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Stories from Thursday, August 4, 2011

Temperature hit 103 Wednesday, highest since 2007 (08/04/11)
Wednesday's official high at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport was 103 degrees, while the low was a sweltering 80. That's the first time this year Cape Girardeau cracked the century mark. It was also the first three-digit reading here since Aug. 4, 2010, when the high at the airport was 101. (It reached 100 degrees on Aug. 3, 2010 also.)...
Jackson rail yard's appearance draws complaints (08/04/11)
Summer is a tougher time to try to keep up the rail yard on U.S. 61 in Jackson. Over the years, city officials have fielded complaints about the area housing railroad engines, cars, ties and heavy equipment as it becomes overgrown with weeds. Adjacent property owners say the rail yard is an eyesore. Others find the yard and its contents pique their interest. Rail yard owners say low funds and hot weather hamper upkeep efforts...
Emerson to speak at First Friday Coffee (08/04/11)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson will be a guest speaker at the First Friday Coffee at 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. Emerson will discuss the latest political developments in Washington, including the long-term effects of linking spending cuts in government to future borrowing...
Bidding on former federal building extended again (08/04/11)
A handful of late bids in the online auction of the former federal building in Cape Girardeau have again extended the sale of the building on Broadway.
Jury in Patterson capital murder trial resumes deliberations today (08/04/11)
After nearly three hours of deliberations and listening to another full day of courtroom drama Wednesday, the jury sent out a handwritten note.
Gov. Nixon asks for drought damage assessments (08/04/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon wants federal farm officials to assess damage from recent heat and dry weather to crops and livestock. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says about three-quarters of Missouri is considered to be abnormally dry, in moderate drought or in severe drought. The state's far southwestern corner has been the driest...
State lacks money to finish renovations to rest stops (08/04/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri is about halfway done with a decade-old plan to reduce its number of highway rest stops and improve those that remain. But it's unclear when the state will have enough money to finish the job. The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission heard an update Wednesday on the rest-stop renovation plan, which was developed in 2000 as a way to reduce annual operating costs, spruce up the facilities for tourists and expand the number of parking spots available to commercial truck drivers.. ...
Busch to remove 100 decorative metal plates (08/04/11)
ST. LOUIS -- More than 100 decorative black steel plates will be removed from Busch Stadium after one of the 170-pound plates fell from the ballpark. Vice president of stadium operations Joe Abernathy told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that inspectors believe rusted anchor bolts holding the panel eroded. It fell about 80 feet to the sidewalk Monday. No one was hurt...
Missouri Gov. Nixon releases $1.2 million for three programs (08/04/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon released $1.2 million for domestic violence shelters, crisis care services for children and Area Agencies on Aging on Wednesday. Cuts to those programs were part of $172 million Nixon trimmed while approving the 2012 budget that took effect in July. ...
Oklahoma woman claims famed hijacker is her uncle (08/04/11)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma woman claims an uncle who planned something "very mischievous" over the holidays in 1971 was D.B. Cooper, the never-captured hijacker who jumped out of a plane with $200,000. Marla Cooper of Oklahoma City -- who was 8 years old at the time of the hijacking -- told ABC News in an interview broadcast Wednesday that she is certain her uncle Lynn Doyle Cooper leaped from a Northwest Orient plane not far from her grandmother's home in Sisters, Ore. ...
Budweiser can redesigned for 12th time since 1936 (08/04/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Budweiser is getting a new look as its parent company tries to revive weak sales in the U.S. Anheuser Busch unveiled a bolder, sleeker design for its cans Wednesday that puts a heavy emphasis on the "bow tie" design it has made a focus in recent marketing...
Dow edges up, breaking an 8-day losing streak (08/04/11)
NEW YORK -- The Dow ended a volatile day with small gains Wednesday to avoid a losing streak not seen since Jimmy Carter was president. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 29.82 points and broke an eight-day losing streak. The Dow was down as much as 166 points in the morning. A ninth day of losses would have been the longest for the blue-chip index since February 1978...
Cyberattack underway for 5 years, report says (08/04/11)
NEW YORK -- A computer security firm says cybercriminals have spent at least the past five years targeting more than 70 government entities, not-for-profit groups and corporations to steal data. McAfee Inc. said in a report Wednesday that the attacks have targeted a range of companies and organizations, mostly in the United States, including the United Nations. McAfee did not say who may be behind the attacks but said the culprit is likely a nation-state...
Runaway peacock flies back to N.Y. zoo (08/04/11)
NEW YORK -- A peacock with a sense of adventure -- and a good sense of direction -- has flown back home to New York's Central Park Zoo. On Tuesday, humans flocked and tweeted as the peacock left the zoo for a perch on a Fifth Avenue window ledge. It had good taste: A condo there reportedly sold for $22.5 million in 2009...
72 charged in probe of child sexual abuse network (08/04/11)
WASHINGTON -- Seventy-two people have been charged with participating in an international child pornography network that prosecutors say used an online bulletin board called Dreamboard to trade tens of thousands of images and videos of sexually abused children...
Prosecutors rest in polygamist assault case (08/04/11)
SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Prosecutors rested their case against polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs on Wednesday, after playing an audiotape of what they said was him sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl he took as a "spiritual wife." Jeffs, 55, is ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which believes polygamy brings exaltation in heaven. The church's 10,000 members see Jeffs as a prophet who speaks for God on Earth...
Anthony won't have to return to Fla. today (08/04/11)
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Casey Anthony can continue her undercover life for now, after a judge ruled Wednesday she does not have to immediately return to Florida to start serving her probation for check fraud. A hearing on her probation was set for Friday, Judge Belvin Perry said. Anthony won't have to show up for that either...
Lab lost evidence in praying mom's case (08/04/11)
AUBURN, Ala. -- When Kay Burdette's 17-year-old son became sick with flu-like symptoms, the faithful mother chose the same prescription she has used for years: prayer. This time, though, her son Jesse did not recover and Burdette was charged with manslaughter. ...
New HIV infections in U.S. hold steady at 50,000 (08/04/11)
NEW YORK -- The number of Americans newly infected with the AIDS virus each year has been holding steady at about 50,000, according to a government report released Wednesday. But a U.S. health official said just keeping the number stable was unacceptable, noting a dramatic increase in new HIV cases among young gay and bisexual black men...
Full tour bus overturns on New York highway (08/04/11)
WHITNEY POINT, N.Y. -- A tour bus carrying more than 30 passengers flipped over on an upstate highway Wednesday night and landed upside-down in a ditch, injuring several people and trapping at least one woman underneath it. Four people were seriously injured and 36 others suffered minor injuries, a dispatcher for the Broome County Sheriff's Department said...
Year later, half of Chile's '33' jobless (08/04/11)
SANTIAGO, Chile -- One of the myths surrounding the 33 miners who were so dramatically rescued after being trapped for 69 days deep inside a Chilean copper mine is that they're all millionaires and no longer need to work. The truth: nearly half the men have been unemployed since their mine collapsed one year ago Friday, and just one, the flamboyant Mario Sepulveda, has managed to live well off the fame. ...
Somalian boys tell of militant group's cruelty (08/04/11)
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- The former al-Shabab foot soldiers assigned to a drab cement housing bloc are young. One is only 9, yet they were enforcers of harsh edicts from Islamist militants who are preventing thousands of Somalis from escaping famine...
Tropical Storm Emily nearing Dominican Republic and Haiti (08/04/11)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Joceline Alcide stashed her two children's birth certificates and school papers in little plastic bags that aid groups handed out. It was the only precaution she could take as Tropical Storm Emily headed toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti...
British model Mills: Journalist told her she'd been hacked (08/04/11)
LONDON -- Model Heather Mills on Wednesday accused a senior newspaper journalist of boasting that his colleagues had intercepted her voice-mail messages, an allegation that could widen the scope of Britain's phone hacking scandal. In an interview with BBC's "Newsnight" program, the ex-wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney claimed that in 2001 she was called by a senior editorial figure with the Trinity Mirror group of newspapers about a fight she'd had with McCartney, her then-boyfriend...
Bedridden and caged, Egypt's former president goes on trial (08/04/11)
CAIRO -- An ailing, 83-year-old Hosni Mubarak, lying ashen-faced on a hospital bed inside a metal defendants cage with his two sons standing beside him in white prison uniforms, denied charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of protesters at the start of his historic trial Wednesday...
U.N. condemns Syrian attacks on civilians (08/04/11)
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council condemned Syrian authorities Wednesday for attacking civilians and committing widespread human rights violations. After more than three months of deadlock over the escalating violence in Syria, the council adopted a presidential statement criticizing the crackdown by Syrian President Bashar Assad's military forces...
Southeast Missouri State football players Brock, Conrad named preseason All-America (08/04/11)
Southeast Missouri State junior free safety Tylor Brock and junior offensive tackle Evan Conrad have earned more preseason honors. Brock and Conrad were named to the 2011 College Sporting News Preseason Football Championship Subdivision All-America teams announced Wednesday...
Vogel has more success at Dalhousie, qualifies for U.S. Amateur (08/04/11)
T.J. Vogel says he feels right at home at Dalhousie Golf Club. Vogel, who has area ties, made that familiarity pay off during Wednesday's second and final round of the U.S. Amateur Championship qualifier tournament. Vogel's 2-under-par 69 gave him a 36-hole total of 1-under 141 and sends him to the U.S. Amateur Aug. 22 to 28 at Erin Hills, a public course in Wisconsin...
Blues' Perron still sidelined by concussion (08/04/11)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues will be without winger David Perron for training camp and the start of the regular season due to lingering effects of a concussion. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong made the announcement Wednesday. The Blues open training camp Sept. 16 and the regular season begins Oct. 8...
Cardinals drop series to first-place Brewers (08/04/11)
MILWAUKEE -- Edwin Jackson kept laboring on the mound. The new Cardinals starter knew relief would not be coming. Jackson allowed three home runs to Casey McGehee and gave up all 10 runs -- eight earned -- in St. Louis' 10-5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday to fall further behind in the NL Central race...
Rams give Kendricks a variety of work (08/04/11)
The second-round pick may be a versatile player in the offense
who's neXt 8/4/11 (08/04/11)
-- From staff reports...
Summer adventures: Part 6 (08/04/11)
Summer is the time to relax, hang out with friends and family, and have fun adventures to tell about when school starts again in August. You don't have to leave Southeast Missouri to find adventure this summer. If you're yearning for adventure or looking for fun places to relax with friends while staying in the area, we've got you covered. Check this spot and check something off your summer bucket list every other week without having to stray too far from home, with tips from Mia Pohlman...
neXt up 8/4/11 (08/04/11)
"The Change Up," rated R @ Cape West 14 Cine "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," rated PG-13 @ AMC Town Plaza 5 "The Mysterious Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," NintendoDS, PC "Paul," R "Mars Needs Moms," PG "Super," R...
They're No. 1: Stefanie Slemmer, Zalma High School valedictorian (08/04/11)
STEFANIE SLEMMER School: Zalma High School Hometown: Zalma, Mo. Parents: Sheri Slemmer and Steve and Faye Slemmer Post-graduation plans: To get my bachelor's in math High school activities: Beta Club, FCCLA, softball, yearbook, student council, academic team, FBLA, speech and debate...
They're No. 1: Justin Stotts, Zalma High School valedictorian (08/04/11)
Justin Stotts School: Zalma High School Hometown: Zalma, Mo. Parents: Larry and Missy Stotts Post-graduation plans: Attend Three Rivers College for a construction technology degree. High school activities: Basketball, Beta, FCCLA, choir, yearbook, student council, CTA...
Hooked on Science: Air is an invisible force (08/04/11)
Air. It's invisible, and it's all around us. Learn more about it by using a piece of a vacuum hose and a few other things from around the house. STEP 2: Spin the vacuum cleaner hose above your head while placing the other end of the hose close to the Styrofoam packing peanuts...
Kriston Peterman-Dunya (08/04/11)
Kriston Anne Peterman-Dunya, 32, of Bellingham, Wash., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday, July 5, 2011, in Bellingham. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fairmount Cemetery in Cape Girardeau. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements...
Sherry Ackman (08/04/11)
PATTON, Mo. -- Sherry Ackman, 60, of Patton died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Liley Funeral Home in Patton. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Post Oak Cemetery at Patton...
Karen Illers (08/04/11)
Karen L. Illers, 58, of Jackson died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jimmie Corbin officiating. Burial will be in Russell Heights Cemetery...
Charles Croy (08/04/11)
McCLURE, Ill. — Charles "Bull" Croy, 75, of McClure died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Bernadine Peters (08/04/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Bernadine Woods Peters, 95, of Poplar Bluff, formerly of Portageville, Mo., died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Poplar Bluff. She was born Aug. 5, 1915, at Hunter, Mo., daughter of Otto and May Lambert Woods. In 1951 the family moved to Portageville where her father and brothers founded Woods Lumber Co. She was employed at Barkovitz's Store, then at Farmers Bank in Portageville until retiring in 1985. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Portageville...
Ola Watkins (08/04/11)
Ola Dell Watkins, 92, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, in Columbia, Ill. She was born Dec. 15, 1918, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Era and S. Elizabeth Doggett Helderman. Survivors include three children, Dr. Eugene (Gisela) Watkins, Saundra Voll, Lois (Dr. ...
Bettie Johnson (08/04/11)
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...
Births 8/4/11 (08/04/11)
Son to Ross Nathaniel Friese and Aimee Elizabeth Cook of Jackson, Saint Francis Medical Center, 5:59 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2011. Name, Marshall Herbert. Weight, 6 pounds, 9 ounces. Ms. Cook is the daughter of Marsha Cook of Killeen, Texas, and James Cook of Lufkin, Texas. She is an Avon representative. Friese is the son of Sherry Friese and Mark Friese of Jackson...
Jackson police report 8/4/11 (08/04/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/4/11 (08/04/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/4/11 (08/04/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 8/4/11 (08/04/11)
Members of the Cape LaCroix-Walker Creek Levee District are more than halfway to their $1 million goal, with an announcement that $655,000 has been pledged toward the flood-control project. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is holding its summer meeting in Cape Girardeau this week to consider 14 historic sites for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places; Hanover Lutheran Church is one of the sites being considered...
Sales tax holiday (08/04/11)
If you like saving money, you will want to visit local retailers this weekend to take advantage of Missouri's back-to-school sales tax holiday. Starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ending at midnight Sunday, shoppers will be exempt from paying the state's 4.225 percent sales tax when purchasing school supplies, computer items and clothing. Additionally, those shopping in Cape Girardeau County will save on the county's 1 percent sales tax...
Sales tax holiday boondoggle (08/04/11)
Your article titled "Area retailers expecting big weekend because of sales tax holiday" helps readers participate in the sales tax holiday when it should be warning them about the long-term consequences of this boondoggle. A three-day sales tax holiday for selected items does nothing to provide relief to low-income taxpayers during the other 362 days of the year. ...
Speak Out 8/4/11 (08/04/11)
I got a laugh out of a Speak Out comment that said tax the wealthy, don't blame President Obama for policies that he cannot make into law. And then it says it's Bush's fault, that he's the Republican president that got us into this financial mess. Are they saying that he was able to get us in this financial mess, but Obama does not have any responsibility because he cannot make the laws? It's either Congress' fault for doing it under both presidents or both presidents' fault. ...
Prayer 8/4/11 (08/04/11)
Thank you, O God, for loving us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Amen.
The Green Fly Bar, Grill, and Bait Shop (08/04/11)
E-Book story. Available on Kindle and Nook web sites. Two young sweethearts, John Henry and Christine, travel different routes down life's highway, only to find each others love in an old bar. The romance of these sweethearts, plus the group of unforgettable characters in the bar, makes this a story that will make you laugh out loud...
Supposed to be a bird feeder (08/04/11)
This summer many deer have been attracted to the bird feeder in the back yard. Almost every evening up to five deer will show up for the freebies.
Sammy (08/04/11)
Sammy is my new "baby", he is 8 mths. old and weighs less than 2 lbs. When I got him, app. 1 mth. ago, the previous owner had not been taking good care of him, so, he was dirty and skinny. Not anymore. This is just after his first grooming. Is he a "cutie" or what...
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