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Neal Boyd speaks about his new CD and singing with Kenny Rogers (06/20/09)
Kenny Rogers will be joined by Neal Boyd when he returns for a fourth concert on Wednesday in Sikeston, Mo., to benefit a fund that will expand the facilities of the Kenny Rogers Children's Center. Boyd's debut album will be released Tuesday. Boyd said the album release date was perfect timing to return home to Southeast Missouri. A Southeast Missourian reporter spoke with the busy singer recently, and Boyd took the time to answer a few questions...
University foundation keeps license office contract (06/20/09)
Southeast Missourian The Southeast Missouri State University Foundation beat out a Chicago firm to retain the contract to operate Cape Girardeau's motor vehicle license office. The foundation, which has operated the license office at 112 S. Spanish St. ...
Scott County commissioners inquire about large bill for housing of prisoners (06/20/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County has experienced big jail populations this year -- which means it has to pay to house the overflow in other facilities. During Thursday's meeting, commissioners approved a $9,000 bill to Scott City's jail for February through April. In all, about $18,000 of the $45,000 budget for housing prisoners was spent by the end of April...
10-year-old on bike hurt in accident Friday in Cape Girardeau (06/20/09)
A 10-year-old boy was injured when a car struck him while he was riding his bike in the 200 block of Capaha Trail Friday afternoon. Cape Girardeau traffic officer David Valentine didn't release the injured boy's name. Valentine classified his injuries as "moderate to severe" but said the boy was conscious when an ambulance transported him to the hospital...
Crews demolish partially collapsed wall at 621-623 Broadway (06/20/09)
Crews demolished the partially collapsed wall of a building at 621-623 Broadway earlier this morning. Tuesday evening the Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to a call that the outer wall of the building had collapsed, taking out part of an apartment in the back of the structure. ...
Cape County drops in Kids Count ranking (06/20/09)
Cape Girardeau County improved in five of the indicators of child well-being in the 2008 Kids Count in Missouri statistics but declined in the other five. From 2007 to 2008, Cape Girardeau County fell from 26th to 48th in the Kids Count rankings of all 114 Missouri counties and the city of St. Louis. It was one of six counties to drop more than 20 places...
SEMO budget solution a one-year deal, university president says (06/20/09)
A budget with no pay raises and no increases in revenue will work for a year but is not sustainable, Southeast Missouri State University president Dr. Ken Dobbins said Friday. Speaking after the university board of regents approved the $96.9 million budget for the year beginning July 1, Dobbins said the bargain he and other university presidents made with Gov. Jay Nixon for sustained state funding with no student fee increases was a one-year deal...
Four in Dexter charged with stealing checks (06/20/09)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Dexter police arrested four local residents this week after an investigation of a home burglary at 1101 N. Sassafras St. Stolen from the home was a book of checks, along with tools and lawn-mowing equipment from a shed at the residence, according to police...
Greasy trail leads police in Illinois to grill stolen from festival (06/20/09)
WATERLOO, Ill. -- A trail of grease thwarted two men who allegedly attempted to steal an industrial-sized barbecue grill in Southern Illinois. Andrew Schneider and Trent Gilliam are accused of stealing the 16-foot long, stainless steel grill from the Monroe County Courthouse lawn Tuesday during the Porta Westfalica Festival, which is named after Waterloo's German sister city...
Prosecutor says Sen. Burris won't face perjury charge (06/20/09)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- U.S. Sen. Roland Burris won't face a perjury charge over statements he made to state lawmakers investigating how he got his job, but the junior senator still faces the task of salvaging his political future and shaking the stigma of his link to the disgraced former governor who put him in office...
GOP Mo. House leaders urge gov. to avoid vetoes (06/20/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's Republican House leaders are urging Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon not to use a proposed bond issue as justification for vetoing construction projects funded with federal stimulus money. Nixon's administration already has said he will make line-item vetoes to a budget bill that would spend $381 million of stimulus funds over the next two years, largely on capital improvement projects...
Flags at half-staff to honor fallen Mo. Marine (06/20/09)
SULLIVAN, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered all U.S. and Missouri flags on state property to be flown at half-staff for a week starting today to honor a fallen Marine from east-central Missouri. Marine Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ricky L. Richardson Jr. died June 10 in Afghanistan. The 33-year-old from Sullivan had been in the Marines since 1996. He was an explosive ordnance disposal technician killed while dismantling bombs...
Mo. judge OKs summary for stem-cell ballot measure (06/20/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri judge has dismissed conspiracy allegations against three state officials and approved the summary and cost estimate for a proposed constitutional amendment banning public money from going to abortion and human cloning...
FBI investigating Missouri housing deals (06/20/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The director of Missouri's housing agency confirmed Friday that he has been interviewed by the FBI as part of an investigation related to low-income housing projects but said he was not the focus of the investigation. Pete Ramsel, executive director of the Missouri Housing Development Commission, said he was interviewed in person by the FBI last year about housing development issues related to the state agency...
Sotomayor quits all-women's club (06/20/09)
WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor (SOHN'-yuh soh-toh-my-YOR') has resigned from an elite all-women's club after Republicans questioned her participation in it. Sotomayor says she resigned from the Belizean (buh-LEE'-zee-uhn) Grove on Friday...
Dems unveil first draft of health legislation (06/20/09)
WASHINGTON -- Democrats got a glimpse of what it would look like if their health-care overhaul ran into a wall -- and they quickly pulled back to regroup and get moving again. Trying to regain the initiative, House Democrats on Friday unveiled draft legislation they said would cover virtually all of the nation's nearly 50 million uninsured as President Obama has promised. However, they offered few details on how to pay for it...
Unemployment rate in Western United States tops 10 percent (06/20/09)
WASHINGTON -- The housing bust sent the unemployment rate in the West bolting past 10 percent in May -- the first time in more than 25 years that a region of the United States has suffered double-digit joblessness. A Labor Department report released Friday showed the West absorbing the worst of the recession, which is now the longest since World War II. California, Nevada and Oregon endured particularly heavy job losses in construction, manufacturing and tourism...
Moose and quarrel: Utah won't pay for damage caused when officials tranquilized wayward moose (06/20/09)
PROVO, Utah -- Two Utah students feel goosed by a moose on the loose. Their cars were parked on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo when a young bull moose showed up June 4. State wildlife officials shot it with a tranquilizer gun, but before it fell, it busted through a barricade and collapsed on the cars...
Safety group asks GM for trunk-latch recall (06/20/09)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A safety foundation asked General Motors Corp. on Friday to recall its 2000-2001 sedans and refit their trunks with emergency-release latches after two Arkansas children were found dead in the trunk of a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu...
Ceremony marks New Mexico spaceport launch (06/20/09)
UPHAM, N.M. -- A multimillion-dollar spaceport is moving toward construction in the New Mexico desert, a big step for commercial space development and tourists who will suit up for $200,000 suborbital flights. Gov. Bill Richardson and other dignitaries staged a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday at the remote site of Spaceport America in Sierra County...
Nude hiking buffs ready to shed as solstice nears (06/20/09)
HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- Every year on the first day of summer, a few outdoor enthusiasts nationwide expose virtually all of themselves to insects, scrapes and thorns for the pleasure of bonding with nature au naturel. They call it Naked Hiking Day. "There's no way to explain it until you experience it," said Andrew Williams, 28, a machinist from Warren, Pa., who first hiked naked six or seven years ago. "It's not about being lewd and crude and all that. It's just enjoyment."...
Montana woman uses chickens as therapists (06/20/09)
POLSON, Mont. -- Therapy dogs can be a comfort for seniors and those recovering from illnesses and injuries. So how about therapy chickens? Jana Clairmont of Polson, Mont., calls her therapy birds -- a white rooster and Cornish game hen -- "Fowl Play."...
Calif. looks to immigrant inmates to save costs (06/20/09)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- With California slipping into a financial sinkhole, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing to save more than $180 million by cutting short the sentences of thousands of immigrants in the state's prisons and turning them over to federal authorities for deportation...
'Data mining' for drug companies goes to courts (06/20/09)
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- The prescription drugs you take are on the minds of a lot of people: judges on two federal courts, legislators in several states, countless doctors and, at the center, the companies that make money by figuring out who's prescribing what...
U.N. says world hunger reaches 1 billion mark (06/20/09)
ROME -- The global financial meltdown has pushed the ranks of the world's hungry to a record 1 billion, a milestone that poses a threat to peace and security, U.N. food officials said Friday. Because of war, drought, political instability, high food prices and poverty, hunger now affects one in six people, by the United Nations' estimate...
Iranian leader warns of crackdown on protests (06/20/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's supreme leader sought Friday to end the deepening crisis over disputed elections with one speech -- declaring the vote will almost certainly stand and warning opposition leaders to end street protests or be held responsible for any "bloodshed and chaos" to come...
Southeast's Warren receives academic recognition (06/20/09)
Southeast Missouri State track and cross country runner Amy Warren is the university's latest Academic All-American. Warren has been named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American third team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America...
Cape Jr. Legion drops to 0-2 in DSP Midwest Regional (06/20/09)
The Plaza Tire Cape Junior Legion baseball team fell to 0-2 in the DSP Midwest Regional on Friday with a 13-1 loss to the Big Hitter Diamondstars. Josh Hiett had a triple, which brought home the lone run for Cape (10-5). Christian Cavaness added two hits...
Cards slam loss on Royals (06/20/09)
The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Every team that faces Albert Pujols has a difficult dilemma: Pitch to one of the greatest right-handed hitters of his generation or put him on and hope someone else doesn't hurt you. The Kansas City Royals tried it both ways and failed both times...
Eight Formula One teams may start rival series (06/20/09)
SILVERSTONE, England -- Formula One intends to sue the eight teams that announced plans for a rival series next season -- the biggest crisis to engulf the sport since the championship began in 1950. The governing body accused the Formula One Teams Association of "serious violations of law." The breakaway came after Ferrari, championship leader Brawn GP and six other teams failed to resolve a dispute over the introduction of a budget cap for next season...
Weavers will square off when Angels face Dodgers (06/20/09)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Bumped out of the majors by his younger brother a few years ago, Jeff Weaver hardly imagined it would come to this -- a chance they'd share the mound, on opposite teams. The duel between Jeff and Jered Weaver in tonight's game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels will mark their first matchup, and the 21st time in big league history that siblings have started against each other...
Yanks bench A-Rod amid June swoon (06/20/09)
MIAMI -- Alex Rodriguez's homecoming will have to wait a little longer. Following a tumultuous month at the plate, the slumping third baseman was benched Friday for two games by the New York Yankees for what he and the team called "fatigue." The three-time AL MVP had been set to play his first regular-season games in his hometown of Miami against the Marlins...
Glover leads as soggy U.S. Open plays catch-up (06/20/09)
The Associated Press FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Phil Mickelson lumbered along the rain-softened turf of Bethpage Black for 29 holes. Lucas Glover had it even worse, taking nine hours to play 31 holes Friday in a U.S. Open that felt like a marathon. Their only regret was they couldn't play more...
Rain gives way to mud balls (06/20/09)
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Tiger Woods would have liked to have been able to clean the mud off his ball Friday in the U.S. Open at soggy Bethpage Black. Jim Furyk knew it was a waste of time to even talk about it. "We all know that's not going to happen," Furyk said about allowing players to lift, clean and place balls in the fairways, "so it's a worthless conversation."...
Tkachuk signs one-year deal to remain in St. Louis (06/20/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Keith Tkachuk, the savvy forward who helped lead the St. Louis Blues to the playoffs for the first time since 2004, will be back for another year. "Keith is a veteran leader who played a key role with our club's success this past season," Blues president John Davidson said Friday. Terms were not disclosed...
Wimbledon champion Nadal wiill not defend title (06/20/09)
WIMBLEDON, England -- Defending champion Rafael Nadal withdrew from Wimbledon on Friday because of tendinitis in his knees. He is the first reigning Wimbledon men's champion to not defend the title since Goran Ivanisevic in 2002 -- and only the second in the last 35 years. The grass-court Grand Slam tournament begins Monday...
A father's love runs deep (06/20/09)
"Does it sadden you when you have to leave your family for long periods of time?" I asked a friend who drives an over-the-road truck. John had just finished telling me of his plans to make it home to celebrate his wedding anniversary with his wife. He always tried to be present for important events. This time, however, he was encountering problems getting his schedule to cooperate, so John was concerned...
Fathers hold their families together (06/20/09)
Fatherhood is glue for the family. A recent study published in the journal Child Development has indicated that a father's active involvement in the family not only has a positive effect on mothers but significantly reduces rate of sexual activity among teens...
Calendar (06/20/09)
Briefly Jehovah's Witnesses hold conventions The Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses will hold two public conventions in St. Charles, Mo. with a theme of "Keep on the Watch!" the weekends of July 3 to 5 and July 10 to 12. The events are part of a series of 319 conventions being held in 81 cities across the country this year. ...
A well of support (06/20/09)
Grace United Methodist Church is attempting to do its part to help Mozambique churches. An art auction and dance will be held June 28 to raise funds for partnerships that Grace has in Mozambique. Ten years ago at the Missouri Methodist Church Conference, the Missouri Methodist Church adopted Mozambique. ...
Jehovah's Witnesses hold public conventions in St. Charles (06/20/09)
Jehovah's Witnesses hold public conventions in St. Charles The Christian Congregation Of Jehovah's Witnesses will hold two public conventions in St. Charles, Mo. with a theme of "Keep on the Watch!" on the weekends of July 3 to 5 and July 10 to 12. The events are part of a series of 319 conventions being held in 81 cities across the country this year. ...
Maurice Furlow (06/20/09)
Maurice Furlow JONESBORO, Ill. -- Maurice Furlow, 65, of Jonesboro died Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at Jonesboro Rehab and Health Care Center. Graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Mulkeytown Cemetery, with the Rev. Cliff Higgerson officiating...
Helen Steinborn (06/20/09)
Helen Steinborn Helen V. Steinborn, 96, of Cape Girardeau passed away Thursday, June 18, 2009, at Fountainbleau Lodge. She was born Aug. 6, 1912, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Andy and Helen Hauptmann Wildes. She and Robert F. Steinborn were married in 1929 in Piggott, Ark. He died Nov. 22, 1998...
Paul Tinker (06/20/09)
Paul Tinker PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Paul E. Tinker, 74, of Perryville died Friday, June 19, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 1, 1935, in St. Louis, son of Joseph and Maida McDaniel Tinker. He and Ruth Busby were married March 15, 1980, in St. Charles, Mo...
Hilda Shumpert (06/20/09)
Hilda Shumpert Hilda Shumpert, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, June 19, 2009, at Heartland Care and Rehab. Arrangements are incomplete with Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
Fire report 6/20/09 (06/20/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Thursday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Police report 6/20/09 (06/20/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Summonses Assault Thefts Burglary Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt....
Out of the past 6/20/09 (06/20/09)
25 years ago: June 20, 1984 Forty employees are working during the summer to keep Cape Girardeau's parks pleasant; during the offseason, only about 18 workers are needed; among chores being done this summer is the replacing of a section of drain pipe that will allow water to drain from the Capaha Park swimming pool pump house to the lagoon...
Scott City Summer Music Fest '09 set for June 27 (06/20/09)
By Paul Schock Over time and through speaking with various members of our community, I have found one common denominator in many conversations: Scott City needs to cater more to the youths and the family unit in our community. The consensus would be that we need to integrate more family and youth activities in our area. I agree wholeheartedly with this idea. That is the purpose of Music Fest '09...
Cute signs, health care (06/20/09)
Amusing signs and slogans:In a podiatrist's office: Time wounds all heels. On a septic tank truck: Yesterday's meals on wheels. At a proctologist's door: To expedite your visit, please back in. On a plumber's truck: We repair what your husband fixed...
Higher education (06/20/09)
Anyone casually reading a resolution adopted earlier this month by Missouri's Coordinating Board for Higher Education might conclude that the agency was encouraging the creation of a community college in Cape Girardeau. But the resolution was more of a caution...
Speak Out 6/20/09 (06/20/09)
Bus drivers texting; Unconstitutional; Fringe threat; Honoring Lansmon; Killing a baby; Sales tax holiday; Cape's finances; Airport expenses; Interchange plans; Picnic for veterans; Shelter rules; Caruthers signal
Prayer 062009 (06/20/09)
By your mercy, O God, we are comforted and healed from our afflictions. Amen.
" A wedding party makes a normal day at the park UNIQUE" (06/20/09)
Bryan & Ashly Leimer had a special way to take a picture of their wedding party in the park after their outside wedding at Cape County Park on Saturday June 13. Pictured: Bride: Ashly (Palmer) Leimer, Groom: Bryan Leimer, Cassy Dameron, Matt Dameron, Gina Leimer, Ike Smith, Cassie Phillips, Eric Glueck, Kimber Lang, Ryan Friese, Whitney Rhodes, Eric Ankelman, Taylor Grant, Scott Lape, Kristen Stokes and Justin Evans...
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