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Scholars debate new version of Twain classic without N-word (01/07/11)
A new version of the iconic "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" will purge the N-word from its pages, creating a national literary debate about whether Mark Twain's liberal use of the racial slur is too offensive today or an integral part of a scathing satire of racial attitudes in 19th-century America...
Local tattoo artists say license fee increase will mean more shoddy work done outside professional studios (01/07/11)
Amid the buzz of a tattoo needle and the roar of heavy metal music, Mike King pulled up his shirt sleeve to reveal a crudely inked image, a jagged circle with the letters "LSD" etched across it. "It was done with a staple gun and some ashes," King said with an embarrassed laugh...
Court of Appeals judge to preside over Cape Girardeau County felony theft case (01/07/11)
A state Court of Appeals judge was assigned by the Missouri Supreme Court Tuesday to preside over a Cape Girardeau County felony theft case. The Supreme Court assigned Hon. Gary D. Witt, a judge from the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District, the state's largest intermediate appellate court, to the case of Joe T. Buerkle. Buerkle stole $325,000 from a client's trust fund for approximately two years. Buerkle was managing the trust of the late Donald Thomasson...
Scott City committee brainstorms ideas for dress code (01/07/11)
From hair dye to flip-flops, a Scott City School District committee discussed the school system's planned dress code from head to toe Thursday night. More than 60 residents, including some 30 members of the 55-member Scott City Committee to Study Student Dress Codes, turned out for the brainstorming session that will eventually set the what-to-wear list for Scott City schools...
Missouri Supreme Court rejects death row prisoner's plea (01/07/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a death row inmate Richard Clay's appeal for a stay of execution. In a letter to prisoner Richard Clay's counsel, Supreme Court Clerk Thomas Simon broke the news that the court's order be "Appellant's motion of stay of execution overruled." Attorney Jennifer Herndon filed the motion Jan. 3...
Crowell part of escalating Missouri Capitol dome dispute (01/07/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A dispute is escalating over tourist access to the dome of the Missouri Capitol. The dome is accessible to the public only through state officials who have access to a limited number of keys. Last year, Republican Sen. Jason Crowell, of Cape Girardeau, passed a law requiring the Office of Administration to provide a dome key to each lawmaker. That hasn't happened yet...
Cape Girardeau County developmental disabilities board suggests mediation in dispute with VIP (01/07/11)
The Cape County Board for Developmentally Disabled has sent the attorney for VIP Industries a letter suggesting a state-certified mediator may be able to help the two feuding groups come to an agreement.
Highway patrol donates items seized in drug cases to Mineral Area College (01/07/11)
In a different spin on higher education, a drug dealer's loss is Mineral Area College's gain. The Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C at a news conference Thursday announced the donation of seized equipment from two drug cases to the college's horticulture program. Some 60 students will benefit from the addition of humidifiers, electronic scales, air growing buckets, CO2 regulators, growing lights and exhaust fan systems used to grow marijuana...
Dexter factory to lay off half of workers (01/07/11)
DEXTER, Mo. -- After months of rumors about layoffs, employees of Stoddard County's largest industrial plant, Faurecia, learned Wednesday that the work force there will be halved.
MoDOT director to speak at First Friday Coffee (01/07/11)
Missouri Department of Transportation director Kevin Keith will be the featured speaker at the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce's First Friday Coffee today. Keith has been with MoDOT for more than 25 years and was named director in November of 2010...
State economic development director, Isle of Capri CEO to speak at Magnet luncheon (01/07/11)
Missouri's top economic development official and the head of Isle of Capri Casinos will speak today at the Cape Girardeau Area Magnet annual luncheon. David Kerr, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development and James B. Perry, chairman and CEO of Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc., will speak following Magnet executive director Mitch Robinson's summary of 2010's local economic development efforts...
Cape Girardeau County highway administrator asks for budget adjustment (01/07/11)
Cape Girardeau County commissioners approved two motions to make adjustments to the 2011 budgets for the highway department and the parks department at their Thursday meeting. Both adjustments stem from an excavator accident that occurred in fall of last year...
Extra child endangerment charge filed against Poplar Bluff couple arrested in Cape Girardeau (01/07/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. A pair Poplar Bluff residents arrested in Cape Girardeau for alleged abusing their children have been charged with another count of endangering the welfare of a child for failing to seek medial treatment for their boys' injuries. The charges against Donnisha Marie Nelson, 22, and Sterling D. Marshall, 28, were amended Monday by Butler County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Bill Gresham from one felony of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child to two...
Human remains found near East Prairie, Mo. (01/07/11)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Human remains were found along the Mississippi River Tuesday just east of East Prairie. Mississippi County Coroner Terry A. Parker said a worker with the Fitzgerald Marine Service found bones along the riverbank at Belmont Landing around 1 p.m. Tuesday...
ACLU questions amount, expiration of Missouri's supply of execution drug (01/07/11)
ST. LOUIS -- A civil-rights group is raising concerns about Missouri's supply of a drug crucial to the execution process as the state prepares to execute its first convict in nearly two years. The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri announced Thursday that the Missouri Department of Corrections has a dwindling supply of sodium thiopental, and that what is on hand is nearing its expiration date. The ACLU uncovered that information through a freedom of information request...
Pentagon anticipates $78 billion in budget cuts (01/07/11)
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Thursday he will cut $78 billion from the Pentagon's budget in the next five years -- money that will come from shrinking the military's ground force, increasing health care premiums for troops and other politically unpopular cost-saving measures...
Oil findings boost chance of criminal charges in Gulf spill (01/07/11)
NEW ORLEANS -- Months of investigation by a presidential commission and other panels reinforce the likelihood that companies involved in the Gulf oil spill will be slapped with criminal charges that could add tens of billions of dollars to the huge fines they already face, legal experts said Thursday...
Stocks end lower after unemployment claims rise (01/07/11)
NEW YORK -- Stocks slipped Thursday after the government reported an increase in applications for unemployment benefits last week. The Labor Department said Thursday that 409,000 people made claims for benefits for the first time. That's up 18,000 from the previous week, when applications fell to their lowest level in more than two years...
Mega Millions winner claims winnings in Washington (01/07/11)
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The man who bought one of the two winning tickets in the $380 million Mega Millions lottery claimed his half of the second-largest jackpot in history Thursday. Jim McCullar then promptly handed the oversized check to his wife, Carolyn, as their adult children looked on...
Monsanto posts $6M profit in 1Q (01/07/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Monsanto Co. on Thursday said higher seed sales helped it return to profitability in the first quarter compared with a loss in the same three-month period last year. The St. Louis company reported higher sales for corn, soybean, vegetable and cotton seeds. It also posted higher sales of its Roundup weedkiller despite tight competition from a variety of generic competitors...
Economists: Shoppers won't lose energy in '11 (01/07/11)
WASHINGTON -- Consumers spent a lot over the holidays and should keep it up this year. Economists say that will embolden companies to expand and hire. Americans spent more in the 50 days before Christmas than retail analysts expected. Spending grew at the fastest rate since 2006 -- the surest sign yet they're becoming less frugal as the economy rebounds...
Constitution reading provokes political tussling (01/07/11)
WASHINGTON -- Republicans and Democrats took turns politely in a historic recitation of the Constitution from the House floor Thursday, but the decorum hardly meant they were in agreement. In a nod to the tea partiers who put the Republicans in power, GOP lawmakers took time out from their campaign to change the way government works to read the document upon which the government was founded. ...
Two packages ignite in Md. gov't buildings; two people hurt (01/07/11)
HANOVER, Md. -- Two packages ignited when they were opened Thursday at state government buildings 20 miles apart, slightly burning the fingers of two employees but not seriously injuring anyone, police said. Authorities were investigating a third suspicious package at a state office building in Baltimore, but it was not clear if it was related to the other two...
John Edwards not named in wife Elizabeth's will (01/07/11)
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -- The will Elizabeth Edwards signed days before her death last month made no mention of her estranged husband and two-time presidential candidate John Edwards. The document Elizabeth Edwards signed Dec. 1, six days before her death, also named her eldest child, lawyer Cate Edwards, as the executor of her estate...
Egyptian Christians mark sad Christmas Eve Mass (01/07/11)
CAIRO -- Egypt's Christians packed churches Thursday for mournful Christmas Eve Masses, weeping and donning black in place of colorful holiday clothes, under a heavy security cordon by police out of fear of another attack like the New Year's suicide bombing of a church that killed 21 people...
22 killed, 12 injured in sightseeing bus accident in northern India (01/07/11)
LUCKNOW, India -- A sightseeing bus overturned and plunged into a gorge, killing 22 Indian tourists and injuring 12 others who were visiting a town at the foot of the Himalayas, officials said Thursday. Among the 22 killed were 13 children, said Mahendra Singh Tamta, spokesman for Uttarakhand state in northern India. Four of 12 people hospitalized were in serious condition...
Australian towns brace for peaking floodwaters (01/07/11)
BRISBANE, Australia -- Australian officials on Friday urged residents of towns in the path of rising floodwaters to evacuate to higher ground as at least one river was forecast to peak higher than forecast due to heavy rain the night before. Residents of St. ...
State TV: Iran did not arrest American woman trying to enter the country (01/07/11)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian state television said Thursday that authorities did not arrest an American woman who tried to enter the country from Armenia, casting doubt on earlier media reports that she had been detained on spying charges. The state-run Arabic-language Al Alam TV quoted an informed source denying reports of her arrest and saying the woman was turned around at the border crossing because she did not have a visa. The report did not identify the source...
Election winner in Ivory Coast wants rival ousted (01/07/11)
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- The internationally recognized winner of Ivory Coast's presidential election is asking for special forces to launch a commando operation to remove the country's defiant sitting president who has refused to cede power five weeks after losing the vote...
High school roundup: St. Vincent girls overtake St. Pius (01/07/11)
All the area high school events reported Thursday to the Southeast Missourian.
Tiger Shootout will feature McCluer North standout (01/07/11)
An appearance by one of the nation's top players and the state's top-ranked team highlights Saturday's annual Tiger Shootout at Central High School. The eight-team event features four games matching Southeast Missouri squads against teams from the St. Louis area...
Southeast's Samuel earns nation's top coaching award (01/07/11)
Tony Samuel maintained his usual humble demeanor after capturing the biggest award ever by a Southeast Missouri State football coach. Samuel became the first Southeast coach to win the Eddie Robinson Award, which honors the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) national coach of the year...
Samuel contract remains unsettled (01/07/11)
The Southeast Missouri State football coach's contract expires at the end of this month, and the university hasn't announced an extension.
COLUMN: Positively the type of news Southeast needs (01/07/11)
The wave of positive national attention continued Thursday when Redhawks coach Tony Samuel was named the winner of the Eddie Robinson Award, presented to the national coach of the year.
Southeast men counter slow start with OVC win streak (01/07/11)
The Southeast men will look for their fourth straight conference win Saturday against Eastern Illinois
Southeast women's basketball team faces tough OVC stretch at home (01/07/11)
The Redhawks begin the homestand Saturday with a 4 p.m. tipoff against defending OVC regular-season champion and preseason favorite Eastern Illinois.
Blues rally but fall to Leafs in shootout (01/07/11)
St. Louis scored three times in the third period to force overtime
Editing Twain (01/07/11)
Mark Twain, a century after his death, continues to spur social and political discourse. The first volume of his autobiography became a best seller when it published in 2010. Twain himself put a hold on parts of the publication until it could be printed in full in a time when it wouldn't offend people...
Bad news week (01/07/11)
After 45 years of newspapering, I now read newspapers like everyone else: mostly day-old (or older) news that is chosen mostly for its friction factor or its shock value. Two stories making national headlines this week gave me pause. Is this the best the news media can do in providing useful information?...
Morgan Strebler, who's performed for celebrities and at Vegas casinos, brings his illusions home to Southeast Missouri (01/07/11)
Hide the good silverware. Morgan Strebler, a Las Vegas mentalist and personal celebrity entertainer known for bending steel, is performing his award-winning illusions at the Pink Galleon in Cape Girardeau. Strebler has been spending time back home in Sikeston, Mo., as he prepares a comeback show and reinvents his image in the world of magic...
Artifacts 1/7/11 (01/07/11)
Arts and entertainment briefs
Best bet: The Stockholm Robots and Legends Never Die (01/07/11)
Pitter's Cafe and Lounge on Broadway is keeping its New Year's resolution to provide the people of Cape Girardeau with quality music on repeated occasions. On the bill for today is The Stockholm Robots with Cape Girardeau natives Legends Never Die. ...
First Friday receptions 1/7/11 (01/07/11)
Today marks the First Friday of the new year. While some galleries decided to stay closed for an extended holiday, many others will open their doors and show off their goods for art lovers from 5 to 9 p.m. today. Grab a coat and take a walk to one of these exhibitions for a bit of bright color and inspiring images during the cold, dark winter...
Cheap concert seats due after cruel summer (01/07/11)
LOS ANGELES -- Concertgoers sick of ballooning ticket prices should have some extra pocket change to rattle with their rock 'n' roll in the new year. Last year was tough for the concert business as high prices kept many fans at home. Promoters now say they plan to make shows more affordable in 2011. But they'll also try to sell more T-shirts and other merchandise to make up for lost revenue...
Opera Bites: Puccini gives Italian take on the Wild West (01/07/11)
On Saturday, the high-definition broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera will be Giacomo Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West." The performance begins at noon at AMC Town Plaza 5 in Cape Girardeau. The encore will be Jan. 26. Soprano Deborah Voight will sing the role of Minnie, and tenor Marcello Giordani will be Dick Johnson...
Vernon Boatright (01/07/11)
ANNA, Ill. -- Vernon Dale Boatright, 78, of Anna died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Ill. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Masonic service will be at 7:30...
Clay White (01/07/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Clay White, 60, of Cairo died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at Day Star Care Center. He was born Jan. 13, 1950, in Cairo, to William W. and Judith Chrestman White. White graduated from St. Mary's High School in Paducah, Ky., in 1967. He worked at the family-owned grocery store, Chrestman's Food Center in Cairo and later worked in maintenance at Delta Drug. ...
John Smith (01/07/11)
John Zelmer Smith, 71, of Scott City died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 30, 1939, in Illmo, to John Henry and Mary Elizabeth Lynn Smith. He and Gladys Sue Raines were married April 7, 1963, in Illmo...
Births 1/7/11 (01/07/11)
Son to Travis Lawrence and Tania Christine Statler of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Hospital, 3:36 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010. Name, Preston Rhys. Weight, 7 pounds, 2 ounces. Mrs. Statler is the former Tania Morris, daughter of Howard and Michelle Morris of St. Peters, Mo. She is employed at HealthPoint Fitness. Statler is the son of Pete and Judy Statler of Jackson. He is a lawyer with the Statler Law Firm LC...
Honor Roll - Scott City Elementary School (01/07/11)
Scott City Elementary School High Honor Roll 3rd grade: Daniel Biggs, Jacey Brant, Noah Braun, Zeth Burkholder, Gavin Crider, Carlie Estes, Alexys Littlepage, Landon O'Brien, Spencer Stratman, Jordanne Talley, Ashley Wilthong. 4th grade: Xavier Bollinger, Chloe Clayton, Paige Cummins, Samuel Jordan Ethan Palmer...
Honor Roll - Saxony Lutheran High School (01/07/11)
Saxony Lutheran High School Honor Roll with High Distinction 12th grade: Lucy Gage, Kristen Dippold, River King, Gus Klaus. 11th grade: Alicia Arnold, Sam Breite, Kaitlyn Harris, Nicole Hemmann, Elizabeth Koehler, Luke Mueller. 10th grade: Lauren Barr, Gabe Bohnert, Melanie Dippold, Clayton Fritsche, Rachael Gruenwald, Lauren Hecht, Carly Lorenz, Logan Sprandel, Zach Vogel...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/7/11 (01/07/11)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Thefts Property damage Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau fire report 1/7/11 (01/07/11)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: ...
Jackson police/fire report 1/7/11 (01/07/11)
POLICE The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest Assault Miscellaneous FIRE Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: Firefighters responded to the following call Thursday: ...
Out of the past 1/7/11 (01/07/11)
A truck containing 1,900 gallons of liquid propane gas burst into flames on Missouri Highway 34, five miles west of Jackson on Monday, injuring the driver; Jerry L. Miller, 22, driver for Co-op Service Center in Jackson, received second-degree burns on his face and head...
Revenue-neutral proposals key to promoting economic growth in our state (01/07/11)
Financial woes dominate any discussion of state or federal politics these days. In Washington, D.C., we are running a trillion-dollar budget deficit, and our national debt will soon exceed $14 trillion. How much is that? To pay back $14 trillion, you'd have to spend $1 every second for the next 443,000 years. That's not counting interest...
Federal building (01/07/11)
The Rev. Larry Rice's lengthy legal battle to have the former federal building on Broadway in Cape Girardeau turned into a homeless shelter ended last week. Rice, the director of the New Life Evangelistic Center, announced in a news conference that he would not appeal the Dec. 1 ruling by a federal judge denying New Life's claim to the building...
LIFE program has had huge impact (01/07/11)
There was an article recently in the Southeast Missourian that highlighted the LIFE program, which stands for Leading and Inspiring Families to Excel. This is a program funded by the United Way to assist students who are at risk of failure. The Cape Girardeau and Jackson school districts are very fortunate to benefit from this program...
What happened to the blackbirds? (01/07/11)
When a rapidly moving arctic air mass invades a warm one, dramatic things can happen. The wedge of cold (denser) air moves under the warm air, forcing it upward. This causes cooling and loss of moisture (rain, snow, sleet, hail). A steep temperature gradient, abrupt wind changes and moist air moving vertically together trigger cumulonimbus and/or tornado development (which was present last Friday). ...
Speak Out 1/7/11 (01/07/11)
I believe the puppy mill legislation is terrific. Unfortunately some people don't think of the animals, only their bottom line. If people would use common sense, there wouldn't have to be a puppy mill law. My mother used to say a friend is a friend indeed if they help you out in a time of need. ...
Prayer 1/7/11 (01/07/11)
O Lord Jesus, give us strength when we are weary. Amen.
Why Proposition B Must Be Repealed (01/07/11)
Why Missouri Proposition B must be repealed or Fixed By Joe Overlease President of the Professional Kennel Club of Missouri Proposition B was and still is a contested bill. Aside from the fact that it was one of the most masterfully managed campaigns designed to lie and fool the voting public of the State of Missouri. The following facts remain and must be attended to within the bill or repeal all of it, in its entirety...
Jackson Art Group holds logo contest (01/07/11)
The newly formed Jackson Art Group is holding a logo contest open to anyone 18 and over. The Jackson Art Group features one member monthly at its Steck House Gallery located at 210 Washington, Jackson (next door to the First Presbyterian Church). To enter the contest please drop off(any Saturday from 10 a.m. ...
League of Women Voters of Southeast Missouri (01/07/11)
The League of Women Voters of Southeast Missouri and The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce present Tony DeLong, County Council Coordinator, University of Missouri, who will speak on Missouri County Government> Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Time: 12:00 noon...
Local Motocross Champions (01/07/11)
Dylan Glueck, 14 years old of Cape Girardeau, and Race Baker, 12 years old of Scott City recently attended the 2010 Tennessee Motocross Association Awards Banquet on December 11th in Dyersburg, TN. Dylan Glueck (pictured right), accepted his 3rd place trophy for the 85 Sr. class and a 1st place series championship trophy and a number plate for most points in the Supermini class for the 2010 series...
Shagbark Hickory Tree Near Lake Girardeau (01/07/11)
shagbark hickory tree near lake girardeau
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