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Expansion, funding topics of Jackson board candidates (03/23/09)
During a candidate forum Monday night two Jackson school board incumbents said the district might have to look at expansion in the future to avoid overcrowding. "I think it's just something we keep an eye on," said Cathy Goodman, a six-year board member running for re-election...
New eye scan technology installed by Scott County Sheriff's Department (03/23/09)
Last week, the Scott County Sheriff's Department became the first law enforcement agency in Missouri to purchase and install iris recognition software for use in identifying missing people. Sheriff's departments across the country are turning to the use of such equipment, expected to eventually replace child fingerprinting as the main resource for identifying missing or abducted children...
Testimony begins in trial of Van Buren man accused of killing Missouri Highway Patrol officer (03/23/09)
WEST PLAINS, Mo. — A Carter County jury heard testimony Monday afternoon surrounding a November 2004 fatal crash prosecutors believe was the motive for a Van Buren, Mo., man to gun down a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper in his driveway. In his opening argument, assistant attorney general Kevin Zoellner said Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham Jr. was ambushed in his driveway March 20, 2005, after completing his shift for the day...
Dr. Jean Chapman, respected allergist and artist, dies at age 80 (03/23/09)
Retired allergist Dr. Jean Chapman, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Monday at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was on the hospital's staff from July 1959 to August 1997, when he retired. His friend and colleague, Dr. Thomas C. Sparkman, who has been in family practice for 45 years, said they were friends for 40 years...
Stoddard County man injured in Sunday crash (03/23/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. — A sleepy driver had a rough awakening early Sunday morning. At 5:50 a.m. Sunday, at the Sikeston City limits along U.S. 60, Andrew W. Sitzs, 24, of Brownwood was driving eastbound when he fell asleep, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. Sitzs’ vehicle went into the median and overturned, ejecting the driver...
AmerenUE official: squirrel was cause of Sunday morning power outage in Cape Girardeau (03/23/09)
A squirrel stuck in a substation was the cause of a power outage for about 1400 AmerenUE customers in Cape Girardeau on Sunday morning. Spokesperson Susan Gallagher said the animal caused a transformer to shut down, causing the power outage for about four hours in the northern part of the city...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (03/23/09)
Many of you may have been without power Sunday morning if you live in Cape Girardeau. The reason for the outage was a furry critter, according to AmerenUE.Click here to read more about the Sunday morning outage...
Five departments respond to multiple Sunday evening brush fires in Millersville (03/23/09)
Five area fire departments responded to two brush fires in Millersville Sunday evening, but both did not cause injuries or structure damage. Millersville Fire Department Chief Jerry Aufdenberg said his crew, along with the North County, Sedgewickville and Jackson fire departments, responded to a call of a brush fire at the corner of County Road 350 and 354 at around 4 p.m. ...
Reusing resources: New machines at Southeast put old motor, cooking oil to work (03/23/09)
Southeast Missouri State University is using old cooking and motor oil in unconventional ways to make the university more self-sustaining. The facilities management at Southeast is experimenting with two ways to turn campus waste into energy. They recently purchased machines that convert old motor and cooking oil into usable products. A large heating system runs on old motor oil, while another machine converts cooking oil into usable diesel engine fuel...
School board candidates to take part in forum (03/23/09)
School board candidates to take part in forum Candidates for the Jackson School Board will participate in a forum Monday. The event, sponsored by the Cape Girardeau County Business Women's Organization, will be at 6 p.m. in the Jackson Middle School library. ...
Motorcycle helmets no longer required in certain circumstances (03/23/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Motorcyclists may get five years to prove they should be free to ride without head protection. On March 12, the Missouri Senate voted to allow people at least 21 years old to ride a motorcycle without wearing a helmet when not traveling on an interstate highway...
Naked man rescued after bridge jump (03/23/09)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The co-pilot of a police helicopter rescued a naked man who had jumped from a bridge into the Mississippi River south of St. Louis. It happened late Sunday, just before midnight. St. Louis County Police Sgt. Tracy Panus says someone who lives near the Jefferson Barracks Bridge called after hearing a man's screams...
Anti-violence program faces possible funding cut (03/23/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A program credited with helping keep Kansas City's homicide rate from being even higher last year could lose its city funding. Aim4Peace, which pairs reformed criminals with people still in the street lifestyle to break the cycle of violence, is among the programs that a city finance committee has recommended be cut from the budget. The full city council is set to vote on the budget recommendations Thursday...
Veteran thought to be homeless had family show up at burial (03/23/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Just as the burial service was about to begin for a homeless World War II veteran with no family, the man's widow surprised the crowd by showing up at the cemetery. And it turns out that 84-year-old Edwin Cecil McQuiddy had lived in a nursing home and hadn't been homeless at all...
Mo. lawmakers block governor's legislative agenda (03/23/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Despite their mutually expressed desire for bipartisan cooperation, Missouri's new Democratic governor and its Republican-led legislature don't have much to show for it at the midway point of the 2009 legislative session. Gov. Jay Nixon's top legislative priorities -- job creation, health care and higher education -- largely have been stalled, rejected or ignored in the legislature...
More mentally ill being housed in nursing homes (03/23/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The number of people with mental illnesses living in Missouri nursing homes is growing at the third fastest clip in the country. Federal data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid prepared for The Associated Press show that more than 4,400 people with mental illnesses stayed in Missouri nursing homes last year. Across the U.S., more mentally ill adults are being cared for in nursing homes, but few states have experienced the rapid growth of Missouri...
Stocks surge on bank plan, rise in home sales (03/23/09)
NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street got the news it wanted on the economy's biggest problems — banks and housing — and responded with a rally that hurtled the Dow Jones industrials up nearly 500 points. Investors added rocket fuel Monday to a two-week-old advance, cheering the government's plan to help banks remove bad assets from their books and also welcoming a report showing a surprising increase in home sales. Major stock indicators surged more than 6 percent, including the Dow...
Smaller hotel rooms may fit shrunken travel budgets (03/23/09)
NEW YORK -- A New York hotel with luxury sheets and state-of-the-art audio for less than $100 a night? All you have to sacrifice is a bit of privacy and a little -- well, a lot -- of space. Moving beyond budget accommodations to an idea that borrows from a ship's berth or a train's sleeper car, developers are gambling that in tough times travelers looking for a little pampering at lower prices will embrace micro-hotels...
American peanut industry working to overcome salmonella, allergy concerns (03/23/09)
One Sunday afternoon this month, an unusual scene played out at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Partisans of a particular product waded into the crowd, distributing tiny sacks of snacks. By day's end, they had handed out 64,000 bags of skinless roasted Georgia peanuts...
Immigrants worry English classes could be cut (03/23/09)
NEW YORK -- Farzana Morshed arrived from Bangladesh three years ago without any real grasp of English. Her husband had to help her open a bank account, an interpreter was necessary when she needed medical care and she couldn't go anywhere by herself for fear of getting lost...
Quirky American regional dictionary nears completion (03/23/09)
MADISON, Wis. -- If you don't know a stone toter from Adam's off ox, or aren't sure what a grinder shop sells, the Dictionary of American Regional English is for you. The collection of regional words and phrases is beloved by linguists and authors and used as a reference in professions as diverse as acting and police work. And now, after five decades of wide-ranging research that sometimes got word-gatherers run out of suspicious small towns, the job is almost finished...
Children among at least 14 dead in Mont. plane crash (03/23/09)
BUTTE, Mont. -- A small plane, possibly carrying children on a ski trip, crashed Sunday as it approached the Butte airport, killing 14 to 17 people aboard, a federal official said. The single engine turboprop nose-dived into a cemetery 500 feet from its destination...
Republicans slam Obama budget (03/23/09)
WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans on Sunday predicted a doomsday scenario of debt and eventual federal bankruptcy if President Obama's spending blueprint passes. But a White House adviser dismissed the negative assessments, saying she is "incredibly confident" the president's policies will "do the job" for the economy...
Plan to buy toxic assets may use $1 trillion (03/23/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's latest attempt to tackle the banking crisis and get loans flowing will create a new government entity, the Public-Private Investment Program, to help purchase as much as $1 trillion in toxic assets on banks' books...
Minnesota's slow Senate vote count spawns bobblehead (03/23/09)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The two candidates locked in a lengthy fight over a Senate seat from Minnesota are getting their own bobblehead doll. That's just one bobblehead doll, but with two faces -- one for Republican Norm Coleman and one for Democrat Al Franken...
In Vermont, new life for a real bridge to nowhere (03/23/09)
MARSHFIELD, Vt. -- A bridge to nowhere will soon become a bridge to somewhere. Sort of. Plunked down in the middle of a field nearly five years ago so it wouldn't fall into a river, the 119-year-old Martin Bridge is being renovated and returned to its original site. When the work is complete this spring, the covered bridge will be back over the Winooski River, where it served farmers for nearly a century...
Pope decries African wars at Mass (03/23/09)
LUANDA, Angola -- Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass for the largest gathering of his African pilgrimage Sunday, telling a crowd on the outskirts of this seaside capital that reconciliation on the war-ravaged continent would come only with a "change of heart, a new way of thinking."...
China arrests dozens of Tibetan monks after attack on police (03/23/09)
BEIJING -- Hundreds of Tibetans attacked a police station and government officials in northwestern China despite heightened security, prompting the arrests Sunday of nearly 100 monks, state media reported. Six of those arrested for alleged involvement in the attack were caught by police while 89 others turned themselves in, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. All but two were monks, it said...
Hard-line Saudi clerics urge TV ban on women, music (03/23/09)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- A group of Saudi clerics urged the kingdom's new information minister Sunday to ban women from appearing on TV or in newspapers and magazines, making clear that the country's hard-line religious establishment is skeptical of a new push toward moderation...
Some Muslim clergy join Nigeria's battle against polio (03/23/09)
KANO, Nigeria -- In 2003, imams in northern Nigeria fomented a boycott of polio vaccinations claiming they were a Western plot to make Muslims infertile or infect them with AIDS. The result: The number of newly crippled children more than doubled the following year, and there were fears that the disease would spread into a dozen neighboring countries...
Letter to the editor 3/23/09 (03/23/09)
Dear Editor: I have been broadcasting high school sports for 30 years. Through the vast majority of these years, I've heard Southeast Missouri State University basketball coaches disrespect our local talent. How refreshing to read the comments of Dickey Nutt. He can't build a team solely of local talent, but at least local coaches and parents of talented players can feel that their opinions were considered...
Talented Braves cap big year with Class 1 title (03/23/09)
When I saw the Scott County Central High School boys basketball team crush every opponent to win the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament in late December, I didn't think there would be a Class 1 team that could deny the Braves the program's 13th state title...
Panthers reach Sweet 16 (03/23/09)
Sam Young scored 32 points and DeJuan Blair added another double-double as top-seeded Pittsburgh advanced to the round of 16 for the fifth time in eight years with an 84-76 win over Oklahoma State on Sunday. Obi Muonelo scored 19 points for the eighth-seeded Cowboys (23-12), who gave the Panthers (30-4) all they could handle before losing their touch in the final minutes. Oklahoma State made 10 3-pointers in the first half but made only two of 12 from long range after halftime...
Missouri reaches Sweet 16 (03/23/09)
The Tigers lost a big lead, but overtook Marquette in the final minute for an 83-79 victory Sunday in the West Regional. By EDDIE PELLS The Associated Press BOISE, Idaho -- For four unbelievable minutes early, Kim English turned the basketball court in Boise into his own private Idaho...
Redhawks open OVC with road sweep of Eagles (03/23/09)
The last time the Southeast Missouri State baseball team had swept an Ohio Valley Conference road series was back in 2005, at Tennessee Tech. Southeast now can add another three-game OVC road sweep to its resume -- and in a familiar setting. The Redhawks capped an impressive start to their league schedule with Sunday's 7-4 victory over host Tennessee Tech...
Freese contributes in Cards' exhibition win vs. Orioles (03/23/09)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Still searching for its opening day third baseman, St. Louis recalled David Freese to its major league camp before Sunday's 5-4 victory over Baltimore. Freese started the spring with the big club only to be sent down to rehab with an Achilles' injury suffered in an offseason auto accident...
Goosen ends nearly four-year title drought (03/23/09)
Retief Goosen took an important step toward rejoining the elite in golf Sunday by closing with a 1-under 70 for a one-shot victory in the Transitions Championship, his first PGA Tour win in nearly four years. Goosen had a two-shot lead with three holes to play on the demanding Copperhead Course at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla., when just like everyone else, he struggled to hang on. The two-time U.S. Open champion barely made it...
Japan eliminates U.S. from Classic (03/23/09)
LOS ANGELES -- America's national pastime took a major hit Sunday night. On home turf, no less. Daisuke Matsuzaka remained undefeated in the World Baseball Classic and defending champion Japan beat the United States 9-4 in the semifinals at Dodger Stadium...
Kyle Busch collects second win of season (03/23/09)
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kyle Busch has dominated Bristol Motor Speedway before, only to be denied a trip to Victory Lane. Not this time. Busch led 378 of 502 laps Sunday to win at Bristol, his second victory of the season. It was redemption for Busch, who lost his power steering while leading last spring and was bumped from the front in August by Carl Edwards after leading 415 laps...
Christian music group Casting Crowns coming to Poplar Bluff (03/23/09)
A Grammy-award winning Christian music group will perform June 19 at the Black River Coliseum. Tickets for "An Evening with Casting Crowns" go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Consistently topping Christian charts, Casting Crowns' past three albums have also made the top 25 on Billboard 200 Albums. ...
Film, TV workers union approves new contract (03/23/09)
Film, TV workers union approves new contract LOS ANGELES -- A union that represents more than 35,000 film and television workers has approved a three-year contract with Hollywood producers. Officials from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees said the contract was unanimously endorsed by all 15 Hollywood local groups. The contract, which goes into effect Aug. 1, includes some modest pay hikes but also cuts in health and pension benefits...
Two books in works with Hudson pilot (03/23/09)
Two books in works with Hudson pilot NEW YORK -- William Morrow says it plans to publish the first of two books with pilot Chesley B. Sullenberger III late this year. Topics will include his childhood, his military service and his "Miracle on the Hudson" experiences. ...
People on the move 3/23/09 (03/23/09)
Barks inducted into auctioneers assoc. hall of fame Bobby L. Barks of Jackson was recently inducted into the Missouri Professional Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame during its conference in Chesterfield, Mo. Bob and his wife Claueda are the owners of Barks Auction Service of Jackson. His daughter, Robin Barks Anderson, accepted a trophy in her father's honor, since he was unable to attend...
Detroit-area cafe staging autos tribute (03/23/09)
FERNDALE, Mich. -- A coffee shop in a Detroit suburb has started a 10-day live musical tribute to the American auto industry. The 240-hour "Assembly Line" show at AJ's Music Cafe in Ferndale kicked off Friday with Motown star-turned-Detroit City Councilwoman Martha Reeves singing the "The Star-Spangled Banner."...
Boxing with Dennis Vinson, owner of Signature Packaging in Jackson (03/23/09)
Southeast Missouri may not be suburban Atlanta, but Dennis Vinson doesn't mind. Since he moved his Signature Packaging business to Jackson in late 2006, Vinson has enjoyed life in a smaller town and expanded his clientele. The packaging company began production April 18, 2007, in its 80,000-square-foot facility at 1302 Lenco Ave., with room to expand for 200,000 more square feet of space. ...
Julia Graham (03/23/09)
Julia Cecelia Graham, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, March 20, 2009, at her home. She was born Aug. 19, 1928, in Gulf Port, Miss., daughter of Thomas and Mamie E. Stokes Reed. She and Joe Graham Jr. were married Jan. 17, 1949, in St. Louis. He died March 8, 1990...
Virginia R. 'Ginny' Obergoenner (03/23/09)
ST. LOUIS — Virginia R. "Ginny" Obergoenner, 82, of St. Louis died Saturday, March 21, 2009. She was born May 7, 1926, in Vandalia, Ill., daughter of Harold Thomas and Hazel Lawson Emerick. She married Vernon R. Obergoenner. He preceded her in death...
James Tilley (03/23/09)
HARTSELLE, Ala. — James Tilley, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, March 22, 2009, at his home in Hartselle. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Jerad Kimmel (03/23/09)
Jerad Kenneth Kimmel, 27, of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 5, 1981, in Portland, Ore., son of David Dale and Colleen Elvera Karrick. Survivors include his parents of Cape Girardeau; a sister, Amee D. James of Mattoon, Ill.; and his paternal grandmother, Mary Kimmel of Olney, Ill...
Ruby Ravenstein (03/23/09)
LITTLETON, Mass. — Ruby C. Ravenstein, 93, formerly of Jackson, died Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Betty J. Moll (03/23/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Betty J. Moll, 77, of Perryville died Sunday, March 22, 2009, at her home. She was born Dec. 4, 1931, in Perry County, daughter of Benjamin and Gertrude Rullo Berkbuegler. She was married to Roy Moll in 1953. He died July 22, 1998...
Richard T. Basler (03/23/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Richard T. Basler, 66, of Perryville died Saturday, March 21, 2009, at his residence. He was born March 2, 1943, in Perry County, son of the late Raymond V. and Irene C. Favier Basler. He and Sandra Williams were married Sept. 18, 1965...
Manford 'Gene' Poole (03/23/09)
TUNNEL HILL, Ill. — Manford Eugene "Gene" Poole, 74, of Tunnel Hill, Ill., died Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Ky. Gene was born Aug. 2, 1934, in Mill Creek, Ill., to Manford James and Effie Lorene (Sims) Poole. He married Rosanna Schierbaum Jan. 6, 1956, in Cornith, Miss...
Police report 3/23/09 (03/23/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n A male subject was in custody pending formal charges for driving while intoxicated, failure to yield right of way and driving while suspended...
Fire report 3/23/09 (03/23/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: n At 6:46 p.m., emergency medical service at West Park Mall. n At 7:33 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2800 block of Themis Street. n At 10:21 p.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of South Lorimier Street...
Out of the past 3/23/09 (03/23/09)
25 years ago: March 23, 1984 The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents has authorized university officials to seek bids on repairs to the roofs of Kent Library, Magill Hall of Science and Brandt Music Hall; an emergency appropriation for the Kent Library roofing work is awaiting the governor's signature...
New tax credit causes confusion among some (03/23/09)
Some area workers may have noticed a few more dollars in their latest paycheck and it's creating confusion for some. The Making Work Pay Tax Credit that was part of the $787 billion stimulus legislation recently passed by Congress is reducing tax rates for single individuals earning less than $75,000 and joint filers earning less than $150,000, resulting in extra cash this year and in 2010. ...
Housing: Developing, enforcing codes requires some balance (03/23/09)
Most of us aren't too concerned about rules and regulations regarding building codes or where mobile and manufactured homes go -- unless it's in our neighborhood. Right now, anyone who wants to have a manufactured home -- one built in a factory and transported to your lot -- in Cape Girardeau must obtain a special-use permit. The city has granted these permits in the past...
Speak Out 3/23/09 (03/23/09)
Presidential popularity MICHAEL Jensen seems to be growing ever more dour in his dotage. Less than two months into the Obama presidency, Jensen has pronounced the demonstrably inspiring Obama unable to inspire us. That, even though the president's popularity remains at a much higher level at the same time period in office as did Jensen's redistribute-the-wealth-upward Republican presidential predecessors...
Prayer 3/23/09 (03/23/09)
Hold us responsible for our actions, O God, and in your mercy forgive our misdeeds. Amen.
Southeast Bass Anglers Finish with two Top 20 Finishes in Regional Tournament March 20/21 (03/23/09)
Three teams from the Southeast Missouri State University Bass Anglers team just returned from another successful regional tournament on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Arkansas. The teams competed March 20-21 on this 34,000 acre impoundment but were met with weather which resulted in tough fishing conditions...
Visitors by the Bus-load! (03/23/09)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. With the 2nd Annual "Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival: Where the River Turns a Thousand Tales" days away, the Convention and Visitors Bureau staff are gearing up for record-breaking numbers of school-age attendees. On Friday, April 3rd, over 2,500 children from 14 area schools are scheduled to attend the day long Festival performances. ...
Venture Crew 11 Fundraising Night @ McAlister's Deli (03/23/09)
Venture Crew 11 will be holding a fundraising night at McAlister's Deli on April 16, 2009 from 4-8 PM. The Crew will use these fund for summer camp at Swift S-F. They also are planning other high adventure activities and community service projects.
Vince Friese at the StL Supercross (03/23/09)
Vince Friese, of Cape Girardeau, racing at the St. Louis Supercross
Bradford Pear in full bloom (03/23/09)
All the Bradford pears are in full bloom and soooo beautiful!!!
Bradford Pear in full bloom (03/23/09)
Close up of Bradford Pear blooms. Happy 58th Birthday Tom!!!
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