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Wildlife in floodway suffer habitat loss after levee breach (08/25/11)
Hunters, whose beagles run after them through the Mississippi River bottoms, call them "swampers." Swamp rabbits, popular with small-game hunters in the Birds Point New Madrid Floodway, were nearly wiped out when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intentionally blew up the Birds Point levee May 2...
Waller case: Law affects when word 'suspect' gets used (08/25/11)
Ask Morley Swingle the difference between a person of interest and a suspect, and the Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney recalls the story of Richard Jewell. Jewell was the security guard wrongly accused and later cleared of setting off a deadly bomb at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Olympics. Jewell, who died in 2007, became the poster child of the wrongly accused...
Poplar Bluff businessman to run for state's 25th senatorial district (08/25/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- When Doug Libla looks at government, he sees too much spending, excessive taxes and too many job-killing regulations. That's why the Poplar Bluff businessman plans to ask voters next year to give him a chance to help fix that...
Isle of Capri sustains loss in first quarter (08/25/11)
With five casinos closed for extended periods due to flooding this summer, Isle of Capri saw earnings losses in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012.
Deputy in Carter County firearms case free on bond (08/25/11)
A former Carter County deputy is free on bond after making her first appearance in federal court Tuesday on charges accusing her of illegally possessing and selling firearms, some of which were taken from the department's evidence locker.
SEMO enrollment up 2.7 percent (08/25/11)
The number of beginning freshmen is down, but overall enrollment is up at Southeast Missouri State University. The Cape Girardeau-based university says total enrollment is up 2.7 percent compared to the first week of classes a year ago. The university now has 10,875 students for the fall semester...
Authorities in Bollinger County looking for man who went missing Saturday (08/25/11)
ZALMA, Mo. -- Bollinger County sheriff's deputies are searching the woods near Zalma for a Marble Hill, Mo., man who hasn't been seen since Saturday. According to Bollinger County Sheriff Leo McElrath, Matthew Wayne Willmirth, 24, of Marble Hill, walked away from his vehicle after it broke down on Highway 51 Saturday afternoon. ...
One dead after New Madrid County car-train accident (08/25/11)
MATTHEWS, Mo. -- One person is dead after a train struck a vehicle Wednesday in New Madrid County, the Standard Democrat reported.
Jackson man pleads not guilty to misdemeanor (08/25/11)
A Jackson man charged with misdemeanor sexual misconduct for allegedly exposing himself at Cape County Park South in July has pleaded not guilty and will appear before a judge in September. Lynn M. Stamp, 49, was arrested July 29 by Cape Girardeau police after a person driving through the park reported he was performing a sexual act upon himself while standing outside in front of a restroom facility...
Man charged in domestic dispute to be arraigned (08/25/11)
An arraignment has been set for a Cape Girardeau man facing charges stemming from a domestic dispute in July. According to the Cape Girardeau County circuit clerk's office, Benjamin C. Orwig, 36, of Cape Girardeau will appear in court Sept. 6. He was bound over to the circuit court during a preliminary hearing Wednesday...
Route W in Cape County reduced for patching (08/25/11)
Route W in Cape Girardeau County from Highway 177 to LaSalle Avenue will be reduced to one lane today and Friday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews patch the roadway. The work will be done from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Bridge repairs scheduled for Cape County (08/25/11)
North- and southbound Interstate 55 and Route Y in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane Sept. 8 and 9 while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make routine bridge repairs.
Route Z in Stoddard Co. reduced for bridge repairs (08/25/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route Z in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge maintenance. The bridges are at various locations between Highways 153 and 25.
Jackson man to be arraigned next month on kidnapping charges (08/25/11)
OZARK, Mo. -- A Jackson man charged with three counts of felony kidnapping and one count of child abduction in southwest Missouri has been bound over to a higher court after an appearance on Tuesday. Scott Pikey, 40, will be arraigned in circuit court after an associate court preliminary hearing Tuesday in Christian County. Pikey's next court appearance has been scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sept. 16, according to the Christian County Circuit Clerk's office...
Trial date set for Cape house party stabbing suspect (08/25/11)
A trial date has been set for one of three men who faced assault charges for allegedly attacking four others at a Cape Girardeau house party in May. According to the Cape Girardeau County circuit clerk's office, Brandin Rowe, 20, of Jonesboro, Ill., pleaded not guilty to charges. He has a pretrial conference set for Oct. 31 and a trial set for Nov. 3...
90 dogs rescued in Ripley County (08/25/11)
DONIPHAN, Mo. (AP) -- About 90 dogs have been rescued from what the Humane Society of Missouri is calling a hoarder in Southeast Missouri. The Humane Society's Animal Cruelty Task Force and officers from the Ripley County Sheriff's Department removed the dogs Wednesday from a property near Doniphan. The dogs are mostly mixed breeds ranging in age from week-old puppies to elderly dogs...
Missouri regulators studying change to problem gambling rules (08/25/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Problem gamblers who have excluded themselves from casinos could be allowed to make bets again under new rules examined Wednesday by Missouri regulators.
Judge weighs request to stop teacher networking law (08/25/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri judge Wednesday was weighing a request to block enforcement of a state law limiting how teachers use social networking sites and communicate with students.
Missouri brothers help their mom deliver their new sister (08/25/11)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A 13-year-old northwest Missouri boy has already shown his new baby sister that he will be a great big brother. Adam Le of St. Joseph awoke about midnight last Thursday to find his mother in labor and on the phone with 911. With his dad at work, Adam grabbed the phone and relayed instructions to his mom, Theo Le...
Nelly planning a recording school in St. Louis (08/25/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Hip-hop star Nelly is teaming with Vatterott College to help others from his hometown get into the music industry. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that Nelly and Vatterott plan to put a music recording school on Laclede's Landing in St. Louis, at the site of his former Skybox Sports Bar & Grill...
Russian supply ship for space station crashes (08/25/11)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A Russian space station supply ship crashed into Siberia minutes after launch Wednesday, rattling NASA and others in this new era without any shuttles to bail out the orbiting outpost. The rocket failed barely a month after NASA's final space shuttle flight...
Officials ponder evacuations ahead of Hurricane Irene (08/25/11)
HATTERAS, N.C. -- Hurricane Irene could hit anywhere from North Carolina to New York this weekend, leaving officials in the path of uncertainty to make a decision. Should they tell tourists to leave during one of the last weeks of the multibillion-dollar summer season?...
Apple says Steve Jobs resigning as chief exec (08/25/11)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Steve Jobs, the mind behind the iPhone, iPad and other devices that turned Apple Inc. into one of the world's most powerful companies, resigned as the company's CEO on Wednesday, saying he can no longer handle the job. The move appears to be the result of an unspecified medical condition for which he took an indefinite leave from his post in January. Apple's chief operating officer, Tim Cook, has been named CEO...
Google settles pharmacy ad probe for $500 million (08/25/11)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Google Inc. has agreed to pay $500 million to settle a U.S. government investigation into the Internet search leader's distribution of online ads from Canadian pharmacies illegally selling prescription drugs to American consumers...
East Coast may not be prepared for large quake (08/25/11)
WASHINGTON -- There was a crack in the Washington Monument, and capstones were broken at the National Cathedral. In the District of Columbia suburbs, some people stayed in shelters because of structural concerns at their apartment buildings. A day after the East Coast's strongest earthquake in 67 years, inspectors assessed the damage and found that most problems were minor. ...
Pentagon: China military growing rapidly (08/25/11)
WASHINGTON -- Bolstered by the development of a new stealth fighter, an aircraft carrier and a record number of space launches over the past year, China is on pace to achieve its goal of building a modern, regionally focused military by 2020, according to the Pentagon...
Baby tossed from California hospital dies (08/25/11)
ORANGE, Calif. -- A 7-month-old baby boy who was tossed from the fourth floor of a hospital parking structure died Wednesday, the same day his mother made an initial court appearance on charges of attempted murder and felony child abuse, a police spokesman said...
Ohio town frets flagpole a hazard (08/25/11)
RAVENNA, Ohio -- A northeast Ohio community wants to wash its hands of a towering flagpole well over 100 years old that officials fear is a tempting hazard. Within the last year, two people thought to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs climbed up the 150-foot flagpole in front of the Portage County Courthouse in Ravenna. Ravenna Township Trustee Patsy Artz said both were lucky to survive and calls the flagpole "an accident waiting to happen."...
Overhaul may push employee benefits shift (08/25/11)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Nearly one of every 10 midsized or big employers expects to stop offering health coverage to workers after insurance exchanges begin operating in 2014 as part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, according to a survey by a major benefits consultant...
Panel: Ex-Enterprise captain can stay in Navy despite misconduct (08/25/11)
NORFOLK, Va. -- The former commander of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier who produced raunchy videos aboard the USS Enterprise can remain in the Navy despite a finding that he committed misconduct, a Navy panel ruled Wednesday. Capt. Owen P. Honors let out a sigh of relief after the board of inquiry read its decision, then embraced his wife...
Book adds details on IKEA founder's Nazi connections (08/25/11)
STOCKHOLM -- A new book claims IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad's youth ties with Nazi groups extended beyond what he has admitted, saying Sweden's intelligence agency even set up a special file on him. Respected Swedish author and journalist Elisabeth Asbrink's says Kamprad joined the Swedish Nazi party in 1943 when he was 17-years-old, prompting the security police to set up a file on him the same year...
Libyan rebels hunt Gadhafi, try to secure country's capital (08/25/11)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- Libyans hunting Moammar Gadhafi offered a $2 million bounty on the fallen dictator's head and amnesty for anyone who kills or captures him as rebels battled Wednesday to clear the last pockets of resistance from the capital Tripoli...
North Korea reported ready to halt WMD tests (08/25/11)
MOSCOW -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il says his country is ready to impose a nuclear test and production moratorium if international talks on its atomic program resume, in Pyongyang's latest effort to restart long-stalled, aid-for-disarmament talks...
Lawmaker seeks new information over phone hacking (08/25/11)
LONDON -- A leading lawmaker examining the country's phone hacking scandal called Wednesday on Rupert Murdoch's news empire to confirm whether it is paying the legal fees of the ex-editor of the News of The World. Andy Coulson quit in 2007 as the editor of the now-shuttered tabloid after a reporter and a private investigator were jailed for hacking into the voicemails of royal staff. ...
Three arrested in Pakistan over U.S. man's abduction (08/25/11)
LAHORE, Pakistan -- Police say they have arrested three people suspected of belonging to the gang that abducted a 70-year-old American development expert in Pakistan earlier this month. Lahore police chief Malik Ahmed Raza said Wednesday the arrests were made after officers tracked cellphone numbers. He gave no more details...
Militants in Gaza fire rockets at southern Israel (08/25/11)
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian militants fired rocket barrages that wounded an Israeli baby Wednesday, and Israel retaliated with airstrikes that killed two Gaza fighters. The new round of violence began Aug. 18 when gunmen, apparently from Gaza, crossed the border from Egypt and ambushed cars and buses in southern Israel, killing eight people. That was followed by massive Palestinian rocket attacks and retaliatory Israeli airstrikes...
SWEET HOME: Central will play its first game on campus grounds in 100 years (08/25/11)
The Tigers will play their first game at their new $2.9 million facility on Sept. 2.
Season Preview: Schumer returns to QB young St. Vincent football squad (08/25/11)
Tim Schumer, St. Vincent's starting quarterback for the past two seasons, suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 4 last season.
Season Preview: Chaffee football team try to build on playoff berth (08/25/11)
Senior Jordan Yahn will play quarterback for the Red Devils for a third year.
Season Preview: Jackson football team look to turn up the power (08/25/11)
Jackson's offense will return to its smashmouth ways.
Season Preview: Central football team will have new look after surprising 10-2 season (08/25/11)
Quarterback Christian Cavaness directed the Central offense to 10 victories and school records for points scored and yards gained in a season last year.
Season Preview: Scott City football team retools offense, focuses on 'D' (08/25/11)
Scott City will have a new quarterback in Jonathan McFall and a new running back in Travis Phillips.
Season Preview: Perryville Pirates hope to leave rough water (08/25/11)
Mike Wojtczuk took over as coach after Perryville endured an 0-10 season in 2010.
Scott City softball team exacts revenge vs. St. Pius (08/25/11)
Scott City downed St. Pius with a run in the bottom of the seventh to avenge a loss to St. Pius in the district tournament last season.
Central softball improves to 2-0 (08/25/11)
The Central softball team improved to 2-0 with Wednesday's 9-3 victory at Fredericktown. Lexi Smith went 3 for 4, including a double, to lead the Tigers. Madison Daume added two hits. Kadie Orenstein was the winning pitcher. She also improved to 2-0...
New coach out to spark turnaround for Southeast Missouri State volleyball team (08/25/11)
A preview of the Southeast Missouri State volleyball team.
Missouri AD offers men's basketball coach Haith qualified support (08/25/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri athletic director Mike Alden is standing behind the school's embattled men's basketball coach -- to a point. Frank Haith's future has come into question after Yahoo Sports reported last week that a former University of Miami booster said he paid then-Hurricanes recruit DeQuan Jones $10,000 to attend the school with Haith's approval...
Dodgers whip Cardinals 9-4 for sweep (08/25/11)
St. Louis sits 10 games behind the Brewers with 32 to go
Cardinals outfielder Berkman wants to stay in St. Louis (08/25/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Lance Berkman would like to stay in St. Louis, regardless of where the Cardinals finish in the standings. "I'm sure next year I'll play somewhere," Berkman said Wednesday. "Hopefully it'll be here, but part of that's not up to me."...
Rams WR Amendola likes the new offense (08/25/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Danny Amendola led the St. Louis Rams in receptions last year and he can't wait to do even more this season. With the offensive scheme installed by new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, the passes are expected to be spread around more. And Amendola has taken to the new offense just fine...
Next up 8/25/11 (08/25/11)
"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," rated R @Cape West 14 Cine "Our Idiot Brother," rated R @Cape West 14 Cine "The Debt," rated R @Cape West 14 Cine "Columbiana," rated PG-13 @Cape West 14 Cine "Attack of the Evil Androids," Xbox 360...
Oran junior has spent hundreds of hours restoring tractor (08/25/11)
ORAN, Mo. -- Since April, Oran High School junior Alex Schlitt may have been a little hard to find unless you knew where to look. He's spent more than 500 hours fixing every detail on an antique tractor in a workshop on his family's farm. Schlitt has entered his 1946 Farmall M tractor in a national competition that ends in October. ...
Hooked On Science: You can make a cloud using water, science 8/25/11 (08/25/11)
You can make your own cloud with just a few items from around the house. STEP 1: Add a small amount of warm water to the bottle. STEP 2: With an adult present, light a match and then quickly place the match into the bottle. Screw the cap onto the bottle...
who's neXt 8/25/11 (08/25/11)
Scholarships Robert Baldwin, Jaycee Crader, Theresa Kiblinger, Heather Kyle and Audra Smith, all of Cape Girardeau; Jennifer Hinkebein, Miranda Mudge and Stacey Hinkebein, all of Jackson; Britney Rhodes and Ellen Sikes, both of Oran, Mo.; Skyler Moll of Perryville, Mo.; Danece Curtis of Tamms, Ill.; Hannah Glueck of Chaffee, Mo.; Ashley Sitze of Marble Hill, Mo.; and Kylee Dukes and Kayla Joyner, both of Dexter, Mo.. ...
Harry Jenkins (08/25/11)
Harry Paul "Buddy" Jenkins, 80, of Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, in Albuquerque. Announcement courtesy of Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Sadie Dixon (08/25/11)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Sadie Clodine Dixon, 105, of Sedgewickville passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at Jackson Manor. She was born Oct. 18, 1905, in Sedgewickville, daughter of Aaron and Bertha Seabaugh. She and William Grant Dixon were married Feb. 23, 1926. He passed away Jan. 26, 1990...
Gary Mansker (08/25/11)
Gary Gene Mansker, 67, of Allenville died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at his home. He was born June 29, 1944, at Delta, son of Nadine Cutright. He and Imogene McFall were married Oct. 2, 1967. Gary was a disabled truck driver for Big Lake Transport Inc. in Charleston, Mo...
Billie Propst (08/25/11)
McCLURE, Ill. -- Billie L. Propst, 83, of McClure passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 21, 1928, in Cape Girardeau, to Lloyd "Pete" and Frieda Stovall Propst. He and Lois Propst were married March 4, 1963, in Cape Girardeau...
Births 8/25/11 (08/25/11)
Daughter to Timothy Alan and Julia Lynne Key of Millersville, Southeast Hospital, 1:04 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011. Name, Faith Kathleen. Weight, 4 pounds, 11 ounces. First child. Mrs. Key is the former Julia Cutsinger, daughter of Beverly Cutsinger of Glenallen, Mo. She is a cashier at Rhodes 101. Key is the son of Alan and Mary Key of Olive Branch, Miss. He is a mechanic at Forklifts of Cape Inc...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/25/11 (08/25/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/25/11 (08/25/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Jackson fire report 8/25/11 (08/25/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Out of the past 8/25/11 (08/25/11)
The newly constructed Dairy Queen in the Schnucks plaza opens its doors in the morning; Frank Bean of Cape Girardeau is owner. Democratic congressional candidate Wayne Cryts appears at a morning news conference in Cape Girardeau, answering questions about the events surrounding his 1981 seizure of soybeans from a bankrupt grain elevator in Ristine, Mo...
Thanks for supporting downtown Cape Girardeau (08/25/11)
Downtown is everybody's neighborhood, and this past Saturday proved it. Those who were unable to attend the festivities at the River Campus missed a wonderful evening. The sell out benefit concert featuring Indiana University's Straight No Chaser and the sell out of the 24th annual Charles L. Hutson Auction was a true nod to the support the Cape Girardeau area gives to Old Town Cape and its mission in the revitalization of our downtown...
State awards (08/25/11)
Recently the Missouri Main Street Conference was held in Kansas City, Mo., and two Cape Girardeau women were honored for their efforts in the revitalization of downtown Cape Girardeau. Heather Brooks, city of Cape Girardeau assistant city manager, was recognized with the Missouri Main Street Outstanding Public Official award. ...
Speak Out 8/25/11 (08/25/11)
IN his book, "Fed Up!", Gov. Rick Perry vehemently declared Social Security and Medicare to be unconstitutional. Watch him closely as he, in political terms, walks this back. I completely agree with the Speak Out contributor who called out old people for not saving for themselves. It's their generation that made the decision to spend the Social Security Trust Fund anyway. Why should the rest of us have to put in money for them to retire when they didn't save at a time when they could have been?...
Prayer 8/25/11 (08/25/11)
Though we may not always understand, O God, we trust in you and your unfailing love. Amen.
Remembering 9/11 with Prayer and Song (08/25/11)
A Time of Prayer and Remembrance: A 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Service Join the Cape Girardeau community for a time of prayer and music in memory of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, their families, the first responders, and our nation. A time for reflection, praying, singing, and listening. ...
BOLD Marketing welcomes Katie Bowman (08/25/11)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO, Aug. 25, 2011 -- Katie Bowman has joined BOLD Marketing, LLC as associate art director. In this role, she will be responsible for graphic and creative design planning and execution of a wide variety of client projects. Bowman is a 2009 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. ...
September 10, 2001 we arrived down in Hyder, Alaska (08/25/11)
After three months of touring all of western side of Canada and all through Alaska we found ourselves coming down to Hyder, Alaska, home of the bears. Our SMART (Special Military Retired Travelers) Club with 20 military men and their wife's had enjoyed the wonders of our great world they had protected until retirement. We were glad to see our TV had reception in this area so we could catch up on what all was going on in the world...
YoungGoldie Picture With Fans (08/25/11)
YoungGoldie Picture With Fans While Spotted In The Downtown Mall Of Baltimore,Maryland @t the Gallery .
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