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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As of (01/31/2015) at 09:40 AM

After a delay, Guns N' Hoses comes back swinging Annual fundraising event had been delayed following Ferguson unrest.

At home: Original pieces of 1883 Kirkwood home guide renovation Nancy Grable was delighted when a small remnant of the original hand-painted kitchen floor was uncovered behind a wall.

Bernie: Three ways to view Goodell's remarks NFL commissioner is cagey as usual during annual address on state of the league.

Body of man found without head, hands to be exhumed in Warren County Police hope DNA testing might identify the victim found dumped along a highway nearly 30 years ago.

Meet Enzo, local pooch in Sunday's 'Puppy Bowl' Yorkshire terrier and his adoptive mom, Laurie Hawse, went to New York for the big game.

Uplands Park man points loaded gun at four St. Louis County police officers, faces felony charges

Nicklaus: Inequality is happening on Main Street, not just Wall Street

Missouri lawmakers reject pay raise

Strauss: To disregard Alden's influence is to deny history Updated

The most common mistake parents make about reading to their child Updated

Former Gasconade County sheriff's deputy and Owensville man face statutory rape, other charges Updated

Top Catholics and evangelicals: Gay marriage worse than divorce or cohabitation

Audio surfaces of suspended East St. Louis coach

Taylor Swift adds second date at Scottrade Center

Fired Pine Lawn police lieutenant claims mayoral corruption in wrongful termination lawsuit

You can earn $13,000 a year selling your poop Updated

Rising tuition at public colleges, funding cuts leave students deeper in debt Updated

Repertory Theatre of St. Louis starts on a new season Updated

NFL sees 'progress' on stadium plan Updated

Bernie: Faulk critical of STL stadium pitch


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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Political News
As of (01/31/2015) at 09:41 AM

Missouri lawmakers reject pay raise By Alex Stuckey Some said they needed the money, but did not want to take it at the expense of state employees. 

Congressional delegation votes for week of Jan. 26-30 By Chuck Raasch Votes on pipeline, prairie chicken, Alaska wilderness 

Florissant Valley firefighter named Warren County coroner by Nixon By Mark Schlinkmann Glenn Craig, a Democrat, succeeds Republican Roger Mauzy, who resigned after his election as county's presiding commissioner.

Civilian oversight board appears headed for passage, despite police union opposition By Nicholas J.C. Pistor, Kim Bell Debate over issue led to a melee at City Hall on Wednesday night.

St. Louis fighting to keep national geospatial defense agency Feds are relocating aging facility.

Top Rauner staff more highly paid than Quinn's By KERRY LESTER and JOHN O'CONNOR Associated Press Rauner said in a speech last week that high state salaries had helped increase the state's unpaid debt.

McClellan: St. Louis is back in the spotlight By Bill McClellan Police stop man for walking in a Jennings street, then situation escalates. 

Plenty of talk, scarcity of answers when it comes to school choice in Missouri By Elisa Crouch Students say picking schools that worked for them was critical; skeptics say other students were left behind to fail. 

Missouri House leader: Lawmakers should have say on help for new St. Louis stadium By Virginia Young A task force has suggested “extending” payments that now go to pay off debt on the Edward Jones Dome.

Lynch hearings spill over into Ferguson, attacks on Holder By Chuck Raasch Republicans laud nominee's character, but focus more on current attorney general.

State Capitol could gain annex with MoDOT building takeover By Virginia Young The project is among scores that legislators want to finance with $400 million in bonds that they authorized last year.

Top Rauner staff more highly paid than Quinn's Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ill. • While criticizing state spending and state worker salaries as too high, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is paying top members…

Day after announcing gubernatorial campaign, Schweich rakes it in By Walker Moskop A day after announcing that he will run for governor, Missouri auditor Tom Schweich reported more than $366,000 in new donations Thursday.

Kirk, Wagner, urge Justice to 'dismantle' website they say pushes sex trafficking By Chuck Raasch Lawyer for backpage.com says it's an Inernet  problem 

Board OKs hiring consultants for St. Louis riverfront stadium By David Hunn Until now, planners have largely volunteered their time. 

McCain to protesters: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum' The Associated Press McCain kicked the protesters out of a budget meeting. 

It's official: Schweich to fight Hanaway for 2016 GOP governor nomination By Kevin McDermott Attorney General Koster is unchallenged so far for the Democratic nomination.

Wentzville plans to involve rescue groups in improving its animal control facility By Mark Schlinkmann New committee will seek to devise new requirements for the facility, which is now operated by a private contractor who has drawn criticism.

St. Louis cops seek highway patrol's help to police downtown streets By Paul Hampel Police Chief Sam Dotson says it's about increased visibility, not desperation.

'Spectacular effort' would be needed to keep Rams, CVC chairman says


St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (01/31/2015) at 09:41 AM

#FergusonNext: Solutions from around the world

'I could have been Mike Brown'

Messenger: Welfare of the people should drive court reform

Civic community steps up in Ferguson. Heavy lifting remains.

Missouri Supreme Court wades into Ferguson. Excellent.

A wish for 2015: Choose common ground over division

The Year of Ferguson transitions to the Year of Change

Post-Ferguson, the people take back their courts

Ferguson Library is grateful for donations

Let the police serve and protect, instead of raising revenue

What we would like the country to say about us

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

Black Rep's production challenges us to think about race

Subject of inheritance is hardly discussed

Rams players could have shown unity, togetherness

Pass bond issue to replace Ferguson businesses

Proud of students at Clayton High

Throwing tantrums is not the way to earn respect

McCulloch contorts grand jury process

Changes in police training could save lives


Kansas City Star
As of (01/31/2015) at 09:41 AM

Sam Mellinger As Clark Hunt nears 50th birthday, credit him for identifying his shortcomings Clark Hunt, if we’re being honest, has had a disappointing run as the Chiefs’ owner. He has now been in charge for eight years and is on his third GM and fourth head coach. But credit Hunt for admitting his shortcomings. Photo gallery: Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt through the years Chiefs' CEO Clark Hunt favors expansion of playoffs and replay Being a guard has hindered Will Shields' Hall of Fame prospects

UMKC Bloch School submitted false data for rankings, but results might not have changed, auditors say A report on the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s business school found that false data was knowingly submitted when applying for rankings and awards. But at the same time it found no reason to believe the school’s subsequent high rankings were undeserved even after accounting for misinformation. The report was commissioned by the university system’s Board of Curators after an investigation by The Kansas City Star. Previous story: UMKC's misleading march to the top

Steve Kraske: The money in politics is out of control In Jefferson City, the question of the day is “Have you run it by Rex?” That’s Rex Sinquefield, the Republican megadonor. What Boss Tom Pendergast was to jobs and government contracts generations ago, Sinquefield is to cold, hard campaign cash today.

Local World Series afterglow draws thousands downtown to Royals’ FanFest Just three months after the Royals bulldozed their way through the American League playoffs to come within a win of their first world championship since 1985, a fan event that has long generated rather modest attendance figures has become a bonafide happening. Scenes from Royals FanFest 2015 Royals announce full schedule of promotions for 2015 season Community Faces: Royals FanFest

People magazine sources confirm that Bruce Jenner is ‘transitioning to a woman’ Sat 12:25 AM

Springfield, Mo., area rallies around wounded officer from Blue Springs Fri 8:55 PM

Pedestrian killed on Southwest Trafficway Fri 10:05 PM

Pilots in helium-filled balloon land safely in Mexico Sat 9:02 AM

Serena Williams wins 6th Australian, 19th major title Sat 8:22 AM

Vatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come Sat 6:32 AM

Civilians flee east Ukraine town as fighting intensifies Sat 8:37 AM

KU coach Bill Self on three years of not playing Missouri: ‘It hasn’t been great’ Fri 11:26 PM

FanFest notebook: Hosmer says Gordon would have been out Sat 8:58 AM

Reports: Val Kilmer recovering from emergency surgery for throat tumor Fri 11:01 PM

Car strikes four high school students in Kansas City, Kan. Fri 8:44 PM

Rockhurst Hawklets take victory over SM East Lancers Fri 10:40 PM

Royals FanFest: Everything you need to know The Kansas City Royals' annual FanFest begins Friday at Bartle Hall in the Kansas City Convention Center. The two-day event includes appearances by the players, autograph sessions and interactive activities. Find hours, ticket information here.

KU coach Bill Self on three years of not playing Missouri: `It hasn't been great'

Chipotle's Pizzeria Locale is coming to Waldo

Grieving two lost sons, Kearney family helps others


Kansas City Star - Political News
As of (01/31/2015) at 09:41 AM

UMKC Bloch School submitted false data for rankings, but results might not have changed, auditors say A report on the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s business school found that false data was knowingly submitted when applying for rankings and awards. But at the same time it found no reason to believe the school’s subsequent high rankings were undeserved even after accounting for misinformation. The report was commissioned by the university system’s Board of Curators after an investigation by The Kansas City Star. Previous story: UMKC's misleading march to the top

Steve Kraske: The money in politics is out of control In Jefferson City, the question of the day is “Have you run it by Rex?” That’s Rex Sinquefield, the Republican megadonor. What Boss Tom Pendergast was to jobs and government contracts generations ago, Sinquefield is to cold, hard campaign cash today.

Former Klan leader David Duke considers run for Congress Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke says he may run for Congress against the No. 3 House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

Secretary of State Kander pondering U.S. Senate run in Missouri Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2016, a source close to the politician said Friday.

Mitt Romney won’t run for president in 2016 Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016.

Election Key Romney donors, longtime staffer, moving toward Bush As Mitt Romney closes in on a decision about whether to again run for president, he does so without several major donors who supported him in the past and a veteran Iowa staffer – defections all to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Senate approves Keystone pipeline; Obama promises veto The U.S. Senate passed a bill approving construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline on Thursday, setting up a showdown with President Barack Obama, who has promised to veto the measure.

Chipotle's Pizzeria Locale is coming to Waldo

Grieving two lost sons, Kearney family helps others

Metcalf South redevelopment plan aims to combine shopping, public gathering space

Gov. Sam Brownback puts blame for Kansas budget deficits on GOP lawmakers The GOP governor tells a Topeka audience the tax cuts he signed amounted to as good a package as he was going to get Gov. Sam Brownback puts blame for Kansas budget deficits on GOP lawmakers The GOP governor tells a Topeka audience the tax cuts he signed amounted to as good a package as he was going to get

Kathleen Sebelius criticizes Gov. Sam Brownback’s vision for Kansas The former health and human services secretary says the state is on the wrong course. She also describes Sen. Pat Roberts’ demand that she resign as a political ploy to win re-election.

Stargazing #BreadBags: Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa gives Twitter lots of fodder in State of the Union response The Internet can be so mean. Republican Sen. Joni Ernst found out first-hand just how mean on Tuesday night. It began with her talking about wearing bread bags around her feet when she was a little girl. Very quickly, people started tweeting photos of their feet wrapped in bread bags. And #BreadBags became a hashtag.

With frigid weather forecast Monday, Kansas inauguration ceremonies moved indoors Kansas officials on Sunday said they were moving Monday’s inauguration ceremonies indoors due to a forecast that calls for dangerous wind chills. The 11 a.m. event, which will feature the second swearing-in of Gov. Sam Brownback, will now take place in the chambers of the House of Representatives.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax policies are scaring off other GOP-led states, Politico says Massive budget deficits brought about by deep income tax cuts in Kansas are making Republican leaders in other states nervous about pursuing similar aggressive strategies. It’s being called the “Brownback effect.”

House Dems seek better messaging, not new policies, for 2016 Better messaging, not changes in policy, is the key to winning elections again, House Democrats said as they huddled in Philadelphia to talk strategy. The message, they said, must focus relentlessly on middle class paychecks.

Jean Peters Baker says she won’t run for Missouri attorney general in 2016 The Jackson County prosecutor, a Democrat, had been mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Chris Koster, who is running for governor. But Baker said she has decided to run for re-election as prosecutor.

Pay raise for Missouri lawmakers, state officials blocked Missouri lawmakers and state elected officials will not receive a raise.

National & International Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control.

McCain to protesters: ‘Get out of here, you low-life scum’ Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain has kicked protesters out of a budget hearing, calling them “low-life scum.”


Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (01/31/2015) at 09:41 AM

Capitol Watch: An appetite for trouble in the Missouri and Kansas legislatures This week in the Missouri and Kansas legislatures provided a lot to, well, chew on, including a delectable, lobbyist-provided meal at the Jefferson City Country Club.

Missouri should manage its aircraft fleet more efficiently The state of Missouri owns eight utility planes, five helicopters and six passenger planes. A new report by state auditor Tom Schweich makes a strong case for saving money by paring down the fleet and consolidating operations.

Look for a record flood of cash in the 2016 elections The Koch brothers have set a disturbing pace for what promises to be a record flow of money, influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential and congressional elections. Billionaires Charles and David Koch have recruited about 300 other donors with plans to dump close to $900 million into the elections, backing conservative candidates and causes.

Fast-tracking Kansas bill poses a new threat to schools and property owners Coming on the heels of Gov. Sam Brownback’s suggestion that school districts — instead of the state — begin paying for increases in teacher pensions, this latest bill indicates a willingness to plug holes in the distressed Kansas budget by taking money from elementary and secondary education.

Clear up fracking’s link to a rise in Kansas earthquakes While a top Kansas geologist says fracking isn’t directly causing a huge spike in earthquakes, state officials should spend the money needed to improve seismic monitoring stations to better evaluate this problem.

Keep high standards for Kansas City’s boulevards and attract high-quality development Kansas Citians take great pride in their extensive system of boulevards and parkways, often rightly so. At two public hearings, Parks and Recreation Department officials properly want to know what residents would like to see in the future when it comes to development along the roadways.

Monday Poll results: Many want to increase taxes on the rich We asked for your reaction to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Speech and you replied. Here are the results of our unscientific survey, based on more than 650 responses.

Gov. Sam Brownback embarks on unpromising Kansas tour about jobs and tax cuts Gov. Sam Brownback is getting ready to go on tour to tout his pledge that Kansas can create 100,000 new private-sector jobs during his next four years in office. The governor also recently reiterated his promise to continue the state’s “march to zero” for its income tax rate. However, that goal appears unrealistic, based upon The Star’s review of job growth in Kansas and the rest of the country.

Gov. Sam Brownback’s boast about Kansas job growth rings hollow Gov. Sam Brownback likes to tout the fact that Kansas created more than 59,000 new private sector jobs during his first four years in office. It’s a completely accurate statement. It’s also highly misleading. In reality, the state trails most of the rest of the nation in adding employment in that time.

Capitol Watch: Missouri and Kansas legislatures talk freedom and engage in follies The governors have delivered their State of the State speeches. Committees are in session. Intrigue is building and the Capitol Watch is back to spotlight some of the goings-on in Topeka and Jefferson City.

Gov. Jay Nixon’s budget proposal spells trouble for Missouri schools The budget that Gov. Jay Nixon has presented to the General Assembly unfairly places money for Missouri schools squarely in the middle of a power struggle between the governor and the legislature.

Sorry, Russ Welsh: Wooing new businesses is good for the Kansas City region Attracting new companies and employers to Kansas City is almost always a positive thing. Most business leaders ascribe to this mantra because they they want to see the region succeed. But in recent days, a few lawyers in town, including Russ Welsh, chairman and CEO of Polsinelli, have grown concerned that bringing in competitors could bleed them of employees and create higher payrolls.

Kansas City Power & Light’s right move on coal helps customers and the environment Burning less coal will create less harmful pollution. Using more renewables will create new jobs in that field. Not upgrading coal-fired plants will save money that can be passed along to customers.

In State of the Union speech, Obama vows to boost middle class, tackle global threats President Barack Obama’s far-reaching State of the Union speech Tuesday is best thought of as a framework for the political dialogue that he hopes will shape the remainder of his term, the campaign to succeed him and, indeed, his legacy.

Monday Poll results: How is the Kansas budget strategy playing? One way to look at the results of this week’s Monday Poll is to suggest that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is fooling no one. But that’s only one opinion and it’s based on more than 1,300 responses to our unscientific online survey.

The Monday Poll: Evaluating President Obama’s State of the Union speech President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech contained plenty of challenges to the Republican-controlled Congress.Obama mapped out a variety of proposals he said he wanted to work on with the House and Senate. We’d like to hear what you think of what Obama’s said last week, regarding his plans for the future and other issues.

Thirteen key points from the State of the Union President Barack Obama’s sixth State of the Union address recounted progress and the threats of today’s world. Here are 13 key points.

For Scott Tucker, payday lender, reckoning is overdue A groundbreaking settlement with the Federal Trade Commission is only the latest step in a government crackdown on online lenders who gained fast personal fortunes through outrageous schemes to drain the banking accounts of mostly low-income customers. In part because of Overland Park businessman Scott Tucker’s ostentatious success, the Kansas City area became an early hub for the predatory industry.

U.S., Europe intelligence agencies must do more to act against Boko Haram Islamic militants in Nigeria The Western powers have stepped up efforts against terrorist threats in Belgium and to prevent slayings like those at Charlie Hebdo in Paris. But the effort to root out Islamic militants shouldn’t overlook Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. on his holiday, but work on economic and social justice Celebrations will take place Monday throughout the Kansas City area with speeches and music to commemorate the national holiday for slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. “Investing in Our Community for Economic Justice” is the right theme for this year’s program sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City.


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The Independence Examiner
As of (01/31/2015) at 09:41 AM

Two Australian shepherd mix puppies have arrived Posted at 9:21 AM Australian shepherds are wonderful dogs. They are smart, energetic and loving dogs. These dogs need lots of exercise, but can also be great snugglers as well. Australian shepherds are great dogs for people who enjoy doing things with their dogs like agility, fly ball, and playing Frisbee. They are also wonderful family dogs.Animals Best Friends has two new Australian shepherd mixes that are only 9 weeks old that are looking for good homes.Valentino is a beautiful light brown... --

Adopt a pet Posted at 8:42 AM These orphans are available for adoption through the Regional Animal Shelter, 21001 E. Missouri 78, Independence; 816-621-7722.

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The Independence Examiner - Editorials
As of (01/31/2015) at 09:41 AM

Two Australian shepherd mix puppies have arrived Posted at 9:21 AM Australian shepherds are wonderful dogs. They are smart, energetic and loving dogs. These dogs need lots of exercise, but can also be great snugglers as well. Australian shepherds are great dogs for people who enjoy doing things with their dogs like agility, fly ball, and playing Frisbee. They are also wonderful family dogs.Animals Best Friends has two new Australian shepherd mixes that are only 9 weeks old that are looking for good homes.Valentino is a beautiful light brown... --

Adopt a pet Posted at 8:42 AM These orphans are available for adoption through the Regional Animal Shelter, 21001 E. Missouri 78, Independence; 816-621-7722.

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Columbia Daily Tribune
As of (01/31/2015) at 09:42 AM

Burton talks use of force and body cameras with Muleskinners Speaking to the Columbia Muleskinners Friday, city police Chief Ken Burton touted the changes he has made to the department since his arrival while conceding his choices were not always popular and also delved into problems facing law enforcement following...

Teacher collective bargaining sessions to begin The first collective bargaining session between the negotiating teams of the union representing Columbia's teachers and that of Columbia Public Schools is set for 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Mayor kicks off CoMo Energy Challenge Mayor Bob McDavid kicked off the CoMo Energy Challenge open house Friday with a ribbon cutting inside of Westlake Ace Hardware, 1900 Business Loop 70.

Snow has been a no-show in Columbia area Low snowfall this winter has led to savings in cleanup materials for governments and lower heating bills for area residents.

Hartzler outlines priorities at Pachyderms meeting Rep. Vicky Hartzler boasted Friday that Congress might see less deadlock because of a new Republican majority in the Senate.

Columbia man arrested on suspicion of promoting, possessing child porn A 36-year-old Columbia man was arrested Friday by the Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force on suspicion of promoting and possessing child pornography.

Fire damages trailer in east Columbia A trailer that had been vacant for one day was damaged by a fire on Friday.

MU Athletic Director Alden to resign, take teaching job Outside the Kappa Alpha Theta house in 1991, Mike Alden told his wife, Rockie, that he would someday be the University of Missouri's athletic director.

City saves $4.2 million for strategic initiatives A budgeting initiative saved the city about $4.2 million in fiscal year 2014 that will be used to advance strategic planning efforts, officials said Friday.

Department of Economic Development to review IBM incentives after Columbia layoffs Staff at the Missouri Department of Economic Development planned to spend Friday looking through department records to determine whether this week's layoffs at IBM's Columbia service center affect the company's eligibility for state incentives.

Senate bond plan moves ahead as lawmakers raise concerns about Capitol security JEFFERSON CITY -- Visitors to the Missouri Capitol might be required to enter through a renovated “Capitol Annex” as part of security upgrades that could accompany major repairs and rearrangement of office assignments, Sen. Mike Parson said Thursday as he...

Third defendant in 2014 fatal shooting pleads guilty The third and final defendant in a fatal January 2014 shooting pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Friday in Boone County Circuit Court and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Boone County review affirms 911 bid selection Boone County's counselor and purchasing director have recommended the county stick with its plan to award a bid for construction of a new 911 center after a review prompted by a protest.

Senate rejects pay raise for lawmakers, statewide officials and judges JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri Senate voted 31-3 Thursday to reject an 11.1 percent pay raise for lawmakers and a 16.6 percent raise for statewide elected officials after an opponent of the raises threatened to invoke a rarely used rule...

Four more suspects arrested in connection with Lake of the Woods Road burglary Boone County sheriff's detectives have arrested four additional suspects in a Jan. 19 burglary in the 1900 block of Lake of the Woods Road.

City hosting training for recycling ambassadors The city of Columbia is offering a volunteer training event for recycling ambassadors from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 7 at the Activity & Recreation Center, 1701 W. Ash St. The recycling ambassadors program is for residents interested in...

Police charge woman arrested during June prostitution sting Columbia police arrested a woman on a misdemeanor warrant for prostitution Thursday afternoon related to an undercover operation in June 2014.

Police investigate secondhand report of armed carjacking Police are investigating a secondhand report of an armed carjacking that occurred early Friday morning in central Columbia.

Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline TOKYO (AP) -- The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them...

Africans open new front in war on terror to fight Boko Haram MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Schoolgirls torn from their families in a mass kidnapping and forced into sexual slavery. Bombs that ripped through bus stations. The slaughter of hundreds of villagers, many with their throats cut.


Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (01/31/2015) at 09:44 AM

Mike Alden Everybody except his wife, his chancellor and his university system president seemingly was surprised when University of Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden suddenly announced his retirement. He did the deed Thursday afternoon without prior public hint of the impending decision....

REDI At the last meeting of the Columbia City Council, Mayor Bob McDavid and Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala got into an argument over how much control the city should have over Regional Economic Development Inc., the local public-private economic development...

Rob Sanders Officer Rob Sanders was fired from the Columbia Police Department in a process that ended in November 2013 when City Manager Mike Matthes upheld the decision by Police Chief Ken Burton. Sanders appealed, and on Friday the Cole County Circuit...

Middle class Most people these days understand the decline of the middle class is a big problem.

Ballot issues Last week the Columbia City Council voted to seek voter approval for fee increases to expand the city's electricity and stormwater utilities.

Sports National Collegiate Athletic Association members have decided overwhelmingly to allow athletic programs in the “Power 5” conferences to up the ante for scholarship players. MU Athletic Director Mike Alden says it has been a long time coming.

Deflate-gate The New England Patriots professional football team is accused of providing underinflated balls to its players in their blowout AFC championship win over Indianapolis. It was a cold and wet day. A softer ball would allow better control for ball...

Income distribution It has become abundantly clear the economic plight of the middle to lower class is a serious problem. Even as the economy improves, too many Americans lag behind. The nation's economic and social health will not fully recover until this...

State budget Judging from reaction to Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State address, formulation of the next state budget will be anything but collaborative.

Republican contenders In a good piece reprinted in these pages Tuesday, columnist David Brooks of The New York Times listed his “Cream of the crop for 2016,” his favorite Republican candidates among those conducting early auditions for president.

Kansas Consumed by the mythical idea a state can perform the essential duties of statehood without public revenue, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback led his arch-conservative Republican colleagues down a primrose path, slashing taxes with the dream the economy would be stimulated...

Fairground For months the Boone County Commission tried to establish the moniker “Central Missouri Events Center,” then went about the business of closing it down.

State budget Republicans control both houses of the Missouri General Assembly with majorities not seen for years. One of the first things they intend to do with their newfound leverage is gain more control over the state budget process.

Same-sex Well, not quite yet. Let us say the political moment is on track and most likely will arrive in June when the U.S. Supreme Court finally will decide whether the right of same-sex marriage is the law of the land.

McCaskill This week U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill announced she will not run for governor in 2016, opting to stand instead for another term in the Senate.

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (01/31/2015) at 09:45 AM

Revisit road funds in a calmer time This week's dustup at the Buchanan County Commission was not typical, and likely will not become a trend, but it is worth noting.

Chiefs camp worth it It's important to remember the Kansas City Chiefs' training camp never would have come to St. Joseph in the first place without financial help from the city and Buchanan County.

Focus on crime stats rises with spending It's one thing to have cops ready to respond immediately in the event of a reported crime.

Rezoning boosts Uptown All politics is local - and none more local than planning and zoning.

Women's issues impact all of state's residents Missouri's women - in particular the very young and very old - face some considerable obstacles in achieving economic success.

Deaths warrant review Defenders of gun rights and parents of young children should be able to find common ground when it comes to preventing child gun deaths.

Repel threats to conservation Missourians deserve better than a misguided debate over how to take money and authority from our nationally acclaimed Department of Conservation.

Parents put mall on spot It's not the mall's fault.

Opinion: Colgan should resign to repair board trust Dan Colgan should resign from the St. Joseph School District's Board of Education - for precisely the reasons he gave when running for the board seat in spring 2010.

Balance energy portfolio Kansas City Power & Light Co. will cut back on its use of coal, and for that it is receiving a round of applause from those who call themselves environmentalists.

Fraud not welcome here The St. Joseph License Office is under new management. Here's hoping this goes better than the last time.

Foutch: future on us To hear St. Joseph's most active developer of historic properties tell it, the future is in our hands.

Audit report due respect There is a chance the Missouri state auditor will disappoint when his report on the St. Joseph School District finally is provided to the public - something that could occur any day now.

75 mph top speed? Go slow on idea Trying to keep up with the Joneses isn't always the best idea. Speeding to catch up can create new problems.

Make most of camp Knowing what we know now, we think most people in St. Joseph will welcome the return of the Kansas City Chiefs training camp.

Snyder a model worthy of Hall Odes to the genius of St. Joseph native Bill Snyder are a staple of sports reporting over the last 20 years, but the stories bear retelling - particularly now.

Cultivate culture of `best practices' A few years back, the News-Press polled business and civic leaders about their hopes for the community and their concerns. One concern stood out.

`Free' college pitch stretches credibility President Obama offers a tantalizing vision but so far no hint of a practical plan when he proposes to make community college a new entitlement program.

`Talks' enriches winter One of the treats of the winter season in St. Joseph returns Tuesday night to the Pony Express Museum.

No time to rest on laurels Consistently winning teams know the drill: Practice hard, bring your best in the game, celebrate victory, then return to work the next day.


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The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (01/31/2015) at 09:47 AM

Your view: Joplin audit could be a campaign catalyst Posted: January 30, 2015 I have never been more proud of Joplin than how everyone responded after we were affected by one of the worst natural disasters a small community had faced in our nation's history. 

Our View: Can we still save Alaska's wilderness? Posted: January 30, 2015 “We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.” 

Your view: We need to advocate for students Posted: January 30, 2015 Advocate for students

Other Views: Missouri is losing economic ground Posted: January 29, 2015 During last week's annual State of the State speech, Gov. Jay Nixon once again made the economic case for expanding Medicaid to about 300,000 working Missourians who make too little to afford health insurance but too much to get it for free.

Geoff Caldwell: Ignoring history makes for dangerous future Posted: January 29, 2015 Two days ago, dignitaries and leaders from around the world gathered in southern Poland to remember when 70 years ago — Jan. 27, 1945 — the Soviet Red Army liberated the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. 

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: January 29, 2015 Reflections on a landfill

Our View: Pushing Joplin's reset button Posted: January 28, 2015 There are many questions that need to be answered in the coming days in the wake of Joplin's master developer defaulting on an agreement it had with the city.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: January 28, 2015 Second chance

Our View: KDHE waited for the right question Posted: January 27, 2015 State legislators had to go knocking on the door of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to put just the right question to the state department.

Elliott Denniston: Check facts for Obama's record Posted: January 26, 2015 Geoff Caldwell in his column (Globe, Jan. 22) mocks President Barack Obama for alluding to his own policies as “wise” and “smart.” Well, what would we think of a president who didn't think his policies were wise? And doesn't Mr. Caldwell think that his own views are “smart”?

Phill Brooks: Agreement on problems, but not solutions Posted: January 26, 2015 In the opening weeks of Missouri's legislative session, I've been surprised by the degree of agreement about the major problems facing this state.

Our View: Kansas should have 'Right to Try' Posted: January 26, 2015 A trio of Republican legislators has introduced a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to seek treatments that have not been approved by various agencies that regulate the medical field, including the federal Food and Drug Administration.

Your View: Letters to the editor Posted: January 26, 2015 Helmets, common sense

Top trails Posted: January 25, 2015 Trees are bare and the skies occasionally gray, but winter provides some of the best hiking in the Four-State Area.

Field guide Posted: January 25, 2015 Walk on the Wild Side: Long-Distance Backpackingfor Beginners

Hunting season ends prematurely with theft Posted: January 25, 2015 A few days after his birthday, my husband trekked across a frozen eight-acre wetland he'd built for conservation and hunting, slid back the roof of his duck blind and got the surprise of his life.

Our View: Promising merger Posted: January 25, 2015 Forgive John Sondag a little bit of exasperation. The president of AT&T Missouri, a region of the nationwide communications company based out of Dallas, points out that the pending merger with DirecTV is not the same issue as a national debate over net neutrality.

Gene Lyons: Love questionnaire is more humor than science Posted: January 25, 2015 For a guy who watches maybe 250 ballgames a year, I've always taken an interest in what was once called the “women's page.” After studying the sports section every morning, it's the next thing I turn to.

Caroline Little: Newspaper media provides compelling stories Posted: January 25, 2015 We live in a world of instant gratification. 

Bob Steere: Revisiting the income gap Posted: January 25, 2015 School board members and boards of directors, when hiring a new chief executive officer, buy into the saying apparently advocated by consulting firms: “Quality is like buying oats: If you want nice, clean, fresh oats, you must pay a fair price. However, if you can be satisfied with oats that have already been through the horse, that comes a little cheaper.” 


The Jefferson City News Tribune
As of (01/31/2015) at 09:47 AM

Hands-on learning goes beyond the textbook - St. Martins teacher uses innovative ways to teach science

Telehealth bill would bring health experts into schools - Few schools in Missouri are capable of giving students direct access to health care specialists for treatment of conditions like diabetes and asthma.

Cole County Grand Jury indicts eight - The Cole County Grand Jury recently handed down several indictments after finding there was enough evidence to send the cases to the circuit courts for possible trial.

Russellville-Lohman reigniting fire district auxiliary - After responding to double tragedies Sept. 11 - a totally-involved fire and a fatal car accident - Russellville-Lohman Fire Protection District firefighters were physically exhausted, emotionally spent and parched.

Diocese of Jefferson City appoints new schools superintendent - The Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City has appointed not one but two new leaders for its schools.

Three arrested in Jefferson City drug bust - Three Jefferson City men were arrested following a drug bust Friday morning.

Alden says it's 'a perfect time' to step down as Missouri A.D. - On July 1, 1998, Mike Alden was shirtless atop a building on his family's farm in Williamsburg. As his father, cigarrette in one hand and Bud Light in the other, directed from below on how to attach rafters to the ridgepole, Alden's wife, Rockie, told him he had a phone call.

Blair Oaks boys fall to Linn in OT - Trailing by 11 in the early stages of the third quarter, the Linn boys basketball team finally decided to do what it does best.

Ferguson schools seek new leader, healing after Brown death - The Ferguson-Florissant School District's search for a new superintendent began long before the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

Kansas, Missouri reps to discuss bi-state gun legislation - State lawmakers from Missouri and Kansas are pushing similar bills that would restrict firearms for people with domestic violence or stalking restraining orders or convictions, but a pair of Missouri state representatives called the legislation a publicity stunt with no chance of passage.

Jays overcome slow start to defeat Rough Riders - The Jefferson City Jays got off to a slow start Friday against Roosevelt, turning the ball over three times in their first six possessions and failing to covert a basket in the first four minutes of the game.

Helias pulls away from Logan-Rogersville - The Helias Crusaders owned the fourth quarter.

Springfield man convicted of lesser crime after law change - A Springfield man who withdrew his guilty plea to second-degree murder after Missouri voters approved an amendment changing state gun laws has been convicted of a lesser crime in his girlfriend's death.

Valuable Thomas Hart Benton painting may go on display soon - A suburban Kansas City school district is negotiating to bring a Thomas Hart Benton painting out of safe storage and display it for the public, although officials won't say where it might be seen.

Seau, Warner, Pace first-time Hall eligibles - When Junior Seau's name is mentioned as a first-time Hall of Fame candidate, people nod in recognition of his career achievements.

Perspective: Raising awareness about human trafficking - This week, the House of Representatives focused on a topic that doesn't make the headlines on a daily basis, but is a widespread problem that isn't going away and needs to be mentioned more often.

Man gets 40 years for sex crimes with child he babysat - A St. Charles man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for committing sex offenses against the 10-year-old girl he was babysitting.

Kansas Water Authority accepts report on proposed aqueduct - The Kansas Water Authority has agreed to circulate an updated report on a proposal to build an aqueduct to take water from the Missouri River to southwestern Kansas despite its members showing little enthusiasm for the idea.

Corps: Removal of creek contamination could take years - Corps of Engineers officials say removal of contaminated soil from Coldwater Creek in north St. Louis County and other contamination sites could take until 2020 or longer.

Dog's quick action saves girl during seizure - A yellow Labrador retriever is being credited with saving the life of an 11-year-old Missouri girl.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - State News
As of (01/31/2015) at 09:47 AM

Telehealth bill would bring health experts into schools - Few schools in Missouri are capable of giving students direct access to health care specialists for treatment of conditions like diabetes and asthma.

Ferguson schools seek new leader, healing after Brown death - The Ferguson-Florissant School District's search for a new superintendent began long before the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

Kansas, Missouri reps to discuss bi-state gun legislation - State lawmakers from Missouri and Kansas are pushing similar bills that would restrict firearms for people with domestic violence or stalking restraining orders or convictions, but a pair of Missouri state representatives called the legislation a publicity stunt with no chance of passage.

Springfield man convicted of lesser crime after law change - A Springfield man who withdrew his guilty plea to second-degree murder after Missouri voters approved an amendment changing state gun laws has been convicted of a lesser crime in his girlfriend's death.

Man gets 40 years for sex crimes with child he babysat - A St. Charles man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for committing sex offenses against the 10-year-old girl he was babysitting.

Corps: Removal of creek contamination could take years - Corps of Engineers officials say removal of contaminated soil from Coldwater Creek in north St. Louis County and other contamination sites could take until 2020 or longer.

Dog's quick action saves girl during seizure - A yellow Labrador retriever is being credited with saving the life of an 11-year-old Missouri girl.

Parts of Iowa, Missouri nearing drought status - Parts of Iowa, Missouri and other Midwest states are teetering close to drought status.

Man accused of throwing brick at police during protest - A St. Louis man is facing felony assault charges for allegedly throwing the brick that struck a police officer during a protest that followed the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson officer.

Judge stays Dixon license revocation - Dixon can continue serving as sheriff while he appeals Public Safety department's license revocation.

Senate approves $400 million in building repairs Capitol overhaul, LU and Linn State top area projects - Sometime in the next couple of years, the Thomas Jefferson statue, the Capitol's south steps and the protective roof all will disappear so work crews can repair major problems with the Capitol's foundation.

Aim of public hearing is improving higher education in Missouri 'Give kids a good start' - Aim of public hearing is improving higher education in Missouri

Senators pass bill aimed to help Missouri dairy farmers - A bill to create incentives for Missouri's dairy farmers has won approval from state senators.

Custody dispute cited in St. Louis suburb pizzeria shooting - A man was shot several times during his granddaughter's first birthday party at a Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant in suburban St. Louis, the consequence of a simmering custody dispute, police said.

Farming groups highlight Cuban trade possibilities - Gov. Jay Nixon says as many as 30 Missourians will accompany a trade mission in March to Cuba.

Man accused of attacking amputee with a hammer - A southeast Missouri man is facing charges for allegedly beating an amputee in the face with a hammer and stealing his prescription medications.

Suspect pleads not guilty in Springfield officer's shooting - A man charged in a shooting that seriously injured a Springfield police officer pleaded not guilty Thursday.

Missouri man charged with felony after alleged racial slur - A white northwest Missouri man is charged with felony assault after he allegedly confronted a black waitress as she served him breakfast.

Homicide suspect gets 22 years in prison on drug convictions - A suspect in a 2006 Joplin homicide will serve 22 years in prison without parole for his role in a methamphetamine distribution ring.

Case against second Saudi man provisionally dismissed - An assault and kidnapping case against two Saudi nationals in Springfield could end with no one found guilty.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Local News
As of (01/31/2015) at 09:47 AM

Hands-on learning goes beyond the textbook - St. Martins teacher uses innovative ways to teach science

Telehealth bill would bring health experts into schools - Few schools in Missouri are capable of giving students direct access to health care specialists for treatment of conditions like diabetes and asthma.

Cole County Grand Jury indicts eight - The Cole County Grand Jury recently handed down several indictments after finding there was enough evidence to send the cases to the circuit courts for possible trial.

Russellville-Lohman reigniting fire district auxiliary - After responding to double tragedies Sept. 11 - a totally-involved fire and a fatal car accident - Russellville-Lohman Fire Protection District firefighters were physically exhausted, emotionally spent and parched.

Diocese of Jefferson City appoints new schools superintendent - The Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City has appointed not one but two new leaders for its schools.

Three arrested in Jefferson City drug bust - Three Jefferson City men were arrested following a drug bust Friday morning.

Judge stays Dixon license revocation - Dixon can continue serving as sheriff while he appeals Public Safety department's license revocation.

Three arrested after JC drug bust - On January 30, 2015 at just after 8:30 a.m., Jefferson City Police SWAT Team members, in conjunction with the MUSTANG Drug Task Force, served a search warrant in the 1000 block of Buena Vista Street, resulting in 3 arrests:

Senate approves $400 million in building repairs Capitol overhaul, LU and Linn State top area projects - Sometime in the next couple of years, the Thomas Jefferson statue, the Capitol's south steps and the protective roof all will disappear so work crews can repair major problems with the Capitol's foundation.

Aim of public hearing is improving higher education in Missouri 'Give kids a good start' - Aim of public hearing is improving higher education in Missouri

County endorses US 54-Stadium project - The Cole County Commission has approved working with Jefferson City officials on design work to address traffic congestion at U.S. 54 and Stadium Boulevard.

Midwest March for Life set for Saturday - The fifth annual Midwest March for Life is Saturday morning.

Jefferson City teen tries to flee for second time - Police return boy to Prenger center in short time

Mid-Missouri woman sentenced for fraud and embezzlement - A former branch manager of a Fulton company was sentenced in federal court this week for a $576,000 mortgage fraud and embezzlement scheme, according to a press release from Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Dixon challenges license revocation - Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon has appealed the state Public Safety department decision to revoke his law officer's license.

Senators pass bill aimed to help Missouri dairy farmers - A bill to create incentives for Missouri's dairy farmers has won approval from state senators.

Prisoners hurt in 2-vehicle wreck - A crash between a private vehicle and a Morgan County Sheriff's Department prisoner transport van left four occupants in the van with moderate injuries.

Senate rejects pay raise for lawmakers, officials - The Missouri Senate voted 31-3 to reject pay raises proposed last November by the Missouri Citizens Compensation Committee.

Missouri man found guilty in death of 3-year-old - A central Missouri man has been convicted in the abuse death of a 3-year-old boy that was reported as a fatal hit-and-run accident.

Missouri woman sentenced for fraud and embezzlement - A former branch manager of a central Missouri title company will serve two years and six months without parole for mortgage fraud and embezzlement.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (01/31/2015) at 09:47 AM

Perspective: Raising awareness about human trafficking - This week, the House of Representatives focused on a topic that doesn't make the headlines on a daily basis, but is a widespread problem that isn't going away and needs to be mentioned more often.

Your Opinion: Deflate-gate possibilities - If it can be determined who let the air out of the Patriots' footballs, that person should be immediately apprehended and taken to Washington, D.C., to let some of the hot air out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Your Opinion: Citizenship and Catholic schools - How important is citizenship education?

Our Opinion: Education strategies - Characterizing education as complex would be an understatement.

Your Opinion: Blunt urged to help fund fight against cancer - I want to congratulate U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, who was recently chosen to serve as chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Service, Education, and Related Agencies for the 114th Congress.

Your Opinion: Obligated to speak to protect the unborn - In response to Sue Gibson's letter in support of abortion I want to protect those who have no way to protect themselves.

Your Opinion: Response to editorial on marijuana legalization - The News Tribune published a remarkably simple-minded, condescending editorial about marijuana law reform on Jan. 23.

Our Opinion: Expand Safe at Home, protect victims - Victimization is sustained by fear.

Your Opinion: Move forward, together, on Rock Island Trail - I recently attended the Rock Island corridor meeting, which Representative Tom Hurst hosted at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Westphalia.

Your Opinion: Prosperous community does not need grants - I am submitting this letter to an issue which I feel is very pertinent in part to the financial woes and rapidly growing debt waste problems that this country is due to and how it continues to pile up.

Your Opinion: Abortion indicates loss of moral compass - I have read Sue Gibson's very lengthy letter in the Jan. 22 Opinion page. So “two brave feminists demonstrated on Sunday" at St. Peter's Church “in celebration of Roe v. Wade."

Our Opinion: Time to ground excessive state flights News Tribune editorial - When verbal barbs are flying, keeping your head down is advisable.

Our Opinion: Pass legislation requiring students to pass civics test News Tribune editorial - Do Missouri high school students need another mandatory test?

Our Opinion: Celebrating a continuum of progress News Tribune editorial - Any gala become more celebratory when there is more to celebrate.

Perspective: Governor encouraged to work with lawmakers - On Wednesday the governor delivered his State of the State address. As has been the case throughout his entire term, the governor offered many platitudes, but very few solutions.


The Southeast Missourian
As of (01/31/2015) at 09:47 AM

Rust Communications teams with university, KFVS to create student media lab (01/30/15) 1 Rust Communications, which owns the Southeast Missourian, has teamed up with Southeast Missouri State University and...

Local counselor pays $25,000 to settle Medicaid fraud suit (01/30/15) 2 A Cape Girardeau counselor has paid $25,000 to settle a 2014 Medicaid fraud suit, Missouri Attorney General Chris...

Cape could help garner award for 'Gone Girl' location (01/30/15) While not for an Oscar or a Golden Globe, Cape Girardeau is in the running for another Hollywood trophy. The Location...

Tractor stolen from Glenallen man (01/30/15) The Bollinger County, Missouri, Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's help to find a stolen tractor. The owner...

Courthouses' shortcomings cited in county's consolidation plan (01/30/15) 7 Plans to consolidate court services in Cape Girardeau County have given court employees like Patti Wibbenmeyer a chance...

Local counselor pays $25,000 to settle Medicaid fraud suit (01/30/15) A Cape Girardeau counselor has paid $25,000 to settle a 2014 Medicaid fraud suit, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Friday. In February, Koster filed a 15-count lawsuit alleging Jennifer Kirchhoff engaged in improper billing practices that netted her $8,062 more than she was entitled to receive for family and individual therapy sessions...

Tractor stolen from Glenallen man (01/30/15) The Bollinger County, Missouri, Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's help to find a stolen tractor. The owner of the 1956 International 200 tractor reported it stolen Wednesday from a barn on his property on Route ZZ near Glenallen, Missouri, according to a bulletin posted Friday on the department's Facebook page...

Man accused of beating amputee's face with hammer (01/29/15) A Scott City man is set for arraignment next month on charges he beat an amputee in the face with a hammer and stole his prescription medications. Dustin T. Smith, 27, faces charges of first-degree assault, armed criminal action, burglary and robbery in connection with the Dec. 28 confrontation...

Two men charged with armed robbery in Cape Girardeau (01/29/15) Two men were in custody Wednesday after an armed robbery Tuesday night on South Sprigg Street, Cape Girardeau police reported. Aaron Drake, 29, and Laterrius Triplett, 20, were charged with one count each of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in connection with the case, said Cpl. Darin Hickey of the Cape Girardeau Police Department...

Cape Girardeau police report 1/29/15 (01/29/15) The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Leon C. Wilder, 31, of Cape Girardeau was arrested on a Morehouse, Missouri, warrant for failure to appear for driving while revoked. n Matthew J. Dixon, 31, of Cape Girardeau was arrested on a Sikeston, Missouri, warrant for failure to appear...

Scott City names new school superintendent (01/30/15) At the Scott City Chamber of Commerce meeting Wednesday, Scott City School Board president Beth Cox couldn't keep the excitement out of her voice when speaking about the district's new superintendent. Beginning July 1, Brian Lee, high school principal at Diamond School District in Diamond, Missouri, will be taking over as superintendent of the Scott City School District...

Adrian Eftink hired as Oak Ridge superintendent (01/29/15) Adrian Eftink probably won't make any sweeping changes the minute he takes the reins of the Oak Ridge School District. The Oak Ridge school board Wednesday announced it had appointed Eftink, who has been the district's elementary principal for the past 12 years, to replace current superintendent Gerald Landewee when he retires at the end of June...

Cape school board puts $20 million bond issue on ballot (01/29/15) A $20 million bond issue recently approved by the Cape Girardeau School Board will pay for much-needed renovations and expansion, school officials say. The board voted unanimously to place Proposition 1 on the April ballot. While the measure would help pay for a number of basic repair needs across the district, such as heating and cooling, it also will go toward more specific projects at Central Junior High School and the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center...

Jackson band to perform in front of hundreds of music teachers (01/29/15) The Jackson Junior High Honor Band will perform for those gathered at the 77th annual Missouri Music Educators Association Conference this afternoon in Osage Beach, Missouri. Conductor Paul Fliege explained that the opportunity is a testament to the dedication and skill of the band...

Hooked on Science: Chemical reaction splash (01/29/15) Use science to create a work of art. n Alka Seltzer n Film canister n Water n Food coloring n 8-by-10-inch white watercolor canvas STEP 1: Pour water into the film canister until it is half full. Change the color of the water by adding food coloring...


The Southeast Missourian - State News
As of (01/31/2015) at 09:47 AM

Pay raise blocked for Missouri lawmakers, officials (01/30/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers and statewide elected officials will not get a raise next fiscal year after state senators successfully blocked a proposed pay increase Thursday. The House had voted overwhelmingly against the pay raises last week, but some Senate Democrats had filibustered Wednesday as a means of allowing the increase to take effect...

Missouri lawmakers, elected officials likely to get raise (01/29/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers and state elected officials likely will receive a pay increase after some state Senate Democrats successfully filibustered Wednesday, stalling efforts to block the raise. A state commission in November recommended $4,000 more a year for legislators and 8 percent more for the governor and other state officials in fiscal years 2016 and 2017. That would be a raise of more than $22,000 a year for the governor, upping the office's annual pay to $156,088...

Auditor joins GOP primary race for governor, jabs at Sinquefield (01/29/15) ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich launched his gubernatorial campaign aggressively Wednesday, accusing his Republican primary rival of being "bought and paid for" by a wealthy donor and questioning the ethics of his potential Democratic foe...

Killings by police spark debate over grand jury secrecy (01/29/15) NEW YORK -- For centuries, grand juries have held some of the criminal justice system's best-kept secrets. But their private process has come under public scrutiny after recent decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed men. Calls for more transparency have sounded in Congress, statehouses and editorial pages, mixed with notes of caution about forswearing secrecy that can safeguard witnesses and the accused...

St. Louis police seek highway patrol's help (01/29/15) ST. LOUIS With the city facing an increase in violent crime, including homicides, St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson said Wednesday that he's asked the Missouri State Highway Patrol to assist policing downtown. Dotson said a marked uptick in violent crime over the past several months led him to come up with new ideas to fight back. ...

Suburban St. Louis mayor facing another extortion charge (01/29/15) ST. LOUIS -- The mayor of a small St. Louis suburb already charged with extorting money from a towing company is now accused of doing the same to a convenience store, federal officials said. Federal prosecutors said Pine Lawn Mayor Sylvester Caldwell took at least $1,000 from the unnamed convenience store between July 2013 and June. The grand jury indictment says the store's owner and an employee paid Caldwell out of fear that he would "make trouble" without the payments...

Jefferson County police dogs get protective vests (01/29/15) ST. LOUIS -- Seven police dogs in suburban St. Louis are now better protected after receiving their own bulletproof vests. Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer said the ballistic vests, worth $950 each, were donated by the not-for-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc. of Massachusetts and Armor Express, a Michigan-based maker. The not-for-profit was established in 2009 to provide protective vests for police dogs...


The Southeast Missourian - Local News
As of (01/31/2015) at 09:47 AM

Former Cape mayor earns top award at chamber banquet (01/30/15) An honor that brought a tear to his eye and a long hug for his son went to local banker and former Cape Girardeau mayor Jay Knudtson Friday night at the Cape Girardeau Area of Commerce's annual banquet at the Show Me Center. Knudtson was presented with the Rush H. Limbaugh Award, which is presented annually by the chamber to an individual who has distinguished themselves through community service for a significant period of time...

Rust Communications teams with university, KFVS to create student media lab (01/30/15) 1 Rust Communications, which owns the Southeast Missourian, has teamed up with Southeast Missouri State University and KFVS12 to create a hands-on laboratory for students in the university's media programs. The 12,000-square-foot Center for Excellence in Mass Media at 325 Broadway will house the university's student newspaper, The Arrow, and its television and video production program...

Local counselor pays $25,000 to settle Medicaid fraud suit (01/30/15) 2 A Cape Girardeau counselor has paid $25,000 to settle a 2014 Medicaid fraud suit, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Friday. In February, Koster filed a 15-count lawsuit alleging Jennifer Kirchhoff engaged in improper billing practices that netted her $8,062 more than she was entitled to receive for family and individual therapy sessions...

Cape could help garner award for 'Gone Girl' location (01/30/15) While not for an Oscar or a Golden Globe, Cape Girardeau is in the running for another Hollywood trophy. The Location Managers Guild of America on Thursday named Rick Schuler and Steve Mapel, location managers for "Gone Girl," among five nominees for its outstanding locations in a contemporary film award, which will be announced March 7 in Beverly Hills, California...

Tractor stolen from Glenallen man (01/30/15) The Bollinger County, Missouri, Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's help to find a stolen tractor. The owner of the 1956 International 200 tractor reported it stolen Wednesday from a barn on his property on Route ZZ near Glenallen, Missouri, according to a bulletin posted Friday on the department's Facebook page...

Courthouses' shortcomings cited in county's consolidation plan (01/30/15) 7 Plans to consolidate court services in Cape Girardeau County have given court employees like Patti Wibbenmeyer a chance to talk about the issues they see every day at the historic Common Pleas Courthouse in Cape Girardeau and courthouse in Jackson. County commissioners have discussed the consolidation of services into a new courthouse for more than a year and have turned to court employees to help them explain why they believe this is necessary for the county...

Scott City names new school superintendent (01/30/15) 3 At the Scott City Chamber of Commerce meeting Wednesday, Scott City School Board president Beth Cox couldn't keep the excitement out of her voice when speaking about the district's new superintendent. Beginning July 1, Brian Lee, high school principal at Diamond School District in Diamond, Missouri, will be taking over as superintendent of the Scott City School District...

Bids for Scott City turn lane begin in March (01/30/15) Come March, long-anticipated plans of adding a center turn lane to Main Street in Scott City will become reality. David Wyman, an engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation, said the engineering plans are under final review. After a bidding process, he said they will be available for the winning contractor to begin construction...

Schweich discusses gubernatorial aspirations during Cape visit (01/30/15) 2 Missouri's State Auditor Tom Schweich has plans to hold a higher office soon. He announced Wednesday his campaign for the Republican nomination for governor in 2016, and stopped by the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport Thursday morning to discuss his decision...

Annual chamber dinner set at Show Me Center (01/30/15) The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner is today at the Show Me Center. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner at 7 and an awards presentation at 8. More information is available by calling 335-3312. Pertinent address:...

Man accused of beating amputee's face with hammer (01/29/15) 4 A Scott City man is set for arraignment next month on charges he beat an amputee in the face with a hammer and stole his prescription medications. Dustin T. Smith, 27, faces charges of first-degree assault, armed criminal action, burglary and robbery in connection with the Dec. 28 confrontation...

Governor touts workforce training designation during visit (01/29/15) 3 A Wednesday visit from Gov. Jay Nixon to a Jackson company brought Cape Girardeau County an official designation as a Certified Work Ready Community, or one that successfully matches workforce training with economic development needs. While speaking to a group of local businesspeople, elected officials and community organization representatives at Mondi, a packaging company, Nixon said the county is one of only 12 in the state that has received the designation through an initiative led by American College Testing, or ACT.. ...

Adrian Eftink hired as Oak Ridge superintendent (01/29/15) 3 Adrian Eftink probably won't make any sweeping changes the minute he takes the reins of the Oak Ridge School District. The Oak Ridge school board Wednesday announced it had appointed Eftink, who has been the district's elementary principal for the past 12 years, to replace current superintendent Gerald Landewee when he retires at the end of June...

Cape school board puts $20 million bond issue on ballot (01/29/15) 14 A $20 million bond issue recently approved by the Cape Girardeau School Board will pay for much-needed renovations and expansion, school officials say. The board voted unanimously to place Proposition 1 on the April ballot. While the measure would help pay for a number of basic repair needs across the district, such as heating and cooling, it also will go toward more specific projects at Central Junior High School and the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center...

Southeast names new chairman of Educational Leadership (01/29/15) Southeast Missouri State University has a new chairman in its Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling. Since Jan. 1, Dr. C.P. Gause has been leading the department that offers degree programs in educational administration, school and mental health counseling and higher education administration. He replaced Dr. Ruth Ann Roberts, who was serving as interim director before she retired, according to a news release...

Two men charged with armed robbery in Cape Girardeau (01/29/15) 10 Two men were in custody Wednesday after an armed robbery Tuesday night on South Sprigg Street, Cape Girardeau police reported. Aaron Drake, 29, and Laterrius Triplett, 20, were charged with one count each of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in connection with the case, said Cpl. Darin Hickey of the Cape Girardeau Police Department...

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opens (01/29/15) 24 Cape Girardeau's newest grocery store looked about like the weekend before a major holiday as shoppers flocked to Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Wednesday. The new store on Independence Street celebrated with an early morning ribbon-cutting and opened for business, marking a fourth Wal-Mart store to operate in the Cape Girardeau/Jackson area...

Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 1/29/15 (01/29/15) 1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. Monday n None at this time n Purchase orders n Payroll change forms n None at this time n Per recommendation -- Award bid for walk-in cooler for coroner's office and award bid for HVAC for coroner's office n None at this time...

Investigation into Southeast student's shooting yields two arrests (01/28/15) 19 The investigation into the shooting death of a Southeast Missouri State University student has yielded two arrests, Illinois law enforcement officials said Tuesday. It was not clear how or even whether the arrests were connected to the slaying of 19-year-old Southeast sophomore Bobby Christman during an attempted armed robbery early Jan. 11 in St. Louis...

Use tax question going back on election ballot (01/28/15) 25 Cape Girardeau County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a 1 percent use tax subject to voter approval, after hearing little discussion and no opposition during a public hearing on the matter. The vote was held immediately after the public hearing, where only two people spoke -- both of whom noted the need for widespread education on the use-tax issue. ...


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (01/30/2015) at 11:12 PM

Seakhawks, Patriots meet for Super Bowl XLIX (01/30/15) On Sunday, millions will spend four or more hours, possibly with friends or at a party, and watch one of the biggest sporting events: the Super Bowl. Super Bowl XLIX will be a matchup between the Seattle Seahawks, the defending champions, and the New England Patriots...

Speak Out Speak Out 1/30/15 (01/30/15) ** Nice person; ** Pope opinion; ** Movie awards; ** Obama's view

Letter to the Editor 'Gone Girl' should be X-rated (01/30/15) We must begin by saying we were caught up into the hype of the movie "Gone Girl." We did not see it at the local theater but waited to purchase the DVD. Our interest was not in the hype about the book everyone raved about, and were told it contained copious amounts of vulgar language, etc.; our interests were in seeing the scenes shot in Cape Girardeau and the hopes to recognize local residents who were picked to be in the movie. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 1/29/15 (01/29/15) I have seen Speak Out comments asking why Obama has not been given his credit due for the gas prices dropping. Well, back when gas topped $4 a gallon, Republicans chanted "drill, baby, drill" at rallies across the country -- arguing more domestic drilling would increase supplies, reduce dependence on foreign oil and boost the U.S. ...

Editorial Seyer recognized with annual Dingeldein Award (01/29/15) Cape Girardeau has become more of an art hub over the years. Between music events, to sculptures, paintings, photos and other displays, there's plenty to appreciate. This is possible because of many people, and each year the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri recognizes one individual for his or her efforts with the Otto F. Dingeldein Award and another individual or group with the Friend of the Arts Award...

Opinion Column Children need two parents and equal time (01/29/15) In the revised statutes of the state of Missouri, Domestic Relations 452.375, it states there should be no preference to awarding custody because of age or sex of child and no preference because of parent's age, sex or financial status. This same statute also declares that frequent, continuing and meaningful contact with both parents is in the best interest of the child...

Letter to the Editor Youth sports banquet a big hit (01/29/15) This past Friday, I had the wonderful experience of attending the Celebration of Youth Sports Award Banquet at the Osage Centre. This event is in its second year of existence and had nearly 700 people in attendance. As you know, this event is developed and coordinated by the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department and the Parks Foundation Board. ...

Opinion Column Irrational positions (01/28/15) It would appear we've gone stark-raving mad. Despite attempts to make some sense of this carnival of the absurd, there is just no other logical conclusion. For example, Albert Gore and his fellow eco-travelers want to spend $90 trillion to eliminate all passenger vehicles in urban centers in favor of mass transit...

Editorial Area legislators named to committee leadership (01/28/15) The 2015 session for the Missouri General Assembly has begun, and a few local lawmakers have been tapped for committee leadership positions. House Speaker John Diehl (R-Town and Country) named 55 chairmen in the House to committees. New this session is a different committee structure, something Diehl believes will strengthen the drafting of bills and better connect representatives with their areas of expertise...

Speak Out Speak Out 1/27/15 (01/27/15) I would like for someone to explain, since the price of oil per barrel has gone down so much, the price of gasoline has gone down so much, how come the oil for motor engines hasn't gone down? I don't see any sign of that in the advertisements that they have lowered the price of oil for engines at all. But the price of gas has gone down. And again, the price of the raw product has gone down about half price...

Opinion Column The tenure of Saudi Arabia's king (01/27/15) When then-Crown Prince Abdullah became king of Saudi Arabia in 2005, after the death of King Fahd, observers predicted his would be a short reign. At the age of 81, few expected Abdullah to endure more than a handful of years. Indeed, I shared in that expectation, citing the king's "advanced age" as a challenge for the state in my book, "The History of Saudi Arabia," first published in 2008...

Editorial New history center to open in March (01/27/15) This area is rich with history, and local individuals and groups have made efforts to highlight different historical themes. Another one to add to the list is the Cape Girardeau County History Center. A recent story in the Southeast Missourian highlighted the forthcoming facility, which will be located at 102 S. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 1/26/15 (01/26/15) Last week when I so carelessly left my wallet in a cart on Schnucks parking lot, some very honest person found it and turned it in. Thanks so much and God bless. Let the Rams go. We built them a great stadium, we updated it to make them happy and they are again threatening to leave. They haven't had a winning season in a decade. Good stadiums are for good teams. The Rams, on the other hand, should be playing on a local high school field. Goodbye to bad rubbish...

Editorial Young professionals connect during networking events (01/26/15) The Cape Girardeau area is building a reputation for having a thriving communicative atmosphere for young business professionals. As established in a story written by Savanna Maue last week, networking opportunities have formed over the years to help business professionals connect and pick the brains of other businessmen and businesswomen in the area...

Speak Out Speak Out 1/25/15 (01/25/15) I want to give thanks for the Salvation Army in Cape Girardeau. This is the best organization I have ever seen. I am in the health-care field and they have helped me help my clients over the years with food, shoes, eye glasses, bread, coats, etc. You can go there for a holiday or regular dinner. ...

Letter to the Editor To save a nation (01/25/15) The character of our nation is being challenged and changed. An emergency "CPAC" is a must for the survival of our nation in this crisis time. n We must be concerned citizens committed to right the wrongs and concentrate on the consequences of bad law and actions...

Editorial New competition aims to spur entrepreneurship (01/25/15) Local business leaders and economic development partners are putting their minds and resources together in an attempt to spur more innovation and entrepreneurship in Cape Girardeau. These partners have begun a new competition, called the 1st50K. According to a recent story written by Erin Ragan, the competition will take applications yearround. Cash grants will be up to $50,000 and will be coupled with pro-bono business services and access to successful entrepreneurs...

Editorial Opera comes to Cape Girardeau's River Campus (01/23/15) This weekend, opera comes to Cape Girardeau at the River Campus. The opera is two one-act shows from Gian Carlo Menotti. "Amahl and the Night Visitors" is a take on the three wise men's journey to Bethlehem. "Amelia Goes to the Ball" is about an Italian woman who wants to go to an evening ball. It's an Italian script, but for those interested in a translation, one will be provided...

Speak Out Speak Out 1/23/15 (01/23/15) ** Dog park; ** Emergency vehicles; ** Thank you; ** Driving Broadway; ** GED test; ** Economy issue; ** Mayor story; ** Bulletin board; ** Where is it made?

Letter to the Editor Paycheck bill is not helpful (01/23/15) After reading State Rep Holly Rehder's latest comments in the paper, I am disappointed. I shouldn't be. I should know by now how she is willing to overlook the interests of SEMO voters when it comes to labor issues. Rehder is misleading readers when she says, "Labor reform is still on the top of my list," and says she is "for employees' freedom." What she's really doing is pushing laws that would make us less free but reward the CEOs who demand tax breaks while shipping jobs out of Missouri...


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