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Stories from Thursday, November 25, 2010

Weather blamed for several accidents (11/25/10)
Rain and slick roads were to blame for causing three accidents Wednesday morning on Interstate 55 near Jackson. Only minor injuries occurred in the wrecks, which occurred shortly after 8 a.m. near mile marker 104 in the southbound lanes. A one-vehicle accident involving a truck pulling a travel trailer occurred first, said Lt. ...
Missouri Gaming Commission to make casino decision next week (11/25/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The wait is nearly over. The Missouri Gaming Commission announced Wednesday that it will decide on Dec. 1 who, if anyone, will get the state's last gambling license. That means Cape Girardeau residents who voted to approve a $125 million casino...
Cape Girardeau County's highway department prepares for winter (11/25/10)
With the season for cold weather fast approaching, the Cape Girardeau County Highway Department is relying on its experienced crew to remove snow and ice efficiently and safely. "Most of them have been around awhile, for at least five years. We have quite a few with 20 or more years' experience," said highway administrator Scott Bechtold said. "They know where to go to more than I do, frequently."...
Thankful People: Anguish and Hope -- the story of resilient mother Teresa Birk (11/25/10)
For whatever reason, Barney just wasn't doing it for Jared that summer Sunday morning in 2009. The cotton-topped toddler was supposed to be watching the purple-and-green dinosaur as his mom dozed 20 feet away and his dad fiddled on the computer in a nearby room...
Thankful People: 'Brody's Bunch' helps child with brain-stem cancer (11/25/10)
While rooting on their son playing in a baseball game the Friday night of Fourth of July weekend, Mandi Gard and her husband received a phone call that would forever change their family's lives. It was on that very weekend that the Jackson family learned of their son's diagnosis of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a rare stage IV malignant brain stem cancer...
Thankful People: Soldier survives shot to the head, earns Purple Heart (11/25/10)
Justin Mercer doesn't call himself a hero, but he considers himself lucky to be alive. "I'm not the only one who was injured. There were several other guys that got hurt, much worse than me, and a couple guys didn't make it," Mercer said, referring to a dangerous mission in Afghanistan where he survived a bullet that entered his helmet. "I'm not a hero. I was just doing my part, and I was very lucky."...
Thankful People: Couple weds after bride beats cancer (11/25/10)
After her normal day of teaching third-graders at St. Augustine School in Kelso, Mo., is over, Renee Scroggins coaches the school's junior high cheerleaders to cheer for their basketball team. This year, Renee and husband Matt have something of their own to cheer about...
Highway 62 reduced for pavement work (11/25/10)
Highway 62 in Mississippi and Scott counties will continue to be reduced to one lane with a 17-foot width restriction while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. This section is from Interstate 55 at Sikeston, Mo., to Route B at Bertrand, Mo. Weather permitting, work will continue from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Dec. 10. The work zone will be marked with signs...
Route H still reduced for tree trimming (11/25/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route H in Scott County will continue to be reduced to one lane between County Road 528 and Route U while Missouri Department of Transportation crews trim trees along the road. Weather permitting, work will continue from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The work zone will be marked with signs. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Missouri dentist reaches out with free dental care (11/25/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Mariah Moore, 19, pulled her own tooth to relieve a toothache. She pushed and pulled it for a week before it broke loose. That was more than a year ago. Recently, Moore was in a chair as two dentists sliced into her gums to remove ragged fragments she had left behind. Moore was among 30 young people living at Covenant House in St. Louis who visited Cigno Dental Care in north St. Louis County for free treatment...
Mo. gov. gets $200K in campaign donations (11/25/10)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has collected more than $200,000 in campaign donations in the past week. State campaign finance reports show Nixon's campaign received donations from businesses, labor unions and a law firm. Roughly two-thirds, or $150,000, came from three labor unions. ...
St. Louis refugees get first taste of Thanksgiving (11/25/10)
ST. LOUIS -- New Americans may be unfamiliar with Thanksgiving, but giving thanks is a concept many fully grasp as they begin their new lives in the U.S. The International Institute in St. Louis invited more than 200 refugees and immigrants studying English to an early Thanksgiving meal Tuesday. Many are still learning about the holiday's rituals -- roasted turkey, a big meal and watching football...
Thousands line street at soldier's funeral (11/25/10)
HARRISONVILLE, Mo. -- The first showed up before the sun Tuesday, huddling and shivering in the cold and the dark. Others soon came, and before long their numbers stretched a block on both sides of Mechanic Street in front of Harrisonville's Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church...
Airport lines move smoothly despite anti-scanner campaign (11/25/10)
CHICAGO -- The lines moved smoothly at airports around the country Wednesday afternoon despite an Internet campaign to get Thanksgiving travelers to gum up the works on one of the busiest days of the year by refusing full-body scans. The Transportation Security Administration said few passengers opted out. ...
Consumers spend and earn more; layoff pace slows (11/25/10)
WASHINGTON -- Americans earned more and spent more last month, and the number of people applying for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in more than two years. At the same time, demand for long-lasting manufactured goods and new homes fell off...
Pelosi's new mission is to limit Obama's deals with GOP (11/25/10)
WASHINGTON -- Hers was the face on the grainy negative TV ads that helped defeat scores of Democrats. His agenda, re-election chances and legacy are on the line. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, chosen after a messy family feud among Democrats to remain as their leader in the new Congress, and President Barack Obama share a keen interest in repairing their injured party after this month's staggering losses...
DEA moves to make 5 ingredients of synthetic marijuana illegal (11/25/10)
WASHINGTON -- Cracking down on fake pot, the government moved Wednesday to outlaw five chemicals used in herbal blends to make the synthetic marijuana sold in head shops and on the Internet to a growing number of teens and young adults. Responding to the latest designer drug fad, the Drug Enforcement Administration began the 30-day process to put these chemicals in the same drug category as heroin and cocaine. ...
Government may end terror alert color code (11/25/10)
WASHINGTON -- The Homeland Security Department is proposing to discontinue the color-coded terror alert system that became a symbol of the country's post-Sept. 11 jitters and the butt of late-night talk show jokes. The 8-year-old system, with its rainbow of five colors -- from green, signifying a low threat, to red, meaning severe -- became a fixture in airports, government buildings and on newscasts. ...
Shop owner sells himself winning lottery ticket (11/25/10)
BELLE VERNON, Pa. -- A shop owner in western Pennsylvania has sold himself a winning $1.8 million lottery ticket -- and as the seller of the ticket, he'll get an extra $10,000. Ron Rea owns Tobacco World stores in Uniontown and Belle Vernon. He bought the winning ticket for the Nov. 18 Match 6 Lotto drawing at the Belle Vernon store...
Big storm to bring snow, ice to Dakotas (11/25/10)
BISMARCK, N.D. -- A powerful storm that pummeled much of the West is promising to bring its chaotic mix of snow, sleet and ice to much of the Dakotas today. The system closed roads and delayed flights from Anchorage to Salt Lake City on some of the busiest travel days of the year...
U.S. jury convicts Somalis as pirates in Navy attack (11/25/10)
NORFOLK, Va. -- Five Somali men accused of attacking a U.S. Navy ship off Africa's coast were convicted Wednesday on federal piracy charges in what the government said was the first piracy conviction in a U.S. courtroom in nearly 200 years. The verdict was handed down by a jury in U.S. District Court. The five men, who wore earphones, stood silently as the verdict was read to them by an interpreter. They face mandatory life terms at a sentencing hearing set for March 14 in Norfolk...
China's crackdown on dissidents shrinks Nobel turnout (11/25/10)
OSLO, Norway -- Only one of some 140 Chinese activists invited by the wife of jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has confirmed he will attend the prize ceremony in Oslo, an organizer of the guest list said Wednesday. Others have been stopped from leaving China or placed under tight surveillance amid a crackdown on dissenters following the prize announcement, several activists said...
South Korean shelling survivors reach mainland (11/25/10)
INCHEON, South Korea -- As they left behind gutted homes, scorched trees and rubble-strewn streets, residents of the tiny South Korean island shelled by North Korea told harrowing tales Wednesday of fiery destruction and narrow escapes. Ann Ahe-ja, one of hundreds of exhausted evacuees from Yeonpyeong island arriving in the port of Incheon on a rescue ship, said Tuesday's artillery barrage that killed four people -- two of them civilians -- had caught her by surprise...
2nd blast ends hopes for survival of 29 NZ miners (11/25/10)
GREYMOUTH, New Zealand -- Elation over a possible rescue attempt quickly turned to anguish for the families of 29 New Zealand miners missing underground since last week when a second powerful blast ended any hope for another mine miracle. Wednesday's massive explosion deep inside the mine on New Zealand's South Island came five days after the men were caught underground by a similar blast. ...
Israeli troops rip up West Bank farm road (11/25/10)
QARAWAT BANI HASSAN, West Bank -- The Israeli army on Wednesday destroyed a farm road built as part of a Palestinian campaign to assist residents, an apparent attempt to limit Palestinian efforts to extend their reach in the West Bank. Residents said the road allowed them to reach their fields in a valley near the hilltop village and haul out their harvests with cars instead of the donkey carts they used in the past...
Healthy Brown provides spark for Southeast football team (11/25/10)
A mix of all-star performers and unsung heroes have provided the leadership during Southeast Missouri State's historic football season. Senior tight end Bradley Brown falls into the second category, but Southeast coach Tony Samuel said Brown's importance to the Redhawks' success cannot be overlooked...
College notebook: ND grads wrap up careers with honors (11/25/10)
A look at what some athletes from the area are doing at colleges outside the area.
Harrison adjusts well to position switch for Mizzou football team (11/25/10)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Jarrell Harrison is playing linebacker for the first time since he was in sixth grade. Whatever it takes for the No. 11 Missouri football team. A slew of injuries at the position has forced Tigers coach Gary Pinkel to move players out of their customary positions. Harrison, a 217-pound safety, has embraced the opportunity to diversify...
Southeast football player Sanchez named Academic All-American (11/25/10)
J.J. Sanchez, among the leaders of Southeast Missouri State's defense, also is a top-flight student. Those attributes have been recognized as the senior defensive lineman was named to the ESPN Academic All-America second team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America...
Jackson changes his sleeping setup to prepare for altitude (11/25/10)
ST. LOUIS -- Steven Jackson expects to breathe easy this weekend in Denver. All season, the St. Louis Rams' running back has been using methods one might use before mountain climbing, so he's ready for the Mile High city. A clear plastic tent surrounds a guest bedroom in the basement of Jackson's home, limiting the amount of oxygen to simulate high altitude. ...
Monarch butterfly gets conservation facility in Mexico (11/25/10)
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's celebrated winter visitor, the Monarch butterfly, has a new conservation center aimed at boosting its dwindling numbers. The black and orange insect has been hit hard by deforestation around its winter nesting grounds in Michoacan state...
Testing shows Nissan Leaf gets equivalent of 99 miles per gallon (11/25/10)
WASHINGTON -- The Nissan Leaf, an electric car aimed at attracting environmentally conscious motorists, will get the equivalent of 99 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, based on government testing. Nissan Motor Corp. said Monday the Environmental Protection Agency's fuel efficiency window sticker, which provides information about the car's energy use, would estimate the electric car will achieve the equivalent of 106 mpg in city driving and 92 mpg on the highway...
Environmentalists press for more limited tuna fishing (11/25/10)
PARIS -- It's succulent and sought-after, a prized fish with a steep price: A single bite of Atlantic bluefin tuna can sell for more than $20 in Tokyo sushi restaurants. But that demand has led to overfishing, and environmentalists say the world needs to act now to save the species at a meeting last week in Paris...
Meet the National Merit semifinalists: Blake Kidd (11/25/10)
This week's scholar is Blake Kidd, who excels in academics and sports. A member of the high school's swimming and tennis teams, Kidd says he loves the physical and mental challenge of the sports, the stress relief they offer and the opportunity to "hang with some really great guys."...
neXt up 11/25/10 (11/25/10)
"Burlesque," rated PG-13 @ AMC Town Plaza 5 "Love and Other Drugs," rated R @ AMC Town Plaza 5 "nail'd," PS3, Xbox 360 "Sniper Elite," PC, PS2, Xbox 360, Wii "Deadliest Catch: Sea of Chaos," Xbox 360, Wii, PS3 "Super Meat Boy," Xbox 360, Wii, MAC "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," PG-13...
Thankful even for cafeteria food (11/25/10)
During Thanksgiving time, I think a lot about food. And giving thanks. This year when I think of food, several aspects of my life come to mind, and they make me so thankful for a number of other blessings: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because of the warm, relaxed feeling of thankfulness that surrounds everything. ...
Hooked on Science: Floating Styrofoam ball (11/25/10)
Using a few items from around the house, you can make a Styrofoam ball look as if it's floating in the air. STEP 2: Place the Styrofoam ball in the flow of air. As the flow of air pushes the Styrofoam ball upward gravity pulls the Styrofoam ball downward making the Styrofoam ball look as if it is floating in the air...
Promises to keep (11/25/10)
Nov. 25, 2010 Dear Adams family, The Thanksgivings with you are memorable to me for the feeling of grace in the room more than anything else. At tables filled with your family and homesick friends, each one told of something we were thankful for. Mine was your family's willingness to take in lost souls like me...
Carol Bishop (11/25/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Carol J. Bishop, 57, of Perryville died Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, at Perry Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at Young and Sons Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Don Estes officiating. Burial will be in Home Cemetery...
Evelyn Brase (11/25/10)
Evelyn L. Brase, 89, of Jackson died Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, at Jackson Manor. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until service time at New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson...
Sue Heustess (11/25/10)
Sue Gray Heustess, 81, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, at her home in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Born Dec. 13, 1928, in Birmingham Ala., she was the second daughter of Jesse and Kathryn Gray. She graduated from the University of Alabama, where she met her loving husband of 46 years, Dan C. Heustess (deceased)...
Patricia Benton (11/25/10)
BIRCH TREE, Mo. -- Patricia Nicholson Benton, 80, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at her home. Pat was born Feb. 10, 1930, in Birch Tree. A college graduate, she received many awards during her employment in state and federal government...
Oneta Couch (11/25/10)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Oneta C. Couch, 86, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Jan. 6, 1924, in Doniphan, Mo., daughter of Alonzo H. and Zora Haygood Cunningham. She and E.D. Couch were married Dec. 18, 1948. He preceded her in death May 19, 2000...
Calvin Ratcliff (11/25/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Calvin E. Ratcliff, 75, of Perryville died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at his home. He was born Jan. 7, 1935, in Perryville, son of Louis and Lucille Picou Ratcliff. Survivors include three sons, Calvin E. (Karen) Ratcliff of Cape Girardeau, Keith (Judy) Ratcliff of Washington, Mo., Chris (Carla) Ratcliff of St. Louis; his mother of Perryville; a sister, Helen Ponder; and 11 grandchildren...
Riely Barnhart (11/25/10)
Riely R. Barnhart, 72, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at Jackson Manor in Jackson. He was born Dec. 3, 1937, in Granite City, Ill., to John and Mary Vesta Burnette Barnhart. He and Gloria Barnhart were married in April 2008 in Cape Girardeau...
Births 11/25/10 (11/25/10)
Son to James Louis and Danielle Marie Null of Marble Hill, Mo., Southeast Hospital, 7:20 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010. Name, James Thomas. Weight, 7 pounds, 15 ounces. First child. Mrs. Null is the former Danielle Moore, daughter of Viola and Tim Wilkinson of Marble Hill, and the late Tom Moore. She is employed at Liley Monument Works. Null is the son of Jim and Naomi Null of Marble Hill. He is employed with Null Enterprise LLC...
Cape Girardeau police report 11/25/10 (11/25/10)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summonses...
Cape Girardeau fire report 11/25/10 (11/25/10)
Cape Girardeau firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Jackson police/fire report 11/25/10 (11/25/10)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Property damage Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Out of the past 11/25/10 (11/25/10)
Cleanup efforts begin on spilled fuel oil that has polluted a 30-mile stretch of the Mississippi River south of Cape Girardeau; about 300,000 gallons of the oil spilled into the river yesterday when a barge tow struck a railroad bridge at Thebes, Ill...
An inspiring example of thankfulness (11/25/10)
Editor's note: This is part five of a five-part Thanksgiving week guest column series. Perhaps the highest honor of a federal judge is the honor of administering the oath of allegiance to new citizens. Each year, hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals from most every country in the world become United States citizens through the rigorous process of naturalization. ...
Day of thanks (11/25/10)
Come, ye thankful people, come, Raise the song of harvest-home; All is safely gathered in, Ere the winter storms begin. -- Henry Alford (1810-1871) "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" (Written in 1844)...
A great read (11/25/10)
During Southeast's Homecoming weekend I had the pleasure of meeting, for the first time, Gene Munger. Right away we realized we had something in common, we'd both written books about our youth. I subsequently got a copy of Gene's book, "Momma, Don't Ya Want Me to Learn Nothin?" It's a bit of an autobiography of Gene, but it's more...
Speak Out 11/25/10 (11/25/10)
ALL I hear is people talking about Christmas. Where has Thanksgiving gone? We all have so much to be thankful for. God's blessings to all. I feel sorry for the couple who has had chickens since 2003. How come people are just now complaining about it? I think we should leave them alone...
Prayer 11/25/10 (11/25/10)
O Lord, we thank you this Thanksgiving Day for sending your son on our behalf. Amen.
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