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Cape Girardeau School District looking at strategies to lower drop out rate (07/09/12)
A Cape Girardeau School District plan for reducing the number of students quitting school may include earlier identification of those most at-risk to drop out through the use of surveys. A team of district staff from the administrative office, high school, junior high and middle school has been meeting periodically to develop an "action plan" for dropout reduction in association with the district's participation in grant programming funded by the U.S. ...
Sikeston Department of Public Safety readying for new headquarters (07/09/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- On July 17, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety will be officially located at 201 S. Kingshighway. "We're still going to be moving, but our main operations will start to function out of here at 8 a.m. that morning," said DPS director Drew Juden...
Drury Southwest is hoping land preparation will draw in businesses (07/09/12)
In an effort to encourage development along South Siemers Drive, Drury Southwest is making infrastructure upgrades to its property there. Work is underway on a 22-acre tract between Siemers Drive and Interstate 55, in the area of Fox Lane, to relocate a drainage ditch that runs through the property, said Larry Westrich, vice president of Drury Southwest...
Ruling on cause of man's death while in police custody awaiting tests (07/09/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- It will be weeks before authorities know what caused the death Thursday of a Poplar Bluff man who was in police custody. An autopsy was performed Friday afternoon on Charles A. Riels, 40, by Dr. Russell Deidiker at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington, Mo...
Suspects in Butler County burglaries arrested (07/09/12)
Butler County authorities are seeking the rightful owners of property they recovered after the recent arrest of five local residents in connection with a string of burglaries. The seven burglaries, as well as one theft, occurred in and around the Fisk, Mo., and Rombauer, Mo., areas June 27, according to Butler County Lt. Brian Evans...
Temperature in Cape stays below 100 on Sunday (07/09/12)
The temperature was hot in Cape Girardeau on Sunday, just not as hot as it had been for several days. National Weather Service meteorological technician Dave Purdy said the temperature reached 96 at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport on Sunday, the first day since Tuesday that it had not topped 100...
No one injured in garbage truck fire Sunday in Cape (07/09/12)
No one was injured when a garbage truck caught on fire in south Cape Girardeau late Sunday morning. Firefighters responded about 11:45 a.m. to a call of a vehicle fire in the lot at 900 S. Kingshighway, next to Cape Tractor Trailer Supply, battalion chief Mark Starnes said...
Cape apartments damaged in fire to be rebuilt, owner says (07/09/12)
Lynwood Hills Apartments owner Mike Smith said the apartments damaged in a June 21 fire should be rebuilt within three months. The apartment complex was declared dangerous and condemned June 21 by the city of Cape Girardeau because of the damage, said Nicolette Brennan, spokeswoman for the city of Cape Girardeau...
Fundraiser set to help with new Discovery Playhouse exhibit (07/09/12)
A fundraiser next month will help pay for an exhibit at the Discovery Playhouse honoring a Benton, Mo., toddler who died earlier this year. The Summer Cocktail Soiree will run from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Concourse, 429 N. Broadview St. in Cape Girardeau. The event will have live music by the Ivas John Band, a silent auction, gourmet appetizers and surprise entertainment...
Keeping cool watching the Capahas in Cape (07/09/12)
LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semissourian.com From bottom left, Randy and Ja'net Sadler, Brittany DeRossett, Aaron DeRossett and Colton Pobst, far right, make way as Matthew Martin jumps back into the kiddie pool in the bed of Sadler's pick-up truck after retrieving a foul ball during the Capahas game Sunday in Cape Girardeau. The group from Chaffee, Mo., were trying to keep cool during the afternoon baseball game. "We will be back with the pool again," said Randy Sadler. Sunday's high reached 96 degrees with a heat index of 106. Cooler temperatures are expected throughout the week.
Analysis: Politics surround Mo. ballot measures (07/09/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Should Missouri residents and small businesses be denied access to affordable health care plans? Most people probably would say no. Yet a question similar to that could appear before voters on the November statewide ballot...
Mo. judge upholds governors' budget powers (07/09/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A judge upheld the authority of Missouri governors to control state spending and ruled that a common budgeting tactic violates a state constitutional requirement that says specific amounts and purposes must be given for budget items...
Smithsonian marks creation of land-grant colleges (07/09/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the midst of an all-consuming Civil War that divided the nation 150 years ago, Congress was able to muster the will to pass legislation that would transform higher education. It was this week in 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln signed a law that would establish a network of land-grant universities. ...
Judge upholds Missouri governors' powers to control state budget (07/09/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A judge upheld the authority of Missouri governors to control state spending and ruled that a common budgeting tactic violates a state constitutional requirement that says specific amounts and purposes must be given for budget items...
New court for vets started in Kansas City area (07/09/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri county has launched a new court that will offer military veterans in the Kansas City area alternatives to jail for some nonviolent offenses. The court is a combined effort of the Jackson County Circuit Court, the prosecutor's office and the U.S. ...
Jobs data force delicate balancing act for Obama (07/09/12)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers added only 80,000 jobs in June, a third straight month of weak hiring that shows the economy is still struggling three years after the recession ended. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent, the Labor Department said Friday...
Actor Ernest Borgnine dead at 95 (07/09/12)
LOS ANGELES -- He was a tubby tough guy with a pug of a mug, as unlikely a big-screen star or a romantic lead as could be imagined. Yet Ernest Borgnine won a woman's love and an Academy Award in one of the great lonelyhearts roles in "Marty," a highlight in a workhorse career that spanned nearly seven decades and more than 200 film and television parts...
More public schools splitting up boys, girls (07/09/12)
MIDDLETON, Idaho -- Robin Gilbert didn't set out to confront gender stereotypes when she split up the boys and girls at her elementary school in rural southwestern Idaho. But that's exactly what happened, with her Middleton Heights Elementary now among dozens of public schools nationwide being targeted by the American Civil Liberties Union in a bitter struggle over whether single-sex learning should be continued. ...
Minnesota officials bemoan deer stand ‘mansions' (07/09/12)
DULUTH, Minn. -- Some Minnesota hunters are upgrading their deer stands, trading the traditional nailed-together hunks of wood for what one official calls "mansions" in trees on public property. St. Louis County officials are seeing deer stands -- platforms perched in trees to help hunters more easily spot deer -- with stairways, decks, shingled roofs, commercial windows, insulation, propane heaters, carpeting, lounge chairs, tables and even the occasional generator, the Duluth News Tribune reported.. ...
Yahoo, Facebook settle patent dispute, ad alliance (07/09/12)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook and Yahoo have agreed to settle a patent dispute. This averts a potentially bitter battle over the technology running two of the Internet's most popular destinations. They have agreed to drop their lawsuits and license each other's patents...
Dynegy Inc. files for bankruptcy protection (07/09/12)
NEW YORK -- Dynegy Inc. said Friday that it has filed for bankruptcy protection as part of a plan to reorganize after years of wrestling with falling electricity prices. The Houston power company, which operates and sells electricity on the open market, said the Chapter 11 filing won't affect its primary assets. Dynegy's coal and natural gas-fired power plants are owned by separate subsidiaries that aren't part of the bankruptcy filing...
Today in History (07/09/12)
Today is Monday, July 9, the 191st day of 2012. There are 175 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 9, 1962, the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles began exhibiting pop artist Andy Warhol's now-famous set of 32 paintings of Campbell's soup cans...
Libyan election hints at blow to Islamists (07/09/12)
TRIPOLI, Libya -- Libya's first nationwide elections in nearly five decades brought hints Sunday of an Arab Spring precedent: Western-leaning parties making strides over Islamist rivals hoping to follow the same paths to power as in neighbors Egypt and Tunisia...
Egypt's new president reconvenes parliament dissolved by military (07/09/12)
CAIRO -- Egypt's Islamist president fired the first volley Sunday in his battle with the nation's powerful generals, calling on the Islamist-dominated parliament to reconvene despite a military-backed court ruling that dissolved it. A week into his presidency, the surprise move by Mohammed Morsi threatened to plunge the country into a new bout of instability and violence, nearly 17 months after the ouster of authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak...
Capahas baseball team weathers heat, Waterloo (07/09/12)
The temperature in Cape Girardeau finally dipped under the 100-degree mark Sunday, but that hardly brought relief at Capaha Field. "The humidity was really up," Plaza Tire Capahas manager Jess Bolen said. "It was very hot." So hot, in fact, that the heat index approached the 110-degree mark when the Capahas and Waterloo (Ill.) Millers squared off...
Cardinals cap first half of season with rally against Marlins closer (07/09/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Rafael Furcal warmed up for his National League All-Star game start by triggering a home plate celebration. Heath Bell heads into the All-Star break with his job in jeopardy. Furcal capped a three-run ninth-inning rally with a two-run, bases-loaded single off the vulnerable Miami closer that gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-4 victory over the Marlins on Sunday and a feeling of exhilaration in the clubhouse...
Former Southeast coaches excel with juco programs (07/09/12)
John Ishee's recent hiring as the women's basketball coach at Ranger (Texas) College means that three fairly recent Southeast Missouri State basketball coaches are now leading junior college hoops programs. Ishee no doubt hopes he experiences the same kind of success in his new position that the other two have...
Farm parody video of 'Sexy and I Know It' goes viral (07/09/12)
WICHITA, Kan. -- Kansas State University student Greg Peterson and some friends were unwinding at a drive-in restaurant when LMFAO's song "Sexy and I Know It" came on the radio. He groaned. But as the chorus went on, the 21-year-old found inspiration. He switched "sexy" to "farming" as he began rapping. Then he started coming up with lyrics. It would be fun, he thought, to do a video parody with his brothers when he returned home to the family farm in central Kansas...
Talking Shop with David Grimes, deputy director of the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission (07/09/12)
David Grimes, deputy director of the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission in Perryville, Mo., does a little bit of everything in his job, from transportation planning to environmental issues to homeland security. He loves researching new topics and says his job is the closest thing he can find to school while still getting paid. ...
Family Dollar opening store in Jackson location (07/09/12)
A Family Dollar store is coming to Jackson at the site of the former El Torero restaurant, according to Tom Kelsey, commercial broker with Lorimont Place Ltd., who handled the recent real estate transaction. Kelsey recently closed the sale of the property at 711 E. Jackson Blvd., across the street from Brennecke Chevrolet...
Virginia Bailey (07/09/12)
Virginia Bailey, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, July 8, 2012, at Chateau Girardeau. Arrangements are pending with Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
June Johns (07/09/12)
June Jane Johns, 89, of Jackson died Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the Monticello House in Jackson. Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. today at Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home.
Maxine Fluegge (07/09/12)
Maxine Fluegge, 83, formerly of Jackson, died Saturday, July 7, 2012, at West County Care Center in Ballwin, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete at the McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
Alice Henry (07/09/12)
FARMINGTON, Mo. — Alice Hitt Henry, 84, of Farmington died Sunday, July 8, 2012, at Presbyterian Manor in Farmington. Arrangements are pending with Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.
Alfred King (07/09/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Alfred F. King, 70, of Perryville died Saturday, July 7, 2012, at his home. Alfred donated his body to medical research. All services will be private.
Roger Shell (07/09/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. — Roger A. Shell, 57, of Marble Hill died Sunday, July 8, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete.
Cape Girardeau police report 7/9/12 (07/09/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest...
Cape Girardeau fire report 7/9/12 (07/09/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Jackson police report 7/9/12 (07/09/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Theft...
Out of the past 7/9/12 (07/09/12)
Renovations are underway at the Salvation Army headquarters, 701 Good Hope St.; the brick building has been tuck-pointed and a new heating and cooling system is being installed; a group of volunteers is painting, and a new flat roof will be added. The old Saint Francis Hospital, formerly a residence hall for Southeast Missouri State University, is for sale; the building, on Good Hope Street, is being sold by the university because it is no longer needed as a residence hall...
Beliefs should be respected by insurance market (07/09/12)
By Jackie Schmidt It appears that much of the local media has not studied in detail the provisions of Missouri Senate Bill 749 (SB749), the religious liberty bill presently awaiting Gov. Jay Nixon's signature. This bill ensures that the moral and religious beliefs of consumers are respected in the insurance market. This means protecting the free exercise of the rights of conscience for all individuals, not just official religious institutions...
USA Veterans (07/09/12)
If you attended Cape Girardeau's fireworks display or the demolition derby, or any of the events this July Fourth, we hope you enjoyed the festivities. We'd like to take an opportunity to thank the USA Veterans group that put on the show. The city of Cape Girardeau no longer funds a fireworks display; it was cut in 2009 when the budget was tight. Since then, the USA Veterans group has organized the events and put on the show...
Coverage for preventive care (07/09/12)
The following letter to the editor was sent in response to the letter "Cook's reaction to court decision":I was asked by the Missourian to comment on the Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act. I mentioned that this ruling saved my husband and me $2,000 for the colonoscopy he has scheduled. ...
Speak Out 7/9/12 (07/09/12)
People are complaining in Speak Out about the crossover cables on the interstate. Now that the Missouri Department of Transportation is repaving the interstate by the airport, the road surface is going to be even higher, maybe another five inches; and those crossover cables are going to be even lower and more dangerous to us. They really should be put in the center of the median and not right next to the southbound lane...
Prayer 7/9/12 (07/09/12)
O Lord God, we praise you, for your words will never pass away. Amen.
Paid election letter: It's time for a change (07/09/12)
Missouri's 8th District needs a new congressional representative. We need someone with strongly held convictions that the Constitution does matter, is worth keeping, and is even worth fighting for. We need a representative who will go to Washington and not become part of the tide drowning out our freedoms...
Paid election letter: Parker is pro-life, no exceptions (07/09/12)
Pro-Life Republican Bob Parker deserves the confidence of all Right to Life voters. He has always been pro-life from conception to natural death with no exceptions. He would never vote for federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research as longtime Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson did. ...
Half Marathon Training Starts July 17, Sign Up Now (07/09/12)
Looking to get in shape, but you need the extra push? Cape Girardeau's Parks and Recreation Department offers eight-week Half Marathon Training, starting July 17 through September 6. It will provide an instructor to help keep your spirits high while staying on a specific workout regimen...
Fantastic Swimnastics: Aquatics Fitness in Cape (07/09/12)
Keep your heart rate up, build strength and endurance while keeping cool this summer! The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department invites you to take Swimnastics at Central Municipal Pool. The classes are instructed by Pat Grebe, who has taught aquatic fitness classes for 18 years at the pool. ...
Day Camps for Ages 6-12 in Cape Girardeau (07/09/12)
The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a Day Camp that is open to children, ages 6 to 12, at the Osage Centre. Three sessions are available, beginning July 23. Children will go canoeing, fishing and play sports. There will be games, arts and crafts, and many other activities guaranteed to keep the kids entertained...
American Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood (07/09/12)
American Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donors Now Blood and platelet donors of all types needed The American Red Cross blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June. This shortfall leaves the Red Cross with half the readily available blood products on hand now than this time last year...
Dist. 32 serves over 11,200 lunches at summer scho (07/09/12)
From milk to meatball sub sandwiches and carrot sticks to cookies, children found something delicious to enjoy every day in June, thanks to the free summer food program atPerryCountySchool District32. "The district was able to offer this free food service program through grant funding from the Department of Health and Senior Services," said Assistant Superintendent Russell Leek. ...
Grandma Vera with great-grandchildren (07/09/12)
Vera Burger of New Hamburg, MO with her three of her sixteen great-grandchildren. Pictured are Jacqueline & Blaise Winder of Jackson, and Cash Rodgers of Cape Girardeau.
An Important Lesson of Fireworks Restrictions (07/09/12)
A captured video frame from my radio-controlled sailplane shows the burned, empty lot in a subdivision west of Jackson. The fire was reportedly started by bottle rockets or other fireworks. Fortunately the fire was extinguished before reaching homes in the subdivision...
Sunset on the Aegean (07/09/12)
Sunset on the Aegean Sea near Thessaloniki, Greece.
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