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Stories from Monday, October 3, 2011

Jackson, Cape districts have increased programs to help transitional students (10/03/11)
The Jackson and Cape Girardeau school districts have revamped their programs in recent years to help special-education students be successful after high school. According to Pam Deneke, a special-education teacher in the Jackson School District, a variety of what are called transition services have been created in the district in the past decade. Students' disabilities range from significant, such as autism, to mild, such as attention deficit disorder, Deneke said...
After acquittal, no new leads in 2010 Cape shooting (10/03/11)
Although the state believes it tried the right person for a Cape Girardeau man's murder, the case remains open with no new leads. Woody Ervin died after being shot twice near the intersection of Park Drive and North Fountain Street on June 26, 2010. Thomas D. Evans was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action but was acquitted of both charges Sept. 9. Evans had admitted to the killing after eight hours of police interrogation and had Ervin's blood on his shoes...
Low-income housing developer asks Cape City Council to support apartments (10/03/11)
A $5.8 million low-income apartment complex is being proposed for west-central Cape Girardeau, but the Clarkton, Mo., development company says the project hinges on state and federal tax credits that look to be difficult to get. MACO Development, which already has three senior housing developments here, wants to build an initial 48 units targeted to families on 12 acres at the north end of Silver Springs Road near Spruce Street, said executive vice president Jason Maddox...
Fugitive crashes at Cape County rest area while fleeing highway patrol (10/03/11)
An Illinois fugitive trying to avoid capture by the Missouri State Highway Patrol was seriously injured when the police chase ended in a crash. Lashawn D. Good, 36, of East St. Louis, Ill., was hurt Sunday when he crashed his 1998 Buick into a tractor-trailer at a rest area along Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The crash happened just before 6 p.m. at a rest stop near mile marker 110...
Delivery driver wounded in Poplar Bluff robbery; suspect arrested (10/03/11)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Quick response by county, city and state law enforcement officers led to the arrest of a 42-year-old Wappapello, Mo., man who was jailed in connection with the alleged armed robbery of a Burch Food Co., delivery driver. The robbery was reported at 11:38 a.m. Friday and occurred at a storage building behind John's Mini-Mart, across from the Briggs & Stratton Plant on Highway 142, at the south edge of Poplar Bluff...
More than 40 attend Scott City benefit for woman's family (10/03/11)
June Hayes moved to Southeast Missouri from Michigan to be closer to family and provide a better education for her children. Now her family, community and school are coming together to try to ensure that her children are able to stay in their home and school in Scott City...
Pioneer holds grand opening for New Madrid plant (10/03/11)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Pioneer Hi-Bred executives celebrated the grand opening of their $60 million soybean production plant in New Madrid on Friday. "This new soybean production plant is a tremendous asset to the entire Pioneer organization," said Alejandro Munoz, vice president of Americas and Global Production. "This state-of-the-art facility is the largest production plant we have in the world."...
Jackson School District marking 4th annual Disability Awareness Week (10/03/11)
Jackson is observing Disability Awareness Week beginning today. This will be the fourth year that schools in the district have hosted events involving education on disabilities. According to Traci Ritter with the Jackson School District's parenting partnership council, this year's theme is "Everybody Counts," which she said she hopes to see posted on the signs of area businesses as a symbol of support...
Survey suggests region's economy continues to grow (10/03/11)
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The economy in nine Midwest and Plains states will likely continue to grow at a slow pace with little chance of another recession, according to a monthly survey of business managers released Monday. The region's overall economic index increased to 52.2 in September from August's 52. Any score above 50 suggests economic growth in the next few months...
Destroyed Joplin hospital, workers find a way back (10/03/11)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- The hospital had always been there for the victims of calamity. It had saved lives, healed the desperately sick, patched up the bruised and bloodied and made them whole again. It was always a haven -- never a victim, itself. Until one spring afternoon when that all changed...
Hospital trains parents of children with injuries and ailments to cope at home (10/03/11)
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. -- When children with severe injuries and illnesses go home from the hospital, their parents and caregivers step into the role of doctors and nurses. At Ranken Jordan Pediatric Specialty Hospital in Maryland Heights, parents learn how to change and suction breathing and feeding tubes. They train in CPR. They know what to do if the power goes out and their child breathes through a ventilator...
Analysis: Fate of Mo. science initiative unclear (10/03/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Though seven years and several hundred million dollars behind Kansas, Missouri may finally be poised to enact a long-discussed initiative channeling state tax dollars to upstart companies in science- and technology-based ventures...
Renaissance Fairegoers demonstrate old-fashioned fighting (10/03/11)
Sir Geoff, Geoff McAlister, left, and Sir James, James Dawson struggle during a horseback swordfight at the World Tournament of Champions full contact jousting held at the Northern California Renaissance Faire at Casa De Fruta, in Hollister California Saturday afternoon Oct. 1, 2011. (AP Photo Michael McCollum/The Record)...
Congress paralyzed by parties' ‘tribal warfare' (10/03/11)
WASHINGTON -- How did it get this bad on Capitol Hill? Why does Congress barely function today? The legislative branch of the world's most powerful nation is now widely scorned as it lurches from one near-catastrophe to the next, even on supposedly routine matters such as setting an annual budget and keeping government offices open...
Hairy, crazy ants invade Southern states (10/03/11)
NEW ORLEANS -- It sounds like a horror movie: Biting ants invade by the millions. A camper's metal walls bulge from the pressure of ants nesting behind them. A circle of poison stops them for only a day, and then a fresh horde shows up, bringing babies. Stand in the yard, and in seconds ants cover your shoes...
Minnesota women accused of terror financing face trial (10/03/11)
MINNEAPOLIS -- One of two Minnesota women accused of funneling money to a terrorist group in Somalia allegedly told potential donors to ignore charities and focus on "the jihad" and helped finance local Somali men's travel to their war-torn homeland to fight, prosecutors alleged in court filings...
Yemeni official: Al-Qaida bomb maker not killed (10/03/11)
WASHINGTON -- Al-Qaida's top bomb maker in Yemen did not die in a drone strike on a convoy, a top Yemeni official said Sunday, a report that dashed the hopes of U.S. officials who thought the attack might have killed a trio of top al-Qaida personnel...
Candidate Christie could reshape GOP presidential race (10/03/11)
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's entry into the 2012 presidential race could dramatically reshape what has become a two-man race between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. But Christie, who's under pressure from party elders to run, hasn't faced national scrutiny -- and he could join other early favorites who burned out fast...
Biden's brother hospitalized after suspicious package powder scare (10/03/11)
OCEAN RIDGE, Fla. -- The brother of Vice President Joe Biden says he was kept overnight at a Florida hospital after opening a suspicious package containing a powdery substance. The envelope was mailed to Francis Biden's Ocean Ridge home. Biden told The Palm Beach Post that his girlfriend retrieved the package from his mailbox Saturday afternoon, but that he opened it...
Libyan ‘revolutionary Jew' to restore synagogue (10/03/11)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- David Gerbi is a 56-year-old psychoanalyst, but to Libyan rebels he was the "revolutionary Jew." He returned to his homeland after 44 years in exile to help oust Moammar Gadhafi, and to take on what may be an even more challenging mission...
Israel welcomes Mideast talks plan, with reservations (10/03/11)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's government welcomed on Sunday parts of an international proposal to resume long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinians but said it had concerns about the plan. The plan by Mideast mediators, known as the Quartet, calls for a peace deal in a year and asks both sides to produce comprehensive proposals on territory and security within three months...
Filipinos still trapped by flooding caused by two deadly typhoons (10/03/11)
MANILA, Philippines -- Rescuers scrambled Sunday to deliver food and water to hundreds of villagers stuck on rooftops for days because of flooding in the northern Philippines, where back-to-back typhoons have left at least 59 people dead. Typhoon Nalgae slammed ashore in northeastern Isabela province Saturday, then barreled across the main island of Luzon's mountainous north and agricultural plains, which were still sodden from fierce rain and winds unleashed by a howler just days earlier. ...
Southeast men place third in 33-team Louisville meet (10/03/11)
The Southeast Missouri State cross country program had a strong showing at Saturday's Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville, Ky. Southeast's men placed third out of 33 teams while the women were fifth among 32 squads. Both groups competed in the Blue Division...
Redhawks rout SIU-E to remain atop OVC (10/03/11)
The Southeast soccer team defeated SIU-Edwardsville 4-0 to stay unbeaten in conference play
Scheible's big day earns OVC honor (10/03/11)
A career performance by Southeast Missouri State senior quarterback Matt Scheible has resulted in an Ohio Valley Conference honor. Scheible was named the OVC co-offensive player of the week Sunday after leading the Redhawks to their first win, Saturday's 37-30 victory over visiting Eastern Illinois...
Cards rally against Phils to even series (10/03/11)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- John Jay knocked Carlos Ruiz backward with a hard forearm shiver, then the St. Louis Cardinals flipped this series around. Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead single in the seventh inning after Cliff Lee blew a four-run lead, and the Cardinals rallied past the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 Sunday night to even their NL playoff matchup at one game each...
Rams plummet to 0-4 with loss to Redskins (10/03/11)
Washington posts seven sacks in a 17-10 victory against St. Louis
Redhawks make big strides in first victory (10/03/11)
The jury still is out on whether the Southeast Missouri State football team will be serious contenders for a second straight Ohio Valley Conference championship. But anybody who watched Saturday night's 37-30 home win over Eastern Illinois has to agree that the Redhawks are improving by leaps and bounds...
Counseling can help seniors with many life situations (10/03/11)
If the cold, dreary days of fall bring you down in the dumps, you're not alone. Seasonal affective disorder, likely due to a lack of vitamin D-boosting sunshine, is quite common. Whether you've been feeling sad and lonely for several weeks or several months, counseling might be just what you need...
Autumn in Southeast Missouri: Tips for finding the best fall colors (10/03/11)
The hot topic of discussion is, "Where's the best place to see fall colors?" My snarky response would be, "Any place with trees!" While it's easy to find fall foliage in almost any direction, the river hills north of Cape Girardeau put on a good show and are only a short drive away. Here is a suggested tour following the backroads of northern Cape Girardeau and eastern Perry counties:...
Around the bend Vicksburg, Miss., to Mile Zero: Day five (10/03/11)
__Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009__ Today was as good as yesterday was bad. The morning started with the usual low ominous clouds we had seen every day. By 1000 the sky had cleared and the sun came out. We had no wind, so it was quite hot. ...
Program aims to safely dispose of unused medications, curb drug abuse (10/03/11)
Chances are good there's some expired or unneeded prescription medication hiding in the back of your medicine cabinet or kitchen drawer. And with prescription drug abuse on the rise, the Drug Enforcement Administration is seeking to get unused pills out of homes and dispose of them safely with a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 29...
Dr. Jack Kevorkian's art and belongings to be sold at auction (10/03/11)
DETROIT -- Paintings, writings and the iconic blue sweater of the audacious assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian are going up for auction, his attorney and close friend said Friday. Lawyer Mayer Morganroth said the late pathologist's artwork and items will be sold in late October at the New York Institute of Technology. ...
Top-of-the-line cigar shop opens on Kingsway (10/03/11)
Fumatore di Sigaro, a new cigar store and smoking lounge, is now open in Cape Girardeau featuring hand-rolled cigars and smoking accessories. It is at 1720 Kingsway Drive, Suite 101. Cigars from around the world are kept in a Spanish cedar-lined walk-in humidor...
Talking shop with Justin Denton, owner of Burrito-Ville (10/03/11)
Justin Denton, owner of Burrito-Ville in Cape Girardeau, turned his passion for Mexican food into a restaurant where they'll wrap up almost anything in a tortilla and serve it to you as a burrito. Q: What was your motivation behind opening Burrito-Ville?...
Protest against Wall Street nationwide (10/03/11)
NEW YORK -- Protesters who have been camping out in Manhattan's Financial District say their movement has grown and become more organized, and they have no intention of stopping as they move into their third week, following the second weekend in a row of mass arrests...
AT&T wants Sprint suit over T-Mobile deal gone (10/03/11)
NEW YORK -- AT&T Inc. on Friday asked a court to eject rival Sprint Nextel Corp. from the process that looks at whether AT&T should be allowed to buy T-Mobile USA. Sprint, the nation's third-largest cellphone company, and a smaller phone company, C Spire Wireless (known as Cellular South until last Monday), both want to be parallel participants in the Justice Department's suit against AT&T's acquisition on antitrust grounds. ...
Long road from farm to fork worsens food outbreak (10/03/11)
WASHINGTON -- The recent listeria outbreak from cantaloupes shows that large-scale occurrences of serious illnesses linked to tainted food have grown more common over the years, partly because much of what we eat takes a long and winding road from farm to fork...
People on the move 10/03/11 (10/03/11)
Ashton Phillips, Brandon Pederson and Tyler Stevens of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, The Hahs Group, were recently nominated and attended the 231st Fastrack Academy, in Milwaukee, Wis. Fastrack Academy is for representatives who have held a full-time contract for 12 to 59 months. Fastrack Academy is a six-day interactive forum for an elite group of 49 representatives, aimed at inspiring higher production and professional growth. Fastrack began in 1944...
With all of the ups and downs, it's a summer investors want to forget (10/03/11)
NEW YORK -- It was a stomach-churning summer that most investors would like to forget. The United States lost its top-of-the-line credit rating for the first time. The financial system of Europe seemed ready to collapse. Money managers sifted through data for signs that the economy was about to slide into a new recession...
Rodney Pearman (10/03/11)
ANNA, Ill. -- Rodney Pearman, 63, of Anna passed away Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at his home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Jones Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill.
Helen Boyd (10/03/11)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Helen Jane Boyd, 93, of Marble Hill passed away Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at her home. She was born Dec. 25, 1917, in Dongola, Mo., to Peter and Alice Revell Winchester. Helen and Wilson Boyd were united in marriage on May 12, 1934, at Marble Hill, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 27, 2004...
Stephanie Golas (10/03/11)
Stephanie T. Golas, 100, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with the Rev. Normand Varone officiating...
Kenneth Dodd (10/03/11)
ANNA, Ill. -- Kenneth Wayne Dodd, 92 of Anna died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. Graveside funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Jonesboro Cemetery, with the Rev. Joe Aldridge officiating. Burial will be in Jonesboro Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Illinois National Guard Funeral Honors Team of Marion, Ill., and the Carroll P. Foster VFW Post No. 3455 of Anna...
Ruby Bock (10/03/11)
Ruby L. Bock, 100, of Jackson died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Sam Roethemeyer officiating. Burial will be in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson...
Don Blagg (10/03/11)
Don "Skee" Blagg, 55, of Sikeston, Mo., died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in Benton, Mo. A memorial dinner will be at a later date. Arrangements by McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
Esther Leimbach (10/03/11)
Esther Erna Leimbach, 87, of Jackson passed away Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at the Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau. She was born Nov. 11, 1923, in Pocahontas to Herman and Anna Louise Leimer Koeberl. She and Edward G. Leimbach were united in marriage on Oct. 26, 1947, in Pocahontas. He preceded her in death on July 28, 1994...
Jackson police and fire report 10/3/11 (10/03/11)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summons Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Cape Girardeau fire report 10/3/11 (10/03/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 10/3/11 (10/03/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Out of the past 10/3/11 (10/03/11)
Cape Girardeau County Presiding Commissioner Gene Huckstep, speaking at the First Friday Coffee of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, stresses the importance of ignoring city and county boundaries and working together for the good of the area. Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. has added a new prefix, 339, locally; it's a prefix assigned to each of the 1,500 student dormitory rooms at Southeast Missouri State University...
Car shows (10/03/11)
For years cars have been an interest to many individuals, some going to great lengths to preserve older cars and others interested in discovering new technologies. Recently cars representing the two different interests were on display in events held in Cape Girardeau...
Controlling health care costs (10/03/11)
A Tuesday New York Times article reports that the average annual health insurance premium increased by 9 percent during the past year. It further states that in 2001 the average annual family coverage health insurance premium was $7,061 and now in 2011 it is $15,073. This means that in the last 10 years while wages increased roughly 34 percent, health care premiums increased by more than 100 percent...
Speak Out 10/3/11 (10/03/11)
THE comments about the Cape Rock Drive-Perryville Road traffic don't address the most dangerous problem. Every school day from about 7:30 to 8 a.m. the traffic backs up Perryville, sometimes to the top of the hill. Sometime soon someone who isn't aware of this is going to rear-end a sitting car. ...
Prayer 10/3/11 (10/03/11)
O God, thank you that we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus. Amen.
"Dangerous Rhetoric" (10/03/11)
"Dangerous Rhetoric: The Erosion of Argument in American Political Debate" This event is Friday Ocotber 21, 2011 at 7PM. This preliminary event would begin with a speech by Matt Lawyer of approximately 30 minutes including some short video clip evidence outlining outrageous and outright dangerous claims by all political sides within the last 3 years. ...
Arts Council of Southeast Missouri News (10/03/11)
FOR RELEASE: October 7, 2011 DINGELDEIN AWARDS SHOW TO COMMEMORATE 50th ANNIVERSARY CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO-- This Friday, October 7, the Southeast Missouri Arts Council will be honoring recipients of the Otto F. Dingeldein award from the last 36 years as a special exhibit to commemorate the Council's 50th anniversary. ...
Climate of economic uncertainty is killing job creation (10/03/11)
In the last few weeks, President Obama has offered two major speeches chock full of his ideas for stimulating the economy. On September 8, the President stood before Congress to pitch his plan to create American jobs; 11 days later, he followed with an address focused on deficit reduction through spending cuts and tax hikes. Boehner responded with his own speech and brought his ideas for job creation and what is needed to spur job creation...
Amazing Race Raises Public Awareness of Diabetes (10/03/11)
Kevin and Tammy York of Jackson and their children Ethan and Mackenzie receive instructions from Belinda Mueller, right, of the Southeast Diabetes Center as they seek to answer a question about diabetes at the Amazing Race at Kohl's Department Store in Cape Girardeau on Saturday, Oct. 1. The event, organized by the Diabetes Center and the SoutheastHEALTH Foundation, promoted diabetes awareness...
Kohl's Donates to Youth Diabetes Care Network (10/03/11)
Kohl's Department Store in Cape Girardeau has donated $23,485 to the Kohl's Youth Diabetes Care Network, a service of the Southeast Diabetes Center. The money came from the sale of Kohl's Cares® books and plush toys. The presentation was made Saturday, Oct. ...
Cement Plant Dust Then and Now (10/03/11)
If you don't think pollution controls work, take a look at these photos of the cement plant taken in 1966, then in 2010. New residents of Cape won't remember the days when the city was covered in gray grit when the wind was blowing to the north.
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