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Stories from Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New Scott County roads to bear names of Missouri governors (07/08/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- New streets in Scott County will honor Missouri's gubernatorial history. During Tuesday's County Commission meeting, Joel Evans, county emergency management director and county developer, presented his idea for naming new streets in the unincorporated parts of the county as part of his activity summary for the month of June...
Cause of death determined for boy killed in Current River boat accident (07/08/09)
DONIPHAN, Mo. -- An autopsy Tuesday determined a Poplar Bluff boy drowned after being ejected from a boat during a deadly weekend boating accident on Current River. Dr. Russell Deidiker performed an autopsy on Jerry Mote, 11, at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center Tuesday afternoon...
Two dead in Southeast Missouri accidents Monday (07/08/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Two people died in separate accidents Monday in Southeast Missouri. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at 9:55 am. on Interstate 57, seven miles north of Charleston, a northbound dump truck operated by Nathan L. Belstle, 23, of Fayette, Mo., suffered a defect, crossed the center line and struck a vehicle driven by Robert G. Downey, 36, of Collierville, Tenn., head-on...
Community gardens fulfill one dream of Cape Girardeau bus driver (07/08/09)
Robert Harris keeps a journal full of dreams. Some of them have already been realized. "You just have so many dreams, and you just hope that one day you can pull them off," he said. Harris, 55, is a bus driver for the Cape Girardeau School District, but during the summer he volunteers in two community gardens. ...
SEMO NASV director to stay on to train replacement (07/08/09)
Tammy Gwaltney's departure from the director's position at the Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence, slated to have occurred at the beginning of this month, will be pushed back a few years. After six months of searching for a replacement, sifting through a handful of applicants from around the country and conducting interviews, Gwaltney said she was unable to find anyone who met the qualifications...
Jackson votes to ban fireworks sales, use (07/08/09)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen voted to ban the sale and use of fireworks, but the Monday evening decision on a verbal motion won't be the final word. The board was wrapping up its regular meeting Monday when Mayor Barbara Lohr asked for comments from members. Ward 3 Alderman Larry Cunningham called for the vote to ban fireworks, which passed 4-2 ...
Dexter mayor charged with DWI (07/08/09)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Dexter's longtime mayor, Joe Weber, was one of many charged over the holiday weekend with driving while intoxicated on Missouri roadways. Weber was pulled over in Butler County just after 7 p.m. on Saturday while returning home from a Fourth of July gathering...
Woman charged with manslaughter in Current River boat crash (07/08/09)
DONIPHAN, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff, Mo., woman was charged Monday with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a deadly weekend boating accident on Current River that left her young passenger and another boater dead. Radeena Proffer, 27, of Poplar Bluff was charged with the Class B felony of first-degree involuntary manslaughter by Ripley County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Miller...
Men arrested on suspicion of firebombing house (07/08/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- What may have been the second incident in a feud-like episode landed a former 27-year-old Poplar Bluff man in jail facing possible charges of first-degree arson, first-degree assault and armed criminal action. The first episode is still under investigations, police said...
Southeast Missouri State University gets grant for science labs (07/08/09)
A science lab renovation project at Southeast Missouri State University got a boost from the federal government, the university announced Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Education awarded the university a $2 million grant. The funds will be used during a five-year period to buy equipment, retrain faculty and renovate biology labs at Magill Hall on the north side of campus. About $1 million will go toward laboratory renovations, which are part of a $39 million science lab improvement project...
MoDOT bridge workers repair beam on Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge (07/08/09)
Missouri Department of Transportation Bridge workers from Jefferson City Terry Shunamon, left, Frank Baker and Pat Wolf repair a beam that was damaged by a barge last year Tuesday under the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. ...
New flood maps use lower river level to assess risk in Cape Girardeau County (07/08/09)
The latest flood maps for Cape Girardeau County show a lower water level could become the new standard for rating risk along the Mississippi River. On the maps currently in use, every building that could be reached by water when the Cape Girardeau river gauge reaches 51.35 feet is considered in a high-risk area for flooding. ...
Water to be shut off in Marble Hill today for water line repairs (07/08/09)
Marble Hill, Mo. -- Residents along portions of Highway 34 in Marble Hill will have their water shut off at midmorning today as the city makes what it terms major repairs to water lines.
Woman injured in weekend boating accident at Wappapello Lake (07/08/09)
WAPPAPELLO LAKE, Mo. -- A Doniphan woman is recovering after suffering what authorities describe as a severe cut when she was struck by a boat propeller Saturday while tubing on Wappapello Lake. Melissa Cook, 21, was injured at about 8:14 p.m. "out in the main body of the lake," out from Rockwood Point, according to Missouri State Water Patrolman David Nelson...
Tom Schweich in Cape Girardeau today to announce candidacy for state auditor (07/08/09)
Former State Department official Tom Schweich will be in Cape Girardeau today to announce his candidacy for state auditor. Schweich, a Republican, will appear at 4:45 p.m. at the old federal courthouse at 339 Broadway.
MoDOT repairs cause road closures (07/08/09)
Missouri seeks partners for broadband Internet project (07/08/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri is recruiting companies and private organizations to help expand broadband Internet access throughout the state. Gov. Jay Nixon's office said the state's request for private partners is a first step toward winning additional federal stimulus money to expand broadband Internet access...
Health care overhaul racing against the clock (07/08/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is struggling to show progress in a race against the clock to revamp the nation's health care system this year. Problems in Congress threaten to overshadow a White House event Wednesday designed to boost Obama's health overhaul...
Judge denies motion to fast-track General Motors sale appeal (07/08/09)
NEW YORK -- The sale of most of General Motors' assets is moving closer to completion, after a bankruptcy judge denied motions by groups with asbestos and injury-related claims seeking to halt the sale and appeal directly to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals...
Pickens calls off massive wind farm in Texas (07/08/09)
HOUSTON -- Plans for the world's largest wind farm in the Texas panhandle have been scrapped, energy baron T. Boone Pickens said Tuesday, and he's looking for a home for 687 giant wind turbines. Pickens has already ordered the turbines, which can stand 400 feet tall -- taller than most 30-story buildings...
Pro-marijuana ad pushes pot as California budget fix (07/08/09)
SAN FRANCISCO -- A pro-marijuana group is launching another television bid to legalize pot in California -- this time with the pitch that legalizing and taxing the drug could help solve the state's massive budget deficit. The 30-second spot, airing Wednesday and paid for by the Marijuana Policy Project, features a retired 58-year-old state worker who says state leaders "are ignoring millions of Californians who want to pay taxes."...
Google new operating system to take on Microsoft (07/08/09)
SUN VALLEY, Idaho -- Google Inc. is working on a new operating system for inexpensive computers in a daring attempt to wrest away Microsoft Corp.'s long-running control over people's computing experience. The new operating system, announced late Tuesday night on Google's Web site, will be based on the company's nine-month-old Web browser, Chrome. ...
Economy drives car owners to DIY repairs (07/08/09)
NEW YORK -- When the taillight of Laura Musall's five-year-old Nissan Altima burned out, she hoped to avoid the repair shop by letting her husband replace it at home. It seemed simple enough: Buy a bulb, pop off the cover and make the switch. But her husband struggled to remove the plastic casing, and when he used a screwdriver to pry it off, it shattered. What came next was even worse. Her Nissan dealer wanted $250 to order a new one...
Tax on health benefits causing second thoughts (07/08/09)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democratic leaders rebelled Tuesday against a proposed tax on health insurance benefits, raising doubts about the prospects for bipartisan health-care legislation. The discontent surfaced as the White House and Vice President Joe Biden readied an announcement for today that the nation's hospitals had agreed to give up $155 billion in future Medicare and Medicaid payments to help defray the cost of legislation President Obama wants...
Traffic congestion falls for second straight year (07/08/09)
WASHINGTON -- Drivers are spending less time stuck in rush-hour traffic for a second straight year, the first-ever two-year decline in congestion as high gas prices and the economic downturn force many Americans to change how they commute. In individual cities, Los Angeles traffic is getting better but is still the worst in the nation. Washington's is getting worse, now ranking second...
N.M. cafe seeks record for green chile cheeseburger (07/08/09)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Guinness Book of World Records already has a largest hamburger designation on the books, but a southern New Mexico cafe is going for a spicier title: world's largest green chile cheeseburger. The burger, crafted by Peppers Cafe in Mesilla, features a 10-inch diameter, 1-pound burger, a half-pound of cheese and three green chiles all between two specially made buns, said restaurant owner C.W. "Buddy" Ritter...
Iranian president declares new era (07/08/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday sought to put the turmoil over the disputed presidential elections behind him and said the contests were clean, fair and marked the start of a new era. His speech came as the country's top three reformist leaders sought to rekindle their opposition movement, demanding that ruling clerics end the heavy "security atmosphere" imposed after the elections and free those detained in the unrest, according to an opposition website...
Internet plays role in China unrest (07/08/09)
BEIJING -- The brawl between Han Chinese and Uighurs in southern China was scarcely covered by state media, but accounts and photos spread via the Internet and sparked deadly riots thousands of miles away in the Uighur homeland. Even in tightly controlled China, relatively unfettered commentaries and images circulating on websites helped stir up tensions and rally people to join an initially peaceful protest in the Xinjiang region that spiraled into violence Sunday, leaving more than 150 people dead.. ...
Summer baseball 7/8/09 (07/08/09)
Dunklin County ralliespast Cape Legion Dunklin County scored eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally from a four-run deficit and defeated Ford & Sons Cape Senior American Legion 10-7 in District 14 action Tuesday night in Senath, Mo...
Jackson Legion splits twinbill (07/08/09)
The Jackson American Legion baseball team salvaged a split of its doubleheader Tuesday with Bonne Terre at Jackson City Park. After Bonne Terre won the first game 12-8, Jackson recovered for a 12-4 victory in the nightcap. In the opener, the teams took turns taking the lead throughout the first few innings before Bonne Terre seized control...
Report: LPGA players call for Bivens to resign (07/08/09)
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- LPGA officials and players want to concentrate on this week's U.S. Women's Open instead of reports that some of the tour's top players want commissioner Carolyn Bivens to resign. LPGA spokesman David Higdon declined to comment Tuesday on reports that more than a dozen players sent a letter to the LPGA Tour's board urging Bivens to step down...
Cards place DeRosa on disabled list (07/08/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals are placing newly acquired utilityman Mark DeRosa on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 1, because of a strained left wrist. The Cardinals also announced before Tuesday night's game at Milwaukee that infielder Brian Barden and outfielder Nick Stavinoha are being recalled from Class AAA Memphis. St. Louis is sending infielder Tyler Greene to Memphis...
La Russa drops suit against Twitter Inc. (07/08/09)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa quietly has dropped his lawsuit against the social networking site Twitter Inc. A one-paragraph statement filed June 26 with the U.S. District Court in San Francisco said La Russa had dropped all claims -- and that San Francisco-based Twitter did not compensate him in exchange. It also said he could not refile the same complaint...
Armstrong is just one second off Tour lead (07/08/09)
MONTPELLIER, France -- Lance Armstrong surged within a second of the Tour de France lead after his Astana squad won Tuesday's team time trial in a dramatic finish. Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara of the Saxo Bank team narrowly kept the yellow jersey lead following the fourth stage, a 24.2-mile ride in and around Montpellier...
McNair death appears to be murder-suicide (07/08/09)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's state medical examiner said Tuesday that investigators have been hesitant to conclude that Steve McNair's girlfriend killed the NFL star and herself because she didn't appear to have a motive, but that murder-suicide is the most likely scenario...
Utah senator wants probe of BCS (07/08/09)
WASHINGTON -- Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch urged the Justice Department on Tuesday to investigate college football's Bowl Championship Series for what he views as violations of antitrust laws. Hatch made the comment after conducting a standing-room-only hearing in the Senate subcommittee with antitrust oversight, where he serves as the top Republican...
St. Louis won 5-0 to extend its lead to two games in the NL Central (07/08/09)
MILWAUKEE -- Adam Wainwright had his first career shutout in sight. He settled for the win. He came within two outs of that personal milestone, and Ryan Ludwick and Colby Rasmus homered for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 5-0 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night...
A Harte Appetite: Some 'foreign' foods were created in America (07/08/09)
The humorist Gerald Nachman contends, "When it comes to foreign food, the less authentic the better." Ironically, he probably doesn't realize just how many so-called "foreign" foods were invented right here in the United States. Take, for example, spaghetti and meatballs, that presumably quintessential Italian combination. Though both meatballs and spaghetti are classic Italian foods, putting them together was something that never occurred to people in the Old Country...
Recipe Swap: The hot and cold of summer recipes (07/08/09)
My friend Doloris Meyr of Cape Girardeau has a celebrity in her family. Doloris' grandson Josh Herzog won first place in a large recipe contest in Boston, and his prize-winning recipe appeared on the front page of the Boston Globe magazine. ...
Thousands attend, millions watch Jackson memorial (07/08/09)
LOS ANGELES -- It was not spectacular, extravagant or bizarre. There were songs and tears but little dancing. Instead, Michael Jackson's memorial was a somber, spiritual ceremony. Singer, dancer, superstar, humanitarian: That was how the roughly 20,000 people in the Staples Center on Monday, and millions watching around the world, remembered Jackson...
Loraine Faller (07/08/09)
Loraine Faller, 51, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, July 6, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Fairmount Cemetery in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are by McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau...
Frank Rayburn (07/08/09)
Franklin Marion Rayburn Jr., 65, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at his home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Lynwood Baptist Church. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the church, with the Rev. Mark Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery...
William Glastetter (07/08/09)
William Joseph Glastetter, 88, of Scott City died Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 18, 1921, at Kelso, Mo., to Paul Joseph and Anna Helen Scherer Glastetter. William married Bertha Agnes Backfisch Jan. 9, 1945, at Kelso...
Dorothy Sauer (07/08/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Dorothy M. Sauer, 87, of Perryville died Sunday, July 5, 2009, at Palms of Pasadena Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. She was born July 31, 1921, at Brewer, Mo., daughter of Hazzard and Hattie Powers Morgan. She married Charles W. Sauer Aug. 24, 1940. He preceded her in death Feb. 14, 1996...
Peggy Brown (07/08/09)
McCLURE, Ill. -- Peggy Marie Brown, 66, of McClure died Monday, July 6, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Friday, Oct. 2, 1942, in Miller City, Ill., daughter of Jesse and Lorene Ford. Brown attended St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and donated regularly to the Humane Society...
Joel Slinkard (07/08/09)
Joel "Joe" Slinkard, 57, of Oak Ridge passed away Monday, July 6, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 29, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, son of Ernest A. and Serrelda "Sally" Pulliam Slinkard. Joe worked for Mid-West Conveyor in Kansas City, Kan., 10 years, moving back to Oak Ridge in 1993. His health began failing in 1994...
Georganne Davidson (07/08/09)
Georganne "Gigi" nee Ringland Davidson, 57, fell asleep in Jesus on Monday, July 6, 2009, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born Jan. 29, 1952, in Cape Girardeau. Beloved wife of Dan Davidson; dear mother of Bryan Scheihing and Matthew Davidson; daughter of the late George W. and Jennie L. Blackwell Ringland; sister of Nancy (Chuck) Reilly, Betsy Coffman and Bob Ringland...
Charles Jones (07/08/09)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Charles Edwin Jones, 71, of Baldwin, Mo., passed away Sunday, July 5, 2009, at his home. He was born July 3, 1938, at Advance, son of Charlie and Hazel Devore Jones. Charles retired from Chrysler Corp. in St. Louis. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army...
Veronica Butler (07/08/09)
Veronica Clare Winschel Mattingly Butler successfully completed her life as God asked her to do, and on Saturday, July 4, 2009, she sings and dances with our father in heaven. Veronica was born in Perry County, Mo., the loving daughter of Andrew and Philomena Winschel. ...
Police report 7/8/09 (07/08/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrest; Summons; Theft; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Fire report 7/8/09 (07/08/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 7/8/09 (07/08/09)
25 years ago: July 8, 1984 The Rev. Roger L. Henson, pastor of Maple Avenue United Methodist Church, has been elected secretary of the Board of Pensions for Missouri East Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Evangelist Dr. Jerry Brock of Sedalia, Mo., begins tent revival services for the First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge; evening services will continue through July 15...
The foibles of testing for intelligence (07/08/09)
I took one of those dumb IQ tests on the Internet this week. Obviously, I have far too much free time. Regardless, the test itself was a slam dunk: Q: If you have five apples and someone takes three, how many do you have left? A: Why would someone take three of my darned apples?...
Day trips: Easy, fun (07/08/09)
More summer vacation planners are looking for things to do and see that are closer to home. Residents of Southeast Missouri are in luck, because this area abounds with lakes, state parks, historical attractions and other interesting places to visit...
How to explain what happened? (07/08/09)
Most years I work during the Fourth of July fireworks. This year I did not. Did my wife and I want to stay up to watch a symbol of our independence and freedom as a nation? We decided to go home before the festivities began. I have always gotten tears in my eyes and a tight feeling in my throat and stood a little taller during Fourth of July celebrations. We have so much to be thankful for and so much to be proud of as a nation...
Speak Out 7/8/09 (07/08/09)
Tax-supported protests; Capitalist greed; Late fireworks; Elitist concept; Great Fourth; Setting the tone; Family values; Religious freedom; Great fireworks
Prayer 7/8/09 (07/08/09)
Make our fields bountiful, O God, and help us to share with the world. Amen.
The End of a Long Road (07/08/09)
Kaitlin Ward of Scott City applied for the Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing in 2007 expecting to be put on the two year wating list for enrollment. The school later notified her that because of her excellent application, that she would be allowed to bypass the waiting period and would be enrolled immediately after her high school graduation...
Trinity the Pit Bull Princess (07/08/09)
Everyone should see my Pit Bull and see how they should really respond to kids, adults, other dog or even cats. The latest media report in our area showed these poor dogs treated so very poorly and made to fight one another!
Fishy Photo (07/08/09)
Virginia Eftink, always the avid fisherman, even at age 80, caught this nice catfish from her farm pond.
Rodney The Ferret (07/08/09)
This is a picture of my ferret when I first got him. He is 3 years old now. I wanted to put him in for the pets of the week. He loves to play with my Maltese puppy thats about 6 months old now(supervised of course).
Humane Society's Featured Pet (07/08/09)
Rusty is a 2 year old Pomeranian/Dachshund mix. He is already neutered. Rusty is scared at first, but is a nice little dog. He is available for adoption at The Humane Society of SEMO 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
Geese (07/08/09)
Geese at Bent Creek Golf Course
Baby Raccoons (07/08/09)
Here are two baby raccoons which showed up on my daughter's back steps in Columbia, MO. Note that one is an albino.
Fourth of July Fireworks (07/08/09)
Fireworks at Jackson Park on July 4, 2009
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