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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As of (03/01/2015) at 06:14 AM

Illinois budget cuts felt by supporters of the Cahokia Mounds Historic Site Museum Society went to the public on gofundme.org to raise money for brochures.

Political tensions that Schweich faced had mounted He faced a mocking radio ad comparing him to Mayberry Deputy Barney Fife and constant barbs through fake accounts on social media.

Millstadt home showcases family history in Early American style The couple had the 2,800-square-foot, dormered brick built in 2008 to house their antiques and business.

First-graders are changing the complexion of St. Louis area schools Even in areas of the St. Louis region that are majority white, classrooms are gradually diversifying.

Multiple wrecks clog area roads; 5 to 7 inches of snow on the way A surge of warm air combined with frigid ground temperatures will produce five to seven inches of snow for the St. Louis region  Saturday afternoon into Sunday. 

Drivers fume over minor highway wrecks that aren't cleared

The awkward playdate question that could save your child's life

Outcome of Obamacare subsidy case could have drastic consequences for Missouri, Illinois

Family members of shooter among 7 slain by Missouri gunman who then killed himself

Retirement debate is all about protecting the small investor

Wellston officer shoots, critically wounds 34-year-old man in traffic stop

What did I do to tick off the IRS?

Live updates: Winter storm moves into area

St. Louis judge tosses out gun case, citing newly-enacted Amendment 5

Pedestrian killed in hit and run accident in St. Louis

Warrenton man charged in ATV crash that seriously injured boy, 12 New

Novelist imagines Julia Grant and her slave, Jule New

Author events for week of March 1

RadioShack closings mark end of an era

Georgia manhandles Mizzou


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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Political News
As of (03/01/2015) at 06:15 AM

Illinois budget cuts felt by supporters of the Cahokia Mounds Historic Site By Margaret S. Gillerman Museum Society went to the public on gofundme.org to raise money for brochures.

Political tensions that Schweich faced had mounted By Virginia Young He faced a mocking radio ad comparing him to Mayberry Deputy Barney Fife and constant barbs through fake accounts on social media.

McClellan: Defending John Hancock By Bill McClellan If a man accuses somebody of something and then kills himself, what are we to think of the accusation? Not much, is what I'd say.

St. Louis aldermen face primary battles on Tuesday By Nicholas J.C. Pistor Democratic voters will select between candidates

In wake of Schweich's death, politics pushed aside by grief By Kevin McDermott Some want to rethink effect of scathing campaign rhetoric. His funeral is set for Tuesday.


St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (03/01/2015) at 06:15 AM

A House, and its ruling party, divided

A House, and its Republican membership, divided

FAIR: McCaskill and Nixon right to support Cuba

FAIR: Macro v. Micro: A peace offering in the beer wars?

FOUL: Paper or plastic? Yet another issue to argue about

LETTERS

How to write a letter to the editor

Owners would welcome streamlining of Section 8 process

Bishops are still doing little to stop abuse

Nasheed's comments are insulting to Isom's intelligence

Fervor for football, but not for helping the homeless

State should not give failing school districts a discount

Build a great stadium, not a halfhearted one

Planned Parenthood official forgets the risk to a living baby

Missouri needs far better transportation planning

Department of Conservation avoids questions about internal operations

Acting like beggars for a football stadium

An incomplete history of revered abolitionists

Now you know

A new promise to Missouri families


Kansas City Star
As of (03/01/2015) at 06:15 AM

Health Care Informed care picks up the pieces left by trauma Dozens of Kansas City institutions — including courts and cops, schools and mental health providers — say programs that address a child’s or adult’s traumatic past could help create a better future. Trauma-informed care focuses on the notion that a traumatic event in childhood, either experienced or witnessed, can alter the biology of the brain.

Vahe Gregorian When Kansas really needs him most, Perry Ellis steps up in win over Texas Perry Ellis, once a case study in the notion of paralysis by analysis, so long gridlocked by over-thinking and conscientiousness, has emerged into KU’s most reliable and mature player. Photo gallery: Kansas 69, Texas 64 Without Cliff Alexander, Kansas beats Texas 69-64, maintains Big 12 lead Kansas notebook: Barnes upset by no-call in final minutes

Performing Arts Raised Mormon, actor Claybourne Elder is uniquely qualified for ‘Angels in America’ Elder says Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” is filled with authentic Mormon symbols as the playwright draws parallels between an American Christian faith and the ancient morality of Judaism. The Kansas City Repertory Theatre will present the play in repertory through March 29 at the Copaken Stage. The Classical Beat: Richard Danielpour is a composer from two worlds but one mission Broken hearts and timeless sounds at Folk Alliance's musical world in Kansas City

TV News & Reviews Dan Henry, longtime WDAF-TV weatherman, dies at age 89 Dan Henry, who for years was the face of Kansas City weather at WDAF-TV, died Saturday after a long struggle with emphysema. He was 89. Though he retired from the station in 1992, Henry is still recognized as someone who made weather fun and interesting.

Flight diverted to KCI, passenger pronounced dead Sat 9:48 PM

De’Anthony Thomas named Chiefs rookie of the year at 101 awards banquet Sat 8:53 PM

Searching for healthy barbecue pays off for Shawnee native Sat 9:45 PM

Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee has enough words to decide a winner Sat 11:05 PM

Oklahoma enables a bittersweet realization of Reat Griffin Underwood’s dream Sat 8:25 PM

Sporting KC closes out preseason with win over Minnesota United, draw against Seattle Sounders Sat 8:12 PM

Many on the MidAmerica Nazarene campus wonder if chaplain was punished for sermon Sat 7:53 PM

‘He has changed the world’: Area lawyer Gene Balloun marks his 1,000th adoption case Sat 7:07 PM

Dan Henry, longtime WDAF-TV weatherman, dies at age 89 Sat 11:08 PM

Fire destroys Blue Springs house Sat 6:49 PM

Informed care picks up the pieces left by trauma Sat 5:47 PM

Names of 2 KC shooting victims released Sat 5:29 PM

Download True Blue, The Star’s Royals app for iOS and Android devices Want instant access to Royals news, feature stories, blogs, photos, videos and more, including season schedules, player information, stats and weather? Get TRUE BLUE, our new FREE mobile app for iOS and Android devices.

In tiny Tyrone, Mo., `half of the town got killed last night'

Osbourne exiting 'Fashion Police' after Zendaya hair flap

Billy Butler still adjusting to life with Oakland, away from Royals


Kansas City Star - Political News
As of (03/01/2015) at 06:15 AM

Someday the Area Transportation Authority could run much more than buses The ATA is a government unto itself. It can sell revenue bonds to finance any transportation project it wants. It could build office buildings and roads. It could theoretically run Kansas City International Airport. Recent discussions about the ATA’s bistate compact have local officials brainstorming the possibilities.

Walker scores with conservatives; Bush still has work to do In the conservative conference’s search for a rising star, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin comes closest. He has momentum with conservatives. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have the passion. And Jeb Bush still faces widespread skepticism that’s not going away.

Dems call GOP Homeland Security strategy a political blunder Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond.

Auditor Tom Schweich’s apparent suicide continues to shake Missouri politics Campaign events were canceled Friday. So was a planned trade mission by Gov. Jay Nixon to Cuba. A replacement for Schweich was named, but only on a temporary basis. And the Missouri Republican Party’s chairman worked to dispel rumors that he had engaged in a whisper campaign targeting Schweich’s religion — a charge Schweich made to reporters by telephone just moments before allegedly taking his own life.

Missouri’s planned Rock Island Trail gets a federal boost Missouri’s proposed Rock Island Trail crossed a major milestone recently when a federal agency opened the way for converting 144 miles of an abandoned railroad corridor for use as a hiking and biking trail.

Steve Kraske: Do we expect too much of our politicians? We may never know what caused two-term Missouri auditor Tom Schweich to kill himself in a move that rocked his home state and greatly saddened it too. But we know this: The pressure on our public servants, day in and day out, can be extraordinary. Few are built for the trade.

Kansas House, Senate approve teacher bargaining bills Kansas legislators appear to be embracing a compromise proposal to rewrite the rules for collective bargaining between teachers’ unions and school boards, rather than measures that would dramatically narrow such contract negotiations.

In tiny Tyrone, Mo., `half of the town got killed last night'

Osbourne exiting 'Fashion Police' after Zendaya hair flap

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin isn’t ruling out challenge to Sen. Roy Blunt “I have not ruled anything out,” former Congressman Todd Akin says about the possibility of challenging incumbent Roy Blunt in the 2016 GOP Senate primary. Talk about a headache for the freshman Missouri senator, the re-emergence of Akin would be all that — and more. Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin isn’t ruling out challenge to Sen. Roy Blunt “I have not ruled anything out,” former Congressman Todd Akin says about the possibility of challenging incumbent Roy Blunt in the 2016 GOP Senate primary. Talk about a headache for the freshman Missouri senator, the re-emergence of Akin would be all that — and more.

Missouri GOP ponders races, debt — and a new football stadium The state’s Republicans chattered about issues large and small during their weekend in KC.

Sen. Pat Roberts weighs in on the selection of Kansas Supreme Court judges The U.S. senator telephoned lawmakers promoting a bill to let the governor appoint judges to the Kansas Supreme Court with the consent of the state Senate. The measure is a priority of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

So why is Jason Kander running for the U.S. Senate? At 33, Kander was seen as a heavy favorite to win another term as secretary of state. So why give up a statewide post for a long-shot bid against the formidable Republican Roy Blunt?

Kansas senators pushing for national constitutional convention The U.S. Constitution provides states the opportunity to ask the federal government for a constitutional convention. Two-thirds of the state legislatures must ask for the convention for it to become reality.

Congress closes in on short-term Homeland Security bill Congress closed in Friday on approving a short-term spending bill for the Homeland Security Department that would avert a partial agency shutdown hours before it was to begin.

National Obama goes from interviewee to interviewer for NPR’s StoryCorps Friday The president questioned a Maryland high school senior in the My Brother’s Keeper program. The interview for the StoryCorps oral history project was airing Friday on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.”

Ban? What ban? Raytown schools defy digital sign limits in Kansas City Kansas City officials, neighborhood leaders and representatives of schools and churches have tried for months to negotiate new rules for digital signs that everyone can accept. But now the Raytown School District has adopted a position that on its face might seem odd for school authorities — defy the rules.

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich dead of apparent suicide Missouri state Auditor Tom Schweich died Thursday in St. Louis — reportedly from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 54.

Some Kansas senators ask if opportunity zones are the best way to help rural areas Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, a Shawnee Republican, said senators need a “bigger picture” to evaluate whether the program is striking the right balance in fostering public vs. private growth. The program, which covers 77 counties, provides incentives such as student loan forgiveness and waived income taxes to persuade people to move to rural areas.

Friends recall Tom Schweich as smart and tough Friends said he was not a natural politician — back-slapping and glad-handing did not come easily to him. But he made up for those potential deficits with hard work and a fierce intelligence.


Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (03/01/2015) at 06:15 AM

Tax break program damages Kansas and the Kansas City area A Kansas website contains the latest figures on how tax breaks are draining badly needed funds from the state’s coffers while also stoking the destructive economic border war in the Kansas City area. Meet the Promoting Employment Across Kansas program, better known among businesses and their development attorneys as PEAK.

Capitol Watch: Here’s a serving of harmony and eggs from the Kansas and Missouri capitols If the Kansas Legislature seemed especially frenetic this week, it was. Missouri, in contrast, is moving legislation at a glacial pace. But considering some of the bills introduced, that’s probably a good thing.

Tom Schweich’s death is a loss for Missouri Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich was a dedicated public servant and a person of honor and integrity. His death on Thursday, reportedly from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, is a tragedy for his family and the state.

Ignore Wei-Hock Soon, a paid denier of climate change When it comes to climate change, the outnumbered but well-funded “skeptics” in the fossil fuel industry get what they pay for, and it often involves Wei-Hock Soon.

Congress must end the national theater of silliness and fund Homeland Security Unless the problem is solved, the mammoth, post-9/11 department will shut down, idling about 30,000 of its 230,000 employees. As during the last GOP-forced government shutdown that lasted 16 days in October 2013, essential employees would continue working but without regular paychecks.

Full investigation of Liberty School District bullying incident is needed Liberty Middle School has an anti-bullying policy. But something went badly wrong last week when 12-year-old Blake Kitchen ended up in the hospital after being beaten unconscious by an older, much larger boy.

Support Mayor Mark Holland’s progressive leadership with good election choices in Wyandotte County Making its recommendations for next Tuesday's primary election in Wyandotte County, The Star's editorial board writes that support for Mayor Mark Holland on the Unified Government Board of Commissioners is precarious, so it is essential that voters choose carefully.

Sam Brownback’s tax cuts create a new problem: risky pension bonds for taxpayers Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and other state officials are reviewing a financially risky measure that they contend could help protect pensions for tens of thousands of teachers plus city, county and state employees. However, the Legislature should not quickly sign off on a scheme with such long-term consequences for taxpayers.

Indictment of KC police officer is a step, not a verdict The best way to regard a grand jury’s indictment of a Kansas City police officer in connection with a non-fatal shooting is to consider it a step in a process.

The Monday Poll: Is it time to legalize marijuana in Missouri? At least two petition drives are underway to give Missouri voters the chance in 2016 to legalize the use of marijuana in the state. We’d like to hear your views on this topic.

Stop unhealthy cuts to Kansas City’s indigent care providers Truman Medical Center and other agencies that provide health care to the less fortunate are reeling because of recent moves to slash their public funding. The decreases for the safety net agencies are unreasonable, especially after what happened just two years ago.

Conservation Commission expansion is reasonable, but major fixes aren’t needed in a Missouri success story Lawmakers and others are right to question whether the Conservation Department, whose annual expenditures amount to less than 1 percent of the Missouri budget, uses its tax money wisely. But pulling the plug on one of Missouri’s exemplary successes is absolutely the wrong way to go about it.

Capitol Watch: A ‘poor’ politician and Kansas’ new sex education bill In an unusual turn of events, this week rolled by with no eyepopping announcements emerging from Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s office. That in itself was news. And dutiful politicians on both sides of the state line provided us with much more.

Hickman Mills leads in early childhood learning With the conversion of a former middle school into a haven for preschool and kindergarten students, the Hickman Mills School District is able to offer full-day preschool to all 4-year-old children in its boundaries. Educators around the area will be watching its outcomes closely.

Gov. Jay Nixon must fix the Kansas City police board mess Making a mockery of state control of the Kansas City Police Department, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has dragged his heels in replacing a police board member who resigned more than nine months ago.

The Monday Poll: How will the Royals do in 2015? After the Royals’ magical run in 2014, there’s even more reason for rising expectations. Now that camp is under way and the team prepares to play its first game of spring on Wednesday, we want to learn your expectations.

Missouri shouldn’t limit welfare before making other changes Republicans in the Missouri Senate acted in the spirit of compromise when they backed away from very harsh proposals aimed at removing families from welfare rolls. But even the softer version, which is expected to be moved along to the House, will impose hardships on families and worsen problems such as hunger and homelessness unless lawmakers correct some longstanding issues.

Monday Poll results: Your views on the rescinding of LGBT protections for state workers in Kansas In this week’s Monday Poll we asked what you thought about Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s executive decision to rescind protections for LGBT state workers. Here are the rather unsurprising results.

Make Kansas mental health facility in Osawatomie safer The upgrades to Osawatomie State Hospital are to bring it into federal compliance to prevent patient injuries and suicides. It’s a necessary expense for the state, which is scrambling to fill a multimillion-dollar budget hole caused by income tax cuts.

Keep an eye on the St. Louis stadium deal The proposed football stadium in St. Louis has a long way to go toward final approval. But Kansas City officials should keep close tabs on it to make sure taxpayers here and their state tax dollars don’t become part of an overly generous deal to keep the NFL there.


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The Independence Examiner
As of (03/01/2015) at 06:15 AM

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The Independence Examiner - Editorials
As of (03/01/2015) at 06:15 AM

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Oscar-Worthy Workouts Updated at 10:19 PM Want abs like an A-Lister? Steal the stars' exercise secrets!

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Columbia Daily Tribune
As of (03/01/2015) at 06:16 AM

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New provost hopes to incentivize MU faculty success Garnett Stokes was the top faculty choice for the University of Missouri's new provost, and now that she is here, they are excited about what is to come.

Residents help chart course for west-central neighborhood Thirteen residents and property owners in Columbia's west-central neighborhood met Saturday at the Columbia/Boone County Public Heath and Human Services Department to help plan their neighborhood's future.

Columbia-born illusionist to appear on SyFy television show Lately, 30-year-old traveling illusionist Joel Meyers has been just about everywhere but his hometown of Columbia.

Class schools residents in house repair When he was a child, Tom Fuhrman's family decided to move all of its furniture to the garage and buff the floors of their home.

McCollum sworn-in as county collector Brian McCollum choked back emotion Friday after he was sworn in as Boone County collector.

MU faculty committee releases School of Medicine report A fact-finding committee deployed by University of Missouri Faculty Council leadership to look into concerns raised by faculty from the MU School of Medicine has concluded its research.

Preparation for Smarter Balanced assessment in full gear Students around the state are preparing to take the Smarter Balanced assessment for the first time.

Best-selling author kicks off Ignition Entrepreneurial Summit Diana Kander has seen entrepreneurship both destroy lives and create millionaires. There is no middle ground, she said.

Nixon appoints longtime aide as interim auditor to replace Schweich Gov. Jay Nixon installed trusted longtime aide John Watson as state auditor Friday to replace the late Tom Schweich, saying Watson would hold the position “until

Local activist opposes ballot propositions Though infrastructure improvements are needed throughout Columbia, two propositions aimed at funding upgrades for stormwater sewers and electric utilities should be voted down because public trust in city hall has eroded, Steve Spellman told a group of Boone County Republicans...

UM President Wolfe takes month-long vacation University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe is taking some time off: one month, to be exact.

Truman Hospital sees improvement, expects to expand Even with an increase in patients, the Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital is leading the nation in some wait-time measures.

Arrests made in downtown Columbia graffiti spree Early Friday morning, the Columbia Police Department arrested two men on suspicion of misdemeanor property damage after multiple reports of graffiti downtown.

Task force arrests Hallsville man on suspicion of child pornography possession The Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force on Friday arrested a 54-year-old Hallsville man on suspicion of possession of child pornography.

Snow forecast for Saturday night, Sunday Another 3 to 6 inches of snow is expected to fall across much of Mid-Missouri from Saturday afternoon into Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Recycling ambassador training set for March 7 Citizens who are passionate about recycling in Columbia are invited to a recycling ambassadors volunteer training from 10 a.m. to noon March 7 at the Activity and Recreation Center, 1701 W. Ash St.

No injuries reported in mobile home fire Three adults and a cat safely escaped a fire in a mobile home in south Columbia on Friday night.

Auditor Schweich remembered by friends, rivals for tenacity, lengthy public service JEFFERSON CITY -- Led by House Chaplain Robert Kurwicki, state lawmakers gathered in the Missouri House chamber Thursday afternoon for a brief prayer service on behalf of late state Auditor Tom Schweich, who committed suicide earlier in the day at...

Kelly announces committee to advocate for infrastructure ballot issues Stormwater pipes throughout Columbia are deteriorated, leading to soil erosion and other problems, including potentially dangerous sinkholes in roads, former state Rep. Chris Kelly said Friday morning at a news conference announcing the formation of a committee to advocate for...


Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (03/01/2015) at 06:19 AM

Trade-off On Monday night the Columbia City Council almost certainly will shelve a proposed ban on single-use plastic bags in favor of continuing attention to roll carts.

Tom Schweich What lurks in the mind of a person like state Auditor Tom Schweich who, defying all odds, commits suicide?

School suspensions Recent reports indicate the state of Missouri does not stack up well in the number of public school suspensions, particularly for black students. A couple of years ago, Columbia Public Schools was typical.

We won! So spoke University of Missouri men's basketball Coach Kim Anderson after his team beat Florida 64-52 Tuesday evening at Mizzou Arena.

GOP blame How come Republicans get most blame for the impasse over homeland security funding?

Thinclads Most fans of University of Missouri sports are preoccupied with football and basketball. Sometimes we are distracted by softball or baseball or volleyball or gymnastics or other smaller sports, but until recently we thought little of wrestling.

Plastic bags If the Columbia City Council follows the advice of staff, it will remove the ban on plastic single-use bags from its agenda Monday, at least for the time being.

Homeland security Moving on to an issue full of important-sounding implication but full of political foolishness, let us ponder briefly whether Congress shall fund the Department of Homeland Security.

Schaefer on Uber Other than his current plan for keeping himself squarely in the public eye now that he's running for statewide office, why would state Sen. Kurt Schaefer want the state to usurp local plans for regulating ride-booking services?

Traveling to Cuba In a vital aspect of the good life, the tiny impoverished island of Cuba is indisputably ahead of the United States. Cuba has an excellent basic health care system, affordable and available to everyone.

On thinking At our most thoughtful, we become informed by everything but possessed by none of it.

Photo ID In their relentless effort to impose a burdensome solution where no problem exists, Republicans in the Missouri House of Representatives are pushing a constitutional amendment requiring a state-approved photo identification to vote.

Kinder's folly I regard Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder as a friend. He has more or less assumed the role of lieutenant governor for life, going about the state performing nonessential window-dressing duties with pleasant aplomb.

The fate of the fish The Boone County Commission continues to waver, avoiding a nettlesome decision whether to uncover the ichthus on the courthouse lawn monument. Commissioners hope some blessed solution will arrive, but procrastination won't make it so.

Uber Shall we assume the Columbia City Council has it about right in its effort to regulate Uber, the ride-booking service catching hold around the world and now snooping into our city? We might say “yes” based on Uber's complaining over...

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (03/01/2015) at 06:20 AM

Worst offense: inept oversight How dysfunctional did our school district become when one of the best assurances we can offer is this? … Despite the conclusions some are drawing, we are pretty sure no one stole $25 million to $40 million that should have gone to our children's education.

Keep videos open A push to make police body-camera video permanently off limits to the public is as misguided as one that would remove all police dashboard-camera video from public view.

Auditor leaves a legacy Recent events brought the community of St. Joseph and State Auditor Tom Schweich into a closer relationship than that experienced by the city and any other statewide officeholder in recent memory.

Into harm's way War may not define us as people, but it does tend to define our times.

Wal-mart reacts to labor market Cynics will point out it was in Wal-Mart's best interest to award raises to nearly 40 percent of its 1.4 million U.S. workers in the next six months.

Health starts at home Most advice these days on healthier eating and weight control makes sense, even if it is not always easy to follow:

Pools' future in doubt The future of St. Joseph's neighborhood pools looks bleak.

Door opens to Cuba Political leaders in both Missouri and Kansas increasingly are striking an encouraging tone when it comes to restoring trade with Cuba.

Public favors restraint President Obama is not unlike other presidents in wanting to leave a legacy, but his controversial health insurance requirement will overshadow anything new he proposed in last month's State of the Union address.

Cut the losses for taxpayers It's been a tough week for the St. Joseph School District, but the decisions immediately ahead actually seem quite easy.

Remove district HR chief The St. Joseph School District needs first aid, and we can think of no better place to start the provision of healing care than in the administration of human resources functions.

Is school board ready to lead? Breathtaking in scope and deeply disturbing in its findings, the state audit of the St. Joseph School District is a stinging indictment of district leaders spanning more than a decade.

Exploit new ag markets The definition of agriculture varies widely in places like Texas, Maine and Missouri and is influenced greatly by things outside the control of farmers.

Stiffen limits on fines We learned several things this past week about the push to impose new restrictions on Missouri's municipal courts:

Mosaic responds, must now reform Consider Mosaic Life Care's response to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley an interim report, both necessary and far from satisfactory for the thousands of people who want to understand how the health system intends to reform its debt-collection practices.

Feds' role prompts questions Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and federal prosecutors no doubt believe they have a high calling.

Public must wait for KCI proposal Maybe regional boosters of a convenient Kansas City International Airport - like the one we have now - should have raised even more of a ruckus.

Not all `cuts' equal Citizens and elected officials at all levels would do well to get on the same page of the dictionary when discussing such weighty matters as budgets and spending.

Board wisely delays food services vote Timing sometimes is everything.

Approve incentives for ports It's not that tax credits as a whole are bad.


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The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (03/01/2015) at 06:21 AM

Geoff Caldwell: 'Double Think' and the big lie Posted: February 28, 2015 “To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies,” said George Orwell in defining the practice of Double Think in his classic novel “1984.”

Our view: By endorsing net neutrality, FCC makes good business decision Posted: February 27, 2015 Forget, for a moment, about the philosophical or political implications of net neutrality, and let's cut to the heart of our opinion: Net neutrality is good for business.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: February 27, 2015 Essence of leadership

Keith Costley: MDC should run without legislative interference Posted: February 25, 2015 I could not agree more with the Globe's editorial on Sunday concerning the funding of the Missouri Department of Conservation. I very much appreciate the Globe's editorial staff for giving the subscribers a heads-up on what legislators want to do.

Our view: Let educators set curriculum Posted: February 25, 2015 Oklahoma Rep. Dan Fisher may very well be a fan of history. But that doesn't mean he should be rewriting it.

Elliott Denniston: Medicaid expansion: An economic benefit Posted: February 24, 2015 Our Republican state Legislature is sending our tax dollars, taxes we have already paid, to support Medicaid expansion in other states. It's unbelievable but true. This is one fact about Medicaid expansion that few people seem to know, and that may have helped allow the Legislature to ignore the program. 

Our View: Murphysburg's past important to Joplin's future Posted: February 24, 2015 A unanimous vote taken Friday in Jefferson City puts the Murphysburg Residential District in Joplin just 90 days away from possible placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

Phill Brooks: Expanding the Legislature's footprint Posted: February 23, 2015 A Senate-passed plan to spend $75 million of borrowed money for the Capitol complex has caused me to think about the history of legislative expansion in Missouri's Statehouse.

Our View: MDC in the crosshairs Posted: February 23, 2015 Name one tax-supported agency that still has the overwhelming support of those who are footing the bill.

Emily Snyder: Oklahoma lawmakers wrong to try to control history Posted: February 23, 2015 On Feb. 16, the Oklahoma House Common Education Committee  voted on a bill that would bar the use of state funds for Advanced Placement American history courses, in effect banning their use in the public schools of the state.

Marilyn Beasley: Country in desperate need of a leader Posted: February 23, 2015 On Feb 3, a video was released by the Islamic State showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive. Needless to say, Jordanians were incensed by the horrific killing.

Geoff Caldwell: Obama's trails of terror are his to own Posted: February 22, 2015 President Andrew Jackson's legacy is forever stained by the brutality of the Trail of Tears, and if Barack Obama doesn't wish his own legacy tainted by the blood of others, he needs to find a way to accept current global realities sooner rather than later.

Gene Lyons: Live from darkest Arkansas Posted: February 22, 2015 Housebound in an ice storm, the columnist finds himself distracted by online trivia and tempted to yell at the TV:

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: February 20, 2015 Regressive legislation

Our View: Missouri highways a wreck waiting to happen Posted: February 20, 2015 There's a road wreck coming.

Our View: Chart your own course Posted: February 19, 2015 You can ride one to Northpark Mall, Missouri Southern State University, both hospitals and some Joplin parks.

Other Views: Halt the freebie train of gifts from lobbyists Posted: February 18, 2015 Missouri lawmakers long have had a no-brake, pedal-to-the-metal mentality regarding how fast and loose they get to play with gifts provided by lobbyists — free meals, free events, free trips. Freebies for all.

Our View: Janet Kavandi a great choice for NASA role Posted: February 17, 2015 A story carried in our paper years ago recalls Janet Kavandi's memories of counting stars with her father when she was a young girl.

Phill Brooks: Questions missing from Williams' story Posted: February 17, 2015 My column normally focuses on providing a historical perspective of Missouri's state government.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: February 17, 2015 Good laugh


The Jefferson City News Tribune
As of (03/01/2015) at 06:21 AM

Snow coming to an end today across Mid-Missouri - Light snow will linger across central portions of Missouri through the morning hours and gradually end during the afternoon. Total accumulations from the storm will be from 2 to 6 inches.

Mid-Missouri lawmakers: School transfers debate important for entire state - The Missouri Senate could give its final approval this week to a bill defining how public school districts should handle the transfers of students from unaccredited schools or districts to better ones.

Rock Island trail conversion advances Ameren, DNR have six months to broker deal over 144-mile trail - The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has advanced plans to convert the out-of-service Rock Island Railroad into a 144-mile recreational trail across Missouri.

Scouting for Food seeks donations Scouts to pick up food next weekend for Samaritan Center - Continuing a tradition of charitable efforts, hundreds of Boy Scouts took to Jefferson City streets Saturday to spread the word about the upcoming Scouting for Food drive.

Weather-related cancellations, announcements for Sunday, March 1, 2015 - Check this headline link for updates on Mid-Missouri weather-related cancellations and announcements for Sunday, March 1, 2015.

Candidates: Rift with teachers must be healed Five seeking two school board seats offer perspectives - Healing the rift that has developed between the Jefferson City Public School Board of Education and many of the district's teachers is something all five board candidates say they view as a priority.

Mayoral candidates weigh in on lodging tax, conference center - Though discussion of a potential Jefferson City conference center has dropped off since early last year, the dedicated lodging tax continues to collect funds earmarked for the promotion of tourism.

Readers ask candidates about chamber contract, presidential election Jefferson City mayoral hopefuls respond to questions submitted by News Tribune readers - This week, candidates for Jefferson City mayor respond to two questions submitted by News Tribune readers.

Barnes leads push to expand telehealth services, make Medicaid more efficient - A Missouri House bill would allow Medicaid patients to telecommute with specialists, saving them the cost of travel. With the advancement of medicine, specialists have become increasingly concentrated in cities, Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, said.

Bonds pushed as way to fund more projects - What would you build or repair if you had an extra $200 million available for projects? That's a question raised last week in the Missouri Senate.

Fulton State Hospital work expected to begin in spring - Work and construction on the new Fulton State Hospital campus will begin this spring with the installation of boilers at the existing Missouri School for the Deaf boiler house next week.

First Pee Wee Plunge joins weekend of Polar Plunge activities - On Friday evening, 6-year-old Naomi Snyder became the youngest member of her family to carry on an important tradition: participate in the Polar Plunge.

Tuscumbia boys claim district crown - The Tuscumbia Lions won their second district championship in program history Saturday with a 56-40 defeat of Prairie Home in the Class 1 District 9 title contest.

Some district championship games postponed - Saturday's weather brought postponements to some district basketball games involving area teams.

Press Box: Mother Nature plays trick on prep basketball games News Tribune Sports Commentary - It was hard to avoid thinking about the Yiddish proverb “Man plans, God laughs" as Saturday unfolded.

BizBeat: Trappers Too closes amid rent dispute - Restaurant and bar Trappers Too has closed permanently at 306 E. High St., not long after the building's owner sued business owner Sam Trapp claiming he owed back rent on the property.

BizBeat: West Main Pizza perfecting recipe - West Main Pizza in Jefferson City continues adding new options and finishing touches.

BizBeat: JC Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin-Robbins coming in 2017 - Dunkin' Donuts confirmed this week that a Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin-Robbins combination restaurant is set to open in 2017 in Jefferson City.

News Tribune staff garners 11 APME awards - The Jefferson City News Tribune earned 11 awards from the Associated Press Managing Editors 2014 News Contest announced recently.

January 2015 home sales statistics - Fewer homes were sold in Jefferson City, but their average sales price was roughly $10,000 higher in January 2015 than in January 2014.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - State News
As of (03/01/2015) at 06:21 AM

Mid-Missouri lawmakers: School transfers debate important for entire state - The Missouri Senate could give its final approval this week to a bill defining how public school districts should handle the transfers of students from unaccredited schools or districts to better ones.

Rock Island trail conversion advances Ameren, DNR have six months to broker deal over 144-mile trail - The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has advanced plans to convert the out-of-service Rock Island Railroad into a 144-mile recreational trail across Missouri.

Barnes leads push to expand telehealth services, make Medicaid more efficient - A Missouri House bill would allow Medicaid patients to telecommute with specialists, saving them the cost of travel. With the advancement of medicine, specialists have become increasingly concentrated in cities, Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, said.

Bonds pushed as way to fund more projects - What would you build or repair if you had an extra $200 million available for projects? That's a question raised last week in the Missouri Senate.

Springfield area coping with string of violent deaths - Springfield-area leaders are hoping a string of 12 violent or suspicious deaths in an eight-day span will increase awareness of a problem that has plagued the region for many years.

11 injured in chain of accidents on I-44 Westbound lanes at mile marker 184 closed in Rolla - Police say a tractor-trailer crashed into the rear of a Greyhound bus in snowy weather on Interstate 44 in Missouri, setting off a chain of accidents involving dozens of vehicles.

Man dies in St. Louis homeless encampment blaze - St. Louis authorities say a man died in a tent fire at a small homeless encampment near the city's downtown.

Tiny Missouri town mourns after gunman kills 7, then himself - Residents in a remote area of southern Missouri are trying to come to grips with what could cause a man to kill seven people, including four of his own relatives, in a nighttime shooting spree that spanned four homes.

CMS announces special health care enrollment period - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have a special enrollment period for those who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee when they file their 2014 taxes in states that use the federally-facilitated marketplaces.

Missouri issues licenses to grow hemp for epilepsy patients - A cannabis extract some parents believe may help treat seizures experienced by their children with epilepsy may be available in Missouri this fall.

Funeral for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich set for Tuesday - A memorial service for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is scheduled for Tuesday in his hometown of Clayton.

Missouri GOP gubernatorial candidate cancels campaign events - Missouri's former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway has put her campaign for governor on hold following the death of state auditor Tom Schweich, who also was seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

Nixon appoints senior adviser as temporary Missouri auditor - Missouri's Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday appointed one of his senior advisers to temporarily serve as state auditor following the death of Republican Auditor Tom Schweich, who police say died of an apparent suicide.

St. Joseph board fires 1 administrator, reassigns another - The St. Joseph school board has fired one school administrator and reassigned another in response to a highly critical audit.

Teen certified as adult for trial in St. Louis hammer death - A 16-year-old has been certified to stand trial as an adult for his alleged role in the St. Louis hammer killing of a Bosnian immigrant.

Why would GOP candidate for Missouri governor kill himself? - Missouri's auditor, who fatally shot himself in an apparent suicide, had vowed to take down the state's most powerful politicians and donors, including his fellow Republicans, when he launched an anti-corruption campaign for governor last month.

Gunman kills 7, commits suicide, in house-to-house rampage - A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother killed seven people and then took his own life in a house-to-house shooting rampage that wiped out a swath of this tiny town in the Missouri Ozarks.

Missouri governor drops Cuba trip following auditor's death - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is canceling a trip to Cuba following the death of state Auditor Tom Schweich.

Nixon appoints Watson as interim state auditor - The Missouri auditor's office is carrying on its business after the death of Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk).

Capitol remembers Schweich in brief prayer service - About 15 minutes after Auditor Tom Schweich's office announced his death early Thursday afternoon, Gov. Jay Nixon, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, lawmakers from both parties and both houses, Capitol staff and some lobbyists gathered in the House chamber for a brief prayer service.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Local News
As of (03/01/2015) at 06:21 AM

News Tribune e-Newspaper open to all - Due to current weather conditions today, we are offering up our entire March 1, 2015 newspaper to everyone for free.

Snow coming to an end today across Mid-Missouri - Light snow will linger across central portions of Missouri through the morning hours and gradually end during the afternoon. Total accumulations from the storm will be from 2 to 6 inches.

Mid-Missouri lawmakers: School transfers debate important for entire state - The Missouri Senate could give its final approval this week to a bill defining how public school districts should handle the transfers of students from unaccredited schools or districts to better ones.

Rock Island trail conversion advances Ameren, DNR have six months to broker deal over 144-mile trail - The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has advanced plans to convert the out-of-service Rock Island Railroad into a 144-mile recreational trail across Missouri.

Scouting for Food seeks donations Scouts to pick up food next weekend for Samaritan Center - Continuing a tradition of charitable efforts, hundreds of Boy Scouts took to Jefferson City streets Saturday to spread the word about the upcoming Scouting for Food drive.

Weather-related cancellations, announcements for Sunday, March 1, 2015 - Check this headline link for updates on Mid-Missouri weather-related cancellations and announcements for Sunday, March 1, 2015.

Candidates: Rift with teachers must be healed Five seeking two school board seats offer perspectives - Healing the rift that has developed between the Jefferson City Public School Board of Education and many of the district's teachers is something all five board candidates say they view as a priority.

Mayoral candidates weigh in on lodging tax, conference center - Though discussion of a potential Jefferson City conference center has dropped off since early last year, the dedicated lodging tax continues to collect funds earmarked for the promotion of tourism.

Readers ask candidates about chamber contract, presidential election Jefferson City mayoral hopefuls respond to questions submitted by News Tribune readers - This week, candidates for Jefferson City mayor respond to two questions submitted by News Tribune readers.

Barnes leads push to expand telehealth services, make Medicaid more efficient - A Missouri House bill would allow Medicaid patients to telecommute with specialists, saving them the cost of travel. With the advancement of medicine, specialists have become increasingly concentrated in cities, Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, said.

Bonds pushed as way to fund more projects - What would you build or repair if you had an extra $200 million available for projects? That's a question raised last week in the Missouri Senate.

Fulton State Hospital work expected to begin in spring - Work and construction on the new Fulton State Hospital campus will begin this spring with the installation of boilers at the existing Missouri School for the Deaf boiler house next week.

First Pee Wee Plunge joins weekend of Polar Plunge activities - On Friday evening, 6-year-old Naomi Snyder became the youngest member of her family to carry on an important tradition: participate in the Polar Plunge.

BizBeat: Trappers Too closes amid rent dispute - Restaurant and bar Trappers Too has closed permanently at 306 E. High St., not long after the building's owner sued business owner Sam Trapp claiming he owed back rent on the property.

BizBeat: West Main Pizza perfecting recipe - West Main Pizza in Jefferson City continues adding new options and finishing touches.

BizBeat: JC Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin-Robbins coming in 2017 - Dunkin' Donuts confirmed this week that a Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin-Robbins combination restaurant is set to open in 2017 in Jefferson City.

News Tribune staff garners 11 APME awards - The Jefferson City News Tribune earned 11 awards from the Associated Press Managing Editors 2014 News Contest announced recently.

January 2015 home sales statistics - Fewer homes were sold in Jefferson City, but their average sales price was roughly $10,000 higher in January 2015 than in January 2014.

Winners of News Tribune and Oscar's contest announced - The results are in, and the Oscar's catering service will go to Aubrey Snyder, who won first place in this year's Jefferson City News Tribune and Oscar's Classic Diner contest.

2 hurt in crash in Callaway County - Two people received minor injuries after a two-vehicle crash Friday night in Callaway County.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (03/01/2015) at 06:21 AM

Perspective: Remembering Tom Schweich - State Auditor was not Tom Schweich's goal. Look at that resume again. He worked to clean up the Star Wars bar that doubles as the United Nations - and fought opium-producing war-lords in Afghanistan.

Perspective: Operation Hope founder encourages students to aspire - Today's students - in particular the students who may struggle the most - need something in life to aspire to.

Our Opinion: Tom Schweich, 'a devoted public servant' News Tribune editorial - Amid the activity of public life - policy preferences, office operations, political aspiration - a tendency exists to forget that public officials are people who, like us, have hopes and dreams, fears and doubts.

Perspective: Protecting an open Internet - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has pushed full steam ahead with a plan to take control of the Internet.

Our Opinion: As winter ends, prepare for severe weather - Here's a discomforting thought - after enduring snow and rain forecast this weekend, we begin Missouri's observance of Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Your Opinion: Lawmakers check out grocery bags - Now really with all the important issues our state Legislature faces do we need them between us and our grocery sack?

Your Opinion: Cost concerns for baseball fans - To Brandon Foster/PRESSBOX Author: You and MLB commissioner/Rob Manfred are wrong in what will improve the game of baseball, by increasing the likelihood of more fans.

Our Opinion: Medical usage differs from getting high - “We have no problem with the medicinal use of drugs," we wrote in this forum nearly a year ago.

Your Opinion: Response to assertion that 'our rights come from God' - I get so weary of the trumpeting that our rights “come from God."

Your Opinion: Errant quote depicts danger of phony emails - Jim Dyke attributed a quote in a recent cartoon to Thomas Jefferson (Feb 16). It demeaned the poor. If you fact-check the quote, you will find it is not attributed to Jefferson by any reliable source.

Our Opinion: 'Is plastic okay?' A question for the state, or cities? - “Is plastic okay?" The question about grocery bags is heard by shoppers at checkout lines and now is being considered by state lawmakers.

Perspective: Senators debate student transfer bill - The first significant snow and winter weather of the year shortened the legislative week by a day.

Our Opinion: Explore relocating municipal court - The case to relocate Jefferson City's municipal court in the nearby city annex has merit.

Your Opinion: Be careful what you ask for - The shooting death on East High Street the other day and more home break-ins off Henwick Lane in the western part of the county are but a reminder of bigger cities.

Your Opinion: Cartoon misquotes Jefferson - Did you see the cartoon in this paper recently showing Thomas Jefferson and quoting him? I knew right away it was a misquote.


The Southeast Missourian
As of (03/01/2015) at 06:21 AM

Southeast regents approve new logo (03/01/15) 3 Southeast Missouri State University has used its logo of the Academic Hall dome since 1988. But on Saturday, the board...

County buys Cape building to consolidate juvenile court services (03/01/15) The Cape Girardeau County Commission announced Friday the purchase of a building in Cape Girardeau to provide office...

Driver cited after colliding with police car (03/01/15) 18 A Cape Girardeau woman received four citations for not yielding to an emergency vehicle and causing an accident....

House burns on North Benton Street in Cape Girardeau (03/01/15) 4 A woman and a child escaped a fire that started Friday afternoon on North Benton Street. The situation was contained...

Home a total loss after Friday fire in Pocahontas (03/01/15) 1 A home is a total loss after a fire Friday night in Pocahontas. The Fruitland Area Fire Protection District responded...

Armed suspect seriously hurt in officer-involved shooting (03/01/15) An aggravated assault suspect was seriously injured in a police-involved shooting Saturday morning. James Wilkins, 28, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries after the shooting, which occurred about 10:50 a.m. Saturday at Town House Inn, 505 N. Kingshighway...

Union County prosecutor appointed to state appellate prosecutor board (03/01/15) Union County State's Attorney Tyler Edmonds has been appointed to the board of governors of the Illinois State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor. Edmonds was appointed during a special board meeting Thursday in Springfield, Illinois, according to a news release...

Man, woman jailed on drug, weapons charges (03/01/15) A man from Oran, Missouri, and a woman from Benton, Missouri, are in the Scott County Jail after various drug and weapons charges. Glen Adams, 56, of rural Oran was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm silencer...

Man arrested for shooting gun into the ground near boy (03/01/15) A Sikeston, Missouri-area man was arrested by Scott County sheriff's deputies on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon after he allegedly shot a gun at the ground near a boy in Oran, Missouri. Timothy Jarvis, 37, of County Highway 529 near Sikeston, was charged Saturday, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. ...

Cape Girardeau police report 3/1/15 (03/01/15) The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Jasimane D. Flennoy, no age given, of Lilbourn, Missouri, was issued a summons for driving while intoxicated. n Isaiah M. Lane, 24, of St. Louis was arrested on a warrant...

Plan for Greek housing advances, but draws fire from preservationists (03/01/15) An idea to create a housing option specifically for Greek students at Southeast Missouri State University was advanced by the board of regents Saturday but is drawing fire from residents who worry Greystone Estate and the Shivelbine House will be demolished...

Final presidential candidate brings aspirational message at Southeast (02/26/15) Benjamin Ola. Akande on Wednesday said he wants to be the next Southeast Missouri State University president so he can take Southeast from success to significance. "Significance means you become the benchmark," he said. "Significance means that you get to move that mission of student success to a whole different level...

Missouri House budget panel wants more for K-12 education (02/26/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's public schools and community colleges would receive larger funding increases than recommended by Gov. Jay Nixon, under a budget plan presented Wednesday to a House committee. It would, however, scrap Nixon's recommendation to give a performance-based funding increase to public universities...

Scott City saferoom, theater almost complete (02/25/15) Theater and art students in the Scott City School District soon will have a place to call their own. A Federal Emergency Management Agency safe room, which also serves as a theater and art gallery, is nearing completion at the school, superintendent Diann Ulmer said Tuesday...

Candidate showcases skills at Southeast president forum (02/24/15) Carlos Vargas-Aburto, one of four presidential hopefuls at Southeast Missouri State University, took questions Monday during a public forum and also described what makes him the best candidate for the university's top leadership position. "I think you have in me somebody who is very committed to excellence, to quality," he said. ...


The Southeast Missourian - State News
As of (03/01/2015) at 06:21 AM

Tiny Missouri town mourns after gunman kills 7, then himself (03/01/15) KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Residents of a small southern Missouri town struggled to come to grips with the knowledge that one of their own had killed seven people in a spasm of violence that ended when the gunman shot himself to death on a rural county road...

11 injured in chain of accidents on Interstate 44 (03/01/15) ROLLA, Mo. -- Police say a tractor-trailer crashed into the rear of a Greyhound bus in snowy weather on Interstate 44 in Missouri, setting off a chain of accidents involving dozens of vehicles. At least 11 people were sent to a hospital with minor to moderate injuries...

Nixon appoints senior adviser as temporary Missouri auditor (03/01/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday appointed one of his senior advisers to temporarily serve as state auditor after the death of Republican Auditor Tom Schweich, who police say died of an apparent suicide. John Watson will serve as auditor until a permanent replacement is found, at which point he will resign, according to a news release from Nixon's office...

8 shot to death, including gunman, in Missouri rampage (02/27/15) TYRONE, Mo. -- A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother killed seven people and then took his own life in a house-to-house shooting rampage that wiped out a swath of this tiny town in the Missouri Ozarks. Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, carried out the killings with a .45-caliber handgun Thursday night or early Friday at four homes in Tyrone, the no-stoplight community of about 50 people where he lived with his mother, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said...


The Southeast Missourian - Local News
As of (03/01/2015) at 06:21 AM

Armed suspect seriously hurt in officer-involved shooting (03/01/15) 11 An aggravated assault suspect was seriously injured in a police-involved shooting Saturday morning. James Wilkins, 28, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries after the shooting, which occurred about 10:50 a.m. Saturday at Town House Inn, 505 N. Kingshighway...

Southeast regents approve new logo (03/01/15) 3 Southeast Missouri State University has used its logo of the Academic Hall dome since 1988. But on Saturday, the board of regents approved a new design as part of a rebranding initiative. The current logo has too many variations and is difficult to place in some materials because of intricately drawn details, the university's communications and marketing staff said...

County buys Cape building to consolidate juvenile court services (03/01/15) The Cape Girardeau County Commission announced Friday the purchase of a building in Cape Girardeau to provide office and court space for juvenile department employees of the 32nd Judicial Circuit. The building at 2137 Rust Ave., off South Kingshighway and near the Shawnee Parkway intersection, allows the department to provide services and court proceedings in one location. It has been operating out of county-provided space in two locations since 1990, according to a news release from the county...

Driver cited after colliding with police car (03/01/15) 18 A Cape Girardeau woman received four citations for not yielding to an emergency vehicle and causing an accident. Jacqueline Parker, 30, was driving north on Kingshighway near the North Cape Rock Drive intersection at 12:28 a.m. Friday when she struck the patrol vehicle of Cape Girardeau police officer James Zeidler...

House burns on North Benton Street in Cape Girardeau (03/01/15) 4 A woman and a child escaped a fire that started Friday afternoon on North Benton Street. The situation was contained shortly after firefighters arrived on the scene at 1:09 p.m. Capt. Ray Warner of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department said the blaze was under control by 1:15...

Home a total loss after Friday fire in Pocahontas (03/01/15) 1 A home is a total loss after a fire Friday night in Pocahontas. The Fruitland Area Fire Protection District responded to a fire about 7 p.m. at 649 Jackson Road, where light flames and heavy smoke were showing from a two-story home, assistant chief Gene Kerns said...

Programs help ex-convicts try to re-enter society (03/01/15) EDITOR'S NOTE: Each year in Missouri, about 20,000 felons are released, having served their time. But they face roadblocks in re-entering society, particularly the workforce. "Raise your hand if you don't have anyone in your family -- or any friends or if you're not impacted in any way -- by someone who has been to prison or been convicted of a felony."...

Plan for Greek housing advances, but draws fire from preservationists (03/01/15) An idea to create a housing option specifically for Greek students at Southeast Missouri State University was advanced by the board of regents Saturday but is drawing fire from residents who worry Greystone Estate and the Shivelbine House will be demolished...

River Campus Center named after retiring university president, wife (03/01/15) 3 Southeast Missouri State University staff, students and community members Friday celebrated the official naming of the Kenneth & Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center. "There really are no words that can capture how I feel," Jeanine Dobbins said during a dedication ceremony at the River Campus. "Some people will say, 'It's so well-deserved.' And I say, 'So many people deserve so very much.' I look at it as grace."...

Union County prosecutor appointed to state appellate prosecutor board (03/01/15) Union County State's Attorney Tyler Edmonds has been appointed to the board of governors of the Illinois State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor. Edmonds was appointed during a special board meeting Thursday in Springfield, Illinois, according to a news release...

Jackson city hall suffers minor water damage (03/01/15) Cleanup is mostly complete at Jackson City Hall after last week's winter weather caused minor water damage, confirmed Jackson Public Works director Rodney Bollinger. Bollinger said in an email a small section of the gutter drain froze on the roof, affecting a couple rooms in the west wing of the building...

Man, woman jailed on drug, weapons charges (03/01/15) A man from Oran, Missouri, and a woman from Benton, Missouri, are in the Scott County Jail after various drug and weapons charges. Glen Adams, 56, of rural Oran was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm silencer...

Scott County deputy honored for rescue at Rockview train crash (03/01/15) A Scott County sheriff's deputy received more recognition Friday for his role in the aftermath of the May 2013 train collision near Rockview, Missouri. State Sen. Wayne Wallingford and state Rep. Tila Hubrecht presented Sgt. Justin Wooten resolutions from the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives, a news release from the Scott County Sheriff's Office said. The resolutions were in reference to Wooten's Medal of Valor presentation by Gov. Jay Nixon in December...

Man arrested for shooting gun into the ground near boy (03/01/15) A Sikeston, Missouri-area man was arrested by Scott County sheriff's deputies on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon after he allegedly shot a gun at the ground near a boy in Oran, Missouri. Timothy Jarvis, 37, of County Highway 529 near Sikeston, was charged Saturday, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. ...

Club news (03/01/15) The Nancy Hunter Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recognized DAR Good Citizen recipients from three area high schools at a reception Wednesday at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. Shown from left are Chelsea Seyer, Oak Ridge High School; John Fennewald, Notre Dame High School; Christian Retter, Cape Central High School; and Carolyn Webb, DAR Good Citizen chairwoman. Each student was presented with a certificate, a recognition pin, and a monetary gift from the chapter.

MoDOT warns of possible hazardous road conditions this weekend (02/27/15) The Missouri Department of Transportation cautions drivers that road conditions could become hazardous over the weekend. Motorists could experience a mix of snow, freezing rain and rain, a MoDOT news release said. The mix is forecast to start as snow Saturday and conclude as rain Sunday...

Southeast grad returns as costume designer for 'The King and I' (02/27/15) 1 For Tom Vaughn, a 1984 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, returning to the campus as costume designer for "The King and I" represents coming full circle. Since graduation, Vaughn has forged an impressive career in the theater business...

Elderly couple lose home in early morning fire (02/27/15) An elderly couple lost their shelter after a mobile home fire occurred at 1:10 a.m. Thursday. Crews from Whitewater, Delta and Gordonville responded to the fire, which Delta Fire Protection District chief Alvin Frank Jr. said was on Route N, two and a half miles outside Delta...

Adaptive reuse: Cape County's administrative building began as a Coke bottling plant (02/27/15) A look back on the history of the building at 1 Barton Square in Jackson reveals its many faces, from Coca-Cola bottling plant to administrative office space. For a time, until the late 1980s, the entire block featured two buildings used by Coca-Cola for offices and production, a garage to repair company vehicles and a house. ...

Police call death of Missouri auditor an 'apparent suicide' (02/27/15) 36 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who had recently launched a Republican campaign for governor, fatally shot himself Thursday in what police described as an "apparent suicide," minutes after inviting reporters to his suburban St. Louis home for an interview...


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (03/01/2015) at 06:21 AM

Editorial: evaluating safety, crime in Cape and beyond (03/01/15) Cape Girardeau had a violent month last summer. You might remember it. There were headlines of homicide; four people had died within just a couple of weeks of each other. It was a scary time in Cape Girardeau, and many wondered what spurred the violence and if the city was coming unglued...

Opinion Column Guest commentary: Why I support a use tax in Cape Girardeau County (02/27/15) A tax is a tax is a tax. There, I have said it. I cannot deny it. I have had the unique opportunity for the past year to be a member of a Citizens Advisory Committee charged by the county commission to do a needs assessment for county buildings. Our mission was to do a determination on consolidation of county office facilities and to relocate all court functions to the county seat. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 2/27/15 (02/27/15) For those people who are objecting to a voter ID for voting, please do not allow them to buy beer or cigarettes or many other things in our society. And when a cop pulls them over, ask them what they show: A photo ID. It's accepted everywhere under the sun. This notion that it impedes some people's opportunity to vote is bogus...

Editorial Editorial: The Craders and Dobbinses are 'Friends of the University' (02/27/15) Stan and Debbie Crader of Jackson and Ken and Jeanine Dobbins will receive the Friends of the University Award today. Stan Crader is president of Crader Distributing Co., and Debbie Crader is a registered nurse. Ken Dobbins is president of Southeast Missouri State University; Jeanine, the university's first lady, worked in the area of literacy, and much more...

Speak Out Speak Out 2/26/15 (02/26/15) The American Political Science Association has ranked the greatest presidents of all time. Lincoln and Washington are one and two. I think the one who came in 8th deserves to be higher but that's just been my opinion. Where do you think the APSA should have ranked in Bill Clinton?...

Editorial Southeast theater and dance department's 'The King & I' (02/26/15) Performances of a classic musical began Wednesday night at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus. "The King and I," by Rogers & Hammerstein, is being presented by the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Theatre and Dance...

Opinion Column President Obama's view of America (02/25/15) Former New York Mayor and presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani created a firestorm recently when he opined that the President did not love his country. Giuliani pointed to President Obama's upbringing and long-documented ties with radicals in making his shocking statement...

Speak Out Speak Out 2/25/15 (02/25/15) ** Tickets; ** Enjoy snow; ** Snow plow

Letter to the Editor Obama on Islamic radicalism (02/25/15) In 2010, President Obama had the words "Islamic Radicalism" removed from U.S. government documents, including the central document outlining national security strategy. The former Bush Doctrine of preventive war stated, "The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century."...

Editorial Six men recognized for valor (02/25/15) If you're looking for a dose of heroism, you'll find plenty of examples in the U.S. military. The men and women who serve this country, putting their lives on the line and spending countless days away from family, deserve our utmost respect. Recently six men were recognized for their efforts as the new inductees on the Wall of Valor at John J. Pershing VA Medical Center...

Editorial Google Startup Weekend is big opportunity for entrepreneurs (02/24/15) Take a look at a small, mid-size or even a large company and you will find a person or group of individuals who started with an idea. In March, this community may see a future success story as the Google Startup Weekend is held at Codefi in Cape Girardeau...

Letter to the Editor Focus on city streets (02/24/15) Does anyone besides me think that instead of spending money on a sports complex, which we could do without (we are NOT all sports fans), it would be much better to fix our terrible streets? One of my neighbors ruined her car on a huge pothole. I will not vote for a tax increase for street repair when the city obviously has money for frivolous projects like a sports complex. Perhaps we need more sensible heads on the city council...

Speak Out Speak Out 2/24/15 (02/24/15) ** Leadership void; ** Toughen up, schools

Letter to the Editor Death with Dignity bill (02/24/15) I'm writing to bring awareness on the need to support House Bill 307 Missouri Death with Dignity. Death with Dignity is not a choice of death over life. It is an option for mentally competent adults who are dying that gives them the same freedom of choice in dying as they had while living. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 2/23/15 (02/23/15) ** President Obama; ** Hillary Clinton; ** Roundabout; ** Streetlight; ** ISIS battle; ** Spain's free college; ** Postsecondary; ** Jeb Bush; ** Thank you

Editorial Editorial: High school students impress with their art at River Campus (02/23/15) If you haven't checked out the High School Art Exhibition at the Crisp Museum on the River Campus yet, we encourage you to do so. The exhibition will remain on display through March 8; hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday...

Opinion Column Cardinals manager shares lessons in youth sports, life (02/22/15) Mike Matheny is set to begin his fourth season as the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. The young manager has a full plate this spring training as he looks to get the St. Louis Cardinals back to the NLCS for a fourth consecutive season. Hopefully a World Series title would follow...

Speak Out Speak Out 2/22/15 (02/22/15) ** Grateful reader; ** Taxes; ** Bad manners; ** Call Al Gore?; ** Driving ; ** Williams story; ** Don't text; ** Obama's rhetoric; ** Welfare test

Editorial Editorial: Old Town Cape honors Maurer, others at banquet (02/22/15) Jim Maurer took home two awards from the Old Town Cape annual banquet Thursday night. Maurer was among several recognized by the downtown group. He won both the Volunteer of the Year and Charles L. Hutson Visionary awards. Maurer is highly deserving of the accolades. ...

Opinion Column Reach out to those who struggle with addictions (02/20/15) A call that you never want to receive is that a relative has passed away. On Feb. 11, shortly after 10 p.m., that call came. The detective said to us that our son was found dead. Our son was a good man and well loved. Our son had his demons. He died from a heroin overdose. He suffered from a disease that isn't pretty. There are no walks or telethons for drug addiction or alcoholism, but these diseases are deadly and all around us...


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