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Music, tributes at Osage Community Centre kick off series of King events (01/14/10)
Music and praise filled the Osage Community Centre on Thursday night as the eighth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Extravaganza kicked off a series of community events in honor of the late civil rights leader. "For years before Dr. King's holiday was legislated in 1986, we celebrated everything on Dr. ...
DNR declares emergency in Bootheel town (01/14/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has declared a hazardous substance emergency in Hayti Heights after the city was unable to provide consistent drinking and waste water services to its citizens. The declaration will allow the Missouri Rural Water Association to operate the plant at the department's request until a more permanent solution can be found...
Jury trial set in Sikeston murder case (01/14/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston man charged with murder will go to trial this spring in New Madrid County Circuit Court. In April, Sikeston police responded to reports of gunfire at 902 Montgomery St. When officers arrived they saw 29-year-old Brandon Lane sitting on a couch beside his slumped over and blood-covered girlfriend, 28-year-old Nikia Williams. A handgun was sitting on the floor near the couch...
Cape School Board approves putting $40 million bond issue before voters in April (01/14/10)
Voters in the Cape Girardeau School District will have the opportunity to respond to a $40 million question when they go to the polls in April. In a special meeting Wednesday night, the district decided to approach voters with the biggest, most comprehensive construction plan in its history...
Road warrior: Teenager leads fight to improve deadly Bollinger County highways (01/14/10)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- The road to Marble Hill is lined with crosses, common markers of fatal accidents. Teenagers from the area have experienced a string of car accidents in recent years, especially along highways 34 and 51. After the recent death of a friend, one local teenager, Brittany Holmes, is advocating improvements of the curvy Bollinger County roads...
Diversion Channel bridge gets reflectors that warn of freezing conditions (01/14/10)
A Cape Girardeau bridge is the first in the state to receive temperature-sensitive reflectors that officials hope will lead to fewer accidents in winter weather.
Cape zoning panel delays vote to Jan. 27 (01/14/10)
The proposed Cape Girardeau zoning code needs final revisions before it is ready, the Planning and Zoning Commission decided Wednesday evening. At the end of an open house and public hearing, commissioners discussed the comments and concerns expressed as they reviewed the latest draft. Most issues with the draft identified earlier have been resolved, but a few final changes are needed before a vote, the commission decided...
State Sen. Crowell renews quest for tax credit votes (01/14/10)
State Sen. Jason Crowell is renewing his crusade to alter the way tax credits for economic development projects are awarded in Missouri. Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, tried unsuccessfully last year to force all tax credit programs to win annual votes to account for the money not collected by the state when the tax credits are used. ...
Prosecutor: High court ruling on sex offenders complicates process (01/14/10)
A ruling by the Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday prohibiting the prosecution of sex offenders noncompliant with two restrictive laws may force area lawyers and law enforcement officials to review the sex offender registry more often. The Supreme Court's 4-3 ruling applies only to sex offenders convicted prior to the enactment of a 2004 law forbidding a registered sex offender to live within 1,000 feet of a school or day care, and a 2008 law that imposes a ban on Halloween activities...
Jury trial set in case of Jackson day care provider charged with endangerment (01/14/10)
A Jackson woman charged with endangering the welfare of an infant in her care will go to trial in March.
Science experiment: Water and oil don't mix (01/14/10)
Using a few materials from around the house, you can prove water and oil do not mix. Materials STEP 1: Fill the plastic bottle three quarters of the way with vegetable oil. STEP 2: Fill the plastic bottle the rest of the way with water...
Man who escaped police custody at Cape hospital to go on trial in spring (01/14/10)
On Tuesday, Judge Fred Copeland set Jeramie Oakley's jury trial for May 13 in New Madrid, Mo.
Fire destroys Bollinger County machine shop (01/14/10)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A fire off County Road 302 destroyed a machine shed early Wednesday.
Two men accused in Cape Girardeau bank robberies go to trial in February (01/14/10)
Two men who allegedly committed recent bank robberies will go to trial later this winter in federal court in Cape Girardeau.
Cape Girardeau County health officials administer nearly 16,000 H1N1 vaccine doses (01/14/10)
The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center reports nearly 16,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine have been administered this flu season, with 5,300 going to children ages 4 to 18.
PSC rejects Ameren request to clarify rules (01/14/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri utility regulators decided Wednesday to not wade into a dispute between AmerenUE and a group that has organized opposition to a proposed increase in electric rates. St. Louis-based AmerenUE wanted the Public Service Commission to clarify the kinds of public relations activities allowed during utility rate cases after a group called the Fair Electricity Rate Action Fund has urged consumers to speak out against AmerenUE's request for an 18 percent rate increase.. ...
Official: Obama seeking tax on biggest banks (01/14/10)
WASHINGTON -- Mindful of soaring deficits and an anti-Wall Street mood, President Barack Obama wants a new 10-year tax on the country's largest banks to cover a projected $117 billion shortfall in the government's financial crisis bailout fund. The president planned to propose Thursday a levy of 15 basis points, or 0.15 percent, on the liabilities of large financial institutions to make sure every dollar spent from the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program to rescue Wall Street firms, auto companies and mortgage holders is either repaid or paid for. ...
New jobless claims rise more than expected (01/14/10)
WASHINGTON -- The number of newly laid-off American workers requesting unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week as jobs remain scarce amid a sluggish economic recovery. The Labor Department said Thursday new claims for unemployment insurance rose by 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 444,000. Wall Street economists polled by Thomson Reuters expected an increase of only 3,000...
Tight penalties weighed for air security scofflaws (01/14/10)
NEWARK, N.J. -- A Georgia man dashes through a checkpoint at the Atlanta airport and gets 10 days in jail. A hairdresser in a hurry bypasses security in Philadelphia and gets a $500 fine. A drunken man stumbles onto a Chicago airfield and gets 18 months' supervision. All caused major air travel delays costing millions of dollars -- and all got what critics call a slap on the wrist...
Google's China threat is a rare show of defiance (01/14/10)
BEIJING -- Google's threat to end its operations in China over censorship and computer-security concerns could embarrass communist leaders who crave international respect. Yet it appears unlikely that many other companies would follow suit and try to change how business is done in China...
Men more evolved? Y chromosome study stirs debate (01/14/10)
WASHINGTON -- Women may think of men as primitive, but new research indicates that the Y chromosome -- the thing that makes a man male -- is evolving far faster than the rest of the human genetic code. A new study comparing the Y chromosomes from humans and chimpanzees, our nearest living relatives, show that they are about 30 percent different. ...
Study: 1 in 4 female teens involved in violence (01/14/10)
WASHINGTON -- About one in four female teens is involved in some sort of violent behavior at school or at work, according to a government report. A survey of more than 33,000 girls and women aged 12 to 17 found that 26.7 percent had been involved in a serious fight at school or work, a group-against-group fight or had attacked someone with the intent to harm the person in the previous year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported Thursday...
Bankers apologize for actions that led to crisis (01/14/10)
WASHINGTON -- Challenged by a skeptical special commission, top Wall Street bankers apologized Wednesday for risky behavior that led to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. But they still declared it seemed appropriate at the time...
Artificial pancreas will soon be tested on diabetics (01/14/10)
TRENTON, N.J. -- An experimental artificial pancreas will soon be tested in diabetes patients, potentially sparing them the hormonal disorder's most dangerous complications and frequent blood sugar checks and insulin injections. If all goes well, a commercial model could be on the market in four years, said Aaron Kowalski, research director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's artificial pancreas project...
Audit: Missouri could better track cost of its sales tax exemptions (01/14/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri policymakers confronted with budget shortfalls are being left in the dark about how much money the state is losing as a result of its 131 sales tax exemptions, the state auditor said Wednesday. The Department of Revenue fails to track the cost of each tax exemption -- even though lawmakers continue to add to the number of items that aren't taxed, said Auditor Susan Montee...
Quake aid starts to arrive for desperate Haitians (01/14/10)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Desperately needed aid from around the world slowly made its way Thursday into Haiti, where supply bottlenecks and a leadership vacuum left rescuers scrambling on their own to save the trapped and injured and get relief supplies into the capital...
Thousands feared dead after Haiti earthquake (01/14/10)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Dazed survivors wandered past dead bodies in rubble-strewn streets Wednesday, crying for loved ones, and rescuers searched collapsed buildings as officials feared the death toll from Haiti's devastating earthquake could reach into the tens of thousands...
Afghanistan: 4 US troops killed in attacks (01/14/10)
KABUL -- Four U.S. service members were killed Wednesday in separate attacks in Afghanistan, NATO said, underscoring the dangers facing Americans as President Barack Obama intensifies efforts to stabilize the country in its ninth year of war. The deaths raised to 14 the number of U.S. ...
High school roundup: Jackson strikes early to dump Perryville (01/14/10)
All the scores from Wednesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Missouri hangs on to top Texas Tech in OT (01/14/10)
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Marcus Denmon and Kim English scored 20 points apiece to lead Missouri to a 94-89 win over Texas Tech in overtime Wednesday night. The Tigers scored on their first five possessions in overtime to go up 90-86. The Red Raiders pulled within 90-89 on a three-point play by Brad Reese with 1:01 to go. But Denmon and Michael Dixon hit two free throws apiece to seal it for Missouri (14-3, 2-0 Big 12)...
Redhawks women try to battle through injuries (01/14/10)
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball coach John Ishee knew the Redhawks faced a challenging season with such a young and inexperienced team. Now that key injuries have entered the mix, things could start getting even tougher for the Redhawks...
Redhawks men to face one of OVC's best posts (01/14/10)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team is in one of the toughest three-game stretches on its Ohio Valley Conference schedule. If the Redhawks hope to emerge with anything to show for it, they'll have to play a lot better than they did Saturday...
Kiffin seizes reins at USC (01/14/10)
LOS ANGELES -- Lane Kiffin rolled into his dream job at Southern California with a wave of promises and praise, vowing to run a squeaky-clean program even while fending off questions about his staff's first few hours on the job. Kiffin radiated California cool Wednesday even after arriving late to his first news conference because of traffic on the freeway after flying in from Tennessee. He abruptly left the Volunteers on Tuesday after one 7-6 season...
Who's next 1/14/10 (01/14/10)
Scholarships The following students received scholarships to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2010-2011 school year: Honors, achievements...
neXt up 1/14/10 (01/14/10)
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Just the facts, please (01/14/10)
Jan. 14, 2010 Dear Leslie, When you and I began our newspaper careers, partisan journalism was an oxymoron. The idea that a journalist can promulgate a point of view, much as someone in public relations does, is more accepted now. In the latest issue of The Atlantic, Princeton professor Paul Starr makes a case for partisan media, the media that is selling best now that the profusion of cable, talk radio and Internet media have diffused the public's attention. ...
Dr. Frances Crowley (01/14/10)
Dr. Frances G. Crowley, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at the Lutheran Home. Visitation will be from noon to service time Jan. 22 at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 22 at the funeral home, with Pastor Paul Kabo Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Lorimier Cemetery...
Edith Miller (01/14/10)
THEBES, Ill. -- Edith Mae Foster Miller, 78, of Thebes died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill., and after 1 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Assembly of God Church in Olive Branch, Ill...
Pauline Hanebrink (01/14/10)
Pauline E. Hanebrink, 96, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Oct. 25, 1913, in Corning, Ark., to Price and Della Mann Milburn. She and Clyde E. Hanebrink were married June 5, 1938, at Egypt Mills...
Helen Price (01/14/10)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Helen Leona Hickam Price, 89, of Marble Hill passed away in her sleep Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, in Crossville, Tenn. She was born Dec. 4, 1920, in Lutesville, Mo., daughter of James Isaac Hickam and Isabelle Eaker. She and her family lived in El Paso, Texas; Okinawa, Japan; Milwaukee; and Stuttgart, Germany, before settling in El Paso for their retirement...
Billy Yeargain Jr. (01/14/10)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Billy E. Yeargain Jr., 52, of Arnold, Mo., formerly of Marble Hill, died suddenly Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, in Arnold. He was born Oct. 12, 1957, in Kennett, Mo., son of Bill and Edie Yeargain. He and Samme Deck were married June 4, 1984...
Keith Johnson (01/14/10)
Brother Keith Johnson, 75, of Conway, Ark., passed away Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at Conway Regional Health System. He was born June 4, 1934, in Alton, Mo., son of the late Homer Calvin and Vernie Frances Harriell Johnson. Brother Johnson was pastor of First Free Will Baptist Church in Conway until just recently, and pastored churches in Missouri and Arkansas. He had also managed the Christian Supply Store in Conway 23 years...
Robert Restemyer (01/14/10)
Robert E. Restemyer, 82, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Dec. 8, 1927, in Pemberville, Ohio, to Gilbert and Anna Hohls Restemyer. He was formerly married to Evelyn Mueller, who passed away in 2008, and to Gayanne Gutherz...
Births 1/14/10 (01/14/10)
Son to Joshua Ryan and Brittany Nicole Zyduck of Scott City, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 6:13 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, 2010. Name, Gavin Stash. Weight, 5 pounds, 9 ounces. Second child, first son. Mrs. Zyduck is the former Brittany Wright, daughter of Cleo and Theresa Wright of Scott City. Zyduck is the son of Perry and Sharon Zyduck of Mosinee, Wis. He is employed by Rose Concrete Products...
Police report 1/14/10 (01/14/10)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Fire report 1/14/10 (01/14/10)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 1/14/10 (01/14/10)
Two blocks of North Water Street, between Independence Street and Broadway, and one block of South Main Street, between Independence and Merriwether streets, convert from one-way to two-way traffic as part of the downtown redevelopment plan. A program honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is held at Southeast Missouri State University in observance of his 56th birthday...
2010 census (01/14/10)
2010 is a census year. Efforts are well afoot to improve the every-10-year count nationwide. And in Southeast Missouri, a special push is being made to improve responses to surveys that will be mailed to households in March. The U.S. Census Bureau has set up a field office in Cape Girardeau that will oversee the count in a 31-county area. Government, business and civic leaders recently emphasized the importance of this year's census for Missouri...
Speak Out 1/14/10 (01/14/10)
WIDEN Bloomfield Road? This can't be the mindset of the people of Cape Girardeau County. This rural, scenic road is one of the few left. It is a leisurely drive. If you are in that much of a hurry, take another route. LORIMIER school is now city hall on Independence Street. ...
Prayer 1/14/10 (01/14/10)
For above-freezing temperatures in mid-January, we give thanks, O God. Amen.
"Silent Night" Brings Christmas Cheer to Families of Patients at Saint Francis Medical Center (01/14/10)
Once again family members whose loved ones were patients in intensive care units in Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau on Christmas Eve were treated to a bit of Christmas cheer by "Silent Night" with the assistance of area businesses, a local restaurant, and volunteers...
Bebo Norman & Meredith Andrews In Concert Feb 17, 2010 @6pm (01/14/10)
Don't miss this opportunity to attend the upcoming concert at New McKendree South Campus. This is a very affordable concert with good quality artists. Here is the information: Ticket Info: www.newmckendree.org New McKendree and Friends Presents Bebo Norman & Meredith Andrews...
Take A Trip with Father Patrick!!! (01/14/10)
Father Patrick Nwokoye is no stranger to travel. The SEMO University Newman Center priest pilgrimages each year to various holy cities around the globe and with each trip takes a fortunate few of the Cape Girardeau faithful along. How would YOU like a chance to join him?!?...
Sunlight on Snow (01/14/10)
Taken at Cape County North Park on the Maple Hollow Trail
Jazmine (01/14/10)
A wonderful Human Society dog, my sister adopted her when she was a puppy.
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