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Lucky dozen lawmakers to tackle hard stuff on debt (08/03/11)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's bills are being paid and Congress has bolted the hothouse of Washington, one debt limit deadline beaten and another ahead for a dozen yet-to-be-named lawmakers. They might want to hold off making Thanksgiving and Christmas plans...
State rests in Patterson capital murder trial (08/03/11)
The state was ready to rest, but there was one more voice prosecutors wanted the jury to hear first -- defendant Ryan Patterson. In a darkened courtroom Tuesday, jurors watched an hourlong video of Patterson's interview with police from the night following the 2009 murders of Jamie Lynn Orman and her teenage son, Derrick. ...
Program moves summer session closer to start of regular school year (08/03/11)
In years past, the rooms and hallways at Blanchard Elementary School would be mostly empty during this time in the summer, apart from a few teachers preparing their space to welcome a class or an occasional parent enrolling a new student. Instead, kindergarten teacher Joanie Edmundson can be heard leading a group of students in "Going on a Bear Hunt."...
Last-minute bid extends sale of former federal building (08/03/11)
The online auction of the former federal building in Cape Girardeau was set to end at 2 p.m. Tuesday, but a last-minute bid extended the sale for another 24 hours. The new closing time is 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Bridge repairs reduce Highway 25 (08/03/11)
Highway 25 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane next week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge maintenance.
Sikeston city council hears proposal for new movie theater project (08/03/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Extra seating was brought in to Council Chambers at City Hall to accommodate citizens attending the public hearing for a proposed theater project. It remains to be seen if Sikeston will ever see more theater seats brought in. The public hearing on the proposal to establish a Community Improvement District in the Midtowner Village shopping center was held during the regular Sikeston City Council meeting Monday...
Woman pleads guilty to filing false tax returns (08/03/11)
A Cape Girardeau woman has pleaded guilty to two felony charges of filing false tax returns. According to a news release from the Department of Justice, Patricia Stahly, 54, who worked as a business manager for her husband Randall L. Stahly's Cape Girardeau medical practice, Neurological Consultants of Cape, submitted Schedule C documents with federal income tax returns in 2005 and 2006 to the Internal Revenue Service that contained substantial understatements of the gross receipts for the medical practice, and claimed inflated business expenses.. ...
Piece of metal trim falls from Busch Stadium (08/03/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Inspectors are checking Busch Stadium in St. Louis after a 100-pound piece of metal trim fell to the ground. No one was hurt, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that an inspection was underway Tuesday to look at the rest of the 5-year-old ballpark's trim. Parts of the sidewalk around the stadium were blocked off for the inspection...
Woman dead for years still got Social Security (08/03/11)
JENNINGS, Mo. -- The Social Security Administration confirms that a woman whose mummified remains were found earlier this year in her St. Louis County home had been receiving Social Security benefits. The remains of Glady Stansbury were discovered in her Jennings home in February, wrapped in plastic and a curtain. Authorities have said it is unclear when she died, but she was last seen alive in 1994...
Scientists theorize about Earth's two moons in 'big splay' scenario (08/03/11)
WASHINGTON -- In a spectacle that might have beguiled poets, lovers and songwriters if only they had been around to see it, Earth once had two moons, astronomers now think. But the smaller one smashed into the other in what is being called the "big splat."
Ohio community gets windfall from more than $21,000 in loose change found along highway (08/03/11)
DELAWARE, Ohio -- Loose cash found along a highway has made a central Ohio community nearly $21,000 richer. Delaware city officials have revealed that's how much money police collected on a day in early March, when one officer said it looked as though the median on U.S. 23 was growing money...
Two-week-old elephant enjoys some playtime (08/03/11)
The Indianapolis Zoo's new African elephant calf, born on July 20, plays in her exhibit on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Olivia Corya) ...
California death, 76 illnesses linked to tainted ground turkey (08/03/11)
WASHINGTON -- The government is scrambling to find the source of a salmonella outbreak likely linked to ground turkey that has killed one and sickened dozens more. Finding the source of an outbreak hasn't been easy; the government has been chasing the illnesses for months. The Agriculture Department, which oversees meat safety, said it is still investigating who produced the meat, and the department hasn't initiated a recall...
FAA shutdown to continue as Congress leaves (08/03/11)
WASHINGTON -- A partisan stalemate that has partially shut down the Federal Aviation Administration will continue into September, stopping airport construction projects and depriving federal coffers of potentially more than $1 billion in uncollected ticket taxes, after congressional attempts to reach deal fell through on Tuesday...
Newspaper asks judge to unseal Casey Anthony case documents (08/03/11)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A newspaper is asking a Florida judge to make public most of the sealed documents from the trial of Casey Anthony, who left jail last month after being acquitted of a murder charge in the death of her 2-year-old daughter. The Orlando Sentinel filed a request Tuesday for all sealed documents except the jurors' list...
Debt a done deal; truce starting to fade already (08/03/11)
WASHINGTON -- With scant time to spare, President Barack Obama signed legislation Tuesday to avoid an unprecedented national default that he said would have devastated the U.S. economy. But the truce with Republicans that defused the crisis seemed to be fading already...
Stocks on long losing streak as economy weakens again (08/03/11)
The stock market is on its longest losing streak since the financial meltdown of 2008, confronted almost every day by fresh evidence that the economy is in trouble again. The Dow Jones industrials declined more than 265 points Tuesday, their worst day in more than two months, and closed below 12,000 for the first time since June 24...
Timing of U.S. drone strike in Pakistan raises questions (08/03/11)
ISLAMABAD -- The American ambassador to Islamabad phoned Washington with an urgent plea: Stop an imminent CIA drone strike against militants on the Pakistani side of the Afghan border. He feared the timing of the attack would further damage ties with Islamabad, coming only a day after the government grudgingly freed a CIA contractor held for weeks for killing two Pakistanis...
In today's Mubarak trial, Egypt sees chance at retribution (08/03/11)
CAIRO -- Hosni Mubarak, 83 years old and ailing, goes on trial today on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters during the 18-day uprising that toppled him, and many Egyptians are celebrating the chance at retribution against a longtime authoritarian ruler...
Central will induct class to hall of fame this fall (08/03/11)
The Tigers will honor four individuals and one team this fall
Southeast Missouri State tennis team adds three recruits (08/03/11)
The Southeast Missouri State women's tennis program has added three players to its roster. Transfers Jess Courtnell and Heather Robinson and freshman Melissa Martin -- all natives of England -- will join the Redhawks for the 2012 season. Courtnell posted a 4-14 singles record and 9-8 doubles mark at South Alabama last year. She recorded three of her singles victories at the No. 4 position. Seven of her doubles wins came at the No. 2 spot...
Giebler among leaders at U.S. Amateur qualifier (08/03/11)
Five bogeys in the first seven holes coupled with searing temperatures on a difficult course makes for a combustible situation for many golfers. For Brevin Giebler of Cape Girardeau, the combination served as a springboard to great golf. Giebler used five birdies to overcome a slow start to shoot an even-par 71 in the first round of the U.S. Amateur Championship qualifier tournament Tuesday at Dalhousie Golf Club...
Cardinals end Brewers' winning streak in 11 innings (08/03/11)
St. Louis broke Milwaukee's seven-game win streak with an 8-7 victory in 11 innings
Versatile veggie: Swiss chard is similar to spinach but has an earthier flavor (08/03/11)
When you hear the word "Swiss" what do you think of? Watches and army knives, perhaps? For me, not surprisingly, it's food. There are at least three Swiss foods about which I am decidedly not neutral, and you can probably guess what two of them are: Swiss chocolate and Swiss cheese. But during the hot summer months, when it's in its prime, there's another Swiss food toward which I am not impartial: Swiss chard, a leafy green vegetable not unlike spinach but with an earthier flavor...
Colorado cooking (08/03/11)
Our family has just returned home from a trip to Colorado for vacation. We enjoyed the spectacular scenery and the breathtaking surprise views around every corner. We also enjoyed some great food while there. We ate fresh trout nearly every evening -- prepared many ways -- and also enjoyed great Colorado beef...
Michael Guffey (08/03/11)
Michael T. Guffey, 56, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center. A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. today at Southside Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau. Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements...
Ruth Myers (08/03/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Ruth C. Myers, 98, of Perryville died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at Independence Care Center of Perry County. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Thomas Handrick officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery...
Gene Kinder (08/03/11)
Roy Eugene Kinder, 77, of Jackson died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at Monticello House in Jackson. He was born June 24, 1934, in Cape Girardeau, to Roy Jack and Mayme Bell Bess Kinder. Gene graduated from Jackson High School. He was a wholesale tire salesman 33 years with Plaza Tire in Cape Girardeau...
Eugene Ulrich II (08/03/11)
Eugene Russel Ulrich II, 66, of Winnsboro, Texas, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2011. He was born Sept. 17, 1944, in El Paso, Texas, to Eugene R. and Jane Ulrich. Ulrich was retired from the U.S. Navy after 30 years of service on submarines. He was a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Honolulu, Winnsboro VFW, an Eagle Scout and a trainer of Scout leaders...
Violet Wooden (08/03/11)
Violet Rose Wooden, 74, of Jackson died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born July 31, 1937, in Cape Girardeau, to Carlos and Rose Elsie Stitch Nanna. She and Daniel W. Wooden were married Jan. 13, 1975. He died in 1993...
Elnora Breckenridge (08/03/11)
Elnora H. "Ellie" Breckenridge, 70, of Jackson died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. John Rhodes officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery near Pocahontas...
June Harvel (08/03/11)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Shelby June Harvel, 74, of Jonesboro died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at her home. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro, and from 10 a.m. to service time at Salem Lutheran Church...
Jeweldine Lindy (08/03/11)
WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. -- Jeweldine Bess Lindy, 86, of Webster Groves, formerly of Chaffee, Mo., passed away Saturday, July 30, 2011. Beloved wife of the late Charles J. Lindy Jr.; dear mother of Judy (Richard) Janis and the late Charles J. Lindy III; loving grandmother of Laura Sachs, David Sachs and Carl Lindy; dear great-grandmother of Charlie Lindy; dear sister of Madline (Robert) Hente of Cape Girardeau and Mary Holland of St. Louis; dear sister-in-law, aunt and friend...
Bettie Johnson (08/03/11)
Bettie M. Johnson, 86, of Jackson, formerly of Cairo, Ill., died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 1, 1925, in Cairo, daughter of Robert and Kathryn Stewart Curtsinger. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ernest E. Johnson, in 1979, and a sister, Lillian Howell...
Cora Fee (08/03/11)
Cora A. Fee, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at her home. She was born Dec. 13, 1926, in Kewanee, Mo., to Otis L. and Estell Stallings Bizzell. She and Lawrence Lowell Fee were married March 28, 1946, in Piggott, Ark. He died July 12, 2000...
Births 8/3/11 (08/03/11)
Daughter to Erik Scott and Candice Michelle Schnurbusch of Perryville, Mo., Southeast Hospital, 11:29 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2011. Name, Jenna Michelle. Weight, 6 pounds, 5 ounces. Second child, first daughter. Mrs. Schnurbusch is the former Candice Wideman, daughter of Deborah Wideman and Frank Wideman of Perryville. ...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/3/11 (08/03/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Jackson police and fire report 8/3/11 (08/03/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/3/11 (08/03/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Out of the past 8/3/11 (08/03/11)
The Rev. Ronald R. Feuerhahn, assistant professor of historical theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, speaks at both St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chaffee, Mo., and Zion Lutheran Church at Gordonville in the morning; he also gives a special presentation following dinner at the Zion Parish Hall...
The 'grand bargain' not much of a bargain for taxpayers (08/03/11)
You can learn a great deal by listening carefully to your opponents. As the "grand bargain" makes its way into the law of the land, the debt ceiling compromise offers something for everyone to oppose. I have listened carefully to the progressive caucus members of Congress. And with their outspoken disdain of this credit deal, I tend to think it may be something I could embrace...
Leadership summit (08/03/11)
If you're looking for an opportunity to hone your leadership skills, learning from some of the brightest minds in the country, you'll have an opportunity to do so close to home next Thursday and Friday, Aug. 11 and 12, at La Croix Church in Cape Girardeau...
Congressional budget cuts (08/03/11)
It appears Congress is going to raise the debt ceiling emphasizing spending cuts with no increase in taxes for even the wealthiest individuals. The deal crafted seems, at first glance, to yield entirely to the noisy minority and disregard the vast middle. ...
Speak Out 8/3/11 (08/03/11)
LONGTIME residents in and around Normal Avenue are taking justifiably peaceful action to preserve their rightful places to park. Yellow power. JUST look at our government representatives. They use our Social Security money to pay for their projects, then tell us because they have no money, we won't get the benefits of Social Security unless we let them borrow even more money. ...
Prayer 8/3/11 (08/03/11)
O Lord Jesus, how excellent is they name in all the earth. Amen.
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (08/03/11)
Abel is 3 years old. He is already neutered. Abel is available for adoption at The Humane Society, 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
Kiddie Tractor Pull (08/03/11)
Kendall Burger placed 1st during the kiddie tractor pull during the New Hamburg Picnic on August 17th.
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