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Today is Spaghetti Day in Cape (11/14/12)
The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Foundation is hosting its annual Spaghetti Day until 7 p.m. today at the Arena Building in Cape Girardeau. Spaghetti or mostaccioli with drink, salad, garlic bread and desert make up the meal, and the ticket price goes to help fund improvements at Cape Girardeau parks and recreation facilities. The Jerry Ford Orchestra provides entertainment. Call 339-6340 for more information...
More than 10,000 visit Cape casino in first two days (11/14/12)
During Isle Casino Cape Girardeau's first two days of operations, more than 10,700 people came to play. The October monthly financial report released Tuesday by the Missouri Gaming Commission included the first two days of activity at the new casino...
SEMO officials say statistics suggest students are safe (11/14/12)
Although they acknowledged that room for improvement remains, Southeast Missouri State University officials on Tuesday said a new report depicts a campus that is largely free of violent crime. With incidents such as assaults involving student athletes, some hazing and a flasher making headlines in recent years, they hope the report can assure students and parents that Southeast not only is an affordable place to receive an education, but also is a safe one...
Jackson man pleads guilty to 17 burglary charges (11/14/12)
Four defendants entered guilty pleas to a total of 20 burglary charges on Tuesday. But 17 of them belonged to Aaron Denson. Denson, 21, is the second of three charged with participating in burglaries that for months hounded homeowners and law enforcement. Denson appeared before Judge Benjamin Lewis, who asked the Department of Probation and Parole to prepare a report before the Jan. 14 sentencing. Lewis could sentence Denson to prison for up to 78 years...
Counseling center could get $1.45 million in bonds for new offices (11/14/12)
The Industrial Development Authority of Cape Girardeau County will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce office to discuss issuing bonds to build a new administration building at the Community Counseling Center. The $1.45 million bond issue will fund the construction of a 7,980-square-foot administrative office located on South Silver Springs Road. The center's administrative offices are now located in an off-site building on Wolverine Road...
Jackson board OKs insurance increase (11/14/12)
A new health insurance plan that contains a slight increase in the cost of premiums for the Jackson R-II School District was considered and unanimously approved by the Jackson School Board at its meeting Tuesday night. According to Superintendent Dr. ...
Weather thwarts early deer harvest (11/14/12)
Missouri's hunters killed 69,653 deer during the first two days of the fall firearms season Saturday and Sunday -- a 22.4 percent decrease from a year ago, when 89,732 deer were killed. Rain and wind hampered hunters, who have hauled in fewer deer the last two years during opening weekend...
Red Dagger puts on show beginning Thursday (11/14/12)
"A Curious Savage," presented by Red Dagger opens 7:30 p.m., Thursday at Cape Girardeau Central Junior High School, 205 Caruthers Ave. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for students. The play will also show 8 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m., Saturday. "A Curious Savage" is about an eccentric widow whose family has had her committed to a sanitarium in a ploy to get her money. For more information, call 335-8228...
Cairo, Ill. getting new well (11/14/12)
CARIO, Ill. -- Illinois American Water is installing a new well in the Cairo district, according to a news release. The well will help ensure reliable service to Cairo customers. The well will cost an estimated $500,000 to drill, install and upgrade the necessary utilities to connect the new well to the water treatment plant. The new well is expected to be in service by the end of November. For more information, go online to www.amwater.com....
Road briefs (11/14/12)
Highway 51 in Stoddard County will be closed between County Road 279 and Route K, as contractor crews make repairs to the bridge over drainage ditch No. 5. The work will begin at 6 a.m., Nov. 26 and will be completed by 5 p.m. Dec. 3, weather permitting...
Boy, 9, hit by car in driveway (11/14/12)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A 9-year-old Dexter boy was airlifted to a Cape Girardeau hospital late Sunday morning after being struck by a vehicle in a gravel driveway. According to Dexter police, Austin Oakes was on his knees playing in the gravel when a Dexter woman, Patricia Ann McKinney, 52, was backing into the drive and hit the boy. ...
Corps plans Missouri River reduction (11/14/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Army Corps of Engineers will proceed with plans to reduce the flow from an upper Missouri River reservoir despite concerns that it will worsen low-water problems on the Mississippi River, officials told The Associated Press Tuesday...
Mo. counties struggling for approval of 'use tax' (11/14/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- When a Missouri Supreme Court ruling invalidated some vehicle taxes in cities and counties, local government officials turned first to the Legislature in attempt to re-instate an important source of revenue. When that failed, some local officials put the issue on the ballot...
Mo. minimum wage to rise to $7.35 an hour in 2013 (11/14/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's minimum wage will rise by a dime to $7.35 an hour in 2013. For the past several years, Missouri has followed the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. That's because the federal rate was equal to or greater than the state's minimum, which is adjusted annually based on the cost of living...
Mo. adds 13,000 jobs; unemployment holds steady (11/14/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A new report says Missouri gained about 13,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in October while the state's unemployment rate held steady at 6.9 percent. The state Department of Economic Development released the figures Tuesday...
Mo. high court upholds St. Louis firefighter law (11/14/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a state law aimed at allowing veteran St. Louis firefighters to live outside the city limits. St. Louis requires municipal employees to live within the city. But a 2010 Missouri law exempts firefighters with seven years on the job from residency requirements if the local school district is not fully accredited. ...
Effort seeks to prohibit anti-gay discrimination (11/14/12)
ST. LOUIS -- A Missouri group may soon start circulating petitions for a ballot measure aimed at making it illegal to discriminate against gays and lesbians in the state. Aaron Malin, director of Missourians for Equality, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the goal is to get the issue before voters in 2014. The effort must still pass several administrative hurdles with the Missouri Secretary of State's office before supporters can begin collecting signatures...
Lawyers seek release today in overturned murder conviction (11/14/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Attorneys for a schizophrenic Missouri man say he could be released from prison after nearly 30 years Wednesday, following a judge's decision to overturn his conviction in a 1982 rape and murder. George Allen Jr. was convicted in 1983 and sentenced to 95 years in prison in the death of Mary Bell, 31. Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green overturned those convictions Nov. 2, citing recent DNA tests that ruled out Allen as the source of semen found on Bell's robe...
Stocks slide as impasse over budget deficit looms (11/14/12)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Investors drew little hope Wednesday for a quick compromise in U.S. budget talks after President Barack Obama insisted that higher taxes on wealthy Americans would have to be part of any deal. Stocks fell sharply, and even a signal from the Federal Reserve that it could launch a program in December to speed job growth failed to encourage investors. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 185 points...
Pelosi decides to run again for House leader post (11/14/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former House speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she will run to keep her job as the Democratic leader in the House after a pair of elections that kept the party in the minority there even as Democrats gained seats in the Senate and a second term for President Barack Obama...
Thanksgiving travel should increase slightly (11/14/12)
NEW YORK -- Slightly more Americans will hit the road this Thanksgiving, according to AAA. That includes people who are choosing to drive instead of fly.. In its annual Thanksgiving travel forecast released Tuesday, AAA predicts 43.6 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the holiday, up just 0.7 of a percent from last year...
3 killed in plane crash in Miss. neighborhood (11/14/12)
JACKSON, Miss. -- A small plane en route to an FAA safety conference crashed into a house in a modest Jackson neighborhood late Tuesday, killing all three pilots aboard, authorities said. A resident of the home escaped with minor injuries. The Piper PA-32 single-engine plane had just taken off from the Hawkins Field Airport when it began to falter. ...
Obama's national security challenge deepens (11/14/12)
WASHINGTON -- Barely a week after winning re-election, President Barack Obama must confront a deepening challenge in assembling a new national security team, his task complicated by a scandal that has cost him a CIA chief and raised doubts about his Afghanistan War commander...
Scandal widens; U.S. general's emails 'flirtatious' (11/14/12)
WASHINGTON -- The sex scandal that felled CIA Director David Petraeus widened Tuesday to ensnare the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, in a suddenly public drama involving a Tampa socialite, a jealous rival, a twin sister in a messy custody dispute and flirty emails...
Bishop: No yield on birth control (11/14/12)
BALTIMORE -- A top Roman Catholic bishop says the church will never comply with the Obama administration mandate to provide birth control coverage in health insurance. Cardinal Timothy Dolan said the bishops are open to talking with federal officials. But Dolan said bishops will continue to challenge the requirement in legislatures and in court...
Today in History (11/14/12)
Today is Wednesday, Nov. 14, the 319th day of 2012. There are 47 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 14, 1862, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln gave the go-ahead for Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside's plan to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond; the resulting Battle of Fredericksburg proved a disaster for the Union...
Missouri routs Alcorn State 91-54 (11/14/12)
No. 14 Tigers improve to 2-0 with 91-54 rout COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Despite watching his team struggle during the first half for the second consecutive game, Missouri coach Frank Haith remains encouraged. After all, the Tigers are only returning one player from last year's 30-5 team...
St. Louis prep player plans to sign with Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team (11/14/12)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team is expected to land at least one player during the NCAA's weeklong early signing period that begins today. Martavian Payne, a 6-foot-2 senior combo guard at College Preparatory High School in St. Louis, recently gave the Redhawks a verbal commitment...
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team gets shot at Kansas (11/14/12)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team has displayed a significantly improved offense through two games this season. Southeast's attack will face a rugged challenge today when the Redhawks (1-1) visit Kansas (1-0). The tipoff is set for 8 p.m. at legendary Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan...
Cardinals release McClellan (11/14/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals have released veteran reliever Kyle McClellan, a St. Louis County native who spent five seasons with the team. McClellan appeared in just 16 games in 2012 because of elbow and shoulder problems. He was 0-1 with a 5.30 ERA...
‘Omnishambles,' ‘gif' chosen as words of year as word of the year (11/14/12)
LONDON -- Britain's media are in a meltdown and its government is gaffe-prone, so Oxford Dictionaries has chosen an apt Word of the Year: "omnishambles." Oxford University Press on Tuesday crowned the word, defined as "a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations" -- its top term of 2012...
Charles Harvell Sr. (11/14/12)
TAMMS, Ill. -- Charles L. "Bud" Harvell Sr., 83, of Tamms died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. At Bud's request, a private graveside service was held at McCrite Cemetery. Crain Funeral Home in Tamms was in charge of arrangements...
Eugene Huttegger (11/14/12)
Eugene Huttegger, 72, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at Chateau Girardeau. He was born Feb. 12, 1940, in New Wells, Mo., to the late Alvin and Mabel Huttegger. Gene was a graduate of Central High School. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of Maple United Methodist Church...
Opal Egner (11/14/12)
Opal Pearl Egner, 91, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Tamms, Ill., passed away Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Feb. 2, 1921, in Unionville, Ill., daughter of Samuel Jesse and Minnie Myrtle Hardy Henson. She and Raymond Joseph Egner were married Sept. 4, 1940, in Benton, Ky. He preceded her in death July 25, 1991...
Jeannie Martin (11/14/12)
Martha Aurjean "Jeannie" Martin, 75, of Scott City died Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 24, 1937, in Fornfelt, to Clarence Louis and Alma Rose Hoffman Jackson. She married Raymond George Martin March 20, 1970...
Mary Schlegel (11/14/12)
Mary Frances Schlegel, 90, of Cape Girardeau was taken by the angels to her heavenly father Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. She will be greatly missed. She was born Oct. 5, 1922, in Cape Girardeau, to Frank W. and Marguerite A. Gelven Keller. She and Charles E. Schlegel were united in holy matrimony Aug. 16, 1940...
Helen Hilton (11/14/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Helen Hilton, 77, of Dillon, Mont., formerly of Chaffee, was a caring wife, mother and friend, who passed away Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at Barrett Memorial Hospital, with her husband by her side. She was born in Piggott, Ark., Jan. 6, 1935, to Fred and Hazel Thornton. She had lived in Dillon since 1974...
Cape Girardeau fire report 11/14/12 (11/14/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Jackson police report 11/14/12 (11/14/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summonses Thefts Miscellaneous...
Cape Girardeau police report 11/14/12 (11/14/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Out of the past 11/14/12 (11/14/12)
After more than 70 years, L.J. Schultz School on Pacific Street is beginning to show its age; the south wall of the building, built in 1914, is buckling and is due for repairs; school officials plan to tear out the damaged wall and then rebuild it. Robert A. Dempster of Sikeston, Mo., has presented a check of $100,000 toward the capital campaign for renovation of the Southeast Missouri State University Nursing Building in honor of his wife, Lynn...
Election results show urban dominance in sea of red (11/14/12)
In the afterglow of last week's election -- better known as deep depression -- I've tried to learn some lessons. Here's what I think I learned. We can all look at the same set of numbers and have starkly different "take-aways." It's easy enough to see the obvious racial divide in the election results. And it's equally easy to see the different political preferences in dozens of demographic breakdowns, i.e., age, religion, gender, etc...
Zonta women (11/14/12)
Our community is blessed with numerous individuals who show strong leadership skills. Their experience, passion and resolve to succeed -- professionally and personally -- benefits many. Later this week several of these female leaders will be recognized for their efforts...
Speak Out 11/14/12 (11/14/12)
Thank you to the caller who was interested in the movie critiques. My husband and I love going to the movies, and we like to see what the movie is about and who's in it. Please add it back to the paper. We truly miss it. Show Me Center Why doesn't the university have good concerts anymore at the Show Me Center? Why don't they have [and act} like Flo Rida come in? It'd be nice to see something. I saw Matchbox 20 when they came. It seems like the Show Me Center doesn't have good concerts any more...
Prayer 11/14/12 (11/14/12)
O Lord God, may we set our minds on things above, not on earthly things. Amen.
1221st Transportation Company conducts Truck Rodeo (11/14/12)
Soldiers of the Missouri National Guard's 1221st Transportation Company recently participated in their annual Truck Rodeo in Dexter. The Truck Rodeo is a training competition held each year for Soldiers to test and hone their skills as truck drivers...
Wanner named new commander of 880th Engineer Co (11/14/12)
First Lt. Robert Wanner, of De Soto, has been appointed the new commander for the Missouri National Guard's 880th Engineer Haul Team in Perryville. During the ceremony, the unit guidon was passed to Wanner to symbolize the transfer of authority and responsibility...
Fall in Acadia (11/14/12)
Hiking in Acadia National Park, the fall colors brightened an overcast and rainy day.
Nice 8 point (11/14/12)
This is my husbands nice 8 he got this year, makes his second buck this year, shot his first one bow season and that was a 9 pointer, he has done awesome!!!
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