ...
Neal E. Boyd on the Web (07/01/08)
After Neal E. Boyd's debut before a national audience a few weeks ago on NBC's "America's Got Talent," the Internet was full of buzz and chatter about the tenor from Southeast Missouri.On this page, we'll link you to some of the places out there where Boyd's showing up online.First off, we have Boyd's own home page, www.nealeboyd.com. ...
Review: 'Trumbo' shines light on writer's powerful words (07/01/08)
The Associated Press It's a clever approach to a complicated man. Dalton Trumbo's words -- thunderous, eloquent, ribald and sometimes even tender -- provide the spine and substance of the documentary "Trumbo," about the blacklisted screenwriter...
The Neal Boyd forum (07/01/08)
Have something to say about Neal E. Boyd or his performance on NBC's "America's Got Talent"? Want to talk to other Boyd fans and debate the critics? Here's your chance. We're opening up this space for all your Boyd chatter. Just leave a comment and let the discussion begin...
Neal Boyd's first performance and the Paul Potts comparison (07/01/08)
I'd never heard of Paul Potts until the day after Neal Boyd made his debut appearance on the first episode of season three of "America's Got Talent." The next day, I went to work, and my boss said, "So have you seen this Paul Potts guy?" My answer was no. But I watched a video, and sure enough, there was a salesman singing opera. And he was good...
Hollywood producers want industry to keep working (07/01/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood producers sent the clearest sign yet Monday that they won't lock out actors if they are unable to agree on a contract before the current pact expires early today. Ads in trade publications argued the entertainment industry had suffered enough from previous work stoppages over contract disputes...
NYC keeps the cannoli but drops the trans fats (07/01/08)
NEW YORK -- Making cannoli is serious business in New York. It's a dessert so tempting that even a hit man in the "Godfather" couldn't leave a box behind. But even the most respected chefs of this and other pastries are being ordered to make changes today -- the first day New York's trans fat ban takes full effect...
Health calendar 7/1/08 (07/01/08)
Calendar Today n Preparation for childbirth class: 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Saint Francis Medical Center. Comprehensive guide to expected bodily changes, labor signs and stages, pain control techniques and basic infant care. Tips on relaxing, positioning and breathing will also be discussed. Refreshments will be provided. Bring the "Pregnancy, Childbirth and Parenting Kit" provided by your physician's office. Call 877-231-2229 to register...
Banking on cord blood (07/01/08)
One of the first acts of love that can be done in the name of a newborn is to donate the infant's umbilical cord blood. Cord blood contains stem cells, "master cells" that produce the various types of body cells. These cells are used in medical therapies, to treat a variety of cancers blood disorders and genetic diseases. Researchers believe they can also help treat a variety of other diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke...
Marie Creighton (07/01/08)
Margaret Marie Clemons Creighton, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, June 29, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born April 16, 1923, in Madison, Ill., daughter of John E. and Isabelle Schmidt Clemons. She and Henry Creighton were married March 31, 1946, in Madison, Ill. They moved to Cape Girardeau in 1948 and became lifelong residents. He died March 17, 2006...
Alvin Francis (07/01/08)
ADVANCE, Mo. — Alvin Mureal Francis, 73, of Lake Worth, Fla., formerly of Advance, died Saturday, June 28, 2008, in Wentzville, Mo. He was born May 22, 1935, at Painton, son of Ollie Earl and Duie Ivy Huff Francis. He and Mary Jane Seabaugh were married Sept. 25, 1954...
Lorna Cochrane (07/01/08)
Lorna Cochrane MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Lorna B. Cochrane, 89, of Murphysboro, formerly of Anna, Ill., died Saturday, June 28, 2008, at Jackson County Rehab and Care Center. She was born July 27, 1918, in Ganges, British Columbia, daughter of Walter and Eva Jenkins Stevens. She and Charles Tripp Cochrane were married June 3, 1951, in Los Angeles...
Lawrence Hahn (07/01/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Lawrence Hahn, 83, of Perryville died Sunday, June 29, 2008, at Independence Care Center. He was born Oct. 4, 1924, at Yount, Mo., son of John Henry and Mary Julie Whistler Hahn. He and Mary Catherine Tisher were married April 19, 1952, in Perryville. She preceded him in death...
Thomas Kruse (07/01/08)
Thomas Charles Kruse, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, June 29, 2008, at Ratliff Care Center. He was born Nov. 24, 1914, in Bloomfield, Mo., son of George Washington and Mae Cleveland Kruse. He and Pearline Leathers were married Jan. 22, 1938, in Piggott, Ark. They celebrated 70 years of marriage in January...
Births 7/1/08 (07/01/08)
Knapp Daughter to Chase Allen and Emma Jean Knapp of Perryville, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 5:48 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2008. Name, Jesslyn Nicole. Weight, 5 pounds, 14 ounces. Mrs. Knapp is the former Emma Johnson, daughter of Betty Bievenue of Prairie du Rocher, Ill., and Bill Johnson of Old Appleton, Mo. Knapp is the son of Donna Blechle and David Blechle of St. Mary, Mo. He is employed at Seguin Moreau...
Police report 7/1/08 (07/01/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Adrian L. Richardson, 20, of Dalton, Ill., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for contempt of court. n A subject was arrested pending formal charges on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance...
Fire report 7/1/08 (07/01/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Sunday: n At 9:36 p.m., emergency medical service in the 400 block of South Pacific Street. Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: n At 2:14 a.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of West Lorimier Street...
Out of the past 7/1/08 (07/01/08)
25 years ago: July 1, 1983 BENTON, Mo. — Scott County Presiding Judge Louie Hirschowitz is considering going to court to contest the legality of a new state law that would change the name of the county court to county commission, and its members from judges to commissioners...
Correction 7/1/08 (07/01/08)
An article in Monday's Southeast Missourian should have said that Allenville farmer Larry Quade has received less than $3 for corn under a sales contract after shipping costs are deducted.
Bowman Milling: 150 (07/01/08)
In 1858, Napoleon III escaped an assassination attempt, Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" was played for the first time at the wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter, John Brown organized a raid on the arsenal at Harpers Ferry, the first mailboxes were installed in Boston and New York, Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd state, the first Lincoln-Douglas debate was held in Illinois, a fee (50 cents) was charged for the first time to see a baseball game (New York beat Brooklyn 22-18), and the first Macy's department store opened in New York City.. ...
A consensus on climate change (07/01/08)
To the editor: The 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported the scientific consensus: 1, that the planet is warming is unequivocal, and 2, that there is a 90 percent probability that human activities are contributing. Many scientists additionally argue that such a probability constitutes a call to political action...
Fuel tax is political cash cow (07/01/08)
To the editor: In his recent letter, Robert Turley asked an interesting question: Where have our elected officials been with the fuel issue? They have been in the pockets of the environmental wackos. No new refineries have been approved in more than 30 years, no drilling offshore, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or other major oil reserves, There have been no nuclear plants and restrictions on wind power. ...
Speak Out 7/1/08 (07/01/08)
Historical context THANKS FOR publishing the comment about the emphasis many black musicians placed on outer space in earlier times and currently in hip hop and rap music. A lot of the reason for it has to do with the historical shame of slavery when African Americans were ripped from their homeland and came to feel like aliens, strangers in a strange land. ...

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