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Moss interested in replacing Swingle (11/09/12)
Of 14 Missouri prosecuting attorneys appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon, none have been Republican. Allen Moss is hoping to become the first. One day after Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle announced his resignation, Moss became the first person from the legal community to state his interest...
Big-picture plan for Capaha Park will alter landscape (11/09/12)
Although Cape Girardeau residents may not see a fully improved Capaha Park for eight to 10 years, some new amenities are in the works for the city's oldest and most beloved park. The newest version of a master plan for improvements in Capaha Park was presented to the city council earlier this week after a months-long process of information gathering and planning by parks and recreation staff and a St. Louis-based firm, SWT Design, Inc...
Mississippi County officials worried after use tax defeated (11/09/12)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Unless something changes, Mississippi County will be tightening the belt after voters rejected a use tax. Presiding Commissioner Carlin Bennett noted during the Mississippi County Commission meeting Thursday that voters "soundly defeated" establishing a use tax...
United Way announces expansion of Read to Succeed (11/09/12)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri has expanded the Read to Succeed program to all five elementary schools in the Cape Girardeau public school district, according to a news release. According to the release 140 local volunteers have spent over 10,000 hours with children in the program. ...
Florida man brought to Perry County to face charges (11/09/12)
A Florida man was extradited to Perry County on Thursday to face charges he allegedly helped bilk an elderly couple out of $250,000. Patrick P. Wilson, 47, of Orlando, Fla., was arrested in Florida last month. He is being held in Perry County on $100,000 bond....
Cape city offices closed Monday; trash pickup moved (11/09/12)
Cape Girardeau city offices will close Monday in observance of Veterans Day. Monday trash and recycling pickup are scheduled for Tuesday. Tuesday trash and recycling will be picked up Wednesday. All other schedules will remain the same. Offices will reopen 7:30 a.m., Tuesday...
Scott County sheriff's office hosts drug drop-off (11/09/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- The Scott County Sheriff's Department will be collecting unneeded prescriptions drugs Saturday at its office at 131 S. New Madrid St. The sheriff's department asked residents to take stock of their medicine cabinets and turn in unneeded, expired or unwanted drugs. For more information go online to www.americanmedicinechest.com.
La Russa touts trust, respect, character at SEMO appearance (11/09/12)
Almost 1,300 people were at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau on Thursday night to hear future Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa deliver his thoughts about "Leading Successful Teams." Before he gave his appearance, La Russa briefly fielded questions from local media. He was asked by the Southeast Missourian if he knew during his tenure as Cardinals manager that baseball fans in Southeast Missouri bleed Cardinal red...
Man allegedly dragged ex-girlfriend with truck (11/09/12)
A Cape Girardeau woman reported serious injuries after she was dragged down the street with her arm stuck in the bed rail of a truck being driven by an ex-boyfriend, according to court documents. Jerry Lee Dye, 51, of Oran, Mo., has been charged with felony assault for the incident in which he "recklessly caused serious injury" to the victim by dragging her with the motor vehicle he was operating, the court filing said. ...
Ex-mayor accused of campaign violation in Poplar Bluff (11/09/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Scott Faughn, former Poplar Bluff mayor and current publisher of SemoTimes, has been identified by the Poplar Bluff Police Department as the person who ordered the printing of the fliers urging a "no" vote on the city's $20 million bond issue for improvements to the wastewater treatment plant...
Cape, Jackson schools ready for American Education Week (11/09/12)
Several Cape Girardeau County schools will observe American Education Week starting Monday, with events ranging from supporting troops overseas to the writing of educational graffiti on a school sidewalk. All of the elementary schools in the Cape Girardeau and Jackson school districts have organized special activities. Here are activities a few of the schools have planned:...
Glenallen man charged in DWI accident that injured Jackson woman (11/09/12)
A Glenallen man is facing felony assault charges that say alcohol was a factor in an automobile crash that ended with a Jackson woman being taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries. Prosecutors charged Michael C. Woods, 31, on Tuesday with one count of second-degree assault by operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. ...
Former coach gets probation for stealing from football program (11/09/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The former head coach of the Poplar Bluff Mules football team was placed on probation Tuesday after pleading guilty in connection with stealing from funds raised for the team. Michael "Shane" Kearbey, 39, pleaded guilty to felony stealing before Presiding Circuit Judge Michael Pritchett, according to Butler County assistant prosecuting attorney Paul Oesterreicher...
Anniston man injured in I-55 crash (11/09/12)
A crash on Interstate 55 in Scott County Thursday morning sent one man to the hospital with moderate injuries. Herman Duty, 47, of Anniston, Mo., was taken by ambulance to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau after the 2006 Dodge Dakota truck he was driving left the southbound lane of the interstate, struck a median cable and overturned. ...
SEMO Press to release book on Veterans Day (11/09/12)
Sunday, Veterans Day, marks the release of "Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors." Four local veterans contributed to the project: Levi Bollinger, Larry Breeze, Aaron Horrell and Nicholas Watts-Fernandez. "Proud to Be" contains essays, stories, poems and photographs from 61 contributors from across the nation. ...
KKK sues another Mo. town over leafleting (11/09/12)
DESLOGE, Mo. (AP) - For the second time in recent weeks, the Ku Klux Klan is suing a Missouri town over the right to hand out leaflets. A judge ruled in October that Cape Girardeau must allow the KKK to leaflet there. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/YXgVmj ) reports that on Thursday, the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan filed a federal suit against the city of Desloge, claiming it was barred from distributing handbills on two recent occasions...
Jobs, education headline agenda for Mo. senate Republicans (11/09/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republicans in the Missouri Senate pledged Thursday to focus on education and jobs in the next legislative session and planned to iron out the specifics at a caucus meeting next week. Newly nominated Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey said the acronym "BIG" describes the GOP's priorities in the Senate: "build" infrastructure, "invest" in education and "grow" the economy...
Mo. won't run health insurance exchange by 2014 (11/09/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri will not set up an online marketplace for health insurance by the year 2014. Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday his administration will inform the federal government that it won't be running a state-based health insurance exchange when they're due to begin under the federal health care law. That means that the federal government will step in to create an insurance exchange in Missouri...
Mo. man draws 137-year sentence for rape, assault (11/09/12)
PLATTE CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City man who was identified partly by a shoe print on his victim's face has been sentenced to 137 years in prison for rape and assault. The Platte County prosecutor said a judge followed the jury's recommendations Thursday in sentencing 22-year-old Stephen J. Lockhart...
Utility cited in chainsaw death (11/09/12)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- A Missouri utility has been cited for two willful safety violations after a Kansas man was killed earlier this year by a chain saw that kicked back and cut him. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Thursday announced the citation and proposed penalties of $140,000 against Missouri-American Water Co. ...
Drought tracker: Dryness worsens in Kan., Okla. (11/09/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The worst U.S. drought in decades got worse in parts of the nation's midsection, further frustrating ranchers and growers of winter wheat in Kansas and Oklahoma, a drought-tracking consortium's update showed Thursday. The U.S. Drought Monitor's latest map showed that 60 percent of the land in the lower 48 states was experiencing some degree of drought as of Tuesday, down less than a percentage point from the previous week. ...
Reward offered in series of bank robberies (11/09/12)
DES PERES, Mo. -- U.S. Bank is offering a $10,000 reward in the effort to solve a series of bank robberies inside St. Louis-area Schnucks grocery stores. KMOV-TV reported that the latest robbery was Wednesday at a Schnucks on Manchester Road in west St. Louis County. Surveillance photos showed a male suspect wearing what appeared to be a wig...
Obama: Compromise, but not on tax cuts for rich (11/09/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An economic calamity looming, President Barack Obama on Friday signaled willingness to compromise with Republicans, declaring he was not "wedded to every detail" of his tax-and-spending approach to prevent deep and widespread pain in the new year. But he insisted his re-election gave him a mandate to raise taxes on wealthier Americans...
CIA director quits over extramarital affair (11/09/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- David Petraeus has resigned as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair. According to his letter of resignation, Petraeus asked President Barack Obama on Thursday to allow him to resign, and on Friday the president accepted...
Obama: Americans agree with my approach on deficit (11/09/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama, laying down his marker for grueling "fiscal cliff" negotiations, said Friday he won't accept any approach to federal deficit reduction that doesn't ask the wealthy to pay more in taxes. "This was a central question during the election," Obama said in his first postelection comments on the economy. "The majority of Americans agree with my approach."...
Life sentence in Arizona attack that wounded former Rep. Giffords (11/09/12)
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Gabrielle Giffords limped to the front of the courtroom and stared silently Thursday as she came face-to-face for the first time with the man who tried to kill her. The former congresswoman hadn't been near Jared Lee Loughner since the deadly rampage outside a meet-and-greet at a supermarket that killed six people and left her partially blind, with a paralyzed right arm and brain injury...
No fraud; spider delays Massachusetts town's vote count (11/09/12)
REHOBOTH, Mass. -- It wasn't hanging chads or voter fraud that delayed the vote count in one Massachusetts town -- it was a spider. Rehoboth Town Clerk Kathleen Conti said one of the town's aging voting machines malfunctioned Tuesday morning...
SEALs punished for secrets breach (11/09/12)
WASHINGTON -- Seven members of the secretive Navy SEAL Team 6, including one involved in the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, have been punished for disclosing classified information, senior Navy officials said Thursday. Four other SEALs are under investigation for similar alleged violations, one official said...
U.S. says Iran fired at drone (11/09/12)
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon says an Iranian military plane fired upon, but did not hit, an unarmed U.S. drone aircraft a week ago in what a spokesman said was international airspace over the Persian Gulf. Pentagon press secretary George Little disclosed the incident Thursday...
Weekly jobless claims fall to 355K (11/09/12)
WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 355,000, a possible sign of a healing job market. But officials cautioned the figures were distorted by superstorm Sandy. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, rose by 3,250 to 370,500...
Guatemalans fearful after quake (11/09/12)
SAN MARCOS, Guatemala -- Guatemalans fearing aftershocks huddled in the dark and frigid streets of the mountain town early Thursday. Others crowded inside its hospital, the only building left with electricity after a powerful earthquake killed at least 48 people and left dozens more missing...
City may foot sex-change costs (11/09/12)
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco is preparing to become the first U.S. city to provide and cover the cost of sex reassignment surgeries for uninsured transgender residents. The city's Health Commission voted Tuesday to create a comprehensive program for treating transgender people experiencing mental distress because of the mismatch between their bodies and their gender identities...
Today in History (11/09/12)
Today is Friday, Nov. 9, the 314th day of 2012. There are 52 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 9, 1938, Nazis looted and burned synagogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria in a pogrom that became known as "Kristallnacht."...
Southeast Missouri State basketball team opens season vs. powerful Kansas (11/09/12)
The annual Big 12 men's basketball power is ranked No. 7 in the nation
Southeast Missouri State women'sbasketball team will host Wright State in season opener (11/09/12)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team gets a chance to avenge one of its losses from last year right off the bat. Second-year coach Ty Margenthaler's rebuilding project resumes today when the Redhawks open their season against Wright State in a 6:30 p.m. tipoff at the Show Me Center...
Southeast Missouri State football team visits OVC's top surprise in Eastern Illinois (11/09/12)
Eastern Illinois is by far the biggest surprise team of the Ohio Valley Conference football season. The Panthers are probably among the biggest surprise squads in all of the Football Championship Subdivision. Southeast Missouri State gets a chance to derail EIU's OVC title hopes Saturday when the squads square off at 11 a.m. in Charleston, Ill...
La Russa built bridge to today's game (11/09/12)
It's been said baseball managers are hired to be fired. If you don't believe me, ask Ozzie Guillen, released this past September by Miami after the Marlins failed to live up to lofty expectations. Or ask the three managers fired during or after the 2011 season...
River City Players kick off holidays with 'Christmas Cactus' (11/09/12)
Described by a cast-member as "funny" and "well-connected," the River City Players Christmas dinner theater "A Christmas Cactus" opens tonight at Port Cape Girardeau's Yacht Club. "We really want to get people in the Christmas spirit," director Brenda Ferguson said. "We have a great cast that has worked hard and we want to get everyone in the right spirit."...
ARTifacts 11/9/12 (11/09/12)
As part of its observance of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Southeast Missouri State University will host the Fault-Line Film Festival. The festival will showcase the creativity and innovation of students through filmmaking. During the festival, Southeast student script writers, actors and video production and editing specialists will be given the chance to spotlight their creative talents by competing for prizes and recognition. ...
Best Bet: XFactor1 (11/09/12)
XFactor1 brings its "Edge of Insanity" tour to Pitter's tonight. The band just released its latest album, "Famous Last Words," and will be touring with nationally-known hard rock acts Hurt and Smile Empty Soul. XFactor1 has also shared the stage with Mushroomhead and Stone Sour. The band is led by QBall Wolf on vocals, CLok Watkins on rhythm guitar, lead guitarist Cody Joseph, Joe Bobb on bass and drummer Zack. Music starts at 9 p.m...
Juanita Gaddis (11/09/12)
DONGOLA, Ill. -- Juanita Gaddis, 95, of Dongola died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Ill. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, Ill. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Paul Sadler officiating. Burial will be in Big Creek Cemetery...
Kenneth Davis Sr. (11/09/12)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Kenneth J. Davis Sr., 66, of Tamms died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at his home. He was born June 19, 1946, in Cairo, Ill., son of Otis Henry and Audrey Irene Bishop Davis. He and Mary Lou Riggins were married Oct. 28, 2000. Davis was a retired truck driver and had driven for Twin Lake Trucking...
Mary Hess (11/09/12)
KELSO, Mo. -- Mary Margaret Hess, 66, of Kelso died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born March 7, 1946, in New Hamburg, Mo., to Linus Phillip and Regina Magdalen Compas Dirnberger. She and Charles Peter Hess were married Jan. 9, 1965, in New Hamburg...
Leona Schuessler (11/09/12)
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- Leona L. Schuessler, 94, of Altenburg died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 5, 1917, in Waverly, Iowa, daughter of Martin and Lydia Theiss Holschen. She and Floyd F. Schuessler were married Aug. 12, 1945. He preceded her in death Aug. 7, 1993...
Bessie Lattin (11/09/12)
Bessie M. Lattin, 95, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Heartland Care and Rehab. She was born Sept. 24, 1917, in Hazel, Ark., to Iresal and Francis Smith Porter. Survivors include a brother, Cletus "I.C." Porter of Springfield, Ill.; nieces, nephews and other relatives...
M. Maxine McBride (11/09/12)
MORLEY, Mo. -- M. Maxine McBride, 88, of Morley passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Sikeston Convalescent Center. She was born June 28, 1924, to the late William Claude and Lena Bambridge Burson in DesArk, Ark. Maxine married Edward "Gene" McBride in December 1943 in Oceola, Ark., who preceded her in death on April 13, 1987...
Births 11/9/12 (11/09/12)
Daughter to Spencer Anthony and Kayla Lynn Hobeck of Jackson, Southeast Hospital, 7:13 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Name, Brynleigh Rose. Weight, 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Second daughter. Mrs. Hobeck is the former Kayla Begemann, daughter of Dale and Barbara Begemann of Atlanta and Charles and Dalena Rogers of St. Clair, Mo. She is a universal banker at US Bank. Hobeck is the son of Mark and Tina Hobeck of Jackson. He is self-employed with Hobeck Siding and Windows...
Cape Girardeau police report 11/9/12 (11/09/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Jackson police report 11/9/12 (11/09/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Property damage...
Cape Girardeau fire report 11/9/12 (11/09/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 11/9/12 (11/09/12)
Cape Girardeau firefighters and paramedics from the Cape County Private Ambulance Service remove the injured driver from a car that runs off the street in the 2200 block of Broadway and falls into Walker Creek; rescuers work for more than 30 minutes to free the woman who was trapped in the partially submerged car, which was on its side with the driver's side up...
What we need is a better mousetrap (11/09/12)
Fifteen years we've lived in this house. We've never had a mouse problem. Until now. Cooler temperatures have, as might be expected, made our warm house a destination for the mice who live in the ivy patches in our backyard. Fifteen years ago we handled the invasion with the latest technology of 1997: something that has to be plugged in. Thank God it didn't need batteries...
Entrepreneurs (11/09/12)
Entrepreneurs are ambitious people who take personal financial risks. They work tirelessly to create products and provide services. And they are job creators, playing a vital role in our economy. Monday kicks off Global Entrepreneurship Week, and students and members of the community will gather for events as Southeast Missouri State University participates in the celebration...
Speak Out 11/9/12 (11/09/12)
I think the first project for Cape Girardeau to do with the casino money is to fix up the old federal building for the homeless and really get a good place for them and keep it up. Gambling addictions Isn't it wonderful? The new casino will employ at least 450 people. Yet they didn't mention how many gambling addictions will cause homelessness...
Prayer 11/9/12 (11/09/12)
O Lord God, may we be joyful in hope and patient in trials. Amen.
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