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Stories from Friday, June 10, 2011

Reconstruction of Morehouse after flooding now in full swing (06/10/11)
These days, Pete Leija speaks with a constant case of the sniffles. It's the price you pay when you're the mayor of flood-ravaged Morehouse, Mo., and you're allergic to mold. In the New Madrid County community that until early spring boasted a population of around 1,000 people, mold reigns supreme...
Corps general says levee repairs will be joint effort (06/10/11)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' top engineer said after touring damage Thursday in the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway the corps will work with local and state officials to fix the levee.
Possible cuts in federal program could slow replacement of Cape County bridges (06/10/11)
There are a lot of bridges in Cape Girardeau County, and more than a few are long past their prime. Of Cape Girardeau County's 173 bridges longer than 20 feet, 20 percent are deemed to have major deficiencies, according to federal figures. The county has prioritized repair and replacement and, with the help of a federal grant program, it has been able to meet the most immediate, if not basic, bridge needs, according to county commissioners...
County disabilities board postpones meeting, but chairwoman still concerned (06/10/11)
A county disabilities board meeting that was to take place Thursday morning has been rescheduled for next week after questions were raised about whether it complied with Missouri's Sunshine Law. But Dory Johnson, the chairwoman of the Cape County Board for Developmental Disabilities, still has concerns about the meeting based on her belief that there is a concerted effort within the board to fire Bob Dale, the organization's executive director...
Brandom to run for Crowell's Missouri Senate seat (06/10/11)
Ellen Brandom is in. The Republican state representative from Sikeston said Thursday she will run for Jason Crowell's seat in the Missouri Senate next year, when term limits force him from office. Brandom will officially announce her candidacy at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau. Missouri's 27th senatorial district includes Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Madison, Mississippi, Perry and Scott counties...
Mississippi flooding may have spread invasive fish (06/10/11)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- While scientists have been battling to keep a ravenous, invasive fish species out of the Great Lakes, some worry that spring floods along the Mississippi River may be spreading the Asian carp downstream. Duane Chapman, a U.S. Geological Survey biologist and Asian carp expert, says the fish are likely to show up in places where Mississippi floodwaters intruded. They can weigh up to 100 pounds, grow 4 feet long and live for 25 years...
200 people gather for prayer vigil for missing woman (06/10/11)
FARMINGTON, Mo. -- For a group of childhood friends, coworkers and relatives searching for answers to Jacque Sue Waller's June 1 disappearance the only thing left to do is pray. "God is the refuge of the Rawson family … to all of us," the Rev. Craig Bondenschatz said Thursday at a vigil for Waller, last seen nine days ago in Jackson...
Nixon cuts Missouri education funding (06/10/11)
ST LOUIS (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon cut funding for education and other programs Friday to help offset Missouri's mounting tab from a disastrous spring in which a deadly tornado and widespread flooding destroyed thousands of homes, businesses and farms.
Carter County elects ex-Navy officer to replace disgraced former sheriff (06/10/11)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- Carter County voters elected a retired U.S. Navy captain as their new sheriff during Tuesday's special election to fill the unexpired term of former Sheriff Tommy Adams, who resigned amid allegations of wrongdoing. Democrat Bruce Van Belle of Eastwood, Mo., was elected by a 17-vote margin over independent candidate Cliff Cumins of Van Buren, according to Carter County Clerk Becky Simpson Gibbs. With 351 votes, Van Belle received nearly 27 percent of the 1,309 votes...
I-55 traffic to detour during overpass demolition in Scott County (06/10/11)
Interstate 55 will be closed from exit 80 at Benton, Mo., to exit 69 at Miner, Mo., for one 24-hour period during demolition of the Route H overpass south of Blodgett, Mo. Traffic will be detoured to U.S. 61 from 9 p.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. June 19.
Emerson to host discussion on business issues today (06/10/11)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson will host a financial roundtable with Cape Girardeau lenders, real estate agents and small-business owners at 8:30 a.m. today at the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce.
Cape County auditor proposes way to streamline pay adjustments (06/10/11)
Looking to streamline payroll, the Cape Girardeau Commission has asked the county auditor's office to study the feasibility of moving employee anniversary dates to Jan. 1 Hire dates, and thereby anniversary dates for the county's approximately 175 employees, are spread out over the calendar year, with pay raises spread out accordingly. ...
Scott County to get help in bug fight from Missouri Foundation for Health (06/10/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County will take advantage of a program to fight bugs. County commissioners discussed during their regular meeting Tuesday a program by the Missouri Foundation for Health offering insecticide applicators and chemicals to communities in areas recently affected by flooding...
Cape Girardeau woman injured in Wednesday I-55 accident (06/10/11)
A Cape Girardeau woman was taken to a hospital following a rollover crash Wednesday evening on Interstate 55. Hope E. Herring, 30, lost control of her vehicle, struck a guardrail and overturned, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The accident occurred around 5:35 p.m. three miles south of Scott City...
I-55 in New Madrid County reduced to one lane for sandbag cleanup (06/10/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- North- and southbound Interstate 55 from County Road 820 to Highway 80 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane with a 14-foot width restriction next week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews clear sandbags off the shoulders of the highway. ...
Feds: Prison chaplain passed messages for jailed mobster (06/10/11)
CHICAGO -- A prison chaplain has been charged in an alleged scheme to help imprisoned Chicago mobster Frank Calabrese, who is serving a life sentence for 13 murders, recover a valuable violin reportedly hidden in a Wisconsin house to keep the government from selling it, federal prosecutors announced Thursday...
Americans' equity in their homes near a record low (06/10/11)
WASHINGTON -- Falling real estate prices are eating away at home equity. The percentage of their homes that Americans own is near its lowest point since World War II, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. The average homeowner now has 38 percent equity, down from 61 percent a decade ago...
Alabama governor signs sweeping illegal-immigration bill into law (06/10/11)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama vaulted past Arizona on Thursday with what is being called the most restrictive law in the nation against illegal immigration, requiring schools to find out if students are in the country lawfully and making it a crime to knowingly give an illegal immigrant a ride...
Panetta: Iraq will ask for some U.S. troops to stay (06/10/11)
WASHINGTON -- Leon Panetta, President Barack Obama's choice to head the Pentagon, predicted Thursday that Iraq will ask the United States to keep some American forces in that country beyond year's end, the current departure date. In wide-ranging testimony at his Senate confirmation hearing, the current CIA director and former Clinton White House budget chief parried questions on wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, and addressed concerns that financial pressures will mean deep defense cuts...
U.S. Stocks close higher for the first time in June (06/10/11)
NEW YORK -- A bit of good news was all it took to break a weeklong slump in the stock market. A report that U.S. exports hit a record in April sent stocks sharply higher Thursday as investors hoped the economic recovery may not be as sluggish as the last week of economic reports have suggested...
Severe Florida drought wilting crops, sinking lake water levels (06/10/11)
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A severe drought across vast swaths of Florida is wilting crops, sparking wildfires and sinking one of the country's largest lakes to historically low levels. The majority of the state is experiencing the drought, prompted by La Nina conditions characterized by unusually cold ocean temperatures that are causing similar dry spells across the southern U.S., from New Mexico all the way to the Atlantic coast and north to Delaware...
Killing caught on video angers Pakistan public (06/10/11)
KARACHI, Pakistan -- Video of Pakistani security forces fatally shooting an unarmed teenager and then looking on as he cries for help in a pool of blood triggered fresh anger Thursday against a military establishment still reeling from criticism following the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden...
Fleeing Syrians tell of revolt, mutiny, mayhem (06/10/11)
GUVECCI, Turkey -- Syrian policemen turned their guns on each other, soldiers shed their uniforms rather than obey orders to fire on protesters, and three young men who tried to escape were beheaded by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. As more than 2,400 Syrians streamed across the open Turkish borders Thursday ahead of tanks and troops who surrounded their hometown, they brought with them the first accounts of a week of revolt, mutiny and mayhem in Jisra al-Shughour. ...
New round of NATO strikes hits Tripoli outskirts (06/10/11)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- NATO airstrikes rattled the Libyan capital Thursday with clusters of bombing runs believed to have targeted the outskirts of Tripoli. At first, the intensity of the attacks suggested a return to the heavy NATO bombardment that hit military installations across the capital Tuesday and flattened major buildings in leader Moammar Gadhafi's sprawling compound in the center of the city...
Contortionist thief hid in suitcase, stole from luggage in bus cargo bay (06/10/11)
MADRID -- A man was arrested in Spain after curling himself up inside a large suitcase that was placed in an airport bus cargo bay and sneaking out to steal from other people's luggage, police said Thursday. The man arrested last week was 5'10" tall and very thin, a police official in the northeastern Catalonia region said. An accomplice was also arrested...
Yemen: 12 al-Qaida militants killed (06/10/11)
SANAA, Yemen -- Yemeni government troops trying to recapture areas held by Islamic militants have killed 12 suspected al-Qaida members in the troubled southern province of Abyan, the Defense Ministry said Thursday. Hundreds of militants seized the provincial capital, Zinjibar, on May 27, taking advantage of a breakdown of authority resulting from the government's battle with armed tribesmen seeking to topple the autocratic leader of more than three decades...
Chaffee Senior Babe Ruth team sweeps Jackson (06/10/11)
Chaffee earned its 12th and 13th wins of this summer Thursday night with a doubleheader sweep of defending state champion Jackson at Legion Field in Jackson.
Parity reigns at 27th Kelso Klassic fastpitch softball tournament (06/10/11)
Two local teams will compete in this year's fastpitch tournament
Capahas' hot bats prevail 8-5 on road at Waterloo (06/10/11)
The Plaza Tire Capahas remained undefeated Wednesday night by beating what annually ranks among the top teams on their schedule. The Capahas concluded a stretch of four straight road games with an 8-5 victory at the Waterloo (Ill.) Millers. "They've always got a really good ballclub," said Capahas manager Jess Bolen, whose squad improved to 6-0...
Berkman, Cardinals put hurting on Astros (06/10/11)
Rookie Lynn pitches five innings to earn his first win in the majors
Music at any age (06/10/11)
As a person who can play only half of a handful of songs on the piano and can rock barely more than the open G on a guitar, I respect musicians. I'm not in awe of all of them, but I respect them. I played the clarinet in high school and can tell you the difference between a whole note and a triplet, but that's about the extent of my abilities. ...
City streets (06/10/11)
From Wikipedia: The broken windows theory is a criminological theory of the norm setting and signaling effects of urban disorder and vandalism on additional crime and anti-social behavior. The theory states that monitoring and maintaining urban environments in a well-ordered condition may prevent further vandalism as well as an escalation into more serious crime...
New 'X-Men' film to explore the mutants' origins (06/10/11)
LONDON -- They are a merry band of mutants, at least when the director is away and the hard work is done. They've been given a task -- concoct a "prequel" that will satisfy longtime fans of the "X-Men" series and bring in new moviegoers as well -- and they think they've nailed it...
Southeast Missouri Music Academy gives young musicians chance to write songs they can't yet play (06/10/11)
She can't play it herself, but 9-year-old Bailey Schott has written an award-winning piece of music. Bailey, of Cape Girardeau, is in her second year at the Southeast Missouri Music Academy, which helps children develop and fine-tune their musical abilities, both in performance and composition...
Best bet: Grassy Getdown (06/10/11)
Camping just got cooler. The Grassy Getdown today and Saturday in Arrowhead Campground on the Castor River in Grassy, Mo., will add music to the air in a two-day festival featuring Brother Bagman, Headley Grange, Green Relief, Midnight Run, Doobie Derby Band, The Big Idea, Justin Lacy and Joseph Matthew Parent. ...
ARTifacts 6/10/11 (06/10/11)
Arts and entertainment briefs
Cape Municipal Band conductor embarks on 19th season at the helm (06/10/11)
The Cape Girardeau Municipal Band began its performance season this week, and at the helm stands Ron Nall, director of the group. This season will be Nall's 19th, marking a milestone as the longest running director of the municipal band since it began in 1900. William Shivelbine conducted the municipal band for 18 years...
April Kinder (06/10/11)
April Williams Kinder of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cape Girardeau Eagles Club, 321 N. Spring St. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements...
William Lindsay (06/10/11)
William J. Lindsay, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, June 9, 2011. Visitation will be Sunday, with the funeral Monday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel in Cape Girardeau. Service times are pending.
June Nothdurft (06/10/11)
June Elenor Nothdurft, 90, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Jackson, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center. She was born June 5, 1921, in Pocahontas, to Lawrence Ezra and Ruth Henderson Martin. She and Milton "Funny" Nothdurft were married Jan. 20, 1944. He died Oct. 25, 2008...
Robert Knupp (06/10/11)
McCLURE, Ill. -- Robert E. "Doc" Knupp, 80, of McClure passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 22, 1930, in St. Louis, son of Arlie E. and Gladys A. Dollman Knupp. He was a member of Jonesboro Masonic Lodge 111...
Irene Hodge (06/10/11)
Irene Hodge, 87, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She had lived with a granddaughter, Elizabeth Turbeville, the past 15 years. Irene was born Jan. 9, 1924, at Neelys Landing, daughter of Harry and Alpha Mae Warren McClard. She and Edwin R. Hodge were married June 19, 1943, in Jackson. He passed away Jan. 18, 1994...
Dorliss Hale-Ware (06/10/11)
Dorliss "Cisy" Hale-Ware, 58, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Thursday, May 26, 2011. She is survived by her loving family, husband, Danny Ware of Ocklawaha, Fla.; mother, Norma Jean Bankston of Cape Girardeau; two brothers, Tom Earl Hale Jr. of Jackson, Michael Hale of Cape Girardeau; two sisters, Rose Martin of Carmel Valley, Calif., Patricia Glueck of Moulton, Texas; two daughters, Shelley Wells and Brandi Bruce of Silver Springs, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Amanda Wells, Holly-Ann Wells, Layne Wells, Destiny Bruce, Harley Bruce, Dakota Bruce and Thomas Bruce.. ...
Births 6/10/11 (06/10/11)
Son to Jesus Alberto and Jessica Marie Gutierrez of Perryville, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 12 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2011. Name, Jesus Ubaldo. Weight, 5 pounds, 8 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Gutierrez is the former Jessica Williams, daughter of Betty Williams of Perryville and James Williams of St. Mary, Mo. She is employed at Clarkson Eye Care. Gutierrez is the son of Matilde Obregon and Alejandro Gutierrez of Monterrey, N.C...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/10/11 (06/10/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 6/10/11 (06/10/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Jackson police 6/10/11 (06/10/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Property damage...
Out of the past 6/10/11 (06/10/11)
Emergency construction of two bridges was approved by the county court Monday, enabling county officials to avoid lengthy bidding periods; concrete spans will be constructed on county roads 471 and 401; they will replace structures destroyed in flooding May 16...
Steam engine visit (06/10/11)
In one of the more creative marketing events we've seen in a while, the Union Pacific "You Route the Steam" contest brought the Living Legend No. 844, a behemoth steam engine, to Cape Girardeau on Sunday. It was brought here thanks to an online voting campaign that pitted four national routes against one other. The Little Rock route, which began in Cheyenne, Wyo., won the vote, and Cape Girardeau was one of many stops...
Memorial Day thanks (06/10/11)
Thank you to everyone who assisted and attended our successful Memorial Day service in Jackson. On behalf of the American Legion Post 158 and the Ladies Auxiliary, we appreciate the community efforts and participation in this event. The Memorial Day service is a special event in our community to honor veterans who gave their lives...
Speak Out 6/10/11 (06/10/11)
SARAH Palin thrives on being the center of attention, but does she have the brains to follow through? Maybe she'll get Joe the plumber to run for VP. TO the person who keeps swallowing gnats and bugs: If you keep your mouth shut, then you won't have a problem...
Prayer 6/10/11 (06/10/11)
Bless us, O God, when we try to do the very best that we can. Amen.
Pilots n' Paws (06/10/11)
On June 10, 2011 the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri sent seventeen puppies to Chances Animal Rescue in Appleton, Wisconsin for rescue. This was all possible due to a wonderful and caring pilot: Pete Tobin. Pete, along with many other special pilots donate their time and airplanes to transport dogs and cats to their adoptive homes or to rescue shelters all over the nation through an organization called Pilots n' Paws. ...
Debtcc community an online debt help (06/10/11)
Debt consolidation community is a very popular online community that extends help to the people for managing their debts and becoming debt free. The community helped me a lot to solve my debt problems and free myself of most of my financial obligations. Debt consolidation care community or Debtcc is a place where you will get all the required help for managing your finances and paying off your debts...
Local technology companies merge (06/10/11)
Hi-Tech Communications, Inc. has acquired Q Audio & Video of Cape Girardeau, Mo. and Microcomputer Services of Sikeston and Caruthersville, Mo. Hi-Tech Communications, Inc. announced today the merger of these businesses. "We've combed our workforce bringing together 40 professionals representing technical, design, sales, marketing and administration, with the ability to deliver faster service and offer solutions quickly with the goal of saving resources." Stated Jim Woods, President...
SoutheastHEALTH Honored as Fit-Friendly (06/10/11)
SoutheastHEALTH has been named an American Heart Association Gold Start! Fit-Friendly Company, one of only 123 employers in the Midwest to receive such recognition. Wellness Services Director Cindy Seyer celebrates the Fit-Friendly designation on Thursday, June 9, with SoutheastHEALTH President and CEO Debbie Linnes (center), and Janet Rigdon (right), Executive Director of Perioperative Services/Cardiovascular Service Line. ...
Fun with Photoshop (06/10/11)
This image of a purple thistle flower was altered in Photoshop CS5 using the Glowing Edges filter.
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