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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As of (02/12/2016) at 03:17 AM

Webster principal gets belated shot at coaching milestone Statesmen take to the court on special mission.

Two troubled St. Louis high schools — Vashon and Sumner — set for overhaul Plan by Superintendent Kelvin Adams also calls for adding gifted school in north St. Louis.

Gift givers increasingly opt for experiences on Valentine's Day Those celebrating Valentine's Day will spend an average of $146.84, the National Retail Federation says.

In Missouri, inmates are guinea pigs for food sales Inmate taste tests determine what products are sold in prison canteens.

Gordon: Heupel has work to do to revive MU offense Tigers ranked just 126th among major college teams in total offense last season.

St. Louis housing market had a strong 2015

Messenger: First Boomer lived the American Dream then watched it disappear

GOP leaders tone down rhetoric on University of Missouri

Gonzales eager to secure a role with Cards

Nicklaus: If subsidy opponents needed a villain, they have one now Updated

Einstein is right again: Scientists detect ripples in gravity Updated

Clinton pokes holes in Sanders' promises at Democratic debate Updated

St. Elizabeth's Hospital cuts jobs Updated

Refunds about to begin for some St. Louis County taxpayers

Missing boy froze to death, investigation continues in Iron County

Boys, 2 and 4, pulled from burning St. Louis apartment and revived

Blues chat: Jeremy Rutherford Live at 1 p.m.

Teen boy seriously assaulted at O'Fallon, Mo. mobile home park, suspect at large

Residents ask regulators to reject mine expansion sought by Foresight Energy

O'Fallon, Ill. woman gets probation for health care fraud, billed government while on tropical vacation


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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Political News
As of (02/12/2016) at 03:18 AM

In Missouri, inmates are guinea pigs for food sales Inmate taste tests determine what products are sold in prison canteens.

St. Louis County set to turn Creve Coeur Lake Park into soccer tourney destination St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission will fund $14 million development.  

GOP leaders tone down rhetoric on University of Missouri Republican leader characterizes budget cuts as starting point for talks.

St. Louis County officials detail soccer complex at Creve Coeur Lake Park St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission signed off on funding in December. 

Missouri public schools would see $76M increase in coming year The Foundation Formula still would be about $432 million underfunded.

Refunds about to begin for some St. Louis County taxpayers Diligent taxpayers were penalized by November computer glitch. 

University City, firefighters reach agreement in campaign dispute Suspended employees will get back pay but bulk of $345,000 settlement will cover legal fees.  

Debate on prescription drug monitoring held up in Missouri House The proposal has gotten mixed reviews from Republicans concerned about privacy.

Raasch: New Hampshire prolongs it, making Missouri and Illinois ever-more relevant primaries Establishment in both parties bracing for drawn-out fights 

GOP-backed welfare measure costs nearly 4,000 Missouri families benefits Republican lawmakers overrode Nixon's veto of the measure ratcheting down the length of time a family can draw welfare benefits and ramping up the requirements for low-income parents to get job training, do volunteer work or complete high school and vocational education.

Facebook program this week reminds Missouri voters to register for March 15 primary Registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Wentzville board won't order probe on latest alleged ethics violation Alderman Linda Wright had accused Alderman Matt Swanson of violating ethics rules with pre-election maneuvering; Swanson denied doing anything improper.

Plan to check on welfare scammers advances Sponsor of legislation says he wants savings to be spent on health care programs

Blunt committee hears about U.S. response to spreading Zika virus Progress being made on vaccine, health officials say 

Increased access to overdose-blocking drug wins final approval in Missouri House The bill won with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Maintenance worker dies in landfill accident in Springfield, Mo. Police are investigating the accident on Wednesday at the Springfield landfill. 

Fixing Illinois' budget will require fixes like higher taxes and cuts in pensions, report says The report says there are no more "politically popular" solutions left. 

Roy Blunt's draft deferments more than four decades ago roil campaign Opponent Jason Kander calls for apology; Blunt refuses to engage in the issue.

DOJ sues Ferguson after council votes to revise consent decree The Justice Department says the city rejected a proposed agreement — despite Ferguson officials' repeated claims to the contrary.

Nixon talks up his record, calls legislative threat a bluff Nixon 


St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (02/12/2016) at 03:18 AM

Horrigan: 'The NFL will corrode your soul. So you should skip the Super Bowl'

Horrigan: Would John Wayne vote for Donald Trump, or shoot him?

Horrigan: Ho-hum. Sharon Carpenter flunks (another) audit

Horrigan: Coulda, woulda, shoulda kept Bill Bidwill happy.


Kansas City Star
As of (02/12/2016) at 03:18 AM

Government & Politics Best budget outlook in a decade allows Kansas City to battle huge blight problem 8:59 PM Mayor supports $10 million to demolish about 800 dangerous buildings Robust revenues allow city to address vexing urban problems City Council approves final budget in late March

Royals Royals agree to a 2-year, $14.3 million deal with Mike Moustakas, avoiding arbitration 10:22 PM

Development Judge rules downtown KC convention hotel proposal should not go to voters 8:22 PM

Local Lee’s Summit’s superintendent is Missouri’s highest paid at $397,000 a year 7:33 PM

Kansas Supreme Court gives state until June 30 to properly fund public schools 6:56 PM

Local Dashcam video shows Missouri Highway Patrol trooper pulling woman from burning car 3:19 PM

MU professor Melissa Click is ‘embarrassed’ by campus protest video 7:54 PM

Kansas Senate passes budget-balancing plan, protects pensions 10:55 PM

World powers announce plans to implement cease-fire in Syria 7:41 PM

Testimony: Kansas City gang ‘enforcer’ may have killed 23 5:41 PM

Royals season-ticket sales jump on heels of World Series title 5:33 PM

Independence woman reports gang rape 5:48 PM

Government & Politics Best budget outlook in a decade allows Kansas City to battle huge blight problem 8:59 PM Mayor supports $10 million to demolish about 800 dangerous buildings Robust revenues allow city to address vexing urban problems City Council approves final budget in late March

Royals Royals agree to a 2-year, $14.3 million deal with Mike Moustakas, avoiding arbitration 10:22 PM

Development Judge rules downtown KC convention hotel proposal should not go to voters 8:22 PM

Local Lee’s Summit’s superintendent is Missouri’s highest paid at $397,000 a year 7:33 PM

Kansas Supreme Court gives state until June 30 to properly fund public schools 6:56 PM

Local Dashcam video shows Missouri Highway Patrol trooper pulling woman from burning car 3:19 PM

MU professor Melissa Click is ‘embarrassed’ by campus protest video 7:54 PM

Royals agree to a 2-year, $14.3 million deal with Mike Moustakas, avoiding arbitration The Royals agreed to a contract with their final unsigned player on Thursday, announcing a two-year deal for third baseman Mike Moustakas.


Kansas City Star - Political News
As of (02/12/2016) at 03:18 AM

Clinton, Sanders fight for Obama’s voters Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sparred over the influence of money in politics and the price of their costly proposals in Thursday's debate as the Democratic candidates for president battled over the future of their party. Young volunteers bring energy, enthusiasm to primary campaigns Photos: Democratic debate in Milwaukee

Government & Politics Kansas Senate passes budget-balancing plan, protects pensions The Kansas Senate approved a budget plan late Thursday that balances the state budget and protects payments to the state pension system through fiscal year 2017.

Government & Politics Kansas House, Senate pass budgets after court order on school funding The Kansas House and Senate both passed budgets Thursday, which likely will fall short of closing a projected budget gap in the wake of a court ruling released that morning. Kansas Supreme Court: School funding inequitable Wichita schools: Fix funding before shutdown deadline

Kansas Senate rejects changing date for allowing concealed guns on campus Current law says universities must allow concealed firearms starting in 2017

Theft charges against former Lee’s Summit assistant city manager are dismissed Daren Fristoe resigned in 2014 He was charged with stealing nearly $121,000 from a previous employer The case was dismissed Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court

Presidential campaigns eye upcoming contests in Kansas, Missouri Campaign aides are beginning to trickle into both states, which hold nominating contests in March Kansas holds a complicated caucus, but turnout in 2008 was high Missouri's primary could matter — but may not

Best budget outlook in a decade allows Kansas City to battle huge blight problem Mayor supports $10 million to demolish about 800 dangerous buildings Robust revenues allow city to address vexing urban problems City Council approves final budget in late March

about 17 hours ago Mayor Sly James backs Kansas City's earnings tax about 1 day ago KCI proposals explained in four minutes about 1 week ago The Buzz with Buzz: what happened in Iowa doesn't stay in Iowa

Government & Politics Missouri drug monitoring program runs into renewed opposition The monitoring program exists in 49 other states to combat “doctor shopping” for prescription drugs Opponents of the idea say it's an infringement on liberty and a possible invastion of privacy In previous years the idea sailed out of the Missouri House with huge majorities only to die in the Senate Government & Politics Missouri drug monitoring program runs into renewed opposition The monitoring program exists in 49 other states to combat “doctor shopping” for prescription drugs Opponents of the idea say it's an infringement on liberty and a possible invastion of privacy In previous years the idea sailed out of the Missouri House with huge majorities only to die in the Senate

The Buzz For presidential candidates, a dash to Iowa finish line The candidates make one final push for caucus votes Many presidential hopefuls plan caucus-eve rallies across the state Latest polls show both Democratic and Republican races too close to call

‘Values’ voters a key target of GOP candidates in Iowa Religious conservatives are the most important voting block in the Republican caucus Religious groups provide important get-out-the-vote functions TV and radio ads emphasize candidates' religious values

Down the stretch in Iowa: 13 presidential candidates campaign Saturday Only Gov. John Kaisich is a no-show as Monday's caucuses loom Expectations are being set — and a big poll comes out in Saturday evening Pundits and pols argue over where to set the bar for every hopeful

Rubio makes a pledge as he pushes for Iowa voters Florida Sen. Marco Rubio comes in third in most Iowa and national polls But he leads among so-called mainstream candidates for the Republican presidential nomination

Eight takeaways from Kansas City’s budget Higher sales tax collections are projected City workforce has declined

Kansas Supreme Court gives state until June 30 to properly fund public schools Court says Legislature must implement an equitable financing plan by end of 2016 fiscal year If it doesn't, schools in Kansas “will be unable to operate beyond June 30,” the state high court said.

4 things to watch for in the Democrats’ debate How will Hillary Clinton adjust her strategy after loss in New Hampshire? Bernie Sanders needs to show he can talk more authoritatively about foreign policy Candidates will participate in last debate before Nevada, South Carolina contests

Local Low-wage workers in Kansas City aim for power at the polls Fight for $15 rally adds voters at the Kansas City election board Focus is put on voter registration of low-wage workers

Judge orders Clinton's last emails public before Super Tues. A federal judge has ordered Hillary Clinton's remaining emails from her time as secretary of state to be released by the end of the month, just before the presidential primary day known as Super Tuesday.

Steve Kraske: Gov. Sam Brownback is linked to the ‘R’ word

Missouri drug monitoring program runs into renewed opposition The monitoring program exists in 49 other states to combat “doctor shopping” for prescription drugs Opponents of the idea say it's an infringement on liberty and a possible invastion of privacy In previous years the idea sailed out of the Missouri House with huge majorities only to die in the Senate


Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (02/12/2016) at 03:18 AM

Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas lawmakers need to fix school funding crisis they created The Kansas Supreme Court's ruling on Thursday that the Legislature's latest school financing scheme is unconstitutional should surprise no one.

Editorials Demolish dangerous buildings and renovate houses to revive Kansas City The proposed budget for Kansas City features aggressive plans to remove more than 800 dangerous buildings and — just as crucial — to boost efforts to rehabilitate vacant housing, especially in the urban core. It's about time.

Editorials Don’t buy ‘solutions’ from critics trying to kill Kansas City’s earnings tax In recent days, criticism of Kansas City's earnings tax has come in the form of a radio advertisement and a series of emails from opponents. Generally, these attacks are off base. Voters should look at the facts before the April 5 election.

Police use tenacity and luck to crack a 4-year-old murder case Harry Stone was shot while jogging on Mother's Day in 2012 An auto accident set into motion the events that led to an arrest Police in Kansas City and Raytown deserve credit

Crazy conspiracy theory threatens to derail worthy bid to help children in Missouri Effort to increase state's super-low tobacco tax is encountering resistance Opponents are spreading falsehoods about the measure

Don’t let Gov. Sam Brownback delay payments for Kansas pensions Tens of thousands of public employees are concerned about this move The Legislature should not use this risky financial maneuver KPERS already is badly underfunded

Joco Opinion Editorial: Right move on new courthouse Johnson County commissioners correctly want to ask voters to approve the project Now county must decide whether a higher sales or property tax should go to voters

View all newsletters Editorials Remembering World War I in the nation’s capital A project in Washington, D.C., would transform a park into a memorial to the fallen Americans of the Great War Perhaps a nod to the Kansas City memorial and museum would be in order

Epidemic of prescription drug abuse gets needed attention Prescription opioid drug abuse costs the U.S. billions of dollars The Obama administration plans to attack the problem proposing more than a billion dollars in new funding 44 deaths a day attributed to prescription opioid overdoses

On to New Hampshire for the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio desperately want to do well in GOP's New Hampshire contest Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton will try to stay respectably close to Bernie Sanders Tuesday may be the last stand for a few more Republican candidates

If you aren’t worried about the future of Kansas, here are some reasons to start Money and management woes are leading to desperate decisions State's borrowing habits grow riskier Elections this year offer some hope for reversal

New Kansas City budget needs right priorities to help earnings tax vote Kansas Citians will look closely at budget's priorities City Council must spend wisely to boost neighborhood-related programs Goal is to help persuade voters to renew earnings tax in April

Young debaters will take on school funding Students with the most at stake will share views on volatile Kansas topic Tuesday night event will take place at Johnson County Community College The Kansas City Star is among the sponsors

BNIM project exposed faults in how KC handles incentives and petitions City Hall has failed to improve how it hands out public subsidies And critics now can take advantage of the city's easy petition process

Can Missouri legislators shelf petty politics and fill university vacancies? Three of nine Board of Curators seats are vacant Missouri Senate leader is in no hurry to fill them Time to put the state's welfare ahead of politics

Stand fast against latest attempt to control Kansas courts Preliminary House vote fortunately rejects judicial selection change The state needs an independent judiciary Debate has included shameful politicizing of death penalty case

HUD secretary discusses ways to bridge the digital divide HUD Secretary Julián Castro is correct: Taking steps like the federal government and Google Fiber did on Wednesday should help low-income families in Kansas City get cheaper access to in-home Internet service.

More reasons emerge to support building a new KCI terminal Airlines again say costly renovations won't serve them or passengers well Consultant for airlines rejects new renovation plan from local team Soon, airlines must present solid evidence to support new terminal

Monday Poll results: Readers say ‘no’ to new KCI terminal Respondents still hope to reuse KCI terminals Readers narrowly support the Melissa Click plea agreement Public vote on downtown hotel financing is seen as not needed

Blasting out of Iowa with Donald Trump humbled, Marco Rubio rising and Hillary Clinton needing a lift Ted Cruz's win is not surprising in conservative Iowa Don't cry for Trump, the humbled braggart Clinton must sharpen her appeal to young voters


The Springfield News Leader
As of (02/12/2016) at 03:19 AM

James River Church, with growing congregation, buys property in north…

MSU student grabbed, sexually assaulted on campus, police say

More details released on death of city employee

Dentist who practiced in Springfield pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud…

Veterans deliver letter to Roy Blunt's office in Springfield

Narcan bill passes; prescription drug monitoring bill stalls

Crime Police arrest Springfield man suspected in string of daytime break-ins Police arrest Springfield man suspected in string of daytime break-ins Local man charged with four burglaries, police say he is a suspect in more. Crime

Politics Blunt defends deferments from Vietnam War draft Blunt defends deferments from Vietnam War draft Sen. Roy Blunt brushed off questions about three student deferments he received to avoid service in the Vietnam War. Politics

Ozarks FEMA center opening in Springfield to offer support to Missouri flood survivors FEMA center opening in Springfield to offer suppo offer support to Missouri flood survivors The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be opening a disaster recovery center in Springfield on Thursday Ozarks

Ozarks Springfield Art Museum programs improve people as artists Springfield Art Museum programs improve people as artists Springfield Art Museum is offering two new programs to teach people many of the things it takes to create art. Ozarks

Politics Veterans deliver letter to Sen. Blunt's office Veterans deliver letter to Sen. Blunt's office Veterans deliver letter to Sen. Blunt's office Politics

Business Pits N Grills: where you can learn to 'cue like a champ Pits N Grills: where you can learn to 'cue like a champ Grills, smokers, rubs, accessories and how-to sessions bring the barbecue community to East Sunshine Street. Business

Missouri Missouri trooper waives arraignment on manslaughter count Missouri trooper waives arraignment on manslaughter count Piercy was charged in December in the May 2014 death of 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson of suburban Des Moines. Missouri

Local Springfield police ask for help finding missing teen Springfield police ask for help finding missing teen News release says woman is mentally handicapped and might be en route to Lebanon. Local

Ozarks Humane Society Humane Society Donna Casamento interacts with Jack, a four-month-old domestic cat, at the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. Casamento recently took over as the executive director at the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri and wants to make some major... Ozarks

Local How to win free burgers at area McDonald's locations Friday How to win free burgers at area McDonald's locations Friday Includes locations in Springfield, Nixa, Ozark, Branson, Republic, Marshfield, Mt. Vernon and other municipalities Local

Local EU senior discovers passion while serving in Afghanistan EU senior discovers passion while serving in Afghanistan While serving in Afghanistan, Jonathan Parker discovered his gift for teaching music, and his desire to earn a college degree. Local

Crime Man arrested after chase with deputies in Springfield Man arrested after chase with deputies in Springfield Sheriff says suspect was found standing waist-deep in cold water. Crime

Missouri Measure would deny University of Missouri system funds boost Measure would deny University of Missouri system funds boost JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri system's budget would be frozen under a spending plan passed by in a House committee, whose chairwoman blamed the system for not properly handling of recent race-related protests. Missouri

Missouri Justice Dept. enters Ferguson court case in strong position Justice Dept. enters Ferguson court case in strong position WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department enters its court fight against the city of Ferguson with the apparent upper hand, given a months-long investigation that found vast problems in the policing of poor people. Missouri


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The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (02/12/2016) at 03:19 AM

Proposal would treat poor as asphalt

Editorial misses mark on PDMP

Heroes of color celebrated in February

Opinion Roses: To Integrity Home Care and Hospice Roses: To Integrity Home Care and Hospice For wonderful care given to mother during her last weeks of life Opinion

Opinion Today's poll Today's poll What should be a larger priority for Springfield Public Schools? Opinion

Opinion To the Point: Congrats, News-Leader! To the Point: Congrats, News-Leader! Thanks to all for hard work, professional quality Opinion

Contributors Break the teeth-whitening monopoly Break the teeth-whitening monopoly The Supreme Court needs to allow competition from other teeth-whitening businesses. Contributors

Editorials Mentally ill need treatment, not just prison time Mentally ill need treatment, not just prison time Regardless of whether Blaec Lammers should be in prison, he needs help before rejoining society Editorials

Opinion Fund arts and military Fund arts and military As stories of terrorist atrocities on human life as well as cultural sites permeate the hearts and minds of many, I am reminded of how the arts have been used as a weapon during ideological warfare, and why funding the arts with public dollars in the Opinion

Readers Roses and Thorns: Lost billfold found Roses and Thorns: Lost billfold found A TRUCKLOAD OF ROSES: Readers

Readers To the Point: Shameful front page article To the Point: Shameful front page article Shame on the Springfield, Mo News Leader's recent front page article highlighting the resignation of City Councilman Justin Burnett. Justin and the others City Council members voting for the Indecent Exp. Readers

Readers What frustration, Bernie supporters? What frustration, Bernie supporters? In today's USA Today article by Susan Page, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan is quoted as saying that Bernie Sanders has done a good job of "tapping into real frustration. Readers

Editorials Cynics wrong on ethics reforms Cynics wrong on ethics reforms The following amended editorial was published by the St. Joseph News-Press on Feb. 5. Editorials

Contributors Explaining `regular order', and the legislative process Explaining `regular order', and the legislative process “Regular order” is a catch phrase you hear bantered about a lot in Washington these days. Speaker Boehner was heavily criticized for not sticking with regular order. Newly minted Speaker Paul Ryan has made a pledge to follow regular order. Contributors

Contributors Rubio's revealing loop Rubio's revealing loop WASHINGTON -- It's time for establishment Republicans to face the truth about Marco Rubio: Once you get past the facade, there appears to be no there there. Contributors

Readers Roses and Thorns: Dental saviors Roses and Thorns: Dental saviors A ROOMFUL OF ROSES: For the dental office in the Galleria Shopping Center on Battlefield Road. The two dentists — Eric Tolliver and William D. Hale — plus all their helpers are so patient and kind working on my partial. Readers

Editorials Our Voice: Politics is killing journalists Our Voice: Politics is killing journalists The following amended editorial was published by USA Today on Feb. 7. Editorials

Contributors Dixon: Homeless issue has no easy answers Dixon: Homeless issue has no easy answers The issue, along with its potential solutions, automatically brings a myriad of complications. Contributors

Contributors Choosing conservatism over Trumpian populism Choosing conservatism over Trumpian populism Iowa results clarified the dynamic of the Republican race Contributors

Contributors Teachers being robbed of time to think Teachers being robbed of time to think “Neutral moments” are crucial to good teaching and learning Contributors


The Independence Examiner
As of (06/25/2015) at 10:47 AM

Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidies Updated at 9:20 AM The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

PBS Suspends Finding Your Roots After Ben Affleck Controversy Posted at 10:10 AM PBS' Finding Your Roots is on indefinite hiatus after the network determined that an episode... .mgnl175{margin-left:175px;} .childCatAd{display:inline-block!important;width:650px;}


The Independence Examiner - Editorials
As of (06/25/2015) at 11:54 AM

Teens, learn life-saving driving skills Posted at 11:00 AM The Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience, with its innovative and potentially life-saving instructional program, will visit our area on June 27 and 28 to help combat the ongoing problem of motor vehicle crashes among teens. Session...

Landgren cartoon: Farewell, pink flamingo creator Updated at 10:59 AM Don Landgren cartoon about the death of the pink flamingo’s creator. .mgnl175{margin-left:175px;} .childCatAd{display:inline-block!important;width:650px;}


Columbia Daily Tribune
As of (02/12/2016) at 03:21 AM

TV documentary crew investigates 2003 Boone County murder Don Shrubshell /Tribune A three-person film crew is visiting Columbia this week to conduct interviews and film footage about a 2003 Boone County murder for an episode of a true-crime cable TV series.

1455230820 Latest News UM diversity officer candidate sees conflict resolution as key skill

Lawmakers upset over Melissa Click and protests deny budget boost to University of Missouri JEFFERSON CITY -- The University of Missouri was frozen out of a budget increase because Melissa Click is still employed and the UM Board of Curators did not quash a protest by the Concerned Student 1950 group during their last...

Attorney: Fairground committee violated Sunshine Law The public was not notified of a closed meeting Friday of the committee reviewing the future of the Central Missouri Events Center and county fairground, and Boone County officials said the committee is not required to meet the standards of...

Councilman exits roll cart forum, calls it 'a joke' When Michael Trapp was told he could not comment during a public forum Wednesday on a ballot proposal to bar the city from implementing automated trash pickup service using wheeled bins, or roll carts, the Second Ward councilman abruptly left...

Bench boost from Michaelis, McDowell helps push MU women past Alabama

University of Missouri graduate assistants look to courts for standing to form union Graduate students working as teaching and research assistants at the University of Missouri, with the help of the Missouri National Education Association, are preparing to go to court for a declaration that they are employees and are entitled to form...

Salvation Army's Tree of Lights Campaign exceeds goal The Columbia Salvation Army's Tree of Lights Campaign has reached its goal of $415,000.

Report of accidental shooting leads police to robbery suspect While responding to an apparent accidental shooting Wednesday, police arrested a 20-year-old man suspected in a robbery Tuesday that ended with two people jumping from a moving car.

Community conversation on inclusion set for next week Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation, Mid-Missouri Peaceworks and the Islamic Center of Mid-Missouri next week will hold a “Loving All Our Neighbors” conversation.

Police arrest four after house search Four family members were arrested Tuesday night -- one on suspicion of heroin distribution -- after police searched a home in north Columbia.

Resident fends off attempted home invasion in south Columbia A man armed with a handgun allegedly tried to force his way into a home in south Columbia on Wednesday morning.

Police investigate shots fired on Worley Street Columbia police are looking for three men connected to a shots-fired incident Wednesday night on an access road off Worley Street.

Local dance mainstay honored for arts education Halcyone Ewalt Perlman has danced for as long as she can remember and has taught the art for more than 50 years.

University of Missouri seeking legal opinion on graduate student union rights The effort to organize a graduate student employee union at the University of Missouri faces an uncertain future because the school is unsure about student workers' legal status and whether they have a right to organize, interim President Mike Middleton...

Williamson resigns as vice chancellor for health affairs at MU Hal Williamson, who returned in December to the University of Missouri as interim vice chancellor of health affairs, on Tuesday said he will leave again on Feb. 19.

Teacher planning time is main topic of first CPS collective bargaining session Protecting teachers' planning time dominated discussion Tuesday at the first collective bargaining session between a Columbia teachers' union and a team representing the Board of Education.

Faculty: MU education dean's departure not tied to university issues The departure of University of Missouri College of Education Dean Daniel Clay is a normal academic career move that does not reflect on issues at the college or university, two division directors said Wednesday.

True/False lineup set to drop late Wednesday With True/False set to unveil the majority of its film lineup late Wednesday, details of the documentary-heavy festival continue to trickle out.

Downtown CID to host open house on 'gateways' project The Downtown Community Improvement District will host an open house Thursday night about plans to install three light hubs as part of its ongoing “gateways” project.


Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (02/12/2016) at 03:25 AM

New Hampshire We might be more excited by the results of the New Hampshire primary than the exercise deserves. As everybody says, there's a long way to go, but this is the first actual voting in an unusually hotly contested election. New...

The curators Under normal conditions, University of Missouri curators occupy a relatively benign role. Seldom are they a center of attraction far and wide. Seldom must they contend with angry students in their very midst and angry state legislators charging them with...

Middleton Throughout his career, Mike Middleton has been known as a low-key operator. This impression belied his conviction, particularly in areas of civil rights; now that he is interim president of the university system, he has occasion to show top-man leadership.

Sinquefields Last week we learned Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield have given another $2 million to the University of Missouri School of Music for an endeavor they call the Mizzou New Music Initiative. This latest gift brings to about $4.5 million the...

1950 On Thursday members of Concerned Student 1950 barged into the regular meeting of the University of Missouri Board of Curators demanding to be heard. They left, then returned and refused to acquiesce when Chair Pamela Henrickson struck her gavel, leaving...

UM funding: What will lawmakers do? As the current session of the Missouri General Assembly gets underway, concerned citizens in this neck of the woods worry out loud whether lawmakers will give University of Missouri funding a “haircut,” as Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard puts...

Political fringes: Where is the middle ground? As memories of Iowa fade and New Hampshire lurks just over the horizon, the leading candidates among both Republicans and Democrats battle feverishly for philosophical fringes.

The curators In the past few weeks, both black members of the University of Missouri Board of Curators have resigned. They give the usual reason: an inability to devote proper attention to board duties because of other commitments, but one is bound...

Altered outlook on UM credit rating The credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has lowered its “outlook” for UM's credit rating from stable to negative, posing a 1-in-3 chance for a change from the current lofty AA+ rating during the next two years.

Consultancy At its meeting Monday, the Columbia City Council decided to spend $817,300 for an “integrated management plan” for sanitary and storm sewers. HDR Inc. will help the city prioritize management of its utility structure to most efficiently satisfy the federal...

After Iowa Not much that we didn't know yesterday.

Melissa Click Since we last visited, embattled University of Missouri Assistant Professor Melissa Click was charged with misdemeanor assault and subsequently put on probation, allowing her to escape fines and jail time if she completes 20 hours of community service and does...

Oh, Lord I invoke the Divine because his (her) endorsement is being sought religiously by the front-runners. Both Ted Cruz and Donald Trump openly try for the evangelical vote. Cruz has been of that faction all along, and Trump recently has taken...

City and county: Trying to be friendly A bit of irritation grates on officials in Boone County and the city of Columbia, mainly over the issue of the city's earlier proposal to use tax increment financing. The county sued the city before the city had decided to...

Healthy interaction: A loss of tradition in the Capitol You might need a few wrinkles and a head full of gray hair to fully appreciate the column by Phill Brooks on the Opinion page Tuesday, but the message is important for citizens of all ages who care about how...

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (11/18/2015) at 08:55 AM

Board works for us, not paid attorneys Occasionally, the average citizen records a victory in our court system without realizing it. When word does reach us, we should celebrate.

District should be efficient If Chris Danford forever will be remembered for exposing the unapproved stipends, then perhaps Eric Bruder will leave his mark in pressing the St. Joseph School District to pursue efficiencies in its use of facilities.

Jails no place for sick Advances in the public's understanding of mental illness have been slow in coming, but can we at least agree some people are sick with something other than a physical illness?

`We weep but never fear' Americans, like everyone else, are prone to view world events through the lens of personal experience.

Connect to our natural wonder Up and down the 2,341 miles of the longest river in North America, preservationists and environmentalists seek to enlist support for a cause that is both complex and simple.

Driving classes fill need Twice in coming days, our community will muster the resources to provide valuable, low-cost instruction to drivers who most stand to benefit.

Put end to district suspense From May 2014 to November - a period of 18 months - the St. Joseph School District has received six subpoenas, or one every three months.

Veterans share history in stories History gets its best treatment when it can depend on primary sources; that is, those who lived the experience and can describe, for posterity, what happened in a given moment. This stands at the core of the Missouri Veterans History Project. The state endeavor, part of a larger national effort, seeks to record the personal accounts of those who have served in the nation's wars, and the project this month marked an interview with its 1,000th Missouri veteran. We applaud this work and hope the roster of participating veterans continues to grow.

Leadership change is welcomed Sometimes it's possible to do the right thing for the wrong reason.

Regulations impractical for some hospitals A large and diverse nation can answer to a single set of laws at their fundamental level. But some measure of good sense needs to be applied in the consideration of differences between big cities and rural communities. The congresswoman from Northeast Kansas made a case for this last week, and the remedy she suggested deserves the consideration of lawmakers in Washington.

Western shines a light on local history A historic city, St. Joseph has seldom been shy about reveling in its past. This amounts not to boasting but a rightful acknowledgment of where we've been as a community, of people who shaped the city and been shaped by it. The addition in recent years of the Walter Cronkite Memorial has only added to that civic perspective, and its development has now taken another step forward.

Be skeptical, but don't be stubborn, on Downtown plan When it comes to the next-big-thing to revitalize Downtown, it's easy to feel skeptical.

Ethics ideas in play A vulnerable Missouri General Assembly will be pressed to adopt some version of ethics reform in the coming legislative session.

Be sure about deer coverage The annual warnings about deer on the region's roadways come with a special caution this year: make sure of your insurance coverage.

Business, jobs: we need both Recent state and federal reports make clear that when it comes to Missouri's economy, we need an "all of the above” approach.

Act now to keep heat on Regulated utilities in Missouri and Kansas must abide by the long-standing Cold Weather Rule, a fact that requires reinforcement this time of year.

Salary review on track Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but harsh criticisms of the St. Joseph School District's salary review process are off the mark at this point.

Sentencing reform deserves long look Letting drug offenders out of prison quicker hardly qualifies as a conservative position - that is, until you hear someone like U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas make the case for sentencing reform.

Know the real dangers The secret to an enjoyable Halloween involves two important things: making sure the kids are safe, and knowing the difference between a real threat and make-believe.

Biogas offers big step forward A $120 million project taking shape in Gentry County, Missouri, is more than an engineering marvel. It's a necessary next step for corporate agriculture in our region.


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The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (01/21/2016) at 08:50 AM

Our view: Candy business closing a heart breaker Posted: January 20, 2016 In the words of William Shakespeare, “Parting is such sweet sorrow.”

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: January 20, 2016 Reinstate the days

Our View: King's dream for all of us Posted: January 19, 2016 The wristbands carefully placed before each guest at the Missouri Southern State University breakfast were a rainbow of colors with the simple phrase “Linked by a Dream.” 

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: January 19, 2016 Lifesavers

Mark Hughes: Lawmakers rush to protect citizens from lawmakers Posted: January 18, 2016 In the opening hubris of this year's legislation session, Missouri lawmakers have touted ethics legislation as a top priority. Amid the scramble to shoot “ethics” bills through committee and out to the floor, the irony seems lost that they've decreed that job No. 1 for lawmakers is protecting Missouri residents from, well, lawmakers.

Your view: Letters to the Editor Posted: January 18, 2016 Search results

Marj Boudreaux: Financial crisis for Joplin NALA equals Literacy crisis Posted: January 17, 2016 You're stunned. You have only one thought — to get out of the machine shop as fast as you can. Your boss just handed you a manual and said you must pass a test on it this Friday. What will you do? In the past, your friend, Joe, has always read work-related materials to you because reading is difficult for you. But there's no way he can read the whole manual to you by Friday. What can you do? 

Our View: Ignorant of public lands history Posted: January 17, 2016 America's mountain men returned to civilization with outrageous tales about the places they'd been and the things they'd seen in the American West, including this favorite by Missouri's own Jim Bridger:

Dave Woods: Save the date to celebrate Jasper County Posted: January 17, 2016 I didn't know much about the history of Jasper County until recently. As a native of Ottawa County, Oklahoma, and a guy who left the area for college and adult life following high school in Miami, Oklahoma, I really didn't understand how much I should care about history.

Geoff Caldwell: SOTU 2016: Fanciful facts amid delusions Posted: January 17, 2016 The White House pre-State of the Union spin was that President Barack Obama's last address would be “nontraditional.”

Jeanne Looper Smith: Carrie Fisher's critics living in an alien galaxy Posted: January 17, 2016 “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away” goes the opening camera roll from “Star Wars.”

Our View: Deal in place, now play ball Posted: January 16, 2016 An agreement has been reached between the city of Joplin and the Joplin Blasters. The city needs more amenities, and a professional baseball team is just the ticket. We're glad the two groups reached a deal on the lease of Joe Becker Stadium.

Our View: Help put Wildcat Glades back on the right trail Posted: January 15, 2016 If you've ever considered becoming a member of the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, now would be a good time.

Kevin Wilson: Voting should still mean something Posted: January 15, 2016 It appears that the integrity of the voting process is a hot subject in the mind of some folks. To that I would say, “Great.”  I think everyone should be concerned that the voting process is fair and without fraud. Of course, in the mind of some people, voter fraud just doesn't exist and is just a figment of imagination in the minds of Republicans.

Our View: Stop the abuse of lives Posted: January 14, 2016 Human trafficking is something terrible that happens in other countries. Right?

Letters to the Editor Posted: January 14, 2016 Paranoia and politics

Caleb Arthur: Why the negative noise about solar energy? Posted: January 14, 2016 With the solar industry in Missouri booming, creating more than 5,000 local jobs and helping thousands of homeowners, businesses, schools and government buildings go solar, why would the solar industry be attacked by the electric utilities? Why would locking in your own electric rate be harmful to anyone else? Why would saving taxpayer money by schools going solar ever be attacked or called a bad thing? Is this not a free country we live in with free markets to choose from?

The key to everything Posted: January 13, 2016 What is this thing called a liberal education that we're always hearing about — and some of us never tire preaching about with your more than kind indulgence? It is an education fit for liberty, but please, no drums, no buglers. No stirring slogans but thoughtful language that opens windows to civilization, not tyranny.

Marilyn Beasley: Nation facing critical moment in time Posted: January 12, 2016 One of the great Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, stated: “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” 

Our View: Legislators don't need gifts Posted: January 12, 2016 Missouri lawmakers have been talking about ethics for months, and just a few days into the session they have started hearings on bills that would address lobbyist gifts.


The Jefferson City News Tribune
As of (02/12/2016) at 03:25 AM

Girls Basketball: Tuscumbia 65, Eugene 55 - A big second half for the Tuscumbia Lady Lions led to a 65-55 win Thursday against the Eugene Lady Eagles.

Autopsy shows Missouri boy, 3, likely died of hypothermia - Authorities say a 3-year-old Missouri boy who was found dead hours after he was reported missing likely died of hypothermia.

Girls Basketball: St. Elizabeth 55, Linn 39 - An early lead propelled the St. Elizabeth Lady Hornets to a 55-39 win Thursday against the Linn Lady Wildcats.

Girls Basketball: Steelville 59, Vienna 34 - The Vienna Eagles fell 59-34 to Steelville on Thursday.

Pentagon chief predicts 'tangible gains' in Iraq, Syria - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter predicted on Thursday that recent U.S.-led efforts to accelerate the fight against the Islamic State group would produce “tangible gains" in Iraq and Syria by March, even as coalition partners pledged to expand and deepen their military contributions.

Boys Basketball: Linn 59, St. Elizabeth 40 - After allowing 16 points in the first quarter of Thursday's game against St. Elizabeth, the Linn Wildcats stepped up their defense the rest of the way to win 59-40.

Illinois lawmakers urge federal agency to build campus in Illinois - Members of Illinois' congressional delegation are appealing to the head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in support of Scott Air Force Base's bid to host its new facility.

Missouri trooper's dashcam video shows burning car rescue - A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper is winning praise after rescuing a driver from a burning car south of Kansas City.

Campaign signs get new life to help people with disabilities - The oversized Carly Fiorina campaign signs along New Hampshire's Route 4 weren't enough to keep the Republican presidential hopeful's campaign alive past Tuesday's primary, but they could end up helping people with disabilities live their lives more independently.

Kansas City gang member sentenced to 30 years for drugs, gun - A 35-year-old Crips street gang member has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for illegally possessing a controlled substance and firearms, but prosecutors say evidence indicates he's also responsible for killing five people.

Insurer Centene ends search for missing hard drives - Medicaid coverage provider Centene has ended a search for six hard drives that contained the personal information of roughly 950,000 customers more than a month after the equipment turned up missing.

N. Korea orders military takeover of inter-Korean factories - North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, calling Seoul's earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North's recent rocket launch a “dangerous declaration of war."

Farm income declining in region so loan demand growing - The Federal Reserve says farm income continued to decline during the fourth quarter in Midwestern and Western states, so farmers are borrowing more.

Missouri man, Indiana man apparently shoot each other dead - Police say an Indiana man and a Missouri man have died in eastern Indiana after apparently shooting each other.

Canadian company seeks to buy Joplin utility - Missouri regulators are evaluating a Canadian company's planned purchase of a Joplin-based utility.

NASCAR creates 'overtime line' in new finish - DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Looking to end the frustration and confusion that comes when caution flags come out late in its races, NASCAR announced Thursday it is shifting to an unlimited green-white-checkered finish protocol and establishing an “overtime line" to determine the winner.

NASCAR opens 2016 season without two of its biggest stars - Jeff Gordon will be in the booth and Tony Stewart in a bed when the NASCAR season begins.

IOC medical chief seeks to allay Zika fears - Seeking to allay fears over the Zika outbreak, the IOC medical director said “everything that can be done is being done" to combat the virus in Brazil and provide safe conditions for athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Group questions Peabody Energy's coal mine self-bonding - An environmental group is formally questioning Peabody Energy's ability to fully bond its coal mines in Wyoming and elsewhere in the Rocky Mountain region, saying the St. Louis-based company has insufficient funding to qualify for self-bonding.

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The Jefferson City News Tribune - State News
As of (02/12/2016) at 03:25 AM

Autopsy shows Missouri boy, 3, likely died of hypothermia - Authorities say a 3-year-old Missouri boy who was found dead hours after he was reported missing likely died of hypothermia.

Illinois lawmakers urge federal agency to build campus in Illinois - Members of Illinois' congressional delegation are appealing to the head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in support of Scott Air Force Base's bid to host its new facility.

Missouri trooper's dashcam video shows burning car rescue - A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper is winning praise after rescuing a driver from a burning car south of Kansas City.

Kansas City gang member sentenced to 30 years for drugs, gun - A 35-year-old Crips street gang member has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for illegally possessing a controlled substance and firearms, but prosecutors say evidence indicates he's also responsible for killing five people.

Insurer Centene ends search for missing hard drives - Medicaid coverage provider Centene has ended a search for six hard drives that contained the personal information of roughly 950,000 customers more than a month after the equipment turned up missing.

Farm income declining in region so loan demand growing - The Federal Reserve says farm income continued to decline during the fourth quarter in Midwestern and Western states, so farmers are borrowing more.

Missouri man, Indiana man apparently shoot each other dead - Police say an Indiana man and a Missouri man have died in eastern Indiana after apparently shooting each other.

Canadian company seeks to buy Joplin utility - Missouri regulators are evaluating a Canadian company's planned purchase of a Joplin-based utility.

Group questions Peabody Energy's coal mine self-bonding - An environmental group is formally questioning Peabody Energy's ability to fully bond its coal mines in Wyoming and elsewhere in the Rocky Mountain region, saying the St. Louis-based company has insufficient funding to qualify for self-bonding.

Springfield city worker dies after accident at landfill - A 53-year-old Springfield maintenance worker has died after an accident at the city landfill.

2 children revived after St. Louis apartment fire - St. Louis fire crews rescued two young boys from a burning apartment where officials said they had been left alone.

If Ferguson dissolves police department, who would step in? - As Ferguson prepares to do legal battle with the Justice Department, the town's leaders have acknowledged the possibility that it might someday disband its police department and cede law enforcement to another agency.

Missouri lawmakers debate proper response to opiate deaths - Missouri lawmakers are considering how to combat rising levels of opiate addiction - and while some proposals have garnered widespread support, others face challenges over funding and privacy concerns.

Mo. man wanted on kidnapping, domestic assault charges arrested in Morgan County Morgan County Sheriff's Office and additional jursdictions continue to investigate case for possible additional charges - A Missouri man wanted on kidnapping and domestic violence assault charges was located in Morgan County and arrested Wednesday.

House approves more lawmaker control of Missouri Capitol - Missouri lawmakers have voted to give themselves more control over the Capitol's renovations and security.

Missouri trooper arraigned on charge linked to drowning - A Missouri state trooper has waived his arraignment on an involuntary manslaughter charged linked to the drowning of an Iowa man who fell from a patrol boat while handcuffed at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Measure would deny University of Missouri system funds boost - The University of Missouri system would be nixed from a higher education funding boost under action taken by a House committee, and the system's handling of race-related protests is being blamed.

Report: Lobbying rises in state capitols, declines in DC - The number of business and interest groups lobbying in state capitols has risen nearly 11 percent in recent years as organizations have shifted some efforts away from the stalemates in Washington to statehouses, which are more apt to act on key policy initiatives, according to a new study.

Man sought on kidnapping charges arrested in Morgan County - A man sought on kidnapping and domestic violence assault charges in Independence has been arrested in Morgan County.

Lawmakers asked to allow sheriff's deputies to work other counties Would let deputies temporarily help out - When there's a major fire, surrounding fire departments are ready to move in and help the local department both fight the major fire and answer other calls. Missouri sheriffs want the General Assembly to give them power to do the same thing, Cole County Sheriff Greg White said Wednesday.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Local News
As of (02/12/2016) at 03:25 AM

One killed in Morgan County crash - A Sedalia man was killed Thursday morning in a two vehicle crash in Morgan County.

Missouri lawmakers debate proper response to opiate deaths - Missouri lawmakers are considering how to combat rising levels of opiate addiction - and while some proposals have garnered widespread support, others face challenges over funding and privacy concerns.

Mo. man wanted on kidnapping, domestic assault charges arrested in Morgan County Morgan County Sheriff's Office and additional jursdictions continue to investigate case for possible additional charges - A Missouri man wanted on kidnapping and domestic violence assault charges was located in Morgan County and arrested Wednesday.

House approves more lawmaker control of Missouri Capitol - Missouri lawmakers have voted to give themselves more control over the Capitol's renovations and security.

Missouri trooper arraigned on charge linked to drowning - A Missouri state trooper has waived his arraignment on an involuntary manslaughter charged linked to the drowning of an Iowa man who fell from a patrol boat while handcuffed at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Measure would deny University of Missouri system funds boost - The University of Missouri system would be nixed from a higher education funding boost under action taken by a House committee, and the system's handling of race-related protests is being blamed.

Report: Lobbying rises in state capitols, declines in DC - The number of business and interest groups lobbying in state capitols has risen nearly 11 percent in recent years as organizations have shifted some efforts away from the stalemates in Washington to statehouses, which are more apt to act on key policy initiatives, according to a new study.

Magical evening aids Special Learning Center Youngsters take stage in variety show - A group of talented local kids will again fill the shoes of big-name magicians at this year's eighth annual Moments of Magic on Feb. 19.

Colonial Days lesson gives Trinity students glimpse of a different life - One thing the fifth-grade students could agree on was they wouldn't survive colonial times.

Lawmakers asked to allow sheriff's deputies to work other counties Would let deputies temporarily help out - When there's a major fire, surrounding fire departments are ready to move in and help the local department both fight the major fire and answer other calls. Missouri sheriffs want the General Assembly to give them power to do the same thing, Cole County Sheriff Greg White said Wednesday.

Barnes, Peters launch funding push for LU land grant match - State Reps. Jay Barnes and Joshua Peters said Wednesday they're working to boost the state's financial support for Lincoln University's federal land grant program.

LU founder lived most of life in Mid-Missouri - Dressed in full uniform from his days with the Union's 65th U.S. Colored Infantry and rifle in hand, an aged Pvt. W. Logan Bennett dutifully attended each Founder's Day ceremony at Lincoln University.

Facebook page targets South Callaway students, staff - Investigators with the Callaway County Sheriff's Office are looking into a Facebook page that sexually objectified students and staff of South Callaway High School.

Luetkemeyer unhappy with IRS answer Lone employee's training closes local tax office - Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen told U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer the agency closed its Jefferson City tax office last month because its one employee currently is in the middle of basic training.

Holts Summit board to refund sewer bond - The Board of Aldermen agreed to refund the revenue bond for another two years as a part of the city's sewer update project at its regular meeting Monday.

Warrants sought for cellphone tracking Lawmaker wants to limit police use of cell tower simulators - Some law officers have special devices that can track cellphone usage.

Scholastic security worker charged - A Jefferson City man has been charged with two counts of stealing while working at Scholastic.

Chase, drugs land Jefferson City man in prison - A Jefferson City man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for pleading guilty to charges in connection with leading Cole County deputies on a chase in July 2014 and trying to get rid of drugs that he had in his possession.

Jefferson City man gets 7 years in burglary - A Jefferson City man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for pleading guilty to charges in connection with a burglary in Jefferson City in February 2015.

Carter to serve shock detention for robbery - A Jefferson City man has been ordered to serve 120 days shock detention after pleading guilty to an amended charge in connection with a robbery that occurred in May 2013.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (02/12/2016) at 03:25 AM

Our Opinion: When elected officials hit constitutional roadblocks - A state lawmaker has advanced a proposal to expand the membership of Missouri's Conservation Commission.

Your Opinion: Sanders' 'free lunch' - The pablum being fed to Bernie Sanders groupies is that he will tax the rich and give them free stuff. In reality he will increase taxes on everyone.

Your Opinion: Bill sponsor responds - The News Tribune has questioned whether honesty and kindness prevail when it comes to care for the elderly.

Your Opinion: Move statue to Guard site - Regarding relocating the Spanish-American War statue to the Ike Skelton Training Site: It will be a perfect place to honor Missourians who are connected to the past and present National Guard.

Our Opinion: Know the signs of stroke, heart disease - The leading cause of death in the United States may not always be preceded by “fair" warning.

Our Opinion: Students share insights from accidents - Promoting safety for teen drivers is a common theme in this forum, but students who have experienced the consequences of distracted driving are more persuasive communicators.

Perspective: Proposal would add 2 members to Conservation Commission - It is hard to believe the first month of session is already in the books.

Your Opinion: Another government make-work scheme - The annual deadline for purchasing Obamacare approved insurance will have passed by the time this is printed. Remember the promises about not raising taxes on the middle class?

Your Opinion: Why landowners oppose Rock Island trail - So why is the majority of the landowners against the Rock Island trail?

Your Opinion: Senator joins witch hunt, micromanagement of MU - I voted for Mike Kehoe in 2010. I believed that he had a resume that simply demanded respect and could bring a voice of reason to that dysfunctional mess called the Missouri Senate.

Your Opinion: In appreciation of motherhood - To continue the Sunday discussion of motherhood, also characterized, “pregnancy takes a terrible toll on the female body."

Our Opinion: Expedite bill to intercept Rx drug abuse News Tribune editorial - Prescription drug abuse has become a scourge in Missouri, and a statewide monitoring program is needed to address addiction and overdoses.

Perspective: Why I oppose a dragnet prescription monitoring program - The Supreme Court has called the right to privacy both a “fundamental human right" and “the right most valued by civilized men." It finds support in the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.

Our Opinion: Earthquake preparedness emphasized News Tribune editorial - Because more than 200 years have elapsed since the New Madrid earthquake, preparedness concerns may be met with complacency by Missouri residents.

Perspective: Sponsored bills heard during busy week - In the last seven years, my colleagues and I have spent a lot of time fighting against the president's agenda on behalf of our districts. While it may get a little less attention, we've also been working hard to pass our own bold, innovative, bottom-up agenda that contrasts greatly to the top-down approach that has so often been used.


The Southeast Missourian
As of (01/18/2016) at 03:39 PM

Cape Girardeau man injured in Butler County crash (01/18/16) A Cape Girardeau man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident Monday morning in Butler County, having to be...

Area residents ponder the legacy of King (01/18/16) 1 In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we interviewed African-Americans in the community who work hard to give...

Diversity panel gives findings to Southeast (01/18/16) 8 About 18 months ago, Southeast Missouri State University formed a task force to assess diversity issues and propose...

Keynote speaker says Martin Luther King Jr.'s work isn't done (01/18/16) 3 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream" speech played over the sound system as congregants filled the St....

Congressional votes for Jan. 15 (01/18/16) 1 Here's a look at how area members of Congress voted over the last week. Along with roll call votes, the House also...

Man sentenced to 30 years for killing stepdaughter (01/17/16) Ricky Lee Schweain was sentenced Friday to 30 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the second-degree murder of his stepdaughter, the maximum sentence possible. Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Lewis said sometimes a defendant's lack of a criminal record can be a determining factor in sentencing, but not in this case...

Poplar Bluff drug sweep nets 11 arrests (01/17/16) POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. ­-- Ten Poplar Bluff residents were arrested Wednesday on grand-jury indictments for drug-related offenses as part of the third multi-jurisdictional roundup held in the last six months. Members of SEMO Drug Task Force, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Poplar Bluff Police Department and Butler County Sheriff's Department began serving warrants about 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to patrol Sgt. Mark McClendon, who led the drug task force...

Father accused of severely beating son (01/17/16) A Scott County man is in custody after Scott County deputies and other investigators say he severely beat his 13-year-old son. Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said Juan Gonzales Morin Jr., 39, is charged with child abuse after allegedly assaulting the child after finding a behavioral note from the child's school...

Four men accused of trying to illegally obtain codeine (01/17/16) Four men from the Decatur, Georgia, area are accused of coming to Cape Girardeau with fake prescriptions in an attempt to procure codeine. Codeine, an ingredient found often in prescription cough syrup, is the main ingredient in lean or syrup. The intoxicant is prevalent in Southern rap culture...

Seven arrested for violating sex-offender laws in Scott County (01/17/16) BENTON, Mo. -- Seven convicted sexual offenders were arrested, and the Scott County Sheriff's Department is seeking three more for failure to comply with Missouri sex-offender laws. According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, Johnny R. McAnulty, 57, of Miner; Robert Guzman, 63, of Oran; Kenneth J. ...

Poplar Bluff school construction not affected by floods (01/12/16) POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Poplar Bluff school construction projects saw little, if any, setbacks after storms that resulted in widespread flooding across the area. School officials said the project still are set to be completed on schedule. Superintendent Chris Hon said all the district's projects have moved forward well in the past six months...

Fewer class periods at Cape aims to boost teacher pay (01/10/16) Parents, teachers, students, school-board members and administrators debated during a meeting in late November the merits of eliminating a school period at Cape Girardeau's public junior-high and high schools.


The Southeast Missourian - State News
As of (01/18/2016) at 03:39 PM

State briefs 1/18/16 (01/18/16) CARTHAGE, Mo. -- Authorities said a southwest Missouri man apparently killed his two children and then killed himself. The Jasper County Sheriff's Department said in a release Tony Kernel shot his 9-year-old son, Wesley, and 7-year-old daughter, Timber, before fatally shooting himself. ...

Grant's Farm subject of lawsuit among Busch dynasty siblings (01/18/16) GRANTWOOD VILLAGE, Mo. -- In the 34 years they've been married, Ed and Sheri Brimer have lived in three homes. Each was in Grantwood Village, because the couple couldn't bring themselves to leave what they see as a treasure in their own backyard: Grant's Farm...

Restricting lobbyist gifts next target for state lawmakers (01/18/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers pushing to change the state's loose ethics laws next will turn to ways to clamp down on the flow of unlimited gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers. Lobbyist gifts "are probably going to be the biggest meat" of upcoming discussions, Republican House Speaker Todd Richardson said after four other ethics-related bills passed last week. One of the chamber's committees will review an outright ban on gifts Tuesday...

Missouri sees many options, little consensus on road funding (01/17/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers say boosting transportation funding will be a top priority this year, but there's little agreement on how to do it. A proposal to increase the state's fuel tax, sponsored by the Republican chairman of the Senate's transportation committee, has support from Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and the Missouri Department of Transportation's director...


The Southeast Missourian - Local News
As of (01/18/2016) at 03:39 PM

Cape Girardeau man injured in Butler County crash (01/18/16) A Cape Girardeau man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident Monday morning in Butler County, having to be air-lifted to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Phillip E. Thomas, 46, drove his 1993 Mazda Miata off the side of U.S. 67 Northbound, striking a guardrail and rolling over the car. Thomas was ejected from his seat because he was not wearing a seatbelt, a Missouri State Highway Patrol representative said. The highway patrol could not say why Thomas veered off the road...

Cold weather expected to last through the week (01/18/16) It's not just cold in the Cape Girardeau area -- it's downright frigid and likely to remain so at least until Sunday. David Humphrey, lead forecaster at the National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky, said temperatures dipped to around 10 degrees early Monday morning, bringing the area's wind-chill factor to zero...

Area residents ponder the legacy of King (01/18/16) 1 In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we interviewed African-Americans in the community who work hard to give of their time, talents and hearts to help make the city and region a better place. Space has prevented us from featuring every deserving person in the area, but we hope readers take something special from the conversations below. ...

Diversity panel gives findings to Southeast (01/18/16) 8 About 18 months ago, Southeast Missouri State University formed a task force to assess diversity issues and propose ways to bridge divides between groups and people at the university. That would have been a hefty undertaking in itself, but as the events of the past 1 1/2 years have unfolded, it seems the task force hardly could have picked a more relevant time to work...

Keynote speaker says Martin Luther King Jr.'s work isn't done (01/18/16) 3 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream" speech played over the sound system as congregants filled the St. James A.M.E. Church for the 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration. Organizer Debra Mitchell-Braxton took to the microphone as the opening hymn, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," began...

Congressional votes for Jan. 15 (01/18/16) 1 Here's a look at how area members of Congress voted over the last week. Along with roll call votes, the House also passed the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act (S. 142), to require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to adopt a rule requiring child safety packaging for liquid nicotine containers; and passed the Presidential Library Donation Reform Act (H.R. 1069), to require the disclosure of information about contributors to presidential library fundraising organizations...

Management of the river creates pros and cons (01/17/16) 1 The massive Mississippi River and its tributaries have poured five major floods into the Cape Girardeau area in the past 15 years. Three have occurred since 2011. Most recently, on New Year's Day, the river crested at a record 48.8 feet at Cape Girardeau, more than 16 feet above flood stage. That followed immense flooding along the Meramec River in the St. Louis area that swamped highways, homes and businesses...

Illinois budget woes bottle up flood buyouts in Alexander County (01/17/16) State budget woes have bottled up buyout efforts in Alexander County, Illinois, frustrating county officials and a state representative. Alexander County board chairman Chalen Tatum said his county has millions of dollars in federal funds in the bank to help fund buyouts in the Olive Branch, Illinois, area that were prompted by major flooding in 2011 that breached two levees and damaged about 200 structures...

Man sentenced to 30 years for killing stepdaughter (01/17/16) Ricky Lee Schweain was sentenced Friday to 30 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the second-degree murder of his stepdaughter, the maximum sentence possible. Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Lewis said sometimes a defendant's lack of a criminal record can be a determining factor in sentencing, but not in this case...

Job fair set to help Noranda employees (01/17/16) A community resource and job fair is planned to assist those who were recently laid off from or face layoffs at Noranda Aluminum in New Madrid, Missouri. The job fair will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Sikeston, Missouri, Three Rivers College Campus...

Poplar Bluff man dies in car crash (01/17/16) QULIN, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff, Missouri, man was killed in a traffic accident Friday in Butler County. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at 7:40 a.m. on Highway 53, half a mile south of Qulin. A southbound vehicle driven by 19-year-old Dillon T. Keith of Poplar Bluff crossed the center line and struck a northbound vehicle...

Poplar Bluff drug sweep nets 11 arrests (01/17/16) 1 POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. ­-- Ten Poplar Bluff residents were arrested Wednesday on grand-jury indictments for drug-related offenses as part of the third multi-jurisdictional roundup held in the last six months. Members of SEMO Drug Task Force, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Poplar Bluff Police Department and Butler County Sheriff's Department began serving warrants about 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to patrol Sgt. Mark McClendon, who led the drug task force...

Father accused of severely beating son (01/17/16) 25 A Scott County man is in custody after Scott County deputies and other investigators say he severely beat his 13-year-old son. Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said Juan Gonzales Morin Jr., 39, is charged with child abuse after allegedly assaulting the child after finding a behavioral note from the child's school...

Four men accused of trying to illegally obtain codeine (01/17/16) 3 Four men from the Decatur, Georgia, area are accused of coming to Cape Girardeau with fake prescriptions in an attempt to procure codeine. Codeine, an ingredient found often in prescription cough syrup, is the main ingredient in lean or syrup. The intoxicant is prevalent in Southern rap culture...

Seven arrested for violating sex-offender laws in Scott County (01/17/16) 6 BENTON, Mo. -- Seven convicted sexual offenders were arrested, and the Scott County Sheriff's Department is seeking three more for failure to comply with Missouri sex-offender laws. According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, Johnny R. McAnulty, 57, of Miner; Robert Guzman, 63, of Oran; Kenneth J. ...

Local officials warn of IRS phone scams (01/17/16) Joey Keys of the Better Business Bureau is warning Cape Girardeau residents of IRS phone scams. Keys said the IRS scam is a favorite trope, and Cape Girardeau residents received them in October. With tax season getting into full swing, Keys expects scam calls to increase in frequency...

Cape teen sentenced for social-media threat (01/17/16) KENNETT, Mo. -- A 17-year-old accused of making a terroristic threat was sentenced to prison Tuesday in Dunklin County Circuit Court. Deonte Stracener of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Kennett, was sentenced by Circuit Judge John Mayer to four years in the Department of Corrections...

Club news 1-17-16 (01/17/16) The quarterly FCE Council meeting of Cape Girardeau County was held Dec. 3 at the Missouri University Extension Center in Jackson. The theme of the meeting was the meaning of the poinsettia and the candy cane, and decorations, table favors and door prizes were reflected by the hostesses, the Oak Ridge Homemakers...

Area election officials support voter photo ID legislation (01/15/16) 8 Area election officials favor legislation aimed at requiring government-issued photo identification to vote. But they maintain they already do a good job of policing voter-registration rolls under current state law. Perry County Clerk Jared Kutz pointed out, "People already have to present an acceptable form of ID."...

Multiple factors may be to blame for Cape County Jail overcrowding (01/15/16) 11 Overcrowding at the Cape Girardeau County Jail is a daily reality. The jail's capacity is 220 inmates, and on Thursday there were 230 inmates in the jail. In 2015, the average daily occupancy at the jail was 225. "Are we overcrowded? Yes," said Capt. J.P. Mulcahy of the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. "But is it manageable? Yes."...


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