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Stories from Friday, July 20, 2012

Security increased at movie theaters following shootings; locals react to tragedy (07/20/12)
Some theaters and police around the U.S. stepped up security at daytime showings of the new Batman movie Friday after the massacre in Colorado, and while many fans were undeterred by the tragedy, others were nervous about going to see the film. Two police officers were stationed outside the AMC theater in New York's Times Square, which had showings of the "The Dark Night Rises" beginning every 20 minutes. ...
Nixon touts small business tax credits in Cape Girardeau (07/20/12)
Gov. Jay Nixon challenged the state's small businesses to add jobs now with help from a new tax incentive program during a visit to the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.
Low river yet to have big effect on Southeast Missouri shipping (07/20/12)
Drought has affected the river and its traffic, with low water conditions stretching from the length of the Mississippi River's shipping lanes, tightening the width of the river and limiting the amount of cargo in each barge. Long stretches of shoreline are now exposed, a little over a year after record flooding, shrinking the river's width and affecting the way barges are loaded and navigated. ...
Emerson fliers attack Parker on drug, terrorist stances (07/20/12)
Fliers being distributed by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's campaign have called several key positions of GOP opponent Bob Parker into question, using language that suggests the Raymondville, Mo., rancher and two-time challenger is soft on terrorism and favors striking the federal drug laws from the books...
Voter ID among top concerns of GOP secretary of state candidates (07/20/12)
Three Republican candidates in the race for Missouri secretary of state converged on Cape Girardeau on Thursday night, and at the forefront of their concerns was making sure registered voters are properly identified and elections are accurately run.
Corps of Engineers gives details on where flood recovery money will be spent (07/20/12)
CAIRO, Ill. -- A breakdown of more than $100 million that will be spent for recovery projects in three states was announced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during a visit to Cairo on Thursday.
Cape looking closely at business licenses that haven't been renewed (07/20/12)
The city of Cape Girardeau is cracking down on businesses operating without a city business license. City officials have identified 18 businesses currently operating without a license and are working with the police department to ensure the businesses are closed...
Hayti, Mo., woman charged with hitting pedestrian (07/20/12)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A Hayti, Mo., woman is accused of hitting a pedestrian, causing serious injuries, and driving away, according to the Daily Dunklin Democrat. On Saturday, Mary Reed was arrested by the Kennett Police Department after she allegedly hit a woman walking at the intersection of Jones Street and Route VV in Kennett in her vehicle, then left the scene, according to a police news release. ...
Dexter, Mo. woman sentenced in theft, forgery case (07/20/12)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Dexter, Mo., woman accused of stealing nearly $500,000 was sentenced to prison Thursday, the Daily Statesman reported. Kathy Ellsworth, 48, pleaded guilty June 21 to forging what is believed to be a total of $485,000 in checks from her employer. ...
Sikeston car show, social set for weekend (07/20/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Downtown Car Show and Ice Cream Social at Malone Park in Sikeston provides opportunity to see collectible cars and entertains kids at the same time, according to the Standard Democrat. "It's a family friendly environment," said Kim Robinson, executive director of the Historic Midtown Development Group, the association running the event. ...
Cape County's indigent burial budget goes into red (07/20/12)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission agreed to fund a new indigent burial Thursday that will put the budget for that county service $500 in the red for the year. The county has historically granted $600 to cover expenses for residents who die without assets and who don't have family members who can provide the cost. A request July 12 took the $3,000 annual budget down to $100 and Thursday's request exhausted it...
Kennett man charged with 13 arsons (07/20/12)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A Kennett man was charged Thursday with setting 13 residential fires. According to the Dunklin County prosecutor's office, arson charges have been filed against 34-year-old Daniel Bugbee of Kennett. Bugbee is charged with 13 counts of second-degree arson. The charges stem from a series of residential fires in Kennett that occurred between Dec. 1 and Tuesday...
High temperature breaks daily record in Cape Girardeau (07/20/12)
Cape Girardeau set another daily heat record on Thursday when the mercury again soared into the triple digits. The high temperature hit 101 degrees at 1:10 p.m. Thursday at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, and heat indexes hovered near 110 degrees...
Two from Scott City facing drug charges (07/20/12)
Two Scott City residents were being held in the county jail on $100,000 cash-only bonds Thursday after authorities served a search warrant on their home. Police took into custody Calvin Rayford, 55, and Kimberly Counts, 32, after a drug investigation led authorities to seek a search warrant for their home about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Scott City Sgt. Jordan Bain...
Cape police: No extra officers at movie theater (07/20/12)
Cape Girardeau police will not be assigning extra officers to a local movie theater following this morning's shooting during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colo. In response to an emailed question, Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Darin Hickey said the department will not be assigning extra officers to the Cape West 14 Cine, where the movie is showing, "but our officers are informed on the situation in Colorado and our officers are very well trained to handle any situation that could arise. ...
Dexter man faces child porn charges (07/20/12)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Dexter, Mo., man has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, the Daily Statesman reported. Verl J. Cato, 41, was arrested July 9 by the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department. Cato is accused of possessing pornography that depicts children as young as 4 years old in explicit sexual acts. Cato's bond was originally set at $25,000 cash only, but was amended to $10,000. He posted bond and was released July 10...
Route K reduced for pavement work (07/20/12)
Eastbound Route K in Cape Girardeau County, from Silver Springs to Edgewood roads, will be reduced to one lane Tuesday and Wednesday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews repair the pavement. Weather permitting, work will be done from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636, or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
Repairs set for Cape Girardeau bridge (07/20/12)
East- and westbound Highway 34/74 will continue to be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make repairs to the Mississippi River bridge between Cape Girardeau and Illinois. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Monday through Thursday...
Missouri dog breeder shut down (07/20/12)
ELLSINORE, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Attorney General's office has shut down a southern Missouri dog breeder, citing several violations of the state's Animal Care Facilities Act. Attorney General Chris Koster says C&N Sunset Kennels owner Connie Nelson must transfer all of the breeding dogs to a licensed breeder, rescue shelters or to the public. She was also fined $5,000, though all but $500 of that is suspended as long as she doesn't violate terms of the consent judgment for six years...
In federal court: Cape Girardeau man found guilty of firearms charges (07/20/12)
The U.S. attorney's office released the following information Monday for defendants who appeared before U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. found guilty Name: Robert E. Simmons Residence: Cape Girardeau Charges: Being a felon in possession of a firearm...
Power out briefly Wednesday for half of Poplar Bluff (07/20/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Half of the city of Poplar Bluff was without power for about 20 minutes early Wednesday afternoon, according to Bill Bach, general manager of Municipal Utilities. "A fuse at the power plant substation went out and caused a breaker to trip at our backup protection at the Morrison Road substation," Bach said...
U.S. forecast: Hot, dry weather to linger into fall (07/20/12)
WASHINGTON -- The unusually hot, dry weather that has gripped the nation will not let up its stranglehold over the next few months, federal weather forecasters said Thursday.
Mixed results for efforts to ban certain books from Mo. schools (07/20/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Recent efforts to restrict Missouri students' classroom or library access to certain books have met with mixed results, new research by the University of Missouri School of Journalism shows. The Columbia Missourian reported bans or restrictions have been considered on more than 50 books in 32 Missouri school districts since 2008. Graduate journalism students relied on more than 560 public records requests to compile the data...
Some of the worst mass shootings in US history (07/20/12)
Some of world's worst mass shootings: July 20, 2012: At least 12 people are killed when a gunman enters an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, releases a canister of gas and then opens fire during opening night of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises."...
12 killed, 59 wounded in Colorado theater shooting (07/20/12)
AURORA, Colo. (AP) -- A gunman wearing a gas mask and black SWAT gear hurled a gas canister inside a crowded movie theater during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie Friday and then opened fire, killing 12 people and wounding nearly 60 others in an attack so bizarre that some moviegoers at first thought they were watching Hollywood special effects.
AP Source: Colo. shooting suspect not cooperating (07/20/12)
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The suspect in a shooting that killed or wounded 71 people early Friday in a suburban Denver movie theater is not talking to investigators, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in discussing the ongoing case. The person also said police found jars of chemicals in James Holmes' booby trapped Aurora apartment with wires nearby...
Plain language law off to a spotty start (07/20/12)
WASHINGTON -- An effort to make the government write so people can understand what they're reading is off to a spotty start. A year after an anti-gobbledygook law took effect, federal agencies are still churning out plenty of incomprehensible English, according to the Center for Plain Language, which released a "report card" Thursday grading agencies on their progress -- or lack of it...
Strategist a central figure in fighting gay marriage rights (07/20/12)
MINNEAPOLIS -- Four years ago, Frank Schubert was a well-paid political consultant for what he jokingly calls "the forces of evil" -- tobacco, timber and pharmaceutical companies -- when he agreed to lead the 2008 campaign to repeal gay marriage in California...
Middle East turmoil pushing oil higher again (07/20/12)
NEW YORK -- Rising tensions in the Middle East have pushed oil prices up 19 percent over the past three weeks and are leading to a rise in prices at the gasoline pump. Since the start of July, average gasoline prices in the U.S. have climbed 11 cents to $3.44 per gallon. Pump prices are expected to creep higher in the coming weeks, and they aren't likely to fall back to their June low of $3.33 for the rest of the summer, analysts say...
Tenn. mosque not to open for Ramadan (07/20/12)
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Tennessee Muslims who won a court battle to occupy their new mosque learned Thursday they won't be able to begin worshipping there for the start of Ramadan because it needs about two weeks more of construction work. Still, members of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro were celebrating their legal victory after being buffeted for two years by a lawsuit in which they had no say...
Today in History (07/20/12)
Today is Friday, July 20, the 202nd day of 2012. There are 164 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after reaching the surface in their Apollo 11 lunar module...
Police seek Bulgaria bus bomber's identity; Israel puts blame on Iran (07/20/12)
BURGAS, Bulgaria -- He looked like any other impatient tourist checking the big board at airport arrivals: a lanky, long-haired man in a baseball cap with his hands in the pockets of his plaid Bermuda shorts, a bulky backpack hanging from his shoulders...
Russia and China again veto Syria resolution (07/20/12)
UNITED NATIONS -- Russia and China again vetoed a Western-backed U.N. resolution Thursday aimed at pressuring President Bashar Assad's government to end the escalating civil war in Syria, sparking warnings of even greater bloodshed and spillover to the wider region...
Cape Girardeau, Jackson to meet in first round at Senior American Legion District 14 tournament (07/20/12)
Jackson Post 158 has the best record, Dunklin County Post 303 is the defending champion and Ford & Sons Cape Girardeau Post 63 faces the least pressure. Throw in a Sikeston Post 114 squad that has struggled but is capable of springing an upset, and it adds up to what should be an action-packed Senior American Legion District 14 tournament...
Southeast Missouri State linebacker Blake Peiffer earns spot on top defensive player watch list (07/20/12)
Southeast Missouri State senior linebacker Blake Peiffer is one of 20 standout defensive players named to the Sports Network's Buck Buchanan Watch List. Peiffer is the only Ohio Valley Conference player among this year's initial Buck Buchanan Award nominees. The 18th annual award goes to the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision...
Hole-in-one fails to derail Lassies Classic reigning champions (07/20/12)
Sherre Simmons provided the buzz with a hole-in-one during the final round of the Lassies Classic on Thursday at Cape Girardeau Country Club. But even that buzz was no match for the buzz saw. Diane Fowler and Harriette Myers carded four birdies over their final nine holes and turned Simmons' stellar moment into an exciting footnote by posting an 8-under-par 63 and a five-shot victory over Simmons and teammate Sissy Donahue...
Lawmaker slams Pinkel's defense of Paterno (07/20/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A state lawmaker took Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel to task Thursday for his recent defense of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno as "a great man." State Rep. Sara Lampe issued a statement Thursday criticizing what she called the "Mizzou coach's defense of a child rapist enabler." Lampe is a Springfield Democrat seeking her party's nomination for lieutenant governor in an eight-candidate primary election Aug. 7...
Cardinals ace Carpenter undergoes shoulder surgery (07/20/12)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter is expected to be back for the 2013 season after surgery Thursday to repair a nerve injury in his right shoulder. The neurogenic thoracic outlet surgery was performed by Dr. Greg Pearl in Dallas. The Cardinals say rehabilitation should take two to three months, and Carpenter should be able to have a normal offseason...
El Nino, La Nina: It's muy confusing (07/20/12)
The economy's rival as the biggest topic these days is the weather. Of course, the weather. There is hardly a conversation anywhere, anytime that doesn't, at a minimum, make some reference to the weather. "Hot today." "Sure could use some rain." "Can you believe this humidity?"...
Commentary: Cape Girardeau is alive and well (07/20/12)
Southeast Missourian intern Robert Overmann provides guest commentary in place of James Samons' "Street Spirit," which will return next week. When I was asked to write a column about entertainment in Cape Girardeau, I started worrying. What did I have to write about? Frankly, I can't remember attending an entertainment event in Cape Girardeau of my own accord. Though I've lived in Cape Girardeau my whole life, I knew little about what went on in my hometown...
Crosby Stills and Nash coming to Carson Center (07/20/12)
The Carson Center in Paducah, Ky., will, for the next few weeks, host a group of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, followed by a tribute to The King. The music of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash is recognized as a cornerstone of rock 'n' roll music, and they are quickly selling out their July 28 Carson Center performance...
ARTifacts 7/20/12 (07/20/12)
Hoops for Life will present Rick Springfield in concert Saturday at the Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus. The opening ceremony begins at 8 p.m. and the concert at 8:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit pediatric brain tumor research in memory of Sahara "Hoops" Aldridge. Tickets can be purchased at the River Campus box office, at 651-2265 or rivercampusevents.com...
Best bet 07/20/12 (07/20/12)
Nashville artist Taria is no newcomer to the country music scene. Taria began her music career at an early age, and at age 15 made her debut at the Grand Ole' Opry. She'll be performing at 9 p.m. today at the Pink Galleon. Cover charge is $7.
Personal, powerful sculpture (07/20/12)
Two area artists are bringing their work together this month. But for close friends and sculptors Matt Miller and Nathan Pierce, it's not the first time. The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is hosting Miller's and Pierce's work through July 28, with solo exhibits by both artists. Arts council director Murielle Wyman said the pieces explore some powerful aspects of art...
Ruby Leach (07/20/12)
Ruby Marie Leach, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at Southeast Hospital. She was born July 16, 1927, in Cape Girardeau, to Edward F. and Erna Amanda Sander Spalding. She and Harold J. Leach were married Oct. 25, 1945, in Cape Girardeau. He preceded her in death Jan. 11, 1990...
Silas Smith (07/20/12)
Silas Franklin Smith, 60, of Whitewater, formerly of Anna, Ill., and Jackson, died Thursday, July 19, 2012, at his home. He was born Sept. 26, 1951, in Mound City, Ill., to Frank and Henrietta Rainbolt Smith. He worked many years in the city of Anna maintenance department...
Linda Wages (07/20/12)
BERTRAND, Mo. -- Linda F. Wages, 75, of Bertrand died Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. She was born Jan. 16, 1937, in Deventer, Mo., to Lendell and Mary Slayden Hunt. Linda moved to Bertrand in 1990 and was a longtime member of Abundant Grace Church. ...
Wanda Critchlow (07/20/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Wanda Fern Critchlow, 96, of Sikeston died Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at Clearview Nursing Center in Sikeston. She was born Nov. 6, 1915, near Matthews, Mo., to Frank and Bertha Evans Radcliffe. She grew up on the farm and graduated from Matthews High School. She and William C. Critchlow of Matthews were married April 8, 1939, in Sikeston. He was a medical student at St. Louis University...
Florence Krudwig (07/20/12)
Florence Krudwig, 71, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Anna, Ill., died Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at her home. She was born Sept. 29, 1940, in St. Louis, to Henry and Florence Dale Sovar. She and Robert L. Krudwig were married Dec. 19, 1964. He preceded her in death Dec. 30, 2009...
Mildred Pohlman (07/20/12)
Mildred R. Pohlman, 86, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 10, 1926, in Old Appleton, to Gottfried "Fritz" and Bertha Mueller Roth. She and Melvin Pohlman were married Jan. 25, 1951, in Blytheville, Ark...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/20/12 (07/20/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Cape Girardeau fire report 7/20/12 (07/20/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Jackson police and fire reports 7/20/12 (07/20/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Theft Miscellaneous Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 7/20/12 (07/20/12)
The Vision 2000 steering committee decides to finance its entire public information campaign with private funds; last week, the committee had said it would ask the city council to provide $24,000, or about half the cost of the campaign. The Cape Girardeau City Council spends much of its study session looking at the possibility of participating in a statewide insurance pool that could provide the city with general liability protection; currently, the city has no general liability insurance...
Telling their story (07/20/12)
We have great admiration for those who've served in the armed forces. These men and women, from times of peace to times of war, have played an important in preserving freedom. For their commitment and sacrifice we're grateful. If you talk to some veterans, you might here them deflect praise. This was the case recently when six Marines from World War II met in Cape Girardeau to share their stories, including thoughts from the famous battle of Iwo Jima...
No death penalty position for ABA (07/20/12)
The following letter to the editor was sent in response to the story "Mo. prosecutors stay quiet on death penalty review":A July 12 story by The Associated Press incorrectly reports that state-based death penalty assessment teams, sponsored by the American Bar Association Death Penalty Moratorium Project, have recommended that executions be suspended in seven of nine states studied. ...
Speak Out 7/20/12 (07/20/12)
Taylor Crowe's political cartoon on the postponement of the vote on deer hunting was hilarious. What makes something really funny is how true it is. So far, electing Trent Summers as councilman has turned out to be less than efficacious. It seems the councilman has other priorities...
Prayer 7/20/12 (07/20/12)
O Lord God, may we praise you with an upright heart. Amen.
Maximized Living Facility Comes to Cape (07/20/12)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Cape Girardeau, Mo -- 17, July 2012--Maximized Living, the official performance and chiropractic team for USA Judo, Weightlifting, Wrestling and Sitting Volleyball, is providing families nationwide the chance to train and prepare like world champions with their cutting-edge performance programs created for elite athletes...
Moose Riders Host 2nd Annual Poker Run for MS (07/20/12)
​Over 400,000 Americans have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a disease whose cause and cure are both unknown. According to the MS Society Fact Sheet the severity of MS can range from mild numbness in the limbs to paralysis or blindness, making the experience different for each individual and the family of individuals diagnosed with this disease...
No Deer Allowed (07/20/12)
Just a little humor for our city about feeding the deer. My husband Carl made a sign to eliminate any feeding of the deer at our home.
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