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Fallen tree limb responsible for Thursday evening Cape Girardeau power outage (09/05/08)
A fallen tree limb is responsible for a Thursday evening power outage in Cape Girardeau that affected about 1,100 AmerenUE customers. Around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, a tree limb came in contact with a power line near 3210 Independence St., according to AmerenUE spokesman Michael Cleary. All but 162 residents had their power restored by 10:42 p.m. The remaining customers had power restored by 1:30 a.m. while repairs were being completed...
Website reports Nov. 7 release for 'Killshot' (09/05/08)
"Killshot," the movie based on an Elmore Leonard novel that included a week of production in Cape Girardeau, will be released in theaters on Nov. 7 according to the Web site of the Harvey Weinstein Co. The film, long-anticipated locally, has been given release dates in the past that have not been met. When production crews under director John Madden were in Cape Girardeau in January 2006, the anticipated release date was in the fall of that year...
SEMO District Fair parade to close streets, restrict parking (09/05/08)
Special traffic arrangements will be in place in the area around Arena Park for the SEMO District Fair, according to a news release from the Cape Girardeau Police Department. The fair begins Saturday. "No Parking" signs will be placed around Arena Park today and will be enforced beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. All vehicles parked in a "No Parking" or "Restricted Parking" area will be towed at the owner's expense, according to the news release...
Poplar Bluff kindergarten center destroyed by fire Thursday (09/05/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Mark Twain Kindergarten Center was empty when bells rang Thursday after an early morning fire destroyed four modular buildings that served as classrooms and special purpose rooms for more than 120 of the campus' approximately 400 students...
Nell Holcomb to showcase completed renovations Sept. 14 (09/05/08)
After losing the use of a gymnasium, four classrooms and a teacher's lounge for a year, teachers and students are finding the "detours" caused by construction were worth it, Nell Holcomb superintendent Darryl Pannier said. In August, students returned to an expanded gym, new music and art classrooms, an updated computer lab and more parking. The $2.2 million upgrade will be showcased during a dedication at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 and an open house following until 4 p.m...
Chaffee water passes DNR test (09/05/08)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- After 11 tests for bacteria showed no problem with Chaffee's public drinking water, Missouri Department of Natural Resources officials lifted a boil-water order Thursday. The order was issued Aug. 26 after a DNR inspector found virtually no chlorine in the city's water system. ...
Big benefit to be held Saturday for Illinois blues singer (09/05/08)
A music benefit and silent auction will be held for Illinois blues singer "Big" Larry Williams at 6 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion hall in Jackson. Doug and Danny Rees and Friends will play, followed by Bruce Zimmerman and the Water Street Band, with Big Larry making guest appearances on stage throughout the night. Big Larry, 81, suffered injuries during the 2008 ice storm and was hospitalized early this year due to complications from a prior operation...
Cape police still trying to identify shooter who wounded 3 (09/05/08)
Cape Girardeau police are seeking help to identify a suspect or suspects who wounded three teens Wednesday evening on South Hanover Street. Investigators recovered evidence identifying the type of gun used to wound the three, all males, but have not been able to determine who fired the shots...
Cape Girardeau police arrest 5 undocumented immigrants (09/05/08)
Five undocumented immigrants were arrested by a Cape Girardeau police officer who recognized one of them when he saw him driving and knew the man did not have a license, department spokesman Barry Hovis said Thursday. Gilberto F. Hernandez, 40, Javier Claudio-Gutierrez, 21, and Masendonio Sotelo-Pina, 29, all of 624 Boxwood Drive, Apt. ...
Cape judge fills in on state Supreme Court (09/05/08)
The open chair at the Missouri Supreme Court, vacated by Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. of Cape Girardeau when he took a post on the federal bench, was temporarily filled Thursday by another Cape Girardeau jurist, Circuit Judge Ben Lewis. The seven-member court regularly calls on other members of the judiciary to fill in when there is a vacancy or when a sitting member has a conflict of interest. ...
Jackson man seriously injured in Thursday evening car accident (09/05/08)
A Jackson man was seriously injured Thursday evening as the vehicle he was driving ran off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment and tree off County Road 335, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol crash reports Web site. The 2001 Mercedes driven by Tracy L. Kaminskey, 44, was totaled...
Jackson courthouse elevator needs $45,000 hydraulic cylinder (09/05/08)
An Aug. 29 state inspection as of the county elevators has resulted in an order to replace a hydraulic cylinder of the county courthouse elevator. The Cape Girardeau County Commission heard the news from county public works director Don McQuay at the board's Thursday meeting...
Legislative campaign finance reports released (09/05/08)
Legislative candidate Wayne Wallingford added $8,000 of his own money to his campaign war chest in the final days of the primary campaign in Cape Girardeau, but it wasn't enough. Wallingford wound up the race for the Republican nomination in the 158th District by spending $500 more than the winning candidate, Clint Tracy. ...
Roadwork to close one lane of I-55 near Benton (09/05/08)
SCOTT COUNTY, Mo. -- The southbound lane of Interstate 55 will be reduced to one lane with a 16-foot width restriction Tuesday and Wednesday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews repair the roadway's shoulders. The work will be performed on the Route 77 overpass near Benton, Mo. Weather permitting, work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, call MoDOT at 888-275-6636...
Independence Street work moves to next stage (09/05/08)
Starting today Independence Street will be closed from Hanover Street to midblock between Park Avenue and West End Boulevard. This portion of work will be completed within 30 to 40 days. The city suggests considering alternate routes. Businesses will remain open...
Man dies, 3 hurt in St. Charles fire (09/05/08)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) -- One man is dead and three people are injured after a fire at a St. Charles apartment building. The fire broke out around 7:20 a.m. Friday at the Pralle (PRAY'-lee) Lane Apartment Complex. Firefighters rescued four people from different apartments who were trapped in the building...
Neo-Nazi group: We don't need permit to picket in Columbia (09/05/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Even though they were denied parade and special event permits, a neo-Nazi group plans to assemble in Columbia on the same day as the Missouri-Kansas State game. The National Socialist Movement says it doesn't need a permit to gather, and may do just that on Nov. 8. Police denied the group's application, saying that there wouldn't be enough officers to cover the game and the event, as well as provide usual protections in the city...
Homicide ruled in death of Columbia woman found in trunk (09/05/08)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- The death of a 53-year-old Columbia woman whose body was found in her car trunk has been ruled a homicide by investigators. A completed autopsy report was released this week by the Boone County medical examiner's office. Investigators are not releasing the exact cause of Helen Sanders' death, although they confirmed that drowning is one possibility...
Biden to campaign in Missouri (09/05/08)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden will campaign in Missouri on Tuesday. The Delaware senator is slated to meet with voters to discuss the country's economic challenges. Campaign officials have not indicated which city Biden will visit...
City Hall volunteer proposal to be reconsidered at KC (09/05/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A proposal to keep the Kansas City mayor and council members from having their close family members volunteer at City Hall will get another look. Council members who support the measure failed to get the nine votes they needed Thursday. Questions about discrepancies came up, and officials have decided to refine the ordinance...
Cell phone leads to kidnapped teen (09/05/08)
WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- Cell phone technology helps lead to the rescue of a teenage girl and the arrest of the man who allegedly abducted her. Authorities say 31-year-old Brian Bennett of California is in custody following his arrest on Tuesday in the eastern Missouri town of Wentzville. The 17-year-old victim is back with her parents in South Carolina...
Man convicted in 1994 rape case after DNA match (09/05/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Thanks to a DNA match, a Jackson County jury convicts a 39-year-old man of a 1994 sexual assault. Jurors found Gregg A. Maples guilty Thursday night of forcible sodomy and forcible rape in a May 1994 sexual assault on a 20-year-old woman in her Kansas City home...
Police: Dozen shots fired at St. Louis officers (09/05/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis police captured one suspect but are still seeking a second after officers were shot at more than a dozen times. The incident happened about 2 a.m. Friday near the Saint Louis University campus. Police say someone shot at officers then took off in a vehicle...
Mo. execution scheduled for Sept. 17 delayed (09/05/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- For the second time in less than a month, the Missouri Supreme Court has given a reprieve to a death row inmate. John Middleton was scheduled to die by injection Sept. 17 for the 1995 shooting deaths of three people in northwest Missouri. But late Wednesday, the state Supreme Court issued a stay of execution. The court also set an Oct. 7 date to hear oral arguments on a legal challenge filed by Middleton and other inmates and death penalty opponents...
Algae power: project places plants at power plants (09/05/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Now this could provide some truly green power. A pair of Missouri universities and electric companies announced plans Friday to use the carbon dioxide pollution from coal-fired power plants to grow green pond scum that could be turned into biofuel...
Region briefs 9/5/08 (09/05/08)
Castro daughter to speak at SIU-Carbondale CARBONDALE, Ill. — The daughter of former Cuban president Fidel Castro is coming to Carbondale. Alina Fernandez is scheduled to speak Sept. 29 at Southern Illinois University's student center as part of Latino Heritage Month. ...
Gustav's leftovers arrive in Mo. (09/05/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Rains left over from Hurricane Gustav drenched Missouri on Thursday, resulting in scattered road closures and reports of minor flooding in low-lying areas. The National Weather Service said wet weather left over from the hurricane that hit the Gulf Coast Monday hovered over Arkansas for a few days before dropping as much as 6 inches of rain in Missouri on Wednesday and Thursday...
Horse attacked; some residents blaming a cougar (09/05/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Is a cougar stalking prey in eastern Missouri? Some residents think so, following recent alleged attacks of a buffalo and a horse on separate but neighboring properties in Jefferson County, and following other sightings in recent months of a potentially dangerous animal that hasn't been indigenous to Missouri for more than 80 years...
Nebraska man sues prosecutor to get leg back (09/05/08)
ALLIANCE, Neb. -- After being shot five times, a western Nebraska man had to go to court to get his prosthetic leg back from prosecutors. The Box Butte County Attorney's office gave Val McCabe's leg back Wednesday after a judge ordered it returned...
NASA moves Atlantis to launch pad (09/05/08)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA moved shuttle Atlantis to the launch pad Thursday for a flight next month to the Hubble Space Telescope after being waylaid by a pair of tropical storms. Atlantis is supposed to blast off on NASA's final visit to Hubble on Oct. 8, but it is expected to be delayed a couple of days because of work lost to Tropical Storms Fay and Hanna. A technical problem with the hookup between the shuttle and its external fuel tank also stalled operations...
FEMA may cover hotel costs for some hurricane evacuees (09/05/08)
NEW ORLEANS -- The federal government says it will pay hotel expenses for some of the nearly 2 million people who fled their homes ahead of Hurricane Gustav, but exactly who will be eligible for assistance and how much it will cost taxpayers is uncertain...
Facebook to test New Jersey's Web icon for reporting abuse (09/05/08)
TRENTON, N.J. -- The popular social networking website Facebook has agreed to test replacing its own link for reporting abuse with a bigger one developed by the New Jersey attorney general's office. Under the agreement announced Wednesday, Facebook will display a "Report Abuse!" icon on a small fraction of its pages that display videos instead of its own link for reporting objectionable material...
Jack Abramoff sentenced to four years in prison in political corruption scandal (09/05/08)
WASHINGTON -- Jack Abramoff, the once powerful lobbyist at the heart of a far-reaching political corruption scandal, was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday by a judge who said the case had shattered the public's confidence in government. Abramoff, who fought back tears as he declared himself a broken man, appeared crestfallen as the judge handed down a sentence lengthier than prosecutors had sought...
McCain tells convention, nation he'll bring change (09/05/08)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- John McCain, a POW turned political rebel, vowed Thursday night to vanquish the "constant partisan rancor" that grips Washington as he launched his fall campaign for the White House. "Change is coming," he promised the roaring Republican National Convention and a prime-time television audience...
Gene domino effect behind some types of tumors (09/05/08)
WASHINGTON -- Scientists have mapped the cascade of genetic changes that turn normal cells in the brain and pancreas into two of the most lethal cancers. The result points to a new approach for fighting tumors and maybe even catching them sooner. Genes blamed for one person's brain tumor were different from the culprits for the next patient, making the puzzle of cancer genetics even more complicated...
Iraq to open Saddam Hussein abuse museum at Abu Ghraib (09/05/08)
BAGHDAD -- The notorious Abu Ghraib prison is getting a facelift: work to reopen the facility and construct a museum documenting Saddam Hussein's crimes -- but not the abuses committed there by U.S. guards. The sprawling complex, which has not held prisoners since 2006, will be refurbished with the goal of taking new inmates in about a year, the government said Thursday...
Tropical Storm Hanna's floods cause chaos, desperation in Haiti (09/05/08)
GONAIVES, Haiti -- Floodwaters frustrated efforts by Argentine peacekeepers to distribute food at orphanages marooned by Tropical Storm Hanna on Thursday. They hunkered down in their base as desperate people begged for food and water outside the gates...
Asian elephant cured of addiction to heroin after three years in rehab (09/05/08)
BEIJING -- An Asian elephant that became addicted to heroin at the hands of illegal traders will return home after a three-year rehab program, Chinese state media said Thursday. Xiguang, a 4-year-old male Asian elephant, became addicted after he was captured by smugglers along the Chinese-Myanmar border in March 2005. The traders fed the elephant bananas laced with heroin as bait and to pacify the creature, the official Xinhua News Agency said...
Super Bowl champs debut with victory (09/05/08)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants won the Super Bowl with defense and they kicked off defense of that title with more of the same. Playing without Pro Bowl linemen Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora, New York limited the new-look Washington Redskins to 11 first downs and 209 total yards and gave indications that these Giants are back for another run in a 16-7 victory that ushered in the NFL season Thursday night...
Jackson takes crash courses to ready for Sunday's opener (09/05/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Steven Jackson says he's ready to go, despite a long holdout, as the St. Louis Rams open the season Sunday in Philadelphia. Jackson held out for 27 days while seeking a new contract and missed training camp in Wisconsin. He came back and signed a six-year, $44-million contract...
Tonight's high school football games (09/05/08)
Jackson (0-1) at Parkway South (0-1) Last week: Riverview Gardens 32, Jackson 31; St. Louis University High School 20, Parkway South 10. Last year: These two teams did not meet in 2007. Outlook: Parkway South, a Class 6 school that in 2007 went 4-6, including one win by forfeit, played well last week in a 20-10 loss to St. ...
2008 high school cross country capsules (09/05/08)
Notre Dame Bulldogs Coach: Bill Davis 2007 postseason results: Second place in district, third place in Class 3 Returning starters: Logan Davis, sr.; Dillon Klaffer, sr.; Wynn McClellan, jr.; Matt Reinagel, sr.; Ryan Johnson, jr. Other top returning runners: Cody Moore, jr.; David Willems, jr.; Michael Bohn, jr.; Lance Essner, so.; Austin Kight, so.; Nick Reinagel, sr.; Alex Stone, sr.; Lance Garrett, sr...
ND cross country enters special year for coach, son (09/05/08)
Notre Dame cross country coach Bill Davis said one of the best moments he shared with his son, senior Logan Davis, while coaching him the past three years came when the Bulldogs won the Class 2 state meet in 2005. Logan, just a freshman at the time, was the squad's third-best runner...
Saxony Lutheran nets 2 OT win against Central in ND Soccerfest (09/05/08)
Andrew Etzold scored in double overtime Thursday to give the Saxony Lutheran boys soccer team a 1-0 victory against Central at the Notre Dame Soccerfest. Bryant Steffens recorded the shutout for the Crusaders (2-0), who will play Carbondale at 6 p.m. today...
MU wears game face for Southeast (09/05/08)
Missouri is the country's sixth-ranked Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) team. The Tigers have legitimate national championship aspirations. Southeast Missouri State is picked to finish last in the Ohio Valley Conference of the Football Championship Subdivision (the former Division I-AA)...
Culpepper fails to find QB job, calls it a career (09/05/08)
MIAMI -- Daunte Culpepper summed up his thoughts Thursday in two words, which ushered in the start of a new era for the former Pro Bowl quarterback. "Farewell NFL," he wrote. With that, a career once filled with such promise came to a most unceremonious end...
Roddick encounters loss in U.S. Open quarterfinals (09/05/08)
NEW YORK -- Novak Djokovic heard what Andy Roddick said about him and didn't like it one bit. Still, as much motivation as Djokovic might have derived from that, and as well as he played in their U.S. Open quarterfinal Thursday night, Roddick's own uncharacteristic serving miscues had a lot to do with the 2003 champion's 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) loss...
River City wants talent (09/05/08)
The City of Roses Music Heritage Association needs talented young musicians for the River City's Got Talent competition that coincides with the River City Music Festival Sept. 26 and 27. Students in two categories can show off their vocal or instrumental talents on stage at the festival. The younger group consists of musicians in grades six to nine; the second is students in 10th through 12th grades...
Fashion statement: T-shirt irony gives way to love, peace, recycling (09/05/08)
LAS VEGAS — It wasn't so long ago that pop queens sparked the "message" T-shirt fad with tops telling no one in particular "Dump him" or "I stole your boyfriend." We may all be pleased to learn we've evolved. Or at least our T-shirts have...
neXt up 9/5/08 (09/05/08)
FRIDAY n New movies "Bangkok Dangerous" Rated R, running time 1 hour 48 mins. @ Cape West 14 Cine "Henry Poole is Here" Rated PG, running time 1 hour 40 mins. @ Town Plaza Cinema n Tunes at Twilight featuring The Cantrells: Common Pleas Courthouse gazebo, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m...
Hooked on science: Air takes up space (09/05/08)
Here's a cool experiment that proves air takes up space. Materials: Instructions: STEP 1: Fill the bowl will water. STEP 2: Wad the napkin and push it into the bottom of the plastic cup. STEP 3: Turn the plastic cup over and submerge the cup completely into the bowl of water...
Kathy Griffin, Don Rickles paired for Emmy show (09/05/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Kathy Griffin, who shook up an Emmy ceremony last year with her rowdy acceptance speech, is bringing her act to this year's prime-time awards show. Griffin and Don Rickles, a comedian who's legendary for his combative style, will team up as presenters at the Sept. 21 ceremony airing on ABC, the TV academy says...
Elsie Bethards (09/05/08)
COBDEN, Ill. — Elsie Lorene Bethards, 83, of Cobden, formerly of Villa Ridge, Ill., died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008, at her home. She was born April 5, 1925, in Carterville, Ill., daughter of Walter and Grace Keener Hawkins. She and Gerald Bethards were married Nov. 9, 1944. He died April 7, 1994...
Opal Hurst (09/05/08)
Opal Hurst, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Ruth Hager (09/05/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Ruth A. Hager, 65, of Perryville died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born April 26, 1943, in St. Louis, daughter of Clements T. and Leona M. Ponder Meyer. She and John A. Hager Sr. were married April 11, 1965. He died Feb. 29, 2008...
Stephanie Thompson (09/05/08)
CHAFFEE, Mo. — Stephanie Gail Thompson, 54, of Chaffee died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, at her home. She was born July 14, 1954, in Chicago, daughter of Elvin Earl and Ruth Adams Ladd. She and Dennis Thompson were married Dec. 4, 1970, in Jackson...
Joyce Ernst (09/05/08)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Joyce A. Ernst, 57, of Perryville died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 25, 1950, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Gilbert and Gladys Moore Ernst. Ernst was a 1969 graduate of St. Vincent High School and a graduate of Gradwall Lab. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and its Ladies Sodality...
Joe Blakemore (09/05/08)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. — Joe Blakemore, 95, of Olive Branch died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Ill. He was born Aug. 3, 1913, in Lakewood, Ill., son of James Franklin and Amy Roberts Blakemore. He and Ruth Kinder were married Oct. 31, 1936...
Births 9/5/08 (09/05/08)
Ogles Son to Ricky and Amy Ogles of Memphis, Tenn., Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women in Memphis, 10:10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2008. Name, Caden Lyle. Weight, 7 pounds, 2 ounces. First child. Mrs. Ogles is the former Amy Dewrock, daughter of Gene and Michelle Dewrock of Cape Girardeau. She is a senior financial analyst with AutoZone. Ogles is the son of Jerry and Jane Ogles of Cape Girardeau. He is a fourth year medical student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis...
Police report 9/5/08 (09/05/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Brandon T. Singleton, 38, 906 N. West End Blvd., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and failure to maintain a single lane...
Fire report 9/5/08 (09/05/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: n At 7:46 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1100 block of Linden Street. n At 8:33 p.m., a still alarm at 701 Bellevue St. n At 11:39 p.m., emergency medical service in the 700 block of North Missouri Avenue...
Out of the past 9/5/08 (09/05/08)
25 years ago: Sept. 5, 1983 Labor Day. A former Scott City resident, Monica Heuring, is appearing as Faye in Neil Simon's "Chapter Two" at the Sierra Madre Playhouse near Los Angeles; Heuring received her B.S. degree from Southeast Missouri State University, majoring in speech and theater...
Reason 1,277 that we need grandkids (09/05/08)
Editor's note: This column originally appeared Sept. 8, 2006. Some youngsters go to the fair and stand on their tiptoes so they can get past the "You must be this tall" signs in front of some of the scariest rides. I was never one of those youngsters...
90: The new 70 (09/05/08)
Last week, the Southeast Missourian and our older adult magazine, TBY: The Best Years, featured inspiring stories of men still making a difference. The first was about a man named Phillips Brown, who is 90 years old. He participates in the Meals on Wheels program, delivering more than 30 meals every day on 90-minute routes. He's been helping out since his wife died in 1996. The retired university professor also occasionally rides his bike to the center...
GOP rhetoric raises some unanswered questions (09/05/08)
To the editor; I just finished listening to the Republican National Convention coverage and the various speeches leading up to that of vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. However, the boosterism and rhetoric that was applauded by those on the convention center floor leaves many unanswered questions...
Speak Out 9/5/08 (09/05/08)
No bike parking A month or so back you ran an article about bike lanes and other bike-related matters in Cape Girardeau. I am all for bike lanes, but getting to places on a bike isn't the problem. In my opinion, the problem currently is that when you get somewhere you have no place to put your bike. ...
SMSC Stars U-11 soccer team wins championship (09/05/08)
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