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Stories from Thursday, May 10, 2012

SEMO Port making $1.3 million in repairs, improvements to railroad tracks (05/10/12)
As demand for its rail services grows, the SEMO Port is working to upgrade its tracks this summer. The port received $1.3 million through the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration to make repairs and improvements to a six-mile section of railroad track from the port to Cape Girardeau...
Trial set for man, woman accused in killing of Cape Girardeau native (05/10/12)
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- After several delays, the trials of a couple accused of murdering a Cape Girardeau native are set to begin May 21. Keayn Dunya and his girlfriend, Kara Buchanan, pleaded not guilty July 22 in a Whatcom County, Wash., courtroom in the July 3 shooting of Dunya's estranged wife, Kriston Peterman-Dunya, formerly of Cape Girardeau. ...
Tilley appoints Jetton to transportation panel (05/10/12)
House Speaker Steve Tilley has appointed Rod Jetton to help lead a citizens transportation committee, a selection that marks the former Missouri lawmaker's first attempt at public service since he pleaded guilty to an assault charge last May. Jetton, who used to have Tilley's job in the Missouri House, will co-chair the Blue Ribbon Citizens Committee on Missouri Transportation Needs, which will host a series of public meetings across the state starting Monday in St. ...
Menards set to open Cape Girardeau store Tuesday (05/10/12)
Cape Girardeau's newest home improvement retailer, Menards, will open Tuesday. The $8 million project is the largest retailer to open in Cape Girardeau since 2006, when both Kohls and Sears Grand opened their doors. The Menards Mega Store includes 162,340 square feet of retail space, a garden center and lumber warehouse...
SALT memorial set for Friday morning (05/10/12)
About 300 people are expected to attend the annual Seniors and Lawmen Together law enforcement memorial scheduled to be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Cape County Park North. The annual public event recognizes the 48 Southeast Missouri law enforcement personnel, including five Cape Girardeau police officers and one Cape Girardeau County sheriff, who were killed in the line of duty, Jackson police chief James Humphreys said...
Marble Hill mayor, board at odds after raises (05/10/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- The Marble Hill Board of Aldermen and Mayor Michael Sowers disagreed over the powers of a city employee, coming to loggerheads at the board's Monday meeting. Board members wanted city attorney Alan Beussink to draw up an ordinance that will take away some of the city administrative assistant's responsibilities and give them instead to the board. ...
Gov. Nixon tells Zalma students they have place in world economy (05/10/12)
ZALMA, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon told students in the Zalma School District that although their school is small, they are as well prepared as students from any school to compete in a global economy.
Jackson to begin flushing water supply Monday, water may appear discolored (05/10/12)
Jackson residents may see discolored water beginning Monday while the city flushes its water supply to remove built-up mineral sediment. Fire department crews will be flushing the water distribution and hydrant system for about 12 weeks in the center of town between Farmington Road and Shawnee Boulevard...
Letter carriers' food drive set for Saturday (05/10/12)
Campbell Soup Co. and the National Association of Letter Carriers will hold their annual food drive "Stamp Out Hunger" in Southeast Missouri on Saturday. The drive will benefit Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. ...
Free asthma event to be held May 19 at SEMO (05/10/12)
Southeast Missouri State University's Center for Environmental Analysis and the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center will host Asthma Day in the Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 at Capaha Park. This free event, which is part of Asthma Awareness Month, will offer asthma, cholesterol, blood sugar and body mass index screenings for people of all ages. For more information, contact Dr. John Kraemer in the Center for Environmental Analysis at 651-2355...
River Eagle founder Gene Patterson dies (05/10/12)
Gene H. Patterson, 73, president and CEO of River Eagle Distributing of Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday at Saint Francis Medical Center. According to his son, Shawn Patterson, his business philosophy was, "Kill them with kindness. They may not drink your beer, but don't give them a reason not to drink your beer."...
Southeast receives $500K grant from Energy Department (05/10/12)
Southeast Missouri State University will develop a center to train students on energy engineering, funded by a $500,000 U.S. Department of Energy grant. The five-year award is a subgrant from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Faculty members at Southeast and the University of Missouri-Columbia are collaborating on the project titled "Missouri Industrial Assessment and Education Center."...
Alzheimer's ballet in Cape Girardeau canceled (05/10/12)
The Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis has canceled its spoken word ballet "A Life Unhappening," originally scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Bedell Performance Hall on Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus. The group cites low ticket sales as the reason behind the cancellation. ...
Police seek man who stole Xbox at gunpoint in Cape (05/10/12)
No one was injured when a man pulled a handgun on another man in south Cape Girardeau and stole a video game console from him early Wednesday afternoon. About 12:20 p.m., the suspect met with the victim in the 1100 block of Cousin Street in reference to buying the Xbox game console, police said. ...
Two men face drug charges in Scott County (05/10/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, two Sikeston-area men are in jail on methamphetamine-related charges. Donald W. Freeman, 39, and Dean S. Robinson, 46, have both been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing a controlled substance. ...
Pipe replacement shuts down Route JJ (05/10/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route JJ in Bollinger County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the road. This section of road is from County Road 366 to the end of state maintenance. The work zone will be marked with signs. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636, or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
Mo. House OKs giving lawmakers control of Rotunda (05/10/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House has voted to give lawmakers authority over space in the Capitol that includes the Hall of Famous Missourians after controversy over the induction of radio host Rush Limbaugh. Busts of hall inductees are displayed in the third-floor Rotunda between the House and Senate chambers. Control of the space became an issue this spring when House Democrats asked the state Office of Administration not to display Limbaugh's bust...
Man may face drug charge after meth found on back of motorcycle (05/10/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff man may face drug-related and traffic offenses after allegedly fleeing from officers conducting a spot check Tuesday afternoon when they found a methamphetamine lab on his motorcycle. Poplar Bluff police officers were conducting a check for seat belts and liability insurance on South Fifth Street when a motorcycle, driven by Michael Hon, allegedly failed to stop and fled the scene...
In federal court: Cape man pleads guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm (05/10/12)
The U.S. attorney's office released the following information Monday for defendants who appeared before U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. PLEADED GUILTY Name: Ricky Mixon Residence: Cape Girardeau Charges: Being a felon in possession of a firearm...
Marble Hill water, sewer customers face major rate increase (05/10/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Marble Hill city officials face a stark choice -- upgrade water and sewer systems and charge users more, or face fines from regulatory agencies.
Postal Service says it will keep rural post offices open (05/10/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service sought Wednesday to tamp down concern over wide-scale cuts, revealing it will seek to keep thousands of rural post offices open with shorter hours. At a news briefing, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the mail agency was backing off its plan to close up to 3,700 low-revenue post offices sometime after May 15. ...
Mo. lawmakers break budget logjam, back blind program (05/10/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Breaking a budget logjam, Missouri lawmakers agreed Wednesday to continue funding a blind health care program that had been targeted for elimination, but they attached strings that could require some people to pay premiums and eliminate coverage for others with higher incomes...
Dred Scott honored at Missouri Capitol ceremony (05/10/12)
Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Dred Scott, the former slave who sued for his freedom in a St. Louis court and helped galvanize anti-slavery efforts around the nation in the 19th century, was inducted Wednesday into the Hall of Famous Missourians...
Historic Route 66 motel to reopen in Carthage (05/10/12)
CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) -- Preservationists in southwest Missouri have been hailing plans to reopen part of an iconic Route 66 motel. Deborah Harvey and Priscilla Bledsaw, new owners of the Boots Motel in Carthage, are scheduled to reopen five rooms at the motel Tuesday to coincide with a rally marking the start of summer tourism, according to The Joplin Globe (http://bit.ly/IC0ktv ). They bought the motel last year after the bank foreclosed on it...
Obama voices his support for gay marriage (05/10/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama declared unequivocal support for gay marriage on Wednesday, becoming the first president to endorse the politically explosive idea and injecting a polarizing issue into the 2012 race for the White House. Obama's announcement, after refusing to take a clear stand for months, cheered gay rights groups who have long urged him to support gay marriage. ...
Panel discusses AP reporter's WWII surrender scoop (05/10/12)
Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) -- Speakers at a panel on Tuesday disagreed over whether a correspondent for The Associated Press who defied military censors by reporting that the Germans had surrendered unconditionally in World War II had acted properly...
Relative: Kidnap suspect claimed girls were his (05/10/12)
GUNTOWN, Miss. -- A Mississippi man killed a Tennessee mother and her teenage daughter so he could abduct two young sisters who are still missing, according court documents filed Wednesday, and a relative says the suspect thought the two younger girls might be his daughters...
Farmers markets getting money to take food stamps (05/10/12)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The federal government is spending $4 million to help hook up farmers and low-income customers. Currently, fewer than a quarter of the nation's roughly 7,100 farmers markets are set up to use the Electronic Benefit Transfer system, or food stamps. But Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of agriculture, said she hopes the grants will bring another 4,000 of those outlets on line with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program...
Today in History (05/10/12)
Today is Thursday, May 10, the 131st day of 2012. There are 235 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 10, 1869, a golden spike was driven in Promontory, Utah, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States...
Europe at the crossroads: splinter or unite (05/10/12)
BRUSSELS -- The European Union, a hope for peace that rose from the fires of World War II, paused Wednesday to honor its past and ponder its future -- and how it can ensure it still has one in light of the anti-austerity anger expressed this week by voters in France and Greece...
Argentine Senate overwhelmingly approves ‘dignified death' law (05/10/12)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina's senate Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a "dignified death" law giving terminally ill patients and their families more power to make end-of-life decisions. The law passed by a vote of 55 to zero, with 17 senators declaring themselves absent. It passed the lower house last year...
Wreck found of Russia jet on Indonesia demo flight (05/10/12)
CIDAHU, Indonesia -- Search and rescue teams found the wreckage of a Russian-made passenger plane on a mountain Thursday after it disappeared during a demonstration flight in western Indonesia. The conditions of the 48 people on board are not known...
Expulsion of Al-Jazeera reporter from China criticized (05/10/12)
BEIJING -- China's expulsion of an American reporter working for the pan-Arab news network Al-Jazeera has drawn criticism from other journalists and the United States, and in turn a particularly tight-lipped reaction from Beijing. Melissa Chan is the first accredited foreign journalist to be expelled from China since 1998. ...
Al-Qaida leader: Avenge Afghan Quran burning (05/10/12)
CAIRO -- Al-Qaida's leader has urged Muslims to take revenge for the February burning of Muslim holy books at a U.S. air base in Afghanistan. Ayman al-Zawahri posted an audio on a militant website Wednesday. He called on Muslims to avenge the burning by fighting "those aggressors who occupied your countries, stole your wealth and violated your sanctities."...
U.K. government to focus on economy, reform House of Lords (05/10/12)
LONDON -- Wearing a crown studded with glittering jewels, Queen Elizabeth II set out Britain's new legislative agenda in opulent style Wednesday -- but announced a frugal program aimed at boosting economic growth and overhauling the unelected House of Lords after decades of delays...
Cape Central boys tennis team tames Oakville for first district team title since 2007 (05/10/12)
The Cape Central boys tennis team defeated Oakville to win the Class 2 District 1 team title Wednesday.
High school roundup: Valle Catholic dumps Notre Dame baseball team 3-1 (05/10/12)
All the scores from Wednesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Poplar Bluff outlasts Oran in 11 innings (05/10/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Oran baseball team had plenty of chances to end the regular season with a win Wednesday afternoon, but Poplar Bluff kept swinging. The Eagles nearly turned a game-ending triple play in the seventh inning before escaping a bases-loaded jam later in the inning. They had Poplar Bluff down to its final out in the 10th inning...
Area digest 5/10/12 (05/10/12)
Lil Angle grabbed medalist honors at the Chip-A-Ways weekly outing at Cape Jaycee Municipal Golf Course. Shirley Meyer won the play of the day, while Pat Harrison took first in A flight. JoEllen Haas finished with the lowest putts. Mike DaVault and Yvonne Schwartz joined forces to win the SEMO Horseshoe Association's 12-team tournament at the Leopold Knights of Columbus...
Cardinals hold on to sweep Arizona (05/10/12)
PHOENIX -- Pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter lined a go-ahead double in the sixth inning, Allen Craig homered to cap a four-run burst in the ninth and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2 on Thursday night for a three-game sweep...
NHL Board of Governors OKs sale of St. Louis Blues (05/10/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The NHL Board of Governors has approved the sale of the St. Louis Blues to a group headed by St. Louis beer distributor Tom Stillman, the league announced Wednesday. The sale price was not disclosed but is believed to be about $130 million...
who's neXt 5/10/12 (05/10/12)
Scholarships honors, achievements deadlines -- From staff reports...
neXt up 5/10/12 (05/10/12)
FRIDAY "Dark Shadows," rated PG13 @ Cape West 14 Cine "The Dictator," rated R @ Cape West 14 Cine Starts May 16 SATURDAY Sunday NEXT WEEK "Diablo III" PC MAC "Max Payne 3" X360 PS3 "Game of Thrones" PC X360 PS3 "The Grey" R...
Hooked on Science: Create your own light bulb (05/10/12)
Follow the footsteps of Thomas Edison by creating a light bulb with a few materials from around the house. STEP 2: Use the electrical tape to secure the alligator clips to the sides of the toilet paper roll. STEP 3: Place a piece of pencil lead between the alligator clips at the top of the toilet paper roll...
Teen girls take on the magazine over altered images (05/10/12)
NEW YORK -- The girl crusaders held up signs in the drizzling rain with messages for Seventeen magazine: "Teen Girls Against Photoshop!" and "The Magazine's for Me? Make it Look Like Me!!" Their leader, a 14-year-old ballet dancer from Maine, had gathered 25,000 signatures to present to the magazine's top editor, Ann Shoket, at Hearst Corp. headquarters on Wednesday...
Agnes Bailey (05/10/12)
Agnes Florine Bailey, 92, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at her home. She was born Dec. 25, 1919, in Bald Knob, Ark., to Asa and Sarah Ann Riggins Roberts. She and Lewis W. "Dub" Bailey were married April 25, 1947, in White County, Ark. He died Feb. 6, 1995...
Marie Burger (05/10/12)
Marie Elizabeth Burger, 90, of Scott City died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at her home. She was born May 6, 1922, in rural Illmo, to David Frederick and Amelia Auguste Sander Held. She and Herbert Daniel Burger were married June 1, 1940, in Cape Girardeau. He preceded her in death June 24, 1992...
Gene Patterson (05/10/12)
Gene H. Patterson, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Nov. 15, 1938, in Hayti, Mo., to G.W. and Christine Homer Patterson. He and Yvonne DeLisle were married March 30, 1964, at Portageville, Mo...
Alma VanGennip (05/10/12)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Alma M. VanGennip, 95, of Advance passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at Advance Nursing Center. She was born March 29, 1917, at Leopold, Mo., daughter of William J. and Bertha Lenerink Nenninger. She and Alfred VanGennip were married March 31, 1937, at Glennon, Mo. He preceded her in death in 1963...
Telsie Wray (05/10/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Telsie Bounds Wray, 85, of Marble Hill died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Wilson Funeral Home in Fredericktown, Mo., and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at First Baptist Church in Fredericktown...
Births 5/10/12 (05/10/12)
Daughter to Samuel Elton Rains III and Rachel Elizabeth Moore of Bertrand, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 2:39 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Name, Kyla Alexis-Grace. Weight, 5 pounds, 10 ounces. Ms. Moore is the daughter of Michelle Moore and David Moore of Oran, Mo. Rains is the son of Sam Rains Jr. and Dana Rains of Sikeston, Mo. He is employed at Brown Shoe Co...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/10/12 (05/10/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 5/10/12 (05/10/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 5/10/12 (05/10/12)
Tomorrow morning, Cape Girardeau will join with many other cities around the country as it moves into the modern technology of computerized central dispatching; that's when the new central dispatch office -- in the police headquarters -- takes over the responsibility for dispatching emergency calls for police and fire assistance in the city; currently, each department has its own dispatchers...
President reframes popular election question (05/10/12)
Every four years during the presidential election cycle, we're urged to ask the question, "Are you better off today than four years ago?" The catchy line made famous by President Ronald Reagan during a 1980 debate with President Jimmy Carter has already surfaced this year. You'll likely hear it often...
Historic homes (05/10/12)
Editor's note: This editorial has been changed to reflect the correct day of the event. We often hear the phrase, "historic downtown Cape Girardeau." While much of the area's historic nature deals with commercial properties, part of downtown's charm can be attributed to several historic houses. This Sunday, Mother's Day, Old Town Cape will hold its third annual Downtown Historic Home and Garden Tour. Six homes will be on the tour:...
Concerns over deer feeding law (05/10/12)
In response to the story "Cape council adopts final no-feed deer ordinance":I am 85 years young, and I have never ever written a complaint of any kind in my life to a newspaper or ever voiced my opinion on something like this law, but when I read that the city council has voted in a law that you can receive a $500 fine and 90 days in jail if you are caught feeding deer, I had to comment on it...
Henniger offers no solutions (05/10/12)
This is in response to Daniel Henniger's op-ed article which appeared in the May 6 issue of the Southeast Missourian. He opens with a discussion of the problems facing recent college graduates such as a youth unemployment rate of 16 percent. He indicates that this problem is related to the fact that the United States is struggling with a gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of around 2 percent...
Speak out 5/10/12 (05/10/12)
As a parent of two children in the Cape Girardeau school system, I am highly upset about this uniform situation. What upsets me the most is that many of these deals were made with no prior knowledge of most parents. I plan to look into homeschooling and other forms of educating my children in an environment that will allow them to be creative individuals and be able to learn to question, to think for themselves and to use deductive reasoning in order to accomplish the goals of their lives...
Prayer 5/10/12 (05/10/12)
Thank you, O God, that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
FREE Saturday Social: Painting Workshop (05/10/12)
The Southeast Missouri Arts Council invites you to attend a Saturday Social on May 12, from 1 to 3 pm, featuring Kirksville artist Dave Carter, who successfully owns and runs an art supply store in Kirksville, MO. Carter became interested in the Visual Arts early on in his lifetime, and was successful in producing and promoting the arts. ...
Anna Fuller Receives Outstanding Youth Award (05/10/12)
Anna Fuller, a GED graduate of the Cape Girardeau Public Schools Adult Education and Literacy program and the Cape Career and Technology Center CNA program, has been awarded the Southeast Missouri Region Division of Workforce Development Outstanding Youth Individual Achievement Award. To be eligible for this award the recipient must have been successful in reaching her employment or educational goals while overcoming significant obstacles...
Egyptian high school prom (05/10/12)
Egyptian high school prom May 5,2012
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (05/10/12)
KITTY PYRAMID!! Zeke, Zena & Zyra are available for adoption at The Humane Society 573-334-5837. See more available pets at www.semopets.org.
Biokyowa, Inc. donates to United Way of SEMO (05/10/12)
Biokyowa, Inc. and employees donated $11,049.44 to United Way of Southeast Missouri during the 2011-12 annual campaign. Pictured are Kim Voelker and Toshihiko Hirao.
Alliance Bank donates to United Way of SEMO (05/10/12)
Alliance Bank and employees donated $4,644.34 to United Way of Southeast Missouri during the 2011-12 annual campaign. L to R: Shelly Kaiser, Gary Diebold, Laura Payne, Melissa Moore, Peggy Kelley, Karlis Hennrich, Cindy Bertrand, Julie Schlosser, Chelsea Wichern, Kevin Greaser, Lori Fowler, Paula Myers, Cord Polen, Diane Schweer, Theresa Boehme, Monica James & Heidi Duckworth...
SEMO University donates to United Way of SEMO (05/10/12)
Southeast Missouri State University faculty and staff donated $20,338.16 to United Way of Southeast Missouri during the 2011-12 annual campaign. Pictured are Dr. Dennis Holt and Tammy Underwood
United Parcel Service donates to United Way (05/10/12)
United Parcel Service and employees donated $14,551.08 to United Way of Southeast Missouri during the 2011-12 annual campaign. From L to R: John Chanley, Jack Trickey, Brad Borgfield, Paul Spragg, Ryan Mcgill, David Wallis, Brain Nugent, Sally Lee, Brian Obermann, Tim Clippard, Steve Kramer, Gabe Walter, Layton Beggs,Ralph Clements, Mike Colon, Larry Lohman, Bob Tenholder, Jason Hecht, Dennis McCoy, Nate Miller, Jeremy Seabaugh, Dave Tatum, Leslie Vance...

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