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Electronics target of burglary spree, police say (02/04/13)
Cape Girardeau police officers took 46 burglary reports in January, a 37 percent jump over the same period last year, as personal electronics devices such as cellphones and tablet computers continue to be a popular target for thieves. And, with February just three days old, the worrisome trend didn't seem to be slowing Sunday, when the total for residential and commercial burglaries hit 51 for the year. ...
United We Read aims to get Cape on same page (02/04/13)
The 2013 edition of United We Read, a program urging people to read the same book during February, began Friday at Cape Girardeau Central High School. "We're looking forward to getting students and also people in the community reading the book we've chosen," said Sara Kiplinger, librarian at the high school and program coordinator...
County facing new stormwater runoff regulations (02/04/13)
Cape Girardeau County soon will have to engage in regulation of stormwater runoff because parts of the county now lie within urbanized area boundaries determined by a 2010 U.S. Census count. The county is in the first steps of developing a stormwater-runoff management program similar to those seen in many other Missouri municipalities -- but as plans move along, county officials are raising questions about the program the federal government oversees to protect water quality...
Dairy producers can file for federal reimbursements Tuesday (02/04/13)
Beginning Tuesday, local dairy producers can file for federal reimbursements for losses caused by market fluctuations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announced it will begin issuing payments to dairy farmers enrolled in the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program for September 2012 marketings. MILC payments are calculated monthly and are triggered when the Boston Class I milk price falls below $16.94 per hundredweight after adjusting for the cost of feed...
Former East Prairie pastor sentenced to 11 years (02/04/13)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A former East Prairie, Mo., church pastor was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to child molestation charges. Kenneth Neal Allen, 36, former pastor of Grace Apostolic Church in East Prairie, pleaded guilty Jan. 10 to two counts of first-degree child molestation in Scott County, where he had been given a change of venue, according to a news release from Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore...
Minor injuries from Sunday night fire in Cape (02/04/13)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Cape Girardeau firefighters respond to a fire Sunday night at a duplex at 2741 Hawthorne Road. ...
Super Bowl Sunday at Trail of Tears Bar & Grill (02/04/13)
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Nick Blankenship, left, and Roger Ziegler chat while watching the Super Bowl on Sunday at the Trail of Tears Bar & Grill, 519 Good Hope St. ...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 2/4/13 (02/04/13)
1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Routine business Action items Discussion and possible action items...
Dog helps firefighters connect with kids (02/04/13)
ST. LOUIS -- Lofty ambitions for one dog, but very achievable, says Ron Harder, her handler. Her name is Madison and she's the Rock Community Fire Protection District's specially trained therapy dog. She wears a blue vest and is a badged member of the department...
$10M for Missouri mental health proposed by Gov. Jay Nixon (02/04/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing to spend $10 million to help have mental health care sooner for those who need it. The funding is included in the state budget released last week by the governor's office and is part of Nixon's response to recent gun violence. Mental health services have gained attention nationwide after several high-profile shootings, including one at an elementary school in Connecticut...
Missouri teacher targets absenteeism in new class (02/04/13)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- When Matt Tabor walks the halls of Benton High School, he could pass for a student. He's not much taller than a freshman. Kids pull him aside and joke with him like he's their BFF. And he smiles a lot. "He's a great guy, strict but fair," said Colton Brown, one of Tabor's charges...
Analysis: Nixon's Medicaid plan could boost pay for doctors (02/04/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In the American health-care system, some patients are worth more money than others. As cold and clinical as that may sound, it long has been the reality under a government-run Medicaid system that pays doctors less money to treat the poor than those same physicians receive for treating the elderly covered by Medicare or middle- and upper-income individuals who have private insurance...
HIV research at Mizzou eyes enzyme (02/04/13)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A team of scientists led by a University of Missouri researcher believes it has found a new "soft spot" in the structure of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. "If we know what the lock looks like, we can make the key," said Stefan Sarafianos, who conducts research at the Bond Life Sciences Center...
Bullying study: It does get better for gay teenagers (02/04/13)
CHICAGO -- It really does get better for gay and bisexual teens when it comes to being bullied, although young gay men have it worse than their lesbian peers, according to the first long-term scientific evidence on how the problem changes over time...
Details emerge about man at center of Alabama standoff (02/04/13)
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. -- As an Alabama standoff and hostage drama marked a sixth day Sunday, more details emerged about the suspect at the center, with neighbors and officials painting a picture of an isolated man estranged from his family. Authorities say Jim Lee Dykes, 65 -- a decorated Vietnam-era veteran known as Jimmy to neighbors -- gunned down a school bus driver and abducted a 5-year-old boy from the bus, taking him to an underground bunker on his rural property. ...
U.S. military expands its drug war in Latin America (02/04/13)
The crew members aboard the USS Underwood could see through their night goggles what was happening on the fleeing go-fast boat: Someone was dumping bales. When the Navy guided-missile frigate later dropped anchor in Panamanian waters on that sunny August morning, Ensign Clarissa Carpio, a 23-year-old from San Francisco, climbed into the inflatable dinghy with four unarmed sailors and two Coast Guard officers like herself, carrying light submachine guns. ...
Iraq War vet charged in fatal shooting of ex-SEAL, author (02/04/13)
STEPHENVILLE, Texas -- An Iraq War veteran charged with murdering former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and a friend turned a gun on the pair while they were at a Texas shooting range, authorities said Sunday. Eddie Ray Routh of Lancaster was arraigned early Sunday in the deaths of Kyle, who wrote the best-selling book "American Sniper," and Chad Littlefield, 35. They were killed at a shooting range at Rough Creek Lodge, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth...
Proposed agreement squashes U.S., Mexico tomato war (02/04/13)
WASHINGTON -- A proposed agreement on fresh tomatoes imported from Mexico would strengthen anti-dumping enforcement and reset minimum wholesale prices, the Commerce Department said. The agreement with Mexico's tomato industry would suspend an investigation initiated after Florida tomato growers complained that Mexican producers were selling fresh tomatoes for less than the production cost...
Wall Street may be getting ahead of itself (02/04/13)
NEW YORK -- The stock market may have packed much of its fun for the year into one exhilarating January. The market charged to its best start in decades even though the U.S. economy and corporate profits haven't broken out of a three-year pattern of slow, steady improvement despite record-low interest rates and billions of dollars of stimulus and tax cuts...
Report: FAA lags on fulfilling airline safety law (02/04/13)
WASHINGTON -- Faced with substantial industry opposition, federal regulators are struggling to implement a sweeping aviation safety law enacted after the last fatal U.S. airline crash nearly four years ago, according to a report by a government watchdog...
Today in History (02/04/13)
Today is Monday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2013. There are 330 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 4, 1913, Rosa Parks, a black woman whose 1955 refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus to a white man sparked a civil rights revolution, was born Rosa Louise McCauley in Tuskegee, Ala...
Experts find remains of England's King Richard III (02/04/13)
LEICESTER, England (AP) -- He was king of England, but for centuries he lay without shroud or coffin in an unknown grave, and his name became a byword for villainy. But on Monday, scientists announced they had rescued the remains of Richard III from anonymity -- and the monarch's fans hope a revival of his reputation will soon follow...
Iraq stock sale sign of investor confidence (02/04/13)
BAGHDAD -- An Iraqi telecom company raised nearly $1.3 billion Sunday on Baghdad's small stock exchange in one of the region's biggest share offers in years -- a sign of investor confidence in the fledgling private sector despite violence that still plagues the country...
Taliban peace talks flounder as troops leave Afghanistan (02/04/13)
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Afghan peace effort is floundering, fraught with mistrust and confusion among key players even though the hard-line Taliban militants show signs of softening and their reclusive, one-eyed leader made a surprise offer to share power in a post-war Afghanistan...
Israel suggests responsibility for airstrike on ground-to-air missiles in Syria (02/04/13)
MUNICH -- Israel's defense minister strongly signaled Sunday that his country was behind an airstrike in Syria last week, telling a high profile security conference that Israeli threats to take pre-emptive action against its enemies are not empty. "We mean it," Ehud Barak declared...
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team tries to end OVC skid at Austin Peay (02/04/13)
~ The Redhawks look to snap six-game losing streak on the road The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team is riding a season-long six-game losing streak built primarily against some of the Ohio Valley Conference's top squads...
Missouri hands first SEC loss to ranked Lady Vols (02/04/13)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri coach Robin Pingeton said it's no secret her program hasn't had much success in recent years. So it's possible the Tigers' 80-63 win over No. 9 Tennessee may open some eyes around the Southeastern Conference. Morgan Eye scored 26 points and Bri Kulas added 20 to help Missouri win its first game against a ranked team in almost two years. ...
Ravens survive power outage, 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII (02/04/13)
NEW ORLEANS -- From blowout to blackout to shootout, Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens had just enough power to survive one of the most electric Super Bowls ever. The outage flipped the momentum to the San Francisco 49ers, but the Ravens used a last-gasp defensive stand to hold on Sunday night, 34-31...
Redhawks are in danger of missing OVC tourney (02/04/13)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team played a much better game Saturday night than during some of its recent disappointing performances. But the Redhawks couldn't overcome a hot-shooting Eastern Kentucky squad, which clamped down on the Redhawks defensively in the second half and surprisingly outrebounded Southeast in the final period to take control...
Pet-friendly places in Cape Girardeau (02/04/13)
By Robyn Gautschy ~ Treats! > Many banks, including First State Community Bank, give treats to pets at the drive-thru window. > Stop by Andy's Frozen Custard for dessert, and a free doggie cone, too. Pets welcome in outdoor seating areas: > Beef O'Brady's...
Don't forget: Anyone receiving federal benefits must switch to electronic payments by March 1 (02/04/13)
The federal government is phasing out paper checks, and anyone who receives Social Security, veterans benefits, railroad pensions and federal disability payments will need to switch to direct deposit by March 1. You have two options for making the switch: direct deposit or a debit card. ...
Bob and Donna Davenport of Cape Girardeau reconnected, married after 50th high school reunion (02/04/13)
By Lori Trepasso Bob and Donna Davenport's love story sounds like the storyline from a good movie. They were classmates at East Alton/Wood River Community High School and graduated from a class of about 200 students in 1950. "I knew of Bob (in high school) but he ignored me," teases Donna...
Flu season: Simple ways to protect yourself and others (02/04/13)
By Heather Collier The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said this could be the worst flu season since 2009, and we haven't even reached the typical peak of the season, which often comes in January or February. According to the CDC, by Jan. 11, flu activity was high across most of the United States. Based on past experience, it's likely that flu activity will continue for some time...
Downsizing to an apartment? Here's what you need to know about renters insurance (02/04/13)
Many seniors eventually downsize from a large home to a low-maintenance apartment, condo or duplex. You may have fewer belongings after downsizing, but you still need to make sure they're insured. In fact, Angie Umfleet of Chap Arnold Insurance in Cape Girardeau says anyone who has personal belongings should also have a renters policy...
Movie of the month: "Safe Haven" (02/04/13)
Release date: Feb. 14 February may be a month associated with love, but it's hard to tell based on what Hollywood's offering. There's plenty of action (Bruce Willis returns for another "Die Hard" film), horror and teenager fare, but little romance. The lone exception is "Safe Haven," our movie of the month. It's based on a book by Nicholas Sparks, so you know it will tug on the heartstrings...
Don't forget to take extra precautions for pets in the cold winter weather (02/04/13)
BrandPoint Content Winter is in full swing, and the cold, wet weather is no fun for your pets, either. Chicago veterinarian Dr. Shelly Rubin is well acquainted with the dramatic temperature swings of the Midwest, and how to help pets and owners cope with them. Here is his list of wintertime do's and don'ts for pet owners:...
Got deer? If you think your yard is out of the woods since summer's over, think again (02/04/13)
BrandPoint Content Deer are beautiful, graceful animals -- but when it comes to where deer decide to dine, most of us don't want them outside our windows foraging through our foliage. These creatures also come with the destruction our well-cared-for yards and gardens...
Angelou celebrates black history with Oprah, Keys (02/04/13)
WASHINGTON -- In the midst of talking black history with Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys, Maya Angelou breaks out singing a hymn a cappella. The acclaimed poet and author wants to show Keys, a New Yorker, what "lining out," call-and-response singing that is popular in black churches down South, sounds like...
Business community continues to expand, deflate (02/04/13)
Ferguson Enterprises, ranked by trade publications as the nation's largest distributor of plumbing supplies and pipe, valves and fittings, will open a Cape Girardeau location March 4. Tom Kelsey of Lorimont Place Ltd. brokered the real estate for the location at 1329 Southern Expressway. ...
Bloom on Broadway: Cape boutique offers more than unique products (02/04/13)
Coordinating paint on canvas while sipping wine with a small group of women is not how Michaelyn Ross first envisioned Tuesday nights at Bloom Studio and Gifts, 2121 Broadway, when she purchased the studio and boutique in February 2011. Since she began hosting "paint parties" with local paint party instructor Brandi Ritter, business has taken after the boutique's name and bloomed...
People on the Move 2/4/13 (02/04/13)
Dr. Kenneth Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, was named an "Icon of Education" in the January edition of Ingram's magazine. Dobbins was recognized for his achievements, contributions and standards of excellence. According to Ingram's, Dobbins, has made, "deep, lasting contributions to the lives of the students." Dobbins began with Southeast in 1993 as executive vice president and was named president in 1999. ...
Lorna Aurich (02/04/13)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Lorna E. Aurich, 84, of Perryville died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Independence Care Center of Perry County. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Matthew Marks officiating...
Bobby Eskew (02/04/13)
Bobby Eskew, 45, of Benton, Mo., died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, Ill. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Benton.
Leon Pratt (02/04/13)
Leon Eugene Pratt, 80, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Heartland Care and Rehab in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Marie Sandler (02/04/13)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Marie R. Sandler, 97, of Perryville died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville. She was born Jan. 1, 1916, in Perryville, the daughter of Andrew and Louise Pannier Emmendorfer. She married Edgar Sandler on Nov. ...
Arnold Strickert (02/04/13)
Arnold Theodore Strickert, 88, of Jackson passed away Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Chateau Girardeau in Cape Girardeau. He was born Jan. 7, 1925, in Shady Bend, Kan., to the Rev. H.J. and Minna Laura Rook Strickert. The Strickert family moved to Tilsit when Arnold was 1 year old. ...
Sally Welker (02/04/13)
Selma "Sally" Welker, 95, of Jackson passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at the Monticello House in Jackson, where she had been a resident for nine years. She was born April 4, 1917, in Scopus, Mo., daughter of Ira S. and LaVada Killian Dockins. She and Columbus "Clum" Welker were married Sept. 8, 1934, in Marble Hill, Mo. He passed away Dec. 20, 1973...
Births 2/4/13 (02/04/13)
Daughter to Kent Delain and Alisha Dawn McCormick of Marble Hill, Mo., Southeast Hospital, 9:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. Name, Hattie Claire. Weight, 6 pounds, 4 ounces. Second child, first daughter. Mrs. McCormick is the former Alisha Hobeck, daughter of John and Diane Bolen of Oak Ridge and Randy and Tricia Hobeck of Friedheim. She is a cosmetologist at Che Rose Salon and Spa. McCormick is the son of Mark and Sherry McCormick of Marble Hill. He is a fabricator at Standley Batch Systems...
Cape Girardeau police report 2/4/13 (02/04/13)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Property damage Miscellaneous CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Cape Girardeau fire report 2/4/13 (02/04/13)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Jackson police reports 2/4/13 (02/04/13)
The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt...
Out of the past 2/4/13 (02/04/13)
A financial statement shows the Show Me Center was operating in black ink at the end of 1987, midway through its first 12-month budgetary period; the facility experienced a net profit of $21,846.92 during the first six months ending Dec. 31. A section of Independence Street may be widened to five lanes instead of four as a result of a recommendation by state highway officials; the move could add $8,000 to the estimated cost of $471,000 for the widening of Independence Street from Kingshighway to East Rodney Drive.. ...
School fundraisers (02/04/13)
A pair of events is coming Saturday that will allow you and your better half to enjoy a nice date while simultaneously raising money for local schools. The seventh annual Penguin Party Dinner and Auction for Cape Girardeau schools, and the fourth annual Red and Black Affair both will be held Saturday night. The Penguin Party will run from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Cape Girardeau Country Club, and the Red and Black Affair will be from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at the Arena Building...
Speak Out 2/4/13 (02/04/13)
This is regarding the food banks. I was the impoverished mother of a son raising him by myself. He got free lunches and he was ashamed. He said, "Mom, I'm not going to let everyone know I'm poor." You should consider these children family. Make a better effort than donating. Take a night a week and feed a family, it would be like Christmas...
Prayer 2/4/13 (02/04/13)
O Lord Jesus, we love you with all our heart, soul and strength. Amen.
National Girl Scout Cookie Day (02/04/13)
National Girl Scout Cookie Day Celebrates World's Largest Girl-Led Business Girl Scouts are giving their cookie boxes an overhaul to highlight the real purpose of the cookie program, which is to teach girls five essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills. To celebrate such a monumental program, this year Girl Scouts has named February 8 National Girl Scout Cookie Day...
MedAssets Pledges Support to Guard and Reserves (02/04/13)
Randy Sparkman, Senior Vice President of Product Management for MedAssets of Cape Girardeau has pledged to support his employees who are members of the National Guard and Army Reserve by signing a Department of Defense Employer Statement of Support...
Mid-Life Crisis Band Joins Fight Against Cancer (02/04/13)
Feb 23, 2013, Mid-Life Crisis will be kicking up a fund raiser for cancer, as they join DSW/Drury Hotels Employees Relay for Life Team, Dinner, Auction and Dance, at The Bavarian Hall in Jackson, MO. The Drury Southwest and Drury Hotel Employees raised in excess of $18,000.00 last year and decided to kick the goal up to $25,000.00 this year...
Run-Ride for Regan (02/04/13)
Pictured standing from the left: Terri Baker, Tracy Blattner, Barb Ward, Robert Ward, Cathy Willen, Roberta Patterson. Seated from the left: Judy Nordman, Carla Bittle and Nancy Hess. The event, "Run-Ride for Ragan," was held in October and is set to become an annual event. ...
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