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Late night fire in Chaffee guts home (02/04/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. - A that began in an attic gutted a home late Wednesday night. Firefighters from Chaffee and Oran responded to 309 N. Third St. around 9:30 p.m. Chaffee Fire Chief Sam Glency said that when firefighters arrived the home was engulfed in flames, though the homeowners escaped without injury...
Jackson Movie Gallery to remain open despite chain's bankruptcy filing (02/04/10)
Despite Movie Gallery's announcement it will close 760 of its stores, the Jackson location appears to be safe. On Wednesday, the Wilsonville, Ore.-based chain filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, allowing the company to restructure its debt while continuing to operate its business. The move affects its Movie Gallery, Hollywood Video and Game Crazy stores.
Jackson sanitation department to be closed for Presidents Day (02/04/10)
The Jackson sanitation department will not operate Feb. 15 for Presidents Day. According to a news release from the city of Jackson, trash normally collected on that day will instead be picked up Feb. 16. The city's recycling center also will not be open Feb. 15...
Cameras to monitor traffic flow problems in Southeast Missouri (02/04/10)
By the end of the month closed-circuit television cameras will start monitoring traffic flow on three roadways in Southeast Missouri. Brian Holt, an engineer with the Missouri Department of Transportation, said crews have installed 13 of the cameras on Interstate 55, Interstate 57 and U.S. 60...
New law would make 'spice' illegal in Mo. (02/04/10)
Although the use and sale of K2, a smokable altered herb, has only recently been observed in Missouri, its increased popularity on the Internet has some health officials and lawmakers concerned for the safety of the state's young people. A bill making its way through the Missouri House of Representatives would make K2, also referred to as spice, a controlled substance in Missouri...
Special Olympics Missouri prepares for weekend plunge (02/04/10)
More than 200 people will take an icy dip in Lake Boutin on Saturday at the 2010 Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Missouri. Penny Williams, southeast area management team member for Special Olympics Missouri, said the event consists of participants jumping, diving or crawling into the cold waters of Lake Boutin in Trail of Tears State Park. Swimmers are not allowed to wear wetsuits and are encouraged to wear costumes...
One-car accident blocks traffic at major Cape intersection (02/04/10)
A one-car accident downed a utility pole at a busy Cape Girardeau intersection Wednesday afternoon. The accident happened at Siemers Drive and William Street just before 1:30 p.m. and blocked traffic.
Poplar Bluff school bus assault under investigation (02/04/10)
Investigators with the Missouri State Highway Patrol are investigating alleged assaults that occurred last week on a Poplar Bluff school bus. At about 6:45 a.m. Jan. 26, Andy Cleaveland, school resource officer at Poplar Bluff High School, said, he was contacted by school security officers, as well as assistant principals Sheldon Tyler and Bill Burfield "in reference to alleged assaults which had occurred on a school bus...
Kennett schools to participate in backpack food program (02/04/10)
A new program will soon be piloted through Masterson and South Elementary Schools in the Kennett School District as a way to provide nutritional meals to area families during the weekends. According to South Elementary School Counselor Jennifer Nigut, the Backpack Program is designed to "provide a backpack filled with nutritious food every weekend during the school year for children in our community."...
DNR, firefighters respond to hazardous material leak in Scott City (02/04/10)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Scott City Fire Department and a crew with an environmental cleanup company responded to a hazardous material leak from a semi hauling a flammable material at the Rhodes Travel Center truck stop on Nash Road around 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Bootheel man pleads guilty to toddler's murder (02/04/10)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A Pemiscot County man charged with murder after his girlfriend's daughter died was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday, KZIM KSIM reported. Matthew Taylor, 23, of Bragg City, Mo., pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder before Judge Fred Copeland.
Kezer: Struggles persist for exonerated inmates in Mo. (02/04/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri man who spent nearly 15 years in prison before he was cleared of murder said he and hundreds of other exonerated inmates struggle amid an often unshakable stigma and little help from the states that stole so many years of their lives...
Missouri House OKs drug testing for state officeholders (02/04/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's elected officials and many people who receive cash welfare benefits would start undergoing drug screening under legislation given first-round House approval Thursday.
Missouri again leads nation in meth labs seized (02/04/10)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Even as communities and states keep coming up with ways to make it harder to manufacture methamphetamine, makers of the dangerous and addictive drug keep finding ways around them.
Trial over hog odors opens in Kansas City (02/04/10)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Fourteen rural northwest Missouri residents who received $100,000 apiece in a 1999 lawsuit against Premium Standard Farms are asking a Jackson County jury to give them more money for what they say are intolerable smells coming from an 80,000-head hog confinement in Gentry County...
Federal grand jury may resume Missouri politics probe in March (02/04/10)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A federal grand jury that apparently is looking at the link between political contributions and Missouri legislation has wrapped up for the week. But its work may not be done. Grand jurors in Kansas City ended a two-day session Wednesday without any indictments in a pay-for-play probe involving former House speaker Rod Jetton and legislation regulating the adult entertainment industry. The grand jury is scheduled to meet again March 9...
Gov. Nixon withdraws more than 80 appointments (02/04/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has withdrawn more than 80 appointments, including three who have faced trouble winning approval from the Republican-controlled chamber. Appointments for former Democratic Party chairman John Temporiti to the Missouri Housing Development Commission; former House member Bill Ransdall to the state Tax Commission; and former House member Phil Smith to the Administrative Hearing Commission ran into trouble...
Missouri Senate approves child autism coverage bill (02/04/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Senate gave initial approval Wednesday to legislation that would require insurance providers to cover treatments for autistic children. The measure would require insurance companies to pay up to $55,000 for behavioral treatment until an autistic child reaches the age of 21...
State chief justice urges new method for crime fight (02/04/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri wastes considerable money by putting nonviolent offenders in prison and mishandling those convicted of drug and alcohol crimes, Chief Justice William Ray Price told state lawmakers Wednesday while urging a new crime-fighting strategy...
Toyota probe expands to Prius brakes (02/04/10)
WASHINGTON -- Americans should park their recalled Toyotas unless driving to dealers for accelerator repairs, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned Wednesday -- then quickly took it back -- as skepticism of company fixes grew and the government's probe expanded to other models in the U.S. and Japan. Questions now are being raised about the brakes on Toyota's marquee Prius hybrid...
Obama fails to bridge health care divide (02/04/10)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama exhorted Democrats to "finish the job" on a health care overhaul Wednesday, but his comments failed to bridge deep divisions within his party. Addressing a gathering of Senate Democrats, Obama insisted that lawmakers have an opportunity to remake the nation's system of medical care...
Pat Quinn declares win in Illinois governor primary (02/04/10)
CHICAGO -- The primary election that was expected to launch a political battle in President Barack Obama's home state instead left Democrats and Republicans squabbling among themselves Wednesday over governor's races that were virtually tied. Gov. Pat Quinn claimed victory in the Democratic primary over Comptroller Dan Hynes, despite a margin of less than 1 percent. He got a congratulatory telephone call from Obama on Wednesday...
Study finds some vegetative brains show signs of awareness (02/04/10)
NEW YORK -- Scientists have detected glimmers of awareness in some vegetative brain-injury patients and have even communicated with one of them -- findings that push the boundaries of how to assess and care for such people. The new research suggests that standard tests may overlook patients who have some consciousness, and that someday some kind of communication may be possible...
Two dead, eight hurt in vehicle crash into southern Nevada casino (02/04/10)
LAS VEGAS -- A speeding car crashed through the entrance of a casino and into a bank of slot machines Wednesday in the southern Nevada resort town of Laughlin, killing two patrons and injuring at least eight other people, authorities said. The driver, a 70-year-old man, told investigators he fainted while driving toward the Edgewater Hotel & Casino on the Colorado River waterfront, Las Vegas police officer Jacinto Rivera said...
The wait goes on for Michael Jackson's doctor (02/04/10)
LOS ANGELES -- Lawyers for Michael Jackson's doctor met Wednesday to discuss their client's defense strategy in the event he's charged in the death of the singer. Dr. Conrad Murray and his legal team had received no word from prosecutors about a decision from the district attorney but lead attorney Ed Chernoff said his client was ready to surrender to authorities in the event a charge is filed...
Parents in Haitian village willingly gave children to U.S. Baptists (02/04/10)
CALLEBAS, Haiti -- Desperate parents in this struggling village perched above Haiti's earthquake-flattened capital said they gave their children away willingly, trusting the American missionaries who promised to take them to a better life. The stories the villagers told The Associated Press on Wednesday contradict claims by the Baptist group's leader that the children came from orphanages or were handed over by distant relatives. ...
New Zealand virgin auctions herself for tuition (02/04/10)
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- A New Zealand teenager who says she auctioned her virginity online for $32,000 to raise tuition money did not break any laws but it might be risky for her to follow through on the deal, police warned Wednesday. The anonymous 19-year-old student offered her virginity to the highest bidder on the Web site www.ineed.co.nz under the name "Unigirl," saying she would use the money to pay for her tuition. ...
Pakistan bombing draws attention to US presence (02/04/10)
SHAHI KOTO, Pakistan -- The deaths of three American special operations soldiers in a roadside bombing in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday drew unwanted attention to a U.S. program of training local forces to fight the Taliban and al-Qaida -- a little-publicized mission because of opposition here to American boots on Pakistani soil...
Google complaint highlights China-based cyberattacks (02/04/10)
BEIJING -- Google's accusation that its e-mail accounts were hacked from China landed like a bombshell because it cast light on a problem that few companies will discuss: the pervasive threat from China-based cyberattacks. The hacking that angered Google Inc. ...
Protests, frustration at Haiti aid bottlenecks (02/04/10)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Hunger turned to anger in Haiti's capital on Wednesday as hundreds of protesters marched through the streets accusing local officials of demanding bribes for donated food. Aid workers say that food and other supplies are now flowing into the country three weeks after the Jan. 12 quake, but red tape, fear of ambush, transportation bottlenecks and corruption are keeping it from many people who need it...
Iraq court lifts ban on hundreds of candidates (02/04/10)
BAGHDAD -- An Iraqi appeals court Wednesday set aside a ban on hundreds of candidates for suspected ties to Saddam Hussein's regime, allowing them to run in next month's parliamentary election and offering a chance to ease political showdowns that had deeply worried the White House...
High school roundup: Rollet secures win for St. Vincent over Windsor (02/04/10)
All the scores from Wednesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Central, Perryville now district football foes (02/04/10)
A move up in class and a move down in class has aligned Perryville and Central as district football opponents for the next two years. While Central is nearly twice the size of its neighbor to the north, both schools find themselves in Class 4 District 1 after the new class and district alignments recently were unveiled by the Missouri State High School Activities Association. It was the most dramatic change for the six area high schools, who all were affected by the biennial realignment...
Samuel inks 2010 Redhawks recruiting class (02/04/10)
Southeast Missouri State football coach Tony Samuel acknowledged that his job status came up during the recruiting process. But Samuel said he doesn't believe it prevented Southeast from landing the players it targeted. Samuel announced the signing of 17 players to national letters of intent Wednesday as the NCAA signing period began. He said Southeast likely will land several more players in the months to come...
Tigers' streak at home ends (02/04/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Texas A&M found a way to win on the road and at one of the toughest places to play in the Big 12, too. David Loubeau scored all but five of his 17 points in the second half, and the Aggies held Missouri without a basket for nearly 11 minutes of the second half, ending the Tigers' 32-game homecourt winning streak with a 77-74 victory Wednesday night...
Backes scores two goals to lead Blues to victory (02/04/10)
CHICAGO -- The St. Louis Blues played like a much different team than the one the Chicago Blackhawks saw a month ago on the night Davis Payne took over as interim coach. Catching the Blackhawks in their first home game since a two-week, eight-game road trip, the Blues got two goals from David Backes and scored three times in the second period to beat Chicago 3-2 on Wednesday night...
Decade ago, Rams sat atop NFL mountain (02/04/10)
ST. LOUIS -- A decade ago, the St. Louis Rams were on top of the NFL. That might be hard to believe if you hadn't been there. Before this season's finale, Isaac Bruce remembered in vivid detail his game-deciding touchdown catch that helped beat the Tennessee Titans in the Super Bowl following the 1999 season...
Missouri announces football recruiting class (02/04/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri now has two quarterbacks with the name Gabbert on the jersey because it refused to accept defeat. Following his older brother's lead, Tyler Gabbert first committed to Nebraska before changing his mind and opting to stay close to home. Blaine Gabbert's productive year as the sophomore starter was a major influence in Tyler's decision-making process...
Senior moments: You don't have to grow up to come alive (02/04/10)
I wonder how many times throughout the past 13 of my 17 years I've been asked what I want to be "when I grow up." This question has been posed by family members, schedule requests and enough essays to turn into a short novel. I love discussing what I want to be when I get older and finding out what other people want to do with their lives, but I don't understand why our society pushes for children to "grow up" and get their lives planned out. ...
Delta student wins Regional Tech Prep Consortium Student of the Year (02/04/10)
Culinary training got Staci DeVore, 18, to appreciate one of the simplest ingredients in cooking. "I wouldn't touch tomatoes to save my life," she said. DeVore, a student at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center, is in her second year of training. ...
Who's next 2/4/10 (02/04/10)
Scholarships n Jacob P. Conklin of Cape Girardeau received the President's Plus Scholarship and a Missouri Assessment Program Scholarship. Honors, achievements -- From staff reports...
Hooked on Science: Banana hammer (02/04/10)
Did you know you can turn a banana into a hammer when the temperature outside dips below freezing? STEP 2: When you wake up in the morning, grab a nail, board and the frozen banana. STEP 3: Using the rock-hard banana, hammer the nail into the board...
J.D. Salinger: Looking for any hope to latch onto (02/04/10)
Feb. 4, 2009 Dear Leslie, In W.P. Kinsella's novel "Shoeless Joe," an Iowa farmer on a quest goes looking for J.D. Salinger, who in the 1960s seemed to go into hiding and stopped writing books. The novel became the movie "Field of Dreams," and in the movie Salinger became a fictional 1960s activist who has lost faith...
Luther Johnson Jr. (02/04/10)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Luther Johnson Jr., 77, of Cairo died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Massie Funeral Home in Mounds, Ill. Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. in Mound City National Cemetery. Full military honors will be provided by Illinois National Guard Honors Team and Southern Illinois Area Veterans...
Robert Mathis (02/04/10)
*** Robert Mathis McCLURE, Ill. — Robert "Bob" Mathis, 78, of McClure died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro, Ill.
Bernice Pierce (02/04/10)
Mildred Bernice Pierce, 95, of Scott City died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 22, 1914, in Esther, Mo., to Tom and Fannie Owen Hardy. She and James Francis Pierce were married Nov. 30, 1934, in Ironton, Mo. He died March 21, 1974...
Opal Wills (02/04/10)
Opal Wills, 96, of Millersville died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, at the Monticello House in Jackson. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Friday to time of service at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home...
Walter Loennecke (02/04/10)
Walter E. Loennecke, 86, of Jackson died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. An American Legion Honor Guard service will be at 7 p.m...
Robert DeBrock (02/04/10)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Robert Henry "Bob" DeBrock, 61, of Marble Hill died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, at Woodland Hills Nursing Center. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Hutchings Funeral Chapel. Parish prayers will be at 7. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Glennon, Mo. Burial will be in the church cemetery...
Zelma Gale (02/04/10)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Zelma Mary Snider Gale, 96, of Advance died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at Advance Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 22, 1913, in Seventy-Six, Mo., to Lewis E. and Ida Penny Smith. She was married to Milford Snider, who preceded her in death in 1967. She later married Arthur Gale in 1981 at Ava, Ill., who also preceded her in death...
Maxine Southard (02/04/10)
Anita Maxine Southard, 86, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at her home. She was born Sept. 24, 1923, in Cape Girardeau County, daughter of John Henry and Lydia Wedekind Ludwig. She and Elmer Clifford Southard were married Jan. 8, 1944. They were married 63 years when he passed away June 15, 2007...
Kirt Hutton (02/04/10)
William "Kirt" Hutton, 56, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at his home. He was born April 8, 1953, at Moberly, Mo., first son of Walter William and Shirley Jean Finney Hutton. Kirt's interests included drawing, watching KFVS 12, caring for his bird, Whitey, and participating in Special Olympics...
Norman Spitzmiller (02/04/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Norman L. Spitzmiller, 84, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, at his home. He was born Jan. 18, 1926, in Ironton, Mo., to the late Jacob Henry and Rosa Ellen Crocker Spitzmiller. He and Betty Jo Cox were married Dec. 26, 1948, in Ironton...
Grace Duschell (02/04/10)
Grace Elizabeth Duschell, 90, of Jackson died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at Monticello House. She was born Dec. 16, 1919, in Locksburg, Ark., to Henry James and Jeffie Lee Brockham Farmer. She and Harry Raymond Duschell were married May 3, 1949, in Dexter, Mo. He preceded her in death Jan. 2, 1997...
Births 2/4/10 (02/04/10)
Son to Eric James Baltrush and Debra Lynn Callahan of Perryville, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 10:57 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. Name, Ethan Michael James. Weight, 1 pound, 11 ounces. First child. Daughter to Anthony D. Smith and NaKieva C. Hamilton of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 8:19 a.m. ...
Jackson fire and police 2/4/10 (02/04/10)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest Miscellaneous Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: ...
Cape Girardeau police report 2/4/10 (02/04/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest Assaults Thefts Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau fire report 2/4/10 (02/04/10)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 2/4/10 (02/04/10)
With a forecast of snow and only one item on the ballot in the special election, voter turnout is expected be light in tomorrow's election in Cape Girardeau; voters will decide the fate of a $1.4 million bond issue to finance city sewer improvements...
Cape Air (02/04/10)
Two months after it began flights between Cape Girardeau Regional Airport and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Cape Air was officially welcomed as the latest provider of commercial air service under the federal Essential Air Service program that subsidizes flights to smaller markets...
Speak Out 2/4/10 (02/04/10)
I live on David Street in Cape Girardeau. I'd like to report what a wonderful neighbor we have. When it snows, he clears our driveway and makes room at the mailbox for us to get our mail. We have one super hero in our neighborhood. The most wonderful thing about all of this is that he does it all with a smile on his face. Thank you, neighbor. You're a super neighbor to us...
Prayer 2/4/10 (02/04/10)
As the sun's brightness lengthens, O God, give us a return to warmer days. Amen.
Freedom by Choice (02/04/10)
If I asked you what freedom means to you, you would probably make comments as being free to vote, to go and come as you wish and the list could go on and on. We in the U.S. are free to do just about anything within reason and some might feel that we are free to do too many things. We, obviously, live in a day that anything goes; if it feels good it must be ok! Is that the way you feel?...
Two PHS seniors sign letter of intent with Mineral Area College (02/04/10)
Two Perryville High School seniors, Emily Hanquist and Rebecca Hanquist, signed letters of intent to play softball at Mineral Area College in the fall. They are the daughters of Craig and Tracy Hanquist of Perryville. Present for the signing are: (front from left) Craig Hanquist, Emily Hanquist, Rebecca Hanquist, Tracy Hanquist; (back from left) Stan Walden, Assistant Baseball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for Baseball and Softball at Mineral Area...
Poetry Reading Competition Saturday (02/04/10)
Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition Saturday The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will host the Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition this Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. at the University Center Ballroom. High School students from schools around Southeast Missouri will compete in this dramatic poetry reading contest...
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (02/04/10)
GIMME KISS! Baron is a male kitten available for adoption at The Humane Society of SEMO, 573-334-5837. See more pets that need homes at www.semopets.org
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