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Bids for Shawnee Community Centre project exceed estimates by almost $300,000 (05/18/09)
Cape Girardeau leaders plan a Friday groundbreaking for the new Shawnee Community Centre, but angry city council members on Monday demanded answers about why bids for the project exceeded estimates by almost $300,000. "This is supposed to be something where everybody is sitting around the campfire singing Kumbaya," Mayor Jay Knudtson said to Dan Muser, director of the city's Parks and Recreation Department. "Instead, due to the architect's failure, we've got a terrible situation on our hands."...
Sikeston women arrested after 'joyride' Saturday (05/18/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A joyride went a little too far for two Sikeston women over the weekend, who were injured in a vehicle pursuit and later arrested. The Sikeston Department of Public Safety received a call at 11:03 p.m. Saturday in reference to a stolen vehicle. Officers located the car and then followed it on a pursuit, after the vehicle "took off at a high rate of speed," said Capt. Dan Armour...
Elementary student suspended for bringing BB gun to Southeast Missouri school (05/18/09)
SENATH, Mo. -- A Senath-Hornersville Elementary student was suspended last week after bringing a BB gun to school. The student brought the BB gun from his home, according to Senath Chief of Police Omar Karnes. When asked about the gun, the student in question said he brought it to show to a friend, Karnes said...
Red Cross closing Perryville shelter today (05/18/09)
The Southeast Missouri chapter of the American Red Cross said it is closing its Perryville, Mo., shelter today after its serves lunch. The shelter at 314 West North Street had been in operation since May 9.
Deadly Stoddard County crash among numerous accidents highway patrol respond to Sunday (05/18/09)
A deadly motorcycle crash in Stoddard County was among many accidents the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to Sunday. The fatal accident occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Route Z 7 miles east of Bernie, Mo., when a 1985 Honda ATV driven by Michael D. ...
Study: Cape Girardeau students involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters showed gains in attendance and academics (05/18/09)
Kristen Pender knows the effect mentoring can have on youth. For more than three years, Pender has worked as a school-based manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and her experiences with the Cape Girardeau School District demonstrate how the program can transform a child's life...
Teen Challenge director says this year's strawberry crop looks strong (05/18/09)
Teen Challenge International of Mid-America executive director Jack Smart predicts the ministry will have its strongest strawberry harvest since 2006, when it produced 44,000 quarts. Each year, the residential program for recovering drug users sells its strawberries to the public. Sales take place at an area stand and during Saturday's annual Teen Challenge Strawberry Festival. A good harvest yields 30,000 quarts of strawberries, a number Smart expects will be matched this season...
Missouri Delta Medical Center sets up swine flu information hot line (05/18/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A number of questions about swine flu -- as well as rumors circulating about possible local effects -- have led an area health-care agency to set up a way to disperse the facts. "We have set up a public information number," said Sharon Urhahn, director of marketing at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. "It has a 30-second update on what's going on with the H1N1 virus and tells them about the symptoms and what to expect if they come into our offices."...
Sikeston officials planning yearlong celebration for city's 150th anniversary (05/18/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston's 150th anniversary celebration may not begin for another seven months, but organizers are already working to finalize the yearlong event. "The idea is that the more we plan ahead, the better off we'll be," city manager Doug Friend said. "Our goal is to have something going on every week of that year, and we just want to share some ideas and see how we can make this thing work."...
New law meant to alleviate strain on Missouri's public defenders (05/18/09)
Missouri lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a piece of legislation that backers hope will make strides in alleviating some of the pressure on a state public defender system in crisis. Senate Bill 37, now headed to Gov. Jay Nixon, would authorize the state Public Defender Commission to set maximum caseload standards for public defenders in Missouri, add a member to the currently seven-person commission and eliminate some of the misdemeanor cases that are automatically handed off to public defender's offices.. ...
Railroad repairs reduce section of Highway 25 to one lane today (05/18/09)
Highway 25 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane today as repairs by Railroad Co crews repair a section of the roadway. Located between Hunter and Jackson Street near Route N at Delta, work on this section of roadway will take place through 7 p.m...
Winner chosen in Ugliest Room contest (05/18/09)
The winner of the Southeast Missourian and seMissourian.com Ugliest Room contest was chosen on Monday, based on audience voting. Getting the most votes was Kelly Loper of Oran, Mo., for her picture of her kitchen. Loper wins a $800 shopping spree from Ashley Furniture Home Store and 40 square feet of flooring and five gallons of paint from The Decor Centre...
Kennett second-grade students get hands-on economics lesson (05/18/09)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Students in Kim Rouse's second-grade class a Masterson Elementary School in Kennett spent the last few weeks learning about economics, capping the lesson with a "lemonade factory" project Thursday and Friday. "For several weeks, we have been reading wonderful children's books to introduce us to some difficult economic concepts," Rouse said. ...
Gov. Nixon gets mixed results from legislature (05/18/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon accomplished his top priority for the legislative session, but he has failed to fulfill the main promise of his campaign. At the conclusion of his first legislative session Friday, Nixon reveled in passage of "an emergency jobs bill" that he had declared job No. 1 upon taking office in January...
Injured fireman fights to return to job (05/18/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Ernest Strong was 44 when he passed the test to become a firefighter in the city of St. Louis. He remembers being the oldest guy in the class. His classmates dubbed him "Murtaugh," for the aging detective played by Danny Glover in the "Lethal Weapon" movies...
Scouts clean up 'Blind' Boone home in mid-Missouri (05/18/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A group of Boy Scouts have worked to help clean up a home where ragtime artist J.W. "Blind" Boone once lived. About a dozen boys on Saturday scraped, shoveled, pounded, hammered and pitched debris from the dilapidated Boone home. Boone, a world-renowned ragtime pianist, and his wife moved into the house after they were married in 1889...
Retailers, service companies gain as recession causes people to stay home (05/18/09)
CINCINNATI -- As Americans grow accustomed during the recession to spending more time at home and living in the same places longer, home-improvement companies are regaining momentum. "My wife and I had thought of this as more of an in-between house," said Scott Nichols, 50, who had considered moving from his suburban Cincinnati home to a condo or ranch-style house. "Now we have decided to concentrate on making our current home exactly like we want it, pay it off and stay."...
Scribd turns page from document sharing to selling (05/18/09)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Hoping to do for the written word what iTunes did for music, the online document-sharing service Scribd is opening an Internet store that will offer new sales opportunities for authors and publishers, and possibly spawn more bargains for book lovers...
These cars have got to go: Dealer cuts mean deals (05/18/09)
DETROIT -- At 789 Chrysler lots across America sit 44,000 potential bargains, cars and trucks that are stuck between dealers and a troubled company that no longer wants their services. The dealers have just a few weeks to sell the Chryslers, Dodges and Jeeps or risk losing thousands of dollars on them, giving people who want a car on the cheap a serious chance for a deal...
SoCal boy abducted to Mexico back home with family (05/18/09)
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- A 3-year-old boy abducted from his family by gunmen almost two weeks ago is back home Sunday, shorn of his long, curly hair, but apparently unharmed after being found wandering the streets of a Mexico border town. Briant Rodriguez rejoined his family after being hospitalized overnight for a physical and emotional evaluation. ...
Ottumwa, Iowa seeks status as video gamers' mecca (05/18/09)
OTTUMWA, Iowa -- For a brief moment in the 1980s, Ottumwa was the unlikely hot spot of the fledgling video game industry as gamers around the globe flocked to this sleepy Iowa city and its video game arcade for a series of tournaments. Gamers set world records, the TV show "That's Incredible" broadcast a tournament to a national audience, and then-mayor Jerry Parker dubbed Ottumwa "The Video Game Capital of the World."...
Israeli PM, Obama meet to discuss area conflict (05/18/09)
WASHINGTON -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads into his first visit with President Obama worried by U.S. overtures to Iran and Syria and under pressure to support a Palestinian state. The two leaders, set to meet today at the White House, bring diverging policies on how to approach the Mideast conflict...
Repairs to Hubble moving forward despite problems (05/18/09)
HOUSTON -- Spacewalkers' specially designed tools couldn't dislodge a balky bolt interfering with repairs Sunday on the Hubble Space Telescope, so they took an approach more familiar to people puttering around down on Earth: use brute force. And it worked...
New York emergency drill evokes memories of Sept. 11 (05/18/09)
NEW YORK -- It was an emergency drill, yet the scene of hundreds of firefighters, police officers and other first responders hustling around the World Trade Center site Sunday evoked the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Firefighters carried oxygen tanks, hoses and heavy axes into an underground train station, while police and other emergency personnel helped those playing injured -- all part of a large disaster response exercise at ground zero...
U.S. scholars try to start Islamic college (05/18/09)
PLAINSBORO, N.J. -- A group of American Muslims, led by two prominent scholars, is moving closer to fulfilling a vision of founding the first four-year accredited Islamic college in the United States, what some are calling a "Muslim Georgetown."...
Scientists taking a new approach to AIDS vaccine (05/18/09)
WASHINGTON -- Like a general whose direct attacks aren't working, scientists are now trying to outflank HIV/AIDS. Unsuccessful at developing vaccines that cause the body's natural immune system to battle the virus, researchers are testing inserting a gene into muscle that can cause it to produce protective antibodies against HIV...
Some universities use workouts to generate sweat electricity (05/18/09)
EUGENE, Ore. -- As she pedaled an elliptical exercise machine at the University of Oregon, Wen Lee's face lit up like the light bulbs she was powering. "I could run my television with this," the environmental studies graduate student said between breaths, making the three bulbs on the stand in front of her glow brighter as part of a demonstration of renewable people power...
Obama talks abortion in Notre Dame speech (05/18/09)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- President Obama strode head-on Sunday into the abortion debate and told graduates at America's leading Roman Catholic university that both sides must stop demonizing one another. Obama acknowledged that "no matter how much we want to fudge it ... ...
Kuwaiti women win parliamentary seats (05/18/09)
KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwaitis elected female parliament members for the first time and rejected a number of Islamic fundamentalist candidates in a weekend vote that many hoped would bring stability to the country's rocky political scene. Women gained the right to vote and run for office in 2005 but failed in two previous elections to win seats in the 50-member parliament. Four women were elected in Saturday's vote, according to official results read out by judges on state-owned TV on Sunday...
Darfur rebel leader to appear at war crimes tribunal (05/18/09)
AMSTERDAM -- A Sudanese rebel leader turned himself in to the International Criminal Court to face war crimes charges today for an attack that killed 12 African Union peacekeepers in Darfur in September 2007, the court said. Bahr Idriss Abu Garda is one of three suspects in the case, the only case prosecutors have launched against rebels in Sudan's Darfur conflict...
Rebels concede defeat in Sri Lanka (05/18/09)
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- The Tamil Tigers admitted defeat Sunday in their quarter-century war for a separate homeland as government forces worked to clear the last pockets of rebel resistance from the war zone in the north. Far from the battlefield, thousands of Sri Lankans danced in the streets of Colombo, celebrating the fall of one of the world's most sophisticated insurgencies. But with rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran still at large, the threat of renewed guerrilla warfare remained...
Public support in Pakistan still behind crackdown on Taliban (05/18/09)
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani security forces fought Taliban militants on the outskirts of the main city in the northwest's Swat Valley and entered two other Taliban-held towns there, the army said Sunday. A top government official said the offensive near Afghanistan had already killed more than 1,000 Taliban fighters, while a group of pro-government religious leaders endorsed the operation but condemned U.S. missile strikes in the northwest...
WHO eyes swine flu transmission rates, vaccine (05/18/09)
GENEVA -- Health experts are looking at the spread of swine flu among people in Spain, Britain and Japan, a WHO official said Sunday as Japan reported a one-day total of more than 70 new cases, mostly among teenagers. The swine flu epidemic is already expected to dominate the World Health Organization's annual meeting, a five-day event that begins today in Geneva and involves health officials from the agency's 193 member states...
Winners in Indian election expected to push for economic reform (05/18/09)
MUMBAI, India -- Indian business interests breathed a sigh of relief Sunday, a day after the ruling Congress Party won one of the most definitive electoral victories in nearly two decades of fractious coalition politics. Congress' victory -- and the near-collapse of India's once-powerful communist parties -- means key reforms in insurance, pension funds, banking and retail are now likely to get enacted...
Hines prepares to step aside (05/18/09)
It's doubtful anyone has seen more Southeast Missouri State sports events over the past 29 years than Ron Hines. Hines still plans to take in the occasional Redhawks game, but in a different capacity. Southeast's longtime sports information director is retiring this year, with his final official day on the job June 30...
Brewers pull away from Cards (05/18/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The Milwaukee Brewers' four-run cushion had been sliced in half before Prince Fielder's fourth home run in five games gave them plenty of breathing room. Fielder's three-run homer in the seventh inning restored order in the Brewers' 8-2 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. He has four homers and 10 RBIs the last five games after connecting off right-hander Blaine Boyer...
Carpenter is scheduled to start Wednesday against Cubs (05/18/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Carpenter passed a final test with a short bullpen session Sunday and the St. Louis Cardinals' ace is due to come off the 15-day disabled list and start Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs. Carpenter, on the DL since April 15 with a strained left rib cage muscle, had been set to throw another side session Tuesday before returning to the rotation this weekend. A rainout Friday led to a new plan...
Orlando dethrones defending champs (05/18/09)
BOSTON -- Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu helped dethrone the defending champion Boston Celtics on Sunday night and gave Orlando a chance to bring a crown to the Magic Kingdom. Howard had 12 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots, and Turkoglu had 25 points with 12 assists in Game 7 on Sunday night, leading Orlando into the Eastern Conference finals, 101-82...
Johnson repeats at Texas Open in playoff (05/18/09)
Zach Johnson successfully defended his Texas Open title Sunday, beating James Driscoll with a 12-foot birdie on the first hole of a playoff. Seven months after winning at La Cantera Golf Club in San Antonio, Johnson shot an even-par 70 to match Driscoll (62) at 15-under 265...
Cleary gives Red Wings jump on Blackhawks in Western finals (05/18/09)
DETROIT -- Dan Cleary was close to being an ex-NHL player when the league emerged from the lockout four years ago. The Detroit Red Wings gave him another shot. The gritty forward took advantage, and the defending Stanley Cup champions are glad he did...
Third jewel may be duel of winners (05/18/09)
BALTIMORE -- Rachel Alexandra joined an impressive list when she became the first filly in 85 years to win the second leg of the Triple Crown. Now her next step will be closely watched. By showing she could beat the boys after vanquishing her own gender, Rachel Alexandra may have earned an extended break. Or her one-length victory Saturday could set the stage for a rematch with Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in the Belmont Stakes on June 6...
Late slide toughens Redhawks' path to title (05/18/09)
It won't be impossible for Southeast Missouri State to win this week's Ohio Valley Conference baseball tournament. But considering the pitching problems the Redhawks have had all season -- especially lately -- the odds certainly are stacked against them entering the six-team, double-elimination event in Paducah, Ky...
New barbershop to open on Broadview in June (05/18/09)
A new barbershop will open by June 1 at 121 S. Broadview St. Suite 3 in Cape Girardeau. FroShapers is a contemporary barbershop that will offer razor shaves, haircuts, eyebrow arches and necklines. Owners Aubrey and Tara Daniel, who have owned other barbershops in town, will employ four barbers...
People on the move 5-18 (05/18/09)
Saint Francis Medical Center hires cardiothoracic surgeon Bruce A. Jones has joined the staff of Saint Francis Medical Center as a cardiothoracic surgeon. Jones is fellowship-trained, has experience in cardiothoracic surgery and has performed nearly 250 surgeries with the da Vinci Surgical System for robotic surgery. ...
Daisy Shrum (05/18/09)
Daisy Shrum PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Daisy Irene Shrum, 90, of Perryville died Friday, May 15, 2009, at Perry Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation in Perryville. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 11 a.m. today at Young and Sons Chapel. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. today at the chapel, with the Rev. Anthony Stewart officiating...
Jerome Westrich (05/18/09)
Jerome Westrich Jerome F. Westrich, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, May 15, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 22, 1918, in New Hamburg, Mo., son of David P and Clara Klipfel Westrich. He was raised by his maternal grandparents, Frank and Louise Klipfel. He and Ruth E. Joyce were married May 25, 1938, at Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Oran, Mo...
Mark Hill (05/18/09)
Mark Hill Mark Allen Hill, 56, of Frisco, Texas, died following an extended illness Thursday, May 14, 2009, surrounded by his family. Hill was born Nov. 13, 1952, in Cape Girardeau, son of John L. and Virginia Hill. Mark and Lisa Stone Hill were married June 6, 1975, in Cape Girardeau...
Births 5/18/09 (05/18/09)
Butcher; Shoemaker; Tanner; Saupe; Owens
Police report 5/18/09 (05/18/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest Property damage Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt....
Fire report 5/18/09 (05/18/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Out of the past 5/18/09 (05/18/09)
25 years ago: May 18, 1984 Exterior tiles over several of the entrances at the county courthouse in Jackson are being inspected after one of the tiles fell about two weeks ago; the tiles hang from ledges directly over entrances to the courthouse. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking to acquire 160 acres of land or more south of Trail of Tears State Park to expand the park; the land is privately owned...
Canadian system leaves much to be desired (05/18/09)
By Gale Wisdom The current political environment is trending toward a government-controlled health-care system, and I feel the need to relate my experience with this type of system. A few years ago I was the winning bidder for an archery-only bear hunt in at a United Bow Hunters of Missouri fundraiser. The hunt was donated by Basswood Ridge Lodge, owned by Les Curran, in the Canadian province of New Brunswick...
Young and thrilling (05/18/09)
It's hard to believe the performers in Central Junior High School's musical, "Cinderella," were, well, junior high school students. The professional level of the singing, acting, costumes and sets was far beyond what any audience has a right to expect from such young performers...
Speak Out 5/18/09 (05/18/09)
Federal budget; Cap and trade; Children or dogs?; Case for control; Before it's too late; Going too far; Parenting at school; Academic success; Necessary laws; Dropping the ball; Thanks for help; Scott City trash; Rice's record; Hate-crime laws; Doing the chores; Airport spending; Ridiculous idea; Downtown's demise; Media monopolies; Working for college; Move SS back; Bikes on roadways; Perils of good care
Speak Out 5/18/09 (05/18/09)
Federal budget; Cap and trade; Children or dogs?; Case for control; Before it's too late; Going too far; Parenting at school; Academic success; Necessary laws; Dropping the ball; Thanks for help; Scott City trash; Rice's record; Hate-crime laws; Doing the chores; Airport spending; Ridiculous idea; Downtown's demise; Media monopolies; Working for college; Move SS back; Bikes on roadways; Perils of good care
Prayer 5/18/09 (05/18/09)
Bless the farmers, O God, as they prepare the soil and plant this year's crops. Amen.
Small Town Boyz ROCKIN in Kentucky! (05/18/09)
On May 15th, 2009, Small Town Boyz rocked the Fulton County Kentucky School District in Hickman, KY. What an audience - cheerleaders in the front row, rockers crowding the stage, and students cheering The Boyz on. What a rush!!! Small Town Boyz performed a long list of crowd favorites including Ten Thousand Cities, Watchtower, So Long, Dreamin' On, Flat Line, and a whole lot more...
ALL AGES Concert This Friday 5/22 (05/18/09)
Your kids worked hard all year in school. Show them you love them by bringing them to this all ages, no alcohol/smoking venue in lovely downtown Cape this friday night, for a fun evening of diverse musical talent, in a safe environment! The Mississippi Mud House brews up the area's finest coffees and serves some of the best food around! Stop in this friday night at 7 p.m. and catch some of the area's local talent as they showcase their musical skills live on stage!...
Cape Central High School's Big Man on Campus (05/18/09)
Cape Central High School hosted the Big Man on Campus and raised $1,100 for the Safe House for Women. Pictured is Nita DuBose, faculty sponsor, Linda Garner, executive director for Safe House for Women, Paige Kinder, Student Senate chairperson and Linda Schaffner, faculty sponsor...
Pedernales Falls State Park (05/18/09)
Pedernales Falls State Park SW of Austin, TX
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