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Cyber crimes funding to pay for equipment, training (08/12/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The recent renewal of the grant funding for the Southeast Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force will make equipment upgrades and more training possible as officers continue their fight against Internet crime. The SEMO Cyber Crimes Task Force, based at the Poplar Bluff Police Department, received a grant totaling $105,206 to continue its effort to fight online criminals who often seek to entice children and deal in child pornography...
Emerson: Bickering over debt crisis 'made me sick' (08/12/11)
As those on Capitol Hill fought and bickered this summer, Jo Ann Emerson said she was filled with "great antipathy and frustration" as her colleagues attempted to ease the government's debt crisis. "It has made me sick, and it's been so blatantly political and unproductive," Emerson said Thursday night...
Scott County tries orange notices with properties subject to tax sale (08/12/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- Some property owners most at risk of losing their properties in the annual county tax sale may soon have an unmistakable sign: an orange 8.5-by-11-inch notice attached to the property. The annual county tax sale will be Aug. 22. "It is always the fourth Monday in August," said Mark Hensley, Scott County collector of revenue. ...
Hundreds from Cape area learn about leadership at simulcast summit (08/12/11)
Local church and business leaders gained inspiration and knowledge today at the Global Leadership Summit at La Croix Church. About 570 people are attending the two-day simulcast Thursday and today at La Croix of the summit taking place at Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago...
Minutes matter: Cape fire chief pushes to add ambulance service to department (08/12/11)
Call 911 with a medical emergency in Cape Girardeau and there's a good chance the people who show up first won't arrive in an ambulance. They'll be in a firetruck. "Listen to the scanner," Cape Girardeau fire chief Rick Ennis said. "Most of the time the firefighters are on the scene before the ambulance arrives."...
Man charged with murder in connection to Perryville drug death (08/12/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A man who allegedly gave drugs to a woman found dead in a Perryville hotel room in June has been charged with her murder.
Noranda begins work on $4.3 million building (08/12/11)
MARSTON, Mo. -- Noranda Aluminum broke ground on a $4.3 million change house on Wednesday. The 20,000 square foot building will provide locker, shower and restroom facilities for all Noranda New Madrid employees who work inside the facility. The new change house is projected to be completed in the first few months of 2012...
Training wheels found in search for girl (08/12/11)
SENATH, Mo. -- Investigators have found training wheels near the site where a 3-year-old Southeast Missouri girl disappeared, and are hopeful the clues will lead to the missing child. Senath town marshal Omar Karnes says one wheel was found Tuesday, the other Wednesday. ...
Bids in federal building auction nearing $600,000 (08/12/11)
The auction of the former federal building in Cape Girardeau was extended by a new bid Thursday. The high bid Thursday afternoon stood at $585,000. Two of the four bidders have been battling for the top spot and extending the auction with last-minute offers since Friday...
Scott City parents accused of locking kids out of house plead not guilty (08/12/11)
A Scott City couple pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges they repeatedly locked their two children outside their home for hours without proper food and water while they were at work.
Fire tears through vacant Cape Girardeau house (08/12/11)
A fire severely damaged a home on South Hanover Street in Cape Girardeau Friday morning. According to a Cape Girardeau Fire Department news release, the vacant home at 128 S. Hanover St. received about $85,000 worth of damage when fire ripped through the house. Firefighters were called to the scene at 3:23 a.m. According to the news release, the fire appeared to have started on the second floor, but the cause is still being investigated...
Route EE bridge in Scott County to be replaced (08/12/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Work to replace the Route EE bridge over Drainage Ditch No. 1 in Scott County is expected to begin Aug. 29, weather permitting. The roadway will be closed from Highway 25 to Highway 77 as construction is underway. The project concludes the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program's bridge replacements on Route EE. ...
Pavement repairs reduce I-55 in Pemiscot County (08/12/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Northbound Interstate 55 from routes U and J to Highway 84 in Pemiscot County will be reduced to one lane Aug. 18 and 19 while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7 a.m. to 3 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...
Friends, sportsmanship big part of Special Olympics (08/12/11)
Name: Tim Stock Age: 47 Hometown: Sikeston, Mo. Parents: Paul and Dorothy Stock of Perryville, Mo. Years in Special Olympics: 4 Team and position: The Crossroads unified softball team, third base. Question: What's your favorite sport?...
Athlete never misses practice (08/12/11)
Editor's note: These are the second installment in a series of profiles of athletes who will participate among hundreds of others in the Special Olympics state Outdoor Championships today through Sunday in Cape Girardeau. Name: Patrick Andrews...
Missouri House redistricting commission can't reach deal (08/12/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A state commission charged with drawing new Missouri House districts cannot agree on a new map and is wrapping up its work. The 18-member commission on Friday voted to conclude its business and authorized its chairman and vice chairwoman to sign the paperwork needed to discharge the commission.
Bio-diesel backers bullish on increased gas mileage targets (08/12/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The bio-diesel industry is excited about the new gas mileage targets announced by the Obama administration. Joe Jobe, the president of the National Bio-diesel Board headquartered in Jefferson City, says new diesel powered cars are getting 40 miles per gallon and above, and diesel engines continue to improve in efficiency...
St. Louis County man accused in hammer attack on sex offender (08/12/11)
HAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) -- A St. Louis County man is facing charges for allegedly attacking a registered sex offender with a hammer. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/nZOaJv) reports that 29-year-old John Joseph Huffmaster is accused of approaching a neighbor who is a registered sex offender, saying he wanted to borrow some sugar. Instead, he allegedly pulled out a hammer and attacked the man...
Former model claims to have regularly danced for lt. gov.; Kinder calls the story "bizarre" (08/12/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Potential political trouble has again found Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and his nascent campaign for governor. A few months after Kinder repaid the state for hundreds of nights in hotels that he billed to taxpayers, a newspaper's interview with a former nude model who says she encountered Kinder frequently, and sometimes forcefully, at a strip club has created a fresh public relations hassle for the Cape Girardeau Republican...
Joplin School District to get up to $1.5 million from state (08/12/11)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that the Joplin School District will get up to $1.5 million from the state government so it can pay its bills without property tax increases after a deadly tornado struck the southwestern Missouri city...
Missouri State Fair gets underway this week (08/12/11)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- The Missouri State Fair is getting underway this week. The annual 11-day event typically draws more than 300,000 to the fairgrounds in Sedalia. Admission will cost $2 on opening day today for people 6 and older. Events on the first day include a parade and farm toy show. The grandstand performers will be country singers Jerrod Niemann and Candy Coburn...
Appeals court strikes health insurance requirement (08/12/11)
ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal appeals court panel on Friday struck down the requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul package that virtually all Americans must carry health insurance or face penalties. The divided three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the so-called individual mandate, which is considered the centerpiece of the law, siding with 26 states that had sued to block the law. ...
GOP candidates go after Obama and each other (08/12/11)
AMES, Iowa -- GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney and seven rivals trying to emerge from the pack castigated President Barack Obama's handling of the economy and the debt ceiling debate Thursday night in a debate shadowed by the latest Republican to join the field, Texas Gov. Rick Perry...
Gov't paying for empty flights to rural airports (08/12/11)
On some days, the pilots with Great Lakes Airlines fire up a twin-engine Beechcraft 1900 at the Ely, Nev., airport and depart for Las Vegas without a single passenger on board. And the federal government pays them to do it. Federal statistics reviewed by The Associated Press show that in 2010, just 227 passengers flew out of Ely while the airline got $1.8 million in subsidies. The travelers paid $70 to $90 for a one-way ticket. The cost to taxpayers for each ticket: $4,107...
Executives see bright spots, no reason to panic (08/12/11)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Americans are still spending money at casinos, amusement parks and concerts. Some are even shopping at Bloomingdales and looking at new homes. Even as the stock market's wild swings heighten fears of another recession, many business executives see bright spots. Worrisome signs abound, too, especially for companies struggling to recover. But for a lot of corporate leaders, the general state of the economy has not changed much in the past three weeks...
Ancient sea reptile gave birth, didn't lay eggs (08/12/11)
WASHINGTON -- The remains of a giant sea creature are providing the first proof that these prehistoric reptiles gave birth to their young rather than laying eggs. Plesiosaurs, which lived at the time of dinosaurs, were large carnivorous sea animals with broad bodies and two pairs of flippers. Researchers have long questioned whether they would have been able to crawl onto land and lay eggs like other reptiles or gave birth in the water like whales...
Jobless aid applications at 395K, a 4-month low (08/12/11)
WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week below 400,000 for the first time in four months, a sign that the job market may be improving slowly after a recent slump. Applications for unemployment aid dropped by 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 395,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Applications had been above 400,000 for the previous 17 weeks...
Spokesman: Texas Gov. Rick Perry to run for president (08/12/11)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running for president, a spokesman confirmed Thursday, a move certain to shake up the race for the GOP nomination much to the delight of conservatives looking for a candidate to embrace. Perry spokesman Mark Miner said the governor would make his intentions known Saturday while visiting South Carolina and New Hampshire just as most of his presidential rivals compete in a test vote in Iowa...
Pelosi names final members to debt supercommittee (08/12/11)
WASHINGTON -- The fragile economy and wildly gyrating financial markets could put enormous pressure on Congress' new debt-reduction supercommittee. Yet even as leaders finished naming the bipartisan panel's members, it remained uncertain that it will ultimately agree on a savings plan...
Surrogacy scandal raises question about regulation (08/12/11)
SAN DIEGO -- She built a name for herself as a highly skilled reproductive law specialist in a state considered the nation's hub for surrogate pregnancies with its well-established network of sperm banks, fertility clinics and social workers. But prosecutors say Theresa Erickson was actually working the system to become an international baby broker, running a birthing factory out of the Ukraine that duped at least a dozen American couples into paying $150,000 for children they thought were being adopted legally.. ...
Face transplants now widely accepted, but still last resort (08/12/11)
They savor pizza and burgers, no longer frighten children, and many of them can walk the streets without people knowing they have someone else's cheeks, nose, lips and skin. People who have had face transplants increasingly are going public, helping to transform an operation that six years ago was daredevil theory into one that is widely accepted...
Contact lost with hypersonic glider shortly after launch (08/12/11)
LOS ANGELES -- An unmanned hypersonic glider developed for U.S. defense research into superfast global strike capability was launched atop a rocket early Thursday but contact was lost after the experimental craft began flying on its own, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said...
Britain to seek anti-gang ideas from U.S. (08/12/11)
LONDON -- Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday that Britain would look to the United States for solutions to gang violence after nights of riots and looting, and promised authorities would get strong powers to stop street mayhem erupting again...
Afghan witnesses say Chinook was on fire when it crashed (08/12/11)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan children retrieved souvenir-sized pieces of a helicopter shot down by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan where witnesses Thursday described seeing the chopper burst into flames and break apart before falling from the sky, killing 30 U.S. troops and eight Afghans...
Brazil prison uses geese as alarm system (08/12/11)
SAO PAULO -- An overcrowded prison in northeastern Brazil has added a new layer of security against escapes: two geese. Sobral prison warden Wellington Picanco told the G1 news website the geese make a lot of noise when they sense "strange movements."...
Syrian troops kill 11 in town near Lebanon (08/12/11)
BEIRUT -- The Syrian army shot dead 11 people in a western town near the Lebanese border Thursday and stormed a northwestern town near Turkey's border, activists said. The shooting in the western town of Qusair also wounded many others, according to several Syrian human rights and activists groups...
FBI aids Aruba investigation into missing American (08/12/11)
ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Aruba has turned to the FBI for help investigating the disappearance of 35-year-old Robyn Gardner of Maryland, an agency spokesman said Thursday as official doubts grew about the story told by the suspect in the case. FBI Special Agent Richard Wolf said the U.S. agency is conducting interviews and giving other assistance to Aruba, which is taking the lead in the investigation. He declined to provide details or say who was being interviewed...
Female bombers hit Pakistani police at scene of explosion (08/12/11)
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A woman and a teenage girl wearing a suicide vest attacked Pakistani police guarding the scene of an earlier explosion in the northwest Thursday, twin strikes that killed five people and broke a relative lull in militant violence in the country...
Terrell offers experience in Southeast Missouri State football team's backfield (08/12/11)
Levi Terrell is new to the Southeast Missouri State football team, but he brings two years of experience at a Division II program.
Area digest 8/12/11 (08/12/11)
Jackson's Gene Garrison used a pitching wedge to ace hole No. 12 at Kimbeland Country Club. The hole was playing 90 yards. Clint Ruppel, Eldon Boswell and Bob Hedden witnessed the shot. It was Garrison's first hole-in-one. Cape Girardeau's Vicki McKinney used a 6-iron to score a hole-in-one on hole No. 18 at Kimbeland Country Club...
Top Missouri football team recruit finally cleared to join team on practice field (08/12/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Top Missouri recruit Sheldon Richardson finally is practicing with the Tigers after being cleared academically by the NCAA. The junior college transfer from St. Louis reported to practice Thursday more than 2 1/2 years after committing to the school...
Pujols burns Brewers, helps Cardinals avoid sweep (08/12/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals sorely needed this one, so the slugger picked a perfect time for a breakout game against the surging Milwaukee Brewers. Pujols kicked off a 4 for 4 night with a solo homer and the Cardinals beat the Brewers 5-2 on Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep...
Rams to unveil new offense against Colts (08/12/11)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams promise a more unpredictable offense under new coordinator Josh McDaniels. The first glimpse comes Saturday night in the preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Running back Steven Jackson noted all teams are playing catch-up after the lockout, but felt good about the team's progress in the new system. ...
Thanks for tomatoes (08/12/11)
Editor's note: This column originally appeared Aug. 24, 2007. It's too early for Thanksgiving, but there's no time like the present for giving thanks, especially to all those generous gardeners who have shared the bounty of this year's tomato crop...
Tunes at Twilight returns tonight with Daniel Whittington (08/12/11)
Old Town Cape's Tunes at Twilight continues its tradition of bringing eclectic artists to Cape Girardeau by featuring the music of Daniel Whittington at 6:30 p.m. today. Whittington has a long history in music. He was a session player and toured as a drummer for more than 12 years with bands, playing at major venues and opening for Aerosmith...
40-year-old WWE wrestler Mark Henry is shooting for the top (08/12/11)
Fans will control the show when WWE Smackdown World Tour comes to Cape Girardeau on Aug. 27. The event at the Show Me Center will feature a World Heavyweight Championship match between Randy Orton and Christian, set up as a "fan's choice" event, with fans choosing either a street fight bout or a no-holds-barred match...
Giving joy away (08/12/11)
I met the most amazing man last Friday night. He spoke with passion, was driven toward his goals and dedicated to leading a meaningful life. Timothy Orikri exhibited his art at the Global Cafe the first two weeks in August and he won me over as a fan on First Friday. We ran the story of Orikri in SE Live July 29. His art was spectacular on the page, but in person it's downright stunning. They make you stop and stare and look and think...
Best Bet: Lullwater (08/12/11)
Get your weekend started a little early next week with Lullwater at Pitter's Cafe and Lounge on Thursday. The band, from Athens, Ga., released a new album titled "Silhouette" in February and is touring to promote it. Singer John Strickland, guitarist Brett Strickland, drummer Nick Thomas and bassist Roy Beatty complement each other's sounds to form a well-rounded update on grunge rock. ...
Arts and music cap rodeo week (08/12/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Looking for something to do as rodeo week winds down? From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the Sikeston Depot Museum will host the Cowboy Up! Arts Festival. The festival, at the Depot and in Legion Square Park in downtown Sikeston, includes arts, crafts and live music, said Mike Marsh, director of the Depot Museum...
ARTifacts 8/12/11 (08/12/11)
The Bootheel Quilters' Guild of Sikeston is hosting its eighth biennial quilt show Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Clinton Building on Campanella Drive in the Sikeston Sports Complex. Dozens of handmade quilts, a bed turning of antique quilts, craft items for sale, and vendors will be available. ...
Tom Dirnberger (08/12/11)
ORAN, Mo. -- Scott County Recorder Tom Dirnberger, 53, of Oran died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, at his home. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran is in charge of arrangements.
Leeanna Lewis (08/12/11)
FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. -- Leeanna R. Lewis, 81, of Fredericktown passed away Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, in Cape Girardeau. Survivors include her husband, Fritz Lewis; a daughter, Sandra (Dan) Meehan of Cape Girardeau; a daughter-in-law, Connie Lewis of Farmington, Mo.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren...
Robert Lamb (08/12/11)
Robert W. "Bobby" Lamb, 67, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born Feb. 29, 1944, in Cape Girardeau, to Roscoe and Alice Furlong Lamb. Bobby worked as a bricklayer and was a member of Local 23 Bricklayers for 30 years, where he served as the business agent 28 years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church...
Diana Schoolfield (08/12/11)
Diana June Schoolfield, 62, of Jackson died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be 4 p.m. to service time Monday at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the church, with the Rev. Paul Short officiating...
Todd Reed (08/12/11)
Richard Todd Reed, 56, of Jackson died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 23, 1954, in Cape Girardeau, to Robert D. and Betty J. Asbridge Reed. He and Leora Ward were married Aug. 8, 2010, in Cape Girardeau...
Hazel Vetter (08/12/11)
Hazel Louise Vetter, 87, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Commerce, Mo., died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Dec. 23, 1923, at Vanduser, Mo., daughter of Leslie Herman and Emma Irene Osborn Jacobs. She and John Ambrose Vetter were married Feb. 8, 1958. He preceded her in death Sept. 6, 1985...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/12/11 (08/12/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Jackson police and fire report 8/12/11 (08/12/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/12/11 (08/12/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Out of the past 8/12/11 (08/12/11)
The Parks and Recreation Board has recommended that Cape Girardeau's soccer leagues be allowed to use the city's soccer fields for both practices and games for one year; at the end of that time, the board will review the situation; the action is an effort to settle a dispute between the Cape Area Youth Soccer Association and the Cape Soccer Club...
Sikeston rodeo (08/12/11)
If you're a fan of rodeos or country music, this is the week for you. Wednesday night kicked off the 59th annual Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo in Sikeston, Mo. This year's rodeo includes bareback riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing, and for music entertainment the Sikeston Jaycees have once again booked some of the top names in country music...
Thanks for Fort D support (08/12/11)
On Aug. 6, 1861, the fortifications were begun at Fort D in Cape Girardeau. On Aug. 6 and 7, 2011, 150 years later, the fort was again a bustle of activity. History came alive for the hundreds of visitors from nine states and the country of Taiwan as the 70-plus re-enactors shared their impressions of Civil War camp life...
Speak Out 8/12/11 (08/12/11)
I'D like to wish our members of Congress a happy vacation. They left a job undone, but what else is new? THIS is in regard to Congress passing the law to help stop pregnancies. They're going to have insurance companies start mandating that they pay for birth control pills for young girls. I think this is absolutely ridiculous. All this is going to do is make our insurance rates go up...
Prayer 8/12/11 (08/12/11)
Turn us again to yourself, O God. Make your face shine down upon us. Amen.
New Auburn Place Hotel & Suites (08/12/11)
Midamerica Hotels announces new 'Auburn Place Hotel & Suites' August 12, 2011- Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Midamerica Hotels Corporation, based in Cape Girardeau, announced a major upcoming change in the local hotel market. As of October 1, 2011, the 133-room Victorian Inn & Suites will be converted to 'Auburn Place Hotel & Suites- Cape Girardeau'...
Lions Club Roar at Local Golf Tournament (08/12/11)
A big turnout and a big check were the highlights at a golf tournament Monday to benefit Melaina's Magical Playland, an all-inclusive/accessible playground set to be built in Cape County Park North. Forty-two 4 man teams were on hand at Kimbeland Country Club for the tournament organized by friends of Andrea and Jeff Cunningham to benefit their playground project, in memory of their daughter, Melaina, who had special needs, and found local playgrounds challenging. ...
Memorials on the National Mall (08/12/11)
Memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt on the National Mall in Washington,D.C.
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