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Updated: Appeals court rules that Purcell can't sue Cape Girardeau County commission (07/21/09)
The Missouri Eastern District Court of Appeals ruled today that Cape Girardeau County Commissioner Jay Purcell's lawsuit against the Cape Girardeau County Commission, on appeal from the Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court, is not valid because Purcell can't legally sue the commission as an entity...
Rainfall cancels some Jackson Homecomers events (07/21/09)
The steady rain falling this afternoon will postpone or cancel some of the events scheduled for the 101st Annual Jackson Homecomers and relocate others, said Homecomers entertainment director Linda Penzel. The welcome speech by Jackson Mayor Barbara Lohr, slated for 6:15 p.m., has been moved to Wednesday, and the performance by the Jackson Municipal Band is canceled, Penzel said...
Jackson Board of Aldermen votes against fireworks ban (07/21/09)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen voted 7-1 during its regular meeting Monday against a motion that would have banned the sale and use of fireworks in the city.
Stolen dogs recovered in Scott County, three men arrested (07/21/09)
A Scott County dog theft investigation ended Monday in three arrests and the recovery of several stolen dogs, said Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter. Kevin C. Rhodes, 20, of Chaffee, Mo., Larry D. Tanner, 21, of Delta and Larry Babb, 27, of Scott City all face two felony counts each of stealing animals. ...
Police issuing many tickets in construction zone (07/21/09)
Drivers passing through the construction zone at Mount Auburn Road between Hopper Road and Independence Street need to slow down, Cape Girardeau police say. The construction in the area drops the speed limit down to 20 miles per hour from 35, and so far this month, 37 percent of the speeding tickets given out in the city have been issued to drivers in that zone, said Cpl. ...
Cape Girardeau County officials ready to move from Common Pleas Courthouse (07/21/09)
Cape Girardeau County officials voiced concerns to county commissioners Monday over the possibility of remaining in the Common Pleas Courthouse and Courthouse Annex, while members of the public will have an opportunity to express their views Thursday.
Rape reported at Arena Park; victim won't press charges (07/21/09)
Cape Girardeau police are investigating a report of a rape early Monday at Arena Park in Cape Girardeau. According to Cpl. Adam Glueck, spokesman for the police department, the victim, a 20-year-old woman, called police around 5 a.m. Monday after the incident occurred, but later said she did not want the incident pursued...
Kinder to fight federal union measure (07/21/09)
Employers must fight back against attempts to extend union representation, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said Monday as he brought state business lobbyists to Cape Girardeau to organize against the Employee Free Choice Act. Kinder is taking a lead role in the effort to amend Missouri's constitution to require secret ballots in all elections, including those that decide whether a group of employees will be represented by a union. ...
Principal: PAS class helping students stay in school (07/21/09)
A year after their inception, Preparing for Academic Success classes seem to be leading to improvement at Cape Girardeau Central High School. "The data from the first year was promising," said Dr. Mike Cowan, high school principal. The class is required for all freshmen and encourages character building, study habits and career exploration. Older students who are behind on their graduation requirements also take the class...
New bridge being built to span Whitewater River (07/21/09)
Traffic is stopped in the westbound lane of Highway 72 over the Whitewater River bridge, west of Millersville, Mo., as construction crews prepare the approach for a temporary bridge. The two-lane bypass will allow improvements to be made to the highway....
After a year, Independence Street work to be completed this week (07/21/09)
A little more than a year after it began, the road project to rebuild Independence Street will be finished this week, city engineer Kelly Green told the Cape Girardeau City Council on Monday night. The work, which included replacing the roadway and sidewalks from Pacific Street to Kingshighway, will not be entirely complete -- two side streets still need some intersection work -- but motorists will be able to travel the entire length without detours, she said...
Coming from a land down under: Australian tractor heads to Perryville, Mo. (07/21/09)
An antique Australian tractor crosses the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge on Monday on its way to Perryville, Mo., to participate in Saturday's seventh annual River Hills Antique Tractor Club Adventure Ride.
Drainage work to close Route ZZ today (07/21/09)
Route ZZ in Bollinger County will be closed while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a drainage pipe beneath the roadway. Work on this section of road between County Road 830 and 906 will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today...
$5 million project to upgrade near Arch (07/21/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The street that runs past one of America's best-known landmarks is about to get a long-overdue upgrade. Work is beginning this week on a $5 million resurfacing project for Memorial Drive in St. Louis -- the street that runs between the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River...
Missouri considering cuts to water patrol (07/21/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Public Safety is considering more than $450,000 in cuts to the Missouri State Water Patrol. The department proposed the cuts after Gov. Jay Nixon's call to shave $60 million in spending throughout state government...
YMCA camp temporarily closes (07/21/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The YMCA's Camp Lakewood outside of Potosi, Mo., has been shut down after about 70 campers and counselors got sick in the past week. Camp Lakewood spokeswoman Melissa Gilliam said about 1,000 campers and staff have been at the camp in the last week. Most of them are from the St. Louis area and were returning home. She said symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea...
Housing crunch continues at Mizzou (07/21/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Despite opening three new residence halls this fall, the University of Missouri-Columbia will again lease space from two private apartment complexes to help house a large incoming class. With some residence halls either closed or closing this year for renovations, the net gain for on-campus living will be 350 beds, said Frankie Minor, residential life director...
California hopes to end IOUs with budget agreement (07/21/09)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California may soon be able to stop printing IOUs now that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders have agreed on a compromise plan to close the state's $26 billion shortfall without tax increases. The governor and lawmakers announced the compromise late Monday, nearly three weeks after the state began issuing pay-you-later warrants to thousands of state contractors and vendors. ...
Coca-Cola 2nd quarter profit rises 43 percent (07/21/09)
ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola, the world's largest beverage maker, on Tuesday posted a 43 percent increase in second-quarter profit, beating expectations as rapid overseas growth helped offset a sales decline caused by the stronger dollar. Profit rose mostly because last year's quarter was dragged down by big restructuring charges and asset write-downs...
Failed JetAmerica costs Ohio agency $150,000 (07/21/09)
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Its overseers say a local government agency in Ohio should be more careful, following a failed experience with a new airline. JetAmerica had offered flights from Toledo for as little as $9 one-way, but it canceled all service on Friday before a plane ever left the ground...
Southwest Airlines posts 2nd quarter profit (07/21/09)
DALLAS -- Southwest Airlines Co. broke a string of three straight losing quarters by scratching out a small profit in the April-June period despite a downturn in travel. Demand for business travel remains weak, and "we cannot predict a profitable third quarter," said Chairman and CEO Gary C. Kelly...
Ukraine tells Boston it wants US investment for gas (07/21/09)
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's president has told U.S. Vice President Joe Biden that he wants American investors to help modernize its strategic gas transport system at a time of a severe economic crisis. Ukraine's aging gas transit infrastructure carries gas from Russia to Europe. President Viktor Yushchenko told the visiting Biden that "as many investors as possible, including U.S. investors" could help ensure the continent's energy security...
Watergate Hotel set to go on DC auction block (07/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Watergate Hotel that is part of a complex made famous by a presidential scandal is heading to the auction block. Alex Cooper Auctioneers is scheduled to start the sale of the landmark at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday. According to the company's Web site, a $1 million deposit will be required at the time of sale...
Obama defends August deadline for health care bill (07/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is defending his relentless campaign for a health care bill before Congress's August recess, saying "the default in Washington is inaction and inertia." The Republican Party chairman assailed it as an "excessive push."...
Popular San Diego seals win reprieve from governor (07/21/09)
SAN DIEGO -- A colony of federally protected harbor seals is causing a stink about whether it should spend its days lounging at a popular San Diego cove or be sent packing. On Monday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill that adds a marine mammal park to the list of acceptable uses for the sheltered cove where the seals have lived for years...
Bernanke preps for hot seat on bailouts, recovery (07/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke likely will face tough questions this week from lawmakers about taxpayer bailouts of financial companies, slow-moving government efforts to curb home foreclosures and the possibility that the Fed's unprecedented steps to stimulate the economy could spur inflation later on...
Private rescue of CIT marks shift in crisis (07/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- With bondholders coming to the rescue of troubled commercial lender CIT Group Inc., and not the government, a new reality is setting in for investors. With federal bailouts drying up and the economy still in distress, many more financial firms could face bankruptcy. When they do, it will be major private lenders that will have to decide whether to rescue the companies or allow them to fail...
Senate heads toward vote on F-22s (07/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- The argument over whether spending $1.75 billion on seven additional F-22 jets makes good economic sense is coming to a head between Congress and the Obama administration. Lawmakers from states that would benefit from manufacturing the jets want the money pumped into the aerospace and defense industries. ...
Sources: CIT Group board approves private rescue loan (07/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- The board of CIT Group Inc., one of the nation's largest lenders to small and midsize businesses, approved a deal with major bondholders to keep the company out of bankruptcy, said two people briefed on the talks. CIT will receive a rescue loan from key bondholders hoping to keep it alive long enough to restructure its debt, these people said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the company has not yet made an official announcement...
Stocks rally anew on positive signs (07/21/09)
NEW YORK -- Stocks jumped again Monday, giving the Dow Jones industrials their sixth straight advance, as investors got more robust earnings news from big companies and data that suggest the economy is closer to a recovery. A 100-point gain pushed the Dow back into the black for the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 climbed to its highest finish since November...
CIT secures $3 billion in financing from bondholders (07/21/09)
NEW YORK -- Commercial lender CIT Group Inc. confirmed late Monday that it has secured a $3 billion bailout from its bondholders, averting an immediate bankruptcy filing and giving the company some breathing room to restructure its debt. It's a new twist in the financial crisis: A major bank on the verge of a last-minute rescue -- only this time the bailout isn't coming from the government. ...
Surviving Mumbai gunman confesses (07/21/09)
MUMBAI, India -- The lone surviving gunman in the Mumbai attacks made a confession at his trial Monday, saying he was recruited by a militant group inside Pakistan after he left a low-paying job and went looking for training to become a professional robber...
South Africa cuts off funding for research into AIDS vaccine (07/21/09)
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- South Africa has stopped funding research on an AIDS vaccine, a scientist said Monday, even as a vaccine trial on humans began in the country ravaged by the world's worst AIDS epidemic. Anna-Lise Williamson, an AIDS researcher at the University of Cape Town, said the clinical vaccine trial that began Monday would continue with U.S. ...
Cape finds zone (07/21/09)
SENATH, Mo. -- Billy Fender could not have picked a better way to return to the Bootheel. Fender -- who lived in Kennett, Mo., until two months ago -- scored the go-ahead run in the top of the fourth inning Monday as the Ford & Sons Cape Girardeau Post 63 Senior American Legion posted a 5-3 win over Dunklin County in the championship game of the District 14 tournament...
Former Memphis Tigers, Grizzlies player shot (07/21/09)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis officials say former Grizzlies point guard Antonio Burks has been injured in a shooting and is in critical condition following surgery. Police say the 29-year-old Burks was shot in the lower torso. ...
Contador eyes other Tour rivals, not Armstrong (07/21/09)
SION, Switzerland -- The tension with Lance Armstrong is all but gone and the line of authority is clear. Now, Alberto Contador wants to concentrate on those teams intent on seizing his Tour de France lead. The Spaniard used Monday's rest day to lay out his plan of attack to keep the yellow jersey he won by capturing the first stage in the Alps a day earlier...
NBA defends age minimum to Congress (07/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- The NBA defended its minimum age requirement to Congress, but a critical lawmaker was unmoved and is asking to meet with top league officials to discuss it, according to letters obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The rule, which is part of the league's collective bargaining agreement with the players union, requires players to be at least 19 years old and a year out of high school before entering the league. ...
Cronkite's voice still begins newscast (07/21/09)
NEW YORK -- CBS says the voice of Walter Cronkite will continue to be heard announcing the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric." Cronkite recorded the introduction to the newscast he anchored for nearly two decades in 2006, when Couric became anchor...
Ride on: Walking, biking to work linked with better fitness (07/21/09)
Walking or biking to work, even part way, is linked with fitness, but few Americans do it, according to a study of more than 2,000 middle-aged city dwellers.
Explaining how falls affect older people (07/21/09)
During his vacation in the Italian Alps, Pope Benedict XVI, 82, fell and broke his wrist. On Friday, doctors operated to realign the fractured bones. In older adults, falls are the leading cause of deaths caused by injuries. Q: How often do older people fall?...
Michelle Bonta (07/21/09)
In Loving Memory of Michelle Bonta Michelle Bonta of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Jackson, died Friday, July 17, 2009. She was born Sept. 15, 1978, to Edward Whittaker Bonta of East Prairie, Mo., and Cheryl Buchheit of Chaffee, Mo., in Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau...
Cleve Woolf (07/21/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- Cleve Woolf, 69, of Benton died Sunday, July 19, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 8, 1940, in Tolu, Ky., son of Charles and Nelma Fuller Woolf. He was of the Baptist faith and was self-employed as a farmer...
Janet Jones (07/21/09)
Janet Jones, 48, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, July 19, 2009, at Fountainbleau Lodge following a long battle with cancer. She was born March 11, 1961, in Alexander County, Ill., daughter of Fred H. and Pauline (Robison) Jones. Janet had worked for Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau for many years before her illness. She was an avid Cardinals fan...
Paul Lukefahr (07/21/09)
HIGHLAND, Mo. -- Paul T. Lukefahr of Highland died Friday, July 17, 2009, at his home. He was 67. He was born July 16, 1942, in Highland, son of the late Clarence and Martha (Schrumpf) Lukefahr. He was married to Carole Layton on June 3, 1967. She survives in Highland...
Vera Foster (07/21/09)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Vera Elizabeth Foster, 90, of Springfield died Sunday, July 19, 2009, at Lewis Memorial Christian Village in Springfield. She was born April 13, 1919, in Cape Girardeau, the daughter of William and Alena Goust Ussery. She was raised in Cape Girardeau...
Gene Young (07/21/09)
ORAN, Mo. -- Gene Tunis Young, 71, of Oran died July 20, 2009, at his home. He was born Jan. 28, 1938, in East Prairie, Mo., to John Tunis and Jennie Myrtle Baldwin Young. He and Shirley Ann Hurst were married Feb. 14, 1999, in Charleston, Mo...
George McGuire (07/21/09)
MINERAL POINT, Mo. -- George H. McGuire, 77, of Mineral Point died Saturday, July 18, 2009. He is survived by two daughters, Cindy (Tim) Huey of Cape Girardeau and Janet (Tom) Boies of Minneapolis, and four grandchildren, Tommy Boies, Robbie Boies, Kirstin Huey and Aaron Huey...
Rudy Niemeier (07/21/09)
Rudy Albert Niemeier, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, July 20, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 13, 1915, in Cape Girardeau to Gustav W. and Linda R. Graden Niemeier. He and Lorene Marie Haman were married Aug. 16, 1942, in Cape Girardeau. She died Aug. 21, 1996...
Gerald Tinsley (07/21/09)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Gerald "Sonny" Tinsley, 66, of Tamms died at 5:17 a.m. Sunday, July 19, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 12, 1943, in Cairo, Ill., to Asa and Jewell (Phillips) Tinsley. He was a member of Unity Baptist Church. He was a farmer and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved riding horses, going to the Kozy Corner and watching TV...
Darrell Dixon (07/21/09)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Darrell Dixon, son of Ella Mae McKee Dixon of Dexter and the late Clyde Curtis Dixon, was born March 31, 1950, in Dexter, and departed this life July 17, 2009, in Jonesboro, Ark., at the age of 59 years. Mr. Dixon was the owner of AGWHOLESALEUSA in Jonesboro and served in the Missouri National Guard 1221st Transportation Unit in Dexter for six years. He was a former resident of Dexter, currently residing in Jonesboro...
John Lafferty Jr. (07/21/09)
John Weldon Lafferty Jr., 60, of Huntsville, Ala., passed away Thursday, July 16, 2009, at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville. He was born Aug. 16, 1948, in Baltimore, son of John W. and Violet Grisham Lafferty Sr. John grew up in the Naylor, Mo., area. ...
Cletus Huck (07/21/09)
STE GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- Cletus E. Huck of Ste. Genevieve passed away July 14, 2009, at his residence at the age of 78 years. He was born March 30, 1931, in Zell, Mo., to the late Thomas and Julia (Grass) Huck. He was also preceded in death by his two sons, James and Dean Huck, and his brother, Thomas Huck...
Christine Overbey (07/21/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Christine Geraldine Overbey, 83, of Perryville, formerly of Brighton, Ill., died Sunday, July 19, 2009, at her home. Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Young and Sons Chapel in Perryville. The funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home...
Out of the past 7/21/09 (07/21/09)
25 years ago: July 21, 1984 One of the two victims of Thursday's towboat accident just south of Cape Girardeau was found yesterday and the search continues for the other victim; the towboat Helen Tully, with her two crewmen, sank Thursday morning after colliding with another tow...
A local perspective on health care (07/21/09)
My perspective is local. Shaping that perspective are 36 years as a physician, with a little over 30 years in Cape Girardeau. Over that time I have been fortunate to care for many patients. I have watched and participated in our community's evolution into a regional referral center. Technologies and treatments that were undreamed of when I began practicing medicine are now routine...
A helping hand (07/21/09)
If you want to help change the world, look to Bill Sparks -- and countless others like him -- who have found a way to improve the lives of others. Sparks, who teaches Sunday school at Maple United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau, has had a couple of back surgeries and remembers paying $165 for a walker after he left the hospital. ...
Speak Out 7/21/09 (07/21/09)
Sharing the road; Reform success; Malpractice awards; Smoking issue; Thanks for help
Prayer 7/21/09 (07/21/09)
For smiling babies and the sound of laughter, we give thanks to you, O God. Amen.
Cape Girardeau, Mo. Woman Presented Forest Service 2008 Volunteer Award (07/21/09)
ROLLA, Mo. -- Kathie Brennan, Cape Girardeau, has been presented with a 2008 US Forest Service Volunteer Award from among volunteers in a 20-state northeastern region. Brennan last year led volunteer teams who constructed more than 4 miles of new trails and maintained more than 100 miles of existing trails on the Ozark Trail (OT), a hiking, biking and equestrian trail corridor from St. Louis to Arkansas...
UFO Photo Cracks Nazca Code (07/21/09)
It started out as just another hike in the backcountry of rural San Diego as three hiking companions explored new trails. It ended with one of them accidentally capturing 10 UFOs in the background of a scenic photo. Within three months a pattern had been discovered on some of the UFOs that were successfully linked to other UFOs as well as ancient artifacts, crop circles and the famous Nazca Lines in Peru. ...
Cape Girardeau Girls Softball League Champions, Freshman Division (07/21/09)
Champions of the season for the Cape Girardeau Girls Softball League, Freshman Division. Sponsors are Beussink, Hey, Roe, CPAs. The girls finished 11-1 Pictured are (left to right): Back row:(Coaches) Phil Lincicum, John Hedrick, Carla Hedrick Second row: Anna Garner, Hannah Whitmore, Julia Lincicum, Mashanda Reed, Madison Daum, Amanda Webb, Amanda Gassel Front row: Charlea Fiorino, Hanna Borders, Jessica Hedrick, Katelin May...
Cape Girardeau Girls Softball Champions of the Freshman Division (07/21/09)
This photo is Champions of the Girls Softball Freshman Division end of the season tournament. The team is sponsored by Beussink, Hey and Roe, CPAs. Pictured are (left to right): Back row: Phil Lincicum and John Hedrick, second row: Carla Hedrick, Julia Lincicum, Anna Garner, Mashanda Reed, Amanda Webb, Hannah Whitmore, Front row: Amanda Gassel, Charlea Fiorino, Jessica Hedrick, Madison Daum and Katelin Whitmore. Not Pictures: Hanna Borders, Caroline and Oliva Kurtz...
Harley Dog (07/21/09)
My name is Sammy and I am a harley dog I love dressing up in my harley gear and going to the Root Hog Rally every year, its fun and I get lots of attention. The ladies love me!
The Tree That Caught the Easter Egg (07/21/09)
Jesse was throwing the old Easter eggs into our creek. One of them was pierced by a limb right through the middle of the egg and stuck. It was impaled into the limb intake.
Sweet Sounds at the Red House Interpretive Center (07/21/09)
Such beautiful music came from this group that came to receive Dulcimer lessons on July 18th given by Rosemary Oxley at the Red House Interpretive Center in downtown Cape Girardeau. A Dulcimer is a old time mountain music fretted string instrument that was very popular in the 1700 and 1800's and is native to the Appalachian region of the United States. The popularity for this instrument is growing again today and many more people are learning to play...
Carly's Day in the pool (07/21/09)
Carly's first swim in Grannies pool
Return from the Groomer (07/21/09)
Katie & Sasha go to the groomer
Laughing Sunshine (07/21/09)
This little cutie is Sunshine and she is like a bright sunny morning. She is always smiling.
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