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Study: Extension of ethanol tax credits would boost corn production (06/27/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Extending federal ethanol tax credits would help significantly boost corn production, a new study from the University of Missouri finds. According to a report released by MU's Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, indefinitely extending the 45-cent tax credit for biofuel blenders and the associate 54-cent tariff on ethanol imports would increase the domestic production of ethanol from corn starch by 1.2 billion gallons per year. ...
State fire marshal: Let the pros handle fireworks (06/27/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri fire marshal is cautioning people about the potential dangers from holding their own firework displays. Fire Marshal Randy Cole says the safest way to view fireworks is to sit back and let professionals handle it. However, the fire marshal's office says fireworks can be purchased in Missouri until July 10...
Cairo's burning issue, Part 2: Resources dwindle after fire investigator's retirement; city calls on state police to help investigate (06/27/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- John Meyer is sick of making the phone calls to the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal. He's the fire chief. And his town has been burning to the ground building by building, at least 50 of them since the autumn of 2007. His crew members, some paid and some volunteer, have a big job to protect a city faced with a decades-long economic decline and a rising inventory of vacant buildings. ...
Volunteers search woods for woman missing from Jackson (06/27/11)
Snakes, ticks and steamy weather didn't cripple a deep-woods search Sunday for Jacque Sue Waller, missing from Jackson for nearly a month. Stick together and holler if you've found something, Jackson Police Department Capt. Bob Bonney instructed a group of around 30 that gathered in a wilderness area in Cape Girardeau County...
Many in Morehouse still angry at MoDOT for building berm to save U.S. 60 (06/27/11)
MOREHOUSE, Mo. -- The flood that threatened Morehouse was an act of God, but many in this water-ravaged New Madrid County city still believe their ruin was man-made. Two months after much of the community was swallowed up by floodwaters, residents remain angry about the Missouri Department of Transportation's decision April 28 to build an earthen berm to keep U.S. ...
Jackson board must decide on MoDOT's U.S. 61 offer (06/27/11)
A street improvement project talked about for more than 20 years may finally be in the works for uptown Jackson.
Visitors from Asia tour the spillway to gain insight (06/27/11)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Mississippi County officials hosted visitors from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand on a tour of the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway. By viewing the area firsthand, the visitors hoped to gain insight on the breaches blasted into the levee by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the effect of the subsequent flooding in the spillway...
Indian artifact collectors display their finds at Sunday exhibition (06/27/11)
The attraction to the hobby of looking for American Indian artifacts, says Terry Goette, is the thrill of the find. "It's just something about picking something up that nobody has touched in a thousand years," said Goette, who was among those attending the Bootheel Archaeological Society exhibition Sunday at the Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau. "It's just really neat."...
Corps: New floodway option needs study (06/27/11)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The head of the group overseeing work by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says another floodway could be needed to relieve pressure on levees along the Mississippi River. Maj. Gen. Michael J. Walsh said that he's not saying the agency should build a new floodway to go with the four already in place, but it is an idea that should be studied...
Power grid change may throw some clocks' time off (06/27/11)
WASHINGTON -- A yearlong experiment with the nation's electric grid could mess up traffic lights, security systems and some computers -- and make plug-in clocks and appliances like programmable coffee makers run up to 20 minutes fast. "A lot of people are going to have things break and they're not going to know why," said Demetrios Matsakis, head of the time service department at the U.S. Naval Observatory, one of two official timekeeping agencies in the federal government...
River ebbs in flooded N. Dakota city; danger remains (06/27/11)
MINOT, N.D. -- The Souris River began a slow retreat from Minot on Sunday with no further flood damage in the city, but officials warned danger would remain for several days until the highest water passed. "We're still at full alert until the water starts going down," said Shannon Bauer, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "It's still a war."...
Jump in orders hints at economic growth (06/27/11)
WASHINGTON -- Factory orders are picking up and the economy may soon follow. A rise in demand for long-lasting manufactured goods in May suggests the parts shortage stemming from the Japan crises is fading. It would also support the view offered by many economists, who have suggested that the economic slowdown is temporary and that growth will strengthen this summer...
Obama's signature often the product of an autopen (06/27/11)
WASHINGTON -- It's the open secret that nobody in government wants to talk about: That cherished presidential signature that's tucked away in a scrapbook or framed for all to see might never have passed under the president's hand. For decades, presidents of both parties have let an autopen do some of the heavy lifting when it comes to scrawling their signatures. The machine was recently put to use signing a bill into law, apparently a first...
New England's Mafia is weakened but still pursued (06/27/11)
BOSTON -- When James "Whitey" Bulger ruled the streets of South Boston, the New England crime scene was a battleground for a bloody turf war between the Italian Mafia and Irish street crews. But some observers say the organized crime landscape that took shape during Bulger's 16 years on the lam -- ending with his capture days ago in California -- is a shell of its former self, hobbling along with "old men in diapers" at the helm...
Swedish preschool tries to engineer out gender bias (06/27/11)
STOCKHOLM -- At the "Egalia" preschool, staff avoid using words like "him" or "her" and address the 33 children as "friends" rather than girls and boys. From the color and placement of toys to the choice of books, every detail has been carefully planned to make sure the children don't fall into gender stereotypes...
New cracks form in Muslim Brotherhood before election (06/27/11)
CAIRO -- Several members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, including a prominent senior figure, broke off to form a new political party Sunday, exposing further cracks in the influential Islamic group that is expected to be the most formidable contender in Egypt's upcoming elections...
Libyan rebels claim advances (06/27/11)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- Rebels in Libya's western mountains said they have advanced and are battling Moammar Gadhafi's forces in a strategic town southwest of the capital, ramping up pressure against government troops on a second front. The rebels' claim of an advance into the outskirts of the town of Bair al-Ghanam, some 50 miles from Tripoli, follows weeks of intense fighting in the Nafusa mountains in which opposition forces have slowly pushed Gadhafi troops back toward the capital...
College hoops will implement new rules in 2011-12 (06/27/11)
Two changes will be clearly visible to players, officials and fans
Blue Jays complete weekend sweep of Cardinals (06/27/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Reinforcements may be on the way for the drooping St. Louis Cardinals. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said third baseman David Freese and utilityman Nick Punto could be back for the upcoming six-game trip after Sunday's 5-0 loss to Ricky Romero and the Toronto Blue Jays...
Redhawks basketball players spend summer in Cape (06/27/11)
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Dickey Nutt is once again a happy man this summer. That's partly because it's his natural demeanor but also partly because, for the second straight year, Nutt's players are in town attending at least one session of summer school...
'Thriller' jacket sells for $1.8M (06/27/11)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- A famed black-and-red calfskin jacket that Michael Jackson wore in the classic "Thriller" video has sold at auction for $1.8 million. Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, said the jacket was purchased Sunday by Milton Verret, a commodities trader from Austin, Texas...
Talking Shop with Gary Elders, Walmart Supercenter general manager (06/27/11)
Gary Elders, general manager at Walmart Supercenter in Cape Girardeau, grew up in Southeast Missouri, so he knows what shoppers here like. After climbing the company's corporate ladder for more than 20 years, he returned home last year to head the Cape Girardeau store and spend more time with his extended family...
Style of Teamsters building won't change (06/27/11)
The Teamsters building at 429 Broadview St. will soon be home to the corporate offices of local McDonald's franchise Arch Nemesis LLC. The 15,000-square-foot building served as headquarters for Teamsters Local 574 for nearly 45 years, said Tom Kelsey of Lorimont Place Ltd., who brokered the sale...
People on the move 6/27/11 (06/27/11)
Shari Elfrink, president of 1st Class Travel Inc. and Cynthia Schutt, owner of All Around Travel LLC, have merged their companies and will operate as 1st Class Travel Inc. Schutt is working at 1st Class Travel's existing location, 3443 William St., Suite B, in Cape Girardeau. ...
Nicole Jones (06/27/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Nicole Darleen Jones, 20, of Perryville died Saturday, June 25, 2011, in Perryville. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 6:30 a.m. to service time Wednesday at Young and Sons Funeral Home in Perryville. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Milton Ryan officiating...
Marvin Dowdy (06/27/11)
EAST CAPE GIRARDEAU, Ill. -- Marvin Dowdy, 74, of East Cape Girardeau died Saturday, June 25, 2011, at his home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery...
Charles Slinkard (06/27/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Charles Kenneth "Kenny" Slinkard, 65, of Cairo died Saturday, June 25, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born April 6, 1946, in Randles, son of Hubert W. and Eva Evelyn Mobley Slinkard. He graduated from Oran High School in 1963...
Lucas Ressel (06/27/11)
KELSO, Mo. -- Lucas John Ressel, 85, of Kelso died Sunday, June 26, 2011, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 13, 1925, in Illmo, to Otto Joseph and Lorene Theresia Schlosser Ressel. He married Alice Alma Glastetter on May 30, 1952. She preceded in death on Nov. 23, 2010...
William Spitzmiller (06/27/11)
William E. Spitzmiller, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, June 25, 2011, at The Lutheran Home. He was born Oct. 22, 1933, in St. Louis to William and Dorothy Phillips Spitzmiller. He and Ethel Fay Dobyns were married in 1981 at Poplar Bluff, Mo. William was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in Korea. He was a sheet metal worker out of St. Louis and later was promoted to director of organization for sheet metal workers out of Washington, D.C., retiring in 1991...
Estella Kelley (06/27/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Estella Marie Kelley, 73, of Chaffee passed away Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Chaffee Nursing Center. She was born Sept. 27, 1937, in Clinton, Ill., to James Fuller and Edna Thompson Fuller. Estella was a member of New Hope Apostolic Ministries in Chaffee. She worked 25 years as a CNA at Saint Francis Medical Center and for 10 years at the Lutheran Home, both in Cape Girardeau. She retired in 2004...
Jackson police and fire report 6/27/11 (06/27/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Theft Firefighters responded to the following call Saturday:...
Cape Girardeau fire report 6/27/11 (06/27/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/27/11 (06/27/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Out of the past 6/27/11 (06/27/11)
Tri-Con Industries is proposing a $2 million plant expansion that will create 100 new permanent jobs here; the city of Cape Girardeau is expected to apply for a $430,000 economic development block grant that would be used for storm sewer improvements, parking facilities, security lighting and fencing in connection with the planned plant expansion...
Mehner award (06/27/11)
Recently, John Mehner, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, was recognized by the Missouri Economic Development Council as the year's Professional Economic Developer of the Year. The award is bestowed on a council member dedicated to improving their community and making a positive impact when it comes to the state's economic development...
Speak Out 6/27/11 (06/27/11)
FOR Mayor Rediger, you got to remember that everyone under 70 is a young person. Go get 'em Harry. I don't see too many over-70 folks tossing beer cans and liquor bottles. A few years ago, when the country plunged into the worst financial meltdown since the Great Depression, many of us thought politicians would face up to the terrible consequences brought about by unregulated greed. ...
Prayer 6/27/11 (06/27/11)
O God, we thank you that we can bring our requests before you in prayer. Amen.
WEAVER GRADUATES WITH HONORS FROM UCLA (06/27/11)
Crystal Weaver recently graduated from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology with a Minor in Society and Genetics. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with Anthropology Honors and College Honors. To achieve Magna Cum Laude a student must graduate with a 3.792 minimum overall grade point average...
Where have all the good jobs gone? (06/27/11)
Jack H. Knowlan Sr...
Reagan Austin Selected for MUNY's Little Mermaid (06/27/11)
Reagan Kate Austin has been selected as a member of the St. Louis Municipal (MUNY) Theater's production of Disney's "The Little Mermaid", which will run July 6-14 in St. Louis. Reagan has just finished second grade at Bristol Elementary in Webster Groves, MO. ...
150th Civil War Anniversary Event (06/27/11)
On the weekend of July 9-10 the 3rd Annual Civil War Camp in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri will re-enact the 150th Anniversary (August 14, 1861) removal of all monies from the Merchant's Bank by the Union Army. By order of Major-General John C. Fremont, Major John McDonald led by 250 8th Missouri infantrymen, 13 artillerymen and one cannon arrived by riverboat from Cape Girardeau, Missouri to remove $58,313 from the Merchant's Bank in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri on the banks of the Mississippi River. ...
Final call for singers for Pops Concert (06/27/11)
The first rehearsal for the September 11 Heartland Pops Chorus Fall Concert, "Best of Broadway/Let's Go To The Hop", will be Monday evening July 11 at 7:00 P.M. at Immaculate Conception School in Jackson. The first half will be all Broadway and the second half will be all 50's doo-wop. ...
Chilling Out on a Sunday Evening (06/27/11)
Maggie posing for a picture while laying on the couch.
1st time in the Arch (06/27/11)
Anthony's first time in the Gateway Arch. He loved that he could see all the way into Busch Stadium!
Goat at the Zoo (06/27/11)
Anthony petting a goat at the St Louis Zoo. A must-do tradition every year!
Safe Harbor's Adorable Adoptable (06/27/11)
Yoda has beautiful calico colored fur and she is a real sweetheart! She was born in March of 2009 so she is still a young cat. Please come see Yoda in person at Safe Harbor to see if she would make the perfect companion for you. You may also find out more information about Yoda at 573-243-9823. Please contact us today!!! Other dogs and cats that are looking for a home of their own may be viewed at safeharboranimalsanctuary.org...
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