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Stories from Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Federal historic grants awarded to 3 Mo. cities (03/14/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Three Missouri communities will share more than $62,000 in federal grants for historic preservation projects. The state Department of Natural Resources says the cities are Excelsior Springs, Jefferson City and Poplar Bluff...
In plain sight: Cape works to keep public spaces free of graffiti (03/14/12)
Mike Pruitt started his morning Tuesday as he often does -- a four-mile trek that includes a lengthy stretch along the banks of the scenic Mississippi River. Unfortunately for the Cape Girardeau resident, he also had to see what he often does -- graffiti along the river side of the floodwall that contained drug references, off-color comments and crude drawings...
Man who shot self after Cape Girardeau police chase dies (03/14/12)
Cape Girardeau police have released the name of a man who shot himself after a police chase last week. In an announcement that the chase suspect had died, Cape Girardeau police spokesman Darin Hickey identified the man who led police on the chase as Sean M. Smith, 43, of Cape Girardeau...
Jackson parents express grade system worries (03/14/12)
Jackson elementary school parents with concerns over the district's use of a standards-based grading system called for formation of a citizen advisory group and asked questions of administrators and teachers at Tuesday's school board meeting. Some arguments heard at the board's last meeting Feb. ...
Former Cape Magnet director to take job in Kentucky (03/14/12)
Cape Girardeau Area Magnet executive director Mitch Robinson will return to his home state of Kentucky to head a similar economic development organization there. Robinson, whose annual contract was not renewed in December, has accepted a position as executive director of the Hopkinsville-Christian County Economic Development Council in Hopkinsville, Ky. He will begin his new job April 2...
Letter to warn of alcohol, drug use consequences (03/14/12)
A local coalition has partnered with the Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney's office to help deter underage drinking and substance abuse during prom and high school graduation season. The Southeast Missouri Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will begin sending out letters at the end of the month that outline the dangers of underage alcohol consumption and illicit drug use. ...
Bulk mail customers learn more about Cape Girardeau postal distribution facility closing (03/14/12)
Bulk mail customers in Cape Girardeau learned more about how the U.S. Postal Service plans to change the way it processes mail Tuesday during a meeting at the Osage Centre. Last month, the postal service confirmed its plans to close Cape Girardeau's Richard G. Wilson Processing and Distribution Facility, which employs about 100 people...
Man killed in shootout with troopers identified; trooper recovering (03/14/12)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Officials have identified the man who was killed in a shootout that left a state trooper injured Saturday. Michael D. Thomas, 26, of Dallas, died following an exchange of gunfire with Missouri State Highway Patrol officers around 10 p.m. Saturday. The shooting occurred near the 56 mile marker along Interstate 55...
Cape Girardeau students participate in tornado drill (03/14/12)
LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semissourian.com Cape Girardeau Central High School students duck and cover Tuesday afternoon during a statewide tornado drill. As part of the drill, students vacated the building to the field in Tiger Stadium, as they would if the building had been damaged following a tornado....
Semi hauling milk overturns at McClure (03/14/12)
MCCLURE, Ill. -- A truck hauling milk overturned early Monday morning on Highway 3 in Illinois. Illinois State Police responded to the crash of a semitrailer at about 2:44 a.m. The truck ran off the road and overturned. The driver, Sidney C. Grohmann, 54, of Red Bud, Ill., was taken by Pulaski County EMS to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau with non-life-threatening injuries. The vehicle was towed from the scene, and the crash is under investigation...
Poplar Bluff convenience store robbed at gunpoint (03/14/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Local authorities are searching for a masked man who allegedly robbed a convenience store early Tuesday morning at gunpoint and made off with the money from the store's register. Poplar Bluff police officers responded to a call just before 5:45 a.m. of a robbery at Murphy's Express on South Westwood Boulevard, deputy chief Jeff Rolland said...
City leaders hope to avoid past mistakes on Broadway project (03/14/12)
Almost seven years ago, as road crews spent more than a year widening upper Broadway from Clark Avenue to Houck Place, Cape Girardeau officials got an earful from incensed business owners who insisted that the long construction period was driving customers away...
Route CC in Perry County closed for pipe replacement (03/14/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route CC between County Road 710 and County Road 714 in Perry County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway. Weather permitting, work will be done from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Mississippi River bridge inspection scheduled (03/14/12)
East- and westbound Highway 34/74 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform a bridge inspection. This is the bridge between Cape Girardeau and Illinois. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Monday through March 30. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Governor requests disaster declaration from SBA (03/14/12)
Now that FEMA aid will not be granted to Missouri following the Feb. 29 tornado outbreak, Gov. Nixon has requested a disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration that could allow other assistance to Missouri residents and businesses...
Murder alleged in Doniphan, Mo., shootings, fire (03/14/12)
DONIPHAN, Mo. -- Three people were charged Tuesday with fatally shooting an elderly couple whose bodies were found in their burned-down home in 2010. The charges came after the case was reopened when the same people were charged with a similar crime against another older couple...
Missouri Senate map opponents dismiss federal lawsuit (03/14/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Opponents of redrawn Missouri Senate districts dropped their federal lawsuit Tuesday, bringing some clarity to an otherwise chaotic redistricting process. The plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the federal lawsuit the day after a bipartisan redistricting commission unanimously approved its final Senate map while making some adjustments from an earlier proposal to smooth population differences among the 34 districts. ...
Gettysburg gift store pulls Booth bobblehead dolls (03/14/12)
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Bobblehead dolls of the man who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln have been pulled from sale at the Gettysburg National Military Park visitors' center bookstore. The dolls of John Wilkes Booth with a handgun were removed from shelves on Saturday, a day after a reporter for Hanover's The Evening Sun newspaper asked about them, officials said...
GOP fight now Romney vs. Santorum; Gingrich lags (03/14/12)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The Republican presidential contest rumbled into Puerto Rico Wednesday as a two-man race, with Rick Santorum nipping more aggressively at Mitt Romney's heels after again frustrating the front-runner in Southern primaries...
Love letters reveal Nixon's sensitive side (03/14/12)
Associated Press YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) -- When Richard Nixon first met his future bride, he was so smitten he pined for her night and day, he schemed of romantic getaways and he put it all down in writing. Decades before he became known to some as "Tricky Dick," Nixon was the one penning nicknames (sweet ones) to his future bride in gushy love notes that reveal a surprisingly soft and starry-eyed side of the man taken down by Watergate. ...
Born-again Christians dominate GOP vote in Alabama, Mississippi (03/14/12)
WASHINGTON -- White born-again and evangelical Christians dominated Alabama's and Mississippi's Republican presidential primaries Tuesday, showing up in numbers unsurpassed by any state where voters have been polled so far this year, according to preliminary results of exit polls of voters...
Fed upbeat on economy but will keep record rates (03/14/12)
WASHINGTON -- The job market's gains may endure. Record-low interest rates will, too. Those signals emerged Tuesday from the Federal Reserve after its latest policy meeting. The Fed sketched a slightly sunnier view than it did in January, when it announced a plan to hold short-term rates near zero through 2014 to help the economy...
Killings muddy path for U.S. pullout from Afghanistan (03/14/12)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is only beginning to calculate the pace of troop withdrawals from Afghanistan beyond this summer, facing an endgame fraught with political risk and complicated by shocking setbacks like the alleged U.S. slaughter of Afghan civilians...
Group's ads in five states criticize federal health care law (03/14/12)
LANSING, Mich. -- Democratic senators up for re-election in five states are being targeted by issue ads run by the conservative 60 Plus Association, but one senator being hit says the ads are full of false claims already debunked by independent fact-checkers...
Santorum sweeps primaries in Alabama, Mississippi (03/14/12)
WASHINGTON -- A resurgent Rick Santorum swept to victory in primaries in Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday night, upending the race for the Republican presidential nomination yet again and trying to nudge Newt Gingrich toward the sidelines. Mitt Romney was running third in both states...
Monsanto tests corn developed to withstand drought (03/14/12)
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Seed giant Monsanto Co. plans large-scale tests this year of the first government-approved biotech crop developed to deal with drought. The new corn is being introduced as much of the U.S. remains abnormally dry and areas in the South and Southwest still face severe drought. ...
Stocks record biggest gains of year (03/14/12)
NEW YORK -- Bank stocks turbocharged a rally across the financial markets Tuesday, and all three major stock indexes posted their biggest gains of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 218 points and closed at its highest level since the end of 2007...
Polls give conflicting views of NY Muslim program (03/14/12)
NEW YORK -- Two polls of New Yorkers offered conflicting views Tuesday about the police department's gathering of intelligence on Muslims as it guards the city against another terrorist attack. A survey by Quinnipiac University showed most voters in the city believe police have acted appropriately toward Muslims, while another, broader poll by Baruch College found New Yorkers evenly divided over whether the department should be focusing on Muslims...
Federal prisoners in W. Virginia testing MP3 player program (03/14/12)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- At a federal prison in the mountains of southern West Virginia, hundreds of female inmates are taking part in a pilot program to bring the quality of entertainment behind bars into the 21st century. More than 400 inmates have spent about $70 apiece to buy an MP3 player from the commissary in the Federal Prison Camp at Alderson, then 80 cents to $1.55 per song to customize their playlists from a database offering about 1 million songs...
Today in History (03/14/12)
Today is Wednesday, March 14, the 74th day of 2012. There are 292 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 14, 1962, Democrat Edward M. Kennedy officially launched in Boston his successful candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts once held by his brother, President John F. Kennedy. (Edward Kennedy served in the Senate for nearly 47 years.)...
U.N. official: To have peace in Somalia, invest in children (03/14/12)
DHOBLEY, Somalia -- Adan Abdi worries that the students in his class show too little interest in education. That might be a common complaint among teachers, but Abdi's concerns go further: His students are interested in playing war. Abdi is a teacher in southern Somalia, a region that has been dominated by militia violence for years...
Afghan villagers recount weekend shooting rampage (03/14/12)
BALANDI, Afghanistan -- As bullets flew, the Afghan woman scooped up her 3-year-old niece and ran for their lives. Moments later, the woman was dead and the girl lay bleeding from a gunshot wound. It was the closing scene of a massacre that left 16 civilians, including nine children, dead in two villages in southern Kandahar province...
Nightmare zoo in Indonesia shaken by giraffe death (03/14/12)
SURABAYA, Indonesia -- The tigers are emaciated and the 180 pelicans packed so tightly they cannot unfurl their wings without hitting a neighbor. Last week, a giraffe died with a beachball-sized wad of plastic food wrappers in its belly. That death has focused new attention on the scandalous conditions at Indonesia's largest zoo. Set up nearly a century ago in one the most biologically diverse corners of the planet, it once boasted the most impressive collection in Southeast Asia...
36 dead, dozens missing in Bangladesh ferry crash (03/14/12)
DHAKA, Bangladesh -- A ferry packed with about 200 people collided with a cargo boat and capsized in a Bangladeshi river Tuesday, killing 36 people and leaving dozens more missing. The dead included a young woman found cradling her baby's lifeless body, local police chief Mohammad Shahabuddin Khan said...
Wright guides Scott County Central boys basketball team to final four after recovering from car accident (03/14/12)
SCC coach Kenyon Wright returns his Braves to the final four after being injured in an in-season car accident
Southeast Missourian Player of the week: Scott County Central's LaMarcus Steward (03/14/12)
Senior LaMarcus Steward wasn't ready for his season to end. The Scott County Central guard scored 16 points in the first half alone in the Braves' Class 1 state quarterfinal game against Eminence. He went 8 of 13 (62 percent) from the floor in the half...
Southeast Missouri State baseball team powers past UALR (03/14/12)
Nothing has come easy for the inexperienced Southeast Missouri State baseball team this season. Tuesday's game against visiting Arkansas-Little Rock was a prime example, but the Redhawks didn't mind. They simply were happy to claim a much-needed win...
Bandermann wins indoor triathlon (03/14/12)
Jason Bandermann was the overall winner in the competitive division in the Fitness Plus Indoor Triathlon on March 3. Banderman completed the 300-yard swim, 5-mile bike and 2-mile run in 30 minutes, 45 seconds. The overall competitive division female winner was Gwen Essner, who completed the course in 32:23...
Blackhawks rally, beat Blues in shootout (03/14/12)
CHICAGO (AP) -- Patrick Kane had the only score in a shootout and the Chicago Blackhawks beat NHL-leading St. Louis 4-3 Tuesday night, ending the Blues' five-game winning streak. Kane was the first skater and made a nice fake before beating Jaroslav Halak. Chicago goalie Corey Crawford, who entered the game in the second period after starter Ray Emery was pulled, stopped T.J. Oshie, Andy McDonald and then David Perron in the shootout...
Wainwright throws three shutout innings in Cardinals' 7-1 win vs. Mets (03/14/12)
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Adam Wainwright found a way to get the job done without his best stuff. Wainwright, who is 13 months removed from elbow surgery, pitched around an infield error, a walk and a groundball base hit to keep the Mets scoreless through three innings in his second start of the spring, and the Cardinals rolled to a 7-1 win Tuesday...
Paul Scherer Sr. (03/14/12)
Paul J. Scherer Sr., 92, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. He was born March 3, 1920, in Advance, Mo., to John Aloysius and Bertha Elizabeth Enderle Scherer. He and Alline I. Scheffer were married Feb. 14, 1942, at Charleston, Mo. She preceded him in death Oct. 27, 2010...
Elsie Jones (03/14/12)
Elsie Jean Jones, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, March 11, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. She is formerly of Fredericktown, Mo. Visitation is from 11 a.m. to service time today at Wilson Funeral Home in Fredericktown. The funeral is at 1 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Christian Cemetery in Fredericktown...
Jackson police and fire reports 3/14/12 (03/14/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Firefighters responded to the following call Sunday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 3/14/12 (03/14/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Cape Girardeau fire report 3/14/12 (03/14/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Out of the past 3/14/12 (03/14/12)
A just-released Missouri Attorney General's office memorandum that says that charter cities and counties don't have the authority to enact local right-to-work ordinances has apparently put an end to any consideration of such a measure here. Don Riley, a member of the Cape Girardeau Police Department for 17 years, has opened Riley's Locke, Stock and Barrel, 16 S. Frederick St., turning his gunsmithing hobby into a business...
The wording of poll questions (03/14/12)
Polling has become big business in the political arena. And perhaps, never as scrutinized as this election year. Political polls are a combination of art and science. There's always a mathematic component that gauges the depth of the outcome. But there's an equal issue with the wording of the poll questions...
Creating jobs (03/14/12)
Small businesses are a critical segment of our economy. Whether a global operation or a mom-and-pop store, small businesses, and the visionaries behind them, create jobs and infuse capital in the marketplace. Earlier this month Dr. James Stapleton, executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University, gave a presentation at the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee. ...
Missouri Medicaid program (03/14/12)
I'm writing to bring attention to an unfortunate decision by the state's Medicaid program, MO HealthNet, which denied a contract renewal to our preferred Medicaid health plan. Molina Healthcare is a long-standing, physician-owned company that understands what it means to serve vulnerable patients and its doctors with trust, compassion and fairness. ...
Grave without a headstone (03/14/12)
The politicians that are in office and the ones that are seeking office in 2012, their thought pattern reminds me of the Pharisees, from the things they are saying and doing. The Pharisees during their time were the most influential people and still are. ...
Speak Out 3/14/12 (03/14/12)
THE Pajama Game was simply wonderful. If you didn't have a chance to see it, you missed something really special. The actors were so talented. I couldn't believe they were students. This show was as good as any touring show that has come through the River Campus. Congratulations to everyone involved. Bravo!...
Prayer 3/14/12 (03/14/12)
Thank you, O God, that in all things you work for the good of those who love you. Amen.
Ride of the Week submission (03/14/12)
Make and model: 1964 Chevy Corvette Owner(s): Gary and Paula Thurman Owner's hometown: Rural Oak Ridge Numbers matching 327 cubic inch, 365 horsepower original engine, 4 speed close ratio transmission, Pos. trac. rear. My car's name: none When we were first married, we owned a red 64 Vette but after we were blessed with three children we had to sell the Vette. Always wanted another and finally got it...
American Cancer Society to "Paint the Town Purple" (03/14/12)
Cape Girardeau, MO -The American Cancer Society and SoutheastHEALTH are partnering to "Paint the Town Purple" in celebration of those affected by cancer. Cape County volunteer area groups, churches, and businesses have been working hard in the community fundraising to assist in providing patients programs and services in the county. ...
Soles4Souls Week Begins March 25th (03/14/12)
Southeast Missouri State University's Horticulture Club and Collegiate Farm Bureau are co-sponsoring an initiative to collect new and gently used shoes March 25-April 1 as part of the Soles4Souls shoe campaign. The dedication, enthusiasm, and creativity of the students has been amazing! They spent hours painting the wall mural, where thousands of student pass each week. Great job, students!...
PHS to present Midsummer Night's Dream March 22-24 (03/14/12)
"The course of love never did run smooth." So wrote William Shakespear in 1595, and the sentiment remains true as Perryville High School plans to present his play "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Performances are set for 7 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 22-24 at the PHS Performing Arts Auditorium in the Old Senior High School. Admission is $4 at the door...
Cape County Park South Just After Sunrise (03/14/12)
Sun is up, fog is gone, at Cape County Park South
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (03/14/12)
Bo & Luke are 6 week old shepherd mix puppies. They are available for adoption at the Humane Society, 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org
Foggy Morning in the Park (03/14/12)
Just after sunrise as the fog lifted from the lake at Cape County Park South.
Early Morning at Cape County Park (03/14/12)
Archway of blossoms with lake in the background.
Soles4Souls Week Begins March 25th! (03/14/12)
Your extra pair may be their first! Please bring new, or gently used, shoes to St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Marcy's Planet Shoes, and select locations on the SEMO University campus. 6,379 pairs of shoes were donated last year, so please clean out your closets and make a tangible difference in someone's life! The SEMO Horticulture Club and Collegiate Farm Bureau student organizations are sponsoring Soles4Souls on our campus. ...
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