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Update: Blizzard warning, 'no-travel' advisory in effect for Southeast Missouri (12/24/12)
Because of impending blizzard conditions in Southeast Missouri during the overnight hours, the Missouri Department of Transportation advises motorists to avoid travel in this area of the state. The advisory remains in effect until conditions improve and maintenance crews are able to treat and plow Southeast Missouri roadways...
Mooove over: Dairy farmers worry fiscal cliff taking priority over farm bill (12/24/12)
As Congress works to avoid the impending fiscal cliff, the 2012 farm bill has been left by the wayside, frustrating farmers. "We continue to say we want a farm bill finished," said Garrett Hawkins, director of national legislative programs at the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation. "As we talk about trying to come up with budgetary savings, either version of the farm bill saves billions. Those savings could be used as part of these overall talks."...
Deer population survey underway (12/24/12)
A survey underway to determine the approximate population of whitetail deer within Cape Girardeau could affect the outcome of an April special election. The survey, which was requested by the Cape Girardeau City Council, is being conducted by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Cape Girardeau Police Department. The Biology Department at Southeast Missouri State University will assist by helping analyze data collected by conservation department employees...
TV show to profile 'Very Bad' Timothy Krajcir (12/24/12)
The most infamous murderer in Cape Girardeau history will be the subject of an upcoming television program. The story of Timothy Krajcir and his brutal slaying of five women in Cape Girardeau -- plus four other women he has confessed to killing in Illinois and Pennsylvania -- will be recounted on an episode of "Very Bad Men," scheduled to air on the Identification Discovery, or "I.D." channel, at 9 p.m. Jan. 3...
Sikeston man charged in assault, kidnapping (12/24/12)
A Sikeston man was in custody following what Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter described as a "string of violent events" on Saturday, including the kidnapping of two people from an establishment in Oran, Mo. Richard W. Johnson, 30, is being held on a $150,000 bond on charges of first-degree assault, kidnapping, witness tampering and property damage...
Four Scott County teens hurt in crash (12/24/12)
Four Benton, Mo., teenagers were injured, one seriously, in a single-car accident Saturday morning when their SUV crossed the center of a rural Scott County road and ran into a tree. All four of the young men were transported by ambulance to a Cape Girardeau hospital after the collision that took place shortly after 11 a.m. three miles north of Blodgett, Mo., according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's preliminary crash report...
Perryville man injured in rollover accident (12/24/12)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A 71-year-old Perryville man remained hospitalized in serious condition Sunday night after he was involved in a rollover accident the night before, according to authorities. Joseph D. Hudson was driving his 2001 Lincoln Grand Marquis north on Route T at about 9:15 p.m. when it veered off the road, struck a mailbox and overturned, preliminary crash reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol said...
Dexter man jailed for possession of meth, other drugs (12/24/12)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter man was arrested Thursday after a brief chase on County Road 702, Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner said in a news release. Deputy Travis Stafford reportedly made an attempt to stop a vehicle, but the driver failed to yield. The vehicle then entered a driveway and its lights were turned off...
No county commission meeting today (12/24/12)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission will not meet today in observance of Christmas Eve. The commission regularly meets at 9 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Pertinent address: 1 Barton Square, Jackson, Mo.
With 108 wineries, is Missouri tapped out? (12/24/12)
ST. LOUIS -- Shellie Gamel was a bank manager. Her husband Matt, a salesman. Then they got bitten by the wine bug. While living in Washington, Mo., after college, the couple began visiting wineries in Hermann, Mo., and Augusta, Mo., where they fell in love with wine and the possibility of producing it themselves. Someday, they thought, they'd make a go of it...
Woman with brain injury to play organ at Christmas Eve service (12/24/12)
For the past 10 years, Kelly Irvin has played the organ during the Christmas Eve midnight Mass at St. John Catholic Church in Leopold, Mo. Like any good performer, she practices as often as she can. Earlier this year, however, it looked like Irvin, 24, wouldn't be able to do many things again, much less play something as complicated as an organ. ...
Low water offering historic glimpses (12/24/12)
ST. LOUIS -- From sunken steamboats to a millennium-old map engraved in rock, the drought-drained rivers of the nation's midsection are offering a rare and fleeting glimpse into years gone by. The lack of rain has left many rivers at low levels unseen for decades, creating problems for river commerce and recreation and raising concerns about water supplies and hydropower if the drought persists into next year, as many fear...
Mo. court to hear House election dispute (12/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in an election dispute involving a state House district in southeast Missouri. The court has scheduled arguments for Jan. 3 in a case that centers on the scope of a re-vote in the 150th House District...
Nixon administration: Mo. could gain from Medicaid (12/24/12)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Although the federal government would spend billions of dollars, an expansion of Missouri's Medicaid program could actually generate millions of dollars of new revenue and savings for the state's budget, according to an analysis by Gov. Jay Nixon's administration...
Illegal immigration leads to company audits (12/24/12)
SEATTLE -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reached its highest number of companies audited for illegal immigrants on their payrolls this past fiscal year. Audits of employer I-9 forms increased from 250 in fiscal year 2007 to more than 3,000 in 2012. From fiscal years 2009 to 2012, the total amount of fines grew to nearly $13 million from $1 million. The number of company managers arrested has increased to 238, according to data provided by ICE...
Shuttered peanut butter plant being allowed to reopen (12/24/12)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A peanut butter plant shuttered by a widespread salmonella outbreak has been given the go ahead to start harvesting a bumper crop of prized eastern New Mexico Valencia peanuts next week under an agreement that ends a tense, months-long standoff with federal regulators...
Hostess expects to split up snack cakes in sale (12/24/12)
NEW YORK -- Twinkies, Wonder Bread and Devil Dogs are likely to return to shelves in coming months, but probably not under the same owners. Hostess Brands Inc. said in bankruptcy court Friday that it's narrowing down the bids it received for its brands and expects to sell off its snack cakes and bread to separate buyers. The testimony came from an investment banker for Hostess, which is in the process of liquidating...
Fast-growing fish harmless, or a 'frankenfish?' (12/24/12)
WASHINGTON -- Federal health regulators say a genetically modified salmon that grows twice as fast as normal is unlikely to harm the environment, clearing the way for the first approval of a scientifically engineered animal for human consumption...
Don't be fooled by January pay - higher taxes loom (12/24/12)
WASHINGTON -- Workers probably won't feel the full brunt of next year's tax increases in their January paychecks, but don't be fooled by the temporary reprieve. No matter what Congress does to address the year-end fiscal cliff, it's too late for employers to accurately withhold income taxes from January paychecks, unless all the current tax rates remain unchanged, which is an unlikely scenario...
Few tests done at toxic sites after superstorm Sandy (12/24/12)
OLD BRIDGE, N.J. -- For more than a month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said that the recent superstorm didn't cause significant problems at any of the 247 Superfund toxic waste sites it's monitoring in New York and New Jersey. But in many cases, no actual tests of soil or water are being conducted, just visual inspections...
Today in History (12/24/12)
Today is Monday, Dec. 24, the 359th day of 2012. There are seven days left in the year. This is Christmas Eve. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 24, 1955, the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., fielded a series of phone calls from children wanting to know the whereabouts of Santa Claus after an ad in a local newspaper mistakenly gave the Center's number; thus began a tradition continued by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) of tracking Santa's location the night before Christmas.. ...
Redhawks' Gabbard named All-America (12/24/12)
Southeast Missouri State senior long snapper Brandon Gabbard has been named a first-team specialist on the 2012 Phil Steele Football Championship Subdivision All-America squad. Gabbard started every game and made three tackles on special teams this season. The native of Peoria, Ariz., started all 45 games of his four-year career as Southeast's long snapper...
Rams eliminated despite win over Buccaneers (12/24/12)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Music blared in the St. Louis locker room, even though the Rams were eliminated from playoff contention. A winning record still is within reach, and the NFL's youngest team is ready to go for it. "So we don't even have like one in a million chance? Well, we're going to play hard. ...
Southeast basketball teams to begin OVC play (12/24/12)
The tuneups are out of the way for the Southeast Missouri State basketball teams. Now it's time for the Redhawks to jump into their Ohio Valley Conference schedules that will ultimately determine just how their seasons are judged. Southeast's men tip off OVC play Saturday with a noon game against Tennessee-Martin, part of three straight conference home dates to begin league action...
Some parents seeking gender-neutral toys (12/24/12)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A 13-year-old girl's campaign to get Hasbro to make an Easy-Bake Oven that isn't purple or pink so it would appeal to her little brother is a fresh sign of movement in an old debate. Parents who hope to expose their children to different kinds of play -- science sets for girls and dolls for boys, for example -- can find themselves stymied by a toy industry that can seem stuck in the past when it comes to gender roles...
‘Hobbit' extends No. 1 journey with $36.7 million (12/24/12)
LOS ANGELES -- Tiny hobbit Bilbo Baggins is running circles around some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" took in $36.7 million to remain No. 1 at the box office for the second-straight weekend, easily beating a rush of top-name holiday newcomers...
Cruise goes back to what he does best in ‘Reacher' (12/24/12)
LOS ANGELES -- Just turned 50, Tom Cruise is eligible for membership in the AARP. Just split from third wife Katie Holmes, he is the object of told-you-so cynics who simply knew that romance wouldn't last. Just finished with his stab at something really different as a heavy-metal rock god in "Rock of Ages," Cruise is coming off one of the lowest-grossing movies in his career...
People on the Move (12/24/12)
Gene Schuessler of Advanced Pest Control of Cape Girardeau was presented with the Dr. Wilbur Enns Man of the Year award by the Missouri Pest Management Association at the annual banquet in Kansas City, Mo. Schuessler was recognized for his time, talent and innovation for the betterment of pest control...
Ameren Missouri seeks new transmission line (12/24/12)
Ameren Missouri has filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking permission to install, own, operate and maintain a new 345,000-volt overhead electric transmission line in Cape Girardeau County. According to the application, the transmission line is part of a larger project that includes the construction of a new substation, the Heritage Substation, located west of Cape Girardeau and upgrades to the existing Lutesville, Wedekind and Cape Girardeau, substations...
Medicare premiums could rise for retirees (12/24/12)
WASHINGTON -- They may not agree on much else, but there's a change to Medicare that President Barack Obama and Republicans both support: Expand a little-known law so more retirees that the government considers well-off are required to pay higher monthly premiums...
Mel Anielak (12/24/12)
BENTON, Mo. — Mel Anielak, 68, of Benton, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Barnes-Jewish Extended Care in Clayton, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Benton.
William Baker (12/24/12)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- William Franklin Baker, 88, of Chaffee passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at the Chaffee Nursing Center. He was born March 28, 1924, in Himmel, Mo., to the late John William and Gladys Dora Lingle Baker. William married Mary Louella Randles on Sept. 11, 1945, and she preceded him in death April 1, 2006...
Elmo Holland (12/24/12)
Elmo Dale Holland, 90, of Cape Girardeau passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born Aug. 22, 1922, in Swinton, Mo., son of Herman and Pearl Lewis Holland. He and Helen M. Lee were married Feb. 26, 1947, for 65 wonderful years...
Wanda Seyer (12/24/12)
Wanda L. Seyer, 75, of Cape Girardeau passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec, 4, 1937, in Cape Girardeau to the late Glenard and Eva McNeely Reece. Wanda was a member of the Promenaires Square Dance Club where she met some of her lifelong friends who were like family. She loved to go camping and fishing, and was most proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who she loved to spend time with...
Pansy Webb (12/24/12)
Pansy A. Webb, 89, of Jackson died Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at the Lutheran Home. She was born July 10, 1923, in Flat River, Mo., daughter of Harley and Grace McGraw Statler. She and Roy Webb were married Dec 17, 1945. He died Sept 3, 1976. Loving survivors include two sons, Sanford Webb of Farmington, Mo., and Michael (Vickie) Webb of Jackson; a daughter-in-law, Jayne Antonacci of Springfield, Ill.; two sisters, Rusty "Effie Mae" (Robert) Cobb of Diamondhead, Miss., and Dorothy Marie Lincoln of Jackson; a sister-in-law, Inez Statler of Jackson; a brother-in-law, Dan Tallent of Cape Girardeau; seven grandchildren, Holli Webb of Indian Mounds, Tenn., Shannon (Annette) Webb of Silver Hill, Ala., Michelle Webb of St Louis, Seth (Kristi) Webb of Kirkwood, Mo., Amanda Webb of Arizona, Jessica (Jerry) Pickett of Jackson and Doug (Julie) Spooler of Cape Girardeau; and 10 great-grandchildren, Melissa Shu and Breana Webb, Sophia and Josephine Webb, Cole, Camryn and Kearston Pickett, and Chase, Jacie and Blake Spooler.. ...
Births 12/24/12 (12/24/12)
Daughter to Kendall William and Diana Lynn Koch of Sedgewickville, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 4:16 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Name, Kolbie Elaine. Weight, 7 pounds, 5 ounces. First child. Mrs. Koch is the former Diana Emde, daughter of Candace Emde of Perryville, Mo., and Larry Emde of Sedgewickville. She is employed by the city of Cape Girardeau. Koch is the son of Robert and Jamie Koch. He is employed by Girardeau Stevedores and Contractors...
Cape Girardeau police report 12/24/12 (12/24/12)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Cape Girardeau fire report 12/24/12 (12/24/12)
Cape Girardeau firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Jackson police report 12/24/12 (12/24/12)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrest...
Out of the past 12/24/12 (12/24/12)
Jackson Ward 3 Alderman Glenn Oldham has filed for re-election, while a contest has developed for the Ward 1 seat on the Jackson Board of Aldermen; Don Crowder filed yesterday for the seat held by David Ludwig, who filed for re-election Monday. Dr. David M. Trantham has been appointed medical director of emergency and trauma services at Saint Francis Medical Center; he succeeds Dr. Edwin K. Burford, who will retire Dec. 31 after 10 years in the position...
Christmas (12/24/12)
It is a simple story, but the birth in a stable some 2,000 years ago changed the world. On this Christmas Eve, the story is told again from the Holy Bible (the Gospel according to St. Luke, Chapter 2):And it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one unto his own city...
Medicaid expansion good for state (12/24/12)
There seems to be great confusion as to whether or not Missouri can afford to expand Medicaid as Gov. Nixon has proposed. The numbers speak for themselves. For an investment of just over $330 million, Missouri could see an infusion of over $8.2 billion in federal funding. To make the math simpler, that means Missourians would be on the hook for less than 4 cents of every new dollar invested in our state...
Prayer 12/24/12 (12/24/12)
O Lord Jesus, today we celebrate your birth — God's greatest gift to mankind. Amen.
My husband...My hero...My best friend (12/24/12)
My husband has been active duty Army for 16 years. He loves being a Cav Scout and has made an impact on how my family sees how the military works. He is selfless in his duties.. He puts his life before others.. When it comes to a bullet to take over anothet soldier hef take it without hesitation. If it meant that soldier woulf have anothet day with his family.. my husband would do anything for his country..his family and his friends.....
chowi The ELF (12/24/12)
Our Dog Chowi's Birthday is today( Christams Night) Chowi's favorite thing to do is to chase squirrels.
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