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Stories from Monday, July 23, 2012

Nearly a billion in bonds: Chapter 100 financing has helped several projects in Cape County (07/23/12)
Chapter 100 bonds have been used to entice new industrial development in Cape Girardeau County six times, with a seventh project in the works now with Procter & Gamble. Last week, Cape Girardeau County commissioners approved a resolution of intent to issue industrial development bonds to fund a $300 million expansion at Procter & Gamble's Cape Girardeau County plant, which could bring up to 200 construction jobs and 35 full-time positions...
Waller preliminary hearing to be Wednesday (07/23/12)
Family members of Jacque Waller, the Jackson woman who went missing last year, said they plan to be in attendance this week when her estranged husband has a preliminary hearing in her disappearance. "Wild horses couldn't keep me away," said Stan Rawson, the father of Jacque Waller, who went missing more than a year ago. "We want to see justice for Jacque. We'll be there."...
Rehder, Bill marshaling their supporters in 148th District (07/23/12)
There are clear differences in the campaign strategies of Holly Rehder and Josh Bill, both Republican candidates hoping to move past the upcoming primary in the race for the 148th District seat in the Missouri House of Representatives. Rehder spent the weekend canvassing small towns in the district, which encompasses the eastern part of Scott County and part of Mississippi County...
Cape County assessor candidates outline goals for office (07/23/12)
After more than three decades under the leadership of retiring Democrat Jerry Reynolds, voters will decide Aug. 7 which of the three Republican Cape Girardeau County assessor hopefuls will stand as the lone candidate in the November election. The assessor locates taxable property, identifies ownership, establishes property values and lists those values on assessment rolls for taxation that provide the funding base for the county. ...
Area under excessive heat warning through Thursday (07/23/12)
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for much of Southeast Missouri, including Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Perry, Scott and Stoddard counties. The area will remain under the warning until 7 p.m. Thursday. The warning means heat indexes of about 105 are expected during the afternoon...
Children playing with phones causing 911 problems in Stoddard County (07/23/12)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Stoddard County 911 Services administrator Carol Moreland told the 911 Services board of directors "there has been quite a problem" with children calling the 911 dispatch center while playing with discarded cellphones. She said there have been several incidents. The comments came at the regular board meeting last week...
Charleston man enters guilty plea in murder case (07/23/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Charleston, Mo., man has entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder for a fatal shooting in Charleston. Devonte Marquez Johnson, 19, entered the guilty plea during a hearing at the Butler County Courthouse in Poplar Bluff, according to Mississippi County Prosecuting Attorney Darren Cann. Johnson is charged in the death of Nicholas Munn...
Candidate questionnaire: Wayne Wallingford (07/23/12)
NAME: Wayne Wallingford AGE: 66 PLACE OF BIRTH: Geneva, IL SPOUSE'S, CHILDREN'S NAMES: Wife: Suzy; Children: London Jolliff and Brandon Scott Wallingford EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Nebraska, Omaha; Master of Arts in Management Supervision with a specialization in Health Care Administration, Central Michigan University...
Military vehicle enthusiasts gather in downtown Cape (07/23/12)
John Reed, left, and Dave Hutson, right, gather with members of the SEMO Military Vehicles Group, including Gary Tyler, background left, and Mike Morgan, on Sunday in downtown Cape Girardeau. The pair will embark July 29 on a trip to travel the Alaska Highway in Hutson's 1951 Willys M38 U.S. ...
Some at Springfield homeless camp have charges dropped (07/23/12)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Some of the 17 homeless people arrested when police raided a Springfield camp last month will not be charged with trespassing. The municipal prosecutor said last week charges would be dropped in some cases because investigators couldn't determine which of the campers were given legal notice before being cited...
Gadget may hit sour note with piano tuners (07/23/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Don Gilmore, a Kansas City mechanical engineer, has invented a self-tuning piano kit that could revolutionize -- if not destroy -- an industry headquartered in his hometown. The computerized device, which could sell for as little as $300, could be retrofitted for older pianos, doing much of the job of a piano tuner. ...
Today in History (07/23/12)
Today is Monday, July 23, the 205th day of 2012. There are 161 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 23, 1962, the first public TV transmissions over Telstar 1 took place during a special program featuring live shots beamed from the United States to Europe, and vice versa...
Some fracking critics using bad science, experts say (07/23/12)
PITTSBURGH -- In the debate over natural gas drilling, the companies are often the ones accused of twisting the facts. But scientists say opponents sometimes mislead the public, too. Critics of fracking often raise alarms about groundwater pollution, air pollution, and cancer risks, and there are still many uncertainties. But some of the claims have little -- or nothing -- to back them...
IPO market heats up after 'Facebook freeze' (07/23/12)
NEW YORK -- Investors showed their appetite for freshly public technology stocks Friday, but a decidedly old-school company -- Fender Instruments -- bowed out of its planned initial public offering, citing market conditions. Analysts were quick to isolate the guitar maker as a solo act, out of tune with the broader IPO market. ...
Injured recount chaos in movie theater (07/23/12)
AURORA, Colo. -- One man remembers the moment he knew his friend's life was ebbing away as she lay bleeding on the floor beside him. Another remembers the shock reflected on people's faces as they watched him stagger past, trying to stanch a bullet wound in his neck...
Movie massacre suspect mum; Batman mask found (07/23/12)
AURORA, Colo. -- University of Colorado officials were looking Sunday into whether James Holmes used his position in a graduate program to collect hazardous materials, but school officials weren't saying whether they knew the suspect in a movie theater massacre was anything more than a hardworking student...
Police will likely expand search for missing Iowa girls (07/23/12)
Law enforcement officials will likely expand their search for two missing Iowa cousins now that the girls' disappearance is considered an abduction case, experts said. But experts said it's hard to tell exactly what's going on because officials probably aren't disclosing everything they know, including why they are confident that 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins are alive...
U.S. poverty on track to rise to highest since 1960s thanks to weak economy (07/23/12)
WASHINGTON -- The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net. Census figures for 2011 will be released this fall in the critical weeks ahead of the November elections...
Lobstermen reportedly finding more odd colors in their catches (07/23/12)
PORTLAND, Maine -- When a 100-pound shipment of lobsters arrived at Bill Sarro's seafood shop and restaurant last month, it contained a surprise -- six orange crustaceans that have been said to be a 1-in-10-million oddity. "My butcher was unloading them and said, ‘Oh, my gosh, boss, they sent us cooked dead lobsters,'" said Sarro, owner of Fresh Catch Seafood in Mansfield, Mass. "He then picked one up and it crawled up his arm."...
AIDS conference opens Sunday at key turning point (07/23/12)
WASHINGTON -- The world's largest AIDS conference returned to the U.S. on Sunday with a plea against complacency at a time when the epidemic is at a critical turning point. "We can start to end AIDS," one expert said. There is no cure or vaccine yet, but scientists say they have the tools to finally stem the spread of this intractable virus -- largely by using treatment not just to save patients but to make them less infectious, too...
More than 1,000 turtles slowly escape captivity (07/23/12)
SUMMERVILLE, Ga. -- More than 1,000 turtles made a slow-speed escape from their turtle farm in northwest Georgia. Turtle farmer David Driver told sheriff's officials he suspects vandals might be to blame for tearing down fences around his turtle ponds in Summerville...
Global economy in worst shape since 2009 (07/23/12)
WASHINGTON -- The global economy is in the worst shape since the dark days of 2009. Six of the 17 countries that use the euro currency are in recession. The U.S. economy is struggling again. And the economic superstars of the developing world -- China, India and Brazil -- are in no position to come to the rescue. They're slowing, too...
What helped Dow Jones index now hurting it (07/23/12)
NEW YORK -- It's the granddaddy of stock indexes, a centenarian that is sprightly for its age. Since a near fatal fall in March 2009, it's nearly doubled. But the Dow Jones industrial average is starting to look frail. The problem is that the blue-chip index has been relying heavily on just two of its 30 stocks, Caterpillar and IBM. ...
Norway remembers victims of bomb, shooting attacks (07/23/12)
OSLO, Norway -- Norway on Sunday paused to commemorate the 77 victims of a bomb and gun massacre that shocked the peaceful nation one year ago, a tragedy that the prime minister said had brought Norwegians together in defense of democracy and tolerance...
Japan probes alleged cover-up at tsunami-damaged nuclear plant (07/23/12)
TOKYO -- Japanese authorities are investigating subcontractors on suspicion that they forced workers at the tsunami-hit nuclear plant to underreport the amount of radiation they were exposed to so they could stay on the job longer. Labor officials said Sunday that an investigation had begun over the weekend following media reports of a cover-up at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, which suffered multiple meltdowns following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters...
Jackson defeats Cape 11-5 for American Legion District 14 title (07/23/12)
The Jackson Post 158 Senior American Legion baseball team was assured a berth in this week's Zone 4 tournament after zone host Cape Girardeau Ford & Sons Post 63 joined Jackson in the District 14 tournament final. But Post 158 did not want to back into the five-team zone event that begins Thursday at Capaha Field...
Capahas complete perfect home schedule with 5-2 win (07/23/12)
Plaza Tire completed its home schedule with a 20-0 record
Cardinals cap sweep of Cubs with 7-0 victory (07/23/12)
St. Louis outscored Chicago 23-1 during the three-game weekend series
Capahas keep rolling despite player changes this season (07/23/12)
This is not among the most talented teams Jess Bolen has put together during his 46 seasons managing the Plaza Tire Capahas. Bolen is the first to acknowledge that. But the record doesn't reflect it. The Capahas are an impressive 25-6, including a final home record of 20-0...
Batman film reportedly on way to earning $160M (07/23/12)
LOS ANGELES -- "The Dark Knight Rises" was on track to earn $160 million, which would be a record for 2-D films, over the weekend following a mass shooting at a Colorado screening of the Batman film. That amount would best the $158.4 million debut of "The Dark Knight" in 2008 and give "Dark Knight Rises" the third-highest domestic weekend opening ever after the 3-D films "The Avengers" with $207.4 million and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" with $169.2 million...
Contract ends series of disputes over prescriptions (07/23/12)
The Walgreens pharmacy chain will again fill prescriptions from customers in the Express Scripts network starting in September under a new multiyear contract that ends an impasse between the companies. The agreement reached last week follows a series of disputes between Walgreen Co. and St. Louis-based Express Scripts that ended with the discontinuation of the contract between the drugstore operator and the pharmacy benefit manager last year...
Unemployment rates rose in 27 states last month; Missouri among states that saw rates decline (07/23/12)
WASHINGTON -- Unemployment rates rose in 27 U.S. states last month, the most in almost a year and a reflection of weaker hiring nationwide. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates fell in 11 states, including Missouri, and in Washington, D.C. -- the fewest since August. Rates were unchanged in 12 states...
People on the move 7/23/12 (07/23/12)
The Jana Jateff unit with Mary Kay Cosmetics recently honored top performers for the year: Husband of the year went to Lee Sanchez of Jackson. Beach trip winners were Kay Waller, Gail Sanchez, Chanel Tucker and LaDonia Beggs. ...
Shirley Ates (07/23/12)
Shirley Lavonne Ates, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Feb. 22, 1936, in Cape Girardeau to Edward Franklin and Erna Amanda Sander Spalding. Shirley graduated from Cape Girardeau Central High School in 1953. She married Charles "Sonny" Estes on July 26, 1953. He died June 18, 1984...
Barbara Dillman (07/23/12)
CARMI, Ill. -- Barbara Jean Dillman, 78, of Carmi died Sunday, July 22, 2012. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel. Burial will be in Big Prairie Cemetery...
Lawrence Johnson Jr. (07/23/12)
GRASSY, Mo. -- Lawrence "Larry" Edward Johnson Jr., 64, of Grassy died Friday, July 20, 2012, at his home. A memorial service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo...
Linda Sadler (07/23/12)
WAPPAPELLO, Mo. -- Linda Jane Sadler, 60, of Wappapello, formerly of Chaffee, Mo., died Friday, July 20, 2012, at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. Linda was born in Chaffee on Nov. 27, 1951, to the late Edward "Cotton" Sadler and Maureen Barlow Sadler, who survives...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/23/12 (07/23/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Jackson police and fire report 7/23/12 (07/23/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Out of the past 7/23/12 (07/23/12)
Southeast Missouri State University president Dr. Bill Stacy issues a memo to the board of regents asking for a task force to determine the future of the school's athletic program; the directive comes shortly after the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association announced it will expand from eight to 12 schools in the 1989-1990 school year...
Sales tax veto (07/23/12)
Gov. Jay Nixon recently vetoed legislation that would have allowed communities to resume collecting sales taxes on vehicle purchases. Nixon took an intriguing point of view. He said he saw the legislation, which overturned a Supreme Court decision, as "an affront to every Missourian who has not yet had the opportunity to vote on whether to impose" the tax...
Increasing property taxes (07/23/12)
On Wednesday, July 18, 2012, the Cape Girardeau County Commissioners and the Jackson Schools superintendent using Chapter 100 authority collectively increased property taxes on the residents of the county and Jackson without the courtesy of a public hearing. It was done by resolution for a bond to pay for a $300 million expansion at Procter & Gamble...
Parenting and school issues (07/23/12)
I feel some honesty needs to be expressed about the concerns for/of our school children. It appears the school's administrators think about "how can we spend more money," while ignoring the most important and universal problem, which is the parents who permit their children to do what they want to do...
Prayer 7/23/12 (07/23/12)
We praise you, O Father God, for you are Lord of all. Amen.
Paid election letter: Lichtenegger favors vote of the people (07/23/12)
What's wrong with the vote of the people? The citizens of Jackson voted not to annex parts of Fruitland. Don Kuntze apparently did not want the citizens of Jackson to have a vote and obviously was disappointed with the vote rejecting the annexation...
Paid election letter: Adams the best qualified candidate for assessor (07/23/12)
I would like to recommend Bob Adams for Cape Girardeau County assessor in the primary election Aug. 7. Bob has been a fellow appraiser for 30-plus years in the Cape Girardeau County area, first serving as an employee of the former Colonial Federal Savings and Loan Association and later as an independent fee appraiser owning and operating Adams Appraisal LLC...
Paid election letter: The $26,350 question (07/23/12)
In the 1950s we watched a TV game show called "The $64,000 Question." In 2012 we modified this theme, and we call it the $26,350 question. That is the amount of money that Commissioner Jay Purcell cost the county for his failed, self-inflicted lawsuit and two subsequent appeals that also failed. Now this is not conjecture or unsubstantiated allegations. This is fact...
Paid election letter: Lichtenegger has served us well (07/23/12)
Two years ago, I endorsed and supported Donna Lichtenegger for state representative. Donna knew many Republicans in leadership positions in the House. They knew and trusted Donna. As a result, they made her part of the Republican leadership team. Donna performed at a very high level. ...
Paid election letter: Julie Metzger for public administrator (07/23/12)
Julie Metzger will be an excellent public administrator for Cape Girardeau County. Julie's 25 years of social work experience is distinguished by successful leadership at SoutheastHEALTH, commitment to mentoring for the National Association of Social Workers and dedication to helping Cape citizens reach their full potential...
14th Annual RSVP/VIC Golf Tournament (07/23/12)
The 14th Annual Retired Senior Volunteer Program/Volunteer Intergenerational Center Golf Tournament was held on Friday, July 20 at noon at the Cape Girardeau Jaycees Golf Course. The team of Bank of Missouri -- Larry Angle, Kirk Buxton, Corey Buchheit, and Todd Woodfin won Flight A-First Place with a score of 59. ...
Swarming Bees at Cape Nature Center (07/23/12)
On Saturday, July 21st, this swarm of bees gathered on a limb for a while, but was gone about an hour later. Must have been something sweet attracting them to that tree.
4 Generations (07/23/12)
4 generation Welter family. Colton John Wilson, his mother Jessica Pool, his grandmother Kim (Welter) Hope, all from Cape Girardeau, and his great grandfather Jerome Welter of Fredericktown MO.
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