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SEMO Pachyderm Club hosts panel discussion tonight (02/17/11)
Recent local Republican victors and a university professor and polling expert, Will Miller, will be discussing how the GOP made big gains in 2010 and how it can do so again in 2012 at a panel discussion tonight in Cape Girardeau. The SEMO Pachyderm Club will host the panel discussion, which begins at 7 p.m. at Dexter Bar-B-Que, and will follow the group's installation of officers at 6:30 p.m...
Reps. Emerson, Carnahan partner on civility forum (02/17/11)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Many political observers believe civil discourse is a thing of the past in Congress. Two House members from Missouri say they want to change that. Democrat Russ Carnahan and Republican Jo Ann Emerson are holding a forum Feb. 24 at Washington University in St. Louis to emphasize the importance of civil discourse...
Sikeston teen injured in Wednesday accident (02/17/11)
A Sikeston, Mo., teenager received moderate injuries following a Wednesday evening accident. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the 1999 Cadillac driven by Justin C. Overbey, 19, ran off the road, struck an embankment and overturned. Overbey was ejected from the vehicle. The accident occurred at 8:07 p.m. about a mile north of Blodgett, Mo., on Route H...
Joshua Kezer celebrates two years of freedom this week (02/17/11)
Joshua Kezer did a lot of praying while he was imprisoned for 16 years. He still does. Kezer, wrongly convicted of the 1992 murder of Benton, Mo., college student Angela Mischelle Lawless, read the Bible a lot and wrote in a journal, too. He watched television sometimes also, cheering on his favorite NFL team from his childhood and and teen years -- the Chicago Bears...
Pseudoephedrine prescription laws draw mixed reactions from health care industry (02/17/11)
Cathryn Maya drove from Jackson to Perryville last month to pick up some medicine for what she described as a "terrible, terrible" sinus infection. But it was a trip that infuriated her. That's because until a couple of months ago, she could pick up the medicines over the counter locally. ...
Sheriff working with lab, photographer to develop fingerprint in Lawless case (02/17/11)
The road to finding Angela Mischelle Lawless' killer continues to be bumpy for Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter and detective Branden Caid. They haven't hit a dead end though, Caid said Wednesday, just detours in solving the 1992 Benton, Mo., murder...
Other Southeast Missouri veterans fighting health care battles (02/17/11)
When the blistering begins, Chris Amacker says, it feels like his whole body is on fire. The first time, he panicked. "I remember throwing my wife out of bed -- I thought the bed was on fire," said Amacker, 35. Amacker served a dozen years in the Army Reserve and Missouri National Guard in Cape Girardeau and elsewhere, including a tour of duty as a gun truck commander in Iraq in 2004. ...
Inmate dies after jumping from moving van (02/17/11)
HOLCOMB, Mo. -- A 40-year-old Hayti, Mo., woman suffered fatal injuries after jumping from a Pemiscot County transport van at Holcomb on Sunday afternoon. According to the Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder, a Pemiscot County deputy radioed the Dunklin County Communications Center and requested assistance at a location on Highway 25 at Holcomb. Pemiscot deputies said that Lavonda Brown had jumped from a moving transport vehicle while being taken to Poplar Bluff, Mo., for a court commitment...
Community action agencies face 50 percent cut in Obama budget (02/17/11)
A proposed 50 percent cut in funding for local community action agencies included in President Barack Obama's $3.7 trillion budget could leave local children, women and senior citizens, without public assistance. Head Start, Section 8 housing, weatherization, utility assistance, job training, family planning and other programs administered by the East Missouri Action Agency and Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corp. ...
Missouri bill would allow vouchers for private schools (02/17/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state House member wants to amend the Missouri Constitution to let parents receive public funding to send children to religious schools. The proposal by Jefferson City Republican Jay Barnes would repeal a prohibition on public money going to religious schools. If approved by the full House and Senate, it would go on a statewide ballot...
Missouri Senate leader proposes bill to preserve area groundwater (02/17/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The leader of the Missouri Senate is pushing for a bill to preserve Southeast Missouri's water supply for local farmers and residents. Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, sponsors a bill that would give the state authority to block major water producers from pumping water out of the Southeastern Missouri Water District if it posed a threat to the water users in the district, with an intent to help preserve water supply for agricultural operations in that part of the state. ...
Show Me Center makes official Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert announcement (02/17/11)
Word that the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is making a return trip to Cape Girardeau has been circulating for weeks, but the Show Me Center made it official today. The metal/rock/orchestra fusion act will return to the Show Me Center at 7:30 p.m. May 12, according to a news release sent out by the venue today...
Governor got hundreds of mercy pleas on behalf of death row inmate (02/17/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has remained largely mum about his motivations for sparing the life of a condemned prisoner, but records obtained by The Associated Press show hundreds of people implored him to do so -- including many who cast doubt on whether the man actually was guilty of murder...
Charges against Stoddard County registered sex offender dropped (02/17/11)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Citing human error, Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russ Oliver announced late Monday that charges have been dropped against Gerald Barker, the Bloomfield man arrested on Feb. 2 and charged as a sex offender living within 1,000 feet of a school facility...
Route AA closed for pipe replacement (02/17/11)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Route AA in Stoddard County will be closed today to allow Missouri Department of Transportation crews to replace a drainage pipe beneath the road. This section of road is between Winfield and Hester streets in Bloomfield. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. For additional information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Interstate 55 reduced for guardrail repairs (02/17/11)
North- and southbound Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau and Scott counties will be reduced to one lane while contractor crews replace guardrails in various locations. This section of road is between U.S. 61 at Scott City and U.S. 61 at Center Junction. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily from Feb. 25 through March 5. The work zone will be marked with signs...
Guardrail replacement set in Scott County (02/17/11)
North- and southbound Interstate 55 between Interstate 57 and U.S. 61 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane next week while contractor crews replace guardrails in various locations. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Feb. 25. The work zone will be marked with signs...
Notre Dame students, staff give thanks for building expansion (02/17/11)
Investigation continues into alleged racist acts against Cairo high school students (02/17/11)
GOREVILLE, Ill. -- The investigation into an alleged hate crime at Goreville High School Monday involving a juvenile waving a confederate flag at Cairo, Ill., student athletes continued Wednesday, according to Goreville Police Chief Eddie Holland...
Utility customers grill Ameren representatives, state regulators at rate increase hearing (02/17/11)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Approximately 60 people attended a public meeting held by the Missouri Public Service Commission to voice their concerns about Ameren Missouri's proposed 11 percent electricity rate increase. The meeting took place at the National Guard Armory in Dexter on Tuesday...
Jetton pleads guilty in traffic court (02/17/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Former Missouri House speaker Rod Jetton pleaded guilty recently in Butler County traffic court to an amended charge of interfering with traffic by driving using excessive noise. With his guilty plea, Jetton accepted a plea agreement between his attorney, state Sen. Jason Crowell, and Butler County assistant prosecuting attorney Paul Oesterreicher. He agreed to pay a fine and court costs, according to the agreement...
Missouri sheriffs vary in replying to record requests (02/17/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's sheriff departments had a mixed record in their responses to requests for public records, sometimes turning over the documents for free, and sometimes demanding payment upfront before turning over copies of arrest and incident reports, according to a report released Wednesday...
Obama, Gates win in showdown vote to kill costly alternative jet engine (02/17/11)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama won a showdown vote Wednesday in the GOP-controlled House to kill a costly alternative engine for the Pentagon's next-generation fighter jet. The win by Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates was a switch from where the House stood last year under Democratic control. It reflected a sustained administration push to win over the votes of scores of Republican freshmen elected last fall on campaign promises to cut the budget...
Businesses, consumers giving economy a boost (02/17/11)
WASHINGTON -- American businesses and consumers are giving the economy a boost by spending more, but the troubled housing market remains an obstacle, new data show. Consumers bought more from retailers for a seventh straight month in January. The gains came despite snowstorms that limited spending from workers with more money in their paychecks from a Social Security tax cut...
CIA: If caught, bin Laden would be sent to Gitmo (02/17/11)
WASHINGTON -- What would the government do if Osama bin Laden, an FBI most-wanted terrorist for more than a decade, were captured? Washington is abuzz about questions of whether bin Laden would ever see the inside of an American courtroom or where he might be imprisoned if he doesn't stand trial. ...
U.S. eyeing Gulf unrest (02/17/11)
WASHINGTON -- Unrest surging through the Arab world has so far taken no toll on the American military. But that could change if revolt washes over the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain -- longtime home to the U.S. Navy's mighty 5th Fleet and arguably the Middle East anchor of U.S. defense strategy...
Montana governor blocks slaughter of hundreds of Yellowstone bison (02/17/11)
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer blocked the impending slaughter of hundreds of Yellowstone National Park bison Tuesday in a surprise move intended to spark an overhaul of how the federal government deals with the iconic but disease-plagued animals...
Indicted Italian leader not worried about trial (02/17/11)
ROME -- Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi said Wednesday he is not worried by an impending prostitution trial, where embarrassing testimony could end his political career. In his first public comments since his indictment, Berlusconi dodged questions about the case during a news conference on economic themes in Rome...
Egypt: Death toll put at 365 as strikes continue (02/17/11)
CAIRO -- At least 365 people died in the 18 days of anti-government protests that pushed out longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, the Health Ministry said Wednesday in the first official accounting of the death toll. Minister Ahmed Sameh Farid said it was only a preliminary count of civilians killed and did not include police or prisoners. ...
Protest wave grows in Mideast (02/17/11)
MANAMA, Bahrain -- The swelling protests against Bahrain's rulers gained momentum Wednesday with huge crowds calling for a sweeping political overhaul and the kingdom's stunned leaders appearing to shift tactics after attempts to crush the uprising stoked rage on the streets and sharp criticism from Western allies...
Oak Ridge tops Chaffee for MVC tourney crown (02/17/11)
Oak Ridge defeated Chaffee 67-47 in the weather-delayed championship game.
Leopold tops Zalma two nights in a row (02/17/11)
The Wildcats took third place in the MVC tournament with a 74-54 victory
High school roundup: Sikeston girls slip past Central 51-49 (02/17/11)
All the local high school events reported Wednesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast men's basketball team upsets Murray State (02/17/11)
Southeast qualified for the OVC tournament with a 64-57 victory
Redhawks try to boost hopes for OVC tourney contest (02/17/11)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team can take another big step toward making the Ohio Valley Conference tournament tonight. But lose to Murray State in the 7 p.m. tipoff at the Show Me Center and things could get shaky for the Redhawks...
Pujols' deadline passes with no contract (02/17/11)
JUPITER, Fla. -- The St. Louis Cardinals made Albert Pujols what they said was their best offer. It wasn't enough. So get ready, baseball: Pujols seems headed for the open market next fall. The deadline Pujols set for the Cardinals to reach a new contract agreement passed Wednesday with no deal, making it likely the three-time MVP will become a free agent after the World Series. ...
Showing their spirit: Scott City High School cheerleaders (02/17/11)
The season may be winding down, but team spirit continues to rise high in Scott City, thanks to the Scott City varsity cheerleading squad. There isn't a senior on this 10-member cheer team, but new coach Katie Sparks said there's more than enough dedication...
Hooked on Science: It's easy to blow up a balloon inside a bottle (02/17/11)
Have you ever tried to blow up a balloon inside a bottle? It's easy if you use science. STEP 2: Place your mouth over the opening of the empty water bottle and attempt to inflate the balloon. The air inside the bottle was trapped when you placed the balloon over the outside of the empty water bottle. ...
who's neXt 2/17/11 (02/17/11)
Scholarships The following students received scholarships to attend Southeast Missouri State University: -- From staff reports ...
neXt up 2/17/11 (02/17/11)
What's happening this weekend
Rescuing Potter (02/17/11)
Feb. 17, 2011 Dear Patty, Early Sunday morning Cassie Kipper took her new dog Potter for a run in Capaha Park. Though the temperature still was below freezing, the frigidness of the past week was just beginning to lift. Seeing no one else in the frosty park that morning, Cassie released Potter from his leash. Usually he stays close to Cassie, but a minute later Potter suddenly turned to chase a goose onto the park's partially frozen lagoon. He had never chased geese before...
Snow brings trials, joy to campus (02/17/11)
Winter in Kirksville, Mo., makes me feel like I'm living during the pioneer era. At least, that's what I like to imagine as I navigate my way through snowdrifts fighting the windy cold -- or in some cases, a blizzard -- on my way to class. ...
IBM seeking practical uses for technology that won 'Jeopardy!' (02/17/11)
Machines first out-calculated us in simple math. Then they replaced us on the assembly lines, explored places we couldn't get to, even beat our champions at chess. Now a computer called Watson has bested our best at "Jeopardy!" A gigantic computer created by IBM specifically to excel at answers-and-questions left two champs of the TV game show in its silicon dust after a three-day tournament, a feat that experts call a technological breakthrough...
Norman Preusser (02/17/11)
Norman Preusser, 83, of Jackson died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, and from 9:30 a.m. until service time Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson...
Joseph Watson (02/17/11)
CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- Joseph Temis Watson, 27, of Carterville, formerly of Cairo, Ill., died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Massie Funeral Home in Mounds, Ill., and 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at First Apostolic Church in Cambria, Ill...
Ruby Shrader (02/17/11)
Ruby F. Shrader, 80, formerly of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at Liberty Village in Maryville, Ill. Visitation is from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The funeral is at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with Dr. Brian Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Berrong Cemetery at Zalma, Mo...
Dr. George Casper (02/17/11)
ANNA, Ill. -- Dr. George E. Casper, 94, of Anna died Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna...
Rosemary Askew (02/17/11)
Rosemary T. Askew, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center, where she was staying after a short but intense battle with brain cancer. She was born May 18, 1932, on the family farm near Portageville, Mo., to Francis and Lena Brasher Toton. She and Kenneth Askew were married July 10, 1949, in Piggott, Ark...
Owen Thomas (02/17/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Owen Chester Thomas, 92, of Chaffee died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 12, 1918, son of Richard Asberry and Sylvania Randal Thomas. He and Dorothy Proctor were married June 25, 1955. She died Jan. 25, 1985...
Linda Boston (02/17/11)
Linda Jean Boston, 58, of Park Hills, Mo., formerly of Jackson, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at her home. She was born Oct. 28, 1952, in Cape Girardeau, to Henry and Doris Long Puls. Linda was a graduate of Jackson High School. She was the mother of four loving daughters...
Lillian Hahn (02/17/11)
Lillian Adrianne Hahn, 96, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at Jackson Manor. She was born Jan. 25, 1915, near Scopus, Mo., daughter of W.D. and Nellie Conder Brown. She and Edward Hahn were married July 13, 1932, in Jackson. He passed away July 3, 2005...
Harold Ervin Sr. (02/17/11)
Harold Glenn Ervin Sr., 84, of Midland, Texas, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at Hospice Inpatient Unit of Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland. He was born Aug. 8, 1926, at Egypt Mills, to Cletus and Rosa Kirchhoff Ervin. He and Mae Young were married June 2, 1949, at Big Spring, Texas. She passed away Jan. 16, 2011...
Births 2/17/11 (02/17/11)
Daughter to Erick W. Englehart and Johnna M. Kempfer of Jackson, Southeast Hospital, 5:48 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. Name, MaKayla Sue. Weight, 8 pounds, 2 ounces. Fourth child, third daughter. Ms. Kempfer is the former Johnna Jordan, daughter of Joe and Sue Jordan of Marble Hill, Mo. Englehart is the son of Wayne and Nobuko Englehart of Jackson. He is assistant manager at Rent-A-Center...
Cape Girardeau police report 2/17/11 (02/17/11)
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 2/17/11 (02/17/11)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: ...
Jackson police/fire report 2/17/11 (02/17/11)
POLICE The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts Property damage Miscellaneous FIRE Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: ...
Out of the past 2/17/11 (02/17/11)
The signing of a lease agreement by Southeast Missouri Hospital and Saint Francis Medical Center has cleared the way for construction and delivery of a mobile MRI unit some time this summer. Saying that the issue is "fairness," Cape Girardeau Mayor Howard C. Tooke calls for a change in the proposed sewer rate increase that would result in a slightly smaller increase for the average residential customer than originally proposed...
Special Olympics (02/17/11)
While most people in early February are trying to find ways to stay warm, some individuals recently went out of their way to be cold and wet -- all in an effort to raise money for Special Olympics Missouri's Southeast Area. Earlier this month, 268 individuals participated in the annual Polar Plunge with a goal of raising $60,000. And the organization has nearly met that goal with $50,000 raised to date...
Democracy at its worst (02/17/11)
Right now in Jefferson City there are 10 bills that have been introduced by various legislators with connections to the breeders and their interest groups to repeal and amend Proposition B -- the Missouri Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. In fact, a House committee two weeks ago was considering ways to cancel the election results, repeal the law, exempt existing breeders or eliminate provisions of the law prohibiting dangerous overcrowding in cages, protecting dogs from bad weather and providing them veterinary care when needed. ...
Smoking opinion (02/17/11)
My opinion on smoking differs from what I have read or heard. I believe at birth our bodies have weak spots, and regardless of what we do or how we live our lives, those weak spots will probably develop into some kind of cancer, asthma, allergy, emphysema, etc. We just do not know when...
Speak Out 2/17/11 (02/17/11)
APPARENTLY we have a problem at the county level, as we have two out of three county commissioners who have decided to give all county employees, including themselves of course, a 2.5 percent cost of living increase. I have a brother who does marijuana, and he's also very physically sick. ...
Prayer 2/17/11 (02/17/11)
O God, we're thankful for warmer weather and its reminder of Your creation's splendor. Amen.
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