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Stories from Friday, February 10, 2012

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...
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...
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. 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...
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...
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...
Kodak to stop making digital cameras, digital picture frames (02/10/12)
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Picture it: Save for a few disposable point-and-shoots, Kodak is exiting the camera business. Eastman Kodak Co. said Thursday that it will stop making digital cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames in a move that marks the end of an era for the beleaguered 132-year-old company...
Obama releases 10 states from No Child Left Behind (02/10/12)
WASHINGTON -- It could be the beginning of the end for No Child Left Behind. The goal was lofty: Get all children up to par in math and reading by 2014. But the nation isn't getting there, and now some states are getting out. In a sign of what's to come, President Barack Obama on Thursday freed 10 states from some of the landmark law's toughest requirements. ...
Feds require easy-to-understand health plan briefs for consumers (02/10/12)
WASHINGTON -- Don't have the slightest clue what your health insurance covers? The Obama administration says that's going to change. Officials announced Thursday that starting later this year private health plans will have to provide consumers with an easy-to-understand summary of what's covered, along with key cost details such as copays and deductibles...
$25B settlement reached over foreclosure abuses (02/10/12)
WASHINGTON -- A landmark $25 billion settlement with the nation's top mortgage lenders was hailed by government officials Thursday as long-overdue relief for victims of foreclosure abuses. But consumer advocates countered that far too few people will benefit...
FBI file says Steve Jobs was considered for gov't position (02/10/12)
WASHINGTON -- FBI background interviews of some people who knew Apple co-founder Steve Jobs reveal a man driven by power and alienating some of the people who worked with him. In the FBI documents released Thursday, many of those who knew Jobs praised him, speaking highly of Jobs' character and integrity and asserting that he always conducted his business dealings in a reputable manner. They recommended him for a post during the George H.W. Bush administration...
Scientists say NASA to cut missions to Mars (02/10/12)
WASHINGTON -- Scientists say NASA is about to propose major cuts in its exploration of other planets, especially Mars. And NASA's former science chief is calling the cuts irrational. With limited money and an over-budget new telescope, the space agency essentially had to make a choice in where it wanted to explore: Mars or the far-off cosmos. Mars lost...
Hundreds ask Vermont to keep prank pig on police vehicle decal (02/10/12)
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Remember the pig hidden within the decal on the doors of some Vermont State Police cruisers? There's now a movement underway to keep it there. But it turns out there was more wrong with that image than just the white pig hidden as a splotch on the cow, made to resemble one of Vermont's ubiquitous Holsteins. ...
Fla. mogul, facing trial, adopts girlfriend (02/10/12)
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The story already had people's attention: A multimillionaire polo magnate was accused of causing a drunken-driving wreck that killed a young man. But now, with his criminal trial approaching, a strange twist has raised even more eyebrows: He has adopted his 42-year-old girlfriend...
Today in History (02/10/12)
Today is Friday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2012. There are 325 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 10, 1962, the Soviet Union exchanged captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for Rudolf Abel, a Soviet spy held by the United States...
U.S. kills al-Qaida-linked militant in northwest Pakistan (02/10/12)
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan -- A U.S. drone fired two missiles at a house in Pakistan's northwest tribal region Thursday, killing five suspected militants, intelligence officials said. The Taliban identified one of them as a prominent commander who has served as a key link to al-Qaida...
Mexican army finds 15 tons of pure meth (02/10/12)
GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Mexican troops have made a historic seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in the western state of Jalisco, an amount equivalent to half of all meth seizures worldwide in 2009. The scale of the bust announced late Wednesday in the western state of Jalisco drew expressions of amazement from meth experts. The haul could have supplied 13 million doses worth over $4 billion on U.S. streets...
Euro ministers cold on deal to bail out Greece (02/10/12)
BRUSSELS -- Just hours after Greece gave in to new job and spending cuts, European ministers declared Thursday that Athens didn't go far enough and demanded more within a week in exchange for a $170 billion bailout to stave off bankruptcy. The ministers gave the debt-ridden country until the middle of next week to find an extra $430 million in savings, pass the cuts through a divided parliament and get written guarantees that they will be implemented even after the elections of a new government in April, said Jean-Claude Juncker, the Luxembourg prime minister who chaired Thursday's meeting of finance chiefs of the 17 euro countries.. ...
Syria humanitarian crisis deepens in city of Homs (02/10/12)
BEIRUT -- Between blasts of rockets and mortar fire, Syrians used loudspeakers to call for blood donations and medical supplies Thursday in the stricken city of Homs, where a weeklong government offensive has created a deepening humanitarian crisis...
High school roundup: Jackson girls swimming team captures title at Show Me Conference meet (02/10/12)
All the local high school results reported Thursday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team routs Tennessee-Martin 86-56 (02/10/12)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team broke its two-game losing streak with an 86-56 victory over Tennessee-Martin on Thursday.
Southeast Missouri State softball team drops season opener at Jackson State (02/10/12)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team had a rough season opener Thursday, losing 11-1 in five innings to host Jackson State in Jackson, Miss. Taylor Cowan accounted for Southeast's only run with a solo homer in the fourth inning. Cheyenne Gipson had two of the Redhawks' four hits...
Murray State's perfect run ends with loss to TSU (02/10/12)
Tennessee State prevailed 72-68 on the road against the final unbeaten team in Division I
Southeast Missouri State tennis team opens season this weekend (02/10/12)
Southeast Missouri State women's tennis coach Mark Elliott has high hopes for his sixth team with two of the Ohio Valley Conference's top players returning and three talented newcomers joining the mix. "We're excited," said Elliott, whose squad plays its first match Saturday at Arkansas State. "I think we've got a chance to be one of the best teams we've had here."...
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team will visit Murray State (02/10/12)
The Redhawks look to improve their play on the road and qualify for the OVC tournament
Rams assistant McGinnis enthusiastic about rejoining Fisher (02/10/12)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams assistant coach Dave McGinnis had a one-year contract last year with Tennessee, just in case there was a chance he could be reunited with Jeff Fisher. McGinnis, who worked under Fisher for seven seasons with the Titans, was hired last week as part of a Rams staff rich with experience. He and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams are former NFL coaches who will try to rebuild a franchise with just 10 victories over the last three seasons...
Blues' Elliott stops Devils in shootout (02/10/12)
NEWARK, N.J. -- Brian Elliott was perfect in long relief as the St. Louis Blues pulled out another victory against an Eastern Conference team. T.J. Oshie scored the only goal in the shootout and Brian Elliott stopped every shot he faced as the St. Louis Blues beat New Jersey 4-3 on Thursday night to end the Devils' five-game winning streak...
Something fishy about Pennsylvania's groundhog (02/10/12)
I hope you were pleased that the groundhog saw its shadow last week. According to some, if it's sunny on Groundhog Day there will be six more weeks of winter. I bet most of you agree that six more weeks of the winter we've been having would be a good thing...
Monster trucks crush competition this weekend (02/10/12)
The Winter Nationals and Thrill Show will be at the Show Me Center Friday and Saturday
Artifacts 2/10/12 (02/10/12)
The 14th annual Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival will be held at the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University this weekend and will include more than 500 high school and middle school jazz musicians and enthusiasts. The gala concert at 7:30 p.m. ...
Get the blues (02/10/12)
While many people maintain that blues came before jazz, that's not quite how it will work in Cape Girardeau this month. This weekend, the Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival swings into town at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, exposing university and high school students to workshops and experts like trumpeter Allen Beeson...
What is love?: Artists create their ideas of love (02/10/12)
Of all the things said about love, one thing is for certain: Each person experiences it differently. SE Live asked artists around town to draw, paint or design an image of love for Valentine's Day. They had less than five days to sketch the first solid idea that came to mind...
Best bet 2/10/12 (02/10/12)
Take a trip back in music history at Wehrenberg Cape West 14 Cine on Feb. 16. For one night only, the theater will be showing "Re-Generation Music Project". This documentary film directed by Amir Bar Lev sheds light on the history, songwriting and studio process of various musical genres. ...
Group looks for mysterious island in 3-D adventure (02/10/12)
The only untold secrets in "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" is how the usually likable Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (who just came off the summer blockbuster "Fast Five") or Oscar-winner Michael Caine got stranded on such a ridiculously featherbrained adventure...
Bud Crites (02/10/12)
Forrest Benton "Bud" Crites, 83, passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at his home in Roseville, Calif. He was born May 18, 1928, in Cape Girardeau, son of Louis and Anna Crites. He was an accomplished basketball star while playing for the former College High Preps; Bud's team made it to the state semifinals in his senior year 1946, and he was named All-State...
Henry Pekarek Jr. (02/10/12)
Henry J. "Hank" Pekarek Jr., 82, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans Home. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to service time Feb. 16 at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 16 at the funeral home, with the Rev. Tom Kiefer officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery...
Wilma Barton (02/10/12)
Marble Hill, Mo. -- Wilma Lee Barton, 59, of Robertsville, Mo., formerly of Marble Hill, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Robertsville. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Bollinger County Memorial Park Cemetery, with the Rev. David McCutchen officiating...
Jesse Reed (02/10/12)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Jesse Lee Reed, 62, of Mounds died Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from noon until service time Monday at Massie Funeral Home in Mounds. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home...
Marie Hampton (02/10/12)
M. Marie Hampton, 90, of Jackson died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
Myrnita Grantham (02/10/12)
Myrnita B. Grantham, 73, of Cape Girardeau died peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at Southeast Hospital. She was born Oct. 10, 1938, in Marks, Miss., to the late Burnice and Martha Juanita Perkins Buckner. She married Charles Scott Grantham Jr. on Jan. 20, 1957. He preceded her in death Feb. 11, 1998...
Edith Ervin (02/10/12)
Edith P. Ervin, 88, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at Southeast Hospital. She was born Feb. 9, 1923, in Crosno, Mo., to Duard Lee and Lucy Roberts Pruitt. She and Wilton W. Ervin were married June 13, 1941, in Cape Girardeau. He preceded her in death March 6, 1995...
Estes Davis Sr. (02/10/12)
Estes Kefauver Davis Sr., 57, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, after an extended bout with lung cancer. He was born June 5, 1954, in St. Louis, to John Wesley and Bertha Fitzgerald Davis. Estes liked Harley-Davidson motorcycles. He loved to fish and garden, and loved spending time with his family and grandchildren...
Births 2/10/12 (02/10/12)
Son to Michael Gene and Alicia Renea Vandeven of Leopold, Mo., Southeast Hospital, 1:42 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Name, Hunter Michael. Weight, 8 pounds, 7 ounces. Second child, first son. Mrs. Vandeven is the former Alicia Halter, daughter of Mary and Gary Meyer of Leopold and Michael Halter of Cape Girardeau. Mr. and Mrs. Vandeven are owners of Beussink Transmission and Repair LLC. He is the son of Randy Mayfield of Sedgewickville, Mo., and the late Carol Mayfield...
Cape Girardeau fire report 2/10/12 (02/10/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 2/10/12 (02/10/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Jackson police and fire reports 2/10/12 (02/10/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summons Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 2/10/12 (02/10/12)
Flags in Cape Girardeau are lowered to half-staff in honor of Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper Russell W. Harper, 45, who was killed Sunday in a burst of gunfire during a traffic stop east of Springfield, Mo. A citizens utility committee has decided to recommend that the city council hire Black and Veatch, a Kansas City engineering firm, to conduct a preliminary study as to the feasibility of establishing a municipally operated utility system here...
Thanking farmers (02/10/12)
Feb. 5 to 11 is Thank a Farmer Week. Those living in Southeast Missouri realize the importance of farming. Having local produce is a reward of its own, but the economic impact farmers and ranchers have on our economy is also significant. Last Friday Dr. ...
Global weather patterns (02/10/12)
RE: "Weird weather sets record high for Feb. 2, follows 5th warmest January" When reporting on local weather weirdness, it's essential to avoid any mention of broader regional, national and planetary patterns. The fact that Southeast Missouri's winter has been several degrees warmer than usual is no reason for alarm. ...
Speak Out 2/10/12 (02/10/12)
CONGRATULATIONS to Cape Girardeau's Danny Essner for winning the Rush Limbaugh award. He is a nice man but at the same time willing to take on entrenched, often hostile interests in fighting for the overall well-being of the community. I am thinking particularly of his unceasing efforts to help bring the casino to Cape Girardeau...
Prayer 2/10/12 (02/10/12)
O Father God, may we be a light to world, boldly proclaiming your name. Amen.
New McKendree Fish Fry and Chicken Tenders Dinner (02/10/12)
Everyone is invited to New McKendree United Methodist Church's fried catfish and chicken tenders dinner Saturday, February 18, from 4:00-7:00 PM. Meal includes catfish and/or chicken tenders, cole slaw, baked beans, spiral potatoes, dessert, and a drink. Adults eat for $9, ages 5-12 $5.00, and kids under 5 eat free. It will be a great night of food and fellowship. We hope to see you there!...
Heartland Writer's Guild February Meeting (02/10/12)
The Heartland Writer's Guild (HWG) will meet at 2pm on Sunday, February 19th in the Steck House, next door to First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, with parking in the church lot. Bonnie Stepenoff,author of five books,will speak of "Journaling to Publication". ...
VIP's Valentine King & Queens (02/10/12)
VIP Industries held its 32nd annual Valentine's Party on Friday, February 10th at the VIP plant in Fruitland. There was food, music, dancing, a guest appearance by Elvis, and of course, the crowning of the Kings and Queens. Happy Valentine's Day!
Winston The Cat (02/10/12)
Our cat Winston demonstrating his "Magic Ear Flattening Trick" to the neighbors' dog.
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