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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As of (12/18/2014) at 05:33 PM

10 things we'll miss about 'The Colbert Report' Stephen Colbert is moving on, but not "Stephen Colbert."

Rock climbers overcome gravity at St. Louis gym Activity requires all parts of the body; beginners use their arms too much.

Koster sues 13 St. Louis County municipalities over court fees  They are breaking a state law that limits how much money they can make and keep from traffic cases, the lawsuit says.

St. Louis man got a grip on what was eating him, to cut back his eating Jack Holmes lost 160 pounds -- because the man in the mirror made him realize he must. 

It's a girl — baby orangutan born at St. Louis Zoo The female born on Sunday is the fifth baby born to Merah, a 45-year-old Sumatran orangutan.

Confusion surrounds wage increase for Missouri home health attendants

St. Louis activist Packnett on Obama policing commission

Eureka babysitter who pleaded no contest in shaking death may get new trial

Bernie video: Can Blues, Tarasenko pass LA test? Updated

As chain seeks to grow here, Blues tap Tim Hortons as team's 'official coffee' Updated

Man who posted online ad seeking partner for sex with child relative gets 12 years in prison

Dow soars 421 points, led by rally in tech sector Updated

St. Louis municipal court will consider violator's ability to pay when ordering fines Updated

Rapper-turned-viral-star Prince Ea strives for 'evolution and change'

Laumeier Sculpture Park completes $200K conservation project Updated

Stream seeks recount of St. Louis County executive balloting Updated

2-day old fireplace ashes nearly spark garage fire in St. Peters Updated

Nixon, lawmakers agree revenue in fiscal year 2016 likely to grow 3.6 percent

St. Charles teen steals pickup, then flees, causing a 5-vehicle pileup, police say Updated

BaiKu Sushi Lounge raises the bar for St. Louis sushi chefs


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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Political News
As of (12/18/2014) at 05:33 PM

Confusion surrounds wage increase for Missouri home health attendants Steps taken by Gov. Jay Nixon's administration Thursday could put a higher wage for those workers in jeopardy.

St. Louis activist Packnett on Obama policing commission President's commission to report by March 2.

St. Louis municipal court will consider violator's ability to pay when ordering fines ST. LOUIS  •  The St. Louis Municipal Court adopted a new rule on Thursday allowing judges to consider a violator's ability to pay when orderi…

Nixon, lawmakers agree revenue in fiscal year 2016 likely to grow 3.6 percent Last year, Nixon, a Democrat, and the Republican-led Legislature could not agree on a number.

Stream seeks recount of St. Louis County executive balloting Stenger meanwhile making plans for Jan. 1 inauguration 

Koster sues 13 St. Louis County municipalities over court fees  They are breaking a state law that limits how much money they can make and keep from traffic cases, the lawsuit says.

Ex Illinois governor says Cuba relations will open markets Former Gov. George Ryan made a historic trip to Cuba in 1999 and met with then-President Fidel Castro.

Protesters who met in Ferguson get marriage license at St. Louis City Hall ' . . . In the middle of the revolution . . .'

Mom's speeding ticket leads Missouri mayor to resign The mayor apparently threatened the officer who wrote the ticket. 

Gauen: Illinois' old fuzzy recording law becoming new fuzzy recording law Courts struck down 1961 vintage recording restrictions, but new ones are just a governor's signature away.

St. Louis officials pledge $9.4 million for more cops Money for 160 additional officers comes from fee increases, some of which will be put before voters.

Margaret Vandeven named Missouri's next education commissioner Vandeven has 24 years of experience in education 

Ellisville council approves plan for villa complex Amber Trails is to be built on 11.75 acres at 266 Old State Road.

Assistant U.S. attorney here chosen as U.S. magistrate judge John M. Bodenhausen was picked by federal district judges to succeed the retiring Terry Adelman in April.

Frontenac to poll residents on city issues Residents will ask about city services, taxation and fees, new projects and other issues.

Illinois reminds businesses: income tax rollback starts Jan. 1 The temporary rate of 5 percent will roll back to 3.75 percent. 

Nixon will let Ferguson-related state of emergency expire JEFFERSON CITY • Gov. Jay Nixon announced Wednesday he will let expire the state of emergency declared in November ahead of the grand jury dec…

Protesters march from St. Louis police headquarters to City Hall They say protest leaders have been targeted by police.

Illinois comptroller Topinka remembered as honest, tough at memorial The Illinois comptroller died last week after complications from a stroke. 

Rule change to allow Western Governors University students in-state aid withdrawn JEFFERSON CITY • Missouri's Department of Higher Education has withdrawn a proposed rule change that would allow Western Governors University …


St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (12/18/2014) at 05:33 PM

'I could have been Mike Brown'

Help us find solutions with #FergusonNext

Of court reform, corruption, Pine Lawn and Chesterfield

Difficult days ahead: Lessons from Martin Luther King Jr.

Forget the optics, Ferguson Commission is off to strong start

Rebooting the Parents as Teachers program in Normandy

Horrigan: Lessons from Ferguson

Biggish deal: Civilian review coming to St. Louis Police

Black Rep's production challenges us to think about race

Let the police serve and protect, instead of raising revenue

What we would like the country to say about us

Subject of inheritance is hardly discussed

Legislature, cities can change municipal courts; Missouri Supreme Court cannot

Rams players could have expressed themselves differently

Rams players could have shown unity, togetherness

Pass bond issue to replace Ferguson businesses

McCulloch contorts grand jury process

Proud of students at Clayton High

Changes in police training could save lives

Throwing tantrums is not the way to earn respect


Kansas City Star
As of (12/18/2014) at 05:33 PM

Royals Royals sign right-hander Kris Medlen to two-year contract worth $8.5 million guaranteed A day after they were closing in on an agreement with one free-agent starting pitcher, the Royals formally announced the signing of another. Former Braves right-hander Kris Medlen, who missed the 2014 season while recovering from the second elbow-ligament replacement surgery of his career, joined the Royals on a two-year contract with a mutual option for 2017. The Royals missed their dream offseason but gave themselves a good reality There's a favorable reaction to Kris Medlen signing by the Royals The Internet agrees: Royals won their Wil Myers trade Royals reportedly reach agreement with starting pitcher Edinson Volquez

Local North Kansas City School District apologizes for taking blind boy’s cane The cane of an 8-year-old blind boy was taken away by a school bus driver Monday morning after Dakota Nafzinger allegedly struck a bus aide with it. As punishment, school officials gave him a foam swimming pool “noodle” to help guide his steps.

Cindy Hoedel Cindy Hoedel: Five things I will miss most about an isolated Cuba Historic changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba are coming. Having traveled legally to the island in 2002, my feelings about the breakthrough are mixed. As I watched President Obama outline his vision of increased travel and commerce between our countries, I couldn’t kick the sensation that — poof! — one of the world’s last truly exotic destinations has vanished. Analysis: On Cuba policy, U.S. was at odds with the world President Obama says U.S. will end `outdated approach' to Cuba

Living The 12 strays of Christmas: Meet Chloe We’re getting all warm and fuzzy with “The 12 Strays of Christmas,” introducing you to shelter dogs and cats looking for a home for the holidays and beyond. Today: a sweet shepherd mix. Adoption is just one of many ways to help KC animal shelters

Jackson County authorities arrest registered sex offender working as Santa Claus Thu 5:26 PM

It’s official: East Patrol campus will be named for Leon Jordan Thu 5:21 PM

There’s a favorable reaction to Kris Medlen signing by the Royals Thu 5:11 PM

Alex Smith and Chiefs take personality test with season on the line Thu 5:15 PM

KMBC dropping sitcom reruns for ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ and ‘Nightline’ Thu 5:10 PM

Kansas hunter was aiming for deer, but a surprise elk changed the game Thu 4:58 PM

2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization Thu 4:44 PM

Gold tooth turns up in Salvation Army kettle in KC Thu 4:43 PM

Penguin chicks hatch at Kansas City Zoo Thu 4:20 PM

'Team America' screenings also pulled from theaters Thu 5:24 PM

DA to seek death penalty for Glenn Miller in killings outside Jewish facilities Thu 3:54 PM

Sporting KC signs goalkeeper Luis Marin, forward Krisztian Nemeth Thu 4:17 PM

Help feed hungry KC kids this year Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area's hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters' BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year.

AMC to test monthly movie subscription service

The Royals missed their dream offseason but gave themselves a good reality

Royals reportedly reach agreement with starting pitcher Edinson Volquez


Kansas City Star - Political News
As of (12/18/2014) at 05:33 PM

Michael Brooks denies assault accusation after submitting resignation to Kansas City Council Councilman Michael Brooks blamed a “media circus” surrounding an allegation of violence against his council aide. At a news conference, his attorney insisted that the aide, Tonia Titus, only leveled her claims after Brooks told her she would soon be let go from her job. In a brief telephone interview later, Titus discounted Brooks’ account of the incident and said he was lying. The Star's editorial: Michael Brooks made a wise decision to resign from the Kansas City Council

It’s official: East Patrol campus will be named for Leon Jordan Responding to a big push from Kansas City’s black community, the City Council voted 12-0 to name the new East Patrol campus in honor and memory of local civil rights legend Leon M. Jordan. The campus will include a crime lab and police station at 27th Street and Prospect Avenue.

Brownback blames budget hole on Obamacare but allots funds from it to fill hole The Brownback administration has blamed one portion of the Affordable Care Act for contributing to the state’s budget hole, but it using money gained from another portion of the federal health law to help plug that hole. Is the ACA’s net impact on the Kansas budget positive or negative? A health policy expert says that’s difficult to answer.

Cuter than a kitty video: The city of Liberty says happy holidays The staff and crew of the various departments with the city of Liberty put together a happy holidays video with a round-robin version of “Jingle Bells.”

Nation & World President Obama says U.S. will end ‘outdated approach’ to Cuba President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and an easing in economic and travel restrictions on Cuba Wednesday, declaring an end to America’s “outdated approach” to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity. “Isolation has not worked,” Obama said in remarks from the White House. “It’s time for a new approach.”

Obama: As a black man he's been mistaken for valet He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he's a black man who has been mistaken for the valet and worries his daughters could face stereotypes.

Dave Helling: Colbert or Limbaugh? Cultural disagreements are at the heart of political differences Stephen Colbert and Rush Limbaugh, as different as their politics may be, share an essential insight: Liberals and conservatives laugh at different things because they understand the world differently. Our polarization is as much cultural as it is political.

Help feed hungry KC kids this year Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area's hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters' BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year.

AMC to test monthly movie subscription service

Fast-moving storm to drop light snow on Kansas City

Senate confirms Kansas City lawyer Steve Bough for federal judgeship The Kansas City lawyer was approved in a 51-38 vote to a seat as a federal judge from western Missouri. His confirmation had been considered in doubt several times because of partisan infighting in the Senate. Senate confirms Kansas City lawyer Steve Bough for federal judgeship The Kansas City lawyer was approved in a 51-38 vote to a seat as a federal judge from western Missouri. His confirmation had been considered in doubt several times because of partisan infighting in the Senate.

Democrats secretly backed independent Greg Orman in race for U.S. Senate in Kansas Campaign reports filed late last week revealed that key Democrats funneled money to Greg Orman’s campaign for the U.S. Senate in Kansas. A political committee known as the Senate Majority PAC run by former advisers to Majority Leader Harry Reid sent about $1.5 million to two other campaign committees that were backing Orman’s campaign.

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

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

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

Missouri bill would require father's permission for a woman to get an abortion A bill filed this month would require pregnant women to get permission from the father before having an abortion except in cases of incest and what the Missouri Republican who sponsored the legislation called "legitimate rape."

Business Fed to be 'patient' about a rate hike; stocks soar The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. economy. But it will be "patient" in deciding when to do so.

Republican wins Arizona House seat after recount Republicans will have their largest U.S. House majority in 83 years when the new Congress convenes next month after a recount in Arizona gave the final unresolved midterm race to a Republican challenger.

Immigrants closer to driver's licenses in Arizona Thousands of young immigrants moved a step closer to getting driver's licenses in Arizona when the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rebuffed the governor's latest attempt to deny them the privilege.

Correction: Exchange Student Shot story In a story Dec. 18 about a Montana man convicted in the shooting death of a German teenager, The Associated Press reported erroneously the position of George Zimmerman, acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer, not a security guard.


Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (12/18/2014) at 05:33 PM

Proposed change in U.S. policy toward Cuba is momentous, meaningful and right Coinciding with prisoner swaps, and reportedly inspired in part by whispers from Pope Francis, President Obama’s intention to normalize relations with Cuba is sure to face stiff opposition in Congress. But it’s long overdue and will help make our part of the world better.

Michael Brooks made a wise decision to resign from the Kansas City Council Michael Brooks had lost the trust of his colleagues and many of his constituents. His move will help improve general public confidence in City Hall. Although Mayor Sly James said at a news conference he had “no real reaction” to the resignation, the mayor must be pleased that it will help end the controversies swirling around Brooks at City Hall.

The last-minute ‘cromnibus’ federal spending bill invites too much abuse Last week Congress rushed to pass the awkwardly named “cromnibus.” It was more than just a mashup of a continuing resolution and omnibus spending bill. Lawmakers — primarily Republicans — inserted inappropriate pet causes, pork and pandering to special interests.

Monday Poll results: A sharp divide on the CIA torture report On Monday we asked for your thoughts on aspects of the recent Senate committee report on the CIA and torture during the post 9/11 era. Here’s what you told us, based on more than 450 responses.

Missouri nearly worst among the states in failure to prevent smoking Missouri is spending only $70,778 on tobacco prevention efforts this year, one-tenth of 1 percent of the recommended amount by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state’s pathetic outlay is swamped by marketing from tobacco companies by a ratio of 4,642 to one.

Missouri’s failed bid to get federal preschool funds is inexcusable It’s inexcusable that Missouri failed to secure $17.5 million a year for four years in U.S. Department of Education early education funding. Missouri came in last of the nine bids for federal preschool development grants.

The Monday Poll: Evaluate the report on the CIA’s torture of suspected terrorists A U.S. Senate committee's report that detailed the CIA’s torture of suspected terrorists set off the predictable wrangling over what had happened and who was responsible and has raised a host of questions. The Monday Poll would like to gauge your feelings on some of these issues.

Help feed hungry KC kids this year Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area's hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters' BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year.

Under Gov. Sam Brownback, growing budget woes imperil Kansas’ future Gov. Sam Brownback last week listed ways he wants to slice $280 million from the current Kansas budget. But just two days later, Kansans learned that Brownback and the Legislature, starting in January, may have to slash a staggering $648 million from the new budget, which begins July 1.

Raise the federal gas tax, consider toll roads in Missouri and stop raiding Kansas’ highway fund Gasoline prices are plummeting across the nation. Missouri officials are studying the use of tolls on Interstate 70. And Kansas highway improvement funds are being drained to pay for other expenses. Suddenly, how much we pay to drive on streets and highways has become an important topic of discussion.

Rep. Kevin Yoder helps big banks undo taxpayer protection U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder of Overland Park played a regrettable role in the raucous government-funding exercise that finally passed in the House late Thursday night.

America has not learned enough since the Sandy Hook shootings The nation will observe the second anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on Sunday with vigils and prayers. These are appropriate gestures of respect. But we have failed to honor the victims of that awful day with meaningful actions to reduce gun violence or help people who struggle with mental illness.

United Way learns a lot from its annual fundraising campaign A lot of lessons were learned from this year’s United Way of Greater Kansas City fundraising campaign. There was no monetary goal. The donations will help reduce poverty, improve literacy and boost career readiness and health among area residents.

Downtown’s good times roll on with the renovated Power & Light and Savoy buildings Downtown’s comeback is continuing in grand fashion with the planned renovations of two historic and high-profile buildings. It’s exciting to think that, in just a few years, hundreds of people likely will be living in the “new” Power & Light Building while many visitors stay in a restored Savoy Hotel.

Don’t name police station after Leon Jordan, but honor him in other ways Some Kansas City residents continue to push for naming the Police Department’s new East Patrol Division station after the late Leon Jordan. But the City Council should resist the urge to break with the tradition of not bestowing that honor on civic leaders, past or present.

Gov. Sam Brownback rolls out demoralizing stopgap measures to shore up the Kansas budget Unless Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature muster the political courage to reverse some of the reckless tax cuts, Kansas is looking at brutal budget-starving measures well into the future.

The Monday Poll results: Readers favor body cameras on police officers In our Monday Poll, readers back body cameras for police and special prosecutors for police shooting cases.

Public airing of a Senate committee’s disturbing smackdown of the CIA is chilling but necessary The evidence that damns the Central Intelligence Agency pops up everywhere in the much anticipated Senate Intelligence Committee report that blasted out of the nation’s Capitol on Tuesday.

Gov. Jay Nixon should call off Missouri execution The nation has reached a consensus that executing people with intellectual disabilities is unconstitutional and inhumane. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon should not take the chance of doing so. He should exercise his power to call off the scheduled execution Wednesday of Paul Goodwin.

Taxis vs. ridesharing rules get deserved scrutiny in KC Kansas City officials are going in the right direction as they seek the public’s feedback on how to update the city’s regulations regarding taxi and ride-sharing services. The twin goals should be to encourage competition among new and old providers, and to retain responsible rules to protect the public.


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The Independence Examiner
As of (12/18/2014) at 05:33 PM

Here’s why so many conservatives say Obama is a Muslim Updated at 7:35 PM False --

Marco Rubio says he doesn’t care if he doesn’t speak for most Cuban-Americans Updated at 5:24 PM False

Young immigrants allowed to get driver's licenses Updated at 4:32 PM A judge cleared the way Thursday for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona who are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy to get driver's licenses.

Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in Nigeria Updated at 3:02 PM Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April, witnesses said Thursday.

Amazing Race's Phil Keoghan: The Final Leg Is "Very Unpredictable" Posted at 4:05 PM After 25 seasons, there are still some firsts on The Amazing Race.

Meet The New 45-Year-Old Cohead Of Goldman's Investment Bank Posted at 3:31 PM False

Meet The New 45-Year-Old Cohead Of Goldman's Investment Bank Posted at 3:31 PM False

CEO Gives Back $2 Million Bonus Because 'He Does Not Believe That He Should Receive Such An Award' Posted at 3:31 PM False

Watch Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg Get Into a Screaming Match About Racism on The View Posted at 3:05 PM The new lineup of co-hosts on The View are having a hard time jelling with each other.On...

Frank Talk: Are you a Grinch? Updated at 2:26 PM By Frank MulliganMore Content NowThere are subtle indications that your perspective on Christmas may be Grinch-like. For instance, do you steadfastly maintain that elves are illegal immigrants? Survivor's Natalie: I Wouldn't Have Been Able to Win with Nadiya Posted at 3:05 PM Natalie Anderson says one of the hardest things about participating in Season 29 of NEXT 10  »


The Independence Examiner - Editorials
As of (12/18/2014) at 05:33 PM

Here’s why so many conservatives say Obama is a Muslim Updated at 7:35 PM --

Marco Rubio says he doesn’t care if he doesn’t speak for most Cuban-Americans Updated at 5:24 PM

Young immigrants allowed to get driver's licenses Updated at 4:32 PM A judge cleared the way Thursday for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona who are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy to get driver's licenses.

Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in Nigeria Updated at 3:02 PM Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April, witnesses said Thursday.

Amazing Race's Phil Keoghan: The Final Leg Is "Very Unpredictable" Posted at 4:05 PM After 25 seasons, there are still some firsts on The Amazing Race.

Meet The New 45-Year-Old Cohead Of Goldman's Investment Bank Posted at 3:31 PM

Meet The New 45-Year-Old Cohead Of Goldman's Investment Bank Posted at 3:31 PM

CEO Gives Back $2 Million Bonus Because 'He Does Not Believe That He Should Receive Such An Award' Posted at 3:31 PM

Watch Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg Get Into a Screaming Match About Racism on The View Posted at 3:05 PM The new lineup of co-hosts on The View are having a hard time jelling with each other.On...

Frank Talk: Are you a Grinch? Updated at 2:26 PM By Frank MulliganMore Content NowThere are subtle indications that your perspective on Christmas may be Grinch-like. For instance, do you steadfastly maintain that elves are illegal immigrants? Survivor's Natalie: I Wouldn't Have Been Able to Win with Nadiya Posted at 3:05 PM Natalie Anderson says one of the hardest things about participating in Season 29 of NEXT 10  »


Columbia Daily Tribune
As of (12/18/2014) at 05:35 PM

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Law enforcement institute moving from Hearnes Center The University of Missouri Extension Law Enforcement Training Institute's move to Mizzou North, 115 Business Loop 70 W., is underway after nearly four decades at the Hearnes Center on Stadium Boulevard.

Nixon announces beef industry summit during Centralia visit CENTRALIA -- Gov. Jay Nixon told FFA students at Centralia High School on Wednesday that 95 percent of cattle raised in Missouri are trucked out of state for finishing and processing, a statistic he used to bolster his announcement of...

Kids, Cops and Christmas 2014

MU hears from third Title IX candidate Ellen Eardley wants to know if the University of Missouri is ready to talk about sex. If it's not, it should be, she says.

Man accused of using lamp as weapon Boone County sheriff's deputies arrested a 48-year-old man Thursday for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend with a lamp, Detective Tom O'Sullivan said.

Police sent to Columbia neighborhood three times on suspicious person calls Two people going door to door offering cleaning services or selling vacuums raised suspicions among residents in the Vanderveen subdivision in north Columbia Tuesday night.

Stephens College offers full scholarship to homeless teen With the help of the “Today” show, Stephens College gave a homeless teenager a full scholarship, room and board and other amenities as long as she meets the standards when applying to college her senior year of high school.

Lee first-graders perform, then learn about history First-grade students from Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School entertained an audience made up mostly of parents and grandparents Tuesday with a performance of Christmas songs on the steps of Memorial Student Union at the University of Missouri.

Columbia police to enforce new tobacco laws by complaints, compliance checks Enforcement of Columbia's new minimum purchase age for tobacco and e-cigarette sales -- which the Columbia City Council voted on Monday to increase to 21 -- will still be mostly complaint-driven, but the Columbia Police Department plans to conduct compliance...

Two murder suspects held at jail sent to solitary for fight Two men charged with murder in separate cases and another accused in a nonfatal shooting are in the midst of a 25-day stint in the Boone County Jail's Disciplinary Segregation Unit for their roles in a fight.

REMI owners donate $100,000 to Job Point Job Point announced Tuesday that Mark and Carol Stevenson had donated $100,000 to its YouthBuild Program, which helps young people from low-income backgrounds learn construction job skills.

Lighting the way Ben Trachtenberg, an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Law, lights one of the candles on a large menorah Tuesday at the MU Student Center. Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin lit the center candle in celebration of Hanukkah,...

Engine failure blamed for fatal Boonville plane crash A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report on a fatal Nov. 30 plane crash near Boonville blames engine failure for the accident but doesn't speculate on what precipitated the failure.

Man accused of choking girlfriend twice Columbia police Monday arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of choking his girlfriend and threatening to stab her, department spokeswoman Bryana Maupin said.

Deputies arrest two after finding stolen car Boone County deputies arrested two men Wednesday morning after finding a stolen car using a license plate reader in the parking lot of Budget Host Inn, 900 Vandiver Drive.

Part of Central Missouri under winter weather advisory Chances of snow prompted the National Weather Service to include several Central Missouri counties in a winter weather advisory that starts at midnight Wednesday night and expires mid-morning on Thursday.

Man accused of burglary, assault near Ashland The Missouri State Highway Patrol on Tuesday night arrested a 26-year-old Morrison man for allegedly breaking into a home and assaulting another man.

Bill would mandate father's OK for abortions JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- A bill filed this month would require pregnant women to get permission from the father before having an abortion except in cases of incest and what the Missouri Republican who sponsored the legislation called “legitimate rape.”

Execution set for man who killed woman during burglary ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An execution date of Jan. 28 has been set for a man who fatally stabbed a St. Louis County woman during a 1998 burglary.


Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (12/18/2014) at 05:37 PM

Vapor The term “vapor” augments “e-cigarettes” to describe the new electronic method of getting a nicotine fix.

Nannyism? At its meeting Monday, the Columbia City Council enacted new restrictions on the sale and use of smoking products many citizens will regard as one law too many.

Peggy Peggy Kirkpatrick often said during her 22 years as executive director of The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri that she was blessed by outpourings of support for her organization, but the spirit ran in every direction. Those who...

Local gift Veterans United has enjoyed great financial success arranging mortgage financing for veterans. Columbia is fortunate the company hires and pays its core staff here at home. Often we local boosters settle for this kind of contribution from local entrepreneurs. “How...

Transformed In Charles Dickens' classic, the spirits are ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, arriving to bedevil and deliver Ebenezer Scrooge from a life of parsimony and meanness.

Torture? A few days ago, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee issued a damning report criticizing CIA torture of prisoners as going beyond humane guidelines and failing to produce benefits.

Energy We love low gasoline prices resulting from surging crude oil production in North America, but low crude oil prices mess with the balance of international economies. States such as Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Iran and others heavily dependent on oil...

Choo-choo I am sorry the Columbia Star Dinner Train is off the tracks,

CPS food Columbia school board member Paul Cushing said, “Are you kidding me? That's insanity,” when fellow board member Helen Wade told him federal rules require apples in school lunches to be individually wrapped to prevent contaminating other foods, requiring the attention...

Uber The ride-sharing service Uber has invaded Columbia like a tribe of Mongols, bent on having its commercial way regardless of local rules and regulations.

Tobacco The Columbia City Council will face a nettlesome decision Monday, when it is scheduled to consider whether to allow sales of tobacco and e-cigarettes only to people 21 and older.

MU and the SEC Tribune Sports Editor Joe Walljasper summed up the Tigers football team season aptly when he wrote our crushing defeat at the hands of the nation's No. 1 team was an underwhelming showing for an overachieving team.

Ferguson The fallout over Ferguson continues.

W&L bonds But with too much trepidation.

Plastic bags In reaction to a proposed city ordinance banning single-use plastic bags primarily used at grocery stores, the president of the Missouri Retailers Association weighs in against the Sierra Club and other “well intentioned environmentalists” behind the move.

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (12/18/2014) at 05:38 PM

We must remember Anthony It's not true that mere mortals can confront the big problems in the world and solve them all on their own.

Cash running short? It's time for a plan Experts in these matters say the secret to a joyful Christmas may in fact not be wrapped in a pretty package under the tree.

Credit ratings at risk Half of the people who have had unpaid medical debt reported to a collection agency owe less than $207, and the average amount owed is $579. These numbers do not justify the pain inflicted on so many people's credit ratings.

`Happy' just one holiday emotion "Happy holidays” is just the start. What if this year we made it a meaningful holiday?

How much more can patrons take? The St. Joseph School District is testing the faith and resolve of every parent, taxpayer and business leader who looks to the district leadership for excellence and comes away disappointed.

Trains demand respect for safety The thousands of rail cars that move through our region usually do not receive much notice from residents, but here's a life-saving reminder: "See tracks? Think train.”

Enjoy windfall at pump Economists are noticing what everyone else is: Gasoline prices are down, a lot, and people have more money to spend as a result.

Money woes make I-70 tolls an option You don't need to live in this part of the state to understand why it makes sense to consider turning Interstate 70 into a toll road, but it helps.

Actions set tone in Jefferson City It's probably less important what Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says and more important what he does.

Retain combat as option Monday's ceremonial end to the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan is welcomed by many, but it must not mark the end to our nation's willingness to fight for freedom and America's interests.

Give the gift of reading The folks at our region's public libraries not only can help with term papers and direct you to the latest best-selling fiction, but also they can make us all better parents and grandparents.

Higher ed looks to its future Missouri's approach to higher education is about to get a reset. The degree to which it changes will depend on input gathered across the state, including here in Northwest Missouri.

Downtown's uptick hopeful sign for city Call it the ripple effect.

Altec donation makes workers, city safer Thanks to the foresight and concern of a St. Joseph business, many thousands of people have a better chance of surviving should a tornado or other dangerous storm threaten the community.

Choose what to save A revitalized Landmark Commission can be a source of pride for St. Joseph residents if it does more to identify and promote preservation of important historical structures in the community.

Gold-N-Glaze revival adds to city's appeal Not every good thing must come to an end.

Connect with season at Noyes The Noyes Home for Children has opened its doors to youngsters in need for 120 years. On Thursday, it will open its doors to a city and region for which it has become an enduring asset.

Day for women overdue This Wednesday, a new focus is being added to holiday shopping.

K.C. plan for growth should lift region More than a generation ago, builders and civic leaders in Johnson County, Kan., found well-timed development could pay big dividends for years into the future.

No one unscathed by Ferguson unrest Gov. Jay Nixon invites criticism with his slow-on-the-draw response to the most recent violence and property destruction in Ferguson, Mo. Still, the failings here are hardly the governor's alone.


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The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (12/18/2014) at 05:40 PM

Our view: Pakistan fights back Posted: December 18, 2014 Their cries can be heard around the world.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: December 17, 2014 Democratic bashing

Our view: Make renovations a priority Posted: December 16, 2014 Missouri's state capitol is home to some of the most beautiful architecture design and artwork in the nation. Thousands visit that building every month for that very reason and the collections there have been the focus of a number of books.

Claire McCaskill: Honoring POW/MIA heroes Posted: December 16, 2014 As we prepare to close the books on another year, it's important to take stock of the freedom and security we too often take for granted, and pay tribute to the men and women who fight every day to make that possible.

Phill Brooks: Devious and disabling details Posted: December 15, 2014 In the weeks before the 2015 legislative session, two issues have emerged as dominant — Ferguson and government ethics. Yet, I wonder whether conflicts over details will be fatal.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: December 15, 2014 An unwilling Congress

Your view: Report needed to be released Posted: December 14, 2014 Report providesugly details

Our View: Blessings Posted: December 14, 2014 The pews, the walls, every part of the new St. Mary's Catholic Church in Joplin will be blessed on Wednesday.

Herb Van Fleet: Torturing America's values Posted: December 14, 2014 Although I am loath to use “Senate” and “intelligence” in the same sentence, the Senate Intelligence Committee recently released its report on the use of torture after 9/11.

Joshua Hawley: Immigration order an alarming prospect Posted: December 14, 2014 President Barack Obama recently announced that he was dissatisfied with America's immigration laws — which, by the way, he only sometimes bothers to enforce — and so he has decided to change them. Himself. By executive order. 

Marilyn Beasley: Smearing those who protect us Posted: December 13, 2014 By now most Americans are aware of the Senate intelligence report recently released by Sen. Diane Feinstein. The report dealt with interrogative measures taken by the CIA shortly after the attacks of 9/11.

Anson Burlingame: Judging our system of justice Posted: December 12, 2014 We all have biases of one sort or another. The solution is to be honest enough with yourself to recognize what your gut reactions might be and not allow them to establish a firm position on an issue. 

We can't look away Posted: December 12, 2014 “The truth is sometimes a hard pill to swallow. ... But the American people are entitled to it.” 

Gene Lyons: No defense for Rolling Stone Posted: December 11, 2014   Like the best crime fiction, Rolling Stone's infamous article about a purported gang rape at the University of Virginia was vividly written. I'm embarrassed to say that it almost convinced me.

Geoff Caldwell: Feinstein report without context Posted: December 11, 2014 On Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, took to the Senate floor to quote from her committee's report on CIA interrogation methods during the Bush years, saying in part that “detainees were subjected to the most aggressive techniques.” They were diapered, stripped naked, deprived of sleep, kept in darkness with loud noise and music, she said, and some only had a bucket for a bathroom.

Our view: Paying the toll Posted: December 10, 2014 In the “you had to see this coming” category, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday asked state highway officials to take a look at turning Interstate 70 into a toll road.

Our view: Community deserves applause Posted: December 09, 2014 We admit it.

Other views: Finding common ground Posted: December 09, 2014 It was refreshing to see that Missouri's two U.S. senators are united in the issue of urging the U.S. Postal Service to delay the planned consolidation of up to 82 Postal Service mail processing centers, including two in Missouri.

Phill Brooks: Changing news culture in the statehouse Posted: December 09, 2014 I was chastised the other day by two leaders of Missouri's Senate.

Your views: Letters to the editor Posted: December 09, 2014 The heroes on our streets


The Jefferson City News Tribune
As of (12/18/2014) at 05:40 PM

One in custody after JC drug bust - A Jefferson City man was taken into custody after a MUSTANG Drug Task Force drug bust, Thursday morning.

Our Opinion Christmas tree: symbol of life; reminder of fire safety - Because a Christmas tree is a symbol of life, its association with tragic house fires is particularly disturbing.

Weather-related closings, announcements for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 - Keep checking NewsTribune.com for updates on closings and delays due to wintry weather conditions.

Baby Emily, her family continue to touch people's lives A Christmas Wish, part 2: Defying the odds - In 2001, readers of the News Tribune were introduced to Emily Kramer, better known as Baby Emily. She was born with a rare condition known as DiGeorge Syndrome.

Special Learning Center strives to expand abilities of every child - Whether helping a child with cerebral palsy learn to walk or giving a child who is deaf the gift of sign language, the Special Learning Center (SLC) is here to help expand the abilities of every child.

Schweich raises questions in ag department audit Department receives 'good' rating in report - Although he questioned some of the Missouri Agriculture department's operations for the last two business years, state Auditor Tom Schweich on Wednesday gave the department a “good" rating - which, in the auditor's scales, indicates “this entity is well managed."

Emergency Medical Services conduct disaster drill - Emergency medical technicians suited up in hazardous material (hazmat) handling gear, while firefighters and police officers cordoned off Jefferson City Fire Station No. 3 for a drill on Wednesday morning.

Father's OK needed for abortions in newly filed Missouri bill - A bill filed this month would require pregnant women to get permission from the father before having an abortion except in cases of incest and what the Missouri Republican who sponsored the legislation called “legitimate rape."

NRC puts Callaway's license renewal decision on hold - Ameren Missouri's Callaway Energy Center won't have a final decision regarding its license renewal application from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) this month as it originally expected, according to an NRC spokesperson.

Central Missouri already hit hard by influenza Mutation of Type A makes vaccine less effective - Nearly 500 of the state's 3,318 confirmed cases of the flu are in Mid-Missouri.

Columbia man who transferred money to Iraq nears release - A Columbia man serving a three-year federal prison sentence for sending money to relatives in Iraq, in defiance of U.S. sanctions, has been released to a local halfway house.

Moniteau prosecutor seeks change of venue - A central Missouri prosecutor facing five felony charges after crashing his car into a popular downtown Columbia restaurant is seeking a change of venue to move the case out of Boone County.

Cole County charges dropped against woman - Charges of stealing, resisting arrest and second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer were recently dismissed against a St. Louis woman.

Starr gets probation for drug sales - A resident of the Dulle-Hamilton Towers has been placed on five years supervised probation for pleading guilty to charges in connection with selling narcotics.

JC man gets 13 years for selling drugs - A Jefferson City man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of selling heroin in or near public housing.

Lady Jays fall to Hickman Second quarter proves pivotal - The Jefferson City Lady Jays lost their rhythm in the second quarter. And that's when the Hickman Kewpies found theirs.

Pintos, Comets to meet for Linn Tournament title After wins Wednesday - Jaden Barr's basket with three second left Wednesday night lifted the California Pintos to a 52-50 win against the Blair Oaks Falcons at the Linn Tournament.

Woman holds burglary suspect at gunpoint - A burglary suspect is jailed after being held at gunpoint by a woman until police arrived at the St. Louis home where the break-in occurred.

Lincoln women, men hosting Washburn tonight - The Lincoln men's basketball team is back in action after an 11-day break while the Blue Tiger women continue a three-game homestand today against Washburn in a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association matchup.

Boeing breaks ground on new St. Louis venture - Boeing's latest venture in St. Louis opens up new possibilities for the region, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and a Boeing vice president said this week.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - State News
As of (12/18/2014) at 05:40 PM

Schweich raises questions in ag department audit Department receives 'good' rating in report - Although he questioned some of the Missouri Agriculture department's operations for the last two business years, state Auditor Tom Schweich on Wednesday gave the department a “good" rating - which, in the auditor's scales, indicates “this entity is well managed."

Father's OK needed for abortions in newly filed Missouri bill - A bill filed this month would require pregnant women to get permission from the father before having an abortion except in cases of incest and what the Missouri Republican who sponsored the legislation called “legitimate rape."

Columbia man who transferred money to Iraq nears release - A Columbia man serving a three-year federal prison sentence for sending money to relatives in Iraq, in defiance of U.S. sanctions, has been released to a local halfway house.

Moniteau prosecutor seeks change of venue - A central Missouri prosecutor facing five felony charges after crashing his car into a popular downtown Columbia restaurant is seeking a change of venue to move the case out of Boone County.

Woman holds burglary suspect at gunpoint - A burglary suspect is jailed after being held at gunpoint by a woman until police arrived at the St. Louis home where the break-in occurred.

Boeing breaks ground on new St. Louis venture - Boeing's latest venture in St. Louis opens up new possibilities for the region, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and a Boeing vice president said this week.

Missouri woman gets 7 years in bicyclist's death - A southwest Missouri woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for leaving the scene of an accident after she fatally hit a bicyclist while fleeing from her boyfriend.

Washington U. gets $30 M for Alzheimer's studies - Federal funds will provide $30 million for Alzheimer's disease research at Washington University in St. Louis over the next five years.

Protest leads to closing of St. Louis City Hall - Protesters upset with police over their handling of demonstrations related to the Michael Brown shooting managed to shut down St. Louis City Hall.

Gov. Nixon ends state of emergency for Ferguson protests - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday ended the state of emergency that he declared for the St. Louis area ahead of unrest over the Ferguson grand jury decision, praising the work of police and the National Guard in preventing any protest-related deaths.

Missouri's education department has a new leader - A new Missouri education commissioner has been chosen to replace a leader who faced frequent criticism while dealing with struggling districts.

Audit questions Department of Agriculture pay raises Schweich gives ag dept. overall 'good' rating - State Auditor Tom Schweich this morning questioned why Missouri's Agriculture department gave larger raises to 10 employees over the two years than most state employees received during the same time.

Ferguson officer settles teen's hogtie lawsuit - A Ferguson police officer has reached a confidential settlement with the mother of a Jefferson County teenager who was hogtied in his own driveway after a confrontation.

No criminal charges in crime lab case - No criminal charges will be filed in an investigation of a contract for work at the St. Louis County police lab, a probe that the county executive believes cost him his job.

Man imprisoned for Iraq transfers nears release - A Columbia man serving a three-year federal prison sentence for sending money to his relatives in Iraq in defiance of U.S. sanctions has been released to a local halfway house.

Nixon backs bonds to fix up Capitol - A trail of dirt decorated the Capitol floor from Senate research rooms through the printing press area and ending in a House hearing room after Gov. Jay Nixon toured areas that needed repair with lawmakers, bureaucrats and reporters in tow.

Governor cites need for Missouri Capitol repairs - Gov. Jay Nixon is planning to tour the nooks and crannies of the Missouri Capitol to get a first-hand look at repairs that could be financed through a bonding plan.

Doctor won't be disciplined for botched operation - A former health care company neurosurgeon in suburban St. Louis will face no state disciplinary action for operating on the wrong side of a woman's brain.

Bill would ban aid for immigrant students - Some Missouri student immigrants spared from potential deportation could qualify for the same community college scholarships as state residents who are citizens under a proposal under fire from a Republican lawmaker.

Appeals Court: Nolte entitled to third trial against Ford - It's been nearly 11½ years since a May 22, 2003 fiery crash on Interstate 70 near the Missouri 13 interchange killed a Highway Patrol trooper and severely burned a former Chamois man.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Local News
As of (12/18/2014) at 05:40 PM

One in custody after JC drug bust - A Jefferson City man was taken into custody after a MUSTANG Drug Task Force drug bust, Thursday morning.

Weather-related closings, announcements for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 - Keep checking NewsTribune.com for updates on closings and delays due to wintry weather conditions.

Baby Emily, her family continue to touch people's lives A Christmas Wish, part 2: Defying the odds - In 2001, readers of the News Tribune were introduced to Emily Kramer, better known as Baby Emily. She was born with a rare condition known as DiGeorge Syndrome.

Special Learning Center strives to expand abilities of every child - Whether helping a child with cerebral palsy learn to walk or giving a child who is deaf the gift of sign language, the Special Learning Center (SLC) is here to help expand the abilities of every child.

Schweich raises questions in ag department audit Department receives 'good' rating in report - Although he questioned some of the Missouri Agriculture department's operations for the last two business years, state Auditor Tom Schweich on Wednesday gave the department a “good" rating - which, in the auditor's scales, indicates “this entity is well managed."

Emergency Medical Services conduct disaster drill - Emergency medical technicians suited up in hazardous material (hazmat) handling gear, while firefighters and police officers cordoned off Jefferson City Fire Station No. 3 for a drill on Wednesday morning.

Father's OK needed for abortions in newly filed Missouri bill - A bill filed this month would require pregnant women to get permission from the father before having an abortion except in cases of incest and what the Missouri Republican who sponsored the legislation called “legitimate rape."

NRC puts Callaway's license renewal decision on hold - Ameren Missouri's Callaway Energy Center won't have a final decision regarding its license renewal application from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) this month as it originally expected, according to an NRC spokesperson.

Central Missouri already hit hard by influenza Mutation of Type A makes vaccine less effective - Nearly 500 of the state's 3,318 confirmed cases of the flu are in Mid-Missouri.

Columbia man who transferred money to Iraq nears release - A Columbia man serving a three-year federal prison sentence for sending money to relatives in Iraq, in defiance of U.S. sanctions, has been released to a local halfway house.

Moniteau prosecutor seeks change of venue - A central Missouri prosecutor facing five felony charges after crashing his car into a popular downtown Columbia restaurant is seeking a change of venue to move the case out of Boone County.

Cole County charges dropped against woman - Charges of stealing, resisting arrest and second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer were recently dismissed against a St. Louis woman.

Starr gets probation for drug sales - A resident of the Dulle-Hamilton Towers has been placed on five years supervised probation for pleading guilty to charges in connection with selling narcotics.

JC man gets 13 years for selling drugs - A Jefferson City man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of selling heroin in or near public housing.

Moniteau County residents involved in crash - Two people were involved in a two-vehicle accident at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday on Route O north of Harris Road in Cooper County.

Missouri's education department has a new leader - A new Missouri education commissioner has been chosen to replace a leader who faced frequent criticism while dealing with struggling districts.

Audit questions Department of Agriculture pay raises Schweich gives ag dept. overall 'good' rating - State Auditor Tom Schweich this morning questioned why Missouri's Agriculture department gave larger raises to 10 employees over the two years than most state employees received during the same time.

United Way agencies, community give priceless gifts all year A Christmas Wish: Part 1 - For those facing life's toughest battles, the Christmas season can mean another challenge to face. For those willing to help, it's an opportunity to give.

EER students dig into JC history, landmarks - Faces from the city's past and familiar facades were featured in more than 60 displays created by students in the local gifted program.

Three vie for Jefferson City mayor's seat Other offices also draw candidates - After one day of filing, Jefferson City voters can expect at least one race on the April ballot.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (12/18/2014) at 05:40 PM

Our Opinion Christmas tree: symbol of life; reminder of fire safety - Because a Christmas tree is a symbol of life, its association with tragic house fires is particularly disturbing.

Your Opinion: Is officer included? - Headline! “All lives matter."

Your Opinion: Close the health care gap - The Missouri Chapter of the National Organization for Women calls upon the state Legislature to make health insurance available to all Missouri citizens.

Our Opinion: Urgent needs, optimum timing for building repairs - To preserve and maintain our state Capitol building, lawmakers must follow authorization with action.

Our Opinion: Changing nutrition standards, tastes, habits - An irony of life in America is indicated by references to both an obesity epidemic and a hunger problem.

Our Opinion: The reality of producing city contests - Jefferson, the programming guy, rushes into the producer's office with an idea for a new show.

Your Opinion: Explore adding conference center to project - Will the conference center get “lost in the shuffle?' Perhaps.

Your Opinion: CIA report reflects political hypocrisy - Obama and the Democrats would have us believe that water boarding is horrible while sending a drone to kill the terrorist and his entire family (along with a few friends) is morally correct.

Your Opinion: More lies on health care for immigrants - How many more lies will Obama feed us in his last two years?

Your Opinion: Some disparities make no sense - How is (state Rep.) Jeff Roorda president of St. Louis police union when he is a former cop that was fired for making false reports?

Your Opinion: Media engages in selective reporting - I was surprised to see three website stories with headlines about a 32-year old Bosnian man killed in St. Louis at 1:15 Sunday morning. This was not an ordinary gun related killing but a brutal killing with a hammer!

Our Opinion: Addressing ballot timing and variables News Tribune editorial - In an effort to stabilize one problematic variable, state Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee's Summit, has drafted legislation to create an earlier deadline for finalizing ballot language.

Perspective: Philadelphia and ethics in government - On Thursday, I had the privilege to argue a case in front of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. The case was about Internet privacy - in particular, the biggest Internet hacking and tracking scheme in history.

Perspective: Sharing authors' quotes on enrichment and growth - A number of authors have been speaking to me recently with gentle reminders of the importance of having an uplifting outlook and a constructive demeanor.

Perspective: Reflections on highlights of past years - With the end of the year nearing, I was recently reflecting over the past two years in Congress. While there were many battles placed in front of Congress, there were also several highlights that come to mind over the past couple of years.


The Southeast Missourian
As of (12/18/2014) at 05:40 PM

County budget projected to remain about the same in 2015 (12/18/14) If early estimates are any indication, Cape Girardeau County continued its recent pattern of flat spending by...

Jackson receives federal grant for trail extension (12/18/14) 8 Jackson is one of a dozen Southeast Missouri communities chosen to receive a combined total of $3.1 million in federal...

Southeast packs agenda with two days of meetings (12/18/14) Members of Southeast Missouri State University's board of regents have their work cut out for them this week when...

Mild bout of snow, ice expected in region (12/18/14) Winter weather is heading to the Cape Girardeau area, but weather experts have no expectations of severe weather....

Man gets 35 years for 2013 homicide in Sikeston (12/18/14) BENTON, Mo. -- A man will spend 35 years in prison in connection with the 2013 death of a Sikeston, Missouri, resident...

More information released in Poplar Bluff officer-involved shooting (12/16/14) POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Doniphan, Missouri, man suspected of stabbing someone multiple times Friday was fatally shot by a Poplar Bluff police officer when confronted inside a downtown apartment building and allegedly charging at them while still holding the knife...

Suspect in custody in cop shooting (12/15/14) PLEASANT VALLEY, Mo. -- Authorities say a man suspected of shooting a Missouri police officer has been taken into custody. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said in a news release the suspect was arrested Sunday in Kansas City, Kansas, on a federal probation violation warrant and taken to the jail in Wyandotte County...

Bank employees help catch suspected scammer (12/14/14) Quick thinking by employees at a pair of Regions Bank locations led to the arrest of a Hannibal, Missouri, man accused of scamming older adults in two Southeast Missouri counties. William E. Riley, 50, faces a Scott County charge of attempted financial exploitation of the elderly and a Perry County, Missouri, charge of resisting arrest...

Officer shoots stabbing suspect in Poplar Bluff (12/14/14) The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating an officer-involved fatal shooting in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Just before noon Friday, the Poplar Bluff Police Department received a call about a stabbing on Lester Street that sent the victim to the hospital in critical condition, the patrol reported in a news release Friday afternoon...

A deadly puzzle: Patience, training help experts gather evidence in homicides (12/12/14) A charred body is found in a burning car. An autopsy later reveals the victim was strangled. A woman is raped and murdered in her home. A quarter-century later, a DNA sample and a palm print taken from the scene help police identify her attacker as a serial killer who eventually confesses to the murders of several other women...

Millennials have a dog in the net neutrality fight. They just don't know it yet. (12/18/14) The debate over so-called "net neutrality" legislation captured national attention in recent weeks, but not the attention of local young adults. As some of the most voracious consumers of online content, millennials are likely to be the demographic most affected by any possible action. However it seems that a large portion of the conversation has gone on without them...

Who's Next 12/18/14 (12/18/14) Abigail Breite and Emily Cieslewicz, both of Cape Girardeau, and Natalie Schlimpert of Altenburg, Missouri, have been awarded scholarships to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2015-2016 academic year. -- From staff reports...

Hooked on Science: Popping Christmas ornament (12/18/14) Looking for a way to add a little science to the Christmas tree this year? Find out how to pop popcorn inside a clear glass ornament. n Transparent glass ball ornament n Popcorn kernels n Brown paper bag STEP 1: Remove the metal catch and hook. Place about 2 teaspoons of popcorn kernels into the transparent glass ball ornament...

The D'oh of Homer: Professors employ TV's 'Simpsons' (12/18/14) HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Bart and Lisa Simpson have been in elementary school for 25 years. But that hasn't stopped them from showing up on college campuses. Universities across the country are using satirical references from "The Simpsons" to grab students' attention and convey lessons in literature and all manner of popular culture...

Missouri's education department has a new leader (12/17/14) Missouri's education department has a new leader JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A new Missouri education commissioner has been chosen to replace a leader who faced frequent criticism while dealing with struggling districts. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced today that the State Board of Education has promoted deputy commissioner Margaret Vandeven to the role of education commissioner. ...


The Southeast Missourian - State News
As of (12/18/2014) at 05:40 PM

Father's OK needed for abortions in Missouri bill (12/18/14) The state lawmaker sponsoring the bill says permission won't be needed in cases of incest and what he called "legitimate rape."

Gov. Nixon ends state of emergency for Ferguson (12/18/14) ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday ended the state of emergency that he declared for the St. Louis area ahead of unrest over the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision, praising the work of police and the National Guard in preventing any protest-related deaths...

Environmentalists, black leaders speak against Missouri levee project (12/17/14) ST. LOUIS -- A levee project in the Missouri Bootheel region would increase the flood risk in predominantly black communities in Illinois, several government and civic leaders of those communities said in a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday...

Missouri town fires high-ranking police officer (12/17/14) PINE LAWN, Mo. -- The highest-ranking police officer in a St. Louis County town has been fired after allegedly telling another officer to drive two women home after he'd taken them to his place from a bar. The Pine Lawn Board of Aldermen unanimously voted Sunday to dismiss Lt. Steven Blakeney, who had been suspended with pay since November. He is accused of taking two women home after meeting them at a bar, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported...

Supremacist says he was found fit for murder trial (12/17/14) KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri white supremacist accused of killing three people at Jewish sites in Kansas on the eve of Passover says a court-ordered competency evaluation has found him fit to stand trial and he hopes to serve as his own defense attorney...

Boeing breaks ground on new St. Louis venture (12/17/14) ST. LOUIS -- Boeing's latest venture in St. Louis opens up new possibilities for the region, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and a Boeing vice president said Tuesday. Politicians and civic leaders joined Boeing officials for a groundbreaking for the plant that will make parts for Boeing's new 777X passenger aircraft. The 777X itself will be manufactured in the Seattle area. Still, the parts facility will bring 700 permanent jobs to St. Louis and create 250 construction jobs...

Governor cites need for Missouri Capitol repairs (12/16/14) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon stepped through mud and used his fingers to snap off one of the many skinny stalactites that have formed from water leaks under the Missouri Capitol on Monday as he sought to draw attention to the need for repairs to the century-old building...

Century later, Jewish soldier may get top medal (12/16/14) ST. LOUIS -- Nearly a century ago, Sgt. William Shemin raced across a World War I battlefield three times to pull wounded comrades to safety. With all the senior leaders of the platoon wounded or killed, the 19-year-old survived a bullet to the head and led his unit to safety...

Police altering tactics after killings, protests (12/16/14) COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With tensions running high over the killings of blacks by police, departments around the country are changing policies and procedures to curb the use of deadly force, ease public distrust and protect officers from retaliation. New York City plans to issue stun guns to hundreds more officers. The Milwaukee department is making crisis-intervention training mandatory. And in Akron, Ohio, police have begun working in pairs on all shifts for their own safety...

Missouri bill requires check of employee resident status (12/16/14) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- All Missouri employers would be required to use a federal verification system to check employees' legal resident status under legislation introduced Monday by a Republican lawmaker that's aimed at curbing the number of immigrants working illegally in the state...

ACLU chapters focusing on hot-button issues (12/16/14) KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- American Civil Liberties Union officials say they have begun a new and more aggressive effort to intervene in Missouri and Kansas over highly public issues such as same-sex marriage, privacy and police policy. The ACLU's Missouri chapter has been actively involved in the protests in Ferguson over Michael Brown's shooting death by a Ferguson police officer. It has sued on behalf of a reporter arrested during a protest and argued for protections for street demonstrators...


The Southeast Missourian - Local News
As of (12/18/2014) at 05:40 PM

Fire destroys Scott City home (12/18/14) SCOTT CITY -- When Monty Keesee heard the pops Thursday afternoon, he initially thought they were gunfire. "I was doing my work here, and I heard all this popping and stuff going on," he said. Keesee said he saw a man run past the new apartment where he was painting some boards. Moments later, he said, the man "came busting in the door," asking him to call 911 because his house was on fire...

County budget projected to remain about the same in 2015 (12/18/14) If early estimates are any indication, Cape Girardeau County continued its recent pattern of flat spending by officeholders through this year. Because of this, the county budget for 2015 is expected to be nearly identical to the budget for 2014. The Cape Girardeau County Commission listened to a presentation Thursday morning from county auditor Pete Frazier and held a public hearing before voting to approve the preliminary budget for next year. ...

Jackson receives federal grant for trail extension (12/18/14) 8 Jackson is one of a dozen Southeast Missouri communities chosen to receive a combined total of $3.1 million in federal transportation alternative funds. A committee of representatives from local regional planning commissions made the selections after reviewing 35 applications received in November, which included projects such as trails, sidewalks and historical preservation...

Southeast packs agenda with two days of meetings (12/18/14) Members of Southeast Missouri State University's board of regents have their work cut out for them this week when they'll tackle a two-day agenda of issues ranging from a branding initiative to a draft of a strategic plan. Multiple items await the board during four open meetings today and Friday at Academic Hall, and several members have expressed a desire to work on them with the soon-to-retire university president, Kenneth Dobbins...

Mild bout of snow, ice expected in region (12/18/14) Winter weather is heading to the Cape Girardeau area, but weather experts have no expectations of severe weather. Deanna Lindstrom of the National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky, said two events will occur as an "upper level disturbance" passes through the area...

Man gets 35 years for 2013 homicide in Sikeston (12/18/14) BENTON, Mo. -- A man will spend 35 years in prison in connection with the 2013 death of a Sikeston, Missouri, resident during a family gathering. Joseph Thornton, 27, had entered guilty pleas Sept. 30 for the death of Jeremy Johnson and multiple assaults of others at a party April 28, 2013, in Sikeston...

Four suspects from Cape Girardeau charged in burglary (12/18/14) Four people from Cape Girardeau are facing several felony charges in connection with a burglary last month in Perryville, Missouri, the Perry County, Missouri, Sheriff's Department reported Wednesday. Deshone Bailey, 33; Chelsea Davis, 17; Brian Jones, 19; and Audre Stewart, 19, all were charged with two counts each of burglary and once count each of felony theft of a firearm, felony theft and felony property damage in connection with a reported burglary at 223 Farmers Lane in Perryville, according to a news release from the Perry County Sheriff's Department.. ...

SEMO District Fair board welcomes new members (12/18/14) Three people have been elected to the SEMO District Fair's board of directors. They are two Cape Girardeau residents -- Bob James and Gary Schuessler -- and George Cox of Advance, Missouri. Officers for 2015 are Darrell Aufdenberg of Jackson, president; Cox, vice president; Marilyn Schott of Jackson, secretary; and Chris Weiss of Jackson, treasurer. The 160th fair is slated for Sept. 12 through 19 at the fairgrounds in Cape Girardeau...

Piece by piece (12/18/14) Jessica Dong, 6, works on her Lego garden Wednesday during the Let's Lego hour at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. The program is designed as a team building exercise, and people are encouraged to build Lego creations with someone they do not know. The program runs through May...

Fire contained (12/18/14) A member of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department collects a hose Wednesday after extinguishing a fire in the basement of a house at the corner of Green Acres Drive and Main Street. (glandberg@semissourian.com)

Benton man charged with attempted statutory rape (12/18/14) A Benton, Missouri, man was arrested Tuesday on a charge of attempted statutory rape after he admitted he engaged in a sexual act with a 13-year-old girl, the Scott County Sheriff's Department reported Wednesday. Dustin Sauceda, 20, is accused of following the girl into a bathroom and attempting to rape her, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed Wednesday by detective Jessica Martin of the Scott County Sheriff's Department...

Winter weather expected, although not severe (12/18/14) Winter weather is heading to the Cape Girardeau area, but weather experts have no expectations of severe weather. Deanna Lindstrom of the National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky, said two events will occur as an "upper level disturbance" passes through the area...

Winter weather expected, though not severe (12/17/14) Winter weather is heading to the Cape Girardeau area, but weather experts have no expectations of severe weather. Deanna Lindstrom of the National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky, said two events will occur as an "upper level disturbance" passes through the area...

Missouri's education department has a new leader (12/17/14) Missouri's education department has a new leader JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A new Missouri education commissioner has been chosen to replace a leader who faced frequent criticism while dealing with struggling districts. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced today that the State Board of Education has promoted deputy commissioner Margaret Vandeven to the role of education commissioner. ...

Scott County deputy to receive Medal of Valor (12/17/14) 4 Deputy Justin Wooten of the Scott County Sheriff's Department is one of 10 officers statewide who will be honored Thursday for their courage in the face of danger. Sheriff Rick Walter said he nominated Wooten for the Missouri Medal of Valor -- given annually to officers who go to extraordinary lengths to save people's lives -- based on Wooten's actions after a May 2013 train collision near Rockview, Missouri...

Mayor Rhodes led Cape through period of change (12/17/14) 1 Former Cape Girardeau mayor Francis "Gene" Rhodes led the city during a time of many changes and new developments. Rhodes, also known as a prominent local businessman and petroleum business veteran, died Tuesday at age 88. Others who also have served as Cape Girardeau's chief executive said Rhodes' goals of engaging the community and growing industry will continue to inspire members of city government for years to come...

Stoddard commission looks at funding full-time prosecutor (12/17/14) BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- For the first time, the Stoddard County Commission will attempt to put together a budget that includes a full-time prosecutor at a salary of $133,716 and decide whether to continue with an assistant prosecutor at a salary of $41,800...

Tractor-trailer overturns on I-55 (12/17/14) 2 Members of the Fruitland Fire Protection District work the scene of a tractor-trailer accident Tuesday along the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 just north of exit 111. A truck driver was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries after the single-vehicle crash. ...

Student Santas group plans large-scale Christmas feast (12/17/14) A local organization is planning Christmas dinner for 400 people. Jennifer Icaza-Gast, founder of Student Santas, said her organization will serve a meal from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 25 at the Central Junior High School cafeteria. The meal is free, but tickets -- available through Dec. 19 at Franklin and Jefferson elementary schools -- are required, Icaza-Gast said...

Weather-related crash injures deputy, three others (12/17/14) 19 A Cape Girardeau County sheriff's deputy was back at work Tuesday after a weather-related crash Monday afternoon that sent him and three other people -- including two children -- to the hospital. Deputy Benjamin L. Juergens, 29; the other driver, Angela N. Martinez, 35; and two children, ages 1 and 9, all sustained moderate injuries and were taken by ambulance to Saint Francis Medical Center, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported...


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (12/18/2014) at 05:40 PM

Southeast Missouri historic churches ready for festive tour (12/18/14) Many of us enjoy the festive decoration this time of year. When the decorations are combined with a historic building, there is even more to appreciate. The 10th Annual Christmas Country Church Tour begins today and continues Friday with more than two dozen churches in Southeast Missouri...

Letter to the Editor Albino buck taken humanely (12/18/14) Concerning the local white buck, he will be missed, but he was taken humanely, legally and used for a good cause. Mr. Kinnaman and his taxidermist are correct in stating an aging animal would be prone to more ills with winter coming on. Better he was harvested an used than have a stroke and die hardly and alone. Venison is healthy food, too...

Opinion Column Why were the experts ignored? (12/18/14) The release of the report on CIA interrogation methods by Senate Democrats has prompted accusations and denials of the use of torture against detainees. In searching for the truth, it helps to define torture and determine why the interrogation methods were used...

Speak Out Speak Out 12/18/14 (12/18/14) Health insurance; Peace on earth; Good music; Share goodies; Empathy for enemies; Obey laws; History in football

Opinion Column The experts were wrong (12/17/14) Remember the Ebola crisis -- the greatest single health threat in the history of mankind? Remember the prediction of as many as 100 million deaths worldwide, far greater than the mere 35 million victims of AIDS? Remember the August prediction from the Center for Disease Control that there would be as many as 1.4 million cases of Ebola by the first of the new year?...

Opinion Column Oil and the global economy: When down is up (12/17/14) Oil and the global economy: When down is up The rapid decline in crude oil prices -- more than 40 percent over the last few months -- and the corresponding drop in what customers pay for gasoline and other fuels is an unmitigated good for the overall U.S. economy...

Letter to the Editor Concerned over torture techniques (12/17/14) I have followed the news surrounding the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report concerning the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and its enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs), which are more commonly called torture. As a citizen, a veteran and a person who loves this country, I am particularly concerned by the following:...

Speak Out Speak Out 12/17/14 (12/17/14) Pet peeves; Basketball fans; Film tax credits

Editorial Public transportation increasingly important in county (12/17/14) Those who drive a vehicle to work, for pleasure or to run errands probably give minimal consideration to transportation other than the cost of purchasing a vehicle or when filling up at the gas station. For the most part, it's a cost we are willing to pay for the luxury of driving where we want, when we want...

Opinion Column Cape's year in review (12/16/14) This year has been a very productive one for the City of Cape Girardeau. I want to focus on the future during these comments but will highlight a few accomplishments of 2014. An initiative that will have a major effect on the future of Cape Girardeau is the agreement to extend the Hotel/Restaurant tax into the 2030s. ...

Opinion Column Supreme Court should interpret Obamacare as written (12/16/14) The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced that it would hear argument in what could be the most important challenge to Obamacare yet litigated in federal court. A ruling against the administration would effectively spell the end of Obamacare in 34 states. ...

Opinion Column Spending bill not perfect but reflects district priorities (12/16/14) Last week I made one of the most difficult votes of my career. I voted for a funding bill that makes major cuts that reflect our rural values and prepares the way for a fight with President Obama over his planned illegal amnesty order. I voted for this bill because it was the most conservative option in front of me. ...

Editorial Deadline this week for Toybox donations (12/16/14) The deadline to have your monetary or gift donations in for Toybox and Christmas for the Elderly is Thursday. Toybox is the annual drive sponsored by the Jaycees and Southeast Missourian to provide toys for children in the city of Cape Girardeau who otherwise would receive none or few on Christmas Day...

Speak Out Speak Out 12/15/14 (12/15/14) With the countless numbers of employees that the city of Cape Girardeau has, why can't' one of them stay after 5 o'clock to accept payments for services? These payments are ridiculously inflated because there is no competition and because we are forced to pay the city for them. At least you could make somebody available to accept that payment...

Editorial Several performances this month in Cape Girardeau (12/15/14) The River Campus at Southeast Missouri State University is the gift that keeps giving. On Thursday night, a touring group from Nebraska brought "A Christmas carol" to Cape Girardeau. Then on Saturday, the Southeast Missouri State University Percussion Ensemble presented two family holiday concerts...

Letter to the Editor America and its founding principles (12/14/14) Our forefathers' philosophy about self-governance spawned a great blessing to the world. Our founders did not invent the original form of American government in a vacuum. They were scholars of Greek and Roman history. They pondered writings of political thinkers such as Aristotle, Polybius and Cicero. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 12/14/14 (12/14/14) Heartwarming; Peace on earth; Good music; Government hours; Crime statistic; Customer service; Health insurance

Editorial Syler served county well for two decades on the bench (12/14/14) Judge William Syler will serve his last day as Cape Girardeau County's circuit judge at the end of this month as Michael Gardner prepares to fill his shoes. And they are some big shoes to fill. Syler has honorably served his post for the last 22 years. The judge, now 66, could not serve another full term, according to state law that puts the age limit for Missouri judges at 70...

Speak Out Speak Out 12/12/14 (12/12/14) Unused food; Leaves collection; Thank you, police; Trophy hunters; Alabama football; Roll Tide!; Smoke at restaurant; Road issues

Editorial Percussion ensemble to perform festive tunes Saturday (12/12/14) There are some events worth beating the drum to promote. Saturday's Family Holiday Concerts featuring the Southeast Missouri State University percussion ensemble is one. The annual concert is a dynamic show, featuring plenty of talented students who play favorite Christmas songs, including "We Three Kings," "Frosty/Rudolph/Santa Medley" and "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen." There are many more, too...


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