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Limbaugh could find his way into Texas textbooks (09/17/09)
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The State Board of Education is set to start its first hearing on the new social studies curriculum. The monthslong process will establish classroom standards for Texas teachers for the next decade. The standards include everything from the Great Depression and President Roosevelt's New Deal, to the election of President Obama...
Trail of Tears State Park seeks way to reopen Boutin Lake beach (09/17/09)
State parks authorities say they want to find a way to reopen the swimming beach at Trail of Tears State Park, which closed due to unsafe conditions in 2008, before next Memorial Day. "We're in the process of trying to figure out a way to restore water access for the next swimming season," said Greg Combs, field operations supervisor for the Eastern Parks Division of Missouri Department of Natural Resources...
Totem pole honors Dexter Scout's memory (09/17/09)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A group of individuals who worked closely with a Dexter native in his youth through Scouting has erected a totem pole his memory. Andrew Trammell was 25 years old when he lost his life in an auto accident in May 2003. Bruce Plummer, a local woodworker and craftsman, has volunteered as assistant leader of the troop for years and knew well Trammell's enthusiasm as a Boy Scout in Troop 200...
Police investigating death of Cape Girardeau man (09/17/09)
Polices are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 25-year-old man in his Cape Girardeau home, Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton said Wednesday. During early morning hours Sept. 11, Cape Girardeau police responded to a residence in the 100 block of North Park Drive. Chase Montgomery, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene, Clifton said...
Cape Girardeau County commissioner makes final tax payment for 2008 (09/17/09)
Cape Girardeau County Commissioner Jay Purcell is up-to-date on his property taxes. Purcell, who owns six properties, was more than six months delinquent on his 2008 real estate taxes when he paid $3,966.15 on three properties in July. On Aug. 12, Purcell caught up with his tax bills by paying an additional $5,065.74 to the county...
Delta man injured in collision with combine (09/17/09)
A Delta resident was injured Wednesday morning in Stoddard County when his car was struck by a combine. Ryan J. Dunn, 23, of Delta was turning northbound onto Highway 25 from a county road about a mile north of Advance, Mo., when his car was struck by a 1991 John Deere combine driven by Gary W. ...
Guitar Hero winners at SEMO District Fair (09/17/09)
Junior division First place: Nate Prince, New Madrid, Mo. Second place: Aaron Voshage, Jackson Third place: Michael Bryant, Jackson Senior division First place: Marcus LeGrand, Cape Girardeau Second place: Taylor Morrison, McClure, Ill...
New US jobless claims drop unexpectedly to 545,000 (09/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since early July, evidence that job cuts are slowing. The Labor Department said today that initial claims for unemployment insurance dropped to a seasonally adjusted 545,000 from an upwardly revised 557,000 the previous week. Wall Street economists expected claims to rise by 5,000, according to Thomson Reuters...
Fair provides dancing, bingo for seniors (09/17/09)
The dance floor was rarely empty at the activities tent Wednesday at the SEMO District Fair. JoAnn and John Schott of Oran, Mo., were one of several couples who waltzed, two-stepped and line danced to the band Country Touch during the afternoon. The couple, both 72, said they like to dance wherever they find a dance floor...
Baby contest winners at SEMO District Fair (09/17/09)
3-6 months 1st place: Kierstia Grayre Bollinger, Jackson 2nd place: Josie Schwartz, Chaffee, Mo. 3rd place: Ella Grace Pinksten, Cape Girardeau 6-9 months 1st place: Mandi Horman, Sedgewickville, Mo. 2nd place: Sophia Lynn French, Cape Girardeau 3rd place: Shelby Jo Prokopf, Jackson...
Tuesday night accident fatal for Scott City woman (09/17/09)
KELSO, Mo. -- A single-vehicle accident on Route PP Tuesday evening proved fatal for a Scott City woman. Beth R. Harper, 50, was driving her 2006 Chevrolet eastbound on Route PP two miles east of Kelso around 7 p.m. The Chevrolet ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, traveled off the left side of the road and overturned...
Democrats turn back veto override try in Missouri House (09/17/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- House Democrats turned back an attempt Wednesday to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill adding accountability measures for public money and giving lawmakers keys to the Capitol dome. Majority Republicans who sought the veto override touted provisions requiring budget cuts to be posted online and creating a legislative oversight committee for Missouri's use of federal stimulus money...
Inmate from Farmington sought after mistaken release (09/17/09)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Authorities are searching for an eastern Missouri jail inmate who was mistakenly released before his sentencing. The Park Hills Daily Journal reported Wednesday that 29-year-old Jackie Baldwin II was inadvertently released from the St. Francois County jail. A manhunt is underway...
Steelman won't run for Mo. Senate seat in 2010 (09/17/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Former state treasurer Sarah Steelman said she will not run for public office next year, ending months of speculation that she was considering a bid for the U.S. Senate or House. Steelman, a Republican from Rolla who once said she was leaning toward running for Senate, released a statement late Tuesday saying she struggled with her decision but ultimately chose not to run because she wants to raise her youngest son in Missouri. Her two oldest sons are in college...
Google to reincarnate digital books as paperbacks (09/17/09)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Google Inc. is giving 2 million books in its digital library a chance to be reincarnated as paperbacks. As part of a deal announced today, Google is opening up part of its index to the maker of a high-speed publishing machine that can manufacture a paperback-bound book of about 300 pages in under five minutes. ...
New health proposal is industry's favorite so far (09/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- The latest health overhaul plan circulating on Capitol Hill gives health insurers, drug makers and large employers reasons to heave sighs of relief, sparing them the higher costs and more burdensome rules included in other Democratic-written alternatives...
SEC creates risk, strategy division (09/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Securities and Exchange Commission has merged several offices and functions to create a division of risk, strategy and financial innovation. The new division will be headed by Henry T.C. Hu, a professor of banking and finance law at the University of Texas, the agency announced Wednesday...
Dow Jones average hits another high for the year so far (09/17/09)
NEW YORK -- Investors barreled into stocks Wednesday after an upbeat report on industrial production raised hopes that the economy is strengthening. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 108 points to another high for the year as General Electric Co. and International Business Machines Corp. jumped. It was the market's eighth gain in nine days...
Manufacturers leading early stages of recovery (09/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- Signaling that manufacturers are leading the economy into a recovery, output from the nation's factories, mines and utilities posted widespread gains in August. Meanwhile, inflation remained essentially nonexistent as prices scarcely rose last month...
ACORN plans internal probe (09/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- The community organizing group ACORN said Wednesday it is ordering an independent investigation after its employees were caught on camera appearing to advise a couple posing as a prostitute and pimp to lie about the woman's profession to get housing help...
Notre Dame sues ex-worker over $29,000 tip (09/17/09)
INDIANAPOLIS -- A woman who worked catering events for the University of Notre Dame said it was her lucky day when the school tipped her $29,000 in her check. But now the university is suing to get back the money she said she's already spent. Sara Gaspar of Granger said in court documents filed this week that she "thought finally something wonderful had happened" in her life when the school paid her a $29,387 tip April 17. ...
Attorney: Ohio inmate traumatized after two-hour failed execution (09/17/09)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The lawyer for an inmate whose execution was halted after an unprecedented two hours said trying to put him to death again in a week could be a disaster. Romell Broom is still recovering from Tuesday's prolonged execution attempt and is physically and emotionally traumatized, his attorney, Adele Shank, said Wednesday...
D.C. sniper mastermind's execution set for November (09/17/09)
RICHMOND, Va. -- A Virginia judge Wednesday set a Nov. 10 execution date for John Allen Muhammad, mastermind of the 2002 sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C., area that left 10 dead. Prince William County Circuit Judge Mary Grace O'Brien picked a Tuesday for the execution so that courts would be open the day before in case of any last-minute legal appeals...
Oceans' temps highest on record this summer (09/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- Sea-surface temperatures worldwide have been the hottest on record over the last three months, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday. Ocean temperatures averaged 62.5 degrees Fahrenheit in the June-August period, 1.04 degree higher than normal for the period...
Mont. senator outlines health plan without GOP support (09/17/09)
WASHINGTON -- His calls for compromise rebuffed by Republicans, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Finance Committee unveiled sweeping legislation Wednesday to remake the nation's costly health care system largely along President Barack Obama's outlines...
Karzai leading Afghan vote with 54 percent (09/17/09)
KABUL -- Afghan officials issued full preliminary results Wednesday showing President Hamid Karzai got 54.6 percent of the vote in last month's election, a result that could be annulled by mounting fraud allegations. European Union election monitors say fraud is indicated in more than a quarter of the 5.6 million votes counted...
U.S. military closes largest detention camp in Iraq (09/17/09)
CAMP BUCCA, Iraq -- The U.S. military on Wednesday closed Camp Bucca, an isolated desert prison that was once its largest lockup in Iraq, as it moves to release thousands of detainees or transfer them to Iraqi custody before the end of the year...
Indians sweep rivals in volleyball (09/17/09)
Jackson senior Taylor Glueck worked hard on her serve in the offseason. Her hard work paid off when her Indians volleyball team knocked off host Central 25-14, 25-18 on Wednesday night. "Taylor's a strong player," Jackson coach Maile Gannon said. "She's probably one of the best all-around players we have. ...
High school roundup: Reinagel perfect in Bulldogs' 14-0 victory (09/17/09)
Notre Dame senior Lauren Reinagel threw her first perfect game of the season Wednesday. Reinagel helped her cause by going 2 for 3 at the plate in the Bulldogs' 14-0 victory against Chaffee. Jane Morrill connected for a home run and a double while Hali Rendleman and Alecia Glaus both went 2 for 2 for Notre Dame (12-2)...
Area digest 9/17/09 (09/17/09)
Lents captures championship flight Robert Lents took first place in the championship flight at the Cape Girardeau Country Club's club championship. Steve Logel placed second while Eric Bergmann was third. Tom Benton won A flight, followed by Austin Putty and Keith Middleton...
Jackson's Ressel wastes little time making an impact (09/17/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri is 2-0 heading into Saturday's game against Furman, thanks in no small part to the Tigers' kicking game. New kicker Grant Ressel and punter Jake Harry IV were solid in the opener against Illinois and played pivotal roles in the 27-20 come-from-behind win over Bowling Green last Saturday...
Bulger tries to rally Rams from shutout (09/17/09)
ST. LOUIS -- When he listens to the radio, Marc Bulger prefers political talk shows. Watching TV, he favors nature shows. No sports. Might be too painful. The St. Louis Rams' quarterback has been a poster boy for the franchise's failures in recent seasons, beginning his career with the impossible task of replacing two-time MVP Kurt Warner. ...
Cards fall to 1-5 on homestand (09/17/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Josh Johnson showed Wednesday why he's one of the top starters in the majors. Even without his best stuff, the right-hander was good enough to shut down the St. Louis Cardinals. Johnson pitched six effective innings to lead the Florida Marlins to a 5-2 victory over the Cardinals...
Service & Patriotism: Youth learn the value of volunteering (09/17/09)
Weekends hold endless possibilities for slacking off, but Elizabeth Koehler has a more meaningful suggestion for her fellow teens -- volunteering. "If all we did was sit in front of the TV, the world would be a lot worse place," said Koehler, who at 15 is the oldest member of the Jackson chapter of the Modern Woodmen of America Youth Service Club. Volunteerism is at the heart of the group's activities...
Who's next 9/17/09 (09/17/09)
Honors, achievements -- From staff reports ...
Hooked on science: Disappearing color (09/17/09)
Materials Instructions STEP 1: Fill each transparent drinking glass half the way with water. STEP 2: Mix two drops of the red food coloring into each drinking glass. STEP 3: Mix three tablespoons of bleach into one of the drinking glasses. Explanation...
neXt up 9/17/09 (09/17/09)
Friday "The Informant!", rated R @ Cape West 14 Cine "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," rated PG @ Cape West 14 Cine "Love Happens," rated PG-13 @ Cape West 14 Cine "Jennifer's Body," rated R @ Town Plaza Cinema Saturday...
Midway meeting, fair food (09/17/09)
Sept. 17, 2009 Dear Patty, A young Joni Mitchell set one of her melancholy love songs at a fair. It begins with a meeting on a midway with someone who "stood out like a ruby in the black man's ear." The sideshow becomes a metaphor for her life in popular music...
William Johnson Jr. (09/17/09)
CAIRO, Ill. -- William Johnson Jr., 81, of Daystar Care Center in Cairo, formerly of Ullin, Ill., died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at the center. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at Massie Funeral Home in Mounds, Ill. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Joseph Keith officiating. Burial will be in Mound City National Cemetery...
Evelyn Kepner (09/17/09)
Evelyn Kepner, 88, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Cairo, Ill., died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital, following a brief illness. Graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Mound City National Cemetery, with the Rev. Raymond McAfee officiating...
Ginny Reutzel (09/17/09)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Virginia Belle "Ginny" Reutzel, 74, of Advance passed away Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, in Camp Hill, Pa. She was born Oct. 25, 1934, in Petersburg, W.Va., daughter of Johnny Elmer and Mary Jane Swick Mayle. She and Forest Gene Reutzel Sr. were married Dec. 15, 1949, in Cumberland, Md. He preceded her in death Jan. 9, 2009...
Beatrice Dunning (09/17/09)
Beatrice Blanche Colvin Dunning, 90, of Spring Hill, Tenn., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, at Belvedere Commons in Franklin, Tenn. She was born April 14, 1919, near Wheeling, Ind., daughter of William Wright and Elma Jenkins Colvin. She married Thomas H. Dunning Sr., who preceded her in death...
Freda Martin (09/17/09)
Freda R. Martin, 102, of Jackson passed away peacefully into the lord's loving arms Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 24, 1907, at Sedgewickville, Mo., eldest daughter to Henry and Sarah Hahs Barks. She and Walter Martin were married Jan. 10, 1925, and lived at the former Leming Orchard northwest of Oak Ridge until they moved to Jackson in 1943. He passed away Dec. 14, 1986...
Larry Ratliff Sr. (09/17/09)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Larry Ratliff Sr., 68, of Advance passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at his home. He was born Dec. 23, 1940, in Shafter, Calif., son of Jack and Lourane Barnett Ratliff. He and Frankie Norman were married March 2, 1960, in Las Vegas, Nev...
Glenda Prosser (09/17/09)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Glenda Prosser, 62, of Olive Branch died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at her home. She was born Aug. 31, 1947, in Cairo, Ill., to Raymond E. and Mildred Woodney Cain. She and Dave Prosser were married March 1, 1969. Prosser was a member of Lake Milligan Baptist Church. She was a graduate and valedictorian of Egyptian High School class of 1965. She had worked in the county clerk's office, at Abercrombie Abstract and Bennett Realty...
Betty Snell (09/17/09)
THEBES, Ill. -- Betty Jean Snell, 78, of Thebes died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born Aug. 26, 1931, in Thebes, to Oscar "Doc" and Nellie Jackson Thompson. She and Robert B. "Goober" Snell were married Feb. 9, 1948. He preceded her in death April 7, 2004...
John Short (09/17/09)
John Maurice Short, 74, of Jackson died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Sept. 9, 1934, in Cape Girardeau, son of Willis Lester and Mozella Cobble Short. He and LaDonna Long were married in 1961. She died in February 1994...
Constance Harris (09/17/09)
Constance W. Harris, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born Oct. 29, 1920, in Kankakee, Ill., daughter of Clinton N. and Celia Butler Hartley. She and Charles Harris were married Oct. 29, 1938, in Kentucky. He died June 3, 1983...
Births 9/17/09 (09/17/09)
Govero; Scales
Fire report 9/17/09 (09/17/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Police report 9/17/09 (09/17/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summonses; Assault; Theft; Burglary; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 9/17/09 (09/17/09)
25 years ago: Sept. 17, 1984 Two San Diego police officers -- including Cape Girardeau native Timothy Ruopp, 31 -- were fatally wounded in a nighttime attack Friday while citing two men for drinking violations; Ruopp, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Dudley G. Ruopp of Cape Girardeau, died yesterday at a San Diego hospital...
Awakened public wants real answers (09/17/09)
What's this? We have an awakened public. More and more voters are becoming (dare I say it?) alarmed at the direction of our state and federal governments and asking for information and answers, not just slogans and posturing. This is not just Republicans, Democrats or independents but all facets, including liberals, conservatives and moderates...
Internet scams (09/17/09)
The dark side of the Internet was apparent in August when a Facebook social networking page became a tool for scammers. As a result, two friends who thought they were providing financial assistance to a Cape Girardeau woman lost $4,300. A hacker used information from the Facebook page and assumed, with a bit of electronic manipulation, the woman's identity. The scammer also was able to block the woman's attempts to access her own page and post a warning about the scam...
Cape Girardeau County government should be smaller (09/17/09)
To the editor:I believe Commissioner Koeper's plan to shift existing duties and responsibilities with a proposed salary increase to the Public Works director takes county government in the wrong direction. This country is in the middle of a recession, and families and businesses alike have made hard decisions and tightened their belts. I am of the opinion that government should be no different...
Speak Out 9/17/09 (09/17/09)
On the road; Real message; Free speech; How poor?; Seek truth; True patriot; Who's a kook?; Scout welcome; Making apologies; Under attack; Emotional students; Bike licenses; Be Americans
Prayer 9/17/09 (09/17/09)
For all the beauty we see around us, O God, we know you are its creator. Amen.
HERITAGE DAY AND CHILDREN'S FALL FROLIC TO BE HELD AT THE RED HOUSE INTERPRETIVE CENTER ON OCTOBER 3 FROM 10AM-4PM (09/17/09)
The Cape Girardeau Red House Interpretive Center will host Heritage Day and Children's Fall Frolic at the Interpretive Center, located on the riverfront at Aquamsi/South Main Street, on October 3 from 10a.m. -- 4p.m. To celebrate the Heritage Day and Children's Fall Frolic Event, Aquamsi Street will be closed to traffic and the Red House has arranged for a variety of booths to line the street in front of the Red House. ...
Burn Demonstrations at SEMO Fair through Friday ONLY! (09/17/09)
LIVE Burn Demonstrations Everyone knows about smoke detectors and fire extinguishers but few consider residential fire sprinklers. Come see a side-by-side demonstration of how the sprinklers work at the SEMO District Fair by Gate 3 (Kiwanis). Sprinklers will protect your family and your home in the event of a fire. Please consider sprinklers when you build or for your next home improvement project...
T.R.I.M. Celebrates 2 Years as a church (09/17/09)
Two years ago we began a journey by faith, not really knowing how we would survive, nevertheless thrive! Acting on an unction in my spirit, I founded this ministry, The Rock International Ministries (T.R.I.M.) in Jackson, MO. When God spoke to me about the geographical location of the ministry, I have to admit that I was a bit confused. ...
Birthday Cart program at Blanchard improves reading skills (09/17/09)
With a mechanical voice singing "happy birthday" and helium balloons brightening the hallways, two retired Cape Public Schools teachers are bringing an appreciation of books and reading to Blanchard Elementary School. The innovative program is called "Birthday Cart", and over the course of a year it will give students the opportunity to choose a new book to take home during the month of their birthday. ...
Home Medical Supply Accredited (09/17/09)
VNA Home Medical Equipment The Healthcare Quality Association is pleased to announce that Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Missouri has met the Durable Medical Equipment accreditation requirements. This is achieved when home medical equipment companies demonstrate a high quality of practices in business operations and patient care techniques. VNA Home Medical Equipment earned the three year accreditation after completing a comprehensive application and on site survey...
The Earth when the Moon Changes (09/17/09)
Chief Paul White Eagle will be speaking Saturday at the museum. He will share native American customs and culture while telling about the Earth when the moon Changes. Saturday Sept. 19th 10:30am at the Cape River Heritage museum.
Reflections (09/17/09)
I took this pic when Justin & I took our dogs to the creek for a quick dip before dark.
Ranger (09/17/09)
This is oldest daughter's welsh/paint pony "Ranger" He is as lovable as any puppy I've seen. He would sit in your lap if you let him! (Not a good idea) He's a joy to our family.
First vist to the Bollinger Mill & the Covered Bridge (09/17/09)
Today I took my Grandson, Vincent Baliva for his first visit to the Bollinger Mill. He especially liked the Covered Bridge.
Summer in her first Pageant (09/17/09)
Summer all dressed up & ready for her first pageant at the SEMO Fair
My dog (09/17/09)
This is my dog Adian, he is a 4 year old Yellow Lab. He enjoys long naps on fluffy rugs and dinner time. His activities include napping and more napping.
Cooper "Just Walkin' In The Rain" (09/17/09)
This is my grandson,Cooper, setting out to go walkin' in the rain in O'Fallon, MO.
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