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Stories from Monday, September 12, 2011

Project to document Mo., Ill. Civil War artifacts (09/12/11)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- A library at Southeast Missouri State University wants to document the whereabouts of letters, journals, diaries, photographs and other original documents dating back to the Civil War. The Special Collections and Archives in Kent Library is conducting a survey of materials housed in places such as libraries, museums and historical societies. It also wants to know what documents people may have stashed in their homes...
Streets to close for fair parade (09/12/11)
Parts of some Cape Girardeau streets will be closed starting at 5 p.m. for today's SEMO District Fair parade. Broadway west of West End Boulevard and Kingshighway between Broadway and Cape Rock Drive will be closed during the parade. Broadview Street will be closed from Spartech Drive north to the entrance of Arena Park during and shortly after the parade...
Ceremonies in Cape, Jackson held to remember 9/11 (09/12/11)
On a day that commemorated the 10-year anniversary of a tragedy that filled the nation with uncertainty and fear, Cape Girardeau County brimmed with patriotism, admiration and honor. In Jackson, dozens of people clad in red, white and blue gathered in Brookside Memorial Park to remember those who lost their lives during the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a hijacked airplane in Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001. They joined in singing the national anthem...
Barrel racing at SEMO District Fair draws hundreds of spectators (09/12/11)
About 400 people showed up Sunday afternoon for a new event at the SEMO District Fair this year -- barrel racing. The race in the grandstand arena was put on in conjunction with the Heartland Barrel Racing Association. The associations' Tyler Williams said it was a mutual decision between the association and the fair staff to decide to try barrel racing this year because horse racing competitions seem to be hot in the area...
Hundreds attend East Prairie premiere of film about levee breach (09/12/11)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- "Man Made: Disaster at Birds Point" was a big hit at its premiere Friday. The short documentary film produced by Osborn and Barr, a communications company in St. Louis specializing in agriculture, begins with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to breach the Birds Point-New Madrid levee with explosives at three sites alongside the Mississippi River to activate the floodway...
Former Delta school becomes shelter (09/12/11)
Students have moved out of the old Delta Elementary School and into a new building. A couple with a dream of helping people in need have moved in. The school is now home to the Amen Center, a new not-for-profit organization with a goal of providing a transitional housing shelter and religious center for the homeless or abused. The center is run by a husband-and-wife team, Danny and Shirley Hollowell...
Byrd Creek bridge in Cape Girardeau County reduced for sealing today (09/12/11)
The Highway 34 bridge over Byrd Creek in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane from County Road 347 to County Road 343 as the Missouri Department of Transportation contractor seals the deck. Work will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, weather permitting...
Deadline nears for rice farmers in Bayer settlement (09/12/11)
ST. LOUIS -- The deadline for rice farmers across the county to file a claim in a proposed $750 million settlement offered by Germany-based Bayer CropScience AG is nearing, according to Don Downing, co-lead counsel and lead trial attorney for plaintiffs in a series of trials that began in 2009...
Wreck kills Puxico teen (09/12/11)
MINER, Mo. -- A Puxico, Mo., teen was killed in a wreck early Saturday in Scott County. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred just before 1 a.m. when Matthew D. Rohan, 18, driving a 1997 Ford, was eastbound on County Road 538 just east of Miner and ran off the right side of the road, striking a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene...
Cliff Robertson dead at 88 (09/12/11)
NEW YORK -- President John F. Kennedy had just one critique when he saw photos of the actor set to play him in a World War II drama. The year was 1963 and actor Cliff Robertson looked convincing in his costume for "PT-109," the first film to portray a sitting president. Kennedy had favored Robertson for the role, but one detail was off...
Ceremony at the Pentagon honors those who died there on 9/11 (09/12/11)
WASHINGTON -- Memories of horror and heroism echoed Sunday across the west side of the Pentagon where, a decade ago, a hijacked airplane carrying 59 doomed passengers and crew and 36,200 pounds of jet fuel smashed into the fortress-like military headquarters, killing all aboard and 125 inside...
Looking back and ahead, America remembers Sept. 11 (09/12/11)
NEW YORK -- Determined never to forget but perhaps ready to move on, the nation handed Sept. 11 over to history Sunday and etched its memory on a new generation. A stark memorial took its place where twin towers once stood, and the names of the lost resounded from children too young to remember terror from a decade ago...
New York City memorial honors Sept. 11 deaths (09/12/11)
NEW YORK -- In the days after the 9/11 attacks, all of New York seemed to become a shrine to the dead. People left heaps of flowers in front of fire stations. They lit candles. They hung photographs of the missing. Now, at last, there is a permanent memorial to the victims...
Texas blaze's tally at 1,554 homes (09/12/11)
BASTROP, Texas -- The number of homes destroyed by a Texas wildfire has risen to 1,554 and is expected to further increase as firefighters enter more areas where the blaze has been extinguished, officials said Sunday. Seventeen people remain unaccounted for...
Suspicious trips to bathroom lead to plane getting military escort (09/12/11)
NEW YORK -- Two fighter jets escorted a Los Angeles-to-New York American Airlines flight after three passengers' repeated trips to the bathroom aroused suspicion Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, officials said. The passengers were later cleared...
NASA craft to study interior of the moon (09/12/11)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A pair of spacecraft rocketed toward the moon Saturday on the first mission dedicated to measuring lunar gravity and determining what's inside Earth's orbiting companion -- all the way down to the core. "I could hardly be happier," said the lead scientist, Maria Zuber. After two days of delays and almost another, "I was trying to be as calm as I could be."...
Raises in tuition fail to stop cutbacks in higher education (09/12/11)
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- America's public colleges and universities have burned through nearly $10 billion in government stimulus money and are still facing more tuition increases, fewer course offerings and larger class sizes. Many college students are already bearing the brunt of the cuts in their wallets as they prepare for their future careers...
Nevada Guard honors comrades killed in mass shooting at IHOP (09/12/11)
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The Nevada National Guard held a private memorial in Carson City to remember three colleagues killed in the worst mass shooting in the capital's history. Those honored in the service Sunday were Maj. Heath Kelly, Sgt. 1st Class Miranda McElhiney, and Sgt. 1st Class Christian Riege, who was promoted to the rank of master sergeant posthumously...
Wal-Mart brings back holiday layaway plan (09/12/11)
NEW YORK -- Wal-Mart is bringing back something its customers have been asking for since the recession: layaway. The world's largest retailer, which ditched the pay-as-you-go plans in 2006, is rolling out a holiday layaway plan from Oct. 17 through Dec. 16. Wal-Mart is following rivals that brought back the service during the thick of the recession...
Fed's next step may be small (09/12/11)
NEW YORK -- The last time the Federal Reserve came up with a big plan to help the economy, it totaled $600 billion and touched off a 28 percent rally in the stock market. But if the Fed takes any new steps, as many people expect, it won't look anything like that. Look for small ball, not a home run...
America's 9/11 pain is shared in other lands (09/12/11)
PARIS -- An American expatriate in Paris cries over an indelible memory of sadness. Buglers play taps from Brussels to Bagram, Afghanistan. An Israeli retiree remembers her daughter: "My world was destroyed. For me, every day is Sept. 11." The world's leaders and citizens reflected Sunday on the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks that were directed at the United States but claimed the lives of people from more than 90 countries...
Gadhafi's son al-Saadi intercepted in north Niger (09/12/11)
NIAMEY, Niger -- A convoy carrying ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's son al-Saadi has crossed into neighboring Niger, a spokesman for Niger's government said Sunday. Al-Saadi, the fugitive ruler's 37-year-old son, entered Niger in a convoy with nine other people, said Niger Justice Minister Amadou Morou. The vehicles were traveling south toward the outpost of Agadez, where other fleeing Libyan loyalists are believed to be holed up in a hotel...
Oil workers found alive in Gulf of Mexico (09/12/11)
VERACRUZ, Mexico -- Seven of 10 oil workers missing in the Gulf of Mexico were found alive Sunday, according to Mexico's state oil company, three days after evacuating their disabled rig in a tropical storm and escaping in an enclosed life raft...
2 Yemen soldiers killed in al-Qaida clashes (09/12/11)
SANAA, Yemen -- Two Yemeni soldiers were killed and four wounded Sunday by a roadside bomb blast in southern Yemen as government forces battled for control of a key city held by al-Qaida-linked militants for nearly four months. Yemeni government forces, backed by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, are confronting fighters, some with links to Yemen's al-Qaida branch, in Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province...
Notre Dame swimmers win relay meet (09/12/11)
The Notre Dame boys swim team took first place in an eight-team meet Friday night, then placed fourth in an 11-team meet Saturday. The Bulldogs won three races and posted a meet-high 124 points in winning a relay event at University City. Francis Howell was second with 118 points, while CBC was third with 112...
Southeast Missouri State soccer team falls to Kentucky (09/12/11)
The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team had its three-game winning streak snapped by an undefeated squad from the Southeastern Conference. Host Kentucky defeated the Redhawks 2-0 in Sunday's championship game of the Tropical Smoothie Invitational in Lexington, Ky...
Rams take a beating in opener (09/12/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Without contact, Steven Jackson was injured on the first offensive snap. It was that kind of an opener for the St. Louis Rams. Quarterback Sam Bradford, wide receiver Danny Amendola, offensive Jason Smith and cornerback Ron Bartell also were injured in a dispiriting 31-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Bradford expects to be back for next week's Monday night game at the New York Giants, but he might be the only one from that group...
Cardinals' sweep of Braves inspires wild thoughts (09/12/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals are back in the playoff picture. Molina had three hits, including a three-run double, and the Cardinals beat the slumping Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep...
An 0-2 start would not ruin Redhawks' season (09/12/11)
The Southeast Missouri State football team almost certainly will start the season 0-2. That's because the Redhawks visit Purdue of the Big Ten Conference Saturday after dropping their Sept. 3 opener 38-10 to Southern Illinois. It will take a monumental upset to beat Purdue, which is paying Southeast $315,000 for the anticipated mismatch...
Book: JFK scorned idea of Johnson as president (09/12/11)
NEW YORK -- President John F. Kennedy openly scorned the notion of Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson succeeding him in office, according to a book of newly released interviews with his widow, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. She said her husband and his brother then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, a longtime LBJ antagonist, even discussed ways to prevent Johnson from winning the Democratic nomination in a future contest...
People on the move 9/12/11 (09/12/11)
Dan Querry has joined Big River Telephone as a database administrator. He is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. Lauren Dirnberger has been promoted to marketing associate. Dirnberger started in 2007 and has been on both the front office and Customer Experience teams. ...
Talking Shop with Lee Schlitt of Broadway Prescription Shop (09/12/11)
After more than a decade in the banking business, Lee Schlitt of Cape Girardeau is now a small-business owner after teaming up with friend and pharmacist Kevin Wood to buy Broadway Prescription Shop. Schlitt says he enjoys giving back to a community that has given him so much over the years and he's looking forward to seeing what the future holds for downtown Cape Girardeau...
Economic discussion to continue this week (09/12/11)
This week the Missouri Legislature will continue its special session called by Gov. Jay Nixon in hopes of passing an economic development package to attracting new businesses, create new jobs and reform the state's tax credit structure. The session got off to a rocky start last Tuesday when Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, kept the floor for more than three hours in an attempt to stop the session from even starting...
Charles Steck (09/12/11)
Charles W. Steck, 92, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 at The Lutheran Home. He was born May 2, 1919, in Jackson to Charles F. and Clara Milde Steck. He and Bernice Willer were married July 14, 1955, at Jackson. She died on Dec. 31, 2006...
Jackson police and fire report 9/12/11 (09/12/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Property damage Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Out of the past 9/12/11 (09/12/11)
Circuit Judge A.J. Seier of Cape Girardeau strikes down a state law assessing apartments at two rates depending on the number of units, ruling the measure is unconstitutional; the ruling sets the assessment rate of all apartment buildings at 19 percent of value, the same as the residential rate...
West Park Mall (09/12/11)
Thirty years ago this year West Park Mall opened its doors in Cape Girardeau, and today the facility is still a viable shopping destination and a popular social outlet. The mall -- which started out as a vision of Charles L. Drury's -- has been a major staple for the west side of Cape Girardeau. ...
Dishonoring Native Americans (09/12/11)
"Indian" mascots, logos and nicknames are a stereotype of a particular race. When the schools support the use of these mascots it's racism. People can be proud of their schools and sports teams, but it dishonors the Native American people when tradition and traditional dress are depicted inaccurately. ...
Speak Out 9/12/11 (09/12/11)
I would like to applaud Miss Pierce, kindergarten teacher at Immaculate Conception School in Jackson. She deserves nothing but praise for her caring, the way she handles the children and her passion for her job. WE'RE all supposed to eat five fruits and vegetables a day, but I was just thinking, mushrooms are a fungus. Is that a fruit or vegetable?...
Prayer 9/12/11 (09/12/11)
O Lord, may we train up our children in the way they should go. Amen.
Butterfly (09/12/11)
Nothing was disturbing this butterfly while he was feeding on the flower.
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