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A restructured Red Cross: Officials say changes won't affect services (01/06/12)
While not all staff of Southeast Missouri's chapter of the American Red Cross have made it through a national restructuring unscathed, regional representatives for the organization say the changes will not disrupt services and will create a balance of the workload for its local chapters...
Nixon: University borrowing plan 'off the table' (01/06/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that he will not tap university reserves to help balance Missouri's budget, scrapping the idea just a few weeks after its debut generated a generally negative reaction. Nixon's administration had floated an idea that would have taken $106 million from the reserves of five of Missouri's largest universities to help fund the higher education operating budget for the 2013 fiscal year. ...
Rehder's switch to 148th sets up primary contest with Bill (01/06/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Since Missouri House hopeful Holly Rehder set her sights on the Legislature last summer, she's faced the possibilities of squaring off against Neal Boyd in one district and Democratic state Rep. Steve Hodges in another. Boyd, the singing former "America's Got Talent" winner, dropped out of the original 160th district race citing a health issues. ...
Police: Cape Girardeau children test positive for cocaine after mom's New Year's Eve party (01/06/12)
Three Cape Girardeau children were taken into protective custody Sunday after police said they all tested positive for cocaine. Brooke Whitener, 31, spent four days in jail after being arrested on New Year's Day when her daughter was rushed to Southeast Hospital with seizures and a high fever, according Cape Girardeau police spokesman Darin Hickey...
Wallingford says he's 'likely' to run for 3rd Senate District (01/06/12)
In what basically amounts to a move from maybe to probably, Rep. Wayne Wallingford confirmed Thursday that he has all but decided to run for Missouri's newly drawn 3rd District Senate seat. The first-term Missouri House Republican from Cape Girardeau used words like "leaning toward" and "likely" when asked to categorize where he stands. He has set a self-imposed deadline of Jan. 16 to make a final decision that -- if yes -- would create a three-way Republican primary next August...
Sikeston may be at end of low power rates (01/06/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules could mean Sikeston saying goodbye to some of the lowest electricity rates in the nation. Sikeston's Board of Municipal Utilities' rates are among the lowest in the state, while Missouri is listed among the five states with the lowest retail electricity rates. But that all could change within the next couple of years, according to Ed Throop, executive director of the Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities...
Missouri-Kentucky ferry due back in about a month (01/06/12)
HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) -- Transportation officials say the Dorena-Hickman Ferry running between Kentucky and Missouri should be back online in about a month. Mississippi County Port Authority head Tammi Hutcheson told The Paducah Sun that several upgrades, including new engines, have pushed the return of the ferry back from Jan. 1. The ferry has been out of service since Nov. 17...
Cape Public Works employee injured on road work site (01/06/12)
A Cape Girardeau Public Works employee was injured Friday morning when he was struck by a piece of a reinforced steel bar. The employee was working on a road project on a closed portion of South Sprigg Street that has been compromised by sinkhole activity. Emergency responders declined to give more information about where the employee was struck and the severity of the injuries, but the injured man was conscious and alert with firefighters arrived...
Cape Girardeau County Commission waiting to act on Fruitland bid to incorporate (01/06/12)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission told four county residents Thursday that it would not take action on Fruitland's petition for incorporation until several legal issues regarding the area are resolved. The county received a petition in August asking that an area of Fruitland, bound by U.S. ...
McCaskill to stop at Cape on energy tour today (01/06/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is touring power plants across Missouri this month as part of what she is billing as her "Hometown Energy Tour."
Route Y in Stoddard County reduced for drainage repairs (01/06/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Missouri Department of Transportation crews will perform drainage repairs today through Tuesday on Route Y in Stoddard County. That road will be reduced to one lane from Highway 25 to County Road 351. The work will be done from 7:30 a.m. ...
U.S. 61 in Cape County to be reduced for bridge work (01/06/12)
U.S. 61 in Cape Girardeau County, between County Road 510 and County Road 519, will be reduced to one lane Monday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews seal a bridge deck. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area. For additional information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636 or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
Mo. GOP Senate candidates to participate in forum (01/06/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The three Republicans seeking to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill will appear at a forum next month hosted by the Missouri Republican Party. The party says former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin and businessman John Brunner all have agreed to participate in a 90-minute event Feb. 18 at the party's Lincoln Days conference in Kansas City...
Missouri revenue falling short of budget (01/06/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Halfway through Missouri's budget year, state revenue is sluggish. The state budget office reported Thursday that Missouri's revenue increased 1.2 percent through the first six months of the 2012 fiscal year. Revenues need to grow at about 2.7 percent to meet the mark set by the budget...
Robbers involved in huge heist were victims, too (01/06/12)
ST. LOUIS -- It turns out the robbers involved in what is believed to be the biggest heist ever in St. Louis were victimized, too -- at least $1.3 million of the $6.6 million taken in the ATM Solutions robbery in 2010 was restolen. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that information about the re-stolen money came out Wednesday during a federal court hearing, when three women who were not part of the actual robbery pleaded guilty to peripheral roles in the crime...
Lambert's C Concourse could reopen in April (01/06/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Officials at Lambert Airport are hoping to reopen the C Concourse in April -- about one year after the concourse was severely damaged in a Good Friday tornado. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that airport director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge told airport commissioners Wednesday that restrooms in the concourse have been renovated and storm-damaged windows replaced...
Man dead at Mo. hotel after shootout with police (01/06/12)
WENTZVILLE, Mo. -- A 54-year-old man is dead after a shootout with police at a motel in the eastern Missouri town of Wentzville, but authorities aren't yet sure if he was killed by police fire or took his own life. Authorities say Mark Curl of Wentzville was at the Economy Inn along Interstate 70 Thursday morning. Relatives asked police to check on him...
Half of Joplin tornado-damaged homes being fixed (01/06/12)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Joplin city manager Mark Rohr says more than half of the city's homes damaged in a May 22 tornado are being repaired or replaced. About 4,000 homes were destroyed and another 3,500 were damaged by the tornado. Rohr said Wednesday the city has issued more than 3,750 building permits to homeowners. He said the rate of issuing permits has remained steady, even after winter arrived...
Power generation rebounds at Missouri River dams (01/06/12)
BISMARCK, N.D. -- High water levels that caused record flooding along the Missouri River in 2011 did bring a small consolation: Electric power generation from the river's six upstream dams was above average for the first time in a dozen years. The U.S. ...
Residents' questions loom after Texas school shooting (01/06/12)
BROWNSVILLE, Texas -- On a doorstep outside a family home, a father wondered why police had to shoot his son in the hall of the boy's middle school. In an office across town, a police chief insisted that his officers had no choice. And scores of others in this Texas border city wondered: Could the death of 15-year-old Jaime Gonzalez have been prevented?...
President Obama begins reshaping, shrinking of military (01/06/12)
WASHINGTON -- Looking beyond the wars he inherited, President Barack Obama on Thursday launched a reshaping and shrinking of the military. He vowed to preserve U.S. pre-eminence even as the Army and Marine Corps shed troops and the administration considers reducing its arsenal of nuclear weapons...
Rivals go hard after Romney, who goes after Obama (01/06/12)
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Mitt Romney's Republican presidential rivals repeatedly attacked him as a candidate of the status quo and a timid, less-than-reliable conservative Thursday as they simultaneously sought to slow his campaign momentum and personally audition for the role of conservative rival-in-chief...
Holiday discounts crimp retailers' profits in November and December (01/06/12)
NEW YORK -- The 2011 holiday shopping season will go down in the record books as the year the Grinch stole stores' profits. Many retailers sacrificed their bottom lines by pushing heavy discounts to shoppers bent on getting a good deal in a challenging economy. That created a sharp divide between stores that won the battle for wallets, and those that didn't...
Today in History (01/06/12)
Today is Friday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2012. There are 360 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 6, 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state. On this date: In 1412, tradition holds that Joan of Arc was born this day in Domremy...
Stephen Hawking to turn 70, defying Lou Gehrig's disease (01/06/12)
CAMBRIDGE, England -- British scientist Stephen Hawking has decoded some of the most puzzling mysteries of the universe but he has left one mystery unsolved: how he has managed to survive so long with such a crippling disease. The physicist and cosmologist was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease when he was a 21-year-old student at Cambridge University. Most people die within a few years of the diagnosis, called motor neurone disease in the U.K. On Sunday, Hawking will turn 70...
Landslide kills 25 in Philippines (01/06/12)
MANILA, Philippines -- A landslide tore through a tiny gold-mining village in the southern Philippines on Thursday, killing 25 people and burying dozens more, months after the government warned residents the mountain was certain to crumble. The mountainside in Napnapan village in Pantukan township collapsed around 3 a.m., when most residents were asleep, sweeping away about 50 houses, shanties and other buildings, officials said. ...
Scores killed in Iraq bombings targeting Shiites (01/06/12)
BAGHDAD -- An apparently coordinated wave of bombings targeting Shiite Muslims killed at least 78 people in Iraq on Thursday, the second large-scale assault by militants since U.S. forces pulled out last month. The attacks, which bore the hallmarks of Sunni insurgents, come ahead of a Shiite holy day that draws hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from across Iraq, raising fears of a deepening of sectarian bloodshed. ...
Prosecution demands death for Egypt's Mubarak (01/06/12)
CAIRO -- Prosecutors on Thursday called for Hosni Mubarak to be hanged, saying he bore full responsibility for the killing of protesters during the uprising against him, in a courtroom moment unthinkable barely a year ago when the longtime leader held unquestioned power...
St. Vincent girls basketball team romps past St. Pius (01/06/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- St. Pius found no answer for Katie Mattingly in the first half Thursday. The St. Vincent sophomore was perfect from the field and helped the Indians cruise to a 52-34 girls basketball victory that wasn't nearly as close. Mattingly went 6 of 6 from the field and converted 3 of 5 free throws for 15 points before the intermission...
High school roundup: Bluff holds off Central in girls basketball (01/06/12)
All the local high school events reported Thursday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team improves to 3-0 in OVC (01/06/12)
MARTIN, Tenn. -- The basketball gods haven't been with Southeast Missouri State's men much in recent years. They were Thursday night, much to the delight of a Redhawks squad that was able to continue its best Ohio Valley Conference start in more than a decade...
Blues rally past Oilers (01/06/12)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo believes there's a lot more to the Blues than their NHL-leading 16 home victories. Matt D'Agostini capped a three-goal surge early in the third period and Colaiacovo had three assists to rally St. Louis to a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night...
Cardinals' Duncan to take another leave of absence (01/06/12)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan is taking a leave of absence to attend to wife Jeanine as she recovers from surgery to remove a brain tumor. The team said Thursday night that no time table has been determined for Duncan's return...
Rams are interviewing Fisher for job (01/06/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Jeff Fisher is interviewing for the St. Louis Rams coaching job after previously meeting with the Dolphins. The team said Thursday that initial interviews are taking place in Denver, with owner Stan Kroenke an active participant. Kroenke's family also owns the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche...
The signs of changing seasons (01/06/12)
Seasons come and go, and six days into 2012 we already have a sense of how the seasons bring change. And, like all seasons, we expect familiarity. Soon, daffodil shoots will poke up through the ground, signaling the approach of spring, my favorite season. Meanwhile, we can see signs of other seasons ending and beginning as the new year takes hold...
Sikeston hosts bi-monthly gallery walk (01/06/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Since the Sikeston Depot Museum and Gallery was converted from a 1916 train depot to a cultural center and museum in May 2000, several art displays and exhibits have been featured. However, the Depot's usual hours of operation limited working families from enjoying the art shows and historical exhibits...
ARTifacts 1/6/12 (01/06/12)
METROPOLIS, Ill. -- WPSD Local 6 and Harrah's Casino are joining forces to identify the area's most talented performers. Auditions for contestants for "America's Got Talent" will be held Saturday at Harrah's in Metropolis. The first 150 acts that sign up will audition. ...
University Foundation holds silent auction to raise money for student trip to New York City (01/06/12)
Southeast Missouri art lovers can take a longer look at art involved in an auction to raise money for seniors in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University this month. The auction -- which culminates with an arts Extravaganza on Jan. ...
First Friday receptions 1/6/12 (01/06/12)
FIRST FRIDAY RECEPTIONS The Artist Studio The gallery on Main Street will showcase new necklace designs by Judy Barks-Westrich. 38A N. Main St.; 651-4464 Bilderbach Art Plaza The outer gallery will feature mixed media art by Cailin Portra and jewelry for adults and children by Mary Gentry. Stephanie Fridley will provide music...
Paint the street (01/06/12)
We adorn the walls in our homes with pictures and art. We should decorate the streets of our city the same way. A Public Art Committee -- while still swaddled in infant clothes -- aims to be the voice of Cape Girardeau's public artscape. The group began the discussion a few years ago and has slowly gathered interested parties. It has an artist, a businessman and a city representative (no, this isn't the beginning of a bar joke)...
Join Dockside's ‘Night of Laughs' every First Friday (01/06/12)
Jon Stewart once said, "There are lots of jobs that are scarier than live comedy. For example, standing in the operating room when a guy's heart stops, and you're the one who has to fix it." This theory gets tested by scores of comedians -- and the public -- the first Friday of every month at Dockside in downtown Cape Girardeau...
Best Bet: The Nature Arts - Outdoors In (01/06/12)
The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center aims to relieve those winter blues with a bit of creative work. The center holds regular Nature Art sessions with various themes. The January class, The Nature Art -- Outdoors In, will bring fresh air indoors to spruce up your space. ...
Bullock coaxed into return by 'Extremely Loud' (01/06/12)
NEW YORK -- Sandra Bullock wasn't looking to return to acting when Stephen Daldry called about "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close." Bullock's last film, 2009's "The Blind Side," was the kind of career apogee of which most actresses dream, winning her a best actress Academy Award in what essentially amounted to a coronation of Bullock as America's most beloved female movie star...
Gregg Huff (01/06/12)
Gregg F. Huff, 52, of Jackson died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at his son's home in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, and from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at New Hope Baptist Church in Silva, Mo...
Charles Verble (01/06/12)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Charles Ray Verble, 76, of Jonesboro died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at his home. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Anna City Cemetery, with the Rev. Clifford Heil officiating. Burial will be in Anna City Cemetery. Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, Ill., is in charge of arrangements...
Margaret Meyer (01/06/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Margaret M. "Margy" Meyer, 87, of Perryville died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. She was born Aug. 23, 1924, in Perryville, daughter of William and Irene Buehler Lurk. She and Herbert W. Meyer were married Oct. 18, 1947. He preceded her in death Nov. 15, 1982...
Alvina Forrester (01/06/12)
Alvina "Beani" Forrester, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. Parish prayers will be at 7. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Cathedral, with the Rev. Tom Kiefer officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery...
John Miller (01/06/12)
John Raney Miller, 83, passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at his home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 10, 1928, in Cape Girardeau, to Ernest and Kitty Pounds Miller. He and Mary Lee Burciaga were married Oct. 20, 1951, in Cape Girardeau. After graduating from Central High School, John honorably served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II from June 5, 1946, to May 15, 1947...
Ione Knight (01/06/12)
Frances Ione Knight, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Aug. 6, 1920, in Wapakoneta, Ohio, to David Christian and Clara Croft Brorein. She and Wallace R. Knight were married Jan. 22, 1945, at Fort Campbell, Ky. He preceded her in death Sept. 9, 2006...
Eula Cook (01/06/12)
A tribute to our mother Our mother, Eula Arlene Cook, was born in Cape Girardeau to Lester and Cinda Bishop. While living in Missouri, she met and married the love of her life, Truman Cook, with whom she shared 66 years of marriage and four daughters, Jane Howry (Bob), Nancy Hamlet (John), Cindy McClanathan (Michael), Mary Ann Castelhano (Ed); 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren...
Cliff Burchyett (01/06/12)
PLAINFIELD, Ind. -- Cliff Burchyett, 80, of Plainfield passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, in the Village of Avon Health Care Facility. He was born May 20, 1931, in McClure, Ill., to Audrey and Marie Phillips Burchyett. He married Erline Dickson on July 17, 1952...
Blanche Akers (01/06/12)
Blanche Rahvee Akers, 87, of Cape Girardeau passed away Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. She was born July 23, 1924, in Leadwood, Mo., to George A. and Era Lydia Upchurch Miller. She and Frank T. Akers were married May 25, 1983, in Clayton, Mo. He preceded her March 10, 1994...
Kenneth Rogers (01/06/12)
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...
Julius Whittaker (01/06/12)
Julius Charles "J.C." Whittaker, 87, of Jackson died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at Hickory Creek Nursing Home in Crawfordsville, Ind. He was born Sept. 21, 1924, in Jackson, to R.V. and Marie Ramsey Whittaker. He was a proud 1942 graduate of Jackson High School. He resided west of Jackson until his health declined in recent years and he moved to Crawfordsville to reside near a niece...
Jackson police and fire report 1/6/12 (01/06/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests @graphic_body_indent_bullet:n Jennifer N. Locke, 30, 167 Oak Lane, was arrested on a Jackson warrant. @graphic_body_indent_bullet:n Bryan D. Jordan, 20, of Lesterville, Mo., was issued a summons for failure to register a motor vehicle...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/6/12 (01/06/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests @graphic_body_indent_bullet:n A juvenile was cited into juvenile court on suspicion of assault. @graphic_body_indent_bullet:n A license plate was reported stolen at 3439 William St...
Out of the past 1/6/12 (01/06/12)
David Ross, the assistant director of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Arena, has been hired as director of the new multipurpose building that is under construction on the Southeast Missouri State University campus. A proposed plan for a countywide 911 emergency telephone system was presented to the county commission yesterday by three representatives of Southwestern Bell Telephone; although he stressed support for the 911 concept, Presiding Commissioner Gene Huckstep received the presentation coldly, lashing out at the Bell representatives.. ...
Men of Integrity (01/06/12)
With the start of a new year, many men may be looking for opportunities to grow spiritually. If this is you, the Men of Integrity rally set for tomorrow in Cape Girardeau may be just what you are looking for. Integrity Foundation, a local not-for-profit cross-denominational ministry, will host a Men of Integrity rally at Christ Church of the Heartland in Cape Girardeau Saturday. ...
Capital gains tax makes billionaires (01/06/12)
The most tax evasive law in the United States is the capital gains tax. It is the primary cause of the trillion-dollar budget deficit, the disparity between the rich and the poor, and a major factor in low corporate dividends. It started when greedy corporate officers wanted more than a million-dollar salary and decided it would look better to issue themselves stock. ...
Speak Out 1/6/12 (01/06/12)
I recently saw three city workers on the top of a hill on Lexington Avenue. I guess they were painting these ridiculous bicycle signs on the street. They had no marked signs. It was a blind hill on both directions. No one could see them until they were right on them. ...
Prayer 1/6/12 (01/06/12)
O Lord, may we be careful how we live — not as unwise but as wise. Amen.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIE TIME: EVERY COOKIE HAS A MISSION (01/06/12)
It's a much-anticipated time of year -- Girl Scout cookie time. Through mid-March, girls will go door-to-door and set up booths at local merchants to sell eight delicious varieties of Girl Scout cookies to eager customers. All proceeds from Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland's Girl Scout Cookie Program benefit girls in the area; girls earn troop proceeds and Girl Scout Cookie Credit that can be used to pay for Girl Scout camp, leadership programs, uniforms, and more. ...
All the way home (01/06/12)
With the recent drawdown of troops serving in Iraq, thousands of servicemembers have begun the often-difficult transition from combat zone to home front. This reintegration coupled with the possibility that many of these troops may be coping with "invisible wounds of war"--such as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury--can contribute to the risk of an entanglement with a civilian court system...
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