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Stories from Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cape's hotel, restaurant tax revenue up for second consecutive year (08/28/12)
Additional income from rising hotel and restaurant tax revenue will allow the city to pay off bonds used to build Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus sooner than expected. In October, a $3.8 million payment will be made, leaving a balance of $3,285,000, which city manager Scott Meyer said should be paid off by the end of 2014...
Three Rivers enrollment tops 4,800 (08/28/12)
One week into classes, Three Rivers College has reported more than 4,800 students are enrolled on campuses in Poplar Bluff, Dexter, Kennett, Cape Girardeau, Malden, Portageville and Sikeston. The duplicated headcount -- which means students who are taking classes at multiple campuses may be counted more than once -- is nearly 14 percent more than the 4,235 students the college had at census in the fall of 2011. ...
Locals prepare for GOP convention (08/28/12)
On Monday afternoon, Neal E. Boyd did a sound check for "God Bless the USA" inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Since 1980, he has watched the Republican National Convention on television. Now he is there in person, for the first time, and will sing today before 50,000 people as part of the festivities surrounding the likely nomination of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for president. His performance will be around 7 p.m. Central time.
Cape nursing home worker no longer employed after abuse allegation (08/28/12)
A worker at a Cape Girardeau assisted-living facility is no longer employed there following an allegation of assault from a 92-year-old female resident. Police said Monday they continue to investigate the charges and have alerted state authorities as is mandated by law...
Man who interviewed Todd Akin from Poplar Bluff (08/28/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- When Poplar Bluff native and veteran journalist Charles Jaco sat down to interview Rep. Todd Akin, he knew from experience the conservative Republican would likely share opinions considered to be controversial. However, Jaco admits he could not predict the U.S. Senate candidate would make a statement so contentious it would capture national attention in the week leading up to the Republican National Convention and cost Akin the support of his party...
Woman reports armed robbery in Cape (08/28/12)
Police were still searching Monday for the male suspect in an armed robbery that took place over the weekend in which a woman reported a cellphone and an undetermined amount of cash taken at gunpoint. A 20-year-old woman notified the Cape Girardeau Police Department that she had been sitting in her vehicle in the 2800 block of Themis Street Saturday at about 9:40 p.m. ...
Volunteer fireman charged with arson to be arraigned Sept. 19 (08/28/12)
A volunteer fireman is scheduled to appear in court next month to face a first-degree arson charge for allegedly setting a Fruitland home ablaze while the resident slept inside. Gordon Schafer, 23, of Jackson, remains free on $25,000 bond until his Sept. ...
Cape man turns himself in for domestic assault (08/28/12)
A Cape Girardeau man has turned himself in to police to face charges of second-degree assault in which his live-in girlfriend claims to have beaten over a two-day period that she was held captive in their apartment. Joseph R. Hurt, 24, walked into the Cape Girardeau Police Department on Sunday night about 9:40 p.m., according to department spokesman Darin Hickey. ...
Drainage improvements in southwestern Cape County completed (08/28/12)
Just-finished work to clear more than 14 miles of drainage channels should provide more protection for some flood-prone areas in southwestern Cape Girardeau County and improve flow of waters farther downstream, according to a project update given to county commissioners Monday by the Little River Drainage District.
Pavement work reduces Route E in New Madrid County (08/28/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route E between routes A and W in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane Wednesday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work will be performed from 7 a.m. to 4 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 repairs (08/28/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Route A in New Madrid and Stoddard counties will be reduced to one lane today 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. ...
Mo. Rep. Akin fights back against GOP chairman (08/28/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The son of Missouri Congressman Todd Akin is denouncing the chairman of the Republican National Committee for refusing any financial help for Akin's U.S. Senate campaign. Akin's campaign released a link Tuesday to a video shot by conservative activists in which GOP Chairman Reince Priebus says that -- even if Akin were tied in the polls with Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill -- "we're not going to send him a penny."...
Mo. drought relief program totals $29M for farmers (08/28/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri program to improve the water supplies of drought-stricken farmers could end up costing nearly 15 times the original estimate. Gov. Jay Nixon announced a $2 million program a month ago in which the state would cover 90 percent of the cost for farmers to drill or deepen wells or expand their irrigation systems. But demand far exceeded expectations, and the governor expanded the program...
New Missouri traffic law among several taking effect today (08/28/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Motorists on Missouri highways will need to give extra space to state Transportation Department vehicles under one of several new state laws taking effect today. Meanwhile, a lawsuit in federal court is trying to block another new law that makes it illegal to disturb worship services...
Nixon: veto override would tax 122K vehicle sales (08/28/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon says more than 120,000 Missouri residents could face a retroactive tax if legislators override his veto of a bill related to local taxes on vehicles. Nixon released a letter sent Monday to Missouri legislators, who convene Sept. 12 to consider veto overrides...
Akin presses forward with Mo. Senate campaign, reaffirms abortion opposition (08/28/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican Rep. Todd Akin reaffirmed his opposition to abortion for women who have been raped as he pressed forward with his Missouri Senate campaign Monday, a week after his remarks about rape and pregnancy caused a political uproar...
Isaac becomes Cat 1 hurricane near Gulf Coast (08/28/12)
CHAUVIN, La. (AP) -- Isaac became a hurricane Tuesday that could flood the coasts of four states with storm surge and heavy rains on its way to New Orleans, where residents hunkered down behind levees fortified after Katrina struck seven years ago this week...
Tiny prehistoric bugs found trapped in amber (08/28/12)
WASHINGTON -- Scientists have found three well preserved ancient insects frozen in amber -- and time -- in what is Earth's oldest bug trap. The discoveries of amber-encased insects in Italy may sound like something out of "Jurassic Park" but these bugs are even older than that. ...
Family of alleged Maryland school shooter ‘horrified' (08/28/12)
PERRY HALL, Md. -- A 15-year-old student opened fire on the first day of classes at a Baltimore County high school Monday, getting off two shots and wounding a classmate before being rushed by teachers, authorities said. The assailant was taken into custody after the shooting and was cooperating with investigators, police said. ...
Georgia murder case uncovers terror plot (08/28/12)
LUDOWICI, Ga. -- Four Army soldiers based in southeast Georgia killed a former comrade and his girlfriend to protect an anarchist militia group they formed that stockpiled assault weapons and plotted a range of anti-government attacks, prosecutors told a judge Monday...
Earthquake swarm puts California areas on edge (08/28/12)
BRAWLEY, Calif. -- A magnitude-4.2 earthquake rattled communities 100 miles east of San Diego on Monday night, despite observations from earthquake experts that a series of small to moderate earthquakes seemed to be slowing down and getting smaller in magnitude...
Fight for women's vote defines presidential campaign (08/28/12)
ARVADA, Colo. -- A nation at war, crippling joblessness and a looming budget standoff that could wreck the economy have been overshadowed in recent days by an issue that polls show doesn't even crack voters' lists of top 10 concerns: abortion. Missouri Republican Todd Akin's comment that women who were victims of "legitimate rape" rarely become pregnant touched off furious maneuvering by Republicans and Democrats alike, the latest iteration of a campaign that has been driven by both sides' need to court a small slice of the American electorate. ...
Penn State riot ends aspiring Army officer's dream (08/28/12)
Stints in jail. Hefty fines and restitution. Clouded futures. The consequences of their bad behavior have been steep for the Penn State students who took to the streets and rioted in the chaotic aftermath of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno's firing last November...
Apple lists 8 Samsung products it wants banned (08/28/12)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple Inc. on Monday gave a federal judge a list of eight Samsung Electronics Co. products it wants pulled from shelves and banned from the U.S. market, including popular Galaxy model smartphones. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh asked for the list after a jury in San Jose last week slammed Samsung with a $1.05 billion verdict, finding that the South Korean technology giant had "willfully" copied Apple's iPhone and iPad in creating and marketing the products. ...
Democrats urge immediate repair of Capitol dome (08/28/12)
WASHINGTON -- Democrats controlling the Senate pressed Monday for an immediate infusion of money to repair the iconic dome of the U.S. Capitol, which has fallen into disrepair and has at least 1,300 cracks in it. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says $61 million to fix the leaky Capitol Dome should be added to an upcoming stopgap spending bill to keep the government running into next year. ...
Isaac threat to Gulf Coast well beyond New Orleans (08/28/12)
NEW ORLEANS -- Tropical Storm Isaac was gaining strength Monday as it headed toward the Gulf Coast. The next 24 hours would determine whether it brought the usual punishing rains and winds or something more destructive. The focus has been on New Orleans as Isaac takes dead aim at the city seven years after Hurricane Katrina, but the impact will be felt well beyond the city limits. The storm's winds could be felt more than 200 miles from its center...
Today in History (08/28/12)
Today is Tuesday, Aug. 28, the 241st day of 2012. There are 125 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 28, 1862, the Second Battle of Bull Run (also known as Second Manassas) began in Prince William County, Va., during the Civil War (the result was a Confederate victory)...
Pakistani Christians make home in forest near capital (08/28/12)
ISLAMABAD -- Having fled their homes in the latest spasm of Pakistani religious strife, a few hundred Christians have camped in a forest in the Pakistani capital, cut down trees and are using the branches to build a church. Their ordeal began when a Christian girl in their poor Islamabad neighborhood was accused by a neighbor of burning pages of the Quran -- a blasphemy by Pakistani law that can mean life in prison...
Divide between Sunnis, Alawites in Syria turns to fear and flight (08/28/12)
BEIRUT -- Abu Qais, a Sunni Muslim in Syria's capital Damascus, says six members of his extended family have been killed by gunmen who belong to the minority Alawite sect of President Bashar Assad. The gunmen who grabbed one of his distant cousins called up his family while they were torturing him "so they could hear his screams," said Abu Qais, an anti-Assad activist who spoke on condition his full name not be used for fear of reprisals...
Insurgents behead 17 Afghan civilians at party (08/28/12)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Insurgents beheaded 17 people at a party in a Taliban-controlled area, and an Afghan soldier killed two U.S. troops, bringing the two-day death toll Monday to about 30. Near-daily attacks by militants and increasingly frequent deadly violence against NATO troops by their Afghan allies highlight a failure of Western policy: After nearly 12 years of military intervention, the country is not pacified. ...
Fire spreads at Venezuela refinery, 41 dead (08/28/12)
PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela -- An intense fire at a Venezuelan refinery spread to a third fuel tank Monday nearly three days after an explosion killed at least 41 people and injured more than 150. Vice President Elias Jaua said in a message on Twitter that a third tank had just ignited at the Amuay refinery, which has been in flames since Saturday's blast...
Rebuilding Scott City volleyball team displays grit in opening loss (08/28/12)
Scott City isn't the veteran, powerhouse volleyball team of years past. Yet the Rams proved Monday night they will be a challenge for most teams in 2012. The host Rams opened their season with a 15-25, 25-21, 20-25 loss to Fredericktown. "This is the first time this group has played together at all," first-year coach Steven Hendricks said. ...
Notre Dame softball team wins 3-1 in eight innings (08/28/12)
All the local high school events reported Monday to the Southeast Missourian.
Missouri running back Josey will miss entire season (08/28/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri tailback Henry Josey will not play this year after injuring his left knee in November against Texas. Tigers coach Gary Pinkel made the announcement Monday, adding that Josey is expected to make a full recovery. Josey tore his ACL, MCL and patellar tendon against the Longhorns, requiring two surgeries -- one following the injury and another in the spring. ...
Six players in line for first start with Southeast Missouri State football team (08/28/12)
Six Southeast Missouri State football players are slated to receive their first starts as Redhawks on Thursday. Southeast coach Tony Samuel revealed his updated depth chart Monday in advance of the 6 p.m. season opener at Central Michigan. Things could change between now and then, but the lineup that takes the field Thursday against the Football Bowl Subdivision program likely will resemble the current depth chart...
Rams trade offensive tackle Smith to Jets (08/28/12)
NEW YORK -- The Jets and Rams swapped struggling right tackles as New York acquired Jason Smith from St. Louis for Wayne Hunter on Monday night. Both the Jets and Kenny Zuckerman, Hunter's agent, confirmed the deal, adding that it was pending physicals today...
Holliday, Lohse lead Cardinals past Pittsburgh (08/28/12)
PITTSBURGH -- Mike Matheny was almost in awe when he talked about Matt Holliday's home run. "He killed it," the St. Louis Cardinals manager said. "It's hard to hit a ball that hard the opposite way, but it was still going up when it hit the seats. He really hit it."...
New AIDS-like disease in Asians, not contagious (08/28/12)
Researchers have identified a mysterious new disease that has left scores of people in Asia and some in the United States with AIDS-like symptoms even though they are not infected with HIV. The patients' immune systems become damaged, leaving them unable to fend off germs as healthy people do. What triggers this isn't known, but the disease does not seem to be contagious...
Study: Tattoo infections traced to ink (08/28/12)
ATLANTA -- An outbreak of infected tattoos has led to an unlikely source: the ink. With the growing popularity of tattoos, health officials say they are seeing more cases of a nasty skin infection caused by a common bacteria traced to the ink. In the largest outbreak, 19 people in Rochester, N.Y., ended up with bubbly rashes on their new tattoos, researchers reported last week...
Ensuring the safety of child passengers (08/28/12)
In 2009, 1,314 children ages 14 years and younger died in motor vehicle crashes, and about 179,000 were injured. But parents and caregivers can make a lifesaving difference. Follow these guidelines for child passenger safety: Birth through age 2 -- Rear-facing child safety seat. ...
'Essential' film copyright protection a century old (08/28/12)
CULPEPER, Va. -- In the crisp 39-degree air of a converted bunker in rural Virginia lies the nation's greatest collection of early film. Stacked in metal tins on shelves in 124 concrete vaults that stretch almost eight-feet high, movies that wowed audiences decades ago are meticulously stored so that one day, they may play again...
Rita Fenwick (08/28/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Rita M. Fenwick, 87, of Perryville died Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at Independence Care Center. She was born Feb. 28, 1925, at Biehle, Mo., daughter of August and Agnes Unterreiner Pingel. She married Leroy Fenwick on June 21, 1947, at Perryville. He preceded her in death June 22, 2011...
Kimberly Mothershead (08/28/12)
Kimberly K. Mothershead, 53, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at her home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Alumni Center at Southeast Missouri State University, 926 Broadway. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Jackson. Entombment will be in Cape County Memorial Park Mausoleum...
Kenneth Nance (08/28/12)
PUXICO, Mo. -- Kenneth Wayne Nance, 47, of Puxico passed away Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at Puxico Nursing and Rehab. He was born Nov. 10, 1964, in Chaffee, Mo., to Aquilla and Mildred Chasteen Chapman. He and Cheryl L. Wilfong were married July 31, 1989...
Barry Poff (08/28/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Barry L. "Joey" Poff, 35, of Florissant, Mo., died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, in Perryville. He was born Sept. 24, 1976, in St. Louis, son of Barry Len Poff of Perryville, Sherry Kiefer Mullins and stepfather Jerry Mullins of St. Charles, Mo. He and Robetta Ward were married Aug. 4, 2007...
Grace Richards (08/28/12)
MOUNDS, Ill. — Grace Richards, 81, of Mounds died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at the Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Ill. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge, Ill.
Births 8/28/12 (08/28/12)
Son to Tina Katherine Bell of Jackson, Southeast Hospital, 1:59 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. Name, Gunner Alan. Weight, 6 pounds, 12 ounces. Second child, first son. Ms. Bell is the former Tina Suhre, daughter of Ken and Sandie Suhre of Jackson. She is employed at Taco Bell. Paternal grandparents are Kip and April Brown of Jackson...
Cape Girardeau police report 8/28/12 (08/28/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI The Department of Public Safety released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWIs...
Jackson police report 8/28/12 (08/28/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Burglary...
Out of the past 8/28/12 (08/28/12)
Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle files to have 32.5 acres of land at a Whitewater farm seized after about 15 officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the county sheriff's department conducted a marijuana raid at the location...
School traffic (08/28/12)
If you are on the roadways in the morning or afternoon you've probably noticed an uptick in traffic. Yes, many students are back in school. And with the increased traffic and school bus stops, it's a good time to remind drivers to be careful. A number of local students ride the school bus. ...
Response to ethanol editorial (08/28/12)
It is understandable to look for a quick fix to help relieve the stress caused by this year's historic drought. However, several comments in the Aug. 22 editorial, "Ethanol mandate," stand to be corrected. According to the USDA, if the farm price of corn increases 50 percent, then retail food prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase by 0.5 to 1 percent. Even at $8 corn, your box of cornflakes contains about $0.12 of corn while a pound of hamburger contains only $0.37...
Speak Out 8/28/12 (08/28/12)
I was reading an article in a magazine the other day, talking about how it's going to be a year since these occupiers have occupied Washington, D.C. and all these other places. I think it would be a great service if the news media would go down and ask these people what they do for a living where they can take off for a year? Are they on disability? Are they on welfare? Because if they are it shows they are not disabled; they can travel and they can move. Thank you...
Prayer 8/28/12 (08/28/12)
Thank you, O Lord Jesus, that by your stripes we are healed. Amen.
Ride of the Week: 1951 Chevy Styleline Deluxe (08/28/12)
Make and model: 1951 Chevy Styleline Deluxe Owner(s): Corey McNeely Owner's hometown: Cape Girardeau My car's name: Hells' Belle ** How I fell in love with my ride: rescued her from a 30 year nap in a barn in Evansville, IL
G.O.A.L.S. Camp 2012 (08/28/12)
G.O.A.L.S. Camp, Global Outlook and Local Soccer, successfully completed its second annual camp July 16-20. G.O.A.L.S. Camp is facilitated by CENET: Cultural Exchange Network and took place on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Campers ranged from grades 2-8...
Climbing Tower Rock (08/28/12)
Brent Werner and others scaling Tower Rock on a hot Sunday afternoon.
Piggy Back Shuttle Takeoff (08/28/12)
Takeoff from Barksdale AFB,LA on shuttles return flight to Florida. Inclement weather at primary landing site forced landing at secondary site in California.
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