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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:22 AM

Wet forecast threatens Independence Day weekend

Record number of drivers expected on roads this holiday weekend

Illinois OKs stopgap spending deal, governor will sign

Messenger: Taking care of his friends becomes a Steve Stenger signature

1947: Hundreds flee on east side as flood breaks four levees

Entertainment The best new restaurants of 2016, so far

Concert reviews Chris Stapleton gets better every time, this time in sold-out show at Fox

With success of beer dispenser, Synek now turns sights on wine

Despite early anxieties, Chinese takeover of U.S. ham king proves uneventful

Health St. Louis Fire Department releases list of ambulance visits to Planned Parenthood

Resident wants St. Louis to fly Bosnian flag over City Hall to commemorate Srebrenica massacre

Starbucks workers petition for more hours amid labor cuts

Multistate energy transmission project submits new application for approval in Missouri

Summer Fun in St. Louis The 10 best fireworks photos from Post-Dispatch photographers

Maryland Heights discloses names of potential Lake District developers

Overland boy reported missing is found safe

Mizzou tabs SEMO's Bieser as baseball coach

Man caught on video shooting at car downtown is charged, St. Louis police say

$370,000 in federal security funds are going to St. Louis-area Jewish institutions

BenFred: Cards' home-field struggles becoming harder to explain away


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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Political News
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:23 AM

Health St. Louis Fire Department releases list of ambulance visits to Planned Parenthood

Illinois Illinois OKs stopgap spending deal, governor will sign

Tony Messenger Messenger: Taking care of his friends becomes a Steve Stenger signature

Resident wants St. Louis to fly Bosnian flag over City Hall to commemorate Srebrenica massacre

Kinloch discusses, but doesn't act on, hiring outside police

St. Louis deputy marshal arrested after threatening mass shooting, authorities say

Nearby residents oppose wedding venue planned near St. Peters

St. Louis unemployment is lowest since 2001

Sparo gets FDA clearance for asthma-related device

Missouri's technology fund invests in 6 St. Louis firms

Grandview Plaza has new owner

God, guns and votes: Missouri Republican governor candidates take to the airwaves

Photos: Scouts place flags at graves in Jefferson Barracks cemetery

Before and after: How the last 10 presidents physically changed while in office

How major legislation fared in the Missouri Legislature in 2016

Local Through the years: Images of Francis Slay during his time as St. Louis mayor

Photos: Ted Cruz makes case to be Republican nominee after strong Wisconsin victory

Political primaries and March Madness

St. Louis Fire Department releases list of ambulance visits to Planned Parenthood

Messenger: Taking care of his friends becomes a Steve Stenger signature


St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:23 AM

Editorial: Pine Lawn, poster child for municipal consolidation

Editorial: Zika becomes a Congress-borne disease

Editorial: No national interest served by keeping Benghazi controversy alive

Two wrongs don't give police a right

Where's the common sense when it comes to guns and abortion?

Nixon should immediately veto dangerous bill on guns

Silence about guns is the enemy of progress

Charles Krauthammer Charles Krauthammer: Brexit: Sovereign kingdom or little England?

Dana Miilbank Dana Milbank: Anthony Kennedy restores a liberal Supreme Court

Michael Gerson Michael Gerson: For the GOP, a time for resistance

Dana Miilbank Dana Milbank: Democrats should not be too cocky about defeating Trump

E.J. Dionne E.J. Dionne: Learning from Britain's unnecessary crisis

Nearby residents oppose wedding venue planned near St. Peters

St. Louis unemployment is lowest since 2001

Sparo gets FDA clearance for asthma-related device

Missouri's technology fund invests in 6 St. Louis firms

Grandview Plaza has new owner

Regulations make it harder to donate blood ( … ) I have been a regular, consistent blood donor at Mercy Hospital St. Louis for over a decade. I am there at least once if not twice a month. I recognize the staff workers and they recognize me. I derive no benefit for taking time out of my busy life to perform this life-extending service. It … Read more

Public doesn't need the firepower of assault weapons ( … )

'Immigrant' and 'illegal immigrant' aren't interchangeable ( … )


Kansas City Star
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:23 AM

Local Hundreds of grown-ups learn about life from an 8-year-old Merriam boy 7:12 PM Dominic Matthew Johnson’s insight, laughter and attitude buoyed hundreds Though brain cancer took his life, it never took away his smile He brought a diverse group of people together as supporters

Local Kansas teens fired for discussing unequal pay find new jobs 8:12 PM

Royals Kendrys Morales ends June white-hot, leads Royals to 4-2 victory over Cardinals 12:09 AM

Local Kansas City police and parents of a slain child warn against celebratory gunfire 10:57 PM

Sam Mellinger A simple plan for the NBA Draft that benefits players, colleges and the pros 5:09 PM

Local Zipper merge coming to Johnson County project on Tuesday 2:02 PM

Baseball MLB, Congress strike back at minor-league ballplayers suing for more pay 8:04 PM

Kendrys Morales ends June white-hot, leads Royals to 4-2 victory over Cardinals 12:09 AM

Raytown City Hall and police department closed for airborne health hazard 9:39 PM

Kansas City police and parents of a slain child warn against celebratory gunfire 10:57 PM

Union goes on strike against Trump Taj Mahal casino 6:00 AM

Latest government warning: Beware of raw cookie dough 8:45 PM

Local Hundreds of grown-ups learn about life from an 8-year-old Merriam boy 7:12 PM Dominic Matthew Johnson’s insight, laughter and attitude buoyed hundreds Though brain cancer took his life, it never took away his smile He brought a diverse group of people together as supporters

Local Kansas teens fired for discussing unequal pay find new jobs 8:12 PM

Royals Kendrys Morales ends June white-hot, leads Royals to 4-2 victory over Cardinals 12:09 AM

Local Kansas City police and parents of a slain child warn against celebratory gunfire 10:57 PM

Sam Mellinger A simple plan for the NBA Draft that benefits players, colleges and the pros 5:09 PM

Local Zipper merge coming to Johnson County project on Tuesday 2:02 PM

Baseball MLB, Congress strike back at minor-league ballplayers suing for more pay 8:04 PM

Kendrys Morales ends June white-hot, leads Royals to 4-2 victory over Cardinals Kendrys Morales' eighth-inning homer in St. Louis punctuated a month of rebirth for the Royals' hitter, who finished 3 for 4 with a homer and two doubles on Thursday night for Kansas City.


Kansas City Star - Political News
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:24 AM

Government & Politics Far-right-leaning Kansas congressman lags in raising fresh money Roger Marshall has raised $200,000 more than Tim Huelskamp has Agriculture groups back Marshall in Kansas’ most competitive race They will face off in Aug. 2 primary in ‘Big First’ Congressional District

Government & Politics Eric Greitens offers ‘ISIS hunting permit’ for donation to his Missouri gubernatorial campaign The Republican has come up with a new fundraising gimmick: an ISIS hunting permit. For $10, donors get a bumper sticker proclaiming the permit. “No bagging limit. No tagging limit,” the bumper sticker says.

Government & Politics Ryan: House to vote on barring guns for suspected terrorists With Democrats applying election-year pressure to act on gun control, Republican Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday the House will vote next week on a GOP proposal aimed at keeping suspected terrorists from obtaining firearms.

Local Columnists Despite losing, Jeff Roe ran a presidential campaign of his dreams Jeff Roe was campaign manager for Ted Cruz, who finished second in a crowded GOP presidential field. The former Kansas City operative isn't convinced he will support Donald Trump.

Government & Politics Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch met privately at Phoenix airport Former President Bill Clinton spoke with Attorney General Loretta Lynch during an impromptu meeting in Phoenix, but Lynch said the discussion did not involve the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email use as secretary of state.

Kansas From drones to tanning beds: 11 new Kansas laws Kansas lawmakers passed dozens of new laws in the last legislative session.

Government & Politics Oklahoma teachers fight education cuts by winning elections A group of teachers, parents and other supporters of public education working to elect like-minded candidates to the Oklahoma Legislature passed their first test at the ballot box on Tuesday with flying colors.

Government & Politics State cuts and boosts loom over Kansas school districts The special session is over and a brokered solution has been signed into law, but the new wrinkles of the education funding debate in Kansas are still setting in for area school districts.

Government & Politics Democrats: Where was sponsor Sen. Roy Blunt during Zika negotiations? The Missouri Democratic Party steps up attacks on Republican Sen. Roy Blunt over the failure of a funding bill he'd sponsored to combat the Zika virus. They accuse Blunt of skipping crucial negotiations to make time for two fundraisers the same night that Republicans filed a final version of the bill. But Republicans say Blunt wasn't expected to be present at that point and that Democrats are misrepresenting the timeline of events and how such deals work on Capitol Hill.

Government & Politics Kansas transportation department leader is stepping down Gov. Sam Brownback's office announced that Mike King will step down as director of the Kansas Department of Transportation in mid-July. Former state representative Richard Carlson will become the interim director.

Government & Politics Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military Saying it's the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces.

Government & Politics Is Donald Trump just another Latin American strongman? For some Latin Americans, there is a stinging familiarity hearing Donald Trump rail against “disgusting” this and that. It reminds them of home. They think he sounds like Latin America's infamous strongmen known as caudillos.

Business Missouri expands auditor’s authority to review special taxing districts Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday signed two bills that increase the state auditor's authority to audit and review financial statements of community improvement districts and transportation development districts.

Latest News Judge OKs voter registration rules in 3 states for now Residents of Kansas, Georgia and Alabama will have to prove they are U.S. citizens when registering to vote for federal elections using a national form, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Government & Politics Venezuela’s desperation grows as the nation struggles for food The nation's long economic decline shows signs of morphing into a humanitarian emergency, with government mismanagement and low petroleum prices leading to widespread shortages and infls and inflation.

Latest News Islamic terrorists still have ‘a lot of momentum,’ CIA chief says U.S.-led military efforts to contain violent Islamic State radicals in the Middle East have not yet succeeded, and the group's engine of worldwide terrorism “still has a lot of momentum,” CIA Director John Brennan says.

Latest News Congress clears Puerto Rico rescue bill, sends to president Congress delivered relief to debt-stricken Puerto Rico on Wednesday, sending President Barack Obama a last-minute financial rescue package to help the U.S. territory of 3.5 million Americans.

Government & Politics Wanting to kill wild pigs itself, Missouri bans public hog hunting Feral hogs have long been a menace in Missouri and other parts of the Midwest. The state wants to kill every wild pig in Missouri but says hunting has hindered those efforts.

Government & Politics Even Hollywood writers say Donald Trump is over the top When it comes to Donald Trump as a contender for the White House, truth might be stranger than fiction. He gets away with behavior that a dramatic character in a movie, novel or TV show might not.

Government & Politics Amid political divisions, Americans ponder Declaration of Independence This Fourth of July is the 240th anniversary of the colonists declaring their independence from Great Britain by adopting the Declaration of Independence. Set against perhaps one of the most raucous political climates in American history, what does this anniversary – and the Declaration of Independence itself – mean to Americans?


Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:24 AM

Editorials A slightly faster Kansas City streetcar is a better streetcar The popular streetcars could move more quickly up and down Main Street, pleasing many passengers But officials have to take into account the smooth movement of cars, trucks and pedestrians, too

Editorials Tragedies of lead-polluted water go well beyond Flint The drinking water calamity in Flint, Mich., has drifted off the radar screen for many people. But the Flint mess — a massive failure of responsible government — is far from being permanently fixed. And its lessons go well beyond Michigan.

Editorials Terrorists send a chilling message to the world with Istanbul attack Three suicide bombers killed dozens of people on Tuesday at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, and Turkish authorities claimed it was the work of the Islamic State, or ISIS. Following the Brussels airport bombings in March, this week's horrific attack was yet another reminder to people around the globe of who bears the brunt of the never-ending battle against terrorism: innocent victims.

Editorials Brexit roils Europe — and affects America, too The United Kingdom's chaotic decision to leave the European Union so far is looking like a huge step toward making the kingdom weaker, not greater. And in America, the shock waves hit the stock market and the world of politics. Brexit is also important for the United States because of the trade, currency and politics.

Editorials Monday Poll results: We love summer (or not) The Monday Poll took a week off from all that heavy political stuff and asked readers to take on an even “hotter” subject: How do they handle Kansas City's summers? Some clear favorites emerged when it came to summertime activities. However, the 240 or so poll respondents were evenly split on whether they love this region's hottest times of the year.

Editorials Abortion ruling rightly lifts ‘undue burden’ The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday, striking down key parts of a Texas abortion law, could fortunately kill restrictions imposed in other states like Missouri and Kansas that unconstitutionally limit women's right to an abortion.

Editorials How to sustain Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of dangerous Missouri gun bill Here's how many Missouri lawmakers need to be persuaded to do the right thing on guns: just a handful of members of the House or the Senate. Gov. Jay Nixon should be front and center in trying to convince legislators — including some in his own Democratic Party — to uphold his brave veto Monday of a dangerous firearms measure.

Editorials The Monday Poll: Ah, glorious summertime, right? We'll admit it. After weeks of asking about Brownback, Trump, Clinton and Sanders, the Monday Poll is a little tired of politics. So for this week let's move on to something a little lighter. We'd like to get your feedback on the following statements about Kansas City's glorious summer months.

Editorials ISIS causes chaos and delusional fears The Islamic State group also known as ISIS has become part of the 2016 presidential election campaign of fear in the United States. But not everyone understands the group's background or what it's doing in the Middle East.

Editorials Winners and losers in the crucial Kansas school funding decision Over a span of less than 24 hours, Kansas public schools and the nearly 500,000 children they serve went from being losers to winners in Topeka. The story of how that happened involved plenty of behind-the-scenes negotiations. Here's a little bit of how a good bill eventually passed and who made it possible.

Editorials Major decisions on internet’s future should come from Congress, not courts Inaction by a perpetually polarized Congress once again has left the courts to iron out a major consumer issue. Fortunately, a court decision on net neutrality this month is a win for consumers. Net neutrality aims to prevent that by putting everyone on equal footing. Data would be data. Customers pay to access whatever they like. Yet to hear the critics speak, any government oversight or regulation is bad news.

Editorials Wake up, Johnson County voters, because crucial GOP primaries loom Some of the most important battles to oust extremist Republican lawmakers in Kansas will be fought over the next five weeks in Johnson County. That fact became more evident than ever on Friday when four ex-Kansas governors released an extraordinary, bipartisan letter that blasted Gov. Sam Brownback's policies as “destructive” and “dangerous.”

Editorials After Brexit, welcome to the jungle The United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union is a disheartening victory for isolationists, nationalists and populist conservatives around the world. Britons' decision will have a huge effect on the global economy and world politics. This week was not a great one for freedom. Instead, it was an example of how chaotic the world of politics has become.

Editorials Clueless Sam Brownback, angry lawmakers a toxic mix during Kansas’ fiscal crisis As Kansans saw again this week, the toxic mix of a clueless Gov. Sam Brownback and defiant extremist Republican lawmakers is dangerous to the state's future. The Aug. 2 primaries to oust some of the GOP legislators can't come soon enough.

Editorials Stop the whining and keep Kansas schools open The time for bellyaching is over in Kansas. Now it's time for the Legislature to solve the latest school funding crisis. Most Kansans expect lawmakers to find a way to follow a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that called on them to constitutionally support K-12 education, or risk forcing a school closure by July 1.

Editorials Here’s what shameful GOP wanted you to know about Democrats’ sit-in over gun control On Wednesday, House Republican leaders shamefully made sure cameras in the House and microphones were turned off during the sudden sit-in to try to prevent Americans from seeing what was going on there. Enter the modern world of social media: Resourceful representatives began using Periscope to livestream what was happening in the chamber. Next up: Pass good gun control bills.

Joco 913 Johnson County’s enemies The budget crisis in Topeka is affecting the services that Johnson County government can provide its citizens. This is happening because Gov. Sam Brownback and the GOP-controlled Legislature slashed income taxes four years ago. Voila: About $650 million a year in revenue vanished.

Editorials Lobby hard for public funds to build crucial downtown UMKC arts campus Armed with $48 million in private funds, supporters of the University of Missouri-Kansas City will need to aggressively lobby for matching public funds to build the new Downtown Campus for the Arts. Kansas City's civic and public officials have to be part of the team that tries to persuade the Missouri legislature in 2017 to help build the campus just south of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Editorials Pandering politicians fail again on gun control The gun control debate on Monday went as expected. The U.S. Senate did zilch to try to prevent future bloodshed in America, caused by people who shouldn't have firearms. The National Rifle Association is partly to blame. So is the profit-loving-at-all-costs gun industry. But the biggest problems remains pandering politicians who won't approve needed restrictions on Second Amendment “rights.”

Editorials Monday Poll results: Keep Kansas Supreme Court justices, oust GOP lawmakers Readers of the Monday Poll didn't find a lot of middle ground to support as they looked at elections that loom later this year. Here are the full results based on more than 1,800 responses.


The Springfield News Leader
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:24 AM

Sheriff identifies 84-year-old man killed in lawn mower accident

Two arrested following car chase through Springfield, sheriff says

Uber in Springfield? Council committee tries again to make taxi rules…

Rockaway Beach alderman who made racially charged Facebook posts will…

A Springfield church answers shelter's call to help house homeless…

Gun storage truck to park near Busch Stadium

Ozarks Weekly Nite Note: Authorities say woman planned arson as revenge against landlord Weekly Nite Note: Authorities say woman planned arson as revenge against landlord The Nite Note reports recent police and fire incidenfire incidents and is compiled from public records, on-the-scene reporting and interviews. Some significant incidents may not be in the Nite Note but are reported in full elsewhere on the site. Ozarks 1  day, 9  hours ago

Crime Springfield man gets 5 years for repeated sexual abuse of teen Springfield man gets 5 years for repeated sexual abuse of teen Prosecutors say they asked that the defendant get 10 years in prison, and the judge gave him half that. Crime 1  day, 12  hours ago

Christian County Police ID body found in car at Nixa Wendy's Police ID body found in car at Nixa Wendy's Nixa police say foul play is not suspected in the man's death, but authorities are still investigating how he died. Christian County 1  day, 12  hours ago

Ozarks Ozarks blood drive schedule for July 4-10 Ozarks blood drive schedule for July 4-10 Donors are urgently needed, and will receive a free t-shirt this July. Ozarks 20  minutes ago

Ozarks Pokin Around: Where are all the Springfield flamingos? Pokin Around: Where are all the Springfield flamingos? Pokin Around: Where are all the Springfield flamingos? Ozarks 20  minutes ago

Nation-now Planned Parenthood to seek repeal of abortion laws in Missouri, 7 other states Planned Parenthood to seek repeal of abortion laws in Missouri, 7 other states Laws may be vulnerable following the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling Nation-now 9  hours, 6  minutes ago

Nation-now Trucker accused of keeping sex slaves in semi pleads guilty Trucker accused of keeping sex slaves in semi pleads guilty He now faces up to 20 years in prison under the terms of the plea deal Nation-now 9  hours, 8  minutes ago

Ozarks Some hunters skeptunters skeptical of Missouri Conservation Department's plan to eradicate wild hogs Some hunters skeptical of Missouri Conservation Department's plan to eradicate wild hogs New rule: Feral hog, wild boar hunting outlawed on MDC land beginning in the fall Ozarks 13  hours, 29  minutes ago

Missouri In turn around, deadly tree moved after claiming paddler's life on Buffalo River In turn around, deadly tree moved after claiming paddler's life on Buffalo River Park Service: 'Decision to remove a tree has to be made on a case-by-case basis' Missouri 14  hours, 50  minutes ago

Missouri Jets DL Richardson suspended 1 game for speeding in Missouri Jets DL Richardson suspended 1 game for speeding in Missouri FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson has been suspended by the NFL for the first game of the 2016 regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Missouri 15  hours, 13  minutes ago

Politics Missouri won't immediately halt Planned Parenthood funding Missouri won't immediately halt Planned Parenthood funding JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon says Planned Parenthood can continue receiving funding for women's health services for a while, despite a Missouri budget provision attempting to stop it. Politics 15  hours, 18  minutes ago

Education Research opportunities abound for Drury science students Research opportunities abound for Drury science students Drury student studies genetics thanks to selective national grant Education 16  hours, 59  minutes ago

Ozarks Springfield church answers call to help house homeless women Springfield church answers call to help house homeless women A house owned by Schweitzer United Methodist Church is being turned into transitional housing in partnership with Safe to Sleep for women who are on the cusp of leaving homelessness on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Ozarks 20  hours ago

Ozarks VOTE: What makes Springfield great? (Round 2!) VOTE: What makes Springfield great? (Round 2!) Springfield is a great place to live. Maybe, the best. But, we often wonder what's the best part about living in Springfield? Ozarks 20  hours, 37  minutes ago


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The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:24 AM

Benghazi report sheds little light

A holiday reflection: Fears steal freedom

The real results of Obama

Opinion Roses: To WWII veteran Roses: To WWII veteran Roses: To WWII veteran Opinion 9 hours, 31 minutes ago

Opinion Today's poll Today's poll Do you think Uber drivers should be fingerprinted as part of background checks? Opinion 14 hours, 17 minutes ago

Readers Death penalty will be abolished Death penalty will be abolished Here are the facts about capital punishment Readers 10 hours, 22 minutes ago

Readers The psychology of hate The psychology of hate Almost all mass murderers were disruptive in class and most came from dysfunctional home environments Readers 10 hours, 23 minutes ago

Contributors Double trouble for Trump? Double trouble for Trump? Warren could be a great asset on the ticket with Hillary Clinton Contributors 11 hours, 15 minutes ago

Opinion Roses: To Dogwood neighborhood at Quail Creek Roses: To Dogwood neighborhood at Quail Creek Roses: To Dogwood neighborhood at Quail Creek Opinion 1 day, 7 hours ago

Opinion Thanks to Nixon for gun veto Thanks to Nixon for gun veto Thanks to Nixon for gun veto Opinion 1 day, 7 hours ago

Contributors Getting to know Jim and Genie Getting to know Jim and Genie She was a nurse. He is a teacher and coach. They are the parents of Craig Wood. Contributors 1 day, 7 hours ago

Contributors The hinge of the Great War The hinge of the Great War The Somme offensive was begun in part to demonstrate that Britain was bearing its share of the war's burden Contributors 1 day, 11 hours ago

Editorials Our Voice: Ozarks sports benefit from Pat Summitt Our Voice: Ozarks sports benefit from Pat Summitt After the death this week of legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt, the tales of her on-court achievements at Tennessee quickly gave way to the stories of how her determination and success had changed the world for so many women. Editorials 1 day, 11 hours ago

Readers Trump's logic on Brexit is frightening Trump's logic on Brexit is frightening Trump praises the Brexit vote and then blames it on President Obama. His twisted logic is scary. More frightening are the millions of Americans who think he would be a good president. Readers 2 days, 11 hours ago

Readers Future of the country at stake in November Future of the country at stake in November What's it going to be, folks? The most qualified person or the most unqualified person to be president of the United States? This should be a no-brainer! The future of our country is at stake. Readers 2 days, 11 hours ago

Editorials Our Voice: Combat sex trafficking; protect victims Our Voice: Combat sex trafficking; protect victims Gov. Jay Nixon's signature “dotted the i and crossed the t” on legislation to ramp up the fight against sex trafficking and enhance protections for victims. Editorials 2 days, 11 hours ago

Opinion Guns safe in good people's hands Guns safe in good people's hands As the House sponsor of SB 656, I believe that law-abiding citizens have the right to defend themselves both in their homes and while in public. Unfortunately, the police simply cannot always be there at the moment a violent attack occurs. Opinion 2 days, 11 hours ago

Opinion Stopping the Zika virus outbreak Stopping the Zika virus outbreak The recent influx of media reports covering the Zika virus and rush to learn more about it have a lot of Americans concerned. Opinion 2 days, 11 hours ago

Readers Nixa schools built for success Nixa schools built for success Baseball has been called America's favorite pastime. Growing up in the Ozarks, I have spent many hours on the baseball field as a player and a spectator. Readers 3 days, 11 hours ago

Readers Britain will pay for Brexit Britain will pay for Brexit "Brexit" is a nationalistic miscalculation that will send the UK and Europe into economic and perhaps social chaos and will weaken the UK to the extent of probable breakup. Readers 3 days, 11 hours ago


The Independence Examiner
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:24 AM

10 Things to Know for Today Updated at 9:12 AM Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. TURKISH ECURITY FORCES KILL MASTERMIND OF PREVIOUS BOMBING Ankara flexes its muscle as it presses ahead with a probe into this week's suicide attack in Istanbul. 2. HOW TESLA CRASH COULD HURT SENTIMENT ON DRIVERLESS CARS The deadly crash of a Tesla car being operated on Autopilot "flies in the face" of the company's claims that its system is high tech, nimble and...

Assad: Western nations quietly collaborating with Syria Updated at 9:08 AM SYDNEY (AP) " Syr) " Syr ian President Bashar Assad says Western nations publicly critical of his regime have been quietly sending security officials to collaborate with his war-ravaged country. Assad told Australia's SBS news channel in an...

The Latest: US official: Chechen organized airport attack Updated at 8:55 AM ISTANBUL (AP) " The Latest on the bomb and gun attack that killed 44 people at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport (all times local): 12:55 p.m. A U.S. congressman says a Chechen extremist organized the suicide bombing at Istanbul's Ataturk...


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

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

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


Columbia Daily Tribune
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:25 AM

Major donation allows Welcome Home to start construction on homeless shelter Daniel Brenner /Tribune Donations from numerous organizations and the city of Columbia, including a $1.5 million gift from Veterans United Home Loans, will make Columbia a unique place for helping veterans who struggle with homelessness, a Veterans United Foundation leader said at a...

University of Missouri pays $5.2 million to settle problems with medical billing

Boone County Sheriff's Department seeks missing woman

University of Missouri Review Commission members rebuke claims of partisan agenda Members of the University of Missouri Review Commission are defending their appointments against charges the panel is too heavily stacked with Republicans and likely to pursue a partisan agenda.

Ashland mayor ends bid for county commission Ashland Mayor Gene Rhorer is ending his campaign for the Southern District Boone County Commission seat.

Columbia Public Schools to test water in district buildings for contaminants The water inside many school buildings in Columbia Public Schools never has been tested for lead or other contaminants, and the most recent test in a school was back in 2007.

Pilot unhurt after emergency landing at Columbia Regional Airport A pilot was unhurt when he had to land his plane without front landing gear Wednesday evening at Columbia Regional Airport.

Missouri S&T increases tuition aid, fellowships for graduate assistants The Missouri University of Science and Technology will add more than $3 million to its budget to support graduate and doctoral students on the Rolla campus of the University of Missouri, the school said Wednesday in a news release.

Police arrest 51-year-old for alleged assault, sexual misconduct Columbia police on Wednesday arrested a 51-year-old man suspected of domestic assault and on a warrant for a previous incident in which he allegedly exposed himself to two young girls.

Stevens, Richards battle to win Democratic nomination for Webber's 46th District seat Martha Stevens' campaign in the 46th Missouri House District began in March 2015, and she quickly amassed endorsements from a network of contacts among legislators and progressive groups familiar with her work on Medicaid and abortion rights issues.

Hallsville School District cuts $427,854 in spending, five positions from budget The Hallsville Board of Education on Thursday will consider a 2016-17 school year budget that cuts $427,854 in spending, including the elimination of five full-time positions.

Animal rights group calls for fines after inspection of University of Missouri animal labs Findings from a Department of Agriculture inspection of University of Missouri animal research facilities should result in substantial fines, the leader of an animal rights group said Tuesday.

State court denies request to consider case of man in custody for 12 years The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday denied the state's request to hear a case in which a man contested his incarceration at Fulton State Hospital, leaving appellate and circuit court rulings that vacated the man's plea of not guilty by...

MoDOT warns of delays during work near Boonville Work will begin July 12 on the Interstate 70 bridges over the Lamine River near Boonville, and officials are warning drivers to expect significant delays.

Former gas station owner admits to selling synthetic marijuana A former Columbia business owner on Tuesday pleaded guilty in federal court to distributing synthetic marijuana, the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri said in a news release.

Oklahoma man pleads guilty to assaulting Columbia police officer A 33-year-old Oklahoma man on Monday pleaded guilty in Boone County Circuit Court to three felonies, including felony assault on a police officer, for a July disturbance in which he kicked an officer in the head.

Attorney files felony charges against St. Louis man for gun-related incident A Boone County assistant prosecuting attorney on Monday filed three felony charges against a 31-year-old St. Louis man suspected of firing a gun at a woman during an argument in April.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 2:00 pm 06/30/2016 All evidence points to IS, Turkey says ISTANBUL (AP) -- As the death toll from the Istanbul airport attack rose Thursday to 44, a senior Turkish official said the three suicide bombers who carried it out were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, and police raided neighborhoods looking...

Thursday, June 30, 2016 2:00 pm 06/30/2016 Congress OKs rescue package for Puerto Rico WASHINGTON (AP) -- As Puerto Rico faces a major debt payment, President Barack Obama vowed to move quickly to sign a last-minute rescue package for the financially-strapped U.S. territory and its 3.5 million Americans. Thursday, June 30, 2016 2:00 pm 06/30/2016 FDA seeks data from makers of hand sanitizer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim -- and whether there are any health risks to their growing use. Thursday, June 30, 2016 2:00 pm 06/30/2016 Nixon backs Missouri power line for wind energy JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon said Wednesday he backs a proposed power line that would cut through Missouri for a multistate wind energy project, despite objections from landowners and concerns from state regulators.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 2:00 pm 06/29/2016 41 dead in Istanbul airport attack; Turkish govt blames IS ISTANBUL (AP) -- Suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 41 people and wounded hundreds at Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport, apparently targeting Turkey's crucial tourism industry. The government blamed the attack on Islamic State extremists, but there was no...


Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:26 AM

Slowdown: P&Z on zoning changes The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission has sent word to the city council it would like more time to consider changes to the zoning code suggested by the city's consultant.

Abortion: Effect on Missouri law On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed restrictions in a Texas law on abortion almost identical to those contained in a Missouri law that has closed most abortion-providing clinics in our state.

Gutter I use the word “Gutter” to title this column because I know it will mean nothing in itself and is a provocative word that might get attention.

Religion itself Sunday on these pages our occasional columnist Craig Van Matre developed a subject I've long harbored but held back from expressing in the explicit terms he used: that organized religion provides a foundation for most of the world's political problems.

Guns and politics: A new-era stalemate After the Orlando massacre, the politics of gun proliferation took another turn. Public opinion surveys increasingly favor more control, but reality keeps serious reform at bay.

`Brexit': Long wait, into night Around the world we waited all night Thursday on pins and needles as the citizens of the United Kingdom cast ballots on their abiding question, “Shall we remain part of the European Union?”

City report In his recent State of the City report, City Manager Mike Matthes did a rather good job of giving a general overview of basic circumstances in the community.

Middleton Earlier this week interim University of Missouri President Mike Middleton spoke to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., in yet another attempt to explain to the world “what in the hell is going on at the University of Missouri?”

MU budget After turmoil at the University of Missouri's flagship campus and an acrimonious discussion of campus management, state lawmakers finally cut the university budget less severely than some anticipated.

Republicans for governor As their shooting war erupts, I'm not alone in wondering what happened to the four Republicans who would be governor. What we all knew was a difficult primary election trap is demonstrated in spades as they try to outmuscle each...

Click, redux Amid a world full of controversial happenings, shall we take one more look at the Melissa Click affair? Well, yes, with the censure by the American Association of University Professors, issued Saturday at the organization's national meeting.

C-2? Since 2013 Clarion and Associates has been concocting proposed changes in the city zoning code. Most attention focuses on implications for downtown development. Critics say overly permissive C-2 rules encouraged massive student housing construction, and they were able to persuade...

Terrorism Prediction: The next president will be more of a military hawk than Barack Obama. And it might be time for a thoughtful slither in that direction.

Armed guards: More guns, not fewer? The shooter at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando killed 49 people and wounded many others in a methodical, uninterrupted barrage that lasted for many minutes until a SWAT team from outside finally broke in. Nobody inside was able to defend...

Building spree After strong voter approval of funding requests, Columbia Public Schools is wasting no time getting on with promised projects. On Monday the board approved multimillion-dollar construction contracts for a new elementary school and stadium renovations at Rock Bridge High School.

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St. Joseph News-Press
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:26 AM

top story Courthouse fixture says goodbye For 34 years she's been the person with a smiling face and a kind word for people lost in the halls of the Buchanan County Courthouse.

top story Made for the military Jacquelyn Warner was one of those high school seniors who'd known for years exactly what she…

top story Sleeveless for ALL body types Going sleeveless means also dismissing any preconceived notions you may have about your arms.

Going blonder If the summer sun has made you long for blonder hair, you need help. According to Cydney Wil…

We're Loving It As a vegetarian, I eat a lot of salads and am always looking for ways to spice them up. I re…

top story Natural look reigns in summer makeup When it comes to summer, many aspects of personal style tend to lighten up, and this season'…

top story Women continue to work past retirement age Fern Hamm, 72, walked down the hall at Carriage Square Living and Rehabilitation Center to t…

top story YWCA honors lifetime achievement award winners Two St. Joseph women will be recognized in June for the significant impact they've made with…

top story Love of golf, keeping busy bonds duo For some mothers, sharing recipes, shopping or traveling with their daughters are just a few…

AP: Plight of African lions persists 1 year after Cecil killing JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some call it the Cecil the lion effect.

AP: Official: AG will accept prosecutor call on Clinton case WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department official says Attorney General Loretta Lynch "expects…

AP: Husband surprises wife with 500 roses after chemo treatment OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A dozen roses simply weren't enough for a Nebraska man who wanted "to do …

AP: Amnesty documents 'horrifying' abuse of migrants in Libya CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group has published "horrifying" accounts of exploitati…

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AP: Now isolated, Britain joins France at WWI centenary event THIEPVAL, France (AP) — One week after Britain's vote to leave the European Union, British P…

AP: The Latest: Alleged attack organizer had Swedish conviction ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the bomb and gun attack that killed 44 people at Istanbul's At…

AP: Turkish official: Mastermind of Feb "terror attack" killed ISTANBUL (AP) — As Turkey pressed ahead with an investigation into the triple suicide bombin…

AP: After 16 years, man in 'Serial' murder case to get new trial BALTIMORE (AP) — After spending 16 years in prison for the killing of his former high school…

AP: AP sources: Obama to reveal civilian deaths from drones WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to disclose as early as Friday the numb…

AP: War cry: Trump opening acts raise eyebrows, pump up crowds WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative radio host and columnist Howie Carr, opening for Donald Trump…


St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:27 AM

Target drinking, driving About 40 percent of fatal traffic accidents this long holiday weekend are expected to involve a drunken driver. Over the 2014 holiday, drinking and driving led to 164 deaths nationwide. Target drinking, driving

Some good comes of mileage mess

Angus reflects on big decision

Support higher ed goals

Need to feed hungry persists

Voters confront global concerns

Share the road or risk tragedy

Spend to improve use of tax dollars

100,000 reasons to read the paper

End-of-life wishes no use locked away


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The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (06/29/2016) at 06:25 AM

Our View: Gabby Street deserving recognition Langston Hughes, Dennis Weaver, Annie Baxter, August Junge and Bill Markwardt.

Your view: Letters to the editor More, not less, of the liberal arts

Our View: Joplin residents left to guess Joplin resident Dianne Slater, in her letter published on our June 24 Opinion page, hit the nail on the head, saying what a lot of others are thinking”

Phill Brooks: Missouri Capitol security missteps This summer, Statehouse discussions have resumed plans to enhance security at the state Capitol. One idea would use the nearby Transportation Department building as a screening site for visitors to enter the Statehouse through a tunnel.

Geoff Caldwell: If the Brits can chart a new course, why can't we? On Nov. 8, 1994, the United States of America had a mid-term election with results that literally shook the world.

Anson Burlingame: America needs a divine intervention Recently, Donald Trump said “God help us” if Hillary Clinton is elected to be our next president.

Herb Van Fleet: Beware of narcissistic presidential candidates In the American Psychiatric Association's “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,” narcissism is defined as a personality disorder.

Our View: Law would protect good Samaritans We doubt that anyone would worry about being sued over breaking a car window to rescue a child trapped inside. Especially during the kind of sweltering heat we are having now.

Your View: Letters to the editor Wondering about the truth

Our View: Law would protect good Samaritans We doubt that anyone would worry about being sued over breaking a car window to rescue a child trapped inside. Especially during the kind of sweltering heat we are having now.

Our View: Shake it up; try Shakespeare Using the playwright's own words, we might suggest that maybe, just maybe, you are a Shakespeare fan, but have never had an opportunity to discover what you might be.

Other Views: Greater student safety It took too long, but Missouri lawmakers and Gov. Jay Nixon have strengthened the protections afforded to students threatened by bullying.

Tobey Huff: Senator's office no help in records search So Claire McCaskill is for the veterans. The case for benefits for Arla Harrell has been in the news, and I would like to suggest that this is a publicity stunt on the part of McCaskill to get the votes of veterans. Harrell is the last known Missourian who was used in mustard gas tests in Wo…

Our View: Teaching life skills High school students looking to pick up their diplomas in 2018 and thereafter will have to take 30 minutes worth of CPR training before they can graduate.

Your view: Letters to the editor Dueling columns

Konrad Heid: This election matters more than most The election this year has a lot riding on the outcome. Among those are new Supreme Court justice appointments, Islamic State group elimination, stopping the creep of socialism and rearranging federal health care.

Other Views: Schools proactive about bullying A state law to help schools identify bullying and signs of potential suicide is a proactive policy already practiced by a number of districts.

Our view: The lessons of Joplin If we were given three wishes in the aftermath of the Joplin tornado, they might be these:

Geoff Caldwell: Obama needs to turn his venom on America's enemies, not his critics If there has been one constant of the Barack Obama presidency, it is his preference for rhetorical venom against — instead of reasoned discussion with — critics of his policies.

Ronald Mosbaugh: PTSD can haunt veterans their entire lives In August 1967, I returned home after a 13-month tour in Vietnam as an 8404 field corpsman with Second Battalion, First Marines, Hotel Company.


The Jefferson City News Tribune
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:27 AM

Planned Parenthood seeks repeal of abortion laws in 8 states: comments Planned Parenthood says it will work with its abortion-rights allies in eight states to repeal laws that may be vulnerable...

Salute to America keeps sunny outlook: comments Since its inception, the Salute to America celebration for the Fourth of July in Jefferson City has enjoyed fairly rain-free...

Tobacco21 group continues push for higher tobacco age: comments A proposal to increase the legal minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 in Jefferson City may...

Zonta-sponsored Lab puppy set to start training as service dog: comments Local service organization Zonta Club of Jefferson City is sponsoring the raising and training of a Labrador puppy that will...

Jefferson City police investigate shots fired: comments Jefferson City police are investigating an incident in which gunshots were fired on Thursday night.

Blair Oaks approves final 2015-16 budget: comments The Blair Oaks School Board approved the final budget on Thursday for the 2015-16 school year and made amendments to...

Lawmen raising staffing levels over holiday: comments This Fourth of July holiday, the Jefferson City Police Department will significantly increase staffing levels throughout the community and in...

Bright spot: Antarctica's ozone hole is starting to heal: comments Antarctica's ozone hole finally is starting to heal.

About 1.6M drop-outs from health law coverage this year: comments About 1.6 million people who signed up for coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law dropped out...

Laws encourage alternatives to prison for veterans with PTSD: comments A former Army sergeant's defenders say he truly believed he was protecting fellow soldiers from a Taliban bomber when he...

Mysterious 'zombie bee' scourge hits South: comments The mysterious "zombie bee" parasite that kills honeybees has reached the southern United States after scientists confirmed a case in...

Large snake eats beaver, swims across river where kids play: comments The hunt for a large snake seen feasting on a beaver in Maine has residents atwitter.

Wildlife officials hunt for grizzly bear that killed mountain-biker: comments Wildlife officials set traps, installed wilderness cameras and scouted the woods by helicopter Thursday for the bear that attacked and...

Musical acts will provide a highlight for Salute to America: comments Salute to America is bringing you an entire weekend of live music. With more than 50 different music groups, including...

Callaway Youth Expo to show off youngsters' accomplishments: comments AUXVASSE — The Callaway Youth Expo is where all the farm animal action will transpire next week, along with other...

Celebrations abound for Fourth of July: comments The following Callaway County events will commemorate the nation's 240th birthday.

An escort for the honored: comments KINGDOM CITY — It matters not whom you ask, though there are hundreds assembled. Motorcyclists riding with Reed Hickam, senior...

Jefferson City man hurt in rollover accident: comments A Jefferson City man was injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning.

FDA warns against eating raw dough amid E. coli fears: comments In a warning that's sure to disappoint many who enjoy sneaking a taste of cookie dough, federal regulators said...

Suicide by job: Farmers, lumberjacks, fisherman top list: comments Farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen kill themselves most often, according to a large new study of workers in the U.S. that...


The Jefferson City News Tribune - State News
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:27 AM

Planned Parenthood seeks repeal of abortion laws in 8 states: comments Planned Parenthood says it will work with its abortion-rights allies in eight states to repeal laws that may be vulnerable...

Gun storage truck to park near Cardinals games: comments Like most sporting venues, Busch Stadium prohibits guns. Soon, gun-carrying Cardinals fans will have the option of leaving their weapon...

Missouri sports league 'continuing to recover' from theft: comments A southwest Missouri youth sports league is working to rebuild after a former leader embezzled tens of thousands of dollars.

Suspect in deaths of 4 family members pleads not guilty: comments A Missouri man accused of killing four of his relatives has pleaded not guilty to charges in the case.

Police: Hotel security guard broke into room, groped woman: comments A security guard at a St. Louis hotel is facing charges after allegedly breaking into a woman's room and groping...

Hollister coach, teacher charged with statutory rape: comments A southwest Missouri coach and early childhood teacher who is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student has been...

Authorities identify man found in car parked at restaurant: comments Police in southwest Missouri say a decomposed body found in the backseat of a car parked at a Wendy's restaurant...

Kansas City-area man charged with embezzling from 2 churches: comments A suburban Kansas City man has been charged with embezzling more than $86,000 from two churches.

Woman identified in video charged in attack of St. Louis train station worker: comments A Ferguson woman has been charged in the attack of a security guard at a train station in St. Louis.

West Point cadet on ventilator after trying to save swimmer: comments Officials say a West Point cadet from Missouri is on life support after he tried to save a swimmer who...

Kansas City man indicted in $3.3M investment fraud scheme: comments A Kansas City man has been indicted in a nearly $3.3 million investment fraud scheme.

Missouri won't immediately halt Planned Parenthood funding: comments Gov. Jay Nixon says Planned Parenthood can continue receiving funding for women's health services for a while, despite a Missouri...

President of University of Central Missouri hurt in accident: comments The president of the University of Central Missouri has been hospitalized after a bicycle crash in Colorado.

Company tries again to build power line in Missouri: comments A company is trying again to build a power line in Missouri for a multistate wind energy project.

Delta Queen closer to cruising: comments An effort to get the legendary Delta Queen riverboat back afloat on the Mississippi River and its tributaries got...

Supreme Court overturns drug 'posession' conviction: comments The Missouri Supreme Court this week ordered a Webster County circuit judge to remove the conviction and 10-year sentence imposed...

Nixon backs Missouri power line for wind energy: comments Gov. Jay Nixon said Wednesday he backs a proposed power line that would cut through Missouri for a multistate wind...

Missouri GOP governor candidate sells 'ISIS hunting permits': comments Missouri Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens is selling so-called "ISIS hunting permits" to raise money.

Man sentenced for role in multi-state meth trafficking ring: comments A Kansas man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole for participating in a four-state methamphetamine trafficking...

Authorities searching for Kansas man in Missouri: comments Authorities in southeast Missouri have been searching for a Kansas man who hasn't been seen since Sunday.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Local News
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:27 AM

Tobacco21 group continues push for higher tobacco age: comments A proposal to increase the legal minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 in Jefferson City may...

Zonta-sponsored Lab puppy set to start training as service dog: comments Local service organization Zonta Club of Jefferson City is sponsoring the raising and training of a Labrador puppy that will...

Salute to America keeps sunny outlook: comments Since its inception, the Salute to America celebration for the Fourth of July in Jefferson City has enjoyed fairly rain-free...

Jefferson City police investigate shots fired: comments Jefferson City police are investigating an incident in which gunshots were fired on Thursday night.

Blair Oaks approves final 2015-16 budget: comments The Blair Oaks School Board approved the final budget on Thursday for the 2015-16 school year and made amendments to...

Lawmen raising staffing levels over holiday: comments This Fourth of July holiday, the Jefferson City Police Department will significantly increase staffing levels throughout the community and in...

Musical acts will provide a highlight for Salute to America: comments Salute to America is bringing you an entire weekend of live music. With more than 50 different music groups, including...

Callaway Youth Expo to show off youngsters' accomplishments: comments AUXVASSE — The Callaway Youth Expo is where all the farm animal action will transpire next week, along with other...

Jefferson City man hurt in rollover accident: comments A Jefferson City man was injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning.

Crystal Tellman takes helm of Downtown Jefferson City: comments Starting Friday, Hawthorn Bank's Crystal Tellman will replace Stephanie Bell as president of Downtown Jefferson City, saying she wants to...

Rooster mascot is Holts Summit landmark: comments HOLTS SUMMIT — Why did people cross the highway? To get a picture with a big metal rooster.

Bridge work continues toward Aug. 12 finish: comments Section by section, work is progressing on the westbound U.S. 54/63 Missouri River bridge rehab project in Jefferson City.

Holts Summit to host bands, fireworks: comments HOLTS SUMMIT — There will be a fireworks celebration at Greenway Park next to the Civic Center in Holts Summit...

Electric co-op encourages first responders to be safe: comments Experts in electricity used alarming videos and horrifying stories to drive home the lesson "be safe" to a classroom of...

Victim in road rage incident identified: comments As authorities continue to investigate the possible road-rage death of a Jefferson City man, the victim's name was released Wednesday.

Hearing set in horseplay gun death: comments A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 16 in Moniteau County Court in the case against California resident Travis L....

Plane makes emergency landing at Columbia airport: comments An airplane based out of the Jefferson City Memorial Airport made an emergency landing at the Columbia Regional Airport after...

Passport event drawing visitors to JC destinations: comments After a scavenger hunt through the Runge Nature Center, Passport Jefferson City holders earn their stamp.

JC fugitive arrested in Callaway County: comments A Jefferson City man was arrested Wednesday after Callaway County sheriff's deputies pulled him over about 3 a.m. on U.S....

Local man gets 7 years for thefts from vehicles: comments A Jefferson City man was sentenced to seven years in prison for pleading guilty to charges in connection with the...


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:27 AM

Our Opinion: Unique event accentuates annual Salute to America: comments Credit the organizers of the Salute to America with adding a unique attraction to an annual event.

Your Opinion: How can we control the sun?: comments I call your attention to a June 25 article by Marc Morano: 'The sun goes blank again during the weakest...

Your Opinion: U.K.'s self-injury: comments Voting officers of the United Kingdom have committed the greatest act of national self-injury in modern history.

Your Opinion: School board member speaks out on TIF: comments It was with dismay that I read comments from Vivek Puri in the paper last Thursday where he suggests the...

Our Opinion: No excuses; impaired drivers face arrest: comments During the upcoming July 4 holiday weekend, the Missouri Highway Patrol encourages motorists to "celebrate your independence by keeping it."

Our Opinion: Be circumspect when adding mandates to education: comments The parts of a multi-faceted education bill signed last week by Gov. Jay Nixon each have merit.

Your Opinion: Improve quality of long-term care: comments The number of Missourians who are over 60 years of age is growing, and thus, the need for long-term care...

Your Opinion: Alarming trends on immigration: comments Friday morning the UK left the EU even after Obama's threats on trade and warnings from their own leaders. The...

Your Opinion: Society must rebuild 'fences': comments Adults should have the freedom to live their lives in any manner they so choose, right up to the point...

Your Opinion: Subsidies abound: comments Yes, the poor get Medicare, food stamps and housing assistance. They get government subsidies. But so do the rich.

Your Opinion: Higher speed limit opposed: comments The county commissioners have made a big mistake by increasing the speed limit of 45 miles per hour to 55...

Your Opinion: Bridge work commended: comments I'd like to thank MoDOT for the smooth transition of traffic due to the closing of the Missouri River Bridge...

Your Opinion: Federal law and the flag: comments It is embarrassing that Cole County was in the national news because Commissioner Hoelscher was offended by a presidential proclamation...

Your Opinion: Consider facts before tax vote: comments We will be asked to renew the Jefferson City Capital Improvements Sales Tax (CIST) in August. Here are some facts...

Our Opinion: Is the 'Road to Tomorrow' paved with solar panels?: comments Could a roadway paved with solar panels generate enough revenue to pay for itself, and more?

Our Opinion: Sky concert offers a safe way to enjoy fireworks: comments Jefferson City again will host a spectacular show. The annual Salute to America culminates with its sky concert, a fireworks...

Perspective: 'A Better Way' on national security: comments Following on last week's discussion of poverty, this week's focus is all about national security a topic which is...

Your Opinion: A diverse community: comments I read Sue Gibson's letter to the editor with utter bewilderment. I was shocked at her narrow-minded view of Jefferson...

Your Opinion: Poison oak misinformation: comments The June 19 Home and Garden section included an article, "Tips for a rash-free homestead."

Your Opinion: Far left missing the big picture: comments Political correctness is often equated with tidy dictionary words to a belief that language and practices which could offend sensibilities...


The Southeast Missourian
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:27 AM

Body found in river near Missouri Dry Dock in Cape; not yet known if foul play involved (07/01/16) 1 Southeast Missourian Cape Girardeau first responders recovered the body of a South Carolina man from the Mississippi River on Thursday. Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton said authorities have identified the man who was found and were notifying the man’s family. Clifton said the victim is a white man from South Carolina, but he did not want to reveal his age Thursday. ...

Jackson's fireworks show will be bigger this year (07/01/16) By Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian Jackson’s annual Independence Day fireworks show is shaping up to be one of the largest the city has had so far. The display, which will begin at 9:30 p.m. in Jackson City Park, will be a $12,000 show. Jackson Parks and Recreation director Shane Anderson said that figure places it among the most extravagant...

Sikeston officers break vehicle's window to get dogs (07/01/16) Standard Democrat SIKESTON, Mo. — Two dogs were rescued after being locked in a hot, parked vehicle in Sikeston. About 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, an officer with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety responded to a report of animal cruelty in the parking lot of Ferguson Medical Group, 1012 N. Main St. ...

Cape readies for Bloomfield Road widening project (07/01/16) 4 By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian The city of Cape Girardeau intends to widen a one-mile, tree-canopied section of Bloomfield Road, starting this fall. City engineer Casey Brunke said the project likely won’t be finished until 2017. The city is advertising for bids for the project, which will widen the road from the Benton Hill Road (County Road 206) intersection to White Oaks Lane near the Dalhousie Golf Club. City staff plan to open bids Aug. 2...

Landscape business latest to move to I-55 outer road (07/01/16) By Bridget Brown ~ Southeast Missourian The business community of Scott City continues to expand. Bloomfield Road Landscape is preparing to transplant its operations to a new facility on East Outer Road along Interstate 55. The move is prompted by a need for more visibility and a desire to grow the business...

Illinois lawmakers, governor OK stopgap spending deal (07/01/16) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois lawmakers approved a partial spending plan Thursday that would ensure schools stay open another year and give colleges and human-service programs funding for six months -- a rare bipartisan accomplishment, but one that won't end the yearlong gridlock on a full budget...

Missouri won't halt Planned Parenthood funding immediately (07/01/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Planned Parenthood facilities in Missouri will continue to receive government funding for women's-health services for a while, despite a new budget provision attempting to stop it. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday state officials eventually will implement the budget's ban on Medicaid money going to organizations that provide abortions. But the prohibition won't start when the budget takes effect today, as Republican lawmakers had intended...

Company tries again to build power line in Missouri (07/01/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Houston-based company on Thursday reapplied to build a power line across Missouri for a multistate wind-energy project despite an earlier rejection by state regulators. Clean Line Energy Partners said since the Missouri Public Service Commission denied its request last year, it has changed plans to address landowner concerns and has built a case for why the Grain Belt Express is needed...

Suspect pleads not guilty in deaths of relatives (07/01/16) PLATTE CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri man accused of killing four of his relatives has pleaded not guilty to charges in the case. Grayden Denham was arraigned Thursday on four counts of first-degree murder and eight other charges in the February shooting deaths of his grandparents, his sister and her infant son. ...

Delta Queen closer to cruising again after Senate panel's vote (06/30/16) ST. LOUIS -- An effort to get the legendary Delta Queen riverboat back afloat on the Mississippi River and its tributaries got a boost Wednesday when the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee agreed to reinstate an exemption for the 89-year-old vessel. The Delta Queen is expected to move to the small St. ...

Journey to Jupiter: NASA spacecraft nears planet rendezvous (07/01/16) LOS ANGELES -- Jupiter takes center stage with the arrival next week of a NASA spacecraft built to peek through its thick, swirling clouds and map the planet from the inside out. The solar-powered Juno spacecraft is on the final leg of a five-year, 1.8 billion-mile voyage to the biggest planet in the solar system...

Wildlife officials hunt for bear that killed mountain biker (07/01/16) HELENA, Mont. -- Wildlife officials set traps, installed wilderness cameras and scouted the woods by helicopter Thursday for the bear that attacked and killed a U.S. Forest Service employee as he rode a mountain bike along a trail outside Glacier National Park...

Navy probe: U.S. sailors were ill-prepared for Iran encounter (07/01/16) WASHINGTON -- The 10 U.S. sailors captured and humiliated by Iran after mistakenly steering their boats into Iranian waters in January were beset not just by poor judgment and faulty equipment. They also showed a remarkable lack of curiosity about potential dangers in one of the world's more dangerous waterways, according to an in-depth Navy investigation...

FDA warns against eating raw dough amid E. coli fears (07/01/16) WASHINGTON -- In a warning that's sure to disappoint many who enjoy sneaking a taste of cookie dough, federal regulators said this week people should not eat raw dough or batter of any kind because of an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria found in some recalled flour...

Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military (07/01/16) WASHINGTON -- Transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, the Pentagon announced Thursday, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces. Saying it's the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter laid out a yearlong implementation plan declaring, "Americans who want to serve and can meet our standards should be afforded the opportunity to compete to do so."...

Bollinger Co. man faces felony for spraying fire extinguisher in officer's face, injuring him (07/01/16) A Sedgewickville, Missouri, man was taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital after he sprayed a fire extinguisher into the face of a Jackson police officer and sprayed the extinguisher dust in the booking room at the station, police said. The Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney’s office filed an arrest warrant Wednesday for 24-year-old Seth Robert Seymour...

Girlfriend of assault suspect accused of witness tampering (07/01/16) The girlfriend of a man recently arrested on suspicion of first- and second-degree assault in Marble Hill, Missouri, told one of the victims he should not go to court, and her boyfriend’s friends in the “Mexican Mafia” were going to visit him, police said...

Stolen beer to be thrown away (07/01/16) ATLANTA -- Authorities have found most of the nearly 80,000 bottles of beer that were stolen from an Atlanta brewery June 21, but the company says every last drop will have to be thrown away because of quality concerns. SweetWater Brewing Co. spokeswoman Tucker Berta Sarkisian said in a news release the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Southeastern Transportation Security Council on Wednesday returned 30 of the 40 pallets of beer that had been stolen, minus a few cases...

Boris Johnson drops UK leadership bid (07/01/16) LONDON -- In a real-life political drama mixing Shakespearean tragedy with "House of Cards," Britain's victorious anti-EU campaigner Boris Johnson saw his chances of leading his country evaporate Thursday after the defection of a key ally. The former London mayor dropped his campaign to become Conservative Party leader and prime minister after Justice Secretary Michael Gove abruptly withdrew his support for Johnson and announced he would run himself...

Turkish official: Attackers were from Russia, Central Asia (07/01/16) ISTANBUL -- As the death toll from the Istanbul airport attack rose Thursday to 44, a senior Turkish official said the three suicide bombers who carried it out were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, and police raided neighborhoods for suspects linked to the Islamic State group...


The Southeast Missourian - State News
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:27 AM

Illinois lawmakers, governor OK stopgap spending deal SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois lawmakers approved a partial spending plan Thursday that would ensure schools stay open another year and give colleges and human-service programs funding for six months -- a rare bipartisan accomplishment, but one that won't end the yearlong gridlock on a full budget...

Missouri won't halt Planned Parenthood funding immediately JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Planned Parenthood facilities in Missouri will continue to receive government funding for women's-health services for a while, despite a new budget provision attempting to stop it. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday state officials eventually will implement the budget's ban on Medicaid money going to organizations that provide abortions. But the prohibition won't start when the budget takes effect today, as Republican lawmakers had intended...

Company tries again to build power line in Missouri JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Houston-based company on Thursday reapplied to build a power line across Missouri for a multistate wind-energy project despite an earlier rejection by state regulators. Clean Line Energy Partners said since the Missouri Public Service Commission denied its request last year, it has changed plans to address landowner concerns and has built a case for why the Grain Belt Express is needed...

Suspect pleads not guilty in deaths of relatives PLATTE CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri man accused of killing four of his relatives has pleaded not guilty to charges in the case. Grayden Denham was arraigned Thursday on four counts of first-degree murder and eight other charges in the February shooting deaths of his grandparents, his sister and her infant son. ...

Delta Queen closer to cruising again after Senate panel's vote (06/30/16) ST. LOUIS -- An effort to get the legendary Delta Queen riverboat back afloat on the Mississippi River and its tributaries got a boost Wednesday when the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee agreed to reinstate an exemption for the 89-year-old vessel. The Delta Queen is expected to move to the small St. ...

Nixon backs Missouri power line for wind energy (06/30/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon said Wednesday he backs a proposed power line that would cut through Missouri for a multistate wind energy project, despite objections from landowners and concerns from state regulators. Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners agreed to what the Democratic governor described as landowner protections if it gets approval for the power line that would make some electricity available for state utility companies, Nixon said...

Supreme Court's impact on Missouri abortion laws unsettled (06/30/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri attorney general’s office said more must be done to determine how a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on abortion laws affects Missouri regulations. The nation’s highest court this week ruled some Texas regulations are medically unnecessary and unconstitutionally limit women’s abortion rights. ...

Missouri GOP governor candidate sells 'ISIS hunting permits' (06/30/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens is selling so-called “ISIS hunting permits” to raise money. Greitens’ campaign distributed an email Wednesday promoting bumper stickers with the words “ISIS HUNTING PERMIT 2016.” The sticker states it expires when “we defeat this evil.” The campaign is selling the mock hunting tags for a $10 donation. ...

Ameren investigates transformer explosion in St. Louis (06/30/16) ST. LOUIS — The utility company Ameren Missouri is investigating the cause of a small underground explosion in downtown St. Louis. A transformer exploded around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of 10th and Olive streets, causing smoke to fill the street. No one was hurt. The fire was quickly extinguished. Several downtown blocks were closed two weeks ago after an electrical fire began in a manhole in another area of downtown. Hot weather and aging equipment were blamed in that fire. ...

Creve Coeur approves outdoor smoking ban (06/30/16) CREVE COEUR, Mo. — Many cities and counties have banned smoking indoors, but the St. Louis suburb of Creve Coeur is going a step further. The Creve Coeur City Council earlier this week passed a measure placing limits on where smoking is allowed outdoors. ...

Container home in St. Charles gets preliminary approval (06/30/16) ST. CHARLES, Mo. — A St. Charles man is a step closer to being able to build a home made out of shipping containers after action by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. KTVI-TV reported the commission at a public hearing this week chose not to recommend the city council adopt restrictions on homes made of shipping containers. ...

Man who robbed bank for health care gets lenient sentence (06/30/16) BRANSON, Mo. — A 77-year-old man who said he robbed a Branson bank to get access to health care has been sentenced to two years in federal prison. Joseph Cyrus of Hollister was sentenced Wednesday for robbing the Central Bank in November. The Springfield News-Leader reported Cyrus will serve his sentence at a medical facility. ...

Nixon vetoes Missouri tax break, litigation bills (06/29/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon went on a vetoing spree Tuesday, knocking down legislation he described as giving "special interest tax breaks" and ones that would change the state's litigation policies. Nixon also signed a number of proposals, including a sales-tax exemption for internet use and access...

Missouri public school students to get dyslexia screenings (06/29/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill that requires every student in Missouri public schools to be screened for dyslexia. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Nixon signed the bill last week. Screenings for the learning disorder, which is characterized by difficulty reading, are to start in the 2018-2019 school year...

Appeals court upholds dismissal of challenge to Senate rules (06/29/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri appeals court said a liberal activist group has no right to video-record state Senate committee meetings because the public already has access to footage from those proceedings. A three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District on Tuesday affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed in April 2015 by Progress Missouri challenging Senate video-recording rules. ...

Gov. Nixon to freeze millions of spending in new Missouri budget (06/29/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon said he likely will freeze tens of millions of dollars of spending in Missouri’s new budget. Missouri’s roughly $27 billion operating budget for the 2017 fiscal year is to take effect Friday. Nixon said Tuesday he wants to analyze the final revenue figures for the current fiscal year before announcing his initial spending restrictions for the new budget July 6. ...

Supreme Court ruling throws Missouri abortion laws into question (06/28/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday that struck down some Texas abortion regulations could mean similar Missouri laws are upended. The nation's highest court ruled 5-3 the Texas laws are medically unnecessary, and they unconstitutionally limit women's abortion rights...

Hammons hotel chain declares bankruptcy to focus on legal issues (06/28/16) SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Missouri hotel chain with nearly three dozen properties in 16 states declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy to help it deal with ongoing legal battles. John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts filed the action on Sunday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Kansas City, Kansas, less than a month before a trial scheduled in Delaware over whether it must sell its properties...

Man accused of killing 4 relatives, burning bodies (06/28/16) KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 24-year-old Missouri man was charged Monday with four counts of first-degree murder in the February deaths of four family members whose bodies were found outside a home he shared with them, including a 3-month-old nephew. The charges against Grayden Denham were the result of a grand-jury indictment handed down Friday, Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said at a news conference...

Danger of fentanyl alters way police officers operate (06/27/16) ST. LOUIS -- The street version of fentanyl blamed in the deaths of thousands of Americans also is threatening police officers, forcing changes in long-standing basics of drug investigations, from confiscations to testing and undercover operations, law enforcement officials say...


The Southeast Missourian - Local News
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:27 AM

Body found in river near Missouri Dry Dock in Cape; not yet known if foul play involved 1 Southeast Missourian Cape Girardeau first responders recovered the body of a South Carolina man from the Mississippi River on Thursday. Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton said authorities have identified the man who was found and were notifying the man’s family. Clifton said the victim is a white man from South Carolina, but he did not want to reveal his age Thursday. ...

Jackson's fireworks show will be bigger this year By Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian Jackson’s annual Independence Day fireworks show is shaping up to be one of the largest the city has had so far. The display, which will begin at 9:30 p.m. in Jackson City Park, will be a $12,000 show. Jackson Parks and Recreation director Shane Anderson said that figure places it among the most extravagant...

Sikeston officers break vehicle's window to get dogs Standard Democrat SIKESTON, Mo. — Two dogs were rescued after being locked in a hot, parked vehicle in Sikeston. About 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, an officer with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety responded to a report of animal cruelty in the parking lot of Ferguson Medical Group, 1012 N. Main St. ...

Cape readies for Bloomfield Road widening project 4 By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian The city of Cape Girardeau intends to widen a one-mile, tree-canopied section of Bloomfield Road, starting this fall. City engineer Casey Brunke said the project likely won’t be finished until 2017. The city is advertising for bids for the project, which will widen the road from the Benton Hill Road (County Road 206) intersection to White Oaks Lane near the Dalhousie Golf Club. City staff plan to open bids Aug. 2...

Landscape business latest to move to I-55 outer road By Bridget Brown ~ Southeast Missourian The business community of Scott City continues to expand. Bloomfield Road Landscape is preparing to transplant its operations to a new facility on East Outer Road along Interstate 55. The move is prompted by a need for more visibility and a desire to grow the business...

Bollinger Co. man faces felony for spraying fire extinguisher in officer's face, injuring him By Ben Kleine ~ Southeast Missourian A Sedgewickville, Missouri, man was taken to a Cape Girardeau hospital after he sprayed a fire extinguisher into the face of a Jackson police officer and sprayed the extinguisher dust in the booking room at the station, police said. The Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney’s office filed an arrest warrant Wednesday for 24-year-old Seth Robert Seymour...

Girlfriend of assault suspect accused of witness tampering By Ben Kleine ~ Southeast Missourian The girlfriend of a man recently arrested on suspicion of first- and second-degree assault in Marble Hill, Missouri, told one of the victims he should not go to court, and her boyfriend’s friends in the “Mexican Mafia” were going to visit him, police said...

AT&T: High-speed internet ready along I-55 (06/30/16) 5 By Bridget Brown ~ Southeast Missourian As part of an initiative to increase connectivity throughout the state, AT&T has announced the certification of the Cape Girardeau-Jackson corridor along Interstate 55 as "fiber-ready." State and local officials and representatives from the business community joined together Wednesday morning at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center to hear the announcement and to cut the ribbon on the open corridor...

Southeast president to get his U.S. citizenship July 4 (06/30/16) 21 By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University president Carlos Vargas-Aburto has seen his share of Fourth of July celebrations. This one will be special. Thirty-one years after he first began working in higher education in the United States, Vargas will become a U.S. citizen...

Cape murderer still will serve 2 life sentences; appeals court forced reduced charge (06/30/16) By Ben Kleine ~ Southeast Missourian Judge Benjamin Lewis on Wednesday sentenced Kenneth Dewayne Bell, 25, of Cape Girardeau to two consecutive life sentences for two counts of second-degree murder and 30 years for armed criminal action, also to be served consecutively. Lewis gave Bell a nearly identical sentence March 9, 2015, but Bell was ineligible for parole on the life sentences when he was convicted of first-degree murder...

‘We cherish every hello’: Being part of a military couple isn’t easy, but love prevails for these local couples (06/30/16) By Logan Young ~ iDO magazine

Police: Cape man kidnapped woman, then raped, assaulted her (06/30/16) 7 By Ben Kleine ~ Southeast Missourian A Cape Girardeau man kidnapped a woman at knifepoint outside of a fast-food restaurant in Jackson, took her back to his apartment and physically and sexually assaulted her, police say. Jackson police arrested Michael D. Wolf Pruitt, 18, on Tuesday. The Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney’s office charged Pruitt with kidnapping, rape and second-degree domestic assault. His bond was set at $50,000, cash only...

Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 6/30/16 (06/30/16) Approval of minutes n Minutes of the June 27 meeting Communications/reports -- other elected officials n None at this time Public comments n Items listed on agenda Routine business...

Jackson seeks repeat success with new structure (06/29/16) By Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian Leaders in the Jackson business community hope the Jackson Industrial Development Company's new speculative building, unveiled Tuesday, will enjoy the same successes as those that have come before it. The success of two past projects in particular bodes well for the current structure...

Area school districts busy making fixes, expansions and upgrades (06/29/16) 2 By Lindsay Jones ~ Southeast Missourian Area school districts are working on construction and renovation projects this summer, with some expected to be completed before classes begin in August. In Cape Girardeau, the biggest items on the district's to-do list are part of a $20 million bond issue approved by voters in April 2015...

TechWeek planned at Marquette Tower next month (06/29/16) 2 By Bridget Brown ~ Southeast Missourian As the Marquette Tower is being transformed into the Marquette Tech District -- a high-tech hub for startup technology companies -- a weeklong festival is planned to celebrate technology and the progression of the district. Marquette TechWeek will offer networking opportunities for entrepreneurs, educational opportunities for children and give developers, designers, artists, students and researchers a chance to compete for a cash prize...

Nursing home takes in seriously ill veteran with sex-abuse conviction (06/29/16) 8 By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian Paul King just wanted a place to call home. King, plagued by poor health and a sexual-abuse conviction, worried he would be kicked to the curb. Instead, he was welcomed to Fountainbleau Lodge, a Cape Girardeau nursing home, despite his criminal conviction...

Democratic attorney general candidate Teresa Hensley touts courtroom experience (06/29/16) 19 By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian Democratic attorney general candidate Teresa Hensley said she has had plenty of experience prosecuting criminals. Hensley, a former Cass County prosecutor, stressed her legal experience during a visit Tuesday to Cape Girardeau. She said she has “more experience than all three of the other candidates combined.”...

Four men accused of roles in three robberies (06/29/16) 3 By Ben Kleine ~ Southeast Missourian Cape Girardeau police arrested four men in connection with three robberies Sunday and Monday. Damian Gage Sides, 18, of Cape Girardeau was charged with first-degree robbery for his alleged role in incidents from Thursday and Monday. Two male victims, age 19 and 18, were parked in a vehicle about 8 p.m. Thursday near 921 William St., according to a probable-cause statement filed by Cape Girardeau police officer Brian Eggers...

Perryville police say man tried to abduct 10-year-old girl (06/29/16) Southeast Missourian Police in Perryville, Missouri, are looking for a man they said tried to abduct a 10-year-old child Tuesday afternoon. The child was riding her bicycle in the 500 block of Robb Street when a four-door, dark gray passenger vehicle pulled alongside her, according to a news release from Perryville Police Cpl. Jeri Cain...


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (07/01/2016) at 06:28 AM

Plenty of fun available for Fourth of July (07/01/16) Summer is speeding by. But this weekend we get another chance to slow down a bit and enjoy some summer fun over the Fourth of July. Local towns are planning celebrations of American life, and there will be plenty of activities to choose from. Cape Girardeau’s festivities include a naturalization ceremony and fireworks. ...

Kudos to city for implementing street-paving standards (06/30/16) We've all experienced it: a bumpy ride on some Cape Girardeau streets. Why don't they do something to fix it, you might find yourself asking. The reality is that the city does repair potholes, and has for years. But the source of the recurring issue lies below the surface: Many of Cape's streets were built on a dirt, rather than gravel, base, according to a recent story by Southeast Missourian reporter Mark Bliss...

Bicycle donation great gift to Missouri Veterans Home (06/29/16) Recently we heard about the good deed of a Cape Girardeau police officer and Wal-Mart teaming up to get a new bicycle for a boy whose old bike didn't have brakes. But that's not the only bicycle good deed done lately. Thanks to the American Legion Riders, Chapter 158, of Jackson, the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau received a new tandem bicycle for its residents. The bike is built so wheelchair-bound residents can ride while a driver pedals...

New changes to drone restrictions mostly positive (06/28/16) Drones are a much-discussed topic lately, with all its positives and negatives -- its benefits and concerns. When first introduced, drones seemed like something out of a science-fiction novel or a "Jetsons" cartoon, but they quickly became the newest example of how technology has advanced...

Fire department upgrades will help keep Cape safe (06/27/16) The Cape Girardeau Fire Department has the responsibility of keeping Cape residents safe. Already a trusted and efficient agency, the upcoming upgrades will lead to an even higher level of productivity. The fire department meets both local and national standards for responding to emergency medical service calls. ...

Time is right to upgrade Jackson parks (06/26/16) Cities and towns, like so many other societal entities, have to make priorities. Streets and sewers, water and electric, stormwater and flood control, police and fire protection all make up the backbone of any city, and those areas must be strong. When it comes to parks, you'll find more disagreement along the political spectrum. ...

Courthouse steps now safer thanks to commission's action (06/24/16) Those venturing downtown don't need to tread as lightly on the Common Pleas Courthouse steps anymore. Upon hearing that runners had complained about the condition of the century-old steps on the courthouse terraces, the Cape Girardeau County Commission and city officials said they had no plans to fix or replace the steps...

Acts of kindness worth celebrating in our area (06/23/16) With all the negativity in the news lately, we thought we'd take a few minutes to highlight some of the acts of kindness that have taken place in our community recently. Cape Girardeau police officer Matthew Peters made Shont-tez Bell's day earlier this month when he worked with Wal-Mart to get the 7-year-old a new bike. ...

Step-therapy law a middle ground for patients, insurance companies (06/22/16) Many Missourians deal with step therapy through their insurance companies. Step therapy isn't going away, but a bill signed into law last week by Gov. Jay Nixon will hopefully make the process less cumbersome. Step therapy requires patients to demonstrate lower-cost drugs are ineffective before their insurance company will authorize coverage for the higher-cost options. While the new law will allow this practice to continue, it trims the process and should be a good thing for consumers...

Ranken Technical College to help fill labor gap in region (06/21/16) At its Coffee and Connections networking event, the Perryville Area Chamber of Commerce announced a new vocational-education facility, which is soon to come to Perryville. Ranken Technical College is opening a satellite campus, and with it should come skilled instructors who produce skilled workers...

Stop Bullying program a step toward resolving problem (06/20/16) In April 2015, the Cape Girardeau School District applied a proactive approach to bullying, something with which students are all too familiar. With an anonymous, online program created by Central Junior High School counselors Ed Draper and Julie Janzow, the mask was taken off bullying, as students were given tools to expose such mistreatment. ...

Victims deserve effort to eliminate mass shootings (06/19/16) Our hearts still ache. Forty-nine people were killed in the Orlando, Florida, mass shooting last week. Dozens more were injured, and many still remain in hospital care. We mourn for the families who lost sons, brothers, daughters, sister, aunts and uncles. Dinner tables will have empty chairs, families left hollow. Orlando, a place associated with happiness, is tending to a fresh wound that will scar the city for a long, long time...

Summer arts festival offers free fun for all this Saturday (06/17/16) Though most college students have left campus for the summer, Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus will be buzzing with activity Saturday during the Community Summer Arts Festival. The annual event, which starts at 10 a.m., will have activities and entertainment for all ages. ...

Teacher relays lessons while on the road in Vietnam (06/16/16) Brad Haertling is making good on his motto to "make learning an adventure." The Jackson middle-school teacher is cycling through Vietnam this summer, all the while posting lessons for his students on the web. Haertling told the Southeast Missourian he and his friend, Danny Rees, had been wanting to make the trip for years. He welcomed the opportunity to be able to incorporate education into his travels...

Heat safety should be priority during hot summer months (06/15/16) Summer is just beginning, but the area is already in the middle of its first big heat wave. The National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky, advises that temperatures will be in the mid-90s for most of the week. A few thunderstorms could pop up, as well, according to Kelly Hooper with the National Weather Service...

Farm-to-table event to spotlight local agriculture (06/14/16) Leadership Cape, an annual program offered by the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, has seen many proposed projects become reality. Cape Splash, the dog park in Kiwanis Park and Discovery Playhouse all were its own ideas. Add to that now a farm-to-table event, the brainchild of Leadership Cape's class of 2016...

Congratulations to area high school valedictorians (06/13/16) Senior proms have come and gone, final exams have been aced and graduation caps and gowns have been stored -- wherever it is people store them. Each summer, the Southeast Missourian presents the area's valedictorians on its Thursday neXt page. We honor those who went a little further than most, dug a little deeper, studied a little harder and were rewarded with a lifetime of bragging rights for earning the elusive valedictorian distinction...

Congratulations to area high school valedictorians (06/13/16) Senior proms have come and gone, final exams have been aced and graduation caps and gowns have been stored -- wherever it is people store them. Each summer, the Southeast Missourian presents the area's valedictorians on its Thursday neXt page. We honor those who went a little further than most, dug a little deeper, studied a little harder and were rewarded with a lifetime of bragging rights for earning the elusive valedictorian distinction...

Barke will try to deliver SEMO athletics to sustained success (06/12/16) Over the past 11 months, then-interim athletic director Brady Barke has been asked time and again whether Southeast Missouri State University can have success at the Division I level. As a Division II institution decades ago, Southeast had much success. Since the conversion to Division I, there have been more downs than ups. Consistent winning has not followed splashes of success, at least in men's basketball and football...

A fond farewell to one of Cape's boosters (06/10/16) As Tim Arbeiter prepares to leave Cape Girardeau behind, Cape Girardeau is preparing to lose one of its longtime champions. The vice president of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce has accepted a position as president of the Lee's Summit, Missouri, Chamber of Commerce...


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