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Mayoral candidates discuss tax holiday, pay raises at forum (03/19/10)
Cape Girardeau should not participate in the back-to-school sales tax holiday if it means the city will have money to provide at least nominal raises during the coming year, mayoral candidate Harry Rediger said Thursday night. Speaking before about two dozen people at a candidate forum sponsored by the Cape Girardeau County Pachyderm Club, Rediger said he is still undecided about whether the city should take part in the annual weekend of tax-free purchases of school clothes, supplies and computers. ...
Sikeston man's murder trial set to start this summer (03/19/10)
A Sikeston, Mo., man will go to trial this summer for first-degree murder, KZIM KSIM radio reported. New Madrid County Circuit Judge Fred Copeland was to preside over the jury trial for 47-year-old Robert Eldridge in Caruthersville this week. But that has now been pushed back to begin July 22...
Charges filed in deadly Poplar Bluff shooting (03/19/10)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff man was charged Thursday afternoon with murdering his sister-in-law's boyfriend during an verbal dispute at his rural Butler County home, the Daily American Republic newspaper reported. Randy Paul Johnson, 54, of the 1500 block of County Road 428 was charged with the Class A felony of second-degree murder and the unclassified felony of armed criminal action by Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Barbour. Johnson's bond was set at $500,000 cash...
Protest against company building new Cape Girardeau hotel focuses on illegal workers (03/19/10)
About 80 people gathered Thursday at the construction site of a new Candlewood Suites hotel on Mount Auburn Road in Cape Girardeau to protest the alleged employment of undocumented workers.
Sikeston nursing home resident dies from injuries after being hit by train (03/19/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A resident of a Sikeston nursing home was hit by a train on tracks near the home shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday and later died of her injuries.
Confessed serial killer Krajcir moved to Kentucky (03/19/10)
Cape Girardeau County's only convicted serial killer, Timothy Krajcir, was moved from the Stateville, Ill., Correctional Center Wednesday to Paducah, Ky., where he's charged with kidnapping, resulting in a death, and first-degree burglary.
Three making the rounds with presentations on Cape school bond issue (03/19/10)
A handful of residents at Chateau Girardeau went on a Thursday morning tour of the Cape Girardeau School District without leaving their seats. "Right now you're looking at Jefferson Elementary," said Neil Glass, director of administrative services. A floor plan of the school flashed on a screen during his presentation about the district's proposed $40 million bond issue...
County commission signs ordinance reducing speed limits on County Road 205, Singing Hills Drive (03/19/10)
For years law enforcement, county officials and residents of County Road 205 and Singing Hills Drive have said motorists speeding on the two roads have caused a threat to safety.
Poplar Bluff woman badly burned in apparent lighter accident (03/19/10)
ST. LOUIS -- A Poplar Bluff woman is in critical, but stable condition today in a St. Louis hospital after she was burned in a weekend fire at her Woodrow Street residence. Kelley Rae Robison is in the intensive care burn unit at St. John's Mercy Hospital, according to her uncle, John Grow of Grandin. "She's still critical, but they've downgraded it to critical, but stable," he said...
Outreach's national president speaks at Cape fundraiser (03/19/10)
Robert Odom, national president of the Christian outreach organization Love INC (In the Name of Christ), offered encouraging words to about 170 people who attended a fundraiser dinner for the Southeast Missouri affiliate Thursday at Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau...
Online in Capaha Park (03/19/10)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Ijaz Ahmad enjoys a warm spring afternoon Thursday at Capaha Park. He had been using a webcam while chatting online with his nephew in Germany....
Searchers find body of East Prairie man in slough (03/19/10)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A 65-year-old man died after his boat capsized at his favorite fishing spot in a slough off the Mississippi River.
Missouri House, Senate approve bill banning use, sale of synthetic marijuana (03/19/10)
Missouri is on track to become the second state in the country to ban the use and sale of K2 -- a legal smokable herb meant to imitate the effects of marijuana -- after the Missouri House of Representatives passed its version of the bill Wednesday. The Missouri Senate also gave approval to its own bill Thursday by a vote of 33-0.
Man killed in Butler County shooting (03/19/10)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- One man is dead and another in jail for allegedly shooting him during an alcohol-related verbal dispute Wednesday night at a rural Butler County home.
Mo. higher education board suspends leader search (03/19/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education has suspended its search for a new commissioner until more is known about the agency's future. Commissioner of Higher Education Robert Stein has announced he will retire in July...
Missouri S&T set to build Rolla research park (03/19/10)
ROLLA, Mo. (AP) -- The University of Missouri's science-driven campus in Rolla is about to begin construction of its own research park. Innovation Park will be located on the southwest corner of the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus. Construction of the first building will begin later this month on what's now part of a driving range at the school's golf course...
Mo. Senate approves ban on texting while driving, autism coverage (03/19/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Drivers of all ages would be barred from texting while driving under a bill approved by the Missouri Senate. It's already illegal in Missouri for drivers 21 and younger to read, write or send text messages while operating a vehicle...
Bank auditors received $19M in bonuses (03/19/10)
WASHINGTON -- As banks gambled on the mortgages that helped create the worst financial crisis in generations, the U.S. government handed out millions of dollars in bonuses to regulators at agencies that missed or ignored warning signs that the system was on the verge of a meltdown...
Two-track economy: 9.7 percent unemployment, $200,000 sports cars (03/19/10)
WASHINGTON -- For the super-rich and everyone else, the economic recovery is taking place in two gears. A British company is betting there's a market in North America for a $200,000 sports car built with Formula One race technology, announcing Thursday that it will unveil the expensive new toy late next year...
President supports immigration overhaul framework (03/19/10)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama, facing criticism from advocates of immigration reform, pledged Thursday "to do everything in my power" to get immigration legislation moving in Congress this year. Obama said work on an immigration bill should move forward based on an outline released Thursday by Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C...
Health bill headed for Sunday vote (03/19/10)
WASHINGTON -- Democrats plowed fresh billions into insurance subsidies for consumers Thursday and added a $250 rebate for seniors facing high prescription drugs, last-minute sweeteners to sweeping $940 billion legislation headed for a Sunday vote...
Porsche takes top spot in dependability study (03/19/10)
NEW YORK -- Porsche shot to the top of a closely watched study of long-term vehicle dependability, overtaking U.S. and Japanese rivals, J.D. Power and Associates said Thursday. The German sports car brand took the No. 1 spot in the annual study, which gave it ninth place last year. Lincoln came in second, while Buick and Lexus tied for third. Mercury and Toyota rounded out the top five...
Fargo residents learn from mistakes in flood fight (03/19/10)
FARGO, N.D. -- Before this flood season, officials in Fargo asked homeowners to clear paths in their yards so that firm and straight walls of sandbags could be placed to protect their homes. One resident cut down his tree. Another went so far to use a torch to melt the ice off his ground...
U.S. representative says 'Jihad Jane' terror suspect cooperated (03/19/10)
PHILADELPHIA -- A woman accused of trolling the Internet as Jihad Jane and agreeing to marry a terrorist suspect and kill a Swedish artist targeted by radical Muslims cooperated with authorities, a congressman said. Colleen LaRose pleaded not guilty Thursday to the four-count indictment at a brief arraignment in federal court in Philadelphia. The hearing marked her first public comments after six months of detention following her unannounced arrest in October...
Health officials: Vaccine distribution had few hiccups (03/19/10)
ATLANTA -- Last fall, as swine flu cases mounted and parents desperately sought to protect their children, the hard-to-get vaccine was handed out in some surprising places: the Royal Caribbean cruise line, the headquarters of drug giant Merck, the Johnson Space Center and a Department of Energy office in Idaho...
Gaza rocket kills Thai farm worker in Israel (03/19/10)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- A rocket fired by Gaza militants smashed into a greenhouse in an Israeli border village Thursday, killing a Thai worker in the first such death since Israel's massive offensive against Hamas-ruled Gaza more than a year ago...
Putin: Iran's new nuclear plant to start up soon (03/19/10)
VOLGODONSK, Russia -- Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Iran's new Russian-built nuclear power plant will begin operating this summer, even as the United States called for Russia to delay the startup. In apparent response, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton -- in Moscow on an official trip -- urged Russia not to start up the plant until Tehran proves that it's not developing atomic weapons...
Multimillion-dollar U.N. corruption case uncovered (03/19/10)
UNITED NATIONS -- The deal looked simple enough: U.S. military equipment suppliers bribed an African defense minister's salesmen to secure part of a $15 million gig to outfit a presidential guard. But the salesmen were actually FBI agents. And the operation resulted in what U.S. authorities in January called their biggest foreign bribery sting to date, netting 16 indictments and 22 arrests of small arms and military equipment makers...
Fishing nations reject export ban on Atlantic bluefin tuna (03/19/10)
DOHA, Qatar -- Fishing nations won a victory over environmentalists Thursday when a U.S.-backed proposal to ban export of the Atlantic bluefin tuna was overwhelmingly rejected at a U.N. wildlife meeting. Japan won over scores of poorer nations with a campaign that played on fears that a ban would devastate their economies. Tokyo also raised doubts that such a radical move was scientifically sound...
Top-ranked Braves spook Dadeville into timid outing (03/19/10)
"Tonight's game was one of those games where we knew we were going to have our work cut out for us before we ever stepped onto the floor," Dadeville coach Michael Linehan said after his team's 86-51 loss at the Hearnes Center.
Porter leads Scott County Central into Class 1 title game (03/19/10)
Otto Porter outscored Dadeville in the first half and the Braves won 86-53.
Missouri stifles Booker, beats Clemson 86-78 (03/19/10)
Kim English and Keith Ramsey each scored 20 points, and Missouri's swarming defense lived up to its reputation during an 86-78 victory over Clemson in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday.
Mizzou prepares to play Clemson (03/19/10)
Both teams enter today's game hoping to right what has gone wrong recently. Missouri was stunned 75-60 by 12th-seeded Nebraska in the Big 12 tournament, while Clemson lost by a basket to 11th-seeded North Carolina State in the first round of the ACC tournament.
Redhawks will play doubleheader today to avoid bad weather (03/19/10)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team finally got back to the .500 mark with Tuesday's 13-1 rout of NAIA Freed-Hardeman. Now the Redhawks will try to climb above the break-even point when they continue their 10-game homestand against Valparaiso...
St. Louis Rams signs Massey, Darby (03/19/10)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams have signed free agent long snapper Chris Massey and running back Kenneth Darby. The moves were announced Thursday. Massey ended last season on injured reserve after undergoing knee surgery in October. A seventh-round pick in 2002, he's the last remaining player from that draft on the Rams' roster...
Blues' Kariya makes his 400th goal a game-winner (03/19/10)
Hill struggles in Cards' exhibition loss to Braves (03/19/10)
JUPITER, Fla. -- St. Louis manager Tony La Russa wanted Rich Hill to throw more than the two innings the left-hander had given him in his first two outings of the spring. Hill gave La Russa three Thursday, but they were hardly a step forward. Hill didn't do anything to improve his bid to become the Cardinals' fifth starter, allowing three earned runs on two hits and five walks in a 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves...
House music (03/19/10)
The name Underberg House Concerts leaves nothing to the imagination. They are concerts in a house owned by Larry and Jean Underberg. I attended my first one Sunday to see the Canadafest singers -- four Canadian singer/songwriters traveling to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. I've run stories about the house concerts in the entertainment section before, but I'd never gone to one...
Birdbrain (03/19/10)
If you're chewing your Cheerios right now, here's a highly scientific experiment you can do right in your own kitchen. Start by putting a dime on the table or counter or wherever you put your cereal bowl. Look at the dime. It's small. Now look at your cereal bowl. Imagine three of those bowls filled to the brim with your favorite cereal...
"Rumors" features three Southeast seniors in their final roles (03/19/10)
Final bow has never meant more to three theater students at Southeast Missouri State University. Of the 10 students in the cast of Neil Simon's "Rumors," three of them are graduating seniors who will end their run at Southeast with the comedic play, which starts Wednesday and runs through March 28...
Cadmium River Group, Cat Ranch Art Guild combine talents for art show at Global Cafe (03/19/10)
The Cadmium River Group, a local artist organization, will make room for others this month as it features a joint show with members of the Cat Ranch Art Guild. Randy Hays, coordinator of the Cadmium River Group, heard the Cat Ranch Art Guild was looking for another location to hold gallery exhibitions, so he asked the group to show alongside Cadmium artists indefinitely at its gallery at the Global Cafe on Broadway...
Fess Parker, TV's 'Davy Crockett,' dies at 85 (03/19/10)
LOS ANGELES -- Fess Parker, a baby-boomer idol in the 1950s who launched a craze for coonskin caps as television's Davy Crockett, died Thursday of natural causes. He was 85. Family spokeswoman Sao Anash said Parker, who was also TV's Daniel Boone and later a major California winemaker and developer, died at his Santa Ynez Valley home. His death comes on the 84th birthday of his wife of 50 years, Marcella...
Best bet: Introduction to coffee roasting (03/19/10)
Though wineries normally get busier as the weather gets warmer, Thousand Oaks Winery in Marble Hill, Mo., isn't waiting for summertime to invite guests out. They also aren't depending on the wine to attract them. Thousand Oaks will hold an "Introduction to Coffee Roasting" seminar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday as part of Southeast Missouri State University's continuing education program...
ARTifacts 3/19/10 (03/19/10)
Arts and entertainment briefs
The Stooges gain entry into Rock Hall - finally (03/19/10)
DETROIT -- Iggy Pop was starting to feel like the Susan Lucci of rock 'n' roll. Just as the veteran soap actress believed she might never win a Daytime Emmy, the godfather of punk was certain his groundbreaking band The Stooges wouldn't ever earn a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...
Christopher Rubino (03/19/10)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Christopher Joseph Rubino, 5, of Jonesboro died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at Union County Hospital in Anna. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Monday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Joe Aldridge officiating...
Betty Schuette (03/19/10)
Betty "Mamma Jo" Schuette, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, March 18, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Virgie Jenkins (03/19/10)
Virgie M. Jenkins, 92, passed away Thursday, March 18, 2010, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. Monday to time of service at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. James N. Brice Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Zion Methodist Cemetery at Old Appleton, Mo...
Deborah Johnson (03/19/10)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Deborah J. Johnson, 57, of Mounds died Sunday, March 14, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church near Mounds. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Donnell Wilson officiating. Burial will be in National Cemetery in Mound City, Ill...
Rose Evans (03/19/10)
ANNA, Ill. -- Rose Whitney Evans, 56, of Anna died Thursday, March 18, 2010, at Union County Hospital. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at Crain Funeral Home in Anna. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with Joe Aldridge officiating. Burial will be in McGinnis Cemetery...
William Voelker (03/19/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- William H. "Bill" Voelker, 66, of Perryville died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. He was born Sept. 16, 1943, in Perryville, son of the late Floyd George and Zelma Mary Behrle Voelker. He and Donna L. Rollet were married June 5, 1965...
Jackson police/fire report 3/19/10 (03/19/10)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Fire report 3/19/10 (03/19/10)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Police report 3/19/10 (03/19/10)
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Out of the past 3/19/10 (03/19/10)
Cape Girardeau City Council members are considering sending voters back to the polls in a June special election to once again decide the fate of a city sewer bond issue proposal; a similar bond issue was rejected by voters last month. Ground-breaking for the new $13.2 million multipurpose building on the Southeast Missouri State University campus is set for Thursday morning...
Correction 3/9/10 (03/19/10)
n Due to a source error, the cost of the Earthworks Inc. display at the Southeast Missouri Home Builders Association Home and Garden show was incorrect in Thursday's Southeast Missourian. An accurate figure was not available Thursday.
Clarification 3/19/10 (03/19/10)
n Thursday's article about the Cape Girardeau Area Transit Authority should have indicated that the authority has received a grant of $100,000 the past two years from the Cape Girardeau County Senior Citizens' Services Fund Board to help reduce out-of-pocket costs to riders...
Discovery Playhouse ready for sneak peek (03/19/10)
After years of planning, hard work, private donations and extensive volunteerism, the Discovery Playhouse is preparing to open in downtown Cape Girardeau. On Saturday night adults in this community -- we're not ready for the kids yet -- are invited to a special sneak peek of what the excitement is all about. The open house will start at 4 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. The location is 502 Broadway in Cape Girardeau...
Home and garden (03/19/10)
The welcome warmer days of spring, which officially begins this weekend, are a good time to think about improvements around the house. For these folks there is an outstanding opportunity to see all the latest trends up close at the 30th annual Home and Garden Show today through Sunday at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau...
Solution: Balanced budget (03/19/10)
Here we go again. As David Broder concludes: "Once again this year, Congress has passed a 'pay-as-you-go' bill requiring it to make compensatory cuts whenever it increases appropriations for some worthy purpose. Then it turned right around and began waiving the requirement when circumstances pinched."...
Hope I'm still here on April 1 (03/19/10)
Twice in one month. First it was the Republican National Committee. Now it's the Department of Commerce. I'm starting to get seriously worried about our government's ability to carry out even simple tasks. Today I received my census form. The instructions in bold type state "Please complete and mail back the enclosed census form today." The first question, however, asks how many people are living in my residence on April 1, 2010. ...
Speak Out 3/19/10 (03/19/10)
SHERIFF Rick Walter in Scott County is a true hero. He's one who looks at both sides and makes a person want to do better and makes me proud to be from Scott County. He's such a fair and good-hearted person. REGARDING the riverboat, which I hope will be coming to Cape Girardeau: The community needs it. ...
Prayer 3/19/10 (03/19/10)
For all who hunger and rely on the generosity of others, we pray to you, O God. Amen.
Perry County Middle School Fifth Grade Class Turns into Wax Museum (03/19/10)
During the month of February, Perry County Middle School students from Denita Schilli's fifth grade class worked on a class project that turned their classroom into a wax museum...with them being the statues. "Each of the students chose a famous person from the past or present and read a biography about that person," said Schilli. "After reading the book they did more research if necessary so they could present the information to the rest of the class and to visitors to our classroom."...
Perryville Elementary Students Donate Books for Kindergartener (03/19/10)
Seven year old J.T. Niccum, son of Jeff and Brandy Niccum of Perryville, was overwhelmed with the generosity of the Perryville Elementary School students when he saw the donations they made for him. A service project to purchase books from the Scholastic Book Fair for the kindergartener netted hundreds of dollars worth of books and gifts. ...
PES Students Collect 176 pounds of Soda Tabs (03/19/10)
The students at the Perryville Elementary School have been working since the beginning of the school year to collect aluminum soda tabs to help fund improvements to their playground equipment. The students filled the 55 gallon barrel with 176 pounds of aluminum tabs, netting them $88 to put toward new playground equipment and improvements. ...
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