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Stories from Friday, December 14, 2012

Corps: Ridding Miss. River of rock pinnacles close (12/14/12)
ST. LOUIS -- The Army Corps of Engineers says it's close to shoring up how soon contractors could begin removing treacherous southern Illinois rock formations impeding barge traffic in the drought-plagued Mississippi River. The corps says it has hired Newt Marine Service of Dubuque, Iowa, and Kokosing Construction Co. of Fredericktown, Ohio, to do the work being expedited because of low levels of the Mississippi...
Man hurt in Advance grain elevator accident (12/14/12)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- A man whose identity authorities aren't releasing was hurt in an Advance grain elevator accident Thursday morning. First responders from Dexter, Mo., were called to the scene at about 10:30 a.m. to handle the extrication from the auger. The removal was not complete until shortly after 1 p.m...
Change of direction set for Alma Schrader Elementary (12/14/12)
The pattern for dropping off and picking up schoolchildren at Alma Schrader Elementary School will be altered next week as the school tests a new traffic plan to alleviate afternoon traffic congestion. Principal Ruth Ann Orr said the plan, presented Tuesday to members of the Alma Schrader PTO, received a positive response from parents and teachers. To be tested next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, plans call for a reversal of the traffic pattern at Alma Schrader, which currently consists of two entry points located on Janet Drive and a single exit onto Randol Avenue. Instead, there will be a single entry to the school from Randol Avenue and two exits onto Janet Drive. ...
8th district election cost could approach $1 million (12/14/12)
Nearly 1 million Missouri taxpayer dollars could end up going to pay for a special election to replace U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson. The estimate -- $951,654 -- from Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's office is based on the cost in the 30 counties of the 8th Congressional District for the 2012 February presidential preference primary. ...
Police find Marble Hill boy they say was taken by his father (12/14/12)
A missing 7-year-old Bollinger County boy was located in Madison County late Thursday, more than 24 hours after authorities said he was taken by his father. A dispatcher with the Bollinger County Sheriff's Department would only say that Landon Flessner was found in Madison County, but nothing else...
Board of Regents to consider River Campus expansion today (12/14/12)
Approval for new academic and residence hall space at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus will be considered during today's meeting of the Southeast Board of Regents. University officials have been calling for a $20 million facility at the River Campus to alleviate overcrowded academic space and the need for housing and dining facilities for students who study there. ...
Akin owes nearly $270K from failed Mo. Senate bid (12/14/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Republican Congressman Todd Akin was outspent more than 3-to-1 and owes almost $270,000 after his unsuccessful challenge of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, according to federal finance reports available online Thursday. Akin's committee spent a little more than $6 million on his Senate campaign, far shy of the $19.3 million spent by McCaskill...
Brother of fatal stabbing victim charged with vehicular assault (12/14/12)
Lauren Timpe had just been ejected, somehow, from the BMW's passenger-side window. Her face was so slashed it would require more than 150 stitches to sew it back together. Despite her condition, Timpe recalls exactly what Timothy Conrad told a 911 dispatcher in his cellphone call for help...
Comment period open for Mingo hunting plan and environmental assessment (12/14/12)
PUXICO, Mo. -- A comment period for Mingo National Wildlife Refuge's Draft Hunting Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment is open and will remain open through Jan. 4. The draft documents include proposed changes related to hunting on land managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...
Police find Marble Hill boy they say was taken by his father (12/14/12)
A missing 7-year-old Bollinger County boy was located in Madison County late Thursday, more than 24 hours after authorities said he was taken by his father. A dispatcher with the Bollinger County Sheriff's Department would only say that Landon Flessner was found in Madison County, but nothing else...
U.S. 60 in Stoddard County reduced for pavement repairs (12/14/12)
Eastbound U.S. 60 in Stoddard County, between Route TT and Route AD, will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews seal the joints along the roadway. Weather permitting, the work will be done from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Signs will mark the work zone, and motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
More than 2,000 come out Thursday for Mannheim Steamroller show (12/14/12)
Billed as "Everyone's Favorite Holiday Tradition," the Midwest touring ensemble of Mannheim Steamroller performed a Christmas concert of sight and sound Thursday night for more than 2,100 fans at the Show Me Center on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University...
Kentucky governor urges senators to pass river bill (12/14/12)
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Gov. Steve Beshear urged U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday to sponsor legislation that would force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release water from dams on the Missouri River to raise the water level on the Mississippi River, where drought conditions soon could halt barge traffic...
Repair work finishing at Old Courthouse (12/14/12)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- After nearly two years, the scaffolds are about to come down at the Old Courthouse in St. Louis. Scaffolds have been up as part of a project to repair or replace more than 500 of the cornice stones along the edge of the copper roof of the courthouse famous for the Dred Scott slavery case in the mid-1800s. The repairs were recently completed at a cost of nearly $3.5 million...
Mo. Gov. Nixon announces position changes (12/14/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is shuffling some positions within his administration. The governor on Thursday appointed state Revenue Department Director Alana Barragan-Scott to the Administrative Hearing Commission, which helps settle disputes between state agencies and businesses or individuals...
St. Louis jury rules in favor of Taser in suit (12/14/12)
ST. LOUIS -- A jury in St. Louis has sided with Taser International in a civil lawsuit claiming the company failed to properly warn of its devices' dangers. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the circuit court jury deliberated seven hours before delivering a verdict Thursday in the week-and-a-half-long trial...
Trial set in fatal ‘knockout game' attack (12/14/12)
ST. LOUIS -- A trial date is set for a St. Louis man accused of killing a 72-year-old immigrant from Vietnam, a victim who was apparently chosen at random in what is known as the "knockout game." KSDK-TV reported that 20-year-old Elex Levell Murphy is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 72-year-old Hoang Nguyen. Murphy will go to trial in April...
Illinois judge rejects bid to revive cigarette lawsuit (12/14/12)
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- An Illinois judge has refused to reopen a class-action lawsuit that produced a $10.1 billion verdict against cigarette-maker Philip Morris, handing the plaintiffs their latest setback in legal action more than a decade old...
St. Louis Co. collector delinquent in taxes (12/14/12)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- The newly-hired collector of revenue for St. Louis County has not paid personal property taxes since 2008, nor has her husband. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Stacy Bailey was hired last month and reports to Eugene Leung, the county's director of revenue. The newspaper said Bailey and her husband together owe $2,253 in back taxes on their jointly-owned cars, and her husband owes $2,549 on a third vehicle...
AP source: Suspect drove to mother's school (12/14/12)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A law enforcement official says the suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is 20-year-old Adam Lanza, the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred. A second law enforcement official says the boy's mother, Nancy Lanza, is presumed dead.
Holiday travel likely to be the busiest in 6 years (12/14/12)
NEW YORK -- This Christmas travel season could be the busiest in six years, with AAA predicting that 93.3 million Americans will hit the road. That's 1.6 percent more than last year and just 400,000 people shy of the 2006 record. More cars will crowd highways than ever before, largely because finding a seat on a plane at a desirable price has gotten more difficult...
U.S. holiday sales begin to pick up after Sandy (12/14/12)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. consumers shook off superstorm Sandy last month and stepped up holiday shopping, helped by a steady job market and lower gas prices. Retail sales rose 0.3 percent in November from October, reversing the previous month's decline. Sales increased mostly because Americans spent more online, bought more electronics and began to replace cars and rebuild after the storm...
Rice bows out of running; Kerry likely State choice (12/14/12)
WASHINGTON -- Susan Rice, the embattled U.N. ambassador, abruptly withdrew from consideration to be the country's next secretary of state Thursday after a bitter, weeks-long standoff with Republican senators who declared they would fight to defeat her nomination...
Boehner rips Obama as 'unserious' (12/14/12)
WASHINGTON -- Face to face with time running short, President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner negotiated at the White House Thursday night in what aides called "frank" talks aimed at breaking a stubborn deadlock and steering the nation away from an economy-threatening "fiscal cliff."...
Google Maps returning to iPhones as mobile app (12/14/12)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Maps has found its way back to the iPhone. The world's most popular online mapping system returned late Wednesday with the release of the Google Maps iPhone app. The release comes nearly three months after Apple Inc. replaced Google Maps as the device's built-in navigation system and inserted its own map software into the latest version of its mobile operating system...
Today in History (12/14/12)
Today is Friday, Dec. 14, the 349th day of 2012. There are 17 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 14, 1962, the U.S. space probe Mariner 2 passed Venus at a distance of just over 21,000 miles, transmitting information about the planet, such as its hot surface temperatures and predominantly carbon dioxide atmosphere...
Pentagon to send missiles, 400 troops to Turkey (12/14/12)
INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AP) -- The U.S. will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory from potential Syrian missile attack, the Pentagon said Friday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed a deployment order en route to Turkey from Afghanistan calling for 400 U.S. ...
Venezuela's Chavez has surgery complications (12/14/12)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez suffered bleeding during his cancer surgery in Cuba that required "corrective measures" to stem the flow, his government said Thursday. But in the latest of a series of unusually frank reports about the president's delicate condition, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas also said Chavez has been making a "progressive and favorable" recovery after the complications from Tuesday's surgery...
EU scores deals for Greece, banks (12/14/12)
BRUSSELS -- After months of bitter debate, European Union countries finally reached two crucial agreements Thursday: They found a compromise to create a single supervisor for their banks -- a major step toward lessening the damage struggling lenders can inflict on government finances -- and agreed to give Greece desperately needed bailout funds...
Inquest: Nurse in royal hoax left suicide notes (12/14/12)
LONDON -- A nurse was found hanging in her room three days after she had been duped by a hoax call from Australian DJs about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, a U.K. inquest was told Thursday. The case is being treated as an apparent suicide. Jacintha Saldanha was discovered hanging by a scarf from a wardrobe in her nurses' quarters Dec. 7 by a colleague and a member of security staff at London's King Edward VII Hospital...
Russia: Assad may soon fall (12/14/12)
BEIRUT -- Syria's most powerful ally and protector, Russia, began positioning itself Thursday for the fall of President Bashar Assad, saying for the first time that rebels might overthrow him -- and preparing to evacuate thousands of Russian citizens from the country...
Central girls basketball team falls to Jefferson 49-47 in home debut (12/14/12)
Too little, too late. The adage best sums up the Central girls basketball home opener Thursday night against Jefferson. The Tigers allowed Jefferson to build a substantial lead through three periods, then mounted a spirited rally that fell just short, losing to the Blue Jays 49-47...
High school roundup: Leopold rips St. Vincent in battle of unbeatens (12/14/12)
All the local high school events reported Thursday to the Southeast Missourian.
Notre Dame girls basketball team routs Jackson 57-27 (12/14/12)
Bulldogs junior Kaitlin Welter did not score a point in Notre Dame's season-opening 39-32 win against Jackson on Nov. 27. The junior sharp-shooter was on a roll during Thursday's rematch. Welter drained five 3-pointers to spark the Bulldogs to a 57-27 rout against the visiting Indians (3-4)...
When you get to the fork in the road, take it (12/14/12)
I like sidewalks -- most of them, anyway. Most sidewalks function well, following streets here and there, going from Point A to Point B. Some sidewalks, however, are problems. Take the sidewalks along Broadway, for example. They tend to be weed-infested during much of the year. That's the result of too few pedestrians and too many property owners of vacant buildings who don't care what their sidewalks look like...
Artifacts 12/14/12 (12/14/12)
Rhymer's on the Plaza, 10 S. Plaza Way, is putting on a "Seinfeld"-inspired holiday event. The venue has organized a Festivus for the Rest of Us party at 6 p.m. Dec. 22, inspired by the alternative holiday celebration imagined by the character Frank Costanza. There will be a Festivus pole, the airing of grievances and the feats of strength. Ugly Christmas sweaters and "Seinfeld" attire are encouraged...
Jackson, cast discuss 'The Hobbit' (12/14/12)
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Many fans are eagerly anticipating a return to the fictional world of Middle-earth with the release of the first movie in "The Hobbit" trilogy. Director Peter Jackson and the film's stars spoke about making "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey":...
The queen of western swing (12/14/12)
Being inducted into a hall of fame takes some doing, no matter what the hall's size. In music, guitar grinders and powerful vocalists are regularly received in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, while banjo pickers and mournful singers have been enshrined in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn...
Rev. Jack Bishop (12/14/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- The Rev. Jack Bishop, 82, of Chaffee passed away Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born June 26, 1930, at Neelys Landing to Archie Lee and Margaret Rose Bullard Bishop. He married Kathy Weddle July 10, 1955, in Amity, Ind...
Theresa Borneman (12/14/12)
Theresa "Terry" Borneman, 75, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at her home in Cape Girardeau. She was born Jan. 25, 1937, in Fredericktown, Mo., to Wilson S. and Imogene Jane Slinkard Tucker. She and Bill Borneman Jr. were married June 2, 1984, in Scott City. He preceded her in death Feb. 14, 2012...
Dorothy Conroy (12/14/12)
URBANDALE, Ill. -- Dorothy R. Conroy, 80, of Urbandale died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Ill. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Saturday at Urbandale Community Chapel. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the chapel, with the Rev. Lee Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Gardens at Villa Ridge, Ill...
Mary Eftink (12/14/12)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. — Mary L. Eftink, 60, of Marble Hill died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Southeast Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill.
Jane Hart (12/14/12)
Jane A. Hart, 77, of Scott City died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
Helen Garrott (12/14/12)
ANNA, Ill. -- Helen Elizabeth "Betty" Eagle Garrott, 94, of Anna passed away Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at Union County Hospital. Betty was born Sept. 23, 1918, in Murphysboro, Ill., the third daughter of Fred White and Helen Crane Eagle. She married Jeff George Garrott Aug. 30, 1940, in Anna...
Bonnie Lennington (12/14/12)
Bonnie Lou Lennington, 86, of Jackson died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Jerome Seyer (12/14/12)
Jerome J. "Bud" Seyer, 69, of Cape Girardeau passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at the Lutheran Home surrounded by family. He was born May 11, 1943, in Cape Girardeau to Otto and Corena Schott Seyer. Jerome retired in 2009 from the Cape Special Road District. He was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral, the Knights of Columbus, the Elks Lodge and the Harley Owners Group. He was a family man and loved to ride his Harley. He was an avid gardener, nature lover and he loved and rode horses...
Anna Schamel (12/14/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Anna Mae Schamel, 87, of Maryland Heights, Mo., formerly of Perryville, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at the National Health Care in Maryland Heights. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to time of service Saturday in the Gathering Space of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Perryville...
Births 12/14/12 (12/14/12)
Son to Kris N. Baranovic and Catherine M. Buchanan of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 2:47 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, 2012. Name, Henry Ryhs. Weight, 8 pounds, 3 ounces. Second son. Ms. Buchanan is the daughter of Alicia Buchanan of Westphalia, Mo., and Mike Buchanan of Cape Girardeau. Baranovic is the son of Mark and Patricia Baranovic of Cape Girardeau. He is a graduate teaching assistant at Southeast Missouri State University...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/14/12 (12/14/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests...
Cape Girardeau fire report 12/14/12 (12/14/12)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Jackson police report 12/14/12 (12/14/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Summons...
Out of the past 12/14/12 (12/14/12)
Southeast Missouri State University's air-supported recreational building is going to the state capital; Jefferson City, Mo., submitted the only bid on the facility when the university offered it through the state's surplus property sale procedure; the bubble sold for $5,250...
Weekend events (12/14/12)
Many in the area have been busy lately with Christmas festivities. Churches are holding special services, cantatas, bazaars and live Nativities. School and civic groups have also been busy. Each event represents countless hours of time invested by volunteers...
A social-welfare state (12/14/12)
During the past four years, President Obama's administration has heavily promoted easy access to free government programs and welfare. Single women voted for Obama by nearly 67 percent and a report by the American Enterprise Institute, using information from Pennsylvania's Public Welfare Department, revealed the following: A single mom with two children is now better off with a job making $29,000 with government welfare, rather than a $69,000 job without government welfare...
Speak Out 12/14/12 (12/14/12)
I read a listing of places to drop off toys for Toybox. There were about 30 or so locations. There was only one place to drop off for Christmas for the Elderly. Perhaps if there were more convenient locations to drop off items for Christmas for the Elderly, donations for this worthy cause would increase...
Prayer 12/14/12 (12/14/12)
O Father God, grant us discernment that we may do what is right. Amen.
A CHILL IN THE AIR SENDS PESTS INDOORS (12/14/12)
As temperatures across the country continue to fall, homeowners may soon be joined indoors by unwelcome guests. Bug Zero, a pest management company servicing Southeast Missouri warns that pests including ants, spiders and rodents are looking for a warm refuge from the upcoming winter months...
US Bank donates to United Way of SEMO (12/14/12)
US Bank and employees donated $14,830.68 to the 2012 United Way Campaign. pictured L to R: Jim Ham, Kim Skrob, Kim Voelker, Stan Penn
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