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This afternoon on seMissourian.com (03/27/09)
Four years have passed since Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham Jr. was found shot to death in the driveway of his rural Carter County home.Now the case is finally closed. A Howell County, Mo., jury found Lance Shockley guilty of murdering Graham today.Click here for more details, and check back later to read more on this story.. ...
Jury deliberating death penalty in highway patrol murder trial (03/27/09)
WEST PLAINS, Mo. (AP) — Lance Shockley could face the death penalty after being found guilty Friday of first-degree murder in the death of a Missouri state trooper. The jury deliberated three hours before returning the verdict, finding that Shockley, 32, of Van Buren, killed patrol Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham Jr. outside of Graham's Van Buren home on March 20, 2005...
AmerenUE gas prices drop 25 percent (03/27/09)
AmerenUE natural gas customers will begin enjoying a 25 percent rate cut next week because fuel prices fell further and faster than expected over the winter. Beginning Wednesday, the 125,000 Missourians who purchase their gas from Ameren -- including residents of Cape Girardeau and portions of adjacent counties -- will see the gas rate drop from 99 cents per 100 cubic feet to 75 cents per 100 cubic feet. ...
Building that houses Royal N'Orleans for sale (03/27/09)
The historic building which houses the Royal N'Orleans Restaurant at 300 Broadway is for sale, commercial real estate broker Cynthia DeJournett Autsin, said Friday. The Royal N'Orleans restaurant operators lease the space from Austin's clients and there are no plans in place to sell the business at this time, Austin said...
Jackson gas station accused of price gouging in wake of Hurricane Ike (03/27/09)
The Missouri Attorney General's Office is investigating Jackson Bait and Tackle for price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Ike, but its manager claims an increase in prices was necessary to safeguard the business from running out of gasoline...
Cape Girardeau's second storytelling festival begins next week (03/27/09)
A week from today downtown Cape Girardeau will earn its slogan. Three tents will pop up and people from across the country will travel to the city where the river turns a thousand tales to hear storytellers at the 2009 Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival...
Fair, open house to be held at SEMO (03/27/09)
Southeast Missouri State University is holding two events Saturday to introduce the campus to prospective students. Show Me Day starts at 9:30 a.m. with registration at the Show Me Center. The event includes student life and academic fairs to showcase campus activities, services and programs. ...
High-speed chase results in arrest of parolee (03/27/09)
A Perry County deputy placed Jason K. Bartlett under arrest on Wednesday for outstanding warrants resulting from a high-speed vehicle chase into and out of Perryville on March 5, according to a news release from the Perry County Sheriff's Department...
Cape Girardeau receives stimulus grant to support weatherization (03/27/09)
City leaders in Cape Girardeau will have an opportunity for some creative thinking when it comes to energy efficiency thanks to grant money from the federal economic stimulus program. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that Cape Girardeau is in line for up to $173,000 for weatherization programs, the city's part of $43.8 million allocated to Missouri and $3.2 billion distributed nationwide. ...
Compromise possible on Cape Girardeau County paving plans (03/27/09)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission spent part of Thursday morning discussing a sticky subject -- whether to continue using the asphalt alternative, chip-and-seal paving, on county roads, or wait another year. The commissioners deferred the decision to next week and leaned toward a compromise of using chip and seal for dead-end roads...
Refresher math seminar for parents offered tonight (03/27/09)
Sylvan Learning will have a free refresher workshop tonight for parents who want to brush up on their math skills. "Forgotten Math for Parents," a 90-minute seminar, will review key math concepts introduced in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. During the interactive program parents choose the math areas they need to review, including graphing calculators, exponents, linear equations and fractions. The event will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Cape Girardeau Sylvan Learning, 107 West Drive...
Fraternity raises money for suicide prevention (03/27/09)
A local fraternity chapter will host an event this weekend to raise money for suicide prevention, in honor of a member at another university who took his own life in 2006. Sigma Nu has become involved in raising awareness about suicide in teens and college-age people since the death of Mark Hudson, a student at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, said Justin Mills, philanthropy chairman for Sigma Nu at Southeast Missouri State University...
Dog in roadway leads to Thursday afternoon motor vehicle accident (03/27/09)
BOLLINGER COUNTY, Mo. -- An Advance, Mo., man was injured Thursday afternoon as a 1997 Polaris ATV he was driving struck a dog in the roadway and overturned off Route W, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash reports website. Norman Shelby, 67, was ejected and taken by ambulance to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, where he was treated for moderate injuries. The accident occurred at around 4:43 p.m. 1 mile north of Greenbriar...
Have you been scammed? (03/27/09)
In today's economy some groups are falsely posing as non-profit organizations and may be taking advantage of citizens' good-will. If you have a story of such a case or feel you have been taken advantage of by such a group e-mail bblackwell@semissourian.com....
Prosecution, defense rest cases in Van Buren man's murder trial (03/27/09)
WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- The prosecution rested its case Thursday against a Van Buren, Mo., man accused of gunning down a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper, and the defense rested after calling one witness. The Carter County jury will begin deliberations today in the case of Lance D. Shockley after hearing closing arguments...
Jackson girl with cerebral palsy featured in St. Louis health panel today (03/27/09)
Elle McCadams is only 6, but today she will be teaching some adults a few things about cerebral palsy. McCadams will join several other young children who have cerebral palsy in a panel discussion moderated by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson at the Eric P. Newman Education Center of the Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis...
Nixon blames 'overzealousness' for highway patrol's militia report (03/27/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday blamed the "overzealousness" of a Missouri State Highway Patrol unit for a report slammed by conservatives because it links various right-wing organizations with the modern militia movement. The Democratic governor faced numerous questions about the report and how the state's police agencies gather intelligence during a news conference...
Mo. senator: Gay chorale resolution rejected (03/27/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state senator says her resolution honoring the Heartland Men's Chorus has been rejected by the chamber's top leader because it mentions gay men and fighting homophobia. Democratic Sen. Jolie Justus of Kansas City said she had planned to present the resolution during the group's "And Justice for All" performance on Saturday at Kansas City's Folly Theater...
Fargo uses social networks to fight floodwaters (03/27/09)
FARGO, N.D. -- When Kevin Tobosa got word Thursday that a friend needed help building a sandbag dike, he immediately posted a status update on his Facebook page: "Heading to 2825 Lilac Lane in North Fargo -- needs to be raised another 2 feet." When city officials needed volunteers at other dikes, Tobosa suggested setting up a Facebook group. By Thursday, it had attracted more than 4,550 members and was constantly picking up new ones...
Doctors say kidney stones in children are on the rise (03/27/09)
CHICAGO -- Doctors are puzzling over what seems to be an increase in the number of children with kidney stones, a condition some blame on children's love of cheeseburgers, fries and other salty foods. Kidney stones are usually an adult malady, one that is notorious for causing excruciating pain -- pain worse than childbirth. But while the number of affected children isn't huge, children with kidney stones have been turning up in rising numbers at hospitals around the country...
Phone booth stunt just like old times (03/27/09)
MORAGA, Calif. -- Twenty-two students at St. Mary's College of California have done something their predecessors did 50 years ago: cram into a phone booth. Teams competed to fit as many bodies as possible into a phone booth on the campus green Wednesday, a popular college stunt in the 1950s...
Obama holds Internet town-hall meeting to pitch $3.6 trillion budget (03/27/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama seized the bully pulpit Thursday and reprised the best of his acclaimed campaign skills in an unprecedented Internet town hall from the White House -- a direct sales pitch for Americans to get behind his $3.6 trillion budget and be patient as he tries to right the tottering economy...
Alaska volcano erupts twice, sends ash 12 miles up (03/27/09)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska's Mount Redoubt erupted several times Thursday, spewing a more than 12-mile-high cloud that could drop ash on Anchorage for the first time since the volcano began erupting Sunday night. The Alaska Volcano Observatory said the first eruption around 8:30 a.m. ...
Toxic cane toads targeted in Australia's first 'Toad Day Out' (03/27/09)
SYDNEY -- For decades, the poisonous cane toad has plagued Australians, breeding rapidly, eating voraciously and bestowing death upon most animals that dare consume it. So officials came up with a novel -- and, some say, poetic -- solution: hold a festive mass killing of the creatures and turn the corpses into fertilizer for the very farmers who've battled the pests for years...
German court rules PETA Holocaust ad offensive (03/27/09)
BERLIN -- Germany's highest court has ruled that a PETA ad campaign comparing animal slaughterhouses to the Holocaust is an offense against human dignity. The 2003 campaign used eight 60-square-foot panels depicting images of factory farms next to Jewish concentration camp inmates and the slogan "Holocaust on your plate."...
North Korea positions rocket for April liftoff (03/27/09)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea's positioning of a rocket on its east coast launchpad ratcheted up tensions Thursday with Washington, which warned that pushing ahead with the April launch would violate a U.N. ban and have serious consequences. Pyongyang says the rocket is designed to carry its Kwangmyongsong-2 satellite into orbit, an accomplishment timed for the eve of the inaugural session of North Korea's new parliament and for late founder Kim Il Sung's April 15 birthday...
Missouri defeats Memphis, reaches West Regional final (03/27/09)
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A career night by J.T. Tiller put Missouri one win away from its first trip to the Final Four. Memphis' 27-game winning streak, meanwhile, is history. Tiller scored a career-high 23 points -- 15 more than his season average -- and Missouri held off Memphis' frantic rally for a 102-91 win Thursday night in the semifinals of the West Regional...
Central golfers win season opener (03/27/09)
Central's Tim Simmons shot a 2-under 34 to lead the Tigers to victory Thursday in a season-opening three-team meet on the front nine at Bent Creek in Jackson. Simmons' round included an eagle on the par 5 No. 3 hole. The match was rescheduled from Tuesday, when rain forced the stoppage of play. Thursday's match started from scratch...
Boone has heart surgery to repair congenital defect (03/27/09)
HOUSTON -- Astros third baseman Aaron Boone had open heart surgery in California on Thursday to replace a bicuspid aortic valve. The 36-year-old Boone was diagnosed with a congenital defect in his heart where the valve has two -- not the normal three -- cusps to manage blood flow. The surgery was performed at Stanford University Medical Center...
Correction 3/27/09 (03/27/09)
n Alex Davie had two hits for Chaffee during Monday's 7-3 season-opening baseball win over Advance. His name was misspelled in Tuesday's edition. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
UConn overcomes sluggish first half, eliminates Purdue (03/27/09)
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Connecticut hardly needed Hasheem Thabeet as it romped through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. That all changed against a gritty Purdue team. The Boilermakers seemed to have an answer for everything the Huskies threw at them -- except for the 7-foot-3 Thabeet...
Gore uses late run to take lead at Bay Hill (03/27/09)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- In their own way, Jason Gore and Tiger Woods changed their fortunes Thursday at Bay Hill. Gore was not seeing any results from an overhaul to his swing until he ran off three birdies over the final four holes for a 5-under 65 that gave him a one-shot lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational...
Mets top Cards in exhibition contest (03/27/09)
JUPITER, Fla. -- John Maine took another step toward being ready for the regular season, throwing 95 pitches in the New York Mets' 9-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. Maine, who had a bone spur shaved in his right shoulder in September, gave up six hits and three runs -- one earned -- in five innings. He struck out five, walked three and threw two wild pitches...
Blues continue surge, defeat Canucks 4-2 (03/27/09)
ST. LOUIS -- David Perron scored a power-play goal early in the third period to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Perron and T.J. Oshie each had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games as they try to get into the Western Conference playoffs...
Cape Girardeau Central students present 'Twelve Angry Jurors' (03/27/09)
Twelve Cape Girardeau Central High School students will transform into "Twelve Angry Jurors" today and Saturday. The play, which clocks in at a little more than an hour, has one set, no costume changes and only one character, the guard, leaves the scene...
neXt up 3/27/09 (03/27/09)
Friday n New Movies "12 Rounds" PG-13, 108 mins @ Cape West 14 Cine "The Haunting in Connecticut" PG-13, 92 mins @ Town Plaza Cinema "Monsters Vs. Aliens" PG, 94 mins @ Cape West 14 Cine n "Twelve Angry Jurors" @Central Middle School auditorium, 7:30 p.m...
Who's next 3/27/09 (03/27/09)
SCHOLARSHIPS n Colby M. Siebert of Millersville received the President's Scholarship. n Brenna R. Frederick of Jackson received the MAP Scholarship. n Clayton Hall of Scott City received the Renaissance and MAP scholarships...
Affordable Science: Homemade quicksand (03/27/09)
Are you looking for an affordable science experiment to do with the children? Here's one that's not only affordable, but that will teach you how to make a batch of homemade quicksand by using a few ingredients from the kitchen. Ingredients n Cornstarch...
Warning: She's armed (03/27/09)
My first wife and I are well into our fifth decade of marriage. You might think there's nothing under the sun we don't know about each other. That's exactly what I thought too. Until last week. Everyone knows that I detest squirrels. I've told you over the years about my battles to keep these pests away from bird feeders. I've tried just about every tactic I can think of to convince squirrels they are not welcome...
Review: 'Haunting in Connecticut' offers more atmosphere than genuine scares (03/27/09)
LOS ANGELES -- The dead are angry, which manifests itself in the usual ways in "The Haunting in Connecticut." Creaking floorboards, slamming doors, flickering lights -- you've seen it all before, and it's all here again. In theory, you'd think they'd have time to come up with inventive ways to frighten us, being dead as they are...
Fuel efficiency standard going up for 2011 models (03/27/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration plans to raise fuel efficiency standards to 27.3 miles per gallon for new cars and trucks in the 2011 model year. That will be the first increase in passenger car standards in more than two decades. An administration official said automakers will be required to boost fuel economy standards by 2 miles per gallon over current requirements...
Zeal for battle over bonuses is waning in Washington (03/27/09)
WASHINGTON -- From the White House through the halls of Congress, Washington is losing its zeal for an all-out fight over hefty executive bonuses, now that it wants the financial companies it blames for the collapse of the U.S. economy to help clean up the mess...
Barbara Fredrickson (03/27/09)
CAIRO, Ill. — Barbara Langan Fredrickson, 71, of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of Cairo, died Monday, March 23, 2009, at her home. She was born July 13, 1937, in Cairo, daughter of Elizabeth "Libby" Carter Morin and George Langan. She and Charles N. Frederickson were married...
Colleen Jones (03/27/09)
Colleen Jones Colleen Chloe Deputy Jones, 91, of California, formerly of Scott City, died Wednesday, March 11, 2009, in Fairfield, Calif. She was born Dec. 18, 1917, in Dongola, Ill. Survivors include her husband, Kenneth L. Jones; two daughters, Priscilla Kankel of Milpitas, Calif., Lynn Ridgway of Reno, Nev.; a son, Ken Jones of Palm Coast, Fla.; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren...
Carl Todt Sr. (03/27/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. — Carl E. Todt Sr., 81, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 15, 1927, in Raymond, Ill., to the late John and Bertha Hoehn Todt. Carl moved to the Morley area in 1936, graduating from Morley High School in 1945...
Mark Collins (03/27/09)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. — Mark Collins, 53, of Olive Branch died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 13, 1956, in Cairo, Ill., to William Greenley and Mary Josephine Siers Collins. Collins worked for Crop Production Service in Olive Branch. He loved hunting, fishing, boating, riding his Harley and his dog, Blondie. He was loved by all his friends and acquaintances...
Richard Smith (03/27/09)
Richard Stephen Smith, 75, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born March 18, 1934, in Cape Girardeau, son of Daniel and Eva Utley Smith. He and Laverne Baugher were married Aug. 25, 1963, at West Side Church of God in Cape Girardeau...
Thelma McDonald (03/27/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. — Thelma Frances McDonald, 91, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Sikeston. She was born Sept. 26, 1917, in Sikeston, daughter of Spurlin and Birdie Duke Beck. She and Louie Amos McDonald were married April 8, 1939. He died April 20, 2007...
Juanita Gabler (03/27/09)
Juanita Gabler, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Ratliff Care Center. She was born May 6, 1913, in Advance, Mo., daughter of Frank and Viola Moss Beard. She and Robert Anthony Gabler were married Jan. 10, 1959, in Winter Haven, Calif. He died Nov. 9, 1997...
Patricia Campbell (03/27/09)
ZALMA, Mo. — Patricia Lou Campbell, 74, of Zalma passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 29, 1935, at Otterville, Ill., daughter of Dorothy Cory. Patricia was retired from Owens Illinois Glass, where she was a box maker in the packing department. She was of the Baptist belief...
Police report 3/27/09 (03/27/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Rodney L. Glover, 20, 2407 Albert Rasche Drive, was arrested on a Stoddard County warrant for probation violation and Cape Girardeau warrants for contempt of court for striking a parked vehicle, revoked operator's license, no proof of insurance and leaving the scene...
Fire report 3/27/09 (03/27/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: n At 4:54 p.m., emergency medical service in the 300 block of North Frederick Street. n At 5:54 p.m., emergency medical service in the 1400 block of Brookshire Road. n At 9:45 p.m., emergency medical service in the 700 block of Giboney Avenue...
Out of the past 3/27/09 (03/27/09)
25 years ago: March 27, 1984 An exploding rear tire on a tractor-trailer blows out a plate glass window of Hahs Office Equipment, 701 Broadway, when the rig turns south onto Sprigg Street off William Street and the tire strikes a steel retaining post...
Corrections 3/27/09 (03/27/09)
The Southeast Missouri State University production of "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches" will be at 7:30 p.m. March 26 to 28 and April 1 to 4; 2 p.m. April 5.Tuesday's story, "Cape Girardeau County road and bridge board holds fast to policy," incorrectly stated the number of miles 1st District Commissioner Paul Koeper recommended paving this year. He asked for 9.4 miles at a cost of $1.36 million...
Quake study: Interesting data (03/27/09)
Predicting earthquakes is not an exact science. Experts have amassed a wealth of information about fault lines and the factors that produce quakes. But they have no way of telling exactly when -- or if -- the earth will shake and rumble. Earthquakes are of particular interest in Southeast Missouri because of the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which gets its name from the Bootheel town where devastating quakes occurred in 1811 and 1812. ...
Speak Out 3/27/09 (03/27/09)
Too many distractions WITH all this talk about texting while driving, what about shutting restaurants with drive-throughs? People are eating and driving and having wrecks. What about people who smoke? CB users? People putting on makeup? There are numerous things that distract you while you're driving. Maybe you shouldn't allow screaming children to ride in your car with you. We can't outlaw all of the distractions...
Prayer 3/27/09 (03/27/09)
For springtime beauty and glorious days, we give thanks to you, O God. Amen.
Easter Eggstravaganza (03/27/09)
Angel Productions will host our 3rd annual Easter Eggstravaganza, 1:00-3:00 on Saturday, Arpil 4, at Shelter 1 in Kiwanis Park. This is a FREE public event for kids age 1-12 (adult supervision required). We will have egg hunts, games, and prizes for all...
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