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Stories from Monday, January 21, 2013

As mother of passenger waits, driver charged (01/21/13)
For the last six weeks, Tammie Van Troba, like her 21-year-old daughter, has made a home of a St. Louis hospital room. Since just after a Dec. 8 crash, Van Troba has returned to Cape Girardeau only for short spurts, and only for a few hours, to pick up some things. ...
'On the right track': United Way believes its 'mobilization plan' has helped Cape students (01/21/13)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri is enthusiastic about recently released statistics that show areas of improvement in Cape Girardeau's public schools during the 2011-2012 school year. "We're very pleased with how the numbers came out," said Nancy Jernigan, executive director of the United Way of Southeast Missouri. "Though there is room for improvement, we believe we're on the right track with our plan."...
No commission, council meetings today (01/21/13)
The Cape Girardeau County Commission and Cape Girardeau City Council will not meet today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Cape Girardeau County Commission will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The commission will discuss a use tax, which is a tax on vehicles and certain other items bought out-of-state but used by a county resident...
88-year-old injured in one-car wreck near New Wells (01/21/13)
An 88-year-old Altenburg, Mo., woman suffered moderate injuries Sunday when the car she was driving ran off the road and into a ditch. Verna M. Harbison was taken to Saint Francis Medical Center after the 11 a.m. accident on Route C about a half-mile from New Wells, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's preliminary crash report...
40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade to be marked Saturday with prayer event (01/21/13)
Opponents of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortions in 1973, will mark the 40th anniversary of the high court's ruling Saturday with a "Stand Up for Life" prayer event in Cape Girardeau. The event will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. ...
'Truthers' adopt stretch of St. Louis Co. road (01/21/13)
ST. LOUIS -- The short stretch of Olive Boulevard just east of Lindbergh Boulevard is the nerve center of St. Louis's biotech know-how. There you'll find Monsanto's world headquarters and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. There's also a church. A cemetery. And no visible litter problem...
Analysis: Votes unequal in 8th Congressional District race (01/21/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The American political standard of "one person, one vote" will not apply when nominees are chosen to replace U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, who is expected to resign this week from her Southeast Missouri congressional seat. Most of the nearly 487,000 registered voters in Emerson's district will not be able to cast ballots to decide the party nominees. Some will get to vote twice. And a few people who don't even live in the district will be able to vote...
Student-driven site focuses on Joplin-area history (01/21/13)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- When Tess Harmon recently interviewed a 92-year-old family friend about quilting, she realized that the past can be valuable. "I think sometimes we take for granted all the things we have now, and we forget that back then it wasn't as easy as now," said Harmon, a sophomore at Joplin High School. "We don't realize that the past can give us just as much information. I think we can use the past to influence and help us in the future, and I think sometimes we don't realize that."...
Woman eulogizes husband, sons who died on hike (01/21/13)
WATERLOO, Ill. (AP) -- The widow of a man who died with two of their young sons during a Missouri hike told fellow mourners that she grapples for words but that her family knew she loved them. Sarah Decareaux of Millstadt, Ill., choked back tears while addressing those who gathered Friday for the funeral of 36-year-old David Decareaux, 10-year-old Dominic Decareaux and 8-year-old Grant Decareaux...
A U.N. library, in Springfield, Mo. (01/21/13)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Ann Fuhrman is a United Nations librarian. No, she doesn't work in New York City, headquarters of the world organization. She works on the first floor of the Meyer Library at Missouri State University. The Meyer Library is one of only 43 libraries in the nation designated by the U.N. ...
Charity to design bow ties as Joplin fundraiser (01/21/13)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Residents in tornado-ravaged Joplin will get the chance to help design bow ties that will be sold to raise money. BowTie Cause is partnering with Joplin's George A. Spiva Center for the Arts for the effort. The center will share the profits with the not-for-profit Rebuild Joplin, which was created after the 2011 tornado killed 161 people, The Joplin Globe reported...
Joplin woman receives free land for home (01/21/13)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Nearly two years after a tornado flattened much of Joplin, acts of generosity continue to lighten the burden for some who lost everything. On Thursday, resident Rhonda Wilkins received a precious gift -- the deed to a piece of land for a new home -- from a stranger who also lost much on May 22, 2011, The Joplin Globe reported...
Text of President Barack Obama's second-term inauguration speech (01/21/13)
Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. ...
Obama steps into second term (01/21/13)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama was sworn in for four more years Sunday in a simple ceremony at the White House, embarking on a second-term quest to restore a still-shaky economy and combat terrorists overseas while swearing an age-old oath to "preserve, protect and defend" the Constitution...
Fewer U.S. homes repossessed by banks in 2012 (01/21/13)
LOS ANGELES -- Lenders took possession of fewer U.S. homes in 2012 than a year earlier, as the pace of new homes entering the path to foreclosure slowed and banks increasingly opted to allow troubled borrowers to sell their homes for less than what they owed on their mortgages...
King 'content of character' quote inspires debate (01/21/13)
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." This sentence spoken by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has been quoted countless times as expressing one of America's bedrock values, its language almost sounding like a constitutional amendment on equality...
Fire chief: Chaplain is one of five N.M. shooting victims (01/21/13)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A 15-year-old boy remained in custody Sunday night as detectives tried to piece together what led to the shooting of five people, including three young children, who were found dead in a New Mexico home. The teenager was arrested on murder and other charges in connection with the shootings, which happened Saturday night at the home in a rural area southwest of downtown Albuquerque, said Lt. Sid Covington, a Bernalillo County sheriff's spokesman...
Flu season fuels debate over paid sick time laws (01/21/13)
NEW YORK -- Sniffling, groggy and afraid she had caught the flu, Diana Zavala dragged herself to work anyway for a day she felt she couldn't afford to miss. A school speech therapist who works as an independent contractor, she doesn't have paid sick days. So the mother of two reported to work and hoped for the best -- and was aching, shivering and coughing by the end of the day. She stayed home the next day, then loaded up on medicine and returned to work...
Today in History (01/21/13)
Today is Monday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2013. There are 344 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 21, 1793, during the French Revolution, King Louis XVI, condemned for treason, was executed on the guillotine...
French airstrikes jolt Islamists in Malian town (01/21/13)
BAMAKO, Mali -- Backed by French air strikes, Malian forces appeared close to recapturing a key central town in Mali where bands of al-Qaida-linked fighters had holed up, France's defense minister said Sunday. The French military has spent the last nine days helping the West African nation of Mali quash a jihadist rebellion in its vast northern desert. ...
Death toll climbs past 80 in siege in the Sahara (01/21/13)
ALGIERS, Algeria -- The death toll from the terrorist siege at a natural gas plant in the Sahara climbed past 80 on Sunday as Algerian forces searching the refinery for explosives found dozens more bodies, many so badly disfigured it was unclear whether they were hostages or militants, a security official said...
India political heir Rahul Gandhi condemns elitism (01/21/13)
JAIPUR, India -- Rahul Gandhi, the heir to India's Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, said Sunday he would work to transform the country by decentralizing power after he was elevated to the governing Congress party's No. 2 post. His career embodies Congress' reliance on the Gandhi family name, but the man widely expected to be the party's candidate for prime minister in next year's elections on Sunday condemned elitism as "the tragedy of India" and vowed to work to expand access to power for ordinary people.. ...
Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition loses German state vote (01/21/13)
BERLIN -- Germany's center-left opposition has won a wafer-thin victory over Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition in a major state election -- dealing her a setback as she seeks a third term later this year. The opposition coalition of Social Democrats and Greens won a single-seat majority in the state legislature in Lower Saxony, a region of 8 million people...
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team tries to even OVC mark against Morehead State (01/21/13)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team finally had gotten used to some success, its recent three-game winning streak marking the program's longest since the 2008-09 season. Now the Redhawks hope to rebound from a two-game losing streak when they close out a two-game homestand against Morehead State...
Baseball fans pay tribute to Musial (01/21/13)
The Cardinals great's passing touches people from Winter Warm-up to the White House
Connolly must wait for another shot at ring (01/21/13)
Unlike last year, there won't be a Southeast Missouri State connection to the Super Bowl after Baltimore's win over New England in Sunday's AFC championship game. Dan Connolly, a four-year all-Ohio Valley Conference offensive lineman for Southeast from 2001 through 2004, was the Patriots' starting right guard this season. He was the starting center when New England lost in the Super Bowl last season...
People on the move 1/21/13 (01/21/13)
The Buzzi Unicem USA Cape Girardeau Cement Plant recently honored four employees for reaching 20 years with the company. Edward Vandeven, Frank "Chuck" Bertrand, John Heisserer and David Robert all were recognized for their years of service...
Chastain films garner top two spots at box office (01/21/13)
NEW YORK -- Jessica Chastain easily outmuscled Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mark Wahlberg over the weekend, topping the box office with both her supernatural horror film "Mama" and the Oscar-nominated Osama bin Laden hunt thriller "Zero Dark Thirty."...
Local business landscape is on the move (01/21/13)
The local business landscape is alive with activity. Businesses are opening, moving, expanding and finding unique ways to spread their messages. Dr. Aaron Andrews and Dr. Philip Pappas of Jackson Healing Arts have written a book, "What You Don't Know Can Heal You: Revealing Secrets to the Most Overlooked Answer for a Healthier Life." The book, published by Totally Booked Practice LLC, is available for purchase at their chiropractic office at 3130 E. ...
Frances Hess (01/21/13)
Frances A. Hess, 101, of Scott City died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
Izzy Moore (01/21/13)
Izabella Lee "Izzy" Moore, 7 months old, of Altenburg, Mo., died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville, Mo. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel in Cape Girardeau. The funeral will be at noon Wednesday at the chapel, with the Rev. Jim Smiley officiating. Burial will be in Belk Hill Cemetery in Rockview, Mo...
Eileen Nall (01/21/13)
Eileen Nall, 89, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Poplar Bluff, Mo., died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Chateau Girardeau Health Center in Cape Girardeau. Eileen was born Jan. 8, 1924, at Naylor, Mo., to Joseph Henry and Iva Mae Scates Armour. She graduated from Naylor High School in 1941. Eileen and John Allen Nall were married Jan. 31, 1943, in St. Louis. He preceded her in death Feb. 25 2008...
Cape Girardeau police report 1/21/13 (01/21/13)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Cape Girardeau fire report 1/21/13 (01/21/13)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Thursday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Friday:...
Jackson police report 1/21/13 (01/21/13)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Out of the past 1/21/13 (01/21/13)
City officials are backing away from the idea of establishing a government efficiency commission; acting City Manager Al Stoverink says he "took the initiative not to bring it back up (for city council discussion), because it was ... a source of conflict (within the council)."...
Celebrating Dr. King (01/21/13)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is best known for his "Dream" speech, delivered in 1963. No doubt you've heard bits of it dozens, if not hundreds, of times. They are some of the most powerful and famous words spoken in our nation. It's important to remember King for more than a speech. ...
Eliminate the income tax (01/21/13)
The fiscal cliff, gridlock, fair share, lack of bipartisanship, tax increases for some, tax decreases and tax credits for others; conniving politicians pitting poor against rich, black against white, job seekers and workers against job producers, left against right, who's getting a free ride, who's getting the gold mine, who's getting the shaft? All this bickering, hate-filled rhetoric and partisan rancor has got to stop. ...
Speak Out 1/21/13 (01/21/13)
Thanks to the U.S. House of Representatives for finally voting in favor of the much needed relief for Hurricane Sandy victims, even though the bill was opposed by a majority of House Republicans. I'm sick and tired of reading all the complaints on the leaf pickup. Get over it already. Try mulching them with your lawn mower. Take responsibility for your own property...
Prayer 1/21/13 (01/21/13)
O Lord God, Heavenly Father, may our words and deeds glorify you. Amen.
Ride of the Week: 1975 Jeep CJ 5 (01/21/13)
Make and model: 1975 Jeep CJ 5 Owner(s): George and Teri Reed Owner's hometown: Glenallen Mo. Built in April 1975 in Toledo OH. Yours might go fast, but ours can go anywhere. My car's name: Jeepster I had a 73 CJ in 1973. Simple and tough are the by words to describe it. We saw this one and just had to have her...
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