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A decade of changes in Southeast Missouri (12/31/09)
My, how the Southeast Missouri landscape has changed in a decade. Bridges have been built and blown up. Buildings have crumbled, new ones erected. Towns were pummeled and rebuilt. Politicians made positive contributions, while others were jailed and arrested. It's been an interesting ride...
21,000 attend annual Christmas tournament at Show Me Center (12/31/09)
Central High School and Scott Country Central basketball fans were among 21,400 this week who attended the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament at the Show Me Center. Although attendance was below average the first day, tournament director Mitch Wood said activity increased during the second and third day of the tournament. A total of 16,310 decorated the stands the first three days, and 5,090 attended the Christmas tournament on the fourth day...
Guest host: Limbaugh experienced pains similar to heart attack (12/31/09)
HONOLULU (AP) -- Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh remained hospitalized in Hawaii on Thursday after experiencing chest pains similar to a heart attack, according to the guest host on his nationally syndicated radio show. "Rush appreciates your prayers and well wishes and will keep you updated via rushlimbaugh.com and on his radio program," the program said in a statement late Wednesday night.
Wednesday morning fire at Cape Girardeau home ruled accidental (12/31/09)
Investigators have ruled the cause of a fire that damaged a Cape Girardeau home Wednesday as accidental.
Big River Telephone acquires Jackson Internet service provider (12/31/09)
Big River Telephone has acquired a Jackson Internet service provider that has customers in five counties.
Nixon outlines "four pillars" of ethics reform (12/31/09)
Gov. Jay Nixon wants to reimpose limits on campaign contributions and ban large money transfers between political committees that he said hide the true source of campaign cash from the public.
United Way receives $50,000 grant for plan to increase parental involvement (12/31/09)
Getting more parents engaged in their child's education will be the goal of a grant-funded initiative through the United Way of Southeast Missouri. "For every family there's a different story, but we have to find out what are the most common barriers or obstacles," said Nancy Jernigan, executive director...
Perryville woman arrested on suspicion of abusing child (12/31/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Police have charged a Perryville woman with allegedly abusing her 19-month-old child.
Oran woman injured in two-car accident (12/31/09)
ORAN, Mo. -- A two-car accident Tuesday afternoon sent both drivers, including an Oran woman, to a Cape Girardeau hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
Nomination forms available for Governor's Humanities Awards (12/31/09)
Nomination forms for the Governor's Humanities Awards are available. The award is given annually by the governor and the Missouri Humanities Council to recognize teachers, community outreach programs and literature. Forms are available {http://www.mohumanities.org/governors_awards.htm online}. Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 15 for the following categories:...
Stoddard County man, Arkansas woman killed in Poplar Bluff automobile accident (12/31/09)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Dexter, Mo., man and an Arkansas woman were killed in a wreck shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday that shut down a stretch of U.S. 60 to westbound traffic for much of the morning.
Dogs in Mo. get canine flu vaccine (12/31/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Veterinarians in Missouri said they have begun to offer a new vaccine against a highly contagious form of canine influenza that may have spread to the state this year. Dogs with the H3N8 virus may develop a fever, lack energy and appetite, and have a nasal discharge and cough. Some develop a more severe form of flu. Five percent of cases are fatal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in Wednesday's edition...
Obama moves to curb federal secrets (12/31/09)
WASHINGTON -- More than 400 million pages of Cold War-era documents could be declassified as the federal government responds to President Barack Obama's order to rethink the way it protects the nation's secrets. Among the changes announced Tuesday by Obama is a requirement that every record be released eventually and that federal agencies review how and why they mark documents classified or deny the release of historical records. ...
'Thriller,' Muppets among 25 in US film registry (12/31/09)
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video, with its graveyard dance, will rest among the nation's treasures in the world's largest archive of film, TV and sound recordings. The 1983 music video directed by John Landis, though still the subject of lawsuits over profits, was one of 25 films to be inducted Wednesday for preservation in the 2009 National Film Registry of the Library of Congress...
Attack could lead to more scanners (12/31/09)
WASHINGTON -- The Christmas Day attack on a jetliner over Detroit, combined with technological improvements to protect people's sense of modesty, could lead to dramatically wider use of full-body scanners that can see through travelers' clothing...
Postal Service to deliver aid in case of anthrax, other biological attack (12/31/09)
WASHINGTON -- If the nation ever faces a large-scale attack by a biological weapon like anthrax, the U.S. Postal Service will be in charge of delivering whatever drugs and other medical aid Americans would need to survive. In an executive order released Wednesday, President Barack Obama put the Postal Service in charge of dispensing "medical countermeasures" to biological weapons because of its "capacity for rapid residential delivery."...
AP-GfK Poll: 2009 was bad for America, Americans (12/31/09)
WASHINGTON -- For all their differences, Americans largely agree on two things: 2009 was a lousy year for the nation, and 2010 is likely to be better. Nearly three-fourths of Americans think 2009 was a bad year for the country, which was rocked by job losses, home foreclosures and economic sickness. Forty-two percent rated it "very bad," according to the latest AP-GfK poll...
S.D. authorities say driver's blood alcohol was .708 (12/31/09)
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -- South Dakota authorities say a woman found passed out in a stolen delivery van earlier this month registered a blood alcohol content of .708 -- nearly nine times the legal limit and a possible record for the state...
Mother Teresa, Gene Autry on upcoming U.S. stamps (12/31/09)
WASHINGTON -- Nobel Prize winner Mother Teresa and Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Mauldin will be honored on U.S. postage stamps next year. Joining them will be Oscar-winning actress Katharine Hepburn, singing cowboy Gene Autry, artist Winslow Homer and Adm. Arleigh Burke...
Swine flu not as catching as other pandemic strains (12/31/09)
How contagious is swine flu? Less than the novel viruses that have caused big world outbreaks in the past, new research suggests. If someone in your home has swine flu, your odds of catching it are about one in eight, although children are twice as susceptible as adults, the study found. It is one of the first big scientific attempts to find out how much the illness spreads in homes versus at work or school and who is most at risk...
San Francisco sea lions leave in droves (12/31/09)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Two mysteries surround a huge herd of sea lions that were hanging out on a pier in San Francisco Bay: Why did so many show up, and why did so many leave at once? Just last month, Pier 39, famous in San Francisco for its sea lions and the throngs of tourists they attract, was groaning under the weight of more than 1,500 of the animals. The record number delighted tourists and baffled experts...
Bologna, PBJ sandwiches turn jailhouse menu bland (12/31/09)
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) -- Taking a bite out of crime has never been so bland at a southeast Michigan jail. Failing freezers have forced Macomb County Jail inmates to forgo warm meals in favor of an endless stream of bologna and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches...
Court rules U.S. can keep secrets in surveillance (12/31/09)
NEW YORK -- A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that law professors and attorneys who represent Guantanamo Bay detainees cannot force the government to reveal whether an anti-terrorism program eavesdropped on their conversations. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling supported the findings of a lower court judge in Manhattan who also rejected the attempt to uncloak the warrantless electronic surveillance system's targets...
New England fishing struggles to attract young (12/31/09)
BOSTON -- Joe Sava's legs have absorbed the ocean's pitch and roll from the deck of a fishing boat for four decades. At age 75, the Gloucester fisherman said just trying to stay upright at sea can wear him down. "It takes a toll," Sava said. "The younger guys can do it."...
Nebraska troopers finds gift-wrapped pot in SUV (12/31/09)
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) -- A Nebraska trooper found an unexpected holiday present at the end of a police chase. The Nebraska State Patrol says the trooper found 7 pounds of gift-wrapped marijuana inside an SUV that ran off the road during a chase in Morrill County...
Medicare officials plan for health stimulus funds (12/31/09)
WASHINGTON -- Medicare officials detailed plans Wednesday to distribute billions of dollars in stimulus to upgrade the nation's paper medical records to electronic files. Under the proposal, doctors and hospitals that keep updated electronic medical records of their patients could receive bonus payments for using the software...
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac proving to be too big to shrink (12/31/09)
WASHINGTON -- The government's Christmas Eve pledge of unlimited financial aid to mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is aimed at making sure the housing market doesn't take another turn for the worse and cause the economic recovery to unravel...
GM recalls some Corvettes over roof problem (12/31/09)
WASHINGTON -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said General Motors is recalling more than 22,000 Chevrolet Corvettes over problems with their removable roofs, which could separate from the vehicle. The recall, which was announced this month and begins in January, applies to 2005-2007 Chevrolet Corvettes and 2006-2007 Corvette Z06's with removable roofs...
Yemeni forces arrest one at al-Qaida hideout (12/31/09)
SAN'A, Yemen -- Yemeni security forces stormed an al-Qaida hideout Wednesday in a principle militant stronghold in the country's west, setting off clashes, officials said, as a security chief vowed to fight the group's powerful local branch until it was eliminated...
U.S. appeals court dismisses Vatican Bank Holocaust suit (12/31/09)
VATICAN CITY -- An American appeals court on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by Holocaust survivors who alleged the Vatican Bank accepted millions of dollars of their valuables stolen by Nazi sympathizers. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld a lower-court ruling that said the Vatican Bank was immune from such a lawsuit under the 1976 Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, which generally protects foreign countries from being sued in U.S. courts...
Russia may dispatch spacecraft to knock asteroid off course (12/31/09)
MOSCOW -- Russia's space agency chief said Wednesday a spacecraft may be dispatched to knock a large asteroid off course and reduce the chances of earth impact, even though U.S. scientists say such a scenario is unlikely. Anatoly Perminov told Golos Rossii radio the space agency would hold a meeting soon to assess a mission to Apophis. He said his agency may eventually invite NASA, the European Space Agency, the Chinese space agency and others to join the project...
Security expert reveals guide to breaking cell phone security (12/31/09)
FRANKFURT -- A German security expert has raised the ire of the cell phone industry after he and a group of researchers posted online a how-to guide for cracking the encryption that keeps the calls of billions of cell phone users secret. Karsten Nohl, 28, said this week that he, working with others online and around the world, created a codebook containing how to get past the GSM standard encryption used to keep conversations on more than 3 billion mobile phones safe from prying ears...
British hostage in Iraq freed after more than two years (12/31/09)
LONDON -- A British man abducted in Baghdad by armed militants disguised as policemen was freed Wednesday, alive and remarkably well after 2 1/2 years in captivity, the British government said. Computer consultant Peter Moore, who was handed over to Iraqi authorities Wednesday morning, is believed to be the only survivor of a group of five Britons abducted in a daring raid outside Iraq's Finance Ministry in May 2007. Moore was taken along with his four British bodyguards...
Iran hard-liners back government with mass demonstrations (12/31/09)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Tens of thousands of hard-line government supporters turned out for state-sponsored rallies Wednesday, some of them calling for the execution of opposition leaders as Iran's police chief threatened to show "no mercy" in crushing any new protests by the pro-reform movement...
Swedish Kurds demand removal from Interpol list (12/31/09)
STOCKHOLM -- A group of Swedish citizens accused by Iran of terrorism and other crimes demanded Wednesday that their names be removed from Interpol's most-wanted list and slammed the international police agency for honoring politically motivated requests...
Seven women reach South Pole after 38-day, 562-mile ski trek (12/31/09)
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Seven women on a 562-mile Antarctic ski trek reached the South Pole Thursday, 38 days after they began their adventure to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Commonwealth. "I'm incredibly proud of the team, and I think ... if we can do this then you can do anything that you like to, and that's the message that we really want to send to everyone," team leader Felicity Aston said in a message from the South Pole on Thursday...
New French government decree: Party until dawn (12/31/09)
PARIS -- Just in time for New Year's Eve, a new decree from France: Let them dance 'til dawn. Despite France's reputation for bon vivants sipping champagne until the wee hours, aficionados have been complaining that nightlife, especially in Paris, is in decline...
Braves cure upset fever, win title (12/31/09)
Central enjoyed a magical run through the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament. But as has been the case with every tournament team the past two years, the Tigers were no match for Scott County Central. Top-seeded SCC finished off a second straight dominant tournament, routing sixth-seeded Central 75-47 in Wednesday night's championship game at the Show Me Center...
High school roundup: Panthers fall in title game (12/31/09)
All the scores from Wednesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Leopold's hot shooting buries Meadow Heights (12/31/09)
Leopold kept waiting for it, but it never came. Meadow Heights chose to avoid slapping on its press against the Wildcats in Wednesday's consolation final at the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament. As a result, Leopold jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first half and used a sizzling third quarter to seal the 70-50 victory...
Notre Dame rebounds for third (12/31/09)
Notre Dame advanced to the final night of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament, although the Bulldogs weren't playing in the game they had hoped. But the second-seeded Bulldogs made the best of their disappointing situation, slipping past fourth-seeded Charleston 64-60 on Wednesday to finish third in the 16-team event...
Jackson leans on bigs to overpower Advance (12/31/09)
Jackson didn't need a miraculous comeback this time. The Indians just needed to get the ball inside -- and they did. Jackson knocked off Advance 71-50 behind the strong inside play of Henrie Williams and Bobby Clark in the fifth-place game of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament...
Hatchett plans to leave college choice for later (12/31/09)
Scott County Central senior point guard Bobby Hatchett is going to play basketball next year. He just hasn't decided where yet. Hatchett, who scored 22 points in the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament title game Wednesday, said he's had multiple coaches talk to him...
Bench carries Tigers past UMKC (12/31/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- On a team with eight or nine potential starters, Missouri coach Mike Anderson doesn't hesitate to blend a mix-and-match lineup -- or quickly yank a first-teamer gone flat. On Wednesday night, those "other" starters keyed a 20-0 first-half outburst to lead Missouri to a 91-57 victory over Missouri-Kansas City in a game that started out looking like the Tigers might suffer their first nonconference home loss in more than four years...
Area teens make resolutions for the new year (12/31/09)
As teens ring in the new year, topics like grades, money and health will be on their minds. Students at Cape Girardeau Central High School and Notre Dame Regional High School took some time out of their lunch period the last week of school before Christmas break to talk with the Southeast Missourian about their resolutions for 2010. Here is what they said:"I'm going to work out every day, or at least try to."...
Robert Krudwig (12/31/09)
Robert Louis Krudwig, 71, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Anna, Ill., died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Life Care Center. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau and from 9 a.m. to service time Monday at St. Mark Lutheran Church...
Lila Sitz (12/31/09)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Lila Mae Sitz, 70, of Advance died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Advance Nursing Home. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at Morgan Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at the funeral home, with Aaron Lingle officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Advance...
Joyce Coffman (12/31/09)
Joyce Ann Coffman, 73, of Jackson died Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, at Lutheran Home Assisted Living East in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 29, 1936, in Madison, Ill., to Matt and Lillian Sweet Smock. She and Ronald Coffman were married March 10, 1954, in Granite City, Ill. He preceded her in death in 1996...
Larry Dumey (12/31/09)
Our dearest husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, Marine Cpl. Larry R. Dumey, started his eternal journey Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at 5 p.m. at Saint Francis Medical Center surrounded by family members and friends. Larry was born to Elmer and Bertha Ann Vetter Dumey on Aug. 31, 1929, at old Saint Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau...
Rosella Kaempfe (12/31/09)
Rosella M. Kaempfe, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at her home. She was born Sept. 18, 1916, in Whitewater, daughter of Martin and Effie Huckstep Rhodes. She married Charles H. Kaempfe in 1946. He preceded her in death in 1981...
Births 12/31/09 (12/31/09)
Daughter to Jeffery and Allison Daniels of Stuttgart, Germany, born in Boeblingen, Germany, 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. Name, Olivia Alexa. Weight, 6 pounds, 8 ounces. First child. Mrs. Daniels is the former Allison Smith, daughter of William and Stephanie Skaggs-Kunefke of Cape Girardeau and Ervin Smith of Foley, Mo. Daniels is the son of Clark and Vicki Daniels of Cape Girardeau and Laura Tierdo of Florida. He is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed in Stuttgart...
Police report 12/31/09 (12/31/09)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Assaults...
Fire report 12/31/09 (12/31/09)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Out of the past 12/31/09 (12/31/09)
Cape Girardeau County's population grew by about 1.5 percent from 1980 to 1982, according to the U.S. Census Bureau; the county's population increased from 58,837 to 59,744. Cape Girardeau property owners committed themselves to building 55 new single-family dwellings during 1984, valued at $3,087,088; 84 apartment units were built during the year; the total building construction in the city during the year was $16,559,988, with $6,033,979 being commercial construction...
2010: It's time to look inward (12/31/09)
Peer into 2010, and you can't help feeling a little queasy. The planet is getting hotter, drier and more crowded. It's also getting angrier. Terrorism shows no signs of letting up, and the global economic crisis has left millions unemployed. Throw Pakistani, Iranian and North Korean nukes in the mix, and I find myself wanting to crawl under the bed rather than out of it in the morning...
The new year (12/31/09)
There are, at a minimum, three ways to observe New Year's Eve: 1. Party until the stroke of midnight ushers in 2010. 2. Make resolutions to upgrade yourself and the world around you. 3. Go to bed early, assuming our lives are on a course that cannot be changed or improved -- a conclusion based on a review of the year that is ending...
Speak Out 12/31/09 (12/31/09)
PRESIDENT Obama is not transferring the wealth. He is making things more equitable for Americans. There is no sense in these insurance companies getting rich off our backs while we could not get health care for pre-existing conditions or whatever malarkey they wanted to come up with. Now things will be fair...
Prayer 12/31/09 (12/31/09)
Guide us, O God, into a new year, and give us the resolve to do good. Amen.
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