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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As of (07/06/2015) at 11:47 AM

Flash-flood watch starting Monday evening for St. Louis region The cold front will cause temperatures to fall into the 70s. 

Your daily 6: Soccer sidelines golfer, flag's fate and World Cup winners People also are talking about a royal christening and a fireworks fatality in Maine. 

St. Louis's 2050 forecast calls for rain and rising rivers Extreme weather swings increase likelihood of significant flooding in the St. Louis region.

Pham making the most of his chance 'He's doing it all,' says Matheny after 27-year-old rookie sparks the Cardinals to weekend wins over the Padres. 

World Cup hat trick for U.S. women Lloyd scores three goals as the U.S. wins its third championship by routing Japan 5-2.

Portion of Kingshighway closes today for bridge replacement

Bernie: Cards' 81-game record best since 1944

More questions than answers in intern investigation at Missouri Capitol

Feeling stressed St. Louis? A new initiative is here to help New

St. Louis man struck by two hit-and-run vehicles has died Updated

Tipsheet: World Cup advances women's athletics New

Man convicted in 6 Illinois deaths seeks new Missouri venue Updated

Phil Sowa to step down as SLU Hospital CEO after sale is complete Updated

Lit Nightclub closes after owner apparently flees Updated

Former Pine Lawn mayor to be sentenced Monday Updated

Union bricklayers agree to contract, ending strike New

Washington U. professor swimming for Ferguson Updated

Roadwork means delays on Interstate 44 bridge over the Meramec Updated

Sikeston man, 70, accused of beating brother with hammer Updated

A Bible, baseballs and a cellphone: It's back to the future for Missouri's new time capsule


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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Political News
As of (07/06/2015) at 11:47 AM

Former Pine Lawn mayor to be sentenced Monday By Robert Patrick Sylvester Caldwell could face 27 to 33 months in prison for extorting and trying to extort money from business owners.

A Bible, baseballs and a cellphone: It's back to the future for Missouri's new time capsule Will be opened in 2115.

St. Louis's 2050 forecast calls for rain and rising rivers By Jacob Barker Extreme weather swings increase likelihood of significant flooding in the St. Louis region.

St. Louis region doing little to prepare for climate change By Jacob Barker But local governments, and Missouri government, may soon have funding to get ready

More questions than answers in intern investigation at Missouri Capitol By Alex Stuckey In March, two interns — one male and one female — abruptly left a Democratic senator's office.

Missouri budget official says more spending freezes unlikely By SUMMER BALLENTINE Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After years of restrictions on spending that have frustrated lawmakers and rendered some state programs ineffective…

St. Louis heroin addicts get a shot to rebuild lives By Jesse Bogan A program to give prisoners Vivitrol before they are released back into the community offers hope in a grim field.

Bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing homes Associated Press QUINCY, ILL. • Illinois would become the fourth state in the U.S. to allow video and audio monitoring devices in nursing homes if Gov. Bruce R…


St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (07/06/2015) at 11:47 AM

Ruling against three-strikes sentencing paves way for reforms

Massive change coming to St. Louis. Ferguson Commission leads the way.

In warplanes as with frozen custard, buy local


Kansas City Star
As of (07/06/2015) at 11:47 AM

KC’s case as soccer capital of America is strengthening There is a movement here locally to brand Kansas City as the soccer capital of America. It's a cute title, something for the soccer community here to grab onto, but also something that is entirely subjective and made-up and that other cities could beef with. Except the evidence continues to push in Kansas City's direction. Lloyd scores 3 and US defeats Japan 5-2 for World Cup title FC Kansas City players cheer on teammates who won Women's World Cup title Tweets from the World Cup final: U.S. beats Japan 5-2

Crime Fifty years later, an unsolved Kansas City kidnapping still haunts family and friends Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the abduction of 9-year-old Denise Sue Clinton. Her parents and most of the lawmen who worked countless hours to find her killer are dead. But many of her childhood friends remember their playmate and how the crime devastated their lives.

Local Gas line break closes I-35 near Liberty, possibly for several hours Police shut down Interstate 35 in both directions Monday morning between Interstate 435 and Missouri 152 near Liberty because of a gas line break in Pleasant Valley.

Local A deluge of rain and a flash flood watch loom for KC Heavy storms are moving toward the Kansas City area, bringing a total of 3 to 5 inches of rain through Wednesday and triggering a flash flood watch starting Monday evening.

Baseball chat with The Star’s Lee Judge Mon 10:48 AM

Sprint heading for No. 4 ranking through 2020, forecast says Mon 11:34 AM

This is what a NASCAR crash looks — and sounds — like to a fan in the stands Mon 9:30 AM

Apartments are brewing in downtown Overland Park Mon 10:36 AM

Food fight! Congress, consumers battle over GMOs Mon 11:40 AM

A deluge of rain and a flash flood watch loom for KC Mon 10:10 AM

South Carolina lawmakers convene for Confederate flag debate Mon 10:55 AM

Cerner and MU extend health technology research agreement Mon 9:36 AM

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl performs on giant throne during D.C. concert Mon 10:53 AM

Oreos get thin, going for 'sophisticated' air Mon 11:38 AM

Police look for man who groped woman on Missouri trail Mon 6:34 AM

Man charged with threatening Obama's life in online post Mon 10:40 AM

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Family emergency forces Royals' Mike Moustakas to leave game early

Hillary Clinton is coming to Kansas City for the National Council of La Raza conference

Royals' Perez, Escobar, Cain and Gordon elected All-Star Game starters


Kansas City Star - Political News
As of (07/06/2015) at 11:47 AM

Clinton panned for parade media rope line Journalists and political commentators laid into Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, after members of the media Saturday were corralled in a moving enclosure while she walked in a Fourth of July parade in Gorham, New Hampshire.

Election Jeb Bush says he takes Trump’s Mexico remarks personally Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he is personally offended by rival Donald Trump's recent remarks about Mexico and immigrants and calls the remarks far outside the mainstream of Republican thought.

No consensus emerging in KC minimum wage fight After nearly six weeks of community debate, the Kansas City Council is no closer to reaching consensus with worker advocates and business groups on an increase to the city's minimum wage. A deadline looms for a council vote on July 16.

Local Potbellied pigs soon will be legal again in Kansas City Vietnamese potbellied pigs soon will be legal again in Kansas City, thanks to the activism of a 22-year-old who came from a farm in the St. Louis area and had a beloved pet mini pig named Marlee.

National & International Back at work: Congress facing busy agenda, funding deadline Members of Congress return from July Fourth fireworks and parades Tuesday facing a daunting summer workload and an impending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall. National & International On 9th day, Kerry says Iran nuke talks could go either way Nine days into marathon nuclear talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said the diplomatic efforts "could go either way," cutting off all potential pathways for an Iranian atomic bomb or ending without an agreement that American officials have sometimes described as the only alternative to war.

What’s inside those secret Jackson County employment discrimination settlements? Good luck finding out Jackson County has spent more than $2 million since 2011 settling employment discrimination complaints brought by county employees. Yet county taxpayers are never told the specific nature of the allegations or whether corrective actions were taken to lessen the likelihood of future payouts.

Hillary Clinton is coming to Kansas City for the National Council of La Raza conference

Fifty years later, an unsolved Kansas City kidnapping still haunts family and friends

New Kansas laws: Higher taxes, less gun regulation Kansas residents are paying higher taxes on cigarettes, groceries and other consumer goods but no longer have to obtain a state permit to carry a concealed gun under new laws that took effect Wednesday. The state increased sales and cigarette taxes to avert a deficit in the $15.4 billion state budget for the fiscal year that also began July 1. A summary of the new laws is as follows: New Kansas laws: Higher taxes, less gun regulation Kansas residents are paying higher taxes on cigarettes, groceries and other consumer goods but no longer have to obtain a state permit to carry a concealed gun under new laws that took effect Wednesday. The state increased sales and cigarette taxes to avert a deficit in the $15.4 billion state budget for the fiscal year that also began July 1. A summary of the new laws is as follows:

Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. The court's 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

Jack Danforth says the Citizens United campaign spending decision ‘should not stand’ In remarks prepared for delivery Thursday at the Truman Library in Independence, the Missouri Republican says the decision — which broadly prohibits the government from limiting the free-speech rights of corporations — has harmed American politics.

Kansas lawmakers vote to further limit local gun rules Cities and counties in Kansas couldn't use zoning ordinances to limit gun sales or impose special taxes on firearms under a bill state legislators have approved.

Dave Helling: Transportation bill remains a bridge too far for federal and state legislators Last week, Congress failed again to pass a comprehensive transportation spending bill. Meanwhile, state lawmakers aren't picking up the slack. So it's likely you'll spend yet another summer travel season dodging cracks in the pavement and praying the bridge you pass over is safe.

Chafee's campaign leaves some NH Democrats a bit puzzled Presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee stands before a few dozen people at a meeting of New Hampshire's Belknap County Democrats. The Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat gets nods of approval when he tells them he was the only Republican senator to vote against authorizing the war in Iraq.

Presidential candidates campaign in July Fourth parades Marching in Fourth of July parades in these early voting states has become a tradition for politicians seeking the White House, giving them a chance to boost their name recognition and glad-hand with voters.

Local Independence Day display in Jackson County expected to include biggest bang in U.S. Jackson County officials watched proudly Friday as a 24-inch, 130-pound shell was wheeled into place for a July 4th fireworks display. It's believed to be the largest commercial fireworks shell in the United States this year.

Faith U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee receives American Baptist Churches’ highest award U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, a California Democrat, has received American Baptist Churches USA's highest recognition, presented recently at the church's Biennial Mission Summit in Overland Park. The Rev. Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace and Justice Award was presented to Lee for her efforts in those areas.

Steve Kraske: Milton Wolf sniffs a (dead) rat in inquiry on Facebook posts The 2014 U.S. Senate candidate in Kansas may be looking at a second run in 2016, but he can't get a resolution from a state board that's investigating him over 2010 Facebook posts showing X-ray images of gunshot victims with joking commentary. He suspects there's political motivation behind the lag.

State examines its role in south-central Kansas homicide case Kansas officials are investigating the state's treatment of 30-year-old Brandon Brown, a mentally ill man who is accused of murder. He was treated at the state hospital in Osawatomie just three days before he allegedly beat a man to death.

Local Mission’s ‘driveway tax’ is ruled illegal by Kansas appeals court The court ruled that the fee imposed on developed property in the city is an illegal excise tax under state law. The city had argued the revenue source was a fee, not a tax. The city is evaluating its options.


Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (07/06/2015) at 11:47 AM

The Monday Poll: What are your thoughts as the GOP is jockeying for 2016? New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's entry last week into the race for the Republican presidential nomination brought the number of GOP hopefuls to 14. Let's share some opinions about the way the race is shaping up and some forecasts of what might be coming.

Johnson County is poised to invest aggressively in a more vibrant future After years of too much benign neglect, some of Johnson County's prime assets are closer to receiving an infusion of tax revenue that will produce plenty of public benefits. County commissioners boldly have approved a tentative mill levy increase that would support these high priority amenities.

Kansas City will gain from the National Council of La Raza conference Immigration reform will be a big topic at the 2015 National Council of La Raza Annual Conference, starting Saturday at Bartle Hall. But the Latino population, like the rest of America, is concerned with so much more than that.

The Declaration of Independence In honor of the Fourth of July, we present the original document celebrated today.

As Congress makes another run at fixing VA health delays, U.S. must make good on promises to veterans The U.S. government has fallen shamefully short of honoring its commitment to veterans in recent years. One reform measure after another has failed to resolve chronic problems with health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. On Capitol Hill, a new attempt is in the works — this time focusing on workforce shortages and leadership vacuums, including in Missouri.

Kansas City is keeping a nervous eye on the homicide count Kansas City's steep drop in homicides last year is being praised by law enforcement groups nationwide. Back home, though, police officials are nervously eyeing the numbers. Kansas City logged 37 homicides in the first six months of this year. That's one more than over the same period last year, which ended with 80 murders. Not bad, but not the improvement everyone is hoping for.

Missouri rejection of ‘Grain Belt Express’ is a defeat for clean energy A victory this week for Missouri farmers was also a disappointing loss for the future of renewable energy. The state Public Service Commission narrowly denied plans to build a transmission line that would have carried wind power across the state.

Rail yard pollution in Kansas City, Kan., requires a closer look by the EPA and BNSF Many neighbors of the BNSF rail yard in Kansas City, Kan., have worked diligently to evaluate the air diesel exhaust pollution that wafts their way day after day, week after week. Now the situation deserves more detailed investigation by local air quality officials with the federal Environmental Protection Agency and more cooperation from BNSF.

Keep valuable KCP&L program that compares energy use for homeowners Not everyone likes the energy consumption comparisons that Kansas City Power & Light provides to some of its customers in Missouri. But it's valuable information, and the company has good reasons to continue sending it out.

U.S. Supreme Court hands Kris Kobach a defeat on voting; delivers harsh opinion on execution protocol The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal Monday to hear an appeal by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach leaves the state with an unwieldy and confusing voter registration process. But it could be worse. A different decision by the justices could have opened the door for an even more restrictive registration.

Obama’s fuel-efficiency goals prove elusive, but reboot should help When you set big goals, sometimes you set yourself up for big failure. President Barack Obama's lofty plans to put more fuel-efficient vehicles on the roads crashed headlong into the realities of the marketplace. Even so, there is value in striving to attain a noble end, especially a difficult one.

The Monday Poll: Weigh in on the U.S. Supreme Court’s big week The last week was one for the history books, as the U.S. Supreme Court handed down momentous decisions. We'd like to get our readers' take on some of the high-profile opinions.

Johnson and Wyandotte counties must lead the way for a better Kansas As dark as things look for cash-strapped Kansas right now, the situation is brighter in Johnson and Wyandotte counties. In fact, the future of the Sunflower State is riding — more than it ever has — on how much success those two counties will have in attracting residents and businesses.

With marriage equality ruling, U.S. Supreme Court places America on the right side of history Look around, Americans. Your nation just became bigger and better. In a giant stride forward for civil rights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that gay men and lesbian women are equal under the Constitution and entitled to marriage and all of its benefits. What a day.

Kansas judges not fooled by Legislature’s school funding trickery A school funding ruling announced Friday is potentially good news for Kansas school children, especially those who are less advantaged. But it also sets the stage for what could be an epic clash among Gov. Sam Brownback, the Kansas Legislature and the Kansas courts.

Readers react to American hypocrisy, Hillary Clinton, freedom June 26, 2015: I find it curious that the United States, which seems to be trying desperately to prevent immigration from the south — often these immigrants are fleeing political persecution — has the temerity to admonish countries like Thailand and Malaysia for trying desperately to prevent immigration from the south of people who are fleeing persecution from Myanmar (Burma) and nations in Africa.

Key passages from Supreme Court justices on gay marriage and the law Here are some key passages from the Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality and the complete text of the ruling.

With marriage equality ruling, U.S. Supreme Court places America on right side of history Look around, Americans. Your nation just became bigger and better. In a giant stride forward for civil rights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that gay men and lesbian women are equal under the Constitution and entitled to marriage and all of its benefits. What a day.

U.S. Supreme Court ruling means Obamacare is here to stay With a 6-3 decision announced today by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act stands intact. That is great news for the nation and especially for the 6.4 million or more Americans who would have seen the costs of their insurance policies soar if the latest challenge by opponents have succeeded.

What they said on Affordable Care Act: Excerpts from Justices’ opinions in King v. Burwell Excerpts from the U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling Thurday in King v. Burwell, upholding a key provision of the Affordable Care Act.


The Springfield News Leader
As of (07/06/2015) at 11:47 AM

Pokin Around: One man's protest against Greenlawn Funeral Home

Former Russian orphan scores perfect ACT — at age 16

Warrant: Gypsy had at least five Facebook accounts

More rainfall leads to flash flooding in Springfield

Father and son share 'Cowboy Christmas' at Carthage rodeo

Program helps veterans find a home at last

Ozarks Springfield man dies in motorcycle crash Springfield man dies in motorcycle crash Report says passenger on motorcycle was taken by ambulance to local hospital. Ozarks

Crime Police investigating robbery at Subway in Springfield Police investigating robbery at Subway in Springfield Police say man fled after receiving undisclosed amount of cash. Crime

Crime Man hit with stray bullet Saturday in Springfield Man hit with stray bullet Saturday in Springfield Police report says one man was arrested in connection with shooting, charges not yet filed Crime

Education Next step for OTC student? The Ivy League Next step for OTC student? The Ivy League The Ozarks Technical Community College student plans to study at Yale University in the fall Education

Education Drury gifted camps now a family tradition for mother, daughter Drury gifted camps now a family tradition for mother, daughter Drury gifted camps now a family tradition for mother, daughter Education

Education MSU student studies volcanic ash in Missouri MSU student studies volcanic ash in Missouri A graduate from Missouri State University's geology program researched possible volcanic ash in St. Louis County. Education

Education Builder of Branson Belle now serves as Purple Heart educator Builder of Branson Belle now serves as Purple Heart educator John D. Dismer spoke to Evangel University students. Education

Ozarks Billings: Grandfather's skills were in the garden, not behind the wheel Billings: Grandfather's skills were in the garden, not behind the wheel Writer recalls going with 'Gramps' by train to baseball game at White City Ballpark Ozarks

Ozarks Ozarks History: Phillips holds off all challengers Ozarks History: Phillips holds off all challengers Legendary Springfield racer picks up feature win in new car at Fairgrounds Speedway Ozarks

Ozarks Traveling Vietnam Veteran Wall comes to Springfield Traveling Vietnam Veteran Wall comes to Springfield On 50th anniversary of start of the Vietnam War, memorial will be on display Thursday-Sunday Ozarks

Ozarks A proud son, a prouder mom and that iconic Jazz cup design A proud son, a prouder mom and that iconic Jazz cup design Son: "She never really was much of a boaster, so her story stayed in the shadows" Ozarks

Business Springfield Grocer Company: In business since 1865 Springfield Grocer Company: In business since 1865 Company was renamed SGC Foodservice in January to better reflect its focus on the food service industry Business

Ozarks Fourth of July parade draws hundreds to Midtown Fourth of July parade draws hundreds to Midtown This year's Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Parade and Celebration marks its 25th anniversary Ozarks

Ozarks Answer Man: Is that a grave by Glendale Baptist Church? Answer Man: Is that a grave by Glendale Baptist Church? The only way I could read the marker was to wedge through an opening in the iron fence Ozarks


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The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (07/06/2015) at 11:48 AM

Pulley: Remembering the details; searching for the essence

Duggars bring attention to aspect of abuse

Opinion The Declaration of Independence The Declaration of Independence Revisiting the statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776 Opinion

Contributors Krauthammer: The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history Krauthammer: The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history Charles Krauthammer is a national columnist for the Washington Post Contributors

Readers 'In God We Trust' not worth debate 'In God We Trust' not worth debate City Council should let churches do the worrying for our immortal souls Readers

Readers Motto would do more to divide than unite community Motto would do more to divide than unite community City leadership has better things to spend time and energy on Readers

Readers Freedom of religion made this country great Freedom of religion made this country great Officials who decide to mix church and state are violating the Constitution Readers

Readers Gay marriage ruling isn't government's most pressing issue Gay marriage ruling isn't government's most pressing issue Liberal entitlement politics are the problem, not gay people Readers

Opinion Roses: To honor flight volunteers Roses: To honor flight volunteers Roses and Thorns are brief comments about news and the community Opinion

Opinion Today's poll Today's poll How are you celebrating the Fourth of July? Opinion

Opinion Roses: To newspaper carriers Roses: To newspaper carriers Roses & Thorns are brief comments on news and the community Opinion

Opinion To the Point: Right to Work, GOP control To the Point: Right to Work, GOP control Comments are from readers who quickly make their point. Opinion

Contributors Missouri is a state for discovery Missouri is a state for discovery Nora Faris writes as an intern for Missouri Farm Bureau, the state's largest farm organization Contributors

Contributors Foster: Tragedy has inspired new gestures toward racial understanding Foster: Tragedy has inspired new gestures toward racial understanding Lyle Foster is a regular contributor to the News-Leader Opinion page. Contributors

Editorials Guest Voice: Coming crisis of spending and national debt Guest Voice: Coming crisis of spending and national debt Guest Voice: Coming crisis of spending and national debt Editorials

Contributors Parker: Michelle Obama's quest for education of adolescent girls worldwide Parker: Michelle Obama's quest for education of adolescent girls worldwide Kathleen Parker is a national columnist for the Washington Post Contributors

Editorials Our Voice: Veto state's power grab Our Voice: Veto state's power grab The bill is one more attempt by state lawmakers to strip away local control. Editorials

Opinion To the Point: Is the gay debate done? To the Point: Is the gay debate done? Is the gay debate done? Opinion

Contributors Voice of the Day: New vision still needed on health care Voice of the Day: New vision still needed on health care Affordable Care Act hasn't solved problems Contributors

Contributors National Voice: Some GOP candidates becoming unhinged National Voice: Some GOP candidates becoming unhinged Some GOP candidates becoming unhinged Contributors


The Independence Examiner
As of (06/25/2015) at 10:47 AM

Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidies Updated at 9:20 AM The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

PBS Suspends Finding Your Roots After Ben Affleck Controversy Posted at 10:10 AM PBS' Finding Your Roots is on indefinite hiatus after the network determined that an episode... .mgnl175{margin-left:175px;} .childCatAd{display:inline-block!important;width:650px;}


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

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

Landgren cartoon: Farewell, pink flamingo creator Updated at 10:59 AM Don Landgren cartoon about the death of the pink flamingo’s creator. .mgnl175{margin-left:175px;} .childCatAd{display:inline-block!important;width:650px;}


Columbia Daily Tribune
As of (07/06/2015) at 11:48 AM

Weekend date boosts Independence Day festival Daniel Brenner /Tribune Fireworks are launched from the parking garage at Sixth and Cherry streets on Saturday, as seen from the top of The Broadway Hotel in downtown Columbia. Theron Denson is about as American as it gets.


Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (07/06/2015) at 11:50 AM

The fish It has gotten to the point we all know what “the fish” means. It's the “Jesus fish,” or the “ichthus,”the Christian symbol on the courthouse lawn monument that has emerged as a rallying issue for an outspoken group claiming religious...

Iran As talks extend to the final deadline and beyond, Iran tests the limits of patience for the United States and other nations bent on limiting Iran's nuclear program.

Clark, the integrationist In his column Wednesday, our Bill Clark said he was prompted by a comment in this column lamenting the loss of Douglass School as an anchor of Columbia's black community. He recalled a conversation decades earlier with black community pillar...

Airport The big airport news last week was the return of investment for government and private entities that had advanced money for a revenue guarantee fund for American Airlines as the company started local service to and from Chicago and Dallas.

SCOTUS How cute. SCOTUS now stands for Supreme Court of the United States. POTUS stands for President of the United States. Please refer to me from now on as EWOT, Editorial Writer of the Tribune.

Lingering opposition I won't say the anti-Obamacare horse is dead. The old nag has several furlongs left in her. Jockeys keep whipping her along, but she is ailing and those betting on her face longer odds.

Harold Reisch Shall we call him the Rev. Harold Reisch? Or Rep. Harold Reisch? He was those and more.

Doing what's right Immediately after the Supreme Court decision establishing same-sex marriage as a right guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution that must be recognized in every state, the Boone County Commission issued a terse statement:

'Juneteenth' A week ago volunteers, including representatives of city government, staged their annual Juneteenth celebration at Douglass Park, but hardly anyone came.

Elson On the facing page we have accumulated tributes to Elson Floyd, president of Washington State University and former president of the University of Missouri System.

Trade authority Congressional approval of fast-track trade authority is a victory for President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an odd couple to be sure.

Health care Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has put the final legal prop under the Affordable Care Act, the time has come to get busy developing the best national health care plan we can muster.

Re-enactors Almost everyone, it seems, is ready to ban displays of the Confederate battle flag in public places, but what about private ceremonies where similar regalia is part of authenticity?

Perfect storm As the nation reels after the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., Nikki Haley and Chuck Basye are caught in the moment.

Title IX The University of Missouri staged a big meeting on campus Saturday to discuss Title IX enforcement. More than 200 people attended, yet the university saw fit to exclude reporters, as if there was some reason to limit public awareness of...

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (07/06/2015) at 11:51 AM

Drones stir our curiosity Drone technology is ramping up so quickly, there is a danger of being left behind.

Press governor to fill openings Here's a platform plank for a future governor of Missouri:

Buttons make Trails West! possible The countdown to the region's biggest summertime event requires both a calendar and a small amount of cash.

Choose to have a safe holiday Bad luck in fact does happen. Unfortunate accidents sometimes are unavoidable.

Strategy requires input Five years can seem like a long time - until you realize having that much time to accomplish things means big goals are in order, and big goals require a plan and motivation to get started now.

Two HR leaders? Board surprises The harsh state audit of the St. Joseph School District resulted in many recommendations, although none was titled "hire more administrators.”

Audit offers lessons Missouri Western State University operates with an annual budget of more than $50 million a year. An oversight here and there in financial accounting may be unavoidable, but tolerance for errors must be kept to a minimum.

Housing credits improved State policies, particularly when it comes to awarding tax credits, should work to accomplish things that are in the public's interest.

Health subsidies, same-sex unions now law of land Many people of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri wanted something different from the Supreme Court last week, but they are neither uncaring nor bigoted.

A child needs a family Whether a home is a "forever place” or something short of that, every child needs a place where he or she can enjoy the benefits of family.

renewable fuels deserve support Making renewable fuels more widely available ultimately will spur creation of a bigger renewable-fuels consumer market.

Family services needed The continued provision of family planning services in St. Joseph and the surrounding region is not something to be taken lightly.

A flag should unite For some, ending official sanction of a divisive symbol from the past changes little - except to affirm a government of, by and for all citizens will not condone symbols to the contrary.

`Click It' for road safety A weekend accident in Columbia, Mo., caught the attention of many for good reasons: It was serious, and it involved two people recognizable as student athletes for the University of Missouri.

`Big BAM' arrives Boosters of communities across Northwest Missouri wake up this morning with smiles on their faces and optimism about what the next few days will bring. And for good reason.

When all else fails, ask for new ideas Is it an act of desperation? Perhaps.

Exchange building must be rescued History will not be kind to those who might have a chance to save the Livestock Exchange building but instead fail in this important endeavor.

Fairness, criteria at play in grants Regarding the flap over allocating Save Our Heritage Grants, which the St. Joseph City Council will vote on Monday:

Power project flickers The debate over the Grain Belt Express overhead transmission line is trending the way it is because the two sides disagree about what is important, and the opposing side is gaining traction for its arguments.

Measure mail service Passionate supporters of rural mail service admit to a bias: They do not want to lose something that meets their needs.


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The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (07/06/2015) at 11:52 AM

Our view: Public support critical for endangered species Posted: July 06, 2015 Last week's decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to suspend introduction of captive-bred red wolves into the only surviving wild population is another setback for a species that has had too many of them in the past and can't afford more of them in the future — if it is to have one.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: July 06, 2015 Another view on the Pittsburg casino

Jay Ambrose: Clinton has plan to end Social Security Posted: July 05, 2015 Hillary Clinton says she cares about the middle class, but she doesn't. If she did, why would she want to dramatically reduce future Social Security benefits, suck unaffordable amounts from young people footing the bill and even risk the program's ultimate collapse?

Gene Lyons: Why the GOP has First Amendment upside-down Posted: July 05, 2015 One entertaining aspect of recent dramatic Supreme Court rulings was learning that the court's high-minded intellectuals can be just as thin-skinned and spiteful as everybody else. Apparently, Justice Antonin Scalia was a law school Whiz Kid about 50 years and 50,000 cocktails ago, and finds it hard to accept that lesser minds are not obliged to agree with him.

Geoff Caldwell: Honor America by restoring its princples Posted: July 05, 2015 It was 239 years ago this past week in Philadelphia that 56 colonists varying in age from 26 (Edward Rutledge) to 70 (Benjamin Franklin) affirmed their support for a document that would mean their death if they were caught by the king's forces.

George Will: The wrinkle in the ACA decision Posted: July 05, 2015 Supreme Court Justice John Roberts' intellectual complexity does not prevent him from expressing himself pithily, as he did with those words when dissenting in a case from Arizona.

Our View: America's greatest pursuit Posted: July 03, 2015 “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: July 02, 2015 Fireworks

Our view: Of raisins and property rights Posted: July 01, 2015 At first glance, raisins and property rights seem like odd bedfellows. But a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court about these two spell good news for property owners.

Our View: Jo Mueller and the art of leadership Posted: June 30, 2015 Many hands and resources were needed after the 2011 tornado that hit Joplin and Duquesne.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: June 30, 2015 Thanks, Pro Musica    If you did not attend the Joplin Pops, featuring the Fountain City Brass Band, then you missed a wonderful concert Friday.

Other Views: Car tags and speech Posted: June 29, 2015 A new U.S. Supreme Court ruling declares specialized license plates are a form of government speech.

Our View: Butler Hollow restoration worthwhile Posted: June 28, 2015 While we sympathize with residents who aren't eager to see possible dramatic change come to Butler Hollow in the Cassville district of the Mark Twain National Forest, we think the proposed restoration is worth pursuing.

Carol Stark: Eli Yokley begins new job on Capitol Hill Posted: June 28, 2015 The call from the high school student asking for advice wasn't that unusual. I get calls like that from young journalists about their school newspaper projects.

Geoff Caldwell: Pondering the perspectives of the past Posted: June 28, 2015 Every year around this time, my wife's job requires that she pay homage to the insurance gods and attend one of those hotel banquet room conferences on what new and wonderful changes are coming in the next year. And every year around this time, I get left to my own devices for a few days.

Andra Stefanoni: Kansas City's Sea Life takes visitors to ocean's abyss Posted: June 28, 2015 For the past month, my Facebook news feed has been filling up with photos from friends who are visiting beaches and lake shores from Florida to Michigan, making me long to snorkel through reefs filled with color and motion, or cast about for bass from a canoe.

Elliott Denniston: The clock keeps ticking on climate control Posted: June 28, 2015 First comes the tantalizing headline: “Eisenhower warned us; when will we listen?”

Your views: Letters to the editor Posted: June 28, 2015 Which picture will you choose to carry?

Marilyn Beasley: Supreme Court decision reads like judicial activism Posted: June 27, 2015 I have questions regarding the decision made by the Supreme Court in regards to the Affordable Care Act. But the opinion column (Globe, June 25), “Court Saves Obamacare from sloppy drafting” by Noah Feldman made me question the decision even more.

Our View: Missouri can still do more Posted: June 26, 2015 Sheryl Block, a 50-year-old woman from Neosho who was one of nearly 200,000 Missourians who had enrolled in a health care plan using tax credits made available through the federal health care exchange on healthcare.gov , talked with the Globe a few weeks ago. 


The Jefferson City News Tribune
As of (07/06/2015) at 11:52 AM

Disturbances result in numerous arrests, threats against officers in JC - Jefferson City police were called to a number of disturbances during the early morning hours of Sunday, following Fourth of July festivities.

Helping volunteers teach youth - She was active in a 4-H program in her native Carrollton, Ill., but the young Jenny Flatt didn't envision growing up to work with the program full time.

This VBS offers 'special' message St. John's Lutheran spreads message to special needs children - For most parents, taking their children to a new activity causes a bit of alarm or wariness. Those emotions are heightened when their child has a special need.

Salute success Few problems, good weather and revenues … and a marriage proposal - Jefferson City once again played host to some 50,000 people celebrating the country's independence, and officials said the weather played a part in making the festival financially successful and without any major problems.

Teen returns to Lake hospital that saved his thumb Wisconsin boy, family stop to say thank you - Nurses and staff at Lake Regional Health System's Wound Healing Center in Osage Beach smiled and gave words of encouragement as 13-year-old Wisconsin resident Tyler Delaney wiggled his thumb.

Rain helps Hamilton win British GP, extend F1 lead - SILVERSTONE, England - Rain soaked Silverstone and water then filled Lewis Hamilton's eyes.

Post 5 Juniors fall in title game - BLUE SPRINGS - The Jefferson City American Legion Post 5 Juniors dropped a 9-1 decision Sunday to Sioux Falls, S.D., in the title game of the Blue Springs Tournament.

Post 5 Seniors drop two in tournament - FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. - The Jefferson City American Legion Post 5 Seniors dropped a pair of games Sunday in the American Legion Southwest Illinois Firecracker Classic.

Scoops to raise funds for splash park - The Jefferson City Cultural Arts Foundation is sponsoring what they believe is Mid-Missouri's first ice cream tasting festival, to be held from 5-9 p.m. July 10 along downtown High Street.

Prairie Home Fair gears up for 100th showing - Not only special events, but extra days, have been added to the Prairie Home Fair's 100th showing, which will be held July 8-12.

Conservation centers being reviewed - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is seeking feedback about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. Runge Conservation Nature Center in Jefferson City is among the areas under review.

Special Olympics fundraiser on tap - Central Missouri law enforcement agencies will participate in a “Tip a Cop" fundraiser Wednesday as a means of raising money and public awareness of Special Olympics.

All-Star Game starters announced - NEW YORK - Houston second baseman Jose Altuve passed Kansas City's Omar Infante in the final days of voting, leaving four Royals as starters for the All-Star Game.

Area All-Star: California youth will compete in Cincinnati - The Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals won't be the only Missouri representatives as next week's All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

Royals land four All-Star Game starters - KANSAS CITY - The AL champion Kansas City Royals had so many starters voted into the All-Star Game on Sunday they ran out of seats for all of them.

Greipel wins second stage of Tour de France - NEELTJE JANS, Netherlands - German rider Andre Greipel won a rain-drenched second stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish Sunday, while defending champion Vincenzo Nibali and Tour contender Nairo Quintana lost valuable time after dropping behind the front group.

Matchup of Williams sisters headlines action at Wimbledon - LONDON - One five-time Wimbledon champion is guaranteed to reach the quarterfinals. Another is assured of elimination.

Longtime Chiefs executive Steadman dies at 86 - KANSAS CITY - Longtime Chiefs executive Jack Steadman, who spent more than four decades with the franchise and helped build its only Super Bowl team, died early Sunday. He was 86.

Sunday's WNBA Capsules Games played on July 5, 2015 - WNBA ROUNDUP: Leilani Mitchell hit a 3-pointer from the baseline with 3.9 seconds left in overtime, and the Phoenix Mercury edged the Los Angeles Sparks 94-91 on Sunday.

Wambach's last World Cup comes with coveted trophy - VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Abby Wambach lifted American coach Jill Ellis after the final whistle. She ran to the stands for a hug from her wife. And then along with Christie Rampone, she became the first American to lift the Women's World Cup championship trophy in 16 years.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - State News
As of (07/06/2015) at 11:52 AM

More spending freezes unlikely Luebbering offers rosy forecast for state budget - After years of restrictions on spending that have frustrated lawmakers and rendered some state programs ineffective, Gov. Jay Nixon's office says finances are in place to fully fund the new year's budget - making further spending freezes unlikely.

St. Louis officials turn to feds for help on gun crimes - Homicides are in the rise in St. Louis, and city officials are increasingly turning to the federal government for help.

New time capsule to house more than 30 items Many local residents' suggestions make final list - Missourians were encouraged to suggest items to be placed in the new Capitol time capsule, for the people of 2115 to open. A dozen of those suggestions came from Mid-Missouri residents.

Jacqueline Morrow - June State Employee of the Month - Jacqueline Morrow puts effort, initiative and caring into everything she does as a child support specialist with the Missouri Social Services Department's Family Support Division, said Shauna Adkinson.

Women, minorities struggle on Missouri teaching exams - Women and minorities are failing Missouri exams to enter teaching programs and to gain certification at higher rates, raising concerns about bias.

At 84, Harry Truman impersonator plans to finally retire - A former history professor who has impersonated President Harry Truman more than 700 times is preparing to retire this year from his role as the 33rd president.

Wet ground in St. Louis area is a factor in toppled trees - The wettest June on record in St. Louis has caused rivers to rise and saturated farmland. It's also a factor in an unexpected problem - toppling trees.

Smoke from Canadian fires blows as far south as Tennessee - After almost of a week, smoke from Canadian wildfires continued to blanket parts of North Dakota on Saturday and some residents said they're growing tired of the hazy skies.

Armed robbers hit fireworks tent in southwest Missouri - Armed robbers have stolen from a church-run fireworks stand in southwest Missouri.

Police identify man shot dead in St. Louis - Police are investigating the shooting death of a 53-year-old man in St. Louis.

Springfield teacher charged with sexual abuse - A Springfield teacher has been charged with sexually abusing a foster child in her care.

Bicyclist dies while riding with friends in Springfield - A bicyclist has died after falling and hitting his head on the pavement on the southern edge of Springfield.

2 bodies found in rural northwest Missouri home - Authorities have found the bodies of a 72-year-old man and a 76-year-old woman in a rural northwest Missouri home.

At Eagle Bluffs, the birders count in more ways than one - The Eagle Bluffs Bird Monitoring Project is collecting information on the bird species that migrate through and inhabit the 4,431-acre Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area near Columbia.

Pet behaviorist helps owners train their furry friends - During a recent summer afternoon rain shower, Lizzy - a rescued Maltese poodle - pranced around a covered porch at her Cape Girardeau home before relaxing at her favorite spot near the back door.

Historic sites in St. Joseph play big role in city's tourism - Look at any guest log at attractions in St. Joseph and you'll see them. Names of visitors from as far as Seattle to Brooklyn stand as a testament to the draw of the city to people across the country and the world.

Lawsuit seeks to boost effort to recall Ferguson's mayor - A Ferguson resident hopes his lawsuit resurrects a recall petition effort meant to oust Ferguson's mayor from office.

Missouri prosecutor decries store owner's shooting of teen - A Kansas City, Missouri, area prosecutor says she's seeking the highest punishment for a store clerk accused of shooting a teenager who allegedly was shoplifting cookies.

Police: No one hurt when bullet hits Springfield bus - Springfield police say they're trying to determine who fired a bullet into a commuter bus while it was stopped at a traffic light.

2 swept away in floodwater, later found dead identified - Authorities have identified two women who died after being swept away in floodwater in Jefferson County.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Local News
As of (07/06/2015) at 11:52 AM

Disturbances result in numerous arrests, threats against officers in JC - Jefferson City police were called to a number of disturbances during the early morning hours of Sunday, following Fourth of July festivities.

Helping volunteers teach youth - She was active in a 4-H program in her native Carrollton, Ill., but the young Jenny Flatt didn't envision growing up to work with the program full time.

This VBS offers 'special' message St. John's Lutheran spreads message to special needs children - For most parents, taking their children to a new activity causes a bit of alarm or wariness. Those emotions are heightened when their child has a special need.

Salute success Few problems, good weather and revenues … and a marriage proposal - Jefferson City once again played host to some 50,000 people celebrating the country's independence, and officials said the weather played a part in making the festival financially successful and without any major problems.

Teen returns to Lake hospital that saved his thumb Wisconsin boy, family stop to say thank you - Nurses and staff at Lake Regional Health System's Wound Healing Center in Osage Beach smiled and gave words of encouragement as 13-year-old Wisconsin resident Tyler Delaney wiggled his thumb.

Scoops to raise funds for splash park - The Jefferson City Cultural Arts Foundation is sponsoring what they believe is Mid-Missouri's first ice cream tasting festival, to be held from 5-9 p.m. July 10 along downtown High Street.

Prairie Home Fair gears up for 100th showing - Not only special events, but extra days, have been added to the Prairie Home Fair's 100th showing, which will be held July 8-12.

Conservation centers being reviewed - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is seeking feedback about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. Runge Conservation Nature Center in Jefferson City is among the areas under review.

Special Olympics fundraiser on tap - Central Missouri law enforcement agencies will participate in a “Tip a Cop" fundraiser Wednesday as a means of raising money and public awareness of Special Olympics.

Cornerstone reminder of Capitol's importance - A century ago, an estimated 3,000 people gathered on the Missouri Capitol grounds on June 24, 1915, to celebrate the installation of the cornerstone of the new Capitol - the one to replace a building destroyed by fire four years and 41/2 months earlier.

Lake Ozark man killed in crash - Lake Ozark resident Gergory A. Barkwell, 28, was killed in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning in St. Clair.

Salute to America draws thousands downtown - The annual Salute to America Festival drew thousands to downtown Jefferson City on Saturday, enjoying the break in rain for Independence Day celebrations.

Council for Drug-Free Youth to redesign amid legal battle - Jefferson City's Council for Drug Free Youth holds its next coalition meeting at 5:30 p.m. July 21 in the Hawthorn Bank Community Room off West Truman Boulevard.

New time capsule to house more than 30 items Many local residents' suggestions make final list - Missourians were encouraged to suggest items to be placed in the new Capitol time capsule, for the people of 2115 to open. A dozen of those suggestions came from Mid-Missouri residents.

Baseball team developer, LU to talk about stadium idea - The owners of the Jefferson City Renegades organization continue to seek financing to bring a Frontier League baseball team to Jefferson City, but they have set their sights on a second possible location for the stadium - at Lincoln University.

Does JeffTran have an image problem? Supporters say awareness, image create large hurdles for funding, expansion - Jefferson City Transit Division Director Mark Mehmert said the transit division has to get better at promoting itself as an alternative means of transportation for people and focus on the economic benefits the system provides.

JeffTran supporters look at ways to increase ridership, expand service - Supporters of Jefferson City's transit system would like to see the service grow, but a lack of available funds means searching for creative solutions.

BizBeat: Waddup Dawg debuts - Kate Kuse debuted Waddup Dawg, a travelling hot dog stand, in early June and has been wheeling it around Jefferson City at least once a week throughout the past month.

BizBeat: New signs looming at Capital Mall - Capital Mall is making progress in Jefferson City with plans for new signage both in front of the mall and along the highway.

BizBeat: JC's Chicken closed - JC's Chicken, the former KFC restaurant at 1923 Christy Drive, has closed; and the property is under new ownership.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (07/06/2015) at 11:52 AM

Your Opinion: Supreme Court ruling reflects modern mindset - Many in America are jubilant about the recent Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage.

Your Opinion: Gay marriage ruling does not attack Bible - In response to Wanda Roam and Francis Byrd on marriage equality, I am so tired of people talking about a war on Christians.

Your Opinion: Basic question is equal treatment under the law - Reading the letters to the editor on July 1 by Durbin and Horstmann reminded me of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Your Opinion: Church, state and marriage - In recent letters to the News Tribune there are those who have written to express their dismay over the Supreme Court's ruling concerning same-sex marriage.

Our Opinion: Timeless messages News Tribune editorial - What message would you like to share with residents 100 years from now?

Perspective: Heroes of democracy nurture Safe Sleep Act - The Founders replaced a system of government in which the people had no voice with one in which they did. They specified that government only derives “just powers from the consent of the governed."

Perspective: What do students want? - In a book called “It's Not Us Against Them," Raymond McNulty wrote extensively about what is needed among educators today to make schools more effective.

Our Opinion: Court decision adheres to rule of law News Tribune editorial - A court ruling in an open meetings lawsuit puts us in a position of conflicting preferences.

Perspective: Six-month assessment of Congress - In January, I wrote a bulletin about America's new Congress and the hopes and expectations the members of the House of Representatives had for the new session at that point in time.

Your Opinion: Assessing costs of wind power - A recent opinion piece stated, “Wind is the lowest cost electricity in the U.S. today, about four cents/kWh." Below is a summary of studies that refute that claim.

Your Opinion: U.S. becoming a heathen nation - The recent decision by the United States Supreme Court allowing homosexuals to marry is more proof that the United States is becoming a heathen nation.

Our Opinion: Enlightened approach now includes eating disorders - A new law to require insurance coverage for eating disorders marks another step in Missouri's enlightened approach to mental health issues.

Your Opinion: War on Christianity picks up speed - The war on Christianity picks up speed!

Your Opinion: Growing problem of anti-Semitism - Anti-Semitism is a growing problem in the United States and has been recognized as a growing trend by the U.S. State Department.

Your Opinion: Supreme 'court of popular opinion' - Justice Robert Jackson once wrote, in Brown v. Allen, “We are not final because we are infallible, but we are infallible only because we are final."


The Southeast Missourian
As of (07/06/2015) at 11:53 AM

Cairo man dies in Cape Girardeau crash (07/06/15) One man is dead after a car crash in Cape Girardeau Sunday. Carl Thomas, 77, of Cairo, Illinois, was killed when the...

Airport favors contract renewal for Cape Air (07/05/15) 4 A new commercial air service provider contract for Cape Air may be a step closer to reality after Monday's Cape...

Group offers solutions for off-road venue's problems (07/05/15) POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A group of stakeholders is discussing ways to make future events at Brick's Off Road Park safer...

Central alum rises in ranks at Fort Benning (07/05/15) 1 Tim Metheny didn't join the Army for one reason. He says part of it was the sense of patriotic service he learned from...

Cape council set to OK transfer documents for future police station (07/05/15) The Cape Girardeau City Council is expected to approve an ordinance Monday accepting transfer documents for a facility...

Major Case Squad disbanded in shooting case (07/05/15) Four days after a shooting in Cape Girardeau, the Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad announced it no longer will investigate the case, leaving it to local authorities. Police responded Monday afternoon to 401 S. Hanover St., where a woman was found shot in the head in an apparent drive-by shooting. She was sitting on the porch at the time of the shooting...

70-year-old man accused of hitting brother with hammer (07/05/15) BENTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston, Missouri, area man is in jail accused of repeatedly striking his brother with a hammer. Jerry E. Savat, 70, is in custody on charges of second-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action. According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, a deputy went to Savat's residence early Friday morning about an assault...

Cape Girardeau police report 7/5/15 (07/05/15) The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Jackson C. Sadler, 17, of Oran, Missouri, was arrested on suspicion of being a minor in possession. n Della R. Wallace, 38, of Zalma, Missouri, was arrested on suspicion of stealing at Wal-Mart, 3439 William St...

Jackson police report 7/5/15 (07/05/15) The Jackson Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. n Donail K. Coon, 55, of Sullivan, Illinois, was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. n Eddie G. Bowen II, 28, 117 E. Park St., No. 1, was arrested on suspicion of endangering the welfare of a child...

Reward being offered in drive-by shooting case (07/03/15) After issuing a news release Wednesday, law-enforcement officials have found two eye-witnesses they were searching for in connection with a shooting in Cape Girardeau. However, no arrests had been made by Thursday afternoon. Police were searching for Deion "Lester" Phillips and Devon "Day Day da Kidd" Smith, both of Cape Girardeau, after beliving they witnessed the apparent drive-by shooting earlier in the week...

Women, minorities struggle on Missouri teaching exams (07/05/15) ST. LOUIS -- Woman and minorities are failing Missouri exams to enter teaching programs and to gain certification at higher rates, raising concerns about bias. The gender gap is problematic because the tests are cutting off the very people most driven to the profession, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The racial disparity also is troubling because while classrooms are becoming more diverse, the pool of available teachers is not...

Meningitis vaccine needed for some Missouri college students (07/02/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Students living on Missouri public college campuses now must be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis. A state law requiring the vaccine for those living in on-campus housing took effect Wednesday. Students can seek a religious or medical exemption to the requirement...

Jackson school bus drivers win district safety competition (06/29/15) For Brenda Harris, a bus driver at the Jackson School District, the best part of her job is helping students have a positive start and end to their school day. "I love that we can give them a little bit of hope for the day, some inspiration for these kids' lives, because we don't know what they go home to at night," she said. ...

Nixon to veto student-transfer bill (06/26/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will veto a bill to revamp the state's system allowing students to transfer from failing schools, two Missouri lawmakers who took a lead in crafting the legislation said Thursday. Republican bill sponsor Rep. David Wood and Senate handler Republican Sen. David Pearce said Nixon's legislative affairs director told them of the governor's plans to ax the proposal...

Years into Common Core, teachers lament lack of materials (06/25/15) The learning standards were new. The textbooks were not. So curriculum director Tammy Baumann and her team took the books apart, literally. Then they rearranged lessons, filled in holes with outside material and put it all together in what will be the kindergarten-through-second-grade math curriculum in the fall at her district in East Lansing, Michigan...


The Southeast Missourian - State News
As of (07/06/2015) at 11:53 AM

Haze from Canadian fires persists as far south as Tennessee (07/05/15) MINOT, N.D. -- After almost a week, smoke from Canadian wildfires continued to blanket parts of North Dakota on Saturday, and some residents said they're growing tired of the hazy skies. Smoke from wildfires in northern Saskatchewan has been blowing as far south as Tennessee, with a thick haze extending through much of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, eastern Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri...

Women, minorities struggle on Missouri teaching exams (07/05/15) ST. LOUIS -- Woman and minorities are failing Missouri exams to enter teaching programs and to gain certification at higher rates, raising concerns about bias. The gender gap is problematic because the tests are cutting off the very people most driven to the profession, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The racial disparity also is troubling because while classrooms are becoming more diverse, the pool of available teachers is not...

Armed robbers hit fireworks tent in southwest Missouri (07/05/15) REPUBLIC, Mo. -- Armed robbers have stolen from a church-run fireworks stand in southwest Missouri. KYTV reported authorities were investigating Saturday after three masked robbers entered the tent in front of Republic's Walmart store around midnight. Police didn't immediately release descriptions of the suspects...

Springfield teacher charged with sexual abuse (07/05/15) SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Springfield teacher has been charged with sexually abusing a foster child in her care. The Springfield News-Leader reported the 32-year-old woman was arraigned Thursday in Greene County on charges of statutory sodomy and child endangerment. She was released after posting bond. Her attorney, Roger Jones, declined to comment...

Wet ground in St. Louis area is a factor in toppled trees (07/05/15) BRENTWOOD, Mo. -- The wettest June on record in St. Louis has caused rivers to rise and saturated farmland. It's also a factor in an unexpected problem -- toppling trees. For trees already suffering from other problems, the extremely wet ground is allowing some, including old and tall trees, to tumble...


The Southeast Missourian - Local News
As of (07/06/2015) at 11:53 AM

Cairo man dies in Cape Girardeau crash (07/06/15) One man is dead after a car crash in Cape Girardeau Sunday. Carl Thomas, 77, of Cairo, Illinois, was killed when the car he was in was involved in an accident at the intersection of Highway 74 and Kingshighway shortly after 2 p.m., said Sgt. Adam Glueck of the Cape Girardeau Police Department...

New U.S. citizens mark July 4 celebration (07/05/15) 4 Twenty-one new American citizens from 14 countries were naturalized during the city of Cape Girardeau's 2015 Great American 4th of July celebration at Arena Park on Saturday evening. Floodwaters had made the initial plans to hold the celebration downtown unfeasible, and although the location was less iconic than the Emerson Bridge, being sworn in surrounded by fairgrounds and Little League ballfields had its own element of Americana...

Airport favors contract renewal for Cape Air (07/05/15) 4 A new commercial air service provider contract for Cape Air may be a step closer to reality after Monday's Cape Girardeau city council meeting. During a special meeting Wednesday, the city's airport advisory board selected the airline as its first choice to provide commercial flights at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport for the next two years. ...

Group offers solutions for off-road venue's problems (07/05/15) POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A group of stakeholders is discussing ways to make future events at Brick's Off Road Park safer and less problematic. Part of the mission of the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce is attracting tourists to the Poplar Bluff area, according to a synopsis provided by the chamber at a meeting last week regarding the park...

Central alum rises in ranks at Fort Benning (07/05/15) 1 Tim Metheny didn't join the Army for one reason. He says part of it was the sense of patriotic service he learned from seeing his father and grandfather serve in the Navy. Part of it was he was drawn to the work ethic and purpose he saw in Army life...

Cape council set to OK transfer documents for future police station (07/05/15) The Cape Girardeau City Council is expected to approve an ordinance Monday accepting transfer documents for a facility that could be the future home of the police department. It also will decide whether to approve a resolution convening a commission for a proposed tax increment finance district in downtown...

Highway crash leads to several others (07/05/15) Traffic on Interstate 55 was shut down briefly Friday when one motor vehicle accident led to several others. Minor injuries were reported from some of the accidents, which occurred while motorists were slowing for a wreck that left a truck engulfed in flames...

Major Case Squad disbanded in shooting case (07/05/15) 2 Four days after a shooting in Cape Girardeau, the Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad announced it no longer will investigate the case, leaving it to local authorities. Police responded Monday afternoon to 401 S. Hanover St., where a woman was found shot in the head in an apparent drive-by shooting. She was sitting on the porch at the time of the shooting...

70-year-old man accused of hitting brother with hammer (07/05/15) BENTON, Mo. -- A Sikeston, Missouri, area man is in jail accused of repeatedly striking his brother with a hammer. Jerry E. Savat, 70, is in custody on charges of second-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action. According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, a deputy went to Savat's residence early Friday morning about an assault...

Chaffee will flush fire hydrants Monday (07/05/15) Chaffee, Missouri, residents may see less sediment stirred up in their water than usual after the city's biannual fire hydrant flush. Beginning Monday, the two-day process will remove mineral sediment built up in pipes, improve water quality and maintain valves and hydrants within the city...

Part of Broadway to be closed starting Monday (07/05/15) Beginning Monday, a section of Broadway between Spanish and Main streets in Cape Girardeau will be closed for sanitary sewer repair. Dutch Enterprises will be making repairs to a sanitary sewer pipe at 121 Broadway. Detour signs will be in place, and the city expects the work to last four days, weather permitting. ...

Cape Girardeau City Council agenda 7/5/15 (07/05/15) City hall 401 Independence St. n No action will be taken during the study session. n Engineering specifications update n Beautiful Business Property of the Month presentation n Parks and Recreation Month Proclamation 2015 n Parks and Recreation update...

Jackson Board of Aldermen 7/6/15 (07/05/15) City hall 101 Court St. n Consider changing the date of the board of aldermen regular meeting from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. n Consider motion changing the date of the board of aldermen regular meeting from Sept. 21 to Sept. 28 because of the Missouri Municipal League's annual conference...

Bar owners comfortable with Cape alcohol ordinance (07/03/15) Changes of any kind often are met with resistance, but business owners in Cape Girardeau seem to have few issues with the city's recently changed alcohol ordinance. Some owners even have said they are happy to see new rules on the books that force more accountability on the city's bars...

Area counties prepare for same-sex marriages (07/03/15) No same-sex couples have been issued a marriage license in several area counties, but two women are making plans to be married by a Butler County, Missouri, judge Monday. "I will have my first one Monday morning. We had to have our software updated," said Debby Lundstrom, Butler County recorder of deeds. "Two women have contacted Judge John Bloodworth about getting married Monday."...

Python found on Cape porch (07/03/15) 6 The Cape Girardeau Police Department received an unusual call just after midnight Thursday, when someone found a python on the front porch of a home in the 1500 block of Whitener Street. The python -- about 2 feet long -- first was taken to the police department until it could be transported to the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, said Sgt. Adam Glueck, a spokesman for the police department...

Fourth of July programs to be held Saturday in Cape, Perryville (07/03/15) 4 Southeast Missourian Arena Park in Cape Girardeau will be filled with Fourth of July festivities Saturday evening, including patriotic music, a naturalization ceremony, a Southeast Missourian Spirit of America Award program and a fireworks display. The Rotary Club of Perryville, Missouri, also has organized a community fireworks display, which will take place at Perryville City Park...

Reward being offered in drive-by shooting case (07/03/15) After issuing a news release Wednesday, law-enforcement officials have found two eye-witnesses they were searching for in connection with a shooting in Cape Girardeau. However, no arrests had been made by Thursday afternoon. Police were searching for Deion "Lester" Phillips and Devon "Day Day da Kidd" Smith, both of Cape Girardeau, after beliving they witnessed the apparent drive-by shooting earlier in the week...

Flooding expected to continue this weekend (07/03/15) Major flooding of the Mississippi River is expected to continue into the weekend, keeping some roads closed and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers monitoring flood control. Authorities are asking recreational swimmers and boaters to be safe on lakes, rivers and streams during the holiday weekend...

Broadway Theater listed on National Register (07/03/15) A downtown Cape Girardeau theater is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Broadway Theater, 805 Broadway, was placed on the register in June, according to a weekly release sent Thursday by the National Park Service, which oversees the register program...


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (07/05/2015) at 11:57 PM

Farming camp brings joy to foster children (07/05/15) It's bad enough when adults go through difficult times; we feel for them, wish them well and find ways to help. But when children are hurting, our hearts are especially broken. In a perfect world, children would never hurt, never go without, never feel the losses too many of them encounter in our world marred by imperfection. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 7/5/15 (07/05/15) Though their voices are louder and more shrill than ever, the haters in America are becoming more and more marginalized. I know it's only a rock 'n' roll church, but I like it. The so-called controversy over taking down the confederate battle flag on public property is in reality more of a consensus among Democrats, Republicans and many others that the time has come to relegate these racist symbols to, say, museums...

Opinion Column Talking Turkey: the good and bad of Erdogan (07/05/15) The Republic of Turkey is the most powerful nation in the Middle East, with the largest economy, strongest armed forces and a population greater than that of Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Israel combined. While a member of NATO and host to two U.S. Air Force bases, relations with the U.S. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 7/3/15 (07/03/15) I wonder if Republican candidates for office will now take the low road in hopes of political gain or the high road and come up with ways to improve the now constitutionally upheld Affordable Care Act. You know, I don't really wonder about it. It's just a matter of how low they will go...

Editorial Be safe with those fireworks this Fourth (07/03/15) It's the eve of Independence Day, and that means area residents are already having fun as they celebrate the annual salute to our nation's birth. That's exactly as it should be. However, we would be remiss if we didn't remind readers to observe basic safety precautions on this, the holiday that causes an average of 230 emergency room visits nationwide in the days just before and after July 4, according to U.S. ...

Editorial Spirit of America winner, nominees announced (07/02/15) Today the Southeast Missourian announced the winner of the 2015 Spirit of America Award. This year's recipient is Jerry Ford, a longtime member of this community who has served at the Cape River Heritage Museum, in musical performances -- his band, the Cape Girardeau Municipal Band and at military funerals -- and in other ways...

Editorial Life-saving science started in Chaffee (07/01/15) He lives in Ohio now, but Southeast Missouri proudly claims Charlie Mantel as one of our own. The Chaffee native's stem-cell research is being hailed as an advance that may save lives and change the face of medicine. Who said those science fairs don't make a difference? That's where it all started for Mantel. It was 1973, and he won first place at the Southeast Missouri Regional Science Fair for his research project on fruit-fly genetics...

Opinion Column Supreme Court signals societal sea change (07/01/15) Last week provided a sea change in American society, and I suspect someday history will note the significance. I'm still not sure, however, just how history will record the events. The Supreme Court -- quite honestly, not to anyone's great surprise -- ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act despite clear and specific language that seemed to have undermined a provision of the controversial law...

Speak Out Speak Out 6/30/15 (06/30/15) ** Hate crimes; ** Supreme frustration; ** Double standards; ** Tournaments

Editorial Homeless Connect to help those who need it most (06/30/15) Sometimes, it is difficult to get people involved and to volunteer their time. People are increasingly busy with their own lives, so if they are going to commit to something else, they want to know that what they're doing truly makes a difference. Project Homeless Connect, in its fourth year, is one event that focuses on effectively reaching out to help others who need it...

Editorial Park upgrades coming soon to Cape (06/29/15) Cape Girardeau's parks department is upgrading in a significant way, with expansions coming very soon to the public. The department is currently focusing on Capaha Park, a speed slide at Cape Splash and the Red House Interpretive Center. Capaha Park will receive a new playground and pavilion that holds 100, from which the playground is easily visible. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 6/29/15 (06/29/15) Economic adviser; Gave girl a gun; Domestic extremists; Bootheel thinking; Where apples fall; Weedy road; Obamacare popularity; Biased reaction

Editorial 'Major' flood brings annoyance, not disaster (06/28/15) Last week, the Mighty Mississippi crested at 43 feet. That is considered "major stage" flooding. But it doesn't feel that way much anymore. Thanks to many flood control and abatement steps, a flood event that in the past would have crippled Cape Girardeau now offers inconveniences rather than disaster...

Letter to the Editor Soccer community mourns (06/28/15) It was a year ago today that the Southeast Missouri Soccer Community lost a dear friend with the passing of Joe David Frank. Like myself, Joe did not play soccer growing up, but learned the sport while coaching his children in youth soccer. From there, Joe became a fixture at games as a referee at high school and youth soccer games. ...

Letter to the Editor Congrats to Saxony girls (06/28/15) As team hosts for Missouri State High School Girls Soccer Championships in Blue Springs, Missouri, we had the opportunity to spend time with the soccer players, coaches, and fans from Jackson, Missouri. These people were distinguished representatives of their community, and you should be proud of the excellent impression they made in Blue Springs...

Letter to the Editor Before more troops, a plan (06/26/15) President Obama recently assigned an additional 450 troops to Iraq. In one of its recent issues, The Economist magazine opined that the United States should continue to be involved in the Middle East to counter the presence of the Islamic State, provide stability in the oil market and counter nuclear proliferation. In one of his most recent op-ed pieces, Charles Krauthammer said that we should begin providing large amounts of military supplies to the Iraqi Kurds...

Editorial It's nearing July; time for heat check (06/26/15) For the past several days, our region not only has watched river levels rise to inconvenient and sometimes dangerous heights, but the mercury has been spiking as well, with temperatures ranging from the upper 80s to the mid-90s and the heat index hitting triple digits...

Opinion Column Raiders and others (06/25/15) I recently read an article about the creation of a new Marine Special Operations group to be officially known as Marine Raiders. This is meant to be a Marine equivalent of Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy Seals and Air Force Special Operations. All of these units are assembled as part of the U.S. Special Operations Command...

Editorial Rock 'n' Roll Church reaches different crowd (06/25/15) Ministry takes many forms, from traditional church services to contemporary style to formats like that of the Rock 'n' Roll Church. A recent story in the Southeast Missourian about the church pointed to the many ways it is "reaching those on crack, full of cracks and in the cracks!" That's how Pastor Billy Garner described the church, which has a biker image mixed with classic rock...

Speak Out Speak Out 6/24/15 (06/24/15) Amazed by Charleston; Gun gift; Unemployment; Pope props


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