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Stories from Wednesday, January 30, 2013

UP spokesman: Tornado warning issued, brakes applied, train blows off tracks (01/30/13)
Dozens of rail cars have derailed in Rockview, Mo., located between Chaffee and Scott City. A hazardous materials team is on the scene as well as Burlington Northern Sante Fe trucks and personnel. At least three cranes are on the scene clearing up the wreckage...
Storms damage buildings, down trees, dump rain (01/30/13)
Homes and businesses were damaged when a line of strong storms swept through the area bringing high winds and heavy downpours.
Storm-related accidents injure one on Highway 25, shut down part of I-55 (01/30/13)
A Dexter, Mo., man was hurt Tuesday night when high wind blew over his tractor-trailer on Highway 25. The Missouri State Highway Patrol's crash report website said Robert E. Wyatt, 46, was injured in a crash about 9:15 p.m.
Cape city offices using alternate phone numbers due to lightning strike (01/30/13)
The city of Cape Girardeau is experiencing some telephone troubles this morning due to last night's storms. Public information manager Nicolette Brennan said most of the city's phone numbers are not connecting callers to staff because of a lightning strike...
Poll: Character, policy among top factors for GOP panel (01/30/13)
On a Saturday in February, 86 Republicans will write Missouri political history when they choose a candidate to run for Congress. Members of a congressional committee will cast votes for one of 13 potential nominees when they gather Feb. 9 in Van Buren, Mo. ...
Governor: Boost SEMO funding by $1.49 million (01/30/13)
A proposal by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon could provide $1.49 million in extra funding for Southeast Missouri State University. Local Republican legislators said while that number sounds nice, paying for the increase could be a challenge. Included in the Nixon budget is $34 million in potential increases for Missouri's public colleges and universities...
Anti-meth cold medicine gets Perryville nod (01/30/13)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- City administrator Brent Buerck acknowledges that Perryville came late to the party when it waited to pass an ordinance to require prescriptions for cold and sinus pills that are made up of methamphetamine's main ingredient. Buerck and others watched as makers of the illicit drug fled communities such as Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Sikeston, Mo., where prescription mandates were already being enforced. ...
Bios: The top three candidates identified by 8th District GOP committee members (01/30/13)
At 32, Smith is among the youngest candidates in the field -- but well known as he now serves as the Missouri House of Representatives' Speaker Pro Tem. Smith was elected in 2005 to represent the 120th House district, which covers parts of Crawford and Phelps counties...
Settlement allows merchants to collect credit card surcharges (01/30/13)
Merchants can now impose surcharges to recoup the cost of accepting credit cards, as a result of a class-action settlement against Visa and MasterCard. But local small businesses say they won't be passing along the fees to their customers. Plaintiffs in the case, which was heard in the U.S. ...
Doctor to speak on health-care reform (01/30/13)
The Cape Girardeau County Republican Women's Club will hear from a doctor about what he sees as the negative effects of the health-care reform law. The club will meet at noon Friday at Dexter Bar-B-Que in Cape Girardeau, and the program is open to the public. ...
Anna man charged with possession of child pornography (01/30/13)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- An Anna, Ill., man already facing charges of child sexual assault now is accused of possessing child pornography. Benson T. Poirier, 33, was charged Tuesday with two counts of aggravated child pornography and five counts of child pornography, according to Union County State's Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds. Poirier is accused of possessing pornographic images of children at his home in August...
Poplar Bluff woman pleads guilty to causing deaths in crash (01/30/13)
DONIPHAN, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff, Mo., woman pleaded guilty Friday to causing the deaths of her passengers who drowned after the vehicle she was driving ran off the road into the Black River. Christine Aldridge, 25, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of Jason Carrington and Josh Phelps "by speeding, running through a stop sign and off the road at Saxon and Ashcroft streets in Poplar Bluff and into Black River," while under the influence of alcohol, according to court documents. ...
Woman charged with drug distribution (01/30/13)
A 20-year-old Jackson woman remained in police custody Tuesday after she allegedly sold methamphetamine to an undercover narcotics officer earlier this month. Makala M. Lopez was arrested Monday on a felony count of distributing a controlled substance and was being held at the Cape Girardeau County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond. ...
Cape Girardeau woman faces 40 years on meth charges (01/30/13)
A 30-year-old Cape Girardeau woman is facing four felonies for allegedly selling meth to an undercover police officer, charges that carry a maximum prison sentence of more than 40 years. Alisha Gills, 30, was arrested Tuesday on two felony counts of distribution of a controlled substance, one count for possession and a fourth for delivery of an imitation controlled substance. ...
Missouri man sentenced on meth charges in Illinois (01/30/13)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- A Doniphan, Mo., man was sentenced in Union County on methamphetamine and obstructing justice charges. William D. Ray, 37, was sentenced to seven years in prison on one felony count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and one felony count of obstructing justice, according to a news release from Union County State's Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds...
Methodology: How the survey data was compiled (01/30/13)
The Southeast Missourian recently conducted an unscientific poll of the members of the 8th District Republican Committee. The Missourian called each of the 86 members, leaving messages twice if not reached on the first call. Each candidate had three days to respond to the first message, and at least one day to respond to the second...
Mississippi River set to rise quickly as storms drop rain; excavating moves to Grand Tower (01/30/13)
Storms are expected to cause the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau to rise by approximately 9 feet by Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. The river gauge reading at Cape Girardeau was just above 6 feet Tuesday -- by Sunday, it is expected to reach 15 feet. Severe storms Tuesday in Southeast Missouri were expected to last into today, dropping large amounts of rain...
Highway 25 in Stoddard County reduced for edge rut repairs (01/30/13)
Highway 25 in Stoddard County, from U.S. 60 to the Bloomfield, Mo., city limits, will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make edge rut repairs. Weather permitting, work will be done from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The work zone will be marked with signs. Motorists are urged to use caution while traveling near the area...
Panel weighs ban on lobbying by ex-Mo. lawmakers (01/30/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers are taking another stab at a requirement for voters to show photo identification at the polls. Legislators have debated the idea for several years, generally splitting along partisan lines. Republican supporters say it would help protect against possible voter fraud. Democratic critics contend there have not been recent documented instances of impersonation, and that it would make voting harder for some, including seniors and the disabled...
DNA testing seeks to ID Vietnam veteran remains (01/30/13)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A Missouri gravesite honoring an American crew whose plane crashed during the Vietnam War was being unearthed Tuesday in an effort to finally identify whose remains are buried beneath the single tombstone, and who was left behind...
Hannibal to honor 150 years of 'Mark Twain' (01/30/13)
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) -- It was a century-and-a-half ago that Samuel Clemens became Mark Twain. His hometown of Hannibal will mark the occasion with a special event Saturday. Clemens was born in 1835 in the northeast Missouri town of Florida and moved to Hannibal as a young boy. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal says the author of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and other books adopted the pen name Mark Twain on Feb. 3, 1863...
Panel considers 1st-grade gun safety lessons (01/30/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- First-graders would be required to take a gun safety course in school under a measure a Senate committee considered Tuesday that was introduced one day before the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school. Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, told the Senate General Laws Committee Tuesday that his bill was an effort to teach young children what to do if they come across an unsecured weapon...
Senate backs sports events incentives (01/30/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri recently has lost major sports events to other states that offer enticements, but senators intend to get back in the game with legislation that offers up to $3 million annually in sports incentives. The goal of the bill is to help local communities and sports authorities compete for attractions such as college basketball tournaments, Olympic trials and other amateur sports events...
Mo. lawmakers mull photo ID requirement for voting (01/30/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers are taking another stab at requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. The House Elections Committee heard testimony Tuesday on a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution that would allow for a photo ID requirement. The panel also considered a separate bill that would enact the mandate...
Coast Guard: Barge leaked 7,000 gallons of oil (01/30/13)
VICKSBURG, Miss. -- The Coast Guard said Tuesday that about 7,000 gallons of crude oil were unaccounted for aboard a leaking barge that had rammed a railroad bridge near Vicksburg on the Mississippi River, which remained closed for a third day as crews slowly pumped out oil...
Senate confirms Kerry nomination for State Deptartment (01/30/13)
WASHINGTON -- The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed President Barack Obama's choice of five-term Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state, with Republicans and Democrats praising him as the ideal successor to Hillary Rodham Clinton. The vote Tuesday was 94-3. ...
Judge OKs $4B BP oil spill criminal settlement (01/30/13)
NEW ORLEANS -- BP PLC closed the book Tuesday on the Justice Department's criminal probe of its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster and Gulf oil spill, when a federal judge agreed to let the London-based oil giant plead guilty to manslaughter charges for the deaths of 11 rig workers and pay a record $4 billion in penalties...
3 months after superstorm Sandy, victims are still waiting for relief (01/30/13)
NEW YORK -- Devon Lawrence neatly stacked bricks on the gas burner of his kitchen stove and turned up the blue flame, creating a sort of radiator that warmed the ice-cold room. His two-story house in the Far Rockaway section of Queens hasn't had working heat since superstorm Sandy's floodwaters destroyed the oil burner in the basement. Now mold is growing upstairs because the house has been cold and damp for so long...
Obama on immigration overhaul: 'Now is the time' (01/30/13)
LAS VEGAS -- Declaring "now is the time" to fix the nation's broken immigration system, President Barack Obama on Tuesday outlined broad proposals for putting millions of illegal immigrants on a clear path to citizenship while cracking down on businesses that employ people illegally and tightening security at the borders. He hailed a bipartisan Senate group on a similar track, but left unresolved key details that could derail the complex and emotional effort...
Ex-Illinois Gov. Ryan faces changed world after prison (01/30/13)
CHICAGO -- When former Illinois Gov. George Ryan steps out of prison on today after serving five-plus years for corruption, he will return to a life altered by personal tragedy and to a state altered by his and his successor's legacy of corruption...
Scouts' future cloudy if ban on gays is dropped (01/30/13)
NEW YORK -- The Boy Scouts of America's proposed move away from its no-gays membership policy has outraged some longtime admirers, gratified many critics and raised intriguing questions about the iconic organization's future. Will the Scouts now be split between troops with gay-friendly policies and those that keep the ban? What will a National Jamboree be like if it brings together these disparate groups with conflicting ideologies? Will the churches long devoted to scouting now be torn by internal debate over the choices that may lie ahead?. ...
Today in History (01/30/13)
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of 2013. There are 335 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Jan. 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany. The first episode of the "Lone Ranger" radio program was broadcast on station WXYZ in Detroit...
Egypt army chief warns state could collapse (01/30/13)
PORT SAID, Egypt -- Residents of this Mediterranean coastal city burying their dead from Egypt's wave of political violence vented their fury at Egypt's Islamist president and the Muslim Brotherhood on Tuesday, demanding his ouster and virtually declaring a revolt against his rule, as the head of the military warned Egypt may collapse under the weight of its turmoil...
Mexico's President Pena Nieto mostly mum on drug violence (01/30/13)
MEXICO CITY -- Two months after President Enrique Pena Nieto took office promising to reduce violent crime, the killings linked to Mexico's drug cartels continue unabated. Only the government's talk about them has dropped. Eighteen members of a band and its retinue were kidnapped and apparently slain over the weekend in the northern border state of Nuevo Leon by gunmen who asked them to name their cartel affiliation before they were shot and dumped in a well. ...
Brazil police: Outdoor flare started club fire (01/30/13)
SANTA MARIA, Brazil -- Penny-pinching by a band known for its onstage pyrotechnic displays may have cost more than 230 people their lives at a nightclub in southern Brazil, according to a police inspector leading the investigation into this weekend's deadly blaze...
Japan's airlines replaced 787 batteries many times (01/30/13)
TOKYO -- All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines said they replaced lithium-ion batteries in their Boeing 787 Dreamliners on multiple occasions before a battery overheating incident led to the worldwide grounding of the jets. ANA today said it replaced batteries on its 787 aircraft some 10 times because they failed to charge properly or showed other problems, and informed Boeing about the swaps. ...
Experts poised to confirm a N. Korean blast (01/30/13)
SEOUL, South Korea -- With North Korea appearing set to detonate an atomic device, the U.N. agency that detected two previous tests said it is prepared to confirm an explosion when it takes place. But experts say it might be difficult to establish whether the blast is nuclear in nature...
Evans carries Central boys basketball team to win against Notre Dame (01/30/13)
Central's Garan Evans should probably sell life insurance, because Tuesday night the Tigers were certainly in good hands. The senior guard scored a season-high 29 points to lead Central past Notre Dame 56-50 in a SEMO Conference boys basketball game at the Show Me Center...
High school roundup: Meadow Heights upsets Oak Ridge in tourney semifinal (01/30/13)
All the local high school events reported Tuesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Saxony Lutheran girls basketball team sees winning streak end against Dexter (01/30/13)
The Saxony Lutheran girls basketball team faced the same situation Tuesday night that visiting Dexter faced just days earlier. And the Crusaders hoped they learned the lessons that may have given the Bearcats the edge in emerging with a 61-52 victory at Saxony High School...
Charleston runs away from Jackson (01/30/13)
By the time Jackson's defense even came close to slowing down Charleston's fast break it was way too late. The Bluejays tuned up for Thursday's highly anticipated matchup with Sikeston at the Show Me Center by rolling past host Jackson 74-58 Tuesday night...
Notre Dame girls basketball team grateful for Tigers' generosity (01/30/13)
Committing turnovers against a team that likes to run is usually a bad idea. The Central girls basketball team found that out the hard way Tuesday night at the Show Me Center as Notre Dame ran away with a 62-35 SEMO Conference victory. Annie Siebert scored 19 points and the Bulldogs forced 35 turnovers while improving to 16-3 on the season...
Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Woodland's Josie Long (01/30/13)
Long scored at least 20 points and grabbed at least 10 rebounds in each of Woodland's three games last week.
Rams opt not to hire Ryan as coordinator (01/30/13)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams have decided not to hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator and stepped in a new direction by hiring Frank Bush as linebackers coach. Bush replaces Blake Williams, son of Gregg Williams, who was briefly defensive coordinator with the Rams last winter before being suspended indefinitely for his role in the Saints bounty scandal...
After Beyonce, a question: Can reality compete? (01/30/13)
PITTSBURGH -- In America these days, in countless tiny ways, much of what we see and experience isn't exactly what it seems. We know it, too. And often we don't care, because what we're getting just seems to "pop" more than its garden-variety, without-the-special-sauce counterpart...
Marilyn Horman (01/30/13)
CHAFFEE, Mo. — Marilyn Horman of Chaffee died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at her family home. Arrangements are incomplete at the Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee.
A'niimah Graham (01/30/13)
A'niimah Deshay Graham, 2 months, of Cape Girardeau received her angel wings Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Nov. 10, 2012, in St. Louis, to Travis Graham and Dawnisha Bell. Survivors include her parents of Cape Girardeau; a sister, Aniya Graham; paternal grandmother, Linda Eason of Olmsted, Ill.; maternal grandmother, Annie Bell of Cape Girardeau; special uncle, Albert Bell of Cape Girardeau; a host of aunts, uncles and cousins...
W.L. Jennings Jr. (01/30/13)
W.L. Jennings Jr., 84, of Jackson passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 3075 Cape LaCroix Road in Cape Girardeau, with Dale Brumbaugh officiating...
Bradley Kelley (01/30/13)
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Bradley Joe Kelley, 41, of Chaffee died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at the family home. A memorial visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Chaffee VFW Hall. Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee is in charge of arrangements...
Dorothy Mayfield (01/30/13)
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Dorothy Louise Mayfield, 76, of Marble Hill passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 11, 1936, to Charles E. and Fern M. James Crader. Dorothy owned and operated a restaurant...
Stafford Moore Sr. (01/30/13)
Bishop Stafford Lee Moore Sr., 60, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born Jan. 6, 1953, in Cape Girardeau, to the late Joseph and Creasie Nunley Moore. He was employed by Procter & Gamble Co. in Jackson, for more than 27 years, and was a veteran of the United States Navy, receiving an honorable discharge...
Laura Nagel (01/30/13)
Laura Nagel, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at her home. McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Cape Girardeau police report 1/30/13 (01/30/13)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Cape Girardeau fire report 1/30/13 (01/30/13)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Jackson police report 1/30/13 (01/30/13)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Out of the past 1/30/13 (01/30/13)
John E. Carpenter, vice president, secretary and general manager of Lorberg Funeral Home, has filed as a Republican candidate for county coroner; also vying for that office will be Republican Edward A. Frenzel and incumbent Democrat Harold Cobb. The top five accident spots in Cape Girardeau during 1987 have been identified by the police department; 112 wrecks were logged at the sites; the five locations were Kingshighway between Independence and William streets, Broadway between Park Ave. ...
White House has its own ‘irresponsible behavior' (01/30/13)
You can imagine my delight when I read that this week's presidential radio address would focus on "irresponsible behavior." Hallelujah. I have long believed that irresponsible behavior is the under-spoken issue that politicians largely ignore. At long last, this administration would finally address irresponsible behaviors like the explosion of single-parent households, the problem of school dropout rates and the high crimes in urban war zones that account for half of the murders in this country...
Student leadership (01/30/13)
College can be a transformative time for students -- and not just academically. For some, the opportunities can help them develop as leaders. That was the case recently for two Southeast Missouri natives. Meg Goodman of Cape Girardeau is attending Southwest Baptist University. ...
The left offers selective outrage (01/30/13)
I have two grown children and three grandchildren, ages 5 through 9. I can't grasp what the parents of Sandy Hook or Aurora, Colo., or any other mass killing are feeling; it's inconceivable to me what they are going through. But at the same time, I'm hearing all of the cries for more gun control on law abiding citizens who have done nothing wrong...
Speak Out (01/30/13)
Not being able to pay for my groceries recently at Country Mart, a nice lady left a $30 gift card for me to pay for my children's food. The card said, "Merry Christmas in honor of the 26 new angels from Conn." I'm a little short on getting the point, but a girl enlightened me that this was in honor of those 20 children and six adults killed. ...
Prayer 1/30/13 (01/30/13)
O Lord Jesus, may we strive to be servant leaders and glorify you. Amen.
Annual Heart Walk February 9 at Osage Centre (01/30/13)
(Cape Girardeau, MO) -- Hundreds of area residents are expected to take steps to improve their heart health this February 9 when they participate in the American Heart Association's Heart Walk at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau. The annual event, which raises funds to fight heart disease and stroke, America's No. 1 and No. 4 killers, begins at 8 a.m...
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