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Thorngate to lay off sewing department at Cape Girardeau location (09/16/08)
Thorngate Ltd. will eliminate its entire sewing department, said a local industrial development director. The layoffs will affect about 250 workers at the facility, which manufactures high-end men's clothing at 1507 Independence St. The fate of its cutting department is unknown at this time...
Judge combines lawsuits against casino ballot initiative (09/16/08)
A Cole County judge combined the two lawsuits challenging Proposition A, the measure increasing casino taxes and setting a limit on the number of casino licenses available in Missouri, during a hearing Monday in Jefferson City. The two lawsuits, one filed by Cape Girardeau businessman David Knight and another filed by Ballwin, Mo., casino opponent Edwin McKaskel, seek to block the measure from the Nov. ...
Cape Girardeau County Commission's attorney asks for dismissal of Purcell's lawsuit (09/16/08)
Both sides of a legal battle over an April 17 Cape Girardeau Commission meeting have filed legal documents. Second District Commissioner Jay Purcell sued the commission on May 14, asking county officials -- Presiding Commissioner Gerald Jones, 1st District Commissioner Larry Bock and Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle, who is also the commission's legal counsel -- to acknowledge the state's open meetings and records act, nicknamed the Sunshine Law, was broken by the commissioners' closed meeting on April 17. ...
Cape Girardeau police surround apartment building after robbery report (09/16/08)
Guns drawn, over a dozen police searched a Cape Girardeau apartment complex Tuesday in search of a robbery suspect, but police haven't yet been able to confirm the details of the alleged robbery. Cpl. Jason Selzer said the department received a call at 12:30 p.m. ...
Cape to seek spot as part of 2009 Tour of Missouri (09/16/08)
Cape Girardeau will make another bid to host the Tour of Missouri bicycle race, area business and tourism officials said Monday after visiting two cities that took part in this year's race. The tour, a weeklong event patterned on the Tour de France, ended Sunday in St. Louis. This year's race began in St. Joseph and included stops in Kansas City, Branson, Springfield, Rolla, Jefferson City and St. James...
Life begins return to normalcy after Ike (09/16/08)
Twenty-four hours after the remnants of Hurricane Ike left thousands of Southeast Missourians in the dark, life was beginning to return to normal for area residents Monday. The storm caused widespread power outages, wind-related damage to property and about 80 calls for help to the Cape Girardeau Fire Department...
Crowds at SEMO District Fair reach highest mark in five years (09/16/08)
Attendance at the SEMO District Fair hit a five-year high, surging 7 percent more than last year to 103,901. Organizers cite good weather, new activities and a "solid" grandstand lineup for the increase. Grandstand performances included an Elvis Presley tribute show, country singer Craig Morgan, and the classic rock band Styx...
About 2,450 without power in Cape Girardeau, Scott Counties (09/16/08)
Two days after Hurricane Ike passed through Southeast Missouri, a little more than 2,400 AmerenUE customers in Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties are without power as of 7:40 a.m. today. The largest concentration of customers without power in Cape Girardeau County is in the 63701 zip code, with 1,522 in the dark. A total of 1,799 customers in the county are without electricity, compared to 4,911 on Monday...
Farmer appeals to Cape County commissioners for aid (09/16/08)
R. B. Welty, who for 10 years has tried to find someone to help him preserve his farm, turned to the Cape Girardeau County commissioners on Monday. The farm is between Gordonville and Whitewater. Welty brought a stack of documents from his fight and a handwritten letter addressed to the commissioners...
Officials: Former Butler County clerk whose remains were found in Virginia committed suicide (09/16/08)
Virginia authorities have determined a former Butler County clerk accused of sodomizing a young girl died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. "According to Bill Eller with the Smyth County Sheriff's Department, the medical examiner in Roanoke (Va.) has issued a death certificate" for Johnnie Dunivan, said Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Phil Gregory, who received the notification Friday afternoon...
Southeast Missourian wins 10 awards in press contest (09/16/08)
The Southeast Missourian won 10 awards in the 2008 Missouri Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest, announced Sept. 13 at the 142nd annual convention in Columbia, Mo. The Southeast Missourian placed first in four categories. Among its first place-winning submissions was Toby Carrig's sports story "Fact or Fiction" on the NCAA's investigation of Southeast Missouri State University's women's basketball team. ...
Repairs keep lanes closed on Interstate 55 in Scott County (09/16/08)
Southeast Missourian Interstate 55 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane both northbound and southbound with a 16-foot width restriction this week while MoDOT crews work on concrete repairs from Highway 77 at Benton to Route M at Scott City. Northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane beginning at 6:30 a.m. today through about 5 p.m. Friday. Southbound lanes have already been reduced...
Millersville man charged with sexual misconduct (09/16/08)
A Millersville man faces sexual misconduct charges after allegedly exposing himself to a female neighbor. Dennis W. Jarvis faces three counts of sexual misconduct resulting from a series of incidents occurring from Sept. 9 to Friday, according to a probable-cause statement by Detective Jamie Malugen of the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department...
Tap water samples taken in Cameron tumor probe (09/16/08)
CAMERON, Mo. (AP) -- State and federal officials make a return trip to northwest Missouri in their investigation of a high number of brain tumors in area residents. The team from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Missouri Department of Natural Resources on Monday took samples of tap water from homes in Cameron and the surrounding area...
Hunter rescued from tree after Missouri River levee topped (09/16/08)
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A hunter is alive and well after being rescued from a tree as floodwaters surrounded him. The incident happened Monday in the Chesterfield Valley area of west St. Louis County. James Berg was taken to a hospital but was OK, except for a few bug bites...
Missouri mayors teaming up on legislative issues (09/16/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The mayors of Missouri's largest cities are coming together in an attempt to gain clout at the state Capitol. The mayors of St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia, St. Joseph, Joplin and Jefferson City met behind closed doors Tuesday in the capital city. Also at the meeting was the St. Louis County executive...
Animals rescued from poor living conditions in Mo. (09/16/08)
CALLAO, Mo. (AP) -- A theft investigation in northern Missouri leads to the rescue of more than 200 abused animals, including chinchillas, alligators and baboons. Macon County Sheriff Robert Dawson said his office began investigating a scrap metal theft in Macon that led them to 43-year-old Daniel Lee's house in Callao...
Montee to release audit of Metro agency (09/16/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee is releasing an audit of Metro, the agency that operates light rail, bus service and other mass transit in the St. Louis area. A news conference was scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday in downtown St. Louis...
President of Truman U. quits over difference with board (09/16/08)
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- The president of Truman University, Barbara Dixon, has resigned after five years leading the school. Dixon's resignation will be effective Oct. 15. The resignation was announced Tuesday in a joint letter from Dixon and Mark Wasinger, chairman of the Truman State University Board of Governors...
Rep. Ike Skelton engaged to be married (09/16/08)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton may be known as a military guru, but he's a romantic at heart. The 76-year-old Democratic congressman from Lexington is getting married to Patty Martin, a longtime friend from his hometown. Skelton presented an engagement ring to Martin as a birthday present on Aug. 31 while the two dined at Plaza III, an upscale steakhouse on Kansas City's Country Club Plaza...
Retired officer involved in St. Louis shooting (09/16/08)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis police are looking into a shooting involving a retired police officer. It happened at Pooh's Corner bar late Monday when two suspects announced a robbery. Police say a retired officer in the bar shot one of the suspects in the buttocks...
Audit: Mo. workers comp claims fell after 2005 law (09/16/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The number of workers compensation claims has gone down since a 2005 Missouri law made it harder to prove workplace injuries. Insurance premiums also have declined for businesses. Republican Gov. Matt Blunt touts that as a success. But Democratic Auditor Susan Montee said Monday that injured workers may now be at a disadvantage...
Expression hour gives students choice during art classes (09/16/08)
NEW BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- While many elementary school students are learning art techniques in a structured way, children at New Bloomfield Elementary School are learning by choice. No, they do not get an hour to do whatever they want. They do, however, have some controlled freedom. The new curriculum gives students the opportunity to appreciate themselves more by making their own type of art...
Missouri towns prepare for flooding after weekend's rains (09/16/08)
ARNOLD, Mo. -- Flood-weary Missouri towns along the Mississippi, Missouri, Meramec and other rivers were preparing Monday for yet another round of rising water after torrential weekend rains. The remnants of Hurricane Ike brought high winds and reports of up to 7 inches of rain to parts of the state. ...
L.A. rail probe seeks cell phone info as commute resumes (09/16/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Federal rail investigators said Monday they would go to court to get an engineer's cell phone records to determine if he was text messaging when his commuter train slammed head-on into a freight locomotive, killing 25 people. The investigation into Friday's fatal Metrolink crash was also focusing on whether signal lights worked properly and were synchronized with a control center where a dispatcher was warned of a problem apparently only after the collision had occurred...
Man to bike across U.S. before race (09/16/08)
PITTSFIELD, Vt. -- A Vermont man planning to ride in a 508-mile bicycle race in California is taking the long way to the starting line. He's pedaling there. Joe Desena, 39, says he is leaving Monday on his 3,000-mile trip west, which is expected to take about two weeks. He says there's no better way to get in shape for the race than to bike across the country...
After Ike, Texas survivors clamor for gas, food (09/16/08)
GALVESTON, Texas -- Rescuers flew into a hard-to-reach area of the swamped Gulf Coast on Monday and uncovered a devastated landscape: Hurricane Ike had obliterated entire subdivisions, and emergency crews feared they would find more victims than survivors...
Scant advice on disposal of medications (09/16/08)
EDITOR'S NOTE -- Pharmaceutical waste is contaminating the nation's drinking water supplies and American consumers are not being given much guidance on how to dispose of unwanted medicines, an Associated Press investigation finds. Second of a two-part series...
Oil closes below $100 for first time in 6 months (09/16/08)
NEW YORK -- Oil prices closed below $100 a barrel for the first time in six months Monday, tumbling in another dramatic sell-off as worries about the U.S. economy deepened. Crude prices shed more than $5 a barrel and have now given up virtually all their gains for the year, extending a steep, two-month slide from record levels above $147 a barrel...
Finance system meltdown pummels market (09/16/08)
NEW YORK -- The upheaval in the American financial system sent shock waves through the stock market Monday, producing the worst day on Wall Street in seven years as investors digested the failure of one of its most venerable banks and wondered which domino would be next to fall...
World stock markets tumble on news of Lehman bankruptcy (09/16/08)
PARIS -- World stock markets turned sharply lower Monday after being hit by a pair of blows from Wall Street -- news that Lehman Brothers had filed for bankruptcy and Merrill Lynch would be sold to Bank of America. In Europe, the FTSE-100 share index closed down 3.9 percent in London, the Paris CAC-40 was off 3.8 percent and Germany's DAX 30 index of blue chips sagged 2.7 percent...
Zimbabwe president signs deal, cedes some power (09/16/08)
HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, jubilant and jovial, signed a power-sharing agreement with his nemesis President Robert Mugabe and declared his "belief in Zimbabwe and its people runs deeper than the scars I bear from this struggle."...
Gates foresees narrower U.S. combat role in Iraq (09/16/08)
BAGHDAD -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday he foresees a shrinking U.S. combat role in Iraq in coming months, while the No. 2 U.S. commander here cautioned that it would be a mistake to push the U.S.-trained Iraqi army and police into a leading security role too soon...
Lauren Reinagel, Notre Dame softball (09/16/08)
Lauren Reinagel led the Notre Dame girls softball team to another championship in the Notre Dame SoftballFest, shutting out Kelly 2-0 on one hit Saturday to win the title game. Reinagel pitched four shutouts in the tournament on Saturday, allowing just four hits over 23 innings. She had 33 strikeouts and pitched a seven-inning no-hitter against Scott City. She also blanked Saxony Lutheran and Goreville (Ill.)...
Perryville soccer shuts out Sikeston (09/16/08)
Perryville, fielding a boys soccer team for the first time this year, remained undefeated Monday with a 4-0 victory over visiting Sikeston. Wade Lawrence had two goals and two assists for the Pirates (4-0). Dalton Hoehn had a goal and an assist, Alex Robinson scored a goal and Kenny Stephenson added an assist...
Hawks swoop in for 9-1 victory over Delta (09/16/08)
BENTON, Mo. — Kelly senior Brittany Brantley took care of business at the plate and in the field Monday. Brantley, the Hawks' catcher, drilled a pair of doubles and tagged out a Delta baserunner at the plate to help the Hawks softball team post the 9-1 victory...
Redhawks still look for first first-quarter points (09/16/08)
There has been one constant during Southeast Missouri State's 1-2 start. The Redhawks have fallen behind by considerable margins in all three games, being outscored 45-0 in the first quarter. Southeast coach Tony Samuel expressed concern about that during Monday's weekly news conference...
Redhawks spikers sweep OVC awards (09/16/08)
Southeast Missouri State swept the Ohio Valley Conference's weekly volleyball awards that were announced Monday. Sophomore outside hitter Claire Keaton is the OVC offensive player of the week, junior libero Molly Davis is the defensive player of the week and senior Alyssa Aston was named setter of the week...
Scott claims bronze medal at Paralympic Games (09/16/08)
Susan Beth Scott closed out her first Paralympic Games appearance by grabbing a bronze medal in the 400-meter women's freestyle Monday evening in Beijing. Scott, 16, from Cape Girardeau, finished in 4 minutes, 39.44 seconds, while Katarzyna Pawlik of Poland won the event in a world-record time of 4:33.15...
Cowboys outlast Eagles 41-37 (09/16/08)
IRVING, Texas -- Terrell Owens caught the long pass in stride, cruised into the end zone and began showing off. With a shimmy in the direction of the Philadelphia Eagles, then some arm-flapping like he used to do when he scored for them, the final Monday night game at Texas Stadium was off to a wild start...
The Chase is on (09/16/08)
LOUDON, N.H. -- The winner of the Chase for the championship will need fast cars, flawless pit stops and solid strategy. He'll also need a strong dose of mental toughness. Based on Sunday's opening round of the 10-race sprint to the title, Greg Biffle has the confidence to make a run at the championship. Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr.? Well, those two title favorites have a lot to prove...
Linehan knows many people want him gone (09/16/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Normally a soft-spoken type in news conferences, St. Louis Rams coach Scott Linehan barely could contain his emotions during a postgame diatribe Sunday describing the team's shortcomings. Having vented all that frustration, he opted to think positive a day later and somewhat weakly forecast success for this weekend as 10-point underdogs at Seattle...
Faltering Brewers fire Yost with 12 games left (09/16/08)
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers fired manager Ned Yost on Monday, hoping to pull out of another late-season slump that has jeopardized the team's chance of making the playoffs for the first time since 1982. Third-base coach Dale Sveum will take over as interim manager for the remainder of the season. The Brewers have lost seven of eight and fallen into a tie with Philadelphia for the NL wild-card lead...
Pink Floyd member Wright dies at 65 (09/16/08)
LONDON -- Richard Wright, a founding member of the rock group Pink Floyd, died Monday. He was 65. Pink Floyd's spokesman Doug Wright, who is not related to the artist, said Wright died after a battle with cancer at his home in Britain. He said Wright's family did not want to give more details about his death...
Workouts like Zumba incorporate dance moves into high-octane routines (09/16/08)
Walk by a group fitness room during a Zumba class and you'll hear the Latin hip hop beat, Spanish lyrics and laughter. Zumba, a dance-fitness class that started in Colombia, has invaded the United States as a fun way to "dance off the pounds," according to the company website. To people in the classes, it's just a fun way to get moving...
Health briefs 9/16/08 (09/16/08)
Calendar Today n Arthritis and fibromyalgia education series: noon in the Health and Wellness Center conference room 1. The topic will be medication update. A box lunch will be available for $5 at the noon meetings to those who preregister. To register, call 331-5880 or 888-216-3293...
Confusion and hope in the hunt for ovarian cancer tests (09/16/08)
WASHINGTON -- Does a test that promises to find ovarian cancer sooner really do so? Could other tests nearing the market prolong survival by getting patients the right care faster? A race is on for blood tests to better detect this intractable killer, but the Food and Drug Administration is probing whether to crack down on the first one to sell...
Helen Hock (09/16/08)
MOUNDS, Ill. — Helen E. Hock, 95, of Southfield, Mich, formerly of Mounds, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, in Michigan. Barkett Funeral Home in Mounds is in charge of arrangements.
Frank Smith (09/16/08)
ADVANCE, Mo. — Luther "Frank" Smith, 95, of Advance died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 10, 1912, in Dyer, Tenn., son of Emmett and Euna Belle Thompson Smith. He and Earlene Smith were married Oct. 21, 1939, in Lepanto, Ark. She died Feb. 9, 2004...
Bruce Baker (09/16/08)
Bruce Allen Baker, 54, of Woodland Hills, Calif., died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, at his home. He was born Sept. 21, 1953, in Cape Girardeau, son of Lester Eugene and Virginia Ventres Baker. Baker lived in Cape Girardeau 16 years, moved to the Springfield/Branson, Mo., area, and then moved to California...
Gordon Galbreath (09/16/08)
Gordon Lynn Galbreath, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born May 24, 1927, in Arthur, Ill., son of Raymond and Forestine Galbreath. He and Gennettia Pletcher were married June 4, 1953. Galbreath was a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, and received a master's degree from Eastern Illinois University at Charleston, Ill...
Bill Welker (09/16/08)
ADVANCE, Mo. — William A. "Bill" Welker, 84, of Advance died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 24, 1924, in Gideon, Mo., son of Conder and Ethel Allen Welker. He and Mary Henson were married April 29, 1967, in Oran, Mo. She died Jan. 1, 2007...
Jewell Robinson (09/16/08)
Jewell A. Robinson, 94, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, at St. Joe Manor in Bonne Terre, Mo. She was born Dec. 31, 1913, in Miller, Mo., daughter of Francis and Nettie Joseph Bryant. She and Allen Robinson were married in 1935 at Miller. He died Jan. 12, 1972...
Frances Tallman (09/16/08)
Frances T. Tallman, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 11, 1930, in Cairo, Ill., daughter of William and Camille Dunlap Travis. She and George R. Huckleberry were married in 1949 in Mound City, Ill. He preceded her in death in May 1973. She later married John C. "Jack" Tallman on Aug. 31, 1975, in Cairo. He died in November 2003...
Births 9/16/08 (09/16/08)
Bruenderman Daughter to Jason J. and Christina L. Bruenderman of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 7:49 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008. Name, Ellie Grace. Weight, 8 pounds, 3 ounces. First child. Mrs. Bruenderman is the former Christina Emerine, daughter of Bill and Linda Emerine of Benton, Mo. ...
Police report 9/16/08 (09/16/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Rhonda L. Sisson, 46, 105 N. Clark Ave., Apt. 205, was arrested on suspicion of assault. n A 15-year-old girl was cited into juvenile court for behavior injurious to self...
Fire report 9/16/08 (09/16/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n At 6:24 p.m., assist at 1513 Rand St. n At 7:05 p.m., line down at 1953 Perryville Road. n At 8:09 p.m., medical assist in the 500 block of South Middle Street. n At 8:12 p.m., line down at 2722 Adeline Ave...
Out of the past 9/16/08 (09/16/08)
25 years ago: Sept. 16, 1983 The change to two-way traffic on Broadway moves ahead with the installation of traffic signals at the intersections of Sprigg and Pacific streets; the work is being done by Mac and Son Electric Inc. of Cape Girardeau. CAIRO, Ill. ...
Traveling, listening to Obama & McCain (09/16/08)
My job takes me out of a town a fair amount, and I'm currently in the midst of a 10-day trip. One pleasure of being on the road is the time available to listen to radio (in this case, election coverage on XM Satellite Radio) and to watch TV news. At home, both stay off most of the time...
Sarah Palin's appeal (09/16/08)
The race for president has stopped being about John McCain and has become about his pick for vice president, Sarah Palin. It has become Obama versus Ohh-Momma. Unlike Barack Obama, McCain is man enough to pick a strong woman and not let his ego be bruised by the attention that she may get. By Obama not having the guts to pick Hillary, he will fall prey to the hubris that has cost us men dearly since the beginning of time...
Backing Neal E. Boyd (09/16/08)
Neal E. Boyd, the Sikeston native whose singing has propelled him into the national spotlight, is one of the 10 finalists in the "America's Got Talent" competition. Supporters in Southeast Missouri can be excused if they show their favoritism for Boyd and his wonderful singing ability...
Story sheds light on life in shadows (09/16/08)
To the editor: I am writing in regard to the Sept. 14 story about Graycen Beardslee and her genetic condition that required her to "live in the shadows" by Lindy Bavolek. We met Graycen and her mom at Camp Sundown, a unique night-camp program free to families with children who can never be in daylight. ...
Corrections for names (09/16/08)
To the editor: My letter about Elvis Presley had some mistakes in a couple names. The girl with cerebral palsy was Francis (not Jane). Mr. Ownby's name is William Arthur (not Jess). SHIRLEY YOUNG, Scott City
Speak Out 9/16/08 (09/16/08)
Temporary signs HOW LONG is the city going to leave the temporary stop signs plus the warning stop signs near Alma Schrader Elementary School? They are in the streets and are traffic hazards. Permanent signs were put up weeks ago, so take down the temporary ones...
cutest dog (09/16/08)
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1st Place Baby Boy Contest 16-18 months (09/16/08)
Kynten Stout was the first place 16-18 month baby boy winner..
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