- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)47
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)43
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Statement: Man says cops’ good work drove him to grow his own marijuana (05/01/16)1
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- River Ridge Winery changes hands (05/02/16)
Readers respond to special reports
Three Southeast Missourian series provoked unusually large responses from readers in 2004.
In April, readers from all across the country responded to a four-day series on autism.
As Southeast Missourian staff writers Callie Clark and Bob Miller followed the autism issues throughout the year, the newspaper received more than 20 letters to the editor and many more Speak Out comments, some critical of the newspaper for reporting about a controversial theory that blames a vaccine preservative for the exponential outbreak in autism in the 1990s.
Another series that brought large amounts of feedback was Clark's on Cape Girardeau Central junior high teacher Jason Bandermann. She spent more than 40 hours in Bandermann's classroom detailing the ups and downs of a first-year teacher. The stories dealt with behavior, parenting and racial issues.
In November, Miller wrote a lengthy four-part narrative about a Leopold woman's struggle with infertility and a complicated pregnancy with triplets. Southeast Missourian readers came to know Barb and Kenny Elfrink and little Franklin, who died 18 hours after birth.