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Downtown Chaffee building heavily damaged by fire (05/22/09)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- A mid-morning fire in Chaffee heavily damaged one of the downtown's oldest structures on Friday. Firefighters from Scott City, Oran and Delta assisted the Chaffee Fire department in putting out the blaze that began in the top floor apartment at 116 S. ...
Death sentence for Van Buren man who killed Missouri trooper (05/22/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The Southeast Missouri man convicted of killing Missouri state trooper Carl Dewayne Graham Jr. has been sentenced to death. The sentence for 32-year-old Lance Shockley of Van Buren was handed down Friday by Carter County Circuit Judge David Evans. An attorney for Shockley said an appeal is planned...
Let the grilling begin: Holiday traditionally marks onset of barbecue season (05/22/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Follow your nose this Memorial Day weekend and you'll likely smell some barbecue, as the holiday serves as an unofficial kickoff to the summer grilling season. And whether someone is getting their grill out for the first time of the year or shopping for a new one, there are some preparations people need to make...
Police arrest Sikeston robbery suspect, search for accomplice (05/22/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. - Sikeston police have arrested a man in connection of an alleged Tuesday robbery but are searching for an accomplice. James J. Bonner, 20, of Sikeston was taken into custody and transported to Sikeston Department of Public Safety headquarters on suspicion of robbing an 18-year-old male at gunpoint on Tuesday, according to Sgt. Jim McMillen...
Sikeston police investiage 'snatch and grab' at convenience store (05/22/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. - Sikeston police are searching for a suspect who allegedly stole an undetermined amount of money from the U-Pump-It convenience store Thursday night. According to a news release from Sgt. Jim McMillen a male walked into the convenience store around 9:05 p.m. ...
Former Cape Girardeau County sheriff wins $50,000 lottery payout (05/22/09)
Former Cape Girardeau County Sheriff Ivan McLain won a $50,000 payout last week, the Missouri Lottery announced Thursday. McLain won the prize playing Show Me Cash, a game in which players select five numbers in hopes of winning a minimum of $50,000 in a daily drawing. McLain purchased his ticket at Huck's Food Store, 353 S. Kingshighway...
In wake of homeless shelter proposal, Cape housing plan revived (05/22/09)
The New Life Evangelistic Center plan to transform the Cape Girardeau federal building into a homeless shelter gave new impetus this week to a two-year-old idea to build a small cluster of energy-efficient homes for struggling families. When New Life announced its application to acquire the federal building at 339 Broadway, it sparked a negative reaction from city business and political leaders. ...
Businesses expecting sales boost from 100-Mile Yard Sale (05/22/09)
The opening day of the 100-Mile Yard Sale couldn't have come soon enough for Sam's Restaurant in Advance, Mo. The event marks the busiest time of the year for the restaurant, whose business increases by as much as 60 percent. "We're excited whenever the yard sale comes to town," said night shift manager Glenda Smith. "People enjoy it because everything is so cheap. Last year we noticed things were a little slower because of higher gas prices, but we're expecting increased sales this year."...
Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrates local achievements (05/22/09)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Girardeau celebrated its new office on North Kingshighway on Thursday as the Cape Girardeau School District received an award from the parent organization. "We have grown from serving one child on the first day to 350 children from the community," said Becky James-Hatter, president and chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, at Thursday's open house...
Mississippi River closes several Southeast Missouri roads (05/22/09)
The Missouri Department of Transportation is advising drivers that several state roads in Southeast Missouri have been closed by the rising Mississippi River floodwater.
Investigation into contaminate spill continues in Cape Girardeau (05/22/09)
An investigation continues into the cause of a contaminate spill late Wednesday in a ditch in the area of South West End Boulevard and Linden Street.
Poplar Bluff man, 33, arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure at high school (05/22/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff man was arrested on three counts sexual misconduct for allegedly exposing his genitals to female students at Poplar Bluff Senior High.
Perryville man injured in Wednesday night crash (05/22/09)
Timothy L. Glore, 28, of Perryville, Mo., was injured Wednesday afternoon when the 1989 Oldsmobile Regency he was driving veered off the roadway and struck a tree. The accident occurred around 4 p.m. on Route T west of Silver Lake. Glore was transported by ambulance to Perry County Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for moderate injuries. The Regency was totaled...
Part of William Street reduced to one lane next week (05/22/09)
William Street will be reduced to one lane Thursday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews repair a traffic signal at the street's intersection with Farrar Drive, according to a MoDOT news release. The work is scheduled to take place from 1 to 5 a.m. For more information, call 888-275-6636...
Alleged bomb threat leads to Kennett, Mo., man's arrest at Wal-Mart store (05/22/09)
KENNETT, Mo. -- On Wednesday a Kennett man was arrested on suspicion of making terroristic threats at the local Wal-Mart, according to the Daily Dunklin Democrat.
Child fatality team warns against co-sleeping with infants (05/22/09)
A Cape Girardeau County team tasked with reviewing child fatalities has discussed the issue of "co-sleeping" at length at its meetings, which are held several times each year, unit members said Thursday. In 2007, there were 50 Missouri infants who died unexpectedly in their sleep that were sharing a bed with a parent or sibling, according to statistics compiled by the Missouri Child Fatality Review Program...
Firefighters train Thursday morning in Cape Girardeau (05/22/09)
KIT DOYLE ~ kdoyle@semissourian.com Fire training scenarios Thursday morning include a car in a building along Broadway in Cape Girardeau....
University of Missouri system cuts 22 jobs (05/22/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The University of Missouri system is eliminating 22 jobs in the latest round of cost-cutting ordered by President Gary Forsee. The eliminated jobs range from an executive vice president to office staff. The 22 lost jobs include seven positions cut in March. The system has about 550 employees...
Missouri tapping stimulus money to pay tax refunds (05/22/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri is using $250 million in federal economic stimulus money to speed up the payment of hundreds of thousands of individual income tax refunds that otherwise could have been delayed until summer. Gov. Jay Nixon's administration said Thursday the move was necessary because income and sales tax revenue has fallen further behind the state's already negative projections...
A look at Missouri gasoline prices (05/22/09)
ST. LOUIS -- A comparison of prices for a gallon of regular unleaded in Missouri and around the country:NATIONAL AVERAGE Thursday: $2.36. Wednesday: $2.33. Week ago: $2.28. Month ago: $2.06. Year ago: $3.81. CHEAPEST STATES 1. Arizona, $2.17. 2. Missouri, $2.19...
Gasoline prices rise as holiday approaches (05/22/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The first big travel weekend of the year is here, and gasoline prices are going up. Memorial Day weekend traditionally launches the travel season as people hit the road for a getaway. The expected increase in demand is part of what is fueling higher prices at the pumps...
Tenn. governor approves school waiver for swine flu (05/22/09)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Students at a Knox County middle school that was closed for a week when a classmate came down with swine flu won't have to delay their summer vacations. Gov. Phil Bredesen on Thursday signed an amendment to the state's 180-day school attendance law giving the education commissioner power to make an exception "in the event of a natural disaster or serious outbreaks of illness affecting or endangering students or staff."...
Survey: Rural bankers see improvement in Midwest economy (05/22/09)
OMAHA, Neb. -- While U.S. economic conditions remain weak, rural bankers in 11 Midwest and Plains states reported improvements for the third month in a row. The bankers who responded to the monthly Rural Mainstreet survey cited an increase in home sales and healthy banking as factors in the continued upswing, according to the report released late Thursday...
Obama signs bill to cut wasteful defense spending (05/22/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama granted the Pentagon new power to rein in wasteful defense spending Friday, a change he said was long overdue. Standing with leading congressional players on the South Lawn of the White House, Obama signed the weapons acquisition overhaul bill, which passed unanimously in both the House and Senate this week. The president said the bill will crack down on defense programs with huge cost overruns and increase competition for contracts...
Homeowners turn to online home trading sites (05/22/09)
MIAMI -- Diane Peek needed to move from Georgia to central Florida, but for six months no one even showed interest in the house she and her husband built outside Atlanta. In suburban Orlando, Andrew Bou needed to sell his family home to move to Atlanta, but also no luck. ...
Retailers' results lead market after wobbly start (05/22/09)
NEW YORK -- Investors set aside some of their worries about the U.S. government's credit rating and scooped up shares of retail stocks. Shares turned higher after a choppy start as investors looked to adjust their positions ahead of the long Memorial Day holiday weekend...
Forty-four states lost jobs in April, led by California (05/22/09)
WASHINGTON -- Forty-four states lost jobs in April, led by California where employers slashed 63,700 positions, as the recession took a further toll on U.S. workers. Trailing California in over-the-month job losses were: Texas, which saw 39,500 jobs vanish; Michigan, which lost 38,400 jobs; and Ohio, where payrolls fell 25,200, according to a U.S. Labor Department report issued Friday...
Computer virus strikes U.S. Marshals Service, FBI (05/22/09)
WASHINGTON -- Law enforcement computers were struck by a mystery computer virus Thursday, forcing the FBI and the U.S. Marshals to shut down part of their networks as a precaution. The U.S. Marshals confirmed it disconnected from the Justice Department's computers as a protective measure after being hit by the virus; an FBI official said only that that agency was experiencing similar issues and was working on the problem...
Obama: U.S. prisons tough enough for Gitmo detainees (05/22/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama defended his plans to close the Guantanamo detention camp Thursday and said some of the terror suspects held there would be brought to top-security prisons in the United States despite opposition in Congress. He spoke one day after the Senate voted to deny money to close the prison, and he said "fear-mongering" had led to such opposition...
Treasury secretary: Wall Street rescue fund not permanent (05/22/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Treasury intends to use bank repayments of government aid to continue assisting the financial sector, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told lawmakers Thursday even as he assured them the $700 billion rescue fund would not become a permanent financial bailout tool...
Tests show more swine flu immunity in older people (05/22/09)
ATLANTA -- New test results show what scientists have suspected -- people in their 60s and older have signs of greater immunity to the new swine flu virus. Scientists think it's because older people have been exposed to other viruses in the past that are more similar to swine flu than more recent seasonal flus...
Minnesota father in chemo dispute pleads for son's return (05/22/09)
SLEEPY EYE, Minn. -- The father of a 13-year-old cancer-stricken boy who went on the run with his mother to avoid chemotherapy treatment pleaded Thursday for the return of his son, asking his wife to "do what's best for Danny." "If you're out there, please bring Danny home so we can decide as a family what Danny's treatment should be," Anthony Hauser said in a brief statement to his wife, Colleen...
Poll: New graduates working to trying to stay afloat in economy (05/22/09)
WASHINGTON -- Students scattering for the summer are worried they'll be graduating from schools of higher learning only to find themselves snagged in the school of hard knocks, according to a recent poll. That's what happened to Josh Donahue, 23, who went on food stamps two weeks after leaving Oregon State University with an economics degree that he hoped to use for a job as a financial analyst. He's living with his aunt and uncle in Grants Pass, Ore., and looking for even a menial job...
Missouri man in spotlight at trial of Myanmar democracy leader (05/22/09)
YANGON, Myanmar -- The Missouri man whose nighttime swim to visit democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi may cost her a chance at freedom was the center of attention Thursday, as a court in Myanmar showed a home movie he allegedly shot at her lakeside residence...
Iraq bombings kill 66, including 3 soldiers (05/22/09)
BAGHDAD -- Bombers struck in Baghdad and a northern city Thursday, killing three American soldiers and nearly two dozen Iraqis. At least 66 lives have been lost in two days. A spate of attacks since April seems aimed at stoking sectarian tension and undermining public confidence before U.S. combat troops are due to leave Baghdad and other cities, handing security responsibility to Iraq's security forces...
Couple on run after $6 million bank error (05/22/09)
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Two New Zealanders whose bank mistakenly deposited 10 million New Zealand dollars -- $6.1 million -- into their account took some of the money and ran, police said. Authorities launched an international search for the couple, who operated a gas station in the northern city of Rotorua, and their Westpac Bank said Thursday it considered the money stolen...
French Internet law met with skepticism (05/22/09)
PARIS -- A thousand French Internet users a day could be booted offline following approval of President Nicolas Sarkozy's pet project -- an unprecedented law to cut the Internet connections of people who repeatedly pirate music and movies...
Troops seize 16 tons of drugs in Afghanistan (05/22/09)
KABUL -- American and Afghan forces seized 16.5 tons of drugs and killed 34 militants during a three-day operation against an insurgent stronghold in southern Afghanistan, a U.S. military statement said Thursday. The seizure was one of the biggest by foreign troops in Afghanistan since 2001...
Chaffee seniors stay busy with track, baseball (05/22/09)
CHAFFEE -- Trenton Horman's phone sometimes rings at about 6:20 a.m. on days when he has to attend track and field practice before school. "I don't function very well in the morning," Horman joked. "I usually get a wake-up call 10 minutes before I'm supposed to be there every morning from coach [Tyson] Moyers."...
Drop in class raises Devils' hopes (05/22/09)
CHAFFEE -- Senior thrower Amber Kirk qualified for the state meet as a freshman three years ago when the Chaffee track and field program was in Class 1. But when the program moved up to Class 2 during Kirk's sophomore and junior seasons, she did not qualify either year...
Notre Dame regains district crown (05/22/09)
The Notre Dame girls soccer team beat Perryville twice during this spring's regular season by a combined score of 6-0. But Bulldogs players knew they could not think about what happened during the regular season when they played Perryville for the Class 2 District 1 title Thursday...
Oak Ridge captures district title (05/22/09)
Ethan Sachs struck out 14 batters and No. 2 seed Oak Ridge claimed its first district baseball title in 15 years with an 8-2 victory against South Iron in the Class 1 District 3 final in Annapolis, Mo. Oak Ridge improved to 12-6 and will host Winona in a sectional contest at 4 p.m. Monday...
Redhawks eliminated from OVC tournament (05/22/09)
PADUCAH, Ky. -- The last time Southeast Missouri State had lost its first two Ohio Valley Conference tournament games was 2005. Morehead State eliminated Southeast from the tournament that year, and history repeated itself Thursday. The fourth-seeded Redhawks became the first squad bounced from the six-team event, falling to the third-seeded Eagles 7-5 in 11 innings...
Nitties, Duke share lead at Byron Nelson Classic (05/22/09)
Fun-loving PGA Tour rookie James Nitties can get serious, too. While not shy about his tour bio that lists his special interests as clubbing, girls and movies, the 26-year-old Australian is trying to stay focused on a stretch of tournaments that could culminate with a spot in the U.S. Open...
Cardinals complete sweep of rival Cubs (05/22/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols ended a five-game RBI drought in spectacular fashion, lining a first-inning homer that knocked out the "I" on the Big Mac Land sign in left field. "It's cool doing things like that," Pujols said. "But you know what, you take a home run no matter what, and to take the lead early it's big."...
Nuggets even series with 106-103 victory (05/22/09)
LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers' 24-year playoff dominance of the Denver Nuggets dissipated over the final 29 seconds of the fourth quarter. That's when Kenyon Martin hit a layup in traffic and Chauncey Billups made 3 of 4 free throws to give Denver a 106-103 victory in Game 2 on Thursday night to even the Western Conference finals...
Penguins shoot down Hurricanes 7-4 in Game 2 (05/22/09)
PITTSBURGH -- Evgeni Malkin put Pittsburgh ahead for good by scoring twice in the third period of his first three-goal playoff performance and the Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 7-4 Thursday night to open a two-game lead in the Eastern Conference finals...
Perfect record: Cape Girardeau Central High School graduate never missed a day of school (05/22/09)
Jaron Brennecke started his education at Clippard Elementary and has never missed a day since. Brennecke, who graduated from Cape Girardeau Central High School on Sunday, will attend Southeast Missouri State University next year. The Southeast Missourian asked him a few questions about his attendance record and life after high school...
Hooked on science: Bend water (05/22/09)
Static electricity can bend water. Materials Instructions Step 1: Turn the cold water on and allow the water to run in a slow, steady and thin stream. Step 2: Run the plastic comb through your hair several times. Step 3: Bring the teeth of the comb close to the stream of water...
neXt up 5/22/09 (05/22/09)
What's going on this weekend
Reunited at last (05/22/09)
Here's how I came to know Jerome Westrich. Over the past several years I've joined a couple of colleagues here at the newspaper for an eye-opening cup of coffee at Brenda's Place on Morgan Oak Street. We're not the earliest customers, but we have watched a lot of sunrises at Brenda's...
Ousted Illinois governor's wife to join show husband couldn't (05/22/09)
SKOKIE, Ill. -- Ousted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich wasn't allowed to appear in a network TV reality show in Costa Rica, so his wife will appear instead. A federal judge barred Blagojevich, who faces federal corruption charges, from being on the NBC show "I'm a Celebrity ... ...
Marie Ervin (05/22/09)
M. Marie Ervin, 87, of Jackson died Thursday, May 21, 2009, at her daughter's home in Jackson. She was born Dec. 14, 1921, near Parma, Mo., daughter of Sayle and Oma Triplett Moore. She and H. Wilburn Ervin were married Nov. 12, 1938, in Vanduser, Mo. He preceded her in death Dec. 25, 1963...
Helen Thompson (05/22/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Helen L. Thompson, 86, of Perryville died Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at Independence Care Center of Perry County in Perryville. She was born June 18, 1922, in McBride, Mo., daughter of the late Elliott and Rosa Yeager Anderson. She and Eugene Thompson were married April 15, 1939. He preceded her in death Nov. 30, 1991...
Laura Weiss (05/22/09)
Laura G. Weiss, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Aug. 6, 1917, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Theodore and Laura Exler Gerlach. She and Wilford Weiss were married Jan. 21, 1962, in Cape Girardeau. He died in 1980...
Joyce Hale (05/22/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Joyce A. Hale, 68, a lifelong resident of Poplar Bluff died Thursday, May 21, 2009, at Mark Twain Care Center. Mrs. Hale was born Sept. 26, 1940, in Risco, Mo. She was a customer service representative at Wal-Mart and attended First Church of God. She enjoyed her grandchildren, going to yard sales and genealogy...
Ricky Miller (05/22/09)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Ricky R. Miller, 52, of Cairo died Sunday, May 17, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at Massie Funeral Home in Mounds, Ill. The funeral will be at noon Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Ronnie S. Mack officiating...
Births 5/22/09 (05/22/09)
Washburn; McKinney; Myer; Page; Moen; Baldwin
Fire report 5/22/09 (05/22/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Thursday:...
Police report 5/22/09 (05/22/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrest; Summonses; Assaults; Thefts; Miscellaneous; Jackson: DWI; Arrest; Summons; Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 5/22/09 (05/22/09)
25 years ago: May 22, 1984 For the 63rd consecutive day, the Mississippi River remains above flood stage at Cape Girardeau; although the waters have posed few problems for Missouri residents, the same can't be said for Southern Illinois farmers. SIKESTON, Mo. ...
Building streets (05/22/09)
Cape Girardeau is scaling back the new Lewis and Clark Parkway because it has earmarked federal funds that will be lost if they aren't spent. Reducing the road to two lanes brings to mind other streets that have required expensive expansion projects in recent years...
Fun-loving teacher, students (05/22/09)
I cannot remember when I enjoyed reading an article so much as I did concerning the piece about Mrs. Rouse's class creating their lemonade and all the lessons pertaining to the drink the children learned. The story made me laugh till I cried. It was a really fun and precious piece and was immensely enjoyable...
SCC shows off talented students (05/22/09)
There are so many reasons I love teaching at Scott County Central School. I know the obvious one is that Scott County Central has an awesome basketball team and has won so many state championships. Being an avid basketball fan, I will admit this has been a major joy during my teaching career at this school...
Early care is less costly (05/22/09)
More health care for the poor is a good idea. Illness caught early is easier and cheaper to treat. Take me, for example. I have a primary brain tumor that could have been diagnosed in 1998 but wasn't until 2007. I haven't the foggiest idea how much the surgery cost, but my first round of chemotherapy was $750 per pill, 10 per week, for four weeks. ...
Speak Out 5/22/09 (05/22/09)
Wake-up call; Homeless needs; Irrational capitalists; Regulating commerce; P&G's impact; Impressive library; Safe driving; College rigor; Free drugs; City spending
Prayer 5/22/09 (05/22/09)
Guard us from those who seek to persuade us with falsehoods, O God. Amen.
Foundation Golf Shootout! (05/22/09)
Cape Radiology Group and Cape Girardeau Public Schools Foundation has partnered together to raise money for Great Idea Teaching Grants that inspire learning and enhance opportunities for local kids. Their annual Golf Shootout is on Monday June 1st at Cape Girardeau Country Club. ...
GIRL SCOUTS TEAM UP WITH "CHEETAH GIRL" SABRINA BRYAN TO PROMOTE FITNESS (05/22/09)
GIRL SCOUTS TEAM UP WITH "CHEETAH GIRL" SABRINA BRYAN TO PROMOTE FITNESS: Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland To Host Official Dance Party With Girl Scouts/Dove Self-Esteem Program Dancer, singer and actress, Sabrina Bryan, who is perhaps best known as a member of Disney girl group the Cheetah Girls, has enlisted the help of Girl Scouts to spread a very important message of empowerment for girls -- be happy, be healthy, be fit, BYOU!...
Civil Air Patrol Holds Awards Banquet (05/22/09)
Press Release by Maj Darryl Spurlock The Trail of Tears Composite Squadron of the US Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol, held their Spring Awards Banquet at the Fruitland Community Church on 25 April 2009. Guests in attendance included guest speaker Command Sergeant Major Dan Armour of the 1140th Engineer Battalion, Missouri Army National Guard, and his wife Sondra with their son, Staff Sergeant Brent Armour, 1138th Military Police, Missouri Army National Guard. ...
B G Mac Land/St. Louis Arch (05/22/09)
Albert Pujols popped a smoking homer in the first inning, leading off a 3-1 defeat of the Cubs on May 21st, 2009. This homer hit the "I" in the Big Mac Land sign, breaking the neon. You can see it in this shot, even though the exposure is a little off...
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