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With land sale, SEMO moves on from 'technology village' concept (12/13/12)
A vision of a technology park once held by leaders of Southeast Missouri State University has turned into one of a different sort led by the city of Cape Girardeau. Wednesday's announcement of the sale of land from the university to the city for development of a business and technology park will leave the university with money to endow agricultural studies, and, according to university president Ken Dobbins, opportunities for experiential learning for Southeast students. ...
Cape Girardeau buys land for business park (12/13/12)
The city of Cape Girardeau has purchased from the Southeast Missouri University Foundation land that was home to a demonstration farm. It will be used for future business development. The city is buying about 247 acres, at the Interstate 55-East Main Street/LaSalle Avenue interchange, at $25,718 per acre, for a total cost of $6 million...
Alto Pass man sentenced to 15 years on meth charge (12/13/12)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- An Alto Pass, Ill., man was sentenced Wednesday on a felony methamphetamine charge. Billy J. Finney, 36, was sentenced to 15 years in the prison on one felony count of possession of methamphetamine, according to a news release from Union County State's Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds...
Columbia man charged with elderly exploitation in Perry County case (12/13/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Prosecutors want a Columbia, Mo., man brought back to Perry County, where they say he swindled three seniors in November -- including one with Alzheimer's -- out of thousands of dollars. Jeffrey A. Smith was charged with a felony count of financially exploiting the elderly after the victims -- a married couple and the woman's sister -- told police Smith overcharged them for work they never asked him to do...
SEMO Food Bank gets big potato donation (12/13/12)
LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semissourian.com Laveta Williams separates potatoes into 10-pound bags from the 46,000-pound donation of potatoes the SEMO Food Bank received Wednesday morning. ...
Whitewater fire leaves family with uncertain holidays (12/13/12)
Fire consumed a Whitewater mobile home in minutes Tuesday night, and a mother of three who lived there tearfully wondered a day later how much damage also had been done to her family's suddenly questionable Christmas. Sandra Rhodes, 30, surveyed the blackened shell of the trailer that sits along Route A near Main Street, not far from the Whitewater Post Office. ...
Poplar Bluff representative makes formal bid for 8th District nomination (12/13/12)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- State Rep. Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, has announced his bid for the 8th Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson. Emerson announced last week she will be stepping aside Feb. 8 after 16 years in Congress. Her seat will be filled by a special election, with the date still to be set by Gov. Jay Nixon. Rather than a primary, candidates will be chosen by political parties' committees...
Cape County Commission won't meet today (12/13/12)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission will not meet Thursday due to the lack of agenda items. The commission's next scheduled meeting is at 9 a.m. Monday. Pertinent address: 1 Barton Sq., Jackson, MO
N.Y. man reunited with class ring with help of Cape couple (12/13/12)
Robert De Vincenzi's shows his college class ring lost in the Bahams 35 years ago, which he received Wednesday at Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y. ...
Mistrial declared; too few jurors (12/13/12)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A mistrial has been declared for a man charged with the kidnapping and murder of his estranged girlfriend. The reason: An insufficient number of jurors. Mississippi County Prosecuting Attorney Darren Cann said the mistrial was declared in the case against Maurice Davis, who is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and kidnapping in connection to the Dec. 12, 2010, shooting death of Latosha Greer, 23...
Anna man faces homicide charges (12/13/12)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- An Anna, Ill., man has been indicted on felony drug-induced homicide charges. David M. Olshon, 54, also was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury on two felony counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, according to a news release from Union County State's Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds...
Regulators approve $260M rate increase for Ameren (12/13/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Ameren Missouri electric customers will face a $260 million annual rate increase as a result of a decision Wednesday by utility regulators, though some of that extra money could be returned to them in savings through new energy efficiency incentives...
Mississippi River level forecast more of same (12/13/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Water levels on the drought-plagued Mississippi River are expected to keep dropping during the next several weeks, according to a forecast Wednesday that comes amid worries that barge traffic soon could be squeezed along a key stretch of the vital shipping corridor...
Ex-Sam's Club worker admits $22K fraud (12/13/12)
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis County woman who worked as a customer service representative at a Sam's Club has admitted defrauding the store of $22,000. The U.S. attorney's office says 26-year-old Genis Helm pleaded guilty Wednesday to one felony count of wire fraud. She'll be sentenced in March...
Man drives wrong way for 11 miles on Mo. highway (12/13/12)
MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- Authorities say a man who drove the wrong way for 11 miles on a southwest Missouri interstate told troopers he was trying to get home. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said two minor accidents occurred while the 78-year-old man drove the wrong way on Interstate 44 on Tuesday evening in Webster County before troopers finally got him to stop...
11 in K.C. area face federal charges in fatal home invasion (12/13/12)
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Eleven people have been charged in what prosecutors say was a drug-related home invasion that left three people dead and one wounded in suburban Kansas City. Five of the people named in the federal grand jury indictment handed down Tuesday already were facing state charges in the Nov. ...
Music, comedy strike defiant tone at Sandy concert (12/13/12)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Musicians were so intent upon helping victims of Superstorm Sandy that they didn't seem to want their benefit concert in New York to end. The final notes of Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" closed the star-studded show at 1:19 a.m. Thursday, nearly six hours after Bruce Springsteen set a roaring tone with "Land of Hope and Dreams."...
Ex-Senate intern, a sex offender, faces deportation (12/13/12)
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., employed as an unpaid intern an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender. Although the intern is under arrest, a U.S. official involved in the case maintains the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) instructed federal agents not to arrest Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta until after Election Day...
Court ruling on gun ban sets stage for fight in Illinois (12/13/12)
CHICAGO -- Backers of Illinois' ban on concealed weapons vowed Wednesday to fight for continued controls on gun possession, a day after a federal appeals court struck down the nation's last such prohibition as unconstitutional and ordered the state to craft a law allowing it...
Sick girl who left Phoenix hospital appears safe (12/13/12)
PHOENIX -- The family of an 11-year-old leukemia patient whose mother unexpectedly took her from a Phoenix hospital last month has a history of removing the child from medical facilities against the advice of doctors, police said Wednesday as the parents claimed the girl was being treated in Mexico...
Census: Minorities will be the majority in U.S. by 2043 (12/13/12)
WASHINGTON -- White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2043, according to new census projections. That's part of a historic shift already reshaping the nation's schools, workforce and electorate -- and redefining long-held notions of race...
U.S. hesitant in condemning North Korean rocket launch (12/13/12)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is drawing no "red line" for North Korea after a successful long-range rocket test, tempering the public condemnation to avoid raising tensions or possibly rewarding the reclusive communist nation with too much time in the global spotlight...
Today in History (12/13/12)
Today is Thursday, Dec. 13, the 348th day of 2012. There are 18 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 13, 1862, Union forces led by Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside launched futile attacks against entrenched Confederate soldiers during the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg; the soundly defeated Northern troops withdrew two days later. ...
Through injury and illness, Bobcats strive to keep team together (12/13/12)
It's a typical high school basketball game. The parking lot quickly fills with cars and trucks. Fans stream into the school, past the trophy cases filled with mementos of previous conquests. The aroma of fresh-popped popcorn and steaming-hot hamburgers and hot dogs waft from the concession stand, calling to the mostly blue- and white-clad spectators who file into the brightly lit gymnasium and find their customary bleacher seats. The opposing teams warm up, cheerleaders cheer, and strains of "The Star-Spangled Banner" drift across the court. Then, as the players break their huddles and the announcer exhuberantly cries out their names, the fans stand as one and welcome their beloved Delta Bobcats. All six of them.
Tiger Classic coming to town (12/13/12)
Jackson will look to continue an impressive streak this weekend when Central hosts the region's top high school wrestling tournament. The Indians, the area's dominant program and also among the best in the state, have finished in the top four at the Tiger Classic all but one year since 1990...
Central girls drop De Soto (12/13/12)
DE SOTO, Mo. -- Alayah Cooper-Johnson notched a double-double with 26 points and 17 rebounds as the Central girls basketball team routed De Soto Wednesday night. Bailey Kratochvil added 15 points and five assists as the Tigers improved to 4-1 on the season...
Peiffer garners another All-American honor (12/13/12)
Southeast Missouri State senior linebacker Blake Peiffer has received his second All-American honor of the week and fourth this year. Peiffer on Wednesday repeated as a second-team member of the Associated Press Football Championship Subdivision All-American squad...
Rams special teams a key to win streak (12/13/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Johnny Hekker is one of five rookie punters in the league and has started to prove he's one of the best in the class. The Rams' punt team's statistics don't give much reason for pause, ranking in the bottom third in net average, percentage of punts inside the opponents' 20 yard line, fair catches forced and several other categories. ...
Hooked on Science: Make a snowman melt (12/13/12)
It may not be cold enough outside for snow, but you can still build a snowman and it will even "melt," by using a few materials from around the house. Materials Instructions STEP 1: Pour 8 ounces of glue into the large zip-top bag. STEP 2: Mix 2 teaspoons of Borax into 1 cup of warm water...
Dexter boy begins second cancer battle (12/13/12)
DEXTER, Mo. -- When 10-year-old Gaige Willems took to the basketball court last Tuesday night at Dexter's East Park gymnasium, he looked like a typical fourth-grader -- full of energy and enthusiasm. He spent the duration of the contest running up and down the court, rebounding and taking some solid shots. ...
NeXt calendar 12/13/12 (12/13/12)
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Who's neXt 12/13/12 (12/13/12)
The following students have been awarded scholarships to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2013-2014 academic year: -- From staff reports...
Central band students named to All-District Band (12/13/12)
Cape Girardeau Central High School band students named to the Southeast Missouri Music Educators Association All-District Band are, front row from left, Alex Mehner, Blake Mitchell and Matt Flanagan, and, back row, Joy Mueller, George Kester, Winnie Smee, Bethany Morris and Claire Herbst. Not pictured is Heather Volkerding. Auditions were held last month at Jackson High School...
Sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar dies at 92 (12/13/12)
NEW YORK -- The kids didn't seem to know how to respond as Ravi Shankar began his four-hour set on the final afternoon of the Monterey Pop Festival in the fabled summer of 1967. As captured in D.A. Pennebaker's documentary, some nodded along and smiled; Jimi Hendrix listened carefully. ...
Most Googled in 2012: Whitney, PSY, Sandy (12/13/12)
LOS ANGELES -- The world's attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012, and along the way, millions of people searched the Web to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a record-breaking sky diver. Whitney Houston was the "top trending" search of the year, according to Google Inc.'s year-end "zeitgeist" report. ...
Kathryn Penrod (12/13/12)
Kathryn M. Penrod, 83, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at her home in Jackson. She was born Dec. 6, 1929, at Neelys Landing, daughter of Jason and Lillian Williamson Craft. She and Clinton Penrod Jr. were married Feb. 13, 1948, in Jackson. He passed away June 21, 2005...
Glenda Smith (12/13/12)
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Glenda M. Moreland Smith, 74, of Marion, Ill., died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Parkway Manor in Marion. Per Glenda's request, her body has been donated to Southern Illinois University School of Medical Sciences and Research in Carbondale...
Richard Waterman (12/13/12)
Richard T. "Dick" Waterman, 89, of Cape Girardeau and formerly of Canton, Mass., passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at Chateau Girardeau after a brief illness. He was born April 7, 1923, in Pawtucket, R.I., one of seven children born to Russell T. and Florence Waterman...
Patrick Williams (12/13/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Patrick H. Williams, 70, of Perryville died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Independence Care Center of Perry County. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. The service will be private. Young and Sons Funeral Home provided the arrangements...
Births 12/13/12 (12/13/12)
Son to Bradley Edwin and Kara Rashelle Younger of Advance, Mo., Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, 5:47 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Name, Aaron Bradley Joe. Weight, 5 pounds, 10 ounces. Third child, second son. Mrs. Younger is the former Kara Dunivan, daughter of Bill Dunivan and Clara Dunivan of Advance. Younger is the son of Edwin Younger of Advance and Debra McCall of Sturdivant, Mo...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/13/12 (12/13/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Cape Girardeau fire report 12/13/12 (12/13/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Jackson police report 12/13/12 (12/13/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Out of the past 12/13/12 (12/13/12)
Local attorney Albert M. Spradling III says he will file tomorrow as a candidate for the Cape Girardeau City Council; he is the fourth announced candidate for the 1988 council election. The Cape Girardeau Regional Commerce and Growth Association holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new offices at 106 Farrar Drive...
Corruption, civil service and capitalism (12/13/12)
When I visited Tangier, Morocco, in 1994, I was struck by the entrepreneurial spirit of everyone I encountered -- from boys offering guided tours, to old men selling mint tea, to rug merchants hawking their wares in cramped shops. Each presented me with -- in French, Spanish and English -- a "special deal," a "tourist offer" or whatever enticement they thought might distinguish what they had from the hundreds of others providing essentially identical goods and services...
SEMO commencement (12/13/12)
More than 700 students will graduate Saturday as Southeast Missouri State University holds its fall commencement at the Show Me Center. The graduating class includes 532 undergraduates, 192 students receiving master's degrees and 15 students earning specialist degrees...
Buy American products (12/13/12)
We can all contribute to the growth of the U.S. economy by small acts of sacrifice. One such act would be to buy stuff made in the U.S., even if it means paying a few dollars more. Just as grocery shops often give people the choice of buying "organic" meat, fruits and vegetables for somewhat higher cost, they could give people the option of buying made in the U.S. ...
Speak out (12/13/12)
On Nov. 15 the veterans outfit at the VA home served the best Thanksgiving dinner to veterans and their families. I'd like to thank the staff who went above and beyond. It was a very good dinner, and thanks to all the people who donated their time. As a volunteer, I enjoyed the time there. It was a good time. A wonderful meal with great service...
Prayer 12/13/12 (12/13/12)
We praise you, O Lord Jesus, for you are forever faithful. Amen.
Old Town Cape announces winner of shopping spree (12/13/12)
Old Town Cape held their annual Downtown Christmas Open House on Friday, December 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. One of the main attractions during the Downtown Christmas Open House was the chance to compete for a $1500 downtown shopping spree. Shoppers had to register to receive their ticket packet and submit at least one ticket into a Christmas box at one of the 17 participating businesses. However, they had more chances to win if they submitted more tickets...
Philanthropy's Donation to Old Town Cape (12/13/12)
Bridgett Kielhofner of Philanthropy donated $5,000 to Old Town Cape as part of the store's mission of giving back. Part of the donation was from the sale of wearable compassion t-shirts supporting local not for profits, including Old Town Cape. Pictured L to R: Old Town Cape Representatives Heather Brooks, Kelly Green, Marla Mills and Stan Penn. Philanthropy owner Bridgett Kielhofner. Old Town Cape Preseident Lisa Bertrand and representatives Cory Daniel and Nicholle Hinkle...
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