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Forest service: Weekend rains won't reduce wildfire danger (11/12/10)
ELLSINORE, Mo. -- U.S. Forest Service officials predict this weekend's expected rainfall will not be enough to reduce the extreme fire danger in Southeast Missouri. The area is more than 9 inches below the normal rainfall, and "even if we get precipitation, it will not be significant enough," according to Bill Paxton, fire information officer for the Forest Service. "Don't get a false sense of security...
Hospital offers discount after Southeast Missouri State University changes health plan (11/12/10)
Saint Francis Medical Center will offer a special payment option for Southeast Missouri State University employees who choose to be treated at the hospital. Under a new insurance plan approved by the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents last month, Saint Francis is now an out-of-network provider, which means Southeast's 1,100 faculty and staff members and their families would have to pay more out of pocket to receive care there...
Missouri appeals court puts deer hunting ruling on hold (11/12/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri appeals court has put on hold a judge's ruling that struck down state regulations against the use of dogs and vehicles while hunting deer. The firearms deer season begins Saturday in Missouri. On Friday, the Southern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals stayed the effect of an Aug. 5 ruling by a Ripley County judge while the appeals process continues...
Cape Girardeau courthouse placed on National Register of Historic Places (11/12/10)
Townspeople once gathered atop its high hill to watch as President William Howard Taft's 16-vessel flotilla drifted down the Mississippi River. An outlaw was pulled from its jail and lynched on Bloomfield Road. Inside its doors, a trial gained national attention when a white family forced 40 blacks to work the land at gunpoint three decades after the Civil War...
Mo. Lt. Gov. wants response to health care suit (11/12/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's lieutenant governor wants a judge to order federal officials to respond to his lawsuit challenging the health care overhaul. Republican Peter Kinder's lawsuit contends that part of the new law will harm older Missourians...
Cape Girardeau pharmacy leads state in pseudoephedrine sales, database shows (11/12/10)
A Cape Girardeau chain pharmacy has logged the most pseudoephedrine sales in Missouri, according to statistics from the Louisville, Ky., company operating a database tracking pseudoephedrine purchases in the state. In October, Walgreens, at 1 S. Kingshighway, logged 2,389 boxes of cold medication containing pseudoephedrine sold. The ingredient is key in making methamphetamine...
Temperatures around Cape Girardeau remain above average (11/12/10)
Temperatures in and around Cape Girardeau were running 15 to 20 degrees above normal through Thursday, a National Weather Service meteorologist said late Thursday night. Meteorologist Robin Smith said he expects the above average temperatures to continue through today. The high is expected to hit 75, Smith said...
Cape Girardeau restaurants getting calls from person posing as food inspector (11/12/10)
Someone without authority or credentials is calling local restaurants claiming to be a public health official. Amy Morris, environmental public health specialist with the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, said they've received reports from area restaurants of someone calling posing as a public health official investigating tainted food products. ...
Local Salvation Army in need of Thanksgiving dinner supplies (11/12/10)
The local Salvation Army is in "desperate need" of turkeys for its annual Thanksgiving Dinner, said Major Beth Stilwell. Last year the organization served a Thanksgiving Day meal to 1,400 people in need. In addition to turkeys, side dish items, desserts, paper products, foil, cups, and cleaning supplies are also needed...
Veterans Day marked with observances in Cape Girardeau, Jackson (11/12/10)
Max Stovall was 20 when he stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. As he landed on Omaha Beach, he remembers a colonel yelling at the German gunners to come out and fight.
Open house event to kick off Christmas shopping season in downtown Sikeston (11/12/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- With less than seven weeks until Christmas, merchants in downtown Sikeston are ready to help shoppers find the perfect gift for those on their lists. And this weekend, they'll kick off the season with their annual Open House. "We're really looking forward to hosting this event again this year as a kickoff to the Christmas shopping season," said Brandon Kuehn, executive director of Downtown Sikeston. ...
Dexter city government decides not to rehire longtime police chief (11/12/10)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter city official said that the City of Dexter will not be reinstating Paul Haubold in the position of chief of police, despite Haubold's efforts in that direction. Haubold officially retired from the top spot at the local department late last week. After having a "change of heart," however, he had approached City Administrator Mark Stidham Wednesday morning asking if the city would reconsider and allow him to re-instated as chief...
38 horses, goats rescued in NW Missouri (11/12/10)
GUILFORD, Mo. -- The Humane Society of Missouri and Andrew County authorities have rescued 38 animals from a property near Guilford in northwest Missouri, saying they were starving with no access to food or fresh water. The Humane Society said the animals taken Thursday included 32 horses, four mini-horses and two goats. Two horses that recently died also were found on the property...
Homeless teenagers reveal troubles (11/12/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Krystal Whitaker's story doesn't have a perfect ending. She's a success story, but with homeless teens, success doesn't always come with a ribbon tied on it. Krystal, 17, came to Columbia two years ago from the Philadelphia area. Her mother died when she was a child, and she was introduced to her father for the first time at age 14. He lived only a block away...
Vets honored at Capitol dome as others hunt for jobs (11/12/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Veterans Day in the state capital, a day of remembrance and reality. While about 100 Missourians gathered under the Capitol dome to honor veterans, another hundred or so walked the aisles of a National Guard armory, less than a mile away, looking for a new job...
St. Louis riverboat fails to draw serious bids (11/12/10)
ST. LOUIS -- A century-old riverboat-turned-casino that folded under withering competition from the St. Louis region's growing array of gambling sites apparently wasn't much of a draw when it came to luring serious buyers. A would-be auction of the S.S. ...
Ike Skelton fears 'chasm' between military, citizens (11/12/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Departing House Armed Services Committee chairman Ike Skelton said Thursday that he fears a chasm will develop between U.S. military troops and the rest of the citizenry. For the 24th straight year, Skelton was the keynote speaker Thursday at the Veterans Day ROTC breakfast at Lincoln University. It was his first public event since the longtime Democratic Missouri congressman lost last week's election to Republican Vicky Hartzler...
Deficit commission pushing both parties (11/12/10)
WASHINGTON -- The leaders of the deficit commission are calling out the budget myths of both political parties, challenging lawmakers to engage in the "adult conversation" they say they want. Their plan -- mixing painful cuts to Social Security and Medicare with big tax increases -- has no chance of enactment as written, certainly not as a whole. ...
Connecticut gunshot victim eats lunch before going to hospital (11/12/10)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Police say a 25-year-old Connecticut man who was shot twice after buying a sandwich at a New Haven deli went home and ate his lunch before going to the hospital. Miguel Soto said he was leaving the deli Tuesday when he heard three gunshots. One bullet hit him in the left leg, another in the groin. Police say he went home and ate the sandwich before asking his father to take him to a hospital...
Mortgage rates fall to fresh lows (11/12/10)
NEW YORK -- The mortgage rate bar is even lower, but few homebuyers are making the jump. Rates on fixed mortgages again fell to their lowest levels in decades this week, Freddie Mac said Thursday, after the Federal Reserve unveiled a massive bond-buying program to help spur economic growth...
DNA test casts doubt on case of executed Texas man (11/12/10)
DALLAS -- A DNA test on a single hair has cast doubt on the guilt of a Texas man who was put to death 10 years ago for a liquor-store murder -- an execution that went forward after then-Gov. George W. Bush's staff failed to tell him the condemned man was asking for genetic analysis of the strand...
Companies yank cord on residential phone books (11/12/10)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Telephone companies say most consumers now check the Internet rather than flip through the white pages when they want to reach out and touch someone. That's why regulators have begun granting telecommunications companies the go-ahead to stop mass-printing residential phone books, a musty fixture of Americans' kitchen counters, refrigerator tops and junk drawers...
Nigeria links Iran to arms shipment (11/12/10)
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Nigerian intelligence officials and diplomats have concluded that the Iranian government was behind a secret shipment of weapons discovered last month in shipping containers, according to internal documents seen Thursday by The Associated Press...
Sunni walkout mars Iraq parliament session (11/12/10)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's president gave Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki the nod to form the next government Thursday after an eight-month deadlock, but a dramatic walkout from parliament by his Sunni rivals cast doubt on a power-sharing deal reached by the two sides less than a day earlier...
U.K. gets tough on welfare (11/12/10)
LONDON -- Britain announced the most radical overhaul in decades Thursday to its once-generous welfare system, pledging harsh penalties for those who refuse jobs and community work service for the unemployed in return for benefit checks. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith unveiled sharp changes to the country's cradle-to-grave social safety net, which was first introduced after World War II to better protect newborns, families, the jobless and the sick...
Serbs face new smoking ban (11/12/10)
BELGRADE, Serbia -- Forget about the economic crisis and unemployment, Serbs have another burning issue on their hands -- a smoking ban. The law restricting smoking that took effect Thursday is rattling the tobacco-loving Balkan nation where every third citizen is a smoker and where tobacco has been part of the daily routine for centuries...
Pessimism pervades as G20 leaders show divide (11/12/10)
SEOUL, South Korea -- A strong sense of pessimism shrouded the start of an economic summit of rich and emerging economies Thursday, with President Barack Obama and fellow world leaders arriving in Seoul sharply divided over currency and trade policies...
Ten killed in car bombing in Pakistan's largest city (11/12/10)
KARACHI, Pakistan -- Suspected militants detonated a car bomb in the heart of Pakistan's largest city Thursday, destroying a police investigation bureau and killing at least 10 people, police and witnesses said. The explosion rocked a high-security area of Karachi that is home to the U.S Consulate, two luxury hotels and the offices of government leaders, showing the reach of Islamist militants in the city despite efforts to crack down on them...
Southeast can claim the OVC football title outright with a win at Jacksonville St. (11/12/10)
Jacksonville State was expected to contend for the Ohio Valley Conference title heading into the final stages of the season. Southeast Missouri State was not. But those two teams will square off at 3 p.m. Saturday in Jacksonville, Ala., in a game that will help determine the conference championship. The matchup will mark the first time since 1995 that two top-10 nationally ranked OVC squads have met...
Southeast roundup: Redhawks cross country team earns OVC honor (11/12/10)
News from around the world of Southeast Missouri State athletics.
Redhawks women hopeful to get off to hot start vs. young squad (11/12/10)
The young Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team opens the season today against a squad that is nearly as young. Southeast and Sam Houston State square off at 1 p.m. in Oxford, Miss., as part of the Ole Miss Classic. The Redhawks play either host Mississippi or Jackson State at either 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. Saturday...
Southeast men tip off season Saturday at UAB (11/12/10)
The Redhawks begin the regular season after going 2-0 in exhibition play
Mizzou's Gachkar tackled life-threatening injury (11/12/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Andrew Gachkar leads No. 20 Missouri in tackles. Not long ago, just making it to Senior Day would have been an achievement. Gachkar has been a key member of a resurgent defense that's shaken off injuries and is allowing only 16 points per game. The outside linebacker has blocked two kicks, including a field goal attempt at Texas Tech last week. He's forced two fumbles, recovered two and has an interception...
Memphis standouts sign with Redhawks men's hoops program (11/12/10)
Southeast lands highly regarded prep players Nino Johnson and Telvin Wilkerson
Returners, incoming talent set lofty expectations for Mizzou hoops (11/12/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Expectations keep going up at Missouri. You won't hear Mike Anderson complaining about it. The Tigers are ranked in the preseason for the first time since 2003-2004, return four of their top five scorers and have a highly regarded recruiting class heading into Anderson's fifth season as coach. He's aiming for a third straight NCAA tournament appearance, rebuilding the reputation for a school that was shut out five straight years before his arrival...
Prep soccer referee qualifies for college games (11/12/10)
What started as a simple summer job for Jeff Pulley has turned into a passion. That's good news for local soccer fans. They have one of the best there is. Pulley started refereeing soccer games at age 15 for CAYSA, a job that earned him extra money as a teenager...
Goc's shootout goal sinks Blues (11/12/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Marcel Goc was due. So were the Nashville Predators. After scoring only once in five previous shootout attempts, Goc beat Jaroslav Halak with a nifty forehand goal in the fourth round to give Nashville a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. The Predators snapped a five-game losing streak with the goal...
Improved defense at the core of the Rams' resurgence this season (11/12/10)
Without Seesing (11/12/10)
J.T. Seesing, who died a few days ago, was a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Cape Girardeau. He was a delightful conversationalist at the weekly lunches. He was full of stories, and all of them were interesting or funny or both. It was always a treat to be seated at the same table as J.T...
Filling stomachs (11/12/10)
I knew I wanted to write this week's column about the Empty Bowls Project. I just couldn't figure out how to start it. I distracted myself with a handful of Skittles. I munched on some chips. I took advantage of some cut-up celery. And I realized how lucky I am...
Cape Girardeau Roller Girls ready to bout for first time in front of home crowd (11/12/10)
Near the wall of the Arena Building, away from the action, two girls exchange muscle remedies and debate the merits of Bio-freeze and Bengay. A few feet away, girls roll by, yelling garbled encouragement to one another while skating in a circle around the Arena floor...
'Blood Wedding' incorporates stage combat, Spanish culture and dance (11/12/10)
When "Blood Wedding" was first produced in pre-Civil War Spain of 1933, men still rode horses instead of driving cars, and in the theater, the act of murder was assumed rather than portrayed. But in the production put on by Southeast Missouri State University's Department of Theatre and Dance, two students engage in a knife fight to the death...
Film producer De Laurentiis dies at 91 (11/12/10)
Dino De Laurentiis, an Academy Award-winning film impresario and producer of "Serpico" and "Barbarella," who helped revolutionize the way movies are bankrolled and sold, has died. He was 91. The producer's daughter said her father was surrounded by family when he died Wednesday night at his home in Beverly Hills. The statement from Raffaella De Laurentiis did not give a cause of death...
New 'Call of Duty' game blasts 2009 sales record (11/12/10)
NEW YORK -- "Call of Duty: Black Ops" shattered entertainment records this week when it raked in $360 million in its first 24 hours on sale, once again proving that video games have cemented their place as mainstream entertainment on par with movies and music...
Best bet: Fault-Line Film Festival (11/12/10)
Southeast Missouri State University film students will show off quick flicks they made during the Fault-Line Film Festival on Wednesday. The festival -- part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week at Southeast -- included an invitational where students had to submit scripts, audition and complete a five- to eight-minute film by Monday. ...
Opera Bites: Love and treachery in 'Don Pasquale' (11/12/10)
Saturday's high-definition broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera will be Gaetano Donizetti's "Don Pasquale." The performance begins at noon at the AMC Town Plaza 5 in Cape Girardeau. The encore will be Dec. 1. Donizetti claimed that he wrote this comic opera in 11 days; it premiered in Paris in 1843. In this Met performance the spectacular Russian soprano Anna Netrebko will be singing the role of Norina...
Former Mississippi Mudhouse gets in groove as Pitter's Cafe and Lounge (11/12/10)
A familiar face on Broadway has changed its name and make-up. The Mississippi Mud House is now Pitter's Cafe and Lounge, and it will be hosting bands and serving food and drinks with an eclectic touch. Much of the decor from the Mudhouse days remains, but the new mentality at Pitter's is one of variety and special offerings, not only with the food and drink, but with choices for entertainment as well...
Michael Jackson producer vouches for new song despite family's claims it's a fake (11/12/10)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Some of Michael Jackson's family members are unhappy with the release of the posthumous single "Breaking News." But the late singer's longtime producer say it is indeed Jackson's voice on the track. "When I heard these songs, my heart cried hearing Michael again in good spirits. The vocals sounded very polished, very on key and processed. I have no doubts that these are Michael's vocals," Jackson's longtime producer, Teddy Riley, said Wednesday...
Wilma Nunn (11/12/10)
Wilma Nunn, 81, of Oriole died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at her home. Graveside service will be Tuesday at High Hill Cemetery near Pocahontas. Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth Treece (11/12/10)
ANNA, Ill. -- Kenneth Clinton Treece, 91, of Anna died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. Treece was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna...
Nora White (11/12/10)
Nora Estalee White, 90, of Canoga Park, Calif., passed away Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at her home. She was born July 1, 1920, in Mounds, Ill., daughter of Joseph Dudley and Georgia L. Redfern Proctor. She and Ciscero White were married March 15, 1941. He preceded her in death March 13, 1991...
Russell Robertson (11/12/10)
Russell David Robertson, 67, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at his home. He was born March 20, 1943, in St. Louis, to Willard and Arlie Boyer Robertson. He and Carol Hardcastle Robertson were married June 11, 1994, in Cape Girardeau...
Dorothy Stroder (11/12/10)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Dorothy J. Stroder, 86, of Chaffee passed away Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born Dec. 18, 1923, in Millersville, daughter of Burette and Addie Robbins Brown. Dorothy worked many years at Superior Electric in Cape Girardeau, retiring in 1980. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Chaffee...
Births 11/12/10 (11/12/10)
Daughter to James Paul Davidson and Trisha Marie Klipfel of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 2:54 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010. Name, Raelyn Marie. Weight, 8 pounds, 8 ounces. Second child, first daughter. Ms. Klipfel is the daughter of Herman and Priscilla Klipfel of Cape Girardeau. She is employed at Regions Bank. Davidson is the son of Jamie and Penny Davidson of Scott City. He is employed at Exel Logistics...
Cape Girardeau police report 11/12/10 (11/12/10)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summonses Assault Thefts Property damage...
Jackson police/fire report 11/12/10 (11/12/10)
POLICE The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Theft Miscellaneous FIRE Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Out of the past 11/12/10 (11/12/10)
The long process of acquiring approval of all the federal and state agencies that have input into a project like the Mississippi River port planned for development near Scott City has been completed; the board of commissioners for the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority has received certification from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources...
Health care by the budget (11/12/10)
Author's note: The views expressed in this column are the author's and do not represent the views of Southeast Missouri State University or any other organization. *** We are told that the U.S. has a Medicare cost crisis. ...
Standing up for Missouri (11/12/10)
On Aug. 3, Missourians went to the polls to cast their vote. Before the voters, a simple question: Should Missouri reject the federal health care mandate forced on us by Washington? The answer was a resounding yes.More than 71 percent of Missourians voted to halt Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid's haphazard plan to take over health care control in Missouri...
Resetting the health reform agenda (11/12/10)
In the summer of 2009, President Obama pledged to America that if he succeeded in passing health reform, no one who liked their health plan would lose it. Yet in Missouri, 128,000 seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage will lose their plans due to the new health care law, according to the Heritage Foundation. It found Missouri's Medicare Advantage plans will be reduced by $3,631 annually prompting many insurance companies to cancel coverage...
Health care reform (11/12/10)
Two major Southeast Missouri employers have recently said they will see higher health insurance costs next year. The Cape Girardeau School District could -- if the proposed plan is accepted -- face a 10 percent increase in their health insurance premiums. ...
Rumble madness (11/12/10)
I've heard complaints about bicycles on Route W for a long time. So I was happy the city widened it since it's a feeder route to the bike path. However, I was not happy that MoDOT cut the rumble strips -- a major problem when trying to control a bicycle. ...
Speak Out 11/12/10 (11/12/10)
Somebody has to have a plan to start balancing the federal budget and paying back the debt. Maybe Mike Jensen can write about his plan. Mr. Journet has equated his beloved Democratic Party's losses during the midterm election with the destruction of democracy. Not only is this poor reasoning, it's also a mighty bad case of sour grapes...
Prayer 11/12/10 (11/12/10)
O Lord, your voice thunders in marvelous ways that continue to amaze us. Amen.
Scott, Dunklin county spotlighting arrests made (11/12/10)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO -- Just a week after conservation agents made arrests during a night patrol in New Madrid County, more arrests have been made -- this time in Dunklin and Scott counties. One subject was arrested Tuesday evening in Dunklin County, charged with spotlighting deer with headlights and attempting to take a deer out of season with a firearm, according to the district supervisor, Conservation Agent Trent Lane...
The Pact (11/12/10)
I was speaking to my son on the phone one morning while driving to work. He talked about his day coming up at school and I talked of my day working in prison. As the conversation came to a close I said, "I love you...have fun...bye". He replied he loved me too and as I reached for the button to hang up a mental bell went off in my head and I caught him before he could hang up. ...
Guardsmen conduct route recon and IED training (11/12/10)
WAPPAPELLO, Mo. -- Soldiers of Missouri National Guard's 1137th Military Police Company in Kennett, Doniphan and Jackson recently conducted route reconnaissance and improvised explosive devices, or IED training at the Wappapello Training Site. As a part of the training, the unit divided into squad level groups of eight to twelve Soldiers and was given the mission to survey and assess a possible supply route to a new forward operation base...
My favorite Veteran (11/12/10)
My wonderful husband Jeremy serving our country overseas! Thank you Jeremy, I love you!
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