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Stories from Thursday, March 1, 2012

More violent weather ahead for damaged communities (03/01/12)
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) -- Crews cleared splintered plywood and smashed appliances from small-town neighborhoods Thursday, a day after tornadoes killed 13 people in the Midwest and South. But the forecast held a menacing possibility: More twisters may be coming, and they could be even stronger...
No Cape air show for second straight year (03/01/12)
Since its first year in 1998, the air show has been canceled three times and never in back-to-back years. Make it a fourth. And for the second straight summer. The Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival will not take place this year, with organizers blaming a time-crunch caused by the consideration of expanding the air show's focus...
Journalist says follow dreams, forget about money at annual university lecture (03/01/12)
Award-winning journalist and public relations consultant Byron McCauley spoke to students about the power of dreams Wednesday during Southeast Missouri State University's annual Michael Davis Lecture at Rose Theatre. The annual event held in conjunction with Black History Month gives students the opportunity to mingle with communications professionals who are what Michael Davis hoped to become, said Dr. Tamara Buck...
Victims of deadly Southeast Missouri storms survey damage, clean up (03/01/12)
A strong storm system rolled through Southeast Missouri early Wednesday morning, causing at least one fatality and several injuries. Hail, strong winds and power outages were reported, with some structure damage in the Oak Ridge area. ...
Court date set for former Caruthersville police chief (03/01/12)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A new court date and venue has been set for two former Caruthersville law enforcement officials accused of forgery and stealing thousands of dollars from the Criminal Investigation Fund. Chris Riggs, who resigned as chief of police, and Marcus Hopkins, who resigned at a Bootheel Drug Task Force agent, had requested a change of venue that was approved in January. Both will appear in Dunklin County Circuit Court...
Appeal of Clay Waller's federal sentence filed (03/01/12)
Clay Waller's attorney filed an appeal for his federal sentence on Internet threatening charges Wednesday, but the details of the appeal weren't initially available to the public. Waller was sentenced to five years in prison in January after he pleaded guilty in October to threatening Cheryl Brenneke, his sister-in-law and guardian of his three children, on an Internet message board in July. ...
Lager, lieutenant governor candidate, to speak Friday to Republican women (03/01/12)
State Sen. Brad Lager, the man who hopes to replace Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, will be paying a visit to Kinder's hometown Friday when he is scheduled to be the featured speaker at a meeting of the Cape Girardeau County Republican Women's Club. The program will start at noon Friday following lunch at 11:45 a.m. at Dexter Bar-B-Que in Cape Girardeau...
Former QB Kurt Warner finds lessons on leadership everywhere (03/01/12)
Kurt Warner can find leadership lessons anywhere -- even in the film "300." Speaking to more than 3,000 people at the Show Me Center on Wednesday evening, the former quarterback used clips from the film -- about ancient Greeks fighting the Persians -- to inspire the audience...
First Friday Coffee to feature program on small business (03/01/12)
The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce's First Friday Coffee will feature a program on the role of small business in economic recovery. Dr. James Stapleton, executive director of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will be speaking...
Emergency management position officially established in Scott County (03/01/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- The Scott County Emergency Management Agency is now official. County commissioners approved during their regular meeting Tuesday an ordinance officially establishing the county's emergency management agency and the position of county emergency management director...
Missouri tax assessment lists due today (03/01/12)
Property tax assessment lists for 2012 are due to county assessors in Missouri by the end of business today to avoid penalties. Anyone who owns personal property and has moved county to county should notify both county assessors' offices to report new address changes. Those who have not received an assessment list or need assistance filling out the form can contact their local assessor's office...
Marble Hill, Mo., man seriously injured in Bollinger County accident (03/01/12)
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- A Marble Hill, Mo., man was seriously injured when his truck overturned on Route N near Leopold on Tuesday. Lonnie Brown, 19, was transported to Saint Francis Medical Center after he was ejected from his 1989 Chevrolet S-10 truck, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Around 2 p.m. Tuesday, Brown's truck ran off the right side of the road and when he overcorrected, the truck went off the left side of the road and flipped...
Mo. gov. releases more education funding (03/01/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is releasing more than $5 million that had been withheld from public education because of budget concerns. Nixon's administration cited better-than-expected lottery sales while announcing Wednesday that it was providing an additional $3 million for transportation at K-12 schools and $2.2 million for public colleges and universities...
Employees: Gunmen rob Taco Bell in Poplar Bluff (03/01/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Local authorities are investigating an armed robbery Tuesday night at a local fast-food restaurant, where the alleged suspects took employees hostage and forced the manager to empty the safe and cash registers. At about 10:30 p.m., officers with the Poplar Bluff Police Department were dispatched to Taco Bell Express in the 100 block of South Westwood Boulevard in reference to a robbery, according to Lt. David Sutton...
Highway 51 in Bollinger County reduced for edge rut repairs (03/01/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 51 between Highway 91 to Route N in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane today and Friday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform edge rut repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Tales of chaos after deadly pre-dawn storm (03/01/12)
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) -- Jeff Rann had ample warning that terrible weather was approaching before dawn. A frantic call to his wife from his mother-in-law alerted them to reports that a tornado was barreling down, and Rann heard the deafening wail of storm sirens...
Rams say no to dome plan; will submit their own (03/01/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams have rejected the initial proposal to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome and will submit their own improvement plan, the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission said Thursday. The CVC on Feb. 1 announced details of a plan calling for $124 million in improvements to the dome in an effort to keep the Rams in St. ...
Obama calls governors of states hit by twisters (03/01/12)
NEW YORK (AP) -- President Barack Obama has called the governors of six states recovering from devastating tornados and said he was ready to assist with their needs. The White House says Obama called the governors of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee...
First lady to attend events in KC, St. Louis (03/01/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Michelle Obama will be in Kansas City and St. Louis next week for Democratic Party events. Obama's office said Thursday the first lady is to speak Monday at a Democratic National Committee luncheon in Kansas City, then fly to St. Louis later in the day to speak at a DNC reception. No other details of those appearances were announced...
Debate intensifies over animal undercover filming (03/01/12)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Animal welfare groups reacted with outrage Wednesday after the Iowa Legislature made the state the first to approve a bill making it a crime to surreptitiously get into a farming operation to record video of animal abuse. The groups have urged Gov. Terry Branstad to veto the measure that was overwhelmingly approved Tuesday by the Iowa House and Senate, arguing that the measure would prevent people from publicizing animal abuse...
12 killed as violent storms ravage Midwest, South (03/01/12)
HARRISBURG, Ill. -- A pre-dawn twister flattened entire blocks of homes in a small Illinois town Wednesday as violent storms ravaged the Midwest and South, killing at least 12 people in three states. Winds also ripped through the country music mecca of Branson, Mo., damaging some of the city's famous theaters just days before the start of the busy tourist season...
Missouri House endorses tax amnesty period (03/01/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House gave initial approval Wednesday to a tax amnesty period for delinquent taxpayers in hopes of boosting state tax revenue. Under the amnesty proposal, the state would waive interest and penalties for taxpayers who pay off their bills between Aug. ...
Missouri teacher planning same-sex marriage fired (03/01/12)
NORMANDY, Mo. -- An openly gay music teacher at a Catholic school in suburban St. Louis has been fired after church officials learned he was planning to marry his partner of 20 years. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/zzbfBp ) reported that Al Fischer's Feb. 17 firing from St. Ann Catholic School follows a Jan. 11 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that religious employees of a church cannot sue for employment discrimination...
Mo. House plan would fund higher ed, cut blind aid (03/01/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The top budget writer in the Missouri House is proposing to reverse Gov. Jay Nixon's cuts to public colleges and universities while eliminating a program that provides aid to the blind. House Budget Committee Chairman Ryan Silvey outlined his new budget proposal Wednesday to The Associated Press in advance of distributing copies to fellow lawmakers...
Conservative publisher Breitbart dies in LA at 43 (03/01/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Conservative media publisher and activist Andrew Breitbart, who was behind investigations that led to the resignations of former Rep. Anthony Weiner and former U.S. Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, has died in Los Angeles. He was 43...
Suspect in Ohio school shooting may have used relative's gun (03/01/12)
CHARDON, Ohio -- The teenager suspected in an Ohio school shooting struggled with a broken family and did poorly in school, then appeared to turn himself around once he was taken in by grandparents and began to attend an alternative school, longtime neighbors and friends said Wednesday...
Apple's value passes $500 billion (03/01/12)
NEW YORK -- Apple's market capitalization topped $500 billion Wednesday, climbing to a peak where few companies have ventured -- and none have stayed for long. Apple was already the world's most valuable company. The gap between it and No. 2 Exxon Mobil Corp. has widened rapidly in the past month, as investors have digested Apple's report of blow-out holiday-season sales of iPhones and iPads. And, more recently, Apple has raised investors' hopes that it might institute a dividend...
N. Korea says it will halt nuclear activities (03/01/12)
WASHINGTON -- In an apparent breakthrough in long-stalled negotiations, North Korea has agreed to suspend its uranium enrichment and nuclear and long-range missile tests, the North Koreans and U.S. officials said Wednesday. The United States is to provide food aid in return...
Obama salutes Iraq War vets at formal White House dinner (03/01/12)
WASHINGTON -- With a formal dinner for the few, President Barack Obama on Wednesday paid solemn tribute to the many. The president who opposed the Iraq War from its outset thanked those who fought its battles by sitting down to a candlelit meal with a small cross section of the million-plus who served there over the past nine years...
News International executive chair resigns from post (03/01/12)
LONDON -- Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. said James Murdoch is stepping down as executive chairman of the company's U.K. newspaper arm. News Corp. said Wednesday James Murdoch has relinquished his position to focus on the company's international TV business...
Today in History (03/01/12)
Today is Thursday, March 1, the 61st day of 2012. There are 305 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 1, 1932, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, N.J. (Remains identified as those of the child were found the following May.)...
Egypt lifts travel ban on 7 U.S. workers (03/01/12)
CAIRO -- Egypt lifted a travel ban Wednesday on seven Americans charged with fomenting unrest by working for illegally funded pro-democracy groups, signaling an end to the worst crisis in Egypt-U.S. relations in 30 years. The clash put $1.5 billion in annual American aid to Egypt at risk and sparked intense behind-the-scenes negotiations between the two countries to find a way out...
St. Joseph's ousts Jackson girls in Class 5 girls basketball sectional (03/01/12)
The Jackson girls basketball team fell to St. Joseph's Academy in a Class 5 sectional Wednesday.
Cape Central boys basketball team falters in sectional (03/01/12)
The Cape Central boys basketball team fell to CBC in a Class 5 sectional Wednesday.
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team advances at OVC tournament (03/01/12)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team defeated Eastern Kentucky 75-65 on Wednesday in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.
Zink doubles home winner in eighth for Southeast Missouri State baseball team (03/01/12)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team defeated visiting Hannibal-LaGrange 6-5 on Wednesday.
Missouri men's basketball team claws past Iowa State 78-72 (03/01/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri seemed to be caught up in the emotions of senior night Wednesday. Its porous defense allowed a flurry of 3-pointers by Iowa State that had the seventh-ranked Tigers trailing for most of the game. But when Missouri's Steve Moore dived to corral a rebound midway through the second half, it provided a spark the Tigers would capitalize on en route to a 78-72 victory that clinched the No. 2 seed in next week's Big 12 tournament...
Who's next 3/1/12 (03/01/12)
honors, achievements n Dustin Haupt of Cape Girardeau was inducted into the student chapter of the Jesuit Honor Society Alpha Sigma Nu at Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Neb. Scholarships -- From staff reports...
Hooked on Science: Baking soda and vinegar explosion (03/01/12)
Watch the chemical reaction that happens when you mix together baking soda and vinegar inside of a zip-top bag. STEP 2: Fill the zip-top bag one-fourth of the way with vinegar. STEP 3: Drop the paper towel square into the bag. Holding the bag over the trash can, close it and observe...
Students help clean up at storm-damaged Oak Ridge school (03/01/12)
They had Wednesday off, but they didn't sleep in or sit around playing video games. Many students from Oak Ridge High School instead pulled on their boots or an old pair of tennis shoes, grabbed a jacket and headed out the door to help clean up debris from the yards of family, neighbors or the school grounds after an early Wednesday morning storm caused widespread damage...
what's neXt 3/1/12 (03/01/12)
"The Artist," rated PG-13 @ Cape West 14 Cine "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," rated PG @ Cape West 14 Cine "Project X," rated R @ Cape West 14 Cine SATURDAY Sunday "Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition" PS3 X360 "PokePark 2: Wonders Beyond" Wii...
Singer Davy Jones of The Monkees dies in Florida at 66 (03/01/12)
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Davy Jones, the diminutive heartthrob who rocketed to the top of the 1960s music charts by beckoning millions of adoring fans with The Monkees, died Wednesday. He was 66. His publicist, Helen Kensick, confirmed that Jones died of a heart attack near his home in Indiantown. Jones complained of breathing troubles early in the morning and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, said Rhonda Irons, spokeswoman of the Martin County sheriff's office...
Lady Gaga visits Harvard campus to launch her foundation (03/01/12)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Lady Gaga caused quite a sensation Wednesday on Harvard University's campus. The singer was at the school to launch her Born This Way Foundation with Oprah Winfrey and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius...
Cadence Lewis (03/01/12)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Cadence Marie Lewis was stillborn Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She is the daughter of Kimberly Poole of Tamms and Kenneth Ray Lewis III of Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms...
Adolph Kupferer (03/01/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Adolph F. Kupferer, 91, of St. Louis was baptized into the hope of Christ's resurrection Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. Beloved husband of the late Bonnie L. Buescher Kupferer; loving father of Nan (Bob) Beussink, Mark Kupferer and Bill Kupferer; proud grandfather of Evelyn (Matt) Martin, Jeremy Beussink, David (Shannon) Kupferer and Tim Kupferer; dear great-grandfather of Kaitlyn and Madelyn...
Leo Klump (03/01/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Leo Thomas Klump, 81, of Perryville died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. He was born Nov. 22, 1930, in Perryville, to Cletus E. and Stella B. Sutterer Klump. He and Betty Blechle were married May 14, 1960, in Perryville...
Monsignor Philip Bucher (03/01/12)
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- Monsignor Philip Bucher, 76, of New Hamburg died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M. He was born Dec. 31, 1935, in New Hamburg, to Philip S. and Leocadia Dirnberger Bucher. Bucher was ordained a priest March 18, 1961, and served as pastor of Missouri parishes at St. ...
Births 3/1/12 (03/01/12)
Son to Carl Robert and Jamie Leanne Kurtz Jr. of Cypress, Ill., Saint Francis Medical Center, 7:31 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. Name, Cameron James. Weight, 4 pounds, 4 1/2 ounces. First child. Mrs. Kurtz is the former Jamie Temke, daughter of George Temke of Olmsted, Ill., and Tammy Moake of Cypress. Kurtz is the son of Carl Kurtz Sr. of Mounds, Ill., and Maria Agbayani-Hill of Nixa, Mo. He is serving in the U.S. Air Force...
Jackson police and fire reports 3/1/12 (03/01/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Cape Girardeau fire report 3/1/12 (03/01/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 3/1/12 (03/01/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Southeast Missouri State University The Department of Public Safety released the following item. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Out of the past 3/1/12 (03/01/12)
The congregation of First Pentecostal Church honors the Rev. and Mrs. John E. Gourley for 19 years of service to the church; the couple came to Cape Girardeau in 1968; he served as co-pastor for several years before assuming the pastorate in 1978 at the death of the Rev. A.J. Johnson...
Paul Walker (03/01/12)
Do you enjoy reading The Best Years (TBY) or Business Today? If so, the Southeast Missourian's Paul Walker is one person to thank. Walker, who's had a 45-year career in the advertising business, the last 25 with the Southeast Missourian, was recognized Friday night with the Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals' Silver Medal Award. ...
Speak Out 3/1/12 (03/01/12)
I agree with the two comments posted in the Feb. 20 edition of the Southeast Missourian about how unnecessary a roundabout is at Route W and Lexington Avenue, or anywhere else in Cape Girardeau for that matter. This is not London. Pave the streets instead, especially at the intersection of Broadway and Main Street. ...
Prayer 3/1/12 (03/01/12)
O Lord Jesus, we praise you, for you are our healer. Amen.
Cape Board Member achieves advanced certification (03/01/12)
Mr. Don Call, a member of the Cape Girardeau Board of Education, has achieved Advanced Certification in the Missouri School Boards' Association certified board member program. The program established by MSBA helps local school board members master the knowledge and skills they need to function as effective educational leaders in their communities...
CCTP Speaker Series - Bill Federer - 3/3 (03/01/12)
The Cape County Tea Party (CCTP) invites you to join us on 3 Saturdays in March for an informative Speakers Series. The events will be held at the Osage Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on Saturdays (3/3, 3/24, 3/31) at 7:00pm Bill Federer will kick off the series on March 3rd at 7:00pm. ...
Revised Press Release (03/01/12)
I am deeply sorry, I realized that while writing the previous press release I mixed information from two different venues together. Here is the corrected information and I apologize again. The remarkable repertoire of piano pieces composed by notable pianist Giuseppe Lupis is coming to Cape Girardeau. ...
SMASH: Cape's Volleyball Learning Program (03/01/12)
Beginning this March, Cape Girardeau's Parks and Recreation Department will be offering a chance for children to have fun and learn the fundamentals of volleyball. S.M.A.S.H., which stands for Serve, Move, Attack, Set, Hit, gives boys and girls the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of volleyball while applying the training to games with their team...
Good Samaritan: David Barberis Sr. (03/01/12)
David does his best to entertain all residents at the Luthern Home, Jackson Manor, Cheateau Girardeau, Veterans Home and Chaffee Nursing Center. I have seen some of these residents come (alive) when the music starts. Some can only move one hand to keep time with the music but they do. ...
Good Samaritan: Mike Gast (03/01/12)
I live in a rural area and have some very good neighbors, but one is outstanding. In the spring of 2003, my husband had open heart surgery. Mike Gast started doing our yard work, was available to watch our dogs, to help my husband get in and out of the car and to help get him up when he fell. ...
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