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Stories from Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cape to re-evaluate Broadway project because of business owners' parking concerns (01/24/12)
Cape Girardeau officials will re-evaluate the $3.25 million Broadway corridor project in light of a backlash from business owners who say that the removal of 60 to 70 parking spaces is too financially burdensome to bear. The decision, made Monday during the Cape Girardeau City Council meeting, could push back the March construction start, said city manager Scott Meyer...
Cape School Board keeps option to change dress code proposal (01/24/12)
The Cape Girardeau School Board will look at the dress code proposal as a policy, allowing it to amend the proposal before a vote next month. The board voted unanimously Monday night to incorporate the proposed administrative procedure JFCA-AP into proposed policy JFCA. The move was made so the board can consider all parts of the policy, superintendent Dr. Jim Welker said. If passed, it would require uniform dress starting next school year...
Homeowners refinancing loans as rates keep falling, Cape-area bankers say (01/24/12)
As interest rates hit record lows this month, local bankers say customers are clamoring to refinance. "I never dreamed in a million years a 30-year loan would be under 4 percent," said Janet Esicar, senior vice president of consumer and mortgage lending at First Missouri State Bank. "I can't imagine they can go much lower."...
Two St. Louis firms hired for Cape park design (01/24/12)
Two St. Louis-based firms have been hired to provide planning, engineering and landscaping design services for Cape Girardeau's parks system, including major projects at Capaha Park and the Cape LaCroix Trail. At its Monday night meeting, the Cape Girardeau City Council unanimously authorized five-year general services contracts for Planning Design Studio LLC and SWT Design Inc., companies that will help map out $350,000 in improvements at Capaha Park and $70,000 for identified trail projects...
Police investigating Cape Girardeau business burglary (01/24/12)
A Cape Girardeau bicycle shop was broken into over the weekend, police say. Cape Girardeau police responded to an alarm at CycleWerx, 1407 N. Kingshighway, around 7:48 p.m. Friday. When they arrived, officers found that glass had been taken out of the shop's garage door, police spokesman Darin Hickey said. An undetermined amount of money was taken from the business, Hickey said...
Cape Girardeau man shot in Charleston (01/24/12)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- The Charleston Department of Public Safety is investigating the shooting of a Cape Girardeau man. The Missouri Delta Medical Center alerted the department of the shooting shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday, said Charleston Department of Public Safety director Robert Hearnes...
Two Cape teens accused of car break-ins (01/24/12)
Two teens are in custody in connection with a string of Cape Girardeau car break-ins. Zachary Carpenter, 19, and Preston Hattenhauer, 18, both of Cape Girardeau were arrested Friday night at North Park Avenue and Broadway after Cape Girardeau police found one of them entering a car and the other walking away from the car, said police spokesman Darin Hickey. When officers approached Hattenhauer and Carpenter, they noticed the two men were intoxicated and found "suspicious" tools, Hickey said...
Caregiver charged with manslaughter waives hearing (01/24/12)
The Patton, Mo., caregiver charged in the death of an elderly woman she was paid to look after waived her formal arraignment Monday and will be back in court next month. Sherri Gail Coomer, 53, is charged with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the Oct. 23 death of 80-year-old Patricia Joan Langston...
Parents group to hold meeting tonight on school dress code (01/24/12)
Founders of the Facebook group "Parents who want a voice regarding the Uniform Policy in CGPS" plan to host a meeting tonight to look at the Cape Girardeau School District's current dress codes and submit information for the school board to aid in making decisions regarding a uniform proposal for students...
Missouri lawmakers seek term limits for all (01/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Calling it an oversight in Missouri government's current term limit requirements, a pair of state senators offered up legislation that would impose term limits on all statewide elected officials. Currently, members of the state legislature can serve only eight years in either chamber, which means no one can serve longer than 16 years in total...
Lawsuit challenges new Missouri House districts (01/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Another legal challenge over Missouri's redistricting process seeks to block new districts for the 163-member state House. In a lawsuit filed Monday, more than a dozen people, including two former lawmakers, say a new House district map violates requirements that districts be compact, contiguous and have similar populations. The plaintiffs are asking the Supreme Court to consider the case without it going before a trial court...
Two Mo. senators urge joint ticket for governor (01/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Two Republican state senators want candidates for Missouri governor and lieutenant governor to run on joint party tickets. Sen. John Lamping, of St. Louis County, has proposed an amendment to the state Constitution requiring anyone running for governor to pick a running mate before the party primaries...
Missouri House members seek new cold medicine limits (01/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After successfully opposing bills to require a prescription for products containing pseudoephedrine -- which can be used to manufacture methamphetamine -- the over-the-counter medicine industry is now backing proposals in two meth-heavy states that would curb the amount of pseudoephedrine a customer can buy and increase electronic tracking of purchases...
I-55 in Perry County reduced for pavement repairs (01/24/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Southbound Interstate 55 in Perry County will be reduced to one lane today and Wednesday with a 12-foot restriction as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. This section of road is from Route K at mile marker 127 extending two miles south to mile marker 125...
Highway 51 in Bollinger County reduced for edge rut repairs (01/24/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 51 from Route KK to Route OO in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane today through Friday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make edge rut repairs. Weather permitting, work will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Having fun in Capaha Park (01/24/12)
Gretchen Clay played with the waterfowl at Capaha Park Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, while visiting here with her family from Columbia, Mo. Temperatures reached the lower 50s in the afternoon on a partly sunny day.
Missouri casinos group objects to higher fees to help veterans (01/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri casino operators say they should not be solely responsible for boosting funding to state-operated veterans' homes. Missouri House members have suggested adding $1 to the $2 per-patron entrance fee that casinos already pay the state. Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has said the fresh revenue could provide a dedicated funding source for the seven existing veterans' homes and possibly pay for one more...
Missouri police department apologizes for graphic Facebook post (01/24/12)
CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) -- Carthage police have apologized for a fleeting, accidental posting of a crude photograph on the department's Facebook page. Police Chief Greg Dagnan told the Joplin Globe that the photograph of male genitals appeared briefly on the department's new Facebook page Monday. The image was posted in error and was on the site for about five seconds...
Missouri House considers shorter week to save money (01/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House is considering a shorter work week to save some money. Missouri lawmakers generally hold floor sessions Monday through Thursday. But this week, Republican House leaders may wrap up the work week on Wednesday...
Meth fills hospitals with burn patients (01/24/12)
ST. LOUIS -- A crude method of making methamphetamine poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug: It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment -- a burden so costly that it's contributing to the closure of some burn units.
Mo. House to consider state regulation legislation (01/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House is preparing to take up legislation dealing with state regulations and providing information about schools and county governments on a state website. Republican leaders say they plan to consider the two measures during floor debate this week...
Purported Bonnie and Clyde guns sell for $210K (01/24/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Two guns thought to have been used by bank-robbing fugitives Bonnie and Clyde have snatched $210,000 at a Kansas City auction. The Joplin Globe (http://bit.ly/A9BRHg) reported it took less than 15 minutes of bidding Saturday to sell the pair of rare weapons believed to have been seized from the outlaw couple's Joplin hideout in 1933...
Text of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address: "An America Built to Last" (01/24/12)
As Prepared for Delivery Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans: Last month, I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some of our last troops to serve in Iraq. Together, we offered a final, proud salute to the colors under which more than a million of our fellow citizens fought -- and several thousand gave their lives...
Obama to take on economy in State of the Union (01/24/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is ready to reclaim the spotlight with a plea for economic fairness in a State of Union address that opposition Republicans panned in advance as a rehash of old ideas. Obama delivers his third State of the Union address Tuesday in a capital and country shot through with politics, with his re-election campaign well under way and his potential GOP opponents lobbing attacks against him daily as they scrap for the right to take him on...
Alabama hit again by tornadoes; 2 dead, 100 hurt (01/24/12)
OAK GROVE, Ala. -- Knowing this community's history of tornadoes, Jhan Powers gets nervous anytime violent weather rolls in. While her house was spared this time, a tornado demolished nearby mobile homes -- all of which were just a short drive from a path of destruction cut just last year by a deadly twister...
Supreme Court: Warrant needed for GPS tracking (01/24/12)
WASHINGTON -- In a rare defeat for law enforcement, the Supreme Court unanimously agreed Monday to bar police from installing GPS technology to track suspects without first getting a judge's approval. The justices made clear it wouldn't be their final word on increasingly advanced high-tech surveillance of Americans...
Today in History (01/24/12)
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2012. There are 342 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 24, 1942, the Roberts Commission, which had looked into America's lack of preparedness for Imperial Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, publicly released its report placing much of the blame on Rear Adm. Husband E. Kimmel and Lt. Gen. Walter C. Short, the Navy and Army commanders...
EU imposes oil embargo on Iran, which threatens to close strait (01/24/12)
BRUSSELS -- The European Union and Iran raised the stakes Monday in their test of wills over the Islamic republic's nuclear program, with the bloc banning the purchase of Iranian oil and Iran threatening to retaliate by closing the Strait of Hormuz, through which a fifth of the world's crude is transported...
Scott City girls basketball team nips Ste. Genevieve (01/24/12)
It wasn't pretty, even downright ugly at times, but the Scott City girls basketball team didn't mind. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and Monday night that meant a sixth consecutive win for the Rams, a 46-45 victory over visiting Ste. Genevieve.
High school roundup: Central girls nip Charleston 64-61 (01/24/12)
All the local high school events reported Monday to the Southeast Missourian.
Wings drop Blues in showdown (01/24/12)
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings are good enough to beat teams at home even if they don't get help from their opponents. St. Louis took two costly penalties retaliating for hard hits, and the Red Wings took advantage...
Missouri trails only Kentucky in latest AP basketball poll (01/24/12)
Kentucky, the only team in last week's top four not to lose over the weekend, is back on top of The Associated Press' college basketball poll. The Wildcats, who were ranked No. 1 for two weeks earlier this season, moved up one place Monday after receiving 61 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel...
Fisher gives official word on Rams' new coordinators (01/24/12)
Brian Schottenheimer will direct the Rams' offense and Gregg Williams will oversee the defense
Yoga takes to the air in the latest trend (01/24/12)
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- The latest yoga trend defies gravity. AntiGravity Yoga is a fitness practice that uses a silk hammock as a soft trapeze for resistance and support as participants hang upside down and are suspended in the air. They say it makes them feel airy and light while helping to relieve compressed joints and align the body from head to toe. Trainers say it provides the benefits of yoga without straining muscles...
Low risk of heart incidents found for marathoners and half-marathoners (01/24/12)
NEW YORK -- It's dramatic news when a marathon runner collapses with no pulse. Now a big study finds such calamities are rare and usually due to a pre-existing heart problem. The study also found such incidents are increasing as more runners try to go the distance...
A lighter take on braised chicken (01/24/12)
Let's have a quick show of hands among the diet-conscious: Who is craving a plain baked chicken breast right now? Exactly. No one. Chicken breasts au naturel don't ring my bells, either, so I'm always looking for ways to pair chicken with flavor detonators in order to have myself a real meal. One of my favorite ways to enjoy chicken is to dispense with the breasts altogether. And since I'm a thigh man, I opt to use chicken thighs instead...
Kay Hays (01/24/12)
PATTON, Mo. -- Kay Ann Hays, 44, of Patton died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in a vehicle accident near Zalma, Mo. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill, Mo. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in McGee Chapel Cemetery near Glenallen, Mo...
Comfort Cooper (01/24/12)
Comfort Cooper, 99, of Millersville passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at her home. She was born March 1, 1912, at Zalma, Mo., to Emanuel and Ada Eaker Gaither. She and Hadley Herbert Cooper were married in March 1936. He preceded her in death in October 1984...
Joseph Capps (01/24/12)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Joseph R. Capps, 76, of Advance passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Dexter, Mo. He was born Aug. 25, 1935, in Bakersfield, Calif., son of James Robert and Zetta Long Capps. He and Kathryn C. O'Bryant were married Oct. 21, 1960, in Buchanan, Mich...
Births 1/24/12 (01/24/12)
Daughter to Jonathan Christian and Melissa Ann Fritzler of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 11:27 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Name, Elissa Lois. Weight, 9 pounds, 5 ounces. First child. Mrs. Fritzler is the former Melissa Weinrich, daughter of Joseph and Donna Weinrich of Perryville, Mo. Fritzler is the son of Steve Kent Fritzler of Cape Girardeau, and the late Lois Backer. He is employed at Sight N Sound Media Services LLC...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/24/12 (01/24/12)
Cape Girardeau fire report 1/24/12 (01/24/12)
Jackson police and fire report 1/24/12 (01/24/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Assault @graphic_body_indent_bullet:n Assault was reported in the 1500 block of South Farmington Road. @graphic_body_indent_bullet:n A theft was reported in the 2900 block of East Main Street...
Out of the past 1/24/12 (01/24/12)
A Cape Girardeau company -- Ditech Corp. -- is taking its high-tech operations to Conway, Ark.; the first truck load of equipment left here yesterday. Early response has been good for a "Parade of Flags" that will be on display near the war memorial in Cape County Park on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day,; the first burial flag turned in as part of the display honored Robert L. Taylor Jr., who was killed in the Vietnam War...
Riverfront market (01/24/12)
Downtown Cape Girardeau is undergoing a number of changes. The owners of some of the area's dilapidated buildings have announced, and begun work on, their properties. Construction on a $3.25 million Broadway corridor project will start soon. Along with these changes, a local group is proposing an open-air market near the Cape Girardeau riverfront...
Ladies basketball recognition (01/24/12)
Girls basketball has been a continuous part of the Cape Girardeau Central High School athletic program since 1976. What you may not know is that the first girls team was formed during the 1911-1912 school year. That season, eight girls were coached by Bertha K. Gowan, a Latin and English teacher...
A viable solution to uniforms (01/24/12)
As we face evolving challenges in public education, teachers and administrators in the Cape Girardeau School District have reached out and asked for support in solving a problem that they overwhelmingly acknowledge: the school dress code. I've been amazed at the response to a draft proposal from a volunteer group of concerned educators and administrators, who spent many hours mulling over a complex issue. ...
Speak Out 1/24/12 (01/24/12)
A recent letter to the Southeast Missourian said that the Social Security system was like a Ponzi scheme. This is not correct for a number of reasons. First, it has endured for 76 years and has never missed a monthly payment. Its characteristics make it a model for private pension systems. ...
Prayer 1/24/11 (01/24/12)
O Lord Jesus, may we devote ourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Amen.
Valentine's Day Card Workshop (01/24/12)
For ages 5-12 years Make a Valentine's Day card for that special valentine in your life! We will even make a special box for all of the valentines that you receive from other people. All you have to do is bring a shoe box and we will have a heart filled wonderful...
Ultimate Sports Showcase (01/24/12)
The City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department is putting together a program that your kids will love no matter what kind of sport they enjoy. This February come to the Shawnee Park Center to check out he Ultimate Sport Showcase. Most sports programs focus on one game and stick with it, but what if your child doesn't know what sport they want to learn? What if they like a sport that isn't typically offered in a program or at their school? Well at the Ultimate Sport Showcase all games are given a chance. ...
Deer Creek Christian Academy at SEMO food bank (01/24/12)
During Advent, students at Deer Creek Christian Academy in Cape Girardeau collected non-perishable food items, creating a "wall of giving" in the school hallway. On Tuesday, January 24th, the students delivered the food to the SEMO food bank. They toured the facility, and learned about how the food bank network operates. ...
Award-winning educator announces his retirement (01/24/12)
An award-winning educator and principal of Cape Girardeau's Jefferson Elementary School, Mark Cook, has announced his retirement after 32 years in the Cape Girardeau Public School District. A 2010 Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year and a 2010 VFW Ladies Auxiliary Educator of the Year "will be difficult to replace," said Superintendent of Schools Dr. ...
Eagle's Reflection (01/24/12)
Eagle taking flight from the flats at Malcolm Creek, Kentucky Lake. As he took off I captured his reflection in the water.
Show Me Center at Eric Church Concert (01/24/12)
WHAT A CROWD at the Eric Church concert Friday January 20th.
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