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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As of (10/31/2014) at 02:59 PM

New faces, new jobs: Some St. Louis success stories Check out our gallery of people in business who recently have been honored, hired or promoted. Nominate a co-worker by emailing bizfolks@post-dispatch.com

Your one-stop shopping guide to Halloween around St. Louis From discount restaurant deals for people in costume, to finding hard-to-find candy and scary spots, we have it all right here. 

Bernie video: Too soon to speculate on Fisher's future The third season on the job for Rams coach Jeff Fisher has been a disappointment, but the team needs to see how things play out before any regime change.

Report on police shooting of VonDerrit Myers to reach St. Louis prosecutors next week The investigation of the fatal police shooting of Kajieme Powell will take longer, Police Chief Sam Dotson said Thursday.

Parachutist is rescued from radio tower in south St. Louis County The chutist was tangled 155 feet off the ground, about 20 feet away from the tower. 

Sharpton: Ferguson movement needs to focus on justice for Michael Brown

Three siblings killed in Vandalia, Ill., train crash near Halloween parade route

Police: Man wanted in Pennsylvania trooper ambush is captured

Illinois schools continue to struggle with harder tests Updated

Rumor about CDC checking out Blues players is false Updated

Witness: Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded during testing in California Updated

Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for Maine nurse Updated

St. Louis election board demands candidate strike 'independent Democrat' label Updated

St. Louisan will make pitch on 'Shark Tank' Updated

St. Louis County woman admits running brothel from Ferguson home Updated

J.K. Rowling unveils a new Harry Potter tale Updated

Final leg of Page extension to open this weekend Updated

Bernie: A look at the Cards' 5 free agents Updated

Summit on racial inequality in St. Louis area schools set for Saturday

Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club board appoints interim president


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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Political News
As of (10/31/2014) at 02:59 PM

Report on police shooting of VonDerrit Myers to reach St. Louis prosecutors next week The investigation of the fatal police shooting of Kajieme Powell will take longer, Police Chief Sam Dotson said Thursday.

Ferguson police chief fires back at reports his department is disbanding He also said he has no plans to step down soon

Main Lambert terminal gets shiny, new roof The new copper roof will shine for about a year before turning brown and, eventually, pale green as part of a long patina process.

Ferguson looms over race for St. Louis County Executive Successor to Dooley tasked with leading county in wake of unprecedented turmoil.

Koster dismisses New York Times report that he coddles contributors Article alleges he pulled back on inquiries of firms that made campaign contributions. House Speaker Jones hints at investigation. POLITICAL NEWS

Mount Vernon rehab center closes, 300 lose jobs

Body cameras would be required for St. Louis police under proposal Updated

Pathologist who did private autopsy questions finding of gun residue on Michael Brown

Mailer compares neighbor's voting track record Updated

Activists seeking St. Louis County municipal court reforms get sit-down with judge


St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (10/31/2014) at 02:59 PM

'I could have been Mike Brown'

The unprecedented opportunity of the Ferguson Commission

Ex-offenders face almost-impossible odds in job market

The governor creates a Ferguson Commission; St. Louis faces a defining moment

From protest to progress, what Ferguson can learn from Joplin

Gun docket in St. Louis might have saved VonDerrit Myers Jr.'s life

Red October meets #FergusonOctober

Ferguson: Nobody should be surprised

Doctor is good example of what Ferguson Commission needs

No protests over shootings of children

Purchase of golf club could help UMSL expand educational opportunities

Looking for a big payday by faulting the police

Protesters have lost more support than they have gained

Seek justice, not infamy in Ferguson

Use Better Together's data to advocate for meaningful change

Protests are demonstrations of lawlessness

College campus is appropriate place for protesters

Ribbons of hope for Ferguson

We all have some to work to do in stopping prejudice

The hand of God in Ferguson


Kansas City Star
As of (10/31/2014) at 02:59 PM

University of Kansas Guard Connor Frankamp leaving KU basketball team Conner Frankamp, a sophomore guard and the all-time leading scorer in Wichita City League history, is leaving the Kansas basketball program. Bill Self shows up on KU campus and buys lunch for a bunch of students Missouri opens men's basketball season with 72-31 exhibition win over William Jewell

Business Chevrolet makes the best of executive’s nervous speech after the World Series Rikk Wilde, a lifelong Royals fan, committed a nationally televised major league blooper while presenting pickup truck keys to MVP Madison Bumgarner. Comments about the presentation lit up Twitter, and several video captures hit YouTube. But Chevrolet is praising Wilde and using his words to promote the Chevrolet Colorado. #ChevyGuy's bungled World Series MVP presentation to Bumgarner nets $2.4 million

Nation & World Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes, one pilot reported dead A spacecraft for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Ltd. tourism operator crashed during a test flight in California’s Mojave Desert, and CNBC reported that one of two pilots was killed.

Living A KC Royals license plate? NOT4YU The state of Missouri hasn’t offered a Kansas City Royals license plate since 2007 because of lack of interest. But you can get one for the Chiefs. And the Cardinals.

If you don’t like Fox’s Joe Buck, you’re not alone Fri 2:44 PM

Delay request denied for F. Glenn Miller’s preliminary hearing in triple homicide Fri 2:22 PM

Chiefs safety Eric Berry to play against Jets on Sunday Fri 1:55 PM

Homicide investigation underway after man’s body found in car in KC Fri 1:59 PM

Son to Usher: Dad, you’re not a great singer Fri 1:21 PM

Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for nurse Kaci Hickox Fri 1:06 PM

Police: Employees dragged by hair, beaten in Overland Park bank robbery Fri 11:25 AM

A KC Royals license plate? NOT4YU Fri 2:39 PM

Two 21-year-olds charged in Lee’s Summit homicide Fri 12:47 PM

Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes, one pilot reported dead Fri 2:33 PM

A hard freeze is expected for Kansas City Friday night Thu 8:31 AM

Police: Man swings ax at DC officer Fri 12:09 PM

Relieved Giants say the Royals earned their respect

Series loss won't diminish Royals' magical season

Madison Bumgarner, Giants spoil Royals' party with 3-2 win in World Series game seven

Updated: Royals fan reaction, messages after Game 7 of the World Series


Kansas City Star - Political News
As of (10/31/2014) at 02:59 PM

Television spending totals $11 million in Kansas governor’s race, report says Te Center for Public Integrity is tracking television spending in state races. Its latest report shows groups supporting Republican Gov. Sam Brownback outspending those backing Democratic challenger Paul Davis.

Election Election poll: Economy, health care eclipse social issues As a season of campaigning enters its intense final weekend, a new Associated Press-GfK poll illustrates the challenge ahead for candidates and their allies trying to rally voters around traditional wedge issues such as abortion and gay marriage. This fall, voters just have other matters on their minds. Social issues are eclipsed by concerns about the economy, health care, the Islamic State group and Ebola, the poll finds

Technology Google Fiber says it won’t sell service in Leawood Google Fiber told prospective customers in Leawood that it won’t build its network in the prosperous Johnson County suburb. It didn’t elaborate on what prompted the seller of ultra-fast Internet and TV service to back out of one of the most prosperous — and potentially lucrative — cities in the Kansas City market.

Editorials Recapping The Star’s editorial endorsements As the fall election day, Nov. 4, approaches, here’s a recap of The Kansas City Star’s editorial endorsements in Missouri and Kansas races and opinion columns about races and issues on the ballot.

Nonprofit groups welcome Kansas raffle amendment on Tuesday’s ballot A proposed Kansas constitutional amendment would make it legal for churches, schools, veterans groups and other nonprofit organizations to hold charitable raffles. “It’s great that lawmakers are listening to their constituents and amending an outdated law,” said Luann Feehan, executive director of Nonprofit Connect, an organization of Kansas City area nonprofits.

Milton Wolf endorses Pat Roberts in Kansas Senate race The primary opponent urges Kansans to vote “Republican” in the race against Greg Orman.

Labor money pours into Kansas to defeat Sam Brownback Organized labor, particularly teachers unions, are spending heavily in Kansas to fight Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election.

Television spending totals $11 million in Kansas governor’s race, report says Te Center for Public Integrity is tracking television spending in state races. Its latest report shows groups supporting Republican Gov. Sam Brownback outspending those backing Democratic challenger Paul Davis. Television spending totals $11 million in Kansas governor’s race, report says Te Center for Public Integrity is tracking television spending in state races. Its latest report shows groups supporting Republican Gov. Sam Brownback outspending those backing Democratic challenger Paul Davis.

Milton Wolf endorses Pat Roberts in Kansas Senate race The primary opponent urges Kansans to vote “Republican” in the race against Greg Orman.

Labor money pours into Kansas to defeat Sam Brownback Organized labor, particularly teachers unions, are spending heavily in Kansas to fight Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election.

Orman gives campaign $1 million, loans another $200,000 The Kansas independent Senate candidate gives his campaign more than half of its operating cash through Sept. 30.

Sam Brownback paints Paul Davis as wishy-washy on environment in Kansas governor’s race Democrat Paul Davis came out on Thursday in opposition to a proposed federal rule that critics says will greatly expand the government’s regulatory authority over small creeks and ponds. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback says the challenger’s statements represent a shift from his past record. A spokesman said Davis has a consistent record.

Lindsey Graham: Remark about only helping white men was a joke U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s campaign says a remark he made at a private dinner about only helping white men if he became president was a joke taken out of context.

Missouri House committee to investigate AG Chris Koster Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones is forming an investigatory committee after a report that Chris Koster was one of several state attorneys general who may have been influenced by campaign contributions and lobbyists.

Election Feds to monitor Kansas election complaints U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says a federal prosecutor will be on duty election day to respond promptly to complaints of possible election fraud and voting rights violations in Kansas.

Missouri AG Chris Koster rebuts report that money steered office away from investigations A report published in The New York Times raises allegations that Koster gave preferential treatment to companies his office was investigating after donations were made to his political campaigns. Koster denied any wrongdoing and slammed the Times’ reporting.

Foutch Brothers drops plan to remake Kemper Arena for youth sports The development company sent a statement to City Hall saying that it had decided not to continue its plan to repurpose Kemper. Meanwhile, a Kansas City Council committee leader said he would recommend that the city pump $20 million into a rival American Royal plan instead.

Dave Helling: Washington can play a role in fighting Ebola — and helping Americans face illness Calls for federal action to contain Ebola point out the complexities of public policy and the dangers of sweeping declarations about whether various matters should be left only to the states or to Washington.

News Holder: Ferguson police need 'wholesale change' Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that there was an obvious need for "wholesale change" in the Ferguson, Missouri, police department.

Health & Fitness Obama on Ebola fight: US can't seal itself off Pushing to confront Ebola at its West African source, President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States was not immune to the disease but cautioned against discouraging American health care workers with restrictive measures that confine them upon their return from the afflicted region. "We can't hermetically seal ourselves off," he declared.


Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (10/31/2014) at 02:59 PM

Kansas City and the Royals: Not an end, but the beginning of a beautiful friendship There will be no victory parade, but Kansas Citians and Royals fans from coast to coast have been united and uplifted by the team’s astonishing October run.

End Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s reign of error Kansans got even more evidence this week that voters on Nov. 4 have good reasons to oust Kobach and replace him with Jean Schodorf, who will do the job more professionally.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is too easily wined and dined by corporations and their lobbyists In yet another dismaying indictment of Missouri’s money-grubbing political culture, a national news report has revealed an unsavory lovefest between Koster and lobbyists for corporations that are potential targets of state investigations.

Recapping The Star’s editorial endorsements As the fall election day, Nov. 4, approaches, here’s a recap of The Kansas City Star’s editorial endorsements in Missouri and Kansas races and opinion columns about races and issues on the ballot.

As it turns 100, Union Station looks ahead Union Station’s centennial celebration focuses not only on looking back but also on looking ahead. That’s a testimony to how important the building has been to the history of Kansas City — and how essential it is to shaping a brighter future for it. The building today — 100 years after 100,000 people saw it officially opened at 2 p.m. on Oct. 30, 1914 — is still busy with activity from morning to night.

Vote to make raffles lawful in Kansas Plenty of questions confront Kansas voters in the election that will be decided on Nov. 4, including a couple that might get lost in the shuffle. One concerns charitable raffles and another a contested seat on the Kansas Board of Education.

The Monday Poll: Here are your thoughts on key Kansas races We asked readers to respond to these statements relating to the election campaigns in Kansas. Here are the results of our unscientific survey, based on more than 2,500 responses.

Act of drive-by cowardice kills Kansas City, Kan., girl There are too many guns in the hands of the wrong people, and police and area leaders have too few tools to do anything about that. The situation is out of hand, and children are paying the price.

The Monday Poll: Who will win the races for U.S. Senate, governor and secretary of state in Kansas? Now that early voting has started in Kansas, the Monday poll would like you to weigh in on a few election-related issues in the Sunflower State. Register your replies to four statements regarding the races for U.S. Senate, governor and secretary of state.

The Star’s recommendations for positions in Jackson and Clay counties On Nov. 4, voters have the opportunities to keep steady leadership in place in Jackson County and select a new leader for Clay County government. Meanwhile, there are no contested races in Platte County because no Democrat filed for any open office.

Ignore Sam Brownback’s attempt to exploit tragedy and rate judges fairly in Kansas and Missouri With important elections coming up Nov. 4, it’s open season on judges in Kansas and Missouri. Poisonous attempts to use courts as political fodder make it imperative to understand their role. A judge’s job is not to please wealthy donors or a governor. It is to hear cases impartially and interpret the law wisely and fairly. Judges should be evaluated on the entirety of their work and not on one or even a handful of polarizing decisions.

Spark is mostly lacking in U.S. House races in western Missouri Incumbents have the edge in three congressional races in western Missouri. They’ve got the money, the political bases and the momentum of holding office. What they might not have is much enthusiasm among voters. The Star’s recommendations are to re-elect Emanuel Cleaver in the 5th District and Sam Graves in the 6th District and to vote for newcomer Nate Irvin in the 4th District.

Choose reform-minded candidates for the Missouri General Assembly The General Assembly needs to rearrange its priorities, and elections can help. Voters should choose lawmakers who genuinely want to make people’s lives better and clean up the ethical cesspool that is Jefferson City. Here are The Star’s recommendations.

Missouri education board should engage the public on replacement for Chris Nicastro The Missouri Board of Education and the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education have a serious trust deficit with many Missourians. An arrogant, secretive hiring process for the top education post would widen the rift and place the new commissioner at an instant disadvantage.

Ebola news should dampen U.S. hysteria Mistakes have been made. That much is indisputable. But in the case of the Ebola virus vs. the United States, one of the largest mistakes has been a general loss of perspective.

More proof rolls in that Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts aren’t saving Kansas Throwing out various claims on the campaign trail, Gov. Sam Brownback insists his radical income tax cut program is going to revive the Kansas economy. But as the data roll in — including more numbers on the all-important jobs front on Tuesday — the promises of radical progress aren’t coming true.

Monday Poll results: On the Royals and KC attractions As many as 1,200 readers responded to the World Series edition of our Monday Poll. Here are the results of some key questions asked in this unscientific survey.

Murder of 6-year-old Angel Hooper demands justice Even in a city that has become too complacent about gun violence, the murder of 6-year-old Angel Hooper is incomprehensible. Just as astounding are indications that people may be protecting her killer.

A unified community roots for the Royals No one really knows who’s going to win the World Series. But let’s enjoy the ride, Kansas City, for however long it lasts.

The Monday Poll: How soon will Kansas City win the World Series? Kansas City is turning blue with excitement as we get ready to watch the Royals play the San Francisco Giants in the 2014 World Series, starting Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. So the Monday poll would like you to weigh in on a few baseball-related issues.


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The Independence Examiner
As of (10/31/2014) at 02:59 PM

Does trend among early voters portend good news for Democrats in midterm elections? Updated at 2:43 PM False --

Kent Bush: Sometimes technology and stuff won’t save you Updated at 1:32 PM We’ve all been there: You are supposed to say something but going with a script would seem unengaged. So you get together some “talking points” in your head so that you can stay on the topic while sounding genuine.

(No heading) Posted at 1:11 PM The Dancing PumpkinsBy Mary K. (Firsick) HoukFrom a seed to a beautiful orange of orange pumpkins in the country fields.When the sun goes down and the pumpkins had...

Lobbyist secretly recorded telling polluters to play dirty against environmentalists Updated at 12:24 PM False

Make your voice heard on energy Updated at 12:19 PM Juli VielO’Fallon, Mo.To the editor:Missouri is at the precipice of a new energy economy. So is the entire world. We’ve maxed out our carbon budget in the atmosphere, and we know it. The International Energy...

Amendment 3 full of school pitfalls Updated at 12:14 PM Clifford B. UnderwoodSt. LouisTo the editor:As a retired teacher with 40 years of public service, this appears to be the intent and purpose of Amendment 3:• Take away the local control exercised by school...

Seth Rogen to Play Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs Biopic Posted at 1:05 PM Seth Rogen will star as 

Philip Maddocks: Unapologetic Christie frees God from Ebola quarantine Updated at 11:29 AM Saying he has nothing but good will for Him and His work going forward, an unapologetic Gov. Chris Christie dismissed those who questioned his decision to keep God quarantined in a tent since His return from Ebola-stricken West Africa.

The No. 1 Thing Richard Branson Cares About When Hiring Posted at 12:01 PM False

Jason Offutt: Teacker was in on the joke Updated at 11:20 AM I feel sorry for public school teachers. Not for the usual reasons, like Common Core mathematics and obnoxious parents who are convinced little Johnny’s a lot brighter than he actually is. It’s because teachers can’t have fun... Jony Ive Explains Why The Apple Watch Was Harder To Design Than The iPhone (AAPL) Posted at 12:01 PM False NEXT 10  »


The Independence Examiner - Editorials
As of (10/31/2014) at 02:59 PM

Does trend among early voters portend good news for Democrats in midterm elections? Updated at 2:43 PM --

Kent Bush: Sometimes technology and stuff won’t save you Updated at 1:32 PM We’ve all been there: You are supposed to say something but going with a script would seem unengaged. So you get together some “talking points” in your head so that you can stay on the topic while sounding genuine.

(No heading) Posted at 1:11 PM The Dancing PumpkinsBy Mary K. (Firsick) HoukFrom a seed to a beautiful orange of orange pumpkins in the country fields.When the sun goes down and the pumpkins had...

Lobbyist secretly recorded telling polluters to play dirty against environmentalists Updated at 12:24 PM

Make your voice heard on energy Updated at 12:19 PM Juli VielO’Fallon, Mo.To the editor:Missouri is at the precipice of a new energy economy. So is the entire world. We’ve maxed out our carbon budget in the atmosphere, and we know it. The International Energy...

Amendment 3 full of school pitfalls Updated at 12:14 PM Clifford B. UnderwoodSt. LouisTo the editor:As a retired teacher with 40 years of public service, this appears to be the intent and purpose of Amendment 3:• Take away the local control exercised by school...

Seth Rogen to Play Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs Biopic Posted at 1:05 PM Seth Rogen will star as 

Philip Maddocks: Unapologetic Christie frees God from Ebola quarantine Updated at 11:29 AM Saying he has nothing but good will for Him and His work going forward, an unapologetic Gov. Chris Christie dismissed those who questioned his decision to keep God quarantined in a tent since His return from Ebola-stricken West Africa.

The No. 1 Thing Richard Branson Cares About When Hiring Posted at 12:01 PM

Jason Offutt: Teacker was in on the joke Updated at 11:20 AM I feel sorry for public school teachers. Not for the usual reasons, like Common Core mathematics and obnoxious parents who are convinced little Johnny’s a lot brighter than he actually is. It’s because teachers can’t have fun... Jony Ive Explains Why The Apple Watch Was Harder To Design Than The iPhone (AAPL) Posted at 12:01 PM NEXT 10  »


Columbia Daily Tribune
As of (10/31/2014) at 03:01 PM

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Boone County considers first Children's Services Fund contracts The Boone County Commission on Thursday gave initial consideration to providing Rainbow House $73,291 from a special sales tax earmarked to help children.

Voter report card generates complaints about tactics called 'voter shaming' In theory, the “Voter Report Card” mailers sent to thousands of voters this week were a test of a new campaign method designed to inspire voter turnout. Instead, Grow Missouri, the conservative political action committee that spent $150,000 on the...

Boone County budget proposal includes money to raise salary ranges A plan to boost Boone County starting salaries and pay ranges will add roughly $800,000 to the county's general revenue fund under a draft budget from county Auditor June Pitchford.

Direct mail costs exceed $2 million as parties battle over legislature In recent days, voters in the 47th House District have received up to eight direct mail advertisements from the Missouri Republican Party, including one printed in black and white, accusing incumbent state Rep. John Wright of being a danger to...

Amendment 3 opponents confident, not complacent Opponents of Amendment 3 said they are confident their side will prevail, but they don't want to rest easy.

Man arrested for allegedly punching his boss Boone County court security Thursday arrested a 23-year-old man on a warrant for allegedly assaulting his boss in September.

Third business robbed by man in Halloween mask For the third time in a little more than two days, Columbia police said a man in a Halloween mask robbed a business at gunpoint. No one was injured in any of the robberies.

Nanova Biomaterials begins manufacturing first product A company developed from University of Missouri research has marked another milestone in its development.

Organizers kick off effort to recall Chadwick Organizers of a recall effort intended to remove First Ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick from office are circulating petitions and attempting to build a broad base of support for her ouster among groups with various grievances.

Manufacturing issues restrict availability of flu vaccine A delay caused by flu vaccine manufacturing issues at a facility in Canada has caused the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services to delay some school-based flu vaccine clinics until the end of November or later.

Several county streams flagged for high E. coli levels Several Boone County streams recently were flagged for high levels of E. coli bacteria during routine sampling, but local stormwater officials and state water quality officials are not surprised because heavy rains often contribute to additional bacteria in the streams.

Columbia police defend terminating pursuit of domestic assault suspect Police weigh several factors when deciding whether to chase suspects, including the severity of the crimes for which they're wanted compared to the danger that could result from a high-speed pursuit, Columbia police Assistant Chief John Gordon said Wednesday.

Anti-violence task force refines its recommendations The Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence on Wednesday night reviewed a draft of its recommendations to the Columbia City Council and directed the city's staff liaison to refine the list, which will be discussed at its next meeting.

Prop 1 supporters use inflation-adjusted numbers on sales tax A principal argument for supporters of Proposition 1, a measure on the Nov. 4 ballot to increase Columbia's property tax, is that the city's per capita collections from various sales taxes -- which make up about a quarter of the...

Humane Society extends hours The Central Missouri Humane Society is extending its hours as part of a plan to increase animal adoptions.

Parks and Recreation offers Spooktacular Columbia Parks and Recreation's annual Spooktacular will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday on the concourse at the Hearnes Center, according to a news release.

Man pleads guilty to Columbia, Jefferson City bank robberies A former Kansas City man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to robbing banks in Columbia and Jefferson City, according to a news release from the office of Tammy Dickinson, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

150 Years Ago: Rollins' son receives transfer to duty at the St. Louis Arsenal WASHINGTON -- Lt. James H. Rollins of Columbia ended his assignment at the Ordinance Bureau of the U.S. Army to transfer to the St. Louis Arsenal, his new duty station.

MU soccer team beats Arkansas to earn No. 4 seed in SEC tourney A life ends but the stories don't Hoch's play improves as he nears full strength MU swimmer Griffin selected to PanAm Games Top Missouri News Top U.S. News More U.S. News Top Political News More Political News Top World News More World News More AP News Science News Entertainment News Strange News Online Features MU Salary Database


Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (10/31/2014) at 03:03 PM

Chadwick's recall A small group of disappointed supporters of looser marijuana restrictions is trying to launch a campaign to recall First Ward Columbia City Council member Ginny Chadwick. Their campaign is without merit and should be ignored by First Ward voters.

For Congress In the Fourth Congressional District, incumbent Republican Vicky Hartzler seeks re-election against newbie challenger Nate Irvin, a 25-year-old Democrat in a Republican district with no campaign money and virtually no chance of success.

For presiding commissioner Dan Atwill is the man.

Recorder Boone County Recorder of Deeds Bettie Johnson is retiring after 35 years of stellar service, during which time she projected the office as one of the best in Missouri and beyond, largely because she accumulated a good, long-standing staff.

44th District In the race for representative in state House District 44, incumbent Republican Caleb Rowden defends against Democratic challenger Tom Pauley.

47th District For state representative in Missouri's 47th District, incumbent Democrat John Wright defends his seat against Republican Chuck Basye. Wright clearly is the best choice.

Proposition 2 Proposition 2 on the Nov. 4 ballot would establish an inappropriate method for assessing development fees in the city of Columbia.

Collector The Boone County collector is responsible for receiving county tax revenue and disbursing a large percentage of it to recipient agencies. Democrat Pat Lensmeyer is retiring after a successful incumbency. Her would-be successors are Republican Cheri Reisch and Democrat Brian...

Proposition 1 Columbia has fallen behind average in our number of police officers and firefighters. To gradually close the gap, city officials propose an increase in property taxes of 30 cents per $100 of assessed valuation phased in over five years at...

Ebola Secure in the knowledge that the world has been waiting desperately for word from this quarter, I hereby proclaim the imminent threat of Ebola over, at least in retreat -- or to be more accurate, never to have arrived.

Marijuana On Monday the Columbia City Council decided not to decriminalize the cultivation of marijuana plants. The vote was 4-3, reflecting the general local attitude on the subject.

Uber Meanwhile, the city tries to figure out how to deal with Uber, the ride-sharing service operating on city streets without a business permit or taxicab license.

Amendment 3 Amendment 3 would impose an external evaluation system for school districts and teachers based in part on student performance as shown on standardized tests. Teacher contracts would be limited to three years, and teachers and their organizations could not bargain...

Amendment 6: Early voting The idea of early voting is valid, but Amendment 6 is a faulty approach, actually passed by Republicans in the state legislature to head off a better plan in the process of initiation by advocates of early voting.

Amendment 2 Missouri is the only state in the union that bars testimony showing “propensity” in child sex abuse cases. Amendment 2 on the Nov. 4 ballot would make prosecution easier by allowing testimony about prior criminal convictions and even crimes that...

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Police identify man struck by train

Plans revealed for 2015 Missouri River management

Farmers make gains with harvest

Sheriff vows 'no tolerence' for sex offenders

Police: train victim may have worn headphones

Standoff ends after suspect found dead

Fire victim suffered critical injuries

Chivas USA disbands; Sporting moves to Western Conference

Roy Williams back at Allen Fieldhouse for reunion

Houston on pace for Chiefs' season sack record

Boehringer celebrates best workplace award

Police identify man struck by train

Plans revealed for 2015 Missouri River management

Farmers make gains with harvest

Sheriff vows 'no tolerence' for sex offenders

Police: train victim may have worn headphones

Standoff ends after suspect found dead

Chivas USA disbands; Sporting moves to Western Conference

Roy Williams back at Allen Fieldhouse for reunion

Houston on pace for Chiefs' season sack record

Advocacy center earns re-accreditation

Boehringer celebrates best workplace award

KCP&L updates outage map

Police identify man struck by train

Plans revealed for 2015 Missouri River management

Farmers make gains with harvest

Sheriff vows 'no tolerence' for sex offenders

Chivas USA disbands; Sporting moves to Western Conference

Roy Williams back at Allen Fieldhouse for reunion

Houston on pace for Chiefs' season sack record

Youth Alliance honors volunteers

Advocacy center earns re-accreditation

Boehringer celebrates best workplace award

KCP&L updates outage map

Police identify man struck by train

Plans revealed for 2015 Missouri River management

Farmers make gains with harvest

Chivas USA disbands; Sporting moves to Western Conference

Roy Williams back at Allen Fieldhouse for reunion

Houston on pace for Chiefs' season sack record

Youth Alliance honors volunteers

Advocacy center earns re-accreditation

Boehringer celebrates best workplace award

KCP&L updates outage map

Police identify man struck by train

Plans revealed for 2015 Missouri River management

Farmers make gains with harvest

Northwest may need some help to get in playoffs

Chivas USA disbands; Sporting moves to Western Conference

Roy Williams back at Allen Fieldhouse for reunion

Youth Alliance honors volunteers

Advocacy center earns re-accreditation

Boehringer celebrates best workplace award

KCP&L updates outage map

Police identify man struck by train

Plans revealed for 2015 Missouri River management

Farmers make gains with harvest

Northwest may need some help to get in playoffs

Chivas USA disbands; Sporting moves to Western Conference

Roy Williams back at Allen Fieldhouse for reunion

Youth Alliance honors volunteers

Advocacy center earns re-accreditation

Boehringer celebrates best workplace award

KCP&L updates outage map

Police identify man struck by train

Plans revealed for 2015 Missouri River management

Farmers make gains with harvest

Northwest may need some help to get in playoffs

Chivas USA disbands; Sporting moves to Western Conference

Roy Williams back at Allen Fieldhouse for reunion

2 Polo women hurt in accident

Youth Alliance honors volunteers

Advocacy center earns re-accreditation

Boehringer celebrates best workplace award

KCP&L updates outage map

Police identify man struck by train

Plans revealed for 2015 Missouri River management

Northwest may need some help to get in playoffs

Chivas USA disbands; Sporting moves to Western Conference

Roy Williams back at Allen Fieldhouse for reunion

2 Polo women hurt in accident

D.O.G.S. dads to pitch in at Parkway

Youth Alliance honors volunteers

Advocacy center earns re-accreditation

Boehringer celebrates best workplace award

KCP&L updates outage map

Police identify man struck by train

Hy-Vee employees Voltmer, Klundt win World Series tickets

Northwest may need some help to get in playoffs

Chivas USA disbands; Sporting moves to Western Conference

2 Polo women hurt in accident

D.O.G.S. dads to pitch in at Parkway

Youth Alliance honors volunteers

Advocacy center earns re-accreditation

Boehringer celebrates best workplace award

KCP&L updates outage map

Police identify man struck by train

Hy-Vee employees Voltmer, Klundt win World Series tickets

Northwest may need some help to get in playoffs

Chivas USA disbands; Sporting moves to Western Conference

2 Polo women hurt in accident

D.O.G.S. dads to pitch in at Parkway

Youth Alliance honors volunteers

Advocacy center earns re-accreditation

Boehringer celebrates best workplace award

KCP&L updates outage map

Police identify man struck by train

Hy-Vee employees Voltmer, Klundt win World Series tickets

Northwest may need some help to get in playoffs

Chivas USA disbands; Sporting moves to Western Conference

2 Polo women hurt in accident

D.O.G.S. dads to pitch in at Parkway

Youth Alliance honors volunteers

Advocacy center earns re-accreditation

Boehringer celebrates best workplace award

KCP&L updates outage map

Police identify man struck by train

Hy-Vee employees Voltmer, Klundt win World Series tickets

Northwest may need some help to get in playoffs

Chivas USA disbands; Sporting moves to Western Conference

2 Polo women hurt in accident

D.O.G.S. dads to pitch in at Parkway

Youth Alliance honors volunteers

Advocacy center earns re-accreditation

Boehringer celebrates best workplace award

KCP&L updates outage map

Police identify man struck by train

Hy-Vee employees Voltmer, Klundt win World Series tickets

Northwest may need some help to get in playoffs

Chivas USA disbands; Sporting moves to Western Conference

2 Polo women hurt in accident

D.O.G.S. dads to pitch in at Parkway

Youth Alliance honors volunteers

Advocacy center earns re-accreditation

Boehringer celebrates best workplace award

KCP&L updates outage map

Police identify man struck by train

Hy-Vee employees Voltmer, Klundt win World Series tickets

Northwest may need some help to get in playoffs

Chivas USA disbands; Sporting moves to Western Conference

2 Polo women hurt in accident

D.O.G.S. dads to pitch in at Parkway

Youth Alliance honors volunteers

Advocacy center earns re-accreditation

Boehringer celebrates best workplace award

KCP&L updates outage map

Police identify man struck by train

Hy-Vee employees Voltmer, Klundt win World Series tickets

Northwest may need some help to get in playoffs

Chivas USA disbands; Sporting moves to Western Conference

Commission race centers on jobs, budget

2 Polo women hurt in accident

D.O.G.S. dads to pitch in at Parkway

Youth Alliance honors volunteers

Advocacy center earns re-accreditation

Boehringer celebrates best workplace award

KCP&L updates outage map

Hy-Vee employees Voltmer, Klundt win World Series tickets

Northwest may need some help to get in playoffs

Chivas USA disbands; Sporting moves to Western Conference

Commission race centers on jobs, budget

2 Polo women hurt in accident

D.O.G.S. dads to pitch in at Parkway

Youth Alliance honors volunteers

Advocacy center earns re-accreditation

Boehringer celebrates best workplace award

KCP&L updates outage map

Hy-Vee employees Voltmer, Klundt win World Series tickets

Northwest may need some help to get in playoffs

Chivas USA disbands; Sporting moves to Western Conference


St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (10/31/2014) at 03:04 PM

Wise up about online threats The FBI says it's not a matter of if but when: "You're going to be hacked.”

Recall why we live united One week before the deadline and United Way of Greater St. Joseph finds itself in a familiar place: Hoping to make a big goal but unsure whether it will.

Indexed pensions essential Some 64 million Americans will see a slim 1.7 percent increase in their Social Security payments next year, but better that than nothing.

Easy to save? You bet In the depths of the recession, the News-Press published a popular front-page feature titled "Cheap Tips” - essentially a guide to living on less.

Turn down these flawed proposals Even though they address valid public policy concerns, three of the four proposed constitutional amendments before Missouri voters on Nov. 4 should be turned down.

One ballot idea earns our support It's an unusual array of proposed constitutional amendments awaiting Missouri voters on Nov. 4.

Be calm, but plan for Ebola Justifiably, the headlines these days are full of news about the Ebola virus, its threat to people in this country and around the world, and what we're doing about it.

Incubator refocuses on ag innovations Our business incubator is growing up.

Empowered workers boost Boehringer The slogan "Value through innovation” holds great meaning for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.

New exhibits entice visitors to return Buffalo Bill and the Buffalo Soldiers are among St. Joseph's newest "residents.”

We believe in our Royals Long before they became America's team ... before they swept into the World Series with an undefeated playoff streak ... before they stole bases and the nation's hearts ... they were ours. Our Kansas City Royals.

College? You are not alone Inexperienced applicants to college, have no fear: Your high school counselors stand ready to help you and your parents navigate the sometimes intimidating process of filling out the required paperwork.

What makes your `Big 5' agenda? A community agenda for St. Joseph cannot start and end with fixing the streets, but we all understand why streets are on the list.

Schools confront reality The St. Joseph Board of Education is doing its job by acknowledging reality - kids will struggle to learn when life interferes.

Cemetery woes disrespect dead Anybody in any profession can give others in the same line of work a bad name. It's not fair, but it happens.

Progress on defaults critical It's not enough to get our young people enrolled in college. We have to find a way for them to graduate with both a degree and manageable debt.

More to unrest story A young man is dead, a grand jury is meeting and a police officer's fate hangs in the balance.

Nurses on front lines fill vital health role In pledging to practice their profession "faithfully,” new nurses most likely envision a wide range of medical challenges, but we suspect few think much about their own mortality.

Cart in front of horse Missouri lawmakers and appointed regulators need to get their arms around problems at the state lottery - and do so before others take over the issue for their own purposes.

Partners score big win Outside the Silicon Valley, it is rare to find a local economy that awakens and is propelled to success with nary a dip or setback.


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The Jefferson City News Tribune
As of (10/31/2014) at 03:04 PM

'Black Friday' declared state holiday - State employees traditionally have had the day after Thanksgiving off - but not always, especially not in recent years.

Eastbound U.S. 54 open after accident - AUTHORITIES CLEARED VEHICLES FROM THE CRASH SITE AND RE-OPENED THE ROAD AT 1:40 P.M.

Your Opinion: Cartoon illustrates opportunism - Your editorial cartoon of Oct. 29 implies that health care professionals returning from treating Ebola patients in stricken countries object to a 21-day “quarantine."

Your Opinion: Fear mongering inhibits freedom - When you see obvious misleading information disguised as helpful, doesn't it float your boat? It does mine.

Our Opinion: Reject Amendment 10; retain balance of power - Amendment 10, which would limit gubernatorial powers, would alter the balance of powers to address a temporary, partisan complaint. It deserves defeat in Tuesday' election.

Cole County candidates meet with public, LU students - All eight candidates for contested Cole County offices on next Tuesday's ballot spent more than two hours at Lincoln University Thursday night, explaining their candidacies and answering questions.

Lunchtime reunion: Welcome home, Dad! South Callaway fourth grader surprised when Air Force dad shows up - Just like every other day, Carson Russell, South Callaway fourth grader, sat down at a table in the school's cafeteria Thursday and opened his bright green lunch box. Russell's seemingly ordinary day quickly changed into what he describes as the “Number one best day ever."

Backer, Fitzwater battle for 49th House District seat - Travis Fitzwater, Republican candidate from Holts Summit, and Gracia Backer, Democratic candidate from New Bloomfield, both have their eyes on the 49th House seat that represents western and southern portions of Callaway County and a small portion of Cole County.

Proposal divides legal community on child sexual abuse issue Amendment 2 allows prior acts to be introduced at trial - It's easy to agree about the brutality of sex crimes against children and the gut-wrenching emotions felt for victims. But opinions throughout the legal system vary on how to fairly seek justice in those cases.

Amendment 3 draws heavy opposition Support vanishes for teacher rules, but educators still concerned - Although the campaign that placed Amendment 3 on Tuesday's ballot has dissolved, opponents are still working furiously this fall to defeat the measure, which - if passed - would prohibit tenure and tie teachers' salaries to students' performance.

Creek Trail opened to traffic - The new Creek Trail Drive opened earlier this week. The street goes under Missouri 179 and ties into Frog Hollow at Lecar Drive.

State honors 3 for quality, productivity - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon presented three awards Thursday to state employees to honor their quality of work, efficiency and productivity.

Man gets probation for killing cat - A Jefferson City man has been placed on two years unsupervised probation for pleading guilty to misdemeanor animal abuse for shooting and killing a cat in March.

Prosecutor: Grand jury tweet in Brown case hacked - A tweet earlier this month suggesting insider information on the grand jury investigating the Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown was the result of someone hacking a woman's Twitter account, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Thursday.

Fatima battles its way back to Final Four in volleyball - With all the adversity the Fatima volleyball team has faced this season, it should come as no surprise to the Lady Comets they're heading into the Class 2 Final Four with some drama accompanying them.

A look at teams joining Fatima in the Final Four Class 2 volleyball capsules - Here are capsule looks at the three volleyball teams joining Fatima in the Class 2 Final Four to be held today and Saturday at the Show-Me Center in Cape Girardeau:

Helias making first trip to volleyball Final Four - After the Helias volleyball program got the monkey off its back and made it to its first Final Four, this season might have come as a surprise to some.

A look at teams joining Helias in the Final Four Class 3 volleyball capsules - Here are capsule looks at the three volleyball teams joining Helias in the Class 3 Final Four to be held today and Saturday at the Show-Me Center in Cape Girardeau:

Nixon unveils jobs program in St. Louis County - Gov. Jay Nixon's decision to not immediately visit Ferguson after an initial wave of violent protests that followed Michael Brown's shooting death made him a target of critics, who called Nixon “silent Jay" and toted an oversized cardboard cutout of the two-term Democrat's face to demonstrations.

Blair Oaks, Fulton feature plenty of speed In tonight's district game - Don't be surprised if tonight's Class 3 District 6 semifinal football game turns into a track meet.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - State News
As of (10/31/2014) at 03:04 PM

'Black Friday' declared state holiday - State employees traditionally have had the day after Thanksgiving off - but not always, especially not in recent years.

Proposal divides legal community on child sexual abuse issue Amendment 2 allows prior acts to be introduced at trial - It's easy to agree about the brutality of sex crimes against children and the gut-wrenching emotions felt for victims. But opinions throughout the legal system vary on how to fairly seek justice in those cases.

Prosecutor: Grand jury tweet in Brown case hacked - A tweet earlier this month suggesting insider information on the grand jury investigating the Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown was the result of someone hacking a woman's Twitter account, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Thursday.

Nixon unveils jobs program in St. Louis County - Gov. Jay Nixon's decision to not immediately visit Ferguson after an initial wave of violent protests that followed Michael Brown's shooting death made him a target of critics, who called Nixon “silent Jay" and toted an oversized cardboard cutout of the two-term Democrat's face to demonstrations.

Missouri mailer grades neighbors' voting records - A voter report card mailer is grading residents on how often they vote compared to their neighbors and some Missourians aren't happy.

Koster denies allegations of political favors - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster denied allegations Wednesday that he accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions in exchange for political favors.

Boone prosecutor says police body cameras raise workload - Boone County's top prosecutor says police body cameras are an important investigative tool but also create a huge workload crunch for prosecutors who have to review all of the video.

Holder: Ferguson police need 'wholesale change' - Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that there was an obvious need for “wholesale change" in the Ferguson, Missouri, police department.

Missouri execution on hold indefinitely - The execution of a Missouri man who killed a Mid-Missouri woman and her two children is on hold indefinitely as the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to review the case.

New group looks to heal Ferguson after shooting - A new Ferguson community group is pledging to work across racial and economic lines to help the community move forward following fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old black man by a white police officer.

Missouri executions are on a record pace - After years of conducting few executions, Missouri is on track to send a record number of prisoners to the execution chamber in 2014.

Clemency coalition seeks freedom for 14 women - A former governor and retired state appellate judge are part of a new coalition of Missouri lawyers and law professors asking Gov. Jay Nixon to commute the prison sentences of 14 women, most of whom the group says were victims of domestic abuse.

Clay wants wider civil rights investigation - U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay on Tuesday asked the Justice Department to widen its civil rights investigation in the St. Louis area to include municipal courts.

Police: Suspect hid cocaine in potato chip bag - A Kentucky man is jailed in suburban St. Louis after police said they found nearly a kilogram of cocaine hidden in a Lay's potato chip bag in his car.

Express Scripts meets 3Q profit forecasts - Express Scripts Holding Co. on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $582.3 million.

Webb City to use $3 million grant for wetlands - Webb City officials plan to use a $3 million grant to buy land for a wetlands project designed to combat pollution runoff from former mines.

DNA links inmate to rape of 14-year-old in 1985 - DNA has linked a Missouri inmate serving 30 years in prison for sodomy and forcible rape to the rape of a 14-year-old Kansas City girl 29 years ago.

More drug cases involving Ferguson officer dropped - A review by county prosecutors of drug arrests involving the Ferguson police officer who killed an unarmed, black 18-year-old in a separate incident has led to the dismissal of a half-dozen felony cases.

Missouri man gets life sentence for murder - A 49-year-old Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison for the stabbing death of a woman for whom he had done odd jobs.

St. Louis company fined 52K for workplace hazards - A St. Louis steel fabricator has been fined more than $50,000 by a federal agency for 15 workplace safety violations.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Local News
As of (10/31/2014) at 03:04 PM

'Black Friday' declared state holiday - State employees traditionally have had the day after Thanksgiving off - but not always, especially not in recent years.

Eastbound U.S. 54 open after accident - AUTHORITIES CLEARED VEHICLES FROM THE CRASH SITE AND RE-OPENED THE ROAD AT 1:40 P.M.

Cole County candidates meet with public, LU students - All eight candidates for contested Cole County offices on next Tuesday's ballot spent more than two hours at Lincoln University Thursday night, explaining their candidacies and answering questions.

Lunchtime reunion: Welcome home, Dad! South Callaway fourth grader surprised when Air Force dad shows up - Just like every other day, Carson Russell, South Callaway fourth grader, sat down at a table in the school's cafeteria Thursday and opened his bright green lunch box. Russell's seemingly ordinary day quickly changed into what he describes as the “Number one best day ever."

Backer, Fitzwater battle for 49th House District seat - Travis Fitzwater, Republican candidate from Holts Summit, and Gracia Backer, Democratic candidate from New Bloomfield, both have their eyes on the 49th House seat that represents western and southern portions of Callaway County and a small portion of Cole County.

Proposal divides legal community on child sexual abuse issue Amendment 2 allows prior acts to be introduced at trial - It's easy to agree about the brutality of sex crimes against children and the gut-wrenching emotions felt for victims. But opinions throughout the legal system vary on how to fairly seek justice in those cases.

Amendment 3 draws heavy opposition Support vanishes for teacher rules, but educators still concerned - Although the campaign that placed Amendment 3 on Tuesday's ballot has dissolved, opponents are still working furiously this fall to defeat the measure, which - if passed - would prohibit tenure and tie teachers' salaries to students' performance.

Creek Trail opened to traffic - The new Creek Trail Drive opened earlier this week. The street goes under Missouri 179 and ties into Frog Hollow at Lecar Drive.

State honors 3 for quality, productivity - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon presented three awards Thursday to state employees to honor their quality of work, efficiency and productivity.

Man gets probation for killing cat - A Jefferson City man has been placed on two years unsupervised probation for pleading guilty to misdemeanor animal abuse for shooting and killing a cat in March.

Missouri mailer grades neighbors' voting records - A voter report card mailer is grading residents on how often they vote compared to their neighbors and some Missourians aren't happy.

LU to host candidate forum tonight - Lincoln University's Student Government Association will host a candidate forum tonight for the four contested Cole County offices: circuit judge, prosecutor, recorder of deeds and county clerk.

Hutson sentenced to life in prison For killing Holts Summit man - Life plus 15 years, plus another 15 years. A Cole Circuit judge ordered those sentences Wednesday for Calvin Hutson, St. Louis, convicted last May of killing Andre Hudson, 41, Holts Summit, on Dec. 27, 2012, while the two men were sitting in a car on a gravel parking lot.

'Medicaid 23' plead not guilty in Cole County court Pastors seek to have charges against them dismissed - The 23 pastors charged with trespassing and obstructing government operations for a May 6 protest in the Missouri Senate Gallery pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning.

Chili evening in Jefferson City - The Missouri Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters hosted their sixth annual chili cook off Wednesday. The winner of the people's choice award was Chris Wood with Jefferson Bank.

Koster denies allegations of political favors - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster denied allegations Wednesday that he accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions in exchange for political favors.

Man sentenced to 3 years for restaurant theft - A French Village man was sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty of taking nearly $5,000 while working as a co-manager at the Country Kitchen restaurant on Jefferson Street in Jefferson City.

Bernskoetter faces challenge in 59th House District - Republican incumbent Mike Bernskoetter is being challenged for a Missouri House seat by a Constitution Party candidate, who has raised little cash and has not responded to media requests.

Cole County to stage Ebola exercise - An exercise will be held soon to test the response of emergency agencies in Cole County should a bio-hazardous virus such as Ebola be strike here.

Boone prosecutor says police body cameras raise workload - Boone County's top prosecutor says police body cameras are an important investigative tool but also create a huge workload crunch for prosecutors who have to review all of the video.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (10/31/2014) at 03:04 PM

Your Opinion: Cartoon illustrates opportunism - Your editorial cartoon of Oct. 29 implies that health care professionals returning from treating Ebola patients in stricken countries object to a 21-day “quarantine."

Your Opinion: Fear mongering inhibits freedom - When you see obvious misleading information disguised as helpful, doesn't it float your boat? It does mine.

Our Opinion: Reject Amendment 10; retain balance of power - Amendment 10, which would limit gubernatorial powers, would alter the balance of powers to address a temporary, partisan complaint. It deserves defeat in Tuesday' election.

Our Opinion: Drunk driving is scariest aspect of Halloween - If this Halloween follows a frightening tradition, the scariest aspect will be the prevalence of drunk drivers.

Your Opinion: Details of campaign allegations appreciated - I would like to compliment you for your coverage of the Cole County Circuit Court judge's race.

Your Opinion: Are voters getting 'the whole truth?' - I am fascinated by the pieces of paper which keep arriving in my mailbox. The subject matter concerns an upcoming judge's race on election day.

Your Opinion: Saddened and shocked by smears against Stumpe - In the recent news Cole County Judge Pat Joyce has chosen to campaign negatively against her opponent, Republican candidate Brian Stumpe.

Your Opinion: All candidates urged to participate in forum - I have been an educator and administrator for a significant portion of my career.

Our Opinion: No on Amendment 6 Embrace a less costly, preferable option for early voting - In theory, early voting has merit. In the form of Amendment 6 on Tuesday's ballot, it does not.

Your Opinion: School board must determine 'root cause' of problem - Last week I read the letter concerning the school board and holding outside meetings.

Your Opinion: How morally bankrupt have we become? - On the national scene it's another proud day for Missouri. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse politically there's more.

Your Opinion: Candidates for judge urged to debate publicly - Our state's highest court judges are appointed and not elected.

Perspective: We elect prosecutors for a reason - In the wake of the recent events in Ferguson, some have suggested that all fatality cases involving a police officer should be handled by the Missouri Attorney General rather than the locally elected prosecuting attorney.

Our Opinion: Reject Amendment 3; flexibility aids education - Amendment 3 on Tuesday's ballot is a bad idea that deserves defeat.

Your Opinion: Campaign ads indicate bias - Brian Stumpe states in his television ads that he was a victim of crime and will support the rights of crime victims.


The Southeast Missourian
As of (10/31/2014) at 03:04 PM

Deputy: Murder case 'came down to a timeline' (10/31/14) 1 JONESBORO, Ill. -- The injury that killed 4-year-old Justin Hepburn had to have occurred during a four-hour window when...

Man pleads guilty to attacking colleague with box cutter (10/31/14) An Arkansas man pleaded guilty this week to attacking a colleague with a box cutter outside a Cape Girardeau hotel....

Three vying for 147th House District seat (10/31/14) 3 While voters in the 146th House District will see only one name on the ballot for the state representative seat, those...

Southeast Construction Management students finish third in competition (10/31/14) Six students in the Construction Management Organization at Southeast Missouri State University finished third at the...

State agency backs effort to repair flood zone (10/31/14) CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Missouri's top emergency management official will back Mississippi County's attempts to get the U.S....

Deputy: Murder case 'came down to a timeline' (10/31/14) JONESBORO, Ill. -- The injury that killed 4-year-old Justin Hepburn had to have occurred during a four-hour window when he was alone with his father's girlfriend Dec. 10, 2011, a Union County, Illinois, deputy testified Thursday. Sacha Brown, 32, of Ware, Illinois, faces charges of murder, aggravated battery of a child younger than 13 and concealment of a homicide in connection with Justin's death...

Man pleads guilty to attacking colleague with box cutter (10/31/14) An Arkansas man pleaded guilty this week to attacking a colleague with a box cutter outside a Cape Girardeau hotel. Robert L. Brewer, 40, of Jonesboro, Arkansas, originally had been charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with the Aug. 7 attack...

Testimony continues in Ware murder case (10/30/14) JONESBORO, Ill. -- Testimony continued Wednesday in the murder case against a Ware, Illinois, woman accused of killing her boyfriend's 4-year-old son. Sacha Brown, 32, faces charges of murder, aggravated battery of a child under 13 and concealing a homicide in connection with the Dec. 11, 2011, death of Justin Hepburn...

Pathologist: Slain 4-year-old would have shown symptoms of injury immediately (10/29/14) JONESBORO, Ill. -- Justin Hepburn could have survived for several hours after sustaining the skull fracture that killed him, but he would have shown symptoms immediately, a forensic pathologist testified Tuesday in Union County, Illinois, Circuit Court...

Dexter man faces assault charges (10/29/14) DEXTER, Mo. -- A Dexter man was arrested on numerous charges -- including first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer -- after a harrowing altercation in Dexter late last week. Joseph L. Womble, 38, entered the Mad Hatter Armory on Friday to confront his wife, Amber Womble, who had filed a protective order against him, according to a police report...

OnlineU.org ranks Southeast Missouri State's business, nursing degrees (10/30/14) OnlineU.org has featured Southeast Missouri State University on the list of its 2015 Best Value Online College Rankings. Its degree in nursing ranks 15th, and its business degree is 25th out of 25, according to the list at http://www.onlineu.org/best-value-colleges...

Notre Dame's 'The 39 Steps' production a Mel Brooks twist on a Hitchcock film (10/30/14) Notre Dame Regional High School students will present the play "The 39 Steps" next week, but with a Mel Brooks-style twist to it. "The 39 Steps" is adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon. While the film plot was more of a spy thriller with the hero Richard Hannay trying to prevent a spy organization from stealing top-secret information, the play has Hannay as a man bored with his aimless life...

Southeast regents approve extending same-sex benefits (10/29/14) Following in the footsteps of other state benefit plans, the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents on Tuesday approved extending benefits to same-sex spouses and retirees. Enrollment begins immediately. The Missouri State Employee Retirement System and Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan recently did the same in response to an Oct. 3 order issued by a Jackson County Circuit Court judge requiring same-sex couples legally married in other states to be recognized by Missouri...

Amendment 3, new education commissioner topics at Cape Girardeau board meeting (10/28/14) The passage or defeat of Amendment 3 and the upcoming appointment of a new Missouri commissioner of education were among the topics discussed at Monday's Cape Girardeau School Board meeting. Amendment 3, on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, would tie teacher evaluations to student performance and limit future teaching contracts to three years, among other things...

SEMO board of regents to meet this morning (10/28/14) The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider approving maintenance and repair capital projects for fiscal 2015 and changes to employee benefits when it meets at 11 a.m. today. The panel will meet in the Board of Regents Room in Academic Hall, during which the group also will hear the 2013 Department of Public Safety annual report...


The Southeast Missourian - State News
As of (10/31/2014) at 03:04 PM

Mailer compares vote record of neighbors (10/31/14) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A voter report-card mailer meant to grade Missouri residents on how often they vote compared to their neighbors has some in the state claiming it's an invasion of privacy. Grow Missouri sent the mailers this week -- days before the Nov. 4 election -- as a way to encourage residents to vote in the state's first general election in nearly a quarter-century that doesn't feature a race for president, U.S. Senate or governor...

Mustache Institute seeks nominees for its first Hall of Fame class (10/31/14) ST. LOUIS -- There are halls of fame for everything from baseball to rock 'n' roll, so why shouldn't those with a hairy upper lip get their just rewards? The tongue-in-cheek American Mustache Institute said it will unveil its inaugural class for the International Mustache Hall of Fame on Feb. 11 -- the birthday of Burt Reynolds. Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 30 at MustacheHall.com...

Prosecutor: Grand jury tweet in Michael Brown case hacked (10/31/14) ST. LOUIS -- A tweet earlier this month suggesting insider information on the grand jury investigating the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who shot Michael Brown was the result of someone hacking a woman's Twitter account, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Thursday...

State board slows education commissioner search (10/30/14) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Board of Education is slowing down the search to replace outgoing Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro after facing criticism that the process was being rushed. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says nominations and applications will be accepted through Nov. 21...

Schools fret over Ferguson grand jury announcement (10/29/14) ST. LOUIS -- School officials concerned about students being waylaid by protests are asking a St. Louis County prosecutor to wait until classes are not in session to announce whether a white police officer will face charges for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old...

20 arrests made at 'Rave in the Cave' (10/29/14) CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. -- Nearly two dozen people are facing charges after arrests at the "Rave in the Cave" event near St. Louis over the weekend. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Jefferson County deputies arrested 20 people at parties in a huge cave near Crystal City. The arrests were for suspicion of open alcohol containers and possession of drugs...

Clemency coalition seeks freedom for 14 Missouri women (10/29/14) ST. LOUIS -- A former governor and retired state appellate judge are part of a new coalition of Missouri lawyers and law professors asking Gov. Jay Nixon to commute the prison sentences of 14 women, most of whom the group says were victims of domestic abuse...


The Southeast Missourian - Local News
As of (10/31/2014) at 03:04 PM

Isle Casino keeps bringing in money its second year (10/31/14) 14 A second full year in business for Isle Casino Cape Girardeau means money in the pot for local governments. Since the casino's opening Oct. 30, 2012, the city of Cape Girardeau has been the benefactor of more than $6.3 million, which came from admission and gaming taxes paid by the casino through Sept. 30, according to figures from the Missouri Gaming Commission...

Deputy: Murder case 'came down to a timeline' (10/31/14) 1 JONESBORO, Ill. -- The injury that killed 4-year-old Justin Hepburn had to have occurred during a four-hour window when he was alone with his father's girlfriend Dec. 10, 2011, a Union County, Illinois, deputy testified Thursday. Sacha Brown, 32, of Ware, Illinois, faces charges of murder, aggravated battery of a child younger than 13 and concealment of a homicide in connection with Justin's death...

Man pleads guilty to attacking colleague with box cutter (10/31/14) An Arkansas man pleaded guilty this week to attacking a colleague with a box cutter outside a Cape Girardeau hotel. Robert L. Brewer, 40, of Jonesboro, Arkansas, originally had been charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with the Aug. 7 attack...

Three vying for 147th House District seat (10/31/14) 3 While voters in the 146th House District will see only one name on the ballot for the state representative seat, those in the 147th House District will see three. Incumbent Donna Lichtenegger, R-Jackson, is running unopposed, while Cape Girardeau Republican Kathy Swan faces Democrat Gary Gaines and Libertarian Greg Tlapek in her run for re-election...

Southeast Construction Management students finish third in competition (10/31/14) Six students in the Construction Management Organization at Southeast Missouri State University finished third at the Associated Schools of Construction Competition on Oct. 22 through 25 in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Southeast competed in ASC's Region 4, which includes 15 member schools in seven states from Missouri north through the Dakotas. Competition took place in four divisions: commercial building, design-build, heavy-civil and residential...

State agency backs effort to repair flood zone (10/31/14) CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Missouri's top emergency management official will back Mississippi County's attempts to get the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fix county roads it destroyed. Ron Walker, director of the State Emergency Management Agency, "said SEMA is willing to help us and are in agreement with us," Carlin Bennett, presiding county commissioner, said during the County Commission's regular meeting Thursday...

Local events scheduled for National Adoption Month (10/31/14) As part of National Adoption Month, the Children's Coalition will host Orphan Sunday Candlelight Vigil from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Common Pleas Courthouse gazebo to raise awareness of children who need homes. Evelyn Martin, regional director of Lutheran Family and Children's Services, said the event is meant to celebrate adoptive and foster families and raise awareness and provide education about adoption and foster care...

Advanced Technology Showcase set at Southeast next week (10/31/14) The Department of Polytechnic Studies at Southeast Missouri State University will host an Advanced Technology Showcase from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and from noon to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building. The event will give high school juniors and seniors interested in chemistry, physics, advanced math, computers, industrial technology, and career and technology center subjects a chance to explore different disciplines...

Caruthersville man arrested on sex charges (10/31/14) CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A Caruthersville man was arrested Wednesday on sex-related charges in Pemiscot County. Officers from the Caruthersville Police Department arrested Roberto Slaughter, 37, of Caruthersville on a warrant for three counts of first-degree statutory rape, first-degree statutory sodomy, two counts of second-degree statutory rape and tampering or attempted tampering with a victim or witness in a felony prosecution...

OnlineU.org ranks Southeast Missouri State's business, nursing degrees (10/30/14) 1 OnlineU.org has featured Southeast Missouri State University on the list of its 2015 Best Value Online College Rankings. Its degree in nursing ranks 15th, and its business degree is 25th out of 25, according to the list at http://www.onlineu.org/best-value-colleges...

Local events scheduled for National Adoption Month (10/30/14) As part of National Adoption Month, the Children's Coalition will host Orphan Sunday Candlelight Vigil from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Common Pleas Courthouse gazebo to raise awareness of children who need homes. Evelyn Martin, regional director of Lutheran Family and Children's Services, said the event is meant to celebrate adoptive and foster families and raise awareness and provide education about adoption and foster care...

Casino license renewed by state for four more years (10/30/14) 7 Isle Casino Cape Girardeau was granted a renewal on its gaming license Wednesday by the Missouri Gaming Commission. The renewed license is valid for four years as opposed to previous one-year licenses granted to Isle by the commission. State statutes that govern licensing of Missouri casinos are set up so upon opening, a casino can receive a one-year license for each of the first two years of operation, then may apply for a four-year license every term after. ...

Testimony continues in Ware murder case (10/30/14) JONESBORO, Ill. -- Testimony continued Wednesday in the murder case against a Ware, Illinois, woman accused of killing her boyfriend's 4-year-old son. Sacha Brown, 32, faces charges of murder, aggravated battery of a child under 13 and concealing a homicide in connection with the Dec. 11, 2011, death of Justin Hepburn...

Free makeovers offered to Vision House residents (10/30/14) Women in Gibson Recovery Center Inc.'s Vision House program got a beauty boost Wednesday with makeovers donated by local salons. This was the first time Gibson Recovery has offered Treat No Tricks for Vision House, marketing director Dwana Leible said. About 11 women from Vision House, a 16-bed transitional housing facility for women with substance abuse issues, got their hair, makeup and eyebrows done for free by representatives from local businesses...

Southeast Missourian 110-year timeline (10/30/14) 1 1904 The Naeter brothers resurrected a failed newspaper, The Daily Republican Voters approved a plan to install sewers in the city. Passenger service began on the new Houck railroad from Cape Girardeau to Oak Ridge. Louis Houck donated a wealth of items from the Missouri Building of the St. Louis World's Fair to the Normal School, now Southeast Missouri State University. Included in the purchase were 58 reproductions of ancient and medieval statuary by August Gerber of Cologne, Germany...

Woman injured when tree falls on house (10/30/14) POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A woman was reaching for a glass in a kitchen cabinet when a huge tree being removed from the adjoining lot fell the wrong way. It smashed her into house at 1104 Hickory St. about 5:15 p.m. Friday. Patricia Montiel was injured when the cabinets were knocked off the wall and a microwave on a shelf above the range hood fell down...

Three Rivers staff gets peek at new Sikeston facility (10/30/14) SIKESTON, Mo. -- Members of Three Rivers College faculty and staff received a sneak peek Friday of the institution's new Sikeston campus. The three-story, 40,000-square-foot structure will replace a converted racquet ball court with about 8,000 square feet of usable space where classes are held...

Democratic challenger tries to unseat incumbent in Dist. 145 (10/30/14) 2 In the final days of the campaign, candidates for the 145th district in the Missouri House of Representatives are hard at work. Republican incumbent Shelley Keeney is working to win her last term of office that term limits will allow, and Democratic challenger Charles Elrod is taking some time from his regular job to beat the political bushes...

Clark Summers chosen for elections task force (10/30/14) 4 A local county clerk was chosen as a member of a new bipartisan group designed to maintain the integrity of elections in Missouri. Secretary of State Jason Kander on Wednesday announced the formation of the Elections Integrity Task Force, which will bring together federal law enforcement officials and local and state election authorities...

Pumpkins fly at first annual chuckin' contest (10/30/14) Pumpkins flew, but not necessarily with the greatest of ease, during Wednesday's Pumpkin Chuckin' Contest at Parker Field at Southeast Missouri State University. The contest that pitted fraternity houses against each other was hosted by the Arrow, Southeast's student newspaper. Each fraternity used one person per round, and the one with the longest throw advanced to the finals. Those in the finals competed for the longest throw, said Olivia Snare, Arrow advertising manager...


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (10/31/2014) at 03:04 PM

Salvation Army Empty Bowls fundraiser helps feed many (10/31/14) Feeding the hungry is not only a good things to do. It's Scriptural. Jesus told his disciples about the importance of helping others. He said in Matthew 25:35-36, "'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'"...

Speak Out Speak Out 10/31/14 (10/31/14) America is exceptional With what's happening in our country now, I hope everyone read Thomas Sowell's article in the Southeast Missourian. It's so frustrating and irritating, what's happening in our education in this country, especially ignoring the exceptionalism of America. ...

Letter to the Editor Cape Girardeau is taxed enough (10/31/14) I love and support our local fire department. I realize how important it is for the Fire Department to get every penny of the money they need to continue to maintain critical services and adequate facilities and vehicles. This is exactly why I got so upset to hear that the Cape Girardeau city manager Scott Meyer, along side Mayor Harry Rediger, say that, "the tax also has helped free enough general revenue to help provide necessary funds to the police department," according to the Southeast Missourian.. ...

Letter to the Editor Enjoyed newspaper anniversary edition (10/31/14) We rejoiced with all of you as we shared in the reading of Sunday's tribute and remembrance to the history of the Southeast Missourian. The photos and calendar memories were very special, and inspiring. Most of us don't take the initiative to document the "times in our lives" with written details. ...

Letter to the Editor Realtors board endorses fire tax (10/31/14) On Oct. 23, at our monthly meeting, members of the Cape Girardeau County Board of REALTORS unanimously voted to support the Public Safety Trust Fund and fire sales tax renewal issue on the city of Cape Girardeau November ballot. REALTORS are here to protect and serve property owners. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 10/30/14 (10/30/14) Gone Girl; Be careful; Ebola; Election votes; America is exceptional

Letter to the Editor Sun should set on fire tax (10/30/14) Sun should set on fire tax Instead of doggy parks and water slides, don't you think the elected representatives of Cape Girardeau citizens should have spent on the fire department? They didn't! And now they're asking you for more taxes to fund the fire department when the city council did not. Make no mistake, the proposition on the Tuesday ballot is a tax increase. If you vote "yes," you'll be paying more taxes...

Opinion Column Vote 'no' on Constitutional Amendment 6 (10/30/14) Vote 'no' on Constitutional Amendment 6 As the chief elections official of our state, I work to make sure only eligible voters vote and that every eligible voter is able to vote securely. I'm opposing Constitutional Amendment 6 and urging you to vote "no" on Tuesday, because Constitutional Amendment 6 is confusing and misleading...

Letter to the Editor Amendment removes local control (10/30/14) Amendment 3 is a critical issue in this election cycle. It will mandate that teacher evaluations be based on "quantifiable student performance data" (aka standardized tests). Reasonable people can agree that teachers need to be evaluated just like everybody else who works for a living; they already are. ...

Editorial Fall festivals and several weekend events (10/30/14) Friday night there will be children walking neighborhoods for candy and dressed in costume for Halloween. It's not a particularly uplifting holiday, but there are some options for family-friendly fun. A popular tradition for some families is attending a fall festival. There are churches in the area who holds these festivals, which can include food, candy, games and other fun...

Speak Out Speak Out 10/29/14 (10/29/14) Gone Girl I am calling about the movie Gone Girl; Bad Movie was not the correct description for Gone Girl. I saw the movie, actually expecting to see Cape Girardeau complimented occasionally in it. Instead they were showing the worst that could be produced, and who in the world was responsible for such a filthy production. Cape Girardeau is catching up with the rest of this wicked world...

Editorial Southeast, Three Rivers relationship is good for students (10/29/14) The relationship between Southeast Missouri State University and Three Rivers Community College has been tenuous in recent years. That's unfortunate, because students in Southeastern Missouri benefit when the institutions work together. But there's a fresh start now. Donna Farley of the Daily American Republic, a sister paper to the Southeast Missourian, recently spoke with the presidents of the two institutions. The story appeared in the Wednesday edition of the Southeast Missourian...

Speak Out Speak Out 10/28/14 (10/28/14) Patty Wambell and Mary LeGrand need to be recognized for their cheerleading and coaching ability. You know Al Young and Peyton Montgomery have recently been recognized along with Nathan Myron in Speak Out twice. But, what about the cheerleaders? What about Mary LeGrand and what about Patty Wambell? They do a good job with the cheerleaders. ...

Editorial Cape hospitals, first responders take Ebola seriously (10/28/14) On Saturday the World Health Organization said more than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola. The number includes confirmed, probable and suspected cases. About half of those infected have died. The WHO said the numbers are likely underestimated...

Speak Out Speak Out 10/27/14 (10/27/14) They are fixing the sidewalk over there on Broadway and over there by the water company. The people over here on the south side need their sidewalks fixed, too. The people on the south side pay taxes, too. Why can't we get our sidewalks fixed? The sidewalks on the south side are all cracked up, uneven...

Letter to the Editor Cape Alzheimer's walk a success (10/27/14) As chair of the Cape Girardeau Walk to End Alzheimer's, I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who made the event a success. This community came together in a wave of purple to show its support for those affected by Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's is the largest platform for awareness, education, advocacy and fundraising. ...

Editorial Congratulations to Cape educators of the year (10/27/14) Teaching is not an easy job. Some might call it a calling. And for those of us who have experienced the joy of learning from a great teacher, you know the importance. It's good to recognize those who go above and beyond to make a difference. Last week the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Educator Appreciation Reception at the Show Me Center. The reception was sponsored by Wood & Huston Bank...

Opinion Column Do you trust this newspaper? (10/27/14) Should you trust this newspaper? In the past several decades, the confidence Americans have in institutions has ebbed. According to Gallup, only "the military" has increased in esteem. "Small business" and "the criminal justice system" have held steady. ...

Speak Out Speak Out 10/26/14 (10/26/14) No water slide; Sidewalk repair; Political fear; Ocean front property?; Bowen column; Corrupt votes; Retirement challenge

Editorial Midterm election offers several ballot issues (10/26/14) Nationally the midterm election on Nov. 4 is big news. The balance of power for the U.S. Senate is up for grabs, as are all members of the House of Representatives. But in Missouri neither of the U.S. senators are up for re-election. The only statewide official on the ballot is the auditor Tom Schweich, a Republican, who faces third party opposition but no Democratic opponent...


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