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Stories from Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mo. House endorses lowering concealed carry age (03/16/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House of Representatives Wednesday gave first-round approval to legislation that among other things, lowers the age for citizens to carry concealed firearms from 23 to 21. The first major change to Missouri concealed weapons law since its inception also specifies that state legislative staff members and staff members of elected officials who possess concealed carry permits may carry their weapons in the State Capitol. ...
Local firms a big part of projects, Cape Girardeau school officials say (03/16/11)
There's been a lot of building on the Cape Girardeau School District's schools improvement project -- thanks to taxpayer approval of a $40 million bond issue last April. Less than a year later, construction crews have replaced worn roofs at Alma Schrader and Clippard elementary schools, and work is well underway on some $6 million in more upgrades to Schrader, Clippard and Jefferson Elementary School...
Play place: $2 million Shawnee Park Center set to open March 28 (03/16/11)
About 30 children are shooting hoops in the gym. In another room, a dozen or so grown-ups are laboring on treadmills and lifting weights. Across the way, a handful of toddlers are using tiny fingers to smear paint on brightly colored construction paper...
Several groups offering free tax preparation (03/16/11)
Completing income tax forms isn't most people's idea of a good time, but local volunteers providing free income tax preparation assistance say they enjoy helping others.
Senate endorses workers' compensation reform (03/16/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. It may not be the language that either side wanted, but after a four-hour filibuster Tuesday, the Senate gave first-round approval to a bill that would make significant changes to the state's workers' compensation system. As the bill stands, it would prohibit employees from bringing lawsuits against co-workers in most on the job injuries. ...
Rural crime task force recovers $2.5 million in property since 2009 (03/16/11)
In 18 months, a Livestock and Farm Protection Task Force reactivated by Gov. Jay Nixon to address an increase in rural crimes like livestock and equipment thefts has helped Missouri farm families recover more than $2.5 million in agricultural property, $960,000 of it in Southeast Missouri, officials announced Tuesday...
Cape Girardeau School Board approves some bids for Central High School stadium (03/16/11)
The Tigers are getting closer to their home.
30 SEMO students head to Washington, D.C., for seminar (03/16/11)
With an eye on global issues, 30 Southeast Missouri State University students are participating this week in a five-day seminar at the prestigious Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Students representing every college and regional campus at Southeast were nominated during the fall semester by their deans or the Office of the President for participation in the CSIS seminar. ...
Trial of Cape Girardeau man accused of infant's murder to go on as scheduled (03/16/11)
The trial of a Cape Girardeau man accused of causing the death of his 7-week-old son in August remains on schedule after a pretrial hearing Monday before Circuit Court Judge Benjamin F. Lewis. Jury selection for Allen Walker Jr.'s trial will begin in Benton, Mo., March 29 and proceedings will begin in Jackson at the Cape Girardeau County courthouse March 30...
Area Missouri State Highway Patrol public relations officer to retire after 32 years (03/16/11)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Sgt. Dale Moreland always knew he wanted to be a patrolman. Moreland grew up in Cuba, Mo., in Crawford County and recalls his early days of walking just a block or so to elementary school and on the way, realizing his dream. "We lived just six houses from the school, and four houses down from us lived a patrolman," the stocky nearly-retired trooper recounts. ...
Sikeston street reduced for gas line repairs (03/16/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Eastbound Malone Avenue between Selma and Missouri streets in Sikeston will be reduced to one lane Thursday while contractor crews repair a gas line. The work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 5 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 the Missouri Department of Transportation's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Perry County road closed for pipe replacement (03/16/11)
Route O in Perry County will be closed today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a culvert pipe. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first section of road to be closed is between Route K and County Road 614. ...
Nearly 30 students evaluated at hospital following Poplar Bluff bus crash (03/16/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Authorities said a pickup struck a Poplar Bluff R-I school bus early Monday morning after running a red light, sending the nearly 30 students on board to the hospital. The accident occurred at about 6:45 a.m. at the intersection of Westwood and Kanell boulevards...
Jackson recycling resumes summer hours April 2 (03/16/11)
Jackson's recycling center will resume its summer schedule April 2. On Saturdays through Oct. 29, the center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center, at 508 Eastview Court, collects cardboard, newspaper, magazines, office paper, plastic containers, Styrofoam and grocery bags; clear, green and brown glass; aluminum, tin and steel cans; and electronic waste. For more information, contact the sanitation department at 243-2333 or the public works department at 243-2300...
MoDOT property sale set (03/16/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Transportation will be marketing property it no longer needs for building, improving or maintaining the Missouri highway system. The statewide event is set for March 28 to April 1 and will be an attempt to sell 39 parcels ranging in size from one-tenth of an acre to 199 acres. ...
Missouri House budget panel backs Nixon on K-12, university funding (03/16/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri House committee approved a state budget Tuesday that would hold funding steady for public K-12 schools while cutting aid for colleges and universities. The spending plan approved by the House Budget Committee totals about $23.2 billion, larger than the plan Gov. Jay Nixon submitted in February by about $142 million...
Missouri lags in use of stimulus for energy projects (03/16/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Two years into a three-year program, Missouri has yet to spend most of the money it was allotted under a federal economic stimulus program intended to make homes more energy efficient for low-income residents. Missouri received nearly $129 million in low-income home weatherization funds under the 2009 stimulus act. ...
GOP files complaint over Sen. McCaskill's flights (03/16/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Republican Party has filed a complaint with the U.S. Senate ethics committee over Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's use of a private airplane. The complaint publicized Tuesday by Republicans comes after McCaskill repaid the U.S. ...
Nuclear crisis affects global markets (03/16/11)
NEW YORK -- Stocks fell sharply Tuesday as the nuclear crisis in Japan weighed on global markets. The stock market dropped at the start of trading on news that dangerous levels of radiation were leaking from a crippled nuclear plant. The plant was damaged in last week's earthquake and tsunami. Japan, the world's third-largest economy, accounts for 10 percent of U.S. exports...
Federal reserve says economic recovery is improving (03/16/11)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve expressed more confidence in the U.S. economy even as Japan's nuclear crisis raised worries around the globe. The Fed said the economic recovery is on "firmer footing" and the jobs market is "improving gradually," in a statement released after its meeting Tuesday...
Bahrain strife adds to U.S. worries in Mideast (03/16/11)
WASHINGTON -- Alarmed by the threat of Sunni-Shiite sectarian strife as unrest spreads in the Mideast, the Obama administration on Tuesday urged Saudi Arabia not to hold back political reform in neighboring Bahrain, a longtime U.S. friend that is also caught between old loyalties to both majority-Sunni Saudi Arabia and majority-Shiite Iran...
Witnesses: Open records law still difficult to use (03/16/11)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Freedom of Information Act remains an unwieldy and inefficient tool for obtaining government records despite President Barack Obama's promise to reinvigorate the law and improve his administration's transparency, experts told the Senate on Tuesday...
House passes three-week stopgap federal spending bill (03/16/11)
WASHINGTON -- The House Tuesday passed a measure blending $6 billion in budget cuts with enough money to keep the government running for an additional three weeks. The measure would buy additional time for talks between Capitol Hill Republicans and the Obama administration on a bill to fund the day-to-day operations of the government through the end of September. Those negotiations haven't gotten very far yet and House GOP leaders haven't shown much flexibility...
Petraeus says Afghan war gains enable U.S. troop cuts (03/16/11)
WASHINGTON -- Amid signs of deepening war weariness among Americans, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Tuesday he will soon recommend a plan for beginning troop reductions, while embracing President Barack Obama's goal of pursuing a long-term military partnership with the Afghan government...
Boston conference focuses on military suicides (03/16/11)
BOSTON -- Army Maj. Ed Pulido knows what it's like to feel the despair that comes with losing a limb and knowing his military career was over. Pulido, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and lost his left leg after his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq, would lie in bed and wonder when the night terrors would end, how he would support his family and whether he would ever feel like himself again...
States put their own spin on Obama health care law (03/16/11)
CHICAGO -- Rancor over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul has largely overshadowed some states' efforts to use the law to help them move as fast as possible to insure more people and increase control over insurance companies. Minnesota, Connecticut and Washington, D.C., have leveraged more federal dollars to expand coverage of childless adults. ...
14 suspected pirates plead not guilty in Virginia court (03/16/11)
NORFOLK, Va. -- Thirteen Somalis and a man from Yemen pleaded not guilty to piracy, kidnapping and firearms charges Tuesday in the February hijacking of a yacht that left four Americans dead. They entered their pleas in federal court in Norfolk, where five other men convicted of piracy in a separate case last year had been sentenced to life in prison a day earlier...
Japan to spray water, acid on stricken nuke plant (03/16/11)
KORIYAMA, Japan -- Japan was considering spraying water and boric acid over a stricken nuclear plant in a desperate measure to contain radiation after officials said that many fuel rods were damaged, in an escalating crisis caused by last week's earthquake and tsunami...
Prosecutors: Berlusconi had sex with teen 13 times (03/16/11)
MILAN -- Premier Silvio Berlusconi paid for sex with an underage Moroccan teen 13 times at his villa near Milan, prosecutors said in a document filed Tuesday seeking indictments against three aides for allegedly soliciting prostitutes for the Italian leader...
Bahrain king clamps down; 3 dead as unrest spreads (03/16/11)
MANAMA, Bahrain -- Bahrain's king declared a three-month state of emergency Tuesday to quell a Shiite uprising, as clashes spread through the capital and surrounding villages in a showdown that drew in the region's major powers and splintered along its main sectarian faultlines. At least two Bahrainis and a Saudi soldier died, and hundreds of protesters were injured by shotgun blasts and clubs...
Pirates jailed in 17 nations as prosecutions rise (03/16/11)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Five Somali pirates are jailed for life by a U.S. court. Sixty-one suspected pirates captured at sea face trial in India. Somali prisons are running out of room. Pirates captured at sea by international navies used to be routinely set free because no country wanted the hassle and expense of a court case. But as piracy has flourished and turned increasingly violent, an unprecedented 17 countries are prosecuting pirates in courts around the world...
Libyan rebels fall in key stronghold (03/16/11)
TOBRUK, Libya -- Moammar Gadhafi's forces overwhelmed rebels in the strategic eastern city of Ajdabiya, hammering them with airstrikes, missiles, tanks and artillery Tuesday in an assault that sent residents fleeing and appeared to open the way for an all-out government offensive on the opposition's main stronghold in the east, Benghazi...
North Korea willing to talk about uranium program if disarmament talks resume (03/16/11)
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea told a Russian envoy it is willing to discuss a recently disclosed uranium enrichment program if long-stalled nuclear disarmament talks resume, state media reported Tuesday. Concerns about the North's nuclear capability took on renewed urgency in November when a visiting American scientist was shown a uranium enrichment facility...
Egypt dissolves state security agency; new one to be formed (03/16/11)
CAIRO -- Egypt's interior minister on Tuesday dissolved the country's widely hated state security agency, which was accused of torture and other human rights abuses in the suppression of dissent against ousted President Hosni Mubarak's nearly 30-year rule...
Scott County Central boys basketball team finds edge in fitness (03/16/11)
MORLEY, Mo. -- Scott County Central basketball players get one day to settle into school. Then the running starts, and it doesn't let up. It doesn't matter that it's August. "The running in practice is just part of it," SCC senior Stewart Johnson said. "Before the season, we run around our baseball field. Every other day we run miles. We don't just start when the season starts. We start running the second day of school."...
Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Stewart Johnson (03/16/11)
Scott County Central senior Stewart Johnson knew his teammate wasn't feeling well. Johnson responded by scoring 27 points in the Braves' Class 1 sectional game against Risco.
Central among local schools to hire new volleyball coaches (03/16/11)
Scott City, Bell City and Zalma also will have new leadership in the fall
Southeast baseball wins thriller vs. Bears in 13 innings (03/16/11)
Southeast prevailed 8-7 for its third straight victory
McClellan makes another strong spring start (03/16/11)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Kyle McClellan made another strong statement in his bid for the St. Louis Cardinals' vacant starting spot. He has been endorsed by pitching coach Dave Duncan and is on a schedule that would allow him to start the second game of the season in place of injured Adam Wainwright...
Carpenter set to return from hamstring injury (03/16/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter is set to return from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for a couple weeks. Carpenter left his March 1 spring debut in the third inning with a left hamstring strain. He's scheduled to make his second spring start today against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla...
Ireland's young chefs forge new cuisine from country's traditions (03/16/11)
The acerbic comedian Dennis Leary, son of Irish immigrants, once remarked, "Irish food isn't cuisine ... it's penance." While they might think his comment a bit harsh, an awful lot of people would agree with the sentiment. At the least, they'd say the phrase "Irish cuisine" is an oxymoron...
Don't worry, just stew about St. Patrick's Day meal (03/16/11)
Thursday is St. Patrick's Day, and I just could not let the day go by without passing along a few Americanized Irish recipes. I know several people who like to celebrate St. Patrick's Day but do not like corned beef and cabbage, so I chose a couple of stew recipes, one with light and fluffy dumplings. I also included the recipe for McDonald's shamrock milkshake...
Elizabeth Taylor enters her second month in L.A. hospital (03/16/11)
LOS ANGELES -- Elizabeth Taylor has entered her second month at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where she is being treated for symptoms of congestive heart failure. Publicist Jamie Cadwell said Tuesday that the 79-year-old actress remains hospitalized after she was admitted to Cedars-Sinai in early February. Cadwell did not elaborate about Taylor's current condition or prognosis...
Howard Nelson (03/16/11)
E. Howard Nelson, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Nov. 1, 1925, in Dallas to Allen and Gladys Loyd Nelson. He and Patricia Ann Dieckmann were married Jan. 11, 1952, in Cape Girardeau. Nelson served in the Army during World War II. He received a Victory Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Bronze Stars and two Overseas Bars...
Virginia Feverston (03/16/11)
Virginia Evelyn Feverston, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at the Lutheran Home. She was born May 12, 1923, in Cape Girardeau, to Seth and Mary Eaker Craft. She and Byron Feverston were married June 5, 1942, in Cape Girardeau. He died Sept. 8, 2001...
June Lincoln (03/16/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- June Lincoln, 69, of Marble Hill died Monday, March 14, 2011, at Woodland Hills Nursing Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Liley Funeral Home in Marble Hill. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Cook Cemetery at Scopus, Mo...
Harry Stephens Jr. (03/16/11)
ANNA, Ill. -- Harry R. Stephens Jr., 80, of Anna died Monday, March 14, 2011, at Union County Hospital in Anna. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserves. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna...
Kenneth Brown (03/16/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Kenneth F. Brown, 67, of Perryville died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at his home. He was an Army veteran. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Young and Sons Funeral Home. A Catholic wake will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday...
Doris Holloway (03/16/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Doris June Holloway, 78, of Marble Hill died Monday, March 14, 2011, at her home. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with burial in Baker Cemetery...
Births 3/16/11 (03/16/11)
Daughter to Nathan Ray and Danielle Nicole Littlepage of Scott City, Saint Francis Medical Center, 3:43 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. Name, Kinley Rae. Weight, 4 pounds, 4 ounces. Mrs. Littlepage is the former Danielle Milam, daughter of Becky and Clyde Ledbetter of Cape Girardeau and Bruce and Rosa Milam of Benton, Mo. ...
Jackson police and fire report 3/16/11 (03/16/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 3/16/11 (03/16/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Cape Girardeau fire report 3/16/11 (03/16/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Out of the past 3/16/11 (03/16/11)
The 20th birthday of St. Mark Lutheran Church is observed at morning services; a reception follows in the fellowship room. Complete renovation and some expansion of facilities are underway at the Cape Girardeau Country Club, involving both the clubhouse and grounds; the clubhouse kitchen will be redone, with new equipment added; a new dining room will be installed; a new room will be added for the "19th Hole."...
Voting out of our discontent (03/16/11)
Polls now track a candidate's unfavorable ratings
Funeral protests (03/16/11)
It's a fine line: Where does free speech end and criminal activity begin? While yelling "fire" in a crowded theater is often cited as abuse of First Amendment rights, there are other examples of similarly irresponsible behavior. The latest example is the protests of military funerals -- a practice adopted by some members of the Westboro Baptist Church...
Map on Prop B vote (03/16/11)
I've listened to both sides of the debate regarding the repeal or reform of Prop B. I never made any secret of my feelings regarding the damaging nature of a law born and promoted out of emotion. That's why I wish to share this link to how the state of Missouri voted on Prop B: http://www.sos.mo.gov/enrmaps/20101102/ballot_Issue_map.asp?eid=300&oTypeID=25...
Speak Out 3/16/11 (03/16/11)
ALL it takes is one unfortunate incident for a person to be in debt for the rest of their lives. Sadly, with so many having lost their jobs, this is happening to a lot of people. This is just one of the reasons I am in favor of universal health care. We can't have an equal society without it...
Prayer 3/16/11 (03/16/11)
O God, may we stand firm with the breastplate of righteousness. Amen.
The Missing Link (03/16/11)
There are many reasons to oppose closure of Missouri Habilitation Centers proposed by Senate bill-SB56. One reason is the first-rate staff working there. Habilitation center residents know their caregiver by the touch of a hand or the sound of a voice. ...
Ortega named commander of 1138th Eng. Sapper Co. (03/16/11)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- Capt. Miguel Ortega, of O'Fallon, has been appointed the new commander for the 1138th Engineer Sapper Company in Farmington and Fredericktown. During the ceremony, the unit guidon was passed to Ortega to symbolize the transfer of authority and responsibility...
Missouri National Guard's Roberts earns promotion (03/16/11)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Carter Roberts, of Jefferson City, was recently promoted from the rank of first lieutenant to captain in the Missouri Army National Guard. Roberts has been with the National Guard for twelve years. He is the commander of the 1140th Forward Support Company in Cape Girardeau...
A Hero Died (03/16/11)
A true story You're a 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded and dying in the jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam.. It's November 11, 1967. LZ (landing zone) X-ray. Your unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense from 100 yards away, that your CO (commanding officer) has ordered the MedEvac helicopters to stop coming in...
Kinder finishes career with trip to NCAAs (03/16/11)
Hannah Kinder, a Cape Central graduate,will finish her swimming career with an invite to the NCAA swimming championships. Kinder, who won the state title in the 100 and 200 freestyles during her senior year at Central, has been one of the top swimmers in the 200 and 500 freestyle events at Texas A&M for the past 4 years...
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (03/16/11)
Tandy is a 5 month old Black Lab. She is a super puppy! Tandy is available for adoption at The Humane Society, 573-334-5837. See more pets available at semopets.org
Something Of The Past (03/16/11)
How much longer will this stand?
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