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Stories from Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Disputes led up to alleged assault in Cape neighborhood (08/01/12)
Neighbors of Jeana Terry and Lisa Lange described life at home for the Cape Girardeau couple as a "peaceful existence" until the past several months. Mima B. Poole has lived a few houses away from Lang for nine years. "Now I am afraid to come down here and visit," Poole said Friday as she sat in the couple's living room...
Demand high for free dress code clothing at Cape Junior High (08/01/12)
A line of parents and students hoping to take home free clothing items that will comply with the Cape Girardeau School District's new dress code was winding out from the gym through the lobby and into the parking lot of Cape Girardeau Central Junior High this morning...
Ameren to host open house on new local transmission lines (08/01/12)
Construction of a new Ameren Missouri transmission line between its Lutesville substation and the Cape Girardeau area will be the topic of an open house Thursday. The exact route for the estimated 14 to 17 mile line is yet to be determined, but property owners along the proposed routes, who Ameren needs to secure easements from, were invited to attend an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Notre Dame Regional High School...
Wallingford outraises Brandom in final weeks before primary (08/01/12)
In just more than a three-week period, Missouri Senate hopeful Wayne Wallingford has watched his campaign coffers swell by more than $61,000, outpacing opponent Ellen Brandom by a 4-to-1 margin, with the Cape Girardeau Republican drawing support from a list of names that include some of the area's most well known and influential...
Prosecutor requests judge change in Waller murder case (08/01/12)
Prosecutors on Tuesday filed a motion for a change of judge in the James Clay Waller murder case. Cape Girardeau County assistant prosecutor Angel Woodruff filed the motion Tuesday. A preliminary hearing for Waller took place July 25. Cape Girardeau County Judge Gary Kamp bound Waller over to circuit court late Monday afternoon...
Three Rivers board votes to cut ties with foundation (08/01/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- After years of an increasingly contentious relationship, Three Rivers College Board of Trustees voted 5-1 Monday to disassociate itself from one of its oldest supporting entities. "It is my opinion that this board has no alternative but to sever all ties with Three Rivers College Foundation, and urge the Foundation to disband considering the fact that it is no longer serving the purpose for which it was created," board chairman Randy Winston said in a prepared statement made before the motion.. ...
Woman pulled from Mississippi River at Thebes on Saturday (08/01/12)
An unidentified Cape Girardeau woman survived after she jumped from the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge Saturday morning, then washed down the Mississippi River 9 miles to Thebes, Ill., where workers on a commercial boat plucked her from the water, emergency responders said...
Cape County Republican Women to host Bill Randles (08/01/12)
The Cape Girardeau County Republican Women will provide their members, the media and the public with an opportunity to meet Bill Randles, Republican candidate for governor, at noon Friday at Dexter Bar-B-Que in Cape Girardeau. The Missouri Republican primary for governor will be Tuesday. Randles will run against John D. Weiler, David Spence and Fred Sauer...
Four arrested on drug charges in Perry County (08/01/12)
The Perry County Sheriff's Office arrested four people in recent days on suspicion of distribution of controlled substances, after a lengthy investigation. At 2:06 p.m. March 8, officers watched as an informant met with Shawn Matthew Wenzel, 32, and Janel Boland, both of St. Mary, Mo., to buy marijuana from Wenzel, a probable-cause statement said. Wenzel picked the informant up in a passenger car. A small child was in the car at the time of the transaction, the statement said...
Monday storms cause damage in and around Kennett, Mo. (08/01/12)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Dunklin County officials were busy Tuesday assessing damage in Kennett following a Monday afternoon storm. Authorities received reports of downed power lines, broken fences, turned over camping trailers and other damage in one neighborhood...
Survey: Drought dragging down Midwest economy (08/01/12)
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The drought affecting Midwest and Plains states has put a further drag on the regional economy. A report released Wednesday says July's Mid-America Business Conditions Index plunged below growth neutral for the first time since 2008. The index hit 48.7, compared with 57.2 in June...
Mo. court overturns 2005 cap on liability lawsuits (08/01/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Supreme Court cleared the way Tuesday for voters to potentially get a say on initiatives to raise tobacco taxes, increase the minimum wage and limit interest rates on payday loans. The Supreme Court soundly rejected a variety of challenges to the summaries and financial estimates prepared by state officials for the ballot initiatives. ...
Small farmers struggle as drought kills vegetables (08/01/12)
WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- Chris Covelli planted 1,000 zucchini seeds on his farm in southern Wisconsin this spring. Only a quarter sprouted in the parched soil. A few weeks later, he planted 1,000 more seeds and doubled his irrigation. This time, nothing came up...
Gasoline hits $3.50 a gallon after 5 percent price jump during July (08/01/12)
Gasoline is at $3.50 per gallon for the first time this summer after a sharp run-up in July. The price of gas gained 17 cents per gallon, or 5.1 percent this month. It was the first monthly increase since March. The nationwide average was last at $3.50 per gallon June 19...
Murder trial of Drew Peterson gets underway in Illinois (08/01/12)
JOLIET, Ill. -- The murder trial of former suburban Chicago police sergeant Drew Peterson began Tuesday with dueling explanations of his third wife's death, clashes over evidence and a teary witness describing how she screamed when she discovered her friend's body...
New York couple, 85, set to remarry 48 years after divorce (08/01/12)
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- They got hitched while still in their teens, divorced 20 years and four children later, and are getting remarried after nearly a half-century apart. For Lena Henderson and Roland Davis, both 85 years old, the second time around is finally here. The couple plans to get married again Saturday, with four generations on hand to see it happen...
NASA to athletic Mars rover: ‘Stick the landing' (08/01/12)
PASADENA, Calif. -- It's NASA's most ambitious and expensive Mars mission yet -- and it begins with the red planet arrival late Sunday of the smartest interplanetary rover ever built. Also the most athletic. Like an Olympic gymnast, it needs to "stick the landing."...
NYC penthouse listed for $100 million (08/01/12)
NEW YORK -- What will $100 million buy you in New York City's real estate market? Apparently, a really good view. An exclusive listing is offering an octagon-shaped penthouse in midtown-Manhattan that boasts three floors of living space, panoramic views of the city, six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and a wine room for 1,000 bottles...
Ohio police: Woman asked to be arrested, tried to break into jail (08/01/12)
HAMILTON, Ohio -- Police in southwest Ohio are perplexed about why a woman tried to sneak into a county jail before telling authorities to arrest her. Deputies with the Butler County Sheriff's Department arrested 36-year-old Tiffany R. Hurd on Sunday morning after she was caught trying to climb over a fence into Butler County Jail in Hamilton, near Cincinnati. It happened after jail staff leaving a late-night shift told Hurd to leave the property, but she told them to arrest her...
Obama team sees promise in 3rd-party candidacies (08/01/12)
WASHINGTON -- Most Americans have never heard of Virgil Goode, a former party-switching congressman with a distinctive Virginia drawl who conceivably could decide the presidential election. But he is well known to President Barack Obama's team of political advisers...
Romney back to campaign after uneven foreign trip (08/01/12)
WASHINGTON -- Wrapping up a stumble-marred overseas trip, Mitt Romney pivoted quickly into a three-month stretch to the election Tuesday with a new feel-good television ad. Aides simultaneously stoked speculation about his vice presidential pick...
Conservatives work to cull moderates from Republican Party (08/01/12)
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Frustrated by their inability to achieve some policy goals, conservatives in Republican states are turning against moderate members of their own party, trying to drive them out of state legislatures to clear the way for reshaping government across a wide swath of mid-America controlled by the GOP...
Possible defense cuts, layoff notice dispute set off tiff (08/01/12)
WASHINGTON -- Republicans accused President Barack Obama of trying to keep middle-class Americans in the dark about whether they'll lose their jobs from impending defense cuts as a Labor Department memo cautioning contractors about layoff notices set off political recriminations...
House, Senate negotiators back new Iran sanctions (08/01/12)
WASHINGTON -- A new package of severe sanctions on Iran's energy, shipping and financial sectors gained strong congressional support Tuesday as lawmakers sought to ratchet up the economic pressure in hopes of halting Tehran's suspected nuclear weapons program...
U.S. wants tougher action against Haqqanis by Pakistan (08/01/12)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration expressed renewed frustration with Pakistan on Tuesday, urging its reluctant counterterrorism ally to break remaining links between its security services and the Haqqani network and stem the flow of bomb-making material into Afghanistan...
Central banks say they're ready to help rescue U.S. and European economies (08/01/12)
WASHINGTON -- The world's top central bankers have said they're willing to rescue the economies of Europe and the United States. This week they may decide whether to act. The Federal Reserve wraps up its two-day policy meeting today. Chairman Ben Bernanke has pledged to act if unemployment stays high. The European Central Bank meets Thursday -- a week after ECB president Mario Draghi vowed to "do whatever it takes" to save the European common currency, the euro...
Stocks slip ahead of crucial Fed, ECB meetings (08/01/12)
NEW YORK -- Stocks ended slightly lower Tuesday as investors held back ahead of three critical events this week: policy meetings at both the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank and a closely watched report on jobs in the U.S. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 64.33 points to close at 13,008.68. The Standard & Poor's 500 edged down 5.98 points to 1,379.32, and the Nasdaq composite lost 6.32 points to 2,939.52...
Today in History (08/01/12)
Today is Wednesday, Aug. 1, the 214th day of 2012. There are 152 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 1, 1912, the U.S. Marine Corps' first pilot, 1st Lt. Alfred A. Cunningham, went on his first solo flight as he took off in a Burgess/Curtis Hydroplane from Marblehead Harbor in Massachusetts...
Electricity grids fail across India (08/01/12)
NEW DELHI -- Electric crematoria were snuffed out with bodies inside, New Delhi's Metro shut down and hundreds of coal miners were trapped underground after three Indian electric grids collapsed in a cascade Tuesday, cutting power to 620 million people in the world's biggest blackout...
Venezuela joins Mercosur trade bloc (08/01/12)
BRASILIA, Brazil -- Venezuela was officially welcomed into the Mercosur trade bloc Tuesday, giving that nation's leader Hugo Chavez a long-awaited political prize and strengthening links among the region's agricultural and energy powerhouses. The inclusion of Venezuela also deepens a political rift within the South American trade group. ...
French lawmakers OK harassment law (08/01/12)
PARIS -- France's parliament approved legislation Tuesday that makes sexual harassment a crime, addressing problems many say have existed for decades in the country. The new law sets three levels of harassment, with the most serious -- in cases where the harasser has authority over the victim, the victim is younger than 15 years old, or multiple people carry out the harassment -- punishable by up to three years in prison...
Japan's pro-bomb voices rise during nuclear power debate (08/01/12)
TOKYO -- A debate over nuclear power in Japan is bringing another question out of the shadows: Should Japan keep open the possibility of making nuclear weapons -- even if only as an option? It may seem surprising in the only country devastated by atomic bombs, particularly as it marks the 67th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima on Monday and Nagasaki three days later. The Japanese government officially renounces nuclear weapons, and the vast majority of citizens oppose them...
Masked artist protests violence (08/01/12)
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- In the capital of one of the world's most dangerous countries, a hooded, masked man jumped out of a car on an assault mission. His target: a crumbling wall on a garbage-strewn corner. With his accomplice acting as lookout, the man plastered a giant black-and-white reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" -- wielding a pink pistol. In minutes he was gone...
Protesting Yemen police storm Interior Ministry; 15 people killed (08/01/12)
SANAA, Yemen -- Policemen loyal to Yemen's ousted leader Ali Abdullah Saleh stormed the country's Interior Ministry on Tuesday, setting off clashes that left at least 15 people killed and 43 wounded, according to the country's security operations room...
Syria's Aleppo running low on food amid siege (08/01/12)
BEIRUT -- Food and cooking gas were in short supply and power cuts plunged homes into darkness as soldiers and rebels battled Tuesday to tip the scales in the fight for Aleppo, Syria's largest city and the current focus of its civil war. Life for Aleppo's 3 million residents was becoming increasingly unbearable as a military siege entered its 11th day. ...
Panetta: Egypt's leaders promise full democracy (08/01/12)
CAIRO -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta left meetings with Egypt's new leaders Tuesday with an optimistic outlook for the valuable American ally emerging from its Arab Spring revolution, saying that he believes new Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and the country's military chief both are committed to democratic rule...
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball to take on Kansas, Missouri (08/01/12)
Kansas and Missouri ranked among the nation's elite men's college basketball teams last year. Southeast Missouri State will get a crack at both of those squads this season.
Southeast Missouri State's Peiffer and Conrad tabbed preseason All-Americans (08/01/12)
Southeast Missouri State senior linebacker Blake Peiffer and senior offensive tackle Evan Conrad have each received another preseason All-American honor, this time by the College Sporting News.
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball coach says schedule tough but fair (08/01/12)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team will get to test itself against every other Division I squad in the state this season.
Holliday has 4 RBIs to lead Cardinals past Rockies (08/01/12)
DENVER -- Matt Holliday homered, doubled and drove in four runs, and Kyle Lohse worked through an erratic outing to win his fifth consecutive decision and lift the St. Louis Cardinals over the Colorado Rockies 11-6 on Tuesday night. Carlos Beltran and David Freese also homered and Allen Craig went 3-for-3 with two walks and three RBIs to help the Cardinals rebound from successive losses. The Rockies dropped to 0-4 on their homestand and have lost seven of eight overall...
50 years on, Marilyn's star power shines bright (08/01/12)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Only 11 years after her death, Elton John sang his ode to Marilyn Monroe. "And I would have liked to have known you, but I was just a kid," went the lyrics. "Your candle burned out long before your legend ever did." What John didn't know was how much truer his words would ring a few decades later...
Gore Vidal, celebrated author, playwright, dies (08/01/12)
In a world more to his liking, Gore Vidal might have been president, or even king. He had an aristocrat's bearing -- tall, handsome and composed -- and an authoritative baritone ideal for summoning an aide or courtier. But Vidal made his living -- a very good living -- from challenging power, not holding it. ...
Philadelphia library features Colbert with Joyce, Sendak (08/01/12)
PHILADELPHIA -- Talk show host Stephen Colbert's foray into children's books has landed him alongside some exalted literary company. A playful new exhibit at the Rosenbach Museum & Library pairs priceless material by James Joyce and Maurice Sendak with, um, perhaps less valuable items used by Colbert to write "I Am A Pole (And So Can You!)."...
Melvin Brewer Jr. (08/01/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Melvin J. Brewer Jr., 70, of Perryville died Monday, July 30, 2012, at his home. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Visitation will be from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Young and Sons Funeral Home. A Catholic vigil and Knights of Columbus wake will be at 8:30 p.m. Thursday...
James Busby (08/01/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- James Harold Busby, 84, of Perryville, formerly of Sedgewickville, Mo., died Monday, July 30, 2012, at his home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at Liley Funeral Home in Patton, Mo., with the Rev. Greg Mason officiating. Burial will be in Bollinger County Memorial Park Cemetery near Marble Hill, Mo...
Larry Holmes (08/01/12)
Larry Thomas Holmes, 63, of Scott City died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at his home after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was born Jan. 21, 1949, at Louisville, Miss., the son of James Young and Esther Marie Hilliker Holmes. He married Helen Rose Dirnberger on Dec. 27, 1969 at Chaffee, Mo...
Bonnie Grim (08/01/12)
Bonnie Wanda Davis Grim, 84, of Norman, Okla., passed away Monday, July 9, 2012, at Noble Health Center in Noble, Okla. She was born Oct. 27, 1927, in Granola, Kan., one of three children to Laurence and Edna Bruce. Bonnie was married to John Davis in 1951 in Midwest City, Okla. She and her husband were employed many years with Hoover Equipment Co., a Caterpillar dealership in Oklahoma City...
Lula Maestas (08/01/12)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Lula F. Mansfield Maestas, 80, of Bell City, formerly of East Prairie, Mo., passed away Saturday, July 28, 2012, at her home. She was born March 19, 1932, in the Barnes Ridge community near East Prairie, to Charles and Ruby Bowles Mansfield...
Lloyd Niswonger (08/01/12)
Lloyd T. Niswonger, 87, of Cape Girardeau passed away Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Southeast Hospital. He was born Jan. 20, 1925, in Cape Girardeau, to Ernest Truman and Clara Christine Haupt Niswonger. Lloyd and Lois L. Welch were married June 15, 1947, at Grace Methodist Church. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year...
Manuel Oliver (08/01/12)
Manuel Oliver, 71, of Millersville died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at his home. Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Thomas (08/01/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Mary Catherine Thomas, 88, of Chaffee passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at her home. She was born Jan. 22, 1924, in Oran, Mo., to Adam Henry and Bertha Theresa Vogel Kiefer. She married Earl James Thomas on Nov. 14, 1942. He preceded her in death April 21, 1961...
Pauline Uhrhan (08/01/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Pauline Catherine Uhrhan, 91, of Chaffee passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born July 12, 1921, in Cape Girardeau, to Ambrose and Frances Rose Kirchdoerfer Brucker. She married Anthony "Tony" Uhrhan on May 10, 1944. He preceded her in death Aug. 4, 1985...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/1/12 (08/01/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/1/12 (08/01/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday:...
Out of the past 8/1/12 (08/01/12)
A committee to review future annexation plans of the cities of Cape Girardeau and Jackson has narrowed the towns' differences down to a four-square-mile area; that area, which both cities hope to include in future annexation plans, is the southwest intersection of Interstate 55 and U.S. 61...
Tax increase hurts family farms, ranches and small businesses (08/01/12)
In a narrow party-line vote last week, Senate Democrats rammed through a small business tax increase that would create more uncertainty for job creators and disproportionately hurt family farms, ranches and small businesses -- especially in states like Missouri, where agriculture is our No. 1 industry...
Administration taking the blame game to new heights (08/01/12)
Though I obviously have no formal training, I suspect one of the more difficult aspects of human nature is the ability to accept blame. Few among us relishes the prospect of admitting fault. Perhaps it runs against the grain of human nature. But either our society has either gone full-tilt on shunning blame or I'm just paying closer attention...
P&G expansion (08/01/12)
Last week the Cape Girardeau County Commissioners approved a resolution of intent to issue industrial development bonds for an expansion at the local Procter & Gamble plant, a project expected to total $300 million. Though pending other government approvals, the project, financed via Chapter 100 bonds, would produce up to 200 construction jobs and 35 full-time positions. The company looks to spend $250 million on new equipment as well as $50 million on a new building...
Speak Out 8/1/12 (08/01/12)
Resorting to turf painting a yard green because of a drought is either the ultimate attempt to control Mother Nature or a serious manifestation of OCD or both. I think aid to farmers affected by this awful drought should be predicated on them signing an affidavit saying they always believed in and worked hard to lessen the impact of mankind on bringing about global warming...
Prayer 8/1/12 (08/01/12)
O Heavenly Father, we praise you, our redeemer, who lives now and forevermore. Amen.
Jackson American Legion Freshman take 3rd in State (08/01/12)
The Jackson American Legion Post 158 Freshman team won 3rd in the double-elimination State Championships held on July 18-22 in Branson, MO. They beat the host team of Branson 15-0 in their first game of the tournament with two Jackson players hitting home runs. Haden Clark hit his 7th home run of the season & also earned 7 RBIs in the game. Josh Barber hit his 1st home run ever two batters behind Clark & went 3-3 with a walk...
American Red Cross -fundraiser (08/01/12)
Fundraiser this Friday August 3rd at the Red Cross office 2430 Myra Drive in Cape! Inside sale that includes, office supplies, tvs, clothes and lots of other great stuff! Lemonade and Home baked goodies too! 7 am to 4 pm! Come early and get the best stuff!...
Affordable Women's Health Care Clinic (08/01/12)
Are you having a hard time getting into your health care provider's office? Too much waiting time? Too costly, even with insurance? Beacon Health Center now offers affordable women's health care every first Wednesday of the month, starting August 8th, at their office at 73 Sheridan in Cape Girardeau. ...
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (08/01/12)
Katie is an 8 month old Schnauzer mix. She is very sweet! Katie is available for adoption at The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri 573-334-5837. See more pets available at www.semopets.org.
Bening Mazda Bombers (08/01/12)
Photo taken in Columbia Missouri on July 21, 2012 at the Missouri State Show-Me Games. The Bening Mazda Bombers won 1st Place with a record of 4-0, in the U-6 soccer division. Back Row (Coaches) Left to Right Nathan McGuire----- JP Sides Middle Row-- Left to Right...
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