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Stories from Friday, January 14, 2011

Crowell proposes statewide vote on 'right-to-work' (01/14/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri senator is proposing a statewide vote in August 2012 on whether to make Missouri a "right-to-work" state. Missouri businesses currently have the option of requiring union fees from employees. Some Republican senators want to prohibit union-only work places, which they contend could deter some businesses from locating in Missouri...
Mississippi River bridge at Cairo closed until year's end (01/14/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Saying they were not "willing to take the risk," Illinois transportation officials shut down the badly deteriorating Mississippi River bridge at Cairo this week, adding that it will likely be closed to traffic until the end of the year while $3 million in repair work is completed.
Gov. Jay Nixon releases $7.5 million for school transportation (01/14/11)
In a move to help offset rising fuel costs for public schools, Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday announced the release of $7.5 million to local school districts to cover transportation costs.
Scott City committee to present 3 options on school dress code (01/14/11)
They can go conservative or a little more whimsical, but the Scott City School Board will have three options to weigh Wednesday night when it considers the what-to-wear list for the district's new dress code. The Scott City Committee to Study Student Dress Codes earlier this week pared down ideas into three recommendations -- conservative, intermediate and less restrictive dress...
Cape Girardeau County Commission revises resolution on courthouse statute (01/14/11)
Cape Girardeau County Commissioners passed a revised resolution Thursday that encourages legislators to change the wording of two statutes that currently require the county to have courthouses in Jackson and Cape Girardeau. Commissioners passed a resolution requesting state legislators to change language in Missouri revised statute 483.420 from "shall hold court in the courthouses in Jackson and at Cape Girardeau" to "may hold court in the courthouses in Jackson and Cape Girardeau." A similar resolution was passed Monday affecting statute 478.711.. ...
Jackson man skips court on southwest Missouri kidnapping charge (01/14/11)
OZARK, Mo. -- A Jackson man charged with two counts of felony kidnapping and one count of violating an order of protection in southwest Missouri failed to appear for a court date earlier this month. According to the Christian County Circuit Clerk's office, Scott Pikey did not make a Jan. 7 hearing before Circuit Judge Mark Orr...
Southeast Hospital earns high rankings from HealthGrades (01/14/11)
Southeast Hospital celebrated its HealthGrades 2011 ranking as the No. 1 hospital in Missouri for vascular surgery during a news conference Thursday.
Investigators have person of interest in Thursday fire in Cairo (01/14/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Investigators say they have a person of interest in an early Thursday morning fire in Cairo that displaced a family. Louis Pukelis, spokesman for the Illinois State Fire Marshal's Office, the investigating agency, said the blaze at the two-story structure at Washington Avenue and 24th Street. is being treated as suspicious. He said the fire remains under investigation and that he could not provide more information...
Council sets special meeting tonight to settle smoking ban ballot issue (01/14/11)
The Cape Girardeau City Council seems set tonight to place a proposed smoking ban on the April 5 ballot after receiving a memo from the city manager's office Thursday that says it is "very clear that the April date is the only way to meet all the requirements of the charter."
Contract let for Highway 84/I-55 interchange project (01/14/11)
HAYTI, Mo. -- The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has awarded a contract for improvements to the Highway 84/Interstate 55 interchange in Pemiscot County. The $1,288,755 contract was awarded to Chester Bross Construction Co./C.B. ...
Briefing scheduled to discuss Cape Girardeau County bridge projects (01/14/11)
The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold an open house community briefing Feb. 3 to discuss upcoming Safe & Sound bridge improvement projects in Cape Girardeau County. The briefing will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau. ...
I-55 in Scott County reduced to one lane for bridge work (01/14/11)
Northbound Interstate 55 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane from U.S. 61 at Scott City to Route AB, the bridge over Ramsey Creek today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge maintenance. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs, and motorists are urged to use caution while driving in the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
State highway commission awards overlay contract (01/14/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Pace Construction Co. LLC of St. Louis has been awarded a $2,076,163 contract by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for overlays throughout Cape Girardeau, Bollinger and Perry counties. The project includes overlaying routes D, E, B and Highway 177. ...
Striping contract for I-55 awarded (01/14/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A $427,858 contract to stripe Interstate 55 in Pemiscot and New Madrid counties has been awarded Interstate Road Management Corp. of Peculiar, Mo., by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. Work is expected to begin in the spring, with completion anticipated by the end of the summer. ...
Public hearing set to discuss Fruitland rest areas (01/14/11)
The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing Feb. 3 to discuss converting the Fruitland rest areas to commercial vehicle parking. The meeting will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau. The meeting will have an open-house format, so visitors can stop by to talk one-on-one with a member of the project team. ...
MoDOT looks to cut 6 percent of staff (01/14/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Transportation is looking to eliminate more than 6 percent of its work force by 2013 to help reduce costs to the state, which is currently facing an estimated $500 million budget shortfall. While testifying before a Senate hearing Thursday, MoDOT director of program delivery Dave Nichols said the department hopes to eliminate 400 jobs from a department that employed 6,300 last year. ...
St. Louis toddler shoots himself in the head (01/14/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Police in St. Louis say a toddler was critically wounded when he accidentally shot himself in the head. The boy is described as 2 to 4 years old. KMOV-TV reported he was undergoing surgery Thursday afternoon at Children's Hospital...
Missouri House starts work on new district map (01/14/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri House members are starting work on a new congressional map that will have only eight districts, down from the current nine. U.S. House districts are redrawn every 10 years to reflect changes in population based on the census. The U.S. Census Bureau announced last month that Missouri will lose one seat in the House. The state legislature is responsible for drawing the new congressional districts and will approve them just like any other legislation...
Gov. Nixon defends condemned inmate's sentence commutation (01/14/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday defended his decision to spare a death-row inmate's life but sidestepped offering details about why he did it, insisting that commuting the sentence to life in prison did not reflect any softening in his support of capital punishment when properly applied...
Big Muddy making big hydropower recovery (01/14/11)
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Hydropower production is projected to make a big comeback on the Big Muddy. Electric power generation by Missouri River dams is forecast to be above average in 2011 for the first time in a dozen years because of more mountain snowmelt and wetter weather, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages dams and reservoirs along the 2,341-mile river...
Computer to face 'Jeopardy!' champs (01/14/11)
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- The clue: It's the size of 10 refrigerators, has access to the equivalent of 200 million pages of information and knows how to answer in the form of a question. The correct response: "What is the computer IBM developed to become a 'Jeopardy!' whiz?"...
JFK library opens online presidential archive (01/14/11)
WASHINGTON -- Caroline Kennedy unveiled the nation's first online presidential archive Thursday, a $10 million project to digitize the most important papers, photographs and recordings of President John F. Kennedy's days in office. Users can sort through drafts of Kennedy's "Ask not what your country can do for you," speech and see how he tinkered with the words of that most famous line from his inauguration, or listen to his personal phone calls and read his letters...
Early T. Rex ancestor found in S. America (01/14/11)
WASHINGTON -- Back at the dawn of the dinosaur era, a quick-moving predator set the stage for the famous and fearsome giants that followed in its footsteps, according to new research. "It was a little dinosaur, but it carried a big evolutionary stick," said Paul C. Sereno of the University of Chicago, a leader of the team that discovered Eodromaeus...
Wounded Giffords moves arms and legs, responds to family (01/14/11)
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is opening both eyes, moving both legs and arms and is responding to friends and family. Her doctors call it a "major milestone" in her recovery. "We're hoping that she crosses through many more," said her neurosurgeon, Dr. Michael Lemole...
Hundreds turn out for Arizona girl's funeral (01/14/11)
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The family of the youngest victim of the mass shooting in Arizona held hands and paused in a moment of silence Thursday under the large American flag recovered from ground zero after the Sept. 11 attacks, and later escorted the 9-year-old's small brown casket into the church as little girls about her age cried...
Number of 2011 foreclosures expected to break record set in 2010 (01/14/11)
NEW YORK -- The bleakest year in the foreclosure crisis has only just begun. Lenders are poised to take back more homes this year than any other since the U.S. housing meltdown began in 2006. About 5 million borrowers are at least two months behind on their mortgages and industry experts say more people will miss payments because of job losses and also loans that exceed the value of the homes they are living in...
Atlanta still suffering effects of storm (01/14/11)
ATLANTA -- Days after a few inches of snow crippled the city, children are still home from school, icy highways are still littered with hundreds of abandoned cars and grocery stores are still running low on staples such as milk and juice. Life in Atlanta probably won't return to normal until late today, when temperatures finally rise above freezing. ...
Stocks dip after report on jobless applications (01/14/11)
NEW YORK -- Stocks dipped Thursday after a report found that more people applied for unemployment benefits last week. The Labor Department said first-time applications for unemployment benefits rose 35,000 from the week before to 445,000. It was the highest level since October and above what economists had predicted...
Higher energy, food costs lift wholesale prices (01/14/11)
WASHINGTON -- A spike in oil and food costs pushed wholesale prices up last month by the biggest amount in nearly a year, a trend that could threaten the still-fragile global economy. The Producer Price Index, which measures price changes before they reach consumers, rose 1.1 percent in December, the Labor Department said Thursday. That was up from a 0.8 percent rise in November and was the largest increase since January 2010...
Mortars fired from Afghanistan kill eight people in Pakistan (01/14/11)
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan -- Mortars allegedly fired from Afghanistan hit a house in a militant-infested area of Pakistan on Thursday, killing eight people, officials said. A pair of attacks elsewhere in the northwest killed four officers. The mortar attack occurred in Tity Mada Khel village in North Waziristan, part of Pakistan's lawless tribal area dominated by militants who regularly launch attacks against foreign troops in Afghanistan, according to intelligence officials...
Hezbollah aims for more political power in Lebanon (01/14/11)
BEIRUT -- Hezbollah, already Lebanon's most potent military force, is now making a bid to expand its political power by installing an ally as prime minister now that it has brought down the government. If Hezbollah succeeds, the Shiite militant group and its patrons in Iran and Syria would have far more sway in this volatile corner of the Middle East -- something Washington has worked to prevent...
Biden addresses troops in Baghdad (01/14/11)
BAGHDAD -- Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that the U.S. should make sure Iraq's stability and democracy are strong enough to make it "a country that was worthy of the sacrifices" the American military suffered during eight years of war...
Hamas deploys forces to stop Gaza rocket fire (01/14/11)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Gaza's Hamas rulers deployed forces near the Israeli border Thursday to try to prevent smaller militant groups from firing rockets, a sign that the movement fears Israeli retaliation for the escalating barrages from the Palestinian territory...
368 die in Brazil mudslides; survivors relate horrors (01/14/11)
TERESOPOLIS, Brazil -- The power was out, but lightning flashes illuminated the horror as villagers watched neighbors' homes vanish under a wall of mud and water, turning neighborhoods into graveyards. Survivors dug at the earth barehanded Thursday, but all they found were bodies...
High school roundup: Scott City girls win conference tourney (01/14/11)
All the high school sports results reported to the Southeast Missourian on Thursday.
Morehead State ends Redhawks' OVC winning streak (01/14/11)
The Morehead State men's basketball team entered Thursday night's game at the Show Me Center boasting two of the Ohio Valley Conference's top three scorers. Neither did a considerable amount of damage but that was of little consolation to Southeast Missouri State...
Southeast women increase offensive output in loss (01/14/11)
The Redhawks surpassed their season average by nearly 19 points in an 85-69 loss
Redhawks gymnast Westrick honored as MIC specialist (01/14/11)
Southeast Missouri State gymnast Taylor Westrick has been named Midwest Independent Conference specialist of the week for her performance Saturday at Illinois State. Westrick, a sophomore, scored a 9.850 on the balance beam to earn her fifth career individual title...
Eagles star shines after intermission (01/14/11)
The burning and throbbing in Cameron Butler's feet reached excruciating levels during Thursday's game against Morehead State. That's what happens when you're charged with guarding a potential first-round NBA draft pick. "There's not a lot of Farieds out there, so I burned a lot of energy on both ends," said Butler, Southeast Missouri State's 6-foot-6 senior forward. ...
Ducks' Ryan records hat trick vs. Blues (01/14/11)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Bobby Ryan had three goals and an assist, All-Star selection Jonas Hiller made 30 saves, and the surging Anaheim Ducks beat the St. Louis Blues 7-4 Wednesday night for their sixth win in seven games. Ryan scored twice in the first period and completed his third career hat trick 30 seconds into the third...
Browns hire Rams' Shurmur as coach (01/14/11)
The offensive coordinator had been with St. Louis for two years
Hit the track (01/14/11)
Roller derby is a love-it or hate-it sport. Almost every woman I've talked to for stories about the sport either loves doing it every week or hates that she sprained something and can't skate right now. And you can catch the addiction this weekend. Nearly a full year after its inception, the Cape Girardeau Roller Girls are looking to suck more women into flat track roller derby. They organized Fresh Meat practices for 6 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Arena Building...
Legal aide (01/14/11)
You know how it is when you face a day of legal uncertainty. Remember Anita Bryant? And don't we all feel nutritionally superior when we slurp down a glass of OJ every morning? That's the way it is with knowing the right thing to do when matters of law cloud our horizon...
'Riverdance' brings artistry and athleticism to Show Me Center (01/14/11)
Since "Riverdance" opened Feb. 9, 1995, at the Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, it has been performed all over the world. The cast has changed in those 16 years, but the show continues to wow crowds with energetic dance and passionate music. The multinational, award-winning program will be in Cape Girardeau for one show Jan. 25. Tickets are still available at the Show Me Center box office or online...
Couple turns hobby into Vines 2 Wines Excursions shuttle service (01/14/11)
What began as a hobby of growing grapes, making homemade wine and learning more about the wines of Missouri turned into a small business venture for Cape Girardeau empty nesters Suzanne and Tom VanderFeen. They created Vines 2 Wines Excursions to give patrons an opportunity to explore wineries and vineyards in Southeast Missouri...
Printmaking exhibit showcases the accessible art form (01/14/11)
The Mid America Print Council is an organization of individuals who promote the art of printmaking, and they're showing off their pieces in a juried show in January and February. Printmaking is not just copying a painting or picture. Printmaking is not just copying a painting or picture. ...
Best bet: Roland Martin (01/14/11)
To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Southeast Missouri State University has once again brought a talented, passionate speaker to Cape Girardeau for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Show Me Center. Roland Martin, a nationally syndicated columnist, television commentator and author, will speak at this year's celebration. ...
ARTifacts 1/14/11 (01/14/11)
METROPOLIS, Ill. -- Auditions for season six of "America's Got Talent" television program will be Saturday at Harrah's Metropolis Riverfront Event Center, sponsored by WPSD Local 6 and Harrah's Casino. The first 150 acts that sign up will audition. ...
Monet's trio of water lilies to reunite in Mo. (01/14/11)
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Museum of Art is lending a painting of water lilies by Claude Monet to museums in Missouri, where it will join two companion paintings for the first time in more than 30 years. The painting will be on loan over the next year to the St. Louis Art Museum and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo...
Martha Garrott (01/14/11)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Martha A. Garrott, 87, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Joe Aldridge officiating. Burial will be in Anna Cemetery...
C.H. Myers (01/14/11)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- C.H. Myers, 76, of Freeburg, Ill., formerly of Glenallen, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Ill. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to service time today at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home in Freeburg...
Clarence Zahner (01/14/11)
SILVER LAKE, Mo. -- Clarence J. "Speedy" Zahner, 88, of Silver Lake died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at his home. He was born Sept. 3, 1922, at Silver Lake, son of Henry and Viola Maddock Zahner. He and Beatrice "Bea" Hudson were married Dec. 26, 1943...
Mary Schmuke (01/14/11)
Mary Hunter Schmuke, 99, of Jackson died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. Parish prayers will be at 6:30, followed by the rosary...
Wayne Richbourg (01/14/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Wayne Claude Richbourg, 74, of Chaffee died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at Chaffee Nursing Center. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time at 10 Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church in Chaffee. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements...
James Trammel (01/14/11)
James Loren Trammel, 57, of Scott City died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at his home. He was born May 18, 1953, in Anna, Ill., to Loren T. and Roselea Kiestler Trammel. Trammel was a welder. He served in the U.S. Army. Survivors include a son, James Kevin Trammel of Bloomfield, Mo.; two daughters, Rachel Cauble of Jackson, Sarah Trammel of Sedgewickville, Mo.; four grandchildren, Dalton Miller, Gara Welter, Leah and Seth Cauble; a sister, Marietta Naas of Ridgeway, Ill.; and numerous close friends he thought of as family.. ...
Births 1/14/11 (01/14/11)
Daughter to Alexis Taylor Mansker of Jackson, Saint Francis Medical Center, 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010. Name, Raylee Paige. Weight, 6 pounds, 8 ounces. First child. Ms. Mansker is the daughter of Sandi Coomer and Vade and Cindy Mansker of Jackson...
Jackson police report 1/14/11 (01/14/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/14/11 (01/14/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department has released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 1/14/11 (01/14/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 1/14/11 (01/14/11)
A new study shows Cape Girardeau's average residential sewer customer would be paying $13.68 more a year in sewer charges, while the average commercial customer would see a $6.82 increase under a rate increase proposal being considered by the city council; funds raised are needed to help retire a $1.4 million sewer improvement bond issue...
Tony Samuel (01/14/11)
The Southeast Missouri State University football team's banner year has been highlighted with a host of year-end awards for several players as well as head coach Tony Samuel. Last week, Samuel received another award, one of national recognition. On the eve of the Football Championship Subdivision national championship game in Frisco, Texas, Samuel was recognized as the FCS national coach of the year with the Eddie Robinson Award...
Where's the coverage? (01/14/11)
After reading Sunday's sport section, I was upset over the coverage of girls high school basketball. We in the Patton area have a group of young ladies who are doing exceptionally well. The team won the tournament over the weekend and finished second in the Christmas tournament...
Don't blame political discourse (01/14/11)
This tragic shooting in Arizona was the fault of the shooter. Period. If the media must go beyond that, I suggest looking into his parenting, his faith and his friends. The media is of course blaming the political discourse in America, with a wink, wink, nod, nod toward the tea party movement. The media and the Arizona sheriff say to tone down the rhetoric. So which side needs to shut up?...
Speak Out 1/14/11 (01/14/11)
ILLINOIS has 118 state representatives and 59 state senators that are no longer needed and can be purchased for a song. They are no longer necessary because the entire state of Illinois is being run by only three individuals. The three are Governor Quinn, Speaker of the House Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton...
Prayer 1/14/11 (01/14/11)
O Lord, may our actions bear good fruit and reflect your love and kindness. Amen.
I've heard this song before (01/14/11)
I've heard this song before. The lyrics are the same. Deranged man with glaring eyes, armed with a semi-automatic pistol breaks the sound of day as he fires bullets into human flesh. People fall to the ground. Some live, some die. Words fall short in describing the physical and emotional trauma suffered by victims, family members, and friends. ...
Blanchard hosts 9th annual reading program (01/14/11)
Barbara Blanchard Elementary School recently hosted its 9th annual "Blanchard Reads" program. Students and their families read either "Flat Stanley" or "The Leaning Dog," and special guests from the community visited the school and answered questions about themselves and the book. ...
sunset at Duck Creek (01/14/11)
This photo was taken on 1/14/2011 at Duck Creek conservation area at sunset.
God's paintbrush (01/14/11)
This photo was taken at Duck Creek on 1/14/2011 at sunset.
Wishing Well (01/14/11)
The wishing well fountain across from the Cape Rock water treatment facility in Cape Girardeau. Taken 1/14/2011
Mississippi River Ice (01/14/11)
Ice is shown forming on the Mississippi River. Photo taken from in front of the floodwall in Downtown Cape, Friday, Jan. 14.
Sunset (01/14/11)
Sunset through a Kentucky Coffee bean tree in Bollinger County....spectacular colors.
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