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Stories from Friday, July 8, 2011

Jackson group working on local DREAM involvement (07/08/11)
A group of Jackson residents is working to boost interest in the city's DREAM Initiative status, which was granted in September. The Jackson Uptown Redevelopment Organization has been meeting once a month at the Jackson Chamber of Commerce to discuss options for promoting local involvement in the DREAM Initiative. The group's work will complement a comprehensive plan created by a research firm...
Report: Mo. has nation's 11th highest obesity rate, Miss. ranks highest (07/08/11)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A new report has found that more than 30 percent of Missouri residents are obese, placing the state just outside the top 10 in the nation. Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued their annual obesity report, which for the first time looks at how obesity rates have grown over the past two decades...
Area disabilities board to consider bylaws, moving case management office (07/08/11)
The head of the Cape Girardeau County Board for Developmental Disabilities wants to bring some order to her embattled organization. If she isn't ousted as board president first. At its monthly meeting Tuesday, Dory Johnson will ask her fellow members to adopt policy and procedures that she believes could have stemmed some of the board's recent problems, including ethical concerns that led to one board member's resignation and still-lingering questions about another's business practices...
Southeast dean says she's had no word why she wasn't retained (07/08/11)
Margaret Noe led Southeast Missouri State University's College of Education through an involved reaccreditation process. She has shepherded the college through a time of great transition, diversifying its staff and opening up its partnerships with area public K-12 schools. A university administrator heaps praise on Noe for a host of accomplishments, particularly in preparing the next generation of teachers for the classroom...
State announces job program for Southeast Missouri flood cleanup (07/08/11)
Ten workers started cleaning up flood damage in Morehouse, Mo., Wednesday as part of a new state program to put unemployed Missourians to work.
Cape County stabbing victim dies (07/08/11)
A Cape Girardeau County man who was stabbed at his residence Sunday has died as a result of his injuries. Coroner John Clifton confirmed 37-year-old Walter Claar died at an area hospital around 11 p.m. Wednesday. Claar was stabbed at a home at 3809 Old Route V near Cape Girardeau...
18 Cape arsons since 2008 remain unsolved (07/08/11)
So it was rare when law enforcement caught up with Demarquis Gill just days after he set fire to a car and a home at 1863 Big Bend Road in September 2009. The evidence was overwhelming, too, which is even rarer in an arson investigation.
Four dead after early morning Morehouse fire (07/08/11)
MOREHOUSE, Mo. (AP) -- Four people, including an infant, are dead following a house fire in a rural area of southeast Missouri. The fire was reported at 2:11 a.m. Friday in an area known as the Colony near Morehouse in New Madrid County.
FEMA closing Sikeston disaster recovery center Saturday (07/08/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Scott County residents looking for assistance to recover from this spring's flooding will have one less resource at hand after Saturday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced the closing of the FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center at 103 S. Kingshighway in Sikeston at 6 p.m. Saturday...
Missouri Lottery sales of $1 billion hit record (07/08/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri raked in a record $1 billion from lottery ticket sales in the fiscal year that just ended
Bridge work near Chaffee, Mo., goes on (07/08/11)
Construction continues Thursday, July 7, 2011, to replace the Route EE bridge over Little River Drainage Ditch No. 11 in Scott County, west of Chaffee, Mo. The roadway will remain closed from Route 25 to Route 77 during construction. Completion is anticipated in early August. ...
Victims identified in double-fatal Perry County crash (07/08/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Two men died as a result of a two-vehicle accident on Highway 51 near Perryville Wednesday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, two Poplar Bluff, Mo., men were killed when the Chrysler minivan they were traveling in ...
Route ZZ in Scott County reduced for pavement repairs (07/08/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route ZZ from U.S. 61 to Route BB in Scott County will be reduced to one lane Tuesday through Thursday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews patch the roadway. Weather permitting, work will done from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Signs will mark the work zone, and motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Pavement repairs set for Highway 25 in Cape County (07/08/11)
Highway 25 from Route P to County Road 267 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane with a 10-foot width restriction next week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Route N in Cape, Bollinger counties reduced for patching (07/08/11)
Route N in Cape Girardeau and Bollinger counties will be reduced to one lane next week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews patch the roadway. The section of road is from Highway 25 to Highway 51. Weather permitting, work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Workers remove algae from Capaha Park pond (07/08/11)
From left, Gary Burke, Tim Maynard, Mike Evans and Moses Dickey of the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department remove algae Thursday from the pond at Capaha Park.
Ag secretary questions Corps on Missouri flooding (07/08/11)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has taken the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to task for its handling of the Missouri River in a letter questioning its decision not to release more water from dams earlier in the spring to prevent prolonged flooding this summer...
NASA's last space shuttle blasts into history (07/08/11)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Atlantis and four astronauts rocketed into orbit Friday on NASA's last space shuttle voyage, dodging bad weather and delighting hundreds of thousands of spectators on hand to witness the end of an era. It will be at least three years -- possibly five or more -- before astronauts launch again from U.S. soil, and so this final journey of the shuttle era packed in crowds and roused emotions on a scale not seen since the Apollo moon shots...
Anthony sentence allows her to go free July 17 (07/08/11)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Casey Anthony looked ready for freedom. For the first time since her trial began, she let her hair down, smiling and playing with it as she awaited the judge's decision on when she would be released. Then she turned stone-faced as the sentence was pronounced: Freedom won't come just yet. She'll have to spend six more days in jail for lying to investigators about the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee...
Michigan shootings suspect kills self, ending standoff (07/08/11)
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A gunman opened fire in two Michigan homes Thursday, killing seven people before leading police on a high-speed chase through downtown Grand Rapids and taking three hostages. The standoff ended when he killed himself with a gunshot to the head, authorities said...
Obama: Still differences on debt, new talks set for Sunday (07/08/11)
WASHINGTON -- Under an urgent deadline, President Barack Obama and congressional negotiators set their sights on the nation's tax system and benefit programs Thursday in hopes of striking a massive budget deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling. Obama said the two sides were still far apart and called everyone back to the White House on Sunday...
Senators propose an immediate end to ethanol tax credit (07/08/11)
WASHINGTON -- Two senators from ethanol-producing states proposed Thursday to immediately end a tax credit for the corn-based fuel and agreeing to support shifting some of that money to debt reduction. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and John Thune, R-S.D., along with ethanol opponent Sen. ...
Oil, gasoline prices on the rise again (07/08/11)
Two weeks after the U.S. and other oil-importing nations took action that knocked down the price of oil to almost $90 a barrel, it's back around $100. And gas pump prices, which had dropped since May, are up about a nickel since Friday. Oil is rising again as investors bet that the economies of many countries, including the U.S., will improve in the second half of the year, and global demand for petroleum will rise...
Rangers say bear mauled hiker while protecting her cubs (07/08/11)
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. -- A grizzly bear that mauled a 57-year-old hiker to death in Yellowstone National Park was only defending its cubs and had not threatened humans before. So park officials on Thursday decided to leave it alone to wander the backcountry...
Storms, lightning threaten to delay final shuttle launch (07/08/11)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Thunderstorms threatened to delay the last space shuttle launch, set for today, and a lightning strike near the pad prompted NASA to convene an engineering panel to discuss any possible damage. The lightning struck within a third of a mile from the spacecraft around midday Thursday. Technicians hurried out to check for any signs of electrical problems. A review board was quickly assembled; officials said early indications were that the shuttle and pad were fine...
Mexican executed in Texas after stay rejected (07/08/11)
HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A Mexican national was executed Thursday for the rape-slaying of a San Antonio teenager after the U.S. Supreme Court turned down a White House-supported appeal to spare him in a death penalty case where Texas justice triumphed over international treaty concerns...
Amid scandal, Murdoch kills off News of the World (07/08/11)
LONDON -- The Murdoch media empire unexpectedly killed off the muckraking News of the World tabloid Thursday after a public backlash over the illegal guerrilla tactics it used to expose the rich, the famous and the royal and remain Britain's best-selling weekly newspaper...
Canada officially terminates its combat mission in Afghanistan (07/08/11)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Canada formally ended its combat role in Afghanistan on Thursday, closing a mission that has cost 157 soldiers their lives since 2002 -- casualties that shocked Canadians unaccustomed to seeing their troops die in battle...
NATO denies trying to aid Libyan rebels' advance (07/08/11)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- NATO denied a Libyan government charge Thursday that the alliance is intentionally using its airstrikes to assist rebel advances, saying it is sticking to its mandate to protect civilians. Wing Cmdr. Mike Bracken, an alliance spokesman in Naples, Italy, said NATO is "not involved in the ground battles," although he acknowledged the alliance is tracking the fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi...
Pakistan violence kills nearly 50 people in 3 days (07/08/11)
KARACHI, Pakistan -- Gunmen opened fire on two buses and waged street battles in Pakistan's largest city Thursday, killing at least 22 people as part of a spate of violence that has claimed 49 lives in three days, officials said. It was some of the worst strife so far this year in Karachi, a city of 18 million that has long been a hotbed of crime and clashes -- much of it linked to ethnic, sectarian and political divisions. ...
Israel braces for showdown with activists (07/08/11)
JERUSALEM -- Israel dispatched a beefed-up security force to its main international airport Thursday and asked foreign airlines to prevent blacklisted travelers from boarding Tel Aviv-bound flights, ahead of the anticipated arrival of hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists...
China state media dismiss reports of Jiang's death (07/08/11)
BEIJING -- China on Thursday dismissed as rumor reports that retired president Jiang Zemin, who led the country through massive changes after the crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy movement, has died. The official Xinhua News Agency quoted what it called authoritative sources as saying the reports were "pure rumor." The one-sentence dispatch in English wasn't carried by the Chinese-language service of the state-run agency, indicating it was meant for overseas audiences...
Capahas itching to get back on the field (07/08/11)
The Plaza Tire Capahas have not played at home in three weeks in this extremely strange season. That hopefully will change today. The Capahas are scheduled to open a five-game weekend homestand with a 7:30 p.m. contest against the St. Louis Printers...
Area digest 7/8/11 (07/08/11)
Thomas Crocetti only allowed two hits and struck out two in a complete-game effort for the Cape Girardeau Plaza Tire Junior American Legion baseball team Thursday. Aaron Grainger knocked in three runs to lead Cape past Sikeston 5-0 in the district tournament opener...
Diamondbacks bite soaked Cardinals (07/08/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Justin Upton hit a two-run homer and Joe Saunders threw five scoreless innings to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. The Diamondbacks won for the fourth time in the last six games...
Wiping out debt (07/08/11)
America's politicians are wrangling over the nation's debt ceiling, which hovers around $14 trillion. First off, politicians know nothing about wise stewardship of the U.S Treasury. If they did, we wouldn't be in this mess. But here we are, in a money crisis so severe there is talk of defaulting on our country's debts...
So long, Harry (07/08/11)
Who would want to go see a movie when they already know everything that happens in it? Millions of people, apparently. And multiple times. Fans of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" books have flocked to theaters to see the stories play out before them. Those fans and the thousands more the franchise has won over will head back to the cinema July 15 for the last chapter...
Best bet: Harry Potter films at Cape West (07/08/11)
The makers of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" have admitted that they spend little time revisiting Harry's plight to remind viewers what has taken place and where they are in the story. When the last in the eight-movie franchise hits the silver screen July 15, don't be caught under the "obliviate" charm. ...
Cape Girardeau band The Big Idea hopes to add to its fan base with new CD, more shows out of town (07/08/11)
For the past three years, The Big Idea has been a regular on the Cape Girardeau band circuit and gained popularity among locals, but with its new CD, the band hopes to reach beyond city limits to expand its fan base. The self-titled album includes 12 original songs and differs from last year's CD both in content and energy...
Sikeston native's photo-based work on display in solo show at Mizzou (07/08/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston native Andrew Powell admits he hadn't taken an art class since junior high school when he decided to pursue a fine arts degree nearly two years ago at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Unlike junior high, art courses in college gave Powell some direction and helped him discover his niche -- digital photography...
'Top Model' looks for next winner at Cape casting call (07/08/11)
Walking the walk takes a little more effort when you're doing it for Tyra Banks. Women in Southeast Missouri won't technically traverse the catwalk for the icon and host of "America's Next Top Model," but they will have a shot at it when KFVS12 hosts a casting call for 18th cycle of the modeling competition at The Venue in Cape Girardeau next week...
Talent show considered for Timberlake's MySpace (07/08/11)
LOS ANGELES -- Justin Timberlake's longtime manager Johnny Wright said last week that a talent show or some other way of developing new artists will be core to the revamp of MySpace. The kernel of an idea is what has emerged from a frenzied two weeks of deal-making that brought the former 'N Sync pop star into a partnership with new buyers of the ailing website...
ARTifacts 7/8/11 (07/08/11)
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Muscular Dystrophy Association and Clear Channel Radio will partner to combat muscle diseases with a radio campaign of public service announcements and the second annual "Get Discovered!" talent competition. The "Get Discovered!" online contest will solicit unsigned artists to enter via iHeartRadio.com, Clear Channel's digital radio service, or on any of Clear Channel Radio's participating stations' websites (www.mda.org/media/pdfs/MDAGetDiscovered2011_ParticipatingStationList_final.pdf) now through July 22. ...
Butterbeer recipes to satisfy both old and young muggles (07/08/11)
Butterbeer is a favorite drink of wizards of all ages. This is how it's served at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Fla. Butterbeer 1 cup light or dark brown sugar 2 tablespoons water 6 tablespoon butter 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar...
James Wilson (07/08/11)
James Woodrow Wilson, 95, passed away at his Jackson home Wednesday, July 6, 2011. He was born June 26, 1916, in Burfordville, to Frank Harvey and Bessie Myrtle Hutson Wilson. He and Glenda C. Estes were married Dec. 24, 1931. To this union were born two children, Karen W. Dodson and James B. Wilson...
Mary Hall (07/08/11)
Mary Lucy Hall, 88, of Fancy Farm, Ky., passed away Sunday, July 3, 2011, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church in Fancy Farm. Survivors include two daughters, Ann Velthuis of Michigan, Judy Settle of Jackson; two sisters, Jane Toon and Marie Johnson of Fancy Farm; a brother, Louis Elmer Wilson of Fancy Farm; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren...
Robert Bertrand (07/08/11)
Robert C. Bertrand, 87, of Harrisburg, Pa., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, July 2, 2011. He was born Sept. 6, 1925, at Chaffee, Mo., to Frank C. and Zetta Essner Bertrand. He and Betty Hoover were married May 19, 1946, in Harrisburg. Bertrand was employed 38 years as director of billing and receipts with Capital Blue Cross in Harrisburg...
Wally Claar (07/08/11)
Walter "Wally" Claar, 37, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born April 25, 1974, in Centralia, Ill., to Edwin A. and Sharon Lowery Claar. He married Angela Goff. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Kayci Claar of Ste. ...
Donald Witt (07/08/11)
Donald Wayne Witt, 64, of Hobe Sound, Fla., formerly of Scott City, died Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Veterans Administration Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was born June 4, 1947, in St. Louis, to Delmar Wayne and Betty LaVerne Short Witt. Witt was an equipment operator and served in the U.S. Army...
Births 7/8/11 (07/08/11)
Son to Jeremy Lee and Kristen Ellen Limbaugh of Advance, Mo., Southeast Hospital, 6:07 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Name, Rowan Lee. Weight, 6 pounds, 4 ounces. Second son. Mrs. Limbaugh is the former Kristen Nenninger, daughter of Michael and Lisa Nenninger of Advance. Limbaugh is the son of Kelly and Sharon Limbaugh of Advance. He is a physical therapist at Advance Nursing Center...
Jackson police report 7/8/11 (07/08/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Theft...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/8/11 (07/08/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Out of the past 7/8/11 (07/08/11)
Headliners for this year's SEMO District Fair are announced: Merle Haggard on Thursday night, the mother-and-daughter team called The Judds on Friday, and country legend Tammy Wynette on Saturday. Members of the Paddlewheelers, Cape Girardeau's hospitality group, greets tourists from the Mississippi Queen riverboat in the morning as they begin a four-hour stop here; the boat is traveling south after docking in St. Louis over the weekend for the VP Fair...
Commitment to South Cape remains strong (07/08/11)
The Cape Area Family Resource Center has provided vital programming in the neighborhood of South Cape for 14 years and has recently closed its doors. The United Way of Southeast Missouri has been a proud sponsor of the center since its inception. We want the South Cape neighborhood to know that we will continue our support of youth in this neighborhood for many years to come...
Fourth festivities (07/08/11)
This past weekend had just about everything you could ask for in a Fourth of July weekend: great weather, fun activities for the entire family, barbecues and, of course, fireworks. Organizers for both events in Jackson and Cape Girardeau did a tremendous job, and attendees were treated to some wonderful festivities...
Speak Out 7/8/11 (07/08/11)
I would like to comment about a comment in Speak Out about Obama being among the five best presidents. Where have you had your head in the sand the last two years he has been in office? Look at the facts: Gas is up, unemployment up, the national debt is the highest in all of history. The way I see it, when he leaves office he will hold a record no one will ever break. He will be rated as the worst president this great country has ever known...
Prayer 7/8/11 (07/08/11)
I will praise you, Lord Jesus, and I will bless your holy name forever. Amen.
Board to consider by-laws and moving (07/08/11)
I am Larry Tidd, Vice-Chairman of the Cape County Board for Developmental Disabilities (CCBDD). First, I want to point out that the following is my personal opinion, not necessarily that of the other members of the (CCBDD). This board is a non-paid, all-volunteer board appointed by the County Commissioners per Missouri statute...
Local athlete to play Missouri Lions All Star Game (07/08/11)
David Huffman,of Cape Girardeau, has been chosen to play in the Missouri Lions All Star Game set to take place on July 16, 2011 at 7:30pm in Warrensburg, MO at Walton Stadium-Kennedy Field. David is a 2011 graduate of Cape Central High School. David played defensive line for the Cape Central Tigers his entire high school football career. ...
2011 Flood on the Mississippi River (07/08/11)
My husband Carl and I drove over to Thebes, IL and went up the steps of the old court house where I took this picture of the flood on the Mississippi River.
Red Star Boat Landing (07/08/11)
Flooded Mississippi River at Red Star Boat Landing taken this year, 2011 from the window of our truck.
Corps of Engineers Boat (07/08/11)
I took this picture of the Corps of Engineers Boat down on the River front in Cape, one evening.
Sunset over the old Meystedt Place (07/08/11)
Living here for 48 years we have seen a lot of beautiful sunsets over the old Meystedt Place. This was just an unusually lovely evening.
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