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Stories from Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sen. Crowell calls for open redistricting meetings (01/31/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri senator says the committee in charge of redrawing the state's legislative districts should open its meetings and records to the public. Republican Jason Crowell, of Cape Girardeau, testified before a Senate panel Monday for a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution subjecting state apportionment commissions to the state's open meeting laws...
Cape man gets 15 years from plea deal in baby death case (01/31/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- The Cape Girardeau man accused of killing his infant son in August 2010 admitted Monday, minutes before jury selection was set to begin for his murder trial, to fatally striking the child.
Beef prices up, may continue to climb in 2012 (01/31/12)
Shoppers may get sticker shock when staring at that juicy steak in the meat case. Prices for choice retail beef hit record highs in each of the last four months, topping out above $5 per pound in December. They're expected to keep going up this year, due to rising feed and fuel costs, increasing exports and a shrinking cattle herd...
Students return to classes at Blanchard Elementary (01/31/12)
A playground that stood empty and quiet for almost eight weeks came back to life Monday with the sounds of children playing. Blanchard Elementary students returned home on an unseasonably warm January day after attending classes at a local church since a December fire at the school.
Man, woman arrested after purse snatched from Jackson club hall (01/31/12)
Jackson police say a man and his female accomplice were arrested Sunday after he allegedly snatched a purse and fled. Shannon P. Babers, 32, of Benton, Mo., allegedly entered the Jackson Knights of Columbus, 3305 N. High St., on Sunday and stole a purse before fleeing in a vehicle that witnesses say was driven by a woman, according to a news release...
Cape County commissioners hear report on 4-H, discuss funding (01/31/12)
4-H youth development programs were Monday's topic during a regular meeting of Cape Girardeau County commissioners. The University of Missouri Extension's 4-H youth specialist, Donna Taake, updated commissioners on growth of 4-H programs in the county and the effects of the programs on participants...
All suspects in Southeast Missouri counterfeiting case in custody (01/31/12)
The last two suspects in the counterfeiting ring that allegedly struck Cape Girardeau and other Southeast Missouri cities are now in custody. Terry Hester, 27, and Darius Lankford, 28, are being held by the Madison County, Ala., sheriff and are scheduled to appear in federal court in Cape Girardeau on Feb. 29...
U.S. 61/I-55 ramp to be reduced to one lane (01/31/12)
The southbound ramp from U.S. 61 to Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane today and Wednesday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work will begin at 7:30 a.m. today and will be completed by 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Route BB in Stoddard County reduced for drainage repairs (01/31/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route BB in Stoddard County, from Route M to Route K, is reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make drainage repairs. The work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Thursday. The work zone is marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Gov. Nixon backs new oil pipeline (01/31/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon is endorsing plans for new oil pipeline that would cut across Missouri. Nixon said Tuesday that his administration would work to approve whatever permits are necessary for Enbridge (U.S.) Inc. to build a 600-mile pipeline from Flanagan, Ill., to Cushing, Okla. The company is in the early stages of the project but hopes to begin construction in the middle of next year...
Republican Spence launches ads in Missouri gov.'s race (01/31/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Republican Dave Spence is casting himself as a "job creator" as he launches the first ads of Missouri's governor's race. Spence, a businessman from St. Louis, is making his first run for public office while seeking to challenge Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in this year's elections...
Mo. Senate hopefuls blast Obama, education department at debate (01/31/12)
Missouri U.S. Senate candidates Todd Akin and Sarah Steelman found common ground Monday night in criticizing President Barack Obama and the federal Education Department but sparred over which one of them would wield the biggest ax in cutting government spending...
Court hearing starts over Mo. congressional map (01/31/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A state trial court is reviewing the constitutionality of Missouri's new congressional districts just weeks before candidates are scheduled to start filing for this year's elections. The hearing over the new U.S. House map started Tuesday before Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green. ...
Emboldened GOP wants to abolish state income taxes (01/31/12)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A year after Republicans swept into office across the country, many have trained their sights on what has long been a fiscal conservative's dream: the steep reduction or even outright elimination of state income taxes. The idea has circulated among academics and think-tank researchers for years. ...
Mo. hotels asked to help stop human trafficking (01/31/12)
ST. LOUIS -- A suburban St. Louis event planner wants to enlist hotels in the fight against human trafficking of minors, particularly for sex. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Nix Conference & Meeting Management has begun pressuring the 500 or so hotels it does business with to sign a code of conduct to protect children from trafficking...
Mo. Senate panel endorses union legislation (01/31/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Legislation to make Missouri a "right-to-work" state is again coming up in state Senate. A senate panel last week endorsed two bills that would make it a misdemeanor to require workers to pay union fees as a condition of employment...
Missouri groups focus on payday loans, minimum wage (01/31/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Two Missouri organizations are working together to push ballot measures seeking to cap payday loan interest rates and increase the state minimum wage. Missourians for Responsible Lending and Give Missourians A Raise kicked off the two initiative petition campaigns at a joint event Saturday at the Boone County Commission Chambers. The group Grass Roots Organizing put on the event...
Mo. Democrats vow to oppose discrimination bill (01/31/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Black lawmakers in Missouri say they'll try to prevent a vote in either the House or Senate on a measure that would change the state's workplace discrimination laws. A measure pending in the Senate would change the legal standard employees must meet when they sue their employer for discrimination. It would also limit the damages victims can recover...
Deciphering Super Bowl: XLVI is Greek to children (01/31/12)
NEW YORK -- Children LOL and OMG each other all the livelong day, but ask them to decipher the XLVI of this year's Super Bowl and you might as well be talking Greek. They may know what X means, or V and I, but Roman numerals beyond the basics have largely gone the way of cursive and penmanship as a subject taught in the nation's schools...
Romney confident as voters end heated Fla. primary (01/31/12)
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Republicans were putting an end to a raucous, big-spending, character-bashing primary campaign Tuesday as they decided whether a confident Mitt Romney or a defiant Newt Gingrich would win the state's 50 delegates, the biggest prize of the GOP race so far...
Senate clears way for vote on insider-trading ban (01/31/12)
WASHINGTON -- Congress is rushing to make it clear to everyone that its members are banned from insider stock trading, hoping to improve their sagging image that has approval ratings at historic lows. Senators made the first move Monday. Their 93-2 procedural vote cleared the way for Senate passage -- possibly later this week -- of a bill that would require disclosure of stock transactions within 30 days and explicitly prohibit members of Congress from initiating trades based on nonpublic information they acquired in their official capacity. ...
U.S. incomes up while consumer spending flat (01/31/12)
WASHINGTON -- Americans' income rose in December by the most in nine months, after a year of weak wage gains. But consumers didn't spend any more than they had in November. Americans ended up saving all their additional income. Economists noted that income rose last month largely because of strong hiring. The economy added 200,000 jobs in December. More jobs mean more income available to spend...
Fla. authorities defend reopening highway just before deadly pileup (01/31/12)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol said Monday that conditions were clear enough when they decided to reopen the interstate highway where 10 people later were killed in two deadly pileups amid thick smoke from a 62-acre brushfire and fog...
Occupy protest rekindles flag debate (01/31/12)
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Many in the crowd outside Oakland City Hall shouted "Burn it! Burn it!" as masked protesters readied to set fire to an American flag. That's when a woman emerged from the scrum, screaming for them to stop, that it would hurt the cause...
Today in History (01/31/12)
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2012. There are 335 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 31, 1961, NASA launched Ham the Chimp aboard a Mercury-Redstone rocket from Cape Canaveral; Ham was recovered safely from the Atlantic Ocean following his 161/2-minute suborbital flight...
Israel: Window for attack on Iran nuke program closing (01/31/12)
JERUSALEM -- Officials are quietly conceding that new international sanctions targeting Iran's suspect nuclear program, while welcome, are further constraining Israel's ability to take military action -- just as a window of opportunity is closing because Tehran is moving more of its installations underground...
Syrian troops push back in fight on suburban outskirts of capital (01/31/12)
BEIRUT -- Syrian forces heavily shelled the city of Homs on Monday, and troops pushed back dissident troops from some suburbs on the outskirts of Damascus in an offensive trying to regain control of the capital's eastern doorstep, activists said...
High school roundup: Zalma rides upset into Mississippi Valley Conference boys basketball tournament semifinals (01/31/12)
All the scores from Monday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team rolls past Eastern Illinois (01/31/12)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team defeated Eastern Illinois 74-53.
Notre Dame grad Bradshaw helps lead Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team past Austin Peay (01/31/12)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team beat visiting Austin Peay 69-60 on Monday.
Dixon's layup allows Missouri men's basketball team to escape Texas with 67-66 win (01/31/12)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Michael Dixon's flagrant foul down the stretch nearly cost his team the game. He won it about 40 seconds later. Dixon's layup with 31 seconds left gave No. 4 Missouri the lead, and Marcus Denmon's rebound after a final miss by Texas' Myck Kabongo sealed a tough 67-66 victory for the Tigers on Monday night...
Stroke prevention and the signs to watch for (01/31/12)
Cape Girardeau resident Karl Busche credits a simple, noninvasive testing procedure for detecting the restricted blood flow in his legs that likely would have caused a stroke resulting in death or significant disability. Busche, 72, has worked at Missouri Dry Dock for 58 years and climbed the steps to the river on a regular basis...
Fiber is key to a healthy, delicious winter dinner (01/31/12)
The key to ensuring that dinner is both substantial and healthy? Fiber. Adding plenty of whole grains and vegetables not only provides piles of nutrients, it also fills you up and keeps you full for long after the meal has finished. These foods also tend to be lower in calories, which means you can load up without getting weighed down...
U.S. wants effective Alzheimer's treatment by 2025 (01/31/12)
WASHINGTON -- Effective treatments for Alzheimer's by 2025? That's the target the government is eyeing as it develops a national strategy to tackle what could become the defining disease of a rapidly aging population. It's an ambitious goal -- and on Jan. 24, advisers to the government stressed that millions of families need better help now to care for their loved ones...
Ryman Auditorium getting new stage after 61 years (01/31/12)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It's time for a new stage at Ryman Auditorium, a significant moment in the history of a building known for its significant moments. Scuffed by the heels of "The King," "The Queen of Soul" and thousands of singers in cowboy boots, scarred by an uncountable stream of road cases and worn by six decades of music history, the Ryman's oak floorboards have reached the end of a very long, very successful run...
Billy Cook (01/31/12)
Billy Dan Cook, 84, of New Madrid, Mo., passed away Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at Chateau Girardeau in Cape Girardeau, where he was a resident since June 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carlotta Phillips Cook; mother, Velma Cook Davis; father, Charles Alfred Cook; two brothers, Charles A. Cook Jr. and Jack Calvin Cook; and a stepdaughter, Melissa Dawson Hunter...
Debbie Hill (01/31/12)
Deborah J. "Debbie" Hill, 56, of Jacksonville, Fla., died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at St. Luke's Hospital in Jacksonville. She was born Sept. 23, 1955, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of J.E. and Mable Ehlers Shrum. She and John Hill were married Dec. 31, 1982, in Poplar Bluff, Mo...
Phil Holden (01/31/12)
John Philip "Phil" Holden, 74, of Bellevue, Mich., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at his home. He was born Oct. 31, 1937, in St. Louis, son of Dr. Raymond F. and Gertrude Kies Holden. Phil received degrees from Monmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania, and received a doctorate from Michigan State University. ...
Glenda Morrison (01/31/12)
Glenda Keller Morrison, 85, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Dec. 24, 1926, in Sikeston, to Glen and Blanche Swanagon Keller. Glenda was a member of Lynwood Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau and former member of First Baptist Church in Sikeston...
Earl Dalton (01/31/12)
Earl E. Dalton, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at Heartland Care and Rehab. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Births 1/31/12 (01/31/12)
Son to Derek Scott and Jessica Renee Riley of Jackson, Saint Francis Medical Center, 11:52 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. Name, Levi Scott. Weight, 3 pounds, 14 ounces. Mrs. Riley is the former Jessica Geers, daughter of the late Maxine Geers of Charleston, Mo. She is a training specialist at Saint Francis. Riley is a medical laboratory technologist at Saint Francis. He is the son of Peggy Riley of Wyatt, Mo...
Scott City High School (01/31/12)
Scott City High School High Honor Roll 9th grade: Morgan Baker, Lauren Bollinger, Levi Buckner, Elizabeth Hensley, Carly Howell, Caleb Jansen, Anna Kern, Nathanial Klipfel, Lyndsie Robert, Cheyanne Shipman, Austin Spriggs 10th grade: Rebecca Burger, Hailey Clayton, Aimee Lathum, Matthew Schroeter, Eric Uhrhan...
St. Paul Lutherah School (01/31/12)
St. Paul Lutheran School Scholastic Honor Roll 5th grade: Tate Bagley, Faith Boettcher, Faith Dynneson, Ashley Ernstmeyer, Kate Hallman, Micah Mirly, Madalyn Weber. 6th grade: Laurel Mueller. 7th grade: Emily Hallman, Katie Strange. 8th grade: Emelia Baer, Jack Bagley, Grace Mirly, Chloe Kasten, Elizabeth Kiefner, Brianna Mueller, Grant Strange...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/31/12 (01/31/12)
Jackson police and fire report 1/31/12 (01/31/12)
Out of the past 1/31/12 (01/31/12)
Britt Airlines, one of three commuter airlines operating out of the Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport, has suspended flights here temporarily; earlier in the week, the FFA grounded 12 of Britt's twin-engine Beechcraft 99 aircraft, about a fourth of the airline's total fleet...
Poetry contest (01/31/12)
We've seen presidential candidates debate and give speeches. Some are better than others at effectively communicating a message. After all, public speaking is an art. Recently four area high school students had a chance to practice this art in the annual Poetry Out Loud Competition. The competition, part of a national contest for ninth- through 12th-grade students, was held locally at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri...
Violation of neighbors' rights (01/31/12)
To the people of Jackson:By now you have seen many articles, advertisements and mayor's columns that would attempt to convey that the vote for the Heartland Materials annexation Feb. 7 is all about the pros and cons of a quarry operation and growth of industry in the area. ...
Speak Out 1/31/12 (01/31/12)
THIS whole deal about the post office can be explained easily. Back in the day when everyone drove a buckboard or buggy there were many places that manufactured buggy whips. When buggies were a thing of the past, all those manufacturing places had to go away. ...
Prayer 1/31/12 (01/31/12)
O Father God, may we apply your teachings in our daily lives. Amen.
Free Bluebird program at Cape Nature Center (01/31/12)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. --The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host "Habitat for Bluebirds" on Feb. 16 from 6:30-8 p.m. This Discover Nature family event is all about bluebirds and how to construct a nest box. Discover Nature family events are designed to help adults and children explore nature and master outdoor skills together, and this program is great for children ages 8 and up with an adult...
Izzy (01/31/12)
Izzy attempting to stay warm underneath the blanket this winter.
Split rail fence (01/31/12)
A split-rail fence set against pine trees in Scott County.
Cypress Lake pier (01/31/12)
A photo of a pier at Cypress Lake.
Official Greeter Retires (01/31/12)
Cleo (Cleopatra) was the official greeter at Grass Roots BMW Motorcycles for the first 4 years of her life. She would say "hi" by going up to new customers, letting them pet her, and then go back to her bed in my office. She would entertain children when their parents wanted to look at the bikes. Now she is retired and enjoys going back to the shop for a "visit" only. She is Reno's best ever dog and constant shadow...
Scoop the Cat (01/31/12)
Scoop is a 7-year-old long-haired cat originally adopted from the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri. I adopted her from Southeast Missourian editors Bob and Callie Miller about three years ago. Readers may remember Scoop from her series of columns about adjusting to a new baby in the Miller household. These days, Scoop's favorite activities are sleeping under my covers, watching birds and chasing her red laser light...
Chicka the Cat (01/31/12)
I adopted Chicka from LaCroix Pet Hospital in June 2011. She was separated from her mother as a newborn, but a cat-loving vet tech took her in and bottle-fed her. Chicka was only eight weeks old when I met her, and I couldn't resist her cute face! She is now nine months old and enjoys playing with her big sister Scoop (although Scoop doesn't really like to play with her)...
Ninja (01/31/12)
Ninja was adopted along with her brother Oscar from P.A.W.S. in Anna, IL. She is a Schnauzer/Beagle mix and she loves chewing on bones and deer antlers.
Oscar (01/31/12)
Oscar is a Schnauzer/Beagle Mix adopted with his sister Ninja from P.A.W.S. in Anna, IL. He loves food of any kind and his Kong.
Edmund for Pet of the Week (01/31/12)
Edmund is our seven year-old half French, half English bulldog. He is a rescue that was found wondering the streets of Gainseville, Florida that my wife, Jill, adopted long before we met. When she first got him he had terrible behavioral issues but since moving from Georgia to Cape, he has really come a long way. He may not be the prettiest but he is quite lovable in his own way...
Man and his best friend (01/31/12)
My son Kolten is shown here with his dog, Riley. They have grown up together and are the best of friends!
Hard At Work (01/31/12)
Martin Barre MacDougall really works hard at Edward Bernard GALLERY...being cute and entertaining!!!!!
Howie at Busch Pet Product (01/31/12)
Howie the store cat at Busch Pet Products enjoying himself in the afternoon sunshine. Howie enjoys the simpler things in life...food, sleep, sunbathing.
Friends (01/31/12)
This is a picture of my son Kolten with his two dogs- Baxter and Riley. Though they still love playing together, Kolten is 7 now and no longer wears his "dog suit" when they play!
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (01/31/12)
Murry is 10 months old. He is a beautiful cat. Murry is available for adoption at The Humane Society 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org.
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