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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (08/21/2014) at 02:05 PM

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  • After Ferguson, an opportunity for reform

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  • I know Michael Brown's world

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  • A Ferguson resident reflects

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  • Eric Holder comes to Ferguson. Change is coming.

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  • What exactly are we seeing in Ferguson?

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  • From Eric Holder: A message to the people of Ferguson

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  • Black leaders must call for civil disobedience

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  • Messenger: Finding an American story in Ferguson

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  • Interdependence of races can provide strength, vitality

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  • Cast of characters continues to grow along with the problems

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  • Right now, Gaza Strip is safer than Ferguson

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  • When Ferguson hits home

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  • Real fear of retaliation for cooperating with police

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  • Militarized police force has been exposed

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  • It's not all about you, Post-Dispatch

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  • Stable, two-parent families make for stable neighborhoods

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  • Cry of the disaffected must lead to brave changes in St. Louis area

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  • Success in education begins with the parents

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  • Not seeing the whole picture of Ferguson

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  • Pray for a peaceful and fruitful resolution


    Kansas City Star - Editorials
    As of (08/21/2014) at 02:06 PM

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  • ‘The Simpsons’ often had fun with the Royals Dave Helling: Perhaps there’s a better way to deal with Kansas City projects ‘Doctor Who’ is back this week with Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor ZZ Top and Jeff Beck join for a guitar god spectacular at Starlight Theatre KC police officer’s online post about Ferguson case is under scrutiny Featured Sprint follows family plan with new unlimited offer at $60 News All News Local News 913 816 816 North Nation & World Crime Homicide KC Community Faces Politics Weird News Blogs & Columns Mary Sanchez C.W. Gusewelle The Buzz Crime Scene KC Steve Rose Reporting Live Latest Headlines Ferguson on Twitter, Day 11: Eric Holder arrives, grand jury to begin Fleeing driver whose wreck killed TV reporter’s mother gets 22-year sentence Chris Christie stumps for Sam Brownback, picks up some Oklahoma Joe's barbecue Attorney General Eric Holder shows empathy for Ferguson’s frustration Kansas Cit...

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  • Search for Jobs Place a Classified Ad Merchandise Cars Homes Apartments Other categories Classified Support Center Customer Service Sign In Subscribe Customer Service Search Audit indicts the credibility of Missouri education agency It raises questions about the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro in awarding a contract to CEE-Trust to review Kansas City Public Schools. Region’s leaders should condemn another cowardly killing in the Mideast Blaming President Barack Obama for the revenge killing by the Islamic State jihadists only reveals the brutal, incomprehensible and cowardly nature of these rogue Muslims. What the world needs right now is not to put the burden of every irrational, violent act on the shoulders of the United States. Kansas City is still waiting for the bishop and Catholic diocese to do the right thing Almost every conclusion in an arbitrator’s recent finding brought sham

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  • Governor makes right call to quell unrest in Ferguson The action “to help restore peace and order and to protect the citizens of Ferguson” followed Nixon on Saturday declaring a state of emergency in the St. Louis suburb and imposing a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew enforced by the Missouri Highway Patrol.

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  • Ignore Sam Brownback’s misleading hype about jobs Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s first term has provided little evidence that he can come close to making good on his pledge to help create 100,000 private-sector jobs if he’s re-elected this fall.

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  • The Monday poll: Should Kansas City save Kemper Arena? Our weekly survey seeks to gauge opinions on issues relating to redevelopment in the West Bottoms and competing plans for Kemper Arena.

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  • CIA can’t be trusted with torture report The American people deserve better. They deserve to know what despicable things their country did. They deserve to know the truth — not so they can punish perpetrators but to ensure that history remembers and can honestly judge whether it was all worth it. Lessons of Ferguson: Why a week of rage didn’t have to happen It’s important that police learn from the remarkable turnaround engineered by Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson. Diversity matters. Relationships and listening matter. Police must treat people as citizens, not enemies. Army is flexible on tattoos Restrictions on certain tattoos that went into effect in the spring have had to be relaxed. Maj. Gen. Allen W. Batschelet told The Star that the policy would have resulted in the loss of 2,500 enlistments a year. Why Sam Brownback is not an education governor Facing a tough road to re-election, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is fighting to brand himself...


    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 (08/21/2014) at 02:06 PM

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  • Buy your kids experiences, not things Updated at 2:41 PM We’re coming to the end of a longish road trip from Wyoming to Oklahoma and back, and what a trip it’s been.We spend nights on the road in our tent, though last night we splurged on a cabin at KOA in Limon, Colorado. It’s still half the price of an inexpensive motel. --

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  • Granlund cartoon: Islamic jihadists ISIS Updated at 1:06 PM Dave Granlund cartoon on ISIS.

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  • Attorney General Eric Holder offers reassurance to people of Ferguson Updated at 11:46 AM To reassure the people of Ferguson, Attorney General Eric Holder reached into his own past, recalling the times he had been stopped by police officers who seemed to target him because of his race.

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  • Frankie Valli Heads to Hawaii Five-0 as Carol Burnett's Mysterious Fiancé Posted at 1:05 PM Four Seasons singer Frankie Valli will "Walk Like a Man" right down the aisle on 

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  • Companies Are Trolling Customers To Get Attention Posted at 11:56 AM

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  • Women’s Equality Week program at National Archives Posted at 11:00 AM The National Archives at Kansas City will present in partnership with the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters a program titled “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Minor?: Women’s Suffrage on the...

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  • The Talker: Next, Oakland will lift bans on CB radios and Pet Rocks Posted at 11:00 AM Something to Talk About

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  • A Startup Just Raised $3 Million After Inventing This Smart Cup That Can Tell You What's Inside It Posted at 11:56 AM

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  • Fresh Facts About Water Posted at 11:16 AM   This basic fact is well know: water is an essential component of human health. But why do we need it, how much is enough, and how...

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  • 7 FAQs about Whole House Water Filtration Systems Posted at 11:16 AM   Do you know whats in the water in your home? Depending on where you live, that clear liquid may well contain all kinds of nasties... Here's What An Accountant Really Does All Day Posted at 11:56 AM NEXT 10  »


    The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
    As of (08/21/2014) at 02:06 PM

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Audit indicts the credibility of Missouri education agency By The Kansas City Star : The audit is of a $385,000 contract awarded in 2013 to Indianapolis-based CEE-Trust to study the then-unaccredited Kansas City Public Schools.

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  • DAVID ROSMAN: Both sides get some blame in Ferguson shooting by David Rosman : Ferguson should never have been in the national (and international) news in the first place. Things got out of hand very quickly, and we must place blame on both sides.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Army is flexible on tattoos by The Kansas City Star : A policy restricting certain tattoos meant the loss of 2,500 enlistments this year, according to Maj. Gen. Allen W. Batschelet.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Perry has brought himself, Texas to this juncture by Corpus Christi Caller-Times : Whatever the outcome of the criminal case against Gov. Rick Perry, the events that led to it are a reflection upon him and how he has chosen to govern.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ferguson is about the police state by George W. Hoeltje : The events in Ferguson show that county and state law enforcement is excessively militarized, and there appears to be little leadership or accountability at any level of government these days.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Where are the answers in Brandon Ellingson's death? by Des Moines Register : Twelve weeks after the death of the Iowa man who drowned at Lake of the Ozarks, his family has not seen a final investigation report, or been told when it would be available.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Renewable fuels advance U.S. aims by St. Joseph News-Press : St. Joseph boasts three facilities that produce renewable fuels, and there are two more just a few miles outside the city. Not only do these facilities provide local jobs, they give farmers in the region an additional market for their corn and soybeans.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: No appetite for fixing school lunch by Jill Richardson : Making healthy food taste good will require a spending increase that"s not on the table.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: A 'generational event' demands a generational change from complacency by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : As the judicial process unfolds this fall, we’ll see Ferguson debated as part of the St. Louis County executive’s election. Ferguson could be, and should be, an object lesson in discussions about ending city-county fragmentation between now and 2016.

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  • Report: Utility payments at payday lenders OK by THE KANSAS CITY STAR : In a report filed last week, the Missouri Public Service Commission said it is unclear if it has the authority to ban the practice, and no evidence has been found to prove consumers had been harmed.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's time to go big — it's time to rebuild Missouri by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : The state"s top need, more than highways or business incentives is better funding for schools. Building a massive and powerful coalition between transportation and education constituencies is possible.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ferguson has a new sheriff in town, and it's about time by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Now that the conflict in Ferguson is calming down, questions of how things got so bad need to be answered.

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  • GEORGE KENNEDY: City's ballot will leave taxpayers picking up the tab by George Kennedy : An extra 30 cents won’t generate enough revenue to hire as many cops as needed to keep up with growth and permit more community policing. The compromise development fees will leave us taxpayers bearing 75 percent of the cost of new roads.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Martha Stewart can use drones; scientists' drones grounded The Federal Aviation Authority has slapped severe restrictions on law enforcement, businesses and many of the nation"s top educational institutions that want to explore the possibilities of unmanned aircraft.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Start of schools signals change in traffic patterns by Jefferson City News Tribune : A new school year means students will be walking, biking and boarding buses — creating activity on and around roadways that motorists haven’t seen or encountered in months.

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  • DAVID ROSMAN: On the brink of marriage equality, and perhaps, understanding depression by David Rosman : Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s DOMA decision in June 2013, the courts have agreed that the various bans on same-sex marriage are an apparent violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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  • STEVE SPELLMAN: Columbia's parking dilemma will work itself out without unnecessary mandates by Steve Spellman : I raise a big red flag on parking requirements, which actually mandate that a greater amount of increasingly limited downtown real estate shall, by law, be car parking facilities.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Debt continues to be a problem for many Americans More than 35 percent of Americans have been reported to credit agencies for unpaid debts, according to the institute. Certainly some of those involve debts that are in dispute, but most are bills that Americans can"t or won"t pay.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't like politics? Disengaging is no solution by Jefferson City News Tribune : A new Associated Press-GfK poll indicates Americans are frustrated by politics, and neither party is trusted much to manage government.

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  • ROSE NOLEN: Politicians need to pay attention closer to home by Rose M. Nolen : Politicians do not take the time to explain to young people how politics affects their lives.


    Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
    As of (08/21/2014) at 02:10 PM

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  • Don't shoot As the media frenzy continues over the shooting in Ferguson, what might be done to avoid such mayhem in the future?

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  • Ameren site For years locals have contemplated the future of a site on the corner of Ash and Orr streets.

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  • Official killing Recent failed applications of the death penalty stoke the debate over “humane” treatment.

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  • Test scores Once again we are confronted in Missouri with fallen student test scores, a phenomenon that occurs with more or less frequency everywhere in the nation. Between 2013 and 2014, elementary school scores on communication arts and mathematics declined. Even more...

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  • Officer Sanders When Columbia police Officer Rob Sanders abused a helpless prisoner in a holding cell in August 2011, it was the last straw for his superiors, who terminated his employment. Disagreement lingered between members of the Columbia Police Officers Association, who...

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  • Net-zero house On Tuesday a photo in our paper showed workers installing solar panels atop the Net-Zero Affordable Energy Home at the corner of West Ash Street and Sanford Avenue.

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  • Sending arms President Barack Obama found himself out on a limb when a new Islamic threat erupted in the Middle East.

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  • Police shooting The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is in the news because a police officer shot an unarmed 18-year-old youth multiple times, killing him on the street and prompting widespread looting of local stores.

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  • CoMo free What are we learning during the free-ride trial period for the newly designed city bus system? Perhaps more than we think.

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  • Tax fatigue On Friday, Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala asked for help from his friends in the Muleskinners club to pass city fees and tax increases scheduled for the November ballot.

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  • Gaza, etc From time to time, Terry Schlemeier writes columns for this section of the Tribune. His entry yesterday was a helpful reminder of why events in the Middle East leave most of us bewildered.

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  • Locally Which makes it all the more remarkable how local partisans are able to remain peaceful even as they disagree on the conflict between Israel and Gaza.

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  • Outliers Several issues on Tuesday's statewide ballot demonstrated anew the philosophical division between urban and rural areas, particularly the outlier status Greater Columbia is achieving.

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  • Paying for stuff Missourians and other Americans are facing a growing challenge paying for necessary public amenities. Many resist the prospect of growing government at the very time government's role must increase to keep up with inevitable public needs. We want smaller government...

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  • Drug war Today we return to a continuing failure of American policy that is primarily responsible for illegal immigration troubles and criminal violence on our southern border -- the utterly failed U.S. war on drugs, which produces the world's most active black...

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    St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
    As of (08/21/2014) at 02:11 PM

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  • Wing, Western connect The connections between St. Joseph and the 139th Airlift Wing continue to grow stronger, and both are better for it.

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  • A goal for drivers: Safety at any age Our region is part of a growing national concern: School-based driver's education is in decline.

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  • Abbey invests so its mission will endure When it comes to making a lasting mark - and making something last - Conception Abbey gives us a fine example to follow.

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  • Two views of schools in order The first day of school, wherever you live, is cause for celebration.

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  • Ferguson healing requires civil order Saturday, one week to the day after Michael Brown died on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon took necessary steps that restrict the rights of some to preserve the rights of all.

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  • Renewable fuels advance U.S. aims Odds are, your stance on the viability of renewable fuels depends on whose information you've read.

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  • Trails West! comes of age After 21 years, there is no other way to put this: The Midland Empire's signature regional arts and entertainment festival is all grown up now.

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  • Farming brings joy, challenges all at once For a farmer, a bumper crop is a blessing – but a mixed one.

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  • Defend military assets Many parts of the country count themselves as big supporters of the nation's military. Count us in, too.

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  • Use data to extend credit Thousands of residents of the Midland Empire understand better than some regulators what goes on when a negative entry is made on their otherwise good credit record.

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  • Incubators valuable to region The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Northwest Missouri State University is attracting attention from far and wide.

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  • Turbines due close review Mill Creek wind farm has the potential to be more than the largest wind farm in Missouri. It also could be disruptive to migratory birds and impact the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • South Side mural good place to start To envision a revitalized business district and community hub in the heart of St. Joseph's South Side you have to squint a little.

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  • Plantings along U.S. 36 will boost its appeal U.S. Highway 36, a ribbon of four lanes across northern Missouri since the summer of 2010, remains a work in progress. The newest improvements are a collaboration of public and volunteer efforts that will grow for years to come.

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  • Spirit Airlines offers different way to fly You may have heard a story or two about Spirit Airlines.

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  • Consider voters' message Missouri voters turned down a tax proposal Tuesday, and now proponents need to think about why that happened.

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  • August ballot full of choices If you are like most of your neighbors, the regular arrival of August primaries and voting on ballot questions is not enough to get you to the polls.

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  • Industry responds to disease Innovators find solutions.

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  • Ambulance finances in transition Buchanan County's venture into administering a taxpayer-provided ambulance service is reportedly off to a good start, but getting the financials right will be a long-term process.

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  • Discover Downtown on First Saturdays Way back in 1915, the novelist Henry James penned a letter to his colleague H.G. Wells in which he observed, "It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance ...”


    The Joplin Globe - Editorials
    As of (08/14/2014) at 08:34 AM

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  • Geoff Caldwell, columnist: Shine a light in Williams' name Join me for a reflection upon a person I never met, a person I never knew, but who we will all miss ever so much. August 13, 2014

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  • Too bad Dole's not on ballot Bob Dole still has a lot of practical wisdom to offer state and federal officials. The problem is that many of them won’t listen. August 13, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Your View: Play ball I’m not a big fan of the word “disabled.” The prefix “dis” means “lack of, not.” I prefer to use the term “differently abled.” August 12, 2014

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  • Your View: Atrocities Reading about the atrocities against the Iraqi women by the Islamic State group, it appears these fanatics may have read Judges 19 through 21 in the Old Testament. August 12, 2014

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  • Your View: Here's the frustration Regarding Taylor Armerding’s column (Globe, Aug. 9), I think he has missed the point about why many Americans, including the president, are frustrated with the “do-nothing Congress.” August 12, 2014

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  • Our View: Truth lost amid hysteria It started as a peaceful protest for a death that should have provoked questioning and even outrage in the community of Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis. August 12, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Marilyn Beasley, columnist: Nothing transparent about this administration In January 2009, newly elected President Barack Obama made this statement: “My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.” August 11, 2014

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  • Other Views: Tenure issue now on ballot In a case of election irony, on the day voters were settling five statewide issues, a new controversy was added to the November ballot. August 11, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Herb Van Fleet, columnist: International laws don't easily apply today In the immediate aftermath of World War II, the world was made painfully and shockingly aware of the atrocities, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by the Nazis and the Japanese military. August 11, 2014

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  • Carol Stark: Woman's final request was a call for action If, at the end of a person’s life, a family could write an obituary like the one that announced the passing of Connie Davis, the world would be a better place. August 11, 2014


    The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
    As of (08/21/2014) at 02:12 PM

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  • Our Opinion: A time to begin healing - A verse in Ecclesiastes tells us “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens."

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  • Perspective: Gov. Nixon's message about Ferguson - Ten days ago, a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, in broad daylight. Since then, the world has watched a community become engulfed in grief, anger, fear and at times violence.

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  • Your Opinion: High-voltage project delivers - Recently I attended a Public Service Commission (PSC) hearing in Marceline regarding granting Clean Line Energy Partners a certificate of convenience and necessity.

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  • Your Opinion: Lack of fiscal responsibility - The more we learn about what goes on in the federal government the more I am at a loss to understand why anybody supports Obama's policy that bigger government is the answer to every problem.

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  • Our Opinion: Ferguson: facts, perceptions and challenges - Regarding the death of Michael Brown and the events in Ferguson, we intentionally have attempted to avoid a rush to judgment.

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  • Your Opinion: Lack of confidence dooms amendment - Amendment 7 did not pass for several reasons, and it seems our legislators don't read, care or listen to our opinions.

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  • Your Opinion: 'Stonewalling' by Obama administration - According to a recently released Inspector General's report, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released over 2,000 illegal immigrants, many of them convicted criminals, over a two-week period in 2013.

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  • Our Opinion: The freedom to ignore appalling speech - We do not agree with the message of the Westboro Baptist Church, but we respect and defend freedom of speech, one of our nation's founding principles.

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  • Perspective: 'What's next for transportation? Question eludes easy answer - The last 10 days in Missouri have been a bit of a roller-coaster in terms of emotions and activities.

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  • Your Opinion: Teach to the test – the ACT test - I believe we need to be teaching to the test in the Jefferson City School District. The test is the ACT.

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  • Our Opinion: A creative, but misguided, proposal News Tribune editorial - When we urge more eligible voters to go to the polls, we are encouraging greater turnout among informed voters.

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  • Your Opinion: Former JCPS teacher shares concerns - After reading the article in the News Tribune titled “Trouble at School" July 20 written by Kris Hilgedick, I am writing in support of Ryan and Buffey Prenger's statements. Thanks to them for speaking out. It takes courage.

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  • Your Opinion: Scrutiny of schools must begin at the top - It is apparent there are mounting issues which the board, district and voters are now facing and the district appears to be at a crossroads. Appropriate reflection is certainly apropos at this time.

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  • Your Opinion: Israelis again attacking their victims - The Israelis are at it again - attacking their victims. Sounds odd? Yes, because the statement is contrary to decades of Israeli propaganda.

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  • Your Opinion: Transportation tax encompassed too much - MoDOT and the Legislature developed a very aggressive transportation plan and in spite of major funding from special interest groups the voting public didn't buy it.


    The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
    As of (08/21/2014) at 02:12 PM

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  • Welcome back to Southeast students (08/21/14) 1 This weekend Cape Girardeau will welcome Southeast Missouri State University students to campus. The next few days are busy for the university, students and their parents. There's move-in day, shopping and other events that mark the beginning of a new academic year...

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  • Opinion Column The issue of mistrust (08/20/14) I was a college student in Memphis, Tennessee, the night Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. And as you would imagine, the events of that fateful day remain vivid in my memory after all of these years. The entire community of Memphis was both shocked and saddened by the tragic event. But the sadness quickly turned to anger, which turned to chaos and eventually self-destructive actions...

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  • Editorial Former SEMO coach recognized for success (08/20/14) A former Southeast Missouri State track and field coach will add another honor to the list in December. Joey Haines, who coached men's and women's squads at Southeast for 26 years, was announced as an honoree for the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The recognition will be bestowed at a ceremony in December...

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  • Editorial GLS helps many become better leaders (08/19/14) Leadership makes a difference. That might sound basic and somewhat trite, but it's the truth. Businesses, not-for-profits, churches and other organizations need men and women devoted not simply to managing people but leading teams and organizations. Good leaders learn, they cast vision, they take a proactive approach to developing strategies that enhance the workplace and move things forward for those they serve...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 8/19/14 (08/19/14) Several weeks ago, we called in and asked Speak Out if anyone knows what happened to the statue at Ben Franklin that used to be at the corner by Franklin School. We're still wondering where it is and why it hasn't been put back. We would love to see Ben Franklin, who represents Franklin School, back out in the public...

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  • Letter to the Editor Suicide is not the answer (08/19/14) Robin Williams' suicide has brought into sharp focus the increasingly common incidents of suicide in the U.S. The common denominator in all suicides is victims' inability to cope with intolerable emotional pain. Most of them had been through incredible numbers of emotional/physical traumas during their early years. ...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 8/18/14 (08/18/14) I hope more than 10 students walk on those new, free sidewalks. Most students ride the bus, or their parents drop them off in front of school. Most students do not want to walk to school. Just remember: Nothing is free. Why do some people think it is OK to walk in the middle of the street like they own it? This is defiance behavior, and parents should teach their children some respect when they are young and expect them to conduct themselves in a civilized manner in all situations as they get older.. ...

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  • Letter to the Editor Becoming informed (08/18/14) "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." --Plato When I first heard that quote, I thought, how true! We have so many problems in this country that seem fixable with plain old common sense. The people in elected positions, both locally and nationally, at times, are unable to apply common sense and do what's right...

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  • Editorial Read to Succeed program works, now and for the future (08/18/14) As we embark on another school year, literacy again is top of mind. The United Way Read to Succeed program has been an overwhelming success. Last year, for example, 191 of 192 children who participated in the program improved their reading proficiency by one complete grade level...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 8/17/14 (08/17/14) I would like to know, when President Bush was in office, when his polls got low, it was all over the front page, even on the first thing on the TV that you saw on the news. Now Obama has a lower approval rating than Bush, and there's not one word about it. I think the news media, instead of reporting stories, they're doing more covering up than reporting...

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  • Letter to the Editor Congrats to baseball team (08/17/14) The citizens of Jackson can stand tall and proud! Their American Legion Junior League baseball team has returned from the plains of Kansas victorious. They have claimed the title of regional champions. This is the highest pinnacle that can be achieved in the junior league. ...

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  • Editorial An escalating story: Christian persecution (08/17/14) It's been a downer week in terms of news stories. The situation in Ferguson, Missouri, has captured international media attention. The suicide of Robin Williams pulled the heart strings of America. The comedian and actor's loss resonated with millions...

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  • Editorial Lessons from Ferguson (08/15/14) The news from Ferguson, Missouri, this week was tragic. An 18-year-old black man named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer. Brown was unarmed. The justice system will sort through this event. Understandably, there's been much anxiety over this incident, one that has stoked racial tension. ...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 8/15/14 (08/15/14) It seems that when we had strong leadership in the White House, there were world problems, but not near as bad as what we are experiencing now with no leadership in the White House. Not in many years have we had the pressures we now face with Russia, and now they are boycotting back at us for our boycotts dealing with Urkraine. ...

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  • Editorial Jackson, Charleston baseball teams have impressive seasons (08/14/14) Two Southeast Missouri baseball teams finished their seasons in fine fashion. The Jackson Post 158 Junior Legion baseball team won the regional title this month in Kansas in a double-elimination tournament. The team, having previously not lost a game, fell to South Dakota in Game 1 of the championship round but came back to win the second contest to claim the title...

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  • Letter to the Editor Port welcomes elected officials (08/14/14) Thank you for the good coverage of events at Semo Port. The port authority always welcomes visits by our elected officials, regardless of political party. We are glad to have Sen. Blunt visit, as he and Sen. McCaskill have both done before at different times. We appreciate the bipartisan support for Semo Port's development efforts...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 8/14/14 (08/14/14) Just saw in the paper where the city is going to put sidewalks in our area starting at Kurre Lane. Why don't they continue them on down and connect the sidewalk with the walking trail. It would make the walking trail more accessible without having to drive there to get on it plus extend your walking distance...

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  • Letter to the Editor An attendance culture (08/14/14) Dear 5th and 6th graders, Your amazing teachers need you in school each day. You are part of our Central Middle School family. If you are sick or have a family emergency, please stay home but rejoin us as quickly as you can. Otherwise, come to school. We need you...

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  • Opinion Column Learning from lobbyist John Britton (08/14/14) John Britton , Missouri's top lobbyist who became a legend, died on Aug 5. He provided honest information on the issues he carried but always said, "If in doubt, vote your conscience." He made many friends (myself included) and few enemies (none of whom I am aware.)...

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  • Opinion Column Count the reasons to vote (08/13/14) With the countdown ticking toward the all-important November midterm elections, the Republicans can't seem to adopt a strategy that will guarantee election success. Judging from the level of discontent and frustration in this country, you would think their strategy would be simple...


    Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
    As of (08/20/2014) at 09:45 AM

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  • Lord of the flies 2 days 10 hours ago Something was missing at the Missouri State Fair this year and missing afterward also — flies. The winged tormentors were AWOL due to a tiny winged insect called a fly predator who nipped them in the bud right at the source, by destroying fly pupa in livestock droppings and other decaying matter.Each year after the fair, Pittsburgh Corning’s Sedalia facility across from the fairgrounds found themselves inundated with hordes of flies. This year, thanks to the ingenuity of their senior programmer/analyst Gregg Haverly and Jeff Brandt, their engineering supervisor, the annual flies will fly no more.The men released 1 million predators before the fair began and another 1 million at the midpoint of fair activities.

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  • Veteran Gremlins look for deeper run in 2014 It took two overtimes, one of the best teams in the state and gale-force winds to knock Sacred Heart out of the Class 1 boys soccer tournament in 2013.In the state quarterfinal at Clover Dell Park last November, Springfield Catholic beat the Gremlins 3-2 in double overtime. Springfield Catholic would go on to beat St. Pius X in the semifinal before falling in the state championship game.Now Sacred Heart looks at that loss to the Irish as motivation entering the 2014 seas...

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  • Aug. 20 Crash Reports Woman injured passing truckA Warsaw woman was injured in a collision at 3:48 p.m. Monday in Pettis County.Monica L. Fox, 36, was northbound on U.S. Highway 65 near Flat Creek Road when she attempted to overtake a Mack Truck driven by David B. Newland, 43, of Green Ridge, struck the truck and ran off the roadway, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.Fox was taken to Bothwell Regional Health Center with moderate injuries. Reports i...

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  • Aug. 20 Police Reports This list is a sampling of crime in Sedalia and the surrounding area. Information is taken from official police reports which do not necessarily contain statements from all parties involved in each case.Sedalia Police DepartmentArrestsAug. 1610:26 p.m.: Joshua R. Linares, 18, of Marshall, was arrested in the 1800 block of Clarendon Road on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug pa...

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  • S-C softball trying to build with new coach Four years ago was the last time the Smith-Cotton softball team recorded double digit wins. The Lady Tigers have combined for 11 wins the past two years, but some change has come to the program in the form of newly hired head coach Janeil Draffen.“I’m getting to know the girls great,” Draffen said. “I spent time with some of them over the summer and they are ready to lead with me.”The Lady Tigers played their first set of games Monday at the...

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  • Salvation Army’s arrival impacted Sedalia The Salvation Army, established by William Booth and his wife Catherine Booth in England in 1865, organized religious revival meetings. Much of their work was done in London’s East End, a poverty stricken area of the city, marked by homelessness, hunger, unemployment, crime, alcoholism, and prostitution. Their work was successful — many were fed, housed, and provided medical care, and many were converted to Christianity.The established churches of the time did not appro...

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  • Bidding the fair goodbye There’s something strange and magical about the last day of the Missouri State Fair. I am not happy that it is over — I think the fair should be longer, even. But no matter how long it lasts, the last day is always going to be my favorite day.I saw people on Facebook admitting they’re glad the fair is over as early as Saturday night. There is another day of the fair, and you might just be missing out if you’ve never bothered to go. Sure, there’s none o...

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  • Police: Be aware of buses As students return to school this week, the Sedalia Police Department would like to remind drivers to slow down, be alert and take extra time to allow for buses during the morning and afternoon commutes.Missouri law states that on a two-lane road, if a school bus is stopped and displaying warning signals while loading or unloading children, drivers must stop when meeting and following the bus. However, it is only necessary to stop on a four-lane highway when following the bus. Seda...

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  • Urinating at fair ends in sexual misconduct arrest A man arrested for allegedly exposing himself and urinating in plain view of dozens of guests Saturday evening near the Family Fun Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds later apologized, telling officers he was drunk and “when you got to go, you got to go.”Pettis County Prosecuting Attorneys charged Neil W. Lutjen, 42, of the 2800 block of Quail Run, on Monday with a single count of first-degree sexual misconduct, a class B misdemeanor, and set bond at $1,500 cash or...

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  • UCM receives votes in preseason poll Central Missouri was among schools receiving votes in the AFCA preseason Division II football poll which was released Monday.The Mules were picked just outside the top 25 with 82 points. Tuskegee was No. 25 with 98 points.UCM won its final four games of the 2013 season to finish 6-4.Three MIAA teams were ranked in the top 25 with Northwest Missouri State the near-unanimous No. 1. The defending national champions received 31 of the 32 first-place votes to outdi...

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  • S-C swimming brings in talented rookies The Smith-Cotton boys swimming team boasts a strong group of newcomers as the Tigers enter the 2014 season.Coach Jerry Tankersley said those newcomers have been very coachable and he expects them to contribute immediately.“I’m really liking what I see there,” he said. “They’re picking things up quick and they’re really trying hard. They’ve got great attitude.”One of those newcomers, freshman Christian Oja, is als...

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  • Ordinance to help with parking at Washington Elementary Morning drop offs and afternoon pick-ups will hopefully be a little safer for the students at Washington Elementary when school starts later this week after the Sedalia City Council voted to approve an ordinance regarding parking near the school during its meeting Monday.Council approved two ordinances to help students and parents when it comes to parking in front of the elementary school. The first ordinance removes the no parking restriction on the west side of South Engineer Ave...

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  • Local group offers lessons in fly fishing and having fun The Capital City Fly Fishers (CCFF), a central Missouri nonprofit organization that does much more for the community than just catching trophy Trout, visited the Missouri State Fair on Friday offering fly tying and casting demonstrations to the public.For 19 years the organization, based in Jefferson City, has promoted fly fishing and assisted children, the elderly and military veterans interested in the sport by educating them on the history, ethics and philosophy of the sport. Th...

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  • Aug. 19 Police Reports This list is a sampling of crime in Sedalia and the surrounding area. Information is taken from official police reports, which do not necessarily contain statements from all parties involved in each case.Sedalia Police DepartmentIncidentsAug. 166:07 p.m.: A motor vehicle license plate was found near the intersection of U.S. Highway 65 and West 16th Street.Aug. 17...

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  • Second suspect charged in marijuana debt collection Pettis County Sheriff’s deputies made a second arrest on Friday in the case of the violent collection of $7 toward an unpaid marijuana debt that occurred in July and sent a man to the hospital for treatment of injuries.Pettis County Prosecuting Attorneys charged Skylynna S. A. Govea, 20, of the 300 block of West 10th Street, with second-degree robbery, a class B felony, and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, on Monday, setting bond at $60,000 cash or surety.Autho...

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  • Aug. 18 Police Reports This list is a sampling of crime in Sedalia and the surrounding area. Information is taken from official police reports, which do not necessarily contain statements from all parties involved in each case.Sedalia Police DepartmentArrestsAug. 164:55 a.m.: Joshua R. Smith, 30, of the 400 block of North Hurley Avenue, was arrested at his home on a charge of third-degree domestic assault.4:11 ...

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  • Aug. 18 Crash Reports Five injured in Saline CountyFive people were injured in a collision at 2:32 p.m. Friday in Saline County.Coralynn L. Vis, 76, of Le Grand, Iowa, was driving north on U.S. Highway 65 near I-70 when she crossed the center line and struck a vehicle driven by Thomas U. Black, 50, of Nelson, causing both vehicles to spin out of control and slide into an embankment where Black’s vehicle overturned, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

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  • Council to vote on lease Due to a delayed completion date for Smith-Cotton Stadium at Jennie Jaynes Complex, the Sedalia City Council will vote to approve a lease agreement with Sedalia School District 200 and Sacred Heart School for the use of Jennie Jaynes Stadium.During the Aug. 12 Sedalia 200 Board of Education meeting, the board heard an update on the progress of Smith-Cotton Stadium from Project Manager Dennis Paul, who said the completion date has now moved to November, even later than earlier proje...


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