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Stories from Monday, April 13, 2009

IRS reminds last-minute filers of tax tips (04/13/09)
If you've waited until the final few days to file your taxes, you're not alone. According to the Internal Revenue Service, an estimated 1 million Missourians have waited until now to file their taxes with one day left until the April 15th deadline. But for David W. Gantt, area manager of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service in Cape Girardeau and Jackson, said the last minute rush has become the norm...
Patrol reports two ATV accidents in Southeast Missouri (04/13/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported two ATV accidents in Southeast Missouri over the weekend. A Steele, Mo., man was seriously injured while on an ATV on Saturday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the incident occurred around 5:30 p.m. on private property off Route F in Pemiscot County. Terry A. Robertson, 36, reportedly lost control of the Yamaha he was driving and was ejected...
Attempted burglary in Sikeston foiled (04/13/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- An early morning burglary went bust on Sunday thanks to a concerned citizen, Sikeston police reported. Just after midnight Sunday morning, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety received a call in reference to broken glass outside My Sister's Closet, 417 S. Main. Officers arrived at the scene and found subjects inside that store and Midwest Music in an adjacent building...
Police: Man confessed to Saturday Sikeston shooting (04/13/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. - Authorities have charged a Sikeston man with murder for Saturday's deadly shooting of his girlfriend. According to a Sikeston Department of Public Safety news release, Brandon Antwuan Lane, 29, was taken in custody and later charged in the death of Nikia Williams, 28, of Sikeston. ...
Repairs to Bald Knob cross underway as locals gather at site for Easter service (04/13/09)
ALTO PASS, Ill. -- Hundreds of people in Southern Illinois gathered for Easter services Sunday at the base of a rusty, crumbling 111-foot cross, part of restoration efforts that were delayed by years of discord. The nearly 50-year-old white cross atop Bald Knob Mountain near the village of Alto Pass was once the pride of the region, with floodlights making it visible for miles at night. ...
Emergency response team educators looking for local disaster stories (04/13/09)
Jim Watkins wants to hear Cape Girardeau disaster stories. He has planned a two-hour storytelling session from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Cape Girardeau Public Health Center at 1121 Linden St. "We want to hear from people of all ages, but especially from those who experienced the 1949 tornado," said Watkins, community emergency response team educator for the Cape Girardeau Fire Department. ...
Cape Girardeau County's request for federal building use rejected (04/13/09)
Cape Girardeau County's bid for the old federal building, at 339 Broadway, has hit a snag. On Monday, county commissioners learned their request for sponsorship to get the building has been rejected by the the U.S. Justice Department. The county had applied to get the building transferred to its stewardship, with a law enforcement sponsorship from the Department of Justice...
Officials: Building a stadium would help create sense of identity for Central High School (04/13/09)
When Scott Horrell played high school football at Cape Girardeau Central High School in the 1980s, the team played at Houck Stadium at Southeast Missouri State University. His father also played there and so does his son, who is a sophomore. "You would think somewhere along the way we could have had our own stadium," he said...
A chance of severe April showers today (04/13/09)
There is a chance of severe thunderstorms today, according to a statement issued by the National Weather Service office in Paducah, Ky. The biggest hazard, according to the weather service, will be large hail and the chance of supercell thunderstorms or isolated tornadoes. As much as an inch of rain could fall, causing a slight risk of flooding, especially in areas with poor drainage...
Open house this week will present vision for Cape Girardeau's future (04/13/09)
Imagine a Mississippi River aquarium at Broadway and Main Street. An amphitheater where 1,000 people could watch a concert with the Mississippi River as the backdrop. Or a 100-room hotel at Pacific Street and Broadway. All that -- and more -- is part of the concept for downtown renewal offered from Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets Inc., the St. ...
One killed in shooting Saturday in Sikeston (04/13/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- One person is dead after a shooting at a Sikeston home early Saturday morning. According to a Sikeston Department of Public Safety news release, Sikeston police were called to 902B Montgomery St. around 1 a.m. on a report of a gunshot...
Easter sunrise (04/13/09)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com The sun rises above the Illinois shore over the Mississippi River Sunday at Cape Girardeau. The river stage was 29.71 feet and rising. A crest of 31.5 feet is predicted by Wednesday, one-half foot below flood stage....
New Southeast Missourian comic 'Red and Rover' starts today (04/13/09)
The Southeast Missourian will continue its quest for the perfect cartoon for its readers. "Red and Rover" starts today on Page 4B and will run through May 11. Send your thoughts -- good or bad -- on our comics to comics@semissourian.com...
Series of explosions rock St. Charles chem plant (04/13/09)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) -- A worker at a St. Louis-area chemical plant remained hospitalized Monday after an explosion that was felt for several miles. The explosion at 9:54 p.m. Sunday at the SantoLubes LLC plant in St. Charles caused a fire that badly damaged the plant. The lone worker in the building was hospitalized at St. John's Mercy with burns over at least 30 percent of his body, St. Charles fire officials said. His name was not released, and a hospital spokeswoman declined comment...
St. Louis dad restores car in memory of son (04/13/09)
ST. LOUIS -- It was the only thing that came in the mail that day, the day after his son died. Wonel Brown was standing in the back of his repair shop, mourning with friends, when the postal worker walked in. One glance at the envelope, and he knew immediately. It was the title to his son's dream car. Brown tossed the letter onto a hood next to him. He couldn't look at it...
Missouri unions seek to organize in-home care (04/13/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Voters approved it overwhelmingly, but Missouri's Republican-led legislature is refusing to fund a new council created to help coordinate in-home care providers. That means the council likely will be unable to fulfill its mandate to create a statewide registry of personal care attendants, provide training to the workers or offer referrals to families needing someone to care for their relatives...
Some say KC school's reform plan not making the grade (04/13/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A program at a Kansas City high school that was expected to become a model for urban school reform is facing criticism from parents. The Raising the Bar program at Central High School was launched seven months ago with teachers, students and parents agreeing to improved academic progress, parental involvement and student conduct...
St. Joseph firefighters file lawsuit (04/13/09)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A firefighters union has filed a lawsuit against the city of St. Joseph accusing officials of not negotiating in good faith. Local No. 77 of the International Association of Firefighters filed last week to force the city to negotiate...
Obamas host first White House egg roll (04/13/09)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama welcomed thousands of children and families to the White House Easter Egg Roll Monday, calling it "one of the greatest White House traditions." Obama and his wife, Michelle, appeared with on a balcony overlooking the South Lawn where thousands of children and families took a break from participating in the festivities to listen and cheer enthusiastically for the first family. ...
Obama girls get Portuguese water dog, name new puppy 'Bo' (04/13/09)
WASHINGTON -- Bo? It's no jest. The first family has settled on a first pet -- a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog that the Obama girls are naming Bo. The selection was one of the White House's most tightly kept secrets. President Obama's daughters, 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha, picked a black and white pup, a White House official speaking on the condition of anonymity said Saturday night...
Veterans groups move to assisted living facilities (04/13/09)
TRUMBULL, Conn. -- Milton Pierce's voice reverberated across the room as the former World War II bomber pilot called the roll at his monthly American Legion meeting. It was much like any other gathering of the roughly 15,000 posts nationwide, except for one difference: Pierce and his fellow members were only steps away from the comfort of their own homes...
Overwhelmed system leads to dozens of citizens held as illegal immigrants (04/13/09)
Pedro Guzman has been an American citizen all his life. But in 2007, the 31-year-old Los Angeles native -- in jail for a misdemeanor, mentally ill and never able to read or write -- signed a waiver agreeing to leave the country without a hearing and was deported to Mexico as an illegal immigrant...
Remains of 5 soldiers killed in Iraq heading to Dover AFB (04/13/09)
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- The remains of five Army soldiers killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq were expected to arrive Sunday night at Dover Air Force Base. The bomber driving a truck detonated a ton of explosives near a police headquarters in the northern city of Mosul on Friday, killing the men in the deadliest attack against U.S. troops in more than a year. The U.S. military said Iraqi police were the bomber's target and that the Americans were caught up as bystanders...
No strength in numbers for America's uninsured (04/13/09)
WASHINGTON -- If the uninsured were a political lobbying group, they'd have more members than AARP. The National Mall couldn't hold them if they decided to march on Washington. But going without health insurance is still seen as a personal issue, a misfortune for many and a choice for some. People who lose coverage often struggle alone instead of turning their frustration into political action...
Faithful gather on Easter after last week's deadly tornadoes (04/13/09)
MENA, Ark. -- Easter Sunday prayers were offered for victims of deadly storms that hit western Arkansas and the Southeast last week with signs of damage done by a tornado evident throughout St. Agnes Church. A stained-glass window gaped open in broken spots and rainwater leaked down the back of a display showing Christ being led to the cross. ...
Tainted Chinese drywall shows up in Katrina homes (04/13/09)
CHALMETTE, La. -- Thomas Stone and his wife rebuilt after their home was flooded by six feet of water during Hurricane Katrina, never dreaming they would face tearing it apart all over again. They tapped Lauren Stone's 401(k) retirement savings and saved $1,000 by installing Chinese-made drywall throughout their two-story home. Now the Stones are among hundreds of Katrina victims facing another, this time unnatural, disaster...
Gay West Point grads target ban on serving openly (04/13/09)
NEW YORK -- As a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy, Dan Choi faced an ethical dilemma. The academy's honor code was clear, beginning "A cadet will not lie." Yet as a gay man, Choi felt bound by the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy to be untruthful about who he was...
52 buildings burn on grounds of N.H. Christian center (04/13/09)
ALTON BAY, N.H. -- A massive Easter fire has damaged dozens of buildings on the grounds of a Christian center in New Hampshire. Firefighters tell the News 9 television station in Manchester that 52 buildings burned at the Alton Bay Christian Conference Center. The buildings were cottage-type seasonal homes...
U.S. sea captain freed in swift firefight (04/13/09)
MOMBASA, Kenya -- U.S. Navy snipers opened fire and killed three pirates holding an American captain at gunpoint, delivering the skipper unharmed and ending a five-day standoff Easter Sunday. Capt. Richard Phillips was in "imminent danger" of being killed before snipers shot the pirates in an operation authorized by President Obama, Vice Adm. Bill Gortney said...
End to U.S. ban on trips to Cuba may cause problems (04/13/09)
HAVANA -- A push in Congress to do away with U.S. travel bans on Cuba could set off a flood of American visitors to the long-forbidden island. But many wonder if a country is ready for an onslaught of Americans unseen in decades. Cuba has about as many hotel rooms as Detroit and most are already full of Canadians and Europeans. ...
Pope delivers message of hope on Easter (04/13/09)
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI sought to give a message of hope on Easter Sunday to victims of wars, poverty and financial turmoil, saying it was urgently needed to overcome the miseries that are plaguing Africa, the Middle East and other parts of the globe...
Thai soldiers respond with gunfire, tear gas at anti-government protest (04/13/09)
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thai soldiers sprayed automatic weapons fire and threw tear gas to clear anti-government protesters from a major intersection in the capital in the pre-dawn darkness today, with at least 70 people reported injured. Demonstrators responded by hurling at least one gasoline bomb at a line of troops...
Cabrera capitalizes on Perry's collapse (04/13/09)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The cheers came from every corner of Augusta National, the kind of mayhem that had been missing at the Masters. The last one was for Angel Cabrera, a most unlikely champion. He heard the roars for Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, a supercharged duel that was pure theater. Cabrera never lost hope when a roar rattled the pines after Kenny Perry got within inches of an ace on the 16th hole to build a two-shot lead with two holes to play...
Lohse completes sweep of Astros (04/13/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The big contract Kyle Lohse got from the St. Louis Cardinals has not gone to his head. Lohse threw a career-best three-hitter, retiring 24 in a row after giving up a single on his first pitch, and St. Louis beat the Houston Astros 3-0 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep...
Woods, Mickelson duel on undercard (04/13/09)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- They battled each other as though no one else was playing, and for many of those lucky enough to be at Augusta National on Easter Sunday, no one else was. Every shot seemed to spark a new roar echoing through the Georgia pines, and every birdie brought new hope that this might be the most magical Masters of them all...
Blues move up to sixth in finale (04/13/09)
DENVER -- Usually, the bushy beard is a playoff thing. Yet with the St. Louis Blues fighting for their playoff lives as far back as February, goalie Chris Mason decided to start his early. Now it's thick and woolly -- and he won't be shaving it anytime soon...
Cape native makes his mark in St. Louis boxing (04/13/09)
Cape Girardeau normally is not associated with boxing, but a native of the city is about to receive a nice honor for his work in the Sweet Science. Butch Wilkinson will be inducted into the St. Louis Gateway Classic Boxing Hall of Fame on Saturday night...
Scott City emergency veterinary clinic opens (04/13/09)
A new emergency veterinary clinic has opened in Southeast Missouri. Animal Emergency Center in Scott City offers emergency care and 24-hour critical care. Since the clinic opened in mid-March, owner Dr. Stephen Williams said some pet owners have traveled from as far away as 100 miles to receive care for their animals. Among the 30 to 40 emergency surgeries his staff has completed so far are trauma procedures and treatment for animals struck by vehicles...
Summer movie video games seek to put end to stigma of low quality (04/13/09)
LOS ANGELES -- Video games based on blockbuster movies typically get panned, yet benefit from the buzz of their film inspirations. But the developers of this summer's movie games are intent on transforming gamers' groans into grins. "Movie games have a bad history," said Jeff Poffenbarger, senior producer at "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" game developer Raven Software. ...
Plane fare: Talking with Sandy Ladd of Sandy's Place restaurant (04/13/09)
At the age of 15, Jackson native Sandy Ladd began work at an area restaurant. Years later, Ladd still is in the business as the owner of her first restaurant, Sandy's Place. Inside the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport at 860 Rush Limbaugh Memorial Drive, Sandy's Place serves up a heaping helping of down home cooking and a dash of hospitality. ...
Contest: Entrepreneurs can win space in mall (04/13/09)
Those who have been thinking about starting up a new business now have an extra incentive to put their plans and ideas on paper. A contest sponsored by West Park Mall and The Southeast Missourian will give budding entrepreneurs a chance to win use of space in the mall for six months and ad space in the newspaper...
People on the move 4/13/09 (04/13/09)
Cape Girardeau eye care center honors four employees Leet EyeCare of Cape Girardeau recently honored four employees who have worked at the center for more than 10 years. Each of the employees was recognized at a dinner and received a piece of jewelry. ...
Recession hits students who need jobs for diploma (04/13/09)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- For some high school seniors, landing a job means more than extra cash for the movies or the mall -- getting a paycheck means a chance to graduate. Yet many schools that place special education students in paid jobs leading to so-called "occupational diplomas" are finding their work cut out for them: soaring joblessness means restaurants, small businesses and retailers that for years provided jobs to students with disabilities are increasingly hard-pressed to help in a sour economy.. ...
Beech-Nut to leave N.Y. village after 118 years (04/13/09)
CANAJOHARIE, N.Y. -- The big white Beech-Nut factory has dominated this little Mohawk River village since horse-and-buggy days, making everything from chewing gum to baby food and employing generations who fondly recall production lines fragrant with apples...
Emma Meyer (04/13/09)
Emma Meyer, 88, of Jackson died Saturday, April 11, 2009, at Monticello House in Jackson. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at New Bethel Cemetery near Pocahontas...
Fire report 4/13/09 (04/13/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Police report 4/13/09 (04/13/09)
Cape Girardeau: DWI; Theft; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Summons; Burglary; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 4/13/09 (04/13/09)
25 years ago: April 13, 1984 About 70 quilts are put on display at the River Heritage Museum; the special exhibit, "American Quilts: A Handmade Legacy," features quilts dating from the 1800s to modern works of art; two award-winning quilts made by Laura Crews of Cape Girardeau are also on display...
Beauty of spring abounds (04/13/09)
The beauty of most every Easter in Southeast Missouri is enhanced by the natural beauty of spring. This year, however, has been an exceptional one for flowering bulbs, shrubs and trees. That's because of the springlike weather we've enjoyed since the early part of March without, for the most part, the spring freezes and frosts that are so common hereabouts...
Speak Out 4/13/09 (04/13/09)
State payouts; Playing in street; It's happening; Government health; Economic survival; Crashing sound; Humor and love; A mature view; Beauty trip; Torn flags; HD and scrolling
Prayer 4/13/09 (04/13/09)
May our hopes and dreams be blessed, O God, and may we do good things. Amen.
"Bucket Heads" (04/13/09)
This pic. of my daughter (on the left), and her best friend was taken while they were waiting for the "Easter Egg Hunt" to being. It was taken this past Sat. at our Church, (Fruitland Community Church). Over 200 people showed up for the egg hunt... it was such a beautiful day!!!...
finding eggs (04/13/09)
Gracie warner finding eggs with her mom and dad at our Jackson home.
Sunrise over Cape Girardeau, Easter 2009 (04/13/09)
Sun rising over Cape Girardeau April 12, 2009 approx 6:20 am
Babies First Easter (04/13/09)
Cousin's, Noah Allen (6 months) and Kaydin Allen (5 weeks)at their first easter egg hunt at St Francis Medical Center's easter egg hunt.
LOOK AT ALL THOSE EGGS! (04/13/09)
This pic. is of the "4th, 5th and 6th Grade" group of 'Egg Hunters' at Fruitland Community Church... what fun!
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