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Union sues to stop Tamms prison shutdown (08/03/12)
TAMMS, Ill. -- A union representing corrections employees filed a lawsuit Thursday in Alexander County to stop the shutdown of Tamms Correctional Center and other confinement facilities, saying such closures will worsen the prison system's overcrowding and put the lives of its members in danger because of "inappropriate inmate transfers."...
Drought's economic effects yet to come, largely unknown (08/03/12)
Row upon row of brittle, rust-colored corn plants with empty ears. Dusty pastures devoid of nutrition. Where water once flowed freely, only dry creek beds remain. Devastating doesn't begin to describe this drought. The immediate effects of the drought, which some say may rival the dust bowl of the 1930s, are easy to see now, but the economic consequences are yet to come and largely unknown...
Jury finds second defendant in Cape County shooting case guilty (08/03/12)
The jury in a two-day trial for Seth Summers, the Cape Girardeau man accused of being an accomplice to first-degree assault in the August 2011 shooting near Neelys Landing, found a recorded conversation between Summers and his father to be damning evidence.
Cape Career and Technology Center to roll out more programs in '13 (08/03/12)
Education officials hope some of Southeast Missouri's high school students could soon be on a faster track to becoming the region's future workforce with the help of a $1 million grant from the state. The development of the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center as an "Innovation Campus" during the next year will begin new programs locally and throughout the region that allow high school students to receive college credit and gain work experience, said Rich Payne, director of the center...
Property owners come out to learn about Ameren project (08/03/12)
About 200 people attended Thursday's open house at Notre Dame Regional High School to inform the public about Ameren Missouri's proposed transmission line expansion. According to Ameren, the line is needed to maintain the area's energy reliability. "We want to beef up the infrastructure and improve reliability in the future for the Cape Girardeau area," Southeast Missouri division manager Jean Mason said...
Chamber of Commerce event focuses on solar power (08/03/12)
Two solar energy companies shared with business leaders Friday how they can put the sun to work for them during the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce's First Friday Coffee at the Show Me Center. Cindy Bambini of Brightergy Solar, based in Webster Groves, Mo., and Bob Eaton of Day & Night Solar in Collinsville, Ill., discussed credits and tax incentives available for businesses, homeowners and not-for-profit organizations as well as the benefits of various solar power systems...
Farmers to show off antique tractors Saturday in Scott County (08/03/12)
NEW HAMBURG -- A caravan of nearly 50 antique tractors will putt along a 23-mile route Saturday in Scott County. "We're going to have all kinds of sizes shapes and colors," said ride organizer and farmer Elmer Kenkel of New Hamburg, who will drive a 730 Case tractor in the ride...
Heat advisory issued for Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois (08/03/12)
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the entire region on Saturday. The advisory is in effect from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, when temperatures will be in the upper 90s, with heat indices from 105 to 110 degrees much of the afternoon...
Former Emerson challenger Sowers approved for VA post (08/03/12)
The U.S. Senate has approved the nomination of Missouri native and former Eighth Congressional District candidate Tommy Sowers to serve as Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a news release from U.S. ...
Solar power to be discussed at Cape chamber's First Friday Coffee (08/03/12)
"Solar 101: Learning How to Put the Sun to Work for You" will be the topic of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce's First Friday Coffee today. The program will be presented by Cindy Bambini of Brightergy Solar and Bob Eaton of Day & Night Solar. The event begins at 7 a.m. at the Show Me Center with a continental breakfast, followed by the program at 7:40 a.m...
Police investigating infant drowning in Southern Illinois (08/03/12)
SHAWNEETOWN, Ill. -- The Illinois State Police and Shawneetown Police Department are investigating the drowning of 17-month-old Charisma Jordan Michelle McGuire of Shawneetown. According to an Illinois State Police news release, a vehicle McGuire and her mother Kaylan Perry were in rolled into the Ohio River Wednesday evening. The report said the vehicle completely submerged in the river. Perry was able to escape, however the infant did not survive...
Patton woman dies in Bollinger County accident (08/03/12)
A Patton, Mo., woman was killed Thursday morning after losing control of her vehicle in Bollinger County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported. Lacosta Matthews, 29, was driving a 1998 Pontiac Firebird eastbound on Route NN near Highway 51 at 2:22 a.m. Thursday when she lost control of her vehicle and traveled off the road, hit a rock pile and overturned, the patrol reported...
Drought intensifies in Plains states; Southeast Missouri still in 'exceptional' drought (08/03/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The latest U.S. Drought Monitor survey shows an increase in extreme drought conditions in four Plains states but a slight decrease in the overall area of the lower 48 states experiencing some form of drought. The map posted Thursday on the monitor's website shows that nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states is experiencing some drought. Recent rainfall pushed the percentage down to 62.91, from last week's 63.86...
Scott County sheriff warns of fake tech support scam (08/03/12)
BENTON, Mo, -- Scott County law enforcement is warning the public of a possible phone scam that could lead to computer damage. The Scott County Sheriff's Department has received complaints over possible cybercriminals posing as technicians from Microsoft, according to a criminal activity advisory sent Thursday afternoon...
Cape's Islamic Center giving away backpacks to needy students (08/03/12)
Backpacks will be given away to students in need during an annual back-to-school event at the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau on Friday. A representative of the center said backpacks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and that families will be asked to provide information showing need upon arrival...
July 2012 in three-way tie for hottest July (08/03/12)
July in Cape Girardeau was one of the hottest Julys on record. Data provided by state climatologist Pat Guinan at the University of Missouri show that July 2012 is in a three-way tie for the hottest, in average temperature, going back to 1946. Thorough records aren't available before 1946, Guinan said...
Cape County to improve radio communications with towers (08/03/12)
The quality of radio communications between emergency responders and law enforcement in rural Cape Girardeau County and their bases may soon improve with the addition of six radio tower sites. Cape Girardeau County commissioners approved entering a $640,000 contract with Motorola during their meeting Thursday for a project that will install a loading receiver system of towers in areas of the county where radio signals are often interrupted...
Charleston man charged with molestation, sodomy (08/03/12)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Charleston man has been arrested on charges of statutory sodomy and child molestation. Darrell Irish, 37, was arrested following an investigation by the Charleston Department of Public Safety on a report of child molestation. He is being held in the Mississippi County Jail with no bond. Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Charleston Department of Public Safety at 683-3737...
Races and issues on Tuesday's Missouri primary ballot (08/03/12)
The following is a list of area and statewide races that will appear on the Missouri primary ballot in area counties. Races are only listed if they're contested, meaning more than one member of a particular party is seeking the nomination. For some elected position, one party's candidates will appear on the list, but not others, if only one party has a contested primary. The list was compiled from sample ballots and information from the Missouri Secretary of State...
Bridge repairs continue in Perry County (08/03/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route A in Perry County will continue to be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge maintenance. The bridge is between County Road 424 and County Road 422. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7 a.m. ...
Three Rivers, University of Missouri reach transfer agreement (08/03/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A 20-year-old Van Buren, Mo., forestry major will be the first student to benefit from a series of transfer agreements signed Tuesday between Three Rivers College and the University of Missouri. The agreements in teaching, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapy assistant, forestry and health science programs mark Mizzou's first formal agreement with Three Rivers, and first formal presence serving Southeast Missouri residents in their home communities...
Missouri's prayer amendment at a glance (08/03/12)
Missouri voters will decide Tuesday on a state constitutional amendment on protections for prayer. THE PROPOSAL What the Missouri Constitution would say if the measure passes: "That all men and women have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences; that no human authority can control or interfere with the rights of conscience; that no person shall, on account of his or her religious persuasion or belief, be rendered ineligible to any public office or trust or profit in this state, be disqualified from testifying or serving as a juror, or be molested in his or her person or estate; that to secure a citizen's right to acknowledge Almighty God according to the dictates of his or her own conscience, neither the state nor any of its political subdivisions shall establish any official religion, nor shall a citizen's right to pray or express his or her religious beliefs be infringed; that the state shall not coerce any person to participate in any prayer or other religious activity, but shall ensure that any person shall have the right to pray individually or corporately in a private or public setting so long as such prayer does not result in disturbance of the peace or disruption of a public meeting or assembly; that citizens as well as elected officials and employees of the state of Missouri and its political subdivisions shall have the right to pray on government premises and public property so long as such prayers abide within the same parameters placed upon any other free speech under similar circumstances; that the General Assembly and the governing bodies of political subdivisions may extend to ministers, clergypersons, and other individuals the privilege to offer invocations or other prayers at meetings or sessions of the General Assembly or governing bodies; that students may express their beliefs about religion in written and oral assignments free from discrimination based on the religious content of their work; that no student shall be compelled to perform or participate in academic assignments or educational presentations that violate his or her r eligious beliefs; that the state shall ensure public school students their right to free exercise of religious expression without interference, as long as such prayer or other expression is private and voluntary, whether individually or corporately, and in a manner that is not disruptive and as long as such prayers or expressions abide within the same parameters placed upon any other free speech under similar circumstances; and, to emphasize the right to free exercise of religious expression, that all free public schools receiving state appropriations shall display, in a conspicuous and legible manner, the text of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States; but this section shall not be construed to expand the rights of prisoners in state or local custody beyond those afforded by the laws of the United States, excuse acts of licentiousness, nor to justify practices inconsistent with the good order, peace or safety of the state, or with the rights of others.". ...
Source of funding unclear for ads attacking Kinder (08/03/12)
A St. Joseph, Mo.-based political action committee is spending $300,000 from an untraceable source to attack Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's character in direct mail and television ads that include references to his link to a former stripper.
Mo. taps reserve fund to help with cash flow (08/03/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri officials have used money from a reserve fund to help with the state's cash flow. The state Office of Administration reported Thursday that $100 million was borrowed from the Budget Reserve Fund. The funds must be repaid by mid-May next year...
One dead, three dozen hurt in Megabus crash on I-55 in Illinois (08/03/12)
LITCHFIELD, Ill. -- A packed double-decker Megabus slammed into an Illinois interstate bridge support pillar Thursday, hurtling screaming passengers from their seats and leaving at least one person dead and more than three dozen injured, officials said...
Judge: No mistrial in Peterson murder case (08/03/12)
JOLIET, Ill. -- A judge said Thursday he believed Drew Peterson could receive a fair trial in his murder case but chided prosecutors for entering inadmissible evidence and even criticizing them in front of jurors. Testimony resumed with paramedics and a locksmith shortly after the in-court legal drama that came close to ending the high-profile trial before it had barely begun...
Report says warnings ignored in Solyndra loan (08/03/12)
WASHINGTON -- Republicans investigating the government's investment in a bankrupt solar panel manufacturer have concluded that the Obama administration ignored numerous red flags about the company's financial viability, leaving taxpayers on the hook for more than $500 million...
Senate fails to approve cybersecurity legislation (08/03/12)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate failed Thursday to pass legislation to protect the U.S. electrical grid, water supplies and other critical industries from cyberattack and electronic espionage, despite dire warnings from top national security officials about the potential for devastating assaults on American computer networks...
FAA: 3 jets over Washington, D.C., never were on collision course (08/03/12)
WASHINGTON -- None of the commuter jets that flew too close together near Washington on Tuesday was ever on course to collide head-on with the others, federal officials said Thursday. During a news conference, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood strongly disputed media reports characterizing what happened near Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport as a near-miss...
Senate panel revives dozens of tax breaks (08/03/12)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate's tax-writing panel voted to renew dozens of tax breaks for businesses like biodiesel and wind energy producers, even as the GOP-controlled House passed symbolic legislation to erase them and create a new tax code with lower rates and fewer special interest tax breaks...
Shoppers' spending a bright note for summer economic trends (08/03/12)
NEW YORK -- Shoppers showed some spending muscle in July, once summer clearance sales and the hottest July in 50 years got them in the mood. Solid sales reports from retailers Thursday took some of the sting out of weak June manufacturing data. And improving trends in unemployment benefit applications provide hope for slightly better job growth in coming months a day before the government reports on July employment...
Winning over undecideds tough for Obama, Romney (08/03/12)
PURCELLVILLE, Va. -- Undecided voters in swing states hold the key to the presidential election, but neither Mitt Romney nor Barack Obama has an easy recipe for winning them over. Today's new jobs report, even if dismal for incumbent President Obama, might do little to help challenger Romney with this group...
Ohio teen played major role in school drug trafficking ring (08/03/12)
MASON, Ohio -- One of the biggest drug dealers in the Cincinnati area was led into court this week. He looked more like the president of the math club -- skinny, pale, bespectacled, dressed in a blue button-down shirt and khakis, and just 17 years old...
Today in History (08/03/12)
Today is Friday, Aug. 3, the 216th day of 2012. There are 150 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 3, 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that took him to the present-day Americas...
Iraq accuses Turkey of interference (08/03/12)
ANKARA, Turkey -- Iraq on Thursday accused Turkey of interfering in its internal affairs after Turkey's foreign minister paid a surprise visit to a northern Iraqi city seen as a testing ground for whether Iraq's sectarian leaders can ever reach reconciliation...
Annan steps down as Syrian envoy (08/03/12)
BEIRUT -- Kofi Annan announced his resignation Thursday as peace envoy to Syria and issued a blistering critique of world powers, bringing to an end a six-month effort that failed to achieve even a temporary cease-fire as the country plunged into civil war...
Spain nabs 3 al-Qaida suspects; Europe plot feared (08/03/12)
MADRID -- Police have arrested three suspected members of al-Qaida who amassed explosives and may have been plotting attacks in Spain or elsewhere in Europe, Spain's interior minister said Thursday. Two of them had practiced flying light aircraft...
European bank willing to purchase bonds to save euro (08/03/12)
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The European Central Bank is preparing to unleash its financial might and buy government bonds to help drive down borrowing costs in debt-ridden countries like Spain and Italy, caught in the grip of what president Mario Draghi called a "worsening crisis."...
New Egyptian government puts Muslim Brotherhood in key posts (08/03/12)
CAIRO -- Egypt's Islamist president swore in his first new government Thursday, led by a devout Muslim and including five members of his Muslim Brotherhood in unglamorous but ideal ministries for a group whose long-term aim is to Islamize the most populous Arab nation...
Argentina celebrates $2.3 billion bond payoff as end of era (08/03/12)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Bond payoffs are supposed to be boring, but Argentina's president is celebrating Friday's final $2.3 billion payment on a bond given to people whose savings were confiscated a decade ago, calling it a lesson for European countries now mired in foreign debt...
Afghans fear effect of troops leaving (08/03/12)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Asadullah Ramin has lost all hope in his homeland -- he's so worried about what will happen when U.S. and international troops leave that he's ready to pay a smuggler to whisk his family out of Afghanistan. It would cost the 50-year-old, self-employed electronics engineer tens of thousands of dollars to leave his middle-class life in the Afghan capital and start a new chapter with his wife and their three daughters. ...
Time to hit the field for Southeast Missouri State football team (08/03/12)
The Southeast Missouri State football team begins official preparations for the 2012 season today when the Redhawks hold their first practice.
Capahas eliminated at NBC World Series (08/03/12)
The Plaza Tire Capahas were eliminated from the 78th annual National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan., Friday as they lost to the San Diego (Calif.) Force 5-2. That defeat came about 14 hours after the Capahas suffered their first tournament loss, 3-1 to the El Dorado (Kan.) Broncos in a game that ended at 12:49 a.m. Friday...
Capahas lose at National Baseball Congress World Series (08/03/12)
The Plaza Tire Capahas fell into the losers bracket at the 78th annual National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan., early Friday morning. The Capahas were beaten 3-1 by the El Dorado (Kan.) Broncos in a second-round winners bracket game.
Cardinals bullpen falters in eighth (08/03/12)
DENVER -- Tyler Colvin hit a tiebreaking double and rookie Josh Rutledge homered in his fourth straight game to lift the Colorado Rockies over the St. Louis Cardinals 8-2 on Thursday night to avert a three-game sweep. Wilin Rosario hit his first career pinch-hit homer, a two-run shot off reliever Brian Fuentes in the eighth inning, and Jordan Pacheco went 3 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs to help the Rockies snap a five-game losing streak. ...
International Crisis Aid volunteers working to raise awareness about sex trafficking, open a safe house in St. Louis (08/03/12)
When Linda McKinnis first heard about the St. Louis group working to open a safe house for victims of sex trafficking, she assumed it would be for girls from other countries. It was a shock to hear that the home would actually house American victims -- many of them teen girls rescued from St. ...
Girlfriend getaways: Sometimes girls just want to have fun - out of town with friends (08/03/12)
There's no better way to bond with your gal pals than taking a vacation together. It's your chance to escape the pressure of everyday life and bliss out with your girlfriends, just like you used to do. "I travel with girlfriends all the time! I've been all over the world with people I love, and going with girlfriends is a completely different experience," says Carolyn Kempf, owner of Elite Travel in Cape Girardeau...
The total package: Accessories are key to enhance your wardrobe, highlight your best features and hide trouble areas (08/03/12)
It's been said that top wardrobe consultants advise putting two-thirds of your clothing budget toward accessories. Why? Accessories add instant style to any outfit, and they create tons of new looks with the clothing you already have. An added bonus? You don't have to worry about whether your jewelry, bags and shoes will fit from season to season. With help from the pros, we put together the ultimate guide for using accessories to work what you've got:...
Lose the lice: How to prevent and treat head lice in your family (08/03/12)
If you remember having head checks from the school nurse, you probably remember there was a certain amount of shame attached to being sent home with head lice. It's an embarrassing problem, but it has nothing to do with personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school, according to the Centers for Disease Control...
PULSE CHECK: Ashley Lipke, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator at Cross Trails Medical Center, shares tips on avoiding diabetes as a family (08/03/12)
Ashley Lipke grew up in Sikeston, Mo., and earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Southeast Missouri State University. After marrying husband Scott Lipke, she literally stumbled into her job as a diabetes educator at Cross Trails Medical Center: "The day of my job interview there was about a foot of snow on the ground. ...
Adult acne: Why grown women get acne and how to control it (08/03/12)
If you survived your teenage years only to succumb to acne as an adult, you're not the only one: Cape Girardeau dermatologist Dr. Charles M. Moon says about half of the acne he sees is in adults. Women, in particular, may develop acne after age 25 or 30. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology reports acne is becoming more common for women in their 20s, 30s, 40s and even 50s...
Brush it off: Your guide to building an arsenal of makeup brushes (08/03/12)
I've been meaning to buy some makeup brushes. But to be honest, I don't actually know how to pick out a good set of brushes, and there are so many to choose from. Besides, the applicators that come with my makeup seem to do the job OK. Dustin Duncan, manager at Sephora in Cape Girardeau, says those sponge applicators don't pick up the pigments or blend as nicely as specially-designed makeup brushes. ...
Big Business: Don't try to figure it out (08/03/12)
It started, like so many things, small. That was before it became a Big Deal, at least for me. Here's what happened: Last week I received a letter in the mail from a huge, national service provider. My wife and I have been customers of this Big Business for nearly 50 years. We have been loyal. We have always paid our monthly bills on time. We have added new services as they became available. We have been top-notch customers for a long, long time...
Questions linger 50 years after Monroe's death (08/03/12)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A half century has not dimmed skeptics' suspicions about the death of Marilyn Monroe at age 36, but the intervening decades have seen technological leaps that could alter the investigation were it to occur today. DNA, more sophisticated electronic record-keeping, drug databases and other advances would give investigators more information than they were able to glean after Monroe's Aug. 5, 1962, death -- 50 years ago this Sunday...
Sikeston rodeo mixes riders and chart toppers (08/03/12)
The 60th annual Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo begins next week, and features nationally ranked rodeo riders along with country music chart toppers. The rodeo runs from Wednesday to Aug. 11, and is filled with a variety of activities including a parade, the Cowboy Up! Arts Festival, meet and greet with the rodeo clowns, live music, crafts, food concessions, pony rides, a petting zoo and special exhibits from the Bootheel Children's Museum and Southeast Explorer Mobile Museum...
ARTifacts 8/3/12 (08/03/12)
Safarifest, which is the annual back-to-school carnival held at Lazy L Safari Park at Cape Girardeau, will reflect a "Wild West" theme this year. Safarifest 2012 will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11. Featured activities will be a Wild West Show that will include trick roping, whip cracking and animal performers, such as Festus the Zorse and Wilbur the Yak. ...
Best Bet 08/3/12 (08/03/12)
ARCC in the Park will return to the Capaha Park band shell this summer on Sunday. This free picnic and concert is hosted by Abbey Road Christian Church. The picnic will begin at 5:30 p.m. Meat and drinks will be provided, but guests are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. The concert will follow at 6:15 p.m. Musical guests will include New Life Singers, Barefoot on Sunday, and Max & Kristen Pind...
Art, from the male perspective (08/03/12)
Men will rule at one show this First Friday, as the work of more than 30 male artists is unveiled at the Black Door Gallery. "Man Art" consists of 40 pieces from artists from all over the Midwest, and includes work in sculpture, paint, prints, photography and mixed media. Gallery owner and local artist Craig Thomas said this show has many strong works...
First Friday 8/3/12 (08/03/12)
FIRST FRIDAY RECEPTIONS The Artist Studio The studio will feature work by Judy Barks-Westrich and offer special prices on select artwork for First Friday visitors. The reception will be from 5 to 9 p.m. 38A N. Main St.; 651-4464 Arts Council of Southeast Missouri...
Cape not necessarily a college town (08/03/12)
I hear it said all summer. "Cape is so slow right now because it's a college town. It will get better once school starts back up." It's something I've noticed from time to time, too. When the Southeast Missouri State University students leave Cape Girardeau for their respective hometowns, the city can seemingly start to feel bogged down in summer sludge. Downtown isn't as crowded from weekend to weekend. There are fewer bands playing out. And weeknight event schedules slow down considerably...
Avoiding Olympic spoilers is a sport of its own (08/03/12)
NEW YORK -- Mandy Hauck turned 25 on Wednesday, but she's avoiding Facebook and her happy birthday messages to steer clear of Olympic spoilers about her favorite sport, fencing. Hauck has also deleted her iPhone apps for CNN and ESPN, opting for news from the London Games the old-fashioned way, via TV coverage that's time-delayed by NBC for prime time...
Wanda Lee (08/03/12)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Wanda Lee, 58, of Jonesboro died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at Herrin Hospital in Herrin, Ill. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. to service time Saturday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, Ill. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jay Franklin officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery...
Marian Stone (08/03/12)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Marian F. Stone, 70, of Cairo died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until service time Monday at Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with Dr. Larry L. Potts officiating. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Gardens at Villa Ridge, Ill...
John Moses (08/03/12)
John Moses, 90, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Mounds, Ill., died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans Home. He was born April 23, 1922, in Mounds, son of George S. and Mary Hamaway Moses. Moses was owner of John's Mart in Cairo, Ill., and Moses Farms in Mounds before retiring. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mound City, Ill., Mounds VFW, Cairo Knights of Columbus, and Pulaski-Alexander County Farm Bureau...
Stanley Jansen (08/03/12)
LEOPOLD, Mo. — Stanley Glenn Jansen, 61, of Leopold died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill, Mo.
Marilyn Vancil (08/03/12)
Marilyn J. Vancil, 73, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Anna, Ill., died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at Southeast Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Patricia McCormick (08/03/12)
Patricia Ann "Patty" McCormick, 53, of Jackson died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at her home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, with a memorial service at 6:30 p.m., at Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home.
LaCosta Matthews (08/03/12)
PATTON, Mo. -- LaCosta Ranae Welker Matthews, 29, of Patton died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, the result of an auto accident near her home. She was born Aug. 5, 1982, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Rod E. and Patty Burton Welker. LaCosta was a member of New Life Christian Fellowship Church in Perryville, Mo. She was a title closer at Guardian Land Title Co. in Cape Girardeau...
Verdell Cato (08/03/12)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Verdell Cato, 81, of Advance passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 7, 1931, at McGee, Mo., son of Charlie and Edna Stephens Cato. Verdell retired from the U.S. Army after 21 years of service...
Harold Duckworth (08/03/12)
Harold Leroy Duckworth, 62, a lifelong resident of Cape Girardeau passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Sept. 15, 1949, to Ceil and Loretta Smith Duckworth. Harold was a graduate of Central High School and Southeast Missouri State University. He went into insurance sales, eventually becoming an independent agent...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/3/12 (08/03/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Burglary...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/3/12 (08/03/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Jackson fire report 8/3/12 (08/03/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Out of the past 8/3/12 (08/03/12)
A morning dedication ceremony marks the beginning of Southeast Missouri Hospital's LifeBeat helicopter air ambulance service; it will provide emergency service within a 100-mile radius of Cape Girardeau. The Cape Girardeau City Council meeting turns into a late-night debate over last-minute opposition to the transportation sales tax measure, which is on tomorrow's election ballot; councilmen angrily denounce the actions of 630 Inc., which raised last-minute questions about the tax issue in paid advertisements in the Southeast Missourian.. ...
Sales tax holiday (08/03/12)
It will be a busy weekend for Missouri retailers as students, parents, educators and others shop during the back-to-school sales tax holiday. Over the course of the next three days (12:01 a.m. today through Sunday) the state will waive the 4.225 percent sales tax for back-to-school items such as clothing, school supplies and computers...
Concerns with amendment (08/03/12)
On Aug. 7 Missourians will vote on Amendment 2, which supporters claim will expand citizens' rights to the free exercise of religion. While increasing religious liberty protections is a laudable goal, Amendment 2 is deeply flawed. The measure's official summary lists three intentions: to ensure "that the right of Missouri citizens to express their religious beliefs shall not be infringed; that school children have the right to pray and acknowledge God voluntarily in their schools; and that all public schools shall display the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution." Contrary to Amendment 2's implications, the first two are already constitutionally required and the third is constitutionally permitted. ...
Living in a fantasy world (08/03/12)
I am a gun owner and I support the view that everyone has the right to own a gun to protect oneself, considering the times we live in. But those who support one's right to buy assault weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition, not to mention grenades and bomb-making materials, based on their constitutional right to bear arms must be truly living in a fantasy world in which someone like President Obama and his cronies would someday suspend the Constitution, imprison lawmakers and establish a dictatorship. ...
Speak Out 8/3/12 (08/03/12)
As a longtime student of U.S. diplomatic history, I can say without reservation that Mitt Romney's recent foreign policy trip was an undeniable, unequivocal, unmitigated, and unparalleled disaster. I was at the Hoops for Life 5K run and the Hoops for Life Rick Springfield concert, and it was an amazing time. ...
Prayer 8/3/12 (08/03/12)
O Lord God, give us discernment and wisdom in all we do. Amen.
Art Academy Exhibit (08/03/12)
The Southeast Missouri State University's Art Academy will be having a culminating exhibit of the student's artworks from this summer's art workshops at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, 32 North Main St. in Cape Girardeau through the month of August. The Art Council's hours are Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The opening reception will be held on Friday, August 3, from 5:00- 8:00 p.m...
2000-plus items distributed at clothing drive (08/03/12)
More than 400 families turned out for Cape Girardeau Public School's clothing drive at Cape Central Junior High School Fieldhouse, 205 Caruthers. More than 2000 clothing items meeting the District's new dress code were available for distribution, thanks to the generosity of the United Way, local retailers and community members. Pictured at left, Jamie Jones, parent liaison at Jefferson Elementary School, helps sort some of the donated items...
Casasola graduates from military training (08/03/12)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Pvt. Kevin Casasola, of Cape Girardeau, recently completed his military training to become a combat engineer for Missouri National Guard's Headquarters Company, 1140th Engineer Battalion in Cape Girardeau. "I joined to serve and protect my Family and friends," said Casasola, who also joined for the education benefits which will allow him to attend college while serving his country...
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