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Stories from Friday, February 11, 2011

Southeast Missouri State University to cut degrees (02/11/11)
Adios, Spanish. Au revoir, French. Southeast Missouri State University is eliminating bachelor of arts degrees in Spanish, French and German, part of an extensive, statewide degree program review aimed at taking out low-producing degree programs and making Missouri higher education more efficient...
Bollinger County man appealing 1988 conviction for rape (02/11/11)
After serving a quarter of his 60-year prison sentence in Cameron, Mo., Bollinger County man Ronnie Dale Walker is suing over his 1988 conviction on four felony charges, including rape. A petition filed by Walker in mid-December indicates he has always thought he was falsely identified by the victim in the case, a Zalma, Mo., woman, who reported to police in May 1988 that she and her husband were robbed at gunpoint. She said she'd also been raped and forced to commit sodomy on the perpetrator...
How Cape Girardeau smoking ban would be enforced not yet decided (02/11/11)
Enforcement of a proposed smoking ban in Cape Girardeau workplaces would likely fall into the lap of the city's police department, city officials said Thursday, though they added they will await the outcome of the April 5 election before setting a definitive policy...
Many area health providers have already made the switch to electronic records (02/11/11)
Health care is one of few industries in America that still relies on paper records. That's changing due in part to a requirement in the 2009 economic stimulus package and last year's health care reform law that will start penalizing practices that don't use electronic records...
Health department: Local restaurants again getting calls from fake food inspectors (02/11/11)
The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center has received reports of a person calling restaurants posing as a health inspector investigating tainted food, according to a department news release. The department received similar reports in November...
Poll: What are you buying for Valentine's Day? (02/11/11)
The Southeast Missourian and seMissourian.com are seeking your input about the economics of Valentine's Day. We'd like to know what you're buying for a story for our Monday edition. Answer the poll question below to participate. What are you buying for Valentine's Day?...
Campus group leads discussion on evolution of hip hop (02/11/11)
Hip hop is not what it was 15 or 20 years ago, Tara Myriek, a Southeast Missouri State University track coach, suggested to a group of college students and staff who engaged in a discussion Thursday about feminism and messages tied to the genre of music...
Show Me Center prepares for weekend of monster truck action (02/11/11)
This weekend, the Show Me Center is digging in deep for the Monster Truck Winter Nationals and Bad Boys of Arenacross. The two-night event, produced by Checkered Flag Productions, brings action and excitement to fans of every age. The Show Me Center plays hosts to a lot of "quick-change" events, but the monster truck shows require a large amount of work to transform a concrete floor into an arena that can handle lap after lap of dirt bike and quad racing as well as the jumps and crushes of monster trucks.. ...
Roy Blunt discusses EPA regulations, SEMO Port access and other issues with local business leaders (02/11/11)
Access to the SEMO Port, health care reform, battling methamphetamine and EPA regulations were among topics addressed by Sen. Roy Blunt during a visit with local business leaders Thursday at the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. The stop was one of four at Southeast Missouri Chambers on a two-day tour where Blunt said he wanted to listen, more than talk...
Area schools report Friday closings (02/11/11)
Some area schools have reported Friday closings. The Scott City school district reported via text alert that Friday classes are canceled due to many bus routes being packed with snow and ice. As of 5:40 p.m. Advance and Zalma reported Friday closings on the KZIM-KSIM website. The Perry County public school district reported buses would run on snow routes only Friday...
I-57 ramps reduced for guardrail work (02/11/11)
The southbound ramps on Interstate 57 in Mississippi County will be reduced to 10 feet wide Tuesday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform guardrail removal. The ramps are from Highway 105 to I-57 and from I-57 to Highway 105 (exit 10). Weather permitting, the work will take place from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs...
Route A closed for pipe replacement (02/11/11)
Route A in Scott County will be closed Wednesday, while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway. The section of road is at County Road 224. Weather permitting, work will be performed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs, and motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Highway 177 to close for pipe replacement (02/11/11)
Highway 177 from County Road 602 to two miles south of Route J in Cape Girardeau County will be closed Monday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace culvert pipe under the road. Weather permitting, the road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs...
Two injured in Wednesday Scott County crash (02/11/11)
Two drivers received moderate injuries following a Wednesday accident on Highway 77 in Scott County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the 2003 Honda driven by 67-year-old Rose M. Pobst of Oran, Mo., slid into the path of the 2006 Freightliner driven by 44-year-old Paul A. Franken of Bella Vista, Ark. The accident occurred at noon, two miles south of Chaffee...
Bootheel woman found mentally competent in infant murder case (02/11/11)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Following a court-ordered evaluation, qualified psychiatric professionals with the SEMO Mental Health Center have found that a Campbell, Mo., woman accused of murdering her infant daughter in May 2009 is mentally fit for trial. According to court documents, Joanna Faucett, 24, has been found to not suffer from any mental disease or defect that would render her unable to assist in her own defense. ...
Two Sikeston businesses robbed in one 24-hour period (02/11/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Two robberies occurring within 24 hours of one another are under investigation by the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. Police responded to Rhodes 101 Convenience Store, 535 N. Main St., around 3:21 a.m. Wednesday, after a clerk contacted police explaining she had just been robbed. When officers arrived they learned the suspect had fled westbound on foot...
Poplar Bluff man charged in stabbing (02/11/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff man was charged Wednesday with assaulting another man by stabbing him twice in an apparent dispute involving an alleged stolen vehicle. Jason Lynn Stewart, 37, of the 200 block of County Road 508 was charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action by Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Barbour...
Renowned talent scout to give talk in Southeast Missouri (02/11/11)
He has worked with and influenced the careers of some of Hollywood and Broadway's biggest names, and Thursday he'll be in Perryville, Mo., talking to young people about what it takes to succeed in the entertainment industry and in life. Talent scout Peter Sklar, who claims Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Mischa Barton as some of his proteges and discoveries, said in any line of work, self-image and good mental and physical health is critical...
Meeting on Jackson DREAM initiative is March 1 (02/11/11)
A public meeting to launch Jackson's DREAM Initiative project has been scheduled for March 1. The meeting will feature a keynote address from Mike Hemmer of PGAV, Inc., the planning firm hired by the Missouri Development Finance Board and the Missouri Department of Economic Development to work with Jackson on its DREAM project...
Mo. may excuse missed school days (02/11/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Snow days missed during the state's epic event last week may not return to haunt students and teachers this summer. State law mandates that up to 10 lost days be made up, but a bill introduced in the House on Thursday by Rep. Joe Aull, D-Marshall, would exempt from the requirement days missed during the week of Jan. 31, in which Gov. Jay Nixon issued a state of emergency call...
Fewest requests for unemployment help since 2008 (02/11/11)
WASHINGTON -- The number of people applying for unemployment benefits plunged last week to the lowest level in nearly three years, continuing a downward trend that suggests hiring could pick up this year. Applications sank by a seasonally adjusted 36,000 to 383,000, the lowest point since early July 2008, the Labor Department reported Thursday...
No charges in death of brewery heir's girlfriend (02/11/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Anheuser-Busch heir August Busch IV will not face criminal charges in the overdose death of his girlfriend, a Missouri prosecutor said Thursday. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch made his announcement a day after the county's medical examiner said an autopsy showed Adrienne Martin, 27, died of an accidental overdose of the prescription painkiller oxycodone. McCulloch left open the possibility of reopening the case if more information became available...
Republicans invite businesses to vent about regulations (02/11/11)
WASHINGTON -- From large manufacturers to a small electric company, businesses complained Thursday about costly government rules at a forum provided by Republicans who are eager to slash federal regulations. Democrats said GOP lawmakers only wanted to hear about the burdens of regulation, not the benefits to public health and worker safety...
iPhone-starved states welcome gadget (02/11/11)
FARGO, N.D. -- Apple devotees in states largely disregarded under a formerly exclusive deal to distribute the iPhone rushed to stores to snap up the gadget early Thursday as Verizon Wireless entered the fray. Phil Toso, the manager of a Verizon store in Baxter, Minn., said dozens of people showed up when the business opened at 7 a.m. Thursday. The store normally opens at 10...
N.Y. Congressman resigns after shirtless photo appears on Craigslist (02/11/11)
CLARENCE, N.Y. -- Rep. Christopher Lee of western New York abruptly resigned with only a vague explanation of regret after a gossip website reported that the married congressman had sent a shirtless photo of himself flexing his muscles to a woman he met on Craigslist...
Cold, snow worry ranchers in Plains and South (02/11/11)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- An icy blast tugged temperatures well below zero degrees in a large swath of the South on Thursday, leaving ranchers and farmers fretting about their animals after a winter storm dropped 2 feet of snow on parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma and left at least three people dead...
Three dead in Pa. natural gas explosion; 2 missing (02/11/11)
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- A natural gas explosion rocked a downtown neighborhood Wednesday night, leveling two houses and spawning fires that burned for hours through an entire row of neighboring homes. Three people were killed, including an infant, and at least two others were unaccounted for Thursday...
Hackers in China hit Western oil companies (02/11/11)
BEIJING -- Hackers operating from China stole sensitive information from Western oil companies, a U.S. security firm reported Thursday, adding to complaints about pervasive Internet crime traced to the country. The report by McAfee Inc. did not identify the companies but said the "coordinated, covert and targeted" attacks began in November 2009 and targeted computers of oil and gas companies in the United States, Taiwan, Greece and Kazakhstan. ...
Historic temple caught in Thai-Cambodia crossfire (02/11/11)
PREAH VIHEAR, Cambodia -- High on a cliff overlooking the jungles of northern Cambodia, heavily armed troops crouch in fortified bunkers on the grounds of an ancient temple turned modern-day battlefield. The stone remains of Preah Vihear, built nearly 1,000 years ago, are supposed to be a protected U.N. ...
Miniskirted Russian women urge better snow removal (02/11/11)
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Too much snow and not enough beaus -- so says a squad of miniskirted, high-heeled young women wielding snow shovels in Russia's second city. Seven women came to the frigid square in front of St. Petersburg's Kazan Cathedral on Thursday to chip away at snow and ice and demand better city snow removal...
Suicide bomber wounds 42, kills 31 soldiers in Pakistan (02/11/11)
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A suicide bomber linked to the Pakistani Taliban attacked soldiers during morning exercises at an army training camp in the northwest Thursday, killing 31 troops and wounding 42 others. There were conflicting accounts about the identity of the bomber. The army and police said he was a teenager in a school uniform, but the Pakistani Taliban claimed he was a soldier at the camp in Mardan town who volunteered for the attack...
Mubarak refuses to quit, hands powers to his VP (02/11/11)
CAIRO -- Egypt's Hosni Mubarak refused to step down or leave the country and instead handed most of his powers to his vice president Thursday, enraging protesters who warned the country could explode in violence and pleaded for the military to take action to push him out...
SCC's Otto Porter selected to play in high school all-star game on ESPN2 (02/11/11)
The 6-foot-9 forward has been selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic high school basketball all-star game.
High school roundup: St. Vincent girls rout Black Cats (02/11/11)
All the local high school events reported Thursday to the Southeast Missourian.
Redhawks falls on road to Eastern Kentucky (02/11/11)
A hot-shooting Eastern Kentucky men's basketball team put an emphatic end to Southeast Missouri State's road magic. The Colonels blistered the nets for 57.1 percent from the field Thursday night and used a big second half to rout the Redhawks 77-64 in Richmond, Ky...
Cold weather prevents softball team's debut (02/11/11)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team will have to wait an additional day to open its season. Thursday's scheduled game at Jackson State was canceled due to temperatures that only reached about 25 degrees in Jackson, Miss. The contest will not be rescheduled...
Southeast women extend mastery of EKU (02/11/11)
The Redhawks have won 11 of their last 12 games against the Colonels
Ky. lets community hunt repopulated elk (02/11/11)
STONEY FORK, Ky. -- Bringing the elk back to the Appalachian hills and hollows where they once roamed has become a nightmare. Rogues from a herd that numbers in the thousands are trampling gardens, flattening fences and marring yards with manure in the southeastern Kentucky town of Stoney Fork. They have made the roads dangerous, causing dozens of car crashes...
Art from pieces (02/11/11)
Despite the cold, Feb. 4 was a successful and busy First Friday. With Malcolm McCrae's colorful airbrush art at O'Tenem and a few hundred pieces by area children on display at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, there was a melange of items to appreciate...
The ocean's fury (02/11/11)
Thanks to the Internet, I scan about a dozen papers a day. If I see something that interests me, I go to that paper's website and read the story. Sunday morning, there was a headline on the front page of the Eugene Register-Guard in Oregon that made my heart stand still. It was a story of tragedy, and it brought back memories nearly 40 years old...
Classical guitarist Patrick Rafferty, sweet treats on the menu for KRCU concert (02/11/11)
KRCU hopes to set the mood for Valentine's Day tonight at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus with a concert to benefit the public radio station. "Sweets and Strings" features classical guitar music and decadent desserts in the Shuck Recital Hall...
Best bet: "The Art of Brick" (02/11/11)
Southeast Missourians have about one week left to view "The Art of Brick," Nathan Sawaya's Lego sculpture exhibit at the Crisp Museum on Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus. The works range from wall hangings to small sculptures on pedestals to large ones resting on the floor. The colorful show uses almost 1 million of the tiny toys to create more than 30 sculptures. The museum is free and open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday...
Valentine's Day events (02/11/11)
Trio of Treats My Daddy's Cheesecake will present a special menu with a selection of new beers and wines accompanied by live music. 7 to 10 p.m. today Valentine's Day Concert Dockside the Upper Deck presents a Valentine's Day party for all ages with live music from Warchalking, Bears on Fire, Otto Modest, Scott Coomer, Cassie Gaines and Ambrister. There will be an $8 cover charge and a cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m...
Opera Bites: "Nixon in China" captures moment in American history (02/11/11)
On Saturday the high-definition broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera will be John Adams' "Nixon in China." The performance begins at noon at the AMC Town Plaza 5 in Cape Girardeau. This opera premiered in 1987. Adams has described the meeting between U.S. President Richard Nixon and Chinese leader Mao Zedong as "a mythological moment in American history."...
Artifacts 2/11/11 (02/11/11)
Arts and entertainment briefs
Opening the door to Jackson art scene (02/11/11)
A group of people wanted to open the door for artists in Jackson and have been doing so at the Steck House each week. The Jackson Art Group, bent on bringing art to more people, began as an idea last summer and was officially formed in November. Since that time, it has exhibited art for the community to appreciate and purchase from 10 a.m. ...
MAD catches Bieber fever (02/11/11)
PHILADELPHIA -- There is no doubt that Justin Bieber is everywhere. From the latest Best Buy Super Bowl ad with Ozzy Osbourne to the film "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" to hit singles online, on the air and everywhere else, the so-called Beliebers have elevated the mop-topped Canadian to dizzying heights of stardom...
Joseph Hayden (02/11/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Joseph Bertrand "Bert" Hayden, 92, formerly of Perryville, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at Camelot Nursing Center in Farmington, Mo. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farmington...
Isadore Bohnert (02/11/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Isadore I. Bohnert, 93, of Perryville died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 6:30 to 9:50 a.m. Saturday at Miller Family Funeral Home. A VFW service will be held at 6:30 p.m. today, and parish wake service at 7. The rosary will be recited at 9 a.m. Saturday...
Darlene Hoehn (02/11/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Darlene F. Hoehn, 66, of Perryville died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born Oct. 13, 1944, in Perryville, daughter of the late Howard D. and Sylva M. Farrar Hager. She and Norman L. Hoehn were married June 19, 1965...
Norma Greif (02/11/11)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Norma Jean "Mutsie" Welker Greif, 73, of Farmington passed away Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, in Farmington. She was born Jan. 1, 1938, in Perryville, daughter of Glenton and Elizabeth Macke Welker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Eugene Greif Sr. in 1987; three sisters, Myrna Thomas, Gert Hudson and Barbara Simpson; five brothers, Dick Welker, Bob Welker, Joseph Welker, Eugene Hart and Rod Hart...
Jerry Ward (02/11/11)
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Jerry W. Ward, 80, of Murphysboro passed away Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at Carbondale Memorial Hospital. He was born June 27, 1930, in Cape Girardeau, son of Arch and Opal Sledge Ward. He and Betty Farrow were married Aug. 14, 1948, in Piggott, Ark...
Thelma Freese (02/11/11)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Thelma Ashlock Freese, 91, of East Prairie died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at East Prairie Nursing Center. She was born May 6, 1919, in East Prairie, to J.H. and Odie Barker Ashlock. Following her graduation from East Prairie High School, she enrolled in St. ...
Eunice Ernst (02/11/11)
Eunice M. Ernst, 88, of Howard Lake, Minn., died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, Minn. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale, Minn., with the Rev. Thomas Queck officiating. Burial will be in Corinna Cemetery in Wright County...
Births 2/11/11 (02/11/11)
Daughter to Michael and Laura Beth Eck of Paducah, Ky., Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, 10:14 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27, 2010. Name, Collins Reagan. Weight, 6 pounds, 14 ounces. Seventh child, fourth daughter. Mrs. Eck is the former Laura Beth Young, daughter of Tim and Carolyn Young of Cape Girardeau. Eck is the son of Wally and Sharon Eck of Jackson. He is a professional engineer and owner of Matrix Engineering in Paducah...
Cape Central Middle School (02/11/11)
Cape Central Middle School A Honor Roll 6th grade: Emily Bagby, Isaac Buck, Katherine Carns, Jordan Collins, Victoria Crisman, Amy Dai, Natalie Davis, Skylar Deimund, Gabrielle Desrosiers, Brianna Duncan, Madison Dush, Terron Flores, Sophia Gentle, Adriano Grim, Madalyn Gutierrez, Nia Johnson, Kimberly Jones, Bennett Kidd, Spencer Kidd, Kathleen Kinder, Nikkie Le, Trenton Leimer, Anna Margetta, Alexis Mcmahon, Sky Miller, Destiny Minor, Mackenzie Moore, Michael Morrison, Cassandra Musgrave, Hunter Neal, River Ketcherside, Elizabeth Orr, Jamonte Rush, Gavin Sample, Keegan Stout, Amanda Stricker, Levi Strickland, Tyler Swanks, Drew Thatcher, Ella Valleroy, Ellen Wang, Mason Warren, Takymbra Williams.. ...
Cape Girardeau fire report 2/11/11 (02/11/11)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: ...
Jackson police/fire report 2/11/11 (02/11/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 2/11/11 (02/11/11)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Assault Miscellaneous The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Out of the past 2/11/11 (02/11/11)
The Farmers Home Administration is threatening to foreclose on five Cape Girardeau County farmers, who are among 20 county borrowers who are seriously delinquent in making loan payments, now that a federal judge's nationwide moratorium against FmHA foreclosures has been lifted; of the 20 county farmers who are more than a year behind in their loan payments, nine are in bankruptcy...
'Sinful' tax collections won't fix budget woes in Missouri (02/11/11)
Missouri is strapped for cash, and state lawmakers have proposed a quick fix: raising the cigarette tax rate. Smokers are an easy target, certainly. They choose to inhale a known carcinogen, and nonsmokers like me ultimately bear some of their health care costs. Unfortunately for Missourians, raising the rate on cigarettes or other targeted vices is unlikely to solve the state's budget woes...
Internet safety (02/11/11)
Social networking is a phenomenon that appears to be only getting stronger as modern technology advances. Yet despite its benefits, there are privacy concerns. Recently, four Missouri legislators and one legislative staff member became victims of cyber hacking...
Speak Out 2/11/11 (02/11/11)
I just read in the paper where Jackson was going to stop the illegal dumping of the yard waste in their city, and it said that they have no alternative dump spot. I can tell you where it will go. It will be on our county roads. They need to provide a place for people to dump this stuff or it will be dumped anywhere...
Prayer 2/11/11 (02/11/11)
O Lord Jesus, may we always live our lives by the truth. Amen.
Waiting Their Turn At The feeder (02/11/11)
I ran for my camera when I saw this cardinals out our window.
Surreal Early Morning (02/11/11)
Our backyard looked like it was void of life during our snowfall last week.
Snow on the Road (02/11/11)
Rural Scott County Missouri
gilded gold statue (02/11/11)
Gilded gold statue as part of a pool and fountain in front of the castle of Ludwig II near Oberammergau, Germany.
Fountain display (02/11/11)
The fountain in front of the castle of Ludwig II, near Oberammergau, Germany.
Chuy in the snow Jan 2011 (02/11/11)
My Sharpei Chuy is 3 1/2 now but still seems 2 dance thru life :)
Lake Girardeau in ice (02/11/11)
A January afternoon @ Lake Girardeau
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