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Cape Splash wraps up successful season (09/06/12)
Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center has bounced back after having somewhat of a down year, despite a closing weekend marred by wet and windy weather. While the remnants of Hurricane Isaac kept crowds down for part of Labor Day weekend, the last weekend of the water park's season, the numbers for this year were up from the year before. After a disappointing 2011 that was plagued by rain, attendance climbed to 91,300 over a 2012 season that saw record-setting temperatures...
Cape Girardeau woman charged with elder abuse (09/06/12)
A Cape Girardeau woman has been charged with elder abuse, one day after police turned over a case of abuse at a local nursing home to prosecutors. Sherri L. Sprenger was issued a summons on a charge of third-degree elder abuse, a misdemeanor, on Wednesday, according to online court records. The records don't list her age, but do list a birth year of 1990...
Mo. Lt. Gov. Kinder opposes vehicle tax measure (09/06/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has found some common ground with Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. Kinder said Wednesday that he does not believe the Republican-led Legislature should override Nixon's veto of a bill that would retroactively re-impose local sales taxes on vehicles...
High-speed chase starts in Cape, ends in Illinois (09/06/12)
Cape Girardeau and Illinois police were sent on a high-speed chase Wednesday that ended with their guns drawn in a trailer park.
Company to lay fiber optic cable through Marble Hill (09/06/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Sho-Me Technologies of Marshfield, Mo., has contracted to lay fiber-optic cables in Marble Hill sometime in the next three weeks. Sho-Me Technologies is a subsidiary of Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative in Marshfield. It does not provide cellphone service or Internet connections, company spokesman Tim Lewis said, but it provides the technology that enables other providers to hook up their customers...
Cape Girardeau County Commission's Thursday meeting canceled (09/06/12)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. today has been canceled due to lack of agenda, the commission said in a release Wednesday. The next commission meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m., Monday at 1 Barton Square in Jackson...
AG candidate meets with student Republicans (09/06/12)
Ed Martin is tacking another layer onto his campaign strategy by acting as chairman of the Missouri Republican Party's "Victory" operation, a role the Republican attorney general candidate said is usually reserved for those who aren't on a ballot. "Others had tougher primaries," Martin said during a short meeting Wednesday at U.S. ...
Cape police looking for woman suspected of snatching purse from gas station (09/06/12)
Cape Girardeau police are looking for a woman who reportedly swiped a purse from a local gas station counter, and was observed doing it on video. At 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, a woman entered Shell D Mart at 3415 William St., the Cape Girardeau Police Department said in a news release Wednesday. ...
WSIU to be temporarily off the air Monday (09/06/12)
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- WSIU and WUSI, the public television stations of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, will be off the air beginning at 11 p.m. Monday, the stations said in a release Wednesday. A station crew will install a new generator system, and stations will remain off the air for four to six hours. For more information, go to wsiu.org or call 618-453-4343...
MoDOT holding bridge building contest (09/06/12)
The Missouri Department of Transportation is sponsoring its ninth annual bridge building competition for area high school juniors and seniors. The competition challenges students to design and construct the most efficient model bridge using 15 pieces of balsa wood, thread and glue. ...
Jackson Police Department announces child seat-belt crackdown (09/06/12)
Jackson police plan to crack down on child seat belt law violations, according to a police department news release sent Wednesday. Missouri law requires all children younger than age 8, who weigh less than 80 pounds and are under 4 feet 9 inches tall, to be in a child safety seat or booster. Jackson Police Department's efforts are in conjunction with Missouri's Child Passenger Safety Week Law Enforcement Campaign, the release said...
Mo. Lt. Gov. Kinder trails campaign cash of Montee (09/06/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- New campaign finance reports show Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder emerged from a tough Republican primary to begin September with a fraction of the cash of his Democratic challenger. Thursday was the deadline for candidates to file reports covering the period from July 27 through Sept. 1...
Internet grants going to 11 rural Mo. hospitals (09/06/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Eleven hospitals in rural Missouri will share $262,000 in federal grants to help speed up their Internet connections. Gov. Jay Nixon says the grants will improve the telemedicine capabilities of the hospitals and their affiliated clinics to connect patients with medical specialists located elsewhere...
Isaac could mean some relief to low Mississippi River (09/06/12)
JACKSON, Miss. -- Rain from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac could help the drought-stricken Mississippi River, but experts say it's not enough for long-term relief for the vital waterway that is at its lowest level since 1988. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is trying to keep barge traffic flowing on the essential commerce route. ...
Audit: Nixon shifted $1.7M in costs (09/06/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon made the finances of his office look better by shifting $1.7 million of staff, travel and office costs to other agencies over the past several years, according to an audit released Wednesday. The report by Republican State Auditor Tom Schweich says the Democratic governor tapped the finances of more than a dozen other agencies under his control to essentially spend more than the governor's office had been budgeted. ...
Mark Twain National Forest lifts fire restrictions (09/06/12)
ROLLA, Mo. -- After some welcome rainfall, Mark Twain National Forest in south-central Missouri is no longer restricting open fires. Forest officials say remnants of Hurricane Isaac dropped enough rain on the forest in the last week to at least temporarily ease fire dangers...
Dispute over bag of chips leads to stabbing (09/06/12)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis police say an argument over a bag of Cheetos ended with a man being stabbed to death. Authorities said two homeless men were quarreling over the snack Tuesday night on a downtown street near the city's convention center. A 42-year-old man was stabbed and later died at a hospital. His name has not been released...
Mo. taps reserve fund for second straight month (09/06/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri has tapped a state reserve fund for cash flow purposes for the second consecutive month. The Office of Administration said Wednesday the state has borrowed $100 million from the Budget Reserve Fund, the same amount borrowed the previous month. The funds must be repaid by May 15...
Mo. high court mulls cash-only bail requirements (09/06/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court considered Wednesday whether criminal defendants can be required to pay cash to be released from jail before trial. Many who are arrested can be released from jail after posting bond. Defendants sometimes contract with a bail bondsman who covers the bond for a fee. Judges also have set cash-only bail that requires defendants to pay the full sum in order to be released...
Judge to try case against K.C. bishop, diocese (09/06/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The criminal case against the highest-ranking Catholic official in the U.S. to be charged with shielding an abusive priest is headed for a swift ending after prosecutors and the bishop's lawyer agreed Wednesday to let a judge -- not jurors -- decide the case...
Bill Clinton boosts President Obama in convention speech (09/06/12)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- President Barack Obama inherited a wreck of an economy, "put a floor under the crash" and laid the foundation for millions of good new jobs, former president Bill Clinton declared Wednesday night in a rousing Democratic National Convention appeal aimed at millions of hard-pressed Americans yet to decide how to vote...
Iowa study aimed at making tractors safer for children (09/06/12)
CORALVILLE, Iowa -- Researchers who hope to prevent children from dying in tractor accidents are turning to a state-of-the-art driving simulator to help determine when kids can safely operate farm equipment. Teens are at least four times more likely to die on a farm than in any other workplace. ...
Stocks barely move; FedEx sinks on profit warning (09/06/12)
NEW YORK -- U.S. stock prices are closing mixed, held in check by a warning from the huge package delivery company FedEx that its profits would be hurt because of a slowdown in the global economy. FedEx cited weakness in its express package delivery business. That's a sign that FedEx's customers around the world are choosing slower, cheaper delivery options to save money. FedEx's stock fell $1.74 to $85.80...
New York court to decide if lap dance is tax-exempt art (09/06/12)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- No one would confuse the Nite Moves strip club with the Bolshoi Ballet, but what the lap dancers do there is art and entitled to the same tax exemption other performances enjoy, a lawyer argued Wednesday in what was surely one of the racier tax cases ever to go before New York's highest court...
Transgender-inmate ruling is the latest win for movement (09/06/12)
Years ago, in a darkened parking lot in the middle of the night, Kathy Padilla would meet with fellow transgender people who sought support from one another in a society that treated them like outcasts. How things have changed since then for transgender men and women in America, who have made great strides in recent years toward reaching their ultimate goal: to be treated like ordinary people. ...
DNA encyclopedia shows complex inner workings (09/06/12)
NEW YORK -- A colossal international effort has yielded the first comprehensive look at how our DNA works, an encyclopedia of information that will rewrite the textbooks and offer new insights into the biology of disease. For one thing, it may help explain why some people are more prone to common ailments such as high blood pressure and heart disease...
Reported theft of Mitt Romney tax records being probed (09/06/12)
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- The Secret Service said Wednesday it is investigating the reported theft of copies of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's federal tax records during a break-in at an accounting office in Franklin. Someone claiming responsibility demanded $1 million not to make them public...
7-year-old Colorado girl recovers from bubonic plague (09/06/12)
DENVER -- The parents of 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing thought she had the flu when she felt sick days after camping in southwest Colorado. It wasn't until she had a seizure that her father knew something was seriously wrong and rushed her to a hospital in their town of Pagosa Springs. She had a 107-degree fever, and doctors were baffled by the cause...
Kitten goes for 100-mile ride on bumper (09/06/12)
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -- A woman says a 6-week-old kitten hitched a ride on the outside of her vehicle as she drove about 100 miles over upstate New York roads. Stacey Pulsifer told the Press-Republican of Plattsburgh that she recently drove from her home in Plattsburgh to Elizabethtown in the Adirondacks, then back to her apartment. Along the way she stopped for coffee and heard meowing coming from her Jeep...
NASA's Dawn spacecraft traveling to dwarf planet (09/06/12)
LOS ANGELES -- Next and final stop: The biggest object in the asteroid belt. After spending a year gazing at a giant asteroid, NASA's Dawn spacecraft on Wednesday began the cruise toward an even bigger target -- a voyage that will take nearly three years...
Jurors quickly confront hearsay in Peterson trial (09/06/12)
JOLIET, Ill. -- As they began deliberations Wednesday, jurors in Drew Peterson's trial immediately zeroed in on the case's trickiest issue: whether to believe secondhand hearsay statements that would often be barred from consideration in a criminal court...
Today in History (09/06/12)
Today is Thursday, Sept. 6, the 250th day of 2012. There are 116 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 6, 1997, a public funeral was held for Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in London, six days after her death in a car crash in Paris...
Magnitude-7.6 earthquake reported in Costa Rica (09/06/12)
CANGREJAL, Costa Rica -- A magnitude-7.6 earthquake shook Costa Rica and neighboring countries Wednesday, sending panicked people into the streets and briefly triggering a tsunami alert, but causing little damage. Authorities reported one confirmed death...
No cease-fire, drugs nag at Colombia peace talks (09/06/12)
BOGOTA -- The image is seared in Colombian minds: The country's president sits on a big stage looking glum, hands folded in his lap, next to an empty chair. It is January 1999. At the inauguration of peace talks, the founding leader of the Western Hemisphere's biggest leftist rebel army has snubbed President Andres Pastrana...
Hundreds of Afghan soldiers fired, detained during insider attacks probe (09/06/12)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan authorities have detained or removed hundreds of soldiers in an investigation into rising insider attacks against international service personnel who are their supposed partners in the fight against Taliban insurgents and other militants, officials said Wednesday...
Turkey accuses Syrian regime of ‘state terrorism' (09/06/12)
BEIRUT -- Turkey accused Syria of "state terrorism" Wednesday after a sharp spike in the death toll from the Syrian civil war, and Iran came under new scrutiny with the U.S. alleging that Tehran is flying weapons to President Bashar Assad's regime across Iraqi airspace...
Ex-police chief in China charged with defecting, taking bribes (09/06/12)
BEIJING -- A former police chief whose flight to a U.S. consulate set off China's biggest political scandal in years has been charged with crimes including defection and bribe taking, possibly indicating the turbulent affair is moving closer to a resolution before a key national leadership transition this fall...
Bullfights back on Spanish public TV (09/06/12)
MADRID -- Bullfights returned live to Spanish state TV with a glittering and music-filled display Wednesday evening, six years after the fights were banned from the widely watched public channel. The broadcast featured three of Spain's most famous bullfighters and bulls by a renowned breeder, giving a boost to a tradition hit hard by declining popularity and a dire economic crisis...
Shooting, death mars win for Quebec separatists (09/06/12)
MONTREAL -- Police said a man fired a gun during a midnight victory rally for Quebec's new premier, killing one person and wounding another. The new premier, Pauline Marois of the separatist Parti Quebecois, was whisked off the stage and uninjured...
Notre Dame rolls past Scott City in volleyball 25-14, 25-13 (09/06/12)
The Notre Dame volleyball team made short work of visiting Scott City Wednesday night, rolling 25-14, 25-13. "We played pretty good," said Notre Dame coach Tara Stroup, whose squad improved to 6-1-1. Myriah Bernard led the Bulldogs with seven kills. Taylor Rinda and Sarah Lawrence added five kills apiece...
Willis joins Southeast softball staff as assistant (09/06/12)
Sarah Losleben Willis has joined the Southeast Missouri State softball program as an assistant coach. Willis will be involved with all aspects of the program, including infield, outfield and recruiting. Willis was an assistant at Princeton University in 2011. She coached the pitchers, catchers, outfielders, handled recruiting and monitored players' academic progress and class schedules among other duties during her time with the Tigers...
Rookie cornerbacks impressive in first game (09/06/12)
Six Southeast Missouri State defensive players made their first start for the Redhawks during Thursday's season opener at Central Michigan. Cornerbacks Cantrell Andrews and Reggie Jennings were the only two among that group who had never previously played in a Southeast game...
Area digest 9/6/12 (09/06/12)
Cape Girardeau native Susan Beth Scott finished third to earn a bronze medal in the 400-meter freestyle S10 classification Wednesday at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Scott touched the wall in 4 minutes, 37 seconds. Scott was sixth in the 100-meter backstroke Tuesday. Her time was 1 minute, 12.04 seconds...
Area calendar 9/6/12 (09/06/12)
Baseball Golf Running Justice Jog: The 4-mile Justice Jog will take place at 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at pavilion No. 4 at Jackson City Park. There also will be a quarter-mile youth run, which will start at 5 p.m. Registration: splitmastertiming.com. Steps for Youth Justice run: The 2-mile Steps for Youth Justice run will take place at 8 a.m. Oct. 6 at pavilion No. 2 in Jackson City Park. Registration: splitmastertiming.com...
Dickey wins 18th in 6-2 defeat of St. Louis (09/06/12)
ST. LOUIS -- R.A. Dickey had more than enough to hold off the St. Louis Cardinals and become the first pitcher in the majors to reach 18 wins this season. He didn't have his best stuff, but still managed to strengthen his case in the NL Cy Young Award race...
College students can get better sleep with these tips (09/06/12)
Irregular schedules, newfound freedom, endless social interaction, loud and crowded housing, late-night exercise and food washed down by booze or coffee energy drinks can all contribute to sleep deprivation in college, which can end up hurting grades and class attendance...
Up next 9/6/12 (09/06/12)
FRIDAY SATURDAY NEXT WEEK "Finding Nemo," rated G, Cape 14 West Cine, opens Sept. 14 "Resident Evil: Retribution," rated R, Cape West 14 Cine, opens Sept. 14 "Away from the World," Dave Matthews Band "Tempest," Bob Dylan "Tornado," Little Big Town "Snow White and the Huntsman"...
Hooked on Science: Football helmet experiment (09/06/12)
Using a few materials from around the house, you can demonstrate what would happen if a football player decided not to wear a helmet. Materials Instructions STEP 1: Place one of the melons inside the football helmet. STEP 2: Have one person hold the helmeted melon and another hold the unhelmeted melon...
Who's next 9/6/12 (09/06/12)
Scholarships -- From staff reports...
Bradley Smith (09/06/12)
Bradley Howard Smith, 47, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Poplar Bluff, Mo., died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at Life Care Center. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Fellowship Southern Baptist Church in Harviell, Mo. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel of Scott City is in charge of arrangements...
LaVanche Klaus (09/06/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- LaVanche Klaus, 79, of Perryville died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Young and Sons Funeral Home. Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, with the Rev. Matthew Marks officiating...
Steven Cissell (09/06/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Steven P. Cissell, 57, of Perryville died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at his home. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today and 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Young and Sons Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Christ the Savior Church in Brewer, Mo., with the Rev. Bill Rhinehardt officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery...
Milton Vogel (09/06/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Milton A. "Spitz" Vogel, 87, of Perryville died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 20, 1925, in Uniontown, Mo., son of John S. and Martha A. Hopfer Vogel. He and Olga N. Richter were married Nov. 24, 1946. She preceded him in death Dec. 19, 2008...
Barbara Hensley (09/06/12)
Barbara Marie Hensley, 78, of Scott City died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 10, 1934, in Commerce, Mo., to Elmer and Mildred Eifert Uelsmann. She married Bobby G. Hensley on Dec. 25, 1951, in Piggott, Ark...
Births 9/6/12 (09/06/12)
Son to Eric Michael Beussink and Brook Nicole Pearman of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Hospital, 7:40 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. Name, Connor Lloyd. Weight, 7 pounds, 7 ounces. First child. Ms. Pearman is the daughter of Bonnie and Randy Farrow and Sam and Lisa Pearman, all of Cape Girardeau. Beussink is the son of Glen and Paulette Beussink of Cape Girardeau. He is employed at Ruopp Flooring...
Cape Girardeau police report 9/6/12 (09/06/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Summonses Assaults Thefts Property damage Miscellaneous...
Jackson police report 9/6/12 (09/06/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summonses Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau fire report 9/6/12 (09/06/12)
Fire fighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 9/6/12 (09/06/12)
Jennie and Bill Bell have opened the Ebony-Ivory Lounge at 731 N. Main St.; the structure formerly housed the Mule Lip Lounge and has undergone six weeks of repairs and remodeling. David S. Glastetter, who joined ERA Cape Realty in February 1984, has purchased the business; the purchase ended a three-way partnership which had been formed in June 1982, when Cape Realty and Vernon H. Landgraf Realtors merged...
The quiet rebirth of Christianity (09/06/12)
For many years, journalists have referred to Islam as the "world's fastest growing religion." While statistics of faith practices are difficult to verify, in absolute terms Islam has enjoyed many years of measurable growth at or near 2 percent, compared to just under that for Christianity...
Home opener (09/06/12)
For sports enthusiasts, this time of year offers an abundance of competitive action. The Major League Baseball regular season is approaching the finish line, with October baseball just around the corner. Wednesday night kicked off the NFL season. And college and high school football, among other fall sports, are in full swing...
Mothershead an inspiration (09/06/12)
Our community was saddened by the loss of Kimberly V. Mothershead last week. On behalf of Southeast Missouri State University athletics and the Walk for Women's Athletics, I would like to extend my heartfelt sorrow to her family and friends. Kim was an inspiration and light of hope for all who knew her. ...
Speak Out 9/6/12 (09/06/12)
The only thing Obama has built is our debt. Thank you. I had to go into the big Walmart after dark the other evening. Getting into it was fine, but getting out of it, I had to get in the right lane to get to Interstate 55 and there are no lights at all on the pavement or anywhere saying this is an exit. It's very, very confusing...
Prayer 9/6/12 (09/06/12)
O Heavenly Father, Almighty God, in you we take refuge. Amen.
Celebrating Levi's Life and Sharing with others (09/06/12)
Sunday September 16th is a VERY SPECIAL DAY and would have been Levi Collom's 4th birthday. Levi died March 18th 2012 of a sudden unexplained death. Levi's family wants to celebrate Levi's life on this day with family, friends, and supporters. Levi's mother Ellie Collom states, " to help our family to get through this very emotional day we wish to see smiles and hear children's laughter"...
SoutheastHEALTH Reduces Imaging Prices (09/06/12)
As part of its ongoing commitment to provide value and high quality healthcare services to the region, SoutheastHEALTH President and CEO Wayne Smith announced on Tuesday, Sept. 4, that Southeast is significantly reducing pricing for a number of Imaging services at SoutheastHEALTH...
Six Homeopathic Healers for this Skin Problem (09/06/12)
Here is another batch of health secrets from homeopathic medicine. Here we look at the uncomfortable, painful situation we know as boils. Here are the best six homeopathic remedies to soothe this condition. Boils are caused by a bacterial infection in your hair follicles. ...
Ben LOVES Cape Splash (09/06/12)
Our one year old grandson, Ben Robert, was visiting from Gallarate, Italy. He absolutely loved Cape Splash and was not at all afraid of the water.
Fountain of Sprigg (09/06/12)
Road construction leads to a broken water main on Broadway and Sprigg in front of Howard's.
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