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Stories from Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Drainage work reduces Route F in Cape County (05/30/12)
Route F in Cape Girardeau County, between County Road 366 and County Road 367, will be reduced today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform drainage repairs. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to noon. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area...
Southeast Missouri farmers face challenges from heat, drought (05/30/12)
A combination of record-breaking heat and below-normal rainfall has Southeast Missouri in the throes of a devastating drought. 2012 has brought Cape Girardeau just half of its normal rainfall with 10.03 inches to date. "We've just had a lot of high pressure riding over this part of the country, and that's caused very few fronts and very little rainfall to come through the area," said David Humphrey, lead forecaster with the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky...
Record-setting temps boost Cape Splash attendance (05/30/12)
After a disappointing 2011 that was plagued by an uncooperative Mother Nature, the Cape Girardeau water park's attendance climbed to 3,713 over the three-day Memorial Day weekend that saw record-setting temperatures.
Details released from Chaffee City Council vote to hire police chief (05/30/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Chaffee's city council voted 5-3 last week to rehire former chief Jim Chambers, according to details of a closed-session vote released Tuesday. Council members who voted for rehiring Chambers with full tenure were Darlene Crocker, Ron Davis, Bob Sullivan, Ann Whistler and Ronald Eichhorn. Jerry Childers, Ryan Pennington and Dennis Glastetter voted against the motion, according to minutes released by the city clerk...
Veterans program may benefit ball field at Cape school (05/30/12)
A baseball field on the grounds of Cape Girardeau's junior high and middle schools could soon benefit from a planned community service project of a St. Louis-based veterans program. The Mission Continues, which offers community service "fellowships" to veterans, has selected Cape Girardeau as one of three locations in the region where veteran and civilian volunteers will be recruited to participate in half-day events to landscape and improve the grounds of the school's baseball field. ...
Scott County field fire causes $120,000 in damage, officials estimate (05/30/12)
A wildfire burned about 200 acres of a rural Scott County wheat field early Tuesday afternoon, causing up to $120,000 in damage, firefighters said.
Silver Springs roundabout to close for roadwork Thursday (05/30/12)
Road work will close the roundabout at Silver Springs and Gordonville roads in Cape Girardeau on Thursday, city officials announced Friday. All driveways for homes and businesses will remain open during the project, according to a news release...
Man loses consciousness, crosses median, crashes into woods at Cape County Park North (05/30/12)
An unidentified man suffered injuries that police said did not appear to be life-threatening after he lost consciousness while driving, possibly because of a medical condition, and crashed into the woods at North Cape Park Tuesday, police said. About 2:05 p.m., a black Nissan Titan pickup pulled southbound onto North Kingshighway from South County Park, but crossed into the median and continued southbound, police said...
Brandom to host campaign open house Saturday (05/30/12)
Rep. Ellen Brandom's candidacy for Missouri Senate will kick off in earnest on Saturday when she opens her campaign headquarters in Cape Girardeau and hosts an open house. The grand opening at 1621 Independence St. will include a meet-and-greet luncheon to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m...
Paving work reduces U.S. 60 in New Madrid County (05/30/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- U.S. 60 will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction, between the Business Route 60 intersection and Highway 114, as contractor crews begin pavement resurfacing. Weather permitting, work will be done Monday through June 29, from 6 a.m. ...
U.S. 61 in Cape County reduced for bridge repairs (05/30/12)
U.S. 61 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane between Achillea Lane and County Road 507 as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be done Monday through June 12, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636 or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
Treasurer visits Cape to celebrate 529 College Savings Day (05/30/12)
Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel fields questions Tuesday from students at Southeast Missouri State University's Child Enrichment Center in Cape Girardeau. Zweifel's stop was to celebrate 529 College Savings Day and MOST, which is Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan...
Illinois Senate sends $1-per-pack cigarette tax increase to Gov. Pat Quinn (05/30/12)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Senate approved a $1-per-pack boost in the state cigarette tax Tuesday as part of a plan to shore up the state's financially ailing Medicaid program.
Missouri court strikes down part of 2008 harassment law (05/30/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court cited free-speech concerns Tuesday in striking down part of a state harassment law that was enacted after a teenager who was teased over the Internet committed suicide. The 2008 law was intended to update harassment crimes by covering communication from computers, text messages and other electronic devices. ...
St. Louis store clerk survives when gun misfires (05/30/12)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis County store clerk is recovering from a bump on the head from a gun, but he's lucky to be alive after a gun misfired during a holdup attempt. KMOV reported that a gunman tried to rob the Mattress Firm SuperCenter in south St. Louis County on Monday. During the robbery attempt the gunman tried to shoot the clerk, but the gun misfired. The gunman then struck the clerk in the head and ran away...
Kansas City police concerned over rise in PCP use (05/30/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- PCP use appears to be increasing in Kansas City, and police are concerned because the hallucinogenic drug often makes users violent and unpredictable. Police have been averaging two or three PCP arrests per week recently, most involving small amounts of the drug intended for personal use, The Kansas City Star reported Monday. In the past, police would sometimes go months without making a PCP arrest, officers said...
Author's son seeks Malcolm X letter at Syracuse University (05/30/12)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The son of Malcolm X's biographer is asking Syracuse University to hand over a letter in which the slain activist writes about his shifting views on race relations, claiming his family is the rightful owner. Malcolm X wrote to Alex Haley, his collaborator for "The Autobiography of Malcolm X," from Saudi Arabia in April 1964, about ten months before he was gunned down at a New York City hotel ballroom. ...
Romney clinches GOP nomination with Texas win (05/30/12)
WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a win in the Texas primary, a triumph of endurance for a candidate who came up short four years ago and had to fight hard this year as voters flirted with a carousel of GOP rivals...
Two surveys differ on level of U.S. consumer confidence (05/30/12)
U.S. consumer confidence fell sharply in May and is at the lowest level since January, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Conference Board. The findings contradicted Friday's survey by Thompson Reuters/University of Michigan, which showed consumer sentiment at its highest level in four and a half years...
Patz suspect's mental health could be key (05/30/12)
NEW YORK -- Pedro Hernandez has confessed to killing the 6-year-old boy at the heart of one of the nation's most prominent missing-child cases, police say. And he has schizophrenia and a history of hallucinations, his lawyer says. Court-appointed doctors are still assessing Hernandez's mental state, and it's unclear how much it will factor in the case charging him with the 1979 murder of young Etan Patz...
Supreme Court turns down former hostages in Iran lawsuit (05/30/12)
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has declined to revive a lawsuit against Iran filed by Americans held hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran more than 30 years ago. The justices Tuesday did not comment in letting stand lower court decisions dismissing the $6.6 billion class-action lawsuit...
Mother says she's not surprised son died in 14-hour Texas crane standoff (05/30/12)
DALLAS -- A man who threatened to shoot officers during a 14-hour standoff in a construction crane was unarmed and no weapons were found near the scene, police said Tuesday. Lee Dell Thomas Jr., 44, of Dallas, fell to his death early Tuesday, about 14 hours after he climbed into the crane towering over the Southern Methodist University campus in suburban Dallas...
Backup power probed at ailing California nuclear plant (05/30/12)
LOS ANGELES -- The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant operated for three decades with equipment that might have temporarily cut off the plant's emergency power supply in the event of an earthquake, government filings revealed Tuesday. The disclosure by Southern California Edison about a possible backup power problem comes amid a probe into excessive wear on tubing that has sidelined the seaside plant for nearly four months...
Wildfire is close to being New Mexico's largest ever (05/30/12)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Two lightning-sparked blazes that merged in a mountainous southwestern New Mexico forest are close to becoming the largest wildfire in state history, fire officials said Tuesday. The U.S. Forest Service said the erratic blaze in Gila National Forest had grown to about 152,000 acres by Tuesday -- just 5,000 acres from breaking the state record. It is about 15 miles east of Glenwood, N.M., a small town with a few hundred residents...
Today in History (05/30/12)
Today is Wednesday, May 30, the 151st day of 2012. There are 215 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 30, 1922, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., was dedicated in a ceremony attended by President Warren G. Harding, Chief Justice William Howard Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln...
Workers among 16 dead in latest big Italian quake (05/30/12)
SAN FELICE SUL PANARO, Italy -- Workers at the small machinery company had just returned for their first shift following Italy's powerful and deadly quake earlier this month when another one struck, collapsing the roof. At least three employees at the factory -- two immigrants and an Italian engineer checking the building's stability -- were among those killed Tuesday in the second deadly quake in nine days to strike a region of Italy that hadn't considered itself particularly quake prone.. ...
Nations expel Syrian envoys over massacre (05/30/12)
BEIRUT -- Eyewitness accounts from the Syrian massacre emerged Tuesday, describing shadowy gunmen slaughtering whole families in their homes and targeting the most vulnerable in poor farming villages. Western nations expelled Syrian diplomats in a coordinated move against President Bashar Assad's regime over the killing of more than 100 people...
Several Mideast states hit by Flame computer virus (05/30/12)
LONDON -- Iran and other Middle East countries have been hit with a computer virus that can eavesdrop on computer users and their co-workers and filch information from nearby cellphones, cybersecurity experts said Tuesday. And suspicion immediately fell on Israel as the culprit...
Egypt Islamist candidate vows break with old ways (05/30/12)
CAIRO -- The Muslim Brotherhood's candidate for the Egyptian presidential runoff promised Tuesday he would break sharply with the ways of ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak, a day after angry protesters burned down the headquarters of his challenger who served as prime minister in the old regime...
Online piracy treaty rejected by lawmakers in Netherlands (05/30/12)
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Dutch lawmakers adopted a motion Tuesday urging the government not to sign a controversial international treaty aimed at reining in online piracy. The motion was another setback for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, known as ACTA, which has run into opposition around the world...
Britain's Supreme Court to rule on WikiLeaks chief (05/30/12)
LONDON -- Britain's Supreme Court is expected to rule today on whether to approve the extradition of WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange to Sweden, a potential turning point in the Internet activist's controversial career. Assange, 40, has spent the better part of two years fighting attempts to send him to the Scandinavian nation, where he is accused of sex crimes. At least one extradition expert said that his long-running legal campaign may finally yield a victory for the Australian programmer...
Oran baseball team's tradition starts with roster depth (05/30/12)
ORAN, Mo. -- The Oran baseball team has featured a lot of great players on its roster over the years, and many of them have stood in the spotlight as the Eagles advanced to 11 Class 1 final fours. But those great players haven't really been the difference in Oran's success, according to coach Mitch Wood...
Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Cape Central's Chase Hagerty (05/30/12)
Chase Hagerty delivered yet again for the Central baseball team. The freshman pitched his third complete-game victory in the Tigers' first four playoff games. No. 3 came against Festus in the Class 4 sectional round. "I just have a lot of confidence in my team right now," Hagerty said. ...
State's top-ranked team awaits Oran in Class 1 baseball semifinals (05/30/12)
The Oran Eagles haven't been preparing for the Class 1 final four just since defeating Naylor in the state quarterfinals last Wednesday. The groundwork for today's state semifinal game against Santa Fe has been season-long. The Eagles have been dealt a few bruises during the regular season, handed out by big boys like Class 4 schools Poplar Bluff and Helias Catholic, Class 3 schools Dexter, Mount Vernon and Notre Dame, as well as Clever, the No. 1 team in Class 2 and also a state semifinalist...
Southeast Missouri State baseball player Moses a semifinalist for Golden Spikes (05/30/12)
Southeast Missouri State All-American third baseman Trenton Moses advanced to the semifinal round in voting for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, which is presented to the nation's best amateur baseball player. Moses, a graduate of Advance High School, is one of 30 semifinalists for the award. He is the lone player from the Ohio Valley Conference...
Nino Johnson decides to remain with Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team (05/30/12)
Sophomore Nino Johnson plans to return to the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team.
Summer baseball roundup (05/30/12)
The Cape Girardeau Plaza Tire Junior American Legion Post 63 baseball team defeated the Post 63 Freshman team 15-5 in five innings Tuesday. Trevor Prost earned the win by allowing three hits over five innings. Cameron Grueninger drove in four runs, while Nick Bradshaw plated three and scored one for the Junior Legion squad...
Area digest 5/30/12 (05/30/12)
Lil Angle and Carolyn Blechle tied for medalist honors in A flight at the Chip-A-Ways weekly golf outing at Cape Jaycee Municipal Golf Course. Sharon Dow captured medalist honors in B flight, while Bev Winks had the low putts. The Ford & Sons Senior American Legion baseball team split a doubleheader with Charleston Senior Babe Ruth on Monday...
Molina's bat not enough in Cardinals' 5-4 loss to Braves (05/30/12)
ATLANTA -- Yadier Molina homered and went 4 for 4. He liked the previous game, when he had only one hit, a whole lot better. Despite Molina's big day, the Atlanta Braves snapped an eight-game losing streak Tuesday night after getting homers from Dan Uggla and Michael Bourn in a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals...
Southeast Missouri State baseball team saved best for last (05/30/12)
The Southeast Missouri State baseball team didn't have a good year by most standards, but the Redhawks deserve credit for turning what could have been a total disaster into a season that ended with several positives. An inexperienced squad that featured just six seniors along with 21 newcomers compiled the worst record (23-36) and worst Ohio Valley Conference finish (seventh) during coach Mark Hogan's 18-year tenure...
Group makes final push to save Disney's KC studio (05/30/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A group that has worked for 15 years to turn Walt Disney's first professional animation studio into an interactive historical site and museum is launching a final fundraising push amid talk of expanding its vision for the building in central Kansas City...
William Hoover (05/30/12)
William Cecil Hoover, 85, of Jackson died Monday, May 28, 2012, at his home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Entombment will be at a later date...
Michael Mayabb (05/30/12)
Michael W. Mayabb, 61, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Heartland Care and Rehab. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Truman Waldrup (05/30/12)
Truman F. Waldrup, 88, of Cape Girardeau entered heaven's gate on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans Home. He was born May 5, 1924, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Alvin Chester and Lulu Vesta Niswonger Waldrup. He and Esther Shirrell were married June 20, 1948, at First Church of God in Cape Girardeau, with the bride's grandfather, J.H. Shirrell, officiating...
Kenneth Wessel (05/30/12)
Kenneth H. Wessel, 77, of Maineville, Ohio, died Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in West Chester Hospital in West Chester, Ohio. A private service was held in West Chester. Hodapp Funeral Home in West Chester was in charge of arrangements.
Births 5/30/12 (05/30/12)
Son to Diedra S. Simelton of Charleston, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 7:54 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Name, Khey'son Lamarr. Weight, 5 pounds, 19 ounces. Sixth child, fourth son. Ms. Simelton is the daughter of Dorothy Simelton of Cairo, Ill...
Cape Girardeau police report 5/30/12 (05/30/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Cape Girardeau fire report 5/30/12 (05/30/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Jackson police and fire report 5/30/12 (05/30/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Out of the past 5/30/12 (05/30/12)
An isolated thunderstorm, with strong winds and heavy rain, struck the Cape Girardeau area late yesterday afternoon, causing some minor wind damage; that storm, and another thunderstorm early this morning, brings welcome rainfall to an area that's five to six inches short of the normal amount for this time of year...
Finding common ground in an election year (05/30/12)
To my liberal friends:As the presidential election comes ever closer, are there some areas -- any areas -- on which we can agree? Let's agree that the Bush-era Medicare drug plan, plus the cost of two military conflicts brought on by the Sept. 11 attack, put our country in a financial tailspin...
Baseball careers (05/30/12)
The Southeast Missouri State University baseball team's season came to an end at the Ohio Valley Conference tournament Saturday. The Redhawks, who had a rough start to the year, made an impressive run late in the season to qualify for the tournament for the 18th consecutive time. After a win over Jacksonville State and Austin Peay, the Redhawks lost a close game to Eastern Illinois and were eliminated in a rematch against Austin Peay...
Prayer 5/30/12 (05/30/12)
Lord Jesus, may we stand with courage, remembering the battle belongs to you. Amen.
Rushin to compete at NCAA Div I Nationals (05/30/12)
Jackson High School Alumni Jill Rushin will be competing in the NCAA Division I Track and Field National Championships June 6-9 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Jill finished 12th out 48 competitors with a throw of 52'3.5" to secure the final qualifying spot as the top twelve competitors move on to Nationals...
Kiwanis Charters a New Club in Cape Girardeau Coun (05/30/12)
The Kiwanis Clubs of Cape Girardeau and Jackson in partnership with the SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence (SADI) will be celebrating the chartering of a new service club called the Aktion Club of Cape Girardeau County. The mission of an Aktion Club is: to provide an opportunity for disabled adults to develop initiative and leadership skills, to serve the community, to be integrated in society, and to demonstrate the dignity and value of citizens with disabilities...
Cape County Tea Party Donates to Wounded Warriors (05/30/12)
On Memorial Day, members of Cape County Tea Party and Iraq Victory Party Association presented a check to the Wounded Warriors Project in the amount of $2,400.00. The amount reflects monies that were raised in conjunction with the Iraq Victory Party even held on March 20th, 2012. Accepting the check on behalf of the Wounded Warriors Project is retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Wallingford...
US Bank Volunteers at Habitat for Humanity House (05/30/12)
US Bank employees rallied together May 22 and 23, 2012 to help with the Habitat for Humanity house currently under construction on 321 S. Ellis St. in Cape Girardeau. This is the second year our local area US Banks have participated and they hope for the opportunity again in the future. The...
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