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Escaped Iowa prisoner apprehended in Missouri (09/19/12)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- An escaped prisoner from Iowa has been apprehended in southeast Missouri, where he was found driving a stolen vehicle. The Iowa Department of Corrections says Steven Leroy Adcock was arrested Wednesday and was being held in the Stoddard County Jail in Bloomfield, Mo. He was scheduled to appear for an extradition hearing Thursday...
New women's group defends Akin in Mo. Senate race (09/19/12)
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin is gaining support from some women who believe he has been unfairly judged. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://tiny.cc/afxvkw ) that about 300 people gathered Tuesday night for an event sponsored by a new group called Women Standing with Todd Akin. ...
Farm bill stalls in House, frustrating area farmers (09/19/12)
Election-year politics have stalled the farm bill and may leave some producers without a safety net. Farmers are frustrated and filled with uncertainty as House leaders have yet to schedule a vote on the farm bill. "The farm bill, for the first time since I've been in Congress, has become political this year and it's a big problem," said Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau...
Rule will cap public defender caseload (09/19/12)
A new rule set to begin Oct. 1 will permit the state's public defender system to defer certain criminal cases in a move that proponents say should give the state's low-income defendants quality legal representation that has been lacking during a decade of swelling caseloads and dwindling resources...
Neighbors, developers at odds over rezoning of Old Sprigg (09/19/12)
Owners of property along Old Sprigg Street Road and Bertling Street see an opportunity to help ease a housing squeeze at Southeast Missouri State University, and hope Cape Girardeau's city officials agree. Building an apartment complex on approximately nine acres of pasture and wooded area just to the north of campus makes sense to a pair of residential developers, and the city's planning and zoning commission, too. But it doesn't to the neighbors...
First Sikeston DPS director Kenneth Francis dies at age 66 (09/19/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- One very important guest the Sikeston Department of Public Safety hoped to have present for the grand opening of the new department headquarters will not be attending, but will certainly be there in spirit. Chief Kenneth A. Francis, former director of the department, died Friday at age 66 surrounded by his wife, Patty Francis, and other loved ones, according city officials of Gardner, Kan...
SEMO Fair attendance up over 2011 (09/19/12)
The SEMO District Fair ended last Saturday night, and the removal of its carnival rides and exhibits from Arena Park marked the unofficial end of summer for area residents. But fair board president Pete Poe is happy with this year's edition of the fair that once again brought in tens of thousands of people from across the region...
Restraining order upheld keeping Tamms prison open (09/19/12)
TAMMS, Ill. -- An Illinois state appeals court has turned back Gov. Pat Quinn's bid to throw out a temporary restraining order that bars him from closing two state prisons, including Tamms Correctional Center, and various other corrections sites...
Cape Girardeau County Republican Party opens headquarters (09/19/12)
The Cape Girardeau County Republican Party headquarters has opened for the 2012 general election season, it announced in a new release Tuesday. The headquarters is at 528 Helena St., behind McDonald's on Broadway, in Cape Girardeau. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The headquarters is staffed by volunteers and will be open through Election Day, Nov. 6...
Contractors install lights along renovated Broadway corridor (09/19/12)
Ryan Koch with K&K Electric hangs a metal halide light fixture above Broadway near the corner of Lorimer Street Tuesday, Sept. ...
Perry County traffic stop ends in heroin arrest (09/19/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A traffic stop in Perry County on Sunday resulted with the arrest of a Perryville woman on felony charges of drug possession and misdemeanor use of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the Perry County Sheriff's Department...
U.S. 62 in Scott County reduced for signal work (09/19/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- U.S. 62/Malone Street in Scott County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews convert signals to flashing yellow lefts. This section of highway is at U.S. 62 and Pine Street and U.S. 62 and Selma Street...
Mo. Senate candidates to debate in St. Louis area (09/19/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri's U.S. Senate candidates are to meet in the St. Louis area for a debate. Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and her Republican challenger, congressman Todd Akin, have agreed to debate the evening of Oct. 18 at Clayton High School...
Conn. gravestone finds resting place in Missouri (09/19/12)
CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) -- A 200-year-old gravestone that was used as a stepping stone at a Bantam cottage, is finding a final resting place in Missouri. Ann Schroeder of Cheshire told the Waterbury Republican-American (http://bit.ly/Uf9jX8 ) she researched the stone after her husband removed it from his family's cabin...
Settlement approved in fatal natural gas blast (09/19/12)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Relatives of a Columbia couple killed in a 2008 natural gas explosion have finalized their settlement with Ameren Missouri. The Columbia Missourian reported that a judge approved the settlement during a hearing Monday in Boone County Circuit Court...
Mamtek CEO charged with theft, securities fraud (09/19/12)
MOBERLY, Mo. -- The CEO of a failed artificial sweetener company was charged Tuesday with theft and securities fraud in Missouri for allegedly using bond revenue to avoid foreclosure on his Beverly Hills, Calif., home and misleading financiers about the company's troubled operations...
Missouri revokes accreditation from St. Louis-area district (09/19/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri education officials revoked the accreditation of a St. Louis-area school district Tuesday and dropped a southeast Kansas City district to provisional accreditation. The Missouri State Board of Education's action means the Normandy School District in St. Louis County faces a two-year clock to improve and regain accreditation or face state intervention. State board members voted to classify Normandy as unaccredited, which will be effective Jan. 1...
St. Louis man accused of forcing 16-year-old girl into prostitution (09/19/12)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis man is accused of forcing a 16-year-old girl into prostitution. Federal authorities on Tuesday announced the arrest of 27-year-old Reginald Williams. He is charged with interstate transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in prostitution for allegedly transporting the girl throughout the St. Louis area, and to the Chicago area...
Mo. payrolls increase by 17,900 jobs in August (09/19/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A new report shows Missouri gaining nearly 18,000 jobs last month while the state's unemployment rate held steady at 7.2 percent. The state Department of Economic Development released the figures Tuesday. The agency says the net gain of 17,900 nonfarm payroll jobs from July included 4,900 jobs in manufacturing and 10,200 jobs in the government sector -- nearly all of those at the local level...
Group: More than half in 39 states will be obese (09/19/12)
NEW YORK -- We Americans already know how fat we are. Can it get much worse? Apparently, yes, according to an advocacy group that predicts that by 2030 more than half the people in the vast majority of states will be obese. Mississippi is expected to retain its crown as the fattest state in the nation for at least two more decades. The report predicts 67 percent of that state's adults will be obese by 2030; that would be an astounding increase from Mississippi's current 35 percent obesity rate...
Chicago teachers vote to return to classroom (09/19/12)
CHICAGO -- Teachers agreed Tuesday to return to the classroom after more than a week on the picket lines in Chicago, ending a combative stalemate with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over evaluations and job security, two issues at the heart of efforts to reform the nation's public schools...
Judge: Police to enforce Arizona immigration law now (09/19/12)
PHOENIX -- A judge in Arizona ruled Tuesday that police can immediately start enforcing the most contentious section of the state's immigration law, marking the first time officers can carry out the so-called "show me your papers" provision. The decision by U.S. ...
Obama jabs at Romney over his ‘47 percent' remarks (09/19/12)
SALT LAKE CITY -- President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night the occupant of the Oval Office must "work for everyone, not just for some," jabbing back at Mitt Romney's statement that as a candidate, he doesn't worry about the 47 percent of the country that pays no income taxes...
Sesame Street's next chapter: Elmo talks back (09/19/12)
NEW YORK -- Elmo, Big Bird and the rest of the "Sesame Street" crew have always talked to kids. Now, they'll try to have a two-way conversation with their pint-size audience using Kinect, the motion and voice-sensing controller created by Microsoft...
Southwest needs power lines to become solar energy hub (09/19/12)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Pick any stretch of road slicing through the American Southwest. The sun beats down on the asphalt like nowhere else and heat waves distort the landscape. It's here, in these open expanses, that experts say is a massive untapped source of energy that could meet the nation's growing needs. But only if developers can get it out of the desert...
Researchers tag great white sharks off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass. (09/19/12)
CHATHAM, Mass. -- The scientists and fishermen on board the Ocearch, a repurposed crabbing vessel, received word that their scouting boat had hooked a great white shark, sparking a flurry of activity. They were about to get up close and personal with the animal, more than 2,000 pounds and nearly 15 feet long...
Myanmar's Suu Kyi supports easing of United States sanctions (09/19/12)
WASHINGTON -- Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi began her landmark visit to Washington by declaring Tuesday that she supports the easing of the remaining U.S. economic sanctions on her country. Suu Kyi also credited Myanmar's president, the former general, Thein Sein, for democratic reforms but cautioned that the country also known as Burma had a ways to go before shaking off the legacy of five decades of military rule...
Half of Americans avoid taxes, get U.S. help, but many not poor (09/19/12)
WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney got the math about right. But when he said 47 percent of Americans pay no income taxes and are "dependent on government," he blurred together half or more of the entire country, ranging from the nation's neediest to its middle class, and even some of its richest families...
Apple's stock closes above $700 for first time (09/19/12)
NEW YORK -- Apple's stock closed above $700 for the first time Tuesday, the day after it announced that orders for its iPhone 5 topped 2 million in the first 24 hours. Shares closed at $701.91 Tuesday, up $2.13 from Monday's close. They rose as high as $702.33 in afternoon trading Tuesday...
FedEx says global economy is stalling, cuts growth outlook (09/19/12)
NEW YORK -- FedEx Corp. says the global economy is stalling, and it's going to get worse next year. The conditions are shrinking earnings at the world's second-largest package delivery company. Factories are making fewer items for FedEx to ship and customers are opting for cheaper delivery options to save money...
Today in History (09/19/12)
Today is Wednesday, Sept. 19, the 263rd day of 2012. There are 103 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 19, 1982, the smiley emoticon was invented as Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott E. Fahlman proposed punctuating humorously intended computer messages by employing a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis as a horizontal "smiley face." :-)...
Al-Qaida threatens attacks on U.S. diplomats over film (09/19/12)
CAIRO -- Al-Qaida's branch in North Africa on Tuesday called for attacks on U.S. diplomats and an escalation of protests against an anti-Islam video that was produced in the United States and triggered a wave of demonstrations and riots in the Middle East and beyond...
Syrian refugees protest U.N. envoy's visit (09/19/12)
AMMAN, Jordan -- Syrian refugees in Jordan protested a Tuesday visit to their desert camp by the U.N.'s international Syria envoy, with some pelting his entourage's vehicles with stones in a reflection of frustration at his mission's seeming inability to end their country's civil war...
Egypt to try 7 Coptic Christians, U.S. pastor over Prophet film (09/19/12)
CAIRO -- Egypt's general prosecutor issued arrest warrants Tuesday for seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor and referred them to trial on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that has sparked riots across the Muslim world...
NATO order changes way it will fight Afghanistan war (09/19/12)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- NATO's decision to restrict operations with small Afghan forces to mitigate the threat of insider attacks means fewer boots on patrols and a shift in how the U.S.-led coalition will fight the war in Afghanistan. It's unclear whether the coalition's exit strategy can succeed with less partnering with Afghan policemen and soldiers, who are slated to take over for foreign combat troops by the end of 2014, just 27 months from now. ...
Doctors in Sweden claim pioneering uterus transplant (09/19/12)
STOCKHOLM -- Two Swedish women are hoping to get pregnant after undergoing what doctors are calling the world's first mother-to-daughter uterus transplants. Specialists at the University of Goteborg said they performed the surgery over the weekend without complications but added that they won't consider it successful unless the women give birth to healthy children...
Central soccer team strikes for OT win vs. Jackson (09/19/12)
"To beat Jackson on their own field feels amazing," Matt Chism said. "To beat Notre Dame and then Jackson. ... Since I've been here we've been getting stomped by them."
Notre Dame boys soccer team seals 2-0 victory with late goal (09/19/12)
The Notre Dame Bulldogs dominated visiting Carbondale in the possession department Tuesday night. It wasn't until a goal put the Bulldogs up 2-0 late in the second half that they could finally breathe. Jake Powderly added an insurance goal with 14 minutes left in the game to propel Notre Dame to a 2-0 win in boys soccer...
High school roundup: Notre Dame softball team nips Central in seventh inning (09/19/12)
All the local high school events reported Tuesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Houck Stadium field takes on military name (09/19/12)
Southeast Missouri State's Ohio Valley Conference football opener against visiting Tennessee Tech will feature a military theme. Saturday's 6 p.m. kickoff at Houck Stadium, part of Southeast's Family Weekend, is billed as the Missouri National Guard/Military Appreciation Game...
Southeast Missouri State cross country runner Lawson earns OVC weekly honor (09/19/12)
Southeast Missouri State cross country runner Rebekah Lawson has been named the Ohio Valley Conference female co-runner of the week. Lawson, a sophomore, was honored following her second-place finish at Friday's SIU Edwardsville Cross Country Challenge. Her time was 17 minutes, 58 seconds, which is the best in the OVC this season...
Area digest 9/19/12 (09/19/12)
Allison Bray of Cape Girardeau won the 14-and-under division at the Junior Gateway PGA event Sunday at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course in Alton, Ill. The 12-year-old Bray shot a 92 to win by 11 strokes. Roy Tindell and Ron LeGrand won the 14-team SEMO Horseshoe Association event Saturday at the Scott City Knights of Columbus...
Cards hand 100th loss to last-place Astros (09/19/12)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny believes Kyle Lohse belongs in the NL Cy Young conversation. Helping the World Series champions get to the postseason will do for now. The right-hander threw seven scoreless innings for his 15th victory and contributed an RBI double, and the Cardinals beat the Houston Astros 4-1 on Tuesday night to stay in front for the second NL wild card...
Joan Dykes (09/19/12)
Joan Kathie Dykes, 66, of Jackson died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at her home. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Thursday at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Russell Heights Cemetery...
Cassandra Tiffin (09/19/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- Cassandra Paula-Irene Tiffin, 11 months, daughter of Robert and Stacey R. Stearns Tiffin of Anna died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at Union County Hospital in Anna. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden, Ill...
Michael Noland (09/19/12)
Michael L. "Mike" Noland, 61, of Jackson died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. Committal service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield...
Marsha Griffin (09/19/12)
Marsha Ann Griffin, 58, of Pocahontas, Ark., formerly of Scott City, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 17, 1953, in St. Charles, Mo., to Gerald and Betty Coleman of Benton, Mo., formerly of Scott City...
Thomas Key (09/19/12)
Thomas A. Key, 82, of Middleburg, Fla., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at Memorial Hospital Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Fla. He was born Oct. 12, 1929, in Portageville, Mo., to Nebraska Brasco and Matilda Ann Harrington Key. He and Roberta Grover were married Feb. 2, 1954, in Folkston, Ga. She preceded him in death Oct. 18, 2005...
Patricia James (09/19/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Patricia Diana James, 59, of Marble Hill passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 7, 1953, in Lutesville, daughter of Greely Earl and Essie Mae Pulliam Long. She first married Melvin Luke Sitze on Aug. 8, 1970. He passed away Nov. 9, 1998. She then married Everett M. James on July 19, 2003. He passed away Feb. 2, 2009...
Ronnie Walter (09/19/12)
ORAN, Mo. -- Ronald "Ronnie" Walter, 58, of Oran passed away Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, in Oran. He was born July 21, 1954, in Chaffee, Mo., to Philip Aloysius and Doris Jean Klipfel Walter. Ronnie was a self-employed landscaper and architect. Survivors include his mother, Doris Walter of Oran; a life friend, Eric Grigery of St. ...
Ted Ravenstein (09/19/12)
Teddy Gene "Ted" Ravenstein, 83, of Madison, Miss., passed away surrounded by his family Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Madison. A wake service will be at 7 p.m. A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church...
Births 9/19/12 (09/19/12)
Son to Brian Lamont Nabors and Ameila Jaunita Ray of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 9:44 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. Name, Bryce Alexzander. Weight, 5 pounds, 12 ounces. Second son. Ms. Ray is the daughter of Pamela Walls and Robert Walls of Cape Girardeau, and Stafford Ray of Grand Rapids, Mich. She is employed at Little Hoppers Daycare. Nabors is the son of Nichelle Nabors of Sikeston, Mo. He is a grill cook at Ryan's Family Steakhouse...
Cape Girardeau police report 9/19/12 (09/19/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Arrests Burglaries Property damage Miscellaneous The Department of Public Safety released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Miscellaneous...
Jackson police report 9/19/12 (09/19/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summons Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau fire report 9/19/12 (09/19/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Out of the past 9/19/12 (09/19/12)
Andrew Stuart, a member of the British Parliament, is the guest of U.S. Rep. Bill Emerson at the SEMO District Fair/EXPO in the afternoon; Stuart is on a three-day visit to the 8th District. A 9,000-square-foot building, which until recently housed Metro Business College, will be used as an office building; Gene Rhodes, Cape Girardeau mayor and local businessman, recently purchased the building at 1452 N. Kingshighway; it will be renovated to house 30 to 45 offices...
A few thoughts while approaching column deadline (09/19/12)
But as with all things in the newspaper business, deadlines wait for no man. My first instinct is to pen something thoughtful on the violence in the Mideast and try to arrive at some rational thought on the situation. But as with most of you, I know nearly not enough to reach some logical conclusion. And quite frankly, I fear our leaders know little more than you and I...
Elder abuse (09/19/12)
Anyone who has placed a father, mother, grandparent or other relative in a nursing home knows how hard it is to make the decision. We all want our independence, but health problems require the move for many older people. While this area is fortunate to have several facilities that offer excellent care, a case emerged recently where, according to police, a local nursing home employee admitted to hitting a resident on the right side of her face. ...
Nickell a man of integrity (09/19/12)
I enjoyed reading the article on Dr. Frank Nickell, who was an inspiration to me and many students over the years. The single word to describe Dr. Nickell is integrity. Those who know Dr. Nickell are blessed to know such a man of integrity, honesty and honor, who is always the same to every person he meets and genuinely cares for people and their folk lore. My best wishes to a fine man, wonderful teacher and captivating speaker...
Consider war's consequences (09/19/12)
Iranian nuclear development has been a topic of discussion in both recent news items and op-ed pieces. It seems that some individuals feel the United States should draw a "bright red line" and attack Iran's research and development facilities if this line is crossed...
Speak Out 9/19/12 (09/19/12)
Christians are made fun of and vilified all the time in movies and television. God's name is used in vain constantly. The Obama administration has never said anything about that, but when a movie comes out that the Muslims do not like, they kill Americans...
Prayer 9/19/12 (09/19/12)
Thank you, O Lord Jesus, that it is by grace we are saved through faith in you. Amen.
Annual Bazaar and Chicken & Dumpling Dinner (09/19/12)
Glen Allen UMC will host their annual Bazaar and Chicken & Dumpling Dinner, Saturday, September 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Full menu of Chicken & Dumplings, a variety of veggies, slaw, drinks and desserts. There will also be a country store with crafts and cookbooks. Proceeds go to UMW mission projects...
Hands Across Missouri (09/19/12)
Community Counseling Center Hosts Hands Across Missouri The odds are that you, relatives or acquaintances have a one in four chance at some time of suffering with a mental health issue. The facts are this, 26.2% of Americans ages 18 and over or about one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. ...
Pickup truck fire on county road 354 at 0830 09/19 (09/19/12)
Millersville Fire Department responding to a pickup truck fire this morning on county road 354. Per neighbor report no one was injured.
The Humane Society's Featured Pet (09/19/12)
Shadow is a 4 year old Maine Coon mix. He is neutered & declawed. Shadow is available for adoption at The Humane Society 573-334-5837.
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