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Stories from Thursday, August 9, 2012

Illinois agrees to temporarily halt transfer of prisoners (08/09/12)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Illinois officials agreed on Wednesday not to transfer inmates from the Tamms Correctional Center and other confinement facilities until Aug. 17, which is just two weeks before the prisons and juvenile detention centers are set to close as part of a cost-savings move by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn...
151st District candidate could ask for recount (08/09/12)
Republican candidates for the Missouri House of Representatives 151st District seat weren't counting on arguments following the election. But with only eight votes giving Dennis Fowler the win Tuesday, his opponent, Bob Thrower, is asking some questions...
30.3 percent of Cape County voters went to polls (08/09/12)
Southeast Missouri's voter turnout Tuesday was higher than the state average and was highest in Cape Girardeau County, where numbers neared the prediction of the county clerk. County Clerk Kara Clark Summers said 30.3 percent of the county's voters participated in this year's primary, which did not quite meet the 35 percent she was looking for but kept traffic at the polls steady throughout the day...
Broadband Internet service now available in Bollinger County (08/09/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- The first of Big River's eight towers in Bollinger County -- and 58 towers in Southeast Missouri -- was among the 18 towers that went live Monday, making long-awaited broadband Internet service available within a three-mile radius of each tower...
Assistance coming for livestock producers dealing with drought effects (08/09/12)
Help is on the way for area livestock producers facing a critical need for water in the ongoing drought. USDA has committed nearly $16 million in financial and technical assistance to immediately help crop and livestock producers in 19 states cope with the adverse impacts of the historic drought. ...
Special Cape election would cost $25,000 (08/09/12)
A special election for the public to weigh in on a recently passed urban deer hunting program in Cape Girardeau could cost $25,000, city personnel said Wednesday in reference to a statement on cost by a city council member. Before the council rejected an emergency ordinance Monday that would have asked voters whether to repeal the newly adopted program on the Nov. ...
Lack of quorum causes Cape County Commission to cancel meeting (08/09/12)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission has canceled today's meeting due to lack of a quorum. Presiding Commissioner Clint Tracy and District 1 Commissioner Paul Koeper will not make the meeting due to their planned attendance at a Missouri Association of Counties board of directors meeting Thursday, according to commission assistant Vicki Ivy...
Ferry across Mississippi River resumes service; no semis allowed (08/09/12)
HICKMAN, Ky. -- The Dorena-Hickman Ferry resumed operation on the Mississippi River as of 1 p.m. Wednesday. The ferry has been closed since June 23 due to low water levels. While the levels remain low, the ferry is able to resume service. However, it will be unable to carry any semi truck traffic...
MoDOT to repair Kingshighway pavement (08/09/12)
Kingshighway from Bloomfield Road to William Street in Cape Girardeau will be reduced to one lane Monday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work is scheduled to be done from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area. For more information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center at 888-275-6636 or visit www.modot.org/southeast...
Mo. approves 3,700 applications for well projects (08/09/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri officials have approved more than 3,700 applications totaling $18.7 million to help drought-stricken farmers and ranchers get more water. Under the emergency program, the state pays 90 percent of the cost of drilling or deepening a well or expanding an irrigation system. The match is capped at $20,000 per project. State soil and water cost-sharing programs typically cover 75 percent of project costs...
McCaskill, Akin tout extremes in Missouri Senate race (08/09/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's U.S. Senate race is shaping up as one of stark contrasts -- and a dream matchup for both Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and her newly minted Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin. Within hours of Akin winning the Republican nomination, McCaskill was casting him as a conservative extremist who would jeopardize seniors' health care and retirement savings while putting college out of reach for all but the rich. ...
ACLU files lawsuit over Missouri prayer measure (08/09/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An amendment to the Missouri Constitution on prayer and religious expression prompted a lawsuit Wednesday, just one day after it was approved by voters. The American Civil Liberties Union alleges that a provision in the amendment that says the religious rights of prison inmates are limited to federal law violates the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause and the First Amendment's protection of religious freedom...
Schoeller declares win in Mo. Republican race (08/09/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri House member Shane Schoeller has declared victory in the GOP secretary of state primary. Unofficial results from Tuesday's election show Schoeller leading by several thousand votes out of more than 547,000 cast. The vote appears close enough that a recount could be requested. Schoeller is the House speaker pro tem and was first elected to the Legislature in 2006...
Farmers seeking hardier breeds for drought, climate change (08/09/12)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Cattle are being bred with genes from their African cousins who are accustomed to hot weather. New corn varieties are emerging with larger roots for gathering water in a drought. Someday, the plants may even be able to "resurrect" themselves after a long dry spell, recovering quickly when rain returns...
NRC puts nuclear licensing decisions on hold (08/09/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is putting a hold on requests for new reactor construction and license renewals --including Missouri's only nuclear power plant -- after a recent federal court ruling questioned the agency's plans for storing radioactive waste...
July in U.S. was hottest in history (08/09/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- This probably comes as no surprise: Federal scientists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the contiguous United States. The average temperature for the Lower 48 last month was 77.6 degrees. That breaks the old record from July 1936, during the Dust Bowl, by two-tenths of a degree. Records go back to 1895...
FBI: Sikh Temple gunman shot himself; still no motive (08/09/12)
MILWAUKEE -- There's no trial to prepare, no jury to persuade, no judge to hand down a sentence. Wade Michael Page is dead, having shot himself in the head after killing six people at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee. Although detectives have interviewed more than 100 people, combed through Page's email and recovered hundreds of pieces of evidence from his residences to the temple, their findings might never be presented in court...
Education Secretary Duncan on reform and back to school (08/09/12)
WASHINGTON -- A more well-rounded curriculum with less focus on a single test. Higher academic standards and more difficult classwork. Continued cuts to extracurricular and other activities because of the tough economy. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says those are some of the changes and challenges that children could notice as they start the new school year...
Scientists say Mars crater where rover landed looks ‘Earthlike' (08/09/12)
PASADENA, Calif. -- The ancient Martian crater where the Curiosity rover landed looks strikingly similar to the Mojave Desert in California with its looming mountains and hanging haze, scientists said Wednesday. "The first impression that you get is how Earthlike this seems looking at that landscape," said chief scientist John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology...
Microloans meeting credit needs for entrepreneurs (08/09/12)
MIAMI -- Do an Internet search for microcredit, and images of colorfully dressed women in Africa, South Asia and Central America pop up. But the international trend that began more than three decades ago in Bangladesh is increasingly finding a home in the United States...
Android, Google extend dominance in smartphones worldwide (08/09/12)
NEW YORK -- People with iPhones are now in the minority. There were four Android phones for every iPhone shipped in the second quarter, research firm IDC said Wednesday. That's up from a ratio of 2.5 to 1 in the same period last year. The success of Samsung's Android phones helped Google's operating system extend its dominance in the smartphone market...
A rally on Wall Street fades; Priceline tanks (08/09/12)
A stock market rally lost steam Wednesday after mixed earnings from U.S. companies added to fears about Europe's economic slowdown. Several big consumer goods companies warned that weak demand in Europe was cutting into their revenue. That followed worrisome economic news from England, France and Germany, where growth had offset recessions in other European countries like Italy and Greece...
Census may change how it measures racial info (08/09/12)
WASHINGTON -- To keep pace with rapidly changing notions of race, the Census Bureau wants to make broad changes to its surveys that would treat "Hispanic" as a distinct category regardless of race, end use of the term "Negro" and offer new ways to identify Middle Easterners...
Friend says man acted out of love in hospital killing (08/09/12)
AKRON, Ohio -- A man accused in the fatal shooting of his wife of 45 years in a hospital intensive care unit once told his longtime co-worker that the couple had agreed they never wanted to become disabled in a nursing home. Authorities on Wednesday charged John Wise, 66, with aggravated murder in his wife's death as police continued to investigate whether it was a mercy killing...
Careful bear raids Colo. candy shop (08/09/12)
DENVER -- A bear in a candy store is nothing like a bull in a china shop. At least not this one. A black bear went in and out of a Colorado candy store multiple times early one July morning, but he used the front door and didn't break a thing. The bear did, however, steal some treats from the Estes Park store, including English toffee and some chocolate-chip cookies dipped in caramel and milk chocolate called "cookie bears."...
Dummy on noose shocks drivers (08/09/12)
LAS VEGAS -- Police say a mannequin dangling from a hangman's noose on a Las Vegas billboard with the words "Dying for Work" was a publicity stunt. Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Jeremie Elliott said 911 calls started coming in early Wednesday from drivers worried the dummy along Interstate 15 near Bonanza Road was a real person...
Fire was Chevron refinery's latest air quality violation (08/09/12)
SAN FRANCISCO -- A massive refinery fire that sent hundreds of people rushing to hospitals and is likely to increase West Coast gas prices was just the latest pollution incident at the facility that records show has increasingly violated air quality rules over the past five years...
Today in History (08/09/12)
Today is Thursday, Aug. 9, the 222nd day of 2012. There are 144 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 9, 1974, President Richard Nixon and his family left the White House as his resignation took effect. Vice President Gerald R. Ford became the nation's 38th chief executive...
Egypt leader fires intelligence chief over deadly Sinai attack (08/09/12)
CAIRO -- Egypt's president fired his intelligence chief Wednesday for failing to act on an Israeli warning of an imminent attack days before militants stormed a border post in the Sinai Peninsula and killed 16 soldiers. The dismissal, which followed Egyptian airstrikes against Sinai militants, also marked an attempt by the Islamist leader to deflect popular anger over the attack. ...
Rainstorm adds to misery in east Congo rebellion (08/09/12)
KANYARUCHINYA, Congo -- Drenching rain punctuated by bursts of thunder and forked lightning Wednesday compounded the misery of some 280,000 refugees from Congo's eastern rebellion, whose plight was highlighted by a visit from the U.N. humanitarian chief...
Special glasses aim to keep Israeli women out of men's sight (08/09/12)
JERUSALEM -- It's the latest prescription for extreme ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who shun contact with the opposite sex: Glasses that blur their vision, so they don't have to see women they consider to be immodestly dressed. In an effort to maintain their strictly devout lifestyle, the ultra-Orthodox have separated the sexes on buses, sidewalks and other public spaces in their neighborhoods. Their interpretation of Jewish law forbids contact between men and women who are not married...
Underground sect charged with abuse in Russia (08/09/12)
MOSCOW -- A self-proclaimed prophet had a vision from God: He would build an Islamic caliphate under the earth. The digging began about a decade ago and 70 followers soon moved into an eight-level subterranean honeycomb of cramped cells with no light, heat or ventilation...
Stereotypes threaten European unity (08/09/12)
BRUSSELS -- Maybe the problem is those southerners lolling in the Mediterranean sun who overspent and tax-dodged their way to ruin. Or maybe it's the northerners, rigid beyond reason, so gloomy in their own lives that they're determined to see the southerners suffer...
Backup QB battle rages at Southeast Missouri State (08/09/12)
There is a four-way battle to be the No. 2 quarterback on the Southeast Missouri State football team.
Southeast Missouri State soccer team picked to finish second in Ohio Valley Conference (08/09/12)
The Southeast Missouri State soccer team again is expected to be a serious contender in the Ohio Valley Conference. Southeast, the defending OVC regular-season champion, was picked second in the conference's preseason poll announced Wednesday. Voting was done by the league's coaches and sports information directors...
Missouri football team confident in running game (08/09/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- There was little doubt Missouri tailback Henry Josey would be watching the season's remaining games from the sidelines when he tore his left ACL, MCL and patellar tendon in November. The bigger question was: Would he return in 2012, or ever for that matter?...
Cards trade Greene to Astros (08/09/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals traded infielder Tyler Greene to the Houston Astros on Thursday for a player-to-be-named later or cash considerations. Greene batted .218 with four home runs and 19 RBI in 77 games. The Cardinals will play with 24 players on their roster for Thursday's game against San Francisco...
Scutaro's hot night scorches Cardinals vs. Giants (08/09/12)
The Giants backed Vogelsong with 15 runs Wednesday night
neXt up 8/9/12 (08/09/12)
SATURDAY SUNDAY NEXT WEEK "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," rated PG @Cape West 14 Cine Starts Aug. 15 "The Last Story" Wii "Darksiders II" Xbox360, PS3 "The Hunger Games" PG-13 "Juan of the Dead" UR Yellowcard, "Southern Air"...
who's neXt 8/9/12 (08/09/12)
Scholarships Honors/achievements -- From staff reports Sydney Short ...
Hooked on Science: Create water maze (08/09/12)
You don't need a pool to have your own amazing water race at home. All you need are a few materials from around the house. STEP 2: Tape a piece of wax paper on top of the maze. STEP 3: Place a drop of water on the wax paper inside the circle. Using the toothpick, pull the water drop through the maze...
Loma Farrar (08/09/12)
Loma Jeanne Fox Farrar, 89, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. She was born May 1, 1923, in Cassopolis, Mich., to Hazen and Ruby Brown Fox. She had lived in Cape Girardeau since 1951. Mrs. Farrar graduated from Marcellus (Michigan) High School in 1941, and Mercy School of Nursing in Detroit and Battle Creek, Mich., in 1944...
Claude Foeste (08/09/12)
Claude "C.M." Foeste, 93, of Cape Girardeau passed away Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at Ratliff Care Center. He was born Nov. 23, 1918, in Cape Girardeau, to Maple and Rose Nabe Foeste. He and Dorothy R. Meyer were married Aug. 3, 1940, at Benton, Mo. Claude served in the U.S. Army during World War II...
Lessie Henderson (08/09/12)
McCLURE, Ill. -- Lessie Henderson, 74, of McClure died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Jonesboro Rehab and Care. He was born June 30, 1938, in Missouri, son of Gladies Henderson. He married Clydie "Lois" Jackson. Lessie was known to his many nieces and nephews as "Uncle Bill" and to his friends as "Red."...
Christopher Randen (08/09/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. — Christopher Randen, 35, of Marble Hill died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Marie Rousseau (08/09/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Marie A. Rousseau, 95, of Perryville died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 6:30 to 9:50 a.m. Friday at Miller Family Funeral Home. Parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m. today. The rosary will be recited at 9 a.m. Friday...
Floyd Weinrich (08/09/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Floyd F. "Booger" Weinrich, 93, of Perryville died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 14, 1918, in Perryville, son of Ludwig and Hulda Fluegel Weinrich. He married Pearl Ruch, who preceded him in death. He and Beatrice Sugg were married July 5, 1975. She preceded him in death Sept. 23, 1988...
Births 8/9/12 (08/09/12)
Daughter to Audrey Raechel Batz and Kasun Chinthaka Marshall of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Hospital, 2:06 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. Name, Raegan Kinsley. Weight, 6 pounds, 6 ounces. First child. Ms. Batz is the daughter of Terri Batz of Jackson and Kurt Batz of St. Louis. Marshall is the son of Kopiwathe Gedora Sriyoni and Dunsten Joyakumar Marshall of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/9/12 (08/09/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/9/12 (08/09/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Jackson police report 8/9/12 (08/09/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Out of the past 8/9/12 (08/09/12)
The congregation of Westminster Presbyterian Church has chosen Dr. Roy Riviere of Denver as its new pastor; a welcoming reception with homemade ice cream will be held at the church this afternoon. Paul Jarrett has returned to the staff of First Baptist Church of Cape Girardeau as associate minister; he served the church three years in the early 1980s, and has been on a study leave to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary...
The imperative of exploring space (08/09/12)
There are plenty of reasons to oppose space exploration. The missions are costly and, when involving astronauts, dangerous. We have many unmet needs in our own country, with deficits larger than ever. Even so, space beckons, with the real possibility for not only providing practical benefits to humanity but also expanding our vision of what it means to be human...
Auction/awards (08/09/12)
This weekend people will gather in downtown Cape Girardeau to honor a local visionary and raise money through Old Town Cape's annual Charles L. Hutson Auction. This is the 25th year for the auction, which has been important for the organization's operation and the revitalization of the downtown area Hutson cared so much about...
Stop spending increases (08/09/12)
Yes, the annual budget deficits of over $1 trillion continue ("Administration projects 4th straight year of trillion-dollar deficits," Southeast Missourian, July 29, page 1A, by Andrew Taylor) The article failed to mention that this increases the public deficit to about $17 trillion...
Speak Out 8/9/12 (08/09/12)
I know this had to be a wonderful Christian person to do the good deed that he did for me not knowing me. I had lost my credit card and I searched every place; could not find it. I happened to think about calling Merchant Gas Station at the Jackson Walmart and lo and behold they said someone brought my card in. So thank you, thank you, thank you...
Prayer 8/9/12 (08/09/12)
O Lord Jesus, our Savior, thank you for your enduring love. Amen.
Promise to Burn Reunion Show / 80's Party (08/09/12)
In what's shaping up to be the party of the year, Promise to Burn has reunited to end the summer of 2012 with a bang. The Venue is known for packing the house with popular acts such as Pauly Shore, Dr. Zhivegas, and That 80's Band; but this August 18, the 2nd Annual Blast from the Past with Promise to Burn featuring 80's legends Blind Lion looks to be the biggest event yet...
In Memory (08/09/12)
August 8, 2012 To My Sister Mary Wulfers-Trainor, You slipped from this physical life in the early morning hours of December 8, 2011. As your birthday nears, August 13, I am drawn to vivid memories of you. I painfully recall your horrendously violent fight with the cancer that finally took you from us. ...
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