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The City of Cape Girardeau is partnering with Southeast Missouri State University to start a new program with the hopes of reducing crime in the community. The program focuses on bringing actual city residents into the mix to prevent crime in their neighborhoods.Look for more details on this story soon on seMissourian.com...
Three arrested after report of shots fired in Sikeston (02/25/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Three people have been arrested in connection with shots fired Monday night in the 800 block of Ruth Street in Sikeston. No one was reported injured in the incident. According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, a call in reference to the shots was received at 10:04 p.m. ...
Poplar Bluff man pleads guilty to child pornography charge in federal court (02/25/09)
A Poplar Bluff man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. Coy Delaney Alspaugh, 52, of the 200 block of County Road 527 was sentenced to 120 months' imprisonment on one felony count of possession of child pornography by U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr., according to the federal prosecutor's office...
Officials: Poverty contributes to slowing graduation rates (02/25/09)
Poverty emerged as the primary cause for slowing graduation rates at Cape Girardeau schools during a Tuesday meeting of community leaders. In a communitywide effort to improve graduation rates in the district, about 45 city and school officials met at the Cape Girardeau School Board office before the start of their workday...
Man convicted in law firm fire sentenced to 10 years in prison (02/25/09)
A man convicted of setting fire to a Cape Girardeau law firm last fall was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday for second-degree arson, according to Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle. Jeffrey V. Mirgeaux, 48, pleaded guilty to the charge in Butler County on a change of venue, admitting he climbed the roof of the Lowes & Drusch firm at night, drilled a hole in the roof, poured gasoline down the hole and used sparks from his drill to ignite a blaze. ...
Environmental group launches initiative to recognize local businesses that go green (02/25/09)
The Southeast Missouri Climate Protection Initiative has launched a program to recognize local businesses that are going green. So far, 36 businesses have participated in the 'Local Businesses Go Green' program, but leader Jill Wicks hopes many more businesses will join in the effort...
MoDOT announces road projects (02/25/09)
U.S. 61 between Route F in Perry County and Route KK in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane today. Missouri Department of Transportation crews are scheduled to make pavement repairs. The work will take place between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m...
Girl Scout troop to conduct food drive (02/25/09)
Girl Scout Troop 158 will be conducting a food drive to benefit Southeast Missouri Food Bank from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Andy's Frozen Custard, 809 N. Kingshighway. People are encouraged to drop off nonperishable canned or boxed food items...
Opens today: SEMO's production of 'Sweet Charity' a group effort (02/25/09)
The Department of Theatre and Dance has squeezed every student body they could afford onto the stage for the production of "Sweet Charity," the spring musical from Southeast Missouri State University. Fifty students, 250 costumes and many more crew and orchestra members will come together to put on the show tonight through Sunday...
Missouri House endorses option allowing four-day school weeks (02/25/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House gave first-round approval Tuesday to a bill that would give school districts the option of holding classes only four days a week. Districts choosing a four-day week could lengthen their school days by an hour and have 32 fewer days of instruction each year. The total number of annual instruction hours would stay the same...
Title: Content needs to be strong in plain text résumé (02/25/09)
Content: Dear Sam: I have been applying electronically to job postings and when I cut and paste my résumé it always looks disheveled. I try to fix it but it never looks as good as the Word version. What can I do to correct this? - Sally...
Mo. Senate panel rejects red-light camera ban (02/25/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri Senate committee rejects legislation banning the use of automated cameras to catch red-light runners. The cameras automatically snap digital photos of those entering intersections after a traffic signal has turned to red. A color copy of the picture and a ticket is then mailed to the vehicle's registered owner. About 30 Missouri cities now use the cameras...
Veterinarian says tiger from kennel raid doing better (02/25/09)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Bengal tiger seized during a raid on a southwest Missouri kennel seems to be faring better in her new temporary home at the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, a zoo veterinarian said. The tiger -- named Sheena -- has been cleaned up and is gaining weight. On Monday morning, she appeared content as she pawed through cereal boxes containing meatballs...
Debate over red-light cameras continues (02/25/09)
HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- As a Missouri Senate committee decides whether a bill outlawing red-light cameras should advance, supporters of the cameras gathered Tuesday to encourage more communities to use them. Missouri Families for Safer Roads includes among its supporters several chiefs of police from around the state, nearly 20 of whom gathered in the St. Louis suburb of Hazelwood to officially launch the effort...
Missouri Supreme Court upholds execution procedures (02/25/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the means by which Missouri adopted its lethal injection procedures, clearing a barrier that had halted executions. Although once among the annual leaders in executions, Missouri has not put anyone to death since October 2005 because of various legal challenges to its method of lethal injection...
Climber rescued at Yosemite (02/25/09)
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- An experienced South Korean mountain climber was caught in an avalanche on Yosemite National Park's Half Dome and was stranded for about 16 hours before he was rescued Tuesday. Jun Ho Wang, 38, was swept more than 100 yards down a rock face and into an icy, low-lying gully Monday afternoon. On Tuesday morning he was plucked from the northwest face of Half Dome by a helicopter crew and flown to safety...
Upbeat Obama says U.S. will revive past 'reckoning' (02/25/09)
WASHINGTON — President Obama promised Tuesday night he would lead the nation from a dire "day of reckoning" to a brighter future, summoning politicians and the public alike to shoulder responsibility for hard choices and shared sacrifice...
Bill to give D.C. House seat advances (02/25/09)
WASHINGTON -- The people of the District of Columbia were closer Tuesday to gaining the voting rights they were deprived of more than two centuries ago after the Senate agreed to take up a bill giving them a fully vested representative in Congress. The Senate vote to debate the bill sets the stage for more legislative hurdles and a probable court challenge if the bill is enacted into law. ...
Mardi Gras goes on despite economy (02/25/09)
NEW ORLEANS -- The economic downturn couldn't overshadow the Mardi Gras revelry Tuesday as partiers jostled for beads on parade routes and the French Quarter swelled with boozy fun and masked crowds. Many revelers turned the tables on the recession, dressing in costumes riffing on bailouts, the stimulus package and busted budgets...
Schools look long-term as university donations fall (02/25/09)
The legions of fundraisers colleges hired during the boom years have a new mission for these tough economic times: Go easy on the hard sell. Talk about financial aid, not new buildings. If prospects can't give now, lay the groundwork for when the economy recovers...
Satellite to monitor global warming falls into sea after launch (02/25/09)
LOS ANGELES -- A NASA mission to monitor global warming from space ended Tuesday when a satellite plunged into the ocean near Antarctica minutes after launch. An equipment malfunction was apparently to blame, officials said. The loss of the $280 million mission came a month after Japan launched the world's first spacecraft to track global warming emissions. ...
FAA mulls consolidating meteorologist air centers (02/25/09)
ATLANTA -- Air traffic controllers are taking aim at a proposal to consolidate dozens of meteorologists scattered around the nation into two centers, saying it could deprive airports of local and on-the-spot weather expertise crucial to flight crews...
Officials: Most troops will be out of Iraq in 18 months (02/25/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama plans to remove all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by August of next year, administration officials said Tuesday, ending the war that helped define his presidential campaign -- although a little more slowly than he promised...
Militants to continue cease-fire in Pakistan (02/25/09)
ISLAMABAD -- Taliban militants in Pakistan's Swat valley extended a cease-fire Tuesday, strengthening a peace process Western governments say risks granting a safe haven to extremists close to the Afghan border. Nevertheless, it remained unclear whether the militants would agree to a government offer to impose a version of Islamic law in the northwestern region in exchange for giving up their weapons...
Paris appeals court acquits ex-Guantanamo inmates (02/25/09)
PARIS -- A Paris appeals court on Tuesday overturned the terrorism convictions of five former detainees at Guantanamo Bay, ruling French police agents were out of line in questioning them at the U.S. prison camp. France is among the few Western countries to prosecute nationals who have returned home from Guantanamo -- and the ruling marks the latest high-profile foreign disavowal of the center that President Obama's administration wants to close for good...
U.K. Guantanamo detainee enjoys first day of freedom (02/25/09)
LONDON -- Custard-filled doughnuts, cheese, hummus and bread with chocolate spread were on the menu Tuesday as a former Guantanamo detainee spent his first full day of freedom after seven years in captivity. Ethiopian refugee Binyam Mohamed was freed Monday from the U.S. prison camp in Cuba and flown to Britain, where he was met by his sister, Zuhra Mohamed...
North Korean rocket plan causes unease in region (02/25/09)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea said Tuesday it is making "brisk headway" in plans to send a satellite into orbit as part of its space program, a launch regional powers fear is a cover-up for testing a long-range ballistic missile. Analysts called Pyongyang's announcement a bid for President Obama's attention as he met in Washington with Prime Minister Taro Aso of Japan, an ally in the regional push to get North Korea to give up its nuclear program...
VanGennip nets his 2,000th point in Leopold's 20th win (02/25/09)
Leopold's Darren VanGennip exploded for 43 points to reach the 2,000-point plateau for his career as the Wildcats defeated visiting Oak Ridge 81-68 on Tuesday. Wade Wiseman added 12 points for Leopold (20-2). Brett Thomas led the Blue Jays (13-1) with 19 points...
Central girls defeat Jackson in district semifinal (02/25/09)
CEDAR HILL — After Central junior Machaela Durham netted 10 points in the first quarter, she was held to just one point over the better part of the next three quarters until she stepped to the free-throw line with 7.7 seconds left in a two-point game...
Early excitement is timely (02/25/09)
The football team is mired in an extended slump, while the basketball team hasn't enjoyed a conference win since Jan. 29, 2008, a span of 23 games. Entering this season, it looked like Mark Hogan had pieced together a nice ballclub, one that would score some runs, and if things broke right, could be in the mix in the Ohio Valley Conference. Southeast was picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll...
Advance takes slow route to 53-29 loss to Braves (02/25/09)
ADVANCE — Jacob Bond and his Advance boys basketball teammates decided the best chance to beat high-flying Scott County Central was to play a game of keep away. The Hornets methodically worked the ball around during the first two quarters, working for an open shot Tuesday in front of an emotionally charged crowd...
Fowler provides a senior voice for Notre Dame (02/25/09)
Alex Fowler is known among her teammates as the girl who sings -- a lot. "She's always singing about random stuff," junior Jane Morrill joked. "Some random song out of nowhere." Fowler also has been using that powerful voice lately to motivate her teammates...
Redhawks debut at Capaha with five-HR outburst (02/25/09)
Southeast Missouri State pulled out the big sticks to continue the momentum it gained over the weekend at Alabama. The Redhawks belted five home runs -- all in the first four innings -- and eased to an 11-6 win over NAIA Lyon College in Tuesday's home opener...
St. Louis Blues reaches .500 mark with 2-1 victory (02/25/09)
Jay McClement scored short-handed for the go-ahead goal, spoiling a four-minute Coyotes power play in the second period of the St. Louis Blues' 2-1 victory over Phoenix on Tuesday night. Goalie Chris Mason overcame his stickhandling mistake that led to the opening goal with a strong finish for the Blues, 6-2-4 in February while edging into the playoff picture. ...
Spring's color forecast is bright and sunny (02/25/09)
It's a pretty outlook for spring 2009 on the home decor front. The color palette includes fresh blues, saucy pinks and upbeat yellows, as well as a veritable laundry line of clean whites. Patterns are playful or romantic. It's the season of renewal, and a great time to fluff up the feathers in the nest...
What to drink with breakfast (02/25/09)
Waffles and pancakes drizzled with maple syrup typically are accompanied by orange juice or coffee at breakfast. But if you want your food and drink to work together, that might not be such a good idea. Blame the acidity of the drinks. The overwhelming sweetness of the syrup tends to amplify the acidity of coffee and juice, and that makes the drinks taste bitter...
Recipe Swap: The 9-by-13 baking dish is practical and perfect (02/25/09)
The 9-by-13-inch baking dish seems to be one of America's favorite pans. A 9-by-13-inch baking pan holds 3 quarts, so it's perfect for a recipe that calls for a 3-quart casserole. Because of the pan's shallow depth, food will cook faster and more evenly than in a deeper dish. ...
Fed chief says recession may end in '09 if banking system shored up (02/25/09)
WASHINGTON -- The economy is suffering a "severe contraction," Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress on Tuesday. But he planted a glimmer of hope that the recession might end this year if the government managed to prop up the shaky banking system, and Wall Street rallied...
Stocks of some companies cost less than what they produce (02/25/09)
What costs more -- a spark plug or a share of General Motors? A Sunday New York Times or a share of the newspaper company? The products associated with these high-profile companies now cost more than buying a piece of the business. Shares of some of the most renowned companies have come under assault as the worst recession in decades saps investor confidence and drags major stock indexes to their lowest levels since 1997. ...
Top Ford executives take pay cuts (02/25/09)
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co.'s top two executives will take 30 percent pay cuts as the company tries to conserve cash and make it through the worst sales downturn in 26 years. Chief executive Alan Mulally and executive chairman Bill Ford Jr. will see the salary reductions this year and next. They were spelled out in a memo to employees obtained by The Associated Press...
Eunice Pixley (02/25/09)
DEXTER, Mo. — Eunice Pixley, 86, of Dexter died Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at her home. She was born Nov. 2, 1922, at Parma, Mo., daughter of the late Walker Jerrell and Amanda Norman Jarrell. She and Bernard Pixley were married Jan. 9, 1964, at Bernie, Mo...
Vida Keys (02/25/09)
Vida E. Woodruff Keys, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at Ratliff Care Center. She was born June 1, 1918, in McCurtain, Okla., daughter of Levi and Maudigee Crabtree Woodruff. She and Clarence Eddie Keys were married Nov. 9, 1940, in Joplin, Mo. He died April 15, 1974...
Carol Haertling (02/25/09)
Carol Haertling, 74, of New Wells died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Births 2/25/09 (02/25/09)
Bonner Son to Byron Dewayne and Detra Marie Bonner II of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 1:11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009. Name, Tre'vion Isaiah. Weight, 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Third child, second son. Mrs. Bonner is the former Detra Whitney, daughter of Marie Stevenson of Cape Girardeau and Timothy Whitney of Sikeston, Mo. She is employed at Fountainbleau Lodge. Bonner is the son of Byron Bonner Sr. and Glynis Bonner of Cape Girardeau...
Fire report 2/25/09 (02/25/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Monday: n At 6:50 p.m., a motor vehicle accident at Boutin Drive and Cape LaCroix Road. Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: n At 3:54 a.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of North Fountain Street...
Police report 2/25/09 (02/25/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Shannon R. Hunsperger, 30, 170 Cherokee Drive, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for possession of ephedrine. n Valeria A. Howard, 32, of Sikeston, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of probation violation...
Out of the past 2/25/09 (02/25/09)
25 years ago: Feb. 25, 1984 Gross receipts for Cape Girardeau hotel/motel and restaurant taxes totaled more than $27,000 in January, the first month the new taxes have been collected; money raised by the taxes will initially be used to fund a new tourism and convention bureau and ultimately to retire the $5 million multipurpose building bond issue...
Looking for trust (02/25/09)
I think we all swing from optimism to pessimism in our lives. Daily triumphs on every level bring renewed optimism. At the same time, daily doses of disappointing and often frustrating actions swing us back to the darker side. This is nothing new, though the case can be made that the swing between the highs and lows is more rapid and more acute...
Autism center is a big boost for treatment and the local economy (02/25/09)
Autism among children in Southeast Missouri is a growing problem. Medical experts have yet to confirm a common link for the increasing number of children diagnosed with autism other than the fact that diagnostic techniques have improved considerably. ...
Speak Out 2/25/09 (02/25/09)
End of responsibility MY husband and I are in our early 30s. We have recently purchased our second home. Both times we purchased well within our means, ignoring what the bankers tried to get us to do, which was buy up to our maximum and ignoring what the real estate agent wanted us to do, which was buy up to our maximum. ...
Prayer 2/25/09 (02/25/09)
For songs and sounds that give us joy, we give thanks to you, O God. Amen.
4-H Legislative Academy (02/25/09)
Tyler Lappe, representing the Arnsberg 4-H Club from Cape Girardeau County was selected as a delegate to represent Missouri 4-H and University of Missouri Extension at the Missouri 4-H Legislative Academy held in Jefferson City on February 16-18, 2009...
THE'''USS CAIRO ''' IRONCLAD (02/25/09)
the uss cairo was built in mound city il.she was commissioned 1/25/1862 she was on tour in the yazoo river and hit a confederate mine and sunk 12/12/1862.she was raised 8/13/1964 out of the yazoo river' and took to the vicksburg miss. national military park.. she is being totally restored in a resting place of her own. there is a museum there also at vicksburg millitary park with alot of her artifacts in it also......
Cape 6th graders take first-place in Quiz Bowl (02/25/09)
Cape Public Schools 6th graders walked away with the First-Place prize in the recent Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl in competition with 22 teams from other schools. This is the fifth time in the past 8 years that Cape Public Schools 6th graders have placed first, in addition to one Second-Place win. ...
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