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Local Habitat for Humanity leaders had hoped to move the house they've been constructing on a Broadway parking lot to its permanent location on Main Street today. However, weather and other factors held them back.The move has been postponed until tomorrow. ...
High winds delay move of Cape Girardeau Habitat for Humanity house (03/24/09)
High winds delayed today's planned move of a Habitat for Humanity house down Broadway to its new location at 1640 N. Main St. Cape Area Habitat for Humanity leaders had arrived at the parking lot near the Southeast Missouri State University campus early today to prepare for the move. However, wind gusts were forecast to reach as high as 47 miles per hour, forcing the organization's leaders to delay the move until Wednesday morning...
Intermittent storms expected to continue overnight (03/24/09)
PADACUH, Ky. — Eight Southeast Missouri counties remain under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The watch was issued at 3:15 p.m.By 6:50 p.m., the weather service issued a statement that the storms would continue intermittently overnight...
Squirrel knocks out power to 1,400 AmerenUE customers in Cape Girardeau (03/24/09)
A squirrel stuck in a substation was the cause of a power outage Sunday morning for about 1,400 AmerenUE customers in Cape Girardeau. AmerenUE spokeswoman 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...
Five departments respond to Millersville brush fires (03/24/09)
Five area fire departments responded to two brush fires in Millersville Sunday evening, but neither fire caused 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. Sunday...
Jackson company Nordenia USA boasts international flavor (03/24/09)
When German native Martina Welker first moved to Southeast Missouri in 1990, she said adjusting to American culture was challenging. But thanks to the international atmosphere at her employer, packaging plant Nordenia USA in Jackson, she was able to adjust within a few years...
Diabetes Alert Day (03/24/09)
Obesity and sedentary lifestyles are just two red flags type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. A list of symptoms and an online line test are being offered by the diabetes association, which is holding its 21st annual diabetes alert day today as a way of urging people to get checked for diabetes...
Fire does $5,000 in damage to Cape Girardeau Pizza Hut on Monday (03/24/09)
Cape Girardeau firefighters battled a structure fire Monday afternoon at Pizza Hut on Kingshighway. The fire occurred around 3:14 p.m., according to battalion chief Steve Niswonger. The fire, which caused about $5,000 worth of damage to the premises, is believed to have been electrical, Niswonger said...
Alpha Phi Omega to hold rock-a-thon (03/24/09)
Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity is hosting its annual rock-a-thon from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Scott City Huddle House, 3508 Nash Road in Scott City. Fraternity members will be rocking in rocking chairs outside for 24 hours without stopping for donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. For more information, contact fraternity service chairman Tony Fouts at 314-807-2082 or by e-mail at acfouts1s@semo.edu...
Road and bridge board holds fast to policy (03/24/09)
Tim Stone spent nearly eight years convincing neighbors to sign easements and agree to let Cape Girardeau County pave County Road 442. Because one neighbor refused to sign, County Road 442 will not be put on a paving list, he learned Monday night during the Cape Girardeau County road and bridge board meeting...
Woman pleads guilty to vote fraud in St. Louis (03/24/09)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A worker for a get-out-the-vote effort in St. Louis faces sentencing in June after pleading guilty Tuesday to a federal charge for submitting false voter registrations. Deidra Humphrey, 44, of East St. Louis, Ill., worked last year as a voter registration recruiter for Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition (Missouri Pro-Vote) and for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now...
Police: Multi-state manhunt continues for escapees (03/24/09)
CAMPBELLSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police say the search continues for three inmates who escaped from an Indiana state prison and assaulted three Kentucky residents and stole guns, cash and clothing. Trooper Kevin Woosley said on Tuesday that police are still receiving reports of sightings, but none had panned out. On Monday, troopers put out word to agencies in neighboring Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia and Missouri to watch for the three inmates...
Tornadoes reported in Neb. as snow falls in west (03/24/09)
OMAHA, Neb. -- Several tornadoes reportedly touched down Monday in north-central and eastern Nebraska while the western end of the state reeled from a late wintry blast. The tornado-laden storm system moved northeast through the eastern quarter of the state, hitting Lincoln and Omaha about rush hour before moving into Iowa...
Fire destroys midtown St. Louis landmark (03/24/09)
ST. LOUIS -- A fire causes the old Pevely Dairy Warehouse in St. Louis to collapse. The plant is something of a landmark in the midtown area of St. Louis, though it has been vacant since October. No one was hurt in the fire that broke out Sunday on the first floor. It quickly spread. Fire crews decided to let the building burn...
Unemployment hits harder among Hispanics, blacks (03/24/09)
The ax fell without sound or shadow: Tatiana Gallego was suddenly called into human resources and laid off from her job as an admissions counselor for a fashion college. "The way people tried to explain it to me was, I was the last one hired so I was the first one out," said Gallego, 25, who had worked there for 17 months...
Charges may be weeks away in Mo. fatal wreck (03/24/09)
ST. LOUIS -- A decision could be weeks away on whether charges will be filed against a suburban St. Louis police officer involved in a wreck that killed four people, authorities said Monday. The accident happened at 1:45 a.m. Saturday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Sunset Hills officer Christine L. Miller's Mitsubishi was in the wrong lane when it struck a 1999 Honda. She was off duty at the time...
Tyco protesting Mo. radio contract with Motorola (03/24/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Stalled first because of financing concerns, a more than $80 million contract to improve the radio system used by Missouri's emergency responders now is facing assertions it was awarded to the wrong bidder. The contract with Motorola Inc. is being protested by rival Tyco Electronics Ltd., which contends its own proposal is cheaper but was passed over by former Republican Gov. Matt Blunt's administration in a rush to wrap up the radio deal before he left office...
Prominent lawyer may join Blagojevich legal team (03/24/09)
CHICAGO -- Prominent criminal defense attorney Terence P. Gillespie may join former governor Rod Blagojevich's legal team, a move that would guarantee Blagojevich at least one solid, battle-hardened veteran defender. The idea is being explored but no decision has been made, people informed about the discussions said Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the talks are confidential...
Mo. saves $558,000 by renegotiating leases (03/24/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon's administration says it has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by renegotiating leases for state offices. Nixon ordered a review of all long-term state contracts as one of his first actions after taking office in January. ...
N.D. students leave class to help with sandbagging as flooding threatens (03/24/09)
FARGO, N.D. — High school and college students were let out of class Monday to help with sandbagging as residents raced to hold off a threat of flooding from the rising Red River. City officials planned to fill more than 1 million sandbags, but with more rain forecast they increased the need to nearly 2 million sandbags — about 500,000 each day by the end of the week...
Alaskan volcano Mount Redoubt erupts five times (03/24/09)
WILLOW, Alaska -- Alaska's Mount Redoubt volcano erupted five times Sunday night and Monday morning, sending an ash plume more than 9 miles into the air in the volcano's first emissions in nearly 20 years. Residents in Anchorage were spared from falling ash, though fine gray dust was falling Monday morning on small communities north of the state's largest city. The ash began falling around daybreak and continued into midmorning...
Workers feel brunt of health insurance woes (03/24/09)
WASHINGTON -- American workers -- whose taxes pay for government health programs -- are getting squeezed like no other group by private health insurance premiums that are rising much faster than their wages. While just about all retirees are covered, and nearly 90 percent of children have health insurance, workers now are at significantly higher risk of being uninsured than in the 1990s, the last time lawmakers attempted a health-care overhaul, according to a study released today...
Alzheimer's triples cost of elderly care (03/24/09)
CHICAGO -- The health-care costs of Alzheimer's disease patients are more than triple those of other older people, and that doesn't even include the billions of hours of unpaid care from family members, a new report suggests. Compared with people aged 65 and older without Alzheimer's, those with the disease are much more often hospitalized and treated in skilled-nursing centers. Their medical costs also often include nursing home care and Medicare-covered home health visits...
Former 'enemy combatant' pleads not guilty in Illinois (03/24/09)
PEORIA, Ill. -- A man locked up for seven years since being accused of plotting terrorist attacks in the U.S. as an al-Qaida sleeper agent pleaded not guilty to federal charges Monday and was told his fate may be decided by the end of the year. U.S. District Judge Michael Mihm set a May 26 for the start Ali al-Marri's trial on charges of conspiracy and supporting terrorism, but acknowledged it would be moved and said he would realistically like to begin by November or December...
Authorities still looking for cause of Montana plane crash (03/24/09)
WASHINGTON — Speculation over the crash of a single-engine turboprop plane into a cemetery shifted to ice on the wings Monday after it became less likely overloading was to blame, given that half of the 14 people on board were small children. While descending Sunday in preparation for landing at the Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, Mont., the plane passed through a layer of air at about 1,500 feet that was conducive to icing because the temperatures were below freezing and the air "had 100 percent relative humidity or was saturated," according to AccuWeather.com, a forecasting service in State College, Pa.. ...
2010 census: U.S. plans outreach to displaced urban homeowners (03/24/09)
WASHINGTON -- With the 2010 census looming, tens of millions of residents in mostly dense urban areas such as Los Angeles and New York are at high risk of being missed because of language problems and a deepening economic crisis, government officials said Monday...
Report: Dating-violence laws lagging in most states (03/24/09)
NEW YORK -- Only a handful of states have responded to teen dating violence with laws enabling victims to obtain protection orders on equal terms with adults, an advocacy group says in a new national survey. The report on state laws by Break the Cycle, a teen-violence prevention organization that has worked with the Justice Department, gave A grades to only five states, a group that includes Illinois...
Teen charged in N. Ireland police killing (03/24/09)
LONDON -- Police say they have charged a 17-year-old suspect with the murder of a policeman in Northern Ireland. The killing was the second of a pair of deadly attacks that shook Northern Ireland's fragile power-sharing government. It came two days after attackers killed two soldiers just outside a British army base...
At least 23 killed in Iraq suicide blast (03/24/09)
BAGHDAD -- A suicide bomber struck a tent filled Monday with Kurdish funeral mourners, unleashing a huge fireball that killed at least 23 people in a northern town where Kurds and Arabs are competing for power. The provincial security office said 23 people were killed and 34 wounded in the suicide attack in the town of Jalula some 80 miles northeast of Baghdad...
Pakistan militants strengthen in heartland (03/24/09)
BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan -- The compound bore no sign. Residents referred to it simply as the school for "jihadi fighters," speaking in awe of the expensive horses stabled within its high walls -- and the extremists who rode them bareback in the dusty fields around it...
Mexico offers $2M for top drug lords (03/24/09)
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's government Monday offered $2 million each for information leading to the arrest of 24 top drug lords in a public challenge to the cartels' violent grip on the country. The list indicated that drug gangs have splintered into six main cartels under pressure from the U.S. ...
Fisherman nets 2,200-year-old bronze statue (03/24/09)
ATHENS, Greece -- A Greek fisherman must have been expecting a monster of a catch when he brought up his nets in the Aegean Sea last week. Instead, Greek authorities said his haul was a section of a 2,200-year-old bronze statue of a horseman. A Culture Ministry announcement said Monday the find was made in waters between the islands of Kos and Kalymnos. The fisherman gave the figure to authorities, who have started the cleaning process...
Oak Ridge wins pitching duel vs. Meadow Heights (03/24/09)
Oak Ridge pitcher Ethan Sachs outdueled Meadow Heights hurler Cody Kennedy in the season-opening baseball game for both schools as the Blue Jays posted a 1-0 road victory Monday. Sachs allowed a leadoff single in the first inning, but that was the only hit he surrendered all game. He tossed six shutout innings, struck out 13 batters and walked one...
Jackson opens season with 9-8 victory against Scott City (03/24/09)
SCOTT CITY -- Two high school baseball teams carrying lofty expectations opened the season Monday with an entertaining game. Jackson wound up having the most fun as the visiting Indians slipped past defending Class 2 state champion Scott City 9-8. "I thought the atmosphere was more like a midseason game," Jackson coach Rob French said. "You could tell both teams had done a lot of preparation...
Battle of the Tigers (03/24/09)
By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER The Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Tyus Edney curse is exorcised. Bring on the Memphis Tigers. Missouri's 83-79 win Sunday over Marquette in the NCAA tournament's second round did more than advance these other Tigers to the West Regional semifinals, the program's best showing since 2002. It also purged painful memories of the school's previous trip to Boise, Idaho, in 1995...
Redhawks will send four gymnasts to regional (03/24/09)
Despite a dazzling year, the Southeast Missouri State gymnastics team missed out on a regional berth. And by the slimmest of margins. The top 36 squads in the final regular-season national rankings released Monday qualify for regionals. Southeast is ranked 37th with an average score of 194.565. Maryland and New Hampshire, tied for 35th, have an average score of 194.625...
Carpenter again looks sharp in exhibition win (03/24/09)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Chris Carpenter allowed his first two runs of spring, both unearned thanks to his error, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 6-3 Monday "I thought he was good again," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "He had everything. Everything is working."...
Armstrong crashes, breaks collarbone (03/24/09)
BALTANAS, Spain -- Lance Armstrong fractured his collarbone Monday during a race in Spain, leaving in question his participation in the Tour de France in July. The seven-time Tour champion said he will fly to the United States and meet with medical experts to decide whether he needs surgery...
Beyond BMI: Study shows obesity shortens life, but trainer cautions body mass index isn't only measure of health (03/24/09)
A highlight in Allyson Langley's pursuit of fitness came from a young player on her soccer team just about two weeks ago. "He said, 'Coach Allyson, Where did your belly go?' I thought that was so cute!" she said, laughing. Langley, 23, said she sculpted an "an ideal body" by swimming daily during her high school days. She carried just 115 pounds on her 5-foot-1 frame. In college, her fitness routine fell apart...
Health calendar 3/24/09 (03/24/09)
Today Surviving the Loss of a Child The program concerning grief after the loss of a child includes phases of loss, tips to survive loss and resources to help people coping with such grief. For more information, call 332-1587 or 800-800-5123...
Big news year boosts '60 Minutes' (03/24/09)
NEW YORK -- "60 Minutes" has thrown a few haymakers in recent weeks: the first interview with hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger, a long-sought talk with Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and a sit-down with President Obama. It's paying off where it really counts in the world of television: The CBS newsmagazine has reversed a long, nearly unbroken decline in viewership this season with a sharper focus on the news stories that define the day...
Obama administration unveils plan to remove toxic assets from banks' books (03/24/09)
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration aimed squarely at the crisis clogging the nation's credit system Monday with a plan to take over up to $1 trillion in sour mortgage securities with the help of private investors. For once, Wall Street cheered...
Edward Schnurbusch (03/24/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Edward C. "Junior" Schnurbusch, 79, of Perryville died Monday, March 23, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 17, 1929, at Apple Creek, Mo., son of Henry Edward and Clotilda Leible Schnurbusch. He and Josephine A. Berkbigler were married Nov. 29, 1969, in Perryville...
Robert Forehand (03/24/09)
ANNA, Ill. — Robert Forehand, 82, of Anna died Monday, March 23, 2009, at Union County Hospital. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Farrow-Dix (03/24/09)
Mary J. Farrow-Dix, 59, of Sarasota, Fla., passed away Monday, March 23, 2009, at the home of her sister in Jackson. She was born Aug. 6, 1949, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Nelson C. and Emma Sparkman Farrow. She and Dale A. Dix were married Oct. 29, 1967, at Irondale, Mo...
Kenneth Foster (03/24/09)
GOREVILLE, Ill. — Kenneth "Kenny" Foster, 70, of Goreville, formerly of Anna, Ill., died Sunday, March 22, 2009, at his home. He was born Sept. 15, 1938, in Union County, Ill., son of John and May Julia Chaney Foster. He and Karen Crain were married Aug. 9, 1980...
Jerry Sindle (03/24/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. — Jerry Lee Sindle, 64, of Sikeston, Mo., died March 22, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 7, 1944, in Pop City, Mo., son of Gene and Ollie Jones Sindle. He and Diane Gates were married Dec. 3, 1976, in Pop City...
Dr. Jean Chapman (03/24/09)
Dr. Jean A. Chapman, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, March 23, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church...
Billie Sullivan (03/24/09)
THEBES, Ill. — Billie Jo Sullivan, 59, of Thebes passed away Sunday, March 22, 2009, at her home, where she has resided the past 15 years. She was born July 24, 1950, in Sacramento, Calif., daughter of Clarence and Thelma Elston Setters. She and William R. Sullivan were married Aug. 21, 1987, in Port Leyden, N.Y...
Homer Graham (03/24/09)
PATTERSON, Mo. — Homer A. Graham, 81, of Patterson died Saturday, March 21, 2009, at his home. He was born Dec. 20, 1927, at Fredericktown, Mo. He and Colleen Sebastian were married May 14, 1950, at Fredericktown. Graham was a farmer and cattle rancher. He was a member of Farm Bureau and Patterson Baptist Church...
Faye Adams (03/24/09)
ANNA, Ill. — Faye Eileen Watkins Adams, 76, of Anna died Monday, March 23, 2009, at Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born Oct. 30, 1932, in Mill Creek Ill., daughter of Charles and Ruth Lindsey Watkins. She and Benjamin C. Adams were married Sept. 6, 1952, in Anna. He died Jan. 31, 1987...
Virginia Obergoenner (03/24/09)
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...
Billy Lands Sr. (03/24/09)
FLORISSANT, Mo. — Billy G. Lands Sr., 75, of Florissant, formerly of Delta, died Sunday, March 22, 2009, in Florissant. Lands was born Jan. 17, 1934, at Delta, son of Thomas H. and Lucy Spain Lands. He and Alice Gibson were married Nov. 8, 1958, in St. Louis County, Mo...
Births 3/24/09 (03/24/09)
Ancell Daughter to Craig Michael and Rachael Nicole Ancell of Scott City, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 12:57 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Name, Bella Theresa. Weight, 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Mrs. Ancell is the former Rachael Lynn, daughter of Terry and Lesa Lynn of Ponder Springs, Ga., and the late Theresa Steagall of Scott City. Ancell is the son of Bill and Susan Simmons of Scott City and Jerry "Bub" Ancell of Benton, Mo. He is employed at Mid-South Wire...
Police report 3/24/09 (03/24/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI n Kasey E. Koenegstein, 24, of Jackson was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and suspended operator's license...
Fire report 3/24/09 (03/24/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n At 3:34 p.m., emergency medical service in the unit block of South Sprigg Street. n At 4:41 p.m., smoke in building in the 3100 block of Independence Street. n At 5:02 p.m., emergency medical service in the 100 block of South Lorimier Street...
Out of the past 3/24/09 (03/24/09)
25 years ago: March 24, 1984 Arson is suspected in an uncontrollable fire that spreads quickly through the Purple Crackle Club in East Cape Girardeau, Ill., destroying the night spot for the second time in as many years. A Poplar Bluff High School sophomore and a senior from Piedmont, Mo., won the major awards at the Southeast Missouri Regional Science Fair; Karen Stoll and Susanne Thompson earned a trip to Columbus, Ohio, where they will compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in May.. ...
What's next in health care? (03/24/09)
By Lucas Presson While Wall Street and Main Street are laden with Prozac pill-popping patients, it might just be in your best interest to take a second look at the latest health care news. In light of the recent White House health care summit and the Obama administration's campaign to reform health care, now is the time to evaluate what health care reform is being proposed...
Cautious economic optimism (03/24/09)
After a year of relentless negative news about the economy, even the faintest glimmers of an upturn are enough to brighten the day for businesses, investors and government decision-makers. Last week, economists took special note of several key factors that indicate the possibility we may be at or near the bottom of this recession...
Obama beholden to big backers (03/24/09)
For the first time in history, the U.S. presidency has been bought and paid for by liberal media. ACORN, Moveon.org and George Soros gave candidate Barack Obama a war chest of over $170 million -- an unheard of amount in politics until now. With 10 times the exposure in both TV and print media, the public was swamped. Repetitive messages are proven successful tactics...
Dire predictions have come true (03/24/09)
I have to admit it. My Democratic friends were right. They told me if I voted for John McCain the nation's hope would deteriorate. And, sure enough, there has been a 30-point drop in the Consumer Confidence Index since the election, reaching a lower point than any time during the Bush administration...
Food-safety bill is local burden (03/24/09)
Since the recall of products produced by the Peanut Corporation of America, the issue of food safety has come to the attention of the federal government. HR 875, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, is an attempt by the federal government to address food-safety issues. ...
Speak Out 3/24/09 (03/24/09)
Middle school TO all those who want the Cape Girardeau Middle School closed and the grades switched to different schools: What about the staff? The nurses, the principals, the teachers, the counselors — where would they go? It's not like they can get a new job in this recession. And the middle school wouldn't be used for anything after the switch is made — more taxpayer dollars wasted. Stand up and do something...
Prayer 3/24/09 (03/24/09)
Fill us with hope, O God, and help us to build up rather than tear down. Amen.
Adorable (03/24/09)
Just one of the adorable pets that participated in the Humane Society's Easter Bunny Photo Session on March 21st. Check out their web site at www.semopets.org
Pet of the Week (03/24/09)
Name: Dobby Age: 2.5 years
Another Precious Pet (03/24/09)
This 2009 Humane Society Poster Pet Winner turned up to have his photo taken with the Easter Bunny on March 21st. See this poster pet and more coming soon at the web site for the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri. Visit them at www.semopets.org
Alma Schrader Elementary celebrates completion of Peaceball (03/24/09)
Imagine a colorful ball of yarn weighing one pound and consisting of over 2000 pieces of yarn--that's what students at Alma Schrader elementary school call a "Peaceball". Teachers awarded pieces of yarn to students for their peacemaking activities. ...
Central athletes celebrate Reading Across America (03/24/09)
"It's cool to read"-- that's what Cape Central Football Coach Micah Janzow wants kids throughout Cape Girardeau to think, so he sent some of his athletes to Jefferson, Clippard, Franklin and Schrader elementary schools to read books to kindergarten kids in the school libraries. ...
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