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Two Lutheran schools in Perry County merge (08/19/11)
FROHNA, Mo. -- Education in East Perry County is not just about learning math and science, to read and write and to prepare for college or life. The children in the schools in the Lutheran communities of Altenburg, Frohna and Farrar are invaluable to the continued existence of churches in an area of Southeast Missouri rich in history and tradition, school officials say...
Cape Girardeau County collector updates tax sale list (08/19/11)
Cape Girardeau County Collector Diane Diebold has released the list of properties that will be sold at the county's tax sale on Aug. 22. Properties listed are those for which taxes have not been paid for the two prior tax years -- 2009 and 2010.
Cape city leaders announce funding for I-66 feasibility study (08/19/11)
The dream of an east-west highway that would connect Cape Girardeau to Paducah, Ky., is a step closer to becoming a reality now that funding is in place to study a route for Interstate 66 through Southern Illinois.
Pachyderm Club members challenge Cape-area officials on tax credits (08/19/11)
Pachyderm Club members tossed tough questions at a panel of local economic development officials Thursday night. One issue the conservative group challenged the panelists on was tax credits. "As Pachyderms we believe strongly that the free market is an engine for economic growth," said moderator Dr. Wayne Bowen, club vice president. "Public-private partnerships can in some cases unlevel the playing field for a particular business. Why is that a good thing?"...
Three Rivers foundation airs grievances against school officials (08/19/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- What was expected to be a routine report Wednesday from Three Rivers College's oldest fundraising organization turned into an hourlong airing of grievances against the school's top officials, who recently requested and have been denied a detailed accounting of the organization's financial records...
Suspect in Bootheel girl's death has record in Arkansas (08/19/11)
SENATH, Mo. -- The man accused of killing a 3-year-old Southeast Missouri girl has a criminal record in Arkansas for threatening to blow up the factory where he worked, according to court records obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.
Pavement repairs reduce Route N in Bollinger, Cape counties (08/19/11)
Route N in Bollinger and Cape Girardeau counties will be reduced to one lane Monday and Tuesday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews chip-seal the roadway. This section of road is from Highway 25 in Cape Girardeau County to County Road 438 in Bollinger County. ...
Trial date to be set for Oran, Mo., man in child porn case (08/19/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- A trial date will be set next month in Scott County for an Oran, Mo., man charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography. Andrew Stroud, 22, was arrested in April following an investigation by the Scott County Sheriff's Department, the Poplar Bluff Police Department and the Southeast Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force. He is accused of downloading child pornography on his computer...
SEMO students move in (08/19/11)
Nick Jercinovic, right, unloads a futon as he and his roommates Nick Polizzi, left, and Kyle Loraine move in to Towers North as freshmen for the fall semester Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at Southeast Missouri State University. Classes begin Monday.
SEMO biology professor gets nearly $500,000 grant (08/19/11)
A professor at Southeast Missouri State University has received a nearly $500,000 federal grant to help undergraduate biology faculty use an innovative teaching method. The money from the National Science Foundation will be used to develop something called the Research Collaborative Network in Undergraduate Biology Education. ...
Southeast Missouri Food Bank approved for $900,000 loan (08/19/11)
Southeast Missouri Food Bank has been approved for a $900,000 loan from USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Program. The funds will be used to buy and renovate a building for warehouse and offices for the regional food bank, said Karen Green, executive director...
Scott County man charged for possession of child porn (08/19/11)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Benton man was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of child pornography. According to a news release from the Scott County Sheriff's Department, Derek K. Mims, 40, was charged after an investigation found Mims allegedly had images on his cellphone depicting children believed to be under 18 in sexual poses and having sexual contact...
Overweight loads allowed for levee repair (08/19/11)
MoDOT will allow overweight loads of sand and gravel to travel on some state highways during repairs on levees in Southeast Missouri. According to a news release, the transportation agency will allow private and for-hire carriers to carry up to 10 percent more than their licensed weight, effective immediately, until noon Oct. 3. When crossing a bridge, a driver must travel no more than 30 mph, must center the truck between the two lanes of the bridge and must yield to oncoming traffic...
Missouri auditor questions Nixon's budget cuts (08/19/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich is questioning whether Gov. Jay Nixon exceeded his authority when he made budget cuts partly to help pay for disaster response. The Republican auditor sent a letter Friday to the Democratic governor outlining his concerns...
3 men convicted in 1993 Cub Scout slayings go free (08/19/11)
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) -- Three men convicted of killing three 8-year-old Cub Scouts and dumping their naked bodies in an Arkansas ditch have been allowed to change their pleas and will be freed after nearly two decades in prison. Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley pleaded guilty Friday...
Big cuts for Missouri's local pollution control (08/19/11)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri has cut funding for local air pollution programs in the state's biggest cities, raising concerns that air quality in St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield could suffer. As part of an effort to balance the state budget in June, Gov. ...
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder says he's finished talking about former model's claims (08/19/11)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder says he has nothing else to say about allegations from a former exotic dancer and Penthouse model. Kinder told reporters at an annual political breakfast at the Missouri State Fair that he's done talking about the story...
9 people, mostly from Mo., face federal drug indictment (08/19/11)
KENNETT, Mo. (AP) -- Nine people, most of them from southeast Missouri, are facing federal indictment for an alleged conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. The Kennett Daily Dunklin Democrat reports that the U.S. Attorney's office in Cape Girardeau announced the indictment on Wednesday. Six of the accused are from Kennett, two from Poplar Bluff and one from Blytheville, Ark...
Nixon: Rural crimes task force recovered almost $3 million since 2009 (08/19/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri rural crime task force has recovered more than $2.8 million since 2009, including $350,000 from a single investigation into missing tractor equipment in southwest Missouri. Speaking at the State Fair in Sedalia on Thursday, Gov. ...
Survey suggests economy slowing in Midwest, Plains (08/19/11)
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A new survey of bankers suggests the economy in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states is slowing down as concerns about the country's financial health grow. The overall Rural Mainstreet index dipped below 50 for the first time this year when it hit 49.3 in August. Anytime that index, which ranges from 0 to 100, is below 50, it suggests the economy will contract...
Governors along Missouri River meeting to discuss flood control (08/19/11)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Months of historic flooding have governors along the Missouri River ready to join forces, but experts say serious, long-term prevention will require a new approach to controlling the nation's longest river. Releasing reservoir water earlier and allowing the river to expand naturally will solve many of the flood problems, but there's a trade-off: Doing so could push fishermen out of Montana's prized streams earlier, force farmers from the Dakotas to Missouri to give up land for flood plains, reduce hydropower production and limit barges hauling grain and other goods.. ...
Archaeologists comb recently found Civil War POW camp (08/19/11)
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- When word reached Camp Lawton that the enemy army of Gen. William T. Sherman was approaching, the prison camp's Confederate officers rounded up their thousands of Union army POWs for a swift evacuation -- leaving behind rings, coins and other keepsakes that would remain undisturbed for nearly 150 years...
Huge fish spurs call to 're-reverse' Chicago River (08/19/11)
CHICAGO -- The city was in a predicament. By the late 1800s, the slow-moving Chicago River had become a cesspool of sewage and factory pollution oozing into Lake Michigan, the source of drinking water for the bustling metropolis. The waterway had grown so putrid that it raised fears of a disease outbreak and concerns about hurting development. ...
U.S., allies declare Assad must leave Syria (08/19/11)
WASHINGTON -- Executing a global squeeze play, the U.S. and its European allies on Thursday demanded an end to four decades of brutal family dictatorship in Syria and underscored the tough talk with new sanctions on President Bashar Assad's government...
Injured troops face gov't red tape trying to leave military (08/19/11)
WASHINGTON -- Staff Sgt. Nicholas Lanier has entered what he calls the "vast unknown." A combat veteran and father to four daughters, he can't remain in the military because of a serious back injury earned in Iraq. But he can't yet accept a civilian job because he doesn't know when the military will discharge him. He has no clue how much the government will pay him in disability compensation related to his injury, so he can't make a future budget. He just waits...
Many species moving away from equator faster than 10 years ago (08/19/11)
WASHINGTON -- Animals across the world are fleeing global warming by heading north much faster than they were less than a decade ago, a new study says. About 2,000 species examined are moving away from the equator at an average rate of more than 15 feet per day, about a mile per year, according to new research published Thursday in the journal Science, which analyzed previous studies. Species are also moving up mountains to escape the heat, but more slowly, averaging about 4 feet a year...
U.S. undertaking case-by-case review on deportation (08/19/11)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration said Thursday it will allow many illegal immigrants facing deportation the chance to stay in this country and apply for a work permit, while focusing on removing from the U.S. convicted criminals and those who might be a national security or public safety threat...
Yellowstone River oil spill cleanup will last into fall (08/19/11)
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The cleanup of a major oil spill in the Yellowstone River has proved more difficult than expected and could go on for several more months, an Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. executive said Thursday. Areas hit hardest by the July spill should be cleaned up by the first half of October, said company vice president Geoff Craft. That includes a 20-mile stretch of the Yellowstone stretching from the spill site near Laurel downstream to Billings...
IBM pursues chips that behave like brains (08/19/11)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Computers, like humans, can learn. But when Google tries to fill in your search box based only on a few keystrokes, or your iPhone predicts words as you type a text message, it's only a narrow mimicry of what the human brain is capable of...
Oil companies investigate report of sheen in Gulf (08/19/11)
NEW ORLEANS -- Reports of an oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico didn't faze residents of the coast, where small spills are spotted hundreds of times a year and many people have come to see last year's BP catastrophe as a once-in-a-lifetime event. Gulf Coast fishermen are back on the water and businesses are again packed with tourists on sandy shores since the disaster that hit last summer, when BP PLC's well blew out of control, spooking tourists away from normally packed communities when beaches were left coated in crude.. ...
West Texas town teeters on drying up in drought (08/19/11)
ROBERT LEE, Texas -- Ranchers in pickup trucks here stop to ladle up puddles of street water after underground pipes crack, and wilting trees are quenched with dirty bathwater hauled from tubs to front yards. An April storm teased Robert Lee, but instead of rain, a lightning strike started a wildfire that chewed up 169,000 drought-starved acres...
Pope demands greater ethics in economic policy (08/19/11)
MADRID -- Pope Benedict XVI warned Thursday at the start of a visit to crisis-hit Spain that Europe won't be able to emerge from its economic woes unless it realizes that economic policy cannot be guided by a profit-driven mentality alone. He said the continent must take into account ethical considerations that look out for the common good...
Reports trigger global stock sell-off (08/19/11)
NEW YORK -- Just when Wall Street seemed to have settled down, a barrage of bad economic reports collided with fresh worries about European banks Thursday and triggered a global sell-off in stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 419 points -- a return to the wild swings that gripped the stock market last week...
Blasts rock Libyan capital Tripoli near Gadhafi compound (08/19/11)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- At least seven loud blasts were heard in Tripoli early Friday morning local time as bombs fell in the vicinity of Moammar Gadhafi's main compound of Bab al-Aziziya. An Associated Press correspondent staying in a hotel in the capital said he heard the explosions and saw flames in the air as bombs struck the ground. NATO jets were heard circling the sky above...
Suspect in Aruba traveler's death tried to redeem policy (08/19/11)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A Maryland man detained in Aruba in the presumed death of his travel partner had an accidental-death insurance policy on her for $1.5 million and sought to claim the money two days after reporting her missing, a person who provided information to the investigation has said...
Violence in Pakistani city kills 39 (08/19/11)
KARACHI, Pakistan -- Suspected gang members killed 39 people in two days in Pakistan's largest city, with many of the victims tortured and shot, officials said Thursday. The gangs are allegedly affiliated with the city's main political parties and have been blamed for a surge in killings in recent months. The government has been unable to stop the violence, as it also grapples with a faltering economy and a raging Islamist insurgency...
Obama's brother promotes book in Shanghai (08/19/11)
SHANGHAI -- President Barack Obama's half brother attended this year's Shanghai book fair, where he signed autographs and promoted his semi-autobiographical novel "Nairobi to Shenzhen," organizers said Thursday. Mark Ndesandjo works as a consultant in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, while also writing and engaging in charity projects. He made an appearance at Shanghai's annual fair on Wednesday, signing the Chinese edition of his book, organizer Guo Jingyang said...
Armed men cross Egyptian border, kill eight Israelis (08/19/11)
EILAT, Israel -- Gunmen who crossed from the Egyptian desert launched a series of attacks Thursday in southern Israel, killing eight people and threatening to destabilize a volatile border region that includes the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and the increasingly lawless Sinai Peninsula...
Storm kills 3 at Belgian festival (08/19/11)
HASSELT, Belgium -- A storm swept through a popular open-air music festival in this eastern Belgium town Thursday, killing at least three people and injuring more than 70 others, an official said. Ambulances and police cars raced to and from the site of the Pukkelpop festival, near the town of Hasselt, 50 miles east of Brussels, late Thursday, their sirens blaring. ...
Love brings experience into his junior season for Southeast Missouri State football team (08/19/11)
Justin Love hasn't played a game of his junior season, but he already ranks among Southeast Missouri State's most experienced defensive performers. That's what happens when you receive a starting assignment the first game of your true freshman campaign...
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team toughens schedule this season (08/19/11)
The Southeast men's basketball team will visit Missouri, Bradley and Oregon
Southeast Missouri State baseball team to hold tryouts (08/19/11)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball program will hold its annual open tryout at 3 p.m. Aug. 31 at Capaha Field. Those who wish to participate must be full-time students, registered through the NCAA Clearinghouse and have a current physical on record...
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team will have just 11 home games (08/19/11)
The Redhawks will play 18 basketball games away from the Show Me Center
Ready to mend (08/19/11)
My wife and I have spent several weeks away from home this summer, but not by choice. We were not on a cruise, nor watching waves crash on the Oregon coast, nor wandering about Europe, nor visiting any of America's national parks. These are the things we would have been doing if we could...
Variety of music to rock to (08/19/11)
I sat down recently with the owners of Pitter's Lounge to talk about something that's kept me in awe for a while: the metal following in this community. Many of the bands we feature in SE Live are of the southern rock or rock or country persuasion. Without thinking I (shamefully, horribly and pledge no longer to) plug the majority of music fans into those categories. Then I'm pleasantly surprised when I see loads of people show up for an Avenged Sevenfold concert or flood to a Thorlock show...
Artists bringing touch of New Orleans to Cape (08/19/11)
New Orleans art promoter and dealer John Buckner is hoping to bring a touch of the Crescent City to the River City when he opens a gallery in Cape Girardeau. Eustis Studios will host a grand opening at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at 1606 Independence St., Suite 3A, where guests can enjoy a New Orleans-style lunch and cocktails...
Straight No Chaser will serenade Southeast Missouri on Saturday (08/19/11)
An effort to serenade college girls in the 1990s has led to hundreds of concerts and dozens of careers for male singers who participate in Indiana University's male a cappella group Straight No Chaser. Straight No Chaser was built by students and continues to be run by them. Eddie Suarez, a student, became the group's business director this year...
ARTifacts 8/19/11 (08/19/11)
Christian recording artist Jason Gray will be in concert Aug. 28 at New McKendree United Methodist Church's South Campus Celebration Center, 1770 S. Hope St., in Jackson. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Local artists appearing with Gray will be Justin Pobst and Travis Niswonger. Tickets may be purchased by calling the church office at 243-8487 or by visiting www.newmkendree.org. Tickets are also available at Gospeland Bookstore inside West Park Mall...
Best bet: Bel Air beach party (08/19/11)
The ocean may be a thousand miles away, but the beach isn't quite so out of reach. Bel Air Grill will again throw its weekend-long beach party today and Saturday. The staff filled the dance area with sand and welcomes residents to hang out and relax. Mr. Wizard will provide music Friday night, and the Tune Squad will perform Saturday night. Beach action starts at 4 p.m. both days...
Review: 'Fright Night' is bloody good fun (08/19/11)
There are only two more "Twilight" movies left -- the two parts of "Breaking Dawn," due this November and next summer -- which means we still need more good horror flicks like "Fright Night" to remind the swooning members of Team Edward how a real vampire looks and behaves...
Fred Lehning (08/19/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Fred Ent Lehning, 89, of Cairo died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.
Horace McClellon (08/19/11)
Horace V. McClellon, 47, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at Southeast Hospital. Visitation will be from noon to service time today at West End Missionary Baptist Church in Sikeston, Mo. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at the church, with Nathaniel Green officiating. Burial will be in Warfield Cemetery near Oran, Mo...
Wilma Denny (08/19/11)
Wilma Lucille Denny, 95, of Mount Erie, Ill., died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 19, 1916, in Mount Erie, daughter of Samuel and Nellie Fitch Keyser. She and Clifton Floyd Denny were married Nov. 1, 1938, in Portland, Ind. After 66 years, Wilma lost her husband, Cliff, in June 2005...
Births 8/19/11 (08/19/11)
Daughter to Kelsey Mason Benefield and Ryan Lee Murrow of Marble Hill, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 9:37 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. Name, Lily Rose. Weight, 7 pounds, 3 ounces. First child. Ms. Benefield is the daughter of Christina Benefield of Marble Hill and Josh Benefield. Murrow is the son of Ron Wells and Becky Wells of Doniphan, Mo...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/19/11 (08/19/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/19/11 (08/19/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Jackson fire report 8/19/11 (08/19/11)
Firefighters responded to the following call Wednesday:...
Jackson police report 8/19/11 (08/19/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Assaults...
Out of the past 8/19/11 (08/19/11)
Kiefner Brothers Construction Co. of Cape Girardeau has begun work on construction of a riverfront amphitheater and boat ramps here, the final phase of the riverfront park development; cobblestones are being removed from a section of the riverfront, but some will be used in the amphitheater steps...
Welcome back (08/19/11)
It's that time of year when we get to welcome back students to Cape Girardeau as they prepare for the fall semester at Southeast Missouri State University. Thursday many first-year students arrived on campus to unpack for the Early-Bird Move-In. The university reports more than 3,100 housing contracts are set for the fall semester...
Open government's deterioration (08/19/11)
The exasperation of watching the past debt debate (debacle) on television for the past month has been extremely nerve-racking, to say the least, for those possessing just a smidgen of common sense. I'm sure most of us wanted to, and did, scream at our sets. It was obvious that most of our politicians in Washington were more concerned with their own political ideology than they were with solving our country's debt problem...
Speak Out 8/19/11 (08/19/11)
I would like to say that Cape Girardeau County deputy Frank has a great roadside manner and I appreciate him. SARAH Palin isn't even qualified to think about running for president of the United States. That would be worse than who we've got in there now. And how could that be? She shows up where she's going to get the most attention. The lady is starved for attention...
Prayer 8/19/11 (08/19/11)
O Lord, may we do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Amen.
New McKendree Catfish & Chicken Tenders Dinner (08/19/11)
Everyone is invited to New McKendree United Methodist Church's fried catfish and chicken tenders dinner Saturday, August 27, from 4:00-7:00 PM. Meal includes catfish and/or chicken tenders, cole slaw, baked beans, spiral potatoes, dessert, and a drink. Adults eat for $8, ages 5-12 $5.00, and kids under 5 eat free. It will be a great night of food and fellowship. We hope to see you there!...
Pops to present Broadway/Rock 'n Roll Concert (08/19/11)
The Heartland Pops fall concert on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2:00P.M. at Cape Central Junior High School will be two shows rolled into one. The first half, "The Best of Broadway", will feature music from Oklahoma, Phantom of the Opera,Les Miserables, Cats, Music Man,and more. ...
Developmentally Disabled Journey to Oz (08/19/11)
After meeting the director of the upcoming production of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," Taylor Palmer felt compelled to do her part to help the cast comprised primarily of developmentally disabled adults. "I adore theater and I love people," the Notre Dame Regional High School senior said. "I thought it was an awesome opportunity."...
Band Practice at new Central Stadium (08/19/11)
Photos taken of band practice at Central High School's new football field on the first day of school. You can see more photos here: http://www.capecentralhigh.com/central-high-school/central-high-school-marching-band/
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