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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As of (03/28/2015) at 09:58 PM

More than 1,200 climb to top of St. Louis' tallest building to raise funds for lung health Almost 90 cents of every dollar funds local education, research and advocacy efforts to improve lung health.

Editorial: Erase arbitrary boundaries to build a greater St. Louis Erase the lines. End the division. Design something that works. Design a greater St. Louis.

Fleetwood Mac gives fans what they want at Scottrade Center concert Keyboardist and singer Christine McVie is back with the band.

What happens when schools send 12-year-olds completely off the grid? It may be the first time in their conscious lives that they don't have a device — any device — nearby for four consecutive days.

Who's built to win? Who's built for last? Gordo rates all the MLB teams Jeff Gordon previews the MLB season, predicting which teams will win, which will win in the future, and which are doomed to a hopeless 2015 (can you say Reds?)

Blues fall 4-2 to Columbus

2 killed, 1 injured in shooting at Bevo Mill home; link made to another shooting scene

A web of lawyers play different roles in different courts

Man beaten on MetroLink train after attacker asks him about Michael Brown, police say Updated

'Empire' stars come to St. Louis with a little scoop Updated

Kraft employees are about to repeat the Anheuser-Busch experience

Missouri bills would ban gender neutral housing, unisex bathrooms Updated

McClellan: A fairy tale life unravels, twice Updated

How six NFL owners will change the fate of St. Louis football Updated

You can't cover the transportation beat without a few bumps in the road Updated

With a great view of the St. Louis skyline, homeless camp digs in deeper Updated

St. Louis police searching for bank robbery suspect Updated

What's destroying middle-class wages? Updated

Police representative says DOJ's "band of marauders" concealed truth about Ferguson shooting Updated

Cards put 'brakes' on Garcia after lefty has setback


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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Political News
As of (03/28/2015) at 09:58 PM

Lawyers playing different roles in different courts A limited selection of dockets from 21 cities obtained by the Post-Dispatch showed lawyers with an array of roles in the municipal courts. Som…

Judges and prosecutors switch roles, while also defending clients By Jennifer Mann In St. Louis County's municipal courts, the main players frequently trade roles as judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys. From just a smal…

Law firm that specializes in municipality now coming under increased scrutiny By Stephen Deere Its lawyers act as city attorneys, judges and prosecutors

Missouri bills would ban gender neutral housing, unisex bathrooms Associated Press COLUMBIA, MO. • Gender-neutral university housing and many unisex public bathrooms would be banned in Missouri under bills that have been intr…

Municipal mercenaries often thrive off of contrary roles By Jeremy Kohler, Stephen Deere A judge defends DWI defendant arrested in judge's town

A web of lawyers play different roles in different courts By Jennifer Mann, Jeremy Kohler, Stephen Deere Critics say the system sets up an appearance of conflict

East St. Louis ballot upheaval tightens mayoral race By Paul Hampel Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. resorts to write-in campaign against Emeka Jackson-Hicks and Courtney Hoffman.

How six NFL owners will change the fate of St. Louis football By David Hunn Owners say they won't rip a team from a hometown with a clear plan to build a new stadium.


St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (03/28/2015) at 09:58 PM

Erase arbitrary boundaries to build a greater St. Louis

Horrigan: Maine's tax-cut fog creeps in from Missouri

The NFL assesses St. Louis. And vice versa


Kansas City Star
As of (03/28/2015) at 09:58 PM

KC political consultant Jeff Roe rides out backlash to Tom Schweich suicide Jeff Roe’s business so far is untouched in the wake of the suicide of Missouri state Auditor Tom Schweich, who was a Republican candidate for governor. Roe was connected to an ad critical of Schweich that ran before his suicide, which could become an issue in several 2016 campaigns. Yael T. Abouhalkah: How to punish Jeff Roe

High School Sports Wichita East student’s petition for special-needs student recognition draws more than 27,000 signatures Wichita East students who participate on the special-needs basketball team are awarded a letter, but one that looks different than the one for varsity athletes. East High principal Ken Thiessen said Saturday that Michael Kelley was not told to remove his jacket and that any interaction happened a year ago. Support for Wichita East special-needs basketball player comes from across the nation

World Haunting picture emerging of Germanwings co-pilot Lubitz “At night, he woke up and screamed: ‘We’re going down!’ because he had nightmares,” a former girlfriend told a German newspaper. “He knew how to hide from other people what was really going on with him.” Germanwings co-pilot may have hidden illness Treacherous Alps crash site makes recovery difficult Deliberate crash highlights gaps in how pilots are screened

Royals Joe Blanton unsure whether he’ll opt out of Royals minor-league deal Joe Blanton faces a choice in a few days. He can stay with the Royals organization and pitch for their Class AAA Omaha affiliate. Or he can attempt to latch onto another big-league roster. Royals release infielder Ryan Roberts, cut roster to 35 Royals trade minor-league pitcher Angel Baez to Astros for cash considerations Terrance Gore suffers broken jaw in minor-league game, Royals manager Ned Yost says

Authorities in KCK ask for help finding woman, 56 Sat 9:54 PM

Danny Duffy gives up four runs but offense comes through for Royals in 10-5 victory Sat 8:51 PM

That wasn’t just any KC police officer arresting hit-run suspect Sat 8:48 PM

KC man of letters James McKinley dies at 79 Sat 8:45 PM

Wisconsin heads to Final Four after 85-78 win over Arizona Sat 9:02 PM

Royals trade minor-league pitcher Angel Baez to Astros for cash considerations Sat 7:02 PM

Kansas City mother accused of abuse tied to her baby’s death Sat 7:04 PM

Royals release infielder Ryan Roberts, cut roster to 35 Sat 6:54 PM

No truce in Kansas education battle as block grants plan keeps many districts on edge Sat 5:16 PM

Asbestos lawsuit over Jackson County Courthouse seeks millions Sat 5:11 PM

Hundreds rally against Indiana law, say it’s discriminatory Sat 4:45 PM

‘Money Smart’ message: Don’t wait for others to give you a job Sat 3:34 PM

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Culture change at K-State? Bruce Weber must try in wake of Marcus Foster's silly photo

Wichita East High School says special-needs student wasn't told to remove varsity letter

Even after early exit, Bill Self, Kansas remain on par with likes of Duke, North Carolina


Kansas City Star - Political News
As of (03/28/2015) at 09:58 PM

KC political consultant Jeff Roe rides out backlash to Tom Schweich suicide Jeff Roe’s business so far is untouched in the wake of the suicide of Missouri state Auditor Tom Schweich, who was a Republican candidate for governor. Roe was connected to an ad critical of Schweich that ran before his suicide, which could become an issue in several 2016 campaigns. Yael T. Abouhalkah: How to punish Jeff Roe

Kansas’ Huelskamp, like Texas’ Cruz, uses the same Obamacare he loathes Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp has railed against Obamacare for years. He also used the Affordable Care Act to sign up for insurance for himself and his family.

Dee Evans suspends campaign for KC’s 3rd District at-large Dee Evans announced Friday she is suspending her campaign for the Kansas City Council 3rd District at-large seat.

National Kansas bill would allow counties to vote on liquor sales A Kansas bill introduced Wednesday would allow a county’s voters to decide if their grocery stores can sell liquor, wine and spirits; and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer.

Sen. Harry Reid, not seeking re-election, backs Chuck Schumer as leader Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, the wily Nevadan who dominated the Senate for a decade from the minority to the majority and back again, announced Friday he will retire after five terms.

Kansas City Council adopts budget with big increases for pensions, fire The Kansas City Council on Thursday adopted a new budget that funds pensions to the tune of $80 million and gives the Fire Department millions in additional funding. But it freezes employee salaries and includes some layoffs.

Kansas City regulations appear imminent despite Uber’s objections Kansas City appears poised to adopt new vehicle-for-hire regulations that Uber says could drive the company out of the city. It’s a clash of priorities between new technology and public safety concerns.

R. Crosby Kemper III, other library backers ‘thrown out’ of Gov. Jay Nixon’s office R. Crosby Kemper III, the director of the Kansas City Public Library, alleges that he’s “never been treated like that in my 54 years of active politics” after he and a group protesting state cuts to library funding were "thrown out" of the governo's office. Nixon’s office counters that the group was asked “politely” to leave. R. Crosby Kemper III, other library backers ‘thrown out’ of Gov. Jay Nixon’s office R. Crosby Kemper III, the director of the Kansas City Public Library, alleges that he’s “never been treated like that in my 54 years of active politics” after he and a group protesting state cuts to library funding were "thrown out" of the governo's office. Nixon’s office counters that the group was asked “politely” to leave.

Missouri bill would cut access to welfare benefits Nearly 20,000 people would lose access to federal welfare benefits under legislation approved by the Missouri House Wednesday.

In lawsuit, ACLU says the First Amendment protects anonymous political speech The Missouri office of the American Civil Liberties Union is representing a businessman in Ferguson who wants to publish material about the city’s upcoming municipal elections. Missouri law says campaign communications must include the name and address of the sponsor. But the businessman says he’s afraid of retribution if he identifies himself, so he wants to provide the material anonymously.

Missouri Republican lawmakers to call for state chairman John Hancock’s resignation A group of GOP lawmakers on Thursday morning will call for Missouri state Republican chairman John Hancock to resign, two key party leaders said Wednesday.

Missouri Legislative Black Caucus calls for General Assembly to act on Ferguson Rep. Brandon Ellington, a Kansas City Democrat and chairman of the Black Caucus, pointed to a handful of bills that he said are languishing in House committees. Failure to act, Ellington said, will suggest Missouri is “racist and we don’t care.” House Speaker John Diehl, a St. Louis County Republican, said nearly all the bills have been referred to committee.

Kansas tea partier Huelskamp: An irate ‘Obamacare’ customer Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp, the chairman of the Tea Party Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, admits he, too, has enrolled for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, despite repeatedly voting to repeal it.

Aaron Schock is kinda like Abe Lincoln, Aaron Schock says A little more than a week after announcing that he would resign over questions over his questionable spending practices, Representative Aaron Schock gave a farewell speech on the House floor Thursday in which he compared himself to another famous Illinois lawmaker: Abraham Lincoln.

Nation & World U.S. warplanes begin airstrikes against Islamic State in Tikrit BAGHDAD - U.S. warplanes began airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Tikrit late Wednesday, finally joining a stalled offensive to retake the Iraqi city as U.S. officials sought to seize the initiative from Iran, which had taken a major role in directing the operation.

Bowe Bergdahl describes torture, attempts to escape Taliban Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured repeatedly in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban: beaten with a copper cable, chained spread-eagle to a bed, and threatened with execution after trying to escape. Bergdahl, 28, described this harsh treatment in Afghanistan in a note his lawyer released Thursday after sharing it with the Army in an attempt to avert a court martial.

Indiana religious objections bill signed as dispute swirls Indiana Gov. Mike Pence vigorously defended the state religious objections bill that he signed into law Thursday as businesses and organizations including the NCAA pressed concerns that it could open the door to legalizing discrimination against gay people.

Investigators say drug cartels funded DEA ‘sex parties’ overseas A new report from the Justice Department says that prostitutes provided to DEA agents were paid for with money from local drug cartels.

Brownback signs school funding bill in private ceremony Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a $4.1 billion plan to overhaul Kansas’ school funding system. The governor signed the bill into law Wednesday during a private ceremony in the presence of GOP leaders.

Kansas abortion bill passes, would break new ground The Kansas Legislature on Wednesday became the first in the country to pass a ban on an abortion procedure often used in the second trimester of pregnancy. Abortion foes targeted the technique as a “grotesque” dismemberment of a fetus.


Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (03/28/2015) at 09:58 PM

Pick up the pace on building Rock Island Trail across Missouri The proposed Rock Island Trail promises to become a wonderful amenity for bicyclists, hikers and others of all ages. When done, it could stretch a couple hundred miles across the state and finally help link the Kansas City area to the highly popular Katy Trail.

Capitol Watch: No place off limits for fretful Kansas and Missouri lawmakers The Kansas Senate passed a budget that doesn’t balance. Radical bills on guns and abortion cleared the Legislature. Gov. Sam Brownback signed a monumental school finance law in a private ceremony with nary an educator or student in sight. Strange is the norm in Topeka these days.

Reject reckless gun bills in Kansas and Missouri Unless reason prevails, people on both sides of the state line soon could be packing hidden heat whether or not they have any idea how or when to use it. The Kansas Legislature on Wednesday passed a reckless bill that allows residents to carry concealed guns without permits or training. And a Missouri lawmaker is pushing a similar law.

Tougher lending rules are welcome Given the Missouri General Assembly’s long-standing refusal to rein in abusive payday lending practices, new rules for the industry proposed Thursday by a federal agency are good news for consumers.

Huge KC stormwater tax increase is not ready for ballot A plan to quadruple stormwater charges on Kansas City homeowners and businesses is a tax increase that’s not yet ready for prime time. Summed up, the current plan at City Hall should not be rushed to voters.

Catch some sparks as new ‘Ignite KC’ campaign aims to sell city’s lively brand to tourists and meeting planners The people who sell Kansas City to the wider world lit a fire Wednesday under the business community, inviting them to collaborate on telling our story and championing “the brand.”

Soaring costs of KC’s pension plans squeeze residents, employees The sticker shock of pension reform is hitting home for Kansas City employees and residents. The city expects to funnel $80 million into its pension systems in the coming fiscal year, which starts May 1. That’s $17 million more than just two years ago — or a nearly 30 percent leap in that time.

Vital community college boards in Johnson, Wyandotte counties need strong leaders The Johnson County Community College and Kansas City, Kan., Community College have shown themselves to be adept at meeting the educational and workforce needs of their communities. It is important that voters looking at choices for the April 7 election select board of trustee candidates with strong credentials and forward-looking agendas to continue the progress of recent years.

Kansas City’s police board needs a new member to serve the public Beset by conflict-of-interest questions, Michael S. Kilgore resigned last April from the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners. Since then, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has failed to appoint a replacement to arguably the most crucial board in this area.

The Star’s recommendations for the Kansas City Council’s in-district seats Kansas City voters can look forward to some highly competitive races for the in-district City Council seats. Because term limits are forcing out four council members, only two incumbents are eligible to return.

The Monday Poll: Share your thoughts on Starbucks’ race initiative The Starbucks coffee shop chain made a lot of people jittery when chief executive officer Howard Schultz proposed that his ubiquitous locations become gathering places for discussions about race. Please weigh in on some thoughts surrounding this topic.

The Star’s recommendations for the Kansas City Council’s at-large seats Get ready for some big changes on the Kansas City Council. As term limits force out some members, voters will choose at least seven new people to guide policy and budget decisions.

Capitol Watch: Lawmakers in Kansas and Missouri are still cowed by Medicaid expansion Nobody worried about the needs of disabled Kansans when Gov. Sam Brownback strong-armed the Legislature into approving the budget-busting tax cuts that favor certain types of businesses and wealthy taxpayers. To use the long waiting lists endured by that population as an excuse to deny an expansion of Medicaid eligibility to low-income workers is the zenith of hypocrisy.

Kansas is wrecking visionary endowment designed to help young children Like most school districts, Kansas City, Kan., is sold on the value of early childhood education. It wants to get as many students as possible into its preschool classrooms. But in cash-starved Kansas, that’s increasingly a challenge.

In disclosure bill, Congress could shed some light on presidential libraries During Sunshine Week, the annual reminder that open government is good government, Congress should shed some light on just who’s funding the nation’s presidential libraries. Theoretically, a president could take the oath of office on a crisp January afternoon and begin accepting crisp $1,000 bills for his (or her) presidential library before the band starts warming up for the evening’s first inaugural ball.

The Monday poll: Uber, Lyft and red tape Should new ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft be required to meet newly proposed city regulations? The businesses don’t think so, but city officials disagree. What do you think?

KC Council should restore some funds to American Jazz Museum budget City funding for the American Jazz Museum would be cut 25 percent in the city budget proposed by Mayor Sly James and City Manager Troy Schulte, but the museum's leaders argue convincingly to let the local cultural asset proceed with a strategic plan.

Monday Poll results: Thoughts on the Big 12 Tournament home and the political landscape We asked for a grab bag of opinions in this week’s Monday Poll. Here are the results of the unscientific survey, based on more than 200 responses.

Help Americans keep watch on government Just in time for Sunshine Week — the annual celebration of open government and transparency — Congress has taken up bipartisan legislation that will strengthen the Freedom of Information Act.

Nelson-Atkins’ Plains Indian art show takes a bow in New York The verdicts are in. And New Yorkers are now discovering what Kansas Citians have known for months. An extraordinary exhibit of Plains Indian art, which spent last fall at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, is a rousing success.


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The Independence Examiner
As of (03/28/2015) at 09:58 PM

NCAA tournament: Wisconsin tops Arizona, returns to Final Four Updated at 7:41 PM Frank Kaminsky and the Wisconsin Badgers hung on to make the Final Four again. --

Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds voting in Nigeria Updated at 7:38 PM Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations in the northeast, but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation's history.

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The Independence Examiner - Editorials
As of (03/28/2015) at 09:58 PM

NCAA tournament: Wisconsin tops Arizona, returns to Final Four Updated at 7:41 PM Frank Kaminsky and the Wisconsin Badgers hung on to make the Final Four again. --

Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds voting in Nigeria Updated at 7:38 PM Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations in the northeast, but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation's history.

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Columbia Daily Tribune
As of (03/28/2015) at 10:00 PM

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MFA Oil exec cites 'difficult' Columbia business climate for Moberly expansion Columbia-based MFA Oil has been planning to move some of its operations to Moberly since 2013, but this week, CEO Mark Fenner said the move is in part caused by what he feels is a “difficult” business climate in Columbia.

Local Eagle Scout project gives back to kids Sam Studer, 17, invited his friends over one night for movies and pizza.

First Ward candidates debate workers' rights, council salaries As the April 7 election draws near, audiences have steadily grown for Columbia City Council candidate forums.

Appeals court affirms rulings in favor of police, prosecutors in gun cases The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week affirmed a U.S. District Court judge's decisions to dismiss a pair of gun-rights lawsuits against the Columbia Police Department, the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Boone County and the city of...

Callaway County drowning linked to alcohol The death of a 55-year-old man whose body was found in a lake south of Holts Summit in February has been ruled an accidental drowning with a high alcohol content cited as a contributing factor.

Chris Kelly receives Missouri Honor Award for engineering service The University of Missouri College of Engineering awarded Chris Kelly, a former representative in the Missouri House, the Missouri Honor Award for “distinguished service” in engineering on March 13.

Call to New York police helps Columbia officers locate suspect No injuries were reported after a female victim in Columbia escaped Friday from a male suspect possibly armed with a weapon who allegedly had held her for an undetermined amount of time.

City gives candidates a downtown tour Donning thick rubber soles and jackets, candidates for the Columbia City Council's First Ward seat hiked over Flat Branch creek and through the woods Thursday afternoon.

About half of eligible MU administrators accept voluntary buyout Nearly half of the eligible academic administrators at the University of Missouri have accepted voluntary buyouts, but MU won't reveal the identities of those administrators.

City files notice of appeal in fired officer case The city of Columbia filed a notice Monday that it plans to appeal a judge's ruling reversing former police Officer Rob Sanders' firing.

Local senior center programs will 'blend' The Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging is preparing to move its home-delivered meal program to rented space at the Columbia Senior Activity Center at 1121 Business Loop 70 E.

Mokane woman charged in fatal accident in August Callaway County's prosecuting attorney on Wednesday filed three felony charges, including second-degree murder, against a 54-year-old Mokane woman who was allegedly drunk when she caused a head-on crash in August that killed one man and seriously injured another.

Police make third arrest in robbery after dice game Columbia police on Thursday arrested a third suspect in an armed robbery that happened after a dice and card session March 5.

Minority students post large gains in high school graduation rate One aspect of the much-maligned achievement gap is narrowing: More blacks and Hispanics are graduating from high school.

Woman accused of trying to run down couple with van Columbia police arrested a woman who allegedly tried to run down her ex with a van and attacked his current girlfriend as the couple was dropping two young children off at her home Wednesday.

Baby Cafe to open in Sedalia The Bothwell Education Center in Sedalia will host a grand opening for the state's first Baby Cafe from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday.

Germanwings co-pilot may have had hidden illness, prosecutors say MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) -- Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employer, including having been excused by a doctor from work on Tuesday, the day authorities say he crashed a passenger plane into...

Feds search man's St. Louis homes for 'booby traps' Federal agents helped search for hidden explosive devices Thursday in the neighboring St. Louis homes of a man described as an increasingly agitated anti-government extremist who wanted to kill or maim police with booby traps.

150 YEARS AGO: Report on killing, burning by soldiers draws sharp reaction from commanders MACON -- Capt. John Meredith's detailed report of his actions against civilians in Boone and Howard counties caused alarm among military leaders trying to inspire peace, not vengeance, in the countryside.


Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (03/28/2015) at 10:02 PM

All-comers Bills introduced in the Missouri General Assembly would prohibit public higher education institutions from denying official status and financial support to organizations that discriminate based on religious grounds.

CVS The pharmacy company CVS confronts continuing hurdles in its effort to build a major retail establishment at Broadway and Providence Road. On the site, existing commercial structures built over time under antiquated city rules codes will be demolished to accommodate...

School Board Voters in the Columbia School District will have an easy time marking their ballots on April 7. The two incumbents, Christine King and Darin Preis, are the obvious choices for the two seats to be filled.

Barbara Weaver As new public servants come on the scene we should notice the good work of those whose terms are ending. Barbara Weaver will leave the Boone Hospital Center Board of Trustees after 34 years.

Gateway The downtown Community Improvement District board of directors continues to pursue the idea of building a “gateway” presence in the central city.

Roper's research From time to time, retired banker Bob Roper graces these pages with columns examining various political subjects. On Sunday he concentrated on the city of Columbia budget as an exemplar of municipal priorities.

Israel Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been playing the two-state issue like a fiddle as he seeks to consolidate political power.

MU on race In the long view of University of Missouri-Columbia history, current Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin is a newbie. Yet, judging from the tenor of the packed house on campus Tuesday, the chancellor deserves blame for what students, faculty, staff and administrators...

Loftin on sports R. Bowen Loftin makes news.

Historical society For decades, even generations, supporters of the State Historical Society of Missouri have sought new quarters. This year in the Missouri General Assembly, prospects look better.

Ban the box Laura Nauser and Michael Trapp, members of the Columbia City Council that voted for a so-called “ban the box” ordinance, openly object to bills introduced in the Missouri General Assembly that would outlaw such action, as well as local minimum...

The trail After months of controversy, the Columbia City Council finally approved an ambitious plan for extending trails and bike paths between Stephens Lake Park and the University of Missouri campus.

Propositions By now most prospective voters in the April 7 election should have decided in favor of city Propositions 1 and 2. Both are no-brainers.

Boone trustees A spirited campaign is underway for Boone Hospital Center trustee. With the announced retirement of longtime member Barbara Weaver, two members of the Boone County medical community are running to replace her.

`Color Blind' I must say with a good deal of pride and pleasure that I know the following people and institutions:

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (03/28/2015) at 10:03 PM

Inaction on roads a concern We watch what the General Assembly is doing - or rather, not doing - on the issue of funding highway and bridge improvements. We cannot in good faith say it is good enough.

Distracted? Park and avoid a wreck A study out this week makes clear what we already should know: Distracted driving in its many forms is a factor in a great number of highway crashes.

Vandals require response When does vandalism become a form of urban terrorism? Try this past Saturday night and early Sunday morning in north, central and east St. Joseph.

Schaaf might be right Here's the problem for detractors of state Sen. Dr. Rob Schaaf: This time he might be right.

Wesley vision endures InterServ would have to do a lot to change its image as a "helping hands” charity that operates from modest facilities and does great work.

A.G. focus on scams welcome When the founders asserted our rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” you wonder whether they might have had telemarketers in mind.

First test for board applicants The following is not intended to scare away any of the 13 people who have raised their hands and expressed interest in an opening on the St. Joseph School District Board of Education.

Is it time to believe in Museum's future? It is increasingly clear St. Joseph's National Military Heritage Museum has a fighter's chance to survive and thrive long term despite the passing of its founder and longtime director.

Value both actions, words Mosaic Life Care appears to know its actions matter more than words right now. But both matter.

Wing requires C-130J A compelling case can be made for upgrading the 139th Airlift Wing's fleet of C-130 tactical airlift aircraft - if not right now, then soon.

Career options abound Young people today run a risk when they view their career options through a too-narrow lens.

Learn fires' lessons Residents on both sides of the Missouri-Kansas state line shared some nerve-wracking hours over the weekend and into Monday, all thanks to rapidly spreading grass fires of unknown origin.

Enforce sign rules but employ reason The proliferation of signs along the Belt Highway has become an issue for the city.

Revisit requiring bidding Former State Auditor Tom Schweich will be remembered for a lot of good-government initiatives, but his recent death no doubt puts the future of some of these in doubt.

Sculptures enliven our public spaces The first winner of the People's Choice Award in the St. Joseph Sculpture Walk shows why this arts program is a winner for the city.

Resolve to improve on Opaa! A unanimous St. Joseph Board of Education is moving on from Opaa! Food Services, and few think this is a bad step. Still, there is much work to be done to make this move a successful one.

Don't take credit for granted If credit were less important in our lives, then perhaps we could just not worry about it when things go wrong. But who can do that?

Choose to be a hero In a world with seemingly more problems than solutions, we could use a few more heroes.

Rougher surface could prove safer Missouri's aging transportation infrastructure faces a tough road.

Effort offers hope for sturgeon, river The pallid sturgeon must be one of the most debated fish in history.


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The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (03/28/2015) at 10:04 PM

Our view: New school a healing 'gift' for Joplin Posted: March 27, 2015 Dr. Larry McIntire calls the long-awaited medical school a “gift” to the Joplin community.

John Kass: Rookie's decision to retire heralds doom of football Posted: March 27, 2015 Years ago Rush Limbaugh called me a liberal sportswriter, suggesting I was the harbinger of death to football in America.

Your View: Letters to the editor Posted: March 26, 2015 Allen for council

Our View: Traffic snarl on Indiana needs solution Posted: March 25, 2015 Concerns about traffic flow on Indiana Avenue and the difficulty of making left turns into the parking lot of the new Joplin High School were raised Monday night during the Globe's Candidate Connection.

Your views: Letters to the editor Posted: March 25, 2015 Division of opinions

Our view: What a difference five years makes Posted: March 24, 2015 `Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.'

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: March 24, 2015 Insurance coverage gap

Phill Brooks: Missouri leaders need some 'audacity' Posted: March 23, 2015 Missouri's Legislature left for its spring break with little progress on some of the state's biggest issues — Ferguson, highway budget shortfalls and school funding equity.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: March 22, 2015 An open letterto Joplin teachers

Geoff Caldwell: Netanyahu's win changes the story line Posted: March 22, 2015 Leftists on both sides of the world were giddy with anticipation. Network producers around the globe were planning their historic broadcasts. NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell was so excited for what was coming she trekked thousands of miles to tell the story in person.

Your view: Letter to the editor Posted: March 22, 2015 Setting record straight

Juliana Goodwin: Put Biltmore Estate on list of getaways Posted: March 22, 2015 The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, has something special to offer in every season.

Joshua and Erin Hawley: Federal insurance subsidies should not be spent in Missouri Posted: March 22, 2015 On March 15, The Joplin Globe published an editorial from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch criticizing the challengers' arguments in King v. Burwell, a Supreme Court case about the Affordable Care Act's health care exchanges.

Our View: Lane Roberts right person, right place Posted: March 22, 2015 Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, in announcing his selection of retired Joplin police Chief Lane Roberts to head up the Department of Public Safety, said that in making Cabinet choices, he needed the “right people in the right places.”

Our View: Missouri Children's Division demonstrates improvements Posted: March 21, 2015 Reports of child abuse and neglect are so heart-wrenching that you want to cover your ears and look away.

Our View: Missouri's Sunshine Law is not hard Posted: March 19, 2015 There are some in government who'll say they struggle with the complexities of laws that mandate transparency in government, such as the Sunshine Law in Missouri.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: March 19, 2015 Medicaid expansion

Our View: Jail is not the solution to mental illness Posted: March 18, 2015 The use of jail cells as destinations for those who suffer from mental illness is deplorable, yet in our society it is a common solution. 

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: March 18, 2015 Knowledge, passion

Our view: Term limits are limiting Missouri Posted: March 17, 2015 This November will mark the 15th year since Missourians approved a law that caps legislators' service at eight years in the House and eight years in the Senate.


The Jefferson City News Tribune
As of (03/28/2015) at 10:04 PM

Logano uses restart to win truck race at Martinsville - Joey Logano passed Matt Crafton entering the first turn at the start of a two-lap sprint to the finish and won an exciting NASCAR Truck race at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday.

Saturday's MLS Capsules Games played on March 28, 2015 - MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER ROUNDUP: Kelyn Rowe scored twice and the New England Revolution beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on Saturday in steady snow and hail for their first victory of the season.

Alabama DB Geno Smith arrested on DUI charge - Alabama defensive back Geno Smith was arrested and charged with driving under the influence for the second time in his career with the Crimson Tide.

Saturday's Women's NCAA Tournament Capsules Games played on March 28, 2015 - WOMEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Breanna Stewart had 31 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to help UConn rout Texas 105-54 on Saturday, earning coach Geno Auriemma his 100th NCAA Tournament win.

Saturday's Golf Capsules Tournaments played on March 28, 2015 - GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Jimmy Walker opened a four-stroke lead over fellow Texan Jordan Spieth, shooting a 3-under 69 on Saturday in his hometown Texas Open.

Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds voting in Nigeria - Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations in the northeast, but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation's history.

Cass County teacher charged with having sex with student - A suspended elementary teacher and part-time wrestling coach in a Cass County school district has been indicted on a charge of having sex with a high school student.

Saturday's NCAA Hockey Tournament Capsules Games played on March 28, 2015 - NCAA HOCKEY TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Evan Rodrigues scored with 2:24 left in the third period and Boston University held on to beat Minnesota-Duluth 3-2 on Saturday in the NCAA hockey tournament's Northeast Regional championship, sending the Terriers home with a berth in the Frozen Four.

Goldschmidt, Pollock hit 1st HRs in D'Backs' loss to Royals - Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock each hit their first homers of spring training in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 10-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.

Saturday's NHL Capsules Games played on March 28, 2015 - NHL ROUNDUP: Filip Forsberg scored during a three-goal first period and had two assists as the Nashville Predators became the first Western Conference team to clinch a playoff berth with a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

LA light rail train hits car, partially derails; 21 hurt - A light rail train slammed into a car at a crossing in front of the University of Southern California on Saturday, seriously injuring the driver and the train's operator. Nineteen passengers on the train suffered lesser injuries.

Northwest Missouri man charged in death of 10-month-old boy - A northwest Missouri man has been charged in the death of a 10-month-old boy.

Callaway County drowning linked to alcohol - The death of a 55-year-old man in a lake south of Holts Summit has been ruled an accidental drowning. Mark Wenkel's body was found Feb. 10.

Some British Airways frequent flier accounts miles breached - Some British Airways frequent flier accounts have been hacked, but the airline says that most personal information is safe.

Columbia files notice of appeal in fired officer case - Columbia has announced plans to appeal a judge's ruling reversing the firing of a former police officer.

Cabrera homers, leads Tigers over Cardinals 4-3 - Miguel Cabrera hit his second home run of the spring and raised his average to .385, leading the Detroit Tigers past the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 Saturday.

Pitching-depleted Rangers get lefty Freeman from Cardinals - The pitching-depleted Texas Rangers acquired left-hander Sam Freeman from the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Hundreds rally against Indiana law, say it's discriminatory - Hundreds of people, some carrying signs reading "no hate in our state," gathered Saturday outside the Indiana Statehouse for a boisterous rally against a new state law that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gay people.

Astronauts board space station for 1-year mission - Two Russians and an American floated into the International Space Station on Saturday, beginning what is to be a year away from Earth for two of them.

7 shot and injured at Florida spring break house party - Seven people were injured, some critically, during an early-morning spray of gunfire Saturday at a spring break party on the Florida Panhandle, police said. An Alabama man was quickly apprehended and charged with attempted murder.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - State News
As of (03/28/2015) at 10:04 PM

Cass County teacher charged with having sex with student - A suspended elementary teacher and part-time wrestling coach in a Cass County school district has been indicted on a charge of having sex with a high school student.

Northwest Missouri man charged in death of 10-month-old boy - A northwest Missouri man has been charged in the death of a 10-month-old boy.

Rival resumes campaign after Missouri auditor's suicide - Missouri gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway resumed her campaign Friday after taking a month-long hiatus because of the suicide of Republican rival Tom Schweich, and she pledged her consultants would no longer be involved in the type of negative attacks that had targeted Schweich.

Michael Barrett named state public defender - Michael Barrett, of Columbia, will be Missouri's next state public defender, Doug Copeland, Public Defender Commission chairman, announced Friday.

Missouri churches threatened over same-sex marriage approval - Several churches in Missouri have received threatening letters after the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted to approve same-sex marriage.

Man charged after allegedly punching ex-Cardinal Ford - Prosecutors say a white St. Louis-area man was driven by racism when he allegedly punched former Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford.

Columbia College may split into schools - The Columbia College Board of Trustees will vote in April on a proposal to split the college into separate schools.

Settlement reached in suit filed by Ferguson protesters - Three Missouri police agencies will restrict their use of tear gas and other chemical agents on crowds as part of a lawsuit settlement with six Ferguson protesters, according to court documents released Thursday.

Boy dies in collision between Amish carriage, vehicle - The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 10-year-old boy died when a sports utility vehicle hit an Amish horse-drawn carriage in northwest Missouri.

Carl Vogel has 'good attitude' about cancer - Vogel, 60, is undergoing chemotherapy and has 'confidence' in his doctors

Republicans split on possible expert witness change - Legislation that would impose new requirements for expert testimony in Missouri court cases has run into opposition from two Republican senators who are lawyers and running for statewide office.

Woman's body found in office complex - Police in the St. Louis County town of University City are investigating after the body of a woman was found in an office complex building.

Headless body found in 1987 exhumed in eastern Missouri - Authorities in eastern Missouri's Warren County west of St. Louis have exhumed the remains of a headless, handless man in hopes of identifying him 28 years after his body was found.

Woman pleads guilty to threatening doorbell pranksters - A Springfield woman could get a 10-year prison sentencing for threatening boys who rang her doorbell and ran away.

Tale of 2 Ferguson deaths: 1 well known, 1 anonymous - Along a short stretch of winding road through a non-descript apartment complex, two memorials of stuffed animals mark the spots where young men died.

Lawyer: Suspect didn't fire gun in Ferguson - The man accused of shooting two police officers during a demonstration in Ferguson this month had nothing to do with the incident, his attorney said Wednesday, adding police should be searching for the real shooter.

Thousands of customers to see higher charges on St. Louis sewer bills - The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District will ask thousands of customers to pay extra on their sewer bill for services that were not shown on their monthly statements before.

Kansas high court hears serial killer's appeal; no decision - An attorney for a condemned serial killer who stuffed several victims' bodies into barrels urged Kansas' highest court Tuesday to throw out the convictions and death sentences, pressing issues varying from prosecutorial misconduct to a Bible used during jury deliberations.

State Medicaid program lost out on $27M from estates - Missouri's Medicaid program could have recovered as much as $27 million from more than 30,000 estates of deceased patients but did not file claims in time, according to a statewide audit of federal programs released Tuesday.

Trial set for videographer arrested covering Ferguson - A video journalist arrested while covering the unrest in Ferguson, after Michael Brown was fatally shot last summer plans to fight the charges at trial.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Local News
As of (03/28/2015) at 10:04 PM

Callaway County drowning linked to alcohol - The death of a 55-year-old man in a lake south of Holts Summit has been ruled an accidental drowning. Mark Wenkel's body was found Feb. 10.

Columbia files notice of appeal in fired officer case - Columbia has announced plans to appeal a judge's ruling reversing the firing of a former police officer.

Fulton man arrested following car chase Friday night Deputies pursue vehicle after responding to shots fired call - A Fulton man was arrested Friday night following a car chase, according to a Callaway County Sheriff's Office press release.

REALL simulator for real students - Children were admittedly scared, confused and stressed Friday at the Reality Enrichment and Life Lessons (REALL) simulator at St. Peter Interparish School.

Would-be mayors suggest how to improve Jefferson City - Ten winners strode to the stage to receive a medal, a hasty high-five and a board game amidst raucous applause from their classmates.

Liquor licenses suspended for 2 Jefferson City stores - Police found both sold alcohol to a minor

JC woman charged after Thursday high-speed chase - A Jefferson City woman was released Friday after posting a $25,000 bond, following the filing of formal charges in a case that included a high-speed chase along parts of U.S. 54 in Miller and Cole counties.

Stover man pleads guilty in 2012 double homicide - Sentencing hearing set for May 5

Many University of Missouri administrators accept buyouts - Almost half of eligible academic administrators at the University of Missouri have accepted voluntary buyouts.

Rival resumes campaign after Missouri auditor's suicide - Missouri gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway resumed her campaign Friday after taking a month-long hiatus because of the suicide of Republican rival Tom Schweich, and she pledged her consultants would no longer be involved in the type of negative attacks that had targeted Schweich.

Michael Barrett named state public defender - Michael Barrett, of Columbia, will be Missouri's next state public defender, Doug Copeland, Public Defender Commission chairman, announced Friday.

Snow forecast for Mid-Missouri - Cold conditions are expected through Saturday with another chance for snow overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

Driver arrested after hitting pedestrian in Cole Co. - A driver from Alabama was arrested after hitting a pedestrian Thursday night on Frog Hollow Road, just outside Jefferson City.

Long chase ends in Jefferson City Lone woman arrested as officers stop vehicle for Kansas - A woman driving a car thought to be involved in a Kansas home invasion was arrested as she headed into Jefferson City Thursday afternoon.

Westboro protesters back in Mid-Missouri Four local churches targeted; members urged to ignore pickets - For many Christian churches, Palm Sunday is a day to remember that day nearly 2,000 years ago when Jesus entered Jerusalem, cheered by palm-waving crowds.

Man injured after falling from balcony in Jefferson City - A man was injured seriously early Friday when he reportedly fell through a railing on a third-story balcony in Jefferson City.

Former lawmaker has 'good attitude' about cancer Carl Vogel thought he had flu before going to hospital - Jefferson City businessman and former state lawmaker Carl Vogel said Thursday he's got “a good attitude" about his now three-week battle with pancreatic cancer.

Columbia College may split into schools - The Columbia College Board of Trustees will vote in April on a proposal to split the college into separate schools.

JC man sentenced on fraud charges Soldier falsely accepted donations for 'Wounded Warrior Project' - A Jefferson City man was recently sentenced to serve prison time for fraudulently soliciting donations to the “Wounded Warrior Project."

Carl Vogel has 'good attitude' about cancer - Vogel, 60, is undergoing chemotherapy and has 'confidence' in his doctors


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (03/28/2015) at 10:04 PM

Our Opinion: Join the 'Bash!' Remove litter, protect wildlife, save money News Tribune editorial - The change in seasons is accompanied by spring cleaning that - in Missouri - takes the form of the annual No MOre Trash! Bash, with activities held throughout April.

Perspective: A balanced budget for a stronger America - Think about this: every dollar paid in taxes and every dollar borrowed in Washington is a dollar that can't be used by everyday Americans to buy a car, pay the rent, send a child to school or expand a business.

Your Opinion: Veterans need Medicaid - In an article entitled “Veterans to push Missouri Medicaid expansion" published on Nov. 18, reporter Virginia Young covered what's at stake for Missouri veterans who are uninsured.

Your Opinion: Medicaid numbers represent people - It is appalling to me how eager Sen. Mike Kehoe and our state Legislature are to turn a blind eye to the hundreds of thousands of Missourians unable to afford health insurance.

Our Opinion: Educators must 'claim' error in judgment - The Fulton Public Schools must claim an error in judgment.

Your Opinion: Congressman twisted the facts - In his March 21 column, “Fairness and transparency," Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer's attack on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would have more credibility if he would stick to facts and offer up some non-regulatory solutions to our environmental challenges.

Your Opinion: God and governing in Mayflower Compact - The Mayflower Compact, one of the first if not the first, document written to govern the affairs of men, states:

Our Opinion: Remedy needed for prescription drug abuse - Characterizing prescription drug abuse as an “epidemic" is not an exaggeration.

Your Opinion: Mizzou students commended for showing film - Kudos to the University of Missouri students association.

Your Opinion: Advice for visiting protesters - Words of advice to out-of-town protesters who block intersections in Jefferson City would be “not a good idea."

Your Opinion: Two examples of erosion of the 'rule of law' - It was a refreshing experience to hear Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak.

Justice Matters: CASA brings stability to children in legal system - The myriad of cases in our state court system touch many lives, but perhaps the saddest instances involve children who, through no fault of their own, find themselves alone and lost in a courtroom full of adult strangers.

Our Opinion: In political ads, does free speech permit anonymity? - The First Amendment right to speak freely is not necessarily the right to speak anonymously.

Your Opinion: Expand Medicaid - While the Legislature fails to even debate expanding Medicaid and closing the health insurance coverage gap, they use their time to try to over-regulate the state's only abortion clinic, applying unnecessary scrutiny to which other outpatient surgery centers are not subjected.

Your Opinion: Concerns about truck situation - This citizen has written several letters regarding the truck situation on U.S. 50 West and there has been no letup concerning this matter.


The Southeast Missourian
As of (03/28/2015) at 10:05 PM

Girl on bicycle struck, injured by motorist (03/28/15) A 6-year-old girl on her bicycle was injured Saturday night after she was struck by a vehicle. The accident occurred...

Woman injured in pickup crash (03/28/15) The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to a vehicle crash early Saturday that injured one person and resulted in...

Cape chief voted chairman of Major Case Squad (03/28/15) Cape Girardeau police chief Wes Blair was elected chairman of the Cape Girardeau / Bollinger County Major Case Squad...

Man arrested after search turns up drugs, gun, cash (03/28/15) A suspect is in custody after an investigation this month by Jackson police and the Drug Enforcement Administration....

Fire damages home in Cape Girardeau (03/28/15) The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to a small house fire Friday in Cape Girardeau. At 3:36 p.m. Friday,...

Woman injured in pickup crash (03/28/15) The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to a vehicle crash early Saturday that injured one person and resulted in citations, including a DWI charge. At 12:09 a.m. Saturday, fire personnel and police responded to a flipped vehicle on Ferguson Drive near Big Bend Road in Cape Girardeau...

Cape chief voted chairman of Major Case Squad (03/28/15) Cape Girardeau police chief Wes Blair was elected chairman of the Cape Girardeau / Bollinger County Major Case Squad board of directors Thursday, according to a news release from the case squad. Blair succeeds Cape Girardeau Prosecuting Attorney Chris Limbaugh. According to squad bylaws, no member of the board of directors shall serve as chairman for two successive years...

Man arrested after search turns up drugs, gun, cash (03/28/15) A suspect is in custody after an investigation this month by Jackson police and the Drug Enforcement Administration. After obtaining a search warrant, officers with the Jackson Police Department Special Response Team and the patrol division, as well as DEA agents, searched a home in the 400 block of Kate Street, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department...

Churches receive threats over gay marriage (03/27/15) Several area churches have received threatening letters after a vote by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to approve same-sex marriage. Westminster and First Presbyterian churches in Cape Girardeau and First Presbyterian in Jackson and Perryville, Missouri, received the letters, which say any church that accepts gay marriage "should be burned to the ground" and tells the churches, "you have been warned."...

1 dead in apparent homicide (03/27/15) A Cape Girardeau County woman is dead after an apparent homicide Thursday west of Gordonville. The victim is 27-year-old Melissa Luttrell, Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton said. Authorities were investigating the crime scene Thursday evening at a home near the intersection of routes F and Z...

Three Rivers upgrades EMS equipment, OKs hosting 911 center (03/27/15) POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Students interested in emergency medical services training will benefit from new equipment approved Wednesday by the Three Rivers College board. FAAC Inc. of Ann Arbor, Michigan, submitted a winning quote of $102,500 for an EMS three-screen driving simulator package...

Perry County School Board race sees crowded field (03/26/15) Four candidates, including two incumbents and two challengers, are vying for two posts on the Perry County School Board. Incumbents Kevin Bachmann and Mark Gremaud are facing challenges from newcomers Mary Bauwens and Lara Green during the April 7 election...

Missouri school activity makes students uncomfortable (03/26/15) FULTON, Mo. -- The Fulton School District has launched an investigation into a teacher-led activity referred to as a "survey" that has upset participating students and parents. The Fulton Sun reported that during a Fulton Middle School physical education class Friday, teachers conducted an activity called "Claim It," in which students were read various statements about their identity. ...

Kelly High School to present 'The Masked Musketeer' (03/26/15) The Kelly High School Drama Club will present its annual spring play on Thursday and Friday at the high school gymnasium. This year's production is "The Masked Musketeer," a two-act, lighthearted farce of "The Three Musketeers." Show times are 7 p.m. each night, and tickets will be sold at the door. Prices are $4 for adults and $3 for students...

Jackson School Board incumbent faces three challengers (03/25/15) Four candidates are competing for two posts on the Jackson School Board in the April 7 election. Incumbent Paul Stoner, completing his third year on the board, is facing challenges from Kelly Waller, Sheila King and Brad Noel for a three-year term. Current board member Brent Wills did not file for re-election...


The Southeast Missourian - State News
As of (03/28/2015) at 10:05 PM

Feds search man's St. Louis homes for 'booby traps' (03/27/15) KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Federal agents helped search for hidden explosive devices Thursday in the neighboring St. Louis homes of a man described as an increasingly agitated anti-government extremist who wanted to kill or maim police with booby traps. The search, at times involving bomb-sniffing dogs and robots, came after David Michael Hagler was charged with several federal gun counts. ...

Execution set for man convicted of contract killing (03/27/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court has scheduled a May 12 execution for a former St. Louis jailer convicted of hiring someone to kill his ex-wife in 2000. The state's high court set the execution date Thursday for Kimber Edwards, who turns 51 on Sunday...

Settlement reached in lawsuit filed by Ferguson protesters (03/27/15) ST. LOUIS -- Three Missouri police agencies will restrict their use of tear gas and other chemical agents on crowds as part of a lawsuit settlement with six Ferguson protesters, according to court documents released Thursday. U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson dismissed the lawsuit Thursday at the request of both sides. The settlement also calls for her to supervise the case through 2017, to ensure the agencies comply...

Missouri man catches record-size paddlefish (03/26/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri man says he fought for nearly 30 minutes before landing a state-record paddlefish last week. The Missouri Department of Conservation says the fish snagged by 33-year-old Andy Beolobraydic III of Richwoods weighed 140 pounds, 9 ounces...

2 camels stolen from Missouri farm (03/26/15) COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Boone County authorities are looking for two stolen camels. The double-hump male camels were stolen with two steers from a farm in Columbia. They were last seen Monday morning. The animals' owner says someone likely lured the four animals -- worth about $20,000 -- into a trailer. The two 900-pound Black Angus steer have tags on their right ears with the numbers 96 and 97. Investigators say it's unclear whether the camels had microchips or tags...

Missouri school activity makes students uncomfortable (03/26/15) FULTON, Mo. -- The Fulton School District has launched an investigation into a teacher-led activity referred to as a "survey" that has upset participating students and parents. The Fulton Sun reported that during a Fulton Middle School physical education class Friday, teachers conducted an activity called "Claim It," in which students were read various statements about their identity. ...

Woman pleads guilty to threatening doorbell pranksters (03/26/15) SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Springfield woman could get a 10-year prison sentencing for threatening boys who rang her doorbell and ran away. Prosecutors say 32-year-old Ashley Crossland pleaded guilty to three felonies after becoming angry after the January 2014 prank. A probable cause statement says Crossland tried to run one boy down with her van and punched another while holding a knife to his chest...

Missouri Republicans split on possible expert witness change (03/26/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Legislation that would impose new requirements for expert testimony in Missouri court cases has run into opposition from two Republican senators who are lawyers and running for statewide office. Republican Sens. Eric Schmitt, of Glendale, and Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, have helped Democrats stall the measure, which is backed by business groups. ...

Lawyer: Police shooting suspect didn't fire gun in Ferguson (03/26/15) ST. LOUIS -- The man accused of shooting two police officers during a demonstration in Ferguson this month had nothing to do with the incident, his attorney said Wednesday, adding that police should be searching for the real shooter. Jeffrey L. Williams, 20, is accused of shooting and wounding the officers March 12, during an early-morning rally sparked by the resignation of Ferguson's police chief. Prosecutors say Williams told investigators he fired a gun but was aiming at someone else...


The Southeast Missourian - Local News
As of (03/28/2015) at 10:05 PM

Girl on bicycle struck, injured by motorist (03/28/15) A 6-year-old girl on her bicycle was injured Saturday night after she was struck by a vehicle. The accident occurred near the 800 block of South Ellis Street in Cape Girardeau, at the intersection of Walnut Street, witnesses said. Cpl. Darin Hickey, public information officer of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, said after 7 p.m. ...

Woman injured in pickup crash (03/28/15) The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to a vehicle crash early Saturday that injured one person and resulted in citations, including a DWI charge. At 12:09 a.m. Saturday, fire personnel and police responded to a flipped vehicle on Ferguson Drive near Big Bend Road in Cape Girardeau...

Four candidates run for two seats on Scott City School Board (03/28/15) All four candidates running for Scott City School Board on April 7 have one goal in common: student welfare. Incumbents Beth McDonough Cox and Gary Miller are running for re-election against challengers Sally Porch and Justin Braun. Only two of the candidates in the race can be elected for three-year terms...

Cape chief voted chairman of Major Case Squad (03/28/15) Cape Girardeau police chief Wes Blair was elected chairman of the Cape Girardeau / Bollinger County Major Case Squad board of directors Thursday, according to a news release from the case squad. Blair succeeds Cape Girardeau Prosecuting Attorney Chris Limbaugh. According to squad bylaws, no member of the board of directors shall serve as chairman for two successive years...

Man arrested after search turns up drugs, gun, cash (03/28/15) A suspect is in custody after an investigation this month by Jackson police and the Drug Enforcement Administration. After obtaining a search warrant, officers with the Jackson Police Department Special Response Team and the patrol division, as well as DEA agents, searched a home in the 400 block of Kate Street, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department...

Fire damages home in Cape Girardeau (03/28/15) The Cape Girardeau Fire Department responded to a small house fire Friday in Cape Girardeau. At 3:36 p.m. Friday, firefighters responded to 923 N. Frederick St. to a report of a furnace that had caught fire. Battalion fire chief Fred Vincel stated in the report upon firefighters' arrival, the fire had been extinguished by a resident, but it had spread to the floor and the structure itself...

Several communities to decide whether to forgo elections (03/27/15) Voters in several Cape Girardeau and Scott County cities and villages have a decision to make about the future of their local elections. A question on the April ballot asks whether the towns should be authorized to forgo annual municipal elections "if the number of candidates who have filed for a particular office is equal to the number of positions in the office to be filled by the election?"...

Public hearing on Jackson roundabout set for April 9 (03/27/15) 13 The Missouri Department of Transportation and city of Jackson are offering a chance for members of the public to weigh in on a traffic update coming to the uptown area. A public hearing to discuss changes planned for the U.S. 61 and East Main Street intersection is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. April 9 in the Missouri Room of Jackson City Hall, 101 Court St...

Churches receive threats over gay marriage (03/27/15) 6 Several area churches have received threatening letters after a vote by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to approve same-sex marriage. Westminster and First Presbyterian churches in Cape Girardeau and First Presbyterian in Jackson and Perryville, Missouri, received the letters, which say any church that accepts gay marriage "should be burned to the ground" and tells the churches, "you have been warned."...

1 dead in apparent homicide (03/27/15) 4 A Cape Girardeau County woman is dead after an apparent homicide Thursday west of Gordonville. The victim is 27-year-old Melissa Luttrell, Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton said. Authorities were investigating the crime scene Thursday evening at a home near the intersection of routes F and Z...

More than 1,300 shoes collected locally for Soles4Souls (03/27/15) 1 Local students, organizations and community members have teamed together this week to collect hundreds of shoes that will be delivered to the needy in the United States and abroad. Nearly 500 pairs -- including boots, flip-flops and tennis shoes -- were tied together and stacked in boxes Thursday afternoon at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau...

2 swim to safety from flooded truck Thursday (03/27/15) 4 Two people were able to swim to safety Thursday morning after the pickup truck they were in was swept away in a fast-moving creek near Millersville following heavy rain and hail Wednesday night. A man tried to drive over the flooded low-water bridge at Hartle's Ford Creek, off County Road 352 in Cape Girardeau County, when the truck was swept off the bridge, ending up several hundred yards downstream and covered to the windshield in water...

Sikeston rodeo entertainment lineup announced (03/27/15) The entertainment lineup for the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo was announced Thursday. Kicking off the event Aug. 5 will be Cole Swindell, followed by Joe Diffie on Aug. 6 and Chris Young on Aug. 7. Aaron Lewis will wrap up with the final performance Aug. 8...

Three Rivers upgrades EMS equipment, OKs hosting 911 center (03/27/15) POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Students interested in emergency medical services training will benefit from new equipment approved Wednesday by the Three Rivers College board. FAAC Inc. of Ann Arbor, Michigan, submitted a winning quote of $102,500 for an EMS three-screen driving simulator package...

Environmental groups want flood-control project vetoed (03/26/15) 2 Environmental groups say they plan to continue urging a veto of a planned Southeast Missouri flood-control project under the Clean Water Act. A public comment period on the final environmental impact statement for the long-debated St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway project is expected to open this summer...

Cape woman raising money to put a shelter or umbrellas at dog park (03/26/15) 32 Cape Girardeau's dog park, "Dogtown," is a popular destination for pet owners on warm sunny days, but as summer temperatures rise, attendance seems to fall. Some frequent visitors say lack of shade makes it difficult for dogs and owners to enjoy the park...

Perry County School Board race sees crowded field (03/26/15) Four candidates, including two incumbents and two challengers, are vying for two posts on the Perry County School Board. Incumbents Kevin Bachmann and Mark Gremaud are facing challenges from newcomers Mary Bauwens and Lara Green during the April 7 election...

Man charged with raping, burning developmentally disabled woman (03/26/15) MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- A Marble Hill man has been charged with injuring and sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled woman. Barbara Grebing, owner of J&J Assisted Living, who took the woman to a doctor's appointment March 16, told Bollinger County sheriff's deputy Michael Henson the woman had an injury on her left wrist, according to a probable-cause statement filed by detective Sgt. Della Moore of the Bollinger County Sheriff's Department...

Man arrested after stabbing Wednesday (03/26/15) A suspect was in custody after a stabbing Wednesday night in Cape Girardeau. Sgt. Rick Schmidt of the Cape Girardeau Police Department said a call came in at 8:18 p.m. about a stabbing victim at the Maple Crest Manor residential care facility on North Frederick Street...

Kelly High School to present 'The Masked Musketeer' (03/26/15) The Kelly High School Drama Club will present its annual spring play on Thursday and Friday at the high school gymnasium. This year's production is "The Masked Musketeer," a two-act, lighthearted farce of "The Three Musketeers." Show times are 7 p.m. each night, and tickets will be sold at the door. Prices are $4 for adults and $3 for students...


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (03/27/2015) at 11:41 PM

Scholarship a touching way to remember Kaden Robert (03/27/15) On a Friday evening in August, the Kelly High School Hawks took to the field for their first home game ever. Only two months had passed since the accidental shooting death of their friend and teammate, Kaden Robert, who, by all accounts, was an avid athlete and all-around good young man. Robert was killed in June when a handgun accidentally discharged in the high school parking lot after a pickup basketball game with friends...

Letter to the Editor Letter: Film tax credits have another side (03/27/15) I was disappointed with the one-sided reporting of the article, "Rep. Swan Reintroduces Film Tax-Credit Bill" (March 19, 2015). The front-page article failed to mention that there is opposition to the bill. By only reporting the positions of those in support of reinstating Missouri's film tax credit program, you are painting a distorted portrait of what occurred at the hearing...

Letter to the Editor Letter: Thank you for CASA coverage (03/27/15) Thank you to The Southeast Missourian and reporter Katherine Webster for the informative article on Court Appointed Special Advocates that ran in Monday's newspaper. As a not-for-profit organization that trains volunteers to serve as juvenile justice advocates for foster children, CASA is always seeking volunteers to enable us to provide a voice in court for a greater number of the foster children in the 32nd Judicial Circuit of Cape Girardeau, Bollinger and Perry counties...

Letter to the Editor Letter: Notre Dame basketball team showed class in Columbia (03/27/15) We are writing to congratulate the Notre Dame Cape Girardeau Bulldogs on their third-place finish at the Missouri Boys Class 4 Basketball Championships in Columbia, Missouri, this past week. It was our good fortune to serve as the local team hosts during the Bulldogs' stay in Columbia...

Opinion Column Book '1775' destroys myths about Paul Revere (03/26/15) I have never covered two books in a row in this column, but I recently finished "1775" by Francis Russell, published by New Word City 2014, copyright American Heritage. I had to tell about this book of historical events, written for a general audience and not as reference material for historians. It is a well-written, easy read about events, including the first battles of the American Revolutionary War...

Editorial Editorial: Chaplains serve import role for law enforcement, community (03/26/15) We think of pastors as those who stand at the pulpit during a weekend service, preside over weddings and funerals and provide counseling. But the role is so much more, particularly for those who serve as chaplains for law enforcement officers. Several local law enforcement operations have the support of chaplains. A story in the March 15 Southeast Missourian by reporter Samantha Rinehart looked at the role these individuals provide to police officers and community...

Editorial CASA volunteers make big impact for children (03/25/15) When children are taken from abusive or neglectful homes, most of us send up a silent cheer before diving back into more immediate concerns. End of story. But for those who volunteer as Court Appointed Special Advocates, the story has just begun. It's also likely to wind far into the future...

Opinion Column Caffeinated agenda (03/25/15) The ill-fated Starbucks Coffee campaign to force a discussion on race relations in this country ran into massive customer pushback. And as a result, no longer will customers receive handwritten inclusive messages on its overpriced cups of java. Starbucks is quick to defend its poorly conceived campaign by asserting that the first phase of their ongoing "racial discussion" has ended but not because of consumer resistance...

Editorial Young entrepreneurs spend weekend sharing, learning (03/24/15) Maybe someday emergency helicopters will be able to land using laser technology. If so, you might just chalk it up to Cape Girardeau ingenuity. Nearly 50 people participated in the first Google Startup Weekend in Cape Girardeau earlier this month. Participants in the exercise pitched 14 ideas in front of a large crowd, then the six best ideas were divided into six teams to determine the winner of the 54-hour program...

Speak Out Speak Out 3/24/15 (03/24/15) ** Daylight saving; ** Fiber optic; ** Jackson pride; ** Mandatory voting?; ** Consequences; ** Nell Holcomb tax; ** Webster wordsmith; ** Obamacare, tax; ** Tax credit; ** Media biases

Speak Out Speak Out 3/23/15 (03/23/15) ** Kinder, truth; ** Two kinds of people; ** Shivelbine math

Editorial Comic con fever spreading; event comes next month (03/23/15) Somebody fire up the Bat Signal. The 10th Annual Cape Comic Con is less than a month away. The local comic con has become a great event for Cape Girardeau. This year promises to be the best yet. The event, started by comic enthusiast Ken Murphy, has grown year after year. Last year, the event topped 1,600 attendees. More are likely to attend this year...

Speak Out Speak Out 3/22/15 (03/22/15) ** Wallet returned; ** Obama, gas; ** Christians, voting; ** Choke holds?; ** I hate it; ** Railroad fixes

Letter to the Editor Reader loves 'Pants' (03/22/15) Two weeks ago the Missourian had an article about Stephen Limbaugh's new CD titled 'Pants.' I ordered it on amazon.com and have played it many times, marveling at the talent of this young man. I have seen Stephen perform, which makes listening to his CD even more special as I picture his extreme focus and body expression...

Editorial County sales tax revenue encouraging sign for area (03/22/15) You have to be careful when hitching hopes to sales tax revenue. The figures are fickle, like a warm day in February. But the latest report coming from the Cape Girardeau County government sure feels good. Southeast Missourian reporter Samantha Rinehart wrote in a story last week that year-to-date revenue is up 9.39 percent. For the numbers reported in March, the county was up 15 percent over the same report from a year ago...

Letter to the Editor Wybert is unselfish (03/20/15) Editor's note: The following letter was written in response to a story published March 13 that stated Alice Wybert had been charged with two counts of animal abuse. A follow-up story is published in today's edition with Safe Harbor's side of the story...

Editorial New museum in Jackson showcases our history (03/20/15) On March 15, a new venue officially opened in Jackson that celebrates local history as it aspires to become a regional tourist destination. The 2,000-square-foot Cape Girardeau History Center at 102 High St. began its new life in the former Andrew Jackson Bridal Co. building with an exhibit titled "Spring Into History." The installation features quilts by crafters including Lynn Taylor, whose award-winning work will be displayed until the beginning of June...

Opinion Column A little-known U.S. traitor (03/19/15) I recently finished reading "An Artist in Treason: The Extraordinary Double Life of General James Wilkinson" by Andro Linklater, published by Walker and Co. in 2010. Most Americans know Benedict Arnold as the most famous traitor in U.S. history. While Arnold holds that dubious distinction, a lesser-known traitor was General James Wilkinson, who worked as a spy, known as Agent 13, for Spain from Aug. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 3/19/15 (03/19/15) Aging reader; Bloomfield plea; Safe Harbor; Crossover barriers

Editorial Another championship for Scott County Central (03/19/15) The daffodils are popping up. That must mean it's state championship time for the Scott County Central Braves. Scott Country Central's boys basketball team finished its season with another state title, the program's state-record 18th state championship...


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