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Stories from Thursday, May 14, 2009

Number of area customers without power continues to dwindle (05/14/09)
Crews continue to restore power to affected areas in Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. Black River Electric Coop said that its crews had reduced the number of members without power to approximately 5,800. Manager of marketing John Singleton said on the company's website that 520 utility personnel continue to restore power.
Perry County recovers from storms (05/14/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The line of storms that hammered Southeast Missouri on Friday left 70 people homeless in Perryville, ripped the steeple from the roof of a 19th-century church in Altenburg, Mo., and damaged numerous trees, power lines and buildings in Perry County, including the new East Perry County Senior Center ...
Cape Girardeau breaks ground on $1.3 million Arena Building project (05/14/09)
As Cape Girardeau begins a $20 million program of park facilities work, city leaders decided the most fitting place to start a summer of construction was the A.C. Brase Arena Building. The oldest of 10 major parks buildings, the Arena Building was built in 1939 as the largest Works Projects Administration effort of its type and the largest architectural concrete building in the Midwest. ...
Jackson man faces one charge in alleged April 15 attack; three dismissed (05/14/09)
All but one charge against a Jackson man who had been accused of beating and raping a woman in her home April 15 was dismissed Wednesday morning following a preliminary hearing.
Woman killed in Tuesday tree-trimming accident in Sikeston identified (05/14/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. The name of a woman killed while cleaning up limbs in a Tuesday afternoon accident in Sikeston has been released. Diane Phelps, 44, of Newburg, Mo., was pronounced dead in the emergency room of Missouri Delta Medical Center by Dr. Brad Angelos, according to James Donner, Scott County deputy coroner.
I-55 wreck: Utah truck driver chokes on mint, goes off cliff, walks away (05/14/09)
PERRY COUNTY, Mo. - A Utah man considers himself lucky after falling 20 feet off a cliff near Interstate 55 Tuesday night.
Missouri House gives approval to memorial highway plan (05/14/09)
Legislation to name interstate interchanges after Missouri soldiers killed in Afghanistan or Iraq is one step closer to reality. Three bills passed by the Missouri House of Representatives on Tuesday establish the Heroes Way Interstate Interchange Designation Program to honor soldiers, including some in Southeast Missouri. Once Gov. Jay Nixon signs House Bills 91, 427 and 683, the memorial plan becomes law...
$100,000 SEMO grant to help Cape students prepare for college (05/14/09)
Southeast Missouri State University was awarded a $100,000 grant to work with the Cape Girardeau School District to help prepare students for life after high school. The College Access Grant, awarded last week by the Missouri Department of Higher Education, will fund college-preparation programs for students in all grades. The grant, however, will target intervention efforts to students in ninth and 10th grades, said Vida Mays, director of precollegiate programs at Southeast...
Cape Girardeau, Cairo, Ill., dealers among 789 dealerships Chrysler plans to close (05/14/09)
Auffenberg Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Cape Girardeau and Guetterman Motors of Cairo, Ill., are two of 789 US dealerships that Chrysler LLC plans to eliminate by early June, according to a list filed in court.
Education reform package fails in Missouri House (05/14/09)
A package of education reforms failed in the Missouri House of Representatives Tuesday, but there is a chance a pared-down version will be approved by the end of the legislative session Friday. Senate Bill 291 included provisions for many items, including a four-day school week, day care ratings, and the expansion of the A+ program, which provides two years of community college tuition to qualifying students...
Missouri home foreclosures filings flat in April (05/14/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The number of home foreclosure filings in Missouri stayed relatively flat in April. A report released Wednesday by Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac shows 2,698 foreclosure filings in Missouri last month. Filings include default notices, auction-sale notices and bank repossessions...
I-55 to be restricted in Scott County (05/14/09)
Interstate 55 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane starting today while crews perform concrete repairs. This section of roadway is in the southbound lanes from Route M at Scott City to Highway 77 at Benton. Weather permitting, the work will start at 8 a.m. today and continue until about 5 p.m. Friday. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT at 888-275-6636...
Tornadoes kill 3 people in Missouri (05/14/09)
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- Violent storms tore through four Midwestern states, killing three people in northern Missouri, damaging hundreds of homes and leaving thousands without power. Authorities reported at least two tornadoes touching down in Adair County, the first hitting Novinger just before 6 p.m. CST Wednesday. The second twister touched down minutes later just north of Kirksville, a regional agricultural and manufacturing hub that is also home to Truman State University...
DirecTV told to modify Charter bankruptcy ads (05/14/09)
ST. LOUIS -- A judge has ordered DirecTV Group Inc. to temporarily stop running its current ads that highlight rival Charter Communications Inc.'s bankruptcy filing unless the ads are modified. U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel in St. Louis, where Charter has its headquarters, made the ruling Wednesday, two days after Charter sued DirecTV for running what it deemed as "false and misleading" ads...
Hannibal, Mo., mom accused of using child to block Taser (05/14/09)
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) -- Police say a northeast Missouri mother used her 1-year-old child to shield a man from a Taser during a confrontation with officers. Twenty-year-old Maliea Martin, of Hannibal, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and interfering with an arrest. She was arrested Tuesday night and placed at the Marion County jail on a 24-hour hold...
Obama administration to expand housing plan (05/14/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is expected to expand its mortgage aid program on Thursday, announcing new measures that would help homeowners avoid a blemished credit record even if they don't qualify for other assistance. The new initiatives are expected to include ways to allow borrowers to avoid foreclosure by selling their properties or giving them back to lenders, according to people briefed on the plan who declined to be identified because it has yet to be announced...
Health insurance from Uncle Sam gets a look (05/14/09)
WASHINGTON -- Look out Aetna, Humana and UnitedHealthcare. Senators are meeting behind closed doors to consider whether the federal government should jump into the health insurance business. The government already covers medical care for seniors, disabled people, poor families and many children. But coverage in those programs is restricted to people who meet certain qualifications, including age and income...
President Obama will seek to block abuse photos (05/14/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama said Monday he would try to block the court-ordered release of photos showing U.S. troops abusing prisoners, reversing his position out of concern the pictures would "further inflame anti-American opinion" and endanger U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan...
Providence mayor wants to tax college students (05/14/09)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The mayor of Providence wants to place a $150-per-semester tax on the 25,000 full-time students at Brown University and three other private colleges in the city, saying they use resources and should help ease the burden on struggling taxpayers...
Astronauts grab Hubble Space Telescope, get ready for repairs (05/14/09)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla -- Atlantis' astronauts grabbed the Hubble Space Telescope on Wednesday, then set their sights on the difficult, dangerous and unprecedented spacewalking repairs they will attempt over the next five days. Hubble and Atlantis are flying in a 350-mile-high orbit littered with space junk. ...
Intel fined $1.45 billion by EU (05/14/09)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Intel Corp. was fined a record $1.45 billion by the European Union on Wednesday for using strong-arm sales tactics in the computer chip market -- a penalty that could turn up the pressure on U.S. regulators to go after the company, too...
GM may import more cars from China (05/14/09)
DETROIT -- As thousands of General Motors workers await word on more U.S. plant closures, reports that the company plans to import Chinese-made vehicles to the U.S. have created a political problem for the automaker and the White House. The reports, which GM will neither confirm nor deny, could mean trouble because GM is supported by $15.4 billion in U.S. government loans, largely due to the Obama administration's desire to preserve the company's 90,000 U.S. jobs...
Pope calls for Palestinian state (05/14/09)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank -- Pope Benedict XVI made a plea Wednesday for a Palestinian state, mixing prayer and politics at Jesus' birthplace and expressing solidarity at a refugee camp with "all the homeless Palestinians who long to be able to return to their birthplace."...
High school roundup: Hawks need eight innings to knock off state-ranked Clearwater (05/14/09)
The Kelly baseball team pushed across two runs in the seventh inning and another in the eighth Wednesday to upset the No. 3 ranked team in Class 2. The Hawks downed Clearwater 4-3 in eight innings behind Levi Felter's two innings of one-hit ball in relief. Ethan Lee started for Kelly (9-9) and struck out two over six innings...
Nutt adds second assistant (05/14/09)
First-year Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Dickey Nutt wants to make recruiting in talent-rich Memphis, Tenn., a top priority. Nutt believes he took a major step in aiding that cause with the hiring of one of his former players. Jamie Rosser, a Memphis native who has been coaching girls high school basketball in the city, is the second assistant to join Nutt's Southeast staff...
Area digest 5/14/09 (05/14/09)
Smith team captures title The team of Todd Smith, Todd Ladd, Jack Greene and Terry Hill took first place in the afternoon championship flight at the Lutheran Family Service of Missouri golf tournament at Dalhousie Golf Club. The team of David Hahs, Jeff Brunt, Bobby Diene and Jesse Barge was second...
Cardinals put Ludwick on disabled list (05/14/09)
PITTSBURGH -- The St. Louis Cardinals are missing two-thirds of their starting outfield after putting right fielder Ryan Ludwick on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring and recalling outfielder Nick Stavinoha from Class AAA Memphis...
Rachel Alexandra is 8-5 Preakness favorite (05/14/09)
BALTIMORE -- Rachel Alexandra was made the early 8-5 favorite Wednesday for the Preakness Stakes, the first filly accorded that status since 1988. She brings a five-race winning streak into Saturday's 1 3/16-mile race at Pimlico. Trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Calvin Borel, Rachel Alexandra drew the No. 13 post on the far outside...
Pens wallop Caps (05/14/09)
WASHINGTON -- For a guy who supposedly shies from the limelight, Sidney Crosby was as good as could be in the first Game 7 of his career. The rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins were pretty close to perfect, too. Crosby scored twice to raise his NHL-leading playoff goal total to 12, his teammates shut down his big rival, Alex Ovechkin, most of the night, and the Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the Eastern Conference finals for the second consecutive season...
Streak ends at 30 games (05/14/09)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Although Ryan Zimmerman's 30-game hitting streak ended right before he could carry it home to Washington, he thinks the monthlong experience will benefit him for years to come. The Nationals' rising star also got a less tangible prize: A whole new appreciation for the greatness of Joe DiMaggio...
Pirates rough up Pineiro (05/14/09)
PITTSBURGH -- Adam LaRoche was wary when baseball adopted video replay for home runs last season, convinced such a rule could only mean something bad for him. Turns out he was right. LaRoche became the first player to have a home run taken away by video replay, but it didn't prevent the last-place Pittsburgh Pirates from beating the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 on Wednesday night behind Ross Ohlendorf's two-hit pitching over six innings...
Has the standing ovation lost its value? (05/14/09)
Certain things lose their meaning when used too much. A comeback tour is only significant the first time, then it reverts to being just another string of concerts. Best of show means one piece stood above the rest in the gallery, not "this painting deserves the same amount of recognition as the ones on either side of it."...
Learning the fine skill of lasagna gardening (05/14/09)
May 14, 2009 Dear Leslie, Friends can't visualize me growing a garden. It's true, I don't much care for getting my hands dirty. So I wear gloves. Unlike DC, I'm not out in the yard pruning and weeding whenever I can. I'm not out weeding and pruning at all. That's why lasagna gardening sounded like it was made for me...
Tunes at Twilight summer music series kicks off (05/14/09)
The summer season signals a number of things in Cape Girardeau. The sun burns bright and hot into the afternoon, the days stretch long, and at twilight, tunes can be heard resonating from the Common Pleas Courthouse gazebo. Starting Friday, music lovers will gather under the canopy of trees at the courthouse for Tunes at Twilight...
ArtsCape combines music, arts and crafts for family fun (05/14/09)
Arts and craft enthusiasts will be checking the weather map in the hopes that clear skies will cover Saturday's ArtsCape in Capaha Park.
good bets 5/14/09 (05/14/09)
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Bob Smith (05/14/09)
CAIRO, Ill. — Bob Smith, 84, of Louisville, Ky., formerly of Cairo, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at Masonic Home Health Center in Louisville. Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.
Virginia Bartusch (05/14/09)
Virginia Lee "Jenny" Bartusch, 52, of Scott City died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will from 2 p.m. to service time Friday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City. A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m...
Marilyn Whiteside (05/14/09)
PULASKI COUNTY, Ill. -- Marilyn Whiteside, 81, of Vienna, Ill., formerly of Pulaski County, died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Ky. Visitation will be after 6 p.m. today at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home...
Shirley Hammock (05/14/09)
Shirley Jo Hammock, 82, a resident of Chateau Girardeau in Cape Girardeau, formerly of Morehouse, Mo., died Monday, May 11, 2009, at her home. Visitation will be after noon today at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston, Mo. The funeral will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be private...
Imogene McMackins (05/14/09)
Imogene A. Cole McMackins, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at Heartland Care and Rehab. She was a member of Lynwood Baptist Church. She was married to Howell McMackins April 30, 1949, in St. Louis. Howell preceded her in death Dec. 18, 1984...
Thomas Stone (05/14/09)
Thomas "Walter" Stone, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at Fountainbleau Lodge. He was born April 23, 1931, in Oran, Mo., son of James and Sara Crider Stone. He and Geraldine Farrar were married June 22, 1957, in Cape Girardeau. Stone was educated in Oran. ...
Hirschel Statler (05/14/09)
E. Hirschel Statler, 85, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at his home. He was born Nov. 20, 1923, in Cape Girardeau, son of Louis and Emma Conrad Statler. He and Shirley Smith were married Aug. 29, 1948, in Jackson. Hirschel was a Jackson High School graduate. He was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps on Jan. 26, 1943, and was honorably discharged Oct. 23, 1945...
Births 5/14/09 (05/14/09)
Detweiler; Koch; Harrison; Hopkins; Murray
Fire report 5/14/09 (05/14/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Police report 5/14/09 (05/14/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summonses; Assaults; Thefts; Burglary; Jackson: Arrests; Property damage
Out of the past 5/14/09 (05/14/09)
25 years ago: May 14, 1984 Between 150 and 200 people living near the proposed Cape Girardeau landfill on Highway 177 are told to pressure Cape Girardeau City Council members and the owners of the site to stop it; the people turn out for a public meeting at Nell Holcomb Elementary School...
Missouri could benefit from death-penalty moratorium (05/14/09)
By David Hulshof, Scott Moon and Bob Towner Last week, Michael Jensen wrote a column titled "Economy is no excuse to end death penalty." We heartily agree. On the other hand, we would like to propose substantial reasons to argue for a moratorium on the death penalty in Missouri. A moratorium would mean that our state would take three years to study the application of the death penalty and justice issues before proceeding with any further executions. We note the following:...
After the storm (05/14/09)
Every disaster brings out the best of human nature as thousands of family members, friends and total strangers pitch in to restore order and provide essential services. Last week's powerful windstorm that swept across southern Missouri and several other states left blocked roads, smashed houses and thousands of powerless utility customers. Repair crews were dispatched within minutes, but getting equipment and manpower to where the worst outages occurred was a major problem...
Good times at Capaha Pool (05/14/09)
In response to the letter "Memories of Capaha Pool": Yes, there are many. My childhood friend Angie Hale and I would go swimming every day and would always make sure we were first in line. When my mom would come to pick us up, we would hide underwater so she wouldn't see us. Those were good times that I'll never forget...
Sudoku: We aim to please (05/14/09)
Thank you for running two sudoku puzzles in the newspaper on Sunday, one with no blank spaces whatsoever. I received some enjoyment even for the second one, especially since I didn't get hit by my wife when I pointed out you had a special Mother's Day sudoku -- one that even she could do. Thank you for your coverage of local events and sports and, of course, the sudoku puzzles...
Speak Out 5/14/09 (05/14/09)
Taking too long; Keep the lights on; Say thanks; Community support; Get behind schools; Seeking definition; Other music; Great website; GOP missing point; Foreign affairs
Prayer 5/14/09 (05/14/09)
For the comfort you give in times of concern, we give thanks to you, O God. Amen.
Grand Opening of Meg's Place in Chaffee, MO (05/14/09)
Meg's Place, a family-oriented restaurant, will have its Grand Opening on May 16th starting at 6 a.m. It is located at 150 West Yoakum in Chaffee, MO. The restaurant will feature a daily special, and of course, they'll be burgers and such for your eating pleasure. So,let's support Meg McFerron as she attempts to start her new restaurant...
Lantvit enlists in Missouri National Guard (05/14/09)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Jaclyn R. Lantvit of Thebes, Ill., has enlisted in the Missouri Army National Guard. Lantvit will serve with Company E of the Recruit Sustainment Program in Jackson. Through the program, she will learn basic Army skills and values and become more familiar with her role as a Soldier in the Missouri Army National Guard...
Missouri says "No" to Real ID (05/14/09)
From Missouri Campaign for Liberty... http://www.campaignforliberty.com/usa/MO/ "05/13/09: Deb Wells [State]: HB361 ANTI-Real ID Passes the Senate with Flying Colors! Thanks to all of your hard work, your phone calls and your visits to Jeff City, HB361 passed the Senate unanimously today!!! Just one more little step and we could be FREE FROM REAL ID...
Jackson First Assembly of God - Auction (05/14/09)
will be having an Auction Sat. June 6, 2009 staring at 4:00 pm in our multi-purpose room ladies of the church will have a bake sale and concessions during the auction. Are very own Pastor L. Moses will be the auctioneer. 2884 Old Toll Road Jackson, Mo.63755...
PET OF THE WEEK (05/14/09)
Pet Name: Rudy Owners: Dolores and Robyn Rasche Favorite Activities: Eating and playing ball
Habitat Helpers (05/14/09)
Jacob Suderman mulching at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center during Snappers Kids Club on Saturday, May 12th. Snappers Kids Club is for children 7-11 years old and focuses on various conservation activites and topics. For more information, please contact 573-290-5218...
Children from Just Kids in Jackson at MO Veterans Home (05/14/09)
Children from Just Kids in Jackson recently visited the Missouri Veterans Home, and pourdly demonstrate to the Veteran residents that they are learning to say the Pledge of Allegiance.
Just Kids of Jackson visits Missouri Veterans Home (05/14/09)
Students at Just Kids in Jackson visit with resident Harold Hicks at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.
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