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Stories from Friday, August 10, 2012

Livestock farmers aided by cost-share program (08/10/12)
With his ponds going dry and his wells running empty, Kirk Kinder's Daisy farm was in desperate need of water to make it through this summer's severe drought. Wednesday crews dug a new well at Kinder's farm, with help from an emergency cost-share program through the State Soil and Water District Commission...
Contract awarded for major Highway 34 improvements in Bollinger County (08/10/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has awarded an $8,388,191 contract to improve Highway 34 in Bollinger County to H.R. Quadri Contractors, LLC, of Van Buren, Mo., according to a MoDOT news release. The project includes grading, paving and realigning several curves along Highway 34 from east of Route DD to west of Highway 51 near Marble Hill, Mo. ...
More than 600 attend leadership summit at Cape church (08/10/12)
Leaders from a variety of backgrounds gathered Thursday for the Global Leadership Summit at La Croix Church in Cape Girardeau. This was the third consecutive year for the church to serve as a host site for the simulcast, an event broadcast from Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago to more than 200 host sites around the globe...
Sprigg Street-Broadway intersection to open no later than Monday (08/10/12)
One of Broadway's busiest intersections will open just in time for a seasonal surge of traffic downtown. Cape Girardeau city manager Scott Meyer said earlier this week that a goal is set for the intersection of Broadway and Sprigg Street to be open before the start of Southeast Missouri State University's fall semester. ...
Cape fire investigated as suspicious (08/10/12)
An early morning fire at a vacant house in Cape Girardeau is being investigated as suspicious, fire officials said Thursday.
Two juveniles in custody for Cape Girardeau armed robbery (08/10/12)
Two juveniles were in custody Thursday following an alleged armed robbery in Cape Girardeau, in which police said a handgun was pulled during an argument. A call to the Cape Girardeau Police Department came in shortly after 2 p.m., with a report of a robbery at a carwash near Park and William streets, said police spokesman Darin Hickey. ...
Route T reduced for pavement work (08/10/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. — Route T in Perry County will be reduced to one lane from Route CC to Route N as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.
Pavement repairs set for Route N (08/10/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route N in Perry County, between Route T and County Road 852, will be reduced to one lane Monday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. The work will be done from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting...
USDA cuts corn outlook as drought takes toll (08/10/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The federal government on Friday slashed its expectations for U.S. corn and soybean production for the second month in a row as the worst drought in decades continues punishing key farm states. The U.S. Agriculture Department cut its projected U.S. corn production to 10.8 billion bushels, down 17 percent from its forecast last month of nearly 13 billion bushels and 13 percent lower than last year. That also would be the lowest production since 2006...
Five state primary races appear eligible for recount (08/10/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The winning margin in five of this week's Missouri party primary elections appears so narrow that several candidates will be eligible to seek a recount. Two Democrats appearing to lose narrow races for Congress and the Missouri House plan to do just that, and a southwest Republican state House member said Thursday that asking for a recount is a possibility...
Report: Drought worsens in key farm states (08/10/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The Plains states where the production of corn and soybeans is key are being hit harder by excessive drought conditions in the wake of the hottest month on record in the continental U.S., contributing to a surge in global food prices...
Ky., Tenn. among worst toxic pollution states (08/10/12)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A recent report shows Kentucky is the worst state in the nation when it comes to toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants. The analysis was released Thursday by the Natural Resources Defense Council and looked at emissions from power plants in 2010, the most recent data available...
Livestock producers seek pause in ethanol production (08/10/12)
WASHINGTON -- Livestock farmers and ranchers seeing their feed costs rise because of the worst drought in a quarter-century are demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol. One-third of House members have also signed onto a letter urging EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to relax ethanol production targets in light of corn supply concerns and spiking prices...
U.S. Air Force works to fill shortfall of drone pilots (08/10/12)
WASHINGTON -- Fighter pilot is still a coveted job at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. But slowly, a culture change is taking hold. Initially snubbed as second-class pilot-wannabes, the airmen who remotely control America's arsenal of lethal drones are gaining stature and securing a permanent place in the Air Force...
U.S. applications for unemployment aid fall (08/10/12)
WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell by 6,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 361,000, a level consistent with modest gains in hiring. The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average rose by 2,250 to 368,250 in the week that ended Aug. 4...
Romney: Obama perpetuating lies in ads (08/10/12)
NEW YORK -- Mitt Romney on Thursday accused President Barack Obama and his allies of launching personal attacks and perpetuating lies about him in TV ads. The Republican also rolled out a new commercial of his own that questioned Obama's values and accused the president of waging war on religious freedom...
U.S. airlines most punctual in decades (08/10/12)
NEW YORK -- U.S. airlines are more punctual and less likely to lose your bag than at any time in more than two decades. Travelers still have to put up with packed planes, rising fees and unpredictable security lines, but they are late to fewer business meetings and are not missing as many chances to tuck their kids into bed...
Mars rover sends back first 360-degree color view (08/10/12)
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Curiosity rover has returned another postcard from Mars -- the first 360-degree color view from Gale Crater. Since landing Sunday night, NASA's six-wheel rover has been sending home a trickle of pictures, beginning with grainy, black-and-white photos. It also beamed back a low-quality video showing the last few minutes of its descent to the surface...
George Zimmerman will seek ‘stand your ground' hearing (08/10/12)
MIAMI -- George Zimmerman will seek to have second-degree murder charges dismissed under Florida's "stand your ground" law in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, his attorney said Thursday. The hearing, which likely won't take place for several months, will amount to a mini-trial involving much of the evidence collected by prosecutors as well as expert testimony from both sides...
Victim of face chewing details attack in interview (08/10/12)
MIAMI -- A homeless man whose face was mostly chewed off in a bizarre assault alongside a busy south Florida highway told police that his attacker "just ripped me to ribbons." In a recorded interview with investigators made available Thursday, Ronald Poppo said the man who approached him initially seemed friendly. Then the man, Rudy Eugene, seemed to become angry about something that had happened on Miami Beach, where thousands were partying through the Memorial Day weekend...
New charges filed in Tennessee nuclear weapons plant breach (08/10/12)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A federal grand jury toughened the charges against three anti-war protesters who authorities say cut their way through three security fences and spray-painted slogans on the walls of a nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee. An indictment released Thursday in Knoxville charges an 82-year-old Roman Catholic nun with Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus, a gardener and a housepainter with "depredation" of the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. ...
Lawyers say Colorado theater shooting suspect is mentally ill (08/10/12)
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Attorneys for the suspect in the Colorado movie theater shootings said Thursday their client is mentally ill and that they need more time to assess the nature of his illness. James Holmes' lawyers made the disclosure at a court hearing in suburban Denver where news media organizations were asking a judge to unseal court documents in the case...
U.S. airlines most punctual in decades (08/10/12)
NEW YORK -- U.S. airlines are more punctual and less likely to lose your bag than at any time in more than two decades. Travelers still have to put up with packed planes, rising fees and unpredictable security lines, but they are late to fewer business meetings and are not missing as many chances to tuck their kids into bed...
Today in History (08/10/12)
Today is Friday, Aug. 10, the 223rd day of 2012. There are 143 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 10, 1962, Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man made his debut in issue 15 of "Amazing Fantasy" (cover price: 12 cents)...
Sinai buildup shifts tenet of peace deal between Egypt, Israel (08/10/12)
CAIRO -- Egyptian troops, light tanks, armored vehicles and attack helicopters are pouring into the Sinai desert to root out increasingly aggressive Islamic militants in the most significant easing to date of a key provision in the landmark 1979 peace treaty with Israel: the demilitarization of the peninsula...
Ernesto brings heavy rain, makes landfall in Mexico (08/10/12)
VERACRUZ, Mexico -- Tropical Storm Ernesto made landfall Thursday afternoon near the port city of Coatzacoalcos and moved inland while drenching Mexico's southern Gulf, an area prone to flooding. Ernesto spun over the far southern Gulf of Mexico, across waters dotted with oil rigs operated by the state oil company, after hurling rain across the Yucatan Peninsula but causing little major damage. ...
Cambodian PM speaks for 5 hours (08/10/12)
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- He's no Castro or Chavez, but Asia's longest serving ruler has set what appears to be a personal record for longest public speech: 5 hours and 20 minutes. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen spoke to the lower house of parliament in a nationally televised speech Thursday that was mandatory viewing for civil servants...
Iran attempts to calm crisis in Syria as violence rages (08/10/12)
BEIRUT -- As Syrian forces struggled to drive rebels from the country's largest city, the regime's key ally Iran tried Thursday to start an alternative political process to address the crisis. Iran gathered an array of nations ranging from strong supporters of Damascus to far-flung nations a world away from the Syrian civil war...
China official's wife doesn't deny killing British businessman (08/10/12)
HEFEI, China -- Testimony in China's most closely watched murder case in decades wrapped up within hours Thursday as the wife of politician Bo Xilai stood accused of luring a British businessman to a hotel, getting him drunk and pouring poison into his mouth...
Southeast Missouri State football team's long snapper draws interest from NFL scouts (08/10/12)
Southeast Missouri State's best NFL prospect just might be a player who only occasionally sees the field and who most fans probably don't even know. Senior Brandon Gabbard doesn't mind the anonymity. Southeast's long snapper since he arrived on campus as a freshman is content with simply doing his job...
Area digest 8/10/12 (08/10/12)
Judy Brey was the medalist at the Cape Girardeau Country Club's Women's Golf Association's weekly outing. Shirley Moore finished in first, followed by Wendi Carnes and Mary Alice Regenhardt in the 18-holes division. Beth Mapes was first and Pat Strom second in the nine-holes division...
Cardinals tame Giants (08/10/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright embraced the stopper role. The right-hander helped the Cardinals get back on track after a blowout loss by pitching seven strong innings and lifting St. Louis over the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Thursday. The Cardinals, who have won seven of 10, lost 15-0 to the Giants on Wednesday, their worst home shutout defeat since 1961...
Plain animals and political animals (08/10/12)
The story last week surprised and amused me. It was a story about the foreign (not native to the Ozarks) elk that had been released in the woods over yonder where folks don't always take too kindly to strangers, if you know what I mean. Those imported elk, it turns out, are wusses. They are dying, perhaps as the result of the intense heat and lack of rainfall much of Missouri has experienced this summer...
Musicians give impressions of the Cape Girardeau music scene (08/10/12)
Every now and again, local musicians, club owners and show attendees start discussing the "state of the entertainment scene" one by one. And now, with social media websites like Facebook becoming the main source of communication for some, having these discussions with everyone at the same time is easier...
Music festival offers fun for all ages (08/10/12)
For the 11th year, the Tapestry of Community Offerings Family Music Festival will offer a large selection of family entertainment. The event, which takes place Sept. 7 through 9 at Jellystone Park Resort in Eureka, Mo., includes a variety of music and family camping or cottage lodging. Other offerings include swimming, art, food vendors and a campsite decorating and costume contest...
ARTifacts 9/10/12 (08/10/12)
Southeast Missouri State University will welcome students for the start of the 2012-2013 academic year with 10 days of activities Thursday through Aug. 25. On Thursday, first-year students will begin moving into residence halls, and a Move-In Bash will cap the day, from 8 to 10 p.m. ...
Best Bet 08/10/12 (08/10/12)
Now through August, the artwork of the 2012 Summer Art Academy will be on display at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri. Students range from ages 6 to 99 and participated in workshops of various art mediums. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
‘The Campaign' focus on funny side of politics (08/10/12)
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis have brought the campaign trail to the big screen, and the timing couldn't be better. In "The Campaign," which opens today, they play two North Carolina politicians competing in an increasingly nasty congressional race in a small district. ...
‘Avatar' director launches 3-D venture with China (08/10/12)
BEIJING -- "Avatar" director James Cameron's company is launching a joint venture in China to market its 3-D technical wizardry to the country's fast-developing film and television industries. Cameron Pace Group's announcement Wednesday comes as the fast growth of China's film market is attracting Hollywood studios that are rushing to link up with local partners...
Vincent Ashley (08/10/12)
H. Vincent "Vinnie" Ashley III, 60, of Galatia, Ill., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at St. Louis University Hospital. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Louryce Lane (08/10/12)
Louryce G. Lane of Jackson died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at Heartland Care and Rehab in Cape Girardeau. Graveside service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Brazeau Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Brazeau, Mo., with the Rev. Bruce Owens officiating. Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements...
Mary Wallis (08/10/12)
Marble Hill, Mo. -- Mary E. Wallis, 89, of Marble Hill passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at Woodland Hills Nursing Home. She was born July 28, 1923, to Charles and Ida Yount Wallis. Mary was a lifelong resident of Bollinger County, Mo. She taught in several Missouri public schools, including McKelvy, Glenallen, Glennon, Grassy and Lutesville. ...
Maxine Croy (08/10/12)
McCLURE, Ill. -- Maxine "Nanny" Croy, 79, of McClure passed away Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 14, 1933, in Gale, Ill., to Herbert and Ollie Busby Prater. Survivors include two sons, Tommy (Robin) Croy of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Stephen (Laura) Croy of Jackson; two brothers, Herbert Prater of Thebes, Ill., Jerry Prater of McClure; two sisters, Sandra (Norman) Hale and Shirley Hale of McClure; two grandchildren, Nicole Croy of Murfreesboro, Austin "Audi Bird" Croy of Jackson; two great-grandchildren, Aiden and Cashtyn Croy of Murfreesboro; numerous nieces and nephews.. ...
Jeanne Farrar (08/10/12)
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 (Mich.) High School in 1941, and Mercy School of Nursing in Detroit and Battle Creek, Mich., in 1944...
Richard Ernst (08/10/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Richard L. Ernst, 61, of Perryville died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at his home. He was born May 19, 1951, in Perryville, son of Flavian B. and Cleora Sutterer Ernst. He and Barbara K. Buerck were married July 21, 1973. Ernst was owner/operator of Ernst Service Station and Machine Shop in McBride, Mo. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Victory Parish in Sereno, Mo., and American Legion Post 133...
Billy Freeman (08/10/12)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Billy Estle Freeman, 77, of Bell City passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born May 26, 1935, in Dover, Ark., son of Charlie and Zeola Curtis Freeman. Billy was a mechanic 17 years at Sikeston Motor Co. He later worked at Bell-Mo Seed Co. in Bell City...
Christopher Randen (08/10/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Christopher Michael Randen, 35, of Marble Hill, formerly of Festus, Mo., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, from injuries sustained in a car accident. He was born Dec. 25, 1976. His beloved parents are Paul and Janet Randen of Camdenton, Mo. He married Laura M. Sander on Oct. 9, 2010, in Camdenton. He described their love as what he had been waiting for his whole life...
Births 8/10/12 (08/10/12)
Daughter to Michael Stewart and Renee Lynn Brown of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Hospital, 7:39 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2012. Name, Khloe Loretta Ophelia. Weight, 5 pounds. Fifth child, second daughter. Mrs. Brown is the former Renee Tettamble, daughter of Veronica Mouser of Cape Girardeau. Brown is the son of Johnny Brown of Cape Girardeau. He is employed at SEMO Box Co...
Jackson police report 8/10/12 (08/10/12)
The Jackson Police Report released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summons Theft...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/10/12 (08/10/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Assaults Burglaries Thefts Miscellaneous...
Out of the past 8/10/12 (08/10/12)
The Cape Girardeau County office of mapping and appraisal has moved into the new county administrative office building at Jackson; it's the first office to make the move into the new building. A special city council study session discusses possible municipalization of the water and electric systems in Cape Girardeau; the meeting at times turns into a debate between Union Electric Co., officials on one side and Southeast Missouri Port Authority executive director Thomas Cooley and utility expert Neil Adams on the other.. ...
Election wrap-up (08/10/12)
Tuesday was a big election day for local races in Cape Girardeau County. In the hotly contested 27th Senate District GOP primary, Wayne Wallingford defeated Ellen Brandom. In the three-man race for Cape Girardeau County District 2 Commissioner, Charlie Herbst won over current Commissioner Jay Purcell and Maurice "Moe" Sandfort. And Lisa Reitzel won the GOP primary for public administrator, defeating 12 other Republican candidates...
Speak Out 8/10/12 (08/10/12)
How ridiculous of the person to call in and say that farmers should sign something saying that farmers will not contribute to global warming. I have news for you: Get off farmers' backs. Thanks to farmers, we eat. Thank you so much, Mr. Farmer. Some of the laws they've made for farmers are ridiculous. ...
Prayer 8/10/12 (08/10/12)
Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Amen.
Running for the Girls 5K (08/10/12)
MedAssets Relay for Life team is hosting their 3rd annual Running for the Girls 5K September 1, 2012. This is our first year as a Grand Prix Race. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Questions, contact Amanda Craft acraft@medassets.com or Karen Hann khann@medassets.com...
Chinese Lantern (08/10/12)
One of many Chinese lanterns at the festival at the St Louis Botanical Gardens.
Chinese Lanterns (08/10/12)
Chinese lanterns as lily pads at the Chinese Lantern Festival at the St Louis Botanical Gardens.
Dolphin (08/10/12)
We went on a Dolphin Cruise in Gulf Shores while on vacation. The dolphins would come right up to the boat we were on.
Good Samaritan: Unidentified & Unknown (08/10/12)
On August 6th, in Jackson Missouri, some unnamed good Samaritan(s) pulled Burt Hahs, who's clothes were on fire, out of a burning truck, after his vehicle was hit by another truck. After the good Samaritans got Mr. Hahs on the ground, they rolled him until the fire was out...
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