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Stories from Tuesday, August 2, 2011

President Obama signs debt bill after final Senate vote (08/02/11)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate emphatically passed emergency legislation Tuesday to avoid a first-ever government default, rushing the legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature just hours before the deadline. The vote was 74-26. Obama signed the bill little more than an hour later...
Sides present opening statements, witnesses take stand at Patterson murder trial (08/02/11)
Following a car crash on Labor Day weekend in 2009, John Lawrence recalled a heated exchange he had with his estranged wife, Michelle. "I almost died in a truck wreck," he said he told her. "You would have been rich." In the first day of the murder trial of Ryan Patterson on Monday...
Dexter teen charged after high-speed chase (08/02/11)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter teenager faces 10 charges after a high-speed chase through the city Monday. Police said Zachary Truett, 17, was driving recklessly just before 1 a.m. Monday as he was southbound on One Mile Road. When local police tried to stop Truett's pickup truck, he sped away, clocked traveling as fast as 85 mph...
Schools examining MAP results ahead of public release this week (08/02/11)
While children and their parents are looking toward the start of a new school year, teachers and administrators are looking back at the last school year as they review the Missouri Assessment Program test scores released recently by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education...
Area retailers expecting big weekend because of sales tax holiday (08/02/11)
Shoppers loading up on school supplies will find additional savings this weekend as part of Missouri's back-to-school sales tax holiday. Beginning 12:01 a.m. Friday and ending midnight Sunday, the state's 4.225 percent sales tax won't be assessed on school supplies, computer items or clothing...
Cape Girardeau City Council approves parking restrictions near SEMO (08/02/11)
Students returning to class this fall at Southeast Missouri State University could be surprised to find they are no longer allowed to park on side streets near campus. At Monday night's meeting, the Cape Girardeau City Council took a first step in approving an ordinance that will prohibit weekday parking from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on West End Boulevard and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on other streets in the Boulevard Local Historic District, including Normal Avenue, Park Avenue and Highland Drive...
Waller court appearance postponed after defense requests judge change (08/02/11)
Clay Waller's appearance and arraignment in front of Judge Gary Kamp this afternoon at the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse in Jackson has been canceled after Waller's lawyer submitted a change of judge motion to the court Monday morning. Reynolds said the decision to file the motion was made by Waller and himself after consulting with his client at the Cape Girardeau County jail Saturday morning following Waller's arrest on charges of felony stealing by deceit and misdemeanor harassment. ...
Leaks in sewer lines near SEMO to be smoked out (08/02/11)
A harmless smoke will be pumped through sanitary sewer lines near the Southeast Missouri State University campus to identify leaks and defects beginning Friday. Work will be completed in 10 to 14 days. Smoke will not enter buildings if sewer piping is properly connected and in good, working condition. ...
Michelle Lawrence: "High life" not possible if husband was alive (08/02/11)
In the weeks before the killings, Ryan Patterson and Michelle Lawrence talked about living the "high life." They only they saw that happening, Lawrence testified Tuesday, was if her estranged husband was out of the picture. "I wouldn't have to worry about John fighting for custody of my kids, and we wouldn't be hurting for money anymore," she said during the second day of Patterson's murder trial...
Highway 25 in Stoddard, Cape counties reduced for paving (08/02/11)
Highway 25 in Stoddard and Cape Girardeau counties will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction while contractor crews perform milling and asphalt paving. The section of road is between Highway 91 and the Diversion Channel bridge north of Highway 77. ...
U.S. 60 reduced for bridge replacements in Stoddard County (08/02/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Work to replace two bridges on U.S. 60 in Stoddard County is expected to begin Monday, weather permitting. Eastbound traffic will be shifted to the westbound lanes from Highway 51 to Highway 25, and traffic will run head-to-head. ...
Funeral procession for Plaza Tire founder (08/02/11)
A fleet of Plaza Tire Service trucks leads the funeral procession for Vernon "Pee Wee" Rhodes on North Kingshighway toward Memorial Park Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. Rhodes, who founded Plaza Tire, died Friday.
Prayer vigil held for woman missing from Jackson (08/02/11)
Tina Hitt and Blye Galemore, right, hold candles Monday in honor of Jacque Sue Waller during a prayer vigil at Blue Cross Blue Shield in Cape Girardeau marking two months since her June 1 disappearance.
Two Portageville residents killed by fire (08/02/11)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. -- Two people died in a house fire Saturday evening in Portageville. Wayne Myracle, 82, and his wife Libby Myracle, 83, were killed when their house caught fire. Fire personnel were paged out to the blaze at 11:11 p.m Saturday. Also responding to the scene were the Portageville Police Department and the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department...
Father, son to split lottery win (08/02/11)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A father and son who have teamed up to play lottery games for a quarter of a century have struck it rich. The Missouri Lottery says 84-year-old Jack Sullivan of Wentzville, Mo., purchased a Missouri Lotto ticket at a Schnucks Market. It was a $1.6 million winner in the July 20 drawing. Rather than receiving the prize in 25 annual payments, Sullivan opted for the $800,000 cash option...
Nixon: State to pick up Joplin's tornado cleanup tab (08/02/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon said Monday that the state will pay Joplin's share of a multimillion-dollar tab for cleaning up rubble on residential property after a devastating tornado tore through the city in May.
Hot, dry weather stressing Missouri crops (08/02/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Another week of hot, mostly dry, weather is beginning to stress the state's corn and soybean crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports crop conditions are worst in southwest Missouri where 84 percent of the corn crop is now listed in the 'very poor" category which signals heavy yield reduction or even crop failure. Soybeans in the southwestern portion of the state are also fairing poorly with 91 percent of the crop listed as "poor" with yield reductions expected...
Missouri Sheriffs' Association website target of cyberattack (08/02/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Sheriffs' Association has reportedly become the target of deliberate cyberattack that compromised the personal information of officers across the state. Representatives for the sheriffs' association would not comment Monday, but a number of news outlets report that the association was one of 77 law enforcement groups that had their websites and severs hacked...
House OKs raising debt ceiling; Giffords returns to House for first time since shooting (08/02/11)
WASHINGTON -- Emergency legislation to scrape past an economy-rattling national financial default sped through the House a day before the deadline for action.
New law says insurers must now cover birth control copays (08/02/11)
WASHINGTON -- Health insurance plans must cover birth control as preventive care for women, with no copays, the Obama administration said Monday in a decision with far-reaching implications for health care as well as social mores. The requirement is part of a broad expansion of coverage for women's preventive care under President Barack Obama's health care law. ...
Missing New Hampshire girl's body found in river (08/02/11)
STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. -- The body of an 11-year-old New Hampshire girl who disappeared almost a week ago was discovered Monday in a river less than half a mile from her home, authorities said. The death was being considered suspicious. Celina Cass was reported missing July 26. ...
Gas tank problems lead to Ford pickup truck recall (08/02/11)
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Ford Motor Co. is recalling 1.1 million pickup trucks because the gas tanks can fall off and cause fires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday on its website that the metal straps holding the tanks can rust, allowing them to fall, rupture and catch fire...
Manufacturing growth hits weakest level in two years (08/02/11)
WASHINGTON -- Manufacturers had their weakest growth in two years in July, a sign that the economy could weaken this summer. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing executives, said Monday that its index of manufacturing activity fell to 50.9 percent in July from 55.3 percent in June. The reading was the lowest since July 2009 -- one month after the recession officially ended...
Security forces end four-week Egyptian protests (08/02/11)
CAIRO -- Egyptian forces swinging electrified batons and shouting the battle cry "God is great" swiftly chased off dozens of activists Monday who had refused to end four weeks of renewed protests at Tahrir Square to pressure the country's transitional military rulers...
Capahas' season ends with two quick losses at NBC World Series (08/02/11)
The Plaza Tire Capahas didn't last long during their 30th consecutive appearance at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan. Manager Jess Bolen's squad lost its first two games at the 77th annual tournament. The defeats came within a span of about 15 hours...
Dalhousie provides path to U.S. Amateur (08/02/11)
The local golf course is hosting a two-day qualifier for the U.S. Amateur
Cardinals drop opener of NL Central showdown with Brewers (08/02/11)
MILWAUKEE -- Chris Carpenter's brilliant start against the Milwaukee Brewers turned into a big mess in a hurry. Nyjer Morgan hit a go-ahead, three-run double and the Brewers scored five times in the fifth off Carpenter to rally for a 6-2 win over St. Louis on Monday night...
Bruce returns to tutor Rams' receivers (08/02/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Former St. Louis Rams great Isaac Bruce is in camp for two days to help tutor wide receivers. At this point in his life he has no interest in a full-time gig. Bruce's words carry weight following a career that could lead to the Hall of Fame, ranking third in yards receiving and seventh in receptions. He holds every major franchise receiving record and his No. 80 jersey was retired last fall...
For some, hypnosis helps ease pain, recovery of surgery (08/02/11)
LONDON -- As the surgeons cut into her neck, Marianne Marquis was thinking of the beach. As she heard the doctors' voices, she was imagining her toes in the sand, the water lapping. Marquis had been hypnotized before surgery to have her thyroid removed. She's among a growing number of surgical patients at the Belgian hospital, Cliniques Universitaires St. Luc in Brussels, who choose hypnosis and a local anesthetic to avoid the groggy knockout effect of general anesthesia...
Diet foods to satisfy your inner glutton (08/02/11)
When's the last time you were guiltily scraping your way to the bottom of an ice cream carton and noticed this message: "150 calories per pint"? Yes, per pint. Foods aimed at helping you slim down have been around for decades, but a recent wave of ultralow-calorie products -- such as the 150-calorie per pint dessert Arctic Zero -- is making a direct appeal to our national sense of gluttony...
CDC: Strokes rise among pregnant women, new moms (08/02/11)
Strokes have spiked in the U.S. among pregnant women and new mothers, probably because more of them are obese and suffering from high blood pressure and heart disease, researchers report. Hospitalizations for pregnancy-related strokes and "mini strokes" jumped from about 4,100 in 1994 to 1995 to around 6,300 in 2006 to 2007, a 54 percent increase, researchers said, extrapolating from figures in a large federal database...
Homecomers success and weekend sales tax holiday (08/02/11)
Homecomers week is over. A good time was had by all. My three youngest grandchildren had a good time trying all the rides. I had a good time waving to them as they were riding. Entertainment director Linda Penzel did a great job providing this year's entertainment. ...
Bettie Johnson (08/02/11)
Bettie M. Johnson, 86, of Jackson, formerly of Cairo, Ill., died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Bar- kett Funeral Home in Cairo.
Michael Urhahn (08/02/11)
COMMERCE, Mo. -- Michael Van Urhahn, 38, died peacefully and unexpectedly in his sleep, Sunday, July 31, 2011, at his home near Commerce. He was born Dec. 12, 1972, in Cape Girardeau to Larry and Judy Scherer Urhahn of Benton, Mo. Michael was a 1991 graduate of Thomas W. Kelly High School...
Elmer Kasten (08/02/11)
UNIONTOWN, Mo. -- Elmer Walter Kasten, 98, of Kennewick, Wash., passed away peacefully from this earth Thursday, July 21, 2011. A life well served. He was born Nov. 6, 1912, in Uniontown, son of Arthur C. and Agnes Telle Kasten. He spent his formative years working the family farm with his siblings in Perry County...
Jude Williams (08/02/11)
Jude Thomas Williams, 64, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born May 22, 1947, in De Soto, Mo., to the late John Donald and Alta Lucille Christopher Williams. Williams was a self-employed biomedical engineer. ...
Michael Guffrey (08/02/11)
Michael T. Guffrey, 56, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Lois Oelschlager (08/02/11)
Lois Edna Wittrock Oelschlager, 82, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home in Jackson. She was born Jan. 16, 1929, in Philadelphia, to Howard and Mildred McGee Wittrock. Lois grew up with her two sisters, Irma and Joan, in Roxborough, Pa...
Claire Jones (08/02/11)
Claire Jones, 94, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, July 30, 2011, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Mabel Claire Peets Nov. 2, 1916, in Cleveland, Ohio. In her early adulthood she trained and worked as a stenographer. She joined the Red Cross during World War II and was stationed in Hawaii. There she met Lee Jones, and they were married in 1944. Lee was a boat lover, and together they enjoyed sailing the waters of the area...
Willard Thiele (08/02/11)
Willard Lee Thiele, 63, of Delta left this world to be with his heavenly father Sunday, July 31, 2011, at his home, with his family at his bedside. He was born May 6, 1948, to August and Alma Leggett Thiele. He and Ruth Ann Shumpert were married Nov. 16, 1969...
Anne Smith (08/02/11)
Anne Smith of Scott City passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2011. A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 206 E. Washington in Jackson.
Marty Rodgers (08/02/11)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Marty Wayne Rodgers, 53, of Advance passed away Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 13, 1957, in Eugene, Ore., son of Alva and Wanda Wills Rodgers. Marty was a 1976 graduate of Advance High School. He worked for Drury Family Construction Companies more than 30 years...
Births 8/2/11 (08/02/11)
Son to Andrew Seth and Brittany Dawn Abernathy of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 8:12 a.m. Thursday, July 14, 2011. Name, Matthew Seth. Weight, 8 pounds, 14 ounces. Mrs. Abernathy is the former Brittany Shoemake, daughter of Elaine Shoemake and Kevin Shoemake of Sedgewickville, Mo. She is a kitchen cabinet specialist at Lowe's. Abernathy is the son of Carole Abernathy and Stephen Abernathy of Sedgewickville. He is employed by Koehler Engineering...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/2/11 (08/02/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Jackson police and fire report 8/2/11 (08/02/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summonses FIRE Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/2/11 (08/02/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Out of the past 8/2/11 (08/02/11)
The Rev. Doug Sparks, associate pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Cape Girardeau the past two years, will leave tomorrow for Cortez, Colo., and the Diocese of Pueblo; his new parish is larger than Rhode Island. An increased number of building permits issued during the first six months of 1986 reflects a growth in new construction in Cape Girardeau; during the first half of the year, the city issued 214 building permits, 45 more than was issued in the same period last year...
Shuttle program (08/02/11)
Nearly two weeks ago the crew on board space shuttle Atlantis safely returned after NASA's final mission to the International Space Station. Trips to the space station will now be outsourced by NASA to private companies, but until these companies send individuals into space, NASA will send astronauts along on Russian carriers...
Reconnecting with cadets (08/02/11)
In 1942 I was an aviation cadet at Santa Ana Army Air Basein Calif., but I separated from my unit.I recently ran across an old picture, turned it over and found written the names of Almon Suedecum, Cape Girardeau, Joe Koch, Benton, and Wilburn Mathis, Hayti, Mo. There was another cadet named Dale Walker, who took the picture, but I didn't gethis hometown. I was from Poplar Bluff. I would like to get information about any of them...
Speak Out 8/2/11 (08/02/11)
I am so glad to know that we still have honest people that live in Cape Girardeau. My birthday was July 23 and as a birthday present to myself, I took myself to see a movie. When I got out of the movie, I got all the way home and I realized my wallet wasn't there and it scared me. ...
Prayer 8/2/11 (08/02/11)
O Lord, thank you that no matter when I cry out in distress, you hear my voice. Amen.
ALS Scholarship (08/02/11)
Contact: Robert Stehlin FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Founder and President RASCALS Foundation 636-464-6704 stl.rascals@yahoo.org Momentum Building for RASCALS Foundation Scholarship Awards ST. LOUIS, August 4, 2011 -- The Robert A. Stehlin Campaign for ALS (RASCALS) has issued a friendly reminder to the community that it is...
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