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Birds Point Levee work resumes after business lifts protest (09/02/11)
Work to repair the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway resumed Thursday morning, after a Missouri Bootheel construction company dropped its dispute that a Las Vegas-based company didn't meet federal small-business requirements. Donald Bond Construction of New Madrid County filed an official protest late last week on the grounds that Wadley Construction of Nevada wasn't a small business, said U.S. ...
Buyouts of Pinhook, Morehouse among topics at round-table discussion with Sen. Blunt (09/02/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The possible government buyouts of Pinhook and Morehouse, two Southeast Missouri communities devastated by spring flooding, were among the topics that U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt heard about Thursday afternoon during a round-table discussion on infrastructure damage from spring flooding...
Gov. Nixon touts jobs package at Cape Girardeau stop (09/02/11)
Calling exports a "sweet spot" for Missouri's economic growth, Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday visited BioKyowa in Cape Girardeau, a company that attributes 75 percent of its sales to exports.
Holiday weekend yard sales gear up in Jackson, Scott City (09/02/11)
As the summer season is winding down, so is yard sale season. But bargain hunters can still look forward to two sales this Labor Day weekend: the sixth annual Highway 61 Yard Sale and the eighth annual Scott City Yard Sale.
Indiana company quits Missouri Medicaid contract (09/02/11)
An Indiana company hired to assess the needs of thousands of Missouri Medicaid patients has quit after barely three months on the job following numerous complaints about its service and disagreements with state officials.
Poplar Bluff high school student accused of selling marijuana-laced cookies on campus (09/02/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff High School student was arrested Wednesday afternoon for allegedly selling marijuana-laced cookies to another student. At about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, school officials contacted school resource officer Andy Cleaveland regarding "illegal narcotics being purchased at the senior high school," said Poplar Bluff deputy chief Jeff Rolland...
Dexter School District reports financial data hacked (09/02/11)
DEXTER, Mo. -- The Dexter School District has reported a security breach dealing with school funds.
Bollinger County gets $10,000 check for road repair (09/02/11)
Bollinger County has received $10,000 to help repair gravel roads damaged during heavy rains and flooding earlier this year. Missouri Department of Agriculture director Jon Hagler delivered the check Thursday. Bollinger County, more than half of which is farmland, applied for a grant through the Missouri Agriculture Disaster Relief Fund with plans to repair the roughly 600 miles of gravel roads damaged this year...
Handgun found on Sikeston school bus (09/02/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- An unloaded handgun was discovered on a Sikeston school bus Wednesday.
Deadline for March lottery winner about to expire (09/02/11)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A $200,000 Powerball ticket winner is about to go unclaimed unless the holder of the ticket acts quickly. The Missouri Lottery says the winning ticket was purchased March 9 at a Gas Mart on East Grand Avenue in St. Louis, with winning numbers of 12, 20, 28, 40 and 48...
Law schools lure fewer students as jobs dry up (09/02/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Tenia Phillips has heard the horror stories about life after law school, circa 2011, from crushing student loan debt to recent graduates serving coffee at Starbucks. The reality check didn't deter the 27-year-old Waco, Texas, resident from pursuing her childhood dream, though it took four years of working as an apartment leasing agent before she could start fall classes last week at the University of Missouri law school...
Panel nominates lawyer and two judges for Missouri Supreme Court position (09/02/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A special commission that nominates judicial candidates gave Gov. Jay Nixon the choice Thursday of a lawyer, a trial judge or an appeals court judge to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court. The three finalists for the state's highest court are Jackson County Circuit Judge Michael Manners, Eastern District Court of Appeals Judge George Draper III and St. Louis attorney Joe Jacobson...
Obama halts controversial EPA regulation (09/02/11)
Local industries considering expansion won't have to worry about new, stricter ozone standards, at least not until 2013.
Robo-signed mortgage docs date back more than decade (09/02/11)
New York -- Counties across the U.S. are discovering that illegal or questionable mortgage paperwork is far more widespread than first thought, tainting the deeds of tens of thousands of homes dating to the late 1990s. The suspect documents could create legal trouble for homeowners for years...
Appeals court hears arguments on gay troop ban (09/02/11)
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court wrestled Thursday with whether it can declare the military's ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional when the "don't ask, don't tell" policy is due to be lifted in 18 days. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. ...
Some on East Coast still without power after Irene (09/02/11)
WARWICK, R.I. -- Cold showers. Meals in the dark. Refrigerators full of spoiled food. No TV. No Internet. Up and down the East Coast, patience is wearing thin among the millions of people still waiting for the electricity to come back on after Hurricane Irene knocked out the power last weekend...
Quakes pose greater risk to U.S. reactors than thought (09/02/11)
WASHINGTON -- The risk that an earthquake would cause a severe accident at a U.S. nuclear plant is greater than previously thought, 24 times as high in one case, according to an AP analysis of preliminary government data. The nation's nuclear regulator believes a quarter of America's reactors may need modifications to make them safer...
$1.3 trillion deficit projected as economy cools down (09/02/11)
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Thursday predicted that unemployment will remain at 9 percent next year, a gloomy scenario for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. The figures from the Office of Management and Budget, which also projected overall growth this year at just 1.7 percent, serve as further confirmation of a sputtering economy while dramatizing the challenge Obama will face in making his case for re-election. ...
White House: $5.2B in disaster funds needed (09/02/11)
WASHINGTON -- The White House told Congress on Thursday there's a need for more than $5 billion in additional disaster relief money, not even counting the billions that probably will be called for to help East Coast states hit by Hurricane Irene...
Democrats want Obama's job speech to contrast with GOP (09/02/11)
WASHINGTON -- The tiff over the timing of President Barack Obama's jobs speech to Congress offers little hope that Republicans and the White House will now find common ground on how to reduce the nation's painfully high unemployment. In fact, some Democrats say it's time Obama stopped trying so hard to negotiate...
Cousin of accused Fort Hood shooter starts charity (09/02/11)
WASHINGTON -- The cousin of the Army psychiatrist accused in a shooting rampage at an Army post in Texas has created a Muslim charity that denounces violence in the name of Islam and is using the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks to draw attention to the foundation...
White House creates ‘We the People' website for online petitions (09/02/11)
WASHINGTON -- The White House is making it easier for people to press the federal government to act. It is bringing that constitutional right to petition one's government into the digital age with a webpage, "We the People," where people can create and sign petitions seeking the government's action on a range of issues...
Shoppers not using phones for purchases (09/02/11)
NEW YORK -- When it comes to mobile shopping, so far there's more buzz than buy. As the number of people who use iPhones and other smartphones grows, companies selling everything from hardware to high fashion are touting all the new applications they're rolling out that enable shoppers to do anything from check a store's inventory while in the dressing room to order prescriptions...
Texas community hopeful despite 2nd fire of 2011 (09/02/11)
POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE, Texas -- Crews battling a wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes in a North Texas lakeside vacation community doused flare-ups Thursday, hoping to keep the blaze from threatening any more neighborhoods before the typically busy unofficial end-of-summer weekend...
Gadhafi, in hiding, vows no surrender in Libya (09/02/11)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- In a fiery broadcast from hiding, Moammar Gadhafi warned Thursday that loyalist tribes in his main strongholds were armed and preparing for battle, a show of defiance hours after rebels extended a deadline for the surrender of the fugitive leader's hometown...
Two attacks in Pakistan kill seven people (09/02/11)
PARACHINAR, Pakistan -- Gunmen killed seven Shiite Muslims in an attack on a minibus in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, while two people died in a suicide car bomb attack on a police station. Sunni extremists of one stripe or another will be suspected in both attacks, which were not linked...
Poll: Japanese distrust the government after disasters (09/02/11)
TOKYO -- This year's tsunami and nuclear disasters have severely shaken the Japanese public's confidence in their government, and many are pessimistic about the country's future, an Associated Press-GfK poll has found. The results released Thursday also show that Japanese generally distrust their leaders and that nearly 60 percent believe the country is heading in the wrong direction -- a sobering welcome for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, elected this week...
Uncensored leaked cables posted online (09/02/11)
LONDON -- Uncensored copies of WikiLeaks' massive tome of U.S. State Department cables circulated freely Thursday across the Internet, leaving a whole new batch of U.S. sources vulnerable to embarrassment and potential retribution. In the United States, the U.S. State Department denied ever cooperating with the anti-secrecy group and blasted WikiLeaks for allegedly threatening national security and the safety of confidential informants...
Clinton: Libya must deal with 1988 bombing (09/02/11)
PARIS -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told Libyan opposition leaders Thursday that they must deal with the case of the only person convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and that the U.S. will be watching closely how they handle it. The bomber "should be behind bars," Clinton said...
High school roundup: Notre Dame volleyball team survives to grab opening win (09/02/11)
All the scores from Thursday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
High school football capsules for Week 2 (09/02/11)
A look at the high school football games involving teams in the Southeast Missourian's coverage area.
Significant test awaits Southeast Missouri State football team in opener (09/02/11)
The 2010 Southeast Missouri State football team took most of the nation by surprise with its record-setting season that seemingly came out of nowhere. Don't count Southern Illinois coach Dale Lennon among that group. "Even going into last year we knew they were pretty good," Lennon said. "The year before they had been in a lot of close games, so what they did really didn't surprise us."...
Missouri Tigers finally welcome DT Richardson (09/02/11)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Sheldon Richardson waited a long time to begin his career at Missouri. He can wait a little longer to trot onto the field with the starting lineup. The former blue chip recruit is a second-stringer at defensive tackle for Saturday's opener against Miami of Ohio. Dominique Hamilton and Terrell Ressonno are the returning starters on a unit that ranked sixth in the nation in scoring defense at 16 points per game last season...
Rams complete perfect preseason (09/02/11)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams look ready for the regular season. David Garrard and the Jacksonville Jaguars still have work to do. Bradford completed 7 of 11 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown, a perfectly thrown fade route to Lance Kendricks, and the Rams beat the Jaguars 24-17 in their preseason finale Thursday night. St. Louis finished the preseason with a perfect 4-0 record for the first time since 1979...
Cards sweep to build hope (09/02/11)
MILWAUKEE -- Albert Pujols showed everyone who the Cardinals' real power hitter is. A day after pitcher Jake Westbrook hit a grand slam, Pujols hit one of his own and added a solo shot to help the Cardinals complete a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with an 8-4 win Thursday...
Uniquely classic (09/02/11)
Many jobs require employees to wear a uniform. Symphony orchestra musician usually appears on that list. The guidelines can vary from one group to another, but it usually sticks to black or black and white formal attire. As I've watched the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra play over the years, I've noticed certain small touches of personality from a tasteful feather headband and gorgeous shoes on girls to bow ties and Afros on guys...
Reach out and touch (09/02/11)
I continue to be amazed by the compassion of others. My wife and I have had a trying summer, to say the least, including her four weeks of hospitalization. During these difficult times, we have felt the arms of those giving hugs. We have been blessed with a shower of get-well cards and encouraging notes. We have been touched by so many of you, including some we have never met...
Cape's Mozaic Art Studio celebrates first anniversary (09/02/11)
A lot can change in a year. But the excitement Marti Hartle and Leslie Compass have for their art business remains powerful, infectious even. The two women have created glass art under their Soul Reflections partnership for roughly a decade, but opened Mozaic Art Studio to have a home for their creations. ...
First Friday receptions for 9/2/11 (09/02/11)
FIRST FRIDAY RECEPTIONS Black Door Gallery Gallery co-owner, artist and educator Elizabeth Thomas enrolled fellow art educators in Southeast Missouri for an Art Teachers show in September, allowing area art instructors to show their own skills with canvas, sculpture and film...
Grassy Grumble: A survival guide to this month's Bloom Heavy festival (09/02/11)
After a brutal few months of triple-digit temps, the latter days of summer festival season are upon us. Big-name standbys like Bonnaroo, Coachella and Lollapalooza have all passed, and the final summer events are drawing closer. However, festival planner Alex Barney and the folks of Southeast Missouri's Bloom Heavy music festivals have their next big event coming up at a rapid pace: the Grassy Grumble held Sept. ...
Best Bet: Audrey Auld (09/02/11)
Tunes at Twilight is chugging along, this week with a friendly and folksy concert by Audrey Auld. She may be from Tasmania, but Auld took to Americana, folk and country music like she grew up on the streets of Nashville, Tenn. The truth is that Auld moved to the United States less than a decade ago and has lived in California and Nashville only that short time. ...
New Transitions Spaces exhibition honors 'croppers strike in 1939 (09/02/11)
Inspiration can come from anywhere. For Robert Ketchens, it came from a conversation. Ketchens, a New Orleans native, now lives in Southern Illinois. His new exhibition at the Crisp Museum on the River Campus features paintings that pay tribute to the Sharecroppers' Strike of 1939, when black and white sharecroppers left their homes in protest after their wages were withheld by landowners. They camped south of Sikeston and around towns such as Charleston, New Madrid and Morley, Mo...
Female actors double up in 'Debt' (09/02/11)
"The Debt" is a dour spy thriller that serves up very few surprises, though it does deliver two strong performances: by the priceless Helen Mirren and this summer's new hot actress, Jessica Chastain. Mirren and Chastain play the same character, Rachel Singer. ...
Charles Betts (09/02/11)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Charles Betts, 81, of Murray, Ky., formerly of Tamms, died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms.
Hazel Corbin (09/02/11)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Hazel L. Corbin, 92, of Jonesboro died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. Richard Keeley officiating. Burial will be in Jonesboro Cemetery...
Shirley Blinn (09/02/11)
Shirley Ann Blinn, 83, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Herrin, Ill., died Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at her home. She was born Sept. 20, 1927, in Detroit to Delbert and Mabel Smith Dahmer. She and LeRoy J. Blinn Sr. were married Aug. 29, 1963, in Detroit. He died Nov. 25, 2008...
Gladys Brown (09/02/11)
Gladys M. Brown, 85, of Delta died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at Chaffee Nursing Center in Chaffee, Mo. She was born May 14, 1926, at Allenville, to Ancil Ivan and Grace W. Smith Givens. She and Orval Otto "Slim" Brown were married Nov. 25, 1950. He died Dec. 1, 1973...
Births 9/2/11 (09/02/11)
Daughter to Jesse L. and Sarah A. Armstrong of Wappapello, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 10:02 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. Name, Jessa Louann. Weight, 5 pounds, 15 ounces. First child. Mrs. Armstrong is the former Sarah Starkey, daughter of Jack Starkey of Sedgewickville, Mo. She is assistant vice president of Peoples Community Bank. Armstrong is the son of Dean Armstrong of Wappapello. He is owner of Armstrong Body and Frame...
Jackson police report 9/2/11 (09/02/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau police report 9/2/11 (09/02/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 9/2/11 (09/02/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 9/2/11 (09/02/11)
Cape Girardeau pupils officially bid farewell to the lazy days of summer as a new school term gets underway; the first "break" from classes will come Sept. 12, when students are dismissed early to enjoy the festivities at the SEMO District Fair. The Cape Girardeau City Council unanimously approves an agreement that calls for the city to lease a 70-acre site along Highway 177 just north of here for use as a sanitary landfill; the property is adjacent to the existing landfill, which is nearing capacity.. ...
Performance reports (09/02/11)
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently released its preliminary Annual Performance Reports, and the early results show that most local school districts performed well during the past school year. Seven academic standards are used to judge K-8 school districts, while K-12 school districts are evaluated on 14 academic points...
Speak Out 9/2/11 (09/02/11)
IF the postal officials come to your town to discuss closing your small post office, you might as well consider it already closed. Your opinions will fall on deaf ears. You will be much better off by calling your local congressman and voicing your opinion...
Prayer 9/2/11 (09/02/11)
O God, may we strive to live together in harmony but stand firm for what is right. Amen.
7th and 8th grade Dance Team excels at camp (09/02/11)
Cape Central Junior High School students excelled at the Universal Dance Association camp held at Southeast Missouri State University in June. The event qualified the team to compete at Nationals in Florida, and produced two All-Americans: Mariah Taylor (8th grade) and Ta'Liyah Thompson (7th grade)...
Meet Miss C, the Sociable Camel (09/02/11)
When Donna Shirrell, dean of nursing at the SoutheastHEALTH College of Nursing and Health Sciences, mentions "Miss C" in conversation, she isn't talking about a person. Or a dog. Or a parakeet. She's talking about Miss C, an affable 7-year-old camel...
Fall Golf Tournaments at Jaycee Golf Course (09/02/11)
2011 Autumn Open 4-Person Scramble Enter your team now for the 2011 Autumn Open 4-Person Scramble at the Cape Jaycee Municipal Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 17, hosted by the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department. Mens, womens, and mixed teams are welcome, with tournament play beginning at 8 a.m. ...
Southern IL AIDS Walk Seeks Volunteers (09/02/11)
For Immediate Release Southern Illinois AIDS Walk Moves to World AIDS Day (Dec. 1), SIUC Campus The Southern Illinois AIDS Walk and Candlelight Vigil will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1 (World AIDS Day) at 6pm at the SIUC Student Health Center, 374 Grand Avenue, Carbondale. Set-up will begin at 3pm, and registration and a health fair will begin at 4:30pm. Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day...
First Day of September (09/02/11)
One of the trees in my back yard
NOT TOO LONG WE'LL BE GONE (09/02/11)
We all will miss you. Have a safe flight.
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