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Stories from Thursday, June 28, 2012

Area legislators, state officials issue statements on Supreme Court decision on health care law (06/28/12)
After the Supreme Court upheld most of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act on Thursday, area legislators on the federal and state level quickly issued statements on the ruling. Some of those statements follow here. Look for updates later in the day...
Osage Centre set up as Red Cross cooling shelter due to extreme heat (06/28/12)
In response to triple-digit highs in the forecast, the American Red Cross Southeast Missouri Chapter has opened a cooling center to help individuals cope with the extreme temperatures, according to a Red Cross news release. The cooling center will be located in Cape Girardeau at the Osage Centre at 1625 N. Kingshighway...
Cape issues no-burn order, discourages fireworks use (06/28/12)
With the Fourth of July looming, fireworks went on sale in four spots across Cape Girardeau on Wednesday -- the same day that city fire officials implored residents not to use them. The reason is obvious, according to fire chief Rick Ennis, the man who made the call on Wednesday to issue a no-burn order that will remain in place until further notice.
Sikeston officers put rumors of giant constrictor to rest (06/28/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Rumors of a 20-foot snake are down the drain. The Sikeston Department of Public Safety began receiving reports last week of a large snake in the north end of Sikeston. According to Lt. Jim McMillen, a resident in the Meadowbrook and Greenbrier area photographed a snake about 2 inches in diameter and 7 to 9 feet long from her bedroom window as it navigated through a small tree. The residence is near a tree-line drainage ditch that runs just north of the neighborhood...
Summer strains Delta shelter's finances (06/28/12)
At 49, she'd lost her job. She'd lost her home to foreclosure. She says she lost absolutely everything. Today the former art teacher is living at the Amen Center shelter in Delta. "I came in November and then left for a few months. I decided this was a much better place to get my life back on track so I came back," said the woman, who asked not to be named...
National Guard soldier from Jackson gets combat award (06/28/12)
A Missouri National Guard soldier from Jackson has received a combat award for his actions during an April Taliban attack in Afghanistan. Sgt. 1st Class Dennis C. Allred was awarded the Combat Action Badge for his bravery in an unsuccessful April 15 Taliban attack near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, according to a Missouri National Guard news release. He was one of 23 to receive the award...
Marble Hill woman collects $65,000 lottery prize (06/28/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A Marble Hill woman recently collected $65,002 when her numbers were selected in the Show Me Cash drawing.
Fire breaks out in Cape Girardeau city recycling facility (06/28/12)
No one was injured when fire broke out in one of the city's recycling buildings Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters responded about 4:05 p.m. to a fire in a metal structure at 2007 Southern Expressway, said battalion chief Mark Starnes. The building was unoccupied when firefighters arrived.
Three get prison in Southeast Missouri counterfeiting case (06/28/12)
Three of five people convicted in a Southeast Missouri counterfeiting ring were sentenced to federal prison Wednesday. Two others will each serve five years of probation. Darius Robinson was sentenced to two years in prison, Terry D. Hester Jr. to 18 months, and Darius A. ...
Two local sheriff's departments announce smartphone apps (06/28/12)
Tech savvy Southeast Missouri residents now have a new communications tool to help them keep up on happenings in area sheriffs' departments. Sheriffs in Perry and Cape Girardeau counties on Wednesday announced the release of free Android operating system applications for smartphones that will alert users to developing incidents, but also allow users to check jail records, find mug shots of people booked into the jail, or find contacts within departments...
Candidate questionnaire: Janet Niedbalski (06/28/12)
NAME: Janet Niedbalski AGE: 65 PLACE OF BIRTH: St. Louis, Mo SPOUSE, CHILDREN'S NAMES: Marvin, James, John, Scott, Stephen, Brian and Kevin Also 15 grandchildren OCCUPATION: Register Nurse EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Webster University...
Candidate questionnaire: Roger VanGennip (06/28/12)
NAME: Roger W VanGennip AGE: 45 PLACE OF BIRTH: Cape Girardeau, Mo SPOUSE'S, CHILDREN'S NAMES: wife Betsy children Torie Johnson Lorie, Lacie and Tracie VanGennip EDUCATION: Advance High School OCCUPATION: farmer EMPLOYER: Flying L ranch BUSINESSES OWNED, ALL OR PART:...
Candidate questionnaire: Ryan Wm. Holder (06/28/12)
NAME: Ryan Wm Holder AGE: 53 PLACE OF BIRTH: Advance MO SPOUSE'S, CHILDREN'S NAMES: Nancy is my wife of 27 years, two daughters, Leah, mother of Camielle, Brenden and Andreu, and Jesse, a Junior at ASU, and two sons Ethan who is stationed at Ft. Campbell KY, and Zachary who has jioned the Navy and leaves in September...
Three Rivers approves budget for next year (06/28/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The Three Rivers College Board of Trustees approved during Tuesday's monthly meeting a $22.9 million operating budget for the next fiscal year. The budget contains no planned deficit spending or surplus revenue. President Dr. Devin Stephenson said the budget sets about $166,000 aside for a possible 4 percent withholding in state funds. This was wise, he explained, in light of Gov. Jay Nixon's recent announcement of what amounts to a 1 percent cut for higher education...
MoDOT warns to watch out for buckling roads (06/28/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - With temperatures forecast around 100, Missouri motorists are being warned to prepare for bumpy rides. The Missouri Department of Transportation says extreme heat can cause pavement to "blow up." The trouble starts when moisture seeps into a crack or joint, which weakens the pavement. The heat then causes the weak spot to buckle or warp...
Health plan on Mo. ballot, no matter court ruling (06/28/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- No matter whether the federal health care law stands or falls before the U.S. Supreme Court, Missouri voters will get to register their opinions this November on whether the governor should be allowed to set up an online marketplace for patients to shop for insurance policies...
Colleges moving toward absolute bans on smoking (06/28/12)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As a political science major at Ohio State University, Ida Seitter says, she lit up many a cigarette to help her through the stress of exam season. Right or wrong, they were her security blanket as she toiled through college. Seitter, now 26, was old enough by then to make her own decisions, she says. ...
Gov. Nixon signs charter schools law, vetoes busing bill (06/28/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Charter schools will be allowed to operate in more areas of Missouri but with greater oversight under legislation Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law Wednesday. Meanwhile, the governor vetoed a separate education bill that would have made it easier for some students who face lengthy bus rides to switch districts and attend classes closer to home...
Nixon signs small-business tax break (06/28/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Additional small businesses will be allowed to claim a Missouri tax deduction for adding new jobs under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Jay Nixon. The new law ensures the income tax deduction can be claimed by all types of small businesses -- as originally intended when lawmakers passed a similar measure last year...
Victims of Colorado wildfire fill shelters as fight continues (06/28/12)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Fire crews fought to save the U.S. Air Force Academy and residents begged for information on the fate of their homes Wednesday after a night of terror sent thousands of people fleeing a raging Colorado Springs wildfire...
Supreme Court health care decision countdown: Who wins, loses (06/28/12)
WASHINGTON -- It seems as if the entire nation is holding its breath for the Supreme Court's health care ruling -- the presidential candidates, governors of virtually every state, insurers with billions at stake, companies large and small and countless millions of Americans concerned about their own medical care and how they'll pay for it...
Tropical Storm Debby floods neighborhoods in Florida (06/28/12)
SOPCHOPPY, Fla. -- Debby destroyed homes and businesses, washed away roads and flooded neighborhoods in Florida before the once-large tropical storm drifted out to sea Wednesday, leaving behind a sopping mess. At least three people were killed in the storm. ...
Tests find only marijuana in Florida face-chewer's system (06/28/12)
MIAMI -- Lab tests detected only marijuana in the system of a Florida man shot while chewing on another man's face, the medical examiner said Wednesday, ruling out other street drugs including the components typically found in the stimulants known as "bath salts."...
House moving ahead with plans for contempt vote against AG (06/28/12)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration and House Republicans refused to find a middle ground in a dispute over documents related to a botched gun-tracking operation, and the GOP plunged ahead with plans for precedent-setting votes today to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in civil and criminal contempt of Congress...
Saudi Arabian man found guilty in Texas bomb plot trial (06/28/12)
AMARILLO, Texas -- In the months before his arrest, authorities said, Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari collected bomb-making supplies and instructional videos and made a list of targets, from nuclear power plants to the home of a former president. His goal, they said, was to carry out jihad...
Today in History (06/28/12)
Today is Thursday, June 28, the 180th day of 2012. There are 186 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On June 28, 1712, philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, one of the most influential thinkers of the 18th century Enlightenment, was born in Geneva...
Egypt eyes Turkey's example (06/28/12)
CAIRO -- Now that Egypt has its first freely elected president, Egypt's generals appear headed toward copying the Turkish model from decades past -- retaining overwhelming powers while allowing a civilian regime complete with the trappings of democracy to emerge...
Historic first: Former IRA chief, queen shake hands (06/28/12)
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Queen Elizabeth II and a former Irish Republican Army commander offered each other the hand of peace Wednesday in a long-awaited encounter symbolizing Northern Ireland's progress in achieving reconciliation after decades of violence...
EU's changing faces raise doubts about quick action on fiscal crisis (06/28/12)
BRUSSELS -- Often these days, the first order of business at European Union summits isn't the continent's financial crisis. It's getting to know the people around the table. The group of leaders that will meet this week in Brussels is a much different crew from the one that met in October 2009, when the crisis in Europe first erupted with the news that Greece was in deep trouble...
Five suspected of stealing 9.5 tons of garlic (06/28/12)
VIENNA -- Austrian police did not need sniffing dogs to locate this suspected heist -- 9.5 tons of garlic. The Austria Press Agency said police stopped three overloaded and sagging vans about to cross into Hungary from Austria on Wednesday and found them packed to the roof with the pungent cargo. After questioning the five men in the vehicles, they charged them on suspicion of receiving stolen goods...
Two bodies recovered in Canada mall roof collapse (06/28/12)
ELLIOT LAKE, Ontario -- Officials recovered two bodies after dismantling a piece of a partially collapsed Ontario shopping mall Wednesday and said they are confident no other victims are inside. The renewed rescue effort came after angry residents shouted down fears that the unstable structure made the work too risky to continue...
Violence escalates in Syria as U.S. seeks turning point in crisis (06/28/12)
BEIRUT -- Gunmen attacked a pro-government TV station Wednesday near the Syrian capital, killing seven employees in the latest barrage of violence as world powers prepared for a high-level meeting that the U.S. hopes will be a turning point in the crisis...
Southeast Missouri State football coach Tony Samuel fills out coaching staff (06/28/12)
Jake Dickert was hired as the Southeast Missouri State football team's defensive backs coach.
Cape Girardeau Senior Legion baseball team drops pair to Dunklin (06/28/12)
The Dunklin County American Legion baseball team defeated Cape Girardeau 7-4 in Wednesday's District 14 contest at Capaha Field.
Area digest 6/28/12 (06/28/12)
Allison Bray shot a 92 to hold off Samantha Hightower by one shot to win the girls 14 and 15 18-hole tour division at the Gateway Junior PGA Series event at Cape Girardeau Country Club. Gage Wolford shot a 40 to win the boys 12 and 13 nine-holes division by a stroke over Nick Westrich and Karsten Short...
Marlins spoil Cruz's big blast at home in 5-3 win over Cardinals (06/28/12)
MIAMI -- Tony Cruz found a great time to hit his first major league home run, connecting in front of more than 20 friends and family members. Cruz, from nearby Palm Beach, Fla., put St. Louis ahead with a solo drive in the seventh inning. John Buck and pinch-hitter Logan Morrison then connected for consecutive home runs in the bottom of the seventh to rally the Miami Marlins to a 5-3 win Wednesday night and end their eight-game losing streak against the Cardinals...
Hooked on Science: Soda geyser (06/28/12)
Create a soda geyser with five simple materials. STEP 2: Open the 2-liter bottle of soda, place the soda on the ground and put the index card over the opening. STEP 3: Load the candy into the launcher tube. STEP 4: Place the launcher tube directly above the opening of the 2-liter. Keep the index card between the bottle and the launcher tube...
who's neXt 6/28/12 (06/28/12)
Scholarships honors/achievements -- From staff reports ...
neXt up 6/28/12 (06/28/12)
FRIDAY "Madea's Witness Protection," rated PG-13 @ Cape West 14 Cine "Magic Mike," rated R @ Cape West 14 Cine "People Like Us," rated PG-13 @ Cape West 14 Cine "Ted," rated R @ Cape West 14 Cine SATURDAY Sunday NEXT WEEK...
U.S. turning to Missy Franklin after Michael Phelps' retirement following the 2012 Olympics (06/28/12)
With Michael Phelps headed for retirement after the London Olympics, the United States will need its next big star in the pool. Paging Missy Franklin. Franklin, a 17-year-old from Colorado with the can't-miss smile (now braces-free), maturity and charisma, seems more than capable of answering the call...
Lexis White (06/28/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Lexis Renee White, 10, of Chaffee died Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at Cardinal-Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis. She was born June 20, 2002, in Cape Girardeau, to Billy Jones and Nicole LuAnne White. Lexis was a student at St. Ambrose Catholic School in Chaffee and a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church. She loved going to the Christian Mission Church in Benton, Mo., with her Mema Asbridge...
Michael Beck (06/28/12)
ST. MARY, Mo. -- Michael A. Beck, 55, of St. Mary died Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at his home. He was born July 5, 1956, in Perry County, Ill., son of Raymond and Lucille Rabe Beck. He and Dona J. Kartune were married Dec. 19, 1992. Mr. Beck had been a crane operator with Robinson Construction in Perryville, Mo. He was a member of American Thresherman Association...
Glennon Dobbelare (06/28/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Glennon A. Dobbelare, 85, of Perryville died Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 3, 1926, in Belgique, Mo., son of Hubert and Pauline DePauw Dobbelare. He and Marilyn Dreyer were married Dec. 17, 1960...
Eastman Foster (06/28/12)
KELSO, Mo. -- Eastman Gage Foster, 69, of Kelso died Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 11, 1943, in Wardell, Mo., to Farris Eugene and Peggy Jane Nipper Foster. He and Bobbie Abbott Foster were married July 31, 1992, in Ste. Genevieve, Mo...
Mildred Fox (06/28/12)
Mildred H. Fox, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, June 25, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Aug. 1, 1924, in East St. Louis, Ill., to Lyman Leroy and Emma L. Harmon Hayden. She and Milford O. Fox were married Nov. 6, 1948, in Cape Girardeau...
Births 6/28/12 (06/28/12)
Son to Robert Lawrence Taylor Jr. and Miranda Nicole Ford of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Hospital, 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Name, Damien Wayne. Weight, 6 pounds, 9 ounces. Ms. Ford is the daughter of Cleties Ford and Penny Ford of Cape Girardeau. She is employed by Drury Hotels. Taylor is the son of Mitsye Parkhurst and Donald Parkhurst of Indianapolis. He is employed at Hutson's Fine Furniture...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/28/12 (06/28/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 6/28/12 (06/28/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Jackson police report 6/28/12 (06/28/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Burglary...
Out of the past 6/28/12 (06/28/12)
A reception and welcome home for returning missionaries Jed Lund of Jackson and Darin Long of Cape Girardeau are held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints here; Lund has spent two years in Southern California, while Long has been in Taiwan two years...
Syria and the best of bad options (06/28/12)
The increasingly catastrophic conflict in Syria has led many world leaders -- from members of Congress to diplomats in the Arab League -- to call for a robust international intervention, along the lines of the NATO-led air campaign that helped topple Libya's Muammar Qadhafi...
Sexual abuse (06/28/12)
Physical, emotional or sexual abuse of any kind is wrong. To think about a child being abused is especially horrific. Friday night a jury in Pennsylvania delivered a guilty verdict to former Penn State University defensive coach Jerry Sandusky. Convicted on 45 of 48 counts of sexual abuse, Sandusky, 68, will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars...
Speak Out 6/28/12 (06/28/12)
Thanks to the woman I see every morning driving past St. Mary Cathedral painting, cleaning, sweeping and doing whatever needs to be done to help. It's people like this woman who make our world spin. Thanks again. Enforcing laws I had to laugh at the comment from the person complaining about the sheriff pulling over speeders but not catching those who are up to mischief in their neighborhood. ...
Prayer 6/28/12 (06/28/12)
O Lord Jesus, may those who serve as caregivers for others feel your presence. Amen.
Paid election letter: ‘Parker Rangers' on campaign trail (06/28/12)
Hundreds of volunteers, dubbed "Parker Rangers," diligently work to achieve Bob Parker's twin goals of reducing federal spending to keep Social Security solvent and protecting the unborn. Among our group are many senior and veteran volunteers who contribute their talents and time to help Bob get elected. We seek God's will to guide our efforts...
Paid election letter: Parker sending children wrong message (06/28/12)
I couldn't believe Bob Parker sides with drug legalization advocates over the federal support our law enforcement community receives to fight narcotics in Missouri communities. In a choice between our children and drug pushers, we ought to choose our kids every time. ...
Port Cape organizes benefit for Old Town Cape (06/28/12)
Old Town Cape has partnered with Port Cape Girardeau to sell smoked pork butts through Tuesday, July 3rd. The pork butts are fully cooked and seasoned for $28 each plus tax. Each pork butt is approximately 5 lbs. From each pork butt sale, $5 will be donated to Old Town Cape. ...
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