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On tap: Cape switching away from river for water needs (01/05/12)
The Mississippi River is renowned for being toxic -- a massive Petri dish of bacteria, chemicals, sewage and other materials that are constantly being dumped upstream. And, even though it is heavily treated beforehand, at least some of the water that flows from the faucets of Cape Girardeau's 18,000 water customers originates from that muddy mess...
Evidence details Waller threats in 1993 (01/05/12)
Clay Waller assaulted and threatened a former lover for leaving him in 1993, according to evidence submitted but not publicly heard during his federal sentencing hearing Tuesday. The evidence filed for Tuesday's hearing paints a portrait of violent and threatening behavior from one of Clay Waller's past relationships that bears similarities to the testimony his sister-in-law and guardian of his three children, Cheryl Brenneke, delivered at the hearing...
Cape Girardeau school leaders hope to expand reading program (01/05/12)
Three Cape Girardeau elementary schools without a volunteer-run reading improvement program are hoping for future expansion. Read to Succeed brings around 140 volunteers into Alma Schrader and Blanchard elementaries for one-on-one reading sessions with 75 kindergarten and first-grade students for 45 minutes four times per week...
Business groups hope for fix of Missouri's Second Injury Fund (01/05/12)
If Missouri lawmakers can't fix the state's insolvent Second Injury Fund this session, taxpayers may get the bill. For the past several sessions legislators failed to pass anything as analysts have warned the fund, which keeps individual businesses from having to pay the injury claims of workers with previous injuries or health conditions who are reinjured on the job, is going broke. ...
Energy partnership to route pipeline through Cape Girardeau (01/05/12)
The nation's largest publicly traded energy partnership has announced plans to construct a 1,230-mile natural gas pipeline that will reach from Appalachia to Cape Girardeau to Texas. Beginning in Pennsylvania, the first leg of the system built by Enterprise Products Partners L.P. would stretch 595 miles to Cape Girardeau, according to a news release...
Outreach workers still helping people affected by 2011 flooding (01/05/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Although a new year has begun, flood survivors continue to cope with grief and losses they suffered last year. "The water is gone, but the recovery takes time," said Phyllis Rowe, team leader for Show-Me Recovery, a crisis counseling program funded by a grant through the Federal Emergency Management System and the Department of Mental Health...
Waller attorney appeals 5-year sentence (01/05/12)
The attorney representing Clay Waller in his federal Internet threat case has appealed a judge's ruling that sentenced Waller to five years in federal prison. Scott Tilsen promised to file the appeal at Waller's sentencing hearing on Tuesday. By Wednesday, the appeal had been filed...
One injured in Cape Girardeau mobile home park fire (01/05/12)
One person was injured and a dwelling destroyed after at least eight oxygen tanks intensified a fire at a Cape Girardeau mobile home park Wednesday night.
Homeless man arrested for assault at Cape Girardeau hospital (01/05/12)
A homeless man was arrested after he allegedly punched a security guard at Southeast Hospital on Dec. 29. Cory Gabelman, 24, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant just before 10 p.m. Monday, Cape Girardeau police spokesman Darin Hickey said.
East Prairie man charged with enticement of child (01/05/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Bobby D. Harper, 61, was arraigned Wednesday before Scott County Judge Scott T. Horman on the felony charge of enticement of a child. Harper is being held in the Scott County Jail. His bond is set at $100,000, and he is ordered to have no contact with children...
Light pole replacement detours Blomeyer traffic (01/05/12)
The northeast quadrant of the Blomeyer roundabout at the intersections of highways 25, 77 and Route AB in Cape Girardeau County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a light pole. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 8:30 a.m. ...
Route Y reduced for shoulder repairs (01/05/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route Y in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane today while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform shoulder repairs. This section of road is from Highway 25 to the railroad tracks at Nestle Purina. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636 or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
Former state rep to talk to GOP women (01/05/12)
Former state representative Carl Bearden will give a talk to the Cape County Republican Women's Club on Friday, focusing on what the club describes as his "grassroots perspective" of the state tax plan and the issues facing legislators during the current session. ...
Route UU reduced for shoulder repairs (01/05/12)
Route UU in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane for shoulder repairs from Route B to Highway 34. Missouri Department of Transportation crews will perform the work from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. The work zone will be marked with signs. For more information, contact MoDOT's customer service center at 1-888-275-6636 or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
Highway 91 reduced for drainage work (01/05/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 91 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane today and Friday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make drainage repairs. This section of road is from Route N to County Road 351. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The work zone will be marked with signs. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636 or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
Repairs reduce Route K in Stoddard County (01/05/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route K in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane from Highway 25 to Route M while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. Weather permitting, work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Friday. The work zone will be marked with signs. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636 or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
'Preponderance of evidence' a lower burden of proof (01/05/12)
Forget reasonable doubt. When Judge Stephen Limbaugh sentenced Clay Waller on Tuesday, he said that, based on the preponderance of evidence, Waller was guilty of murdering his estranged wife. Limbaugh's claim doesn't necessarily mean Clay Waller is guilty of murdering Jacque Waller but that the evidence surrounding her disappearance implicates him as her killer, federal prosecutor Larry Ferrell said...
Perryville man accused of selling drugs near school (01/05/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A Perryville man was arrested Dec. 29 on suspicion of peddling prescription medication near a school. Steven P. Moore, 49, was arrested after he allegedly sold 20 hydrocodone pills and 50 alprazolam pills to an undercover officer within 2,000 feet of a school, according to a release from the Perry County Sheriff's Office...
Mo. lawmakers to tackle budget gap, school funding (01/05/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers launched their 2012 session Wednesday by vowing to close the state's projected $500 million budget gap, revamp its underfunded public school system and free businesses from costly litigation and regulation.
Security guards accused of stealing from Mo. school (01/05/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two security guards are facing charges and out of work after allegedly stealing laptop computers, cell phones and money from a St. Louis school. Authorities say 23-year-old Stephon Jackson and 20-year-old Christopher Johnson are charged with burglary and stealing. The private security company they worked for, Secure VIP, says both have been fired...
Court asked to invalidate new Mo. Senate districts (01/05/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A lawyer from Columbia wants the Missouri Supreme Court to strike down the newly drawn districts of the 34-seat state Senate. District boundaries were redrawn by a panel of state appellate judges to reflect population changes based on the 2010 census...
German man charged with Los Angeles arsons (01/05/12)
LOS ANGELES -- A German man was charged Wednesday with 37 counts of arson in connection with a rash of fires that terrorized Los Angeles over the New Year's weekend. Harry Burkhart, 24, was charged with 28 counts of arson of property and nine counts of arson of an inhabited structure, District Attorney Steve Cooley said...
Not guilty plea for man accused in Indiana girl's death (01/05/12)
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- An Indiana magistrate entered a not guilty plea Wednesday for a man accused of bludgeoning and dismembering a 9-year-old girl whose sick mother had entrusted her to his care. A disheveled Michael Plumadore, 39, was led into the Allen County courtroom in shackles and an orange-and tan-striped jumpsuit for his initial hearing in the Dec. 22 killing of Aliahna Maroney-Lemmon...
Mitt Romney hopes to pull away in New Hampshire (01/05/12)
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Mitt Romney eagerly pocketed an endorsement from two-time New Hampshire primary winner John McCain on Wednesday and bid to convert a single-digit victory in Iowa into a Republican presidential campaign juggernaut. Unimpressed, Newt Gingrich ridiculed the former Massachusetts governor as a liberal turned moderate now masquerading as a conservative...
Parasitic fly could explain bee die-off (01/05/12)
FRESNO, Calif. -- Northern California scientists say they have found a possible explanation for a honeybee die-off that has decimated hives around the world: A parasitic fly that hijacks the bees' bodies and causes them to abandon hives. Scientists say the fly deposits its eggs into the bee's abdomen, causing the infected bee to exhibit zombielike behavior by walking around in circles with no apparent sense of direction. The bee leaves the hive at night and dies shortly thereafter...
New consumer financial watchdog head appointed by president (01/05/12)
WASHINGTON -- With its first chief now in place, the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will start enforcing rules aimed at reining in abusive mortgage servicers, student lenders and payday-loan companies. It will be months, though, before the agency can police other areas of consumer finance, such as debt collection and credit-reporting bureaus...
Stock market ends mixed a day after big Dow gain (01/05/12)
Stocks barely budged Wednesday, letting investors hold on to their gains from a strong opening to the year a day earlier. Strong December sales boosted carmakers and specialty retailers. Banks, health care companies and utilities fell slightly. But nothing moved much...
Today in History (01/05/12)
Today is Thursday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2012. There are 361 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 5, 1972, President Richard Nixon announced that he had ordered development of "an entirely new type of space transportation system," the reusable space shuttle. (The first operational shuttle, Columbia, was launched in 1981.)...
Abuse of bride raises Afghan outcry (01/05/12)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Just 15 years old, Sahar Gul has become the bruised and bloodied face of women's rights in Afghanistan. The teenage bride's eyes were swollen nearly shut as she was wheeled into the hospital seven months after her arranged marriage. Black scabs crusted her fingertips where her nails used to be...
Bond markets give eurozone a respite (01/05/12)
LISBON, Portugal -- Europe won modest respite from its debt crisis Wednesday as Germany and Portugal borrowed with relative ease ahead of a hazard-filled few weeks for the 17 nations that use the euro. But Greece's new prime minister warned that his debt-crippled country has only three months to come up with new reforms so his country can stay in the eurozone and avoid a potential default -- a reminder of how the crisis can flare up at any time. ...
Chile navy locates solo U.S. sailor in South Pacific (01/05/12)
SANTIAGO, Chile -- An 84-year-old American making his seventh attempt to sail alone around the tip of South America was found tired but alive by the Chilean navy on Wednesday after his mast broke far from land in the South Pacific. The Chilean Navy located Thomas Louis Corogin on his 32-foot sailboat more than 520 miles south of Easter Island, stranded but in relatively stable weather, with ocean swells of about 15 feet...
Activists says Syrian regime misleading monitors (01/05/12)
BEIRUT -- Activists accused the Syrian regime Wednesday of misleading Arab League observers by taking them to areas loyal to the government, changing street signs to confuse them and sending regime supporters into rebellious neighborhoods to give false testimony...
Seoul worries about rapid reunification (01/05/12)
SEOUL, South Korea -- A single, reunified Korea has long been a cherished dream of people on both sides of the world's most heavily fortified border. South Korea even has a Cabinet-level ministry preparing for the day. And while Kim Jong Il's death last month has raised those hopes higher among some in Seoul, few are eager to talk about the cold reality: Sudden reunification could be traumatic for both countries...
Afghanistan leader welcomes Taliban office in Qatar (01/05/12)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday welcomed a possible deal that would allow Taliban insurgents to open an office in the Gulf nation of Qatar with the aim of holding talks with the United States. "Afghanistan agrees with negotiations between United States of America and the Taliban which will result in the establishment of an office for Taliban in Qatar," a presidential statement said...
High school roundup: Meadow Heights, St. Vincent win semifinals at Delta (01/05/12)
All the scores from Wednesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Road to test Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team (01/05/12)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team will play at Tennessee-Martin on Thursday.
Area digest 1/5/12 (01/05/12)
Ryan Lane won the Moonlight Ramble trail run at Klaus Park in a time of 30 minutes, 57 seconds. Brigette Kinnaman was the first female finisher, crossing the line in 38:48. The race was the second and final in the Klaus Park Trail Series. Lane and Kinnaman earned the series awards with their victories...
Pujols deal completed; worth $240M over 10 years (01/05/12)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Albert Pujols officially joined the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday when Major League Baseball and the players' association confirmed the terms of the first baseman's 10-year contract and agreed its guaranteed value is $240 million. The deal was reached four weeks earlier on the final day of the winter meetings and took nearly a month to complete. There are three separate agreements...
who's neXt 1/5/12 (01/05/12)
honors, achievements -- From staff reports...
neXt up 1/5/12 (01/05/12)
"The Devil Inside," rated R @Cape West 14 Cine SATURDAY NEXT WEEK "Gotham City Impostors," Xbox 360, PC "King Arthur II: The Role-Playing Wargame," PC "Moneyball," PG-13 "What's Your Number?" R Snow Patrol, "Fallen Empires"...
Notre Dame Regional High School won regional award in seat-belt challenge (01/05/12)
Your parents may not have been the only ones reminding you to buckle up recently. Groups of students at area high schools were checking for seat-belt usage as drivers entered school parking lots for the Missouri Department of Transportation's Battle of the Belt Challenge, an annual competition designed to raise seat-belt use among teens...
Hooked on Science: Expanding balloon (01/05/12)
What happens when you mix vinegar and baking soda? You get a chemical reaction that produces carbon dioxide gas. @graphic_body_indent_bullet:n Vinegar STEP 2: Pour the vinegar into the bottle. STEP 3: Without dropping in the baking soda, stretch the balloon over the opening of the bottle...
Lawrence Pattengill (01/05/12)
FLORISSANT, Mo. -- Lawrence Pattengill, 87, of Florissant passed away Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. He was born Nov. 17, 1924, in Cape Girardeau, to W.C. and Nellie Pattengill. He and Nola B. Garner were married Oct. 15, 1943. His early years were spent in Southeast Missouri where he graduated from Benton, Mo., High School in 1942...
Edna Hayes (01/05/12)
BIEHLE, Mo. -- Edna H. Hayes, 93, of Biehle died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in De Soto, Mo. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Friday at Miller Family Funeral Home in Perryville, Mo. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Maurus Catholic Church in Biehle. Burial will be in St. Maurus Catholic Cemetery...
Getty Cicchette (01/05/12)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Getty Cicchette, 80, of Olive Branch died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at her home. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at the funeral home, with the Revs. Steven Butler and Darrell Fair officiating. Burial will be in McCrite Cemetery...
Robert Lloyd Jr. (01/05/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Robert Bruce "Bob" Lloyd Jr., 87, of Marble Hill passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 10, 1924, in St. Paul, Minn., son of Robert Bruce and Thelma Stafford Lloyd Sr. He and Ann Foltz Hubbard were married Aug. 22, 1976...
William Shepard (01/05/12)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- William Carl Shepard, 73, of Jonesboro and Bushnell, Fla., died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 26, 1938, in Jonesboro, son of Harry and Bea Boshell Shepard. He married Betty Holtzclaw on Jan. 27, 1984, in Corinth, Miss...
Anna Lamastus (01/05/12)
THEBES, Ill. -- Anna May Miller Light Lamastus, 98, of Thebes passed away Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Ill. She was born April 19, 1913, at Benton, Ill., daughter of James "Jim" and Lena Miller. Anna May was a member of Alexander Freewill Baptist Church in rural Thebes...
Kenneth Rogers (01/05/12)
Kenneth Warrengee Rogers, 80, of Parrish, Fla., died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at Manatee Hospital in Ellenton, Fla. He was born Sept. 2, 1931, son of Theodore W. and Ruth Mae Steward Rogers. Rogers was a U.S. Army veteran. He worked at Chrysler Transmission in Kokomo, Ind., most of his adult life...
Births 1/5/12 (01/05/12)
Daughter to Clifford Eugene and Jennifer Lynn Barlow of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 3:33 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. Name, Sophia Marie. Weight, 6 pounds, 3 ounces. First child. Mrs. Barlow is the former Jennifer Brotherton, daughter of Bill and Sherry Brotherton of Sedgewickville, Mo., and Cole and Kathy Cassidy of Perryville, Mo. ...
Cape Girardeau fire report 1/5/12 (01/05/12)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/5/12 (01/05/12)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summonses Assault Burglary Theft Property damage Miscellaneous Cape Girardeau County The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Jackson fire report 1/5/12 (01/05/12)
Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Thursday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: ...
Out of the past 1/5/12 (01/05/12)
The Family Learning Center has found a new home, and plans are being made to move at the end of the month, contingent on approval of a special-use permit from the Cape Girardeau City Council; the center will purchase a facility at 805 S. Sprigg St. Jackson Mayor Carlton Meyer will be seeking his eighth term of office in April; he's among several candidates who have filed for city posts up for election in April...
Tournament wrap-up (01/05/12)
The Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament wrapped up Friday night with the Charleston Bluejays defeating the Notre Dame Bulldogs 58-50 in the championship game. Charleston, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, started the tournament with a lopsided win over Meadow Heights. ...
Other viable candidates (01/05/12)
In a front-page article of Jan. 3, Scott Moyers wrote, "So far, Bill is the only person, Republican or Democrat, to declare his candidacy for the 148th." The story made no mention that the Libertarian and Constitution parties can run candidates, or that political parties and any individual may petition to get on the ballot. The implication in the article is that there is no option to the Republican Democratic duopoly...
Speak Out 1/5/12 (01/05/12)
KINGSHIGHWAY on the north side over to the interstate toward Jackson has so many deep potholes that is impossible to miss them all. I drove over there recently, and if you all don't put some asphalt in these holes, you are going to have people with wheels out of alignment and blown tires. ...
Prayer 1/5/12 (01/05/12)
O God, may we walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us. Amen.
Start 2012 Right (01/05/12)
It's that time of year when people make a "To-Do" list to mark the start of the New Year. For many, the resolution to eat better and exercise more often tops the list. Does this sound familiar? Although this resolution is often short-lived, following simple tips and experimenting with new recipes can help lead the way to a healthier you in 2012...
HWG to Meet at Steck House (01/05/12)
The Heartland Writer's Guild (HWG) will meet at the Steck House, a facility of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, located at 211 East Washington, on the third Sunday afternoon of each month at 2 pm, starting January 15th. The purpose of the Heartland Writers Guild is to promote and support professionalism in writers, thereby helping members market their work. Anyone over the age of 15 interested in writing is welcome to attend...
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