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Stories from Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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...
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...
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...
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...
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. ...
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...
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...
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.
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...
Today in History (02/14/12)
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2012. There are 321 days left in the year. This is Valentine's Day. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 14, 1912, Arizona became the 48th state of the Union as President William Howard Taft signed a proclamation...
Emergency food flown into cut-off European towns (02/14/12)
BUCHAREST, Romania -- Military planes and police helicopters flew in tons of emergency food to snowbound villages and ships in the Balkans on Monday, after blizzards so fierce that some people had to cut tunnels through 15 feet of snow to get out of their homes...
Israel blames Iran for attacks on diplomats in India, Georgia (02/14/12)
NEW DELHI -- Israel blamed Iran on Monday for bomb attacks on its diplomats' cars in India and Georgia, heightening concerns that the Jewish state was moving closer to striking its archenemy. Iran denied responsibility for the attacks that appeared to mirror the recent killings of Iranian nuclear scientists that Tehran blamed on Israel...
Perryville's Baer will play softball at Evansville (02/14/12)
The senior was the Southeast Missourian player of the year in 2010
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team will honor seniors in final home game (02/14/12)
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Dickey Nutt emphasized that all of his senior classes have been special. Nutt's current senior crop might occupy an even more prominent place in his heart because the foursome has helped a floundering program dig out of a deep hole...
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team falls to OVC newcomer SIUE (02/14/12)
The SIU Edwardsville women's basketball team has been strong during its first season in the Ohio Valley Conference. SIUE continued its impressive rookie OVC campaign at the expense of visiting Southeast Missouri State on Monday night, rolling to a 63-48 victory in Edwardsville, Ill...
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball player Stone continues to collect OVC honors (02/14/12)
Southeast Missouri State sophomore forward Tyler Stone has been named the Ohio Valley Conference newcomer of the week for a league-high sixth time this season. Stone averaged 19.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and two assists in two Southeast wins last week. He shot 63.3 percent from the field (19 of 30) and added three blocks...
Southeast Missouri State's Moses gains second preseason All-American honor baseball honor (02/14/12)
Southeast Missouri State senior third baseman Trenton Moses picked up another preseason honor Monday when he was named a second-team preseason All-American by CollegeBaseballInsider.com. Moses, an Advance High School graduate, was named a third-team Louisville Slugger preseason All-American in December. He was also voted the Ohio Valley Conference preseason player of the year last week...
Breast milk sharing draws interest from mothers (02/14/12)
Amy Gehl never thought she would breast-feed. She had always heard how hard it was, and it seemed easier just to buy the baby formula that is sold in most stores. Three years ago, her mind was changed with the birth of her son. "I knew I wanted to give my child a better chance at a healthy life from the beginning of his life," Gehl said. "The longer I nursed, the more benefits I saw in his health and in mine."...
Injured boomers beware: Know when to see doctor (02/14/12)
CHICAGO -- It happened to nurse Jane Byron years after an in-line skating fall and business owner Haralee Weintraub while doing "men's" push-ups. "It" is that pop, strain or suddenly swollen joint that reminds active older adults they aren't as young as they'd like to think...
JFK intern recounts long-ago affair in new book (02/14/12)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mimi Alford was terrified in 1998 when the Monica Lewinsky scandal turned the word "intern" into a dirty joke, exposing an affair with a president. Her decades-old secret about her trysts with John F. Kennedy was still safe then...
Singer Houston underwater when found in tub Saturday (02/14/12)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Whitney Houston was underwater and apparently unconscious when she was pulled from a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub and she had prescription drugs in her room, officials said Monday as the pop star's family made arrangements to fly her body home to New Jersey for a funeral at the end of the week...
Susan Dain (02/14/12)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Susan M. "Sue" LeSar Dain, 88, of Olive Branch died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with Dennis Brown and the Rev. Verlee Eaker officiating. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Gardens at Villa Ridge, Ill...
Clifford Sadler (02/14/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- Clifford J. "Dick" Sadler, 87, of Anna died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. The funeral will be at noon Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Mike Miller officiating. Burial will be in Casper Cemetery, with military honors conducted by Carroll P. Foster VFW Post 3455 of Anna and the Funeral Honors Team of Marion, Ill...
Joe McDowell (02/14/12)
Joe L. McDowell, 75, of Jackson died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. to time of service Friday at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson...
J.W. Biri (02/14/12)
Joe William "J.W." Biri, 68, of Jackson passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at his home. He was born April 12, 1943, in Cape Girardeau, son of Joseph and Lola McLard Biri. He and Patsey M. Musgrave were married Feb. 19, 1966, in Jackson. Joe graduated from Jackson High School in 1962 and served six years in the Missouri National Guard. ...
Ellen Greene (02/14/12)
Ellen Ruth (Noel) Greene, of San Ramon, Calif., died the evening of Feb. 6, 2012. She was born March 1, 1936, in Jackson. Ellen was raised on the family farm near Gravel Hill, Mo., the second oldest of six children of Arthur and Frances Noel. Ellen graduated valedictorian of her Lutesville, Mo., High School class in 1954. She earned a bachelor of science degree from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. Ellen taught commercial subjects at Fisk-Rombauer High School in Fisk, Mo...
Larry Wooldridge (02/14/12)
GODFREY, Ill. -- Larry Wooldridge, 69, of Godfrey died in his winter home in California on Feb. 8, 2012. From 1993 until his retirement, he managed the Owens-Illinois plant in Godfrey; however, his career included working on the space program with NASA Jet Propulsion Labs, plant manager of General Dynamics and vice president of Air Craft Gear Corps of Chicago...
William Estes (02/14/12)
William "Bill" Estes, 74, of Gordonville, formerly of Chaffee, Mo., passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at the family home. He was born Jan. 23, 1938, in Delta, to the late Thomas Carl and Tessie Pauline Copman Estes. He married Emma Duba on May 29, 1959...
Leona Ellis (02/14/12)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Leona Ellis, 72, of Sedgewickville passed away Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at her home. She was born April 21, 1939, in Millersville, daughter of Tony Otto and Alma Lou Fulbright Ates. When Leona was 2 her father passed away and her mother married Albert Kistner, who raised her as his own. She and Jerry Ellis were married May 17, 1957...
Births 2/14/12 (02/14/12)
Son to Andy Lee and Angela Dawn Meyer of Jackson, Southeast Hospital, 7:37 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. Name, Adam Lee. Weight, 9 pounds, 12 ounces. Third child, second son. Mrs. Meyer is the former Angela McConachie, daughter of Kenneth and Kathy McConachie of Cutler, Ill. ...
Cape Girardeau fire report 2/14/12 (02/14/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 2/14/12 (02/14/12)
*** Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts * Rhodes 101, 1624 N. Kingshighway, reported fuel stolen. * Money was reported stolen at 101 N. Kingshighway.
Jackson police and fire report 2/14/12 (02/14/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summons...
Out of the past 2/14/12 (02/14/12)
Fountainbleau Lodge, a state-licensed residential home that opened recently, has plans for expansion; an architect's plan for an addition to the nursing home -- a combination sun room, activity room -- has been approved by the lodge's board of directors...
Rooting for the Redhawks basketball team (02/14/12)
We have long been fans of the Southeast Missouri State University athletics program. We have personally supported a number of Redhawk teams over the years and witnessed many peaks and valleys. Seldom have I been as proud of a Redhawk team as I was recently while watching the basketball team battle the then-undefeated Murray State Racers at Murray, Ky., on a national ESPN telecast...
Valentine's Day (02/14/12)
Today we celebrate Valentine's Day. Many couples will share a meal, send flowers and chocolate, or give a special card to his or her significant other. While love in general is celebrated today, the holiday is centered around marriage. In the third century, Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage. Recognizing this injustice, Valentine, a priest in Rome, continued to marry couples in secret. After finding out about this, Claudius sentenced Valentine to death on Feb. 14 around A.D. 270...
Public's misplaced anger (02/14/12)
Now, since Obama's presidency, all of a sudden folks have gotten mad and want to take America back. Back to what? And where? After the eight years of the Bush/Cheney disaster, now you are mad? You did not get mad when the U.S. Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a president. ...
FBLA district competitions (02/14/12)
On Feb. 9 about 300 high school FBLA students converged at the University Center at Southeast Missouri State to hold their District 15 competitions. These Future Business Leaders of America represented 13 schools from the Cape Girardeau, Scott and Bollinger County area...
Speak Out 2/14/12 (02/14/12)
REALLY? A functioning stoplight at the corner of Old Orchard Road and East Main Street? You've got to be kidding me. What a waste of tax dollars. I have been out of town for the last seven and a half weeks. I just returned home and noticed in the mail that I received my city of Cape Girardeau bill for water and trash pickup, etc. ...
Prayer 2/14/12 (02/14/12)
O Lord Jesus, thank you for dying for our sins, the ultimate example of love. Amen.
Enjoy Nature's Sweetest Treat (02/14/12)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center will host "Maple Sugaring" on Feb. 25 from 1-4p.m. This Discovery Station event is all about the history, equipment and process of making maple syrup and sugar. Discovery Station events are designed to help families make deeper connections to nature and each other. This program is great for all ages and groups. No registration is required and guests are welcome anytime between 1-4p.m...
Scat proves useful in wildlife investigation (02/14/12)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Thursday's Nature Center at Night "Scat" event welcomed guests of all ages who came with a purpose: get the lowdown on some of southeast Missouri's native wildlife and what they leave behind. "Although this is not your typical program topic, studying scat is a great way to let you know what kind of animals live in your area," said Greg Jacobs, a naturalist at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. ...
Trivia Night (02/14/12)
"Trivia Night" in Perryville is Saturday, February 25th at the Perryville Elks Lodge (921 N. Perryville Blvd. Perryville, Mo. 63775). It will be a fun evening out for teams of friends, family, or co-workers, to get together to answer fun trivia questions. The doors will open at 6:30 pm and the game will start at 7:00 pm...
Kiwanis Club of Jackson joins fight to save lives (02/14/12)
The Kiwanis Club of Jackson is joining forces with Kiwanis members across the globe in an effort to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a painful disease that kills one baby every nine minutes, or 160 newborns each day. The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus is a global campaign that will save and protect the lives of millions of mothers and their future babies. ...
Snowbunny (02/14/12)
The college kids must have had fun building this life-size snowbunny.
Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary's Adorable Adoptable (02/14/12)
Celine has quite the lady-like personality! She is a sweet little gal who would love to sit with you on the couch and be petted. Her birthday is July of 2008. Do you have a comfy couch where Celine can join you? She's ready to go enjoy a home where she'll be loved. To view more sweet cats like Celine, please go to safeharboranimalsanctuar.org or call 243-9823 to inquire about a visit to Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary...
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