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Stories from Thursday, May 12, 2011

MoDOT flooded roads update (05/12/11)
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 as of 2 p.m. Thursday include: For more information, please contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636) or visit the Traveler Information Map at: http://maps.modot.mo.gov/timi/index.aspx......
Phone service restored at Southeast Missourian office (05/12/11)
Telephone service at the Southeast Missourian was restored at 1:15 p.m. following a morning interruption. We apologize for any inconvenience the outage caused.
Morehouse begins big job of flood cleanup (05/12/11)
MOREHOUSE, Mo. -- The floodwaters that once filled the town of Morehouse are gone now, but the community's cleanup efforts are just beginning. Homes show obvious scars from the flood. A brown ring circles the bottom half of most homes, showing where the water once was. Street after street is lined with piles of waterlogged couches, beds, clothes and carpeting ripped from homes ravaged by the flood. The stench of mold fills the air...
Cairo residents allowed back in as mayor lifts evacuation order (05/12/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- For one Cairo woman, Mayor Tyrone Coleman's announcement Wednesday lifting a mandatory evacuation order came at an ideal time.
TSO member: 'You'd have to kill me to get me offstage' (05/12/11)
Al Pitrelli doesn't discriminate. He loves all types of music and every part of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra show, which he's been a part of since its inception. Pitrelli started chasing a musical career right out of high school and has performed in acts from Alice Cooper and Megadeth to Celine Dion and Donny Osmond...
Cape, Jackson lawmakers wrap up freshman session (05/12/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- For Rep. Wayne Wallingford, the last few days of his first session in the state legislature have been like playing in the Super Bowl. "But it's the last two minutes and you're out of time-outs," said the 64-year-old Republican who represents Cape Girardeau. "That's how fast things are happening."...
State regulators give approval to new Poplar Bluff hospital (05/12/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee voted 6-0 Monday to approve a certificate of need for a $170 million Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. The new hospital will have 425,000 square feet on seven floors and a basement. There will be 250 private patient rooms. It will be constructed on the south side of Route PP east of the U.S. 67 bypass...
Man arrested after burglarizing Bloomfield pharmacy (05/12/11)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Stoddard County man was in jail Wednesday following his arrest for allegedly burglarizing Town Pharmacy in Bloomfield. According to a probable cause statement filed by Bloomfield assistant police chief Cody Wheetley, Daniel Phillip Winter, 29, broke into the pharmacy Friday night with the intention of stealing hydrocodone pills...
Trial date set for woman accused in Perryville stabbing (05/12/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A Perryville woman accused of using a steak knife to injure her husband in February had her case set for trial Tuesday in a Cape Girardeau County courtroom. Circuit Court Judge Benjamin F. Lewis scheduled Rachel M. Bohnert's jury trial to begin Sept. 28. Bohnert was arrested in February by Perry County authorities after they responded to a call of a domestic at their her on Highway 51 near Perryville...
3-bed hospital approved for Poplar Bluff (05/12/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A certificate of need was approved Monday for Black River Community Medical Center -- a three-bed hospital being planned by Poplar Bluff Medical Partners. Despite opposition from Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee voted 5-2 to certify the need for a short-stay monitoring hospital in an existing building at 217 Physicians Park Drive...
U.S. 61 in Cape County reduced for drainage (05/12/11)
U.S. 61 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane with a 16-foot width restriction Thursday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make drainage repairs. This section of road is between U.S. 61 and Highway 177. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs...
Pavement repairs set for routes M and K (05/12/11)
Routes M and K in Scott County will be reduced to one lane while contractor crews mill and resurface the roadway. This section is at the intersection of Route M/K and Interstate 55 in Scott City. Weather permitting, the repairs will be done from 6 a.m. ...
U.S. 61 reduced for bridge maintenance (05/12/11)
U.S. 61 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge maintenance. The bridge is between Route M at Scott City and County Road 208. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Signs will mark the work zone, and motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Bridge repairs reduce I-55 to one lane (05/12/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Southbound Interstate 55 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge repairs. The section of road is at Route M between Route EE and Highway 162. ...
Mo. hunters kill fewer turkeys in spring season (05/12/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri hunters killed fewer turkeys this spring - a result that state officials link partly to unfavorable weather during the three-week season. The Missouri Department of Conservation says hunters reported killing 38,328 turkeys during the regular spring season from April 18 through Sunday. That's down 9.3 percent from last year...
Mo. Senate backs bill lowering concealed carry age (05/12/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A bill lowering the age to get a concealed gun permit in Missouri is now just one step from the governor's desk. The Senate voted 27-6 Wednesday to pass a bill lowering the concealed gun age to 21 -- the same age at which people can legally drink alcohol. The bill needs only a final House vote to go to Gov. Jay Nixon...
One Scott County township may shift commission districts (05/12/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County's second district commissioner may hand off a township to the first district's representative. County commissioners looked at their redistricting options during their regular meeting Tuesday. Due to population changes as found by the 2010 census, county commission district lines must be redrawn. State statutes require districts to be contiguous and have populations as close to equal as possible without splitting existing political townships...
Volunteer disaster response course offered Saturday (05/12/11)
Volunteers seeking disaster training can register for a basic response course set for Saturday at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau.
Emerson speaks out against MoDOT cost-cutting plan (05/12/11)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson isn't pleased with the Missouri Department of Transportation's plans to close a district headquarters and consolidate staff in rural areas of the state, including Cape Girardeau and Scott counties.
Mo. DNR waives some requirements to aid flood cleanup (05/12/11)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will waive special solid waste and air pollution regulations to provide flexibility in flood cleanup operations in 19 Missouri counties. The waiver applies to Barry, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Howell, McDonald, Mississippi, New Madrid, Ozark, Pemiscot, Reynolds, Ripley, St. Francois, Scott, Stoddard, Stone, Taney and Wayne counties, DNR reported in a news release...
People, animals flee Mississippi River flooding (05/12/11)
YAZOO CITY, Miss. (AP) -- A slow migration unfolded in central Mississippi on Thursday, with people and animals seeking higher ground to escape the flooding from the Mississippi River and its tributaries. In Louisiana, water poured over a century-old levee, flooding 12,000 acres of corn and soybeans despite farmers' frantic efforts to shore up the structure. ...
Miss. River flows over La. levee, flooding crops (05/12/11)
BUNCHE'S BEND, La. (AP) -- Water from the swollen Mississippi River poured over a century-old levee Thursday, flooding 12,000 acres of corn and soybeans despite farmers' frantic efforts to shore up the structure. Downstream, officials with the Port of New Orleans said the Coast Guard could close the river to ships as early as Monday, halting traffic on one of the world's busiest commercial waterways...
Flooded Mississippi takes aim at delta (05/12/11)
RENA LARA, Miss. -- Crews worked to shore up levees along the swelling Mississippi River on Wednesday as floodwaters threatened to swamp even more of the fertile Mississippi Delta. The crest rolled south after hitting the high mark Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn., just inches short of the record set in 1937. Some low-lying neighborhoods were inundated, but high levees protected much of the rest of the city. Landmarks such as Graceland stayed dry...
Scientists find lung stem cells (05/12/11)
NEW YORK -- Scientists believe they've discovered stem cells in the lung that can make a wide variety of the organ's tissues, a finding that might open new doors for treating emphysema and other diseases. When these human cells were injected into mice, they showed their versatility by rebuilding airways, air sacs and blood vessels within two weeks. One expert called that "amazing."...
Diary says bin Laden eyed new targets, big American body count (05/12/11)
WASHINGTON -- Deep in hiding, his terror organization becoming battered and fragmented, Osama bin Laden kept pressing followers to find new ways to hit the U.S., officials say, citing his private journal and other documents recovered in last week's raid...
House GOP: $30B in further cuts (05/12/11)
WASHINGTON -- Republicans controlling the House Wednesday announced plans to cut $30 billion from the day-to-day budgets of Cabinet agencies, doubling down on cuts to domestic programs just weeks after a split-the-differences bargain with President Barack Obama...
Poll: Obama approval hits 60 percent (05/12/11)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's approval rating has hit its highest point in two years -- 60 percent -- and more than half of Americans now say he deserves to be re-elected, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll taken after U.S. forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden...
Some U.S. lawmakers to view bin Laden body photos (05/12/11)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Members of four congressional committees will be allowed to view photographs of Osama bin Laden's body, the Central Intelligence Agency said Wednesday. Members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and the House and Senate Armed Services Committees will be allowed to see the photographs at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., agency spokesman Preston Golson said...
25 injured in march protesting Greece's austerity measures (05/12/11)
ATHENS, Greece -- Riot police made heavy use of tear gas and stun grenades to disperse youths throwing stones and gasoline bombs as thousands of demonstrators marched through central Athens on Wednesday to protest the Greek government's austerity measures...
Iraq PM opens door to longer U.S. troop presence (05/12/11)
BAGHDAD -- Iraq's prime minister offered his clearest opening yet Wednesday for the possibility of extending the presence of U.S. troops here past their scheduled Dec. 31 departure date, saying he would do so if most of the country's political blocs support the decision...
Two earthquakes in Spain kill 10 (05/12/11)
MADRID -- Two earthquakes struck southeast Spain in quick succession Wednesday, killing at least 10 people, injuring dozens and causing major damage to buildings, officials said. It was the highest quake-related death toll in Spain in more than 50 years...
Heisserer pitches Notre Dame baseball team past Chaffee 8-2 (05/12/11)
The Notre Dame baseball team defeated host Chaffee 8-2 on Wednesday.
Thomas strikes out 15 to lead Oak Ridge baseball team past Chaffee (05/12/11)
The Oak Ridge baseball team defeated Chaffee 4-0 on Wednesday.
High school roundup: Central baseball team pulls out win in final tuneup (05/12/11)
All the scores from Wednesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State softball player Fowler garners first-team honors (05/12/11)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team had five players pick up postseason OVC honors.
Cubs' offense roughs up Cardinals 11-4 (05/12/11)
CHICAGO -- Matt Garza got his first win at Wrigley Field as the Chicago Cubs delivered their biggest offensive output of the season Wednesday night to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 11-4. Chicago scored six runs in the third after a 53-minute rain delay, added four more in the fifth and finished with 17 hits, four by Starlin Castro. The runs were the most the Cubs had scored this season and the hits tied a season high...
Skate Park Association hosts contest Saturday (05/12/11)
The Cape Girardeau Skate Park Association will hold a skateboarding competition Sunday at Missouri Park. The organization will give prizes for best trick and in different age groups. Age groups are 11 years old and younger, 12 to 15 years old, and 16 and older...
Hooked on Science: It's easy to make raisins dance (05/12/11)
You can make raisins dance. All you need are a few items from around the house. STEP 2: Drop in several raisins and watch. The soda releases carbon dioxide gas bubbles. These bubbles stick to the surface of the raisins. The raisins then lift up through the soda. Once the raisins reach the surface, the bubbles pop, and the raisins sink back to the bottom...
who's neXt 5/12/11 (05/12/11)
Scholarships The following students received scholarships to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2011-2012 school year: -- From staff reports ...
Advice for soon-to-graduate seniors on surviving college (05/12/11)
For high school seniors everywhere, these are pretty heady times. Graduation. Freedom. One last magnificent summer. But all too soon it will be college, studying, term papers, exams, studying, stressing, finals, studying, stressing. Relax. Higher ed doesn't have to be a headache if you take some advice from some people who have been there -- where you are and where you're going...
neXt up 5/12/11 (05/12/11)
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Being here (05/12/11)
May 12, 2011 Dear Patty, In junior high school the Central football and basketball games provided my primary entertainment. The athletes on those teams were heroes to me, maybe especially because I was a scrawny kid. They were better than comic book heroes. They were real. So were the cheerleaders...
Agnes Wipfler (05/12/11)
ORAN, Mo. -- Agnes Wipfler, 94, of Oran died Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at Chaffee Nursing Center in Chaffee, Mo. She was born Feb. 6, 1917, in Oran, to the late John Henry and Flora Bertha Kohm Wipfler. Wipfler was a machine operator at Florsheim Shoe Co. in Chaffee. She was a member of Guardian Angel Catholic Church, St. Ann Sodality and Oran Senior Citizens...
William Petrek (05/12/11)
NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- William Joseph "Bill" Petrek, 83, died peacefully Saturday, May 7, 2011, at his home in Northfield, in the company of family and friends. William was born Feb. 26, 1928, in Arcadia, Wis. He received a bachelor's degree from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., a master's degree in theology from The North American College in Rome, and a doctorate in philosophy from the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium...
Joshua Busche (05/12/11)
Joshua Wayne Busche, 25, of Jackson died Monday, May 9, 2011, at his home. He was born April 18, 1986, in Cape Girardeau, to Ron Wayne and Lisa Kay McMillan Busche. Joshua was a graduate of Jackson High School. He was a salesperson for J.C. Penney and Kohl's department store. He had also sold insurance for Western and Southern. He was a member of Cape First...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/12/11 (05/12/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Jackson police and fire report 5/12/11 (05/12/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday:...
Out of the past 5/12/11 (05/12/11)
Area artists have until 4 p.m. to submit design entries for the downtown mural project; plans call for the mural to be painted on the south wall of the Jones building, just north of the parking lot at Themis and Main streets. Approval of a $37,500 grant to determine feasibility of a plant that would burn solid waste and other materials to produce energy, and application for another grant that would be used to design such a plant at the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority site, are announced.. ...
Flooding recovery (05/12/11)
In recent weeks Southeast Missouri along with many other areas in this part of the country have seen tremendous flooding. While dryer weather has come, flooding remains a serious concern. We understand the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers felt the best option to prevent further destruction as a result of the flooding was to blow up the Birds Point levee in Mississippi County. Nevertheless, we're deeply saddened to see the loss of property and farmland for so many individuals...
Investigate Big Oil (05/12/11)
I filled my gas tank recently. It had a quarter of a tank of gas and I put 20 gallons in at a cost of $75, and it wasn't even full. A man at the pump said he was having trouble paying for his gas and making it to work. The price of fuel affects the price of everything in America. Shipping costs rise as fuel prices increase, and the consumer pays the bill at the grocery line...
Flooding photography, coverage (05/12/11)
I wanted to thank you for the excellent coverage of the flood. The photography, in particular, was the best available anywhere. The images of the overflowing Wappapello spillway were absolutely shocking to us. It is an area we know very well, having frequently walked the trails and watched the eagles' nests from the parking lot of the spillway...
'Pulling the race card' (05/12/11)
In his letter to the editor, Dr. Kamath coins a term for a new mental disease he calls "birther disorder." According to him, this is a form of conversion disorder, and anyone asking President Obama to document his ability to meet the constitutional stipulations for presidency are really just "covert racists" converting their true motives into something that sounds more legitimate. ...
Speak Out 5/12/11 (05/12/11)
GAS prices are supposed to drop 50 cents by summer. It will still cost more than it did last year, but they think people will be relieved and not say so much since it will be 5o cents cheaper than it was. IT'S a wonderful thing. President Obama kept Gitmo open like Republicans wanted; continued to conduct domestic spying just like Republicans wanted; continued the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan just like Republicans wanted; continued to aggressively interrogate just like Republicans wanted; and we got Osama bin Laden. ...
Prayer 5/12/11 (05/12/11)
O Heavenly Father, thank you for the peace that passes all understanding. Amen.
Oliver House Wine Tasting Event (05/12/11)
The sun was out and the gardens were in bloom on Sunday May 8, 2011 when The Jackson Heritage Association could hosted its second annual wine tasting on the lawn of the Oliver House Museum. The wine tasting event is being held each year, the Sunday after the Kentucky Derby which is held on the first Saturday in May. The event featured Missouri wines from Crown Valley, Augusta, and St. James wineries,...
PHS Senior Receives Academic All-State Award (05/12/11)
Perryville High School basketball standout, Natalie Bauwens, received Academic All-State Girls Basketball honors from the Missouri Basketball Association at the Academic All-State Banquet held at the Drury University O'Reilly Sports Center in Springfield on Sunday, May 1...
Two PHS Seniors Receive Award of Excellence (05/12/11)
Two Perryville High School seniors, Jared Hotop (left) and Natalie Bauwens, were awarded the Award of Excellence by the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) for being positive role models and displaying outstanding sportsmanship through their participation in interscholastic athletics. Jared is the son of Scott and Jeanelle Hotop, and Natalie is the daughter of Kim and Mary Bauwens...
Oliver House Wine Tasting Event (05/12/11)
Annual Wine Tasting Event on the grounds of the Oliver House Museum.

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