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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As of (02/27/2017) at 08:19 PM

Trump refocusing on protecting police as some in minority communities worry about repercussions

Beloved volunteer at Museum of Transportation killed when tire explodes

Remains found in woods near Cahokia are those of missing hunter

Jury acquits St. Louis man in deadly robbery setup

David Nicklaus 32-page ad promotes St. Louis to American Airlines passengers

Man sentenced to prison in two bank robberies in Illinois

Three men charged in drug-related robbery at Chesterfield home

Obituaries The stars we've lost in 2017

Missouri's top public defender to lawmakers: fund us, or accept cuts

Culture Club SLSO announces two additional 'Live at Powell Hall' offerings

Health Pollen with an attitude and a long, warm winter set up torturous St. Louis allergy season

National politics Inside the Trump White House, St. Louis native Katie Walsh plays key role

Joe's St. Louis Ina Boon, longtime NAACP leader here, dead at 90

Candidate for St. Louis aldermanic seat facing assault charge in Creve Coeur

How did St. Louis woman find out she won $3.5 million? She read it in the Post-Dispatch

Substitute Riverview Gardens teacher under investigation after giving students digestive pills

Man fatally shot in Bevo Mill neighborhood

Krewson spent nearly $1 million on mayoral bid in the past month

Lincoln County joins prescription monitoring database

St. Louis pitches itself as tourist groups convene at America's Center


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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Political News
As of (02/27/2017) at 08:20 PM

Krewson spent nearly $1 million on mayoral bid in the past month

Lincoln County joins prescription monitoring database

Trump refocusing on protecting police as some in minority communities worry about repercussions

Land purchases for Missouri parks get put on hold by Greitens

Missouri's top public defender to lawmakers: fund us, or accept cuts

Tiniest victims of Missouri's heroin epidemic flood into foster care

National politics Inside the Trump White House, St. Louis native Katie Walsh plays key role

Joe's St. Louis Ina Boon, longtime NAACP leader here, dead at 90

Old St. Louis home makes slow journey to new site, making way for NGA

Illinois poised to create an `Obama Day,' though unclear whether state will close for it

Oops ... Lewis Reed campaign flier includes photo of what appears to be Toronto's Old City Hall

Missouri GOP basks in success, looks forward to 2018

Council stumbles through process of naming new St. Louis County watchdog

Community speaks out against hate near vandalized Jewish cemetery in University City

Tony Messenger Messenger: Over-the-top rhetoric doesn't help improve downtown homelessness

Education These St. Louis charter schools have struggled for 14 years, but continue to evade closure

Along for the Ride Along for the Ride: St. Louis mayoral candidates weigh in on bike lanes

St. Louis county executive, councilman reach accord on Cliff Cave Park

Illinois Gauen: Metro East official wading into battle among millionaires for governor

University City council to consider hate crime proposals


St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (02/27/2017) at 08:20 PM

Muzzling the media to boost Trump's sagging public image

Editorial: Windfall gives Greitens an opportunity to show compassion for Missouri's elderly, disabled and schoolchildren

Editorial: Don't cut funding for arts and public broadcasting

For young people in trouble, let's order up change

Missouri, a refuge for tolerance

Lack of investment in our youngest residents is a problem

Stacy Washington: You have a duty to be happy

Charles Krauthammer Charles Krauthammer: Trump and the 'Madman Theory'

E.J. Dionne E.J. Dionne: Can Democrats rise to Trump's challenge?

Kathleen Parker Kathleen Parker: Standing athwart history shouting, 'Whatever, baby!'

Dana Miilbank Dana Milbank: These are the American people Trump calls enemies of the American people

Michael Gerson Michael Gerson: America's sacred fire must not be doused

Illinois poised to create an `Obama Day,' though unclear whether state will close for it

Missouri securities agency forms unit to help vulnerable citizens

Bullard calls for Fed to issue quarterly policy report

St. Louis house prices post biggest gain since 2003

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Sad to see suffering of drug-addicted newborns ( … ) I am writing in agreement to Dr. Alan Schneider's letter ("Pregnant woman's use of heroin is a crime," Feb. 24). As a NICU nurse for 30-plus years, it is harrowing to see the suffering these newborns go through withdrawing from their mother's heroin and other drugs ingested during pregnancy. Read more


Kansas City Star
As of (02/27/2017) at 08:21 PM

Crime Witness writes first-person account of Olathe shooting aftermath 7:02 PM

Crime Olathe shooting suspect appears in court; Clinton prods Trump to denounce hate crimes 7:11 PM

Crime Garmin has assured wife of slain worker she will be able to return to U.S. after burial 7:15 PM

Chiefs Chiefs making a push to retain safety Eric Berry 8:16 PM

Kansas Kansas could see its worst year for wildfires yet 6:34 PM

Movie News & Reviews Colossal mistake at Oscars puts consulting firm’s reputation in jeopardy 6:13 PM

Chiefs Chiefs finalizing five-year, $41.25 million extension for Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 4:54 PM

KU hoops live: No. 1 Jayhawks vs. Oklahoma updates and analysis 7:40 PM

Chiefs making a push to retain safety Eric Berry 8:16 PM

Police seek vandals who trashed Gardner Edgerton High School; classes to resume Tuesday 7:59 PM

Mavericks report: Red, white and blue weekend for Missouri 7:36 PM

KC man convicted of murder in 2015 shooting death at 57th and Oak 7:32 PM

Crime Witness writes first-person account of Olathe shooting aftermath 7:02 PM

Crime Olathe shooting suspect appears in court; Clinton prods Trump to denounce hate crimes 7:11 PM

Crime Garmin has assured wife of slain worker she will be able to return to U.S. after burial 7:15 PM

Chiefs Chiefs making a push to retain safety Eric Berry 8:16 PM

Kansas Kansas could see its worst year for wildfires yet 6:34 PM

Movie News & Reviews Colossal mistake at Oscars puts consulting firm’s reputation in jeopardy 6:13 PM

Chiefs Chiefs finalizing five-year, $41.25 million extension for Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 4:54 PM

Chiefs making a push to retain safety Eric Berry The Chiefs are making a strong push to retain the services of star safety Eric Berry, a source confirmed to The Star on Monday.


Kansas City Star - Political News
As of (02/27/2017) at 08:21 PM

Government & Politics Hillary Clinton calls on Trump to speak out on hate crimes after Olathe shooting Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on President Donald Trump to speak out against hate crimes in the wake of the murder of an Indian engineer last week at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe.

Government & Politics Missouri Democratic chairman calls on Greitens to condemn Trump’s comments about war The chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party is calling on Gov. Eric Greitens to condemn President Donald Trump's comments that the U.S. no longer fights wars to win.

Government & Politics Ross confirmed to Cabinet, but White House refuses to release his answers on Russia Florida turnaround businessman Wilbur Ross won Senate approval on Monday night to lead the Commerce Department, but the White House came under fire for not sharing his written answers to questions from senators.

Government & Politics George W. Bush on Trump and Russia: 'We all need answers' Former President George W. Bush says "we all need answers" on the extent of contact between President Donald Trump's team and the Russian government, and he defended the media's role in keeping leaders in check.

Government & Politics Cost of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ inauguration still unknown Missouri taxpayers paid $50,000 last month to help fund the inauguration, although the true cost of the festivities is unknown because Gov. Eric Greitens is keeping that information secret.

Government & Politics KC mayor’s race still two years away, but one council member way ahead on fundraising Kansas City Councilman Scott Taylor has jumped out to a huge fundraising advantage for the next mayor's race, even though it's two years away. Other possible contenders from the City Council have only raised a fraction of the money needed to be serious contenders. But they say they're concentrating on doing their current council jobs. And some may not be running for mayor anyway.

Government & Politics White House: Trump budget will hike defense spending by $54B The White House says President Donald Trump's upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid.

Government & Politics George W. Bush says ‘split up’ media makes it hard to unify America Former president George W. Bush appeared on the `Today' show Monday and responded to President Donald Trump's statements about media.

Government & Politics Enough with the tweets, annoyed Americans tell Trump in new poll Sixty-five percent of U.S. voters find President Donald Trump's communication through Twitter to be reckless and distracting, according to a new nationwide McClatchy-Marist poll. The poll also found that most voters trust their favorite news source over Trump, by a similar margin of 67 percent to 29 percent. Only 18 percent of voters said they trust Trump and his administration “a great deal” to deliver accurate and factual information to the public.

Development KC Rising reports no miracles but keeps the faith Lots of meetings and deep data dives consumed Year Two of the KC Rising effort to improve the Kansas City area economy and workforce. KC Rising leaders hope to achieve goals through an intensive 20-year collaboration among civic agencies, government and education institutions.

Government & Politics Ross confirmed to cabinet but White House refuses to release his answers on Russia Florida turnaround businessman Wilbur Ross won Senate approval on Monday night to lead the Commerce Department, but the White House came under fire for not sharing his written answers to questions from senators.

National & International Feds rescind opposition to key part of Texas voter ID law The Trump administration says it's abandoning the federal government's longstanding opposition to a key portion of Texas' toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law.

Government & Politics Lynn Horsley at City Hall: Parking, bikes and budgets, plus bond package Discussions at City Hall this week cover everything from parking to bike lane challenges to the city's budget, plus the April 4 bond election is never far from elected leaders' minds.

Government & Politics Ethics concerns lead second of Trump’s armed services secretary nominees to withdraw For the second time, one of President Donald Trump's appointees to head one of the nation's armed services has withdrawn, citing difficulty meeting ethics requirements.

Government & Politics Congress returns, with health care, Supreme Court on agenda Congress returns to Washington this week to confront dramatic decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Donald Trump's presidency.

Government & Politics New Dem Party chairman Perez pledges to repair, unite party Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez on Sunday pledged to bring together a fractured party, rebuild at all levels from "school board to Senate" and reach out to chunks of rural America left feeling forgotten in the 2016 race.

National Slain SEAL’s dad wants answers: ‘Don’t hide behind my son’s death’ A spokesman for President Donald Trump says anyone who questions the raid that killed Ryan Owens does a disservice to the Navy SEAL's memory. Owens' father disagrees.

Government & Politics DNC picks former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as new chair The Democratic National Committee picked Barack Obama's Labor Secretary Tom Perez to be its new chair Saturday, ending a bitter campaign that many saw as a proxy war between the centrist and progressive wings of the party.

Nation & World California Senate's removal of lawmaker to be investigated California's Senate leader says the decision to remove a senator from the floor last week was not one of the Senate's finest moments and will be investigated.

National & International Big surge for military in Trump budget, big cuts elsewhere President Donald Trump is proposing a huge $54 billion surge in military spending for new aircraft, ships and fighters in his first federal budget while slashing big chunks from domestic programs and foreign aid to make the government "do more with less.".


Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (02/27/2017) at 08:21 PM

Editorials Editorial: Trump’s silence on deadly Olathe shooting is disquieting Nearly a week has passed since two India-born engineers were singled out and shot at an Olathe bar, apparently because they were immigrants. One man died. Yet not a word has been spoken, tweeted or prepped for President Donald Trump's teleprompter.

Editorials Editorial: Trump budget has a few bright spots, lots of rust The initial spending blueprint offered by the Trump administration calls for more money for guns, less for butter. The budget must be balanced in many different ways.

Editorials Editorial: Strategic focus on partnerships, growth could help Kansas City rise What if a concerted effort was made to draw the lines, form partnerships and strategically plan for the growth of the region's economic strength and vitality with a 20-year vision?

Editorials Editorial: Public safety, not immigration, is the top concern for local police Despite tough talk from the White House about effectively deputizing police as immigration agents, Kansas City-area law enforcement is unwavering in its focus on public safety. And that's the right strategy.

Editorials Editorial: To be truly great, America must be kind Srinivas Kuchibhotla, the India-born engineer killed in an Olathe bar last week, was the sort of man we must not just mourn but emulate at this overheated moment. The most important contribution we could make in the face of this unacceptable loss might be to soften our hearts and tone to those who are different.

Editorials Editorial: U.S. Rep Sam Graves should be part of KCI solution Rep. Sam Graves has been a consistent and outspoken foe of building a new single terminal at Kansas City International Airport. But with Kansas now making a play for a new airport, the Missouri congressman needs to help forge a plan for KCI.

Editorials Editorial: Local governments often more focused on problems than state legislators Jefferson City and Topeka complain bitterly about federal mandates and regulations but have no problems telling local governments what to do

Editorials Editorial: America is stressed out, and the cause won’t surprise — politics A new poll suggests that Americans are freaking out in the wake of last year's election, and it may be awhile until we all calm down again. But an infusion of political civility might help.

Editorials Editorial: The Trump White House is figuring out NATO President Donald Trump has sent mixed signals on foreign policy, but his subordinates have helped clarify the White House's policy views on NATO and Western Europe. Vice President Mike Pence's speech on NATO and his calls for European allies to spend more on defense were significant.

Editorials Editorial: Middle ground, transparency needed in workplace lawsuits Discrimination in the workplace is wrong and must be subject to legal challenge. At the same time, frivolous lawsuits cost taxpayers dearly. Lawmakers should improve transparency and seek middle ground.

Editorials Editorial: Farm economies would suffer from Trump-inspired trade war President Donald Trump's policies could touch off a trade war, with disastrous consequences for Kansas and Missouri farmers. As Congress begins work on the next farm bill, Sen. Pat Roberts and his colleagues should remind the White House of rural interests and the importance of strengthening agriculture.

Editorials Editorial: Kansas lawmakers can’t give up in face of Brownback veto Kansas legislators could be tempted to walk away and let Gov. Sam Brownback propose an alternative budget plan after he vetoed a two-year, $1 billion tax increase. But the Legislature must try again. Lawmakers can't give up until the governor gives in.

Editorials Editorial: Presence of Folk Alliance in KC will continue long after annual conference moves The Kansas City-based Folk Alliance International plans an annual, multi-day Folk Festival here — and its annual conference will return, too

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Editorials Editorial: Work on Missouri’s Real ID compliance should continue Missouri lawmakers should bring the state into compliance with the Real ID Act, despite opponents' fears of a conspiracy to invade your privacy. The deadline is approaching, and without legislative action, residents won't be able to use a Missouri driver's license to get on an airplane starting in 2018.

Editorials Editorial: Kansas lawmakers should revisit concealed-carry rules Legislation that would allow the University of Kansas Health System to prohibit concealed guns from its premises hit a roadblock last week, when a committee deadlocked and the chairman declined to cast his vote. This issue is too important to abandon, and lawmakers should redouble their efforts to pass the measure.

Editorials Editorial: Either-or approach won’t reduce violent crime problem Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Police Chief Darryl Forté recently clashed over spending priorities. Homicides won't come down until the city takes a holistic approach — and puts elected leaders in charge.

Editorials Editorial: President Trump’s tax returns, documents should see the light of day If President Donald Trump wants to dispel any suggestion of a connection to Russia, he should release his tax returns. But if he fails to do, the Missouri Gaming Commission could shed light on the president's business interests by making public the application Trump's company once filed to buy a Kansas City riverboat casino.

Editorials Editorial: Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens could provide pivotal boost to combat opioid abuse A small number of Missouri lawmakers could use a filibuster to derail common-sense legislation creating a statewide prescription drug monitoring system. But Gov. Eric Greitens and other legislators should ensure that the state finally enacts this needed measure aimed at combating addictions to opioids and other harmful medications.

Editorials Editorial: Kansas lawmakers rebalance tax code, and Gov. Sam Brownback should sign it Kansas legislators have taken a courageous step toward rebalancing the state tax code and closing a huge budget deficit. They can still do more, but state lawmakers have re-balanced the Kansas tax burden, making sure it falls more fairly on everyone.


The Springfield News Leader
As of (02/27/2017) at 08:21 PM

Missouri judge says state knowingly violated Sunshine law

Car crash causes power outage for hundreds in Springfield

Hailey Owens' stepdad pleads not guilty to child porn charge

Statewide license for electricians discussed in Senate

This week in Ozarks history: WWI hero comes home

Years ago, radio shows and characters entertained listeners

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

Ozarks Excavators tear out Dawt Mill dam, where Springfield girl drowned Excavators tear out Dawt Mill dam, where Springfield girl drowned Most of a  flood-damaged dam that trapped and killed a Springfield teen last summer was demolished Friday  in Ozark County.   Ozarks 53  minutes ago

Education Willard hires new high school principal Willard hires new high school principal Curt Graves, the current Willard High School principal, has been named assistant superintendent in Crawford County. Education 2  hours, 52  minutes ago

Crime Change of plea coming for MSU instructor accused of killing colleague Change of plea coming for MSU instructor accused of killing colleague Defense attorneys continue to focus on Gutting's mental competency as case moves forward. Crime 3  hours, 23  minutes ago

Business United to fly from SGF to Houston come June United to fly from SGF to Houston come June It will be United's third nonstop destination from Springfield and the 13th for the airport itself. Business 3  hours, 38  minutes ago

Ozarks Disaster preparedness isn't built in a day Disaster preparedness isn't built in a day CFO understands that building resiliency is an ongoing process Ozarks 5  hours, 31  minutes ago

Ozarks $1.3 million lottery ticket sold in Nixa $1.3 million lottery ticket sold in Nixa Officials say whoever bought the ticket has 180 days to come forward. Ozarks 7  hours, 2  minutes ago

Business United to fly from Springfield to Houston come June United to fly from Springfield to Houston come June United's service to Houston will give Springfield-Branson National Airport nonstop flights to 13 destinations. Business 7  hours, 32  minutes ago

Ozarks Rangers map network of illegal horse riding trails in Mark Twain National Forest Rangers map network of illegal horse riding trails in Mark Twain National Forest Forest Service takes to horseback to identify, close illegal trails on public land Ozarks 9  hours, 41  minutes ago

Education Drury radio station carving out its place on FM dial Drury radio station carving out its place on FM dial The Springfield community can listen to the Drury radio station, KDRU, on 98.1 FM. Education 10  hours, 44  minutes ago

Ozarks Pokin Around: When a truck of dynamite exploded on I-44 Pokin Around: When a truck of dynamite exploded on I-44 Edwina Clingan, 70, will forever remember the night in 1970 that an explosion on Interstate 44 rocked her house Ozarks 10  hours, 51  minutes ago

Ozarks The Answer Man: The day a truck full of dynamite exploded on I-44 The Answer Man: The day a truck full of dynamite exploded on I-44 The Answer Man was on OzarksFirst discussing the time a truck full of dynamite exploded on I-44 in 1970. Ozarks 10  hours, 53  minutes ago

Ozarks Best of 2016 Photo Show is coming soon Best of 2016 Photo Show is coming soon Join the News-Leader Photo Show, upstairs at Springfield Brewing Company during First Friday Art Walk, to support Harmony House. Ozarks 14  hours, 13  minutes ago

Education SPS receives first of three internal audit reports SPS receives first of three internal audit reports Springfield Public Schools contracted with BKD, LLC to conduct audits of building services, payroll and athletics. Education 20  hours, 58  minutes ago


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The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (02/27/2017) at 08:21 PM

The next Democratic leader

Saved by those three little words

Trump and the `Madman Theory'

Contributors We could all stand to do more listening, less talking We could all stand to do more listening, less talking In the presence of good listeners, we're all more likely to flourish Contributors 13 minutes ago

Editorials Guest Voice: What's the plan in Afghanistan? Guest Voice: What's the plan in Afghanistan? The U.S. troops serving valiantly in Afghanistan deserve clarity of purpose. Editorials 15 minutes ago

Readers Pregnancy involves two people, not just one Pregnancy involves two people, not just one This letter is written in response to the letter by Kay McMillan as to why any man has a right to say anything to a woman about her reproductive rights. Readers 1 day, 20 hours ago

Readers Media should publish only 'alternative facts' Media should publish only 'alternative facts' They should publish only the “alternative facts” that our president obtained from things he remembers seeing, things people are saying, etc. Readers 1 day, 20 hours ago

Readers Undocumented migrants have no rights, must go Undocumented migrants have no rights, must go In 1924, quotas were assigned to various nations to allow fair immigration. Readers 1 day, 20 hours ago

Readers Only riched 0.2 percent affected by estate tax Only riched 0.2 percent affected by estate tax As usual, Billy Long and the Republican party ignore the facts Readers 1 day, 20 hours ago

Readers Representatives won't take time to listen to constituents Representatives won't take time to listen to constituents There's never been a time that our representatives in Congress need to seek out the concerns and opinions of their constituents more. Readers 1 day, 20 hours ago

Readers An open letter to President Trump An open letter to President Trump What will you tell farmers who can't find workers to pick their crops? Readers 1 day, 21 hours ago

Readers Letter writer used typical liberal talking points Letter writer used typical liberal talking points I would like to respond a letter from Jack E. Hembree (Please keep the faith, protesters). Readers 1 day, 21 hours ago

Readers 'Have-nots' could learn a lesson from Mr. Low 'Have-nots' could learn a lesson from Mr. Low When facing hardship, trucking company owner bucked down and started over Readers 1 day, 21 hours ago

Readers To Springfield church leaders To Springfield church leaders Ask your flocks to be more like Christ Readers 1 day, 21 hours ago

Readers We don't need more turmoil in city leadership We don't need more turmoil in city leadership In a country that is in turmoil over the election of an incompetent president, Springfield does not need the same as mayor Readers 1 day, 21 hours ago

Opinion Roses: To man who paid for groceries Roses: To man who paid for groceries May God bless him Opinion 1 day, 21 hours ago

Opinion More fake news about immigrations arrests More fake news about immigrations arrests Media complicit in deception Opinion 1 day, 21 hours ago

Editorials Keep pushing for early childhood help Keep pushing for early childhood help Constituents should at least get the chance to decide Editorials 1 day, 23 hours ago

Contributors Current sales tax agreement is unconstitutional Current sales tax agreement is unconstitutional Helms' bill is meant to resolve Greene County jail issue Contributors 1 day, 23 hours ago

Editorials Guest Voice: What Democrats should resist Guest Voice: What Democrats should resist The “not my president” theme of marches on Presidents Day strikes the wrong chord. So does reflexive opposition to everything Trump does. Editorials 3 days, 23 hours ago


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

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

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

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


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

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

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 (02/27/2017) at 08:22 PM

Trial for man accused of fatally shooting two postponed

Columbia man arrested on suspicion of assaulting officer at St. Louis rally

United Airlines to offer flights at Columbia Regional Airport starting Aug. 1

Industry standards suggest city needs 95 more firefighters Recent changes to fire suppression industry standards suggest Columbia needs 95 more firefighters to properly staff its nine stations -- a jarring number that the local union president said he doesn't expect the city to agree to.

Going Bonkers 3812 Buttonwood Dr, Columbia, MO 65201 573-499-0366 Currently Open Going Bonkers is dedicated to providing a safe, clean, and controlled environment to bring friends and families together

Judge rules open records suit can be amended

City to seek input on Vision Zero plan

Residents focus on protection standards

Columbia groups work to keep annual music festival

Council's public hearing rules criticized as 'rushed'

No one injured after car hits house

Blunt relocates Columbia office

Hartzler switches positions on town hall meetings In Vicky Hartzler's run to a 2010 victory over U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, town hall meetings -- t…

Harrisburg superintendent set to retire June 30 Lynn Proctor is retiring as Harrisburg superintendent. The school board has hired Harrisburg High School Principal Steve Combs to replace her.

Kendrick: Ethics bills would uphold campaign promises Missouri House Democrats filed a series of ethics bills this year meant to uphold several pr…

Probation handed down for weapon charge plea A Boone County judge sentenced a Columbia man to five years of probation Tuesday after he pl…

Boone County Jail inmate accused of damaging jail property, assaulting officers A Columbia man became violent while in custody Thursday and attempted to injure officers and…

Multiple sites being looked at for new middle school Columbia Board of Education narrows focus for middle school property on seven land parcels, including one next to Tolton High School that probably will be too expensive to consider.

Commission hears tax break pitch for dairy plant Representatives from an organic dairy company looking to build a new plant in Columbia made …

Trial society to take former Tribune publisher to mock court In July 1923, a Boone County jury took only 11 minutes to find George Barkwell not guilty of…


Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (02/27/2017) at 08:23 PM

Middleton deserves credit for more than hanging in there

Sewer plant: the Taj Mahal of Ashland

Time for Missouri law to comply with Real ID

The new Trump immigration policy

ACA: Repeal and replace with what? A number of polls and media reports indicate Republicans in Washington are having a tough ti…

Well, here I am one more time On Valentine's Day in this space I told faithful readers I hoped I would not be writing agai…

Stephens: Downtown, where the action is I am on the Stephens College Board of Trustees. In recent years most people hereabouts reali…

How to legislate anti-discrimination Last week the University of Missouri caused a bit of a stir when it announced support for a …

Should NATO members pay their share? During his campaign for president, Donald Trump said he would push other members of the Nort…

Going Bonkers 3812 Buttonwood Dr, Columbia, MO 65201 573-499-0366 Currently Open Going Bonkers is dedicated to providing a safe, clean, and controlled environment to bring friends and families together

Want to resist Trump? Better not to rely on Democrats

McConnell displays willful ignorance on racism

Genuine protesters, not phonies, are worthy of admiration

Recent poverty series was local journalism at its finest

Column speaks truth to Republicans' false populism

Middleton deserves credit for more than hanging in there

Sewer plant: the Taj Mahal of Ashland

Time for Missouri law to comply with Real ID

The new Trump immigration policy

ACA: Repeal and replace with what?


St. Joseph News-Press
As of (02/27/2017) at 08:23 PM

top story Teenager pleads guilty to Krug Park murder A teenager pleaded guilty to murder Monday, telling a judge the death was related to satanic worship.

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Revamp of Iowa's bottle bill moving ahead DES MOINES — The fate of Iowa's bottle deposit bill, enacted 39 years ago to discourage littering and encourage recycling, could be determined this week by the House Environmental Protection Committee.

AP: Small plane crashes into 2 homes in Riverside RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a small plane has crashed into two homes in Riverside.

AP: Arkansas governor sets execution dates for 8 inmates LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor on Monday set execution dates for eight inmates …

AP: Editor who pushed for justice in civil rights killings dies GULF BREEZE, Fla. (AP) — Mississippi editor Stanley Dearman, who pushed for justice in the m…

AP: Fallen Argentine troops' relatives wait for identification BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The body of Jose Antonio Reyes Lobos rests in the Falkland Is…

AP: Iranian baby with heart defect impacted by Trump doing well PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Physicians say a 4-month-old Iranian girl with a rare heart condition …

AP: Big surge for military in Trump budget, big cuts elsewhere WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing a huge $54 billion surge in U.S. milit…

AP: Judges sides with transgender students over bathroom access PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ruled that three transgender students at a Penns…

AP: ADB says Asia needs to double infrastructure spending MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Asian Development Bank says developing countries in Asia and …

AP: Judge blocks California law protecting officials' privacy SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gun owners' rights advocates are free to publish the home addresse…

AP: House probe into Russia ties to Trump off to rocky start WASHINGTON (AP) — A simmering dispute between leaders of the House intelligence committee sp…

AP: Sequestered jury from outside area to decide Bill Cosby case NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A sequestered jury from an outside county will decide the sexual assa…

AP: Senate confirms billionaire investor as commerce secretary WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday confirmed billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as commerc…

AP: Federal appeals court rejects egg-labeling lawsuit SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit that sought to require l…

AP: California court expands endangered-species removal powers SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Monday said petitioners seeking to remo…


St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (02/27/2017) at 08:23 PM

America remains a target Keeping the grass mowed, staying on schedule for all of the kids' ballgames, planning our vacations - this is springtime in America's heartland.

Siren boosts rural safety

Trade: Help, but don't hurt

Partner with city: fix walks, alleys

One good idea can help a lot

Quality never gets old

Focus on IRS service

Black Archives fulfills mission

Be Big for a kid, for you

Danford leaves a wake

NATO nations need to step up


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The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (02/27/2017) at 08:24 PM

Our view: Dedicated pioneer Joplin's Community Clinic on Friday opened its doors to show the public a much-needed remodel.

Kery Murakami: Fear and national security, then and now Sunday, Feb. 19, marked the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt's ill-famed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the forced relocation of Americans of Japanese ancestry living along the West Coast into internment camps.

Geoff Caldwell: Abuse of power not limited to politicos A century ago this month, there were hundreds of thousands of dead on both sides of the trenches on the Western Front, and America was in no mood to send its own young men off into Europe's meat grinder.

Herb Van Fleet: The paradox of robotic labor Amid the shrill and irritating noise of politics these days, there have been a few news stories reporting on the progress of robotics, especially robotic cars. Robots are just one of the engineering outgrowths that are part of artificial intelligence and high-tech automation systems. Besides…

Your views: Letters to the editor Opinions belong on editorial pages

Our View: Governor needs to fly Transparent Airlines Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens needs to fly Transparent Airlines.Michael Roche, the governor's chief of staff, recently told members of the House Budget Committee that Greitens is “committed to spending as little as possible of the taxpayers' dollars on travel.”

Marilyn Beasley: The story of Chicken Little Can any of you remember the children's story about Chicken Little? As the story goes, Chicken Little was walking through the forest one day when an acorn dropped on her tail. She immediately said, “The sky is falling.” Chicken Little proceeded to tell her friends in the forest that the sky w…

Our View: Expand trail system into Missouri One doesn't have to be a walking or biking enthusiast to see the value of expanding Northwest Arkansas' Razorback Greenway into Southwest Missouri.

Your View: Letters to the editor Why Ambrose gets it wrong

Our View: The prom where everyone dances Life is neither fair nor kind. No amount of caring and compassion can outweigh the difficulties that some are called to face.

Taylor Armerding: Leaky intelligence community is swamping Trump President Donald Trump said he was going to drain the swamp. Looks like the swamp is draining him.

Your View: Letters to the editor Crime against women

Janelle Stecklein: Lawmaker says decades-old Aids lessons need update OKLAHOMA CITY — When AIDS education was first mandated in public schools nearly three decades ago, it generated considerable controversy.

Our view: Small but mighty Like David to Goliath, Ozark Christian College measures its strength not by its size but rather by its mission.

Carol Stark: Year takes unexpected turn to a road once traveled A few months ago, I was feeling optimistic and particularly fortunate. I posted to my personal Facebook page that while 2006 — the year of my grueling cancer treatment — might have been the worst year of my life, there was no doubt that 2016 had to be the best year of my life. Some luck, som…

Nick Kyle: In our best interest to keep our schools public Powerful wealthy corporate interests want to take control of your public schools. Working through political channels such as American Legislative Exchange Council, a partnership of America's state legislators and powerful business corporations that write legislation for states to use in adva…

Geoff Caldwell: Truth is, there is no truth yet First they came for Michael Flynn, and I did not speak out because I hated President Donald Trump.

Kevin Wilson: Crowder College does education right A little more than 40 years ago, I headed off to the University of Missouri to get my bachelor's degree. I was fortunate that Uncle Sam (via an Air Force scholarship) was paying for my education. And I had a great experience — both personally and academically.

Our View: Video captures wrongs of politics An eight-minute video out of Jefferson City illuminates much of what is wrong with politics.

Your view: Letters to the editor Doubts about the pilot


The Jefferson City News Tribune
As of (02/27/2017) at 08:24 PM

Chili fundraiser helps cemetery association: The chili was hot, and so was the competition.

North Callaway switching to 4-day week: What if every weekend was a three-day weekend?

Storage unit catches fire in county: The cause for a small structure fire Sunday evening in Cole County is still under investigation.

Local man gets jail time for chase: A Jefferson City man has been sentenced to jail time after pleading guilty to amended charges in connection with leading...

Oscar mistake puts consulting firm's reputation in jeopardy: For 82 years, accounting and consulting firm PwC has enjoyed a reputational boon from handling the balloting process at the...

Flap eclipses'Moonlight' win, but civility reigns: The 89th Academy Awards got off on the right foot, with a song and dance, but ended with the most...

Envelopes explained: How presenters get winning names: A look at how the Academy Awards' winners envelopes are handled before being opened live onstage:

United adds Denver, Chicago flights at Columbia: United Airlines plans to add daily flights from Columbia Regional Airport in mid-Missouri to both Denver and Chicago beginning this...

Storage unit fire under investigation: The cause for a small structure fire Sunday evening in Cole County is still under investigation.

More than 100 Jewish cemetery headstones damaged: More than 100 headstones have been vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, damage discovered less than a week after...

'Moonlight' wins best picture: "Moonlight" won the best picture trophy at the Academy Awards in a historic Oscar upset that followed Warren Beatty...

Money to spare for scholarships: Sunday's final fundraiser for the Jim Goldammer Scholarship at Capital Bowl was like a Who's Who among past Jefferson City...

Congress returns with health care, Supreme Court on agenda: Congress returns to Washington this week to confront dramatic decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help...

Trump's choice for Navy secretary withdraws: President Donald Trump's choice to be secretary of the Navy, businessman Philip Bilden, said Sunday he was withdrawing from consideration...

Sessions: tough talk could lead to fuller prisons: The federal prison population is on the decline, but a new attorney general who talks tough on drugs and crime...

Mardi Gras crash that injured 28 caused by drunk driver: Police on Sunday identified the man who allegedly plowed into a crowd enjoying a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans...

Father of dead Navy SEAL refused to meet with Trump: The father of a Navy SEAL killed during an anti-terrorism raid in Yemen is demanding an investigation into its planning...

Naming airport after Clintons doesn't fly with GOP lawmaker: With his party now holding all of the levers of power in Arkansas politics, a Republican state lawmaker is...

WWII Navy officer in JFK rescue dies at age 97: The WWII Navy officer who guided his warship into Japanese territory to rescue future President John F. Kennedy and his...

Francis becomes 1st pope to visit an Anglican church in Rome: Pope Francis on Sunday became the first Catholic pontiff to visit an Anglican parish in Rome, using the historic occasion...


The Jefferson City News Tribune - State News
As of (02/27/2017) at 08:24 PM

Show industry discontent with Branson's marketing strategy: People working in Branson's entertainment industry say they're concerned about a local taxpayer-funded marketing strategy that has become more broadly...

Non-stop service to fly from SW Missouri to Houston: United Airlines is adding non-stop service between Springfield-Branson National Airport in southwest Missouri and Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport...

Report finds deficient bridges in NE Kansas, NW Missouri: ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) -- Hundreds of bridges in northwest Missouri and northeastern Kansas are being called "structurally deficient."

Columbia creates sanctuary for migratory monarch butterflies: Volunteers in Columbia have been working to create a sanctuary for millions of monarch butterflies that pass through the state...

Term limits plan would join Missouri with a few other states: Candidate Eric Greitens' campaign for governor last year included a pledge to impose term limits on all of Missouri's statewide...

Efficiency earns Willoughby state employee of the month award: Missouri's February State Employee of the Month was nominated for the award partly because his co-workers say he "respects time...

St. Louis airport could soon get booze-to-go policy: It could soon be legal for travelers to take booze from the bar to their gate at Lambert International Airport...

Woman accused in stabbing at Missouri GM plant: A woman is accused of stabbing a worker at a General Motors plant near St. Louis over what authorities say...

Greitens appoints 2 former senators to tax committee: Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed two former Missouri senators and the new Department of Revenue director to a committee tasked...

Missouri Lt. Governor office renovations top $50,000: Missouri has approved more than $54,000 for remodeling the Capitol office of new Lt. Gov. Mike Parson.

Loop trolley start date pushed back to summer: A streetcar that will operate in the Loop area of St. Louis and adjoining University City will start operation this...

St. Louis ordinance seeks to pre-empt Missouri abortion laws: A new ordinance in St. Louis prohibits discrimination based on "reproductive health decisions," an effort by the heavily Democratic city...

Greitens wants to use tobacco money to reverse Medicaid cuts: Gov. Eric Greitens said Thursday he wants to use some of the money from Missouri's settlement with tobacco companies to...

Prison employees slam work environment: Two Missouri prison employees Thursday claimed there are problems ranging from low pay to scant accountability in state prisons to...

Missouri House votes for cuts to unemployment benefits: Missouri House members have passed a bill to reduce the duration of state jobless benefits to one of the shortest...

Missouri prison employees slam work environment: An employee says working in Missouri's troubled prisons is like "walking into hell."

Missouri GOP leaders: transgender bathrooms up to schools: Missouri's GOP legislative leaders say it should be up to schools to decide how to handle transgender student bathroom access.

Greitens eases proposed cuts to home care, school busing: Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced today that he's amending his state budget proposal to restore a total of $52 million...

13 accused in federal drug conspiracy indictment: Thirteen people from Missouri and Illinois face federal charges for allegedly conspiring to distribute cocaine and other drugs in Hannibal...

Jury convicts Missouri man shot by officer: A Missouri man who was shot and wounded by police has been convicted of two felonies.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Local News
As of (02/27/2017) at 08:24 PM

Chili fundraiser helps cemetery association: The chili was hot, and so was the competition.

Storage unit catches fire in county: The cause for a small structure fire Sunday evening in Cole County is still under investigation.

Local man gets jail time for chase: A Jefferson City man has been sentenced to jail time after pleading guilty to amended charges in connection with leading...

Storage unit fire under investigation: The cause for a small structure fire Sunday evening in Cole County is still under investigation.

Money to spare for scholarships: Sunday's final fundraiser for the Jim Goldammer Scholarship at Capital Bowl was like a Who's Who among past Jefferson City...

Dusting off memories: The education Marvin Strolberg received during a military experience that spanned two wars and two branches of service was invaluable,...

Bluegrass springs to life: For local bluegrass artist Janice Martin, music is life.

LU can't continue to subsidize land grant match: There is no money in the proposed budget bills for the 2017-18 state business year — introduced in the Missouri...

Protesters upset by Luetkemeyer's lack of town hall meetings: For two hours Saturday morning, more than 30 people bundled up against the wind and stood along Missouri Boulevard near...

4-H students learning art of clowning at Extension program: Ten Missouri 4-H students spent seven hours Saturday at the Cole County Extension Center learning about being a clown.

Jobs, infrastructure hot topics for Council candidates: After talking with potential voters, creating more and better jobs and improving infrastructure were identified as key issues brought before...

Numbers on JCPS issues raise questions: The accuracy and clarity of numbers in the Jefferson City Public Schools District's two-high school plan and operating levy issue...

Candidates give positions on two high schools, teacher morale: Candidates for the Jefferson City Public Schools Board of Education were asked their views about the two high school plan...

School board candidates report campaign finances: Jefferson City Public Schools Board of Education candidate Lori Massman is in the lead so far in terms of money...

Support group seeks to help parents after loss of child: Ruth Padilla has seen many joyful days as an apprentice midwife. However, the Russellville mother of six also has seen...

Applications sought for United Way grants: Applications for the 2017 Community Support Grant are now available to nonprofit health and human service agencies through the United...

Dixon's Boone County case still set for Wednesday: Former Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon's attorney has asked Boone County Associate Circuit Judge Deborah Daniels to hold a jury...

JCHS choir advances to regional competition: Among a recent string of Jefferson City Public Schools District students' successes at competitions, the members of Jefferson City High...

BizBeat: Westlake's undergoing storewide renovation: Westlake ACE Hardware is known for its customer service, and that was a big consideration when planning the current remodeling...

BizBeat: KWOS changes FM frequency: KWOS switched its FM frequency from 101.1 to 104.5 MHz.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (02/27/2017) at 08:24 PM

Your Opinion: Democrats' Trump slander: Anybody who actually believes (to be of the opinion that something exists or is a reality, especially when there is...

Your Opinion: Anti-Semite for DNC: Listening to Democrats/Liberals rant about President Trump being an anti-Semite stretches credulity past the breaking point.

Perspective: Finding inspiration following destruction: In January, 48 Jewish Community Centers in 26 states reported receiving nearly 60 bomb threats. On Monday, vandals in St....

Your Opinion: Ice arena flooding fix: No mud in the ice arena! The solution:

Our Opinion: Multipurpose center should be point of pride for community: We commend both Lincoln University and the Jefferson City's Parks Department — their unique partnership has produced a grand multipurpose...

Perspective: A week on the road spent hearing from constituents: Regular readers of this column know the House of Representatives has been off to a busy start this year. We...

Our Opinion: State family friendly leave policy is a win-win: Careers are important. But when you look back on your life, you'll likely dwell more on your time with your...

Your Opinion: United we stand, divided we fall: Ralph Waldo Emerson penned the words "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no...

Your Opinion: Rep. Waters 'scumbags' comment: Waters, a Democrat and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), should have firsthand knowledge of scumbags.

Your Opinion: Threat, at best, misguided: Mr. Harry Trickey's worry about a dangerous threat mentioned in his editorial on the 23rd is misguided at best and...

Our Opinion: Buckling up isn't just the law, it's a smart move: Area law enforcement agencies, including the Jefferson City Police Department, recently took part in the latest statewide Click It or...

Our Opinion: Encouraging message at forum: Candidates running for Jefferson City's school board seem genuinely interested in bettering the district, some stating their desire to improve...

Your Opinion: A dangerous threat: This evening, my wife and I talked to two Jewish friends of ours.

Your Opinion: Greitens should pay: Governor? Greitens. He was elected to run the state's business, not hire an outsider from D.C.

Our Opinion: Meet Missouri's future leaders: If you were at the Capitol Rotunda on Monday afternoon, you may had a chance to see many of the...

Your Opinion: Durbin amendment hurts consumers: The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act was supposed to reign in those on Wall Street who created the financial crisis....

Your Opinion: Prison needed for drug-addicted prostitute: A New York judge has ordered a drug-addicted prostitute to not get pregnant again. The order came after the woman...

Your Opinion: Republicans turning spineless: I wouldn't vote for any Democrat due to their stance on abortion, same sex marriage, and a whole myriad of...

Your Opinion: Pay comparisons for lawmakers, state employees: When I worked for MoDOT, our pay rating was 49th of 50 states (just barely ahead of Mississippi).

Your Opinion: We should be ashamed for piling on debt: Why isn't an obvious step along the road to federal financial sanity the return of Medicaid and all health care...


The Southeast Missourian
As of (02/27/2017) at 08:24 PM

Man accused of ramming woman's car with a child inside (2/27/17) 2 By Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian A Cape Girardeau man was charged with two counts of child endangerment after he purposefully rammed his vehicle into a vehicle his wife was driving while children were inside both vehicles, deputies say. The Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged Jason W. Thompson, 36, with two counts of second-degree child endangerment, one count of third-degree domestic assault and resisting arrest. All four charges are felonies...

Jackson aldermen OK spending nearly $110,000 extra for water-system upgrades (2/27/17) By Marybeth Niederkorn ~ Southeast Missourian The Jackson Board of Aldermen passed a motion Monday approving a $109,868 expenditure increase under the water-system facility upgrade. Horner & Shifrin Inc. of St. Louis is the main contractor on the project on West Main Street in Jackson, and it said delays by subcontractor Robertson Inc. Bridge and Grading Division of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, have caused the project to go over budget, according to a Feb. 13 memo from project manager Lisa Fennewald...

Teachers Association to hold forum for Cape School Board candidates (2/27/17) Southeast Missourian The Cape Girardeau Community Teachers Association will hold a meet-the-candidates forum from 6 to 7 p.m. March 20 in the Oscar Hirsch Room at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. Candidates for three Cape Girardeau School Board positions include incumbents Philip Moore and Tony Smee. Tracy Curtis, Melissa Herbst Smith and Jared Ritter also are running...

Singer Neal Boyd says he faces physical therapy after Jan. 22 traffic accident (2/27/17) By Marybeth Niederkorn ~ Southeast Missourian Singer Neal E. Boyd will be going into more rigorous physical therapy as part of his recovery from a serious automobile accident in January, according to a video posted to the his Facebook page Sunday morning. Boyd, whose pop-opera vocal performances won season 3 of "America's Got Talent" in 2008, is from Sikeston, Missouri...

Southeast cybersecurity team advances again to regional competition (2/27/17) By Ben Kleine ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University Cyber Defense team members are forced to fend off a dizzying array of hacks during competitions. Southeast's team did just that recently, winning a competition against other 11 schools in the state of Missouri. The team advanced to the Midwest Regional competition for the fifth consecutive year, according to a university news release...

University professor becomes Missouri's first lady (2/27/17) COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Two posters hang side by side on the wall of Sheena Chestnut Greitens' office -- one declaring "Welcome to Pyongyang," the other commemorating North Korea's missile program. Behind her desk is a painting of women in military uniforms gathered around an issue of Workers' Daily, a North Korean newspaper. Greitens' decor illustrates her research specialties: East Asia and authoritarian regimes...

Columbia creates sanctuary for migratory monarch butterflies (2/27/17) COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Volunteers in Columbia, Missouri, have been working to create a sanctuary for millions of monarch butterflies that pass through the state as they migrate to and from Mexico. Efforts to plant milkweed and other native flowers on park land were boosted this month when Columbia became the 16th city in the state to join the National Wildlife Federation's Mayors' Monarch Pledge, the Columbia Missourian reported...

Heroin overdose claims third member of St. Louis family (2/27/17) ST. LOUIS -- For the third time since 2009, a St. Louis family is dealing with the loss of a loved one from a heroin overdose. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported 23-year-old Tyler Athanas died Wednesday at his grandmother's home, where he was living...

Couple hosts Joy Prom for special-needs community (2/27/17) LAMAR, Mo. -- Arriving at Joy Prom, everyone seems a little stunned. It's a lot to take in at first, with the sparkling lights, the red carpet and the applause greeting guests as they enter the gym. But their shyness melts as they find their friends on the dance floor and join in the festivities. Everyone is welcome at this prom for the special-needs community...

St. Louis airport could soon get booze-to-go policy (2/26/17) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- It soon could be legal for travelers to take booze from the bar to their gate at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The House passed a bill that changes liquor laws in airports, allowing people to order alcoholic beverages "to go" from a bar and carry them to their gates in a branded plastic cup. Travelers would not be able to take drinks onto planes or through security...

Big surge for military in Trump budget, big cuts elsewhere (2/27/17) 3 WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is proposing a huge $54 billion surge in U.S. military spending for new aircraft, ships and fighters in his first federal budget while slashing big chunks from domestic programs and foreign aid to make the government "do more with less."...

Report: States see fallout from health law repeal (2/27/17) 5 WASHINGTON -- A sobering report to governors about the potential consequences of repealing the Obama-era health-care law warns federal spending cuts probably would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of insurance coverage...

911 call: Bar-shooting suspect said he'd killed 'Iranians' (2/27/17) OLATHE, Kan. -- A bartender at the restaurant where a man was arrested last week in connection with an apparently racially motivated bar shooting of two Indian men told a 911 dispatcher the suspect admitted shooting two people but described them as Iranian...

Mom mails garbage to son at college (2/27/17) NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- A college student got a reminder to take out the trash when his mother sent him garbage in a care package. Connor Cox, 18, said his mother sent two boxes to him at Westminster College last month. One box contained food and other goodies. The other contained garbage. When he called to ask whether it was a mistake, Cox's mother, Connie, told him, "No, that's the trash you were supposed to take out" during a recent visit at home...

Casualties mount as Iraqi troops advance in IS-held Mosul (2/27/17) MOSUL, Iraq -- "We have wounded!" the men shouted from the roadside. Two soldiers, bleeding, were being bandaged beside their smoking vehicle on the side of a dirt road. Iraqi special forces Maj. Saif Ali yelled to his driver to stop and leaped out...

A shot at a Harley: Man's basketball feat at Southeast game wins new motorcycle (2/27/17) John McGowan did not expect to be the proud owner of a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle after Thursday's Southeast Missouri State University Redhawks men's basketball game. But he said he isn't sure anyone else was expecting it, either. The competition, sponsored by Lawless Harley-Davidson in Scott City and Cape Air, had a Harley-Davidson Street 750 model motorcycle as the prize. Entrants had 30 seconds to sink a free throw, a three-point shot and finally a half-court shot...

Trump's choice to be Navy secretary withdraws (2/27/17) WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's choice to be secretary of the Navy, businessman Philip Bilden, said Sunday he was withdrawing from consideration for the post, citing concerns about privacy and separating himself from his business interests. Bilden's withdrawal raises similar issues to that of Vincent Viola, Trump's nominee for Army secretary, who stepped aside earlier this month...

DWI suspected in crash that hurt 28 at New Orleans parade (2/27/17) NEW ORLEANS -- Authorities on Sunday identified the man accused of plowing into a crowd enjoying a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans while intoxicated. The New Orleans Police Department identified the man as Neilson Rizzuto, 25. Online records showed Rizzuto was arrested on several charges and was being held at the city's jail...

Doctor-to-doctor donation: Kidney saves sick colleague (2/27/17) NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- It's not unusual for a surgeon to save another doctor's life. But Dr. Colleen Coleman did so by going under the knife to help an ailing colleague who desperately needed a kidney. Coleman donated to Dr. Brian Dunn, an anesthesiologist she works with at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach whose kidneys failed from chemotherapy he received as a teenager to treat a stomach tumor...

Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 2/27/17 (2/27/17) Cape Girardeau County Commission 1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Approval of minutes n Minutes of the Feb. 23 meeting Communications/reports -- other elected officials n None at this time Public comments n Items listed on agenda Routine business...


The Southeast Missourian - State News
As of (02/27/2017) at 08:24 PM

University professor becomes Missouri's first lady COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Two posters hang side by side on the wall of Sheena Chestnut Greitens' office -- one declaring "Welcome to Pyongyang," the other commemorating North Korea's missile program. Behind her desk is a painting of women in military uniforms gathered around an issue of Workers' Daily, a North Korean newspaper. Greitens' decor illustrates her research specialties: East Asia and authoritarian regimes...

Columbia creates sanctuary for migratory monarch butterflies COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Volunteers in Columbia, Missouri, have been working to create a sanctuary for millions of monarch butterflies that pass through the state as they migrate to and from Mexico. Efforts to plant milkweed and other native flowers on park land were boosted this month when Columbia became the 16th city in the state to join the National Wildlife Federation's Mayors' Monarch Pledge, the Columbia Missourian reported...

Heroin overdose claims third member of St. Louis family ST. LOUIS -- For the third time since 2009, a St. Louis family is dealing with the loss of a loved one from a heroin overdose. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported 23-year-old Tyler Athanas died Wednesday at his grandmother's home, where he was living...

Couple hosts Joy Prom for special-needs community LAMAR, Mo. -- Arriving at Joy Prom, everyone seems a little stunned. It's a lot to take in at first, with the sparkling lights, the red carpet and the applause greeting guests as they enter the gym. But their shyness melts as they find their friends on the dance floor and join in the festivities. Everyone is welcome at this prom for the special-needs community...

St. Louis airport could soon get booze-to-go policy (2/26/17) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- It soon could be legal for travelers to take booze from the bar to their gate at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The House passed a bill that changes liquor laws in airports, allowing people to order alcoholic beverages "to go" from a bar and carry them to their gates in a branded plastic cup. Travelers would not be able to take drinks onto planes or through security...

Missouri lieutenant governor office renovations top $50,000 (2/26/17) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri has approved more than $54,000 for remodeling the Capitol office of new Lt. Gov. Mike Parson. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the Republican lieutenant governor has spent about $8,500 on new furniture and more than $46,000 on updates, including new hardwood flooring, wall repairs, replacing wiring and new kitchen appliances...

Loop trolley start date pushed back to summer (2/26/17) ST. LOUIS — A streetcar that will operate in the Loop area of St. Louis and adjoining University City will start operation this summer, not in the spring as originally planned. The Loop Trolley Co. on Thursday announced a new executive director, Kevin Barbeau. ...

Woman accused in stabbing at Missouri GM plant (2/26/17) ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- A woman is accused of stabbing a worker at a General Motors plant near St. Louis over what authorities say was an extramarital affair. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported St. Charles County prosecutors charged 27-year-old Alicia Turner of Florissant with assault, armed criminal action and burglary...

Greitens wants to use tobacco money to reverse Medicaid cuts (2/24/17) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Eric Greitens said Thursday he wants to use some of the money from Missouri's settlement with tobacco companies to restore most of the budget cuts he'd proposed for in-home services that support low-income residents with disabilities...

Missouri prison employees slam work environment (2/24/17) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Two Missouri prison employees on Thursday claimed there are problems ranging from low pay to scant accountability in state prisons to a legislative panel investigating the state's troubled Department of Corrections. Northeast Correctional Center storekeeper Travis Case said work is so bad, "it's like you're walking into hell."...

St. Louis ordinance seeks to pre-empt Missouri abortion laws (2/24/17) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A new ordinance in St. Louis prohibits discrimination based on "reproductive-health decisions," an effort by the heavily Democratic city to pre-empt a slew of anti-abortion measures advancing through Missouri's Republican-controlled Legislature...

Missouri unemployed face losing benefits under GOP bill (2/23/17) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's unemployed again could face losing several weeks of state help under a Republican-backed plan advanced Wednesday to cut the duration of jobless benefits to one of the shortest periods nationally. The bill, which needs a second House vote of approval to move to the Senate, is a revival of a failed 2015 measure to cut the maximum benefits to 13 weeks if the state's jobless rate is below 6 percent...

Support pours in for damaged Jewish cemetery near St. Louis (2/23/17) UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. -- A suburban St. Louis Jewish cemetery badly damaged by vandals is getting a show of support from cleanup volunteers, well-wishers and financial contributors from across many faiths. Muslim groups have launched a crowdfunding campaign for the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in University City, with a goal of $20,000. It has raised nearly $75,000...

Missouri Senate advances prescription drug monitoring bill (2/23/17) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri got one step closer Wednesday to establishing a prescription-drug monitoring program after a heavily-debated measure that would track when prescriptions for controlled substances are written and filed advanced in the Senate...

Missouri governor shuns state plane, flies at private costs (2/23/17) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is shunning the state plane, instead flying on private and commercial aircraft in a move that will save the state thousands of dollars but could make it more difficult to know exactly who pays for his travel...

Vice president Pence lauds small business during Missouri visit (2/23/17) FENTON, Mo. -- Vice President Mike Pence told a Missouri crowd small business is the "beating heart that creates prosperity and growth." Pence spoke Wednesday at Fabick Cat, a company in the St. Louis suburb of Fenton that rents, sells and services Caterpillar equipment. The 1,100-employee company celebrates its 100th anniversary this year...

Missouri bill would allow to-go booze at airports (2/23/17) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A proposal that could allow travelers to drink alcohol at flight gates at St. Louis and Kansas City international airports is moving forward in the Missouri Legislature. House members advanced the bill in a voice vote Tuesday. ...

Man fatally shot as St. Louis officers serve search warrant (2/23/17) ST. LOUIS — Authorities said an officer fatally shot a man who is accused of firing at officers as they served a search warrant for drugs at a St. Louis home. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson said tactical officers returned fire Tuesday night after two shots were fired from inside. ...

Missouri budget to get $10M boost from Moody's settlement (2/23/17) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri will get $10 million as a result of a nationwide settlement with Moody’s over inflated credit ratings leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. A statement Tuesday from Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley and Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said the money could help mitigate a revenue shortfall for the current fiscal year. ...

Missouri corrections officer charged with false imprisonment (2/23/17) MARSHFIELD, Mo. — A southwest Missouri prison supervisor has been charged with false imprisonment for forcing a female employee into a cell and closing the door on her. Johnny Burkdoll, 56, also was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor third-degree assault after the incident at the Ozark Correctional Center in Fordland, The Springfield News-Leader reported. ...


The Southeast Missourian - Local News
As of (02/27/2017) at 08:24 PM

Man accused of ramming woman's car with a child inside 2 By Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian A Cape Girardeau man was charged with two counts of child endangerment after he purposefully rammed his vehicle into a vehicle his wife was driving while children were inside both vehicles, deputies say. The Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged Jason W. Thompson, 36, with two counts of second-degree child endangerment, one count of third-degree domestic assault and resisting arrest. All four charges are felonies...

Jackson aldermen OK spending nearly $110,000 extra for water-system upgrades By Marybeth Niederkorn ~ Southeast Missourian The Jackson Board of Aldermen passed a motion Monday approving a $109,868 expenditure increase under the water-system facility upgrade. Horner & Shifrin Inc. of St. Louis is the main contractor on the project on West Main Street in Jackson, and it said delays by subcontractor Robertson Inc. Bridge and Grading Division of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, have caused the project to go over budget, according to a Feb. 13 memo from project manager Lisa Fennewald...

Teachers Association to hold forum for Cape School Board candidates Southeast Missourian The Cape Girardeau Community Teachers Association will hold a meet-the-candidates forum from 6 to 7 p.m. March 20 in the Oscar Hirsch Room at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. Candidates for three Cape Girardeau School Board positions include incumbents Philip Moore and Tony Smee. Tracy Curtis, Melissa Herbst Smith and Jared Ritter also are running...

Singer Neal Boyd says he faces physical therapy after Jan. 22 traffic accident By Marybeth Niederkorn ~ Southeast Missourian Singer Neal E. Boyd will be going into more rigorous physical therapy as part of his recovery from a serious automobile accident in January, according to a video posted to the his Facebook page Sunday morning. Boyd, whose pop-opera vocal performances won season 3 of "America's Got Talent" in 2008, is from Sikeston, Missouri...

Southeast cybersecurity team advances again to regional competition By Ben Kleine ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University Cyber Defense team members are forced to fend off a dizzying array of hacks during competitions. Southeast's team did just that recently, winning a competition against other 11 schools in the state of Missouri. The team advanced to the Midwest Regional competition for the fifth consecutive year, according to a university news release...

A shot at a Harley: Man's basketball feat at Southeast game wins new motorcycle By Marybeth Niederkorn ~ Southeast Missourian John McGowan did not expect to be the proud owner of a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle after Thursday's Southeast Missouri State University Redhawks men's basketball game. But he said he isn't sure anyone else was expecting it, either. The competition, sponsored by Lawless Harley-Davidson in Scott City and Cape Air, had a Harley-Davidson Street 750 model motorcycle as the prize. Entrants had 30 seconds to sink a free throw, a three-point shot and finally a half-court shot...

Jackson Board of Aldermen agenda 2/27/17 Jackson Board of Aldermen City hall 101 Court St. Special meeting, 10 a.m. today The board will consider items originally scheduled for action at the regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, Feb. 22, but was canceled because of the lack of a quorum. Approval of minutes...

Cape Girardeau County Commission agenda 2/27/17 Cape Girardeau County Commission 1 Barton Square, Jackson 9 a.m. today Approval of minutes n Minutes of the Feb. 23 meeting Communications/reports -- other elected officials n None at this time Public comments n Items listed on agenda Routine business...

Two men crack market with local cage-free eggs (2/26/17) 12 By Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian Christopher Ludwig said part of what inspired him and his partner Adam Birk to start Jackson Egg Co. was a desire to simplify the way people get their eggs. "We're removing unnecessary things," he said, referring first and foremost to cages. While studying at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Birk became familiar with the cage-free concept of egg production by helping an instructor...

About 100 pet owners march in inaugural Mardi Paws Pet Parade (2/26/17) 3 By Marybeth Niederkorn ~ Southeast Missourian The first Mardi Paws Parade of Pets in downtown Cape Girardeau brought more than 100 pet owners and their furry friends out for an afternoon of fun. Volunteers handed out beads and masks, and dogs and owners wore jester collars, hats and brightly-colored capes. A king and queen were crowned, and costume contest prizes were awarded...

Advisory period leads to fewer failing grades, Cape school official says (2/26/17) By Ben Kleine ~ Southeast Missourian New advisory periods at Cape Girardeau Central High School have led to a decrease in failing grades, according to assistant principal Leigh Ragsdale. Ragsdale will give a presentation about the results of advisory periods at a special work session at 5 p.m. Monday at 301 N. Clark Ave. before the Cape Girardeau school board meeting at 6 p.m...

Local lawmaker's dicamba bill passes Missouri House (2/26/17) By Cody Tucker ~ Daily Dunklin Democrat A bill aimed at increasing penalties for the misuse of dicamba passed the Missouri House on Thursday. The bill moves to the Senate, with its author looking to earn the governor’s signature by mid-March. HB 662 passed by a 144-9 vote. Eight Republicans and one Democrat voted against the measure. The bill passed with an emergency clause, meaning it would take effect immediately if Gov. Eric Greitens signs it...

Sikeston officers arrest Cape man after foot pursuit (2/26/17) Standard Democrat SIKESTON, Mo. — A Cape Girardeau man is accused of illegally possessing a firearm after a brief foot pursuit with police Tuesday in Sikeston. Shamar A. Lowe, 18, is charged with felony unlawful possession of a firearm and felony resisting arrest/detention/stop by fleeing, according to online court records...

Dorena-Hickman Ferry to reopen today (2/26/17) Southeast Missourian HICKMAN, Ky. — The Dorena-Hickman Ferry in western Kentucky will resume service at noon today after the ferryboat’s engines were overhauled. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet closed the ferry Monday, anticipating a two-week shutdown. Mechanics completed the rebuild in about half the time they anticipated, according to a news release...

Mercy Hospital, Saint Francis to offer childhood GI service in Cape (2/26/17) 1 By Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian Mercy Hospital in St. Louis is collaborating with Saint Francis Medical Center to offer a specialty pediatric gastroenterology service. Pediatric gastroenterologist Jose Derdoy has begun seeing patients the first Monday of each month in Cape Girardeau. Joe Kahn, president of Mercy Hospital’s pediatric division, Mercy Kids, said Friday the collaboration marks the first such arrangement outside Mercy’s four-state network...

Jackson aldermen to hold special meeting Monday (2/26/17) Southeast Missourian The Jackson Board of Aldermen will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. Monday at city hall, 101 Court St. in Jackson. The meeting will cover agenda items not discussed at the regular meeting Wednesday, which did not have enough aldermen present for a quorum...

Road work 2/26/17 (2/26/17) The Interstate 55 west outer road from U.S. 61 to Route FF in Cape Girardeau County will be closed as Missouri Department of Transportation crews make drainage repairs. The work will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, according to a MoDOT news release...

Club news 2-26-17 (2/26/17) Dortha Strack, president, conducted the Kage FCE meeting Feb. 9 at Chateau Girardeau. Judie Herbst, hostess, led the devotion and Barbara Marshall led a Valentine word scramble game. Eight members and one guest, Diane Simpher, were present. This month members donated dolls for Child Advocacy and voted to send a donation to Project Charlie...

SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17) 23 By Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian SoutheastHEALTH and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis announced a collaboration Thursday that SoutheastHEALTH president and CEO Ken Bateman said will improve health-care options for residents of Southeast Missouri. Under the agreement, Washington University’s Cardiothoracic Surgery Division will partner with SoutheastHEALTH to provide education, quality assurance, access to clinical trials and more for at least the next five years...

Old Town Cape honors Don Greenwood, others (2/24/17) 3 By Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian Presenting the Charles L. Hutson award to Don Greenwood, Dave Hutson went off-script, having Greenwood kneel on the stage to be "knighted" with a beer bottle because, in Hutson's words, "this son-of-a-bhas deserved this award a long time." Old Town Cape honored Greenwood and others during its annual awards dinner Thursday night at Isle Casino Cape Girardeau...


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
As of (02/27/2017) at 08:24 PM

Father-daughter dance provides positive experience (2/27/17) Not many things are more touching than seeing a daughter in her father's arms. The annual Father/Daughter Dance at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau is the perfect place to witness it. The Southeast Missourian caught up with a few attendees as they graced the dance floor with their fathers on Feb. 18...

Jackson plan addresses growth issues (2/26/17) Jackson's school district is a great source of pride in the county seat. The town, and surrounding area, has a lot of pride in its schools, teachers and, of course, its students. Those in the Jackson school district have invested a lot into the schools, and in return, the city and areas around the city have grown rapidly. Jackson is one of the fastest growing communities by population in Southeast Missouri...

Opinions for downtown plan welcomed online (2/24/17) Earlier this month, an open house for the City of Cape Girardeau's Downtown Strategic Plan was held, with a presentation by consulting firm Arcturis. As was done after the first open house, there is an online survey for you to provide your input. We encourage you to take advantage of this and let the City of Cape Girardeau and Old Town Cape know what you'd like the future of our downtown to look like...

Arts council helps arts community thrive (2/23/17) A tear came to the eye of local sculptor Chris Wubbena as he accepted the Otto F. Dingeldein Award for artistic achievement last weekend. The tear was for local artist and former winner of the same award, Brenda Seyer, but also for the arts community as a whole, which the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri helps cultivate...

Local events celebrate Heart Health Month (2/22/17) February, the month designated by the American Heart Association as Heart Health Month, is drawing to a close. But just because the shortest month of the year is almost over doesn't mean you shouldn't take a closer look at your ticker. Heart health should remain a priority and there are multiple area events that make it easy to do so in the next few weeks and beyond...

'Big River' returns to River Campus for anniversary (2/21/17) Ten years later, "Big River" returns to Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus. This anniversary special will be performed in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall, on the stage where it was performed in 2007 in what was the hall's first-ever show. Beginning Wednesday and continuing through Sunday, the production based on Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn" classic will wow audiences and take us back in time...

Artwork of local high schoolers on display (2/20/17) Southeast Missouri State University's art department kicked off its annual high school art exhibition on Sunday, Feb. 12, at Crisp Museum. This 39th Exhibiting Excellence event is an opportunity to enjoy the artwork of our local talented youth until March 19...

The history of Presidents Day (2/19/17) Many of you will be celebrating a three-day weekend. Schools, banks and government offices will be closed Monday to celebrate Presidents Day. Well, most of you know it as Presidents Day, a day to celebrate all presidents. But officially, according to federal law the holiday is the celebration of George Washington's birth...

Per policy, police shooting will be investigated (2/17/17) A man was shot and killed on Wednesday night by a police officer investigating what the Cape Girardeau Police Department has described as "suspicious activity at a residence." Any time a death takes place like this it is a tragedy. Police often work in precarious environments, not knowing when a situation will escalate...

Lewis and Carolyn Ford Bock to be honored (2/17/17) Lewis and Carolyn Ford Bock will be honored as 2017 Friends of the University by the Southeast Missouri University Foundation in a ceremony tonight. Lewis said in a news release, "It is a wonderful feeling to give back to the place that got you started. We are deeply humbled the university is honoring us in this way."...

Glass promoted to Supt. of Cape Public Schools (2/16/17) The Cape Girardeau School District chose one of its own to replace retiring superintendent Jim Welker. Congratulations to Dr. Neil Glass, the district's assistant superintendent since 2008 who was recently voted unanimously by the school board to be the district's next superintendent. His three-year contract is effective July 1...

Congrats to Mayor Rediger on parks and rec award (2/15/17) At last week's Cape Girardeau City Council meeting, Mayor Harry Rediger was surprised with the announcement that he'll receive the Public Official Award from the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association for his "public promotion and support voiced on behalf of recreation and park interests and issues."...

Inspiring story of local barber's challenging journey (2/14/17) Many people want a testimony, a story of overcoming odds and exceeding expectations, but not many of us want to endure what it takes to get one. There's a saying that a testimony doesn't come without a test. Barber Chuck Reid knows that as a train accident left him lost and depressed, but a sense of purpose rescued him...

Polar Plunge raises $47,000; accepting online donations (2/13/17) To what depths would you go to support a good cause? Would you be willing to take the plunge into a Special Olympics fundraiser that'll chill you to the core? We're talking about the 11th annual Cape Girardeau Polar Plunge. On Feb. 4, 199 people plunged into the waters at Trail of Tears State Park to raise money for Special Olympics Missouri, the theme being "Plunge Like There Is No Mañana." This year's goal was to raise $46,000 -- no small feat -- and that goal was reached. ...

Revitalization efforts in Jackson making impact (2/12/17) Have you been to Uptown Jackson lately? The uptown commercial portion of Jackson has a rather small footprint, with most of the retail along a short stretch of High Street, along with some businesses along Main. But you won't find many empty storefronts...

Jackson, Cape schools hold events to raise funds (2/10/17) Last weekend community members supported the Jackson R-2 School District foundation at the annual Red and Black Affair gala benefit, and this weekend there's an opportunity to support Cape Girardeau Public Schools at the annual Penguin Party. Events like these offer the perfect chance to socialize while assisting with the education of our local youth through donations that benefit the students...

Jerry Ford honored at Missouri Arts Awards (2/9/17) Jerry Ford has performed in the Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City, Missouri, before, but on Wednesday he returned for a different reason. Ford received the 2017 Missouri Arts Award as an individual artist in the capitol rotunda. Congratulations to Mr. Ford on this great recognition...

Local schools celebrate statewide recognition (2/8/17) In the past couple of weeks, a handful of local elementary schools have had plenty to celebrate, and celebrate they did. Alma Schrader Elementary School broke out the pom poms and loud cheering at a recent school assembly. The students learned at the assembly that the school had been named a Missouri State School of Character. ...

Number of area kids in foster care climbs (2/7/17) This will break your heart. The number of children in foster care in Missouri has climbed in Cape Girardeau, Bollinger and Perry counties in the last three years. Currently, 420 children are in foster care in the region, and the Missouri Department of Social Services Children's Division is not equipped to deal with the increase...

Olympian Shawn Johnson speaks at SEMO tonight (2/6/17) Southeast Missouri State University's Speakers Series continues tonight. Gymnast Shawn Johnson will present "An Evening with Shawn Johnson" at 7:30 p.m. in the Show Me Center. We expect her address to be as inspirational as her life story. She has enjoyed success on many levels and is a perfect selection to speak about the rewards of hard work. ...


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