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Commission bans fireworks in Cape Girardeau County parks (06/29/12)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission on Thursday voted to ban fireworks in the county parks due to drought conditions. Associate Commissioner Jay Purcell, who oversees the parks, said he will be contacting residents who have reserved park shelters to advise them of the ban. ...
Local lawmakers say health care reform measure isn't right solution (06/29/12)
Conservative lawmakers in Southeast Missouri decried Thursday's 5-4 Supreme Court ruling upholding most of the key provisions of President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act, suggesting that action is needed to address rising health care costs, but the current law isn't the right solution...
USDA grant to expand telemedicine consultations (06/29/12)
A federal grant will help Saint Francis Medical Center reach more patients through a new regional telemedicine program. "The smaller, rural hospitals may have a great clinical staff but may not always have access to many specialists. This allows our specialists to consult, and even diagnose, in real time with their doctors," said Debby Sprandel, neuroscience service line director at Saint Francis Medical Center...
Police departments in area boosting their patrols around Independence Day (06/29/12)
If you think you see more patrol cars on streets and highways over Independence Day, you do. Many area agencies will boost patrols during the holiday, many using Missouri Department of Transportation grants to pay for added manpower. "There's lots of funding that goes in various areas," MoDOT highway safety director Dr. Leanna Depue said. "We have increased funding for specialized mobilizations."...
Fire in Twain forest underscores Mo. heat threat (06/29/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Fire concerns are widening in southeast Missouri as crews battle a 550-acre blaze in the Mark Twain National Forest. Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday ordered the Missouri National Guard to get ready to assist with firefighting efforts. The fire broke out Thursday in a section of the 1.5-million-acre forest located in Iron County, and the governor's office says about 2,000 additional acres are at risk...
Heat advisory upgraded to heat warning (06/29/12)
The National Weather Service on Friday morning upgraded Cape Girardeau and much of the rest of the area from a heat advisory to an excessive heat warning. The warning was put into effect at 4:12 a.m. and stays in place until 6 p.m. Monday. The warning affects the vast majority of Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois...
Jackson issues immediate boil order for southeastern portion of city (06/29/12)
The city of Jackson has issued a boil order effective immediately for properties located in the vicinity of Old Cape Road East due to a Wednesday morning water main break caused by utility work. Repairs are ongoing and city crews will remain on-site until work is complete...
Glenallen, Marble Hill departments respond to two fires (06/29/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- The Marble Hill and Glenallen, Mo., fire departments both responded to two fires Wednesday and early Thursday. Late Wednesday morning, both departments were dispatched to Route DD near Grassy, Mo. Glenallen fire chief Lucas Simmons said property owner Billy Smith and his wife both heard a loud explosion and saw a metal shed burning...
No-burn orders called for Chaffee, Cairo, Charleston (06/29/12)
The cities of Chaffee and Charleston on Thursday added themselves to the growing list of cities and counties in the area prohibiting burning in response to the dry, hot weather. Chaffee issued a no burn order until further notice, according to a news release. ...
Jackson police up patrols after possible attempted child abduction (06/29/12)
A possible attempted child abduction earlier this month combined with a rash of recent burglaries have Jackson residents on alert. Lt. Rodney Barnes of the Jackson Police Department said a man reportedly approached a 9-year-old girl in an Indian Hills neighborhood June 21 and said he needed help searching for a lost dog, but no actual abduction took place and the incident is still being investigated...
Candidate questionnaire: Rick Walter (06/29/12)
NAME: Rick Walter AGE: 51 PLACE OF BIRTH: Chaffee, Missouri SPOUSE'S, CHILDREN'S NAMES: SPOUSE - Lisa CHILDREN - Natalie, Trent and Seth EDUCATION: Oran High School, SEMO Law Enforcement Academy, Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy, National Sheriff's Institute...
Candidate questionnaire: Kim Kelley (06/29/12)
NAME: Kim Kelley AGE: 47 PLACE OF BIRTH: Cape Girardeau County SPOUSE, CHILDREN'S NAMES: Married to Terrence for 27 years. Son, Quentin and his wife Ashley, their son (my grandson) Liam Claude, and Daughter Lindsay Jo. And Richard "Dicky" Johnson, who we have cared for since 1999...
High temperature hits 103 in Cape Girardeau (06/29/12)
Cape Girardeau's high temperature soared over the century mark on Thursday, hitting 103 degrees at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport at 3:15 p.m. The temperature broke the record of 102 degrees for June 28, set in 1969, according to the website Weather Underground of 102 degrees.
SEMO's financial outlook has turned around since January (06/29/12)
Months of compromise and conversations over possible budget cuts for fiscal year 2013 are coming to a close at Southeast Missouri State University, but officials are still looking ahead cautiously. Since January, the university's financial outlook has done something of a turnaround. ...
Route A in Perry County reduced for bridge repairs (06/29/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route A in Perry County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge maintenance. The bridge is between County Road 424 and County Road 422. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 7 a.m. ...
Local reactions to the Supreme Court's ruling (06/29/12)
On Thursday the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold most of the key provisions in President Barack Obama's health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act. The Southeast Missourian asked prominent local political party members and health care and insurance professionals for their thoughts on the ruling...
Pork butts to benefit Old Town Cape (06/29/12)
Port Cape Girardeau is selling smoked pork butts through Tuesday to benefit Old Town Cape. For each pork butt sold, $5 will be donated to Old Town Cape. Each butt is 5 pounds, fully cooked and seasoned, and available for $28 plus tax. There is no limit on the number that may be ordered, but orders must be picked up from Port Cape Girardeau by 9 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, contact Port Cape Girardeau at 334-0954...
Missouri Lt. Gov. Kinder calls for repeal of health law (06/29/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- One of Missouri's leading opponents of the federal health care overhaul says the fight has only just begun. The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care law, including the most disputed part: the mandate that virtually all Americans have health insurance or pay a fine...
Mo. GOP pans Medicaid expansion; waits on exchange (06/29/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Republican leaders closed the door Thursday on expanding Medicaid eligibility while taking a wait-and-see approach for a state-based online insurance marketplace after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the federal health care law...
Where Missouri stands after health care law ruling (06/29/12)
Here is a look at where Missouri stands on implementing President Barack Obama's federal health care overhaul, which the Supreme Court ruled Thursday can go forward: NUMBER OF UNINSURED: 835,000 state residents are uninsured, or about 14 percent. WHERE THE STATE STANDS: Missouri received an initial planning grant but has not implemented an online health insurance exchange, a cornerstone of the federal law, because of opposition to it by some Republican state senators. ...
Missouri museums plan digital WWI archive (06/29/12)
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- Two Missouri museums are collaborating with the Springfield-Greene County Library District to create a digital archive of the state's World War I history. The Museum of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville and the Missouri History Museum in St. ...
Missouri reactions to health care ruling (06/29/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Notable Missouri reactions Thursday to the Supreme Court's ruling upholding the federal health care overhaul. _ "We're just now beginning to review this ruling so that we can understand exactly what it means for Missouri. This ruling has significant complexities and implications for families, health care providers and insurers in our state. ...
Turnaround of failing schools can be tough on principals (06/29/12)
ST. LOUIS -- In the fall of 2010, before Riverview Gardens Central Middle School could benefit from a surge of federal money intended to help turn around the foundering school, it was assigned a new principal. Before long, that interim hire left -- as did the next one...
Chief admits police made mistakes at homeless camp (06/29/12)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield police chief Paul Williams said a raid on a homeless camp last week could have been handled better. Officers arrested 17 people while moving homeless people out of the camp in north Springfield. Williams said the raid came after complaints from neighbors about increased crime in the area...
Congress passes student loans, highway jobs bill (06/29/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Finding rare political accommodation on the cusp of a holiday recess, Congress passed legislation Friday designed to salvage 2.8 million jobs and shield students from a sharp increase in loan interest rates. The legislation, which also revamps highway and transit programs and shores up the federal flood insurance program, now goes to the White House for President Barack Obama's signatures...
Health care law survives, with help of chief justice (06/29/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the vast majority of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul, including the hotly debated core requirement that virtually all Americans have health insurance. The 5-4 decision means the huge overhaul, still taking effect, will proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care...
A look at the ruling upholding Obamacare (06/29/12)
A breakdown of what the Supreme Court's ruling said, how it will affect health care consumers and what comes next in the debate over health care reform.
Tepid economic growth weighs on U.S. job market (06/29/12)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy is growing too slowly to pull the job market out of a slump, according to the latest data that suggest June has been another weak month for hiring. Applications for unemployment benefits stayed above a level last week that is generally considered too high to lower the unemployment rate. And the annual growth rate for the U.S. economy in the January-March quarter was unchanged at 1.9 percent...
Mayor: Colorado Springs fire destroys 346 homes (06/29/12)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A raging Colorado wildfire that forced tens of thousands to flee destroyed an estimated 346 homes this week, making it the most destructive fire in the state's history, officials said Thursday. From above, the destruction becomes painfully clear: Rows and rows of houses were reduced to smoldering ashes even as some homes just feet away survived largely intact...
House votes to hold attorney general in contempt (06/29/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has approved a precedent-setting resolution to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress. It was the first time a sitting Cabinet member has been held in contempt. A number of Democrats boycotted Thursday's vote...
Student loan and highways deal poised for votes (06/29/12)
WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders pushed a sweeping highways-student loans package salvaging millions of construction jobs and maintaining low interest rates on millions of new college loans toward a House vote today even as conservative groups mounted a last-minute campaign against it...
Stock market cuts its losses with late comeback (06/29/12)
NEW YORK -- When the stock market began tumbling Thursday, many people assumed the selloff had something to do with the Supreme Court ruling to uphold President Barack Obama's health care law. But for a lot of investors, it was the same old concerns about Europe, along with a few new worries...
News Corp. to split into two (06/29/12)
NEW YORK -- Calling it the next logical step in an evolution over nearly six decades, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. said Thursday that it will split into two publicly traded companies. As part of the split, one company will operate as a newspaper and book publisher, and the other will be an entertainment company that will include the 20th Century Fox movie studio, the Fox broadcast TV network and the Fox News cable channel...
Emergency weather alerts coming soon to smartphones via new government system (06/29/12)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Attorney Bob Burns already gets a lot of information from his smartphone, but he welcomes the prospect of getting a little more -- free warnings about life-threatening weather from a sophisticated new government system. Beginning Thursday, the new Wireless Emergency Alerts system gives the National Weather Service a new way to warn Americans about menacing weather, even if they are nowhere near a television, radio or storm sirens. ...
Madoff's brother expected to plead guilty to conspiracy charges today (06/29/12)
NEW YORK -- Peter Madoff was the quiet one. While Bernard Madoff was the face of the investment firm that attracted rich and famous clients with too-good-to-be-true returns, his younger brother kept firmly behind the scenes. It stayed that way even after Bernard Madoff was arrested in 2008 on charges he orchestrated the largest Ponzi scheme in history. ...
Today in History (06/29/12)
Today is Friday, June 29, the 181st day of 2012. There are 185 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 29, 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Furman v. Georgia, Jackson v. Georgia and Branch v. Texas, struck down a trio of death sentences, saying the way they had been imposed constituted cruel and unusual punishment. (The ruling prompted states to effectively impose a moratorium on executions until their capital punishment laws could be revised.)...
Turkey fortifies Syrian border; bomb hits central Damascus (06/29/12)
BEIRUT -- Turkey deployed anti-aircraft guns, rocket launchers and other weapons along its border with Syria on Thursday, a military buildup that came as world powers showed new urgency to resolve the crisis before it ignites the region. A bomb exploded in central Damascus near a busy market and the country's main justice complex, wounding at least three people, damaging cars in a parking lot and sending a black cloud rising above the Syrian capital. ...
Eurozone leaders discuss emergency market measures (06/29/12)
BRUSSELS -- The leaders of the 17 countries that use the euro scrambled early today to consider emergency measures to lower the borrowing costs of Italy and Spain. The success of a summit meant to reassure markets hung in the balance. A modest agreement by the 27 leaders of the European Union to spend $149 billion to stimulate economic growth was thrown into flux after Italy and Spain said they would block it unless it was paired with immediate action to help lower the interest rates on their government bonds.. ...
Former Bosnian leader acquitted on genocide count (06/29/12)
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal acquitted former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic of one charge of genocide Thursday but upheld 10 other war crimes counts related to atrocities in Bosnia's bloody war. While the decision was a setback for prosecutors and angered survivors in Bosnia, the 10 pending charges against Karadzic include another genocide count covering his alleged involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys...
Two terror suspects arrested in London (06/29/12)
LONDON -- London police have detained two British Muslim converts on suspicion of terror offenses Thursday, a U.K. security official said. The official, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said it wasn't clear whether the arrests were related to the upcoming Olympic Games. Security is tight ahead of the London games, which begin July 27...
14 women compete for ‘Miss Holocaust Survivor' crown in Israel (06/29/12)
HAIFA, Israel -- Fourteen women who survived the horrors of World War II paraded Thursday in an unusual pageant, vying for the honor of being crowned Israel's first "Miss Holocaust Survivor." Billed by organizers as a celebration of life, the event also stirred controversy. In a country where millions have been touched by the Holocaust, many argued that judging aging women who had suffered so much on physical appearance was inappropriate and even offensive...
Scott County Junior American Legion baseball team splits with Sikeston (06/29/12)
The Scott County Junior American Legion baseball team beat host Sikeston 14-6 in the first game before dropping the second 24-4 in five innings Thursday. Chance Tenkhoff earned the win in the opener. He allowed six runs, three earned, over 6 1/3 innings. He also added two RBIs at the plate...
Area digest 6/29/12 (06/29/12)
Mike Bernard used a No. 5 rescue to ace hole No. 8 at Dalhousie Golf Club. The hole was playing 179 yards. Dick Swartz, Ted Street and William Rend witnessed the shot. Barb Johnson won the championship flight at the Kennett Country Club Invitational...
Kentucky yields 1-2 picks in NBA draft (06/29/12)
NEWARK, N.J. -- Best in the country and No. 1 and 2 in the NBA draft. The celebration goes on for Kentucky's kids. The Wildcats became the first school to have the top two picks, half of the four Kentucky players taken in the first round Thursday night...
Let there be rain on earth, and let it begin with me (06/29/12)
Folks, I've done the best I can. I have tried every way I know to make it rain. Honest. I've washed my car every time a cloud slipped over the western horizon. While I don't water my lawn, I have watered the patch of grass in the back that separates several flower beds. A couple of times it has rained a bit when I watered the flower beds, but not enough to keep the front lawn from turning brown like yours...
Independence Day events across Southeast Missouri (06/29/12)
Fireworks, tournaments, car shows and live music -- no other holiday spells summer fun quite like the Fourth of July. Communities all over Southeast Missouri will celebrate Independence Day in their own ways. Some festivals start today, others over the weekend. Here, SE Live presents a rundown of a few events for your Fourth...
ARTifacts 6/29/12 (06/29/12)
The book launch for "Killerfind," the second novel written by Sharon Hopkins of Marble Hill, Mo., will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Painted Wren Gallery in the Bilderbach Plaza, 5 N. Main St. in Cape Girardeau. "Killerfind" is the second in a mystery series written by Hopkins and set in and around the Cape Girardeau area. Hopkins is the wife of retired Judge Bill Hopkins, who also writes mystery novels. His first book, "Courting Murder," is set for an October release...
Rick Springfield returns to Cape Girardeau to help raise money for pediatric brain tumor research (06/29/12)
Many rock musicians work to project a tough-guy image to complement their guitar riffs and aggressive vocals on stage. Rick Springfield is proof that rock stars have a softer side. Springfield reached fame through hits such as "I've Done Everything for You," "Don't Talk to Strangers," "Affair of the Heart," "Love Somebody" and "Jessie's Girl." More recently, he has become known for his philanthropy and long-standing support of the Hoops for Life Charity, a not-for-profit organization that raises money for pediatric brain tumor research, in memory of Sahara "Hoops" Aldridge.. ...
A different brand of fantasy (06/29/12)
Football season may seem far off, but fantasy football drafts are already in full swing. In fantasy football circles, players will debate about using a first-round draft pick on a running back or quarterback; a Ray Rice or an Aaron Rodgers. In new fantasy leagues that several websites have started, however, it's all about choosing an "It Girl" or a "Heartthrob"; a Kristen Stewart or a Channing Tatum...
James DeWeese (06/29/12)
James E. DeWeese, 71, of Fenton, Mo., died Tuesday, June 26, 2012. He is the beloved husband of Janice Perdue DeWeese; cherished father of Mark (Liana), Matthew (Janet) and Timothy (Betty) DeWeese; dear grandfather of Samantha DeWeese (Mark) Gaines, Riley and Payten DeWeese...
Adam McCoy (06/29/12)
Paul Adam McCoy, 34, of Mesquite, Texas, formerly of Jackson, died Monday, June 25, 2012, as a result of an automobile accident in Mesquite. He was born Oct. 31, 1977, in Cape Girardeau, to Gerald Arthur and Paula Joyce James McCoy Sr. Adam was a 1996 graduate of Jackson High School. He had previously worked at Rapco Horizon and Nordenia. He was currently employed by Scott's Lawn Service in Dallas, Texas. He was a member of GCW Wrestling, Dynamo Pro and Jackson Skate Center Rink Rats...
Joseph Dobbelare (06/29/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Joseph L. Dobbelare, 87, of Perryville died Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born July 10, 1924, at Belgique, Mo., to Hubert and Pauline DePauw Dobbelare. He married Opal Counts on Nov. 17, 1951, at Belgique. She preceded him in death March 28, 1980...
Oak Ridge Elementary School honor roll (06/29/12)
4th grade: Trenton Beard, Lexi Dillard, Haileigh Ernst, Gilbert Evans, Drew Glueck, Bryce Hahs, David Layton, Hannah McLane, Sophie Nesbit, Skylar Ponder, Ethan Puchbauer, Caitlin Roth, Tanner Schamburg, Madison Schumer, Hayden Seyer, Jacob Shelton, Drake Stone and Sierra Woodall...
Cape Girardeau police report 6/29/12 (06/29/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Jackson police report 6/29/12 (06/29/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts...
Cape Girardeau fire report 6/29/12 (06/29/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 6/29/12 (06/29/12)
Two shots were fired at a Cape Girardeau police officer last night in connection with a break-in at Southeast Missouri Bank, 11 S. Broadview St.; burglars used a tractor with a backhoe attachment to partially tear open the night deposit box. Sen. John C. Danforth and colleague Kit Bond are in Cape Girardeau to announce the opening of their joint U.S. Senate district office here; the new office will be in the Federal Building...
Use extreme caution (06/29/12)
It gets hot every summer. It is not necessarily surprising that temperatures in the coming days will reach triple digits, though we could break several records in the coming days. What is more unusual is how dry it's been. Much of the region is under "extreme" drought conditions. ...
An endangered riverway (06/29/12)
If floating down a river or spending time in nature is on your summer to-do list, then you'll likely be going to the Current River to kick off your vacation. Located in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, the Current River and its tributary, the Jacks Fork, were the first rivers in the nation to be protected as a national park, and bring in an average 1.3 million visitors for outdoor activities in and along its banks. ...
Speak Out 6/29/12 (06/29/12)
The U.S. is in trouble. Lawlessness roams the land. Who is it that is flagrantly ignoring our laws? It's our president and his attorney general. Barack Obama said that he would fundamentally change America, and he is doing that. He sets up a stalemate with Congress by sending them legislation that he knows will not pass. ...
Prayer 6/29/12 (06/29/12)
O Lord Jesus, grant us wisdom in everything we do. Amen.
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