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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As of (11/23/2014) at 02:01 AM

Deciphering the Dome drama There have been many rumors and much conjecture about the possibility the Rams may relocate from St. Louis to Los Angeles. Here's a primer on what we do know.

Michael Brown grand jury to reconvene Monday Grand jurors vote total and deliberation details must remain secret by law.

Unwrapping the season's new Christmas TV Movies and specials get an early start on making the holidays merry.

Young leaders emerging from Ferguson movement These are a few of the voices agitating for social change.

Look Back 250 • A long war, from Pearl Harbor to victory celebrations downtown From grim early months to eventual victory, St. Louisans coped, and chipped in for the war effort.

One year in, program seems to have cracked the code on filling jobs

Even with staggered sales, retailers preparing for busy Black Friday week

Blues edge Ottawa for first win on trip

New Emerson products aim for home energy efficiency as Google, Apple move on market Updated

Brown's mother joins protesters, urges peace; two arrested

Lead bullets still used by Missouri deer hunters despite health concerns

Woman fatally shot inside vehicle in St. Louis

Music review: Robertson leads all to a good time with 'Music You Know'

Call-A-Ride operator doesn't consider himself a hero after fire rescue Updated

Window washer falls 11 stories onto car in San Francisco

Missouri History Museum exhibitions celebrate immigrant experience New

Rams chat: Game Day with Gordo at 2 p.m. Updated

Tigers take down Tennessee, set up grand finale Updated

No decision from Michael Brown grand jury this weekend

State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed says gunman demanded her car but she refused


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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Political News
As of (11/23/2014) at 02:01 AM

With Ferguson decision looming, Holder issues new police guidance In video, U.S. attorney general calls for peaceful responses by police and protesters 

Lawyer identifies St. Louis officer who killed VonDerrit Myers Jr. Dead man's family lawyer raises concerns about biases reflected in officer's social media postings. 

Police refuse to waive security guard rules to meet Ferguson-fueled demand St. Louis County police have cut a process that took weeks to only three days.

Apartments offer shelter for chronically homeless in St. Louis But need is far greater than the $8.5 million Garfield Commons project can satisfy.

Missouri Republicans facing leadership challenge JEFFERSON CITY • On the surface, things look good for the Missouri Republican Party after winning commanding legislative majorities in the rec… POLITICAL NEWS Updated

Young leaders emerging from Ferguson movement

Look Back 250 • A long war, from Pearl Harbor to victory celebrations downtown

Calls for peace as St. Louis region prepares for grand jury announcement

St. Louis area members of Congress votes for Nov. 12-21

Commissioner Aldridge Jr. describes his role


St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (11/23/2014) at 02:01 AM

'I could have been Mike Brown'

One school district. One focus. One future: Unify St. Louis schools (Part II)

Opinion: Bringing attention to persistent injustice

Why the grand jury process can't be trusted in this case

'Pre-cog' governor tries to calm things down by declaring an emergency

Toward a single standard of police excellence

Time for Legislature to adopt a Ferguson Agenda

Messenger: Justice in Ferguson is about long-term change

Ferguson Commission skewed toward the 'haves'

Prejudice shows in conjecture over grand jury decision

Protesters disrupt traffic, suffer no consequences

Teach the importance of respecting grand jury process

Many make a decision without all the evidence

Archbishop Carlson wisely calls us to prayer

Police, paper blame the victim

Some more items to add to the Ferguson Agenda

Ferguson needs forgiveness

Archbishop is Johnny-come-lately in Ferguson

Can't secure peace through aggression, anarchy

St. Louis' response can send a message to the world


Kansas City Star
As of (11/23/2014) at 02:01 AM

Downtown businesses rail at Kansas City’s streetcar snarl During the holidays, businesses that hoped to attract new patrons are now trying just to retain their loyal clientele. They knew it would be inconvenient, but they say this is worse than the city originally described. The problem: Instead of just putting in streetcar track, like some other cities, Kansas City is also replacing water and sewer lines, most of them more than 100 years old. Special project: Tracking downtown Kansas City's revival

University of Missouri No. 19 Missouri survives battle with Tennessee 29-21, maintains SEC East lead Missouri stands one win from the chance at redemption in Atlanta. The 19th-ranked Tigers, who were shellacked by Auburn in the SEC Championship Game last season, dispatched Tennessee 29-21 on Saturday night at Neyland Stadium. The Tigers clinched at least a share of a second straight SEC East division crown but must beat Arkansas on Friday in Columbia to earn a return trip to the Georgia Dome for the conference title game. Photo gallery: Missouri 29, Tennessee 21 Videos: Highlights, analysis from Missouri's 29-21 win over Tennessee Missouri Notebook: Tigers' special teams weren't so special vs. Tennessee

Movie News & Reviews Comic actor Jason Sudeikis often plays a devil, but he’s all about home and family On screen, the Overland Park native has convinced friends to have an orgy, buddies to take a week off from marriage and neighbors to smuggle marijuana across the border. This week, he’ll try to convince his pals to kidnap someone in “Horrible Bosses 2.” But while Sudeikis’ bad influence is pervasive onscreen, he’s become noticeably more domestic in his personal life. Visual art review: Kate Gilmore's videos bring humorous approach to female struggle The Classical Beat: Guest conductor Bramwell Tovey to join KC Symphony for an otherworldly program Blues band Trampled Under Foot to give Kansas City a rousing farewell

Sam Mellinger How the Chiefs can beat Peyton Manning by being very good, not perfect Thankfully for the Chiefs, they are facing a different Broncos team than the one that beat them in September. Thankfully for the Chiefs, they are a different team than the one that lost in Denver. Perfection is not required to beat the Broncos. Very good, especially in the right ways and at the right times, can be enough. Vahe Gregorian: Chiefs' season remains to be defined Even when injured, Derrick Johnson still makes an impact for the Chiefs Chiefs' Ron Parker disagrees with pass interference call

Videos: Highlights, analysis from Missouri’s 29-21 win over Tennessee Sun 12:51 AM

No. 19 Missouri survives battle with Tennessee 29-21, maintains SEC East lead Sun 12:52 AM

Arkansas-Little Rock beats UMKC 73-68 Sat 7:35 PM

Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine rushes for NCAA record 427 yards in 44-7 win over Kansas Sat 9:52 PM

Hitmaker’s homecoming: Burt Bacharach’s many memorable melodies resound at Kauffman Center Sat 8:55 PM

Thousands pack Union Station to welcome the Christmas season Sun 12:13 AM

Thieves steal ATM from Walgreens in Roeland Park Sat 8:32 PM

Thanksgiving starts early at youth center in northeast Kansas City Sat 8:00 PM

Civic group: No Ferguson grand jury decision yet Sun 1:15 AM

Menorah patient says she also was sexually assaulted by a male nurse Sat 6:57 PM

Downtown businesses rail at Kansas City’s streetcar snarl Sat 7:15 PM

Woman who was raped, burned dies in Kansas Sat 3:43 PM

Prospective buyer finds dead body in closet during showing of house

In GQ interview, former Mizzou star Michael Sam says his brothers are `evil'

Chiefs sign Jason Avant to boost receiving corps

Yuck! Students show their distaste for school lunches with #thanksmichelleobama


Kansas City Star - Political News
As of (11/23/2014) at 02:01 AM

Downtown businesses rail at Kansas City’s streetcar snarl During the holidays, businesses that hoped to attract new patrons are now trying just to retain their loyal clientele. They knew it would be inconvenient, but they say this is worse than the city originally described. The problem: Instead of just putting in streetcar track, like some other cities, Kansas City is also replacing water and sewer lines, most of them more than 100 years old. Special project: Tracking downtown Kansas City's revival

National & International Biden announces new aid for Syrian refugees Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged from a nearly four-hour meeting Saturday, offering no indication that the U.S. and Turkey had bridged their differences about how to deal with Islamic State fighters or Syrian President Bashar Assad.

US releases 'forever prisoner' from Guantanamo to Saudis The U.S. military released to Saudi Arabia this week a captive who was held at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for a dozen years, was never charged with a crime but was categorized for a time as a "forever prisoner."

Kansas judge receives national honor for his work in promoting respect for all Steve Leben, a judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals, received the 2014 William H. Rehnquist Award for judicial excellence in Washington, D.C. He received the award for his efforts to promote procedural fairness in the courts.

Conservative Republicans cast a longer shadow over moderates in Johnson County The centrist bankers, lawyers and businessmen who once defined the county’s politics are giving way to younger, more socially oriented conservatives who now play the major role in determining the county’s approach to government.

Steve Kraske: Will Ferguson leave lasting scars on the Missouri Democratic Party? As the state and nation await word from a grand jury in the shooting of Michael Brown, some Democrats worry that the crisis there will cost the party votes for years to come.

National House sues Obama administration over ACA The U.S. House of Representatives sued the Obama administration in Washington federal court today over Obamacare, naming the Department of Health and Human Services and the Treasury as defendants.

Prospective buyer finds dead body in closet during showing of house

Yuck! Students show their distaste for school lunches with #thanksmichelleobama

Obama picks KC prosecutor for federal bench in Missouri Roseann Ketchmark, now a federal prosecutor, gets the nod for the federal bench. Obama picks KC prosecutor for federal bench in Missouri Roseann Ketchmark, now a federal prosecutor, gets the nod for the federal bench.

TheChat: Obama to go it alone on immigration And...a group of Sam Brownback critics vow to keep going just like the suffragists once did

Koster campaign committee moves to limit donations, political damage The Missouri attorney general imposes new restrictions on his fundraising efforts to “remove even the appearance of a conflict of interest.” The move follows a story in The New York Times that suggested he may have improperly helped donors.

Wyandotte County turnout was way, way, waaay down, and that was very, very bad for Democrats As Kansas Democrats continue to search for answers for their mid-term election thumping, more attention is turning to the Democratic stronghold of Wyandotte County

Pelosi picks up slab o’ ribs after Giants World Series victory House minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi picked up a slab or two of Gates on Tuesday, apparently the payoff for a bet on the World Series.

National Boehner: ‘We will not stand idle’ on immigration House Speaker John Boehner said Friday that President Barack Obama was “damaging the presidency” with his unilateral action on immigration. He said the Republican-run House will not stand by, but gave no hint of what the response would be.

Senate hearing on air bags draws apologies from Japanese company and U.S automakers Senior executives for Takata, Chrysler Group and Honda North America said they were deeply sorry about deaths and injuries caused by exploding air bags. But, speaking at a tense hearing before a Senate committee, they stopped short of endorsing a nationwide recall despite heavy pressure from lawmakers.

KC students walk out of Gov. Jay Nixon’s speech in apparent protest of Ferguson shooting A dozen students at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy stood and raised their hands during the speech. The students walked out of the speech shortly after it began. Asked about the incident later, Nixon said he understood the students’ concerns. Nixon was at Lincoln to recognize its status as a National Blue Ribbon School.

Obama picks KC prosecutor for federal bench in Missouri Roseann Ketchmark, now a federal prosecutor, gets the nod for the federal bench.

Health & Fitness Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.

Entertainment Obama to announce immigration action Thursday In a broad test of his executive powers, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday he will sidestep Congress and order his own federal action on immigration — in measures that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people illegally in the U.S. and set up one of the most pitched partisan confrontations of his presidency.


Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (11/23/2014) at 02:01 AM

A downtown baseball park is a looong way in the future Building a baseball ballpark in downtown Kansas City is a wonderfully provocative idea. But the project is not going to happen anytime soon given the facts that Kauffman Stadium was only recently remodeled and the Royals have a lease to play there 17 more years.

Even without the Keystone XL pipeline, the U.S. oil industry is thriving While supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline offer tantalizing promises of using the pipeline to create more jobs in America, detractors claim it would be an environmental nightmare. Meanwhile, an unexpectedly positive reality has been emerging for U.S. energy markets. The most significant change has occurred in the world of petroleum.

Congress should extend a tax credit to boost renewable wind power In their lame-duck session, lawmakers need to take action crucial to the growth of clean wind energy in gusty states such as Kansas and other parts of the country.

Attorney General Chris Koster ups Missouri’s ethics ante It shouldn’t have required embarrassing media coverage to do the right thing, but Koster’s new rules raise the needle on Missouri’s ethical barometer, even if he’s the only one so far who has to follow them.

Michael Brooks should depart from the Kansas City Council as soon as possible How Michael Brooks leaves the council is not yet certain. He could resign, get defeated at the polls in 2015 or not run for re-election. However it happens, there are compelling reasons for Brooks to leave public office quickly.

The enduring reach of hatred claims victims in Jerusalem and the Kansas City region The murders of Jews in Jerusalem and Johnson County, though very different in motive, reflect the tragic inclination of people and political movements to target people because of race and ethnicity.

Here’s one possible fix for Kansas City’s Kemper Arena, offered by its original architect Helmut Jahn, the original design architect for Kemper Arena, had a thought about the facility and sketched a concept that could downsize the seating bowl.

Brownback administration can’t sugarcoat Kansas poverty count Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration has often been fact-challenged. So its claim just before Election Day that poverty in Kansas had dropped by more than 2 percent attracted notice.

Costly renovated Kansas City police headquarters should serve public well Taxpayers spent far more than initially expected to extensively renovate the Police Department’s Headquarters in downtown Kansas City. So far, the results appear to be a building that will serve the public well and improve working conditions for the police.

The Monday Poll: What’s next for Obamacare? As the Affordable Care Act begins its second year of enrollment in the insurance exchanges, the Monday Poll would like to know what you’re thinking about President Barack Obama’s health care law right now. Should it be scrapped? Could the new GOP-controlled Congress do better?

Pluses of the Affordable Care Act mount, but so do attacks The Affordable Care Act has enabled about 20 million Americans to gain health insurance. It has established incentives that have improved patient outcomes and helped slow inflation in health care costs. But as enrollment gets started for the second year, President Barack Obama’s signature health care act remains under attack on multiple fronts.

Climate change deal with China will cut pollution and protect health President Barack Obama deserves great credit for brokering a breakthrough deal with China to slash future greenhouse gas emissions. Polls consistently show that a large majority of Americans want to make it possible for people to breathe cleaner air in the future — even if it means slapping stricter pollution controls on U.S. industries, such as coal-fired power plants in Kansas and Missouri.

Good for KC Council members, who hit pause on Kemper demolition and seek new options Perhaps the American Royal Association should not have the final say on whether to demolish Kemper Arena, an underused but architecturally important, city-owned landmark. That was the implication of Kansas City Council members, who have asked for a request for proposals for envisioning a new life for Kemper.

President Obama’s bold immigration plan will boost America’s future As Republicans continue their tiresome attack on immigration reform, President Barack Obama commendably is getting ready to put in place a more humane and more forward-looking policy for this country.

Police and protesters must restrain ‘bad actors’ in Ferguson There is a lot of work to be done in Ferguson, and in America. Overreaction on the part of either police or protesters will only make the job harder.

Despite what Sen. Pat Roberts says, Kansas farmers enjoy plenty of perks Farmers in Kansas had a good thing going even before Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature freed them from paying state income taxes.

Big questions loom for the American Royal plan The Kansas City Council must take the time necessary to decide whether the American Royal’s plan for the West Bottoms, including the demolition of Kemper Arena, is right for the city and taxpayers.

After Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cut fiasco, Kansans must brace for public service reductions An ugly, dark cloud just blotted out the sun that Gov. Sam Brownback so often cheerfully claims is shining in Kansas. Welcome to the world where reality trumps campaign metaphors. According to new estimates released Monday, state officials face the daunting challenge of having to slash the current and next year’s budget by more than $700 million.

The Monday Poll: Your take on post-election issues in Missouri and Kansas We asked for your reaction to various issues related to last week’s elections. Here are the results of our unscientific survey, based on more than 300 responses.

Big subsidy for Cerner could pay off for KC, too Cerner Corp. — and taxpayers — are investing a lot of money in the company’s huge, ambitious expansion in south Kansas City. As the fast-growing health care information technology company builds out its $4.45 billion Trails Campus, City Hall in the years ahead must ensure that Cerner properly uses the $1.75 billion in public subsidies the project could enjoy.


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The Independence Examiner
As of (11/23/2014) at 02:01 AM

Branching Out: Tracing Family Roots Updated at 10:26 PM It's simpler than ever to trace your family roots—and discover your true self. --

Healthy Holiday Potatoes, Three Ways Updated at 10:26 PM These three lightened-up holiday potato sides save on calories and fat without sacrificing flavor.

Why No One Should Be Surprised By the Bill Cosby Rape Allegations: A Timeline of His Bad Behavior Posted at 6:05 PM While companies rush to cut ties with

Friday news dump: GOP-led panel debunks Benghazi conspiracy theories Posted at 5:10 PM False

The 13 Best Custom iPhones Money Can Buy (AAPL) Posted at 8:01 PM False

My Hometown Blogathon : Defiance, Ohio Updated at 3:43 PM Let’s Go to the Movies decided to host her very first blogathon and the rules weren’t too difficult to follow:  one could write about films set...

Senior pets are worth a little extra care Posted at 3:39 PM By Gisele GambleSpecial to The ExaminerNovember is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Animals Best Friends has several senior animals that are looking for forever homes. The age range that defines a senior pet is from ages 8...

Tragedy: Paul Ryan, the erstwhile Janesville genius, is suffering from acute amnesia Updated at 2:59 PM False

Days gone by Posted at 2:28 PM 50 YEARS AGOThe following items were taken from Nov. 15 through 21, 1964, Examiner.-- Independence has had a 50 percent increase in traffic accidents to date this year compared to the same period...

Microsoft: Compared To Apple And Yahoo, We Are NOT Overpaying Our New CEO (MSFT) Posted at 3:31 PM False Ken Garten: Probate has gotten an unfair reputation Posted Nov 22, 2014 at 1:55 PM When discussing estate planning goals with a new client, a common statement that I hear is “I want to avoid probate.”And why is that? I often ask.“Well, I hear that probate is expensive, time consuming, and... NEXT 10  »


The Independence Examiner - Editorials
As of (11/23/2014) at 02:01 AM

Branching Out: Tracing Family Roots Updated at 10:26 PM It's simpler than ever to trace your family roots—and discover your true self. --

Healthy Holiday Potatoes, Three Ways Updated at 10:26 PM These three lightened-up holiday potato sides save on calories and fat without sacrificing flavor.

Why No One Should Be Surprised By the Bill Cosby Rape Allegations: A Timeline of His Bad Behavior Posted at 6:05 PM While companies rush to cut ties with

Friday news dump: GOP-led panel debunks Benghazi conspiracy theories Posted at 5:10 PM

The 13 Best Custom iPhones Money Can Buy (AAPL) Posted at 8:01 PM

My Hometown Blogathon : Defiance, Ohio Updated at 3:43 PM Let’s Go to the Movies decided to host her very first blogathon and the rules weren’t too difficult to follow:  one could write about films set...

Senior pets are worth a little extra care Posted at 3:39 PM By Gisele GambleSpecial to The ExaminerNovember is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Animals Best Friends has several senior animals that are looking for forever homes. The age range that defines a senior pet is from ages 8...

Tragedy: Paul Ryan, the erstwhile Janesville genius, is suffering from acute amnesia Updated at 2:59 PM

Days gone by Posted at 2:28 PM 50 YEARS AGOThe following items were taken from Nov. 15 through 21, 1964, Examiner.-- Independence has had a 50 percent increase in traffic accidents to date this year compared to the same period...

Microsoft: Compared To Apple And Yahoo, We Are NOT Overpaying Our New CEO (MSFT) Posted at 3:31 PM Ken Garten: Probate has gotten an unfair reputation Posted Nov 22, 2014 at 1:55 PM When discussing estate planning goals with a new client, a common statement that I hear is “I want to avoid probate.”And why is that? I often ask.“Well, I hear that probate is expensive, time consuming, and... NEXT 10  »


Columbia Daily Tribune
As of (11/23/2014) at 02:03 AM

City to end contracts for bus service to complexes Starting next year, Columbia Transit will end its practice of negotiating contracts with south Columbia apartment complexes to provide students with city bus service to the University of Missouri campus, citing reduced bus service to the complexes because of recent...

Mayor proposes using more cash reserves for pensions Facing questions about the amount of unassigned cash the city keeps in its general fund, Mayor Bob McDavid has proposed using most of the reserve to pay down pension debt and hire additional police officers and firefighters.

Airport eyes third destination city While the city of Columbia holds talks with American Airlines about adding a third destination city for Columbia Regional Airport, officials are making few details about the negotiations public. But a market analysis presented to the city contains a possible...

MU student government hopes to change religious observance policy A series of anecdotes and personal experiences motivated University of Missouri student Thalia Sass to reach out to the student government about the school's religious observance policy.

MU's graduate student council boosts national involvement efforts The University of Missouri graduate and professional students made 285 calls during National Call Congress Day, with 269 calls going to one of Missouri's U.S. senators or congressional representatives.

City, county offices closed for Thanksgiving next week On Nov. 27, city of Columbia and Boone County government offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday and several services will be interrupted.

Crayton's program needs turkey donations The “Everybody Eats” distribution of turkeys, in honor of the late Almeta Crayton, a former First Ward Councilwoman, is around 280 turkeys short of matching the number of families that applied for a free turkey.

City of Columbia unassigned general fund cash reserves The city is required to keep its unassigned general fund cash reserves at or above 20 percent of expenditures for a given year, but has managed to stay above that goal

Conyers, students celebrate Battle's historic night Aaron Henry transferred from Hickman High School to brand-new Battle High his junior year. Now he's part of Battle's first senior class and taking full advantage of it.

CVS making new design plans for proposed store at Broadway and Providence CVS is adjusting its plans for a store at the southeast corner of the intersection of Broadway and Providence Road to adhere to recently-approved restrictions for buildings on C-2 commercial lots.

Grand jury indicts Moniteau County prosecutor for crash into building A grand jury returned a five-count indictment Friday against the Moniteau County prosecutor who backed his truck into a glass-block window at a downtown Columbia restaurant Oct. 25, sending debris flying that injured four people.

Rock Bridge Elementary students take part in release of hawks, owl Two red-tailed hawks and a great horned owl on Friday wowed students at Rock Bridge Elementary School both before and after the birds were set free.

At REDI conference Boone County leaders discuss economic growing pains It is a problem other cities might envy.

Raymore man sentenced for indecent exposure A 48-year-old Raymore man was sentenced to four years in prison Friday in Boone County Circuit Court for two counts of attempted sexual misconduct involving a child by indecent exposure for incidents in 2012.

Lee Elementary students mark Children's Grief Awareness Day Students at Lee Elementary School on Thursday focused on grief.

Local effects of Obama immigration order not yet known President Barack Obama's announcement Thursday of his plans to use executive action to shield about 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation might be welcome news for some residents of Columbia, a diverse city for its size and location.

MU Health to no longer hire nicotine users University of Missouri Health Care announced Thursday that it won't hire nicotine users and will test prospective employees for the drug starting Jan. 1.

Faculty Council tackles concerns about tenure, academic freedom and sexual violence policies Some University of Missouri faculty members are worried that new policies meant to combat sexual violence and discrimination could hamper academic freedom and how the rules will address accusations against faculty.

150 Years Ago: Woman sitting on stolen shirts claims she 'did not intend to conceal' them FULTON -- Susan Cauley admitted in testimony to military authorities that she was caught sitting on two stolen government shirts when soldiers searched her home in October.

Missouri goes big-game Hunt-ing Missouri defensive line specializes in disruption Tigers hoping for continued growth during time in Maui A look at the Maui Invitational field Top Missouri News Top U.S. News More U.S. News Top Political News More Political News Top World News More World News More AP News Science News Entertainment News Strange News Online Features MU Salary Database


Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (11/23/2014) at 02:05 AM

Obamacare lawsuit In their never-ending attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act, opponents have found another way to pick at the law in court. Seizing on language in the law that says federal insurance tax credits are available to people who live...

Ferguson Every day we see new reports of warlike preparation for violence in Ferguson -- and beyond, as the virus spreads across the nation.

School redistricting Columbia school board members and their committee advisers would rather don hair shirts than face another redistricting challenge, but here they are again, this time dealing with the shuffle soon to be necessary when a new elementary school is built...

Keystone XL If you don't think politics often trump science and other rational considerations, please notice the hi-jinks surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline decision.

Zoning The long-awaited report of consultants hired by the city to review downtown zoning rules was presented at a public meeting Thursday at City Hall.

Plastic bags At first blush, the very idea of banning single-use plastic bags at the grocery store seems preposterous to us bucolic country types, but on second or third thought our increasingly urbanized innards can see the point, setting up a debate...

How to die We are hearing more these days about “death with dignity,” which is a dignified way of saying it makes sense to breathe our last in the most painless and pleasant way possible under terms we control.

Infrastructure Although I disagreed mightily with his method, give credit to Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala for thinking hard and working tirelessly for his trip generation plan to levy fees on new development to pay for transportation improvements.

That irksome ichthus Years ago the Christian symbol of the fish displayed on county public property raised no hackles. In 1992, the so-called ichthus was placed on a memorial in Courthouse Plaza honoring Boone County's Gulf War veterans.

`Ban the box' What began as a simple-sounding idea proposed by the Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence has become a larger issue evoking mixed reactions from the business community and others.

Restoration A new way of administering discipline at Columbia Public Schools makes sense. Instead of kicking offenders out of school, officials are developing a system built around “restorative practices.”

Thinking big Our Columbia-Boone County area has an extremely valuable asset ready for exploitation -- the fairground, now called the Central Missouri Events Center.

Knoxville I was interested to read the report Sunday from our colleague and company President Andy Waters of his fact-finding trip to Knoxville, Tenn., with a contingent of Columbia civic leaders.

The 47th By all accounts Rep. John Wright had about as encouraging a first term as possible. In the overwhelmingly Republican House of Representatives, Democrat Wright became the champion of early education and ethics reform, two areas that should appeal across the...

Contradictions On the same day voters all over America put Republicans in political office, public sentiment furthered the cause of several issues anathema to regular Republican orthodoxy.

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (11/23/2014) at 02:06 AM

You can make a difference The problem with fighting hunger is the task is so large, it's hard to know where to start.

`Shop local' comes with added benefits It should come as no surprise a local newspaper would want to see local retailers thrive and prosper.

Keep local attorneys in charge Changes in our legal system should come with good rationale; one proposed in the wake of the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting does not.

We all need a coat to fend off winter The good news of this season is our community and region routinely respond generously to appeals for charitable donations.

Senator has seen enough When the day comes again that Congress is respected for what it accomplishes through bipartisan agreement, perhaps Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill will receive some of the credit.

Failure to preserve peace would be irresponsible It's disappointing a national civil rights leader has a problem with responsible efforts in Missouri to keep the peace.

PSC rule protects vulnerable The Cold Weather Rule in Missouri has been on the books since the late 1970s, and for more than 35 years it has served to protect the welfare of some of the state's most vulnerable residents.

Region rallies to boost river corridor's future The Missouri River still connects us.

Safety knows no season "Learn to share the road.”

Startups get boost at MWSU Just like when starting a new business, hanging a nameplate - "Center for Entrepreneurship” - is the easy part for a new university outreach that aspires to make a difference in the community and region.

Postal service at risk? Postal workers have a vested interest in keeping the U.S. Postal Service on its feet. The rest of us just want timely, reliable letter and parcel deliveries at a reasonable cost.

Grain Belt Express hits a rough spot The problem for promoters of a high-voltage power line across Missouri is many people have trouble seeing the benefit for the state.

VA gets priorities straight Robert McDonald, head of Veterans Affairs since this summer, participated in a revealing press conference with Washington-based reporters eager to know what the former corporate executive understood about the deep problems unearthed at VA hospitals.

In St. Joe, holidays start with giving Every community has its holiday traditions, and St. Joseph's are among the best.

Threat to deer Persists Missouri's firearm deer season begins Saturday. This annual experience is an important one for the state's many hunters, but a disease raises a continuing concern.

Dog park appeals to pets and owners St. Joseph is a community that values animals and all they bring to our lives.

Let's revitalize program for replacing sidewalks Few programs offered by the city of St. Joseph do as much good for the community as the one that helps people replace sidewalks that have fallen into disrepair.

Learn from tragedy So many facts about fires deserve a response, and yet tragedy continues to visit our region and others around the country.

Musser move a must to clear air at district The St. Joseph Board of Education does nothing on the substantial issues these days without a bit of mystery, and so some will wonder if anyone from the board or in the administrative ranks consulted a calendar when opting to bring back Beau Musser as chief financial officer of the district.

Choices vital in elections Before this election passes, we should all take a moment to thank those who gave us a choice.


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The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (11/23/2014) at 02:07 AM

Obama should use term 'invasion' over Ukraine Posted: November 22, 2014 It's time for President Obama to start using the I-word when referring to Russia's assault on Ukraine. I mean invasion.

Other views: Tech must lead privacy fight Posted: November 22, 2014 The Senate charade this week allowing the National Security Agency to continue spying on Americans' phone records would be laughable if it didn't have such dangerous implications for both the tech industry and consumer privacy.

Give thanks for animals this holiday season Posted: November 22, 2014 Most of us share our homes with animals, so we know that they provide us with companionship, teach us how to love unconditionally and help us enjoy the outdoors and get more exercise.

Letters to the editor Posted: November 21, 2014 Reaping what's sown 

Other views: Death with dignity Posted: November 21, 2014 We are hearing more these days about “death with dignity,” which is a dignified way of saying it makes sense to breathe our last in the most painless and pleasant way possible under terms we control.

Our View: Turn empty bowls into full ones Posted: November 20, 2014 One look at the Missouri Hunger Atlas, a county-by-county examination of  poverty and food uncertainty, shows there's no question that there are far too many people in Southwest Missouri who likely go without meals.

Caroline H. Little: Millennials engaged in the news Posted: November 20, 2014 It has become a never-ending quest to define millennials. Those between the age of 18 and 34 are often portrayed as a self-absorbed, narcissistic generation obsessed with technology.

Our View: 'This angel wears lipstick' Posted: November 19, 2014 Monica Webb is remembered this week two years after her shooting death at the hands of an abusive estranged husband.

Geoff Caldwell: Give the Associated Press a mirror Posted: November 19, 2014 This past Saturday, The Joplin Globe reprinted a Seattle Times editorial that broke the irony meter. Titled “FBI harms free press,” it recoils in horror that seven years ago an FBI agent posed as an Associated Press reporter to catch a teenager making bomb threats.

Our View: A decade too long Posted: November 18, 2014 A Jasper County voter who is blind has waited 10 years to vote independently. But faulty equipment keeps him from casting his own vote.

Your View: Letters to the Editor Posted: November 18, 2014 Core?

Other Views: Don't ignore climate change Posted: November 17, 2014 Opponents of strong and necessary action on climate change like to say that it doesn't matter what we do because China is spewing greenhouse gases like there's no tomorrow.

The dream of American isolation Posted: November 17, 2014 Call it the Case of the Not So Innocent Bystander, for how can anyone who witnesses evil but does nothing to stop it be called innocent? To quote an observation attributed to that great British statesman Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

OUR VIEW: It's time for Republicans to lead Posted: November 16, 2014 It doesn't seem possible, but the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is almost five years old. It was passed by the House in November 2009, the Senate the following January and became law in March of 2010. Since then, Republicans have voted more than 50 times to kill it. Each of those attempts has been unsuccessful.

GEORGE WILL: 2011 book sheds light on mass murderer's warped idealism Posted: November 16, 2014 Western reflection about human nature and the politics of the human condition began with the sunburst of ancient Greece 2,500 years ago, but lurched into a new phase 70 years ago with the liberation of the Nazi extermination camps. The Holocaust is the dark sun into which humanity should stare, lest troubling lessons be lost through an intellectual shrug about "the unfathomable."

The Stupid Virus and smart economist Posted: November 15, 2014 Americans for generations have wondered why our politicians treat us as if we're stupid.

Our View: Forward on oil pipeline Posted: November 14, 2014 Republicans now hope to use their newfound political clout to force the president's hand on the Keystone XL pipeline, pressuring him to approve the project that will carry petroleum through the Midwest from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Wageless recovery remains key issue for voters Posted: November 14, 2014 The president blames himself for the Democrats' big losses on Election Day.

Carol Stark: Child of the '70s learns to love the classics Posted: November 13, 2014 Is it possible that there is music beyond James Taylor, Aerosmith and Lynard Skynard? Find out how to broad your musical horizons

Our View: Language of space Posted: November 12, 2014 Sometime later this morning — if all goes well — humanity crosses another frontier in space.


The Jefferson City News Tribune
As of (11/23/2014) at 02:07 AM

Perspective: Thanksgiving reflections - When individuals are asked what they are most thankful for at Thanksgiving time, they usually mention good health, family, and loved ones.

Southern states look to regional 2016 primary - On the gridiron, it takes a team to win, and some elected officials around the South are looking to band together rather than brawl over the 2016 presidential primaries.

Kerry says gaps remain in talks about Iran's nukes - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is warning of "serious gaps" in the talks about a nuclear deal with Iran, and if major differences persist the possibility of extending past Monday's deadline is seeming more likely.

Driftwood Outdoors: Thankful for grandmother's love of fishing - Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Family, friends, food, football, my old hometown, sleeping in the afternoon, wood fires after hunting and much more make these four days each November a slice of life I look forward to all year long.

Somalia's al-Shabab kills 28 non-Muslims in Kenya - One gunman shot from the right, one from the left, each killing the non-Muslims lying in a line on the ground, growing closer and closer to Douglas Ochwodho, who was in the middle.

37 homes collapse, dozens injured in Japan quake - Helicopter surveys on Sunday showed more extensive damage than earlier thought from an overnight earthquake in the mountainous central Japan area that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Activist group: US-led Syria strikes kill over 900 - A prominent Syrian activist group monitoring its civil war says U.S.-led airstrikes in the country have killed over 900 people since September, many fighters of the militant Islamic State group, though some civilians as well.

Cops: Naked suspect assaults man, 84, at airport - A naked man fell through the ceiling of a women's bathroom at Logan Airport on Saturday, then ran out of the restroom and viciously assaulted an elderly man while he was still in the buff and bleeding, before being arrested, state police said.

Bighorn sheep dies after escaping from LA Zoo - A bighorn sheep escaped from the Los Angeles Zoo on Saturday and died after being struck by a driver who fled the scene, authorities said.

Saturday's NBA Capsules Games played on Nov. 22, 2014 - NBA ROUNDUP: Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, Amare Stoudemire added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the New York Knicks dropped the Philadelphia 76ers to 0-13 with a 91-83 victory on Saturday night.

Infant chimpanzee dies at the Kansas City Zoo - An infant chimpanzee named in honor of the American League champion Royals has died at the Kansas City Zoo.

Saturday's NHL Capsules Games played on Nov. 22, 2014 - NHL ROUNDUP: Anders Lee scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves, and the New York Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Saturday night to sweep a home-and-home series.

No. 19 Missouri outlasts Tennessee 29-21 - Maty Mauk threw a pair of touchdown passes and Marcus Murphy ran for two scores Saturday night as No. 19 Missouri defeated Tennessee 29-21 to maintain control of the SEC East race.

Family of NYC man killed by police seeks answers - Stunned relatives of an unarmed man killed by a rookie police officer in a dark public housing stairwell looked on as the Rev. Al Sharpton and public officials demanded a full investigation Saturday into what law enforcement officials have termed an apparent accident.

Saturday's Top 25 College Football Capsules Games played on Nov. 22, 2014 - COLLEGE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Jameis Winston drove top-ranked Florida State 66 yards to put Roberto Aguayo in position for a 26-yard field goal with 3 seconds remaining, and the Seminoles remained perfect with a 20-17 victory over Boston College on Saturday.

Saturday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules Games played on Nov. 22, 2014 - COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Kennedy Meeks had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Justin Jackson added 18 points and No. 6 North Carolina defeated Davidson 90-72 on Saturday to remain unbeaten.

Texas Tech beats Missouri State 80-68 - Devaugntah Williams scored 18 points to lead Texas Tech to an 80-68 home win Saturday night against Missouri State.

Protesters march, chant in Ferguson - Several dozen protesters have been marching in Ferguson as the community awaits a decision from a grand jury considering whether to indict the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Official: Man who killed deputy had made threats - A man who had made previous threats against police set his house on fire Saturday and ambushed the first sheriff's deputy who responded, fatally shooting the deputy and wounding another before he was killed by a police officer who lives nearby, a law enforcement official said.

Arkansas defense shuts down Ole Miss in 30-0 win - Arkansas officials lowered the goal posts in anticipation of a second straight week of onrushing fans. The rain-soaked Razorbacks faithful stayed in the bleachers this time, though the celebration in Fayetteville was every bit as emphatic as a week ago.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - State News
As of (11/23/2014) at 02:07 AM

Infant chimpanzee dies at the Kansas City Zoo - An infant chimpanzee named in honor of the American League champion Royals has died at the Kansas City Zoo.

Protesters march, chant in Ferguson - Several dozen protesters have been marching in Ferguson as the community awaits a decision from a grand jury considering whether to indict the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Former firefighter gets 20 years for arson - A one-time firefighter has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after admitting that he set three fires.

Body of missing man found; acquaintance charged - The body of an eastern Missouri man missing since Tuesday has been recovered, and an acquaintance is accused of killing him.

Civic group: No Ferguson grand jury decision yet - Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.

Draper urges more voter education about judges - Missouri voters need to know more about the judges they vote on, Supreme Court Judge George Draper III said Friday - and the Missouri Bar should be involved in that education effort.

Missouri Republicans facing leadership challenge - On the surface, things look good for the Missouri Republican Party after winning commanding legislative majorities in the recent elections. But an internal battle is brewing over the party's leadership because of concerns about lackluster fundraising heading into the 2016 elections.

Things to know about immigration in Missouri - President Barack Obama's sweeping changes to U.S. immigration policies got a swift reaction from lawmakers and activists in Missouri, where the changes could apply to roughly 20,000 immigrants who are currently living illegally in the state.

Official: Ferguson grand jury still meeting - Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But it was unclear whether the panel was still at work or when it would render a decision.

Obama to Ferguson: 'Keep protests peaceful' - President Barack Obama says his message to the people of Ferguson, Missouri, as they await a grand jury's decision in this summer's fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man is to "keep protests peaceful."

Columbia police: Explosive bomb found in car trunk - Columbia police say a 50-year-old man is being held in a secure facility after an explosive device was found in a car trunk during a domestic dispute.

Judge: Missouri police can't stop media recordings - A federal judge has issued court orders that prevent Missouri police from stopping media and others from recording officers.

Police, protesters announce pact for Ferguson - St. Louis-area and state officials have announced a "rules of engagement" agreement between police and roughly 50 protest groups in anticipation of the Ferguson grand jury announcement.

Flights resume at Springfield, Missouri, airport - Investigators have determined that a suspicious package found inside luggage that prompted a shutdown at a southwest Missouri airport did not contain an explosive device.

Things to know about immigration in Missouri - President Barack Obama's sweeping changes to U.S. immigration policies got a swift reaction from lawmakers and activists in Missouri, where the changes could apply to roughly 20,000 immigrants who are currently living illegally in the state.

Missouri Republicans facing leadership challenge - A battle is brewing over the leadership of the Missouri Republican Party as it looks toward a 2016 election in which nearly all of the state's offices will be on the ballot.

Schweich weighing running for governor - Fresh off his re-election, Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich confirmed Thursday that he is considering a bid for governor in 2016 and touted an encouraging letter from supporters as “a powerful incentive to go forward" with a campaign.

St. Louis region prepares for Ferguson decision - The St. Louis region is on edge in anticipation of an announcement from the grand jury that is weighing whether to charge police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

University health system won't hire tobacco users - The University of Missouri Health Care system is snuffing out tobacco users as future employees. MU Health Care CEO Mitch Wasden called the move an effort to "lead by example."

Papal official tempers point about accused bishops - The head of Pope Francis' commission to fight clerical sex abuse is tempering his remarks about accountability for bishops accused of covering up for abusive priests, saying they deserve a fair hearing, too.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Local News
As of (11/23/2014) at 02:07 AM

Jefferson City firefighters train in the trenches - Twenty-five Jefferson City firefighters spent part of their Friday morning training for trench rescue situations at the department's Hyde Park Training Facility.

Search continues for missing Freeburg dinosaur - The search for the mascot of an Osage County business continues.

Public help needed to identify theft locations Charges filed against suspect in Callaway County package thefts - Investigators are continuing to recover packages they believe were stolen by a suspect caught on video stealing from a home in Callaway County, but they need more help from the public.

USS Jefferson City to dock at new home in Pearl Harbor - The USS Jefferson City submarine is scheduled to be at its new home base of Pearl Harbor sometime early next week.

Probation granted after June vandalism - A Jefferson City woman charged in connection with vandalism at Countryside Park in Taos in June was placed on five years supervised probation.

JC woman charged with stealing from employer - A Jefferson City woman has been charged with stealing $6,500 from her employer.

Draper urges more voter education about judges - Missouri voters need to know more about the judges they vote on, Supreme Court Judge George Draper III said Friday - and the Missouri Bar should be involved in that education effort.

JC man jailed after tampering with utility - A Jefferson City man has been charged with tampering with the service of a utility.

Public can learn about marketplace health plans today Insurance coalition coaches Capital City - Federally qualified health centers throughout Missouri are offering educational courses for registration in open enrollment for the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace today.

Three charged after theft, car chase - Formal charges have been filed against three St. Louis women after a theft Wednesday from a Jefferson City business and a car chase with authorities.

Missouri Republicans facing leadership challenge - On the surface, things look good for the Missouri Republican Party after winning commanding legislative majorities in the recent elections. But an internal battle is brewing over the party's leadership because of concerns about lackluster fundraising heading into the 2016 elections.

Things to know about immigration in Missouri - President Barack Obama's sweeping changes to U.S. immigration policies got a swift reaction from lawmakers and activists in Missouri, where the changes could apply to roughly 20,000 immigrants who are currently living illegally in the state.

Seven injured in multiple, minor crashes - Four men were injured in a two-vehicle accident at 11:10 a.m. Thursday on Missouri 68 north of St. James in Maries County.

Columbia police: Explosive bomb found in car trunk - Columbia police say a 50-year-old man is being held in a secure facility after an explosive device was found in a car trunk during a domestic dispute.

Moniteau County prosecutor indicted - The Boone County Grand Jury indicted Moniteau County Prosecutor Shayne Healea on five charges involved an accident in Columbia in October.

Iberia man sentenced to life in prison for 2013 murder - An Iberia man charged with first degree murder in the killing of his 13-year-old step-niece in late June 2013 pled guilty to the crime, Friday, and was sentenced to life in prison without eligibility of probation or parole

1 charge dismissed in missing man case - The investigation into the murder of a Jefferson City man is continuing, but a charge against a man authorities believed may have been involved in the crime has been dismissed.

Helias honors grandparents' love, generosity - More than 1,000 people enjoyed a classic Thanksgiving feast at Helias Catholic High School's sixth annual Grandparents' Day on Thursday.

SSM St. Mary's chief operating officer leaving - The executive vice president and chief operating officer of SSM St. Mary's Hospital has accepted a new position as president of the CHI St. Vincent hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas, according to a release from St. Vincent.

Schreiber announces intent to run for 5th Ward - Mark Schreiber has announced his intention to run for the 5th Ward seat on the Jefferson City Council.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (11/23/2014) at 02:07 AM

Perspective: Thanksgiving reflections - When individuals are asked what they are most thankful for at Thanksgiving time, they usually mention good health, family, and loved ones.

Our Opinion: Seasonal crimes call for precautions News Tribune editorial - Jefferson City police have issued a seasonal crime prevention reminder in the wake of a recent incident.

Perspective: Giving thanks - Thanksgiving is not only a day to celebrate with loved ones but also a reminder for all of our good fortunes.

Our Opinion: Bonds reflect commitment to mental health - Issuing bonds to build a new Fulton State Hospital is a welcome sign.

Your Opinion: Government tricks squelch opposition - This letter is in reference to the AP article published Nov. 14 in the News Tribune “Trooper ambush suspect charged with terrorism."

Our Opinion: Relocation inspires shared vision - “Location, location, location" is a mantra in the real estate industry.

Your Opinion: A season to support charities - Each year before Halloween is even over, the “merchandising" begins in the guise of Christmas giving.

Your Opinion: Obamacare 'architect' cites voter 'stupidity' - Most of you probably remember Nancy Pelosi's statement on Obamacare, “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy."

Our Opinion: Assist search for new school superintendent - If you were hiring a new Jefferson City School District superintendent, what qualities would you prioritize?

Your Opinion: Bombarded with lack of ethics - There doesn't appear to be a code of ethics for so many people anymore.

Your Opinion: Flags at half staff on Veterans Day - Another Veterans Day has come and gone.

Our Opinion: Extending a program for veterans locally and nationally - In connection with last week's observance of Veterans Day, we were pleased the national program, “Justice for Vets," reinforced our support for veterans courts, including the new one to be established in Cole County.

Your Opinion: Council's closed session on sewer line questioned - As the parents a of future Special Olympics athlete, and as residents of Jefferson City, we applaud the efforts being made to win the “Training for Life" site, here, over another in Columbia.

Your Opinion: Missourians, not courts, should decide gay marriage - It seems that since 30 states have made gay marriages legal, our state should be one of “inclusion not exclusion."If we were told to jump over a cliff (and isn't that what we've been told) would we go jump?

Your Opinion: Voters elected Republicans to stop Obama, Democratics - Well it happened, the usual Democrat suspects are quiet. Wonder why? Ha Ha.


The Southeast Missourian
As of (11/23/2014) at 02:08 AM

Local veterans interviewed for historical recordings (11/23/14) Volunteers from the Missouri Veterans History Project recorded interviews Friday with two local service members, Homer...

Rep. Smith appointed to House Ways and Means Committee (11/23/14) 12 Missouri's 8th District Representative Jason Smith was named to the House Ways and Means Committee today. Smith,...

Sikeston couple films pilot for reality TV (11/23/14) SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sarah and Ty Ferrell stand next to a circular saw, ready to film a scene for their do-it-yourself...

Basics of geocaching taught at nature center (11/23/14) People gathered Saturday at the Cape Girardeau Nature Conservation Center to learn how to hunt for treasure and leave...

Crites-Leoni given Women of Achievement Award (11/23/14) More than 450 people attended the 10th annual Zonta Club Women of Achievement Celebration and Luncheon on Friday at...

Federal court document alludes to video evidence in murder case (11/21/14) A document filed recently in federal court suggests video evidence may exist against a Bonne Terre, Missouri, man accused of killing Cape Girardeau tattoo artist Samuel "Tick" Francis. Melvin Scherrer, 50, faces state charges of first-degree murder and four other felonies in connection with the death of Francis, 38, whose body was found July 25, 2013, in a septic tank in rural St. Francois County, Missouri...

Suspect sought in armed robbery, assault (11/21/14) Authorities are looking for a Cape Girardeau man in connection with an armed robbery and assault reported Tuesday evening in Cape Girardeau County. Torian D. Hence, 25, is accused of striking a co-worker in the head and taking his wallet. A probable cause statement filed by Cpl. H. VanGennip says an employee at Do It Best, 5422 Nash Road, reported "he heard his boss screaming and found him 'beat up.'"...

Former Scott City officer on probation for drug distribution (11/20/14) A former Scott City police officer is on probation after pleading guilty to a felony drug distribution charge. Samuel J. Lincoln, 26, of Whitewater pleaded guilty in September to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a felony, court records show...

New trouble for man who avoided prison for years (11/19/14) ST. LOUIS -- A man who avoided prison for 13 years because of a clerical error is in trouble again, just months after a Missouri judge released him from his original sentence for armed robbery and declared him a "good man and a changed man." Cornealious "Mike" Anderson was arrested on second-degree robbery charges for allegedly grabbing a woman's purse in downtown St. ...

Execution date nears for Missouri man (11/18/14) ST. LOUIS -- Attorneys for a Missouri man scheduled to be executed this week are asking the courts and Gov. Nixon to spare his life, alleging that race played a role in his death sentence. Leon Taylor, 56, is scheduled to die by injection at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing gas station attendant Robert Newton during a robbery in 1994 in the Kansas City suburb of Independence, Missouri. He would be the ninth man put to death in Missouri this year and the 11th since November 2013...

More than 40 nominated for state education commissioner (11/23/14) The deadline to nominate candidates for Missouri Commissioner of Education position ended Friday with more than 40 names submitted. Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education staff will contact nominees, inform them of their nominations and invite them to apply, a news release states...

Principal accused of taking college placement test for student (11/20/14) POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Doniphan, Missouri, high school principal made his first appearance in court Tuesday morning on a charge he forged a former student's college placement test. Accompanied by his attorney, Sam Spain, Ronald W. McCutchen appeared before Associate Circuit Judge Thomas Swindle for arraignment on felony forgery...

Who's Next 11/20/14 (11/20/14) *** Graduates * Southeast Missouri State University has announced its summer 2014 graduates. Todd Aufdenberg, bachelor of science with a major in agribusiness, agriculture industry; Christine Boyle, graduate master's high honors with a master of arts with a major in elementary administration; Tammy Brotherton, graduate master's honors with a master of arts with a major in secondary administration ...

Scott County students win writing contests (11/20/14) VFW Post 6407 recently held its Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen writing contests. The contests were open to all high school students, as well as homeschooled children. Winners move on to district, state and national competition. Voice of Democracy winners from the Scott City School District were Carly Howell, first place; Alexis Jenkins, second place; and Jamie Glastetter, third place. ...

Perry County recognizes American Education Week (11/20/14) Perryville Mayor Ken Baer proclaimed this week American Education Week in the city. Baer signed the proclamation at the Perry County School District office, where he was joined by superintendent Scott Ireland and students from the district's five schools. ...


The Southeast Missourian - State News
As of (11/23/2014) at 02:08 AM

Ferguson grand jury unusual (11/23/14) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Not much is normal about the Missouri grand jury responsible for deciding whether to charge a suburban St. Louis police officer for fatally shooting Michael Brown. Not the length of deliberations, not the manner in which it has heard evidence, not the way its work could be made public. Then again, the case itself is unusual...

Woman accused of mailing pot to inmate (11/23/14) ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- A woman is facing charges after she allegedly mailed a jail inmate a greeting card that included marijuana and a prescription drug. Kimberly Leann McNamara, 22, is charged with delivery of a controlled substance at a county jail, along with possession of marijuana. ...

Union: Ferguson officer does not expect charges (11/21/14) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The suburban St. Louis police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown does not appear to expect criminal charges from a Missouri grand jury that has been investigating the case for several months, a police union official said Thursday...


The Southeast Missourian - Local News
As of (11/23/2014) at 02:08 AM

Local veterans interviewed for historical recordings (11/23/14) Volunteers from the Missouri Veterans History Project recorded interviews Friday with two local service members, Homer Schnurbusch and John "Doc" Yallaly. The state organization is part of a national program through the Library of Congress and American Folklife Center. ...

Rep. Smith appointed to House Ways and Means Committee (11/23/14) 12 Missouri's 8th District Representative Jason Smith was named to the House Ways and Means Committee today. Smith, R-Salem, is the first Missouri representative appointed to the committee since Rep. Kenny Hulshof, also a Republican. He served on the committee from 1997 to 2008...

Sikeston couple films pilot for reality TV (11/23/14) SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sarah and Ty Ferrell stand next to a circular saw, ready to film a scene for their do-it-yourself reality TV show. The director offers a few suggestions, steps away, and cameras begin to roll. Filming of a television pilot featuring the couple, along with Ty Ferrell's mother, Frannie, was underway last week...

Basics of geocaching taught at nature center (11/23/14) People gathered Saturday at the Cape Girardeau Nature Conservation Center to learn how to hunt for treasure and leave behind some of their own. Geocaching is a craze that is played all over the globe, where boxes are hidden in all kinds of strange places, and using a GPS unit or tracking device, savvy adventurers track down the boxes and swap out the items inside...

Crites-Leoni given Women of Achievement Award (11/23/14) More than 450 people attended the 10th annual Zonta Club Women of Achievement Celebration and Luncheon on Friday at Ray's Plaza Conference Center in Cape Girardeau. The recipient of the 2015 Women of Achievement Award went to Abbie Crites-Leoni, magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. Other nominees were Sandra Bollinger, Lisa Cook, Laurie Everett and Kathy Hecht...

Road work 11/23/14 (11/23/14) Southbound Interstate 55 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane as the Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform guardrail repairs. This location begins at the ramp and ends at the Interstate 57 overpass bridge, according to a MoDOT news release. The work will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday...

More than 40 nominated for state education commissioner (11/23/14) The deadline to nominate candidates for Missouri Commissioner of Education position ended Friday with more than 40 names submitted. Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education staff will contact nominees, inform them of their nominations and invite them to apply, a news release states...

Club news 11-23-14 (11/23/14) The Torchbearer Iota Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met at the home of Vicki McKinney with 11 members present. President Linda Belote presided. Dixie Jones presented information on the International Beta Sigma Phi Convention, a four-day event to be held in Kansas City, Missouri, in August 2016...

Alliance Bank to absorb Capaha Bank for undisclosed sum (11/21/14) Two community banks have announced a merger planned to take effect in the spring. Under a recently formed agreement, Alliance Bank's holding company, Alliance Bancshares Inc., headquartered in Cape Girardeau, will acquire Southern Illinois-based Tammcorp, which owns Capaha Bank...

SoutheastHEALTH proceeds with efficiency plans (11/21/14) 8 SoutheastHEALTH's executives say "financial improvement" and "operational refinement" are the goals of an initiative underway that recently has produced changes in leadership and will identify efficiencies needed to help its health-care organizations face a challenging time...

Federal court document alludes to video evidence in murder case (11/21/14) 1 A document filed recently in federal court suggests video evidence may exist against a Bonne Terre, Missouri, man accused of killing Cape Girardeau tattoo artist Samuel "Tick" Francis. Melvin Scherrer, 50, faces state charges of first-degree murder and four other felonies in connection with the death of Francis, 38, whose body was found July 25, 2013, in a septic tank in rural St. Francois County, Missouri...

Winter temperatures expected to be slightly below normal (11/21/14) Temperatures in Southeast Missouri are expected to be slightly below normal this winter season, said Sean Poulos of the National Weather Service office in Paducah, Kentucky. Meteorologically speaking, winter is defined as Dec. 1 through the end of February. Cape Girardeau doesn't have an official weather watcher, but Poulos said normal snowfall in Paducah is about 9.5 inches a year. Based on that, it's about 12 inches in Cape Girardeau...

Two men arrested on drug charges in Perry County (11/21/14) Two Perryville, Missouri, men were in custody Thursday on drug charges. Darnell Brownlee, 51, and Steven M. Scamell, 31, were arrested after the SEMO Drug Task Force, Perryville Police Department and Perry County, Missouri, Sheriff's Department executed a pair of search warrants Tuesday and Wednesday, according to a news release from the Perry County Sheriff's Department...

Suspect sought in armed robbery, assault (11/21/14) 7 Authorities are looking for a Cape Girardeau man in connection with an armed robbery and assault reported Tuesday evening in Cape Girardeau County. Torian D. Hence, 25, is accused of striking a co-worker in the head and taking his wallet. A probable cause statement filed by Cpl. H. VanGennip says an employee at Do It Best, 5422 Nash Road, reported "he heard his boss screaming and found him 'beat up.'"...

'Fall for dance' (11/21/14)

Benton to host annual craft fair (11/21/14) With the smell of kettle corn and freshly baked cinnamon rolls in the air, it's not difficult to imagine visitors of the annual Benton, Missouri, craft fair stay for the long haul. This year marks St. Denis' 15th annual "Winter Wonderland of Treasures" craft fair, and according to organizer Judy Scherer, there's nothing like it...

DRA grants targeted at better health care in rural areas (11/21/14) The Delta Regional Authority and its state and local partners announced Thursday seven new Southeast Missouri investment projects worth $11.3 million. Two of the projects designed to help small business owners, families and communities in Southeast Missouri are meant to improve medical-care access in some of the more rural areas...

Not a waste: City's recycling program grows (11/20/14) 1 For more than 20 years, recycling services offered by Cape Girardeau have continued to evolve and grow in popularity. They started with trailers that required users to separate their materials, then evolved to single-stream curbside pickup. Participating households now place recyclables into a green 96-gallon cart, which is emptied by two recycling trucks that operate four days a week. ...

Principal accused of taking college placement test for student (11/20/14) 4 POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Doniphan, Missouri, high school principal made his first appearance in court Tuesday morning on a charge he forged a former student's college placement test. Accompanied by his attorney, Sam Spain, Ronald W. McCutchen appeared before Associate Circuit Judge Thomas Swindle for arraignment on felony forgery...

Advance mayor takes leave of absence (11/20/14) ADVANCE, Mo. -- Advance Mayor Carl "Pete" Rittern announced Monday that he will take a leave of absence to go through a series of cancer tests. Alderman Wayne Page will step up to help during the mayor's temporary absence. "I'm going to have cancer the rest of my life," Ritter told city officials and employees at the Board of Aldermen meeting. ...


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
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Editorial: Matheny impresses despite emotional, challenging day (11/23/14) More than 1,600 people had the pleasure of hearing St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny give a talk about leadership on Monday at the Arrow Leadership and Success Summit, sponsored by Saint Francis Medical Center. But it may be the story behind the scenes that will leave a greater impression. More on that later...

Speak Out Speak Out 11/23/14 (11/23/14) Winter salt; Petition; Inflation; County roads; Wealth gap; School rankings; Smoking problem; Voters overruled; Where's Obama; Thanks, government?; Thanksgiving; Constitution; Tracks repair; Jensen on Ferguson; American flag; State pay raise; Mail is late

Speak Out Speak Out 11/21/14 (11/21/14) Editorial support; Dividing nation; Gruber; School rankings; Wealth gap; Smoking problem; Voters overruled; Where's Obama; Thanks, government?; Thanksgiving; Constitution; Tracks repair

Editorial Opportunities to help children, elderly at Christmas (11/21/14) 'Tis the season for shopping and gift-giving. But while you buys gifts for friends a families, we hope you consider purchasing some for those in need as well. Each year the Southeast Missourian and the Jaycees team up with Toybox and Christmas for the Elderly. Toybox provides toys for children and Christmas for the Elderly provides assistance to seniors who struggle to make ends meet. A story has appeared in the Southeast Missourian about the programs, and we wrote an editorial recently as well...

Letter to the Editor Matheny talk was inspiring (11/21/14) I wish to express my appreciation to the Southeast Missourian and the Arrow for their efforts in bringing St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny to our community. Mr. Matheny presented an engaging and well delivered speech that was simply outstanding. As a community member, and someone who works with college students, I found his message and focus on improving those things you have control over, as particularly relevant for our Southeast Missouri State University students...

Opinion Column The costs of war (11/20/14) According to a Congressional Research Service report dated March 29, 2011, the sixth continuing resolution for the federal budget for fiscal year 2012 shows approximately $806 billion in Iraq War costs. Keep in mind that this budgeted amount is after the drawdown of U.S. troops and operations. I mention this to give some perspective to future costs as some politicians are encouraging that U.S. forces return to Iraq to fight ISIS...

Editorial 'Fall for Dance' begins tonight (11/20/14) Students at Southeast Missouri State University will perform "a roller-coaster ride" of a show this week for "Fall for Dance." The annual concert features six different performances in a one-act show. The subject matter ranges from more serious and "dark" themes to happy themes. Artistic coordinator Hilary Peterson wanted the overall production to be optimistic and fun for the audience...

Speak Out Speak out (11/20/14) Pinocchio If Pelosi, Reid and Obama each were affected as Pinocchio was when telling a lie, I wonder which one would have the longest nose! Carbon deal Oh, wow, President Obama has just negotiated another of his famous deals in which the U.S. gives up a lot and the other country gives up very little. ...

Editorial Event today to celebrate, cultivate entrepreneurs (11/19/14) Job creation in today's economy doesn't come easy. Many big corporations are scaling back, reinventing themselves or moving jobs overseas. Many of the jobs created in the United States today are done so by entrepreneurs. This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week...

Opinion Column Column: Israel is living well but dangerously (11/18/14) Israel is a safe country, with crime rates lower than the U.S., most of Europe and East Asia. The daily safety of its citizens is even starker when compared to Africa, Latin America and most of its neighbors in the Middle East. Indeed, it is far more dangerous for the average American tourist to visit a major U.S. ...

Editorial Editorial: Salvation Army needs help with Thanksgiving lunch (11/18/14) The Salvation Army every year provides a Thanksgiving lunch for the needy. This is a tremendous, humble time to provide a helping hand. There are plenty of ways for people to help. The Salvation Army needs food donations, ranging from turkeys and hams to table place mats and silverware. Donations may be dropped off at the Salvation Army at 701 Good Hope St. in Cape Girardeau...

Speak Out Speak Out 11/18/14 (11/18/14) I read with interest where "Obama calls for tougher Internet regulations." Why in the world doesn't he call for tougher regulations on these political calls? Unwarranted, unwanted. All the telemarketer calls, and now this stupid survey call that has harassed me every day for the last week-and-a-half on how I voted. Well, it's none of your business. But it's time to stop. I put my personal phone in for my personal business, not for theirs. So don't call me again...

Letter to the Editor Letter to the editor: Special thanks to Scott City teens (11/18/14) This is an open thank you to the students, teachers and cooks at Scott City High School for the wonderful meal that was prepared and served to the senior members of our community. I understand that it was done by FBLA and National Honor Society. Too many times, most news we hear of our younger generation is not all that good; however, it's good to know that there are young folks who care enough to be grateful to the older folks...

Editorial A time to help children, elderly at Christmas (11/17/14) Next week Americans will gather for Thanksgiving. Friends and families will enjoy food, fellowship and football. It's also the kickoff for the Christmas shopping season. Black Friday often brings long lines, with shoppers getting in a festive spirit leading up to Christmas...

Editorial Matheny talk is about more than baseball (11/16/14) A servant's heart. Courage. Vision. All are words to describe what we hope to see in a leader. It's what inspires people, provides direction and a framework for success. On Monday night St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will speak at the Show Me Center for the Arrow Leadership and Success Summit. This one-hour talk will feature Matheny speaking on leadership and its connection to Cardinals baseball. There also will be a question-and-answer session for the audience...

Speak Out Speak Out 11/16/14 (11/16/14) ** Handrails, please; ** Football, Jesus; ** Priorities; ** Gas in Cape; ** Ferguson; ** No-call

Opinion Column Confidence in ballot count accuracy (11/14/14) I want to clear up some of the questions about the Nov. 4 general election counting of ballots. No. 1, the 650 Optical Scan machine did not malfunction. The ovals on some of the Marble Hill precinct ballots were printed too dark, which caused a problem when the scanner tried to count the voted ballots...

Speak Out Speak Out 11/14/14 (11/14/14) Judicial activism

Letter to the Editor Define foreign policy goal (11/14/14) With a Republican majority in the Senate, it is probable that John McCain will become the chair of the Armed Services Committee. He has insisted that American ground troops must be sent into Syria and Iraq to fight the Islamic State, calling Mr. Obama's air-strikes-only strategy "a disaster."...

Editorial Be safe as hunting season begins (11/14/14) The photos from bow season have likely popped up on your social media feed as avid hunters head to the woods. This weekend starts firearm season for hunting deer. For some, it's about the hunting and processing the meet for personal use or charity. For others, there is an added bonus of spending time in the woods with friends and family...


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