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Investigation continues in death at Holcim plant near Ste. Genevieve (04/18/09)
BLOOMSDALE, Mo. -- Authorities continue to investigate the death of a Wood River, Ill., construction worker who died at the Holcim cement plant earlier in the week. At around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday an ambulance responded to the plant near Ste. Genevieve after it was reported that Vincent Lavite, 38, had fallen from scaffolding. Lavite was airlifted to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, where he died in the emergency room...
Jackson man dies in Thursday trucking accident (04/18/09)
A 27-year-old Jackson man died in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon. At about 4 p.m. Thursday, Barry E. Brueggeman was turning onto Route C from Highway 32 in Ste. Genevieve County and was traveling too fast, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The load in his 2000 Kenworth tractor-trailer shifted, causing his vehicle to overturn...
Emerson questions Cape Girardeau Census office location (04/18/09)
A federal government lease that will cost taxpayers $411,052 over 16 months came under fire Friday from U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, who questioned whether a better choice would have been to buy a building or take over unused space the government already owns...
Exonerated inmate Joshua Kezer to speak at Centenary United Methodist on Sunday (04/18/09)
Southeast Missourian Joshua C. Kezer, exonerated in February of a 1992 Scott County homicide, is scheduled to speak at Sunday's worship services at Centenary United Methodist Church. Kezer, who credits his faith in God at both helping him survive nearly 16 years wrongful incarceration and eventually gain his freedom, will deliver his message at the 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. services, according to pastor Jeff Long...
Remains found near Poplar Bluff likely those of elderly woman missing since 2003 (04/18/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Clothing and personal items found with the human remains in an area east of Poplar Bluff have led authorities to believe they belong to an elderly woman who has been missing for more than five years. On Wednesday, the driver of an all-terrain vehicle reported he found possible human remains in a wooded area in the 1700 block of Route B, Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs said. ...
Three area road projects begin Monday (04/18/09)
Drivers can expect delays on Lexington Avenue from Carolina Lane to West Cape Rock Drive as city crews diamond grind the road surface to provide a smoother ride for motorists. Workers will be present from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day beginning Monday, the city announced. Flaggers will be posted to move traffic around the work zone, allowing both lanes of traffic to pass. The project should be completed by May 4...
Concerns raised over Scott County 911 calls (04/18/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- There will be some changes in the way Scott County and its ambulance districts document emergency calls. On Thursday, commissioners met with representatives of the NBC Fire Protection District and North Scott County Ambulance District during their regular session. The meeting was in response to concerns brought up by Shawna Smith, who works with both agencies...
Cape Girardeau County prosecutor awards winners of sixth-grade writing competition at Central Middle School (04/18/09)
Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle spent his Friday morning in the classroom rather than the courtroom. Thirteen sixth graders at Cape Girardeau Central Middle School started their day in Margaret Yates' classroom awaiting the results of their writing competition sponsored by Swingle...
Biden focuses on affordable higher education during Missouri visit (04/18/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Vice President Joe Biden on Friday pledged to close gaps between family incomes and college costs to make higher education a reality for more American students. Biden said he will ask the Treasury Department to look into how to make family college-savings plans more effective and reliable. ...
Ashcroft, Hanaway forming new law firm (04/18/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway is stepping down to join a law firm with former attorney general John Ashcroft. Hanaway says her last day on the job will be Sunday. She said the law firm will be called Ashcroft Hanaway and will be based in Kansas City...
Southwest Missouri town's community tornado shelter opens (04/18/09)
NIANGUA, Mo. -- Residents of a small southwest Missouri town have a new place to take shelter when the tornado siren goes off. A huge, aboveground concrete dome on the campus of the Niangua School District has room to shelter 400 people. It was built with a grant from FEMA and certified to withstand the most powerful tornado for up to five full minutes...
Former president Clinton to receive Truman award (04/18/09)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Former president Bill Clinton has been chosen as the next recipient of the Harry S. Truman Public Service Award. The award, given annually by the city of Independence, will be presented May 6 on the front steps of the Truman Library in the Kansas City suburb...
Humane Society gets custody of 102 dogs (04/18/09)
ST. LOUIS -- A judge has granted custody of 102 dogs taken from an alleged Daviess County puppy mill to the Humane Society of Missouri. A Jackson County judge made the ruling Thursday. The Humane Society is caring for the dogs in St. Louis. Some will be put up for adoption next week. Those interested in adopting are encouraged to visit the Humane Society website, www.hsmo.org...
St. Louis to lift school deed restrictions (04/18/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Deed restrictions that were keeping closed St. Louis public school buildings from reopening as charter or private schools will be lifted. All three members of the city's appointed school board voted Thursday night to lift the restrictions. The deed changes will begin June 30, to allow the district time to evaluate its need for buildings...
Captain held by pirates praises SEAL 'superheroes' (04/18/09)
UNDERHILL, Vt. -- The unassuming ship captain who escaped the clutches of Somali pirates made a triumphant return home Friday, insisting he's no hero, just an ordinary seaman. Richard Phillips said the U.S. Navy, which pulled off the daring high-seas rescue that ended his five-day captivity, deserves the credit...
CIA objections slowed torture memos release (04/18/09)
WASHINGTON -- Four former CIA directors opposed releasing classified Bush-era interrogation memos, officials say, describing objections that went all the way to the White House and slowed release of the records. Former CIA chiefs Michael Hayden, Porter Goss, George Tenet and John Deutch all called the White House in March warning that release of the so-called "torture memos" would compromise intelligence operations, current and former officials say. ...
Maritime academies try to learn from recent attack (04/18/09)
BOURNE, Mass. -- Would-be sea captains must master navigation, emergency repairs and boat building. Now maritime schools are debating whether their students need more training to combat the old scourge of piracy. Following last week's attack on the Maersk Alabama, the first U.S.-flagged vessel captured by pirates in about 200 years, two maritime academies are considering changing or expanding their anti-piracy training for future seafarers. ...
2 families suing Va. Tech to find out truth (04/18/09)
ROANOKE, Va. -- The parents of two students slain at Virginia Tech said Friday they filed lawsuits because they want someone held accountable for the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The parents of Erin Peterson and Julia Pryde said they're seeking the truth about officials' actions the morning student gunman Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and himself...
Police: Hospital rampage motive may never be known (04/18/09)
ALHAMBRA, Calif. -- Disbelief shrouded a modest cluster of nondescript bungalows Friday where Mario Ramirez had lived with his wife and two sons, sometimes jogged through the neighborhood and seemed to have a smile, a wave or a joke for everyone he met...
Small plane crash cleaves Florida home in half; pilot dies (04/18/09)
OAKLAND PARK, Fla. -- A small plane sputtered and dove into a house shortly after taking off from a local airport Friday morning, slicing the home down the middle into two charred pieces. The pilot was killed. The twin-engine Cessna 421 crashed around 11:20 a.m., and the house burst into flames. The owner's nephew barely escaped the catastrophe, leaving just before the aircraft hit to visit his aunt...
U.S., Cuba advance thaw in relations (04/18/09)
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trading their warmest words in a half-century, the United States and Cuba built momentum toward renewed ties Friday, with President Obama declaring he "seeks a new beginning" -- including direct talks -- with the island's communist regime...
U.S. nuclear experts pull out of North Korea (04/18/09)
SEOUL, South Korea -- U.S. monitors of North Korea's nuclear program left the communist nation after the regime ordered them out and vowed to restart its reactor in anger over U.N. criticism of its recent rocket launch. The four Americans arrived Friday in Beijing on a flight from Pyongyang but declined to speak to reporters. Their departure came a day after U.N. nuclear inspectors left the North. One U.S. official remains in Pyongyang and will leave Saturday, the State Department said...
Blue Jays, Crusaders reach final of Oak Ridge baseball tourney (04/18/09)
Oak Ridge scored in the top of the seventh inning Friday to knock off Leopold and advance to the finals of the Oak Ridge baseball tournament. Stephen Wright pitched six innings, allowed eight hits and three runs and struck out six batters for the Blue Jays as they beat the Wildcats 4-3...
Wheeler's grand slam powers Redhawks (04/18/09)
Southeast Missouri State's offense didn't exactly break out Friday night. But the Redhawks' bats did enough to rally for a 9-5 win over visiting Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. A six-run eighth inning -- capped by senior left fielder Justin Wheeler's tie-breaking grand slam -- allowed Southeast to escape in the opener of a four-game series against future Ohio Valley Conference member SIUE...
New faces will take stage in MU scrimmage (04/18/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri has had two starting quarterbacks over the past seven seasons -- Brad Smith and Chase Daniel. Now, sophomore Blaine Gabbert could be next in line. The Tigers will hold their annual Black and Gold spring game today at Faurot Field with Gabbert and another sophomore, Jimmy Costello, calling signals. With Daniel graduating, Gabbert and Costello are competing to lead a young team that will open its season Sept. 5 against Illinois in St. Louis...
Soriano's bat trips Cards (04/18/09)
CHICAGO -- All Alfonso Soriano needed to see was a pitch to his liking, and that's a pretty broad category. After striking out three times earlier Friday, Soriano golfed Chris Perez's low slider into the left-field bleachers for a two-run, eighth-inning homer to give the Chicago Cubs an 8-7 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals...
Martin captures third pole at Subway 500 (04/18/09)
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Mark Martin won his third pole of the season Friday, taking the top spot at Phoenix International Raceway. Martin ran a lap at 133.814 mph in his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to beat Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch for the top starting spot tonight. Before this season, Martin hadn't won a pole since 2001...
Rams have one week left to decide (04/18/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Last April, Billy Devaney had more podium time on Day 2 of the draft for the St. Louis Rams. This year, he carries veto power. The change at the top sparks hope for a franchise that again will be in the spotlight on draft day, picking second for the second straight year. ...
Cejka fires 64 to lead at Heritage (04/18/09)
Alex Cejka wants to stay healthy this season. Playing his best golf wouldn't hurt, either. Cejka, who missed more than three months last year because of neck surgery, shot his best round in nearly two years, a 7-under 64, to take a one-stroke lead at the Verizon Heritage on Thursday at Hilton Head Island, S.C...
Cape Girardeau resident celebrates 50 years in ministry on Sunday (04/18/09)
The Rev. David V. Dissen will never forget his brush with death during the Cuban revolution. A Lutheran seminary student at the time, Dissen was spending his vicarage in Havana from 1958 to 1959. One afternoon Dissen drove past a movie theater and through a stoplight when he heard an explosion. The walls of the structure collapsed only seconds after Dissen passed by...
In an interconnected yet isolated world, we must forge real friendships (04/18/09)
One of my favorite movies is the old western "Shane." Shane, a man who has never come to terms with his past, sentences himself to a life of isolation. He becomes the reluctant hero to a western town and idol to a young boy. The closing lines of the movie are iconic. The young boy cries out to the hero as he rides off into the distance, "Shane, come back, Shane."...
Religion calendar 4/18/09 (04/18/09)
Music/drama Southern gospel quartet First Baptist Church hosts Gold City. When: 6 p.m. Sunday Where: 551 N. Westwood Blvd., Poplar Bluff, Mo. Concert Kristin Schweain, former member of the Christian/pop group ZOEgirl and current associate pastor of music at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson, presents a concert. A free-will offering will be collected to support upcoming St. Paul Lutheran Church mission trips to Guatemala and New Orleans...
Try using Esther rather than Nimrod (04/18/09)
It has been 10 years since my maternal grandmother died. I remember her as delightful, encouraging and opinionated. Grandma was fond of using biblical terminology to describe people she didn't like: "Oh, he's a real Judas, that one!" referring to Judas Iscariot, the treasurer of the original disciples of Jesus who betrayed Jesus' identity for 30 pieces of silver. Clearly, to be referred to as "a Judas" is quite a verbal slam...
Hubert Bachmann (04/18/09)
Hubert H. Bachmann, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 14, 1930, in Crosstown, Mo., the son of Henry M. and Hedwig C. "Hattie" Oster Bachmann. He and Jean Rathert were married on Nov. 30, 1957, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in St. Louis. She died Feb. 21, 1998. He later married Mamie Kraemer Abernathy Steffens April 15, 2000, at Hanover Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau...
Mary Ellen Rutherford (04/18/09)
Mary E. Rutherford of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Eugene, Ore., passed away at her home on April 16, 2009, after a prolonged illness. Mary was born on Nov. 3, 1946, in Cape Girardeau, to Neal Clifton Edwards and Ruth Kurre Edwards. She graduated from Cape Girardeau Central High School in 1964. ...
Jesse H. Kiefer (04/18/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Jesse H. Kiefer, 95, of Perryville died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at Independence Care Center in Perryville. He was born Sept. 12, 1913, at Perryville, son of August and Rosa Moore Kiefer. He and Thurn Meininger were married on May 1, 1937, at St. Louis. She preceded him in death on Dec. 27, 1997...
James C. Trentham Sr. (04/18/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- James C. Trentham Sr., 83, of Marble Hill died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at Eldercare of Marble Hill. He was born Jan. 12, 1926, at Sikeston, Mo., son of William C. and Gillie M Smith Trentham. He and Olive Ola Welker were married on June 28, 1947...
Harold Moore (04/18/09)
COMMERCE, Mo. -- Harold Jackson Moore, 89, of Commerce died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 11, 1919, at Hayti, Mo., son of Jack and Eula May Riggs Moore. He and Hettie Mayberry were married Jan. 28, 1946, and she preceded him in death on June 27, 1988...
Barry Brueggeman (04/18/09)
Barry E. Brueggeman, 27, of Jackson left us too early Thursday, April 16, 2009, in Ste. Genevieve County as a result of a vehicle accident. He was born May 23, 1981, in Alton, Ill., son of Keith "Sam" and Jane Weller Brueggeman. He and Deana McCormick were married July 12, 2008, and were looking forward to being first-time parents next month. Barry was a doting expectant father who couldn't wait to teach his firstborn about all of his passions, especially football, fishing and golf...
Police report 4/18/09 (04/18/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summonses; Assault; Thefts; Burglary; Cape Girardeau County: DWIs; Arrests
Fire report 4/18/09 (04/18/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Thursday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Out of the past 4/18/09 (04/18/09)
25 years ago: April 18, 1984 The first train on the new Jackson rail service rolls across the main Jackson intersection in the morning, marking the end of the long sale process between the Missouri Pacific Railroad and the Jackson Industrial Development Co.; following a ceremony, the train travels the Highway 61-72 intersection's tracks, complete with a trainload of officials and media...
Bus driver focuses on students' needs (04/18/09)
Imagine the confusion at the scene of an accident involving a school bus. In just such an accident earlier this month involving a bus carrying Nell Holcomb School students and driven by Sue Rees, this critical information was immediately available, thanks to the bus driver's seating chart...
Speak Out 4/18/09 (04/18/09)
Piracy defense; For the people; Movie reviews; Hospital visiting; Washington's words; Thanks for hug
Prayer 4/18/09 (04/18/09)
Hear our prayers, O God, and show us your great mercy and understanding. Amen.
Paige and Andy Chaffee Pre-Prom 2009 (04/18/09)
By: Angela Bedwell Photography Paige Koch and Andrew Cannon take a few photos before heading off to Chaffee's Prom.
Flight of the Honey Bee (04/18/09)
By: Candi Murphy I don't really think I need a description for this one... the title says it all...
Paige Koch and Andrew Cannon headed to Chaffee Prom 2009 (04/18/09)
By: Angela Bedwell Photography Paige Koch and Andrew Cannon take a few photos before heading off to Chaffee's Prom.
What a BEE-utiful pic.... (04/18/09)
By: Candi Murphy I took this pic. today outside my house. We have a small tree with really fragrant flowers on it, and the bumble bees & honey bees swarm to it! I thought this was an amazing pic... if you look really close, you can see the "pollen sack" on the leg of the bee!!! (If anyone knows what kind of tree this is, could you please leave me a comment and let me know)? *Thanks*...
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