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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As of (05/02/2016) at 04:11 AM

Backes' OT winner evens the series for Blues

Legal bills mount as Ferguson stands by 'failure-to-comply' cases

Scherzer's first win at Busch completes sweep of Cards

Messenger: St. Charles couple wants nation to see a new face of lung cancer

Cities spend millions of dollars a year to lure conventions. Is it worth it?

Missouri lawmakers want to loosen gun laws, while Illinois legislators seek to tighten them

Missouri American Water rate plan questioned amid meter problems

David Nicklaus

Despite subsidies, St. Louis retailing is a no-growth sector

A hidden punishment for Missouri prison inmates of means: room and board

Entertainment

Shhhh: A nudist resort, a church in a bar and 8 more 'Secret St. Louis' spots

Culture Club

Music review: Timpanist Shannon Wood, SLSO make compelling case for Kraft concerto

Man fatally shot on street in Walnut Park neighborhood

The Bottom Line: Investor protection

Illinois

Offer to restore power at shuttered state park rejected

Elections live

Obama out: President closes out his run as comedian-in-chief


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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Political News
As of (05/02/2016) at 05:23 AM

Cities spend millions of dollars a year to lure conventions. Is it worth it?

Missouri lawmakers want to loosen gun laws, while Illinois legislators seek to tighten them

Missouri American Water rate plan questioned amid meter problems

Elections live

Trump dismisses riots, focuses on battle against Clinton

Elections live

Obama out: President closes out his run as comedian-in-chief

Cities spend millions of dollars a year to lure conventions. Is it worth it?

Other cities move to ban topless bars after Social House II saga in University City stlEXTRA! content is available only to subscribers.

McClellan: We've replaced privacy with a reasonable expectation of notoriety

Do you know these TV moms (and their kids)?

Pop culture and moms: How well do you know them?

St. Louis jobless rate spends third month at 4.7 percent

Tony Messenger

Messenger: St. Charles couple wants nation to see a new face of lung cancer

Messenger: The next generation takes a stand on climate change

Messenger: The senator and the chocolate chip dinosaur pancakes

Messenger: Classmates share a desk but live worlds apart

Messenger: Laid off Catholic worker finds surprise at unemployment office Most popular

Legal bills mount as Ferguson stands by 'failure-to-comply' cases


St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (05/02/2016) at 05:24 AM

Editorial: Taxpayer-funded telemarketing in Washington

Editorial: Hunger games. GOP lawmakers want to study programs for the poor.

Editorial: Voter ID bill could sink Legislature's last weeks, to no good end

Local columns

How Peabody is stealing my grandmother's pension

Clearing up any confusion on tobacco tax initiative

Missouri, raise the age

Postcards from Mound City

Earth Day and our national parks call for GOP climate action

How to save the Earth: Look at the ground beneath your feet

What happens when you shut down a nuclear power plant?

Dana Miilbank

Dana Milbank: Trump's crazy attempt not to sound crazy

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer: The world according to Trump

E.J. Dionne

E.J. Dionne: The only man who can stop Trump

Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker: Plato, Aristotle and, oh dear, Trump

Dana Miilbank


Kansas City Star
As of (05/02/2016) at 05:24 AM

Government & Politics Kansas Legislature still debating budget deal as it works into the night 11:21 PM Lawmakers still debating measures to close budget gap Bills to raise car registration fees and sell Bioscience Authority assets pass House votes to allow debate to continue past midnight

Crime Truckers train to help rescue sex slaves on the road 5:52 PM

Local Hundreds flock to grand opening of Kansas City’s first food truck hub 9:39 PM

Local Family hopes bracelet offers a clue to disappearance of Kara Kopetsky 6:00 PM

Government & Politics Rock Island purchase moves KC closer to connecting with Katy Trail 6:14 PM

Sam Mellinger Nationals’ Bryce Harper is more than baseball’s most prodigious hitting talent 10:59 PM

Sporting KC Sporting KC extends winless streak to five matches after 1-1 draw with LA Galaxy 11:56 PM

Kansas Legislature approves budget bill 3:34 AM

Kansas Legislature still debating budget deal as it works into the night 11:21 PM

Sandusky due in court for molestation case appeal hearing 11:33 PM

Puerto Rico won't make $370 million in debt payments Monday 4:02 AM

European stocks mixed after Asia falls; Tokyo down 3 percent 4:43 AM

Government & Politics Kansas Legislature still debating budget deal as it works into the night 11:21 PM Lawmakers still debating measures to close budget gap Bills to raise car registration fees and sell Bioscience Authority assets pass House votes to allow debate to continue past midnight

Crime Truckers train to help rescue sex slaves on the road 5:52 PM

Local Hundreds flock to grand opening of Kansas City’s first food truck hub 9:39 PM

Local Family hopes bracelet offers a clue to disappearance of Kara Kopetsky 6:00 PM

Government & Politics Rock Island purchase moves KC closer to connecting with Katy Trail 6:14 PM

Sam Mellinger Nationals’ Bryce Harper is more than baseball’s most prodigious hitting talent 10:59 PM

Sporting KC Sporting KC extends winless streak to five matches after 1-1 draw with LA Galaxy 11:56 PM

Chiefs reach agreements with several undrafted free agents The Chiefs agreed to deals with Florida State linebacker Terrence Smith, Vanderbilt offensive guard Jake Bernstein and Mount Union cornerback Tre Jones as priority undrafted free agents, sources told The Star.


Kansas City Star - Political News
As of (05/02/2016) at 05:24 AM

Government & Politics Kansas Legislature still debating budget deal as it works into the night Lawmakers still debating measures to close budget gap Bills to raise car registration fees and sell Bioscience Authority assets pass House votes to allow debate to continue past midnight

Government & Politics Rock Island purchase moves KC closer to connecting with Katy Trail Jackson County will take title Monday to a piece of the inactive Rock Island Line, setting the stage for finally completing the decades-long dream of linking Kansas City with the cross-state Katy Trail.

KC Streetcar High hopes, lingering doubts on board for KC streetcar public grand opening As Kansas City's streetcar public opening is just days away, prime movers, businesses and critics continue to ponder and debate the merits and shortcomings of the project.

Latest News Puerto Rico won't make $370 million in debt payments Monday Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced that Puerto Rico's government will not make nearly $370 million in bond payments due Monday after a failure to restructure or find a political solution to the U.S. territory's spiraling public debt crisis.

National Malia Obama to take gap year before entering Harvard in 2017 President Barack Obama's daughter Malia will take a year off after graduating high school in June before enrolling at Harvard University in 2017, a year later than had been widely expected, the president and his wife said in a long-awaited announcement Sunday.

National Reporters fight at swanky after-party for White House correspondents’ dinner In the early-morning hours of Sunday, a scuffle broke out between Fox News correspondent Jesse Watters and Ryan Grim, the Huffington Post's Washington bureau chief. The fight briefly caused ripples in the party, where political staffers and journalists were grooving to tunes spun by DJ Biz Markie and noshing on mini servings of chili cheese fries.

Government & Politics Kansas officials begin redistricting process for 2022 Six years before it has to be done, state and federal officials are already talking about redistricting of congressional and legislative districts in Kansas.

Government & Politics Kansas lawmakers take up budget bill that delays pension payment and relies on Sam Brownback’s cuts Lawmakers hope to pass a budget bill and adjourn the 2016 legislative session on Sunday. The bill delays a $99 million payment to the state's pension fund until 2018, a controversial move to free up cash. And it would depend on Gov. Sam Brownback to make a 3 percent cut to most state agencies.

Kansas Judicial selection bill increases transparency, but doesn’t expand role for governor After an off-and-on legislative battle, the House passed a bill making the selection of judges more transparent but denying Gov. Sam Brownback expanded authority in appointing members of the Supreme Court Nominating Commission.

Government & Politics Donald Trump faces setback in Missouri as GOP, Democrats name convention delegates Congressional district conventions in both parties convened this week to pick some of their national convention delegates. The delegates' votes are known — at least for the first ballot — but could change in a contested convention.

Government & Politics Trump backers yell foul over loss at Arizona GOP convention Texas Sen. Ted Cruz pulls out a strategic victory at the Arizona Republican Party convention, netting a majority of delegates to the national convention amid cheating accusations from Donald Trump backers.

Government & Politics 16 blamed for mistakes in deadly US attack on Afghan clinic Human error, violations of combat rules and untimely equipment failures led to the mistaken U.S. aerial attack on a charity-run hospital in Afghanistan last fall that killed 42 people, a senior American general said Friday. Investigators called the attack a "disproportional response to a threat that didn't exist."

Latest News Obama out: President takes last shots at official Washington Even though President Barack Obama and his wife can't wait to get out of the White House, being a lame duck can hurt a guy.

Government & Politics Kansas lawmakers negotiate deal to close the state’s budget gap The House and Senate planned to work into the night Saturday to address the state's $290 million budget shortfall, but their deal would hand off some additional budget-balancing work to Gov. Sam Brownback. The bill would delay a $99 million payment to the state's pension fund until fiscal year 2018, and it would shield K-12 public schools from spending reductions.

Latest News White House 2016: Clinton gears up for Trump in fall race Waves of campaign staffers are being dispatched to battleground states. Advisers are starting to consider locations for a splashy convention rally in Philadelphia. An army of lawyers is scrutinizing more than two dozen possible vice presidential picks.

Latest News Big names saying 'Don't pick me' to join Trump ticket It's a time-honored tradition for politicians to deny any interest in the vice presidency. But this year, with the possibility of Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee, they really mean it.

National & International Texas court blocks Houston from using tougher clean-air laws Houston's efforts to use local clean air laws to regulate pollution in the home of the nation's largest petrochemical complex were halted Friday by a Texas Supreme Court ruling in favor of energy and chemical companies that claimed the city had overreached.

National Politics Many Missouri Trump delegates aren't his supporters Donald Trump earned 37 of Missouri's 52 delegates to the Republican National Convention when he won the March 15 primary, but as the state party began selecting delegates on Saturday, the New York businessman can't count on that level of support unless he clinches a first-ballot nomination.

Government & Politics Kansas Legislature approves budget bill The Kansas House and Senate approved a budget bill by tiny margins early Monday morning.The House vote, 63-59 came at 1:05 a.m. It needed 63 votes to pass. The Senate vote, 22-18 came two hours later. The bill now goes to Gov. Sam Brownback, who has said he will sign it.

Kansas Kansas legislators approve plan for balancing state budget Kansas legislators approved a plan early Monday morning to dump most of the work of balancing the state's budget on Republican Gov. Sam Brownback while telling him he can't cut aid to public schools.


Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (05/02/2016) at 05:24 AM

Editorials Wealthy donors, corrupt politicians threaten our democracy It's disappointing that the corruption conviction against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is in jeopardy Missouri needs to vastly improve its laws regarding ethics for General Assembly members

Editorials The Monday Poll: Calling fans and critics of the Kansas City streetcar The new, $100 million Kansas City streetcar system soon will be carrying passengers around downtown. The project has garnered plenty of attention in recent months. We would like to get your views on the following statements.

Editorials Missouri needs a total ban on dangerous texting while driving More drivers adhered to the rules in states with anti-texting laws than in states without them. That's bad news for motorists in Missouri, because it's one of four states – along with Arizona, Montana and Texas – without comprehensive bans on texting.

Editorials Kansas City’s streetcar system could be a big triumph — or big failure Kansas City's downtown streetcar system has the potential to be yet another big victory in downtown's lumbering comeback. And yet.... Some pretty high expectations are being placed on what is, after all, only a $100 million, 2.2-mile starter streetcar line.

Editorials President Obama’s overseas tour didn’t make friends or solve problems President Barack Obama's recent trip to Saudi Arabia and Europe was like a sad goodbye. Perhaps the only charming meeting he had during the tour was with Prince George. It's true: The 2-year-old prince and his white bathrobe were adorable. Other than that, the president's tour was far less than enjoyable.

Editorials Clock is ticking on when voters will decide fate of a new KCI terminal Mayor Sly James and the City Council have two major decisions to make as they weigh the future of Kansas City International Airport. Do the elected officials support letting voters make the call on whether to build a new, single terminal? If so, when would that election occur — this August or November?

Editorials Three brave Missouri GOP lawmakers help block bogus ‘religious freedom’ bill With the help of three courageous Republicans, the Missouri General Assembly has rejected a bogus “religious freedom” amendment that could have enshrined discrimination against gay people in the state Constitution.

Editorials A timeline for saving the future of Kansas from reckless Gov. Sam Brownback Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's last scheduled day in office is Jan. 14, 2019. Right now, he appears hellbent on causing as much damage to the state's future as he can before his final term ends. Fortunately, lawmakers and voters have the power to stop him.

Editorials Monday Poll results: Support for a new KCI terminal The possibility of building a new, single terminal at Kansas City International Airport appears to intrigue many people. Here are the results of the latest Monday Poll on elements of that issue, based on just over 1,000 responses:

Editorials KC area has healthy places to live, but too many others aren’t on list Some parts of the Kansas City area stand out as great, healthy places to live, but others don't.

Editorials MU nabs notorious awards for stifling freedom of expression The Thomas Jefferson Center every year hands out its Jefferson Muzzle awards, recognizing the worst affronts to free speech. We doubt many winners display them on the mantle or in the trophy case with pride. The University of Missouri got one of the “honors” for 2016.

Editorials The Monday Poll: Crunch time for KCI decision The City Council is getting closer to making a decision about the future of Kansas City International Airport. Now we're ready to hear from you.

Editorials It’s high time Gov. Sam Brownback, other lawmakers right the wrongs in Kansas, Missouri Kansas and Missouri lawmakers are in the homestretch of passing important laws and budgets. It's been a bumpy ride so far, and things could turn even uglier in the cash-starved Sunflower State.

Editorials Turn KCI from a functional dump into a modern, convenient airport The Star supports the view of the airlines that serve Kansas City International Airport, large parts of the local business community and lots of the traveling public: We can build a new, single terminal that is — wait for it — still convenient for passengers. Yes, it can be done.

Editorials Earth Day’s anniversary showcases advances and setbacks Earth Day continues to stand out as an increasingly relevant observance as human activity causes more damage to the planet and the environment. But there are some notable efforts to make the world a better, healthier place to live.

Editorials Legislature must save Kansas from Gov. Sam Brownback’s failed tax cuts On Wednesday, Gov. Sam Brownback took the coward's way out. He refused to show up and own the horrendous fiscal mess that his disastrous income tax cuts have caused in Kansas.

Editorials Donald Trump has scary fans outside America, too Donald Trump is in the spotlight in America but also all around the world. Believe it or not, some people really like the Republican Party's leading candidate to be the next president of the United States.

Editorials Monday Poll results: Strong support for Earth Day Earth Day hits its 46th anniversary on Friday, and almost 600 responses to this week's Monday Poll revealed strong views on how well this country is doing to protect the planet.

Editorials Expand the outreach of SevenDays events to help heal hate in Kansas City Faith, unity and kindness for a second year triumphed over divisiveness and hate. People have proven what community togetherness can accomplish despite a white supremacist fatally shooting three people on April 13, 2014, at two Jewish centers in Overland Park.

Editorials Protect the Kansas Supreme Court from unfair attacks on its independence The Kansas Supreme Court is acting impartially and carefully on the complicated school funding issue. These aren't “activist judges,” derided by Gov. Sam Brownback and his GOP puppets in Topeka. Instead, the justices are trying to uphold the state Constitution and its requirement that the Legislature “shall make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests” of the state.


The Springfield News Leader
As of (05/02/2016) at 05:25 AM

As many as 30 people fight in north Springfield park, one man…

Answer Man: Who's responsible for all those stacked tires off of…

Compared with neighbors, Missouri poachers get off easy

Gas tax, gun, murder and beer bills advance in the statehouse

Springfield school 'Imagine' grants invest in innovation

Hartville man sentenced to 30 years for making child porn

Ozarks 'Court' adjourned: Hearing officer in Fulnecky case says he has 'arms around the issue' 'Court' adjourned: Hearing officer in Fulnecky case says he has 'arms around the issue' John Holstein told the News-Leader he hopes to deliver his findings to City Council sometime next week. Ozarks 2  days, 7  hours ago

Education MSU names finalists to lead multicultural programs MSU names finalists to lead multicultural programs By the end of the week, all three finalists will have visited the Missouri State University campus. Education 2  days, 12  hours ago

Ozarks Here's what happened this week in history in the Ozarks. Here's what happened this week in history in the Ozarks. Representatives of The Springfield Advertiser approved the educational quality of Stephens Academy and more. Ozarks 23  hours, 20  minutes ago

Business Fraud only happens to others Fraud only happens to others Bears Business Brief is a weekly column provided by the Missouri State business department Business 23  hours, 21  minutes ago

Local Spots still available to rappel off the Sky Eleven building to help abused children Spots still available to rappel off the Sky Eleven building to help abused children It's been more than a  year since Child Advocacy Center's development director Linda Regan received a  strange email, suggesting that rappelling off a building would make a good fundraiser. Local 23  hours, 22  minutes ago

Local 'Warhol Uncanned' exhibit at Springfield Art Museum also a food drive 'Warhol Uncanned' exhibit at Springfield Art Museum also a food drive Springfield Art Museum Director Nick Nelson has described the commercial burglary of seven iconic Andy Warhol Campbell's Soup Can screenprints as feeling like “the loss of a family member." Local 23  hours, 22  minutes ago

Business Greene County 4-H hippology team wins state competition Greene County 4-H hippology team wins state competition Participating teams show their knowledge of horses and equine science in various competitions. Business 23  hours, 22  minutes ago

Politics Many Missouri Trump delegates aren't his supporters Many Missouri Trump delegates aren't his supporters Missouri hosted eight congressional district conventions Saturday, selecting 24 of the delegates for the convention — three from each district Politics 1  day, 5  hours ago

Ozarks Convoy of Hope comes home to host $1M event at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds Convoy of Hope comes home to host $1M event at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds Convoy of Hope will partner with the city of Springfield, local businesses, churches and agencies to provide $1 million worth of goods and services for those in need Ozarks 1  day, 5  hours ago

Missouri In Kansas City hospice, an unexpected friendship forms In Kansas City hospice, an unexpected friendship forms KANSAS CITY - Jen Moss took to Jody Wooton from the first moments they met. Missouri 1  day, 7  hours ago

Missouri Missouri Democrats see little progress on police oversight Missouri Democrats see little progress on police oversight Republicans aren't serious about addressing police violence, some say Missouri 1  day, 7  hours ago

Nation-now 8 children, 2 tied up in backyard, rescued from Texas home 8 children, 2 tied up in backyard, rescued from Texas home Authorities found a 2-year-old boy chained in the backyard and a 3-year-old girl tied to a door with a dog leash Nation-now 1  day, 9  hours ago

Nation-now Airport bathrooms go to the dogs Airport bathrooms go to the dogs Major hubs install `pet relief facilities' Nation-now 1  day, 9  hours ago

Education Come with me if you want to learn: Kids show off their skills in robotics competition Come with me if you want to learn: Kids show off their skills in robotics competition As Gavin Crawford, Jessalyn Gann and Thomas Daniel sent their  tiny  robot  off  in search of a reported  UFO on Saturday morning, technical difficulties  began to arise. Education 1  day, 10  hours ago


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The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (05/02/2016) at 05:25 AM

What's the moral to this story?

Fix Founders Park or cut bait

`Pro-life' isn't what God wants

Opinion The world according to Trump The world according to Trump WASHINGTON — Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject. The reason is simple: We haven't had to be. Opinion 11 hours, 32 minutes ago

Opinion Today's poll Today's poll Do you think photo IDs should be required for voting? Opinion 3 days, 13 hours ago

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Opinion Roses: For Blues coverage Roses: For Blues coverage Roses: For Blues coverage Opinion 1 day, 11 hours ago

Readers Vote Republican, help the GOP ruin Missouri Vote Republican, help the GOP ruin Missouri Vote Republican, help the GOP ruin Missouri Readers 1 day, 11 hours ago

Readers State refusing $8.3 million is mind-boggling State refusing $8.3 million is mind-boggling After reading that our state legislature rejected $8. Readers 1 day, 11 hours ago

Readers Tell lawmakers that Uber should be allowed to operate in Missouri Tell lawmakers that Uber should be allowed to operate in Missouri Uber should be allowed to operate in Missouri Readers 1 day, 11 hours ago

Readers Garland would be rubber stamp for regulators Garland would be rubber stamp for regulators Garland would be rubber stamp for regulators Readers 1 day, 11 hours ago

Readers Billy Long has the wrong target in IRS Billy Long has the wrong target in IRS Billy Long has the wrong target in IRS Readers 1 day, 11 hours ago

Contributors Voters have given up on trusting politicians Voters have given up on trusting politicians A reputation for being trustworthy doesn't translate into victory Contributors 1 day, 23 hours ago

Contributors Give thanks for our blessings at Springfield Prayer Breakfast Give thanks for our blessings at Springfield Prayer Breakfast Everyone is invited to join May 5 event Contributors 1 day, 23 hours ago

Readers Target is hypocritical in effort to be inclusive Target is hypocritical in effort to be inclusive Inclusivity claim is dishonest Readers 3 days, 5 hours ago

Readers Taking risks is necessary for success Taking risks is necessary for success It is not how you start in life but how you finish that counts. Readers 3 days, 5 hours ago

Opinion Roses & Thorns: Trace Adkins concert Roses & Thorns: Trace Adkins concert Roses & Thorns: Trace Adkins concert Opinion 3 days, 8 hours ago

Opinion Roses & Thorns: Funeral procession Roses & Thorns: Funeral procession Roses & Thorns: Funeral procession Opinion 3 days, 8 hours ago

Contributors No candidate can deliver on our great expectations No candidate can deliver on our great expectations We can recalculate our expectations for what is possible with our divided system of government Contributors 3 days, 9 hours ago

Editorials Hastert deserves to do time Hastert deserves to do time By his own reckoning, he deserves to spend time behind bars Editorials 3 days, 9 hours ago


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

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

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


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

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

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


Columbia Daily Tribune
As of (05/02/2016) at 05:27 AM

Annual cardboard regatta raises funds for Food Bank Don Shrubshell /Tribune There was drama, heroism, laughter and plenty of moisture.

Bill imposing student housing roadblock surfaces City attorneys have finalized a proposed ordinance that would institute a freeze on student housing construction in central Columbia until December.

Hiring underway for new 911 center Boone County's new Emergency Communication Center is a few months from opening, but the search is already on for additional staff members necessary for the expanded operation.

Housing freeze would affect some developments, not demolition A proposed administrative delay on new student housing developments in central Columbia would halt several projects in the planning stages but would not provide additional protections against downtown demolition.

Commission candidates gain insight on county government Eleven of 12 candidates seeking seats on the Boone County Commission spent a portion of Saturday learning about county government.

Council to hear plans for new airport terminal The Columbia City Council on Monday will learn details of a recommended new terminal design for the Columbia Regional Airport.

Infrastructure sufficiency tests for new development spark discussion at forum Property owners seeking special zoning or subdivision accommodations for development might soon need to prove that adequate utility infrastructure -- such as sanitary sewer, storm sewer and electricity -- is in place before the city will grant any waivers.

Man arrested by highway patrol dies at University Hospital A man arrested Wednesday by troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol died Thursday at University Hospital after ingesting methamphetamine, patrol Sgt. Scott White said in a news release.

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Missouri loses recruiting target Dembele to UNLV

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Tiger Extra Take Two Sports Disappointment? Cox doesn't know the meaning of the word For a person who hasn't experienced much of it in his wrestling career, J'den Cox has a lot to say about disappointment. … Comments (1) Boehm, McGovern, Brothers all chosen on third day of NFL draft The Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos both looked to the Missouri football program -- and its well-earned reputation for producing productive defensive linemen -- to...

Columbia Golf Foundation working to expose schoolchildren to game Don Steele brought the donuts.

Columbia Independent pole vaulter enjoying rapid ascent Khristen Bryant is, by her own admission, a daredevil. She has played on the monkey bars with a broken arm and done handstands on top...


Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (05/02/2016) at 05:29 AM

Crime: Is Columbia a dangerous place? Statistics show crime rates in Columbia are not increasing and even have decreased in certain areas, but many people have a different impression. Coincidentally, in recent days I have heard anecdotal reports about people from other communities asking, “Is Columbia...

Religious objections: House committee gets it right Benefiting from arriving relatively late in the game, on Wednesday a Missouri House of Representatives committee stymied a bill that would have allowed sellers to refuse services for same-sex weddings. Three Republicans, including our own Caleb Rowden, joined the three...

Early childhood education When the organization Raise Your Hands for Kids proposed a hefty increase in state tobacco taxes, the focus was entirely on generating money for early childhood education, a cause with a lot of support. But upon further examination, the initiative...

Mel George On May 16, 2003, Mel George, president emeritus of the University of Missouri, made a speech to Phi Beta Kappa initiates titled “How Much Do We Really Know?

A solid front, almost Missouri has become only the second state, after Texas, to refuse all federal Medicaid funding in an effort to deny money for Planned Parenthood. Instead, the budget recently passed by the Missouri General Assembly substitutes $8.3 million in state funds,...

CVS Contrary to what many might think, the election of a new mayor might present a new opportunity for progress in the ongoing struggle between CVS Pharmacy and the city of Columbia.

Goodbye to Gary The 13th Judicial Circuit has been home to very good judges. Gary Oxenhandler, who retires this year at the mandatory age of 70, fulfills that legacy.

Local poverty Columbia and Boone County residents include many of wealth and high accomplishment who assume our particular location is uniquely blessed. However, if we look beyond our own comfort zone, reality rushes in.

The new him: Trump and the Republicans Republican Party regulars are frantic over the prospect one of their primary front-runners will become their presidential nominee. It's hard to know whether they think Donald Trump or Ted Cruz is worse. They openly speculate either would be crushed by...

Sexual freedom For the middle-aged and above, new arguments over sexual freedom make us think anew. When we grew up, arguments over legal rights for homosexual and transgender people were unknown.

Oops I hereby take discredit for errors made in recent columns.

Freeze Immediately on his arrival in office, Mayor Brian Treece proposes a freeze on student housing development. During his recent campaign, he worried about its impact on city infrastructure, public safety and nearby neighborhoods. At his first council meeting he warned...

Grad union Graduate student employees are winding up a vote on the University of Missouri campus to decide whether they shall seek to adopt union representation in dealings with the administration. Several contentious issues arose unexpectedly last semester that caused grad students...

Planned Parenthood Our own favorite son, Kurt Schaefer, deserves no credit for his assault on Planned Parenthood.

Mayor McDavid: The end of a brief era For six years Bob McDavid was an active mayor for the city of Columbia. After a career as a local physician, he had a sense of leadership but also had a lot to learn. The office of mayor is marked...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (05/02/2016) at 05:31 AM

Mark Hughes: Webster: Less is more in Legislature 22 hrs ago Sen. Richard M. Webster, R-Carthage, was a noteworthy lawmaker in many ways.

Our view: Global lessons 22 hrs ago The Carthage School District's foray into a bilingual education program for its students has met with great success in its first year.

Geoff Caldwell: Permanent removal for predators one and all 22 hrs ago If I had to write a summary regarding those who sexually molest a child it would be this: The betrayal of the innocence of a child is beyond crime. It is an atrocity, an act that requires a punishment beyond the norm — a permanent removal of the perpetrator from the society upon which he pre…

Our view: Experts should be experts Apr 29, 2016 There are facts, and then there are interpretations of facts. In a court of law, we'd prefer our expert witnesses to be, well, experts.

Your view: Letters to the editor Apr 29, 2016 I'm concerned about Sean Hannity. He's been making sense now for months.

Other Views: Don't sell off future Apr 28, 2016 The Kansas Legislature is faced with the harrowing task of balancing a state budget that has been ravaged by the irresponsible direction and leadership of Gov. Sam Brownback and the lawmakers who unquestioningly follow him.

Our view: Stop standing in the way of monitoring program Updated Apr 27, 2016 These are the organizations that say it's time that Missouri join the ranks of the other 49 states and institute a prescription drug monitoring program:

Our view: Maiden Lane's open, more roadwork to come Apr 26, 2016 There's something missing on Joplin's Maiden Lane.

Your view: Letters to the editor Apr 26, 2016 Mercy is kindness

Phill Brooks: Governors who left lasting legacies for Missouri Apr 25, 2016 During the New Year's break, a state official asked me which Missouri governor, of those I had covered, was the best.

Herb Van Fleet: Capitalism, socialism and globalization Apr 24, 2016 Because we have a capitalist and a socialist running to became the most powerful person in the world, maybe it's time to consider an old Polish proverb: “Under capitalism, man exploits man; under socialism, the reverse is true.”

Our view: Public investment needed for highways, bridges Apr 24, 2016 “A consistent research finding is that public capital offers a higher rate of return than most forms of private capital.”

Your views: Letters to the editor Apr 24, 2016 Stop punishing women

Geoff Caldwell: Correct isn't always political Apr 24, 2016 The beauty of our modern calendar is not so much in the static dates we use to plan our lives and count down the days but in what lies behind them: an endless river of memories and recollections, within its banks the ebb and flow of humanity itself, each date a cache of historical treasure f…

Our View: Move past religious objections measure Apr 22, 2016 A Missouri bill that will allow businesses to opt out of providing services for same-sex weddings is doing more harm than good for the state.

Why isn't everyone in favor of taxing financial speculation? Apr 22, 2016 Why is there so little discussion about one of Bernie Sanders' most important proposals — to tax financial speculation?

Russia, U.S. should unite on Saudi Arabia Apr 22, 2016 PARIS — If the Central Intelligence Agency's role is to discreetly promote the economic and political interests of the United States, then there's one country that ought to be awfully disappointing to the agency right now: Saudi Arabia. In fact, if there's an issue on which America and Russi…

Our view: Waging war on state parks Apr 20, 2016 Susan Flader, a distinguished history professor, member of the Missouri Parks Association, and a director of the Aldo Leopold Foundation board, sounded a loud warning Sunday in a column we published in our Opinion section.

Your view: Letters to the editor Apr 20, 2016 Trail a testament to public spirit

Our view: Barking up the wrong tree Apr 19, 2016 At least 83 communities in Missouri have local ordinances that ban pit bulls from being kept inside the city limits.


The Jefferson City News Tribune
As of (05/02/2016) at 05:31 AM

SENIOR Prom JCHS students cut rug with local seniors at 'prom' - Local elderly folks kicked up their heels to live jazz music Saturday night during the 10th Annual Senior Citizen prom hosted by the Jefferson City High School Student Council.

Revitalized spaces 10 sites on annual downtown tour of hidden, secret opportunities - It was “out with the old and in with the new" for many of the locations on this year's Hidden Spaces Secret Places tour.

Case for victim rights U.S. Justice Department honors Missouri victim advocate - Kim Case was 19 when a man grabbed her from her driveway.

Seahawks still waiting for Lynch's retirement papers - RENTON, Wash. - Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said the team has not received retirement paperwork for running back Marshawn Lynch.

In the NFL Draft, it's trends you should follow - Figuring out who won or lost in an NFL draft takes years, not hours. Finding trends is a whole lot easier.

Chiefs gamble on trio of players with character questions - KANSAS CITY - The Kansas City Chiefs have put as much faith in their off-the-field detective work as their between-the-lines scouting the past few years, and the result has been draft gems such as Marcus Peters. They hope similar research - and gambling - pays off this year.

Local artists' studios open for viewing for fundraiser - Five studios at three locations - in addition to several featured artists - will be open for viewing with live music, refreshments and beautiful artwork from 1-5 p.m. May 8.

Prep Baseball: Helias adds game to schedule - After losing a doubleheader to rain Saturday, Helias has added one game to its schedule for this week.

Nationals finish series sweep with 6-1 win against Cardinals - ST. LOUIS - Two pitches turned what looked to be another gem by Carlos Martinez into his first subpar performance of the season. Clint Robinson and Danny Espinosa homered on consecutive pitches by Martinez in the seventh inning to help the Washington Nationals complete a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 6-1 victory Sunday.

Royals snap losing streak with win against Mariners - SEATTLE - Ian Kennedy felt like he only had one pitch working for him Sunday against the Seattle Mariners. He was still able to take a shutout into the sixth inning, and get a big boost from his bullpen when he finally ran into trouble.

Sporting K.C. ties Galaxy - KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Giovani dos Santos scored to help the Los Angeles Galaxy tie Sporting Kansas City 1-1 and extend its unbeaten streak to six games Sunday night.

Another win for Rosberg in Formula One - SOCHI, Russia - Nico Rosberg cruised to victory Sunday in the Russian Grand Prix as his title rival and teammate Lewis Hamilton dodged crashes and battled through the pack for second.

Crazy crash-fest at Talladega - TALLADEGA, Ala. - Two cars went airborne, 35 were involved in an accident of some kind, and Danica Patrick had the wind knocked out of her in a vicious crash into the wall. Just another demolition derby at Talladega Superspeedway.

Raptors eliminate Pacers - TORONTO - DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points,30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 rebounds and 10 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Indiana Pacers 89-84 on Sunday night in Game 7 of the first-round playoff series to advance to face Miami in the conference semifinals.

Heat oust Hornets - MIAMI - Dwyane Wade took a moment before tipoff Sunday to reflect on all his Miami Heat endured this season.

Warriors whip Trail Blazers - OAKLAND, Calif. - From the opening tip, Klay Thompson shot lights-out and even heaved one in from way out in Stephen Curry territory. Draymond Green began yapping from the start while doing his thing to make plays every which way, calling on his teammates to bring an edge on defense.

Backes gives Blues a birthday present in OT to tie series - DALLAS - David Backes gave the St. Louis Blues a big gift on his 32nd birthday, with another overtime goal to go home even.

Ameren proposing 2 customer-supported solar energy efforts - Ameren Missouri is considering two voluntary programs that would ask customers to pay more or provide property to support more solar power.

The Links, Inc., launchesnew chapter - Central Missouri now has its own chapter of The Links, Incorporated - one of the nation's oldest and largest volunteer-service organizations, created primarily to serve the African-American community.

Train derails in DC Hazardous chemical leaks from cars - Officials warned Washington, D.C., area residents to brace for a potentially slow commute Monday after a CSX freight train derailed near a Metro stop, sending 14 cars off the tracks and spilling hazardous material.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - State News
As of (05/02/2016) at 05:31 AM

Ameren proposing 2 customer-supported solar energy efforts - Ameren Missouri is considering two voluntary programs that would ask customers to pay more or provide property to support more solar power.

Legislature weighs tax breaks for businesses - Lawmakers in Missouri's Republican-led Legislature have proposed pro-industry measures ranging from incentives for small businesses to a tax break for farmers who raise captive deer to sell the animals' urine. Here's a breakdown of the estimated costs and where some of the legislation stands as the May 13 end of session approaches.

A new standard in learning for Missouri students New K-12 standards include change to when state history is taught, addition of cursive writing - Now that the Missouri Learning Standards have been stripped from the Common Core label, they've been well received by the public even though they aren't drastically different.

Missouri Democrats see scant progress on police oversight - Taped on the office door of Rep. Brandon Ellington, the chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, is a cutout of the House public safety chairman's smiling face, topped with the words "This is what bigotry looks like!"

Many Missouri Trump delegates aren't his supporters - Donald Trump earned 37 of Missouri's 52 delegates to the Republican National Convention when he won the March 15 primary, but as the state party began selecting delegates on Saturday, the New York businessman can't count on that level of support unless he clinches a first-ballot nomination.

Nixon signs mid-year budget boost - Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a mid-year increase to Missouri's budget that adds more than $460 million in spending to the state's current $26 billion budget.

Federal judge leaves in place preliminary injunction barring Planned Parenthood license - A federal judge is leaving in place - at least for now - a preliminary injunction barring the state of Missouri from revoking Planned Parenthood's license to perform abortions at a Columbia clinic.

Prosecutors: Missouri man raped woman days before he killed - A man convicted of strangling another man in southwestern Missouri in 2013 had raped a woman days earlier but avoided arrest at the time by insisting the sex was consensual, authorities allege in now charging him with rape.

Former jail guard accused of sex with inmate gets probation - A former St. Charles County jail guard accused last year of having sex with an inmate has been given a four-year suspended sentence and placed on probation.

Multiple charges for man involved in shootout with ranger - A man accused of shooting at several people in a St. Louis park, including a park ranger, is now facing multiple charges.

Ex-pastor accused of having sex with girl, 16, sentenced - A former Missouri pastor accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl in 2005 has been sentenced to four years in prison.

DEA: 240 gangs operating in St. Louis - The Drug Enforcement Administration says 240 gangs are roaming the streets of the St. Louis area, and most of their money is made through the sale and distribution of illegal drugs.

Sunken steamboat found in Malta Bend after 175 years - A group of excavators has found the 175-year-old sunken steamboat Malta, the namesake of the rural city of Malta Bend. A white outline, 140 feet long and 22 feet wide, marks the area where the steamboat Malta is buried.

Sen. Brown drops out of race for state treasurer - Republican Missouri state Sen. Dan Brown is dropping out of the race for state treasurer.

Missouri speaker doubts religious-objections measure revival - The leader of Missouri's House says he doesn't expect there will be an effort to revive a contested measure to protect some businesses opposed to same-sex marriage.

Voter ID measure stalled in Missouri Senate - A proposal to require Missouri voters to show photo ID at polling places is stalled in the state Senate.

Ban the box: Would dropping criminal history from job applications reduce recidivism? From #jcmo Inside Business - Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order April 11 prohibiting state agencies from asking about a job applicant's criminal history on an initial job application. But statewide legislation to ban the box for the state's public-sector businesses has stalled over the past two years.

Kelley wants sex offenders to know when they must register - State Rep. Mike Kelley wants to make sure people expected to be listed on the sex offender registry know they must register.

Missouri Legislature passes bill to add expert witness rules - Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday passed legislation to tighten the courtroom guidelines for expert testimony, an effort supporters say is aimed at ensuring experts who testify in court are truly experts.

Airlines want new single terminal at Kansas City airport - Airlines serving Kansas City International Airport want the facility to replace its three existing terminals with a single terminal airport that's expected to cost about $964 million.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Local News
As of (05/02/2016) at 05:31 AM

SENIOR Prom JCHS students cut rug with local seniors at 'prom' - Local elderly folks kicked up their heels to live jazz music Saturday night during the 10th Annual Senior Citizen prom hosted by the Jefferson City High School Student Council.

Revitalized spaces 10 sites on annual downtown tour of hidden, secret opportunities - It was “out with the old and in with the new" for many of the locations on this year's Hidden Spaces Secret Places tour.

Case for victim rights U.S. Justice Department honors Missouri victim advocate - Kim Case was 19 when a man grabbed her from her driveway.

Local artists' studios open for viewing for fundraiser - Five studios at three locations - in addition to several featured artists - will be open for viewing with live music, refreshments and beautiful artwork from 1-5 p.m. May 8.

The Links, Inc., launchesnew chapter - Central Missouri now has its own chapter of The Links, Incorporated - one of the nation's oldest and largest volunteer-service organizations, created primarily to serve the African-American community.

Authorities seeking public's help in homicide investigation - On Sunday, authorities with the Camden County Sheriff's Office contacted local media requesting the public's help in their investigation of the disappearance of George B. Webb of Macks Creek.

First of its kind golf center opens in Jefferson City Flat course offers handicap accessibility for golfers - Mostly cloudy skies and wet grounds greeted the nearly 200 people who came to Saturday's grand opening of the new, handicap-accessible Ken Lanning Golf Center.

Cole County Youth Day allows middle schoolers to address concerns - Saturday, more than two dozen young people went to Lincoln University for the first Cole County Youth Day.

$20,000 spent promoting Cole County sales tax Meanwhile, Jefferson City council candidates report their campaign expenditures - Nearly $20,000 was spent promoting the renewal of the Cole County half-cent capital improvement sales tax, which was approved last month by almost 80 percent of voters.

Jefferson City woman overcomes loss of vision, earns high school diploma A world devoid of details - Megan Crannick's world has been devoid of details for nearly six years. In high school, her vision started to fail, and the headaches were so excruciating she couldn't focus in class.

Getting rid of the leftovers after bulky trash pickup - The annual spring citywide bulky pickup has ended, but not everything has been picked up from the curbs.

Blind runner includes Mid-Missouri in solo run from L.A. to Boston - Jason Romero, of Denver, is running to provide some education - to help people understand “blind people are capable of anything, if just given the chance."

A new standard in learning for Missouri students New K-12 standards include change to when state history is taught, addition of cursive writing - Now that the Missouri Learning Standards have been stripped from the Common Core label, they've been well received by the public even though they aren't drastically different.

Historic Preservation chairman eyeing MSP as key to Jefferson City history - Like losing the World War II veterans, losing connections to Jefferson City's history is just as concerning, said Art Hernandez, chairman of the city's Historic Preservation Commission.

Lincoln Faculty Senate seeks pay raises, course changes - Lincoln University's Faculty Senate did more last Thursday than discuss disagreements with the provost's office over proposed operations changes.

Jefferson City woman wins Apple Festival logo contest - Jefferson City resident Shelby Patterson took first place in the 2016 Olde Tyme Apple Festival Logo Contest.

BizBeat: New entertainment, event venue open on Industrial - Jefferson City has a new option for venues to host weddings, meetings and events in Windstone Entertainment.

BizBeat: Scene One preparing for new location - When Scene One crew members set up for the East High Street black-box theater's production of “Talking Things Over with Chekhov" at May 12, it will be for the last time.

BizBeat: Five Below to open Friday - National chain Five Below is set to open its Jefferson City store Friday.

Missouri Democrats see scant progress on police oversight - Taped on the office door of Rep. Brandon Ellington, the chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, is a cutout of the House public safety chairman's smiling face, topped with the words "This is what bigotry looks like!"


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (05/02/2016) at 05:31 AM

Our Opinion: Ways to ease bridge work inconvenience News Tribune editorial - Within the next few days, the planned closure of the westbound U.S. 54/63 Missouri River Bridge will affect travel in much of Central Missouri for approximately four months.

Your Opinion: Signing off over restroom issue - Wow. Men wanting to use the little girls' room is a real issue. Well I am out.

Your Opinion: Congressman misunderstands federal fiscal policy - It is embarrassing that all of us in the 3rd Congressional District are represented by Blaine Luetkemeyer.

Your Opinion: On climate change, time to act is now - Do you drive through Kansas and Colorado thinking, “This was once a great inland sea about 100 million years ago?"

Your Opinion: Blatant coverage criticized - he big, bold, glaring headline on the front page of the April 21 edition was intriguing to say the least “Michael Sam slams religious objections bill." Is Sam due such blatant news coverage?

Your Opinion: Election is about jobs - In my opinion the most important thing in this next election is jobs. Whoever can secure jobs for Americans should win.

Our Opinion: Be aware of motorcycles sharing the roads News Tribune editorial - Motorists include motorcyclists, and their safety is a focus of Motorcycle Awareness Month, observed during May.

Perspective: Enhancing mobile mammography - Life brings many twists, turns, ups and downs to all of us. Many of us have experienced a mother, sister, daughter or friend who has been diagnosed with, suffered from and bravely fought against breast cancer.

Our Opinion: Unique golf venue linked to our community - Add a handicap-accessible golf course to list of recreational amenities in Mid-Missouri.

Our Opinion: Uniform starting line for job applicants - The best employer-employee relationships are based on mutual fairness.

Your Opinion: Calling attention to maintenance - Unlike some residents in the immediate area, this property owner does try to keep her home and land in good condition, but it is difficult to maintain the land as she would like when government bodies don't do their share to maintain what they own.

Your Opinion: Support equity for federal retirees - I served the federal government for 42 years with the DOT Federal Highway Administration retiring doing environmental.

Our Opinion: What's ahead for city's environmental quality panel? - Jefferson City's Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) may be characterized as a victim of its own success.

Our Opinion: Helias fund drive deserves wide support - The shield logo for Helias Catholic High School illustrates that the institution is under God's protection.

Perspective: Budget, ethics bills sent to governor - On Wednesday, after one last trip around the Coca-Cola plant and the State Capitol, Jefferson City laid to rest one of its most distinguished and well-respected citizens, Carl Vogel.


The Southeast Missourian
As of (05/02/2016) at 05:31 AM

Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 5/2/16 (05/02/16) Cape Girardeau County Commission 1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Approval of minutes n Minutes of the April 28 meeting Communications/ reports -- other elected officials n None at this time Public comments n Items listed on agenda Routine business...

Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 5/2/16 (05/02/16) Cape Girardeau City Council City hall 401 Independence St. Study session, 5 p.m. today Items for discussion n Beautiful Business Property of the Month presentation n 2016 emergency solutions grant presentation n Environmental status report: solid waste, recycling and water system...

Age Spots: Getting the most out of each bite with senior nutrition (05/02/16) By Jackie Dover ~ The Best Years "Mom, what's for dinner?" How many times did we as children ask this question? The results in our house varied from a good old Sunday dinner of fried chicken and all the fixings to an, "I'm busy, just grab a sandwich." But now that simple question could mean the difference between a healthy life and hunger...

Hit the road: Easy weekend getaways for spring and summer (05/02/16) By Logan Young ~ The Best Years As the days grow longer and warmer months roll around, the itch to travel tends to resurface. And when it comes to finding the perfect weekend vacation, Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf), travel expert and owner of Elite Travel in Cape Girardeau, suggests giving all your options a chance...

Pets as passengers: Put safety first when taking a car ride with your pet (05/02/16) By Laura Monahan ~ The Best Years Whether it's a ride to the local dog park, a trip to the vet, or simply driving around and enjoying the weather, nobody makes a better back seat driver than Fido. He never tells you how to drive or when you missed your turn. He's just thrilled to be along for the ride...

Trump won Missouri district, but delegates support Ted Cruz (05/01/16) BALLWIN, Mo. -- Donald Trump earned 37 of 52 Missouri delegates to the Republican National Convention with his narrow victory in the March primary, but he won't have that level of support if he fails to clinch the nomination on the first ballot. Missouri hosted eight congressional district conventions Saturday, selecting 24 of the delegates for the convention -- three from each district. The rest will be chosen at a statewide convention in three weeks...

Missouri Democrats see scant progress on police oversight (05/01/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Taped on the office door of Rep. Brandon Ellington, the chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, is a cutout of the House public safety chairman's smiling face, topped with the words "This is what bigotry looks like!" The poster directs people to contact Republican Rep. ...

Governor signs mid-year budget boost (05/01/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a mid-year increase to Missouri's budget that adds more than $460 million in spending to the state's current $26 billion budget. Nixon on Friday approved the additional spending, of which more than $150 million comes from the federal government...

Planned Parenthood license topic of Missouri hearing (05/01/16) COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A federal judge is leaving in place -- at least for now -- a preliminary injunction barring the state of Missouri from revoking Planned Parenthood's license to perform abortions at a Columbia clinic. After a hearing Thursday, U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey said she would weigh the matter and rule "as soon as possible," the Columbia Daily Tribune reported...

DEA: 240 gangs operating in St. Louis (05/01/16) ST. LOUIS — The Drug Enforcement Administration says 240 gangs are roaming the streets of the St. Louis area, and most of their money is made through the sale and distribution of illegal drugs. DEA agent James Shroba told KMOV-TV the gangs create a toxic environment. ...

1 million goldfish dive into lake near Phoenix (05/02/16) TEMPE, Ariz. -- More than 1 million goldfish now have a giant fishbowl to call home in a Phoenix suburb. Tempe officials dumped about 1.2 million goldfish and minnows into Tempe Town Lake on Friday. They said the fish will serve as a natural insect control for midge flies' larvae, which are at the bottom. The fish were transported from Arkansas by truck. The man-made lake already has a variety of fish, including bass and carp. The goldfish are expected to be a food source for the larger fish...

Nation, world briefs 5/2/2016 (05/02/16) WASHINGTON -- CIA director John Brennan said a 28-page secret chapter from a congressional inquiry into 9/11 contains preliminary information about possible Saudi links to the attackers that hadn't been corroborated or checked out at the time. The Obama administration soon may release part of the material. ...

New tests lead to Phoenix freeway shooting case's undoing (05/02/16) PHOENIX -- Leslie Merritt Jr. sat in a police interrogation room, unaware of why he had just been swarmed by SWAT officers and whisked away in handcuffs. "Why do you think you would be here?" the detective asked. "I have no idea, man. Traffic ticket or something," Merritt replied...

Trump gets outside help for possible GOP convention battle (05/02/16) WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump has a Plan B if he's faced with a contested convention, and it involves the sort of outside groups he's called "corrupt." While the billionaire businessman might lock up the Republican presidential nomination in the next five weeks of voting, he and his allies also are undertaking a parallel effort in case he falls short...

Train derails in Washington; leaks hazardous chemical (05/02/16) WASHINGTON -- Officials warned Washington, D.C.-area residents to brace for a potentially slow commute today after a CSX freight train derailed near a Metro stop, sending 14 cars off the tracks and spilling hazardous material. The train derailed about 6:40 a.m. Sunday near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station, and one of the cars leaked sodium hydroxide, used to produce various household products including paper, soap and detergents, CSX said...

In full bloom: Linda and Gene Penzel have kept the Pinecrest Azalea Gardens a tradition since the 1970s (05/02/16) Since the 1970s, in March each year, Pinecrest Azalea Gardens has opened to the public. The 20-acre gardens at 799 Torre Lane in Oak Ridge are part of a 50-acre farm owned by Gene and Linda Penzel. Admission is free, and from the opening date in March until the closing day in May -- this year May 15 -- thousands of visitors enjoy the beauty of the gardens...

Strings attached: Retired minister Michael Davis has made dozens of guitars by hand (05/02/16) For many years, Michael Davis spent his days doing God's work as a Methodist minister. But when he retired five years ago, he was suddenly faced with nothing much to do. "I said, 'I ain't gonna sit here and watch TV all the time,'" he says. Clearly, he needed to find a hobby...

The Five of Clubbs: Get us out from under, Wonder Woman (05/02/16) Because the deadline for this column falls just a few days shy of my 40th birthday, I contemplated several different themes for it. I could talk about some life lessons I have recently learned, what I am looking forward to after the big 4-0 or how I plan to celebrate. But one event seemed to touch on all three of these themes. It's an event I momentarily hesitated to share for lots of reasons, but we'll start with the fact that the word "mammogram" is just funny...

Stay-at-home moms stay the course (05/02/16) Mothers: We all had one. Some scold, some plead, some worry and some hover, but they all love, and they all raise children. But that is where the similarities end. There are as many different types of mothers as there are children. All mothers work. ...

Children and social media: Pros and cons (05/02/16) In an age where social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others seem to consume a great deal of our daily lives, parents should be educated in how this can affect the development of healthy interpersonal skills. I recommend parents monitor and place restrictions on the time children spend engaging in these activities. ...


The Southeast Missourian - State News
As of (05/02/2016) at 05:31 AM

Trump won Missouri district, but delegates support Ted Cruz (05/01/16) BALLWIN, Mo. -- Donald Trump earned 37 of 52 Missouri delegates to the Republican National Convention with his narrow victory in the March primary, but he won't have that level of support if he fails to clinch the nomination on the first ballot. Missouri hosted eight congressional district conventions Saturday, selecting 24 of the delegates for the convention -- three from each district. The rest will be chosen at a statewide convention in three weeks...

Missouri Democrats see scant progress on police oversight (05/01/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Taped on the office door of Rep. Brandon Ellington, the chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, is a cutout of the House public safety chairman's smiling face, topped with the words "This is what bigotry looks like!" The poster directs people to contact Republican Rep. ...

Governor signs mid-year budget boost (05/01/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a mid-year increase to Missouri's budget that adds more than $460 million in spending to the state's current $26 billion budget. Nixon on Friday approved the additional spending, of which more than $150 million comes from the federal government...

Planned Parenthood license topic of Missouri hearing (05/01/16) COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A federal judge is leaving in place -- at least for now -- a preliminary injunction barring the state of Missouri from revoking Planned Parenthood's license to perform abortions at a Columbia clinic. After a hearing Thursday, U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey said she would weigh the matter and rule "as soon as possible," the Columbia Daily Tribune reported...

DEA: 240 gangs operating in St. Louis (05/01/16) ST. LOUIS — The Drug Enforcement Administration says 240 gangs are roaming the streets of the St. Louis area, and most of their money is made through the sale and distribution of illegal drugs. DEA agent James Shroba told KMOV-TV the gangs create a toxic environment. ...

Multiple charges for man involved in shootout with ranger (05/01/16) ST. LOUIS — A man accused of shooting at several people in a St. Louis park, including a park ranger, is facing multiple charges. KMOV-TV reported 36-year-old Demetrius Webb is charged with crimes that include armed criminal action, assault and unlawful possession of a firearm for shootings April 24 in Carondelet Park. ...

Sunken steamboat found after 175 years (04/29/16) MALTA BEND, Mo. -- A group of excavators has found the 175-year-old sunken steamboat Malta, the namesake of the rural city of Malta Bend. The Columbia Missourian reported a white outline, 140 feet long and 22 feet wide, marks the area where the steamboat Malta is buried...

Robotics students compete in St. Louis (04/29/16) ST. LOUIS -- About 29,000 students are participating in a prestigious robotics competition hosted in downtown St. Louis. Students from 40 countries and all 50 states began the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology competition Thursday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The three-day competition includes hundreds of matches and presentations for K-12 students...

Missouri religious-objections proposal fails in committee (04/28/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri religious-objections proposal failed to get the approval of a key legislative committee Wednesday in a setback for conservatives who hoped to add protections for those who cite their faith in denying services such as flowers or cakes for same-sex weddings...

NASA astronauts prepare in St. Louis for flight on commercial spacecraft (04/28/16) ST. LOUIS -- Five years after the last NASA astronauts flew from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the International Space Station, a new group is preparing for a trip, this time on a private spacecraft. On Tuesday, veteran astronauts Eric Boe and Sunita Williams used touch-screen simulators to practice docking Boeing Co.'s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft with the space station during a training session near Lambert-St. ...

Missouri Senate passes rules on releasing body camera video (04/28/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would limit the public's access to some footage from police body cameras, which Republican lawmakers said was a necessary prerequisite for more law enforcement departments to take up the technology...

Kansas City diocese holds service for sexual abuse healing (04/28/16) LIBERTY, Mo. -- About 100 Kansas City-area worshippers have participated in a Catholic prayer service to seek spiritual healing over past sexual abuse within the local archdiocese. The service at St. James Catholic Church in Liberty was the eighth in a series called "Healing Our Parishes Through Empathy." Bishop James V. Johnston Jr. presided...

18-year-old hiker survives 70-foot cliff-fall in Missouri (04/28/16) KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An 18-year-old hiker who tumbled 60 to 70 feet over a cliff at a quarry in Missouri's Ozarks landed on an outcrop that spared her an additional 100-foot drop to her likely death, one of her rescuers said Wednesday. But that ledge -- jutting just 20 feet out from the cliff wall -- was among a few things the victim might want to credit for her survival Monday night during an ill-fated hike with two others, Highlandville Rural Fire Protection District chief Kevin Stephens said...

Eagle Forum board members sue to oust Schlafly confidant (04/28/16) EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- A majority of board members of Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum has filed an Illinois lawsuit over its efforts to oust a former Missouri Republican Party chairman from the conservative political organization. The Madison County lawsuit follows a vote earlier this month by six of the organization's 11 board members to fire Eagle Forum president Ed Martin. The organization is based in Alton...

Jobless benefit cuts weighed by Missouri high court's again (04/27/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- In a rare move, the Missouri Supreme Court heard a second round of arguments Tuesday as it wrestles with whether to invalidate a state law that cuts jobless benefits because of an alleged flaw in the way it was enacted. More than 2,700 people already have lost unemployment benefits this month under the contested Missouri law that limits aid to 13 weeks, the second-briefest period nationally along with North Carolina. Florida offers 12 weeks of benefits...

Missouri Senate passes farm exemptions to open records laws (04/27/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's open-records laws would not cover some farming data under a measure the Missouri Senate passed Tuesday. The legislation, which passed with a bipartisan majority of 25-6, would require state agencies to keep confidential the information farmers submit for voluntary agricultural programs, such as registration data for animal disease-tracking programs. Anyone who improperly releases that information could be sued...

Missouri lawmakers send bill on medical expenses to Nixon (04/27/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers on Tuesday passed legislation to change how medical expenses are handled in court, sending the measure to Gov. Jay Nixon. House members voted 95-57 in favor of the bill, which would allow only the actual costs and not the value of medical expenses to be considered as evidence in civil lawsuits...

Missouri House passes bill to expand access to birth control (04/27/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s Republican-controlled House has voted to increase women’s access to birth control by allowing pharmacists to prescribe oral contraceptives. Tuesday’s 97-50 vote in the House sends the measure to the Senate. Under Republican Rep. Sheila Solon’s bill, those younger than 18 would have to show pharmacists a doctor’s previous prescription ...

Missouri House advances bill to expand concealed carry (04/27/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A bill designed to ease limits on the concealed carry of weapons is advancing in the Missouri Legislature after House members voted 112-37 to send the measure to the Senate. The legislation House members approved Tuesday would allow people to carry concealed guns without a permit anywhere they now can carry openly, something that doesn’t require a permit. ...

NAACP seeks investigation of ballot shortage (04/27/16) CLAYTON, Mo. — The NAACP chapter in St. Louis County is calling for an independent committee to investigate ballot problems in the county. Ballot shortages affected more than 60 precincts during the April 5 municipal election. The county already is conducting its own investigation, as is the Missouri Secretary of State’s office and a Missouri House committee. ...


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Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 5/2/16 Cape Girardeau County Commission 1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Approval of minutes n Minutes of the April 28 meeting Communications/ reports -- other elected officials n None at this time Public comments n Items listed on agenda Routine business...

Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 5/2/16 Cape Girardeau City Council City hall 401 Independence St. Study session, 5 p.m. today Items for discussion n Beautiful Business Property of the Month presentation n 2016 emergency solutions grant presentation n Environmental status report: solid waste, recycling and water system...

Age Spots: Getting the most out of each bite with senior nutrition By Jackie Dover ~ The Best Years "Mom, what's for dinner?" How many times did we as children ask this question? The results in our house varied from a good old Sunday dinner of fried chicken and all the fixings to an, "I'm busy, just grab a sandwich." But now that simple question could mean the difference between a healthy life and hunger...

Hit the road: Easy weekend getaways for spring and summer By Logan Young ~ The Best Years As the days grow longer and warmer months roll around, the itch to travel tends to resurface. And when it comes to finding the perfect weekend vacation, Carolyn Sandgren (Kempf), travel expert and owner of Elite Travel in Cape Girardeau, suggests giving all your options a chance...

Pets as passengers: Put safety first when taking a car ride with your pet By Laura Monahan ~ The Best Years Whether it's a ride to the local dog park, a trip to the vet, or simply driving around and enjoying the weather, nobody makes a better back seat driver than Fido. He never tells you how to drive or when you missed your turn. He's just thrilled to be along for the ride...

In full bloom: Linda and Gene Penzel have kept the Pinecrest Azalea Gardens a tradition since the 1970s By Suzanne Thompson Cozza ~ The Best Years Since the 1970s, in March each year, Pinecrest Azalea Gardens has opened to the public. The 20-acre gardens at 799 Torre Lane in Oak Ridge are part of a 50-acre farm owned by Gene and Linda Penzel. Admission is free, and from the opening date in March until the closing day in May -- this year May 15 -- thousands of visitors enjoy the beauty of the gardens...

Strings attached: Retired minister Michael Davis has made dozens of guitars by hand By Lindsay Jones ~ The Best Years For many years, Michael Davis spent his days doing God's work as a Methodist minister. But when he retired five years ago, he was suddenly faced with nothing much to do. "I said, 'I ain't gonna sit here and watch TV all the time,'" he says. Clearly, he needed to find a hobby...

The Five of Clubbs: Get us out from under, Wonder Woman By Brooke Clubbs ~ Flourish Because the deadline for this column falls just a few days shy of my 40th birthday, I contemplated several different themes for it. I could talk about some life lessons I have recently learned, what I am looking forward to after the big 4-0 or how I plan to celebrate. But one event seemed to touch on all three of these themes. It's an event I momentarily hesitated to share for lots of reasons, but we'll start with the fact that the word "mammogram" is just funny...

Stay-at-home moms stay the course By Dawn Bollinger ~ Flourish Mothers: We all had one. Some scold, some plead, some worry and some hover, but they all love, and they all raise children. But that is where the similarities end. There are as many different types of mothers as there are children. All mothers work. ...

Children and social media: Pros and cons By Shannon Anderson ~ Flourish In an age where social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others seem to consume a great deal of our daily lives, parents should be educated in how this can affect the development of healthy interpersonal skills. I recommend parents monitor and place restrictions on the time children spend engaging in these activities. ...

Paws & Effect: Seasonal allergies in pets and how to ease discomfort 1 By Stacy Busch-Heisserer ~ Flourish It's spring and we are all beginning to feel the effect: runny nose, itchy eyes, lethargy. It's a reminder of what's to come: seasonal allergies. Allergies seem to be a way of life for us humans here in Southeast Missouri, and unfortunately, our pets are suffering from them as well...

Dare to DIY: Refurbishing pros share their best tips for beginners By Lindsay Jones ~ Flourish With the recent explosion of TV shows that specialize in do-it-yourself projects, remaking an old piece of furniture can seem like a breeze. Except it isn't. Not only does refurbishing a scuffed end table or outdated dresser take time; it also takes tools. A little know-how doesn't hurt, either...

Turning dreams into reality: Cindy Taylor operates a Sikeston shop with one goal: to help all women feel beautiful in the spotlight By Marybeth Niederkorn ~ Flourish In a redbrick building one block off East Malone Avenue in Sikeston, Missouri, Cindy Taylor greets shoppers looking for dresses, home furnishings, wedding decorations -- and community. Her store is busy on a Wednesday afternoon, with women and girls shopping for dresses in the back of the shop, while in the front, customers pick out home decor items, examine furniture and look through newly-donated items...

Serving 'the least of these': Michelle Outman runs h.o.w.? Ministry in Cape Girardeau to help women in Africa By Adrienne Ross ~ Flourish Michelle Outman turned her love for serving others into mission work that is making a difference in the lives of countless people, particularly in Africa. As the founder and executive director of h.o.w? Ministry, Outman not only helps Africans overcome obstacles, but she empowers them to cultivate life skills through which they develop resources to help them flourish. Helping Orphans and Widows -- h.o.w? -- has a three-part mission: "empowering women, saving children, fighting poverty."...

Street Style: Make your own fashion rules By Sheila McKinley ~ Flourish This edition of Street Style veers south to Sikeston, Missouri, to highlight one fashionable woman's "work flow" outfit. I've also got a mini feature at La Boutique in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, featuring the style of one of their associates, Caela. There is some phenomenal fashion in our area, and I want to give Southeast Missouri women and men of style a chance to show it off...

'Makeup is fun': Cape Girardeau makeup artist Amber Stemmerman dishes on her experience working at the Latin Grammys Interview by Robyn Gautschy ~ Flourish Flourish: Let's start from the beginning: When did your love of makeup first begin? Amber: I have loved makeup and all things fashion ever since I can remember! I grew up in a neighborhood of all boys, so there were certainly a few unwilling victims who fell subject to my makeup practices!...

The Beauty Counter: Tips for your best wedding day look By Anne Hudson ~ Flourish While there are many reasons I would encourage any future bride to consider hiring a makeup artist for her wedding day, there are still many brides out there who prefer doing their makeup themselves. Whether you choose to hire someone or DIY it, I want to provide you with some tips and information about how to ensure you look your best on your wedding day...

Ready or not: Many services available for women with unplanned pregnancies By Logan Young ~ Flourish Having an unplanned pregnancy can be a stressful, frightening time in a woman's life. In Cape Girardeau, there are several locations -- including Birthright, Options for Women and Lutheran Family and Children's Services -- where women can find counseling, care and alternative options for their pregnancy...

Right on the money: 'Money Clues Lady' LaKenya Taylor leads others to financial empowerment By Logan Young ~ Flourish LaKenya Taylor of Cape Girardeau wears many hats. From giving advice as the "Money Clues Lady" at 6:30 a.m. five mornings a week on the CW to teaching classes from the book she wrote called "Improving Your Money Flow" at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center, Taylor works tirelessly to spread her knowledge of accounting and finances and empower others to take charge of their money...

Woman to woman: Perryville Chamber has successful Women's Network; Cape Chamber group in the works By Lindsay Jones ~ Flourish For the past 10 years, the Perryville Area Chamber of Commerce has hosted a Women's Network to help members grow personally and professionally. Amanda Winschel, the chamber's director, says the program began as a way for area businesswomen to share contacts and help each other make important connections they might not find otherwise...


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
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Local school musicians compete in Chicago, New York City (05/02/16) Education is more than the reading, writing and arithmetic that take place within the four walls of a classroom. Quality education opens doors to other forms of learning -- academics, art, sports, music. All of it helps shape young minds and hearts. Recently, Cape Girardeau Central High School and Jackson High School band students had the honor of sharing their musical talents in New York and Chicago, respectively, while simultaneously being enriched by the experience...

Tubman worthy of picture on the $20 bill (05/01/16) Harriet Tubman is one of the toughest and boldest figures in American history. Tubman was born a slave, forced to work as a field hand and endured brutal beatings. She escaped that life, but she did so much more than escape. A woman of action, she returned to the south at least 19 times to help her family and hundreds of other slaves escape their masters. ...

Congratulations, seniors! Celebrate safely (04/29/16) As students complete their high-school career, there is much to celebrate -- the friends they have made, the things they have learned, a sense of accomplishment and anticipation of things to come. Two school-sanctioned spring events embody that celebration: prom and graduation...

Messy morning is good, clean fun for kids (04/28/16) Sometimes it's fun to make a mess. And once a year, area children are treated to a sanctioned mess-making party without fear of getting in trouble with their parents. The United Way's 11th Messy Morning is coming up Saturday. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau...

Meth remains an issue despite prescription laws (04/27/16) In an effort to curb the growth of methamphetamine labs, many Missouri cities and counties have enacted laws to make one of meth's ingredients less accessible. Since December 2010, pseudoephedrine has been available by prescription only in Cape Girardeau. ...

Scouting award winner serves many organizations (04/26/16) Congratulations to John M. Thompson, recipient of the Dr. James A. Kinder Good Scout Award. At the community dinner attended by about 110 people Thursday, Thompson was honored for his many years of service. Thompson's record speaks for itself. Not only did he earn his Eagle Scout Award almost 50 years ago, after starting out as a Cub Scout, but he was also awarded the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to youth just four years ago. ...

Improvments make parks a destination in Cape (04/25/16) Cape Girardeau is becoming a burgeoning area for recreation. The number of places for children to play is growing, and safety improving. From the newly improved Cape Splash to the buzzing Osage Centre, Cape guarantees great fun. And now, nature-inspired playground equipment will be installed at Cape Girardeau County Park South and the popular Melaina's Magical Playland at Cape County North has reopened to complement those places and enhance our area's family-friendly appeal...

Improvements make parks a destination in Cape (04/25/16) Cape Girardeau is becoming a burgeoning area for recreation. The number of places for children to play is growing, and safety improving. From the newly improved Cape Splash to the buzzing Osage Centre, Cape guarantees great fun. And now, nature-inspired playground equipment will be installed at Cape Girardeau County Park South and the popular Melaina's Magical Playland at Cape County North has reopened to complement those places and enhance our area's family-friendly appeal...

Ethics reform should be priority for Missouri (04/24/16) Ethics reform has been one of the primary focuses of this legislative session in Jefferson City. In one way, it's a bit unfortunate that such attention is being placed on this topic. The state has many needs and priorities -- the state's crumbling transportation infrastructure among them. ...

Be a Friend of the Parks this Saturday (04/22/16) Springtime means people are spending more of the day outside, walking trails, biking or spending time in one of Cape Girardeau’s many parks. On Saturday, you have an opportunity to thank the parks and other outdoor spots for all the good times you’ve had there by participating in Cape’s 31st annual Friends of the Parks Day and the Great Cape Clean-Up.

Banquet highlights help Teen Challenge gives (04/21/16) The annual Teen Challenge banquet is an opportunity for donors to hear from those the program has helped and other speakers and performers. At this year's banquet, held Saturday night, many people offered testimony on how God changed their lives through the program...

Slow progress being made on violent crime in Cape (04/20/16) Each year the Cape Girardeau Police Department releases an annual report to outline the amount and types of crimes happening in the city, as well as how things are going at the department. This year's report reflected mixed news for the city. First, the bad news: The number of thefts and vehicle thefts, rapes, detective cases and total calls for service increased from 2014 to 2015. ...

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month (04/19/16) Like all months, April has its share of observances. From the warm-and-fuzzy National Pet Day to the lyrical National Poetry Month to the onerous Tax Day, April has something for everyone. Certainly more serious is National Child Abuse Prevention Month...

Arrow staff wins several journalism awards (04/18/16) Congratulations to the Arrow, the Southeast Missouri State University student newspaper, for winning 17 Missouri College Media Association Awards, held April 8 and 9. Creating a quality news outlet is no small accomplishment. To do so in such a way as to win a plethora of awards is an honor indeed...

Arrow staff wins several journalism awards (04/18/16) Congratulations to the Arrow, the Southeast Missouri State University student newspaper, for winning 17 Missouri College Media Association Awards, held April 8 and 9. Creating a quality news outlet is no small accomplishment. To do so in such a way as to win a plethora of awards is an honor indeed...

Marquette project could give Cape major boost (04/17/16) Local developers announced last week a downtown project that could add another huge boost to the downtown Cape Girardeau area. Jeffrey Maurer of Mayson Capital Partners announced a $20 million development that intends to make use of 145,000 square feet, most of which is currently unoccupied. The plan calls for the development of two large, significant and historic buildings, the Marquette Tower and the H-H Building...

New Broadway sculpture exhibit to be unveiled today (04/15/16) Things are looking a little different along Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau. Crews recently began switching out the sculptures that line the street in advance of the city's third public outdoor exhibit. The seven new pieces have been selected by juror and artist James Johnson (with input from Cape's Public Art Committee) and will be unveiled this evening at 6 p.m. A public reception will be held at the Vasterling Suites courtyard at Broadway and Fountain Street...

More singing and dancing take stage in Cape today (04/14/16) If you didn't get your fill of stage performances last week, you again have some opportunities this weekend. Students at Central High School will perform Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" today through Sunday at the high school. "Cinderella" is, of course, a classic fairy tale that tells the story of a young lady, her wicked stepmother and stepsisters and a benevolent fairy godmother. ...

Cape Comic Con expands for this year's event (04/13/16) Comic and gaming fans will find themselves right at home in Cape Girardeau this weekend for the 11th annual Cape Comic Con. The con opens Friday night and continues through Sunday. The event will take place at the Osage Center, but in anticipation of breaking the attendance record, Cape Comic Con organizer Ken Murphy has expanded the con to other venues, as well, including Port Cape Girardeau and the Arena Building...

Walk for Women benefits student athletes (04/12/16) Southeast Missouri State University's Walk for Women, which takes place Saturday, provides much-needed finances for the student-athlete scholarship fund. Southeast women athletes excel in running, dribbling, throwing and more. However, they represent more than the sports they master and the classes they pass. ...


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