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Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014
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Route P in Cape County closed for railroad repairs (09/02/14)
Route P in Cape Girardeau County will be closed as contractor crews perform work on the railroad crossing. The road...
Downtown improvement district vote coming soon (09/02/14) 6
For more than three years, residents, businesses and organizations have worked together to establish a downtown...
Police use videos for evidence and training (09/02/14) 8
No one but those at the scene knows exactly what happened in the moments before Ferguson, Missouri, police officer...
Soybean experts tout crop's benefits in India (09/02/14) 2
This year marks a bumper crop for soybean farmers around the United States. With supply becoming greater than demand,...
Southeast students, alumni affected by Ferguson events (09/02/14) 5
A number of Southeast Missouri State University students have been affected by events in Ferguson, Missouri, in recent...
Videos
Police use videos for evidence and training (09/02/14)
No one but those at the scene knows exactly what happened in the moments before Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown last month. No video exists of the interactions between Wilson and Brown, 18, before the Aug. 9 shooting, which sparked massive protests and drew national attention to concerns about police accountability and officers' use of deadly force...
Dexter man admits to thefts from vehicles (08/31/14)
DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter man is in custody, having admitted to at least 10 thefts from parked vehicles on the west side of town. Dexter Police detective Cory Mills said the department received a call Tuesday regarding the theft of a black suitcase and several tools from a vehicle parked at the Dexter Inn at 1807 W. Business 60...
Sikeston man arrested on drug charges (08/31/14)
BENTON, Mo. -- Markel Charles Fitchpatrick, 40, of Sikeston, Missouri, has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and driving while revoked. Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said that about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, Cpl. Justin Wooten and deputy Robyn Merideth were traveling east on Route U in Scott County when a white pickup truck with Missouri license plates swerved off the roadway and into a construction site in Blodgett, Missouri...
Charleston man faces domestic violence charges (08/31/14)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Charleston man is in custody awaiting arraignment on assault and restraint charges. Sammy Floyd Welch, 34, was arrested by the Charleston Department of Public Safety on felony charges of second-degree domestic assault and felonious restraint, according to online court records...
Oran man charged with drug possession (08/31/14)
An Oran, Missouri, man is facing a pair of drug charges after a burglary investigation led to the discovery of methamphetamine in a residence, the Scott County Sheriff's Department reported Friday. Joshua Allen Freeman, 29, of Oran was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the department...
Cape Girardeau schools see big jump in annual scores (08/31/14)
Annual performance reports for local school districts show a huge increase for Cape Girardeau and a nice jump for Perry County District 32. "We recognize that while we are celebrating our APR and the significant increase ... like every school we have work to do, especially right now in academic achievement," said Sherry Copeland, Cape assistant superintendent for academic services. "That is always our main focus, to make sure our students perform at the highest level possible."...
Youths get animals ready for SEMO District Fair (08/28/14)
Kids throughout Southeast Missouri are getting their livestock in trim for the SEMO District Fair, set for Sept. 6 through 13 at the fairgrounds at Arena Park in Cape Girardeau. Entry clerk Patty Turner said about 100 youngsters from a 23-county area are expected to show their animals. Gabe Ruehling of Perryville, Missouri, and twins Andrew and Nathan Aufdenberg of Gordonville are among them...
Central Junior High cheerleaders attend NCA camp (08/28/14)
The Central Junior High School cheerleaders attended National Cheerleaders Association Cheer Camp from July 21 to 24. Bringing home several awards, the cheerleaders were awarded two red and two blue ribbons for cheers and chant performances, a bid to the NCA national competition, a certificate for safe stunting, the only certificate for technical excellence in tumbling, spirit stick, NCA Top Team trophy and all 19 cheerleaders were nominated for NCA All-American cheerleader...
Dogs can get blues when kids head back to school (08/28/14)
LOS ANGELES -- Young people aren't the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer. Many dogs whine and wait eagerly at the front door but eventually adjust to the absence of their young owners when they are in class. But millions of dogs can feel abandoned, sad and unable to cope -- and they look for ways to lash out...
Hooked on Science: Garden in a sandwich bag (08/28/14)
Observe the life cycle of seeds by starting them off in a sandwich bag. STEP 1: Add enough water to the paper towel so it is damp. STEP 2: Fold the paper towel so it fits inside of the zip-top sandwich bag. STEP 3: Place the paper towel inside the sandwich bag....
  • Ukrainian troops routed as Russia talks tough
    NOVOKATERYNIVKA, Ukraine (AP) -- The ferocity of the attack on the fleeing Ukrainian troops was clear, days after the ambush by Russian-backed separatist forces....
  • Judge cautions Blackwater jury on immunity
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge Tuesday urged jurors in the criminal case against four Blackwater security guards to proceed with caution when assessing testimony by the defendants' former colleagues given under immunity....
  • US strike targets leader of Somali extremist group
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- U.S. airstrikes in Somalia may have killed the leader of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, with a militant commander saying Tuesday that he was in a car that was struck and that six people died....
  • Video purports to show beheading of US journalist
    BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, "our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people."...
  • Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial begins
    DETROIT (AP) -- Opening statements in Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial began Tuesday afternoon in federal court, where lawyers for the city will attempt to convince a judge that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved....
  • 3 fatally shot in south Kansas City
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas City police say three adults have been shot to death and two others critically wounded in the southern part of the city....
  • Ex-Mamtek CEO pleads guilty to theft, fraud
    ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) -- The man who persuaded a rural Missouri town and the state to invest millions in bonds and incentives for an artificial sweetener plant that never materialized pleaded guilty Tuesday to three felony charges....
  • Ex-Mamtek CEO pleads guilty to theft, fraud
    ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) -- The man who persuaded a rural Missouri town and the state to invest millions in bonds and incentives for an artificial sweetener plant that never materialized pleaded guilty Tuesday to three felony charges....
  • Noranda laying off employees, suspending expansion
    NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) -- Noranda Aluminum Inc. announced Tuesday that it is laying off up to 200 employees and suspending an expansion project at its southeast Missouri smelter because state regulators refused to lower its electricity rates....
  • Respiratory illness hits hundreds of KC-area kids
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Kansas City pediatric hospital has treated hundreds of young children for a respiratory illness that has symptoms similar to a common cold that more typically is seen during winter months....