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Southeast Missouri man expected in court for allegedly ramming police cars with truck (10/20/10)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Broseley, Mo., man is expected to appear in a Stoddard County courtroom this week on multiple charges stemming from an alleged pursuit with Dexter, Mo., police officers in which he struck their patrol cars and sent them to the hospital...
Jackson woman killed in Wayne County traffic accident (10/20/10)
A Jackson woman was killed in a two-car accident in Wayne County Tuesday at 3:20 p.m. According the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the 2006 Hyundai driven by 52-year-old Cindy M. Poole failed to stop at a stop sign on U.S. 67 and pulled into the path a 2009 Nissan driven by Dennis D. Hunt of East Alton, Ill...
NPR 'rock star' Carl Kasell to help kick off local fundraising drive (10/20/10)
Carl Kasell is lending his familiar voice from National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" newscast to help local public radio station KRCU celebrate its 20th anniversary. "He is one of those familiar voices that public radio listeners truly connect with," said Dan Woods, KRCU general manager. "Within public radio, he really is a rock star."...
Chaffee mayor dies at age 64 (10/20/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Chaffee mayor Loretta "Rhetta" Mohorc died today at her home. Mohorc was elected mayor in April 2007. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Thursday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, with parish rosary at 7:00 p.m. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, with Father Ralph Duffner officiating. Burial will be in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo., at a later date...
Delta High School staff begins moving back in following fire (10/20/10)
Some of Delta High School's staff worked out of their own offices Tuesday for the first time in more than two months. The high school's principal, counselor and secretaries having been sharing space in Delta Superintendent Nate Crowden's office since an Aug. 13 fire damaged the school's main office area...
Forum gives Cape Girardeau residents chance to get answers on gaming from mayors with casino experience (10/20/10)
Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger is hoping his counterparts from four cities with casinos in Missouri and Illinois will "clear the air" by answering questions directly from residents at a forum held exactly one week before voters will decide whether Cape Girardeau will stay in contention for a $125 million gaming facility downtown...
Trunk-or-treating becoming Halloween tradition (10/20/10)
Parents are always looking for new activities for their children, and trunk-or-treating is the latest in Halloween trick-or-treat alternatives. Often sponsored by churches, trunk-or-treats feature a parking lot full of cars with their trunks opened, decorated and ready for ghosts and goblins to stop by and say the magic words: "trick or treat." In addition to candy, however, these events often feature games, bonfires and other family activities...
Audit gives Cape Girardeau School District clean bill of health, financially speaking (10/20/10)
The Cape Girardeau School District's total assets grew by more than $26.3 million in its 2010 fiscal year, thanks in large part to taxpayer support of April's $40 million bond issue. On Monday, the Cape Girardeau School Board approved the latest audit, which essentially gives the district's books a financially clean bill of health through the last fiscal year, which ended June 30. The annual report, however, did note the district was not in compliance with two state transportation requirements...
Man sought in connection with Sikeston grocery store robbery (10/20/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Authorities are searching for a 29-year-old Sikeston, Mo. man who allegedly robbed Food Giant Grocery Monday in Sikeston. The Sikeston Department of Public Safety is searching for Drew A. Dollar, who they say carried a gun into Food Giant and demanded money from a clerk working the store's service counter. He's wanted for first-degree robbery and armed criminal action...
Repairs set for rest area ramp at Bloomsdale (10/20/10)
BLOOMSDALE, Mo. -- Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be performing pavement repairs to the ramp at the northbound Interstate 55 rest area near Bloomsdale from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. today. The rest area and ramp will be open and the work zone will be marked with signs. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Cape man injured in motorcycle accident (10/20/10)
A 73-year-old Cape Girardeau man was injured in a motorcycle accident at 5:20 p.m. Monday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the 2007 BMW motorcycle driven by Robert L. Adams ran off the road into a ditch and overturned on County Road 361, four miles southeast of Burfordville. Adams was taken by ambulance to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was wearing a safety device...
Area soldier's mission ends with bullet skirting head (10/20/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sept. 5 is a day Justin Mercer will likely never forget. Not only was it the most intense day of fighting the Army specialist faced during his nine-month deployment in Afghanistan, he was also struck in the head with a bullet. "This particular mission had been planned once or twice in the past," said Mercer, who was released and returned home to Bertrand, Mo., earlier this month. ...
In federal court: Cape man sentenced on drug charges (10/20/10)
SENTENCED Age: 24 Residence: Cape Girardeau Charge: One felony count of distribution of cocaine and one felony count of manufacturing cocaine. Sentence: 121 months Summary: On Aug. 21, 2009, Woods sold cocaine to a confidential informant in Cape Girardeau and six days later agreed to sell to another informant an "eight ball" of cocaine for $800. ...
400 block of Broadway in Cape Girardeau closed (10/20/10)
The 400 block of Broadway in Cape Girardeau is closed this morning. Signs indicate the block is closed for utility work. Dutch Enterprises, the contractor performing work in the area, reported the block would be closed all day ...
'Fiddler on the Roof' to play to sold-out house at River Campus (10/20/10)
One of the most loved and successful musicals in history comes to the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus Wednesday evening. "Fiddler on the Roof", featuring classic songs such as "If I Were a Rich Man", "Matchmaker" and "Sunrise, Sunset," will be performed at the Bedell Performance Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. The show's music was composed by Jerry Bock, with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick...
Grant to help domestic violence victims in Sikeston area (10/20/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Domestic violence victims in the Sikeston area will now have more services available to them than ever before. Bootheel Counseling Services recently received a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health which allows the agency to work more closely with the House of Refuge and encourage victims of domestic violence or intimate partner violence to get the help they need...
U.S. Supreme Court upholds Missouri stay of execution (10/20/10)
ST. LOUIS -- The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to reverse a lower court's decision to stay the execution of a Missouri man who'd been scheduled to be put to death early Wednesday. The high court ruled late Tuesday to deny the state's request to vacate a stay of execution granted to Roderick Nunley by a federal judge in Kansas City. ...
Audit criticizes Mo. State University practices (10/20/10)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- An audit of Missouri State University's finances turned up no major problems but showed a need for stronger financial controls at the Springfield school, State Auditor Susan Montee said Tuesday. Montee's summary said the university lacked systems to monitor expenses closely and could not produce basic financial reports easily and accurately, the Springfield News-Leader reported...
Escaped ape attacks Kansas City police car (10/20/10)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 300-pound pet chimpanzee that broke free from its chains has been captured after briefly wandering around a Kansas City neighborhood and smashing out the window of a police car. The Kansas City Star reports the chimpanzee, named Sueko, got loose from her chains around noon and started trying to get into neighbors' vehicles and the front doors of their homes...
GOP sees gains in Democratic strongholds (10/20/10)
HYANNIS PORT, Mass. -- In the congressional district that's home to the Kennedy family compound, a Kennedy public skating rink and a Kennedy museum, the heart of liberalism is beating uneasily. Republican Jeff Perry is making a serious bid to take over a seat held by Democrats for nearly 40 years -- and it's just one of nearly 100 seats across the country that now appear under at least some threat of slipping away from the majority party and giving control of the U.S. House to the GOP...
Reid struggles against economy, GOP rival (10/20/10)
LAS VEGAS -- On the day early voting opened in the nation's most closely watched Senate race, Majority Leader Harry Reid implored supporters to propel him to a fast start over his opponent. Yet like incumbent Democrats everywhere, it's not only a Republican rival that Reid is combating. ...
Lawmakers in 14 states preparing citizenship legislation (10/20/10)
PHOENIX -- Lawmakers in at least 14 states announced Tuesday they are working on legislation to deny U.S. citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants, although they weren't specific about how they plan to do it. Arizona Sen. Russell Pearce said he and the lawmakers have a working draft of their model legislation and have consulted constitutional scholars to change the 14th Amendment and deny automatic citizenship...
Bank of America ending free checking, adding new fees (10/20/10)
NEW YORK -- Free checking as we know it is ending. The days when you could walk into a bank branch and open an account with no charges and no strings attached appear to be over. Now you have to jump through some hoops -- keep a high balance, use direct deposit or swipe your debit card several times a month...
Recruiters told to accept gay applicants (10/20/10)
SAN DIEGO -- The military is accepting openly gay recruits for the first time in the nation's history, even as it tries in the courts to slow the movement to abolish its "don't ask, don't tell" policy. At least two service members discharged for being gay began the process to re-enlist after the Pentagon's Tuesday announcement...
Shots hit Pentagon, police label it 'random event' (10/20/10)
WASHINGTON -- Someone fired shots at the Pentagon early Tuesday in what security officials described as "a random event." No one was injured in the pre-dawn incident in which shots were fired into two windows at the sprawling Defense Department just across the Potomac River in suburban Virginia...
St. Louis-area casino site lacks funding (10/20/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A group wanting to locate a casino in north St. Louis County won't be making a pitch to the Missouri Gaming Commission as planned. The Gaming Commission was to hear presentations today from four entities competing for Missouri's last available casino license...
No mandatory cadmium limits; 'Shrek' glasses were OK (10/20/10)
LOS ANGELES -- The 12 million "Shrek" glasses pulled by McDonald's last spring amid federal concerns about cadmium did not have unsafe levels of the toxic metal, judging by revised intake limits regulators unveiled Tuesday. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which has been scrambling to deal with risks posed by cadmium since high levels were found in some children's jewelry, also said it won't insist on mandatory limits for an element that can damage kidneys and bones. ...
Dow falls below 11,000 as dollar rebounds (10/20/10)
NEW YORK -- A stronger dollar and a surprise interest rate increase in China that may slow that country's economy helped push stocks lower Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrial average fell below 11,000 for the first time in a little more than a week, reversing a streak that had pushed the index up nearly 7 percent for the year. It was the largest single-day drop in the market since early August...
Militants raid Chechen parliament, 6 dead (10/20/10)
GROZNY, Russia -- Islamic insurgents attacked Chechnya's parliament Tuesday in a suicide raid that left six people dead and 17 wounded, defying Kremlin claims of stability in the volatile southern region. In a clear challenge to Moscow, the raid occurred just as Russia's interior minister was visiting the provincial capital of Grozny...
Lawmaker: Chile mine collapse warning ignored (10/20/10)
SANTIAGO, Chile -- A Chilean legislative commission is investigating reports that mining operators ignored danger warnings from a man who was later among 33 later trapped when a mine collapsed. Deputy Carlos Vilches, a commission member, said Tuesday that miner Juan Llanes has alleged that operators refused his request to leave the mine three hours before it collapsed on Aug. 5. Llanes reportedly had heard loud sounds that indicated a collapse could be brewing...
U.K. announces plan to scale back military (10/20/10)
LONDON -- Britain will lose thousands of troops, reduce its ability to fight complex missions like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and delay a program to upgrade its nuclear defenses, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Tuesday. Outlining the first defense review since 1998 -- intended both to sweep away strategies crafted before the Sept. ...
After 13 die in Philippines, typhoon takes aim at China (10/20/10)
CAUAYAN, Philippines -- A super typhoon that killed 13 people and flattened forests and crops in the northern Philippines dumped heavy rains on the capital Tuesday as it headed across the sea toward southern China. Typhoon Megi struck the Philippines on Monday with ferocious winds of 140 mph, but initial assessments showed relatively light damage and casualties, partly because the storm struck sparsely populated areas. ...
French retirement protests take violent turn (10/20/10)
PARIS -- Masked youths clashed with police and set fires in cities across France on Tuesday as protests against a proposed increase in the retirement age took an increasingly radical turn. Hundreds of flights were canceled, long lines formed at gas stations and train service in many regions was cut in half...
Iran's Khamenei seeks to secure clerics' support during 10-day visit to holy city (10/20/10)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's supreme leader pushed defiant senior clerics to throw their support behind the government Tuesday as he began a 10-day visit to the holy city of Qom, hoping to end a split in the powerful religious establishment over last year's disputed elections...
Indian government: Pakistan spies tied to Mumbai siege (10/20/10)
NEW DELHI -- An American convicted in the 2008 Mumbai attacks said Pakistan's main spy agency was deeply involved in planning that strike, monitoring the preparations and providing funding and advice to the attackers, according to an Indian government summary of his interrogation...
Notre Dame softball team features Sanders as a blazing leadoff hitter (10/20/10)
Wake up, work out, go to school and softball practice, stay after practice for extra hitting, go home, do homework and go to bed. That's Notre Dame junior Brianne Sanders' routine four days a week.
Kelly softball pitcher Powell adjusts to life at center of circle (10/20/10)
Kelly senior Kristen Powell has been a pitcher for most of her softball career. Now she's the pitcher.
Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Kristen Vetter (10/20/10)
Vetter, the catcher for the Hawks' softball team, played a big role in her team's 13-2 victory over Hartville in the Class 2 quarterfinals.
High school roundup: Scott City rides Hogan past host Central in volleyball (10/20/10)
All the scores from Tuesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Slimmer Lyles helps Southeast's power defense (10/20/10)
Maurice "Ju-Ju" Lyles shed almost 40 pounds in an attempt to improve his game.
Southeast volleyball team falls to 5-15 with sweep at SIU-E (10/20/10)
The Southeast Missouri State volleyball team was swept at future Ohio Valley Conference member Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Tuesday night. SIUE improved to 11-10 and dropped Southeast to 5-15 with a 25-13, 25-21, 25-21 victory in Edwardsville, Ill...
La Russa returns, but team waits on McGwire (10/20/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Age was no factor in 66-year-old Tony La Russa's decision to return for a 16th season as St. Louis Cardinals manager. Watching the postseason on TV only reinforces his feeling that there is still "fire in the gut." "I'm ready to start spring training tomorrow," La Russa said Tuesday night. "I love the game, and this organization is the place to be...
New wave of monster crafts are frightfully fun (10/20/10)
An avalanche of new books for knitters and sewers shows that one of the crafting world's big trends involves making "friends" -- traditional stuffed animals, for sure, but also oddball critters and monsters. Just in time for the spooky season, here's a roundup of the most recent, clever ideas for crafting cuddly -- and beastly -- critters...
Warm and savory recipes for autumn (10/20/10)
I had the privilege of contributing to the program at a recent Southeast Hospice volunteer meeting. The program was about menu planning and cooking tips for the holidays. As I pulled ideas and recipes together for the program, I just could not believe we are already thinking about the upcoming holiday season. ...
Vatican says Simpsons Catholic (10/20/10)
VATICAN CITY -- Homer Simpson a Catholic? Don't have a sacred cow, man. The Vatican newspaper has declared that Homer is part of the pope's flock -- a claim that is leaving "The Simpsons" TV producer baffled and amused. "Few people know it and he does everything to hide it but it is true: Homer J. Simpson is Catholic," L'Osservatore Romano wrote in its weekend edition...
James Leek (10/20/10)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- James C. Leek, 75, of Rockford, Ill., formerly of Mounds, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at his home. Leek served in the U.S. Navy and Illinois National Guard. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to service time Friday at Barkett Funeral Home in Mound City, Ill...
Mildred Barnett (10/20/10)
Mildred M. Barnett, 82, of De Soto, Mo., died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at Baisch Nursing Center in De Soto. Visitation will be from noon to service time Thursday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the chapel, with the Rev. Gerald Rux officiating. Burial will be in Lightner Cemetery...
Robert James (10/20/10)
Robert Russell James, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at his home. He was born March 20, 1932. in Cape Girardeau, to J. Frank and Esther A. Siemers James. He and Marie A. Kirchdoerfer were married April 19, 1955, at St. Mary Cathedral...
Theodore Graham (10/20/10)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Theodore W. Graham, 88, of Advance, formerly of McClure, Ill., died Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 24, 1922, in Catron, Mo., to Walter and Janie Norilla MacCaulley Graham. He and Levena Johnson were married Jan. 4, 1946, at New Madrid, Mo. She passed away Feb. 7, 2000...
Edward Chilton (10/20/10)
Edward Charles Chilton, 89, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at his home. He was born June 3, 1921, in Des Arc, Mo., to Andrew and Annie Wellis Chilton. He and Carlene Carter were married Jan. 14, 1945, and were blessed with three children, Ronald, Wanda and Wade. Carlene preceded him in death March 14, 1963...
Loretta Mohorc (10/20/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Loretta "Retta" Mohorc, 64, of Chaffee died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at the family home. She was born Sept. 10, 1946, in St. Louis, daughter of William Seymore and Shirley Ratliff Kyle. She and Joseph Mohorc were married May 20, 1978...
Elizabeth Oldham (10/20/10)
Elizabeth Rozella Oldham, 86, of Carrollton, Texas, formerly of Burfordville, found peace and rest in the loving arms of our Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. She passed away at Presbyterian Hospital in Plano, Texas, from complications due to pneumonia...
Otto Roberts (10/20/10)
Otto William Roberts, 91, of Cape Girardeau passed away Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Nov. 29, 1918, at Sharum, Ark., son of Otto Henry and Rhoda Samantha Flanigan Roberts. He and Doris Edith Martin were married Aug. 22, 1938, in New Madrid, Mo. She preceded him in death June 5, 1999...
Police report 10/20/10 (10/20/10)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Jackson police/fire 10/20/2010 (10/20/10)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Assault Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Fire report 10/20/10 (10/20/10)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Out of the past 10/20/10 (10/20/10)
BENTON, Mo. -- Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Robert, owners and operators of Robert's Smorgasbord on Interstate 55 at the Benton exit, will open their new restaurant Nov. 1; the building adjoins the existing facilities. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Charlie Leibrandt, the Kansas City Royals' savior in the American League playoffs, runs out of miracles three outs shy of a two-hit masterpiece, as the St. ...
Gridlock desperately needed (10/20/10)
Mixed government could moderate President's policies It appears the best argument the Democrats have against a Republican takeover of Congress is that it will lead to massive "gridlock" for the foreseeable future. Well folks, given the "progress" handed down by Washington over the past two years, gridlock looks warm and inviting...
DARE support (10/20/10)
DARE officers are an invaluable resource. However, DARE, a program which stands for Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education, is no longer funded by Missouri tax dollars. This budget cut has forced some school districts, such as Jackson, to eliminate the program from the curriculum...
Finish the job (10/20/10)
"America the Beautiful" and "The Star Spangled Banner." For my 56 years of life, that's what I've sung. After nine years fighting a war in Afghanistan that we failed to finish, America no longer looks like the land of the free or the home of the brave. ...
Speak Out 10/20/10 (10/20/10)
I support the parent whose child needed to take necessary absences from school. You are the parent and have every right to do what you have to do to help your child excel. I applaud you for going the extra mile when the school district would not. I would like to know if all the attention that goes with breast cancer awareness will turn to pancreatic cancer awareness next month. The rate for five year survival of a pancreatic cancer patient is only 6 percent...
Prayer 10/20/10 (10/20/10)
Lord Jesus, no one can lay any foundation other than the one you have already laid. Amen.
Sport Management 5K Fund Run (10/20/10)
When: Saturday, October 23, 2010 Time: Race starts at 10:00 a.m. Registration and race packet pick-up from 8:00-- 9:30 a.m. Awards ceremony following end of race Where: Intramural Pavilion at the corner of Sprigg and Bertling Parking available in lots on Bertling street...
Little Town with Big Hearts (10/20/10)
Tuesday, January 12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake shook the people of Haiti. The heartbreaking catastrophe destroyed nearly every home and left many hearts broken. An English class from East Prairie Junior High has came up with a plan that just might begin to heal those broken hearts. ...
Odd Fellows partner with Woodland Project Graduation (10/20/10)
The Lutesville I.O.O.F. Lodge #385 has partnered with the Woodland Highscool Project Graduation to help raise money for Project Graduation through their "Haunted House". The Project Graduation Haunted House will be located at the Lutesville I.O.O.F. Lodge and will be open October 21,22, 29 and 30th...
Chili Supper With All the Fixins' (10/20/10)
On October 28, 2010, the Boys & Girls Club of Cape Girardeau will host a Chili Supper to benefit the Afterschool Program. The supper will be held at the American Legion Hall on Thomas Drive in Cape Girardeau from 5pm - 8pm. The cost for all the chili you can eat is $5.00 per person. Any supporters will be catered to by the members of the Club. Enjoy good food for a good cause!...
Halloween Science Night (10/20/10)
Children are invited to learn that science is "a blast" at the FREE Halloween Science Night Oct. 23 at Southeast Missouri State University. Children will be transformed into scientists and will have the opportunity to see exploding pumpkins, star gaze, watch things that glow, learn about owls and carnivorous plants, and participate in gooey, gross and awesome science activities at the event planned for 5 to 9 p.m...
Lacing up for a cause (10/20/10)
Cape Central Mens Soccer team recently laced up in pink to show their support for Breast Cancer awarness month.
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