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Stories from Friday, September 21, 2012

Southeast student in Sept. 9 scooter accident dies (09/21/12)
A Southeast Missouri State University student died Thursday afternoon at a St. Louis hospital, following a Sept. 9 motor vehicle accident that left the 21-year-old senior in critical condition. Meg Herndon of Fenton, Mo., suffered a severe brain injury when the scooter she was riding was hit by a truck at South Sprigg Street and Normal Avenue. The driver of the truck, Steven Minner of Morley, Mo., has since been cited for failure to yield and for not wearing a seat belt...
Cape Fire Department officer appointed to state committee (09/21/12)
An officer with the Cape Girardeau Fire Department has been appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon to a state advisory committee. Nixon appointed Mark Hasheider to the Advisory Committee for 911 Service Oversight, according to a news release from the governor's office. ...
Cape County Commission asks MoDOT to suspend uptown Jackson road project (09/21/12)
A Jackson street-improvement project that has been discussed for more than 20 years may have to wait a little longer before it leaves the planning stages. The Cape Girardeau County Commission during its Thursday meeting voted to request that the Missouri Department of Transportation postpone the Highway 61 Improvement Project for what may be up to a year...
Former Caruthersville police chief gets probation for theft (09/21/12)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- The former police chief in the southeast Missouri town of Caruthersville has been sentenced to five years of probation for forgery and theft. KZIM Radio reported that Chris Riggs was also ordered to pay back $37,000 stolen from the city's criminal investigation fund at sentencing on Thursday. He had pleaded guilty to one felony theft count...
College partnership to promote nurses getting master's degree (09/21/12)
Southeast Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Cape Girardeau has partnered with Cox College, a nursing college in Springfield, Mo., to establish a program that beginning in October will provide an avenue for registered nurses to obtain a master of science in nursing...
Census Bureau: Cape County's median income falls (09/21/12)
The poor are getting poorer in Cape Girardeau County, according to new local estimates on income, poverty and health insurance released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Area community outreach organizations say the record numbers of working families who aren't earning enough money to pay their bills and are coming to them for assistance support the new statistics...
Cape police to increase underage drinking enforcement (09/21/12)
Local law enforcement agencies will be working to spoil the party if those imbibing are underage. They also will be stepping up their presence at area bars to try to spot those under the age of 21 who used fake identifications to have an alcoholic drink illegally.
Training session on prescription and synthetic drugs draws dozens to Sikeston (09/21/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- More than 100 law enforcement, mental health and school officials heightened their awareness of synthetic narcotics and prescription drug trends during a training Wednesday hosted by the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. Lt. ...
Two people injured in South Cape shooting late Thursday (09/21/12)
Two people were injured Thursday night in a shooting in south Cape Girardeau. According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Darin Hickey, officers responded around 9 p.m. to a call about a shooting near the corner of Sprigg and Locust streets...
Notre Dame in top 50 of Catholic high schools (09/21/12)
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com Notre Dame principal Brother David Migliorino addresses the students during an assembly to announce that the high school has been recognized as one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the country Thursday, Sept. ...
Rainfall easing drought in certain corn states; improvement continues in Southeast Mo. (09/21/12)
ST. LOUIS -- With hopes of a once-stellar corn crop dimmed by a summer of drought, Gerald Jenkins doesn't expect the unfolding harvest to burden his co-op's grain elevators, which are capable of storing 9 million bushels of the grain it buys from growers. Finding timely barges to ship it off may be another story.
GOP leaders help campaign in Mo. for AG candidate (09/21/12)
JEFFESON CITY, Mo. -- A couple national Republican leaders are chipping in to help their party's attorney general candidate in Missouri. Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio was in suburban St. Louis earlier this week for fundraiser lunch to help GOP candidate Ed Martin. ...
IG report praises reforms at Arlington Cemetery (09/21/12)
McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- New leaders at Arlington National Cemetery have transformed the burial ground into a top-notch institution after officials uncovered mismanagement and misidentified graves two years ago, according to an Army inspector general report released Thursday...
iPhone 5 launch draws Apple fans worldwide (09/21/12)
In a now familiar global ritual, Apple fans jammed shops across the globe to pick up the tech juggernaut's latest iPhone. Eager buyers formed long lines Friday at Apple Inc. stores in Asia, Europe and North America to be the first to get their hands on the latest version of the smartphone...
Prophet film puts spotlight on U.S. Copts (09/21/12)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The anti-Islamic movie trailer inflaming the Middle East opens with Muslims ransacking a Christian medical clinic and then segues into a flashback of Muhammad's life. "Set the place on fire! We'll burn out these forsaken Christians!" cries one Muslim character...
Endeavour salutes Giffords on its journey to California (09/21/12)
LOS ANGELES -- Space shuttle Endeavour returned to its California roots Thursday after a cross-country journey that paid homage to NASA workers and former Arizona representative Gabrielle Giffords and her astronaut husband. "That's my spaceship," said Endeavour's last commander, Mark Kelly, as the couple watched the shuttle loop over Tucson, Ariz...
Higher stock prices help Americans regain wealth (09/21/12)
WASHINGTON -- A jump in the stock market and rising home prices are bringing Americans closer to regaining the wealth they lost in the recession. U.S. household net worth dipped in the April-June quarter, according to a Federal Reserve report released Thursday. But gains in stock and home equity since the last quarter ended have likely raised total household wealth to within 5 percent of its peak before the recession...
New Maps app is rare Apple flub (09/21/12)
NEW YORK -- With a touch of geek whimsy, Google Maps warns anyone who seeks walking directions to Mordor -- the land of evil in "The Lord of the Rings" -- to use caution. "One does not simply walk into Mordor," it says. Apple is finding this week that creating an alternative to Google Maps isn't a simple walk, either...
Census data another sign economy has bottomed out (09/21/12)
WASHINGTON -- More young adults are leaving their parents' homes to take a chance with college or a job. Across the nation, people are on the move again after putting their lives on hold and staying put. Once-sharp declines in births are leveling off, and poverty is slowing...
Parks Service defends refusal to use wolves to control elk population (09/21/12)
DENVER -- Lawyers say the National Park Service acted properly when it ruled out using wolves to control the elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Park Service and the wildlife advocacy group WildEarth Guardians made their cases Thursday before a federal appeals court hearing at the University of Colorado Law School in Denver...
Chick-fil-A makes another statement on controversy (09/21/12)
ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A gave another statement about recent reports that it will stop giving money to groups that oppose gay marriage, but the company did not make any clearer Thursday whether it was still funding them. The company's response, its second in as many days, was posted on its website after Chicago alderman Joe Moreno announced the alleged policy change. ...
Colorado shooting suspect in court (09/21/12)
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- For the first time with short hair that's brown instead of a wild shade of orange-red, the suspect in Colorado's movie theater shooting appeared in court Thursday as prosecutors gave up their fight to see a notebook he sent to a university psychiatrist, saying they didn't want to delay proceedings...
Oil drop reflects reality of global economy (09/21/12)
NEW YORK -- Reality returned to the oil market this week. Oil has fallen 7 percent since last Friday, when the price briefly topped $100 for the first time in four months. The sharp drop was expected and overdue, many analysts say. Traders had driven oil prices up by 30 percent since late June in anticipation of new measures from the world's central banks to boost economic growth. ...
Sex abuse claims surface at Tulsa megachurch (09/21/12)
TULSA, Okla. -- A 17,000-member megachurch deep in Oklahoma's Bible Belt has been rattled by allegations that five employees waited two weeks to report the rape of a 13-year-old girl in a campus stairwell, allegedly by a church worker. Tulsa police say the girl is among at least three victims of alleged sex crimes by two former employees of Victory Christian Center who face criminal charges. A child crimes investigator says more victims could surface as police continue to investigate...
Wis. woman convicted in fetal-abduction and attack case (09/21/12)
MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee woman who confessed to trying to steal a baby by attacking a pregnant woman and slicing out her full-term fetus was convicted Thursday of killing them both. Jurors deliberated for less than two hours before finding Annette Morales-Rodriguez guilty of two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the October 2011 deaths of the mother and fetus. ...
Amish guilty of hate crimes in Ohio hair attacks (09/21/12)
CLEVELAND -- Sixteen Amish men and women were convicted Thursday of hate crimes for a series of hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow sect members in a religious dispute that offered a rare and sometimes lurid glimpse into the closed and usually self-regulating community of believers...
Anti-jihad ‘savage' ads going up in New York City subway system (09/21/12)
NEW YORK -- A provocative ad that equates Muslim radicals with savages is set to go up in the city's subway system as violent protests over an anti-Islamic film ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad sweep over much of the Muslim world. A conservative blogger who once headed a campaign against an Islamic center near the Sept. ...
Today in History (09/21/12)
Today is Friday, Sept. 21, the 265th day of 2012. There are 101 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 21, 1912, magician Harry Houdini first publicly performed his so-called "Chinese Water Torture Cell" trick at the Circus Busch in Berlin, escaping after being immersed upside-down in a vertical water tank, his ankles secured in a set of stocks which made up the tank lid, which was locked into place...
Pakistan: U.S. screens anti-film ads (09/21/12)
ISLAMABAD -- U.S. Embassy advertisements condemning an anti-Islam video appeared on Pakistani television on Thursday in an attempt to undercut anger against the United States, where the film was produced. Hundreds of youths, however, clashed with security officials as they tried in vain to reach the embassy in Islamabad amid outrage in many countries over the film's vulgar depiction of the Prophet Muhammad...
Mammoth skeleton up for auction (09/21/12)
PARIS -- Looking for that must-have ornament for a cavernous living room or backyard lawn? Perk up, Sotheby's is putting a complete mammoth skeleton up for sale in Paris. The auction house plans the Oct. 2 sale as part of a collection of fossils, skeletons, meteors and minerals -- and even a dinosaur egg and woolly rhinoceros skeleton -- from the Kashiwagi museum in Japan...
Activists in Syria say airstrikes kill at least 30 (09/21/12)
BEIRUT -- Regime airstrikes hit a gas station in northern Syria Thursday, setting off a fiery explosion that killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens, opposition activists said. Amateur video showed thick black smoke engulfing the scene. Earlier Thursday, a Syrian military helicopter crashed near the capital of Damascus, and Syria's Information Ministry said the helicopter went down after its rotor accidentally clipped the tail of a Syrian passenger plane with 200 people on board. ...
U.K. soldier unexpectedly gives birth in Afghanistan (09/21/12)
LONDON -- Hours after a British soldier in Afghanistan told medics she was suffering from stomach pains, the Royal Artillery gunner unexpectedly gave birth to a boy -- the first child ever born to a member of Britain's armed forces in combat...
U.S. to reinstate New Zealand military ship visits (09/21/12)
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- After a 25-year ban, America will begin allowing Royal New Zealand Navy ships to visit U.S. military and Coast Guard facilities around the world, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday. He said a policy change will allow the defense secretary to authorize individual visits. ...
Notre Dame volleyball team sweeps aside Bloomfield (09/21/12)
Notre Dame volleyball coach Tara Stroup had a message for her team before it faced visiting Bloomfield. "We have had several close games, and probably some of them that were too close, closer than they should have been from what we're capable of," Stroup said. "And I told them that tonight before we started that we need to not worry about the score, not worry about who's on the other side. We need to play our game and make good passes, take good swings."...
High school roundup: Perryville volleyball squad captures conference title (09/21/12)
All the local high school events reported Thursday to the Southeast Missourian.
Jackson-Central game highlights Week 5 of local high school football (09/21/12)
Last week: Jackson 41, Poplar Bluff 14; Ft. Zumwalt East 21, Central 7 Last year: Central 14, Jackson 12 Outlook: Central will be hosting the Indians on its own campus for the first time in a 100-year-old rivalry that started in 1912...
Southeast Missouri State football opens OVC play Saturday (09/21/12)
Down-to-the-wire games have been the norm when Southeast Missouri State and Tennessee Tech square off on the football field. Both coaches anticipate nothing different Saturday when Southeast (1-2) and Tech (2-1) begin their Ohio Valley Conference schedules with a 6 p.m. kickoff at Houck Stadium...
Beltran's pinch hit helps Cards in sweep of Astros (09/21/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Beltran appears to be getting his stroke back. Good timing for the St. Louis Cardinals' final playoff push. Beltran snapped a sixth-inning tie with a two-run, pinch-hit double and Allen Craig hit a three-run homer, powering the Cardinals to a 5-4 victory Thursday that held their cushion in the NL wild-card race...
No, that's not the way it goes ... (09/21/12)
I come from a long line of storytellers. They told stories about their lives. They didn't care much for made-up stories. Telling each other about the mundane events of real life kept them busy enough. They were literal storytellers. I, on the other hand, tell all kinds of stories. ...
'Grease' at River Campus a blend of versions of the classic musical (09/21/12)
The Department of Theatre and Dance's presentation of the musical "Grease" at the River Campus' Bedell Performance Hall won't be the version high schools use. When the original "Grease" opened in 1971 at the original Kingston Mines Theater in Chicago, it was considered raw, raunchy and vulgar. With social adjustments, it has become one of the most revived and best known musicals in history...
Best bet: 'Smell of the Kill' dinner show (09/21/12)
The River City Players present "Smell of the Kill," a mystery comedy at Port Cape Girardeau's Yacht Club at 19 N. Water St. in Cape Girardeau. Dinner shows run today and Saturday and will begin at 7 p.m. each day with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will consist of a Port Cape buffet and show reservations are $35. To make show reservations, call 334-0954...
Jackson grad's band perfecting sound (09/21/12)
Jackson native Casey Benefield and his band Acklen debuted their first full-length album, "Postcards," this summer and will soon be making their way to his hometown. Benefield, a 2010 graduate of Jackson High School, now attends Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., where he formed Acklen with fellow student Kyle Burnside. ...
Artifacts 9/21/12 (09/21/12)
The Chamber Music Sundays at Three concert series will open its 10th season with the Lilla Akademien Duo on Sept. 30. The concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus. Performing the concert will be Ulrika Edstrom on cello and Michael Tsalka on piano. ...
Bill O'Reilly, Jon Stewart to debate on presidential race next month (09/21/12)
NEW YORK -- Pick your pundit when Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart face off for a special 90-minute debate about the 2012 presidential race. The host of Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor" and the anchor of Comedy Central's fake newscast "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" have announced they will clash in the event, dubbed "The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium."...
Novelist Salman Rushdie dismisses latest death threat (09/21/12)
NEW YORK -- Salman Rushdie is dismissing the latest threat against his life as just talk. "This was essentially one priest in Iran looking for a headline," the author of "The Satanic Verses" said this week as he spoke at a Barnes & Noble in Union Square before about 400 people, some just children when Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989 declared Rushdie's novel was blasphemous and called for his death...
Judith Aufdenberg (09/21/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Judith Margaret Aufdenberg, 73, of Sikeston died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at her home. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Judy was the daughter of Julian C. and Margaret E. Letcher. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and was a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham. Early in her career she taught mathematics in Dallas school systems and then for Sikeston public schools. Later, Judith was co-owner and worked with her husband Jerry at Aufdenberg Equipment Co...
Michael Abernathy (09/21/12)
SEDGEWICKVILLE, Mo. -- Michael Abernathy, 60, of Sedgewickville passed away Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at his home. He was born March 6, 1952, in Cape Girardeau, son of Elmer Robert and Charlette Owens Abernathy. He and Carolyn Sue Macke were married Jan. 27, 1973...
Gus Coomer (09/21/12)
Gus W. Coomer, 78, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Mark Martin officiating. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park in Cape Girardeau with full military honors...
Bernice Overbeck (09/21/12)
Bernice M. Overbeck, 75, of Jackson passed away Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She sustained extensive injuries in a car accident Aug. 20 and had been hospitalized since that time. She was born Aug. 23, 1937, in Tilsit, to Edwin and Emilie Voges Peetz. She and Wilford Overbeck were married March 3, 1957, at St. James Church in Tilsit. He passed away May 20, 1996...
Betty Fox (09/21/12)
Betty Ann Fox, 70, of Jackson died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at her home. She was born Jan. 22, 1942, in Cape Girardeau, to John C. and Dorothy M. Kinder Parsons. She and Thomas L. Fox were married July 2, 1973, in Memphis, Tenn. Betty graduated from Jackson High School. ...
Jackson fire report 9/21/12 (09/21/12)
Firefighters responded to the following call Wednesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday:...
Cape Girardeau police report 9/21/12 (09/21/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Assaults Burglaries Thefts Miscellaneous CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Jackson police report 9/21/12 (09/21/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summonses Theft Property damage...
Cape Girardeau fire report 9/21/12 (09/21/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 9/21/12 (09/21/12)
According to Charles Haubold, financing for the Cape LaCroix Creek flood control project will likely be arranged within a week; Haubold, who has headed the effort to secure private funding for the project, says he hopes construction can begin by the end of this month...
Family weekend (09/21/12)
The Southeast Missouri State University campus will be bustling this weekend as the university holds its annual Family Weekend. The university has lined up several events for students and their parents over the next few days. Several festivities are scheduled for Saturday, including an Old Fashioned Backyard Picnic, River Campus and University Center activities and a football tailgate and game. To see a full schedule of Family Weekend activities, go to www.semo.edu/familyweekend...
Taxpayers need more no votes (09/21/12)
Our daily newspaper ran a paid editorial by a former county commissioner, complaining that Commissioner Jay Purcell is always voting no; on the last eight budgets he did vote no, saying they were not balanced. Purcell now has been voted out and will be replaced by a new commissioner that also wants to keep the courthouse in Cape Girardeau, when Purcell wanted to consolidate the two old courthouses into one new courthouse in Jackson, which is the county seat. ...
Ideas for U.S. fiscal policy (09/21/12)
I think what Romney said "off the cuff" was refreshing. To hear a politician speak his mind instead of demonizing his adversary's supposed motives, character or closeness to the Lord makes sense. Here's my point: We need a budget without gimmicks or this country is in for another downgrade of our credit score...
Speak Out 9/21/12 (09/21/12)
After four days of being at the hospital dealing with the needs of my mother-in-law's health problems, I only have this to say: I am sick, tired and fed up with hearing her, my wife and myself being referred to as "sweetie," "honey" or "hon." Where I come from this is what the streetwalkers call their prospective customer. It's insulting, degrading and totally unacceptable to be called that by someone pretending to be educated and well-trained...
Prayer 9/21/12 (09/21/12)
O Heavenly Father, we praise you for our souls find rest in your presence. Amen.
BBQ for the American Heart Association (09/21/12)
Come get lunch or an early dinner on October 5 at Brennecke Chevrolet in Jackson. You can get a hamburger or hot dog, chips, and a drink for $5. There will also be a bake sale with desserts you don't want to miss! We will be there from 11:00-6:00 and everyone is invited. All proceeds raised will go to the American Heart Association in memory of Lloyd Whitledge. We hope to see you there!...
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