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Mother accused of murdering infant appears in court (05/06/09)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A Campbell woman accused of murdering her 1-month-old daughter by strangling her appeared Tuesday in a Dunklin County court. Joanna A. Faucett, 24, made her initial appearance before Associate Circuit Judge John Spielman on the Class A felony of second-degree murder, according to Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Sokoloff...
Half of workforce laid off at Dexter automotive parts manufacturer (05/06/09)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Employees at EMCON Technologies, the Dexter area's largest employer, have been continually impacted by recent economy setbacks, but perhaps never quite as drastically as this month, with the announcement last week of temporary cutbacks for nearly half the employees that currently make up the local plant's work force...
Decision on former Cape federal building as homeless shelter could come within month (05/06/09)
A decision on whether the old federal building in Cape Girardeau will be used as a homeless shelter could come in as little as 30 days. The New Life Evangelistic Center, a multistate religious organization headed by the Rev. Larry Rice, filed its application Monday to take over the 44,000-square-foot building at 339 Broadway that formerly housed federal court offices. ...
Former Perryville city administrator asks officials for job back, calls dismissal "issue of discrimination" (05/06/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Former Perryville city administrator Bill Lewis called his dismissal from the position two weeks ago a case of discrimination and asked the board of aldermen to reinstate him Tuesday night at a public hearing. Lewis, who served as city administrator for six years, cited several possible factors in the board's decision to remove him, including a cost of living increase he suggested for city employees...
Suspect in Jackson burglaries to be transported to Cape Girardeau (05/06/09)
ROBINSON, Ill. -- The suspect in a Jackson burglary has waived extradition and will be transported to Cape Girardeau County sometime this week, according to Capt. James Mulcahy of the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department.
The Community College Option, Part 2: Enrollment is increasing in state program to cover junior college tuition (05/06/09)
Editor's note: This is the second part of a series addressing community college needs in the Cape Girardeau area. Vanessa Ayers, a senior at Cape Girardeau Central High School, travels to Clippard Elementary School every day to work as a classroom aide for Christine Lacy's kindergarten class...
Monday gas leak caused by line severed as resident dug new basement (05/06/09)
A severed gas line that forced evacuation Monday of two blocks of North Fountain Street was cut as Alfred Farrar and his brother were trying to gauge how deep to dig the basement for his new home.
Missouri Foundation for Health promotes two free stop-smoking programs (05/06/09)
The Missouri Foundation for Health is promoting two free programs offered to those trying to quit smoking, and it's focusing on Southeast Missouri, according to foundation program officer Matt Kuhlenbeck. "Southeast Missouri has far and away the highest concentration of tobacco use in the state," Kuhlenbeck said...
Rev. Larry Rice's application for use of the old federal building (05/06/09)
The New Life Evangelistic Center, a multistate religious organization headed by the Rev. Larry Rice, filed its application Monday to take over the 44,000-square-foot building at 339 Broadway that formerly housed federal court offices. Click here to read an abridged version of the application released by Rice's organization...
Large chunk of Kennett street collapses (05/06/09)
A portion of the street at the intersection of Jones and Hastings recently caved in leaving a 6-feet-deep hole in the ground. The Kennett Street Department was working to correct the damage to the road according to Street Commissioner Randy Carter.
Route E in Scott County closed due to flooding (05/06/09)
Route E in Scott County between Route N and Water Street in Commerce is closed until further notice, according to a Missouri Department of Transportation news release. The road is closed due to Mississippi River flooding. For more information call MoDOT at 1-888-ASK-MODOT...
Poplar Bluff man pleads guilty to drug debt murder (05/06/09)
A Poplar Bluff man pleaded guilty Monday morning in Cape Girardeau County to the July shooting death of another man, who was killed over what authorities believe was an apparent drug debt. Calvin Lee "CC" Smith Jr., 33, of the 2200 block of Grand Avenue pleaded guilty as charged to the Class A felony of second-degree murder before Presiding Circuit Judge William Syler, according to Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Barbour...
Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois pork producers battling false perceptions about swine flu (05/06/09)
Illinois pig farmer Kevin Webb normally receives four to eight calls a week from people interested in buying his prepackaged pork products. But when the H1N1 flu strain, or the swine flu, began dominating the headlines, Webb did not receive a single such phone call...
Butler County man killed in fire on his farm (05/06/09)
FAIRDEALING, Mo. -- An elderly man died Monday afternoon from injuries he suffered when the shop building on his rural Butler County farm caught fire.
Cape Girardeau Central Middle School holds open house (05/06/09)
Cape Girardeau Central Middle School will hold an open house for incoming fifth-graders Thursday and May 14. Parents and students can tour the building and meet with teachers at 6 p.m. There will be an information assembly at 6:45 p.m. in the gymnasium. Parking is available on the west side of the building, which is at 1900 Thilenius St...
Southeast to honor retiring professor (05/06/09)
Southeast Missouri State University will honor marketing professor Dr. Jack Sterrett on Thursday. Sterrett, who will retire in June, has been with the university since 1979. He was the chairman of the department of management and marketing from 1996 to 2005. There will be a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. in the atrium of Dempster Hall with congratulatory remarks at 4 p.m...
Route A in Bollinger County to be closed today for repairs (05/06/09)
Route A in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane while crews patch the road from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today, from the start of Route A continuing seven miles west, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. The work zone will be marked and drivers are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Weekend car accident claims life of Puxico man (05/06/09)
PUXICO, Mo. -- A Puxico man who was a passenger in a vehicle that crashed on Highway 51 Friday night was pronounced dead at the scene by Stoddard County Coroner Morgan Sifford. Tommie J. Bates, 54, was killed in the wreck. The vehicle's driver, 22-year-old Nickolas J. Jackson of Zalma, Mo., sustained moderate injuries. He was transported by ambulance to a Cape Girardeau hospital...
Title: Transform Your Résumé from Lackluster to Value-Added (05/06/09)
Content: The Candidate: Melanie came to me as a proactive move to prepare herself for a possible layoff. Seeking an administrative position, she had developed a résumé presenting her 9 years of administrative experience, degree, and Certified Professional Secretary designation...
Teen shot dead in West Frankfort (05/06/09)
WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (AP) -- Authorities in Southern Illinois are still investigating the shooting at a West Frankfort home that left a 14-year-old girl dead. West Frankfort Police officials say Elizabeth Obrecht died after suffering a single gunshot wound to the chest. She was pronounced dead Tuesday night at Franklin Hospital in Benton...
Critics question farms' self-inspections to find swine flu (05/06/09)
Kenny Brinker is on the front lines of the national drive to prevent an outbreak of swine flu on U.S. hog farms. But he's not a public health worker. He's a hog farmer in central Missouri. Twice a day, Brinker or one of his farmhands wanders a barn holding more than 5,000 pigs, looking for sneezing, coughing or panting. It's low-tech surveillance, and Brinker knows the stakes are high...
Search continues for missing 3-year-old near Arcadia, Mo. (05/06/09)
ARCADIA, Mo. -- Frustrated rescue workers and volunteers spent a second day Tuesday searching miles of rugged woods, hills and ponds, still hopeful they'd find a missing 3-year-old boy alive. But as nightfall arrived and rain began to fall, the search for Joshua Childers turned ever more desperate...
Bernanke provides optimistic prediction on economic growth (05/06/09)
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke gave his most optimistic prediction yet Tuesday about the end of the recession, saying he expects the economy to start growing again this year -- although the comeback could be weak and more jobs will disappear even after a recovery takes hold...
Health insurance companies offer to cut rates for women (05/06/09)
WASHINGTON -- Health insurance companies, facing the threat of a government health plan, offered Tuesday to reduce rates for millions of women and accept close federal regulation of their industry. The higher premiums now affect 5.7 million women, many of them self-employed people who must buy their own coverage...
S.C. court halts thousands of home foreclosure sales (05/06/09)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's highest court on Tuesday temporarily stopped thousands of pending foreclosure sales in the state to give homeowners more time to take advantage of a new federal program to help them refinance mortgages. The injunction -- which mortgage experts said appeared to be the nation's first court-ordered stop for an entire state -- prevents judges in South Carolina from finalizing foreclosure sales on properties guaranteed by Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae or other mortgage companies that signed on to a federal assistance program.. ...
Source: No charges likely over interrogation memos (05/06/09)
WASHINGTON -- Bush administration lawyers who approved harsh interrogation techniques of terror suspects should not face criminal charges, Justice Department investigators say in a draft report that recommends two of the three lawyers face possible professional sanctions...
Biden: Israel should back two-state peace deal (05/06/09)
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden challenged Israel to back a two-state peace agreement with the Palestinians and urged the Jewish state's leadership to demonstrate its commitment to such a solution. In a speech Tuesday to the leading pro-Israel lobby in the United States, Biden said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government should stop constructing new Jewish settlements and ease restrictions on Palestinians...
Face transplant recipient shows result (05/06/09)
CLEVELAND -- Five years ago, a shotgun blast left a large hole where the middle of her face had been. Five months ago, she received a new face from a dead woman. Connie Culp stepped forward Tuesday to show off the results of the nation's first face transplant, and her new look was a far cry from the puckered, noseless sight that made children run away in horror...
Thousands flee fight with Taliban in Pakistani valley (05/06/09)
MINGORA, Pakistan -- Black-turbaned Taliban militants seized government buildings, laid mines and fought security forces Tuesday in the Swat Valley as fear of a major operation led thousands to pack their belongings, cram aboard buses and flee the northwestern region...
Reporter's appeal scheduled in Iran (05/06/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- An Iranian court will hear the appeal of an American journalist convicted of spying for the United States next week and will open the proceedings to experts from the country's bar association, the judiciary spokesman said Tuesday...
Mexico set to reopen schools, businesses in wake of swine flu (05/06/09)
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico emerged from its swine flu isolation Tuesday as thousands of newspaper vendors, salesmen hawking trinkets and even panhandlers dropped their protective masks and joined the familiar din of traffic horns and blaring music on the streets of the capital...
U.S. submits first proposal for new U.N. climate treaty (05/06/09)
UNITED NATIONS -- The United States committed itself to reaching agreement on a new global climate treaty this year and told the U.N. it wants strong targets for cutting greenhouse gases as long as other heavily polluting nations do their part...
Jackson soccer routs Central 10-0 (05/06/09)
Bobbi Jo Schlick saw Jackson teammate Katelyn Myracle wide open in front of the net and kicked a perfect cross about 18 feet in the air to the senior, who scored a header early in the first half Tuesday. That was just one of the many strong plays Schlick and Myracle made on offense as the two players both posted hat tricks to help Jackson crush Central 10-0 at Jackson High School in a game that ended 20 minutes, 23 seconds early because of the mercy rule...
Meadow Heights downs Delta behind Kennedy's pitching (05/06/09)
Junior left-hander Cody Kennedy threw a two-hitter as Meadow Heights defeated Delta 13-3 on the road Tuesday in high school baseball action. Kennedy (5-2), who also has thrown two one-hitters and a no-hitter this season, has allowed just four hits in his last four games. On Tuesday, he struck out 13 batters and walked one...
Southeast pays tribute to top student-athletes (05/06/09)
Sandy Blake, Rachel Blunt and Kendall Magana were not only three of Southeast Missouri State's top athletes during their four-year collegiate careers, but they also were among the university's premier students. Blake, Blunt and Magana were rewarded for their excellence in the classroom Tuesday night at Southeast's All Sports Year-End Celebration...
Phils sweep Redbirds in short series (05/06/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The Philadelphia Phillies' center fielder was the big story a day after Rick Ankiel's harrowing headfirst crash into the wall. Shane Victorino was 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs and Jayson Werth had a three-run shot and four RBIs in a 10-7 victory over the St. ...
Ankiel back with team after night spent in hospital (05/06/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Just before Rick Ankiel barreled headfirst into the wall, the thought flashed through his mind: My career is finished. "I thought that might be it," the St. Louis Cardinals' outfielder said Tuesday. "When you don't get a chance to put up your hands to protect yourself, I'm lucky to be walking today. Anything from here is a plus."...
Yankees ask judge to quash funding subpoena (05/06/09)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York Yankees urged a state judge Tuesday to quash the subpoena from two Assembly committees investigating the use of public funds to help build the team's new stadium, saying the issue already has been fully aired publicly...
Crafts for mom: Make a personal, and inexpensive, Mother's Day present (05/06/09)
With prices on the rise, gift-giving might seem too expensive for many Americans. But mom deserves a little something this Mother's Day, despite the economic standings. With a little creativity and some craft supplies, you can create economical, personalized gifts for that special lady in your life...
Chic, smart accessories for the home office (05/06/09)
By choice or necessity, more and more workers are doing at least some of their job from home these days. Upgrading a home office can be an affordable project, with immediate payoff and long-term appeal. Joe Noonan, office goods expert for CSN Stores, calls it "the new bathroom renovation. We've seen that people with shrinking budgets, who can't afford to remodel elsewhere in the house, are instead upgrading a home office. Or they're turning an extra room into one."...
Recipe Swap: Favorite recipes from old friends and rediscovered cookbooks (05/06/09)
My friend Kimberly Werner Halter is back in her hometown of Cape Girardeau from her new home in Australia. She is visiting her father and showing a friend all around town this week. We had hoped we would be able to find an evening to cook together and enjoy a meal, but school band concerts, church youth activities and "Cinderella" play tickets are in our schedule for every night this week. ...
'Billy Elliot' pulls down 15 Tony Award nominations (05/06/09)
NEW YORK -- "Billy Elliot," the tale of a British coal miner's son who dreams of becoming a dancer, has the potential of winning a record number of 2009 Tony Awards, honoring the best of a star-driven Broadway season. Its 15 nominations -- which tied the number received by "The Producers" in 2001 -- included one of the more unusual nods. ...
Lela Stevens (05/06/09)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Lela "MumMum" Stevens, 89, of Deer Park, Texas, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at her home in Texas. Mrs. Stevens was born July 26, 1919, in Miller City, Ill., daughter of the late David Arthur Houston and Mary Alice (Davis) Houston. She was preceded by her parents, her husband, Americus "Mack" Stevens, and a son, Arthur Frederick Stevens, on Feb. 28, 1994...
Tammy Ury (05/06/09)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Tammy Ury, 66, of Jonesboro died Monday, May 4, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday St. Mary's Catholic Church in Anna, with Mon­signor Dennis Schaefer and Bill Littrell officiating. Burial will be in Jonesboro Cemetery...
Forrest Snead (05/06/09)
ANNA, Ill. -- Forrest E. Snead, 81, of Savannah, Ga., formerly of Anna, died Monday, May 4, 2009, on Tybee Island, Ga. Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Bill Minor officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Ebenezer Hall Cemetery in Lick Creek, Ill., with military honors conducted by Carroll P. Foster VFW Post 3455 in Anna...
Theresa Rouse (05/06/09)
Theresa L. Rouse, 84, of Jackson died Monday, May 4, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete with Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson.
Dorothy Ingemanson (05/06/09)
Dorothy Jean Ingemanson, 84, of Scott City died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 3, 1924, in Fornfelt, daughter of Martin August and Mary Alma Fish Krieger. She and Ernest Ingemanson were married April 4, 1945, at Scott City. Ernest died Oct. 22, 1996...
Sis Hinkle (05/06/09)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Berniece "Sis" Hinkle, 90, of Advance died Monday, May 4, 2009, at Sikeston Convalescent Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born June 17, 1918, at Advance, daughter of William and Ida Mae Overby Rhodes. Sis and Charlie Hinkle were married Jan. 18, 1946, at Bloomfield, Mo. He died June 19, 2001...
Edward Hoyt (05/06/09)
Edward L.R. Hoyt, 72, of Sedgewickville, Mo., passed away Monday, May 4, 2009, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was born July 15, 1936, in La Cygne, Kan., son of Clarence E. and Edna M. Schariard Hoyt. He and Vanna Nussbaum Peel were married Sept. 22, 1990...
Births 5/6/09 (05/06/09)
Graham; Jackson; Wahl; Garland; Burnett; Morgan; Pease
Fire report 5/6/09 (05/06/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday:...
Police report 5/6/09 (05/06/09)
Cape Girardeau: Summons; Thefts; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Arrest; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 5/6/09 (05/06/09)
25 years ago: May 6, 1984 More than 136 GOP delegates gather in Cape Girardeau to select three delegates to attend the Republican National Convention, to be held in August in Dallas; selected from the 8th District are Mary Kasten, Dorothy Buford and Rudy Munro...
Economy is no excuse to end death penalty (05/06/09)
Here's yet another twist in the ongoing saga of our faltering economy. Death penalty opponents have found a unique ally in our current economic mess. At least 10 states are considering abolishing the death penalty to save money. Many states spend millions of dollars annually to pay for prosecutors, public defenders and appeals. That financial crisis has given death penalty opponents additional ammunition in their abolishment arguments...
Hands-on global policy (05/06/09)
For 28 students at Southeast Missouri State University, some of the world's key issues are much more than subjects for classroom discussion. These students are participants in the Global Strategy Institute's Higher Education Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies...
Speak Out 5/6/09 (05/06/09)
Turn off the lights; Another party; Give me my money; We need a riverboat; City embarrassment; Violent behavior; City's budget; Driving issues; Dogs in Delta; Just watching; Automobile irony; It's a tool; Keep the plan; Teach flexibility; Jolt for Republicans; Write more tickets
Prayer 5/6/09 (05/06/09)
Inspire us, O God, when we do those tasks we like the least. Amen.
Jackson Tribal Council Annual Golf Tournament (05/06/09)
Tribal Council Annual Golf Tournamenet Four Person Scramble Friday June 5th, 2009 $90 Per Person $360 Per Team Kimbeland Country Club Lunch at Noon Shotgun Start at 1:00 Send Entries to: Wayne Turley 835 Pecan Jackson, MO 63755 243-5168...
Middle School Prepares for Open House (05/06/09)
When visitors arrive at Cape Middle School for the annual Open House and Orientation for 5th Grade parents and students on May 7th and 14th, they will be in for a treat. Festive balloons will mark the parking lot, and as parents enter the school through the cafeteria they will see a number of exhibits. ...
Did "Tea Party" members influence Shields decision to release HB 361 (05/06/09)
I received an email today from the folks from the Liberty Restoration project which stated: "Friends in the press; Members of the Liberty Restoration Project (of Kansas City) were thrown out of the Mo Governors office by the Highway patrol this morning...
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (05/06/09)
Sophie is 3 years old. She is spayed and declawed. Sophie is available for adoption at The Humane Society of SEMO, 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org.
Texas Bluebonnets in Missouri (05/06/09)
A Texas Bluebonnet approaching full bloom.
Dawson turns one (05/06/09)
This is a picture of Dawson Miller eating cake at his first birthday party. He turned one on March 31. He was born on opening day of the baseball season in 2008. He's walking now.
Jefferson Elementary and Coldwater Creek (05/06/09)
Jefferson Elementary principal, Mark Cook, thanks Coldwater Creek for their generous donation to purchase books for our library. Thank you!
Seeing Double (05/06/09)
Two headed snake at the Nature Center in Cape Girardeau.
I Didn't Do It (05/06/09)
Belle gives a I didn't do it innocent look when she thinks she is in trouble. Belle is a Weimaraner owners: David and Tasha Schusler
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