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Stories from Friday, August 17, 2012

SEMO students start to fill dorms on move-in day (08/17/12)
New arrivals began filing into Southeast Missouri State University Thursday, the university's official move-in day, and joined an anticipated record high number of students who will live on campus. On Wednesday, the university's Office of Residence Life had more than 3,000 housing contracts in place for this fall, and director of residence life Dr. Bruce Skinner said some contracts were still in flux...
Students, staff get settled in new facilities on first day of school in Cape (08/17/12)
Mike Moore, a Franklin Elementary fourth-grader, will miss his old school. But not too much. "I believe we are going to have even more and better fun here," Moore said Thursday, the first day of the 2012-2013 school year, while trailing a step behind a line of his classmates on a tour of the new "home" to over 300 Cape Girardeau School District students...
Cape group wanting referendum on deer hunting ordinance says it has 4,258 signatures (08/17/12)
Members of a Cape Girardeau group opposed to an ordinance that would allow deer hunting inside the city limits are confident they've gathered more than enough signatures to place the issue before voters, but say their work on the issue is far from over...
Cape school officials: Few issues with new dress code (08/17/12)
A majority of students returning to classes in the Cape Girardeau School District for the first day of the 2012-2013 school year complied with new rules on clothing, district administrators said Thursday. Elementary principals said they purposely were not too strict about the new code for the first day but did remind a few students in the case their clothing did not fit the code...
Illinois man sentenced on methamphetamine charge (08/17/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- An Anna man has been sentenced to four years in prison for a felony count of unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, Union County State's Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds said in a news release Thursday. Travis Farris, 24, of Anna was arrested by Union County sheriff's deputies in March at a residence near Jonesboro, Ill., where he was engaged in the production of less than 15 grams of methamphetamine. ...
Hiram, Mo., man pleads guilty to child molestation (08/17/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A former Poplar Bluff man pleaded guilty Tuesday to molesting an infant left in his care for a short time in March. Lance Walter Hada, 21, of Hiram, Mo., pleaded guilty as charged to first-degree child molestation, Butler County assistant prosecuting attorney Ted Thompson said. After accepting Hada's plea, Senior Judge Paul McGhee ordered a sentencing assessment report. Hada is to appear at 1 p.m. Aug. 28 for sentencing...
Poplar Bluff-area bondsman arrested on drug charges (08/17/12)
DONIPHAN, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff, Mo., Early Head Start teacher who doubles as a bail bondsman was arraigned earlier this week in Ripley County after being charged with possessing prescription pain pills she allegedly accepted in exchange for bond money owed her, the Daily American Republic reported. ...
3 arrested in robbery of 93-year-old Mo. man (08/17/12)
KENNETT, Mo. (AP) -- Three people are facing charges for the robbery of a 93-year-old southeast Missouri man. The Kennett Daily Dunklin Democrat (http://bit.ly/OkSYwW ) reports that the suspects range in age from 17 to 34. All three face robbery charges...
American Red Cross holding blood drives (08/17/12)
The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Venue, 80 S. Plaza Way in Cape Girardeau; at the Elks Lodge, 921 N. Perryville Blvd. in Perryville, Mo.; at the Sikeston Factor Outlet Stores, 100 Outlet Drive in Sikeston, Mo.; and at the Faith Family Worship Center at 600 Sargent Drive in Farmington, Mo. ...
Bridge repair work reduces Highway 51 (08/17/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Highway 51 on the Chester, Ill., bridge over the Mississippi River will be reduced to one lane with a 10-foot width restriction as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace the navigation lights on span. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily Aug. 27 through 31...
U.S. 60 reduced for pavement repairs (08/17/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Eastbound U.S. 60 in Stoddard County, between Route F and Highway 25, will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews seal the joints along the highway. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Tuesday through Thursday...
Pavement work set for Route AD (08/17/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route AD in Stoddard County, from U.S. 60 to County Road 442, will be reduced to one lane Monday, 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...
Dorena-Hickman Ferry opens after dredging (08/17/12)
DORENA, Mo. -- The Dorena-Hickman Ferry reopened for business Thursday morning, after completion of the dredging of the Hickman, Ky., harbor, according to a news release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The ferry is carrying only passenger vehicles at present, because of continuing low water on the Mississippi River. ...
Forecast: U.S. drought lingering but leveling off (08/17/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Rains that eased or stabilized parched conditions in some key farming states haven't helped growers and ranchers in Kansas or Nebraska, where the severity of the drought continues to spike, a climate monitoring center showed Thursday...
Senate hopefuls campaign in big tent at state fair (08/17/12)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- Missouri's closely watched U.S. Senate campaign moved Thursday to the Missouri State Fair as Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican challenger Todd Akin focused on rural and farm issues while campaigning around a big-top tent...
Missouri approves 4,900 applications for water help (08/17/12)
SEDALIA, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon's office said Thursday that officials have approved more than 4,900 applications from farmers asking for help to improve their irrigation systems to combat this summer's drought...
Investigators: Cause of Joplin mosque fire unknown (08/17/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Investigators announced Thursday that they have been unable to determine the cause of a suspicious fire that destroyed a southwest Missouri mosque that was a previous arson target. About three dozen investigators with the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Missouri Division of Fire Safety and Jasper County Sheriff's Department had been in Joplin since the fire at the Islamic Society of Joplin on Aug. ...
Conservative, gay rights groups spar over security guard shooting (08/17/12)
WASHINGTON -- As authorities revealed details about the Family Research Council shooting, the head of the influential conservative organization blamed the attack on "reckless rhetoric," but then delivered his own politically charged remark, saying critics gave the accused gunman "a license to shoot an unarmed man."...
Justice Dept. approves Verizon-cable deals (08/17/12)
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department on Thursday approved Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion purchase of wireless spectrum from four of the nation's largest cable companies but applied conditions to the deal to protect consumers from reduced competition and higher prices...
Unemployment aid applications up by only 2,000 (08/17/12)
WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits edged up slightly last week but remained at a level consistent with modest gains in hiring. Unemployment benefit applications rose by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 366,000, the Labor Department said. The less volatile four-week average fell by 5,500 to 363,750. That was the lowest level since late March...
Drought slows down economy in Western, Midwestern states (08/17/12)
OMAHA, Neb. -- The rural economy is sputtering in 10 Midwest and Great Plains states as farmers try to cope with this summer's severe drought, according to the newest monthly survey of bankers released Thursday. The Rural Mainstreet Index slipped to 47.1 this month, its lowest level since April 2009 and the second straight month of negative growth. Any score below 50 on the 1-to-100 index suggests that the economy will contract in months ahead...
Colo. shooting prompts gun bills in Illinois, California, New York (08/17/12)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Democratic leaders in three big states have used this summer's mass shooting in Colorado to push bills that would crack down on assault weapons and ammunition sales, rekindling a debate that has not gained much traction in Congress or on the presidential campaign...
2 deputies dead, 2 hurt in La. shootout (08/17/12)
LAPLACE, La. -- Two sheriff's deputies in Louisiana were shot to death and two others were injured in an early morning shootout west of New Orleans, authorities said Thursday. Five people are in custody, and two of them are hospitalized, authorities said...
Police notifying crash family find 3 dead (08/17/12)
VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Officers tasked with the grim job of notifying a woman about the death of her husband stumbled onto a grisly crime scene Thursday when no one responded at the suburban Detroit home, which had been left unlocked. Inside, the woman and the couple's two young children were found dead in separate bedrooms. ...
Challengers of Pa. voter photo ID law file appeal (08/17/12)
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Strategies will shift as the first court battle over Pennsylvania's new law requiring voters to show valid photo identification heads to the state Supreme Court, while other legal hurdles could surface and political campaigns lumber toward the November election...
Dallas plans an aerial defense to fight West Nile outbreak (08/17/12)
DALLAS -- The last time Dallas used aerial spraying to curb the mosquito population, Texas' Lyndon Johnson was in the White House, Mission Control in Houston was launching Gemini missions and encephalitis was blamed for more than a dozen deaths...
Today in History (08/17/12)
Today is Friday, Aug. 17, the 230th day of 2012. There are 136 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 17, 1982, the first commercially produced compact discs, a recording of ABBA's "The Visitors," were pressed at a Philips factory near Hanover, West Germany...
Taliban fighters carry out attack on Pakistan air base (08/17/12)
KAMRA, Pakistan -- Heavily armed Taliban fighters blasted their way into a Pakistani air force base with possible links to the country's nuclear program in an assault that took two hours of fighting to put down, leaving a security officer and nine insurgents dead and underscoring the group's continued threat despite numerous military offensives...
Bombings across Iraq kill 59 people, wound dozens more (08/17/12)
BAGHDAD -- Insurgents in Iraq unleashed a relentless wave of attacks from before dawn until late at night Thursday, killing 59 people and wounding many more in a deadly show of force aimed at undermining the government's authority. The bomb and shooting attacks made for the country's deadliest day in more than three weeks, rattling nerves as families prepared to gather for a holiday weekend. ...
Ecuador grants asylum to WikiLeaks' Assange (08/17/12)
LONDON -- He's won asylum in Ecuador, but Julian Assange is no closer to getting there. The decision by the Latin American nation to identify the WikiLeaks founder as a political refugee is a symbolic boost for the embattled ex-hacker, but legal experts say that does little to help him avoid extradition to Sweden -- and does much to drag Britain and Ecuador into an international faceoff...
S. African police shoot, kill striking miners (08/17/12)
JOHANNESBURG -- South African police opened fire Thursday on a crowd of striking miners that charged a line of officers trying to disperse them, killing some and wounding others in one of the worst shootings by authorities since the end of the apartheid era...
Black Hawk crash kills 7 Americans and 4 Afghans (08/17/12)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A U.S. military helicopter crashed during a firefight with insurgents in a remote area of southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing seven Americans and four Afghans in one of the deadliest air disasters of a war now into its second decade. The Taliban claimed they gunned down the Black Hawk...
U.N. council OKs new Syria office (08/17/12)
UNITED NATIONS -- Facing an escalating civil war in Syria, the Security Council decided Thursday to end the U.N. military observer mission that was sent to monitor a cease-fire that never happened and back a small new liaison office that will support any future peace efforts...
Southeast Missouri State women's soccer player Abbott on pace to break Southeast's career starts record (08/17/12)
Hayley Abbott is Southeast Missouri State's latest soccer iron woman. Abbott, one of the Redhawks' defensive anchors, has started all 55 games during her Southeast career and is on pace to break the school's career records for most starts and most minutes played...
Former Southeast Missouri State women's basketball coach Ishee lands job with D-I program (08/17/12)
Former Southeast Missouri State women's basketball coach John Ishee is back in the Division I ranks. Ishee's hiring as an assistant women's basketball coach at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, was announced Thursday. That comes only a couple months after Ishee took over the struggling women's basketball program at Ranger (Texas) Junior College...
Franklin strong again, but Pinkel wants more from Missouri Tigers QB (08/17/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- James Franklin was 16 of 25 for 177 yards with a touchdown and an interception while working with a unit minus three starters in Missouri's second scrimmage Thursday. Coach Gary Pinkel wants to see more consistency. Wide receivers T.J. Moe (hamstring) and L'Damian Washington (shoulder) and offensive tackle Justin Britt (foot) missed Thursday's action. Pinkel said Franklin's play improved near the end of the scrimmage...
Missouri Tigers football team eager to earn respect in SEC (08/17/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri coach Gary Pinkel does his best to downplay the transition. He didn't mention the SEC to his players before the first day of fall camp. Missouri is coming from a pretty strong conference in the Big 12 and has become a perennial bowl team...
Rams QB Bradford dismisses concerns about ankle (08/17/12)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford says speculation he might need offseason ankle surgery is off-base. "That would be news to me," Bradford said Thursday night after practice. "To be honest, I'm tired of talking about the ankle...
St. Louis Rams plan to stay conservative for Game 2 (08/17/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Coach Jeff Fisher might add a few more plays to the game plan for the St. Louis Rams' second preseason game. Middle linebacker James Laurinaitis said it's not about the calls but how they'll be executed in the Governor's Cup game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday...
Motte blows lead in ninth, Cardinals fall to Diamondbacks (08/17/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Young homered on consecutive pitches from Jason Motte with one out in the ninth inning to rally the Arizona Diamondbacks past the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Thursday night. Motte (4-4) struck out Miguel Montero to lead off the ninth with St. ...
Life as we know it, without the Internet (08/17/12)
When I was growing up on the Killough Valley farm in the Ozarks over yonder, we didn't have electricity until I was 8 years old, and we didn't have a telephone or indoor plumbing before I left home for college and marriage. We did have a radio, but being nestled in a valley limits your reception options. So we listened to the station in Poplar Bluff, mostly for livestock market reports...
Second half of Tunes at Twilight season begins (08/17/12)
The Common Pleas Courthouse gazebo will once again host a variety of songwriters performing in a relaxed setting as Tunes at Twilight, the weekly outdoor concert series, comes back for its fall season today. The series is organized by Old Town Cape project manager Nicholle Hinkle, with the help of Larry Underberg of Underberg House Concerts. Tunes at Twilight will put on hourlong Friday evening shows for the next six-weeks. Concerts in the fall series start at 6:30 p.m...
Best Bet 08/17/12 (08/17/12)
Ryan Corn is one the area's up-and-coming acts. Corn has worked with Grammy Award-winning producers and opened for nationally known acts such as Third Day, Jars of Clay, Mercy Me and others. Hear him for free at 7 p.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church, 521 Caruthers Ave. For more information, visit ryancornmusic.com....
ARTifacts 8/17/12 (08/17/12)
Sara Edgerton and Paul Thompson, faculty members at Southeast Missouri State University, will present a recital of music for cello and piano titled "Song Without Words" on Aug. 26 at the River Campus. The concert is part of the Faculty Recital Series and will take place at 3 p.m. ...
Cape's roller girls take on Ky. team (08/17/12)
The hard-hitting roller girls are back at it, this time for a doublehead-arrrr. The Cape Girardeau Roller Girls will take on Vette City Roller Derby from Bowling Green, Ky., in "Skating the High Seas" Saturday at the Arena Building in Cape Girardeau. ...
More people, more everything (08/17/12)
As the immortal Vanilla Ice once said, "Ring the bell; school's back in." You can see Cape Girardeau filling up with scores of college students, eager to begin the semester at Southeast Missouri State University. You can see the younger children in the stores with parents, getting supplies and clothes that comply with a new dress code. And you can see the "For Rent" signs disappearing, as dorms fill up and students claim off-campus properties...
Laura Rhame (08/17/12)
Laura Chambers Rhame, 92, of Maumelle, Ark., formerly of Cape Girardeau, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at Parkway Health Center in Little Rock, Ark. She was born July 23, 1920, in Bricksboro, N.J., to Anthony and Ada Chambers. Laura was a member of Calvary Nazarene Church. She also loved Parkway Place Baptist Church, where her grandson, Greg Kelley, is on the pastoral staff...
Noble Milam (08/17/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- Noble Milam, 73, of Benton died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 18, 1938, in Stokes, Ark., to Robert Hugh and Mavis Irene Mayfield Milam Sr. He and Elizabeth L. "Betty" Penrose were married June 20, 1959, in Morley, Mo...
Ray Copman (08/17/12)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Ray Copman, 87, of Advance passed away Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at his home. He was born May 13, 1935, in Advance, son of Ed and Emma Magg Copman. Ray was a farmer 50 years, worked at Morgan Furniture Store in Advance 30 years, worked 25 years for the city of Advance and four years at Mingo. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Advance...
Ted Nenninger (08/17/12)
HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- Theodore J. "Ted" Nenninger, 74, of Hazelwood was called home Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. Beloved husband of 54 years to Zita Bucher; dear father of Charlene (Jerry) Lippold, Marilyn (Al) Janowski, Tim (Charlotte) Nenninger, Peggy (Jim) Ehlers, Dan (Wendy) Nenninger; dear grandpa to Missy (Dan), Steven, Jacob, Jordan, Tommy, Nick, Trisha, Ashlyn, and Brendan; dear great-grandpa of Andrew and Zachary; dear brother of Greg (Jenny), Edgar (Eloise), and Tom (Barb); special uncle, cousin and friend to many.. ...
Jackson police report 8/17/12 (08/17/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summons Thefts Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/17/12 (08/17/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summonses Thefts Property damage Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/17/12 (08/17/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Out of the past 8/17/12 (08/17/12)
Cape Girardeau's oldest car dealership, Ford Groves, has announced plans to relocate to the 1500 block of North Kingshighway; the dealership has been around since 1914 and has been at Sprigg and Themis streets since 1924. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to construct the Cape LaCroix Creek flooding project in two phases; phase one will begin at Sprigg Street and proceed upstream to the property line of Rustman Bus Co.; phase two will continue to Bloomfield Road...
The Olympics' spirit (08/17/12)
The Olympics offers competitive theater like no other athletic event. Dreams came true right before our eyes. So many of the young athletes in the 2012 games -- some still in their teens -- represented their countries so well, letting their families and supporters bask in golden glory right along with them...
The president prayed (08/17/12)
Our president prayed, on camera, the Sunday after the Colorado shootings. He chose: "Scripture says that 'He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more. Neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.'" This is from Revelation 21:4, talking of God's eternal kingdom in heaven under the symbols of a new heaven and a new earth. ...
Speak Out 8/17/12 (08/17/12)
Obama and his administration declares that your business is only successful because of the government. If that were true, we would not have increasing debt and deficits due to government programs, people out of work, rising costs of goods, "kinetic military actions," no operating budget and the general decline in the American way of life. Just look at the U.S. Postal Service, welfare or any government program for proof the government knows absolutely nothing about successful business practice...
Prayer 8/17/12 (08/17/12)
O Lord Jesus, may we show grace and forgiveness to others as you do. Amen.
Hutson at Arctic Circle (08/17/12)
Dave Hutson at the Arctic Circle on his Alaska Highway trip.
Steamboat Cape Girardeau (1924-1935) (08/17/12)
The third Cape Girardeau (1924-1935) was a sidewheel packet constructed in 1924. It operated as the Eagle Packet Company's commercial vessel from 1924 to 1935 between St. Louis, MO and Cape Girardeau, MO. Passengers praised the Cape Girardeau for being a spacious and luxurious boat. ...
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