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Stories from Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Younger workers, African-Americans bearing the brunt of unemployment (02/06/13)
A study released Monday reported unemployment among people ages 18 to 29 at more than twice the national average. Local job resources are trying to find ways to train young people and connect them with skilled employment opportunities so they don't become another gloomy statistic...
Sex offender arrested twice for living too close to preschool (02/06/13)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- A convicted sex offender was arrested for the second time in eight days Tuesday, after police say he moved too close to a Perryville, preschool and refused to move. Nathaniel G. McDorman, 31, was arrested Jan. 31 on two counts of failing to register as a sex offender and a third for moving within 1,000 feet of Caring Corner Preschool at 500 W. North St. in Perryville...
Spree continues with more Cape burglaries (02/06/13)
Josh Vandergraph and his expectant wife returned to their south-side Cape Girardeau home that was in much different shape than when they left it. To use Vandergraph's words, it was trashed. Contents of every closet were spilled onto the floor. Papers rustled in some places wall to wall. Bedroom drawers had been sifted through and tossed into disarray...
Toxicology: Man killed in slow-speed pursuit was drunk (02/06/13)
A man involved in a slow-speed police pursuit and fatal car crash in October was under the influence of alcohol, according to toxicology reports. The Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab reported that James M. Pyles' blood alcohol level was at .202 of a percent -- more than twice the legal limit for driving -- when he drove his vehicle into a tree on Perryville Road after being pursued by two Cape Girardeau police cruisers Oct. 16, said Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Darin Hickey...
Dredging ends on stretch of Mississippi River (02/06/13)
Dredging operations by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along the Mississippi River between Cairo, Ill., and St. Louis have stopped for the season. The dredges Hurley, based in Memphis, Tenn., and Potter, based in St. Louis, have been called home for seasonal maintenance and leave for their crews, the corps said in a news release Tuesday...
Input on disability services sought (02/06/13)
The public is invited to give feedback on ways to improve services for individuals with disabilities at a meeting next month. Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation is conducting a public hearing from 1 to 3 p.m. March 11 at SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence, 1913 Rusmar Ave. in Cape Girardeau. Input regarding the goals and priorities for Vocational Rehab's upcoming revised state plan is welcome...
Curator appointee from Cape withdrawn by Nixon (02/06/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The tenure of a University of Missouri curator has come to an end after barely a month. But J. Michael Ponder could get a second chance at serving. Gov. Jay Nixon withdrew his appointment of the Cape Girardeau lawyer to the governing board of the University of Missouri system on Wednesday night...
Mo. lawmakers seek local taxes on vehicle sales (02/06/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Warning of possible lost jobs and declining revenue for cities and counties, Missouri lawmakers are making another run at reinstating local sales tax on vehicle purchases after Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed an attempt last year. A Senate transportation committee heard testimony Wednesday on the Legislature's most recent proposal that would allow cities and counties to impose a local sales tax on all sales of motor vehicles, trailers, boats and outboard motors but require voters to decide whether to continue levying it.. ...
Spy drone ban draws support (02/06/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri proposal to ban spy-in-sky drones drew support from agricultural groups and civil liberties advocates Tuesday, though some lawmakers remained skeptical, calling it an overreaction to futuristic fears of snooping...
Senators propose Mo. transportation sales tax (02/06/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers Tuesday proposed increasing the state sales tax by a penny for the next decade in order to raise money for transportation needs. Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City, introduced a proposal that would require voter approval to enact and to renew after 10 years. Supporters estimate it would generate nearly $8 billion over a decade and could support more than 250,000 jobs...
House panel adopts voter photo ID requirement (02/06/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A voter photo identification requirement endorsed by a Missouri House committee was derided Tuesday by the head of the Legislative Black Caucus as a "voter suppression" measure akin to a poll tax. The House Elections Committee approved a state constitutional amendment Tuesday that would ask voters whether to allow a photo ID requirement. ...
Mo. House backs renewal of charitable tax breaks (02/06/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House advanced a bill Tuesday that would reinstate tax credits for donations to certain charitable organizations. Tax credits on donations to food pantries, pregnancy resource centers and child crisis nurseries have either expired or will expire during 2013, but the measure given first-round approval on a 153-3 vote would reinstate the credits until 2019...
Insurance payments for autism services rise in Missouri (02/06/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A new report shows that health insurance payments for autism-related treatments in Missouri rose by more than 50 percent last year. The Missouri Department of Insurance said more than 2,500 people received treatment covered by insurance for autism spectrum disorders in 2012. Insurance claims for the services increased to $6.6 million from $4.3 million the previous year...
Mo. Senate backs quick takeover of failed schools (02/06/13)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Senate has endorsed a measure that could speed up state intervention in failing school districts. The bill given initial approval Tuesday night is aimed mainly at the Kansas City School District, which lost its accreditation in January 2012...
Clydesdale foal is named Hope (02/06/13)
ST. LOUIS -- The three-week-old star of Budweiser's Super Bowl ad has a name: Hope. Anheuser-Busch on Tuesday said its contest to find a name for the foal born Jan. 16 at the company's Clydesdale ranch in mid-Missouri generated more than 60,000 tweets, Facebook comments and other messages. Hope was one of the more popular names generated through the social media effort...
Ex-Army leader facing MU protests defends his Guantanamo Bay record (02/06/13)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A quick glance at Larry James' packed resume suggests the retired Army colonel is eminently qualified for a top administrative job at the University of Missouri. He holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Iowa, is dean of professional psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and coordinated mental health resources at the Pentagon after the Sept. 11 terror attacks as part of a 22-year military career...
More states push retention of struggling readers (02/06/13)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Flunked, retained, held back. Whatever you call it, increasing numbers of states are not promoting students who are struggling to read at the end of third grade. Thirty-two states have passed legislation designed to improve third-grade literacy, according to the Education Commission of the States. Retention is part of policies in 14 states, with some offering more leeway than others...
2012 home prices rose by most in 6.5 years (02/06/13)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. home prices jumped by the most in 6 1/2 years in December, spurred by a low supply of available homes and rising demand. Home prices rose 8.3 percent in December compared with a year earlier, according to a report Tuesday from CoreLogic, a real estate data provider. That is the biggest annual gain since May 2006. Prices rose last year in 46 of 50 states...
Ohio man recovers 300-year-old Bible (02/06/13)
MARYSVILLE, Ohio -- A central Ohio man's heart sank when he realized burglars had broken in and stolen a safe holding his most prized possession -- a 300-year-old family Bible. The Bible, written in German Gothic script and containing the handwritten dates of births, deaths and marriages for seven generations of Tim Shier's family, disappeared in the burglary in Marysville, near Columbus, Ohio, in December 2011...
FBI: Ala. man was in 'firefight' with SWAT team (02/06/13)
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. -- An Alabama man who held a 5-year-old boy captive for nearly a week engaged in a firefight with SWAT agents storming his underground bunker before he was killed during the rescue operation, the FBI said Tuesday night. Bomb technicians scouring his rural property found two explosive devices, one in the bunker, one in a plastic pipe that negotiators used to communicate with the man...
Congress considers putting limits on strikes by drones (02/06/13)
WASHINGTON -- Uncomfortable with the Obama administration's use of deadly drones, a growing number in Congress is looking to limit America's authority to kill suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens. The Democratic-led outcry was emboldened by the revelation in a newly surfaced Justice Department memo that shows drones can strike against a wider range of threats, with less evidence, than previously believed...
Business, labor huddle on immigration (02/06/13)
WASHINGTON -- Unlikely allies, business and labor leaders joined in support of the White House's immigration overhaul efforts Tuesday while also launching high-stakes negotiations to overcome an issue that has split them before -- creating a guest-worker program to ensure future immigrants come to the U.S. legally...
Obama to visit Israel, first time as president (02/06/13)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will go to Israel in the spring, the White House said Tuesday, marking his first visit to the U.S. ally since becoming president. While in the region, Obama will make stops in the West Bank and Jordan. Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the visit to Israel in late January, when Obama congratulated Netanyahu on his success in Israel's recent election. ...
New PAC stirs GOP rivalries, angst in tea party (02/06/13)
WASHINGTON -- Republicans' struggles to redefine their party are intensifying, as tea party insurgents and establishment Republicans vie to control congressional primaries, and GOP leaders try to expand their focus beyond the deficit. Grassroots conservatives are condemning a new bid by wealthy donors to vet future Senate and House nominees. The donors want to weed out weak and gaffe-prone candidates. But tea party activists fear the real target is uncompromising conservatives...
U.S. sues S&P for $5 billion over pre-crisis mortgage ratings (02/06/13)
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration Tuesday accused Standard & Poor's of refusing to warn investors the housing market was collapsing in 2006 because it would be bad for business. The civil charges against the credit rating agency were the administration's most aggressive action to date against those deemed responsible for contributing to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. They followed years of criticism the government had failed to do enough...
Dell to take company private in $24.4B deal (02/06/13)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Slumping personal computer maker Dell is bowing out of the stock market in a $24.4 billion buyout that represents the largest deal of its kind since the Great Recession dried up the financing for such risky maneuvers. A complex agreement announced Tuesday will allow Dell Inc.'s management, including eponymous founder Michael Dell, to attempt a company turnaround away from the glare and financial pressures of Wall Street...
Today in History (02/06/13)
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2013. There are 328 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 6, 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. On this date: In 1778, the United States won official recognition from France with the signing of a Treaty of Alliance in Paris...
Iranian leader visits Egypt in warming of ties (02/06/13)
CAIRO -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Cairo on Tuesday, the first by an Iranian leader in more than three decades, highlights efforts by Egypt's Islamist leader to thaw long frigid ties between the two regional heavyweights. Although the official welcome was warm, there was unscripted discord from Sunni protesters angry about Iran's support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, as well as decades of sectarian animosity between Shiite-led Iran and the region's Sunni majority.. ...
Egypt's pope criticizes Islamists (02/06/13)
AL-MUHARRAQ MONASTERY, Egypt -- Egypt's Coptic patriarch delivered a cautious but unusually sharp criticism of the nation's Islamist leadership Tuesday, dismissing the country's new constitution as discriminatory and rounds of national dialogues sponsored by the president as meaningless...
Jackson boys basketball team tops rival Central 57-43 (02/06/13)
The Jackson High School basketball team picked a perfect night to play one of its more complete games this season. The Indians locked down defensively, shared the ball offensively, hit the boards and limited turnovers. It all added up to a resounding 57-43 home victory over arch rival Central...
Brown will sign to play soccer at University of Louisville (02/06/13)
Dreaming youth goalkeeper Paige Brown wondered. SEMO Storm coach Dee Brown realized. And professional soccer instructor Brian Jones recognized. As for parents Rusty and Pam Brown, they drove and drove. The dreams, insight, expertise and dedication will come to fruition today when Jackson High School senior Paige Brown signs a letter of intent to play soccer at the University of Louisville...
Southeast Missourian Player of the Week: Leopold's Kyle Stroder (02/06/13)
Stroder averaged 27 points in a pair of victories that sent Leopold to the championship of the Mississippi Valley Conference Tournament last week.
High school roundup: Poplar Bluff nips Scott City boys basketball team (02/06/13)
All the local high school events reported Tuesday to the Southeast Missourian.
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team may lose Niemczyk for two games (02/06/13)
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Dickey Nutt said senior guard Nick Niemczyk is questionable for this week's two home games after suffering a foot injury during practice early in the week. Nutt said it was feared that Niemczyk broke the foot, but X-rays were negative...
Cardinals' Carpenter likely out this season, and maybe longer (02/06/13)
A recurring nerve injury may cost the Cardinals' right-hander his career.
A Grammy maybe? Carly Rae Jepsen heads for gold (02/06/13)
NEW YORK -- Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" became the soundtrack for endless viral online fun last year. The song put 27-year-old Jepsen, who finished third on a season of "Canadian Idol," in the spotlight and on a path to potential Grammy gold. The monster hit is nominated for song of the year and best pop vocal performance at the Feb. 10 awards show...
Paul Beattie (02/06/13)
Paul Kenneth Beattie, 95, of Jackson died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 3, 1917, in Jackson to John Albert and Eunice Lillian Hinkle Beattie. Paul graduated from Jackson High School where he was a member of the football team that was undefeated and unscored on in a single season...
Della Kerby (02/06/13)
MOUND CITY, Ill. -- Della M. Kerby, 101, of Charleston, Mo., formerly of Mound City, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at Massie Funeral Home in Mounds, Ill...
James DeLay (02/06/13)
BELL CITY, Mo. -- James Wright DeLay, 90, of Bell City departed this life for his heavenly home Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Jim was born July 14, 1922, in Tilman, Mo., son of Zelma W. and David C. DeLay. He is survived by one son, Darrell J. DeLay of Advance, Mo.; and three daughters, Avis Holloway and husband Wally of Springfield, Mo., Peggy Beck of Sikeston, Mo., and Diane Frank and husband Chaunce of Nixa, Mo. ...
Dennis Limbaugh (02/06/13)
ADVANCE, Mo. — Dennis Jay Limbaugh, 50, of Advance died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at his home. A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. today at Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Advance. Morgan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Gene Loftis (02/06/13)
Gene A. Loftis, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Missouri Veterans Home. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Amelia Mattingly (02/06/13)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Amelia Mary "Miji" Mattingly, 87, of Cairo passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, surrounded by her loving family while on sojourn in Campbell, Calif. She is survived by two brothers, John and Nick, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Bill; a sister, Constance; and parents William B. and Constance Dahm Mattingly...
Nell Nolan (02/06/13)
Nell Rae Nolan, 84, of Pearl, Miss., formerly of Jackson, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at her home. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, and from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at Iona Baptist Church in Oriole...
Velton Taylor (02/06/13)
BENTON, Mo. -- Velton Loyd "Pap" Taylor, 68, of Benton died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born Feb. 14, 1944, in Morehouse, Mo., to Luner "Rass" and Nettie Pearl Sharkey Taylor. He and Nancy Allene Lemmink were married July 5, 1985...
Ronald Tuschhoff (02/06/13)
Ronald Mack Tuschhoff, 70, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Southeast Hospital. He was born May 6, 1942, in Cape Girardeau, to Edwin and Edna McLaughlin Tuschhoff. He and Janet Marie Green were married Aug. 14, 1965, in Cape Girardeau...
Cape Girardeau police report 2/6/13 (02/06/13)
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. Theft...
Cape Girardeau fire report 2/6/13 (02/06/13)
Firefighters responded to the following calls Monday:...
Out of the past 2/6/13 (02/06/13)
Dr. Harold O. Grauel, longtime educator and civic and fraternal leader, has been named the 25th recipient of the Golden Deeds Award from the Cape Girardeau Evening Exchange Club. Southeast Missouri State University English professor Nolan Porterfield has been nominated for a 1988 Grammy Award, to be presented March 2 at Radio City Music Hall in New York; Porterfield has been nominated for "Best Album Notes" for his work with a Smithsonian Recordings album, "Jimmie Rodgers on Record: America's Blue Yodeler.". ...
Raw numbers paint different picture of gun violence (02/06/13)
David Axelrod, President's Obama's former senior adviser and patriarch of the Chicago connection with the White House, this week addressed the sad crime wave that engulfs the Windy City. And Axelrod said the words that Obama will not. Axelrod said there were upward of 150,000 active gang members in Chicago, and those gangs are responsible for the 500-plus murders in the city last year...
Love and Laughter (02/06/13)
With Valentine's Day approaching, many are making plans for the big day. There will be flowers, cards and chocolate. But if you're looking to enhance your marriage or build on your relationship, there's a fun event coming up worth considering. Pastor and author Ted Cunningham will give his Love and Laughter presentation at 7 p.m. Friday at New McKendree South Campus in Jackson. Tickets are $25 for individuals and $35 for couples...
Textbook rental saves money (02/06/13)
I am writing in regard to the upcoming decision of Southeast Missouri State University whether to bid out the ownership and operation of Southeast Bookstore to an outside vendor. Thus far, Southeast has maintained an in-house bookstore with a textbook-rental system that allows students to use textbooks for the duration of their classes at a fraction of the cost to purchase them...
Abortion does affect us all (02/06/13)
Just to let Ms. Johns know, abortion does affect me and has affected this country. Legalized abortion probably has been the main event that started the deterioration of our culture and morals in this country. We used to stand for life and freedom; now we stand for convenience and free stuff. With over 55 million abortions already performed, I consider abortion the ultimate assault weapon...
Abortion affects others (02/06/13)
Editor's note: The following two letters are in response to the Joyce Johns letter to the editor published Jan. 31. This also is in response to the Johns' response. I ask Johns: Do you ever read the Bible? Immorality does affect everyone sooner or later. ...
Speak Out 2/6/13 (02/06/13)
The real purpose of those pushing for a public, as opposed to a secret, ballot to choose a nominee to fill Jo Ann Emerson's seat is a plutocratic conspiracy to in all elections eliminate the secret ballot so middle and working-class voters can be intimidated by their employers as in the days before the adoption of the secret ballot...
Prayer 2/6/13 (02/06/13)
O Lord Jesus, we praise you, for you are forever faithful. Amen.
Holt reenlists in the Missouri National Guard (02/06/13)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Sgt. Jonathan Holt, of Anna, Ill., recently reenlisted in the Missouri National Guard's 1140th Forward Support Company in Cape Girardeau. Holt, who joined the Guard in 2006, said he was attracted to the service because of the discipline and structure it provides in his life...
Boys Baseball League Registration Open Now in Cape (02/06/13)
The City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department began registration for boys baseball leagues on Feb. 4. Registration continues until Friday, March 15. The baseball leagues are designed for boys who are in between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. The entry fee is $55 for boys ages 5-8, and costs $65 for boys ages 9-12. The entry fee include a uniform shirt, 10 to 12 game season, Babe Ruth League Team registration, and playing equipment...
motherly love (02/06/13)
Snowball which is a great pyrenees had puppys and then I had a goat have twins and snowball decided to help the goat out by keeping them warm.
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