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Stories from Friday, May 13, 2011

Couple nears end of long road to to get college degrees at SEMO (05/13/11)
It seems funny now given what they have gone through to get to today, but Todd and Melissa Cruts first met at a Southeast Missouri State University student production of "You Can't Take It With You." They weren't the indomitable Crutses back then, the super couple who seemingly could leap any challenge in a single bound on their road to higher education...
USDA seeks Mo. damage assessments (05/13/11)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture are assessing damage throughout Missouri from recent storms and floods. State officials said Friday that counties have until May 20 to report damages and losses to the USDA. Gov. Jay Nixon's request for damage assessments is the first step toward declaring counties as primary disaster areas, defined as those that lose at least 30 percent of the estimated yield of a single crop, or where farmers suffer production losses greater than 30 percent.. ...
Caruthersville Humane Society needs towels to help care for displaced animals (05/13/11)
KENNETT, Mo. -- The Caruthersville Humane Society and ASPCA are asking for donations of face and bath towels for animals whose homes and shelters were affected by the flood. The towels are needed to bathe the animals before they return to their homes or shelters. Towels can be taken to the Delta Fairgrounds emergency shelter in Kennett. For more information call 573-333-0100...
Missouri House passes March presidential primary bill (05/13/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's 2012 presidential primary would take place on March 6 instead of the currently scheduled Feb. 7, under legislation sent Friday to the governor. The legislation would allow Missouri to stay in compliance with rules set by the national Democratic and Republican parties. ...
Southern Illinois health organization collecting cleaning supplies for flood victims (05/13/11)
The Southern 7 Health Department and Head Start is having a "Stuff a Truck" event today to help flood victims. The organization will be collecting cleaning supplies for flood cleanup until 5 pm. at the following locations: Donations will also be accepted from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Metropolis. All items will be donated to flood victims in the counties Southern 7 serves...
Trans-Siberian Orchestra revives Beethoven at Show Me Center concert (05/13/11)
It began with a quiet Beethoven piano melody from a nearly dark stage. The audience applauded and murmured approval because they knew thundering bass was only a few measures away. It's a marriage of classic and rock music, and spans decades of age ranges...
Quick cleanup needed to avoid mold (05/13/11)
When floodwaters began to recede from Highway 3 in Olive Branch, Ill., last week, Foodtown owner Ken Newton and his staff got to work quickly. They gathered vacuums, buckets, gloves, trash bags and a lot of bleach. There was a lot of mud, water and debris to clean up, and Newton knew if he was going to pass an inspection by the Illinois Health Department -- and stay open for his customers -- he had to fight off any mold that may have developed on the soaked insulation inside the store's walls.. ...
MoDOT shares 5-year cost-saving plan at meetings (05/13/11)
Missouri Department of Transportation staff members are taking its new five-year cost-cutting plan out to the communities they serve. A handful of people gathered at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau Thursday afternoon to learn more about MoDOT's plans to reduce its employees, facilities and staff...
Olive Branch authorities warn many against using public water supply (05/13/11)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- In one of the more immediate ironies of the flood of 2011, many of the residents of Olive Branch have no potable water.
SEMO's board of regents to consider tuition increase today (05/13/11)
Southeast Missouri State University students would pay $10 more per credit hour under a proposed 4.79 percent tuition increase set to go before the institution's board of regents today.
MoDOT increases efforts to keep water off I-55 (05/13/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Despite a relatively dry four days, backwater from St. Johns Bayou is still inching up along a two-mile stretch of Interstate 55, worrying Missouri Department of Transportation officials even as they step up efforts to keep the critical highway open to traffic...
Emerson responds to vice president's remarks on Birds Point (05/13/11)
A day after Vice President Joe Biden seemingly praised the decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to breach Birds Point levee, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson criticized his remarks as "ignorant and uninformed." Emerson, a Republican representing Southeast Missouri, opposed the corps' actions from the start, arguing that activating the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway
Western swing music enthusiasts make a stop in Cape Girardeau (05/13/11)
Couples from around the country will be twirling their way across the dance floor this weekend at Cape Girardeau VFW Post 3838.
Trial date set for man accused of selling drugs to murder victim (05/13/11)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A man accused of selling cocaine to a Cape Girardeau murder victim will go on trial starting Aug. 22, a Mississippi County judge decided Tuesday. Armster "Bud" Robinson III is charged with distribution of a controlled substance. Police were looking for Robinson after the June shooting that killed Matthew "Woody" Ervin after another suspect arrested in the murder linked him to the crime...
Camping fees waived for flood victims at two Mo. state parks (05/13/11)
Camping fees will be waived at two Missouri state parks for people displaced by Southeast Missouri flooding. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced in a news release Thursday that camping fees for the displaced will be waived for 30 days. The waiver applies to all Missouri residents who were victims of flooding along the Mississippi River. The waiver applies to Trail of Tears State Park and Lake Wappapello State Park near Williamsville, Mo...
Man arrested in connection with Poplar Bluff shooting (05/13/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Wappapello, Mo., man was charged Thursday morning with assault and weapons-related offenses in connection with a weekend shooting that left a local man with wounds to his face. David Owen Dudley, 54, was charged with first-degree assault, the unclassified felony of armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm by Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Barbour. ...
Southeast Missouri man pleads guilty to 2010 murder of girlfriend (05/13/11)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A Howardville, Mo., man will spend 23 years in prison for the death of his girlfriend. Jann L. Wofford entered a guilty plea to a reduced charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of Dorothy Virginia Hood on Feb. 16, 2010. Hood's body was discovered along a fence row along a rural New Madrid County road by a passer-by on Feb. 17, 2010...
Cape County commissioners expect savings from new contract with Tipton Linen (05/13/11)
Cape Girardeau County commissioners approved Thursday a revised two-year contract with Tipton Linen to provide rugs and other items at county buildings.
Jackson woman arrested after marijuana growing operation found (05/13/11)
A Jackson woman was arrested Wednesday after law enforcement agencies served a search warrant at her home, where they discovered an indoor marijuana growing operation. The Jackson Police Department and the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force served the warrant in the 400 block of Kies Avenue. The woman's name was not being released because charges were still pending...
Three Rivers president gets 4-year contract extension (05/13/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Three Rivers College Board of Trustees plans to extend president Dr. Devin Stephenson's contract for four more years, according to information released Thursday morning by the college. The release also said Stephenson has withdrawn his name from a list of candidates for the presidency of Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Fla...
Federal officials give approval to opening Morganza spillway (05/13/11)
LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. (AP) -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is saying federal officials have been given approval to open a Louisiana spillway as early as Saturday to avert a Mississippi River disaster in places like Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Jindal said Friday that the Army Corps of Engineers had received permission to open the Morganza spillway for the first time in 38 years to relieve pressure on river levees. ...
Farmers along Mississippi River see crops washed away (05/13/11)
Corps considers opening La. spillway (05/13/11)
BUTTE LAROSE, La. -- In the latest decision along the swollen Mississippi River, federal engineers are close to opening a massive spillway that would protect Baton Rouge, La., and New Orleans but flood hundreds of thousands of acres in Louisiana Cajun country...
House Republicans move to end money for TSA body scanners (05/13/11)
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans controlling the Transportation Security Administration's purse strings are moving to cut off new funding for the advanced airport scanners that have sparked outrage over their revealing images of travelers' bodies...
President seeking Congress OK for FBI chief to stay (05/13/11)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will ask Congress to allow FBI director Robert Mueller to remain in his job an extra two years, a rare exemption meant to lend stability in a time of change atop the national security team and renewed worldwide focus on terrorism...
Study: It's not teacher but method that matters in class (05/13/11)
WASHINGTON -- A study by a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, now a science adviser to President Barack Obama, suggests that how you teach is more important than who does the teaching. He found that in nearly identical classes, Canadian college students learned a lot more from teaching assistants using interactive tools than they did from a veteran professor giving a traditional lecture. ...
Watchdog: Air traffic controller errors way up in past year (05/13/11)
WASHINGTON -- The Transportation Department's in-house watchdog said Thursday it isn't clear why air traffic controller errors soared by 53 percent last year but that inexperience could explain it in large part. Inspector General Calvin Scovel told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee the Federal Aviation Administration has placed large numbers of inexperienced controllers at some of the nation's busiest and most complex air traffic facilities...
Earlier HIV therapy cuts chances of spreading virus, researchers find (05/13/11)
WASHINGTON -- Treating HIV right away, before patients are too sick, dramatically lowers their chances of spreading the AIDS virus to a sexual partner, says a major international study that may convince more doctors to offer medication sooner. The nine-nation study offers convincing evidence of what scientists have long believed -- that HIV medicines don't just benefit the patient but may act as a preventive by making those people less infectious. ...
Pressure mounting on Gadhafi in Libya's capital (05/13/11)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- Pressure is mounting on Moammar Gadhafi from within his stronghold in the Libyan capital, with increasing NATO airstrikes and worsening shortages of fuel and goods. Residents said Thursday there has also been a wave of anti-government protests in several Tripoli neighborhoods this week -- dissent that in the past has been met with zero tolerance and brutal force...
Former Pakistani spy chief defends agency (05/13/11)
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan delayed arresting al-Qaida's No. 3 leader for at least six months in 2004 because the CIA was hoping he could lead them to Osama bin Laden, a former Pakistani spy chief said Thursday, as he defended the intelligence agency against charges it harbored the world's most wanted men...
Bosnian Serbs may cancel referendum (05/13/11)
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- Bosnian Serbs say they're ready to cancel a referendum seen as the first step toward throwing off international control of their ethnic ministate, Bosnia's international administrator said Thursday. The referendum has been described as the greatest threat to peace in Bosnia since a 1995 treaty ended a devastating three-year civil war...
Retired autoworker convicted over Nazi camp deaths (05/13/11)
MUNICH -- Retired U.S. autoworker John Demjanjuk was convicted Thursday of accessory to murder as a low-level Nazi death camp guard, a groundbreaking decision setting a precedent that could open the floodgates to a new wave of prosecutions in Germany...
High school roundup: Central soccer claims 1-0 win against Festus (05/13/11)
All the local high school results reported Thursday to the Southeast Missourian.
Notre Dame soccer team blanks Farmington (05/13/11)
Allyson Bradshaw ran plenty of give-and-go plays as an all-state basketball guard for Notre Dame. Bradshaw was involved in a pretty give-and-go on the soccer field Thursday, scoring the winning goal as the Bulldogs ended the regular season with a 2-0 home victory over Farmington...
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Dickey Nutt signs extension (05/13/11)
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Dickey Nutt signs one-year extension.
Southeast Missouri State softball team falls at OVC tourney (05/13/11)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team got no-hit by Jacksonville State in Friday action at the OVC tournament.
Southeast Missouri State softball team opens OVC tournament with wins (05/13/11)
The Redhawks softball squad advanced to the winners bracket final with wins against SIUE and No. 1 seed Eastern Illinois
Southeast Missouri State gets new OVC foe (05/13/11)
Belmont University will join the OVC for the 2012-13 season.
Southeast Missouri State baseball team puts OVC title hopes on the line (05/13/11)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team hopes to derail Austin Peay's anticipated march to the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title while keeping alive its own championship aspirations. First-place Austin Peay and second-place Southeast meet in Clarksville, Tenn., for a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday and a 1 p.m. contest Sunday...
Cards enjoy 9-1 laugher against Cubs (05/13/11)
CHICAGO -- Tony La Russa is back in St. Louis recovering from a painful bout with shingles. Yet most anyone who watched the presentation of lineup cards Thursday would've been sure the veteran manager was at Wrigley Field. Pitcher Kyle Lohse gave a spot-on impression before the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 9-1. He donned a La Russa jersey, wore his trademark sunglasses and made some of his familiar gestures as he stood at the plate with the umpires...
Flood of assistance (05/13/11)
It's been a rough few weeks for much of Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois, and our misfortune is cascading down the map. Even as the waters slowly withdraw from the communities and houses, people will need help. A flood does not hit this house or miss that house. A flood spreads its girth evenly and destructively...
Stabbings, a bare-breasted woman and crime (05/13/11)
Residents of neighborhoods adjacent to Southeast Missouri State University are concerned -- and justifiably so -- about what they see as a surge in crime. In recent weeks there has been a shooting and a stabbing, both near the Lutheran campus-ministry chapel on North Pacific Street, where a meeting of worried residents was held last week to talk about the problem...
2011 Tunes at Twilight kicks off (05/13/11)
Old Town Cape has once again decided to help serenade people in and around Cape Girardeau this summer with Tunes at Twilight, the weekly outdoor concert series. The not-for-profit charged with promoting downtown Cape Girardeau organizes the series with the booking help of Larry Underberg. Tunes at Twilight includes two six-week series of hour-long concerts each Friday. Concerts in the first series, which starts today, begin at 7 p.m...
Southeast professor, classical guitarist Patrick Rafferty wins prize from St. Louis art society (05/13/11)
Some artists paint. Some sing, others act. Patrick Rafferty practices the art of guitar, and his life is molded around his passion. Recently, Rafferty's work ethic paid off, as he was awarded a prize by the Artist Presentation Society of St. Louis. The competition -- open to musicians younger than 35 residing within 200 miles of St. ...
Opera Bites: Second in Wagner's Ring Cycle story of love and power (05/13/11)
On Saturday, the live high-definition broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera will be Richard Wagner's "Die Walkure." The performance can be seen at the AMC Town Plaza 5 in Cape Girardeau. Please note the early starting time of 11 a.m. In this, the second opera of the Ring Cycle, soprano Deborah Voight will be making her debut as Brunnhilde. Bryn Terfel will be singing the role of Wotan, who is her father...
Depp willing to set sail for fifth 'Pirates' (05/13/11)
LOS ANGELES -- "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" is still a week away from opening, but Johnny Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are already thinking about a fifth "Pirates" film. So what would the 47-year-old actor need to transform himself into the rum-swigging, swashbuckling Capt. Jack Sparrow again?...
Best bet: Songwriters' festival (05/13/11)
A Songwriters' Festival and Creative Flea Market will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Morley, Mo., City Park. Two stages will feature the music of Scott Steward, Sara Corbin, Bill Booth, Bob Camp, Dennis Gurley, Chris Moore, Harmless Fun, Dan Wiethop, Don Greenwood, the Bruce Zimmerman Band (pictured), Joseph Parent, Matthiew Caldwell with the Doobie Derby Band and special appearance by the folk rock band The Big Idea. ...
Bryant Rodgers (05/13/11)
Bryant Rodgers, 70, of Jackson died Saturday, May 7, 2011, at his home. Visitation will be from noon to service time today at Bowden Civic Center in Charleston, Mo. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at the center. Williams Funeral Home in Charleston is in charge of arrangements...
Marjorie Simpson (05/13/11)
Marjorie Jean Simpson, 85, of Old Appleton died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Brett Thomas (05/13/11)
Brett Epps Thomas, 43, of Charleston, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at Southeast Hospital. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at Bowden Civic Center in Charleston. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the center...
Shirley Chalk (05/13/11)
PATTON, Mo. -- Shirley Yvonne Chalk, 76, of Patton passed away Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Claru Deville Nursing Home in Fredericktown, Mo. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday at Open Door Tabernacle in Fredericktown. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Beyond the Open Door Cemetery...
Charles Walker (05/13/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- Charles Ray Walker, 76, of Benton died Friday, April 29, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 23, 1934, in Paden, Okla., son of Floyd and Alice Walker. Walker was the beloved husband of Dorothy Kirkpatrick Walker and the late Shirley Ann Golightly Walker; dear father of Thomas (Tonia) Walker, Roy (Diane Dunlap) Walker, Mike (Donna) Walker, Troy (Diane) Walker; stepfather of Laura Pridemore; dear grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend to many.. ...
Lydia Yount (05/13/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Lydia Kathleen Upchurch Yount, 80, of St. Louis passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis. She was born May 11, 1931, at Marble Hill, daughter of Ralph Edgar and Rada Ellen Thomason Upchurch. Yount had worked as a secretary for Wideman & Associates and was a member of Geyer Road Baptist Church...
Evelyn Byrd (05/13/11)
Evelyn R. Byrd, 84, of Jackson passed away Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Monticello House, where she had lived the past six years. She was born Aug. 11, 1926, in Jackson, to Arlus J. and Mabel L. Talley Seabaugh. She was a 1944 graduate of Jackson High School. She and Johnny Byrd were married Aug. 21, 1944, at First Baptist Church in Jackson. He passed away Feb. 20, 2000...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/13/11 (05/13/11)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summonses Assaults Thefts...
Cape Girardeau fire report 5/13/11 (05/13/11)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: ...
Jackson police/fire report 5/13/11 (05/13/11)
Jackson The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs Arrest Theft...
Out of the past 5/13/11 (05/13/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Paul Simpson, a retired businessman and longtime Perryville resident, has been elected to the Ward 2 alderman seat vacated April 30 by Clarence Zahner. After a lengthy discussion, the Cape Girardeau School Board agrees unanimously to employ a third sixth-grade teacher at Hawthorn School to alleviate what many view as overcrowding in the classroom; no consensus is reached over the question of combining sixth- and seventh-grade classes into a "middle school" concept at Schultz School.. ...
Thank you for believing in Discovery Playhouse (05/13/11)
By Jennifer Mullix As we take down the decorations from our Seuss-themed FUNdraiser and the excitement of upcoming graduation ceremonies is in the air, I reflect back to my own high school graduation. Our class valedictorian read "Oh, The Places You'll Go" by Dr. ...
Summer concerts (05/13/11)
With warmer temperatures and graduation season upon us, it's time to kick off a summer tradition in Southeast Missouri: summer concerts. Tonight kicks off the first of two six-week runs of Tunes at Twilight in Cape Girardeau. The spring concerts begin at 7 p.m. while the fall concerts kick off at 6:30 p.m. The hourlong concerts take place at the Common Pleas Courthouse gazebo...
Commencement (05/13/11)
On Saturday afternoon, Southeast Missouri State University will confer degrees to 1,129 students -- 936 undergraduates and 193 graduate students. Twenty-one undergraduate students will cross the platform with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, while many others will graduate with other commendable marks of distinction...
Thanks for flooding coverage (05/13/11)
I'm a cellist in the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C. My orchestra visited Paducah, Ky., in March as part of our American Residencies program in that state. Having never been a visitor to that part of the country before, except to pass through it, I was pleasantly surprised at the sense of community in the area and how pretty the town of Paducah is...
Speak Out 5/13/11 (05/13/11)
I read your headline to the effect that gas prices are expected to drop 50 cents per gallon this summer. I would like to thank President Obama for somehow having the time to arm twist the oil companies to get the prices down while at the same time ridding the world of Osama bin Laden...
Prayer 5/13/11 (05/13/11)
Thank you, O Lord God, that you are a shield around us. Amen.
Busy as a Bee (05/13/11)
This bee collected nectar and pollen paying no attention to my camera lens as I watched him work this bush.
Raindrops on Iris at Botanical Garden in St. Louis (05/13/11)
Raindrops clinging to the irises increased their beauty in the garden.
St. Louis Botanical Garden (05/13/11)
Rainshowers on the day of my visit could not diminish the beauty of the Iris Garden in full bloom.
2011 Southeast Missourian Jr. Police Week Winners (05/13/11)
Coloring, Poem and Essay Contest Winners attended the Law Enforcement Memorial at Cape County Park to honor police officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty. Pictured are: Victoria Hurley, Carl Caragine, Emily Fehr, Hudson McVay, Elisabeth Seabaugh, Mary Claire Oberlohr, Tristen Toll, Landon Byrum, Amy Dai, Southeast Missourian Jr.'s Jr. Reporter and the Cape Girardeau Police Department's Color Guard...
Oak Ridge recognized for distinction in performance (05/13/11)
The Oak Ridge R-VI School District was recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a school district with Distinction in Performance. The banquet was sponsored by the Southeast Missouri Regional Professional Development Center at Southeast Missouri State University on April 14, 2011. ...
Bollinger County Optimist Soccer (05/13/11)
Bollinger County Soccer player Tara Belcher scores a goal during spring season play in Marble Hill.
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