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Isle Casino keeps bringing in money its second year (10/31/14) 17
A second full year in business for Isle Casino Cape Girardeau means money in the pot for local governments. Since the casino's opening Oct. 30, 2012, the city of Cape Girardeau has been the benefactor of more than $6.3 million, which came from admission and gaming taxes paid by the casino through Sept. 30, according to figures from the Missouri Gaming Commission...
Deputy: Murder case 'came down to a timeline' (10/31/14) 1
JONESBORO, Ill. -- The injury that killed 4-year-old Justin Hepburn had to have occurred during a four-hour window when he was alone with his father's girlfriend Dec. 10, 2011, a Union County, Illinois, deputy testified Thursday. Sacha Brown, 32, of Ware, Illinois, faces charges of murder, aggravated battery of a child younger than 13 and concealment of a homicide in connection with Justin's death...
Man pleads guilty to attacking colleague with box cutter (10/31/14)
An Arkansas man pleaded guilty this week to attacking a colleague with a box cutter outside a Cape Girardeau hotel. Robert L. Brewer, 40, of Jonesboro, Arkansas, originally had been charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with the Aug. 7 attack...
Three vying for 147th House District seat (10/31/14) 3
While voters in the 146th House District will see only one name on the ballot for the state representative seat, those in the 147th House District will see three. Incumbent Donna Lichtenegger, R-Jackson, is running unopposed, while Cape Girardeau Republican Kathy Swan faces Democrat Gary Gaines and Libertarian Greg Tlapek in her run for re-election...
Southeast Construction Management students finish third in competition (10/31/14)
Six students in the Construction Management Organization at Southeast Missouri State University finished third at the Associated Schools of Construction Competition on Oct. 22 through 25 in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Southeast competed in ASC's Region 4, which includes 15 member schools in seven states from Missouri north through the Dakotas. Competition took place in four divisions: commercial building, design-build, heavy-civil and residential...
State agency backs effort to repair flood zone (10/31/14)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Missouri's top emergency management official will back Mississippi County's attempts to get the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fix county roads it destroyed. Ron Walker, director of the State Emergency Management Agency, "said SEMA is willing to help us and are in agreement with us," Carlin Bennett, presiding county commissioner, said during the County Commission's regular meeting Thursday...
Local events scheduled for National Adoption Month (10/31/14)
As part of National Adoption Month, the Children's Coalition will host Orphan Sunday Candlelight Vigil from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Common Pleas Courthouse gazebo to raise awareness of children who need homes. Evelyn Martin, regional director of Lutheran Family and Children's Services, said the event is meant to celebrate adoptive and foster families and raise awareness and provide education about adoption and foster care...
Advanced Technology Showcase set at Southeast next week (10/31/14)
The Department of Polytechnic Studies at Southeast Missouri State University will host an Advanced Technology Showcase from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and from noon to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building. The event will give high school juniors and seniors interested in chemistry, physics, advanced math, computers, industrial technology, and career and technology center subjects a chance to explore different disciplines...
Caruthersville man arrested on sex charges (10/31/14)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A Caruthersville man was arrested Wednesday on sex-related charges in Pemiscot County. Officers from the Caruthersville Police Department arrested Roberto Slaughter, 37, of Caruthersville on a warrant for three counts of first-degree statutory rape, first-degree statutory sodomy, two counts of second-degree statutory rape and tampering or attempted tampering with a victim or witness in a felony prosecution...
OnlineU.org ranks Southeast Missouri State's business, nursing degrees (10/30/14) 1
OnlineU.org has featured Southeast Missouri State University on the list of its 2015 Best Value Online College Rankings. Its degree in nursing ranks 15th, and its business degree is 25th out of 25, according to the list at http://www.onlineu.org/best-value-colleges...
Local events scheduled for National Adoption Month (10/30/14)
As part of National Adoption Month, the Children's Coalition will host Orphan Sunday Candlelight Vigil from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Common Pleas Courthouse gazebo to raise awareness of children who need homes. Evelyn Martin, regional director of Lutheran Family and Children's Services, said the event is meant to celebrate adoptive and foster families and raise awareness and provide education about adoption and foster care...
Casino license renewed by state for four more years (10/30/14) 9
Isle Casino Cape Girardeau was granted a renewal on its gaming license Wednesday by the Missouri Gaming Commission. The renewed license is valid for four years as opposed to previous one-year licenses granted to Isle by the commission. State statutes that govern licensing of Missouri casinos are set up so upon opening, a casino can receive a one-year license for each of the first two years of operation, then may apply for a four-year license every term after. ...
Testimony continues in Ware murder case (10/30/14)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Testimony continued Wednesday in the murder case against a Ware, Illinois, woman accused of killing her boyfriend's 4-year-old son. Sacha Brown, 32, faces charges of murder, aggravated battery of a child under 13 and concealing a homicide in connection with the Dec. 11, 2011, death of Justin Hepburn...
Free makeovers offered to Vision House residents (10/30/14)
Women in Gibson Recovery Center Inc.'s Vision House program got a beauty boost Wednesday with makeovers donated by local salons. This was the first time Gibson Recovery has offered Treat No Tricks for Vision House, marketing director Dwana Leible said. About 11 women from Vision House, a 16-bed transitional housing facility for women with substance abuse issues, got their hair, makeup and eyebrows done for free by representatives from local businesses...
Southeast Missourian 110-year timeline (10/30/14) 1
1904 The Naeter brothers resurrected a failed newspaper, The Daily Republican Voters approved a plan to install sewers in the city. Passenger service began on the new Houck railroad from Cape Girardeau to Oak Ridge. Louis Houck donated a wealth of items from the Missouri Building of the St. Louis World's Fair to the Normal School, now Southeast Missouri State University. Included in the purchase were 58 reproductions of ancient and medieval statuary by August Gerber of Cologne, Germany...
Woman injured when tree falls on house (10/30/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A woman was reaching for a glass in a kitchen cabinet when a huge tree being removed from the adjoining lot fell the wrong way. It smashed her into house at 1104 Hickory St. about 5:15 p.m. Friday. Patricia Montiel was injured when the cabinets were knocked off the wall and a microwave on a shelf above the range hood fell down...
Three Rivers staff gets peek at new Sikeston facility (10/30/14)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Members of Three Rivers College faculty and staff received a sneak peek Friday of the institution's new Sikeston campus. The three-story, 40,000-square-foot structure will replace a converted racquet ball court with about 8,000 square feet of usable space where classes are held...
Democratic challenger tries to unseat incumbent in Dist. 145 (10/30/14) 2
In the final days of the campaign, candidates for the 145th district in the Missouri House of Representatives are hard at work. Republican incumbent Shelley Keeney is working to win her last term of office that term limits will allow, and Democratic challenger Charles Elrod is taking some time from his regular job to beat the political bushes...
Clark Summers chosen for elections task force (10/30/14) 4
A local county clerk was chosen as a member of a new bipartisan group designed to maintain the integrity of elections in Missouri. Secretary of State Jason Kander on Wednesday announced the formation of the Elections Integrity Task Force, which will bring together federal law enforcement officials and local and state election authorities...
Pumpkins fly at first annual chuckin' contest (10/30/14)
Pumpkins flew, but not necessarily with the greatest of ease, during Wednesday's Pumpkin Chuckin' Contest at Parker Field at Southeast Missouri State University. The contest that pitted fraternity houses against each other was hosted by the Arrow, Southeast's student newspaper. Each fraternity used one person per round, and the one with the longest throw advanced to the finals. Those in the finals competed for the longest throw, said Olivia Snare, Arrow advertising manager...
Woman injured when tree falls on house (10/29/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A woman was reaching for a glass in a kitchen cabinet when a huge tree being removed from the adjoining lot fell the wrong way. It smashed her into house at 1104 Hickory St. about 5:15 p.m. Friday. Patricia Montiel was injured when the cabinets were knocked off the wall and a microwave on a shelf above the range hood fell down...
City tries to market troubled airport space again (10/29/14) 7
Finally rid of an airplane manufacturing company that went belly up three years ago, the city of Cape Girardeau is marketing the colossal space at the airport with the help of the Cape Girardeau Area Magnet. The 52,000-square-foot, metal building until last summer still housed at least a few items belonging to Commander Premier Aircraft Corp., an aircraft manufacturing company that held a ribbon-cutting in 2005 and promised to create jobs. ...
Pathologist: Slain 4-year-old would have shown symptoms of injury immediately (10/29/14)
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Justin Hepburn could have survived for several hours after sustaining the skull fracture that killed him, but he would have shown symptoms immediately, a forensic pathologist testified Tuesday in Union County, Illinois, Circuit Court...
Southeast regents approve extending same-sex benefits (10/29/14) 2
Following in the footsteps of other state benefit plans, the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents on Tuesday approved extending benefits to same-sex spouses and retirees. Enrollment begins immediately. The Missouri State Employee Retirement System and Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan recently did the same in response to an Oct. 3 order issued by a Jackson County Circuit Court judge requiring same-sex couples legally married in other states to be recognized by Missouri...
Flying high (10/29/14) 2
A hawk takes off from its treetop perch Tuesday in Cape Girardeau. (Laura Simon)
NPR's Mara Liasson talks politics at Show Me Center (10/29/14) 10
If Election Day is the Super Bowl in the world of politics, then Mara Liasson's discussion of midterm expectations could be considered the pregame analysis, said KRCU general manager Dan Woods at the Tuesday night event. He spoke briefly before Liasson's "Let's Talk Politics" presentation at the Show Me Center, part of Southeast Missouri State University's 2014-2015 Speakers Series, preparing the audience for an evening centered around the candidates and the issues at stake in the Nov. ...
SoutheastHEALTH CEO to retire earlier than planned (10/29/14)
SoutheastHEALTH CEO Wayne Smith will retire from his position earlier than orginally planned, the health system's board of directors announced Wednesday, leaving the healthcare system's chief financial officer, John Skeans, to steer the ship while a replacement is found...
Bollinger County candidates seek to address road, economic issues (10/29/14)
The two candidates seeking the office of presiding commissioner in Bollinger County know they're walking down a rough road to get to that office. Voters are frustrated with the condition of county roads, and have told incumbent Republican commissioner Travis Elfrink and Democratic challenger Ronald Davis how they feel...
Friends reunite in Cape after more than 30-year separation (10/29/14)
Quoc Chau was in his 20s when he escaped the political unrest in Vietnam with his wife, My, and young son, Tuyen. After three failed attempts at leaving the country, they boarded a boat, and after three days on choppy seas, the family disembarked in Malaysia. There, they remained for nearly two years in a Red Cross refugee camp before receiving word they were being sponsored by a church group to come to the U.S...
Lawyers make case for judicial election (10/29/14)
Two experienced lawyers are making their cases to Perry County, Missouri, voters before next week's election. Craig Brewer, running as an independent, and Jason Tilley, a Republican, are seeking the position being vacated by Associate Judge Michael Bullerdieck, who is retiring...
Highway 51 in Perry County reduced for bridge maintenance (10/29/14)
Highway 51 in Perry County will be reduced to one lane with an 11-foot width restriction as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform maintenance on the bridge over the Mississippi River. The work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily Monday through Nov. 6, according to a MoDOT news release...
Dexter man faces assault charges (10/29/14)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter man was arrested on numerous charges -- including first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer -- after a harrowing altercation in Dexter late last week. Joseph L. Womble, 38, entered the Mad Hatter Armory on Friday to confront his wife, Amber Womble, who had filed a protective order against him, according to a police report...
A day at the park (10/29/14)
GLENN LANDBERG ~ glandberg@semissourian.com Hana Lawson walks Yadi, her Labrador Retriever on a leaf covered path at Jackson City Park Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 28, 2014.
Fall foliage reflection (10/29/14)
LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semissourian.com Fall foliage near the skate park is reflected in a rearview mirror, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Cape Girardeau.
Early morning crash kills teen, injures passenger (10/29/14)
An pre-dawn car crash has claimed the life of one teenager and injured another. The accident happened Tuesday on Highway 84 when a pickup truck driven by a 19-year-old man left the highway and flipped sideways into a water-filled ditch about two miles west of Kennett, Missouri. The driver and a 17-year-old female passenger were trapped inside the vehicle, with the driver's side submerged...
Cape Girardeau man seriously injured in afternoon shooting (10/28/14) 31
An apparent assault in an alleyway Monday afternoon in Cape Girardeau sent a man to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. Police were called to the backyard of a house at 533 S. Middle St. around 3 p.m., where the victim was found and then taken to the hospital with serious injuries...
Amendment 3, new education commissioner topics at Cape Girardeau board meeting (10/28/14)
The passage or defeat of Amendment 3 and the upcoming appointment of a new Missouri commissioner of education were among the topics discussed at Monday's Cape Girardeau School Board meeting. Amendment 3, on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, would tie teacher evaluations to student performance and limit future teaching contracts to three years, among other things...
Testimony begins in case against woman accused of killing 4-year-old (10/28/14) 4
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Testifying Monday in Union County, Illinois, Circuit Court, Chris Hepburn recalled the last evening he spent with his 4-year-old son, Justin. It was Dec. 9, 2011, and Hepburn was scheduled to go to Wisconsin on a business trip the next day. He spent the day with Justin, taking him to a doctor's appointment, playing outside with him and then reading to him in the evening...
Social welfare organization wants to target economic justice (10/28/14) 14
Education, poverty and economic justice were among the topics discussed at the Missouri Association for Social Welfare's first Cape Girardeau area chapter meeting. An informational meeting was held in August to allow people to learn more about the group and decide if they wanted to join or become board members. ...
Coffee with the Cops set for Saturday (10/28/14) 1
A Coffee with the Cops event is set for 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Chick-fil-A, 3333 Gordonville Road in Cape Girardeau. The event offers a chance for people to ask questions, voice concerns, or stop by and say "hi." It's designed to give law enforcement officers and community members a chance to get to know one another in an informal setting...
SEMO board of regents to meet this morning (10/28/14)
The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider approving maintenance and repair capital projects for fiscal 2015 and changes to employee benefits when it meets at 11 a.m. today. The panel will meet in the Board of Regents Room in Academic Hall, during which the group also will hear the 2013 Department of Public Safety annual report...
Southeast Missouri State cybersecurity student headed to White House (10/28/14)
Joe Surmeier, a Southeast Missouri State University senior cybersecurity major from Kansas City, Missouri, has been invited to attend a recognition dinner and round-table with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday at the White House...
Doniphan man arrested in connection with Poplar Bluff murder investigation (10/28/14) 1
A Doniphan, Missouri, man was arrested Saturday in connection with a body found near the Black River in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, last week. Authorities said Bryce Davis, 24, was the last of three people put behind bars in connection with the apparent murder of Salvador Ruiz Ramirez...
Man sought for shooting at Poplar Bluff park (10/28/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A warrant was issued Friday for a Poplar Bluff man authorities believe was involved in last week's shooting at Kiwanis Bacon Park. Latez Kellum, 24, of the 1100 block of Fairmont Street was charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon, felony armed criminal action and felony second-degree assault by Butler County assistant prosecuting attorney Ted Thompson...
Amendment 3 opponents continue beating drum as election nears (10/28/14)
With the Nov. 4 general election looming, opponents of Amendment 3 are still trying to convince people not to vote for the measure. The proposal on the ballot would tie teacher evaluations to student performance and limit future teaching contracts to three years, among other things...
Road work 10/28/14 (10/28/14)
Route O in Scott County reduced for drainage repairs Route O in Scott County, between County Road 532 and U.S. 62, will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform drainage repairs. A MoDOT news release says the work will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily Wednesday through Friday...
Scott City superintendent to retire next year (10/27/14)
Scott City superintendent Diann Ulmer plans to retire at the end of this school year, having spent her entire professional life -- including her student teaching days -- with the district. But even as the district starts the process to find a new school chief -- hoping to select one by January -- Ulmer is still focused on her day-to-day duties of overseeing 106 employees and 818 students...
'House Hunters' show films in area (10/27/14) 8
The HGTV show "House Hunters" filmed its first-ever episode in the Cape Girardeau area Sunday. Few details were available, but the episode is expected to air sometime in spring 2015. Episodes take close to five months to edit, said Daun Margin of Pie Town Productions, which produces many shows for Home & Garden Television, or HGTV...
Chamber expresses support for fire tax (10/27/14) 19
The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce has announced its endorsement of continuing the city's fire sales tax. The board of directors voted unanimously in recent days to support the measure and encourage voter approval in the Nov. 4 election. The quarter-cent tax initially was approved by voters in 2004. In the coming election, they will be asked to renew a 1/8-cent portion. The remaining half of the tax is ongoing...
Kmart, Sears woes not affecting local stores (10/27/14) 16
Nearly 80 Sears and Kmart stores across the country may close before Christmas, many financial news outlets reported late last week, but Cape Girardeau's stores appear to be safe from the cuts despite few specifics on the parent company's planned closing list...