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Stories from Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Construction of new homes on the rise in Southeast Missouri (07/25/12)
Builders in Jackson have put up almost as many new homes in the first six months of the year as during all of 2011. Through June, 33 building permits for new single-family homes valued at $6.9 million were granted by the city of Jackson, according to city records. Last year 38 new homes were constructed in Jackson, a decrease of 12 homes compared with 2010...
Jackson Homecomers opening night bustling despite high temperatures (07/25/12)
The annual Jackson Homecomers festival began its 104th celebration Tuesday night, and the festivities carried on despite the heat. Opening-night events included a speech by Jackson Mayor Barbara Lohr, a performance by the Jackson Municipal Band, the Homecomers Queen Pageant and the Homecomers 1 Mile Youth Run and a 5K Race...
Politician, longtime educator vying for Democratic spot on 148th House District ticket (07/25/12)
For one Democratic candidate in Missouri's House of Representatives 148th district race, ideas about government and politics in Southeast Missouri developed through years of teaching the concepts to others. But Mike Marsh said he doesn't really want to be a politician. ...
Wallingford challenges Brandom to debates (07/25/12)
Missouri Senate hopeful Wayne Wallingford challenged Ellen Brandom on Tuesday to a series of six "spirited and healthy" debates between now and the Aug. 7 Republican primary in what he says is an attempt to eliminate negative ads that have soured voters in the 27th District...
Southeast MIssouri couple moving to China to teach English (07/25/12)
Once upon a time, a husband and wife spent many years making a difference in Southeast Missouri education. Dr. Robert Gifford helped countless college students hone their talents, directed bands and ensembles with award-winning results and helped the region share in music from around the world. ...
Steelman brings 'flatbed forum' to area port in reach-out to rural voters (07/25/12)
Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Sarah Steelman continued her monthlong courtship of Missouri's rural voters Tuesday with a vow that -- if elected -- she would work to bridge the gap between lawmakers ensconced in Washington, D.C., and the farmers they seem to have lost touch with...
Poplar Bluff, Mo., woman arrested four times in three days (07/25/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff woman was in the Butler County Jail on Tuesday after her fourth arrest in three days for alleged abuse of inhalants. Poplar Bluff police officers report that Danielle Elizabeth Jackson, 24, of the 400 block of North Main Street was picked up twice Thursday, once Friday and once Saturday on suspicion of "huffing" from air duster canisters...
Four teenagers connected to Stoddard County school break-in (07/25/12)
BERNIE, Mo. -- Four Bernie teens were arrested over the weekend and charged with breaking into the local high school. Warrants on second-degree burglary charges were issued for the four Sunday following a break-in at Bernie High School about one week earlier...
Cape named to list of best small places for business (07/25/12)
Cape Girardeau was ranked as one of the Best Small Places for Business and Careers by Forbes.com. The city's history, substantial health care industry, numerous murals, and a university are all mentioned in the article ranking Cape Girardeau No. 74 in the list of 184 cities...
Trial to begin next week for man accused in malpractice suit (07/25/12)
Years of litigation may conclude next week, when a malpractice lawsuit filed against an attorney goes to trial. The trial for Gary E. Stark, of Anna, Ill., is scheduled to begin Monday at the Common Pleas Courthouse in Cape Girardeau, Stark's attorney Jim Spain said...
Cape Girardeau hits triple digit temps, falls short of record (07/25/12)
Cape Girardeau did hit triple digits on Tuesday, but fell short of a long-standing high temperature record for the date. The temperature at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport hit 100 degrees at 3:24 p.m., according to National Weather Service readings.
Sikeston City Council OKs tobacco-free zones near youth sports facilities (07/25/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A policy establishing tobacco-free zones at the city's youth sports venues was approved by the city council following a recommendation from the Sikeston Park Board. Park Division employees are posting "tobacco free zone" signs at the various sports facilities where youth baseball, softball, soccer and football are played, designating the areas where tobacco use is now prohibited...
Driver charged in fatal Sikeston collision (07/25/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston man is charged with assault and manslaughter in connection to a July 17 fatal crash. Mark Lee Jobe of Sikeston has been charged in Scott County Court with first-degree assault and involuntary manslaughter, according to a news release from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, and failure to obey a traffic device. Jobe's bond was set at $75,000 cash-only, and he remained in the Scott County Jail late Monday...
Man pleads not guilty to 1982 Cape Girardeau robbery (07/25/12)
A man facing trial on a cold case rape charge pleaded not guilty to a robbery charge Monday. Charles Eugene O'Howell, 50, on Feb. 10, 1982, broke into a Cape Girardeau home and stole $50 from the resident at gunpoint, according to a warrant for his arrest...
3 GOP lawmakers run for Mo. secretary of state (07/25/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Three Missouri Republican lawmakers who support requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls are now campaigning to continue those efforts from the secretary of state's office. Debate about a voter ID law has been a marquee political fight at the Missouri Capitol. ...
Today in History (07/25/12)
Today is Wednesday, July 25, the 207th day of 2012. There are 159 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 25, 1972, the notorious Tuskegee syphilis experiment came to light as The Associated Press reported that for the previous four decades, the U.S. ...
Budget office: Obama's health law reduces deficit (07/25/12)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's health care overhaul will shrink rather than increase the nation's huge federal deficits over the next decade, Congress' nonpartisan budget scorekeepers said Tuesday, supporting Obama's contention in a major election-year dispute with Republicans...
Romney seeks independent probe of White House leak (07/25/12)
RENO, Nev. -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday called for an independent investigation into claims the White House had leaked national security information for President Barack Obama's political gain, part of a searing speech that marked a wholesale indictment of the Democrat's foreign policy...
Families of Colorado theater shooting victims plan goodbyes (07/25/12)
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Their first look at a dazed-looking James Holmes with wildly dyed red hair stunned and angered some of the people he is accused of shooting and the kin of those killed that night in a Colorado movie theater. "A coward," said Tom Teves, whose son, Alex, was one of 12 people Holmes is accused of killing. Tom Teves stared at Holmes throughout the former graduate student's first court appearance Monday...
Penn State loses sponsor, others could follow (07/25/12)
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- State Farm is pulling its ads from Penn State football broadcasts, while General Motors is reconsidering its sponsorship deal and Wall Street is threatening to downgrade the school's credit rating, suggesting the price of the sexual abuse scandal could go well beyond the $60 million fine and other penalties imposed by the NCAA...
Airline bid to block consumer protections rejected by court (07/25/12)
WASHINGTON -- The government can require airlines to show consumers a total ticket price that includes taxes and fees in print and online ads, the U.S. Court of Appeals said Tuesday, rejecting an industry challenge to a series of consumer protection regulations...
Stocks drop for a 3rd day as earnings slide (07/25/12)
NEW YORK -- A parade of grim news, from weak corporate earnings to a pullback at U.S. factories to spreading fault lines in Europe's debt crisis, sent investors fleeing stocks for a third straight day Tuesday. As if that weren't bad enough, Apple delivered a rare earnings disappointment after the closing bell, boding poorly for today's trading...
Golan Heights provides glimpse of Syria civil war (07/25/12)
MOUNT BENTAL, Golan Heights -- As Syrian regime forces clash with rebels close to the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, this windswept plateau has become a front-row seat to Syria's escalating civil war. Curious Israelis and foreign tourists toting binoculars have been drawn to the area to try to get a glimpse of the fighting, even as others sit in a cafe overlooking the Syrian frontier area, sipping from tiny cups of espresso and frosty glasses of beer...
NASA says satellites show strange, sudden, massive melt in Greenland (07/25/12)
WASHINGTON -- Nearly all of Greenland's massive ice sheet suddenly started melting a bit this month, a freak event that surprised scientists. Even Greenland's coldest and highest place, Summit station, showed melting. Ice core records show that last happened in 1889 and occurs about once every 150 years...
Pro, con arguments on proposed New York City sugary drink ban (07/25/12)
NEW YORK -- Medical professionals lined up at a public hearing Tuesday to speak in favor of a proposed ban on large-sized sugary drinks at New York City restaurants, cafeterias and snack trucks, while opponents decried the plan as an assault on personal freedom and wondered what tasty but unhealthy foods might be targeted next...
Federal board: BP missed the big hazard issues in spill (07/25/12)
HOUSTON -- BP and the drilling contractor that operated the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon were so focused on worker safety they didn't do enough to prevent major hazards, such as the 2010 rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 people, federal investigators said Tuesday...
U.S. religious right presses anti-homosexual laws in Africa (07/25/12)
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Conservative U.S. Christian groups are setting up fronts in Africa to fight for anti-gay and anti-abortion legislation to promote their convictions, a report by a Boston-based think tank said Tuesday. It accuses evangelical stars such as Pat Robertson and Rick Warren as well as Catholic and Mormon groups of setting up institutions and campaigns in Africa that are "fanning the flames of the culture wars over homosexuality and abortion by backing prominent African campaigners and political leaders.". ...
Syrian rebels routed in capital fight elsewhere (07/25/12)
BEIRUT -- Fighter jets unleashed sonic booms and helicopter gunships strafed rebels as they pressed their fight Tuesday into new neighborhoods in Aleppo, Syria's largest city. Farther south, ground troops combed Damascus after the nearly complete rout of the largest rebel assault yet on the capital...
China's newest city has a big aim (07/25/12)
BEIJING -- China's newest city is a remote island in the South China Sea barely large enough to host a single airstrip. It has a post office, bank, supermarket and a hospital, but little else. Fresh water comes by freighter on a 13-hour journey from China's southernmost province...
Hoots in parliament: France mulls sexual harassment law (07/25/12)
PARIS -- The hooting and catcalls began as soon as the Cabinet minister stood, wearing a blue and white flowered dress. It did not cease for the entire time she spoke before France's National Assembly. And the heckling came not from an unruly crowd, but from male legislators who later said they were merely showing their appreciation on a warm summer's day...
248 human fetuses found in barrels in Russian forest (07/25/12)
MOSCOW -- Villagers in Russia's south Urals region have stumbled upon a gruesome discovery -- four barrels left in a forest containing 248 human fetuses, prompting an official probe, officials said Tuesday. Police in the Sverdlovsk region said the fetuses, preserved in formaldehyde, were kept in barrels with tags marked with surnames and numbers...
Phone hack charges may add to fallout for Brit PM (07/25/12)
LONDON -- Britain's phone hacking scandal entered a new and expanded criminal phase Tuesday, with charges brought against two former members of Prime Minister David Cameron's inner circle over a campaign of illegal espionage that has rocked the country's establishment...
Errors cost Capahas in road loss to Golden Spikes (07/25/12)
Plaza Tire closed its regular season with a 4-3 loss
Cardinals ends Dodgers' streak with 8-2 win (07/25/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright tried bragging about his hitting prowess, and he broke down laughing in mid-sentence. It was no surprise that the Cardinals right-hander, working his way back into ace status after reconstructive elbow surgery sidelined him all of 2011, kept pace with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. His stroke on one of the biggest hits of the game was a bit of a shocker...
'Jeffersons' star Sherman Hemsley dies (07/25/12)
EL PASO, Texas -- Sherman Hemsley, the actor who made the irascible, bigoted George Jefferson of "The Jeffersons" one of television's most memorable characters and a symbol for urban upward mobility, has died. He was 74. Police in El Paso, Texas, said late Tuesday that Hemsley was found dead at a local home where neighbors said he'd lived for years. A statement from police said no foul play is suspected and that the exact cause of death is pending...
Lillian Birk (07/25/12)
Lillian C. Birk, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, July 23, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Dec. 20, 1920, in Cape Girardeau, to Albert and Caroline Loos Birk. Lillian was office secretary at Florsheim Shoe Co. more than 40 years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, its Ladies Senior Aid and was Sunday school secretary many years...
Harold Simmons (07/25/12)
Harold L. Simmons, 84, of Cape Girardeau passed away Monday, July 23, 2012, at his home. He was born June 10, 1928, in Cape Girardeau, son of Roscoe and Lela Barger Simmons. He and Louise Betts were married May 8, 1952, in Hot Springs, Ark. Harold was a sergeant in the U.S. ...
Jerry Sitze (07/25/12)
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Jerry Wayne Sitze, 70, of Glenallen passed away Monday, July 23, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born in Bessville, Mo., on Nov. 10, 1941, the son of Wilbur T. and Jewell M. Haynes Sitze. He married Ella "Polly" Deck at Glen Allen Baptist Church on Nov. ...
Births 7/25/12 (07/25/12)
Son to Joshua Adam and Lisa Michelle Eftink of Charleston, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 1:32 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2012. Name, Isaiah Adam. Weight, 8 pounds, 5 ounces. Third child, second son. Mrs. Eftink is the former Lisa Hopper, daughter of Patricia Shands of Charleston and Robert Hopper of Sikeston, Mo. Eftink is the son of Connie Harlow of Morley, Mo...
Cape Girardeau police report 7/25/12 (07/25/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Cape Girardeau fire report 7/25/12 (07/25/12)
CAPE GIRARDEAU Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: * At 12:22 a.m., a medical assist on Vantage Drive. * At 5:30 p.m., a building fire on Wild Horse Trail. * At 5:38 p.m., a medical assist on West Mount Drive.
Jackson police report 7/25/12 (07/25/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Assault...
Out of the past 7/25/12 (07/25/12)
Dr. Bolivar Escobedo is back in town, but area pro-lifers can hold their pickets for now; Escobedo says he has no plans to re-open his Cape Girardeau abortion clinic; instead, he will turn the former clinic into a walk-in health care center. Jens Brammer, a Jackson architect with nearly 20 years experience, has been hired as planning engineer at Southeast Missouri State University...
American exceptionalism ... despite President Obama (07/25/12)
Like millions of other small-business owners, I'm confused by the president's statement last week that somehow, I didn't build a business alone -- someone helped me. The clearly unscripted remarks sent shock waves through the private sector community...
Read to Succeed (07/25/12)
This fall a United Way of Southeast Missouri reading initiative will expand to all of the elementary schools in the Cape Girardeau School District thanks to a $107,900 grant from AmeriCorps. Read to Succeed, a volunteer-run program that focuses on improving elementary students' reading skills, has seen significant results in recent years. ...
Save America from ...? (07/25/12)
"Save America," you say! From what? Outsourcing American jobs and banking U.S. currency in foreign lands? These business moguls that are so nearsighted by their greed, they can't see the future beyond the next quarterly accounting? These self-anointed spokesmen for freedom that wrap themselves in red, white and blue and then play the socialism card when their loyalty is questioned?...
Speak Out 7/25/12 (07/25/12)
We would like to thank the Jackson utility workers for their timely response, after the straight line winds downed our utility lines. Many times your efforts go unnoticed, but I know my neighbors on Bainbridge Road would all like to say thanks. Huh? One of the reasons given by the Show-Me Institute as to why Missourians should oppose Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act is because, "Over a 10-year period, Missouri would need to commit about $430 million in order to qualify for $8.4 billion in additional Medicaid grants from the federal government." Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. ...
Prayer 7/25/12 (07/25/12)
O Lord God, you are our fortress, our strength in good times and bad. Amen.
MedAssets Relay for Life 5K (07/25/12)
MedAssets Relay for Life Team's 3rd annual Running for the Girls 5K September 1, 2013. This is a Cape Roadrunners Grand Prix event. Early registration ends 8/10/12. To obtain a registration form contact khann@medassets.com
Buchheit Honors 78th Anniversary with Founders Day (07/25/12)
In honor of Rudy Buchheit and his many accomplishments, each Buchheit location is hosting Founders Day, Saturday, July 28 and invites the community to celebrate. The event includes free food and drinks for all customers in the store between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., as well as 10 percent back on a purchase of $75 or more on a Buchheit gift card. Customers can also register for a chance to win a $250 gift card at buchheitonline.com...
Hungry Bird (07/25/12)
From a next on top of a trash can behind our house
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