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Stories from Monday, May 11, 2009

Storm destroys Bollinger County animal shelter, thousands still without power (05/11/09)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- When Friday's barrage of storms that left thousands without power in Southeast Missouri first hit, Vanessa Murry grabbed her pets and huddled with them in the bathroom of her recently built house in Bollinger County. Murry, who runs Furry Animal Rescue Mission, a no-kill dog shelter on a 550-acre farm off County Road 200 near Sedgewickville, said that when the power went out, she had been watching the news and initially thought a tornado had touched down...
Two people rescued from high water in Mississippi County (05/11/09)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Two people were rescued early this morning after their vehicle became trapped in the Mississippi River. At 12:27 a.m., the Mississippi County Rescue Squad was notified a vehicle had gone into the Mississippi River at the Dorena-Hickman Ferry Landing, off Highway 105. At the scene, rescuers found a man and his daughter trapped inside a truck, according to a news release issued by rescue squad director Danny Harris...
River flooding closes parts of Southeast Missouri roads (05/11/09)
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, several roadways remain closed due to river flooding in some counties in Southeast Missouri:Route E in Scott County from Route N to the end of state maintenance...
Man charged with manslaughter in wife's shooting death (05/11/09)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- An Ellsinore man is in jail today after being charged in connection with the death of his wife, who was shot during an earlier dispute with his stepson. John William Moss, 55, was charged Thursday with the Class C felony of first-degree involuntary manslaughter by Butler County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Paul Oesterreicher, who was acting as special prosecuting attorney for Carter County...
Scott County investigators 'chipping away' at Lawless killing (05/11/09)
As a private lab in the Netherlands prepares to perform DNA analysis on evidence in the 1992 murder of Angela Mischelle Lawless, investigators say a recently discovered witness may provide new leads in the 16-year-old case.
No injuries in house fire Sunday morning in Cape Girardeau (05/11/09)
Cape Girardeau firefighters battled a structure fire early Sunday morning at 2312 Lombardo St., according to battalion chief Steve Niswonger.
Cape Girardeau's historic attractions gear up for a busy summer season (05/11/09)
Nestled along the banks of the Mississippi River, Cape Girardeau has drawn visitors for more than 200 years. This summer, four local historic sites will continue the celebration of the city's history and heritage by offering visitors extended hours, private tours and special events...
Jackson schools' art show celebrates students' creativity (05/11/09)
Jackson High School art teacher Andrea Talley sees two types of students in her fine arts classes. There are those who already have a love of the arts and are brimming with confidence in their abilities, and there are those who insist they "can't draw a straight line," worry about "flunking" art class and need a bit of a push, Talley said...
100-mile yard sale launches new website (05/11/09)
The 100-Mile Yard Sale has launched a website that adds new functions for those participating in the event.
Voting is underway in Ugliest Room contest (05/11/09)
Twenty-four people from around Southeast Missouri have submitted photos of their ugliest rooms in the seMissourian.com Ugliest Room contest. Now it's time to vote. The top three vote-getters in the contest will receive hundreds of dollars worth of home improvement prizes from area stores. Voting will continue through Sunday...
Kennett police to focus on child passenger safety (05/11/09)
The Kennett Police Department is planning to crack down on violators of the Missouri Child Passenger Safety Law.
3-year-old missing for 52 hours last week leaves hospital (05/11/09)
CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Three-year-old Josh Childers, who was missing for about 52 hours last week, has been released from the hospital. The child wandered away from his parents' home in Madison County. ...
About 48,800 in Missouri still without power Sunday (05/11/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Thousands of utility customers remained without power Sunday from the severe storms that hit southern Missouri on Friday. State emergency officials say 48,800 residents still didn't have power Sunday. ...
Former drunken driver becomes speaker (05/11/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Sarah Panzau knows some people look at her amputated left arm and the scars on her neck and legs and think she deserves them. She doesn't hide the reason they are there. Instead, she relives for audiences the night she nearly killed herself in a drunken-driving accident...
Older, established people becoming gay rights activists (05/11/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Bill Donius never saw himself as an activist. That was reserved for folks on the fringe with garish garb and in-your-face behavior. But when California voters decided in November to outlaw same-sex marriage just six months after the state Supreme Court made it legal, Donius was front and center at a downtown St. Louis rally decrying the action...
Family, friends of murder victims get help from group (05/11/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Everyday activities like watching television have not been the same for Mark Langworthy since his father was murdered more than 30 years ago near St. Louis. "Somebody's stabbed on a TV show, I think about Dad," Langworthy said. "I think about what that had to feel like that he knew he was dying with this cold, steel, sharp blade in his neck."...
Deal to hold college costs steady in Mo. naturally fulfilled (05/11/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon has made much ado about brokering a deal in which colleges and universities agreed to hold tuition flat in exchange for avoiding state budget cuts. As it turns out, the same outcome may have occurred regardless of the agreement, thanks to a combination of state and federal laws and the sluggish economy...
K.C. twins achieve high school success (05/11/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Finally, a question stumped the top-of-the-class Morgan twins. Jonathan DeBarge Morgan and Donathan LeBarge Morgan, co-valedictorians this year at Ruskin High School, turned to each other and tried to think of a way in which they were different...
White House not laughing about Limbaugh joke (05/11/09)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is keeping its distance from an entertainer's joke comparing commentator Rush Limbaugh to a terrorist. Presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs on Monday was asked for President Barack Obama's reaction to the joke by comic actress Wanda Sykes at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Obama took part in the event...
Offer: $2 trillion in health savings (05/11/09)
WASHINGTON -- Top representatives of the health-care industry plan to offer $2 trillion in cost reductions over 10 years in a bid to help pass President Obama's health overhaul, a source familiar with the negotiations said Sunday. Industry officials representing health insurers, hospitals, doctors, drug makers and a major labor union plan to be at White House today to present the offer...
Fundraiser key in 'Celebrity Apprentice' finale (05/11/09)
NEW YORK -- Comedian Joan Rivers was hired and poker champ Annie Duke was fired on the final faceoff of "Celebrity Apprentice." Rivers beat out Duke on Sunday's finale by planning a better fundraising gala -- and, maybe, by launching better zingers at her rival...
Peel 'em and weep: First-class stamps rise 2 cents (05/11/09)
WASHINGTON -- The post office wants two more pennies for your thoughts. The price of a first-class stamp for mailing a letter -- or paying a bill -- climbed to 44 cents Monday, though folks who planned ahead and stocked up on Forever stamps will still be paying the lower rate...
Health groups offer $2 trillion in savings over next ten years (05/11/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's plan to provide medical insurance for all Americans took a big step toward becoming reality Sunday after leaders of the health-care industry offered $2 trillion in spending reductions over 10 years to help pay for the program...
Experts: GM bankruptcy likely to be inevitable (05/11/09)
DETROIT -- For General Motors Corp., the task at hand is so difficult that experts say a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing is all but inevitable. To remake itself outside of court, GM must persuade bondholders to swap $27 billion in debt for 10 percent of its stock. The automaker must also work out deals with its union, announce factory closures, cut or sell brands and force hundreds of dealers out of business in three weeks...
Pilot made passes over party before Nev. plane crash (05/11/09)
RENO, Nev. -- The pilot of a small plane that nose-dived into a northern Nevada cow pasture, killing all five people aboard, was making low passes over a party shortly before the crash, a federal investigator said Sunday. National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration investigators on Sunday combed the wreckage for clues as to whether human error or a mechanical problem caused the crash a day before near Gardnerville, about 50 miles south of Reno...
Last trip to Hubble Space Telescope planned for today (05/11/09)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With a forecast of near-perfect weather, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope scientists and managers were pleased as they awaited today's planned launch of shuttle Atlantis on the final trip to the orbiting observatory. The anticipation was all the greater given all the years of mission delays...
Senator calls for probe of phone spam (05/11/09)
NEW YORK -- Unsolicited calls to home and cell phones warning of a final notice and an expiring vehicle warranty are a nuisance and harassment and should be the subject of a federal investigation, a U.S. senator said Sunday. Americans increasingly are receiving calls with a computerized voice saying, "This is the final notice. ...
Officials: Power tool may have sparked Santa Barbara wildfire (05/11/09)
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- The wildfire that has scorched 13 square miles and destroyed dozens of homes in the hills above this scenic coastal city was apparently sparked by a power tool being used to clear brush, investigators said Sunday. Fire officials said someone, or possibly a group of people, was clearing vegetation on what appeared to be private land near the trail around the time the fire erupted Tuesday...
Cameras can spot threats human eyes miss (05/11/09)
The surveillance cameras at Big Y, a Massachusetts grocery chain, are not just passively recording customers and staff. They're studying checkout lines for signs of "sweethearting." That's when cashiers use subtle tricks to pass free goods to friends: obscuring the bar code, slipping an item behind the scanner, passing two items at a time but charging for one...
Governor calls up National Guard troops to aid flood victims in W.Va. (05/11/09)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The National Guard is helping residents in West Virginia's southern coalfields recover from weekend flooding that closed roads, destroyed at least 100 buildings, knocked out power and flushed trash, debris and, in at least one case, a mobile home downstream...
Secular party in Indonesia wins big in elections (05/11/09)
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The secular party of Indonesia's president tripled its share of the vote in parliamentary elections as support for religious parties nose-dived in the world's largest Muslim-majority country. After years of unpopular laws pushed through by religious leaders, regulating women's dress and banning everything from smoking to yoga, even devout Muslims in Indonesia say they have had enough with religion in politics...
Sri Lanka artillery fire kills 378, doctor says (05/11/09)
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- An hail of artillery in Sri Lanka's war zone killed at least 378 civilians, according to a government doctor who survived the attack as shells flew near the makeshift hospital. More than 100 of the victims were children, the U.N. said Sunday...
Doctors concerned about burns from Afghan battle (05/11/09)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Doctors voiced concern over "unusual" burns on Afghan villagers wounded in a U.S.-Taliban battle, and the country's top human rights groups said Sunday it is investigating the possibility white phosphorus was used. The American military denied using the incendiary in the battle in Farah province -- which President Hamid Karzai has said killed 125 to 130 civilians -- but left open the possibility that Taliban militants did. ...
Redhawks close wild series with 11-10 loss (05/11/09)
It's hard to imagine a wilder baseball game than what transpired Sunday in Richmond, Ky. Southeast Missouri State coach Mark Hogan and all-Ohio Valley Conference senior first baseman Matt Wagner were ejected in the late innings. When several Southeast fans became unruly in the ninth inning -- according to radio reports, the father of senior left fielder Justin Wheeler ran onto the field before being subdued -- the contest was halted for several minutes until additional security arrived.. ...
Rasmus helps Cards avoid sweep (05/11/09)
CINCINNATI -- Ryan Franklin was dumbfounded. As he watched Reds pitcher Micah Owings round the bases on his two-out, pinch-hit homer in the ninth, the previously perfect St. Louis closer was reminded that there's no margin for error at Great American Ball Park...
Kerr uses aggressive play to win Ultra Open (05/11/09)
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Cristie Kerr stood in the fairway on the par-5 15th hole knowing it was time to make her move. Calmed by a few deep breaths as part of her recent attention to mental training, she used her 3-wood to send the ball soaring toward the green...
Stenson grabs Players trophy as Cejka, Woods fall aside (05/11/09)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Henrik Stenson was famous for reasons he never imagined. Two months ago, he was best known as the Swede who stripped down to nothing but his underwear and a golf glove while playing from a water hazard at Doral. Out of curiosity, he searched the Internet and found 143 articles, more news than he ever got for his game...
Owner wants Rachel Alexandra in Saturday's Preakness, but Derby winners may block plan (05/11/09)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Rachel Alexandra looks ready to challenge the boys in the Preakness. Owner Jess Jackson, however, isn't sure his superstar filly will get the chance. Jackson declared the Kentucky Oaks winner primed for the second jewel of the Triple Crown following an easy four furlong workout Sunday at Churchill Downs...
Redhawks' streak fell painfully short of 18 (05/11/09)
You've got to feel bad for the Southeast Missouri State softball team. The Redhawks were two outs away from the program's first NCAA tournament berth since 1999. But Tennessee-Martin hit a game-tying home run in the top of the seventh inning Saturday, then won 3-2 in eight innings to hand Southeast its first Ohio Valley Conference tournament loss...
Cheney: Limbaugh, not Powell, future of Republican Party (05/11/09)
WASHINGTON -- Dick Cheney made clear Sunday he'd rather follow firebrand broadcaster Rush Limbaugh than former Joint Chiefs chairman Colin Powell into political battle over the future of the Republican Party. Even as Cheney embraced efforts to expand the party by ex-governors Jeb Bush of Florida and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and the House's No. 2 Republican, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, the former vice president appeared to write his one-time colleague Powell out of the GOP...
Talking Shop with John Cai, owner of Beijing Chinese restaurant (05/11/09)
Southeast Missourian residents can experience a taste of the Orient close to home at Beijing Chinese restaurant, 1815 E. Jackson Blvd. Owner John Cai has been serving cuisine from his homeland since he moved to Southeast Missouri in 1992. Born in Shoaxing province, Cai worked as an electrician, mechanic and welder before working in a dining room. ...
People on the move 5/11/09 (05/11/09)
Kosky named plant operator of the year for Southeast Missouri The Missouri Water and Wastewater Conference has given William Kosky Sr. of Chaffee, Mo., the Water Plant Operator of the Year Award for the Southeast area of Missouri. The Missouri Water and Wastewater Conference covers 28 counties and serves 515 water operations...
Southeast Missourian reorganizes ad department (05/11/09)
The Southeast Missourian advertising department has been reorganized and a new ad director has been named. Carol Robert, who currently serves as the SEMO Marketplace manager, will be assuming responsibility for all Southeast Missourian online sales and ad trafficking. Robert and her sales team will also work with other staff members on the development of new online products. Online sales will be added to the products sold by the SEMO Marketplace sales team...
Decorative cake business opens in Cape Girardeau (05/11/09)
If you're looking to celebrate your birthday with a treasure chest cake or your wedding with an elaborate yet traditional cake, the area has one more option with the opening of A Creative Cake. Open since late April, A Creative Cake offers homemade cakes with pretty much any design you'd want...
Martin VanGennip (05/11/09)
Martin F. "Junior" VanGennip, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, May 9, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m...
Ray Emerson (05/11/09)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Ray Gene Emerson, 67, of Morley died at 3:34 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2009, at his residence of an apparent heart attack. He was born Dec. 3, 1941, at Oran, Mo., to the late James Raymond and Frances Mae Stone Emerson. He served in the U.S. ...
Bill Donaldson (05/11/09)
Bill Donaldson, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, May 9, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born November 18, 1927, in Haleyville, Ala., the son of Luther and Lizzie (Self) Donaldson. He and Pat (Hiett) Donaldson were married on December 23, 1950, in Piggott, Ark...
Sammie Pounds (05/11/09)
Sammie Gene Pounds, 65, of Whitewater died Friday, May 8, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born March 3, 1944, in Clovis, N.M., son of Ferris Samual and Hazel Alma McGulley Pounds. He was married to Wanda Green on June 15, 1970...
Fire report 5/11/09 (05/11/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Police report 5/11/09 (05/11/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrest; Summonses; Assaults; Property damage; Thefts; Jackson: Property damage; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 5/11/09 (05/11/09)
25 years ago: May 11, 1984 The architectural firm of Hastings and Civetta of St. Louis indicates Cape Girardeau's multipurpose building should be under construction by next April and completed by the fall of 1986. A political coalition of northern Scott County communities may be formed to try to gain a greater share of the county's tax dollars and garner the support of the Scott County Court for creation of an industrial development site in the northern end of the county...
Missouri needs reserve force (05/11/09)
In 1956 Congress adopted 32 USC 109 titled "Maintenance of Other Troops." This formally created a state guard, state defense force or state reserve military force to supplement the National Guard. On Sept. 9, 1982, Gov. Kit Bond signed Executive Order 82-17, which is still in effect, creating a Missouri Reserve Force. Unfortunately, the force was never implemented...
Obama's opportunity in the Middle East (05/11/09)
It is easy to find reasons to be depressed about the Middle East: Iran seems on the verge of developing nuclear weapons. Hezbollah will likely win June's parliamentary elections in Lebanon. The Taliban rises again in Pakistan and Afghanistan. And a permanent Arab-Israeli peace seems at first glance to be more distant today than at any time since the first Intifada of the late 1980s...
Honoring teachers (05/11/09)
Five teachers in Cape Girardeau -- three from public schools, one from a parochial school and one university professor -- have received this year's special recognition from the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. The honorees:n Shawn Brooks, fourth-grade teacher at Alma Schrader Elementary School...
Speak Out 5/11/09 (05/11/09)
Playground dogs; Paying utilities; Party's over; Political ignorance; Collecting rent; Homeless shelter
Prayer 5/11/09 (05/11/09)
Help us, O God, to consider the needs of others in all that we do. Amen.
Stop and watch the River (05/11/09)
Once again the Mississippi is knocking on Commerce's Door. Taken Monday May 11.
Me and Daughter Amanda (05/11/09)
After, Joining 82nd Airborne
SEMO NASV Golf Tournament 2nd Flight, 2nd Place Winners (05/11/09)
Lewis Recker, Fred Copeland, Buddy Cooper, Trey Cooper and Tammy Gwaltney. Not pictured: Mike Hazel The Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence (SEMO NASV) is a Child Advocacy and Rape Crisis Center serving 10 counties in southeast Missouri. ...
SEMO NASV Golf Tournament 1st Flight, 2nd Place Winners (05/11/09)
Jody Underwood, Rocky Strand, Randall Kight and Matt Porch. The Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence (SEMO NASV) is a Child Advocacy and Rape Crisis Center serving 10 counties in southeast Missouri. SEMO NASV 5th Annual Children's Charity Golf Tournament was held on Monday May 4, 2009 at Dalhousie Golf Club. ...
SEMO NASV Golf Tournament 1st Flight, 1st Place Winners (05/11/09)
Dino Bankston, Ron Hickman, Kevin Brunk and Joe Davidson The Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence (SEMO NASV) is a Child Advocacy and Rape Crisis Center serving 10 counties in southeast Missouri. SEMO NASV 5th Annual Children's Charity Golf Tournament was held on Monday May 4, 2009 at Dalhousie Golf Club. ...
SEMO NASV's 5th Annual Children's Charity Golf Tournament (05/11/09)
The Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence(SEMO NASV)5th Annual Children's Charity Golf Tournament was held on Monday May 4, 2009 at Dalhousie Golf Club. 1st flight winners were : 1st place- Ron Hickman, Dino Bankston, Kevin Brunk and Joe Davidson. 2nd place- Jody Underwood, Rocky Strand, Randall Kight and Matt Porch. 2nd flight winners were: 1st place- Chris Edmonds, Wade Bartels, Justin Pobst and Chris Pike. 2nd place- Lewis Recker, Fred Copeland, Mike Hazel and Buddy Cooper...
Life on the Mississippi (05/11/09)
Sights along the Mississippi. Picture taken just south of the River Wall downtown Cape Girardeau, MO.
Girl Scout Cookies are Yummy! (05/11/09)
Obi eating his very first Thin Mint cookie! Picture taken at one year of age.
Cape, not Cod (05/11/09)
Cape Girardeau Water Front
Dr. J. D. Ijames 1962 (05/11/09)
Me in 1962, at Sam A. Baker State Park. Wayne COunty Missouri. Grandparents, who lived below Frontier Lake in Patterson, took us here a couple times a month in the summer. Now at 51 years old, I take my Grandchildren there and look forward to takeing great granchildren there also. It is still one of the most beautiful places in the State of Missouri...
A day at the zoo (05/11/09)
Photo was taken in October 2008 at 7 months.
Displaced robins fight for survival (05/11/09)
Five baby robins are without their mother after Friday's wind storm toppled the blue spruce tree where their nest was located in Shawneetown. Renae Petzoldt found the nest on a limb near the ground on Saturday. She relocated the nest to a nearby snowball bush...
Damage at Pinecrest Azalea Gardens (05/11/09)
Linda Penzel with Pinecrest Azalea Gardens emailed four pictures of damage caused by the May 8 storm. Penzel reported 259 trees down, holes in the roofs of buildings, two shade houses destroyed and more damage. Due to the damage, the gardens are closed for the rest of the year...
Light Reading (05/11/09)
My 18-month old granddaughter, Aubrey, with some light reading material.
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