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Stories from Friday, April 1, 2011

Isle of Capri, city leaders celebrate casino at Cape Girardeau groundbreaking (04/01/11)
Golden shovels slid into the dirt Thursday as Cape Girardeau celebrated the construction of a $125 million casino complex.
Search for missing plane moves north (04/01/11)
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. -- Search efforts to find a single-engine plane missing since Sunday have moved north to St. Francois and Iron counties. Civil Air Patrol flight and ground crews are shifting their base of operations today from Malden, Mo., to Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, Mo...
Three area races lacking candidates (04/01/11)
The people who fill vacant seats on the boards of aldermen in Oran and Marble Hill and several positions on the Zalma Fire Protection District may be decided after Tuesday's election instead of by the voters on that day. No one has filed for candidacy for Ward 4 on the Oran board. ...
New dress code an issue in Scott City school election (04/01/11)
A number of significant issues will confront the Scott City School Board in the coming years. Declining state funding. Rising state and federal standards. Improving an Annual Performance Report that ranks among the lower reports of area school districts...
St. Louis would lose congressional seat in initial redistricting plan (04/01/11)
St. Louis would lose one of its two members of Congress and much of northern Missouri would be covered by a single congressional district under a redistricting proposal released Wednesday by a state House committee.
Missouri House approves measure on hospital ID badges (04/01/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Hospital workers would have to wear identification badges clearly showing their names and jobs under legislation approved by the Missouri House. The bill cleared the chamber Thursday on a 120-36 vote and was introduced in the Senate later in the day...
Five Jackson teachers receive chamber's educator awards (04/01/11)
Andy Helle is "addicted to the light bulb," the moment when his students understand, that "aha" moment when they get it. "You can see it almost as a light bulb illuminating above their head," said Helle, a science teacher at Jackson High School, in a video presentation highlighting exemplary Jackson teachers...
Bike lane proposal draws opposition from Cape Girardeau residents at open house (04/01/11)
A $250,000 proposal to put bike lanes along 11 Cape Girardeau streets may have to be patched up after an open house Thursday drew much opposition from residents who said they largely oppose the idea if it means eliminating on-street parking. City officials said after the meeting that the opposition would not kill the project and that the plan can be altered to address resident concerns...
Two running to be mayor of Altenburg (04/01/11)
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- Improvements to city systems, such as changes to the water system, and increasing residential awareness of the decisions of city officials are some of the main concerns of the two candidates contending for mayor of Altenburg in Tuesday's election...
Alternate health care fair set for Saturday in Cape (04/01/11)
A happy, fun, uplifting and educational experience is how volunteer Robin Fisher describes the sixth annual Mother Earth Wholistic Fair, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 3838 in Cape Girardeau. As a second-year volunteer with the event, Fisher said the fair is an opportunity for people to reach out to others...
Anheuser-Busch heir sued over girlfriend's death; case moved to Cape Girardeau County (04/01/11)
ST. LOUIS -- The family of a 27-year-old model who died last year of what authorities say was a drug overdose at the mansion of August Busch IV is suing the Anheuser-Busch heir, accusing her former boyfriend of carelessness and negligence in the death that produced no criminal charges...
Delta teen charged with molestation (04/01/11)
A Delta teenager was arrested Thursday by Cape Girardeau County authorities on suspicion that he molested a 14-year-old girl, according to a news release from the sheriff's department. Police allege Davey Russell Mayfield, 18, had sex with the underage girl March 26. He is charged with felony child molestation...
United Way unveils Cape Girardeau education improvement plan (04/01/11)
For more than two years the Education Solutions Team has investigated the causes and conditions of student failure.
Missouri to drop extended benefits for unemployed (04/01/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Thousands of people in Missouri who have been unemployed for more than a year soon will lose their jobless benefits. When they do, it will mark a significant new victory for fiscal hawks, who have seized upon government spending for the unemployed to make a symbolic stand against the federal deficit...
NPR White House correspondent speaks at KRCU fundraiser (04/01/11)
Scott Horsley, who covers the president for National Public Radio, says he's still waiting for a slow news day at The White House. Horsley spoke to supporters of local NPR affiliate KRCU Thursday during a fundraising breakfast at the Wehking Alumni Center at Southeast Missouri State University...
SEMO labor council hosts candlelight vigil to honor King (04/01/11)
The Southeast Missouri Central Labor Council will host a "Solidarity Candlelight Vigil" at 8 p.m. Monday at Capaha Park's Freedom Corner, the northwest corner of the intersection and Broadway and North West End Boulevard. The vigil is intended to honor the accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the anniversary of his death as well as remind people that his dream lives on...
Three-car accident slows traffic on South Hope Street (04/01/11)
A three-car accident slowed traffic on South Hope Street in Jackson to a crawl Friday afternoon. The accident happened around 3:25 p.m. where South Hope intersects County Road 318. Police said a red Hyundai was traveling north on South Hope when a black Ford traveling south made a left turn in front of it at the intersection with County Road 318. The impact sent the Hyundai spinning and it struck a vehicle waiting at a stop sign on County Road 318...
Search continues five days after plane went missing (04/01/11)
MALDEN, Mo. -- Five days after a single engine aircraft bound for Wisconsin disappeared from radar over Ripley County, Mo., searchers have expanded their efforts to include the Farmington, Mo., area. At least three planes were expected to resume the search Thursday morning when fog lifted...
Sikeston home show this weekend (04/01/11)
MINER, Mo. -- This weekend, an event that has been absent from the Sikeston scene for almost two decades will return -- and organizers couldn't be more excited. The Sikeston Board of Realtors Home and Garden Show will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Miner Convention Center. It will feature about 40 booths with a variety of products...
Poplar Bluff man found dead likely died from heart attack (04/01/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A heart attack brought on by an altercation with a Doniphan, Mo., man is the preliminary cause of death for a local man found dead earlier this week behind the former Pear Tree Inn on North Westwood Boulevard. Dr. Russell Deidiker performed an autopsy Wednesday morning on Roger Easley, 68, at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington, Mo...
Price slashed for drug to prevent preemie birth (04/01/11)
ATLANTA (AP) -- The price of an expensive drug to prevent premature births has been cut by more than half, following bitter controversy over its high cost. KV Pharmaceutical Co. said Friday that it is dropping the price from $1,500 per dose to $690...
Judge orders Wis. gov. not to implement bargaining law (04/01/11)
MADISON, Wis. -- A Wisconsin judge on Thursday did what thousands of pro-union protesters and boycotting Democratic lawmakers couldn't, forcing Republican Gov. Scott Walker to halt plans to implement a law that would strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights and cut their pay...
House speaker signals compromise in budget talks (04/01/11)
WASHINGTON -- Despite fresh pressure from tea party conservatives, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that Republicans "can't impose our will" on the White House and Senate Democrats on legislation to cut tens of billions of dollars in federal spending...
Missing Bronx Zoo cobra found in its reptile house (04/01/11)
NEW YORK -- A highly venomous Egyptian cobra that went missing at the Bronx Zoo was found Thursday after nearly a week on the lam in the reptile house, zoo officials said. The approximately 24-inch snake was found coiled in a dark corner of the reptile house, about 200 feet from where it had escaped from a holding cage outside the exhibit into a space described by officials as a labyrinth of pipes and equipment...
2012 candidates likely to forgo federal funding (04/01/11)
NEW YORK -- A cornerstone of U.S. politics since the 1970s, public funding of presidential campaigns may soon go the way of other relics of the era like long sideburns and lava lamps. Neither President Barack Obama nor any of the leading 2012 Republican contenders is expected to accept federal matching funds and the limits they impose...
Ivory Coast fighters descend upon main city (04/01/11)
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- Fighters trying to install Ivory Coast's democratically elected president months after the disputed vote descended Thursday on the country's largest city, aiming to unseat the nation's entrenched ruler as gunfire broke out across Abidjan...
Japan seeks expertise in nuclear crisis (04/01/11)
TOKYO -- Japan is increasingly turning to other countries for help as it struggles to stabilize its tsunami-stricken nuclear plant and stop radiation leaks that are complicating efforts to recover the bodies of some of the thousands swept away by the towering wave...
Gadhafi's rule relying on unsure tribal support (04/01/11)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- The biggest danger to Moammar Gadhafi is not the rebel forces struggling to march on his capital. It's more likely to be the crumbling of the remaining, fragile support for his regime. That is what makes the defection of Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa a heavy blow. ...
Ireland: Banks need $34B more, will be overhauled (04/01/11)
DUBLIN -- Ireland's ailing banks need another $34 billion in cash in a move that will leave all of them under state control and facing a complete overhaul, officials announced Thursday in a long-awaited effort to cap a three-year banking crisis...
Prince William won't wear ring (04/01/11)
LONDON -- Prince William is giving up his bachelor status to take a bride, but a palace official said Thursday that he will not be wearing a wedding ring. His fiancee, Kate Middleton, plans to wear a wedding ring made of rare Welsh gold, a long-standing royal family tradition dating back nearly 90 years, after the couple marry April 29 at Westminster Abbey...
Central baseball team wiggles out of jam, defeats Poplar Bluff 8-3 (04/01/11)
Central starter Ronnie Scott created a massive jam to start the sixth inning Thursday. Back-to-back singles then a hit batter loaded the bases with no outs for Poplar Bluff. The Tigers, who won 8-3, clung to a three-run lead at the time, and Scott looked rattled...
High school roundup: Perryville baseball team surprises De Soto (04/01/11)
All the local high school events reported Thursday to the Southeast Missourian.
Poplar Bluff soccer team trims Notre Dame 1-0 (04/01/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo -- Poplar Bluff historically has not fared well against Notre Dame in girls soccer, but the Mules have pulled out wins by the slimmest of margins in the last two meetings. The Mules pulled out another 1-0 win Thursday at Whiteley Park, matching their 1-0 shootout victory last year...
Chaffee baseball team combines offensive outburst with one-hit pitching to rout Bernie (04/01/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Chaffee pitcher Alex Davie offered a quick assessment of his team's performance against Bernie on Thursday night. "We came out and we actually had some offense," Davie said. "It's the first time we've had double-digit runs, so it's good to see our offense was there tonight."...
Southeast Missouri State track team to host Haines Invitational this weekend (04/01/11)
One thing has remained constant regarding Southeast Missouri State's annual outdoor track and field meet: top-flight competition. Southeast coach Eric Crumpecker doesn't expect that to change when the 30th annual Joey Haines Invitational takes place today and Saturday at the Abe Stuber Complex...
Southeast Missouri State baseball resumes OVC play vs. EKU (04/01/11)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team jumps back into Ohio Valley Conference play this weekend with its first OVC road series of the season. Southeast visits Eastern Kentucky for a three-game set in Richmond, Ky. There will be a noon doubleheader Saturday and a noon contest Sunday...
Mistakes cost Cards in season opener (04/01/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols cut off contract negotiations at the start of spring training. His bat was equally silent on opening day. The three-time NL MVP Pujols grounded into a career-worst three double plays while going 0 for 5 in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-3, 11-inning loss to the San Diego Padres on Thursday...
A good problem (04/01/11)
The River Campus has problems, and people are starting to notice. More than once in the past two weeks, I've been told or heard about these problems. They don't have enough seats available. The student production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" has been sold out for weeks. Organizers transformed the last dress rehearsal Tuesday into a full performance, added a Friday morning show and a Sunday night performance. Once word got out, the tickets quickly disappeared...
Smoking gun (04/01/11)
Some Cape Girardeau voters will cast ballots Tuesday to determine if the city will impose a ban on smoking in public places. They are voting on the wrong issue. The real issue is the health dangers posed by tobacco products. These products kill people. If we wanted to make a real difference, we would be voting to ban the growing of tobacco and the production of cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco products...
ARTFusion connects visual arts to various fields of study (04/01/11)
Artists will join students in showing the importance of visual arts in education today behind the Cape Girardeau Junior High School. The event, called ARTFusion, was started last year by art instructor Dennis Wilson. ARTFusion is a two-part event. The morning session is for the students and an evening session from 5 to 8 p.m. will be open to the public...
First Friday receptions 4/1/11 (04/01/11)
April's First Friday gallery openings
ARTifacts 4/1/11 (04/01/11)
Arts and entertainment briefs
Best bet: Steve Hornbeak (04/01/11)
While you're strolling around downtown enjoying the First Friday Art Walk, don't forget about the downtown musical offerings. New this week, Steve Hornbeak, Ashley Hatfield and Darrell Hannahs will play an intimate concert at Cup 'N' Cork from 8 to 10 p.m. ...
Southeast Mo. native publishes first novel 18 years after writing it (04/01/11)
Ben Capshaw's life is not the easiest to follow. His resume lists Navy officer, legislative aid, catering waiter, cab driver, lawyer and now author. Capshaw -- a Chaffee, Mo., native who now lives in St. Louis by way of Washington, D.C. -- recently released his first novel, "Red Roger," to the Kindle. The murder-thriller will be published in hardback and appear at Barnes & Noble this week, he said...
Wendy Williams' star rises through renewed image (04/01/11)
ATLANTA -- When Wendy Williams started rehearsals for ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," her dance partner, Tony Dovolani, expected the talk-show personality to translate her animated bravado onto the dance floor. But Dovolani didn't get what he envisioned from Williams, known for her infectious catchphrase, "How you doin'?" He was surprised to see the typically bold Williams nervous about her inept dancing ability during practice, feeling insecure about her voluptuous frame while standing nearly 6 feet tall.. ...
James Boyer Sr. (04/01/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- James L. Boyer Sr., 78, died Thursday, March 31, 2011, at Independence Care Center of Perry County in Perryville. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. until time of service Sunday at Young and Sons Funeral Home...
John Miles (04/01/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- John E. Miles, 47, of Bridgeton, Mo., formerly of Perryville died Thursday, March 24, 2011, at his home. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time April 9 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. A memorial Mass will be at 2 p.m. April 9 at the church, with the Rev. Milton Ryan officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery...
Jane Thompson (04/01/11)
Jane E. Thompson, 79, of Jackson, Mich., formerly of Cape Girardeau passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at home, surrounded by her family. Survivors include four sons, Roger (Judy), Ron (Deana), Randy (Casey) and Richard; a daughter, Rhonda (Rick) Woodruff; 11 grandchildren, Brooke, Matt, Tim, Amanda, Cassie, Craig, Christina, Derek, Dan, Cortney and Abbey; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Reese (Louise) Sanders; many special nieces and nephews...
Donald Merrill (04/01/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Donald E. "Duck" Merrill, 69, of Perryville died Thursday, March 31, 2011, at his home. He was born June 18, 1941, at Warrenton, Mo., son of Eugene and Kathryn Nagle Merrill. He and Martha M. Kirn were married May 29, 1982, in Perryville...
Neva Vetter (04/01/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- Neva Jean Vetter, 79, of Benton died Thursday, March 31, 2011, at her home. She was born May 23, 1931, in Holcomb, Mo., to Earl and Esther Beshear Benfield. She married Alfred Vetter on Oct. 30, 1954, in Cape Girardeau. Neva was a former operator at Southwestern Bell and a member of St. Denis Catholic Church...
Mark Linker (04/01/11)
Mark J. Linker, 61, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, March 31, 2011, at Southeast Hospital. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the mausoleum chapel of Pleasant Grove Memorial Park, Old Route 13 between Carbondale and Murphysboro, Ill. Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements...
Norman Lowes (04/01/11)
Norman H. Lowes, 85, of Jackson, formerly of Dexter, Mo., passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 12, 1925, in Jackson, to Emil and Emma Voges Lowes. He was baptized and confirmed at Hanover Lutheran Church. He attended the former Clover Hill School in Jackson, the former Hanover Lutheran School in Cape Girardeau, and was a graduate of Jackson High School...
George A. Eftink (04/01/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- George A. Eftink, 90, of Chaffee died Thursday, March 31, 2011, at his home. He was born Feb. 7, 1921, in Portageville, Mo., son of John and Elizabeth Elfrink Eftink. He and Teresa Catherine Horrell were married April 8, 1947. She died March 19, 2011...
James Blattel (04/01/11)
James G. Blattel, 89, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Scott City, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at Life Care Center. He was born Jan. 6, 1922, in Fornfelt (now Scott City), to Fred J. and May E. Collie Blattel. He and Lillian Virginia Jackson were married July 15, 1946, in Fornfelt...
Bret Raney (04/01/11)
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Bret D. Raney, 53, of Hot Springs died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at his home. He was born Jan. 27, 1958, in Pine Bluff, Ark. Raney was employed by Affiliated Engineers. He was of the Baptist belief. He was preceded in death by grandparents, John and Oma Raney and Elizabeth and Myron Kelley...
Cape Girardeau fire report 4/1/11 (04/01/11)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 4/1/11 (04/01/11)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Jackson police/fire report 4/1/11 (04/01/11)
POLICE The Jackson Police Department reported the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest Assault Miscellaneous FIRE Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: ...
Out of the past 4/1/11 (04/01/11)
Harold Kuehle of Cape Girardeau has been appointed by Gov. John Ashcroft chairman of the Governor's Committee on the Employment of the Handicapped; Kuehle, 50, Cape Girardeau County collector, will replace Randy Best, whose term has expired. F.G. "Gene" Rhodes is elected mayor of Cape Girardeau, succeeding longtime mayor Howard C. Tooke; Rhodes outpolls councilman Donald Strohmeyer by 609 votes; other winners in the municipal election are David Limbaugh, Frank Bean and Jim Rust...
Red Cross support (04/01/11)
The Southeast Missouri chapter of the Red Cross recently held its second annual Red Cross Experience breakfast. Local organization leaders highlighted some of the year's successes as well their vision for the chapter going forward. In 2010 the local chapter trained 13,000 people in its first aid, CPR and water safety classes. They also helped 270 military families make emergency contact with soldiers...
Reasons to oppose smoking ban (04/01/11)
Until recently I have been neutral on the local smoking issue. Several considerations have gelled my position. For one, there will be additional costs for enforcement. Will Smoke-Free Cape provide money for an additional position in the Cape Girardeau Police Department? Or will its major backer, the American Cancer Society?...
Outside influence on ban issue (04/01/11)
I was reading a letter to the editor recently where it mentioned governmental intrusion into our personal lives. It suddenly struck me that the attempt to pass the smoking ban is not being pushed by our government. It is being pushed by a very large private organization that has come into our town with a bundle of cash ($83,000 to date) with the intent to push their agenda down our throats. ...
Compromise is not the solution (04/01/11)
In some discussions about the smoke-free ballot issue, I've heard talk about how this ordinance is too restrictive and how we should vote it down and wait for a "compromise." But that's just a diversion created by those opposed to falsely lead people to believe an ordinance that absolutely everyone can agree to is possible...
Speak Out 4/1/11 (04/01/11)
IF you know someone who is taking advantage of the welfare system, you can call Social Security and report them anonymously. They are stealing from all of us. IT'S pretty sad that senior citizens have not received a raise in their Social Security checks for two years now and our government sends $21 million over to Japan and all these other foreign countries. It's about time senior citizens get their share...
Prayer 4/1/11 (04/01/11)
O Lord, may we boldly proclaim your name each and every day. Amen.
A Sputnik Moment? (04/01/11)
The 1957 launching of the Sputnik satellite by the Russians shocked an American public whose citizens assumed that their technological superiority was unassailable. Billions of dollars flowed to education in a policy that was portrayed as an integral part of our national defense. President Obama recently suggested that we needed another "Sputnik moment" to increase the number of college degrees awarded and enhance America's ability to compete in global markets...
5K Run Walk this Saturday April 2, Help Michelle (04/01/11)
Michelle Bundy is from Scott City, she is a young mom, with 2 kids ages 2 years and 8 months. She has been diagnosed with epitheloid angiosarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. Area friends and family are joining together to hold a 5K Run/Walk to raise funds for Michelle and her family. The event is this Saturday at Capaha Park. Race starts at 8:00, registration starts at 7:15. The weather looks great for tomorrow so come out and show your support for this young family! Details below...
Tree donated to Clippard Elementary (04/01/11)
The Cape Girardeau Council of Garden Clubs presented a Serviceberry tree to Charles Clippard Elementary School for Arbor Day 2011. Mrs. Theresa Williams' First Grade Class participated in the celebration for this day. The tree was planted by Mr. Harry Bertrand and his Horticulure Students at the Career and Technology Center. Shown above are members of the Mrs. Williams' First Grade Class, Mrs. Sydney Herbst, Principal and members of the garden clubs...
Strange Looking Cloud (04/01/11)
Photo taken on 3-31-11 Location ~ Cape Girardeau; Missouri.
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