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Brockovich to test for lead contamination in Missouri lead belt (06/15/10)
PARK HILLS, Mo. -- Environmental activist Erin Brockovich and a colleague will be in Missouri's Old Lead Belt region this week, testing yards for lead contamination. The Park Hills Daily Journal reports that Brockovich and environmental investigator Robert Bowcock will be testing yards in Park Hills and Desloge...
Air show expecting 12,000 to 25,000 people (06/15/10)
Organizers of this year's Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival are preparing for big crowds Saturday and Sunday. John Dissauer, publicity liason for the air festival, said he is expecting the crowd at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport to be anywhere from 12,000 to 25,000 people...
Cape's aviation history, Part 3: The bond of pilots (06/15/10)
No matter the size of the planes they fly, pilots share more than just the sky. There is a bond, a brotherhood, a sense of camaraderie among members of the Cape Girardeau Pilots Club. "We think differently. We all know we're doing something not a lot of people do," said John Farquhar of Cape Girardeau. Farquhar, known as "Papa John," flies a small plane he built from scratch nicknamed "PJ1000."...
Bollinger County rape, molestation case set for October trial (06/15/10)
A Bollinger County rape and child molestation case will be heard before a jury Oct. 14, Circuit Court Judge Benjamin F. Lewis decided Monday. James E. Primer, 42, of Patton, Mo., was charged in November with felony statutory rape and child molestation after DNA testing ruled he was the father of a child born June 20 to a girl younger than 14...
12 apply to fill spots on Cape County's SB40 Board (06/15/10)
Controversy surrounding the operations of the Cape Girardeau County Sheltered Workshop/Handicapped Facilities and VIP Industries must end with a round of five appointments to the county board, Presiding Commissioner Gerald Jones said Monday. The Cape Girardeau County Commission received 12 applications for the board by Monday's deadline. ...
Cape school officials to interview 5 people seeking to fill board spot (06/15/10)
The Cape Girardeau School Board will meet today to begin the two-day process of filling an open spot within its ranks. Five people applied and will be interviewed during a 6 p.m. meeting at district administrative offices, 301 N. Clark Ave. Don Call, David Goncher, Jerrie Heisserer, Deneke' Murphy and Jerry Siemers will vie for the open position...
Suspended prison sentence for Cape man who wrapped self in plastic, threatened wife (06/15/10)
A Cape Girardeau man who threatened to kill his wife after wrapping himself in plastic bags and displaying weapons to her was sentenced Monday to five years of supervised probation. Circuit Court Judge Benjamin F. Lewis granted Joshua D. Wright, 23, a suspended imposition of a prison sentence for the felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon. Wright was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail for misdemeanor assault but was given credit for time served...
Read to Succeed program kicks off at four area libraries today (06/15/10)
Even for a half-hour between breakfast and swim team practice, Julie Steele takes advantage of working with her daughter to increase her reading skills. Steele said she heard about a new reading program when teacher Marsha Sander began implementing it in the Jackson School District. Last summer, Steele started checking books out at South Elementary and tutoring her daughter, Elizabeth, who had just finished kindergarten. She said she saw results by the time her daughter entered first grade...
New scholarship program set up for Mississippi County students (06/15/10)
Mississippi County students at Southeast Missouri State University will benefit from a scholarship program set up by one of the county's longtime residents. The Southeast Missouri University Foundation received $129,450 from Eugenia Bush, according to a university news release. ...
SB40 Board applicants (06/15/10)
As of Monday morning, the Cape Girardeau County Commission had received 12 applications for five seats that will be filled Thursday on the Sheltered Workshop/Handicapped Facility Board. Under state law, two members of the board must be related to a handicapped person with a developmental disability, four members are public members and at least seven members must be county residents. Applicants are:n Dory Johnson*, board member since 2004. Johnson has a son working at VIP Industries...
Accident ties up I-55 traffic for half-hour (06/15/10)
Traffic on Interstate 55 was backed up for about half an hour after a one-vehicle accident near the Dutchtown exit. A woman in her 40s was travel north in a Pontiac Bonneville, hit the median and flew 95 feet over Ramsay Creekshortly after 6 p.m. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department has extricated the woman, and was about to load to her into an ambulance at 6:40 p.m...
Route CC in Bollinger County reduced for bridge repairs (06/15/10)
Route CC between Highway 51 and County Road 310 in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane while the Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge repairs. The work will take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Wednesday...
Route E in Cape County will be closed for pipe replacement (06/15/10)
Route E between U.S. 61 and Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County will be closed while MoDOT crews replace a pipe under the roadway. The work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Highway 34 in Cape County to be reduced for pavement repairs (06/15/10)
Highway 34 from County Road 402 to County Road 502 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane with a 10-foot width restriction while Apex Paving crews widen and resurface the roadway. The work will begin at 7 a.m. Thursday and should be completed by 7 p.m. July 2...
Route D in Cape County to be reduced for pavement repairs (06/15/10)
Route D in Cape County will be reduced to one lane with a 11 foot width restriction while Apex Paving crews widen and resurface the roadway. This section of roadway is located from Black Oak Trail (Cane Creek) to U.S. 61. The work will be from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily beginning June 21 through July 23...
20-year-old Mo. man drowns in Current River (06/15/10)
GRANDIN, Mo. -- An Ellsinore, Mo., man became the third area man to drown within a week on the waterways of Southeast Missouri. Michael Moss, 20, drowned Sunday morning while attempting to swim across Current River at Bay Nothing near Grandin...
Project looks to create green agriculture economy in Bootheel (06/15/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston organization will take part in the development of Missouri Delta AgBioworks, designed to research and help facilitate the growth and processing of bio-based products to replace fossil feedstocks, as well as other materials made with fossil fuels, the Sikeston Standard Democrat reported...
Stoddard County sheriff responds to critical audit report (06/15/10)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A recent audit report released for Stoddard County was somewhat misleading, Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner told the Daily Statesman newspaper. The report stated the department was unable to "reconcile cash balances to the individual inmate account balances and other related liabilities."...
Documents: BP cut corners in days before well's blowout (06/15/10)
NEW ORLEANS -- BP made a series of money-saving shortcuts and blunders that dramatically increased the danger of a destructive oil spill in a well that an engineer ominously described as a "nightmare" just six days before the blowout, according to documents released Monday that provide new insight into the causes of the disaster...
Obama plans fourth tour of Gulf Coast oil spill (06/15/10)
WASHINGTON -- Struggling to show leadership in a crisis, President Barack Obama is embarking on a three-state tour of Gulf Coast states tainted by oil before speaking to the nation about the country's worst environmental disaster and what to expect in the weeks ahead...
Stocks falter in last hour; trader anxiety sets in (06/15/10)
NEW YORK -- Stocks faltered in the last hour of trading Monday after investors gave in to anxiety about Europe's economy. The Dow Jones industrial average erased an early gain of 118 points to end down 20. The Standard & Poor's 500 also fell slightly, while the Nasdaq composite rose less than a point...
Feds under pressure to open U.S. skies to drones (06/15/10)
WASHINGTON -- Unmanned aircraft have proved their usefulness and reliability in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the pressure's on to allow them in the skies over the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration has been asked to issue flying rights for a range of pilotless planes to carry out civilian and law-enforcement functions but has been hesitant to act. ...
Kennedy was death threat magnet, FBI documents show (06/15/10)
WASHINGTON -- For decades after gunmen shot down his brothers, Sen. Edward Kennedy lived under constant assassination threats of his own, sometimes chillingly specific, as he became a target for extremist rage, previously private FBI documents disclosed Monday...
Dozens rescued as flash floods inundate parts of Oklahoma City (06/15/10)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Firefighters helping a 17-year-old girl escape swift floodwaters were forced to cling to treetops and await rescue themselves after 10 inches of rain deluged parts of the Oklahoma City area Monday. The boat carrying the rescuers sank just as it reached the teen along a North Canadian River tributary that had toppled its banks. ...
Ark. police 'confident' 20th flood victim is last (06/15/10)
LANGLEY, Ark. -- State police say they're "quite confident" the body of a young girl found Monday is the last one they were looking for after a flash flood swept through an Arkansas campground. Capt. Mike Fletcher said police want to compare DNA collected from the family to the body before officially identifying the flood's 20th victim...
Uzbeks flee Kyrgyzstan, seek safety at border (06/15/10)
JALAL-KUDUK, Uzbekistan -- Standing behind barbed wire with other Uzbek refugees, the woman tearfully raised her hands in a Muslim prayer Monday for her dead husband. She had left his body at their burned-down house in southern Kyrgyzstan while fleeing ethnic riots that reduced much of a major city to ruins...
Natalee Holloway's father looks for answers in Aruba (06/15/10)
ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Natalee Holloway's father was back in Aruba on Monday, hoping the suspect in his daughter's disappearance has provided local authorities with new clues since being arrested for the killing of a 21-year-old woman in Peru. Dave Holloway planned to discuss the latest developments with prosecutors and investigators at a meeting today, said Tim Miller, a friend and the founder of Texas EquuSearch, a group that has repeatedly searched for the missing Alabama woman since her disappearance in 2005.. ...
Notre Dame pair tops all-state list (06/15/10)
Four local players earned first-team all-state honors from the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association, which released its teams Monday. Oak Ridge junior Brett Thomas, Notre Dame seniors Colton Young and Jeremy Essner and Scott City senior Skylar Cobb all earned a place on the first team...
Smith rallies Cape past Jackson (06/15/10)
Blake Smith acknowledged that things didn't look good for the Cape Girardeau Ford & Sons Post 63 American Legion baseball team with the way Chris Kirkpatrick was pitching. Jackson Post 158's Kirkpatrick allowed only an infield single through three otherwise perfect innings that ended with Jackson ahead 4-0. He carried a three-hitter and a 4-1 lead into the sixth inning...
Area digest 6/15/10 (06/15/10)
James Van Devan, riding for the Cyclewerx team, won the marathon class at the Missouri State Mountain Bike Championships at Castlewood State Park. The Cyclewerx team also posted wins at the Tour de Grove road race in St. Louis. Gordon Glaus and Josh Johnson both earned stage wins Saturday, while Tim Brummit took sixth...
Offense finds rhythm, whips Mariners 9-3 (06/15/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols has a souvenir from the St. Louis Cardinals' latest victory: a good-sized welt on the left side of his neck. The three-time NL MVP took one off the noggin on a perfect day at the plate, stand-in cleanup hitter Ryan Ludwick homered and the Cardinals beat the Seattle Mariners 9-3 on Monday night behind a reworked batting order...
Suppan to start today (06/15/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Jeff Suppan is getting a second chance with the St. Louis Cardinals, a team that really could use an arm right now. The Cardinals signed the 35-year-old Suppan on Monday and plan to start him tonight against Seattle. Brad Penny (upper back) might not return from the 15-day disabled list until the All-Star break and Kyle Lohse (forearm) is on the 60-day DL...
Sunscreen label changes expected, but not before summer (06/15/10)
WASHINGTON -- A clearer, more meaningful standard for sunscreen labels is coming soon to a lotion near you, but not in time for the summer beach season that kicked off Memorial Day weekend. The Food and Drug Administration is working to finish new labeling rules that have been years in the making but will not be implemented before October...
Experts: Wash off tarballs, but brief encounters not risky (06/15/10)
ATLANTA -- Oil has now washed up on the beaches of several Gulf states. How dangerous is it? Not very, experts say. People should of course stay away from oil on the beach or in the water, but swallowing a little oil-tainted water or getting slimed by a tarball is not considered grounds for a trip to the emergency room, health officials say...
Gilbert Nimmo (06/15/10)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Gilbert Ralph Nimmo, 65, of Jonesboro died Friday, June 11, 2010, at John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Crain Funeral Home in Anna, Ill...
Mary Myers (06/15/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Mary Myers, 69, of St. Charles, Mo., formerly of Chaffee, died Monday, June 14, 2010, at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to service time Thursday at Stygar Mid Rivers Funeral Home in St. Charles...
Mary Brunton (06/15/10)
Mary Helen Brunton, 86, of Overland Park, Kan., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, June 14, 2010, at the home of a daughter. She was born Jan. 21, 1924, in Cape Girardeau, to Ferdinand Martin and Mary Dell Beasley Steimle. She married Dr. Del B. Brunton on June 24, 1944, in Detroit...
Brad Buehler (06/15/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Brad Alan Buehler, 41, of Perryville died Saturday, June 12, 2010, in Ste. Genevieve County, Mo. He was born May 12, 1969, in Perryville, son of John and Dorris Redfern Buehler. Survivors include his parents of Perryville; a son, Keith Alan Buehler of Ste. ...
Betty Folsom (06/15/10)
Betty Quinn Folsom, 86, died Friday, June 11, 2010, at Park Place Health Care Center in Great Falls, Mont. She was born July 29, 1923, in Cape Girardeau, oldest daughter of Charles William and Daisy Quinn Simpson Bauerle. After graduating from high school in Cape Girardeau, Betty completed a bachelor's degree in journalism at Missouri University in Columbia in 1944...
Oneida Ziegler (06/15/10)
BENTON, Mo. -- Oneida Christine Ziegler, 87, of Benton died Sunday, June 13, 2010, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 3, 1922, in Johnsville, Tenn., to Roy and Flora McCaleb Daniel. She married Joseph Ziegler Aug. 31, 1946, at Benton. He preceded her in death July 30, 1973...
Nancy Krauss (06/15/10)
Nancy Kuntze Krauss of Williamsburg, Va., formerly of Tilsit, crossed over to eternal peace Saturday, June 12, 2010, with family and loved ones at her side. Nancy was born in 1947, daughter of the late Alvin and Thekla Kuntze. She moved to the East Coast in 1966, where she raised her family and pursued her career...
Jimmy Weissenborn (06/15/10)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Jimmy F. Weissenborn, 74, of Advance passed away Monday, June 14, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 18, 1936, son of Flavius and Anna Lou Murphy Weissenborn. He and Linda Link were married June 29, 1968, in Advance...
Darline Dow (06/15/10)
Darline Ann Dow, 70, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, June 10, 2010, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Jan. 5, 1940, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Christian George and Bertha W. Meier Kaufmann. Darline was married to Harvey Dow on May 26, 1984...
Walter Irwin (06/15/10)
Walter Giles Irwin, 88, of O'Fallon, Ill., born April 6, 1922, in Perkins, Mo., died Saturday, June 12, 2010, at Rosewood Care Center in Swansea, Ill. Mr. Irwin was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and retired from the Department of Defense, Aeronautical Chart and Information Center as a mapper. He also served in the U.S. Army Air Corps...
Births 6/15/10 (06/15/10)
Son to Michael Shea Bird and Shanna Michelle Winchester of Advance, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 9:04 a.m. Sunday, June 6, 2010. Name, Shea Asher. Weight, 6 pounds, 5 ounces. Second son. Ms. Winchester is the daughter of Michael and Doris Winchester of Advance. She is a licensed practical nurse at Cape Care for Women. Bird is the son of Shabie Bird of Advance. He is employed at Sam's Quick Shop...
Notre Dame Regional High School (06/15/10)
Notre Dame Regional High School A Honor Roll 9th Grade: Nicholas Bira, Stephen Brennan, Kevin Brost, Logan Buchheit, Jacob Cieslewicz, Morgan Conrad, Emily Davis, Cody Debrock, Bryce Domjan, Anthony Dunning, Elizabeth Earley, Michael Essner, Nicholas Essner, Vincent Foeste, Miranda Fowler, Brandi Glastetter, Chelsea Hastings, Taylor Heisserer, Benjamin Hinton, Eliza Holcomb, Aaron Huber, Tyler Hulshof, Jacob Janet, Hannah Moss, Timothy Moy, Kenrick Niedbalski, Nicholas Norman, Olivia Renner, Taylor Rinda, Sharon Sabapathypillai, Morgan Schumer, Taylor Seyer, Macy Shively, Seth Sievers, Jadie Stoverink, Matthew Thompson, Katrina Trentham, Taylor Ward, Alexander Wiesner, Patrick Williamson, Min Hua Zhu.. ...
Jackson police and fire report 6/15/10 (06/15/10)
POLICE Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Miscellaneous FIRE Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: ...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/15/10 (06/15/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summons Thefts Burglary Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau fire report 6/15/10 (06/15/10)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: ...
Out of the past 6/15/10 (06/15/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Action is fast and furious in the Missouri Legislature as lawmakers work to pass a number of measures in the final hours of the 1985 session; budgetwise, the Cape Girardeau-Jackson area fares well; included in a package of state building projects are funds for a veterans home in Cape Girardeau County, and money for the multipurpose building and a new boiler for the university...
Time banks (06/15/10)
As the nation emerges from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, there are stories about enterprising Americans who are veterans of efforts to make ends meet when cash is in short supply. It's a simple concept that resembles bartering, but in this new version it is time that has value...
GOP abdicates rational debate (06/15/10)
The U.S. Congress and Senate should be the leading chambers for debate on critical issues facing the nation and the world. When so many key issues demand our national attention and action, those serving us as representatives in Washington should be engaging in serious discussions of the issues. ...
Speak Out 6/15/10 (06/15/10)
ALL I hear is how great it's going to be to have a casino in the Cape Girardeau area and how it's going to provide jobs. Has anyone checked to see what the salaries of these people are? I'd like to know. I notice the president is talking about sanctions on Iran, the toughest ever. How ridiculous can we get? There have been sanctions before, but they're not enforced. If you don't enforce them, why have them?...
Prayer 6/15/10 (06/15/10)
Open our hearts, O God, to respect for and forbearance toward others. Amen.
A Good Blooming Time (06/15/10)
Living on the banks of The Mississippi River, or anywhere in its deltas, comes with a certain understanding; a mutual trust and treason, where we will always end up fighting the high water marks. Naturally, in regions with such annually impending struggles, the inhabitants will have learned to cope with the turbulent times by holding onto the sweet things in life, and cherishing the good times for what they are...
220th fights mud while widening roads at Macon (06/15/10)
MACON, Mo. -- In a word, muddy. That's the one adjective that keeps coming from the mouths of Soldiers of the 220th Engineer Company when they are asked to sum up this year's annual training at the Missouri National Guard's Macon Training Site. "From the minute we walk out of our tent to the minute we walk back in, we are living in mud," said the 220th's company commander, Capt. Timothy Biedenstein. "That's the first thing I'm going to remember about AT 2010."...
Is Jo Ann Emerson Trying to Erode States' Rights? (06/15/10)
According to the website Open Congress.Org, Jo Ann Emerson is sponsoring a bill allowing the federal government to force state and local governments to accept unionization. This is their summary of H.R.413 - Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2009...
1140th's grenade practice hits training target (06/15/10)
MACON, Mo. -- Some rolled under a strategically placed Humvee. Others popped at the base of a human-shaped target that represented the enemy. One even splashed in a puddle of water and offered more of a fizzle than a bang. Regardless, the grenades -- actually grenade simulators -- were flying at the Missouri National Guard's Macon Training Site as the 1140th Engineer Battalion's Headquarters Company went through a grenade training exercise at the site's grenade range...
House Minority Leader Boehner Flips (06/15/10)
For Immediate Release: June 14, 2010 Contact: Linden Zakula 314-367-2004 House Minority Leader Boehner Flips, Says Big Oil Should Pay for Oil Spill, but Congressman Blunt Stands With Big Oil Even as GOP Leader Calls on Big Oil to be Held Responsible, Blunt Maintains his 14-Year Record of Protecting Big Oil...
Fourth of July 2009 (06/15/10)
This is a photo of my husband & I last year. He is wearing my grandpa Joe Sanders socks that he always wore on the fourth of July ever since he purchased them in 1976. Last year was the first without him being there. :(
Flag Ceremony (06/15/10)
Flag ceremony at Girl Scout Day Camp.
I love S'Mores (06/15/10)
Making S'Mores at Girl Scout Day Camp.
Like my mask? (06/15/10)
Getting ready for the carnival parade at Treasure Island Girl Scout Day Camp.
Handprint Rainbow (06/15/10)
Hand prints of all the girls who attended Treasure Island 2010 Girl Scout Day Camp make a rainbow of hope.
Cooling off on a HOT summer's Day (06/15/10)
A great way to cool off on a hot summer's day!
Zach Moore - Soap Box Derby 2010 (06/15/10)
Zach out of the starting ramps...
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