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Stories from Thursday, December 8, 2011

Family homeless after Cape Girardeau fire (12/08/11)
A family is homeless after an electrical fire early Thursday morning. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to a fire at 617 N. Spanish St. around 2 a.m. and had the blaze under control after 15 minutes. The scene's first responders encountered heavy smoke coming from the rear of the home, according to a news release. Investigators believe the fire started when an electrical device in the home's kitchen malfunctioned...
2,600 area volunteers to pack meals for hungry children at Cape event (12/08/11)
The holiday season is a time that many observe through faith and charitable service. More than 2,000 people will do just that this weekend as part of the Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event, organized by La Croix United Methodist Church. Last year, 925 volunteers from La Croix filled the Arena Building and packed 15,000 meals for 400 children. This year, the church's fourth to participate, La Croix has signed up 2,600 volunteers to pack more than 600,000 meals...
Overheated copier thought to be source of Blanchard Elementary fire (12/08/11)
Officials say a copier started a Tuesday night fire at Blanchard Elementary School that will send students to a local church for classes indefinitely. Blanchard classes will resume Friday at Lynwood Baptist Church, 2935 Lynwood Hills Drive, superintendent Dr. Jim Welker said Wednesday afternoon.
Photographers help provide free portraits to area needy Saturday in Cape (12/08/11)
Goldie Benefield remembers a day last year when she felt special and, well, pretty. She heard about an event in Cape Girardeau called Help Potraits, and Benefield, 75, along with her husband Bill, 76, saw an opportunity to get their children something for Christmas on a fixed income...
Auto dealers see rising consumer confidence from November sales figures (12/08/11)
November auto sales were up compared to last November for many Cape Girardeau auto dealers, a trend they attribute to improving consumer confidence. Bob Neff, dealer at Ford Groves in Cape Girardeau, said November was a terrific month, one of the best since the Cash for Clunkers campaign...
Clay Waller asks for six-month sentence, including time served (12/08/11)
Clay Waller would like his sentence on federal Internet threatening charges to be roughly six months in prison, less four-and-a-half months for time served, according to a memorandum filed by his attorney on Wednesday. Waller pleaded guilty Oct. 3 in federal court to a charge of making a threat against Cheryl Brennecke, his missing wife's sister and guardian of his children, on the online message board Topix. ...
Jackson, Perryville officials discuss economic development at seminar (12/08/11)
Bankers and business leaders took a look at the tools inside what Magnet executive director Mitch Robinson called the economic development toolbox during two seminars Thursday. The sessions included presentations by state and local economic development officials on several incentive programs available to new and expanding businesses...
Debate unlikely between Emerson, Parker (12/08/11)
Eighth District candidate Bob Parker wants to debate U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson before next year's Republican primary, but a statement released Wednesday by Emerson's campaign makes that look like a long shot. The statement says that no declared candidates have even personally asked the 15-year incumbent or anyone in her organization for a debate...
Notre Dame high school evacuated after false alarm (12/08/11)
Notre Dame Regional High School was evacuated briefly Wednesday morning when fumes from a new heating unit set off an alarm. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded and checked the building and students were allowed back in after a brief time. Brad Wittenborn, the school's assistant principal, said often when new units are first turned on that fumes are released...
Dexter man gets 7 years for injuring police officer (12/08/11)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Austin Mace, the 20-year-old Dexter, Mo., man charged in the attack of Dexter police officer Kevin Moore on Sept. 12, has received a seven-year prison term after pleading guilty Wednesday in a Bloomfield courtroom. Mace and his father, Terry Mace, have been in the Stoddard County Jail since an altercation that left Moore hospitalized with a facial fracture and lacerations. ...
Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center offering flu shots (12/08/11)
The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center is offering flu shots on a walk-in basis. According to a release from the center, there is a myth that vaccinations given after the Thankgiving holiday are too late. As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination should continue, said Jane Wernsman, assistant director of the center. Flu activity usually peaks in January or February and can last as late as May...
Route E in Wayne, Bollinger counties reduced for pavement repair (12/08/11)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route E in Wayne and Bollinger counties will be reduced to one lane Friday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. This section of road is from Route P to Route TT.
Highway 25 in Cape County reduced for tree trimming (12/08/11)
Highway 25 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane today through Friday, while Missouri Department of Transportation crews trim trees along the roadway. This section of highway is between Route P and the Cape County line. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily...
Missouri House panel OKs suggestions for disaster response (12/08/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A House committee examining the state's response to a spate of natural disasters approved recommendations Wednesday including allowing out-of-state health care providers to help when a state of emergency is declared in Missouri...
Missouri relaxes casino ban for problem gamblers (12/08/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Thousands of people who have voluntarily banned themselves from Missouri casinos will get a second chance at playing the slots. The Missouri Gaming Commission voted Wednesday to relax rules for the state's casino exclusion list, which imposes a lifetime casino ban on problem gamblers who voluntarily sign up for it. Starting next spring, the new rules will allow people to remove themselves from the list after they have been on it for at least five years...
Lager reaffirms race for Mo. lieutenant governor's office (12/08/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State Sen. Brad Lager says he is committed to running for Missouri's lieutenant governor's office -- even if it means facing the incumbent, Peter Kinder, in a Republican primary. Lager, of Savannah, had announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor last month when it appeared Kinder would be running for governor. A few days later, Kinder changed course and instead said he would seek re-election. That prompted Lager to re-evaluate his plans...
Blagojevich gets 14 years in prison for corruption (12/08/11)
CHICAGO (AP) -- Rod Blagojevich, the ousted Illinois governor whose three-year battle against criminal charges became a national spectacle, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday, one of the stiffest penalties imposed for corruption in a state with a history of crooked politics...
Hunter finds white deer near Lake of the Ozarks (12/08/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri hunter recently found a white deer -- possibly an albino -- while hunting near Lake of the Ozarks. The Missouri Department of Conservation says Michael Utt of Sugar Creek spotted and photographed the all-white deer while hunting in mid-November...
Mo. gets $5M disaster-recovery grant from FEMA (12/08/11)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri is getting more than $5 million from the federal government to help in the long-term recovery for people hit by tornadoes and flooding. The grant announced Wednesday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be available to help people hit by tornadoes in the Joplin and St. Louis areas, as well as flooding along the Mississippi River and in southern Missouri...
ABA: Suspend executions in Kentucky (12/08/11)
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky should suspend all executions indefinitely because of a high rate of convictions being reversed and few protections against executing the mentally disabled, the American Bar Association recommended in a study released Wednesday...
Simpler credit card agreement gets a tryout (12/08/11)
WASHINGTON -- A simpler credit card agreement is getting a tryout. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday released a prototype of a credit card agreement that's written in plain English. The idea is to sweep away the legalese and make it easier for consumers to understand a card's costs and terms...
Today in History (12/08/11)
Today is Thursday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2011. There are 23 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor...
Syrian leader denies ordering crackdown (12/08/11)
BEIRUT -- Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a rare interview broadcast Wednesday that he never ordered the suppression of the uprising in his country and insisted only a "crazy person" would kill his own people. Apparently trying to distance himself from violence that the U.N. says has killed 4,000 people since March, Assad laughed off a question about whether he feels any guilt...
Former Israeli president begins 7-year prison term (12/08/11)
JERUSALEM -- Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav entered a minimum-security prison on Wednesday to start serving a seven-year sentence for rape, but not before defiantly accusing the state of Israel of "executing" an innocent man. The day was a bittersweet one in Israeli history, at once shameful because the holder of such a lofty office was going behind bars for such a heinous crime, but also moment of honor because it proved that in Israel, even a president is equal before the law...
Rapid retreat of glacier in Chile captured in images (12/08/11)
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Researchers in Chile released a series of time-lapse photos Wednesday showing the dramatic retreat of a glacier in Patagonia. The Jorge Montt Glacier is shrinking faster than any other in Chile, with its snout retreating more than a half mile between February 2010 and January 2011, glaciologist Andres Rivera said...
Pakistani president's medical trip fuels rumors (12/08/11)
ISLAMABAD -- President Asif Ali Zardari was having tests related to a heart condition in a Dubai hospital Wednesday but is expected to return to Pakistan within days, officials said, denying rumors that the embattled and unpopular leader may be stepping down...
Germany, France scale back summit ambitions (12/08/11)
BERLIN -- German and French officials lowered expectations Wednesday for a deal to save the euro at this week's European summit, deflating investors' hopes for an imminent resolution to Europe's debt crisis. On the same day that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy released the details of a plan for European nations to submit their economies to tighter scrutiny, a senior German official suggested a deal could be weeks away...
India backtracks on foreign trade plan (12/08/11)
NEW DELHI -- India on Wednesday suspended its plan to open its huge retail sector to foreign companies such as Wal-Mart in a reversal seen as a major capitulation to political opponents that further weakens the administration. The business community had hailed the initial decision to let foreign firms own a majority stake in retailers here just two weeks ago, and the government and some economists said foreign retailers would bring better prices for farmers and lower prices for consumers...
Mexico says Gadhafi son tried to enter country (12/08/11)
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico said Wednesday that a son of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi and three relatives had plotted to sneak into Mexico under false names and take clandestine refuge at a posh Pacific coast resort. The elaborate plan to bring al-Saadi Gadhafi to Mexico allegedly involved two Mexicans, a Canadian and a Danish suspect, all of whom have been detained, Interior Secretary Alejandro Poire said...
Russian election protests continue (12/08/11)
MOSCOW -- Popular anger against Vladimir Putin's ruling party and alleged election fraud boiled over into a third straight night of protests Wednesday, and police in Russia's two largest cities arrested scores of demonstrators. The demonstrations in Moscow and St. Petersburg appeared to attract fewer protesters than in previous days, roughly 300 in each city, but Russians' willingness to risk jail time and clashes with police indicated significant tensions that could spread...
High school roundup: VanGennip's 22 leads Delta past East Prairie at Chaffee girls basketball tourney (12/08/11)
All the scores from Wednesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri state soccer team earns academic honor (12/08/11)
The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer squad received the team academic award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Southeast posted a 3.45 cumulative grade-point average during the 2010-11 academic year to earn the honor. Twelve members of the Redhawks boasted a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better, led by Lauren Bozesky's perfect 4.0 mark...
Bum knee to force Brister to miss time for Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team (12/08/11)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team will be without one of its starting guards for at least one game and possibly more. Southeast coach Dickey Nutt said Wednesday that senior Marcus Brister will miss Saturday's 7 p.m. home contest against Missouri-Kansas City with a knee injury...
Rams quarterbacks Bradford, Feeley both miss practice (12/08/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Sam Bradford ran in the pool and rode an exercise bicycle as the St. Louis Rams tried to nurse their quarterback back to health. If Bradford can't go Monday night at Seattle, the Rams (2-10) likely will be down to a player with zero NFL snaps because backup A.J. Feeley has all but ruled himself out with a broken thumb on his right hand...
Marlins withdraw offer for Pujols (12/08/11)
DALLAS -- It is the new image of baseball's moneyed elite: For the second time in three days, the Miami Marlins walked up to the winter meetings podium to introduce a high-priced free agent while working doggedly behind the scenes to bring more sparkling stars to baseball's newest ballpark...
U.S. marks 70th anniversary of attack on Pearl Harbor (12/08/11)
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- In wheelchairs and on walkers, the old veterans came Wednesday to remember the day 70 years ago when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. But FDR's "date which will live in infamy" is becoming a more distant memory. Fewer and fewer veterans who experienced the attack Dec. ...
Hooked on Science: Oobleck both solid and liquid (12/08/11)
Does a liquid that exhibits properties of both a solid and a liquid exist on Earth? It does, and all you need are a few materials from around the house to create your own batch. STEP 1: Add green food coloring to the water. STEP 2: Slowly add the cornstarch to the water...
what's neXt 12/8/11 (12/08/11)
"The Sitter," rated R @Cape West 14 Cine "New Year's Eve," rated PG-13 @Cape West 14 Cine SATURDAY SUNDAY NEXT WEEK "Gears of War 3: RAAM's Shadow" Xbox 360 "Assassin's Creed: Revelations -- Ancestors Character Pack" Xbox 360...
Cape, Jackson students putting finishing touches to feast performances (12/08/11)
Those popular Renaissance-era Christmas events are back at Cape Girardeau and Jackson high schools. Students at both schools are putting the finishing touches on their acts this week in preparation for the annual madrigal feasts. The events feature a full-course dinner with song and dance by choir students...
‘MythBusters' cannonball rips through house, lands in van (12/08/11)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Zany experiments testing scientific theories in real-world settings have earned the TV show "MythBusters" a devoted following, but a stunt gone awry met with an unhappy audience when an errant cannonball went shooting through a California family's bedroom...
Charlene Powles (12/08/11)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Charlene "Toots" Powles, 78, of Tamms died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Brent Gordon officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery...
Beulah Brown (12/08/11)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Beulah Ann Brown, 90, of Advance passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 29, 1921, in Beaverton, Ala., daughter of Walt Green Flynn and Zona Dodd. She and Charlie Dalton Brown were married Oct. 20, 1937, in Beaverton. He preceded her in death Jan. 26, 2001...
Wilma Frazier (12/08/11)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Wilma P. Frazier, 71, of Tamms passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 27, 1940, in Thebes, Ill., daughter of the late Gerald and Frances Jolly Denton. Wilma was a homemaker with Shawnee Alliance for Seniors. She attended Bridge Church in East Cape Girardeau, Ill...
Norman Ing (12/08/11)
Norman E. Ing, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at Landmark Hospital. He was born Feb. 4, 1926, in Bollinger County, to Lige and Lennie Greabel Ing. He and Mary Cotner were married in 1945 in Cape Girardeau. Ing was owner/operator of SEMO Tuck-Pointing in Cape Girardeau...
Dorris Smith (12/08/11)
Dorris William Smith, 92, of Scott City died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 6, 1919, in Kelso, Mo., to Campbell Russell and Ora Beatrice Raines Smith. He married Lillian Elizabeth Heisserer on Jan. 17, 1942, in Kelso...
Births 12/8/11 (12/08/11)
Son to Marco Matheus Otten and Leeann Beth Milde-Otten of Jackson, Southeast Hospital, 4:09 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Name, Xander Matheus Jozef. Weight, 7 pounds, 13 ounces. Mrs. Milde-Otten is the daughter of Jan Milde and Frank Milde of Jackson. She is a graphics designer with Paraplu Group LLC. Otten is the son of Jos and Maria Otten of Eysden, The Netherlands. He is a self-employed plastics broker...
Cape Girardeau fire report 12/8/11 (12/08/11)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/8/11 (12/08/11)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Out of the past 12/8/11 (12/08/11)
Plans for a proposed 1,250-acre community recreational lake complex that would be built at a cost of about $12 million along Cape LaCroix Creek, north of Cape Girardeau, are announced by a group of Cape Girardeau and Jackson civic leaders; the group, which includes Cape Girardeau Mayor Gene Rhodes and Jackson Mayor Carlton Meyer, presents its plan to the county commission...
The European debt crisis: Lessons for the United States (12/08/11)
Europeans are worried and not just about the current debt crisis but over the future of the European Union and its currency, the euro. Headlines across Europe include ominous warnings about the potential collapse of their market for sovereign debt -- the money borrowed by countries to cover their budget deficits...
Winter driving (12/08/11)
Though Southeast Missouri has been relatively unscathed so far this winter, it's important we all take extra precautions when on the roadways this time of year. Daytime rains can make for slick roads when temperatures drop. And based on previous winters, the area will see snow, ice or some combination of wintry precipitation this season...
Chateau Girardeau's events (12/08/11)
During the week of Nov. 15, Chateau Girardeau held a series of open house events with guided tours of our newly constructed and renovated community, starting with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and ending with an open house that included the community at large...
Speak Out 12/8/11 (12/08/11)
WHEN flying Old Glory, be it horizontal or vertical, remember the star cluster always goes to the upper left as you face the flag. HERE is the indisputable, unchallengeable answer. Does a school dress code improve academic achievement? The results are inconclusive...
Prayer 12/8/11 (12/08/11)
O Lord Jesus, we sing your praises and lift your name on high. Amen.
Patrick Furniture Celebrates Opening of new studio (12/08/11)
Patrick Furniture recently celebrated their opening of the 3000 square foot Klaussner Solutions Studio. The studios feature custom order upholstery in multiple product lines and price points. The core feature of the studios, according to Klaussner, is domestically made upholstery delivered in 21 days...
Pearl Harbor American Legion Post 63 (12/08/11)
2011 Pearl Harbor remembrance by the American Legion Post 63 on the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau
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