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Stories from Monday, October 31, 2011

Cape County Commission meeting canceled today (10/31/11)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission meeting originally set for this morning has been canceled. Donna Oldham, clerk for the commission, sent out an email this morning saying the meeting was canceled due to "unforeseen circumstances."
Route AB in Stoddard County closed for pipe replacement (10/31/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route AB in Stoddard County will be closed today and tomorrow, while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe beneath the roadway. This section of road is between Highway 25 and County Road 503. Weather permitting, work will be done from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily...
Bill would cut back new emission regulations on cement manufacturers (10/31/11)
A bill making its way through Congress would roll back new EPA regulations on cement manufacturers to preserve jobs and help companies avoid expensive equipment upgrades to control emissions. House Resolution 2681, known as the Cement Sector Regulatory Act, recently passed the House of Representatives. The measure requires the EPA administrator to develop more realistic and achievable regulations within 15 months, supporters say...
Halloween restrictions on sex offenders do little to protect children, two groups say (10/31/11)
As children roam the streets trick-or-treating Monday night, registered sex offenders will be forced by state law to sit in their unlit homes with signs that deter the costume-wearing, candy-seeking youngsters. Local and state organizations, however, say the law that prohibits offenders from contact with children on Halloween does little to protect children from sexual abuse and more to humiliate offenders...
Petition asks Jackson to address city park noise (10/31/11)
A Jackson resident is asking that noise in the city park be addressed to help end her "nightmare on Elm Street." Lori Williams presented a petition at the Oct. 17 Jackson Board of Aldermen meeting. The petition, signed by nine residents whose homes border the ball fields on the west side of the park, says they are subjected to excess noise from "vehicles, stereos and persons loitering in the parking lots."...
Southeast, others adding courses to online collaboration (10/31/11)
The universities of Missouri are finding that putting their heads together can be a great thing. With the success of a new program offering students the opportunity to take courses online at other universities throughout the state, Southeast Missouri State University and seven others will add to the courses as part of a statewide academic collaboration...
Pair combine history, science in anniversary presentation on New Madrid quakes (10/31/11)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Marian McDonald says she was raised on the stories of "the big shake." Now she wants to share those stories and more as Southeast Missouri prepares to mark the 200th anniversary of the earthquakes that shook much of the United States...
Howardville gets poor rating from state auditor (10/31/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An audit requested by the residents of Howardville uncovered numerous problems, prompting State Auditor Tom Schweich to rate the overall performance of the city as poor. However, second-term Mayor Jessie Newson said the city has already implemented some of the auditors' recommendations and is working with their attorney on other issues...
Volunteers in Cape make 210 quilts for homeless over weekend (10/31/11)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Cindy Spaeth, left, and Jeanette Buchheit connect the layers of a quilt Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011 at the DePaul Center in Cape Girardeau. Volunteers made the 84-inch-square quilts pieced together from mismatched donated fabric during the annual Ugly Quilt Weekend sponsored by St. ...
Pennsylvania man faces synthetic marijuana charge in Mississippi County (10/31/11)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Pennsylvania man was arrested in Mississippi County on charges of possessing synthetic marijuana. Adam Crawford, 22, of Evans City, Pa., has been charged with possession of a controlled substance of a synthetic cannabinoid and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, according to Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore...
Analysis: Missouri budget cuts at stake in Cole County case (10/31/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Beneath the political overtones of a court battle between Missouri's Republican auditor and Democratic governor, an important constitutional question soon could be decided in a courtroom: Can the governor cut the state budget regardless of whether revenue is running short?...
Cold pill sales jump after new St. Charles County law (10/31/11)
BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) -- Now that St. Charles County requires a prescription to purchase cold pills containing a key ingredient to methamphetamine, sales of the over-the-counter medications are soaring in three nearby St. Louis County towns. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch cites a statewide database showing that sales of products containing pseudoephedrine jumped by 81 percent last month in Bridgeton, 59 percent in Maryland Heights and 51 percent in Chesterfield...
Joplin woman getting mansion tile to replace loss in tornado (10/31/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Joplin woman who survived a deadly tornado is getting a replacement for a decorated tile from the Missouri Governor's Mansion that she lost in the storm. The tiles had been on the roof of the Missouri Governor's Mansion in Jefferson City and were painted and sold by a preservation group to raise money. ...
KC vet memorial damaged (10/31/11)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Vandals have damaged Kansas City's new Korean War Veteran's Memorial. KCTV reported that the steel plating with the names of those killed in the war is damaged and that one of four stars inside the memorial has been stolen. Police also said that skateboard wax is all over a bench that borders the memorial...
Wall Street protesters prepare for winter cold (10/31/11)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Wall Street protesters around the country who are vowing to stand their ground against the police and politicians are also digging in against a different kind of adversary: cold weather. With the temperature dropping, they are stockpiling donated coats, blankets and scarves, trying to secure cots and military-grade tents, and getting survival tips from the homeless people who have joined their encampments...
Rescue efforts suspended at Kansas grain elevator (10/31/11)
ATCHISON, Kan. -- Crews suspended their search Sunday for three people missing after a thunderous explosion at a Kansas grain elevator killed three workers and hospitalized two others with severe burns.
Halloween doesn't have to be candy binge to be fun holiday (10/31/11)
CHICAGO -- Offer apples to trick-or-treaters and risk having your house get egged -- maybe even by your own children. But dentists and dietitians say you can still make Halloween reasonably healthy for little devils and witches without resorting to draconian tactics, like no candy...
Skeptic now agrees global warming is real (10/31/11)
WASHINGTON -- A prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly. The study of the world's surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially bankrolled by a foundation connected to global warming deniers. ...
U.S. prosecutions going up for crimes in war zones (10/31/11)
WASHINGTON -- A Marine in Iraq sent home $43,000 in stolen cash by hiding it in a footlocker among American flags. A soldier shipped thousands more concealed in a toy stuffed animal. An embassy employee tricked the State Department into wiring $240,000 into his foreign bank account...
Cain ad shines focus on viral videos (10/31/11)
NEW YORK -- Before Smoking Man, there was Obama Girl. And who can forget Jib Jab? A new ad featuring Herman Cain's smoking campaign manager Mark Block is the latest political video to become an overnight web sensation. The ad, with Block taking a deep drag on a cigarette while Cain flashes a Cheshire cat grin, has had close to 1 million clicks on Cain's website since its debut last week. It's also aired repeatedly on cable news shows and become the subject of countless parodies...
3 million powerless as snow surprises Northeast (10/31/11)
SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. -- When winter's white mixes with autumn's orange and gold, nature gets ugly. A freak October nor'easter knocked out power to more than 3 million homes and businesses across the Northeast on Sunday in large part because leaves still on the trees caught more snow, overloading branches that snapped and wreaked havoc. Close to 2 feet of snow fell in some areas over the weekend, and it was particularly wet and heavy, making the storm even more damaging...
Today in History (10/31/11)
Today is Monday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2011. There are 61 days left in the year. This is Halloween. Today's Highlights in History: On Oct. 31, 1941, the Navy destroyer USS Reuben James was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Iceland with the loss of some 100 lives, even though the United States had not yet entered World War II. Work was completed on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, begun in 1927...
Anti-U.S. cricketer rallies 100,000 people (10/31/11)
ISLAMABAD -- Cricket legend and opposition politician Imran Khan railed against the government and its alliance with the U.S. before more than 100,000 flag-waving supporters Sunday, establishing himself as a force in Pakistani politics. Khan, 58, entered politics 15 years ago when he founded Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, or the Movement for Justice Party, but up to now he has struggled to translate his fame into votes. ...
Hamas caught in bind as Gaza violence heats up (10/31/11)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- A new round of violence between Israel and Palestinian militants has Gaza's Hamas rulers caught between reluctance to take on Israel and discomfort with reining in fellow Islamists from smaller, more radical groups involved in the fighting...
Russia launches cargo to space station (10/31/11)
MOSCOW -- A Russian cargo ship was launched to the International Space Station on Sunday, clearing the way for the next manned mission and easing concerns about the station's future after a previous failed launch. The unmanned Progress M-13M blasted off as scheduled at 2:11 p.m. Moscow time from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin said...
NATO convoy bomb adds urgency to protecting Kabul (10/31/11)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The weekend suicide bombing of a NATO convoy that killed 17 people in Kabul adds urgency to the U.S.-led coalition's work to expand a security bubble around the Afghan capital. With most of the attacks in Kabul blamed on the Pakistan-based Haqqani network, the latest reinforced U.S. and Afghan demands that Islamabad do more to curb militant activity and sanctuaries on its territory...
Assad warns West against intervention in uprising (10/31/11)
BEIRUT -- Syrian President Bashar Assad warned the Middle East will burn if the West intervenes in his country's 7-month-old uprising, threatening to turn the region into "tens of Afghanistans." Assad's comments, published in an interview with Britain's Sunday Telegraph, were his harshest so far regarding the potential for foreign intervention. ...
Southeast Missouri State soccer team closes regular season with win (10/31/11)
The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team already had locked up the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title. But the Redhawks were determined not to have a letdown during Sunday's final regular-season game. The Redhawks accomplished that mission with a 3-0 rout of Tennessee Tech in front of about 200 fans on senior day at Houck Stadium...
St. Louis celebrates its 11th World Series title (10/31/11)
ST. LOUIS -- A red sea of fans jammed downtown St. Louis on Sunday to honor the World Series champion Cardinals and send a clear message to Albert Pujols: Please stay. An official crowd estimate was not immediately available for the parade down the streets of St. ...
Blues lose 4-2 to Edmonton (10/31/11)
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Ryan Smyth had a pair of goals as the Edmonton Oilers won their fifth in a row, 4-2 over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night. Shawn Horcoff and Jordan Eberle also scored for the Oilers, who improved to 6-1-1 at home and moved back into first place in the Western Conference...
Fan has no regrets about returning ball (10/31/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Dave Huyette was counting his blessings rather than the riches he might have received had greed overtaken sportsmanship as hordes of other St. Louis Cardinals fans turned out Sunday to swaddle themselves in their team's improbable World Series title,...
Inspired Rams stun Saints with first win (10/31/11)
The winless Rams beat New Orleans 31-21 after a supportive visit by the neighboring world champion Cardinals
Cardinals defy logic with World Series title (10/31/11)
Unbelievable. Incredible. Miraculous. All are appropriate descriptions for the Cardinals' season -- and that probably doesn't even do it justice. There really is no explanation for what transpired from late August, when the Cardinals seemed hopelessly buried in the playoff race and perhaps even headed to a sub-.500 record, to Friday night, when they won the World Series in St. Louis...
Defense witness: Michael Jackson caused own death (10/31/11)
LOS ANGELES -- Attorneys for Michael Jackson's doctor dropped the bombshell Friday they've been hinting at for months -- an expert opinion accusing the singer of causing his own death in 2009. Dr. Paul White, the defense team's star scientific witness, said Jackson injected himself with a dose of propofol after an initial dose by Dr. ...
Illinois looking for consulting company to do study of I-66 route from Paducah to Cape Girardeau (10/31/11)
Although $3.6 million in funding was approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation in August to evaluate the most feasible route for a new road between Paducah, Ky., and Cape Girardeau, the study won't begin until next summer. The funds will be available to the Illinois Department of Transportation in its next fiscal year, beginning July 1, said Carrie Nelsen, IDOT District 9 program development engineer in Carbondale, Ill...
People on the Move 10/31/11 (10/31/11)
Rex Rust, co-president of Rust Communications, was elected president of the Inland Press Association at its 126th annual meeting Oct. 17 in Chicago. Inland Press was founded in 1885 by a group of U.S. and Canadian newspapers seeking solutions to common problems. ...
Belladona Salon & Spa opens second store (10/31/11)
Belladona Salon & Spa is now open inside City Centre at 2502 Tanner Drive, Suite 101. This new 4,500-square-foot Belladona location focuses on total wellness and uses all-natural products with botanical extracts for the face, hair and body. Co-owners Becky Davidson and Linda Springs said the second location was needed to better serve their customers as well as provide expanded services. ...
Helen Ebbert (10/31/11)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Helen Ebbert, 89, of Paducah, Ky., formerly of Cairo, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cairo, with the Rev. John Agbasiere and the Rev. Jerome Fortenberry as celebrants. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery at Villa Ridge, Ill...
Connie Watkins (10/31/11)
ORAN, Mo. -- Connie Kaye Watkins, 56, of Oran died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at her home. She was born Aug. 6, 1955, in Leslie, Ark., to J. D. and Thelma Tester Hilton. She was raised by Larry and Florence Taylor. She married Junior Watkins on June 7, 1971, in Oran...
Cape Girardeau police report 10/31/11 (10/31/11)
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Cape Girardeau fire report 10/31/11 (10/31/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: ...
Jackson police and fire report 10/30/11 (10/31/11)
Summonses Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Out of the past 10/31/11 (10/31/11)
Cape Girardeau city officials are considering seeking voter approval of a series of park fees covering everything from Arena Building concessions to Southeast Missouri State University's use of park facilities. The newly appointed, seven-member utility committee met last night to begin studying the idea of a city-owned utility; it will review Cape Girardeau's franchise agreements with Union Electric Co...
Washington's faith (10/31/11)
George Washington was arguably the best president of the United States. A military commander and chief executive of the country, Washington's legacy is a shining example of leadership and an unwavering commitment to country. Faced with tremendous challenges on the battlefield and as president, Washington's character was confronted in big ways. In his book "George Washington's Sacred Fire," Dr. Peter Lillback examines Washington's character and faith in God...
Speak Out 10/31/11 (10/31/11)
THERE are at least 30 old buildings in Cape Girardeau and Jefferson school is just one. So what's the rush? Are city officials trying to generate jobs? I know there is a time and place for everything. Let's not forget about the old Marquette building...
Prayer 10/31/11 (10/31/11)
O Heavenly Father, may we be strong and of a good courage. Amen.
Retiree Appreciation Day gives thanks and info (10/31/11)
NEOSHO, Mo. -- The Missouri National Guard's Retirement Services Office, along with Joplin's 203rd Houn Dawg Retiree Association and Springfield's Patriot retiree associations, hosted a Retiree Appreciation Day for retired Soldiers of the Missouri Guard at Camp Crowder Saturday, October 22...
Girardot Chapter attends Women Aware (10/31/11)
Five members of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) Girardot Chapter attended the Women Aware Conference "Taking on The Big Apple: The Core Values of Life" in Poplar Bluff on September 15. Attendees were: Marge Philips, CPS/CAP, Laura Henson, CPS/CAP, Michelle Overbeck, CPS/CAP, Chris Waite, CPS/CAP, Chapter Treasurer and Women Aware committee member, and Doris Dumey, CPS/CAP, Chapter President. ...
HalloweenFest at First Baptist Church in Cape (10/31/11)
First Baptist Church of Cape Girardeau, 1289 Lexington Ave., is again hosting it's October 31st HALLOWEENFEST in the church Activities Center from 5:30-7pm on Halloween night. It's a safe, indoor alternative to trick or treating. The event features a "walk-through" candy giveaway plus fun & games! The community is invited...
Squirrel-ador (10/31/11)
Alice is a squirrel!
Container plant (10/31/11)
Container plants on the Ramsey deck in Burfordville.
More container plants (10/31/11)
Plants on the Ramsey deck.
Halloween "Incredible Hulk" (10/31/11)
This is my stepson Jared as the Incredible Hulk!
Camel (10/31/11)
A camel at an exotic animal farm near Burfordville.
Donkeys (10/31/11)
Donkeys is an exotic animal farm near Burfordville.
Donkey (10/31/11)
Donkey at exotic animal farm near Burfordville.
Spanish Moss (10/31/11)
In southern Alabama Spanish Moss covers many of the trees. This view is from the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill in Montgomery, Alabama.
Don't Bury Me Here (10/31/11)
I found this cemetery name, near Mammoth Cave National Park, somewhat amusing. Please don't bury me there.
Tracker Makes Appearance at Pumpkin Days (10/31/11)
Tracker made a special appearance on Friday night at the Discovery Playhouse for Pumpkin Days.
Steve the cat intimidates Mr. Bones (10/31/11)
I snapped this pic of my son-in-law's cat Steve in the window seat while my daughter was decorating for Halloween.
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