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Stories from Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cape health center director retiring (09/25/12)
Back in 1975, a newly hired nurse, Charlotte Craig, set out to improve access to health care for all residents of Cape Girardeau County. She was at the time one of two employees of the Cape County Nursing Service, back in the days when nobody had yet heard of HIV or H1N1 and there were no organized task forces for weather disasters or contagious disease outbreaks...
Man arrested for DWI after hitting parked police car on Interstate 55 (09/25/12)
A Cape Girardeau police officer's response to a man threatening to jump from an Interstate 55 overpass north of Cape Girardeau on Sunday night led to his patrol car being hit by a motorist who has been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated...
Industrial Development Authority audit finds no problems (09/25/12)
The Industrial Development Authority of Cape Girardeau County unanimously approved the findings of its annual audit during its board meeting Monday at the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce. Jeff Stroder, an accountant with Beussink, Hey, Roe and Stroder, submitted the audit to the board. The audit found no problems in the authority's finances...
Saint Francis to host business health summit (09/25/12)
Saint Francis Medical Center will host the annual business health summit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Saint Francis Conference Center, 211 Saint Francis Drive, Entrance 1. There is no cost to attend. Keynote speaker is Jeff Skiles, co-pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, which landed in the Hudson River in 2009. ...
Nurse's aide charged with elderly abuse gets new judge, arraignment set (09/25/12)
A Cape Girardeau woman charged with elder abuse has been assigned a new judge and a new court date, court officials say. Sherri L. Sprenger, a nurse's aide who prosecutors say backhanded a 98-year-old resident at the Lutheran Home, asked for a change of judge, which she was granted. Sprenger, who no longer works at the nursing home, now will stand before Judge Michael J. Bullerdieck at 9 a.m. Oct. 3. Sprenger had been scheduled to appear before Judge Gary Kamp on Monday...
I-55 in Perry County reduced for pavement repairs (09/25/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- North- and southbound Interstate 55 in Perry County, from Highway 51 to Route M, will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot restriction as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make pavement repairs. Weather permitting, the work will begin at 7 a.m. ...
SEMO receives $18,000 ag grant (09/25/12)
The Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University has been awarded a two-year $18,000 grant, the university said in a release Monday. The grant will be used to evaluate methods to reduce nutrient losses from underground water systems...
Broadway corridor construction continues (09/25/12)
Workers with the city of Cape Girardeau and Fronabarger Concreters watch Monday as a fire hydrant is removed from the corner of Pacific Street and Broadway in Cape Girardeau. This intersection is the last one to be completed as part of the $4.5 million Broadway corridor project. Fronabarger continues to work on the Pacific Street intersection and storm sewer work on Ellis Street north of Broadway, while the electrical contractor continues to install lighting...
In federal court : Sikeston man sentenced on firearms charges (09/25/12)
The U.S. attorney's office released the following information Monday for defendants who appeared before U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. SENTENCED Name: Steven J. Webb Residence: Sikeston, Mo. Age: 29 Sentence: 65 months...
McCaskill hits Akin with ad mentioning rape remark (09/25/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- On a day when top Republicans hoped he would quit Missouri's Senate race, Todd Akin instead planned to rev up his campaign Tuesday with a statewide bus tour, hoping that donors displeased by his much-criticized remarks about rape would reopen their checkbooks...
Park Service: Stains on St. Louis Arch no cause for alarm (09/25/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Corrosion and stains on the surface of the Gateway Arch may be unsightly, but they're not a danger to the iconic monument. The National Park Service on Monday released an engineering report indicating the stains may be caused by the welds that hold together the 630-foot monument to westward expansion that sits near the Mississippi River in St. Louis. The service said the stains pose no structural concerns...
Conservative fund considers backing Mo. Rep. Akin (09/25/12)
KIRKWOOD, Mo. -- A day before the final deadline to stay in or drop out of the Missouri Senate race, congressman Todd Akin insists he's not quitting. Akin appeared Monday with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in the St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood, ahead of a fundraiser in support of Akin's campaign...
KC students' choice at homecoming stirs hearts across Internet (09/25/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- By the time she heard the public address announcer call her name, it may be that the only person surprised was Allyssa Brubeck herself. So there she was on a Friday night earlier this month, the new homecoming queen, a 19-year-old with Down syndrome, jumping and jumping under the football stadium lights as the full crowd from Park Hill South High School cheered and cried...
Local governments trying to cut costs via efficiency (09/25/12)
MINEOLA, N.Y. -- In some places, it's as simple as pulling the plug on thousands of unused telephone lines or installing software that automatically shuts off idle school computers to save on electric bills. Other places are doing such things as merging town fire departments, combining 911 centers or outsourcing collection of parking fines...
St. Louis man acquitted of Dubai charges (09/25/12)
ST. LOUIS -- After being forced to stay in Dubai for several months over gun smuggling charges, a St. Louis native says he has been acquitted. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that 57-year-old Steve Dolan told the newspaper in an email he was acquitted Monday on all counts. He could have faced up to 50 years in jail...
Missouri scores drop on SAT college-entrance exam (09/25/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A report shows the SAT college-entrance exam scores of Missouri high school graduates fell this year. The College Board's 2012 SAT report released Monday puts the state's average score in critical reading at 584, in math at 587 and in writing at 564. All three declined from the state's 2011 scores but remained above the national average...
Obama summons world leaders to reject extremism (09/25/12)
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- President Barack Obama told world leaders Tuesday that attacks on U.S. citizens in Libya "were attacks on America," and he called on them to join in confronting the root causes of the rage across the Muslim world. "I do believe that it is the obligation of all leaders, in all countries, to speak out forcefully against violence and extremism," Obama said in a speech to the annual gathering of the United Nations General Assembly...
Two Marines to be court-martialed in urination case (09/25/12)
WASHINGTON -- Two Marine noncommissioned officers will be court-martialed for allegedly urinating on the bodies of Taliban fighters last year in Afghanistan and posing for unofficial photos with casualties, the Marine Corps said Monday. The charges against Staff Sgt. Joseph W. Chamblin and Staff Sgt. Edward W. Deptola are in addition to administrative punishments announced last month for three other, more junior Marines for their role in the urination episode...
Studies more firmly tie sugary drinks to obesity (09/25/12)
New research strengthens the case against soda and other sugary drinks as culprits in the obesity epidemic. A huge, decades-long study involving more than 33,000 Americans has yielded the first clear proof that drinking sugary beverages interacts with genes that affect weight, amplifying a person's risk of obesity beyond what it would be from heredity alone...
November election may mark a first no matter who wins presidency (09/25/12)
ATLANTA -- Never have American voters re-elected a president whose work they disapprove of as much as Barack Obama's. Not that Mitt Romney can take much comfort -- they've never elected a challenger they view so negatively, either. Unless things change dramatically, this Election Day will mark a first, no matter who wins. ...
Republicans look for voter fraud, find little (09/25/12)
DENVER -- Republican election officials who promised to root out voter fraud so far are finding little evidence of a widespread problem. State officials in key presidential battleground states have found only a tiny fraction of the illegal voters they initially suspected existed. Searches in Colorado and Florida have yielded numbers that amount to less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all registered voters in either state...
Tragedies around the world meant big money for New York minister (09/25/12)
NEW YORK -- Before the Sept. 11 attacks, the Rev. Carl Keyes was a little-known pastor of a small New York City congregation searching for members and money. When the twin towers fell, his fortunes changed. Donors poured $2.5 million into the minister's charity to help 9/11 victims. ...
New York hospitals to crack down on junk food (09/25/12)
NEW YORK -- People nervously waiting around in New York City hospitals for loved ones to come out of surgery can't smoke. In a few months from now, they can't have a supersized fast-food soda. And soon, they won't even be able to get a candy bar out of the vending machine or a piece of fried chicken from the cafeteria...
Ex-professor gets life in prison for Alabama meeting rampage (09/25/12)
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- A Harvard-educated biologist was sentenced to life in prison without parole Monday after being convicted of going on a shooting rampage during a faculty meeting at an Alabama university, killing three colleagues and wounding three others in 2010...
Feds order Discover to refund $200 million to its cardholders (09/25/12)
WASHINGTON -- Discover Bank will pay millions in fees to settle accusations by regulators that it pressured credit card customers to buy costly add-on services like payment protection and credit monitoring. Discover, the sixth-biggest U.S. credit card issuer, will pay a $14 million fine and refund $200 million directly to more than 3.5 million customers, federal authorities said Monday...
Apple says more than 5 million iPhone 5s sold (09/25/12)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple Inc. said Monday that it sold more than 5 million units of the iPhone 5 in the three days since its launch, less than analysts had expected. Apple shares were down $6.60, or 0.9 percent, at $693.49 in morning trading. The shares are still close to their all-time high of $705.07, hit Friday as the phone went on sale in the U.S., Germany, France, Japan and five other countries...
Today in History (09/25/12)
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 25, the 269th day of 2012. There are 97 days left in the year. The Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, begins at sunset. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 25, 1789, the first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. (Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.)...
In Europe, connection culture is stifling youth (09/25/12)
ROME -- Maria Adele Carrai has two master's degrees from Italian universities in economics and Asian languages and is now earning her Ph.D. in international law in Hong Kong. Her linguistic credentials are formidable: Besides native Italian, she has nearly flawless English, a rarity in Italy, as well as French, Arabic, Japanese and Mandarin...
Winter onset is the latest challenge for Syrian civilians (09/25/12)
TEL RIFAAT, Syria -- The days are still warm across the fertile plains of northern Syria around Aleppo, but night brings a chill -- a harbinger of winter's approach and the deepening of the already severe humanitarian crisis gripping a country wracked by civil war...
Free-speech ‘red lines' feed Muslim film rage (09/25/12)
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- In U.S.-funded ads running on Pakistani TV, subtitled clips show President Barack Obama extolling America's traditions of religious freedom. For many watching, though, the message misses the mark in efforts to calm the Islamic outrage over a film denigrating the Prophet Muhammad...
Israel walks out of Ahmadinejad speech at U.N. (09/25/12)
UNITED NATIONS -- Iran's president called Israel a nuclear-armed "fake regime" shielded by the United States, prompting Israel's U.N. ambassador to walk out of a high-level U.N. meeting Monday promoting the rule of law. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also accused the U.S. ...
Kelly makes football team from scratch (09/25/12)
Kenneth Riedinger has played college football, coached eight-man football in northwest Missouri, coached high school football in the grid-iron-crazy state of Texas, and spent two years as the varsity football coach at Kennett High School. Needless to say, he knows what a football field looks like...
Kelly softball quells Notre Dame comeback (09/25/12)
The Notre Dame Bulldogs finally managed to get to Kelly in the bottom half of the sixth inning Monday in girls softball. It didn't seem to faze the visiting Hawks (16-4) at all. Kelly responded after the Bulldogs (15-6) made it a one-run game in the sixth by adding an insurance run in the seventh and outlasting the host 5-3...
High school roundup: Delta softball trims Clearwater 2-1 (09/25/12)
All the local high school events reported Monday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State football coach watches a football thriller on film (09/25/12)
Southeast Missouri State football coach Tony Samuel, in the immediate aftermath of Saturday's 41-38 double-overtime win over Tennessee Tech, called it one of the "wilder" games in his career. Samuel wasn't backing down from that statement after having a chance to dissect the film from the Redhawks' Ohio Valley Conference opener...
Rams' offense has unwelcome flashback (09/25/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Sam Bradford absorbed six sacks and Steven Jackson rushed for just 29 yards. The St. Louis offense, so potent the first two weeks, found no holes in Week 3. The 23-6 loss at Chicago was an uncomfortable flashback to 2011, when the Rams were at the bottom of the NFL with a 12-point scoring average...
Cardinals tighten grip on playoff spot (09/25/12)
HOUSTON -- When All-Star shortstop Rafael Furcal went on the disabled list last month, the St. Louis Cardinals weren't sure how they would fill his spot. Rookie Pete Kozma is proving to be a more than adequate replacement. Kozma hit a two-run homer, Lance Lynn pitched seven innings to earn his 17th win and the Cardinals strengthened their grip on a playoff spot with a 6-1 win over the Houston Astros on Monday night...
Physical activity essential to healthy aging (09/25/12)
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things older adults can do for their health. It can lower the risk for many health problems that may come with getting older. In addition to helping hearts stay healthy, being physically active can help preserve muscle strength so people can continue their day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others. Engaging in physical activity significantly reduces the risk for a potentially disabling injury, such as a broken hip...
Researchers: Placebo or not, acupuncture helps with pain (09/25/12)
CHICAGO -- Acupuncture gets a thumbs-up for helping relieve pain from chronic headaches, backaches and arthritis in a review of more than two dozen studies -- the latest analysis of an often-studied therapy that has as many fans as critics...
'Sesame Street' switches things for Elmo (09/25/12)
NEW YORK -- Elmo will be carrying a new tune on "Sesame Street." Several, actually. A shift in how the popular puppet is deployed marks the most visible change on "Sesame Street," the children's program that began its 43rd season on public television Monday...
Anna Cole (09/25/12)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Anna Marie Cole, 58, of Jonesboro died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Funeral service and burial will be private. Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements...
Vincent Essner (09/25/12)
KELSO, Mo. -- Vincent Stephen Essner, 92, of Kelso died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at his home. He was born July 31, 1920, in New Hamburg, Mo., to Leo W. and Rosa H. Uhrhan Essner. He and Lorena Mary Diebold were married May 4, 1946, in Kelso. Vincent was a veterinary technician in the U.S. Army during World War II. He received four Bronze Stars for campaigns in Southern France, Rhineland, Central Europe and Rome-Arno...
Irene Grindstaff (09/25/12)
Ethel Irene Grindstaff, 91, of Whitewater passed away Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 26, 1921, in the Millersville area, to Steve and Meta Peters Sawyer. She and Dale Grindstaff were married April 12, 1939. They had been married 57 years when he passed away June 14, 1996...
John Keistler (09/25/12)
AMERICA, Ill. -- John V. Keistler, 68, of America died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at his home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Barkett Funeral Home in Mound City, Ill. Masonic service will be at 7:30 p.m. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Buddy Walls officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Cemetery in America...
Lloyd Oberts (09/25/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- Lloyd Eugene Oberts, 58, of Anna, formerly of Olive Branch, Ill., died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. There will be no service. Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements...
Walter Rhodes (09/25/12)
Walter "Dusty" Rhodes, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. He was born Nov. 14, 1921, in Williamsville, Mo., to Walter Lacey and Mary Ellen Cook Rhodes. He and Alice Virginia Elliott were married March 27, 1948, in Jennings, Mo...
Margaret Sample (09/25/12)
Margaret Ann Sample, 66, of Jackson died Sept. 23, 2012, at her home. She was born Aug. 9, 1946, in Cape Girardeau, to Hollie Robert and Lucille Bertha Thorn Cutright. She and Lester Sample were married Aug. 30, 1963. Margaret worked at Riverfront Auto 25 years and at the Southeast Missourian two years...
Thomas Warner (09/25/12)
Thomas Leslie Warner, 32, of Cape Girardeau passed away Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at Normandy Nursing Center in St. Louis. He was born Feb. 3, 1980, in Cape Girardeau, to Larry Dean Charles Warner and Ruth Ann Cotner Burke. Thomas worked for the city of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation before becoming disabled...
Cape Girardeau police report 9/25/12 (09/25/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests The Department of Public Safety released the following item. Arrests do not imply guilt. Property damage...
Cape Girardeau fire report 9/25/12 (09/25/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday...
Jackson police report 9/25/12 (09/25/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Theft...
Out of the past 9/25/12 (09/25/12)
Members of the Cape Girardeau County Commission told public defender Gary Robbins yesterday they wouldn't make any decision on his request for expanded office space in the county courthouse until all offices agree on a complete plan; Robbins would like to move his office from the top floor of the courthouse to the main level, to space previously housing the county commission, clerk, recorder of deeds and recorder's vault...
Obama administration stalls important flood protection effort (09/25/12)
\The Missouri and Mississippi Rivers are important natural resources that are vital to our state's identity, culture and economy. Yet during years of abundant rainfall or runoff, communities along the rivers and throughout the entire region can face enormous challenges...
Downtown golf (09/25/12)
There's a unique opportunity to play golf in downtown Cape Girardeau this weekend. The First-Ever Seventh Annual Louis J. Lorimier Memorial World-Famous Downtown Golf Tournament and All-You-Can-Eat Catfish Buffet begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Registration at the Common Pleas Courthouse begins at 1 p.m...
Speak Out 9/25/12 (09/25/12)
Autumn is upon us. The leaves will be changing to beautiful colors. Then they will fall to the ground. For family, friends and neighbors with breathing problems, please mow your leaves. Please do not burn the leaves. Thank you, President Obama, for taking strong action against the Chinese for their ongoing refusal to play on a level playing field when it comes to free trade...
Prayer 9/25/12 (09/25/12)
O Heavenly Father, may we value others above ourselves. Amen.
The Long Walk to Getting Healthy (09/25/12)
With all the different ways to exercise out there, you might forget about just how beneficial walking can be when it comes to your health. But the best thing for most of us would be to turn back the clock, get out of our cars and do some good old-fashioned walking. This isn't as impossible to do as it sounds. Despite the fact that we often cover long distances by car to get to work, appointments and other commitments, it's still possible to fit some walking in every day...
COUNTY 4-H MEMBERS COMPETE AT STATE CONTEST (09/25/12)
L-R, Gary Schweer, Dale Todt, Shotgun project leader, Spencer Lorenz, Emily Todt, and Paul Lichtenegger. These Cape Girardeau County 4-H members recently competed in a State 4-H Trap Shotgun Competition at Linn Creek. The 4-H program in Cape Girardeau County serves over 300 youth ages 5-18 with 262 volunteer leaders...
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