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Scott County man pleads guilty to Social Security fraud (01/19/10)
A Scott County man pleaded guilty on Friday to felony fraud charges before U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. in Cape Girardeau, the Standard Democrat reported. Matthew H. Myers of Scott County entered a plea of guilty to two counts of making a false statement to Social Security and four counts of failure to disclose an event to Social Security...
Boat strikes I-155 bridge Monday afternoon, causing closure (01/19/10)
CARUTHERSVILLE -- A towboat traveling on the Mississippi River struck the Interstate 155 Caruthersville bridge around 4:45 p.m. between Dyersburg, Tenn., and Caruthersville, causing the closure of the bridge for several hours, the State Gazette in Dyersburg reported...
Failure to stop at stop sign results in injuries for Sikeston teen (01/19/10)
MORLEY, Mo. - A Sikeston teenager was sent to a Cape Girardeau hospital Monday night after his vehicle failed to stop for a stop sign and hit a tree. At around 10:40 p.m., the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to an accident off Route C, 3 miles east of Morley...
Feds holding public hearing to sort out issues with proposed ban on catching shovelnose sturgeon (01/19/10)
A proposal to ban commercial fishermen from catching shovelnose sturgeon in order to protect a similar-looking endangered species wasn't very well received among the people who depend on the fish for their livelihood. But the proposal, being pushed by the U.S. ...
Rediger: Running for Cape mayor a way to continue life of service (01/19/10)
Harry Rediger didn't pick Cape Girardeau. Instead, he said, it chose him. The retired J.C. Penney's store manager, now running for mayor, was offered the job here in 1977 after 10 years with the company. Rediger said he thought he would be here for two, perhaps three years, and then move on and continue to climb the retailer's corporate ladder...
Cape Girardeau King events focus on service, fundraising (01/19/10)
Service and fundraising were the focus of two events held Monday at the Osage Community Centre to mark the day honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Several from area to attend pro-life rally in Washington, D.C. (01/19/10)
Youths and adults from the area's religious community are expected this week to board airplanes and chartered buses to attend an annual anti-abortion demonstration in the nation's capital. Scheduled for Friday, the March for Life protests Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled a woman has the legal right to end her pregnancy. More than 200,000 people attended last year's demonstration.
Some area electricity customers to see rate increases (01/19/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Quite a few Southeast Missouri residents will see rate increases on their electricity bills in the coming months.
Children give musical tributes to King at West Park Mall (01/19/10)
Shoppers at West Park Mall on Monday were treated to a musical program honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The 14th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Gala featured performances by area children and teenagers. Southeast Missouri State University student Wesley Steele served as one of the event's master of ceremonies. He said through the various tributes and performances, it was easy to see that King is still relevant to today's youths and that the dream is being realized...
Man reports 'ninja' robbery (01/19/10)
LONGMONT, Colo. -- A 68-year-old restaurant employee told Longmont police he was robbed of the business' daily receipts Sunday night by two people he described as looking like ninjas. Police say that the only description he was able to provide was that they were short, dressed completely in black and that they looked like ninjas...
Mass. Senate candidates battle to the end (01/19/10)
BOSTON -- Nearly one year to the day after President Barack Obama was sworn into office as an agent of change, Massachusetts Senate candidates battled to the wire Monday in an election that threatened his agenda and reflected voters' frustration with the status quo...
President to seek $1.35 billion more for education (01/19/10)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will ask Congress for $1.35 billion in his 2011 budget proposal to extend an education grant program for states, although the Education Department remains months away from announcing its first round of awards, senior administration officials said...
Obama to give State of the Union speech Jan. 27 (01/19/10)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will deliver his first State of the Union address Jan. 27. Obama will address a joint session of Congress, beginning at 8 p.m. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday the speech would be broadcast live on national television and streamed on the White House website. It will be Obama's first State of the Union address...
FDA to study ingredients in tobacco products (01/19/10)
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Food and Drug Administration is working to lift the smoke screen clouding the ingredients used in cigarettes and other tobacco products. In June, tobacco companies must tell the FDA their formulas for the first time, just as drugmakers have for decades. Manufacturers also will have to turn over any studies they've done on the effects of the ingredients...
Report finds more men getting economic boost from marriage (01/19/10)
NEW YORK -- Historically, marriage was the surest route to financial security for women. Nowadays it's men who are increasingly getting the biggest economic boost from tying the knot, according to a new analysis of census data. The changes, summarized in a Pew Research Center report being released today, reflect the proliferation of working wives over the past 40 years -- a period in which American women outpaced men in both education and earnings growth. ...
Speaker urges people not to 'sanitize' King's legacy (01/19/10)
ATLANTA -- A scholar and activist invoked the fiery side of Martin Luther King Jr.'s rhetoric Monday at the civil rights icon's church, urging the audience not to "sanitize" King's legacy or let the president off the hook on issues like poverty...
Portrait shows morbid writer Poe in more flattering terms (01/19/10)
BALTIMORE -- Edgar Allan Poe's fertile imagination has endured for more than 150 years -- and so has his pale, death-haunted image, with his sunken eyes, a trim mustache and unruly mop of curly hair. However, scholars say Poe looked far more vigorous, perhaps even dashing, in his earlier years than he does in the well-known series of daguerreotypes taken in the final years of his life...
Founder of Taco Bell dead at 86 (01/19/10)
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- Glen W. Bell Jr., an entrepreneur best known as the founder of the Taco Bell chain, has died. He was 86. Bell died Sunday at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, according to a statement posted Monday on the Taco Bell website...
China's Africa footprint: A building spree for Algeria (01/19/10)
ALGIERS, Algeria -- While still struggling with the aftermath of a decade-long Islamic insurgency, oil-rich yet impoverished Algeria is getting a makeover: a new airport, its first mall, its largest prison, 60,000 new homes, two luxury hotels and the longest continuous highway in Africa...
Seoul confirms fifth outbreak of foot-and-mouth (01/19/10)
SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea confirmed an additional outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease today, bringing the total number of outbreaks in two weeks to five. Four cows at a farm in Yeoncheon, north of Seoul, tested positive for the disease, Agriculture Ministry official Kim Dae-gyun said, prompting quarantine officials to prepare to slaughter 35 cows on the farm. Quarantine workers also plan to slaughter 28 cows on a separate nearby farm as a precaution, said Kim...
Aid steps up for Haiti victims, as does scale of the tragedy (01/19/10)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The scope of Haiti's nightmare came into sharper focus Monday as authorities estimated 200,000 dead and 1.5 million homeless in the quake-ravaged land, where injured survivors still died in the streets, doctors pleaded for help and looters slashed at one another in the rubble...
Pope John Paul II gunman released from prison (01/19/10)
ANKARA, Turkey -- The Turkish man who shot Pope John Paul II nearly 29 years ago emerged from prison and declared himself a messenger from God, then spent his first night of freedom in a luxury hotel room. Mehmet Ali Agca, 52, said Monday he would talk to the media in the next few days...
Officials to punish tweets on Mexico City police checkpoints (01/19/10)
MEXICO CITY -- Some Twitter users are revealing the locations of police drunk-driving checkpoints in Mexico City and the people behind the tweets could be prosecuted, police said Monday. Mexico City Public Safety Department spokesman Julio Iver said it is illegal for anyone to "divulge privileged information on police agencies," but he did not say what sanctions the Twitter users could face...
Cardinals Caravan visits Cape (01/19/10)
The 300 or so St. Louis Cardinals fans who attended the annual Cardinals Caravan at the Osage Community Centre on Monday were not there to talk about the past. Or Mark McGwire. McGwire, the new Cardinals hitting coach, has been all over national headlines of late thanks to his years-in-the-making admission that he used performance-enhancing drugs. He was never mentioned as fans questioned St. Louis players from the "past, present and future," as moderator Al Hrabosky put it...
ND beats Poplar Bluff in final seconds (01/19/10)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Brooke Bohnert was at the right place at the right time Monday night for the Notre Dame Bulldogs. Bohnert's put back with 4 seconds left gave Notre Dame a 49-47 SEMO Conference comeback win over Poplar Bluff. "That's not a position we've put ourselves in much this year," Notre Dame coach Renee Peters said. "It was kind of uncomfortable for us to say the least."...
Scott City holds off Kelly, wins 49-43 (01/19/10)
SCOTT CITY -- Melanie Lacey netted a game-high 20 points and the Scott City girls basketball team overcame a horrendous night at the charity stripe Monday to knock off Kelly 49-43. The Rams (9-3, 2-1) were 9 of 26 from the free-throw line, or 35 percent...
High school roundup: Perryville defeats Hillsboro 49-37 (01/19/10)
All of the area high school events reported Monday to the Southeast Missourian.
Rachel Alexandra wins Horse of Year over Zenyatta (01/19/10)
Rachel Alexandra has won the first matchup between racing's leading ladies, beating out undefeated mare Zenyatta for Horse of the Year. Voters chose the fabulous filly for the year-end honor at the Eclipse Awards on Monday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. ...
Players, clubs rush to settle in arbitration (01/19/10)
NEW YORK -- Players and clubs rushed to settle salary arbitration cases before the scheduled exchange of figures today. At least eight more players reached agreements Monday, leaving 114 set to swap salaries among the 128 who filed for arbitration last Friday. Dozens more were expected to settle late Monday night and this morning...
Blues start road trip with 4-2 loss (01/19/10)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Rick Nash scored for his 400th career point and Chris Clark notched his first goal as a Blue Jacket, leading Columbus to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday. Nash's power-play goal 4:20 into the second period gave the Blue Jackets, who ended a three-game losing skid, a 3-2 lead. Clark, acquired from Washington in a Dec. 28 trade, scored on a jam shot early in the third period...
Pujols gives full support to McGwire (01/19/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols supports Mark McGwire, both for acknowledging his use of steroids and in his new role as hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals. "I told him I'm proud of him for admitting what he used," Pujols said Monday at the team's Winter Warm-Up. "Everybody makes mistakes."...
Edmonds asks for tryout with Redbirds (01/19/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Jim Edmonds went on stage at St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa's charity event to ask for a tryout. The 39-year-old outfielder did not play last season but never retired. La Russa said Edmonds began texting him about a comeback the day before Sunday's Animal Rescue Foundation event in St. Louis, and at first the manager thought it was a joke...
Serena sails into second round (01/19/10)
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Serena Williams started the defense of her Australian Open title with a dominating 6-2, 6-1 win earlier today over Polish teenager Urszula Radwanska. Williams also only lost three games in her previous match at Melbourne Park: a 6-0, 6-3 win over now No. 2-ranked Dinara Safina in last year's final...
'Avatar' aims for Oscar glory (01/19/10)
BEVERLY HILLS, California -- James Cameron may get to proclaim himself king of the distant moon Pandora at the Academy Awards. Cameron -- who borrowed Leonardo DiCaprio's line from "Titanic" and declared himself "king of the world" when that film sailed to Oscar glory 12 years ago -- positioned himself for a repeat with his Golden Globe wins Sunday for the sci-fi blockbuster "Avatar."...
About face: Car seat experts now recommend parents keep children in rear-facing seats for longer than a year (01/19/10)
FAIRWAY, Kan. -- Anne Epperson thought little of it when she flipped her daughter's convertible car seat around so she could face forward after her first birthday. But if car seat advocates get their way, parents like Epperson will be delaying the switch, possibly for years...
Task force: Screening children, obesity treatment works (01/19/10)
CHICAGO -- An influential advisory panel says school-aged youngsters and teens should be screened for obesity and sent to intensive behavior treatment if they need to lose weight -- a move that could transform how doctors deal with overweight children...
Melvin Clemons (01/19/10)
DONGOLA, Ill. -- Melvin E. Clemons, 73, of rural Dongola died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at his home. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Massie Funeral Home in Mounds, Ill. The funeral will be at noon Wednesday at Cypress Grove M.B. Church in Perks, Ill...
Mary Campbell (01/19/10)
Mary Campbell, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home...
Charles Kerr (01/19/10)
DONGOLA, Ill. -- Charles Kerr, 95, of Warren, Mich., formerly of Dongola, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Medlilodge of St. Clair, Mich. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Friday at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin, Ill. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Bob Dickerson officiating. Burial will be in Mount Pisgah Cemetery in Wetaug, Ill...
Dr. Frances Crowley (01/19/10)
Dr. Frances G. Crowley, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at the Lutheran Home. She was born March 22, 1921, in Merano, Italy, to Oscar and Matilda Geyer. She and Dr. Cornelius J. Crowley were married Sept. 28, 1948. He preceded her in death Oct. 26, 1987...
Don Gibson (01/19/10)
Donald E. "Don" Gibson, 75, of Manhattan, Kan., died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, in Manhattan. He was born Aug. 7, 1934, in Cape Girardeau, son of Phillip and Golda Romine Gibson. Don graduated from Cape Girardeau High School in 1942. Gibson and Sylvia Carolyn Barton were married June 19, 1955, in Hutchinson, Kan...
Robert Deevers (01/19/10)
Robert Jiles Deevers, 54, of Cape Girardeau was called to his heavenly home Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at Heartland Care and Rehab. He was born Dec. 13, 1955, in Cape Girardeau, to J.E. and Sally Loos Deevers. He and Sandy Carman were married June 5, 1993, in Jackson...
Sam Moses (01/19/10)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Sam Moses, 85, of Mounds died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at Southgate Health and Rehabilitation Center in Metropolis, Ill. He was born Aug. 11, 1924, in Mounds, son of the late George and Mary Hamaway Moses. He was married to Julia Hope Wilbourn...
Hershel Mansker (01/19/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Hershel Mansker, 82, of St. Louis, formerly of Chaffee, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at Missouri Veterans Home in St. Louis. He was born Aug. 2, 1927, at Delta, son of Homer and Ellen Frances Estes Mansker. He and Thelma Louise Bentley were married Nov. 5, 1948...
Robert Jones (01/19/10)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- A memorial service for Robert Gene Jones will be held by his beloved friend, Addie Lee Barks, at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Dongola Friendship Baptist Church. The Rev. Harold Sitze will officiate. Announcement courtesy of Liley Funeral Home in Marble Hill, Mo...
Robert Jones (01/19/10)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Robert Gene Jones, 82, of Sedgewickville died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at his home. He was born Nov. 16, 1927, in Cape Girardeau, son of Raymond Monroe and Nellie Sadie Baker Jones. Robert was a retired carpenter. He served his country proudly during World War II and the Korean conflict...
Births 1/19/10 (01/19/10)
Daughter to Britteny Deshawn Thomas of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 10:08 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. Name, Zai'leigha Lashawn. Weight, 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Second child, first daughter. Ms. Thomas is the daughter of Bridget Lowe of Cape Girardeau...
Clippard Elementary School (01/19/10)
Clippard Elementary School A Honor Roll 4th grade: Aliya Arenas, Jasmine Beard, Maggie Boxdorfer, Trenton Bryan, Maia Coleman, Bryar Daum, Kennedy Givens, Elijah Hill, Hannah Jackson, Monique Johnson, Morgan Kluge, Matt Nussbaum, Carson Retter, Will Sellers, Blake Sparkman, Lauryn Tillmon, Ava Urhahan, Allison Walters, Brendan Wilkens, Jered Williams...
St. Paul Lutheran School (01/19/10)
St. Paul Lutheran School Scholastic Honor Roll 5th grade: Noah Franke, Alyssa Ogle, Allyson, Shaw, Katelyn Strange 6th grade: Jack Bagley, Megan Clippard, Chloe Kasten, Elizabeth Kiefner, Grace Mirly, Grant Strange 7th grade: Mollie Cunningham, Nicholas Clark...
Jackson Junior High School (01/19/10)
Jackson Junior High School First Semester A Honor Roll 8th grade: Ibraheem Aziz, Jacob Barna, Adam Batz, Anna Beussink, Jacob Breese, Caleb Brown, Sarah Cleaver, Loren Coker, Nicholas Culbertson, Preston Cummins, Aubrey Daniel, Shannon Davis, Marian Dirnberger, Kalynn Duley, Rebecca Edwards, Matthew Gibson, Kailey Green, Jordan Hadden, Brooke Hendrix, Zachary Henson, Brett Heuer, Myranda Hill, Heather Hogan, Sierra Hughes, Dalton Humphreys, Dakota James, Jordan Johns, Colten Johnson, Nicholas Keser, John King, Kody Kingree, Zackary Koeller, Lauren Kranawetter, Daniel Kulaylat, Lucy Kunz, John Lake, Jessica Lier, Samuel Lies, Tristin Ligons, Julia Lincicum, Sarah Little, Sierra Maddox, Wyatt Mansell, Laina Marble, Taylor McClard, Kathryn McWilson, Anna Miller, Jacob Monteith, Laura Payne, Tyler Phares, Cassandra Roberts, Ian Roberts, Evan Robinson, Darra-Lynn Ross, Alison Skaggs, Taylor Skaggs, Kyle Slinkard, Rachel Smith, Kaleb Snider, Clara Snyder, Melissa Stephens, Kunal Sutaria, Michaela Thompson, Emily Todt, Hayley Toft, Mikel Ulrich, Kelcie Ussery, Cheyenne Vaughn, Joseph Wessel, Dylan Wilkinson.. ...
Nell Holcomb School (01/19/10)
Nell Holcomb School A Honor Roll 6th grade: Taylor Shivelbine, Will Shivelbine, Taylor Smith. 7th grade: Brandi Bertrand, Jeremiah Halter, Ryan May, Abbie Sinn. 8th grade: Julie Bollinger, Kadie Orenstein, Dylan Wachter. B Honor Roll 6th grade: Alicia Barber, Gavin Brown, Austin Duschell, Charlea Fiorino, Chris Guerrero, Rachel Juhlin, Ty LeGrand, Kassidy Pannier, Chloe Perkins, Forrest Smith...
Fire report 1/19/10 (01/19/10)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: ...
Police report 1/19/10 (01/19/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrest Assaults Thefts Property damage Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. ...
Out of the past 1/19/10 (01/19/10)
The third major snowstorm of the winter sails into the Cape Girardeau area, dumping as much as six inches of snow in some places by late in the night; the snow is accompanied by falling temperatures and wind gusts of up to 35 mph. In order to prevent another escape such as the one which occurred this week, bars will be added to all skylights and at the ceiling level below a recessed area leading to them in the Cape Girardeau city jail; the two escapees remain at large...
Missouri congressional votes for the week of Jan. 8-14: (01/19/10)
HONORING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: The House approved a resolution (H.Res. 1002) sponsored by Rep. Todd Russell Platts, R-Pa., honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. and encouraging national service activities on the holiday commemorating his life. Proponents asked citizens to "take advantage of the countless service opportunities available in your local communities." The House resolution declared a commitment to encourage all individuals in the United States to pay tribute to the life and works of Dr. ...
Choking off meth (01/19/10)
Efforts to restrict access to a key ingredient in methamphetamine, a viciously addictive drug manufactured in makeshift labs from chemicals obtained from other products, are widening. In recent months several Missouri cities have adopted ordinances requiring prescriptions for over-the-counter cold and allergy medications containing pseudoephedrine. ...
More financial news, please (01/19/10)
As a newcomer to the area, I am enjoying my subscription to the Southeast Missourian. I particularly like the daily events section at the top of Page 2. It informs me, in a timely manner, of activities I want to attend. However, there is one area in which I think the newspaper is weak, and that is in national financial news. ...
Aging agency resolves issue (01/19/10)
A recent attempt to fraudulently enroll me in a Medicare prescription plan was thwarted with the capable assistance of Ruth Dockins, public information director with Southeast Missouri Agency on Aging. As I attempted to investigate and resolve this situation on my own, I soon found myself in the midst of Medicare and two insurance companies each pointing the finger at the other. Using her unique contacts, Ruth solved the problem in just four days...
Why aren't you listening? (01/19/10)
This is an open letter to U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill:We would like to express our deep concern for the health of our country, which is already near life support, and the devastation that your unwanted and unnecessary health care reform, as it is, will mean to our country. The final nail is about to be driven into this coffin...
Division III would save money (01/19/10)
I read with interest the front-page article about the budget cuts at Southeast Missouri State University. The purpose of a university is to provide undergraduate and graduate levels of education. Therefore, it seems to me that consideration should be given to Southeast becoming a Division III NCAA school. It would appear that this action would save a fair amount of money since the schools that are members of Division III do not offer athletically related financial aid to their student-athletes...
Speak Out 1/19/10 (01/19/10)
HOW much does it cost Southeast Missouri State University to run the fountains on campus? It seems to me that instead of laying off people it should shut down the fountains. This would more than cover the cost of someone's job. WHEN I was in civics class, my teacher said usury was a crime. ...
Prayer 1/19/10 (01/19/10)
For the example of Martin Luther King, we give thanks to you, O God. Amen.
Christmas projects at Cape Public Schools spread happiness (01/19/10)
Across the Cape School District this holiday season students and faculty were busy creating and distributing gift and food packages. Planning began months ago for Cape Central High School's annual Christmas for Needy Families program, now in its 28th year...
Senator Reid Should Be Removed for Democrat Leadership (01/19/10)
Potts for Senate 2010 www.ElectMidge.com Contact: Midge Potts 417-496-0781 MidgePotts@ElectMidge.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 20th, 2010 Candidate Calls on Senate Dems to Remove, Censure Majority Leader Shame on Democrats for Defending Senator Reid's Racist Comments...
River City Players presents Abbott Award winners (01/19/10)
Top row: Matthew Heisserer, Best Actor for his role as Brandon in "Getting Sara Married" and Best Supporting Actor for his role as Owen in "Make Me A Match"; Sara Corbin, Assistant Director for "Getting Sara Married" and Debbie Barnhouse, Director for "Getting Sara Married"...
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