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Stories from Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tornado watch in effect for Southeast Missouri, parts of Southern Illinois (06/21/11)
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for all of Southeast Missouri and parts of Southern Illinois this afternoon, meaning conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes. In the Cape Girardeau area, showers and thunderstorms are also likely this afternoon with winds gusting as high as 24 miles per hour, according to the weather service...
Cape Girardeau School Board approves balanced $42M budget (06/21/11)
The Cape Girardeau School District's budget for the upcoming fiscal year is a document of give and take, an operating plan of offsetting revenue sources and rising costs canceled out by improved contract terms. Ultimately, the 2011-2012 budget is balanced, and it comes with considerably less fiscal pain than the district faced this time last year...
Director says SEMO Port needs money for dredging (06/21/11)
The Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority is dredging up old problems of, well, dredging, or at least obtaining the funding to do so in 2011.
Music festival organizer pleads not guilty to federal drug charges (06/21/11)
The owner of a Missouri campground primarily used for musical festivals pleaded not guilty Monday in Cape Girardeau to felony charges of operating the 300-acre site in Shannon County, Mo., with the knowledge that drug activity was taking place. The indictment doesn't say Schwagstock organizer Jimmy Tebeau, 44, used or sold drugs ...
Jackson man accused of locking woman in cabinet pleads not guilty (06/21/11)
A Jackson man entered a plea of not guilty in Cape Girardeau County circuit court Monday to allegations that he assaulted his girlfriend with kitchen knives and kept her from alerting authorities by locking her in a cabinet and taping her mouth shut...
Council wants more details before fully funding Old Town Cape (06/21/11)
From the start, by John Voss' recollection, the extra $20,000 the city would give Old Town Cape to help implement the DREAM Initiative and its downtown strategic plan would be for three years. Not four. Now, with a request for a fourth year on the table, the Cape Girardeau City Council member wants to know exactly why that money is needed and how it would be spent. On Monday. council members postponed the allocation for two weeks until they get some answers...
Cape man gets 28 years on sodomy charges (06/21/11)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Cape Girardeau man found guilty last month of molesting a 9-year-old girl was sentenced to 28 years in prison Monday by Stoddard County Circuit Court Judge Joe Satterfield. Gary D. Bice, 44, was found guilty on three counts of statutory sodomy by a Stoddard County jury in May. ...
Jackson needs to act to keep U.S. 61 option open, city administrator says (06/21/11)
The Jackson Board of Aldermen needs to approve a cost-sharing agreement with the Missouri Department of Transportation at its July 5 meeting or possibly miss an opportunity to improve the route of U.S. 61 through uptown, city administrator Jim Roach told the board at its Monday night meeting...
Foreclosures a bargain for homebuyers, on track to decline in Cape County this year (06/21/11)
Kristal and Chad Flentge had big plans. They were moving to Cape Girardeau from St. Louis and looking for a house that could hold the three, or maybe even four, children they hoped to have. They weren't specifically looking for a foreclosure, but then they found their dream house -- a two-story, four bedroom, three-bathroom house built in the 1950s with hardwood floors and built-in shelves. ...
Route EE bridge over Little River Drainage Ditch No. 11 closed for improvements (06/21/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Work to replace the Route EE bridge over Little River Drainage Ditch No. 11 in Scott County will begin Wednesday, weather permitting. The road will be closed from Highway 25 to Highway 77 while construction is underway. Completion is anticipated in early August. ...
Area man to stand trial in shooting death (06/21/11)
GREENVILLE, Mo. -- A Wappapello, Mo., man was ordered to stand trial Friday morning in connection with the death of another man who was shot during an apparent altercation following a day of drinking together. Arthur E. Strahorn waived having a preliminary hearing before Associate Circuit Judge Randy Schuller on second-degree murder and armed criminal action charges, according to a spokesman for the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney's office...
MU estimates floodway crop loss at $85 million (06/21/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- University of Missouri economists estimate about $85 million in potential crop value lost from blowing out the Birds Point levee on the Mississippi River. The university's Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute said Monday that the economic loss climbs to about $156.7 million when other economic changes are factored in. FAPRI estimated current-year plantings and potential yields based on U.S. Department of Agriculture records...
Father charged in connection with assaut of infant (06/21/11)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A child is in critical condition after authorities alleged the infant was abused by the father. New Madrid County Terry Stevens said his office was alerted Saturday by officials at Missouri Delta Medical Center of a possible child abuse case. The 1-month-old infant had "severe injuries," according to the sheriff...
Sand shortage causes concern for flood fighters (06/21/11)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The supply of sand used to fill hundreds of thousands of bags needed to fight off the swollen Missouri River is running low after weeks of relentless flooding. It's a problem that could get worse as the river is expected to remain high through August, making it unsafe to gather sand from the easiest place to get it: the river itself...
Court bars sex bias case vs. Wal-Mart (06/21/11)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court blocked the largest sex-discrimination lawsuit in U.S. history Monday, siding with Wal-Mart and against up to 1.6 million female workers in a decision that makes it harder to mount large-scale bias claims against the nation's other huge companies...
Student visa program faces new rules, same problems (06/21/11)
JACKSON, Miss. -- The State Department is publicly acknowledging that one of its most popular exchange programs leaves foreign college students vulnerable to exploitation, but it's unclear if new regulations the agency is pushing will do enough to stop the abuses...
U.S. stocks post third straight day of gains (06/21/11)
NEW YORK -- Investors largely put aside their concerns about the Greek financial crisis Monday and focused instead on value. Stocks rose broadly after the market shook off its longest weekly losing streak in nearly a decade. The downturn brought the S&P 500 close to its average level over the prior 200 days. ...
Europe debt crisis shadows Fed meeting on economy (06/21/11)
WASHINGTON -- If the U.S. economic slowdown weren't enough to deal with, the Federal Reserve this week must consider a new threat: a resurgent European debt crisis that could imperil the global economy. Financial markets have been gripped by fears that Greece will default on its debt and infect other economies. ...
Officials tally wildfire damage in southern Arizona (06/21/11)
PHOENIX -- Authorities in southern Arizona on Monday were going through neighborhoods to tally the damage from a wildfire that was pushed by fierce winds into a heavily-populated area, burning homes and businesses. Officials say the fire came off a mountain Sunday afternoon into the outskirts of Sierra Vista and forced about 3,000 residents of 1,700 homes to flee...
Obama to announce plans for bringing troops home (06/21/11)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will announce the critical next steps in America's decade-long war in Afghanistan on Wednesday, outlining both a plan to start bringing thousands of U.S. troops home next month and a broader withdrawal blueprint aimed at giving Afghans control of their own security in 2014...
Airbus debut nets glitches, orders on first day of annual Paris Air Show (06/21/11)
LE BOURGET, France -- Airbus and Boeing signed over $25 billion in orders to kick off the Paris Air Show on Monday, but the European jet maker's appearance at the industry's biggest annual event suffered a setback when its star superjumbo clipped a wing...
Syrian leader's talk of reforms fail to convince his critics (06/21/11)
BEIRUT -- Syria's president promised a national dialogue Monday to consider political reforms, but his vague overtures to a pro-democracy uprising fell flat as protesters took to the streets shouting "Liar!" and demanding his ouster. In only his third public appearance since the revolt erupted in March, Bashar Assad returned to a now-familiar refrain: He blamed the unrest on "saboteurs," offered modest potential reforms, but gave no sign he'd move toward ending the Assad family's political domination.. ...
Former president of Tunisia, wife convicted of embezzlement in absentia (06/21/11)
TUNIS, Tunisia -- Tunisia's former ruler and his wife were convicted in absentia on embezzlement and other charges on Monday after $27 million in jewels and public funds were found in one of his palaces. They were sentenced to 35 years each in prison and fined tens of millions of dollars...
12 killed in U.S. missile strike in northwest Pakistan (06/21/11)
PARACHINAR, Pakistan -- Suspected U.S. drones fired missiles at a vehicle and a house in northwest Pakistan, killing 12 people Monday in a rare attack in an area where some of NATO's fiercest enemies have reportedly traveled, Pakistani officials said...
Mizzou boosts Haith's contract buyout penalty (06/21/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri has made it much more expensive for its new men's basketball coach to leave before his contract is up. The school that lost former coach Mike Anderson to Arkansas two months ago has increased sharply the buyout penalty for Frank Haith, his successor...
Cape Girardeau Senior Legion swats away Sikeston (06/21/11)
Post 63 swept a doubleheader at Sikeston on Monday.
Area digest 6/21/11 (06/21/11)
The team of Jeff Miller and Lachelle Cook took first place in the SEMO Horseshoe Association's seven-team tournament at the Scott City Knights of Columbus. The team of Larry Glastetter and Diane Menz took second, while Brian Beussink and Danny Williams were third...
Pujols out up to 6 weeks (06/21/11)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa let down his guard after concluding a news briefing about Albert Pujols' injury that killed the mood at La Russa's charity golf event. "I'm going to go find a place to cry," La Russa said. Pujols will be out an estimated six weeks with a fractured left wrist from a first-base collision over the weekend. ...
Rams linebacker Vobora wins $5.4M in drug lawsuit (06/21/11)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams linebacker David Vobora was awarded $5.4 million in his lawsuit against a Florida supplements maker. More important, Vobora said his reputation has been restored. "Today is a celebration," Vobora said Monday. "Today, I've been proven innocent."...
Weighing cancer risks, from cellphones to coffee (06/21/11)
You're sitting in a freshly drywalled house, drinking coffee from a Styrofoam cup and talking on a cellphone. Which of these is most likely to be a cancer risk? It might be the sitting, especially if you do that a lot. Despite all the recent news about possible cancer risks from cellphones, coffee, styrene and formaldehyde in building materials, most of us probably face little if any danger from these things with ordinary use, health experts say. ...
Lighten up with not-so-sinful deviled eggs (06/21/11)
Deviled eggs are a classic accompaniment to summer picnics and barbecue. But they generally are loaded with fat and calories from the egg yolks and mayonnaise. Egg yolks do have great nutritional value: The majority of an egg's vitamins and minerals are actually found in the yolk. But along with those nutrients are plenty of fat and cholesterol...
Study: Docs overtesting for cervical cancer virus (06/21/11)
WASHINGTON -- Too many doctors are testing the wrong women, or using the wrong test, for a virus that causes cervical cancer. The days of one-size-fits-all screening for cervical cancer are long gone. How often to get a Pap smear -- and whether to be tested for the cancer-causing HPV virus at the same time -- now depend on your age and other circumstances...
Clemons' death leaves void for Bruce Springsteen's backup band (06/21/11)
NEW YORK -- E Street will never be quite the same. The death of saxophone player Clarence Clemons ripped a hole in Bruce Springsteen's music and onstage life, taking away a figure who had served him loyally for decades and never failed to add joy to the E Street Band's performances...
Nadine Rayoum (06/21/11)
MINNITH, Mo. -- Nadine M. Rayoum, 89, of Minnith died Monday, June 20, 2011, at her home. She was born Aug. 17, 1921, at Valles Mines, Mo. She and George T. Rayoum were married Nov. 18, 1937. Survivors include three daughters, Alma (Allen) Boyd of Jackson, Joyce (Charlie) Riehn of Alvaton, Ky., Carol Braun of Kennesaw, Ga.; two sons, Bill (Joyce) Rayoum of Ste. ...
Joseph Thomure (06/21/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Because St. Rose of Lima Church in Silver Lake, Mo., was struck by lightning Sunday night, the funeral Mass of Joseph Leroy Thomure will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Perryville. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 10 a.m. today at Young and Sons Funeral Home. The rosary will be recited at 8:30...
Esther Thompson (06/21/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Esther Thompson, 80, of Perryville died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at Perry Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Perryville. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, and 6:30 a.m. to service time Thursday at Miller Family Funeral Home...
Virginia Cline (06/21/11)
Virginia "Ginny" Cline, 64, of Scott City died Monday, June 20, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
Florence Blandford (06/21/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Florence L. Blandford, 90, of Perryville died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at Independence Care Center of Perry County. She was born Nov. 8, 1920, in Highland, Mo., daughter of Lawrence and Cecelia French Renaud. She was married Jan. 13, 1940, to Valley Blandford. He preceded her in death on Nov. 11, 1971...
Noel Barks (06/21/11)
Noel Philip Barks, 76, of Scott City died Monday, June 20, 2011, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 22, 1934, in Sedgewickville, Mo., son of Philip and Estella Cook Barks. Noel graduated from Patton High School (now Meadow Heights) in 1952. He attended Southeast Missouri State University two years...
Bobbie Fornkohl (06/21/11)
Bobbie G. "Ray" Fornkohl, 75, of Cape Girardeau passed away Sunday, June 19, 2011, at Heartland Care and Rehab. He was born April 21, 1936, to Henry C. and Mary D. Comer Fornkohl. He was baptized June 28, 1936, at Egypt Mills Trinity Lutheran Church by the Rev. A.H. Schmidt. He was sponsored by Mrs. Elvis Moore...
Leroy Oberle (06/21/11)
Leroy "Rip" Oberle, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, June 20, 2011, at his home. He was born May 28, 1926, in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., to Julius and Josephine Oberle. He and Doris Braun were married Sept. 21, 1949. Oberle was employed 37 years as a supervisor at Southwestern Bell, retiring in 1983...
Births 6/21/11 (06/21/11)
Daughter to B.J. and Ashley Tanksley of Columbia, Mo., 10:22 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2011. Name, Abigail Grace. Weight, 7 pounds, 4 ounces. First child. Mrs. Tanksley is the former Ashley Ford, daughter of Jeff and Debbie Ford of Cape Girardeau. She is a teacher with the Columbia School District. Tanksley is the son of Dwight and Kim Tanksley of Cape Girardeau. He is director of the Missouri Legislative Service, a division of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce...
St. Mary Cathedral School (06/21/11)
St. Mary Cathedral School A Honor Roll 4th Grade: Salma Abuhamda, Dawson Compas, Lilly Edwards, Paige Emmenderfer, Rachel Essner, Sierra Greaser, Melanie Hayden, Kennedy McGhee, Taylor Nelson, William Parsons, Laura Santana, Abby Wilson. 5th grade: Lauren Boswell, Cole Emmenderfer, Caleb Farrow, Kassie Fluchel, Allie Givens, Jordan Goodson, McKenzie Goodson, Stephen Gullette, Vincent Landewee, Justin Laurentius, Ashley Pittman, Zoe Pleimann, Samantha Snyder, Jayna Timpe, Hadeel Wadi, Olivia Williams.. ...
Cape Central High School (06/21/11)
Cape Central High School A Honor Roll 12th grade: William Anderson, Chelsey Brown, Cortney Brown, Alexandra Caldwell, Hillary Caldwell, Richard Comeau, Caleb Coots, Isabelle Criddle, Kristina Cruse, Matthew Deisher, Lessley Dennington, Mary Dohogne, Alexander Gabriel, Ellen Garrett, Paul Guidos, Owen Hill, Nicholas Hines, Blake Kidd, Christopher Kight, Roy Leighton, Christen Limbaugh, Lars Monia, Steven Morton, Peninnah Nelson, Chelsea Pannier, Lechelle Pope, Katherine Rollins, Prithvi Rudrappa, Chelsea Scaggs, Emma Segar, Garrison Starrett, Victoria Twidwell, Noor Wadi, Harlie Waldon, Brittany Williams, Logan Young.. ...
Meridian Elementary and Middle (06/21/11)
Meridian Elementary and Middle School High Honors 3rd grade: Shakia Childress, Alyda Hite, Destiny Hughes, Katerra Jarrett, Tehavous Johnson, Jaiden McClain, Davionna Washington, Virginia Crecelius, Kyla Johnson, Kenya Powell, Clayton Spaulding, Hannah Wililams...
Franklin Elementary School (06/21/11)
Franklin Elementary School A Honor Roll 4th Grade: Lukieva Fitzgerald, Drake Persinger, Dinah Pryor, Graeme Moore, O'Mallery Martin, Owen Sheehan, Sydney Whitehorn, Kris Hopkins, Briann Jenkins, Kaya Thatch, Neva Van Meter. B Honor Roll 4th Grade: Jamala Handy, Bianca Ayers, Kinyon Hodges, Britney Childers, Carl Kelly, Joseph Henderson, Tyrese McClinton, Destiny Scott, Caylon Randle, T.K. ...
Leopold Elementary (06/21/11)
Leopold Elementary School 4th grade: Amber Barron, Mackenzy Devenport, Brady Eeftink, Madison Eftink, Mya eldridge, David Gray, Jessica Hester, Collin James, Grant Koenig, Ryan Lewis, Macy Morehead, Grace Seabaugh, Hannah Thiele, Patience VanderMierden, Hannah Vandeven...
Out of the past 6/21/11 (06/21/11)
Heat swelters both the minds and bodies of Riverfest enthusiasts, but temperatures in the high 90s fail to keep large crowds away from downtown Cape Girardeau; highlight of the two-day festival is the spectacular fireworks show. Meyer Supply Co. recently opened a new storage warehouse at 608 Good Hope St.; it will be used to store many of the plumbing wholesaler's larger merchandise, such as bathtubs, water heaters and china basins...
If you like it, you CAN'T keep it (06/21/11)
One of the most-repeated assurances of the great health care debate was that Americans who liked their health insurance could keep it. People who viewed that promise with skepticism, like me, have a new report to confirm their suspicions...
NARS expansion (06/21/11)
Despite the discouraging national unemployment news, Cape Girardeau has reason to celebrate with the recent announcement that National Asset Recovery Services will be adding at least 100 new positions, the majority of which will be based in the Cape Girardeau call center...
Speak Out 6/21/11 (06/21/11)
HEY, Cape Girardeau, think about putting an amphitheater where the old Capaha pool was. Things like Tunes at Twilight would look better there. Plays, too. And even the Cape Girardeau band shell would be there. Cape Girardeau, think about it. We need something like that here...
Prayer 6/21/11 (06/21/11)
Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness and make thy way straight before my face. Amen.
Fire Department Gets Trainins Assistance (06/21/11)
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department recently presented plaques in thanks to Robert Herbst with Prudential Bridgeport Realtors, Vice President of Construction and Design Dick Meister of Isle of Capri, and Vince Kelley of Nip Kelley Company in appreciation for their assistance with fire department training efforts...
Tears at Birds Point Levee (06/21/11)
As a lifelong farmer myself, I was horrifed when I first heard rumors that the Corps of Engineers was thinking about blowing Birds Point levee. After spending some time in the area meeting people at several events last year, I have come to love the bootheel, it's land, and it's people. A year ago this spring I drove from farm to farm there, meeting the people, and talking agriculture, and politics...
Destruction at Birds Point levee June 20, 2011 (06/21/11)
Destroyed farmstead in the Birds Point Floodway. Nothing left but the foundation and concrete blocks. Farm Shop was totally washed away, just the concrete floor was left. Machine shed still standing in the background...battered, like all the homes and lives after the flood...
Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary's Adorable Adoptable (06/21/11)
Mason is my name and I'm the cool laid back handsome type. I was born in December of 2004. Some really nice people took me in during the ice storm, but to keep me would make for too many cats. I HAVE HAD EXPERIENCE BEING OUTSIDE, SO I MIGHT BE ABLE TO BE AN OUTDOOR CAT AGAIN IF YOU INQUIRE!!! I'm a nice guy who likes affection, so please consider me. I am available for adoption at Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, 573-243-9823 and you may view other cats and dogs at safeharboranimalsanctuary.org...
Scott Co 4-H members attend MO State 4-H Congress (06/21/11)
The 4-H members attending the 2011 MO State 4-H Congress are from the Kids Rock 4-H Club in Benton.
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