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Cleanup of tanker truck spill in Kennett takes four hours (06/08/09)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Traffic was diverted around the downtown square in Kennett for more than four hours today as crews worked to correct a tanker truck that overturned on First Street after a rear axle broke ...
NAACP leader Young responds to mayor's comments, says her motive for a shelter is to help black residents, poor and homeless (06/08/09)
A concern for people in need, not a desire to link up with Rev. Larry Rice, led the NAACP's Cape Girardeau chapter to join the call to convert the Broadway federal building into a homeless shelter, NAACP president Deborah Young said Monday. Because Rice was offering a program to provide shelter in emergencies and on long-term basis -- and because she said she believes the city has long neglected problems of blacks, the poor and the homeless -- Young said she decided to prove that a need exists. ...
Dealers prepare for final days of association with Chrysler (06/08/09)
After 2 1/2 years in operation, Dennis Smith's Lucas-Smith Automotive dealership in Potosi, Mo., closed its doors Friday, nearly a month after learning Chrysler would terminate its agreement with his dealership by today. It was one of 789 dealerships the Auburn Hills, Mich.-based auto manufacturer intends to close as part of an agreement in bankruptcy court.
Sikeston business closing doors, 16 out of jobs (06/08/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- An employer relatively new to Sikeston will be closing its doors in August, leaving its 16 employees looking for new jobs. On Thursday, the city of Sikeston received notification Philips Products Inc., a window and door company that opened in mid-2007 in Sikeston, plans to close the plant Aug. 5...
New phase of trail construction is underway in Cape Girardeau (06/08/09)
The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department has started a new phase of construction to add two sections of trail as part of the Cape Girardeau Comprehensive Plan adopted in December 2007.
Commander Premier on last chance, Cape Girardeau leaders say (06/08/09)
Cape Girardeau officials remain hopeful that sometime soon -- perhaps by the time the city's new fiscal year begins July 1 -- they will get good news from Commander Premier Aircraft Co. about past-due rent.
Four teens injured in accidents Friday (06/08/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Four teenagers were injured in three separate accidents Friday in Scott, Mississippi and Stoddard counties. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the first accident occurred at 5:30 p.m. in Scott County. Bradlee J. Burton, 17, of Sikeston was traveling eastbound on County Road 518, just west of County Road 517, when he swerved to avoid a dog, ran off the road and struck a tree...
Trial for Max Ellison Jr. moved to New Madrid County (06/08/09)
The trial for a former sheriff's deputy accused of committing a 30-year-old homicide in Cape Girardeau will take place in New Madrid County, a court decided last week.
Whirlwind tour takes Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra to Beijing, Great Wall of China (06/08/09)
Weather was a major factor determining whether the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra would play its only outdoor concert on the Great Wall of China during their recent tour of the country.
Missouri receives $1 million grant for brain injuries (06/08/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has received a $1 million grant to better treat those with traumatic brain injuries. Missouri plans to use the federal grant money for a variety of projects aimed particularly at underserved groups such as minorities and those living in rural areas...
Southwest Missouri farmers gaining experience (06/08/09)
WEBB CITY, Mo. -- Southwestern Missouri marketgoers are benefiting from advances in the education of local Asian farmers. "It's a growing trend that started a few years ago with four Hmong (natives of Laos) growers," said Eileen Nichols, manager of the Webb City Farmers Market. "Well have about three times that this year."...
Missouri medical providers not garnishing tax refunds (06/08/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A 2007 Missouri law allows hospitals and other medical providers to seek to garnish the tax refunds of people with overdue medical bills. But so far, no one has tried to use the law. The Missouri Department of Revenue says it has not offset anyone's tax refunds because of medical bills...
Man's execution delayed by Gov. Carnahan's death (06/08/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A man who's been on death row for 25 years may never be executed because Gov. Mel Carnahan issued a stay that was not resolved before he died in a plane crash. William Theodore Boliek Jr. was sentenced to death for the August 1983 shooting death of Jody Harless, 18, of Kansas City...
Law falls short on health coverage (06/08/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's attempt to expand coverage to thousands of people unable to get affordable health insurance has failed. Some supporters of a 2007 Missouri law projected it would extend health coverage to as many as 20,000 hard-to-insure residents through a mixture insurance reforms aimed at lowering costs...
File card switch created photographer (06/08/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Sometimes when life throws you a curve ball, the best way to deal with it is to throw one back. That's what young Gerald Massie did in the 1940s when he pulled a fast one that changed the direction of his life forever. Massie was 26 when he met the girl of his dreams...
Obama promises more than 600,000 stimulus jobs (06/08/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama promised Monday to deliver more than 600,000 jobs through his $787 billion stimulus plan this summer, with federal agencies pumping billions into public works projects, schools and summer youth programs. Obama is ramping up his stimulus program this week even as his advisers are ramping down expectations about when the spending plan will affect a continuing rise in the nation's unemployment...
Scientists watch glowing volcano crater in Hawaii (06/08/09)
VOLCANO, Hawaii -- The summit of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is glowing brightly as molten lava swirls 300 feet below its crater's floor, bubbling near the surface after years of spewing from the volcano's side. The expanding vent of Halemaumau crater helps confirm scientists' belief the lava is close to the surface of the summit, said Janet Babb, a geologist and spokeswoman for the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory...
Bear's head caught in feeder (06/08/09)
GRANTSBURG, Wis. -- It was no honey pot like in "Winnie the Pooh" but a bear cub in Wisconsin was spotted with a bird feeder stuck on its head. A landowner in the northwestern part of the state told the state Department of Natural Resources about the cub over Memorial Day weekend. But the mother was so protective that DNR officers couldn't get near the cub, who was still able to climb a tree...
Government has 'grave concerns' over potential detainee martyrs (06/08/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has concerns about allowing terrorism detainees to plead guilty and accept the death penalty. Senior White House adviser David Axelrod said giving detainees a chance to make martyrs of themselves by being executed by the U.S. is among those concerns...
Clinton says North Korea reconsidered for terror list (06/08/09)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is considering adding North Korea back to a list of state sponsors of terrorism, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in an interview broadcast Sunday after President Obama pledged "a very hard look" at tougher measures because of the North's nuclear stance...
'Smart grid' - buzz of the electric power industry (06/08/09)
WASHINGTON -- More than a century after Thomas Alva Edison invented a reliable light bulb, the nation's electricity distribution system, an aging spider web of power lines, is poised to move into the digital age. The "smart grid" has become the buzz of the electric power industry, at the White House and among members of Congress. President Obama says it's essential to boost development of wind and solar power, get people to use less energy and to tackle climate change...
Anything goes in Miami Beach, except Mr. Clucky (06/08/09)
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Miami Beach tolerates all kinds of eccentricity, but the south Florida playground draws the line at a bicycle-riding rooster named Mr. Clucky. The white bird who perches on his owner's bike has become a favorite subject of tourist photos. But he's been ordered out of town for his cacophonous crowing every day at 6 a.m...
Cinema comes to Riyadh for first time in decades (06/08/09)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- For the first time in three decades, Saudis in the nation's capital did something that most Westerners take for granted -- they went to the movies. But it wasn't exactly date night. No women were allowed. Saturday's screening of the Saudi film, "Menahi," brought a taste of the moviegoing experience to Riyadh more than 30 years after the government began shutting down theaters -- a move driven by religious conservatives who view cultural activities such as movie screenings and concerts with concern because they could lead to mixing of the sexes and violate Islamic values.. ...
World airlines seen losing $9 billion this year (06/08/09)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The world's airlines will collectively lose $9 billion this year -- nearly double the previous projections -- and face a slow recovery as the economic crisis saps air travel and cargo demand, an industry body warned Monday...
15 more bodies found in Atlantic Air France crash (06/08/09)
RECIFE, Brazil -- Search ships methodically worked through a "sea of debris" from a doomed Air France jet Sunday, recovering 15 more bodies near the spot where the Airbus A330 is believed to have gone down a week ago. Two bodies were recovered Saturday, and Brazilian and French ships picked up 15 more Sunday afternoon after pilots participating in a grid search reported additional sightings. ...
Conservatives score wins in EU parliament voting (06/08/09)
BRUSSELS -- Conservatives raced toward victory in some of Europe's largest economies Sunday as initial results and exit polls showed voters punishing left-leaning parties in European parliament elections in France, Germany and elsewhere. Some right-leaning parties said the results vindicated their reluctance to spend more on company bailouts and fiscal stimulus amid the global economic crisis...
Lebanon's pro-Western majority declares victory (06/08/09)
BEIRUT -- Lebanon's pro-Western coalition declared victory early today as local television stations reported the faction had successfully fended off a serious challenge by the Shiite militant group Hezbollah and its allies to grab the majority in parliament...
Area digest 6/8/09 (06/08/09)
Swinford records hole in one Ken Swinford used an 8-iron on hole No. 13 at Dalhousie Golf Club to record his fourth career ace. The hole was playing 160 yards. Terry Hill, Andy Hesser and Brad Hood witnessed the shot. Davis, Clark team for invitational title...
Capahas earn split behind LaBruyere (06/08/09)
Brad LaBruyere allowed one hit over four innings to pick up the win and help the Plaza Tire Capahas avoid the sweep Sunday. LaBruyere, a former Central standout, struck out two and didn't walk a batter as the Capahas won the second game of a road doubleheader 7-4. The Springfield, Ill., Pallys won the first game 7-0...
Rockies rip Cards (06/08/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Ubaldo Jimenez trailed by two runs after the first three hitters. Things got a lot tougher for the St. Louis Cardinals after that. Jimenez finished with eight innings of four-hit ball and the Colorado Rockies got unexpected offense from Paul Phillips, who drove in three runs in a 7-2 victory Sunday...
Hey Pete, make room for Roger (06/08/09)
PARIS -- Oh, how Roger Federer savored every moment with his first French Open trophy. He raised it overhead. He cradled it in the crook of his elbow. He closed his eyes and kissed it. He examined the names of other champions etched on its base. Even in a downpour on Court Philippe Chatrier, as heavy, gray clouds blocked any shred of sunlight Sunday, that silver trophy seemed to glisten...
Stewart hits pay dirt with Pocono gas gamble (06/08/09)
LONG POND, Pa. -- All Tony Stewart could do during the final laps at Pocono Raceway was use every trick available to stretch out his fuel and creep toward the finish line. Like the gamble he made to leave Joe Gibbs Racing and start his own team, the fuel-mileage call was the right one. Stewart matched his win in the All-Star race with his first Cup points victory as a team owner Sunday, coming from the rear of the field in his backup car at Pocono...
Late charge carries Tiger to win (06/08/09)
Two holes, two towering shots, two clutch birdies. Just like that, Tiger Woods broke out of a four-way tie and won the Memorial on Sunday with a 7-under 65 to cap a high-charged comeback. And just as suddenly, he silenced the skeptics who wondered if he was ready to defend his title in the U.S. Open in two weeks at Bethpage Black...
Lakers open 2-0 series lead (06/08/09)
LOS ANGELES -- Lucky to have a second chance, the Los Angeles Lakers grabbed it. Kobe Bryant and Co. held on and are in control of the NBA finals -- just barely. Orlando rookie Courtney Lee missed a potential winning layup as regulation ended, giving Los Angeles another shot it didn't waste. Pau Gasol scored seven points in overtime as the Lakers, so dominant in the series opener, survived with a 101-96 win over the Magic in Game 2 on Sunday night...
Venue change means longer drive for fans (06/08/09)
Southeast Missouri State baseball fans will have to travel a longer distance to watch the Redhawks in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament beginning next season. It was announced last week that the OVC's board of athletic directors and board of presidents approved a plan to move the tournament to Jackson, Tenn., for the next three years...
People on the move 6/8/09 (06/08/09)
Area financial representatives honored for achievements Leonard "Fritz" Sander Jr. and Evan Trump were honored for their professional achievements with Cornerstone Financial Group, a New England Financial firm in St. Louis. Sander and Trump's office is in Jackson. ...
McCaskill to host grant-writing workshop this month (06/08/09)
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill will host a free economic development and grant-writing workshop June 29 in Cape Girardeau. Geared toward small businesses, local governments and not-for-profit organizations, the workshop will include presentations from federal granting agencies and a grant research and writing session. ...
Pizza coming to mall (06/08/09)
Shoppers at West Park Mall will soon have another option to grab a bite to eat. Johnny Carter and Eric Long plan to open EJ Roni's by the end of the month next to Smoothie and Pretzel Co. EJ Roni's will serve pizza, hot dogs, burgers, soft drinks and more...
Talking shop with Chuck Martin, executive director, Cape CVB (06/08/09)
Summer is approaching and many Americans will be traveling to their favorite destinations. Some will choose Southeast Missouri for a getaway, and leading up the efforts to boost the tourism industry is Chuck Martin, executive director of the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau. Southeast Missourian business reporter Brian Blackwell visited with Martin last week to learn more about how he became head of the organization and what he thinks about tourism in Cape Girardeau...
Raymond Stovall (06/08/09)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Raymond Cletus Stovall, 76, of Bell City was born Sept. 20, 1932, at Ardeola, Mo., son of George and Adelia Smith Stovall, and died Saturday, June 6, 2009, at his home. Raymond was a retired mechanic. He had worked at Al's Reefer Service in Sikeston, Mo. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War. Stovall was a member of the Lakeville Masonic Lodge, 32nd Degree and Past Master...
Viola Gosche (06/08/09)
Viola M. Gosche, 90, of Kelso, Mo., died Sunday, June 7, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
Police report 6/8/09 (06/08/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Assault Thefts Burglaries Jackson The Jackson Police department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt....
Fire report 6/8/09 (06/08/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Out of the past 6/8/09 (06/08/09)
25 years ago: June 8, 1984 Hundreds of residents wait outside Central Junior High School to turn in applications for employment at the Procter & Gamble plant near Cape Girardeau; 15 jobs will be available at the firm. At a hastily called morning news conference at Cape Girardeau City Hall, Mayor Howard C. ...
Help stop H1N1 (06/08/09)
The beautiful spring being enjoyed by Southeast Missouri seems like the wrong time to talk about the flu. But with the H1N1 flu continuing to spread around the world -- and hitting home with a confirmed case in Cape Girardeau County -- there continues to be a need for prudent precautions...
Speak Out 6/8/09 (06/08/09)
Bike lanes; On the run; No dialogue; Enough fighting; War on fat cats; What now?; Small shelter; Looking ahead
Prayer 6/8/09 (06/08/09)
For those who say "I do" we ask for your blessings and guidance, O God. Amen.
Coffee Camp Appoints New Press Officer (06/08/09)
Coffee Camp Appoints New Press Officer Commander Gary Ayres of the Col. John T. Coffee Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Osceola, Missouri is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Press Officer to replace longtime Press Officer David Reif. The new voice of the Coffee Camp will be Clint Lacy of Marble Hill, MO...
Former Cape Central High School musicians tour China (06/08/09)
Cape Central High School Orchestra Director Steven Schaffner and some of his former students performed on the Great Wall of China May 26 while on tour with the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra during its first-ever international concert tour. Under the direction of conductor Dr. ...
1st HomeRun (06/08/09)
Albert Pujols hitting the first homerun of the night against the Pirates!
A Beautiful Site (06/08/09)
Kiener Plaza in St. Louis, MO
Freedom Sky (06/08/09)
Old Courthouse in St. Louis, MO taken May 7th 2009
Looking Up (06/08/09)
Looking at the Arch from the Metrolink Station on Laclede's Landing in St. Louis, MO!
New Memories (06/08/09)
New Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
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