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Bond reduction possible for 17-year-old accused of Cape Girardeau hate crime (08/21/12)
In her first appearance since being certified as an adult, the Cape Girardeau teenager facing hate crime charges in the assault of a 41-year-old lesbian appeared in court Monday only through the flickering images of a television screen.
Sen. McCaskill stops in Cape Girardeau to discuss veterans issues (08/21/12)
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill stopped in Cape Girardeau on Monday as part of her statewide "listening tour," where she met with veterans to discuss issues that she says have caused a long list of frustration, confusion and downright anger for those who have served their country.
Attempted kidnapping near Van Buren, Mo., investigated (08/21/12)
VAN BUREN, Mo. -- The attempted kidnapping of a 19-year-old woman jogging near Van Buren is being investigated by the Carter County Sheriff's Department. Three men in a white van are being sought, according to Sheriff Bruce Van Belle. Van Belle said the van pulled up beside the jogger late Thursday afternoon...
Ozone standard exceeded 14 times this summer (08/21/12)
After exceeding the standards for ground-level ozone just three times last year, the Perry County monitor has posted 14 exceedances since May. The current standard, set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is 75 parts per billion, but the monitor in Farrar, Mo., registered as high as 89 parts per billion June 29, when the temperature hit 107 degrees...
Cape rental inspection ordinance passes first hurdle (08/21/12)
City staff feel enough updates have been made to a proposed ordinance that would require licensing of rental property in Cape Girardeau and subject properties to inspections, while a group that represents local real estate agents and some property managers say the ordinance's language is still too vague...
Man shot in leg during Piedmont altercation (08/21/12)
PIEDMONT, Mo. -- One man was shot in the leg during an altercation around 11 a.m. Saturday, according to Piedmont police chief Richard Sanders. The victim was transportedto Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. "He underwent microscopic surgery for a wound in the right leg below the knee and was released Sunday," Sanders said...
Secretary of state candidate to speak at Cape County Tea Party meeting (08/21/12)
The Cape County Tea Party will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. The speaker will be Shane Schoeller, Republican candidate for Missouri secretary of state. He has been asked to address topics for those interested in becoming election observers to deter voter fraud...
Teen charged with Dexter arson (08/21/12)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A local teen has been charged with setting the fire that destroyed a workshop on South Sassafras Street near downtown Dexter early Friday morning. When questioned about the fire, 18-year-old Timothy L. Keeling admitted to the arson, police said, and admitted he had set fires at a residence in St. Louis and at a home in Bernie in the past...
Oak Ridge Boys coming to River Campus (08/21/12)
The Oak Ridge Boys will bring their harmonies to the Bedell Performance Hall stage at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus this October. The Oak Ridge Boys hits include their signature song "Elvira," which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, as well as "Bobbie Sue," "Dream On," "Thank God For Kids," "American Made," "I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes," "Fancy Free" and "Gonna Take A Lot Of River." They have 12 gold, three platinum and one double-platinum album, plus one double-platinum single, and more than a dozen number ones and over 30 top 10 singles.. ...
Cape County now under revised policy for indigent burials (08/21/12)
Cape Girardeau County is now using a revised policy for handling death arrangements for indigent people due to a growing number who have needed the service in recent years. A rising number of requests, including six so far in 2012, caused county commissioners to take a look earlier in the summer at how to change the service and incur lower costs. The county's fund for the burials went into the red in July...
Two charged with drug-induced homicide in Union County (08/21/12)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Two Union County, Ill., women have been indicted on drug-induced homicide charges, Union County State's Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds in a statement Monday. A grand jury returned with charges against Angie V. Liljegren, 56, and Sandra L. ...
Perryville man sentenced to 75 years for rape, sodomy (08/21/12)
A Perryville, Mo., man was sentenced to a total of 75 years in prison Monday for raping and sodomizing an 18-year-old girl in 2011. Judge William Syler sentenced Bobby Roberts to three 25-year sentences for one count of rape and two counts of forcible sodomy. A Cape Girardeau County jury, hearing the case on a change of venue, found Roberts guilty in June of all three counts...
I-55 in Scott County reduced for bridge repairs (08/21/12)
Northbound Interstate 55 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane Sunday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine repairs to the bridge between Route M at Scott City and Route AB. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 8 a.m. to 5 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...
Route A in New Madrid, Stoddard counties reduced for pavement work (08/21/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route A in New Madrid and Stoddard counties will be reduced to one lane today through Thursday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. This section of road is from Highway 153 in Stoddard County to Route E in New Madrid County. ...
First day of classes at SEMO (08/21/12)
Noor Alfaiz, right, helps Saad Alyamani navigate around the campus of Southeast Missouri State University Monday afternoon, Aug. 20, 2012 as they go to their first day of classes. Both students are from Saudi Arabia and Alfaiz is a returning student in his second year studying computer networking...
11-mile stretch of Mississippi near Greenville, Miss., closed (08/21/12)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Nearly 100 boats and barges were waiting for passage Monday along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to low water levels, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
Missouri congressman Todd Akin fights to save GOP Senate bid (08/21/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Rep. Todd Akin fought to salvage his Senate campaign Monday, even as members of his own party turned against him and a key source of campaign funding was cut off in outrage over the Missouri congressman's comments that women are able to prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape."
Autopsy says man shot in Jonesboro police car had drugs in system; family holds prayer vigil (08/21/12)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A man police say shot himself in the head while his hands were cuffed behind him in the back of an Arkansas patrol car tested positive for methamphetamine, anti-anxiety medication and other drugs, according to an autopsy report released Monday that listed his death as a suicide...
Summertime blues for drivers: Cost of gas at August record (08/21/12)
You may pay more than ever for a late-summer drive. U.S. drivers paid an average of $3.72 per gallon Monday. That's the highest price ever on this date, according to auto club AAA, a shade above the $3.717 average Aug. 20, 2008. A year ago, the average was $3.578...
Indiana public schools wage unusual ad campaign (08/21/12)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Struggling Indiana public school districts are buying billboard space, airing radio ads and even sending principals door-to-door in an unusual marketing campaign aimed at persuading parents not to move their children to private schools as the nation's largest voucher program doubles in size...
Cuba-to-Florida swimmer Diana Nyad plows on after storm, jellyfish (08/21/12)
KEY WEST, Fla. -- Diana Nyad slogged across the Straits of Florida for a third straight day Monday, hopeful she could fend off hypothermia, jellyfish and stormy weather as she inched toward a swimming record. Nyad, who turns 63 on Wednesday, is making her third attempt since last summer to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. She also made a failed try with a cage in 1978...
Study finds that less religious states give less to charity (08/21/12)
BOSTON -- States with the least religious residents are also the stingiest about giving money to charity, a new study on the generosity of Americans suggests. The study, released Monday by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, found that residents in states where religious participation is higher than the rest of the nation, particularly in the South, gave the greatest percentage of their discretionary income to charity...
Rising Afghan insider attacks could imperil U.S. strategy (08/21/12)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama declared Monday he is sticking to his war strategy of using U.S. troops to advise and mentor Afghan forces, even as a suddenly growing number of Americans are being gunned down by the very Afghans they are training to take on insurgents...
Today in History (08/21/12)
Today is Tuesday, Aug. 21, the 234th day of 2012. There are 132 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 21, 1912, the Boy Scouts of America named its first Eagle Scout, Arthur Rose Eldred of Troop 1 in Rockville Centre, N.Y...
Pakistan girl jailed for blasphemy (08/21/12)
ISLAMABAD -- A Christian girl was sent to a Pakistani prison after being accused by her furious Muslim neighbors of burning pages of the Islamic holy book, the Quran, in violation of the country's strict blasphemy laws. A police official said Monday there was little evidence that pages of the book had been burned and that the case would likely be dropped. ...
Japanese, Chinese activists up ante in island dispute (08/21/12)
TOKYO -- When Tokyo's nationalist governor suggested buying uninhabited islands at the center of a long-simmering dispute with China, Beijing immediately denounced him and even Japan's government played down the plan, fearing an international firestorm...
2012 high school softball preview capsules (08/21/12)
Notre Dame Bulldogs Last season's record: 26-2 2011 final game: Lost to De Soto 5-0 in a Class 3 sectional Returning starters: Brandi Glastetter, sr., 1B Other returning players: Veronica Moore, sr., OF; Sharon Sabapathypillai, sr., OF; Jessica Westrich, jr., 3B; Tiffany Woods, jr., C; Nikki Peters, so., P; Kayce Landewee, jr., OF; Alexis Burnette, so., P; Conner Elfrink, jr., 2B...
2012 high school boys soccer preview capsules (08/21/12)
Central Tigers Last season's record: 7-14-2 2011 final game: Lost to Jackson 4-0 in a Class 3 District 1 semifinal Returning starters: Tyler Anderson, sr., DEF; Nick Barnes, sr., FOR; Ethan Groshong, jr., DEF; Austin Bagley, jr., GK; Chandler Bagley, jr., MID; Duncan McKinley, jr., MID; Eric Craiglow, jr., MID; Matt Chism, jr., FOR; Caleb Strickland, jr., DEF...
2012 high school boys swimming preview capsules (08/21/12)
Notre Dame Bulldogs Top newcomers: Richard Anderson, sr.; Joe Bohr, sr.; Kevin Brost, sr.; Tyler Hulshof, sr.; Dustin Parsons, sr.; Corey Pech, sr.; Justin Keusenkothen, jr.; Matthew Parker, jr.; Ethan Pobst, jr.; Sam Shaw, jr.; Zach Smith, jr.; Jackson Voss, jr.; Joe Matthews, so.; Ben Tlapek, so...
Former Southeast Missouri State men's basketball player Powell signs to play overseas (08/21/12)
Former Southeast Missouri State basketball standout Leon Powell is beginning his professional career overseas. Powell signed a contract over the weekend with AB Contern in Luxembourg. The forward led the Ohio Valley Conference in field-goal percentage the past two years. He was the Redhawks' third-leading scorer at 10.6 points per game and second-leading rebounder at 7.1 boards per contest while recording a team-high 42 blocks last season...
Southeast Missouri State football team begins work for Central Michigan (08/21/12)
Southeast Missouri State will begin to zero in on its season-opening football opponent this week. The Redhawks also have started to zero in on classes, which coach Tony Samuel said presents its own set of challenges. Southeast's preseason camp, which lasted a little more than two weeks and ended Sunday, allowed the players to concentrate solely on football with virtually no outside distractions...
Agency submits revised proposal for upgrades to Edward Jones Dome (08/21/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The agency that operates the home of the St. Louis Rams released a revised renovation plan Monday that it believes will put the 17-year-old stadium in the top tier in the NFL. The 30-year lease that lured the Rams from Anaheim, Calif., in 1995 allows for the franchise to leave after the 2014 season if the Edward Jones Dome is not deemed among the top 25 percent of all NFL stadiums...
Yoga helped Rams TE Kendricks beat training camp heat (08/21/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The often blistering heat that goes along with NFL training camps is no big deal for St. Louis Rams tight end Lance Kendricks. The 251-pound Kendricks got acclimatized during the offseason by attending hot yoga classes twice a week, which included doing his poses with the thermometer ratcheted up to 90 degrees for 90 minutes. He's proud to say he never ducked out...
Value of excessive exercise questioned in studies (08/21/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Everyone knows that exercise is good for you. But is it possible to exercise too much? The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that a growing body of evidence suggests that it might be. At least two studies in recent years have found permanent scar tissue and structural changes in the hearts of otherwise healthy men who are avid marathoners. ...
Health Beat: Health and safety for college students (08/21/12)
College brings excitement, challenges, changes, risks and responsibilities. Making friends, dating, being independent and learning new things are rewarding, but they can also be stressful. It can be hard to deal with pressures related to lifestyle, appearance, drugs and alcohol, and sexual activity. Work these health and safety tips into your routine to help you make the most of your college years...
Boomers should get one-time test for hepatitis C (08/21/12)
ATLANTA -- All baby boomers should get a one-time blood test to learn if they have the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus, U.S. health officials said Thursday. It can take decades for the blood-borne virus to cause liver damage and symptoms to emerge, so many people don't know they're harboring it. Baby boomers account for about two-thirds of the estimated 3.2 million infected Americans...
Humorist Phyllis Diller dies at 95 in Los Angeles (08/21/12)
LOS ANGELES -- Phyllis Diller, the housewife turned humorist who aimed some of her sharpest barbs at herself, punctuating her jokes with her trademark cackle, died Monday morning in her Los Angeles home at age 95. "She died peacefully in her sleep and with a smile on her face," her longtime manager, Milton Suchin, said...
‘Top Gun' director Tony Scott commits suicide by jumping off bridge (08/21/12)
LOS ANGELES -- Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood hits as "Top Gun," "Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died Sunday after jumping from a towering suspension bridge spanning Los Angeles harbor and leaving behind several notes to loved ones, authorities said...
Source: Nicki Minaj close to signing on for ‘Idol' (08/21/12)
NEW YORK -- Nicki Minaj sings about "Starships," but is she a star-maker? The singer-rapper could be joining the ranks of "American Idol" judges. A person close to Minaj said Monday the 29-year-old entertainer has been in talks to judge the Fox TV competition and that a deal is in the works. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because that person was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter...
Renegade Aaron (08/21/12)
Renegade Roe William Aaron of Cape Girardeau, infant son of Dana King and Jesse Aaron, passed away Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, two sisters and other relatives. Family and friends may gather from noon until time of service Thursday at Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau...
Ruby Kassel (08/21/12)
PERRYVILLE, Ill. -- Ruby V. Kassel, 82, of Perryville died Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at her home. She was born Dec. 15, 1929, at Wittenberg, Mo., daughter of Rudolph and Dorothea Leine Stueve. She and Elvin T. Kassel were married April 13, 1952. Mrs. Kassel was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville...
Melissa McNamee (08/21/12)
ORAN, Mo. -- Melissa C. McNamee, 32, of Oran passed away Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. She was born Aug. 16, 1980, in Clarksville, Tenn., to the late Pamela Burks and Thomas McNamee. Melissa was a cashier at Dave's Grocery Store in Oran and also at Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 3319 in Sikeston, Mo. She was a member of West Point Pentecostal Church in Doniphan, Mo., and Eagles Lodge 3319...
Liz Long (08/21/12)
Helen Elizabeth "Liz" Long, 54, of Oak Ridge passed away Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Dec. 4, 1957, in Little Rock, Ark., daughter of retired Air Force Maj. Donald A. St. Martin and Helen M. McClendon St. Martin. She and James E. Long Jr. were married Sept. 29, 1979...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/21/12 (08/21/12)
Cape Girardeau Police Report released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/21/12 (08/21/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Jackson police report 08/21/12 (08/21/12)
*** JACKSON The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Miscellaneous * A peace disturbance was reported in the area of Sycarmore Street.
Out of the past 8/21/12 (08/21/12)
George Jones and Tanya Tucker perform in an evening concert at the new Show Me Center; during the show, it is announced that the Oak Ridge Boys and the Judds will perform at the new facility Oct. 4. A spokesman for the National Weather Service in Kansas City says a private contractor is scheduled to take over the hourly weather observation readings at the Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport on Oct. ...
Show Me Gold (08/21/12)
Last week Southeast Missouri State University and the Missouri National Guard made a big announcement. Starting in the fall of 2013, a U.S. Army Reserve officer training program will be offered at the university. The goal of the effort, called Show Me Gold, is to help fill the gap in the National Guard's officer ranks. ...
Taxpayer ID fraud (08/21/12)
A noncitizen without a Social Security number needs an ID number to claim tax refunds. Individual taxpayer identification numbers were for taxes only, but driver's licenses were issued. Applicants weren't required to submit certified copies of their birth certificate or other identification. October 2007 the IRS stopped using successful fraud-detection measures to process applications...
Speak Out 8/21/12 (08/21/12)
This is for all the politicians. Thank you so much for all your annoying phone calls. One person, she called me several times a day, seven days a week. And to show my appreciation for all your annoying phone calls, I voted against you. Have a good day...
Prayer 8/21/12 (08/21/12)
O Heavenly Father, purify our hearts that we may give you all praise and glory. Amen.
Southeast Sundancers Earn Top Award (08/21/12)
The Southeast Missouri State University Sundancers return to Southeast this semester with a top honor at the 2012 NDA Collegiate Camp at the University of Louisville. The Sundancers won first place in the Division I Team Dance competition earning them an invitation to compete at the 2013 NDA Collegiate National Championship in Daytona, FL. The Sundancers attended the National competition in April of 2012 and placed 9th among Division I dance teams...
SCOTT COUNTY 4-H BENEFITS FROM NRA GRANT (08/21/12)
L-R, Karli Pratt, Kinsey Pratt, Hannah Duenne, and Allison Seiler in front of a Creedmoor 3 Point Target System The Scott County 4-H Shooting Sports program recently received Creedmoor 1 point and 3 point target systems for pellet practice. The equipment was obtained in a grant from the National Rifle Association. ...
Walking Out to Tower Rock (08/21/12)
The water is so low plenty of people came out to walk across the Mississippi River to Tower Rock on a perfect Sunday evening, August 19, 2012 You can see barge traffic is still moving by the barge passing by at the time this photo was taken.
Green Heron (08/21/12)
A Green Heron looks for tasty dragonflies to eat in the pond at Capaha Park on a beautiful afternoon.
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