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Stories from Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mississippi River shutdown could have nationwide economic consequences (11/29/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- After months of drought, companies that ship grain and other goods down the Mississippi River are being haunted by a potential nightmare: If water levels fall too low, the nation's main inland waterway could become impassable to barges just as the harvest heads to market...
Traffic fatalities increase in Cape; Missouri could see jump, too (11/29/12)
The death of a Cape Girardeau pedestrian in February, struck by a motorist as she tried to cross North Kingshighway, marked the city's first traffic fatality in more than two years. But the city tallied three more during the next eight months, making 2012 the worst year for traffic deaths the city has seen in at least five years, according to statistics provided by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. ...
Recital to spotlight Southeast Missouri State vocal stars (11/29/12)
The most gifted vocalists in Southeast Missouri State University's Department of Theatre and Dance will present a series of traditional and contemporary solos during a Sunday recital at the River Campus. The recital, free to the public, marks the sixth year the students enrolled in Class Voice for Musical Theatre III at Southeast will demonstrate their talents and skills learned in the course that teaches advanced vocal technique and principles for performing....
Plan to protect underground fish being developed in Perryville (11/29/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Perryville leaders are working to convince the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that an endangered species designation for a tiny fish living in area caves is unnecessary. They're developing their own Community Conservation Plan in hopes of protecting the Grotto sculpin without what they see as crippling consequences for economic development...
No injuries in Bollinger County house fire (11/29/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A house on County Road 304 in Bollinger County received fire damage in one room and heat and smoke damage in others after a cigarette caught fire to a mattress. According to Marble Hill Fire Department chief Jim Bollinger, fire crews arrived at the scene at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday...
Saint Francis breaks ground on major expansion project (11/29/12)
A new era was ushered in Wednesday at Saint Francis Medical Center with the groundbreaking for its $127 million "Building on Excellence" project. The project, which has a target completion date of June 2016, calls for a new, updated main entrance, five-story patient tower, a Women and Children's Pavilion and an Orthopedic and Neurosciences Center. ...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 11/29/12 (11/29/12)
1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Routine business Action items Appointments and possible action items Discussion and possible action items...
Ill. Senate votes to override Tamms veto (11/29/12)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Senate voted on Wednesday to override the Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of funding for Tamms and Dwight Correctional Centers, a youth detention center in Murphysboro, Ill., and several halfway houses throughout the state...
Charleston man gets 50 years for murder (11/29/12)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Charleston man will serve the next 50 years in prison for the murder of a man during a robbery. On Tuesday, Jevon Jones, 20, was sentenced in connection with the Nov. 10, 2010, death of Justine Wright, 22, of Hayti, Mo. Wright, who was found shot several times in his car in the 700 block of Gain Street in Charleston, later died at a hospital...
Gov. Nixon backs expanded Medicaid; GOP leaders say no way (11/29/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Breaking months of silence on the subject, Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday embraced a broad expansion of Medicaid health care coverage for working adults. His support was met with immediate criticism by Republican legislative leaders....
Mo. Powerball winner verified; Ariz.'s a mystery (11/29/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Two lucky ticket holders -- one in Arizona and another in Missouri -- are waking up Thursday to new lives as multimillionaires after the largest Powerball jackpot drawing ever. Powerball officials said two tickets matched all six numbers to win the record $587.5 million jackpot. The numbers drawn for Wednesday night for the second-highest jackpot in U.S. lottery history are 5, 16, 22, 23, 29. The Powerball is 6...
Lawmakers discuss low Miss. River with Corps (11/29/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top Army Corps of Engineers official told federal lawmakers the agency can't legally reverse its decision to reduce the Missouri River's flow into the rain-starved Mississippi River.
Winning Powerball ticket bought in small Mo. town (11/29/12)
DEARBORN, Mo. (AP) -- It's likely that the purchase of the multimillion Powerball ticket is the biggest thing to happen in a long time in the northwest Missouri town where the lucky ticket was sold. Missouri Lottery officials said Thursday that someone bought the ticket at a Trex Mart convenience store in Dearborn, a town of about 500 people. It sits about 35 miles north of Kansas City, mostly in Platte County, with a small sliver in Buchanan County...
Illinois county tries to absorb mine closure (11/29/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Peabody Energy Corp.'s plans to close a 400-worker Illinois coal mine marks another "heartbreaking" hit for a struggling region still mending from a deadly tornado last year and another coal producer's intent to shed dozens of jobs, a top administrator said Wednesday...
Newspaper deliveryman saves family from fire (11/29/12)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- At first, Todd Barrow thought the glow from a second-floor apartment was Christmas lights. When he realized it was a fire, the newspaper deliveryman moved quickly to help save a family from the burning structure. Barrow was delivering papers about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Charles, Mo., when he saw the fire. He got out of his vehicle and banged on the apartment door. A woman and her three teenagers all got out without injury...
Moderate senator voices her concern about Rice (11/29/12)
WASHINGTON -- A moderate Republican senator, vital to any White House hopes of getting U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice confirmed as secretary of state, on Wednesday said she couldn't back any nomination until more questions are answered about the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya and Rice's State Department role during the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in Kenya...
President: ‘Whatever it takes' to avoid cliff (11/29/12)
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Wednesday hinted at fresh concessions on taxes and cuts to Medicare and other government benefit programs as bargaining with Republicans lurched ahead to avoid the year-end "fiscal cliff" that threatens to send the economy into a tailspin...
Aggressive VA oversight vowed (11/29/12)
WASHINGTON -- The House Veterans Affairs Committee warned the VA Wednesday to expect much more aggressive oversight in the coming months as lawmakers review the department's conference and travel spending. "The truce is over," said Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida, the committee's Republican chairman, at the conclusion of an often contentious hearing on spending at employee training conferences...
Medical groups pushing for Medicaid expansion (11/29/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri medical groups launched a campaign Wednesday to expand Medicaid coverage to thousands of working adults, citing a study estimating that the largely federally funded expansion could lead to 24,000 new jobs across the state...
Obama, Romney meeting today at White House (11/29/12)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will host former political rival Mitt Romney for a private lunch today at the White House in their first meeting since the election. Obama aides said they reached out to Romney's team shortly before Thanksgiving to secure a date for the meeting. The men will meet in the White House's private dining room, with no news coverage expected...
Suspect's attorney: Prayer group killing confession bogus (11/29/12)
KANSAS CITY -- An attorney for a Kansas City man charged with killing the wife of his prayer group leader said Wednesday that he made up his confession after other group members dropped him off at a police station. Attorney Melanie Morgan said 23-year-old Micah Moore was distraught about the death of 27-year-old Bethany Deaton when he confessed to killing her and made a series of stunning allegations detailed by police in a criminal complaint...
Rockefeller Center spruces up a bit (11/29/12)
NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday helped light the Rockefeller Center tree, an 80-foot Norway spruce that made it through superstorm Sandy. Thousands of onlookers crowded behind barricades on the streets that surrounded Rockefeller Center. A video screen was provided for those who did not have a direct line of sight of the tree, which was illuminated with more than 30,000 lights and topped by a Swarovski star...
Today in History (11/29/12)
Today is Thursday, Nov. 29, the 334th day of 2012. There are 32 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 29, 1952, President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower secretly left on a trip to Korea, keeping his campaign promise to assess the ongoing conflict first-hand...
U.S. retailers' clothing amid Bangladesh fire (11/29/12)
DHAKA, Bangladesh -- A hooded Mickey Mouse sweatshirt from Disney. Children's shorts with Wal-Mart's Faded Glory label. Clothes with Sean Combs' ENYCE tag. A garment factory in Bangladesh where 112 people were killed in a fire over the weekend was used by major U.S. and European retailers, as evidenced by clothes and account books left amid the blackened tables and melted sewing machines at Tazreen Fashions Ltd...
St. Vincent girls fall (11/29/12)
STE. GENEVIEVE -- Ste. Genevieve rolled to a 19-6 lead after one period on its way to a 54-18 girls basketball victory over St. Vincent in the second round of the Valle Catholic Tournament. Erin Martins scored a game-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers, for Ste. Genevieve...
High school wrestling capsules (11/29/12)
Central Tigers Jackson Indians Notre Dame Bulldogs From staff reports...
Women eye upset on road vs. Tigers (11/29/12)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team hopes to finish off its most travel-heavy period of the season with a bang. Southeast (3-3) will shoot for a big upset today when it visits the University of Missouri (4-2) for a 7 p.m. tipoff in Columbia, Mo...
Men look for two in a row (11/29/12)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team finally got back on track Monday night. Although the lopsided win came against an overmatched NAIA opponent, the Redhawks hope it provides momentum and confidence as they resume their most travel-heavy period of the season...
Southeast women's soccer team earns OVC sportsmanship honor (11/29/12)
The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer program was recognized Wednesday as the recipient of the Ohio Valley Conference's Team Sportsmanship Award. Southeast was 7-10-4 overall and fourth in the OVC at 5-3-2, then advanced to the semifinals of the OVC tourney. The Redhawks were hit with the in-season death of senior Meg Herndon after a motor vehicle accident...
Decision time nears for tainted trio (11/29/12)
NEW YORK -- The most polarizing Hall of Fame debate since Pete Rose will now be decided by the baseball shrine's voters: Do Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa belong in Cooperstown despite drug allegations that tainted their huge numbers?...
Golf's guardians want long putters to go belly-up (11/29/12)
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Brace yourself -- just not your putter. In a proposal that would affect major champions as well as amateurs at their local clubs, the guardians of the 600-year-old sport want to write a new rule that would outlaw a putting stroke they fear is taking too much skill out of the game...
Who's neXt 11/29/12 (11/29/12)
The following students received scholarships to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2013-2014 academic year: Bogan completes master's in nursing Rebekah Bogan of Tamms, Ill., graduated from Saint Joseph's College of Maine with a master of science in nursing degree...
Next calendar 11/29/12 (11/29/12)
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Soliciting donations (11/29/12)
Members of Perryville High School's yearbook staff are inviting the public to participate in a community blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the old high school gymnasium. Students are also allowed to donate blood but must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds and feel well...
Hooked on Science: How Santa gets down chimneys (11/29/12)
Ever wonder how Santa gets down the chimney? You can see how he does it by using a popular science demonstration called "egg in a bottle." Materials Instructions STEP 1: Ignite two matches and immediately place the matches into the jar. STEP 2: Quickly put the egg on the opening of the jar and watch how Santa goes down the chimney...
Growing animal rescue group is work of teen actor (11/29/12)
LOS ANGELES -- The person behind one of the country's fastest-growing animal rescues can't even vote yet. Neither can most of the people leading its 10 chapters across the nation. Lou Wegner, a 16-year-old actor and singer from Columbus, Ohio, started Kids Against Animal Cruelty when he was 14. The organization, which uses social networking to encourage adoptions at high-kill animal shelters, has helped 20,000 pets escape euthanasia in two years...
Cletis Gilles (11/29/12)
Cletis Odie Gilles, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at Heartland Care and Rehab in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 17, 1919, in Bell City, Mo., son of Leonard and Threesa McIntosh Gilles. He and Myrtle Goode were married July 27, 1940. She died Sept. 30, 1999. On Aug. 27, 2005, he married Emma Meyer, who died April 11, 2009...
Lorena Berghoff (11/29/12)
Lorena Regina Berghoff, 100, of Scott City died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at the home of her daughter. She was born Feb. 7, 1912, in Kelso, Mo., to Daniel J. and Bertha Blattel Georger. She married Theodore Joseph Berghoff on Nov. 14, 1933, in Kelso. He preceded her in death Feb. 25, 1987...
Charles Crole (11/29/12)
Charles F. Crole, 93, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at Jackson Manor. He was born April 14, 1919, in Jackson, son of Silas and Mamie Bauer Crole. He and Anna Teasley were married in 1970 in Marble Hill, Mo. She survives. Crole was a cattle farmer who enjoyed working on tractors and taking drives throughout the countryside. After retirement, he worked part-time as a custodian for St. Paul School. ...
John Goodman (11/29/12)
John Harold Goodman, 67, of Scott City died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at Southeast Hospital. A memorial service will be at a later date. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Bernice Hartmann (11/29/12)
Bernice I. Hartmann, 96, of Gordonville was called to her heavenly home Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. She was born April 5, 1916, in Gordonville, daughter of Alvin and Lena Sperling Deneke. She married James W. Hartmann on Feb. 1, 1944, at Zion United Methodist Church in Gordonville. They lived and worked on their farm near Gordonville for 66 years. He died March 10, 2010...
Marqurette McHaney (11/29/12)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Margurette Holt McHaney, 91, of Kennett passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. Born on Nov. 16, 1921, in Centerville, Ark., she was the daughter of the late Aler and David Holt of Rector, Ark. On Aug. 21, 1942, she married the late James E. McHaney in Kennett...
Mickeal Quillman Sr. (11/29/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Mickeal L. Quillman Sr., 60, died at his home in Sikeston on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. He was born March 6, 1952, in Chester, Ill., to Ruby Pearl (Farris) Quillman, who survives of Pinkneyville, Ill., and the late Marion Lavern Quillman...
Births 11/29/12 (11/29/12)
Twin sons to Curtis Branch Jr. and Keisha Nichole Riegert of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. Jayden Kyle was born at 3:41 p.m. and weighed, 4 pounds, 7 ounces. Jaylinn Traevon was born at 3:42 p.m., and weighed 4 pounds, 2 ounces. First and second sons. Riegert is the daughter of William Mitchell Riegert and Gail Riegert, both of Cape Girardeau. She is employed at Buffalo Wild Wings...
Cape Girardeau police report 11/29/12 (11/29/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 11/29/12 (11/29/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Jackson police and fire report 11/29/12 (11/29/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests Summonses Property damage Miscellaneous Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 11/29/12 (11/29/12)
The congregation of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson observes its 25th anniversary of dedication; speaking at the worship services is a former pastor, the Rev. Earl Weis; he is retired and living in Fairfield Bay, Ark.; an anniversary concert by the Adult Choir, St. Paul Singers and three handbell choirs is held in the afternoon...
The new Iron Domino (11/29/12)
In the aftermath of South Vietnam's fall to communist North Vietnam in 1975, the Domino Theory -- that Saigon's collapse would lead to communist victories across the region -- proved semi-accurate. Two other states, Laos and Cambodia, also fell to communism. However, this was the end of the cascade as the Kingdom of Thailand defeated the red tide, becoming known for its resistance as the "Iron Domino."...
Small businesses (11/29/12)
We often refer to entrepreneurs and small businesses as the engine for jobs and economic growth. A recent study by the Delta Regional Authority confirms this. Prepared by Dr. James Stapleton, executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University, the study found that from 1992 to 2010, locally owned small businesses with nine or fewer employees created 91 percent of the net new jobs in the Delta region. ...
Democratic candidate could win (11/29/12)
It is a great disappointment that Cape Girardeau County Democratic lawyers are afraid to take an appointment because they would lose in two years. (Greaser bows out; two remain, Southeast Missourian, Nov. 18, by Scott Moyers.) I defeated an entrenched Cape Girardeau County Republican prosecuting attorney in 1962, and I defeated Republican candidates for my second and third terms. The same thing could be done now...
Speak out (11/29/12)
My husband and I were at a local restaurant on Veterans Day and some kind person paid for our lunch. We don't know who, but thanks very much. Leaf pickup I have raked and blown my leaves and my neighbor's, and there is still no sign of a leaf truck. The wind keeps blowing them back. One truck will not do it...
Prayer 11/29/12 (11/29/12)
O Lord Jesus, our Redeemer, may the words we speak be pleasing to you. Amen.
Wanna Play Tic Tac Toe? (11/29/12)
Two vapor streams crossing our telephone lines this morning.
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