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Latest road closings from MoDOT (05/04/11)
SIKESTON - The Missouri Department of Transportation has closed routes in Southeast Missouri due to the recent flooding. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution and plan alternate routes. Routes that are closed include (as of 6 p.m. Wednesday): Bollinger County...
Flood unease builds south along Mississippi (05/04/11)
HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) -- People along the lower Mississippi River and its tributaries packed up their belongings and emergency workers feverishly filled sandbags as high water pushed its way downstream Wednesday in a slow-motion disaster that could break flood records dating to the Depression.
Mo. ag official to visit flooded areas (05/04/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says the state's agriculture director will survey flood damage Thursday in a visit to the southeastern part of the state. In a statement Wednesday night, Nixon said Director of Agriculture Jon Hagler will be in the Bootheel to survey damage caused by several days of heavy rains in the area...
City administrator: No problems in New Madrid (05/04/11)
New Madrid, so far, is in good shape. That's the word late this afternoon from City Administrator John Gilbert, who has spent much of the day touring the city of some 3,000 people nestled next to the Mississippi River. The Army Corps of Engineers tonight plans to detonate the third and final position on the southern end of the Birds Point-New Madrid levee...
Mo. House overrides Nixon's redistricting veto (05/04/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House moved quickly Wednesday and voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon's weekend veto of a proposed congressional redistricting map. The House voted to override the veto 109-44, giving GOP leaders the minimum two-thirds vote that is required. ...
NASA releases photos of floodway (05/04/11)
NASA has released satellite images showing the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway both before and after the activation of the floodway with the breaching of a levee at Birds Point. One image shows the area on April 29 before the breach. The other shows the area on May 3. The blue area shows the water that poured into the spillway...
Wappapello breaks record crest; Clearwater to reach record (05/04/11)
WAPPAPELLO LAKE, Mo. -- Both Wappapello and Clearwater lakes are expected to crest this week above record levels. The dams are operating safely and as designed, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Wappapello Lake reached its predicted crest of 400 feet Tuesday morning. ...
National Guard members being recognized for flood rescue (05/04/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) - Two members of the Missouri National Guard are getting recognition after their rescue of a 93-year-old woman from a flooded roadway along the Black River in Poplar Bluff, a rescue captured on videotape. Junior Bombard of Ozark and Tim Bridges of Carthage are among more than 760 guardsmen helping to fight the historic flooding in southeast Missouri. On Tuesday, they went to help after the woman was trapped in her car as she tried to cross water-covered Highway 53...
Caruthersville river bridge opens (05/04/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. - The Tennessee Department of Transportation has inspected and opened the Interstate 155 bridge connecting Caruthersville, Mo., and Dyer County in Tennessee, following a barge hitting the bridge yesterday. The bridge opened yesterday afternoon following the inspection. For more information, please contact the Missouri Department of Transportation's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636, or visit the Traveler Information Map at: http://maps.modot.mo.gov/timi/index.aspx......
SEMO professor: Breach will change soil structure (05/04/11)
With the floodwaters from the intentional breach of the Birds Point levee come changes in the soil structure that will take farmers years to overcome, according to agriculture experts.
Sun lifts spirits in waterlogged East Prairie (05/04/11)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- It's amazing what sunshine and blue skies can do for a water-logged psyche. "It just lifts those spirits really high," said Gary Sisk, whose face lit up Tuesday afternoon as he looked up at the bright sun, slightly tempered by a smattering of fluffy white clouds -- the kind that don't typically make rain...
Lawsuit seeking damages for area farmers because of levee breach (05/04/11)
Terry and Mary Beth Lee's farm stands -- or stood -- on the land that her great-great-grandfather settled more than 200 years ago. Her dad worked the fields beneath Birds Point levee up until he and his wife died within three months of each other in 1993, the year of the last 100-year flood.
Corps delays third breach after exhausting explosives supply (05/04/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A third levee breach planned for today is being delayed by at least 24 hours because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used too much of the explosives on the first two detonations and do not have enough for the third breach yet, corps officials said at a news conference this evening...
Cairo residents still barred from returning to homes (05/04/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Mayor Tyrone Coleman isn't taking any risks when it comes to the safety of the city's residents.
Elk to be released in Missouri all pass health tests after quarantine (05/04/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The 34 elk that are to be reintroduced into Missouri have passed their health tests. The Missouri Department of Conservation said the elk passed tests administered after a three-month quarantine at a conservation area in Kentucky...
Levee blasting moves to New Madrid, along with worry (05/04/11)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- At Taster's Restaurant, it is the morning of the blast. A good-natured waitress jokes with a customer about not knowing how to swim. Another woman sips coffee and says her worried son called from Tallahassee, Fla., asking if she wanted him to come and get her out of harm's way. They laugh, but their laughter may twinge with a hint of nervousness...
Ag businesses may cut down workforce (05/04/11)
The economic impact of the intentional breach of the Birds Point levee is hard to overestimate, Missouri Department of Agriculture director Dr. Jon Hagler said Tuesday. "Our hearts are with the farm families in Southeast Missouri," Hagler said. At MRM Ag Service, near East Prairie, Mo., Kevin Mainord estimates 35 to 40 percent of his business washed away as floodwaters poured into the spillway. Mainord, MRM's sales and marketing director, also farms about 10,000 acres in the spillway area...
River bridge at Caruthersville closed after barge strike (05/04/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- At midday Tuesday, a barge allegedly struck the Mississippi River bridge connecting Caruthersville, Mo., to Dyer County, Tenn., the State Gazette reported. The Missouri Department of Transportation has closed the Interstate 155 bridge; it will remain closed pending a Tennessee Department of Transportation inspection. The department will determine if the bridge is safe for travel...
Mo. House endorses prescription rules for pseudoephedrine (05/04/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri House members narrowly endorsed legislation Tuesday intended to crack down on the state's methamphetamine problem by requiring people to obtain doctors' prescriptions to buy certain cold medicines that contain an ingredient used to make the illegal drug.
Mo. lawmakers pass tax break for sawmills (05/04/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers have approved a tax break for sawmills. The measure classifies mills where timber is planed or sawed as agriculture and horticultural land rather than commercial property.
Pools of blood found on Southwest Missouri road (05/04/11)
NIXA, Mo. -- Christian County authorities are trying to unravel the mystery of how blood and someone's personal belongings ended up on a southwest Missouri highway. Sheriff Joey Kyle said a passer-by found the blood Sunday along U.S. 160 just south of Nixa...
Mo. auditor says finance division holds back records (05/04/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's banking regulatory agency has refused to release some of its records for a state audit, asserting that to do so would violate the law. Auditor Tom Schweich said Tuesday that his office needs all of the Division of Finance's banking records to determine whether the regulators are doing their job correctly. His office issued subpoenas for the records to be turned over by May 17...
Small cars led auto sales in April (05/04/11)
DETROIT -- Small cars sold briskly in the U.S. last month as gasoline prices approached $4 a gallon and some buyers worried about shortages of Japanese-made vehicles. Analysts expected overall industry sales in the U.S. to increase 19 percent from April of last year...
White House says bin Laden was unarmed during SEAL raid (05/04/11)
WASHINGTON -- Osama bin Laden was unarmed when Navy SEALs burst into his room and shot him to death, the White House said Tuesday, a change in the official account. The Obama administration, meanwhile, was still debating whether to release images of bin Laden's corpse, balancing efforts to demonstrate to the world that he was dead against the risk that the images could provoke further anti-U.S. sentiment. But CIA director Leon Panetta said a photograph would be released...
Veterans Affairs to expand caregivers program (05/04/11)
WASHINGTON -- The Veterans Affairs Department reversed course Tuesday and said it will make sure more caregivers of severely disabled Iraq and Afghanistan veterans can receive the support they need to help their wounded relatives. President Barack Obama signed a law last May that provided a monthly stipend, mental health help and health insurance to family members who provide around-the-clock care to those veterans...
Americans age 45 and older are new voting-age majority (05/04/11)
WASHINGTON -- For the first time, Americans 45 and older make up a majority of the voting-age population, giving older Americans wider influence in elections as the U.S. stands divided over curtailing Medicare and other benefits for seniors. Along with the information about the growing influence of older adults, preliminary census estimates also show a decline in the number of married couples with children, slight growth in household size and a rapid rise in the number of Mexicans...
Southern twisters hit an economy already hurting (05/04/11)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The tornado that obliterated contractor Robert Rapley's house also swept away his livelihood, destroying his saws, his paint sprayer and his truck. Like thousands of others in a region already struggling with high unemployment, he now faces the prospect of trying to recover with no way to earn a living...
BP to pay $25M for '06 spills in Alaska (05/04/11)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- BP's subsidiary in Alaska will pay a $25 million civil penalty under a settlement announced Tuesday that comes five years after more than 200,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from company pipelines on the North Slope. The penalty is the largest per-barrel civil penalty assessed, exceeding the statutory maximum because the settlement, resolves claims other than the spill, according to the EPA. ...
Rental chain spies on PC users, suit claims (05/04/11)
PITTSBURGH -- A major furniture rental chain provides its customers with computers that allow it to track keystrokes, take screenshots and even snap webcam pictures of renters using the devices at home, a Wyoming couple said in a lawsuit Tuesday...
Neighbors noticed compound was unusual (05/04/11)
ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan -- When a woman involved in a polio vaccine drive turned up at Osama bin Laden's hideaway, she remarked to the men behind the high walls about the expensive SUVs parked inside. The men took the vaccine, apparently to administer to the 23 children at the compound, and told her to go away...
Palestinian factions endorse reconciliation agreement (05/04/11)
CAIRO -- Fifteen Palestinian factions, including militant Islamic groups, endorsed a reconciliation deal Tuesday meant to end a four-year rift between the two major Palestinian political movements, Hamas and Fatah. The declaration paved the way for the two groups to sign the agreement today, then form a unity caretaker government to prepare for national elections next year...
Bahrain docs to be tried for helping protesters (05/04/11)
MANAMA, Bahrain -- Several doctors and nurses who treated injured anti-government protesters during the months of unrest in Bahrain will be tried in a military court on charges of acting against the state, the justice minister said Tuesday. Khaled bin Ali Al Khalifa said the charges against 23 doctors and 24 nurses include participating in attempts to topple the island's Sunni monarchy and taking part in illegal rallies...
Sizzling Jackson soccer team records 10-0 win against Central (05/04/11)
The Jackson girls soccer team has been on a tear this season. District rival Central served as the Indians' latest victim. Jackson showed its dominance by trouncing the visiting Tigers 10-0 on Tuesday night. "We're just trying to take it one game at a time and trying to build up," Jackson co-coach Justin McMullen said. ...
Scott City baseball team trims Notre Dame 9-8 (05/04/11)
The Scott City baseball team picked up a key win Tuesday. The Rams defeated Notre Dame 9-8 by rallying for a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. The win over a district team comes the night before the Class 3 District 1 seeding meeting...
Finals of SEMO Conference baseball tournament moves to ND (05/04/11)
The rain-delayed championship and third-place games of the SEMO Conference baseball tournament will be played Saturday at Notre Dame Regional High School. Notre Dame and Kennett will meet in the title game at 2 p.m. Central and Jackson will play the third-place game at 11 a.m...
Southeast Missouri State honors top student athletes (05/04/11)
Dustin Davis, Lauren McNamara, Jacqueline Heath and Erica Moore all made their mark as impressive Southeast Missouri State athletes over the past several years. Those four also achieved academic excellence, which was recognized Tuesday night when they earned top honors during Southeast's All Sports Year-End Celebration at the Show Me Center...
Southeast Missouri State baseball team loses 10-0 to Arkansas (05/04/11)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team sported a somewhat surprising three-game winning streak against perennial national power Arkansas. That ended Tuesday night when the Redhawks were blanked 10-0 by the 16th-ranked Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Ark...
Descalso blast lifts Cards to 7-5 win against Marlins (05/04/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols had another frustrating day at the plate. His Cardinals teammates picked up the slack. Daniel Descalso hit his first career home run, a go-ahead three-run shot in the seventh inning, to lead St. Louis to a 7-5 victory over the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night...
Love is like a box of chocolates ... that you make (05/04/11)
Giving Mom a box of chocolates on her special day can be a fine way to show your love. Even more so if you made the chocolates yourself. It's easier than it sounds, especially with this foolproof plan for making all of the mothers in your life a special box jammed with a delicious variety of chocolates...
Summer cocktails that are pitcher perfect (05/04/11)
Summer time and the living can be just that little bit easier with pitcher cocktails. Whether you're mixing up a batch of margaritas for friends in your backyard or ordering a round of mai tais for the table, pitchers are a quick and easy way to rethink your drink for a crowd...
Recipes to commemorate church's 100th year (05/04/11)
Our friends Terry and Angie Madsen moved back to Cape Girardeau in June after being away from Cape for 16 years. We were so excited to have them back with us, and we just picked right up where we left off years ago. Recently they went to visit their parents in the Kansas City area and came home with a gift for me -- you guessed it, a new cookbook. ...
'The Book of Mormon' leads Tony Award nominations (05/04/11)
NEW YORK -- "The Book of Mormon" nabbed a leading 14 Tony Award nominations Tuesday morning, earning nods for best musical, best book of a musical, best original score, two leading actor spots and two featured actor nominations, among others. The second-highest nominations went to "The Scottsboro Boys," which received 12 nominations, including best musical, best book of a musical, best original score as well as a leading actor and two featured actor nods...
William Simmons (05/04/11)
McCLURE, Ill. -- William "Bill" Simmons, 78, of McClure died Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Thearl Glastetter (05/04/11)
Thearl Lee Glastetter, 84, of Scott City died Monday, May 2, 2011, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 6, 1926, in Decatur County, Tenn., to Bird and Birdie Cottrell Hill. She married Harbert Moore on April 4, 1944. He preceded her in death Aug. 17, 1965. She later married Linus Leo Glastetter on Aug. 31, 1968, in Benton, Mo. He preceded her Nov. 3, 2010...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/4/11 (05/04/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Jackson police/fire reports 5/4/11 (05/04/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Firefighters responded to the following call Monday:...
Out of the past 5/4/11 (05/04/11)
The Rev. Max Sullivan, mission developer and first pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church, speaks at both morning services and at an anniversary dinner at noon; Sullivan served the congregation between 1965 and 1968, after which he entered the Army as a chaplain and served in Vietnam, the Pentagon, with the Army general staff and at Arlington National Cemetery...
Strong leadership is needed to address the country's finances (05/04/11)
specifics to address economy should be given in 2012 election
Education's importance (05/04/11)
For many college seniors preparing to graduate in the coming weeks, decisions remain. Should they test the job market, one that has been tumultuous for some sectors in recent years, or should they pursue further education? The answer to this question varies for each...
What has become of project? (05/04/11)
I would like to reply to the glowing editorial in the Southeast Missourian a couple of weeks ago concerning the Historic Preservation Laboratory at Southeast Missouri State University. Twenty years ago I cleaned out a barn and was removing some good hand-hewed oak logs and had some good 2 1/2-inch-thick poplar hand-formed flooring, too good to cut and use to heat a house. ...
Drill now to save our economy (05/04/11)
The price of oil on July 7, 2008, was $147 a barrel. Our national gas prices were $4.11 per gallon then. On April 30, 2011, the oil prices were $113 a barrel, and the national gas prices are $4.19. This doesn't make any sense. You hear the talk about buying cars with better gas mileage, but does anyone really believe this will help? Everything that is carried to our stores have added surcharges for the increase in gas prices. ...
Speak Out 5/4/11 (05/04/11)
CAN anyone tell me if years ago there was anything like this year of rain all the time and as much as we've had? I'm 85 years old, and I don't remember anytime ever being like this. IT makes absolutely no sense for the Corps of Engineers to have intentionally blown up a levee on the west side of the Mississippi in Missouri in order to help the city of Cairo which is on the Ohio River and considerably east of Birds Point. ...
Prayer 5/4/11 (05/04/11)
O Heavenly Father, hear our cry and protect those facing flooding. Amen.
Grand Opening of Whitney's Creations (05/04/11)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; MAY 15, 2011: Whitney Bramlett, 17, of Cape Girardeau, MO has opened a new online store, www.whitneyscreations.com. Ms. Bramlett hand makes hair clips, headbands, custom designed picture frames and other products catering to young women and teenagers and donates 20% of her sales to charities that fight human trafficking. ...
Breach in Bird's Point Levee (05/04/11)
Breach in the front-Line levee at Bird's Point, MO.
One of the many faces of mother nature! (05/04/11)
I love this old oak tree in our back yard. I noticed that it has many knots this is one of them> I see eyes nose mouth How about You?
JHS Wind Symphony competes in festival (05/04/11)
Jackson High School band members competed April 8 at the Heritage Music Festival in Chicago, Ill. They competed against other high schools from various states. Each group performed two to three pieces for three judges. After the performance, a judge gave a short clinic to the ensemble consisting of comments, critiques, and suggestions for improvement. ...
Spring has Sprung (05/04/11)
...having a party on my couch...
JHS percussion ensemble competes in festival (05/04/11)
Jackson High School band members competed April 8 at the Heritage Music Festival in Chicago, Ill. They competed against other high schools from various states. Each group performed two to three pieces for three judges. After the performance, a judge gave a short clinic to the ensemble consisting of comments, critiques, and suggestions for improvement. ...
JHS jazz ensemble competes in festival (05/04/11)
Jackson High School band members competed April 8 at the Heritage Music Festival in Chicago, Ill. They competed against other high schools from various states. Each group performed two to three pieces for three judges. After the performance, a judge gave a short clinic to the ensemble consisting of comments, critiques, and suggestions for improvement. ...
JHS big band competes in festival (05/04/11)
Jackson High School band members competed April 8 at the Heritage Music Festival in Chicago, Ill. They competed against other high schools from various states. Each group performed two to three pieces for three judges. After the performance, a judge gave a short clinic to the ensemble consisting of comments, critiques, and suggestions for improvement. The big band received a Gold rating...
SMSC Ambush U10 First Place at Adidas SoccerElite (05/04/11)
The U10 Girls Ambush team from Southeast Missouri Soccer Club attended the Adidas SoccerElite Championship in Memphis, TN April 30 - May 1, 2011. (Front)Emily Hermann, (Middle Row) Megan Heisserer, Taylor Nelson, Paige Cummins, Lynsey Powers, Clare Fennewald, Kristen Tarno, (Top Row)Paige Emmendorfer, Livia Wunderlich, Mackenzie Laurentius, Kirstin Jannin, Abby Wilson, Julia Williams, Emma Brune...
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