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Stories from Friday, February 1, 2013

GOP to press ahead with 'secret' ballot (02/01/13)
The Republican choice for Congress in Missouri's 8th District may be nominated, if all goes according to plan, by secret ballot. Whether a secret ballot is legal under Missouri's open-meetings laws is up for debate. The 8th District Republican Committee has taken the position that any interpretation of the secret ballot's legality is moot. The committee argues it is not defined as a public body and therefore immune to the Sunshine Law...
Participating institutions happy with higher-ed collaboration (02/01/13)
The Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education was created between Southeast Missouri State University, Mineral Area College and Three Rivers College to provide general education and associate's degrees for a minimum of three years. That was in 2010, and the end of the 2012-2013 academic year will mark the partnership's third year of existence. Officials at the partnership's member institutions are optimistic about prospects of keeping the effort intact.
Urban deer hunting opponents plot course (02/01/13)
For more than a year, the group known as Keep Cape Safe has preached its message of the dangers of urban deer hunting. With 61 days remaining until voters are to weigh in, those in attendance at a Thursday night meeting arrived at a surprising consensus: If they hadn't convinced the voters by now, they probably won't be able to do so in two months...
State high court hears Cape Girardeau Co. case (02/01/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments in a Cape Girardeau County case on Thursday, a lawsuit filed by a local nurse after she was fired, she said, for speaking out against unwanted sexual advances from a doctor she worked with and a hospital administration that retaliated against her for two years...
University foundation receives endowment for entrepreneurial programs (02/01/13)
The Southeast Missouri University Foundation has a new endowment for entrepreneurial programs, according to a release sent by the university. The Leonard R. Ruzicka Sr. Program in Entrepreneurial Excellence was established through an endowment from Ruzicka's wife, Ludeane "Lu" Ruzicka of Savannah, Ga. ...
Girl will face robbery charges as an adult (02/01/13)
A Cape Girardeau teenager was looking at the possibility of a lifetime in prison Thursday, after a juvenile courts judge ordered the 17-year-old suspect be prosecuted as an adult on first-degree robbery and weapons charges. Nashae T. Antonia, who turned 17 on Thursday, is one of five individuals -- four women and two men -- suspected in the Jan. ...
Free tax-return assistance offered by agency (02/01/13)
The East Missouri Action Agency will prepare tax returns free for low-income people through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Married couples earing less than $40,000, and single filers earning less than $29,000 can get the help through the IRS-sponsored program. Community volunteers have receive IRS training to help prepare the returns.
Gov. Nixon received large donations he has decried (02/01/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- As Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called for an end to big political donations in his State of the State address, the Democratic governor's campaign committee received a five-figure contribution from a technology firm whose multimillion-dollar state contract is up for renewal. State records show Nixon received $10,000 from St. Louis-based World Wide Technology Inc. on Monday, the same day that Nixon proclaimed in a televised address that large political donations were eroding the public's trust in elected officials. .
Midwest economic index suggests slow growth (02/01/13)
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly economic index for nine Midwest and Plains states rose above a growth neutral level last month, pointing to slow growth for the region over the next three to six months. The Mid-America Business Conditions index hit 53.2 in January, up from 49.5 in December and 48.0 in November...
All 4 senators from Mo., Ill., support 'Stan Span' (02/01/13)
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Momentum is growing for naming a new Mississippi River bridge at St. Louis after Stan Musial. The Cardinals great died Jan. 19 at age 92. Almost immediately after his death, fans, lawmakers and others began pushing for naming the new Interstate 70 bridge the Stan Musial Memorial Bridge. The span is expected to open next year...
State Sentate passes sports tax credit (02/01/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Senate has passed a pair of bills authorizing incentives for big-time time sports events and reinstating tax credits for certain charitable organizations.
Groundbreaking next week for Ballpark Village (02/01/13)
ST. LOUIS -- After many delays and almost seven years after the new Busch Stadium opened, construction is about to begin on Ballpark Village. The St. Louis Cardinals said a formal groundbreaking will be Feb. 8 for the $100 million first phase. Ballpark Village was part of the development agreement between the city and the Cardinals, but the project has been delayed by the weak economy and redesigns...
K.C. police investigate road-rage fatality (02/01/13)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City police are investigating the death of a woman shot and killed during an apparent road rage incident. Police said the woman was driving Wednesday during rush hour in midtown Kansas City when a car pulled beside her and fired shots into her car. The victim was 32-year-old Jennifer Jones of Kansas City, who was pronounced dead at the scene...
U.S. challenges deal to merge makers of Budweiser, Corona (02/01/13)
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop Anheuser-Busch InBev's proposed $20.1 billion purchase of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo, which would unite the ownership of popular beers like Budweiser and Corona. The government said the deal could lead to higher beer prices in the U.S. ...
Judge throws out Archdiocese suit over mandate (02/01/13)
ST. LOUIS -- A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities over the government's health insurance mandate to fund contraception, calling the suit premature. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that U.S. District Judge John Ross in St. Louis dismissed the suit Tuesday. Ross cited the government's intent to make changes in the law, and he cited the fact that religious and not-for-profit groups were given until August to comply...
Missouri curators approve 1.7 percent tuition increase (02/01/13)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- University of Missouri undergraduates who are state residents will pay 1.7 percent more in tuition next year as the four-campus system holds its annual increase to the rate of inflation. The Board of Curators for the system unanimously approved the tuition increase Thursday at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Room and board also will increase. The increase for the 2013-14 academic year is slightly less than earlier estimates of a 2 percent boost...
Hunt for murderer mistakenly freed in Chicago (02/01/13)
CHICAGO (AP) -- Authorities in Illinois and Indiana searched Friday for a convicted murderer who was mistakenly released from custody in Chicago, with the two sides differing over whether a paperwork error could be to blame. Steven L. Robbins, 44, was released Wednesday evening from a jail in Chicago, where he had been taken to answer to drug and armed violence charges in Cook County Circuit Court. ...
Dow logs best January in a couple of decades (02/01/13)
NEW YORK -- The Dow logged its best start to the year in almost two decades. Stocks rallied in the first week of the year after U.S. lawmakers reached a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff," and then pushed higher toward record levels as optimism about the housing market recovery grew. Decent company earnings for the fourth quarter and an improving job market also helped lift markets...
US gains 157K jobs; jobless rate rises to 7.9 pct. (02/01/13)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers added 157,000 jobs in January, and hiring was much stronger at the end of 2012 than previously thought, providing reassurance that the job market held steady even as economic growth stalled. The Labor Department report Friday showed a jump in hiring in the final two months of last year, just when the economy was sputtering and facing the threat of deep spending cuts and tax increases from the fiscal cliff. ...
Ed Koch, mayor who became a symbol of NYC, dies (02/01/13)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ed Koch's favorite moment as mayor of New York City, fittingly, involved yelling. Suddenly inspired to do something brash about the rare transit strike that crippled the city in 1980, he strode down to the Brooklyn Bridge to encourage commuters who were forced to walk to work instead of jumping aboard subway trains and buses...
Republicans hammer defense nominee Hagel (02/01/13)
WASHINGTON -- Republican senators hammered former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel at his confirmation hearing Thursday on issues ranging from Israel and Iran to his support for a group that advocates the elimination of nuclear weapons. With most Democrats in his corner, an unflustered Hagel seems headed for approval as defense secretary...
Negotiators in contact with Alabama captor (02/01/13)
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. -- Speaking into a 4-inch-wide ventilation pipe, hostage negotiators tried Thursday to talk a man into releasing a kindergartner and ending a standoff in an underground bunker that stretched into its third day. The man, identified as 65-year-old retired truck driver Jimmy Lee Dykes, was accused of pulling the boy from a school bus Tuesday after killing the driver. ...
Teen shot by fellow student at Ga. school (02/01/13)
ATLANTA -- A student opened fire at his middle school Thursday afternoon, wounding a 14-year-old in the neck before an armed officer working at the school was able to get the gun away, police said. Multiple shots were fired in the courtyard of Price Middle School south of downtown around 1:50 p.m. and the one boy was hit, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said. In the aftermath, a teacher received minor cuts, he said...
Phoenix gunman dead of suicide (02/01/13)
PHOENIX -- A man who shot and killed a call-center CEO and critically wounded a lawyer at a Phoenix office building where they were meeting to discuss a contract dispute was found dead early Thursday, ending a nearly 24-hour manhunt that had residents on edge...
County prosecutor killed in North Texas (02/01/13)
KAUFMAN, Texas -- An assistant district attorney was shot and killed Thursday morning near the North Texas courthouse where he worked. Authorities were searching through his cases for clues about why he was targeted. Mark Hasse, 57, had exited his vehicle in the parking lot behind the Kaufman County Courthouse annex and was walking toward the building when a masked gunman shot him multiple times just before 9 a.m...
Gasoline prices getting early jump on spring surge (02/01/13)
NEW YORK -- Gasoline prices are moving higher. The average U.S. retail price rose 13 cents during the past two weeks to $3.42 per gallon, and within a few days it likely will set a record for this time of year. Culprits include: These are the kinds of things that push gasoline prices higher every spring after what normally in a lull in gasoline prices in the late fall and early winter...
U.S. looking to take action against China cyberattacks (02/01/13)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is considering more assertive action against Beijing to combat a persistent cyber-espionage campaign it believes Chinese hackers are waging against U.S. companies and government agencies. As The New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, their computer systems had been infiltrated by China-based hackers, cybersecurity experts said the U.S. government is eyeing more pointed diplomatic and trade measures...
Girl faced bubble gun suspension (02/01/13)
MOUNT CARMEL, Pa. -- A 5-year-old kindergartner is headed back to class in central Pennsylvania after being suspended for comments she made to another girl about a pink toy gun that blows soapy bubbles. Officials said the girl, whose name has not been released, told a classmate in the Mount Carmel Area School District she was going to shoot her with a pink Hello Kitty bubble gun machine earlier this month. She was suspended 10 days, but the discipline was reduced to two days...
Today in History (02/01/13)
Today is Friday, Feb. 1, the 32nd day of 2013. There are 333 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry, killing all seven of its crew members. On this date:...
14 dead, at least 100 hurt in Mexico oil company blast (02/01/13)
MEXICO CITY -- An explosion at the main headquarters of Mexico's state-owned oil company in the capital killed 14 people and injured 100 on Thursday as it heavily damaged three floors of a building, sending hundreds into the streets and a large plume of smoke over the skyline...
Syria raises specter of retaliation against Israeli for convoy airstrike (02/01/13)
BEIRUT -- Syria on Thursday threatened to retaliate for an Israeli airstrike and its ally Iran said the Jewish state will regret the attack. Syria sent a letter to the U.N. Secretary-General stressing the country's "right to defend itself, its territory and sovereignty" and holding Israel and its supporters accountable...
Leopold basketball team captures MVC tournament title (02/01/13)
Leopold defeated Meadow Heights 74-39 to improve to 19-2
Sikeston, Charleston thrill large crowd with showdown (02/01/13)
From the moment Neal Boyd, the 2008 "America's Got Talent" winner, belted out the first strains of "The Star-Spangled Banner," fans at the Show Me Center knew something special was about to happen. The boys basketball teams from Charleston and Sikeston treated an announced crowd of 3,669 to a late-January party Thursday night on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. And if early indications are correct, the contest dubbed "The Rivalry" may have found a permanent home...
High school roundup: Notre Dame girls basketball team cruises past Kennett (02/01/13)
All the local high school events reported Thursday to the Southeast Missourian.
Oak Ridge basketball team grabs third place in MVC tourney (02/01/13)
Oak Ridge coach Adam Stoneking had a little chat with junior guard Andrew Puchbauer before practice Wednesday afternoon. Stoneking wanted his guard to be more aggressive and to become the scorer he was a year ago for the Blue Jays' junior varsity team...
Jackson girls power past Poplar Bluff (02/01/13)
The Jackson girls basketball team saved its best for last. Host Jackson, which trailed most of the way, used a big fourth quarter to surge past district and SEMO Conference rival Poplar Bluff 42-34 on Thursday night. "We just started executing," senior guard Danielle Daume said of the final period that saw the Indians outscore the Mules 15-4. "We got a few of our bigger players in there and we started getting more rebounds."...
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team looks to end five-game skid vs. EKU (02/01/13)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team will try break its season-long five-game losing streak Saturday in the friendly confines of the Show Me Center. But it's not like the Redhawks are catching a break when Eastern Kentucky visits for a 3 p.m. tipoff...
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team to host OVC's top surprise (02/01/13)
Eastern Kentucky will enter Saturday's game with a 16-6 record
Blues ride early scoring spree to win over Jackets (02/01/13)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The St. Louis Blues take pride in the fact they're a band of players without a real superstar. They don't win individual awards. All they do is win games. Barret Jackman, Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Tarasenko each scored in the opening 14 minutes, Brian Elliott made 24 saves and the Blues won their fourth straight game with a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night...
Wannabe grandpa tells a cautionary tale (02/01/13)
If you have followed these weekly ramblings, you know that my wife and I are grandchild-less. We no longer make pointed comments to our two bachelor sons. Anyone in our situation knows that's pointless. But being without grandkids can produce certain emotions and behaviors. Here is a story about how a normal grandfather-aged man can find himself in something of a pickle -- and a sour one at that. But, then, there's a happy ending...
Arts Council showcases student artwork (02/01/13)
Art created by area students will be the focus of art displays in Cape Girardeau during the months of February and March. The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will hold a reception from 4 to 8 p.m. today for the 13th annual Children's Arts Festival, and the opening of the 35th annual High School Art Exhibition will be at 3 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus...
Ivas John to bring 2nd blues festival to Cape (02/01/13)
Blues musician Ivas John moved to Cape Girardeau from Carbondale, Ill., looking for a change of scenery in a town that was growing, as opposed to one that seemed to be dwindling. "After playing so many gigs and playing all the bars in Carbondale and the surrounding area so many times, I kind of felt like, you know, I got such a good grip on this kind of scene that I'd like to do something with that," John said...
BEST BET: Say goodbye to Buckner and Ragsdales (02/01/13)
This weekend will be the last that Buckner Brewing Co. and Ragsdales Pub will be open. The businesses at 130 N. Main St. are closing after Sunday and the current owners are trying to sell the building. They will celebrate with live music. Mid-Life Crisis will play at 9 p.m. Friday and Us Instead will play at 9 p.m. Saturday. Look for our photographers...
Nicki Minaj isn't sweating lack of Grammy nods (02/01/13)
NEW YORK -- Despite having a big year in music, Nicki Minaj didn't receive any Grammy nominations. Not a problem, she said. "I've gotten tons of awards and I believe when it's my time to get a Grammy, I'll get a Grammy," she said with a laugh. The 30-year-old had one of last year's biggest hits with the multiplatinum dance-pop anthem "Starships." Her sophomore album, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," has reached gold status and launched other hits on the rap and R&B charts...
First Friday Receptions (02/01/13)
The 13th annual Children's Arts Festival will feature work from 21 area schools through Feb. 23. Reception 4 to 8 p.m. 32 N Main St.; 334-9233 Cateye Glasses Studio "Winter Wonderland" will showcase the artwork of Cape Christian School students grades K-2, students of Cateye Glasses Studio and Sierra Russow of Cape Girardeau...
ARTifacts 2/1/13 (02/01/13)
Local Christian artists will perform at a "Jammin' for Jesus" concert at La Croix Church in The Porch, 3102 Lexington Ave., tonight. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the concert will run from 6 to 9 p.m. The concert, presented by Love in the Name of Christ, will feature Andy Cutrell, Renovate, Praisers of Soulful Harvest and Barefoot on Sunday. ...
John Armstrong (02/01/13)
John E. Armstrong, 81, of Marietta, Ga., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in Marietta. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Harry Chappius (02/01/13)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Harry J. "Frenchie" Chappius, 92, of Perryville died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of service Monday in the Gathering Space at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church...
Margo Ferrara (02/01/13)
ANNA, Ill. -- Margo Ferrara, 65, of Anna died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at Anna Rehab and Nursing Care Center. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service at Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. The funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service...
Dale Fronabarger (02/01/13)
Dale Wesley "Frog" Fronabarger, 66, of Jackson died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, with an American Legion service at 7:30 p.m...
James Harper (02/01/13)
James Emil Harper, 61, of Cape Girardeau went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. He was born June 27, 1951, in Cape Girardeau to the late Raymond Glenburn and Virginia Bertrand Harper. He and Brenda Gail Brant were married June 11, 1976. Jim served in Vietnam as a Specialist 4th Class with the 215th Support Battalion, 524th Quartermaster Company, stationed in Cam Ranh Bay...
Albert Kamp (02/01/13)
Albert W. Kamp Jr., 88, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 26, 1925, in Burfordville, son of Albert W. Kamp Sr. and Nora Bodenstein Kamp. He and Dena Siebert were married April 3, 1948, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. ...
Wilma Mueller (02/01/13)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Wilma C. Mueller, 88, of Perryville passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at Independence Care Center of Perry County. She was born Feb. 27, 1924, in Menfro, Mo., daughter of Henry F. and Bertha Roth Lohmann. She and Erwin T. Mueller were married Oct. 19, 1947. He preceded her in death Sept. 5, 2003...
Laura Nagel (02/01/13)
Laura F. Nagel, 87, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at her home. She was born May 26, 1925, in Tilsit, daughter of Alvin M. and Amanda A. Lange Birk. She and Ervin W. Nagel were married Feb. 1, 1948. Laura was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. ...
Births 2/1/13 (02/01/13)
Son to Melvin Dewayne Anderson III and Shyla Ann Croney of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Saint Francis Medical Center, 8:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Name, Austen Michael. Weight, 3 pounds, 15 ounces. Third son. Ms. Croney is the daughter of Johnny Croney of Poplar Bluff and Angela Davis of Bloomfield, Mo. Anderson is the son of Donna Hendershott of Advance, Mo., and Melvin Anderson Jr. of Williamsville, Mo...
Cape Girardeau Police report 2/1/13 (02/01/13)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Cape Girardeau Fire Report 2/1/13 (02/01/13)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday:...
Out of the past 2/1/13 (02/01/13)
Eighth District Congressman Bill Emerson endorses Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole, citing the Kansas senator's leadership ability as the key factor in his decision. Heeding last-minute pleas from restaurant owners in one case and a developer in another, the Cape Girardeau City Council votes down restaurant tax-extension and stormwater measures...
School improvement (02/01/13)
Last month the United Way of Southeast Missouri released statistics that show encouraging news for Cape Girardeau's public schools. The organization's "mobilization plan" was started in 2009 in partnership with the school district. In all but two areas improvement was realized...
Speak Out 2/1/13 (02/01/13)
I read in the paper about the pay increases of some of the county offices, which are totally unjustified. But an interesting fact was the person making the Speak Out comment said they only received a 1.7 percent Social Security raise. I have worked for seven years and have not received any raise at all, and my insurance has gone up over 16 percent in the past two years, along with all the other increases in taxes. I would welcome any pay raise...
Prayer 2/1/13 (02/01/13)
Lord God, we declare your praises, for you have called us into your wonderful light. Amen.
SE MISSOURI WORK TEAM 10% TUES @ GORDONVILLE GRILL (02/01/13)
The Southeast Missouri District Work Team will be going to the Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Ky., on a work Mission Trip April 21-27, 2013. To help pay for the project(s) material expenses and as a community service, Gordonville Grill will donate 10% of its sales on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, to the Southeast Missouri Work Team's project. ...
Doniphan firm receives statewide recognition (02/01/13)
Doniphan firm receives statewide recognition JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., -- C&M Contractors, Inc., Doniphan, is the winner of a statewide award for business excellence. The general contracting business received a 2013 Excellence in Business Award from the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC) and Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (MO PTAC) at a gala banquet in Jefferson City, Mo., on Jan. ...
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