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Mo. judge rejects lawsuit against casino measure (10/20/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A state judge rejects a lawsuit seeking to knock a casino initiative off the November ballot. The initiative would repeal Missouri's unique gambling loss limit, cap licenses for new casinos and raise casino taxes to increase funding for education...
Southeast Missouri State University Homecoming activities start tonight (10/20/08)
Southeast Missouri State University will hold a pep rally and talent show at 6 p.m. tonight in Academic Auditorium to kick off Homecoming week. The Sundancers and Golden Eagles Marching Band will perform. The top five women and top five men candidates for Man and Woman of the Year will also be announced. For a complete list of Homecoming week activities, check semissourian.com or the Southeast Missourian Tuesday...
Carter County, Mo., sheriff killed by bullet from his own gun (10/20/08)
VAN BUREN, Mo. — Carter County Sheriff Greg Melton died Thursday night from a bullet from his own gun. "One shell was expended from the sheriff's .357 magnum revolver," Carter County Coroner Dennis McSpadden said Saturday. "We are still waiting for gunshot residue tests to come back."...
Missing Cape Girardeau woman found in Chicago (10/20/08)
A mentally and physically disabled woman who walked away from her assisted living residence in Cape Girardeau has been found in Chicago. The Cape Girardeau Police Department and Scott County Public Administrator's office made separate announcements about the find just before 3 p.m. today...
Cape Girardeau School Board to discuss audit tonight (10/20/08)
The Cape Girardeau School Board will discuss the district's annual audit at the board's regular meeting tonight.Last year's audit showed major problems in the district's bookkeeping, leading to a shakeup in the school district's administration. The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. at 301 N. Clark Ave. Look for a story after the meeting on semissourian.com or in Tuesday's Southeast Missourian...
VP Cheney lands in Cape Girardeau (10/20/08)
Vice President Dick Cheney landed in Cape Girardeau around 4:30 p.m. today to attend a fundraiser at the home of local lawyer and conservative author David Limbaugh. The fundraiser was scheduled to benefit the campaign of Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder...
Cape Girardeau City Council to consider alcohol sales at movie theater (10/20/08)
People who have a craving for a beer to go with their popcorn at the movie theater could have their wish fulfilled by the Cape Girardeau City Council. At tonight's meeting, the council will consider a request from Wehrenberg Theaters, operators of Cape West 14 Cine, 247 Siemers Drive, to allow liquor sales at the movies...
Sikeston police think school bomb scare may have been accidental (10/20/08)
SIKESTON, Mo. —A bomb scare this morning at Sikeston High School may have been caused completely by accident, according to a news release from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety.Sikeston police were called to the high school just after 6:30 a.m., when a teacher noticed a box sitting in front of the school's Math and Science Center. ...
Police: Woman recovering from brain injury reported missing from assisted living facility (10/20/08)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department is looking for a woman who disappeared Saturday from Maple Crest Manor. Laurie J. Rose, 47, has walked away from the Maple Crest Manor before, according to department spokesman Sgt. Barry Hovis, "but she's always returned."...
Cape Girardeau County residents get chance to recycle electronics, other unusual items (10/20/08)
For the first time, Cape Girardeau County residents and businesses will be able to participate in a recycling program with heavy emphasis on electronics. E-cycle Day is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Jackson's recycling center, 508 Eastview Court. Rodney Bollinger, Jackson's public works director, said the event is open to everyone in the county, including Cape Girardeau. The event is a joint project led by Jackson with Cape Girardeau County and Jackson's public and private schools...
Sikeston man killed Friday in Interstate 55 accident (10/20/08)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- A Sikeston man died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident that slowed traffic for several hours Friday on Interstate 55 near Portageville. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 5:30 a.m. on I-55, four miles north of Portageville, as northbound motorist Charles R. ...
Missouri motorists urged to use caution on roadways during deer season (10/20/08)
With the bow-hunting portion of deer season underway, Missouri law enforcement, conservation and insurance agencies are urging motorists to use caution when driving on the state's roads. "They just come right at you," said Lt. Jim McNeill with the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Sikeston. "This time of year people need to realize an increasing number of deer are on the road, most frequently in the morning and evening hours...
New Madrid County roundup of suspected drug offenders leads to the arrest of 32 (10/20/08)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Thirty-two residents from New Madrid, Scott and Dunklin counties were arrested Friday in a roundup of suspected drug offenders. An undercover drug investigation by the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force centered primarily in New Madrid County were conducted over a one-year period, according to a news release from Sgt. Kevin Glaser of the SEMO Drug Task Force...
Cape Girardeau School Board to put video of meetings online (10/20/08)
Tracking the Cape Girardeau School Board just got a little easier. People who missed meetings now have the option of watching video of them online. "We want to make information about the school district more accessible to more people," said board president Kyle McDonald. "With sports, family obligations and work, it's not always convenient to make it to the meetings or sit in front of the TV."...
Grandfather gets prison time for knifing grandson (10/20/08)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- An East Prairie, Mo., man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for assaulting his grandson. Raymond Wheatley, 66, was sentenced Thursday to eight years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for first-degree domestic assault...
Meramec River shown to be longer thanks to GPS, kayakers (10/20/08)
ST. LOUIS -- It may not rival the multistate meanderings of the Ol' Man or the Big Muddy, but this year the Meramec River may have become just a little mightier. In March a group of kayakers and canoeists set out to paddle the river's length, from its headwaters in the Ozarks to its confluence with the Mississippi River in Arnold, Mo. ...
Midwest corn and soybeans look good, but prices lower than expected (10/20/08)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A farming season that once appeared to be doomed by the weather has turned out pretty well for Midwest soybean and corn crops. But, to the surprise of farmers harvesting soybeans and corn, it's the fall of once record-high prices that now threatens to take a lot of the shine off 2008...
Flooding caused by Taum Sauk reservoir breach reveals area's history to geologists (10/20/08)
LESTERVILLE, Mo. -- The raging flood from a December 2005 breach in the Taum Sauk reservoir not only ripped trees and soil from the side of Proffit Mountain, it sliced through centuries of time. The 1.3 billion gallons of water stripped all the dirt in its path, revealing Taum Sauk rhyolite rock formed 1.4 billion years ago when volcanoes created the St. Francois Mountains...
Most Mo. donors unaffected by repeal of contribution cap (10/20/08)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Most Missourians cannot afford luxury cars, five-star dinners and hillside mansions. They also can't give politicians lots of money for their campaigns -- even if there aren't any rules limiting how much can be donated. Earlier this year, the legislature repealed the state's caps on donations to political candidates...
Abducted Nev. boy returned to his father (10/20/08)
LAS VEGAS -- As abruptly as he was taken, Cole Puffinburger reappeared. What happened to the youngster in between is still a mystery. In an abduction that Las Vegas police Capt. Vincent Cannito called "as bad as it gets," the slight 6-year-old was taken from his home Wednesday morning by men posing as police officers. Authorities suspect Mexican drug dealers with a grudge against Cole's grandfather...
Founder calls for a 'new beginning' for Nation of Islam (10/20/08)
CHICAGO -- Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan stressed unity among religions while preaching a message of black empowerment at a public event Sunday deemed "a new beginning" for the Chicago-based movement. In the nearly two-hour speech, Farrakhan covered topics including immigration, public schools, violence and morality. He vaguely referred to the presidential election but did not specifically mention any candidates...
Trial of Fort Dix plot suspects to get underway (10/20/08)
CAMDEN, N.J. -- A jury will hear opening arguments Monday in the trial of five men accused of plotting to kill soldiers on Fort Dix, a case the government has presented as one of the most frightening examples of homegrown terrorism since the Sept. 11 attacks...
Sparse accessible outlets for electric cars spark owner creativity (10/20/08)
SEATTLE -- Owning an electric vehicle requires more than global-cooling ambitions. It takes guile, planning, sharp vision, a silver tongue -- and a 50-foot extension cord. Steve Bernheim knows accessible outlets like a firefighter knows hydrants. He has to -- his Corbin Sparrow runs only 25 miles on a charge...
Gov. Sarah Palin smiles as 'SNL' mocks her anew (10/20/08)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After watching "Saturday Night Live" make fun of her from afar, Sarah Palin witnessed it first hand as Tina Fey engaged in fiction by depicting her at the news conference the Republican vice presidential nominee has yet to hold. Later, Palin came on stage during the "Weekend Update" mock news segment and bobbed to the beat as cast member Amy Poehler performed a rap song the Alaska governor decided was too hardcore to perform herself...
Democrats bank early votes in battleground states (10/20/08)
WASHINGTON -- Two weeks before Election Day, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is busily banking every early vote he can get in key states. Republican nominee John McCain is more selectively working to lock in the early votes of his most iffy supporters, figuring the rest will make it to the polls sooner or later...
'Sticky prices': Grocery bills still high despite lower oil costs (10/20/08)
Worries over a global recession have pushed the price of oil to its lowest in over a year. Don't expect the same for a bottle of beer, a tube of toothpaste or a box of cereal. You can blame "sticky" prices. That's what analysts call it when companies slap higher prices on products and keep them there even though the rationale for the price hikes -- such as soaring oil prices -- is gone...
Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama for president (10/20/08)
WASHINGTON -- Colin Powell, a Republican and retired general who was President Bush's first secretary of state, broke with the party Sunday and endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president, calling him a "transformational figure" while criticizing the tone of John McCain's campaign...
Shiite bloc holds off OK to U.S.-Iraq pact (10/20/08)
BAGHDAD -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's ruling Shiite coalition withheld support Sunday for the proposed security pact that would keep U.S. troops here for three more years, dealing a setback to American hopes of a speedy approval of the agreement...
Barak: Israel considering Saudi peace plan (10/20/08)
JERUSALEM -- Israeli leaders are seriously considering a dormant Saudi plan offering a comprehensive peace between Israel and the Arab world in exchange for lands captured during the 1967 war, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Sunday. Barak said it may be time to pursue an overall peace deal for the region because individual negotiations with Syria and the Palestinians have made little progress...
Cubans head for Mexico to dodge U.S. sea patrols (10/20/08)
ISLA MUJERES, Mexico -- On the night Lazaro Mendez got an alert that his boat had been stolen from the Florida Keys, he was swept up in a new chapter of the Cuban boat people drama. Grabbing a laptop computer that tracked the fishing boat's position by satellite, he watched as it stopped for refueling at sea, then shot off toward Cuba -- the latest in a swarm of thefts of Florida boats prized by smugglers for their speed...
Analysts: 1 million barrel OPEC cut not enough (10/20/08)
CAIRO, Egypt -- A crude oil production cut of even 1 million barrels per day at OPEC's upcoming emergency meeting is unlikely to reverse slumping prices in the short term, analysts said Sunday, amid mounting calls by several cartel members to take action to keep prices at the $80 per barrel level...
The show must go on for Southeast men's basketball (10/20/08)
The allegations of NCAA rules violations that led to coach Scott Edgar being placed on administrative leave have dominated most of the recent talk regarding Southeast Missouri State men's basketball. Not many people I've spoken to even seem to be thinking about what might happen on the court this season...
Redhawks fall to Tennessee Tech (10/20/08)
The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team was dealt a 2-1 road loss Sunday at Tennessee Tech. The loss further damaged the Redhawks' hopes of making the six-team Ohio Valley Conference tournament. Southeast (2-8-1 overall, 1-4-2 OVC), the two-time defending OVC tournament champions, came into the contest in eighth place in the OVC standings...
Texas sits atop year's first BCS standings (10/20/08)
NEW YORK -- The grid is set for the race to the BCS national championship game. Texas holds the pole position and Alabama is second. Penn State joins the Longhorns and Crimson Tide in the front row, but the Nittany Lions already might have too much ground to gain...
Turnesa wins Shriners tourney for his first PGA Tour title (10/20/08)
Marc Turnesa completed a wire-to-wire victory for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a 4-under 68 on Sunday to hold off Matt Kuchar by a stroke in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. The fourth rookie to win on the PGA Tour this season, Turnesa opened with rounds of 62, 64 and 69 at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas en route to a 25-under 263 total. He earned $738,000...
Haslett's rejuvenated Rams pound Cowboys 34-14 (10/20/08)
ST. LOUIS -- Even on the road, the chorus of "Romo! Romo!" from Dallas Cowboys' fans was easily audible at the start of the second half. Tony Romo told the coaching staff after pregame warmups he wasn't up to playing with a broken right pinkie. He was in uniform, giving fans false hope, but they were stuck with Brad Johnson...
Johnson pulls closer to a third straight title (10/20/08)
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Jimmie Johnson is on a roll again, and whether he's willing to admit it or not, while everyone else in NASCAR is chasing him, he's chasing history. Johnson led 339 laps Sunday as he and his Hendrick Motorsports teammates again dominated at Martinsville Speedway, and the two-time defending Sprint Cup champion padded his lead in his bid for a record-tying third championship in a row with four races remaining...
Rays reach World Series with win in Game 7 of ALCS (10/20/08)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Down to their last chance, the Tampa Bay Rays left no doubt they were World Series-worthy, after all. The young Rays completed a stunning run to their first pennant, holding off the defending champion Boston Red Sox 3-1 Sunday night behind Matt Garza's masterful pitching in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series...
Unbeaten Titans stampede Chiefs 34-10 (10/20/08)
The Tennessee Titans haven't been this good and the Kansas City Chiefs haven't been this bad in 31 years. With Chris Johnson running for 168 yards and LenDale White 149, the Titans (6-0) remained the NFL's lone unbeaten team by rushing for a franchise-record 332 yards in a 34-10 blowout Sunday. The record that fell was set with 296 yards the Houston Oilers amassed on the ground against Kansas City on Nov. 27, 1977, almost two decades before the team moved to Tennessee...
People on themove 10/20/08 (10/20/08)
Treatment center names employee of the year Cottonwood Residential Treatment Center recognized Lisa Blank of Cape Girardeau as the 2008 employee of the year during the annual Employee Relations Day at the center. Blank has been the facility's fiscal and administrative manager since 2005. ...
Cheap chic: Consignment and thrift shops are thriving in tight economy (10/20/08)
The economy may be reducing the profits of countless stores throughout the country, but at area consignment and thrift shops business is booming. "While we have a regular clientele, we're seeing more and more new faces," said Jackson Salvation Army Thrift Store manager Sandra Trapp. "When the economy is tight, people are looking to supplement their income in whatever way they can."...
Some investors grow leery of stocks in grim market (10/20/08)
CHICAGO -- Judy Katz reached her breaking point with stocks when the Dow collapsed at the start of this month, free-falling as much as 2,400 points and taking a big chunk of her life's savings with it before she hastily cashed out all of her funds...
$3 gas is back if anyone cares (10/20/08)
Gut-wrenching declines in the stock market, a financial panic that some have compared to the Great Depression and the realization that the U.S. may be headed to its worst recession in over a generation have trumped what should otherwise be good news: The return of $3-a-gallon (or less) gas...
Barbara Storm (10/20/08)
Barbara Storm OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Barbara June McKee Storm, 70, of Olive Branch died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, at her home. She was born June 10, 1938, at Olive Branch to Otha Anthony and Addie Doris Connell McKee. She married George Louis Storm on Sept. 15, 1964 in Oklahoma...
Terry Oxford (10/20/08)
Terry Oxford EAST CAPE GIRARDEAU, Ill. -- Terry Joe Oxford, 48, of McClure, Ill., died Sunday at his parents' home in East Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Naomi Johnson (10/20/08)
Naomi Johnson Naomi Lois (Randol) Johnson, 92, died Oct. 17, 2008. She was born March 5, 1916, in McClure, Ill., daughter of Earl and Mary Randol. She married Lester Johnson in 1936. He died in 1982. Johnson was a Gray Lady at St. Charles Hospital in St. Charles, Mo., for many years and worked as a preschool teacher...
Linda Edmond (10/20/08)
Linda Edmond PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Linda Lou Edmond, 54, of Perryville died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at her home. She was born June 4, 1954, in Fredericktown, Mo., daughter of John Wesley and Jessie Coppaway Edmond. She married Paul Joseph Keller Sr. Survivors include her husband; three sons, Michael Keller of Fredericktown, Joseph and Paul Keller II, both of Perryville; a daughter, Heather Yount of Patton, Mo.; two brothers, Roger Edmond of Perryville and John Edmond of Bonne Terre, Mo.; three sisters, Judy Emmett of Fredericktown, Mary Keller of Jackson and Brenda Lee Edmond of Perryville; and 11 grandchildren.. ...
Amber Hill (10/20/08)
Amber Hill CAIRO, Ill. -- Amber Victoria Hill, 4 months and 23 days, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008, at home. She was born May 22, 2008, in Cairo, daughter of William Thomas and Chakira Hill Morgan. She is survived by her parents; four sisters; three brothers; maternal and paternal grandparents...
Clara Lebo (10/20/08)
Clara Lebo Clara Moore Lebo, 88, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Cairo, Ill., died Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. She was born Feb. 19, 1920, in Wickliffe, Ky., daughter of Joseph and Mattie DeJarnett Moore...
Thomas Mouser (10/20/08)
Thomas Mouser Thomas Leon Mouser, 63, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at his home in Florissant, Mo. He was born Aug. 7, 1945, to Hadley W. and Mildred Idell Thomas Mouser in Zalma, Mo. He was a senior teller for Regions Bank and a U.S. Navy veteran, having served from 1963-1967. He was of the Baptist faith...
Viola Watts (10/20/08)
Viola Watts PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Viola E. Watts, 86, of Perryville died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at Independence Care Center of Perry County. She was born Nov. 6, 1921, in Arkansas, the daughter of James W. and Mahalie Probst Sutton. She and James B. Watts were married Jan. 28, 1939. He died Dec. 4, 1999...
Marie Britt (10/20/08)
Marie Britt EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Marie Imogene (Jean) Britt, 81, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at her home in East Prairie. She was born Sept. 30, 1927, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Wil­liam Ernest (Buck) and Thelma Aydelott Batson. She and James Orville (Pee Wee) Britt were married Oct. 11, 1966...
Gilbert Blasiney (10/20/08)
Gilbert Blasiney Gilbert F. Blasiney, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at the Missouri Veterans Home. He was born May 6, 1927, in St. Louis, son of Frank and Elsie Schindler Blasiney. He and Estelle Baumann were married Oct. 16, 1954, in River Aux Vases, Mo. She survives in Cape Girardeau...
Police report 10/20/08 (10/20/08)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs n Jeremy W. Thiele, 24, 1536 N. Spanish St., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, failure to maintain the roadway and consuming alcohol while driving...
Fire report 10/20/08 (10/20/08)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Saturday: n At 10:21 p.m., emergency medical service in the 900 block of North Kingshighway. Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n At 10:47 a.m., emergency medical service in the 200 block of Independence Street...
Out of the past 10/20/08 (10/20/08)
25 years ago: Oct. 20, 1983 By a narrow margin, the Cape Girardeau City Council last night turned down a request from Rose City Oil Co. for a liquor license for a proposed service station, convenience store and deli restaurant because of its proximity to First Baptist Church...
Cape's west side gets Contract Postal Unit (10/20/08)
U.S. Postal Service officials have announced the addition of a Contract Postal Unit to provide postal services to customers on the west side of Cape Girardeau. It will open Wednesday at the First State Community Bank, 2527 William St. The center is scheduled to operate 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday...
Earthy people in a small world (10/20/08)
I knew retired U.S. Navy Capt. Charlie Plumb's name was familiar, I just couldn't remember why, until a reader helped me out. Plumb, a prisoner of war with John McCain in Vietnam, was in Cape Girardeau on Friday as part of a campaign event that I covered...
Jackson chamber (10/20/08)
Officers and search committee members at the Jackson Chamber of Commerce are excited about the selection of a new executive director. Last week the chamber announced that Brian Gerau had been picked for the post. It was a tough decision that took six months following the untimely death of the former executive director, Marybeth Williams. Gerau was a friend of Williams and hopes to keep her memory alive in his efforts to serve the Jackson business community...
Name change is commendable (10/20/08)
To the editor: Gov. Matt Blunt's executive order changing the name of the Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities to the Division of Developmental Disabilities is a commendable action. The unfortunate fact of our society is that the term "retarded" is used by some people in a derogatory and insensitive manner. Children will use it to tease or humiliate one another...
Students learn about disabilities (10/20/08)
To the editor: This past week I have had the privilege and honor of speaking to students in the Jackson School District from grades six to 12 about disability awareness during the celebration of Disability Awareness Week. I want to commend the parents, teachers, students and businesses that participated in making this week a huge success. ...
Speak Out 10/20/08 (10/20/08)
Liberal blindness HERE WE go with editorial cartoonist Don Greenwood again. His latest cartoon suggests that the eagle of American greatness can't fly because of big oil companies and OPEC. Did he not notice that when the economic slowdown hit, oil dropped off by half? That proves that this is all a product of market forces. Greenwood and libs of his ilk are too blinded to see the truth in these matters...
Cape Pilots Club Chili Cook-Off and Fly-In at KCGI (10/20/08)
The Cape Pilots Club had great weather for their 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off Competition on the 11th of this month. I understand that Donna Irwin's entry took first place. Congrat's to Donna! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a photo of her and her award...if any Pilot's Club member was able to get one, perhaps they could post it in the "Your Photos" section...
Pumpkin Tree? (10/20/08)
Honor Tour Ceremony (10/20/08)
The Honor Tour - a group that takes WWII veterans to Washington DC to visit te WWII memorial - stopped at Cape Central High School on Friday, October 17 for its send-off ceremony. Jordan Sheets escorts one of the veterans down the flag-lined Tiger Alley into the Tiger Fieldhouse, where the ceremony was held...
Cape Pilots Club Chili Cook-Off (10/20/08)
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