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Strong storms down trees in Southeast Missouri (09/07/12)
A line of strong storms that moved through Southeast Missouri touched off warnings about severe thunderstorms and tornadoes late Thursday afternoon, causing some damage reports. Trees were reported down in Wayne and Bollinger counties near towns like Zalma, Piedmont and Greenville...
Isaac's remnants relieves some drought states, including Southeast Missouri (09/07/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Hurricane Isaac's remnants dumped heavy rain on some key Midwest farming states, dramatically lessening the drought there while corn-producing heavyweights Iowa and Nebraska missed out on that moisture and saw their conditions worsen badly, according to a drought report released Thursday.
End in sight as Broadway project set to reach last intersection next week (09/07/12)
Work on Cape Girardeau's new $4.5 million Broadway corridor is set to reach its final intersection at Pacific Street next week, launching the final three weeks of traffic interruptions that motorists and business owners have endured all summer as the project has inched its way westward...
SEMO District Fair ready for the crowds (09/07/12)
The sight of carnival rides and smell of deep-fried fair treats has delighted generations of Southeast Missourians, and now it's time for these things and more to fill Cape Girardeau once again. The 155th SEMO District Fair begins Saturday in Arena Park. ...
Judge hears arguments in Saxony Lutheran quarry case (09/07/12)
A judge heard arguments Thursday in a lawsuit challenging a permit granted for a quarry near a Fruitland school.
District fair presentation scheduled for today's chamber event (09/07/12)
"Economic Snapshot: 157 Years of the SEMO District Fair" will be presented by Pete Poe of the SEMO District Fair Board at this month's Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee today. The event begins at 7 a.m. at the Show Me Center with a continental breakfast, followed by the program at 7:40 a.m...
Sikeston native in TV food competition (09/07/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Southeast Missouri residents have the opportunity to root for Sikeston native Tiffany Seth as she and her two friends compete in a national reality TV food competition. Seth and friends -- operating under the team name Momma's Grizzly Grub -- are among eight teams who will compete in the third season of "The Great Food Truck Race," which premiered Aug. 19 on The Food Network...
Perryville man accused of selling morphine pill near school (09/07/12)
A Perryville, Mo., man faces a felony charge of distributing a controlled substance near a school for selling a 100-miligram morphine pill to a confidential informant, the Perry County Sheriff's Department said Thursday. Adam M. Hahn, 23, was arrested Sept. ...
Catholic lobbying group stops at Emerson office in Cape (09/07/12)
Missouri Catholics on tour advocating for the needs of the poor and challenging the federal budget drafted by GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan stopped at the Cape Girardeau office of U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson on Thursday. Nuns on the Bus is a recently organized campaign of lobbying Catholic sisters and clergy members who have been traveling the country to visit congressional offices and political events. ...
U.S. Chamber of Commerce counselor discusses labor rules at Cape luncheon (09/07/12)
The effects of federal regulations on Missouri businesses were considered at a luncheon held Thursday at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau. The event, co-sponsored by the National Federation of Independent Business and the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, was attended by about two dozen area business people...
Tunes at Twilight to stay outside tonight (09/07/12)
The Tunes at Twilight concert series performance will go on outside tonight. The free weekly concert organized by Old Town Cape will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Common Pleas Courthouse gazebo in Cape Girardeau. Musician Anne McCue will perform. Showers and storms are in the forecast for tonight, but organizers hope the concert will happen before inclement weather begins...
Antique tractor pull at SEMO Fair postponed (09/07/12)
A spokesman for the SEMO District Fair announced that the antique tractor pull scheduled for Saturday morning has been postponed until Sept. 15 at 8:30 a.m. The event was postponed because of the muddy conditions of the track.
U.S. 60 in Stoddard County reduced for railroad repairs (09/07/12)
SIKESTON, Mo --- East- and westbound U.S. 60 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane next week as railroad company crews remove the railroad tracks. This section of road is from Highway 114 at Morehouse, Mo., to County Road 593. Weather permitting, the work will take place from 7:30 a.m. ...
MoDOT to improve Sikeston traffic signals (09/07/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Transportation is preparing to improve traffic signals at five intersections in Sikeston. The signals will be retrofitted with flashing yellow arrows, which will help ease traffic flow. Work to update signals at U.S. ...
Rock Levee Road closed for construction (09/07/12)
Rock Levee Road in Scott County will be closed as contractor crews continue construction of the new Interstate 55 Outer Road at Scott City. Weather permitting, the closure will begin Sept. 17 and is anticipated to last two months. The work zone will be marked with signs. ...
Cross-country run for lung cancer research (09/07/12)
Kelcey Harrison runs along Route Z west of Gordonville on Thursday. Harrison is running across the country to raise money and awareness for lung cancer research through the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and Jill's Legacy. Harrison, who lives in New York, started from Times Square on July 30, bound for her hometown of San Francisco. ...
Mo. GOP gov. candidate calls for travel moratorium (09/07/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Republican challenger Dave Spence said Thursday that Gov. Jay Nixon should place a moratorium on "unnecessary travel" -- starting with himself -- to shore up a state budget that already has relied upon $200 million from the state's reserves just two months into a new fiscal year...
Drought fueling deer disease in Illinois, Midwest (09/07/12)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- The drought that's dried out much of the Midwest is now fueling an outbreak of a disease often fatal to deer in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Thursday. More than 700 deer are known to have been killed so far this summer in Illinois by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD, the Department of Natural Resources said. ...
Nixon has cash lead over Spence for Mo. governor (09/07/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon began the general election campaign with a cash advantage over his Republican challenger. But businessman Dave Spence vows he will have enough money to go "toe to toe" with the Democratic governor...
Civil War battle in Mo. to mark sesquicentennial (09/07/12)
NEWTONIA, Mo. (AP) -- Civil War enthusiasts are preparing to mark the 150th anniversary of the first battle in the Southwest Missouri village of Newtonia. The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/O5eeNh ) the 1862 battle will be marked Sept. 29 and 30 with a Civil War encampment featuring re-enactors in period costume...
Amazon takes on iPad with larger Kindle Fire (09/07/12)
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Amazon unveiled four new Kindle Fire tablet computers Thursday, including ones with larger color screens, as the online retailer steps up competition with Apple ahead of the holiday shopping season. Amazon.com Inc. showed off the larger Kindle Fire with a high-definition display amid expectations that Apple Inc. will introduce a smaller iPad as early as next week...
Stocks return to late 2007 level (09/07/12)
NEW YORK -- The last time the stock market was this high, the recession had just started, and stocks were pointed toward a headlong descent. But on Thursday, the Dow Jones industrial average hit its highest mark since December 2007, and the Standard & Poor's 500 index soared to its highest level since January 2008 in a rally that seemed destined to mark a milestone: American stocks have come almost all the way back...
Tests confirm oil spread by Isaac came from BP spill (09/07/12)
NEW ORLEANS -- Laboratory tests show that globs of oil found on two Louisiana beaches after Hurricane Isaac came from the 2010 BP spill. Tests run by Louisiana State University for state wildlife officials confirmed that oil found on Elmer's Island and Grand Isle matched the biological fingerprint of the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that spewed from BP's Macondo well...
Asking 2nd term, Obama says nation will recover (09/07/12)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- President Barack Obama conceded only halting progress Thursday night toward fixing the nation's stubborn economic woes, but vowed in a Democratic National Convention finale, "Our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met."...
Drew Peterson convicted of third wife's death (09/07/12)
JOLIET, Ill. -- Drew Peterson, the former Illinois police officer who gained notoriety after his much-younger wife vanished in 2007, was convicted Thursday of murdering a previous wife in a case centered on secondhand hearsay statements from both women...
Report: U.S. health care system wastes $750 billion a year (09/07/12)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. health care system squanders $750 billion a year -- roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar -- through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other waste, the influential Institute of Medicine said Thursday in a report that ties directly into the presidential campaign...
Number of jobless claims drops (09/07/12)
WASHINGTON -- Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, and a private survey showed businesses stepped up hiring in August. The data sketched a brighter outlook for the job market one day before the government reports on August employment...
Texas to open U.S. highway with 85 mph limit (09/07/12)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas will soon open a stretch of highway with the highest speed limit in the country. The Texas Transportation Commission has approved the 85 mph speed limit for a 41-mile-long toll road near the increasingly crowded Interstate 35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio...
Suspects sought after Hollywood-style heist (09/07/12)
LOS ANGELES -- Authorities investigating a bizarre bank heist Thursday searched the home of a bank manager who was told to strap what she believed was a bomb to her midsection and was forced to order employees to "take out all the money" from her branch...
Lovebirds in Michigan rescued following elaborate proposal (09/07/12)
CASEVILLE, Mich. -- Two Michigan sheriff's deputies can expect wedding invitations in their future for rescuing a couple who became stranded on an island during a meticulously planned, elaborate marriage proposal that apparently accounted for everything but bad weather...
Missouri bishop convicted of failing to report priest for abuse (09/07/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri bishop who became the nation's highest-ranking Catholic official charged with shielding an abusive priest was found guilty Thursday of one misdemeanor count of failing to report suspected child abuse, a conviction that extends the Church's struggles to shake its reputation for protecting pedophile priests...
Police officers in legal minefield on Arizona's tough immigration law (09/07/12)
PHOENIX -- The most contentious part of Arizona's immigration law finally has approval to move forward, surviving a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a heated national debate and two years of state politics. But the practical effect of what critics call the "show me your papers" provision remains to be seen...
Attorneys say Fort Hood shooting suspect offered to plead guilty (09/07/12)
FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood massacre twice offered to plead guilty and "accept full responsibility" for the crime earlier this year, his lead defense attorney said Thursday. After the government turned him down in January, Maj. ...
Today in History (09/07/12)
Today is Friday, Sept. 7, the 251st day of 2012. There are 115 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 7, 1812, the Battle of Borodino took place during the Napoleonic Wars as French troops clashed with Russian forces outside Moscow; although France won a short-term victory, Russia was able to ultimately drive out Napoleon's invaders. (The battle was commemorated by composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky with his "1812 Overture.")...
Birds, bears and bikers all play into Vladimir Putin's stunts (09/07/12)
MOSCOW -- Start with manly ventures -- flying, hunting, scuba-diving. Add an element of danger -- polar bears, tigers, fighter jets. Throw in a bare chest here and there. In Russian politics, Vladimir Putin is both the star of the show and the stuntman...
Human Rights Watch finds evidence of wider U.S. waterboarding (09/07/12)
CAIRO -- Human Rights Watch said it has uncovered evidence of a wider use of waterboarding than previously acknowledged by the CIA, in a report Thursday detailing brutal treatment of detainees at U.S.-run lockups abroad after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks...
25 people killed in accidental ammunition depot blast in Turkey (09/07/12)
ANKARA, Turkey -- An explosion and blaze triggered by an accidentally dropped hand grenade killed 25 soldiers during a stock check at a Turkish ammunition depot, the government said Thursday. Four other soldiers were injured in the blast, which lit up the night sky late Wednesday with flames, and shattered windows in homes in the nearby town of Afyonkarahisar in western Turkey, terrifying residents...
4-year-old found unharmed hours after slayings in Alps (09/07/12)
ANNECY, France -- French authorities struggled Thursday to explain why no one found a 4-year-old girl for eight hours at a blood-strewn crime scene as she huddled in a car under the skirt of a corpse -- apparently her dead mother or grandmother...
Rebels struggle to tame Assad's air power (09/07/12)
MAREA, Syria -- Lt. Col. Maan al-Mansour's mission is to capture the Syrian air base where he once served. The 22-year air force veteran, who defected in June to the rebellion, led an attack by hundreds of fighters on the Kuwiras military airport last week. In a fierce battle, they hammered the base with mortar fire and rocket-propelled grenades for four hours, nearly overrunning it until they were driven back by sustained strafing and bombing by jet fighters...
Pakistan evicts Save the Children foreign staff (09/07/12)
ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistani government has ordered foreign staff members of Save the Children to leave the country, a spokesman for the international aid group said Thursday. The group has recently come under Pakistani government scrutiny because of reports that it helped facilitate meetings between the U.S. ...
Jackson football game moved to Saturday due to weather (09/07/12)
The Jackson High School football game scheduled for tonight against Farmington, Mo., has been moved to 2 pm. Saturday due to the chance of storms. The game was to be played at Jackson. The National Weather Service forecast calls for a high chance of thunderstorms and rain tonight in the Cape Girardeau-Jackson area...
Central softball team makes short work of Notre Dame's spell (09/07/12)
It had been quite a few years since Central beat Cape Girardeau rival Notre Dame on the softball diamond. So the Tigers weren't about to apologize for Thursday's 2-1 home victory in a game that lasted just 4 1/2 innings due to lightning and a tornado warning that eventually gave way to heavy rain...
High shool roundup: Coomer throws three-inning perfect game for Delta (09/07/12)
All the local high school events reported to the Southeast Missourian.
High school footbal preview capsules for Week 3 (09/07/12)
Last week: Farmington 45, Trinity Catholic 8; Jackson 43, Vianney 14 Last year: Farmington 50, Jackson 14 Outlook: Many Jackson fans will get their first look at the school's retooled program as the Indians make their home debut tonight...
Southeast Missouri State football team will make its home debut against Mars Hill (09/07/12)
Mars Hill College football coach Tim Clifton is realistic yet optimistic about the challenge his team faces Saturday at Houck Stadium. Clifton knows the odds are stacked against his Division II Lions when they play Football Championship Subdivision Southeast Missouri State in the Redhawks' 6 p.m. home opener...
Lawrence, Murphy add speed for Tigers (09/07/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Line 'em up when they're all healthy and Missouri's trio of speedy Texas tailbacks would make for quite the race. While waiting for All-Big 12 Henry Josey to recover from a pair of knee operations that will sideline him this season, the Tigers are counting on fellow burners Kendial Lawrence and Marcus Murphy. ...
Cat 1, human way less than zero (09/07/12)
In May, after younger son moved from Ireland to the Seattle area, we made the trip to see his new surroundings. One highlight of the visit was an excursion to the Humane Society of Seattle's animal adoption center. As a result, younger son is the obedient servant of a large striped tomcat...
First Friday receptions 9/7/12 (09/07/12)
ARTS COUNCIL OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Works by Stephen Rust, a Cape Girardeau native who focuses primarily on outdoor spaces and landscapes, will be featured. The Visual Arts Co-op will exhibit new works from members. Window exhibitors are Barbara Ross and Beth Thomas...
Four opinions on Cape's state of the arts (09/07/12)
It's First Friday again, which means a spotlight on the local visual arts community and its galleries. But how can we tell the local "art scene is doing well? Where has it been, and where is it going? SE Live asked four people entrenched in the local visual arts to give us their opinions...
ARTifacts 9/7/12 (09/07/12)
BRAZEAU, Mo. -- Nationally known comedian David Graham will headline the East Perry County Gala on Oct. 13 at the Brazeau Hall in Brazeau. The event will begin at Hemman Winery, where guests will socialize while awaiting their horse-and-buggy ride to the gala. ...
Best bet: SEMO District Fair Hotrod Truck and Tractor Pull (09/07/12)
It's fair time again, and the 2012 SEMO District Fair kicks off its first night with the Hotrod Truck and Tractor Pull. The fun begins 7 p.m. Saturday at the grandstand. General admission seats are $10; trackside seats are $15. This year's tractor pull is sponsored by ITPA and Greenway Equipment Inc...
Why songs get stuck in your head (09/07/12)
I just spent all week singing "Martha My Dear" by the Beatles under my breath. The week before, it was "I Like Fish" from Yo Gabba Gabba (my daughter's favorite show). But why? As is all too often the case with the interesting parts of science, we don't know much about this phenomenon but we have a good name for it: earworm. ...
Hanks, Timberlake among 'Stand Up to Cancer' stars (09/07/12)
LOS ANGELES -- More A-listers have signed on to support the third Stand Up to Cancer telethon. Organizers say Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Justin Timberlake, Sofia Vergara, and Olympic gold medalists Gabrielle Douglas and Missy Franklin will participate in the hourlong TV special. It is set to air today on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and more than a dozen cable channels...
Bill Thompson (09/07/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- Bill B. Thompson, 59, of Anna died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at Anna Rehab and Healthcare Center. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Clifford Heil officiating. Burial will be in Anna City Cemetery...
Darrell Sebastian (09/07/12)
Darrell L. Sebastian, 56, of Cape Girardeau passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. He had been diagnosed with cancer about two years ago. He was born Sept. 11, 1955, in Jackson, to Herman and Louise Young Sebastian. He attended Jackson schools...
Harry Clough (09/07/12)
Harry A. Clough, 88, of Jackson died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Juanita Sifford (09/07/12)
PUXICO, Mo. -- Juanita Evelyn Ward Sifford, 89, of Puxico passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Sifford was born Aug. 2, 1923, in Detroit. On Nov. 30, 1941, she married John "Square" Albert Sifford in Puxico. He preceded her in death Sept. 10, 1999...
Births 9/7/12 (09/07/12)
Triplet daughters to Danny Scott and Misty Dawn Blair of Jackson, Saint Francis Medical Center, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. Josie Raye was born at 12:50 p.m. and weighed 2 pounds, 11 ounces. Gracie Jean was born at 12:51 p.m. and weighed 3 pounds, 6 ounces. ...
Cape Girardeau police report 9/7/12 (09/07/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summons Assaults Burglaries Thefts Property damage Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau fire report 9/7/12 (09/07/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 9/7/12 (09/07/12)
Only slight problems hamper the 1987 local broadcast of the Jerry Lewis Labor Day marathon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association; the local telethon broadcast by KFVS12 is held for the first time at West Park Mall. The Cape Girardeau County Health Department is still searching for a new location, after nearly two months of active looking; the department, which became a separate government entity Jan. 1, is still in the cramped Common Pleas Annex...
Funds available to operate repurposed Tamms prison (09/07/12)
For months, I have been fighting to keep Tamms Correctional Center in Alexander County open. I believe Tamms is important for many reasons. It houses the worst-of-the-worst, violent men who have attacked guards or other inmates or who have otherwise disrupted the prison system and created dangerous situations. ...
SEMO District Fair (09/07/12)
When you think of the SEMO District Fair, what comes to mind? Is it the visual picture of the rides that light up the evening sky? Is it the auditory memories of music? Is it the nostalgic feel of the agricultural activities? Is it the smell of the guilty-pleasure food wafting through the midway?...
Speak Out 9/7/12 (09/07/12)
Congratulations to Pansy Glenn for being chosen as the new director for Cape Girardeau's Discovery Playhouse. The Southeast Missourian's editorial commending the choice and noting the ongoing attraction of the playhouse was commendable. Melaina's playground...
Prayer 9/7/12 (09/07/12)
O Lord God, we praise you for you are the Creator. Amen.
Ride of the Week: 1980 CJ 5 Jeep (09/07/12)
Make and model: 1980 CJ 5 Jeep Owner(s): Michael Barrett Owner's hometown: Cape Girardeau Mo. custom small block 350 chevy,35 inch Mickey Thompsons,6 inch lift,4000 lb. Super winch,custom interior and a custom stereo. My car's name: Pa Pa's Jeeps...
Chateau donates new refrigerator to Franklin (09/07/12)
After searching unsuccessfully for a refrigerator for the teachers' break room at the new Franklin Elementary school, staff received a call from one of their business partners, Chateau Girardeau. "It was such a thoughtful surprise," said Principal Dr. ...
Calm after the Storms (09/07/12)
Had to capture the Blue Sky pushing the Storm Clouds away 9-6-12. Strange colors in this storm.
High In The Clouds Rainbow (09/07/12)
I had to look up in order to see this rainbow after the Thursday evening storm--the highest one I've ever seen. I hope others saw it!
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