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Sikeston man sentenced to 10 years in prison on child pornography charge (07/10/09)
A Sikeston, Mo., man who admitted downloading hundreds of child pornography images was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison. Danny Clayton White, 39, was sentenced on one felony federal count of possession of child pornography. Upon release from prison, he will be placed on supervised release for the remainder of his life. He appeared before U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. in Cape Girardeau...
Cape Girardeau man pleads guilty to federal drug trafficking charges (07/10/09)
A Cape Girardeau man pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to one felony count of conspiracy to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base, according to a news release from acting Federal Prosecutor Michael W. Reap's office. With is plea Shaundale Johnson, 27, admits to selling crack cocaine to an informant on Dec. ...
Poplar Bluff doctor indicted for health care fraud (07/10/09)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A Poplar Bluff doctor and his wife have been indicted on federal health care fraud charges. Indictments released Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's office charge Dr. Devendra Varma and his wife, Veena, with two felony counts each of health care fraud. The charges are in connection with his family practice in Poplar Bluff...
Ceremony marks official completion of Highway 34/72 project (07/10/09)
After five years filled with challenges, the Missouri Department of Transportation project on Highway 34/72 in Jackson has come to an end. MoDOT officials gathered with area politicians for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning at the intersection of highways 34 and 72, known as the Starlight intersection...
Tourism chief says Nixon cant block Tour of Missouri funding (07/10/09)
The decision of whether to fund the Tour of Missouri bicycle race rests with the Missouri Tourism Commission, not Gov. Jay Nixon, R.B. "Bob" Smith III, the interim director of tourism said today.
Judge postpones ruling on whether murder suspect will stand trial (07/10/09)
Family members and friends of 20-year-old Chabreshea Egson, shot to death more than 16 months ago, will have to wait a few more days to hear whether murder charges against her accused killer will stand.
Five aldermen ready to reverse Jackson fireworks ban (07/10/09)
The vote banning fireworks in Jackson will be reconsidered at the next board of aldermen meeting, Ward 3 Alderman Larry Cunningham said Thursday.
Nixon calls for interested companies to help bring broadband to rural areas (07/10/09)
A call for partners in a new statewide broadband initiative has an enthusiastic supporter in Kevin Cantwell, president of Big River Telephone in Cape Girardeau. Gov. Jay Nixon announced earlier this week that companies interested in joining the state must file a letter of intent to do so by 2 p.m. Monday. Cantwell said Thursday his company is ready to begin installing a secure wireless network in eight Southeast Missouri counties...
AT&T officially expands 3G into Cape Girardeau (07/10/09)
AT&T has officially expanded its 3G mobile broadband network into the Cape Girardeau area. The launch was announced Thursday morning at a news conference at AT&T's 3363 Gordonville Road location in Cape Girardeau. The network provides a faster Internet connection, access to e-mail and file downloads. Other features are live video sharing and remote home monitoring...
Boil-water order lifted in Marble Hill (07/10/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A boil water order for Marble Hill that started Wednesday was lifted today at 12:30 p.m., according a news release from City Collector Connie Rhodes. On Wednesday water was shut off to part of the city for water line repairs, causing the boil-water order to be issued for the entire city...
Universities reaching critical point in finding new income, says president of University of Missouri system (07/10/09)
As state support for higher education decreases, the president of the University of Missouri system is advocating public institutions work together to share resources. Gary Forsee shared his perspective on higher education in Missouri during a luncheon Thursday for the Cape West Rotary Club. He said universities are reaching a critical juncture in the next three to five years as they look for new ways to cut costs and fund capital projects...
Nixon considers cutting state money for Tour of Missouri (07/10/09)
The Tour of Missouri, a statewide bicycle race scheduled for early September, will be canceled if the state withdraws its support, the managing partner in the company organizing the event said Thursday.
Zalma woman injured in single-car accident (07/10/09)
ARAB, Mo. -- A Zalma woman was injured Wednesday afternoon when her vehicle ran off the road and overturned on Route C east of Arab, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Melinda A. Willhelm, 35, was not wearing a seat belt when her 2000 Pontiac overturned at 1:45 p.m...
Finals of entrepreneurial contest to be held today at mall (07/10/09)
Today is the final round of a contest that will allow one entrepreneur to win space in West Park Mall and advertising space in the Southeast Missourian. Open to residents 18 and older of Cape Girardeau and surrounding counties, the "You're In Business" contest has featured rounds that included business plan of 250 words or less and, for those advancing to the next round, a 20-page detailed business plan that consisted of charts, financial data and graphs...
Five arrested in Sikeston on suspicion of making methamphetamine (07/10/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Five Sikeston residents were arrested after a tip led Sikeston Department Public Safety officers to a meth lab.
Raids in 6 states show dogfighting is widespread (07/10/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The arrests this week of a Little League coach, a registered nurse and a teacher during the largest coordinated raids on dogfighting in U.S. history confirm the shadowy blood sport is alive and well despite tough laws across the country...
Missouri approves 12 road projects using stimulus money (07/10/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has approved the use of $72 million in federal stimulus money on a dozen highway projects. The two biggest projects involve improvements of Interstate 70 in St. Louis and Interstate 55 in New Madrid (MAD'-rid) County in the Bootheel. Work will include repaving the highways, fixing a bridge and building a welcome center in Southeast Missouri. Each project is expected to cost more than $5 million...
AP source: GM emerges from bankruptcy (07/10/09)
DETROIT -- A person briefed on the matter says General Motors Corp. has emerged from bankruptcy protection after signing papers to transfer the bulk of its assets to a new, leaner company majority-owned by the U.S. government. The person, who asked to remain anonymous because the action hasn't been officially announced, said Friday the action came at 6:30 a.m. EDT today...
Conservative Democrats break ranks on health care (07/10/09)
WASHINGTON -- Conservative House Democrats are demanding significant changes before they can support a sweeping health care overhaul, forcing the House to join the Senate in delaying action on President Barack Obama's top domestic priority. The Blue Dog Democrats' list of demands came on the eve of House Democratic leaders' planned unveiling of their final bill Friday. ...
Report: AIG asks government to approve bonus payments (07/10/09)
After its bonus payments ignited a firestorm of criticism earlier this year, American International Group Inc. is asking the federal government to weigh in on the insurer's plan to resume paying millions in promised retention incentives next week, according to media reports...
Monkeys live longer on low-calorie diet, study finds (07/10/09)
WASHINGTON -- Eat less, live longer? It seems to work for monkeys: A 20-year study found cutting calories by almost a third slowed their aging and fended off death. This is not about a quick diet to shed a few pounds. Scientists have long known they could increase the life span of mice and more primitive creatures -- worms, flies -- with deep, long-term cuts from normal consumption...
Frenemy, locavore among new words in Webster's (07/10/09)
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Do you keep track of your frenemies? Plan to spend your staycation watching vlogs and webisodes? Or perhaps you plan to signal a flash mob for a bite of shawarma. If you're not entirely certain what all that means, turn to the latest edition of the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, which has added about 100 new words that largely reflect changing trends in American society...
Tests reveal some supplements for pets skimp on ingredients (07/10/09)
Arthritis supplements bought by millions of pet owners for their dogs, cats and horses sometimes skimp on the ingredients the makers claim can help aching paws and aging joints, and some contain high amounts of lead, an independent laboratory found...
Burris won't run for full Senate term (07/10/09)
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Roland Burris, whose deep ties to former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich seemed to doom his Senate tenure from the start, will not run for a full Senate term in 2010. The move increases Democrats' chances of holding on to the former Senate seat of President Obama...
Poll finds Americans favor science, but less than before (07/10/09)
WASHINGTON -- The share of Americans who see science as the nation's greatest achievement is down sharply, even as the public continues to hold scientists in high regard. A new Pew Research Center poll indicates 27 percent of Americans say the nation's greatest achievements are in science, medicine and technology, more than any category other than don't know...
House OKs boosting food stamp budget (07/10/09)
WASHINGTON -- With rising unemployment forcing millions of additional people onto food stamps, the House on Tuesday passed a bill to boost the program's budget by 14 percent. The Agriculture Department announced this week that a record 33.8 million people -- or 1 in 9 Americans -- were participating in the food stamp program as of April. That's up 1.2 million people from two months earlier and up 5.6 million from the same time last year...
SEC calls for Calif. IOUs to be treated as securities (07/10/09)
WASHINGTON -- The recipients of billions of dollars in IOUs being issued by California soon may be able to sell them on a regulated market, following action taken Thursday by federal regulators. Some of the nation's largest banks say that, starting today, they will no longer accept the IOUs. The banks want to pressure the state to end its budget impasse, but their action could leave many businesses and families with fewer options for getting their money...
Guatemalan appeals court rules in favor of tweet author (07/10/09)
GUATEMALA CITY -- An appeals court found insufficient evidence to warrant the trial of a Guatemalan whose Twitter message led to his arrest on charges of inciting financial panic. Jean Anleu was arrested and charged in May after sending a 96-character tweet that urged depositors to withdraw funds from a bank involved in a political-murder scandal. The message earned him the distinction of becoming one of the first people in the world to be arrested for a tweet...
Afghanistan tones down contentious marriage law (07/10/09)
KABUL -- Afghanistan's government has revised a law that stirred an international outcry because it essentially legalized marital rape, officials said Thursday. The new version no longer requires a woman submit to sex with her husband, only that she do certain housework...
Capahas' Bolen claims qualifier field tougher this year (07/10/09)
Jess Bolen says people who assume the Plaza Tire Capahas will breeze to their fifth consecutive National Baseball Congress Mid-South Regional title should think again. Bolen believes the Capahas (12-8) are capable but vulnerable entering the three-team tournament that begins today at Capaha Field...
Cape Junior Legion wins pair (07/10/09)
The Cape Girardeau Post 63 Junior American Legion baseball team grabbed a pair of victories at its district tournament Thursday. Andrew Hileman earned the win in the opener, a 6-3 victory over Sikeston. Stephen Carman picked up the save...
Area digest 7/10/09 (07/10/09)
Southeast tennis adds signee Southeast Missouri State tennis coach Mark Elliott has completed his recruiting class for next season by signing a state champion from Washington. Nikole Novikova is ranked ninth in the Pacific Northwest and 230th nationally in singles and doubles combined. She will be the highest ranked American high school tennis player to compete at Southeast...
Pineiro quiets Brewers (07/10/09)
MILWAUKEE -- Joel Pineiro trusts his sinking fastball again, and that's making all the difference this season. A year after injuries left him shaken with an ugly ERA, the veteran right-hander scattered three hits in his third complete game this year and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied to a 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday...
Researcher: Cut back two-a-day football practices (07/10/09)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A top researchers on heat-related illnesses called on high schools to cut back two-a-day preseason football practices the way the NCAA forced college teams to do six years ago. Douglas Casa co-authored a study from the National Athletic Trainers Association released earlier this year. He spoke Thursday to about 250 college and high school athletic trainers at the South Carolina Athletic Trainers Association...
Answers to come today (07/10/09)
BARCELONA, Spain -- A split second off the lead with the mighty Pyrenees looming, Lance Armstrong now gets to see what his rivals can throw at him. After mostly flat, wind-swept stages along the Mediterranean rim this week, the Tour de France enters mountainous terrain that has long belonged to climbers...
Amid drama, South Korea's Choi leads Women's Open after opening round (07/10/09)
There's no denying this is the biggest week in women's golf -- full of good news and bad. The game's top-ranked player, a former champion and a developmental tour qualifier are one stroke behind a talented second-year LPGA player at the U.S. Women's Open, on a course in Bethlehem, Pa., that doesn't yield birdies easily...
NEXT UP 7/10/09 (07/10/09)
Friday "I Love You, Beth Cooper," rated PG-13 @Cape West 14 Cine <B>[StartDouble]Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" rated PG @ Town Plaza Cinema (starts Wednesday) n Ninth annual Park & Rec Day @Osage Community Centre, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m....
Who's neXt 7/10/09 (07/10/09)
SCHOLARSHIPS HONORS: -- From staff reports...
Backyard Science: Cup of sounds (07/10/09)
It's that time of the year when the children are out having fun in the sun. While they're outside, encourage them to explore one of the best science experiments in their backyard. Using a few ingredients from around the house you can create a cup of sounds...
Saxony Lutheran's European vacation (07/10/09)
It costs money to use the bathroom and drinks are served at room temperature without ice. Saxony Lutheran High School students discovered cultural differences, big and small, during a recent tour of Europe. The water closet, or WC, as restrooms are often called in Europe, presented another cultural stumbling block...
To America (07/10/09)
The Fourth of July has come and gone for 2009, but it is a day that will be long remembered by thousands of new Americans who were sworn in as citizens during special holiday ceremonies. Sheila Faire was visiting the old courthouse, a landmark in downtown St. Louis, on the Fourth of July and watched the moving ceremony for 77 new citizens of our nation. She posted a great photo on semissourian.com and added these comments:...
Review: New 'Harry Potter' goes to head of class (07/10/09)
LOS ANGELES -- Harry Potter has kept his fans waiting for two years, the longest school break they have had to endure for a new movie adventure about the teen wizard. It's been worth the wait. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth movie in the fantasy franchise based on J.K. Rowling's books, is the franchise's best so far, blending rich drama and easy camaraderie among the actors with the visual spectacle that until now has been the real star of the series...
Jason Pobst (07/10/09)
Jason Lynn Pobst, 34, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at his home in Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 20, 1975, in Sikeston, to Charles M. "Chuck" Pobst and Judy Lynn Daniel Pharris. He had worked on the Pobst Farm and was an avid hunter and fisherman...
Saundra Gosche (07/10/09)
Saundra Ann Gosche, 59, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, July 9, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born March 28, 1950, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Ralph Joseph and Helen Teresa Kielhofner Gosche. Saundra was a 1968 graduate of Oran High School and attended Southeast Missouri State University...
Toby Griffith-Wyandt (07/10/09)
Toby Griffith-Wyandt, 90, of Galena, Mo., passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at Unity Hospital in Fridley, Minn., while she and her husband were traveling. One of two children, she was born July 12, 1918, in Elco, Ill., to Sidney Bumpas and Fronie Fern McKee Thomas. She and Merrell M. Griffith were married Jan. 29, 1942, in St. Charles, Mo. He passed away June 19, 1989...
Births 7/10/09 (07/10/09)
Roberds; Pender; Lee; Boese; LeGrand; Hitt; Hampton
Fire report 7/10/09 (07/10/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Wednesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Police report 7/10/09 (07/10/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summons; Thefts; Burglary; Property damage; Miscellaneous; Jackson: DWI; Arrests; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 7/10/09 (07/10/09)
25 years ago: July 10, 1984 The Cape Girardeau City Council last night gave final approval of the downtown redevelopment plan. The panelists and moderator for the John Ashcroft-Gene McNary debate Friday night, sponsored by the Southeast Missourian, are announced; Michael J. ...
A professional approach to running Missouri's license offices (07/10/09)
Before Gov. Jay Nixon took office, Missouri's system of license offices was primarily noted for being a source of political patronage. In the span of just a few months, however, the Nixon administration has successfully reformed the process of awarding license offices...
Rudy Buchheit (07/10/09)
The founder of the Buchheit company was laid to rest in the St. Maurus Catholic Church cemetery across the highway in Biehle from his home and the corporate headquarters of an enterprise with 800 employees in Missouri, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Rudy Buchheit had spent all of his 96 years in Perry County, and his devotion to hard work and family values along with his generosity to others will long be remembered...
Strict wall of separation (07/10/09)
A July 5 Speak Out comment quotes Patrick Henry: "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not by religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ." This reminds me of James Madison's frequent assertion that in colonial Virginia there were imprisoned five Baptist preachers at one time in his county (Orange) for teaching doctrine contrary to the state-church dictatorship...
Climate debate has merit (07/10/09)
Alan Journet's letters are interesting and thought-provoking. Passionate debate on important subjects has great merit, reflects appropriately on our diverse Cape Girardeau-area population and is appropriate in our own local clear-air concerns. First of all, columnist David Limbaugh does not deny climate change. And it's interesting that Mr. Journet does not mention global warming anywhere in his piece. A concession maybe?...
Speak Out 7/10/09 (07/10/09)
Hiring veterans; Picking up coins; Oran picnic; Pool memories; Work value; Unfair charge
Prayer 7/10/09 (07/10/09)
Send us into the world, O God, to do those good things that you expect of us. Amen.
Benefit Concert for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Missouri, Inc. (07/10/09)
Harmony Creek, a local Christian band, is presenting a free concert and asking for donations to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Missouri, Inc. The concert will be held on August 16, 2009 at the New Mckendree Methodist Church, South Campus at 6:30 pm. This talented band consists of Hannah Rice, Kelsey Gjerstad and Hannah Walker, all of Jackson, who created the band through their friendship developed at church...
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