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Nature Center, Marble Hill conservation office face cuts (09/30/09)
The Conservation Campus Nature Center in Cape Girardeau County Park North will operate on shorter hours and the Marble Hill field office of the Missouri Department of Conservation will close due to cost-cutting measures. The cuts, part of a statewide effort to reduce department spending by $7.5 million annually, will not take place immediately, said Joe Jerek, a spokesman for the conservation agency. ...
Florida sheriff donates police patrol cars to Alexander County (09/30/09)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Alexander County Sheriff David Barkett may have lost 75 percent of his staff in the past year and a half, but at least the five remaining deputies will have something to drive, thanks to a sheriff in Florida.
CDC: No overall shortage of flu vaccines (09/30/09)
While the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center has no flu vaccine to give out, the problem isn't an overall shortage of vaccine, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control said Tuesday. The health department canceled last week canceled four flu shot clinics, including one set for today in Delta. The clinics were canceled after the department used all 1,700 doses of flu vaccine it has received out of an order of 4,000 doses, said Charlotte Craig, director of the department...
Highway patrol reports good year for marijuana crop in Southeast Missouri (09/30/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's local marijuana eradication team have seized about 7,000 suspected marijuana plants this summer, including nearly 40 found growing on a Dunklin County ditch bank. The 38 suspected marijuana plants were found during an "eradication flight" growing on a ditch bank, about a mile off the St. Francis River in the Campbell area, explained Trooper B.R. Arnold...
Cape school officials starting early on comprehensive plan update (09/30/09)
Leadership changes have taken their toll on strategic plans for the Cape Girardeau School District. Cape Girardeau School Board members said they are taking steps early to work on a new Comprehensive School Improvement Plan. During a special meeting, four board members met with David Lineberry of the Missouri School Board Association to discuss plans for the upcoming plan review...
Bids for two Cape projects come in under budget (09/30/09)
The bids for two major Cape Girardeau construction projects came in below budget, city engineer Kelly Green said Tuesday. The city received six proposals, opened Tuesday, to build about eight miles of water mains to connect four new city wells near the Diversion Channel to the water treatment plant on Cape Rock Drive, Green said. ...
Safe House to hold victims vigil Oct. 17 (09/30/09)
Safe House for Women holds a private candlelight vigil each year to remember victims of domestic violence and celebrate those who survived abuse. On Oct. 17, in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Safe House for Women will be holding a public vigil at the gazebo of the Cape Girardeau Common Pleas Courthouse. It will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., rain or shine...
Best Buy refrigerator donation program could become a national model (09/30/09)
The Cape Girardeau Best Buy store's policy that has helped bring in donations of nearly 50 refrigerators for Habitat for Humanity soon could become the norm companywide. Mike Fontana, an associate of Best Buy in Paducah, Ky., and T. Robin Cole, local Habitat for Humanity chapter president, will present the idea to company officials in October...
Three Rivers begins art series (09/30/09)
While the Black River Coliseum and Rodgers Theatre in Poplar Bluff are booking headliners for comedy routines, concerts, sporting events and Opry style shows, the Tinnin Fine Arts Center at Three Rivers Community College has created another platform...
Students unharmed in Kennett school bus accident (09/30/09)
A Kennett School Bus collided with another vehicle on Tuesday morning while carrying 11 students. The accident occurred at approximately 7:13 a.m., at the intersection of Dalton Street and East Avenue, the Daily Dunklin Democrat reported. Patrolman Mark Dennis responded to the accident that involved the bus and a 2004 Nissan, driven by Nora Waddell...
2 women severely injured in church attack (09/30/09)
ANNA, Ill. -- Authorities say two women were attacked and severely injured inside a church in the small Southern Illinois community of Anna. Sixty-nine-year-old Mary Shepard, who is the First Baptist Church of Anna's secretary and treasurer, was injured Monday afternoon along with a 76-year-old cleaning woman, Leona Mount...
Mo., Kan. to receive mining education dollars (09/30/09)
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Federal mine safety officials are awarding training grants to Missouri and Kansas. The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration said Monday it will provide more than $8.3 million in health and safety training grants this year...
Layoff delay could fuel Illinois tax-boost push (09/30/09)
VIENNA, Ill. -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn may look elsewhere for the $112 million he believes laying off some 2,600 workers could have saved the state after his push to do so was sidelined by a judge, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. Ashley Cross declined to discuss where cuts could come to offset keeping state employees who were scheduled for layoffs on the payroll "longer than anticipated."...
Gas prices dip near $2 in Missouri (09/30/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Gasoline prices, on a wild ride over the past year and a half, are back down again, inching toward $2 a gallon in Missouri, the state with the nation's cheapest prices at the pump. The AAA Auto Club's daily online Fuel Gauge Report on Tuesday showed the average price nationally for a gallon of regular unleaded at $2.49...
McTriage: Hospitals use drive-throughs for swine flu (09/30/09)
Fast-food places have them. Banks and pharmacies do, too. Now hospitals are opening drive-throughs and drive-up tent clinics to screen and treat a swelling tide of swine flu patients. Call it McTriage. And yes, you can get Tamiflu with that -- if you're sick enough to need it. Most people aren't...
Toyota issues huge recall over accelerator risk (09/30/09)
WASHINGTON -- The 911 call was from a frantic passenger, trapped with family members in a runaway vehicle barreling down a California highway with a stuck accelerator and no brakes. The call ended with someone telling people in the car to hold on and pray, followed by a woman's scream...
Economy dips at .7 percent pace in 2nd quarter (09/30/09)
WASHINGTON -- The recession faded in the spring with economic activity shrinking at a pace of just 0.7 percent, a better-than-expected showing that buttressed beliefs the economy is growing now. The small dip in gross domestic product for the April-June quarter follows the 6.4 percent annualized drop in the first three months of this year, the worst slide in nearly three decades. In the final quarter of last year, the economy sank at a rate of 5.4 percent...
More thorny challenges ahead for health overhaul (09/30/09)
WASHINGTON -- A sweeping health overhaul bill has survived a major challenge from the left, but onslaughts loom from the right on thorny issues including abortion and insurance coverage for illegal immigrants. Liberal Democrats failed in two efforts Tuesday to include a government-run insurance option in the legislation before the Senate Finance Committee. ...
U.S. to send home 4,000 more troops from Iraq (09/30/09)
WASHINGTON -- The top general in Iraq is sending home 4,000 more U.S. troops by the end of October as the American military winds down the six-year war. Army Gen. Ray Odierno said in remarks prepared for a congressional hearing Wednesday that the number of U.S. soldiers in Iraq will total about 120,000 over the next month...
Senate panel rejects government health insurance legislation (09/30/09)
WASHINGTON -- In a long-anticipated showdown, liberal Democrats twice failed Tuesday to inject a government-run insurance option into sweeping health care legislation taking shape in the Senate, despite bipartisan agreement that private insurers must change their ways...
Consumer confidence unexpectedly falls in Sept. (09/30/09)
NEW YORK -- Concerns that consumers won't help drive a speedy and strong economic recovery escalated Tuesday after an influential barometer of confidence fell unexpectedly in September. The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence survey showed worries about job security seem to be offsetting any enthusiasm about rising home values and stocks...
GM's trial program selling cars on eBay set to end (09/30/09)
DETROIT -- General Motors Co. said Tuesday that it is concluding its partnership with eBay Inc. in which the automaker used the auction site to sell new cars through California dealerships, as it shifts focus to broader, national marketing programs...
Gov't to consider limits on distracted driving (09/30/09)
WASHINGTON -- With more drivers yakking on their cellphones or texting from behind the wheel, the Obama administration is taking its first hard look at highway hazards with an eye toward potential new restrictions on using mobile devices while driving...
Newspaper stocks surge as their own news improves (09/30/09)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Newspapers may have finally stopped -- or at least slowed -- their descent into a financial abyss after three years of plunging revenue, crumbling stock prices and shrinking staffs. The latest glimmer of hope came Tuesday when Gannett Co., the largest U.S. newspaper publisher, announced that its third-quarter earnings will be substantially above analysts' forecasts...
Officials: Fed will need to boost rates quickly (09/30/09)
WASHINGTON -- To prevent inflation from taking off, the Federal Reserve will need to start boosting interest rates quickly and aggressively once the economy is back on firmer footing, Fed officials warned Tuesday. "I expect that when it comes time to tighten monetary policy, my colleagues and I will move with an alacrity that, if needed, will be equal in speed and intensity" to when the Fed was slashing rates to battle the recession and the financial crisis, said Richard Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.. ...
Boston-area college bans sex with roommate around (09/30/09)
BOSTON -- Sex in a Tufts University dorm is fine. Sex in a Tufts dorm with your roommate present? That's a no-no. This semester, the school has a new policy banning sexual activity while a roommate is in the same room. Kim Thurler, a Tufts University spokeswoman, said the school issued the new rule after a dozen or so complaints in the past three years...
NYC terror suspect pleads not guilty, kept in jail (09/30/09)
NEW YORK -- As a suspected al-Qaida operative pleaded not guilty Tuesday to plotting a bomb attack in New York, the city's police commissioner pronounced the threat neutralized and said there is nothing to fear from the defendant's three alleged accomplices...
State to mom: Stop baby-sitting neighbors' children (09/30/09)
IRVING TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Each day before the school bus comes to pick up the neighborhood's children, Lisa Snyder did a favor for three of her fellow moms, welcoming their children into her home for about an hour before they left for school. Regulators who oversee child care, however, don't see it as charity. ...
Polanski arrest sparks widespread anger in Swiss (09/30/09)
GENEVA -- First numbered bank accounts and now Roman Polanski. Switzerland is no longer a place for foreign fugitives and tax evaders to live above the law. Polanski's arrest for extradition to the United States in a 31-year-old statutory rape case was just the latest crack in the Alpine nation's cherished legacy as a safe haven, and it set off widespread anger across the country...
Sudanese women face rape daily in Chad (09/30/09)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Women and girls who fled the fighting in Darfur face rape and other violence daily in eastern Chad, even inside the very refugee camps where they have sought sanctuary, according to an Amnesty International report released today...
At least 34 dead as tsunami hits Samoas (09/30/09)
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa -- Towering tsunami waves spawned by a powerful earthquake swept ashore on Samoa and American Samoa early Tuesday, flattening villages, killing at least 34 people and leaving dozens of workers missing at devastated National Park Service facilities...
Iran built nuclear site shielded from air attack (09/30/09)
TEHRAN -- In an unusually frank disclosure, Iran's nuclear chief said Tuesday the country's new uranium enrichment site was built for maximum protection from aerial attack: carved into a mountain and near a military compound of the powerful Revolutionary Guard...
Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Garett Schaefer (09/30/09)
Schaefer ran for 169 yards in his team's victory over rival Chaffee on Friday night.
High school roundup: Boehme posts shutout as Jackson blanks host Sikeston (09/30/09)
Cody Boehme stopped everything he saw to post the shutout in the Jackson boys soccer team's 2-0 victory over Sikeston on Tuesday. The Indians scored both goals in the first half and made them stand up. Law Duncan opened the scoring off a pass from Brice Steger...
Southeast linebacker Woodlief leaves jarring first impression (09/30/09)
Justin Woodlief delivered one of the biggest hits of Southeast Missouri State's football season so far. That shot, during Saturday's 29-22 loss at Tennessee-Martin, officially didn't count because of a penalty. But Woodlief has laid plenty of other licks on the opposition so far during his rookie season with the Redhawks...
Area digest 9/30/09 (09/30/09)
Bean, Grady win horseshoe event Joe Bean and Randy Grady won the SEMO Horseshoe Association event Sunday at the Leopold Knights of Columbus. Lachelle Cook and Jason Rains placed second, and Cori Stoverink and Mike Massa finished third. The season-ending Tournament of Champions will be Oct. 4 at the Jackson Knights of Columbus...
Reds bang around Pineiro (09/30/09)
CINCINNATI -- The St. Louis Cardinals aren't exactly rolling into the National League playoffs. The Central Division-champions lost for the fourth time in five games as Jay Bruce homered twice and had a career-high five RBIs to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-2 win Tuesday night...
St. Louis posts shutout in tuneup (09/30/09)
LINKOPING, Sweden -- Paul Kariya scored twice in the second period to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 6-0 victory over Swedish Elite League club Linkoping in a preseason game Tuesday. David Perron, Carlo Colaiacovo and Swedish stars Patrik Berglund and Alexander Steen also scored for the Blues, who will play the Detroit Red Wings in a two-game season-opening series in Stockholm's Globe Arena on Friday and Saturday...
Mushroom head (09/30/09)
"Is there anything more provocative and mysterious than a mushroom?" Amy Farges asks in her "Mushroom Lover's Cookbook." Not if you're Mark Jones. Jones, a self-described science geek and the son of Edith and Martin Jones of Cape Girardeau, first became fascinated with fungi when he took a mycology class in college. Now cultivating mushrooms and helping others appreciate them has become his life's work...
Shake up your sandwich routine with these recipes (09/30/09)
Joan Weeks of Cape Girardeau sent me several new ideas for sandwiches. She and her son, Rob, dine together frequently, and they are usually looking for new recipes. When making a sandwich, they would seldom turn to ordinary ham and cheese, turkey or peanut butter and jelly. Take a look at some of their favorites. Rob has also sent me an envelope full of recipes that will be shared with you next week; I'm sure you won't want to miss that...
Nero's rotating banquet hall unveiled in Rome (09/30/09)
ROME -- Not only was Nero a Roman emperor, it turns out he may also have been the father of the revolving restaurant. Archaeologists unveiled Tuesday what they think are the remains of Nero's extravagant banquet hall, a circular space that rotated day and night to imitate the Earth's movement and impress his guests...
50 years later, 'Twilight Zone' reaches across generations (09/30/09)
"There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call 'The Twilight Zone." -- Rod Serling...
Rather's $70M lawsuit thrown out (09/30/09)
NEW YORK -- A New York court on Tuesday dismissed Dan Rather's $70 million breach of contract lawsuit against CBS Corp., noting that the network continued to pay the anchor $6 million a year even after he left the evening news broadcast. Rather sued CBS and its top executives in 2007, claiming he had been removed from his "CBS Evening News" anchor post over a report that examined President George W. Bush's military service...
Brother Peter Baxter (09/30/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Brother Peter James Baxter, 93, of Perryville died Monday, Sept. 28, 2009. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Mary Mother of God Chapel of the Vincentian Residence in Perryville. Vigil prayers will be at 7:30. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Vincentian Residence. Burial will be in Vincentian Community Cemetery in Perryville...
Gary Burns (09/30/09)
PERKINS, Mo. — Gary Burns, 59, of Perkins died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Ulyess Freeman (09/30/09)
BENTON, Mo. -- Ulyess Lee Freeman, 83, of Benton died Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, at Advance Nursing Center in Advance, Mo. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Benton. The service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the chapel, with Bill Bradley officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Garden at Morley, Mo...
Diane Blades (09/30/09)
CHAFFEE, Mo. — Diane Blades, 70, of Chaffee died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at her home. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Randall Perkins (09/30/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Randall D. "Randy" Perkins, 50, of Perryville died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 16, 1959, in Litchfield, Ill., son of the late William A. and Laura A. Vanlandingham Perkins. He was married Jan. 5, 1980, to Dana Lynn Weith, who survives in Perryville...
Calvin Avery (09/30/09)
SUFFOLK, Va. -- Calvin R. Avery, 83, of Suffolk, Va., widower of Verla Mae Avery, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at his home. A graveside service will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Dorchester Memory Gardens, 11000 Dorchester Road, Summerville, S.C...
June DuLaney (09/30/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- June Etta DuLaney was born June 21, 1920, at her parents' farm home near Lutesville, Mo. She passed away at Hill Crest Care Center in De Soto, Mo., Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, at the age of 89. Her father, Samuel M. DuLaney, was a rural schoolteacher and Methodist minister. Her mother, Bertha S. Shrum, was a young lady from Graniteville in Iron County, Mo., who was getting used to life on the farm...
Audrey Wells-Masterson (09/30/09)
Audrey Wells-Masterson, 81, of Jackson passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at Monticello House, where she had lived the past three years. She was born Feb. 13, 1928, in Columbia, Ky., daughter of Judge G. and Essie Shuffett Rodgers. She and Robert A. Wells were married in December 1947. He passed away Nov. 29, 1986...
Births 9/30/09 (09/30/09)
Eck; Riegert; Aroutsidis; Britt
Fire report 9/30/09 (09/30/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Police report 9/30/09 (09/30/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Assault; Theft; Jackson: Assault; Property damage; Miscellaneous
Out of the past 9/30/09 (09/30/09)
25 years ago: Sept. 30, 1984 The two Cape Girardeau Jerri Lee Shops have been consolidated into the firm's West Park Mall location; the firm's Main Street store has been closed. Carla Hayden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hayden of Cape Girardeau, was crowned Notre Dame Activity Week Queen last night; her escort was David Jansen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Jansen...
Listening to ourselves (09/30/09)
Let's call it intellectual incest. Our nation suffers from an acute case of intellectual incest from top to bottom. By no means is this anything new, but the malady is at the core of the issue toward resolving the pressing problems facing our nation...
The importance of personal-finance education (09/30/09)
By James Bowers College campuses are buzzing with the start of classes. Whether you're a graduating senior or the parent of a kindergartner, paying for college has surely crossed your mind. The National Association of State Treasurers' College Savings Plan Network has declared September College Savings Month. It could not come at a more appropriate time...
The casino lottery (09/30/09)
The Missouri Gaming Commission, which oversees gambling casinos in the state, has decided that an existing casino can't rebuild or move without obtaining a new license. This is tricky, now that overwhelming approval last year of Proposition A limits the number of Missouri casinos to 13, making any available license a hot commodity. Developers of at least three proposed casinos, including one in Cape Girardeau, would likely seek a license if it became available...
Respect for funeral processions (09/30/09)
The editorial regarding respect for funeral processions really hit home with me. On Sept. 23 I was heading east on William Street when a funeral procession approached going west. I and the drivers in all the cars I could see behind me pulled over as a sign of respect. A young man who was attempting to cross the street stopped at the curb and paid his respects...
Show of disrespect is appalling (09/30/09)
I am writing to voice my support of U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson in her rebuke of U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst. It's time the silent majority be heard. The disrespect shown by the rabble at some of the town meetings is appalling. DIANE HEIGEL, Webster Groves, Mo....
Speak Out 9/30/09 (09/30/09)
Hate speech; ATV permits; Iran sanctions; Sincere thanks; Fat tax; Nader's novel; Bus danger
Prayer 9/30/09 (09/30/09)
Bless the harvest of our fields, O God, and reward our toils of the summer. Amen.
OLD TOWN CAPE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF 2009 GLENN HOUSE ORNAMENT (09/30/09)
Cape Girardeau, MO -- Old Town Cape announces the release of its 2009 Christmas ornament depicting The Glenn House. The 2009 ornament is a limited edition, numbered piece produced by Hestia and is the thirteenth in a series. The ornament is a specially designed image depicting The Glenn House. ...
MY SWEET GRANDSON (09/30/09)
MY FRIEND DOES PICTURES AND WE WENT TO THE JACKSON CITY PARK, TO THE ROCK GARDEN, TO GET PICTURES OF HER GRANDSON AND MINE. THEY WERE BOTH SO GOOD.
Kacie going for a ride (09/30/09)
Kacie loves to go on car rides and stick her head out the sunroof, for the perfect view!
First 12 hours (09/30/09)
baby teona opened her eyes wide awake to pose for the camera within 12 hours. how adorable.
What Little Boys Do at a Wedding by a Lake (09/30/09)
Three year old cousins, Dawson & Chris at their Aunt Sarah's wedding, sitting on the grass in their tuxedos & calmly looking at the water.
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