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Perryville man charged with firing at residence (03/28/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — A Perryville man who allegedly used a rifle to fire at a residence Friday evening was arrested on two counts of felony unlawful use of a weapon. A $15,000 cash bond has been set for Ricky Dale Decourley, 51. Perryville police chief Keith B. ...
Jury unable to decide penalty after Van Buren man's murder conviction (03/28/09)
WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- A jury was unable to determine the penalty for a Van Buren, Mo., man convicted of killing a Missouri State Highway Patrol sergeant, so the decision will be made by the judge at a later date. Lance Shockley, 32, was convicted Friday of shooting Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham Jr. to death March 20, 2005...
Advance, Mo., man injured when ATV hits dog north of Greenbriar, Mo. (03/28/09)
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. 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 4:45 p.m. a mile north of Greenbriar, Mo...
Unfinished paperwork to cost Scott County $1,750 for infant autopsy (03/28/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Forms that fell through the cracks in Scott County's investigation of an infant death will end up costing the county money. During Thursday's regular meeting, commissioners discussed an outstanding autopsy bill with Coroner Scott Amick. The $1,750 payment due to Mineral Area Regional Medical Center was incurred by an infant death in December 2007...
Cape city council considers raising salaries, water and sewer rates to ease straining budget (03/28/09)
Cape Girardeau's city budget, plagued by falling tax revenue and a shrinking operating surplus, can make it through the coming year with accounting changes but needs long-term solutions, the city council was told Friday during its annual retreat. Overall, the budget is about $600,000 short of the money needed to maintain current levels of service and employment in city government, city finance director John Richbourg told the council. ...
Man escapes briefly from New Madrid County Jail (03/28/09)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A New Madrid County prisoner escaped Thursday, but not for long. An inmate at the New Madrid County Jail climbed over the fence about 8:47 p.m. Thursday, according to New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens. Stevens said Gregory Morrow of Clarkton, Mo., a jail inmate who was awaiting transfer to the Missouri Department of Corrections, had apparently created a rope from blankets. ...
Jury to deliver Shockley sentence today (03/28/09)
WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- After finding a Van Buren, Mo., man guilty of gunning down a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper, a Carter County jury will decide today whether the man should be put to death for the crime. The jury of seven men and five woman deliberated three hours Friday before convicting Lance D. Shockley, 32, of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham Jr. on March 20, 2005...
Cape Girardeau building that houses Royal N'Orleans up for sale (03/28/09)
The historic building that houses the Royal N'Orleans restaurant at 300 Broadway is for sale, commercial real estate broker Cynthia DeJournett Austin 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 owner denies price gouging during Hurricane Ike (03/28/09)
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. The attorney general's office has filed a lawsuit against the station that would impose a fine of $8,000 and additional penalties if price gouging were proven...
All sides attack Missouri abortion initiative (03/28/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Pro-life groups claim Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has biased potential voters against their proposed ballot initiative barring public money from going to abortions or certain kinds of human embryonic stem-cell research. Pro-choice groups claim Carnahan hasn't gone far enough in explaining that the ballot measure could bar abortions at public hospitals and put the state in conflict with federal Medicaid requirements...
Senate defeats four-day school week option (03/28/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Senate defeated an attempt this week to let school districts hold class four days a week. But senators ordered a study of whether students should be allowed to enroll in a school district of their choosing. Both issues were part of a larger bill that revises the way casino revenue is distributed to schools in light of last year's repeal of loss limits at Missouri casinos, and creates a mechanism for spending federal stimulus funds for school construction. ...
Spokane, Wash., residents rebel over dirty dishes (03/28/09)
SPOKANE, Wash. -- The quest for squeaky-clean dishes has turned some law-abiding people in Spokane into dishwater-detergent smugglers. They are bringing Cascade or Electrasol in from out of state because the environmentally safe varieties required under Washington state law don't work as well...
Thousands flee Fargo ahead of Red River floodwaters (03/28/09)
FARGO, N.D. -- Thousands of shivering, tired residents got out while they could and others prayed that miles of sandbagged levees would hold Friday as the surging Red River threatened to unleash the biggest flood North Dakota's largest city has ever seen...
Quake scientists focus on the southern San Andreas fault (03/28/09)
THERMAL, Calif. -- An arid expanse of California desert at the southern end of the notorious San Andreas fault is being wired with high-tech sensors that scientists hope will tell them when the state's sleeping giant could awaken. The effort could not be more timely. A swarm of more than 250 earthquakes has jiggled the desert for a week where the first new seismic instruments were installed earlier this year...
New Kan. law requires offering pre-abortion ultrasounds (03/28/09)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a bill Friday to ensure that women and girls seeking abortions in Kansas are allowed to see ultrasound images or hear their fetus' heartbeat before the procedure. The bill, which takes effect July 1, amends a state law requiring doctors to obtain a patient's informed consent before performing an abortion. ...
Obamas turning the White House green (03/28/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama will find out two things as he studies how to make the White House green: No. 1: It's already been done. No. 2: It needs to be done again. It was Earth Day 1993 when President Bill Clinton launched his ambitious "greening the White House" project. That effort saved more than $1.4 million in its first six years, largely from improvements in lighting, heating, air conditioning, insulation, water sprinklers and other measures...
Suicide bomber kills 48 during prayers at Pakistani mosque (03/28/09)
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A suicide bomber blew up a packed mosque near the Afghan border at the climax of a Friday prayer service, killing 48 people and wounding scores more in the worst attack to hit Pakistan this year. Islamic militants were suspected in the blast in the Khyber pass, apparently to avenge recent military operations in the area aimed at protecting the major supply route for NATO and U.S. troops in Afghanistan, authorities said. The route passes in front of the mosque...
Dam bursts near Indonesian capital, killing 58; dozens missing (03/28/09)
CIRENDEU, Indonesia -- Survivors say when the dam gave way in the middle of the night, water surged through their neighborhood outside Jakarta like a tsunami, demolishing hundreds of houses, tossing cars and uprooting trees. At least 58 people were killed and dozens remained missing Friday...
Experimental vaccine used in Ebola exposure case (03/28/09)
BERLIN -- It was a nightmare scenario: A scientist accidentally pricked her finger with a needle used to inject the deadly Ebola virus into lab mice. Within hours, members of a tightly bound, yet far-flung community of virologists, biologists and others were tensely gathered in a trans-Atlantic telephone conference trying to map out a way to save her life...
Japan OKs deployment of missile defenses (03/28/09)
TOKYO -- Japan took the rare step Friday of ordering battleships and missile interceptors to protect its northern coast in case a rocket launch by North Korea goes awry. Still, Tokyo urged calm and said the likelihood of rocket debris falling on Japan was low...
Jackson, ND reach Optimist final (03/28/09)
Two local girls soccer powers will square off for the title in the Noon Optimist tournament today. Jackson and Notre Dame posted wins Friday to advance to today's 2 p.m. title game. Sophomore Allie Penzel took a pass from sophomore Kasey Crowden to score for Jackson, lifting the Indians to a 1-0 win over St. Vincent...
Dream at your own risk (03/28/09)
Bobbi Jo Schlick wants to crush some dreams. The Jackson senior and Southeast Missouri State recruit has had enough of other people ending her soccer season in heart-breaking fashion. The Indians have won a district title five years in a row. They have lost sectional games five years in a row...
MU seeks first trip to Final Four (03/28/09)
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- When the NCAA released its brackets two weeks ago, many observers relished the prospect of a West regional final between top-seeded Connecticut and No. 2 Memphis. Only one problem with that: Missouri. The third-seeded Tigers left Memphis gasping for air in the regional semifinals. Now they'll turn their frenetic style on the Huskies, who outlasted Purdue in the other semifinal...
Redhawks baseball expects improved UTM team (03/28/09)
Southeast Missouri State baseball coach Mark Hogan has some words of caution for anybody who thinks Tennessee-Martin will be an easy touch this weekend. "They're a lot better than they've been in the past, and they always seem to give us a tough time anyway," Hogan said. "I look for a very competitive series."...
Tradition and pageantry: Jackson church prepares for annual Easter production (03/28/09)
The First Baptist Church of Jackson sanctuary reverberated with laughter and music Wednesday night. Girls danced in circles with their hands clasped together until Jean Schweain took the microphone. Schweain, director of the church's annual Easter pageant, quiets the cast members and brings them together for rehearsal...
Religion calendar 03/28/09 (03/28/09)
music Concert New McKendree United Methodist Church hosts a concert benefiting Love INC featuring the musical groups Restless Spirit and Covenant Kids Choir. When: 6 p.m. Sunday Where: 225 S. High St., Jackson...
Reflections: Wanting to be free (03/28/09)
People often take vacations to seek freedom from the world and daily life. You dream of a time when children are gone, you're able to quit work, or at least leave your usual routine and responsibilities for awhile. "I'm finally rid of the demands and rigors of life. It's my time," you say. Then you relaxes and waits for the solitude and respite you thinks you rightfully deserve. But can anyone ever achieve complete freedom to do as he fully chooses? I think not!...
Discovering your core values (03/28/09)
Lately every time we pick up the newspaper, listen to or watch news television the No. 1 story focuses on national and global economics. Some of the most compelling stories are not just what is happening, but what families are doing to fight back. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness have always demanded innovation, perseverance and creative thinking. Now Americans are indulging less, sacrificing more and becoming more united through the challenges they face...
Review: 'Angels in America' should not be missed (03/28/09)
Tony Kushner's "Angels In America" has won 13 major awards, including a Pulitzer Prize. It was made into an HBO miniseries in 2003 and won a Golden Globe and an Emmy. In 2004 it was made into an opera. And, lucky us, it's currently being performed at the River Campus in Cape Girardeau...
Experimental games highlighted at game developers conference (03/28/09)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Not every video game creator was musing about how to sell more hardware or craft more realistic virtual weaponry at the this week's Game Developers Conference, the annual convention of game designers, programmers and executives. Several impresarios were more interested in pushing the limits of the interactive medium with their ideas...
Wall Street cashes in some gains from rally (03/28/09)
NEW YORK -- Caution reasserted itself Friday on Wall Street, sending stocks sharply lower but not enough to prevent the market from notching its third straight weekly advance. Major market indexes fell about 2 percent, but most analysts agreed the pullback was a natural response to the market's climb this month. Financial and technology stocks led the retreat, and energy shares fell along with the price of oil...
Feds may seek more concessions in exchange for automaker loans (03/28/09)
DETROIT -- The Obama administration is likely to demand deeper concessions from Chrysler LLC and General Motors Corp. in exchange for additional federal loans, a person briefed on the government's plan said Friday. The concessions could go beyond the requirements imposed by the Bush administration when it agreed to loan the automakers money , said the person, who asked not to be identified because the government's plans have not been revealed...
Mutual funds looking better for first quarter of 2009 (03/28/09)
NEW YORK -- It might be safe now for investors to open both eyes when they look at their quarterly mutual fund statements. The news won't be good, as it was two years ago when the stock market was still churning higher. But it won't be nearly as gruesome as it was a few months ago...
Primm Voss (03/28/09)
Primm L. "Lee" Voss, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, March 27, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Louis Seiler (03/28/09)
LAKE ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Louis G. Seiler, 82, of Lake St. Louis died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake St. Louis. He was born Nov. 3, 1926, in Bollinger County, Mo., son of Benard and Mary Brauer Seiler. He married Mollie E. Scott...
Marilynn Melton (03/28/09)
Marilynn Ann "Taz" Melton, 54, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at St. Louis University Hospital. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home. Parish prayers will be at 6. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Cathedral...
Steve Upshaw (03/28/09)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Steve Upshaw, 58, of Tamms died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 9, 1950, in Cairo, Ill., to Vern and Lola Holmes Upshaw. He married Debbie Franklin July 5, 1968. Upshaw was baptized in the Baptist Church in Cairo and had attended Trinity Assembly of God Church...
Don Bonney (03/28/09)
Don Bonney, 71, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Jackson, died Friday, March 27, 2009, at his home at Saxony Village. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, and from 9 a.m. Monday to service time at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson...
Lorene Parkinson (03/28/09)
Lorene Parkinson, 85, of Olive Branch, Ill., died Friday, March 27, 2009, at Chateau Girardeau. She was born Jan. 6, 1924, at Thebes, Ill., daughter of Herbert and Onie Lee Trammel Wyatt. Survivors include her husband, Edward Parkinson of Olive Branch; three daughters, Sherry Windings of Villa Ridge, Ill., Sandra Bruenderman and Amy Aldridge of Cape Girardeau; three sons, Earl Russell Jr. ...
Esther Clements (03/28/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Esther Minnie Clements, 90, of Perryville died Friday, March 27, 2009, at Independence Care Center of Perry County. She was born Aug. 5, 1918, at Lixville, Mo., daughter of Christian and Josephine Behrle Clements. Clements was an egg inspector. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary...
Births 3/28/09 (03/28/09)
Van de Ven Daughter to Jason Michael and Stacey Michelle Van de Ven of Leopold, Mo., Southeast Missouri Hospital, 1:03 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Name, Ashtyn Michelle. Weight, 6 pounds, 7 ounces. First child. Mrs. Van de Ven is the former Stacey O'Hare, daughter of Pat and Denise O'Hare of Advance, Mo. She is employed by Woodland School District at Marble Hill, Mo. Van de Ven is the son of Roy and Sharon Van de Ven of Leopold. He is employed at Canedy Sign and Graphics in Sikeston, Mo...
Police report 3/28/09 (03/28/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Jacob S. Politte, 21, 1945 Delwin St., No. 5, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for a parking violation...
Fire report 3/28/09 (03/28/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: n At 2:31 p.m., an assist police in the 2000 block of Pear Tree Court. n At 6:24 p.m., an illegal burn at 1504 Whitener St. n At 7:20 p.m., emergency medical service in the 2900 block of Beaver Creek Drive...
Out of the past 3/28/09 (03/28/09)
25 years ago: March 28, 1984 The proposed merger of the Cape Girardeau United Way and the Jackson Community Chest fund drives will likely not be implemented until next year because of delays this spring in approval of bylaws for the new organization...
Legislators proposing deep cuts in key services (03/28/09)
By Mark Baker Missouri House Leaders, particularly state representatives Allen Icet, Rick Stream, Ron Richard, Bryan Pratt and Steven Tilley, proposed deep budget cuts that eliminate nearly $300 million from the Departments of Social Services, Mental Health and Health and Senior Services...
The economy and the birth rate (03/28/09)
First came the news that the U.S. birth rate in 2007, the most recent year with complete figures, set a record, topping the 1957 birth rate at the height of the post-World War II baby boom. The report also contained some encouraging news: Abortions dropped to their lowest levels in decades in 2007...
Motorcycle riders need helmets (03/28/09)
Shame on the Missouri Senate for its approval, as part of another bill, a repeal of the requirement that motorcycle riders wear a helmet for safety. I know senators continue to expect riders to wear helmets on the highway, but an unprotected accident on a country road is just a devastating as it would be on a highway...
Speak Out 3/28/09 (03/28/09)
Reducing oil THE best way to reduce national oil consumption is to undertake a nationwide public-private partnered infrastructure rebuilding program and finance a part of it with a tax on gasoline. We can generate the political will needed to bring this about...
Prayer 3/28/09 (03/28/09)
You are good to us beyond our understanding, O God. Amen.
Merchants Showcase celebrates 30 years at Three Rivers (03/28/09)
POPLAR BLUFF - In this the 30th year of Merchant Showcase, businesses have been lining up to be included in the community event, which will be held April 17-18 at Three Rivers Community College. But when the first Merchant Showcase was held in 1979, organizers had to beg businesses to participate...
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