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Trial date set in 1979 Cape Girardeau murder case (08/05/09)
A trial date has been set in the case of Max Ellison, a former sheriff's deputy charged with the 1979 murder of Deborah L. Martin. Ellison's five-day jury trial will begin on March 29, 2010, at 9 a.m. before New Madrid County Circuit Judge Fred Copeland...
Notre Dame Regional High School phone systems down, but school open (08/05/09)
Phone service to Notre Dame Regional High School is temporarily down. Notre Dame technology director Jeff Worley said contractors were moving utilities Tuesday and had turned off phone service when weather halted the work. Crews haven't yet been able to restore phone service. However, the school is open...
Kennett man charged in Monday shooting (08/05/09)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Charges were filed Tuesday against a local man who allegedly shot another Kennett man in the chest on Monday evening. According to Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen P. Sokoloff, Danny Curlett, 47, is facing charges of assault in the first-degree and armed criminal action. Both charges carry a penalty of up to life in prison...
Area escapes Tuesday storms with minor damage (08/05/09)
Emergency management and city officials are counting their blessings after Tuesday's thunderstorm that passed through the area produced only minor damage...
Blake Shelton to replace Billy Currington at Sikeston rodeo (08/05/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Sikeston Jaycees have switched entertainers for Thursday night after scheduled performer Billy Currington and his bassist were injured during a Saturday performance in Canada.
Lawsuit puts sale of Cape Girardeau federal building on hold (08/05/09)
A lawsuit filed by New Life Evangelistic Center over the old federal building on Broadway means that Cape Girardeau County must wait to find out if its offer to buy the building will be accepted. In a letter sent Monday to Cape Girardeau County First District Commissioner Paul Koeper, the General Services Administration said that it must stop negotiations with the county over the sale of the building at 339 Broadway. ...
Storms dump four inches on Cape Girardeau area (08/05/09)
Jackson and the southern part of Cape Girardeau bore the brunt of the three bouts of thunderstorms that hit Cape Girardeau County Tuesday night, causing power outages, flash flooding and numerous fallen trees and power lines. Early estimates of the rainfall were nearly four inches by 8 p.m., but exact totals were not available due to a lightning strike that damaged the weather-measuring equipment at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, meteorologist Robin Smith said...
Postal service only considering closing branch offices; none in Southeast Missouri (08/05/09)
A plan to consolidate U.S. Postal Service operations by possibly closing 677 locations nationwide includes no post offices in Southeast Missouri. In fact, the plan doesn't contemplate closing any location where there is a postmaster in charge. The plan, which is described by postal service spokesman Richard Watkins as a blueprint for studying how to save money, targets what are known as branch offices or postal stations and all are in the urban or suburban areas of large metropolitan regions...
Purcell asks appeals court to reconsider dismissal of Sunshine suit (08/05/09)
Commissioner Jay Purcell is appealing the recent defeat of his Sunshine Law suit against the Cape Girardeau County Commission. On Tuesday, Purcell's attorney, J.P. Clubb, filed two legal briefs with the Missouri Court of Appeals' Eastern District. One asks the court to reconsider its July 21 decision to dismiss the lawsuit. ...
Trial in 2008 Cape killing to be held in St. Louis County (08/05/09)
Tambra Turner, who faces first-degree murder charges for a Cape Girardeau killing in early 2008, will be tried in St. Louis County, Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said Tuesday.
Kennett man turns self in after Monday shooting (08/05/09)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A 47-year-old Kennett man turned himself in to the Kennett Police Department on Tuesday morning after allegedly shooting another local man in the chest on Monday evening.
Registration deadline for Scott City yard sale is Aug. 13 (08/05/09)
One week remains to register for the sixth annual Scott City Yard Sale. Sponsored by the Scott City Chamber of Commerce and Women's Club, the yard sale is scheduled for Sept. 4 and 5. While most of the participants live in Scott City, those living outside the city limits may take part in the sale. Those residing outside Scott City may sell their items for a $20 fee at the caboose parking lot on Main Street, across from the VFW hall...
Southeast listed as one of the best universities in the Midwest (08/05/09)
The Princeton Review listed Southeast Missouri State University as one of the best universities in the Midwest in its "2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region." The company named 158 colleges to the list, which covered 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin...
GM board orders faster new vehicle rollout (08/05/09)
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- General Motors Co.'s board chairman says company management was told this week to bring some of its new vehicles to market faster. Edward Whitacre Jr. would not identify the vehicles but told reporters on a conference call Wednesday that the board emphasized fuel efficiency as well as other areas...
'Clunkers' rebates look likely for another month (08/05/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate has cleared the way for a vote extending the "cash-for-clunkers" program, which offers car buyers rebates of up to $4,500 for trading in their gas-guzzlers for new, higher-mileage models, setting aside Republican opposition to the plan...
Investors nudge rally forward with small gains in stocks (08/05/09)
NEW YORK -- Having sprinted higher for three weeks, the stock market is taking a break. Investors made few big moves Tuesday after stocks rocketed 14 percent in just 16 days. The market closed with modest gains as many traders held their positions and looked toward the Labor Department's employment report Friday...
Dealers in neutral as Senate debates 'clunkers' (08/05/09)
Dealerships and car shoppers alike are waiting for the Senate to decide the fate of "cash for clunkers." Many dealerships have stopped selling cars and trucks through the program while Washington decides whether to approve more money for it. In some cases, salesmen are only taking deposits and not letting customers drive new vehicles off the lot...
Mortgage aid program helping fraction of borrowers (08/05/09)
WASHINGTON -- The government's $50 billion program to ease the mortgage crisis is helping only a fraction of struggling homeowners, and a list released Tuesday showed which lenders are laggards. As of July, only 9 percent of eligible borrowers had seen their mortgage payments reduced with modified loans. And the first monthly progress report showed that 10 lenders had not changed a single mortgage...
Business in brief 8/5/09 (08/05/09)
PepsiCo to buy bottlers for $7.8B MILWAUKEE -- PepsiCo Inc. said Tuesday it is buying its two top bottlers for $7.8 billion in a bid to save money and get new products to market more quickly. The deals were sealed months after PepsiCo's first offers were rejected and 10 years after PepsiCo first spun off its largest bottler, Pepsi Bottling Group. ...
Obama celebrates 48th birthday, wants health-care bill (08/05/09)
WASHINGTON -- You say it's your birthday. It's my birthday, too. And so it went at the White House on Tuesday. On the day he turned 48, President Obama decided to splash a little celebration on someone with whom he shares the birthday: White House correspondent Helen Thomas, now a columnist with Hearst Newspapers. She turned 89 on Tuesday...
Senate starts debate over Sotomayor (08/05/09)
WASHINGTON -- The full Senate started its debate Tuesday on confirming Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic justice, with Republican opponents asserting she would bring bias to the bench and Democratic supporters saying she was a mainstream moderate...
Pentagon reviewing risks of social networking sites (08/05/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is reviewing the use of Facebook and other social networking sites on its computers with an eye toward setting rules on how to protect against possible security risks. The Marine Corps on Monday issued an administrative directive saying it was banning the use of its network for accessing such sites as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. The order doesn't affect Marines' private use of such networks on personal computers outside of their jobs...
John Quincy Adams starts tweeting (08/05/09)
BOSTON -- It seems John Quincy Adams was way ahead of his time. A high school student touring the sixth U.S. president's archives recently noticed his bite-sized diary entries looked a lot like tweets. Starting today, history will meet modern technology as the Massachusetts Historical Society begins posting Adams' updates from 200 years ago on Twitter. ...
Arizona jail force-feeding polygamous sect leader Jeffs (08/05/09)
BEAVER, Utah -- Polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs is being force-fed in jail for the second time in less than a week after refusing to eat, Arizona officials said Tuesday. Mohave County sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter said force feeding of Jeffs started Friday at the Kingman, Ariz., jail after it was found he was not eating. Jeffs subsequently started eating on his own again and continued doing so until Monday night, she said...
Iran says three Americans arrested for illegal entry into country while on hike (08/05/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran has arrested three Americans who strayed across the border from Iraq on allegations they illegally entered the country, and a lawmaker said Tuesday that authorities are deciding whether they will be accused of spying. Officials in northern Iraq's Kurdish region said Sunday that the three -- Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal -- were tourists who inadvertently crossed into Iran on July 31 while hiking in the region. ...
Missourian on trial in Myanmar hospitalized (08/05/09)
YANGON, Myanmar -- An American facing up to five years in jail for entering the house of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been hospitalized after suffering seizures, a week before a court is expected to issue a verdict in his case...
Antigua mountain renamed ‘Mount Obama' (08/05/09)
ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- Antigua's highest mountain officially became "Mount Obama" on Tuesday as the small Caribbean nation celebrated the American president on his birthday and saluted him as a symbol of black achievement. Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer presided over the rechristening ceremony at the base of the mountain, unveiling a stone sculpture and plaque honoring the president as an inspiration in the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda and throughout the Caribbean...
Nine more countries want swine flu vaccine (08/05/09)
Nine more countries want swine flu vaccine LONDON -- Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline says that nine additional countries have ordered 96 million doses of swine flu vaccine since last month. That is in addition to the 195 million vaccine doses and products previously ordered by countries including Britain and the U.S., for a total of 291 million doses. ...
Residents trying to flee Chinese city hit by plague (08/05/09)
BEIJING -- Residents of a farming town in western China said Tuesday people were seeking to flee in defiance of a lockdown by authorities to prevent the spread of highly infectious pneumonic plague which has claimed three lives in the area. Police have set up checkpoints around Ziketan in Qinghai province, a town of 10,000 people, which has been put under quarantine after at least a dozen people caught the lung infection which can kill within 24 hours if untreated...
WHO says swine flu deaths rise to 1,154 (08/05/09)
WHO says swine flu deaths rise to 1,154 GENEVA -- The World Health Organization said Tuesday that 1,154 swine flu victims have died since the virus emerged in April. The WHO said that includes 338 deaths reported in the week leading up to last Friday. ...
Police: Militants planned attack on largest Australian army base (08/05/09)
MELBOURNE, Australia -- A handful of extremists with ties to an al-Qaida-linked group in Somalia planned to storm one of Australia's largest military bases and launch a fight to the death with troops, police said Tuesday. Police revealed details of the alleged plot after arresting four suspects -- Australian citizens aged between 22 and 26 with Somali and Lebanese origins -- in pre-dawn raids Tuesday on 19 houses in the southern city of Melbourne, the culmination of a seven-month intelligence operation.. ...
Iran opposition wants inauguration protests (08/05/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Opposition groups called for protesters to prepare for a new round of street demonstrations today to coincide with the inauguration ceremony for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The appeals -- carried on reformist websites and blogs -- showed a willingness by protesters to confront the security operation expected outside parliament and other areas of the capital Tehran during the swearing in formalities...
Sudan cops crack down at pants trial (08/05/09)
KHARTOUM, Sudan -- Sudanese police fired tear gas and beat women protesting at the trial Tuesday of a female journalist who faces a flogging for wearing trousers in public. Sudanese journalist Lubna Hussein could receive 40 lashes if found guilty of violating the country's indecency law, which follows a strict interpretation of Islam. The 43-year-old says the law is un-Islamic and oppressive, and she's trying to use her trial to rally support to change it...
Palestinian leader asks Fatah to give peace talks a chance (08/05/09)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday urged members of his Fatah movement -- meeting for the first time in two decades -- to give peace talks with Israel a chance. Abbas hopes formal endorsement of his policies by Fatah will strengthen his hand against his Islamic militant Hamas rivals and Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu...
Clinton, two U.S. journalists leave North Korea (08/05/09)
SEOUL, South Korea -- Former president Bill Clinton brought two freed U.S. journalists out of North Korea early today following talks with leader Kim Jong Il, who pardoned the women after they were sentenced to hard labor for entering the country illegally...
Italy's record jackpot climbs to $171 million (08/05/09)
Italy's record jackpot climbs to $171 million ROME -- The record jackpot for Italy's state lottery increased to 119 million euros, about $171.2 million, after the latest drawing Tuesday again thwarted those hoping to get the winning, six-number combination. ...
Regional title slips away in Jackson's first try (08/05/09)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Jackson and Minnesota have exchanged dramatic one-run victories the past two days at the Senior Babe Ruth Midwest Plains Regional. So perhaps it's only fitting that the squads will square off one more time. On the line at 1 p.m. today will be the Midwest Plains Regional title and a berth in the Senior Babe Ruth World Series set for Aug. 15 through 22 in Moses Lake, Wash...
Caps pack high hopes for NBC World Series (08/05/09)
This hasn't been among the most successful years for the tradition-rich Plaza Tire Capahas, although they did win eight of their last nine regular-season games. But the Capahas have a chance to put a special finish on their campaign when they make their 28th consecutive appearance at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan...
Area Digest (08/05/09)
Cape team reaches Ripken world series The Cape Girardeau 12-year-olds defeated Baxter, Minn., 11-3 to win the Midwest Plains Regional in Grand Island, Neb., and advance to the Cal Ripken World Series. Cape, which finished the tournament undefeated, won its third straight regional title...
Former Ram Orlando Pace feels rejuvenated with Bears (08/05/09)
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Sometimes, when they're reminiscing about the good ol' days, Orlando Pace acknowledges he and Olin Kreutz sound like old men. They share laughs, recall how things were. "We can almost relate to a lot of stuff," said Pace, the Chicago Bears' new left tackle. "We can talk about back in the day, the way things used to be -- the way old men talk about football. So that's kind of exciting. That's almost what we do every day just to get ourselves through camp."...
Bulger grapples with another system (08/05/09)
ST. LOUIS -- For a quarterback tutored by scoring mastermind Mike Martz, the switch to the West Coast offense is taking some time to sink in for Marc Bulger. New St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo hired Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator, and Shurmur is going with the West Coast offense...
Pujols slams aside slump (08/05/09)
By JAY COHEN The Associated Press NEW YORK -- St. Louis manager Tony La Russa repeated the same thing over and over again during Albert Pujols' brief slump. "I said he's smart. He'll fix it," La Russa said. "He fixed it tonight." Boy, did he. Pujols hit a grand slam in the 10th inning for his second homer of the game and the Cardinals rallied to beat the sliding New York Mets 12-7 on Tuesday...
Review: Streep best part of 'Julie & Julia' (08/05/09)
LOS ANGELES -- The Julia parts in "Julie & Julia" are a delight. The ones about Julie? More like an annoying distraction. Writer-director Nora Ephron has woven together the real-life stories of two women separated by decades and a body of water but connected by a love of food and a quest for identity. ...
Lester Swinford (08/05/09)
BROWNWOOD, Mo. -- Lester "Red" Swinford, 81, of Brownwood passed away Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, at his home. He was born July 16, 1928, at Painton, Mo., son of Luther and Gertrude Bass Swinford. Red was a member of Advance VFW and attended Full Gospel Church. He was a retired owner and operator of an auto body shop...
Zeno Schafer (08/05/09)
Zeno W. "Sam" Schafer, 88, of Jackson passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau, where he had lived since October 2008. He was born Nov. 3, 1920, in Kelso, Mo., to Frank J. and Ortha Heisserer Schafer. He and Sopha A. Beel were married Feb. 9, 1942, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Cape Girardeau. Sopha passed away Jan. 16, 2005...
Dianna Seabaugh (08/05/09)
Dianna Lynn Seabaugh, 59, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Aug. 30, 1949, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Columbus and Selma Dockins Welker. She and Thomas Leonard Seabaugh were married in St. Louis. He preceded her in death April 19, 1995...
Layne Favier (08/05/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Layne A. Favier, 34, of Perryville died Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, at his home. He was born Sept. 14, 1974, in Perryville, son of stepfather Mark C. Rudesill and mother Charryl Favier Rudesill of Cape Girardeau. Other survivors include a son, Aaron Favier of Perryville; a sister, Caira Rudesill of Cape Girardeau; aunts and uncles, Denise (Jim) Hildebrand of St. ...
John Cockrell (08/05/09)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- John David Cockrell, 36, of Wamsutter, Wyo., passed away Sunday, July 26, 2009, in Wamsutter. He was born Oct. 26, 1972, at Dexter, Mo., son of Daniel Cockrell and Marie Perez. John was a 1991 graduate of Bell City High School. He was of the Pentecostal belief...
Laura Pinkerton (08/05/09)
Laura Lee Pinkerton, 57, of Mesquite, Texas, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2009, at Doctors Hospital in Dallas. She was born April 1, 1952, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Cleman and Anna Lee Schweer Quade. Formerly of Jackson, she had lived in Mesquite eight years...
Cecil Lynn (08/05/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- Cecil Rodger "Nip" Lynn, 82, of rural Benton died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 28, 1926, near Benton, to the late Clyde and Rita Agnes Rodger Lynn Sr. He lived in Scott County his entire life where he was self-employed in farming until retiring in 1989. He was a member of New Savannah Baptist Church...
Police report 8/5/09 (08/05/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summons; Thefts; Burglary; Miscellaneous; Jackson: Thefts; Miscellaneous
Fire report 8/5/09 (08/05/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday:...
Out of the past 8/5/09 (08/05/09)
25 years ago: Aug. 5, 1984 The Otahki Girl Scout Council's Camp Cherokee Ridge has enjoyed a good summer; about 300 girls participated in activities at the resident camp near Patterson, Mo., during the camp's six-week run. The winner of the 1984 Kelso Sommerfest crown, Tammy Wubker, 16, of Oran, presided over the festivities at this year's celebration held Friday and yesterday; she was selected from among 13 contestants...
Current events and memories of another time, another war (08/05/09)
I was a senior in high school. A lot of my friends were being taken out of high school to be drafted in the service when they turned 18, but they hadn't even graduated. Some of our teachers had been talking about current events, but sitting in class it had no meaning to me. Then came March 23, my 18th birthday, and it happened to me. My teachers' warnings took on new meaning. I was living right in the middle of them...
Yes, I'll trade (08/05/09)
With the overwhelming success of the "cash for clunkers" program, I want to expand the concept just a tad. I'm waiting for word from Congress on additional funding for the popular program because I have just the perfect trade-in for this inspiring plan...
Burglary spree (08/05/09)
For months, residents of Cape Girardeau and Jackson wondered who would be next. It became a familiar story: Homeowners would leave their houses to run errands or grab a bite to eat, and when they returned they would find a door smashed in and cash and jewelry missing...
Speak Out 8/5/09 (08/05/09)
Road work mess; Sinking ship; Running red light; Need help; Bond or no?; Not tax free; Not the government
Prayer 8/5/09 (08/05/09)
Bless, O God, those who smile and laugh and share the joys of their lives. Amen.
JHS cheerleaders receive awards at cheer camp (08/05/09)
The JHS Varsity Cheerleaders recently attended a 4-day NCA (National Cheerleading Association) summer camp at SEMO. The NCA selects award winners at each of the over 1,100 camps it administers around the world each summer. Founded in 1948, NCA has been conducting camps for 58 years and holds events annually for over 150,000 cheerleaders and dancers around the world...
Harmony Creek Benefit for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) (08/05/09)
It is always heart-warming when young people wish to help other young people. That is exactly what Harmony Creek, a local Christian Contemporary group, is doing by holding a benefit concert with a "love offering" to benefit CASA of Southeast Missouri, Inc...
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (08/05/09)
Elvis is a 1yr old Great Pyrenees mix. He is already neutered. Elvis is looking for a new home at The Humane Society of SEMO, 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
Cape Couple Competing in National Photo Contest -- And Would Appreciate Your Vote (08/05/09)
When David Coleman saw there was a photo contest for the Emmy-award winning television series MAD MEN, he knew he and his wife Jerri would have to enter. After all, the show has been the couple's favorite program for the past two years. "We started watching it because the lead character has the same job as I do, a Creative Director at an ad agency," said David Coleman...
Waves on Bernice (08/05/09)
The water was coming so fast that it formed a wave diverting the water away from the drains and into my garage.
Garage or boathouse? (08/05/09)
The story would not be complete without a picture of where all the water went. As you can see the water actually created a second standing wave from the pressure against our grage doors. My wife and I were both very excited by the pretty waves.
Christopher and Banks and CJ Banks Fund Raiser (08/05/09)
The St Louis Division of Christopher and Banks and CJ Banks Sponsored a Fund Drive for the Humane Society of Missouri on July 16,17,18 to help rescued pit bulls, seized earlier this month in multiple states. The Cape Girardeau Stores collected money($133.00), toys, blankets, and food(shown in the picture, along with Michelle and Alec Turner, daughter and grandson of LaDonna Hengst, Mgr of CJ Banks. ...
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