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17-year-old certified as adult, charged with hate crime against gay Cape Girardeau woman (08/15/12)
The 17-year-old suspect in the July 24 beating of a Cape Girardeau woman will be prosecuted as an adult, a judge ruled Tuesday, and prosecutors wasted no time filing charges that included "hate crime" language because the victim is gay.
Area MAP scores not far from last year's levels (08/15/12)
Scores on last spring's Missouri Assessment Program tests show many Southeast Missouri schools making gradual improvements. In a sampling of local school districts, percentages of students meeting or exceeding progress standards under the federal No Child Left Behind law rose and fell in small amounts...
Southeast to offer U.S. Army Reserve officer training program (08/15/12)
Expect the military presence to increase next year at Southeast Missouri State University.
More sewer issues discovered in Marble Hill after bond issue approval (08/15/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- On the heels of the board of aldermen certifying Marble Hill voters' approval of a $1.7 million bond issue, the city is dealing with several problem areas in its sewer system. Marble Hill voters approved on Aug. 7 the $1.7 million bond issue that will begin the process for revamping the city's antiquated sewer system. The measure passed, and was certified at Monday night's meeting of the board of aldermen, by a vote of 179 to 109...
Scott County water district gaining customers in drought (08/15/12)
MORLEY, Mo. -- One of the top reasons people decline to hook up to their local rural water district -- already having good water from a private well -- has dried up for some area residents. Not only does Scott County's rural water supply district offer customers clean, safe drinking water, but it has now demonstrated it can provide that water even during a severe drought...
Hearing set for September in Saxony Lutheran's challenge to mining permit (08/15/12)
As students start classes Wednesday at Saxony Lutheran High School, two court cases challenging mine permits granted for two quarries near the school continue. "We want to make sure we continue to do the things we can to ensure the health and safety of our children and the livelihood of the school," said Saxony principal Dr. Craig Ernstmeyer...
New Madrid man faces rape charge (08/15/12)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A 45-year-old New Madrid man is in custody, charged with rape. Isaac Leodis Green was charged Saturday with forcible rape by New Madrid County Prosecuting Attorney Lewis Recker. At his arraignment Monday, Green entered a plea of not guilty. Associate Judge Charles Spitler set bond for Green at $25,000 and ordered him to return to court Aug. 27...
Pachyderms to host attorney general candidate (08/15/12)
The Southeast Missouri Pachyderms will host a public forum with Ed Martin, candidate for Missouri attorney general, on Thursday at Dexter Bar-B-Que in Cape Girardeau. The program is open to the public. Food will be served at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting at 6:45 p.m. The forum will begin at 7 p.m...
Last standing section of Cape's old Franklin demolished (08/15/12)
A worker with Premier Demolition uses a track hoe to demolish the last standing section of the old Franklin Elementary building Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, in Cape Girardeau. The old building opened to students in 1927, and the new building with welcome its first group of students Thursday...
In federal court: Cape Girardeau man sentenced on gun charges (08/15/12)
The U.S. attorney's office released the following information Tuesday for defendants who appeared before U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. Name: Ricky Mixon Residence: Cape Girardeau Age: 27 Charges: One felony count of being a felon in possession of a firearm...
Car overturns in Perry Avenue accident (08/15/12)
A car overturned at Perry Avenue and Pemiscot Street in Cape Girardeau after hitting a car parked on Perry today. Two vehicles were involved in the accident ...
Recent hate crimes in Cape Girardeau (08/15/12)
Missouri laws describe a hate crime as one which is "knowingly motivated" because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or disability of the victim. Violations are a class D felony. Prosecutors say such cases in Cape Girardeau County are rare. Here are some recent examples of local hate crime cases...
Cairo bridge to close next week for inspections (08/15/12)
CAIRO, Ill. -- The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the Cairo bridge over the Mississippi River, carrying U.S. 60/62, will be closed Monday through Wednesday next week to allow crews to conduct required safety inspections of the structure. The bridge will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. In addition, the span will be restricted to one lane during daylight hours from Aug. 23-31. For more information, visit http://www.modot.org...
Heavier loads of grain allowed on Missouri highways (08/15/12)
The Missouri Department of Transportation has agreed to allow heavier than normal loads of grain on state highways throughout the harvest season after a request from the state Agriculture Department, according to a MoDOT news release. Farmers, private and for-hire motor carriers may carry up to 10 percent more than their licensed weight on Missouri highways. ...
Deer Creek Academy holds open house (08/15/12)
Deer Creek Christian Academy invites all parents with students in kindergarten through eighth grade to attend an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 2039 Cape LaCroix Road in Cape Girardeau. Deer Creek is a not-for-profit, nondenominational school established in 1997 by local parents who desired a more individualized learning approach...
Mo. House expected to select new speaker (08/15/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House members are likely to choose a new leader next month in the wake of Speaker Steven Tilley's resignation from the chamber. Tilley, a Republican, announced Monday he's giving up his House seat with four months left in his final term. Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller, also a Republican, has taken over as speaker for now...
Mo. Supreme Court declines to set execution dates (08/15/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Missouri Supreme Court has declined to set execution dates for six condemned killers, saying doing so is "premature" until the courts decide if Missouri's new execution method passes constitutional muster. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster in May asked the court to set the execution dates. That was the same month the Missouri Department of Corrections adopted a new execution protocol that uses a single drug, propofol...
Federal drug czar wants Missouri to set up drug tracking program (08/15/12)
ST. LOUIS -- While heroin, methamphetamine and even synthetic drugs tend to get much of the attention, the nation's drug czar says prescription drug abuse is far and away the most lethal drug problem in America. Monitoring programs adopted in 49 states are helping address the problem of prescription drug abuse, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy director Gil Kerlikowske said. The lone holdout is Missouri, where Kerlikowske plans to be today to push for such a program...
Mo. troopers out in full force Labor Day weekend (08/15/12)
WELDON SPRING, Mo. (AP) - Missouri state troopers are planning to be out in big numbers over the Labor Day weekend, and aggressive drivers in particular should be on their good behavior. The Highway Patrol says troopers will be patrolling at 20-mile intervals along Interstates 35, 44, 55 and 70 and U.S. Highways 60 and 63 on Aug. 31, and again on Labor Day, Sept. 3...
Mo. Republicans rally to start fall campaigns (08/15/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Republicans seeking statewide office kick-started their fall campaigns Tuesday and called for teamwork, saying the November election will prove to be one of the most important in decades. The differences between the major political parties have not been starker in decades, Republican Party executive director Lloyd Smith said during a rally outside a GOP campaign office in Jefferson City. ...
Renters hope for quick cash during conventions (08/15/12)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For Dustin Read, the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte seemed like a surefire way to make extra money. An estimated 35,000 people -- from delegates and journalists to scores of protesters and police -- will be flocking to North Carolina's largest city to attend the three-day convention in early September. He figures some of those visitors might want a bigger place to stay than a cramped hotel room with no backyard...
New geek chic at NASA: Mohawks in, pocket protectors out (08/15/12)
PASADENA, Calif. -- Known to the Twitterverse and the president of the United States as "Mohawk Guy" of the Mars mission, Bobak Ferdowsi could be the changing public face of NASA and all of geekdom. Ferdowsi, whose shaved scalp also features star shapes, is a flight director for the Mars rover Curiosity -- a mission that captured the nation's imagination with its odds-defying, acrobatic landing...
Higher retail spending lifts hopes for U.S. economy (08/15/12)
WASHINGTON -- Americans increased their retail spending in July by the most in five months, opening their wallets after a frugal spring and offering hope that the slumping economy may rebound in the second half of the year. Retail spending rose in every major category, from electronics and sporting goods to furniture, building supplies and garden equipment. The report from the government followed one earlier this month that showed hiring strengthened in July...
Program for young immigrants to avoid deportation starts today (08/15/12)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration Tuesday directed young illegal immigrants to fill out new forms and pay $465 if they want to apply under a new program that would let them avoid deportation and obtain a U.S. work permit. The government renewed warnings that the process wouldn't lead to citizenship or give them permission to travel internationally. It will begin accepting immigrants' applications today...
Video shows vapors before refinery fire (08/15/12)
RICHMOND, Calif. -- An internal Chevron Corp. surveillance video shows a towering vapor cloud engulfing an area of its refinery for two minutes before it ignited into a volatile blaze, federal investigators said Tuesday. U.S. Chemical Safety Board officials said the video shows plant workers getting caught within the cloud shortly before the Aug. 6 blaze. More than a dozen workers managed to narrowly escape serious injury...
Today in History (08/15/12)
Today is Wednesday, Aug. 15, the 228th day of 2012. There are 138 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 15, 1483, the Sistine Chapel was consecrated by Pope Sixtus IV. On this date: In 1057, Macbeth, King of Scots, was killed in battle by Malcolm, the eldest son of King Duncan, whom Macbeth had slain...
Conflicting reports given on Russian underground sect (08/15/12)
KAZAN, Russia -- Authorities spoke of a creepy cult living in an "eight-level ant house" dug deep into the ground, where children were kept in unheated cells and starved of daylight. A visit to the compound suggests a more ordinary reality. A brief visit inside the compound, which provided shocking headlines around the world when police raided it and seized the children, revealed none of the elaborate underground design described by prosecutors. ...
Syrian premier who defected: Assad regime near collapse (08/15/12)
AMMAN, Jordan -- The Syrian prime minister who defected said Tuesday that Bashar Assad's regime was near collapse and urged other leaders to tip the scales and join the rebel side. The U.N. said an estimated 2.5 million Syrians have been injured, displaced or face problems securing food or other necessities, a sharp rise from about 1 million three months ago...
Southeast Missouri State football team's Foster says maturity key to a successful season (08/15/12)
Southeast Missouri State wide receiver D.J. Foster says the only thing that prevented him from having a big season last year was himself. He takes full responsibility. Foster admitted exhibiting immature behavior at various times in 2011, and it wound up costing him four games due to a pair of team suspensions...
Heather Nelson to miss start of Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team's season (08/15/12)
Southeast Missouri State soccer coach Heather Nelson will be away from the Redhawks' bench for the immediate future. The university issued a news release Tuesday that said Nelson will be sidelined due to an accident over the summer. Associate head coach Paul Nelson will assume additional responsibilities on the Southeast sidelines while Heather Nelson recovers. The Nelsons are married...
Area digest 8/15/12 (08/15/12)
Lachelle Cook and Danny Williams joined forces to win the SEMO Horseshoe Association's seven-team tournament at the Backyard Club. Amy Pobst and Randy Senciboy finished second, while Carolyn Schreckenberg and Susie Bohannon were third. The team of Kory Kluesner and Cook won the 19-team tournament at the Oran Knights of Columbus. Tyler Elfrink and Beaver Glastetter were second, while Mike DaVault and Diane Menz took third...
Fuentes leaves St. Louis Cardinals, likely done for season (08/15/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals placed relief pitcher Brian Fuentes on the restricted list after the left-hander told the team he needed time off due to personal reasons. They're on the verge of getting back left-handed starter Jaime Garcia...
Smith wages battle for spot in St. Louis Rams' starting lineup (08/15/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Rams right tackle Jason Smith finds himself battling with free agent signee Barry Richardson for playing time this summer. That's fine with Smith, a former No. 2 overall draft pick who is working with the second string and did not start in the Rams' preseason opener Sunday at Indianapolis...
Cardinals starting pitcher Kelly's strong outing takes bite out of Arizona (08/15/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Joe Kelly is leaving with his head held high if this was his last turn. The rookie right-hander pitched into the seventh inning of what could be his final start before Jaime Garcia comes off the disabled list, and the St. Louis Cardinals got home runs from Matt Holliday and Jon Jay in an 8-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night...
Musicians remember Elvis' talent, character (08/15/12)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Elvis Presley left behind hit songs, epic performances, some so-so movies and an image as a handsome, rebellious, talented and sometimes-troubled artist that remains indelibly marked in America's pop culture psyche 35 years after his death...
Helen Gurley Brown, the original Carrie Bradshaw (08/15/12)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Before there was "Sex and the City," there was "Sex and the Single Girl." And before there was Carrie Bradshaw, there was Helen Gurley Brown. True, Carrie, the fun-loving and fashionable sex columnist of the HBO series, was fictional. ...
Judge grants Sheryl Crow 3-year restraining order (08/15/12)
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- A judge granted Sheryl Crow a three-year restraining order against a man who acknowledged he threatened to shoot the singer-songwriter and film executive Harvey Weinstein. Philip Gordon Sparks, 45, agreed to stay away from the Grammy winner and Weinstein after an hour-long hearing in which he accused the pair of stealing $7.5 million from him, videotaping and following him without permission and leaving him homeless. ...
J.W. Bizzell (08/15/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- J.W. Bizzell, 80, of Sikeston died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at his home. He was born Oct. 1, 1911, in Conway, Ark., son of John Wesley and Effie Hillis Bizzell. He and Veda Glodine Bean were married Oct. 9, 1951, in Piggott, Ark. She died Aug. 19, 1990...
Edgar Blechle (08/15/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Edgar J. Blechle, 76, of Perryville died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at his home. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today and 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Miller Family Funeral Home. Parish prayers will be at 5 p.m. today. The rosary will be recited at 9 a.m. Thursday...
Michael Evans Jr. (08/15/12)
Michael Eugene Evans Jr., 34, of West, Miss., formerly of Cape Girardeau, passed away Friday, July 13, 2012, at University Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. He was born Feb. 28, 1978, in Cape Girardeau, to Michael E. and Marchelle Holifield Evans Sr. He married Kelli Lindsey...
George Harvel (08/15/12)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- George W. Harvel, 76, of Jonesboro died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in Vincennes, Ind. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro. A masonic service will be conducted at noon Friday by Jonesboro Masonic Lodge 111...
James Kessler Jr. (08/15/12)
MOUNDS, Ill. — James J. "Jim" Kessler Jr., 75, of Edwardsville, Ill., formerly of Mounds, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at his home. Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge, Ill., is in charge of arrangements.
Geraldine Rodgers (08/15/12)
With her daughters by her side, Geraldine Masterson Rodgers, 85, passed away Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at her home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Sept. 6, 1926, in New Madrid, Mo., daughter of Jack and Florence Mast Masterson. She and John Wiley Rodgers were married Aug. 22, 1946, in New Madrid. They had been married 59 years when he passed away Feb. 4, 2006...
Stanley Shaffar (08/15/12)
Stanley Deward Shaffar, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park Mausoleum...
Births 8/15/12 (08/15/12)
Son to Daniel Eugene and Mindy Marie Stanfill of Patton, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 4:22 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Name, Jaxson Ethan. Weight, 8 pounds, 14 ounces. Second child, first son. Mrs. Stanfill is the former Mindy Massa, daughter of Clint Massa and Debbie Massa of Marble Hill, Mo. Stanfill is the son of Bud Stanfill and Cheryl Stanfill of Patton. He is employed by Bollinger County Road and Bridge...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/15/12 (08/15/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/15/12 (08/15/12)
Fire fighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Jackson police report 8/15/12 (08/15/12)
Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Out of the past 8/15/12 (08/15/12)
The Mississippi River continues to drop, holding at 11.7 feet at Cape Girardeau; the level is the lowest the river has been in nearly five years, but has caused no major channel navigation problems yet between St. Louis and Cairo, Ill. All Southeast Missouri State University buildings were without electricity last night and most of today while its power plant was shut down to enable routine cleaning and other preventive-maintenance chores on the system...
Obama's Chicago-style politics of destruction (08/15/12)
With this week's announcement of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's vice presidential choice, the countdown has officially begun. We've seen the opening act and the full cast of characters is now in place. If you paid attention, the campaign began Sunday with the usual suspects on the political talkfests...
Cape BBQ Fest (08/15/12)
As area parents send their children back to school this week, here's a bit of good news to extend your family's summer fun. The Cape Girardeau Jaycees 20th annual Cape BBQ Fest is set for Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 at Arena Park. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the festival raises funds for the local Toybox program...
The cost of space exploration (08/15/12)
In his Southeast Missourian column of Aug. 9, Dr. Wayne Bowen advocated an increased emphasis on space exploration as currently managed by NASA. Bowen's article makes a compelling case, and in principle, I agree with him. However, he does not fully discuss the resources which would be required for creating a renewed emphasis on space exploration...
Speak out 8/15/12 (08/15/12)
I'd like to comment about the space program landing on Mars. Now that we've landed on Mars and spent millions of dollars to do it, how do you explain to the people who don't have jobs, who don't have food to eat, don't have medical insurance, how do you explain that to those people who are trying to survive on this planet? Our government spends and wastes more money on everything but the working person of this country, and now we're getting ready to elect people to office and we don't know who's telling us the truth. ...
Prayer 8/15/12 (08/15/12)
Lord Jesus, may we not only love with words but also with actions and in truth. Amen.
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