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Bootheel 7-year-old dead after 'horrible accident' involving swing set (04/20/09)
FISK, Mo. -- A Fisk kindergartner was killed in a what authorities describe as a "horrible accident" Sunday when an unfinished, wooden swing set collapsed on him. The child is identified as Cobbie Bond, 7-year-old son of Carl and Lana Bond and a kindergartner at Fisk Elementary School...
Hanaway resigns as federal prosecutor (04/20/09)
Catherine Hanaway resigned as federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of Missouri effective today, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Hanaway was appointed by President George W. Bush. She was previously a speaker in the Missouri House ...
Driver unhurt in accident on county road (04/20/09)
The driver of a Ford Explorer, Tyler Koch of Jackson, escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident Sunday morning, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol ...
Charity wine festival for Community Counseling Center expected to be bigger than ever (04/20/09)
The eighth annual Community Benefit Wine Festival on Friday will be bigger than ever, according to organizers. Thirteen wineries from Missouri wine country will set up tables for people to sample wine, a Motown band will play through the night and art will be on display for purchase -- all to fund the Community Counseling Center, a not-for-profit center for mental health care...
Hundreds take part in Multiple Sclerosis Walk in Capaha Park (04/20/09)
Tim Fowler's toes are numb, but they also hurt. "Doesn't make sense, does it," he said, describing how multiple sclerosis affects his life. Minutes later, about 350 people, including Fowler, started a two-mile trek around Capaha Park during Sunday afternoon's Multiple Sclerosis Walk...
New art facilties at Jackson High School open up possibilities for students, teachers (04/20/09)
With natural light pouring in through a wall of windows at Jackson High School, Luke LeGrand's Art I students sketched and painted a still-life display in the center of the room. After settling into the new art facilities, LeGrand said the space is a far cry from the cramped basement classroom he had before...
Sikeston hospital adopts standardized wristband policy (04/20/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Missouri Delta Medical Center is joining hospitals across the state in adopting a new wristband standard to prevent medical confusion. A statewide survey by the Missouri Center for Patient Safety found that colored wristbands are commonly used to alert hospital personnel that patients have allergies, are prone to falling or have do-not-resuscitate orders...
Abbey Road computer lab offers classes in basic skills (04/20/09)
The Abbey Road Computer Lab is accepting registrations for its regular session of classes that begin Wednesday. Sessions cover basic computer skills, e-mail, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Call 335-3422 or e-mail capearcc@charterinternet.com to register. The computer lab is a ministry of Abbey Road Christian Church, 2411 Abbey Road in Cape Girardeau...
Missouri's finances may be worse than projected (04/20/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's finances could turn out worse than expected because of the continued economic recession. State officials in January estimated that Missouri's general revenue would decline by 4 percent during the 2009 fiscal year that ends June 30, then grow by 1 percent next year...
Scrutiny grows on company tax breaks to gain jobs (04/20/09)
The time-honored swap of millions of dollars in tax breaks for the promise of thousands of jobs is under more scrutiny as states slash spending to shore up their budgets. Missouri lawmakers pushing for caps on state tax credits to businesses are holding up Gov. Jay Nixon's proposal to reward more companies that hire employees at a decent wage with health benefits...
Plant closing a mixed blessing for Carthage (04/20/09)
CARTHAGE, Mo. -- A decision by the owner of a renewable fuel plant to file for bankruptcy last month has brought mixed emotions to a community that has lost not only an odor that tormented it for years, but also about 50 jobs. Renewable Environmental Solutions owner Brian Appel says he's hoping to reopen the plant that had converted turkey guts, bones and feathers into diesel fuel, but next time he'll use corn oil and grease to produce the fuel...
Missouri has $2 billion; 3 weeks to spend it (04/20/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Two billion dollars. One-hundred-sixty ways to spend it. And three weeks to figure it out. Those are the figures facing Missouri legislators as they grapple with how to spend an expected influx of federal money from the economic stimulus package...
Illinois rep to drop city council seat (04/20/09)
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A man already serving in the Illinois House and was recently re-elected to a city council seat says he'll drop the city post. Earlier this month Eddie Jackson won re-election to a city council seat in East St. Louis. But since January, he's been a 114th District state representative...
Illinois man's pocketknife may have been Abe Lincoln's (04/20/09)
MONMOUTH, Ill. -- The pocketknife is four inches long with one broken blade and a wooden handle. It looks inauspicious, like something found in an old dresser drawer or tossed in with a box of junk at an auction. But according to a Monmouth man and an affidavit dated Feb. 29, 1940, it once belonged to Abraham Lincoln...
Peoria, Ill., police identify officer in accident that killed 2-year-old (04/20/09)
PEORIA, Ill. -- Police in Peoria have released the name of the officer who was driving a police vehicle that struck and killed a 2-year-old girl last week, and they say he does not appear to have been to blame in the accident. Officer Jim Krider, 37, was at the wheel of a prisoner-transport van when Aniya Alexander stepped into the street Thursday night and was struck by the vehicle...
Homeless woman becomes part of KC neighborhood (04/20/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Marva Wills, owner of House of Flowers, doesn't remember when she first noticed the homeless woman sitting in the little alcove across the street. She knows it was sometime this past winter, on a day that was bitterly cold. Framed like a picture in her plate-glass window at 31st and Holmes streets was a lone woman wrapped in blankets and a sleeping bag. ...
Columbine students strive to move on 10 years after massacre (04/20/09)
LITTLETON, Colo. -- The "boy in the window" who fell bloodied and paralyzed into the arms of rescuers during the Columbine High shooting rampage is doing just fine. Now 27, Patrick Ireland has regained mobility with few lingering effects from gunshot wounds to his head and leg a decade ago. He is married and works in the financial services industry. His mantra: "I choose to be a victor rather than a victim."...
Senators begin their work on health-care overhaul (04/20/09)
WASHINGTON -- This time it's really going to happen. Or so they claim. Senators get down to work this coming week on turning ideas into legislation to cover some 50 million people without health insurance and contain costs for everyone else. Hopes are high that Democrats and Republicans can find common ground for a bill to emerge by summer...
Flags lowered on 10th anniversary of Columbine (04/20/09)
DENVER (AP) -- With words of hope and healing, Coloradans on Monday marked the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings that left 12 students and a teacher dead. Flags flew at half-staff over the school and dozens of mourners lay roses and carnations at a nearby memorial...
Textile design professor works to close hospital gowns (04/20/09)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A North Carolina State University design team is working to put an end to revealing hospital gowns, according to the News & Observer of Raleigh. It's not the first time someone has tried to conceal what is sometimes exposed because of the gown's flimsy fabric and loosely tied open back. But North Carolina State textile design professor Traci Lamar has the financial backing and research to develop a restyled garment...
Investigation: Tons of legally released drugs taint U.S. water (04/20/09)
U.S. manufacturers, including major drugmakers, have legally released at least 271 million pounds of pharmaceuticals into waterways that often provide drinking water -- contamination the federal government has consistently overlooked, according to an Associated Press investigation...
Supreme Court to get Ariz. teen strip-search case (04/20/09)
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Savana Redding was 13 years old when she was told to remove her clothes for a strip search by school officials looking for the equivalent of two Advils. And while the humiliation hasn't diminished in the past five and a half years, she hopes the U.S. Supreme Court can do something about the emotional scar...
Vigil honors Columbine victims (04/20/09)
LITTLETON, Colo. -- A candlelight vigil for the 13 people killed at Columbine High School has drawn hundreds of people to the Columbine Memorial on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the massacre. A steady stream of visitors moved slowly around the memorial as the sun settled behind the Rocky Mountains on Sunday. ...
Driver charged with manslaughter in Texas crash that killed 5 children (04/20/09)
HOUSTON -- Police filed intoxication manslaughter charges Sunday against a driver who lost control of his car while using a cell phone, plunging the vehicle into a rain-filled ditch and killing five children inside. Chanton Jenkins, 32, was in police custody facing four counts of intoxication manslaughter, one charge for each of the children found dead so far, said Houston police spokesman Kese Smith. Police said a relative told them Jenkins was the father of three of the victims...
Yellow submarine set to try again to glide across ocean (04/20/09)
WASHINGTON -- A second try is about to get underway at sending a little yellow submarine gliding across the Atlantic Ocean to collect scientific data from beneath the waves. "The launching is tremendously exciting because there is just so much that we don't really know about what happens in the oceans," said Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...
Loss still felt 14 years after Okla. City bombing (04/20/09)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- It was 14 years ago when Doris Battle's parents were killed in the Oklahoma City bombing, just two of the 168 people who died during the nation's worst domestic terrorist attack. "I can't go home and see him anymore," Battle said of her father, Calvin Battle, who died with her mother Peola when the Oklahoma City federal building was bombed on April 19, 1995. Battle said the passage of time has not diminished the loss she still feels...
Thousands attend opening of Illinois Holocaust museum (04/20/09)
SKOKIE, Ill. -- Thousands of people attended the opening of a new Holocaust museum in suburban Chicago, with videotaped remarks by President Obama kicking off the event. Obama said that when school children visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, they'll learn there is no greater obligation than to confront acts of inhumanity...
Coins, mummies point to Cleopatra's tomb (04/20/09)
BURG EL-ARAB, Egypt -- Egypt's top archaeologist made his version of a sales pitch Sunday, presenting 22 coins, 10 mummies, and a fragment of a mask with a cleft chin as evidence that the discovery of the lost tomb of Mark Antony and Cleopatra is at hand...
Obama says reaching out to enemies strengthens U.S. (04/20/09)
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- Defending his approach to world politics, President Obama said Sunday that he "strengthens our hand" by reaching out to enemies of the U.S. and making sure the nation is a leader, not a lecturer, of democracy. Obama's foreign doctrine emerged across his four-day trip to Latin America, his first extended venture to a region of the world where resentment of U.S. ...
U.S. to boycott U.N. racism meeting (04/20/09)
GENEVA -- The United Nations opens its first global racism conference in eight years today with the U.S. and at least seven other countries boycotting the event out of concern that Islamic countries will demand that it denounce Israel and ban criticism of Islam...
Iranian president urges full defense for U.S. reporter (04/20/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's president said Sunday that an American journalist convicted of spying for the U.S. should be allowed to offer a full defense during her appeal, a day after she was sentenced to eight years in prison. The message was a sign that Iran's leadership does not want the case to derail moves toward a dialogue with the Obama administration to break a 30-year diplomatic deadlock...
FBI probes extortion attempt against Pitino (04/20/09)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The FBI is investigating the estranged wife of Louisville's equipment manager regarding extortion allegations leveled by coach Rick Pitino, her attorney said Sunday. Attorney Thomas Clay said he spoke with the FBI about the matter last week but had no further comment. He represents Karen Sypher, the wife of longtime equipment manager Tim Sypher...
Koenegstein breaks own record in steeplechase (04/20/09)
The Southeast Missouri State track and field program produced several impressive performances over the weekend at the rugged Mount Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif. Juli Koenegstein broke her own school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by finishing third in a time of 10 minutes, 34.98 seconds. She set the previous mark of 10:44.30 in 2007...
Mother Nature assists Redhawks (04/20/09)
A big first inning and Mother Nature helped the Southeast Missouri State softball team complete a crucial Ohio Valley Conference series sweep. The host Redhawks scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning to overcome the single tally Austin Peay put up in the top of the frame...
Looking for The Big Break (04/20/09)
It's not every day a community is able to get to know one of its future residents before the person actually moves into the neighborhood. But when 32-year-old Aaron Wright moves to Cape Girardeau on May 1, he may have a look of familiarity -- especially to those who watch the Golf Channel...
Blues plunge deeper in hole (04/20/09)
The Canucks took a commanding 3-0 series leadwith a 3-2 road victory. By R.B. FALLSTROM The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- Roberto Luongo carried the Vancouver Canucks for two games. Their special teams helped them take a 3-0 series lead against the St. Louis Blues...
Gay wins Heritage by 10 shots (04/20/09)
Brian Gay put on a record-setting show at the Verizon Heritage. And this time, he didn't have to share the spotlight with anyone. Gay shot a 7-under 64 Sunday to win at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C., by 10 shots. He broke the 13-year-old scoring record, finishing at 20-under 264 on the way to his second PGA Tour victory...
Weather provides rest for bullpens (04/20/09)
CHICAGO -- The bullpens of the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals got a much-needed break from the weather Sunday night. Steady rain and an ugly forecast postponed the conclusion of their four-game series, which will be made up July 12 as part of a day-night doubleheader. It was called about 3 hours before the scheduled first pitch...
Powell signing a nice start for Nutt era (04/20/09)
The kind of a job new Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Dickey Nutt does probably won't be determined for at least a few years. But Nutt's first recruiting class got a nice boost with Wednesday's signing of touted junior college forward Leon Powell...
Packing ice with Glennon Harter, co-owner of Pure Ice Co. (04/20/09)
Ice. It cools drinks in the summertime, serves as a playing surface for hockey games and is a vital ingredient in making homemade snow cones. One local company has been providing the community with ice since 1926. Pure Ice Co., at 314 S. Ellis St. in Cape Girardeau, sells ice to large retailers and individual consumers alike. Business editor Brian Blackwell visited with co-owner Glennon Harter to learn more about the company...
Boutique store opens in Jackson (04/20/09)
Those who enjoy boutique shops in Jackson may be pleased to learn their options expanded with the opening of Chic 'n Little Boutique. The shop, at 2370 N. High St., Suite 5, sells handmade products such as hair bows, personalized jewelry, custom children's clothing, birthday hats, bow holders, coat racks, diaper bags and purses...
People on the move 4-20 (04/20/09)
Saint Francis Medical Center surgeon credentialed General surgeon Dr. John Moll has been credentialed by M.D. Anderson Physicians Network through Saint Francis Medical Center to provide access to evidence-based treatment protocols and processes. Moll joins 20 other physicians already credentialed at Saint Francis Medical Center. ...
Delores Wilkerson (04/20/09)
Delores Wilkerson Delores J. Wilkerson, 71, of Scott City died Sunday April 19, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
Alvina Lally (04/20/09)
Alvina Lally Alvina Helen Lally, 100, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, April 19, 2009, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Jan. 16, 1909, in New Hamburg, Mo., daughter of Charles and Helen Ann Leible Burger. Alvina moved to St. Louis and worked for Singer Sewing Machine Co. for 23 years. She retired in 1971 and moved to Cape Girardeau. She was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral...
Leo Beasley (04/20/09)
Leo Beasley TAMMS, Ill. -- Leo Beasley, 86, of Tamms died Sunday, April 19, 2009, at home. He was born Sept. 11, 1922, in Ohio County, Ky., to Thomas and Elizabeth Burden Beasley. He and Shirley Denton were married May 29, 1976. Beasley was a member of the First Baptist Church in Thebes, Ill. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe. He was a retired farmer...
Evelyn Puls (04/20/09)
Evelyn Puls Evelyn B. (Birk) Puls, 87, of Jackson died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at her residence. She was born Aug. 1, 1921, in Cape Girardeau County, daughter of Theodore and Addie (Bennett) Birk. She and Edwin R. Puls were married Oct. 5, 1946, in Pevely, Mo. He died Dec. 23, 1998...
Fire report 4/20/09 (04/20/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following call Sunday:...
Police report 4/20/09 (04/20/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Summonses Assaults Property damage Thefts Miscellaneous Jackson...
Out of the past 4/20/09 (04/20/09)
25 years ago: April 20, 1984 Resort Air, a St. Louis-based regional airline, may soon begin flights to and from Cape Girardeau now that Air Illinois has ceased operations. Construction bids for the new Saint Francis Outpatient Mental Health Center have been awarded; the new facility will be built on hospital property facing Mount Auburn Road; the successful bidder for general contractor is Kiefner Brothers of Perryville, Mo...
Cape is learning to dream big (04/20/09)
Queen Isabella of Spain had a fair-sized bank account when an Italian fellow came to her with a proposal requiring some venture capital. Pay for three ships, supplies and crews to seek a new route to the Indies, and Spain will corner the commodities markets...
Tea party ignored the problem (04/20/09)
The Cape Girardeau tea party was a bust. The occasion was greatly anticipated as a means to raise a collective voice loud enough to be heard in Congress. It turned out to be a podium from which politicians aired their views, preachers mixed religion with politics, veterans presented the colors and those in attendance were coaxed to be patriotic. That's not what I went for...
Speak Out 4/20/09 (04/20/09)
Moving the cross; No stadium; Not with my taxes; No identity; Taxpayers pay; Hostage released; Giving up TV; Good egg hunt; Bring the children; Military fallout; Out-of-state licenses; Radical agenda; Rand's philosophy; Confused protesters; Skateboard park; Co-opted protest; Jeopardized economy; Paying my way; Keep it up; Uncaring government; Vicious dogs; Patrol complaint; Downtown parking
Prayer 04/20 (04/20/09)
Guide us, O God, so that our work reflects our efforts to do good. Amen.
Representative Jim Guest Defends Constitution (04/20/09)
By: D.S. Reif A crowd of some 130 listened attentively to a nearly hour long speech by Missouri House Representative Jim Guest who spoke at the 8th Annual Col. John T. Coffee Camp's Confederate Heritage Dinner in Osceola, Missouri Saturday April 18, 2009. Interrupted seventeen times for applause Rep. Guest delivered a spirited talk about how the central government is purposefully eroding Constitutional protections for the States and the public...
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