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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (07/29/2014) at 12:51 PM

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  • Missouri's oath of office has lost its meaning

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  • Stream the easy choice for county executive in GOP primary

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  • FOUL: Nixon appoints all-male state Board of Education

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  • FOUL: Court gets it wrong on Obamacare

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  • FAIR: University City rights its wrong on Normandy transfer students


    Kansas City Star - Editorials
    As of (07/29/2014) at 12:51 PM

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  • Take the next step to expand KC streetcar system on Aug. 5 The approval of Question A simply gives voters a future opportunity to decide the merits of expanding the streetcar line. Foul called on UMKC in rankings contest The University of Missouri-Kansas City can claim genuine progress over the last decade, as it continues to transform from a commuter campus to a vibrant university. That reality makes it all the more disappointing to see UMKC succumb to the corrosive rankings frenzy that has gripped academia. A Kansas City Star report published over the weekend found that the university has been advertising questionable rankings to burnish the reputation of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, its business school. Primaries will decide three Jackson County Legislature races In those three races, no opponents in other political parties filed for the November general election. Here are The Star’s recommendations in the five contested races. The Monday poll: Speak out...

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  • Incumbents hold the cards in Missouri congressional races Emanuel Cleaver, Sam Graves and Vicky Hartzler have attracted multiple challengers, but few of those challengers have what it takes to win.

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  • The Star’s recommendations in contested Missouri House primaries The Missouri General Assembly desperately needs independent-minded representatives who are not beholden to the monied special interests that control the Capitol. Not all of the races in the Aug. 5 primary offer that choice, but voters in several districts have an opportunity to choose high quality candidates to move ahead to the November election. Here are The Star’s recommendations in some contested races for the Missouri House.

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  • Protect taxpayers on soccer village in Kansas City, Kan. The project would boost the image and use of Sporting Park and bring more national attention to Kansas and Kansas City, Kan., in the fast-growing world of U.S. soccer. No one, though, got into the details about the public-private sector split on paying for the project, although it’s likely taxpayers will be asked to put in millions of dollars.

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  • `Like' The Star on Facebook and enter to win an iPad Air Like The Star on Facebook, and you'll get local news updates in your news feed and have a chance to win an iPad Air. One iPad Air winner will be selected from all entries from all participating McClatchy newspapers. KC, Hickman Mills schools to erase stigma with free meals It’s a bold step to provide free breakfast and lunch for all students in high-poverty schools, but it fits the need for wrap-around social services. Choose high-quality leaders in Clay and Platte counties’ primaries In the Aug. 5 primaries, voters in both of the fast-growing Northland counties have chances to help keep good people in office but also push forward other well-qualified candidates. Here are The Star’s recommendations in selected contested races. Forge a Gaza ceasefire now The rest of the world is tired of watching the bloodshed mount, tired of the pictures of death and grief, tired that this irreparable and ceaseles...

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    The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
    As of (03/24/2014) at 11:55 PM

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  • This 'gracious lady' took interest in all her students Mar. 23, 2014 Trouble. It was not my fault. My parents, high school teachers and counselors reviewed my grades and decided I was smart enough to finish high school in three years and get a jump on college.

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  • 10 rules to live by, hard to live with Mar. 23, 2014

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  • Krauthammer: Ukraine needs strength, not MREs Mar. 23, 2014 Early in the Ukraine crisis, when the Europeans were working on bringing Ukraine into the EU system and Vladimir Putin was countering with threats and bribes, one British analyst lamented that 'we went to a knife fight with a baguette.'

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  • To the point/Roses and thorns Mar. 23, 2014

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  • Today's Editorial Cartoon 10:46 AM

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  • Vote 'No' to renew tax Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Stoeffler: Check out our fresh digital designs Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Sometimes life takes a near miss Mar. 22, 2014

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  • We are doing students a disservice when we make education an easy 'A' Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Readers' letters Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Vote 'No' to renew tax Often, we have to pay for our mistakes.

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  • Let's end domestic abuse

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  • Let's let the 'Sunshine' in

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  • Kennally served us well

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  • Morris is wildlife leader

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  • Time to talk about future


    The Independence Examiner - Editorials
    As of (07/29/2014) at 12:51 PM

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  • Obama to tap rabbi, religious freedom veteran, for ambassador spot Updated at 2:54 PM President Obama Monday said he intends to nominate Rabbi David Saperstein, a veteran religious liberty advocate, as the first non-Christian to serve as U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, a post vacant for nine months. --

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  • Some Republicans suddenly are wary of wingnut push for impeachment of Obama Updated at 2:33 PM

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  • This Company Is Turning The Desert Green — And It Could Radically Change the Future Of Food Posted at 11:56 AM

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  • Stocks Have Lost All Of Their Early Gains (DIA, SPX, SPY, QQQ, MRK, PFE, UPS, FTR, CTL, WIN) Posted at 11:56 AM

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  • The Talker: Clown gets in car accident, more clowns come to the rescue Updated at 11:07 AM Something to Talk About

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  • This Psych Discovery Explains Why You Get Your Best Ideas In The Shower Posted at 11:56 AM

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  • South Independence library August activities Posted at 11:00 AM The South Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library is offering the following activities for the month of August. The library is located at 13700 E. 35th St. All activities are free, but registration is required, call...

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  • 100 Children’s Books Everyone Should Read In Their Lifetime Posted at 11:56 AM

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  • First Look: Maggie Gyllenhaal in SundanceTV's The Honorable Woman Posted at 11:05 AM Philanthropist and new minted member of the British House of Lords Nessa Stein (Maggie...

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  • Tracey Shaffer: Good nutrition for back-to-school sports Posted at 10:24 AM It’s the height of summer but the start of fall sports practices are right around the corner. Success on the field starts in your kitchen! Fuel your athlete’s performance and endurance with these winning tips.Power... Bumper Crop of Cucumbers? Here’s What to Do Posted at 11:06 AM   Nows the time when (hopefully) your vegetable garden seems to start exploding with produce. Cucumbers are one of the most prolific... NEXT 10  »


    The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
    As of (07/29/2014) at 12:51 PM

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sales tax increase for MoDOT is unfair, unnecessary By Fred H. Reiss : On Aug. 5, Missourians will be voting on Amendment 7, the largest tax increase in the history of Missouri. MoDOT claims they need more funding, and this ballot issue will increase everyone’s sales taxes 10 percent. It’s a regressive tax that will unfairly affect working families, the elderly, the poor and students.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Yes, we need mass transit, but we cannot neglect our highways by March Warn : While we need to increase mass transit programs and reduce vehicular air pollution, we need not achieve that goal by neglecting our very necessary highways and bridges.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Know about sunblock ingredients before applying it by Jill Richardson : For those concerned about the chemicals we put on our bodies, sunblock represents a double-edged sword.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Right to Farm' is right to abuse by Homer Page : The amendment is aimed at protecting the rights of the most abusive commercial agriculture. It gives a blank check to CAFOs, puppy mills and other nonfamily farming.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kimberly Shaw has experience to be circuit court judge by Jane Foland Poore : Kim Shaw practices in Division 5 several times a week. She is well-versed in both criminal and civil law. Having practiced for 25 years, she is a seasoned attorney. She’s what Boone County needs.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Finley Gibbs right choice for circuit court by Tomo O'Connor and Diana Moxon : Finley Gibbs exhibits many of the characteristics desirable in a judge — fairness, compassion, rationality, and an ability to analyze complex situations and form a cohesive and persuasive argument.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Transportation sales tax positively impacts all Missourians by Russell Crane : Gas tax revenue is an increasingly unstable revenue source. It would be shortsighted, and foolish, to present voters with a transportation funding solution that will have declining revenues from the very beginning of its passage.

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  • DEAR READER: It's almost time again to get smart on politics by Tom Warhover : As the Aug. 5 election approaches, voters guides update Missouri residents about hot-button issues.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Considering contentious ballot issues by Springfield News-Leader : Amendment 5, which goes beyond gun rights, could be dangerous, and Amendment 8 doesn"t really help veterans, so voters should not approve either one of those. Amendment 9, however, makes sense in the electronic age, and voters would be wise to approve it.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Citizens deserve another option to save Boone County fairgrounds by Steve Spellman : Also not on the table is to initiate the next chapter in the fairgrounds history with real leadership to build a community-based nonprofit cooperative of perhaps the fair board, 4-H groups, FFA groups, equine enthusiasts and other caring citizens who are willing to ... put the fairgrounds on a more financial, cultural and politically sustainable path for the future.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Timing of campaign checks trips up Missouri GOP again by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : When it comes to denying that ill-timed campaign checks influence public policy, Missouri Republicans are having a hard time keeping their stories straight.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri should stop holding out on prescription drug database by The Joplin Globe : Missouri continues to be the only state in the United States that won"t allow a prescription drug database to be established. The opposition to the database comes from a small group of Missouri lawmakers who say it would violate personal privacy.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri farming needs regulation to prevent soil erosion by Mark Belwood : If we want to save our soil, then discredited farming practices must be abandoned — not enshrined in the bill of rights as Amendment 1 would.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Right to Farm' amendment threatens animal welfare by Jessica Blome : At the very least, the Amendment will eliminate the rights of some local governments to regulate factory farms within their borders.

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  • DAVID ROSMAN: For the most part, don't mess with state constitution by David Rosman : With the primary election coming soon, David Rosman shares his opinion on the ballot measures and how he intends to vote.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's higher education department scores A+ on immigration studies by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : The legislature has barred students who have applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status from receiving in-state tuition, so the department is offering them free tuition at community colleges to work around that decision.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Amendment 1 would protect all of Missouri's farmers, ranchers by Michael L. Parson : State Sen. Michael L Parson says the "Right to Farm" amendment was drafted to ensure all Missouri farmers are able to operate without "unreasonable intrusion from outside interests."

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  • ROSE NOLEN: Uncertain about right to farm, when corporations are involved by ROSE M. NOLEN : The proposed amendment raises questions about who the right to farm will apply to and what it will mean.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Rejecting transportation sales tax would hurt Missouri by Springfield News-Leader : Yes, it’s big, but we believe the price is worth paying if the state’s roads, bridges and other transportation-related needs are met.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Underfunding national and state parks shortchanges America's treasures by Jill Richardson : America’s greatest vacation destinations are also our most egalitarian. You can almost certainly afford the price tag of admission — even to the likes of the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon.


    Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
    As of (07/29/2014) at 12:55 PM

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  • Presidential primaries As toes creep toward political waters two years before the 2016 presidential election, “Clinton” now means Hillary instead of Bill. Among Republicans, the race looks as crowded as the third leg of the Tour de France.

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  • Amendments Too often Missouri lawmakers punt difficult issues to voters in the form of amendments to the state constitution, putting the onus on citizens to make the hard calls. As a general rule, voters should be wary of “cluttering” the constitution.

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  • Obamacare Lovers and haters of the Affordable Care Act found something to cheer in two recent findings by federal appeals courts.

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  • District 47 Republicans will choose Aug. 5 between Chuck Basye and Betsy Phillips to run against incumbent Democrat John Wright for Missouri House District 47 representative. Wright is unopposed in his primary race.

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  • Fairground tax Opposition to the proposed county-wide eighth-cent sales tax primarily to support operations at the Boone County Fairgrounds boils down to a two-prong attack that has nothing to do with the need.

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  • Recorder Two Democrats and one Republican are running to succeed Bettie Johnson, who is retiring after 35 years as Boone County recorder of deeds. In their campaigns, the three agree on one thing: Bettie is the best goldanged recorder who ever...

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  • Campaign donations So what?

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  • Associate circuit judge Incumbent Larry Bryson is retiring, opening the office of associate circuit judge for a mini-rush of would-be successors.

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  • Amendment 7 Recognizing a severe shortage of funds to maintain and build Missouri transportation facilities, supporters faced an unprecedented dilemma. Motor fuel taxes no longer are adequate, so they propose turning to a three-fourths-cent sales tax increase expected to produce $534 million...

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  • Good idea The Mayor's Task Force on Violent Crime recommends “ban the box,” referring to a box routinely appearing on employment forms for applicants to check if they have ever been convicted of a crime.

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  • Sales taxes Financing for important public initiatives has fallen so far behind that increased sales taxes become the only way to gain the needed revenue, and projects are so important it makes no sense to put them off. Passage of time will...

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  • Early voting Democrats seem to favor earlier voting, and Republicans seem to be against. Why is that?

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  • Parks funding The city of Columbia is conducting a professional survey of the potential for attracting more sports events, already shown to be good business for the community.

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  • `Right to farm' Protecting a “right to farm” seems obvious, but should any such thing be enshrined in the Missouri Constitution?

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  • Protecting the language I am indebted to the executive editor of the Paducah Sun, who recently published reminiscences of usage advice from the late John Bremner's book “Words on Words.” Bremner spent most of his career teaching journalism at the University of Kansas.

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    St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
    As of (07/29/2014) at 12:56 PM

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  • Show you want to pay People who fall behind on their bills know what comes next. It's the same in the Midland Empire as everywhere else.

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  • Nursing educators needed At times in this country, we hear of shortages in career specialties. One of the most common is in the nursing field.

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  • Plans will help heal old wounds Considering no new jobs were attached to Heartland Health/Mosaic Life Care's big announcement Friday, the buzz around this news of a move of at least 200 jobs to Downtown St. Joseph is noteworthy.

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  • New hope for small towns Like a watch that's been neglected, small towns across our region seem to be "winding down.” But look to the east and to the west and see two communities taking their fate into their hands and not leaving it to the hands of time.

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  • Habitat's stewardship seen in board, support It's nice to be recognized for your work.

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  • Let's build on camp success The "new" has worn off, but visiting the Kansas City Chiefs' training camp on the campus of Missouri Western State University still is a unique treat for football fans, year in and year out.

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  • We don't have to like it Complying with federal environmental standards is a costly proposition for sewer ratepayers in St. Joseph, and now we will be reminded each month.

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  • Tourism important every day In the countdown to the Kansas City Chiefs' training camp, much has been made of how our city will enjoy a nice boost in tourism over the next three weeks.

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  • Trends positive for teens Here's some good news: Teens are making better choices about risky behaviors.

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  • Road tax emerges as best option Veterans of lawmaking will tell you: Sometimes the best public policy decision is the one voters will approve.

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  • Send a message: We value schools In the middle of summer, when the minds of both parents and kids are on other things, today presents a rare opportunity to leave a long-lasting message that education matters greatly in the grand scheme of things.

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  • Pumps lift spirits at Lake Contrary The water level is up at "the lake," but it's not sustainable without nature's help and annual checks written by the Lake Contrary Development Association.

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  • On giving the dying a chance No one should go around touting Missouri House Bill 1685 as the savior for all terminally ill patients. It is far, far from that.

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  • Standards' debaters find middle ground "Common Core." The words by themselves are a lightning rod attracting a heated reaction from people throughout the Midland Empire who favor local control and oversight of their schools.

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  • Prepare to teach a child Not to put any extra pressure on parents, but they really are their children's first teachers.

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  • Transfer without hassles Pursuing a college degree in Missouri is now easier, thanks to action by state lawmakers and education leaders.

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  • Economic vitality requires teamwork Surviving in this global economy is one thing. Thriving is another.

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  • College? Are you sure? Know a young person heading to college this fall? Are you sure?

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  • Casino parlays bets into solid record As the St. Jo Frontier Casino celebrates its 20th anniversary this summer, managers are pondering two recent reports - one good and one not so good.

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  • Streets have our attention You can almost hear the legions of St. Joseph citizens cheering on their representatives:


    The Joplin Globe - Editorials
    As of (07/29/2014) at 12:56 PM

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  • Our View: No need for No. 9 “Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that the people shall be secure in their electronic communications and data from unreasonable searches and seizures as they are now likewise secure in their persons, homes, papers and effects?” July 29, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Your View: `Right to Farm' is wrong On Aug. 5, voters will be asked to make a decision about Amendment 1. July 29, 2014

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  • Your View: No on Amendment 7 The Missouri Department of Transportation is wanting more money through a three-quarter-cent addition to the sales tax. Consider one example of how it spends your money. July 29, 2014

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  • Your View: Bad way to get revenue I received two fliers through the mail today asking me to vote “yes” on Amendment 7, which would add a three-quarter-cent tax to Missouri’s sales tax to help maintain roads and bridges. July 29, 2014

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  • Other Views: Symptom of bad policy The Obama administration continues to be surprised and shocked when its policies of good intentions suddenly meet the hard reality of unintended consequences. July 28, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Rebecca French Smith, guest columnist: Amendment 1: Farmers are 'boots on the ground' Take a moment and ask yourself who was the last person in your family to farm. July 28, 2014

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  • Your View; Makes no sense Chess was never my game. It’s too complicated. July 28, 2014

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  • Your View: Time value of money  I was shaking my head along with Anson Burlingame (“Much has changed in U.S. over 14 years,” Globe, July 22), then he offered his readers a chance: “Go ahead — take your pick.” July 28, 2014

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  • Your View: Boiling a frog We voters are now being urged to vote on Aug. 5 for Amendment 7 “to fix our roads, highways and bridges.” July 28, 2014

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  • Our view: 'Yes' on 7 Opponents of Amendment 7 say this: “Missouri families are already hard pressed to pay their bills during this period of slow economic recovery.” July 26, 2014


    The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
    As of (07/29/2014) at 12:56 PM

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  • Your Opinion: An analogy involving Hamas - If people living on the Navajo Nation which is spread out over parts of four states (it is larger than 10 states) started firing dozens of rockets a day at Flagstaff, Ariz.; Gallup, N.M., and Durango, Colo. would you be in favor of the federal government doing nothing to stop the rockets from being fired? (Hamas has fired over 11,000 rockets into Israel since 2005.)

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  • Your Opinion: Grain farmers also at risk - I have discussed Amendment 1's benefit to the livestock industry because I am a livestock farmer.

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  • Your Opinion: Engineers back road tax - Missouri's massive transportation system is at a critical juncture.

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  • Our Opinion: Working to alleviate 'hunger crisis' - Hunger in Missouri often is an imperceptible, but very real, problem.

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  • Our Opinion: Reject unnecessary amendments on farming, bearing arms - We support farming and the right to bear arms. We do not, however, support two proposed constitutional changes - Amendments 1 and 5 on the Aug. 5 ballot - pertaining to those topics.

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  • Your Opinion: Chamber contribution for ballot issue questioned - Politics and the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce Jefferson City Government and the Cole County Commission annually provide tax funds to the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce to promote our city and surrounding area.

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  • Your Opinion: Transportation tax shifts burden unfairly - This three-fourth cent transportation sales tax coming up for a vote is, in my opinion, all part of a bigger plan to cut income taxes for the wealthy and corporations and raise taxes on the masses, comprised of low- and middle-income people, not to mention seniors and disabled individuals living on fixed incomes.

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  • Your Opinion: Transportation sales tax unfair - I don't know about you, but I'm getting really irritated at the advertising in favor of the transportation sales tax.

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  • Your Opinion: Right to Farm opposed - Are the people's rights, whether they be farmers or not, important to our political leaders?

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  • Our Opinion: Approve zoning for Cole County News Tribune editorial - The dual goal of Cole County zoning is to protect individual property values while promoting orderly growth countywide.

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  • Perspective: Cheap Chinese buffet analogy returns - Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to include a declaration that the right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right?

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  • Perspective: Lessons to be learned from summer travels - Like many of you, I have traveled a few days during the summer, but I didn't make big plans or go to any faraway places. Instead, I shared time with family in a couple of different places in Arkansas.

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  • Analysis: Putin stays on offense in Ukraine - Russian President Vladimir Putin might be expected to hunker down into defense mode as he is besieged by accusations of Russian involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Instead he has stayed on offense and appears to positioning for the long game.

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  • Our Opinion: Attractions enhance fair's agricultural traditions News Tribune editorial - Instead of candied apples and country music, a single hog show once formed the backbone of the entertainment on tap at the early Cole County Fair.

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  • Perspective: Growing up under Obama's policies - I'm sure you recognize the many difficulties of being a parent and understand how expensive it is to care for our young ones. Unfortunately for parents, things have only gotten worse thanks to the misguided economic policies of this administration.


    The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
    As of (07/29/2014) at 12:56 PM

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  • Meeting the need for more health-care workers (07/29/14) Health care goes beyond direct patient care. It's a huge industry that consists of trained individuals who see patients, market facilities, maintain financial records and more. In our community, it's a major component of the local economy. We have two large health systems that have experienced much growth. ...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 7/29/14 (07/29/14) Since Missouri's state legislature staunchly opposes the Affordable Care Act, state government is, shamefully, of absolutely no help in getting people enrolled. However, thanks in large part to the nonprofit MO Foundation for Health, it is at least possible for people who so desire to get enrolled under the Affordable Care Act. For that, I want to formally thank the MO Foundation for Health for taking up some of the slack and doing the right thing...

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  • Opinion Column Veterans deserve better (07/29/14) Forty-five years after American innovation sent man to the moon, the VA is still processing claims on paper. The Department of Veterans Affairs was created in 1930 and has been reluctant to accept technological and administrative advancements throughout its 84-year history. ...

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  • Letter to the Editor Increased sales tax bad for state (07/29/14) On Aug. 5 Missourians will vote on Constitutional Amendment 7. For 10 years this amendment will increase the state's sales tax rate by 0.75 percent in order to fund improvements of roads, bridges and similar projects. I intend to vote against this tax for the following reasons:...

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  • Letter to the Editor Prop K is good investment (07/29/14) Proposition K is an initiative to establish a children's services fund for the county of Cape Girardeau. The fund is to assist in establishing prevention programs for children and families. In 2011 a needs assessment was conducted by Drs. Miller, Pope and Ward at Southeast Missouri State University. ...

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  • Paid Letter Allen Moss: Trusted by law enforcement (07/28/14) I am a supporter for Allen to be our next Circuit Judge, Division 1, because of his servant leadership and experience. I have known Allen, worked with Allen on various committees, and seen Allen in action professionally. Allen is a man with the experience: 27 years of experience as an attorney, experience as assistant attorney general, experience as a trial lawyer and experience as a municipal judge...

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  • Editorial 'Roll' models have fun, raise funds (07/28/14) Cape Girardeau is teeming with interesting subcultures of enthusiasts. Add the Roller Girls to the mix. The Cape Girardeau Roller Girls have been competing for several years, not only providing an entertainment option for Cape Girardeau, and raising money for charities, but having fun and building relationships while they're doing it...

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  • Letter to the Editor Opposed to sales tax increase (07/28/14) I've been thinking. We have an election coming up on Aug. 5, and we are going to be voting on several taxes. I don't know about you, but I have been struggling in this economy. I lost my job a couple years ago and cannot seem to find another one, but I still have to pay my bills. I want to work, but I'm having no luck...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 7/28/14 (07/28/14) For those of you who may lack historical perspective, illegal immigration has always been a problem in the U.S. If you don't believe me, ask any Native American. Burgers and BBQ The president is out on the campaign trail eating burgers, sipping beer and eating barbecue. How does this connect with the First Lady's healthy food agenda?...

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  • Opinion Column Tuesday deadline for Paid Election Letters (07/28/14) The deadline to submit a Paid Election Letter for the Aug. 5 election is Tuesday. The following is the Southeast Missourian Paid Election Letter policy: Regarding letters about candidates: All letters of endorsement of or in opposition to candidates, as well as letters from or about candidates, will be published as Paid Election Letters and are subject to a fee of $25 for up to 100 words, plus an additional 50 cents per word beyond 100. ...

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  • Editorial Our take on August ballot issues (07/27/14) Several amendments appear on the August primary ballot. Here's our take on the issues. Amendment 1: "Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to ensure that the right of Missouri citizens to engage in agricultural production and ranching practices shall not be infringed? The potential costs or savings to governmental entities are unknown, but likely limited unless the resolution leads to increased litigation costs and/or the loss of federal funding. ...

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  • Editorial Hoops for Life has special meaning for local couple, runners (07/25/14) Shannon and Amy Aldridge are an inspiration. The couple lost their daughter Sahara in 2007 to brain cancer. But the Aldridges have been dedicated to helping others and, in effect, honoring their daughter. The annual Hoops for Life charity 5k set for Saturday is named after Sahara, whose nickname was "Hoops."...

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  • Letter to the Editor Other options to fund roads (07/25/14) Our Republican Legislature once again is sending a mixed message, thanks to the influence of big-business lobbying. The message: "To avoid raising taxes, state services are to be paid for by those who use the services; but we'll make a big exception for big trucking."...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 7/25/14 (07/25/14) This call is from a subscriber in Perry County and I would just like to give you a thanks for your "Congressional votes" column. They are very informative. I really appreciate them. And also, on another line, your crossword puzzles have improved greatly and are more challenging, and I really appreciate them...

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  • Paid Letter Clark is effective recorder (07/24/14) I am writing to voice my support for Republican Scott R. Clark, incumbent candidate for Cape County recorder. As a fellow officeholder, I enjoyed working with Scott. He has proven himself to be both capable and effective in leading the recorder's office. I have seen firsthand Scott's work ethic. He is committed to serving the community and improving the office for those who utilize the recorder's services and the county as a whole...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 7/24/14 (07/24/14) I was looking at the news, and they said that now after the Fourth of July, the gas prices were going down, because now there's a little bit more adequate oil for us in a reserve type situation. Who are they trying to kid? We've had plenty of fuel all along, but we haven't tapped into it. ...

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  • Letter to the Editor Red House speakers (07/24/14) I attended a talk last Saturday at Cape's Red House on Mississippi and Ohio Valleys 1750-1830: A Chessboard of International Intrigue. I had never considered -- if Louis Lorimier was handing out Spanish land grants when Lewis and Clark came through, how was it that the U.S. government bought Louisiana purchase from the French a few months later?...

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  • Editorial A lesson in perseverance (07/24/14) Everyone could use a dose of inspiration, and the recent story in the Southeast Missourian of Chris Hrabik fits the bill. Hrabik, who lives in Sedgewickville, Missouri, was in a car accident 10 years ago. Only 18 years old and not wearing a seat belt, the crash left him a quadrapelegic -- although he has some use of his arms...

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  • Opinion Column Give taxpayers all the facts on the budget (07/23/14) Over the last month and a half, the governor has traveled the state to justify the massive withholdings and vetoes he inflicted on the FY 2015 budget passed by the General Assembly. Among those cuts were huge funding decreases in K-12, higher education, mental health and numerous other programs heavily relied upon by Missourians...

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  • Editorial Discovery Playhouse opens new exhibits (07/23/14) Children can activate their imaginations with the new house, dental office and farm mural exhibits at the Discovery Playhouse. These are the latest additions to the growing children's museum on Broadway in Cape Girardeau. Pretending the house is up for sale by Realty Executives, the exhibit allows youngsters to walk through and see mini appliances. ...


    Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
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  • SCHS art teacher fired-up about kiln 1 days 4 hours ago Smith-Cotton High School art teacher Michael Shukers has spent the better part of his summer constructing a raku pottery kiln to share with youth and others in the community, hoping to foster a better understanding of the creative process of creating fine art for fun.Shukers said several local businesses have helped him with the project, from supplying stainless steel and fire brick, to a donation of a heavy metal cart for transporting the portable 450-pound kiln. Local artists have also passed along useful knowledge.

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  • Bombers keep playing at NBC World Series Barely 24 hours after the conclusion of the MINK League championship, the Sedalia Bombers were back on the field.The Bombers are in Wichita, Kan., playing in the National Baseball Congress World Series. The compressed schedule since falling to the St. Joseph Mustangs in the best-of-three league championship hasn’t hurt them so far. Two games into the series, the Bombers have two wins, having beaten Albuquerque 10-2 on Saturday and Austin 2-1 on Sunday. Monday was a rest day f...

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  • Mitchell files for Division 6 seat Longtime Sedalia Municipal Court Judge Deborah Mitchell will officially seek to move to the Associate Circuit Court of Pettis County as Division 6 Judge, upon filing for the general election as an independent candidate Monday afternoon at the courthouse.“I have been considering doing this, but I did not want to run on a party ticket,” Mitchell said. “I believe now, I have always believed, that judicial elections should be non-partisan. I believe there is no room i...

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  • Jail escapee has lengthy record Although he was currently awaiting trial on the “non-violent” offenses of fraudulent use of a credit card, a man who escaped the Pettis County Jail late Thursday night and is still at large as of Monday has a prior record of assault, drug use, theft, burglary and resisting arrest spanning a decade.Prosecutors charged Brandon E. McGee, 29, of the 24000 block of state Route V, with one count of escape from confinement, a class D felony, on Friday. Bond is not an option....

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  • McMullin picks CMU Submitted photoSmith-Cotton baseball player Chance McMullin will continue his baseball career at Central Methodist University. Sitting next to Chance is his mother, Ronda McMullin. Standing is CMU assistant coach Rob Ehlers.

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  • Portion of West Main Street closed for repairs The Pettis County Highway Department has closed a portion of West Main Street for chip sealing of the road. The affected area will include the roadway from the RV Park entrance to Oak Grove Lane.Weather permitting, the project was scheduled to begin Monday afternoon and reopen by 5 p.m. Thursday. Work will be conducted during the daylight hours but the road will be closed for the entire duration.Residents located on the affected section will be allowed access to the road...

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  • Hedge Apple Drive will close for culvert replacement Hedge Apple Drive, between Whitney Drive and Murphy Lane, will be closed starting today and will reopen at 5 p.m. Thursday. The bridge crew will be installing a culvert.

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  • Camp draws in wrestlers from around area Smith-Cotton High School held their area-wide wrestling camp during a two day period, starting on July 14. However, the camp was not originally going to be in Sedalia. Joel Sherman, head coach of the Smith-Cotton wrestling program, said that the camp was originally supposed to be in Versailles, however the camp got cancelled. Sherman said that several teams around the area wanted to participate, so coaches and wrestlers from the schools were invited to come to Sedalia to coach and attend the ...

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  • Coalition to host baby shower The Pettis County Breastfeeding Coalition, in partnership with the Pettis County Health Center, is hosting a Community Baby Shower in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week that runs Aug. 1-7.The Community Baby Shower will be hosted Aug. 6 at the Bothwell Education Center and all mothers are invited to attend, said the Health Center’s Mary Lou Shane, a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Health Center WIC coordinator.Shane stressed the benefit...

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  • Reunions U.S.S. Missouri ReunionThe U.S.S. Missouri (BB-63) Association is a nonprofit organization made up of sailors, marines, officers and midshipmen that have served aboard this famous battleship.Shipmates that served aboard the battleship will host their 41st annual reunion at the Ramada Gateway Hotel in Kissimmee, Fla., from Sept. 17-23. All veterans and interested parties along with their family and friends are invited.For more information, call...

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  • Bombers edge Austin 2-1 The Sedalia Bombers won for the second time at the NBC World Series, beating the Austin (Texas) Shockers 2-1 on Sunday in Wichita, Kan.Another Bombers newcomer, Winston Lavendier, pitched eight innings for the win, allowing one run on two hits, striking out seven. Dan Chambliss came on in the ninth to earn the save.Sedalia jumped ahead in the first when a Tony Sandifer single to right and an error by the Austin rightfielder scored Jess Cartner. A Hunter Leeper single in ...

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  • Community Calendar for July 28 to Aug. 3 TODAYNoon: Sedalia Rotary Club, Best Western State Fair Inn, 3120 S. Limit Ave.4 p.m.: Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, (TOPS) Chapter 102, Boonslick Regional Library, 219 W. Third St.6 p.m.: Cornerstone Celebrate Recovery. Bible-based twelve step program for Hurts, Habits and Hangups. Free supper at 6 p.m.; large group meeting at 7 p.m.; small groups at 8 p.m.; live band and child care, programs f...

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  • Volunteers help clean up Sedalia Sedalia community members and volunteers from Whiteman Air Force Base spent their Saturday morning trying to make Sedalia look a little nicer.The volunteers were part of the July Sedalia Clean Sweep and they tackled streets south of Broadway Boulevard from Ohio Avenue to Limit Avenue, the biggest area so far. Jamie Bethel, coordinator of Clean Sweep and Housing Specialist with Sedalia Community Development, and her team of volunteers spent the last week distributing door hangers to...

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  • Two seek Libertarian slot for District 4 Over the past few weeks the Democrat has profiled each of the candidates facing opposition in the Aug. 5 primary. In this, the final candidate profiles, we will discuss health care, energy and federal spending with the primary election Libertarians Herschel Young and Randall Langkraehr, candidates for U.S. Representative District 4.Herschel YoungYoung was born and raised in Cass County. He served as Lake Annette City Alderman for eight years and was elec...

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  • 5 injured in Sedalia crash 5 injured in Sedalia crashFive Sedalia teens were injured in a single car accident early Sunday morning in Pettis County, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.Kyler B. Pierson, 17, was driving northbound on South Grand Avenue south of Forest Park Road about 2:40 a.m. when he attempted to take a curve at a high speed and lost control of the vehicle which ran off the right side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned.

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  • S-C tops state show choir COURTESY OF SEDALIA SCHOOL DISTRICT 200Smith-Cotton High School had nine students earn spots on this year’s All State Show Choir, more than any other school in Missouri. The auditioned choir was made up of 60 juniors and seniors who rehearsed July 22-24 all day, then performed the evening of July 24 at Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, during the Missouri Choral Directors Association Conference. S-C’s participants, from left, are Grant Waters, Justin Pripusich, Joh...

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  • Duty, Honor, Country Faith Bemiss DemocratVFW Post 2591 hosted a Korean War veteran recognition Saturday afternoon at the post. VFW member Hank Laramie, seated, has Korean War Army veteran Dick Kraus, of La Monte, fill out a form so he can be recognized during the ceremony. During the event VFW member Gary Gill read a portion of Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s 1962 speech, “Duty, Honor, Country.” Gill said 16 area Korean War veterans were present Saturday.Faith Bemiss Democrat...

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  • County preps tax holiday In an effort to make purchasing back to school supplies more affordable for parents and to encourage additional retail sales, the Pettis County Commission will continue its participation in the Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday.The county sales tax of 1 percent, plus the state sales tax of 4.225 percent will save consumers 5.225 percent on qualified purchases. The Pettis County Commissioners have estimated that the reduced sales tax revenues from school supplies will be offset by in...


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