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Public offered closer look at Mississippian culture site Saturday (05/11/12)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- The latest event at the Towosahgy State Historic Site near East Prairie offers visitors a chance to learn about the region's true first farmers. Set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the Mississippian Culture Day will include activities and storytelling by a Native American actor and teacher. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event is free and open to the public...
Crowell: Stalling budget wasn't due to vendetta against SEMO (05/11/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Sen. Jason Crowell wasn't acting out of malice, he said Thursday. When the Cape Girardeau Republican tried to block Southeast Missouri State University from getting an extra $2 million this week, he said he was acting on principle...
Corps of Engineers prepares to renew construction at Birds Point (05/11/12)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began removing four vertical feet of temporary barriers along the top of two miles of the Birds Point levee on Thursday.
SEMO makes changes to commencement to accommodate greater number of graduates (05/11/12)
Southeast Missouri State University's campus bustled with this week as students moved between buildings on the last day of final exams for the spring semester. Some packed their bags, headed home for the summer. Others prepared for life beyond the university campus when they picked up their caps and gowns at the Wehking Alumni Center along Broadway. Of those, there were many...
Rifle, pistol ranges at Apple Creek Conservation Area getting upgrades (05/11/12)
The rifle and pistol ranges at the Apple Creek Conservation Area will temporarily close for upgrades. The ranges will close June 4 and are expected to remain closed until Sept. 15. However, they may reopen ahead of schedule if construction is completed early. ...
Nixon says more funds on the way for 2011 flood repairs (05/11/12)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon made a stop in Southeast Missouri bringing good news for city and county officials: Additional funds to repair damage from last year's floods are on the way. The state will provide nearly $1.5 million in additional assistance to help several Missouri towns and counties in repairing or replacing roads, bridges and other public infrastructure damaged or destroyed by the devastating floods of 2011. ...
Anniversary of Jacque Waller disappearance approaches (05/11/12)
As friends prepare tributes to Jacque Sue Waller, who went missing June 1 last year, prosecutors are trying to return her estranged husband James Clay Waller to Cape Girardeau County to face a murder charge. And Clay Waller continues the appeal of a five-year sentence for making an Internet threat against Jacque Waller's sister...
SE Missouri pastor accused of molesting children (05/11/12)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- Prosecutors have charged the pastor of an East Prairie church with sexually assaulting three young children, and authorities say further charges are likely.
Sikeston customers to see electricity bills rise (05/11/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- After a quarter-century without an electricity rate increase, Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities customers are slated to see an increase of about 17 percent on their August bill. Members of the Sikeston City Council met Wednesday with BMU board members and Ed Throop, BMU's executive director, to discuss the proposed rate increase...
Completion of Poplar Bluff hospital slated for January (05/11/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A new date for completing construction of the $173 million Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center was announced during the Topping Out Celebration Wednesday. "We are very excited to announce we will open the doors and begin operations in January 2013," said Charles Stewart, market chief executive officer for PBRMC and the Missouri Region. "This is more than a year earlier than originally announced."...
Cape County accepts equipment bid for road project (05/11/12)
Cape Girardeau County commissioners awarded a bid Monday for equipment necessary to pave and widen County Road 525. Metal Culverts Inc. of Jefferson City, Mo., provided the low bid of $19,346 for erosion control equipment to strengthen the banks of the creek that runs alongside the road. Three segments ranging in length from 90 to 160 feet long will be reinforced with the devices, called "gabion baskets," to prevent water from washing away the soil that supports the pavement...
Chaffee man facing marijuana, other charges (05/11/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- A Chaffee man is in the Scott County Jail on child endangerment and drug-related charges, according to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter. Kevin D. White, 39, is charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remains in custody on a $50,000 bond...
SEMO moves to summer hours Monday (05/11/12)
Southeast Missouri State University will begin observing summer office hours Monday. For most offices, summer hours for will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, executive offices will remain open through 5 p.m. Regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume Aug. 13...
Highway 72 in Reynolds County reduced for pipe replacement (05/11/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 72 from Route PP to Highway 32 in Reynolds County will be reduced to one lane next week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe beneath the roadway. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 7 a.m. ...
Sikeston's Downtown Farmers Market to open on Saturday (05/11/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The unseasonably warm spring is bringing a bounty of produce to local consumers a littler earlier this year. Kim Robinson, executive director of HMDG, said that after talking with local producers, the Downtown Farmers Market will open at 7 a.m. this Saturday in the American Legion Square. In the past, the local farmers market has opened around the first of June...
Mo. lawmakers send $24B budget to governor (05/11/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri lawmakers sent the governor a $24 billion budget plan Thursday that shores up funding for veterans homes, gives raises to a reduced state workforce and spares public schools and universities from cuts -- a result legislators praised as an accomplishment in what they bemoaned as another tight budget year.
Carthage girl gets fresh start in racing with new prosthetic legs (05/11/12)
CARTHAGE, Mo. -- Many kids in the Carthage elementary school track meet changed into their running shoes before the competition began. Haven Shepherd changed into her running legs. Shepherd, a third-grader at Steadley Elementary School who has been without both feet most of her life, raced two years ago in this meet on regular prosthetic legs but fell during her first race...
Washington U. student dies of bacterial meningitis (05/11/12)
ST. LOUIS -- A college student in St. Louis has died after contracting bacterial meningitis. Washington University undergraduate Emily Benatar died Wednesday at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She was a first-year student from California. Chancellor Mark Wrighton says her family was with her when she died...
Mo. voters to decide on changes to judge selection (05/11/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers on Thursday sent voters a proposed constitutional amendment that would bolster the governor's power in picking state appellate judges, capping off years of complaints about the process. The amendment, which will appear on a statewide ballot later this year, would allow governors to appoint an additional person to the special state commission that nominates finalists for openings on the state Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. ...
2 NY sites recall Benedict Arnold's early heroics (05/11/12)
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Benedict Arnold is a hero again, at least temporarily, at two upstate New York historic sites where his pre-treason exploits are being remembered. Arnold's heroic actions in the Revolutionary War's Battles of Saratoga are detailed in a new exhibit opening Thursday at Saratoga National Historical Park, and his capture of British-held Fort Ticonderoga at the side of Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys is being re-staged later this month in a rare nighttime re-enactment.. ...
Kidnap-slaying suspect dead; two girls unharmed (05/11/12)
GUNTOWN, Miss. -- A manhunt for a fugitive accused of kidnapping and a double-slaying ended Thursday after the suspect apparently shot himself and died. The girls he fled with safe, police said. Adam Mayes, 35, was killed Thursday evening after authorities acted on a tip and found him in the area near New Albany, Miss. When they went to arrest him, he shot himself in the head, said Guntown police chief Michael Hall...
Poll: U.S. pessimism on economy growing (05/11/12)
WASHINGTON -- Americans are growing more pessimistic about the economy and handling it remains President Barack Obama's weak spot and biggest challenge in his bid for a second term, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And the gloomier outlook extends across party lines, including a steep decline in the share of Democrats who call the economy "good," down from 48 percent in February to just 31 percent now...
Military course suspended for its view on Islam (05/11/12)
WASHINGTON -- A course for U.S. military officers has been teaching that America's enemy is Islam in general, not just terrorists, and suggesting that the country might ultimately have to obliterate the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina without regard for civilian deaths, following World War II precedents of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima or the allied firebombing of Dresden...
Report: Suspect billings found at 2,600 drugstores (05/11/12)
WASHINGTON -- It would take a mighty big pill box to hold them. A pharmacy in Kansas billed Medicare for more than 1,000 prescriptions each for two patients in a single year, part of a pattern of questionable billings at 2,600 drugstores nationwide uncovered by federal investigators in a report Thursday...
Jet bomb plot raises questions on European security (05/11/12)
LONDON -- A shimmy toward the body scanner, a step into the booth and a wave of the arms -- routine procedure now at U.S. airports, but not necessarily in Europe. In the wake of a foiled al-Qaida plot to bomb a jet heading to the U.S., it's unclear whether cash-strapped Europe has the latest security equipment to thwart an airliner attack, or whether machines will be able to keep up with determined terrorists...
Gay marriage complicates swing states (05/11/12)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- President Barack Obama's support for gay marriage adds a new layer of complexity for voters -- especially independents -- in battleground states that will decide the race for the White House. While the economy is certain to dominate the campaign over the next six months, gay marriage could have an effect at the margins in key states from Colorado to Ohio to Virginia by influencing voter turnout among important constituencies, among them minorities, young voters and evangelicals.. ...
CDC: Young adults are ignoring skin-cancer warnings (05/11/12)
ATLANTA -- The warnings about skin cancer from too much sun don't seem to be getting through. Half of U.S. adults younger than 30 say they have had a sunburn at least once in the previous year -- about the same as a decade ago, according to a government survey released Thursday. In fact, the modest progress reported five years ago has been wiped out...
Change to top of WTC raises questions about height (05/11/12)
NEW YORK -- A change to the design of a needle that will sit atop One World Trade Center is raising questions over whether the building will still be America's tallest when completed. The 408-foot-tall needle will no longer be in a fiberglass-and-steel enclosure called a radome, a feature recently removed from the original design because the building's developer says it would be impossible to properly maintain or repair it...
Federal civil rights suit filed against Arizona sheriff (05/11/12)
PHOENIX -- As defiant as ever, get-tough Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio faces a federal court showdown over charges that deputies on his trademark immigration patrols racially profiled Latinos in violation of civil rights law. After months of negotiations failed to reach a settlement over the allegations, the U.S. Justice Department took the rare step Thursday of suing...
U.S. applications for unemployment aid dip to 367,000 (05/11/12)
WASHINGTON -- The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits ticked down last week after dropping sharply the previous week, evidence hiring could pick up this month. Weekly applications dropped 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 367,000 in the week ending May 5, the Labor Department said Thursday. The previous week's figure was revised up slightly...
Dow Jones breaks six-day losing streak (05/11/12)
The Dow Jones industrial average broke a six-day losing streak Thursday, notching a small gain after the government released better unemployment numbers. The Dow rose 19.98 points to close at 12,855.04, after rising almost 100 points earlier in the day. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 3.41 points to close at 1,357.99...
Today in History (05/11/12)
Today is Friday, May 11, the 132nd day of 2012. There are 234 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 11, 1862, during the Civil War, the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia was scuttled by its crew off Craney Island, Va., to prevent it from falling into Union hands...
Red Cross stops work throughout much of Pakistan (05/11/12)
ISLAMABAD -- The Red Cross has suspended operations across much of Pakistan following the killing of a British nurse working for the organization late last month, the group announced Thursday. The move means many thousands of people will go without medical and other development assistance for the duration of the suspension. ...
Hopes rise that Greece will not have to hold new elections (05/11/12)
ATHENS, Greece -- Hopes rose slightly Thursday that Greece could end its post-electoral deadlock without having to hold new elections, as international partners warned that Athens must stick to its hugely unpopular austerity program or abandon the euro...
Russian jet crash puts Indonesian sales in limbo (05/11/12)
MOUNT SALAK, Indonesia -- The crash of a new Russian-made jetliner into an Indonesian volcano during a flight to impress potential buyers threw doubt on dozens of plane sales Thursday just as Moscow seeks a comeback in foreign markets. All 45 people aboard were feared dead...
Number of international adoptions drops amid crackdowns on fraud (05/11/12)
HANOI, Vietnam -- The number of international adoptions has fallen to its lowest point in 15 years, a steep decline attributed largely to crackdowns against baby-selling, a sputtering world economy and efforts by countries to place more children with domestic families...
Twin car bombs kill dozens of people in Syrian capital (05/11/12)
DAMASCUS, Syria -- Twin suicide car bombs exploded outside a military intelligence building and killed 55 people Thursday, tossing mangled bodies in the street in the deadliest attack against a regime target since the Syrian uprising began 14 months ago...
Cape Central senior Corey Connell ready for challenge of state golf tourney (05/11/12)
Corey Connell, like the rest of the Central seniors, will get the chance to sleep in today. He has finished his last homework assignment, taken his last final and heard his last bell. Thursday officially was his last day of high school. All that remains is the graduation ceremony Sunday...
Kennett baseball team outlasts Kelly (05/11/12)
KENNETT, Mo. -- The Kennett baseball team pushed across six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 10-10 tie on its way to a 16-10 win against Kelly on Thursday. "We really swung the bats well," Kennett coach Aaron New said. "Even when we made outs, we made solid contact. We didn't pitch as well as we wanted to today, and sometimes that happens. Our offense kind of carried us today."...
High school roundup: St. Vincent baseball team rallies in seventh to beat Leopold (05/11/12)
All the scores from Thursday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State softball player Sallis earns OVC honor (05/11/12)
Southeast Missouri State senior Evan Sallis has been named to the all-Ohio Valley Conference second team based on voting by the league's coaches and sports information directors. Sallis led the Redhawks in batting (.367), stolen bases (22 in 26 attempts), hits (69), triples (3) and runs scored (41)...
Time short for Southeast Missouri State baseball team to make move in Ohio Valley Conference race (05/11/12)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team has righted the ship after an extremely tough first several weeks of the year. Southeast coach Mark Hogan hopes a strong finish will lead to extending the program's record of Ohio Valley Conference tournament appearances, which stands at 17...
Bettman: New owner brightens Blues' status (05/11/12)
ST. LOUIS -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman gave his stamp of approval to new St. Louis Blues ownership, saying the franchise's financial picture is much improved. Bettman spent time at the podium alongside Tom Stillman, a beer distributor who heads an all-local ownership group, at a news conference Thursday...
The deer fix: Tackle the rain issue next, please (05/11/12)
So after riling up many of the city's residents over what to do about the White-Tail Menace, our elected council members have taken action. Well, some of us would call it action. Others might suggest that our fearless leaders folded at the first whiff of rancor. That happens sometimes. Bullies and whiners always seem to get their way in the end...
Another season of Tunes at Twilight opens tonight (05/11/12)
Cape Girardeau will once again experience a variety of songwriters performing in an intimate setting with Tunes at Twilight, the weekly outdoor concert series. The series is organized with the booking help of Larry Underberg of Underberg House Concerts. Tunes at Twilight includes two six-week slots of hour-long concerts each Friday. Concerts in the first series, which starts today, begin at 7 p.m...
Best Bet: Shades of Soul (05/11/12)
Shades of Soul brings together the power and drive of the big funk sound with the danceability of soul, and adds a dash of hip-hop spice to top it off. Featuring a collection of some of the best musicians in the area, Shades of Soul sets the bar high when it comes to entertainment in the Midwest. The show will start at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Pink Galleon. For more information on the band, visit www.shadesofsoulmusic.com...
Events and activities to enjoy this Mother's Day (05/11/12)
Mother's Day is Sunday. Did you forget to buy Mom a gift? If you didn't, don't worry. Turns out most moms would be happy to just spend the day with their children and grandchildren. Here are 12 things you can do with your mom -- or your kids -- for a fun-filled Mother's Day. More information on many events can be found at semoevents.com...
Have ‘A Night in the Theatre' with RCP (05/11/12)
After many nights of rehearsal, the audience can finally catch a rare glimpse of themselves. The River City Players will present a two-act comedy, "A Night in the Theatre" by Lawrence Casler, starting tonight. In the play, Margaret and Stanley Locker and their friends Donna and Walter Pace are at the theater for "Hamlet," their weekly dose of culture. ...
For all the moms: Thanks for being the best … (05/11/12)
My mother dealt with some obnoxious behavior, and now that I'm a father I don't know how she did it. She deserves some sort of medal for her service, and I never before fully understood just how hard it probably was to raise me without trying to escape the madness I created on a daily (or hourly) basis. She continues to amaze me, and is graduating from Three Rivers College next weekend. I couldn't be more proud...
Daniel Berkbuegler (05/11/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Daniel S. "Boone" Berkbuegler, 51, of Perryville died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at St. Louis University Medical Center. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and 6:30 a.m. until time of service Saturday at Young and Sons Funeral Home. An Elks service will be held at 6 tonight...
Ellen Demko (05/11/12)
Ellen May Demko, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, May 10, 2012, at her home. She was born Feb. 23, 1927, at Kelso, Mo., to Creal and Clara Carlton May. She and John George Demko met in Hawaii and were married May 28, 1944, in Bayonne, N.J. He preceded her in death Aug. 5, 2006...
Births 5/11/12 (05/11/12)
Son to James William and Emily Ann Powell of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Hospital, 10:17 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2012. Name, Camdyn Bruce. Weight, 8 pounds, 4 ounces. Third son. Mrs. Powell is the former Emily Coy, daughter of Don and Carrie Coy of Cape Girardeau. She is a phlebotomist at Southeast. Powell is the son of Linda Powell of Olive Branch, Ill., and Ronnie Powell of Amarillo, Texas. He is general manager at McDonald's...
Jackson police and fire report 5/10/12 (05/11/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Firefighters responded to the following call Wednesday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/11/12 (05/11/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Southeast Missouri State University The Department of Public Safety released the following. Arrests do not imply guilt. Theft...
Cape Girardeau fire report 5/11/12 (05/11/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 5/11/12 (05/11/12)
With the spring semester wrapping up this week, Southeast Missouri State University announces its administrative offices will return to a five-day work week in the summer, having operated on a four-day schedule the past two summers. Residents of the Crystal Springs Estates and Westlake Meadows, just southwest of Klaus Park, prefer to be annexed by Jackson rather than Cape Girardeau; residents there have submitted a petition to the joint Cape Girardeau-Jackson annexation committee indicating their preference.. ...
Weekend events (05/11/12)
Those who attended last Saturday's debut of the Cape Riverfront Market were not disappointed. The summertime temperatures combined with a variety of vendors contributed to a fun morning for the hundreds of attendees. If you missed the opening, consider checking it out this week. The market, in the parking lot at 35 S. Spanish St. in Cape Girardeau, is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Oct. 27...
Speak Out 5/11/12 (05/11/12)
I have seen enough Cape Girardeau slow-pitch softball games to say without qualification that the quality of umpiring is top-notch. The hustle, professionalism, dedication and accuracy of the calls, as well as the well-deserved respect given the men in blue is heartwarming to witness. Though all of the umpires I have seen are outstanding, there is one who embodies all of the characteristics mentioned above and who, in my view, deserves a special Speak Out shoutout: Thank you, Michael Council...
Prayer 5/11/12 (05/11/12)
We praise you, O Lord Jesus, for by your wounds we are healed. Amen.
Regency Residents Create Emergency Backpacks (05/11/12)
With tornado season upon us, it is important to remember that preparation can mean the difference between life and death. After a major disaster, it can take hours or even days for emergency personnel to reach you. Having enough food, water, and other supplies to last at least 72 hours is essential to help ensure your survival after an emergency...
We Love Our Big Brother (05/11/12)
Mari Lyn, Mili and Jase Fuemmeler after big brother Jase's first t-ball game.
Safe and Sound (05/11/12)
This baby Robin found safe refuge in a flower pot on our front porch after neighborhood kids chased it. It chirped all evening trying to find it's momma.
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