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Stories from Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Area veteran battling VA over covering Agent Orange-related health problems (03/02/11)
Charles Phillip Jestus worked, ate and slept in the stench and horror of war, somewhere between Khe Sanh and hell. The Vietnam vet spent 13 months in 1968 and 1969 supplying helicopters and troops at a landing strip in the valley village of Ca Lu. He would see things -- death, dying, suffering, fear, degradations and debasements -- unimaginable to all but those who have lived in the carnage of war...
Cape Girardeau chamber votes to oppose citywide smoking ban (03/02/11)
Those fighting a proposed smoking ban gained an influential ally Tuesday when the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce voted to oppose the ban, which it called "overly restrictive" and an "issue of individual rights and government intervention." The chamber's board voted 16-2 to oppose the ban, which would prohibit smoking in all public workplaces, including bars, restaurants, private clubs and casinos. The election is April 5...
Tennessee overtakes Missouri in meth lab seizure numbers (03/02/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri is not leading the nation in methamphetamine lab busts and seizures for the first time since 2003, according to figures released Tuesday.
Chamber endorses wastewater ballot issues for April 5 (03/02/11)
The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce has thrown its support behind the city's $72 million plan to pay for a new wastewater treatment plant. But the 1,200-member business organization did so Tuesday with four caveats -- that the city should make sure to address concerns about plant odor, give local businesses a shot at construction contracts, keep the lines of communication open with the public and make sure rates are the same for business and residential customers...
National search begins for new Cape Girardeau parks director (03/02/11)
Dan Muser thinks his successor should be a lot of things -- thick-skinned, a long-range thinker and a multitasker, just to name a few. What the current head of the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation department does not think the next one should be, however, is a micromanager...
West Park Mall to be sold to U.S. company (03/02/11)
Australia-based Centro Properties Group confirmed Tuesday that it will sell its 588 U.S. shopping malls, including West Park Mall in Cape Girardeau, to BRE Retail Holdings Inc., an affiliate of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VI, LP, for $9.4 billion...
Fire destroys one Cairo home, damages another (03/02/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- The cause of a fire that destroyed one Cairo home and damaged another is still undetermined, Cairo Fire Department Capt. Brandon Manker said Tuesday. Cairo, Mounds and Mound City crews responded to the blaze at 414 and 416 George St. around 1 a.m. The fire began at 414 George St., Manker said, but spread to a neighboring home through a car port...
Delta man pleads guilty to high school arson (03/02/11)
A Delta teenager is set to be sentenced later this month after pleading guilty Monday to felony arson, burglary and stealing charges in connection to a fire at Delta High School that heavily damaged the institution's main office space in August. Jeriel M. Brooks, 19, will be sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Lewis March 28. Lewis ordered a sentencing assessment report after Brooks' plea Monday...
Jackson grade school teacher wins award for teaching excellence (03/02/11)
For almost four decades, teacher Nan Beussink has dedicated her life to Catholic education. Last week she received one of two Distinguished Teacher awards from the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau for excellence in teaching. Beussink, a third-grade teacher at Immaculate Conception School in Jackson, plans to retire at the end of the school year, and said the award was a nice way to end her career...
Highway 72 reduced for crack sealing (03/02/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 72 in Bollinger County from Highway 51 to the Madison County line will be reduced to one lane today through Friday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews seal the cracks in the road. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The work zone will be marked with signs. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Pipe replacement closes Route UU (03/02/11)
Route UU between county roads 336 and 354 in Cape Girardeau and Bollinger counties will be closed today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the road. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Wehrenberg one of three theater companies fined for child labor violations (03/02/11)
ST. LOUIS -- The Labor Department has fined three movie theater companies a total of $277,000 for allowing workers under 16 to perform dangerous jobs and work long hours in violation of child labor laws. The theaters have paid the fines and agreed to set up compliance programs...
High school, junior high students perform with Southeast symphony (03/02/11)
Man accused in daughter's death has hearing reset (03/02/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston, Mo. man accused of causing the death of his 17-month-old daughter in January had his preliminary hearing reset by Circuit Court Judge Scott Horman Tuesday at the Scott County Courthouse. A pathologist set to testify at the hearing was unavailable for the court date, so the prosecution requested a continuance, according to Patrick McMenamin, the defendant's attorney...
Senate filibuster temporarily delay's unemployment extension (03/02/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. A Republican filibuster of a Republican sponsored bill in the Senate on Tuesday delayed passage of a bill that would extend federal unemployment benefits for workers who've been out of work up to 99 weeks. Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Charles, said that Missouri should send a message about fiscal responsibility to the federal government by rejecting an $81 million extension, and led an hour and a half long filibuster of the bill along with Sen. ...
Army plans to toughen physical training (03/02/11)
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- The Army plans to toughen its fitness tests for the first time in 30 years to make sure all soldiers have the strength, endurance and mobility for battle, adding exercises like running an obstacle course in full combat gear and dragging a body's weight...
House cuts $4B to meet deadline (03/02/11)
WASHINGTON -- The House passed emergency short-term legislation Tuesday to cut federal spending by $4 billion and avert a government shutdown. Senate Democrats agreed to follow suit, handing Republicans an early victory in their drive to rein in government...
Bernanke's plan successful, for now (03/02/11)
NEW YORK -- Nearly everything is going according to the plan Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke hatched six months ago. During a speech in Jackson Hole, Wyo., on Aug. 27, Bernanke outlined an effort to spur economic growth, prevent prices from falling and push markets higher through the purchase of government bonds...
Wis. governor proposes deep cuts for schools (03/02/11)
MADISON, Wis. -- After focusing for weeks on his proposal to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights, Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday presented his full budget -- a plan that cuts $1.5 billion in aid to public schools and local government but avoids any tax or fee increases, furloughs or widespread layoffs...
Pro-Gadhafi forces take back towns near Tripoli (03/02/11)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- Moammar Gadhafi's forces battled poorly armed rebels Tuesday for control of towns near the capital trying to create a buffer zone around his seat of power. The increasingly violent clashes threatened to transform the 15-day popular rebellion in Libya into a drawn-out civil war...
Family captured by pirates knew risk (03/02/11)
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- A Danish couple on a round-the-world journey with their three children knew they were sailing in the world's most pirate-infested waters off East Africa. But they seemed to be brimming with confidence. On a blog on which they chronicled their voyage, they reported that they had drawn up a "pirate plan" in case of attack. ...
Yemeni president says U.S., Israel behind unrest (03/02/11)
SANAA, Yemen -- Yemen's embattled president on Tuesday accused the U.S., his closest ally, of instigating the mounting protests against him, but the gambit failed to slow the momentum for his ouster. Hundreds of thousands rallied in cities across Yemen in the largest anti-government protests of the past month, including a gathering addressed by an influential firebrand cleric whom the U.S. has linked to al-Qaida...
China tightens its control on media (03/02/11)
BEIJING -- China appears to be tightening restrictions on international media again, barring foreign journalists from working near a popular Shanghai park and along a major Beijing shopping street after calls for protests in those spots appeared online...
Advance boys basketball team downs Chaffee to reach district final (03/02/11)
Advance defeated Chaffee 61-53 to reach the championship game in Class 2 District 3
Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: T.J. Tisdell (03/02/11)
The 6-5 junior post player scored a game-high 18 points in his team's 46-32 victory over Jackson in the Class 5 District 1 championship game Friday.
Oak Ridge boys basketball team smothers Delta in third quarter (03/02/11)
The Oak Ridge boys basketball team defeated Delta 55-46 in a Class 1 District 2 semifinal
Crusaders use late 'D,' reach title game (03/02/11)
Saxony lutheran held off upset-minded West County to win 44-41 in semifinals
Oran boys basketball team will play for district crown (03/02/11)
The Eagles routed Lesterville in the Class 2 District 3 semifinals
Scott County Central boys basketball team dominates from start in semifinal win (03/02/11)
The Scott County Central boys basketball team defeated No. 4 seed Richland 102-32 in the semifinal round of the Class 1 District 2 tournament
Scott City boys basketball team turns on defense, beats Arcadia Valley (03/02/11)
The Rams reached the title game in Class 3 District 3
Southeast Missouri State decides against renewing women's basketball coach John Ishee's contract (03/02/11)
Southeast Missouri State University's women's basketball coach John Ishee was able to survive an injury-plagued 2009-2010 campaign that marked one of the worst seasons in program history.
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball begins play in OVC tournament (03/02/11)
There is an old sports adage that it's tough to beat a team three times in one season. Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Dickey Nutt hopes that is the case tonight when the Redhawks make the program's first Ohio Valley Conference tournament appearance since the 2006-07 campaign...
Southeast Missouri State forward Powell awarded second team all-OVC (03/02/11)
The junior also was selected to the OVC all-newcomer team
Southeast Missouri State baseball team rallies for 11-inning victory (03/02/11)
Blake Slattery didn't expect to play Tuesday. He instead drove in the winning run, helping the Southeast Missouri State baseball team notch a comeback victory. Slattery's bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted Southeast past visiting Central Arkansas 6-5. It was the Redhawks' only lead...
Nebraska upends Missouri men's basketball team 69-58 (03/02/11)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Lance Jeter scored 16 points and Nebraska used a 17-2 second-half run to pull away from No. 22 Missouri for a 69-58 victory Tuesday night. It was the last regular-season Big 12 home game for Nebraska (19-10, 7-8), which moves to the Big Ten next season...
Wainwright at peace after elbow surgery (03/02/11)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Adam Wainwright says he has a "sense of peace" with the elbow injury that will cost him the entire season and believes he will be back full strength in one year. The St. Louis Cardinals' ace spoke on a conference call Tuesday, a day after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right arm. He is recovering in St. Louis and expects to begin rehab in 13 days at the team's spring training facility...
Ben Hansbrough plays key role for Notre Dame (03/02/11)
The Poplar Bluff native has led the Irish to No. 8 in the rankings
Injuries continue to haunt Cards (03/02/11)
Carpenter, Boggs sustain minor injuries in 7-1 exhibition win against the Marlins
Canucks beat Blues with another shutout (03/02/11)
Vancouver posted a 6-0 road victory
A 'fried' fish sandwich in which the mayo shines (03/02/11)
For about a year now I've been trying to find a good way to infuse my basic baked "fried" haddock with the taste of Thai red curry paste. And the solution has repeatedly escaped me. Until now. 2 eggs 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs...
Fungi, plant roots are better together (03/02/11)
I was first introduced to mycorrhizae in a plant physiology class at the University of Missouri more than 45 years ago. It took me several tries before I could even spell the word. Since it was only mentioned in passing, I soon forgot about it. Now I see this word a lot in print because of the buzz about how it encourages plants to thrive...
FFA cookbook compiles unusual recipes (03/02/11)
Recently I purchased a copy of "The FFA Cookbook: Favorite Recipes from FFA Members & Alumni Across America." It really is a good book. Many of the recipes are unusual and different, but not so much so that you have to go out and buy a lot of ingredients. I have really enjoyed reading this book from cover to cover and am glad I added it to my collection. I hope you enjoy these recipes and have a chance to add this book to your own collection...
Congressman defeats 'Jeopardy!' champ computer in exhibition match (03/02/11)
TRENTON, N.J. -- Turns out all it took to top Watson, the "Jeopardy"-winning computer, was a rocket scientist. U.S. Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey is just such a scientist. The success of Holt -- a five-time champion during the trivia show's original run 35 years ago -- topped the IBM computer Monday night in a "Jeopardy" exhibition match of congressmen vs. machine held at a Washington hotel...
Kenneth Mehrle (03/02/11)
Kenneth G. Mehrle, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at the Missouri Veterans Home. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Anna Hedge (03/02/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Anna K. Hedge, 74, of Perryville died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Miller Family Funeral Home in Perryville, with the Rev. John Chamness officiating. Burial will be private...
Births 3/2/11 (03/02/11)
Daughter to Frank Charles and Rachel Lauren Bertrand III of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 5:36 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. Name, Stella Chesley. Weight, 6 pounds, 14 ounces. Third daughter. Mrs. Bertrand is the former Rachel Hessenkemper, daughter of Richard and Gail Hessenkemper of Cape Girardeau. She is health promotions specialist at Saint Francis. Bertrand is the son of Frank and Evelyn Bertrand of Cape Girardeau. He is a lawyer with Bradshaw, Steele, Cochrane and Berens...
Cape Girardeau fire report 3/2/11 (03/02/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 3/2/11 (03/02/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Public Safety reported the following item. Theft...
Jackson police and fire report 3/2/11 (03/02/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday:...
Out of the past 3/2/11 (03/02/11)
Bethel Assembly of God Church recently named two new staff members; Michael Givens is the new youth pastor, and Arvin Haynes is associate pastor. Scottish evangelist John Clunas begins a five-day crusade at Cape Bible Chapel; for the past 25 years, Clunas has conducted large, citywide evangelistic meetings throughout Great Britain and Ireland; his mission has extended to the United States and Canada during the past few years...
Raising a touchy subject (03/02/11)
If I told you that a particular public policy would lead to increases in unemployment among the least skilled workers, and do nothing to alleviate poverty, you'd probably call that policy "anti-worker," and for good reason. Yet these facts have been ignored in Missouri when it comes to the minimum wage. ...
Look at the home environment (03/02/11)
You've heard of the teacher who is in hot water over blogging about her students -- though she named neither the students nor the school district. In essence, the young teacher was alarmed at the cavalier attitude of many students, their lack of effort and their abundant lack of respect...
Proposition B (03/02/11)
In November Missouri voters were faced with several ballot initiatives, including one which continues to be contentious today. Proposition B, also known as the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, was approved statewide by just over 51 percent of voters...
Prayer 3/2/11 (03/02/11)
O God, may we never boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
REHABCARE TO PROVIDE REHABILITATION SERVICES AT (03/02/11)
Chaffee Nursing Center has announced a collaborative agreement with RehabCare Group, Inc., effective February 1, 2011, to provide physical rehabilitation services to its patients and residents. RehabCare has been contracted to deliver rehabilitation services to those who have experienced an injury or illness, such as stroke, amputation, orthopedic impairment, neurological disorder, cardiopulmonary dysfunction, and other general medical problems. ...
CPU Inc. honored with ESGR Patriot Award (03/02/11)
Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Committee Member Matt Jenkins honored Frank Jones of CPU Inc., of Cape Girardeau with the Patriot Award, in recognition of their extraordinary support of employees who serve in the Reserve and National Guard...
ADOPT A PUPPY! (03/02/11)
Timothy, Hazel and Millie are 8 week old Husky mix puppies. These little bundles of fur are available for adoption at The Humane Society, 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
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