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This afternoon on seMissourian.com (01/09/09)
On Thursday we learned that Kit Bond was seeking retirement after four terms in the U.S. Senate. Today U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson took herself out of consideration for the seat being vacated by Bond."Jo Ann is not going to run for senate in 2010," Emerson's spokesman, Jeffrey Connor, told Southeast Missourian political reporter Rudi Keller. ...
Cape firefighters battling blaze on South Middle Street (01/09/09)
At 7 p.m., the Cape Girardeau Fire Department was battling a house fire at 319 S. Middle St. The second floor of the building is fully engulfed, and the department has requested aid from Jackson and Scott City. Check back for updates or read Saturday's Southeast Missourian...
Small quake reported near Glenallen (01/09/09)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- The Cooperative New Madrid Seismic Network reported a magnitude-2.5 earthquake near Glenallen, Mo. ...
New law requiring testing of lead in children's merchandise does not apply to consignment, thrift shops (01/09/09)

Thrift and consigment stores do not have to comply with a law requiring 
retailers to test merchandise sold to children for lead, the Consumer
Product Safety Commission has determined.
 Prior to the announcement, area thrift retailers had expressed concern about
the legislation, saying they couldn't afford to test the items and that the
law may put them out of business. ...
Butler County coroner gets big raise (01/09/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Because of a higher number of death investigations and additional paperwork responsibilities, the Butler County coroner's pay has been increased to $37,320 for 2009. The coroner's pay was $20,105 during 2008. The decision was made by the Butler County Salary Commission in late December. The salary commission is made up of all the county elected officials...
Jo Ann Emerson to be top Republican on U.S. House panel overseeing Treasury, SEC (01/09/09)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson reaped the rewards of the seniority system Wednesday by landing a job as the top Republican on a Congressional subcommittee that directs spending for the U.S. Treasury, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the White House...
Guardrail repairs to reduce section of Interstate 55 to one lane in Scott County (01/09/09)
SCOTT COUNTY, Mo. - Interstate 55 will be reduced to one lane today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform guardrail repairs.This section of roadway is located from Route AB to the Scott City exit. The southbound side will be reduced to one lane beginning at 8 a.m...
Jackson officials: No electric increase despite slumping sales tax revenue (01/09/09)
Jackson officials ruled out another electric rate increase as they addressed questions about declining sales tax revenue and other aspects of the city's 2009 budget. "We will not raise utility rates to balance a budget," said city administrator Jim Roach. If sales tax revenue continues to decrease, "we'll have to think about cutting back on services."...
Some county residents unhappy with chip-and-seal roads' performance (01/09/09)
Robert Hahs spent 10 years convincing his neighbors to sign easements for road improvements. He passed along the promise he'd heard from Cape Girardeau County officials that asphalt would be poured on county roads 422 and 425 once the easements were signed. Instead, those roads in Friedheim were covered with chip-and-seal paving -- layers of gravel and oil that harden over the surface of the road...
Shoulder repairs to reduce Highway 34 to one lane (01/09/09)
Highway 34 will be reduced to one lane today in Bollinger and Wayne counties while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform shoulder repairs on the roadway. Work will begin at 8:30 a.m. from Route H in Bollinger County to Route M in Wayne County and end at 11:30 a.m. Crews will continue repairs on the roadway at noon from Highway 51 to Route U near Marble Hill, Mo., and end around 3:30 p.m...
No injuries when truck overturns on Highway 74 (01/09/09)
No injuries when truck overturns on Highway 74
Former Cape Girardeau car salesman charged Thursday with stealing by deceit (01/09/09)
A former Cape Girardeau car salesman faces felony theft charges for allegedly stealing from dealership customers and lying to them about promotions, according to Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle. Aaron Alfred Evans, 48, of Bertrand, Mo., is charged with three counts of stealing by deceit and is suspected of "using various lies to trick three victims into giving him money," Swingle said...
Sen. Kit Bond won't seek re-election (01/09/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Sen. Kit Bond, who rose from Missouri's youngest governor to its senior Republican statesmen and a leading national voice on intelligence issues, declared Thursday he will not seek re-election in 2010. Bond, 69, returned to his political roots in the Missouri Capitol to announce his retirement in front of state lawmakers. The impending political void set off a candidacy scramble...
Illinois' Burris is a man of high ambition (01/09/09)
The Associated Press CHICAGO — Roland Burris has erected a grand mausoleum for himself, carved with the words "TRAIL BLAZER" and a long list of his accomplishments, with a space left for his more recent achievements. That gap could soon be filled in with "U.S. senator."...
Fatal police shooting sparks violent protests (01/09/09)
OAKLAND, Calif. -- In grainy cell-phone videos played over and over on the Internet, police officers force an unarmed black man to the ground and hold him face-down on a crowded train platform. Suddenly one of the officers draws his gun and fatally shoots the man in the back -- then looks up...
Ill. House panel recommends governor's impeachment (01/09/09)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A key panel unanimously recommended impeachment for Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday, setting up a vote that could make him the first governor to face such fate in Illinois' sordid political history. Blagojevich should lose his job for abusing power, mismanaging government and committing possible criminal acts, including federal allegations he tried to sell off a U.S. Senate seat, the special committee concluded...
U.N. halts Gaza aid following Israeli attack on workers (01/09/09)
JERUSALEM -- The U.N. suspended food deliveries to Gaza and the Red Cross accused Israel of blocking medical assistance after Israeli troops fired on aid workers, killing two, as the threat of a wider conflict emerged with Lebanon. With violence unabated in Gaza, key Arab nations and Western powers reached an agreement Thursday on a proposed U.N. resolution calling for an immediate and durable cease-fire between the two sides and moved for a vote late Thursday night...
Braves fixture, Smoltz, opts for Red Sox (01/09/09)
ATLANTA -- After more than two decades with the Atlanta Braves, John Smoltz is likely to finish his stellar career wearing a different uniform. In a stunning end to one of baseball's longest runs, Smoltz reached preliminary agreement on a contract with the Boston Red Sox after failing to work out a deal to return for his 22nd season with the Braves...
Greer reaches milestone in ND win (01/09/09)
Senior forward Austin Greer joined Notre Dame's career 1,000-point club Thursday night. Greer scored 21 points as the host Bulldogs rolled past visiting Dexter 68-51. Also in double figures for Notre Dame (9-5) were John Unterreiner with 14 points, Nick Koeppel with 12 and Jacob Tolbert with 10...
New AD Shafer to make appearance Saturday (01/09/09)
There will be a news conference and reception on Saturday to introduce new Southeast Missouri State director of athletics John Shafer. The event will take place at 4 p.m. in the front meeting rooms at the Show Me Center before Southeast's basketball games against Eastern Illinois...
End zone elusive for OU in BCS loss (01/09/09)
The Associated Press MIAMI -- Points were tough to come by for the high-scoring Oklahoma Sooners, even when they had Florida backed up to the goal line. Twice the Gators stopped Oklahoma inside the 10, stands that proved pivotal in the Gators' 24-14 victory in the BCS national championship game Thursday night...
Gators reign again (01/09/09)
The Associated Press MIAMI -- Tim Tebow gave Florida the jolt it needed to become a national champion. But all his efforts in a sloppy, choppy BCS championship game likely did little to quiet fans of Utah, Southern California and Texas, all of whom already claimed the top spot...
Cardinals Caravan to visit Osage Centre (01/09/09)
The St. Louis Cardinals Caravan will visit Cape Girardeau on Jan. 18 at the Osage Community Centre. The entourage will include Cardinals outfielder Joe Mather, outfielder Brian Barton, pitcher Jason Motte and third baseman Brett Wallace, the team's first-round draft pick in 2008...
Ogilvy christens PGA season with 67 at Mercedes tourney (01/09/09)
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Geoff Ogilvy felt his game was still sharp after winning in Australia last month. It must have been for him to play bogey-free Thursday and beat his best score at Kapalua by five shots. Ogilvy opened the PGA Tour season by saving par on the last hole -- the only time he got in trouble all day -- for a 6-under 67 that gave him a one-shot lead in the Mercedes-Benz Championship, a score that only surprised him because of the location...
MySpace is research site for 'Dr. Meg' (01/09/09)
CHICAGO -- Many teenagers cleaned up their MySpace profiles, deleting mentions of sex and booze and boosting privacy settings, if they got a single cautionary e-mail from a busybody named "Dr. Meg." The e-mail was sent by Dr. Megan Moreno, lead researcher of a study of lower-income children that she says shows how parents and other adults can encourage safer Internet use...
Southeast Missouri State University offers art academy for high schoolers (01/09/09)
Southeast Missouri State University has started an art academy for high school art students to get more experience and more instruction. The classes are meant to provide students in grades nine to 12 with a little extra instruction and experience. All the instructors are faculty at Southeast...
neXt up 1/9/09 (01/09/09)
Friday n New movies "Bride Wars" Rated PG, @ Cape West 14 Cine "Gran Torino" Rated R @ Town Plaza Cinema "Not Easily Broken" Rated PG-13 @ Town Plaza Cinema "The Reader" Rated R @ Town Plaza Cinema "The Unborn" Rated PG-13 @ Town Plaza Cinema...
Cloud in a bottle (01/09/09)
With a few ingredients from around the house you can create your own cloud in a bottle. Materials n Clear 2-liter plastic bottle with cap n Matches n Warm water Instructions STEP 1: Pour about an inch of warm water into the bottom of the plastic bottle...
Apple cuts copy protection and prices on iTunes (01/09/09)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple Inc. is cutting the price of some songs in its market-leading iTunes online store to as little as 69 cents and plans to make every track available without copy protection. Apple's top marketing executive, Philip Schiller, said this week that iTunes song prices will come in three tiers: 69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29. Record companies will choose the prices, which marks a significant change, since Apple previously made all songs sell for 99 cents...
Fans celebrate Elvis' 74th birthday (01/09/09)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Fans gathered for a cake-cutting on Elvis Presley's 74th birthday and got word of two new residents at Graceland. Presley's ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, led several hundred fans in singing "Happy Birthday" on Graceland's front lawn Thursday and announced that two rescue horses -- named Max and Bandit -- have taken up residence on the grounds of the famous white-columned house...
Stores' dismal December means prices should fall (01/09/09)
NEW YORK -- Dismal sales figures for the holiday shopping season are probably a sign of worse to come for merchants in 2009 -- not only more sharp discounts and cheaper groceries but probably fewer stores. Holiday spending was so anemic that even Wal-Mart didn't escape unscathed: It posted a smaller sales gain than Wall Street expected and cut its earnings outlook for the fourth quarter. ...
Obama: Congress must act boldly and now on economy (01/09/09)
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama implored Congress on Thursday to "act boldly and act now" to fix an economy growing weaker. Leading lawmakers set an informal goal of mid-February for enacting tax cuts and government spending that could cost as much as $1 trillion...
Juanita Keith (01/09/09)
A memorial service for Juanita Rose Keith of Cape Girardeau will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 17 at Tigert Memorial United Methodist Church in Cairo, Ill. The Rev. Kelly Cox will officiate. Graveside service will be private. Keith, 85, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at the Lutheran Home...
Bill Jurden Sr. (01/09/09)
ANNA, Ill. — Bill Jurden Sr., 76, of Anna died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at City Care Center in Anna. He was born July 25, 1932, in Sheffield, Ala., son of Harvey and Alice Rhodes Jurden. He and Iris Ethridge were married Sept. 26, 1953. Jurden was a Korean War veteran of the National Guard and the U.S. Army. He was retired from Choate Mental Health Center and worked at the Union County Fair for 25 years...
Harold Medley (01/09/09)
Harold Medley went to be with Jesus on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009. He was born Sept. 1, 1928, in St. Louis, to Ira and Mary Ann Mansfield. Medley retired from Agrico Chemical Co. in Florida in 1992 and moved to Scott City. He served in the Army. Medley was a member of First Baptist Church of Scott City...
Elsie Story (01/09/09)
Elsie M. Story, 98, of Greenville, Ala., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, in Greenville. She was born Oct. 10, 1910, in Advance, Mo., daughter of George M. and Laura Bradshaw McClendon. She and Clarence Paul Story were married Oct. 13, 1930. He died in June 1970...
Rob Angel (01/09/09)
TAMMS, Ill. — Rob Allen Angel, 48, of Marion, Ill., formerly of Tamms, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion. He was born Aug. 29, 1960, in Chicago, son of Kenneth and Joan Wilkerson Angel. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a printer and had worked for the Southeast Missourian newspaper...
Odies Walker (01/09/09)
CAIRO, Ill. — Odies Walker, 86, of Cairo died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, at his home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Christ Holy Temple Anchored in Christ Church in Cairo. The funeral will be at noon Sunday at the church. Burial will be in Spencer Heights Memorial Park in Mounds, Ill...
Herschel Gilpin (01/09/09)
COMMERCE, Mo. — Herschel O'Dell Gilpin, 84, of Commerce died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, in a farm accident in Oran, Mo. He was born July 3, 1924, in McClure, Ill., son of David and Thelma McClenahan Gilpin. He was raised by his uncle and aunt, William and Ruth Etherton. He and Martha Louise Sanders were married Sept. 9, 1948, in Piggott, Ark...
Grace Hunter (01/09/09)
OLMSTED, Ill. — Grace Hunter, 97, of Detroit, formerly of Olmsted, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She was born Aug. 29, 1911, near Olmsted, daughter of Tom and Ida Wilson Butler. She and Charles Rudolph Hunter were married in 1933. He died in 1988...
Dylan Vick (01/09/09)
McCLURE, Ill. — Dylan Jacob Vick died at birth Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Survivors include his parents, Todd and Crystal Pfeffer Vick of McClure; maternal grandparents, Lannie and Connie Pfeffer of Advance, Mo.; paternal grandparents, Bruce and Sherry Vick of McClure...
Iva Schindler (01/09/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Iva Lee Schindler, 85, of Perryville died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born March 15, 1923, in Perry County, daughter of Leo J. and Gertrude Mary Moore Elder. She and Leslie "Les" Schindler were married July 26, 1941, in Perryville. He died Nov. 16, 1998...
Skipper Payne (01/09/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Oliver R. "Skipper" Payne, 53, of Perryville died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, in Forrest City, Ark. He was born Dec. 25, 1955, in Perry County, son of Merlin and Thelma Wilson Payne. He and JoAnn Riehn were married April 19, 1975...
Nina Kepner (01/09/09)
CAIRO, Ill. — Nina M. Kepner, 92, of Cairo died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at Heartland Care and Rehab Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 10, 1916, in Cypress, Ill., daughter of Charles A. and Evelyn Houston Williams. She married Kenneth Kepner...
Mark Sides (01/09/09)
CHAFFEE, Mo. — Mark Robert Sides, 18, of Chaffee died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 30, 1990, in Sikeston, Mo., son of Mark Lawrence Sides and Francesca Metz. Sides was a student at Parkview State School in Cape Girardeau and a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Chaffee...
Fire report 1/9/09 (01/09/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: n At 5:16 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2800 of Independence Street. n At 5:11 p.m., fire in the 500 block of North Middle Street. n At 9:12 p.m., carbon monoxide call in the 1400 block of South West End Boulevard...
Police report 1/9/09 (01/09/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Robert J. Teater, 50, 807 N. Sprigg St., Apt. 402, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for probation violation...
Out of the past 1/9/09 (01/09/09)
25 years ago: Jan. 9, 1984 Cape Girardeau County Associate Judge Leonard Sander announces he will file for re-election to his seat tomorrow, the first day for filing for county office; Sander has served on the County Court for four terms. The Cape Girardeau County Board of Directors of Handicapped Facilities votes unanimously to deny the Southeast Missouri Easter Seals Society application for funds from the county's mill tax for the handicapped; the society had asked for nearly $50,000 from the board.. ...
Prayer 01/09/09 (01/09/09)
For newborns and all the promise of new lives, we give thanks to you, O God. Amen.
Miss Kitty attracts dashing new admirer (01/09/09)
Miss Kitty has a new beau. Scruffy, ill-tempered One-Eyed Tom has left the neighborhood. No one's sure where he went. I suspect he joined up with some no-good hell-raisers and is probably halfway across Arkansas by now. Miss Kitty never seemed to mind Tom's shortcomings. My wife and I, however, had severe reservations...
World of stamps (01/09/09)
Stamp collectors know that the U.S. Postal Service offers dozens of new stamps every year. Some postal patrons like to buy "pretty" stamps to dress up their envelopes. But the world of stamps is far more complex. For 2009, the postal service already has announced what new stamps will be issued. One batch of 20 stamps will highlight the era of black-and-white TV: Lucy and Ethel, "Dragnet," Groucho Marx, "The Ed Sullivan Show."...
Attacking scientists is off the mark (01/09/09)
To the editor: Perhaps Alan Journet should have given a second thought to attacking the credibility of the "laughable list of 'scientists' [columnist Walter E.] Williams touts" that includes "folks such as economists, mathematicians and TV weathermen." Economists, mathematicians and TV weathermen aren't scientists?...
Speak Out 1/9/09 (01/09/09)
Not an addiction I READ the "Dear Abby" comment that you read frequently about smoking being an addiction. I smoked for well over 20 years and burned up two to three packs a day. I can tell you that smoking is not an addiction. Smoking is a mental attitude that people develop. ...
Movies At The Mud House- "MILLER'S TALE" Cast & Crew Party- Feb 20 (01/09/09)
The Mississippi Mud House is happy to announce our 1st "Movies At The Mud House" Night. Join us Friday February 20th 2009, when we will play the feature film "MILLER'S TALE" from Schrader Turner Films. The Movie made in 2007, filmed entirely in Cape Girardeau...
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