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Stories from Friday, March 16, 2012

Ill. appeals rejection of FEMA storm aid (03/16/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The state of Illinois pushed anew Friday for federal disaster aid for five counties ravaged by deadly tornadoes, hoping to reverse the Federal Emergency Management Agency's decision to deny the relief on grounds that damage estimates weren't enough to merit the help...
Acts for 60th Sikeston rodeo announced (03/16/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The four entertainment acts for this year's Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo all have one thing in common -- the energy the organization expects them to bring to this year's event. Acts for the 60th annual rodeo were announced Thursday at the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon. They are The Band Perry, Aug. 8; Jerrod Niemann, Aug. 9; Easton Corbin, Aug. 10; and Justin Moore, Aug. 11...
Missouri's GOP presidential caucuses to take place Saturday (03/16/12)
The Republican battle for Missouri's 52 presidential delegates may begin in earnest on Saturday, but don't expect a winner to be declared that day. Unlike a winner-takes-all binding presidential primary, the county-level caucuses essentially constitute the first round of what even party leaders agree is a confusing and convoluted process...
Lawsuits hope to curtail nutrient runoff feeding 'dead zone' in Gulf of Mexico (03/16/12)
Environmentalists are escalating their fight against a growing area in the Gulf of Mexico where excessive algae is choking out marine life. Much of what feeds the algae in the "dead zone" comes from farms in Missouri and Illinois. Forcing the EPA to reduce nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin is the goal of two lawsuits filed this week by a coalition of environmental groups...
Assessor candidates make case to public at GOP forum (03/16/12)
Answering questions that ranged from managing employees to their opinions on property values, the three candidates who want to become Cape Girardeau County's next assessor took their case to the public Thursday night at a forum sponsored by a local Republican organization...
Suspect in New Madrid shooting held in Texas (03/16/12)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A man was wanted for a Tuesday shooting in New Madrid has been arrested in Texas. New Madrid police chief Claude McFerren said the man, whose name is not being released, is being held in Allen, Texas, on a $50,000 cash bond pending his extradition to Missouri...
Blunt: FEMA may be justified in denying disaster declaration (03/16/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Sen. Roy Blunt said he is looking into FEMA's rejection of a disaster declaration for Missouri in the wake of last month's deadly tornadoes but admitted the agency may have good reason to turn Missouri down for direct aid.
Natural gas supplier Atmos bought by Canadian company (03/16/12)
Natural gas customers in Jackson and throughout the Bootheel will see a new company name on their bills but the faces they've been used to at Atmos Energy will stay the same. The Missouri Public Service Commission this week approved a deal allowing natural gas systems owned by Atmos Energy
Water closes several Cape Girardeau County roads (03/16/12)
Cape Girardeau County announced the closure of several county roads Friday in response to high water from recent rainfall. According to a news release from the county, the following roads are closed: Updated information on road closings will be posted online at www.capecounty.us as they become available...
Cape County Commission will not allow metal scavenging (03/16/12)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission decided Thursday that metal scavengers would not be allowed to scan the county courthouse grounds for items of historical or monetary value. County Clerk Kara Clark Summers brought a request to the commission on behalf of a local man who said he would turn over any items of historical value to the county...
Rules proposed for Mo. hall of fame in reaction to Limbaugh controversy (03/16/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- House Democrats are proposing formal criteria and a requirement for bipartisan approval before people are inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians -- a reaction to criticism of the selection of Rush Limbaugh for the honor...
Former Jackson educator withdraws from public administrator race (03/16/12)
With less than two weeks until the filing period ends, Jackson resident Larry Shoaf has dropped his bid for Cape Girardeau County public administrator, saying there are other candidates better qualified to do the job. That narrows the field to 11 who hope to replace Phyllis Schwab and provide care for the county's roughly 150 residents who have, for various reasons, been deemed unable to care for themselves...
Man gets 30 years for sodomy (03/16/12)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A man charged with sodomizing a child will spend the next 30 years in prison. Jonathan T. Ervin, whose address is listed as Benton in online court records, was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Fred Copeland. Ervin was found guilty of statutory sodomy following a jury trial Jan. 26 and 27. The jury deliberated about 45 minutes before returning the guilty verdict...
Candidate questionnaire: Paul R. "Butch" Flentge (03/16/12)
NAME: Paul R. "Butch" Flentge AGE: 79 PLACE OF BIRTH: Perryville, MO SPOUSE, CHILDREN'S NAMES: Marilyn Flentge, wife Paul Flentge Kim Flentge Jay Flentge Tom Flentge Jean Schaaf Joan Foust Jerry Flentge Jane Huett Jeff Flentge OCCUPATION: retired milk distributor...
Candidate questionnaire: Mike Light (03/16/12)
NAME: mike light AGE: 48 PLACE OF BIRTH: st louis SPOUSE, CHILDREN'S NAMES: wife linda light daughter nicole meyer oak ridge class2003 sons garret light class 2010 jacob light class 2012 OCCUPATION: owner & operator of mike light cement finishing since 1997...
Protest planned for today near Limbaugh's floodwall mural (03/16/12)
A Doniphan, Mo., woman is hoping for a big turnout for a protest she's planning for 11 a.m. today near Rush Limbaugh's floodwall mural along Water Street in Cape Girardeau. Dee Garrison isn't sure how many people will attend, but she's invited as many of her "progressive women" friends as she could think of. ...
Roadwork planned on North Broadview Street in Cape (03/16/12)
The Cape Girardeau Public Works Department will begin concrete slab repair and replacement on North Broadview Street at the intersection with Independence Street today. Only a portion of the street will be closed, and traffic will be detoured through Arena Park. ...
Highway 51 in Bollinger County reduced for bridge work (03/16/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 51 in Bollinger County will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make bridge repairs. The bridge is between County Road 800 and County Road 802 and will be controlled by temporary signals 24 hours a day. ...
Creating your March band brackets (03/16/12)
March Madness is here, that captivating time of year when 68 NCAA basketball teams set out on the road to the Final Four in their quest for a championship. This year's tournament gets underway this week, and is in that spirit every year that I, being a music lover, think about the greatest bands in history, how they would match up, and who would take the title as March Bandness champion...
Judge considers lawsuit over Mo. voter ID measure (03/16/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Critics on Friday challenged the ballot summary for a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution that would clear the way to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.
Peck Ranch refuge off limits to turkey hunters (03/16/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Turkey hunters in south central Missouri will have to stay away from the Peck Ranch Conservation Area's refuge for the second straight year. The Missouri Department of Conservation is making the area off limits to hunters during the spring turkey season due to the arrival of another group of elk from their capture sight in Kentucky. The department wants the elk to acclimate to their new surroundings without the stress of possible human contact...
Webcam shows live falcon nest in St. Louis (03/16/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A webcam has been set up in St. Louis to let the public watch peregrine falcons raising chicks in a nest. The Missouri Department of Conservation says the video camera is recording the birds' activities at their nest at Ameren Missouri's Sioux Energy Center in St. Louis...
Neighbors say Afghan attack suspect was family man (03/16/12)
LAKE TAPPS, Wash. (AP) -- Neighbors of a Washington state man accused of gunning down 16 Afghan women and children in a nighttime rampage describe him as a family man, playing with his two kids outside his home. Reporters swarmed a neighborhood in a rural, wooded community about 35 miles south of Seattle, as attorney John Henry Browne confirmed the suspect, his client, was Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales from Lake Tapps, Wash...
Suspect in killing of Afghan civilians identified (03/16/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior U.S. official says the soldier accused in the killing of 16 Afghan civilians is Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation into an incident that has roiled relations with Afghanistan...
Former Ill. gov. Rod Blagojevich begins 14-year prison term (03/16/12)
LITTLETON, Colo. -- Convicted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich never allowed himself to even think about spending the next decade of his life behind bars. Less than an hour before he began serving his 14-year sentence on corruption charges, he could hardly say that word: "prison."...
Santorum: Never said only English for Puerto Rico (03/16/12)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Rick Santorum came to Puerto Rico and promptly waded into the emotional debate over the role English should play in the island's future, sparking a furor that led the former Pennsylvania senator to insist his remarks were misreported.
Job recovery continuing in March (03/16/12)
WASHINGTON -- A resurgent U.S. job market that has lifted the economy appears to be enduring. Factories in the Northeast kept hiring in early March, and the number of people applying for unemployment aid fell back to a four-year low. The economy is adding jobs at a time when inflation remains relatively mild outside higher gas prices...
S&P index cracks 1,400 for first time since 2008 (03/16/12)
NEW YORK -- The stock market cleared another barrier Thursday in its long recovery from the recession: The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 1,400 for the first time since June 2008. The Dow Jones industrial average, driven higher like the rest of the market by more good economic news, set a four-year high. It climbed 58.66 points to finish at 13,252.76, its highest close since the last day of 2007...
Arizona may relax employer contraceptive coverage mandate (03/16/12)
PHOENIX -- Women in Arizona trying to get reimbursed for birth control drugs through their employer-provided health plan could be required to prove that they are taking it for a medical reason such as acne, rather than to prevent pregnancy. A bill nearing passage in the Republican-led legislature allows all employers, not just religious institutions, to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage when doing so would violate their religious or moral beliefs...
Today in History (03/16/12)
Today is Friday, March 16, the 76th day of 2012. There are 290 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 16, 1912, future first lady Pat Nixon was born Thelma Catherine Ryan in Ely, Nev. On this date: In A.D. 37, Roman emperor Tiberius died; he was succeeded by Caligula...
Taliban talks off; Karzai tells NATO to pull back (03/16/12)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The American campaign in Afghanistan suffered a double blow Thursday: The Taliban broke off talks with the U.S., and President Hamid Karzai said NATO should pull out of rural areas and speed up the transfer of security responsibilities to Afghan forces nationwide in the wake of the killing of 16 civilians...
Scott County Central boys basketball team routs Glasgow 78-48 in Class 1 semis (03/16/12)
SCC set the tone from the start with its pressure defense Thursday. It forced 18 turnovers in the first half to build a 23-point advantage at the intermission.
Scott County Central boys basketball team will face Drexel for state championship (03/16/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Dominique Porter already owns two state championship titles, and the Scott County Central senior plans to do nothing to jeopardize a third. "I mean I ain't going to be anti-social, but I'm not going to overdo it or stay up later or anything," he said. "I'm going to get in bed at a good time. Just get focused."...
Scott County Central boys basketball team uses quickness, heart to attack boards in semifinal (03/16/12)
The Scott County Central boys basketball team outrebounded Galsgow in their Class 1 state semifinal Thursday.
Slow-starting Steward shines again for Scott County Central (03/16/12)
The senior scored a game-high 24 points in Saturday's semifinal win.
No. 15 seed Norfolk St stuns No. 2 Missouri 86-84 (03/16/12)
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Welcome to the NCAA tournament, Norfolk State. Might as well stick around a while. Kyle O'Quinn had 26 points and 14 rebounds, making several key plays in the closing minutes, and the gritty No. 15 seed Spartans held on through a tense final minute to topple second-seeded Missouri 86-84 on Friday in the West Regional...
Southeast Missouri State softball team splits doubleheader (03/16/12)
The Southeast Missouri State softball team came close to sweeping its second road doubleheader in as many days. But host Evansville scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of Thursday's nightcap to beat the Redhawks 5-4 and snap their four-game winning streak...
Southeast Missouri State baseball team visits New Mexico State (03/16/12)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team will be more than 1,200 miles from Cape Girardeau today when it opens a three-game series against New Mexico State. The Redhawks, making their longest trip in distance this season, bused roughly two hours to St. Louis on Thursday, flew to Albuquerque, N.M., and then bused approximately three hours to Las Cruces, N.M., where they will face their Western Athletic Conference opponent...
Hurricanes goalie reaches milestone in win vs. Blues (03/16/12)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Cam Ward couldn't have picked a better way to record his 200th NHL victory. The Carolina Hurricanes goalie stopped 40 shots Thursday night to reach the milestone, shutting out the NHL-leading St. Louis Blues with a 2-0 victory...
Cardinals use bases-loaded triple to beat Red Sox (03/16/12)
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Shane Robinson hit a bases-loaded triple in the eighth inning to chase Boston pitcher Daniel Bard, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Red Sox 9-6 on Thursday. Bard, trying to convert to a starter after serving as Boston's setup man, allowed seven earned runs in 2 2/3 innings...
OVC champion Murray State advances in NCAA tournament (03/16/12)
Murray State improved to 31-1 with a 58-41 win against Colorado State
The wonderful world of words (03/16/12)
I've been a reader most of my life -- but not all of it. I remember my mother reading to me before I learned to read. And I remember Mrs. Rayfield's voice when I and other first-graders at the one-room Shady Nook School first heard:"Dick. See Dick. See Dick run."...
TSO's Paul O'Neill tells SE Live how the band wants to be different (03/16/12)
The world-renowned Trans-Siberian Orchestra (commonly referred to as TSO) was founded in 1996 by Paul O'Neill and has earned a reputation for stunning live performances. The band's musical style incorporates progressive rock, symphonic metal, and heavy metal with influences from classical music. TSO has recorded and performed renditions of traditional Christmas songs, which have been among its most popular works...
Best Bet 3/16/12 (03/16/12)
International guitar champion Mark Kroos will perform two benefit concerts in Cape Girardeau next week. Last year, Kroos took first in Guitar Player magazine's International Guitar Superstar Competition. He plays both single-neck and double neck guitars using a tapping technique that involves both hands fretting the strings, instead of the usual one hand. ...
Green day downtown (03/16/12)
The time has come again; everything turns green (even the beer), the "luck of the Irish" is highlighted and people hit downtown for the St. Patrick's Day pub-crawl. This year's celebration in downtown Cape Girardeau will get going at 6 p.m. Saturday and feature 10 bars and several local bands. Misty Thrower, owner of pub crawl participant Bel Air Bar and Grill, calls the crawl a "special event."...
‘Tenor' a fun farce (03/16/12)
In theater, a farce is a comedy that aims at entertaining the audience by means of unlikely, extravagant and improbable situations. All of this and more are on tap at the River Campus the next two weekends. "Lend Me a Tenor," which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 22 to 24 and March 29 to 31 in the Rust Theatre at the River Campus, is set up as a madcap, screwball comedy that takes place in the 1930s...
Margie Sykes (03/16/12)
ANNA, Ill. — Margie Langston Sykes, 89, of Anna died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Anna Rehab and Care Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Anna.
Ella Seiser (03/16/12)
Ella Dorothy Weber Seiser, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Heartland Care and Rehab. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Lorimier Cemetery. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Richard Craft (03/16/12)
Richard G. Craft, 79, of Jackson died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with the Rev. John Rhodes officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Baptist Cemetery near Pocahontas...
Marie Forsythe (03/16/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Anna Marie Forsythe, 91, of Sikeston died Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 3, 1920, in Lilbourn, Mo., to James B. and Nellie Elliott Ward. She and Robert Forsythe were married April 18, 1939, in Charleston, Mo. He preceded her in death Feb. 17, 2001...
Joyce Seesing (03/16/12)
Joyce Kirkland Seesing, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Oct. 13, 1921, in Waco, Texas, to Lewis Vernon and Sally Pearl Pennington Kirkland. She and John T. Seesing were married Nov. 15, 1947, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Waco. He preceded her Oct. 28, 2010...
Births 3/16/12 (03/16/12)
Daughter to Scott Andrew and Jennifer Dawn Dickerson of Jackson, Saint Francis Medical Center, 6:58 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2012. Name, Ariel Nikole. Weight, 7 pounds, 7 ounces. Second daughter. Mrs. Dickerson is the former Jennifer Baker, daughter of Jerry Baker and Joyce Baker of Jackson. Mr. and Mrs. Dickerson are self-employed. He is the son of Chuck Dickerson of Jackson and Verla Oldham of Oak Ridge...
Jackson police and fire reports 3/16/12 (03/16/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Miscellaneous Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Wednesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 3/16/12 (03/16/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Out of the past 3/16/12 (03/16/12)
Cape County Park South will open for its third season April 1, with new playground equipment and improved roads but no fishing; the large lake in the south park was closed late last summer after an oxygen imbalance resulted in a major fish kill; aerators are being installed to prevent future problems...
Remembering Melaina (03/16/12)
Last Friday was a special day for Andrea and Jeff Cunningham. The couple, along with a number of friends and supporters, broke ground on an all-accessible playground at Cape County Park North. The playground, Melaina's Magical Playland, is named after the Cunningham's daughter who died at the age of 3 from complications of nemaline myopathy, a neuromuscular disorder...
Pro-life and anti-war (03/16/12)
Can political candidates be "pro-life" but not anti-war? It is a paradox to say the least. Republican candidates for political office must be both "pro-life" and support the United States' interventionist foreign policy if they hope to win elections. ...
Be realistic about contraceptives (03/16/12)
The liberal left has effectuated a fabricated lie called a War on Women. In this fairy tale, the conservative right has declared war on women by attempting to deny them their God-given right to birth control pills. And as proof of this they trotted out a college lady who testified to the need for contraceptives...
Speak Out 3/16/12 (03/16/12)
MY friend and I were enjoying a wonderful meal and music at a local restaurant recently. As we started to leave and pick up our ticket, our waitress informed us that our bill had been taken care of. We were astonished and overwhelmed and proceeded to ask her who did this. ...
Prayer 3/16/12 (03/16/12)
O Lord Jesus, we praise you, for you are our strength and our shield. Amen.
Pipe Organ rededication (03/16/12)
On Sunday, March 25th at 4:00 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church of Jackson will celebrate the rededication of their restored and enlarged pipe organ. Dr. Lynn Trapp, organist will present a recital that afternoon. St. Paul's Adult Choir will also present a special anthem for the occasion. The program for the afternoon includes works by Walther, Bach, Brahms, Alain and Boulanger. A free-will offering will be taken to support the "Music at St. Paul" Concert Series...
Blue Hyacinth (03/16/12)
Couldn't resist capturing the beauty of this blue Hyacinth. I love spring so much!! Beauty is everywhere!
Central Middle School sixth grade students of the month (03/16/12)
Cape Central Middle School sixth grade Students of the Month for February are (front row from left) Noah Umbeck, Mitchell Humphrey, Kaitlyn Mayabb, Rose Hall and Aubrey Talley; (second row) Alex Colegate, Rachel Shirrell, Harley Sample, Mary Boerboom and Will Sellers. SoutheastHEALTH recognizes these students in its role as Central Middle School's Partner in Education...
Central Middle School fifth grade students of the month (03/16/12)
Cape Central Middle School fifth grade Students of the Month for February are (front row from left) Kylee Zoellner, Gabriel Robinson, Madison Fouts and Neva VanMeter; (second row) Kamdyn Rhodes, Kaya Thatch and Carter Sterling; (third row) Jonathan Condie, Jared Neikirk and Brandon Gibbs. SoutheastHEALTH recognizes these students in its role as Central Middle School's Partner in Education...
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