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Stories from February 2012

Nixon activates National Guard after storms; will tour Oak Ridge (02/29/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a disaster because of severe storms that caused significant damage in the southern Missouri. Nixon issued a disaster declaration Wednesday. The declaration allows the State Emergency Management Agency, Missouri State Highway Patrol and other state agencies to help local officials with emergency response. Shelters also have been set up for residents affected by the storms in Branson, Buffalo, Kimberling City and Lebanon...
Puxico, Mo., family grateful for life after losing home (02/29/12)
PUXICO, Mo. - The path of destruction that tore through Stoddard County in the early hours of Wednesday morning left many residents picking up the pieces of their lives, and one man dead. A drive down many county roads in rural Puxico will quickly show signs of the what most residents are convinced was a tornado...
Storms kill several in Southwest Missouri, Southern Illinois (02/29/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A severe pre-dawn storm that pounded portions of southern Illinois on Wednesday killed at least three people in Harrisburg and left the city's medical center scrambling to treat an influx of injured, the hospital's top administrator said...
Several homes destroyed in Puxico (02/29/12)
PUXICO, Mo -- Several homes were flattened and at least one person was seriously injured in a storm that slammed into rural Puxico at 5 a.m. Wednesday. The National Weather Service has not yet confirmed the strength of the storm that ripped several houses from their foundations and scattered debris across an area east of the city. Unconfirmed reports say winds were in excess of 80 miles per hour...
Missouri unemployment rate falls in January (02/28/12)
Local and state jobless rates are at their lowest levels in years. Missouri's January unemployment rate dropped half a point to 7.5 percent, the Missouri Department of Economic Development announced Tuesday. The nationwide unemployment rate for January was higher than Missouri at 8.3 percent. During January, Missouri's nonfarm payroll increased by 21,100 jobs.
Parents to talk about grading system at Jackson School Board meeting (02/28/12)
Parents of Jackson public school students plan to voice concerns over the grading system used in the district at tonight's school board meeting. Under the system, students do not receive letter grades but are assessed on a set of standards based on district and state expectations for each grade. ...
Mo. House backs increase in veterans homes funding (02/28/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a plan that would cut the amount of money available for state lottery prizes to increase funding for state-run veterans homes. The legislation would reduce lottery prize funds by about 3.5 percent and put the money toward early childhood education programs that currently get funds from the Missouri Gaming Commission. Gaming Commission money now used for early childhood education would instead go to veterans' homes...
Early morning earthquake hits East Prairie; Cape residents feel shaking (02/21/12)
An earthquake that measured 4.0 occurred at 3:58 a.m. five miles northwest of East Prairie on Tuesday. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center, the depth of the quake was three miles. Several Cape Girardeau residents on Facebook reported feeling the quake early Tuesday morning...
Redhawks game vs. Murray State tonight sold out (02/15/12)
Tonight's game between the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks men's basketball team and the nationally ranked Murray State Racers is sold out. The university sports department announced the sell-out in a news release this morning. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Show Me Center...
Winter storm fizzles; some schools close (02/14/12)
A mild winter storm that was expected to dump as much as 3 inches of snow on parts of Southeast Missouri on Monday didn't cause as many problems as expected. However, some schools still called off classes Tuesday. A small layer of snow accumulated in the Cape Girardeau area, but began melting almost as fast as it fell. By midnight, the temperature at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport had already gone above the freezing mark, according to National Weather Service observations...
Cape Boys and Girls Club closed today; night activities called off (02/13/12)
The Cape Girardeau Boys and Girls Club will be closed today due to winter weather. The club sent out the message using the Southeast Missourian text alerts service this morning. Southeast Missouri is under a winter weather advisory until 6 a.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service expects snow to fall over the Southeast Missouri area starting this afternoon, turning into sleet or freezing rain tonight, with a low of 31 degrees...
Highway 51 in Bollinger Co. reduced for edge rut repairs (02/08/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 51 in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane today through Friday, as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make edge rut repairs. This section of road is from Highway 91 to Highway 34. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily...
Precinct vote totals: Jackson annexation question (02/07/12)
In the Feb. 7, 2012 election voters within the Jackson city limits were asked if the city should accept the voluntary annexation of certain parcels in the Fruitland area of the county. Below are votes in each precinct? Yes -- xx No -- xx...
Ferry that connects Kentucky, Missouri reopens (02/07/12)
HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) -- A ferry that provides the only direct route between Kentucky and Missouri has reopened after being out of service nearly three months. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the Dorena-Hickman Ferry resumed service Tuesday. It had been closed since Nov. 17 while the boat was taken to a St. Louis shipyard for installation of two new engines and other equipment upgrades...
Expensive Missouri primary won't mean much (02/07/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The political maxim "every vote counts" may ring pretty hollow in Missouri on Tuesday. A series of political squabbles has rendered the state's Republican vote merely symbolic, turning the $7 million primary into a glorified public opinion poll that will play little to no role in determining the party's nominee...
Highway 51 in Bollinger Co. reduced for edge rut repairs (02/06/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 51 in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane today, as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make edge rut repairs. This section of road is from Route C to Highway 34. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m...
Dozens file for state, county races on first day (02/29/12)
Debra Tracy decided to run for public administrator. Kenny Loos decided not to. And Larry Shoaf, a former educator and school administrator, quietly joined the race Tuesday, bringing the total seeking the job to 11 with another still planning to file.
Former teacher's court date pushed back (02/29/12)
A court appearance for a former Cape Girardeau teacher accused of assaulting a student in a downtown parking lot has been moved back. Roman D. Smith, 32, will appear at 9 a.m. April 4 before Judge Michael Bullerdieck at the Cape Girardeau County courthouse in Jackson. ...
Cape school officials prepare for transition to new dress code policy (02/29/12)
Although "strike and amend" emerged as a theme Monday night for the Cape Girardeau School Board's work on a dress code proposal for students, district staff began planning ahead early Tuesday morning for moving to a new policy. Carla Fee, principal of Cape Girardeau Central Junior High School and chairwoman of the staff committee that created the original dress code proposal, said an administrative staff meeting was held Tuesday to discuss challenges for staff relating to enforcement with the newly-approved policy. ...
District staff defend Jackson's grading system (02/29/12)
Teachers and administrators spent nearly two hours at Tuesday night's school board meeting trying to justify the Jackson School District's new grading system to more than 50 upset parents. Standing shoulder to shoulder, filling the school administration office, parents listened as more than a dozen staff members explained how the system was researched, how it's working and how it continues to be reevaluated...
Urban hunting opponents, supporters have their say at public forum (02/29/12)
After not being on the agenda to speak to the city council and the Deer Management Committee at recent meetings, opponents of urban deer hunting finally had their say at a public forum on the matter Tuesday night. But support for hunting within the city was just as vocal...
Mo. unemployment rate drops in Jan. (02/29/12)
Local and state jobless rates are at their lowest levels in years. Missouri's January unemployment rate dropped half a point to 7.5 percent, the Missouri Department of Economic Development announced Tuesday. The nationwide unemployment rate for January was higher than Missouri at 8.3 percent...
Cape Girardeau School Board passes dress code with several amendments (02/28/12)
A controversial dress code proposal for Cape Girardeau public school students underwent heavy edits during a long meeting Monday night before its passage. The vote resulted in a new set of guidelines that will take effect in August.
Higher gas prices may raise delivery fees (02/28/12)
Business owners say they don't like the idea of passing higher fuel costs on to their customers, but soon they may not have a choice. Jackson Pizza Pro owner Dan Cook said right now he's able to absorb rising gas prices. But he's already making plans for what he will have to do if it hits $4 a gallon this summer as analysts are predicting...
Santorum tickets sold out for Cape event; overflow event set (02/28/12)
The 700 tickets for GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum's speech in Cape Girardeau next month have been gobbled up, prompting U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson to organize an overflow event where the potential GOP front-runner will make remarks before catching a flight out...
Kurt Warner to speak Wednesday at Show Me Center (02/28/12)
Leadership on and off the field will be the topic of two-time NFL MVP winner Kurt Warner's appearance Wednesday night at the Show Me Center. Warner is one of the headliners of Southeast Missouri State University's annual speaker series, which brings various presenters to Cape Girardeau to share life experiences, inspirational messages and entertainment with the campus and the community...
11th public administrator candidate steps forward on eve of filing (02/28/12)
When Phyllis Schwab was elected public administrator of Cape Girardeau County 12 years ago, she only ran against two other Republicans and one Democrat. Her replacement, it seems, will have to fend off at least 10 others to get the job. The 11th candidate -- Republican Mary Ann Friese -- signaled her intention Monday to join the others who can make their candidacies official starting today with the 8 a.m. opening of the monthlong filing period...
Jordan to seek another term as Cape County sheriff, but it might be his last (02/28/12)
If elected to a fifth full term, Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan may call it quits once the term ends in 2016. Jordan, a Republican who was first elected in 1994, confirmed Friday that he will seek re-election this year. No other candidates have publicly come forward to oppose Jordan, and filing for positions begins today and ends March 27. Cape Girardeau County Democratic committee chairman Mark Baker said Monday that he was unaware of a Democratic sheriff candidate...
Cape County Commission has questions about Fruitland incorporation plans (02/28/12)
Fourteen county residents filled the Cape Girardeau County Commission meeting room Monday morning hoping to hear the county's response to an incorporation petition by Fruitland community members. But they were told that commissioners were still preparing questions about the proposed village...
Former caregiver pleads not guilty to manslaughter (02/28/12)
The Patton, Mo., woman charged with manslaughter in connection to the death of a woman she was paid to take care of pleaded not guilty Monday. Sherrie Gail Coomer, 53, is charged with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the Oct. 23 death of 80-year-old Patricia Joan Langston...
Police looking for suspects in weekend pharmacy burglary (02/28/12)
An undetermined amount of prescription drugs was stolen from a Cape Girardeau pharmacy after it was broken into Saturday night. Around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, police responded to an alarm at Medicap Pharmacy, 1020 N. Kingshighway, and found that a window had been broken, police spokesman Darin Hickey said. ...
Director of DNR's Southeast region to retire (02/28/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- An engineer by trade, Gary Gaines wanted to broaden his perspective when he joined the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, an agency where he has spent more than two decades overseeing the state's environmental resources...
The Red House celebrating Cape founder Louis Lorimier (02/27/12)
Although 2012 marks the bicentennial anniversary of Louis Lorimier's death, historians are celebrating the Cape Girardeau founder's life by taking a closer look into his local trade business that supplied early settlers with everything from whiskey to turkeys...
‘Between Two Rivers' tells history of Cairo, Ill. (02/27/12)
When Lewis and Clark arrived in what would be Cairo, Ill., in 1803, they saw a land full of contradiction. John G. Comegys, who had purchased the land, was already well aware of what could become of the area. "The junction of the two rivers had long been looked upon as a geographic point of very great importance. ...
County public administrator race reaches double digits (02/27/12)
The list keeps growing for what has become the most sought after job in Cape Girardeau County government, with Sunday's announcement from nurse and local GOP leader Lisa Reitzel pushing the number of public administrator hopefuls to 10. And the list could get lengthier as early as today, if Cape Girardeau City Coucilwoman Debra Tracy decides she wants to run for the job, too...
‘The Pajama Game' draws crowds to River Campus (02/27/12)
A labor dispute at a pajama factory may not sound captivating, but add an orchestra, humor and a dash of romance, and suddenly sleepwear production politics aren't so mundane. That's exactly what Southeast Missouri State University students did in their production of "The Pajama Game" last week and Sunday at the Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus...
Illinois lawmaker gathering pro-Tamms signatures (02/27/12)
A Southern Illinois lawmaker displeased with Gov. Pat Quinn's proposal to close Tamms Correctional Center is collecting signatures to take to the governor. For more on this story, visit www.thesouthern.com.
Man pleads guilty to jail escape (02/27/12)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A week after being apprehended for allegedly escaping from the Stoddard County Jail, a Puxico, Mo.,-area man pleaded guilty to those actions. Jason Stroup, 34, pleaded guilty Thursday to felony escape from custody and was sentenced to three years in prison. The sentence is to run consecutively to the combined 12-year sentences Stroup received earlier this month on forgery charges...
East Prairie man arrested on arson charges in Anniston (02/27/12)
ANNISTON, Mo. -- An East Prairie man is facing arson charges for a fire in Anniston. Mississippi County Sheriff's Department deputies responded Thursday to a call to the Missouri Department of Family Services regarding a home in Anniston, according to Sheriff Keith Moore...
Three arrested on drug charges after delivery of cigarette pack to jail (02/27/12)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Three people are in the custody of the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department as the result of video surveillance footage from the Stoddard County Jail in Bloomfield. According to Sheriff Carl Hefner, Matthew Taylor, 28, of Batesville, Ark., was allegedly shown on the video throwing a cigarette pack over the back fence of the jail to a trusty. ...
Kennett man arrested on drug charges in Hayti (02/27/12)
HAYTI, Mo. -- A 49-year-old Kennett man was arrested on drug charges at Hayti following a traffic stop. According to authorities, police officers pulled over a vehicle Thursday night for improper registration. Officers obtained consent to search the vehicle and found marijuana and drug paraphernalia...
Black smoke leads officer to Poplar Bluff meth lab (02/27/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Black smoke filling the sky Thursday morning led a police officer to finding not only a fire, but a suspected shake-and-bake methamphetamine lab. Poplar Bluff police detective Corey Mitchell was driving when he saw black smoke, which he thought was a house fire. He found the source of the smoke to be a fire in the front yard of a garage and approached Nathan Montgomery who was near the fire...
County to weigh in on Fruitland annexation Monday (02/26/12)
Fruitland residents will find out Monday how the Cape Girardeau County Commission is leaning on the annexation issue. The commission will discuss a letter that could, among other things, suggest changes in the proposed boundaries. On the commission's agenda under routine business is a letter written by Presiding Commissioner Clint Tracy in reply to the petition that holds 79 percent of Fruitland residents' signatures. ...
Cape Girardeau School Board to vote on dress code policy Monday (02/26/12)
Two public forums, several school board meetings, two surveys, some proposal revisions and hundreds of classroom conversations, emails, Speak Out comments and Facebook posts later, time is drawing nearer to Monday night, when school board members will make a decision on a dress code policy for Cape Girardeau public school students...
Urban deer hunting opponents to speak to committee at forum (02/26/12)
In Interstate 55's median, sunlight beats down on a dead buck. Nuisance abatement supervisor Ty Metzger approaches it, armed with a wooden plank. Maimed and antlerless, the deer's lifeless eyes stare at Metzger as he and officer Ben Rhymer, both of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, contemplate how they intend to get it out of the median...
Cape police arrest man for drugs after chase through apartment building (02/26/12)
A search warrant executed Wednesday morning by the SEMO Drug Task Force and Cape Girardeau police led to a chase through an apartment building. According to a news release from the Cape Girardeau Police Department, a search of Nathan E. Smith's apartment at 509 Bellevue St. uncovered drug paraphernalia, suspected cocaine and marijuana...
Procter & Gamble layoffs won't affect local plant (02/26/12)
A plan by Procter & Gamble to trim its workforce by 10 percent, or 5,700 employees, won't result in any job losses in Cape Girardeau. Bob McDonald, the company's board president and CEO, spoke about the company's plan to reduce costs by $10 billion Thursday at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York Conference...
Candidate filing likely to begin Tuesday (02/26/12)
Missouri's county clerks and political candidates are preparing for the filing period to start as scheduled Tuesday, now that it seems all but certain a last-minute move by lawmakers to push back the deadline won't happen. And that leaves state Senate hopefuls with a decision -- file Tuesday in hopes of getting the prized top spot on ballots or wait to make sure the boundaries of their districts won't change as the redistricting madness continues...
Patton man stabbed in domestic dispute (02/26/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A Patton man was in custody Saturday and another was in the hospital following what police describe as a domestic dispute that ended in a stabbing. Lawrence Schanda, 38, was in custody at the Bollinger County Jail on Saturday awaiting charges that police expected to be filed Sunday...
Southeast Missourian's Paul Walker receives Silver Medal Award at annual ADDY banquet (02/26/12)
During his 45 years in the advertising business, Paul Walker has worked in just about every segment of the industry. Walker was presented the Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals' Silver Medal Award on Friday during the group's annual ADDY Awards banquet. One hundred forty people attended...
Great Outdoor Sports Show fills Show Me Center (02/26/12)
Visitors filled the Show Me Center this weekend for this year's The Great Outdoor Sports Show to look at hunting equipment, outdoor clothing, boats, campers, outdoor sports vehicles, resort information and fishing guides. Event coordinator Carolyn Asmus said Saturday that she didn't have exact numbers for how many people have gone through the show this year, but it's been close to the attendance from previous years, which have averaged about 5,000 people, she said. The show began in 1987...
Emerson to host meeting on scenic riverways (02/24/12)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- Property rights and a pending plan to manage the Ozark National Scenic Riverways will be the topic at a public forum Saturday hosted by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson. The Cape Girardeau Republican announced that the meeting will take place at noon at the Landing in Van Buren, and will also include comments from business owners and elected officials...
U.S. Postal Service to close Cape Girardeau distribution facility (02/24/12)
Postal workers believe only Congress can save their jobs now that the U.S. Postal Service has confirmed it intends to close Cape Girardeau's Richard G. Wilson Processing and Distribution Facility. Richard Watkins, spokesman for the Postal Service's regional office in Kansas City, said Thursday that the Postal Service will shift work from the Springfield distribution and processing facility to its Kansas City...
Texas corporation new owner of old Cape Girardeau federal building; Cape County silent (02/24/12)
RDRH Holdings Inc., a corporation based in Austin, Texas, is the new owner of Cape Girardeau's former federal building, according to company president Majid Hemmasi.
Warm winter puts Isle of Capri construction ahead of schedule (02/24/12)
The construction of the Isle of Capri Casino is ahead of schedule thanks to unseasonably warm winter weather. Isle president and CEO Virgina McDowell told a group gathered to watch the final steel beam hoisted into the skeleton of the $125 million casino complex that it will open no later than Thanksgiving, pending regulatory approval...
Red House kicking off yearlong Lorimier celebration (02/24/12)
Cape Girardeau residents will have an opportunity to commemorate and explore the life of the city's founder Sunday. The Red House Interpretive Center will launch its observance of the bicentennial of Cape Girardeau founder Louis Lorimier's death at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Hirsch Room of the Cape Girardeau Public Library. The center, at 128 Aquamsi St., commemorates Lorimier's life and a visit from Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in 1803...
Red Letter CEO wins Hutson award at Old Town Cape dinner (02/24/12)
Jim Riley, founder and CEO of Red Letter Communications, received the Charles L. Hutson Visionary Award at the Old Town Cape annual dinner Thursday. Riley, a partner in Dream Big LLC, worked to bring the $125 million Isle of Capri casino development to downtown Cape Girardeau...
New Senate map pits Wallingford against Brandom (02/24/12)
Rep. Ellen Brandom summed up Thursday's shake-up this way: "Crazy, isn't it?" A third redrawn Missouri Senate map was released Thursday, this time constructing boundaries that -- if they stand -- would pit the Sikeston Republican against her fellow sitting House member, Wayne Wallingford of Cape Girardeau, in the GOP's August primary...
National meth lab seizures up in 2011 (02/23/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Methamphetamine lab seizures rose nationally again in 2011, further evidence the powerfully addictive and dangerous drug is maintaining a tight grip on the nation's heartland, according to an Associated Press survey of the nation's top meth-producing states...
Events planned to close out Black History Month (02/22/12)
A business expo, a night of artistic performances and a guest lecture are among the events planned during the next week in celebration of Black History Month. This month provides an opportunity to highlight African-Americans that aren't always mentioned in history books, said Debra Mitchell-Braxton, who is coordinating a community celebration in honor of Black History Month at 6 p.m. Sunday at St. James AME Church in Cape Girardeau...
Scott County Sheriff's Department auctions off seized items; proceeds going to schools (02/23/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- The auctioneer rattles off number after number, along with hums and indecipherable words, as he scans the crowd to spot the lucky winner. Several dozen have gathered around the auto parts and tools strewn across the floor of a Scott County Highway Department garage Wednesday morning...
Biotech expert speaks at entrepreneurship event (02/23/12)
After starting his own biotechnology businesses, Southeast Missouri native Dr. Jerry Caulder now helps transform the tech ideas of others into successful companies. This week, Caulder, originally from Gideon, Mo., is serving as an entrepreneur in residence at Southeast Missouri State University in honor of National Entrepreneurship Week. Caulder graduated from Southeast in 1964 and is now managing director at Finistere Ventures in San Diego...
Tracy considering run at either House, administrator position (02/23/12)
Debra Tracy may not be done yet. The outgoing Cape Girardeau City Council member said she is considering another run for public office after the monthlong filing period is scheduled to begin Tuesday. The only question that remains is which one? Tracy, who decided last year not to seek re-election to the council, is weighing a run at either Cape Girardeau County public administrator or another bid at the Missouri House seat being vacated by Rep. Wayne Wallingford...
Crop insurance rates in Birds Point floodway return to normal (02/23/12)
Farmers in the Birds Point-New Madrid spillway were facing crop insurance rates double and even triple what is typical. After the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently confirmed the temporary levee built at Birds Point by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considered adequate protection, New Madrid and Mississippi County farmers' crops will no longer be deemed high-risk...
Cape council discusses deer hunt briefly with opponents (02/22/12)
Mayor Harry Rediger was reluctant to let them speak, but he also seemed reluctant not to. Five members of Cape Friends of Wildlife, a group that opposes a proposal that would allow deer hunting in Cape Girardeau's boundaries, attended the Cape Girardeau City Council's study session Monday night...
Former Cape federal building sold, but new owner's identity is mystery (02/22/12)
One nagging question was replaced with another Tuesday afternoon: Yes, the top bidder for the former Cape Girardeau federal building was able to close the deal this time, meaning a structure that was declared surplus government property more than two years ago finally had a new owner...
Earthquake with local epicenter felt in 16 states; little damage reported (02/22/12)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- A 4.0 earthquake with an epicenter in Mississippi County early Tuesday morning prompted reports of shaking in 16 states but caused little damage. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center, the earthquake occurred at 3:58 a.m. five miles northwest of East Prairie and had a depth of three miles...
Perryville Higher Education Center gets new director (02/22/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- New direction is coming for the Perryville Higher Education Center with the retirement of longtime director Sally Werner. Werner will retire Feb. 29 after 13 years at the center. The center is a joint venture between Mineral Area College and Southeast Missouri State University, where both schools offer courses applicable to various certificate programs and two-year degrees, or transfer credits into a four-year degree program...
Pedestrian killed on North Kingshighway (02/22/12)
A pedestrian was killed crossing North Kingshighway on Tuesday night. Around 6:30 p.m., a 50-year-old woman was running across Kingshighway when she stopped in the median, let a few cars pass and ran into the street where she was struck by a southbound vehicle in the right hand lane, Cape Girardeau Police Department patrolman Joe Thomas said at the scene. The impact threw the woman onto the hood of the vehicle and the windshield...
Nice weather draws people to Capaha Park (02/22/12)
LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semissourian.com A goose takes a Cheerio from Amber Campos' hand as her friends Jared Routhieauz and Zoe Overton watch at Capaha Park Tuesday, February 21, 2012 in Cape Girardeau. "We came because it was a nice day and to feed the ducks. I love to feed the ducks" said Campos....
Woman charged with robbery of Kennett store (02/22/12)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A 21-year-old woman has been charged with first-degree robbery of a Family Dollar store in Kennett. On Friday night, Courtney Smith of Kennett allegedly entered the store dressed as a man-- including a fake mustache -- brandished what appeared to be a gun and took an undisclosed amount of money from the cash registers. Smith also allegedly showed the store clerks that she had a knife...
Man accused in Neelys Landing shooting to be in court in March (02/22/12)
A Cape Girardeau man accused of assault and armed criminal action had his case continued to next month. Seth Summers, 31, has been held at the Cape Girardeau County Justice Center on a $200,000 cash bond since an Aug. 28 shooting that left a man with a gunshot wound to the head...
Mo. House rejects plan to increase some farm taxes (02/22/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri House members have voted to reject a tax plan that would increase property taxes for the best farms. Property taxes for farms are based on the land's "productive value." Farms are divided into eight groups based on land quality, with the best in Grade 1 and the worst in Grade 8. The Missouri Tax Commission has recommended increasing productive values for the four highest grades...
Commander decision delayed again (02/22/12)
TYLER, Texas -- Saying that a sale of the company is better than trying to "sell off scrap," Cape Girardeau officials again agreed Tuesday to continue Commander Premier Aircraft Corp.'s bankruptcy hearing, this time until May 22. City manager Scott Meyer said last month the city would not agree to another continuance -- this marks the third -- unless the failed airplane manufacturer had made progress toward finding investors. ...
School officials reserve judgment on No Child waiver (02/22/12)
Missouri could be among states receiving a waiver to certain provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law in a second round of requests due Feb. 28 to the U.S. Department of Education. The state's Board of Education gave the go-ahead Tuesday with a vote of support for submitting an application crafted by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. ...
Three plead guilty to federal counterfeit charges (02/22/12)
Three people accused in the October counterfeiting ring that struck a handful of Southeast Missouri businesses changed their pleas to guilty Tuesday. Darius Robinson, Jessica Gross and Brynet Trice pleaded guilty to charges linked to the ring, including manufacturing and using phony bills at retail stores in Cape Girardeau, Dexter, Poplar Bluff and Sikeston...
Government reconsidering rule change on child farm labor (02/21/12)
Morgan Bangert started bottle feeding newborn calves when she was 5. By the time she was 8, she was showing a 1,000-pound heifer at the fair. At age 12, she was driving a tractor and raking hay. She's given cattle medication injections, she's helped with castration, she's even assisted with breeding through artificial insemination. She drives a four-wheeler out to the field to check on the herd, and it's her job to feed about 80 cows every day when she comes home from school...
Man's video of 'Star Wars' guitar draws lots of web hits (02/21/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- You've never heard of the Millennium Falcon? It's a guitar built for light-speed Han solos. With this guitar, you should be able to play Van Halen's "Eruption" in less than 12 parsecs (even if those are units of distance and not time)...
Bald Knob Cross board eyes date for lighting improvements (02/21/12)
Alto Pass Ill. -- The Bald Knob Cross of Peace will be lit with state-of-the art LED lights, its board of directors decided during its annual meeting last week. The lights will bring the 48-year-old cross back to its original state, Bald Knob Cross president D.W. Presley said. When erected in 1963, the cross was illuminated with grounded stadium lights at night...
Facebook polls become former Notre Dame teacher's hobby (02/21/12)
Not long after retiring as a teacher of high school social studies in 2010, Steve Mosley started looking for something new to occupy his time. He doesn't play golf, but he spends a few hours each day at the public library. Mosley found that something new in Facebook...
Former Cape councilman, police officer announces run for commissioner (02/21/12)
A former Cape Girardeau police officer and city council member is eyeing a seat on the county commission. Charlie Herbst, who served as a police officer for 10 years and a councilman for eight, announced his intention to run for the Cape Girardeau County Commission District 2 associate commissioner seat Tuesday. The seat serves as Cape Girardeau's presence on the commission and is currently held by commissioner Jay Purcell...
Three Rivers College board talks about tuition increase (02/21/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The board of trustees for Three Rivers College will vote in March on a possible 6.9 percent tuition increase for in-district students. Out-of-state students would also see an approximately 6.9 percent per credit hour bump under the proposal, while out-of-district costs would rise by 4.3 percent and common fees by almost 18 percent...
Three in Southeast Missouri counterfeiting case stand trial today (02/21/12)
Three of the five people authorities say are behind the counterfeiting ring that struck locations throughout Southeast Missouri in October will stand trial in federal court this morning. Jessica Gross, Darius Robinson and Brynet Trice are accused of manufacturing and using fake $10, $20 and $50 bills at businesses in Cape Girardeau, Dexter, Sikeston and Poplar Bluff in early October. ...
Meetings on flood repair, preparedness set at Wappapello Lake (02/21/12)
WAPPAPELLO, Mo. -- Public meetings have been scheduled at Wappapello Lake to discuss flood repair, flood preparedness, water control procedures and dam safety. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will meet with the public at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center to provide information and answer questions on water control procedures and Corps-funded recovery efforts following flood damage caused by extreme high water in spring 2011...
Dogs, owners training as part of Cape County's new search and rescue unit (02/20/12)
More than a dozen dogs ran, jumped and sniffed their way through a portion of Cape County Park on Sunday afternoon. Some timid pups stayed close to their owners, while older dogs ventured into the park's forest. The typical barks and whimpers filled the air, and dog treats and tennis balls were plentiful...
Prodigy Leadership Academy still working to save Cape's old Jefferson School (02/19/12)
Leaders of a local Christian academy are still hoping -- and praying -- that they can save the old Jefferson School. But they acknowledged Friday that they have dreams for the south Cape Girardeau property whether or not the building can be salvaged...
Thousands of car enthusiasts look for parts at Arena Building swap meet (02/20/12)
Anything on wheels from farm equipment to model cars, parts, tools, accessories, signs, books, magazines, even toy cars were being traded or bought Sunday at the Capaha Antique Car Club's swap meet. The 46th annual event brought 2,500 to 3,000 antique car enthusiasts from at least six states to the Arena Building in Cape Girardeau...
Cardinal Glennon team stands by at Cape airport to rush young patients to St. Louis (02/19/12)
Everything you'd find in a newborn nursery, these nurses carry with them. A helicopter is their makeshift hospital. They wait around the clock at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport for the next call to come in, whether it's a premature baby or a child who has been through a trauma...
Local Civil War engagements discussed at Cape Roundtable (02/20/12)
More than 30 people heard accounts of how the Civil War directly touched this area Sunday at a meeting of the Cape Girardeau Civil War Rountable. This month's meeting featured "The Civil War in Our Area -- A Fight For Control of the Rivers," a presentation by Fred Keller, a club member who is a former reporter and photographer at KFVS12 and former news director of KZIM radio...
Man accused of Malden home invasion to appear in court March 14 (02/20/12)
MALDEN, Mo. -- A man accused of the mid-December home invasion and kidnapping of a Malden resident waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday, and has been bound over to Division I court, where he will appear March 14. Richard O. Jenkins, 38, of Campbell, Mo., is charged with first-degree robbery, three counts of armed criminal action, two counts of first-degree burglary, and kidnapping in connection with a Dec. 19 home invasion of Terry Kitrel, 70...
Two more to file for Cape County public administrator, one for assessor (02/20/12)
Add two more names to the growing list of people who want to replace Cape Girardeau County Public Administrator Phyllis Schwab -- that's six now -- and a third who wants voters to pick her to take over for outgoing Assessor Jerry Reynolds...
Wild horses, burros get new homes at adoption event in Jackson (02/19/12)
While some think there's something majestic about a mustang, others consider them the mutts of the horse world. Unlike most domestic horses with long pedigrees, American wild horses, or mustangs, are a mix of breeds. They're descended from horses once held by Native Americans, Spanish explorers, ranchers or miners, said Martha Malik, public affairs specialist with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro Program...
Police charge two men in early-morning stabbing (02/19/12)
Two men were in police custody Friday facing felony assault charges in an early-morning stabbing that left a Cape Girardeau man hospitalized in serious condition. Prince D. Blair, 19, of New York and Dalton W. Burns, 19, of Cape Girardeau were charged with felony assault and were being held on $75,000 bond at the Cape Girardeau County Jail...
Former KFVS12 manager returning to Cape to run two stations (02/19/12)
Former KFVS12 general manager Mike Smythe, who retired in November, is returning to Cape Girardeau to head KBSI FOX 23 and its sister station, WDKA in Paducah, Ky. Those stations haven't had a general manager based in Cape Girardeau instead of St. Louis for more than eight years, Smythe said, but their parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group, is putting more emphasis on local involvement...
Essex man charged with assaulting police officer (02/19/12)
DEXTER, Mo. -- An Essex man is behind bars following a recent altercation with a Dexter police officer. Christopher Taylor, 25, is charged with one count of felony second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer. He is also being held on outstanding warrants for failure to appear...
Missouri board of education pushes new accreditation bill (02/19/12)
In a move that member J. Michael Ponder called "unprecedented," members of Missouri's state board of education are leading meetings throughout the state to foster support for legislation that could change how unaccredited school districts are governed...
Police investigating gunshots fired Saturday in Cape (02/19/12)
Cape Girardeau police investigated a report of gunshots fired in the 300 block of Broadway on Saturday evening. Sgt. Brad Smith said police received calls from people who heard several shots fired about 6 p.m. in the area. There were no injuries and no damage to property in the area, he said. After closing part of Broadway to traffic, police did recover several shell casings. No suspects are identified yet, but officers are following up on leads, Smith said...
Candidate drops out of Perryville mayor race (02/19/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Donald L. Horn has withdrawn as a candidate for mayor of Perryville. His withdrawal was accepted and approved Friday by the circuit judge, said Perryville City Clerk Tracy Prost. Horn would have faced Mayor Debbie Gahan in her re-election bid on the April ballot. There are no other candidates for mayor...
Search exposes drugs at Jackson High School (02/19/12)
Jackson High School was placed on lockdown for more than an hour Thursday afternoon while law enforcement officers with drug-sniffing dogs searched the school.
Cape Friends of Wildlife meeting focuses on ways to get city council's attention (02/17/12)
Leaders of a group opposed to urban deer hunting and members of the Deer Management Committee urged people Thursday night to contact city government officials about the issue. About 30 people attended the second meeting of the Cape Friends of Wildlife at the Public Library Thursday evening and learned how they could influence Cape Girardeau City Council members via letters and at Feb. 28 Deer Management Committee forum...
Flu season off to latest start in decades (02/17/12)
ATLANTA (AP) -- Health officials say the flu season is finally here -- the slowest start in nearly 25 years. Until this month, there weren't enough flu cases in the U.S. to signal the start of the season. This is the latest start to a flu season since the winter of 1987-1988...
Ag officials search for Missouri century farms (02/17/12)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri farms that have been in the same family for at least 100 years are eligible for recognition. The University of Missouri Extension says farms that have been in the same family since Dec. 31, 1912, can be recognized this year. Applications must be postmarked by May 16...
More students sent home from Cape Central High School reporting flu-like symptoms (02/17/12)
A phone rang in a high school office. "Cape Central Infirmary," answered Dr. Mike Cowan, high school principal. The office of Cape Girardeau Central High school looked similar to a hospital waiting room at times Wednesday and Thursday as students and staff came through its doors, reporting fevers, body aches and coughing.
New Cape roundabout draws largely positive comments at hearing (02/17/12)
Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger had a warning for state transportation officials last week: Expect some "anti-roundabout" sentiments to be shared at Thursday's public hearing on the matter. Those concerns never seemed to materialize during the three-hour forum, as most of the comments -- at least the ones that were shared -- seemed to favor the proposed $1.7 million roundabout at the Lexington Avenue-Route W intersection...
Cape County public administrator job draws three more hopefuls (02/17/12)
The race for Cape Girardeau County public administrator got crowded Thursday, with three more candidates -- two Republicans and a Democrat -- saying they hope to replace the outgoing Phyllis Schwab. That brings the total to four, with all the candidates saying they know of a handful of others with their eye on the job of taking care of the county's 150 or so residents deemed unable to care for themselves...
Jackson city government responds to annexation challenge (02/17/12)
The city of Jackson will not back down on its 2009 annexation of property along Interstate 55 and U.S. 61. The city government issued a news release late Wednesday saying: "The City of Jackson stands by the 2009 annexation as both appropriate and legal. ...
Fallert announces state Senate run (02/17/12)
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- State Rep. Joe Fallert, D-Ste. Genevieve, announced on Thursday he will run for the Missouri Senate's 3rd District. If the picture doesn't change, that means a November race between him and the winner the Republican primary in August -- either Rep. Wayne Wallingford of Cape Girardeau or Farmington, Mo., businessman Gary Romine...
University announces retirement of Show Me Center director (02/17/12)
Southeast Missouri State University announced the retirement of longtime Show Me Center director David Ross in a news release Thursday morning. According to the release, Ross' retirement is effective May 31 and assistant director of the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts at the River Campus, Bob Cerchio, will serve as interim director while a national search is conducted...
Missouri House bill would equalize copays charged pharmacy customers (02/16/12)
Pharmacists hope a bill in the Missouri House will give people more choices when it comes to filling their prescriptions. Rep. Steve Hodges, D-East Prairie, has proposed a bill he says will put retail pharmacies on an even playing field with mail-order pharmacies...
81 students sent home from Cape Central High School with flu-like symptoms (02/16/12)
Cape Girardeau Central High School sent students with flu-like symptoms home en masse Wednesday.
Show Me Center executive director, assistant director leave (02/16/12)
David Ross, the only executive director the Show Me Center has ever known, is out after 25 years at the helm. Also gone is assistant director Greg Talbut, who also has worked at the facility since it opened in 1987. Specifics were sparse late Wednesday, and Southeast Missouri State University spokeswoman Ann Hayes would only confirm that a news release was forthcoming today...
DNR requiring upgrades to 10 Fruitland-area wastewater systems (02/16/12)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is requiring upgrades to 10 Fruitland-area wastewater treatment facilities, with officials pointing to problems that range from a need for disinfection to total overhauls. And in the coming months at least a dozen other systems that mostly serve residential subdivisions will need to make costly changes before state operating permits are issued...
Tainted sprouts again linked to Jimmy John's (02/16/12)
WASHINGTON -- Sprouts from the sandwich chain Jimmy John's have again been linked to an outbreak of foodborne illness. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that 12 cases of E. coli poisoning in five states are linked to clover sprouts eaten at Jimmy John's restaurants. ...
Inmate escapes from Stoddard County courtroom (02/16/12)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A prisoner being held at the Stoddard County Jail escaped custody just before noon Wednesday from a courtroom in the Stoddard County Justice Center. Jason Stroup, 34, of Puxico, Mo., was at the justice center awaiting his appearance before Judge Stephen Sharp when he apparently walked out of the facility...
Mo. Senate backs bill to delay candidacy filing (02/16/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri senators are quickly trying to postpone the state's candidacy filing period for the 2012 elections because of lingering uncertainties about the boundaries for state Senate, House and U.S. congressional districts. The Senate gave initial approval Wednesday to legislation that would delay filing by about a month -- setting the period to run from March 27 through April 24. ...
Missouri State Highway Patrol investigating hit-and-run on Highway 34 (02/16/12)
The Missouri State Highway Patrol was investigating an incident in which a man fled from the scene of a two-car crash that injured the driver of the other vehicle Tuesday night near Burfordville. Trooper Clark Parrot said the crash occurred around 7:25 p.m. on Highway 34 when the driver of a northbound truck failed to yield while driving through an intersection. A westbound vehicle struck the truck on its right side. The driver of the truck fled on foot...
Man accused of making threat at Cape bank charged with peace disturbance (02/16/12)
The man who allegedly threatened to rob a Cape Girardeau bank last week has been charged with disturbing the peace. Daniel T. Koontz, 55, was arrested Friday after he entered the US Bank at 325 N. Kingshighway around 12:45 p.m. and allegedly became angry with a teller because she would not cash a check, according to a probable-cause statement. Koontz did not have an account with the bank nor did he have any identification...
Poplar Bluff man gets 13 years on meth charges (02/16/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff man was sentenced to 13 years in prison Tuesday for possessing methamphetamine with intentions of distributing it in Stoddard County. Hershel B. Deaton, aka Hershel Huff, 57, was convicted in January by a Butler County jury of the Class B felony of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and Class C felony of possession of a chemical (pseudoephedrine) with intent to manufacture methamphet- amine...
Department of Revenue offers tax filing tips (02/16/12)
The Missouri Department of Revenue has several tips for improving the processing, speed and accuracy of submitted tax returns. The first suggestion is to file electronically. Electronic forms are available at http://dor.mo.gov/forms/. The forms can be printed out and mailed in...
Urban deer hunting hearing set for Feb. 28 (02/15/12)
With debate already at a feverish pitch, the public is about to be given the opportunity to weigh in on the issue of urban deer hunting in Cape Girardeau. A public forum has been set for 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Osage Centre, an event that is expected to draw a large crowd to voice support, questions -- and likely a few criticisms -- about a move to thin the city's growing herd...
Getting By: Cape police want officials to consider new station (02/15/12)
Water leaks into strategically placed buckets. Laundry from as many as 29 inmates is done in a common household washer and dryer. And the quarters are so cramped that about 22 of the staff of 97 continue to work in what amounts to a double-wide mobile home...
Man gets 7 years for torching Cape office complex (02/15/12)
The man who admitted to torching an office complex on Mount Auburn Road in November received seven years in prison Tuesday. Mark K. Carleton, 26, destroyed the office complex at 1707 N. Mount Auburn Road on Nov. 21 when he set fire to paper and laid it on the floor inside the building. He took an open plea to a second-degree arson charge last month...
Farm land to face higher tax rate (02/15/12)
Now is not the time to raise tax assessments on Missouri farmers, say proponents of resolutions in the legislature to repeal an agricultural land tax increase. Under a policy set by the State Tax Commission in December, Missouri's most productive farm land will face a higher tax rate...
Man who threatened bank robbery could face charges of disturbing the peace (02/15/12)
A prosecutor will determine whether the man who allegedly threatened to rob a Cape Girardeau bank Friday will face a peace disturbance charge. A 55-year-old man was arrested after he entered the US Bank at 325 N. Kingshighway around 1 p.m. Friday and became angry with a cashier, according to police. The cashier had informed the man that she could not cash a check for him because he was not an account holder and did not have the identification the bank requires...
Judge upholds new map of Mo. House districts (02/15/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A trial judge has rejected a lawsuit challenging newly drawn districts for the 163-seat Missouri House. A bipartisan group including two former lawmakers filed suit arguing the new House map violates requirements for districts to have similar populations and be contiguous and compact. They also argued that a special judicial panel responsible for drawing the map violated Missouri's open meetings law...
Design work underway for new ‘multiuse' transfer station in Cape (02/14/12)
The new $5.5 million transfer station to be built in Cape Girardeau next year is being designed to combine solid waste and recycling operations, which city officials say will mean expanded services in a centralized location. The Cape Girardeau City Council has authorized an initial $103,000 contract with the engineering firm HDR Inc. to design the facility, which will replace the 20-year-old transfer station in the 2500 block of South Sprigg Street...
Lawsuit filers, Jackson talk about undoing 2009 annexation (02/14/12)
The group that filed a lawsuit contesting Jackson's 2009 annexation of a strip of land that leads to a Fruitland quarry would like the city to complaisantly abandon the land. On Feb. 2, eight people submitted a lawsuit that claimed Jackson had illegally annexed a portion of land along Interstate 55 and U.S. 61 in 2009. Attorney General Chris Koster gave the filers the status of "quo warranto," which means they are essentially acting on the state's behalf...
Willie Nelson schedules spring concert in Cape Girardeau (02/14/12)
Country music legend Willie Nelson will play a concert April 8 at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. Tickets for the concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 25 at www.showmecenter.biz, but ticket prices have not been announced. Nelson released a compilation of covers in November titled "Remember Me, Vol. 1." The album features Nelson's takes on 14 country songs from the top Billboard hits since the 1940s. "Remember Me, Vol. 2" is scheduled for release this year...
SEMO offering master's program in management (02/14/12)
Southeast Missouri State University is offering a new master's degree program in its college of business on campus and online specifically for managers and others seeking a management role. The new master of science degree program in organizational management is geared toward improving performance of current managers and advancing others to midlevel managerial positions, according to a news release from the university...
County officials back bill restricting access to photos of deceased (02/14/12)
Two top Cape Girardeau County officials are pushing a bill that would restrict access to photographs and videos from crime scenes and autopsies that depict dead people. House Bill 1127 was read for the first time in the House of Representatives last month, and, if passed, would bar the public from obtaining photographs and videos from crime scenes that "depict or describe a deceased person in a state of dismemberment, decapitation, or similar mutilation including, without limitation, where the deceased person's genitalia are exposed.". ...
Kinder gives up state vehicle (02/14/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder says he is giving up his state vehicle as part of an effort to cut costs in his office. Kinder's office said Monday that it is returning the vehicle to the state fleet with a suggestion that the car be sold and the proceeds be put into the state's general revenue...
Jackson woman injured in weekend car wreck faces criminal charges (02/14/12)
A Jackson woman who suffered serious injuries in a crash Saturday on County Road 620 was arrested on suspicion of tampering and driving while intoxicated, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Melissa Lane, 25, was traveling west on the road two miles west of Cape Girardeau when the 1996 GMC Sonoma she was driving ran off the right side of the roadway, swerved back across the road and hit an embankment on the left side of the roadway...
Woman killed, teen badly hurt in Mississippi County car accident (02/14/12)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- A Charleston, Mo., woman was killed after being ejected from her vehicle Saturday afternoon in Mississippi County. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Melinda C. Larkins, 47, was traveling southbound on Highway 102, 12 miles south of East Prairie, when she drove off the right side of the road, overcorrected, drove off the left side of the road and struck a tree line. Larkins and a passenger, Tayler S. Smith, 17, of East Prairie were ejected from the vehicle...
Police: Man arrested after threat to rob Cape Girardeau bank (02/14/12)
Cape Girardeau police responded Friday to an incident at a local bank where a man allegedly threatened to rob the bank after an employee could not cash his check. Police spokesman Darin Hickey said a 55-year-old local man was arrested after he entered the US Bank lobby at 325 N. Kingshighway around 1 p.m. Friday and became angry with a cashier. She had informed him she could not cash a check for him because he was not an account holder and did not have the identification the bank requires...
Headquarters of not-for-profit Heart for Africa moving to Cape (02/14/12)
It just makes sense to Jimmy Wilferth that Heart for Africa, a Christian not-for-profit organization trying to improve thousands of lives in the African country of Swaziland, will move its national headquarters to Cape Girardeau from Atlanta this spring...
Students work to preserve, document local buildings (02/13/12)
Several hours into a blustery, ice-cold February afternoon of tearing shingles and carrying heavy, rotted-out pieces of a decades-old porch, Chris Kinder took a short break and explained a few things he's learned during many weekends since September...
Fruitland's future lies with Cape Girardeau County Commission (02/13/12)
With Jackson residents voting down the annexation of a Fruitland quarry last week, Fruitland's quest to become a village lies in the hands of the Cape Girardeau County Commission. The annexation's rejection is a step in the process, said Tim Sutterer, speaking for an ad hoc group of Fruitland residents seeking incorporation...
Area students exhibit artwork at annual show (02/13/12)
Artwork from 16 area schools was on display Sunday at the 34th annual High School Art Exhibition in the Crisp Museum at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus. The exhibit showcases art by junior and senior high school students created during the academic school year...
Slain Lutesville marshal honored with highway designation (02/12/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- On the night of Oct. 6, 1971, Lutesville marshal Clive S. McGee had handcuffed a young offender to a pole in front of Lutesville Motors, but before he could make the arrest, a car went flying by, so McGee uncuffed the young man, got in his car and chased down the speeding vehicle...
Re-enactor portrays Lincoln conspirator at Cape library (02/13/12)
About 50 people came out to the Cape Girardeau Public Library on Sunday afternoon, the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, to see Dianne Moran in "The Unquiet Death of Mary Surratt." Moran performed the story, about the first woman executed by the federal government for her supposed involvement in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, in costume and spent 45 minutes in character telling about the events surrounding Surratt's trial. ...
Snow, sleet possible tonight in Southeast Missouri (02/13/12)
Up to an inch of wintry precipitation is expected to blanket Southeast Missouri tonight, but it will not be around long thanks to upcoming higher temperatures, the National Weather Service says. Either rain and snow or sleet and snow are expected to fall between 6 p.m. and midnight, meteorologist Jayson Wilson said. Due to conflicting precipitation models, Wilson said he is unsure what exactly the mix will be...
Poplar Bluff vs. semo.net trial scheduled for April (02/13/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A jury trial is scheduled to begin April 4 in Butler County Circuit Court for the counterclaim filed by the city of Poplar Bluff against semo.net for failure to pay its bills. Carter County Judge Michael J. Ligons set the trial date after he sustained a motion by city attorney Wally Duncan that semo.net owner Brian Becker's defenses are legally insufficient...
2 arrested in Dexter for allegedly making meth (02/13/12)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Two Dexter residents remain behind bars following a drug bust Wednesday that netted local police two methamphetamine labs, along with several ingredients associated with the manufacture of the drug. On Wednesday, police attempted to serve an arrest warrant at a residence at 220 A. E. St. Francis St. where Jeffery Dean Ray, 23, told them the subject of the warrant did not live there...
Sikeston woman charged with child endangerment (02/13/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston woman is charged with felony child endangerment after officers found her 15-year-old child living in what they describe as unsanitary conditions. Sherrie Campbell, 38, was arrested Thursday after officers from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety followed up with the Missouri Children's Division on a hot line investigation involving Campbell and her daughter at a home on West Center Street, according to Lt. Jim McMillen...
Former Caruthersville city marshal pleads not guilty (02/13/12)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- Former Caruthersville city marshal Chris Riggs has pleaded not guilty to charges of forgery and stealing thousands of dollars from the city's Criminal Investigation Fund. The case will continue in Dunklin County Circuit Court following a change of venue request that was approved in late January...
Monster truck show brings out roughly as many children as adults, marketing director says (02/12/12)
Fans of monster trucks, ATV four-wheeler racing and pit bike racing came out for the Monster Truck Winter Nationals & Thrill Show on Friday and Saturday at the Show Me Center. The pit bike races and ATV four-wheeler races opened Friday's show. The crowd watched, although many also had out cellphones logged onto Facebook. When the monster truck competition began, spectators sat up straighter and many of the phones were put away...
Southeast Missouri counties meet ozone standard (02/12/12)
Southeast Missouri has escaped restrictions on future business expansions under new ozone level attainment designations released last week. The Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with a proposed rule to implement the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground-level ozone. This standard proposed to be set at 75 parts per billion...
Jackson Manor admissions director to run for public administrator (02/12/12)
In his time as admissions director at a Jackson nursing home, Kenny Loos has come into contact with many area seniors who have wonderfully supportive families. But he's also met some who didn't. "Some have come to us who never had anyone," Loos said. "If I can help people like that, I would like to do that."...
Items stolen from Cape church recovered in Jefferson County (02/12/12)
Musical instruments, equipment and cash that were reported stolen last month from a Cape Girardeau church were recovered in a Jefferson County storage building, police said Friday. Police were notified by authorities in Jefferson County that the items were found last week, said department spokesman Darin Hickey. Cape Girardeau Police Department officers went there and recovered everything that was reported stolen except one laptop and an amplifier, Hickey said...
Cape woman nominated for state workforce board (02/12/12)
Gov. Jay Nixon has nominated Roberta LeGrand of Cape Girardeau to serve on the Missouri Workforce Investment Board. LeGrand is a training coordinator for Nordenia USA and a member of the SEMO Regional Industrial Training Group. The governor has nominated her for a term ending March 3, 2015...
Voter ID at center of Missouri secretary of state election (02/12/12)
On Nov. 7, 2000, hundreds of St. Louis voters were unable to practice that most cherished of constitutional sacraments. They were turned away from the ballot box, told their names had been placed on the city's list of inactive voters. House Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller, R-Willard, calls that incident pivotal in two of his recent decisions -- his introduction of legislation to require voter identification and his run for Missouri secretary of state...
New Scott County emergency management director starts job (02/12/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County has a new emergency management director. Tom Beardslee worked his first day as the county's emergency management director Monday, according to County Clerk Rita Milam. Beardslee has previously worked for the county as a chief deputy at the sheriff's department and as the county's 911 director...
Mississippi County ditches eligible for federal funding (02/12/12)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Area surveyors are likely to be busy for the rest of the month. Extra seating was brought in during the regular Mississippi County Commission meeting Thursday to accommodate farmers, landowners and drainage district officials seeking information on the latest round of Emergency Watershed Protection program funding...
Mo. presidential primary sets low mark in turnout (02/10/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Just 8 percent of Missouri's registered voters cast ballots in this week's presidential primary. The turnout was the lowest ever for a presidential primary in Missouri. The lack of participation likely stems from the fact that the Republican results did not count toward awarding any delegates to the Republican National Convention...
Cape County starting to scan court documents for state's online database (02/10/12)
Mouse clicks and the mechanical sounds of paper scanners have started to replace the slam of rubber "filed" stamps at the Cape Girardeau County circuit clerk's office. That's because Cape Girardeau County is one of the first Missouri counties to start loading pertinent files from divorces filed in 2012 onto Missouri Case.net, a statewide online database that typically shows the public court dates, party information and rulings...
Repairing old CVB building would be too costly, Cape mayor says (02/10/12)
Mayor Harry Rediger wouldn't mind if a city-owned downtown Cape Girardeau building were flattened, he acknowledged Thursday, especially considering repairs would cost at least 10 times more than bringing in a wrecking ball. The future of the 56-year-old former Convention and Visitors Bureau building at 100 Broadway came into question with the release of the city's capital improvement program last month. ...
McCaskill grills Corps of Engineers nominee about Birds Point (02/10/12)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' intentional breaching of a levee in Southeast Missouri last year was front and center on Capitol Hill on Thursday, as U.S. Sen Claire McCaskill grilled the nominee looking to become the corps' next commander...
River pilots concerned about more structures to control flow of Mississippi (02/10/12)
Pilots are worried that if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers builds more structures to control the Mississippi River, barge companies' bottom lines will feel the effects. About a dozen people, mostly river pilots, attended a public meeting Thursday at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, hosted by the corps as part of an environmental assessment of new river structures. The structures are made using large piles of stones on the river bottom in various configurations...
Trial set for Southeast Missouri man accused of toddler's murder (02/10/12)
KENNETT, Mo. -- The Senath, Mo., man accused of murder in the death of a 3-year-old girl last year will face trial on Dec. 10. Shawn Morgan, 43, is charged with the murder of BreeAnn Rodgriguez, who lived in his neighborhood at the time of her death...
Cape science teacher resigns amid assault allegations; attorney releases statement (02/10/12)
A teacher accused of assaulting a student has resigned, the Cape Girardeau School District announced Thursday. Roman Smith, a science teacher at Cape Girardeau Central High School, turned in a letter of resignation over the weekend to the school's principal, Dr. Mike Cowan. The letter was passed from Cowan to superintendent Dr. Jim Welker and the school board. The board held an emergency closed session at noon Monday and approved the resignation...
Roundabout way: MoDOT planning Cape's third roundabout for Lexington Avenue, Route W (02/09/12)
Motorists in Cape Girardeau will have another place to drive in circles next year. The Missouri Department of Transportation is planning Cape Girardeau's third roundabout at the Lexington Avenue-Route W intersection. The multilane roundabout will be the first of its type in Cape Girardeau, part of a $1.7 million project that also includes improvements to the intersection at Kingshighway and Mount Auburn Road...
Nixon visits SEMO to announce business grant program (02/09/12)
Gov. Jay Nixon joined the Delta Regional Authority's federal co-chair and Southeast Missouri State University's president Wednesday morning in Cape Girardeau to announce a new initiative the parties say will generate job growth in the region. The Delta Regional Authority will contribute $145,500 and the university will contribute $25,000 to Operation Jumpstart, a program through the university's Douglas C. ...
'Odd' fire damages Cape apartment building (02/09/12)
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department is investigating an early morning fire in an apartment building on William Street that battalion chief Mark Hasheider described as "odd." Firefighters responded to a 911 call at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday from residents living in the upstairs of a four-unit apartment building at 921 William St...
Cape County happy with performance of new technology in Tuesday's election (02/09/12)
Cape Girardeau County officials are pleased with the electronic poll books and other new technology used during Tuesday's elections. The county accepted a bid last month from St. Louis-based Know.Ink to test two books at a precinct for free during Tuesday's elections...
Wayne County man sentenced to 14 years in prison for shaking infant daughter (02/09/12)
GREENVILLE, Mo. -- A Piedmont, Mo., man pleaded guilty Tuesday to lesser assault charges and was sentenced to 14 years in prison for causing serious injuries to his then 3-month-old daughter by shaking her. Justin L. Rogers, 23, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree assault before Circuit Judge Kelly Parker, according to Wayne County Circuit Clerk Darren Garrison...
Strong-arm robbery reported in Cape Girardeau (02/09/12)
Cape Girardeau police are looking for three men who allegedly assaulted and robbed a man Tuesday night on Hanover Street. Around 8 p.m. Tuesday, a man was in a parking lot at 210 S. Hanover St. when he was approached by three men. The men assaulted him and took his wallet, money and lottery tickets, police spokesman Darin Hickey said...
Defendant in Illinois child murder case will submit hair sample (02/09/12)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- The Ware, Ill., woman accused of killing her boyfriend's son will submit a hair sample to be examined by experts. Sacha Brown, 29, is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated battery and concealment of a homicidal death in connection with the Dec. 11 death of 4-year-old Justin Hepburn. She pleaded not guilty Jan. 11...
Jackson annexation goes down in defeat (02/08/12)
After four months that saw heated board of aldermen meetings, paid advertisements and two lawsuits, Jackson residents overwhelmingly voted against the annexation of a Fruitland quarry Tuesday.
Santorum wins 'beauty contest' primary in Southeast Missouri counties (02/08/12)
Rick Santorum should have a warm welcome when he comes to Cape Girardeau next month. The Republican presidential candidate swept aside front-runner Mitt Romney in the statewide presidential primary Tuesday, capturing zero delegates in the nonbinding election but perhaps a bit of momentum...
Nixon proposes softening colleges' budget cut (02/08/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he wants to soften a proposed budget cut to the state's colleges and universities by tapping money from a possible legal settlement with some of the nation's largest mortgage lenders.
Opponents of urban deer hunting in Cape not allowed to speak at meeting (02/08/12)
Opponents of urban deer hunting crowded into the Cape Girardeau deer management committee meeting Tuesday night but weren't given much of an opportunity to express their concerns. Before the meeting began, assistant police chief Roger Fields, who is serving as the staff liaison to the committee, told the crowd that the meeting was not the time for debate...
Waller given extra time to file appeal in federal case (02/08/12)
Clay Waller has been granted three more weeks to file the appeal of his five-year sentence for his federal Internet threatening conviction.
Audit report gives good marks to Southeast Missouri State, flags some problems (02/08/12)
Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich released an audit of Southeast Missouri State University today at 2 p.m. The audit covers certain operations of the university by using financial statements for years ended June 30, 2010, 2009 and 2008. According to a release from the auditor's office, various audits of state government offices, public school districts, municipal governments and other offices will also be released this year...
Former Jackson football coach to run for House seat (02/08/12)
Saying he still has some "fight left" in him, former Jackson football coach Van Hitt announced his intentions Tuesday to run for the Missouri House seat occupied by Rep. Donna Lichtenegger. Hitt's decision, which surprised his fellow House hopefuls, sets up a possible three-way Republican primary with Lichtenegger and Jackson School Board member Gerald Adams...
Cape moving forward with Broadway plan that includes promenade (02/07/12)
Cape Girardeau officials are driving forward with the $3.85 million Broadway corridor plan that eliminates 64 parking spots on the north side of the street to make way for a 15-foot-wide "pedestrian promenade." But if plans discussed Monday night progress, the project's year-end completion date could come with more parking on Broadway, not less...
Preschools in Cape area struggling to meet demand (02/07/12)
Leaders of local public and private preschools are happy to see a demand for early childhood education, due in large part to more parents being knowledgeable about benefits of early education, they say. Piles of research show children do better during the rest of their time in school, from kindergarten all the way through college...
South Cape convenience store closes after nearly four decades (02/07/12)
Don Caldwell has had a gun waved in his face and watched as the trigger was pulled. He mostly worked midnights, despite the fact that he owned the place. And, until recent years, he had to call the cops on a regular basis -- once even to clear his own store...
Court records say Bollinger County man admitted trying to burn dog's body (02/07/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- One of the two Marble Hill men accused of killing a pit bull and disposing of its body in October admitted to trying to burn the body to shield the dog's owner from its death, court records say. Levi Snider, 24, is charged with animal abuse for having allegedly killed the dog under circumstances not allowed by law. Travis Reed, 28, is charged with littering for having improperly disposed of the carcass by allegedly placing it upon premises that were not his...
Earthquake drill being held across central U.S. today (02/07/12)
Students at Alma Schrader Elementary will be among those in 396 schools statewide who drop, cover and hold on during an earthquake drill today. The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut event is a day of earthquake safety awareness promotion for nine central U.S. states...
Poplar Bluff man stabbed in buttocks, goes to hospital, goes to jail (02/07/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff teenager coming to his mother's aid Sunday afternoon during what authorities describe as a domestic dispute soon found himself in need of aid when his stepfather allegedly turned the violence on him. The teen's mother protected her son by allegedly stabbing her husband, Jeremy Ellis, twice in the buttocks, sending him initially to the hospital and then to jail...
Santorum to speak at Cape Lincoln Day next month (02/07/12)
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has scheduled a trip to Cape Girardeau next month, where he is to be the featured speaker at the local GOP's Lincoln Day event. Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, was invited by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, who confirmed Monday that he had accepted...
Jackson man accused in Cape Girardeau stabbing pleads not guilty (02/07/12)
A Jackson man charged with murder in a fatal stabbing outside a downtown Cape Girardeau bar pleaded not guilty to the charge Monday. Ryan Harkey, 23, allegedly stabbed Jerry Conrad in the heart following an altercation that began inside Rumors, 36 N. Spanish St., in the early morning hours of Dec. 9...
Jackson annexation may be decided in Tuesday's vote (02/06/12)
Tuesday's voting could bring a resolution to an issue that has divided Jackson for months. But neither side of the campaign over an annexation ballot measure expressed confidence that they'd win. On Tuesday, Jackson voters will be asked to decide whether to allow the city to annex a Fruitland quarry owned by Heartland Materials. ...
Cape police more efficient with in-car laptops (02/06/12)
Until two weeks ago, the Cape Girardeau police station was a staple in Officer Cary Dunavan's route no matter where he was patrolling. For every report Dunavan had to file, he had to make a trip back to the station, sit at a desk, log into a computer, type and print the report. Reports typically took Dunavan -- who has been on the force for about five years -- 45 minutes to complete, and he would write at least three during a shift...
On 75th anniversary, flood of '37 draws parallels to, questions about last year's high water (02/05/12)
"You can drown downtown, when the water is high It's been happening here, since I was a child There ain't nothing you can do to stop it Just hope for the best, and mop up the rest." -- "Get Down, River," by the Bottle Rockets...
Ameren Missouri seeks 14.6 percent rate increase (02/05/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Customers of Ameren Missouri would see their average monthly electric bills rise about $14 under a rate increase proposal filed Friday with the Missouri Public Service Commission. Ameren Missouri asked regulators to raise electric rates by $376 million, or 14.6 percent. ...
GOP caucuses will determine presidential delegates (02/06/12)
Dee Cookson was excited about the presidential primary in 2008. Four years later, not so much. Cookson, the chairwoman of the Scott County Republican Committee, says the GOP's move to a caucus system this year has rendered Tuesday's primary irrelevant...
Community Counseling Center to break ground on housing for people with mental health problems (02/05/12)
A new apartment complex in Cape Girardeau will provide affordable housing for people struggling with mental illness. The Cape Girardeau Community Counseling Center will break ground at 1 p.m. Friday at 549 N. Silver Springs Road on the $1.4 million project funded by a U.S. Housing and Urban Development grant...
Missouri attorney general authorizes new lawsuit contesting Jackson annexation (02/05/12)
With the election set for Tuesday, a new lawsuit has been filed with the blessing of Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster to contest Jackson's annexation of a strip of land along Interstate 55 and U.S. 61. If it is eventually successful, whatever voters say about the proposed Fruitland annexation Tuesday won't matter...
Director of Missouri Department of Agriculture speaks to Cape Chamber of Commerce members (02/05/12)
Many people underestimate the reach of agriculture, according to Dr. Jon Hagler, the director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, who spoke to the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce on Friday morning at the Show Me Center. "Everything that feeds, fuels or clothes the world -- that's agriculture. We impact every single thing in your life in almost every way," Hagler said...
Hundreds take plunge at Trail of Tears on Saturday for Special Olympics (02/05/12)
More than 300 people took a dip in Trail of Tears State Park's Lake Boutin on Saturday to help raise money for a good cause. The sixth annual Cape Girardeau Polar Plunge was part of a statewide fundraising effort for the Special Olympics. Before Saturday nights' Post Plunge Party, which included dinner and a silent auction, $39,265 had been raised toward the goal of $50,000. ...
Two charged in Bollinger County pit bull death (02/05/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Two Marble Hill men have been charged with misdemeanor offenses related to the death and disposal of a pit bull. Levi Snider, 24, is charged with animal abuse for having allegedly killed the dog under circumstances not allowed by law. Travis Reed, 28, is charged with littering for having improperly disposed of the carcass by allegedly placing it upon premises that were not his own...
Three honored by highway patrol for rescue efforts (02/05/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The motto of the Missouri State Highway Patrol is "Service and Protection." On Thursday, the Patrol honored not their own but three citizens for the service they rendered. Capt. George E. Ridens, commanding officer of Troop E, presented Larry Thresher of East Prairie, Mo., with an Honorary Trooper certificate and Bill E. ...
Former Cape Girardeau County sheriff dies (02/03/12)
Former Cape Girardeau County Sheriff Herman F. "Bob" Gribler, 69, of Jackson passed away Feb. 2, 2012 at his home. Gribler served as sheriff from 1981 to 1985 and was a lieutenant for the Jackson Police Department before being elected sheriff. He was also on the original board of directors for the Cape Girardeau County-Bollinger County Major Case Squad, which formed in 1983...
Parent group opposed to Cape schools dress code will speak before board vote (02/03/12)
A committee of parents plans to highlight details of its own proposal for changing the dress code in Cape Girardeau public schools before the school board votes on a proposed policy Feb. 27. The Dress Code Enforcement Committee sent the school board a request last week to speak during the portion of the meeting reserved for public comment. So far, the committee is the only group to reserve time...
Weird weather sets record high for Feb. 2, follows 5th warmest January (02/03/12)
In the Tot Lot, more than a few children horsed around in short sleeves. Families strolled around the lagoon. A laughing toddler -- sans coat -- chased after a disinterested dog.
Missouri State Highway Patrol: Prescription laws have had effect on meth production (02/03/12)
Statistics kept by the Missouri State Highway Patrol indicate that methamphetamine-related incidents have gone down in some parts of Southeast Missouri since many cities began requiring a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine. Nearly 60 Missouri communities have adopted laws that require prescriptions to get pseudoephedrine, a primary ingredient in meth. ...
Teacher accused of choking Cape student plans to plead not guilty, lawyer says (02/03/12)
The Cape Girardeau Central High School teacher accused of choking a student in a downtown parking lot last month asserted his innocence for the first time Thursday via a statement from his attorney. Roman D. Smith, 32, is charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault stemming from what court documents called a "play fight" with the student in a downtown parking lot...
Republican AG candidate visits Cape (02/03/12)
Ed Martin, who announced his intentions last month to run for Missouri attorney general, made a stop in Cape Girardeau on Thursday to host an hourlong discussion with fellow Republicans that largely centered on President Obama's health care law. Martin, the St. Louis lawyer who dropped a congressional campaign to run against Democrat Chris Koster, said Thursday that Koster has not led the fight against what Republicans popularly deride as ObamaCare...
Cape church considering razing former one-room schoolhouse (02/02/12)
Watching Viola Medley drive up Perryville Road in her Ford Model A, a few of her students riding shotgun in the rumble seat. The potbelly wood-burning stove. The bell Mrs. Medley would clang to drag them from a makeshift baseball field back to the classroom...
Lichtenegger officially announces Missouri House re-election bid (02/02/12)
Rep. Donna Lichtenegger doesn't want to leave the House. While the Jackson Republican had been mulling a run at the state Senate, she announced on Wednesday that will instead seek a second House term. "I love doing the hands-on things for my constituents," she said. "I was afraid I wouldn't be able to do that in the Senate because the districts are so much bigger you'd have twice the number of constituents."...
Scott County emergency director won't man office (02/02/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County's interim emergency management director will take care of any pressing business that comes up but will not be able to man the office during February. "I hate to leave you guys in a bind, but I can't be here in February," interim emergency management director Amber Scudder said during the regular county commission meeting Tuesday. "If something comes up, you know I'll be here."...
University looking for new alumni services director after Burner's exit (02/02/12)
A search for a new alumni services director is underway at Southeast Missouri State University. The application period ended Friday and resume reviews will begin soon, said Bill Holland, director of the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation, who oversees the position...
SEMO president speaks to House about budget cuts (02/02/12)
Southeast Missouri State University president Dr. Ken Dobbins' testimony before the House Education Appropriations Committee on Wednesday morning in Jefferson City identified the university's early plans for dealing with a possible $5.2 million reduction in fiscal 2013...
Isle of Capri's Cape GM talks about hiring process (02/02/12)
As Isle of Capri prepares to hire nearly 500 people to staff its new Cape Girardeau casino, the company is meeting with local groups to educate the community about its hiring process.
Mother of student in Cape choking incident considering pulling him from school (02/02/12)
The mother of the Cape Girardeau Central High School student who was allegedly choked by one of the school's physics teachers said Wednesday that she is mulling whether to take her child out of the school. Roman D. Smith, 32, is charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault stemming from a "play fight" with the student in a downtown parking lot last month, according to a news release sent out Tuesday by Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle...
Meeting of group against urban deer hunting draws 30 (02/01/12)
More than 30 people attended a meeting Tuesday night at the Cape Girardeau Public Library to express their concerns and disapproval of allowing bow hunting in the city limits. The inaugural meeting Monday of the Cape Friends of Wildlife called for attendees to show their disdain for the proposal at next week's meeting of the city's committee formed in November to examine ways of controlling the city's deer population. The Friends of Wildlife are opposed to an urban deer hunting program...
Cape Girardeau high school teacher charged with assaulting student (02/01/12)
A Cape Girardeau Central High School teacher has been charged with assaulting one of his students. According to a news release and probable cause statement sent by the Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, 32-year-old Roman D. Smith was charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault for an incident that happened Jan. 21...
Two bills would remove limits on nurses' ability to practice (02/01/12)
Nurse practitioners say existing Missouri laws are preventing them from providing the best possible care to their patients, and lawmakers seem to agree. Comprehensive reform bills revising the regulations that govern advanced-practice nurses have been introduced in the Missouri Legislature this session...
Jackson eighth-graders attend elective course fair (02/01/12)
Jackson Junior High School held an elective course fair for eighth-graders Tuesday to help them plan their schedules for next year -- but there is a little more to the event that students might not yet realize, according to the school's principal and counselors...
Still no sign of missing Cape Girardeau man (02/01/12)
Weekend searches produced no new leads concerning the whereabouts of a Cape Girardeau man who went missing Jan. 15, his family says.
Tilley to chair U.S. Senate campaign for Steelman (02/29/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sarah Steelman has recruited the speaker of the Missouri House to serve as her campaign chairman. Steelman said Wednesday that House Speaker Steven Tilley not only will serve as chairman, but will play a substantial role in her campaign...
Local Seabees celebrate 70th anniversary (02/29/12)
A plaque commemorating a small military unit known for constructing bases and combating enemies overseas will be unveiled Saturday in Cape County Park. Local veterans who served with the Seabees, a special combat and construction unit of the U.S. Navy, are celebrating the group's 70-year anniversary by placing a bronze plaque on the park's Veterans Memorial. ...
Mo. high court examines lawsuit over House map (02/28/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court is focusing on population requirements for Missouri House districts as it weighs a legal challenge to a new map of district boundaries. The high court heard arguments Monday in a lawsuit challenging the map, which adjusts the outlines of the 163 House districts based on the 2010 census...
‘Art for the Health of It' exhibit opens at Southeast Hospital (02/27/12)
"Olive Trees," an oil painting by Jan Chamberlain, won best of show among the 52 paintings and photographs in the 17th annual "Art for the Health of It" exhibit Sunday at Southeast Hospital. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri and SoutheastHEALTH, the exhibit will remain open through April 26 outside the first-floor surgical waiting room. ...
Mississippi County to get funds for ditch cleanup (02/26/12)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Mississippi County has a half dozen ditches it can clean out with a new round of federal funding. Mississippi County commissioners identified during their regular meeting Thursday six ditches maintained by the county they will seek Emergency Watershed Protection program funding for from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service...
Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Walk held Saturday (02/26/12)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com About 40 people participated in the second annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ...
Redistricting concerns block candidate filing bill (02/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri House members have endorsed legislation to delay candidate filing amid uncertainty over new legislative districts based upon the most recent census. Filing for this year's elections currently starts Tuesday and ends March 27. Under the House-backed legislation, candidate filing would start March 19 and end March 30. The measure was approved 147-4 Thursday and returns to the Senate, where its prospects were uncertain...
Cape County commissioners OK spending on shelving (02/24/12)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission approved several items at its meeting Thursday. Commissioners approved a motion to spend up to $32,000 for shelving for the recorder of deeds office; changing County Road 501 south of Route KK to County Road 508; a resolution to maintain a sanitary sewer line in and along County Road 223 from Allenville to and through an intersection with County Road 233 and then continuing on County Road 236 to Whitewater; a motion to refer bids for repairs of the recorder of deeds office to Recorder Scott R. ...
Two from Dexter area facing drug charges (02/23/12)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Two people from the Dexter, Mo., area are behind bars following a recent drug investigation, the Daily Statesman reported. According to Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner, following an investigation into illegal drug use and a vehicle theft from Bollinger County, deputies were issued and executed a search warrant Saturday for a residence on County Road 702 east of Dexter. ...
Illinois governor proposes closing Tamms prison (02/23/12)
Gov. Pat Quinn's proposal to close the state's only supermax prison is projected to save the state millions, but officials in Southern Illinois say the region will suffer greatly.
Two arrested in connection with Perryville burglary (02/23/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Two people have been arrested in connection to the theft of jewelry, a gun and electronics from a Perryville home, according to a sheriff's department news release. Erica L. Clary, 32, was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree burglary, theft of a firearm and stealing of more than $500. On Tuesday Lord L. Gwin, 43, of Cape Girardeau, was also served a warrant for the same charges in addition to illegal possession of a firearm, according to the release...
One injured in Alexander County tractor-trailer crash (02/22/12)
A Poplar Bluff, Mo., man was injured early Tuesday when his tractor-trailer overturned on an Interstate 57 off-ramp in Alexander County, Ill. The Illinois State Police District 22 responded to the crash at about 2:40 a.m. The vehicle attempted to exit I-57 at milepost 1 when the truck failed to negotiate a curve in the exit ramp. The truck left the roadway and overturned...
Bootheel Harley-Davidson holds Mardi Gras party (02/19/12)
Stacey Chicora, left, of Cape Girardeau, also known as "The Wicked Witch of the Midwest" with the Cape Girardeau Roller Girls, chats with Glennia Hudgens of Scott City on Saturday during a Mardi Gras party at Bootheel Harley-Davidson in Scott City. Photo galleries of Mardi Gras parties on Friday and Saturday nights can be seen at semissourian.com...
Cape Girardeau County Commission approves disbursement of funds for playground (02/17/12)
County commissioners approved motions dealing with business of several county departments at its meeting Thursday along with a pay raise and promotion for an assistant county prosecuting attorney and release of funds for an all-accessible playground...
Mizzou conference to commemorate New Madrid quakes (02/17/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Scientists and historians will gather at the University of Missouri in Columbia on Saturday for a conference commemorating the 200th anniversary of the New Madrid earthquakes. The program is titled "It's Your Fault." The agenda includes presentations by scientists and historians who study the series of quakes that rocked the central and southern United States between December 1811 and February 1812...
Mo. Senate passes bill to delay candidacy filing (02/17/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Senate has voted to push back the state's candidacy filing period because of uncertainties over the boundaries for legislative districts. The filing period is set to begin Feb. 28. But the Senate voted unanimously Thursday to delay the start of the filing period until March 27...
Stoddard County fugitive captured (02/17/12)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Stoddard County jail inmate who escaped custody Wednesday was captured at 3 p.m. Thursday near the Stoddard and Bollinger County line. Jason Stroup, 34, escaped when he walked out of a courtroom at the Stoddard County Justice Center shortly before 11:30 a.m. Wednesday...
Free options available for people filing tax returns (02/17/12)
Taking advantage of free tax filing opportunities may help keep more of that refund in taxpayers' pockets. For the tech-savvy, websites exist for filing both federal and state income tax returns for free. People who prefer to sit down with someone have free options, too...
Hearing to be held March 1 on Bollinger County road improvements (02/16/12)
The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing March 1 to discuss improvements to Highway 34 in Bollinger County. The meeting will be held between 4 and 7 p.m. at the Woodland Elementary School gym on Highway 34 in Marble Hill, Mo., and will have an open-house format, so visitors can stop by to talk one-on-one with a member of the project team. No formal presentation will be given...
Pachyderms to host judges' panel in Cape (02/15/12)
The Southeast Missouri Pachyderm Club will host a panel of judges at its Thursday meeting at Dexter Bar-B-Que in Cape Girardeau. Judges will include Circuit Court Judge Ben Lewis, Associate Circuit Court Judge Gary Kamp and Associate Circuit Court Judge Scott Lipke.
Jackson board approves student/staff communication policy (02/15/12)
Jackson's school board approved new district policies covering communication between students and staff at its meeting Tuesday. The changes and additions to the policies came in response to state legislation passed in 2011 that requires school districts to create a policy concerning staff-student communication by March 1...
Jackson woman injured in Saturday accident (02/12/12)
A Jackson woman was seriously injured in a crash on County Road 620 in Cape Girardeau County on Saturday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Melissa Lane, 25, was traveling west on the road two miles west of Cape Girardeau when the 1996 GMC Sonoma she was driving ran off the right side of the roadway, swerved back across the road and hit an embankment on the left side of the roadway...
Cape County OKs $14,000 for Safe House for Women (02/10/12)
Cape Girardeau County commissioners approved a request for disbursement of funds from the county's Domestic Violence Authority Board during Thursday's meeting. Safe House for Women in Cape Girardeau will receive $14,426.77. Board member and commission assistant Donna Oldham said a disbursement from the board goes to the Safe House annually...
Mo. Senate endorses college transfer credit library (02/10/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri senators have endorsed a bill that could make life a little easier for college transfer students. The Senate gave first-round approval Wednesday to a bill that would require public college and universities to designate 25 lower-level college courses for which students can receive credit if they transfer to a new school elsewhere in Missouri...
Levee group plans weekend meeting in Columbia (02/10/12)
NEW MADRID, Mo. - The Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association is meeting this weekend in Columbia to talk about recovering from last year's heavy flooding. The association says speakers at Saturday's event will include Gov. Jay Nixon, Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill and U.S. Reps. Blaine Luetkemeyer and Vicky Hartzler, who will talk about legislative efforts to provide funding for repairs...
Nixon outlines $10 million in grants for colleges (02/10/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri is offering $10 million in competitive grants for public colleges and universities to develop programs that allow students to graduate more quickly and affordably. Gov. Jay Nixon outlined the program Thursday during an event sponsored by The Associated Press and Missouri Press Association...
Neelyville man pleads guilty to fatal hit-and-run (02/09/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Neelyville, Mo., man faces up to four years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday in connection with a hit-and-run accident that left a local teenager dead. Cletis W. Powell Jr., 35, pleaded guilty to the felony of tampering with physical evidence, according to Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Barbour...
Corps of Engineers to host open house today (02/09/12)
The St. Louis District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting an open house to provide background information and gather feedback on the scope of an environmental assessment of new river training structures on the middle Mississippi River. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. ...
No Jackson trash collection on Presidents Day (02/09/12)
Jackson's Sanitation Department will not operate Feb. 20 in observance of Presidents Day. Garbage that would normally be collected Feb. 20 will be picked up Feb. 21. The recycling center will also be closed Feb. 20. For more information, contact the Sanitation Department at 243-2333 or the Public Works Department at 243-2300...
Missouri senator wants to push back election filing date (02/09/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri senator has introduced legislation that would push back the state's time period for candidates to file for public office. The legislation introduced Wednesday would push the filing period back to begin on March 27. The filing period was originally scheduled to begin Feb. 28. The change will affect races for seats in the state legislature and the U.S. House...
Missouri House member plans to run for lieutenant governor (02/07/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Democratic House member from southwestern Missouri plans to run for lieutenant governor. Sara Lampe, of Springfield, announced Sunday that she intends to enter the lieutenant governor campaign while citing her experience serving on the House Budget Committee, running a small business and working in public education. She has served in the Missouri House since 2005. Lampe plans to announce her candidacy officially Monday morning in Springfield...
Caruthersville, Mo., woman badly injured when hit by reported drunken driver (02/07/12)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A woman is in serious condition after being hit by a man accused of drunken driving Saturday. At 11:50 p.m. Saturday, Caruthersville police responded to a report of a vehicle accident involving a pedestrian. According to a news release from the Caruthersville Police Department, at the scene they found Krissie Payne, 40, of Caruthersville lying in the street unresponsive...
Cape naval reserve center reports burglary (02/05/12)
They don't know exactly when or how much was taken, but Naval Reserve Center officials have reported a money bag stolen from their offices at 2530 Maria Louise Lane in Cape Girardeau. The burglary and stealing report was made to the Cape Girardeau Police Department at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, said department spokesman Darin Hickey. The center's commander told police he had arrived at the center Monday and found that a money bag that contained an undetermined amount of money was missing...
75 students attend Camp Enterprise (02/05/12)
Dr. T. Wayne Lewis, right, guides players' work on a business game Friday during Camp Enterprise at the Career and Technology Center in Cape Girardeau. From left are Bethany Miget from Eagle Ridge Christian School, Haley Reed from Ste. Genevieve High School and Kyle Tenkhoff from Oran High School. ...
Dexter man gets 14 years for molestation (02/03/12)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Dexter, Mo., man was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to molesting a girl in 2010. Raymond Henson, 33, pleaded guilty as charged to first-degree child molestation, according to Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russ Oliver. Henson entered his plea before Presiding Circuit Judge Stephen Sharp during his arraignment...
Missouri agriculture director to speak to local business leaders Friday (02/03/12)
Dr. Jon Hagler, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, will speak to business leaders at the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee tomorrow at the Show Me Center. Hagler is Missouri's 21st Director of Agriculture, appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon in 2009. Hagler was raised in rural Dent County and today raises horses and cattle. Before becoming director of agriculture, he worked at the University of Missouri-Rolla...
Mo. ban on waders takes effect March 1 (02/03/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri conservation officials say a new ban on some waders worn by freshwater anglers takes effect next month. The state Department of Conservation says the ban on porous waders is an effort to control a type of invasive algae. The ban takes effect March 1 when the state's catch-and-keep trout season opens...
Prosecutor asks for hair sample of Southern Illinois woman in child murder case (02/02/12)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- The Union County state's attorney wants a hair sample from the Ware, Ill., woman accused of killing a child in December. Sacha Brown, 29, is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated battery and concealment of a homicidal death in connection with the Dec. 11 death of 4-year-old Justin Hepburn. She pleaded not guilty Jan. 11...
Illinois mother accused of child endangerment waives arraignment (02/02/12)
The Cape Girardeau mother whose infant daughter tested positive for cocaine Jan. 1 waived her formal arraignment Wednesday and will be back in court next month. Brooke Whitener, 31, was arrested on New Year's Day when hospital personnel said her 18-month-old daughter tested positive for cocaine after being rushed to Southeast Hospital with seizures and a high fever. ...
Four teenagers arrested on Perry County car theft charges (02/02/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The Perry County sheriff said Wednesday that two car thefts Monday led to the arrests of several teenagers. The Perryville teens were hit with charges of tampering with a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident. Two vehicles were reported stolen early Monday, according to a news release from the sheriff's department. ...
Cape roofers repair hail damage (02/02/12)
Workers with Brennon Todt Roofing replace the roof of the home at the corner of Themis and Lorimier streets Wednesday in Cape Girardeau. The roof was damaged during a hailstorm last year.
Police in Poplar Bluff warn of 2 scams (02/02/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) - Police in Poplar Bluff are warning residents about two scams in the Southeast Missouri town. Authorities say several residents have received calls from scammers claiming that people can be arrested and sent to jail if they don't settle bad debts. The scammers insist that victims send money to settle debts. Police note that you cannot be arrested for a bad debt...
Date set for Jackson man's trial on kickback charges (02/01/12)
The Jackson man charged with felony stealing for allegedly swindling $500,000 from a Sikeston, Mo.-based company will stand trial this summer.
Candidate questionnaire: Bobby Sides (02/29/12)
NAME: Bobby Sides AGE: 37 PLACE OF BIRTH: Cape Girardeau, MO SPOUSE, CHILDREN'S NAMES: Crystal Sides - wife Landon Sides - son Reese Sides - son OCCUPATION: overhead crane mechanic EMPLOYER: NUCOR Steel BUSINESSES OWNED, ALL OR PART: none PREVIOUS OFFICES HELD OR SOUGHT:...
Candidate questionnaire: Ellen Dillon (02/27/12)
NAME: Ellen Dillon AGE: 53 PLACE OF BIRTH: Buffalo, Wyoming SPOUSE, CHILDREN'S NAMES: Spouse: Rob Dillon Children: Jeremy and Cecilia Dillon OCCUPATION: Instructor of Communication Studies EMPLOYER: Southeast Missouri State University BUSINESS OWNED, ALL OR PART:...
Russian symphony performs for hundreds at Bedell Hall (02/29/12)
More than 500 area symphony fans attended a performance of Tschaikowski St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday night at the Bedell Performance Hall. The orchestra, from St. Petersburg, Russia, with Roman Leontiev, conductor, performed "Prelude and Liebestod" from the opera "Tristan und Isolde" by Wagner; Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19, with Alexander Pirozhenko, pianist; and Mahler's Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor...
Woman arrested after assault with gasoline (02/29/12)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A local woman was arrested over the weekend after allegedly forcing entry into a man's home and dousing him and his property with gasoline in an attempt to set both on fire, the Daily Dunklin Democrat reported. According to the Caruthersville Police Department, at around 8:56 p.m. ...
Route N to close for pipe replacement (02/29/12)
Route N at its intersection with County Road 238 in Cape Girardeau County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the road. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 2 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...
Board to make decision today on 2012 air show (02/29/12)
Optimism about the air show returning to Cape Girardeau this summer has simmered, with airport officials set to decide at a special meeting today whether to skip it for the second year in a row. A special meeting of the Cape Girardeau Airport Advisory Board has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at Sandy's Place Restaurant. The only item listed on the agenda is the 2012 Air Festival...
Small quake hits near Frohna, Mo. (02/29/12)
A small earthquake struck Monday night near Frohna. The 2.0-magnitude quake hit at 8:42 p.m., centered about 4 miles from Frohna, according to seismologists with the U.S. Geological Survey.
Sikeston council votes down zoning change for U.S. 61 (02/29/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- City zoning on U.S. 61 North will remain as it is now: commercial. During its special meeting Monday, the Sikeston City Council voted down a request to rezone approximately 30 acres alongside the highway north of the Scott County Health Department from C-1 neighborhood shopping and C-3 highway commercial to O-1 office district...
The history lists: Cape Girardeau marshals, police chiefs (02/28/12)
Law enforcement in Cape Girardeau can be traced to 1905, when two men served the town as marshals. In 1918, the city began hiring police chiefs. John Grieb (city marshal), 1905-05 Willis Martin (city marshal), 1905-1911 W.A. Summers (city marshal), 1911-1913...
Highway 34 hearing set for Thursday (02/28/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss improvements to Highway 34 in Bollinger County. The hearing will be held at the Woodland Elementary School gym in Marble Hill...
Candidate questionnaire: Calvin Brown (02/27/12)
NAME: Calvin Brown AGE: 73 PLACE OF BIRTH: East Prairie, Mo. SPOUSE, CHILDREN'S NAMES: Wife: Barbara Brown Children: Donna Nall, Tammy Staab, Mark Freeman OCCUPATION: Minister EMPLOYER: United Methodist Church at Benton, Mo. BUSINESSES OWNED, ALL OR PART: none...
Uniform expert talks about dress code implementation and cost (02/26/12)
Matt Buesing knows uniforms inside and out: He was a member of the Middle Township, N.J., school board when the district was one of the first in the state to go to a uniform policy. He has since served as a consultant for hundreds of school districts throughout the country as they create and implement their own policies. Buesing is the school marketing coordinator for French Toast, a New York-based uniform manufacturing company that supplies only to retailers...
Mexican firm buys Poplar Bluff factory, plans to expand (02/26/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Mid Continent Steel and Wire, Inc. of Poplar Bluff will expand production and add 100 jobs, the new owners from Mexico announced Thursday. "We have a short-term objective of increasing the production capacity to 100,000 tons per year," said Raul Guiterrez, one of the three brothers who own DEACERO, based in Monterrey, Mexico. "This will be 40 percent more than our present capacity."...
I-55 in Scott County reduced for pavement repairs (02/26/12)
Interstate 55 from Route M at Scott City to Route 77 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily Monday through Friday. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Candidate questionnaire: Ron Gardiner (02/24/12)
NAME: Ron Gardiner AGE: 56 PLACE OF BIRTH: Sparta IL SPOUSE, CHILDREN'S NAMES: Victoria, Christy, RJ, Melissa, Lisa and Cheryl OCCUPATION: Sales Manager EMPLOYER: G&D Communications BUSINESSES OWNED, ALL OR PART: Midwest Masonary and Vikron Dist. PREVIOUS OFFICES HELD OR SOUGHT:...
More students at Cape's Alternative Education Center becoming interested in college (02/24/12)
College and planning for the future weren't popular topics among students at the Cape Girardeau Alternative Education Center when school began in August. That's recently changed, said Scott McMullen, the center's director. "I have students coming into my office, showing me test scores, or artwork, or asking me about how to get into college," McMullen said...
Route F in Stoddard County closed for pipe replacement (02/24/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route F from county roads 420 to 424 in Stoddard County will be closed Monday while Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe beneath the roadway. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636 or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
Gov. Nixon nominates student rep for SEMO board of regents (02/24/12)
Gov. Jay Nixon nominated a new student representative to the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents on Thursday. Kevin Magnan, a criminal justice major from Festus, Mo., was nominated for a term ending Jan. 1, 2014, to replace Brian P. Kelly, whose term is expiring. Magnan served as an intern for the U.S. Marshals Service in 2011...
Sikeston man faces rape, molestation charges (02/24/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston, Mo., man is in custody following a sexual assault investigation involving a young girl. Jerry W. Decker, 34, is charged with 10 counts of forcible rape, 10 counts of statutory rape and five counts of first-degree child molestation. Bond has been set at $150,000...
Route F in Stoddard County to be reduced for edge rut repairs (02/23/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route F in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform edge rut repairs. This section of road is from U.S. 60 to Route J. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily today through Wednesday...
U.S. 60 in Stoddard County to be reduced for bridge repairs (02/23/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Work to replace the deck of the U.S. 60 bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in Stoddard County is expected to begin March 5, weather permitting. The bridge is east of Highway 25 near Dexter, Mo. The project won't involve a road closure due to the traffic volume in the area. ...
Pedestrian killed on Kingshighway Tuesday night identified (02/23/12)
Cape Girardeau police have released the name of a woman killed Tuesday night after she was hit by a car while trying to cross North Kingshighway.
Cape Girardeau floodwall mural vandalized (02/23/12)
What appears to be patches of black paint streaks down part of the mural on the west side of the floodwall Wednesday, February 22, 2012 in downtown Cape Girardeau.
"The Pajama Game" opens at Southeast Missouri State University (02/23/12)
LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semissourian.com The cast of the Pajama Game performs to a crowd of 344 during Wednesday's opening night, February 22, 2012, inside the Donald C. ...
Route OO in Cape County closed for pipe replacement (02/22/12)
Route OO between County Road 379 and County Road 382 in Cape Girardeau County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway. The work will be done from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Highway 34 in Wayne County reduced for shoulder work (02/22/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 34 from U.S. 67 to Route M in Wayne County will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make shoulder repairs. Weather permitting, work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
I-57 in Scott County reduced for pavement repairs (02/22/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Southbound Interstate 57 from the Scott County line to Interstate 55 at Sikeston in Scott County will be reduced to one lane with a 16-foot width restriction as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. Weather permitting, work will begin at 8 a.m. today and will conclude at 3 p.m. Thursday. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Bootheel Youth Museum to host Earthquake Awareness Day event (02/22/12)
MALDEN, Mo. -- The Bootheel Youth Museum will host Earthquake Awareness Day starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Speakers from Southeast Missouri State University, the Missouri Seismic Safety Commission, the American Red Cross and the Malden Emergency Management Agency will present valuable information concerning what can and should be done in the case of an earthquake...
Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 2/21/12 (02/21/12)
401 Independence St. Study session, 5 p.m. today Meeting, 7 p.m. today Items for discussion Consent agenda...
Drainage work closes Route OO in Cape County (02/19/12)
Route OO between County Road 375 and County Road 382 in Cape Girardeau County will be closed Tuesday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Local students graduate with academic distinction (02/19/12)
The following students received degrees with academic distinction at the December commencement ceremonies at Southeast Missouri State University. Tiffani Stone graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science with a major in social work. Kathleen Ray graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of general studies with a major in general studies...
Bloomsdale weigh station to be closed (02/17/12)
BLOOMSDALE, Mo. -- The Bloomsdale weigh station on Interstate 55 north in Ste. Genevieve County will be closed next week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Weather permitting, work will begin at 7 a.m. Tuesday and conclude by 3:30 p.m. Friday. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636 or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
Hearing on Highway 34 project scheduled (02/17/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing from 4 to 7 p.m. March 1 to discuss improvements to Highway 34 in Bollinger County. The hearing will be held at the Woodland Elementary School gym in Marble Hill. ...
Disabilities board, VIP trial date moved to March (02/17/12)
A trial date between the county disabilities board and VIP Industries has been moved to March 5 because of a scheduling conflict with the judge.
Caretaker facing manslaughter charges waives prelim hearing (02/17/12)
The woman charged with manslaughter in connection to the death of a woman she was paid to take care of at all times waived her preliminary hearing Thursday. Sherri Gail Coomer, 53, is charged with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the Oct. 23 death of 80-year-old Patricia Joan Langston...
In federal court: Man pleads guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm (02/16/12)
The U.S. attorney's office released the following information Monday for defendants who appeared before U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. Pleaded guilty Name: Caleb E. Smith Residence: Cape Girardeau Charges: Being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm...
Cape Girardeau man charged with statutory rape pleads guilty, gets four years in prison (02/16/12)
A Cape Girardeau man charged with statutory rape pleaded guilty and received four years in prison Tuesday. Mark A. Musselman Jr., 27, was arrested Nov. 14 after allegedly having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl in February 2011, according to police. The girl does not live in Cape Girardeau but was visiting when the sexual contact is reported to have occurred...
Route OO in Cape County to close for pipe replacement (02/16/12)
Route OO between County Road 369 and County Road 375 in Cape Girardeau County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
12 grams of heroin seized at Poplar Bluff, Mo., home (02/15/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Poplar Bluff police recently seized what is described as the city's first "substantial quantity" of pure heroin, taking it off the streets before it could be processed for sale. A few months ago, Chief Danny Whiteley said, his department reported heroin was coming from the St. Louis area into "various individuals in Poplar Bluff for distribution. …...
Poplar Bluff man sentenced to 22 years on drug charges (02/15/12)
A Poplar Bluff, Mo., man was sentenced to more than 22 years in federal prison Monday afternoon on multiple drug-related felonies, including conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Convicted in November of one count of conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and seven counts of possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture, Michael Joe "Buster" Wells, 57, appeared before U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. for sentencing...
Opening of Perryville Higher Education Center to be delayed today (02/14/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Due to Monday's winter weather, the Perryville Higher Education Center will delay opening today. According to a release from Southeast Missouri State University, all classes at the center will begin at 11 a.m.
Route OO in Cape County closed for drainage work (02/14/12)
Route OO in Cape Girardeau County will be closed this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway. Weather permitting, the road will be closed between County Road 369 and Route F today and between County Road 369 and County Road 375 on Wednesday. Work will be done from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily...
Interstate 55 in Cape County reduced for pavement repairs (02/12/12)
Southbound Interstate 55 from two miles north of Route E to Route E in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work will begin at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and will be completed by 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Signs will mark the work zone. Motorists are urged use caution while traveling near the area...
Southeast Missouri State University fall dean's list (02/12/12)
The following students made the Dean's list for the 2011 fall semester at Southeast Missouri State University. Altenburg: Arielle Bohnert, Tessa Burroughs, Jennifer Dee, Susan Delacruz, Jessica Hecht, Elizabeth Kluesner, Nathan Redecker. Benton: Ashley Ballard, Rebekah Blankenship, Darwin Chatman, Curtis Essner, Ryan Essner, Alyssa Galloway, Lauren Gean, Stacey Heisserer, Justine Hulshof, Cassandra Jackson, Aloysius Kern, Carissa Klipfel, Casey Londo, Paige Rampley, Elizabeth Ray, Kathleen Ray, Lisa Scherer, Cherlyn Stone, Kristen Vetter.. ...
Route Z in Cape County to close for pipe replacement (02/09/12)
Route Z in Cape Girardeau County will be closed today and Friday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway. Weather permitting, the section of road to be closed today is between County Road 327 and Route OO; closed Friday will be the section between County Road 231 and Route OO...
Drainage work reduces Route K in Stoddard County (02/09/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route K, from County Road 235 to County Road 223, in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane today and Friday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make drainage repairs. Weather permitting, work will be done from 7:30 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...
Tree trimming scheduled for Route N in Stoddard County (02/09/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route N, from Highway 91 to Route Y, in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane today and Friday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews trim trees along the roadway. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Signs will mark the work zone. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Highway 51 in Perry County reduced for tree trimming (02/09/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 51, from County Road 600 to County Road 706, in Perry County will be reduced to one lane with possible delays today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews trim trees along the roadway. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Essex man arrested on molestation charges (02/09/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- An Essex, Mo., man was arrested after a child reported she was "inappropriately touched" by him. Scott County Prosecutor Paul Boyd charged Danny Keith Foushee, 57, with first degree child molestation for the December incident. His bond is set at $100,000 through the Scott County Associate Circuit Court...
Ramps on I-57 reduced for repairs (02/08/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- North- and southbound ramps on Interstate 57 in Mississippi County will be reduced to one lane with a 10-foot width restriction as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. The work will be on all four ramps at Route B and I-57 at Bertrand, Mo. ...
Ill. man faces child pornography charges (02/08/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- A Union County, Ill., man was arrested Monday on child pornography charges stemming from an investigation that involved the FBI and Illinois State Police, according to a news release from Union County State's Attorney Tyler Edmonds. ...
Students practice earthquake safety (02/08/12)
Alma Schrader fourth-graders scoot under their desks to practice the proper drop, cover and hold on techniques that are vital during an earthquake as part of the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut event on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012.
Fire forces evacuation of Southern Illinois school (02/08/12)
MCCLURE, Ill. -- About 80 students at Shawnee Elementary School South in McClure were rushed outside after a fire began in a trash can in the building Tuesday morning. Shawnee school district superintendent Shelly Clover-Hill said smoke was reported in the building and school staff worked quickly to clear the building because there had been a gas leak in the school over the weekend. ...
Matthews man charged with molestation (02/08/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Matthews, Mo., man is charged with five counts of child molestation following an investigation by the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. Jewel Gross, 65, is charged with five counts of first-degree child molestation. Charges were filed by Scott County prosecutor Paul Boyd...
Indoor marijuana grow operation found in Ellsinore home (02/08/12)
ELLSINORE, Mo. -- Acting on a tip, Butler County authorities seized nearly 40 suspected marijuana plants from an indoor grow operation found at a rural home. The suspected grow operation was found inside Ronald Gayl Sheedy's mobile home on County Road 415...
Cape County Commission approves vacating part of county road (02/07/12)
Michael Wessel, a resident who owns land adjacent to the road, petitioned the commission in December for residents to take over jurisdiction of the road because he suspected there are illegal activities, including drug-related activities, happening in the area...
Section of U.S. 61 reduced to one lane (02/07/12)
Northbound U.S. 61 from South County Park Drive to Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. Weather permitting, work will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ...
City official to discuss Broadway parking options tonight (02/06/12)
At tonight's Cape Girardeau City Council meeting a city official will talk about options to address parking concerns in the Broadway corridor project. The city has plans to renovate Broadway from Pacific Street to Water Street to coincide with the opening of the Isle of Capri casino. However, some business owners have recently raised concerns about a lack of parking in the current Broadway corridor plan, which went through weeks of public hearings and review...
Home show returns to Miner this weekend (02/03/12)
MINER, Mo. -- After a success the first year since its return in the Sikeston community, the Sikeston Board of Realtors Home and Garden show is back this weekend, with some new vendors and several returning. "We had such a great turnout last year," said Sharon Medlin, president of the Board of Realtors. It was the first time in many years Sikeston had such a show...
I-55 in Scott County reduced for bridge repairs (02/03/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Southbound Interstate 55 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane Monday and Tuesday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge repairs. The bridge is over Interstate 57 and between U.S. 62 and Route AA. ...
Highway 51 in Bollinger County reduced for edge rut repairs (02/03/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 51 from County Road 832 to Highway 34 in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make edge rut repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636 or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
Missouri Department of Natural Resources sponsoring local mercury drop-off stations (02/03/12)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring nearly 50 mercury drop-off locations throughout the state in an effort to rid homes of mercury. The mercury roundup will end May 31. Local drop-off sites are the Cape Girardeau Health Department, the Scott County Health Department and the Perry County Health Department, according to a department news release...
DNR issues Scott City construction permit (02/03/12)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued a construction permit for a solid waste processing facility in Scott County. The department issued the permit to RFJ Real Estate Holding LLC to construct the I-55 Disposal & Recycling Transfer Station...
Pavement work reduces I-55 ramp at Sikeston (02/02/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The northbound ramp from Interstate 55 to Interstate 57 at Sikeston will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. Weather permitting, work will begin at 8 a.m. Monday and will be completed by 3 p.m. Wednesday. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Commission awards contract for Perry County bridge work (02/02/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has awarded a $956,288 contract to replace the Route T bridge over Saline Creek, near Route N, in Perry County to Widel Inc. of Blackwater, Mo. Weather permitting, construction is expected to begin in the spring, with completion anticipated in October. ...
Route Z in Scott County closed for pipe replacement (02/02/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route Z in Scott County will be closed at various locations next week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace culvert pipes beneath the roadway. Weather permitting, work will be done between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday between County Road 480 and County Road 481; Tuesday between Route Y and County Road 476; and Wednesday between County Road 476 and Route ZZ. The work zones will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Contract awarded for U.S. 60 bridges (02/02/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has awarded a contract to replace two westbound U.S. 60 bridges in Stoddard and New Madrid counties. The first bridge is over railroad tracks west of U.S. 61 in Sikeston. The second bridge is over railroad tracks east of Highway 25 near Dexter, Mo...
Route OO in Cape County to be reduced for bridge repairs (02/02/12)
Route OO in Cape Girardeau County between Hidden Valley Lane and County Road 382 will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make bridge repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
I-55 ramp at Benton reduced for pavement repairs (02/02/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The southbound ramp from Interstate 55 to Highway 77 at Benton, Mo., is reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work is expected to be completed by 3 p.m. Wednesday. Signs mark the work zone. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
City manager: Improvements program should lead to more planning (02/01/12)
A proposed $221.1 million capital improvements program for Cape Girardeau should culminate in master plans being developed for area's such as facilities, the vehicle fleet and information technology, city manager Scott Meyer said Tuesday. Additionally, he said, a strategic funding plan should be developed to pay for some of the program's projects -- and additional taxes shouldn't be the only source considered...
Wappapello, Clearwater lake recreation to change in light of Corps budget cuts (02/01/12)
PIEDMONT, Mo. -- Recreation at Clearwater and Wappapello lakes will change this season as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers faces budget cuts across its projects. Clearwater expects to shorten the operating season at two of its parks. The flood-impacted Wappapello project anticipates stronger cutbacks, pushing back the opening dates for the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitors Center, two of the three beaches and many campgrounds, as well as eliminating student and summer hires who help with special events.. ...
Sikeston teen convicted of sodomizing 21-month-old in 2010 (02/01/12)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- It took a New Madrid County jury less than an hour to convict a Sikeston teen of sodomizing a 21-month-old child. Jonathan Ervin, 17, was found guilty of first-degree statutory sodomy following a trial heard in New Madrid on a change of venue. Sentencing for Ervin is set for March 13...
Sikeston to discuss whether program can give away land (02/01/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Strategic Planning and LCRA board members will meet to discuss whether property owned by the city should be given away. A Strategic Plan Implementation Commission housing proposal to foster growth in the city by giving lots to house builders was presented to the Sikeston City Council during a special meeting Monday...
Club news (02/26/12)
The Town and Country FCE Club held a Valentine's Party for the students at Cottonwood Residential Treatment Center on Feb. 13. Following the party, members took bingo prizes to the Lutheran Home. Mary Klaproth gave members the FCE tour information for 2012: Tours are planned to The Muny in St. Louis, to see "Chicago" on June 26; to see "The Sound of Music" at Stages in Kirkwood, Mo., on Aug. 8; and to see Carl Hurley, humorist, in Draffenville, Ky., on Sept. 8...
Club news 2/19/12 (02/19/12)
Thirteen members and one guest were present for the Feb. 7 meeting conducted by new president, Barb Miller. Refreshments were provided by the morning circle. Mary Ann Pensel opened the meeting with an inspiring devotional. She reminded members of the mission focus for the month which includes the Forthspring Group from Belfast, Ireland, the Hospice Care Center in Mongolia, the Sudan community garden and the military exploitation of older women in Korea...
Club news 2/12/12 (02/12/12)
Lamplighters FCE began the new club year by holding its monthly meeting Jan. 19 at the home of Karen Eaker. Jackie Kurre, president, called the meeting to order and had members say the Pledge of Allegiance and to repeat the membership pledge. The Club Collect was sung. The hostess gave devotional readings titled "His Mysterious Ways" and "Outsmarting." Four charter members and eight other members answered roll call by sharing the earliest recollection of the Lamplighters Club...
Club news 2/5/12 (02/05/12)
St. Mary Council of Catholic Women held their meeting on Jan. 19 in the Huels Room. Dr. K.S. Andrews and Wanda Leimer presented the program on arthritis. Thank-you notes were read from the Rev. Patrick Nwokoye for the Christmas gift and invitation to the dinner; from Mary Meyer for the quilt; Lucille Zerr for the expressions of sympathy on the death of her sister and for the Christmas gift. ...
Storms damage country music resort down, kill 9 (02/29/12)
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) -- A powerful storm system that produced multiple reports of tornadoes lashed the Midwest early Wednesday, roughing up the entertainment resort town of Branson and laying waste to small towns in Illinois and Kansas. At least nine people were killed...
Reps. Carnahan, Clay to face off in Mo. primary (02/28/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan kicked off Missouri's 2012 election season with an aggressive political move. Positioning himself near the front of the line Tuesday on the first day of candidacy filing, Carnahan signed up to run in the 1st Congressional District -- initiating a Democratic primary challenge against U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, who has held the St. Louis seat for the past dozen years. ...
St. Louis China hub effort called 'alive and well' (02/28/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Leaders of an effort to make St. Louis a hub for international trade with China said Tuesday that the project is going ahead despite setbacks and competition from across the Mississippi River. St. Louis civic leaders formed the Midwest-China Hub Commission more than four years ago with a goal of making St. Louis a focal point for trade with China, in part by developing warehouses near Lambert Airport...
Mo. teachers rally at Capitol on tenure measure (02/28/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- About 300 teachers are at the Missouri Capitol lobbying lawmakers over a measure that includes phasing out the state's teacher tenure system. The teachers held a brief rally Tuesday the Capitol rotunda Tuesday. Among other things, the bill would not allow the state's tenure law to apply to teachers hired after June 2013...
Mo. Blue Book available online-only for first time (02/28/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The latest edition of Missouri's Official State Manual is now available to the public, but for the first time it's been published only online. Missouri lawmakers voted in 2010 to stop printing the manual, better known as the Blue Book. The manual is produced by the secretary of state's office and contains information about local, state and federal governments, election records and contact information for government officials and departments...
First black MLB coach to be honored at Mo. Capitol (02/27/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The late Buck O'Neil, who went from baseball's Negro Leagues to become the first black coach in Major League Baseball, is being honored at the Missouri Capitol. O'Neil will be inducted Monday afternoon into the Hall of Famous Missourians, the display of bronze busts in the Capitol's third-floor rotunda. He died in 2006 at the age of 94...
Missouri Democratic leader on leave amid assault probe (02/21/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The executive director of the Missouri Democratic Party has been placed on unpaid leave while St. Louis police investigate allegations of a domestic assault. Police said Tuesday that they were called to a home listed as the address of Matthew Teter on Sunday, when a 31-year-old man reported that he had been assaulted by a 30-year-old man at that address. Police did not release the names of the people involved in the incident because the investigation is ongoing...
Spence traveling in RV for Mo. gubernatorial race (02/21/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence is traveling around Missouri in a recreational vehicle bearing a large image of his face. Spence, who stepped down recently from the plastics packaging company he ran, already has contributed about $2 million to his campaign...
Mo. GOP Senate hopefuls tout different backgrounds (02/18/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Formally debating for the first time, Missouri's three Republican U.S. Senate candidates sought to distinguish themselves by highlighting their differing backgrounds Saturday while joining as a team to criticize President Barack Obama's policies on the economy, health care and national defense...
Mo. AG urges courts to block insurance mandate (02/14/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reject an individual health insurance mandate but uphold other parts of the federal health care law. Koster, a Democrat, said Tuesday his office filed a written argument in support of a lawsuit by Florida and other states. The federal law requires most Americans to obtain health insurance by 2014...
Occupy movement plans Midwest regional gathering (02/14/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Organizers of Occupy protests from the around the Midwest will gather in St. Louis next month, pledging to re-emerge from a "winter lull" as bigger and stronger than before. The Occupy Midwest Regional Conference will start with a mass gathering March 15 beneath the Gateway Arch. A mass occupation will continue through March 18, but not on the Arch grounds. Organizers aren't disclosing the location...
Mo. senator pushes for religious exception (02/14/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A debate is starting to build at the Missouri Capitol over birth control. A Senate committee scheduled a hearing Tuesday on legislation allowing employers to refuse to provide insurance coverage for birth control, abortions or sterilization procedures, if doing so would go against the employer's religious beliefs...
Mo. lawmakers endorse term limit flexibility (02/07/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri lawmakers could soon have more flexibility in deciding how many years they serve in each of the Legislature's chambers. Currently, state lawmakers generally are limited to eight years in the House and eight years in the Senate. A House committee endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment Tuesday that would allow lawmakers to serve 16 years in the state legislature, either the House or the Senate...
Police: Man set up robbery through Facebook (02/02/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis man is facing charges for allegedly arranging a meeting through Facebook with a grade school friend -- then robbing the woman and her boyfriend. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 20-year-old Joseph Kovich is charged with two counts each of kidnapping, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. He is jailed on $150,000 cash-only bond and does not yet have an attorney...
Firefighters rescue man who slipped into river (02/01/12)
MOSCOW MILLS, Mo. (AP) -- Firefighters in eastern Missouri's Lincoln County are credited with rescuing a man who fell into a near-freezing river. The man's name was not released. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the man tried to sit down at the top of a river bank along the Cuivre River in Moscow Mills when he slipped and fell about 25 feet, landing in the water...
Court hearing set in suit over Mo. House districts (02/01/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A judge plans to hear a challenge this week to a new map of Missouri's 163 House districts. Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce has scheduled a hearing Friday on a lawsuit claiming the map violates requirements that districts have similar populations and be contiguous and compact. The lawsuit also alleges open meetings violations by a judicial commission that drew the map after a citizens' commission deadlocked...
Dozens of homes damaged in Kimberling City area (02/29/12)
KIMBERLING CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The storms that hit southern Missouri damaged dozens of homes in the Kimberling City area. Kimberling City--Stone County Presiding Commissioner Dennis Wood said up to about 60 homes were damaged by storms early Wednesday in the Kimberling City area. He said four people were hurt, but their injuries did not appear to be serious serious...
British fugitive faces additional US charges (02/28/12)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A British man suspected of pulling off a $1.5 million heist in England nearly 20 years ago was indicted Tuesday on identity theft and other charges in Missouri, where he was captured earlier this month. A federal grand jury in Springfield indicted Edward J. ...
Protesters disrupt Rumsfeld appearance in Mo. (02/25/12)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) -- A 10-minute protest disrupted an appearance by former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld at the Truman Library and Museum in Independence. Rumsfeld spoke Friday afternoon in the library's auditorium as part of a book tour for his memoir, "Known and Unknown." The Independence Examiner reports that protesters called the former defense secretary a "war criminal" after the moderator asked his first question, and refused to leave...
Congress members urge Iraq to buy US rice (02/24/12)
HOUSTON (AP) -- Congress members from the largest rice-growing states are urging Iraq to resume buying U.S. long-grain rice, saying the country's "unreasonable" quality standards put American farmers at a competitive disadvantage. The Associated Press received a copy Friday of the letter signed by a bipartisan group of 12 lawmakers and sent to Iraqi Minister of Trade Khair Alla Babaker earlier this week. ...
Dorena-Hickman Ferry back up and running (02/24/12)
HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) - The Dorena-Hickman Ferry has returned to service after being temporarily closed because of high winds. Ferry service between Kentucky and Missouri restarted Friday morning. Officials closed the ferry on the Mississippi River Thursday because of high winds of up to 42 miles per hour...
Missouri curators approve more modest tuition increase (02/21/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- University of Missouri curators have agreed to raise tuition at the system's four campuses this fall by an average of 3 percent for state residents. The increase is less than half the increase proposed by leaders of the four-campus system earlier this month. It also means the university will likely be able to avoid seeking a waiver from the state Department of Higher Education as well as angering Gov. Jay Nixon, who has warned the university to keep college costs down...
Threatening email mentions 4 Missouri senators (02/22/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An angry email that named four Missouri state senators and mentioned an Arizona congresswoman who was shot and wounded last year has been traced to an eastern Missouri resident. Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer said his office received the email around 4:15 a.m. ...
Mo. House member pushes for increased veterans homes funding (02/22/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri veterans groups are praising a plan to boost funding for state-operated veterans' homes by cutting the amount of money available for state lottery prizes. The legislation would affect funds from different sources and for different programs. It would cut lottery prize funds by about 3.5 percent and put the money toward early childhood education programs that currently get funds from the Missouri Gaming Commission...
Mo. Senate debates birth control coverage measure (02/22/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Several Missouri state senators are raising concerns about a proposal to let employers to refuse to provide health insurance coverage for birth control and certain medical procedures. The Senate set the bill aside after two hours of debate Tuesday but could return to it later this week...
Mo. House endorses amendment on raising livestock (02/21/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House has endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment barring voters from enacting laws that affect the raising of livestock through initiative petitions. The proposal would add a "right to raise livestock" to the Missouri Constitution...
Dates for some Mo. presidential caucuses changed (02/21/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Republicans will make their first binding presidential candidate choices on different days next month. Republicans in most counties will hold caucuses on St. Patrick's Day -- March 17 at 10 a.m. Republicans in Jackson County and St. Louis city are waiting a week and will meet March 24. Chariton County in central Missouri is holding its caucus March 15, and southeastern Wayne County is meeting March 16...
Solar panels will power Clayton, Mo., police station, parking garage (02/20/12)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- The St. Louis County town of Clayton is embarking on a big commitment to going green -- a $1.1 million solar energy project that will provide electricity for the new police station and its parking garage. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that it will be among the largest solar-powered projects for any St. Louis-area public building...
Mo. Senate backs college transfer credit library (02/17/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate has approved legislation to make it easier for college students to transfer among public institutions. The proposal requires public college and universities to create a statewide library of 25 lower-level courses for which students could receive credit if they transferred to another Missouri school...
In Joplin, young professionals hear call to serve (02/14/12)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- One worked in financial services. Another was an insurance agent. A third had recently finished law school and embarked on a legal career. Then came the tornado. The twister that blasted an immense hole in this Missouri city almost nine months ago also smashed the carefully crafted career plans of many young professionals. With much of their community in ruins, they abandoned secure corporate jobs to devote themselves to the town's long recovery...
Mo. report suggests new mandates on business aid (02/14/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Public officials and bond professionals could face new due diligence mandates under the recommendations of a Missouri House panel that has been investigating the financial collapse of an artificial sweetener factory. A report prepared for a special House committee suggests new laws requiring state economic development officials to more thoroughly vet companies seeking state incentives and to share information with local communities competing to attract those businesses. ...
Missouri dog breeding compromise spurs animal measures (02/12/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Several Missouri lawmakers are pushing animal welfare and farmer freedom bills that they say came out of debate over Missouri's new dog breeding regulations. Voters approved new requirements for dog breeders in 2010, including limits on breeding frequency and the number of breeding dogs someone could own. ...
Feds, scientists share concerns with Missouri River spring pulse (02/12/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two federal agencies are backing an independent science panel's findings that a so-called "spring pulse" on the Missouri River isn't accomplishing its goal of encouraging the endangered pallid sturgeon to spawn. Officials with the U.S. ...
Horses getting dumped into Missouri's wild herd (02/10/12)
EMINENCE, Mo. -- Owners who can no longer afford to care for their horses are abandoning them in southern Missouri hoping they will join Missouri's only wild horse herd, which descends from animals set free in the Great Depression also by their impoverished owners...
Mo. education officials to discuss No Child waiver (02/10/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri education officials are planning to discuss their request to be excused from parts of the federal No Child Left Behind Law. The federal government is allowing states to be exempted from some of the laws' requirements. The state Board of Education plans to discuss the state's proposed waiver application during their meeting Feb. 21...
Mo. teen gets life with possible parole in killing (02/09/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A central Missouri teenager who confessed to strangling, cutting and stabbing a 9-year-old girl because she wanted to know how it felt to kill someone was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole...
Missouri House endorses voter ID requirement (02/08/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri lawmakers are trying again to require voters to show photo identification at the polls. House members Tuesday gave first-round approval to the photo-ID requirement by a 104-54 vote. The measure needs another vote before moving to the Senate...
Santorum captures Missouri's non-binding primary (02/08/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won Missouri's nonbinding Republican presidential primary Tuesday, claiming momentum in his challenge against national frontrunner Mitt Romney even though the victory won't earn him any delegates.
GOP presidential candidate Santorum says Missouri important to his campaign (02/05/12)
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Conservative Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says Tuesday's Missouri primary will show how he could do in a primary race with no Newt. Speaking to a news conference in Hannibal on Friday morning, Santorum said he can beat Mitt Romney one-on-one if Newt Gingrich is out of the picture...
Arguments in Missouri House redistricting case due Feb. 10 (02/03/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri judge could rule in mid-February on a lawsuit challenging new boundaries for state House districts. The case was scheduled for a Friday hearing before Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce. Instead, the judge gave attorneys on both sides a Feb. 10 deadline for submitting written arguments. Joyce could rule the following week. Candidates currently can start filing Feb. 28 for this year's elections...
Mo. legislation would allow killing of mountain lions (02/03/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state senator has introduced legislation clarifying that anyone in Missouri may kill a mountain lion. Republican Sen. Bill Stouffer, of Napton, offered the proposal Thursday. His bill would require anyone who kills a mountain lion to report immediately to a state conservation agent and surrender the body within 24 hours. Missouri statutes are currently silent on the killing of mountain lions...
Schools urged to embrace digital textbooks (02/02/12)
WASHINGTON -- Hardbound textbooks could go the way of slide rules and typewriters in schools. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski on Wednesday challenged schools and companies to get digital textbooks in students' hands within five years. The Obama administration's push comes two weeks after Apple Inc. announced it would start to sell electronic versions of a few standard high-school books for use on its iPad tablet...
China Hub at Lambert appears doomed (02/28/12)
ST. LOUIS - One of the key players in the effort to bring a China Hub to Lambert Airport now says that St. Louis has probably missed the opportunity. Midwest China Hub Commission Chairman Mike Jones told KMOX Radio (http://cbsloc.al/zdmyl9) that the Chinese stopped coming to Lambert after just a couple of flights because it wasn't profitable for them, and because Missouri lawmakers failed to pass a tax break package for new warehouses...
Mo. judge refuses to delay Senate candidacy filing (02/28/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri judge refused a last-moment request to delay Tuesday's scheduled start of candidacy filing for the state Senate, leaving a cloud of uncertainty over would-be candidates wondering whether to sign up to run in districts with boundaries in flux.
Redistricting panel reaches deal on Mo. Senate (02/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A bipartisan state redistricting commission reached a deal over new boundaries for Missouri's 34 Senate districts after a marathon session that stretched into the early morning hours Thursday. The proposed new Senate districts were approved by an 8-2 vote with one Republican and one Democrat voting against the plan. ...
Mo. senator backs new 'distracted driving' charge (02/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Drivers who are distracted while behind the wheel could be charged with a misdemeanor -- even if they haven't broken any other laws -- under legislation endorsed by a Missouri Senate committee. A measure sponsored by Sen. Bill Stouffer, a Republican from Napton, would create a new traffic offense for people who fail to give "full time and attention" to their driving...
Mo. House passes English driver's license mandate (02/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Anyone hoping to get a Missouri driver's license would have to understand English under legislation passed by the state House. The bill would require all driver's license tests to be administered in English, eliminating versions that currently are printed in 11 other languages...
Rural prosecutor enters Mo. attorney general race (02/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Rural prosecutor Adam Warren on Thursday became the second Republican to enter the attorney general's race in Missouri and pledged to fight against the federal health care law signed by President Barack Obama. Warren, 32, was elected as Livingston County prosecutor in 2010 but is making his first foray into statewide politics. ...
Mo. AG to appeal over Mo. science incentives fund (02/23/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster plans to appeal a court ruling that invalidated a state fund designed to offer incentives to science or technology companies. The Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act was struck down this week because it contained a clause that the law would not take effect without the passage of a separate measure, which was not approved. ...
Mo. Supreme Court to examine state House map (02/23/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Supreme Court will hear arguments next week on a fourth challenge to the state's political redistricting process. Already this year, the court has struck down new state Senate districts and has twice considered lawsuits over new congressional districts...
Missouri state parks see rise in attendance (02/22/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Attendance at Missouri state parks has risen for the third straight year after a 10-year decline. Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that more than 17.9 million people visited Missouri state parks in 2011, up 9.1 percent from 2010...
Panel works to draw new Mo. Senate districts (02/23/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A bipartisan commission is meeting in Jefferson City to draw new boundaries for Missouri's 34 state Senate districts. The 10-member panel was meeting into the evening Wednesday about a block from the state Capitol. Republican and Democratic commission members have been holding separate discussions about different proposed maps...
Mo. senator wants to make evictions easier (02/21/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A Missouri senator wants to make it a crime for people to remain in rented homes or apartments if a court has told them to get out because they haven't paid rent. Sen. Kevin Engler has introduced legislation making it a misdemeanor to fail to leave rental property within 10 days of a court judgment. Violators could face up to six months in jail and a $500 fine...
Officer hurt, suspect killed in gunfire exchange at Farmington (02/21/12)
FARMINGTON, Mo. - A suspect is dead and a police officer injured after an exchange of gunfire in the eastern Missouri town of Farmington. The Park Hills Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/xf54qA ) reports that officers were called to an apartment early Monday to try and bring in a man for jumping bail. Police Chief Rick Baker says the man barricaded himself inside and was armed with a handgun...
Missouri Senate endorses expansion of term limits (02/21/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri voters could get to decide whether to impose term limits on all executive officeholders under a proposal endorsed by the state Senate. The proposed constitutional amendment would limit the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and auditor to serving two, four-year terms. A similar limit already is in place for Missouri's governor and treasurer. State lawmakers also are subject to term limits...
Efforts started to photograph, preserve old barns in Missouri (02/20/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Thousands of precariously leaning, rotting barns with peeling paint and missing boards dot America's rural landscape. The aging relics hold a certain romance for many, and interest is growing in numerous states in saving or at least documenting the rickety barns before they become victims of age and urban sprawl, the cost of maintenance too high when they no longer have a practical purpose...
Dog gets stem-cell injection to try to cure arthritis (02/20/12)
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The owners of a 12-year-old yellow Labrador with crippling arthritis are hoping stem cells will relieve the dog's pain. The dog, named Jake, underwent a procedure in Overland Park that supporters say will make his arthritic limbs healthy again...
Joplin to consider changes to its storm siren policy (02/20/12)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Joplin officials will hear about proposed changes to the city's storm-siren policy this week. The Joplin Globe reported that the possible policy changes are in response to a National Weather Service investigation after the May 22 tornado that killed 161 people...
Missouri bill would change sex offender regulations (02/17/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri House member wants the state to change who is listed in its sex offender registry and what information is available about them. A bill sponsored by Republican Rodney Schad, of Versailles (vur-SAYLZ'), would exempt people from registering if they have been convicted of some non-contact offenses, such as indecent exposure. Only the names and information of people convicted of the most serious sex crimes would be listed on a state website...
Mo. Supreme Court examines new U.S. House districts (02/17/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The legal dispute over Missouri's new congressional districts is returning to the state's high court. The Missouri Supreme Court was to hear arguments Thursday in a pair of challenges claiming the redrawn U.S. House districts are not sufficiently compact. The state constitution requires congressional districts to be "as compact and as nearly equal in population as may be."...
Senator seeks Mo. funding for religious schools (02/16/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A Missouri state senator says religious groups should not be barred from receiving state funds to operate their schools. Republican Scott Rupp, of St. Louis County, is sponsoring legislation to abolish language in the Missouri Constitution that prohibits public funding for religious groups to operate schools...
Mo. Senate panel to examine social services costs (02/16/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A special state Senate committee will look into potential savings in Missouri's social services programs. Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer says he has appointed five people to the committee, which will meet weekly with the goal of submitting initial recommendations by March 1...
Some say homeless being dropped off in St. Louis (02/16/12)
ST. LOUIS - Concerns are being raised in St. Louis that surrounding towns and counties are bringing homeless people downtown and dropping them off. The Rev. Chris Rice of the New Life Evangelistic Center told KMOX Radio (http://cbsloc.al/xnyyKh) that vans will pull up near his center that serves the homeless and he'll see police officers take handcuffs off men and drop them off. ...
Truck jumps curb, dangles from tree (02/16/12)
CRESTWOOD, Mo. -- The driver of a sweeper truck is recovering after a bizarre accident in St. Louis County left him dangling from a tree on a bluff over Interstate 44 for about an hour. The accident happened around 3:45 a.m. Wednesday when the man was cleaning the Sam's Club parking lot in Crestwood. ...
Snow sweeps across Missouri (02/14/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo -- A snow storm that blanketed much of western and southern Missouri overnight with 1-3 inches of snow is expected to move east across the state during the day. The storm caused slippery roads during Monday morning rush hour in the Kansas City. Many schools on the Missouri side of the metro area were closed...
Mo. high court to consider redistricting challenge (02/14/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Supreme Court plans to take another look at the state's newly redrawn congressional districts. Two separate legal challenges have sought to block the new U.S. House map, claiming the new districts are not sufficiently compact. The state high court previously ordered further review of the claims, and a trial judge rejected the cases earlier this month...
Mo. House approves discrimination legislation (02/10/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House has approved a measure that would change the rules for workplace discrimination cases. The House's 89-68 vote Thursday came after several lawmakers spoke against the legislation, saying it would give employers less incentive to prevent discrimination...
Backers of Missouri tax plan committed to November vote (02/10/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A group wanting to replace Missouri's income tax with a higher and broader sales tax says it is committed to getting the issue on the November ballot. Anne Marie Moy is a spokeswoman for "Let Voters Decide," the group sponsoring the initiative with the financial backing of businessman Rex Sinquefield. She says the measure could help reverse a loss of jobs and wealth in Missouri...
Mo. Senate sends discrimination bill to House (02/09/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Senate has approved a measure that would change the state's workplace discrimination laws. The bill would require workers who fight firings or other adverse decisions to prove in court that discrimination was a "motivating factor" -- and not just a contributing factor. It passed on a party line 25-8 vote Wednesday...
Mo. House OKs workplace discrimination measure (02/08/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House has endorsed legislation that would change the state's workplace discrimination laws. House members gave first-round approval Tuesday to legislation that would require workers who fight firings or other adverse decisions to prove in court that discrimination was a "motivating factor" -- and not just a contributing factor. It needs another vote before moving to the Senate...
Senator calls for changes to payday loan laws (02/07/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missourians who take out payday loans could get more time to pay them off under legislation proposed by a state senator. Payday loans are unsecured loans of $500 or less that must be paid off within 31 days. Sen. John Lamping, a St. Louis County Republican, told a Senate committee Monday that people should get at least 90 days to pay off those loans. The bill would also make it illegal for payday lenders to roll over or extend loans beyond 90 days...
Mo. bill would allow advertising on school buses (02/07/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A Missouri lawmaker wants to let school districts lease advertising space on buses to help cover transportation costs. Legislation by House Republican Mike Kelley, of Lamar, would provide for advertisements on the interior and exterior of school buses, with certain restrictions. The state Board of Education would write the rules for advertising...
Judge upholds congressional redistricting map (02/06/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state trial judge upheld Missouri's congressional redistricting map Friday, rejecting arguments that the districts failed to meet state constitutional requirements. Two separate lawsuits challenged the state's new U.S. House map, asserting the districts are not sufficiently compact. ...
McCaskill to discuss Postal Service proposal (02/06/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sen. Claire McCaskill plans to announce proposals today to keep rural post offices open and maintain six-day mail delivery for at least the next four years. McCaskill wants the proposals added to the 21st Century Postal Service Act, which addresses the U.S. Postal Service's massive revenue problems. She provided details of her plan in an interview ahead of an appearance today in Kansas City...
Missouri lawmaker proposes drug tests for lawmakers (02/06/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri lawmaker has proposed legislation that would require members of the General Assembly to be subjected to random drug testing during the session. The Kansas City Star reported that Rep. Rick Brattin, a Republican from Harrisonville, thinks lawmakers should abide by the same standard as welfare recipients. Missouri lawmakers last year overwhelmingly approved legislation that mandated drug testing for some federal welfare recipients...
More cities consider parades for Iraq War vets after St. Louis success (02/05/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis parade welcoming home Iraq War and other post-Sept. 11 veterans is spurring talk of similar parades in at least 10 other cities. Organizers of the parade that drew an estimated 100,000 observers and 20,000 participants in St. Louis on Jan. 28 say they have been approached by officials in Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Seattle, Tucson, Ariz., Nashville, Tenn., Greensboro, N.C., and Clinton, Iowa...
Mo. Senate passes health insurance measure (02/05/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri senators have approved a measure that would require approval from lawmakers or voters before the state makes efforts to set up health insurance exchanges. Health insurance exchanges allow consumers to shop online for health insurance. The federal health care law gives states until 2014 to establish their own exchanges or have one operated by the federal government...
Missouri tax revenues still lagging behind budget (02/05/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's revenues continue to lag behind what's needed to balance the budget. Figures from January show that net state revenues grew 2 percent over the same month last year. For the first seven months of the 2012 fiscal year, which began last July, Missouri's general revenues were up 1.3 percent...
Mo. senators delay workplace discrimination vote (02/03/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Minutes after reaching an agreement to end a filibuster effort that lasted nearly 15 hours, the Missouri Senate endorsed legislation early Thursday that would change the state's workplace discrimination laws. Fearful of reversing decades of hard-fought civil rights gains, Democrats held the Senate floor for hours Wednesday and into early Thursday morning, vowing to block a preliminary Senate vote on the bill...
Redistricting expert says Mo. map is compact (02/02/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Republican expert on political reapportionment is defending Missouri's newly redrawn U.S. House districts in court. Thomas Hofeller testified Wednesday in Cole County Circuit Court, where a judge is weighing two lawsuits that challenge the new congressional map. The plaintiffs argue that the eight districts fail to meet a requirement to be geographically compact...
Mo. GOP challengers trail McCaskill in money (02/02/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate candidates are having trouble raising enough money to keep up with Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. Campaign finance summaries show that Republicans Todd Akin, Sarah Steelman and John Brunner raised a combined total of about $520,000 in individual donations during the last three months of 2011. That's barely half of the $923,000 that McCaskill raised from individuals...
Mo. senator delays workplace discrimination vote (02/02/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri senator is again delaying a vote on legislation to change the state's workplace discrimination laws. The measure would require workers who fight firings or other adverse decisions to prove in court that discrimination was a "motivating factor" -- not simply a contributing factor -- in the employer's action. It would also tie the maximum amount of punitive damages in such cases to the size of an employer...
Mo. presidential primary forecast: 23 percent turnout (02/02/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Election officials are projecting that 23 percent of Missouri voters will turnout for next week's presidential primary. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is encouraging people to vote in the primary -- even though the results won't count for awarding delegates to the Republican National Convention...
Missouri State students seek grading change (02/29/12)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri State University's student government body is calling for the abolition of an optional grading system that allows professors to dole out pluses and minuses on letter grades. The Springfield News-Leader (http://sgfnow.co/Aa3YYR ) reported that members of the Student Government Association voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a resolution calling for the abolition of the two-year-old grading system...
Mo. House backs increase in veterans homes funding (02/29/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a plan that would cut the amount of money available for state lottery prizes to increase funding for state-run veterans homes. The legislation would reduce lottery prize funds by about 3.5 percent and put the money toward early childhood education programs that currently get funds from the Missouri Gaming Commission. Gaming Commission money now used for early childhood education would instead go to veterans' homes...
Analysis: Numbers of Senate districts matter (02/27/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Decisions about new boundaries for Missouri Senate districts will help determine the number of Republicans and Democrats in the chamber. But the more subtle assignment of numbers to those districts could affect who serves in those districts...
Mo. changing rules for Medicaid ‘spend down' plan (02/27/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Some low-income seniors and people with disabilities in Missouri could have to pay more out of their pockets to qualify for Medicaid coverage under changes being initiated after the state realized it was running afoul of federal rules...
Some mortgage crisis settlement money to be diverted to states (02/23/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The ink wasn't even dry on a settlement with the nation's top mortgage lenders when Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon laid claim to a chunk of the money to avert a huge budget cut for public colleges and universities. He's not the only politician eyeing the cash for purposes that have nothing to do with foreclosure. ...
Some Joplin residents wonder where the donations to school district went (02/21/12)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Some Joplin residents say the school district's request for a $62 million bond issue this spring has raised questions about millions of dollars in donations received after five schools were destroyed and several others damaged in last May's devastating tornado...
More public schools dish up three meals every day (02/19/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Too often it is after the fact that teachers discover their students are worrying less about math and reading and more about where the next meal comes from. So Doug White, principal of Garfield Elementary School in inner-city Kansas City, was relieved when his school, like many across the country, began offering dinner to students enrolled in after-school child care or tutoring programs...
Three more public meetings scheduled on Senate districts (02/19/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A bipartisan commission now responsible for drawing new state Senate districts has scheduled three public meetings. The commission met Saturday at the state Capitol and said in a statement that it's holding additional public meetings today, Monday and Tuesday. There is a rush to draw new districts because candidates currently start filing for next year's elections Feb. 28...
Mo. officials investigating website breach (02/17/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Officials are investigating how war scenes were placed on Missouri's state government website. The state Office of Administration said Thursday that images of graphic war scenes were placed on the official website -- www.mo.gov -- on Thursday. Officials say the images have been removed and that the website was taken offline for about a half-hour as an additional precaution starting at 10 a.m. The website was brought back online at 10:37 a.m...
AG says 'end is near' for troubled disability fund (02/16/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's attorney general warned Wednesday that a state fund for disabled workers is on financial life support and suggested it should either be abolished or revamped so that it can be replenished by imposing larger surcharges on businesses...
Effort under way to save Rock Hill church (02/14/12)
ROCK HILL, Mo. (AP) -- Supporters of an historic St. Louis-area church hope to raise about $900,000 by April to move and repair the church and a neighboring historic structure. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/wuiIR1) reports the effort is under way to save Rock Hill Church, built in the St. Louis County community in 1845. Otherwise, it could be demolished to make way for a gas station and convenience store...
Mo. Senate panel backs measure on birth control (02/15/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Debate over birth control is building within Missouri's Capitol. A state Senate committee endorsed legislation Tuesday allowing employers to refuse to provide insurance coverage for birth control, abortions or sterilization procedures, if doing so would go against an employer's religious beliefs...
Mo. Supreme Court strikes down most of ethics law (02/15/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down much of a wide-ranging ethics law passed by state lawmakers in 2010. The 69-page legislation included sections changing campaign finance laws, giving greater power to the Missouri Ethics Commission and creating new crimes related to bribery and obstruction of ethics investigations. ...
British man wanted in '93 heist nabbed in Mo. (02/10/12)
OZARK, Mo. -- A British armored car guard suspected of driving off with a fortune worth $1.5 million back in 1993 has been captured in rural Missouri, where he had been working as a cable guy and raising a son who apparently knew nothing of his father's past...
More airports will test lower-hassle screening process (02/09/12)
WASHINGTON -- A new passenger screening program to make check-in more convenient for certain travelers is being expanded to 28 more major U.S. airports, the government said Wednesday. There will be no cost to eligible passengers, who would no longer have to remove their shoes and belts before they board flights...
Mystery of garage door openers solved (02/09/12)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Residents of Westhampton View Court in St. Charles County have solved their garage door mystery. Shortly after Christmas, garage door openers stopped working at the five homes on the cul-de-sac, drawing significant media attention...
Garage door openers stop working on whole street (02/07/12)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- It's a puzzling phenomenon: On one street in St. Charles County, garage door openers have stopped working. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that no one knows what exactly is going on at Westhampton View Court. The garage door openers at all five homes on the court stopped working shortly after Christmas...
Missouri economic development director resigns; other appointments blocked (02/03/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's economic development director resigned after failing to win Senate confirmation, and lawmakers Thursday blocked several more of Gov. Jay Nixon's appointments to university, transportation, utility and health insurance boards.
Death toll rises to 3 in Ohio school shooting (02/28/12)
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- The death toll rose to three Tuesday in the shooting rampage in an Ohio high school cafeteria as schoolmates and townspeople grappled with the tragedy and wondered what could have set the teenage gunman off. The teenager under arrest in Monday's attack, T.J. Lane, faced an afternoon hearing in juvenile court...
GOP-allied groups see Senate as good bet (02/24/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans' clear shot at winning control of the Senate is attracting tens of millions of dollars from GOP-allied outside groups eager to spend on a surer bet than a White House race with a resurgent President Barack Obama and an unsettled GOP field...
High season for tornadoes ahead, eyes on Southeast (02/23/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the month of March looming, tornado chasers are already watching the Southeast as a nasty storm brews with the potential to spin off a batch of tornadoes. But if funnel clouds develop Thursday or Friday as some forecasters believe, they won't be the first. ...
Obama: Birth control policy meets everyone's needs (02/10/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rushing to end a political uproar, President Barack Obama on Friday will announce that religious employers will not have to cover birth control for their employees after all, The Associated Press has learned. The administration instead will demand that insurance companies will be the ones directly responsible for providing free contraception...
1 killed, 4 wounded in school shooting in Ohio (02/28/12)
CHARDON, Ohio -- A teenager opened fire in the cafeteria at a suburban Cleveland high school Monday, killing one student and wounding four others before he was chased from the building by a teacher and captured a short distance away, authorities said...
Plans to drug test welfare recipients get momentum (02/25/12)
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- Conservatives who say welfare recipients should have to pass a drug test to receive government assistance have momentum on their side. The issue has come up in the Republican presidential campaign, with front-runner Mitt Romney saying it's an "excellent idea."...
Oil jumps to 9-month high after Iran cuts supply (02/21/12)
Oil prices jumped to a nine-month high above $105 a barrel Monday after Iran said it halted crude exports to Britain and France in an escalation of a dispute over the Middle Eastern country's nuclear program.
States attack 'Obamacare' with birth control bills (02/18/12)
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Republican lawmakers in a handful of states are opening another front in the war against President Obama's health care overhaul, seizing on the hot-button issue of birth control with bills that would allow insurance companies to ignore new federal rules requiring them to cover contraception...
Congress sends payroll tax bill to Obama (02/17/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The GOP-controlled House passed legislation Friday renewing a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for millions more, backing the main items on President Barack Obama's jobs agenda in a rare burst of Washington bipartisanship...
Obama sends FY2013 budget proposals to Congress (02/14/12)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama unveiled a record $3.8 trillion election-year budget plan Monday, calling for stimulus-style spending on roads and schools and tax increases for the wealthy to help pay the costs.
U of Pennsylvania class teaches students how to live like monks (02/12/12)
PHILADELPHIA -- Looking for a wild-and-crazy time at college? Don't sign up for Justin McDaniel's religious studies class. The associate professor's course on monastic life and asceticism gives students at the University of Pennsylvania a firsthand experience of what it's like to be a monk...
Court: California gay marriage ban is unconstitutional (02/08/12)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday declared California's same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, putting the bitterly contested, voter-approved law on track for likely consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. ...
Jobs report lifts Dow to highest mark since '08 (02/04/12)
NEW YORK (AP) -- A drop in the unemployment rate to its lowest level in three years propelled the Dow Jones industrial average Friday to its highest close since May 2008, before the financial meltdown later that year. The Nasdaq composite index hit an 11-year high...
Pa. groundhog 'predicts' 6 more weeks of winter (02/02/12)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair to "see" his shadow this morning, in the process predicting six more weeks of winter. But, at this rate, that might not be so bad. The groundhog made his "prediction" on Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill in the town for which he's named about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh...
Groundhogs badly behaved, poor predictors of weather (02/02/12)
NEW YORK -- They've bitten their handlers, refused to budge from their beds and lost their shadow-casting jobs to potbellied pigs. And it turns out, not all groundhogs are really that good at predicting the weather. Not even Bill Murray as a movie weatherman escaped a couple of nips from the furry rodents on the set of his popular "Groundhog Day" that put the annual shadow or no shadow ritual on a loop in 1993...
Facebook might deliver an IPO surprise (02/01/12)
NEW YORK -- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg turns up at business conventions in a hoodie. "Cocky" is the word used to describe him most often, after "billionaire." He was Time's person of the year at 26. So when he takes Facebook public, why would he follow the Wall Street rules?...
Americans feeling better about economic recovery (02/29/12)
NEW YORK -- Americans are feeling better about the economy again, but will it last this time? A widely watched barometer of consumer confidence surged in February to its highest level in a year as Americans took note of improving job prospects among friends and family and falling unemployment, which is now at a three-year low...
Prosecutor: Ohio school shooting suspect is ‘not well' (02/29/12)
CHARDON, Ohio -- The Ohio teenager accused of killing three students in a shooting rampage in a high school cafeteria chose his victims at random and is "someone who's not well," a prosecutor said Tuesday as the slightly built young man appeared in juvenile court...
Romney wins double primary victory (02/29/12)
WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney scored a hard-won, home state triumph in Michigan and powered to victory in Arizona on Tuesday night, gaining a two-state primary sweep over Rick Santorum and precious momentum in the most turbulent Republican presidential race in a generation...
Obama seeks cut in corporate tax rate (02/23/12)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama rolled out a corporate tax overhaul plan Wednesday that lowers rates but also eliminates loopholes and subsidies cherished by the business world. A long-shot for action in an election year, the plan nevertheless stamps Obama's imprint on one of the most high-profile issues of the presidential campaign...
Stocks lower after Dow's blip above 13,000 on Tuesday (02/23/12)
NEW YORK -- A day after Dow 13,000, investors took a break. Stocks closed lower Wednesday for the first time in four trading days. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 27.02 points to finish at 12,938.67. The day before, it briefly passed 13,000 for the first time since May 2008...
Congressional offices receive mailed threats (02/23/12)
WASHINGTON -- Some congressional offices outside Washington and media organizations have received threatening letters containing a suspicious powdery substance that was tested and proved to be harmless, the FBI and the Senate's top law enforcement officer said Wednesday...
Southern Baptist leaders OK ‘Great Commission' (02/23/12)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Some Southern Baptists worry that their denomination's name still carries the stigma of a 19th century split with northern Baptists over slavery. Others who fought hard to build the brand and its conservative theology and politics don't want to see it go...
Man's childhood comic collection fetches $3.5M (02/23/12)
DALLAS -- Billy Wright plunked down dime after dime for comic books while growing up in the late 1930s and early 1940s, caring for the collection he started around the age of 9 until his death more than half a century later. On Wednesday, most of that collection sold for $3.5 million...
Court torn over law banning lies about medals (02/23/12)
WASHINGTON -- Free speech cases before the Supreme Court often lead justices to consider far-fetched scenarios, and Wednesday's argument over a law making it a crime to lie about having received top military honors was no exception. One after another, the justices wanted to know whether a decision upholding the Stolen Valor Act could lead down a slippery slope to new laws against such things as lying about the Holocaust, an extramarital affair, a high school diploma, college degrees or to impress a date.. ...
Chicago school draws scrutiny over fines for students (02/21/12)
CHICAGO -- A sense of order and decorum prevails at Noble Street College Prep as students move quickly through a hallway adorned with banners from dozens of colleges. Everyone wears a school polo shirt neatly tucked into khaki trousers. There's plenty of chatter but no jostling, no cellphones and no dawdling...
Gas prices are highest ever for this time of year (02/19/12)
NEW YORK -- Gasoline prices have never been higher this time of the year. At $3.53 a gallon, prices are already up 25 cents since Jan. 1. And experts say they could reach a record $4.25 a gallon by late April. "You're going to see a lot more staycations this year," said Michael Lynch, president of Strategic Energy & Economic Research. "When the price gets anywhere near $4, you really see people react."...
Fugitive runs out of gas, calls Wyoming sheriff for help (02/15/12)
EVANSTON, Wyo. -- A 59-year-old fugitive is back behind bars after he ran out of gas in Wyoming and called the local sheriff's office for roadside assistance. The Wyoming Highway Patrol said Tuesday that Richard Vincent of Prine-ville, Ore., was wanted in Georgia for violating parole on a murder and escape conviction...
Iowa town welcomes back China's next president (02/15/12)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The last time China's soon-to-be leader visited Iowa, he slept in a bedroom with green shag carpeting and Star Trek character cutouts on the walls. He ate eggs with a spoon because his host forgot the chopsticks. But apparently Xi Jinping remembered the 1985 stay fondly because he insisted on returning this week to Muscatine, a small farming community he toured to learn about crop and livestock practices...
Scrap metal: One man's treasure is Cincinnati's headache (02/15/12)
CINCINNATI -- Scavenging scrap metal to sell enables 28-year-old Milissa Scarberry and family of seven to get by. She advertises on Craigslist offering free pickup, knocks on doors when she sees piles of metal outside, or helps herself to junked metal left on the curb for trash removal...
2011 banner year for wealthy colleges' fundraising efforts (02/15/12)
For the 99 percent of colleges, it was a pretty good fundraising year. For the 1 percent of super-wealthy elite, it was a much better one that catapulted them even further ahead of the pack. The latest annual college fundraising figures out today show donations to colleges and universities rose 8.2 percent in fiscal 2011, crossing back over the $30 billion mark for just the second time ever, and improving many schools' financial footing after several lean years due to the economic downturn...
New Jersey Senate OKs gay marriage bill in milestone vote (02/14/12)
TRENTON, N.J. -- In a move that supporters called a civil rights milestone, New Jersey's state Senate on Monday passed a bill to recognize same-sex marriages, marking the first time state lawmakers officially endorsed the idea -- despite the promise of a veto by Gov. Chris Christie...
Feds: Michigan militia members ready ‘to go to war' (02/14/12)
DETROIT -- Displaying guns, vests and other military gear, a prosecutor told jurors Monday that members of a Midwest militia were willing "to go to war" in an extraordinary plot to kill a police officer as a springboard to a broader rebellion against the U.S. government...
Greek premier defends bailout deal, more cuts (02/12/12)
ATHENS, Greece -- Warning of a "catastrophe" that would leave Greeks subsisting on food stamps and the country wallowing in bankruptcy, Greek leaders urged lawmakers Saturday to pass more spending cuts on the eve of a crucial vote to qualify for a massive bailout...
U.S. economic embargo on Cuba turns 50 (02/08/12)
HAVANA -- When it started, American teenagers were doing "The Twist." The United States had yet to put a man into orbit around the Earth. And a first-class U.S. postage stamp cost 4 cents. The world is much changed since the early days of 1962, but one thing has remained constant: The U.S. economic embargo on communist-run Cuba, a near-total trade ban that turned 50 on Tuesday...
Abortion, birth control again grab political spotlight (02/08/12)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Political turmoil over abortion and birth control spread suddenly Tuesday. A high-ranking official resigned from the Komen breast-cancer charity after its backtracking treaty with Planned Parenthood, and Republican presidential candidates blistered the Obama administration for a recent ruling on Catholic hospitals and contraception...
L.A. district tries to restore trust in school (02/08/12)
LOS ANGELES -- When students return to the school where two teachers were jailed last week for alleged lewdness, they'll have new teachers in their classrooms, a new principal in the front office and new workers serving lunch. In a move that experts said was unprecedented, the entire 120-member staff at Miramonte Elementary School will be replaced as of Thursday after a two-day school shutdown as part of Los Angeles Unified School District's investigation into the two veteran teachers arrested last week.. ...
Nationwide foreclosure-abuse deal joined by three more states (02/08/12)
WASHINGTON -- Arizona, Michigan and Florida, three of the states hit hardest by the housing crisis, will join a nationwide settlement over foreclosure abuses, officials with direct knowledge say. They will join more than 40 other states in approving a deal that would benefit many Americans who lost their homes or can't afford their mortgages...
Family input needed to detect dementia earlier (02/07/12)
WASHINGTON -- Alexis McKenzie's mother had mild dementia, but things sounded OK when she phoned home: Dad was with her, finishing his wife's sentences as they talked about puttering through the day and a drive to the store. Then their phone service was cut off. "I mailed that check," McKenzie's father insisted. No, he'd mailed the phone company a bank deposit slip instead. McKenzie visited and discovered spoiling food. Dad the caregiver was in trouble, too...
U.S. levies tougher sanctions on Iran's Central Bank (02/07/12)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama levied tough new sanctions on Iran's Central Bank on Monday amid increased tensions over Tehran's nuclear program and the specter of an Israeli attack on the Islamic republic. In a letter to Congress, Obama said more sanctions were warranted, "particularly in light of the deceptive practices of the Central Bank of Iran and other Iranian banks." He said the problems included the hiding of transactions of sanctioned parties, the deficiencies of Iran's anti-money laundering regime and the unacceptably high risk posed to the entire international financial system posed by Iran's activities.. ...
Brown University student uncovers lost Malcolm X speech (02/06/12)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The recording was forgotten, and so, too, was the odd twist of history that brought together Malcolm X and a bespectacled Ivy Leaguer fated to become one of America's top diplomats. The audiotape of Malcolm X's 1961 address in Providence might never have surfaced at all if 22-year-old Brown University student Malcolm Burnley hadn't stumbled across a reference to it in an old student newspaper. ...
Minnesota student suspended over Michael Jackson dance (02/06/12)
WINONA, Minn. -- A Catholic school in Minnesota has suspended a 9-year-old boy for performing a crotch-grabbing Michael Jackson dance move during a fundraiser Thursday night. Mindy Boberg told the Winona Daily News the principal at St. Stanislaus in Winona informed her that her son was being suspended because his performance of "Billie Jean" constituted gross misconduct...
Unemployment rate hits 8.3 percent after hiring burst (02/03/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the most impressive surge for the job market since early last year, the United States added 243,000 jobs in January, far more than economists expected. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent, the lowest in three years. Hiring accelerated across the economy and up and down the pay scale. The high-salary professional services industry added 70,000 jobs, the most in 10 months. Manufacturing added 50,000, the most in a year...
Mitt Romney wins big in Florida, routing Newt Gingrich (02/01/12)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Mitt Romney routed Newt Gingrich in the Florida primary Tuesday night, rebounding smartly from an earlier defeat and taking a major step toward the Republican presidential nomination. Gingrich vowed to press on despite the one-sided setback...
Los Angeles teacher charged with molesting 23 children (02/01/12)
LOS ANGELES -- Detectives say the elementary school teacher told the children it was a game. Once inside his third-grade classroom, he blindfolded them, gagged them and set cockroaches crawling on their faces. And then, Mark Berndt photographed them, creating hundreds of images that would eventually lead to his arrest...
NRC inspecting stalled Illinois reactor (02/01/12)
CHICAGO -- A failed electrical insulator blamed for a power loss to a nuclear reactor in northern Illinois was replaced Tuesday, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission began a special inspection into how some equipment responded to the outage, officials said...
Landowners fight eminent domain in Pa. gas field (02/01/12)
LAPORTE, Pa. -- A pipeline operator assured federal regulators it would minimize using eminent domain against private landowners if given approval to lay a 39-mile natural gas pipeline in northern Pennsylvania's pristine Endless Mountains. Yet the company was readying condemnation papers against dozens of landowners even as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was considering its application for the $250 million MARC 1 pipeline. ...
Dividing Great Lakes, Mississippi proposed (02/01/12)
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Groups representing states and cities in the Great Lakes region Tuesday proposed spending up to $9.5 billion on a massive engineering project to separate the lakes from the Mississippi River watershed in the Chicago area, describing it as the only sure way to protect both aquatic systems from invasions by destructive species such as Asian carp...
Anti-compulsive bet programs vary widely from casino to casino (02/27/12)
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- As lost weekends go, this one was a doozy. The woman and her longtime boyfriend, regular Atlantic City gamblers, lost $100,000 in two days in early January. She lost her job, and they now owe $205,000 to five Atlantic City casinos, with no realistic prospects of paying it back...
States called on to restore anti-smoking funds (02/26/12)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Steve Panetta smoked for 34 years, the last 10 at a three-pack-a-day clip. He watched his father die from lung cancer and his stepfather struggle with emphysema. He tried quitting six times before a state-funded cessation program helped him beat the habit in 2002...
S&P 500 hits highest point since June 2008 (02/26/12)
NEW YORK -- A two-point gain was enough to push the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its highest level since June 2008, three months before the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the darkest days of the financial crisis. The S&P 500 index closed at 1,365.74, beating its 2011 closing high by two points...
Higher gas prices cloud Obama's re-election hopes (02/24/12)
WASHINGTON -- Soaring gasoline prices are threatening to undercut President Barack Obama's re-election prospects and offering Republicans an easy target. With prices pushing $4 a gallon and threatening to go even higher, Obama sought Thursday to confront rising public anxiety and strike back at his GOP critics...
Stepmom gives birth after arrest in girl's death (02/24/12)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- An Alabama woman was under guard at a hospital Thursday after giving birth hours after her arrest in the death of her 9-year-old stepdaughter, who authorities say was forced to run for three hours as punishment for lying about eating a candy bar...
President Obama says GOP philosophy is ‘wrong about America' (02/24/12)
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- President Barack Obama on Thursday accused his Republican presidential rivals of peddling a philosophy that is "wrong about America," seeking to rev up his supporters as he hauled in campaign cash in an important swing state...
Helicopter crash one of Marines' deadliest in years (02/24/12)
SAN DIEGO -- A collision that killed seven Marines in one of the Marine Corps' deadliest aviation training accidents in years occurred over a sprawling desert range favored by the U.S. military because its craggy mountains and hot, dusty conditions are similar to Afghanistan's harsh environment...
Justices to review racial preference for college (02/22/12)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is setting an election-season review of racial preference in college admissions, agreeing Tuesday to consider new limits on the contentious issue of affirmative action programs. A challenge from a white student who was denied admission to the University of Texas flagship campus will be the high court's first look at affirmative action in higher education since its 2003 decision endorsing the use of race as a factor...
Dow breaks 13,000, can't hold gains (02/22/12)
NEW YORK -- It came and went in a flash each time, a number on a board for mere seconds, but its symbolic power couldn't be dismissed. The Dow Jones industrial average, powered higher all year by optimism that the economic recovery is finally for real, crossed 13,000 on Tuesday for the first time since May 2008...
In quest for jobs, some cities will raid neighbors (02/22/12)
CORALVILLE, Iowa -- When the leaders of this small Iowa city became desperate to land a new department store, they didn't have to look far: They lured one from the city next door, along with up to 100 jobs. The store called Von Maur agreed to leave Iowa City for a platter of incentives offered by Coralville, which promised to put up a bigger, $9.5 million building, to provide a $1.5 million parcel of land and to discount the store's property tax bill. ...
For boomers, it's an era of ‘work til you drop' (02/21/12)
LOS ANGELES -- When Paula Symons joined the U.S. workforce in 1972, typewriters in her office clacked nonstop, people answered the telephones and the hot new technology revolutionizing communication was the fax machine. Symons, fresh out of college, entered this brave new world thinking she'd do pretty much what her parents' generation did: Work for just one or two companies over about 45 years before bidding farewell to co-workers at a retirement party and heading off into her sunset years with a pension.. ...
Today in History (02/27/12)
Today is Monday, Feb. 27, the 58th day of 2012. There are 308 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 27, 1942, the Battle of the Java Sea began during World War II; Imperial Japanese naval forces scored a decisive victory over the Allies...
Today in History (02/26/12)
Today is Sunday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2012. There are 309 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 26, 1962, after becoming the first American to orbit the Earth, astronaut John Glenn told a joint meeting of Congress, "Exploration and the pursuit of knowledge have always paid dividends in the long run."...
Today in History (02/28/12)
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2012. There are 307 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 28, 1942, the heavy cruiser USS Houston and the Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth came under attack by Japanese forces during the World War II Battle of Sunda Strait; both were sunk shortly after midnight. (The Houston lost 693 men while the Perth lost 353.)...
Today in History (02/29/12)
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 29, the 60th day of 2012. There are 306 days left in the year. This is Leap Day. Today's Highlights in History: On Feb. 29, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson's National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (also known as the Kerner Commission) warned that racism was causing America to move "toward two societies, one black, one white -- separate and unequal." The discovery of a "pulsar," a star which emits regular radio waves, was announced by Dr. ...
Sex-changing treatment for children is on the rise (02/20/12)
CHICAGO -- A small but growing number of teens and even younger children who think they were born the wrong sex are getting support from parents and from doctors who give them sex-changing treatments, according to reports in the medical journal Pediatrics...
Stocks could be an indicator for presidential re-elections (02/20/12)
NEW YORK -- The number has been repeated so often by presidential prognosticators that it's an article of faith: No president has been re-elected since World War II with an unemployment rate higher than 7.2 percent. But the stock market turns out to be a pretty good predictor, too...
China faces conflict of law, business in iPad row (02/19/12)
BEIJING -- Chinese officials face a choice in Apple's dispute with a local company over the iPad trademark -- side with a struggling entity that a court says owns the name or with a global brand that has created hundreds of thousands of jobs in China. Experts say that means Beijing's political priorities rather than the courts will settle the dispute if it escalates...
Capitol bomb plot arrest caps yearlong probe (02/19/12)
WASHINGTON -- Within the last week, authorities say, Amine El Khalifi's plan to wreak havoc was proceeding as hoped: An al-Qaida associate handed him an automatic weapon to kill security officers inside the U.S. Capitol. A bomb-laden vest would detonate the building. He would die as a martyr...
Ron Paul says U.S. ‘slipping into fascist system' (02/19/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul says the U.S. is "slipping into a fascist system" dominated by big government and big businesses. The Texas congressman held a rally Saturday night across the street from a World War I Memorial, upstaging simultaneous Republican Party banquets being held on both sides of the nearby Missouri and Kansas line...