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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As of (08/30/2015) at 02:46 AM

Business execs guarded on stadium proposal A PR expert said the low-key response is smart.

Lynn's injured ankle overshadows shutout Piscotty has first four-hit game in the majors as Cards blank San Fran, 6-0.

Hospitals say efforts improving to prevent nurses' injuries Hospital workers suffer injuries at nearly twice the national average rate for workers. Nearly half of the injuries are from lifting and moving patients.

Clinton, Democrats cite Ferguson at Truman Dinner event Candidate's video says conflict shows “America's long struggle with racism is far from over.” Others at Busch Stadium event echo her theme. 

Jamyla Bolden's funeral draws hundreds The Rev. Michael Jones tells 9-year-old's family, "we've all been wounded along with you.”

Strauss: For Joe Buck, keeping NFL in STL is personal

Suspect charged in killing of suburban Houston deputy

North County tax assessments are challenged

McClellan: The beat goes on for a Pagedale matriarch

Michigan pawn shop sells Jack Kevorkian's assisted suicide van

Police arrest woman accused of driving into crowd in East St. Louis

Fall Arts Preview: Taylor Swift, barbecue fest, 'Matilda' and much more

Residents across Gulf remember Katrina's might, recovery

Spotlight: Eye-catching house in Lemay has cloudy past

Fall concerts bring Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Janet Jackson to town

Electronic transfer outage reported at St. Louis-area grocery stores

NFL extracts a high price for its intangible benefits

Low credit scores raise home insurance rates Updated

Game blog: Lynn injures ankle in win over Giants

County police find body in basement after house fire


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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Political News
As of (08/30/2015) at 02:46 AM

Clinton, Democrats cite Ferguson at Truman Dinner event By Kevin McDermott Candidate's video says conflict shows “America's long struggle with racism is far from over.” Others at Busch Stadium event echo her theme. 

Jamyla Bolden's funeral draws hundreds By Jacob Barker The Rev. Michael Jones tells 9-year-old's family, "we've all been wounded along with you.”

St. Louis aldermen approve $11 minimum wage By Nicholas J.C. Pistor Law set to go into force on Oct. 15, but a legal challenge could prevent it

Cash-strapped Illinois: Can't do the 'impossible' on paying By MICHAEL TARM Associated Press CHICAGO • The state of Illinois asked a federal judge Friday not to hold it in contempt for missing a recent court-ordered deadline to pay ser…

Funeral Monday for Anita Yeckel, 72, former state senator By Tim O'Neil Served on Lindbergh School Board and in the Missouri Senate simultaneously. 

Group that filed FEC complaint against McCaskill adds Akin in filing By Chuck Raasch Alleges advice from McCaskill pollster violated in-kind contribution limit.

UM asked to revoke Columbia abortion doctor's license By Alex Stuckey JEFFERSON CITY • The Missouri Catholic Conference is asking University of Missouri to revoke hospital privileges for a doctor performing medic…

Clean Water rule takes effect, but not in Missouri By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press Attorney General Chris Koster sued to block the regulation and won a federal injunction Thursday. 


St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (08/30/2015) at 02:46 AM

Horrigan: In tribal America, too many problems are dropped on cops

For real court reform, look to Jennings, not Ferguson

About those social science studies: Never mind


Kansas City Star
As of (08/30/2015) at 02:46 AM

Sovereign citizens now consist of all colors and creeds An African-American soon to be sentenced in a criminal case illustrates the changing face of the sovereign citizen movement, whose members believe the government is corrupt and out of control and has no jurisdiction over them. A surge in the number of nonwhite sovereign citizens is underway across the country.

Local Fight Circus in Kansas City, riding the rising tide of MMA, sees a boost in attendance The Fight Circus, beyond being an MMA event, is a carnival with feats of strength — including weightlifters taking turns hoisting a Dodge Dart. It is a car and motorcycle show and a festival for local businesses, bands and food trucks, especially those from the Northland. Photo gallery: Fight Circus riding wave of MMA's increasing popularity

Local To mourn and honor loved ones, more people are establishing memorial runs Sara Kindler is organizing a September 5K walk/run to honor husband Zach, who died in August 2014. It will join a list of events that area residents have started to heighten awareness of sometimes obscure medical conditions, raise money for research and bring continued meaning to a life cut short. Video: Honoring loved ones with a memorial 5K

Royals Kris Medlen collects another victory, Royals beat the Rays 6-3 Kansas City starter Kris Medlen gave up three runs across five-and-a-third innings as the Royals beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 on Saturday night in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mike Moustakas pounded a pair of RBI doubles, plus an RBI single. Lorenzo Cain walked twice, scored twice and added a run-scoring single. Photo gallery: Royals 6, Rays 3 Alex Gordon expected to rejoin Royals next week, could lead charge of Sept. 1 call-ups Royals likely to give Lorenzo Cain Sunday off to rest sore side

Fight Circus in Kansas City, riding the rising tide of MMA, sees a boost in attendance Sat 11:29 PM

Bonner Springs man drowns in Perry Lake Sat 10:47 PM

Fan dies after fall from upper deck at Atlanta Braves game Sun 1:21 AM

Immigration shift shows India, China outpacing Mexico Sat 5:06 PM

Ignacio strengthens into Category 4 hurricane near Hawaii Sat 7:26 PM

Donald Trump says he'll decide on third party bid soon Sat 1:31 PM

Naked, body-painted bicyclists ride through Philadelphia Sat 5:12 PM

The Star’s projections for the Chiefs’ 53-man roster Sat 11:46 PM

Sovereign citizens now consist of all colors and creeds Sat 9:23 PM

Missouri Town 1855 event shows how farming evolved from 1855 to 1955 Sat 9:13 PM

Chiefs release guard Marcus Reed, tight end Adam Schiltz and cornerback Kenneth Penny Sat 9:00 PM

Video: Chiefs impressive in 34-10 preseason win over the Titans Sat 7:11 PM

Play Makers: The Star’s 2015 football preview Our special football preview this year explores the combination of strategy and superstars. Check out some of the stories here and pick up a printed copy of The Kansas City Star on Sunday, Aug. 30, for the whole package.

The Tao of Hud: Royals broadcaster Rex Hudler has hit his stride by simply being himself

`Post-traumatic church syndrome'? Yep, it's a thing

Let's now praise Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback


Kansas City Star - Political News
As of (08/30/2015) at 02:46 AM

Sovereign citizens now consist of all colors and creeds An African-American soon to be sentenced in a criminal case illustrates the changing face of the sovereign citizen movement, whose members believe the government is corrupt and out of control and has no jurisdiction over them. A surge in the number of nonwhite sovereign citizens is underway across the country.

Immigration shift shows India, China outpacing Mexico Siddharth Jaganath wanted to return to India after earning his master's degree at Texas' Southern Methodist University. Instead, he built a new life in the U.S. over a decade, becoming a manager at a communications technology company and starting a family in the Dallas suburb of Plano.

Donald Trump says he'll decide on third party bid soon Donald Trump says he's going to make a decision once and for all about whether he'll mount a third party bid if he loses the Republican nomination for president.

Rowan County clerk closes office ahead of gay rights protest The Kentucky clerk at the center of a conflict over same-sex marriage closed her office Saturday ahead of a rally protesting her refusal to issue marriage licenses.

Gov. Sam Brownback plans a town hall meeting in Leavenworth on Guantanamo detainees Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will hold a town hall meeting Thursday in Leavenworth about the potential transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Fort Leavenworth. The meeting is set for 4 p.m. at the Riverfront Community Center, 123 S. Esplanade St.

Steve Kraske: Kansas Board of Healing Arts has closed case against Milton Wolf The tea partier investigated for his 2010 Facebook posts involving gunshot victims and others with snarky captions continues to flirt with another run for the U.S. Senate from Kansas.

Pay overdue Kansas taxes starting Tuesday and avoid penalties and interest Starting Sept. 1, the state is waiving interest and penalties on unpaid taxes, including income and sales taxes, if paid in full by Oct. 15. The amnesty program is available to Kansas taxpayers who owe individual and business tax debt that accrued before Dec. 31, 2013.

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GOP source: Mike Parson will switch from governor’s race to lieutenant governor The crowded Republican race for governor has its first casualty. Parson will back away from contest for state's highest office GOP source: Mike Parson will switch from governor’s race to lieutenant governor The crowded Republican race for governor has its first casualty. Parson will back away from contest for state's highest office

Yael T. Abouhalkah Oops: Sam Brownback uses wrong figures for Kansas teachers’ salaries, damages his credibility In another blow to his credibility, Gov. Sam Brownback at a press conference on Friday used wrong information to make his case that Kansas teachers make far more money than teachers in Missouri.

Kansas Policy Institute criticizes JoCo property tax hike, employee salaries above $100,000 The Institute is run by Dave Trabert. In 2013, federal records show, Trabert was paid a base salary of $129,211, plus a $25,000 bonus and $10,257 in benefits. His total compensation was $164,468.

Graves not convinced new terminal is right plan for KCI The Republican congressman has been a vociferous opponent of constructing a new terminal, opting instead for refurbishing the existing horseshoe configuration at KCI.

Yael T. Abouhalkah Reckless gun-toting civilians should stay away from military recruiting centers The armed civilians showing up this week at military recruiting centers around the country look like people irresponsibly acting out their fantasies. These gun nuts foolishly appear to be almost hoping to get involved in some kind of shootout with a terrorist.

Opposition group collects enough signatures to put KC minimum wage increase on the ballot Business owners opposed to raising the minimum wage in Kansas City have exceeded the 3,400-name threshold necessary for a referendum on the issue.

Kansas City streetcar delay is not as bad as originally feared Officials still don't know whether the system will be up and running with passengers in time for 2016 March Madness at the Sprint Center.

KC dog grooming school aims to provide jobs to unemployed parents The Kansas City Council approved a plan to convert a vacant city building at 5825 Troost Ave. into a dog grooming school. The goal is to train parents who have been homeless or living beneath the poverty level and give them a shot at a good-paying, in-demand job.

That buzzing in your pocket? A politician wanting your vote Spending on digital political ads to hit record $1 billion in 2016 Smartphones become new battleground for campaigns hoping to reach millennials, Hispanics If 2012 was about Twitter, 2016 will be about Meerkat, former Obama adviser says


Kansas City Star - Editorials
As of (08/30/2015) at 02:46 AM

Move forward wisely with plans to improve KCI Plans to pursue a badly needed upgrade to Kansas City International Airport — most likely construction of a single new terminal — are not yet on a glide path to success at City Hall. But with a bond election not contemplated until 2016 or 2017, City Hall still has time to craft a strong deal to build a better KCI.

Regional public transit is rolling smartly ahead The dream of a regionally funded, seamlessly connected public transit system hasn't come true yet for tens of thousands of people who use buses — and soon streetcars — in the Kansas City area. But major transit operators are taking positive steps toward a more effective way of moving passengers around, even across the state line.

Take a tough look at guard abuse charges in the Jackson County jail The recent physical abuse allegations levied against a handful of guards at the Jackson County jail deserve the just-announced thorough investigation by the FBI. Inhumane treatment by public employees of people locked behind bars cannot be tolerated.

New Kansas City charter school holds promise, but many questions remain After heated discussion, the Kansas City school board voted 5 to 3 for the Kansas City Neighborhood Academy. The charter elementary school would be part of Kansas City's Urban Neighborhood Initiative.

Keep healthy lunches on school menus Obama administration officials and even the first lady have tried, but they can't seem to get Congress to endorse fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other healthier food options for school cafeteria breakfasts and lunches for kids.

Appalling shootings on live TV should lead to stricter gun laws On Wednesday, television reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward were shot to death during a live morning interview in Virginia. In a just world, the shootings would lead to passage of more responsible gun laws in America. The appalling reality is that they likely and sadly won't.

Gov. Sam Brownback’s battle with educators damages Kansas schools again With their continued negligent approach to K-12 education, Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican leaders stiffed Kansas kids again this week. Among the biggest losers were the Kansas City, Kan., Olathe and Bonner Springs school districts.

View all newsletters Editorials Monday Poll results: Survey shows strong support for police This week, the Monday Poll took your pulse on issues related to police shootings. Here are the results of the unscientific survey, based on more than 800 responses.

A better redevelopment plan needs to emerge for Metcalf South site In a heartening move toward better suburban planning, a questionable $324 million proposal to redevelop the Metcalf South Shopping Center and the former Kmart center is now in limbo in Overland Park.

Positive news on hunger in America: Fewer families struggle to buy food The falling U.S. stock market has grabbed people's attention. But a different sign of the economy's resilience can be seen in the declining number of families struggling to buy food. A positive recent report reveals that fewer U.S. families say they are struggling to buy food.

The Monday Poll: What’s going on with police shootings? Questions about police shootings continue to dominate news headlines and draw citizens into the streets to protest what they see as abusive tactics. We'd like to get your thoughts on this subject.

Law enforcement group calls for big changes to cut down on police shootings As tensions rise around the nation over police shootings and overly aggressive law enforcement tactics, a police research and policy group has issued a blunt and essential call for change.

Swope Park shines brighter thanks to public and private support Swope Park — the largest park in Kansas City at just over 1,800 acres — is enjoying a renaissance because significant public and private efforts successfully rebuilt cherished amenities (such as the zoo and Starlight Theatre) while new ones were added, including an off-leash dog park, community center, and miles of hiking and biking trails.

Kansas City has a stake in the future of St. Louis stadium Frenzied efforts are under way to build a new $1 billion stadium in St. Louis as the beleaguered city tries to hang on to its professional football team. Kansas City area taxpayers are affected by what happens on the other side of the state.

Don’t let ‘knuckleheads’ deter Kansas City from offering good summer youth programs Mayor Sly James says he's not going to let a few “knuckleheads” undo the good accomplished by Kansas City's summer programs for young people. That's the right attitude, though the city also needs to work on plans to avoid future problems with the activities.

Give the Iran deal a chance to secure peace without war A military strike against Iran might someday be necessary to halt that country's development of a nuclear arsenal. First the United States and its allies must exhaust every reasonable, peaceful option, beginning with an agreement that would severely restrict the Iranian government's ability to process weapons-grade uranium and plutonium.

The Monday Poll: Is it time for action on guns? The killings of two news people while they were on the air has prompted yet another vociferous chapter in the long-running American debate over guns. We'd like you to weigh in on the topic.

The troubling case of NaNette Chaney and the Kansas City VA Medical Center The assertion of Kansas City VA Medical Center officials that a single clerk was responsible for serious scheduling delays seemed suspicious from the start. The claim has become even more dubious now that the targeted employee, NaNette Chaney, is appealing her dismissal and seeking reinstatement at the medical center.

Pass a better red-light camera law in Kansas City A new Missouri Supreme Court ruling offers a good road map for establishing a legal and effective red-light camera ordinance in Kansas City. The law should be set up to punish motorists who run stoplights, free up police officers for more important duties and, yes, even allow the city to collect a little extra revenue.

Anonymous gift is a $25 million game changer for the Kansas City Art Institute The gift will inject $14 million into the institute's general endowment. Of the rest, $5 million will fund even more campus improvements, and $6 million will go toward a challenge grant to boost student scholarships and pay for new faculty and endowed professorships.


The Springfield News Leader
As of (08/30/2015) at 02:46 AM

Answer Man: Is city land near ballpark still sinking?

In changing downtown Springfield, these jeweler-brothers remain a…

Kids clean up at Republic mud run

Saturday Nite Note: A marijuana plant on High Street

Ozark car dealers guilty in meth distribution ring

Man's first drive in his new truck ends in flames

Ozarks NFL players, Doug Pitt team up to provide clean water in Africa NFL players, Doug Pitt team up to provide clean water in Africa NFL players have joined St. Louis Rams' Chris Long in the Waterboys Initiative to provide clean water in Tanzania, Kenya Ozarks

Crime Douglas County sheriff: Man killed in fight over woman Douglas County sheriff: Man killed in fight over woman Suspect was on the front porch waiting when deputies arrived Crime

Politics Why Missouri's tobacco tax might increase – and the organizations it would help Why Missouri's tobacco tax might increase – and the organizations it would help Groups have different ideas how to spend money if tax is raised Politics

Ozarks Drury ukulele players take tiny instruments on big trip to Japan Drury ukulele players take tiny instruments on big trip to Japan The group plays Tuesdays at Big Momma's Coffee & Espresso Bar on Commercial Street. Ozarks

Ozarks The big questions: Life and death in the Middle East The big questions: Life and death in the Middle East The Missouri State University professor has written two books tackling life and death questions. Ozarks

Ozarks Former OTC student headed to university for the deaf Former OTC student headed to university for the deaf Doug Williams is working on his master's degree in deaf education at Gallaudet University. Ozarks

Ozarks Kansas City Irish Fest is Friday-Sunday Kansas City Irish Fest is Friday-Sunday Explore genealogy and Irish culture at the Kansas City Irish Fest Ozarks

Ozarks Classifying an act of war or terrorism not as easy as you might think Classifying an act of war or terrorism not as easy as you might think Bears Business Brief is a weekly column provided by the Missouri State Business Department Ozarks

Business OTC choir director receives Missouri's premier music award OTC choir director receives Missouri's premier music award Awards and achievers recognizes area businesses and employees Business

Business Technology options on farms continue to change Technology options on farms continue to change David Burton writes about agriculture in the Ozarks Business

Business Big Brothers Big Sisters names new board members Big Brothers Big Sisters names new board members Business News is a roundup of local business information Business

Business Local hospice physicians earn industry board certification Local hospice physicians earn industry board certification Medical Movers recognizes achievement in the medical community Business

Ozarks Photos: 'Got Mud?' Run Photos: 'Got Mud?' Run The Got Mud? Run in Republic on Aug. 29, 2015. Ozarks

Ozarks Prosecutor: Ruling preventing felons from carrying guns a `victory' Prosecutor: Ruling preventing felons from carrying guns a `victory' A recent Missouri Supreme Court decision has closed a loophole in state law that prosecutors feared Ozarks


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The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
As of (08/30/2015) at 02:46 AM

Our Voice: Lawmakers must finally adopt ethics laws and limits

Gannett columnist: Mississippi is Katrina's other victim

Contributors Pulley: Replacement for good reason can still leave a scar Pulley: Replacement for good reason can still leave a scar Michael Pulley's local opinion column appears twice a month in the News-Leader. Contributors

Opinion Roses & Thorns: Springfield school board, Right to Life rally Roses & Thorns: Springfield school board, Right to Life rally Springfield school board, Right to Life rally Opinion

Contributors Krauthammer: What six years of `reset' have wrought Krauthammer: What six years of `reset' have wrought Charles Krauthammer is a national columnist for the Washington Post Contributors

Opinion Today's poll Today's poll What should City Council do next about the proposed change to the indecent exposure ordinance? Opinion

Opinion To The Point: Downtown not easy for mobile disabilities To The Point: Downtown not easy for mobile disabilities USA Today on July 30 wrote a story entitled: “CDC: 1 in 5 American adults living with a disability.” In that story it talks about 13 percent have a mobile impairment. Opinion

Opinion Roses & Thorns: Patriot Guard Roses & Thorns: Patriot Guard A ROSE: A big bushel of roses to the Patriot Guard who participated in the Funeral Service for Dale E. Irvine on August 12. The honor that you gave to Dale was extremely impressive. Opinion

Contributors Gannett columnist: About to die? Do something! `Let's go!' echoes 9/11 courage Gannett columnist: About to die? Do something! `Let's go!' echoes 9/11 courage Gannett columnist: About to die? Do something! `Let's go!' echoes 9/11 courage Contributors

Contributors Foster: The hard truth about affordable living Foster: The hard truth about affordable living Lyle Foster's local opinion column appears twice a month in the News-Leader. Contributors

Contributors Guest Voice: Seat belts make the difference Guest Voice: Seat belts make the difference Guest Voice: Seat belts make the difference Contributors

Editorials Our Voice: We must adopt legislation to feed more kids in summer Our Voice: We must adopt legislation to feed more kids in summer Our Voice: Proposed U.S. legislation would fill the gap of child nutrition programs and help feed more kids in summer Editorials

Opinion To the Point: IRS budget, Planned Parenthood To the Point: IRS budget, Planned Parenthood The IRS budget, Planned Parenthood Opinion

Contributors Kinder: Why I was the only no vote on original taxpayer-funded stadium in St. Louis Kinder: Why I was the only no vote on original taxpayer-funded stadium in St. Louis Kinder: Extending bonds and going into more public debt will only fuel taxpayer cynicism Contributors

Contributors Will: The havoc that Trump wreaks and its appeal Will: The havoc that Trump wreaks and its appeal George F. Will is a national columnist for the Washington Post. Contributors

Opinion To the Point: American heroes in France make us proud To the Point: American heroes in France make us proud American heroes in France make us proud Opinion

Opinion Roses & Thorns: Americans in France, Cox hospital Roses & Thorns: Americans in France, Cox hospital Americans in France, Cox hospital Opinion

Editorials Guest Voice: Southeast Missouri sheriff involved in fighting trafficking Guest Voice: Southeast Missouri sheriff involved in fighting trafficking Guest Voice originally appeared in the Southeast Missourian: Sheriff involved in fighting trafficking Editorials

Contributors Long: The consequences of selective immigration law enforcement Long: The consequences of selective immigration law enforcement Billy Long, the congressional representative from Missouri's 7th District, is a regular contributor to the News-Leader. Contributors

Contributors Robinson: How would market chaos affect the 2016 race? Robinson: How would market chaos affect the 2016 race? Eugene Robinson is a national columnist for the Washington Post. Contributors


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

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

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


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

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

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


Columbia Daily Tribune
As of (08/30/2015) at 02:49 AM

MU graduate students lobby for more incentives Daniel Brenner /Tribune A decision by University of Missouri officials this month to stop subsidizing health insurance for graduate assistants has sparked a conversation among MU graduate students about the incentives and resources they have lost over the years.

CPS cooperated with MU, Planned Parenthood on sexual health program A University of Missouri health educator and an education coordinator with Planned Parenthood had been working to develop what the health educator described as a “comprehensive sex ed” program for Columbia Public Schools.

Unemployment cuts would limit time jobless could claim payments Last year, Missouri's economy climbed out of a crater caused by the financial panic of 2008 as the number of people holding jobs and the number of unemployed individuals returned to pre-recession levels.

Senate vote on unemployment cuts likely in veto session Two things hold Alex Schmidt back from finding a job that pays enough to support himself and his wife.

New journalism school dean asks for faculty, staff input University of Missouri School of Journalism Dean David Kurpius is asking for faculty and staff input before he sets an agenda for the school's future.

City considering solutions to Again Street stormwater woes Residents living near Again Street Park and city officials are discussing solutions to a stormwater issue that has plagued the area for decades.

MU warns of shots fired near campus For the second time in nearly 24 hours, University of Missouri officials issued an alert of a gun-related incident near campus late Friday night.

Columbia Fire Department responds to plant fire in Bunceton The Columbia Fire Department sent vehicles and personnel to Bunceton on Saturday to help fight a fire at the Better Bean plant.

Two shot during argument in south Columbia Two men were shot at about 1:52 a.m. Saturday as part of a disturbance in the 3900 block of Peachtree Drive.

One injured in home invasion robbery An 18-year-old man was injured at about 3 a.m. Saturday during a home invasion robbery in southwest Columbia.

Deputies arrest Columbia man during drug bust Boone County sheriff's deputies arrested a 37-year-old Columbia man on drug and weapon charges after raiding a house Friday as part of an investigation into methamphetamine sales.

Private plane damaged while landing at Columbia Regional Airport A pilot escaped injury shortly after 2:15 p.m. Saturday when the landing gear of a single-engine private airplane collapsed upon touching down on the main runway of the Columbia Regional Airport.

Downtown parking study might yield changes Wearing a reflective, neon-yellow vest and clutching a brown clipboard, Clint Smith made his way through each level of the parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets Friday and used a red pen to count cars.

Business Loop CID leaders are weighing their options Board members of the Business Loop 70 Community Improvement District will meet Monday morning to weigh their options for financing the district's debt and proposed projects after learning that the district contains an unexpected registered voter.

Veterans United, UPS will use events center property A pair of local businesses will use the otherwise dormant Central Missouri Events Center over the next several months, generating nearly $26,000 in revenue for Boone County.

Woman faces charges for allegedly abandoning puppies A Boone County assistant prosecuting attorney on Tuesday filed criminal charges against a woman suspected of abandoning five puppies in a small crate at a Columbia park on a sweltering July day.

Patrol releases name of trooper killed in Audrain A 25-year-old Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper was killed Friday morning in a crash that shut down part of an Audrain County highway.

Rowden talks to tough crowd at weekly Muleskinners gathering The tax cuts legislators enacted over Gov. Jay Nixon's veto in 2014 will not damage Missouri's economy or impair the state government's ability to pay its bills, state Rep. Caleb Rowden said Friday to a skeptical audience of Democrats.

Police ask for help locating armed robbery suspect Columbia police on Friday requested help from the community locating a man suspected of shooting a delivery driver during a robbery in May.

United Way asks community to dig deep for donations Theme for area charity's 2015 fundraising effort is "just one more."


Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
As of (08/30/2015) at 01:43 AM

Clean air Construction of coal-fired power plants is finished in the United States. Even in Missouri and West Virginia, where coal is king, protectionists fight to preserve what's left. It will be a long time before coal no longer powers much of...

The chancellor: Getting to know Loftin Already in his relatively short tenure, University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin has made quite an impression. We have learned he is a strong leader willing, even eager, to operate under the spotlight. This is a great strategy so...

Officer Wilson Columbia Police Officers' Association leader Dale Roberts is not the only apologist who says the grand jury found Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson “did nothing wrong.” This has become the mantra of his defenders, and it's technically wrong.

Grad students Graduate students on the University of Missouri campus are protesting the loss of health insurance funding and other benefits, particularly on such short notice. As the argument proceeds, we are reminded of the serious role grad students play on campus....

Loop 70 I have lived in this town almost as long as the courthouse columns and have never seen the like. Gerrymandering has produced exactly the opposite outcome envisioned by the cartographers.

UM emails Sen. Kurt Schaefer thinks the University of Missouri gave Josh Hawley a sweet deal to allow the law school prof to run against Schaefer for Missouri attorney general. To prove his point, Schaefer and others are seeking disclosure of relevant...

ISIS The Islamic State, or ISIS, is setting up shop in border areas of Syria and Iraq, intent on forming a “caliphate,” or new nation of their own. Civilized nations provide marginal military help but mainly urge immediately affected nations to...

Red-light cameras The Missouri Supreme Court found red-light camera ordinances in three cities legally wanting because they target owners instead of drivers of vehicles. Officials in cities including Columbia ponder what to do next.

Jimmy Carter Our beloved former president announced the other day he has what might be terminal cancer. His public handling of the situation is a valuable example of Carter's spirit and a lesson for us all.

Rams stadium: Billion-dollar bonanza or boondoggle? Casual sports fans from across the state can't help but notice the pushing and pulling over the proposed St. Louis riverfront stadium. The billion-dollar deal requires financial collaboration among the state of Missouri, the National Football League, the football team...

Iran deal Nobody can guarantee the disputed deal will forever keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons. It seems clear enforcing the deal signed by the United States, the European Union and five other nations, including China and Russia, puts more restraint on...

CPOA In recent days an old rankle between the Columbia Police Officers' Association and City Hall erupted when CPOA Executive Director Dale Roberts posted on the union's Facebook page an honorarium to Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on the first anniversary...

`Ladylike' I stood in line Monday with other buyers of Sen. Claire McCaskill's book, “Plenty Ladylike.” She was at Barnes & Noble bookstore signing copies for a large crowd of friends who stood in line waiting to see the senator. She...

Highway funding Years ago my wife and I embarked on an extensive driving trip through France and Spain. We noticed what every European visitor sees: Gasoline prices are higher and highways are better over there.

CPS I have been having a mini debate with Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Peter Stiepleman -- which I am bound to lose -- over the trend toward technology in the classroom as replacement for books and other relics of the past...

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St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
As of (08/30/2015) at 01:44 AM

Justice served in EPA ruling The federal Environmental Protection Agency oversteps its authority when it pursues a revised clean water rule that would trample on the rights of farmers and other private landowners.

Health savings is big It's remarkable, and worth applauding, that Missouri Western State University was able to hold its annual health insurance cost increase to just 0.87 percent, or $17,400.

Submit stadium deal to Assembly The word out of Jefferson City is state bond funding for a proposed new St. Louis football stadium is in doubt. This is a positive development.

Vaccines boost odds for seniors August is a month when parents and schools are focused on getting kids' immunizations up to date. This is all for the good, but not good enough.

Kovac's leaves legacy of service The end will come soon, but not tomorrow. Kovac's grocery stores in St. Joseph will pass into the hands of new owners in a little more than five weeks, on Oct. 3.

Market takes a dive For investors taking a beating in the stock market, it lifts our spirits not a bit to hear analysts tell us we should have seen this coming.

How to help a child One in 890,000.

Brace for fallout from wet year The unusually wet year in Northwest Missouri - shared by much of the state and region - needs to be understood better by the many among us who rely on the farm economy.

Errors impact safety Natural gas explosions, like fires, are well understood to be potentially devastating events that occur unexpectedly but usually not without reason.

Festival suits summer's end The 23rd annual Trails West! festival arrives at the perfect time on our summer calendar.

Promote outdoors access As much as hunting and fishing enthusiasts enjoy the solitude of nature, they need more people to come join them in the great outdoors.

Prison can go, but not to Kansas The U.S. military's Guantanamo Bay detention facility may yet close on President Obama's watch, but the final 115 or so prisoners need not, and should not, be transplanted to Fort Leavenworth.

Sidewalks: A balancing act Three months ago, St. Joseph City Council approved a construction project that now has the city at odds with some residents of the Museum Hill Historic District.

Love of reading best taught early As a new school year begins, it's smart to think about the teaching and learning that goes on outside of the classroom.

Teen drivers at risk Teens' fascination with text messages and phone apps now comes with a socio-psychological explanation for the behavior: "Fear of Missing Out,” or FOMO.

Welcome return to classroom "All the rest of it is just a sideshow.”

Buying has its benefits Like mom and apple pie, home ownership is revered for its beyond-criticism benefits.

Health costs loom as threat With health care costs climbing far more quickly than the economy, it's time to task policymakers and politicians with explaining what we can possibly do about it.

Blood need is constant Blood drives persist in a changing world because there is no viable substitute for asking people to help others in this way - by giving blood.

Ratepayers need help Utility ratepayers, as much as ever, need help from the state Office of the Public Counsel.


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The Joplin Globe - Editorials
As of (08/30/2015) at 01:45 AM

Geoff Caldwell: Jorge Ramos is Donald Trump's new best friend Posted: August 29, 2015 Tuesday morning opened with the news that Donald Trump had again taken to Twitter trashing Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

Mark Rohr: Story behind the failure Posted: August 29, 2015 I have had several people send me accounts of recent events in Joplin and after reading them I was concerned that the real story behind the failure of the master developer projects not moving forward is being missed. 

Our View: Moment of silence Posted: August 28, 2015 We join news agencies across the nation to acknowledge and remember the work of television reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, in Roanoke, Virginia. The two were gunned down while live on the air on WDBJ. For these journalists, we offer up a moment of silence.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: August 27, 2015 Point of contention

Our view: Gary Roark led area past disaster Posted: August 26, 2015 He watched the weather radar, issued burn bans and kept an eye on rising floodwaters.

Caroline Little: Consumers' appetite for news driving industry changes Posted: August 26, 2015 Four years ago, most of us wouldn't have predicted award-winning TV series would debut via online streaming on websites such as Netflix and Hulu and would never be aired on cable or network television. Just four years ago, it seemed unlikely that people would prefer online music streaming and radio apps over CDs and iPods, let alone be willing to pay for it. And four years ago, most of us wouldn't have imagined we would get our news updates on our watches.

Our View: Dress code? How about a real ethics code Posted: August 25, 2015 Missouri House legislators making suggestions about an intern policy need to keep the focus on their own actions.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: August 24, 2015 Still waiting

Geoff Caldwell: Hillary Clinton's career comes full circle Posted: August 23, 2015 It was 2 a.m. in a London apartment when I first saw the signs of the 1994 Republican wave that was to sweep across U.S. Congressionals.

Allen Merriam: Cultural creativity good reason for MSSU to celebrate Spain Posted: August 23, 2015 Missouri Southern State University has chosen Spain as its fall 2015 themed semester country of emphasis. 

Our View: Hearing or not, Wallace Bajalli owes community answers Posted: August 23, 2015 “The city has tried over and over again to demonize my client and blame all the mistakes that were made in the recovery efforts on my client,” attorney Bill Fleischaker told the Globe on Wednesday after a Jasper County judge heard a request for a new trial on a civil judgment awarded to the city of Joplin against former master development principal Costa Bajjali.

Anson Burlingame: State audit should be challenged Posted: August 23, 2015 I was recently asked on camera by a reporter for KODE my assessment of the state audit of Joplin and the reasons for such private assessment. 

Our View: Just a normal first day of school Posted: August 21, 2015 There were no celebrity sightings. No ribbon-cuttings. No temporary classrooms nor any brand-new schools.

Our View: City of Joplin's 'blurred lines' systemic Posted: August 20, 2015 When city government willingly, even deliberately, hands off its responsibilities to private and quasi-private organizations, public record and the public be damned.

Your view: Letters to the editor Posted: August 20, 2015 No accountability

Our View: All the way, Webb City Little League Posted: August 19, 2015 A hearty congratulations to the members of the Webb City Little League team as this talented group of 12-year-olds prepares for Williamsport, Pennsylvania, home of the big show — the Little League World Series.

Our View: Joplin's Memorial Hall could make a comeback Posted: August 18, 2015 Don't count Memorial Hall either down or out. Like some of the those bands of the '70s that made early appearances on that Joplin stage, the hall itself seems poised for a comeback.

Geoff Caldwell: Trump, Sanders two sides of same coin Posted: August 16, 2015 On one side are the “Trumpsters.” Those are the supporters of Donald Trump who have propelled him to the front of the herd that is this year's Republican Party presidential hopefuls.

John Cox: Compassion and Medicaid expansion good for Missouri Posted: August 16, 2015 A few months ago, a friend of mine wrote a column about Medicaid, stating that money from the federal government is not a reason to help the working poor in Missouri get health care coverage through Medicaid expansion.

Gina Barreca: Take it from a teacher — Johnny needs a job Posted: August 16, 2015 After more than 30 years of teaching, here's what I know: Students perform better if they do something else in addition to being a student.


The Jefferson City News Tribune
As of (08/30/2015) at 01:45 AM

Daly collapses on course in Mississippi, taken to hospital - John Daly collapsed near the end of a round of golf Saturday and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Turkish jets join US-led coalition in airstrikes against IS - Turkish fighter jets have carried out their first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria, Turkey announced on Saturday.

IS cracks down on western Iraqi town after rare protest - Islamic State militants moved on Saturday to stamp out dissent in a remote western Iraqi town, detaining at least 70 and tying dozens of residents, including tribal leaders, to streetlight poles as a punishment, security officials said

Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison - An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison on Saturday for broadcasting "false news," sparking an international outcry and underlining how authorities are trampling over free speech just over a year into general-turned-politician Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's presidency.

Source: LA strikes 2024 Olympic bid deal with USOC - Los Angeles and the U.S. Olympic Committee have struck a deal that will make the city America's 2024 Olympic bidder pending approval by the city council next week.

Vin Scully: 2016 will be final season in booth for Dodgers - Vin Scully said Saturday that 2016 will be his last season in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers, which would mark the end of his record 67-year tenure with the same franchise.

Dozens under observation as Legionnaires' hits prison - Dozens of San Quentin prisoners were under observation Saturday after an inmate was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, prompting a weekend halt to visitors and limited drinking water supplies at the Northern California lockup.

Dominica digs out from storm damage that killed at least 20 - Rescue crews jumped off boats and trudged through mud, rocks and uprooted trees Saturday to reach communities cut off by a tropical storm that killed at least 20 people and left nearly 50 missing in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica.

Fan dies after fall from upper deck at Atlanta Braves game - A fan died after falling from the upper deck into the lower-level stands at Turner Field on Saturday night during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees.

Illinois man charged in St. Louis New Year's Eve crash - A 27-year-old southern Illinois man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a New Year's Eve collision in St. Louis.

Luck gets first TD pass of preseason, Colts beat Rams 24-14 - Andrew Luck threw his first touchdown pass of the preseason, helping the Indianapolis Colts get off to a fast start in a 24-14 preseason victory over the St. Louis Rams on Saturday night.

Saturday's NFL Preseason Capsules Games played on Aug. 29, 2015 - NFL PRESEASON ROUNDUP: Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel made his case to reclaim the starting job by going 7 of 8 for 170 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-19 preseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday.

Saturday's WNBA Capsules Games played on Aug. 29, 2015 - WNBA ROUNDUP: Epiphanny Prince had 18 points and four steals and Tina Charles added 15 points and five assists to help the New York Liberty beat the Connecticut Sun 80-66 on Saturday night.

Teen charged with pushing Texas boy into pond in drowning - An East Texas teenager is accused of pushing his pregnant girlfriend's 3-year-old nephew into a pond so the boy would drown to make room for the unborn child to live at their home.

First drive in truck ends in flames at Missouri restaurant - A man's first drive in his new pickup truck has ended in flames in the drive-through of a Springfield restaurant.

Missouri high school football for Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 - Here are final scores from Missouri high school football contests on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015.

Moustakas has 3 RBIs, Royals beat Rays 6-3 - Mike Moustakas had three hits and three RBIs, Kendrys Morales kept up his torrid two-out hitting and the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 on Saturday night.

Lynn hurts ankle but beats Giants for 1st time, Cards win - Somehow, Lance Lynn stayed on his feet long enough to finally beat the San Francisco Giants.

Saturday's Golf Capsules Tournaments played on Aug. 29, 2015 - GOLF TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Bae Sang-moon is making the most of his final weeks before he starts mandatory military service in South Korea.

Gulf Coast marks Katrina's fury, celebrates rebirth - As the church bells rang marking the decade since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, the 80-year-old woman wept softly into a tissue as she leaned against her rusting Oldsmobile near a Catholic church in Mississippi.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - State News
As of (08/30/2015) at 01:45 AM

Illinois man charged in St. Louis New Year's Eve crash - A 27-year-old southern Illinois man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a New Year's Eve collision in St. Louis.

First drive in truck ends in flames at Missouri restaurant - A man's first drive in his new pickup truck has ended in flames in the drive-through of a Springfield restaurant.

Missouri mother pleads guilty in toddler's drowning death - A western Missouri woman has pleaded guilty in the drowning death of her 19-month-old daughter.

Missouri man arrested in attack that killed man, hurt woman - Authorities say a suspect in a southeast Missouri attack that killed a man and critically injured a woman has been arrested after fleeing from deputies.

Missouri sheriff says man killed in fight over woman - Southwest Missouri authorities say a man has been fatally stabbed in a fight over a woman.

Court denies motions from man set to be executed Tuesday - The Missouri Supreme Court has denied the latest legal challenges from a man scheduled to be executed Tuesday for raping and killing a 15-year-old Kansas City girl in 1989.

EPA: Clean water rule moving forward despite court ruling - The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in 13 central and Western states.

Funding appears elusive for St. Louis police body cameras - Finding money to purchase body cameras that's estimated to cost up to $2 million for St. Louis' police force appears elusive as more than a dozen Board of Aldermen members oppose a proposal to use "ward capital money" to pay for the technology.

St. Louis leaders agree to minimum wage increase to $11/hour - The minimum wage in St. Louis would rise to $11 per hour by 2018 under a measure approved Friday.

Prosecutors to seek death penalty for man in 5 deaths - Prosecutors said Friday that they will seek the death penalty against a man charged with using a shotgun to kill three people and fatally beating two others in a quiet south Kansas City neighborhood.

After delay, 1st Kansas City streetcar to arrive in October - Kansas City officials say the supplier of streetcars for the city's new downtown line is promising a new delivery date.

Police investigate after Kansas City officer fires into SUV - Authorities are trying to determine whether a wounded baby was shot in the foot when an officer fired into a sport utility vehicle that had rammed the officer, Kansas City police said Friday.

2 Missouri men face charges in killing of Florida doctor - Two Missouri men have been arrested in connection to the slaying of southwest Florida doctor, and one of the men is a longtime friend of the victim's husband.

Another enrollment record at Maryville University - Fall enrollment has reached a record level for the 11th straight year at Maryville University in suburban St. Louis.

State Supreme Court receives 'good' rating - State Auditor Nicole Galloway rated the Supreme Court of Missouri's performance as “good" in an audit report released Friday.

Lab failed to provide state with fetal-tissue reports - A state inspection report says a suburban St. Louis pathology lab failed to provide the state with an unknown number of reports on fetal tissue from the St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic.

Troop F patrolman dies in line of duty - A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper died in the line of duty Friday morning in Audrain County.

New Missouri law expands who can get order of protection - Victims of rape and sexual assault can get orders of protection against their assailants under a new Missouri law.

Missouri awarded almost $600,000 to boost small businesses - Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that Missouri has been awarded $599,000 in funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration to increase the number of Missouri small businesses that export their products, creating jobs and generating additional economic growth as a result, according to a Wednesday news release on the governor's website.

University of Missouri grad assistants to continue movement - A steering committee working to improve conditions of graduate assistants at the University of Missouri plans to make changes that will more effectively communicate the group's message to school officials, several committee members said.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Local News
As of (08/30/2015) at 01:45 AM

Missouri to offer limited state tax amnesty program - A law that became official Friday allows many Missourians who owe back taxes to pay those taxes without additional penalties, under a three-month state amnesty program that begins Tuesday.

Cole County working to replace courthouse windows - Three bids to replace windows at the Cole County Courthouse and Courthouse Annex are under review by the County Commission.

Historic High Point district remains central in community - The historic High Point central business block consists of four adjacent primary buildings and three detached privies behind them, which were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.

State Supreme Court receives 'good' rating - State Auditor Nicole Galloway rated the Supreme Court of Missouri's performance as “good" in an audit report released Friday.

Jefferson City parks director to retire Commission: Search for successor underway - The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission announced Friday that Bill Lockwood, director of Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry, will retire effective March 2016. Lockwood has served as the department's director for more than 33 years, according to a news release.

Eldon woman indicted on federal firearms charge - An Eldon woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for illegally possessing firearms.

Troop F patrolman dies in line of duty - A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper died in the line of duty Friday morning in Audrain County.

Suspect in infant abuse case pleads - The girlfriend of a Jefferson City man charged with abusing his infant child last November has pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree endangering the welfare of child in connection with the case.

Barbecue fundraiser benefits Goldschmidt cancer patients - An annual barbecue fundraiser helps bring balance - in two different ways - to the lives of patients at the Capital Region Goldschmidt Cancer Center.

Panel considers a stiffer seat belt ordinance Jefferson City officials to focus on education in seat belt safety - Jefferson City officials will look at increasing education of seat belt safety starting in elementary schools as a way to promote more compliance within the area.

Committee approves 2016 Jefferson City budget Balanced budget to be considered by full council Sept. 8 - After one month of meetings and discussions, the Budget Committee has approved the draft 2016 Jefferson City budget, which now will be considered by the full City Council for final approval.

Washington man charged with child molestation in Cole County - A man from Spokane, Washington, has been charged with statutory sodomy and first-degree child molestation in Cole County.

Missouri awarded almost $600,000 to boost small businesses - Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that Missouri has been awarded $599,000 in funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration to increase the number of Missouri small businesses that export their products, creating jobs and generating additional economic growth as a result, according to a Wednesday news release on the governor's website.

University of Missouri grad assistants to continue movement - A steering committee working to improve conditions of graduate assistants at the University of Missouri plans to make changes that will more effectively communicate the group's message to school officials, several committee members said.

Missouri police training panel to hold public hearings - The public will have an opportunity to suggest changes to the training requirements of law enforcers in Missouri.

Part of Bagnall Drive closed - Bagnall Drive has been closed between the 5534 and 5636 blocks of the road.

MU grad assistants to continue movement - A steering committee working to improve conditions of graduate assistants at the University of Missouri plans to make changes that will more effectively communicate the group's message to school officials, several committee members said.

Three Versailles residents face drug charges following multi-agency home search One Versailles man also faces two unlawful use of weapon charges - Two men and one woman face drug possession charges after methamphetamine was allegedly found in Versailles home.

Suspect caught in non-fatal stabbing in JC - Since late Wednesday night, detectives from the Jefferson City Police Department have been actively investigating an aggravated assault that occurred in the 800 block of Mulberry Street.

Man hospitalized after cow trampling - A Cole County man was flown to University Hospital in Columbia after being trampled by a cow Wednesday morning north of Centertown.


The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
As of (08/30/2015) at 01:45 AM

Our Opinion: City Council dilutes seat belt proposal News Tribune editorial - A public safety proposal presented at Thursday's Jefferson City Public Safety Committee meeting was derailed by discussion of other issues.

Perspective: Listening to constituents - As I prepare to head back to Washington after a few uninterrupted weeks of visiting with folks throughout Missouri's 3rd District, I find myself reflecting on the issues that were discussed and what is on your minds.

Perspective: Concerns remain about Planned Parenthood, tax-funded stadium - Tuesday's meeting of the Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life did nothing to assuage concerns about Planned Parenthood and has raised critical questions about the leadership and management of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services as well as the University of Missouri.

Our Opinion: Tax amnesty: time to pay up - Have you received a notice of taxes due?

Your Opinion: Consumers urged to oppose bill - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created by Congress and is the crowning achievement of Wall Street Reform.

Your Opinion: Major morality change in U.S. - I would like to submit additional information about two subjects to go along with my letters posted on Aug. 9 and 16.

Our Opinion: Fellowship, fun and a boost for cancer patients - Cancer patients deserve a boost.

Your Opinion: People deserve more timely court ruling - It's been over a year since Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon pleaded guilty to harassment of a co-worker.

Your Opinion: Learn from example of Paducah, Ky. - Thank you, Susan Stark. Your July 29 letter to the editor recommending the Chamber check out Paducah, Ky., was absolutely correct.

Your Opinion: Abortion protest deserves attention - Disappointing that your voluminous Sunday edition of Aug. 23 did not find space to mention the protest at Planned Parenthood [PP, their logo] in Columbia - part of a nationwide effort at more than 300 U.S. cities.

Our Opinion: Evaluating changes in health care priorities - A change in priorities is perhaps the most significant finding of a 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment, when compared to a previous assessment in 2012.

Our Opinion: 'Flakka': A new addictive, lethal drug - Add 'flakka' to the list of highly addictive, potentially lethal synthetic drugs.

Our Opinion: Speak now on possible GRUT tax increase News Tribune editorial - The Jefferson City Council is considering an increase in its gross receipts utilities tax (GRUT) to finance capital projects.

Your Opinion: 'Unplanned Parenthood' would be more accurate name - As for the dilemma of what to do about funding Planned Parenthood, I think we should first look at the contradiction in the name of their organization.

Your Opinion: Hubris infuses white perspectives of blacks - I think we “white folks" really have no idea how things work day-to-day for people who happen to be African-American and I believe it's hubris to think we do.


The Southeast Missourian
As of (08/30/2015) at 01:46 AM

Cape College Center rolls with the changes (08/30/15) As the Cape College Center begins its sixth fall semester, leaders involved agree it has a bright future. The center,...

Rehder disapproves of funding method for Rams stadium (08/30/15) 14 A local state representative has joined the discussion regarding a new football stadium in St. Louis by sending a...

Body found in car trunk; Poplar Bluff man arrested (08/30/15) HARVIELL, Mo. -- Authorities arrested a Poplar Bluff, Missouri, man suspected of killing another man whose body was...

Now is a good time to make a winter preparedness kit (08/30/15) "Don't wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today." That is the theme of this year's National Preparedness...

Suspect in fatal Parma holdup waives preliminary hearing (08/30/15) NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A man accused of the murder of a Parma, Missouri, woman has waived his right to a preliminary...

Marble Hill attack leaves man dead, woman in critical condition (08/30/15) A Poplar Bluff, Missouri, man allegedly shot and stabbed a couple in Marble Hill, Missouri, killing the man and leaving the woman in critical condition. William Anthony Pickard, 32, is suspected of instigating the attack. The attack occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Friday, according to Bollinger County Sheriff Darin Shell...

Body found in car trunk; Poplar Bluff man arrested (08/30/15) HARVIELL, Mo. -- Authorities arrested a Poplar Bluff, Missouri, man suspected of killing another man whose body was found inside a car trunk in a county road ditch near Harviell. Edward William Weaver, 23, of Poplar Bluff, is being held in the Butler County jail on suspicion of second-degree murder and resisting arrest, said Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs...

Suspect in fatal Parma holdup waives preliminary hearing (08/30/15) NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A man accused of the murder of a Parma, Missouri, woman has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Deion Martin, 21, who is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action, was in court Thursday afternoon with his attorneys, Beth Ann Davis-Kerry and Robert E. Steele of the public defender's office. The attorneys informed New Madrid County Associate Judge Joshua Underwood the scheduled hearing would not be necessary...

Court denies motions from man set to be executed Tuesday (08/30/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court has denied the latest legal challenges from a man scheduled to be executed Tuesday for raping and killing a 15-year-old Kansas City girl in 1989. The judges ruled Friday to overrule a motion that sought a stay of execution for Roderick Nunley. The court also rejected his request for a writ of habeas corpus, which allows prisoners to challenge their convictions on constitutional grounds...

New Missouri law expands who can get order of protection (08/30/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Victims of rape and sexual assault can get orders of protection against their assailants under a new Missouri law. The law took effect Friday. It expands who can file and receive orders of protection. Former law allowed domestic violence victims and victims of stalking to receive protection orders...

Schools work to place child-abuse hotline posters by Friday deadline (08/27/15) Missouri school districts are working to post a child-abuse and neglect hotline number in every student restroom in light of new legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Jay Nixon. The act, which goes into effect Friday, requires all public and charter schools to post the hotline in all student restrooms. It also requires signs be posted in a visible location in a public area of the school -- in English and Spanish -- with the toll-free number...

Jackson school district to keep tax rate the same (08/26/15) The Jackson School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to keep the district's tax rate stable at $3.80 per $100 of assessed valuation for the 2015-2016 school year, marking 10 years since the district has adjusted its rate, officials said. The board approved the rate after a public hearing. The tax rates are set to produce the revenue from the property tax required by the budget for the fiscal year, beginning July 1...

Nixon touts Southeast campus improvements during visit (08/25/15) Gov. Jay Nixon made a stop Monday at Southeast Missouri State University to discuss how recent efforts from the state will help fund more than $10 million in improvements on campus. The governor's visit coincided with the university's first day of fall classes...

Cape School District keeps tax rate stable (08/25/15) The Cape Girardeau School District's total tax rate for 2015-2016 will remain at $4.1567 per $100 of assessed valuation, board members voted during a special meeting Monday. Neil Glass, assistant superintendent of administrative services, said the district's total assessed valuation is $633,657,242 -- a 2.3 percent increase over last year...

Assessment scores in Cape schools can't be compared to past years (08/23/15) While Cape Girardeau School District officials say they are pleased with most scores received from the 2015 Missouri Assessment Program, the data can't be compared to previous years. The test scores, released last week by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, are the first from an assessment given in the spring that was designed to gauge how well students are learning standards fully implemented for the first time last school year. ...


The Southeast Missourian - State News
As of (08/30/2015) at 01:46 AM

Jury: Cable company largely responsible in fatal Kansas City blast (08/30/15) KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Time Warner Cable must pay nearly $6 million as part of a lawsuit alleging it was largely responsible for a fatal natural gas explosion that leveled an upscale Kansas City restaurant, jurors ruled Thursday. Brothers David and Jimmy Frantze, who operated the popular JJ's restaurant, were seeking more than $9 million in damages from Time Warner Cable and USIC Locating Services, which contracts with utility companies. ...

Court denies motions from man set to be executed Tuesday (08/30/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court has denied the latest legal challenges from a man scheduled to be executed Tuesday for raping and killing a 15-year-old Kansas City girl in 1989. The judges ruled Friday to overrule a motion that sought a stay of execution for Roderick Nunley. The court also rejected his request for a writ of habeas corpus, which allows prisoners to challenge their convictions on constitutional grounds...

New Missouri law expands who can get order of protection (08/30/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Victims of rape and sexual assault can get orders of protection against their assailants under a new Missouri law. The law took effect Friday. It expands who can file and receive orders of protection. Former law allowed domestic violence victims and victims of stalking to receive protection orders...

Lab failed to provide state with fetal-tissue reports (08/30/15) ST. LOUIS -- A state inspection report says a suburban St. Louis pathology lab failed to provide the state with an unknown number of reports on fetal tissue from the St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch obtained an inspection report of the clinic that revealed the failure of Brentwood-based Pathology Services Inc., raising questions about how the state health department can be sure that fetal body parts from abortions aren't sold illegally...

Funding appears elusive for St. Louis police body cameras (08/30/15) ST. LOUIS -- Finding money to purchase body cameras that's estimated to cost up to $2 million for St. Louis' police force appears elusive as more than a dozen board of aldermen members oppose a proposal to use "ward capital money" to pay for the technology...

White supremacist takes stand in Jewish site shootings (08/30/15) OLATHE, Kan. -- A white supremacist charged with killing three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City spent more than two hours Friday telling jurors how he planned the attacks and is sorry he didn't kill more people. Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., who is acting as his own attorney, called himself to the witness stand and spoke of his military history and of how he started a group in North Carolina called the White Patriot Party. ...

New Missouri court fines, sex-ed laws set to take effect (08/28/15) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Numerous new Missouri laws are set to take effect today, ranging from legislation addressing concerns about court fines raised after the fatal police shooting of a black 18-year-old in Ferguson to childproof packaging for liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes...

Man charged in death of 9-year-old girl in Ferguson (08/28/15) ST. LOUIS -- A suburban St. Louis man was charged Thursday with killing a 9-year-old girl who was sitting on her mother's bed, doing her homework, when shots were fired into her home. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch charged De'Eris Brown, 21, of O'Fallon, Missouri, with second-degree murder in the Aug. ...

Man charged in Jewish site deaths: Judge denying fair trial (08/28/15) OLATHE, Kan. -- A white supremacist charged with killing three people at Kansas City-area Jewish sites accused a judge Thursday of denying him a fair trial for not allowing him to present evidence explaining his mindset at the time. Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., 74, is defending himself at his capital murder trial and could face the death penalty if convicted...

Ameren Missouri to begin moving spent nuclear fuel (08/28/15) FULTON, Mo. -- Ameren Missouri's Callaway Energy Center will begin moving spent nuclear fuel to new storage containers, company officials said. The spent fuel will be moved from a pool to underground concrete casks, Ameren officials said Tuesday. The center has been working on the storage area for four years, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported...

3-year-old boy hospitalized after shooting in St. Louis (08/28/15) ST. LOUIS ---- A 3-year-old St. Louis boy is expected to make a full recovery after being shot Thursday in the third shooting involving a child in the region since last week. Police Capt. Kenneth Kegel said the child suffered a graze wound to the buttocks. He was hospitalized, but Kegel described the wound as minor...

Police training panel to hold hearing in Sikeston (08/28/15) SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The public will have an opportunity to suggest changes to the training requirements of law enforcers in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Public Safety said the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission will hold six public meetings statewide...

Judge rules Obama administration water rule should be halted (08/28/15) BISMARCK, N.D. -- A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways just hours before it was set to go into effect. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson in Fargo issued a temporary injunction requested by North Dakota and 12 other states halting the U.S. ...


The Southeast Missourian - Local News
As of (08/30/2015) at 01:46 AM

Marble Hill attack leaves man dead, woman in critical condition (08/30/15) A Poplar Bluff, Missouri, man allegedly shot and stabbed a couple in Marble Hill, Missouri, killing the man and leaving the woman in critical condition. William Anthony Pickard, 32, is suspected of instigating the attack. The attack occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Friday, according to Bollinger County Sheriff Darin Shell...

Cape College Center rolls with the changes (08/30/15) As the Cape College Center begins its sixth fall semester, leaders involved agree it has a bright future. The center, which is a partnership among Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers College and Mineral Area College, was approved by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education in December 2009, with the first class in June 2010 and the first full semester starting that August. It is in the Cape Girardeau School District's Career and Technology Center...

Rehder disapproves of funding method for Rams stadium (08/30/15) 14 A local state representative has joined the discussion regarding a new football stadium in St. Louis by sending a letter to Gov. Jay Nixon noting her disapproval of the proposed funding method. The Missouri Development Finance Board approved $15 million in tax credits Aug. 18 for a new riverfront football stadium in St. Louis, which is part of an effort to keep the Rams team from moving to another city...

Body found in car trunk; Poplar Bluff man arrested (08/30/15) HARVIELL, Mo. -- Authorities arrested a Poplar Bluff, Missouri, man suspected of killing another man whose body was found inside a car trunk in a county road ditch near Harviell. Edward William Weaver, 23, of Poplar Bluff, is being held in the Butler County jail on suspicion of second-degree murder and resisting arrest, said Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs...

Now is a good time to make a winter preparedness kit (08/30/15) "Don't wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today." That is the theme of this year's National Preparedness Month, which begins Tuesday. "Well, September is a good month because it's basically getting ready for the change of seasons," Community Emergency Response Team trainer Jim Watkins said. "So we need to change from our summer emergency disaster kits. It's a good time to renew, restock and review, so if something's out of date, then we can replace it."...

Suspect in fatal Parma holdup waives preliminary hearing (08/30/15) NEW MADRID, Mo. -- A man accused of the murder of a Parma, Missouri, woman has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Deion Martin, 21, who is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action, was in court Thursday afternoon with his attorneys, Beth Ann Davis-Kerry and Robert E. Steele of the public defender's office. The attorneys informed New Madrid County Associate Judge Joshua Underwood the scheduled hearing would not be necessary...

Rally warns of perceived dangers of secularization in U.S. (08/30/15) 4 Author William J. Federer spoke about the importance of remembering history and the dangers of secularization during a small rally Friday in Cape Girardeau. Nearly 50 people gathered to hear a series of speakers, including abortion opponent Mark Loos and Emerald Street Church of God pastor Robert Hendrix Jr...

Sen. Blunt, Rep. Smith use Lincoln Day to stump for GOP (08/30/15) 1 Smith also alluded to his brother, who went briefly missing almost a week ago. He said he was hospitalized, but did not elaborate.

Road Work 8/30/15 (08/30/15) Route K in Perry County from County Road 616 to Route O will be closed as MoDOT crews replace a pipe under the roadway. Work will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, according to a MoDOT news release. Route A in Perry County between county roads 452 and 458 will be closed as MoDOT crews replace a pipe under the roadway. Work will take place from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Monday, according to a MoDOT new release...

Bird banding at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center (08/30/15) ABOVE: Cathie Hutcheson, a master permit bird bander, shows off a ruby-throated hummingbird after fitting it with a band on its leg Saturday at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. The bands help track migratory patterns among different species of birds. BELOW: Hutcheson shows off a ruby-throated hummingbird after fitting it with a band. BOTTOM: Hutcheson captures a ruby-throated hummingbird to be fit with a band on its leg. (Glenn Landberg)...

Club news 8-30-15 (08/30/15) The Louis K. Juden American Legion Unit 63 Auxiliary met Aug. 12. Soup and sandwiches were served to 20 members by Edna Smith, Gerri Stone and Irene Winston. The meeting was called to order by Barbara Yallaly, president. Catherine Allison, chaplain, offered a prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegience to the U.S. flag and the Auxiliary preamble...

United Way kicks off 2015 campaign with a focus on local need (08/28/15) 8 Focusing on the amount of community need rather than a specific goal number, the United Way of Southeast Missouri kicked off its 2015 fundraising campaign Thursday at Cape West 14 Cine in Cape Girardeau. This change to focusing on "needs" versus "goals" goes hand-in-hand with the theme of this year's campaign, "Turning Compassion Into Action."...

Property tax rate to go down in Cape County (08/28/15) 13 Cape Girardeau County property owners will be paying a lower property tax this year, the first decrease in about three years. The 2015 property tax levy was set Thursday by Cape Girardeau County Commissioners. A public hearing was held before the vote, but no one appeared to speak on the matter...

Sikeston man featured on 'Don't Blink' program (08/28/15) SIKESTON, Mo. -- Sikeston native and mentalist Morgan Strebler is entertaining people on the streets with his mind-bending talents in a weekly, national television program. Strebler, who also is a psychological illusionist, is one of 16 magicians featured on "Don't Blink," which airs at 11:30 p.m. Thursdays on PopTV Network...

Jackson company faces $74,000 in fines for safety violations (08/28/15) 2 While U.S. Department of Labor inspectors were investigating how a 54-year-old employee at a Jackson diaper recycling facility lost four fingers using a machine, they found fire hazards that could have caused an explosion. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors found "extensive combustible dust and potential sources of ignition" at Wahlco D.W. Tool, according to a news release issued Thursday by the Department of Labor...

Area temperatures reached record lows twice this week (08/28/15) A large cool-air mass that moved through the Cape Girardeau region resulted in two consecutive record-setting low temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. The previous low temperature for Aug. 25 was 54 degrees, set in 2009, but Tuesday, temperatures reached 52 degrees, 12 lower than the average low temperature...

Mini conference on several issues set for Saturday (08/28/15) Anyone interested in learning more about Islam and ISIS, big government and Common Core educational standards is invited to attend Saturday's "Confronting the Issues of the Day" mini conference in Cape Girardeau. Presented by Concerned Women for America of Missouri, the event will be from noon to 4 p.m. ...

Road work 8/28/15 (08/28/15) Route K in Perry County between Route B and County Road 600 will be closed as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway. The work will take place from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday, according to a MoDOT news release...

Teens charged as adults in June drive-by shooting (08/27/15) 9 Criminal charges have been filed against two teens accused of critically injuring a Cape Girardeau woman during a drive-by shooting in late June, according to a news release from the Cape Girardeau County Prosecutor's office. Ajai J. McReynolds and Zachary A. ...

Southeast enrollment drops for first time since 1994 (08/27/15) 7 After 20 consecutive years of enrollment growth at Southeast Missouri State University, there is a slight decline in the number of students enrolled this fall, according to totals released by the university. Total fall enrollment at the university was 11,411 as of Tuesday, according to a Southeast news release. The enrollment figure comes second to the university's historic high of 11,580 in fall 2014 and represents a decline of 1.5 percent...


The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
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Mayors working to improve lines of communication (08/30/15) More than a decade ago, former mayors Jay Knudtson of Cape Girardeau and Jackson's Paul Sander made a concentrated effort to break down parochial walls and work together. Jackson and Cape Girardeau, whose borders meet at Interstate 55 where East Jackson Boulevard meets Kingshighway, are sibling towns. And like siblings, each town has its own personality. But in the end, each wants the other to succeed...

Opinion Column Reflecting on Jimmy Carter (08/30/15) I met Jimmy Carter in the summer of 1975, when I was president of a small college in Muscatine, Iowa. Our county and the entire state of Iowa were Republican territory. Then, just as it is today, anyone who aspires to become president must begin in Iowa. More than a year before the election, I received a phone call from the Muscatine Country Democratic chairman asking me if they could use the small auditorium at our college for a speech by a presidential hopeful from Georgia...

Speak Out Speak Out 8/30/2015 (08/30/15) Trump has declared bankruptcy four times and cost the banks and people lots of money, and you want him as your president. You have got to be kidding. We want to say "thank you" to the very nice young lady who paid for our meal at the Texas Roadhouse on the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 19...

Speak Out Speak Out 8/28/15 (08/28/15) Virtually anyone can run for president. The trick is to raise enough money to get your name on the ballot in all 50 states with $1 billion or so left to conduct a vigorous campaign. It's hard for me to wrap my head around why so many on the right are supporting Donald Trump, particularly since he was a Democrat longer than he has been a Republican, supported partial birth abortion and universal health care. ...

Editorial Welcome, students; enjoy Cape, study hard, be safe (08/28/15) Monday was the first day of classes at Southeast Missouri State University for more than 11,000 students. The city takes on a different feel as the first semester gets underway. Streets and parks are busier. Stores and shops are fuller. Student life is very much a part of our city's vibrancy...

Opinion Column Do something (08/27/15) During training, a few fellow trainees bestowed the nickname "Captain America" on Airman First Class Spencer Stone. As fate would have it, Stone showed the nickname was more accurate than most would realize. Stone is one of the three Americans who recently were traveling from Amsterdam to Paris and leapt into action, stopping a suspected terrorist aboard a high-speed train in France...

Speak Out Speak Out 8/27/15 (08/27/15) This great country was founded on Godly principles. Until people start standing up and start letting people know of our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ, our country will continue to slide downhill. Thank God the sheriff has a backbone and is willing to stand up for God and not wimp out. We have bowed down to those trying to dilute and silence Christianity for way too long. The silent majority needs to be less silent and the new stickers is a welcome start!...

Editorial Southeast students learn how tech, soil can mix (08/27/15) It's a new generation of farming at Southeast Missouri State University. With new technology and more on the horizon, the university is training today's students to be tomorrow's farmers. A recent story in the Southeast Missourian explained a new technology that allows a farmer to gauge soil moisture...

Speak Out Speak Out 8/26/15 (08/26/15) The property on Lacey Street in Jackson is a disgrace. While showing the new elementary school to people purchasing a home here, we drove by this duplex. The entire corner is grown up in weeds reaching the deck and windows of the duplex. Surely the city can enforce the ordinances for maintaining property. The people living in these duplexes need to withhold rent money until the landlord cleans up this entire corner...

Editorial Marchi retires after 30 years at Cape store (08/26/15) Dennis Marchi, the newly retired manager of Cape Girardeau's Schnucks, has received high praise from his colleagues and community as he concludes a career that has spanned 30 years in Cape Girardeau and 45 years with the St. Louis-based company. Mind you, he was not at familiar with Cape before he came, expecting to remain for three years, and over the years he turned down several promotions offered by Schnucks that would have moved him back to St. ...

Opinion Column Trump's blares drown out serious GOP contenders (08/26/15) With Hillary Clinton in free fall and Joe Biden poised to gum up the works in the Democratic primary for president, you would think the GOP would be awash in glee over the prospects. Unfortunately for the Republicans -- and I count myself in the conservative wing of the GOP -- it's all Trump, all the time...

Speak Out Speak Out 8/25/15 (08/25/15) Perhaps not surprisingly, the U.S. is the only major country in the world not providing paid maternity leave for new mothers. Initially, immigration was probably a winning issue for Republican presidential aspirants. Donald Trump has turned it into a nightmare beyond that on Elm Street...

Opinion Column Progress happening all over town (08/25/15) I have a number of items that I would like to comment on this month, so this column will be split into several segments. First I would like to thank the citizens and voters of Cape Girardeau for the positive vote on our Transportation Trust Fund 5 plan for the years 2016-2020. This positive vote will continue our street improvements through the year 2020. Citizens will see major street repairs, particularly in subdivisions and neighborhoods over the next year...

Editorial Bike lock inventors win 50K prize, headed to Cape (08/25/15) Recently, the Southeast Missourian applauded Cape Girardeau's Codefi business incubator, Traverse Ventures and local partners, who collaborated to create 1ST50K, an opportunity for potential entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas and win awards, including as much as $50,000 and professional advice and mentorship. The inaugural competition drew interest from 13 countries and 23 U.S. states in industries ranging from health care to technology and agriculture, to name a few...

Letter to the Editor In God some trust (08/24/15) I'm sure the Sheriff of Cape Girardeau County is a smart man. Dummies seldom get elected to high office. Therefore, he knows there are a few agnostics who live in the county, also a few Buddhists, probably some Hindus, a few atheists, definitely several Muslims, etc. ...

Editorial Celebrating Business Today and our 'Newsmakers' (08/24/15) Business Today, the monthly publication reporting notable news about business and business owners in Southeast Missouri, is celebrating 25 years. On this silver anniversary, the Southeast Missourian reflects on a statement we made all those years ago, in 1990, when we reported that the paper "grew out of a series of interviews with area businesspeople."...

Speak Out Speak Out 8/23/15 (08/23/15) I think the reason I'm opposed to Donald Trump goes back to my childhood. My mom used to host a bridge club on occasion. Although I didn't know what it meant and still don't, there must have been hundreds or thousands of times when I would hear one of the ladies practically scream, "No Trump!"...

Editorial Athletic success built long before lights go on (08/23/15) Even if you are not a sports fan, we hope you took a moment to glance at our fall high school football preview section that published on Thursday. More than just an Xs and Os overview and roster roundup, the section looked at the offseason work that goes into being an athlete in 2015...

Opinion Column An independent's frustration (08/23/15) It seems today we have more choices for just about anything you can think of. There are countless restaurant franchises, representing all types of foods. There are thousands upon thousands of stores, both physical and online, where you can buy just about anything. There are hundreds of styles of kitchen faucets. You can choose any number of model airplanes or vintage jewelry. Looking for something to read? Good luck picking among the millions of titles...

Letter to the Editor Infant guilty of father's sin? (08/23/15) After the Republican debate, I saw Hillary Clinton on television telling her thoughts on the debate. As I understood her, she was appalled that one of the Republican candidates said that he was pro-life in every way, even in the case of rape or health of the mother...


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