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AmerenUE seeks natural gas rate hike (06/11/10)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis-based utility company AmerenUE is seeking a delivery rate increase for natural gas that would cost the average residential customer $7.25, or 9.8 percent, more per month. The company filed the request Friday with the Missouri Public Service Commission, seeking an $11.9 million increase in natural gas delivery rates for its 127,000 Missouri customers...
Old Cape bridge to be site of vigil for toddler who vanished in 1965 (06/11/10)
Although 45 years have gone by, the family of Elizabeth Gill, a Cape Girardeau toddler who vanished in 1965, hasn't given up searching for her.
Value of public art in vandalism cases an unclear issue (06/11/10)
For Scott City artist and businessman Paul Schock, putting up a second sculpture in the city's downtown district took a bit of courage. Schock's first sculpture that appeared for public viewing -- a piece he calls "The Totem of Birds" -- was vandalized by a patron of his pub in August...
Second member resigns from Cape County's SB40 Board (06/11/10)
The second resignation within a week from the Cape Girardeau County SB40 Board came as a surprise and could disrupt the board's effort to rewrite its contract with VIP Industries, board vice chairwoman Dory Johnson said Thursday.
Southeast, Three Rivers come up with plan to cooperate on two-year degrees (06/11/10)
Southeast Missouri State University and Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mo., are becoming increasingly aligned as they work on a plan to award associate degrees at their Bootheel centers. Shortly after withdrawing separate proposals to award associate degrees at centers in Sikeston, Kennett and Malden, officials from Three Rivers and Southeast have hammered out the basics of a collaborative plan...
Model fliers to raise money for St. Jude's with weekend event in Cape (06/11/10)
The Southeast Missouri Modelers Association will host its Charity Fun Fly on Saturday and Sunday at Galaxy Park in Cape Girardeau. The event starts at 9 a.m. both days and will go until 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. While admission is free, there is a $10 fee to fly aircraft that can be paid upon arrival. Pilots who wish to fly must have an Academy of Model Aeronautics card...
Cape's Soap Box Derby expands to include drivers with special needs (06/11/10)
Soap Box Derby fans with specials needs are now able to step into the driver's seat with two specially made racers. Tracey Glenn, chairman of the Cape Girardeau Soap Box Derby, said past winners of the Cape Girardeau race saw the cars, called Super Kids Classic cars, at the national championship in Akron, Ohio...
Chaffee man killed in ATV accident (06/11/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- A 68-year-old Chaffee man was killed in an ATV accident Wednesday night, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reports. Raymond D. Gosche was killed when his ATV was traveling in a private field two miles southeast of Chaffee and the vehicle overturned, landing on top of him. The accident happened around 9:30 p.m...
Police searching for white SUV involved in hit-and-run accident (06/11/10)
Authorities were looking Thursday for a white Cadillac Escalade that struck a pedestrian in Cape Girardeau County, but no arrests were made by 7:30 p.m.
New Madrid County man sentenced to prison for child pornography (06/11/10)
A New Madrid County man was sentenced to federal prison on a felony child pornography charge, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported. Joseph T. Mister Jr., 24, was sentenced to 80 months imprisonment on one count of possession of child pornography. Mister appeared before U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. Wednesday in Cape Girardeau...
Arkansas flash floods kill at least 16 people (06/11/10)
CADDO GAP, Ark. (AP) -- Floodwaters that rose as swiftly as 8 feet an hour tore through a campground packed with vacationing families early Friday, carrying away tents and overturning RVs as campers slept. At least 16 people were killed, and dozens more missing and feared dead...
Mo. ed commissioner: State must boost grad rates (06/11/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's education commissioner says the state's high school graduation rate isn't good enough, even though a new national report shows it's above the national average. The annual "Diplomas Count" national report was issued Thursday by the publication Education Week. It showed that Missouri graduated 75.3 percent of its public high school students in 2007. The national average for public school students is 68.8 percent...
Missouri governor signs autism bill (06/11/10)
TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. -- Tracy Fritz recalled the shock of learning her 3-year-old daughter, Louisa, had autism. Even worse, when the family found a therapy that had potential, insurance wouldn't cover it. For some Missourians, that is about to change. ...
Dow Jones goes over 10,000 on jobs data, China trade growth (06/11/10)
NEW YORK -- Investors have sent the Dow Jones industrials back above 10,000 after a stream of upbeat economic news convinced them that maybe things aren't so bad after all. The Dow rose 273 points to 10,172. All the major indexes climbed more than 2.5 percent. Falling Treasury prices pushed interest rates higher as demand for safe investments eased...
Americans rebuilding wealth slowly, unevenly (06/11/10)
WASHINGTON -- The rebuilding of Americans' wealth is proceeding in steps rather than strides. Households' net worth rose last quarter -- the fourth straight quarterly gain. Yet tumbling stock prices have reduced their wealth since then. Some economists say Americans' net worth may now be down slightly for the year. That helps explain why many say it will 2012 or 2013, at best, before Americans' wealth will return to its prerecession levels...
Louisiana leaders want Gulf drilling to resume (06/11/10)
NEW ORLEANS -- At the same time they are venting their fury on BP over the Gulf of Mexico spill and its calamitous environmental effects, Louisiana politicians are rushing to the defense of the oil and gas industries and pleading with Washington to bring back offshore drilling -- now...
Arlington mix-up costs civilian leaders their jobs (06/11/10)
WASHINGTON -- An Army investigation has found that potentially hundreds of remains at Arlington National Cemetery have been misidentified or misplaced, in a scandal marring the reputation of the nation's pre-eminent burial ground for its honored dead since the Civil War...
President's greenhouse gas rules survive Senate vote (06/11/10)
WASHINGTON -- In a boost for the president on global warming, on Thursday the Senate rejected a challenge to Obama administration rules aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other big polluters. The defeated resolution would have denied the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to move ahead with the rules, crafted under the federal Clean Air Act. ...
Afghan attack claims 40 lives, raises fear (06/11/10)
NADAHAN VILLAGE, Afghanistan -- Body parts in trees. Mud walls flattened. Corpses riddled with ball bearings. NATO and the Afghan government on Thursday blamed a Taliban suicide bomber for the scene at a wedding party where at least 40 people were killed by an intense explosion. But the Taliban claimed they played no role in the blast in the Arghandab district, an insurgent stronghold near the southern city of Kandahar...
Mexico condemns Border Patrol shooting (06/11/10)
EL PASO, Texas -- Mexico condemned the shooting of a 15-year-old boy by a U.S. Border Patrol agent Thursday through diplomatic correspondence and an angry phone call to the Homeland Security secretary. Some Mexican politicians called for the agent's extradition to face Mexican justice...
Missouri to weigh options on conference membership (06/11/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A University of Missouri curator said Thursday that the school has not been invited to join the Big Ten Conference, an acknowledgment made as the school's conference fights for its survival. Curator Warren Erdman said that Missouri had not been asked to join the Big Ten. Erdman noted that he had been out of state the past week but wasn't aware of any change in the situation. He said the curators did not discuss conference affiliation during a closed-door morning meeting...
Area digest 6/11/10 (06/11/10)
Cody Stevens and Travis Simmons both shot 79s to tie for first place in the 14- and 15-year olds tour 18 holes division at Wednesday's Gateway Junior PGA Series event at Kennett Country Club. Cody Cox and Derrick Garner both shot 81s to tie for third...
Rookie adjusts to life in NFL (06/11/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Sam Bradford slowly but surely is getting acclimated to life in the NFL. The No. 1 overall pick of the April draft joined veterans Thursday at the first day of the St. Louis Rams' minicamp. The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma said that things are starting to sink in after organized team activities and the first day of minicamp...
Thanks, officers (06/11/10)
The issue about pay increases within the Cape Girardeau Police Department is a complex one, and I don't pretend to fully comprehend it. But I can say this with certainty: Whatever our police officers are making -- even with the raises they seek -- it isn't enough...
College connection (06/11/10)
Every local in Cape Girardeau knows that summer means a slowdown in the town. Most Southeast Missouri State University students have wandered away to their homes or vacation or maybe even a summer study program, leaving the roads less crowded and bars a little quieter...
Area studios help local musicians master the art of recording (06/11/10)
Southeast Missouri has a diverse music scene, with bands playing songs that range from bluegrass, gospel and acoustic folk to hard rock, hip-hop, soul and metal. Musicians across the area perform live shows, but most dream of recording their first album...
Quitman McBride III, who has made a name for himself on local stages, is working to raise money to pay tuition at a prestigious performing arts college (06/11/10)
Quitman McBride III has been in the spotlight since he was old enough to stand on a stage, and his natural talent has grown and matured through the years. McBride just graduated from Cape Girardeau Central High School and is feverishly preparing for college, like many pending freshman...
Author's Corner: "The Adventures of a Common Man" (06/11/10)
Edmond P. DeRousse grew up in Sparta, Ill., spent seven years in the U.S. Army, worked as the Shawnee District executive for the Southeast Missouri Boy Scout Council in the 1980s and has worked in the Illinois Department of Corrections for several years...
Something for everyone at Southern Illinois Music Festival (06/11/10)
The Southern Illinois Music Festival returns to Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus on June 17. In its sixth year, the festival is featuring a "Romeo and Juliet" theme for this year's performance. The performance "is a mix of different composers, but it is all orchestral," said Bob Cerchio, assistant director at the River Campus. ...
Tunes at Twilight spotlight: Kevin Gordon (06/11/10)
Nashville-based recording artist and songwriter Kevin Gordon brings his mix of indie, blues and Americana music to Tunes at Twilight today. Gordon, who is from northern Louisiana, labels his music "indie swamp." Gordon tours regularly throughout the U.S. ...
Ace Frehley set to kiss and tell (06/11/10)
NEW YORK -- A Kiss and tell memoir is coming from Ace Frehley, former lead guitarist of the heavy metal band. Gallery Books announced Tuesday that the 59-year-old Frehley is working on "No Regrets," a look back at a "life of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll." Gallery, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, plans to release in the summer of 2011...
Walter Wildman (06/11/10)
Walter B. Wildman, Jr., 89, of Piedmont, Mo., passed away June 10, 2010, at his residence. He was born Nov. 15, 1920, in Piedmont, son of the late Walter B. and Florence Miller Wildman. Mr. Wildman served as a sergeant during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Forces. He retired from Missouri Pacific Railroad as a signal maintainer, and he served as Wayne County municipal judge from 1987 to 1991...
Larry Brant (06/11/10)
CUMBERLAND CITY, Tenn. -- Larry Woodson Brant, 54, of Cumberland City, formerly of Scott City, died Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City. He was born Aug. 10, 1955, in Scott City, son of Woodson Brant and Idalene Head Brant...
Charles McClure (06/11/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Charles W. McClure, 90, of Perryville died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born March 24, 1920, in Perry County, son of Walter and Albertine Kiefer McClure. He and Viola M. Porter were married June 11, 1943, in Fredericktown, Mo. She preceded him in death Nov. 20, 1995...
Hazel Kynion (06/11/10)
Hazel V. Kynion, 90, of Granite City, Ill., passed away Wednesday, June 9, 2010, in Granite City. She was born Feb. 9, 1920, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Cirgus and Josephine Proffer Hosea. She and Lester Kynion were married Jan. 20, 1938. He passed away Aug. 14, 2005...
Don Gosche (06/11/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Don Gosche, 68, of Chaffee died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, in a farm accident. He was born Feb. 6, 1942, in Cape Girardeau, son of Raymond Alphonse and Hermina Chatman Gosche. He and Alice Horrell were married May 30, 1963. Don was a truck driver with Super Valu in Scott City, retiring in May 1999, and was an avid farmer. He was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church and St. Joseph Sodality...
Cape Central High School (06/11/10)
Cape Central High School A Honor Roll 12th grade: Rachel Bagot, Katie Beaton, Jillian Bess, Lauren Bishop, Anna Bowles, Lacey Brown, Sonya Chaudhari, Brian Egbert, Marida Faller, Merritt Fluegge, Mary Ford, Margaret Goodman, Samuel Gramling, Aaron Hahn, Hayley Harris, Caroline Heise, Bob Howard, Lyndsey Keener, Diane Langenfeld, Julie Langenfeld, Sarah Lasky, Bryndon Lee, Farrah Malik, Kaitlin McGrath, Michael Miller, Ashley Minor, Taylor Morse, Emily Myers, Robert Myers, Jordan Pope, Gavin Pringle, Miranda Rich, Chayli Richarson, Veda Riley, Jared Ritter, Rachel Rodgers, Mariah Sander, Trenton Sanders, Victoria Schabbing, Nina Scheibe, Erica Shirrell, Shawna Shockley, Charis Stewart, Wenting Tang, Holly Teague, Janna Trautwein, Eric Walter, Josh Wen, Audrey Westrich, Sheree Wilkerson, Alicia Wilkinson, Allison Wolz, Adeline Yates, Dustin Youngerman, Matthew Zlokovich.. ...
Jackson police/fire reports 6/11/10 (06/11/10)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Thefts Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Police report 6/11/10 (06/11/10)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Fire report 6/11/10 (06/11/10)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 6/11/10 (06/11/10)
The Cape Girardeau County Court may soon hire an off-duty police officer to patrol the recently opened section of Cape County Park and to enforce fishing regulations at its new lake; commissioners have received several complaints of fishing violations, including violations of age restrictions and catch limits...
Correction 6/11/10 (06/11/10)
Due to a source error, a name in the June 4 police report was incorrect. Wesley C. Steffens, 44, 812 Dorothy St., was arrested on suspicion of elder abuse.
County boards (06/11/10)
Recent visitors to the Cape Girardeau County website (www.capecounty.us) may have noticed a note on the home page about a recent addition that has the potential to involve more county residents in their government. The website has added a page listing openings on county boards and advisory committees. ...
Speak Out 6/11/10 (06/11/10)
IT'S funny how many pro-casino people tell those against them to just stay away. Don't we live here too? Do we not have rights? TO quote a previous comment, "If Cape Girardeau doesn't get a casino, those who gamble will continue to take their money somewhere else." Please allow me to fix this comment: "If Cape Girardeau does get a casino, the money from those who gamble will continue to go somewhere else -- the bank accounts of outsiders -- and Cape Girardeau County will see absolutely no benefit whatsoever." The only way you will get my vote in favor of a casino is if all of the profit goes back into the community.. ...
Prayer 6/11/10 (06/11/10)
For the laughter of playing children, we give thanks to you, O God.
Sapper company has blast at live demo training (06/11/10)
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- When something gets in the way of the mission, it's the 1138th Engineer Company's job to move it. And when Sappers move something, things tend to get loud. On Thursday, about 60 Soldiers with the Farmington-based Missouri National Guard company performed live demolition training at Fort Leonard Wood as part of its two-week annual training. ...
Parker for Congress opens headquarters (06/11/10)
June 10, 2010 Missouri's 8th Congressional district; Surrounded by enthusiastic campaign volunteers and family members, Bob Parker cut a ribbon, symbolizing the official opening of his campaign headquarters on the east side of the square in Mountain Grove this morning. ...
Praise in the Park (06/11/10)
Join the Red Star Praise and Worship Team for an afternoon at the Capaha Park band shell on Saturday June 12. The band will begin at 4 playing a mix of contemporary favorites and classic worship music. Please bring your whole family! There will also be a bouncy house and fresh kettle corn. Pastor Rick Crump will deliver a message at 6pm. All are welcome!!!...
Inaugural Navy Ten Nautical Miler (06/11/10)
On June 6, 2006, Amy Reinagel from Kelso participated in the Inaugural Navy Ten Nautical Miler at the Naval Support Activity Mid-Southe in Millington, TN. It was the first and only race of its kind; no other foot race has been based on nautical miles before. Reinagel completed the run in 2:06 finishing 12th in her age division and 207 overall. A nautical mile is equivalent to 1.852 meters or 6,076 feet...
Busy Bee (06/11/10)
a bumble bee enjoying the sweetness of the salvia.
By the Dawn's Early Light (06/11/10)
Michael Toeniskoetter of Southeast Missouri Hospital's Central Sterile Department recently created this patriotic bulletin board on the wall outside of his department.
Tracker made a "splash" at Cape Splash! (06/11/10)
Tracker had a great time meeting all the kids that were at Cape Splash for their Grand Opening today.
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