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Stories from Monday, August 27, 2012

Low water, silt from 2011 flooding causing problems for Mississippi River ports (08/27/12)
The Mississippi River's near-record low water levels are making shipping a challenge at Southeast Missouri ports, but they're likely to remain open for now. The river gauge at Cape Girardeau sat at 6.99 feet at 9 p.m. Sunday, and while low, it's still several feet above the 0.60-foot record set in January 1909...
Tamms workers told to keep working past deadline (08/27/12)
TAMMS, Ill. -- The scheduled closing of the Tamms Correctional Center on Friday will not take place and employees are to report to duty until further notice, according to letters sent to the 320 or so prison workers last week. Meanwhile, a Southern Illinois judge has agreed to extend through the end of the month a halt of inmate transfers as an employee union and the state -- that intends to slash millions from its budget through the closing of Tamms and other correctional facilities like it -- work through disagreements over how safe such prisoner moves are.. ...
Drought delays Trail of Tears beach work (08/27/12)
More than four years after torrential rains damaged a dam that supports the lake at Trail of Tears State Park, a $250,000 state project to rebuild it has been delayed again by weather. Missouri Department of Natural Resources has been working since late last year to reconstruct the dam and an adjacent emergency spillway and make improvements to Lake Boutin, including a renovated beach area and new restroom facilities. ...
Cape man seriously injured in motorcycle crash (08/27/12)
A 25-year-old Cape Girardeau man was airlifted to Saint Francis Medical Center Saturday after he drove his BMW motorcycle off a Scott County roadway and into a ditch.
Makeup day set for Kennett fireworks display (08/27/12)
KENNETT, Mo. -- City officials have set a date for the annual fireworks display following the event being postponed on July 4 due to drought conditions. The firework display has been rescheduled for Labor Day, Sept. 3. The event will take place at sundown and will be held at the east end of Kennett, the same place as in the previous years...
3 arrested in Mississippi County break-ins (08/27/12)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Two East Prairie, Mo., residents are in jail and another sent back to prison after a series of break-ins earlier this month. According to a news release from the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department, vehicles were broken into and burglaries took place at six area homes and businesses from Aug. 2 to 8 and within a week three suspects were arrested...
Akin's campaign resuming after controversy (08/27/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin filmed an apology ad in Ohio and met with conservative activists in Florida. But he waited a full five days after triggering a national furor with comments about women's bodies and "legitimate rape" before appearing publicly in Missouri...
Columbia, Mo., landowner hauls water to oak that's 350 years old (08/27/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A bur oak in mid-Missouri survived the Civil War and floods, but this summer's drought has taken a toll on the tree. Landowner John Sam Williamson said that for the first time he can remember he had to haul water into the Missouri River bottoms last week for the massive oak tree that sits on his 1,000-acre farm. Williamson deposited two loads of about 850 gallons of water that soaked into the ground quickly...
Various cities in Midwest U.S. debating gay rights measures (08/27/12)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Randy Doenning organizes a charity gala for gay teens and AIDS patients and isn't afraid to hold his male partner's hand in public in the Bible Belt city where he lives. The small-business owner also remembers when white supremacists bombed a gay church in Springfield, bomb-sniffing dogs and metal detectors were used at the local university for a play about a gay Jewish activist and the school's president refused to add sexual orientation to Southwest Missouri State University's nondiscrimination policy.. ...
Medical school pairs new students, seniors (08/27/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- New medical students at the University of Missouri quickly learn the nuances of anatomical science, disease treatment and other basic requirements for aspiring doctors. But a majority of the nearly 100 first-year students in the Class of 2016 will find some of their most valuable lessons outside the classroom, paired with senior mentors who will give an up-close look into the realities of growing old -- and also shatter some well-worn stereotypes...
Former mayor of Valley Park charged with six misdemeanors (08/27/12)
VALLEY PARK, Mo. -- The former mayor of Valley Park has been charged with six misdemeanors, including driving while intoxicated. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that charges against Nathan Grellner, former mayor of Valley Park in St. Louis County, were filed last week in Jefferson County. Grellner resigned July 26 after coming under fire for questionable spending with a city credit card, missing city meetings and his June arrest in Jefferson County...
GOP convention opens: Party proceeds despite storm (08/27/12)
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Republicans kicked off Mitt Romney's national convention Monday with the banging of a gavel before a smattering of delegates as Tropical Storm Isaac led them to cancel most of the opening-day program. Party Chairman Reince Priebus pounded the gavel, cited the convention rules requiring a 2 p.m. Monday start and then immediately recessed the session. It took less than two minutes...
Neil Armstrong's small step changed course of human history (08/27/12)
WASHINGTON -- When man first harnessed fire, no one recorded it. When the Wright Brothers showed man could fly, only a handful of people witnessed it. But when Neil Armstrong took that first small step on the moon in July 1969, an entire globe watched in grainy black-and-white from a quarter-million miles away...
Despite Isaac, Keys residents laid-back (08/27/12)
KEY WEST, Fla. -- Tropical Storm Isaac barely stirred Florida Keys residents from their fabled nonchalance Sunday, while the Gulf Coast braced for the possibility that the sprawling storm will strengthen into a dangerous hurricane by the time it makes landfall there...
Tampa streets not filled with GOP protesters (08/27/12)
TAMPA, Fla. -- You can't see them. You can barely hear them over the din of the wind and rain swirling in the skies above from Tropical Storm Isaac. Protesters are here, but it's highly unlikely they'll come close to crossing paths with Republicans for the presidential nominating convention...
16 Amish go on trial today in beard-cutting attacks (08/27/12)
TOLEDO, Ohio -- A breakaway Amish group accused of settling a score by carrying out hair-cutting attacks against members of their faith moved into the hills of eastern Ohio two decades ago following a dispute over religious differences. How their community came about is quite common and on the rise among the Amish. Disagreements over church discipline and how to maintain their simple way of life amid the encroaching outside world have created dozens of splinter groups...
Police study case of teen allegedly held captive (08/27/12)
CHICAGO -- Days after police stormed a southwestern Illinois home on the allegation that a teenage girl had been held captive and forced into sex, authorities wouldn't say whether an ongoing investigation would result in additional charges. Two people were charged in the case Saturday, but none of the charges allege that the St. Louis woman, now 19 years old, was held against her will for more three years...
American Taliban seeks group prayer in Indiana prison (08/27/12)
INDIANAPOLIS -- An American-born Taliban fighter imprisoned in Indiana will try to convince a federal judge that his religious freedom trumps security concerns in a closely watched trial that will examine how far prisons can go to ensure security in the age of terrorism...
Poll: Americans say raise taxes to save Social Security (08/27/12)
WASHINGTON -- Most Americans say go ahead and raise taxes if it will save Social Security benefits for future generations. And raise the retirement age, if you have to. Both options are preferable to cutting monthly benefits, even for people who are years away from applying for them...
Market stalls at heart of Jewish, Palestinian fight over old Hebron (08/27/12)
HEBRON, West Bank -- Four stalls in a trash-filled, abandoned outdoor market have turned into hotly contested real estate in the center of biblical Hebron where several hundred ultranationalist Jewish settlers are wrestling with Palestinian residents for control, house by house and storefront by storefront...
Light trading in stocks this summer may not be worrisome (08/27/12)
NEW YORK -- Someone call a doctor. The stock market just lost its pulse. Prices are barely moving day to day. Investors are trading far fewer shares than they did last summer. And the future looks equally comatose. The Vix, a sort of crystal ball of stock volatility, recently hit a five-year low...
Today in History (08/27/12)
Today is Monday, Aug. 27, the 240th day of 2012. There are 126 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 27, 1962, the United States launched the Mariner 2 space probe, which flew past Venus in December 1962. On this date:...
Nuclear protests signal new activism in Japan (08/27/12)
TOKYO -- This is Japan's summer of discontent. Tens of thousands of protesters -- the largest demonstrations the country has seen in decades -- descend on Tokyo every Friday evening to shout anti-nuclear slogans at the prime minister's office. Many have never protested publicly before...
Iran opens nonaligned summit Sunday with nuclear appeals (08/27/12)
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran opened a world gathering of self-described nonaligned nations Sunday with a slap at the U.N. Security Council and an appeal to rid the world of nuclear weapons, even as Tehran faces Western suspicions that it is seeking its own atomic bombs...
Evidence mounts of new massacre in Syria (08/27/12)
BEIRUT -- Row upon row of bloodied bodies wrapped in colorful blankets laid out on a mosque floor in a Damascus suburb. Long narrow graves tightly packed with dozens of victims. Nestled among them, two babies were wrapped in a single blood-soaked blanket, a yellow pacifier dangling beside them from a palm frond...
Militants from Afghanistan attack Pakistan (08/27/12)
KHAR, Pakistan -- Dozens of militants from Afghanistan attacked an anti-Taliban militia post in northwest Pakistan for the third day Sunday, sparking fighting that killed one soldier and 20 militants, a Pakistani official said. In addition to the dead, four soldiers and four militiamen were wounded in Sunday's attack in the Bajur tribal area, said Jahangir Azam Wazir, a local government administrator...
Former ND standout Willen will give pro basketball a try in Denmark (08/27/12)
Ryan Willen accomplished his dream that started in the driveway of his family's Cape Girardeau home when he was 3 years old. The 23-year old is heading to Aalborg, Denmark, as a professional basketball player. Willen signed with the Aalborg Vikings, a professional A league team in Denmark in early August and is heading there at the end of the month...
Redhawks find first win (08/27/12)
The Southeast Missouri State soccer team wasn't just hungry for a win. The Redhawks were in desperation mode. "We needed a win really bad to get our confidence up again," sophomore forward Erin Shulman said. Smiles abounded on the home sideline as the Redhawks finally notched their first victory of the year Sunday night at Houck Stadium...
Area digest 8/27/12 (08/27/12)
Ben Cantrell won Dalhousie Golf Club's senior club championship with a pair of 2-over-par 74s over the weekend. Cantrell's 148 total put him eight shots ahead of runner-up Greg Howard (77-79--156). Ken Swinford (76-84--160) finished third...
Cards take series from first-place Cincinnati (08/27/12)
CINCINNATI -- Matt Holliday is hoping to play a key role in another playoff run for the St. Louis Cardinals. He sure got plenty of help Sunday. Holliday had four hits and four RBIs, Adam Wainwright won his fifth consecutive start, and the Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 on Sunday...
Redhawks will be big underdog in season opener (08/27/12)
Another Southeast Missouri State football season kicks off Thursday night when the Redhawks visit Central Michigan. The Redhawks will be big underdogs as they step up in class to face the Football Bowl Subdivision program. But Southeast should have a much better chance of competing against a Mid-American Conference team that went 3-9 last year than it would facing a squad from a BCS conference...
Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock in new CNN series (08/27/12)
NEW YORK -- Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock is coming to CNN for a new weekend series that will take a close look at areas of American life that don't normally get much attention. The series "Inside Man" will look at gun lovers, marijuana growers, end-of-life caregivers and migrant farmworkers in its early episodes. Spurlock is best known for his Oscar-nominated film "Super Size Me," where he subsisted on only McDonald's food for 30 days...
Talking Shop with Steve Seyer of S&W Cabinets (08/27/12)
S&W Cabinets company president Steve Seyer was born the same year his father and grandfather started the company. Now S&W has grown from two men in a shop in Chaffee, Mo., to three divisions with a nationwide client base and continues to grow. S&W is run by the same family and operates by the same traditions and workmanship that it was founded on...
Long-standing downtown jewelry store to close (08/27/12)
Lang Jewelry and Fine Gifts will close this fall as its owners retire. The store in downtown Cape Girardeau has been in business 96 years. The jewelry store has been in the Lang family since 1916 at the same location, 126 N. Main St. Roger and Judith Anne Lang, who currently own and operate the store, offer fine jewelry and watches in addition to gift lines from San Francisco Music Box Co., Reed and Barton, and Cross Pens...
People on the move 8/27/12 (08/27/12)
Dan Marshall of Sikeston, Mo., has been awarded Regions Bank Better Life Award. Marshall is the community banking relationships manager of Regions' Sikeston branch. The Better Life Award is the top honor given to Regions associates and awarded for job performance and community involvement. ...
Emma Backer (08/27/12)
Emma Elizabeth Backer, 91, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Cheyenne, Wyo., died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Mary Crites (08/27/12)
Mary Sue Crites, 57, of Scott City died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at her home. She was born Nov. 22, 1954, in Cape Girardeau, to Willard Basil and Sarah Jane Dickerson Crites. Mary Sue was a recovery room nurse at Saint Francis Medical Center for 30 years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Scott City and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 6407 in Scott City...
Marvin Michelson (08/27/12)
Marvin Glen Michelson, 73, of Millersville died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at his home. He was born July 13, 1939, in Kanawha, Iowa, to Raymond Glen and Ardith Mae Berhow Michelson. He and Barbara L. Clayton were married July 24, 1960, in Klemme, Iowa...
Lynn Milligan (08/27/12)
Lynn "Bud" Larry Milligan, 72, of Scott City, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at his home. He was born Oct. 26, 1939, in Fornfelt, to Lee Otis and Glema Myrl Wills Milligan. Bud worked as a pipe fitter for Sprinkler Fitters Union No. 669. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army...
Kennith Whitlock (08/27/12)
Kennith Eugene Whitlock Sr., 87, of Cape Girardeau passed away Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born March 29, 1925, in Thompsonville, Ill., son of Jack and Delena Pemberton Whitlock. He and Virginia Ann Minner were married Sept. 20, 1946, in Raleigh, Ill...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/27/12 (08/27/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Cape Girardeau fire report 8/27/12 (08/27/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Jackson police report 8/27/12 (08/27/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Out of the past 8/27/12 (08/27/12)
Missouri Secretary of State Roy Blunt, who recently served as co-chairman of the Missouri Opportunity 2000 Commission, speaks to about 30 members of Cape Girardeau's Vision 2000 Committee at the Show Me Center; he discusses the findings of the statewide planning effort...
Capaha Park (08/27/12)
A design firm hired by the city of Cape Girardeau presented a couple of different improvement plans for Capaha Park last week. The park could take on a whole different look in the future, with the designs offering new water features, a bigger lake, a boardwalk and many other new amenities. The basic layout of the park could change dramatically, with the possibilities of entrances being eliminated...
Speak Out 8/22/12 (08/27/12)
The Hill, a political news site, unveiled its annual list of the 50 richest lawmakers Tuesday. And people wonder why we are not getting anything done to help the middle class. They are there only to help themselves. They do not care about anybody else. Whether anyone is dying because of not having food or poor health problems, of which not having food to eat sure will cause more health problems. But do they care? No. That is their answer...
Prayer 8/27/12 (08/27/12)
O Lord, may we always remember to put on the full armor of God. Amen.
Spend Labor Day at Fort D in Cape Girardeau (08/27/12)
On Sept. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., join local Civil War re-enactors at historic Fort D in Cape Girardeau demonstrating rifle and cannon fire, and meals prepared according to the 1860s time period. "Fort D Park is one of our most visited historic parks. It was used during the Civil War by troops" said Parks Division Manager Brock Davis. "It was used to monitor any Confederate troops coming up or down the river."...
Doggy Swim Day at Cape Splash on Sept. 16 (08/27/12)
Give your family dogs a turn to play at Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center during Doggy Swim Day on Sept. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per dog. Humans are admitted free with a paid, four-legged, furry pal's admission. All proceeds will benefit the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Foundation...
7th Annual Commonwealth Cup Regatta (08/27/12)
The Commonwealth Yacht Club at Grand Rivers, KY along with 1st Kentucky Bank of Kentucky will sponsor the 7th Annual Commonwealth Cup Regatta and the 2nd Annual Kentucky Lake Race Week beginning September 29, 2012-October 7, 2012. The Commonwealth Cup Regatta will be on Saturday, October 6, 2012 with an average of 30-40 sailboats participating in the race. ...
CJHS cheerleaders secure top awards (08/27/12)
The beaming Cape Central Junior High Cheerleaders pictured above are the recipients of the prestigious Herkie Team plaque, in recognition of overall excellence in cheerleading, not to mention a special invitation to perform at an upcoming National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) special event and a bid to participate at national competition in February. The trophies, plaques, ribbons and certificates are the result of the teams' hard work, explained Head Cheerleading Coach Laura Gunn...
Nordenia USA donates to United Way of SEMO (08/27/12)
Nordenia USA and employees donated $48,785.92 to the 2011 United Way annual campaign. Picture L to R: Bob Burnham, Donna Wikel, Rhonda Bolton, Danny Borgfield, Donni McClinton
Peacock (08/27/12)
Peacock in the spillway that survived the flood of 2011
2012 4-H State Dairy Judging Contests (08/27/12)
L-R: Josh Walther - Gold and 7th Overall, Rachel Wichern - Silver, Sarah Wichern- Silver, Tricia Kirchdoerfer - Gold, Corvin Schoen - Gold, Tyler Kirchdoerfer - Gold, Dylan Muench- Gold. These 4-Hers attended the Missouri State Fair on August 18th to compete in the State 4-H Dairy Judging Contests...
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