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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:46 PM

One of two found dead in Fenton home had been Webster Groves park director

Plans for SLU redevelopment, City Foundry project both moving forward

Nixon cuts another $51 million from budget amid slow revenue growth

Expanding the field: Field House Museum opens 4,000-square-foot addition

Health Mumps booster urged amid University of Missouri outbreak

Police identify pedestrian fatally struck in St. Louis

Teen was on Facebook Live during Pennsylvania crash that killed her, pal

Post questions, comments now for today's TV chat

Jury foreman: 5 jurors were undecided on Slager verdict

St. Louis metro temps plunge into the freezer

Ben Frederickson BenFred: 5 things we learned from the Winter Meetings

Music Grammys get it right in country nominations, recognizing plenty of women

The Blender Chris Rock adds a second date at Peabody Opera House

Suspended novels return to school shelves in Virginia county

Cardinals lose infield prospect Cordoba in Rule 5 draft

Rolling Stone's Mick Jagger celebrates birth of 8th child

Raasch: For Greitens and Trump, the parallels persist in transition

Illinois firearm deer harvest down 8.5 percent this year

Boy, 14, killed trying to jump from NYC train to platform

Christmas tree farmer in New Jersey returns wedding band lost 15 years ago


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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Political News
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:47 PM

Raasch: For Greitens and Trump, the parallels persist in transition

Investigation of Missouri Corrections Department sought as harassment claims soar

Nixon cuts another $51 million from budget amid slow revenue growth

St. Louis seeks $40 million in state tax credits for MLS stadium

Officials get peek at Rock Hill municipal center design

Efforts blocked to get union contract for Lambert police, letter alleges

Trump has second meeting with former St. Louis lawyer who could join administration

Lawsuit seeks to stop campaign contribution limits approved by Missouri voters last month

Tony Messenger Messenger: What Eric Clemmons can teach Eric Greitens about justice and mercy

Eric and Sheena Greitens thank police, ask for compassion for robbery suspects

Lawsuit alleges Foristell, St. Charles County run 'debtors prison'

Joe's St. Louis Steve Roberts Sr. taking top staff job at St. Louis sheriff's department

Governor-elect Greitens and wife Sheena address robbery

Entertainment Orangutan's rock fixation causes $198,000 window replacement at St. Louis Zoo

Indiana and Missouri were the election twins of 2016

In the GOP push to repeal and replace Obamacare, the easy part is over

McCaskill contractor whistleblower bill headed to Obama to become law

Gone over 30 years, the spirit of Times Beach lives on social media

Forest Park Parkway near Kingshighway to close today for up to a year

St. Charles Hunters, novices can test skills on new digital simulator at St. Charles County museum


St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:47 PM

Tod Robberson Keep your Facebook friends close, and your enemies closer

Editorial: For St. Louis region to flourish, communities must look beyond self interests

Editorial: The date that continues to live in infamy

Tod Robberson Keep your Facebook friends close, and your enemies closer

Continuing our push forward toward equality

Stacy Washington: Safe, legal and rare in name only

Judge Rick works the room

A guide to combating gender inequality through advocacy

George Will George Will: Trump's Carrier ploy was a repudiation of conservatism

Michael Gerson Michael Gerson: Three American texts for Donald Trump to read before Inauguration Day

Dana Miilbank Dana Milbank: In Trump's America, 'pizzagate' could be the new normal

Kathleen Parker Kathleen Parker: Trump's demagogic illogic

Charles Krauthammer Charles Krauthammer: After a mere 25 years, the triumph of the West is over

Danforth Center signs commercialization deal with Kansas City firm

Indiana and Missouri were the election twins of 2016

McClellan: Make St. Louis great again!

BioSTL gets grant to support inclusion efforts

Base downtown development on demand, not on subsidies ( … ) David Nicklaus ("Dealmaker in chief," Dec. 4) needs to read Bill McClellan's column "Make St. Louis great again!" (Dec. 4). Donald Trump's deal with Carrier speaks to his concern regarding jobs going overseas. It highlights his pledge to retain jobs domestically. Read more

Caveats on ethanol get buried in article ( … )

Poverty cannot be an excuse to deny opportunity ( … )


Kansas City Star
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:48 PM

National Firefighters protect us. Who protects them? 9:42 AM

National Special report: When fire departments fail to learn from each other’s mistakes, firefighters pay the price 3:47 PM

Chiefs Are you ready for some Thursday football? Here’s your Chiefs-Raiders checklist 10:54 AM

Vahe Gregorian Mom and Dad are the real MVPs of cancer survivor Eric Berry’s epic homecoming 8:48 PM

Local Raiders fans in Kansas City expect to be heckled, but love playing the villains 8:01 PM

Local Olathe North principal: ‘Students were harassed based on their race and/or ethnicity’ 4:56 PM

Sam Mellinger Why Wade Davis had to be traded, and Dayton Moore’s new difficult balance with Royals 5:54 PM

Special report: When fire departments fail to learn from each other’s mistakes, firefighters pay the price 3:47 PM

Royals lose two minor-league pitchers in Rule 5 draft, draft a young arm from Yankees system 11:04 AM

Hacker shocks McDonald’s customers with lewdness, porn in the drive-thru 10:52 AM

Kansas drivers among worst in nation, study says 10:40 AM

Are you ready for some Thursday football? Here’s your Chiefs-Raiders checklist 10:54 AM

National Firefighters protect us. Who protects them? 9:42 AM

National Special report: When fire departments fail to learn from each other’s mistakes, firefighters pay the price 3:47 PM

Chiefs Are you ready for some Thursday football? Here’s your Chiefs-Raiders checklist 10:54 AM

Vahe Gregorian Mom and Dad are the real MVPs of cancer survivor Eric Berry’s epic homecoming 8:48 PM

Local Raiders fans in Kansas City expect to be heckled, but love playing the villains 8:01 PM

Local Olathe North principal: ‘Students were harassed based on their race and/or ethnicity’ 4:56 PM

Sam Mellinger Why Wade Davis had to be traded, and Dayton Moore’s new difficult balance with Royals 5:54 PM

Mom and Dad are the real MVPs of cancer survivor Eric Berry’s epic homecoming To hear Carol and Eric Berry tell it, their son, Eric, experienced all of the soul-wrenching moments one might expect in a life-or-death fight against cancer. But the battle became a family affair at the Berrys' home in suburban Atlanta, where Eric returned on Sunday and led the Kansas City Chiefs to victory over the Falcons.


Kansas City Star - Political News
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:48 PM

Government & Politics KC Council grapples with how to craft winning infrastructure bond proposal Kansas City Council members debated Wednesday how to put together a giant infrastructure bond package that can win a supermajority of votes in an election next April. Any proposal will require a modest property tax increase, which could be a tough sell at a time when water and sewer rates pose an increasing burden each year.

Government & Politics Kris Kobach appears to miss out on top Homeland Security job If confirmed, Donald Trump's choice of retired Gen. John Kelly for the Homeland Security job means that he has passed on Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the immigration hardliner who was rumored to be under consideration for the post.

Technology What exactly did Sprint’s Masayoshi Son promise Donald Trump? The internet has buzzed with the question of what Sprint's Masayoshi Son might have promised Donald Trump since the two men held an impromptu news conference Tuesday in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. It's also unclear who signed off on the pledge.

Government & Politics Former Kansas budget director leads call for lawmakers to make tax changes A large crowd came to Topeka on Wednesday to hear the “Rise up Kansas” coalition's plan. Supporters said the plan would bring the state around $820 million in the next fiscal year.

Government & Politics KC will host one more waste tire disposal event this year Kansas City residents and neighborhood groups have one more chance this year to dispose of waste tires. The city is hosting one more collection from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Government & Politics Michigan recount over; Pennsylvania sets hearing A federal judge's ruling that effectively halted Michigan's presidential recount after three days assures Republican Donald Trump's narrow victory in the state.

Government & Politics Trump chooses hardliners but talks softer on immigration Donald Trump embraced new Cabinet officers Wednesday whose backgrounds suggest he's primed to put tough actions behind his campaign rhetoric on immigration and the environment, even as he seemed to soften his yearlong stance on immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Government & Politics Now a New York pizzeria faces ‘Pizzagate’ threats A popular New York restaurant has become the latest victim of a fake-news conspiracy about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a Washington, D.C., pizza joint. Roberta's, a Brooklyn restaurant known for its wood-fired pizza, received telephone calls threatening its employees, police confirmed on Wednesday.

Government & Politics Trump takes to Twitter to blast union leader who had criticized Carrier deal President-elect Donald Trump posted two tweets critical of a local union leader, who said Trump lied about the number of jobs being saved by his deal with Carrier.

Government & Politics Ohio House committee approves 20-week abortion ban Abortions would be banned after 20 weeks under a bill that Republican lawmakers hope to pass Thursday and add to legislation already on its way to GOP Gov. John Kasich that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Government & Politics Obama is rushing to Trump-proof the White House President Barack Obama is trying to put the people and policies in place that he wants to outlast his presidency in the final weeks before Donald Trump takes over. But his supporters want more, way more.

Government & Politics Obama and Trump hurled insults, now trade pleasantries Did anyone see it coming, the apparent new rapport between President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump?

Government & Politics Final rules for K-12 standardized testing released Aiming to reduce test-taking in America's classrooms, the Obama administration released final rules Wednesday to help states and school districts take a new approach to the standardized tests students must take each year.

Government & Politics Former astronaut, US Sen. John Gl enn is hospitalized in Ohio An Ohio State official says former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn has been hospitalized for more than a week.

Government & Politics Congress approves biomedical bill as leaders eye adjournment With an atypical burst of bipartisanship, the Senate shipped legislation to President Barack Obama on Wednesday lowering hurdles for government drug approvals as the 114th Congress bumped toward the end of a two-year run highlighted by upheaval and stalemate.

Government & Politics Innovation or monopoly? Panel looks at ATT-Time Warner deal Senators questioning the logic of a proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner turned their focus to the nickels and dimes of the issue, at least as to how the $85.4 billion mega-deal would affect Americans. OK, you say this huge merger will enhance, not quash, competition and benefit consumers. Will it actually reduce prices that consumers pay?

Government & Politics Trump picks ally of fossil fuel industry to lead EPA Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general, has been a key architect of the legal battle against the Obama administration's climate change policies.

Government & Politics APNewsBreak: Military targets handling of misconduct cases Military leaders are trying to fix the lengthy, inconsistent process for investigating senior officers accused of misconduct, The Associated Press has learned. They are seeking to change a hodgepodge system in which investigations can drag on for years while taxpayers pay six-figure salaries to officers relegated to mid-level administrative posts.

Government & Politics Is this the next company on Trump’s jobs-to-Mexico hit list? When Trump arrives in Grand Rapids on Friday, he'll come to the Michigan home of Dematic, an auto parts supplier that took tax breaks and still plans to move jobs to Mexico. Dematic's story shows the issue of where to manufacture is hardly black and white.

Government & Politics North Carolina native, pro wrestling mogul tapped for Trump’s Cabinet President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the United State's federal agency in charge of helping small businesses get loans and government contracts is a North Carolina native from New Bern, a graduate of East Carolina University, and big-time donor to Trump's charity and to Republican candidates. Linda McMahon, who twice unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate from Connecticut, grew a small, family-owned regional wrestling company with her husband Vince in the 1980s into the now-famous WWE or World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.


Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:48 PM

Editorials Seventy-five years ago: Pearl Harbor … ‘America united!’ The Kansas City Star published this editorial on Dec. 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. At the time, The Star was an afternoon newspaper. That day's morning edition, then known as The Kansas City Times, was the first paper published after the Sunday surprise attack.

Editorials Thanksgiving roots unite us: the Mayflower Compact and Lincoln’s proclamation Aboard the Mayflower, the Pilgrims pledged to frame “just and equal Laws” in their colony, signing the Mayflower Compact. Two centuries later, during the American Civil War, President Lincoln issued a proclamation of thanksgiving.

Editorials The Star’s recommendations in major races in Tuesday’s elections A summary of The Kansas City Star's endorsements in this election, including some Missouri and Kansas races.

Editorials Recommendations for selected Missouri House of Representatives contests for Nov. 8 In the Kansas City area, some races for the Missouri House of Representatives were decided in the primary. In others, incumbents face only token opposition. Here, we focus on contests that provide important choices.

Editorials U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder should embrace his nobler, bipartisan side By and large, Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder is a reliable Republican voice in Congress, but just when one is tempted to write him off, he proves that he can work across the aisle on bipartisan measures that will serve the nation well.

Editorials Democrat Britani Potter is a breath of fresh air for Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins has not effectively served her constituents in Kansas' 2nd District. Her opponent, Britani Potter, has a compelling life story indicates she would make a compassionate legislator in the nation's capital.

Editorials Emanuel Cleaver, Sam Graves deserve to keep representing Missouri in Congress Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri's 5th District and Republican Rep. Sam Graves of the 6th District deserve to retain their seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Editorials Roy Blunt deserves re-election to the U.S. Senate Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri is a problem-solver. And in a Washington where far too many things end up in partisan gridlock, Blunt has a record of finding workable solutions that can be embraced by people with different backgrounds and persuasions.

Editorials Four Missouri down-ballot races offer choices in background, qualifications, approach Democrat Russ Carnahan's goals are within the customary scope of the lieutenant governor office. Republican Jay Ashcroft has better background and experience to run the secretary of state's office, and he has demonstrated more proactive thinking in ways to improve the way the office operates. Republican State. Sen. Eric Schmitt is more focused on the most critical tasks the treasurer's office requires. Republican Josh Hawley's willingness to take on corruption in both political parties as attorney general is much needed in Jefferson City.

Editorials Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas should continue, build on his bipartisan efforts U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, faces opposition from Democrat Patrick Wiesner and Libertarian Robert Garrard. Although moderate and liberal Kansans can find numerous reasons to vote against Moran, who has contributed to destructive gridlock in Washington, Moran has shown a streak of independence that he could build on in another Senate term.

Editorials Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland shouldn’t be confirmed at this point As we noted last week, the U.S. Supreme Court remains in a precarious position because Republican senators refuse to hold a confirmation vote on President Barrack Obama's nominee to fill a vacancy on the court. Nearly seven months have passed since Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the seat left open by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. If Hillary Clinton defeats Donald Trump on Election Day, he should withdraw Garland's nomination.

Editorials Chris Koster would be ready to govern Missouri from day one Chris Koster has demonstrated sound knowledge of legislative and executive functions. He is willing to seek bipartisan solutions to serious Missouri challenges, from education funding to deteriorating infrastructure. He believes fiscal conservatism and social tolerance can and should peacefully coexist.

Editorials Missouri Senate races offer known quantities, require few changes Residents of Missouri state Senate District 11 will finally get a new senator in January after their former senator resigned in disgrace more than a year ago. Three senate districts in the Kansas City area offer voter choices on Nov. 8.

Editorials Republican senators’ obstruction of justice continues Republican senators continue to refuse to do their job in confirming or denying President Barack Obama's nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Voters should remember who didn't do their jobs when they fill out their ballots Nov. 8.

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Editorials Don’t worry: Russia and China aren’t taking over the internet Despite the concerns of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, the United States should not back out now of a new way to handle internet addresses. That would send a terrible message to the international community that already has some justified skepticism about how far to trust America with digital information.

Editorials Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton need to debate crucial health, science and technology issues The presidential debate tonight at Washington University in St. Louis and the one on Oct. 19 at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas should include questions on health, science, technology and related questions. The country needs to know where the next president stands on these vital issues.

Editorials Ugly murder rate is perennial problem that tears at the fabric of Kansas City Kansas City's image as a violent place to live has long damaged its reputation with local residents — including those who move to the suburbs to try to escape crime — and with people from the outside looking at this region as a place to live and work.

Editorials Reject higher Missouri cigarette taxes; approve campaign contribution limits Several issues will be on Missouri's Nov. 8 ballot. They include tax increased for cigarettes. But don't be fooled by the packaging. Reject both of them while approving a sales tax extension for parks.

Editorials Low test scores show KC, Hickman Mills school districts falling far short of goals Missouri Assessment Program scores on statewide tests show great variation in student achievement. Kansas City Public Schools and the Hickman Mills School District have a lot of work to do to boost student academic performance.


The Springfield News Leader
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:48 PM

Activists launch campaign highlighting Walmart crime stats, law…

Springfield man killed intruder: 'I never thought I'd have to shoot…

Republic High School senior plans fundraising dodgeball tournament

Agencies say package thefts on the rise in Greene County

Longtime Greene County leader, a champion for children and pioneer…

State funding for MSU's Glass Hall project no longer a question mark

Ozarks Where to find the best Christmas Lights Displays for 2016 Where to find the best Christmas Lights Displays for 2016 The most wonderful time of year includes the News-Leader's annual roundup of holiday light displays put on by your neighbors in and around Springfield. Ozarks 1  hour, 42  minutes ago

Politics Lawmaker wants tougher poaching penalties in Missouri Lawmaker wants tougher poaching penalties in Missouri Rep: 'I don't think our fines are high enough for people who poach' Politics 2  hours, 29  minutes ago

Ozarks Job loss forces family to spend their savings Job loss forces family to spend their savings The News-Leader Share Your Christmas program has brightened the holidays for those in need for many years Ozarks 4  hours, 37  minutes ago

Ozarks Libraries serve as a home for the work of local artists Libraries serve as a home for the work of local artists In addition to showing the arts, libraries also offer free classes to encourage appreciation and participation. Ozarks 4  hours, 39  minutes ago

Ozarks ReNew Brentwood project nearly fulfilled ReNew Brentwood project nearly fulfilled Many of the updates from the renovation improve convenience. Ozarks 4  hours, 40  minutes ago

Politics Roseann Bentley a Retrospective Roseann Bentley a Retrospective Roseann Bentley a Retrospective Politics 12  hours, 44  minutes ago

Ozarks The season to share: Share Your Christmas program makes a difference The season to share: Share Your Christmas program makes a difference For decades, program has helped match caring donors with those in need during the holidays Ozarks 15  hours, 26  minutes ago

Education Water line break at College of Ozarks briefly delays heat to one dorm Water line break at College of Ozarks briefly delays heat to one dorm College of the Ozarks officials said the water line break was discovered when turning on heat to Mabee Dorm. Education 17  hours, 39  minutes ago

Crime Springfield man found guilty of murder in 2014 drug deal gone awry Springfield man found guilty of murder in 2014 drug deal gone awry "It's pretty simple — murder for drugs," the prosecuting attorney said. Crime 18  hours, 9  minutes ago

Ozarks Answer Man: What became of big plans for equestrian center? Answer Man: What became of big plans for equestrian center? Answer Man: What became of big plans for equestrian center in Republic? Ozarks 20  hours, 35  minutes ago

Ozarks Worried about slipping sales tax, Springfield City Manager recommends saving $1.7M leftover last year Worried about slipping sales tax, Springfield City Manager recommends saving $1.7M leftover last year Sales tax revenue keeps falling short of expectations, said Springfield City Manager Greg Burris. Ozarks 21  hours, 6  minutes ago

Education Search for Willard superintendent position heats up; at least 20 express interest in job Search for Willard superintendent position heats up; at least 20 express interest in job With Kent Medlin set to retire, the Willard school board hopes to announce the next superintendent as early as Jan. 26 Education 21  hours, 8  minutes ago

Ozarks Cancer patients are knot forgotten Cancer patients are knot forgotten CoxHealth Foundation's Knot Forgotten Christmas trees are decorated with bows in honor or memory of cancer patients. Ozarks 21  hours, 20  minutes ago

Ozarks CoxHealth EMS hosts holiday recognition event for first responders CoxHealth EMS hosts holiday recognition event for first responders The event is open to the community and will have children's activities, a visit from Santa and emergency vehicles for exploration. Ozarks 21  hours, 27  minutes ago


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The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:48 PM

Our Voice: Thank you to a tireless champion

Trump's Carrier ploy was a repudiation of conservatism

Rise in illegal alien children causes budget issues

Editorials Plan to support foster system Plan to support foster system Plan to support foster system Editorials 1 day, 13 hours ago

Readers A fair chance to make coal cleaner A fair chance to make coal cleaner A fair chance to make coal cleaner Readers 1 day, 13 hours ago

Opinion Today's poll Today's poll How would you describe your outdoor Christmas decorating? Opinion 20 hours, 18 minutes ago

Readers The death of Fidel Castro The death of Fidel Castro The death of Fidel Castro Readers 1 day, 16 hours ago

Readers The irony of Trump's accusations The irony of Trump's accusations The irony of Trump's accusations Readers 2 days, 14 hours ago

Readers Roses and Thorns: To the ladies at Joann's Fabric Roses and Thorns: To the ladies at Joann's Fabric Roses and Thorns: To the ladies at Joann's Fabric Readers 2 days, 14 hours ago

Readers The emperor has no clothes The emperor has no clothes The emperor has no clothes Readers 2 days, 14 hours ago

Editorials Our Voice: Springfield gets to work Our Voice: Springfield gets to work The workforce problems in Springfield can sometimes seem contradictory. Editorials 2 days, 14 hours ago

Readers In defense of writing Christmas letters In defense of writing Christmas letters In defense of writing Christmas letters Readers 2 days, 14 hours ago

Opinion After a mere 25 years, the triumph of the West is over After a mere 25 years, the triumph of the West is over After a mere 25 years, the triumph of the West is over Opinion 3 days, 11 hours ago

Opinion New Congress should tackle labor reform New Congress should tackle labor reform New Congress should tackle labor reform Opinion 3 days, 11 hours ago

Readers Waiting in fear Waiting in fear Waiting in fear Readers 3 days, 12 hours ago

Readers Strange election could still have a happy ending Strange election could still have a happy ending Perhaps shocked Americans will truly unite and mobilize in pursuit of real answers Readers 4 days, 16 hours ago

Readers The homeless are people, too The homeless are people, too 8-year-old donates $42 to help Readers 4 days, 16 hours ago

Readers Ethanol industry no longer gets federal incentives Ethanol industry no longer gets federal incentives Response to letter from Martin Capages Jr. Readers 4 days, 16 hours ago

Readers A coalition of reasoning minds is needed A coalition of reasoning minds is needed Something our nation greatly needs, if it is not too late, is a coalition of reasoning minds. Readers 4 days, 16 hours ago

Readers Exactly what do anti-Trump protesters want? Exactly what do anti-Trump protesters want? If they want to show the world that they are sore losers, they already have done that Readers 4 days, 17 hours ago


The Independence Examiner
As of (08/25/2016) at 08:35 AM

Egypt to free lawyer after 3 months in solitary confinement Updated at 10:43 AM CAIRO (AP) " An Egyptian court has ordered the release of a prominent rights lawyer held in solitary confinement for the past three months after he challenged in court a decision by the country's president to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. Thursday's decision to free Malek Adly " who hasn't been formally charged but remains incarcerated since his May arrest on a roll ing series of administrative detention orders " could still be appealed by prosecutors. Adly has...

The Latest: Italian officials revise quake death toll to 241 Updated at 10:43 AM AMATRICE, Italy (AP) " The Latest on the earthquake in central Italy (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Civil protection officials have revised down the death toll from the earthquake in central Italy to 241 after one of the hard-hit areas...

Mylan says it will expand programs that lower EpiPen costs Updated at 10:40 AM NEW YORK (AP) " Mylan, now in the crosshairs over severe price hikes for its EpiPen, says it will expand programs that lower out-of-pocket costs by as much as half. Mylan N.V. said Thursday that the patient cost will be reduced through a...


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 (12/08/2016) at 12:49 PM

Columbia man sentenced to nearly 16 years in federal prison for child sex trafficking

Early morning apartment fire damages one unit, no one hurt

No one injured in Boone County barn fire

UM System releases diversity audit and response The University of Missouri's flagship campus should include diversity, equity and inclusion in its hiring goals and develop a checklist for inclusive recruiting practices, a UM System panel recommended in a report released Wednesday.

Midway Truck Stop and Travel Plaza 6401 Highway 40 W, Columbia, MO 65202 573-445-1211 STOP ON YOUR WAY, STAY FOR THE DAY!!

Michaelis' 24 points lift MU women to victory as Cunningham sits with injury

MoDOT preparing for asphalt, sidewalk projects on two major Columbia roads

State issues $97.2 million to complete Fulton State Hospital construction

Man pleads guilty to lower charge for shooting at Columbia album release party

Local business owner accused of forging prescriptions

Two men charged with second-degree robbery

No one injured in fire on Perkins Drive

MUPD investigating indecent exposure report

Centralia, Hallsville school districts considering levy increase on April ballot In the face of potential cuts to state funding, school boards in Centralia and Hallsville ar…

Some Tribune jobs moving to Texas center Tribune management on Monday told seven employees who specialize in newspaper design and edi…

Columbia man given suspended sentence in April shooting A man accused of being one of two gunmen in an April shooting was given a suspended sentence…

Speed limit reduced on section of Providence Road The speed limit on a section of Providence Road has been reduced from 55 to 50 mph.

Delta Upsilon International suspends MU chapter for at least two years Delta Upsilon International has suspended its University of Missouri chapter until at least …

Fulton woman killed in I-70 crash The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a Fulton woman died Monday when her vehicle rolled on…

Columbia City Council approves fees for street, sidewalk, parking closures The city will impose fees on individuals and companies that shut down sidewalks, parking spa…


Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:49 PM

The chancellor

Isotopes

Trump

Health care

The ubiquitous Trump The president-elect has a way of keeping himself in the news, often with outlier commentary …

Leadership On Wednesday as I opened my copy of the Tribune, I was treated to a photo showing Chamber of…

Johnson case In the case against Joanthony D. Johnson, Circuit Judge Jeff Harris must decide whether to a…

Getting acquainted Mun Choi is taking a tour of his new realm as incoming president of the University of Missou…

Mitt Romney What if Donald Trump chooses Mitt Romney as his secretary of state? How will people constitu…

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Ol' Clark is a delight to read and visit with

'Tis the season for one-upmanship

Designer's snub bares left-wing media bias

Newspaper carrier will be missed

Evangelicals will have to answer for Trump

Isotopes

The chancellor

Trump

Health care

The ubiquitous Trump


St. Joseph News-Press
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:50 PM

AP: The Latest: No inspection of warehouse for at least 30 years OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on an Oakland warehouse fire that killed 36 people(all times local):

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AP: The Latest: Trump said to pick fast-food exec for labor post NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):

AP: US home price gains lift household wealth to $90.2 trillion WASHINGTON (AP) — A healthy increase in home values and higher stock prices drove up U.S. ho…

AP: EU starts legal action against 4 states over VW emissions BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is starting legal action against Britain, Germany, Spain …

AP: Kansas City Zoo tops 1 million visitors for first time KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — More people visited the Kansas City Zoo this year than ever before i…

The bottom line Setting budget priorities is a key responsibility as your Governor. The upcoming legislative session will require tough choices to address a revenue gap which has grown in recent months. In Midwestern states, lower prices for our major ag commodities like corn and beef have resulted in a downturn in tax revenue.

AP: Woman described as Canada's Rosa Parks to appear on banknote GATINEAU, Quebec (AP) — A black woman often described as Canada's Rosa Parks for her 1946 de…

AP: Harry Reid bids farewell to Senate after 30 years WASHINGTON (AP) — Minority Leader Harry Reid bid farewell to the Senate Thursday after 30 ye…

AP: Authorities investigate Kansas grain bin collapse WHITE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine what caused a Kansas grain bin t…

AP: French far-right chief nixes free class for kids of illegals PARIS (AP) — Far-right leader Marine Le Pen says foreigners in France should go through a "w…

AP: Navy's futuristic-looking USS Zumwalt arriving in homeport SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Navy's most technologically advanced destroyer is arriving at its homep…

AP: Signs to mark eastern and western ends of longest US road BOSTON (AP) — Signs marking the eastern and western ends of the longest continuous road in t…

AP: Drought, the South's unwelcome guest, stays despite rains ATLANTA (AP) — Recent showers and storms have slightly eased the South's severe drought, but…

AP: Correction: Baltimore-Fatal Bus Crash story BALTIMORE (AP) — In a story Dec. 7 about a school bus crash in Baltimore, The Associated Pre…

AP: Putin: NGO restrictions needed to stem foreign influence MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says Russia will continue to counter foreign influenc…

AP: Kansas to outsource some IT work to Illinois company TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' information technology division will retire a computer mainframe…

AP: France allows Holocaust museums to digitize WWII archives PARIS (AP) — France has signed an accord to allow the Holocaust museums in Paris and Washing…


St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:50 PM

Winter hazards lie below Not to alarm anyone, but it's a well-established fact winter can be dangerous to your health even when you see no snow or ice under foot. Winter hazards lie below

Art museum rebounds

To thrive, festival needs your ideas

A civic goal: Find uses for empty buildings

Board fails test

Visit our national treasure

Drop-in center meets real need

Interserv eyes future

Connect students to careers

Tax money needs strings attached


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The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:51 PM

Our View: Their stories live forever Our coverage of the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor today is derived from history itself as well as past interviews with Pearl Harbor veterans.

Our View: Ahead of the chill Weather predictors say it could snow this week. Given the temperament of the weather, that's still yet to be seen.

Our View: 'My People' fund act of love “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”

Taylor Armerding: Another week, another double standard It's not that the scrutiny President-elect Donald Trump is getting from the media is unwarranted. He ought to be getting heat about how he is going to eliminate conflicts of interest between his vast business operations and his duties as president.

Your View: Letters to the editor Follow Carthage's initiative

Caroline Tubbs: Thoughts to consider before the 'show' begins So, Mr. Donald Trump, you have used carnival-barker rhetoric to capture the minds of white, blue-collar workers as well as some black and Hispanic American voters (“Hey, you have miserable lives; why not try me?”). Now, you have been elected president of the United States of America. So what…

Herb Van Fleet: Trump and the Constitution “No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.”

Geoff Caldwell: In a harbor called Pearl Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct an editing error. This is the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

Our View: Hope to hear more from MDC director Sara Parker Pauley made her first visit to Southwest Missouri earlier this week as the director of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Dick Thompson: Abolish or reform Electoral College First, a sincere thanks to writer Keith Costley (Globe, Nov. 29) for his long, lucid, rational, well-argued and, above all, civil rebuttal to my castigating the Globe editorial board for perpetrating the “lie” and “falsehood” that Hillary Clinton “did not have the trust or confidence of the …

Our View: More than a name The Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors' decision to name an addition that will house science, technology, engineering and math classes the Jeremiah W. “Jay” Nixon Hall goes far beyond ceremony.

Marilyn Beasley: Why we need the Electoral College Since the election of Donald Trump as president, we've been hearing an outcry to eliminate the Electoral College.

Marilyn Beasley: Why we need the Electoral College Since the election of Donald Trump as president, we've been hearing an outcry to eliminate the Electoral College.

Our View: More than a name The Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors' decision to name an addition that will house science, technology, engineering and math classes the Jeremiah W. “Jay” Nixon Hall goes far beyond ceremony.

Rylee Hartwell: Castro's legacy of communism In the aftermath of the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, international and domestic leaders have responded in a variety of ways.

Your View: Letters to the editor Trump should turn a deaf ear

Rylee Hartwell: Castro's legacy of communism In the aftermath of the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, international and domestic leaders have responded in a variety of ways. However, in the midst of these mixed sentiments that have heralded or eviscerated the legacy of Castro I found myself asking, “do those commenting truly know …

Your View: Letters to the editor Trump should turn a deaf ear

Our View: Giving Tuesday a call to action For the past several days America has shopped, and shopped and shopped.

Keith Costley: Editorial opinion not 'perpetrating lies' With all due respect, I would like to respond to Dick Thompson's (Pittsburg, Kansas) letter to the editor that was printed in the Nov. 27 edition of The Joplin Globe.


The Jefferson City News Tribune
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:51 PM

Callaway residents remember Pearl Harbor: On the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, two Callaway County residents came to the Kingdom of Callaway...

Missouri lobbyist discusses changing political climate: According to Jefferson City lobbyist Jorgen Schlemeier, changes are on their way in Missouri legislation. As a man with over...

Camden on the Lake Resort welcomes new management: Camden on the Lake resort's management group, Lodging One Hospitality, recently announced two new additions to the resort's senior management...

Heisinger Bluffs stages 24th annual Ladies Auxiliary holiday tour: It took the better part of 30 years of being cajoled about participating, but this is the Christmas Joan Firley's...

Jail program trims overcrowding: A pre-trial release screening and supervision program (PTS) started in 2013 is continuing to meet its goal of reducing overcrowding...

MRRL-Osage takes fresh look at new space: The Missouri River Regional Library Osage County branch is considering moving in a bid to gain more space for its...

Funds release doesn't include Lincoln University land grant match: Lincoln University didn't benefit from Gov. Jay Nixon's $4 million release Wednesday of funds withheld earlier this year.

Fulton musician released holiday CD: Juanita Heider's new Christmas CD, "Prince of Peace," is making waves in the Brick District with its unique sound and...

Local music teacher and crew present concert: Anna Dreyer looked proudly at her father, John, who was preparing himself Tuesday evening for a holiday concert performance with...

Meadows moves to Jefferson City: Their journey lasted five years, but most of the residents in the Meadows by the Club subdivision are now full-fledged,...

Nixon blocks budgeted Medicaid spending: Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday blocked millions of dollars of planned Medicaid spending and bonding authority in a move to...

UM system receives diversity recommendations: The University of Missouri system will need to make a sustained commitment in both funding and personnel to improve its...

Appeal rejected in 13-year-old's murder: The Laclede County Circuit Court has denied Steven N. Henderson's petition to set aside his guilty plea and conviction for...

Two holiday celebrations in Miller County: Two Miller County communities will celebrate the holiday season Saturday with parades, visits with Santa and an assortment of Christmas...

Man gets 15 years for child sex trafficking: A Columbia man was sentenced in federal court Wednesday in connection with a child sex trafficking case in Osage Beach.

Jay Ashcroft names leadership team: Trish Vincent will be Missouri's new deputy secretary of state, when Secretary of State-elect Jay Ashcroft takes over next month.

Trump chooses hardliners but talks softer on immigration: Donald Trump embraced new Cabinet officers Wednesday whose backgrounds suggest he's primed to put tough actions behind his campaign rhetoric...

Feds: Hoax beliefs fueled death threats to Sandy Hook parent: A Florida woman has been charged with making death threats against the parent of a child who died in...

Military targets handling of misconduct cases: Military leaders are trying to fix the lengthy, inconsistent process for investigating senior officers accused of misconduct, the Associated...

1 Georgia officer killed, 1 wounded; shooter at large: A man fatally shot one Georgia police officer and wounded a second before fleeing an apartment complex near a college...


The Jefferson City News Tribune - State News
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:51 PM

Nixon blocks budgeted Medicaid spending: Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday blocked millions of dollars of planned Medicaid spending and bonding authority in a move to...

Lawsuit filed against Missouri campaign contribution limits: Opponents on Wednesday sued to stop a new Missouri constitutional amendment to end unlimited political giving in the state, an...

Jay Ashcroft names leadership team: Trish Vincent will be Missouri's new deputy secretary of state, when Secretary of State-elect Jay Ashcroft takes over next month.

8 indicted for smash-and-grab at Missouri Saks store: Eight Chicago residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury for the smash-and-grab theft of $60,000 worth of handbags...

St. Louis-area school focuses on students with disabilities: A new high school in St. Louis County gives students with learning disabilities the opportunity to be taught in an...

Cybersecurity audit planned for state birth, death records: State Auditor Nicole Galloway said Wednesday her office is beginning an audit of the Health and Senior Services' department's Vital...

Lawsuit filed against Missouri campaign contribution limits: Opponents are suing to stop a new Missouri constitutional amendment to limit political giving.

Missouri governor sometimes commuting to work from St. Louis: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has begun spending more time at his new home in the St. Louis area as his...

Missouri governor blocks budgeted Medicaid spending: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is blocking millions of dollars of planned Medicaid spending in a budget-balancing move near the end...

Missouri peach grower sues Monsanto over herbicide use: Missouri's biggest peach producer is suing Monsanto Co. over illegal herbicide users suspected of causing widespread crop damage in...

University of Missouri receives diversity recommendations: A task forces says the University of Missouri system should emphasize diversity in its recruiting and hiring practices, while also...

Pension administrators don't expect much trouble: Missouri government's retirees shouldn't be upset by reports the costs for funding state employee pensions will increase in the 2017-18...

Count of antlerless deer kills lowest in at least 5 years in Missouri: Hunters in Missouri killed more than 6,500 deer during the antlerless portion of the hunting season this year, marking a...

Missouri's Delta Upsilon suspended for at least 2 years: The University of Missouri chapter of the Delta Upsilon fraternity will be suspended until at least the fall of 2018...

50-year-old man convicted in triple slaying in Kansas City: A 50-year-old man has been convicted of fatally shooting a mother, son and a family friend at a central Kansas...

Pickup truck slams into Hannibal newspaper office: The driver of a pickup truck is being treated for injuries after his vehicle slammed into the front of the...

Rock-loving orangutan causes $220K damage at St. Louis zoo: A rock-loving orangutan named Rubih went ape on the observation windows of her St. Louis zoo enclosure, forcing nearly $200,000...

Woman accused of causing deadly Missouri wreck: A 24-year-old Missouri woman is accused of causing a wreck last weekend that killed a passenger in her car.

Man shot while driving makes it to hospital before dying: St. Louis police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man who was struck while driving and then drove himself...

3 in custody in robbery of wife of Missouri governor-elect: Missouri Gov.-elect Eric Greitens says his wife was robbed at gunpoint not far from their St. Louis home.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Local News
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:51 PM

Jail program trims overcrowding: A pre-trial release screening and supervision program (PTS) started in 2013 is continuing to meet its goal of reducing overcrowding...

MRRL-Osage takes fresh look at new space: The Missouri River Regional Library Osage County branch is considering moving in a bid to gain more space for its...

Funds release doesn't include Lincoln University land grant match: Lincoln University didn't benefit from Gov. Jay Nixon's $4 million release Wednesday of funds withheld earlier this year.

Meadows moves to Jefferson City: Their journey lasted five years, but most of the residents in the Meadows by the Club subdivision are now full-fledged,...

Nixon blocks budgeted Medicaid spending: Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday blocked millions of dollars of planned Medicaid spending and bonding authority in a move to...

UM system receives diversity recommendations: The University of Missouri system will need to make a sustained commitment in both funding and personnel to improve its...

Appeal rejected in 13-year-old's murder: The Laclede County Circuit Court has denied Steven N. Henderson's petition to set aside his guilty plea and conviction for...

Two holiday celebrations in Miller County: Two Miller County communities will celebrate the holiday season Saturday with parades, visits with Santa and an assortment of Christmas...

Man gets 15 years for child sex trafficking: A Columbia man was sentenced in federal court Wednesday in connection with a child sex trafficking case in Osage Beach.

Jay Ashcroft names leadership team: Trish Vincent will be Missouri's new deputy secretary of state, when Secretary of State-elect Jay Ashcroft takes over next month.

Dixon's Boone County case delayed again: For the fifth time, a court hearing for former Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon was continued so Dixon's attorneys and...

Hunt spreads 'Christmas magic': A fantastical world from a 3-foot-tall perspective filled the classrooms, greenhouse and woodshop of the Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and...

Return to Pearl Harbor: Joining his few remaining fellow survivors today to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor will be...

Capitol Avenue rehab project gets green light: It was expected, but when the vote was called Tuesday night at City Hall to give first reading on the...

Robinett receives public service award: Ralph Robinett received the 2016 Kevin Meinhardt Memorial Public Service Award at Tuesday night's meeting of the Jefferson City Council.

County departments seek pay increases for employee retention: In August, the Cole County Commission heard from department heads under their direct supervision about budget needs, and most of...

Missouri to issue $97.2M in bonds for state mental hospital: The state of Missouri is issuing nearly $100 million in bonds as the final funding piece for construction of a...

Pension administrators don't expect much trouble: Missouri government's retirees shouldn't be upset by reports the costs for funding state employee pensions will increase in the 2017-18...

Roadway resurfacing projects awarded in multiple counties: The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has awarded resurfacing projects on several Mid-Missouri roads in Howard, Cooper, Miller and Morgan...

Stormwater project approved for Cole County subdivision: The Cole County Commission has approved engineering work for a stormwater project in the area of Meadowbrook Estates and Courtyard...


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (12/05/2016) at 04:16 AM

Our Opinion: Ballot requests hold no guarantee of success: Making a decision with no assurance of success is difficult. The Jefferson City Board of Education may be asked in...

Your Opinion: Fake news - when will it stop?: I would guess when the liberal wizards of smart discovered there were still polar bears and ice in the Arctic...

Your Opinion: Change focus to address hunger: At the "most affluent" school in the JCPS system 45.8 percent of the students were born to parents who can't...

Your Opinion: Climate change lawsuit is a scam: A recent letter to the editor about a climate change lawsuit begs questions and a need for, and dissemination of,...

Your Opinion: Disproportion and election results: Can you imagine the fury and temper tantrums that would have been unleashed by Trump and his supporters if he...

Your Opinion: Dialogue needed on time change: The time change has come with barely a complaint. I suspect that the recent election may have been a bit...

Your Opinion: Walls contribute to broader strategy: Typically the Godless left seems to present walls as a thing of the past. In fact, border walls and fences...

Our Opinion: Share holiday artistry with the community: Decorating a home for Christmas, at its best, is an exercise in artistry.

Perspective: House passes life-saving legislation: This week in Congress, the House took a big step and passed a life-saving bill that has one core goal...

Our Opinion: Improve your health and Cole County's ranking: Your behavior is a key factor in diagnosing Cole County's overall health.

Perspective: Freedom of conscience in 'Hacksaw Ridge': At the height of World War II, there was room in America for conscientious objectors. Where are we now?

Our Opinion: Planning for reunification amid chaos: Amid the chaos that follows a natural disaster, a natural tendency is to seek assurance that loved ones are unharmed.

Your Opinion: Respect for women begins at home: Congratulations to those in our community who were instrumental in declaring 16 days of advocacy to eliminate violence against women...

Your Opinion: The business of political correctness: I wonder how many of your readers still remember the High Street dime stores Newberrys and Woolworths?

Our Opinion: Celebrate community's rich Christmas traditions: Churches, businesses, governments and individual residents will continue the holiday tradition of inviting the community to share their expressions of...

Your Opinion: What will Trump do?: "I don't know what Trump will do. I do know I won't like it." So, said a friend. Based on...

Perspective: Politics isn't everything: The first vote I cast for president was for Jimmy Carter, thereby providing additional evidence that the 26th Amendment was...

Our Opinion: Acting against scourge of drug abuse: The sadness of Cody Marshall's fatal heroin overdose lingers in the hearts of family and friends, but Cody's father continues...

Your Opinion: Be proactive on stormwater: As a follow-up from my previous letter of flood damage problems in Jefferson City, I continue discussion.

Our Opinion: Audit finds dismal lack of transparency: Transparency in government was a topic of much discussion in advance of the November election, but a recent state audit...


The Southeast Missourian
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:51 PM

3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/8/16) Southeast Missourian Three Cape Girardeau Central High School students were taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of making a violent threat at the school, police said in a news release An investigation into a possible threat of violence began late Tuesday, including law enforcement and the Cape Girardeau Central school resource officer, according to school communications officer Dana Savarino. ...

Fire chief: Deadly fire could occur here despite code efforts (12/8/16) 1 By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian A deadly fire such as the one that occurred last week in Oakland, California, could happen in Cape Girardeau, fire chief Rick Ennis said Wednesday. Ennis said such fires can occur despite the best efforts of city building and fire inspectors to ensure public safety...

Forum set for Monday to review Perry County schools assessment (12/8/16) By Bridget Brown ~ Southeast Missourian The Perry County school district is seeking opinions from community members as it creates a plan to relieve crowding and make structural improvements to its campus. Two public forums will be held Monday at the Perry Park Center Theater in Perryville, Missouri. The first session will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the second from 7 to 8 p.m...

Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 12/8/16 (12/8/16) Cape Girardeau County Commission 1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Approval of minutes n Minutes of the Dec. 5 meeting Communications/ reports -- other elected officials n None at this time Public comments n Items listed on agenda Routine business...

Jackson likely will relax rules about package-liquor licenses (12/7/16) 2 By Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian The city of Jackson is preparing to lift two ordinances restricting the issuance of package-liquor licenses. The first, Section 5-31 of the city code of ordinances, prohibits people and corporations from holding more than three licenses to sell package liquor...

Missouri governor blocks budgeted Medicaid spending (12/8/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday blocked millions of dollars of planned Medicaid spending and bonding authority in a move to balance the budget during the final weeks of this term. The outgoing Democratic governor restricted $51 million of budgeted spending, including nearly $43 million for the Medicaid health-care program and nearly $9 million in bonding authority...

Missouri peach grower sues Monsanto over herbicide use (12/8/16) KENNETT, Mo. -- Missouri's biggest peach producer is suing Monsanto Co. over illegal herbicide users suspected of causing widespread crop damage in Missouri and neighboring states. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said last month's lawsuit in Southeast Missouri's Dunklin County by the operator of Bader Farms near Campbell seeks what Bader's lawyer suspects will be millions of dollars in compensation for damage to the farm's peach trees over the past two years...

Lawsuit filed against state's campaign contribution limits (12/8/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Opponents on Wednesday sued to stop a new Missouri constitutional amendment to end unlimited political giving in the state, an effort that comes as donors have continued to write six-figure checks to candidates during a monthlong window between the election and when the ban takes effect...

Three in custody after governor-elect's wife is robbed (12/7/16) ST. LOUIS -- Three teenagers are in custody in the armed robbery of the wife of Missouri Gov.-elect Eric Greitens. The former Navy Seal officer who takes office next month said Tuesday it's a good thing police got to them before he did. Eric and Sheena Greitens spoke at a brief news conference, one day after Sheena was robbed at gunpoint while in her car outside a coffee shop in St. Louis...

Graffiti welcomes Muslims at Islamic center in Missouri (12/7/16) WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- At a time when reports of anti-Muslim sentiment are rising, an Islamic Center in Missouri received a different message. Kamel Ghozzi, imam at the Islamic Center of Warrensburg, said "Welcome" and "Thank you for choosing our community" were written in chalk on the center's sidewalk during the weekend...

Study: Repeal of 'Obamacare' would make 30M uninsured (12/8/16) WASHINGTON -- Repealing President Barack Obama's health-care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday. Separately, a professional group representing benefit advisers warned congressional leaders of the risk of "significant market disruption" that could cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance...

Black cat rats out hiding suspect (12/8/16) EPHRATA, Pa. -- A police department said a black cat was lucky for one of its officers tracking a fugitive. The Ephrata Police Department posted on its Facebook page officers were searching for Jonathan Michael Steffy, 23, last month over an outstanding bench warrant. They found the man in a backyard, but he fled. As they searched the area, one officer saw a black cat in a nearby yard staring intently at a shed. The officer opened that shed and found Steffy...

Ships, jets, giant crowd mark Pearl Harbor anniversary event (12/8/16) PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- Thousands observed a moment of silence and watched jets streak across the clear blue sky at a ceremony Wednesday at Pearl Harbor marking the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the United States into World War II and left more than 2,300 service people dead...

Raging Oakland warehouse fire trapped victims in smoke (12/8/16) OAKLAND, Calif. -- The fire that killed 36 people during a party at an Oakland warehouse started on the ground floor and quickly raged, with smoke billowing into the second level and trapping victims whose only escape route was through the flames, federal investigators said Wednesday...

Syrian government advances despite rebel cease-fire offer (12/8/16) BEIRUT -- Syria's government ignored a rebel cease-fire proposal for Aleppo on Wednesday as its forces captured new neighborhoods around the city center and squeezed about 200,000 tired and frightened civilians into a shattered and rapidly shrinking opposition enclave...

1 officer killed, 1 wounded; shooter at large (12/8/16) AMERICUS, Ga. -- A man fatally shot one Georgia police officer and wounded a second before fleeing an apartment complex near a college campus that went on lockdown as a precaution, authorities said. They said the suspect is believed to be armed and dangerous...

2 juveniles charged in Tennessee wildfires that killed 14 (12/8/16) NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Authorities on Wednesday charged two juveniles in an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings in an iconic tourism spot at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains. Officials offered few other specifics about how they think the two started a fire that leveled buildings into charred scraps, carving a deadly path through the Gatlinburg area...

Pakistani plane crashes after takeoff, kills 48 people aboard (12/8/16) ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan -- A plane belonging to Pakistan's national carrier crashed and burst into flames Wednesday with 48 people on board, killing all of them, the airline chairman and police said. According to senior police officer Khurram Rasheed, the plane crashed in a village in the district of Abbottabad, 45 miles northwest of the capital, Islamabad. The small twin-propeller aircraft was travelling from the city of Chitral to Islamabad when it crashed shortly after takeoff...

Renzi quits; search on for new leader to guide Italy to vote (12/8/16) ROME -- Italian Premier Matteo Renzi resigned Wednesday evening, his self-inflicted penalty for staking his job on constitutional changes voters resoundingly rejected earlier in the week. He will stay in a caretaker's role at the request of Italy's president until a new government can be formed...

Iraqi special forces capture new land in eastern Mosul (12/8/16) MOSUL, Iraq -- Iraq special forces captured a new neighborhood Wednesday from the Islamic State group in eastern Mosul, according to a senior commander -- the latest gain in a massive military operation its seventh week. The commander of a joint operations center that oversees the Mosul campaign, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Yarellah, said troops had "fully liberated" the al-Elam neighborhood and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings. Yarellah said IS militants "suffered losses" without elaborating...


The Southeast Missourian - State News
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:51 PM

Missouri governor blocks budgeted Medicaid spending JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday blocked millions of dollars of planned Medicaid spending and bonding authority in a move to balance the budget during the final weeks of this term. The outgoing Democratic governor restricted $51 million of budgeted spending, including nearly $43 million for the Medicaid health-care program and nearly $9 million in bonding authority...

Missouri peach grower sues Monsanto over herbicide use KENNETT, Mo. -- Missouri's biggest peach producer is suing Monsanto Co. over illegal herbicide users suspected of causing widespread crop damage in Missouri and neighboring states. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said last month's lawsuit in Southeast Missouri's Dunklin County by the operator of Bader Farms near Campbell seeks what Bader's lawyer suspects will be millions of dollars in compensation for damage to the farm's peach trees over the past two years...

Lawsuit filed against state's campaign contribution limits JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Opponents on Wednesday sued to stop a new Missouri constitutional amendment to end unlimited political giving in the state, an effort that comes as donors have continued to write six-figure checks to candidates during a monthlong window between the election and when the ban takes effect...

Three in custody after governor-elect's wife is robbed (12/7/16) ST. LOUIS -- Three teenagers are in custody in the armed robbery of the wife of Missouri Gov.-elect Eric Greitens. The former Navy Seal officer who takes office next month said Tuesday it's a good thing police got to them before he did. Eric and Sheena Greitens spoke at a brief news conference, one day after Sheena was robbed at gunpoint while in her car outside a coffee shop in St. Louis...

Graffiti welcomes Muslims at Islamic center in Missouri (12/7/16) WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- At a time when reports of anti-Muslim sentiment are rising, an Islamic Center in Missouri received a different message. Kamel Ghozzi, imam at the Islamic Center of Warrensburg, said "Welcome" and "Thank you for choosing our community" were written in chalk on the center's sidewalk during the weekend...

13-year-old girl pleads guilty to shooting Missouri couple (12/7/16) CLAYTON, Mo. -- A 13-year-old girl who shot and critically wounded a couple in their 70s at a suburban St. Louis beauty supply store has pleaded guilty in family court. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the girl will be turned over to the juvenile system for at least three years and will get counseling during that time...

Rock-loving orangutan causes $220K damage at St. Louis Zoo (12/7/16) ST. LOUIS -- A rock-loving orangutan named Rubih went ape on the observation windows of her St. Louis Zoo enclosure, forcing nearly $200,000 in repairs and the temporary closure of the exhibit. Zookeepers said the 12-year-old female orangutan repeatedly tapped and banged rocks against four 7-foot-tall windows over several months, causing considerable damage...

Count of antlerless deer kills lowest in 5 years (12/7/16) COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Hunters in Missouri killed more than 6,500 deer during the antlerless portion of the hunting season this year, marking a five-year low. The Columbia Missourian reported the antlerless firearm part of hunting season usually is 12 days but was reduced to three this year. Missouri Department of Conservation spokesman Joe Jerek said the season was shortened to help the deer herd grow...

Missouri maker of duck boat in Seattle crash to pay up to $1 million (12/7/16) SEATTLE -- The Missouri company that manufactured a duck boat involved in a deadly crash in Seattle last year has agreed to pay up to $1 million in civil penalties under a consent order, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Tuesday...

Missouri's Delta Upsilon suspended for at least 2 years (12/7/16) Missouri's Delta Upsilon suspended for at least 2 years COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The University of Missouri chapter of the Delta Upsilon fraternity will be suspended until at least the fall of 2018 for repeatedly violating fraternity and university policy and state law...

GOP success opens door to amending U.S. Constitution (12/6/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The November election put Republicans in full control of a record number of state legislatures around the country, a level of power that gives the party an unprecedented opportunity: Change the U.S. Constitution. Republicans already control Congress, the White House and more governors' offices than they have in nearly a century. But it's the state legislatures that hold perhaps the greatest promise for lasting change...

Increased pension costs add to state budget issues (12/6/16) COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The cost of funding Missouri's state employee pensions will increase nearly $50 million in the next fiscal year as investment losses and lower earnings expectations push taxpayer contributions to the highest share of state payroll in the program's history...

Man accused of threatening to bomb workplace (12/6/16) CLAYTON, Mo. -- A Missouri man is jailed on $500,000 cash bond after being accused of telling co-workers he was affiliated with the Islamic State group and could have their auto-detailing job site blown up by making a phone call. St. Louis County prosecutors charged Mustafa Barimac, 26, with making a terrorist threat, a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison...

Eyes of nation on Ferguson, lead monitor tells residents (12/6/16) FERGUSON, Mo. -- The lead monitor overseeing efforts to eradicate racial bias in Ferguson's police and court system told residents Monday the "eyes of the whole nation" are on the St. Louis suburb. Clark Ervin spoke to about 100 people at a town-hall meeting in the town forever changed after the Aug. 9, 2014, police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown...

University of Missouri hires search team for chancellor (12/6/16) COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The firm that helped the University of Missouri system find a new president also will lead the search for a permanent chancellor on the Columbia campus, the university announced Monday. The system plans to conduct a national search for the permanent chancellor, led by the Boston-based search firm of Isaacson, Miller, which worked with the Missouri Board of Curators to hire Mun Choi as new system president...

University of Missouri president stresses safety, diversity (12/5/16) KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The incoming president of the University of Missouri system said Friday he will work to ensure the system's four campuses provide safe, diverse and inclusive environments to allow all students and faculty to achieve their full potential...

St. Louis-area school system regains state accreditation (12/5/16) KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A suburban St. Louis school system on Friday shed its nearly decade-old unaccredited tag that had forced it to pay millions of dollars to transfer its students to non-failing districts. The Missouri State Board of Education unanimously voted to accredit the Riverview Gardens School District provisionally, starting when schools resume post-holiday classes Jan. 4...

Carriage accident injures 3, horse (12/5/16) KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A horse-drawn carriage was involved in an accident on the city's Country Club Plaza, injuring three people and a horse. The Kansas City Star reported the accident occurred Saturday night. The newspaper reported witnesses said the horse appeared spooked as it ran loose into oncoming traffic before crashing the carriage into a wall...

Missouri's struggles to pay for road, bridge repairs (12/4/16) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers have struggled to find a way to pay for repairs along thousands of miles of highways and bridges, and it's unclear whether that might change in the near future. State funding for road and bridge repairs has fallen from $1.3 billion in 2009 to about $800 million by 2017, The Kansas City Star reported. And it doesn't look like Missouri voters would approve a tax hike to pay for the repairs...

Missouri meth lab seizures off sharply in 2016 (12/4/16) ST. LOUIS -- Missouri is seeing a decline in methamphetamine lab seizures this year, but it isn't because users are turning away from the drug. Anti-meth efforts have made it difficult for makers to obtain cold and allergy pills containing pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient for homemade meth. Experts say meth remains popular, but users are more inclined to buy imported versions...


The Southeast Missourian - Local News
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:51 PM

3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released Southeast Missourian Three Cape Girardeau Central High School students were taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of making a violent threat at the school, police said in a news release An investigation into a possible threat of violence began late Tuesday, including law enforcement and the Cape Girardeau Central school resource officer, according to school communications officer Dana Savarino. ...

Fire chief: Deadly fire could occur here despite code efforts 1 By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian A deadly fire such as the one that occurred last week in Oakland, California, could happen in Cape Girardeau, fire chief Rick Ennis said Wednesday. Ennis said such fires can occur despite the best efforts of city building and fire inspectors to ensure public safety...

Forum set for Monday to review Perry County schools assessment By Bridget Brown ~ Southeast Missourian The Perry County school district is seeking opinions from community members as it creates a plan to relieve crowding and make structural improvements to its campus. Two public forums will be held Monday at the Perry Park Center Theater in Perryville, Missouri. The first session will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the second from 7 to 8 p.m...

Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 12/8/16 Cape Girardeau County Commission 1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Approval of minutes n Minutes of the Dec. 5 meeting Communications/ reports -- other elected officials n None at this time Public comments n Items listed on agenda Routine business...

Jackson likely will relax rules about package-liquor licenses (12/7/16) 2 By Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian The city of Jackson is preparing to lift two ordinances restricting the issuance of package-liquor licenses. The first, Section 5-31 of the city code of ordinances, prohibits people and corporations from holding more than three licenses to sell package liquor...

MoDOT director: Missouri needs law to ban motorists from using handheld cellphones while driving (12/7/16) 12 By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian Missouri needs to ban motorists from using handheld cellphones while driving, Department of Transportation director Patrick McKenna said Tuesday. Missouri has no law about the use of cellphones while driving. The state, however, bans texting for all drivers 21 years old or younger...

Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16) 14 By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian A group of energetic Cape Girardeau women wants to create a neighborhood park on the city's south side. A park is just one of the projects led by a group called Authentic Voices, which seeks to craft a better future for the struggling, impoverished area...

Date set for input on Cape superintendent search (12/7/16) 4 Southeast Missourian The search for a new superintendent for the Cape Girardeau School District is underway, and its staff and the community now have the opportunity to participate in it. Jerry Waddle, a search consultant for the Missouri School Boards' Association, was hired to facilitate the search after Jim Welker announced his retirement effective June 30, 2017...

Man accused of stealing saddles, horse leads worth more than $15K (12/7/16) Southeast Missourian Cape Girardeau County sheriff's deputies arrested a Jackson man trying to sell 28 saddles and 10 horse leads, according to a news release. The Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged Brandon L. Doran, 29, with second-degree burglary...

Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16) 8 Southeast Missourian Judge Michael Gardner sentenced a Cape Girardeau man, who pleaded guilty of second-degree robbery, to eight years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Felawn Smith Jr., 18, robbed two women of money at gunpoint June 26 in the Wal-Mart parking lot at 3439 William St...

Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16) 2 By Ben Kleine ~ Southeast Missourian A domestic-assault suspect tried to grab a police officer's gun, but the officer secured his weapon, pushed the suspect back and hit him with a Taser, police said. Cape Girardeau police arrested Clarence Dwight Lowe, 49, of Cape Girardeau on Sunday...

13 venues, 60 sponsors participating in Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash on Thursday (12/7/16) 2 By Bridget Brown ~ Southeast Missourian For the 15th year, Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash is collecting toys for local children in need by holding a party Thursday that spans more than a dozen venues throughout downtown Cape Girardeau. For a $10 donation, the purchase of a Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash T-shirt -- which are nearly sold out -- or a new, unwrapped toy, bash-goers will receive admission to 13 downtown Cape Girardeau venues -- 12 of which will offer a barbecue buffet followed by a concert by a local band...

Consultant gives Jackson officials results of retail market analysis (12/6/16) 6 By Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian Jason Claunch of Catalyst Commercial Inc. told the Jackson Board of Aldermen during a presentation Monday night the results of his company's retail market analysis of the city are better than expected. The assessment, which Catalyst has been conducting since summer, examined existing businesses and organizations; Jackson demographics, shopping habits and traffic patterns; and available properties to identify opportunities to grow the area's retail environment...

Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16) 33 By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian Cape Girardeau city staff will review a proposal that would allow residents to keep up to six hens on their property. The City Council asked the city staff to review the request made by resident Andrew Bard. Bard and about 40 supporters of his request showed up at Monday night's council study session to urge the council to lift its ban on keeping chickens in the city limits...

Another new roundabout opens to traffic (12/6/16) 4 Traffic moves through the new roundabout Monday at Independence Street and East Rodney Drive in Cape Girardeau. The intersection had been closed to traffic since early October. Federal grant money is paying 80 percent of the $741,000 project, with the remainder covered by the city's sales-tax-funded Transportation Trust Fund. Some paving work remains on the East Rodney approach...

CTC settles on four focus areas in its strategic plan (12/6/16) 1 By Bridget Brown ~ Southeast Missourian The Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center is doing a lot of things right. A strategic planning survey issued by the CTC and completed by 255 students, parents, community members, advisory committee members, employees and government partners revealed 90 percent of those surveyed have an above-average or outstanding perception of the CTC...

Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16) 4 By Ben Kleine ~ Southeast Missourian Jackson County, Illinois, Judge Ralph Bloodworth sentenced Brandon L. Banks, 31, of Cape Girardeau to 103 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the murder of Marsha Brown. Banks will receive credit for time served, which was 967 days since he was arrested in St. Louis two days after the shooting, but he will be mandated to serve a total of 97 years in prison...

Cape man accused of involvement in two shooting incidents (12/6/16) 1 By Ben Kleine ~ Southeast Missourian Cape Girardeau police arrested a man Monday morning suspected of firing shots during two incidents Nov. 13. The Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged Christopher Don'ta Hawkins, 18, of Cape Girardeau with conspiracy to commit robbery, first-degree attempted robbery and two counts of armed criminal action...

Million-meal march: Volunteers gather to fight world hunger (12/5/16) 1 By Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian Cape La Croix Church and a small army of volunteers worked much of the weekend packing meals to be distributed by Feed My Starving Children, a not-for-profit group dedicated to fighting world hunger. Organizer Linda Watts said with a goal of 1 million meals packed from Friday to Sunday, the La Croix Church operation has come a long way since it began working with Feed My Starving Children nearly a decade ago...

Jackson water-system deal may be worth up to $15M, consultant says (12/5/16) 9 By Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian After completing an initial assessment of Jackson's water and wastewater systems, a consultant told the city's Board of Aldermen a deal with a third-party group could bring the city a total of $10 million to $15 million. The city, which owns and operates its water system, occasionally is approached by outside entities seeking to buy or operate the system...


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (12/08/2016) at 12:51 PM

Remembering former council member Marcia Southard-Ritter (12/8/16) Marcia Southard-Ritter "was the glue who held our council together," according to former Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson. Southard-Ritter, a lifelong Cape Girardeau resident and former city council member, died on Nov. 27 at the age of 73. "She was an absolute servant," Knudtson said. "She didn't play politics."...

Mehner to be recognized by Missouri Chamber (12/7/16) For more than two decades, John Mehner has served as president and CEO of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. He will be honored Thursday by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, receiving the Leadership Missouri Lifetime Achievement Award in Branson, Missouri for the work throughout his career...

Jackson 4-H serves others while having fun (12/6/16) We never get enough of these stories of people reaching out to others during the holidays. Today, we highlight the Progressive Jackson 4-H Club. The organization assembled at Emanuel United Church of Christ and baked more than 100 pies for the Salvation Army's Thanksgiving dinner...

Proposed 'Blue Alert' system could be useful (12/5/16) Law enforcement officers are under assault, being targeted throughout the nation. This hit home in our own state recently when St. Louis and Kansas City officers were injured in shootings. The next day, Governor-elect Eric Greitens announced he plans to work with the Missouri Legislature to establish an Amber Alert-type system to inform the public when someone has injured or killed a police officer...

Sunday offers lots of holiday festivities (12/4/16) Today will be a very festive day in the Cape Girardeau area. In one of the more anticipated concerts of the Christmas season, the "Sounds of the Season" concert will fill the sanctuary of Cape First Church at 254 Silver Springs Road. This event is a major fundraiser for the SoutheastHEALTH Cancer Center. This is the 21st year for the concert. Proceeds will go to the cancer care fund, which was established to relieve patients' financial fears as much as possible...

Ray receives Zonta Club's top award (12/2/16) Like many, Patricia Ray doesn't do things with the end goal of receiving an award. "You put your foot one foot in front of the other every day. You do your thing. This is what you do," Ray said after the Zonta Club's 12th annual Women of Achievement Awards ceremony on Nov. 18. "You don't expect recognition for it; you just want to try and do good things because it makes you feel good."...

Downtown Christmas Open House is Friday (12/1/16) If you're ready to get in the Christmas spirit and need something to do on Friday night, look no further than the Downtown Christmas Open House. The open house is from 5 to 9 p.m. and will include a variety of activities, all of which are free, according to Old Town Cape marketing and event coordinator Katie Amrhein. First Friday with the Arts also will occur downtown that night...

Saint Francis CEO Bjelich receives top honor (11/30/16) Earlier this month, Saint Francis Healthcare System president and CEO Steven Bjelich was recognized by the Missouri Hospital Association for more than four decades in the health-care field. Bjelich, who's been the president and CEO at Saint Francis since 1999, was awarded the organization's highest honor on Nov. 3 -- the 2016 Distinguished Service Award...

Events are abundant this holiday season (11/29/16) There is no shortage of activities in which to participate during this holiday season. During this "most wonderful time of the year," a riches of events are at our disposal. One of the many wonderful things about them is that they do not require financial riches to attend; for free to limited funds, you and your family have several options...

Giving to others during the holidays (11/28/16) This is the time of year when people are on the hunt for items that will garner the “oohs” and “ahhhs” of their loved ones, as they select Christmas presents. It is also the time when people bestow gifts upon those they do not know, people in need, bringing a smile to their faces also. Various organizations are committed to making sure the young and old have a special holiday. If you’re looking for a way to help people in need, consider the various opportunities in our area. Once again, the Cape Girardeau Jaycees are collecting Toybox and Christmas for the Elderly donations. Toybox showers about 1,200 Cape Girardeau kids with gifts, and the Jaycees rely on the community to make this happen, receiving money and toys from the public. Toybox not only collects toys, but delivers them — or “Santa” does. Santa himself shows up, which makes for excited children. To make this happen, Toybox is requesting 25 volunteers and toys donated ...

Plenty of mistakes made in Renee Boyd case (11/27/16) The days of having felonies hanging over her head are over now for Renee Boyd. Last January, Boyd engaged with a police officer. She was outside on her own. Boyd, who had been diagnosed with several mental disorders, including depression, anxiety disorder and Tourette's syndrome, had gone outside to cool off after becoming upset and breaking her phone. Her friends began worrying about her and had called police for assistance. When an officer arrived, Boyd’s friends told him that she had mental illnesses. When the officer found her and called out for her, Boyd became frightened and started running away, saying “I don’t know you.” The officer tackled Boyd, and Renee resisted, kicking, spitting and lashing out at the officer, who was on top of her and had pinned her down. The “well check” call turned into a confrontation, which turned into two counts of felony charges of assault of an officer and the assault of a paramedic, ...

Holiday festivities commence in Jackson and Cape (11/25/16) You've had your fill of turkey and all the fixings, but there's some other holiday traditions you can take some time to enjoy this weekend. The "Flip the Switch" event for Jackson's Holiday Extravaganza is tonight and the 25th Annual Downtown Christmas Parade of Lights in Cape Girardeau is scheduled for Sunday night...

Take time to give thanks and enjoy life (11/24/16) Today many of us will enjoy eating lots of food and spending time with family and friends on this American holiday. Having food on the table and people to share it with are just a few things to be thankful for. There's also health, homes, jobs, the great country we live in and more that many give thanks for...

Congrats to Mo. Sports Hall of Fame inductees (11/23/16) Earlier this month, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame held its enshrinement for its 2016 Class at the Show Me Center, marking only the sixth time it's been held away from its home in Springfield. Each inductee -- 11 individuals, three programs and two title-winning teams -- had some connection to Southeast Missouri...

Resilient special-needs pets deserve support (11/22/16) Anyone who has had the pleasure of owning a pet knows how special they are. Some are more special than others. Mac's Mission, a non-for-profit rescue, has introduced the public to some special-needs animals who are just waiting for a loving home. Special-needs pets have a way of capturing our hearts and teaching us lessons...

Communication is vital to redevelopment plan process (11/21/16) If there are ways to better our community, we want to hear about them. This was the impetus for Mayor Rediger inviting representatives of Purpose Built Communities, an Atlanta-based organization, to come to Cape Girardeau to discuss the success their city has experienced through their program, which has become a model for other cities in need of redevelopment. ...

Steady improvements seen with industrial additions to area (11/20/16) As the economy improves, more businesses are taking a look at the greater Cape Girardeau area to put down roots. While perhaps lacking the big splash company, the area has made smaller and steady gains in industries moving to the area and expanding their facilities...

Choirs from different places, generations unite (11/18/16) No matter where we're from or how old we are, music can be a common denominator, a uniting force. This was true for the Charleston Community Choir and the Jackson Middle School Treble Choir, which joined forces for a performance last month. The Charleston Community Choir began because an arts organization that Kerry Davis, the choir director and Charleston-native-turned-Cape-Girardeau-resident, "required a performance art-oriented project to try and reach a larger audience," according to a recent Southeast Missourian article.. ...

Trio of local schools earn perfect state scores (11/17/16) Last week the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released its Annual Performance Report for all districts in the state. Three area schools received 100 percent of their total possible points this year: Kelso, Oran and Oak Ridge. It was the second year with a perfect score for Kelso while Oran and Oak Ridge have seen steady improvement over the last two years...

Congrats to area swimmers, runners (11/16/16) Nov. 5 was a momentous day for some local high school teams and athletes. Both the Cape Girardeau Central boys swim team and the Jackson girls cross country team won their first ever state titles that day. For the Cape Central swim team, victory came following a bit of adversity. ...


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