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Stories from Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Lake Boutin swimming beach, Sheppard Point Trail at Trail of Tears State Park still closed (06/16/09)
More than a year after flooding and heavy rainstorms damaged two of the major attractions for visitors to Trail of Tears State Park, they both remain closed, and park officials say they don't know when they will be re-opened.
Southeast tearing down several buildings along Broadway to create parking space (06/16/09)
Dave Howard said he has no regrets about moving out of the building that housed his family's business for more than 60 years.
Cape Girardeau police investigate weekend sexual assault (06/16/09)
Cape Girardeau police are investigating a weekend sexual assault that occurred not far from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, police spokesman Sgt. Jason Selzer said Monday.
13-year-old boy robbed Saturday evening, police say (06/16/09)
A 13-year-old boy suffered a blow to the face during a "strong arm" robbery over the weekend, said Sgt. Jason Selzer, spokesman for the Cape Girardeau Police Department.
Cape city council OKs $54.1 million budget, increasing trash, water, sewer rates (06/16/09)
For most of the last three months, making Cape Girardeau's city budget balance in the coming year has dominated the news coming out of city hall.
Authorities continue to search for escaped Southeast Missouri prisoner (06/16/09)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Local officials are still searching for a prisoner from the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston, Mo., who escaped on foot Monday during a work release assignment on Route O, in Kennett. The prisoner was discovered to be David Hill, 44, who is 5'10" tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds, according to the Public Information Officer for the Southeast Correctional Center, Jacqueline Lapine. ...
Low limb knocks out boater on Current River (06/16/09)
DONIPHAN, Mo. -- A boating excursion on Current River on Saturday afternoon sent a Poplar Bluff, Mo., man to an area hospital, where he underwent surgery for facial injuries suffered when he was struck by a limb hanging over the water.
Joint Veterans Council organizes festival for Fourth of July weekend (06/16/09)
Cape Girardeau's Joint Veterans Council has announced a patriotic festival in Arena Park to be held during the Fourth of July weekend.
Cape Girardeau man pleads guilty to dogfighting charges (06/16/09)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- One of the men accused in an October 2007 dogfighting case, Jessie D. Short, has pleaded guilty in a courtroom in Cape Girardeau County.
Cape Girardeau schools to get nearly $200,000 for asthma initiative (06/16/09)
The Cape Girardeau School District will have nearly $200,000 to use over the next four years to help students with asthma.
Man who escaped area jail captured (06/16/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Freedom for a Butler County jail trusty who ran from a work detail Friday was relatively short-lived. Richard Matthew Trice, 23, was arrested about midnight, slightly more that 12 hours after his escape. Trice was arrested without incident near one of his relatives' homes in Neelyville, Mo., said Scott Wiggs, assistant chief deputy sheriff for Butler County...
Midwest storms cause flooding, spawn 2 tornadoes (06/16/09)
DREXEL, Mo. (AP) -- Storms that spread across the central U.S. brought heavy rains, wind and at least two tornadoes, renewing flooding concerns in already soggy areas and leaving thousands of people without power. No injuries were reported from the two storm systems that hit the central part of the U.S. on Monday and early Tuesday...
Kansas City suburb cancels fireworks show, blames economy (06/16/09)
BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- The economy has some communities reconsidering the value of their big July Fourth fireworks displays, and one such town near Kansas City has already scrapped its plans. Officials in Blue Springs, Mo., say they're canceling their annual free holiday display. The decision comes as city staff are reviewing all spending for potential savings...
Rain forces evacuations, rescues in eastern Missouri (06/16/09)
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Parts of the St. Louis region saw more than 3 inches of rain, prompting some temporary evacuations and water rescues. Some eastern Missouri communities were expected to get 2 more inches of rainfall into Wednesday. Twenty-six homes were evacuated Tuesday as a precaution in the St. Louis suburb of University City after the River Des Peres overflowed...
Mo. inmate missing from work release (06/16/09)
CHARLESTON, Mo. (AP) -- A 44-year-old offender has been reported missing from a work release assignment in southeast Missouri. The Missouri Department of Corrections says it is searching for David Hill, who went missing from an assignment Monday in Kennett. He has been serving time at the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston...
State unemployment climbs to 9 percent (06/16/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's unemployment rate jumped to 9 percent in May as the state lost 3,700 jobs more. The state jobless rate in May climbed by nearly a full percentage point after an April decline to 8.1 percent. The May increase is one of the highest monthly jumps in the past three decades...
Speeders beware: Police watching on I-64 (06/16/09)
TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Department of Transportation and Town and Country police have a message for motorists on Interstate 64: Slow down and drive safely. Starting Monday, MoDOT is implementing a "Travel Safe Zone" on eastbound I-64 in the area near where it intersects with Interstate 270 in west St. Louis County...
Section of Interstate 70 closed by flooding (06/16/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Heavy rains have forced the closing of a section of Interstate 70 and several other state roads. The Missouri Highway Patrol said Interstate 70 in Montgomery County was closed Monday morning because of high water. Some state roads also were closed Monday in Holt and DeKalb counties in northwest Missouri, and Pulaski and Iron counties in southern Missouri...
St. Louis County reports West Nile in mosquitoes (06/16/09)
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- The St. Louis County Health Department says mosquitoes in the region are carrying the West Nile virus, though no human cases have been reported. Department health director Dr. Dolores Gunn says it's a good reminder that preventative measures are important. She says people should protect themselves with insect repellant and eliminate places with standing water where mosquitoes can breed...
Kansas City church evacuates after two faint at worship service (06/16/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Church leaders say they were just playing it safe when they evacuated everyone during Sunday's service after two members of the congregation fainted. The first person passed out about 40 minutes into Fellowship of Grace's service at the Majestic Theater in Kansas City's Zona Rosa shopping district. The service continued until church members learned someone else had fainted in another part of the building...
Federal court: Sewer district can seek state money (06/16/09)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A federal appeals court says the sewer district in St. Louis may try to force the state to pay part of the cost of improving its system. The amount of money the state would pay, if any, is unclear. Two years ago, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Missouri sued Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District in federal court, alleging the district improperly discharges raw sewage...
Sebelius says coverage to take years (06/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- Covering the uninsured could take several years, even if Congress passes a bill and President Barack Obama signs it into law this fall, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday. "Will something probably be phased in? You bet," Sebelius said in a question-and-answer session with The Associated Press. "It won't start the day after the bill passes." It could take until sometime during the next presidential term, which starts in 2013, she said...
A new role as 'risk regulator' could reshape Fed (06/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's plan to revamp regulation and prevent any more crashes like those that felled AIG and Lehman Brothers includes a bold new idea: Empower the Federal Reserve to oversee the biggest financial players whose failure could threaten other institutions and the economy...
GM to sell Swedish unit Saab to Koenigsegg (06/16/09)
STOCKHOLM -- Saab Automobile, General Motors Corp.'s struggling Swedish unit known for its family cars, was rescued Tuesday by a consortium led by Koenigsegg Automotive AB, a tiny company which produces only a dozen custom-made super cars a year. GM said in a memorandum of understanding that the sale would include an expected $600 million funding commitment from the European Investment Bank, guaranteed by the Swedish government. ...
Best Buy 1Q profit drops 15 percent (06/16/09)
NEW YORK -- Best Buy Co. Inc. reported Tuesday that its first-quarter profit fell 15 percent, even as its biggest competitor exited the market, as recession-weary shoppers cut back on items like appliances and digital cameras. The results, however, beat Wall Street expectations, and the nation's largest consumer electronics seller maintained its annual profit outlook...
May housing construction jumps by 17.2 percent (06/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- Construction of new homes jumped in May by the largest amount in three months, an encouraging sign that the nation's deep housing recession was beginning to bottom out. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that construction of new homes and apartments jumped 17.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 532,000 units. That was better than the 500,000-unit pace that economists had expected and came after construction fell in April to a record low of 454,000 units...
Wholesale inflation up less than expected in May (06/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- Wholesale prices rose less than expected in May as a large jump in the price of gasoline offset a drop in food costs. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the Producer Price Index increased by a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent from April. That's below analysts' expectations of a 0.6 percent rise...
Doctors' boos show Obama's tough road (06/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama isn't used to hearing boos. For all the president's popularity, the response he got Monday from doctors at an American Medical Association meeting was a sign his road is only going to get rockier as he tries to sell his plan to overhaul the nation's health-care system...
Citigroup CEO: Accept new world of tighter credit (06/16/09)
DETROIT -- Borrowers should accept a new world of tighter, more expensive credit as financial institutions recover from months of bad loans, failed banks and foreclosed homes, Citigroup Inc.'s chief executive said Monday. During the past few years, "U.S. ...
World Trade Center redevelopment talks stall (06/16/09)
NEW YORK -- Talks spearheaded by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to end an impasse at the World Trade Center site are still stalled. Monday was the third deadline set by the city for a resolution to talks between the developer and owner of the site. Bloomberg called for a summit last month, then set last Thursday as a deadline, then extended talks through the weekend...
Attorney defends cop who pulled over ambulance (06/16/09)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Bothered that an ambulance driver failed to yield to him as he raced to provide backup on a call -- and angered further when he thought the driver flipped him an obscene gesture -- state trooper Daniel Martin decided to stop the ambulance and give the driver a piece of his mind...
Speed of Iran vote count called suspicious (06/16/09)
CAIRO (AP) -- How do you count almost 40 million handwritten paper ballots in a matter of hours and declare a winner? That's a key question in Iran's disputed presidential election. International polling experts and Iran analysts said the speed of the vote count, in which almost 40 million handwritten paper ballots appear to have been counted in a matter of hours, coupled with a lack of detailed election data normally released by officials, was fueling suspicion around Ahmadinejad's landslide victory.. ...
Air France jets get new sensors (06/16/09)
PARIS -- Air France has finished replacing air speed monitors on all its long-haul Airbus aircraft even though the cause of the Flight 447 disaster remains a mystery, a pilots' union official said Monday. The search for the A330's black boxes was reinforced Monday with a high-tech U.S. Navy device that began listening for pings in the Atlantic Ocean...
Hundreds of thousands join pro-reform march in Iran (06/16/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Gunfire from a pro-government militia killed one man and wounded several others Monday after hundreds of thousands of chanting opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marched in central Tehran to support their pro-reform leader in his first public appearance since disputed elections...
Sikes cards ace at Dalhousie (06/16/09)
Steve Sikes of Sikeston recorded his first career hole-in-one Sunday at Dalhousie Golf Club. Sikes used a 6-iron on No. 13, a par 3 playing 169 yards. Witnesses were Stephen Matthews, Danny Lape and Keith Gregston. -- From staff report...
Hansbrough awaits NBA draft (06/16/09)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Tyler Hansbrough has heard the speculation about where he'll go in the NBA draft. He's a little curious himself. The Poplar Bluff native is making a pre-draft tour, working out for NBA teams and trying to validate a resume that includes college player of the year in 2008 and a national championship this season...
Golf stars, long shots mingle at U.S. Open (06/16/09)
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Tiger Woods held the putter with only his left hand as he rapped a 60-foot putt across the practice green. Then he hit another putt with his right hand, a third putt with both hands in conventional style He asked for the wedge to try a variety of shots out of sticky grass, searching for the best approach...
Favre confirms he is considering a return (06/16/09)
NEW YORK -- Brett Favre will know in several weeks whether his surgically repaired arm will allow him to come out of retirement again. The quarterback made his first public comments since retiring from the New York Jets in February in an interview Monday night on "Joe Buck Live." He said the only team he has spoken to is the Minnesota Vikings, who would be a perfect fit because he's familiar with their offense...
New Jersey-born player powers Italy to 3-1 win vs. U.S. (06/16/09)
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Of all the Italian players in the new jerseys, the standout was the kid from New Jersey. Giuseppe Rossi scored twice in the second half, Daniele De Rossi had a goal and Italy rallied to overcome a Landon Donovan penalty kick and beat the United States 3-1 Monday night in its opener at the FIFA Confederations Cup...
The San Diego Chicken is still hatching laughs (06/16/09)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- In the middle of the sixth inning of an Iowa Cubs minor league game last week, a 55-year-old man in a chicken suit challenged someone dressed as Barney the Dinosaur to a dance-off. The San Diego Chicken didn't win -- it turns out that Barney is a good break dancer -- but the chicken got the last laugh: While Barney celebrated, the chicken blindsided him to the turf along the first-base line, delighting the crowd on a gorgeous June night...
Isringhausen will have season-ending surgery (06/16/09)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jason Isringhausen will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his surgically repaired right elbow. The 36-year-old right-hander was injured while throwing a pitch during the eighth inning of Saturday night's victory over the Washington Nationals. An MRI exam Monday found a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament...
Title No. 10 puts Jackson at top of list (06/16/09)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The coach stood to the side and watched as his team executed its final play of the NBA season to perfection. It's the one that had worked nine previous times. This wasn't his famed triangle offense, this was the celebration circle...
Vandals mar L.A.'s moment (06/16/09)
LOS ANGELES -- Looting and vandalism that broke out in the aftermath of the Los Angeles Lakers' basketball championship won't keep the city from celebrating the team's victory:~ Los Angeles police had to contend with a mob of 'knuckleheads' after the Lakers' won the title...
Brad Pitt, family give $1M to SW Missouri hospital (06/16/09)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Brad Pitt and his siblings have given $1 million to help a Missouri hospital open a new pediatric cancer center that will be named for their mother. Pitt and his siblings' families, Doug and Lisa Pitt and Rob and Julie Neal, gave the money to St. John's Hospital in Springfield, on Saturday in honor of their mother's passion for children's issues...
Surviving the sun: Keys to summer skin protection (06/16/09)
One of the great things about living in Southeast Missouri is the beautiful spring and summer weather and wide variety of outdoor activities to experience. Unfortunately, being outside leads to exposure to the sun that can damage the skin, causing wrinkles and potentially skin cancer. ...
Health calendar 6/16/09 (06/16/09)
Health events for the week.
Rev. Herman Bauman (06/16/09)
ELBERTA, Ala. -- The Rev. Herman Bauman, 82, of Elberta, formerly of Scott City, died Sunday, June 14, 2009. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Elberta. Wolf and Bayview Funeral Home in Foley, Ala., is in charge of arrangements...
Fern James (06/16/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Fern James, 93, of Marble Hill passed away Sunday, June 14, 2009, at the El Nathan Home. She was born July 29, 1915, at Crump, daughter of Charles J. and Sarah Francis Moore Williams. She and Lindell L. James were married April 25, 1931. He died Dec. 13, 1999...
Alvena Lett (06/16/09)
Alvena Lillian Lett, 81, of Scott City died Sunday June 14, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 23, 1927, to Charles and Louisa Schoen Georger. She and Donald Lett were married Jan. 31, 1948, in Cape Girardeau...
Rickey Warden (06/16/09)
Rickey Novella Warden, 71, of Jackson passed away Monday, June 15, 2009, at the home of her beloved niece, Judith Murphy of Mound City, Ill. She was born Jan. 18, 1938, in Oran, Mo., daughter of William and Myrtle Osborne. Novella was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Miles Bonner; husband, Robert Warden; five brothers, William James, William, Bobby, James and Eddie Osborne; three sisters, Janie Steele, Patricia Osborne and Wilma Bradley...
Anne Von Doersten (06/16/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Anne C. Clardy Von Doersten died Friday, June 12, 2009. Dearest wife of Ralph Von Doersten; dearest and most beloved mother of Susan (Bill) Bailey, and Charles E. "Chuck" Von Doersten; loving grandmother of Nicole, Brian, Cody and Cory Bailey; dear sister of the late Charles Clardy; beloved niece of the late Albion and Jessie Anderson; dear cousin of Evelyn Levine, and her family; our dear friend...
Mary Thurston (06/16/09)
PULASKI, Ill. -- Mary Magdaline "Mag" Thurston, 89, of Pulaski died Monday, June 15, 2009, at Jonesboro Rehab and Health Care Center in Jonesboro, Ill. She was born Jan. 25, 1920, in Elva, Ky., daughter of Bill and Ivy Stephens Barnes. She and W.H. "Bill" Thurston were married Nov. 10, 1943. He died April 30,1987...
Annie Dykes (06/16/09)
Annie Dykes JONESBORO, Ill. -- Annie Dykes, 86, of Jonesboro, formerly of Tamms, Ill., died Sunday, June 14, 2009, at Jonesboro Health Care. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park between Carbondale, Ill., and Murphysboro, Ill...
Births 6/16/09 (06/16/09)
Daugherty; Sutton; Curtis; Thomas; Holdman; Hale
Fire report 6/16/09 (06/16/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Police report 6/16/09 (06/16/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Assaults; Thefts; Burglary; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Miscellaneous
Out of the past 6/16/09 (06/16/09)
25 years ago: June 16, 1984 With temperatures hovering near the 100-degree mark, crowds swarm downtown Cape Girardeau for Riverfest; two big attractions for revelers are the paddlewheeler Delta Queen, here for several hours, and the Coast Guard vessel Sumac...
Legislation poses threat to secret ballot, U.S. jobs (06/16/09)
Union leaders nationally are desperate. With membership falling throughout the private sector -- from 21.5 percent of the workforce in Missouri 25 years ago to 9.3 percent today -- unions have turned toward an Orwellian-named proposed federal legislation called the Employee Free Choice Act...
Trail expansions (06/16/09)
Cape LaCroix Trail is one of Cape Girardeau's most heavily used recreation facilities, with walkers, runners and cyclists sharing the trail that goes from Osage Park to Shawnee Park. Other sidewalks connect to the trail and provide off-street pedestrian access to other city parks...
Speak Out 6/16/09 (06/16/09)
4-H talent; Accident spot; Downtown trash
Prayer 6/16/09 (06/16/09)
See how we try to do what is right, O God, and bless our efforts. Amen.
JULY AT THE RED HOUSE OFFERS SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION FLAG COLLECTION, MUSIC, HISTORICAL ENCAMPMENTS, AND MORE! (06/16/09)
On Saturday, July 4, from 1-5p.m. the Red House Interpretive Center is very proud to welcome veterans and active military to tour the Red House for free! The Sons of the American Revolution will display a very special collection of 27 American flags, dating from June 14, 1777 thru 2008, which was purchased for the Sons of the American Revolution Allen Laws Oliver Chapter in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, from Herb Nance. Money for this purchase was donated by Painter's Union 1292 in 2004...
Rewarding Responsibility (06/16/09)
I spoke at the city council meeting in Chaffee Missouri June 15, 2009. The subject of my presentation was, again, the restrictions placed on certain dog breeds. Chaffee has not placed an outright ban on the target breeds. They have enacted an ordinance that places restrictions and financial burdens on the dog owners showing no regard for their neighbors. ...
Sonlight Youth Choir and Band in Concert at Grace (06/16/09)
Sonlight Youth Choir and Band 2009 Concert Tour "Breaking the Surface" The Sonlight Youth Choir and Band of Trinity United Methodist Church Gainesville, Florida will perform a concert on Thursday, June 18th, 7:00 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau as part of their 2009 Summer Concert Tour. There is no charge for the concert and no offering will be received...
Guardsmen spend time, share stories with elderly Veterans at picnic (06/16/09)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- On Saturday, Spc. John Reeves came face to face with a walking military history lesson named Melvin Biester. Reeves said the encounter left him with an even deeper appreciation for an earlier generation of Soldiers who "paved the way" for those who followed...
"Movies At The Mud House"- FIREPROOF staring Kirk Cameron (Thursday June 18) Free Screening (06/16/09)
"Movies At The Mud House"- FIREPROOF staring Kirk Cameron (Thursday June 18) Free Screening at The Mississippi Mud House(Cape Girardeau). Pathways presents a Free Screening of the film "FIREPROOF" on Thursday June 18 2009. The movie will start around 7:30...
Jackson eating ribs. (06/16/09)
Jackson Tyler Jones enjoys Dexter Ribs on his first birthday. Jackson is the son of Justin and Natalie Jones of Cape Girardeau.
Gift of Love (06/16/09)
Six year old Kayla McCain recently donated her hair to "Locks of Love." She had waited several months for her hair to get to the required length of 10 inches to have it cut. Following her hair cut, Kayla, along with her mother, Stacy McCain, and her grandparents, Jim & Cathy Evans, participated in a Relay for Life cancer walk in honor of her cousin, Tracy, who was walking as a cancer survivor, and in memory of her great-grandmother,Maxine Evans...
At the river with Daddy (06/16/09)
Rivers and her daddy enjoy walking down the riverfront
Army National Guard visits Veterans Home (06/16/09)
Men and women of the 1140th Engineer Battalion of the Army National Guard pose for a photo with staff members of the Missouri Veterans Home, during their picnic on Saturday, June 13.
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