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Stories from Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Report says Medicaid cuts will put jobs and business at risk (06/29/11)
A new report shows cuts to Medicaid will hurt more than the health of Missourians, it will also put jobs and business activity at risk. Families USA, a national not-for-profit health care advocacy organization, released a report Tuesday detailing the effect Medicaid cuts included in the budget adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives will have on each state...
Suicide watch: Cape Girardeau County numbers up for 2011 (06/29/11)
It was a Friday, two days after Christmas. Debi Oliver heard the noise. It sounded like a shotgun. She called down the open stairwell to her daughter. What was it? Wasn't me, the teen answered. Oliver walked into the room of her 16-year-old son, Daric -- seconds after he shot himself...
Perryville, Mo., business teaches hand-to-hand combat, self-defense (06/29/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Introducing a new student Tuesday to Krav Maga, a fairly modern hand-to-hand combat fighting technique, Josh Caputo of Dexter, Mo., asked Macy Baker to abandon some basic fighting tactics she may have previously learned. Caputo asked her to watch his movements -- his shoulders to see if he'd punch high or low -- and not look directly in his eyes. ...
EPA tests show contamination levels normal in Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway (06/29/11)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Environmental Protection Agency says tests on receding floodwaters in Southeast Missouri's Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway showed contamination below levels that would raise health concerns. The EPA's regional office in Kansas City, Kan., said Tuesday that the nine samples of water collected from the floodway area showed contamination levels "typically found" in the Mississippi River...
Disabilities board treasurer now faces conflict claims (06/29/11)
Less than two weeks after one board member's resignation, Cape Girardeau County's disabilities board treasurer Jeff Baer is facing similar conflict-of-interest scrutiny -- and talk of his removal -- after claims that he conducted board business with clients of his Jackson-based accounting firm.
Man arrested on drug charges following death of Perryville woman (06/29/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A Fredericktown, Mo., man arrested by police this week was charged with felony drug distribution Monday after a local woman was found dead in a Perryville hotel room. Nicole Jones, 20, was found unconscious Saturday and Perryville police allege Steven A. ...
Jackson School Board approves budget (06/29/11)
The Jackson School Board Tuesday approved "virtually balanced" budget with a slight salary increase for teachers. Wade Bartels, the district's chief financial officer, walked the board through the spending plan, which includes total revenue of $41,290,401 and total expenditures of $41,287,412...
SEMO Board of Regents to consider operating budget today (06/29/11)
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents is expected to vote today on a $96.7 million fiscal year 2012 operating budget, a spending plan that provides the first raises for faculty and staff in two years and minimally affects student tuition, according to the institution's chief executive.
Route W in to be reduced for patching (06/29/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route W from County Road 413 to Route P in Scott County will be reduced to one lane July 5 through 12 while Missouri Department of Transportation crews patch the pavement. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The work zone will be marked with signs. ...
Route B closed today for pipe replacement (06/29/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route B from County Road 322 to Route M in Bollinger County will be closed today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe beneath the road. 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. For more information, contact the Missouri Department of Transportation's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Wildfire nears nuclear facility at Los Alamos, N.M. (06/29/11)
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -- A wildfire burning near the desert birthplace of the atomic bomb advanced on the Los Alamos laboratory and thousands of outdoor drums of plutonium-contaminated waste Tuesday as authorities stepped up efforts to protect the site and monitor the air for radiation...
In win for Obama, Senate panel OKs U.S. operation in Libya (06/29/11)
WASHINGTON -- In a victory for President Barack Obama, a Senate panel voted Tuesday to approve U.S. participation in the military campaign against Libya and Moammar Gadhafi's forces. The 14-5 vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee stood in sharp contrast to the House's overwhelmingly rejection of a similar step last week, muddling the message about congressional support for the commander in chief's actions and the NATO-led operation...
Oil prices rise on eve of Greek vote (06/29/11)
NEW YORK -- Oil climbed more than 2 percent Tuesday ahead of a vote in Greece to approve tough new financial reforms that would shore up its beleaguered economy. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate gained $2.28, or 2.5 percent, to settle at $92.89 per barrel Tuesday on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In London, Brent crude added $2.79, or 2.6 percent, to settle at $108.78 per barrel on the ICE Futures Exchange...
NATO helicopters end Kabul hotel siege; 7 dead (06/29/11)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- NATO helicopters fired rockets at gunmen on the rooftop of a besieged Kabul hotel early today, ending a more than four-hour standoff between militants and police that left at least seven dead and eight others wounded, Afghan officials said...
Idle Capahas have tough foe: Mother Nature (06/29/11)
The Plaza Tire Capahas have an 11-1 record, with many of their wins of the lopsided variety. But there is one opponent the Capahas have not been able to beat much this season -- Mother Nature. The Capahas have had 10 scheduled games rained out, including nine straight. Contests slated for both home and the road all have been casualties...
Jackson Senior Babe Ruth sweeps pair (06/29/11)
The Jackson Senior Babe Ruth baseball team swept a home doubleheader against Dexter on Tuesday night to extend its winning streak to six games.  Jackson (15-9) won the opener 7-3 and followed with an 11-3 victory. Jon Winkler recorded the win in the first game, allowing four hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out five. Clay Roth notched the save with two scoreless innings...
Cardinals begin interleague road trip with 6-2 win vs. Orioles (06/29/11)
BALTIMORE -- Kyle Lohse was so good against the Baltimore Orioles, it took an act of nature to get him out of the game. Lohse pitched five shutout innings in a performance shortened by rain, and the St. Louis Cardinals got solo home runs from Colby Rasmus and Matt Holliday in a 6-2 victory Tuesday night...
A (grilled) baked potato with fixings fit for July Fourth (06/29/11)
Nobody is going to bother baking potatoes for Fourth of July celebrations. Which is too bad, because a baked potato topped with a plethora of barbecue-friendly toppings -- think grated cheeses, chili, barbecue pulled chicken or pork, maybe some avocado and crumbled tortillas -- is perfect for outdoor eating. Especially since most of those items can be prepped well in advance...
Battling Japanese beetles (06/29/11)
Over the weekend I was looking at a list of subjects that I had discussed in previous columns. Last summer at this time the topic was Japanese beetles. Normally I don't write about the same subject within 12 months, but I felt that because of all the questions I have been fielding over the last two weeks about Japanese beetles, I should revisit the current invasion...
Get a taste of Belize from your own kitchen (06/29/11)
Our son Ross just returned from a mission trip to Belize. Upon his return, some of the conversations were about the food. You cannot visit or live in Belize without eating rice and beans; they are the national staples, and most people eat them every day. Rice and beans, usually cooked in coconut milk and served together, is often served as a side dish. Another national staple is "fry jack," much like our johnny cakes, that is served for breakfast, often smeared with beans, alongside eggs...
Jaden and Bryton Nicholson (06/29/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Jaden Isaiah Nicholson, 3, and his brother, Bryton Michael Nicholson, 2, of Chaffee died Wednesday, June 22, 2011, in an early morning house fire in Chaffee. Jaden was born Nov. 29, 2007, in Cape Girardeau, and Bryton was born March 30, 2009, in Mexico, Mo., sons of Gregory Nicholson and Jennifer Biler...
Andrew Biler (06/29/11)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Andrew Michael Biler, 21, of Chaffee died Wednesday, June 22, 2011, in an early morning house fire in Chaffee. He was born Aug. 29, 1989, to John David Biler and Nancy McGuire. Andrew liked to fish, hunt, go swimming and camping with his friends. He also liked to hang out with Devin Bo and JoJo. He liked to listen to music and play with his nephews. He loved his nephews so much and gave his life trying to save them...
Jean Burns (06/29/11)
Velma Jean Burns, 79, of Jackson died Monday, June 27, 2011, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 13, 1931, in Advance, Mo., to Jesse and Clola Ellen Long Stady. Jean graduated from Advance High School in 1950. She and Carlos "Bud" Burns were married Feb. 28, 1953. He died March 15, 1997...
Betty Webb (06/29/11)
Betty Lou Webb, 83, of Scott City died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at the home of a son in Benton, Mo. She was born May 6, 1928, in Chaffee, Mo., to Marvin Edgar and Lucille Woolsey Crader. She married Harvey Leroy Webb on March 8, 1945. Survivors include her husband; two sons, Jack (Harriet) Webb of Jefferson City, Mo., Michael (Christina) Webb of Benton; two daughters, Shirley (Danny) Hollowell and Patricia Webb of Cape Girardeau; a brother, Paul Crader of Scott City; two sisters, Mary (Ralph Sr.) Burger and Helen (Robert) Hagan of Scott City; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.. ...
Roberta Vandeven (06/29/11)
Roberta L. Vandeven, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, June 27, 2011, at Southeast Hospital. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Births 6/29/11 (06/29/11)
Son to Daniel Waldemar and Marzena Polanczyk of Marble Hill, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 4:12 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Name, Patrick David. Weight, 6 pounds, 9 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Polanczyk is the former Marzena Pszeniczna, daughter of Ted and Irena Pszeniczny of Poland. Mr. and Mrs. Polanczyk are employed with Whippoorwill Lake Family Camping. He is the son of Paul and Danuta Polanczyk of Poland...
Cape Girardeau fire report 6/29/11 (06/29/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/29/11 (06/29/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Out of the past 6/29/11 (06/29/11)
The new pastor of Grace United Methodist Church is the Rev. James Davis; he moved to Cape Girardeau recently from St. Luke's United Methodist Church in South St. Louis County, where he had been pastor since 1978. Room Mates Waterbeds in the Town Plaza has reopened after being closed because of the May flood; the store has been remodeled and about 15 percent more display area added...
Voting blindly a cause for concern (06/29/11)
Unless something of biblical proportions occurs, the 2012 elections will clearly revolve around the crumbling economy that now faces this nation. Granted, the discussions will also touch on foreign wars, immigration, education, etc. But at the end of that proverbial day, it will surely be the economy that dominates all debate...
Award nominees (06/29/11)
One of the great honors for the Southeast Missourian is recognizing an individual each year with the Spirit of America Award. And once again this year's nominees -- submitted by you, our readers -- are top-notch. We hope you come out to Arena Park this weekend, starting Friday, as the USA Veterans once again sponsor what promises to be a festival of fun for all ages. ...
Speak Out 6/29/11 (06/29/11)
AFTER watching the "60 Minutes" coverage of homeless children, I could never be or even think like a Republican. My heart goes out to these children, not the greedy Republicans with their tax breaks for the rich and Big Business. I don't know how they can live with themselves. Only if they think of no one but themselves could they...
Prayer 6/29/11 (06/29/11)
Lord Jesus, may we be a vessel to spread the good news of salvation through you. Amen.
Five generations of Burgers (06/29/11)
Josh Stevens was born February 27, 2011 to become the fifth generation of Burgers. From left are Tammy Cotner Crider of Scott City, Anna Marie Burger (Louis) formally of Kelso (now of Clearview Nursing Home at Sikeston) holding Josh, and Ron Burger of Scott City. Standing is Josh's mother, Caitlyn Cotner also of Scott City...
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (06/29/11)
Zach is 9 weeks old. He is available for adoption at The Humane Society, 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
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