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Bridge between Cairo and Wickliffe reopens (08/18/11)
The Ohio River bridge between Wickliffe, Ky., and Cairo, Ill., has reopened after it was closed for several hours this morning due to a wreck involving a tractor-trailer. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet had reported the bridge closed around 6:15 a.m
First day with new dress code goes smoothly, Scott City school officials say (08/18/11)
A new unified dress code seems to be working out well for the Scott City School District -- at least on the first day of school -- according to administrators, teachers, students and some parents. "I was not even remotely close to sending anyone home," said the high school principal Michael Johnson as school let out Wednesday...
Some claim they've seen Jacque Waller alive; police dismiss notion (08/18/11)
The first time Joe Landam ever laid eyes on Jacque Waller was in photographs that were televised on Nancy Grace's CNN talk show. The second time he saw her, he says, was a few days later -- alive in the lobby of a Phoenix apartment complex. "She looked just like the person I saw in the picture," said Landam, who is a lifelong Phoenix resident. "I swear it looked like the girl on the news. I was like, 'Wow, maybe this is her.'"...
Hold investment course, Cape-area financial advisers say (08/18/11)
Even with the stock market's wild swings this month, local financial professionals say it shouldn't change how people invest. Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S. credit rating Aug. 5 to AA+ from the top AAA rating, triggering one of Wall Street's wildest weeks in the following days. The Dow Jones industrial average rose or fell by at least 400 points in each of the first four days of last week. It's the first time that has happened...
Police: Motive unclear in death of 3-year-old Senath, Mo., girl (08/18/11)
SENATH, Mo. -- As the small Missouri town of Senath prepares to say goodbye to Breeann Rodriguez, police are still trying to determine what allegedly drove a neighbor to suffocate the 3-year-old girl. Breeann's body was found Tuesday in a remote floodway about eight miles from the family home in Senath, a town of 1,500 residents in far southeastern Missouri. Her funeral is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at the Senath Church of Christ...
Man charged in Caruthersville officer's death to be arraigned today (08/18/11)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- Arraignment is set for 10 a.m. Thursday for a man accused in the death of Caruthersville police officer Evan Burns. Deonta Jamarr Williamson, 29, of O'Fallon, Mo., and Hayti, Mo., was arrested early Tuesday following an incident where his car crashed into two Caruthersville police cars...
Cairo, Ill., man to be sentenced today for role in nightclub shooting (08/18/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- A Cairo man is set to be sentenced at 2 p.m. today by Judge Mark Clarke for his role in a fatal 2010 shooting outside a nightclub.
Ribbon cutting marks opening of Highway 34 bridges (08/18/11)
At a ceremony Wednesday morning MoDOT and area government and community leaders marked the opening of bridges on Highway 34 with a ribbon cutting. The bridges over Whitewater Overflow, Whitewater River and Byrd Creek near Burfordville were closed for several weeks for replacement...
Man arrested in connection to fatal Poplar Bluff hit-and-run accident (08/18/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A tip led authorities to a Neelyville, Mo., man who was arrested Tuesday night in connection with a hit-and-run accident that left a local teenager dead.
Perryville brothers sought in park center burglary (08/18/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Police are still waiting for two Perryville brothers to turn themselves in to face burglary and stealing charges in the Aug. 8 break-in of the Perry Park Center.
Perryville man arrested on suspicion of sexual assault (08/18/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A Perryville man is facing sexual assault charges after an 18-year-old Belton, Mo., woman said he raped her at a local hotel. Bobby J. Roberts, 57, was still being held Wednesday on a $100,000 cash-only bond at the Perry County Sheriff's Department on charges of rape and forcible sodomy, according to Perryville police chief Keith Tarrillion.
Tax abatement plan approved for new Poplar Bluff hospital site (08/18/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A resolution granting tax abatements for a new Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center on a 62-acre site along Oak Grove Road was approved by the Poplar Bluff City Council Monday night. Health Management Associates of Naples, Fla., which owns PBRMC, plans to construct a $173 million, seven-story hospital with 250 private beds. Construction is expected to take three years...
Cape political club to host panel on economy (08/18/11)
The SEMO Pachyderm Club will host a panel discussion on regional economic development today at Dexter Bar-B-Q in Cape Girardeau. The panel will include David Hitt, chairman of Cape Girardeau Area Magnet and an alderman for the city of Jackson; John Mehner, president and CEO of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce; and Marla Mills, executive director of Old Town Cape. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call Holly Lintner at 573-200-4073.
Route J in reduced to one lane for repairs (08/18/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route J in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane Wednesday and Aug. 25 while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make bridge repairs. The bridge is between County Road 410 to County Road 249. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7 a.m. 3 p.m. daily. Signs will mark the work zone, and motorists are asked to use caution while traveling in the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636...
Joplin goes back to school 3 months after twister (08/18/11)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Seniors and juniors are taking classes in a converted big-box store. Freshmen and sophomores are in a building across town. The new middle school is in an industrial park. Across Joplin, the schools are still a jumble, with books, computer monitors and unassembled furniture littering unfamiliar hallways. ...
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder denies accusations from ex-model (08/18/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said Wednesday he visited an adult club in the mid-1990s but denied assertions from a former Penthouse model and exotic dancer about her dealings with him. Kinder told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday that more than a decade ago he went to the Diamond Cabaret in Illinois across the Mississippi River after a baseball game in St. Louis. He said he returned about 10 times and stopped going after deciding it was against his religious beliefs...
Missouri students best national average on ACT test (08/18/11)
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Missouri students scored slightly higher than the national average this year on the ACT college readiness exam. The ACT consists of four tests in English, math, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale from 1 to 36, with scores averaged to create a composite score...
Mo. House examines 911 funding (08/18/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Changing the way Missouri funds its 911 emergency call service was at the top of the agenda for a state House committee Wednesday. Lake St. Louis Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger led the group, which heard testimony from telephone carriers, 911 administrators and other special interest groups with a vested stake in funding the service...
Police: Motive unclear in death of Senath girl (08/18/11)
SENATH, Mo. -- As the town prepares to say goodbye to Breeann Rodriguez, police are trying to determine what allegedly drove a neighbor to suffocate the 3-year-old girl. Breeann's body was found in a remote floodway about eight miles from the family home in Senath. Her funeral is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at the Senath Church of Christ...
U.S. drug company lawyer taped trying to foil Mexican lawsuit (08/18/11)
WASHINGTON -- International business can be an ethical jungle, but it's rare to get details of bare-knuckle tactics on tape. According to a recording and sworn testimony provided to The Associated Press, a lawyer in Mexico for a leading U.S. drug manufacturer offered to pay an opposing expert in a lawsuit if he would leave the country on a key court date to undermine the case...
Ounce by ounce, gold market soars (08/18/11)
NEW YORK -- For what is normally a sleepy month, there are so many customers at the Gold Standard, a New York company that buys jewelry, that it feels like Christmas in August. Uncle Ben's Pawn Shop in Cleveland has never seen a rush like this...
Cigarette lawsuit could delay bolder warnings (08/18/11)
The tobacco industry's latest legal challenge to increased government regulation may not hold up in court, but it could mean it will be years before cigarette packs carry pictures of a smoker's corpse or other graphic images meant to convey the dangers of smoking...
Study: Only 1 in 5 malpractice suits pays (08/18/11)
ATLANTA -- Only 1 in 5 malpractice claims against doctors leads to a settlement or other payout, according to the most comprehensive study of these claims in two decades. But while doctors and their insurers may be winning most of these challenges, that's still a lot of fighting. Each year about 1 in 14 doctors gets sued, and most physicians and virtually every surgeon will face at least one malpractice lawsuit in their careers, the study found...
GOP hopeful says he doesn't believe global warming exists (08/18/11)
BEDFORD, N.H. -- GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry told New Hampshire voters Wednesday that he does not believe in manmade global warming, calling it a scientific theory that has not been proven. "I think we're seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists that are coming forward and questioning the original idea that manmade global warming is what is causing the climate to change," the Texas governor said on the first stop of a two-day trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state...
In Nevada's recession, police protection suffers (08/18/11)
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The alarming billboards appeared overnight on the street corners and empty lots of North Las Vegas, the hardest recession-hit city in the hardest-hit state in the nation. "Warning: Due to recent police layoffs, we can no longer guarantee your safety!"...
Book: Fashion icon Chanel was Nazi spy (08/18/11)
PARIS -- Coco Chanel: A fashion icon whose name has become shorthand for timeless French chic, a shrewd businesswoman who overcame a childhood of poverty to build a luxury supernova and ... a Nazi spy? A new book by a Paris-based American historian suggests Chanel not only had a wartime affair with a German aristocrat and spy, but that she herself was also an agent of Germany's Abwehr military intelligence organization and an anti-Semite...
Libyan rebels battle for last oil refinery (08/18/11)
ZAWIYA, Libya -- Dozens of opposition fighters surrounded Libya's last functioning oil refinery Wednesday and laid siege to about 100 government troops, part of a push which brought them closer to seizing this strategic western city. A rebel victory in Zawiya could be a turning point in the 6-month-old war and leave Moammar Gadhafi nearly cornered in his increasingly isolated stronghold of Tripoli, the capital, just 30 miles to the east along the Mediterranean coast...
Reports: Turkey bombs Kurdish rebel bases in Iraq (08/18/11)
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish jets launched air raids on suspected Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq on Wednesday, Turkish and Kurdish media reported, hours after eight soldiers and a village guard were killed in an ambush by the autonomy-seeking guerrillas...
Critics open fire on U.K. police's low-key approach (08/18/11)
LONDON -- Four nights of arson, looting and violence erupted across England's largest cities and left five people dead. British police didn't fire a single shot. Since the early 19th century, when legislator Robert Peel launched the world's first modern police department in London, law enforcers in the U.K. have kept the peace by winning the respect of the public, not by instilling fear, and have prided themselves on their courteous, low-key approach...
Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team out to restore the luster to program (08/18/11)
A preview of the Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team.
Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team features three local players (08/18/11)
Three players from the Southeast Missourian's coverage area are members of the Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team.
Rams RB Jackson shrugs off hip pain (08/18/11)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis running back Steven Jackson plans on playing in the Rams' second preseason game, even though he's missed most of the last two practices because of a sore hip. Jackson said Wednesday the injury is trivial and that trainers just are being cautious. He plans on fully participating in today's practice...
Miami probe spreads to Missouri (08/18/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Frank Haith was not Missouri's first choice as men's basketball coach. The school now has to live with the potential fallout. A disgraced former booster at the University of Miami, Nevin Shapiro, told Yahoo! Sports he violated NCAA rules with the knowledge or direct participation of at least six Hurricanes coaches, including Haith, the men's basketball coach at Miami at the time. Shapiro is in prison after being convicted of running a massive Ponzi scheme...
Power surge helps Cardinals avoid sweep (08/18/11)
PITTSBURGH -- Allen Craig was looking for his first hit in two months, hoping to cast aside an 0-for-11 slide that included a lengthy stay on the disabled list after he fractured his right kneecap in early June. He definitely needed this one. Craig homered twice and had three RBIs Wednesday night to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates...
neXt up 8/18/11 (08/18/11)
"Fright Night," rated R @ Cape West 14 Cine "Conan the Barbarian," rated R @ Cape West 14 Cine "One Day," rated PG-13 @ Cape West 14 Cine "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World," rated PG @ Cape West 14 Cine "Deus X: Human Revolution," Xbox 360, PS3, PC...
Hardly old school: Campus clothes go stylish (08/18/11)
NEW YORK -- It's not all jeans, sneakers and sweatshirts packed in those duffel bags headed to college campuses in the coming weeks. There might also be a ripped-from-the-runway look from Zara or H&M that mimics Celine or Chloe, and maybe -- just maybe -- a bona fide Diane von Furstenberg dress or Alexander Wang jacket...
Hooked on Science: Elephant toothpaste (08/18/11)
It's easy to create your own batch of elephant toothpaste. STEP 2: Add some dishwashing liquid to the peroxide. STEP 3: Mix a pack of yeast with the warm water. STEP 4: Pour the yeast and water mixture into the bottle. The yeast quickly breaks down the hydrogen peroxide into oxygen and water. The dishwashing liquid mixes with the water and creates foam. As the oxygen is released it quickly pushes the foam out of the container creating elephant's toothpaste...
who's neXt 8/18/11 (08/18/11)
SCHOLARSHIPS HONORS, ACHIEVEMENTS -- From staff reports Michelle Maevers...
Irene Sewing (08/18/11)
Irene V. Sewing, 95, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Gilbert Sewing, who carried mail on Route 4 north of Jackson. Irene was born May 9, 1916, in Millersville, to David R. and Jessie Fulbright Statler. She and Gilbert were married Nov. 7, 1936, and resided in Jackson their entire marriage. They had just celebrated their 58th anniversary when he passed away Nov. 25, 1994...
Sandra Baker (08/18/11)
Sandra Kay Baker, 57, of Earle, Ark., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was born Aug. 7, 1954, to Orville and LaVerne Warner of Cape Girardeau. She was married to David Baker of Brookport, Ill...
William Shackles (08/18/11)
William H. "Bill" Shackles, 86, of St. Louis passed over Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011, to join his lovely wife, Sylvia, and many friends who have passed away before him. He was born Jan. 26, 1925. He and Sylvia Moore from Henderson, Tenn., were married May 27, 1950 (61 years)...
Mary Kline (08/18/11)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Mary Lillian Kline, 77, of Festus, Mo., formerly of Perryville, died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 6:30 to 9:50 a.m. Friday at Miller Family Funeral Home. The parish wake will be at 7:30 p.m. today. The rosary will be recited at 9 a.m. Friday...
Births 8/18/11 (08/18/11)
Daughter to Justin Barrett and Megan Lydia Gilliland of Jackson, Southeast Hospital, 10:28 a.m. Saturday, June 18, 2011. Name, Ivy Rebecca. Weight, 7 pounds, 15 ounces. First child. Mrs. Gilliland is the former Megan Beil, daughter of James and Rebecca Beil of Jackson. Gilliland is the son of Barry and Evelyn Gilliland of Millersville. He is employed at Procter & Gamble...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/18/11 (08/18/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/18/11 (08/18/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Jackson police and fire report 8/18/11 (08/18/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Property damage Firefighters responded to the following call Tuesday:...
Out of the past 8/18/11 (08/18/11)
The Sunny Hill Motor Inn, 45 S. West End Blvd., has been purchased by a newly formed corporation of local property investors who plan to convert the high-rise building into apartments or a retirement center. Total student enrollment at Southeast Missouri State University is declining, reflecting a nationwide trend, says Dr. Fred L. Snider, registrar; 8,700 to 8,800 students are expected to attend classes this fall, a decline for about 300 to 350 from last year...
Supporting downtown (08/18/11)
Saturday Old Town Cape's annual Charles L. Hutson Auction will be held at 5 p.m. at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus. Following this year's auction -- which includes a cocktail reception, food being provided by several downtown restaurants -- will be a benefit concert by Straight No Chaser, an a cappella group from Indiana University...
Encouraging birth control (08/18/11)
President Obama and Claire McCaskill lead by example. They both have gainful employment. John McMillen, who recently wrote a letter to the editor, does not appear to be a compassionate person. Heck, girls may not have babies out of wedlock soon. Did not the paper report free birth control pills would be part of medical insurance now? In 2010, it beats me how any college girl gets pregnant. ...
Speak Out 8/18/11 (08/18/11)
LAST week, the parents of Notre Dame students received an email from the school principal, Brother David, that girls are not allowed to wear beads or feathers in their hair. I do think that if this is the case, that the boys soccer team should not be allowed to bleach their hair completely white during soccer season. I hope Brother David will consider this...
Prayer 8/18/11 (08/18/11)
O Lord Jesus, may we conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Amen.
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