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Bond and Emerson defend nearly $206 million in earmarks in spending bill (03/16/09)
In the $410 billion spending bill passed last week to fund the federal government until Oct. 1, there are spending earmarks for Southeast Missouri to repair roads, dredge harbors, fight methamphetamine and study crop pests, all courtesy of U.S. Sen. Kit Bond...
Altom sentencing postponed in Perry County endangerment case (03/16/09)
The sentencing of Michael and Emily Altom, Perry County parents who pleaded guilty in December to three counts of child endangerment, has been postponed. The Altoms were scheduled to appear this afternoon in Rolla before Circuit Judge Tracy L. Storie. The Altom's attorney, Allen Moss of Cape Girardeau, on Thursday requested the delay. No new court date has been set...
Bootheel school locked down Friday after report of intruder (03/16/09)
HOLCOMB, Mo. -- Holcomb Public School was on lock down late Friday afternoon following a report of an intruder on the campus grounds. According to Superintendent Jeff Bullock, there was a report of an intruder on the high school campus, which led school officials to call for the lock down...
Scott County sees year over year decline in sales tax revenue (03/16/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County is seeing a big drop in its sales tax revenue received from the Department of Revenue in March. "It's very obvious the economy is in a shortfall right now," said Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn. Commissioners discussed the receipts during Thursday's regular meeting...
Hannibal, Mo., woman arrested in connection with Poplar Bluff bomb threats (03/16/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Charges are being sought against a woman in connection with bomb threats made in January that resulted in the evacuation of Poplar Bluff schools, the courthouse and county health center. ...
Stormwater control projects move ahead in Cape Girardeau (03/16/09)
Cape Girardeau moved ahead with the dozen stormwater control projects approved by voters last spring with the city council's decision Monday to spend $118,000 on engineering services. The action brings to eight the total number of projects that are being designed, public works director Tim Gramling told the council. In addition, he said, two projects are nearly completed...
Career and Technology Center to add three degree programs (03/16/09)
To satisfy an increasing demand from area health employers, the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center will add three associate degree programs. The Cape Girardeau School Board approved physical therapy, occupational therapy and a medical technology program at their meeting Monday...
More than 75 march against crime in Poplar Bluff (03/16/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — More than 75 people decided to "take a stand" against crime Saturday by attending a kickoff march for a neighborhood watch program, with 53 signing up to participate. The marchers initially met on the Poplar Bluff Public Library parking lot before beginning their walk up Main Street to the former Wheatley School building on Garfield...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (03/16/09)
The sentencing of two Perry County parents who pleaded guilty in December to three counts of child endangerment has been postponed.Michael and Emily Altom were scheduled to appear this afternoon in a Rolla, Mo., courtroom but their attorney requested the delay.The Altoms were charged with child endangerment and voluntary manslaughter in September 2005 following the death of 4-year-old Ethan Patrick Williams, Emily Altom's son from a previous relationship. ...
Missouri bill would curb drivers' use of text messages, but may be hard to enforce (03/16/09)
Missouri drivers could face fines of up to $200 for writing or reading cell phone text messages under a proposed state law. On Wednesday, Missouri senators gave first-round approval to SB 130, part of a larger transportation bill sponsored by Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City. If the bill is signed into law, Missouri will join eight other states in barring texting while driving...
Dutch oven cooking lesson delights participants at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center (03/16/09)
Charlie Wilson had to adapt quickly when a crowd of people showed up for Sunday's Discover Nature Families Dutch oven cooking lesson at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. "We had to turn a lot away," said Ken Jones, a nature center volunteer. "Two adults came with eight kids."...
Patton, Mo., man relies on horse for transportation (03/16/09)
PATTON, Mo. — Normally a trip between Marble Hill, Mo., and Patton might take about 20 minutes. But when David Field of Patton needed to make the trip, he spent the night so he'd be fresh for his five-hour ride home the next morning. Field, 46, goes everywhere by horse, an 8-year-old Missouri fox trotter stallion named Sunkissed Cheyenne...
Cape Girardeau man arrested after alleged hatchet incident (03/16/09)
Cape Girardeau police arrested a man Saturday evening after he allegedly brandished a hatchet at an unidentified woman. Robin Christopher Shelman, 24, received felony and misdemeanor assault charges and a requirement to post a $20,000 bond after his arrest...
Southeast Missourian retires 'Cathy,' to run test comic strips (03/16/09)
Say goodbye to Cathy. The Southeast Missourian is retiring the 30-something-year-old comic strip from daily runs. Cathy, written by Cathy Guisewite, will still appear in the Sunday Comics section of the Southeast Missourian, but the paper decided to freshen up the daily dose of comedy. Starting today, the Southeast Missourian will run a test strip of a new comic every four weeks that will appear Monday to Saturday...
After ruling against St. John's Bayou-New Madrid Floodway Project, corps looking at options to stop area flooding (03/16/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. — The St. John's Bayou-New Madrid Floodway Project may not be dead after all. Danny Ward, the project's manager, said that while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reversing work on the project as ordered, they will look for other ways to protect the area from flooding...
Dexter man accused of attempted rape (03/16/09)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Dexter, Mo., man is in jail facing rape charges in connection with an incident last week. David Shelton Nash, 62, of Dexter was arrested Tuesday by Dexter police and is charged with attempted forcible rape. Officers were dispatched to a home on North Sassafras Street after receiving a 911 call...
Testing completed for uranium in 66 wells in Mississippi County (03/16/09)
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, Mo. -- Gustavson Uranium Systems of Boulder, Colo., has finished testing 66 wells in Mississippi County as part of its search for uranium deposits. According to a news release, the company is now in the planning stages for an exploratory drilling program to help identify what its geologists think may prove to be a significant deep uranium system underlying portions of Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky...
Residents of Mo. town coping with area financial plan's failure (03/16/09)
MARTINSBURG, Mo. -- Like the railroad tracks that cut through the center of this quiet farm town, a Wall Street-style financial scandal is dividing many who live here. A trusted adviser delivered above-average returns to a growing number of clients for a few years until one day, almost without warning, the scheme collapsed, and some of the investors were jilted...
Ill. governor promises to increase state's openness (03/16/09)
CHICAGO -- When former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich said a day before being arrested that sunshine hung over him, he wasn't talking about releasing public records. The ousted governor's administration was known for fighting or ignoring requests for information...
Mo. House budget chair amasses power (03/16/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Twenty-nine members of the House Budget Committee met in a morning-to-midnight marathon in hearing room 3 to hash out the details of Missouri's $22.8 billion budget. But the real work already had been done behind the closed doors of State Capitol room 306...
Maryville, Ill., church resumes services after pastor's fatal shooting (03/16/09)
MARYVILLE, Ill. — A week after its senior pastor was gunned down midsermon, an Illinois church resumed its services Sunday with hope that advice from a guest preacher whose own church was attacked by a gunman helps hasten the healing. Almost to the minute that Fred Winters' life ended March 8 with a bullet through his heart inside First Baptist Church — his assailant's motives are still unclear — the Rev. ...
Mo. high schoolers learn adult financial lessons through new required course (03/16/09)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- Haley Davis, 16, knows how expensive adulthood is. The high school junior was surprised to find out, through the personal finance class she took last summer, just how much everything from food to housing costs. "It was really eye-opening," she said...
Health insurance industry works on image makeover (03/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- The health insurance industry is working on a transformation that could come right out of "Extreme Makeover." Long cast as villains for denying coverage or refusing to pay for treatment, insurers now are representing themselves as indispensable partners in health-care overhaul...
Woman finds cat in used couch (03/16/09)
SPOKANE, Wash. -- The mysterious mewing in Vickie Mendenhall's home started about the time she bought a used couch for $27. After days of searching for the source of the noise, she found a hungry calico cat living in her sofa. Her boyfriend, Chris Lund, was watching TV on Tuesday night and felt something move inside the couch. He pulled it away from the wall, lifted it up and there was the cat...
Cheney dismisses idea Limbaugh is bad for the Republican party (03/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- A debate between President Obama and Rush Limbaugh? If it ever happens, Dick Cheney will be in line for a ticket. "I'd pay to see that," the former vice president said Sunday. The radio talk-show host and Cape Girardeau native challenged Obama to a debate after administration officials criticized him for his comments on the new president's economic plans and for saying he hopes Obama fails...
Possible therapy takes bite out of peanut allergy (03/16/09)
WASHINGTON — Scientists have the first evidence that life-threatening peanut allergies may be cured one day. A few children now are allergy-free thanks to a scary treatment — tiny amounts of the food that endangered them. But this therapy shouldn't be tried at home. Doctors monitored the youngsters closely in case they needed rescue, and there's no way to dice a peanut as small as the treatment doses required...
Fed weighs options to revive economy (03/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- As they prepare to open a two-day meeting Tuesday, Federal Reserve policymakers are weighing whether to launch new programs or expand existing ones to spur lending, get Americans spending again and lift the country out of recession. Any decisions would come Wednesday...
Discovery blasts off with crew of 7 (03/16/09)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven rocketed into orbit Sunday evening, setting off on a space station construction mission cut short by launch delays that dragged on for more than a month. The launch, though late, turned out to be flawless and the prettiest NASA managers said they had ever seen...
Pakistan to restore chief justice (03/16/09)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan agreed today to reinstate a fired chief justice, a move that will help defuse a political crisis that has sparked street battles and raised fears of instability in the country at a time of surging Islamist violence. Opposition leaders and lawyers had vowed to sit-in at the parliament later today until Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, known for his independence and willingness to challenge authority, was reinstated. ...
Salvadoran ex-rebels lead in presidential election (03/16/09)
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- El Salvador's former guerrillas, behind the face of a former TV journalist, took a slim lead in presidential elections Sunday that threaten to oust conservatives who have ruled since a civil war, early official returns showed...
Bomb kills 4 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's east (03/16/09)
KABUL -- A roadside bomb killed four American soldiers in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday -- new evidence of rising violence in a region where clashes and attacks in the first two months of 2009 more than doubled from the same period a year ago. The spike in violence along the border is an early indication that roadside bombs and other ambushes are likely to surge as thousands of new U.S. forces arrive in Afghanistan this year...
Nutt hiring should provide stability (03/16/09)
From everything I have heard and read, Dickey Nutt is a really good guy who the community will embrace, and by the same token will embrace the community. By all accounts he runs a clean and upstanding program, which should bring some stability to an athletic department that has been beset by NCAA violations and other turmoil...
Play the NCAA tournament bracket contest (03/16/09)
The selections for the NCAA tournament have been announced. Make your picks by playing our March Mayhem round-by-round bracket contest. The winner gets an $800 shopping spree from Stereo One.Click here to play...
Perryville looks for football coach (03/16/09)
Perryville High School has launched a search for a new football coach for the second straight offseason. The Perryville school board accepted coach Jim May's resignation at its meeting last week. May resigned to accept the coaching job at his alma mater, Scott City, after one season with the Pirates, who went 3-8 but made the Class 3 playoffs by going 2-1 in district play...
Big East features three No. 1 seeds in NCAA tournament (03/16/09)
Built for basketball, the Big East is a big hit in March yet again. Louisville, Pittsburgh and Connecticut helped the league that was created decades ago for hoops become the first conference to earn three No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament. North Carolina, the regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference champion, was the other top seed...
Missouri is assigned No. 3 seed in the West (03/16/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri's reward for a Big 12 Conference tournament championship is a trip to the Pacific Northwest and a first-round date against Ivy League winner Cornell. The Tigers (28-6) are seeded third in the West Region and will play in Boise, Idaho, on Friday against the Big Red (21-9) from Ithaca, N.Y., at an undetermined time. It's Missouri's first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2003...
Weekend sweep eludes Redhawks (03/16/09)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team had a good weekend, although not quite as good as it could have been. Northern Illinois avoided a four-game sweep by pounding the Redhawks 17-10 on Sunday at Capaha Field. Southeast, which won the first three games of the series, is 10-6. The Huskies are 5-12...
St. Louis bounces back from loss, beats Wild 5-3 (03/16/09)
ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues came up with a powerful response a day after a demoralizing loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Keith Tkachuk and David Perron scored on a two-man advantage in the second period, David Backes also scored on a power play and the Blues held on for a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night...
Phillies edge Cardinals 2-1 in exhibition game (03/16/09)
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Chase Utley went 0-for-2 in his first spring training game, but it didn't prevent the Philadelphia Phillies from beating the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Sunday. Utley, who had hip surgery on Nov. 24, led off and played four innings at second base...
Chaos erupts at 'Top Model' audition (03/16/09)
NEW YORK -- Three people were arrested and six others hurt Saturday after bedlam broke at an audition for "America's Next Top Model," police said. Police didn't know what prompted the chaos involving hundreds of people outside the Park Central New York hotel in Manhattan. The panic left the street outside the hotel littered with shoes and clothing, according to reports...
Stores, food makers compete on retail prices (03/16/09)
Retailers, who begrudgingly went along when food makers pushed up prices to recoup record-high costs, are flexing newfound muscle and demanding price cuts to match the recent retreat in ingredient costs. Food makers are resisting, saying the uncertain economy and volatile costs make price cuts unwise. But retailers aren't backing down...
Chorus of outrage over AIG bonuses (03/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- Leaders of the White House economic team and the Senate's top Republican complained about bonuses at a bailed-out insurance giant and pledged to prevent such payments in the future. From one Sunday talk show to the next, they tore into the contracts that American International Group said had to be honored, to the tune of about $165 million and payable to executives by Sunday, even as the company has benefited from more than $170 billion in a federal rescue...
Talking shop with Kevin Stanfield, co-owner of My Daddy's Cheesecake (03/16/09)
Q: You've been in the restaurant industry a while. Give me a little background on your journey up to now. A: I've been in a variety of businesses throughout the years. I co-owned and operated three Blimpie restaurants for 10 years. In 2002 one of my Blimpies was named Franchisee of the Year by Blimpie International. I sold those restaurants in 2006. I've also owned some convenience stores...
Memo 3/16/09 (03/16/09)
Commerce bank ranked 7th in Top 150 Commerce Bancshares Inc. was ranked seventh among the Top 150 publicly traded bank companies in Bank Director magazine's 2008 Bank Performance Scorecard. The ranking measures each institution across three categories: profitability, capital adequacy and asset quality for the period of July 2007 to June 2008. Results for 2008 were released in the magazine's first quarter 2009 issue...
People on the move 3/16/09 (03/16/09)
Local instructor celebrates students' achievements Janet Presson, instructor at Keyboards & Kindermusik Conservatory in Cape Girardeau, recently saw a 200th Gold Cup earned by her students in the National Junior Music Festival. To receive a Gold Cup, a student must compete at a minimum of three years while earning the top rating. ...
Jeff Reynolds (03/16/09)
COBDEN, Ill. — Jeff Reynolds, 47, of rural Cobden died Saturday, March 14, 2009, in the Union County Hospital. He was born June 15, 1961, in Anna, Ill., son of Paul and Rose Holden Reynolds. Jeff and Cathy Garrett Wheaton were married July 2, 1999, in Jonesboro, Ill...
LeRoy Hendrix (03/16/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — LeRoy W. Hendrix, 70, of Perryville died Saturday, March 14, 2009, at Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville. He was born Jan. 26, 1939, at Silver Lake, Mo., son of John W. and Martha Stacy Hendrix. He and Betty Sparkman were married Dec. 5, 1959. She died July 29, 1991. He and Joan "Ann" West Faircloth were married April 3, 1993...
Chalmer Voelker (03/16/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Chalmer H. Voelker, 90, of Perryville died Saturday, March 14, 2009, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 13, 1919, in Perry County, Mo., son of the Henry and Mary "Lou" Moore Voelker. He and Evelyn A. Doll were married March 22, 1944...
Dolores Brown (03/16/09)
ANNA, Ill. — Dolores Ellen Brown, 67, of Anna died Saturday, March 14, 2009, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. She was born Nov. 22, 1941, in Troy, Ill, daughter of William and Ellen Porter Murphy. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Anna. She worked at Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in Anna until retiring after 30 years of service. She was an active member and treasurer of the AFSCME Council 31 Local 141...
Tony Kissiar (03/16/09)
TAMMS, Ill. — Tony Kissiar, 35, of Tamms died Saturday, March 14, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 15, 1973, in Carbondale, Ill., son of Larry Eugene and Carolyn Mueller Kissiar. He and Kandi Pind were married Dec. 27, 2003...
Fire report 3/16/09 (03/16/09)
Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: n Emergency medical service on West Independence Street. n Emergency medical service on Oak Street. Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Police report 3/16/09 (03/16/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Christian Wall, no age given, 175 Windsor Ave., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for contempt of court and stealing. n Lashunte P. Johnson, no age given, 1223 College St., was arrested on suspicion of stealing...
Out of the past 3/16/09 (03/16/09)
25 years ago: March 16, 1984 The Women's Center and Safe House in Cape Girardeau, seeking funding relief, will ask to have a measure put on the August ballot to increase marriage license and divorce decree fees; the Cape Girardeau County Court yesterday voted that, if the center can present a petition signed by 10 percent of the number of voters for governor in the 1980 election, it would place the proposal on the ballot...
Lawn care business expands in economic climate (03/16/09)
Lawrence Concho owes a lot to landscape maintenance. While he was a student majoring in accounting at the University of New Mexico, the job provided enough money to pay for his tuition, fees and living expenses. And when the slowing economy was a reason for Concho losing his job at an accounting firm in Southeast Missouri, he took a proactive approach and turned to landscaping to start a new business...
Zoning double standards (03/16/09)
By Brad Hollerbach I generally like standards. For instance, I like knowing that when I pump a gallon of gas, I'm getting a gallon and not one ounce less. Or when I buy a foot-long sub sandwich, I don't have to whip out my tape measure to make sure that it's not really 10 inches...
Iowa: Pork spending, pork smells (03/16/09)
Congressional earmarks -- usually called pork-barrel spending -- are a big, easy target. Anyone who wants to find fault with Big Government and excessive federal spending need look no further than spending bills filled with pet projects sanctioned by a U.S. representative or a U.S. senator...
Speak Out 3/16/09 (03/16/09)
Political agenda IN recent days the Missourian has run several op-ed pieces critical of President Obama and his programs. Columnist Charles Krauthammer disagreed with Obama in the very beginning and opposed what the American people hoped to achieve when they chose Obama. Are these the right people to evaluate this program? In choosing to publish such articles, the Missourian tells us little about Obama and his programs but a great deal about its own political agenda...
Prayer 3/16/09 (03/16/09)
We see the greatness of your handiwork, O God, and we are awestruck. Amen.
Missouri Rep. Jim Guest to be Featured Speaker at Coffee Camp Heritage Dinner (03/16/09)
I'd like to invite everyone to the 8th, Annual John T. Coffee Camp # 1934 Heritage Dinner. This year's featured speaker is Missouri Rep. Jim Guest a 10th amendment and States' Rights expert. Today the John T. Coffee Camp #1934 Inc, Sons of Confederate Veterans issued the following press anouncement:...
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