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Stories from Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Bill would allow schools to be exempt from prevailing wage (02/05/13)
A bill that would allow school districts within most Missouri counties to exempt themselves from the state's prevailing-wage law is viewed by some as a common-sense measure, but others think it's a first step toward undermining the law entirely. The state's prevailing-wage law establishes a minimum rate that must be paid to workers on projects constructed by or on behalf of state and local public bodies. ...
Family home badly damaged in Cape Girardeau fire (02/05/13)
A family of five was left homeless but unhurt Monday, when a fire of unknown origin seared through the upper floor of their Cape Girardeau house. Firefighters responded at about 2 p.m. to 916 N. Fountain St., where a crew of 15 needed just a few minutes to beat down the flames. At one point, though, fire shot through the windows of the two-story building and sent smoke billowing out as neighbors ventured outside to check out the scene...
Cape City Council approves improvement projects (02/05/13)
Some citywide improvement projects will move ahead in Cape Girardeau with revenue from Isle Casino Cape Girardeau, while a "pay-as-we-go" strategy will be used by the city council to deal with the rest of a planned list in the coming months. About half of the city council's initial list of projects to be funded with $2.2 million in anticipated revenue from the casino were approved unanimously by the council Monday night...
Appeal in Strack, Saxony dispute to be heard Thursday (02/05/13)
Another chapter in the ongoing dispute between a Fruitland limestone quarry and a neighboring high school will be written Thursday in the Missouri Eastern District Court of Appeals in St. Louis. Strack Excavating LLC and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Land Reclamation Commission (LRC) are appealing a September decision by Judge William L. ...
Cape Girardeau man charged in attempted store robbery (02/05/13)
A Cape Girardeau man arrested Sunday night in connection to a holdup attempt at a local discount store saw formal charges filed against him Monday. Phil V. Mattingly, 44, was charged with first-degree attempted robbery and armed criminal action, felonies that carry a maximum sentence of 22 years in prison if he's convicted. ...
Cocaine found in car door sent to auto body shop (02/05/13)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A car door purchased from an out-of-state salvage yard came with an unexpected surprise last week for a Poplar Bluff automotive repair shop -- more than 2 kilograms of pure cocaine with a street value of $150,000. Authorities believe the narcotics came to Missouri by mistake...
Nixon reverses $8.5M in cuts to higher education (02/05/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon reversed an $8.5 million funding cut to Missouri public colleges and universities on Monday while citing improved state tax revenue. The funding for higher education institutions, which amounts to about 1 percent of their state allotments, had been blocked by Nixon since the state budget took effect last summer. ...
Senators seek meeting on levee gap (02/05/13)
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Both U.S. senators from Missouri are seeking a meeting with stakeholders in an effort to close a 1,500-foot gap in a Mississippi River levee in Southeast Missouri. Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Claire McCaskill on Monday expressed dismay at the inability to fix a gap in the St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway levee. Construction to fix the gap was halted in 2007 due to technical problems with the project's Environmental Impact Statement...
Man charged with murder in beating death of father (02/05/13)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff man now faces second-degree murder charges after a man he allegedly assaulted Jan. 15 died Wednesday afternoon. Matthew D. Jenkins, 27, was originally charged with two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of felony armed criminal action in an assault on his parents...
ID information event for children set for Saturday (02/05/13)
ZALMA, Mo. -- The Missouri Child Identification Program (MoCHIP) is hosting an ID event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Zalma High School cafeteria, 1 School St. The program is free of charge and provides parents and children with two laminated identification cards, digital photographs, digital fingerprints, child information, emergency contacts and dental bite impressions. The information is put on a disk that is compatible with the Amber Alert system...
Poplar Bluff man wanted for home invasions, shooting captured after chase (02/05/13)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A pursuit by the Missouri State Highway Patrol led to the capture of a man wanted in connection with a home invasion and shooting. Highway patrol troopers spotted a vehicle being driven by Rodney Joe Green, 40, of Poplar Bluff, at 12:08 a.m. Sunday on Route AA, three miles east of Poplar Bluff. Green was wanted on two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action...
Meeting for Kelly School District kindergarten parents set for March 7 (02/05/13)
A meeting for parents of students entering kindergarten in the Kelly School District is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. March 7 at the elementary school gym. Students must attend. The meeting will consist of a bus ride and school tour, and parents will be given an explanation of kindergarten expectations and a school-supply list. Parents will have the opportunity to schedule a screening appointment for March 19 or 20...
Burglary case continued (02/05/13)
A Jackson man charged in a large number of burglaries last year has another month to decide whether to withdraw his guilty plea. William Artadi, who pleaded guilty to 13 counts of burglary in November, on Monday had his sentencing hearing continued until March 4 by Judge William Syler. Artadi is being asked whether he wants to withdraw the guilty plea to 13 charges in exchange for the dismissal of another seven...
Traffic moves down Mississippi River on Monday (02/05/13)
ADAM VOGLER ~ avogler@semissourian.com A towboat moves barges loaded with coal on the Mississippi River on Monday near Cape Girardeau. ...
Road work 2/5/13 (02/05/13)
Route W in Cape County to close for pipe replacement Route W in Cape Girardeau County, between County Road 616 and Super Bowl, will be closed as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway. Work will be done from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday...
Cape Girardeau City Council action (02/05/13)
Consent agenda Items removed from consent agenda New ordinances...
Mo. Senate debating future of disability fund (02/05/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri senators are proposing to revive an insolvent fund for disabled workers by raising fees on businesses and restricting future claims. A bill debated Monday seeks to replenish the state's Second Injury Fund, which was created 70 years ago. The fund has a deficit of about $25 million that is expected to keep growing...
Mo. Senate panel holds hearing on tax credits (02/05/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri Senate committee has conducted a review of the state's numerous tax credit programs and their impact on the state budget. The Senate Appropriations Committee looked at the economic performance and cost of the tax credits Monday before starting work on Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year...
Proposed higher ed formula would need $388M (02/05/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri education committee estimated Monday it would take about $388 million more to fully fund a proposed formula for distributing state aid to colleges and universities. The Joint Committee on Education is working to develop a higher education funding formula that is similar to that which exists for public school districts. ...
Obama seeks to avoid sequester with short-term fix (02/05/13)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will ask Congress to come up with tens of billions of dollars in short-term spending cuts and tax revenue to put off the automatic across the board cuts that are scheduled to kick in March 1. Obama will make his request afternoon in a public statement at the White House...
Family celebrates boy's rescue from Ala. bunker (02/05/13)
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama family celebrated the rescue of a 5-year-old held hostage for a week in an underground bunker as authorities painstakingly checked for bombs on the abductor's property Tuesday, a day after a police raid left the man dead...
Officials: Boy safe, abductor dead after standoff (02/05/13)
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. -- Authorities stormed an underground bunker Monday in Alabama, freeing a 5-year-old boy and leaving his increasingly agitated captor dead after a week of fruitless negotiations that left authorities convinced the child was in imminent danger...
Accused Iraq War vet on suicide watch (02/05/13)
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Iraq War veteran charged with killing a former Navy SEAL sniper and his friend on a Texas shooting range had to be shocked with a stun gun and restrained in his jail cell overnight after becoming aggressive, a sheriff said Monday...
15-year study finds prostate cancer treatment side effects (02/05/13)
A new study shows how important it is for men to carefully consider treatments for early-stage prostate cancer. Fifteen years after surgery or radiation treatment, nearly all of the older men in the study had some problems having sex. About one-fifth had bladder or bowel trouble, researchers found...
Senate tries again to move anti-violence bill (02/05/13)
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats, bolstered by Republican support, on Monday launched a new attempt to broaden a law protecting women from domestic abuse by expanding its provisions to cover gays, lesbians and Native Americans. The legislation to renew the Violence Against Women Act appeared on a smooth path toward passage in the Senate, possibly by the end of this week. Monday's vote to make the bill the next order of business was 85-8...
Catholic hospital takes surprise stance in lawsuit (02/05/13)
DENVER -- It was a startling assertion that seemed an about-face from church doctrine: A Catholic hospital arguing in a Colorado court that twin fetuses that died in its care were not, under state law, human beings. When the two-year-old court filing surfaced last month, it triggered a storm of criticism -- because the legal argument seemed to clash with the church's stance that life begins at conception...
Obama stands firm on gun control in Minneapolis despite long odds (02/05/13)
MINNEAPOLIS -- President Barack Obama declared Monday on his first trip outside Washington to promote gun control that a consensus is emerging for universal background checks for purchasers, though he conceded a tough road lay ahead to pass an assault weapons ban over formidable opposition in Congress...
FBI investigating NYC woman's death in Istanbul (02/05/13)
NEW YORK -- The FBI is playing a significant role in the investigation into the death of a New York City woman in Istanbul while on vacation alone, a U.S. congressman said Monday. Rep. Michael Grimm, a former FBI agent, said U.S. investigators were invited by Turkish authorities to assist as they try to find out what happened to Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two who disappeared Jan. ...
Today in History (02/05/13)
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2013. There are 329 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 5, 1973, services were held at Arlington National Cemetery for U.S. Army Col. William B. Nolde, the last official American combat casualty before the Vietnam cease-fire took effect...
Central girls basketball team earns second straight win after slump (02/05/13)
After a tough mid-season stretch that saw the Central girls basketball team lose 10 of 11 games, the Tigers suddenly are rounding back into form. The Tigers, led by Alayah Cooper-Johnson, held off a game group from Seckman to win 51-34 on Monday night, their second straight victory. Cooper-Johnson enjoyed her typical scoreline: 20 points, 13 rebounds, eight steals...
High school roundup: Dexter girls basketball team continues streak vs. Notre Dame (02/05/13)
All the local high school events reported Monday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team ends six-game skid against Austin Peay (02/05/13)
The Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team used a big second half and a big performance from freshman guard Kara Wright to get back in the win column. Southeast pulled away from Monday night's two-point halftime lead to trounce host Austin Peay 69-51 in Clarksville, Tenn., behind Wright's career-high 23 points...
Southeast Missouri State to induct 1999-2000 men's basketball team into hall of fame (02/05/13)
Southeast will honor its 1999-2000 men's basketball team this weekend
Southeast men's basketball team will host Ball State in BracketBusters game (02/05/13)
The Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team will host Ball State at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 in its annual BracketBusters game. All 61 matchups in the BracketBusters event were announced Monday. For the eighth straight year every Ohio Valley Conference squad is participating...
Uncertainty over home dome remains for St. Louis Rams (02/05/13)
ST. LOUIS -- An attorney for the agency that runs the home of the St. Louis Rams says it is unlikely it will implement the team's plan to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome. Already, there is speculation about a new stadium. Arbitrators ruled last week in favor of the team's plan for upgrading the dome to "top-tier" status as required by the lease agreement with the dome owner, the St. ...
How did 'Little House' sister Mary really become blind? (02/05/13)
CHICAGO -- Any fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved "Little House" books knows how the author's sister Mary went blind: scarlet fever. But it turns out that probably wasn't the cause, medical experts say, upending one of the more dramatic elements in the classic stories...
Health Beat: Wellness in the workplace (02/05/13)
Many businesses have realized the benefits of health promotion, and to curb the costs of rising health care they have begun offering wellness programs to their employees. Ideally, the office should be a place that not only protects the safety and well-being of employees but also provides them opportunities for better long-term health...
Hedgehog alert: Prickly pets can carry salmonella (02/05/13)
NEW YORK -- Add those cute little hedgehogs to the list of pets that can make you sick. In the last year, 20 people were infected by a rare but dangerous form of salmonella bacteria, and one person died in January. The illnesses were linked to contact with hedgehogs kept as pets, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
Annual report highlights accomplishments of city employees (02/05/13)
The city of Jackson recently completed the Annual Accomplishments Report. The first report came out in 2001 and was initiated by Jim Roach in his first year as city administrator. His idea was that by putting a document in print, each department would take time to evaluate seriously the work accomplished in the previous year. The departments also were asked to state their goals for the upcoming year...
Beyoncé not the cause of Super Bowl blackout (02/05/13)
NEW YORK -- Don't blame Beyoncé for blowing the lights out at the Super Bowl. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Monday that the halftime show was not the cause of the power outage that darkened the Superdome for half an hour during Sunday's broadcast...
Bobby Eskew (02/05/13)
BENTON, Mo. -- Bobby Eugene Eskew, 45, of Benton died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, Ill. He was born Nov. 19, 1967, in Houston, Mo., to Jimmie Eugene and Tula Barbara Rains Eskew. He and Kathy Eskew were married June 10, 1989, in Winona, Mo...
Robert Fowler (02/05/13)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Robert Lee Fowler, 76, of Advance passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at his home. He was born Aug. 22, 1936, in Advance, son of George W. and Bertie D. Pohlman Fowler. Robert worked as a pipefitter with Local 597 in Chicago for 36 years. ...
Elizabeth McClary (02/05/13)
Elizabeth McClary of Jackson, a longtime civic leader and humanitarian-award winner, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, after a brief illness, surrounded by her family. She was 97. Named Jackson's first "Leading Lady" in 1959 for her community leadership, she received the Cape County humanitarian award from the Heritage Foundation in 2010. ...
Mary Moyer (02/05/13)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Mary Alice Moyer, 80, of Advance passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Chaffee Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 1, 1932, in Steele, Mo., daughter of James C. and Maggie Culbertson Cobb. Mary and Harley "Bud" Moyer were married April 12, 1950, in Pocahontas, Ark. Mary was a member of First Baptist Church...
Kay Shaw (02/05/13)
Kay Bloodworth Shaw, 71, of Shawneetown, formerly of Norfolk, Va., died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was born May 1, 1941, in Norfolk to Robah B. and Ernestine Spady Bloodworth. She married Raymond James Shaw and they had four sons...
Bonnie Shell (02/05/13)
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Bonnie Shell, 83, of Advance passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born June 6, 1929, in Advance, daughter of Wiley Levi and Freeda J. Revelle Winchester. She and Glen Shell were married Feb. 22, 1952...
Louise Sunderman (02/05/13)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Louise Sunderman, 85, of Springfield passed away Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. She was born Nov. 20, 1927, at Charleston, Mo., to Ben and Mary Stricker. She and Melvin Sunderman were married April 8, 1953. They moved to Springfield in 1970 from Cape Girardeau. She retired in 1988 with emeritus status from Southwest Missouri State University Health Center. She was an active member of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church...
Velton Taylor (02/05/13)
BENTON, Mo. — Velton L. Taylor, 68, of Benton died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel of Benton.
Births 2/5/13 (02/05/13)
Daughter to Scott Benjamin and Cassandra Kimberlee Nanney of Cape Girardeau, Saint Francis Medical Center, 3:44 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. Name, Katelynn Ann. Weight, 9 pounds, 3 ounces. Third daughter. Mrs. Nanney is the former Cassandra Mick, daughter of Terry and Tracie Mick of Grand Tower, Ill. She is employed by Aldi. Nanney is the son of Donald and Kathy Nanney of Leopold, Mo. He is employed by Progressive Insurance...
Cape Girardeau police report 2/5/13 (02/05/13)
The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Public Safety released the following item. DWI...
Cape Girardeau fire report 2/5/13 (02/05/13)
Firefighters responded the following calls Sunday:...
Out of the past 2/5/13 (02/05/13)
James C. Roche of near Millersville has filed for first district associate commissioner in Cape Girardeau County; Roche is a leader in opposing a proposed recreational lake in Cape Girardeau and Bollinger counties. Former county chief deputy Terri Dee Curtis is seeking $6 million in damages from city and county law-enforcement personnel, alleging they conspired to violate her constitutional rights after an auto accident two years ago...
Teens for Jean (02/05/13)
It's exciting to see young people become involved with good causes, reaching beyond themselves to help others. Some students in Jackson are doing just that with their involvement in the Teens for Jeans drive, a national initiative run by retailer Aéropostale...
Speak Out 2/5/13 (02/05/13)
It is sad when people can't separate Fast and Furious from what is happening in our country. There's simply no excuse for a gun that can fire more than 10 bullets automatically. At least that gives you a chance to get out of the theater if you're at one while the person has to reload. President Obama has presented some common sense propositions and any sensible Congress person would vote for it...
Prayer 2/5/13 (02/05/13)
O Lord God, we praise you, for you are our refuge in the storm. Amen.
Cape Monthly Dances Return in Feb. at Arena Bldg. (02/05/13)
The City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department continue their Monthly Dances beginning in February, with music presented by "Country Generation". Participants can enjoy a night of dancing and socializing on Feb. 14 from 7-10 p.m. at the A. C Brase Arena. Mary Pensel will be teaching a new dance at 6 p.m. for those who wish to come early. The admission is $4 per person. Concessions will be available...
Register Now for Cape Girardeau Youth Track Club (02/05/13)
Children, ages 6-14 years, can begin signing up for the Youth Track Club (formerly Cape Youth Roadrunners), sponsored by the City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department. The club will have practices and compete in meets in Cape Girardeau and surrounding area. Children will get to partake in exciting running and jumping track events including sprints and distance runs...
Go Jurassic At the Prehistoric Playday in Cape (02/05/13)
Children ages 3 to 5 can learn learn about dinosaurs while having fun at the Prehistoric Playday. The event will give participating children a chance to socialize with others. Games and other activities will be a part of the event. In addition to dinosaurs, children will learn about other prehistoric animals such as the saber-tooth tiger and wooly mammoth...
Athletic Hall of Fame 2013 nominations are open (02/05/13)
Nominations are being accepted for the Cape Central High School Athletic Hall-of-Fame. Deadline for submission of nominations is 5 P.M., March 31, 2013. "Nominations should include an accurate and complete resume of the nominee's athletic accomplishments," according to Central Junior High School Athletic Director Terry Kitchen, Hall of Fame Coordinator. ...
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