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Crews complete repairs to Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge (07/19/08)
The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge's aesthetic lighting is expected to shine again tonight for the first time since the structure was damaged Monday morning, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. A crane atop a towboat struck the underside of the bridge, causing the conduit that powered the aesthetic lighting to function improperly. MoDOT crews had been working on the project since Monday...
Challenger hands in signatures (07/19/08)
Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle is doing more than fighting District 2 Commissioner Jay Purcell in court over alleged Sunshine Law violations. Swingle has enlisted in the attempt to defeat Purcell at the polls in November. Insurance consultant Rock Finch this week filed petitions with enough signatures to put him on the ballot as an independent candidate against Purcell. ...
Traffic slowed on Interstate 55 after tire blow out, fuel leak (07/19/08)
Traffic on Interstate 55 southbound at the Cape Girardeau Airport exit slowed Friday afternoon after a vehicle's tire blew out and gas leaked from the vehicle's tank, according to the Cape Girardeau Police Department. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department was sent down to the scene to clean up the fuel spill, and the police department sent an officer to help with traffic control...
Charges refiled in dogfighting case (07/19/08)
One day after Jamie Sifford of Dudley, Mo., was sentenced to six years in prison on dogfighting charges, new charges have been filed against another man. Curtis Pickering, 29, of South Fulton, Tenn., will face the same charges that were dropped in June -- three counts of the felony of dogfighting...
Small quake reported Thursday night (07/19/08)
Small earthquake reported Thursday night Parts of the region were shaken Thursday evening as another earthquake rumbled along the Wabash seismic zone, according to the Daily Dunklin Democrat. The minor earthquake had a magnitude of 3.1, according to the U.S. ...
Cape Girardeau's new Starbucks not among stores slated to close (07/19/08)
Starbucks lovers in Cape Girardeau can breathe a sigh of relief. The location at 188 Vantage Drive is not among the 616 coffee shops that the chain has announced it will close by March. The company on Thursday released a full list of stores it plans to close. That list includes 17 Missouri locations, most of which are in the St. Louis metropolitan area...
100 Years of Homecomers: Courthouse reach century mark with festival (07/19/08)
Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series leading up to Tuesday's opening of Jackson Homecomers, which turns 100 this year. Beverly Niswonger has gotten used to the quirks at the county courthouse. After six years of dusting, mopping and planting, the creaks and groans of the century-old building are just background noise to her. ...
Huckabee to speak at GOP picnic (07/19/08)
Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will be the keynote speaker at the 13th annual Old Fashioned Family Picnic of U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson on Aug. 9, according to a news release from the congresswoman's office Friday. "Governor Huckabee is a champion for rural America," said Emerson in the release. "His presidential campaign inspired people across the country."...
Arrest made in connection with assault in September (07/19/08)
After an investigation that spanned nearly 10 months, Cape Girardeau police have made an arrest in an assault that took place in September. Marzel Davis, 50, of 514 S. Middle St., Apt. B, was arrested Thursday and faces one count of first degree assault...
95-year-old crowned queen at nursing home pageant (07/19/08)
Lottie Pylant, 95, crowned queen at the 2008 Missouri Health Care Association Ms. Nursing Home Pageant, believes that although life in unpredictable, it can be "Cherries Jubilee" if you remove the pits. The theme of this year's pageant was "Let your Beauty Shine."...
Hotel to support skywalks memorial plan (07/19/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A group seeking to build a memorial nearly 30 years after two walkways collapsed at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center is receiving support from the hotel. The announcement came Thursday, the 27th anniversary of the collapse. Also Thursday, the Skywalk Memorial Foundation unveiled a three-phase plan for the memorial in nearby Washington Square Park...
Missouri seeking federal flood buyouts for nine areas (07/19/08)
ST. LOUIS -- The state of Missouri is asking the federal government for buyouts in nine areas hit hard by flooding in March, officials said Friday. All told, the State Emergency Management Agency is seeking buyouts of 150 homes at a total cost of about $8.6 million. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will review each of the nine proposals and decide whether to fund some or all of the work, FEMA spokeswoman Crystal Payton said. It wasn't clear how long the process will take...
Poem by William Carlos Williams published at Southeast (07/19/08)
A 1921 poem by William Carlos Williams has been published, along with its story, by Southeast Missouri State University. The typed, signed manuscript of the poem was donated last year to the university by grandsons of the woman for whom the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet wrote it...
Mo. lieutenant governor has lesion removed (07/19/08)
Mo. lieutenant governor has lesion removed JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder had a precancerous lesion removed from his face. Kinder spokesman Gary McElyea said Friday that a Jefferson City dermatologist removed the growth from the Republican lieutenant governor's left cheek Tuesday. The procedure left a visible scab, but McElyea said Kinder is doing fine...
St. Louis police to change seized vehicle policy after investigation (07/19/08)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Police Department is changing the way it handles seized vehicles after a three-month internal investigation found no criminal conduct but raised ethical concerns, officials said Friday. For years, the department contracted with S&H Towing to take vehicles seized in arrests. If not claimed, the company sold those vehicles through its subsidiary, Parks Used Auto Sales...
Army shoots live pigs, treats the wounds for medical exercise (07/19/08)
HONOLULU -- The Army says it's critical to saving the lives of wounded soldiers. Animal-rights activists call the training cruel and outdated. Despite opposition by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the Army proceeded to shoot live pigs and treat their gunshot wounds in a medical trauma exercise Friday at Schofield Barracks for soldiers headed to Iraq...
Fla. keeps gator farms full by culling wild nests (07/19/08)
IN THE EVERGLADES, Fla. -- It's 7 a.m. in the marsh, and like some sort of cigar-chomping swamp cowboy, biologist Lindsey Hord is about to reach for something that could cost him a few fingers -- or worse -- if he's not careful. It's the first day of Florida's annual alligator egg collection program, a yearly ritual to replenish stocks for the state's gator farmers...
FBI: Soccer team members help subdue passenger on flight (07/19/08)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- An American Airlines flight from Boston to Los Angeles was diverted to Oklahoma City on Friday after a passenger stripped nude and later tried to open an emergency exit door before being subdued by members of a professional soccer team and others, the FBI said...
Bush drops refusal to talk about Iraq withdrawal timetable (07/19/08)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush and Iraq's prime minister have agreed to set a "general time horizon" for bringing more U.S. troops home from the war, a dramatic shift from the administration's once-ironclad unwillingness to talk about any kind of deadline or timetable...
Fast-food chains post calorie info on menus in New York City (07/19/08)
NEW YORK -- Customers at big fast-food chains in New York City are finally facing the facts about their meal choices. And for some, the truth may be hard to swallow -- like 1,130 calories for a Big Mac, medium fries and a medium soda. After months of resistance, the city's chain restaurants have begun obeying a first-of-its-kind rule requiring them to post calorie counts right on the menu...
Oil price falls again, but too early to claim trend (07/19/08)
NEW YORK -- The price of oil recorded its biggest weekly drop ever, and a gallon of gas finally pulled back from its record high. So is it time to declare the energy bubble popped? Experts won't go that far yet. "It's too early to say we've seen the worst of it," said Tom Kloza, publisher and chief oil analyst of the Oil Price Information Service in Wall, N.J. "We would be Pollyannish if we believe one week represents a trend."...
Saudis praised for taking the lead in interfaith conference (07/19/08)
MADRID, Spain -- Saudi Arabia won praise Friday for taking a leading role in an interfaith conference, with participants saying it was another sign the conservative Muslim kingdom is opening up. Rabbi David Rosen, the only Israeli who attended the three-day meeting led by Saudi King Abdullah, said he believes the oil-rich Persian Gulf kingdom also wants to reaffirm leadership in the Muslim world for fear of greater instability...
Mandela celebrates 90th birthday at home (07/19/08)
QUNU, South Africa -- Nelson Mandela sat beaming in a yellow armchair, his legs propped up on a large stool and covered with a pale yellow blanket. Ten grandchildren crowded around to serenade him with "Happy Birthday" and then smothered him with hugs and kisses...
Hundreds of dead penguins wash up on Brazilian beaches (07/19/08)
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Hundreds of baby penguins swept from the icy shores of Antarctica and Patagonia are washing up dead on Rio de Janeiro's tropical beaches, rescuers and penguin experts said Friday. More than 400 penguins, most of them young, have been found dead on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro state over the past two months, according to Eduardo Pimenta, superintendent for the state coastal protection and environment agency in the resort city of Cabo Frio...
Kaverman withdraws name from among job finalists (07/19/08)
Don Kaverman is staying put. Kaverman, Southeast Missouri State's director of athletics, said Friday that he no longer is a candidate to become the associate athletics director at Ferris State (Mich.) University. Kaverman was one of three finalists for the position at the Division II university. All three took part in on-campus interviews and public forums this week...
Capahas resume winning ways (07/19/08)
The Plaza Tire Capahas started Friday night's game 55 minutes late because Evansville, Ind., had car problems on the way to Cape Girardeau. It was worth the wait for the Capahas, who bounced back from a rare loss to post a 6-1 victory. The Capahas improved to 23-5, after they had an eight-game winning streak snapped Tuesday at Fairview Heights, Ill. Evansville is 22-14...
Tiger-less Open turns retro (07/19/08)
SOUTHPORT, England -- Tiger Woods on crutches was supposed to be a chance for someone else to seize the spotlight at the British Open. Greg Norman wasn't the guy anyone had in mind. Neither was David Duval. Indeed, Royal Birkdale proved to be fertile ground for fairy tales on Friday...
Don't wait too long (07/19/08)
"I would love to go out west, just driving," Lois said. She named other places she would like to see. She spoke about vacationing with her husband, but they were waiting until both could retire. The two had avid plans for that future time. "Don't wait until you retire before enjoying life, before taking some trips and pursuing interests you'd like to attempt," I advised. "It may be too late."...
Slow down to stop the voices (07/19/08)
Rupert did everything quickly. He drove, shopped, worked and even slept quickly. His reputation for efficiency, intuition, decisiveness in his business brought him the success and wealth he had set out to achieve. All the while there was a ghost haunting him within. Instead of howling indistinguishable sounds from within his soul there was a chant: "If you have all this, why are you unhappy?"...
Religion briefs 7/19/08 (07/19/08)
Orthodox Christian Mission forms An Orthodox Christian mission start-up meeting will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Show Me Center. Evangelist Peter Gillquist from the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese's Department of Missions and Evangelism will address those interested in starting an Orthodox Christian mission parish in Cape Girardeau and with anyone wishing to learn about Orthodox Christianity. ...
Perry County Lutheran singers embark on weekend concert tour (07/19/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The Perry County Lutheran Chorale is taking God on the road. The chorale, under the direction of Tyson Wunderlich, will embark on a limited-engagement tour entitled "Praise to Our Shepherd! Praise to Our King!" the weekend of July 25 to 27. Concert locations will include Campus Lutheran Churchin Columbia, Mo.; St. Mark Lutheran Church in Lee's Summit, Mo.; and Trinity Lutheran Church in Cole Camp, Mo...
Fans line up for new Batman movie (07/19/08)
NEW YORK -- Thousands of Batman fans finally got what they were waiting for Friday as sold-out midnight showings of "The Dark Knight" kicked off a weekend of screenings across the country. Media By Numbers, a tracking firm, said the Warner Bros. movie set a box office record for a midnight debut, bringing in $18.5 million Friday from its midnight screening in 3,040 theaters...
Tomato scare ending, but people's fears linger (07/19/08)
WASHINGTON -- The tomato scare may be over, but it has taken a toll -- it's cost the industry an estimated $100 million and left millions of people with a new wariness about the safety of everyday foods. An Associated Press-Ipsos poll finds that nearly half of consumers have changed their eating and buying habits in the past six months because they're afraid they could get sick by eating contaminated food...
In tight times, practicality saves money (07/19/08)
NEW YORK -- Give up worldly goods and help save the Earth. Oh, and save lots of money. As the economy worsens, one group of Americans is turning to an Earth-friendly way of life as a hardline strategy for saving. The Compact started a few years ago in San Francisco as a group of people who vowed to shun consumer culture for a year in the name of conservation. Now it has more than 9,000 members and spinoff groups are sprouting up across the country...
Iva Bollinger (07/19/08)
Iva Bollinger GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Iva L. Bollinger, 60, of Glenallen died Thursday, July 17, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 11, 1947, at Bessville, Mo., daughter of Charley L. and Ethel M. Tooman Skaggs. She and the Rev. Walter Shipley were married Nov. 14, 1964. He died Nov. 8, 1990. She later married Ed Bollinger...
Betty Holland (07/19/08)
Betty Holland Betty J. Holland, 71, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, July 17, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Dec. 20, 1936, in Crump, daughter of James Otis and Roxie Beatrice McClain Moore. She and Harold Holland were married in 1957 in Mississippi...
Norma Lewis (07/19/08)
Norma Lewis DESOTO, Mo. -- Norma Jean Lewis, 84, of DeSoto died Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at The Villas in DeSoto. She was born April 3, 1924, in Waverly, Tenn., daughter of Tom and Artillia Wooverton Crawford. She married James Edgar Lewis, who preceded her in death...
Mildred Murphy (07/19/08)
Mildred Murphy Mildred D. Stotts Murphy, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, July 18, 2008, at the Baptist Home in Ironton, Mo. She was born Dec. 30, 1912, in Dirigo, Ky., daughter of Joe and Cordia Campbell Stotts. She and Milburn Murphy were married Aug. 3, 1935, in Sparksville, Ky. He died in 1986...
Dolores Pautler (07/19/08)
Dolores Pautler MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Dolores Imogene (Glasford) Pautler, 75, of Murphysboro passed away Thursday, July 17, 2008, at her residence. Dolores was born March 23, 1933, in Carbondale, Ill., daughter of Lawrence Glasford, Sr. and Velma (Adams) Glasford...
Fire Report 7/19/08 (07/19/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 3:47 p.m., emergency medical service at Doctors Park. n At 8:38 p.m., an alarm at 1157 N. Kingshighway. Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: n At 1:23 a.m., a citizen assist in the 2800 block of Magnolia Ave...
Police Report 7/19/08 (07/19/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Angela D. Franklin, 35, of Sikeston, Mo., was arrested on three Cape Girardeau warrants for contempt of court and failure to pay fine and cost for speeding, seat-belt and motor vehicle financial responsibility requirements...
Out of the past 7/19/08 (07/19/08)
25 years ago: July 19, 1983 Changing Broadway back to a two-way street between Pacific and Lorimier streets will be postponed until mid-September because of a delay in the shipping of the new signal lights. The Jackson Board of Aldermen last night formally approved a resolution calling for improvements along U.S. ...
Tax incentives don't bring real economic growth (07/19/08)
By Joseph Haslag Bombardier Aerospace has announced that it will produce its new jets in Canada rather than in Missouri. For Bombardier's shareholders, this location decision rests on where the directors believe its share prices will be highest. In announcing its decision, Bombardier indicated that it received repayable investments from Canada and the province of Quebec as well as Northern Ireland and the British government...
Keeping her cool (07/19/08)
Life is unpredictable in so many ways. Katherine Moshiri of Jackson learned that hard lesson last December when her husband, Mir Shahin Moshiri, turned a gun on her, her 16-year-old son Michael Jeffers, her 4-year-old daughter Madison and 2-year-old daughter Meghan and then himself. Katherine and Meghan somehow survived...
Energy prices don't cause inflation (07/19/08)
To the editor: "Inflation Surges on Energy Prices" trumpeted a Wall Street Journal headline Wednesday. From the AP the same day, "Consumer prices shot up in June ... with two-thirds of the surge blamed on soaring energy prices." A week before, the Missourian ran an article on the inflation in Saudi Arabia. ...
Speak Out 7/19/08 (07/19/08)
Fine the litter bums THE PROBLEM with litter is the existing laws are not enforced. I'm tired of hearing how citizen groups are expected to pick up after the bums who litter. Fine the dickens out of people who do the littering. It sounds like Cape Girardeau would rather put an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff rather than a fence at the top...
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