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'UFO' might be space station, local man says (07/16/09)
The orange lights seen in the Southeast Missouri sky last week might not have been so strange after all. Several people in the region reported seeing unusual, bright orange lights in the sky last Wednesday night. But amateur astronomer Edward Matott, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., said he thinks the light people saw was the International Space Station, which orbits the earth about 220 miles above its surface...
Over 200 cars burn in Bootheel salvage yard fire (07/16/09)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. - More than 200 vehicles at a salvage yard went up in flames Wednesday. At 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Portageville Fire Department was called to Daugherty Auto Parts and Salvage, in Portageville. George DeLisle, assistant fire chief, said earlier someone had been burning trash in the vicinity and apparently embers reignited, catching the vehicles on fire...
Florida sheriff leading murder investigation is Southeast Missouri native (07/16/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Escambia County, Fla., Sheriff David Morgan, who is involved in the investigation of the murders of a wealthy Florida couple, is a Poplar Bluff native a daughter living in Cape Girardeau. "We are very proud of him," said his mother, Dorothy Mullins of Poplar Bluff...
Jackson woman sentenced for making fake 911 calls (07/16/09)
A Jackson woman was sentenced to 60 days in jail today with a suspended execution of sentence for making false 911 calls in May, according to a news release from Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle's office. In addition to the suspended sentence, Lacey Danielle Hinkle, 20, will be on supervised probation for two years. ...
West Tennessee AMBER alert canceled (07/16/09)
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has canceled an AMBER alert for two missing children from west Tennessee.
Chaffee man injured in crash (07/16/09)
SCOTT COUNTY, Mo. - Zachery T. Payne, 18, of Chaffee was injured Wednesday afternoon after his 1995 Chevrolet ran off the roadway and struck a tree. The accident occurred at around 3:58 p.m. on North Frisco Road, 1 mile north of Chaffee, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said...
Sikeston man killed in Wednesday afternoon accident (07/16/09)
NEW MADRID COUNTY, Mo. - A Sikeston, Mo., man was killed in a motor vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon. The accident occurred at around 2:52 p.m. on US 61, 5 miles south of Sikeston, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. A 2003 Dodge driven by Larry L. Traw, 28, of Sikeston was crossing the center line of the roadway and struck a 2006 Dodge Ram driven by Wallace G. Hastings, 40, of Kewanee, Mo., head-on...
Cape Girardeau theater packed for latest Harry Potter film (07/16/09)
The latest installment of the Harry Potter movies drew people to Cape Girardeau from throughout the region. Kim Milbach drove up from Sikeston, Mo., with her mother Wednesday to watch "Harry Potter and Half-Blood Prince" at the Town Plaza Cinema. She said they had to wait for a later showtime because the 6:45 p.m. movie sold out...
Cape policy is to work with businesses that have liquor license issues (07/16/09)
Once a business has a license to sell liquor in Cape Girardeau, whether at a bar by the drink or in the original package at a retailer, the city is reluctant to take it away. Every year, licensees face renewal before July 1. Each location that has a license must go through a review of police calls, timeliness of tax payments, fire safety inspections and other scrutiny. ...
Judge rules that charges stand in 2008 Cape Girardeau killing (07/16/09)
Cape Girardeau County Associate Circuit Judge Gary A. Kamp ruled to uphold felony charges Wednesday afternoon against Tambra Turner, transferring the case to circuit court. Turner, 30, of Sikeston, Mo., appeared at a preliminary hearing last week in which Kamp ruled that a property damage charge against her would stand but that he would hear further arguments from each side and take the charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and burglary under advisement...
Sponsorships down for Tour of Missouri bike race (07/16/09)
The state of Missouri wasn't the only sponsor of the Tour of Missouri bicycle race to take a hard look at its commitment to this year's race. Budget documents released by Tour of Missouri Inc., the not-for-profit corporation that organizes the cross-state race, show that Gold sponsorships -- donors giving $100,000 or more -- are almost 30 percent less than expected earlier this year. ...
Video system to monitor traffic flow at some Cape Girardeau intersections (07/16/09)
Chris Graff with Cotner Electric Company installs video detection traffic control monitors Wednesday at the intersection of Broadway and Caruthers Avenue in Cape Girardeau.
High bids stall Route W extension project, likely until spring (07/16/09)
Missouri Department of Transportation plans to extend Route W have been stalled, likely until spring, by the bidding process.
Training session on stalking held for area police (07/16/09)
Stalking behavior hasn't changed much since the beginning of human civilization, but advances in technology have altered the access stalkers now have to their victims, said Jodi B. Rafkin, program attorney for the Stalking Resource Center.
Routes BB and CC in Perry County both to be reduced to one lane (07/16/09)
Route BB in far western Perry County will be reduced to a single lane of traffic for two days next week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews repair pavement, weather permitting. The traffic restriction, from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, will be from Route T to Perry County Road 732...
Jobless claims drop, but clouded by auto shutdowns (07/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- The number of newly laid-off Americans signing up for unemployment benefits last week, and those using this safety net over a longer period, both plunged. But the government figures released Thursday were clouded by difficulties adjusting for temporary shutdowns at auto plants...
Missouri, Kansas receive $8 million to reduce emissions (07/16/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas and Missouri are set to receive almost $8 million in federal stimulus dollars to help reduce pollution from diesel engines. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the awards Wednesday. The agency said the projects will improve air quality and create jobs...
Missouri man pushes property tax repeal for 2012 ballot (07/16/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A suburban St. Louis man wants to ask Missouri voters to repeal the state's tax on such personal property as cars and boats. Richard La Violette has formed a campaign committee called "Team 2012" to get the repeal on the November 2012 ballot...
Governor signs debt-heavy Illinois budget (07/16/09)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a new Illinois budget that will borrow heavily and let bills go unpaid in order to keep state government running. The budget leaves out the tax increase Quinn wanted. It also avoids the spending cuts that were considered last month...
Loose ends still need tying in Fla. couple deaths (07/16/09)
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- Investigators have found a safe stolen during a precisely executed, deadly home break-in at the home of a wealthy Florida Panhandle couple, authorities said Thursday. Melanie and Byrd Billings, who were known for adopting 13 children with special needs, were fatally shot last week. Surveillance cameras captured footage of masked men -- some dressed as ninjas -- slipping into front and back doors of their home near Pensacola...
House Democrats move to vote on health bill (07/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- House Democrats are preparing to advance legislation that would deliver on President Barack Obama's promise to remake the nation's costly health care system and cover some 50 million uninsured. On the heels of the Senate health committee's approval Wednesday of a plan to revamp U.S. health care, three House committees with jurisdiction over the issue were shifting into action...
Massachusetts philanthropist steps up for Madoff victims (07/16/09)
BOSTON -- A Massachusetts philanthropist who lost most of his personal fortune in the Bernard Madoff scandal has paid $5 million out of his own pocket to restore the retirement savings of employees who lost money in the multibillion dollar scam. Ronald I. Lappin on Wednesday made up for the lost savings of the 60 employees of his company, Shetland Properties Inc., and of his charity, the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation, whose 401(k) plans were managed by Madoff...
New Hampshire man charged 23 quadrillion dollars for smokes (07/16/09)
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- A New Hampshire man says he swiped his debit card at a gas station to buy a pack of cigarettes and was charged over 23 quadrillion dollars. Josh Muszynski checked his account online a few hours later and saw the 17-digit number -- a stunning $23,148,855,308,184,500 (twenty-three quadrillion, one hundred forty-eight trillion, eight hundred fifty-five billion, three hundred eight million, one hundred eighty-four thousand, five hundred dollars)...
CIT won't get bailout, raising bankruptcy prospect (07/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- CIT Group Inc.'s inability to get emergency government funding raises expectations that the commercial lender will file for bankruptcy. But it is unclear how such a filing by a company that lends to millions of small and mid-size businesses would affect shaky financial markets hobbled by an economy in recession and bleeding millions of jobs a month. Small businesses are seen as keys to economic recovery...
Foreclosures rise 15 percent in first half of 2009 (07/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- The number of U.S. households on the verge of losing their homes soared by nearly 15 percent in the first half of the year as more people lost their jobs and were unable to pay their monthly mortgage bills. The mushrooming foreclosure crisis affected more than 1.5 million homes in the first six months of the year, according to a report released Thursday by foreclosure listing service RealtyTrac Inc...
JP Morgan second quarter profit jumps 36 percent, topping forecasts (07/16/09)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- JPMorgan Chase & Co. posted a second quarter profit of $2.72 billion, a 36 percent jump that easily surpassed expectations as strength in its core consumer and investment banking businesses offset a jump in credit losses. Shares of the New York-based banking giant fell 1 percent in premarket trading to $35.90...
Court lauds drunken concert goer (07/16/09)
MADISON, Wis. -- An Illinois teen knew he was too drunk to drive home after a concert. So he fell asleep in his car, only to be awoken by a state trooper. Travis Peterson, 19, of Dixon, Ill., said even though he told the officer he was drunk, the trooper ordered him to leave. Once out of the parking lot, Peterson was arrested for drunken driving...
Economists worried about falling prices more than inflation (07/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- Sharply higher prices for everyday goods in June reflected a surge at the gas pump, not the start of a dangerous bout of inflation. In fact, economists say falling prices are the bigger danger. A Labor Department report Wednesday showed consumer prices making their biggest jump last month in almost a year. But overall prices are down 1.4 percent from this time last year -- the biggest decline in almost six decades...
Ex-Treasury secretary defends crisis response (07/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- Former Treasury secretary Henry Paulson on Wednesday defended his response to the economic crisis late last year as an imperfect but necessary rescue of the crumbling financial market. His remarks, made in written testimony prepared for a hearing today, came as Congress began an independent probe of the government's handling of the crisis...
Sotomayor: Obama didn't ask views on abortion (07/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor declined repeatedly at Senate confirmation hearings Wednesday to disclose her views on abortion rights and said President Obama never asked her before he chose her for the bench. "I can't answer ... because I can't look at it in the abstract," she told Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., as he sought to draw her out with questions about hypothetical cases, including one in which a woman wanted to abort a 38-week fetus with a birth defect...
Attack victims push Congress for shark conservation (07/16/09)
WASHINGTON -- Nearly a dozen shark-attack victims -- many of them badly scarred or missing limbs -- pressed Congress on Wednesday to protect a sea creature they'd rather not run into again. The group wants to strengthen laws protecting sharks from "finning," in which fins are sliced from sharks for their meat, leaving the fish for dead. The growing market for fin meat, a popular soup delicacy in Asia, threatens many shark species around the world, they say...
168 people killed in crash of Russian jetliner in Iran (07/16/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- A Russian-made jetliner carrying 168 people crashed into a field after taking off from the Iranian capital on Wednesday in a fiery crash that shredded the aircraft and killed everyone aboard -- Iran's worst air disaster in six years. Witnesses say the plane's tail was on fire before it went down...
Australia investigates mysterious penguin killings (07/16/09)
SYDNEY -- The first battered bodies were found on a small Australian beach, the white sand around them stained crimson with their blood. A few days later, the killer struck again -- this time on the nearby cliffs overlooking Sydney Harbor. The cluster of victims were covered in bite marks, their stomachs slashed open...
Klocke leans toward return to Redhawks (07/16/09)
Jim Klocke said Wednesday that chances are he will return to Southeast Missouri State for his senior season. "I'm more than likely coming back to school," Klocke said from Brewster, Mass., where he is playing in the Cape Cod League for the second straight summer...
Koenegstein garners track honors (07/16/09)
Southeast Missouri State distance runner Juli Koenegstein recently was named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic track and field team. Koenegstein, who has one year of track eligibility remaining, qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional in the 3,000-meter steeplechase this year. It marked her second NCAA regional appearance in the event...
Area digest 7/16/09 (07/16/09)
Ware wins state title Richard Ware of Cape Girardeau took first place in the 100-meter dash at the state Hershey's Track and Field Games in Jefferson City, Mo. The 9-year old advanced through the local and district meets to reach the state meet, which was held at Jefferson City High School...
Past winners in lead again at Lassies golf tournament (07/16/09)
A pair of familiar names sat atop the leaderboard Wednesday after the first day of the Lassies Classic golf tournament at the Cape Girardeau Country Club. Harriette Myers and Diane Fowler shot a 64 to hold a share of the lead in the two-day scramble tournament, made up of 96 teams. Myers and Fowler have combined to win the tournament eight times...
Rams sign Atogwe to one-year contract (07/16/09)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams and safety Oshiomogho Atogwe have agreed to a one-year contract. Terms were not disclosed Wednesday. The 28-year-old Atogwe was designated as a non-exclusive franchise player in February. ...
Norman draws crowd's notice (07/16/09)
TURNBERRY, Scotland -- The shock of white hair hasn't changed much. The swing is pretty much the same, too, though these days people no longer crowd around the tee just to see how far he can bang it down the fairway. They come to see Greg Norman for other reasons now, not the least of which is the blonde woman who watches from outside the ropes. As theater goes, the Chris and Greg Show is almost as entertaining as Norman himself in his prime...
Cardinals need Ludwick to produce to keep grip on first (07/16/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Adversity dogged the St. Louis Cardinals during the first half of the season. More than enough went right, considering they lead the NL Central by 2 1/2 games. The season-long absence of Troy Glaus, woeful starts from the players who were supposed to protect Albert Pujols, nine at-bats before an injury to newly acquired Mark DeRosa, six weeks between starts for Kyle Lohse and other setbacks forced manager Tony La Russa to use 15 rookies. ...
Armstrong in 3rd; Cavendish wins stage (07/16/09)
SAINT-FARGEAU, France -- Mark Cavendish won the 11th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday, Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy held onto the yellow jersey and Lance Armstrong remained third overall. Armstrong finished safely in the main pack, with his Astana teammate Alberto Contador narrowly ahead of him in second place overall after Wednesday's 119-mile trek from Vatan to Saint-Fargeau...
A new dance company, pH Exchange, is putting on free show before its festival debut (07/16/09)
There's a new company in Cape Girardeau, and it's giving its product away for free. In May, Philip Edgecombe and Hilary Peterson started pH Exchange, Cape Girardeau's first professional dance company. They and two other dancers will perform a free hourlong show at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Rust Flexible Theatre as the company's onstage debut...
Defining home (07/16/09)
July 16, 2009 Dear Julie, Everybody is searching for something or someone to believe in, Hannah Jelkes says. She believes in wanting to help each other through nights when the soul yowls. Nights like the night in Tennessee Williams' "The Night of the Iguana."...
Drawn together: Group meets weekly to hone skills (07/16/09)
At an improvised studio in the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, 18-year-old Brittany Emmons and 19-year-old Ashley Willis posed against a stark white wall. Seated on a bench with her legs folded to the side, Willis smiled at Emmons who was perched on a stool beside her...
ARTifacts 7/16/09 (07/16/09)
Art and entertainment briefs
Michael Jackson still king of album charts (07/16/09)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael Jackson has sold 2.3 million CDs since he died three weeks ago. Fans have snapped up his albums, including "Thriller" and "Number Ones," his greatest-hits collection. Last week, 1.1 million copies of his albums were sold, according to sales figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Jackson's "Number Ones" remains the top-selling CD in the U.S. for the third straight week, with 349,000 copies sold...
Ukraine bans movie 'Bruno' as immoral (07/16/09)
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's Culture Ministry says it has banned the movie "Bruno" because it is immoral. The movie is centered on the adventures of a flamboyant gay fashion journalist from Austria. The ministry said depictions of sexual organs, homosexual intercourse and language are obscene and improper...
Emmys to announce six nominees for major awards (07/16/09)
LOS ANGELES -- The Emmy Awards stopped well short of an Oscar-sized doubling of its nominations, but an extra slot in top categories could freshen the contest. With six possible nominees for each of the acting and series awards, "Battlestar Galactica" might break the TV academy's apparent bias against science fiction when the nominees are announced today. Vampire saga "True Blood" has a chance to shatter the resistance to fantasy...
good bets 7/16/09 (07/16/09)
The week's entertainment options
Sculpting young artists (07/16/09)
Audrey Lewis held dripping plaster strips in her hands before firmly pressing them both on the plastic mask in front of her. The 10-year-old, her hands still wet and white with plaster, said her dad dressed up as a mummy for Halloween last year, and she hopes he does so again...
Russell Brand back to host VMAs (07/16/09)
NEW YORK -- MTV liked Russell Brand so much, they called him back for more. The British comedian-actor -- known for his deadpan, off-kilter humor -- will host the Video Music Awards for the second year in a row, MTV announced Tuesday...
Mary L. Farris (07/16/09)
CAIRO, Ill. — Mary L. Farris, 84, of Cairo, died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at the Daystar Care Center in Cairo. Funeral arrangements are incomplete with Jones Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill.
Laura Adams (07/16/09)
Laura Virginia Adams, 94, died Saturday, July 11, 2009, at Jones-Harrison in Minneapolis. She was born July 30, 1914, in Montgomery City, Mo. Adams was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and a longtime resident of Cape Girardeau. For the past six years she has resided in the Minneapolis area...
Arvella Smith (07/16/09)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Arvella Smith, 82, went home to be with her precious Jesus and her loving husband Ray of 59 years. She passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at Chaffee Nursing Center, surrounded by her loving family. Arvella loved attending church, reading her Bible and watching Christian television. She enjoyed eating out and being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren...
Willis Dodd Jr. (07/16/09)
Willis Truman "Junior" Dodd, 74, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, July 10, 2009, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. He was born Dec. 20, 1934, in Cape Girardeau, son of Truman and Ruby Stout Dodd. He married Wilma Fay Sweet in June 1954 in Manila, Ark. She preceded him in death...
Births 7/16/09 (07/16/09)
Seiler; Tullock; Wilhelm
Police report 7/16/09 (07/16/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Thefts; Property damage; Burglary; Jackson: Thefts; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Fire report 7/16/09 (07/16/09)
Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 7/16/09 (07/16/09)
25 years ago: July 16, 1984 Drury Development Co. withdraws its offer of a west end site for the Cape Girardeau multipurpose building. Marjorie Gregory, the wife of Lt. Col. Robert Gregory, a Cape Girardeau man listed as missing in action after the aircraft he was flying was shot down during a mission in Vietnam, will be among 51 families of Missouri servicemen to receive commemorative medals Monday in St. Louis...
AP article about training of river pilots was inaccurate (07/16/09)
I am forwarding you the e-mail below in response to the inaccurate Associated Press article published July 9 on the front page of the Southeast Missourian. I am the port captain for Luhr Bros. Inc. and I also hold a master's license for the western rivers. Luhr Bros. is a heavy marine construction company that runs river boats on the inland waterways. We have about 200 employees who work on river boats out of our Cape Girardeau office...
Housing boost (07/16/09)
The Cape Area Habitat for Humanity organization has been aggressively building new houses for families who are willing to contribute sweat equity and meet income guidelines. These are families who would not qualify for home mortgages. Through the Habitat program they can become owners of decent housing...
Speak Out 7/16/09 (07/16/09)
City fireworks; Loving pit bulls
Prayer 7/16/09 (07/16/09)
Each day is full of delights, O God, and we give thanks for them. Amen.
State Organization receives 5th Consecutive Federal Grant (07/16/09)
Missouri Parent's Act (MPACT) Receives IDEA Parent Training and Information Center Grant MPACT, a statewide parent training and information center funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) since 1988, received their fifth federal IDEA grant award on July 7th, 2009. ...
Teachers take Conservation Summer School (07/16/09)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Just because water is clear, doesn't mean it's clean. That was the main lesson 17 Missouri teachers took away from the Perry County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) and Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) educator workshop July 14-16 at the MDC's Southeast Regional Office in Cape Girardeau...
Cherry-picking facts compromises paper's objectivity (07/16/09)
I would like to take the time to address the recent Banner Press article, "Marble Hill raises water, sewer rates", published Wednesday July 15, 2009. In it Banner Press editor Linda Redeffer states: "The rates have not been doubled as Lacy predicted earlier". ...
For Pet of the Week (07/16/09)
Little Ronnie boxer thats sitting up and Lizy is the boxer behind laying down.
Ribbons and Bows (07/16/09)
Some girls like ribbons and bows, silk and satin. Me, I prefer boots, camo and velvet. This is my trophy buck for the season - I'm wearing the boots and camo, he's sportin' the velvet. Prettier than a barbie doll, don't ya think?
SE Spartans baseball team wins tourney (07/16/09)
SE Spartans Baseball team wins 1st Annual 15U Skylar Law Memorial Tournament. Pictured: Row 1 kneeling: Caleb McCord, Nolan Weber, Jerad Yates, Austin Harter, Austin Caldwell. Row 2 standing: Coach Dean Weber, Alex Wiesner, Kenny Tiffany, Ramsey Scott, Alan Michael Hess, Michael Essner, Coach Rich Harter, Coach Mike Scott...
Sunset after the storm (07/16/09)
After the storm passed, a beautiful sunset!!
Storm clouds (07/16/09)
Storm clouds over Jackson. It was an awesome storm!!
Storm clouds (07/16/09)
Took this at the beginning of the storm in Jackson. Looks like a funnel cloud coming down.
Winds of change (07/16/09)
The wreckage of a hay barn on South Mt. Auburn Road that could be seen from I-55. The hay barn was flattened by the wind on July 15 as if some giant hand had squashed it to the ground. The barn was built in the 1930's and was part of Armstrong Dairy which is also known as Silver Springs Farm. In back of the collapsed barn, one can see a picture of the medical office building which is part of the Southeast Missouri Hospital Cancer Center which is currently being constructed...
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