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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (04/24/2014) at 12:17 AM

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  • Planning for the aging prison population

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  • George Will: The adolescent president

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  • FOUL: Call the fashion police. Bulletproof vests as decorative touches

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  • FAIR: Public trust should trump private gain on ZMD board

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  • FOUL: Never quit, never surrender. Unless you text first


    Kansas City Star - Editorials
    As of (04/24/2014) at 12:17 AM

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  • ‘Don’t snitch’ rule leads to blood on Kansas City’s streets If a 10-year-old boy must have a tube forced down his throat to keep him alive after he was shot sitting in a car at a Kansas City gas station, then some able-bodied adults can muster the fortitude to call the TIPS Hotline.

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  • Kansas professors need more protection in social media policy Instead of using the situation to begin a healthy conversation about free speech and social media in academia, the regents seized it as an opportunity to squelch freedom of expression at the six state universities.

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  • Mayor of Marionville, Mo., trips over vile speech As a community stands up for civility, its ousted mayor, Dan Clevenger, an avowed friend of the accused shooter in the three fatal shootings outside Jewish-oriented facilities in Overland Park, has learned that speech, especially of the vile kind, has its consequences.

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  • Changing the face of civic leadership in Kansas City Kansas City Mayor Sly James is on the right track in trying to change the face of leadership via a Women’s Empowerment Initiative. Only one-third of current civic spots are held by women. That’s fixable. Yet only one-third of current city board and commission seats are held by women. That’s fixable.

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  • Missouri’s tax strategy: Give to the rich and take from the poor GOP-controlled legislatures rarely spend much time worrying about taxing ordinary citizens unduly for essential goods and services. That concern would be front and center in a public vote, however. To set the stage with a huge income tax break for the wealthy would be politically foolish and morally bankrupt.

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  • Kansas congressman’s food non-labeling bill counters a growing activist movement Legislation to prohibit labeling of genetically engineered foods opens the door to one of the most fractious and apparently insoluble debates of our day.

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  • Positive actions to celebrate Earth Day GOP lawmakers should pull back on attempts to undermine the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to carry out its mission — created by a Republican president — to shield the nation’s air, water and land from long-lasting damage. The EPA, if anything, needs a bigger stick to carry in enforcing strong federal laws.

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  • Tipster power leads to shooting arrest As Mayor Sly James said at the news conference announcing the arrest of Mohammed Whitaker in connection with the series of recent highway shootings, it takes some bravery to report suspicious behavior or step forward as a witness. But it’s far better for all of us than living in fear.

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  • As a community, we must move beyond silence There is much harder work to do in recognizing the real threat to society that exists in the shadows. As Rabbi Arthur Nemitoff remarked, there is great power at times in silence, but silence will not heal and “silence is no solution.”

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  • Capitol Watch: All’s fair in love and lobbying Someone needs to tell lawmakers in Missouri and Kansas that their job is to promote the welfare of their state and its citizens, not to level every playing field that a lobbyist or contributor claims is tilted.

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  • Sexual assault victims on college campuses need more help We need a national effort by colleges to offer swift and effective help to the victims, and tough punishment for the criminals involved in the assaults.

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  • Yemen remains front line against terror The threat from al-Qaida in Yemen isn’t going away, nor should the resistance to it.

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  • Cheap GOP tactics to undermine voting in Missouri Republicans in the General Assembly are mounting a two-pronged effort to make voting more difficult for certain citizens, who are most likely to be elderly, low-income, students or minorities.

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  • Final KCI task force report is a needed step to help resolve airport’s future Plans for upgrading Kansas City International Airport will remain up in the air even after a citizens task force releases its final report in a few weeks. That’s not a bad outcome.

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  • KCK police must improve their chase policy to better protect the public Last week, a questionable police chase led to the death of an innocent young girl, making her the second person in two months to die in such incidents in Kansas City, Kan. The Police Department needs to place more restrictions on its chase policy to better protect the public.

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  • As terror lurks, the heart prevails Violent political extremism combined with naked hate becomes a potent kind of virus, the sort that disrupts the human brain in ways most civil people on this earth cannot even fathom.

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  • Boston Marathon battles back, and Kansas City runners join in In Boston, organizers hope this year’s marathon will shine a spotlight on how far the city and its residents have come in their recovery. It is a story of hope, the kind that is essential to remember when dark times visit.

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  • Senseless act of violence at two Jewish centers steals three lives in Overland Park No family or community should have to endure this sorrow. Yet we as a nation seem paralyzed on how to deal with it.

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  • Charles Koch’s public message represents rhetorical spin at its flimsiest Charles G. Koch and his brother, David, are subject to “almost daily” barrages of “character assassination.” What kind of treatment is that, Koch wonders, for people who are devoted to improving the lives of citizens?

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  • Kathleen Sebelius helped create a fairer health system Her role in getting the Affordable Care Act up and running was never easy, and it would become excruciating. But Sebelius, who resigned her post on Friday, contributed a great deal toward creating a better health care system for America.


    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 (04/24/2014) at 12:17 AM

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  • Jaguars advance to EJC finals Updated at 12:05 AM Solid pitching and hitting lifted the Blue Springs South baseball team into the Eastern Jackson County Tournament championship game.Austin Simms allowed only three hits and struck out six over 5 1/3 innings to lead the Jaguars past Lee’s Summit 6-2 Wednesday at Legacy Park. Two relief pitchers preserved the lead.Nic Mertes singled three times, Patrick Lemberger singled and doubled and Braden Younkin singled twice as South improved to 15-5.South scored three runs... --

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  • Royals come out swinging, fade in loss Updated at 12:02 AM CLEVELAND – The Kansas City Royals flexed, then fizzled.Despite getting back-to-back home runs from Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas in the second inning, Kansas City's offense couldn't keep the momentum going and the Royals...

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  • Indians fall on home course Updated at 11:53 PM Fort Osage had to settle for third place in a three-team high school boys golf match Wednesday at WinterStone Golf Course.Kearney, as Pierce Moling captured medalist honors at 3-over-par 39, prevailed with 174. Truman totaled 180 and Fort...

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  • Bill Althaus: Pujols' milestone resounds in EJC Updated at 11:48 PM I found it a bit ironic to be sitting at Fort Osage High School's baseball field Wednesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after the most famous Indians alum slugged home runs No. 499 and 500 to become the third-youngest player in major league...

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  • Increase in grant funds coming Updated at 11:44 PM Independence is expecting more funding next fiscal year from a major federal grant program, meaning local organizations will benefit more from the grants known as CDBG and HOME.The annual action plan for the Community Development Block...

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  • Celebrate and bring smiles to many Updated at 11:40 PM There’s a birthday party to benefit the community this Saturday in Grain Valley.Mary Strack, case manager for the Grain Valley Assistance Council, is turning 80.“In lieu of gifts, bring a canned good, because...

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  • House panel OKs student transfer bill Updated at 11:31 PM JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri House committee advanced legislation Wednesday that seeks to overhaul a student transfer law requiring struggling school districts pay for students to attend better-performing nearby schools.But even some...

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  • Our Favorite Anti-Aging Products Updated at 10:27 PM Your quest for younger, more radiant skin ends here.

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  • American Idol: Who Blew the Judges Away? Updated at 9:31 PM American Idol has officially entered the homestretch. With less than a month to go in Season 13, we're at the point where each contestant will have to tackle not one, but two songs per show. Tonight's theme? "A little bit ...

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  • American Idol: Who Blew the Judges Away? Updated at 9:31 PM American Idol has officially entered the homestretch. With less than a month to go in Season 13, we're at the point where each contestant will have to tackle not one, but two songs per show. Tonight's theme? "A little bit ... It’s right to remove book with profanity Updated at 9:14 PM Gary Thompsonboard member, Fort Osage School DistrictTo the editor:After reading the Examiner report of April 12 regarding the Fort Osage School Board vote to retain a book challenged by a parent,...


    The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
    As of (04/24/2014) at 12:17 AM

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  • ROSE NOLEN: Being a kind neighbor helps pay the dues for living on this planet By Rose Nolen : Living outside of a community is like night and day. You have to worry about everything. You are completely on your own.

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  • DAVID ROSMAN: Time for Missouri residents to demand campaign finance reform by David Rosman : If legislators are not willing to stem the degree to which outside organizations attempt to influence politics, then citizens should take matters into their own hands.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sexual assault victims on campus need more support by The Kansas City Star : Sexual assaults on college campuses are notoriously under-reported. But, recent criticism of the way MU handled the sexual assault allegations of former swimmer Sasha Menu Courey has prompted school officials and lawmakers to take rapes more seriously.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: We need to stop picking up the restaurant industry's tab by Marjorie Elizabeth Wood : Members of the National Restaurant Association have been fighting efforts to change a boost in minimum wage for tipped workers, which has been stuck at $2.13 per hour for more than 20 years.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missourians support ethics reform. Why won't the legislature act? by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : A new poll conducted by The Wickers Group on behalf of the Missouri Liberty Project shows broad-based support, among Democrats, Republicans and independents, for serious ethics reform in the Show-Me State.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Good job, legislature, keeping e-cigs away from minors by The Washington Missourian : E-cigs are touted as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products, but they are not without health risks.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri needs a way to monitor prescription drug abuse by St. Joseph News-Press : We encourage area citizens concerned for their communities to support legislative proposals for a prescription drug monitoring program that would allow Missouri authorities to electronically analyze drug purchases and detect when prescriptions are being abused.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Being a vegetarian doesn't mean being a jerk by Jill Richardson : Open dialogue — not judgment — is more productive among people with different diet choices.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. attorney general takes humane steps toward prison reform by Nat Hentoff : The attorney general — long dismissed by many critics as a mere minion of his dictatorial boss — is actively involved in bringing, of all things, human rights to our prison system.

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  • DEAR READER: MU fails with sexual violence policies, reacts slowly with task force by Tom Warhover : The first phase of a task force formed in the wake of Sasha Menu Courey"s death was stunningly underwhelming. The task force made an inventory of resources and found the phone book, but you have to start somewhere.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: We might be journalists, but at least we're not lumberjacks A group of young journalists respond to new job rankings which place journalism jobs at the bottom of the "best" list.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Let's make Missouri the first 'high-jack' state by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Missouri House Bill 1603, which would make jumping jacks the official state exercise, has passed in the House and is awaiting action in the Senate.

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  • GEORGE KENNEDY: Democrats will have to fight to win and retain Missouri seats by George Kennedy : Matt Nappe, data and technology manager for state Democrats, presented a plausible but difficult-to-execute strategy for the state party to prevent Republicans from gaining a veto-proof edge in the General Assembly.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri Highway Patrol cross-trains to boost safety at Lake of the Ozarks by Jefferson City News-Tribune : Just as athletes enhance fitness and safety by training in multiple disciplines, state troopers will promote public safety at the Lake of the Ozarks by acquiring training both on highways and waterways.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: The tragedy in Rwanda may ultimately have a happy ending by Tampa Tribune : In Rwanda today, the genocide — while it will never be forgotten — has been put aside as the victims and the perpetrators join hands in a remarkable effort to build a better nation.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: E-cigarettes should be treated the same as tobacco products A Missouri Senate bill could exempt e-cigarettes from current tobacco laws despite limited research suggesting they could have equally adverse effects as traditional cigarettes.

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  • DAVID ROSMAN: Right to Work needs parity; MoDOT needs more money by David Rosman : Although certain pieces of legislation may be written by organizations with particular political leanings, they should not be summarily dismissed. The legislation can be co-opted across party lines to better serve the citizens of Missouri.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's roads need repairs, funding sources uncertain by ST. JOSEPH NEWS-PRESS : Improvements to Missouri"s roads are long overdue, but residents and lawmakers are divided on the best way to pay for these updates.

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  • ROSE NOLEN: One person, one vote — no matter the race, color or creed by Rose Nolen : Voting is a basic right for all Americans, and there should not be any restrictions on when and how people can vote.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Green-Beckham cut good for Missouri football Missouri"s decision to remove Dorial Green-Beckham from the football team will give him the chance to get back on the right track.


    Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
    As of (04/24/2014) at 12:21 AM

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  • Petition It's hard to know at this point on what ground the petition campaign to overturn the Columbia City Council's agreement with the Opus Group should fail. Legal issues have been raised about the process, and the council's membership has changed,...

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  • MAP, etc Educators and their detractors across the nation have been discussing, with varying degrees of approval and disdain, the arrival of Common Core standards for K-12 teaching and learning.

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  • Peeing in the cistern The time might be right for officials in Portland, Ore., to come up with a better plan for coping with pee in their drinking water.

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  • Oops The other day, in comments about the coming Republican Party primary, I wrote that House Speaker Tim Jones has taken himself out of the 2016 race for state attorney general in a prospective campaign including Sen. Kurt Schaefer, who has...

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  • Frank Haith Frank Haith took his immediate future in hand by moving out of town.

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  • Retail survey The city of Columbia wants to answer the question, "Why do people drive away from Columbia to shop?" Others might ask the question, "Why is the city willing to spend up to $100,000 to find out?"

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  • How to police New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, a renowned practitioner of enlightened heavy-handedness, takes inspiration from Sir Robert Peel, a 19th-century British prime minister considered the father of the London police force. With his Nine Principles of Policing, Sir Robert...

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  • How dogs poop I bet not many of you regularly read our page Did You Know Kids, which runs each Wednesday. You're missing a bet.

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  • Marijuana Now that an inexorable trend is underway toward legalizing the sale and use of marijuana, discussion will turn toward the effects of the drug.

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  • Diapers While we're considering curious aspects of public policy, how about welfare diapers for poor people?

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  • Marijuana Give Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe credit for launching a discussion that might move the tortuous discussion of marijuana legalization. Hers is a tiny little segment of the issue -- she would decriminalize cultivation of a few plants for medicinal...

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  • GOP primary These days a Republican primary election campaign is a sight to behold as every candidate seeks to occupy the far-right fringe. So it was at last week's annual Missouri Lincoln Day dinner, where several candidates advertised their goods.

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  • Player dismissals It's easy for us out here in the cheap seats to reach quick conclusions about what University of Missouri athletic officials should do with the likes of Dorial Green-Beckham and Zach Price, but in the middle of the action these...

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  • Out-county voting In small jurisdictions throughout Boone County, voters on Tuesday made a series of good decisions.

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  • Mixed messages As beleaguered leaders at Columbia's City Hall seek advice and help on how to proceed with downtown development, two official bodies are sending somewhat contradictory messages.

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  • Recent Blog Entries Behind The Stripes Talking Shop with Gary Pinkel, Torren Jones at Mizzo... Mental Math Mental Math for Wednesday April 23 Behind The Stripes Stat Spotlight: Experience on Missouri's Two-Deep Prep Repartee Wait for all-state can abate ... finally Mental Math Fix the Problem for Tuesday April 22 Behind The Stripes ESPN debuts Missouri-themed commercial to promote SE... Behind The Stripes Spring Standouts: Defense Tiger Tidings Non-rev musings: Softball moves into tie for second ... Behind The Stripes Backup QB Trent Hosick decides to transfer Courtside View Some thoughts with MU's coaching search underway Mental Math Mental Math for Monday April 21 Art Axis Edward David Anderson makes a name for himself Behind The Stripes Spring Standouts: Offense Tiger Tidings Incarnate Word girls hoops star chooses UConn over MU Behind The Stripes Webster Groves athlete makes 7 commits for MU's Clas... Behind The Stripes Missouri Spring Game Notes: Mauk solidifies his gri...

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    St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
    As of (04/24/2014) at 12:22 AM

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  • Act locally to ease our impact on world New! The people of this region are a lot closer than many others to the land, rivers and big sky that make our country the environmental gem it is.

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  • Governor grasping at straws Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon clouds the issues and undermines his own credibility when he suggests the legislature has written a tax law so badly that it could have "cataclysmic" consequences for state revenues.

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  • District's proud moment The St. Joseph School District has hit a high note with its music program.

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  • Amid great loss, hope triumphs Spun of thread that is drawn from the deepest longings of the heart, a dream that fills with the breath of hope comes to life.

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  • Help patients refill meds A Missouri lawmaker has a health care proposal that deserves to gain widespread support as more people hear about it.

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  • Monitor prescription sales in state Law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges in Northwest Missouri well understand the threat posed by illegal drug use. So do medical professionals and our social welfare workers.

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  • Science education on track for upgrade Nearly overlooked in the swirl of recent events is the wonderful news that St. Joseph is within about a year of breaking ground on an ambitious project, the Advanced Science Research Center.

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  • Add this: consultant contracts A lot of things look different in the rearview mirror, such as these words from Dr. Fred Czerwonka in a News-Press guest column published last October:

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  • Levee reviews welcome Reassurances from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers don't exactly put our minds at ease.

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  • Make a big impact Role models make an impact. The Big Brothers and Big Sisters program has proven it.

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  • Road needs require statewide solution Missouri is finding there is no good alternative to growing the economy, adding new well-paying jobs and expanding the tax base.

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  • New sets of eyes see new possibilities Sometimes it takes an outsider to notice things the rest of us have looked at so long that we take for granted. Such revelations can solve problems, or offer possibilities for the future.

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  • Issues, not ages, matter Today's younger generation has much to offer on the issues of the day - if only the rest of us will listen and take them seriously.

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  • Suspicious fires threaten all of us The possibility an arsonist is at work in St. Joseph is supported by recent evidence of three fires that have erupted in vacant structures in one neighborhood.

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  • Respect voters' judgment One thing can be said about Tuesday's election in St. Joseph: Voters appear to have made conscious choices when passing a smoking ban and seating a total of four new members of the City Council and school board.

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  • Civic duty requires effort from voters Few voters will get all they want when ballots are counted this evening in St. Joseph. Still, only those who head to the polls will have a say in choosing:

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  • Connect, volunteer to thrive Our charities depend on donor dollars, but hardly financial gifts alone.

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  • Military report on target Missouri state officials deserve credit for realizing more needs to be done, and soon, to secure and hopefully expand our federal investments supporting the military.

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  • Trade sanctions worry us In case you missed it, the tides of the recession appear to be receding in the Midland Empire. Or so say the indicators.

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  • District audit welcome The reasons aside, it's good news that the St. Joseph School District is about to undergo a state audit.


    The Joplin Globe - Editorials
    As of (04/24/2014) at 12:22 AM

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  • Our View: A proud defiance We can’t all be marathon runners. April 23, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Geoff Caldwell, columnist: Nevada standoff bigger than just one man Imagine that all your life you’ve spent your days working your ranch and your nights nursing the calluses, the aches and the pains that come from working that ranch. April 23, 2014

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  • Our View: Bad aim We continue to be amazed at the lengths to which Missouri Republican lawmakers will go to block even the threat of federal gun-control laws. April 22, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Herb Van Fleet, columnist: How would you save a drowning man? I recently recalled an old joke about how to tell a Republican from a Democrat. April 22, 2014

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  • Henry Morgan, guest columnist: Cliven Bundy is a taker wanting something for nothing The Cliven Bundy confrontation with the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada has raised several important issues. April 21, 2014

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  • Phill Brooks, columnist: 40 years later, Missouri's Capitol is a lot less fun Sitting in the Senate’s recent memorial service for deceased members reminded me how different the chamber has become from the Senate I first covered more than four decades ago. April 21, 2014

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  • Other Views: Robbing the poor Combining their “income inequality” obsession with business bashing, some liberals are blaming supposed corporate greed for the financial challenges of the poor. April 21, 2014

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  • Marilyn Beasley guest columnist: Asking for some answers from Obama is not racism As an American, I believe in the rule of law. April 21, 2014

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  • Bill Masters, guest columnist: The power to hate and the power to love Many of you have already heard about the killing of Dr. William L. Corporon and his grandson in Overland Park, Kan., on April 13. April 21, 2014

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  • Our View: Right to fight David Guth serves as a great example of why Kansas does not need a new social media policy for college and university employees. April 21, 2014 1 Photo


    The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
    As of (04/24/2014) at 12:22 AM

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  • Your Opinion: Litterbugs show lack of respect - The litterbugs seem to have been taking over this area of the street the past few months as well as the guardrail that lines the 179 ramp that comes off of U.S. 50.

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  • Your Opinion: Concerns about county decision - Last month, I submitted a letter to Cole County Commissioners Ellinger, Hoelscher, and Scheperle concerning the controversy surrounding the demolition of the Cole County jail and sheriff's residence.

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  • Our Opinion: Uphill climb for public transportation - Proponents of public transportation in Jefferson City face an uphill battle.

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  • Our Opinion: County zoning designed to promote growth - A priority for local governments is to promote orderly growth.

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  • Perspective: Support for transportation funds, tax cut not inconsistent - I love Easter and I love the week leading up to it, beginning with Palm Sunday.

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  • Our Opinion: Motivated to improve or meddle? - Like the nursery rhyme character, Missouri lawmakers this session are putting their thumb print on ongoing programs - in some cases, after four years of inattention.

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  • Your Opinion: County commission faulted for approach, tone - As the chairman of Jefferson City's Historic Preservation Commission, it goes without saying that I am more than disappointed in the Cole County Commission's decision to tear down the old county sheriff's residence and jail.

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  • Your Opinion: Don't rush to protect e-cigarettes - The state Legislature's rush to pass an e-cigarette bill should give Missouri voters pause. Why?

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  • Your Opinion: No double standard by Hobby Lobby - In response to Dale Reichel's letter April 16, Hobby Lobby does have the right to the insurance they offer their employees.

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  • Your Opinion: America must return to faith - The letter submitted by Frances Byrd and printed by the News Tribune April 15 was absolutely excellent. Rather than killing (i.e., aborting a conceived human being) she advocated putting the child up for adoption.

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  • Your Opinion: The threat of terrorism - There is an organized terror attack on the U.S. which is orchestrated by home-grown and foreign entities.

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  • Your Opinion: Care and costs of treatment - Recently on a trip out west I increasingly felt ill. On the plane I was in considerable discomfort. Visiting family, finally, after a few hours on the ground I had to admit I was not getting better.

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  • Perspective: High noon for tax relief - This week the Missouri House spent most of its time on "small" bills. These include bills dealing with non-profit food preparation, student assessments, water fluoridation, diabetes prevention and intoxicating liquor on boats.

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  • Perspective: Students speak out about educational needs - As a part of the discussion about how high schools should change to meet the educational needs of all students, we cannot forget to consult the students themselves.

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  • The Easter Story - And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.


    The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
    As of (04/24/2014) at 12:22 AM

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  • Cape Girardeau City Council welcomes new members (04/24/14) The Cape Girardeau City Council has two new members and soon will have a third. Joseph Uzoaru, the member for Ward 1, and Shelly Moore, who represents Ward 2, were sworn in last week to serve on the city council. Uzoaru replaces John Voss and Moore replaces Meg Davis...

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  • Opinion Column Republicans should challenge Obama's policies (04/23/14) The more I watch and listen to the political bobbleheads, the more I think the Republicans are to blame. And believe me, it pains me to come to this sad conclusion. It would seem a slam dunk to refute and dissect President Barack Obama's world view which runs counter to the principles that made this nation the envy of the world...

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  • Editorial Judge Limbaugh Sr. to be recognized at Boy Scout dinner (04/23/14) In some families scouting is a tradition. That was the case for the Limbaughs, and on Thursday night the Boy Scouts of America Greater St. Louis Area Council will recognize former U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Sr. at the Dr. James A. Kinder Good Scout Award Dinner...

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  • Opinion Column The truth about Right to Farm Amendment (04/22/14) On behalf of the Cape Girardeau County Farm Bureau, a 100-year-old organization of local family farmers, we want to express our strong support of Amendment No. 1: Right to Farm. The Humane Society of the United States recently hosted a meeting in Cape Girardeau, covered in a Southeast Missourian article, in which they represented themselves as speaking for all family farms. ...

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  • Editorial Heartbleed bug a reminder to use good practices online (04/22/14) An online security bug was a hot topic this month as companies with a web presence made efforts to patch their websites. The Heartbleed bug affected encryption technology used to secure information over the Internet. A story by reporter Amity Shedd revealed few apparent issues locally with the security hole, but users are encouraged to use good practices online and change passwords regularly...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 4/22/14 (04/22/14) Only in the land of the looney-left can a Democrat governor who cut $472 million from the education budget call a Republican tax cut proposal "anti-education."Where do these people get this stuff? There's something going on with this cattle rancher out in Nevada that I don't understand. ...

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  • Opinion Column Protecting Midwestern streams and wetlands (04/21/14) Protecting Midwestern streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act (CWA) helps our communities and is vital to our health, safety and quality of life. Local rivers and streams -- the Mississippi, Castor, Cape La Croix Creek, Sloan Creek, and Juden Creek's network of tributaries and wetlands, such as the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, Big Oak Tree State Park and Ten Mile Pond, are important to Southeast Missouri's water quality, recreation, wildlife habitat and flood abatement...

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  • Editorial GEDs offer example of individual improvement (04/21/14) It is with pleasure this newspaper publishes stories about people trying to improve. Our society can be brutal at times, particularly to those scuffling on the lower levels of the income ladder; men and women with little income or education can be perceived unfairly by those with little understanding or empathy. It is understood by most of those in successful situations that education is a key component to income ascension. And most people understand that with more income, comes more freedom...

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  • Opinion Column Column: Downtown Cape Girardeau is doing it right with CID (04/20/14) I am usually sympathetic to the perspective of the St. Louis-based Show Me Institute, whose writer David Stokes in a nearby column cautions the City of Cape Girardeau about the establishment of a Community Improvement District in the downtown. But in this case Stokes strokes with too broad a brush, failing to understand the specifics of the effort in Cape Girardeau. ...

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  • Opinion Column Guest commentary: Cape Girardeau should think twice before establishing CID (04/20/14) Over the past two decades, Missouri has seen an explosion of new, alphabet souplike taxing districts that increase tax rates to fund new services of questionable public purpose. These districts include the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF), Transportation Development Districts (TDD), Community Improvement Districts (CID) and more. ...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 4/20/14 (04/20/14) This is in regards to the deal about the NCAA athletes getting extra meals a day, plus snacks. I think if they get that, I think the rest of the students ought to get it, too, the students who didn't get the scholarships for athletics. They go through the same thing...

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  • Editorial Christ is risen: The real reason we celebrate Easter (04/20/14) Editor's note: The following is our annual Easter editorial. A miraculous event 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem changed the world. On this Easter morning, the story is presented again from the Holy Bible (the Gospel according to St. Matthew, Chapter 28):...

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  • Letter to the Editor Cord blood donations help others (04/18/14) Compassion and generosity are hallmarks of motherhood. As we look forward to this Mother's Day, there is a singularly meaningful way that expectant mothers can show compassion and give hope to people in need: by donating umbilical cord blood. Cord blood, normally disposed of after birth, is unlike any other blood donation. It can be the only potentially life-saving treatment option for thousands of patients suffering from truly devastating blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma...

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  • Editorial On Good Friday we remember Jesus' sacrifice (04/18/14) It's odd that the day we remember Jesus' sacrifice on the cross is called Good Friday. Crucifixion and good don't ordinarily belong in the same sentence. But for believers in Christ, today is the day we remember what Jesus' death on the cross means...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 4/18/14 (04/18/14) I saw on the news that the schools are losing their music programs and other schools are cutting back on their sports and other activities. I propose that we have a tax on every CD and every concert ticket for any musical group, whether it be rap or country or even opera or any of those. ...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 4/17/14 (04/17/14) Fred Horrell wowed the crowd at his sold-out-out show on April 12 at the casino with his harmonica playing. Off the charts. Go, Fred. Don't rush meal When I go to a restaurant for a meal, it is as much or more about the relaxation and socializing as it is about the food. ...

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  • Editorial Color Me Cape brings big crowd to area (04/17/14) You might say Cape Girardeau's downtown has color -- especially on Saturday when the Color Me Cape 5K made its way to the area. More than 2,000 people participated in the race, which was not about time but about the experience and raising money for good organizations...

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  • Editorial Teen Challenge continues to help men overcome life of drugs (04/16/14) Drugs will rob a person of anything important in life. Family. Friends. Work. The list goes on. There is hope, however. On Saturday Teen Challenge International of Mid America, a faith-based organization, held its annual banquet in Cape Girardeau. The night included singing and testimonies. New this year, each man in the program sat at the table with supporters...

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  • Letter to the Editor Employment for individuals with autism (04/16/14) April is Autism Awareness month. Last month we lost Dr. David Crowe who was instrumental in bringing autism awareness to our community. One of Dr. Crowe's aims was to find meaningful employment for those with high-functioning autism through The Tailor Institute. ...

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  • Letter to the Editor E-cigarettes are tobacco products (04/16/14) Tobacco companies are selling E-cigarette LTEs, which resemble cigarettes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the authority to regulate them as tobacco products. However, the tobacco industry is going to great lengths to ensure that e-cigarettes are called anything but tobacco products. Because doing so exempts these unregulated products from current tobacco control laws...


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  • Hire Attire sale continues today 1 days 1 hours ago State Fair Community College’s Phi Beta Lambda and business program students were greeted by a line of eager customers at the door Wednesday morning for the 10th annual Hire Attire sale.Laura Taylor, adjunct instructor and chair of the Hire Attire Committee, said the sale had been busy all morning, and that students obtained even more clothes during the second collection day on Monday.“We have more clothes than we ever have before,” she said. “We had several people who said they saved their clothes just for us. We didn’t have quite as many donors, but they all brought lots of items.”

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  • Helias keeps up pressure in win over S-C The Smith-Cotton girls soccer team twice cut two-goal deficits to one and had chances to equalize, but ended up falling to Helias 4-2 on Wednesday at Susie Ditzfeld Field.Helias, which entered the game ranked No. 7 in the Missouri Soccer Coaches Association Class 2 state poll, scored five minutes into the game and added another in the 16th minute before the Lady Tigers answered. Helias kept the pressure on for much of the first half and had many chances in the second half as well....

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  • S-C golfers second at Hidden Pines Democrat StaffThe Smith-Cotton golf team took second and a four-team West Central Conference meet Wednesday at Hidden Pines, shooting a 195. Warrensburg shot a 166 to win. O’Hara shot a 220 and Center shot a 226.Wyatt Foster led Smith-Cotton with a 45. Alex Lorenz shot a 46, Taylor Mankin shot a 47 and Jacob Carrol shot a 52.The Smith-Cotton junior varsity team shot a 195 to finish one stroke behind the Warrensburg JV. Jackson Kempton led the S-C junior ...

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  • Lub Dub set for Saturday Organizers for the seventh annual Lub Dub 5K/10K Walk/Run are hoping sunny skies and warmer temperatures predicted for this weekend will mean big crowds for the race Saturday.“We have about 400 people registered so far, so I think the turnout is going to be very good this year,” said Bothwell Foundation Director Lisa Church. “There is a 30 percent chance of rain, but I’m choosing to look at that as there’s a 70 percent chance of no rain. So hopefully i...

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  • Middle school to get greenhouse Fifth graders at Sedalia Middle School next year will be the first to utilize a new greenhouse at the school, thanks to a grant from the Central Region Missouri State Teachers Association.Fifth grade science teacher Michelle Steger learned last week she had received one of five $600 grants from the organization to “implement an innovative classroom activity.” She has found a greenhouse within the $600 budget which will be built behind the school in time for the 2014-15 ...

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  • Cole Camp author releases book LINCOLN — On Tuesday Kathy Elaine Ribble, of Cole Camp, announced the nationwide release of her fiction book, “Springtime in Christmas Town,” a faith-based book that Ribble said happened because her husband pressed the send button.Ribble, a former pastor’s wife and a current leader in women’s ministries, moved to the area with her husband, Charles, about a year ago due to an economic downturn in Newberry, Ind. The couple now owns Ribbles Appliance Repa...

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  • Earth Day Science Fair at S-C Photos by Faith Bemiss DemocratSmith-Cotton High School students participated in an Earth Day Environmental Science Fair Tuesday on the top level of the gymnasium. Environmental and Earth Science teacher Mona McCormick said students would receive first, second and third place awards in three categories: Awareness, Design and Action. Best of Show and People’s Choice awards would also be presented. Attending the event were Phil Webster, with Alliance Water Resources, and Debb...

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  • Green Ridge softball beats Bunceton Democrat StaffThe Green Ridge softball team scored three in the first inning and five more in the second to beat Bunceton 12-8 on Tuesday in Bunceton.Mackenly Scotten pitched four inning and had two strikes outs, four walks and four hits. Sam Unkel came on in relief and struck out five, walking no one and allowing no hits.Unkel went 2 for 4 and the plate with two doubles and an RBI. Molly Turner went 2 for 4 with two RBI. Libby Dove went 2 for 3 with a home ru...

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  • S-C boys run away with final meet at Jennie Jaynes In the final track meet at the old Jennie Jaynes Stadium, the Smith-Cotton boys track and field team came away with a first-place finish, scoring 180 points to nearly double the point total of second-place Center at the Smith-Cotton Invitational on Tuesday.Smith-Cotton came away with eight first place finishes.In the 1600, Smith-Cotton’s Taylor Gilliam took first with a time of 4:51.57. He led Smithton’s Isaac Calvert for the first 800 meters before Calvert m...

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  • Students learn about sexual assault prevention Students at Whittier High School received a lesson in teen dating violence from officials with Citizens Against Spouse Abuse Inc., Tuesday, an annual event for the school during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.CASA Court Advocate Amanda Davis and Child Program Manager Donna Hirner-Gardner spoke with students and teachers about stalking, psychological abuse, physical abuse and sexual assault during their presentation, which emphasized that these situations can happen to both men and ...

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  • City to celebrate Arbor Day The city will kick off its Arbor Day celebrations Friday with a special event at Liberty Park.A part of its Tree City USA designation, Sedalia is required to host an Arbor Day celebration yearly. This year’s will feature free tree giveaways, a proclamation by Mayor Steve Galliher, speakers with the Missouri Department of Conservation, and special recognition of Sedalia Master Gardeners and Smith-Cotton High School’s Envirothon Team.

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  • Setting the facts straight on flags in church Dear Editor:I write today to set the record straight. I ask you to keep an open mind and then form your opinion based upon the facts.Fact One: First United Methodist Church has two locations serving Pettis County: First Church Downtown and Celebration Center.Fact Two: At each location a flag is prominently displayed. Downtown it is in the sanctuary. At Celebration Center it is on a pole outdoors at the main entrance.Fact Three: The flags remain in t...

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  • Vehicle stolen, drive into pond at Liberty Park Sedalia Police Department officers are searching for two suspects who allegedly drove a stolen van into the pond at Liberty Park.According to reports, early Monday morning a 1998 Dodge Caravan was stolen from a home in the 1500 block of South Osage Avenue. It was involved in an earlier gas drive off at a business in the 1700 block of West Broadway Boulevard before two suspects pushed it into the pond at Liberty Park.An incident report from the SPD indicates when officers...

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  • Team SCREAM ready to compete As a member of Smith-Cotton High School’s Team SCREAM, I am a geek and a nerd, a dweeb and a dork. But I am also a part of something that has absolutely changed my life.Team SCREAM (Smith-Cotton Robotics, Engineering And Mathematics) is a competitive robotics team at the high school level. As a second-year team, we’ll be competing at the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championships today through Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, which will see more than ...

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  • Looking forward to ‘Fireball Run’ Mix equal parts 1981’s cult classic “The Cannonball Run” and CBS’ “The Amazing Race” and season liberally with advocacy for a great cause you get “Fireball Run,” a road race and the web series that documents it.“The Most Epic Adventurally in America” starts their latest season Sept. 26 in Frisco, Texas, and hits overnight stops in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri before careening towards the finish line in Independence. The...

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  • Local boy makes good in 1920s Sedalia On Jan. 18, 1920, news on the front page of the Sedalia Democrat included information on the condition of W.A. Collins, a local attorney who had been the victim of an assault in Warrensburg, a brief article praising the financial condition of the Sedalia banks, comments on the attendance at the Missouri Farmer’s Association meeting in Columbia, and a national story on a continued investigation into a letter written to Rear Admiral Sims about the U.S. Navy’s role in World War I.

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  • Galliher, new councilmembers sworn in Sedalia officially has a new mayor. Steve Galliher, along with new councilmembers Jim Cunningham and Don Meier, and incumbents Wanda Monsees and Tollie Rowe were all sworn in Monday during the Sedalia City Council meeting.Before the swearing-in ceremony, outgoing Mayor Elaine Horn had a special plaque of appreciation for four-term outgoing Ward 3 Councilman Wiley Walter. It was an emotional moment as Walter, who has been in a wheelchair for health reasons, was able to walk into cou...

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  • S-C jv golfers take second In the 17-team Sacred Heart Invitational on Monday at the Sedalia Country Club, the Smith-Cotton junior varsity golf team carded a 355 to claim second.St. Pius X took first with a 318, including Chris Beaubien who shot a 76 to share medalist honors with Travis Reger, of Versailles.The Smith-Cotton JV was paced by Tyler Spear’s 82.“I was hitting my drives really well,” Spear said. “I was one- and two-putting. My chips were a little off, ...


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