Banks pleads not guilty in death of Cape woman
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. ...