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Stories from Thursday, August 23, 2012

Defendant in alleged Cape hate crime released on lowered bond (08/23/12)
A Cape Girardeau teenager charged in the attack of a lesbian last month was released from custody Wednesday after a judge cut her bond in half. The girl's mother said earlier in the day she intends to have her back in school in the next day or so.
Area Republicans split on Akin support (08/23/12)
Support among Southeast Missouri Republicans appears divided for the U.S. Senate candidate whose name now ranks high on a list of those made politically infamous for inflammatory statements. Rep. Todd Akin on Wednesday continued to fight back against continuing criticisms coming from his own party after he said during an interview Sunday that women's bodies could try to prevent pregnancies in what he called "legitimate rape."...
Buzzi Unicem in Cape expanding use of hazardous waste as fuel (08/23/12)
This summer a series of trials is underway at Cape Girardeau cement manufacturer Buzzi Unicem in an effort to use more hazardous waste as fuel. The company invested $1 million in the project aimed at cutting its operating expenses by burning more waste in its kiln instead of coal...
Stoddard County judge set to retire after 25 years on the bench (08/23/12)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A country boy with an interest in the law and an ensuing career spanning more than four decades soon will retire after 25 years as a trial and appellate judge. Having hit the mandatory retirement age of 70, Judge Robert Barney of Dexter will retire from the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, on Sept. 1...
United Way seeks volunteers for Read to Succeed program (08/23/12)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri is in need of volunteers for the Read to Succeed program, the group said in a release Wednesday. Read to Succeed helps area students in kindergarten and first grade improve their literacy. With the program expanding to cover the entire Cape Girardeau School District, more volunteers are needed...
Two killed in accidents near Puxico, Poplar Bluff (08/23/12)
PUXICO, Mo. -- Two people died in separate accidents in the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Troop E area on Tuesday. At 12:40 p.m., the highway patrol was summoned to a wreck on Highway 51, five miles north of Puxico. According to the patrol, 53-year-old Maryann C. Cookson, of Puxico, was northbound when she apparently overcorrected, traveled off the right side of the road and overturned several times. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Stoddard County Coroner Aaron Mathis...
Police looking for suspect in Cape Girardeau domestic assault (08/23/12)
Police are looking for a 24-year-old Cape Girardeau man suspected of assaulting his girlfriend over a two-day period and, when he was gone, keep her confined to their apartment. Law enforcement from several different agencies are searching for Joseph R. ...
Charges pending against motorcyclist in Kingshighway wreck (08/23/12)
Charges are pending against a motorcyclist who rear-ended a pickup truck on North Kingshighway on Wednesday afternoon, police said. Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Darin Hickey declined to say what the charges were, but said the driver of the motorcycle suffered injuries that weren't life-threatening and was treated at a hospital. The driver of the pickup sustained no injuries, he said. The collision took place at about 12:10 p.m. near the Kidd's convenience store...
Deadline looms for new collective bargaining agreement at Noranda (08/23/12)
MARSTON, Mo. -- Contract negotiations are continuing between Noranda Aluminum plant officials and members of the United Steelworkers of America, but time is running out. According to officials, contract negotiations began in July. The existing contract agreement will end Aug. 31...
Southeast history lecture set for Sept. 25 (08/23/12)
Southeast Missouri State University's annual Crader History Lecture will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The lecture will be held at the Rose Theatre at 408 N. Pacific St. Admission is free. Dr. Daniel L. Dreisbach will present "Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Seperation." Dreisbach is a professor at American University and a noted author and commentator...
Shawnee Community College to hold GED classes in East Cape (08/23/12)
Shawnee Community College Adult Education will be offering free GED classes at the East Cape Community Center at 50 Brookwood Drive in East Cape Girardeau, Ill. Classes begin Sept. 18 and will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Students can register by showing up at any Tuesday or Thursday session, and enrollment is ongoing. The class will prepare people to pass all sections of the GED test: math, social studies, science and language arts in writing and reading...
Hydroponics, alpaca farms among Emerson tour stops (08/23/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's annual farm tour took her to some unusual stops this year -- an alpaca farm, a deer farm near Poplar Bluff, Mo., a field full of peanuts in Ripley County and then her last stop in New Madrid County where there wasn't a field at all. Emerson closed out her tour Tuesday afternoon at Hamra's Hydroponics farm, where lettuce and tomatoes are grown in irrigated bags and trays...
Former Kennett police chief quits force (08/23/12)
KENNETT, Mo. -- After firing Kennett police chief Barry Tate, only to reinstate him just a week later with the understanding that he will step down from the chief's seat, Tate resigned his new patrolman position immediately during the Kennett City Council meeting Tuesday...
Coast Guard partially reopens Mississippi River (08/23/12)
GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Authorities reopened the Mississippi River to some boat traffic Wednesday, hours after freeing a barge that ran aground in dangerously low waters caused by an extensive drought. A trickle of barges had begun heading north as of late afternoon, but clearing all 33 northbound tows and 72 southbound barge strings was going to be a slow process, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Ryan Tippets...
Missouri ACT scores identical to last year's (08/23/12)
WASHINGTON -- Missouri students performed the same on this year's ACT college-entrance exam as they did in 2011. Data released Wednesday for the class of 2012 show Missouri's composite score unchanged at 21.6 out of a possible 36. Nationally, the average score was 21.1...
Akin cares little about pressure from GOP leaders (08/23/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Until this week, Rep. Todd Akin was virtually unknown beyond his suburban district, associated more with his deep religious convictions than any legislative achievements. Long before his comments about women's bodies and "legitimate rape" made him a potential flashpoint in the fall campaign, Akin was a favorite among home-schooling organizations and conservative church groups in the area where his relatives have lived for generations. ...
Curiosity rover takes short spin around Mars (08/23/12)
PASADENA, Calif. -- Curiosity took its first test drive around the gravel-strewn Martian terrain Wednesday, preparation for the ultimate road trip to find out if the red planet's environment could have supported life. The six-wheel NASA rover did not stray far from the spot where it landed more than two weeks ago. It rolled forward about 15 feet, rotated to a right angle and reversed a short distance, leaving track marks on the ancient soil...
West Nile outbreak one of largest in U.S., CDC says (08/23/12)
ATLANTA -- The current West Nile outbreak is one of the largest in the U.S., with four times the usual number of cases for this time of year, federal health officials said Wednesday. It's still too early to say how bad the year will end up because most infections are reported in August and September. But never before have so many illnesses been reported this early, said Dr. Lyle Petersen, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
Tropical storm poses potential problems for GOP convention (08/23/12)
TAMPA, Fla. -- All Isaac needs to do is come close to Tampa to bring a lot of problems to the Republican National Convention. Even during an average summer thunderstorm in this area, major roads can flood. When a tropical storm raked the Tampa Bay area in June, thousands of homes and businesses lost power, tornadoes spun off and streets and bridges were closed as the storm was blamed for seven deaths statewide. ...
Police cite drought for marijuana finds (08/23/12)
SELLERSBURG, Ind. -- Police say marijuana growing operations in southern Indiana are easy to spot from the air because of the drought. An airplane pilot guided troopers on the ground through browning forests and corn fields Tuesday to uncover grow sites in Clark, Scott and Harrison counties. The troopers cut down more than 100 marijuana plants...
40 indicted in drug ring run from Indiana prisons (08/23/12)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Two inmates housed at different Indiana prisons ran a drug ring that distributed methamphetamine, heroin and other drugs thanks to cellphones smuggled in by guards, according to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday that charges 40 people in connection with the scheme...
Rise in U.S. home sales reflects steady improvement (08/23/12)
WASHINGTON -- The recovery of the U.S. housing market is looking steadier and more sustainable, a trend that will likely add to economic growth in 2012 for the first time in seven years. Purchases, construction and prices are gradually but consistently increasing, though they remain far below levels seen in a healthy economy...
Investigator: Maryland train was going authorized speed when it derailed Monday (08/23/12)
ELLICOTT CITY, Md. -- A coal train that derailed in Maryland was going the authorized speed of 25 miles per hour with an engineer-in-training at the controls before the accident that killed two young women, a federal investigator said Wednesday...
Airbuses suffer cockpit power failure, await fixes (08/23/12)
NEWARK, N.J. -- As United Flight 731 climbed out of Newark with 107 people aboard, the pilot and first officer were startled to find screens that display crucial navigational information were blank or unreadable and radios were dead. They had no way to communicate with air traffic controllers or detect other planes around them in the New York City area's crowded airspace...
Jurors begin deliberations in Apple, Samsung patent case (08/23/12)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jurors began deliberating Wednesday in a multibillion-dollar patent infringement case pitting Apple against Samsung over the design of iPhones and iPads -- but few experts were expecting a quick verdict. After a three-week federal trial in San Jose, a jury of seven men and two women picked from a pool of Silicon Valley residents will try to decide if Samsung Electronics Co. ripped off Apple Inc. designs or whether Apple wronged Samsung...
Fed's discussion hints it may take new action soon (08/23/12)
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve officials signaled Wednesday that they may be ready to launch a new bond buying program when they next meet in September. The goal would be to try to lower long-term interest rates to encourage more borrowing and spending...
Today in History (08/23/12)
Today is Thursday, Aug. 23, the 236th day of 2012. There are 130 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 23, 1912, actor, dancer, director and choreographer Gene Kelly was born Eugene Curran Kelly in Pittsburgh. On this date:...
Greece's prime minister says country needs ‘air to breathe' (08/23/12)
BERLIN -- Greece's prime minister struck a conciliatory tone Wednesday ahead of a closely watched visit to Germany, insisting in interviews with two influential German newspapers that his country doesn't want more money, just more time to deliver on promised economic reforms and government spending cuts...
Wage demands spread to other S. African mines (08/23/12)
MARIKANA, South Africa -- South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday told striking miners the nation's leaders are mourning with them, but he refused their request that he visit the dusty site where police killed 34 strikers and wounded another 78. The killings have caused outrage and eroded support for the party that brought down apartheid and has governed for nearly two decades...
Syrian civil war shakes ties with Lebanon (08/23/12)
BEIRUT -- The Syrian civil war has spilled over into Lebanon, bringing with it sectarian street clashes, mob violence and general government paralysis in Beirut. But it was the arrest earlier this month of a former Lebanese government minister and prominent supporter of Syria's embattled president that has suggested the conflict may be causing Lebanon to slip further away from Damascus' long domination...
Afghan government says foreign spies at root of insider attacks (08/23/12)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Afghan government blamed foreign spy agencies for a rising number of killings where government soldiers and policemen have gunned down their international partners, and ordered stricter vetting of recruits and screening of those in the 350,000-member Afghan security force...
Egypt asks IMF for $4.8B loan (08/23/12)
CAIRO -- Egypt on Wednesday formally asked the International Monetary Fund for a $4.8 billion loan to boost the country's sagging economy, and said it expects to reach a final agreement by the end of the year. Egypt's finances have been badly battered by the political turmoil that has roiled the country since last year's popular uprising that ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak, and securing a loan would help shore up confidence in an economy that has seen tourism revenue and foreign investment dry up and foreign currency reserves plummet by more than half.. ...
Israel's foreign minister wants Palestinian leader out (08/23/12)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's foreign minister urged the international community to help oust Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose policies he called "an obstacle to peace," in a letter released Wednesday. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman wrote to the Quartet of Mideast mediators -- the U.S., the U.N., the EU and Russia -- this week calling for new elections in the Palestinian Authority in order to replace Abbas, accusing the Palestinian Authority of being "a despotic government riddled with corruption.". ...
10 die of suspected Ebola in Congo (08/23/12)
KAMPALA, Uganda -- The World Health Organization says an outbreak of suspected Ebola in eastern Congo has infected at least 15 people, 10 of whom died. The WHO said in a statement Tuesday that two of the cases are confirmed as Ebola and that the rest are "probable" Ebola...
PREVIEW: MSHSAA tests math skills with its new district format for football (08/23/12)
There will be more than crunching tackles on Missouri's high school football fields this year. Number crunching has been added to the sport as well in a continued attempt to make sure the best teams get the opportunity to advance deeper into the playoffs...
PREVIEW: Cape Central football team attempts to take fast route to success (08/23/12)
A preview of the Cape Central football team
PREVIEW: Changes have offense in air for Chaffee football team (08/23/12)
A preview of the Chaffee football team
PREVIEW: Jackson football team eager for fresh start with new coach (08/23/12)
A preview of the Jackson football team
PREVIEW: Scott City football team hopes to push past .500 in May's fourth year (08/23/12)
A preview of the Scott City football team.
PREVIEW: St. Vincent football team's returning pieces will fill new roles (08/23/12)
A preview of the St. Vincent football team.
Cape Central softball team pounces on Perryville in opener (08/23/12)
The Cape Central softball team defeated host Perryville 13-0 in five innings Wednesday.
High school roundup: Jackson falls in softball season opener (08/23/12)
All the scores from Wednesday that were reported to the Southeast Missourian.
PREVIEW: Second-year Perryville football coach Mike Wojtczuk sees brighter days for a struggling program (08/23/12)
Perryville second-year coach Mike Wojtczuk accepts all victories for a Pirates program that has been short on them in recent years. The Pirates put only one victory in the win column last season, but it was better than a winless 2010 campaign. "Winning breeds winning, but at the same time, losing breeds losing. But there is a new breeze blowing," Wojtczuk said...
Kelly softball team wastes little time jumping on Chaffee in opener (08/23/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- The Kelly softball team couldn't ask for a much better start to the season. The Hawks banged out 19 hits, grabbed a seven-run lead after two innings and held on for an 11-2 win over host Chaffee. "We have focused a lot on the hitting because last year it seemed like we struggled with our hitting, and I pretty much have the same girls back, just losing two seniors," Kelly coach Rhonda Ratledge said. ...
PREVIEW: Southeast Missouri State volleyball coach Folliard hopes strides continue in Year 2 (08/23/12)
It didn't take Julie Folliard long to reverse the fortunes of a struggling Southeast Missouri State volleyball program. Folliard's first coaching job was a tough one. She took over a team that missed the Ohio Valley Conference tournament the previous two seasons and was coming off a ninth-place finish...
Cardinals starting pitcher Lohse beats up Astros (08/23/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Kyle Lohse is on quite a roll, and it comes at an opportune time for the right-hander and the St. Louis Cardinals. Lohse pitched seven innings of three-hit ball to earn his seventh consecutive win and help the Cardinals beat the Houston Astros 4-2 on Wednesday night...
St. Louis Rams coach Fisher not afraid to go for it in preseason (08/23/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Jeff Fisher can afford to gamble a bit in August. Of course he's playing with Monopoly money right now. The Rams were 2 for 3 on fourth down in Week 2 of the preseason. They scored one touchdown and set up a second from the 1-yard line in a victory over Kansas City. They're 3 for 6 overall during the first two games of the preseason...
Scott City valedictorian taking good study habits with him to college (08/23/12)
Want to know the path to success for Scott City High School's highest achieving senior in 2012? Adam Bowers says his was made by following the Ten Commandments and meeting his parents' expectations. Bowers took control of his future by making sure he was always paying attention in class, then following through with making sure he had a good grasp on the material and turning in all his work on time, even if it meant using his lunch period to get it all done...
who's neXt 8/9/12 (08/23/12)
honors/achievements -- From staff reports ...
neXt up 8/25/12 (08/23/12)
FRIDAY "2016: Obama's America" rated PG @ Cape West 14 Cine "Premium Rush" rated PG-13 @ Cape West 14 Cine SATURDAY Sunday NEXT WEEK "Lawless" rated R @ Cape West 14 Cine, starts Wednesday "The Oogiloves in the Big Balloon Adventure" rated G @ Cape West 14 Cine, starts Wednesday...
Skewer a balloon (08/23/12)
How can you get a skewer through a balloon without popping it? Materials Instructions Explanation The balloon is made up of polymers. These polymer strands seal up around the skewer, keeping the air from escaping. Once you pull the skewer out of the balloon, the air will rush out...
Gerald Bingaman Sr. (08/23/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- Gerald Bingaman Sr., 86, of Anna, formerly of Ullin, Ill., died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Friday at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Cecil Atchison officiating. Interment will be in Ullin City Cemetery...
Beverly Hildreth (08/23/12)
ANNA, Ill. — Beverly Ann Hildreth, 72, of Anna, formerly of Leominster, Mass., died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. A memorial gathering will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Crain Funeral Home in Anna.
Norbert Schmitt (08/23/12)
PADUCAH, Ky. -- Norbert Anthony Schmitt, 89, of Paducah passed away Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation. He was born June 6, 1923, to Charles James and Mary Poat Schmitt. He married the former Amilda Kaufman on May 19, 1953...
David Walker (08/23/12)
David Earl Walker, 81, of Cape Girardeau passed away Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at Southeast Hospital. He was born Sept. 8, 1930, in Tulsa, Okla., son of John and Frances Kennedy Walker. He and Ruth Brown were married July 27, 1950. David attended Washington Elementary School, Central High School and College High School in Cape Girardeau...
Bill West (08/23/12)
Lawrence William "Bill" West, 69, of Cape Girardeau passed away Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans Home. He served in the U.S. Navy from April 1960 to March 1964. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Friday at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson...
Births 8/23/12 (08/23/12)
Daughter to Delrease Lamarr Barnhill and Elizabeth Louise Hinkle of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Hospital, 1:46 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. Name, Aubrielle Louise. Weight, 7 pounds. Second daughter. Ms. Hinkle is the daughter of Charleen Underwood of Cape Girardeau. She is employed at Fazoli's. Barnhill is the son of Renee Flye and Steve Flye of Cape Girardeau. He is a crew trainer at McDonald's...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/23/12 (08/23/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests The Department of Public Safety released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/23/12 (08/23/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Jackson police report 8/23/12 (08/23/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Thefts...
Out of the past 8/23/12 (08/23/12)
Progressive Baptist Church, 10 N. Sprigg St., is dedicated at an afternoon service; Progressive Baptist was established in May, when the Rev. Claude Russell conducted the first meeting with a small group of people. The congregation of St. Mark Lutheran Church sponsors an "Old-Fashioned Hymn Fest" in the evening at the Capaha Park band shell...
Movie release, John Hickey's career and Rush Limbaugh's radio anniversary (08/23/12)
The movie, "2016: Obama's America," is coming to Cape West 14 Cine in Cape Girardeau on Friday for seven daily showings starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- and then five daily showings the following Monday through Friday. I saw the first (not final) cut about five weeks ago, and since it's gone public, it's receiving much discussion...
American sea power in the 21st century (08/23/12)
The U.S. Navy is the indispensable guarantor of our nation's overseas interests, the branch of the armed forces most compatible with our individual liberties, and the clearest means of rapidly asserting our international strength and asynchronous military superiority. For these reasons, funding for the navy ships, systems and personnel should be considered "first among equals" in our military spending, especially under our current budgetary crisis...
Fall sports (08/23/12)
Friday night kicks off the regular season for many area high school football teams. These games are always spirited contests, especially when rival schools take the field. In today's Southeast Missourian there's a local high school preview, featuring stories, rosters and photos of teams in our coverage area. We encourage you to check this out as you prepare for this season's matchups...
Cape's graduation rate (08/23/12)
Last week, the 2012 Cape Girardeau School District graduation rate information was released. I am proud to announce that the four-year graduation rate increased over 13 percent. This improvement was not an accident. This accomplishment is a result of the diligence of teachers, counselors, administrators, parent liaisons and strong support of the board of education. ...
Rising gas prices (08/23/12)
I find it utterly amazing that the one topic on so many people's minds is about the deer population. It's time to wake up and smell the coffee. Forget about the deer and think about what is hitting you in every aspect of your life. It's gas prices. Where is it going to end?...
Speak Out 8/23/12 (08/23/12)
This comment goes out to all you landlords who won't lease your property to people because we have pets. Some pets are cleaner than kids. I have rented places that have had kids and they have really messed up the place. Most pets are trained to go outside; so give us a break. I don't want a mortgage. At least give us a chance...
Prayer 8/23/12 (08/23/12)
O Lord God, may we pray without ceasing, trusting always in you. Amen.
Look Better, Feel Better, Live Longer (08/23/12)
For years the medical profession has been aware of the benefits that accrue when patients take the time and make the effort to care for themselves. In the last few years, however, we have become increasingly aware of the improvement in general health when we take the time to improve our appearance...
Three Members are Confirmed (08/23/12)
Members of the 2012 Confirmation class of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jackson (Tilsit) were confirmed on April 1, 2012. They are (left to right) Quentin Hester, Sara Gholson and Clayton Hester. Rev. Mark Boettcher is the pastor at Immanuel...
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