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Stories from Friday, May 4, 2012

A year later, Gen. Walsh reflects on 'grave' decision to activate floodway (05/04/12)
It was his call. Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh became a familiar figure in the days leading up to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' activation of the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway. The soggy masses awaited word daily from the silver-haired two-star general who held the fate of communities in a half-dozen states in his hands. ...
New owner met with public officials over sale of Cape's former federal building (05/04/12)
After months of failed attempts to connect, the new Texas-based owner of the former federal building met with Cape Girardeau County officials Thursday, a step that could reignite the county's efforts to buy the high-profile Broadway building. RDRH Holdings Inc. ...
Sheriffs, others discuss effects of possible Tamms prison closure (05/04/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- Despite a state commission's recommendation that the Tamms Correctional Center not be closed because of budget cuts, Southern Illinois law enforcement leaders gathered Thursday afternoon outside the Anna City Hall to discuss the effect of a closure on their communities. Area residents, worried about their jobs and adverse effects of a closure, expressed frustration at the lack of information they are getting about proposed cuts.
Historians develop Civil War tour of New Madrid (05/04/12)
NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) -- While the nation commemorates the Civil War battles of Appomattox and Gettysburg, and of Bull Run and Shiloh, one of the key battles in the western theater of the War Between the States was fought at New Madrid. Local historians want the public to know there is a lot to learn about the war and those who fought in it in New Madrid...
Southeast Missouri market vendors subject to variety of regulations (05/04/12)
Double chocolate cupcakes, cinnamon rolls and cherry pies might not be the first foods shoppers expect to find at a farmers market, but they're there. Mixed in between the booths of fruits and vegetables at farmers markets are tasty treats that require more preparation and are subject to more regulations...
Jackson man charged with child endangerment after baby suffers broken clavicle (05/04/12)
A Jackson man was being held in the Cape Girardeau County Jail on a charge of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child Thursday after police responded to a report of an injured infant being treated at Saint Francis Medical Center.
Animals seized near Millersville to remain in custody pending hearing (05/04/12)
About 25 animals seized from a Millersville-area home Monday will remain in the custody of the Humane Society of Missouri pending a disposition hearing expected to be scheduled for later this month, according to Missouri Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Christine Tew...
Area man wins $1 million lottery prize (05/04/12)
SILVA, Mo. -- Matthew Hedgecorth can now afford to go back to school after he won a $1 million prize on the only Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket he bought in Silva. According to a Missouri Lottery news release, Hedgecorth, a 19-year-old Greenville, Mo., resident, said he was with his father Friday when they stopped at Break Time convenience store at the junction of highways 67 and 34 in Silva. While inside, he decided to try playing one of the Lottery Scratchers...
Leadership Cape groups to give presentations at First Friday Coffee (05/04/12)
The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce's First Friday Coffee today will feature this year's Leadership Cape class group presentations. Five groups will present their plans for projects they believe will benefit the community. A continental breakfast begins at 7 a.m. followed by presentations at 7:35 p.m. at the Show Me Center...
Cat set on fire in Bootheel; reward offered (05/04/12)
HAYTI, Mo. -- The Caruthersville Humane Society is offering a reward for information regarding a cat that was set on fire Wednesday night in or around the 200 block of East Jackson Street in Hayti, according to a news release from the humane society...
St. Andrew to host local site for Chick-fil-A Leadercast (05/04/12)
St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau will serve as one of the hosts for the Chick-fil-A Leadercast being held today.
Teen placed on probation for Poplar Bluff church fire (05/04/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff teenager was placed on probation Tuesday after pleading guilty to throwing Molotov cocktails into a local church and then setting the church on fire when the devices didn't work. Dylan W. Causbie, 17, pleaded guilty as charged to second-degree arson, according to Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Barbour...
Poplar Bluff woman acquitted in fatal boating accident (05/04/12)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- A Carter County jury deliberated for three hours Wednesday before acquitting a Poplar Bluff, Mo., woman of charges in connection with a 2009 boating accident on the Current River. Radeena Proffer, 29, was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter with a vessel, three counts of second-degree assault with a vessel and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child...
Petitions submitted for Mo. tobacco tax increase (05/04/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Advocates submitted petition signatures Friday to get a proposed increase in the state's cigarette tax on the November ballot. The proposal would raise Missouri's tax on cigarettes to 90 cents per pack up from the current 17 cents, which is the lowest in the nation. It also would increase taxes on other tobacco products while steering the additional money to education and smoking cessation and prevention programs...
Missouri House votes to trim business taxes (05/04/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri House members approved legislation trimming taxes on businesses. The measure calls for gradually reducing by half the taxes businesses would owe when Missouri tax collections hit certain levels. Sponsoring House member Jerry Nolte, a Republican from Gladstone, says Kansas has lowered taxes on businesses and that Missouri must compete against its neighbors for jobs. He says lower taxes would help Missouri recruit businesses and encourage job growth...
47,000 pounds collected in drug take-back (05/04/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Drug Enforcement Administration's recent effort to collect unused prescription drugs has netted nearly 47,000 pounds in part of the Midwest. The DEA's St. Louis office said Friday that the six states covered by the office saw 46,686 pounds of medication collected on April 28, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Nationwide, more than a half-million pounds of unwanted or expired medications were turned in for disposal...
Mo. senator blocks prescription database (05/04/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri senator who is a family physician vowed Thursday to try to block legislation authorizing a government database to track drug prescriptions unless it is put to a statewide vote. Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, asserted that the prescription database -- which already is authorized in 48 states -- amounts to an infringement on individual liberties for which he is willing "to stand here as long as my legs hold up" on the Senate floor to prevent the measure from coming to a vote in the chamber. ...
Mo. budget talks on hold over veterans home money (05/04/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Negotiators charged with crafting a final version of Missouri's $24 billion budget decided Thursday to make no decisions until the Senate takes action on a new funding plan for veterans' nursing homes. The stalemate appeared likely to drag the budget talks into next week, causing lawmakers to bump up against a May 11 constitutional deadline to send a budget to Gov. Jay Nixon. Missouri's new budget year begins July 1...
Mo. gov. candidate backs limits on lobbyist gifts (05/04/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence says he wants to limit lobbyist gifts to public officials as part of an ethics proposal. A plan released Thursday by the Republican businessman would also require elected officials to wait after leaving office to become lobbyists, although it does not say for how long...
Sen. Blunt declines to endorse in Mo. Senate race (05/04/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt has declined to choose a favorite among the Missouri Republicans seeking to join him in Congress. Blunt told reporters the three best-known Republican Senate candidates each have helped him in the past and that he would assist whoever wins the August primary. U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, St. Louis businessman John Brunner and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman are campaigning to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill...
Today in History (05/04/12)
Today is Friday, May 4, the 125th day of 2012. There are 241 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 4, 1942, the Battle of the Coral Sea, the first naval clash fought entirely with carrier aircraft, began in the Pacific during World War II. (The outcome was considered a tactical victory for Imperial Japan, but ultimately a strategic one for the Allies.)...
Military commanders warned to discipline their troops (05/04/12)
WASHINGTON -- Military leaders are telling commanders to get their troops in line and refrain from misconduct such as urinating on enemy corpses, in a sharp response to the photos and other examples of bad behavior that have enraged Afghans and complicated war-fighting...
Medicare disruptions could be seen if health law is struck down (05/04/12)
WASHINGTON -- Medicare's payment system, the unseen but vital network that handles 100 million monthly claims, could freeze up if President Barack Obama's health care law is summarily overturned, the administration has quietly informed the courts...
U.S. uses bin Laden letters to degrade al-Qaida (05/04/12)
WASHINGTON -- Letters from Osama bin Laden's last hideaway, released by U.S. officials intent on discrediting his terror organization, portray a network weak, inept and under siege -- and its leader seemingly near wit's end about the passing of his global jihad's glory days...
Police believe neo-Nazi killed 4, himself in Ariz. (05/04/12)
GILBERT, Ariz. -- Many considered Jason Todd Ready to be the most high-profile neo-Nazi in Arizona. He led groups of heavily armed civilians into the desert to look for illegal immigrants as he repeatedly tried to win public office. But Ready's beliefs and actions got so extreme, including statements that land mines would be a good way to stop border crossers, that the state's most conservative politicians distanced themselves from him...
Interior designer's testimony details scheme to secretly funnel money to John Edwards (05/04/12)
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- An interior designer testified Thursday about his role in funneling secret money from a reclusive millionaire to an aide of John Edwards' in a scheme that included checks labeled for fake antique furniture purchases. Bryan Huffman described, for example, receiving a $100,000 check from 101-year-old heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon with "Antique Charleston Table" written in the memo line. ...
9/11 families prepare for Guantanamo arraignment (05/04/12)
NEW YORK -- It has been a year of milestones for the families of those killed on Sept. 11, with the death of Osama Bin Laden followed by the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Now another painful chapter is set to begin: the prosecution of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of 9/11...
Facebook valued at up to $95B in IPO price range (05/04/12)
NEW YORK -- Facebook, the company that turned the social Web into a cultural and business phenomenon, is worth as much as $95 billion, according to the price range for its upcoming initial public offering of stock. Facebook's IPO, expected in a couple of weeks, would be the biggest ever for an Internet company. Facebook disclosed the price range of $28 to $35 per share in a regulatory filing Thursday...
U.S. economy recovering but isn't yet accelerating (05/04/12)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy's recovery looks enduring. It's just not very strong. Hiring, housing, consumer spending and manufacturing all appear to be improving, yet they remain less than healthy. Economists surveyed by The Associated Press expect growth to pick up this year, though not enough to lower unemployment much...
U.S. stocks fall after sales reports stoke fears (05/04/12)
Wall Street gnawed on a muddle of economic data and corporate earnings news Thursday, then sent stock indexes lower for a second day. April sales results from big retailers set the tone early on. Costco, Macy's and Target, among others, reported sales that were weaker than analysts had predicted. Colder weather and renewed concerns about the economy weighed on shoppers...
Fate of activist deepens U.S.-China suspicions (05/04/12)
BEIJING -- The diplomatic disarray deepened Thursday after a blind activist reversed course and asked to leave China with his family, abandoning an arduously negotiated agreement even though he had left the protection of the U.S. Embassy and was in a Beijing hospital ringed by Chinese police...
4 students killed as Syrian forces raid university (05/04/12)
BEIRUT -- Syrian forces stormed student dormitories Thursday during an anti-government protest at Aleppo University, firing tear gas and bullets in an hours-long siege that killed at least four students and forced the closure of the state-run school, activists said...
ECB chief offers no new recovery help (05/04/12)
BARCELONA, Spain -- European Central Bank president Mario Draghi offered little prospect that the bank would deliver more support for the struggling economies of the 17-country eurozone, instead urging governments to agree a growth strategy that would work with spending cuts...
Crisis-stuck Japan mulls shift to renewable energy (05/04/12)
TOKYO -- Another long, hot summer is looming for Japan just as it shuts down its last operating nuclear power reactor, worsening a squeeze on electricity and adding urgency to calls for a green energy revolution. On Saturday, the last of the country's 50 usable nuclear reactors will be switched off, completely idling a power source that once supplied a third of Japan's electricity. ...
Prosecution wants 80 years for former Liberian president (05/04/12)
AMSTERDAM -- Former Liberian president Charles Taylor deserves an 80-year sentence for the war crimes he was convicted of last week, including aiding and abetting murder and rape on a mass scale, prosecutors said in a written filing Thursday. Judges at the Special Court for Sierra Leone on April 26 ruled Taylor played a crucial role in helping rebels continue a bloody rampage during that West African nation's 11-year civil war, which ended in 2002 with more than 50,000 dead...
Chaffee baseball team collects 20th win with late explosion vs. Saxony Lutheran (05/04/12)
It took three innings for Chaffee's bats to warm up Thursday. They overheated the next two innings. The Red Devils pounded 13 hits and 14 runs over the fourth and fifth innings to post a 16-1 victory in five innings over host Saxony Lutheran. "That's [two] things all year long we've been real good @ -- pitching and defensively," said Chaffee coach Brian Horrell, whose team improved to 20-2. ...
High school roundup: Jackson's Pike, Central's Connell qualify for Class 4 state tourney (05/04/12)
All the local high school events reported Thursday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State track to host OVC meet this weekend (05/04/12)
Southeast Missouri State came away with a team title the last time it hosted the Ohio Valley Conference outdoor track and field meet five years ago. Coach Eric Crumpecker hopes history repeats itself this weekend when Southeast welcomes eight other schools for the OVC outdoor championships...
Southeast Missouri State baseball team hopes to keep momentum at Jacksonville State (05/04/12)
The Redhawks look to win their third consecutive conference series against Jacksonville State
Southeast Missouri State's Farley earns OVC track honor (05/04/12)

The Southeast thrower is named OVC male freshman of the year By MARTY MISHOW Southeast Missourian Kevin Farley's impressive rookie track and field season at Southeast Missouri State was recognized with a major Ohio Valley Conference honor Thursday...

Blues fall into 3-0 hole in series with Kings (05/04/12)
LOS ANGELES -- Drew Doughty had a goal and two assists, Jonathan Quick made 18 saves and the Los Angeles Kings moved to the brink of an unlikely second-round sweep with a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 on Thursday night. Mike Richards scored the Kings' first power play goal in six games before setting up Doughty's clinching goal with 11 minutes, 48 seconds to play for the eighth-seeded Kings, who improved to 7-1 in the postseason with their third consecutive dominant win over second-seeded St. ...
Cardinals strike early but then strike out vs. Pirates (05/04/12)
Pittsburgh pitchers recorded 17 strikeouts in the Pirates' 6-3 victory
Listen up, senator: Just leave well enough alone (05/04/12)
A state senator from St. Louis County wants to replace the Show Me State, Missouri's time-honored slogan, with this: The Great Rivers State. Let's hope he and his colleagues in the Missouri Legislature come to their senses before it's too late. Cape Girardeans should be especially prickly about the proposed change. After all, it was a Cape Girardean who coined the "show me" moniker...
Ballet performance at River Campus educates about Alzheimer's (05/04/12)
Adam Stone will never forget 2004 when, for the first time, he experienced Alzheimer's disease. Stone's spoken-word ballet, "A Life Unhappening," will be performed at 2:30 p.m. May 13 at Bedell Performance Hall on Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus. Stone based the ballet on personal experience, and it's no coincidence the performance is on Mother's Day...
‘Reflections' strength is in its variety (05/04/12)
This First Friday, and for the next two months, consider looking at art through its reflections. An exhibition of still-life paintings from a nationally touring artists group will be on display through June 30 in the Crisp Museum at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus...
Best Bet: Southeast's Percussion Ensemble (05/04/12)
Enjoy music from well-known films at The Southeast Missouri State University Percussion Ensemble's performance at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Bedell Performance Hall. This family-friendly concert will feature music from films such as "Star Wars," "Aladdin," "The Little Mermaid," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Harry Potter," "Madagascar" and "The Lion King." The Jackson High School Percussion Ensemble will also perform...
ARTifacts 05/04/12 (05/04/12)
Old Town Cape will begin its spring Tunes at Twilight series at 7 p.m. May 11 with the Leslie Dysinger Band. The outdoor concert series is held Friday nights at the Common Pleas Courthouse gazebo in Cape Girardeau. In case of rain, the concerts will move indoors to Rose Theatre at Southeast Missouri State University. ...
A man walks in to a bar ... in Cape Girardeau (05/04/12)
"If you don't laugh, you cry" goes the adage. While this isn't necessarily true, considering the vast emotional range between "happy" and "sad" (including boredom, smugness and sitting next to a sleepy and dribbling person on a bus), laughter is still an important part of our culture, and part of the argument that we as humans need comedy...
First Friday Receptions 5/4/12 (05/04/12)
FIRST FRIDAY RECEPTIONS The River View Room Buckner Brewing Co. will showcase work in the River View Room with a reception at 7 p.m. It will also display work in the lounge at 6 p.m. 123 N. Main St.; 334-4677 The Artist Studio Works by Judy Barks-Westrich will be on display. The studio will be open from 6 to 9 p.m...
Charlie Rimel (05/04/12)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Charlie James Rimel, 75, of Dexter died Thursday, May 3, 2012, at his home. The son of the late Jacob L. and Lucille McDowell Rimel, he was born March 6, 1939, in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Mr. Rimel was a retired lineman with Ameren. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Dexter, active in United Methodist Men, past president of Dexter Lions Club and University of Missouri Agricultural Extension Council...
Darrell George (05/04/12)
MOUND CITY, Ill. — Darrell George, 79, of Marietta, Ga., formerly of Mound City, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Marietta. Barkett Funeral Home in Mound City is in charge of arrangements.
Donna Martin (05/04/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. — Donna Martin, 69, of Marble Hill died Thursday, May 3, 2012, at the home of a daughter in Cape Girardeau. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ellen Greene (05/04/12)
Ellen Ruth Noel Greene, 75, of San Ramon, Calif., died unexpectedly of a heart attack Monday, 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...
Velda Green (05/04/12)
Velda Pauline Green, 96, of Cape Girardeau passed away peacefully in the early morning hours Thursday, May 3, 2012, at Fountainbleau Lodge. She was born May 27, 1915, in Doniphan, Mo., to Henry Charles and Cora Lee Perkins Nicolaides. She and William "Billy" Green were married June 4, 1942, at Charleston, Mo. ...
Clara Broadhacker (05/04/12)
Clara M. Broadhacker, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, May 3, 2012, at Fountainbleau Lodge. She was born Dec. 5, 1934, in Bollinger County, to Carl and Ivy Hartle Hennecke. Clara was a member of Bethel Assembly of God Church. She worked in housekeeping at Southeast Hospital 12 years. She volunteered at Southeast as well as several nursing homes...
Births 5/4/12 (05/04/12)
Editor's note: The following babies were listed as being born at the wrong hospital. The notices are being reprinted with the correct hospital. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error. Elfrink Daughter to Andrew Jason and Heather Dawn Elfrink of Leopold, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 1:53 p.m. ...
Cape Girardeau fire report 5/4/12 (05/04/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Jackson police and fire reports 5/4/12 (05/04/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Thursday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/4/12 (05/04/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest...
Out of the past 5/4/12 (05/04/12)
On-again, off-again efforts to develop the Westborough Mall property are on again; developers have announced construction work on a 45,000-square-foot supermarket is expected to get underway on the 67-acre tract in the near future; Cape Girardeau Centre will eventually include a second major anchor store, restaurants and retail specialty shops...
The importance of protecting social service tax credits (05/04/12)
By Molly A. Strickland As the Cape Girardeau director of Lutheran Family and Children's Services who uses social services tax credits, I cannot tell you how valuable they are to those we serve. Tax credits have been a hot issue in the Capitol for several years and for good reason. While the state's budget has been steadily declining and important services have been cut time and time again, Missouri's tax credits have not been touched...
Leadercast event (05/04/12)
Every organization needs strong leaders. Whether a church, not-for-profit or business setting, effective leaders can help sustain strong organizations and improve struggling ones. Today leaders across the globe will participate in the Chick-fil-A Leadercast. "Choices that leaders make" is the theme for the event...
Cut federal employee travel (05/04/12)
Hey, Mr. President, you put a moratorium on drilling and as a byproduct killed thousands of jobs. Here's a suggestion -- put a moratorium on government-sponsored conferences. Maybe that will shrink government a little by getting rid of the party planner jobs. ...
Prayer 5/4/12 (05/04/12)
O Lord Jesus, our Savior and God, may we earnestly follow after you. Amen.
Navigation Class (Intermediate to Advanced) (05/04/12)
This class will encompass what you need to know about how to read a map, orient it to the world, using a compass to navigate in the wilderness and successfuly navigate from point to point. The advantages of knowing this skill are more than you can imagine in everyday life, following street signs, using your GPS or just feeling comfortable knowing you KNOW where you are...
Historic Preservation Month Walking Tour May 31 (05/04/12)
This year's Historic Preservation Walking Tour will be Thursday, May 31 at 6 p.m., highlighting both current and previously-existing buildings on Broadway in Cape Girardeau. The purpose of this walking tour is to highlight sites that have been preserved through private investment and government action. Each year in May to honor Historic Preservation Month, Cape Girardeau's Historic Preservation Commission sponsors a walking tour of a historic area in the city...
Montgomery Bank Employees Donate To The United Way (05/04/12)
Montgomery Bank and it's employees proudly dontate $13,900 to the United Way of Southeast Missouri.
Appleton Iron Bridge (05/04/12)
It was a beautiful day for a stroll across the Old Appleton Iron Bridge!! I'm so glad they were able to rebuild it after it being washed away many years ago!
Day is Done (05/04/12)
I took this beautiful sunset picture about 2 weeks ago at Bent Creek in Jackson. It was breathtaking and got prettier the longer I waited!!

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