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Stories from Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mo. House panel backs governor on busing aid (03/15/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri House committee has opted not to try to increase funding for school busing and the state's A+ scholarship program. Some lawmakers had distributed amendments Tuesday that would have provided about $35 million of additional money for public school transportation. But the committee did not vote on any of those amendments Tuesday...
Researchers: More acres of cotton in Missouri this year (03/15/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Cotton prices, now at "stratospheric" levels, will influence increased Missouri plantings this year, according to expert remarks Monday at the Missouri Agriculture Outlook Conference. Rice and soybeans are among the projected 2011 acreage losers, according to Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute Director Pat Westhoff. ...
Higher fuel prices mean school districts are looking at cutting class trips, changing bus routes and trimming spending elsewhere (03/15/11)
It's been a bumpy month for the Oak Ridge School District's transportation budget. Fuel expenditures have doubled over the past month, according to Gerald Landewee, superintendent for the small school district in northwest Cape Girardeau County. Oak Ridge, which operates its own transportation system, spent nearly $20,000 on diesel fuel last month, up from about $9,800 during the same time last year...
Tamms, Ill., school gets grant to improve student eating habits (03/15/11)
TAMMS, Ill. -- The battle against rising childhood obesity rates at Egyptian Elementary School is a matter of leading by example. Principal Danny McCrite is a runner, and he's turned his young charges into runners, too. Everybody, students pre-K through fifth grade, runs at least a half mile every day. ...
Trial date set for Jackson man facing kidnapping charges in southwest Missouri (03/15/11)
OZARK, Mo. -- A Jackson man facing prison time for felony kidnapping charges had his trial set this month by Christian County Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr. Scott A. Pikey, 39, is charged in the southwest Missouri county for allegedly kidnapping his children from a domestic violence shelter in Ozark in July last year. He's also charged with one count of violating a protection order...
Researchers: More farm acres to be planted in Missouri this spring (03/15/11)
COLUMBIA, MO. -- Tight global stocks and high prices will drive tough competition for planting acreage this spring. "With markets are strong as these, we'd like to plant pretty much more of everything", says Pat Westhoff, director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri. ...
Area Red Cross official says now a good time to prepare for disaster (03/15/11)
With thousands dead and injured in Japan's worst disaster in decades -- a magnitude-9.0 earthquake -- area emergency personnel like Jamie Koehler understand it may seem inconceivable to prepare for a crisis at home.
Nuclear power at center of debate on two Senate bills (03/15/11)
Ameren Missouri wants an exemption from a state law keeping utility companies from passing new power plant construction costs on to customers before plants are operating and producing power, also known as the Construction Work in Progress law. Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, filed Senate Bill 321, backed by Gov. ...
Corps of Engineers keeps watch on Ohio River flooding (03/15/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is keeping a close eye on Ohio River levees in Southern Illinois and Mississippi River levees south of the two rivers' confluence as the Ohio stays well above flood stage at Cairo. The Corps' Memphis district put more staff on the ground to monitor the rivers and levees in the Cairo and New Madrid, Mo., areas on Saturday. The Corps is now in its "phase two" of flood-fighting activities...
Sikeston police: Two men arrested with more than 60 grams of crack cocaine (03/15/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- More than 60 grams of crack cocaine were discovered during a traffic stop made by Sikeston Department of Public Safety officers during the weekend. At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, a DPS officer stopped a vehicle near West North and Frisco streets and noticed some suspicious movement inside, according to Sgt. Jim McMillen, public information officer with DPS. The officer asked the driver, Phillip Harrell, 38, of Sikeston to exit the vehicle and detained him until assistance arrived...
Southeast Missouri man escapes injury when plane goes down near Carbondale, Ill. (03/15/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Matt Hillis, general manager of Larry Hillis Dodge in Poplar Bluff, Mo., was returning home from Indianapolis, Ind., when the engine of his Columbia 400 airplane started losing oil pressure. The 28-year-old Poplar Bluff man escaped injury when he made an emergency landing in a "soft field" near Carbondale, Ill., around noon Friday, but the plane was damaged...
Private conservation group buys tract along Current River (03/15/11)
The largest stretch of private riverfront property remaining in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways was purchased recently by the Nature Conservancy of Missouri. The 175-acre tract of land located below Aker's Ferry and east of Route K included 1.5 miles of property along the west side of the Current River...
Two arrested in Sikeston meth lab bust (03/15/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Two people are in jail after officers reportedly located a methamphetamine lab in a Sikeston home. Eric S. Woods, 33, of Sikeston and Bonnie J. Woods, 31, of Sturdivant, Mo., are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursors, possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child, according to Sgt. Jim McMillen, public information officer for Sikeston Department of Public Safety...
Missouri's parole board among the more secretive agencies (03/15/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- About 18,000 convicted criminals are on parole in Missouri, granted release from prison by a state board for reasons that remain secret. Parole board hearings, votes and records all are closed to the public. The secrecy of the state Board of Probation and Parole was highlighted this year when Gov. ...
Obama asks for education bill by early fall (03/15/11)
WASHINGTON -- Urging Congress to send him a new education law by fall, President Barack Obama focused Monday on the big concerns of parents and lawmakers alike: how student progress is measured and how schools that fall short are labeled. Citing new estimates, Obama said four out of five schools may be tagged as failures this year under provisions of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law...
Tide of bodies overwhelms quake-hit Japan (03/15/11)
TAGAJO, Japan -- A tide of bodies washed up along Japan's coastline Monday, overwhelming crematoriums, exhausting supplies of body bags and adding to the spiraling humanitarian, economic and nuclear crisis after the massive earthquake and tsunami...
Japan's blasts cast doubt on nuclear renaissance (03/15/11)
PARIS -- Switzerland freezes plans to build new nuclear plants, Germany raises questions about its nuclear future, and opposition to atomic reactor construction mounts from Turkey to South Africa. Fears about nuclear safety that took a generation to overcome after the accidents at Chernobyl and Three-Mile Island are resurfacing around the globe...
Air and ground: Gadhafi, rebels each claim control (03/15/11)
TOBRUK, Libya -- Moammar Gadhafi's warplanes, artillery and mortar shells can control huge swaths of territory by day, including oil ports, rebel supply routes and even hostile towns. Rebels say anti-government forces can still return in darkness to take advantage of Gadhafi's own thin supply lines and overstretched ground troops...
Radiation leaking from Japanese reactor (03/15/11)
SOMA, Japan -- Radiation leaked from a crippled nuclear plant in tsunami-ravaged northeastern Japan after a third reactor was rocked by an explosion Tuesday local time and a fourth caught fire in an escalation of the 4-day-old catastrophe. The government warned anyone nearby to stay indoors to avoid exposure...
Force led by Saudis enters Bahrain to help monarchy, prevent Iranian foothold (03/15/11)
MANAMA, Bahrain -- A Saudi-led military force crossed into Bahrain on Monday to prop up the monarchy against widening demonstrations that have sent waves of fear through Gulf states over the potential for enemy Iran to take new footholds on their doorsteps...
Dohogne, Lacey, Parry to run for Division I schools (03/15/11)
Central's Dohogne, Scott City's Lacey sign with Southeast Missouri State, while Jackson's Parry will run at Southern Illinois-Carbondale
Southeast Missouri State's Moses lands OVC baseball honor (03/15/11)
The junior third baseman was named the conference's player of the week after going 11 for 14 against North Dakota
Lohse breezes through Braves in 1-1 tie (03/15/11)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Kyle Lohse was so efficient he became the first member of the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation to work six innings this spring -- without coming close to his pitch limit. The right-hander gave another indication he's back in form following two seasons of forearm woes, allowing one hit in six shutout innings of a 1-1 tie against the Atlanta Braves that was called after 10 innings Monday...
Drug that prevents preemie births to cost $1,500 (03/15/11)
ATLANTA -- The price of preventing preterm labor is going through the roof. A drug for high-risk pregnant women has cost about $10 to $20 per injection. This week, the price went up to $1,500 a dose, meaning the total cost during a pregnancy could be as much as $30,000...
The shoe review: From high heels to low flats, local podiatrists analyze footwear (03/15/11)
Women have been told that sometimes they have to suffer for fashion. That is certainly true when it comes to shoes. Whether it's sky-high STILETTOS or the latest sandal trend, women's shoes are not often designed for function over fashion. Local podiatrists give us the low-down on how our feet are affected by various styles of shoes...
Mark Story (03/15/11)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Mark Allen Story, 50, of Olive Branch died Sunday, March 13, 2011, in Olive Branch. Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
Wallace Berkbigler (03/15/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Wallace M. Berkbigler, 83, of Perryville died Monday, March 14, 2011, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. Visitation will be at Young and Sons Funeral Home from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, and from 6:30 to 9:15 a.m. Thursday. A Catholic wake will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The rosary will be recited at 8:30 a.m. Thursday...
Howard Nelson (03/15/11)
E. Howard Nelson, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at the Lutheran Home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Elmer Wagoner (03/15/11)
Elmer Wagoner, 92, of Jackson died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at Jackson Manor. He was born July 26, 1918, in Malden, Mo., to Aaron and Rilla May Thompson Wagoner. He and Ruby Jean Mason were married Dec. 16, 1939, at Bloomfield, Mo. She died in 1993. Wagoner was a mechanic with St. Louis-Cape Bus Line in Cape Girardeau several years, and later retired from Brooks Bus Line in Paducah, Ky...
Mildred Bartolo (03/15/11)
Mildred Lavern Bartolo, 66, of Scott City passed away Sunday, March 13, 2011, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 20, 1945, in Stoddard County, Mo., daughter of Frank and Idalee Walker Rampley. She and Roger Bortolo Sr. were married July 1, 1963, in Poplar Bluff, Mo...
Ruth Welsh (03/15/11)
Olive "Ruth" Welsh, 97, of Scott City died Saturday, March 12, 2011, in Evansville, Ind. She was born July 4, 1913, in West Point, Neb., to Arnold and Ida Piper Miserez. She married Francis Eugene "Gene" Welsh on Sept. 4, 1934, in Concordia, Kan. He preceded her in death Oct. 27, 1978...
Gerald Williams (03/15/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Gerald Martin Williams, 71, of Chaffee died Saturday, March 12, 2011, at his home. He was born Aug. 27, 1939, at Dutchtown, son of Ralph C. and Olivia M. Fredrick Williams. Gerald was a retired teacher who taught in Missouri and Illinois schools...
Mabel Guth (03/15/11)
Mabel H. Guth, 91, of Jackson passed away Sunday, March 13, 2011, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girar- deau, with her family by her side. She was born Oct. 16, 1919, in Farrar, Mo., daughter of Martin and Laura Fiehler Schlichting. Mabel was a member of St. ...
Larry Jones (03/15/11)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Larry B. Jones, 57, of Bloomfield departed this life Monday, March 14, 2011, at his home. He was born April 30, 1953, in Gary, Ind., son of Wanda Lee Williams of Dexter, Mo., and the late John Ivy "Ivan" Jones. In his youth, Larry was an accomplished athlete at Dexter High School, excelling in football, wrestling, track and boxing, where he earned the nickname "Arkansas Flash."...
Births 3/15/11 (03/15/11)
Daughter to Michelle Rae Oehlert of Perryville, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 4:56 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Name, Nevaeh Michelle. Weight, 5 pounds, 15 ounces. Fourth child, third daughter. Ms. Oehlert is the daughter of Carmen Polly and Steven Oehlert of Perryville...
Cape Girardeau police report 3/15/11 (03/15/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Cape Girardeau fire report 3/15/11 (03/15/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Jackson police report 3/15/11 (03/15/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Out of the past 3/15/11 (03/15/11)
Playing before 2,500 frenzied fans in jammed Houck Field House, the Southeast Missouri State Indians handily down the California State-Hayward Pioneers 85-69, vaulting the Tribe into the Division II Final Four next weekend in Springfield, Mass. SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Notre Dame Bulldogs take advantage of their bench depth by overcoming a one-point halftime deficit to beat the Nixa Eagles 66-47, to claim their first state basketball championship...
MAP testing (03/15/11)
Have you ever had test anxiety -- a feeling of fear before taking a major test? We have probably all had this experience. Yet through strategies being employed by Southeast Missouri schools, it's a feeling that can be diminished. Missouri students are gearing up for the latest round of MAP testing, a series of examinations for third- to eighth-grade students. ...
Democracy vs. representative republic (03/15/11)
The United States was established by our Founders as a representative republic. If you are in doubt, read our Pledge of Allegiance. Initiative petitions usually result in unintended consequences. In too many cases they are funded by out-of-state organizations. ...
Speak Out 3/15/11 (03/15/11)
QUESTION: What can one learn by watching MSNBC? Answer: Hate. Pure, unadulterated hate. I was sitting at a stoplight in Cape Girardeau recently, and when the light turned green, three cars that had a red light proceeded to go through the intersection. ...
Prayer 3/15/11 (03/15/11)
O Lord, may we diligently prepare ourselves with the belt of truth. Amen.
Mother/Son Game Night (03/15/11)
Presented by the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department is the 1st Annual Mother / Son Event: Game Night! Festivities will be held on March 26th, from 6:30 PM -- 9:30 PM, at the Osage Centre. Mom's grab your sons and bring them to a night full of games and activities! Food and refreshments will be provided. ...
Lonely fence (03/15/11)
A lonely fence at Old Mckendree Chapel is Jackson Missouri. It looks like it is begging for someone to come unchain it
Take me for a ride (03/15/11)
My sons Big Wheel patiently waiting for him to take it for a ride
Rotary lake (03/15/11)
The new dock Rotary lake in Jackson city park
Prayer Chaspe (03/15/11)
The prayer Chapel at shadow rest ministries
Prayer chapel (03/15/11)
Shadow rest ministries
Sunset and Winter in the Smokys (03/15/11)
At the top of Mt. Laconte the sun went down and gave this picture with hoar frost on the trees.
Estrella Mountain sunset (03/15/11)
Sunset at Estrella Mountain in Goodyear, Ariz., taken in February.
Estrella Ranch lake (03/15/11)
Estrella Ranch Lake in Goodyear, Ariz., taken in February.
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