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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As of (07/29/2015) at 09:47 AM

St. Louis voters to decide fate of $180 million bond issue on Tuesday City asking for money for fire, police, and other infrastructure needs.

Your daily 6: Uproar over lion's death, Deflategate cover-up and no to 'nice' trailer on governor's grounds People are talking about Cecil the lion, a heat wave across much of the country and a wicked wipeout for a surfer.

Garcia gets zero support at the plate Cardinals are shut out for the fourth time when their lefty starts. Through 100 games, Cards have scored two or fewer runs 30 times and three or fewer 50 times.

Tired of butts everywhere, St. Louis launches cigarette-recycling effort St. Louis is one of the first cities in America to promote cigarette butt recycling program.  

Are you a pie person or a cake person? Neman says you can't be both There's a reason no one ever says something is as easy as cake.

Intern scandal fallout: Missouri lawmaker fired chief of staff in wake of investigations

Strauss: MLS dream is just that right now

Bernie: Best fit for Cards — Lind or Davis?

Pattonville parents urge an offensive to counter bullying Updated

Video: 15-Foot python found in Missouri backyard New

Expect another scorching day in St. Louis before relief arrives tonight New

Who won $70 million from a Powerball ticket sold in St. Louis? We learn today Updated

Minnesota dentist who killed lion says he thought hunt was legal Updated

Tipsheet: Royals risk future damage with all-in gamble Updated

Despite heat, hundreds set out to paddle the Missouri River across the state

For first time since 2000, Carbondale won't have Halloween restrictions Updated

Boaters escape sinking craft on Mississippi River

Happy birthday, Martina McBride

50 years ago today, Beatles gave us 'Help!' Updated

Rams chat: Read the Jim Thomas Q-&-A Updated


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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Political News
As of (07/29/2015) at 09:47 AM

Animal issues simmering in St. Charles and O'Fallon, Mo. By Mark Schlinkmann Backyard chickens remain an issue in both while a bill allowing the release of stray cats after neutering was submitted last week in St. Charles.

St. Louis voters to decide fate of $180 million bond issue on Tuesday By Nicholas J.C. Pistor City asking for money for fire, police, and other infrastructure needs.

Intern scandal fallout: Missouri lawmaker fired chief of staff in wake of investigations By Alex Stuckey LeVota's chief of staff was fired after he told investigators of allegations against LeVota.

Federal highway aid payments to states could expire Friday; local effect unknown By Leah Thorsen MoDOT says that without federal funds, the status of every project would need to be reassessed 

Dirty mayor or dirty politics? Gift of topsoil in Collinsville investigated By Paul Hampel Miller accepted free dirt valued at up to $1,600 from a landscaping firm that did business with city. 

Rejected by St. Louis County Council, Erby could re-introduce minimum wage bill By Steve Giegerich Fellow Democrats call for additional study or statewide action on hourly salaries.    

Appeals Court restores man's lawsuit over Ferguson jail beating By Robert Patrick Plaintiff claims his rights were violated; police say he violently resisted officers.

Diehl's replacement in Missouri House to be chosen in November By Kevin McDermott Two other House vacancies also will be filled.


St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (07/29/2015) at 09:47 AM

Birth control, sex education prevent abortions better than gotcha videos

Dana Milbank: Washington forgets the art of friendship

Michael Gerson: Coronating a wounded queen?


Kansas City Star
As of (07/29/2015) at 09:47 AM

There is a reason Royals players randomly drop numbers 17 and 38 into interviews Kansas City Royals players made sure to get the numbers 17 and 38 into interviews or faced a fine in Kangaroo Court. It's from Lorenzo Cain's walk-up song. Royals' Omar Infante, Alcides Escobar team up on what may be the play of the year In trading for Ben Zobrist, Royals' front office again has players' backs

Back to Rockville One Direction rekindles the mania before a large, loud and fervid Arrowhead crowd As its summer tour began in early July, there were rumblings that the bloom was off the One Direction rose. If enthusiasm for the quartet of twenty-somethings is waning, it wasn't evident at Arrowhead Stadium on Tuesday night, when nearly 44,000 fans waited in oppressive heat for a show that exceeded two hours and roiled with relentless energy and noise. Photo gallery: One Direction turns up the heat at Arrowhead Stadium One Direction, at Arrowhead Tuesday, show fans Twitter love

Restaurant and business group files petition challenging Kansas City’s new minimum wage law Missourians for Fair Wages wants to overturn the measure to raise the minimum wage from $7.65 per hour to $8.50 per hour on Aug. 24, with ongoing annual increases to $13 per hour by 2020. The group has until Aug. 25 to gather about 3,400 signatures for a referendum election.

Red Zone Safety Eric Berry, coming back from cancer treatment, cleared to practice with Chiefs Nearly eight months after he was officially diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, Chiefs safety Eric Berry will return to the practice field on Wednesday. The team announced in a news release Tuesday night that Berry has been cleared to practice on Wednesday with the quarterbacks, rookies and injured players. Photo gallery: Chiefs rookie training camp report day Watch: Chiefs safety Eric Berry cleared to practice Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe reinjures back, will miss most of preseason

Royals’ Omar Infante, Alcides Escobar team up on what may be the play of the year Wed 7:37 AM

Federal prison ordered for Independence man who secretly photographed women and girls Wed 8:43 AM

Restaurant inspections for Kansas and Kansas City for July 29 Wed 9:45 AM

Watch: Chiefs safety Eric Berry cleared to practice Wed 8:28 AM

Raytown police seek witnesses to rollover accident Wed 8:39 AM

There is a reason Royals players randomly drop numbers 17 and 38 into interviews Wed 9:26 AM

One Direction, at Arrowhead Tuesday, show fans Twitter love Wed 7:58 AM

Missouri state Sen. LeVota fires chief of staff after sexual harassment investigation Wed 7:40 AM

Kraft says he regrets not appealing NFL penalties Wed 9:33 AM

Missing Blue Springs brother, sister found safe Tue 7:03 PM

8 kids hospitalized after tree falls near Pasadena children's museum Tue 8:24 PM

Woman charged for robbing, beating man at lake near Lawrence Wed 7:04 AM

Updated July 28: Kansas City Crime Stoppers' Most Wanted Updated July 28: This man is wanted for second degree murder and burglary. If you have information about any of these fugitives, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (816-474-8477), go to KCCrimeStoppers.com, or text TIP452 plus message and send to 274637. All calls are anonymous.

Royals keep sights on October after trade for Oakland's Ben Zobrist

Royals eager to welcome Johnny Cueto as they push toward another playoff run

Overland Park yard becomes the front line for code enforcement dispute


Kansas City Star - Political News
As of (07/29/2015) at 09:47 AM

Missouri state Sen. LeVota fires chief of staff after sexual harassment investigation Investigators looking into allegations that Democratic state Sen. Paul LeVota sexually harassed a University of Central Missouri intern interviewed LeVota's chief of staff, Ron Berry, last month.

Panel finds that the Kansas mental health system is inadequate, jeopardizing patients and the public The Adult Continuum of Care Committee said the state's two acute care psychiatric hospitals in Larned and Osawatomie lack sufficient bed space, smaller mental health facilities are underfunded and some communities lack needed resources for crisis intervention. But finding money to solve the problems will be much harder than identifying the shortfall.

Restaurant and business group files petition challenging Kansas City’s new minimum wage law Missourians for Fair Wages wants to overturn the measure to raise the minimum wage from $7.65 per hour to $8.50 per hour on Aug. 24, with ongoing annual increases to $13 per hour by 2020. The group has until Aug. 25 to gather about 3,400 signatures for a referendum election.

Sen. Claire McCaskill focuses on sexual harassment in the Missouri legislature The Democratic senator said her staff is working to create an advocacy organization to help victims of sexual harassment in Missouri's capital. McCaskill said the idea for the organization came out of a telephone conversation with Alissa Hembree, the former Capitol intern from the University of Central Missouri who accused Sen. Paul LeVota of propositioning her.

Gov. Jay Nixon calls special elections for three vacant seats in the Missouri General Assembly Missouri's governor set Nov. 3 as the date for elections to replace three departed members of the House: Noel Torpey, Kevin McManus and former House speaker John Diehl.

‘How can we trust Iran?’ House lawmakers ask Obama officials Secretaries of State, Energy and the Treasury testify on Iran deal in U.S. House Hearing was orderly compared to angry Senate session Longest-serving Jewish House member backs deal

Health & Fitness GOP leaders plan Senate vote on Planned Parenthood aid The Senate will vote before its August recess on a Republican effort to bar federal aid to Planned Parenthood, GOP leaders said Tuesday, as anti-abortion groups clamored for action by lawmakers. Democrats said they will strongly oppose what they called the latest Republican effort to weaken women's health care programs, but stopped short of flatly predicting its defeat.

Updated July 28: Kansas City Crime Stoppers' Most Wanted Updated July 28: This man is wanted for second degree murder and burglary. If you have information about any of these fugitives, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (816-474-8477), go to KCCrimeStoppers.com, or text TIP452 plus message and send to 274637. All calls are anonymous.

Overland Park yard becomes the front line for code enforcement dispute

GOP source: Mike Parson will switch from governor’s race to lieutenant governor The crowded Republican race for governor has its first casualty. Parson will back away from contest for state's highest office GOP source: Mike Parson will switch from governor’s race to lieutenant governor The crowded Republican race for governor has its first casualty. Parson will back away from contest for state's highest office

Yael T. Abouhalkah Oops: Sam Brownback uses wrong figures for Kansas teachers’ salaries, damages his credibility In another blow to his credibility, Gov. Sam Brownback at a press conference on Friday used wrong information to make his case that Kansas teachers make far more money than teachers in Missouri.

Kansas Policy Institute criticizes JoCo property tax hike, employee salaries above $100,000 The Institute is run by Dave Trabert. In 2013, federal records show, Trabert was paid a base salary of $129,211, plus a $25,000 bonus and $10,257 in benefits. His total compensation was $164,468.

Graves not convinced new terminal is right plan for KCI The Republican congressman has been a vociferous opponent of constructing a new terminal, opting instead for refurbishing the existing horseshoe configuration at KCI.

Yael T. Abouhalkah Reckless gun-toting civilians should stay away from military recruiting centers The armed civilians showing up this week at military recruiting centers around the country look like people irresponsibly acting out their fantasies. These gun nuts foolishly appear to be almost hoping to get involved in some kind of shootout with a terrorist.

Obama: Africa must create jobs for its next generation Obama warns of instability that results from a large jobless youth population Urges Africa to encourage business creation, educational opportunities Africa's population is predicted to double in the coming decades

US Navy examines health concerns near Guantanamo court A complaint lodged with the Pentagon has prompted the U.S. Navy to look into the possible presence of anything that may cause cancer in a section of the base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a military spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Business SBA loan approvals resume after Congress lifts lending limit Small businesses are again able to get loans backed by the federal government.

Business Scientists warn of arms race in so-called killer robots Top science and tech experts worry about a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence

Brownback won’t be present when budget cuts announced The governor's office is proposing $50 million in cuts.

Topeka has Shawnee Mission School District’s attention as fiscal questions loom Superintendent Jim Hinson of the Shawnee Mission School District recently told board members that he expects the state at some point in the coming school year to cut funding to schools and that his staff has taken precautions to keep the district afloat in all but the most catastrophic of financial situations.


Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (07/29/2015) at 09:47 AM

Beware the fishing expeditions against Planned Parenthood Responses to a scandal involving the national Planned Parenthood organization are to be expected in states where politicians are anxious to burnish their anti-abortion credentials. But the hastily called investigations should not be allowed to morph into fishing expeditions or to violate patient privacy. Videos spark rally at Planned Parenthood office in Overland Park Charles Krauthammer: Numbing of humanity is The price of fetal parts Senate GOP leaders blast Cruz for calling McConnell a liar Planned Parenthood president: Group doesn't profit from fetal organs

Ignore Gov. Sam Brownback’s wrong ‘facts’ on Kansas teacher pay Kansas' teachers do earn a bit more in salary and supplemental pay than Missouri's. But the gap in compensation is far smaller than the one Gov. Sam Brownback displayed last week in an inaccurate chart.

Monday Poll results: Many show support for GMO labeling This week's survey followed U.S. House passage of a bill to prohibit states and localities from requiring labels on food products that contain genertically modified ingredients. Here are the results.

New Kansas City Council will need voters’ help in making crucial decisions While Kansas City's elected officials are eager to start deciding how to use the city's $1.4 billion annual budget, they won't be calling all the shots. Voters will have a huge say in determining whether the city can maintain the momentum it gained during Mayor Sly James' first term in office.

The Monday Poll: Should there be a law mandating foods with GMOs be labeled? A bill backed by Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas, passed by the U.S. House last week, would prohibit states and localities from requiring labels on food products containing genetically modified ingredients. We want to hear your thoughts on the issues.

Superintendent search in Kansas City should set a high bar Residents have a right to expect a lot of the next superintendent for the long-beleaguered Kansas City school district. That showed last week when people shared their views with school officials.

Johnson County should boost taxes for smart investments The future of Kansas, to a degree, hangs in the balance as the state's two largest counties go in distinctly different directions in spending public funds. Johnson County's political leaders appear ready to increase taxes and invest in smart plans to provide better parks, libraries and transit service. But in Sedgwick County, officials want to trim taxes and cut many programs.

Updated July 28: Kansas City Crime Stoppers' Most Wanted Updated July 28: This man is wanted for second degree murder and burglary. If you have information about any of these fugitives, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (816-474-8477), go to KCCrimeStoppers.com, or text TIP452 plus message and send to 274637. All calls are anonymous.

Missouri Sen. Paul LeVota, damaged by interns’ revelations, had to resign Paul LeVota's resignation from the Missouri legislature should help his constituents in east Kansas City, Independence, Raytown and Sugar Creek get the representation they deserve, from a senator of better repute.

Washington still doesn’t get cybersecurity and must improve its computer systems The U.S. government should protect personal information about its employees and citizens as if it were gold. Sadly, cyberthieves are routinely carrying digital bullion out of federal computers these days. Fort Knox, this isn't.

Pick up the pace on the new Rock Island Trail When it gets built, the Rock Island Trail rolling through the middle part of Missouri will be a great addition to the existing Katy Trail. But challenges must be overcome to complete the new amenity.

Allegations against Sen. Paul LeVota bring more disgrace to Missouri government More reason to be revolted by freewheeling and inappropriate activities in the Missouri Capitol has emerged in a report centered on a college intern's complaints against Sen. Paul LeVota, a Democrat from Independence.

Kris Kobach should help count the votes accurately in Kansas Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach should work to help resolve how accurately some machines are recording votes in the state. His reluctance to strongly embrace openness and transparency makes him look too selective when it comes to concerns over voter fraud.

Move ahead on an affordable and convenient new KCI terminal Prospects for building a modern, convenient and affordable new terminal at Kansas City International Airport have brightened considerably. That's a huge step forward in the long-lasting debate over what to do with an aging airport that gives many visitors — and many residents who travel — a poor image of our bustling, progressive community.

Monday Poll results: When it’s hot, we like the AC more than the pool It was hot last week when we created the Monday Poll. So hot we decided to create a poll about being hot. But by the time Monday rolled around it wasn't so hot anymore, which perhaps affected the participation in and responses to our unscientific poll.

Reject this detail of Kansas City’s new downtown hotel An unassuming, understated detail in the proposal to build a taxpayer-supported, Kansas City convention hotel should be filed under the category of “unfortunate irritant” or perhaps “missed opportunity.”

Develop smartly along Kansas City’s boulevards, parkways Kansas City's Parks and Recreation Department should not kowtow to the threats of developers. Rather, it ought to promote rules that will provide Northland residents with high quality parkways and boulevards many decades into the future.

Lift the sequestration cap to save Army spending As President Obama said when he proposed his most recent budget, the arbitrary cap imposed by sequestration “doesn't differentiate between smart government spending and dumb government spending.” In Missouri, one of the impacts is the Army's plan to cut 774 positions from Fort Leonard Wood.

New downtown hotel is a risk worth taking for a brighter Kansas City future While the proposed $311 million downtown hotel comes with baggage, those issues should not be allowed to sink a deal that has more strengths than weaknesses. Mayor Sly James and the City Council have solid reasons next Thursday to move forward with this project.

The Monday Poll: What are your hot takes on the heat wave? Another Kansas City heat wave always presents time for reflection. Take care of your family, your neighbors and your pets, then weigh in on these observations.


The Springfield News Leader
As of (07/29/2015) at 09:47 AM

Police: Two dead, one injured in crash

Interim sheriff: Automatic weapons missing from department

Survey shows what local drivers want, how they want to pay for it

Republic man sent to prison for marijuana distribution

McCaskill and intern to team up against sexual harassment

Police: Two men went to `speak with' another man — with machetes

Politics City Council passes bill to fight nuisance properties City Council passes bill to fight nuisance properties The city of Springfield now has what it believes is a better plan to fight nuisance properties in the city. Politics

Politics Conservative MO lawmaker says child abuse made him gay — for 5 years Conservative MO lawmaker says child abuse made him gay — for 5 years Bob Dixon says he overcame sexual `confusion' Politics

Christian County Sheriff candidate Keith Mills demoted, suspended without pay indefinitely; reason unclear Sheriff candidate Keith Mills demoted, suspended without pay indefinitely; reason unclear Mills' campaign has already raised more than $15,000 Christian County

Education Sneak peek inside Springfield's most innovative elementary school Sneak peek inside Springfield's most innovative elementary school Sherwood Elementary is expected to be open by the start of the 2015-16 school year Education

Ozarks Bistro Market apologizes for “Make Her Clothes Fall Off!” ad Bistro Market apologizes for “Make Her Clothes Fall Off!” ad Hand-written tequila ad at downtown liquor store prompts controversy Ozarks

Education MSU to pay to put 100 Sunvilla students in hotels — for up to a month MSU to pay to put 100 Sunvilla students in hotels — for up to a month Missouri State University said those planning to live in floors 3-9 of Sunvilla will likely move in mid-September Education

Crime Car theft numbers rise again, chief not happy Car theft numbers rise again, chief not happy Police chief urges people to lock their cars, take their keys with them. Crime

Ozarks Answer Man: That can't really be .3 miles on Frisco Trail, right? Answer Man: That can't really be .3 miles on Frisco Trail, right? Why is pavement marked as .3 miles on Frisco Trail when it seems like only 50 yards? Ozarks

Ozarks Feeding people in Springfield's food desert Feeding people in Springfield's food desert The changing landscape of grocery stores has left some residents without easy access. Ozarks

Ozarks Sen. Mike Parson switches race to lieutenant governor Sen. Mike Parson switches race to lieutenant governor Parson said he is not endorsing a gubernatorial candidate. Ozarks

Crime Gypsy Blanchard sobs in court as judge moves case toward trial Gypsy Blanchard sobs in court as judge moves case toward trial State's case begins with testimony from witnesses Crime

Ozarks 3 drown in Shoal Creek over the weekend 3 drown in Shoal Creek over the weekend A 5-year-old boy was among the three people who died on the creek this weekend. Ozarks

Ozarks Man seriously injured after being hit by SUV near Nixa Man seriously injured after being hit by SUV near Nixa Report says man was walking in the roadway when he was hit by the vehicle Saturday night. Ozarks

Outdoors Sanctuary group says it could have saved Christian County bear Sanctuary group says it could have saved Christian County bear Game officials reiterate message: Don't feed bears or they may have to be killed Outdoors


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The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (07/29/2015) at 09:48 AM

Missouri lawmakers must address climate change

Guest Voice: KCI Airport fight continues

Long: Notorious `Dodd-Frank' Wall Street reform act turns 5

Editorials 'Tis a privilege: Ozarks artists and entertainers make a splash 'Tis a privilege: Ozarks artists and entertainers make a splash 'Tis a privilege: Ozarks artists and entertainers make a splash Editorials

Contributors Dixon: Knee-jerk regulations may not be the answer Dixon: Knee-jerk regulations may not be the answer Christopher Dixon's local opinion column appears twice a month in the News-Leader. Contributors

Contributors Campbell: Buying and selling good arguments Campbell: Buying and selling good arguments Larry Campbell, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics Education at MSU, writes about education. Contributors

Opinion Our voice: Taxpayers shouldn't pay for AFC Our voice: Taxpayers shouldn't pay for AFC There could be an unanticipated hitch with the AFC Opinion

Contributors Krauthammer: The price of fetal parts and the U.S. abortion debate Krauthammer: The price of fetal parts and the U.S. abortion debate Charles Krauthammer is a national columnist for the Washington Post Contributors

Opinion Mayor: Nixa tax needed to improve old park facilities Mayor: Nixa tax needed to improve old park facilities Mayor of Nixa says kids playing on ball fields not improved in 50 years; tax is needed Opinion

Opinion To the Point: NRA and regulations To the Point: NRA and regulations Comments from readers who quickly make their point Opinion

Opinion Today's poll Today's poll Should the penalty for selling aborted fetal remains be a felony or a misdemeanor? Opinion

Opinion To the Point: Want a businessman? Morris for president To the Point: Want a businessman? Morris for president Want a businessman? Morris for president Opinion

Contributors Opinion: Sarah Bland's fate sealed by bad police work Opinion: Sarah Bland's fate sealed by bad police work Opinion: Sarah Bland's fate sealed by bad police work Contributors

Opinion Roses & Thorns: Donald Trump Roses & Thorns: Donald Trump Roses to Donald Trump Opinion

Opinion Roses & Thorns: Roses to Dr. David Hough Roses & Thorns: Roses to Dr. David Hough Readers write in appreciation to Dr. David Hough Opinion

Opinion Guest Voice: Cosby's dangerous legal secrecy Guest Voice: Cosby's dangerous legal secrecy USA Today editorial about Bill Cosby on how accusers may have been spared being called liars if not for legal secrecy Opinion

Contributors CDR: A plea for peace on both sides of marriage issue CDR: A plea for peace on both sides of marriage issue CDR: A plea for peace on both sides of marriage issue Contributors

Editorials Guest Voice: Trump should pull plug on side show Guest Voice: Trump should pull plug on side show Guest Voice: Trump should pull the plug on his bloviating side show Editorials


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 (07/29/2015) at 09:50 AM

Nixon seeks support from superintendents against veto override Don Shrubshell /Tribune Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday appealed to school superintendents to help him sustain his veto of a bill that would block immigrant students in the country illegally from receiving A+ scholarship money.

Bullets hit three vehicles overnight

County commission approves industrial zoning request

Planned Parenthood clinic targeted in protest over videos

McCaskill, UCM intern discuss plans to support sexual harassment victims

Business school dean leaving MU for South Carolina

Task force recommends universities offer alternatives to algebra A state task force is recommending two- and four-year public colleges and universities offer entry-level math courses other than algebra to fulfill students' general education requirements.

Rowden drops majority leader bid to seek 19th District Senate seat State Rep. Caleb Rowden abandoned his bid for House majority leader Monday to turn his attention to the 19th District state Senate seat that Democrats are eager to capture in 2016 with state Rep. Stephen Webber.

Commission will consider spot zoning request Public safety concerns overruled the Boone County Planning and Zoning Commission's recent reluctance to recommend approval of a request for “spot zoning,” the practice of rezoning a portion of an area while keeping restrictions on the remainder.

Man gets seven years in prison for shooting at woman The case against an 18-year-old accused of shooting at a woman in a south Columbia park in September concluded Monday when he pleaded guilty to amended charges and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Women pleads guilty to role in November robbery A 26-year-old woman who served as an accomplice in a November armed robbery in exchange for money to buy a crib could avoid a criminal record if a circuit judge suspends the imposition of her sentence for felony stealing.

Teen pleads guilty to reduced charges for string of robberies A teenage accomplice in a string of business robberies in December faces considerably less time in prison after he pleaded guilty to reduced charges Monday.

Former bar owner gets probation for bad checks Former Whiskey Wild Saloon owner Benjamin H. Bradley could avoid prison time and two felonies on his record after a circuit judge suspended his sentence in two cases of passing bad checks.

Committee includes Columbia clinic license in Planned Parenthood investigation JEFFERSON CITY -- A state Senate investigating committee will look at the relicensing of the Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic as well as whether the abortion provider is selling fetal tissue for research.

Facilitator named for Columbia Catholic Project In his new role as director of mission advancement for the Columbia Catholic Project, Bernard Naumann Jr. will help find short- and long-term solutions to space constraints at Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School.

Tribune to host blood drive Thursday The Tribune will host a blood drive Thursday at its 101 N. Fourth St. offices downtown.

Missouri River 340 race boasts largest field The largest field of kayaks and canoes in the 10-year history of the Missouri River 340 cross-state race on the Missouri River left Kansas City on Tuesday for its final destination of St. Charles.

Police seek two in armed robbery Columbia police are searching for two men suspected of a home invasion robbery near Garth and Grand avenues Monday night.

Board: Boone County Fair fees paid the rent Final dollar amounts are pending, but the Boone County Fair Board knows it made enough to meet expenses for last week's fair, including a $20,000 rent payment to the Boone County Commission for use of the Central Missouri Events Center.

Sixth Boone County mumps case confirmed, more cases pending Lab results have confirmed a sixth Boone County mumps case, and tests on a possible seventh case came back negative, health officials said Monday.


Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (07/29/2015) at 09:52 AM

Paying athletes In January the so-called Power 5 NCAA conferences voted to include “full cost of attendance” in athletic scholarship payments, thus thrusting the issue of money in college sports into unpredictable territory.

LeVota ,Diehl, et al I hasten to say I have no firsthand knowledge, but from what I hear the recent peccadilloes of Jefferson City politicians is really nothing new, except for the quick and detailed publicity surrounding the incidents.

The cap tax Voters will have an unusually easy time concentrating attention as they contemplate the Aug. 4 city ballot. Only one issue will face them: A needed extension of the existing capital improvement sales tax.

Downtown parking What to do about downtown parking?

The Donald It may take a little while yet, but Donald Trump is running his course.

John Kasich The governor of Ohio has entered the Republican primary for president.

DĂ©tente In the most visible accommodation to date, Cuba and the United States have opened embassies in each other's capitals, a long time coming and a long time overdue.

Abortion With news Planned Parenthood will once again offer abortion services in Columbia, we have renewed stimulus for thinking about this controversial subject.

The rock The Boone County Commission had little trouble deciding to move the Confederate Rock from the courthouse lawn to the Friends of the Centralia Battlefield, from a public to a private venue.

Gov. Kinder Why would Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder enter his party's primary for governor?

Iran In the fractious days after conclusion of the nuclear control pact between Iran and the group of six -- led in negotiations by the United States -- the world needs a road to comfortable acceptance.

Trash As the Columbia Public Works Department contemplates changes in charges and methods for commercial and residential trash collection, it has the benefit -- or burden -- of lots of advice. After work sessions and public hearings in August and September,...

New hospital After a heated battle of words between Boone Hospital Center and Fulton Medical Center, the state Health Facilities Review Committee decided Monday not to issue a certificate of need for Fulton's planned $38 million, 10-bed hospital on Lenoir Street.

REDI The mayor of Columbia has a serious disagreement with the Third Ward councilman over the future of the Regional Economic Development Inc., the local public-private economic development organization formed in 1988.

The Donald The omniscient class is atwitter over the grave impact Donald Trump might be having on the Republican Party primary electoral process.

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (07/29/2015) at 09:53 AM

Utilities' proposal worth a look It's a challenging thought: Allowing the water company to collect from customers a set amount in any given year, no matter how much water is used.

Twice the fun for sports fans With our baseball team in the hunt for a World Series ring, it naturally is time to turn our attention to football.

Mail boosters win one It will take an act of Congress to seal the deal, but supporters of rural mail have won an important concession in the long-running effort to reverse service cuts.

Airport fight not over "Convenience” might be hard to quantify, but it is a nearly tangible asset and matters greatly to thousands of area residents who fly in and out of Kansas City International Airport.

District makes headway Dr. Robert Newhart wants it understood the St. Joseph School District is in rehab and recovery mode - on the mend, and yet not fully healthy.

2 down, 4 to go for Nixon Gov. Jay Nixon has filled two positions on the Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents, and by all appearances he has made strong choices.

Enable military to repel attacks The debate over arming military recruiters and personnel at domestic military installations should turn on two points: the individual's qualifications to carry a weapon and the imperative for allowing service members to defend themselves.

Spending locally is best It's logical to think when a local business expands or modernizes facilities, the business' outlook must be on the upswing.

U.S. Military options remain `unchanged'? U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is occupied with reassuring the people of Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia about their security in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal.

Explore pathway to college Barriers to attaining a college degree include tuition costs and poor preparation in high school. The long-running dual credit program can impact both.

Future needed for pools To think that interest in public swimming pools has waned and never will return is to think a disturbing thought.

Plan will improve downtown park Adding a permanent concessions and restroom facility to support our busy Coleman Hawkins Park at Felix Street Square is a surprisingly good idea.

Fitness proposal flops At the end of the day, it always was highly questionable for the city of St. Joseph to consider making up for a budget shortfall by going into competition with private businesses in town.

Museum contract seals partnership The city of St. Joseph and the board of St. Joseph Museums Inc. recently renewed and extended for five years a working agreement that serves both parties' interests.

Port work is vital For many years, the gold standard in terms of civic service widely has been defined as those who contribute time and energies promoting highway improvements that likely will not be completed in their lifetimes.

Mixed-use plan holds promise It's early, but a proposal for a Downtown mixed-use retail and parking structure merits a long look from anyone who understands how important it is for that area to eventually approach self-sufficiency.

Algebra proposals add up A new report suggests Missouri may be on the verge of doing something revolutionary: clarifying that algebra is but one way to satisfy college math requirements.

Local arts groups deserved warning First, an attempt to see things the way the Missouri Arts Council apparently does:

150 years' service earns our respect A St. Joseph firefighters' memorial would be a fitting tribute to fallen heroes who paid the ultimate price in service to the community.

Give Patee House a lift Gary Chilcote never stops thinking of ways to improve on his life's work - the restored Patee House and the museum collections it houses.


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The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (07/29/2015) at 09:55 AM

Our View: Cherokee County Commission should stand firm Posted: July 29, 2015 The land and an entrepreneur may be available, but those aren't good enough reasons to apply for a landfill. Not by a long shot.

Our View: Thank Blunt for championing rural mail service Posted: July 28, 2015 Did you get your mail on time Monday?

Your View: Letters to the editor Posted: July 28, 2015 Better gun controls

Our View: Equal access and the ADA Posted: July 26, 2015 It's hailed as one of the most far-reaching and groundbreaking civil rights laws in American history. Given that it has changed the lives of people of every age, every race and every gender, the Americans with Disabilities Act should be observed as a great turning point in our recent history.

Herb Van Fleet: Gays entitled to same rights, privileges as others Posted: July 26, 2015 Rumor has it that right after the Supreme Count issued its ruling on gay marriage, Justice Antonin Scalia went outside the Supreme Court building and met with Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee to see if the four of them could burn down the building.

Donna Brazile: Trump always sinks to the occasion Posted: July 26, 2015 Right now, my Republican friends seem to be drawn to candidates who have extreme views or made a name in a field other than politics. And the biggest name at the moment is Donald Trump. Trump is leading in several polls, including the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, with a double-digit lead over Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. 

Geoff Caldwell: August recess is already programmed Posted: July 26, 2015 Congrebot (käNG-r-bot/): A member of the United States House of Representatives or Senate whose mind has been programmed to respond to special interest political donors over those of the voters that elected them to office. Slang; American. Combination of congressman/congresswoman and robot. Illustrative of an elected official's inability to think independently or stray from established party line.

Cynthia Allen: Making a moral argument for conservatism Posted: July 26, 2015 When debates over highly ideological issues like abortion erupt, one of the most common attacks on conservatives is that their support of pro-life policies is hypocritical.

Deborah Pearson: Tyson's generosity evident in community Posted: July 26, 2015 As a community member of McDonald County, I cannot be more proud that Tyson Food takes the time to support its community, its employees and its families.

Carol Stark: Former Globe reporter carries message back to Japan Posted: July 24, 2015 He was a young journalist working at the Pittsburg Morning Sun when he applied for a program that would provide travel expenses and support to travel to Japan to interview the hibakusha, literally “those who received the bomb.”

Our View: Jefferson City and the abuses of public office Posted: July 24, 2015 Missouri Southern State University is putting the brakes on its legislative internship program during the next session as it reviews all policies and procedures regarding the respected, longtime program.

Rachel Marsden: A simple solution to the Islamic State problem Posted: July 23, 2015 The fight against terrorism could literally go on forever if we let it. Just ask Ken Taylor, the former Canadian ambassador to Iran best known as the mastermind of the plot to exfiltrate American diplomats from Iran during the hostage crisis, as depicted in the movie “Argo.”

Our view: Norm Ridder: An opportunity to move forward Posted: July 22, 2015 The hiring of Norm Ridder, the new interim superintendent for the Joplin School District, presents the opportunity for the district to move forward just in time for the beginning of a new school year.

Our view: From the farm to the child Posted: July 21, 2015 Local county fairs are a great place for youngsters to learn more about how food gets from the farm and onto the dinner table. We've seen evidence of this the past two weeks during the youth fairs in Jasper and Newton counties.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: July 21, 2015 Accusatory phrasing

Our view: Can Tyson change its ways? Posted: July 19, 2015 The last time we wrote about Tyson Foods in an editorial, it was in no way complimentary. In fact, we have frequently taken it to task for the way the company treats the environment, particularly our rivers and streams. That treatment has resulted in fish kills and a long history of fines.

Your view: Letter to the editor Posted: July 19, 2015 Historic agreement

Geoff Caldwell: Founders would have been proud of this reporter Posted: July 19, 2015 Author's note: The majority of this column is intentionally not in my words. They are instead exchanges between CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett, President Barack Obama and Garrett's colleagues at CBS News. They are presented in detail for clarity and context of the type of reporting that has become far too rare among the Washington press corps.

Mike Deering: Right to farm will benefit Missourians Posted: July 19, 2015 The Missouri Farming Rights Amendment will benefit the entire state of Missouri. It will help ensure agriculture remains vibrant in this state, and it will give greater certainty to consumers that they have access to an abundant selection of affordable, healthy and safe food for their families. This is why the Missouri Cattlemen's Association commends the Missouri Supreme Court for upholding the Farming Rights Amendment — Amendment 1 — on June 30.

Michael Swan: Building connected communities one foot at a time Posted: July 19, 2015 The future of transportation lies in pedestrian-friendly connected communities.


The Jefferson City News Tribune
As of (07/29/2015) at 09:55 AM

Area nonprofit out of energy assistance funds State agency holds hearing on 2016 federal grant application - Central Missouri Community Action, a regional nonprofit serving eight counties, ran out of its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds early this month, leaving it unable to help needy households with their cooling bills.

Cole County Sheriff's Dept. securing the fair - Cpl. Justin Rollins started Tuesday evening at about 5 p.m., meeting with other employees of the Cole County Sheriff's Department in a trailer at the Jaycees Fairground for a briefing on assignments for the evening.

Confederate flag rally planned for Saturday Event set to begin in Fulton, end in Jefferson City - A Fulton man who recently formed the Missouri Confederate American Flag Supporters is organizing a Fulton-to-Jefferson City rally for the Confederate flag on Saturday.

Nixon calls for ethics law changes after 2 lawmakers resign - Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that state ethics laws need to be revamped in light of accusations that led to the resignations of two state lawmakers this year.

Research recovery underway at Lincoln building - A crew of disaster cleanup specialists continued to salvage items Tuesday by removing them from Lincoln University Dickinson Research Center.

City launches new website - Jefferson City has a new website that launched this week at a new domain name, jeffersoncitymo.gov.

McCaskill: Long-term transportation bill needed - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters Tuesday the Senate has worked hard to find some compromises on transportation funding.

What's in the 6-year Senate transportation bill - The Senate is moving toward the likely passage this week of a sweeping, six-year transportation bill, but the House is putting off consideration of the measure until this fall.

3 accused of bid to steal trailer loaded with toilet paper - Authorities say three Memphis men are accused of trying to steal a semi trailer loaded with toilet paper valued at $70,000.

Man sentenced to 15 years for secretly recording young girls - A suburban Kansas City man who followed women around area retail stores so he could secretly record videos up their skirts was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in federal prison for attempting to produce child pornography.

US military chief: World risks becoming immune to crises - The top U.S. military official warned Tuesday that the world risks becoming immune to the suffering caused by escalating global security threats.

Kerry implores Congress to back Iran nuclear deal - Secretary of State John Kerry warned skeptical lawmakers not to nix the contentious nuclear deal with Iran, insisting it includes strict inspections and other safeguards to deter cheating by Tehran.

Missouri sues developer for clean water violations - Missouri has filed a lawsuit accusing a Lincoln County developer of violating the state's water laws.

Welter embraces breakthrough role with Arizona Cardinals - Jen Welter accepts the title of trailblazer, embraces the chance to be a role model for girls and, perhaps most of all, can't wait to get beyond the hype and on to work when the Arizona Cardinals open training camp this weekend.

US expects to pay farmers $191 million for birds lost to flu - The U.S. government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday as he called for Congress to consider a disaster program for poultry producers similar to that for other livestock farmers.

NTSB: Company should have prepared for human error - The National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday that the developer of a commercial spacecraft that broke apart over the Mojave Desert last year failed to protect against the possibility of human error, specifically the co-pilot's premature unlocking of a braking system that triggered the in-flight breakup of the vehicle.

Boy who lost limbs to infection gets double-hand transplant - An 8-year-old Baltimore boy who lost his limbs to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons said Tuesday.

George Washington University drops SAT, ACT requirement - George Washington University will no longer require that students submit their ACT or SAT scores for most freshman admissions.

Mexico fires soccer coach following claim he punched reporter - MEXICO CITY - Mexican national team coach Miguel Herrera was fired Tuesday following a television reporter's claim the man known as “El Piojo" punched him.

Administration wants to give prisoners access to Pell grants - Some federal and state prisoners could soon be eligible for federal student aid to take college courses while behind bars.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - State News
As of (07/29/2015) at 09:55 AM

Nixon calls for ethics law changes after 2 lawmakers resign - Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that state ethics laws need to be revamped in light of accusations that led to the resignations of two state lawmakers this year.

McCaskill: Long-term transportation bill needed - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters Tuesday the Senate has worked hard to find some compromises on transportation funding.

What's in the 6-year Senate transportation bill - The Senate is moving toward the likely passage this week of a sweeping, six-year transportation bill, but the House is putting off consideration of the measure until this fall.

3 accused of bid to steal trailer loaded with toilet paper - Authorities say three Memphis men are accused of trying to steal a semi trailer loaded with toilet paper valued at $70,000.

Man sentenced to 15 years for secretly recording young girls - A suburban Kansas City man who followed women around area retail stores so he could secretly record videos up their skirts was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in federal prison for attempting to produce child pornography.

Missouri sues developer for clean water violations - Missouri has filed a lawsuit accusing a Lincoln County developer of violating the state's water laws.

Peabody reports 2Q loss - Peabody Energy Corp. (BTU) on Tuesday reported a loss of $1.05 billion in its second quarter.

Panera shares jump on report of Q3 sales uptick - Panera Bread Co. shares jumped in extended trading Tuesday after the restaurant chain reported an uptick in sales in recent days.

Nixon sets special election to fill Missouri House vacancies - Special elections have been scheduled to replace three Missouri lawmakers who resigned.

Hanaway says to up Missouri penalty for sale of fetal organs - Republican candidate for Missouri governor Catherine Hanaway says the penalty for selling aborted fetal remains should be a felony, not a misdemeanor.

2 meetings held by panel examining Ferguson decisions - A legislative panel that said it would investigate Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's decisions involving the state's response to protests that followed a grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown has met just twice since December, with the chairman citing difficulty in coordinating members' schedules.

Missouri patrol says accidents, drownings increased - Officials with the Missouri Highway Patrol announced this week that Missouri has experienced an increase in traffic fatalities and drowning's so far in 2015.

Extension Service says wheat disease hurting Missouri crops - The University of Missouri Extension Service says continued wet weather has led to serious problems in the state's wheat fields.

6 University of Missouri students confirmed with mumps - Lab results have confirmed that six University of Missouri students came down with the mumps, while a seventh suspected case came back negative.

Man accused of using $476K in employer's funds for strippers - An Arizona computer engineer for a Missouri-based tech company wrongly racked up nearly a half million dollars in personal charges on his employer's credit card, lavishing much of the money on online strippers, according to a federal indictment accusing him of five wire-fraud counts.

March, civil disobedience planned next month in Ferguson - A silent march and a day of civil disobedience are among the events being planned for next month in Ferguson to mark the first anniversary of the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer, an event that galvanized the “Black Lives Matter" movement.

Flooding looses hatchery trout in southwest Missouri river - Recent flooding in southwest Missouri has been a boon for anglers because it forced trout out of a large hatchery pool and into publicly accessible areas of a popular trout stream.

Movie critic dies in -cara accident - The longtime movie critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has died in a one-car accident.

Program offers look at model aimed at ending homelessness - One year after 51 homeless veterans were given free housing for up to a year, the program has offered a glimpse into the challenges and successes of the “rapid rehousing" model that's aimed at ending homelessness.

Some immigrant students face doubt over state college aid - With the fall semester set to begin in weeks for many Missouri colleges and universities, students whose parents brought them illegally to the U.S. still face uncertainty regarding financial aid for the upcoming school year.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Local News
As of (07/29/2015) at 09:55 AM

Area nonprofit out of energy assistance funds State agency holds hearing on 2016 federal grant application - Central Missouri Community Action, a regional nonprofit serving eight counties, ran out of its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds early this month, leaving it unable to help needy households with their cooling bills.

Cole County Sheriff's Dept. securing the fair - Cpl. Justin Rollins started Tuesday evening at about 5 p.m., meeting with other employees of the Cole County Sheriff's Department in a trailer at the Jaycees Fairground for a briefing on assignments for the evening.

Confederate flag rally planned for Saturday Event set to begin in Fulton, end in Jefferson City - A Fulton man who recently formed the Missouri Confederate American Flag Supporters is organizing a Fulton-to-Jefferson City rally for the Confederate flag on Saturday.

Nixon calls for ethics law changes after 2 lawmakers resign - Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that state ethics laws need to be revamped in light of accusations that led to the resignations of two state lawmakers this year.

Research recovery underway at Lincoln building - A crew of disaster cleanup specialists continued to salvage items Tuesday by removing them from Lincoln University Dickinson Research Center.

City launches new website - Jefferson City has a new website that launched this week at a new domain name, jeffersoncitymo.gov.

McCaskill: Long-term transportation bill needed - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters Tuesday the Senate has worked hard to find some compromises on transportation funding.

2 Jefferson City men sentenced on federal heroin charges - Two Jefferson City were sentenced in federal court Tuesday for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Charges filed in Hy-Vee shooting - A Jefferson City woman was shot in the upper chest after an altercation at a grocery store parking lot Monday afternoon.

Hanaway says to up Missouri penalty for sale of fetal organs - Republican candidate for Missouri governor Catherine Hanaway says the penalty for selling aborted fetal remains should be a felony, not a misdemeanor.

6 University of Missouri students confirmed with mumps - Lab results have confirmed that six University of Missouri students came down with the mumps, while a seventh suspected case came back negative.

Mayor offers draft 2016 budget $30 million projected in general revenue - The Jefferson City Council has begun work on the 2016 budget, projecting roughly $30 million in revenue for the general fund.

Family af-'fair': Love of agriculture spans generations in Braun family - Three barns full of FFA and 4-H students - and their animals - outlasted Monday's excessive heat to show the animals and projects they spent the past several months raising and preparing.

Checking out new users New library program targets millennials - Participants in the Missouri River Regional Library's new millennial program went on a treasure hunt of sorts Monday night.

Man faces charges in shooting Drug charged filed against woman, 17 - A Jefferson City man has been charged in connection with a weekend shooting.

Families safe, but homeless after two weekend fires - Two house fires left two Cole County families without homes.

Petition campaign launched to add Cole County to Nonpartisan Court Plan - If enough people sign the petitions, Cole County voters next year would be asked to decide whether to add the county's 19th judicial circuit to the list of Nonpartisan Plan counties in the state.

Bobby Brown 'completely numb' after death of daughter - R&B singer Bobby Brown said Monday that his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was “an angel" and that the family must find a way to honor her memory.

Milwaukee dad took blame for son's fatal hit-run - A judge on Monday vacated the sentence of a Milwaukee man who spent more than a year in prison before admitting he took the blame for a fatal hit-and-run to protect his son.

Mother pleads for return of missing 8-year-old - The mother of a missing 8-year-old girl pleaded for her safe return Monday as search efforts grew to include federal authorities.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (07/29/2015) at 09:55 AM

Our Opinion: Pantry creates recipe for distribution - When it comes to feeding needy people, we appreciate efforts to improve on a proficient approach.

Your Opinion: Confederate symbols, politics and Missouri history - The Boone County commissioners during an interview on Channel 8 news on July 16 voted unanimously to move a Confederate memorial which stood since 1935 on the grounds of the Boone County Courthouse in Columbia to a private property south of Centralia at taxpayers' expense because a lone African-American male was offended and threatened to file a petition to remove the memorial.

Your Opinion: Response on displaying Confederate flag - On July 12 Larry Russell Johnson's letter was published on the Confederate flag flap. (Pun intended.)

Our Opinion: ADA anniversary: Much progress, but work remains - The theme of inclusion was sounded by champions of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on Sunday's 25th anniversary of the law.

Your Opinion: Can we do more than imagine? - Can you imagine? A lady in a grocery store in Jefferson City offered to let me in front of her in a check-out line. I refused, of course, being stubbornly independent and self-sufficient.

Your Opinion: Damaging allegations undermine justice - Innocent until proven guilty is a farce when the media, especially in the case of alleged sexual misconduct, establishes itself as the judge and jury and decides to destroy someone before the justice process even begins.

Your Opinion: GOP thwarts Obama's economic stimulus - t has been almost seven years since the president was elected when he took over from the Bush administration who served two terms.

Our Opinion: Arm trained soldiers against attacks News Tribune editorial - In the aftermath of attacks at a military recruiting center and a reserve center, both national and state officials are debating whether military members at those types of facilities should be armed.

Perspective: The end of Planned Parenthood? - Planned Parenthood's unmitigated implosion continues.

Perspective: New principal outlines priorities - As the new Jefferson City High School principal, Mr. Bob James has been on the job since July 1.

Perspective: Standing up for the unborn - The horrific videos of Planned Parenthood that were recently released go beyond the abortion debate - simply, they are inhumane.

Your Opinion: Why don't we enforce immigration laws? - I am more disgusted every time I hear that nothing can be done about the illegal alien situation until we have “comprehensive immigration reform."

Your Opinion: Response to Johnson on same-sex marriage - Comments on Mr. Johnson's letter published July 15 on the recent SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage.

Our Opinion: Missouri and governor gain well-deserved recognition - Missouri and Gov. Jay Nixon are garnering well-deserved national recognition for initiatives to serve people with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.

Your Opinion: Senator ignores LGBTQ issues - Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, champion of the “pain-capable" fetus, voted last week not to get involved in the nationwide problem of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth being victimized by bullies.


The Southeast Missourian
As of (07/29/2015) at 09:55 AM

Parents, stores prepare for sales-tax holiday (07/29/15) 2 This year's annual back-to-school sales tax holiday also will mark the last weekend of the summer for many area...

Cape school board OKs $546K in bids for computers, concrete (07/29/15) 5 The Cape Girardeau School Board on Tuesday approved three bids, totaling more than $546,000, to update some of the...

Man injured in shooting in Cape (07/29/15) 10 A man was injured after shots were fired at the corner of William and South Hanover streets Tuesday night. About 9...

Fire destroys home; no one injured (07/29/15) No one was injured in a house fire that destroyed a Cape Girardeau County home Tuesday night. And thanks to the efforts...

Sikeston police flush out toilet-paper heist suspects (07/29/15) 5 SIKESTON, Mo. -- A tip led to the arrest of three men who stole a trailer filled with $70,000 worth of toilet paper....

Man injured in shooting in Cape (07/29/15) A man was injured after shots were fired at the corner of William and South Hanover streets Tuesday night. About 9 p.m., an African-American man was shot in the back, according to witness Diedre Ward. Ward lives in an apartment complex at 210 S. Hanover St. and said she saw the victim get shot...

Sikeston police flush out toilet-paper heist suspects (07/29/15) SIKESTON, Mo. -- A tip led to the arrest of three men who stole a trailer filled with $70,000 worth of toilet paper. Jimmie Smith, 51, of Memphis, Tennessee, was charged with felony theft/stealing of more than $25,000 and first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. Markel A. Eskridge, 42, and Eugene Pickens, 36, also both of Memphis, each were charged with felony theft/stealing more than $25,000...

Lawsuits settled in crash that killed teenager (07/29/15) Three lawsuits have been settled in connection with a 2013 box-truck crash that killed a Glenallen, Missouri, teenager. Bobby Joe Abernathy, 36, pleaded guilty last year to vehicular involuntary manslaughter while intoxicated and second-degree vehicular assault in connection with the April 5, 2013, crash that killed 17-year-old Amelia Fisher...

Cape man awaiting sentencing in Belleville shooting (07/29/15) A Cape Girardeau man is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with the Feb. 9, 2014, death of a Belleville, Illinois, man. Anthony P. Allen, 22, and two other suspects were arrested Feb. 9, 2014, after Darrin B. Hayes, 25, was found dead of gunshot wounds in his Belleville apartment, Lt. Michael Hundelt, deputy commander of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis, said in a news release at the time...

Cape Girardeau police report 7/29/15 (07/29/15) The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Julia Marie Niemira, 17, 2021 Lacey St., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and failure to drive within a single lane. n Toni Lynn Wiseman, 37, of Chaffee, Missouri, was arrested on a Cape Girardeau County warrant for failure to appear for dangerous drugs...

Dobbins to be paid up to $75,000 as consultant for Southeast (07/23/15) Southeast Missouri State University's board of regents has approved an addendum to the employment agreement with president emeritus Kenneth Dobbins, authorizing the university to pay Dobbins up to $75,000 to represent Southeast in the St. Louis area and assist president Carlos Vargas-Aburto with his transition into the presidency...

Panel suggests giving students college algebra alternatives (07/22/15) KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri Department of Education committee is recommending that two- and four-year public colleges that require algebra for graduation instead give students the option of taking statistics or other math subjects more relevant to their fields...

Cape's Adult Education program helps immigrants obtain U.S. citizenship (07/20/15) With guidance from the Cape Girardeau Adult Education and Literacy program, Yan Zahner of Jackson is preparing to become a citizen of the United States. Over the past few years, she invested many hours improving her spoken English, practicing her reading and writing skills and studying the branches of government while attending the program's citizenship and English as a second-language classes...

Southeast, USDA building reservoir for irrigation (07/16/15) Southeast Missouri State University is continuing to improve its drainage and irrigation system at the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center by partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- Agriculture Research Service. Southeast announced this week that the USDA will invest $50,000 to create a reservoir at the center in Gordonville, Missouri, where high-quality tile-drain water generated during the dormant winter season will be stored, then pumped back into the soil during the summer.. ...

New Jackson superintendent seeks more 'lines of communication' (07/15/15) At the Jackson School Board meeting Tuesday, the district's new superintendent, John Link, said officials are working to open "lines of communication" between the schools and community. "We'll soon have a district-level Facebook page and Twitter page, and we're going to try to push our coaches and our staff to do us well," he said. "We want to get good things out there, and we have to meet the people where they're at, and right now they're on social media."...


The Southeast Missourian - State News
As of (07/29/2015) at 09:55 AM

Hanaway urges stricter penalty for sale of fetal organs (07/29/15) COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Republican candidate for Missouri governor Catherine Hanaway during an anti-abortion rally Tuesday said the penalty for selling aborted fetus remains should be a felony, not a misdemeanor. Hanaway spoke to a group of about 50 people outside Planned Parenthood's Columbia Health Center. ...

2 meetings held by panel examining Ferguson decisions (07/29/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A legislative panel that said it would investigate Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's decisions involving the state's response to protests that followed a grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown has met just twice since December, with the chairman citing difficulty in coordinating members' schedules...

Nixon calls for ethics law changes after 2 lawmakers resign (07/29/15) COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri's Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday state ethics laws need to be revamped in light of accusations that led to the resignations of two state lawmakers this year. Nixon criticized the culture of the Capitol during remarks at a school administrators' conference in Columbia, calling the state the "Wild West" of ethics laws...

2 dead in St. Louis drive-by shooting (07/28/15) ST. LOUIS -- The homicide total in St. Louis for 2015 has reached 111 after two men in their 20s were killed in a drive-by shooting. The shooting happened Sunday night in north St. Louis. Police Maj. Ronnie Robinson said authorities believe a lone gunman opened fire from a vehicle, killing the two men...

Columbia tests bench that charges electronic devices (07/28/15) COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Columbia is offering the public an unusual way to charge their electronic devices. A wood and metal bench in front of City Hall, called a Soofa, has an attachment that will charge electronic devices...

Man shot after driving at police gets 5 years in prison (07/28/15) Man shot after driving at police gets 5 years in prison CLAYTON, Mo. -- A shoplifting suspect who was shot and wounded by a suburban St. Louis police officer earlier this year has been sentenced to five years in prison. The St. Louis County prosecutor's office says 42-year-old Darnell Wilson pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, felony stealing and resisting arrest...

Woman admits making up story about shooting (07/28/15) Woman admits making up story about shooting ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis police say a woman who claimed she and a 3-year-old girl were injured in a drive-by shooting is admitting she lied about the details of what happened. The woman first told police she and the girl were on the front porch of a home when someone in a black Pontiac Grand Prix shot at them early Monday...

Illinoisans feel pain as budget impasse drags on (07/28/15) CHICAGO -- As she drops off her 4-year-old son at a Chicago day care to head for a job she loves, Stacy Rutledge wonders how she'll keep doing it once she loses her state-subsidized child care. A few miles away, 80-year-old Helen King worries what she'll do if another heat wave hits, and her electricity has been shut off because she no longer gets help paying the bill...

St. Louis Post-Dispatch movie critic dies in one-car accident (07/28/15) ST. LOUIS -- The longtime movie critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has died in a one-car accident. Joe Williams died Sunday night in Jefferson County, south of St. Louis. Williams, 56, was a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He had been at the Post-Dispatch since 1997 and had been film critic since 2000...

March, civil disobedience planned in Ferguson next month (07/28/15) FERGUSON, Mo. -- A silent march and a day of civil disobedience are among the events being planned for next month in Ferguson to mark the first anniversary of the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer, an event that galvanized the "Black Lives Matter" movement...

Some immigrant students face doubt over state college aid (07/28/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- With the fall semester set to begin in weeks for many Missouri colleges and universities, students whose parents brought them illegally to the U.S. still face uncertainty regarding financial aid. At issue are two pieces of legislation passed by the state's Republican-led Legislature this session: one blocking the A+ Scholarship from going to those immigrants and another that sought to require schools to charge those students their international rate of tuition...

Film looks back at 1974 Sedalia rock festival (07/27/15) SEDALIA, Mo. -- Think Missouri State Fair -- easy enough, it's here in less than a month. Now, picture naked hippies showering at the livestock washing stations while singing "California Dreamin"' -- that's harder, right? Jeff Lujin soon may be able to help with that. In a cluttered Independence basement, he's busy editing a documentary film about something that took place on those fairgrounds 41 years ago...

Governor's race is no mirror of White House contest (07/27/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A well-known and well-funded Democrat, opposite a field loaded with an array of Republican candidates. The contest to become Missouri's next governor may seem similar to the White House race, but experts say important differences will affect it...

Group wants tiny house village in Kansas City (07/27/15) KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A nonprofit group says it would like to build a neighborhood village of tiny houses somewhere in Kansas City, and city planning officials are interested in hearing more details. The Tiny House Collective of Kansas City is considering building houses between 240 and 350 square feet in a 12-unit village that would include a common building for use as a kitchen or laundry room, said Joshua Farmer, president of the group...

Mansion searched after assault allegations (07/27/15) SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Authorities have searched a large southwest Missouri home after women reported they may have been sexually assaulted there, according to court documents. Deputies from the Greene County Sheriff's Office searched the 20,000-square-foot home in Bois D'Arc last week after one woman said she had been raped and drugged during a party there...


The Southeast Missourian - Local News
As of (07/29/2015) at 09:55 AM

Judge Limbaugh to tell about historic Fort A site (07/29/15) 1 The next installment of the Cape River Heritage Museum's speaker series program offers a closer look at a local Civil War site. U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. will deliver a presentation "Fort A, River Vista" at 11 a.m. Saturday at the museum, 538 Independence St...

Parents, stores prepare for sales-tax holiday (07/29/15) 2 This year's annual back-to-school sales tax holiday also will mark the last weekend of the summer for many area students, so it may be a busy one for shopping in Southeast Missouri. The 2015-2016 school year begins Aug. 13 in area public school districts such as Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Perryville and during the week of Aug. ...

Cape school board OKs $546K in bids for computers, concrete (07/29/15) 5 The Cape Girardeau School Board on Tuesday approved three bids, totaling more than $546,000, to update some of the district's desktop computers, replace student laptop computers at Central Junior High School and begin exterior concrete work at Blanchard, Clippard and Franklin elementary schools...

Man injured in shooting in Cape (07/29/15) 10 A man was injured after shots were fired at the corner of William and South Hanover streets Tuesday night. About 9 p.m., an African-American man was shot in the back, according to witness Diedre Ward. Ward lives in an apartment complex at 210 S. Hanover St. and said she saw the victim get shot...

Fire destroys home; no one injured (07/29/15) No one was injured in a house fire that destroyed a Cape Girardeau County home Tuesday night. And thanks to the efforts of a neighbor, the home's dogs were kept from becoming casualties. Neighbor Doug Friese saw the smoke from the home about 6 p.m. and went to the house at 2816 County Road 645 to investigate. The large, two-story brick house on a hill is on the other side of a creek, only accessible by a wide concrete bridge...

Sikeston police flush out toilet-paper heist suspects (07/29/15) 5 SIKESTON, Mo. -- A tip led to the arrest of three men who stole a trailer filled with $70,000 worth of toilet paper. Jimmie Smith, 51, of Memphis, Tennessee, was charged with felony theft/stealing of more than $25,000 and first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. Markel A. Eskridge, 42, and Eugene Pickens, 36, also both of Memphis, each were charged with felony theft/stealing more than $25,000...

Lawsuits settled in crash that killed teenager (07/29/15) 3 Three lawsuits have been settled in connection with a 2013 box-truck crash that killed a Glenallen, Missouri, teenager. Bobby Joe Abernathy, 36, pleaded guilty last year to vehicular involuntary manslaughter while intoxicated and second-degree vehicular assault in connection with the April 5, 2013, crash that killed 17-year-old Amelia Fisher...

Body found in floodwaters near Caruthersville identified (07/29/15) CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A body found in floodwaters southeast of Caruthersville has been identified. The victim was 59-year-old Diane McDaniel of Caruthersville, said Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell. Greenwell said it apparently was an accidental drowning...

Cape man awaiting sentencing in Belleville shooting (07/29/15) 1 A Cape Girardeau man is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with the Feb. 9, 2014, death of a Belleville, Illinois, man. Anthony P. Allen, 22, and two other suspects were arrested Feb. 9, 2014, after Darrin B. Hayes, 25, was found dead of gunshot wounds in his Belleville apartment, Lt. Michael Hundelt, deputy commander of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis, said in a news release at the time...

After the deluge, downtown Cape floodgates open (07/29/15)

Cape's band shell to be named after longtime musician (07/28/15) 2 The Cape Girardeau Municipal Band Shell is set to be named after its most tenured member and beloved trombone player. Dr. Dan Cotner, known as Cape Girardeau's own River City Music Man, will be honored in a special ceremony Wednesday, just before the weekly concert...

Local chapter of NAACP is reactivated (07/28/15) 17 Cape Girardeau's chapter of the NAACP is returning from a second period of inactivity, and its supporters are hopeful outreach through churches and other means can revive the community's interest in the organization. The NAACP Chapter 4058 in Cape Girardeau recently became led by Bill Colon, who serves as the chapter's president and presides over monthly meetings at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. ...

Child hit in neck by stray bullet along Interstate 55 (07/28/15) 3 CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A child was wounded Saturday when her family's vehicle apparently was accidentally shot while traveling along Interstate 55. About 6:30 p.m., personnel from a hospital in Blytheville, Arkansas, contacted the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department, advising officers an 11-year-old girl was being treated in their emergency room for a gunshot wound to the neck. The family reported to authorities the shooting had occurred on Interstate 55 near the 2-mile marker in Missouri...

New interpretive plaques at the floodwall murals (07/28/15) Chuck Martin, left, executive director of the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Kevin Taylor, development and resources coordinator with Old Town Cape, install a newly designed interpretation board Monday at the Mississippi River Tales mural on Water Street in Cape Girardeau. ...

Road work 7/28/15 (07/28/15) U.S. 62 in Scott County reduced for traffic signal work U.S. 62 in Scott County, at its junction with Pine Street, will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform traffic signal work. According to a MoDOT news release, the work will be performed today through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily...

Acting lessons for children (07/28/15) Hevan Leon, left, instructs Theo Osborn to "freeze" while playing a creative game during the Acting 101 summer workshop for children Monday at On Cue Performing Arts Studio in Cape Girardeau.

Woman's body found in Pemiscot County floodwaters (07/28/15) CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A body was found floating in floodwaters Sunday night in Pemiscot County. Police received call at 7 p.m. Sunday of a van stuck in a bean field and a body floating in floodwaters off County Road 553, southeast of Caruthersville, according to a news release from the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office...

State senator wants governor to allow National Guardsmen to carry weapons (07/27/15) 18 After a mass shooting in Tennessee that resulted in the deaths of four Marines and a sailor July 16, members of the state's Republican Caucus asked Gov. Jay Nixon to sign an executive order that would allow Missouri National Guardsmen to carry weapons...

Police make extra patrols at Cape movie venue (07/27/15) 12 In the wake of a mass shooting last week in a crowded movie theater last week in Lafayette, Louisiana, police have agreed to help patrol Wehrenberg 14 Cine in Cape Girardeau for the near future. Wehrenberg Cape West 14 Cine general manager Kevin Dillon said the theatre's safety protocols always are in place, and the request for a police officer's presence is just an extra precaution...

Veterans assistance program needs volunteer drivers (07/27/15) 1 A local group offering free assistance to veterans is asking for volunteers to help them meet a growing demand. Disabled American Veterans provides free services to veterans, including transportation to medical appointments. Hospital service coordinator Lacey McClintock said it provides a vehicle, and the Department of Veterans Affairs provides the fuel. All they need are more volunteer drivers...


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (07/29/2015) at 09:55 AM

Planned Parenthood investigation necessary (07/29/15) Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has opened an investigation into Planned Parenthood after the release of secretly recorded videos appearing to show the organization has engaged in selling body parts of unborn babies. Several other states are doing the same...

Opinion Column Obama presidency's failures (07/29/15) A gentleman approached me in a grocery store this week and asked if I could confirm a rumor he heard about the president. In hushed tones, he said the president was poised to ignore the Constitution and seek a third term. And should the populace resist that controversial move, the rumor opined that the president would impose marshal law to quell any discontent...

Opinion Column 'A Plan of Action' to build an Iranian bomb (07/28/15) The "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" between the U.S., European Union, France, Germany, UK, Russia, China and the Islamic Republic of Iran, with a stated purpose to "ensure that Iran's nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful" will provide Iran with the tools to enable it to transition rapidly to a nuclear weapons program at a time of its choosing...

Editorial Achieving citizenship requires much preparation, support (07/28/15) Becoming an official United States citizen is the dream of many an immigrant, but it's no small task. It requires demonstrating an understanding of the English language, knowledge of U.S. government and an interview with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer. Cape Girardeau Adult Education and Literacy program provides classes to help make the citizenship dream a reality for aspiring Americans...

Letter to the Editor Realtors support water issue (07/28/15) On Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at our monthly meeting, members of the Cape Girardeau County Board of REALTORS unanimously voted to support the 2015 Water Bond Issue that will be on the City of Jackson August ballot. REALTORS are here to protect and serve property owners. ...

Speak Out Speak out 7/27/2015 (07/27/15) The way it's going with his comments, it will eventually get to the point where Trump may have difficulty trumping Trump. Reports of shots fired keep Cape Girardeau cops busy overnight. All this bull about the NRA and Republican legislators saying more guns on the streets will make it safer. It is only costing the American citizens more as there are so many more shootings that the police have to investigate...

Editorial Community garden will bring produce, awareness to table (07/27/15) Today, Cape Girardeau will celebrate its newest community garden with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. One of four gardens supported by dedicated volunteer Robert Harris and the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department, the Shawnee Park Community Demonstration Garden and Urban Orchard receives its official welcome at 11 a.m...

Speak Out Speak out 7/26/15 (07/26/15) It's sad enough that we've allowed abortion to go on since 1973, and now to find out they're selling organs. They're taking these unborn babies' lives, snuffing them out, and then selling their organs and making a profit from them. How disgusting. How despicable...

Editorial Property acquisition good step for police station (07/26/15) The City of Cape Girardeau has cited the need for a new police station for more than a decade. The department has turned closets into offices, set up a trailer in a parking lot and found other countless workarounds for the lack of space in its building on Sprigg Street...

Speak Out Speak out for 7/24/15 (07/24/15) Earth's 2015 temperature looks like it may surpass 2014's as the hottest on record. Of course, that should in no way detract from our firm belief that global warming and/or climate change is a myth. Rush Limbaugh is advising Republicans not to be too rough on Donald Trump because they may have to support him in the future. I agree with Rush and would, in fact, urge the other Republican presidential contenders to drop out so as to present a united front while rallying around The Donald...

Editorial A gem on the river: the Red House (07/24/15) If you've ever wondered what an Old World whipping stocks might look or feel like, you'll soon be able to test your theory -- even have a friend snap your picture with neck and arms dangling awkwardly from its wooden scaffolding. Or, if you have a fascination with America's pioneer days, you might be equally engrossed by a replica of a dugout canoe or an oxcart...

Editorial Quilt guild offers soft touch to veterans (07/23/15) America's veterans deserve our greatest admiration and thanks. These individuals have been on the front lines of freedom and risked their lives to protect our homeland. When individuals or organizations find ways to honor these individuals, it's important to pause and say, "Thank you."...

Editorial Teachers learn tech to help students (07/22/15) On Tuesday, in somewhat of a role reversal, educators sat on the other side of the classroom. The goal was to learn to use technology to become more effective teachers. The Southeast Regional Professional Development Center conducted a free technology conference at the University Center to teach the teachers so they may teach their students using important technology tools...

Opinion Column The statistical analysis of race (07/22/15) Race has always been a part of the Obama administration. And there's nothing wrong with that. As the nation's first black president, it's understandable that the issue of race relations and racial justice should be a part of this administration's policy...

Speak Out Speak Out for 7/21/15 (07/21/15) Everyone should read Thomas Sowell's articles. They give a wonderful viewpoint of the Civil War and the black and white attitudes that can help us all. And he makes so much sense. It is really, really a good article. Let the competition begin as to who on the Opinion page of the Southeast Missourian can sound the most apocalyptic in condemning the nuclear deal with Iran. ...

Editorial The burning passion of running and running (07/21/15) Running is a grueling sport that takes stamina and perseverance. Non-runners say they just don't have the discipline to do it. Runners admit the sport burns like fire, but the thought of not running hurts even more, so -- they run. It's a healthy addiction. Cape Girardeau's Laura Sheridan runs almost every day, but this year, she took it to another level, running the Boston Marathon for the first time...

Speak Out Speak Out 7/20/15 (07/20/15) Sowell's stance Everyone should read Thomas Sowell's articles. They give a wonderful viewpoint of the Civil War and the black and white attitudes that can help us all. And he makes so much sense. It is really, really a good article. Red light There are so many people that run those red lights there on Broadway and Clark and also at Broadway and Caruthers. ...

Editorial 1st 50K contest draws international interest (07/20/15) Cape Girardeau's influence is being felt around the world. A business startup competition called 1ST50K has drawn entrants from 13 countries, each vying for grants of up to $50,000, as well as other awards that come with winning. Codefi, Traverse Ventures and local partners came together to create 1ST50K to open the door for entrepreneurial hopefuls to pitch their business ideas on what was coined Pitch Day. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 7/19/15 (07/19/15) I'm the one that put in the paper the first time about Gov. Walker and Gov. Nixon. I am retired from the state of Wisconsin. Gov. Walker cut all the unions so there is no more. He also spent more money. Walker went places and had a really good vacation on the taxpayers' money. ...

Editorial Anniversary event set for river wall murals (07/19/15) Has it really been 10 years since Cape's downtown floodwall was painted with murals? History moves on, and the Mississippi River murals themselves have become part of ours. If you've spent any time downtown, you've seen the popularity of the murals. There are 24 of them and each portrays a moment in the history of the river and our region...


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