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WarChild Riding Group members hold rally to raise money for St. Jude (06/05/09)
A winding gravel road to a farm tucked inside the hills between Chaffee and Oran will lead the way this weekend to raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. On Al Friga's farm down Scott County Road 248, the fifth annual Rebel Yell Rally began Friday and will be held through Sunday. The WarChild Riding Group, a 130-member motorcycle organization based in Chaffee, Mo., hosts a party every year to raise donations for children's cancer research and local veterans...
Scott County commissioner hear MoDOT update on congestion-relieving highway improvements in Scott City (06/05/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County commissioners now have a better grasp of the timeline to relieve traffic congestion in the northern part of the county. During their Thursday meeting, Eric Krapf, a project manager with the Missouri Department of Transportation, presented commissioners with drawings of plans for the project's second phase and updated them on first phase progress and third phase plans...
Wet spring creates problems getting crops in the field (06/05/09)
A wet spring has been difficult for farmers in Southeast Missouri, but some are optimistic about high commodities prices. In Cape Girardeau, a little more than 5.39 inches of rainfall fell during May, including 2.3 inches the last seven days of the month...
New Life leader says application to make Cape federal building a homeless shelter was misunderstood (06/05/09)
The New Life Evangelistic Center on Thursday issued a nine-page response to the letter denying its application to use the Broadway federal building in Cape Girardeau as a homeless shelter. In its response, released by New Life founder the Rev. Larry Rice, the ministry claims that its application was misunderstood and that the conclusions drawn were insufficient to deny it the building. ...
Two and a calf: Longtime team roping duo competing in Perry County's rodeo (06/05/09)
Partnerships play a big role in Mark Berry's life. Twenty years in competitive team roping have taught Berry the importance of having a horse that knows the game and a roping partner capable of setting you up for the best shot at winning. "You got to have a good horse," Berry said...
Guard unit flattening part of Jackson's Brookside Park (06/05/09)
Teresa Brown said she knew the work at Brookside Park in Jackson had started when she woke up to the sounds of military trucks backing up earlier this week. Brown, who has lived near the park for 12 years, said she has gone over to the park to watch about 30 Missouri National Guardsmen shift the land behind the veterans memorial. Several large military vehicles are scraping, bulldozing and compacting dirt to create a flat area to be developed by the city...
Dexter teen gets probation for selling pain medication (06/05/09)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Stoddard County judge placed a Dexter, Mo., teenager on probation Wednesday on a charge related to the sale of what appeared to be a pain medication to a friend, who subsequently died of a drug overdose.
Master of puppets: Jeff Dunham performs at Show Me Center (06/05/09)
Multi-million dollar fertilizer storage facility under construction at New Madrid port (06/05/09)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- New Madrid County will soon be home to one of the largest fertilizer storage sites on the Mississippi River. The $15 million Crop Production Services facility being built along the New Madrid County Port Authority's slack water harbor will have the storage capacity for 69,000 tons of liquid and dry fertilizer combined, according to Steve Martin, general manager for CPS...
Wedding planner to go to trial in December (06/05/09)
A Jackson wedding planner accused of using client credit cards to purchase luxury goods will go on trial in December. Michael J. Erzfeld, who ran Custom Events in Jackson until his arrest in November, has until Nov. 10 to negotiate a plea deal, Circuit Judge William Seay ruled Tuesday. If no plea with a sentencing recommendation is made by that date, Erzfeld's trial will begin Dec. 1...
Jackson burglary suspect waives preliminary hearing (06/05/09)
The suspect in a Jackson burglary waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon before Associate Circuit Judge Gary A. Kamp. Mark Lowery, 46, of Robinson, Ill., faces charges in connection with an April 10 burglary in Jackson. He has also been named as a possible suspect in a string of jewelry burglaries in Cape Girardeau County...
Commission rejects rumble strip bid, awards Route K project (06/05/09)
The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold off on making improvements to 11 routes throughout the Southeast District, a 14-county region. The only bid submitted for edge line rumble strips was rejected this week because it went over the department's budget for the project...
78-year-old faces trial on meth charges (06/05/09)
TROY, Mo. -- A trial date of Sept. 14 is set for a 78-year-old northeast Missouri woman accused of making methamphetamine. Eva Fink of Silex is charged with production of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child. Her trial date was set during a hearing Wednesday...
Three St. Louis jail officers charged (06/05/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Three corrections officers are accused of smuggling heroin to an inmate inside the St. Louis Justice Center, marking the second time in recent months the city jail has been at the center of allegations of wrongdoing. Acting federal prosecutor Michael Reap announced the indictments Thursday against 36-year-old James Lamont Moore, 54-year-old Marilyn Denise Brown and 48-year-old Peggy Lynn O'Neal, all of St. Louis...
Minnesota's Coleman takes wait-and-see approach to Senate seat (06/05/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Minnesota Republican Norm Coleman said Thursday he is awaiting the state Supreme Court's decision on his contested Senate seat before deciding what to do next. In speaking to reporters after addressing the Conservative Heartland Leadership Conference in St. Louis, Coleman said he was focused on his Senate seat but hasn't dismissed other options...
Gov. Nixon signs economic development bill (06/05/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon is promising Missourians "tens of thousands" of new jobs, thanks to a new law expanding tax breaks to businesses. Nixon flew around the state Thursday to celebrate the signing of a bill that eliminates Missouri's corporate franchise tax for most of the businesses that pay it. It also increases the tax incentives available for employers who expand their payrolls or plants...
Jobless claims down, but rise expected (06/05/09)
WASHINGTON -- The number of people on the jobless rolls is down by a fraction, but those figures could be deceiving: Economists expect the unemployment rate to rise again today, and jobs should be scarce for months to come. The total number of people on unemployment aid fell slightly for the first time in 20 weeks, down about 15,000 to 6.7 million, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the first drop in that figure since early January...
P&G phasing out Max Factor in U.S. (06/05/09)
CINCINNATI -- The Procter & Gamble Co. plans to phase out U.S. distribution of the century-old Max Factor makeup brand, a spokeswoman said Thursday. The Cincinnati-based consumer products maker said it plans to keep selling Max Factor overseas, where its sales have been strongest, even after it ends U.S. sales of Max Factor products in early 2010...
MasterCard exec sees promising trend in consumer spending (06/05/09)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Consumers may be starting to spend enough to stop the backward slide that's been typical so far this year, a MasterCard Inc. executive told analysts Thursday. Chris McWilton, the company's president of U.S. markets, said data to be released in the next week shows the decline in spending that has hit the retail and credit industries hard may be abating...
Illinois university scandal exposes favoritism in admissions (06/05/09)
All college applications are equal. But some are more equal than others. A Chicago Tribune expose in the past few days about how the University of Illinois gives extra consideration to well-connected applicants has set off a storm of protests, prompting the school to change its practices and sending politicians who made use of the rules running for cover...
Phoenix bishop sentenced for bell noise (06/05/09)
PHOENIX -- A Phoenix church leader has received a suspended 10-day jail sentence because his tolling church bells violated a city noise ordinance. Bishop Richard Painter said he'll appeal. The bells at the Cathedral of Christ the King in northwest Phoenix normally chime at the top of every hour from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m...
Sotomayor divulges details on record, writings (06/05/09)
WASHINGTON -- The White House contacted Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor about serving on the high court four days before Justice David Souter announced that he would retire, the judge revealed Thursday, as she sent a Senate panel a massive portfolio of personal details and writings that will shape the debate on her confirmation...
Civil War-era cash helps South Carolina make money (06/05/09)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina is selling money to make money. State officials have quietly picked through boxes of Civil War state currency and auctioned it on eBay, providing the state archives with an influx of cash amid tight budgets. "These are very bad times. This helps us a great deal. We can pay for things we could never afford otherwise," said Charles Lesser, a senior archivist at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History...
Actor David Carradine found dead in Bangkok (06/05/09)
BANGKOK -- Actor David Carradine, 72, was found dead Thursday in Thailand. He appeared to have hanged himself in a suite at the luxury Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel, said Lt. Teerapop Luanseng, the officer responsible for investigating the death...
Text of Obama's speech to Muslims (06/05/09)
Text of President Barack Obama's speech at Cairo University, as provided by CQ Transcriptions. --- Good afternoon. I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions. For over a thousand years, al-Azhar has, had stood as a beacon of Islamic learning. And for over a century, Cairo University has been a source of Egypt's advancement. Together, you represent the harmony between tradition and progress...
Obama seeks common cause with Islam (06/05/09)
CAIRO -- Invoking the Quran and his rarely used middle name, Barack Hussein Obama declared Thursday that America has a common cause with Islam and never will be at war with the faith -- an overture intently watched by the Muslim world and welcomed in unlikely quarters. An Iranian cleric called the president's speech "an initial step for removing misconceptions."...
Police swarm Tiananmen Square on anniversary of demonstration (06/05/09)
BEIJING -- In Tiananmen Square, police were ready to pounce at the first sign of protest. In Hong Kong, a sea of candles flickered in the hands of tens of thousands who vented their grief and anger. Two starkly contrasting faces of China were on display Thursday, the 20th anniversary of the military's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators -- from Beijing's rigid control in suppressing any dissent, to Hong Kong, which enjoys freedoms all but absent on the mainland...
ND seeks spot in Class 3 final (06/05/09)
The Notre Dame Bulldogs head to the Class 3 final four this weekend to try to win their first state championship in more than 15 years. The top-ranked Bulldogs (27-1) will take on the Harrisonville Wildcats (23-6) in the state semifinals at 4 p.m. today at Meador Park in Springfield...
St. Vincent wants third memorable performance (06/05/09)
PERRYVILLE -- The St. Vincent girls soccer team points to two games during the season when it started to realize its potential this season. First, the Indians dropped a 1-0 decision to Jackson in the Noon Optimist tournament early season. Then came a rematch with Notre Dame after the Bulldogs trounced the Indians 6-1...
Johnson joins elite club with 300th win (06/05/09)
WASHINGTON -- The emotions finally flowed for Randy Johnson when the final out was made. A hug for his son, who was serving as batboy. Hugs for every teammate, plus a really big one for his manager. The game ball presented to his wife as his three daughters beamed with pride. A news conference that lasted a half-hour from a player who usually doesn't have much to say. Someone even spotted a smile...
A No. 1 season or bust for Rams' Carriker (06/05/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Heading into his third season, Adam Carriker believes he's finally ready to play like a first-round draft pick. The St. Louis Rams' defensive tackle was the 13th overall pick in 2007 out of Nebraska. The rookie year was a learning experience, although he was the franchise's first rookie since Sean Gilbert in 1992 to start every game and contributed a blocked field goal and a tackle for safety...
Cardinals promote Todd to majors (06/05/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals purchased the contract of right-hander Jess Todd from Class AAA Memphis and designated righty Blaine Boyer for assignment. Todd will become the 12th rookie to play for St. Louis this season, the most in the majors, and the sixth to make his major league debut. He was a second-round pick in the 2007 draft. The 23-year-old Todd was 3-1 and had 11 saves for Memphis with a 2.96 ERA in 20 games...
Carpenter hurls complete game at Reds (06/05/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Chris Carpenter liked what he saw right from the start. Carpenter took advantage of Cincinnati's free swingers, pitching a three-hitter for his first complete game in more than two years, and Albert Pujols took care of the offense with a two-run homer and an RBI double as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Reds 3-1 on Thursday night...
Donald uses only 20 putts, grabs three-stroke lead at Memorial (06/05/09)
Tiger Woods hardly missed a fairway, a big improvement. Luke Donald hardly missed a putt, and that was far more rewarding Thursday at the Memorial. Donald set a tournament record by taking only 20 putts, which allowed him to tie a tournament record by opening with an 8-under 64 and a three-shot lead over a group that included Jim Furyk and Jason Day, who bogeyed his last two holes...
Penguins even series with 4-2 win at home (06/05/09)
PITTSBURGH -- The Stanley Cup finals won't duplicate last year's, and a momentum-swinging period by the Pittsburgh Penguins put in doubt whether there will be a repeat champion. Jordan Staal's short-handed goal during back-to-back Detroit power plays started Pittsburgh's comeback, and the Penguins scored three goals in less than 6 minutes of the second period Thursday night to win 4-2 and tie the series at 2-2...
Russians will meet in women's title match (06/05/09)
PARIS -- Dinara Safina cursed at herself in English, muttered to herself in Russian and generally carried on in much the same manner of older brother Marat Safin. Safina's face bears a striking resemblance to Safin's, and she shares his broad shoulders, too. Both have been ranked No. 1 -- the only brother-sister combo to do so -- and now Safina is one victory from joining Safin as a Grand Slam champion...
Lakers top Magic in Game 1 of finals (06/05/09)
The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- One step toward redemption, one step toward a ring. Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers began the NBA finals with power and purpose. Bryant scored 40 points and the Lakers, who have waited nearly one year for a chance to erase bitter memories of a Boston beatdown and a championship they felt belonged to them, pounded the Orlando Magic 100-75 in Game 1 on Thursday night...
Top of the Class: Richard Seyer (06/05/09)
Meet Richard Seyer, a camping fan hoping to become an engineer.
Top of the Class: Jackelyn Laurel Hendricks (06/05/09)
Meet Jackelyn Hendricks, an honor student who plans to attend college in her hometown.
Hooked on science: Dirty money (06/05/09)
Did you know you could make your pennies shine by using a few ingredients from the kitchen? Materials Instructions STEP 1: Mix the salt and vinegar in the plate. STEP 2: Using the toothbrush clean the pennies with the salt and vinegar solution. STEP 3: Rinse the pennies with water...
Who's next 6/5 (06/05/09)
SCHOLARSHIPS Alexis Bogenpohl of Jackson received the following scholarships: Cape Kiwanis, Jackson Elks, Cape County Business Organization, Missouri Bright Flight and a President's Scholarship. She will attend the St. Louis College of Pharmacy...
Top of the Class: Sam Irvin (06/05/09)
Meet the valedictorians of the class of 2009
Top of the Class: Whitney Woodall (06/05/09)
Meet the valedictorians of the class of 2009
neXt up 6/7/09 (06/05/09)
Weekend events
Who will be where when music stops? (06/05/09)
Cape Girardeau may well be ready to start a game of musical buildings. The U.S. government says the old federal building on Broadway is for sale, now that Washington bureaucrats have decided to reject the application of the Rev. Larry Rice to turn the building into a homeless shelter...
Maldetta Hinkle (06/05/09)
Maldetta Hinkle, 98, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Anna, Ill., died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at the home of a son in Cape Girardeau. Crain Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.
Loverne Lindner (06/05/09)
Loverne John Lindner, 85, of Oak Ridge died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson...
Marietta VanderMierden (06/05/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Marietta Catherine "Mattie" VanderMierden, 79, of Marble Hill died Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 21, 1929, in New Hamburg, Mo., daughter of Phillip and Leocadia Dirnberger Bucher. She and Martin Henry VanderMierden were married Aug. 26, 1950...
Births 6/5/09 (06/05/09)
Younce; Johnson; Adams; Roberts; Leek; Wenderski; Hottes; Lesar; Mott; Cambron
Fire report 6/5/09 (06/05/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls on Thursday...
Police report 6/5/09 (06/05/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Assaults; Thefts; Burglaries; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 6/5/09 (06/05/09)
25 years ago: June 5, 1984 The flame that has symbolized the glory and pageantry of the Olympic Games since 776 B.C. passes through the area to sounds of cheers and the click of camera shutters; the Olympic torch, en route from New York to Los Angeles for the summer games, draws large crowds along a route including Benton, Kelso, Scott City, Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and on northward to Ste. Genevieve...
Trade, stimulus, jobs (06/05/09)
One Bush agenda item that President Obama is determined to pick up and complete: free trade deals with Panama, Columbia and South Korea. The White House is mounting a full-court press with Congress, making the same arguments Bush did: Failure to ratify the Panama and Columbia agreements risks alienating two key allies in Latin America and bolsters Venezuela's efforts to undermine the U.S. ...
Oran's loss (06/05/09)
This has been a tough week for the Oran community. Two well-liked teenagers died after the pickup they were in crashed on a county road in Scott County. Four other teens in the pickup were injured. For a small community, this is much more than another accident. Oran High School is the heart of town. The school is something just about everyone has in common, having been students there or being the parents of students now...
Balance the federal budget (06/05/09)
Glenn Reeves is on target with his May 29 letter complaining about the wasteful enormity of our public debt. Then he says, "The United States has survived the Great Depression and several tough recessions." The sad news is that we may not fully recover from the current recession unless and until something positive is done about the debt...
Great exhibits at museum (06/05/09)
I was honored to have Jerry Ford give me a personal tour of his wonderful "50 Years in the World of Music" exhibit at the Cape River Heritage Museum. The exhibit includes videos, pictures, instruments, honors received and many items expressing his lifelong experience with music. I have great admiration for this gentleman and feel privileged to have heard his stories...
Speak Out 6/5/09 (06/05/09)
Where's Bob?; Flooding problem; Lockers emptied; Federal offices; Happy dogs; Restaurant behavior; Voting memory; Greatest gift; Secular nation; American genius; Not a bad person; Dirt beach; Skating memories
Prayer 6/5/09 (06/05/09)
Hear our prayers of thanksgiving for all your mercy and blessings, O God. Amen.
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