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Chaffee under boil-water order again (09/08/08)
The city of Chaffee has announced a second boil water order has been issued by a Missouri Department of Natural Resources inspector.The city was under a 10-day order issued Aug. ...
Country singer Currington plays to 1,300 at Poplar Bluff (09/08/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Country singer Billy Currington kicked off the fall entertainment season at the Black River Coliseum with a concert Saturday night. Coliseum officials said this morning the concert drew more than 1,300 fans...
East Cape Girardeau County shooting was attempted murder-suicide (09/08/08)
A woman who was shot earlier this afternoon at an east Cape Girardeau County residence was conscious and interacting with emergency personnel when she was taken to the hospital, but her suspected shooter was dead, said Cape Girardeau County Chief Deputy David James.Police are currently withholding the names pending notification of family members and the relationship between victim and shooter.The shooting victim had multiple gunshot wounds from a small caliber revolver, James said. ...
Mid-America Hotels adds $10,000 to county park land price (09/08/08)
Cape Girardeau County commissioners voted 2 to 1 to accept an amendment to the sale price of a 1.24-acre strip of county park land. The amendment adds $10,000 to the agreed upon sale price of $350,000, to be used for landscaping. In the original agreement, the purchaser, Mid-America Hotels, had agreed to plant a tree screen. ...
Animal shows keep the fun going at fair (09/08/08)
Early on Sunday morning, before the SEMO District Fair rides cranked to life and while many booths and food stands remain curtained and silent, a small crowd gathered in an open-sided building on the edge of the fairgrounds for the SEMO Showdown VI...
Police: 'Very few leads to develop' as arson investigation continues (09/08/08)
The most recent of only two unsolved Cape Girardeau County-Bollinger County Major Case Squad homicides still remains a mystery several months later, police say. An arson in April at a residence on South Pacific Street that resulted in the death of 42-year-old George E. Robinson was heavily investigated by the case squad under current commander David James for the first 48 hours, but no arrests were made...
Uranium tests may be opportunity for county (09/08/08)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Landowners in Mississippi County should look at offers to survey for uranium as an opportunity, according to Commissioner Martin Lucas. During the regular county commission meeting Thursday, Lucas voiced his support for the efforts to determine how much uranium is within the county...
Election gaining youth interest (09/08/08)
Adam Gohn and Matt Heisserer have had doors slammed in their faces and insults hurled at them. Ken Griffin has had people threaten to call the police on him. Lauren Robb has been stiffed on tips as a waitress when she mentions her political affiliation...
Police release name of man killed by KC officers (09/08/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Police have released the name of the man shot and killed by Kansas City officers after he swung a sword at them. A police statement Monday identified the man as 54-year-old Marvin Parker. Officers responding to a call early Sunday about a person yelling in the street arrived to find Parker holding an object they later determined to be a sword...
Ag Secretary defends ethanol production (09/08/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer says it's wrong to blame ethanol mandates for the high cost of fuel and food. During a speech Monday to a group of business writers and editors, Schafer said ethanol blend gasoline actually saves between 20 cents and 35 cents a gallon. But Schafer acknowledged that the country must develop a comprehensive energy policy that includes all types of energy...
Report cites delay in help for dying Mo. inmate (09/08/08)
TROY, Mo. (AP) -- A Lincoln County jail inmate suffered seizures for more than 30 minutes before anyone called an ambulance, a published report said Monday. But by the time help arrived it was too late for accused killer Charles Benoit, who had been locked up in the Lincoln County Jail for 15 months. He died on March 10 -- the day he was expected to plead guilty and go to prison for life for killing a motel clerk...
Biden plans stops in Columbia, St. Louis area (09/08/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Preparations continue for Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden's visit to Missouri on Tuesday. The Delaware senator will host a town hall meeting at 9:30 a.m. at the Activity and Recreation Center in Columbia. At 2 p.m., he'll speak to voters at Mehlville High School in south St. Louis County. Those planning to attend either event are urged to arrive early...
Berkeley police believe man killed wife, self (09/08/08)
BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities in the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley suspect that a 37-year-old man stabbed his wife to death, then committed suicide. Authorities found Kenneth Porter dead in a car in St. Louis city Monday after apparently shooting himself in the head...
McCain, Palin criticize Obama on earmarks (09/08/08)
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) -- John McCain and Sarah Palin criticized Democrat Barack Obama over the amount of money he has requested for his home state of Illinois, even though Alaska under Palin's leadership has asked Washington for 10 times more money per citizen for pet projects...
McCain, Palin in Missouri for 2nd time in 8 days (09/08/08)
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate John McCain is back in Missouri for his second campaign event in eight days. Thousands of people are lining up outside -- despite the threat of rain -- for the chance to see McCain and running mate Sarah Palin at a Lee's Summit retirement community...
3 named as finalists for St. Louis public schools (09/08/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- School administrators from New Orleans, North Carolina and Rhode Island are finalists for the top job for the St. Louis School District. The district announced the three finalists on Monday. Kelvin Adams is chief of staff for the Recovery School District in New Orleans...
McCain, Palin in Missouri for 2nd time in 8 days (09/08/08)
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate John McCain is back in Missouri for his second campaign event in eight days. Thousands of people lined up outside -- despite the threat of rain -- for the chance to see McCain and running mate Sarah Palin at a Lee's Summit retirement community Monday...
Credit unions to help Ill. agencies with college aid (09/08/08)
CHICAGO -- Eight Illinois credit unions have partnered with two state agencies to provide $100 million in financial aid for college students through a new program designed to plug funding gaps brought by the nation's credit crunch, state officials announced Sunday...
Plans up in the air for rail bridge considered as part of Katy Trail (09/08/08)
BOONVILLE, Mo. -- The U.S. Coast Guard has scheduled a public meeting for later this month to review plans to remove a drawbridge that spans the Missouri River. The meeting, scheduled for Sept. 30 at the Isle of Capri Casino, is expected to draw dozens of people still hoping to preserve the structure...
Popular cafe at state fair serves last meal (09/08/08)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- Gene Brockman has served his last breakfast, marking the end of an era at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. In 1957, the building across from the Coliseum between the horse barns became Brockman's Cafe. Brockman, 80, of La Monte, Mo., and his late wife, Sue, began serving breakfast and lunch to fairgoers more than 50 years ago...
Burglar wakes man with spice rub (09/08/08)
FRESNO, Calif. -- Authorities say they've arrested a man who broke into the home of two California farmworkers, stole money, rubbed one with spices and whacked the other with a sausage before fleeing. Fresno County sheriff's Lt. Ian Burrimond said 22-year-old Antonio Vasquez was found hiding in a field wearing only a T-shirt, boxers and socks after the Saturday morning attack...
'Flying' fish breaks Ark. teenager's jaw (09/08/08)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- It's a fishing tale that packs a wallop so strong it broke the jaw of a southeastern Arkansas teen and covered him in fish blood and guts. Seth Russell, 15, of Crossett, was cruising Lake Chicot on a large inner tube towed by a boat when a silver Asian carp leaped from the water and smacked him in the face. Seth was knocked unconscious...
Bush hosts last T-ball game of his term (09/08/08)
WASHINGTON -- With only about four months left in office, President Bush hosted his last T-ball game on the South Lawn Sunday, ending a tradition he's carried on for seven years. For Sunday's matchup, the 20th and final game in the series, the president and first lady Laura Bush invited sons and daughters of active-duty members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard...
Ailing Kennedy plans to return to Senate in January (09/08/08)
WASHINGTON — Sen. Edward Kennedy, who has brain cancer, will not be on Capitol Hill this week when Congress returns from its summer break. He intends to work from his Massachusetts home this fall and return to the Senate in January. A Kennedy aide said Sunday that the Democratic lawmaker's doctors are pleased with his progress, but want him to keep working from home through the fall...
U.S. Government takes over mortgage giants (09/08/08)
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration's seizure of troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is potentially a $200 billion bet that it will help reverse a prolonged housing and credit crisis. The historic move announced Sunday won support from both presidential campaigns, but private analysts worried that it may not be enough to stabilize the slumping housing market given the glut of vacant homes for sale, rising foreclosures, rising unemployment and weak consumer confidence...
Auto industry wants $50B in federal loans (09/08/08)
WASHINGTON -- Auto industry allies hope to secure up to $50 billion in government loans this month that would pay to modernize plants and help struggling car makers build more fuel-efficient vehicles. With Congress returning this coming week from its summer break, the industry plans an aggressive lobbying campaign for the low-interest loans. The situation is growing dire after months of tumbling sales, high gasoline prices and consumers' abandoning profitable trucks and sport utility vehicles...
Owner: Ride's over at Coney Island amusement park (09/08/08)
NEW YORK -- When reports circulated over the weekend of a last-minute deal to keep Coney Island's historic Astroland amusement park open for another year, owner Carol Hill Albert was not amused. Indeed, her tone was bitter as she described plans to close the park Sunday night in lieu of an agreement with the city or with private developer Thor Equities, which have competing plans for the 3-acre Brooklyn site...
Florida Keys residents weigh evacuation (09/08/08)
KEY WEST, Fla. -- With powerful Hurricane Ike on an uncertain course toward the Gulf of Mexico, many on these low-lying islands took a wait-and-see approach to evacuation orders Sunday, perhaps a harbinger of the attitudes to come from Louisiana and Texas residents returning from an arduous evacuation and already showing signs of "hurricane fatigue."...
Health chiefs battle to bring Iraqi doctors back to country (09/08/08)
BAGHDAD -- A kidney specialist who fled Iraq's bombings, kidnappings and sectarian killings 20 months ago has reported back to work at his Baghdad hospital -- one of some 800 doctors who have returned over the summer. Doctors are just a small group among Iraq's more than 4 million refugees and displaced, but Iraq's health minister says their homecoming sends a message to other emigres that security has "improved dramatically."...
Killer Ike hits Cuba, lashes Bahamas in its path toward U.S. (09/08/08)
CAMAGUEY, Cuba -- Hurricane Ike roared into Cuba on Sunday after destroying houses and crops on low-lying islands, and worsening floods in Haiti that have already killed more than 300 people. With Ike forecast to sweep the length of Cuba and possibly hit Havana head-on, hundreds of thousands of Cubans evacuated to shelters or higher ground. To the north, residents of the Florida Keys fled up a narrow highway, fearful that the hurricane could hit them Tuesday...
Canadian prime minister announces early election (09/08/08)
TORONTO -- Canada's prime minister on Sunday triggered an early election, dissolving Parliament in a bid to bolster his party's grip on power in a vote next month that will be the country's third national ballot in four years. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he expects the Oct. 14 vote to produce another minority government but recent polls show the Conservatives could win the majority they need to rule without help from opposition parties...
Georgian president promises to reclaim breakaway provinces (09/08/08)
TBILISI, Georgia -- On the eve of a European Union shuttle mission to convince Russia to pull its troops back to prewar positions, Georgia's president vowed Sunday to regain control of two breakaway provinces with the help of "the rest of the world."...
New atom smasher may help recreate conditions of the big bang (09/08/08)
GENEVA -- The most powerful atom smasher ever built comes online Wednesday, anticipated by scientists worldwide who have awaited this moment for two decades. The multibillion-dollar Large Hadron Collider will explore the tiniest particles and come ever closer to re-enacting the big bang, the theory that the universe has expanded from a singe primordial point...
Israel's government puts off discussion of evacuating West Bank settlements (09/08/08)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's government on Sunday postponed discussion of landmark legislation that would pay Jewish settlers to leave their homes in the West Bank, but said it would take up the matter next week. At the opening of the meeting, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told his Cabinet that Israel would likely have to uproot West Bank settlers as part of a future peace agreement...
Check in hand, Redhawks turn attention to OVC (09/08/08)
Now that the Southeast Missouri State football team has gotten its annual sacrificial slaughter out of the way, the Redhawks can concentrate on the season that counts the most. I'm talking about the Ohio Valley Conference season. To the surprise of nobody, sixth-ranked Missouri mauled Southeast 52-3 on Saturday night in front of more than 62,000 fans at Faurot Field in Columbia...
Area high school volleyball (09/08/08)
Oran Eagles Coach: Sara Heisserer Last season: 9-14-1 Postseason results: Lost to Bernie in second round of districts Returning starters: Beth Griffin, sr., MH; Taylor Tenkhoff, sr., OH Other top returning players: Kelsie Glastetter, sr., OH Top newcomers: Taylor Irwin, jr., S; Megan Cook, jr., S; Jessica Webb, jr., OH; Amanda Williams, so., OH; Amanda Young, so., OH/S...
Scott City volleyball retools with Simpsons (09/08/08)
When Scott City junior middle hitter Brooke Simpson was sidelined with ankle injuries three times during her first two high school volleyball seasons, the Rams struggled to win in her absence. Simpson led the Rams to their first quarterfinal appearance in 2006 when she was a freshman. But during that playoff match against Crystal City she landed the wrong way on her foot, stretching the tendons in her ankle...
Reinagel pitches Notre Dame to title in its own SoftballFest (09/08/08)
The host Bulldogs used the virtual unhittable pitching of Lauren Reinagel to claim the title of their own Notre Dame SoftballFest on Saturday. Reinagel pitched the Bulldogs to four victories Saturday, including a one-hit shutout of Kelly in the championship game. The junior struck out 11 and didn't walk a batter in Notre Dame's 2-0 victory...
Redhawks soccer team falls to 0-2 with loss to Army (09/08/08)
The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team fell short in its quest for its first goal and first victory Sunday with a 2-0 loss to Army in the Toys for Tots Soccer Classic at St. Louis University. Army outshot the Redhawks 18-9 and scored both its goals in the first 8 minutes of the game...
Fan speak 9/8/08 (09/08/08)
More national I'D LIKE to comment about how biased the sports section of the newspaper is. One day you had the Dalhousie Junior Championship golf tournament and the sports section suddenly increased from four pages to six, with five strictly for the Dalhousie tournament. ...
Brady suffers leg injury in Patriots' win (09/08/08)
Tom Brady went from the disappointment of a Super Bowl loss to the devastation of an injury that could keep him out for the rest of the season. After missing the entire preseason with an unspecified foot injury, Brady left Sunday's season opener in Foxboro, Mass., against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first quarter after being hit on the left leg by Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard. Coach Bill Belichick provided no information on the injury, but Pollard had a diagnosis of his own...
Serena Williams sweeps Jankovic in U.S. Open final (09/08/08)
NEW YORK -- Serena Williams flung her racket straight up and jumped for joy, hopping and skipping and screaming and generally looking like someone who had just won her first Grand Slam title. Nope. It sure had been a while, though. Displaying the talent and tenacity that helped her dominate tennis earlier in the decade, Williams outlasted Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 7-5 Sunday night in a thrill-a-minute match chock full of marvelous strokes and momentum swings to win her third U.S. ...
Rams get overpowered by Eagles in season opener (09/08/08)
PHILADELPHIA -- Just like a preseason game, Donovan McNabb finished this one early. By the time he went to the sideline, though, he'd turned in a vintage performance. McNabb threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns, rookie DeSean Jackson had an impressive debut and the Philadelphia Eagles routed the St. Louis Rams 38-3 on Sunday...
Johnson wins final race before Chase (09/08/08)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Not so fast, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards. Jimmie Johnson has no intention of giving up his title without a fight. Johnson stormed into the Chase for the championship by winning his second consecutive race Sunday, getting a big boost as he starts his pursuit of a third straight title...
Villegas claims his first Tour win at Bellerive (09/08/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Camilo Villegas gave golf fans a real reason to pay attention to him -- a trophy. A marketing dream with his model looks and stylish dress, Villegas won for the first time on the PGA Tour with three big putts on the back nine at Bellerive on Sunday for a wire-to-wire victory in the BMW Championship...
Spokesman Pujols talks with bat in Cards' 3-1 victory (09/08/08)
ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols would be happy if every St. Louis Cardinals game included a "buddy walk" for children with Down Syndrome. It certainly brings out the best in the team's star. Pujols, whose adopted daughter Isabella has Down Syndrome, hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat in Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Florida Marlins...
Good deeds: Pink Panther pickup power (09/08/08)
When Southeast Missouri Hospital contacted Jane Tipton of Jackson about using her "Pink Panther" truck in the SEMO District fair parade to promote breast cancer awareness, she agreed enthusiastically. "The Pink Panther and I will do anything to promote breast cancer awareness," she said...
Publisher of O.J. book to handle novel about a wife of Mohammad (09/08/08)
NEW YORK -- The publisher that took on O.J. Simpson's "If I Did It" after it was dropped in the face of public outrage has signed up another rejected project: Sherry Jones' "The Jewel of Medina," a novel about a wife of the prophet Muhammad that Random House canceled out of concern that it would anger Muslims...
People on the move 9/8/08 (09/08/08)
Price named Woodmen rookie of the month Krysten Price of Benton, Mo., was named August rookie of the month by the Modern Woodmen of America's Missouri East Region agency headed by Randy Rainwater of Farmington, Mo. Price started working full time for the agency in July. Rookie of the month is a designation for a representative who has been with the company less than three years and is leading the region in production...
SEMO entrepreneurial program gets $25,000 (09/08/08)
Southeast Missouri State University's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies has received a $25,000 grant from Southeast Missouri WIRED. The grant will support Missouri REAL Entrepreneurship, a program to help develop entrepreneurial talent to foster the creation of new enterprises throughout the state. ...
The Internet pays dividends for law firms of all sizes (09/08/08)
When Cape Girardeau lawyer J.P. Clubb started his firm in March, one of the first priorities was implementing a tool he believes will be the future for advertising, attracting clients and doing business in his field -- a company website. Clubb has since relaunched theclubblawfirm.com to make his home page more aesthetically pleasing with additional features such as blogs and information about cases and services he provides...
Jack Crowell (09/08/08)
CAMDENTON, Mo. — Jack Wayne Crowell, 59, of Camdenton died Sept. 5, 2008, at his home. He was born Nov. 1, 1948, in Osage Beach, Mo., son of Roy Willard and Frances Opal Briggs Crowell. He and Jo Ann Young were married June 9, 1973. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Angela Keeting and Catherine Tipton; and two grandsons...
Police report 9/8/08 (09/08/08)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department reported the following incidents. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Christopher S. Brooks, 45, 1501 N. Main St., was arrested on two Cape Girardeau warrants for contempt of court for stealing and driving while revoked...
Fire report 9/8/08 (09/08/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: n At 2:56 p.m., citizen assist in the 1400 block of South West End Boulevard. n At 4:37 p.m., emergency medical service in the 600 block of North Spanish Street...
Out of the past 9/8/08 (09/08/08)
25 years ago: Sept. 8, 1983 The Cape Girardeau City Council last night approved an ordinance placing on the Nov. 8 ballot the question of whether a gross receipts tax should be levied on local motel/hotel and restaurant owners to fund a tourism and convention bureau and help retire the city's $5 million multipurpose building bond issue...
When disaster strikes, they're only a call away (09/08/08)
A week has passed since Hurricane Gustav barrelled through Louisiana and other areas of the Gulf Coast, passing through Southeast Missouri by the weekend. Memories of destruction and high gas prices caused by Hurricane Katrina have prompted many people to anticipate $5-per-gallon gas...
Undoing a lie requires coming clean (09/08/08)
In between other tasks this week, I tried to catch up on the historic removal proceedings underway for Detroit's mayor, which ended when he announced his resignation Friday. His resignation was part of a plea agreement, not quite the end of a scandal that started six years ago this month...
SEMO still growing (09/08/08)
Southeast Missouri State University set another first-day, first-time freshmen enrollment record this year, up about 1 percent to 1,826 students. School officials had expected their numbers to flatten after a remarkable 19 percent increase last year after the opening of the River Campus. Other state universities Missouri grew as well. The University of Missouri surged 6 percent; Missouri State increased 1.5 percent...
Speak Out 9/8/08 (09/08/08)
What gall I find it laughable that the Obama campaign has the gall to question the background and experience of a sitting governor to be vice president. Has Barack Obama run anything larger than a street protest in South Chicago, much less a state? Stop the attacks...
Becoming a Waterfowl Hunter is Easier Than You Think (09/08/08)
Puxico, MO- Parents don’t have to be skilled hunters to experience the thrill of waterfowl hunting with their 11 to 15 year-olds because the Missouri Department of Conservation is providing everything needed for youth to enjoy a full day waterfowl clinic and hunt as long as they’re accompanied by an adult...
Blaze and Jazz (09/08/08)
Katie Boyer - Miss SEMO Fair Queen (09/08/08)
Katie Boyer, Miss SEMO Fair queen says the best part of the fair is all the "junk food".
Up-close and personal with Missouri Fish (09/08/08)
Wesley Borneman, 4, of Delta, Mo., didn't stand too near the Bass Tube brought to the SEMO District Fair by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Some of the species of fish in the grand-sized tank include Drum, Blue Gill, Spotted and Longnose Gar and Buffalo. The largest fish measures about 2 1/2 feet long...
Making tracks at the SEMO District Fair (09/08/08)
Four-year-old Wesley Borneman of Delta, Mo., made deer tracks on the Missouri Department of Conservation's sand table at the SEMO District Fair Monday morning. Wesley said playing and making tracks in the sand was his favorite activity.
Katie Boyer - 2008 Miss SEMO Fair (09/08/08)
Find the man of your dreams at SEMO District Fair. Katie Boyer, Miss SEMO Fair queen is having the time of her life.
Katie Boyer - 2008 Miss SEMO Fair (09/08/08)
Katie Boyer, Miss SEMO Fair finds her prince charming at the Conservation Pavilion.
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