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Stories from Monday, January 24, 2011

Route N in Scott County closed for water main break (01/24/11)
Route N in Scott County is closed while the Scott City Water Department repairs a water main break under the roadway. The section of roadway is at the Scott City city limits coming north from Commerce. The work is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. today...
Willie Nelson schedules March concert in Cape Girardeau (01/24/11)
Willie Nelson will play the Show Me Center March 15. Nelson last played the Show Me Center in 2005, when then-entertainment editor Matt Sanders called him a "champion still in his prime." The country music legend will play Poplar Bluff, Mo., March 13 and then head up the road for a Cape Girardeau concert...
Financial aid amount increasing for some Missouri college students (01/24/11)
Compared to the escalating cost of a college degree, it isn't much. But hundreds of students at Southeast Missouri State University, and thousands more at Missouri's institutions of higher education, will see a slight increase in financial aid. Gov. Jay Nixon recently announced increased award amounts for students receiving Access Missouri scholarships, the state's largest need-based student financial aid program...
'Slow, steady growth' in housing market expected in Cape Girardeau, Jackson (01/24/11)
With 50 new homes built last year, Jackson's home construction has rebounded to near prerecession levels. In Cape Girardeau, however, just 32 new homes were constructed, less than half as many as in 2007. "There are less people building now in our area than there were two years back, by a significant amount," said Jeff Martin of Realty Executives of Cape County...
Trial medication helps shrink 5-year-old's brain tumor (01/24/11)
At only 5 years old, Abigail Jensen has met -- and even been kissed by -- her prince charming. He is tall, with dark hair and handsome, Jensen said at a family gathering Sunday. She said her prince charming was a gentleman and kissed her on the hand...
Scott County water district taking customers for Phase 2 (01/24/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- Latecomers were welcomed to Phase 1 of Scott County's rural water district but for this next portion it may be now or never. "We're currently moving forward with Phase 2," said Tim McIntyre, district manager for Public Water Supply District No. 4 of Scott County. "It covers the northwest corner of the county."...
News analysis: Nixon touts jobs and cuts Missouri positions (01/24/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Creating new jobs and preserving those that already exist are the priority for Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and legislative leaders this year. Yet Nixon has proposed to eliminate hundreds of positions from state government. The goal of shrinking state government is winning the support of lawmakers who have said they will consider almost any idea for spurring job growth in Missouri, where unemployment has remained higher than 9 percent for nearly two years...
MoDOT wants to make its case in lawsuits (01/24/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Transportation wants its day in court when it is sued over injuries or deaths blamed on defects in state roads. The highway agency contends it is paying out millions of dollars more than necessary because of arbitration rulings against it. So the department wants to be able to take its chances before a judge and jury...
U.S. diplomacy embracing Twitter amid global crises (01/24/11)
WASHINGTON -- The State Department is tightening its embrace of Twitter and other social media as crises grip the Middle East and Haiti, with officials finding new voice, cheek and influence in the era of digital diplomacy. Even as it struggles to contain damage caused by WikiLeaks' release of classified internal documents, the department is reaching out across the Internet. ...
Wal-Mart heads to court in battle over location near Civil War site (01/24/11)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Nearly 150 years after Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant fought in northern Virginia, a conflict over the battlefield is taking shape in a courtroom. The dispute involves whether a Walmart store should be built near the Civil War site, and the case pits preservationists and some residents of a rural northern Virginia town against the world's largest retailer and local officials who approved the Walmart Supercenter...
Case in Giffords shooting likely to take years (01/24/11)
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Investigators have been poring over surveillance video, interviewing witnesses and analyzing items seized from Jared Loughner's home as they build a case in the assassination attempt against Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. It's a case that likely will take years to play out as it goes through the many phases of the criminal justice system: prosecutions by both federal and state authorities, proceedings over whether to move the case to a different venue, a possible insanity defense and prosecutors' likely push for the death penalty.. ...
Missing boat with 5 Americans found in Philippines (01/24/11)
MANILA, Philippines -- Searchers from the Philippine coast guard found five missing Americans on board a sailboat that was reported missing en route from Guam. All were in good health, officials said Sunday. A search ship guided by a spotter plane located the 38-foot catamaran The Pineapple after it was spotted off the southern island of Dinagat, coast guard chief Adm. Wilfredo Tamayo said. The rescuers were escorting the vessel to its original destination on central Cebu island, he said...
Harris, Middleton draw more honors (01/24/11)
Southeast Missouri State tailback Henry Harris and center Sean Middleton recently earned more honors as they were named to the College Sporting News Sweet 63 Football Championship Subdivision All-American team. The CSN squad was the last of the six major FCS All-American teams to be announced. Harris made five of the teams while Middleton was selected to four of the squads...
Rodgers leads Packers to NFC title (01/24/11)
CHICAGO -- There was one Monster of the Midway in the NFC championship game and his name was Aaron Rodgers. He wasn't even at his best and, still, he was better than the first, the second and the third quarterback used in vain by the Chicago Bears against their bitter rivals...
Pittsburgh finally muzzles Jets in AFC championship game (01/24/11)
PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers found a fitting way to shut down the New York Jets' season. What started with "Hard Knocks," ended with hard knocks. For the third time in six seasons, Terrible Towels will twirl at the Super Bowl, where the Steelers will meet Green Bay after silencing Rex Ryan's wild bunch in a 24-19 victory for the AFC championship Sunday...
OVC basketball races tight at the halfway mark (01/24/11)
While the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team has hit another major speed bump, an exciting Ohio Valley Conference race is heating up. Exactly halfway through the 18-game conference schedule for all the contenders, six of the league's 10 squads are within two games of first place...
Local business among 18 honored at capitol (01/24/11)
Infinity Recycling Solutions of Cape Girardeau will be among 18 small businesses honored by members of the Missouri Legislature on Wednesday at a business showcase in Jefferson City, Mo. The Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers and the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers are sponsoring the event...
Talking Shop with science educator Jason Lindsey (01/24/11)
Jason Lindsey has used his science skills to inspire area children to become "Hooked on Science" with his demonstrations, articles and television segments for the past seven years. He's worked as a meteorologist and science reporter, but says he loves working with children most of all...
Jackson Family Care partners with Saint Francis (01/24/11)
Saint Francis Medical Center's newest physician practice partner is Jackson Family Care, formerly Jackson Family Clinic. This long-standing practice in Jackson is led by board certified family practitioner Dr. Kennett D. Asher. Asher has been on the Saint Francis medical staff for more than 30 years and uses his experience and knowledge to treat a range of patient conditions. ...
Mary Ann Reichert (01/24/11)
Mary Ann Reichert, 78, of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 22, 1932, in East St. Louis, Ill., to Edwin C. and Helen Kaestner Reichert. She was a member of Christ United Church of Christ in Dupo, Ill., and had attended First Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau since moving to Cape Girardeau in 1994...
Gail Rister (01/24/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Gail Henry Rister, 89, of Chaffee, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Graveside funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today at Union Park Cemetery at Chaffee with the Rev. Matt Butrum officiating. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapels is in charge of arrangements...
Blanche Mason (01/24/11)
Blanche M. Mason, 86, of Jackson, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011 at the Monticello House in Jackson. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Sam Roethemeyer officiating. Burial will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery...
Dora Winkler (01/24/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Dora L. Winkler, 105, of Perryville, died Jan. 23, 2011 at a residential care facility in Farmington, Mo. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Young and Sons Funeral Home in Perryville. Funeral service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Handrick officiating. Burial will be in the South Hampton Cemetery in New York...
Births 1/24/11 (01/24/11)
Son to Benjamin Kyle and Jennifer Lynne Crass of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Hospital, 7:14 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, 2011. Name, Brenner Kyle. Weight, 7 pounds, 8 ounces. Second child, first son. Mrs. Crass is the former Jennifer Brothers, daughter of the Rev. Gary and Rose Brothers of Cape Girardeau. She is a student ministry pastor at Cape First. Crass is the son of Sheila Crass of Cape Girardeau and Terry and Martha Crass of Scott City. He is employed in radiology at Saint Francis Medical Center...
Jackson Middle School (01/24/11)
Jackson Middle School Scholastic Honor Roll 6th grade: Audrey Allen, Hannah Aufdenberg, Malary Burger, Kaitlin Christian, Ashley Cisco, Anastasia Compton, Bryce Dickerson, Sarah Gammon, Caleb Gilbert, Courtney Hahs, Andrea Hamm, Cheyenne Hendershott, Skyler Hornbeak, Nicole Humphreys, Allison Karleskint, Olivia Klaus, Sydney Lamberth, Deanna Mirley, Collin Nicks, Lillian Schell, Mary Scott, Nicole Sotak, Flannery Thompson, Spencer Toft, Aleni Tsikhlakis, Brittany Ussery, James Robert Ward, Casey Webb. ...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/24/11 (01/24/11)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Assaults Thefts Property damage Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau fire report 1/24/11 (01/24/11)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Jackson police and fire reports 1/24/11 (01/24/11)
Jackson The Jackson Police Department reported the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Theft Property damage Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Out of the past 1/24/11 (01/24/11)
JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri Supreme Court yesterday heard lawyers argue the legal merits of an agreement between the city of Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri State University to build a multipurpose building on the Southeast campus; the seven-member high court heard oral arguments in the appeal of a circuit judge's ruling barring the city from financial participation with the university in the controversial project...
Second chances (01/24/11)
There are some distinctions that states would rather not have. One of Missouri's is being ranked as one of the 10 worst states in the country for creating barriers for ex-offenders re-entering society. Fortunately there are some individuals working in an attempt to create opportunities for those who have made serious mistakes...
Free speech for all (01/24/11)
Having read a recent Speak Out comment concerning free speech, I was totally dumbfounded by the one-sidedness of the idea that the First Amendment is only for liberals and not for conservatives. Since when was the First Amendment only intended to protect liberal speech and not conservative speech? Who in the world wrote such shuck and jive narrow-mindedness? Saul Alinsky? The ACLU? George McGovern?...
Let businesses decide (01/24/11)
I urge everyone who plans to vote this April to read the smoking ban ordinance. A copy is available at city hall and on the city's website. This draconian ordinance is unreasonably restrictive. "All enclosed facilities" are subject to this smoking ban, including: bars, facilities for bingo, gaming and conventions, private clubs (VFW, Legion, Eagles, etc.), billiard parlors, bowling alleys, motels, lobbies, common areas in trailer parks, restrooms, hallways, outdoor arenas, employee lounges and any outdoor places that are "within a reasonable distance of outside entrances, operable windows and ventilation systems?". ...
Prayer 1/24/11 (01/24/11)
O God, thank you for being our great shepherd and deliverer. Amen.
Queenie snuggling with Dino (01/24/11)
These are two adoptable dogs at Silverwalk - I found both Dino and Queenie napping together in my chair.
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