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Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014
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Annual scenic drive to offer meandering course in four Southeast Missouri counties (04/24/14)
Winding through four counties across the region, the Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive, coming up Saturday and...
Banks pleads not guilty in death of Cape woman (04/24/14)
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- A Cape Girardeau man pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a murder case stemming from the death of...
NFL player to sign autographs for Hooper scholarship fund (04/24/14)
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Edgar Jones will be signing autographs from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at Chick-fil-A in Cape...
Two men attempt to rob Steele nursing home at gunpoint (04/24/14)
STEELE, Mo. -- Two masked men armed with a gun entered a Steele nursing home April 14, possibly in search of narcotics,...
Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 4/24/14 (04/24/14)
Administrative Office Building, 1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Open session Communications/reports: Other...
Videos
Banks pleads not guilty in death of Cape woman (04/24/14)
MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- A Cape Girardeau man pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a murder case stemming from the death of 40-year-old Marsha Ann Brown, also of Cape Girardeau. Brandon Banks, 28, appeared in Jackson County, Ill., Circuit Court for an arraignment Wednesday morning on a felony murder charge in connection with the death of Brown, whose body was found Jan. 14 in rural Makanda, Ill...
Two men attempt to rob Steele nursing home at gunpoint (04/24/14)
STEELE, Mo. -- Two masked men armed with a gun entered a Steele nursing home April 14, possibly in search of narcotics, according to a news release issued Monday by Steele police chief Billy Joe Stanfield. The Steele Police Department received a 911 call from the River Oaks Nursing Center early that day...
Safe at Home program helps protect abuse, rape victims (04/23/14)
Since August 2007, more than 2,000 Missourians have used a Jefferson City, Mo., post office box to protect themselves from stalkers, a spokesman for Secretary of State Jason Kander said. The Safe at Home program allows victims of physical or sexual violence to establish state and local public records under a substitute address, Kevin Flannery said Tuesday...
Man sentenced in jewelry store robbery (04/22/14)
A Tennessee man last week became the first of four defendants to be sentenced in connection with a 2009 armed robbery at a Cape Girardeau jewelry store. Kevin Stitt was sentenced to 65 months in federal prison for his role in the robbery. He also must pay $93,461 in restitution, online federal court records show...
Mo. death row appeal focuses on execution drug (04/22/14)
ST. LOUIS -- A federal appeals court Monday denied a stay of execution for a condemned Missouri man scheduled to die later this week. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to halt the execution of William Rousan. The appeal cited concerns that Missouri's execution drug, obtained from an unnamed compounding pharmacy, potentially could cause pain and suffering for the inmate. The appeals court ruled without comment...
Organizations, schools, hospitals offer variety of summer camps (04/24/14)
Myriad summer camps will be offered throughout the area by a variety of organizations -- the city, hospitals, Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, private schools and Southeast Missouri State University to name a few. In an email to the Southeast Missourian, nature center manager Sara Turner said the Outdoor Adventure camps are the most popular and fill during the first one to two hours of registration...
House panel OKs Missouri student transfer bill (04/24/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri House committee advanced legislation Wednesday that seeks to overhaul a student transfer law requiring struggling school districts pay for students to attend better-performing nearby schools. But even some who endorsed the lengthy education bill voiced reservations, saying it has faults but that the issue is too important to end the discussion...
Hooked on Science: Notebook spring launcher (04/24/14)
You might take notes or sketch in your notebook, but using a few materials from around the house you can turn a notebook into an amazing science experiment. Plastic spiral notebook Dowel rod STEP 1: Remove the paper from the plastic spiral notebook spring...
Tax cut would have 'major impact,' school officials say (04/21/14)
School district superintendents and state education organizations say districts could stand to lose $223 million if tax cut legislation is fully implemented, according to a Missouri School Boards' Association news release. Senate Bill 509, sponsored by State Sen. ...
Mo. mulls state funds to districts for preschool (04/21/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers are moving to put more of the state's money where their mouths are in supporting preschool and early childhood programs. Legislation advancing at the state Capitol would allow public schools to begin counting some children attending early childhood education programs toward the basic state funding they receive. ...
  • Clash in east Ukraine leave at least 2 dead
    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian government troops moved against pro-Russia forces in the east of the country on Thursday and killed at least two of them in clashes at checkpoints manned by the insurgents, the government and insurgents said. Russian President Vladimir Putin decried what he described as a "punitive operation."...
  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital on Thursday morning, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said....
  • Taliban ready to deal on captive US soldier?
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The captors of an American soldier held for nearly five years in Afghanistan have signaled a willingness to release him but are unclear which U.S. government officials have the authority to make a deal, according to two individuals in the military working for his release. Critics of the release effort blame disorganization and poor communication among the numerous federal agencies involved....
  • Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods, underscoring a division between powerful lobbyists for the U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea....
  • FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration....
  • Missouri Senate panel approves spending plan
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri Senate panel adopted a state budget plan that includes a two-pronged funding plan for public schools that bases their state aid on economic performance....
  • Authorities investigate shooting death in SW Iowa
    BEDFORD, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Department of Public Safety says authorities are investigating the shooting death of a man in southwest Iowa....
  • House panel OKs Missouri student transfer bill
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri House committee advanced legislation Wednesday that seeks to overhaul a student transfer law requiring struggling school districts pay for students to attend better-performing nearby schools....
  • Gacy probe helps solve unrelated Chicago-area case
    MAYWOOD, Ill. (AP) -- Ruth Rodriguez didn't want to believe her brother was one of more than 30 young men and boys John Wayne Gacy lured into his Chicago-area house and strangled, but she was willing to provide her DNA to find out....
  • Missouri House panel mulls impeaching governor
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An effort to impeach Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon over his decision to allow same-sex couples to file joint tax returns received its first public hearing Wednesday in a House committee....