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Stories from Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lottery officials to announce $4.2 million winner (12/04/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Lottery officials say they will announce a $4.2 million winner at the same southeast Missouri truck stop where the lucky ticket was purchased three weeks ago. The Lottery has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday afternoon at Pilot Travel Centers in Marston to present a ceremonial check to the winner...
Republicans float names to replace Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (12/04/12)
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's announcement Monday that she's resigning from public service has conjured a slew of names as speculation begins about her replacement. But a special election will be needed to determine who will be Southeast Missouri's first member of Congress without the name Emerson in more than 30 years.
Retail figures up, but not meeting forecast hopes (12/04/12)
Even with a Black Friday boost, major retailers including Macy's, Target and Kohl's saw smaller sales this November compared to last year in a weak start to the holiday shopping season. Eighteen retailers reported November sales at stores open at least a year were up 1.7 percent compared with the same period a year ago, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers. The organization had forecast a gain between 4.5 and 5.5 percent in holiday spending...
Charges likely after vehicle crashes into Cape Girardeau home (12/04/12)
A 20-year-old Cape Girardeau man will likely face criminal charges, police said Monday, after he allegedly drove his Honda SUV into a home on Good Hope Street while intoxicated. Residents of 1124 Good Hope St. were at home Sunday at about 9:50 p.m., when the car crashed through a wall, said Darin Hickey, a spokesman for the Cape Girardeau Police Department...
Former volunteer firefighter gets probation (12/04/12)
Former volunteer firefighter Gordon Schafer did more than plead guilty on Monday for his role in setting a house in Fruitland on fire while a resident slept inside. The 23-year-old Jackson man also promised, as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors, to testify against an unnamed accomplice who has yet to be charged...
Former day care owner pleads guilty to drug sale (12/04/12)
A Cape Girardeau woman pleaded guilty on Monday to peddling prescription pain pills from her day care, admitting to a drug-distribution charge that also will put her name on a registry intended to warn the state's child-care industry of her criminal past...
Cape council sets election for Ward 6 (12/04/12)
The contest to become the next member of Cape Girardeau's city council could begin setting up as early as Wednesday now that the council has set a special election. The council passed a resolution during its regular session Monday that will place the election for April 2, although the event could be only a primary depending on the number of candidates who file.
Jackson man sentenced in sexual-abuse case (12/04/12)
A Jackson man was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges that he sexually abuse a 9-year-old girl. Gary K. Dupont, 37, will serve the bulk of that sentence under Missouri's truth-in-sentencing law, which requires defendants convicted of a so-called dangerous felony to serve a minimum 85 percent of the sentence...
U.S. Sen. Blunt to speak at SEMO commencement (12/04/12)
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt will deliver the address for Southeast Missouri State University's winter commencement, 2 p.m., Dec. 15, at the Show Me Center, the university said Monday. Blunt has served in the U.S. Senate since 2010. He is the vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference and is a member of the Senate Republican Whip Team. The university said 739 students are expected to graduate...
Prank call reports shooting, draws large response (12/04/12)
Southeast Missourian An apparent prank caller Monday night reported a shooting in south Cape Girardeau, and the call drew a large response of police, fire and medical personnel, authorities said. A call that came in about 9:15 p.m. alleged that someone had been shot in the 300 block of South Hanover, said Sgt. ...
Who's in for the 8th District seat? A look at potential candidates (12/04/12)
The following potential candidates for the Eighth Congressional District seat were all identified by the Southeast Missourian or The Associated Press as people who stated interest in the seat or who have been mentioned by members of either party as a potential candidate...
Jackson woman injured in one-vehicle accident (12/04/12)
A 19-year-old Jackson woman suffered moderate injuries Monday an early-morning accident in which her car veered off a Cape Girardeau County road and into a tree, police said. Vanessa K. Oliphant was driving her 2008 Toyota Corolla headed north on County Road 620 about a mile north of Cape Girardeau when the traffic accident took place, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's online crash reports. ...
Makings of a fiscal deal behind the hot rhetoric (12/04/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bluster and hot rhetoric aside, the White House and House Republicans have identified areas of significant overlap that could form the basis for a final agreement after "fiscal cliff" posturing gives way to hard bargaining. Both sides now concede that tax revenue and reductions in entitlement spending are essential elements of any deal. ...
CDC says US flu season starts early, could be bad (12/04/12)
NEW YORK -- Flu season in the U.S. is off to its earliest start in nearly a decade -- and it could be a bad one. Health officials on Monday said suspected flu cases have jumped in five Southern states, and the primary strain circulating tends to make people sicker than other types. It is particularly hard on the elderly.
Mars rover Curiosity: No surprise in first soil sample (12/04/12)
LOS ANGELES -- NASA's Curiosity rover has indeed found something in the Martian dirt. But so far, there's no definitive sign of the chemical ingredients necessary to support life. A scoop of sandy soil analyzed by Curiosity's sophisticated chemistry laboratory contained water and a mix of chemicals, but not complex carbon-based molecules considered essential for life...
Explosives plant cleanup in La. (12/04/12)
DOYLINE, La. -- The cleanup of 3,000 tons of explosives haphazardly stored at a munitions plant has frayed the nerves of residents who evacuated, closed the high school and spawned a criminal investigation of the company that owns the materials...
Gacy's blood could solve old murders (12/04/12)
Associated Press CHICAGO -- Detectives have long wondered what secrets serial killer John Wayne Gacy and other condemned murderers took to the grave when they were executed -- particularly whether they had other unknown victims. Now, the Cook County Sheriff's Department is trying to find out by entering killers' DNA profiles into a national database shared with other law-enforcement agencies. ...
Families grieve in wake of tragedy (12/04/12)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Breaking their silence for the first time, the family of the woman shot and killed by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher said Monday their "hearts are truly broken" and asked for privacy while they grieve the loss of two loved ones...
Heavy rain expected to hit drenched California (12/04/12)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Northern California residents recovering Monday from a series of wet, windy storms likely won't get much of a break as another system is expected to drench the area. Up to 5 more inches of rain could fall in the region beginning Tuesday, the National Weather Service said...
Alaska suspect linked to Vermont killing, 5 others (12/04/12)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Israel Keyes, in jail for the killing of an Alaska barista, gradually began confessing to investigators that he had killed others: a couple in Vermont, four people in Washington state and someone in New York. But he was slow to come forward with details, warning investigators he would stop talking if his name were to be released publicly...
Today in History (12/04/12)
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 4, the 339th day of 2012. There are 27 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 4, 1619, a group of settlers from Bristol, England, arrived at Berkeley Hundred in present-day Charles City County, Va., where they held a service thanking God for their safe arrival. (Some suggest this was the true first Thanksgiving in America, ahead of the Pilgrims' arrival in Massachusetts.)...
Israel feels heat from European allies about settlements (12/04/12)
JERUSALEM -- Israel rejected a wave of American and European condemnations Monday about plans to build thousands of new homes in West Bank settlements, vowing to press on with the construction in the face of widespread international opposition...
U.N. pulling staff from Syria; violence near capital (12/04/12)
BEIRUT -- Fighting between rebels and government forces raged near the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday, forcing an inbound commercial jet to turn back. The United Nations said it was withdrawing staff because of deteriorating security conditions...
Notre Dame boys basketball team rallies from 19-point deficit to beat Jackson in SEMO Conference Tournament (12/04/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Things looked bleak for the Notre Dame boys basketball team at halftime Monday night. The fifth-seeded Bulldogs trailed fourth-seeded Jackson by 19 points in the opening round of the SEMO Conference tournament -- yet junior guard Jordan Williamson professed to be confident of a comeback...
Woodland handles first challenge at Lady Red Devils Invitational (12/04/12)
The top-seeded Cardinals defeated Oran in the first round of the eight-team girls tournament
Road-weary Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team to tangle with Mizzou (12/04/12)
Southeast men's basketball team looks for first-ever victory against ranked Mizzou
Rams focus on Bills, not playoff chances (12/04/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The word "playoffs" isn't being mentioned often around the St. Louis Rams' training facility unless asked by an outsider. "This team is focused on Buffalo. It's our next opponent," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Monday at his weekly media gathering at Rams Park. "There's too much that could happen right now. I don't even know what the record is of some teams in the division. So, we just go play."...
Asperger's dropped from diagnosis manual (12/04/12)
CHICAGO -- The now familiar term "Asperger's disorder" is being dropped. And abnormally bad and frequent temper tantrums will be given a scientific-sounding diagnosis called DMDD. But "dyslexia" and other learning disorders remain. The revisions come in the first major rewrite in nearly 20 years of the diagnostic guide used by the nation's psychiatrists. Changes were approved Saturday by the psychiatric association's board of trustees...
Several Christmas events scheduled in Jackson (12/04/12)
Wow! Christmas activities have already begun. Both Cape Girardeau and Jackson have already had their Christmas parades. This week we will have a flurry of other Christmas activities in Jackson. On Thursday, we would like to have you join us in the Jackson City Park around 6 p.m. ...
John Craft (12/04/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- John Wesley Craft, 43, of Marble Hill died unexpectedly Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at his home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery near Patton, Mo...
Annalea Teeters (12/04/12)
SANDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Annalea "Ann" Burkett Teeters, 89, of Sands Township entered eternal life Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at the home of her daughter, Cheryl Teeters, with whom she made her home. She was born June 20, 1923, in Bowers Mill, Mo., daughter of Horace Evans and Clara Brinkmann Burkett...
Dorothy Treece (12/04/12)
WARE, Ill. -- Dorothy Mae Treece, 74, of Ware died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Jonesboro Rehab and Healthcare in Jonesboro, Ill. She was born Aug. 23, 1938, in Anna, Ill., daughter of Clyde and Bertha Ayers Treece. Dorothy was owner and operator of Von Dot Restaurant for more than 20 years...
Pauline Mack (12/04/12)
BENTON, Mo. -- Pauline Mack, 99, of Benton died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Oct. 9, 1913, in Williamson County, Ill., to Grover and Clara Presley Hefflin. She and Chester Sylvester Mack were married April 21, 1932, at Benton. He preceded her in death on July 1, 1991...
Allen Starzinger (12/04/12)
Allen Ervin Starzinger, 78, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Dec. 20, 1933, in Shawneetown to Wilhelm Gustav and Ida Louise Koeberl Starzinger. Allen and Glenda Sue Singleton were married June 30, 1979. She died May 19, 2007...
Barbara Goforth (12/04/12)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Barbara Kay Goforth, 74, of Jonesboro died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Jonesboro Rehab and Care Center. She was born Sept. 17, 1938, in Cairo, Ill., daughter of Byron L. and Laura Maude Brookins Connell Sr. Kay and Charles W. Goforth were married May 26, 1957, in Mounds, Ill...
Births 12/4/12 (12/04/12)
Son to Dr. John Stewart and Alejandra Maria Humphrey of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Hospital, 10:39 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. Name, John Stewart. Weight, 8 pounds, 11 ounces. First child. Mrs. Humphrey is the former Alejandra Maradiaga, daughter of Drs. Gerardo and Melana Maradiaga of Roanoke Rapids, N.C. Humphrey is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Humphrey of Lavonia, Ga. He is a surgeon with Heartland Plastic Surgery...
Out of the past: Dec. 4 (12/04/12)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Authorities in Southeast Missouri are looking for a white pickup truck with a white camper shell in connection with four sniper shootings last night along highways in Scott and Mississippi counties; the Highway Patrol recovered at least 18 spent, .22-caliber long rifle casings from overpasses in the area; no one was injured in the incidents...
Congressional votes for Nov. 27-29 (12/04/12)
In addition to roll call votes, the House this week passed the Mandatory Operational Control Reporting and Performance Measures Act of 2012 (H.R. 6025) to provide for annual reports on the status of operational control of the international land and maritime borders of the United States and unlawful entries...
LIFE Initiative (12/04/12)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri recently announced that more than 600 students have been served through the LIFE Initiative so far this school year. LIFE, an acronym for Leading and Inspiring Families to Excel, has grown substantially since it started locally in 2007 with 150 students. ...
Speak Out 12/4/12 (12/04/12)
One thing we can do to help this economy is to bring clothing back to the states. All the clothing I have on now is made in South America or China. That is the big problem with the clothing industry. Take the tariff money and pay for unemployment. In Cape Girardeau, we have lost 400 jobs in the last five years that went to Mexico and South America. I got a pair of overalls that cost $40 that would cost the same if it was made in the states...
Cape Central Sixth Grade Students of the Month (12/04/12)
Cape Central Middle School sixth grade Students of the Month for November are (front row from left) Sydnie Walker, Grace Goeckeler, Valyssa Webster and Weston Hopper; (second row) Dijion Clark, Elise Caldwell and Lynsey Powers; (third row) Brianna Cooper, Caylee Teague, Kaya Thatch and Alexis Richardson. SoutheastHEALTH recognizes these students in its role as Central Middle School's Partner in Education...
Cape Central Fifth Grade Students of the Month (12/04/12)
Cape Central Middle School fifth grade Students of the Month for November are (front row from left) Megan Smart, Brandon Rodriquez and Rodriqus Robinson; (second row) Trenton Berck, Gabe Spence, Asia Gilmer and Caedan Knepp; (third row) Randee Graham, Caden McBride, Grant Kluge and Bryce Kimberly. SoutheastHEALTH recognizes these students in its role as Central Middle School's Partner in Education...
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