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Another testing (10/13/08)
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Some Scott County residents concerned about shopping after string of robberies (10/13/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. — Word is circulating in Scott County that robbers are following their victims home after grocery shopping after two robberies last week under similar circumstances. Two area incidents were reported Tuesday night. The Sikeston Department of Public Safety was called in response to a robbery around 10:30 p.m. A man was attacked at his home while unloading groceries after leaving a Sikeston retail store...
Woman badly burned in mobile home fire at Qulin, Mo. (10/13/08)
QULIN, Mo. — A Qulin woman is in critical condition at a St. Louis hospital after she was badly burned in a mobile home fire early this morning. Amanda Danielle Butler, 29, was flown to St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis for treatment after she was injured in a fire, which occurred at about 1:15 a.m. today on Route N. ...
Dexter student arrested on sodomy, restraint charges (10/13/08)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter High School student and football player was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of sodomy and restraint. Zachariah Allen Hedrick, 17, a junior at Dexter High School, faces charges of forcible sodomy and felonious restraint, according to the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department...
Brian Gerau named as new director of Jackson Chamber of Commerce (10/13/08)
Brian Gerau has been named the new executive director of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce. The announcement was made at the American Women's Business Association annual auction Saturday. He will assume the position Nov. 1. The hiring of Gerau comes five-and-a-half months after former Chamber executive director Marybeth Williams died from pneumonia April 27. Executive assistant Cheryl Merkler has assumed Williams' day-to-day roles since her sudden death...
Mississippi County hopes proposed uranium mining will jump-start economy (10/13/08)
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, Mo. -- Commissioner Martin Lucas believes proposed efforts to mine uranium in Mississippi County could put millions of dollars into an economy in need of revival. "If mining is successful here, it would be a boon for the county," Lucas said. "Is it a make or break? We'll survive one way or another. But it would help."...
Autopsy results on Cape Girardeau barge accident victim to be released in weeks (10/13/08)
Results from today's autopsy of a Chaffee, Mo., man who died in a barge accident are expected to be released within a couple of weeks, Cape Girardeau County chief deputy coroner Jerry Goin said. Thomas Eftink, 67, died after falling into an empty hopper barge at Buzzi Unicem, 2524 S. Sprigg St. in Cape Girardeau, Saturday afternoon. The man was taken to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, where he was pronounced dead...
Old Lorimier's legacy: Historic Cape Girardeau cemetery marks 200th anniversary (10/13/08)
In Old Lorimier Cemetery, weather and vandals are eroding links to the early history of Cape Girardeau. Established in 1808, before the city officially came into existence, Old Lorimier is, in the words of Dr. Frank Nickell, "the front line of defense in the preservation of a city's history."...
New memorial to fallen law enforcement agents planned (10/13/08)
The committee of Seniors And Lawmen Together has big plans for its annual law enforcement memorial service next May, when it hopes to unveil a new memorial to honor fallen officers in Cape County Park North. The committee held a meeting Oct. 8 where members discussed some of the details of the planned memorial, designed to resemble the National Law Enforcement Memorial and be easy to maintain...
DREAM surveys gathered in Poplar Bluff (10/13/08)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Efforts to make downtown Poplar Bluff a more popular destination for area residents and visitors are part of the planning process for the DREAM program. The downtown revitalization initiative, started in 2006 by Gov. Matt Blunt, includes Poplar Bluff among 10 cities designated as DREAM communities during 2007...
Hulshof, Nixon employ contrasting campaign strategies in Missouri governor's race (10/13/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Republican Kenny Hulshof promotes a new policy idea every week. Democrat Jay Nixon has spoken about the same basic proposals for months. The contrasting campaign strategies in Missouri’s gubernatorial race help reveal who’s ahead in the public opinion polls as the Nov. 4 election approaches...
Lawyers: Missouri town's cancer rate higher than expected (10/13/08)
CAMERON, Mo. — Despite a state report to the contrary, a Kansas City law firm said its five-month investigation shows a larger than expected number of cancer cases in Cameron. The personal injury law firm, Peterson and Associates, met with about 50 people Saturday, many of them diagnosed with brain tumors...
Pediatrician group advises raising intake of vitamin D (10/13/08)
CHICAGO -- The leading pediatricians group in the U.S. says children from newborns to teens should get double the usually recommended amount of vitamin D because of evidence that it may help prevent serious diseases. To meet the new recommendation of 400 units daily, millions of children will need to take daily vitamin D supplements, the American Academy of Pediatrics said. That includes breast-fed infants -- even those who get some formula, too, and many teens who drink little or no milk...
A month after Ike, Texas towns still working to repair damage (10/13/08)
GALVESTON, Texas -- A month later, piles of Sheetrock, appliances, furniture and family mementos dot most streets in this island town. Electronic road signs in southeast Texas flash, "Watch for cows next 20 miles," a reminder that few fences remain to hem in livestock. Blue tarps cover 11,000 roofs for 100 miles from Houston to the Louisiana line...
Holocaust survivors tell love story (10/13/08)
NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- In the beginning, there was a boy, a girl and an apple. He was a teenager in a concentration camp in Nazi-controlled Germany. She was a bit younger, living free in the village, her family posing as Christians. Their eyes met through a barbed-wire fence and she wondered what she could do for this handsome young man...
Ohio shooting puts face on housing crisis (10/13/08)
AKRON, Ohio -- By the time deputies came to escort Addie Polk out of her home of 38 years, the 90-year-old had taken out her life insurance policy and placed it next to her pocketbook and keys in the neatly kept house. She shot herself in the chest Oct. 1 before she could be taken away from the foreclosed house, which was worth less than its mortgage from the day she took out the loan...
Republicans fret about McCain's prospects for winning election (10/13/08)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Three weeks before the election, Republicans are growing increasingly concerned about John McCain's ability to mount a comeback, questioning his tactics and even his campaign's main thrust in a White House race increasingly focused on economic turmoil...
Ithaca, N.Y., wants to become America's first 'podcar' city (10/13/08)
ITHACA, N.Y. -- The thought of a driverless, computer-guided car transporting people where they want to go on demand is a futuristic notion to some. To Jacob Roberts, podcars -- or PRTs, for personal rapid transit -- represent an important component in the here-and-now of transportation...
Former propane mogul, 78, dies (10/13/08)
LEBANON, Mo. -- Robert W. Plaster, a Missouri business leader who was accused in the 1970s of plotting to bomb a competitor's truck in an effort to dominate the propane business, died Saturday. He was 78. Plaster died of natural causes at his home south of Lebanon, Laclede County Coroner Steve Murrell said...
Two homes, 750 acres burn in Calif. (10/13/08)
LOS ANGELES -- Firefighters backed by water-dumping helicopters and planes gained ground Sunday on a wildfire that destroyed two homes and forced the evacuation of about 1,200 people in a rugged area 20 miles north of downtown. Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Ron Haralson said the blaze charred up to 750 acres in the Angeles National Forest and also burned a garage, several sheds and three motor homes...
Man climbing Oregon's 100 tallest peaks (10/13/08)
MEDFORD, Ore. -- To avoid the crowds and find a decent place to camp, Cory Crebbin saw nowhere to go but up. A goal of scaling Oregon's 100 highest peaks has kept Crebbin, 49, busy for nearly the past decade. With 43 done, Crebbin has viewed Oregon vistas from the state's southeastern corner to Mount Hood...
Insulated from crisis, Iraqi stocks soar (10/13/08)
BAGHDAD -- While the rest of the world is facing a financial meltdown, the Iraq Stock Exchange is booming. The ISX index soared nearly 40 percent during September, boosted by increasing confidence in security gains. The ISX is only open two hours a day, three days a week and brokers track trading activity on the floor with colored markers and white bulletin boards instead of computers. But investors are seeing gains, especially in the hotel sector, even as markets elsewhere are taking a tumble...
North Korea to restart nuclear disablement (10/13/08)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea said Sunday it will resume dismantling its main nuclear facilities, hours after the U.S. removed the communist country from a list of states Washington says sponsor terrorism. North Korea's Foreign Ministry said it will again allow inspections by the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency at its Yongbyon nuclear complex to verify the disablement process, pledged under a 2007 disarmament-for-aid deal with the U.S. ...
Coal sees a comeback in Wales due to high oil prices (10/13/08)
CWMGRACH, Wales -- Deep under a pine-covered mountain, men clamber into red overalls and heavy boots, strap on lamps and attach sensors that check gas levels. They walk with bent knees into the gloom, down a rocky, uneven slope to the coal face 1,200 feet below the surface, and chatter happily about their good luck to be underground -- again...
Edgar likely coached his last game at Southeast (10/13/08)
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Scott Edgar put up a brave front Thursday as he addressed alleged NCAA rules violations under his watch. In a statement issued through his attorney, Edgar denied knowingly committing any NCAA infractions and said he looked forward to continuing to coach the Redhawks in the future...
Texas upgrades to No. 1, Missouri plummets to No. 11 (10/13/08)
NEW YORK -- Texas rode its resounding Red River Rivalry upset right to No. 1. The Longhorns leapfrogged No. 2 Alabama on Sunday and sit atop The Associated Press Top 25 in the regular season for the first time in 24 years after beating Oklahoma 45-35...
Redhawks' offense stays silent (10/13/08)
For most of the season, Southeast Missouri State soccer coach Heather Nelson has stressed patience. But it's gotten to the point where Nelson is running out of patience. Nelson publicly expressed frustration for the first time this year after Sunday's 1-0 loss to visiting Eastern Kentucky...
Brown kicks St. Louis to first win (10/13/08)
LANDOVER, Md. -- The St. Louis Rams seemed almost determined to sink to 0-5. They fumbled at their own 4-yard line on their second play from scrimmage. They were going nowhere until a fluke turnover flipped the momentum. They blew a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter. They set themselves up for a gimme field goal to win the game, then committed a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty...
DeWitt's triple sparks LA to 7-2 win in NLCS (10/13/08)
LOS ANGELES — Tired of getting brushed back in the NL championship series, Manny Ramirez and the Los Angeles Dodgers came out ready to fight their way back against Philadelphia. Blake DeWitt's bases-loaded triple off Jamie Moyer capped a five-run first inning, and the feisty Dodgers beat the Phillies 7-2 in a testy game Sunday night to trim Philadelphia's lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series...
Johnson wins his fourth PGA Tour title in Texas (10/13/08)
Zach Johnson won the Texas Open on Sunday for his fourth PGA Tour title, following his third-round 62 with a 64 for a two-stroke victory over Charlie Wi, Mark Wilson and Tim Wilkinson. Johnson, the 2007 Masters champion who entered the week with only one top-10 finish this year, had a 19-under 261 total on the La Cantera Golf Club's Resort Course in San Antonio...
Ballesteros reveals he has brain tumor (10/13/08)
MADRID, Spain -- After an illustrious career marked by nearly as many achievements as unimaginable golf shots -- including an unforgettable one from a parking lot during his first British Open win, Seve Ballesteros was preparing for the "hardest challenge" of his life Sunday after learning he has a brain tumor...
Cardinals block Cowboys' comeback in OT (10/13/08)
Sean Morey blocked Mat McBriar's punt and Monty Beisel scooped up the ball and scored from 3 yards out as the Arizona Cardinals defeated the Dallas Cowboys 30-24 in overtime Sunday. The stunning play brought a conclusion to a game loaded with confusion, controversy and clutch performances...
Red Sox turn to Lester after Rays even series with dramatic victory (10/13/08)
BOSTON -- This is Jon Lester unleashed: unhittable in May, a stopper in October, the emerging ace of the Boston Red Sox. The 24-year-old lefty will start Game 3 of the AL Championship Series against Tampa Bay today, facing Matt Garza at Fenway Park under the championship banner Lester helped raise with a World Series-clinching victory just months after he was cured of cancer...
NBA to help China develop arenas (10/13/08)
LONDON — The NBA has formed a joint venture with Anschutz Entertainment Group to design and develop about 12 multipurpose arenas in major Chinese cities. The project was announced Sunday at the O2 Arena in London, where the New Jersey Nets and Miami Heat played a preseason game. AEG runs the O2, and the venture will be equally owned by the two parties...
Fans to help celebrate 'Dallas' reunion (10/13/08)
PARKER, Texas -- Larry Hagman was reluctant to be on a new TV show called "Dallas" when he first read the script in the late 1970s, figuring there wouldn't be any money in it. But his wife persuaded him to give the role of conniving oil baron and cattle rancher J.R. Ewing a shot, saying they could "renegotiate" and that the job might pay off...
Efforts on global warming chilled by economic woes (10/13/08)
WASHINGTON — The economic free fall gripping the nation may bring down one of the main environmental objectives: capping the greenhouse gases that are blamed for global warming. Democratic leaders in the House and the Senate, and both presidential candidates, continue to rank tackling global warming as a chief goal next year. ...
People on the move 10/13/08 (10/13/08)
Oncologists credentialed for cancer treatment Two local physicians have been credentialed by M.D. Anderson Physicians Network through Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau to provide patients access to evidence-based cancer treatment guidelines. Medical oncologists Mark A. Meadors and Carlos Robles join 18 physicians already credentialed at Saint Francis Medical Center...
Businesspeople stay connected while away from office with Wi-Fi (10/13/08)
Software developer John Greenfield understands the value of staying connected away from his home office. A Cape Girardeau resident who works for Jacksonville, Fla.-based Fidelity Information Services from his home office, Greenfield has been a mainstay at area cafes and coffee shops for three years, using their wireless capabilities to research information for his company through his laptop. ...
The era of easy credit may be over for the long haul (10/13/08)
An inflatable gorilla beckoned from the roof of Don Brown Chevrolet in St. Louis, servers doled out free bowls of pasta and a salesman urged potential customers to "come on up under the canopy and put your hands on" a new set of wheels. But sitting across from a salesman in a quiet back room, Adrian Clark could see it wouldn't be nearly that easy. ...
Thomas Eftink (10/13/08)
ORAN, Mo. — Thomas H. Eftink, 67, of Oran died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete with Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran.
Clarisa Lancaster (10/13/08)
Clarisa A. Lancaster, 83, of Randles died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, Mo.
Owen Scherer Sr. (10/13/08)
Owen H. Scherer Sr., 78, of Jackson died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home chapel. Funeral will be at noon Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo...
Clarence Lohmann (10/13/08)
Clarence A. Lohmann, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008 at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 11, 1919, in Cape Girardeau, son of Edward and Emma Kohlfeld Lohmann. He and Vera (Felter) Lohmann were married Nov. 18, 1939, in Chaffee, Mo...
Fire report 10/13/08 (10/13/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: n At 5:43 p.m., emergency medical services in the 3300 block of Campster Drive. n At 7:34 p.m., alarm sounding at 518 S. Fountain St. n At 8:32 p.m., emergency medical services at 97 N. Kingshighway...
Police report 10/13/08 (10/13/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Kevin Laster, no age given, 807 N. Sprigg St., Apt. 9, was arrested on suspicion of peace disturbance. n Jimmie Lindell Jr., no age given, of Sikeston, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and on a Sikeston, Mo., warrant for contempt of court and on a Charleston, Mo., warrant for failure to appear...
Out of the past 10/13/08 (10/13/08)
25 years ago: Oct. 13, 1983 Cape Girardeau County Presiding Judge Gene Huckstep was scheduled to be aboard Air Illinois Flight 710, the plane on which 10 people died when it crashed near Pinkneyville, Ill., Tuesday night; however, Huckstep changed flights that afternoon and took a TWI flight to St. Louis from Chicago to avoid a layover...
The latest mall casualty (10/13/08)
Last week brought the announcement that McAlister's Select is no longer in business at West Park Mall in Cape Girardeau. The deli's closure is not good news for mall management, who now must find another tenant to fill the space. On Aug. 28 officials with Steve & Barry's confirmed the discount clothing store would be closing its West Park Mall location, which will leave the 80,000-square-foot space unoccupied. Mall management will not comment on either situation...
Higher taxes (10/13/08)
Among the many aspects of the current financial crisis is the nationwide decline, with exceptions in some areas, in the market value of homes. For decades an investment in a house has been considered prudent for many reasons, including the likelihood that the property would increase in value over time. That has been the case, and Americans have the highest percentage of homeownership in the world...
Speak Out 10/13/08 (10/13/08)
AIG's waste AFTER AIG got $85 billion, I hear on the news that the Federal Reserve has agreed to give the company $37 billion more. The report went on to say AIG executives went on a big luxury vacation. When is this waste going to stop? Need right-to-work...
Firetruck rally 2008 (10/13/08)
The 2008 firetruck rally was held on Saturday October 11th at Capaha Park. It was well attended especially by the youngsters who wandered around the trucks displayed and even got to play some firemens games. The Cape Kiwanis club was on hand and handed out nearly 100 fire chief hats to the little ones...
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