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Stories from Friday, March 18, 2011

Scott County search, rescue unit goes across nation to find missing people (03/18/11)
January is a terribly cold month to go boating on Kentucky Lake. But members of a search and rescue team, with their dogs, from Scott County spent several days doing just that in 2009. The Scott County K-9 Search and Rescue unit, formed in 2004 as part of the county's emergency management agency, had a mission to help find two boaters whose vessel had capsized about four weeks prior...
Grant to help Marble Hill buy flood-affected property (03/18/11)
The Missouri Department of Economic Development has awarded two community development block grants to Southeast Missouri areas affected by weather-related disasters in 2008. The city of Marble Hill will receive $70,475 to help buy six residential properties affected by flooding along Crooked Creek. ...
Cape council to reconsider Cape Mart liquor license request (03/18/11)
Cape Girardeau leaders will take a second look at a liquor license application Monday that they had previously denied, with one city council member saying that they have little choice this time but to approve it.
Mo. House approves lowering of concealed carry age (03/18/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House backed legislation Thursday that would allow state officials and their staff members to carry a concealed gun in the state Capitol if they have a permit.
Current phase of Clearwater Dam construction almost half complete (03/18/11)
PIEDMONT, Mo. -- Nearly half of the concrete panels needed to complete the cutoff wall have been installed at Clearwater Dam, according to a news release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Little Rock, Ark. About 122 of the 273 panels have been excavated and back filled with concrete. Work is ahead of schedule and should be completed in 2014...
Professional rodeo event in Poplar Bluff this weekend (03/18/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Cowboys from across the world will gather at the Black River Coliseum Friday and Saturday to compete in the Larry Hillis Dodge PBR Pro Touring Division rodeo. Events kick off at 7:30 nightly. In recent years the Poplar Bluff event has featured fierce competition as it has become one of the more popular stops on the circuit. ...
Three Stoddard County teens accused of assaulting schoolmate, posting video on YouTube (03/18/11)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Three Dexter, Mo., high school students were to appear in juvenile court this morning on charges they videotaped the assault of another student and then posted the videos on YouTube. All three were to appear for detention hearings before Juvenile Judge Joe Satterfield, who was to reportedly decide whether the teens remain in custody or are released pending further proceedings...
Charleston man given 20 years in prison for drug conviction (03/18/11)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A judge sentenced a Charleston man to 20 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Zecoby Moore, 25, was sentenced to the Department of Corrections by Judge David Dolan on Tuesday...
Route N in Bollinger County closed for pipe replacement (03/18/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route N between Highway 51 and County Road 416 in Bollinger County will be closed today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway. Weather permitting, the work will be done 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...
U.S. 60 in New Maddrid, Scott counties reduced for pavement repair (03/18/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Eastbound U.S. 60 in New Madrid and Scott counties will be reduced to one lane with a 16-foot width restriction next week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. The section of road is between U.S. ...
Pipe replacement closes Route O in Perry County (03/18/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route O in Perry County will be closed Monday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a culvert pipe. Two sections of the route will be closed. The first is between Route K and County Road 614, and the second is between County Road 620 and County Road 616. ...
I-55 in Scott County continues to be reduced for pavement repairs (03/18/11)
North- and southbound Interstate 55 in Scott County will continue to be reduced to one lane next week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Traffic will be reduced to one lane from U.S. 61 at Scott City to Highway 77 at Benton, Mo. ...
Senate OKs changes in workers' comp (03/18/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would prevent employees from suing co-workers for on-the-job injuries. The measure also states that some occupational diseases, including those caused by asbestos exposure, would be covered by the state's workers' compensation system...
Feds seek Egyptian mask from St. Louis Art Museum (03/18/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Federal prosecutors have filed motions to seize an Egyptian mummy mask they believe was taken from Egypt illegally before it was bought by the St. Louis Art Museum. The civil forfeiture documents filed Wednesday by the U.S. attorney's office in St. Louis also request a restraining order to prevent the museum from doing anything with the mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer while the issue is being decided in court, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch...
Man accused of abusing twin 'wives' (03/18/11)
STOCKTON, Mo. -- A 42-year-old southwest Missouri man has been charged with sexually abusing twin sisters who said they both married the man in a religious ceremony. Charles Laub, of Humansville, has been charged in Cedar County with forcible rape, sexual assault and domestic assault. Laub has been released on bond...
Sheriff seeks victims of unsolicited, explicit texts (03/18/11)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- An eastern Missouri sheriff's office wants to hear from anyone who might have received unsolicited and sexually explicit text messages on a cell phone. The Park Hills Daily Journal reports that one person has been identified and taken into custody after several people complained to the St. Francois County sheriff about getting the photographs. The images are described as sexually explicit...
Mo. prosecutor barred from cases after complaint (03/18/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A county prosecutor in eastern Missouri was temporarily barred from handling cases Thursday after the state attorney general claimed the prosecutor had acted as a defense attorney for a man facing a misdemeanor speeding charge...
Dealers raise some Japanese car prices (03/18/11)
DETROIT -- The disaster in Japan could slow shipments of popular cars like Toyota's Prius to auto lots. And many dealers are already taking advantage of expected shortages to raise prices. Buyers will now typically have to pay sticker prices, instead of enjoying discounts that had been the norm for small cars and hybrids imported from Japan. Besides the Prius, models that suddenly cost more include Honda's Insight, Fit and CR-V; Toyota's Yaris; and several Acuras and Infinitis...
Study identifies Obama's living Irish-American relatives (03/18/11)
NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama found out years ago he had an Irish great-great-great-grandfather who fled the potato famine in 1850. He can now claim 28 living relatives who also descended from that Irishman, including a Vietnam veteran, a school nurse and an Arizona Republican...
New York revels at 250th St. Patrick's Day celebration (03/18/11)
NEW YORK -- The nation's largest St. Patrick's Day celebration gave the city's Irish-Americans a chance to settle a score Thursday with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, still taking heat for disparaging comments about Irish stereotypes, but most paradegoers chose instead to enjoy the spectacle of bands, dancers and dignitaries...
Senate sends three-week funding bill with spending cuts to Obama (03/18/11)
WASHINGTON -- Congress approved an additional $6 billion in spending cuts Thursday, passing legislation to keep the government running through April 8 and allow time for talks on a larger package of reductions demanded by Republicans. "The president is optimistic that Congress can get this done," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement...
Census: More blacks in South moving to suburbs (03/18/11)
WASHINGTON -- African-Americans in the South are shunning city life for the suburbs at the highest levels in decades, rapidly integrating large metropolitan areas that were historically divided between inner-city blacks and suburban whites. Census figures also show that Hispanic population growth for the first time outpaced that of blacks and whites in most of the South, adding to the region's racial and ethnic mix...
Stronger economic reports help market rebound (03/18/11)
NEW YORK -- Signs that the U.S. economy is improving helped investors put aside fears over Japan's nuclear crisis Thursday, if only temporarily. It was the first gain in the market after three days of losses. Stocks rose broadly. All of the 10 groups rose in the Standard & Poor's 500 index, the basis for most U.S. mutual funds. Twenty-six of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones industrial average rose, led by a 3.2 percent increase in Hewlett-Packard Co. All 30 fell the day before...
Diet Coke ousts Pepsi as No. 2 soda in the U.S. (03/18/11)
Coca-Cola is winning the fight for America's soda drinkers. Diet Coke bubbled up into the second spot in the U.S. soft drink market, ending Pepsi's decades-long run as the perennial runner-up to regular Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola sold nearly 927 million cases of its diet soda in 2010, to Pepsi's 892 million, a report by trade publication Beverage Digest released Thursday said. Diet Coke was nearing a virtual dead heat with Pepsi a year earlier...
New Bible draws critics of gender-neutral language (03/18/11)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In the old translation of the world's most popular Bible, John the Evangelist declares: "If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar." Make that "brother or sister" in a new translation that includes more gender-neutral language and is drawing criticism from some conservatives who argue the changes can alter the theological message...
Transplant patient contracted AIDS from living donor's kidney (03/18/11)
ATLANTA -- A transplant patient contracted AIDS from the kidney of a living donor, in the first documented case of its kind in the U.S. since screening for HIV began in the mid-1980s. It turns out the donor had unprotected gay sex in the 11 weeks between the time he tested negative and the time the surgery took place in 2009...
Gadhafi vows to retake rebel east; U.N. OKs no-fly zone (03/18/11)
TOBRUK, Libya -- Moammar Gadhafi vowed to launch a final assault on the opposition's capital Benghazi and crush the rebellion as his forces advanced toward the city and warplanes bombed its airport Thursday. In the face of Gadhafi's increasingly powerful offensive, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution to strike his forces on land, sea and air...
Japan plans no more air drops of water on stricken nuclear reactor (03/18/11)
YAMAGATA, Japan -- Japan's military says it does not plan further helicopter air drops of water on overheating reactors at a tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant. Defense ministry spokesman Ippo Mayama said Friday local time that further helicopter runs were not planned, following several runs the day before. He did not say why. It was unclear what effect the water drops had on the targeted reactor...
CIA contractor release eases tension between U.S., Pakistan (03/18/11)
ISLAMABAD -- A "blood money" deal to free a CIA contractor who killed two Pakistani men removes a major thorn in relations between the United States and Pakistan, but bruising from the dispute and disagreements over Afghanistan mean the alliance will likely remain stormy...
Pakistan army chief condemns U.S. attack near Afghan border (03/18/11)
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's army chief strongly condemned a U.S. drone attack that killed more than three dozen people Thursday, saying the missiles struck a peaceful meeting of tribal elders near the Afghan border. The accusation by Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani adds tension to a relationship that was already strained by the shooting deaths of two Pakistanis by a CIA contractor who was freed Wednesday following a contentious deal to pay millions in "blood money" to the men's families...
Bahrain crackdown widens; dissent heard from roofs (03/18/11)
SITRA, Bahrain -- The nighttime cries of dissent went out from the rooftops shortly after the text messages came through. For nearly 15 minutes, just as the messages exhorted, they called out to the sky: "God is Great" as soldiers and police took hold of the streets below...
Malaysia garbles Gaga's gay lyrics (03/18/11)
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysian radio stations worry some lyrics in Lady Gaga's gay anthem "Born This Way" are on the wrong track, baby. Broadcasters in the Muslim-majority nation have refused to play lines in the song that encourage public acceptance of gays, claiming Thursday they are being cautious because the government forbids offensive content...
Scott County Central basketball team reaches Class 1 championship game (03/18/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Jefferson coach Tim Jermain knew plenty about the Scott County Central boys basketball team before his team took the floor against it in a Class 1 semifinal. The two-time defending state champions tend to travel with a daunting reputation...
Porter doesn't want to admit to chasing scoring record at final four (03/18/11)
It's hard to be as humble as Otto Porter is while being as good as Otto Porter is.
Redhawks lose second straight (03/18/11)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team lost its second straight game Friday as visiting Wright State rallied for a 6-5 victory, its fifth consecutive win. Southeast (10-8) rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to lead 5-4. The Raiders (9-6) got the tying run in the eighth inning and scored the winning run in the ninth...
Southeast Missouri State softball team is swept by Belmont (03/18/11)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team was swept by Belmont Thursday in a nonconference doubleheader played in Nashville, Tenn. Belmont (7-16) won the opener 3-0 and took the nightcap 6-5 in eight innings. Southeast (5-14) had just one hit in the opener, a single by Evan Sallis. Shea Cothren was the losing pitcher, allowing seven hits and three runs in six innings...
Southeast Missouri State baseball team to host Wright State (03/18/11)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team begins an eight-game homestand against a defending conference champion riding a hot streak. Wright State visits Capaha Field for a three-game series starting at 1 p.m. today. There also will be contests at 1 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday...
Gabbert throws for NFL coaches, scouts (03/18/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Six coaches, several general managers and a Hall of Fame passer turned front-office executive joined scouts from each of the 32 NFL teams to watch former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert as he worked out with a chance to be the No. 1 selection in April's draft...
Sporting support (03/18/11)
Entertainment isn't just about music and art and bars. Sometimes it's about helping people while you're having fun. The Alzheimer's Association has organized a Celebrity Sports Trivia Night at the Cape Girardeau Country Club on March 25, and it sounds to me like a fun, charitable event. A "regional sports celebrity" will lead each table in the contest...
More on elk (03/18/11)
Several months ago the Missouri Conservation Department announced its approval of a plan to import elk. I was opposed to the idea then. I am still opposed. My biggest concern -- and I think it is a concern shared by many Missourians -- is the potential damage, injury and loss of human life that could result. ...
Michael Feldman brings 'Whad'Ya Know?' to Southern Illinois (03/18/11)
Many people go through life never winning anything. Michael Feldman and his fabulous prizes aim to change that. Feldman's radio show "Whad'Ya Know?" awards prizes for completing the news quiz portion of the show. It asks current events questions that "have been painstakingly researched, although the answers have not," according to the disclaimer read by an audience member during the live show each Saturday...
Best bet: "Spamalot" (03/18/11)
And now for something completely different -- well, something slightly similar but on a completely different day -- "Spamalot" comes to the Bedell Performance Hall. The touring Broadway show inspired by "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" was originally scheduled for December, but bad weather and a traffic accident kept the cast from reaching Cape Girardeau in time for the show. ...
Opera Bites: Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor' features famous 'mad scene' (03/18/11)
On Saturday, the Metropolitan Opera high-definition broadcast at the AMC Town Plaza 5 will be the greatest of all bel canto operas ever composed -- Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor." The performance will begin at noon. French soprano Natalie Dessay will sing the role of Lucia; she is one of the finest singers on the stage today...
Internet buzz helps country duo The Civil Wars find success (03/18/11)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Here's a question the members of the duo The Civil Wars have been contemplating a lot lately: What's the value of a star's tweet? Or two? Or three? For Joy Williams and John Paul White, tweets by Taylor Swift, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Sara Bareilles, among many others, helped drive first-week sales of their debut album, "Barton Hollow," to levels they didn't expect...
Chris Rock adds Broadway to his resume (03/18/11)
NEW YORK -- How do you top a winter in which you've made fun of Oprah Winfrey to her face, gleefully butchered a classic Simon and Garfunkel song during a telethon and made a guest appearance on Kanye West's mega-selling CD? If you're Chris Rock, the next stop is Broadway...
Virginia Stephens (03/18/11)
Virginia Doris Stephens, 89, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, March 17, 2011, at Heartland Care and Rehab. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis...
Jewell Tinsley (03/18/11)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Jewell E. Tinsley, 87, of Tamms died Thursday, March 17, 2011, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born in McClure, Ill., Dec. 10, 1923, to James Everett and Ruth May Benefield Phillips. She married Asa Tinsley June 3, 1939. He preceded her in death Feb. 15, 1990...
Mark Story (03/18/11)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Mark Allen Story, 50, of Olive Branch died Sunday, March 13, 2011, in Olive Branch. Visitation will be from 10:30 to service time today at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill. The funeral will be at 12:30 p.m. today at the funeral home, with Bishop Jerry Whitaker officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery...
Joe Fox (03/18/11)
MOREHOUSE, Mo. -- Joe Harrison Fox, 76, of Tallahassee, Fla., passed away Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, in Tallahassee. He was born Nov. 22, 1934, in Morehouse, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wendell Maurice and Inez Eleanor Barnett Fox; and a sister, Anna Jeannette Fox Hecker...
Births 3/18/11 (03/18/11)
Daughter to James Douglas Staufenbiel and Jessica Lynn Bailey of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Hospital, 4:46 a.m. Saturday, March 5, 2011. Name, Eris Morgan. Weight, 7 pounds, 3 ounces. Ms. Bailey is the daughter of Ray and Tonya Watters of Cape Girardeau. Staufenbiel is the son of Burt and Debrah Bock of Cape Girardeau and Douglas Staufenbiel of Arnold, Mo...
Clippard Elementary School (03/18/11)
Third Quarter A Honor Roll 4th grade: Allison Andrews, Luke Batchelor, Jobeanna Brown, Max Dale, Madison Davie, Veronica Dean, Taylor Driver-Flores, Brandon Gibbs, Becky Holst, Thomas Hull, Reese Johnson, Matthew Kinder, Jacqui Lang, Hailley Maglone, Allison McDonald, Hannah Moyers, Jared Neikirk, Miller Ogburn, Lynsey Powers, Morgan Proffer, Trenton Sandusky, Desean Sweazie, Sydnie Walker, Emily Webb, Levi Wilson...
Eagle Ridge School (03/18/11)
Eagle Ridge Christian School Third Quarter A Honor Roll Kindergarten: Emily Bowling, Evin Craft, Erykah-Nevaeh Cramer, Lauren Eftink, Owen Hayes, Elias Kyle, Natalee Tribout, Kaelyn Woodall. 1st grade: Lydia Blunt, Tabitha Blunt, Sydney Gartman, Kiley Hahs, Rachel Margrabe, Zoe Mayfield, Ashton Reed, Gabe Stout, Nick Wasilewski...
Jefferson Elementary School (03/18/11)
Jefferson Elementary School Third Quarter A Honor Roll 4th grade: Andrew Duncan, Lacey Graham, Latayvia Green, Weston Hopper, Lauran Hoxworth, Dashana Hudson, Noah James, Ashton Mattingly, Isaiah Sterling. B Honor Roll 4th grade: Brittnee Blackmon, Shapale Clark, Monet Coleman, Adriana Crigger, Katelyn Park, Katlynn Petty, Cameron Tillotson...
Alma Schrader School (03/18/11)
Alma Schrader Elementary School Third Quarter A Honor Roll 4th grade: Payton Alexander, Erica Beard, Lauren Beasley, Miracle Bird, Jeffrey Bittle, Cameron Borders, Elise Caldwell, Desirea Carver, Emma Crisman, Alyssa Davis, Hyrum Dickson, Addison Essner, Madison Fouts, Grace Goeckler, Molly Hastings, Darian Huffman, Zach Kelley, Luke Laramore, Phoebe Law, McKenna Lee, Anna Mattison, Jordan Maxton, Abigail Reazer, Blake Ritter, Kaitlin Ritter, Paige Robinson-White, X'Adriana Scott, Ellie Senn, Hayden Smee, Carter Sterling, Kentaro Tanaka, Kristen Tarno, Kaitlynne Todt.. ...
Cape Girardeau fire report 3/18/11 (03/18/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 3/18/11 (03/18/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Jackson police/fire report 3/18/11 (03/18/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Firefighters responded to the following call Wednesday:...
Out of the past 3/18/11 (03/18/11)
The Cape Girardeau City Council calls the proliferation of tax proposals being considered by local governmental entities and special interest groups here "alarming"; proposals are being considered for funding a county health department, providing additional revenue for the library and financing street improvements...
Bush memoir, laws of nature, quotes and statistics (03/18/11)
I've just finished the book "Decision Points" by George W. Bush. It's been on The Wall Street Journal best-selling list for over three months. I'm sure favorable word-of-mouth is the reason. I was slow to get to it but highly recommend that you read it. Whether you agree or disagree with the decisions Bush made as president, you'll find fascinating and informative the presentation of the background and discussions that shaped his presidency and life...
Community events (03/18/11)
The bright sunny days of spring are a welcome change to winter's bluster. And with the warmer temperatures comes a host of local events. The Southeast Missouri Home Builders Association Home and Garden Show kicks off today at the Show Me Center. More than 100 vendors will participate in this weekend's exhibit, some offering special show-only pricing and giveaways...
Liberty's erosion (03/18/11)
I agree with M.K. Meyer's recent letter on her inability to accept the rejection of the voter's will. The government exists to serve its people. When transparency becomes a constant presence and the government ceases to fear its constituents, then liberty begins to erode faster than a barren hillside in a rainstorm...
Remembering March 10, 1961 (03/18/11)
I am the daughter of Donald Crittendon, the officer killed in the March 10, 1961, shooting. I was only 3 years old and my sister was only 3 months old when our father was taken from us. I do not remember anything due to being so young, but the memory of my father and of that tragic event has been made possible because of the Southeast Missourian's news coverage throughout the past 50 years. ...
Anniversary of shooting (03/18/11)
I wish to add a personal note to the 50th anniversary story regarding the shooting deaths of two Cape Girardeau police officers. As a reporter for the Southeast Missourian, I covered the first two trials of Douglas Wayne Thompson and the execution of Sammy Aire Tucker...
Speak Out 3/18/11 (03/18/11)
OLD Town Cape is opposed to the citywide smoking ban? Could it be because most of the businesses in that area are bars? IF the police are really interested in catching drunken drivers, just go and sit in the parking lot of our fast-food restaurants. Over 75 percent who drive through on Friday and Saturday nights are drunk...
Prayer 3/18/11 (03/18/11)
Almighty God, thank you for the shield of faith. Amen.
Dr. Copeland will be Cape's Asst. Superintendent (03/18/11)
Dr. Sherry Copeland of St. Joseph, MO, has been selected to replace Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Pat Fanger at Cape Girardeau Public Schools. Ms Fanger is retiring this summer. Dr. Copeland is presently Director of the Regional Professional Development Center at Missouri Western State University...
abandoned (03/18/11)
Old Ford truck parked in a field in Cape Girardeau county
me and my all day lollipop (03/18/11)
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Almost Done (03/18/11)
Erecting the cross/communication tower at Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel in Cape Girardeau. March 18, 2011
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