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Stories from Tuesday, April 26, 2011

MoDot orders closures of roughly 100 roads in Southeast Missouri (04/26/11)
The Missouri Department of Transportation closed 98 roads in Southeast Missouri due to flooding. The following is a news release from MoDOT. Flooded Roads in Southeast Missouri Update 11:30 a.m. today. SIKESTON - The Missouri Department of Transportation has closed routes in Southeast Missouri due to the recent flooding. Several routes have water over them but have not been closed and motorists are urged to use extreme caution and plan alternate routes...
Otter Slough conservation area closed (04/26/11)
All access to the Missouri Department of Conservation's Otter Slough area southwest of Dexter has been closed down, effective 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 due to high water in the area. The area will remain closed until further notice. The notification was received from...
Wappapello Lake surpasses projections; new crest predicted at 384 feet on Friday (04/26/11)
With nearly 14 inches of rain in four days and more predicted, the water level at Wappapello Lake on the St. Francis River has already surpassed the projected crest. Prior to the additional rainfall Monday evening, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at St. Louis, Mo., issued a news release saying the crest would be 384 feet on Friday...
Official says Poplar Bluff in the middle of worst-case scenario; 200 Guardsmen on the scene (04/26/11)
By DONNA FARLEY Staff Writer Approximately 200 Missouri National Guard troops are in Poplar Bluff, Mo., today to assist with extreme flooding resulting from several days of heavy rain and a levee break along County Road 607. Gov. Jay Nixon will be in the area today to talk with emergency response officials and view damage...
Authorities go on rescue missions in Poplar Bluff area (04/26/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Nearly 60 Poplar Bluff, Mo., residents had to be rescued Monday night after heavy rainfall flooded city streets. Earlier rainfall prompted rescues throughout the day, including that of a Malden, Mo., man who was trapped in his submerged truck on Highway 53...
Police: Levee breaches downriver of Poplar Bluff (04/26/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) -- A levee keeping a swollen river from inundating a southeast Missouri town cracked in at least one place Tuesday, but water pouring through the breech was unlikely to force the further mass-evacuation of homes in the area, authorities said...
Koster sues to stop intentional breaching of levee (04/26/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday in an attempt to stop it from destroying a southeast Missouri levee protecting valuable farmland from the rising Mississippi River. Koster said the corps is preparing to intentionally breach the levee at Birds Point in Mississippi County in order to relieve upstream pressure on a different levee protecting the Illinois town of Cairo. ...
Missouri Humane Society goes to Poplar Bluff to save animals (04/26/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) -- The Humane Society of Missouri is sending teams to southeast Missouri to help rescue and shelter pets endangered by flooding in the region. An eight-member team will be sent to Poplar Bluff to search for animals and set up an emergency shelter with the capacity to hold at least 100 pets...
Poplar Bluff residents flee as Black River overflows levee (04/26/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Thunder roared and tornado warning sirens blared, and all emergency workers in Poplar Bluff could do Monday was hope the saturated levee holding back the Black River would survive yet another downpour. Murky water flowed over the levee at more than three dozen spots and crept toward homes in the flood plain. ...
Corps of Engineers readies to breach Birds Point levee to lower river levels (04/26/11)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District will meet Tuesday with the Mississippi River Commission to decide whether to intentionally breach the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway, flooding more than 100,000 acres of land in Mississippi County and lowering water levels upstream on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers...
Homeowners near Chaffee trying to save their house from flood; emergency levee being built near Dutchtown (04/26/11)
One sandbag at a time, Vivian Bradley is trying to protect her Chaffee home as floodwaters surround it from all sides and rain continues to fall from the sky. "I'm helpless," she said. "It's never been like this before. It's really scary." Bradley's son Charles and about a dozen friends filled sandbags Sunday evening and Monday morning to surround her home on State Highway EE...
Bands rock their fans at Show Me Center (04/26/11)
National touring rock bands Sevendust, Three Days Grace and Avenged Sevenfold entertained a crowd of 3,309 rock fans Monday night at the Show Me Center. Donald Jacobs of Cape Girardeau was there to hear Sevendust. "I thought it was great; I loved that they did 'Walk' by Pantera as a tribute to Dimebag," he said, referring to guitarist Dimebag Darrell, who was fatally shot at a concert several years ago...
Cape man's trial is scheduled for October (04/26/11)
A judge set a Cape Girardeau man's murder trial Monday for late 2011. Allen Walker Jr., accused in the death of his 7-week-old son, will have his case heard by a jury beginning Oct. 12. The trial will conclude Oct. 14. Walker was charged in August with second-degree murder and child endangerment following his son's death at a St. Louis hospital...
Peter Kinder's car stolen, rammed into gun shop, torched and left on county road; suspect arrested (04/26/11)
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder only planned to be in Cape Girardeau a short time Monday, until a police officer told him at 6 a.m. his 2009 Ford Flex had been stolen and found torched and left on a county road. "It's burnt to a cinder. It is unrecognizable," said Kinder Monday afternoon, shortly after his third visit to the Cape Girardeau Police Department. "It was found at 5:30 this morning in some field, I don't even know where."...
County commission approves bid to perform lien searches (04/26/11)
Cape Girardeau County commissioners approved Monday a bid of $24.50 per parcel from Ward Title Insurance Agency LLC of Cape Girardeau to perform lien searches on selected parcels with delinquent taxes. Cape Girardeau County Collector Diane Diebold recommended the agency for the bid and said the job will likely include more than 200 parcels and take about two months to complete. The collector's office will charge around $30 per parcel, and the excess fees will be used to cover postage costs...
Church holds baptism ceremony despite flooding condition (04/26/11)
High water in the Mt. Calvary Powerhouse Church could not keep away roughly 400 members on Easter Sunday morning. Pastor Ron Webb even took advantage of the flooded parking lot to turn the planned indoor baptismal service into an outdoor service. "It was really a miracle that we were able to have service," Webb said. "We were pretty determined to get in there because of Easter."...
Cape guard members to help in flooded areas of Southeast Missouri (04/26/11)
About 85 members of the Missouri National Guard assembled at the Cape Girardeau Armory making preparations to assist in flood relief efforts in Southeast Missouri. Troops and heavy equipment from the National Guard in Cape Girardeau will move south to areas impacted by flooding including Poplar Bluff, Dexter and Sikeston, Mo., said Capt. Carter Roberts of the 1140th Engineer Batallion based in Cape Girardeau...
Weather cancels Farm Day event in Scott County (04/26/11)
Days of heavy rains have washed out the Scott County Women in Agriculture 2011 Farm Day. The event, an educational showcase of agriculture for more than 200 third-graders in Scott County, was scheduled for today in New Hamburg, Mo. Farm Day will not be rescheduled this year, organizers said...
Search goes on for jurors in Blagojevich case (04/26/11)
CHICAGO -- A video store worker who watches Judge Judy, a woman worried about not being able to use her Oprah tickets and several people concerned about losing their jobs were among those questioned Monday as potential jurors for the corruption retrial of ousted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich...
Earnings reports pull down Dow (04/26/11)
NEW YORK -- Mixed corporate earnings reports weighed on stocks Monday. Kimberly-Clark Corp., the maker of Kleenex and Huggies, dropped 2.7 percent after missing earnings estimates. The company also lowered its earnings forecast for the full year and said it plans to raise prices to offset higher costs...
Doctors: Giffords can attend Friday shuttle launch (04/26/11)
HOUSTON -- Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is set to reach an important milestone this week when she ventures from her Houston rehabilitation hospital for the first time to watch her astronaut husband rocket into space history. Giffords and her doctors set the Cape Canaveral, Fla., trip as a goal early on in her rehabilitation. It was the hope of her husband, Mark Kelly, too as he trained to lead NASA's next-to-last space shuttle flight...
Fed weighs future as economy recovers (04/26/11)
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve is increasingly confident in the economy and about to end a $600 billion program to support it. Now for the next step: figuring out how to keep inflation from taking off. Since late last year, the Fed has bought government bonds to keep interest rates low. Fed chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues are expected to signal this week that they will allow the program to expire as scheduled in June...
Syrian troops raid rebellious city (04/26/11)
BEIRUT -- Thousands of soldiers backed by tanks and snipers moved in before dawn to the city where Syria's anti-government uprising began, causing panic in the streets when they opened fire indiscriminately on civilians and went house to house rounding up suspected protesters. At least 11 people were killed and 14 others lay in the streets -- either dead or gravely wounded, witnesses said...
Taliban militants tunnel more than 480 out of Afghan prison (04/26/11)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- During the long Afghan winter, Taliban insurgents were apparently busy underground. The militants say they spent more than five months building a 1,050-foot tunnel to the main prison in southern Afghanistan, bypassing government checkpoints, watch towers and concrete barriers topped with razor wire...
Southeast Missouri State softball team reschedules MTSU doubleheader (04/26/11)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team's nonconference doubleheader at Middle Tennessee State, scheduled for today, has been pushed back to 4 p.m. Thursday. The change was made because of today's forecast for rain in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Southeast (22-24) begins a five-game road trip with the twin bill against the Blue Raiders (16-28). The Redhawks have won three straight and five of their last six...
Southeast's Moses earns OVC, national honors after huge week (04/26/11)
Trenton Moses has been recognized nationally and by the Ohio Valley Conference on Monday for a monster week. Moses, Southeast Missouri State's junior third baseman from Advance, was named Louisville Slugger national player of the week and the OVC player of the week...
Southeast Missouri State baseball team faces Salukis in finale of homestand (04/26/11)
Southeast will attempt to sweep the season series against SIU-Carbondale
Boggs provides relief to Cardinals' problem (04/26/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Hard-throwing Mitchell Boggs is perfect in his three save chances since the St. Louis Cardinals demoted Ryan Franklin last week. Heading into a six-game trip that begins today at Houston, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa insists nothing has changed in the pecking order. The official line from the top: Franklin's responsibilities are still being reduced to help get him back on track...
Guidelines set earlier stages of Alzheimer's (04/26/11)
The first new guidelines for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease in nearly 30 years establish earlier stages of the mind-robbing disease, paving the way for spotting and possibly treating these conditions much sooner than they are now. The change reflects a modern view that Alzheimer's is a spectrum of mental decline, with damage that can start many years before symptoms appear. The new guidance describes three phases: early brain changes, mild cognitive impairment and full-blown Alzheimer's...
Mo. man shares story of testicular cancer recovery to help others (04/26/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Testicular cancer made David Finklang redefine indestructible, at least for himself -- and he hopes for other "indestructible" young men. Finklang, 27, was in good enough shape to run about 50 miles a week. He just started a new job as an accountant and was pricing rings to propose marriage to his girlfriend...
Mary Howard (04/26/11)
PATTON, Mo. -- Mary Lou Howard, 76, of Patton died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at Liley Funeral Home in Patton. Graveside service and burial will be at noon today at Pleasant Valley Cemetery near Marquand, Mo...
William Kuhn (04/26/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- William M. Kuhn, 60, of Perryville died Thursday, April 21, 2011, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at Young and Sons Funeral Home...
Sebert Williams (04/26/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Sebert V. Williams, 84, of Marble Hill departed this life Sunday, April 24, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 29, 1926, in Patton, Mo., son of Julius A. and Lou Vecy Barks Williams. He and Wilma Devenport were married Feb. 11, 1950...
Susan Weston (04/26/11)
Susan A. Weston, 61, of Marion, Ill., died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at her son's home in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 5, 1949, in Cairo, Ill., to William and Patricia Aydt Ryan. She and Edward E. Weston Jr. were married March 13, 1970, in San Diego, Calif...
Dorothy Spomer (04/26/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- On Saturday, April 23, 2011, our area lost a legal pioneer. Dorothy Wilbourn Spomer, 90, of Cairo passed away in Cape Girardeau. Dorothy held the distinction of being the first woman judge in Southern Illinois, having been elected Alexander County judge in 1950 and later circuit judge...
George Heuring Jr. (04/26/11)
George Heuring Jr., 81, of Scott City died Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 26, 1930, in Illmo, to George and Coletta Klipfel Heuring. He married Gladys Zimmerman Nov. 25, 1954. Heuring was a self-employed farmer and a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kelso, Mo...
Louise Hess (04/26/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Louise Hess, 68, of Chaffee died Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born Oct. 11, 1942, in Allenville, daughter of Harry Alexander and Dorothy Lee Davenport Thompson. She married James Hess on Feb. 3, 1964...
Jackson police/fire 4/26/11 (04/26/11)
POLICE The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Theft Burglary FIRE Firefighters responded to the following call Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: ...
Cape Girardeau police report 4/26/11 (04/26/11)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Assault Thefts Property damage...
Cape Girardeau fire report 4/26/11 (04/26/11)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: ...
Out of the past 4/26/11 (04/26/11)
Playground equipment at the Evening Optimist Club Tot Lot at Capaha Park gets a fresh coat of paint during Friends of the Park Day; the massive cleanup at the park caps a weeklong effort by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce and the Recreation Department to "Help Cape Shine."...
Discovery Playhouse (04/26/11)
Friday morning a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce was held for Kim's Secret Water Garden, the newest feature at the Discovery Playhouse in Cape Girardeau. Kim's Secret Water Garden, named in honor of the late Kim Kurka McDowell and designed lovingly by her husband, Terry McDowell, is an interactive water play exhibit at the museum modeled after similar exhibits at St. Louis' Magic House, Chicago Children's Museum and the Boston Children's Museum...
Speak Out 4/26/11 (04/26/11)
WHEN it comes to schools, the media gives way too much attention to administrators such as superintendents, principals and others. Frankly, emerging data now shows that they have little if any effect on the quality of education in a school, and what really matters is the quality of the teacher in the classroom...
Prayer 4/26/11 (04/26/11)
Almighty God, thank you for your mercy and unending love for us. Amen.
Local C.A.R.s Attend National Convention (04/26/11)
Local C.A.R.s Attend National Convention Jack and Pete Lake of the Byrd Settlement Society were elected as voting delegates to the National Convention of the Children of the American Revolution which was held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, April 15--17, 2011. The National President, Benjamin A. Hinckley, of Texas presided at the convention. The Senior National President is Ann Taylor Schaeffer of the District of Columbia...
Scott Co. 4-H Members Attend 4-H Teen Conference (04/26/11)
Scott County 4-H members of the Kids Rock 4-H Club near Benton attended the 2011 Missouri State 4-H Teen Conference in Columbia, MO. in April.
East of Wyatt - South of Bird's Blue Hole (04/26/11)
The Mississippi river as of April 26, 2011
Road to Dutchtown (04/26/11)
Floodwater over Highway 74 heading into Dutchtown.
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