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Stories from Monday, December 21, 2009

Cape schools and bonds: Room to learn and play (12/21/09)
As the Cape Girardeau School District plans for the largest and most expensive overhaul of its facilities in recent history, the high school would receive the biggest chunk of funds, $14.57 million. Plans include a two-story, 16-classroom addition on the south end of the building. This is the second in a three-part series.
Thanks to Habitat for Humanity, family gets a home for the holidays (12/21/09)
After almost two years of working and waiting, John and Ashlei Sterling of Cape Girardeau were presented with keys to their new home on North Main Street on Sunday. The couple and their four children are the most recent recipients of a home from Cape Area Habitat For Humanity...
Book to be released in 2010 will feature historic photos of Sikeston (12/21/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- If a picture is worth a thousand words, a forthcoming book about Sikeston may be worth half a million. "Sikeston, Missouri: A Pictorial History" is slated for release in 2010, according to the book's committee/section editors, Janice Matthews, Betty Johns, Dottie Limbaugh and Mike Marsh...
Farmers may see large tax increases under proposal from Missour State Tax Commission (12/21/09)
Many farmers may see substantial tax increases on their land if a proposal by the Missouri State Tax Commission stands. The commission last week agreed to change the tax rate for farmland in different categories, based on a study by the University of Missouri-Columbia of a 15-year cycle of farm income. The assessment is conducted every two years, though no changes were instituted this year...
Two members recall service in conservation corps (12/21/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Civilian Conservation Corps provided more than 3 million young men with a sense of stability in an economy that could not provide them with work, according to former CCC member and Poplar Bluff resident Roy Hayes. Hayes was one of only two original CCC members to attend a recent meeting of the National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni Poplar Bluff Chapter 62...
University of Missouri Board of Curators elects officers for 2010 (12/21/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Judith Gosney Haggard of Kennett, Mo., was elected to a one-year term as chair of the University of Missouri Board of Curators during the board's meeting Dec. 11 in St. Louis. Warren K. Erdman of Kansas City, Mo., was elected vice chair...
KC files lawsuit against Independence schools (12/21/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City School District has filed a $4.8 million lawsuit against Independence schools over funds the Kansas City district says it is owed. Kansas City claims in the lawsuit that Independence promised to pay back county revenue it received when Kansas City operated seven schools in western Independence...
Missouri woman watches two sons go to war (12/21/09)
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Clara Campbell raised two boys as a single mother. Now, both are at war in Afghanistan. It makes for a difficult holiday for Campbell, who works with the developmentally disabled in the northeast Missouri town of Hannibal. But she said she remains positive...
10 arrested after crime spree through Kansas City (12/21/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ten people have been arrested after a crime spree that included an armed robbery, kidnapping, two car jackings and a standoff. One of the car jackings involved a U.S. Postal Service van. The Kansas City Star reported that police began receiving reports about the crimes Saturday afternoon...
MU lab suspended from using radioactive material (12/21/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A lab at the University of Missouri-Columbia has been temporarily suspended from using radioactive material after a researcher inadvertently spread radioactive material on the soles of his shoes. The Columbia Missourian, citing a report from the school's director of Environmental Health and Safety, also reported that a university committee will review the lab's radioactive material privileges in February...
Spyker Cars renews bid to buy Saab from GM (12/21/09)
STOCKHOLM -- In a final attempt to rescue Saab Automobile AB, Dutch auto maker Spyker Cars on Sunday submitted a new offer to buy the Swedish brand from General Motors Co. Spyker said it has submitted a new 11-point proposal to GM, addressing the issues that made talks collapse earlier this week...
Wis. cops make Christmas video (12/21/09)
MADISON, Wis. -- The Christmas spirit seems to be in full swing at a police department in Wisconsin. Kenosha police officers have made a Christmas video that features their version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." The cops sing about gifts from their chief that include bullets, guns, jelly doughnuts, night shifts and coffee breaks. The video can be seen at kenoshapolice.com...
Hollywood adds money, talent to made-for-Web shows (12/21/09)
LOS ANGELES -- Websites that buy original video clips often pay so little that "The Bannen Way," a flashy crime thriller debuting online, looked destined to be made poorly if it could be made at all. Yet budding filmmakers Jesse Warren and Mark Gantt managed to hire 40-odd staff, including a boom operator, camerapeople -- yes, more than one -- and even production assistants who were on hand to offer sunscreen and sandwiches. ...
Shipping giants rush to deliver holiday packages (12/21/09)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Mellany Sorrell's face glistened with sweat as she lifted packages and seemed in constant motion during the holiday rush at the epicenter of UPS' global air shipping network. The 29-year-old methodically hoisted boxes and put them gingerly onto a conveyor belt -- keeping them on a synchronized journey that could end under countless Christmas trees. ...
U.S. releases 12 Guantanamo detainees to their home nations (12/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. has transferred a dozen Guantanamo detainees to Afghanistan, Yemen and the Somaliland region as the Obama administration continues to move captives out of the facility in Cuba in preparation for its closure. The Justice Department said Sunday a government task force had reviewed each case. Officials considered the potential threat and the government's likelihood of success in court challenges to the detentions...
GOP vows fight on health care bill (12/21/09)
WASHINGTON -- The White House and its Senate allies defended a final push for historic health care legislation Sunday as outflanked Republicans pledged a fight to the end. A dead-of-night vote neared in a frenzy one GOP lawmaker said lacked "legislative sanity."...
Judge mulls issues in abortion provider's murder trial (12/21/09)
WICHITA, Kan. -- A judge is weighing a critical legal question in the case of a man who confessed to killing one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers: Can the man claim at his trial that the slaying was justified to save the lives of unborn children?...
Storm crawls into New England, leaves mess in mid-Atlantic states (12/21/09)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A fierce weekend storm that dropped record snowfall and stranded travelers up the coast from Virginia to New England turned out not to be as naughty as many had feared by Sunday -- and its nicest accomplishment may simply be leaving many with the prospect of a white Christmas...
Actress Brittany Murphy, 32, dies (12/21/09)
LOS ANGELES -- Actress Brittany Murphy, who got her start in the film "Clueless" and rose to stardom in "8 Mile," died Sunday in Los Angeles of what appeared to be natural causes, a Los Angeles County coroner's official said. She was 32. Murphy was pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Sally Stewart said...
Egypt antiquities chief to demand return of Nefertiti bust from museum (12/21/09)
CAIRO -- Egypt's antiquities chief said Sunday he will formally demand the return of the 3,300-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti from a Berlin museum after confirming it was sneaked out of Cairo through fraudulent documents. Zahi Hawass, the head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, has been aggressively campaigning to reclaim treasures he says were stolen from Egypt and purchased by some of the world's leading museums...
Despite aid, hunger still stalks Afghan children (12/21/09)
AQCHA, Afghanistan -- While international forces in Afghanistan battle militants hiding in the mountains, aid agencies are fighting an even more elusive enemy: malnutrition. The World Food Program and UNICEF have launched a project to feed thousands of mothers and children. Aid workers hope a high-protein diet distributed through a network of village clinics can help them through the winter...
Israel harvested organs in '90s without permission (12/21/09)
JERUSALEM -- Israel has admitted that in the 1990s, its forensic pathologists harvested organs from dead bodies, including Palestinians, without permission of their families. The issue emerged with publication of an interview with the then-head of Israel's Abu Kabir forensic institute, Dr. ...
ND wrestlers earn medals (12/21/09)
Notre Dame had two wrestlers medal Saturday at the Brentwood Invitational. Freshman Austin Harter reached the championship match at 103 pounds, where he encountered a 4-0 loss to Trinity's Mike Taylor. Harter went 4-1 in the tournament. At 112 pounds, freshman Trenton Gross claimed third with an 11-6 win against Eli Murray of Career Academy. Gross went 4-1 in the competition...
Southeast fills new asst. AD position (12/21/09)
Frank Cuervo will fill the new position of associate athletic director for external affairs at Southeast Missouri State. Cuervo, who begins his duties Jan. 4, will oversee sports information, marketing and development among other responsibilities. He has extensive experience in the areas of fundraising and corporate sponsorship...
Texans drop Rams to NFL-worst 1-13 (12/21/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Big games from Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub helped the Houston Texans score just enough points. Schaub had his eighth 300-yard passing game, one shy of Peyton Manning's league-leading total, and Johnson consistently eluded a defense geared to stop him with a season best 196 yards receiving. But the Texans ended up leaning on field goals to hold off the lowly St. Louis Rams 16-13 on Sunday...
Saints deal with reality of not being perfect (12/21/09)
NEW ORLEANS -- As Drew Brees and his Saints teammates walked off the field following their first defeat of a thrilling season, the Louisiana Superdome crowd offered the kind of appreciative applause a pitcher receives after losing a no-hitter in the late innings...
Backes, Conklin lead Blues past Canucks (12/21/09)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- David Backes scored twice, and Ty Conklin made 29 saves to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 Sunday night. Backes opened the scoring on an early power-play deflection and put the Blues back ahead 2-1 with a great individual effort with 8:12 left in the second period. He raced around defenseman Kevin Bieksa off the left wing, cut hard to the net and tucked the puck past goalie Roberto Luongo on the far side...
NFL to ask its players to donate brains for study (12/21/09)
The NFL is partnering with Boston University brain researchers who have been critical of the league's stance on concussions, The Associated Press learned Sunday. The league now plans to encourage current and former NFL players to agree to donate their brains to the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, which has said it found links between repeated head trauma and brain damage in boxers, football players and, most recently, a former NHL player...
Steelers win on last-second touchdown (12/21/09)
Ben Roethlisberger ended the game the way he started it by throwing a touchdown pass to Mike Wallace, a desperation 19-yarder on the final play that rallied Pittsburgh to a 37-36 victory over Green Bay on Sunday, ending the Packers' five-game winning streak and the Steelers' five-game losing streak...
Christmas tournament provides thrills (12/21/09)
One of my favorite times of the entire sports season begins this week at the Show Me Center. It's the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament, which has gone by a variety of names over the years but has remained constant in the level of thrills and excitement it provides fans...
Talking Shop with Teresa Meier, co-owner of Meier Horse Shoe Pines (12/21/09)
A few days from now many families will gather to share a feast, sing Christmas carols or trade gifts. And a big part of the holiday tradition is the Christmas tree, whether purchased from a retail store or picked out from one of the area's many tree farms, such as Meier Horse Shoe Pines in Jackson. Business reporter Brian Blackwell sat down with co-owner Teresa Meier to learn her views on tree farms, life in Oak Ridge and the magic of Christmas...
Wanted: Readers' picks for top stories of 2009 (12/21/09)
A little more than three weeks are left until we bid 2009 farewell. For some it was a joyous time filled with many happy memories while others are hoping 2010 brings better results in this lackluster economy, such as a new job or a home sold. Building on that, I'm seeking your thoughts on the top business stories that happened in 2009. I'll have a complete list in an upcoming column. E-mail me your top picks from the following list (or even ones that aren't listed) no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 28:...
People on the move 12/21/09 (12/21/09)
Modern Woodmen of America Fraternal Financial announced Bob Houchins of Jackson as the recipient of Rookie of the Month in the Missouri East Region for the month of November. The award is given to a full-time representative who has been with the company for less than three years and is leading the region in production...
Harry Palmer (12/21/09)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Harry Lee Palmer, 67 of Tamms, formerly of Anna, Ill., died Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at the City Care Center in Cobden, Ill. Funeral arrangments are incomplete at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.
Bertie Statler (12/21/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Bertie L. Statler, 80, of Perryville died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Crystal City, Mo. She was born in Bollinger County on April 20, 1929, daughter of the late Ora M. and Lou Veina Sample Welker. She and Wilbert L. Statler were married Oct. 9, 1948. He preceded her in death Aug. 8, 2008...
George Faulkner (12/21/09)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- George Willis Faulkner, 80, of Marble Hill died Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at his home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Harmony Congregational Methodist Church near Marble Hill. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be at Lessley Ridge Cemetery...
Herman Crader (12/21/09)
Herman Eugene Crader, 80, of Scott City died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2009, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 4, 1929, near Oran, Mo., the son of Lee Sylvester and Anna Elizabeth Kiel Crader. He and Pauline Geneva Petitt were married Oct. 7, 1951, at Scott City. She preceded him in death Dec. 7, 1974...
Clara Wright (12/21/09)
Clara L. Wright, 85, of Jackson passed away Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home. She was born Dec. 9, 1924, in Cape Girardeau County, daughter of Ferdinand and Claudinia Balsman Jaco. She and Robert R. Wright were married Aug. 10, 1946. He passed away Dec. 29, 2001...
Births 12/21/09 (12/21/09)
Son to Jody Len Chaney and Emily Michelle Weatherspoon of Scott City, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 8:19 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. Name, Jayden Lee. Weight, 8 pounds. First child. Ms. Weatherspoon is the daughter of Joyce Dees-Weatherspoon of Scott City. Chaney is the son of Carla Hanks and Darrell Hanks of Oran, Mo...
Police report 12/21/09 (12/21/09)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Assault Burglary Thefts Property damage Miscellaneous Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt....
Fire report 12/21/09 (12/21/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Out of the past 12/21/09 (12/21/09)
Despite yesterday's gloomy weather, Cape Girardeau Jaycee Toybox Santas spread a little cheer, passing out toys to more than 1,000 children in a joint project of the Southeast Missourian and the local Jaycees. Hundreds of Christmas food baskets are delivered to needy residents throughout the area as part of the Salvation Army's annual Christmas basket distribution program...
DWI reporting (12/21/09)
A tougher law regarding drunken-driving offenders in Missouri will be among the bills considered when the Legislature meets next month. Largely in response to a series of articles in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, state officials are seeking ways to make sure repeat offenders are tracked across the state...
Speak Out 12/21/09 (12/21/09)
AT least twice a week there are no parking spaces available in the front of the Jackson Post Office. But when you go in and there is only one customer in the lobby. Who is using the post office parking lot? AL Gore told the U.N. climate conference that new data suggest the Arctic polar ice cap may disappear in the summertime as soon as five to seven years from now. ...
Prayer 12/21/09 (12/21/09)
Send the light that will overcome darkness in our world, O God. Amen.
REGINA SENCE JOINS SEMO FOOD BANK'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS (12/21/09)
Southeast Missouri Food Bank is pleased to announce that Regina Sence, Market Grocery Manager for Walmart stores in Southeast Missouri, was elected to Southeast Missouri Food Bank's Board of Directors. "Regina has been an integral part of helping us roll out Walmart's Zero Waste Program in 2009 and we look forward to benefiting from her insights and experience as a member of the Food Bank's board," said Karen Green, Executive Director of Southeast Missouri Food Bank. ...
St. Vincent de Paul Student Council Winter Service Project (12/21/09)
Students collected socks, mittens, gloves, hats, t-shirts and undergarments for Maxine's Shareable Wearables. The entire school participated by donating the items for this needy cause and the student council organized and delivered the items to Maxine's Shareable Wearables. Over 500 items were collected. Pictured is the St. Vincent de Paul student council...
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