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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As of (04/24/2015) at 06:34 PM

Bernie: Why Rams fans should buy tickets Bottom line: Buying tickets hurts Stan Kroenke's case for moving. Boycotting the Rams and refusing to buy tickets only helps his cause. 

Woman killed by MetroLink train near Swansea was wildlife rescuer called to remove animal from track She had been called to rescue an opossum on the tracks

Diet Pepsi dropping aspartame on customer concerns The reformulated Diet Pepsi will start hitting shelves in August.

Widow welcomes home remains of Missouri soldier who was missing 45 years Donna Baker married her high school sweetheart when she was just 17, and saw him sent off to Vietnam four months later.  

These St. Louis workers are new on the job Check out our gallery of people in business who recently have been honored, hired or promoted. Nominate a co-worker by emailing bizfolks@post-dispatch.com

Man shot to death in downtown St. Louis

Son killed self around time mother was discovered missing, St. Peters police say

St. Louis Job Corps student describes encounter with suspect in killing there

Bernie: Blues can't back off now Updated

Stadium plans square off in high-tech rendering wars

LaunchCode opening tech Mentor Center for underprivileged St. Louis youth Updated

Medicaid hit with $106 million cut from Illinois budget deal Updated

St. Louis County man admits attempted arson of Ferguson Market Updated

Ferguson's interim city manager resigns Updated

The Smashing Pumpkins sells out the Pageant Updated

Burlesque club eyes Washington Avenue Updated

Harris stays as Bourjos is activated Updated

University in Joplin pulls its legislative interns from Capitol program Updated

Woman says she was swindled out of savings by scammer in Florissant Updated

Progress on stadium front, but will Kroenke play ball? Updated


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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Political News
As of (04/24/2015) at 06:34 PM

University in Joplin pulls its legislative interns from Capitol program By Virginia Young JEFFERSON CITY • Missouri Southern State University in Joplin has pulled its four interns from the state Capitol, citing unspecified "issues r…

Medicaid hit with $106 million cut from Illinois budget deal By KERRY LESTER and NICK SWEDBERG Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois nursing homes are at a loss for how they will deal with a $65 million cut in state Medicaid funding made by …

Ferguson's interim city manager resigns By Stephen Deere Pam Hylton is leaving for a similar job in Richmond Heights

Judge throws the book (well, more like a pamphlet) at crooked Illinois politician Facing possible five years, bribe-taking ex-lawmaker gets just five months.

Power plant owners say they won't see windfall from electricity price auction, disputing Illinois AG By Jacob Barker With electric bills set to rise 10 percent on some downstate Illinois customers, Dynegy and Exelon say state politicians and some financial an…

Fenton gives green light to first part of project at former Chrysler plant site Special to the Post-Dispatch The first phase will be to redevelop 49.3 acres on the eastern portion of the property.

Alleging voter fraud, Kinloch refuses to swear in new mayor and alderman By Stephen Deere City attorney confronts mayor with impeachment papers. She calls allegations absurd.

Mo. Legislature sends $26 billion budget to Nixon early By Alex Stuckey Lawmakers want time to override governor's vetoes before end of session. 


St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (04/24/2015) at 06:34 PM

Police review board is a chance to come together

Beer that makes you beautiful? How Precious

Michael Gerson: 'The Road to Character'


Kansas City Star
As of (04/24/2015) at 06:34 PM

National Experts think fracking maps may predict future earthquakes The U.S. Geological Survey released maps Thursday that show 17 areas in eight states with increased rates of man-made earthquakes. Scientists convinced of tie between earthquakes and drilling Oklahoma House passes measure banning local drilling rules

Red Zone John Dorsey says Chiefs have been in contact with Justin Houston’s camp Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said Friday during a news conference that the club has recently spoken with representatives of outside linebacker Justin Houston. Chiefs single-game and group tickets go on sale Friday 2015 NFL Draft preview: Times, TV, top players, position ratings, mock drafts and more NFL Network's Mike Mayock likes two offensive linemen for Chiefs in first round

Music News & Reviews Sorry, kids: No Jiggle Jam this year If the children's music festival at Crown Center returns, it could have a new name, a broader focus and a different date on the calendar.

Vahe Gregorian Royals must address Yordano Ventura’s emotional misadventures It no longer can be doubted that Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura has developed an issue with self-control. And it's an issue that's tainting the image of the Royals, whose demonstrative style of play is abrasive to some to begin with. Their abandon, combined with Ventura's antics (and Kelvin Herrera's wild behavior against the A's), has in the span of a few weeks whisked the Royals from cuddly underdogs to virtual villains in the national lens. Photo gallery: Royals 3, White Sox 2, 13 innings Omar Infante returns to Royals lineup as White Sox series continues Royals call up lefty Brandon Finnegan to major leagues

Police investigate east KC homicide Fri 5:36 PM

Kansas AG says fantasy sports proposal is constitutional Fri 5:03 PM

Bad-boy Royals don’t exactly fit our city’s vaunted image (or do they?) Fri 6:29 PM

Mizzou raises Gary Pinkel’s salary to over $4 million, extends his contract through 2021 Fri 6:16 PM

Angels near deal to send Josh Hamilton back to Rangers Fri 5:44 PM

Charge upgraded to murder in KC child abuse death Fri 5:19 PM

Proposal to rate efficiency of Kansas City buildings prompts backlash Fri 4:48 PM

20-year-old identified as KC homicide victim Fri 1:43 PM

Worlds of Fun seeks seasonal workers Fri 4:41 PM

‘The Sound of Music’ ‘curtain’ outfits could be yours for a cool 6 figures Fri 1:44 PM

Woman sought in Johnson County license fraud case is arrested Fri 4:27 PM

Dayton Moore defends Yordano Ventura, Royals after latest on-field incident Fri 4:24 PM

Domestic terrorism: Hatred extinguished their lives Since 9/11, more than 50 people have been killed and dozens injured in attacks by domestic extremists, including white nationalists, militias and sovereign citizens. Some of the victims were chosen at random; others were targeted. Many were law enforcement officers.

Benches clear in Chicago as Royals, White Sox brawl (with video, fan reaction)

Ned Yost says Albert Pujols called to deny alleged comments to Brett Lawrie ripping Royals

After brawl, Royals beat White Sox 3-2 in extra innings


Kansas City Star - Political News
As of (04/24/2015) at 06:34 PM

Proposal to rate efficiency of Kansas City buildings prompts backlash The Kansas City Council is considering a plan to require large buildings to publicly post their energy consumption, like gas mileage disclosures on cars. Other large cities are doing this, but some Kansas City building owners have major objections.

Steve Kraske: Scott Walker has Jim Talent in his corner — and maybe the Koch brothers The Wisconsin governor has quickly morphed from Midwestern governor to the presidential candidate to watch in 2016. “He is a strong conservative, proven leader and a proven winner,” Talent said.

Group warns that budget woes threaten Kansas highways A research group is warning the state's 10-year highway program could be threatened if the Kansas Legislature continues to use State Highway Fund money for other state expenses.

House Benghazi panel calls Clinton to testify The chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday called Hillary Rodham Clinton to testify at a public hearing next month, setting up a high-profile showdown over the Democratic presidential candidate's use of a private email account and server while she was secretary of state.

Uber, Kansas City get past hostilities to reach accord Two weeks after Kansas City and Uber were at loggerheads over new regulations, the two sides have reached an accord that should keep the company in the city.

Kansas ethics panel questions the name of Kris Kobach’s political action committee The Kansas secretary of state operates a political action committee with a name, Prairie Fire PAC, that a state ethics official said fails to comply with a law requiring more transparency about the motives or control of such organizations.

Missouri’s Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt are at odds over Loretta Lynch confirmation vote in Senate Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, decried the refusal of her Republican colleagues — including Sen. Roy Blunt — to support Lynch because they say the North Carolina native agrees too closely with President Barack Obama, who nominated her.

Domestic terrorism: Hatred extinguished their lives Since 9/11, more than 50 people have been killed and dozens injured in attacks by domestic extremists, including white nationalists, militias and sovereign citizens. Some of the victims were chosen at random; others were targeted. Many were law enforcement officers.

Paul Rudd says people actually showed up for a kegger at mom's house after Royals won ALCS

Missouri House endorses statewide rules for Uber, Lyft The Missouri House gave its initial approval Wednesday night to a bill that would limit the ability of cities to regulate ride-hailing companies by creating statewide standards. The vote comes just weeks after Kansas City approved new rules applying to both traditional taxis and new technology companies such as Uber and Lyft that use smartphone apps to link passengers with drivers using their own vehicles. Missouri House endorses statewide rules for Uber, Lyft The Missouri House gave its initial approval Wednesday night to a bill that would limit the ability of cities to regulate ride-hailing companies by creating statewide standards. The vote comes just weeks after Kansas City approved new rules applying to both traditional taxis and new technology companies such as Uber and Lyft that use smartphone apps to link passengers with drivers using their own vehicles.

Missouri lawmakers are unlikely to raise gas tax to pay for road repairs A push to increase Missouri's gas tax for the first time in 20 years to pay for road and bridge repairs appears to have stalled for another year. Efforts in both the House and Senate have failed in the past week.

Jeff Roe speaks out on anti-Tom Schweich radio ad, says he paid for it with his own money The bare-knuckles GOP political consultant says his candidate for governor, Catherine Hanaway, never heard the “House of Cards” ad before it aired in February

Missouri Senate approves budget that would expand Medicaid managed care The most contentious issue Tuesday night and into the wee hours Wednesday morning was a plan slipped into the budget by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, a Columbia Republican and chairman of the Senate appropriations committee, that would shift about 200,000 Medicaid recipients to privatized managed-care plans.

Missouri House passes cap on lobbyist gifts and cooling-off period The Missouri House signed off on ethics legislation that would cap lobbyist gifts at $25 apiece and ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists for at least one year after leaving office. Those two provisions differ from the version passed by the Missouri Senate earlier this year, meaning differences would have to be worked out before it could be sent to the governor.

Ride-hailing firm Uber expands service to four Kansas cities Ride-hailing company Uber expanded service to four new Kansas cities Wednesday, two days after Republican Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed regulatory legislation that the company said would lead it to leave the state. Uber said riders in Lawrence, Leavenworth, Manhattan and Topeka could connect with Uber drivers Wednesday afternoon.

Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general Lynch will replace Eric Holder and become the first black woman in the nation's top law enforcement post.

Kansas City will celebrate the first streetcar stop with a party Kansas City will celebrate the installation of the first streetcar stop, at 16th and Main streets, with a party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. The public is invited to the outdoor party. The stop on the southwest corner of 16th and Main will be one of 16 stops along the two-mile downtown streetcar route.

Ethics commission questions name of some Kansas PACs Secretary of State Kris Kobach's political action committee might have to change its name to meet state ethics requirements and another PAC connected to former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius could face a similar problem, the executive director of the state's ethics commission said.

Election Gay marriage a difficult issue for GOP White House hopefuls For Democratic politicians, same-sex marriage has become an easy issue: They're for it. Many Republican VIPs – notably the presidential hopefuls – face a far more complicated landscape.

Kansas City officials lament the loss of $1 million in homeland security funds Law enforcement and emergency services officials said it's a shame that Kansas City was left off the latest list of cities getting homeland security money, especially in light of regional terrorism risks. Councilman John Sharp said the loss was especially galling in light of a recent Kansas City Star series about domestic terrorism threats and incidents.


Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (04/24/2015) at 06:34 PM

Capitol Watch: Making and dismantling laws and fixing a ‘stupid’ name Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback desperately needs friends, and he could do worse than to court the legions of Uber drivers and passengers. But Brownback's veto this week of a package of regulations put him on a collision course with the Legislature.

The Monday Poll: What’s the right penalty in the Boston Marathon bombing case? The Monday Poll would like to know where you stand on punishing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted on 30 counts in the fatal bombing at the Boston Marathon in 2013 and the subsequent killing of a campus security officer.

Editorial: Ever-deepening Kansas budget hole offers few ways out The first rule of holes is this: Stop digging. Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature are running out of time to heed that advice. Another dire budget forecast this week shows that expenses for the budget year beginning July 1 exceed expected revenues by $400 million.

No errors, please, in serving ballpark food at Kauffman Stadium When it comes to food safety at Kauffman Stadium, Royals fans should be able to assume that what they are eating has been correctly prepared and won't leave them with something worse than a case of indigestion.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to auditors: Follow the rules? Who, me? Based on the findings of a new audit, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon hasn't even tried to clean up accounting problems in his office. His behavior helps explain why the Democratic governor is so at odds with his Republican legislature. He thinks he can do whatever he wants.

Bishop Finn finally pays the price for misusing power and placing church secrecy ahead of the safety of area children Outright removal of Bishop Robert W. Finn by Pope Francis would have sent an unmistakable message. Still, it is rare for a bishop to step aside, and the reasons for Finn's resignation should not be obscured. This is a man who held great power and used it to cover up a crime and protect a calcified inner circle. He needed to go. Others in the church should heed his fate.

Monday Poll results: Readers offer their thoughts on the safety net We asked for your opinion about efforts in Missouri and Kansas to tighten eligibility requirements for aid programs for those in need. Here are the results of the unscientific survey, based on more than 600 responses.

Domestic terrorism: Hatred extinguished their lives Since 9/11, more than 50 people have been killed and dozens injured in attacks by domestic extremists, including white nationalists, militias and sovereign citizens. Some of the victims were chosen at random; others were targeted. Many were law enforcement officers.

Jay Nixon must free man serving 80-year sentence for burglary An 80-year sentence for a burglary conviction doesn't even make a pretense at fairness. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon should commute Alvis J. Williams' sentence to the 20 years he has already served. Enough is enough.

Americans need to see the details of the Trans-Pacific trade deal The Obama administration is negotiating a huge international trade deal in secret. This is neither tea party fantasy nor conspiracy theory. It is the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Before the nation signs on, the public needs to see what is in it.

The Monday Poll: Are tougher welfare laws fair? Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a law tightening requirements for welfare recipients last week, and the Missouri General Assembly sent its own version of limitations in a bill to Gov. Jay Nixon. We'd like to know what readers think about the packages.

Pass a small fuel tax to invest in Missouri’s roads and bridges A big part of Stephen Miller's job these days is trying to persuade the Missouri General Assembly to spend enough money to maintain and repair the state's extensive system of crumbling roads and bridges. But Miller, the Kansas City-based chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, is running into roadblocks erected by anti-tax state legislators.

Capitol Watch: Behind the Kansas welfare-to-work success story In its quest to enact harsher restrictions on people seeking assistance, the Brownback administration has made good use this session of Kansas City, Kan., resident Valerie Cahill, who speaks eloquently of her own journey from public assistance to self-reliance. But Cahill's experience probably isn't typical of a welfare recipient getting into the workforce.

Area is rolling along toward becoming a more bicycle-friendly community Overland Park has set a high bar that other cities should try to meet or exceed in expanding bicycle networks metrowide. The leaders of the progressive suburb this week approved an ambitious but achievable plan to add more than 260 miles of bike-friendly lanes over the next few decades.

Better pay for low-wage workers would benefit everyone Fast-food servers, custodians, hotel attendants and underpaid adjunct college professors all converged on midtown in what may have been the largest show of solidarity since organized calls for fair and livable wages began a couple of years ago. It's time for policymakers to get on board. This is an issue that ought to inspire bipartisan support.

Stowers Foundation incentive should restart talks between Academie Lafayette, Kansas City Public Schools The pledge of $2 million from the Stowers Foundation is a powerful incentive for Academie Lafayette and Kansas City Public Schools to resume talks over starting a new International Baccalaureate high school at the Southwest Early College Campus.

A great welcome back for the Nichols memorial, Kansas City’s most famous of fountains Sunshine, civic leaders and school musical groups greeted the return of the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain, Kansas City's most iconic public place of water-spouted art. The beautifully restored bronze grouping of heroic figures on horseback and dolphin-riding children had spent recent months with conservators, and the city's Parks and Recreation Department chose the annual Fountain Day to celebrate the preservation and turn the water back on.

Monday Poll results: Many approve of police body cameras Respondents to our Monday Poll appear to be much in favor of police use of body cameras. Here are the results of the unscientific survey, based on more than 250 responses.

Missouri Senate budget plan a crisis in the making for the poor Once again, politicians in Jefferson City are trying to score political points by targeting the poor. Ignoring an optimistic revenue picture, the Missouri Senate last week passed a budget that singles out social services for dangerous and unnecessary cuts.

The Monday Poll: Are you ready for police body cameras in Kansas City? On Monday, the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners is scheduled to receive a “body camera overview” from the command staff. Police Chief Darryl Forté has said his agency welcomes the use of the devices but wants to do that carefully and properly. Weigh in on our Monday Poll about the devices.


The Springfield News Leader
As of (04/05/2015) at 07:29 AM

The Big Page

Ozarks Sheriff: Jail can't hold city inmates, let serious criminals go Sheriff: Jail can't hold city inmates, let serious criminals go The change comes as a result of overcrowding in the Greene County Jail. Ozarks 1 day, 11 hours ago

Ozarks Answer Man: Do Springfield traffic lights turn on timers, or sensors? Answer Man: Do Springfield traffic lights turn on timers, or sensors? Driver-to-be, 16, insists that all traffic lights are run only on timers Ozarks 1 day, 17 hours ago

Crime Day care worker charged with assaulting 2-year-old boy Day care worker charged with assaulting 2-year-old boy State report indicates woman used too much force in interactions with several children Crime 1 day, 13 hours ago

Ozarks Large tornado ripped path east of Pomona Large tornado ripped path east of Pomona Flash flooding in Taney, Ozark counties after 4 inches of rain Ozarks 1 day, 16 hours ago

Education OTC hopes to raise $15 million for long-term expansion OTC hopes to raise $15 million for long-term expansion The plan sees the campus expanding south toward Chestnut Expressway with new classroom buildings Education 1 day, 12 hours ago

Ozarks From patient to defendant: One of Springfield's two health systems sues far more over debt From patient to defendant: One of Springfield's two health systems sues far more over debt We looked at lawsuits filed in Greene County associate circuit court over five years Ozarks 6 hours, 43 minutes ago

Crime Woman charged with ramming into detective's vehicle Woman charged with ramming into detective's vehicle Springfield woman being held on $100,000 bond after being charged with four felonies Crime 2 days, 16 hours ago

Education First-generation student: `Don't be afraid to ask for help' First-generation student: `Don't be afraid to ask for help' Nearly 7,000 Missouri State University undergraduate students are first in family to go to college Education 2 days, 14 hours ago

Elections Former Pleasant View fire chiefs oppose consolidation plan Former Pleasant View fire chiefs oppose consolidation plan "There's no reason why the Pleasant View fire station can't exist on its own." Elections 2 days, 14 hours ago

Ozarks Springfield names assistant director of public works Springfield names assistant director of public works Martin Gugel has been serving in the role on an interim basis for five months Ozarks 2 days, 15 hours ago

Crime Police: Man ordered marijuana from Colorado to sell Police: Man ordered marijuana from Colorado to sell Operation ends in confiscation of more than three-fourths of a pound of marijuana, police say Crime 2 days, 11 hours ago

Education Cherokee students share `Genius Hour' projects Cherokee students share `Genius Hour' projects Students spend one-fifth of their time researching their topics for six weeks Education 2 days, 9 hours ago

Ozarks Local experts weigh in on domestic violence Local experts weigh in on domestic violence Prosecutor, advocates, investigator and survivor share ideas at panel discussion Ozarks 3 days, 15 hours ago

Ozarks After confrontation, open carry guns OK'd in Springfield parks After confrontation, open carry guns OK'd in Springfield parks Local man pushes change in park board policy after confrontation with ranger. Ozarks 2 days, 20 hours ago

Crime Seven from Springfield charged with faking tax returns Seven from Springfield charged with faking tax returns Federal charges allege group of 13 conspired to file claims using other people's information Crime 3 days, 10 hours ago

Ozarks Lawsuits over medical debt Lawsuits over medical debt Renee Cook was sued by Cox Hospital over medical debt. Ozarks 7 hours, 14 minutes ago

Crime Police: Man caught selling stolen video games, wrestling belts Police: Man caught selling stolen video games, wrestling belts Police say man entered home and stole $7,600 of merchandise. Crime 8 hours, 19 minutes ago

Ozarks Video: Injured Officer Aaron Pearson Makes Appearance Video: Injured Officer Aaron Pearson Makes Appearance Amanda and Aaron Pearson speak at a fundraiser for Aaron on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Springfield Police Officer Aaron Pearson was shot in the line of duty in January. Ozarks 10 hours, 29 minutes ago

Ozarks Photos: Aaron Pearson appears at fundraiser Photos: Aaron Pearson appears at fundraiser Officer Aaron Pearson and his wife Amanda Pearson take the stage at the Aaron Pearson Trivia Night and Raffle fundraising event on Saturday, April 4, 2014. Ozarks 10 hours, 57 minutes ago


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The Independence Examiner
As of (04/24/2015) at 06:34 PM

Entrepreneur finds 'sizeable market' for custom phone numbers in some locales Posted at 6:00 PM San Francisco, a city with no shortage of status symbols, has just gained another: the 415 area code. Like New York's 212 before it, phone companies are mixing a new, dare-we-say ugly area code, 628, in for new numbers. But there's no need to panic. As with all status symbols in San Francisco and elsewhere, a 415 number can be yours, for a price. --

If you know what 'Skinnamarinky dinky dink' means, you are probably sad today Posted at 6:00 PM A little bit of your childhood – or perhaps your child's past – died earlier this week.

Patrick Dempsey Gets Emotional Reflecting on His 10-Year Grey's Anatomy Career Posted at 6:05 PM Patrick "Dr. McDreamy" Dempsey got emotional discussing the decade he spent on .mgnl175{margin-left:175px;} .childCatAd{display:inline-block!important;width:650px;}


The Independence Examiner - Editorials
As of (04/24/2015) at 06:34 PM

Entrepreneur finds 'sizeable market' for custom phone numbers in some locales Posted at 6:00 PM San Francisco, a city with no shortage of status symbols, has just gained another: the 415 area code. Like New York's 212 before it, phone companies are mixing a new, dare-we-say ugly area code, 628, in for new numbers. But there's no need to panic. As with all status symbols in San Francisco and elsewhere, a 415 number can be yours, for a price. --

If you know what 'Skinnamarinky dinky dink' means, you are probably sad today Posted at 6:00 PM A little bit of your childhood – or perhaps your child's past – died earlier this week.

Patrick Dempsey Gets Emotional Reflecting on His 10-Year Grey's Anatomy Career Posted at 6:05 PM Patrick "Dr. McDreamy" Dempsey got emotional discussing the decade he spent on .mgnl175{margin-left:175px;} .childCatAd{display:inline-block!important;width:650px;}


Columbia Daily Tribune
As of (04/24/2015) at 06:36 PM

Murray agrees to take interim treasurer's post Kay Murray enjoys retirement too much to go back to work full time, but she's willing to take a hiatus from her respite to return temporarily to her old job as Boone County treasurer.

District warns parents about dangers of 'choking game' Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Peter Stiepleman is warning parents about the dangers of what has been called the “choking game” after reports of the potentially deadly activity surfaced in two schools.

Police department lists unclaimed items online in effort to return property At first glance, a Ruger M77 Mark II rifle, three wallets, a bayonet and sheath, a touch-screen laptop computer, a survival knife, a girl's bike, a Samsung tablet and miscellaneous clothing don't appear to have anything in common.

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Man accused of exposing self in Ellis Library bathroom A Jefferson City man turned himself in to authorities Thursday for allegedly exposing himself last fall in an Ellis Library bathroom.

Bedbug infestation disrupts life for apartment dwellers Samantha Wood crossed her arms and leaned against a car while her 4-year-old daughter sat in the vehicle's passenger seat watching men wearing protective face masks jog up and down the stairs to her apartment building Wednesday afternoon.

Owners sell Bengals and Casablanca land Developers Jon, Nathan and Bruce Odle have purchased a downtown Columbia spot once eyed by a New York firm as a potential site for a high-rise building.

Police release name of victim in I-70 death A 24-year-old woman was found dead Thursday morning on Interstate 70 in Columbia.

Funeral for fallen Centralia hero set for Saturday Members of Centralia's VFW Post 6276 headed to St. Louis Thursday morning to escort the remains of Vietnam veteran Sgt. Rodney Griffin back to Central Missouri, 45 years after Griffin died in a firefight after the helicopter he was in...

County Republicans nominate Reisch to fill treasurer's post The Boone County Republican Central Committee has nominated Hallsville Mayor Cheri Reisch to Gov. Jay Nixon to fill the office of Boone County treasurer.

Investigators yet to publicly link Arizona suspect to Columbia hack A city of Columbia technology official said the FBI continues to investigate whether a man arrested April 9 in Arizona is the same man who initiated attacks on the city's website.

MU officials continue to work out kinks in alert system After four potentially dangerous events on or near campus within a week, University of Missouri officials are still working on improving the school's alert system as issues with its use continue to garner criticism.

Business Loop 70 improvement board approves tax increases Business owners and customers along Business Loop 70 soon will see increased taxes to fund area beautification and marketing efforts.

MoDOT to close Route OO bridge The Missouri Department of Transportation will replace a bridge on Route OO over Hinkson Creek southeast of Hallsville starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The bridge will be closed until Aug. 10, the agency said in a news release.

School of Metaphysics providing free dream interpretation The Columbia School of Metaphysics will provide 54 hours of free dream interpretation this weekend as part of its annual National Dream Hotline.

Two badly hurt in Interstate 70 crash Six people suffered injuries ranging from minor to serious in an early Wednesday crash at the 155.8 mile marker on westbound Interstate 70 in Callaway County.

Woman reports assault in MU parking lot University of Missouri police are working to find a man who allegedly assaulted a woman early Wednesday morning in a parking lot at Tiger Avenue and Stadium Boulevard.

Police arrest man for alleged sexual misconduct Police on Wednesday night arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of groping a woman and assaulting a man in northeast Columbia.

Ashland man arrested for allegedly pointing BB gun at stranger Columbia police arrested an Ashland man early Wednesday morning shortly after he allegedly pointed what appeared to be a gun at someone who was looking for a friend.

Parkade fifth-grader wins Children's Grove Art Contest Breanna Owens, a fifth-grader at Parkade Elementary School, is the winner of the 2015 Children's Grove Art Contest.


Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (04/24/2015) at 06:38 PM

Loop CID For generations, denizens of Business Loop 70 have yearned for an upgrade. The rest of the town has looked upon such a prospect with favor but considered the street beyond serious improvement. Several trial beginnings were staged by a few...

Old buildings At the end of the Columbia City Council's meeting Monday, Ian Thomas of the Fourth Ward begged for more clarity surrounding historic preservation.

Moratorium On Monday the Columbia City Council voted 5-2 to defeat a proposal put forth by former Sixth Ward member Barbara Hoppe to impose a moratorium on demolition of structures on the National Register of Historic Places. The move was most...

Course syllabi When the National Council on Teacher Quality sued the University of Missouri System, an appellate court ruled faculty outlines describing course content are intellectual property and cannot be distributed without the author's permission but are open records reviewable on request.

Growth I was interested in the report Wednesday of development progress at Discovery Park.

Moratorium Investors want to demolish the Shakespeare's pizza building at the corner of Ninth and Elm streets then build a new larger structure with Shakespeare's as the primary ground-floor tenant. At first glance, one would think this is perfectly acceptable, but...

Progress? A few recent snippets of hope.

Auditor Gov. Jay Nixon has named Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway to succeed Tom Schweich as Missouri state auditor. She will fulfill Schweich's term and says she will run for election to another term that begins in January 2019.

New council members During their campaigns and again as they were sworn into office, newly elected Columbia City Council members said they wanted to hear from constituents, as if they will be able to successfully represent this sort of input.

Unfunding education On Tuesday I heard Columbia Board of Education member Jonathan Sessions tell David Lile on KFRU the Missouri General Assembly uses public education funding as a political weapon. Conservatives often argue if some other funding idea is approved, “no money...

Iran At a moment when negotiations between the Obama administration and the leaders of Iran are at a tentative stage, Iran's supreme leader throws a bomb. Aiming directly at the most fragile point in the putative agreement, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announces...

Charles McClain Candy Young, a professor at Truman State University, was hired by President Charles McClain in 1980 when the school was named Northeast Missouri State University. She still remembers her mentor's extraordinary talents as an innovator in higher education and manager...

On death The death of Charles McClain prompts these comments on the inevitable.

CVS Most of us have seen CVS pharmacy stores elsewhere in the country, but not so many of us have seen central-city locations like the one under discussion here. Usually the buildings are in suburban settings, and herein is a substantial...

Fire service For years the Columbia Fire Department and its rural counterpart, the Boone County Fire Protection District, have collaborated under a working agreement ceding certain areas on the city periphery to one or the other district regardless of official city limit...

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (04/24/2015) at 06:39 PM

A hint: save early, often Financial literacy is in the news this month, and multiple news items get our attention.

Cronkite exhibit adds to region's treasures Designating U.S. Highway 36 with the title "The Way of American Genius” draws visitors to northern Missouri to discover the impressive achievements of area residents. It also should remind those of us who live here of what we otherwise might take for granted.

Cleaner choice for cars One of the best ways to win over consumers and small businesses is to give them a choice. As we mark Earth Day 2015, our region is about to have more choices - 1,000 more.

Embrace `hug, don't hurt' A few times a year, residents of the Midland Empire must grapple with the sad reality that some of the worst things possible can happen to a child right here in our midst.

Welcome to land of ideas Perhaps it is due to the popularity of television shows such as "Shark Tank” where entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to investors. Or maybe it's because business start-ups recently have been recognized for the value they can create.

Fight disservice of dependency Add "empathy for the poor” to the presumed dividing lines in America, right along with gender, race, sexual orientation and politics of choice.

Get up, get out, get fit A new format awaits participants in this year's St. Joe FIT program, thanks to the willingness of city recreation and health officials to tweak this initiative to boost participation.

School district: sell the sizzle The St. Joseph School District has openings - or soon will - for superintendent, deputy superintendent, chief operating officer, human resources director and food services director.

Salute the many who volunteer Together, Missouri and Kansas count more than 50,000 nonprofit organizations, including more than 30,000 public charities. Nearly 1 out of 10 employees works in the nonprofit sector.

How to save lives Considering that a stroke is a sudden-onset catastrophic ailment affecting nearly 800,000 people in the United States each year, it's reasonable to ask: What more can we do to help?

Blunt's right about Iran He won't win this argument, but Sen. Roy Blunt is right when he contends any U.S.-Iran agreement on nuclear weapons should be subjected to congressional approval.

T.A.K.E charge of safety Roger and Kathy Kemp do not want their daughter's story to be repeated in another family.

Competing ideas in service to state The past few days should be remembered in Jefferson City and across Missouri as a time when competing ideas brought clarity to the choices government must make.

Maximize tax collections If you pay your bills in full and on time, it's tough to get your brain wrapped around "tax amnesty.”

Donors to arts matter Few groups exhibit greater resilience or perseverance than backers of the Arts Fund.

Board needs dose of business sense It has been suggested no single skill or characteristic best defines what is needed in the next member chosen for the St. Joseph Board of Education.

Use tax promotes equity By saying "yes” to a use tax, St. Joseph voters on Tuesday not only provided a new funding source for street improvements but also leveled the playing field for local merchants.

`A job' is just a start A recent News-Press item bubbled with hopefulness: Last year, St. Joseph recorded its lowest average annual unemployment rate since 2008.

Use tax advances a strategy In recent citizen surveys and in the last City Council election, taxpayers in St. Joseph made clear they want the city to do more to improve the condition of the streets.

In time of despair, a turning point It was an ending. But it became a turning point.


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The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (04/24/2015) at 06:40 PM

Our view: Joplin School Board's inaction an insult Posted: April 24, 2015 In a Thursday Joplin Globe report, four school board members acknowledged a divide on the Joplin School Board. Jeff Koch, Randy Steele, Jennifer Martucci and Mike Landis all said that in some shape or form, camps have been formed. Martucci's comment, “This three against three thing must benefit somebody, but it doesn't benefit the district,” echoes that sentiment.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: April 24, 2015 Huge waste of money Being proud of our homes and yards and working to maintain them is a mark of my neighborhood in southeast Joplin.

Other Views: Invest in roads and bridges Posted: April 23, 2015 A big part of Stephen Miller's job these days is trying to persuade the Missouri General Assembly to spend enough money to maintain the state's extensive system of roads and bridges.

Our view: Downtown location for museum makes sense Posted: April 22, 2015 Clair Goodwin makes a great case (Globe, April 20) with his common sense appeal to the Joplin City Council to either use the downtown Joplin Library as a home for the Joplin Museum Complex or find a suitable, centrally located place for the city museum.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: April 22, 2015 Legislative mischiefin Missouri, Kansas

Our View: Turner's honor a home run Posted: April 21, 2015 The decision to name the new $3 million baseball field at Missouri Southern State University after former coach Warren Turner was a home run.

Our View: With rights come responsibilities Posted: April 20, 2015 For all their collective wisdom, it might have been better if our Founding Fathers had written as much about “responsibilities” as “rights,” particularly when they added the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution.

Clair Goodwin: Library would make great new home for Joplin museum Posted: April 20, 2015 The Joplin City Council has a perfect opportunity to deal with a problem that has been festering for years: Finding a new home for the Joplin Museum Complex.

Jeff Caldwell: April's charms overshadowed by growing tax burden Posted: April 19, 2015 Another year, another bill.Ah, April. One of Mother Nature's best. With every shower the meadows get greener, the streams run faster and each passing day gets us ever closer to those oh so glorious flowers in May.

Roger Allison: Gov. Nixon sells out Missouri cattle farmers by signing senate bill Posted: April 19, 2015 On Friday, April 10, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 12, a controversial pro-corporate agriculture bill that allows for the implementation of a new beef check-off tax on cattle producers and creates a huge loophole for foreign corporations to buy and control more Missouri farmland while bypassing state laws that limit foreign corporate ownership of Missouri farmland.

New LEGOland exhibit a fan's dream Posted: April 19, 2015 It's a Star Wars fan's dream.It's also a Lego fan's dream.If you happen to be both, like me and the other three members of my family, you will have reached paradise at Legoland Discovery Center's newly opened Lego Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope Miniland Exhibit.

America can't afford another 'domestic' president Posted: April 17, 2015 As U.S. political focus turns to declarations of presidential candidacies, there needs to be a deliberate effort to avoid a repeat of the “Obama adventure.”

Fear is big again — on both sides Posted: April 17, 2015 “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Our View: Red wolf restoration should continue Posted: April 16, 2015 Few animals in North America are as close to extinction as the red wolf. After one of the most aggressive conservation efforts of the past 50 years, perhaps only 100 red wolves survive in the wilds of eastern North Carolina and another 200 in captive breeding programs.

Our view: Protect the right to know Posted: April 16, 2015 Sample election ballots, unclaimed property lists and foreclosure sales are all examples of notices that most state legislatures, by law, say must be printed in the local newspaper.

Our view: No sense in repeal attempt Posted: April 16, 2015 The latest attempt to repeal Missouri's motorcycle helmet law — a law that has been on the books for nearly 50 years — is a brain buster.

A defining moment Posted: April 16, 2015 It's a paradox.

America is under threat from reactive foreign policy Posted: April 15, 2015 We're witnessing arguably the most unfocused and undisciplined U.S. foreign policy in history under President Barack Obama. If I'm seeing it and you're seeing it, then it's a safe bet that America's opponents are seeing it — and attempting to exploit it for long-term gain.

Your views: Letters to the editor Posted: April 13, 2015 Restricting choice

Our View: School board must lead by example Posted: April 12, 2015 A new Joplin School Board is expected be seated on April 21. Possibly sooner.


The Jefferson City News Tribune
As of (04/24/2015) at 06:40 PM

Missouri makes Pinkel latest $4 million coach in SEC - Missouri has extended football coach Gary Pinkel's contract through the 2019 season and upped his yearly salary to $4.02 million, making him the 10th Southeastern Conference coach to have a yearly salary of at least $4 million.

Diet Pepsi dropping aspartame on customer concerns - PepsiCo says it's dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer worries and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda.

Comcast abandons Time Warner Cable bid after gov't pushback - What killed Comcast's $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable? Regulators' desire to protect the Internet video industry that is reshaping TV.

Movie Review: 'Adaline' is both ludicrous and deeply moving - Is it possible for a movie to be at once ludicrously silly and genuinely moving? That's the strange question you might find yourself asking while watching "The Age of Adaline," a romantic fantasy with surprising heft that will likely have you scoffing at one moment, then furtively wiping away a tear the next.

Book Review: Narrative of 'Adult Onset' feels intensely personal "Adult Onset" (Tin House Books), by Ann-Marie MacDonald - Ann-Marie MacDonald's latest novel, "Adult Onset," tracks a week in the life of Mary Rose MacKinnon.

Stocks rise on tech earnings; Nasdaq adds to record - Stocks advanced slightly Friday as investors cheered the quarterly results of three large technology companies: Google, Microsoft and Amazon.

Our Opinion: Audit reveals poor practice continues - Gov. Jay Nixon continues to set a deplorable example when it comes to state spending by his office.

Environmentalists appeal nuclear plant extension - MCE challenges NRC fuel storage rule

No state employees' pay raise in new budget - Most Missouri state government employees got a pay raise on Jan. 1 , but they won't be getting another in the new budget the Legislature sent Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday.

Missouri Legislature passes $26 billion spending plan - Missouri lawmakers passed a $26 billion budget plan on Thursday for the next fiscal year that would increase basic aid for K-12 public schools while holding spending for social services stagnant - a sticking point that garnered criticism from lawmakers concerned it could hurt services for low-income families and others.

A look at Missouri's $26 billion budget passed by lawmakers - A look at the department spending totals authorized in the 2016 fiscal year budget passed Thursday by the Missouri Legislature, compared with the amounts included in the 2015 budget.

Rotarians help Project CURE get medical gear ready for developing nations - Volunteers for Project CURE (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) and the Rotary Club of Jefferson City spent Thursday afternoon collecting dated medical supplies from St. Mary's Hospital to send them to impoverished areas across the world.

Drug bust lands JC man on probation - A Jefferson City man has been placed on five years supervised probation in connection with a marijuana operation that was busted last November.

JC man gets probation for Taos park damage - A Jefferson City man has been placed on five years supervised probation for pleading guilty to charges in connection with vandalism at Countryside Park in Taos last June.

Jefferson City revises 2015 street overlay list Two streets added, three removed - The annual street overlay list for 2015 has received minor changes in the last month, with two streets added, three removed and one changed.

Support building for Renegades Social media interest in semi-pro baseball outpaces funding - A push to bring minor-league baseball back to Mid-Missouri is advancing, as the potential team owners now believe they have enough community support to start financing the project.

Mo. House OKs changes to municipal court practices - Missouri lawmakers moved forward Wednesday with changes to municipal court practices, lower limits on revenues from traffic violations and restrictions on public access to police camera footage as part of a legislative response to unrest in Ferguson.

Holts Summit signs 5-year contract for trash service - After about a year and a half of seeking input and discussion, the City of Holts Summit signed an agreement with Republic Services, previously Allied Waste, for residential trash service last week.

Royals sending a fighting message early in season - The Kansas City Royals played the game in a throwback manner last year, pine tar and dirt and grass stains becoming the complementary colors to starched white and royal blue. But these days, they're starting to tread a fine line between playing the game in an endearingly hard way, and playing it downright dirty.

Eugene edges Jamestown in baseball - EUGENE - With the game tied at 1, Jamestown put two runners on base with no outs in the sixth inning before Eugene's Travis Rush was able to get the next three batters to end the threat.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - State News
As of (04/24/2015) at 06:40 PM

No state employees' pay raise in new budget - Most Missouri state government employees got a pay raise on Jan. 1 , but they won't be getting another in the new budget the Legislature sent Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday.

Missouri Legislature passes $26 billion spending plan - Missouri lawmakers passed a $26 billion budget plan on Thursday for the next fiscal year that would increase basic aid for K-12 public schools while holding spending for social services stagnant - a sticking point that garnered criticism from lawmakers concerned it could hurt services for low-income families and others.

A look at Missouri's $26 billion budget passed by lawmakers - A look at the department spending totals authorized in the 2016 fiscal year budget passed Thursday by the Missouri Legislature, compared with the amounts included in the 2015 budget.

Mo. House OKs changes to municipal court practices - Missouri lawmakers moved forward Wednesday with changes to municipal court practices, lower limits on revenues from traffic violations and restrictions on public access to police camera footage as part of a legislative response to unrest in Ferguson.

50-year-old plant preparing for show before it dies - A giant plant that has been at Truman State University for roughly five decades is getting ready to put on the show of its life before succumbing to its inevitable fate.

Remains of Centralia soldier killed in 1970 return home - The remains of a Missouri soldier killed more than four decades ago when his Army helicopter crashed in Cambodia during the Vietnam War are back home.

Man charged in fatal shooting on Job Corps campus - A 20-year-old man was charged Thursday in the shooting death of a fellow recent arrival to a federal job training program in St. Louis.

Efforts to block renewed bonding for new St. Louis dome fail - Efforts to block Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon from extending bonds to help build a new St. Louis football stadium have failed.

Missouri Legislature approves $84M more for K-12 basic aid - Missouri lawmakers have passed a measure granting $84 million more in basic aid to K-12 public schools.

Michael Brown's parents sue over son's death - The parents of Michael Brown filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Thursday against the city of Ferguson over the fatal shooting of their son by a white police officer, a confrontation that sparked a national protest movement.

Missouri lawmakers set to debate $26 billion spending plan - A $26 billion budget plan for next year that would keep spending for Missouri social services stagnant could be coming to a vote.

Still footing the bill for Nixon Audit: Governor still spending money from other departments - Gov. Jay Nixon's office and Mansion operations continue to spend money lawmakers budgeted for other state offices and agencies, the state auditor's office said Wednesday.

New auditor to cut deputy, chief of staff - Missouri's deputy state auditor said he and another official will lose their jobs once a new auditor takes office next week.

Nixon cites concerns about welfare-cut measure on children - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said he has concerns about a bill passed by lawmakers that would reduce how long people can receive welfare benefits.

Coalition changes tactics in clean energy effort - The Sierra Club and more than 20 other Missouri organizations will band together to form the Missouri Clean Energy Coalition, environmental activists announced Wednesday during an Earth Day rally in the Capitol Rotunda.

Mo. House advances cellphone charge for 911 services - Emergency 911 systems in Missouri would get a new funding stream under a measure supporters said Wednesday is needed to enhance outdated services across the state.

House sends medical malpractice caps to Gov. Nixon - A measure to reinstate limits on lawsuit awards for pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases is heading to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk three years after the state Supreme Court overturned lower caps.

House OKs limiting access to police camera video - Public access to video from police cameras in Missouri would be restricted under a measure that's part of the legislative response to the events surrounding the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old by a police officer in Ferguson.

Panel to weigh future of Confederate soldiers memorial in St. Louis - The 32-foot memorial to the Civil War's fallen Confederate soldiers has towered for a century near the visitors center of St. Louis' sprawling Forest Park. Now, the granite shaft faces its own brewing battle over its place there along “Confederate Drive."

Missouri corn planting pushed back by wet conditions - Wet conditions across Missouri have pushed corn planting back and could result in possible yield loss in the southern part of the state.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Local News
As of (04/24/2015) at 06:40 PM

Environmentalists appeal nuclear plant extension - MCE challenges NRC fuel storage rule

No state employees' pay raise in new budget - Most Missouri state government employees got a pay raise on Jan. 1 , but they won't be getting another in the new budget the Legislature sent Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday.

Missouri Legislature passes $26 billion spending plan - Missouri lawmakers passed a $26 billion budget plan on Thursday for the next fiscal year that would increase basic aid for K-12 public schools while holding spending for social services stagnant - a sticking point that garnered criticism from lawmakers concerned it could hurt services for low-income families and others.

A look at Missouri's $26 billion budget passed by lawmakers - A look at the department spending totals authorized in the 2016 fiscal year budget passed Thursday by the Missouri Legislature, compared with the amounts included in the 2015 budget.

Rotarians help Project CURE get medical gear ready for developing nations - Volunteers for Project CURE (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) and the Rotary Club of Jefferson City spent Thursday afternoon collecting dated medical supplies from St. Mary's Hospital to send them to impoverished areas across the world.

Drug bust lands JC man on probation - A Jefferson City man has been placed on five years supervised probation in connection with a marijuana operation that was busted last November.

JC man gets probation for Taos park damage - A Jefferson City man has been placed on five years supervised probation for pleading guilty to charges in connection with vandalism at Countryside Park in Taos last June.

Jefferson City revises 2015 street overlay list Two streets added, three removed - The annual street overlay list for 2015 has received minor changes in the last month, with two streets added, three removed and one changed.

Mo. House OKs changes to municipal court practices - Missouri lawmakers moved forward Wednesday with changes to municipal court practices, lower limits on revenues from traffic violations and restrictions on public access to police camera footage as part of a legislative response to unrest in Ferguson.

Support building for Renegades Social media interest in semi-pro baseball outpaces funding - A push to bring minor-league baseball back to Mid-Missouri is advancing, as the potential team owners now believe they have enough community support to start financing the project.

Holts Summit signs 5-year contract for trash service - After about a year and a half of seeking input and discussion, the City of Holts Summit signed an agreement with Republic Services, previously Allied Waste, for residential trash service last week.

Remains of Centralia soldier killed in 1970 return home - The remains of a Missouri soldier killed more than four decades ago when his Army helicopter crashed in Cambodia during the Vietnam War are back home.

Versailles resident hurt in crash - A Versailles teen was injured in a one-vehicle accident at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday on Harrison Road west of Missouri 5 in Morgan County.

Still footing the bill for Nixon Audit: Governor still spending money from other departments - Gov. Jay Nixon's office and Mansion operations continue to spend money lawmakers budgeted for other state offices and agencies, the state auditor's office said Wednesday.

Helias Foundation eyes $350K goal Breakfast at high school opens new campaign - Helias High School supporters kicked off their annual fundraising campaign Wednesday with a breakfast for several dozen guests in the school's commons area. The foundation hopes to raise $350,000 this year.

Extra security approved for 8 JC elementary schools - The Jefferson City Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously approved $1.57 million in spending to improve the safety and security of eight elementary schools in the district.

Liquor board upholds license suspension for Xpress Liquor - The Jefferson City Liquor Control Board upheld a one-day liquor license suspension of Xpress Liquor & Smokes after the store owner appealed the initial suspension.

Welch case focuses on definition of 'violence' - Has Larry Gene Welch served enough time in prison that he should be released before the end of his original sentences?

New auditor to cut deputy, chief of staff - Missouri's deputy state auditor said he and another official will lose their jobs once a new auditor takes office next week.

Nixon cites concerns about welfare-cut measure on children - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said he has concerns about a bill passed by lawmakers that would reduce how long people can receive welfare benefits.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (04/24/2015) at 06:40 PM

Our Opinion: Audit reveals poor practice continues - Gov. Jay Nixon continues to set a deplorable example when it comes to state spending by his office.

Your Opinion: Women deserve equal pay for equal work - It will have taken the average woman in the United States from Jan. 1, 2014, to April 14, 2015, to have earned what the average white man earned from Jan. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2014.

Your Opinion: Selection, not election, of circuit judges opposed - I have just become aware of a strange, unbelievable proposition being talked up by several people in Cole County.

Our Opinion: Helias project expands opportunities - We join with supporters of Helias Catholic High School in welcoming plans for a major expansion at the school.

Your Opinion: Non-discrimination favored - Thursday's article, “LGBT Protections Divide Business Interests in Missouri," outlined the support and opposition by various business leaders in the state for a proposed workplace non-discrimination law.

Your Opinion: Response to Missouri First - I would like to comment on the April 16 article by Daniela Sirtori, News Tribune, concerning the House Committee Hearing for HB407, (Protection of LBGT Rights in the State of Missouri).

Your Opinion: Go slow in U.S. 50 work zone - As the weather heats up outside, so does the annual road construction season.

Our Opinion: E-cigarettes and the 'cobra effect' - Are e-cigarettes an example of the “cobra effect?"

Your Opinion: Response on climate change - I'm writing in response to Tony Smith's letter published April 12, “Dangers of denial on climate change."

Your Opinion: Selfish demands will kill jobs - This is in response to a story that appeared in your publication April 16 on page A5.

Our Opinion: Police train to respond to mental health crises - Another building block has been added to our community's response to mental health issues.

Perspective: Nixon's veto didn't change the need for unemployment insurance changes - With only four weeks remaining in the legislative session, both the pace and the volume of legislation being heard is increasing.

Your Opinion: Scripture defines what marriage is - Our country today is literally ablaze with the emotionally charged debate not only about whether to legalize so called “same-sex marriage" but whether to redefine marriage essentially as to what it is.

Your Opinion: Protect God-given rights from anti-Christians - I'm writing to comment on the April 11 News Tribune Our Opinion piece “Does question of rights require an either/or answer?" I disagree with the conclusion “a reasonable answer is both."

Perspective: Softball can resemble legislative process - The Missouri House held its annual charity softball tournament this week and raised more than $3,400 for the Samaritan Center.


The Southeast Missourian
As of (04/24/2015) at 06:40 PM

Area officials continue grappling with new ozone standards (04/24/15) Government representatives and business leaders in Perry and Ste. Genevieve counties are looking at what they can do to...

Search begins for next provost at SEMO (04/24/15) 1 A search committee has formed at Southeast Missouri State University as officials look to hire the next provost there....

Animals top nuisance calls in Cape in 2014 (04/24/15) 9 Cape Girardeau residents annoyed by their neighbors' pets can rest assured they are not alone. Reports about animals...

Cape, Jackson asking for volunteers to help parks Saturday (04/24/15) Every year, the cities of Jackson and Cape Girardeau reach out to residents for help sprucing up parks with a day of...

Where there's smoke (04/24/15) Members of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department extinguish a fire Thursday that was contained to a Ford Escort in the...

Animals top nuisance calls in Cape in 2014 (04/24/15) Cape Girardeau residents annoyed by their neighbors' pets can rest assured they are not alone. Reports about animals made up the largest portion of nuisance-abatement calls in the city in 2014, according to the Cape Girardeau Police Department's annual report...

Suspect in Job Corps shooting surrenders (04/24/15) ST. LOUIS -- Authorities said Thursday they arrested a man suspected of killing a fellow recent arrival to a federal job training program in St. Louis. Matthew Anderson, 21, was shot once in the chest on his bed Wednesday night at the Job Corps campus, police said. The man suspected of killing Anderson fled after the shooting but later surrendered, police said. The suspect was in police custody Thursday but hadn't been charged...

Mother guilty in death of infant found in concrete (04/24/15) PLEASANT HILL, Mo. -- The mother of a newborn found encased in concrete at a western Missouri home has been convicted of second-degree murder. The Kansas City Star reports a Johnson County jury also convicted 30-year-old Krystal Scroggs on Thursday of endangering the welfare of a child and abandonment of a corpse...

Cape Girardeau police report 4/24/15 (04/24/15) The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Sruthi Bairam, 22, 1318 N. Sprigg St., was arrested on suspicion of stealing clothing at J.C. Penney, 3049 William St. n Takara B. Woods, 23, 1227 Luce St., was arrested on a Cape Girardeau warrant for failure to appear for improper registration...

Jackson police report 4/24/15 (04/24/15) The Jackson Police Department released the following items. n Jonathan J. Fleming, 24, of Jackson was issued a summons for failure to register a motor vehicle. n Susan L. Smith, 41, of Jackson was issued a summons for operating a motor vehicle without a valid operator's license...

Infighting splits panel for Missouri Common Core goals (04/21/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A panel of Missouri teachers and parents tasked with reviewing the state's education standards is so divided, members told the State Board of Education on Monday they have split into two groups. At issue are the goals for what K-12 children should learn in each grade. ...

Online bullying reporting system deemed success by Cape district officials (04/19/15) Counselors in the Cape Girardeau School District say the district's anonymous, online bullying reporting system has exceeded their expectations. Created by Central Junior High School counselors Ed Draper and Julie Janzow, the reporting system was first implemented at the junior high last fall before becoming districtwide in February...

KU students turn blighted Airstream into mobile classroom (04/19/15) LAWRENCE, Kan. -- University of Kansas architecture students have transformed a blighted camping vehicle into a classroom on wheels. The renovated 1972 Airstream Sovereign Land Yacht is called the KU Mobile Collaboratory, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. It features storage carts that can be pulled out and unfolded into tables, benches that double as storage and countertops that fold down to hold displays or up for space...

Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing (04/19/15) ATLANTA -- Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance. This "opt-out" movement remains scattered but is growing fast in some parts of the country. ...

104 graduate adult education program (04/17/15) Stories of perseverance, hard work and faith were shared Thursday evening as 32 Adult Education and Literacy program participants attended a graduation ceremony. Having completed their high school equivalency through the program, 104 graduates were invited to the ceremony at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center...


The Southeast Missourian - State News
As of (04/24/2015) at 06:40 PM

Michael Brown's parents file lawsuit against Ferguson (04/24/15) CLAYTON, Mo. -- Michael Brown's parents filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson on Thursday, opening a new chapter in the legal battle over the shooting that killed their son and sparked a national protest movement about the way police treat blacks...

Missouri Legislature passes $26 billion spending plan (04/24/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers passed a $26 billion budget plan Thursday for the next fiscal year that would increase basic aid for K-12 public schools while holding spending for social services stagnant -- a sticking point that garnered criticism from lawmakers concerned it could hurt services for low-income families and others...

Soldier's remains return to Missouri (04/24/15) ST. LOUIS -- The remains of a Missouri soldier killed more than four decades ago when his Army helicopter crashed in Cambodia during the Vietnam War are back home. The remains of Rodney Griffin arrived Thursday morning at St. Louis' Lambert International Airport. ...

Catholic cardinals to gather in St. Louis (04/24/15) ST. LOUIS -- Roman Catholic cardinals from around the nation will gather in St. Louis today The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the gathering is a fundraising dinner for scholarships for The Catholic University of America in Washington. The event is hosted by a different diocese each year, and this will be the first time St. Louis has hosted the dinner. The dinner will be preceded by a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, which starts at 4:30 p.m. today and is open to the public...

Suspect in Job Corps shooting surrenders (04/24/15) ST. LOUIS -- Authorities said Thursday they arrested a man suspected of killing a fellow recent arrival to a federal job training program in St. Louis. Matthew Anderson, 21, was shot once in the chest on his bed Wednesday night at the Job Corps campus, police said. The man suspected of killing Anderson fled after the shooting but later surrendered, police said. The suspect was in police custody Thursday but hadn't been charged...

50-year-old plant preparing for show before it dies (04/24/15) KIRKSVILLE, Mo. -- A giant plant that has been at Truman State University for roughly five decades is getting ready to put on the show of its life before succumbing to its inevitable fate. Already, the Agave americana plant's performance in the university's greenhouse in Kirksville has been through the roof -- literally...

Hardee's mulls moving headquarters out of St. Louis (04/24/15) Hardee's mulls moving headquarters out of St. Louis ST. LOUIS -- Hardee's is considering moving its headquarters out of downtown St. Louis, perhaps to Nashville, Tennessee. Kathleen Bush, a spokeswoman for Hardee's corporate parent, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the company's 10-year lease in St. Louis expires in 2017, and "we are exploring office space options which include Nashville."...

Mother guilty in death of infant found in concrete (04/24/15) PLEASANT HILL, Mo. -- The mother of a newborn found encased in concrete at a western Missouri home has been convicted of second-degree murder. The Kansas City Star reports a Johnson County jury also convicted 30-year-old Krystal Scroggs on Thursday of endangering the welfare of a child and abandonment of a corpse...

Audit: Governor used money meant for other agencies (04/23/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state audit released Wednesday shows Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has continued to use money meant for other agencies to pay for expensive in-state flights and staffing, despite lawmakers' efforts to stop the practice...

Panel to weigh future of Confederate memorial in St. Louis (04/23/15) ST. LOUIS -- The 32-foot memorial to the Civil War's fallen Confederate soldiers has towered for a century near the visitors center of St. Louis' sprawling Forest Park. Now, the granite shaft faces its own brewing battle over its place there along "Confederate Drive."...

Missouri House advances cellphone charge for 911 services (04/23/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Emergency 911 systems in Missouri would get a new funding stream under a measure that supporters said Wednesday is needed to enhance outdated services across the state. The Missouri House voted 123-32 to pass a measure that would allow local governments to collect a monthly fee of up to $1.50 on devices capable of using 911, including cellphones, with voter approval. ...

Man ticketed for speeding in reverse (04/23/15) MANCHESTER, Mo. -- A St. Louis County man is facing a speeding ticket, with a twist -- he was driving in reverse. Bill Duncan of Manchester backs down a curving, hilly road in his subdivision to reach Highway 141. He says he never paid much attention to the 15 mph limit on his street. On March 30, he was cited for going 29 mph in reverse. He faces a fine and costs of about $95. Duncan wants the speed limit raised to 25 mph, though some neighbors want it to remain as is...

Missouri House sends unemployment benefit cuts to governor (04/22/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House sent a top business priority for Republicans to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk Tuesday, but the measure doesn't have enough votes to override a potential veto. Unemployment benefits would be cut to as low as 13 weeks from the current 20 weeks, linking the amount of weeks given to the statewide average employment rate...

Lawsuit claims ex-Pine Lawn mayor falsely arrested (04/22/15) ST. LOUIS -- An 80-year-old former mayor of the St. Louis County town of Pine Lawn alleges in a lawsuit he was repeatedly falsely arrested as part of a smear campaign orchestrated by his successor. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the federal lawsuit Tuesday at the request of the NAACP and on behalf of Adrian Wright. ...

Missouri House endorses legalizing growth of industrial hemp (04/22/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri would regulate and license the growing of industrial hemp as a raw material for manufacturing under a measure supporters say is an economic development measure. The Missouri House gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill that would legalize the cultivation of hemp, which contains very low levels of the psychoactive chemical tetrahydrocannabinol in marijuana...

Officials seek long sentence for ex-CIA officer in leak case (04/22/15) McLEAN, Va. -- A former CIA officer convicted of leaking classified details of an operation to derail Iran's nuclear ambitions would spend 20 years in prison if a judge follows federal sentencing guidelines. Jeffrey Sterling, who lives in O'Fallon, Missouri, and grew up in Cape Girardeau, will be sentenced next month in Alexandria following his conviction in January. ...


The Southeast Missourian - Local News
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Area officials continue grappling with new ozone standards (04/24/15) Government representatives and business leaders in Perry and Ste. Genevieve counties are looking at what they can do to keep air quality measurements at a level acceptable to the Environmental Protection Agency, and what may happen if they can't. Members of the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission's environmental quality committee gathered Friday in Perryville for a quarterly meeting, where a representative of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and a consultant from a private firm that assesses industrial air quality issues spoke on implications associated with soon-to-change ground-level ozone standards.. ...

Search begins for next provost at SEMO (04/24/15) 1 A search committee has formed at Southeast Missouri State University as officials look to hire the next provost there. Provost William Eddleman announced April 8 that he plans to step down as the university's chief academic officer effective June 1 and return to the faculty until Jan. 1, when he will retire from Southeast...

Jackson East Elementary nears completion (04/24/15) The exterior of Jackson's new East Elementary School boasts the district's red and black school colors. But inside, vivid blues, greens, purples and yellows light up the hallways and classrooms. The 105,000-square-foot building, financed with a $16 million bond issue approved by voters in April 2012, is nearing completion and will house its first students this fall...

Animals top nuisance calls in Cape in 2014 (04/24/15) 9 Cape Girardeau residents annoyed by their neighbors' pets can rest assured they are not alone. Reports about animals made up the largest portion of nuisance-abatement calls in the city in 2014, according to the Cape Girardeau Police Department's annual report...

Cape, Jackson asking for volunteers to help parks Saturday (04/24/15) Every year, the cities of Jackson and Cape Girardeau reach out to residents for help sprucing up parks with a day of volunteer work. Unfailingly, people respond by showing up in droves to help with planting, painting and more. The annual event is known as Park Day in Jackson and Friends of the Parks and the Great Cape Cleanup in Cape Girardeau. ...

Where there's smoke (04/24/15) Members of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department extinguish a fire Thursday that was contained to a Ford Escort in the parking lot of Isle Casino Cape Girardeau. An engine malfunction and oil leak likely caused the fire. No injuries were reported.

Two Sikeston residents win $1M lottery (04/24/15) SIKESTON, Mo. -- Two Sikeston residents are celebrating a recent $1 million Missouri Lottery Scratchers win. Samantha Lankheit, 39, and Ashley Rogers, 31, claimed their prize on April 14, after uncovering the $1 million top prize on a "Millionaire Riches" Scratchers ticket. The friends purchased their ticket on April 10 from Huck's Food Store, 823 E. Malone Ave. in Sikeston, and plan on splitting the $1 million prize...

Driver crashes into business; no injuries reported (04/23/15) 3 A building was damaged but no one was injured when a car crashed through the front window of a Cape Girardeau business Wednesday. Cape Girardeau police officer Jay Freeman said the driver of a white Kia Soul said he had been traveling west through the parking lot at Check Into Cash on William Street, then pulled into a parking spot in front of the buidling...

Nursing-facility resident accused of stabbing two others (04/23/15) 2 TAMMS, Ill. -- Authorities are investigating a Tuesday attack at an assisted-living facility in which two people were stabbed. Illinois State Police were contacted Tuesday evening about a man wielding a knife at the H and S Shelter Care, according to a news release...

Revamped Melvin Gateley Garden is dedicated (04/23/15) 3 Coinciding with Earth Day on Wednesday was a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the Melvin Gateley Vision 2000 Garden. The rose garden that once sat behind city hall was moved last year as crews laid underground pipes for the Broadway Stormwater project...

New Parma mayor says skin color is not an issue (04/23/15) 6 PARMA, Mo. -- Tyus Byrd says she never really intended to run for mayor of Parma, and she never was fully confident of a win. "I didn't think along that level," she said. "I always just knew that God had my back. If He was for me, fine. If not, I knew He'd open another door for me."...

Authorities looking for missing Scott City teen (04/23/15) Scott City authorities are looking for a missing teenager who was last seen Tuesday. The Scott City Police Department issued an Endangered Person Advisory for Chad G. Goodholm, 15. Goodholm was last seen by family members at 1 a.m. Tuesday, then was seen later in the day walking west near the railroad tracks headed out of Scott City, carrying two backpacks, according to information from the Missouri State Highway Patrol...

Zalma teen hits, seriously injures sister in school parking lot (04/23/15) 2 ZALMA, Mo. -- An 11-year-old girl was flown to a Memphis, Tennessee, hospital Tuesday after her sister struck her with her vehicle. The accident occurred at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday as Adison Little, 11, was walking in the parking lot at Zalma High School...

State funds release means SEMO Port will add railroad tracks (04/23/15) A release of $3 million from Missouri's general revenue budget by Gov. Jay Nixon earlier this month means the Southeast Missouri Port Authority will move ahead this year on a project to add railroad tracks, accelerating development of the port's infrastructure...

Southeast hosting suicide-prevention walk (04/23/15) The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's "Out of the Darkness" campus walk at Southeast Missouri State University will begin Saturday at Kent Library. Check-in and registration are at 9 a.m., and the 3-mile walk begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m...

Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 4/23/15 (04/23/15) 1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today n Minutes of the April 16 meeting n None at this time n Items listed on agenda Routine business n Purchase orders n Payroll change forms n Mental health board annual financial statement n Public service commission order...

Police seek man who tried to help prisoner flee courthouse (04/23/15) 1 POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Authorities are searching for a man who assaulted a Butler County Sheriff's deputy during a failed escape attempt Tuesday at the courthouse. According to the sheriff's department, a recently sentenced inmate tried to flee after a court appearance on the third floor. When she was apprehended on the first floor, her boyfriend placed Deputy Michael Jones in a chokehold in an attempt to free her...

Kennett police search for witnesses to homicide (04/23/15) KENNETT, Mo. -- Kennett police and the Dunklin County Major Case Squad are looking for those responsible for the shooting death of William Thomas Jr. He was slain, and Taneka Parker of Kennett was wounded about 1 a.m. April 11 near Mason's Cafe at Commercial and North Baldwin streets...

Under the sun (04/23/15) The flag waves in front of a large sun halo Wednesday at the Fort A Civil War site above North Main Street in Cape Girardeau. The halo is caused when light passes through ice crystals in cirrus clouds.

Jobless rate rises slightly in region (04/23/15) After months of steadily falling unemployment rates, March saw a slight rise in nearly all local counties in Missouri, according to preliminary data released this week. Unemployment rates rose during the month in all Southeast Missouri counties but Iron County, which kept its 9.6 percent rate from February, and Stoddard County, which kept its 8.2 percent rate...


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
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Clean up the parks in Cape, Jackson (04/24/15) Right about now is a great time to clear out that messy garage or wipe down those dusty baseboards. But it's also an ideal time for spring cleaning on a grander scale. On Saturday, Cape Girardeau and Jackson are set to hold their annual Park Cleanup Day events. That means volunteers are needed to do everything from planting flowers to picking up stray candy wrappers...

Speak Out Speak Out 4/24/15 (04/24/15) It seems like the city of Cape Girardeau has a new tax increase for the voters to approve on almost every ballot. And now that gasoline is finally affordable, politicians, including some in the Missouri State Legislature, have proposed raising the fuel tax. ...

Editorial Southeast selects new basketball coaches (04/23/15) Watching Southeast Missouri State University basketball over the years has frustrated many. This is a Division I program with great -- and soon to be even more impressive -- facilities. We're between St. Louis and Memphis. And Southeast Missouri is no slouch with local talent...

Speak Out Speak Out 4/22/15 (04/22/15) I don't understand why U.S. Senate Republicans are holding up the vote for a new U.S. Attorney General. I thought they would want to confirm Loretta Lynch ASAP because of their dislike of Eric Holder. Yes, do you want a female to be president that talks to the dead? Remember when Hillary and Bill Clinton were in the White House, she said she talked to Eleanor Roosevelt for three hours. Eleanor Roosevelt has been dead for years...

Opinion Column Obama's unconstitutional EPA mandates (04/22/15) President Obama spent a lot of time talking this past year about his "climate change agenda." Turns out, he couldn't get it through Congress, even before the Republicans' epic gains last November. But as with immigration, health care, and too much else, the inability to get democratic approval hasn't stopped the president. Now he and the EPA have announced a comprehensive climate change plan, not in the form of democratically adopted law, but in the guise of executive regulations...

Opinion Column USPS increasingly profitable (04/22/15) There's a lot of misleading "conventional wisdom" about U.S. Postal Service finances. Unfortunately, some of it was included in your otherwise excellent story about the proposed ending of mail processing at the USPS facility in Cape Girardeau. The story attributed Postal Service financial challenges to an infrastructure "deemed too large" (without attribution) and declining letter volume...

Opinion Column Environmentalists' shower power (04/22/15) The Environmental Protection Agency strikes fear in the hearts of most Americans because of the substantial regulatory power it wields. The current administration has used the EPA as a tool to make an end run around Congress and implement much of the liberal utopian dream of a green society regardless of the cost or impact of those regulations...

Editorial Comic Con shatters attendance record (04/22/15) What on earth -- or any other planet, for that matter -- could be more fun than dressing up as a favorite superhero? Or ogling those carefully constructed alter egos while celebrating superhuman strength? Not much, if attendance at last weekend's 10th Annual Cape Comic Con is any indication. The event, attended by extraterrestrials and mere mortals alike, was held at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau and attracted 2,700 visitors, said Ken Murphy, who founded the annual event in 2005...

Editorial Special Olympics events just never get old (04/21/15) Unless you've been around the Special Olympics, or around someone who participates, you can't really understand the wonderful effect that competition and participation play in the lives of those with special needs or disabilities. On April 11, about 350 athletes participated in the annual spring games in Cape Girardeau...

Speak Out Speak Out 4/21/15 (04/21/15) ** Government salaries; ** Turnover rate; ** Cellphonegate; ** Stop means stop; ** Coaching record; ** Burgers, lingerie

Editorial Police appreciation day (04/21/15) Today is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in Cape Girardeau. A special event, organized by the Cape Girardeau Friends of Public Safety, will take place at 6 p.m. today at the Cape Girardeau conservation center to honor and celebrate our law enforcement officers...

Speak Out Speak Out 4/20/15 (04/20/15) ** Roundabout; ** Mehan's screed; ** Attention span; ** Millions wasted; ** Coach pick; ** Qualified; ** Union, cost; ** 2 percent; ** Women's coach; ** Hillary lunch

Editorial Southeast journalism students take home big state honor (04/20/15) Journalism is a labor of love. Even more so when you're a student trying to put out a newspaper around your studies. The Arrow, Southeast Missouri State University's student newspaper, recently was awarded the Missouri College Media Association's top honor, receiving the Best in the State award for 2014...

Speak Out Speak Out 4/19/15 (04/19/15) I understand that the post office doesn't care about us customers anymore, but the least they could do is put an answering machine on that will tell us the hours of these post offices that they've cut the hours so drastically in. It says to call for the hours. I call. Nobody answers the phone. I guess they're not open. I'll have to call again later. At least put an answering machine on with the hours. That's all I ask...

Editorial Expanding parks system sets Cape apart (04/19/15) The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department is growing. Not just in programs offered. but people served. Consider the attendance at the Osage Centre as just one example. In the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the Osage Centre welcomed 35,218 people. In 2013-2014, the number jumped to 82,973...

Opinion Column Missouri: The Hide Me State (04/19/15) Public institutions in Missouri are making a mockery of transparency. Before I present evidence backing that claim, I'd like to tease you with a few questions. Answers will be revealed later in the column. 1.) How much do you think a public entity ought to be able to charge for someone to transcribe audio recordings?...

Speak Out Speak Out 4/17/15 (04/17/15) Major kudos to the SEMO Sundancers. They are ranked eighth nationally and will take part in the finals for the first time since 2007. History will show that the SEMO Sundancers led the way in the revival and eventual domination of all SEMO sports. To ward off another nasty east side-west side split similar to the dispute over the location of the Show Me Center, I propose half be built in downtown Cape and the other half near the West Park Mall. ...

Editorial Special donation helps vets transition to student life (04/17/15) People have many reasons for joining the military. To some, the U.S. Armed Forces offer an opportunity to pursue action and adventure while traveling the world. To others, becoming servicemen or -women is a family tradition, while some crave the camaraderie. For most, it's an opportunity to participate in a larger calling, to protect freedom and country...

Opinion Column April a big month in U.S. history (04/16/15) The month of April is notable for events important in the history of our country, and this is only a partial list of those. April 12, 1770: The Townshend Act is repealed by Parliament, removing taxes on goods such as glass and paper, but allowing the tax on tea to stand. This further angered the colonists and led to the Boston Tea Party...

Opinion Column Nixon made zero calls from public cellphone in '14 (04/16/15) I was wrong. In a recent column I hinted that the state of Missouri was evading my Sunshine Law request by not providing records of calls and texts made from the governor's cellphone. I thought the state was using lawyer tricks, trying to give me some information, hoping I wouldn't get all the information. I thought the state was playing games...


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