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Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
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Voter turnout likely to be lower in November (10/01/14) 5
While November elections typically draw more voters than those held in other months, local election officials don't...
Southeast Homecoming promises lots of fanfare (10/01/14)
From the traditional parade and football game to a tailgate concert featuring The Brothers Walker, a large scholarship...
Southeast Missourian wins 28 awards in statewide contest (10/01/14) 1
The Southeast Missourian has amassed 28 awards -- including 11 first-place finishes -- in the Missouri Press...
I-55 in Cape County reduced for pavement repairs (10/01/14)
Northbound Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane as contractor crews make pavement...
Enjoying the farmers market (10/01/14)
LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semissourian.com A.J. Brown, 2, and his sister Lydia, 3, keep their eyes on the two...
Videos
Burglary investigation nets 3 arrests (10/01/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Police made three arrests over the weekend as part of an investigation into a recent rash of home burglaries and vehicle break-ins around town. The first two arrests occurred Friday afternoon. At 2:36 p.m., officers were sent to 407 W. Harrison St. to investigate a robbery. On arrival, they were told the suspects had fled in a black Pontiac...
Sikeston, Mo., chamber warns businesses of counterfeit bills (10/01/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Sikeston Regional Chamber is alerting area businesses about an individual using counterfeit money. A counterfeit $20 bill was used at a Sikeston restaurant Tuesday, according to the chamber. The counterfeit bill's serial number was je92389464b, and other phony bills might be similar...
Two Poplar Bluff men injured in fight involving baseball bat (10/01/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Two local men were treated for head injuries Saturday after one allegedly attacked the other for viewing sexually explicit images of an acquaintance and then sending the woman a suggestive comment via Facebook...
Kennett couple cited for animal neglect (10/01/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- Citations and a warrant were issued Friday to Kennett residents Crystal D. Holloway and Robert J. Holloway on two counts each of violating the city's animal health and safety and vicious-animal ordinances...
Alleged robber arrested in connection with dollar store heist (09/30/14)
A Cape Girardeau man remained in custody at the county sheriff's department Monday after being charged with first-degree robbery and felony armed criminal action in connection with an incident Sunday at Dollar General. Tyler O. Johnson, 23, is being held on a $100,000 surety bond, Cape Girardeau Police Department spokesman Darin Hickey said...
SEMO accommodates growing enrollment (09/30/14)
Having topped 12,000 students this fall, Southeast Missouri State University has enough classroom space to accommodate its growth, but might need renovations in the future. Angela Meyer, director of facilities management, said the university's Space Utilization Committee has discussed classroom space, but isn't ready to recommend any changes to the board of regents -- yet. Provost Bill Eddleman added the university doesn't "have any absolute shortage problems in terms of space."...
Provost explains how class sizes are determined (09/30/14)
Southeast Missouri State University provost Bill Eddleman talked to the Southeast Missourian about class sizes, what determines where classes are held and ease of signing up for needed classes, among other items. Q: How do you determine where classes are held?...
State treasurer emphasizes higher education during school visit (09/28/14)
It's not every day the state treasurer swings by to offer investment advice. Cape Girardeau Central Middle School students gathered Friday morning to listen to Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel speak about the importance of investing in the future. While it's important to make monetary investments, no matter how modest, Zweifel told students it was equally important they invest in themselves by working hard in school...
St. Louis students protest principal's departure (09/28/14)
ST. LOUIS -- Some St. Louis high school students say they are being shortchanged of a quality education amid high teacher turnover and a popular principal's resignation. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported more than 100 Vashon High students protested outside the school Friday morning. Students described substitute teachers who play movies in class and tests where "C" grades are given just for showing up...
Regional spelling bee open for registration (09/26/14)
Registration is open for schools that wish to participate in the sixth annual Southeast Missouri Regional Spelling Bee, set for Feb. 28 at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff. Participating schools must complete their registration by Oct. 15 and complete a schoolwide spelling bee before Feb. 6. Students must not be older than age 14 on or before Aug. 31 and cannot have passed beyond the eighth grade on or before Feb. 1...

  • Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe....
  • McConnell, Grimes both get public pay to campaign
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell is criticizing his Democratic opponent for drawing her state paycheck while away from work to campaign. Left unsaid in the new TV ad is that McConnell appears to be taking his government salary while campaigning, too....
  • Ebola patient told hospital he was from Liberia
    DALLAS (AP) -- The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday in a disclosure that showed how easily an infection could be missed....
  • Jeter: Players can share their stories on my site
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Derek Jeter is among the most media-savvy athletes on the planet, but he says it came through trial and error....
  • US sharply criticizes new Israeli housing project
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a striking public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from "even its closest allies" and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians....
  • Regulators reject challenge to Ameren power rates
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Ameren Missouri outlined new plans Wednesday to gradually reduce its reliance on coal-fired power plants, while state utility regulators also rejected a complaint alleging the company has earned more than it's entitled to on its electricity rates....
  • Missouri lawmakers question troopers' training
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- State representatives are raising concerns over whether troopers patrolling Missouri's waterways were properly trained following a 2011 highway and water patrol merger....
  • Sunset Hills mayor charged for hitting bicyclist
    SUNSET HILLS, Mo. (AP) -- The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Sunset Hills is facing charges for striking a bicyclist with his car....
  • Wrongful death suit filed over wrong address
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The families of two St. Louis shooting victims are suing the city police department for dispatching officers to the wrong address....
  • St. Louis panel focuses on police force diversity
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Police agencies need to work harder to become more diverse, and a key starting point is improving relations between police and minority communities, experts said Wednesday during a conference in St. Louis....