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Stories from Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Acid spill injures two at Gordonville Grill (06/17/09)
Two people were injured Wednesday when a one-gallon container of drain cleaner holding concentrated sulfuric acid spilled in the parking lot of the Gordonville Grill restaurant in Gordonville.
Scott Meyer prepares for shift from SEMO to city (06/17/09)
When Scott Meyer wraps up his four-year tenure as the director of facilities management at Southeast Missouri State University, he will leave a campus that has an increased presence along Broadway. Where the city meets the university along Broadway, Southeast is putting in parking lots and landscaping...
Sikeston man assaulted after giving ride (06/17/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston man sustained some facial injuries and had his vehicle stolen when he gave three people a ride. According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, the victim reported that he picked up three unknown males on Saturday night when they asked for a ride. The driver then took them to several convenience stores in town and then to a bar/restaurant...
Poplar Bluff teen set on fire during argument (06/17/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff teenager is recovering in the burn unit of a St. Louis hospital after another teen allegedly squirted gasoline on him and lit him on fire.
Escaped prisoner caught in Memphis (06/17/09)
KENNETT, Mo. -- An inmate who escaped Monday from the Southeast Correctional Center at Charleston, Mo., was apprehended Tuesday night in Memphis, Tenn. David Hill, 45, was working on the road crew with the Missouri Department of Transportation when officials say he just walked away...
Hannibal, Mo., woman pleads guilty to bomb threats (06/17/09)
A Hannibal, Mo., woman pleaded guilty in federal court in Cape Girardeau on Monday to making threats against the Butler County Courthouse and Poplar Bluff schools to get out of appearing in a Butler County courtroom in January.
Jackson aldermen OK plan for debris removal (06/17/09)
After two major disasters and other events that resulted in broken trees and damaged homes, the Jackson Board of Aldermen approved a debris management plan designed to make recovery smoother and safer. Jackson was hit by a tornado in May 2003 and a major ice storm in February 2008. ...
Next set of renovations to begin at Perry County hospital (06/17/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- An architectural firm and contractor have been selected and a groundbreaking date set for the largest phase of construction in Perry County Memorial Hospital's 58-year history. The $17.3 million project will replace the hospital's surgical unit and patient care wing and renovate its community waiting room. Almost half the area of the new construction will be the replacement of a wing built in the 1970s that houses its patient care and surgical care unit...
Wall of Broadway building collapses in Cape Girardeau; historian says building should be saved (06/17/09)
The outer wall of a building at 621-623 Broadway collapsed earlier tonight. The part of the building where the wall collapsed was a private residence. Cape Girardeau firefighter Bill Vandeven said no one was in the residence at the time of the collapse...
Park service seeks input on plan for Ozark National Scenic Riverways (06/17/09)
National Park Service officials will hold five meetings next week to allow people to assess the options for a new 20-year plan that will affect development along the Current and Jacks Fork rivers. Based on several hundred responses from meetings held in 2006 to gauge public opinion, the National Park Service developed four alternatives for a new general management plan for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways...
Have you lost pay or hours, hindering your ability to pay child support? (06/17/09)
The Southeast Missourian is looking for unemployed parents who have experienced a cut in pay and/or and are obligated to pay child support payments. We want to know how you're making ends meet. If you fit this profile and would like to share your story, call Erin Easton at 388-3646 or email her at eeaston@semissourian.com...
I-55 to be reduced to one lane Thursday in Scott County (06/17/09)
Southbound Interstate 55 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane Thursday three miles south of Scott City while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make routine bridge repairs. The work is scheduled to take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. The work zone will be marked with signs and MoDOT urges motorists to use caution in the construction area...
Sikeston authorities investigating suspicious fire (06/17/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A suspicious weekend fire remains under investigation. The Sikeston Department of Public Safety responded to a fire reported at 10:05 p.m. Friday at 811 Cherokee St., according to the incident report.
Six hurt in Stoddard County weekend accidents (06/17/09)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Four Bloomfield residents sustained moderate injuries in a Friday night wreck on Route AD, two miles north of Dexter, Mo., and two Dexter teens were also hurt in another wreck Sunday afternoon on Highway 25, two miles north of Bernie, Mo., according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Missouri average on taking gains from clean energy push, study shows (06/17/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A national study on economic development linked to renewable energy predicts Missouri is on the cusp of significant growth. Officials said Wednesday that job growth in Missouri's "clean energy" sector has outperformed overall employment and that the industry brought in $25 million in venture capital from 2006 through 2008. A researcher said state energy policies also will promote economic growth...
Court rules 10 must join sex offender registry (06/17/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri attorney general's office said Tuesday's ruling by the state Supreme Court means that all sex offenders in Missouri must register with the state, including those convicted before the registry was created more than a decade ago...
Lambert Airport opens pet rest areas (06/17/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Lambert Airport in St. Louis has opened two outdoor rest areas where traveling animals can spend a few minutes off the leash and play. Lambert says the miniature dog parks have 400 square feet of gated space with benches, fire hydrants and plastic mitts for pet owners to clean up after their animals...
Missouri college town passes bicyclist harassment ordinance (06/17/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- From its extensive trail system to a 76-year-old mayor who pedals to work, one Missouri college town that takes pride in its bike-friendly status is threatening jail time for motorists who aren't so friendly. The Columbia City Council heard from a steady succession of cyclists who've been victims of road rage -- including a bike shop owner who was pistol-whipped -- before unanimously approving a new ordinance Monday night. ...
Funds to shut nuclear plants falling short (06/17/09)
VERNON, Vt. -- The companies that own almost half the nation's nuclear reactors are not setting aside enough money to dismantle them, and many may sit idle for decades and pose safety and security risks as a result, an Associated Press investigation has found...
Standard & Poor's cuts ratings on 18 banks (06/17/09)
NEW YORK -- Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's on Wednesday cut ratings on 18 banks amid concern about further weakening in the financial sector. S&P said the changes reflected its assessment that volatility will remain in the financial sector and the industry is expected to face tighter regulatory oversight. S&P also said loan losses, which have plagued the industry for more than a year, are likely to continue to increase and could grow beyond expectations...
Cost a major issue as Senate starts health care (06/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats on Wednesday took the first major step toward a sweeping overhaul of the health care system in over a decade, pushing legislation despite strenuous GOP opposition and uncertainty about its provisions and costs. "This is about as historic as it gets for all of us," said Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., who is overseeing the proceedings in place of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., who is battling brain cancer...
Ten large US banks to repay $68 billion in TARP funds (06/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- Ten large U.S. banks planned to repay about $68 billion in bailout money Wednesday, marking a new phase for the most visible government effort to relieve the credit crisis. The Treasury Department last week said the banks could begin repaying money they received last fall under the $700 billion financial system bailout known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP. ...
Congress advances $106 billion war-funded bill (06/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- Congress is on its way to giving President Barack Obama what could be its final emergency war-spending bill, an annual budgetary sleight-of-hand that since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has cost the nation nearly $1 trillion...
First work session on Senate health care bill (06/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- Eye-popping new cost estimates for President Barack Obama's plan to overhaul the U.S. health care system are forcing majority Democrats to scale back their plans to subsidize coverage for the uninsured. The $1 trillion-plus estimates come as the Senate Health Committee prepares to meet Wednesday to begin crafting a bill around Obama's top legislative priority...
Same-sex partners to get fed benefits (06/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama, whose gay and lesbian supporters have grown frustrated with his slow movement on their priorities, is extending benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees, a White House official said. Obama planned to announce his decision Wednesday in the Oval Office, the official said. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because Obama had not signed a presidential memorandum putting his plan into place...
New Obama initiative seeks to fix finance regs (06/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama wants to strengthen the government's authority over financial institutions in a sweeping attempt to modernize regulations that failed to detect early signs of a worldwide crisis. The president was to detail the administration's overhaul plan on Wednesday, recommending new powers for the Federal Reserve; a new consumer protection agency to govern lending and credit; and new rules that would reach into currently unregulated regions of the financial markets...
Sebelius says children may get swine flu shots first (06/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- Schoolchildren could be first in line for swine flu vaccine this fall -- and schools are being put on notice that they might even be turned into shot clinics. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday she is urging school superintendents around the country to spend the summer preparing for that possibility, if the government goes ahead with mass vaccinations...
Housing starts rise in May while inflation stays in check (06/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- Fresh signs that the economy is stabilizing -- though at low levels -- emerged Tuesday in reports that home construction rose more than expected last month and wholesale prices remain in check. The building of new homes and apartments jumped 17.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 532,000 units from April's record low of 454,000 units, the Commerce Department said. ...
U.S. attorney general urges new hate crimes law (06/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- Citing recent killings in Arkansas, Kansas and the nation's capital, Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday said new hate crimes law were needed to stop what he called "violence masquerading as political activism." The attorney general's call for Congress to act came as a civil rights coalition said white supremacist activity has surged since the election of the first black president and the economic downturn...
New climate report dire, but offers hope (06/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- Rising sea levels, sweltering temperatures, deeper droughts, and heavier downpours -- global warming's serious effects are already here and getting worse, the Obama administration warned Tuesday in the grimmest, most urgent language on climate change ever to come out of any White House...
New Mexico to break ground on spaceport (06/17/09)
UPHAM, N.M. -- The wide-open desert of southern New Mexico has long been a key passageway: Spanish conquistadors used it to settle North America, and wagon trains and railroads rattled through on their way to California. Today, New Mexico is hoping the forgotten stretch of cattle ranches and mountain ranges will become a gateway to space...
Obama wants new consumer agency (06/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- Setting up a fight with big business, President Obama is proposing a new regulatory agency to police lenders and protect consumers in credit, savings and other banking transactions. The consumer agency and a newly empowered Federal Reserve will be two of the central elements of a broad overhaul of the financial regulatory system that the president will announce today, officials said...
Russia, China seek greater monetary influence (06/17/09)
YEKATERINBURG, Russia -- The leaders of four major emerging economies -- Russia, China, Brazil and India -- apparently failed Tuesday to reach consensus on reducing the dominance of the U.S. dollar despite growing calls for an alternative global reserve currency...
U.K. plans universal access to high-speed Internet (06/17/09)
LONDON -- About one-third of Britain's population does not have access to the Internet at home -- a statistic that prompted a government promise Tuesday to overhaul the country's digital infrastructure. Prime Minister Gordon Brown outlined a $328 million program that would ensure that every British home can have broadband Internet access at 2 megabytes per second by 2012. That's fast enough to buy products online and download most Web pages...
N. Korea: U.S. journalists plotted 'smear campaign' (06/17/09)
SEOUL, South Korea -- One video recorder set, six tapes, a digital camera and a stone. North Korea laid out its evidence Tuesday against two American journalists sentenced to hard labor for entering the country illegally. The country's official news agency reported that the journalists, Lisa Ling and Euna Lee, documented their journey into communist North Korea, even pocketing a stone to commemorate the illicit trip across the frozen Tumen River from China...
China backpedals on Internet order requiring filtering software (06/17/09)
BEIJING -- China's authoritarian government has backed away from an order to load Internet-filtering software on every new computer after a major outcry by citizens used to the relative freedom of online life. Legal challenges, petitions and satirical cartoons had been part of a grassroots effort to scuttle the initiative announced earlier this month...
Thousands rally again in streets of Iran's capital (06/17/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Thousands of pro-reform protesters marched Tuesday in a second straight day of large street demonstrations in the Iranian capital, defying both their leader and the government after the clerical regime said it would recount some disputed ballots from the presidential election...
Glasscock, Wagoner, Hastings, Farrar win (06/17/09)
The team of Gene Farrar, George Glasscock, Speedy Wagoner and Jim Hastings won A flight in the recent Retired Senior Volunteer Program golf tournament at Cape Jaycee Municipal Golf Course. The team shot 60 and won a scorecard tiebreaker with the foursome of Howell Rice, Frank Essner, Josh Govero and Steve Seyer...
NY Times report: Sosa tested positive in '03 (06/17/09)
NEW YORK -- Former slugger Sammy Sosa tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2003, The New York Times reported Tuesday on its website. The Times, citing lawyers familiar with the case, reported Sosa is one of 104 players who tested positive in a 2003 baseball survey. The paper did not identify the drug...
St. Louis will try struggling Greene at third base (06/17/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Khalil Greene likely will be at a new position when he's ready to return to the St. Louis Cardinals. Greene has been playing third base instead of his usual shortstop during a rehab assignment he began last week. He's been on the disabled list, dealing with social anxiety problems, and was 6-for-15 with two doubles and two RBIs at Class AAA Memphis...
Long shots for the favorite (06/17/09)
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Tiger Woods began his final practice round of the U.S. Open by hitting a 5-wood for his second shot on a par 4, which is rare for someone with his power. Stranger still was that it wasn't enough club to reach the 10th green...
Sosa report doesn't shock Cubs players (06/17/09)
CHICAGO -- Cubs slugger Derrek Lee says he never saw Saomy Sosa take any banned substances. He couldn't avoid hearing the rumors, though, so when The New York Times reported Tuesday that his former teammate tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2003, Lee wasn't shocked...
Pujols continues power tear in 11-2 rout of Tigers (06/17/09)
By R.B. FALLSTROM The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- After Adam Wainwright escaped a first-inning mess, the St. Louis Cardinals made Justin Verlander pay for his. Albert Pujols hit his fifth home run in five games -- and the longest homer at Busch Stadium this season -- to lead a 14-hit barrage. Wainwright righted himself to work seven strong innings in an 11-2 rout over the Tigers and their ace Tuesday night...
Tight economy means tight pants for stress eaters (06/17/09)
NEW YORK -- Leslie Fuller tried to stick to her shopping list on a recent grocery run. Instead, she found herself venturing down the candy aisle, throwing bags of Hershey's Miniatures and M&M's into her cart. "I should just put them down on the seat and sit on them," said Fuller, a paralegal in Las Vegas. "That's where they're going to go -- on my behind. I eat them because it makes me feel better."...
Melons the star at Schnucks' Produce University (06/17/09)
It's summertime in Southeast Missouri, and for Schnucks produce manager Bob Smith, summer means melons. Regular melons like watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew get large real estate in the produce sections of local grocery stores, but lesser known, more exotic melons will be the subjects at Produce University from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Schnucks. The presentation of produce will introduce customers to five melons, including the French Kiss melon, the Piel De Sapo and the Hami Gold Melon...
Eight ways to stop stress eating (06/17/09)
Here are some tips on how to control stress-driven eating:n Recognize that being stressed is normal, said Edward Abramson, a psychologist in Lafayette, Calif., and author of "Emotional Eating." Talk about the stress with family and friends. -- The Associated Press...
Frozen fruit becomes quick, cool summer treat (06/17/09)
Frozen desserts are a great way to beat the summer heat, but all the fat in ice cream makes it more suitable for an occasional treat than a daily cooler. Icy fruit sorbets, on the other hand, rarely have any fat and are loaded with healthy nutrients, so there's no reason to feel guilty. Plus, with a food processor you can easily make them yourself in just a few minutes...
Recipe Swap: Cookbooks are birthday gifts with excellent taste (06/17/09)
It is always exciting to get a new cookbook, and for my recent birthday I got two. My sister, Pat, gave me "The Amish Cook at Home: Simple Pleasures of Food, Family and Faith." It is filled with beautiful photographs, stories about the Amish faith community and, of course, great-sounding recipes. ...
Dr. Grow: Always something new to learn in horticulture (06/17/09)
If you like to learn new things continually, spend some time in the field of horticulture. You never know when someone will show you something unusual or rare. That something may be in the form of a new variety that just hit the market or it may be a plant that has been around for a long time. Either way, something different can be a lot of fun...
Music Review: Angel Taylor's debut album shines (06/17/09)
Angel Taylor, "Love Travels" Angel Taylor's debut album," "Love Travels," is a lush and lilting treatment on pop. It's a sugarcoated production to be sure, but honest enough around the edges to keep things from becoming too sappy. Of course it's all about love and dating and the occasional heartache. What pop song isn't, really? What Taylor brings to the table that sets her apart is a voice with enough quirks to make her stand out in a crowded genre of wannabe Lisa Loebs...
'Potter' publisher denies plagiarism (06/17/09)
LONDON -- The publisher of the wildly popular and profitable "Harry Potter" books says it intends to fight a lawsuit alleging that author J.K. Rowling stole the idea for the series about the boy wizard. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC is being taken to court in London by the estate of the late author Adrian Jacobs for copyright infringement, statements released Tuesday by the publishing house and legal representatives of the estate said...
Phyllis Kepner (06/17/09)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Phyllis A. Kepner, 67, of Cairo died Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. There is no visitation. Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Spencer Heights Cemetery in Mounds, Ill. Dr. Larry Potts will officiate...
Nelda Devenport (06/17/09)
Nelda Marie Devenport, 77, of Chesterfield, Mo., passed away Monday, June 15, 2009. The daughter of the late Claude O. and Grace Noland Devenport, Nelda was born July 22, 1931, in Cape Girardeau, where she attended public schools and was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church...
Evelyn King (06/17/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Evelyn M. King, 72, of Perryville died Monday, June 15, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 30, 1936, in Butler County, Mo., daughter of Vard and Lula Cobb Phelps. Mrs. King was a former owner/operator of a retail shoe store...
Births 6/17/09 (06/17/09)
Lineberry; Teeter; Avalos; Twiggs; Roberds
Fire report 6/17/09 (06/17/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Police report 6/17/09 (06/17/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summons; Assaults; Theft; Burglary; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Arrests; Theft; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 6/17/09 (06/17/09)
25 years ago: June 17, 1984 Martin T. "Tim" Schnare of Cape Girardeau has received a call to become pastor of St. Luke Lutheran Church at Worland, Wyo.; one of a class of 130 who graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in May, Schnare will be ordained at Carrollton, Mo., on July 15...
Mayhem celebration (06/17/09)
I am not a basketball fan. Oh sure, I followed the kid from Poplar Bluff who made a name for himself in North Carolina. But when it comes to professional basketball, I lost interest when Michael Jordan retired. So when the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic on Sunday night, I paid little attention. What did catch my eye was the riot that erupted in Los Angeles following the game...
President Blattner (06/17/09)
On July 1 a Cape Girardeau native will become the president of Caldwell College in New Jersey, a Catholic, coeducational, four-year liberal arts institution on a campus of 70 wooded acres 20 miles from New York City. Nancy Blattner will be the first layperson to head the college, which is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founding by the Sisters of St. Dominic...
Speak Out 6/17/09 (06/17/09)
Economic future; TV racket; Shopping bags; Radical ideas; Baling hay; Conservative naivete; Obama not weak; Bringing justice
Prayer 6/17/09 (06/17/09)
Comfort those in need, O God, and guide those who can to help them. Amen.
"ANNIE" at the ST. LOUIS MUNY: Tony Award Winning Performer, Charter Bus Provided (06/17/09)
Introduce the child in your life to the most optimistic red-headed orphan to ever sing and dance her way through New York City! On Thursday, June 25, the Cape Girardeau Parks & Recreation Department will provide a charter bus to the Muny to see "Annie" at 8:15 p.m. Tickets for the show and the bus are $53. Seats are in Terrace B. Bus leaves at 5 p.m. Show stars Tony Award Winner Beth Leavel...
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (06/17/09)
Callie is a 7 year old female Domestic Short Hair Calico in need of a loving home. She has lived with both cats and dogs her whole life, but just isn't the biggest fan of dogs. Callie is very affectionate and calm, and would rather just lie in your lap while watching TV (or snuggle up with you for an afternoon nap) than play with any toy you buy her. ...
New Associate Pastor at St Paul Lutheran Church - Jackson (06/17/09)
Ted Torreson was born to Rodney and Paulette Torreson on May 19, 1980, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the middle of three siblings and has an older sister, Tasha, and a younger brother, Travis. His father is a widely published poet and Lutheran English teacher at Immanuel --St. ...
4 School Golf Scramble (06/17/09)
The Union county marching band is made from all four Union county schools. (Anna-Jonesboro H.S.,Shawnee H.S.,Dongola H.S. and Cobden H.S.) Together we will be marching at Disney world in Orlando Florida in March 2010. This golf scramble is a combined effort of all 4 band boosters organizations. ...
Downtown Golf Tournament, Sunday, June 28, 2009 (06/17/09)
The First Fourth Annual Louis J Lorimier Memorial World Famous Downtown Golf Tournament and All You Can Eat Catfish Buffet announces that John Breaker, creator of the BirdieBall, will be attending this year's event. The Downtown Golf Tournament will take place on Sunday, June 28, 2009 in the streets of downtown Cape Girardeau and on the lawn of the River Campus. Participants will play a 9 hole course using the BirdieBall. A 5-iron is the suggested club to use for play...
22nd Annual United Way Golf Tournament (06/17/09)
United Way of Southeast Missouri hosted the 22nd Annual Golf Tournament at the Cape Girardeau Country Club on Friday June 12th. The winners of the Tournaments four person scramble were, starting from the left Rick Goodman, Gerry Driskell, Suzie Seib and Blake Driskell. The winning team received a $400.00 Gift Certificate to Golf Pro...
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