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Free rides for seniors don't extend into Southern Illinois (10/06/08)
Senior discounts aren't just for restaurants and theater tickets anymore. In Illinois, members of the 65-plus crowd can receive free public transportation. A new law went into effect in January requiring all fixed-route mass transit systems to offer transportation free of cost to riders ages 65 and up...
Cape Girardeau man injured in one-car accident (10/06/08)
SCOTT COUNTY, Mo. - A Cape Girardeau man was injured Sunday morning as the vehicle he was driving ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a creek embankment off Interstate 55, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash reports Website. The 2001 Toyota driven by Robert A. Cunningham, 20, was totaled...
Investigation continues into heist at Cape Girardeau Bank of Missouri (10/06/08)
Local and federal authorities continue to investigate a bank robbery that occurred Monday afternoon at the Bank of Missouri of 372 S. Kingshighway, and a suspect hasn't yet been arrested. Cape Girardeau police received a call at 12:08 p.m., that a male suspect entered the bank, approached an available teller, and slipped a note across the desk, according to Cpl. Jason Selzer, spokesman for the police department...
Cape Girardeau federal courthouse dedication celebrates life of Rush Limbaugh Sr. (10/06/08)
At the end of a ceremony that mixed personal remembrance of Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr. and allusions to the difficulties of constructing the building named in his honor, family members and dignitaries cut the ribbon at Cape Girardeau's new federal courthouse...
Bikers celebrate vets with charity ride (10/06/08)
The highlights of Delmar Witt's life recently have included a fishing trip and, on Sunday, an afternoon with friends, riders from the "Macho Run" Bikers Helping Veterans poker run. Witt, a former U.S. Air Force master sergeant, lives at the Missouri Veterans Home...
Dexter soldiers leading local drive to help Iraqi children (10/06/08)
DEXTER, Mo. — The war in Iraq has affected a multitude of people in a multitude of ways and an effort is currently underway, involving one of Dexter's own, geared toward improving the lives of some of Iraq's innocent victims. The efforts are taking place through a program called "Operation Care and Share."...
Highway patrol makes changes to fugitive team (10/06/08)
The fugitive apprehension team Steven R. Julian worked for when he shot and killed Zachary C. Snyder in Cape Girardeau last February has been disbanded, and the new unit, now run by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, will have several new resources and powers available...
Sikeston man killed in crash Thursday (10/06/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston man was fatally injured after his vehicle struck a tree late Thursday. The Sikeston Department of Public Safety reported that Tyrone Sheron, 29, died as a result of a one-vehicle accident on Ann Street in Sikeston. At 11:33 p.m. ...
Stoddard County crew back from Ike relief (10/06/08)
DEXTER, Mo. -- In early September, the Stoddard County Ambulance District sent two ambulance units and five people to Texas to help with relief efforts following Hurricane Ike. The group returned last week. Working out of a command center in San Antonio, the workers helped with evacuations before Ike and helped transport people back to the coast after the storm had passed...
High-speed chase near Sikeston ends with arrest (10/06/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A man was arrested Friday morning following a high-speed chase that began in Morehouse, Mo., and ended on Interstate 55, just north of Sikeston. According to DPS officials, the pursuit began late Friday morning in Morehouse after the suspect allegedly stole alcohol from a business there. Officers followed him into Sikeston on Highway 114, then drove onto Interstate 55. He was taken into custody around the 73-mile marker...
Work on new antibiotics is drawing attention at Southeast (10/06/08)
Community leaders often refer to Southeast Missouri State University as a "teaching institution," as the faculty's primary role is instruction. While faculty are encouraged to conduct research, widespread recognition of progress is infrequent. So when Dr. Ken Dobbins mentioned two professors' attempts to develop new medications during his presidential "State of the University" address, it drew attention...
Mo. revenue declines for second straight month (10/06/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri revenue declined for the second straight month in September. State figures released Friday show that net general revenue for September was down by 1.2 percent compared with September 2007. Through the first three months of the fiscal year, revenue was 0.9 percent behind 2007. ...
'Precious Doe' suspect's trial to start today (10/06/08)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The crime was a shock even to a community that had seen its share of slayings: a little girl's headless body found in the woods. Seven years later, testimony begins against the man accused of killing a 3-year-old who became known to locals as "Precious Doe."...
SIU raises more than $100 million in campaign (10/06/08)
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Officials at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale say they've exceeded their $100 million goal in a six-year fundraising campaign. About $106 million has been raised. The money was announced at an evening event late Friday. ...
Some schools not expected to benefit from casino measure (10/06/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The ballot measure is called the "Schools First Elementary and Secondary Education Funding Initiative." But at least at first, not all schools actually would get money from it. In fact, about one-quarter of Missouri's public school students attend class in districts that are projected to get nothing next year from the ballot measure...
Pediatricians recommend no exotic pets for young children (10/06/08)
CHICAGO -- Warning: young children should not keep hedgehogs as pets -- or hamsters, baby chicks, lizards and turtles, for that matter -- because of risks for disease. That's according to the nation's leading pediatricians group in a new report about dangers from exotic animals...
Report: Increase seen in staph-related flu deaths in children (10/06/08)
CHICAGO -- More children died from flu last year because they also had staph infections, according to a new government report that urges parents to have their children get the flu shot. The number of deaths wasn't high -- 73 during the 2006-07 flu season -- but there was more than a fivefold increase in hard-to-treat complications. And preliminary figures indicate deaths rose again during this past winter's flu season...
Fossett plane recovery hampered by weather; might not resume this year (10/06/08)
MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. -- California officials say recovery efforts around the site of adventurer Steve Fossett's downed plane might not resume until summer. Snowfall ended the search in the Sierra Nevada on Friday. Madera County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Erica Stuart says she does not expect weather conditions to improve enough for crews to return to the site this year...
Ike's environmental toll already apparent (10/06/08)
WASHINGTON -- Hurricane Ike's winds and massive waves destroyed oil platforms, tossed storage tanks and punctured pipelines. The environmental damage only now is becoming apparent: At least a half million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico and the marshes, bayous and bays of Louisiana and Texas, according to an analysis of federal data by The Associated Press...
Investors expect volatility as credit woes persist (10/06/08)
NEW YORK -- The world's financial markets face an uncertain and possibly volatile week as investors await details about how the Treasury will implement the government's financial rescue package -- and watch for any further fallout from the credit crisis around the globe...
9 from Roswell, N.M., claim $200M Powerball jackpot (10/06/08)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Roswell, N.M., is usually more associated with little green men than with greenbacks. But nine residents brought different attention to the town Friday when they claimed a Powerball jackpot worth more than $200 million. Holly Baldwin bought the tickets at a gas station two hours before the Sept. 27 drawing. Her group decided to take a lump payment of more than $100 million...
Bank on this: Bank failures will rise in next year (10/06/08)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Here's a safe bet for uncertain times: A lot of banks won't survive the next year of upheaval despite the U.S. government's $700 billion plan to restore order to the financial industry. The biggest question is how many will perish and how they will be put out of their misery -- in outright closures by regulators scrambling to preserve the dwindling deposit insurance fund or in fire sales made under government pressure...
Recordings aim to capture animal calls of the wild West (10/06/08)
SALT LAKE CITY — Rattlesnakes aren't to be trifled with, but if you're trying to collect the sound of every creature in the West that slithers, hops, flies or flops, distance isn't a luxury you can afford. "You get yourself in some strange situations," said Jeff Rice, a soft-spoken University of Utah research librarian who's trying to create the first comprehensive — and free to the public — archive of natural sounds in the West...
La. prisoners learn poise courtesy Dale Carnegie (10/06/08)
ANGOLA, La. -- It was an ordinary childhood practice turned into a special middle-aged memory -- early mornings in the kitchen with his mother, sharing the rich coffee and chicory blend so beloved in Louisiana. His mother died while he was in Louisiana State Penitentiary, but their morning ritual evoked a story he tearfully shared with a group of fellow prisoners as a student of the Dale Carnegie self-improvement course...
Simpson isolated in jail, focusing on appeal (10/06/08)
LAS VEGAS -- O.J. Simpson is being isolated from other prisoners for his own safety, and is focusing on a motion for new trial and a strong bid for appellate reversal of his conviction for kidnapping and robbery, his attorney said Sunday. Attorney Yale Galanter said he will continue to pursue a request for Simpson to be released on bond pending appeal...
Turkish warplanes bomb Kurd bases in Iraq (10/06/08)
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish warplanes have bombed Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq, the military said Sunday, two days after rebels killed 15 soldiers in an attack staged partly from Iraqi soil. The planes on Saturday bombed rebel hideouts in Iraq's Avasin Basyan region and returned safely to their bases, the military said...
China: New tests show milk free from melamine (10/06/08)
BEIJING -- China's food safety watchdog said Sunday no traces of the industrial chemical melamine were found in new tests of milk powder sold domestically, as officials sought to restore public trust in milk supplies. The tests of 129 batches of baby milk powder and 212 batches of other kinds of milk powder showed they were free from melamine contamination, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said on its website...
Somali pirates stare down global superpowers (10/06/08)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- With a Russian frigate closing in and a half-dozen U.S. warships within shouting distance, the pirates holding a tanker off Somalia's coast might appear to have no other choice than to wave the white flag. But that's not how it works in Somalia, where a quarter of children die before they turn 5, where anybody with a gun controls the streets and where every public institution has crumbled...
Egypt's top diplomat in Iraq; 11 die in U.S. raid (10/06/08)
BAGHDAD -- Egypt sent its foreign minister to Iraq on Sunday for the first time in nearly two decades in a sign of growing Arab acceptance of the country's Shiite-led government. In the north, 11 people including women and children died during a U.S. raid on a house in Mosul, where an extremist detonated a suicide vest -- a reminder that Iraq still faces security challenges despite the drop in violence...
Bad news keeps coming for Redhawks basketball (10/06/08)
The news just keeps getting worse for the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball program. As reported last week, Mark Caviness -- Southeast's co-top signee for the 2008-09 season -- did not meet NCAA eligibility requirements and will not play for the Redhawks this year...
MU demolishes roadblock (10/06/08)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Missouri unleashed 30 years of pent-up frustration on Nebraska. The 52-17 final score said as much. Chase Daniel threw three touchdown passes, Derrick Washington ran for 139 yards and scored three times and the fourth-ranked Tigers beat the overmatched Cornhuskers late Saturday night for their first win in Lincoln since 1978...
Area digest 10/6/08 (10/06/08)
East team wins Hieronymos Cup The East team defeated the West squad 16-12 in the Hieronymos Cup, a Missouri Golf Association match-play event hosted Saturday and Sunday at Dalhousie Golf Club. The format consisted of 28 matches overall — seven 4-ball, seven alternate shot and 14 singles...
Texans' late turnovers help Colts, Manning make 17-point comeback (10/06/08)
Peyton Manning turned a colossal collapse by the Houston Texans into a stunning victory for the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts scored 21 points in a late span of 2:10 -- two touchdowns thanks to fumbles by quarterback Sage Rosenfels -- then intercepted Rosenfels' last-ditch comeback attempt for a 31-27 win Sunday...
Stewart awarded win after pass ruled illegal (10/06/08)
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Tony Stewart ended his frustrating winless season Sunday by earning his first Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway when NASCAR ruled Regan Smith's last-lap pass was illegal. Smith was in second and trailed Stewart for the final three laps around Talladega, and the rookie made one desperate attempt to grab his first career victory by ducking inside of the two-time champion to attempt a pass...
Phillies show Milwaukee to exit in Game 4 (10/06/08)
MILWAUKEE -- With plenty of power to go with their improved pitching, the Philadelphia Phillies are ready for anything in the NL championship series. Bring on the Los Angeles Dodgers. "I like our chances," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Sunday after Philadelphia clinched its first trip to the NLCS since 1993 with a 6-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers...
Cubs go 0-for-100 (10/06/08)
CHICAGO -- Now, it's an even 100 years for the Chicago Cubs. The team that posted the best record in the National League is picking up the pieces again after three horrendous performances that resulted in a sweep by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opening round of the playoffs...
Creamer holds off Kim to capture Samsung Championship by a shot (10/06/08)
Paula Creamer calmly won her biggest LPGA Tour title yet, holding off a large pack in the 20-player Samsung World Championship in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Playing near her hometown of Pleasanton, Calif., the 22-year-old Creamer beat Song-Hee Kim by a stroke Sunday, closing with a bogey-free 3-under 69 for a 9-under 279 total. Creamer earned $250,000 for her fourth title of the year and eighth overall...
White Sox avoid elimination with 5-3 victory in Game 3 (10/06/08)
CHICAGO -- Thanks to John Danks and the White Sox, Chicago still has one team standing. Danks pitched another big game to save the season and well-traveled DeWayne Wise delivered a two-run double as the White Sox beat Tampa Bay 5-3 Sunday, trimming the Rays' lead in their American League Division Series to 2-1...
Angels avoid ALDS sweep with 12-inning win (10/06/08)
BOSTON (AP) -- Francisco Rodriguez's biggest save of a record-breaking season came in a tie game. Rodriguez wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th inning, Mike Napoli hit two early homers before scoring the go-ahead run in the 12th and the Los Angeles Angels avoided another playoff sweep by beating the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Sunday night...
A letter from Neal E. Boyd (10/06/08)
Neal E. Boyd sent the letter below to the people of his hometown, Sikeston, Mo., last week. Dear Sikeston, How do I begin? The support that the community has given me has been greatly appreciated by both my family and I over the last 32 years. ...
Shock jock Howard Stern, longtime girlfriend tie knot (10/06/08)
NEW YORK -- Shock jock Howard Stern has embraced tradition. The radio talk show host known for hosting porn stars married his longtime girlfriend, Beth Ostrosky, on Friday. "I can't wait to marry Howard," she told Newsday before the ceremony at Manhattan's tony Le Cirque restaurant, adding, "I know, everyone laughs!"...
Humane society adjusting in tough economy (10/06/08)
A weak economy isn't just affecting people. Dogs, cats, rabbits and goats are feeling the downturn as well. The cash-strapped Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, 2536 Boutin Drive in Cape Girardeau, has been forced to take measures such as purchasing food for its animals, which normally would have been provided by donations...
Slowing economy claims two local businesses (10/06/08)
Thursday afternoon, I learned Grace Cafe is closing Oct. 15 because the coffee shop at 818 Broadway wasn't doing well financially. I know some of you have stopped there for a cup of coffee, conversation or a sandwich at lunchtime, as I have. The cafe is the latest victim to the tough economic times in Cape Girardeau. ...
People on the move 10/6/08 (10/06/08)
Modern Woodmen announces awards Krysten Price and Ginger Dunn received Modern Woodmen of America's Sure Start Stage 1 award, given to employees who have achieved a certain production level in their first 90 days. Ken Volkerding was the recipient of two company awards for the month of September. ...
Tax school offered at Drury Lodge Oct. 23 (10/06/08)
The University of Missouri Extension will offer a Missouri Business and Farm Income Tax School on Oct. 23 in Cape Girardeau to educate tax preparers and lawyers on the latest tax information issues with an emphasis on business and farm taxation. Area and national agricultural business specialists and disaster coordinators will teach the classes. ...
Fire report 10/6/08 (10/06/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: n At 7:54 p.m., alarm sounding at 2001 N. Kingshighway. n At 8:01 p.m., box alarm at West Rodney and Bevin drives. n At 8:54 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1200 block of Sailer Circle...
Police report 10/6/08 (10/06/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Rasheena Jean Dykes, 23, 2447 Route B, Oak Ridge, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Arrests n Perry Lloyd Harkey, 52, 1230 Sailer Circle, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for nonsupport...
Out of the past 10/6/08 (10/06/08)
25 years ago: Oct. 6, 1983 Business at the home office of Centerre Bank, Independence Street and Mount Auburn Road, will begin Tuesday morning; records and cash are moved over the three-day weekend from the present main office at Broadway and Main Street; also part of the weekend changeover will be the closing of the bank's West Park facility...
Getting fired up about history (10/06/08)
October is such a busy month, what with Halloween decorating, stalking candy bargains, getting yourself registered to vote by the Wednesday deadline and reminding every woman you know to get a mammogram. But take a minute, perhaps now, to test the smoke detectors in your house...
Banking on banks (10/06/08)
Few world news events in recent years have held the attention of so many individuals than the current economic situation. As government officials around the globe struggle to take whatever action will stabilize credit markets and restore confidence, there is a tendency to look for signs of problems close to home rather than in financial capitals...
Speak Out 10/6/08 (10/06/08)
Smoking gun I WOULD like to pass on some advice an elderly friend gave me many years ago. She said if you ever have to pull a gun on somebody, make sure it's smoking when you do. I've never had to pull a gun on anybody, thank goodness, but I've never forgotten her message either. And believe me, if anybody's ever pointing a gun at me and I have to pull one, it's going to be smoking...
Bow, arrow making connects locals to the land (10/06/08)
Though hand-carving one's own weapon or tool isn't common these days, there are individuals who keep the crafts alive and teach others how they would survive had they lived just a few hundred years ago on the Missouri frontier. The Cape Girardeau Nature Center is hosting long bow and primitive arrow making workshops in October, taught by Scott Kelley of Cape Girardeau, and A.J. Hendershott of Marble Hill...
Siblings Join Army Together--Brother Overcomes Obstacle to Join (10/06/08)
It’s not every day that siblings join the Army, but it happens. It’s less common for a brother and sister to join together. Even less common is that one of the siblings had to lose 46 pounds to join. Brother and sister, Brent and Nikkia Sauceda, of Jackson, MO, joined the Army together on October 3, 2008. ...
Pugs and More Pugs (10/06/08)
Sister Pugs born March 18,2008, Crissy and Cissy, owned by Brenda Hargrave and Chris, Michelle and Christopher Cannon of Dexter MO. We call them OUR GIRLS!!
Lindsey's Moment! (10/06/08)
This was a photo I took of my niece on her wedding day, Sept. 13, 2003. We were out at Cape County Park and they were headed for their reception. She rolled down the window of the limo and flashed this beautiful smile. This picture pretty much summed up the day...perfect! It was a moment to remember!...
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