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Stories from Thursday, November 15, 2012

Visitors to flood Cape for weekend craft shows (11/15/12)
Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect the correct spelling of Murielle Gaither's name and the admission cost for the Christmas Arts and Crafts Extravaganza. Cape Girardeau will become a haven for buyers of handmade crafts this weekend when it hosts arts and crafts shows offering gifts for the holidays...
Nixon to stay mum on prosecutor pick until announcement (11/15/12)
Gov. Jay Nixon won't be publicly discussing the Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney vacancy, a spokesman said Wednesday, until he knows who will fill it. In an emailed response to questions, longtime Nixon spokesman Scott Holste said that he understands the continued interest in the process, but that no additional comment from the governor -- or his office -- was forthcoming. ...
$1.45 million in bonds approved for Community Counseling Center (11/15/12)
The Industrial Development Authority of Cape Girardeau County authorized Thursday issuing $1.45 million in tax-exempt bonds to help fund the expansion of the Community Counseling Center. The mental health not-for-profit organization's administrative offices are located off-site from its main facility at South Silver Springs Road and Bloomfield Road. ...
Child molestation charge made to police (11/15/12)
Cape Girardeau police are investigating charges made Tuesday of child molestation, prompted by the claims of a 13-year-old girl who recently alerted a parent that the abuse had been a regular occurrence for the last five years. The incidents first started in another jurisdiction and have been committed by someone the victim knows, according to Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Darin Hickey. ...
Road work (11/15/12)
Route K from Mount Auburn Road to Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau will be reduced to one lane as contractor crews install cameras on the signal arms. Weather permitting, the work will begin at 9 p.m. today and will conclude by 5 a.m. Friday. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda (11/15/12)
1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Routine business Appointments and possible action items   Discussion and possible action items...
Midwest, Plains bankers worry about 'fiscal cliff' (11/15/12)
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A survey of business leaders indicated for the third month in a row that economic growth is expected in the Midwest and West, but people also are worried about how a looming federal tax hike and budget cuts will affect the region...
Quinn, Blunt, Emerson join in on river concerns (11/15/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri are joining the chorus expressing concern over the Army Corps of Engineers' plan to reduce flow from a Missouri River reservoir, a move that could significantly affect shipping on the Mississippi River...
Man dies in wreck while trying to avoid dead deer (11/15/12)
IMPERIAL, Mo. (AP) -- An eastern Missouri man is dead after his car struck a bridge while trying to avoid a dead deer in the roadway. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/UFToGZ ) reports that the accident happened Wednesday on Interstate 55 in Jefferson County, south of St. Louis. The victim, 41-year-old Keith Labitska of Imperial, was pronounced dead at the scene...
Convictions tossed, inmate freed (11/15/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An inmate imprisoned nearly three decades for a rape and murder conviction walked free Wednesday after a judge ruled that St. Louis police hid or destroyed evidence that cast doubt on his guilt while misleading the mentally ill man into a false confession...
Man shot at Mo. flea market; suspect sought (11/15/12)
FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) - Police are searching for a suspect after a man was shot at an eastern Missouri flea market. The shooting happened Tuesday near Farmington. A fight reportedly broke out and a 39-year-old Farmington resident was shot in the upper back with a shotgun. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. He was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital...
McCaskill, Blunt take opposing stances on taxes (11/15/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's two U.S. senators are taking opposite positions on whether to raise taxes on the wealthy as part of a solution to the so-called fiscal cliff facing the economy. Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said Wednesday that she supports President Barack Obama's insistence that top income-earners should face higher tax rates. But Republican Sen. Roy Blunt said he opposes increasing the tax rates for anyone...
Quinn urges feds to keep Mississippi River flowing (11/15/12)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gov. Pat Quinn is joining Missouri's governor in asking the federal government to keep enough water flowing down the Mississippi and Missouri rivers to allow barges to carry goods to market. Quinn sent a letter Wednesday to the Army's assistant secretary saying levels on the Mississippi between Cairo, Ill., and St. Louis are critically low. He also said Illinois is ready to help the Army Corps of Engineers "fast-track" dredging and rock-clearing to help the flow...
Ad warning Mo. of Kan. tax changes airs (11/15/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A girl in a new television ad wants to know how Missouri will respond to tax cuts taking effect next year in neighboring Kansas, highlighting the most recent round in an economic development competition between the neighboring states...
Police: Stolen car driver killed in wreck was 14 (11/15/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The driver of a stolen car killed in a St. Louis accident this week was a 14-year-old boy. Two cars were stolen about the same time early Monday and police believe the crimes were related. In one case, a suspect approached a woman with a shotgun, stole her purse and keys and drove away with her 2010 Dodge Charger...
NTSB: Plane had mechanical problems before crash (11/15/12)
STOTTS CITY, Mo. -- A federal report says a plane had mechanical problems shortly before it crashed in southwest Missouri, killing two people. The crash Nov. 4 near Stotts City killed 50-year-old Richard A. Armstrong Jr., of Neosho, Mo., and 41-year-old Royce Deryl Edwards II of Joplin, Mo...
1 dead, 1 hurt in St. Louis gas station shooting (11/15/12)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis police are searching for a gunman who opened fire at a gas station, killing one man and injuring a second. The shooting happened Tuesday afternoon at a Mobil station. Police identified the victim as 26-year-old Vontel Harris, who died after being shot in the chest, abdomen and leg. A 23-year-old man is in serious condition after being shot in the leg...
Police dept. offers citizens academy in mosque (11/15/12)
MANCHESTER, Mo. -- St. Louis County police are offering members of a mosque a chance to learn how law enforcement officers do their jobs. The department and the Islamic Foundation are working together to conduct a Citizens Police Academy at the Daar-ul-Islam Mosque in Manchester...
Man critically hurt in fight over bar game (11/15/12)
FLORISSANT, Mo. -- A 44-year-old St. Louis County man is hospitalized in critical condition after a fight during a washers tournament. Randy Feger was injured Thursday when he got into a fight with another player at the Pirates Cove Bar & Grill in Florissant. Police say Feger has a head injury...
St. Louis woman admits toy-gun robbery (11/15/12)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis woman who jumped off a roof while fleeing police after a restaurant holdup has pleaded guilty to robbery. Michelle Faye White, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree robbery. She faces sentencing Jan. 4. White admits flashing a red toy gun at the drive-thru window of a White Castle restaurant on Aug. 22, 2011, then crawling through the window and grabbing $617 in cash...
Ex-teacher, coach sentenced for molesting boys (11/15/12)
MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- A former baseball coach and teacher in a southwest Missouri school district has been sentenced to six years in prison for molesting two teenage boys. Darren Rose, 37, was sentenced Tuesday in Webster County District Court. He pleaded guilty in September to two counts of child molestation. Prosecutors dropped a third count in exchange...
Deer crashes through two windows at Hannibal medical building (11/15/12)
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A medical building at Hannibal Regional Hospital in northeast Missouri is fully operational even after a deer slammed through two windows. The Hannibal Courier-Post reported that the buck crashed through a window Tuesday morning. An employee watched as the animal began frantically searching for an exit point, skidding on the vinyl floor. Eventually it crashed through a second window and ran off...
Post office reports record loss of $15.9B for year (11/15/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The struggling U.S. Postal Service on Thursday reported an annual loss of a record $15.9 billion and forecast more red ink in 2013, capping a tumultuous year in which it was forced to default on billions in payments to avert bankruptcy...
More American workers to pick their insurance (11/15/12)
For some American workers, picking the right health insurance is becoming more like hunting for the perfect business suit: It takes some shopping around to find a good fit and avoid sticker shock. In a major shift in employer-sponsored health insurance coverage, companies such as Sears Holdings Corp. and Darden Restaurants Inc. are giving employees a fixed amount of money and allowing them to choose their own coverage based on their individual needs...
BP to pay $4.5 billion in oil spill settlement (11/15/12)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- BP said Thursday that it will pay $4.5 billion in a settlement with the U.S. government over the massive 2010 oil spill and will plead guilty to felony counts related to the deaths of 11 workers and lying to Congress. The figure includes nearly $1.3 billion in criminal fines -- the largest such penalty ever -- along with payments to several government entities...
Obama presses GOP on taxing rich to avert 'cliff' (11/15/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama challenged congressional Republicans Wednesday to let taxes rise on the wealthiest Americans on both economic and political grounds, noting he campaigned successfully for re-election on the point and contending it would instantly ease the threat of the "fiscal cliff" plunging the nation back into recession.
Lawyers surrender tapes in Waffle House CEO suit (11/15/12)
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Lawyers on Wednesday turned over recording of Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers Jr. engaged in sexual acts. The recordings, now in the hands of a Cobb County judge, were made by a woman who alleges Rogers forced her to engage in such acts to keep her job...
Border Patrol under scrutiny for deadly force (11/15/12)
NOGALES, Ariz. -- A pair of Mexican drug smugglers in camouflage pants, with bundles of marijuana strapped to their backs, scaled a 25 foot-high fence in the middle of the night. They slipped quietly into the United States and dashed into the darkness...
New gene triples risk for Alzheimer's (11/15/12)
Scientists have identified a new gene variant that seems to greatly raise the risk for Alzheimer's disease, giving a fresh target for research into treatments for the mind-robbing disorder. The problem gene is not common -- less than 1 percent of people are thought to have it -- but it roughly triples the chances of developing Alzheimer's, compared to people with the normal version of the gene. It also seems to harm memory and thinking in older people without dementia...
Money woes for family in scandal (11/15/12)
TAMPA, Fla. -- When news vans camped outside her stately home, a Florida socialite tied to the Gen. David Petraeus scandal fell back on her informal credentials as a social ambassador for Tampa society and top military brass: She asked police for diplomatic protection...
Storm evacuations ignored, resulting in deaths (11/15/12)
NEW YORK -- Despite days of dire forecasts and explicit warnings, hundreds of thousands of people in New York and New Jersey ignored mandatory evacuation orders as superstorm Sandy closed in on them. Now, after scores of deaths and harrowing escapes, emergency officials will look at what more can be done to persuade residents to get out when their lives are in danger...
Today in History (11/15/12)
Today is Thursday, Nov. 15, the 320th day of 2012. There are 46 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 15, 1942, the naval Battle of Guadalcanal ended during World War II with a decisive U.S. victory over Japanese forces...
Israel kills Hamas military chief in Gaza (11/15/12)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israel carried out a blistering offensive of more than 20 airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, assassinating Hamas' military commander Ahmed Jabari and targeting the armed group's training facilities and rocket launchers in Israel's most intense attack on the territory in nearly four years...
Austerity protests stall several European nations (11/15/12)
BRUSSELS -- Hundreds of thousands of Europe's beleaguered citizens went on strike or snarled the streets of several capitals Wednesday, at times clashing with riot police, as they demanded that governments stop cutting benefits and create more jobs...
SE women fall to KU (11/15/12)
Southeast Missouri State gave one of the nation's top women's basketball teams all it could handle Wednesday night. The Redhawks never led but pulled into a second-half tie and stayed within striking distance until the end before Kansas posted a 68-58 victory at legendary Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan...
SE volleyball nabs three all-OVC picks (11/15/12)
Southeast Missouri State's impressive volleyball season was recognized Wednesday as the Redhawks had three players receive all-Ohio Valley Conference recognition. Voting, announced on the eve of the OVC tournament in Morehead, Ky., was done by the league's coaches and sports information directors...
Redhawks hope to continue inside dominance against McNeese State (11/15/12)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team had its way inside against Lyon College Monday as the Redhawks rolled 89-61 in their home opener. Senior guard Marland Smith doesn't believe the dominance displayed by athletic 6-foot-8, 230-pound forwards Tyler Stone and Nino Johnson was simply because they were going up against an overmatched NAIA opponent...
Rams rookies back after suspensions (11/15/12)
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams rookies Janoris Jenkins and Chris Givens are back on the field, and eager to produce after serving one-game suspensions. Coach Jeff Fisher said after practice Wednesday that both would play Sunday against the New York Jets, but didn't say whether they'd be starting. They were suspended for violating undisclosed team rules, and neither player said he was surprised by the punishment...
Hooked on Science: How salt melts ice (11/15/12)
Using a few materials from around the house you can discover the science behind how salt "melts" ice. Materials Instructions STEP 1: Place the thermometer inside the transparent glass. Fill the transparent glass half of the way with ice. STEP 2: Record the temperature of the ice...
Chaffee High School students work to provide local seniors a Thanksgiving meal (11/15/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Today at Chaffee High School is a day students follow tradition and show appreciation to those who came before them. Members of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) at Chaffee High School annually raise money and prepare a Thanksgiving dinner for local senior citizens...
Who's neXt: Awards and scholarships (11/15/12)
Awards/achievements The following students were awarded with white coats by the St. Louis College of Pharmacy: Hillary Merick of Zalma, Mo.; Danielle Robbins and Nicholas LeGrand of Cape Girardeau; Amber Crites and Benjamin Buescher of Jackson...
Justin Alexander (11/15/12)
Justin Matthew Alexander, 25, of Russellville, Ark., passed away Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at his home. He was born Justin Michael King on June 23, 1987, in Cape Girardeau. He and Sara Henley were married Nov. 28, 2009. Justin was a member of Atkins, Ark., First Free Will Baptist Church. He was a 2005 graduate of Pottsville, Ark., High School. Justin was a wonderful father, husband, son and brother. He will be greatly missed by many...
Aleene Ellinger (11/15/12)
Aleene Ellinger, 98, of Scott City left our presence but not our hearts Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 20, 1914, in Commerce, Mo., daughter of Thomas Jefferson and Mary Alice Edgeman Hockersmith. She and Edward Frank Ellinger were married Jan. 10, 1934. He preceded her in death Feb. 21, 1984...
Michael Nolan (11/15/12)
Michael Nolan, 52, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Lilli Sticht (11/15/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Lilli Olga Sticht, 82, of Perryville died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 6:30 a.m. until time of service Friday at Young and Sons Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Thomas Handrick officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery...
Albert Caskey (11/15/12)
Albert Leroy Caskey, 80, of Carbondale, Ill., formerly of Cape Girardeau, passed away Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at his home. He was born Nov. 26, 1931, in Wichita, Kan., to Wilbur Reid and Julia Stroetker Caskey. He and Nancy Joan Currie were married Dec. 28, 1957, in De Soto, Mo. She preceded him in death July 20, 2009...
Births 11/15/12 (11/15/12)
Daughter to Michael Ray and Jill Suzanne Uhrhan of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Hospital, 5:03 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Name, Anna Rae. Weight, 8 pounds, 13 ounces. First child. Mrs. Uhrhan is the former Jill Wittenborn, daughter of Robert and Susan Wittenborn of Cape Girardeau. She is a teacher with the Cape Girardeau School District at Clippard Elementary. Uhrhan is the son of Vernon and Jerry Uhrhan of Cape Girardeau. He is assistant manager at Walgreens...
Jackson police report 11/15/12 (11/15/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summons...
Cape Girardeau police report 11/15/12 (11/15/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Out of the past 11/15/12 (11/15/12)
Cape Rock Church of God is celebrating its 15th anniversary; special speaker at the morning worship service is the Rev. Wendell Smith, state overseer of Missouri; the church was established in 1972 under the leadership of the Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth Smith and was called the Cape Girardeau Church of God...
Obama's foreign policy opportunity (11/15/12)
On March 26, President Obama whispered to Russia's president, Dmitri Medvedev, that the U.S. election, once completed, would provide him with more "flexibility" in negotiations with Moscow. Now that he has won a convincing re-election, Barack Obama has a unique opportunity to make good on that promise of progress...
Coats for Kids (11/15/12)
So far this fall most of the weather has been nice. Chilly mornings, yes. But most of the days pleasant. This week we've seen a glimpse of winter with colder temperatures in the morning and highs only reaching the 50s. For most of us, this change is not a big deal. Grab a coat and some gloves on the way out the door and we're in good shape...
Proposal for capital gains (11/15/12)
After reading John Cook's article from Oct. 23, I decided to look into why the capital gains tax even exists. It virtually began with the Tax Act of 1921. It did not become the biggest fraud in history until the "Tax Payers Relief Act of 1997." President George W. Bush signed the "Economic Growth and Reconciliation Tax Relief Act of 2003" and in 2010 President Obama extended it to 2012...
Speak Out 11/15/12 (11/15/12)
I lived in Illinois when the casino was passed and they promised all the money was going to go to the schools. And it did. But the problem was they put that money in the school budget and took out money for something else. I was watching the news and they talked about the same thing happening in other states. ...
Prayer 11/15/12 (11/15/12)
O Lord, may we generously give to those in need, showing Christ-like love. Amen.
Mississippi County Historical Society Open House/ (11/15/12)
The Mississippi County Historical Society Board will be hosting an open house at the Moore home on the night of December 7 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Theme is "Candy Canes on Candle Night". The Christmas Parade can precede your visit. Come enjoy music under the direction of Jerry McDowell, turn of the century refreshments, and the modeling of vintage clothing. Christmas elves will be decorating the tree...
Guardsmen and Richland students honor Veterans Day (11/15/12)
ESSEX, Mo. -- Guardsmen, Veterans and Richland R-1 students recently gathered to reflect and honor service members during the schools' Veterans Day Ceremony. "On Veteran's Day, we remember those who sacrificed at home and overseas," said Lt. Col. Ed Gargas, commander of the 1140th Engineer Battalion in Cape Girardeau. "It is not a celebration of victory, but rather, as a celebration of those who made victory possible."...
Guardsmen and Delta students honor Veterans Day (11/15/12)
DELTA, Mo. -- Guardsmen and Delta High School students recently gathered to reflect and honor service members during the schools' Veterans Day Ceremony. "On Veterans Day, we remember those who sacrificed at home and overseas," 1st Sgt. Woody Rooker, of the 1140th Forward Support Company in Cape Girardeau, told the assembly of students. ...
Thanksgiving Praise Service & Meal (11/15/12)
First Pentecostal Church will be having a Thanksgiving Praise Service & meal this Sunday, November 18th at 6 pm. Everyone is invited for this annual service. We will gather together at 6 pm for a time of Praise & Worship, including a time of sharing and giving God thanks, followed by a Pot-Luck meal prepared by the Ladies of FPC. The church is located at 3054 Lexington Ave. Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. See you there!...
Chili Day! (11/15/12)
Chili Day! This Friday, November 16th from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, at First Pentecostal Church 3054 Lexington Ave. Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. Menu includes: Homemade Chili,[corn chips, crackers, sour cream & shredded cheese] Peanut Butter Sandwich & Dessert. ...
Bob Blackwell getting Chemo in St.Louis. (11/15/12)
This is a photo of me getting chemo. I am having a benifit chili dinner/ benifit auction SAT. 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Legion Hall off Thomas Dr. in Cape Gir. I was diagnosed in May with Stage II b , Pancreactic cancer, with metestized to the lymp nodes...
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