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Poplar Bluff teen in Cape Girardeau hospital after falling from back of moving car (08/12/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff teen is in a Cape Girardeau hospital intensive care unit after he was thrown into the roadway while apparently riding on the back of a car early this morning. John Logan Leist, 17, of the 2100 block of Westwood is being treated in the surgical intensive care unit at Saint Francis Medical Center...
Marquand man in serious condition after wreck near Patton (08/12/09)
BOLLINGER COUNTY, Mo. - A Marquand man is in serious condition after he was ejected from his car Tuesday evening. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that Kenneth E. Simpson, 21, was traveling northbound on Route O eight miles southwest of Patton when he lost control of his 2005 Honda. The vehicle then overturned several times, ejecting Simpson...
New upscale rehab center in Cape Girardeau County targets professional clients (08/12/09)
An increase in demand from professionals has led to the opening this week of HillCrest Pointe, an upscale addiction treatment center in Cape Girardeau County. The Gibson Recovery Center has in recent months seen a dramatic increase in calls from those in the banking and investment industries, according to the center's executive director...
Lance Armstrong won't be in Tour of Missouri, organizer says (08/12/09)
The biggest name in professional cycling won't cruise the streets of Cape Girardeau during the Tour of Missouri. Lance Armstrong, the Texan who overcame testicular cancer to win seven consecutive Tour de France titles, has another commitment and won't compete in the seven-stage Tour of Missouri...
Joshua Kezer files lawsuit against Scott County, former sheriff, former deputy (08/12/09)
In a civil rights lawsuit filed Monday against Scott County and former members of county law enforcement, including a former sheriff, attorneys for Joshua C. Kezer are seeking both compensation and punitive damages associated with his wrongful arrest and 1994 conviction in the murder of Angela Mischelle Lawless.
Cape Girardeau County woman sentenced to federal prison on fraud, forgery charges (08/12/09)
A Cape Girardeau County woman was sentenced to federal prison Monday on one count of forgery and two counts of fraud, according to a news release from acting federal prosecutor Michael W. Reap's office.
Cape Girardeau jewelry store burglarized Monday night (08/12/09)
Cape Girardeau police are searching for a suspect who pulled off a jewelry heist Monday night at a downtown Cape Girardeau store.
Roads reduced, closed due to MoDOT projects (08/12/09)
Tree trimming to reduce Highway 177 to one lane A section of Highway 177 in Cape Girardeau will be reduced to one lane through Thursday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews trim trees in the area. Work from Big Bend Road to Bertling Street will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day...
New law requires OSHA training for contractors on public projects (08/12/09)
Contractors and subcontractors working on public projects have less than three weeks to complete safety training or face hefty fines. Signed into law in 2008, this provision in Missouri House Bill 1549 goes into effect Aug. 28. The legislation requires completion of a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health program for all contractors on construction projects for public use or benefit, or paid wholly or in part out of public funds...
Sikeston economic leaders say large, new employer changing local job market, workforce (08/12/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The opening of Orgill's Mid-America Super-Center is shaking up the local job market -- in a good way. Orgill Inc., the world's largest independent distributor of home improvement products, opened its 795,000-square-foot distribution center at the Sikeston Business, Education and Technology Park on Aug. 3...
Cape Giradeau County delinquent tax list (08/12/09)
The Southeast Missourian recently obtained a list of properties in Cape Girardeau County on which delinquent taxes are owed, including legal descriptions of the properties and how much taxes are owed on them. Property descriptions were provided to the Cape Girardeau County Collector's Office, which compiled the document, by the Cape Girardeau County Recorder of Deeds and the Cape Girardeau County Assessor...
Paddling for Parkinson's (08/12/09)
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Car overturns, sends teens to hospital with moderate injuries (08/12/09)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Two Benton, Mo., teenagers sustained moderate injuries after their car overturned Monday afternoon.
Perryville, Mo., man sentenced on federal drug, firearm charges (08/12/09)
William Henry Hapgood II, 34, of Perryville, Mo., was sentenced to 180 months' imprisonment Monday on federal charges of one count of manufacturing methamphetamine and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. With his previous plea, Hapgood admitted to manufacturing methamphetamine at his Perryville residence on three occasions in summer of 2008. ...
Jackson School Board OKs A+ Partnership Plan (08/12/09)
The Jackson School District is taking the final steps to obtain A+ designation, a state program that helps students pay for college. The school board approved the district's A+ Partnership Plan at its meeting Tuesday. The plan, which includes how the district will continue to evaluate the program's success, will go to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Aug. 25 for approval...
Ameren announces 200 layoffs at Illinois plants (08/12/09)
Ameren Energy Resources announced the elimination of 200 positions at three Illinois plants Wednesday. Affected plants are in Grand Tower, Hutsonville and Meredosia. Company officials cited a 5 to 10 percent decrease in revenue as a reason for the layoffs...
Missouri man in Myanmar sentenced to seven years with hard labor (08/12/09)
BANGKOK -- John William Yettaw thought he was on a mission from God to save Aung San Suu Kyi. But the Falcon, Mo., man ended up inadvertently extending her house arrest and being sentenced to prison himself. It started with his swim in May. Overweight, asthmatic and suffering from borderline diabetes, he arrived at the back door of the Nobel Peace laureate's home and lay down exhausted, with cramps in both legs. Suu Kyi's two companions heard him moaning but let him in only after dawn...
E-mail says Bond sought removal of U.S. attorney (08/12/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Newly released White House e-mails indicate that Missouri Sen. Kit Bond played a role in the 2006 removal of federal prosecutor Todd Graves, something for which Bond has long denied any personal involvement. The reference to Bond is included in thousands of pages of documents made public Tuesday by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, which investigated the White House's role in the firing of nine federal prosecutors during President George W. Bush's administration...
States cut aid to college students as demand booms (08/12/09)
MADISON, Wis. -- Struggling with budget shortfalls that reach into the billions, several states are making deep cuts in college financial aid programs, including those that provide a vital source of cash for students who most need the money. At least a dozen states are reducing award sizes, eliminating grants and tightening eligibility guidelines because of a lack of money. ...
Obama looks to West, to the Web in health care fight (08/12/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is turning his eyes West and hitting the Web as he steps up his counteroffensive against critics of a proposed health care overhaul. Obama assailed "wild misrepresentations" of his health care plan Tuesday during a town hall-style meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., taking on the role of fact-checker-in-chief for his top domestic priority. It's a strategy he will employ at two more town halls this week in Montana and Colorado, and on the White House Web site...
Pa. instructor is last in hospital after shooting (08/12/09)
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A pregnant aerobics instructor is the last victim still hospitalized following a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh-area health club a week ago. Mary Primis, 26, is in fair condition at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. ...
Fed likely to leave rates at lows to aid recovery (08/12/09)
WASHINGTON -- Signs are growing that an economic recovery may finally be taking shape, but with dangers still lurking about, Federal Reserve policymakers are all but certain to leave a key interest rate at record lows to make sure any nascent turnaround gains traction...
Felicia downgraded to tropical depression (08/12/09)
HONOLULU (AP) -- Felicia was downgraded to a tropical depression Tuesday morning as it approached Hawaii with maximum sustained winds of about 35 mph, but a flash flood watch and a high surf warning remained in effect, forecasters said. ...
Specter: protests not 'representative of America' (08/12/09)
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Arlen Specter said Wednesday he thinks people who have been angrily disrupting town hall meetings on overhauling the health care system are "not necessarily representative of America," but should be heard. "It's more than health care," said Specter, 79, who earlier this year left the Republican Party and became a Democrat. ...
Swastika painted at congressman's office called escalation of debate over health care (08/12/09)
WASHINGTON -- A swastika was found Tuesday painted on a sign outside Rep. David Scott's district office, an act the Georgia Democrat said reflects an increasingly hateful debate over health care and should serve as a reminder for people to tone down their rhetoric...
Designs sought for mural on WTC fence (08/12/09)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Artists looking for somewhere to display their work now have a chance to be seen at one of the city's most high-profile places -- the World Trade Center site. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the city Department of Transportation are asking artists to submit designs for a new mural. ...
Last two bodies pulled from Hudson River (08/12/09)
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) -- New York police say the last two bodies have been pulled from the wreckage of a collision between a small plane and a sightseeing helicopter over the Hudson River. Spokesman Paul Browne said Tuesday investigators think the bodies were those of the plane pilot and a passenger. ...
Google provides peek at new search engine (08/12/09)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Google has lifted the lid on a new version of its search engine, allowing users to look at the results it will generate. The new engine, available at www2.sandbox.google.com, looks the same as the current one but ranks results differently, which could affect businesses that rely on Google results to drive traffic. ...
Obama promotes health-care plan in front of friendly crowd (08/12/09)
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Ready for a fight he never got, President Obama went on the offensive in support of his health-care plan Tuesday, urging a town hall audience not to listen to those who seek to "scare and mislead the American people." "For all the scare tactics out there, what is truly scary is if we do nothing," Obama told a friendly crowd of about 1,800 in a high school auditorium and a nationwide audience watching on cable television...
Officials see increase in militia group activity in U.S. (08/12/09)
WASHINGTON -- Militia groups with gripes against the government are regrouping across the country and could grow rapidly, according to an organization that tracks such trends. The stress of a poor economy and a liberal administration led by a black president are among the causes for the recent rise, the report from the Southern Poverty Law Center says. Conspiracy theories about a secret Mexican plan to reclaim the Southwest are also growing amid the public debate about illegal immigration...
Grants to prevent spread of Mexican violence (08/12/09)
EL PASO, Texas -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced $30 million in federal grants Tuesday to prevent drug-fueled violence from spilling into the United States from Mexico, heralding it as the latest of several moves in recent months to bolster border enforcement...
GM: Volt may get 230 mpg (08/12/09)
WARREN, Mich. -- General Motors said Tuesday its Chevrolet Volt electric car could get 230 mpg in city driving, making it the first American vehicle to achieve triple-digit fuel economy if that figure is confirmed by regulators. But when the four-door family sedan hits showrooms late next year, its efficiency will come with a steep sticker price: $40,000...
California beef processing plant cited for cow handling problems (08/12/09)
FRESNO, Calif. -- A California beef processor that voluntarily recalled tons of hamburger meat due to salmonella fears last week was slapped with animal handling citations last year in a government review of meatpacking plants, records show. At least 28 people in three western states have reported salmonella-related illnesses since last Thursday, when Fresno-based Beef Packers Inc. recalled nearly 826,000 pounds of ground beef...
Job growth slow to come as economy begins to show signs of improvement (08/12/09)
WASHINGTON -- Employers who have cut jobs over the past year are in no hurry to start hiring again just because the recession is tapering off. From a North Carolina machine maker to an Oregon heating-and-cooling company, small business owners say they need to see several months of rising sales before they start adding staff...
Produce truck encourages healthy eating in Detroit (08/12/09)
DETROIT -- In a neighborhood served by 26 liquor stores but only one grocery, a community group is peddling fresh fruits and vegetables like ice cream. Five days a week, the Peaches & Greens truck winds its way through the streets as a loudspeaker plays R&B and puts out the call: "Nutritious, delicious. Brought right to you. We have green and red tomatoes, white and sweet potatoes. We have greens, corn on the cob and cabbage, too."...
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics, dies at 88 (08/12/09)
BOSTON -- Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the presidential sister who founded the Special Olympics and helped demonstrate that the mentally disabled can triumph on the field of competition and lead productive lives outside institutions, died Tuesday at age 88...
Army brigade retools for new Afghan mission (08/12/09)
KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan -- More than 100 soldiers in the brigade studied Arabic for 10 months. Officers boned up on Iraq by reading dozens of books. Then, five months ago, the 5,000 troops of the U.S. Army's 5th Stryker Brigade were told they were headed to Afghanistan instead...
Villagers airlifted away after Taiwan storm (08/12/09)
CISHAN, Taiwan -- Military helicopters ferried villagers to safety Tuesday from Taiwanese communities hit by Typhoon Morakot that left at least 70 dead, but hundreds were still feared trapped by mud and rock that buried their homes. Choppers hovered over villages looking for signs of life. ...
Brazil cops suspect host of murder for ratings (08/12/09)
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- In one murder after another, the Canal Livre TV show had an uncanny knack for being first on the scene, gathering footage of the victim. Too uncanny, say police, who are investigating the show's host, state legislator Wallace Souza, on suspicion of commissioning at least five murders to boost his ratings and prove his claim that Brazil's Amazon region is awash in violent crime...
$65 million in jewelry stolen from U.K. store (08/12/09)
LONDON -- Two well-dressed thieves walked into a London Bond Street jewelry store last week and, after brandishing handguns at workers, made off with $65 million worth of gems in one of Britain's biggest jewelry heists, police said Tuesday. Security camera footage released by police shows two men in crisp suits entering Graff Diamonds' flagship store Thursday afternoon. It was the third time a Graff store in London had been targeted in a high-profile raid in the past six years...
Clinton: End sexual violence in Congo (08/12/09)
GOMA, Congo -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton toured an African refugee camp Tuesday crowded with victims of violence and malnutrition, pledging $17 million in U.S. aid to help stem the tide of sexual abuse that has hit war-ravaged eastern Congo...
New Fatah leadership boosts hope for successful Mideast peace effort (08/12/09)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank -- Fatah has elected a younger leadership that will likely bring the mainstream Palestinian movement more in line with President Obama's vision for an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement, according to unofficial results released Tuesday...
2009 volleyball team predicted to finish third in the OVC (08/12/09)
The 2009 Southeast Missouri State volleyball team has been predicted to finish third in the Ohio Valley Conference. Murray State is the OVC favorite according to the preseason poll released Tuesday. Voting was done by the league's coaches and sports information directors...
Cape team prepares for Cal Ripken World Series (08/12/09)
As the 12 members of the Cape Girardeau 12-and-under Cal Ripken All-Stars baseball team made their way down the stairs and into one of the below-ground dugouts at Notre Dame High School's baseball field, there were some oohs and aahs over the professional-style setup...
Pro cyclist promises intensity in Cape stage (08/12/09)
Professional cyclist Brad Huff warned fans to keep focused on the course during the closing meters of the Tour of Missouri's second stage in Cape Girardeau. "It's going to be intense," Huff said. "Tell the people not to blink because it will happen so fast, it will be over before they know it."...
Reds fend off Cards' comeback (08/12/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Journeyman fill-in Justin Lehr worked into the seventh inning to win his second straight outing, and Alex Gonzalez matched his career high with four hits in the Cincinnati Reds' 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night...
Cardinals put Wellemeyer on 15-day DL (08/12/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals pitcher Todd Wellemeyer was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow Tuesday, a day after the team scratched him from a scheduled return to the rotation. Wellemeyer has been told to rest the elbow for five days. St. Louis made the move retroactive to Aug. 5...
Louisville's Pitino tells police he paid for abortion (08/12/09)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino told police he had sex and paid for an abortion for the woman accused of trying to extort $10 million from him, a newspaper reported Tuesday. The Courier-Journal of Louisville reported on its website that Pitino told police he had been drinking in a Louisville restaurant and had sex with Karen Sypher in August 2003. ...
Bulger should get extended playing time (08/12/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Starting quarterbacks usually ease into the preseason, often playing no more than a series or two in the exhibition opener. But when the St. Louis Rams visit the Jets on Friday, Marc Bulger expects plenty of playing time -- perhaps as much as three quarters...
Woods says he was not fined for comment (08/12/09)
CHASKA, Minn. -- Tiger Woods has said he was not fined by the PGA Tour for his critical remarks about a rules official putting the last group on the clock at Firestone. A PGA Tour official said Monday that the world's No. 1 player would be fined for his comment. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the tour does not publicize fines...
Use incentives to attract your favorite songbirds (08/12/09)
Backyard bird watching is a fairly simple exercise. Provide enough food, water and cover, and birds will come flocking. Playing favorites, though, calls for using the right kinds of incentives. Hummingbirds, for example, will linger longer if you offer nesting material to help cushion their pea-size eggs...
Recipe Swap: Satisfying readers' requests and their sweet tooths (08/12/09)
Some of the fun with this recipe column is when readers get involved and send in recipes and requests. It is always fun to see what readers will respond to and what they will want to see. Today we have a lot of reader participation, which makes it interesting to read. A couple of requests and a shared recipe wrap up this Recipe Swap column for this week...
U.K.'s Royal Opera House to perform 'Twitter' opera (08/12/09)
LONDON -- It probably won't be "Madame Butterfly," but it should be fun. In an effort to get more people involved with opera, which sometimes suffers from an elitist, highbrow reputation, London's world-famous Royal Opera House is turning away -- temporarily -- from classic talents like Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini and giving the composer's pen to ... just about anybody...
Gertrude Terbrak (08/12/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Gertrude M. Terbrak, 96, of Perryville died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at Independence Care Center. She was born May 12, 1913, at St. Mary, Mo., daughter of Firman and Stella Gibbar Mattingly. She and William M. Terbrak were married May 10, 1937, at Brewer, Mo. He preceded her in death Oct. 8, 1992...
Ruby Lambert (08/12/09)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Ruby Lambert, 93, of Advance passed away Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at Crowley Ridge Care Center in Dexter, Mo. She was born Aug. 27, 1915, at Zalma, Mo., daughter of Jim and Willie Drum Shell. Ruby was an active lifelong member of Zalma Baptist Church. Most of her life was spent as a homemaker and farm wife. She was an avid gardener, loved to cook and bake, and entertaining family and friends was one of her favorite activities...
Susie Baker (08/12/09)
Susie Irene Baker, 92, of Jackson passed away Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born Sept. 23, 1916, in Doniphan, Mo., to John and Ellen Quinn Ashcraft. She and Luther Baker were married Oct. 30, 1937. He died Sept. 23, 1979...
Births 8/12/09 (08/12/09)
Pulliam; Walker; Morris; Hathaway; Strohmeyer; Hanners; Ray; Hitt; Abercrombie
Fire report 8/12/09 (08/12/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Monday:...
Police report 8/12/09 (08/12/09)
Cape Girardeau: Summonses; Arrests; Theft
Out of the past 8/12/09 (08/12/09)
25 years ago: Aug. 12, 1984 The Toybox program last Christmas season, co-sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Jaycees and the Southeast Missourian, has won recognition from both the national and state Jaycees organization; last year through Toybox, toys were given to 1,500 children...
Correction 8/12/09 (08/12/09)
Due to a source error, the amount of the Missouri Foundation for Health grant received by Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship was incorrect in Tuesday's edition. The grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health was actually $27,380.
Winning at all costs (08/12/09)
Back 50 years ago, I was a Little Leaguer. Thus are the summers for Midwestern boys. One game in particular sticks in my mind. Near the end of the season that summer so long ago, our team was fighting to stay out of last place in the league. I spent much of my youth trying to avoid last place, it seems...
Riding the rails (08/12/09)
More than $1.3 billion of the Obama administration's economic stimulus funding is designated for Amtrak capital improvements and safety projects. That's about $1.3 billion more than Bill Cannon and Wade Cannon have spent on their miniature train and a mile of track through what they're calling Cannon Park just outside Chaffee, Mo...
Quality care for all should be the goal (08/12/09)
For more than half of my 63 years I have lived in England, Canada and Australia, countries with largely government-sponsored health-care systems. I was always able to select the physician of my choice while receiving excellent medical treatment in a timely manner. I never had some bureaucrat prevent me from receiving recommended treatment. Furthermore, I was never concerned about the costs of treatment...
Speak Out 8/12/09 (08/12/09)
It's a plot; Missing protests; On-the-job lunch; Government waste; Private option
Prayer 8/12/09 (08/12/09)
Comfort, O God, those who, for reasons known only to you, are suffering. Amen.
John Guild Chapter members attend event (08/12/09)
Members of John Guild chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently attended the 118th annual Continental Congress in Washington, D.C. Pictured, from left, were Jerre Crites, Morgan Lake, Lorilee Short, Pamela Johnson and Shirley Young...
Grain Bin in Vanduser Missouri (08/12/09)
Grain bin in Vanduser Missouri on a summer evening.
Alpha Chi Omega Alums Gather for Coffee (08/12/09)
Cape Girardeau area Alpha Chi Omega alums and collegiates gathered Tuesday 12 August at the home Dianne Shafer for coffee. Among the alums present were Beverly Colley, Ann Dombrowski, Anne Forbis, Sharon Giebler,Nancy Godwin, Donna, Grantham, Nancy Greaser,Candy Hahs, Barbara Herbert, Becky Kies, Cindy Knudtson,Judy O'Loughlin, Merideth Pobst, Mary Alice Regenhardt, Cathy Reiminger, Julia Rupke, Dianne Shafer, Pam Spradling, Tara Wortmann, and Carrie Young...
Whale (08/12/09)
My daughter and granddaughter decided they needed to go on a Whale watching tour before they left their Washington home. They will be moving back to Cape in mid November. My granddaughter would scream "I see him, I see him" every time one was sited. She made it exciting for everyone on board!...
My Girls (08/12/09)
My two girls as we go cruisin through the San Juan Island on a Whale watching tour!! Yes we saw lots of whales!
LITTLE GIRL ---- BIG FISH (08/12/09)
Ryleigh Welker (3 years old) Ryleigh caught this catfish while fishing with her Mom, Christy Brumbaugh, in the pond behind her house in Cape Girardeau, MO. She amazingly pulled it in with her 3 ft. Dora the Explorer fishing rod. The photo shows her fish stories have already started, "It's this big!!!!"...
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