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To catch a thief: Police, some Cape Girardeau business owners disagree about value of new anti-theft database (10/08/12)
Cape Girardeau police are working to convince city leaders to adopt a new online database aimed at recovering stolen goods that sometimes land on the shelves of pawnshops, jewelry stores and businesses that deal in secondhand items. Owners of several of those businesses, however, say they have yet to be sold on the system known as Leads Online, and suggested that the demands of the electronic tracking system will drive up costs, create an undue burden on small business and perhaps make a few feel forced to relocate outside the city's borders.. ...
Symphony begins season with Russian compositions (10/08/12)
The works of Russian composers will be the centerpiece of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra's gala opening performance kicking off its 2012-2013 season Tuesday. The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Bedell Performance Hall at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus...
Marble Hill man still fighting animal abuse charges eight months later (10/08/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Nearly a year after a pit bull was killed and its body torched, a Marble Hill man finds himself still navigating the court system in an attempt to clear his name of a misdemeanor animal abuse charge. Levi W. Snider, 29, had an initial arraignment set for Sept. ...
Stoddard County Juvenile Detention Center gets new superintendent (10/08/12)
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Having a background in and knowledge of the inner workings of the juvenile justice system will make it easier for Judi Hampton to step into her new supervisory role. Taking over today as the new superintendent of the Stoddard County Juvenile Detention Center at Bloomfield, Hampton replaces Dennis Fowler, who recently retired...
Medication stolen during weekend pharmacy burglary in Cape (10/08/12)
A Cape Girardeau pharmacy was robbed of an undetermined amount of prescription pills during a Saturday night break-in, police said Sunday. An alarm was activated at about 10:15 p.m. at Medicap Pharmacy, 1020 N. Kingshighway, according to the department's Sgt. ...
Dexter police search for armed robbery suspect (10/08/12)
DEXTER, Mo. -- Dexter police are hunting for a suspect in an alleged armed robbery Thursday. According to the Dexter Police Department, a contract worker from Arkansas staying at the Hickory House Inn on North Outer Road reported that a man from outside of one of the rooms pointed a gun at the victim a little before 8 p.m. and took a cellphone and keys...
Cape Girardeau County Commission won't meet today (10/08/12)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission won't meet today, as county offices are closed for the Columbus Day holiday. The commission will resume its regular meeting schedule Thursday at the county administrative building, 1 Barton Square in Jackson. Pertinent address:...
Hundreds walk in Cape to promote suicide awareness (10/08/12)
The second annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk brought about 250 people to Cape County Park North on Sunday and raised more than $14,000 for suicide awareness and prevention. An average of 705 Missouri residents die by suicide every year, according to information from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; an average of six people are directly affected by each person lost, which means there are more than 4,200 people directly affected when people in Missouri take their own lives. ...
Democrat launches TV ad for Mo. lt. gov. campaign (10/08/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Democrat Susan Montee is starting her first TV ad in the Missouri lieutenant governor campaign. The ad focuses on advocating for military veterans and their families. Montee says veterans should be confident they will have a home, quality health care and a job. The ad also references Montee's father who is missing in action after his refueling jet disappeared near Vietnam in 1966...
Few debates planned for Missouri races (10/08/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Don't expect Missouri candidates to spend much of their final weeks before Election Day sharing a stage and debating their opponents. Candidates for the U.S. Senate and Missouri governor debated two weeks ago with the closely watched forum broadcast live on radio and TV. ...
Campaigns focus on winning the day (10/08/12)
WASHINGTON -- It can be something as small as positioning the candidate at just the right camera angle or as big as catching the opponent in a campaign-altering slip of the tongue. Every day, the ground troops of Team Obama and Team Romney set out in pursuit of a common goal: winning the day. Moment by moment, hour by hour, they scramble, maneuver and hustle to gain an inch here, a foot there on the opposition...
President raises California cash for race's final month (10/08/12)
WASHINGTON -- Fresh off his strongest fundraising month this year, President Barack Obama is looking to raise millions of dollars from celebrities and wealthy donors in California with just one month left in a tightening race. The three-day swing through the solidly Democratic state highlights the critical role that fundraising will play in the campaign's final weeks as Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, escalate their barrage of television ads in competitive states like Ohio, where the president will return Tuesday.. ...
Pharmacy linked to meningitis outbreak issues recall (10/08/12)
ATLANTA -- The pharmacy that distributed a steroid linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis has issued a voluntary recall of all of its products, calling the move a precautionary measure. The New England Compounding Center announced the recall Saturday. The company said in a news release that the move was taken out of an abundance of caution because of the risk of contamination. It says there is no indication that any other products have been contaminated...
$1.4 trillion in state pension fights foreshadowed in Rhode Island (10/08/12)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Retired social worker Jim Gillis was told his $36,000 Rhode Island state pension would increase by $1,100 next year to keep up with inflation. But lawmakers suspended annual increases, leaving Gillis wondering how he'll pay medical bills and whether he'd been betrayed by his former employer...
Friends baffled by shooting of naked Alabama college student (10/08/12)
MOBILE, Ala. -- Classmates and friends are questioning why a police officer fatally shot a University of South Alabama freshman who was naked and had been banging on a window at police headquarters. Campus officials didn't give any indication that Gil Collar, 18, of Wetumpka had a weapon when he was shot. A university spokesman said he was fatally wounded about 1:30 a.m. Saturday after an officer heard a bang on a window and went outside to investigate...
CBO: 2012 deficit at $1.1 trillion (10/08/12)
WASHINGTON -- A new estimate puts the deficit for the just-completed 2012 budget year at $1.1 trillion, the fourth straight year of trillion-dollar deficits on President Barack Obama's watch. The result was a slight, $207 billion improvement from the 2011 deficit of $1.3 trillion...
Analysts wondering if stocks can keep rising as earnings fall (10/08/12)
NEW YORK -- One type of investor buys stocks when everyone is convinced that corporate earnings will fall. He buys because he thinks they're wrong and earnings will rise instead. Call him the contrarian. Another type of investor buys when everyone thinks that earnings will rise. He buys because he thinks they'll rise even more than expected. Call him the eternal optimist...
Social media among threats to greeting card makers (10/08/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Say it's your birthday or you've just had a baby, maybe got engaged or bought your first house. If you're like many Americans, your friends are texting their congratulations, sending you an e-card or clicking "Like" on your Facebook wall...
Today in History (10/08/12)
Today is Monday, Oct. 8, the 282nd day of 2012. There are 84 days left in the year. This is the Columbus Day observance in the United States, as well as Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire erupted; fires also broke out in Peshtigo, Wis., and in several communities in Michigan...
Einstein letter on God to be sold (10/08/12)
LONDON -- A letter in which Albert Einstein dismissed the idea of God as a product of human weakness is being sold on eBay for a starting price of $3 million. The letter, handwritten in 1954, a year before Einstein's death, was addressed to philosopher Eric Gutkind. In it, Einstein discussed his views on religion, including calling "the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish."...
Turkey and Syria trade fire; border tensions rise (10/08/12)
AKCAKALE, Turkey -- Turkey and Syria fired artillery and mortars across their volatile border for a fifth consecutive day Sunday, in one of the most serious and prolonged flare-ups of violence along the frontier. The exchange of fire stoked fears that Syria's civil war will escalate into a regional conflagration drawing in NATO member Turkey, once an ally of President Bashar Assad but now a key supporter of the rebels fighting to topple him...
Venezuela's Hugo Chavez re-elected (10/08/12)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Hugo Chavez won re-election Sunday, defeating challenger Henrique Capriles and gaining six more years to cement his legacy and press ahead with his crusade for socialism in Venezuela. With about 90 percent of votes counted, Chavez had more than 54 percent of the vote, and Capriles had 45 percent, National Electoral Council president Tibisay Lucena said. ...
Israeli jets fly mock raids over Lebanon after drone downed (10/08/12)
BEIRUT -- Israeli warplanes swooped low over Lebanese villages Sunday in a show of force apparently aimed at the Hezbollah guerrilla group after a mysterious raid by an unmanned aircraft that was shot out of Israeli skies over the weekend. Israel was still investigating Saturday's incident, but Hezbollah quickly emerged as the leading suspect because it has an arsenal of sophisticated Iranian weapons and a history of trying to deploy similar aircraft...
Notre Dame doubles team reaches Class 1 sectionals (10/08/12)
The Notre Dame doubles team of Carly Hopkins and Reagan Kapp won the Class 1 District 1 doubles title Saturday at Notre Dame. Hopkins and Kapp defeated Kennett's Anna Kay Hilburn and Darby Sparks in the championship match -- 6-4, 6-1 -- to qualify for Tuesday's individual sectional competition in Potosi, Mo...
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team gets verbal commitment from Kansas prep player (10/08/12)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball program has gained its second verbal commitment for the recruiting class of 2013-14. Bailey Geiman, a 6-foot senior forward at Blue Valley (Kan.) High School in the Kansas City area, said she plans to make it official during the NCAA's early signing period that begins Nov. 14...
Southeast Missouri State soccer team rallies vs. SIUE, falls 3-2 in 2OT (10/08/12)
The Southeast Missouri State soccer team made a big comeback but could not salvage anything from the final leg of its two-game Ohio Valley Conference weekend road swing. Southeast rallied from a 2-0 second-half deficit to force overtime, but host Eastern Illinois wound up recording a 3-2 double-overtime win Sunday...
Cardinals fall to Nationals in Game 1 of NLDS (10/08/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals had the right guys up and were ready to break open their NL divisional series opener against the Washington Nationals. Three pitches later, the course of Game 1 had changed. And soon, the defending World Series champion Cardinals had let their big chance slip away in a 3-2 loss Sunday...
Excitement begins to build for Southeast basketball season (10/08/12)
It's safe to say that expectations are high surrounding the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team as official practice begins Friday. The Redhawks have made huge strides under fourth-year coach Dickey Nutt, who has done an impressive job in digging the program out of the horrid mess he encountered after being hired...
Phoning home again: 'E.T.' 30 years later (10/08/12)
LOS ANGELES -- How old is too old to sob like a little girl at "E.T. -- the Extra-Terrestrial"? Not 40, apparently. The Steven Spielberg film that would become a 1980s pop-culture phenomenon is coming out on Blu-Ray for the first time Tuesday -- 30 years, four Academy Awards and nearly $800 million after its theatrical release. To commemorate this, theaters across the country recently showed a digitally remastered version of the film for one night only...
Boston man named first 'Price Is Right' male model (10/08/12)
LOS ANGELES -- A Boston man has won an online competition to become the first male model in "The Price Is Right" history. The long-running CBS game show said Friday that viewers had chosen Rob Wilson from among a trio of finalists. The others were Clint Brink and Nick Denbeigh...
Talking Shop with Justin Kertz of Habitat for Humanity (10/08/12)
Justin Kertz was selected as the executive director for Cape Area Habitat for Humanity just over a month ago. Kertz volunteered with Habitat while attending Southeast Missouri State University. Habitat started in Cape Girardeau in 1985, and, with the help of volunteers, it continues to provide affordable options to give people in need a place to call home...
Service helps new Cape Girardeau residents settle in (10/08/12)
A new business offering concierge services for new Cape Girardeau residents launched last week. New2Cape provides 24/7, on-call assistance per prearranged contract. On-call assistance is available in two formats: passive, where the new resident calls as needed, and assertive, where New2Cape follows up with new residents to assist and ensure there are no issues...
People on the move 10/8/12 (10/08/12)
Modern Woodmen of America representative Robert I. Houchins of Jackson has completed an educational program at Modern Woodmen's home office in Rock Island, Ill. The training program focused on helping business owners with life insurance plans, annuities and IRAs. ...
Kenneth Clark (10/08/12)
Kenneth Eugene Clark, 70, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Memorial service will be at a later date. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Lorna Steffens (10/08/12)
Lorna G. Steffens, 82, of Frohna, Mo., died Oct. 6, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 6, 1930, in Frohna, daughter of Paul and Emma Richter Weber. She and Larry W. Steffens were married June 8, 1968. He survives in Frohna...
Jackson police and fire report 10/8/12 (10/08/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI...
Cape Girardeau fire report 10/8/12 (10/08/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Saturday:...
Out of the past 10/8/12 (10/08/12)
Traffic accidents on average have decreased slightly along a six-block section of Broadway during the first three years it has changed from one- to two-way traffic; that's according to police traffic accident figures. The River Heritage Mural Association has been formed to promote a series of 10 murals over the next 10 years depicting Cape Girardeau's heritage...
Texting can wait; focus on driving (10/08/12)
School is now in session, which means football on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons, temperatures are about to get cooler, and teens across Missouri and the rest of America are back in class. With teens driving to and from school, work, and after school activities, it is important that, in addition to the rules of the road, we focus on educating teens, their families, and their communities about the dangers of texting and driving...
Stanley Grimm (10/08/12)
Cape Girardeau lost a tireless leader recently with the passing of former Judge Stanley Grimm. Grimm was a Missouri Court of Appeals and circuit court judge. Grimm, 79, had earned the respect of the law community as a jurist who was both professional and impartial. He was appointed to the court of appeals when Gov. John Ashcroft, a Republican, reached across party lines to select him...
Support for Obama (10/08/12)
Five reasons I will vote for Obama:1. President Obama has turned the economy around and it will continue to improve unless Congress allows us to fall off the "fiscal cliff." 2. The deficit can be reduced through President Obama's balanced approach of increased revenue and spending cuts. The Republican budget makes spending cuts on the backs of the most vulnerable, while preserving tax breaks for the wealthy and increasing defense spending beyond the Pentagon requests...
Speak Out 10/8/12 (10/08/12)
I was very pleased to hear Colin Powell's speech at the Show Me Center. However, I was embarrassed that no one adjusted the lighting when Gen. Powell chose to move away from the podium. He spent most of the evening moving in and out of a shadow. Could no one working at the Show Me Center operate a spotlight?...
Prayer 10/8/12 (10/08/12)
O Lord God, may we always speak good words, building one another up in love. Amen.
A Hearty Fall Garden Recipe (10/08/12)
Here's a wonderful, easy to do main dish, that everyone will rave about. It's surprisingly good. And you may have the ingredients in your kitchen or garden. It makes a meal, with only a salad to go with it. (You don't miss the meat, if you choose to do it alone.)...
Make Meals in Minutes (10/08/12)
Balancing the demands of family and careers may leave little time for meal preparation. Days are busy and there is less time than ever to prepare a nutritious dinner, but mealtime doesn't have to be difficult or time consuming. With a little planning, easy home meals can become a reality...
LeBounce for a Cause: Boomerang at LeBounce (10/08/12)
LeBounce Play Centre will host Boomerang at LeBounce: Giving back bounce by bounce on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event focuses on children with special needs and their families, with all proceeds benefiting Melaina's Magical Playland. "LeBounce wanted to create an event dedicated to children who have special needs, but also to go beyond a night of fun to a lasting impact on the community," said Maddy Bruegging, General Manager at LeBounce in Cape Girardeau. ...
Jackson Art Group Second Saturdays Resume (10/08/12)
Jackson Art Group Featured Artist is former Photojournalist and Radio Broadcaster As Jackson Art Group resumes its Second Saturday gallery openings at the Steck House Gallery, located at 210 E. Washington St. in Jackson, the group is proud to announce Phil Nash, a new member, as the featured artist. His show will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13...
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