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Stories from Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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. ...
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.
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...
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...
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.)...
Report: Russia, Ukraine foiled plot to kill Putin (02/28/12)
MOSCOW -- Security forces have foiled a Chechen-linked plot to assassinate Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, state television reported Monday in a broadcast likely to boost support for Putin's bid to regain the presidency. Other candidates immediately questioned the timing of the report, which comes just days before Sunday's presidential election and as Putin and his United Russia party face unprecedented protests following a scandal-marred parliamentary election in December...
Saxony Lutheran girls basketball team reaches district final (02/28/12)
PARK HILLS, Mo. -- Woodland closed within nine points with a third-quarter run Monday. But the upset-minded Saxony Lutheran girls basketball team coolly responded with back-to-back 3-pointers to seize the momentum. "It felt good to get the comfort in there," said Saxony Lutheran junior Lauren Hecht, who hit the second 3...
Scott City girls basketball team loses in district semifinals (02/28/12)
PARK HILLS, Mo. -- The lull came at a horrible time. Scott City failed to hit a field goal in the third quarter, which allowed top-seeded West County to pull away Monday. The host Bulldogs outscored the Rams by 15 points in the quarter and rolled to a 56-30 victory in a Class 3 District 3 semifinal...
High school roundup: Meadow Heights girls basketball team cruises into district final (02/28/12)
All the local high school events reported Monday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State players draw OVC baseball honors (02/28/12)
Southeast will host Hannibal-LaGrange for a two-game series
Kenseth wins Daytona 500 after fire and rain (02/28/12)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- There was rain, fire, soap suds and fog in the most bizarre Daytona 500 in history. When it was all over, Matt Kenseth was the only sure thing. It wasn't even close. Kenseth capped a crazy 36 hours for NASCAR by winning the first postponed Daytona 500 in 55 editions of the marquee event. ...
Cardinals' starting rotation looks formidable (02/28/12)
JUPITER, Fla. -- Former NL Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter is on track to be the St. Louis Cardinals' opening day starter, former 20-game winner Adam Wainwright is back from reconstructive elbow surgery, Jaime Garcia is a top left-hander and underrated Kyle Lohse led the staff in victories and ERA...
Local nurse writes book on being a caregiver (02/28/12)
Sharon E. Hohler knows the stress and problems that come with being a caregiver. In her book, "Caregiver's Guide: Care for Yourself While You Care for Your Loved Ones," Hohler shares her experiences and provides information for others who might find themselves undertaking the same responsibilities...
Bat flu: Scientists are unsure as to its effect on humans (02/28/12)
ATLANTA -- For the first time, scientists have found evidence of flu in bats, reporting a never-before-seen virus whose risk to humans is unclear. The surprising discovery of genetic fragments of a flu virus is the first well-documented report of it in the winged mammals. So far, scientists haven't been able to grow it, and it's not clear if -- or how well -- it spreads...
Study offers clear evidence that colonoscopy cuts colon cancer death risk (02/28/12)
LOS ANGELES -- Millions of people have endured a colonoscopy, believing the dreaded exam may help keep them from dying of colon cancer. For the first time, a major study offers clear evidence that it does. Removing precancerous growths spotted during the test can cut the risk of dying from colon cancer in half, the study suggests. ...
U.K. police: The Sun had a culture of illegal payments (02/28/12)
LONDON -- Rupert Murdoch's top-selling U.K. tabloid, The Sun, had a culture of making illegal payments to corrupt public officials in return for stories, a senior police officer said Monday, as Murdoch announced that the paper's first-ever Sunday edition had sold more than 3 million copies...
Dorothy Williams (02/28/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Dorothy Lee Lambert Williams, 79, of Searcy, Ark., died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born Feb. 13, 1933, in Sikeston, to the late Reno and Flora Mae Lambert...
Chuck Miller (02/28/12)
KELSO, Mo. — Charles L. "Chuck" Miller, 75, of Kelso died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel of Scott City is in charge of arrangements.
Leona Lintner (02/28/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Leona W. Lintner, 94, of Perryville died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at Independence Care Center of Perry County. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Young and Sons Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville, with the Rev. Matthew Marks officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery...
Roy Bollinger (02/28/12)
Roy A. Bollinger, 96, of Jackson died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.
J.B. Malone (02/28/12)
J.B. Malone, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at his home. There is no service. Crain Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
David Kennedy (02/28/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- David Kennedy, 73, of Anna died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Crain Funeral Home in Anna. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with Kim Capel officiating. Burial will be in Anna City Cemetery...
Gene Sample (02/28/12)
C.E. "Gene" Sample, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Feb. 12, 1926, in Sedgewickville, Mo., to William R. and Reva G. Niswonger Sample. He and Ruth M. Kasten were married Oct. 17, 1948, at Pocahontas...
Sgt. Joshua Born (02/28/12)
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Sgt. Joshua A. Born, 25, of Niceville, Fla., died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, while serving our country in Afghanistan. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home. To leave online condolences, visit www.crainsonline.com...
Mary Latham (02/28/12)
FLORISSANT, Mo. -- Mary Lou Bollinger Latham, 75, of Florissant passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at the Trauma Center of Christian Northwest Hospital in Florissant. She was born Jan. 27, 1937, in the Hooe community, daughter of Bernie E. and Elsie Viola Crader Bollinger. Mary Lou attended Benton, Mo., public schools, graduating with the class of 1954. On Aug. 14, 1955, at Unity Baptist Church near Benton, she and Robert L. Latham were united in marriage...
Rylee Bollinger (02/28/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Rylee Sue Bollinger, 2, passed away Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 9, 2009, daughter of Kelly Bollinger and Jessica Shipley. Survivors include her father and stepmother, Kelly and Tiffany Bollinger of Chaffee, Mo.; mother, Jessica Shipley of Marble Hill; two brothers, Kelly Paul Jr. ...
Cape Girardeau police report 2/28/12 (02/28/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs...
Jackson police and fire report 2/28/12 (02/28/12)
Summonses Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Out of the past 2/28/12 (02/28/12)
Attired in his new Oak Ridge Elementary School sweatshirt, Gov. John Ashcroft spoke to pupils at the school yesterday, part of his series of school visits that began in November. Both the Indians and the Otahkians of Southeast Missouri State University advance into the NCAA basketball tournament; the Indians withstand a late three-point shooting flurry to post a 77-74 win over the Lincoln Blue Tigers, thereby advancing into the NCAA Division II South Central Regional; the Otahkians trounce Central Missouri State 78-55 to advance.. ...
K9 heroes (02/28/12)
As heart-wrenching as it is to lose a friend or family member, it's also devastating to not know whether a missing person is dead or alive, what happened to the person or where his or her remains are located. For the past year this community and the nation have watched as law enforcement, friends, family members and others have searched for Jacque Waller, who has been missing since June 1. ...
Eliminating the state income tax (02/28/12)
Kansas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Arkansas, as well as Missouri with the boldest plan of all, are moving toward reducing and eliminating the state income tax to make them more competitive as a business-friendly development state similar to no income tax states like neighboring Texas and Tennessee. ...
Tax cut not paid for (02/28/12)
Hold everything! There is too much celebration over the big compromise between Democrats and Republicans to extend the payroll tax cut and continue the unemployment benefits. Why? Because the deal is not paid for. The $150 billion costs are simply added to the annual deficit and the public debt. The deal just moves us closer to government default on the public debt and the mob rule that will soon follow...
Obama is for democracy (02/28/12)
Obama does not want to dictate what happens in your bedroom. He wants to make sure that every woman, no matter whom they are employed by, can get birth control, like oral contraceptives, if they choose. Anyhow, terrorists are not as much at our borders as they used to be...
Speak Out 2/28/12 (02/28/12)
AS a local pastor, I'm against gay marriage. This doesn't mean I'm against gay people. I still believe marriage is between a man and a woman. If Missouri ever approves a bill making gay marriage or civil unions or domestic partnership legal, I still have an option to say, "Ask someone else to perform your service." No law can force me to marry anyone...
Prayer 2/28/12 (02/28/12)
O Lord Jesus, may we walk in light, as you are in the light. Amen.
Opening Reception: Randy Slinkard and Jan VonBokel (02/28/12)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO-- This Friday, Mar. 2, from 5 to 9 p.m., the Southeast Missouri Arts Council will be hosting a reception for artists Jan VonBokel and Randy Slinkard. Their exhibits will be on display until Mar. 31 in the Lorimier Gallery and Gallery 100 at the Arts Council, and will feature many large abstract pieces, as well as some smaller items such as pillows, and clothing made using textiles that display abstract prints...
Upcoming Events for Writers At Heritage Museum (02/28/12)
Dr. Bonnie Stepenoff announces upcoming events for writers. The Writing Your Own History Group will meet at noon on Wednesday March 7 at the Cape River Heritage Museum, 538 Independence Stree Cape Girardeau, to plan the next Heartland Heritage Anthology and talk about the art and craft of writing about Southeast Missouri's life and culture. Poets, humorists, historians, story tellers, and people who love words are invited to come, join the conversation, and read from their works in progress...
Good Samaritan: Steve Lee (02/28/12)
We would like to nominate our neighbor, Mr. Steve Lee, for your Good Samaritan Award. He certainly fits this title and we are blessed to have him as a neighbor and friend. Here are just a few of the things he does to help others: Just recently Cape had a snow, we woke up to a strange noise, and it was Steve Lee blowing snow off our drive way and our neighbors' drive way. ...
Good Samaritan: Alma Schrader Elementary School (02/28/12)
Emma Weller-Stilson, reporter at Alma Schrader, did a great job with her coverage of "It's Lots A Love For Lots A Children" in the February issue of the Southeast Missourian JR. Bethany Baptist Church is honored to be a Community Sponsor of Alma Schrader and our members are so proud of all Alma Schrader students and staff as they provided so generously for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The goal was $30.00 , but they raised more than $600.00! WOW!...
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