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Stories from Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Recent death on I-55 highlights vague vagrant policies (07/02/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. — It doesn't happen on a daily basis, but coming into contact with individuals wandering along highways is a situation local law enforcement officials face often. "Our attitude is if they need some type of care, somehow we will get them that care — and we don't want them to be a danger to themselves or someone else," said Lt. Jim McNiell, commander of Missouri State Highway Patrol's Troop E Service Center in Sikeston...
Police identify shooting victim after Louis Street incident (07/02/08)
Police have confirmed the identity of the man shot in connection with a domestic dispute in the area of College and Louis streets as Corey Shannon, 28, of Cape Girardeau. A witness at the scene, Catrice Moore, claiming to be the shooting victim’s cousin, said the victim was in a physical altercation with a female, when the female’s father shot him...
Action and honor part of flight team's show (07/02/08)
Taps is playing over a sound system, and a silence has come over the crowd. Up above are six T-34 training jets trailing smoke streams and curving around to fly alongside the crowd in a V shape at 185 mph. As they pass by the crowd one jet pulls up and away, cutting his smoke-stream. This is the way the missing man formation is usually flown, said Mark Miller, a pilot with the Lima Lima Flight Team, which will be performing at the air show Friday in Cape Girardeau...
Police withhold identity of driver killed in wreck east of Cape Girardeau (07/02/08)
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...
Part of Highway 177 closed due to Mississippi flooding (07/02/08)
Highway 177 between Cape Girardeau County Road 643 and 657 has been closed due to rising floodwaters from the Mississippi River, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. At 9 a.m. Tuesday, 10 inches of water was on the closed section of the road. MoDOT officials urged motorists to use caution...
Casting continues on talent program (07/02/08)
After a series of disappointing acts appeared throughout the show, judges accepted 13 acts for "America's Got Talent." Neal Boyd, a Sikeston native and graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, has been described by the judges as one of the more promising contestants on the talent show. Boyd did not perform Tuesday...
Sikeston close to getting skate park built (07/02/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- After almost one year of planning and fundraising, those involved with the future Sikeston skate park are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. The Sikeston City Council's final budget for the 2009 fiscal year, which begins July 1, includes $15,000 for the Sikeston skate park. Jiggs Moore, Sikeston Parks and Recreation director, said he wants to "move on it as soon as possible."...
Gas thefts on rise in state, trade group says (07/02/08)
As gas prices continue to climb toward the $4-per-gallon mark in Southeast Missouri, some motorists are trying to take a free ride by driving off without paying after filling up. Last year, gasoline theft cost the industry $134 million, according to the Association for Convenience and Petroleum Retailing. The average loss per store was roughly $1,000...
Jackson district will extend school day (07/02/08)
The Cape Girardeau School Board created a stir last fall when members approved a class for all freshmen on study and social skills. Proponents heralded the class as the key to lowering the dropout rate, while critics said parents should be responsible for their child's character training...
Fire protection district files request to fill empty seats (07/02/08)
The East County Fire Protection District filed a notice of vacancy with the Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court on Monday, making a formal request that the court appoint two new members to fill the empty spots on the board of directors. Under state law, a circuit judge may appoint members to the board in cases where there is a majority of empty positions...
Teens vandalize Qulin buildings (07/02/08)
QULIN, Mo. -- Authorities believe a group of teenagers used spray paint and water-based chalk to deface vehicles, homes and municipal buildings in Qulin, a small town in Butler County. The property damage was first reported June 19 and continued through Monday, when Glenda McCameron reported profanity had been spray painted on her D Street home...
Caruthersville man draws intricate scenes using Etch A Sketch (07/02/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A soft-spoken man, Andy Kingston says he's surprised by the fuss people make when they see his artwork. The 52-year-old Kingston works the dials of a red Etch A Sketch as he talks, making dozens of minute turns to create a gray-lined farm scene...
Newspaper vice president to be inducted in Missouri Press Hall of Fame (07/02/08)
Wally Lage, vice president of the Southeast Missourian and chief operating officer for Rust Communications, will be inducted into the Missouri Press Association Hall of Fame class of 2008 in September. "I'm flattered, and I'm honored," Lage said. "I'm flattered that the Rust family would nominate me. I'm honored to go through the class with Gary Rust. Just to be in that same class is fantastic."...
Democratic gathering in Dexter draws Nixon, McCaskill and others (07/02/08)
DEXTER, Mo. -- The SEMO Democrat rural caucus gathered Saturday for their largest annual event. The rally was held for the second consecutive year at the Dexter Elks Lodge. Missouri Attorney General and gubernatorial hopeful Jay Nixon, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and Missouri Democratic Party chairman John Temporiti, among others, were all there...
Fire and police officials warn of dangers of fireworks, remind residents of varying laws (07/02/08)
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...
With flood receding, bridges, locks reopening (07/02/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Transportation is beginning to ease both over the Mississippi River and on it now that floodwaters are receding at a rapid pace. Two bridges — one at Quincy, Ill., the other at Louisiana, Mo. — were scheduled to reopen to traffic today now that floodwaters no longer lap over the bridge approaches. ...
Mo. AG candidate pledges CAFO crackdown (07/02/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Democratic Attorney General candidate Jeff Harris says he would use his office to side with local property owners against large animal feeding operations. Harris says he would work to ensure animal feeding operations follow state laws and make farms clean up any messes that they make. He says that local property owners should have more say in deciding where the farming operations can be located...
Lager joins Mo. GOPs backing consulting limits (07/02/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Treasurer's candidate Brad Lager added his voice Wednesday to a mounting number of Missouri Republicans denouncing the political consulting business of House Speaker Rod Jetton. While serving as the top House official, Jetton also has been paid to work as a consultant and fundraiser by several Republican lawmakers...
Survey finds Midwest, Plains economy near recession (07/02/08)
OMAHA, Neb. -- The economy in nine Midwestern and Plains states is near recession because of flooding in Iowa and Missouri and weakness in Kansas and Nebraska, according to a new survey of business leaders. The report released Tuesday says inflation pressure is also likely to remain high...
McCain picks former lawmaker to head Mo. campaign (07/02/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- 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...
Blunt signs property tax relief measure (07/02/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri homeowners should have greater protection from property tax spikes if legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Matt Blunt performs as intended. The new law seeks to close what Blunt and some lawmakers have described as a legal loophole in Missouri's tax system that has let some local governments reap financial windfalls when property values rise...
Kinder: Mo. officials shouldn't be consultants (07/02/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- 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...
Salmonella probe to look at foods served with tomatoes (07/02/08)
WASHINGTON -- Adding to tomato confusion, the government is about to start testing numerous other types of fresh produce in the hunt for the source of the nation's record salmonella outbreak -- even as it insists tomatoes remain the leading suspect...
Cocktail museum shakes, stirs history (07/02/08)
NEW ORLEANS -- In New Orleans, cocktails are serious business. What better town for a temple to the tasty history of the American libation? Many outsiders may get their idea of the Big Easy's cocktail culture from the jumbo-sized plastic cups of punch slugged down by tourists on Bourbon Street...
Police: Ex-convict suspected of killing eight captured (07/02/08)
GRANITE CITY, Ill. -- Police and FBI agents captured an ex-convict suspected of killing eight people in two states as he smoked a cigarette outside of a southwestern Illinois bar Tuesday night, a bar employee said. Nicholas T. Sheley, who was the subject of a multistate manhunt after authorities linked him to the deaths of eight people in Illinois and Missouri, was arrested around 7 p.m. outside of Bindy's, a Granite City bar, said bartender Katie Ronk...
Fla. carries out first execution since botched lethal injection procedure (07/02/08)
STARKE, Fla. -- Florida on Tuesday carried out its first execution since a botched lethal injection procedure prompted the state to revamp the way it conducts capital punishment. Mark Dean Schwab, who was convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing an 11-year-old boy, died at 6:15 p.m...
Foreign minister: Iraq should accept U.S. security deal (07/02/08)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's foreign minister told lawmakers Tuesday the U.S. made major concessions in talks on a new security agreement, urging them to approve the deal to keep U.S. troops here after the U.N. mandate expires at the end of the year. Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari briefed lawmakers following his visit last month to Washington, where he met with President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. ...
Catfish chokes on soccer ball in German canal (07/02/08)
BERLIN -- A catfish has apparently choked to death after trying to chow down on a soccer ball in the locks of a Bavarian canal. German police say the 6 1/2-foot-long fish was found dead Monday, floating on the surface of the water with a blue-and-white soccer ball in its mouth...
Texas steroids testing finds just two violators (07/02/08)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Among 10,000 Texas high schoolers tested this spring, only two student-athletes tested positive for steroids, officials said. Both supporters and critics of the largest steroids testing program in the country said the results validate their positions...
Cheney's power display lifts Jackson (07/02/08)
JACKSON -- Jackson Post 158 slugger Ryan Cheney seems able to smash over the fence any pitch Cape Girardeau Post 63 hurler Garrett Stevens throws. Cheney smacked two more home runs against Stevens on Tuesday night. Cheney has gone 5-for-7 with four home runs and one double against Stevens in the last three games where the two players have met, dating back to the high school baseball season...
Cards stumble against Mets' new Armas (07/02/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Tony Armas showed the New York Mets enough that they should consider keeping him around, and backup catcher Ramon Castro made his bid for more playing time. Armas won his season debut after a minor league callup and Castro, the eighth-place hitter, had two hits and three RBIs in a 7-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night...
Williamses sweep into Wimbledon semis (07/02/08)
WIMBLEDON, England -- The Williams sisters moved closer to another Wimbledon final Tuesday, using their power tennis to cruise into the semifinals in straight sets. Defending champion and four-time winner Venus Williams beat Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-4, 6-3, and two-time champ Serena swept 19-year-old Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-4, 6-0...
Cardinals agree to deal with first-round pick (07/02/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Brett Wallace homered twice in his first handful of batting-practice cuts, hardly resembling a nervous prospect. The former Arizona State infielder, selected with the 13th pick of the first round last month, agreed to a contract Tuesday for a signing bonus of about $1.84 million. He said the experience at Busch Stadium was daunting before Cardinals players talked away his jitters...
Ganassi pulls plug on Franchitti team (07/02/08)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR team owner Chip Ganassi shut down Dario Franchitti's race team Tuesday because of a lack of sponsorship, putting the former IndyCar Series champion's future in doubt. Franchitti, the 2007 Indianapolis 500 winner and series champion, has struggled in his first NASCAR season driving Ganassi's No. ...
Never mind knitting, here's crochet (07/02/08)
From Hollywood stars to first-graders, it seems everyone is knitting. But it's crocheting that's generating the buzz right now on crafting Web sites, blogs and even the fashion runways. With a simple beginner stitch, you can make several projects, says Brett Bara, editor of Crochet Today magazine and host of the new PBS series "Knit and Crochet Today."...
Patriotic treats can liven up a gathering (07/02/08)
Last week I wrote about a new cookbook I had received as a gift, and it seemed to be a popular column. When I went to church Sunday, one woman said two people where she works ordered copies, and another woman said she already owned the book and keeps it on her coffee table as a conversation piece...
Angelina Jolie enters French hospital for birth of twins (07/02/08)
PARIS -- Brangelina's twins aren't here yet, but the big day is drawing closer. The seafront Lenval hospital in Nice in the south of France said Tuesday that Angelina Jolie had checked in at its Santa Maria maternity clinic to be kept under doctors' surveillance and get some rest before she gives birth...
GM maintains sales lead over Toyota though June sales fall (07/02/08)
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. soundly beat Toyota Motor Corp. in June to retain its traditional U.S. sales lead, but GM sales still dropped 18.2 percent during a dismal month for large automakers. Toyota's U.S. sales fell 21.4 percent, while Ford Motor Co. said it sales tumbled nearly 28 percent. Chrysler LLC took a huge hit for the month with sales down 35.9 percent...
Report shows areas of concern when it comes to Southeast Missouri seniors' health (07/02/08)
This article appeared in the 2008 Healthwatch magazine, a publication of the Southeast Missourian. Copies are available at the Missourian's Jackson and Cape Girardeau offices during normal business hours. An annual senior report released by Lt. ...
Maurice Filla (07/02/08)
Maurice F. Filla, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, June 29, 2008, at Hunter Acres Caring Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Aug. 4, 1920, in Washington, Mo., son of Andy and Pauline Kluba Filla. He and Leona Frederick were married in 1943 in Camp White, Ore. She died March 26, 1995. He and Emma Trautwein were married in November 1995 in Cape Girardeau. She died Nov. 1, 2007...
Lois Blessing (07/02/08)
ANNA, Ill. -- Lois Blessing, 79, of Anna died Monday, June 30, 2008, at City Care Center. She was born May 8, 1929, in Anna, daughter of Philip and Lona Russell Caraker. She and James B. Blessing were married Dec. 6, 1947. Blessing was a member of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Ill. She had worked as church secretary at First Baptist Church in Dupo, Ill...
Carolyn Nenninger (07/02/08)
Carolyn Ann Nenninger, 68, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, June 30, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Feb. 14, 1940, in Leopold, Mo., daughter of Henry and Martha Elfrink Nenninger. Nenninger was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Cape Girardeau. She had worked at Saint Francis and the Lutheran Home in the dietary department. She will always be remembered as a loving mom, "Nanny," aunt and sister...
Alberta Schlimme (07/02/08)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Alberta L. Schlimme, 85, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, July 1, 2008, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Births 7/2/08 (07/02/08)
Parker Son to Jimmy Dale and Jennifer Elizabeth Parker II of Jackson, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 5:07 a.m. Friday, May 9, 2008. Name, Grant Jensen. Weight, 6 pounds, 9 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Parker is the former Jennifer Simmons, daughter of Joe and Joy Simmons of Jackson. She is a middle school teacher with Jackson School District. Parker is the son of Zelda Parker of Jackson, and the late Jimmy Parker. He is a driver with Coca-Cola Bottling Co...
Police report 7/2/08 (07/02/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n A subject was in custody pending charges for driving while intoxicated and failure to drive on the right side of the road. Arrests n A 14-year-old juvenile was cited in juvenile court...
Fire report 7/2/08 (07/02/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: n At 5:52 p.m., a motor vehicle accident in the 300 block of North Kingshighway. n At 6:34 p.m., a motor vehicle accident at the Mississippi River bridge. n At 7:16 p.m., an apartment fire in the unit block of South West End Boulevard...
Out of the past 7/2/08 (07/02/08)
25 years ago: July 2, 1983 The Capahas trounce the St. Louis Saints in St. Louis 24-4; all of the Caps have more than one hit, but Scott Wachter and Harold Quigely stand out above the rest; Wachter is three-four-four with four runs scored, a grand slam and five RBIs; Quigely also is three-for-four with five RBIs with a pair of doubles...
Aging TV viewers (07/02/08)
Flip on prime-time television and the message is obvious. Advertisers aim all of their ammunition at that highly prized 18-to-49-year-old group known for spending money and being wooed by flashy commercials. Thus has been the way of television advertising since the very beginning when some public relations guru in a shiny suit decided that the spendable money was in the hands of this select age group...
Skate park goal (07/02/08)
They've given themselves a name: Cape Girardeau Skate Park Association. They've given themselves a goal: $10,000 for upgraded ramps. They've washed cars and have received not-for-profit status. Cape Girardeau's skateboarders still have a lot of work to do, but they're showing signs that they're willing to earn the funds necessary to improve Cape Girardeau's skate park...
Speak Out 7/02/08 (07/02/08)
Filthy language A SAD fact about George Carlin, the comedian who died recently, was he was a great talent who used filthy language. He didn't have to use his potty mouth for a laugh. He was gifted. Comedians and stand-up comics think when they use filthy, sex-degrading language, it helps their performance. In most cases, it degrades them and their performance. Sadly, it's the norm in our entertainment world...
Online Pet of the Week (07/02/08)
Missy is a 2 year-old spayed female cat. She is declawed and litterbox trained. Missy would love a new forever home. Contact The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, (573)334-5837, see more pets available online at www.semopets.org
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