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Stories from Friday, July 22, 2011

Blood evidence was found at Clay Waller's house, father says (07/22/11)
There have been mumblings for weeks that blood was found somewhere in the house where Clay Waller was staying at the time of his wife's disappearance. On Thursday, Jacque Sue Waller's father said rumors of blood are true. "I've seen it," said Stan Rawson, a former deputy sheriff and police officer in the St. Louis area. "But that's all I'm going to confirm. There's a ton of evidence. ... Just suffice to say there is blood evidence. I saw the evidence bags."...
Heat warning extended through 7 p.m. Sunday (07/22/11)
An excessive heat warning issued for Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois has been extended through 7 p.m. Sunday. The warning was initially in effect through 7 p.m. Saturday, but has now been extended, as the National Weather Service is expecting oppressive heat and humidity to continue blanketing the area on Sunday...
Budgets, regulations, flooding worry Missouri Farm Bureau president (07/22/11)
Unprecedented flooding, increasing environmental regulations and potential cuts in federal assistance are threatening the livelihood of Missouri farmers, according to Blake Hurst, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau. Hurst spoke with local farmers Thursday during the Cape Girardeau County Farm Bureau annual meeting at the Knights of Columbus hall in Jackson. Earlier in the day he visited with the Southeast Missourian's editorial board about the challenges Missouri farmers are facing...
Lake Boutin reopens for swimming (07/22/11)
Area residents looking for an escape from the oppressive heat blanketing the region will be able to cool off with a visit to Lake Boutin's renovated beach at Trail of Tears State Park. The lake reopened Wednesday after being closed to swimmers for more than three years...
Serial killer Krajcir moved to prison in Pontiac, Ill. (07/22/11)
PONTIAC, Ill. -- Timothy Krajcir, a confessed serial killer who received his 14th life sentence last year, has been transferred to Illinois' Pontiac Correction Center, due to what prison officials are calling "the nature of his crimes." Krajcir had been serving his sentence at the prison in Stateville, Ill., but he was moved Tuesday to the prison in Pontiac. ...
Heat kills man in Butler County (07/22/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Butler County has recorded one heat-related death during the hot and humid conditions in July. "A 57-year-old man died in a camper when the heat index reached 117," Coroner Jim Akers said. "All he had was a fan." Akers identified the man as Richard Lovelace, who was staying in a camper at CJ's Pawn Shop at 628 S. Westwood Blvd. Lovelace did not have any relatives in the area...
Search for Jacque Waller resumes this weekend (07/22/11)
Monica Caison doesn't like to talk about it, but there's a reason she's made a life of searching for the lost. The Wilmington, N.C., resident and founder of CUE Center for Missing Persons, has had three people in her life go missing: a best friend, a neighbor and someone closer to her than both...
FEMA warns of deadline approaching for individual assistance (07/22/11)
Missouri homeowners or renters affected by flooding or tornadoes have until July 29 to register for FEMA individual assistance, according to FEMA spokesman John Mills. Mills said anyone affected by disasters from April 19 through June 6 may call 1-800-621-3362 to register. He said small-interest loans for disaster victims are also available through the Small Business Administration. That organization can be reached by calling (916) 717-5854...
Hearings set for two charged in Cairo arsons (07/22/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Preliminary hearings have been set for the two men charged with arsons in Cairo. According to documents on file with the Alexander County circuit clerk's office, Richard Scott Pitcher, 18, of Cairo, and David Patrick, 22, of Arlington, Ky., will go before judge Charles Cavaness at 9 a.m. ...
Man who threatened to jump from Emerson bridge quickly talked down (07/22/11)
It only took Cape Girardeau police and firefighters about 15 minutes to talk down a man who threatened to jump off the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge Thursday morning. Cape Girardeau Fire Department battalion chief Mark Starnes said the department was called to assist police with a man threatening to jump off the bridge at 7:03 a.m. ...
Pavement repairs continue on Highway 25 in Stoddard County (07/22/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Southbound Highway 25 from Route E at Bloomfield, Mo., to Route AB in Stoddard County will continue to be reduced to one lane Monday and Tuesday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. 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...
Business recruiter asks Cape County Commission for sales tax exemption on Nordenia project (07/22/11)
Cape Girardeau Area Magnet executive director Mitch Robinson appeared in front of Cape Girardeau County commissioners at Thursday's meeting to request tentative approval for a sales tax exemption on the Nordenia expansion project. Approval would allow tax exemption on materials to be used in the construction process of the new building. ...
Primary election date change to be part of special session (07/22/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon says legislation changing the date of Missouri's 2012 presidential primary will be on the agenda for a planned special session in September. Nixon announced this week he plans to order the House and Senate back to Jefferson City to overhaul the state's business incentives...
Southwest Missouri hay farmers hit by possible arsons (07/22/11)
PRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- More than a half-dozen hay fires in two weeks have farmers in two southwest Missouri counties on edge. The Greene County Sheriff's office says the fires have been reported in southwest Greene and northern Christian counties. The Springfield News-Leader reports that Lt. Kenny Weatherford said it's too early to determine if the fires are arson. A detective is investigating several leads...
Nixon outlines plans for special legislative session (07/22/11)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says a special legislative session in September will focus on economic development and will include measures to boost technology and science sectors. Nixon made his comments during a speech in St. Louis, one day after legislative leaders outlined a plan that would reward international trade and high-tech companies and scale back tax breaks for building developers and low-income rental residents. ...
Missouri AG files suit over post-tornado scams (07/22/11)
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is filing suit over two alleged fundraising scams involving the Joplin tornado. Koster said Thursday that his lawsuits will target a Puerto Rico-based group called the Alivio Foundation and Georgia resident Steve Blood, who runs an Internet radio business...
Number of heat-related deaths in Missouri grows (07/22/11)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Health officials in Missouri say the state has recorded five heat-related deaths since May. Thirteen other deaths, all in the Kansas City area since May, are being investigated by the Jackson County medical examiner as possibly heat-related...
End of an era: Space shuttle comes home (07/22/11)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The space shuttle passed into history Thursday, the words "wheels stop" crackling over the cockpit radio for the last time.
More states defy federal gov't on education law (07/22/11)
BOISE, Idaho -- At least three states are vowing to ignore the latest requirements under the No Child Left Behind law in an act of defiance against the federal government that demonstrates their growing frustration over an education program they say sets unrealistic benchmarks for schools...
Vets restore tortoise to full mobility using artificial limb (07/22/11)
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The artificial limb put on an African tortoise at Washington State University didn't come from a high-tech prosthetics lab. It came from Ace Hardware in Pullman. The caster-style wheel cost around $7, according to the two veterinarians who installed it on the tortoise after amputating the reptile's damaged left front leg...
Pentagon chief to OK end of ban on gays in the military (07/22/11)
WASHINGTON -- Pentagon chief Leon Panetta has decided to end the ban on gays serving openly in the armed services and certify that repealing the 17-year-old prohibition will not hurt the military's ability to fight, officials said Thursday. His decision, which was expected, comes two weeks after the chiefs of the military services told Panetta that ending the ban would not affect military readiness. ...
Black bear saved from jar on head (07/22/11)
NEWPORT, Tenn. -- A black bear is back in the woods in Tennessee after getting help with a problem -- a plastic jar stuck on its head. State wildlife officers looked for the bear for three weeks after reports he was caught in the jug. The Knoxville News Sentinel said the male bear was roaming around Newport, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains...
Gov't delays some airline passenger protection rules (07/22/11)
DALLAS -- The government will delay some airline consumer-protection rules for several months after airline groups said they needed more time to prepare for the changes. The delayed rules include disclosing the full cost of travel in advertisements, requiring baggage fees be listed in electronic-ticket confirmations and giving travelers 24 hours to cancel tickets without penalty...
Express Scripts buying Medco for $29.1 billion (07/22/11)
The top two U.S. companies managing prescription drug benefits are uniting in a $29.1 billion deal they say will help achieve key goals of the health care overhaul: reining in costs and improving patients' health. Express Scripts Inc. announced an agreement Thursday to buy rival Medco Health Solutions Inc. Together, they would handle the prescriptions of about 135 million people, more than one in three Americans...
Hotel seeks help with ducks (07/22/11)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Peabody hotel in Memphis is seeking an assistant "duckmaster" to help care for its five famed mallards. The assistant would help head Duckmaster Jason Sensat feed and care for the ducks. The new hire also would guide the four hens and one drake on their two daily walks from their penthouse suite to the marble fountain in the hotel lobby...
Man charged in Giffords shooting to resume forcible medication (07/22/11)
PHOENIX -- Prison officials have resumed forcibly medicating the man accused of wounding U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a deadly shooting rampage in Tucson, lawyers for the suspect said Thursday. Jared Lee Loughner's attorneys questioned in court filings whether the involuntary psychotropic drug treatments are in violation of an order by the 9th U.S. ...
Ohio voters will get to decide fate of union law (07/22/11)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio voters will get to decide in November whether to repeal the state's new collective bargaining law, which would let public worker unions negotiate wages but not health care, sick time or pension benefits. The state's elections chief said Thursday that opponents had gathered enough valid signatures to put the question before voters. The measure is now suspended from taking effect until voters have their say...
Archivists check collections in wake of Md. theft (07/22/11)
BALTIMORE -- Archivists are combing their collections to make sure they're not missing artifacts after a presidential historian was charged this month with stealing millions of dollars in documents from a historical society in Baltimore. Already, the accused author's name has turned up again in the investigation of a George Washington letter that went missing in Philadelphia...
States cut programs that help poor cool their homes (07/22/11)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Many states hit hardest by this week's heat wave have cut or eliminated programs that help poor people pay their electric bills, forcing thousands to go without air conditioning when they need it most. Oklahoma ran out of money in three days. ...
Speaker: House ready to compromise on budget (07/22/11)
WASHINGTON -- In secretive endgame negotiations, President Barack Obama and House Republican leaders reached anew Thursday for a "grand bargain" deal to cut deficits by $4 trillion or more and prevent a threatened Aug. 2 government default, officials said...
Counterfeit Apple stores popping up in China cities (07/22/11)
BEIJING -- At first, it looks like a sleek Apple store. Sales assistants in blue T-shirts with the company's logo chat to customers. Signs advertising the iPad 2 hang from the white walls. Outside, the famous logo sits next to the words "Apple Store."...
New questions arise over U.K. prime minister's ex-news chief (07/22/11)
LONDON -- Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications director did not have a top-level security clearance, which spared him from the most stringent type of vetting, a published report said Thursday. Andy Coulson, a former editor of the News of the World, the paper at the heart of a phone hacking scandal, would have been vetted when he went to work for Cameron once he became prime minister last year. Coulson resigned in January as more questions arose about the newspaper...
Bones of Hitler deputy exhumed, burned after grave becomes shrine (07/22/11)
BERLIN -- The bones of Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess were exhumed under cover of darkness, burned and secretly scattered at sea after his grave became a shrine for thousands of neo-Nazis, a cemetery official said Thursday. Workers removed Hess' remains from his family's plot with the permission of his relatives, cremated the bones and dispersed them before dawn Wednesday, said Andreas Fabel, a cemetery administrator in the Bavarian town of Wunsiedel...
Irish Catholics confront Vatican over child abuse (07/22/11)
DUBLIN -- From the pews and pulpits, Ireland's Catholics are demanding that the Vatican finally come clean on its oversight role in child abuse cover-ups. It's a revolution of sorts in Ireland, a nation founded on a pillar of devotion to Roman Catholicism, where many now question the church's role in a rapidly changing society. ...
Israeli prime minister turns to Arab TV in call for peace talks (07/22/11)
JERUSALEM -- With a September deadline looming, Israel's prime minister turned to the Arabic media Thursday for the first time since taking office two years ago in an attempt to lure the Palestinians back to peace talks, saying "everything is on the table."...
Chilean volcano darkens Argentine tourism outlook (07/22/11)
SANTIAGO, Chile -- The 100 million tons of pyroclastic ash and rock spewed by an Andean volcano has meant hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for communities more accustomed to profiting from the dramatic mountain landscape. The Cordon Caulle volcano opened a new gash along a ridge just across the border and upwind from Argentina. ...
Greece gets new bailout with help from private-sector contributors (07/22/11)
BRUSSELS -- Eurozone leaders on Thursday agreed a sweeping deal that will grant Greece a massive new bailout and make radical changes to the currency union's bailout fund, allowing it to act pre-emptively when crises build up. The eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund will give Greece a second bailout worth $155 billion on top of billions granted a year ago...
Wojtczuk replaces Winkler as Perryville football coach (07/22/11)
There wasn't much time for Mike Wojtczuk to consider replacing Keith Winkler as the Perryville High School football coach. "As far as the details go, the details are a little fuzzy to me too," Wojtczuk said. "I just got notice that coach Winkler resigned and I was asked if I was interested in being the head coach. Then it was taken to the board and the board approved it on Tuesday morning."...
Myers, Fowler sizzle to record 10th Lassies Classic golf tourney title (07/22/11)
Downright sizzling hot might be the best way to describe the final round of the Lassies Classic on Thursday at Cape Girardeau Country Club. While that applied to the mercury-rising conditions, it also doubled for the way Harriette Myers and Diane Fowler covered the par-36 back-nine layout...
Festus defeats Dunklin County in American Legion zone tourney showdown (07/22/11)
The marquee matchup in Thursday's opening round of the American Legion Zone 4 baseball tournament lived up to its billing. Runs were tough to come by, as expected, when perennial powerhouses Dunklin County and Festus squared off. Alex Winkelman bested Tyler Thompson in a battle of premier pitcher, helping two-time defending state champion Festus emerge with a 3-1 victory at Capaha Field...
Jackson Junior American Legion drops state tourney opener (07/22/11)
The Jackson Junior American Legion baseball team suffered a heartbreaker in the opening round of the state tournament Thursday. Jackson entered the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-run lead, but Blue Springs Fike scored three runs in the bottom of the inning for the 9-8 win...
Cape Girardeau drops opener in American Legion zone baseball tourney (07/22/11)
The Cape Girardeau Ford and Sons Post 63 American Legion baseball team dug itself an early hole in the Zone 4 tournament that it is hosting at Capaha Field. Cape lost to Creve Coeur 11-7 in Thursday's opening game of the five-team double-elimination event...
Chaffee Senior Babe Ruth team set for regional action (07/22/11)
The Chaffee Squids Senior Babe Ruth baseball team is excited about testing itself against top squads from other states. Chaffee will get that opportunity in the Senior Babe Ruth Midwest Plains Regional that begins today at Hillhouse Park in Charleston, Mo...
Westbrook, Cardinals tame Mets (07/22/11)
NEW YORK -- Jake Westbrook helped his teammates beat the heat -- and the Mets -- on a sweltering get-away day at Citi Field. Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the first and Westbrook had the Mets pounding the ball into the ground over eight excellent innings to help St. Louis beat New York 6-2 on Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep and snap a three-game skid...
Bits and pieces (07/22/11)
With U.S. politicians playing foolhardy games instead of leading the nation through its current debt crisis, there are still some diverting moments. Here are some examples. I have become the official Lap Unit (Patent Pending), which is of little use to Missy Kitty until she has been given her afternoon milk and treats by the Human With Opposable Thumbs Who Opens the Refrigerator Door (Official Registered U.S. Patent, Registered Trademark, Best Invention Ever). That would be my allergic wife...
Breakaways to become sports bar in September (07/22/11)
After nearly 11 years of hosting local and touring bands, pool and dart leagues and thousands of partygoers, the bartenders at Breakaways in downtown Cape Girardeau will yell out their final "last call" Saturday night. Breakaways is closing and will reopen in mid-September as HotShots Sports Bar & Grill...
Bar takes break (07/22/11)
When you frequent a place, it becomes comfortable. Familiar. A piece of familiarity downtown is changing. Breakaways -- a constant for musicians and those who enjoy them -- will close Saturday and reopen as a sports bar in September. In the past week, when talking to people about Breakaways closing, I've heard the same basic sentiment: People loved Breakaways and will miss being able to go there...
Jackson Homecomers kicks off Tuesday (07/22/11)
Jackson will again welcome former residents and family members for the 103rd Jackson Homecomers from Tuesday to July 30. Jackson Mayor Barbara Lohr kicks off the celebration with a welcome speech at the main stage at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Lohr's speech will be followed by several nights of entertainment. Each event will take place at the stage in front of the courthouse...
Best Bet: Chris Moore at Hunter Valley Winery (07/22/11)
As if an afternoon spent at the winery isn't enjoyable enough, Hunter Valley Winery has booked Chris Moore to play for Cape Girardeau oenophiles at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The winery, just outside the city limits on Route V, recently added a full kitchen. ...
Campbell shines in 1st show since Alzheimer's news (07/22/11)
BILOXI, Miss. -- Glen Campbell leaned over his blue electric guitar, plucked a few strings and made a sour face. "Dadgum it," he said. Campbell, 75, fiddled a few seconds longer while standing backstage Friday night at the IP Casino and finally found a perfect D chord...
Community education: Businesses can help schools through volunteer programs (07/22/11)
Plenty of opportunities available for businesses, individuals to get involved with local schools
Education endeavor: A conversation with Sherry Copeland (07/22/11)
An interview with Sherry Copeland, assistant superintendent for the Cape Girardeau School District
Business briefs (07/22/11)
ENTERPRISE HOLDS RIBBON CUTTING MALDEN, Mo. -- The Malden Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting June 25 for Enterprise Heating and Cooling, located in Enterprise Plaza at 2772 N. Douglass St. EDWARD JONES BRANCH RANKS NO. 1...
Licenses (07/22/11)
Business licenses issued in Cape Girardeau during June include the following:Dynamic Reo Property Preservation, 1606 Bessie St. Farmers Insurance -- Nick Laiben Agency, 1812 Carondelet 105 Federal Protection Inc., out of town Joseph West Design Studio, 1405 Thomas Drive...
Donations 'out of the box': Schools make the most of unusual donations (07/22/11)
How schools make the most of unusual donation
Ask the experts: Building customer databases (07/22/11)
Local marketing gurus offer their best advice for common marketing questions
The ratcheting of education (07/22/11)
College tuition, admission requirements and degree levels seem to be going up and up - what does this mean for your children and grandchildren?
Bankruptcies (07/22/11)
Bankruptcies filed through June for the Southeastern Division of the Eastern District of Missouri's U.S. Bankruptcy Court are listed below with their corresponding case number. The Southeast Division includes the counties of Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard and Wayne. Court is held in Cape Girardeau...
Names in the news (07/22/11)
DOCKINS JOINS DEXTER DEALERSHIP DEXTER, Mo. -- Donnie Dockins joined Blackwell-Baldwin Dodge as a parts manager. He has been with Blackwell-Baldwin for 28 years and recently switched the Dexter location. STUEVER COMPLETES TRAINING PROGRAM...
Health briefs (07/22/11)
CORLEW NAMED CFO AT MISSOURI SOUTHERN DEXTER, Mo. -- Vickie Corlew was named chief financial officer at Missouri Southern Healthcare on June 2. Corlew, a Dexter native, has served as controller at the hospital for 20 years. In her new position, she will focus on everyday financial operation of the hospital, accounting and the investment activities of the organization. ...
Tax liens (07/22/11)
Cape Girardeau County Tax liens and lien discharges recorded at the office of Scott R. Clark, recorder of deeds, during June are filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, except as indicated by IRS designation. For more information, contact the recorder's office at (573) 243-8123...
Michael LeGrand (07/22/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Michael Edward LeGrand, 49, of Rockwall, Texas, formerly of Sikeston, died Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at Lake Pointe Medical Center in Rowlett, Texas. He was born Feb. 1, 1962, in Sikeston, to Emil "Tony" and Mary Frances Bollinger LeGrand...
Clarence Quade (07/22/11)
Clarence W. Quade, 92, of Jacksonville, Fla., died Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at Community Hospice of Northern Florida in Jacksonville. He was born Aug. 26, 1918, in Jackson, to Jesse and Ida Gerecke Quade. He and Verna Stoops were married July 27, 1940, at Gordonville. She preceded him in death Dec. 19, 1994...
Jackson police/fire report 7/22/11 (07/22/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/22/11 (07/22/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Cape Girardeau fire report 7/22/11 (07/22/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 7/22/11 (07/22/11)
A Carterville, Ill., waste-disposal firm has once again proposed building a transfer station here where garbage could be compacted and then hauled to a regional landfill; Allen Waste Management first proposed the station in May. Cape Girardeau councilman David Barklage has been appointed to the Missouri Municipal League's Standing Committee on Finance and Taxation...
Missouri taking the lead in Alzheimer's Research (07/22/11)
This past week more than 5,000 scientists from around the world gathered in Paris to report the latest advances in Alzheimer's research at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2011. Scientists presented and discussed early detection, medical intervention and global standardization for the health epidemic of the 21st century -- Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. ...
Juvenile detention center providing much-needed services (07/22/11)
The Mississippi County Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Charleston, Mo., is alive and well. Although six juvenile detention centers in Missouri lost their state funding for the 2012 calendar year due to a controversial Circuit Court Budget Committee decision, our facility was not one of those that lost its funding. ...
Sales tax collections (07/22/11)
Thanks to increased spending by local consumers, sale tax collections are up by more than 2 percent in Cape Girardeau County so far this year. During this period the city of Cape Girardeau has collected $14.9 million in general revenue, fire, park and storm-water, sewer, transportation and water sales taxes. The total is 2.4 percent higher than at this time in 2010...
American freedom vs. trade deficit (07/22/11)
I have written many articles showing the trade deficit is the primary cause of our oncoming economic disaster. One of the most absurd comments I received was, "We are Americans and we can buy from whoever we want to." I wanted to reply, "Yes, but with what, government money?"...
Speak Out 7/22/11 (07/22/11)
SOMEONE once said that in criticizing your neighbor, you should take the log out of your own eye before you take the speck out of their eye. I want to comment about Washington, how they're talking about balancing the budget and how they may have to cut the seniors off Social Security and Medicare. ...
Prayer 7/22/11 (07/22/11)
O God, may we be tenderhearted, forgiving each other just as you have forgiven us. Amen.
Humming Birds (07/22/11)
Our Humming Birds we love sitting and watching them and of course taking pictures. We have alot more birds this year..
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