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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:21 AM

St. Louis soccer stadium funding bill revived, city would pay $60 million

Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

For 3rd straight time, Earth sets hottest year record

Woman's lawsuit claims St. Louis officer made illicit body cavity search after traffic stop

St. Louis Cardinals New Hall of Famer 'Pudge' says Yadi will be one, too

CIA publishes guidelines for handling Americans' info

Man charged in 2014 murders of two brothers in St. Louis

St. Louis police investigate death of infant boy

Jewish centers in West County evacuated by bomb scare amid nationwide spate of threats

Motorcyclist killed in collision on Gravois Avenue

National politics Teen abducted as newborn defends her kidnapper

NFL Goodell praises Kroenke's 'vision' at Chargers pep rally

Gateway to DC Raasch: Trump and the press — a match made in the First Amendment

Right-to-work law advances in Missouri House

Police searching for man who robbed bank in Creve Coeur

Cedar Hill man killed in 1-car crash in Jefferson County

5 suspects in 'series of felony crimes' arrested after crash in North County, police say

Mehlville district to open nontraditional grade school

Person fatally shot in Fountain Park

Man stabbed in face by friend in St. Louis robbery


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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Political News
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:21 AM

For St. Louis and the region, Obama's legacy goes beyond the numbers

St. Louis soccer stadium funding bill revived, city would pay $60 million

Senate bill could block proposed changes to St. Louis discrimination ordinance

Collector of Revenue Daly endorses Lyda Krewson for mayor

St. Louis senator calls for sanctions against Russia for election interference

Raasch: Trump and the press — a match made in the First Amendment

Right-to-work law advances in Missouri House

Work to lift up and move eastbound lanes of Poplar Street Bridge begins next month

Messenger: Gov. Eric Greitens wants a new direction for Missouri

Databases Searchable database: Money in Missouri politics

Missouri governor to attend Trump inauguration

Gov. Greitens outlines GOP-led reforms, ethics overhaul in first State of the State address

The honeymoon is over — Stenger, Walton Gray clash over redevelopment of Jamestown Mall

Treasurer Tishaura Jones defends frequent travel on taxpayer dime

Education Are the days of cheap college in Missouri ending? Budget crisis will test it

Controversial Capitol painting by former St. Louis student taken down; Clay promises appeal

Education Seven running for three spots on St. Louis elected school board

MoDOT says cuts to passenger rail budget won't affect Amtrak service

Missouri Supreme Court orders Kansas City vote on wage hike

Education Missouri school districts will have to cover more transportation costs after budget cuts


St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:22 AM

Editorial: Aloof and cerebral, Barack Obama fought for what's right. But he didn't fight hard enough.

Robberson: A brand name even a terrorist could learn to love

Editorial: Skilled trade jobs offer bright prospects for students

Columnists Andy Puzder Believes in Hard Work, Opportunities, and Open Dialogue Columnists Why it's time to pardon Marcus Garvey Columnists In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Lawmakers' misplaced anger over portrait misses the point

Before you 'dream the impossible dream'

An opportunity to make Mizzou great again

New law is not the way to 'break the pipeline' and keep students in school

Dana Miilbank Dana Milbank: Will Trump evict reporters from the White House?

George Will George Will: The water beetle of American politics

Eugene Robinson Eugene Robinson: Trump is wrong about black America

Dana Miilbank Dana Milbank: Trump gets no respect because he hasn't earned it

Michael Gerson Michael Gerson: Attacking Lewis showed Trump's disregard for the American story

McCaskill will vote for Trump defense and homeland security nominees, but other votes will be watched

Illinois Republicans try to use Speaker Madigan's re-election against Democratic incumbents

McClellan: There's nothing like an ice storm to unite us

Venture Cafe expands to two more sites in St. Louis and Creve Coeur

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Kansas City Star
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:22 AM

Government & Politics A listener, a joker, a president — Kansas Citians recall encounters with Barack Obama 11:08 PM

Cityscape Houston’s restaurant on Country Club Plaza to close after 30 years 6:25 PM

National Earth smashes temperature record for the third straight year 2:49 PM

Government & Politics Rift continues to jeopardize Kansas City Council vote on giant infrastructure plan 5:27 PM

Local Kansas City police continue search for missing UMKC student 5:57 PM

Faith Overland Park Jewish campus among those receiving bomb threats nationwide 7:08 PM

Sam Mellinger Baseball has unwittingly all but guaranteed Bonds, Clemens will be Hall of Famers soon 6:04 PM

30 missing in central Italy avalanche that buries hotel 5:14 AM

Ellen DeGeneres takes home 3 People's Choice Awards 6:09 AM

Columbia campus to take $20 million hit from governor’s cuts, MU leader says 5:06 PM

KC’s JE Dunn Construction wins federal contract in Florida 12:47 AM

Kansas State finishes off Oklahoma State with 96-88 victory 12:33 AM

Government & Politics A listener, a joker, a president — Kansas Citians recall encounters with Barack Obama 11:08 PM

Cityscape Houston’s restaurant on Country Club Plaza to close after 30 years 6:25 PM

National Earth smashes temperature record for the third straight year 2:49 PM

Government & Politics Rift continues to jeopardize Kansas City Council vote on giant infrastructure plan 5:27 PM

Local Kansas City police continue search for missing UMKC student 5:57 PM

Faith Overland Park Jewish campus among those receiving bomb threats nationwide 7:08 PM

Sam Mellinger Baseball has unwittingly all but guaranteed Bonds, Clemens will be Hall of Famers soon 6:04 PM

Missouri-made Gracie Gold seeks reset after jarring 2016 Because of her background in the state, two-time defending U.S. champion Gracie Gold will have a sense of familiarity when she competes in Kansas City in the U.S. Figure Skating championships beginning Thursday at the Sprint Center. And maybe that will help her get her mojo back after a rough 2016 triggered by an agonizing free skate at the World Championships.


Kansas City Star - Political News
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:22 AM

Government & Politics Rift continues to jeopardize Kansas City Counci l vote on giant infrastructure plan Mayor Sly James and Kansas City Council members have said repeatedly that an $800 million infrastructure plan is a top priority for 2017. But haggling over rival plans Wednesday threatened to scuttle chances for a consensus vote on Thursday, the last day to approve ballot language for an April election.

Government & Politics A listener, a joker, a president — Kansas Citians recall encounters with Barack Obama These Kansas Citians from all walks of life experienced President Barack Obama up close in the years before and during his presidency. As Obama leaves office Friday, Kansas Citians reminisced about their brushes with the historic president.

Government & Politics In KC, President Obama pushed his agenda, met the people and sampled the barbecue President Barack Obama began coming to Kansas City during his first run for the presidency and continued to come back for speeches after he won the White House.

Mary Sanchez The call to raise minimum wage isn’t over, thanks to faithful, worthy protesting Years of protests by Stand Up KC and Fight for $15 have pushed the conversation about raising the minimum wage to new acknowledgments. Everyone — those pressing for the raise, its critics and the general public — is in a more knowledgeable place for the efforts.

Government & Politics Kansas City Council committee recommends marijuana petition for April ballot The Kansas City Council's public safety committee recommended Wednesday that a petition to reduce pot possession fines go on the April ballot. The full council decides Thursday.

Business Moody’s upgrades KCI bonds, watches redevelopment plans The credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service said better finances at Kansas City International Airport earned KCI an improved debt rating. Moody's is keeping an eye on plans to redevelop KCI.

Local New Lee’s Summit superintendent to earn $235,000 — half what predecessor was paid to leave With his move from Hickman Mills to Lee's Summit, Superintendent Dennis Carpenter's annual base salary jumps nearly $50,000.

Government & Politics Controversial diocese student housing plan for Troost on hold A Catholic Diocese proposal to build student housing on the former St. Francis Xavier School site on Troost Avenue is on hold for at least another six months.

Development KCATA’s revolutionary Third-and-Grand plan wins council committee OK The Kansas City Council's planning and zoning committee unanimously advanced the partnership with Briarcliff Development Co. to Thursday's full council meeting, where it is expected to pass.

Government & Politics Trump taps former Georgia governor for agriculture secretary After weeks of speculation, former Georiga Governor Sonny Perdue was nominated to serve as secretary of agriculture in the new administration of President-elect Donald Trump, according to an official knowledgeable of the appointment but not authorized to speak publicly.

Government & Politics Here are all the members of Congress who are boycotting Trump’s inauguration A small but growing group of congressmen and women have announced they will not attend President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, breaking with generations of past precedent.

Government & Politics Former President George H.W. Bush and wife hospitalized Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted Wednesday to the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital with pneumonia, and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution after suffering fatigue and coughing, a spokesman said.

Government & Politics Rick Perry is on a ‘learning curve’ in understanding his role as energy secretary When President-elect Donald Trump offered Rick Perry the job of energy secretary five weeks ago, Perry believed he was taking on a role as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry. But in fact, if confirmed by the Senate, he would become the steward of the most fearsome weapons on the planet, the United States' nuclear arsenal.

Missouri Columbia campus to take $20 million hit from governor’s cuts, MU leader says “Simply put, because of these cuts, we will have about $20 million less to spend this year than we budgeted for last summer,” said Hank Foley, interim chancellor. The cuts are part of a $55 million funding reduction to Missouri universities.

Business KC’s JE Dunn Construction wins federal contract in Florida JE Dunn Construction, based in Kansas City, will renovate and expand a U.S. Army medical clinic at Hurlburt Field in Mary Esther, Fla.

The Buzz Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will attend Donald Trump’s inauguration The Kansas governor will head to Washington this week to watch as fellow Republican Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

Government & Politics Kansas legislators concede unpopular budget move may be their best option Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed using the $364 million investment fund to bridge this year's budget gap of roughly $342 million.

Government & Politics So long from White House: Obama aims final messages at Trump Barack Obama stepped behind the White House podium for the last time Wednesday, fielding questions from the crush of journalists crammed in for the occasion and offering assurances to Americans watching on TV.

Government & Politics This is what Donald Trump is doing starting on Day One Donald Trump will begin his presidency with a flurry of executive orders on illegal immigration, the environment and ethics as he tries to quickly make good on his campaign promises and dismantle his predecessor's legacy.

Government & Politics Man reportedly sets himself on fire outside Trump’s DC hotel in protest The man suffered serious but not life-threatening burns, according to the Washington D.C. fire department.


Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:22 AM

Editorials 2016 was a year of changes for Kansas City, and we’re rolling right along From a Royals season that fizzled to a Chiefs season that sizzled, from the streetcars that proved surprising to the earthquakes now arising, 2016 was a memorable year for Kansas City. A verse by The Star's Don Munday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editorials In an ugly election, the choice is clear: Hillary Clinton for president Both major-party nominees for president are deeply flawed, but their flaws are inherently — and importantly — different. Democrat Hillary Clinton has the resume, the temperament and the critical decision-making skills required for the most stressful job in the world.

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

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

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

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


The Springfield News Leader
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:22 AM

SPS: Case of student with mumps confirmed

Nixa legislator wants gun-free zones eliminated

Rallies and marches planned in Springfield during inauguration…

Missouri, New Hampshire could become right-to-work states

Mt. Vernon woman killed in crash

MDC helicopter gunner fails to kill any feral hogs at Current River…

Ozarks Celebrating 150 years: A Springfield newspaper's timeline Celebrating 150 years: A Springfield newspaper's timeline The Springfield Leader first published on April 4, 1867. Ozarks 1  week, 4  days ago

Education Facing poverty head-on: Embracing the children of Haiti Facing poverty head-on: Embracing the children of Haiti MSU junior Brooke Daly visited Haiti through Poverty Resolutions, an organization dedicated to making a sustainable impact in Haiti. Education 18  minutes ago

Ozarks Citing safety concerns, Springfield department head wants to bolster housing code Citing safety concerns, Springfield department head wants to bolster housing code Landlords are required to make sure their tenants have running water. Ozarks 18  minutes ago

Politics Targeted by Greitens, Missouri's prevailing wage law considered for repeal Targeted by Greitens, Missouri's prevailing wage law considered for repeal The law mandates construction companies contracted to do public projects to pay their workers a minimum rate. Politics 6  hours, 48  minutes ago

Politics Democrat calls for Missouri to cut investment ties with Russia Democrat calls for Missouri to cut investment ties with Russia The bill would prevent Missouri and any of its political subdivisions from investing in or doing business with Russia Politics 6  hours, 51  minutes ago

Ozarks Knights of Columbus donate to Branson special education department Knights of Columbus donate to Branson special education department People Are Awesome recognizes area businesses, employees and people Ozarks 13  hours, 22  minutes ago

Ozarks Hunting feral hogs Hunting feral hogs Armed with a 9 mm pistol, James Dixon, an MDC wildlife damage biologist, follows the trail of a herd of feral hogs through the Mark Twain National Forest in Barry County. His goal: Kill as many of the invasive pigs as he can. Ozarks 13  hours, 57  minutes ago

Ozarks East Chestnut overpass construction to delay traffic through November East Chestnut overpass construction to delay traffic through November The $14.8 million project, once completed, will allow traffic to avoid a set of railroad tracks owned by BNSF Railway. Ozarks 14  hours ago

Missouri Masked gunmen kill 15-year-old St. Louis girl Masked gunmen kill 15-year-old St. Louis girl Detectives don't believe the shooting was random. Missouri 14  hours, 40  minutes ago

Outdoors Bald eagles the stars of the show at annual Eagle Days event this weekend Bald eagles the stars of the show at annual Eagle Days event this weekend Live eagle 'Phoenix' also on display at Nature Center Outdoors 16  hours, 53  minutes ago

Missouri K.C. man sentenced for aiming laser at police helicopter K.C. man sentenced for aiming laser at police helicopter Hen will serve three years in federal prison without parole Missouri 18  hours, 24  minutes ago

Ozarks OTC receives $120,000 grant from 3M Gives Foundation OTC receives $120,000 grant from 3M Gives Foundation People Are Awesome recognizes area businesses, employees and people Ozarks 18  hours, 32  minutes ago

Ozarks Sampietro memorial toy drive delivers hundreds of gifts to CoxHealth Sampietro memorial toy drive delivers hundreds of gifts to CoxHealth People Are Awesome recognizes area businesses, employees and businesses Ozarks 18  hours, 43  minutes ago

Ozarks Books, movies and TV find their way to cookbooks Books, movies and TV find their way to cookbooks Libraries offer cookbooks with recipes that reference popular books, TV shows and movies. Ozarks 18  hours, 47  minutes ago


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The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:22 AM

Our Voice: Yes to `pocket neighborhoods'

A farewell to President Barack Obama

Trump will continue to flabbergast

Opinion Politicians looking for cuts … that don't affect them Politicians looking for cuts … that don't affect them They protect funding for programs and policies that benefit themselves and their cronies Opinion 1 day, 11 hours ago

Readers Now is the time to support law enforcement Now is the time to support law enforcement Each day our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for their communities Readers 1 day, 13 hours ago

Opinion Today's poll Today's poll The Missouri House of Representatives gave initial approval to right-to-work legislation. Where do you stand? Opinion 14 hours, 43 minutes ago

Contributors McCaskill should support Sessions for attorney general McCaskill should support Sessions for attorney general His qualifications are second to none Contributors 1 day, 13 hours ago

Editorials Guest Voice: Kansas' economic experiment floundering Guest Voice: Kansas' economic experiment floundering Last week, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback finally admitted that he has a big budget problem Editorials 1 day, 14 hours ago

Editorials Our Voice: Clerk eyes Sunshine improvement Our Voice: Clerk eyes Sunshine improvement In November, we wrote that we were concerned about an audit that found Greene County did not respond to a Sunshine Law test. Editorials 2 days, 7 hours ago

Readers Reject Scott Pruitt for the Environmental Protection Agency Reject Scott Pruitt for the Environmental Protection Agency Reject Scott Pruitt for the Environmental Protection Agency Readers 2 days, 7 hours ago

Readers City of Springfield's hidden agenda City of Springfield's hidden agenda City of Springfield's hidden agenda Readers 2 days, 7 hours ago

Readers How to change the world one step at a time How to change the world one step at a time How to change the world one step at a time Readers 2 days, 7 hours ago

Readers Roses & Thorns: To the Greene Co. Amateur Radio Emergency Services Roses & Thorns: To the Greene Co. Amateur Radio Emergency Services Roses & Thorns: To the Greene Co. Amateur Radio Emergency Services Readers 3 days, 6 hours ago

Contributors What happened to the presidential honeymoon? What happened to the presidential honeymoon? What happened to the presidential honeymoon? Contributors 3 days, 6 hours ago

Readers Gov. Greitens needs support to protect poor Gov. Greitens needs support to protect poor Gov. Greitens needs support to protect poor Readers 3 days, 6 hours ago

Readers Stay informed on restaurant inspections Stay informed on restaurant inspections Here's hoping you dine in good health. Readers 3 days, 6 hours ago

Readers Faith in overcoming struggles requires working with God Faith in overcoming struggles requires working with God Faith in overcoming struggles requires working with God Readers 3 days, 6 hours ago

Contributors `Open letter' an inaccurate portrayal of Muslims `Open letter' an inaccurate portrayal of Muslims We all have the responsibility to resist judging entire groups of people based on their religion, ethnicity, nationality or race Contributors 4 days, 10 hours ago

Opinion America is a republic, not a democracy America is a republic, not a democracy Shocking how many people don't understand this Opinion 4 days, 10 hours ago

Opinion Roses: To Jeff Schiman at Don Wessel Honda Roses: To Jeff Schiman at Don Wessel Honda Thanks for getting granddaughter's car repaired in time for mission trip Opinion 4 days, 10 hours ago


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

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

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

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


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

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

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Columbia Daily Tribune
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:23 AM

Losing streak hits nine as Alabama sinks Missouri

One person dead after Columbia traffic stop

University of Missouri leaders working on response to state budget cuts

Development, zoning proposals draw debate at Columbia City Council meeting The Columbia City Council fielded public concerns Tuesday over zoning projects that would extend a road through a subdivision and allow development of apartments in the Benton-Stephens neighborhood.

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Parkade Elementary School put on 'modified' lockdown

Columbia police investigate robbery at First State Community Bank

Local Trump supporters, foes head to Washington

Nearly 1,000 tons of salt used in weekend storm

Filing ends with contested school board, municipal races

Columbia City Council to consider resolution in support of water issues

Petition seeks to cancel show featuring Bengal tigers

Hallsville Board of Education takes final step to place 80-cent operating levy increase on April ballot

City warns against utility billing scam

Hospital board hires public relations firm for management plan process A New York-based public relations firm will guide the Boone Hospital Center Board of Trustee…

Centralia High School students to attend Columbia Area Career Center; Hallsville, Southern Boone students to leave Centralia High School students will join the Columbia Area Career Center next school year, j…

Two more seek Boone Hospital Center board appointment A former trustee for Boone Hospital Center and a local businessman are hoping to get on the …

Court denies request for new hearing in Opus lawsuit A federal appeals court Tuesday denied a request for a new appeals court hearing in the Opus lawsuit. The suit questioned the legality of a 2014 decision by the Columbia City Council.

Judge rules against police immunity in Ryan Ferguson's civil rights case A federal judge ruled Tuesday that six Columbia police officers who worked on the case again…

Two Fulton men arrested on suspicion of burglary, assault Two Fulton men were arrested Saturday on suspicion of assaulting two people at a Columbia motel.


Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:24 AM

Sessions

Local control

First steps

Local hospitals

Focused deterrence Citizens worried about crime -- isn't that everybody? -- often yearn for police to somehow pre…

The Obama legacy As President Barack Obama heads out the door of the White House, we are bound to think about…

Unprecedented In the age of Trump, how shall responsible reporters cope when an outlier public figure cont…

Downzoning After more than 40 hours of exhausting examination, the city Planning and Zoning Commission …

Hacking The most disturbing aspect of Russian attempts to hack our recent election process is not th…

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Missouri's new law on guns falls short

Join march to show concern for climate

Prayer is an answer in fight against evil

Right-to-country club should be state law

Stop trying to repeal Affordable Care Act

Sessions

Local control

First steps

Local hospitals

Focused deterrence


St. Joseph News-Press
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:24 AM

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:24 AM

Protect the protectors Politicians and officials who align themselves with positions strongly supported by voting public may be seen as opportunists. Still, the public is served. Protect the protectors

Debt collectors: obey the rules

Talks inform, enlighten

Trustees owe us answers

`Ferguson effect' cuts both ways

Want good career? Prepare

Sanctuary cities part of problem

Who will pay your loan debt?

Growth is a concern

New day dawns in Jefferson City


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The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:25 AM

Our view: Cuts at what price? Unlike the federal government, states are required to balance the budget. So we admire the fact that new Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is taking his job seriously right out of the gate.

Your View: Letters to the editor Complex problem

Our View: Live up to the words `The time is always right to do what is right.'

Anson Burlingame: Ignoring the U.S. Constitution To claim that Donald Trump is not a legitimate president ignores the ultimate law of the land, our Constitution. Of course any private citizen has the right to feel that way, talk that way, advocate for the immediate removal from office any elected official who obtains any public office by i…

Taylor Armerding: Obama creates final illusion as he says farewell It sounded good — very good.Which is usually the case when President Barack Obama gives a speech. I doubt there is anybody better with a teleprompter.

Your View: Letters to the editor Republican indifference

Our view: Finding Joplin's 'magic' Joplin doesn't have a giant ball of twine, a corn palace or even the world's deepest hand-dug well.

Joan Banks: Economic benefits of right to work are fallacy Our Republican legislators are advancing a right-to-work law for Missouri, alleging it will be to the state's economic benefit.

Carol Stark: Newsroom 'library' offers eclectic choices for 2017 In one of the many hidey holes found inside The Joplin Globe building, a small interoffice lending library has formed.

Geoff Caldwell: BuzzFeed takes buzzsaw to the truth For a brief moment following the November election, there appeared throughout the often-referenced “mainstream media” a rarity of rarities. In production rooms and editor chairs across the country, there was occurring something that the majority of Americans never thought possible — self-ref…

Andy Ostmeyer: Term 'hillbilly' not an insult, but 'expression of envy.' George Will's column in Sunday's edition of the Globe about the use of pejorative terms to describe groups of people reminded that for one particular term that issue has been resolved.

Dave Woods: Help those adrift in sea of hopelessness I lost my best friend, and my life companion of almost 18 years, three months ago to depression, despair and the lack of hope. He would have turned 43-years-old today had he not slipped into what seems a sudden abyss of hopelessness. He left behind dozens of devastated and confused family me…

Phill Brooks: Greitens' executive orders prompt questions The actions surrounding the inauguration of Missouri's new governor suggested to me a level of governmental transformation I cannot recall since Kit Bond's first gubernatorial term in 1973.

Our View: Clear the air A Missouri House rules committee sends a hazy message each year about this time when it routinely votes down the annual proposal to ban smoking in state Capitol offices.

Robert B. Reich: The 15 warning signs of tyranny As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically:

Our View: Righting a wrong Nearing the end of his term, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon took steps this past week to make sure that 16 members of the clergy who had been convicted of trespassing in the Missouri Senate were pardoned.

Your view: Letters to the editor Two opinion columns (Globe, Jan. 10) caught my attention.

Cheryle Finley: Stock the pantry with these must-have items It is fairly obvious that regularly cleaning and straightening my pantry was not one of my New Year's resolutions because surely I would have accomplished the task once before breaking the promise I made to myself.

Your view: Letters to the editor Critical of columns

Our View: Righting a wrong Nearing the end of his term, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon took steps this past week to make sure that 16 members of the clergy who had been convicted of trespassing in the Missouri Senate were pardoned.


The Jefferson City News Tribune
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:25 AM

Greitens appoints new DNR head: Gov. Eric Greitens announced Wednesday that Carol Comer will head Missouri's Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

LU modifies policy allowing faculty terminations: Lincoln University curators have approved a modified policy for "termination of tenure due to discontinuation" of an academic program or...

Judge rules in favor of man with overturned conviction: A man whose conviction in a Missouri sports editor's death was overturned after spending nearly a decade in prison is...

Missouri bills seek to address transgender restroom debate: Amid national debates about the access transgender people have to public facilities like restrooms, locker rooms and showers — in...

In Wyoming, DeVos gun remark more about safety than politics: In grizzly country, comments by President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary that schools should have guns on campus to...

St. Joseph man charged in JC carjacking: A St. Joseph man has been charged in a carjacking that took place Saturday in Jefferson City.

MDC reports hunting season totals: Missouri's 2016-17 deer hunting season ended Jan. 15 with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reporting a preliminary total harvest...

Aaron Fisher seeks dismissal of assault case: Defense attorney Kimberly Kollmeyer filed three motions Tuesday to dismiss the case against Aaron Fisher, who now faces a felony...

Mayor to attend inauguration: At precisely 9:24 a.m. Friday, the Missouri State University Chorale will be performing at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump...

Downtown JC briefly goes dark: An insulator failing on an electrical line caused power to flicker for a few seconds at downtown Jefferson City businesses...

Franklin files bill protecting vacation home rentals: State Rep. Diane Franklin, R-Camdenton, has filed legislation addressing tax assessment of homes rented on a short-term basis to vacationers...

Math, scince will shine bright at South Callaway Elementary: Children's love of science should start young. That's the philosophy behind South Callaway Elementary's STEM Family Fun Night planned...

Mom, kids fled at time when domestic violence wasn't a crime: A woman charged with abducting her two daughters from their father in 1985 fled the state following an argument between...

Orlando gunman's widow pleads not guilty to aiding husband: The widow of the Orlando nightclub gunman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of aiding and abetting her husband's support...

Ice storm paralyzes parts of Oregon, Washington state: An ice storm shut down major highways Wednesday in Oregon and Washington state and paralyzed towns in the Columbia River...

Rabbis plan response to white supremacist threats in Montana: Orthodox Jewish rabbis said Wednesday they will counter white supremacists' harassment of the Jewish community in the Montana town of...

Woman who sought kidney on Craigslist gets it from mother: A New Jersey woman who found a kidney donor on Craigslist in 2015 but later was told the organ transplant...

Anxious European leaders seek an early audience with Trump: European leaders, anxious over Donald Trump's unpredictability and kind words for the Kremlin, are scrambling to get face time with...

In break with Trump, EPA pick says climate change isn't hoax: Donald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that climate change is real, breaking with both the...

Obama defends decision to commute Chelsea Manning's sentence: President Barack Obama firmly defended his decision to cut nearly three decades off convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's prison term Wednesday,...


The Jefferson City News Tribune - State News
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:25 AM

Missouri, New Hampshire could become right-to-work states: Newly bolstered Republican majorities are moving quickly in several states to diminish the power of organized labor with new laws...

Greitens announces new DNR director: Gov. Eric Greitens announced Wednesday that Carol Comer will head Missouri's Department of Natural Resources.

Missouri House gives initial approval to right-to-work: Missouri's Republican-led House has pushed forward a proposal to make Missouri the 28th right-to-work state despite Democratic efforts to send...

Greitens: Missouri needs smaller state workforce: Missouri can provide better raises for state employees if there are fewer of them, Gov. Eric Greitens said during his...

Greitens focuses on job growth during State of the State: New Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens outlined plans to help grow jobs during his first State of the State address Tuesday,...

Ice blamed for fatal crash: Authorities say a Kentucky woman has died from injuries suffered in a crash on an icy stretch of Interstate 70...

Naked inmates can sue Cole County Jail: A federal appeals court says former inmates at the Cole County Jail can sue over a policy that left them...

Police seek teen and mom in killing of Missouri State player: Police are looking for a teenage suspect and his mother in the shooting of a Missouri State University football player...

Girl, 10, identified as victim of deadly Missouri shooting: Authorities say a 10-year-old girl has died in a southwest Missouri shooting that appears to be accidental.

Police identify man found dead outside hospital: St. Louis County police have identified the man who died after being found outside a hospital, and continue to investigate.

Ice blamed for Missouri crash that killed Kentucky woman: Authorities say a Kentucky woman has died from injuries suffered in a crash on an icy stretch of Interstate 70...

Uncle: Girl found after disappearance has long recovery: A relative of a 12-year-old St. Louis girl found Friday after disappearing two days earlier say she's eating and communicating...

Stolen vehicle crash sends car into Kansas City building: Authorities say a car went crashing into a Kansas City building after colliding with a stolen vehicle whose driver was...

Kansas man dies when van wrecks on Missouri freeway: Missouri authorities said one of 13 occupants of a van was killed when the vehicle crashed north of Kansas...

Oil pipeline leak reported in southwest Missouri: A southwest Missouri county highway is expected to be closed until Thursday as crews clean up an oil pipeline spill.

Woman, 74, killed in house fire: Authorities said a 74-year-old woman was killed in a house fire in southeastern Missouri's Madison County.

Man dies in ATV wreck; driver arrested on suspicion of DWI: The Missouri Highway Patrol said a 28-year-old man died after a four-wheeler he was riding on overturned.

Man found dead outside St. Louis County hospital: Police are investigating after a 34-year-old man was found dead outside a hospital in north St. Louis County.

Colleges take hit: Greitens cuts $146M from budget: Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens cut more than $146 million in spending from the budget on Monday, including close to...

Governor's State of the State speech tonight: Gov. Eric Greitens will deliver his first State of the State address tonight, in which he will roll out his...


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Local News
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:25 AM

Greitens appoints new DNR head: Gov. Eric Greitens announced Wednesday that Carol Comer will head Missouri's Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

LU modifies policy allowing faculty terminations: Lincoln University curators have approved a modified policy for "termination of tenure due to discontinuation" of an academic program or...

Judge rules in favor of man with overturned conviction: A man whose conviction in a Missouri sports editor's death was overturned after spending nearly a decade in prison is...

Missouri bills seek to address transgender restroom debate: Amid national debates about the access transgender people have to public facilities like restrooms, locker rooms and showers — in...

St. Joseph man charged in JC carjacking: A St. Joseph man has been charged in a carjacking that took place Saturday in Jefferson City.

MDC reports hunting season totals: Missouri's 2016-17 deer hunting season ended Jan. 15 with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reporting a preliminary total harvest...

Aaron Fisher seeks dismissal of assault case: Defense attorney Kimberly Kollmeyer filed three motions Tuesday to dismiss the case against Aaron Fisher, who now faces a felony...

Mayor to attend inauguration: At precisely 9:24 a.m. Friday, the Missouri State University Chorale will be performing at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump...

Downtown JC briefly goes dark: An insulator failing on an electrical line caused power to flicker for a few seconds at downtown Jefferson City businesses...

Franklin files bill protecting vacation home rentals: State Rep. Diane Franklin, R-Camdenton, has filed legislation addressing tax assessment of homes rented on a short-term basis to vacationers...

Greitens announces new DNR director: Gov. Eric Greitens announced Wednesday that Carol Comer will head Missouri's Department of Natural Resources.

Greitens: Missouri needs smaller state workforce: Missouri can provide better raises for state employees if there are fewer of them, Gov. Eric Greitens said during his...

Greitens focuses on job growth during State of the State: New Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens outlined plans to help grow jobs during his first State of the State address Tuesday,...

Shoe factory development detailed for council: Ten days after unveiling plans for a $13 million, 80-unit housing project, a Springfield developer acclaimed for repurposing landmark factories...

JC woman charged in drug bust: A Jefferson City woman has been charged after a Mustang Drug Task Force operation.

Developers keen on history of factory: The past, present and future of the Jefferson City landmark at 1101 E. Capitol Ave. will be propelled into the...

More charges filed in storage unit break-in: A third person has been charged in connection with stealing nearly $13,000 in items from storage units in October.

Man faces 7 charges in triple stabbing: Jonathan W. Tindall faces seven felony charges from a triple stabbing incident Sunday at a Lake Ozark residence, including endangering...

Jackson files for council on last day: On the last day for filing for the April 4 municipal election, a third candidate filed for the contested race...

Filing ends with races for school boards, 2 council seats: Only two contested races will be on the April 4 ballot for city offices in Jefferson City.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:25 AM

Perspective: Legislative process begins anew: Last Monday's inaugural activities, beginning with the governor's prayer service and culminating with the inaugural ball, were well-planned, well-executed, and...

Your Opinion: Spend tax dollars wisely: No government is anarchy; too much is anguish. With a new state administration on board and a new federal in...

Your Opinion: Good stewards of tax dollars?: While I am an enthusiastic proponent of the two high school plan, I am not confident that JCPS's newer superintendent,...

Perspective: Time to roll up our sleeves and get to work: On Monday, it was my great honor to watch Gov. Eric Greitens' inauguration on the Capitol steps. I'm not much...

Our Opinion: Welcome, Sheriff Bonham: There's a new sheriff in town. We would like to extend a welcome to Michael Bonham, who recently took over...

Your Opinion: Preserve parts of Affordable Care Act: I find it confounding that Congress has wasted time voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act upwards of 50 times,...

Perspective: Busy session gets off to a quick start: The second week of the 115th Congress proved to be just as busy as the first one and I expect...

Our Opinion: Random acts of kindness acknowledged: We don't make a habit of printing letters noting kind acts done by others, as they don't meet the criteria...

Your Opinion: Right to work means job opportunity: Right to work means more job opportunities for Missourians. Data shows, with slower growth, Missouri is ready to become a...

Our Opinion: Local theater group brings theatrical arts opportunities to the public: Kudos to Capital City Productions for offering theater classes that make the theatrical arts accessible to everyone.

Your Opinion: Oak Hills beer sales, operating costs: Mr. Richardson you were direct and to the point on beer sales increasing in your article concerning Oak Hills January...

Our Opinion: When local stores close: Jefferson City residents have disparaged the recent announcement that Sears and Kmart would close their local stores.

Our Opinion: Nixon erred in pardoning protestors: Outgoing Gov. Jay Nixon erred in pardoning the so-called "Medicaid protesters."

Your Opinion: Hoping for a short presidential speech: Let's hope for brevity on Jan. 20!

Your Opinion: Proposed school levy numbers questioned: When I saw the article titled "Tax rate for two high school plan would still rank among the lowest in...

Your Opinion: Shoe factory rehab to be Hamilton-Dulle Towers again: This is in reference to the article about the old shoe factory on Capital Avenue being turned into affordable housing...

Our Opinion: Greitens' gift ban good first step: Eric Greitens comes into the governor's office as an untested outsider, whose campaign was long on talk of change and...

Perspective: U.S. House gets off to quick start in bid to enrich American lives: The first week in January was not only the start to a new year, but it also was the start...

Perspective: Insights for the session: The 2017 legislative session began Wednesday. This session, like every session, will bring many new changes and opportunities.

Perspective: An historic majority and increased responsibility: Excitement and optimism abound in your state Capitol. For the first time in Missouri history, our state is governed by...


The Southeast Missourian
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:25 AM

Area hospitals hope a box helps prevent infant deaths (1/19/17) 2 By Ben Kleine ~ Southeast Missourian In the past seven years, 119 babies died before their first birthdays in six counties in Southeast Missouri -- Scott, Mississippi, New Madrid, Stoddard, Dunklin and Pemiscot, according to statistics from the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services...

Obama shortens sentence of inmate from Cape (1/19/17) 2 By BEN KLEINE ~ Southeast Missourian A 37-year-old Cape Girardeau man will be released from a federal prison in South Dakota in July after receiving a commutation Tuesday from President Barack Obama. Christopher M. DePree will have served about 12 years of the 15-year, 8-month sentence he received Nov. 14, 2005, from federal Judge Jean C. Hamilton...

Civil-rights activist: King's work is not done (1/19/17) By Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is a bittersweet occasion for civil-rights activist Mary Frances Berry. "I'm somewhat sad," she said during her keynote address Wednesday night at Southeast's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner. "Because I miss Coretta [Scott King]. And I miss Martin."...

Vargas: No plans for layoffs or breaking tuition cap (1/19/17) By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University has no plans to break the cap on tuition increases or lay off employees as a result of cuts in state aid, school president Carlos Vargas-Aburto said Wednesday. Gov. Eric Greitens announced cuts to higher-education funding Monday totaling $82 million, including nearly $56 million in core state aid for four-year universities...

Jackson Civic Center now hosting free book exchange (1/19/17) By Marybeth Niederkorn ~ Southeast Missourian Jackson Civic Center will host an ongoing free book exchange, said Shane Anderson, director of the Jackson Parks System. Riverside Regional Library in Jackson will provide a mobile display with free books. People are encouraged to bring a book and exchange it for another on the shelf, but bringing a book is not required...

Missouri, New Hampshire could become right-to-work states (1/19/17) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Newly bolstered Republican majorities are moving quickly in several states to diminish the power of organized labor with new laws prohibiting mandatory union fees in workplaces. So-called right-to-work laws could get votes today in the Missouri House and the New Hampshire Senate, an early step toward eventual passage in two states where new Republican governors have pledged to sign the measures into law. The Missouri proposal won initial House approval Wednesday...

Masked gunmen kill 15-year-old St. Louis girl (1/19/17) ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis police believe a 15-year-old girl who was shot to death outside her home was the intended target of the attack and wasn't killed at random. Two masked gunmen with assault rifles fired at Toni Stevenson as she sat alone in a car Tuesday night. She was a sophomore at Northwest Academy of Law High School, a city magnet school that focuses on preparing students for careers in law and law enforcement...

Greitens announces new Department of Natural Resources head (1/19/17) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Eric Greitens has chosen the commissioner of Indiana's Department of Environmental Management to lead Missouri's Department of Natural Resources. Carol Comer will be the newest addition to Greitens' Cabinet. She worked under Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who will be sworn in as vice president Friday...

Campus head fired after homeless student stayed in library (1/19/17) LIBERTY, Mo. -- The former campus president of a Kansas City trade school said he was fired for letting a homeless student sleep overnight in the school's library during a cold snap. Snow was on the ground and temperatures dipped below zero Jan. 6 when Brian Carroll allowed the student to stay inside the Vatterott College building. The Kansas City Star reported Carroll said the situation was "life-threatening," and the student left the next morning as agreed...

Washington U. class focuses on Kanye West (1/19/17) ST. LOUIS -- A new course at Washington University in St. Louis is focused on the world of Kanye West. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported 75 students are registered for "Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics," which began this week. There's a waiting list to get in...

Inaugural crowds sure to be huge - but how huge? (1/19/17) WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump said his inauguration will have "an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout." Organizers of a protest the next day call it the biggest demonstration in history to welcome a new president. Exactly how many people show up for both events likely never will be known...

Federal study on Dakota Access pipeline to move forward (1/19/17) BISMARCK, N.D. -- A federal judge said Wednesday he won't keep the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline's disputed crossing under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota...

Foreclosed mall once valued at $190M sold for $100 (1/19/17) TARENTUM, Pa. -- A mall that was foreclosed on after its owners failed to repay $143 million has been auctioned off for $100. Wells Fargo Bank was owed the money from a 2006 loan and submitted the winning bid for the 1.1 million-square-foot Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills on Wednesday. The bank was acting as trustee for MSCI 2007 HQ11, the trust that bought the mall, which once was worth $190 million but recently was appraised at $11 million and is slightly more than half occupied...

Poll: Americans of all stripes want health care fixed (1/19/17) WASHINGTON -- Sylvia Douglas twice voted for President Barack Obama and last year cast a ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton. But when it comes to "Obamacare," she sounds like President-elect Donald Trump. This makes her chuckle amid the serious choices she faces every month between groceries, electricity and paying a health-insurance bill that has jumped by nearly $400...

West African bloc vows military intervention against Gambia president (1/19/17) DAKAR, Senegal -- After more than two decades in power, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh faced the prospect of a military intervention by regional forces, as the man who once pledged to rule the West African nation for a billion years clung to power late Wednesday...

Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 1/19/17 (1/19/17) Approval of minutes n Minutes of the Jan. 12 meeting Communications/ reports -- other elected officials n None at this time Public comments n Items listed on agenda Routine business...

Court denies a request to arrest Samsung's de facto head (1/19/17) SEOUL, South Korea -- A Seoul court denied a request to arrest Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-yong, a setback to prosecutors investigating an influence-peddling scandal that toppled South Korea's president. The Seoul Central District Court said today a judge concluded there was not enough justification to detain the 48-year-old Samsung heir at this stage...

1st U.S. rules for pot in public fire up debate in Denver (1/19/17) DENVER -- Denver started work Wednesday on becoming the first city in the U.S. to allow marijuana clubs and public pot use in places such as coffee shops, yoga studios and art galleries. Voters narrowly approved the "social use" measure in November. But the ballot proposal didn't spell out many rules for how the marijuana could be consumed, beyond saying the drug can't be smoked inside and patrons must be older than 21...

Feds advise workaround on asset-forfeiture rule (1/19/17) RICHMOND, Va. -- The U.S. Department of Justice gave instructions on how to work around its strict rules for spending money seized in investigations to Virginia's top prosecutor, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Law-enforcement agencies participating in investigations with federal counterparts can share proceeds of seized assets under Equitable Sharing programs run by the Justice and Treasury departments. ...

Orlando gunman's widow pleads not guilty to aiding husband (1/19/17) OAKLAND, Calif. -- The widow of the Orlando nightclub gunman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of aiding and abetting her husband's support of the Islamic State group and hindering the investigation of the attack that killed 49 people and injured 53 others...


The Southeast Missourian - State News
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:25 AM

Missouri, New Hampshire could become right-to-work states JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Newly bolstered Republican majorities are moving quickly in several states to diminish the power of organized labor with new laws prohibiting mandatory union fees in workplaces. So-called right-to-work laws could get votes today in the Missouri House and the New Hampshire Senate, an early step toward eventual passage in two states where new Republican governors have pledged to sign the measures into law. The Missouri proposal won initial House approval Wednesday...

Masked gunmen kill 15-year-old St. Louis girl ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis police believe a 15-year-old girl who was shot to death outside her home was the intended target of the attack and wasn't killed at random. Two masked gunmen with assault rifles fired at Toni Stevenson as she sat alone in a car Tuesday night. She was a sophomore at Northwest Academy of Law High School, a city magnet school that focuses on preparing students for careers in law and law enforcement...

Greitens announces new Department of Natural Resources head JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Eric Greitens has chosen the commissioner of Indiana's Department of Environmental Management to lead Missouri's Department of Natural Resources. Carol Comer will be the newest addition to Greitens' Cabinet. She worked under Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who will be sworn in as vice president Friday...

Campus head fired after homeless student stayed in library LIBERTY, Mo. -- The former campus president of a Kansas City trade school said he was fired for letting a homeless student sleep overnight in the school's library during a cold snap. Snow was on the ground and temperatures dipped below zero Jan. 6 when Brian Carroll allowed the student to stay inside the Vatterott College building. The Kansas City Star reported Carroll said the situation was "life-threatening," and the student left the next morning as agreed...

Washington U. class focuses on Kanye West ST. LOUIS -- A new course at Washington University in St. Louis is focused on the world of Kanye West. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported 75 students are registered for "Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics," which began this week. There's a waiting list to get in...

Greitens focuses on job growth during State of the State (1/18/17) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- New Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens during his first State of the State address Tuesday outlined a plan he said will help grow jobs, including passing a right-to-work law barring mandatory union fees and paring back government regulations...

Artwork depicting Ferguson removed from Capitol display (1/18/17) WASHINGTON -- A student's painting that divided members of Congress for its depiction of Ferguson, Missouri, has been removed from its Capitol Hill display, this time perhaps permanently. Several Republicans had complained about the painting, which shows a pig in a police uniform aiming a gun at a protester, and even took down the artwork temporarily. ...

Missouri House passes bill banning lobbyist gifts (1/18/17) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A bill setting limits on lobbyist gifts to elected officials will move to the Senate from the Missouri House. House members voted 149-5 on Tuesday in favor of a proposal to ban gifts to individual elected officials, with some exceptions. ...

Ex-Drury University swimmer: Hazing ended athletic career (1/18/17) SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A former swimmer at a southwestern Missouri university said hazing he and others endured during his freshman year left him with physical and mental injuries that ended his athletic career. The allegations from Evan Petrich, 18, were confirmed Monday night by Drury University director of athletics Mark Fisher, who said during a news conference the school in Springfield has toughened its hazing policy, the Springfield News-Leader reported...

Governor cuts $146 million, colleges take hit (1/17/17) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens cut more than $146 million in spending from the budget on Monday, including nearly $68 million in core funding for public universities and community colleges. Greitens announced the cuts for this fiscal year's budget one week after he took office...

Oil pipeline leak reported in southwest Missouri (1/17/17) NICKELVILLE, Mo. -- A southwest Missouri county highway is expected to be closed until Thursday as crews clean up an oil-pipeline spill. Enbridge Energy said Sunday nearly 200 barrels of oil leaked from a pipeline at its pump station near Nickeville...

After long decline, St. Louis tries to rebuild with startups (1/17/17) ST. LOUIS -- It's tough to rebuild a city's image when the national perception is it peaked a century ago, and when recent news sometimes has been dismal. St. Louis was the nation's fourth-largest city in 1904, the year it hosted the Olympics and the World's Fair...

Rideshare regulations speed through Missouri House (1/16/17) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are hoping to expand services to Missouri customers under proposed statewide regulations for the app-based companies. Legislators are taking another crack at a proposal that would require a yearly $5,000 registration fee, local and national driver-background checks and vehicle inspections and exempt such companies from local or municipal taxes. A similar bill stalled last year in the Senate...

Another Missouri school district considers 4-day week (1/16/17) GRANBY, Mo. -- East Newton school district officials are considering whether the southwest Missouri district should join 18 others that have converted to a four-day school week. Superintendent Todd McCrackin said the district, which has about 1,325 students, is considering the change because it is expecting a $350,000 drop in its budget next year, The Joplin Globe reported...

Ex-FBI agent recalls helping find 2 missing boys decade ago (1/16/17) ST. LOUIS -- A former FBI agent who played a key role in cracking the disappearance of two Missouri boys, one of whom had been missing for nearly five years, rejoiced in the 10-year anniversary of the rescues, known as the "Missouri Miracle." Lynn Willett told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch saving Ben Ownby and Shawn Hornbeck from Michael Devlin's suburban St. Louis apartment in 2007 was "a significant day for all of us."...

Missouri senators renew effort to get Delta Queen cruising (1/15/17) ST. LOUIS -- Missouri's U.S. senators are renewing efforts to get the legendary riverboat the Delta Queen cruising again on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Legislation filed by Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and co-sponsored by Republican Sen. ...

U.S. midsection grapples with pesky ice storm; more on way (1/15/17) KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Parts of the central U.S. grappled Saturday with a second day of road-glazing ice and braced for more of the treacherous, below-freezing wintry weather expected to close out the holiday weekend. The storm created travel headaches for many people who opted to go out despite pleas by authorities to stay put. ...

Ameren Missouri efficiency charge to take effect (1/15/17) COLUMBIA, Mo. — Ameren Missouri electric customers now will have to pay about $3 more on their monthly bill to support energy-efficiency efforts by the utility company. The Missouri Public Service Commission said the charge will apply to the bills of 4,118 customers in Boone County and 1.26 million customers statewide. ...

St. Louis police: Man who robbed incoming lawmaker also robbed woman (1/15/17) ST. LOUIS — St. Louis police said one of the men who robbed a newly elected lawmaker at gunpoint in December also robbed a woman leaving a church Christmas service days later. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tavion Regans and William Nelson, both 20, are charged in the robbery of the woman as she and a friend left Mass at Christ Church Cathedral downtown. ...

Man hospitalized after trapped in Missouri pipe for 26 hours (1/15/17) NEW MELLE, Mo. — Fire officials said a man was critically injured when he was trapped upside down in a pipe for about 26 hours near St. Louis before being rescued. New Melle Fire Protection District chief Rick Massey told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that 47-year-old Leo Lyke was rescued Thursday from the 20-inch-wide pipe at a home construction site near New Melle. ...


The Southeast Missourian - Local News
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:25 AM

Area hospitals hope a box helps prevent infant deaths 2 By Ben Kleine ~ Southeast Missourian In the past seven years, 119 babies died before their first birthdays in six counties in Southeast Missouri -- Scott, Mississippi, New Madrid, Stoddard, Dunklin and Pemiscot, according to statistics from the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services...

Obama shortens sentence of inmate from Cape 2 By BEN KLEINE ~ Southeast Missourian A 37-year-old Cape Girardeau man will be released from a federal prison in South Dakota in July after receiving a commutation Tuesday from President Barack Obama. Christopher M. DePree will have served about 12 years of the 15-year, 8-month sentence he received Nov. 14, 2005, from federal Judge Jean C. Hamilton...

Civil-rights activist: King's work is not done By Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is a bittersweet occasion for civil-rights activist Mary Frances Berry. "I'm somewhat sad," she said during her keynote address Wednesday night at Southeast's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner. "Because I miss Coretta [Scott King]. And I miss Martin."...

Vargas: No plans for layoffs or breaking tuition cap By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University has no plans to break the cap on tuition increases or lay off employees as a result of cuts in state aid, school president Carlos Vargas-Aburto said Wednesday. Gov. Eric Greitens announced cuts to higher-education funding Monday totaling $82 million, including nearly $56 million in core state aid for four-year universities...

Jackson Civic Center now hosting free book exchange By Marybeth Niederkorn ~ Southeast Missourian Jackson Civic Center will host an ongoing free book exchange, said Shane Anderson, director of the Jackson Parks System. Riverside Regional Library in Jackson will provide a mobile display with free books. People are encouraged to bring a book and exchange it for another on the shelf, but bringing a book is not required...

Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 1/19/17 Approval of minutes n Minutes of the Jan. 12 meeting Communications/ reports -- other elected officials n None at this time Public comments n Items listed on agenda Routine business...

Supporters want 'hometown hero' on Wall of Fame; lack of funding proves stumbling block (1/18/17) 2 By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian The late Gen. Seth McKee is a "hometown hero" whose portrait should be added to the Missouri Wall of Fame in downtown Cape Girardeau, according to a local veterans group. American Legion Post 63 has joined the efforts of family and friends of McKee to add the four-star general to the Wall of Fame on the west side of the floodwall...

Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts (1/18/17) 21 By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University faces "critical financial challenges" as a result of Gov. Eric Greitens' decision to withhold $3.43 million in core state aid for the school, university president Carlos Vargas-Aburto said Tuesday. The new governor announced Monday he would withhold $55.9 million in state funding for four-year universities, which amounts to more than half of all funding cuts announced for higher education...

Rep. Smith hears call to simplify tax code, reduce tax rates (1/18/17) 12 By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian Simplify the federal tax code and reduce tax rates. That was the message delivered to U.S. Rep. Jason Smith at a roundtable discussion Tuesday in Jackson. More than 30 invited business owners, residents and civic leaders turned out for the public meeting -- the fifth Smith has held recently on the topic of tax reform...

Subjects of interest in 1992 killing take polygraph tests; results not revealed (1/18/17) 2 By Ben Kleine ~ Southeast Missourian Matt and Mark Abbott, identical twins who are subjects of interest in the investigation of the 1992 killing of Angela Mischelle Lawless, completed lengthy polygraph tests Tuesday in Cape Girardeau in an attempt to clear their names. Certified tester Lee Boyd tested and interviewed Matt Abbott for about 2 1/2 hours in the morning. Boyd tested and interviewed Mark Abbott for about three hours in the afternoon...

Cape residents question Ameren's rate-increase request (1/18/17) 5 By Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian Representatives from utility provider Ameren Missouri and the Missouri Public Services Commission hosted a sometimes-tense public hearing Tuesday in Cape Girardeau to discuss the rate hike Ameren is seeking. The increase request, which Ameren filed in July, would mean more than $206 million for the company in annual revenue and $99 more to the average residential customer’s annual bill...

Officers give details about arrest of drug-distribution suspects (1/18/17) By Ben Kleine ~ Southeast Missourian Cape Girardeau County assistant prosecuting attorney Frank Miller asked what finding a bag filled with copious amounts of drugs and a gun, last seen with a defendant, and the other defendant found with $4,511 meant. “That they’re selling it,” Cape Girardeau police Cpl. Bryan Blanner said...

Cape man wins $100,000 in lottery (1/18/17) Southeast Missourian A Cape Girardeau man won a $100,000 scratch prize from the Missouri Lottery on Jan. 11, according to a Missouri Lottery news release. Bobby Collier purchased the ticket from a Southbound Fuel station in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, and claimed the prize at the Lottery’s regional office in St. Louis, according to the release...

Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations (1/17/17) 2 By Marybeth Niederkorn ~ Southeast Missourian A Fruitland meat-processing plant faces a $70,000 penalty to the state of Missouri if it does not correct problems related to wastewater management, a judge ruled last month. Fruitland American Meat LLC also must create and implement a plan to remove existing wastewater and overhaul its system...

Cape County taxpayers may file property assessment forms online for first time (1/17/17) By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian For the first time, Cape Girardeau County residential taxpayers will have an online option to file personal property assessment forms, according to Assessor Bob Adams. Adams said personal property assessment forms will be mailed to taxpayers, starting Tuesday...

Area lawmakers support use of metal detectors at Capitol, defend lawmakers' right to carry guns (1/17/17) 3 By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian As many as 1,000 retired teachers won't be visiting the Missouri Capitol because of the installation of metal detectors, according to the group's executive director. Local lawmakers insist it is sensible security. The Missouri Retired Teachers Association announced last week it would cancel its seventh annual "Legislative Day" at the state Capitol next month because of what it stated were "increased security measures by the new administration" of Gov. Eric Greitens...

Legendary coach at MLK event: 'We can change the world with a team' (1/17/17) By Ben Kleine ~ Southeast Missourian All the speakers at "And Justice For All's" Martin Luther King Jr. Day program Monday in Sikeston, Missouri, talked about continuing King's mission of equality and trying to bring more people into a movement. Blues musician Sam Mosley sang Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come," and the lyrics of that song were reflected in each of the speakers' messages...

Area lawmakers: State must cut spending to balance budget (1/16/17) 3 By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian Missouri state government must cut spending to balance the budget, area lawmakers say. The state is on pace to spend $456 million more than it receives in the fiscal year that begins July 1, according to a report issued last week. More immediately, slower-than-anticipated revenue growth is projected to leave the state about $40 million in the red at the end of the current fiscal year June 30...

Hearings set in Cape, Charleston on Ameren rate increase request (1/16/17) 11 By Mark Bliss ~ Southeast Missourian The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold public hearings Tuesday in Cape Girardeau and Charleston about an electric rate increase requested by Ameren Missouri. Hearings are scheduled for noon at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau and 6 p.m. at Charleston High School...

'Make a change': Speaker at MLK Celebration implores audience to be the solution (1/16/17) 6 By Marybeth Niederkorn ~ Southeast Missourian Disgust precedes change, a pastor said Sunday at an event honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Get disgusted," the Rev. Christopher Swims told the crowd of about 200 people at Greater Dimensions Ministries' 27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Program. "You have to get disgusted before you can really, truly make a change...


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (01/19/2017) at 06:25 AM

Jack Mehner receives aviation award (1/19/17) Last week, Cape Girardeau resident Jack Mehner was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from Phil Dixon, program manager of the FAA Flight Standards District Office in St. Louis, during a ceremony at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. The award "recognize[s] individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as 'Master Pilots,'" according to the FAA website, where Mehner's name will appear on a "Roll of Honor." He'll also receive a certificate and lapel pin.. ...

Cape PD to wash dogs to 'Pay for the Pups' (1/18/17) The Cape Girardeau Police Department plans to add four new canine officers, and will be washing your furry friends this weekend to raise money for them. The cost for a canine officer is $14,500, with training additional, and the dogs require eight weeks of training, according to a report by Southeast Missourian reporter Ben Kleine. The funding for canine dogs is not included in the $8 million for the police in the city budget...

Senior center volunteers fill vital role for elderly (1/17/17) Christmas is over, but the giving spirit that typically comes with it is not. Senior citizens at the Jackson Senior Center and Cape Girardeau Senior Center are the recipients of that generosity, and what stands out most is that other seniors are providing the service. Their volunteer work includes food packing and delivery, among other things...

Cardinals Caravan coming to town today (1/16/17) St. Louis Cardinals fans have reason to be excited. Their heroes will sweep in on the Cardinal Caravan this evening when representatives from the team come to the Osage Centre to talk, answer questions and sign autographs. It may seem like winter has just arrived, but the 2017 Major League Baseball season is fast-approaching...

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. today (1/16/17) Today, we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday, in honor of the man who led a movement for civil rights during one of the most volatile times in our nation's history. The son of a preacher and a preacher himself, a young Martin Luther King arrived on the world stage with a dream for America and methods to make it come true. He embraced such measures as nonviolence, marches, boycotts and speeches, boldly resisting the status quo...

Salvation Army: A worthy organization for giving (1/15/17) We were disheartened to hear recently that the Salvation Army fell $50,000 short of its red kettle goal. In a recent Southeast Missourian story written by Tyler Graef, Capt. Ronnie Amick, who leads the Cape Girardeau office, said even though the organization collected about $250,000, the result was disappointing...

My Team Triumph continues to grow (1/13/17) Sometimes you just have a hunch. For Debbie Leoni, the hunch in 2013 was that the running community in Cape Girardeau would embrace My Team Triumph, an organization that helps "disabled individuals by pushing special race chairs," according to a recent Southeast Missourian article...

Learning life skills through Tiger Brew (1/12/17) We all learn a bit differently. For the special education classes at Cape Girardeau Central High School, part of the curriculum since last March is the Tiger Brew. "Tiger Brew is a student-led business and gives my special-needs students the real-life, money and time-management skills they need and work experience they need to transition out of high school and into the real world," functional special service teacher Candice Schnurbusch told the Southeast Missourian's Andrew Whitaker...

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1/11/17) There is a need for unity across our country. A need for peace and compassion. Over the next week, we will celebrate a man who fought for the rights of many and who did so with peace, compassion and unity on his mind and in his heart. It would be appropriate to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by living our lives peacefully, with compassion and in hopes of a more united society...

Kinder helped reshape politics in Missouri (1/10/17) As Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has reached the end of his tenure in that position, we acknowledge with gratitude his 24 years of public service. The Cape Girardeau native has much to be proud of as he looks back over a career that has left its mark on the state of Missouri...

Juden earns job as Mo. public safety director (1/9/17) Drew Juden calls Sikeston, Missouri, home, but the city's longtime Public Safety director has roots in Cape Girardeau. He grew up in Cape Girardeau and graduated from Cape Girardeau Central High School. We are proud that one of our own is branching out even farther now, expanding his law enforcement expertise to serve as Public Safety Director for the state of Missouri...

Communication important in Klaus Park tree plan (1/8/17) When government boards and commissions see that few, if any, members of the public attend meetings or become engaged, we imagine it can become easy to forget how much people care about operations. Add to that notion the noise that comes from anonymous online naysayers and critics, and it can lead to government and civic leaders who would rather insulate themselves, take care of matters internally and move projects along without seeking public input. ...

Kiehne named superintendent; Steffens promoted to principal (1/6/17) Two area high school administrators will have new jobs in 2017. Michael Kiehne, Poplar Bluff principal, will take over as the superintendent of the Woodland School District on July 1. Meanwhile Perryville High School assistant principal and athletic director Jeff Steffens, who has been serving as the school's interim principal since September, will be the school's principal next year...

Mother, kids reunited in time for Christmas (1/5/17) What does a mother tell her young children when she's being deployed in January and won't return until sometime in December? Well, for Savanna Irizarry, her message to her 4-year-old twins Maverick and Michelle and their younger sister Myla, it was that they'd only have to wait for Santa Claus to come back to see her again...

Charleston wins Christmas Tournament (1/4/17) Congratulations to the Charleston boys basketball team. The Blue Jays held off the upset-minded Advance Hornets to claim the championship game of the 72nd annual Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament on Friday night at the Show Me Center. Charleston, the top seed in the tournament, defeated the seventh-seeded Hornets 66-60 to win its 18th Christmas Tournament title and first since 2012...

Remembering Cape native, four-star general McKee (1/3/17) Gen. Seth McKee passed away at the age of 100 the day after Christmas, but his legacy will forever remain with us. His reach extended far -- throughout the nation and across the seas -- but we are proud of his Cape Girardeau roots. The four-star general was a Cape Girardeau Central High School graduate of the class of 1934 and attended Southeast Missouri State University from 1934 to 1937. Throughout his life, he regularly returned home to speak and inspire many...

Keathley to have state building named in honor (1/1/17) It is not every day that one person receives his due while another generously passes on his. But that day will come soon when Dexter resident Mike Keathley, who passed away of cancer in 2008, has a state building in St. Louis named after him, an honor that Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder was offered, but deferred to Keathley...

New Year offers a time to reflect (12/30/16) A new year is almost here. In just a couple days we'll say goodbye to 2016 and flip the calendar over to 2017. As the final days of this year come and go, we encourage you to take some time and think. Reflect on all that's transpired for you in the last 365 days -- whether it be good things you've been blessed with or difficulties that you've faced. There's plenty you can learn from both types of situations, and now is a good time to give them all a closer look...

Safe Harbor moving in right direction (12/29/16) It's been almost a year since the Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary in Jackson reopened. It took quite the effort for new management to get the facility back up and running after it closed in May 2015 following a lawsuit by the Missouri attorney general's office and the Missouri Department of Agriculture, as well as the retirement of its director...

Judge Statler's compassion, kindness remembered (12/28/16) Compassionate and kind-hearted are just a few words that fellow judges used to describe longtime area judge Peter Statler, who died at the age of 74 earlier this month. Statler was an associate judge in Cape Girardeau County from 1994 to 2010 and took over as municipal judge in Jackson after he stepped down from the state bench in 2010. ...


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