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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (10/22/2014) at 04:06 AM

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  • 'I could have been Mike Brown'

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  • The governor creates a Ferguson Commission; St. Louis faces a defining moment

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  • From protest to progress, what Ferguson can learn from Joplin

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  • Gun docket in St. Louis might have saved Vonderrit Myers Jr.'s life

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  • Red October meets #FergusonOctober

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  • Ferguson: Nobody should be surprised

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  • St. Louis leads post-Ferguson: Amnesty is the answer

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  • A parable of St. Louis: The saga of Devin James

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  • Ribbons of hope for Ferguson

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  • We all have some to work to do in stopping prejudice

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  • The hand of God in Ferguson

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  • Testimony of black parent is compelling

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  • Poor white citizens need help in the courts, too

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  • Change the police mindset on shooting civilians

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  • Is Powell Hall the right place for a protest?

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  • Song of protest further divides the community

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  • Letter: Demonstration at Symphony performance had an effect

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  • Community has to address problem of teen pregnancies

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  • Protester doesn't represent people of Ferguson

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  • Police officer should not be able to turn off body camera


    Kansas City Star - Editorials
    As of (10/22/2014) at 04:07 AM

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  • Scholarship helps mom keep slain daughter’s memory alive Donovan McNabb to reunite with Chiefs’ Andy Reid in a new role Ducks are getting their due among chefs and home cooks Campaign money pours into race for rural Missouri judge Rare Battle of Westport artifacts will be displayed at 150th anniversary commemoration Featured In KC, there’s no such thing as ‘cheap seats’ for World Series 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 Steve Rose Reporting Live Latest Headlines Campaign money pours into race for rural Missouri judge Rare Battle of Westport artifacts will be displayed at 150th anniversary commemoration Grandview man, 20, faces his second murder accusation in four years Ebola crisis hits home for Kansas City’s West African community YMCA is in talks to run North Kansas City’s community center Featu...

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  • Local Deals Today's Deal Grocery Coupons Sunday Circulars Local Ads Get the Deal! Value: Discount: You Save: Classifieds Browse Classified Ads All classifieds Merchandise Services Automotive Pets Announcements Legals Real Estate Commercial Recreational Garage Sales Apartments All Classifieds Place a Classfied Ad Kansas City Top Jobs Route Service/Sales

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  • Search Jobs Place a Classified Ad Merchandise Cars Homes Apartments Other categories Classified Support Center Customer Service Sign In Subscribe Customer Service Search More proof rolls in that Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts aren’t saving Kansas Throwing out various claims on the campaign trail, Gov. Sam Brownback insists his radical income tax cut program is going to revive the Kansas economy. But as the data roll in — including more numbers on the all-important jobs front on Tuesday — the promises of radical progress aren’t coming true. Monday Poll results: On the Royals and KC attractions As many as 1,200 readers responded to the World Series edition of our Monday Poll. Here are the results of some key questions asked in this unscientific survey. A unified community roots for the Royals No one really knows who’s going to win the World Series. But let’s enjoy the ride, Kansas City, for however long it lasts. Murder of 6-year-old

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  • The Monday Poll: How soon will Kansas City win the World Series? Kansas City is turning blue with excitement as we get ready to watch the Royals play the San Francisco Giants in the 2014 World Series, starting Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. So the Monday poll would like you to weigh in on a few baseball-related issues.

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  • Tax increases and renewals in Liberty, Shawnee, Olathe and Leawood will improve services A handful of tax increases and renewals will face suburban Kansas City area voters on Nov. 4. It’s encouraging to see that in most cases city officials are focused on using the funds to bolster basic public services. Here are The Star’s recommendations on selected tax issues.

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  • Choose Paul Davis for governor to put Kansas on a better path In making its recommendation for Kansas governor, The Star’s editorial board writes: “In his race for governor, Democrat Paul Davis is proposing a pragmatic course that builds upon the assets Kansans have always valued. He is the best choice for the state, offering an alternative to the unproven theories and magical thinking promoted by Republican Sam Brownback.”

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  • Share your #PaperRoyals Look for our Royals special section in The Star today for a new action figure. Meet the Royals' Three-headed Bullpen monster: Herrera, Davis and Holland. Tweet your most creative photos with the hashtag #PaperRoyals or email them to sports@kcstar.com. Stay Connected Oops, you haven't selected any newsletters. Please check the box next to one or more of our email newsletters and submit again.

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  • Two strong challengers for the U.S. House in Kansas’ 2nd and 3rd districts The outcome of the races for U.S. House from Kansas’ 2nd and 3rd Districts has little chance of changing the dynamic of the Republican-controlled body. Still, voters in both districts do have real choices and viable alternatives to business as usual on the ballot. The Star’s recommendations in Kansas House races Voters who are alarmed about the direction in which Kansas is headed should look closely at the slate of candidates running for legislative seats in the House. In making recommendations in selected contested races, The Star is supporting candidates who are most likely to help reverse some of the harmful policies of the recent past and invest in the state’s schools and citizens. Edgar Snow Symposium in KC to showcase arts, U.S.-China relations The symposium will bring many Chinese and American diplomats and dignitaries to town and put Kansas City’s arts, education ...


    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 (10/22/2014) at 04:07 AM

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  • Lost in Suburbia: The itsy bitsy case of indigestion Posted at 1:01 AM By Tracy BeckermanMore Content Now I recently read that the average person will ingest eight spiders in his or her lifetime. Apparently, this happens when we are sleeping, which would make sense, because I don’t know anyone in their right mind who would choose to eat a spider when they’re conscious, except maybe my dog. --

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  • 5 Things to Do This Weekend (Oct. 24-26) Posted at 1:01 AM Five ways you can have fun this weekend:1. The big movies opening this week are “Ouija,” a PG-13 horror movie about a ouija board; and “John Wick,” an R thriller starring Keanu Reeves as a hitman forced to come out of retirement.

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  • Dear Monty: Rent-back clause prevents financial disaster? Posted at 1:01 AM By Richard MontgomeryMore Content Now

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  • Biz Bits: Expert help - not low prices - key to higher sales, more satisfied customers Posted at 1:01 AM Tip of the Week

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  • Dave Ramsey: What to do when adult goes back to school Posted at 1:01 AM Dear Dave,My husband will be leaving his full-time job in a year so that he can go back to school full-time and finish his degree. We’ve both agreed this is what we want to do, but it means that we’ll go from a yearly income of $90,000 to...

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  • ROYALS VP OF BELIEF Updated at 12:44 AM In 1985, the Kansas City Royals climbed on the back of Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett and rode their way to the lone World Series championship in team history.Every time Brett emerged on the field, he was besieged by microphones,...

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  • ACED OUT Updated at 12:40 AM It took just one inning to realize that San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner had it, and Kansas City Royals ace James Shields didn’t.The result? An end to Kansas City’s major league record-setting eight-game playoff...

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  • Wildcats squeak past Pats into final Updated at 12:39 AM Blink once, and you might lose a hard-earned lead. Blink twice, the lead might be in other hands, never to return.Such was the second Class 4 District 14 volleyball semifinal at Truman High School, where the host Patriots and Blue...

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  • 'Moose' quickly builds postseason legend Updated at 12:39 AM When Mike Moustakas was a kid growing up in Chatsworth, Calif., he hit countless home runs in Little League ball that – when he closed his eyes – were World Series game winners.“Every kid in Little League hits a home...

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  • Mike Genet: Even a Tigers fan can get excited for Royals Updated at 12:38 AM First of all, full disclosure for any readers who have not seen me covering events and figured out my baseball allegiance based on the hats I often wear: I’m a Detroit Tigers fan.I was born with that trait, given to me by my mother,... Auto dealer rezoning OK'd Updated at 12:37 AM WHAT: Blue Springs City Council meetingWHEN: Monday, Oct. 20MAIN TOPIC: The Council approved rezoning of property at 1708 S.W. U.S. 40 from General Business to Regional Commercial for a used car sales lot named "Toyo... NEXT 10  »


    The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
    As of (10/22/2014) at 04:07 AM

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  • ROSE NOLEN: Preparing for holidays was — almost always — a treat and a blessing By Rose Nolen : The bounty of summer became the bounty of the holiday season as family members gathered to share stories and food — lots of food.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: The wageless recovery might bring humbug to the holidays by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Despite a recovering economy, t he Census Bureau reports that in 2013, the median household had $4,500 less buying power than it did in 2007, which could result in fewer purchases during the holidays.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Schools are failing to provide adequate job preparation by Jefferson City News Tribune : Bill Daggett, founder and chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education, believes a culture change in education is needed that prepares students for the jobs of the future.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Forbes 400 grow wealthier as middle class struggles by SAM PIZZIGATI : America’s wealthiest 400 hold a combined net worth of $2.3 trillion, which places the average Forbes 400 fortune at $5.7 billion, an all-time record high.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: We cannot ignore the underrepresentation of minorities among Columbia teachers by The Rev. Robert Stewart Jr. : The very Constitution that our kids learn about supports the idea that we are all created equal. Does not that mean minorities should be represented as core classroom teachers in a similar proportion to the very students they teach and serve?

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nobel winners must light way to end India, Pakistan fighting by THE KANSAS CITY STAR : Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi should set an example for their countries" leaders, who are continuing the battle over Kashmir.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Amendment to limit governor's powers is bad for Missouri by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Amendment 10 would change the state budgetary process from beginning to end, shifting nearly all of the budget responsibility to the Legislature. It’s a naked power grab by Republicans.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: It's up to local officials to prepare if Ebola spreads by Donna Brazile : The CDC has a good track record for preventing and controlling infectious diseases, but it can"t be everywhere at once.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Early voting measure is nothing but an empty promise by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : The measure would limit the times people could vote and require an advance ballot request, which would make it harder for some voters to cast ballots.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sore losers shouldn't prevail on Right to Farm vote by Jefferson City News Tribune : Ballot language said to be vague or misleading must be, and frequently is, challenged in court before elections.

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  • DEAR READER: MU Homecoming drive stirs readers' blood by Tom Warhover : MU"s blood drive is one of the top-giving blood drives in the country. But it"s unwise for all members to be pressured to give, especially if they"re sick.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Royals fever brings epic pride to Kansas City Royals fans are elated to see their team compete in a World Series for the first time in 29 years.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Potential risk of meningitis has simple solution by Kristin Sohl : Today, with a quick visit to our doctors, we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from dreadful diseases that our ancestors had to face.

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  • GEORGE KENNEDY: Marijuana ordinances would take city in sensible but unpredictable direction by George Kennedy : Further moves to decriminalize marijuana in the city could cause confusion because of contradiction with federal and state laws.

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  • TIM MAYLANDER: Opus project was communication failure on multiple levels by Timothy Maylander : Many people think the handling of Opus Development Co."s downtown student housing project was bungled when the city didn"t listen to petitioners about the development agreement. But that"s not the only communication failure related to the project, and the city isn"t the only entity to blame.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Setting standards for Missouri schools needs serious attention by Joplin Globe : Setting good and challenging standards should in no way impede a teacher"s ability to teach that subject or grade level.

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  • DAVID ROSMAN: Proposed amendment would throw state budget out of whack by David Rosman : On the surface, Amendment 10 seems to be a good proposal, but looking closely, the amendment is worrisome for both parties.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon fine with favors, as long as he's handing them out by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Missouri legislators are willing to pass a special law for one company while schools are under-funded and food insecurity rates increase.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: We can't go on eating like this by John Feffer : Agriculture is pushing up global temperatures and draining our resources. High- and low-tech solutions have been proposed, but the real answer might be to use all of them.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Amendment 3 doesn't serve educators or students by Susan McClintic : "Teaching great" is never a one-size-fits-all idea as Amendment 3 assumes. There is no other profession expected to change the world every day and then measure with an assessment like public education.


    Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
    As of (10/22/2014) at 04:11 AM

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  • Amendment 2 Missouri is the only state in the union that bars testimony showing “propensity” in child sex abuse cases. Amendment 2 on the Nov. 4 ballot would make prosecution easier by allowing testimony about prior criminal convictions and even crimes that...

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  • Amendment 10 First, the nod.

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  • Learning about Ebola I told you the other day I always read Mike Szydlowski's weekly column, which appears on our Wednesday “Do You Know -- Kids” page. Szydlowski is Columbia Public Schools' science coordinator. He writes for students, the quintessential sixth-grader, a good...

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  • Small conflicts President Barack Obama's approval rating is the lowest in his term. A favorite criticism is his handling of the Islamic terrorist situation. It is politically appealing to say the commander in chief is not commanding, yet such suggestions are not...

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  • Sinquefield By now, political junkies probably know the name Rex Sinquefield.

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  • The Royals In the best Johnny-come-lately-hop-on-the-bandwagon tradition, in the past two weeks I became a Kansas City Royals fan. One is eager to bask in the limelight of a team that came from a putative also-ran to a precedent-setting eight-in-a-row winner on...

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  • Amendment 6 On Monday I wondered in this column about the opposition of Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren to Amendment 6, which would establish early voting in Missouri, on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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  • Medical breakthrough On Monday, the University of Missouri Health System and Columbia Surgical Associates announced a collaboration that eventually could become a pattern for broader merging of local health care delivery.

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  • REDI and the chamber At its meeting Wednesday, Regional Economic Development Inc. declined to adopt an endorsement position on the controversial city development fee proposal scheduled for the Nov. 4 ballot. It did the right thing.

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  • Early voting Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren, whose opinion on election matters carries as much weight as any in the state, told Muleskinners last week she is “absolutely” opposed to Amendment 6 on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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  • Fee increase The debate over community development policy will coalesce Nov. 4 when voters decide whether to sharply increase fees paid by developers of construction projects.

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  • Uber Without fanfare, Uber opened Thursday for business in Columbia, sending Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine & Co. scrambling. How shall the city cope with this newfangled taxi service?

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  • The cold One of my must-read columnists in our paper is Mike Szydlowski, who writes about science matters on our Kids Page. Szydlowski is writing for an average sixth-grader, which means a few of us adult readers might be able to understand.

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  • Ebola If you live in the West African nations plagued with the disease Ebola, your abiding fear is not paranoia. Those germs really might be after you. Your entire culture and its public health system are ill-equipped to deal with the...

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  • Health care So far, health care reform is a gathering but erratic breeze promising wider coverage and more consistency. But a tsunami is coming.

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  • Recent Blog Entries Prep Rally Final (regular season) high school football rankings Tiger Tidings Breakdown of the SEC women's hoops landscape Courtside View Counting down the Top 25 (Nos. 10-6) Mental Math Fix the Problem for Tuesday October 21 Tiger Tidings SEC women's hoops preseason poll: MU picked 11th Tiger Tidings Football scouting report: Vanderbilt Behind The Stripes Missouri Notes: The "Murphy and Ray are SEC players ... Charting Health Local agencies talk Ebola at Tuesday press conference Behind The Stripes Gary Pinkel Speaks: Week 9 Mental Math Mental Math for Monday October 20 Behind The Stripes Kentucky-Missouri game set for 3 p.m. kick on SEC Ne... Prep Rally District matchups by the numbers: Class 1 Learning Curve UM System allocates $20.6 million in strategic fundi... Prep Rally District matchups by the numbers: Class 2 Behind The Stripes Snap Decisions: MU used 15 D-line combos at UF. Whic... Prep Rally District matchups by the numbers: Class 3 Prep Rally D...

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    St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
    As of (10/22/2014) at 04:12 AM

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  • New exhibits entice visitors to return Buffalo Bill and the Buffalo Soldiers are among St. Joseph's newest "residents.”

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  • We believe in our Royals Long before they became America's team ... before they swept into the World Series with an undefeated playoff streak ... before they stole bases and the nation's hearts ... they were ours. Our Kansas City Royals.

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  • College? You are not alone Inexperienced applicants to college, have no fear: Your high school counselors stand ready to help you and your parents navigate the sometimes intimidating process of filling out the required paperwork.

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  • What makes your `Big 5' agenda? A community agenda for St. Joseph cannot start and end with fixing the streets, but we all understand why streets are on the list.

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  • Schools confront reality The St. Joseph Board of Education is doing its job by acknowledging reality - kids will struggle to learn when life interferes.

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  • Cemetery woes disrespect dead Anybody in any profession can give others in the same line of work a bad name. It's not fair, but it happens.

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  • Progress on defaults critical It's not enough to get our young people enrolled in college. We have to find a way for them to graduate with both a degree and manageable debt.

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  • More to unrest story A young man is dead, a grand jury is meeting and a police officer's fate hangs in the balance.

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  • Nurses on front lines fill vital health role In pledging to practice their profession "faithfully,” new nurses most likely envision a wide range of medical challenges, but we suspect few think much about their own mortality.

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  • Cart in front of horse Missouri lawmakers and appointed regulators need to get their arms around problems at the state lottery - and do so before others take over the issue for their own purposes.

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  • Partners score big win Outside the Silicon Valley, it is rare to find a local economy that awakens and is propelled to success with nary a dip or setback.

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  • Open government means just that One of the big misunderstandings about Missouri's Sunshine Law is that somehow this testimony to transparency is a tool reserved solely to advance the interests of the media.

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  • Protect children all year A stepped-up Halloween law enforcement effort announced this week sheds light on the problem of sex offenders - and simultaneously risks alarming the public about the wrong thing.

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  • Drugs merit response for sake of the kids Drugs destroy families.

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  • It pays to splurge on basics What are we to make of two recent studies that come to similar conclusions about the haves and the have-nots?

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  • Refine attack on assaults Members of Congress - including, prominently, Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri - want an end to sexual assaults on our university campuses. Don't we all.

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  • Homeless but not forgotten It's a fact nearly all of the Midland Empire's homeless school-age children have a roof over their heads at night. But they are still homeless.

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  • Council gets credit for trying Citizens of St. Joseph asked the City Council to do something about the streets, and the council is responding.

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  • Grants support preservation It's difficult enough for those of us who own "regular” homes or businesses to keep up with repairs, from leaky roofs and drafty windows to rotted flooring.

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  • Go pink to save a life For people who adopt a cause, usually there is a moment of choosing - something that prompts them to go "all in.”


    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 (10/22/2014) at 04:13 AM

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  • Your Opinion: Frustrating inaction on roads - For more than two years, we have been working with the Callaway County Commission to set up a Neighborhood Improvement District and improve the roads in our subdivision.

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  • Our Opinion: Coping with declining city revenues - The alchemy of budgeting is a blend of mathematics, prioritization and educated guesswork.

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  • Perspective: Parents urged to set driving rules for teens - Learning to drive is very exciting for teens, and a driver's license is a giant step toward independence.

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  • Your Opinion: MoDOT contributes to driver distractions - There was a recent article in the News Tribune telling how our Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) was going to use their 250 electronic billboards around the state to flash messages to motorists.

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  • Your Opinion: School board isn't getting the message - On Oct. 13 School Board Vice President Doug Whitehead presided over the monthly meeting and heard from 20 citizens taking the board and administration to task.

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  • Our Opinion: Sore losers plead voters were 'misled' - The vote must stand. Opponents of a constitutional amendment creating a right to farm have filed a legal challenge to overturn the results of the election on the grounds that voters were “deceived" and “misled."

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  • Your Opinion: Law enforcement deserves support - I am not much of a touchy feely guy, most of my emotions result from thought, not from feelings, but I am really starting to wonder when the state, news media and community will start showing some support for the law enforcement attempting to hold things together in St. Louis and Ferguson?

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  • Your Opinion: Praise for feature on 'Stella Maris' - Our compliments to Jim Dyke and the News Tribune for the “Stella Maris" (“The Star of the Sea") feature in the Oct. 12 Views section.

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  • Our Opinion: Sensible proposal for prosecutors - County prosecutors have enormous discretion.

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  • Your Opinion: World Food Day drive - World Food Day, Oct. 16, is a time to reflect on the problem of hunger and to explore solutions that people of faith and of good will are promoting so that all may eat and know God's abundance.

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  • Your Opinion: Criteria to elect candidates - Your Oct. 8 editorial although understated points out what Cole County voters have come to expect from elections.

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  • Your Opinion: Lawmakers shirk duties - Missouri legislators are dodging their responsibilities by pushing legislative matters off on the people generally.

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  • Our Opinion: Is it time to rebalance components of education? - What is the purpose of education?

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  • Your Opinion: Bible sheds light on homosexuality - It is sickening to have read in the paper about United States Supreme Court backing so-called homosexual marriage.

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  • Your Opinion: Statistics show economic ills - Who are the 42.5 percent who still approve of Obama's job performance?


    The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
    As of (10/22/2014) at 04:13 AM

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  • Online learning and a look at quality (10/22/14) The Internet has changed many things over the years. From online banking and bill paying, to entertainment options, to how you may be reading this editorial, digital devices, though not without flaws, can benefit us. Education is one of these categories, and recently a Southeast Missourian story looked at what Southeast Missouri State University is doing to improve quality in online courses...

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  • Opinion Column The political landscape (10/22/14) If I didn't know better, I'd think the president was intentionally trying to torpedo Democrats' hope of holding Senate control in next month's midterm elections. For an administration prone to missteps, the past few weeks have raised the bar on the apparent rudderless ship of state...

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  • Letter to the Editor Amendment 3 not good for education (10/21/14) Amendment 3 is on the ballot in November. If approved by voters, it will impose a standards-based performance evaluation system for teachers, the majority of which shall be based upon "quantifiable student performance data..." ( sos.mo.gov/elections/2014petitions/2014-024.pdf ). Yes, there are pros to standardized testing, but the cons are damning...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 10/21/14 (10/21/14) Of course President Obama cannot or will not shut down air traffic from parts of the world infected with Ebola, because that would destroy his insane adherence to open-borders-at-all-costs policy. The policy is ascribing to a one-world and one-government world, and this is a good part of it...

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  • Editorial Newspaper to host wellness fair Wednesday (10/21/14) This community is a medical attraction for many. Across the area, people come to see doctors and receive treatment. There's a lot to learn about health care, and prevention and becoming knowledgeable is a good start. This week the Southeast Missourian and Healthwatch Magazine will host their first Wellness Fair. ...

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  • Opinion Column The limits of blame in the Middle East (10/21/14) Iraq and Syria, and the broader Middle East, are in the midst of conflicts over belief and borders. The march of the Islamic State continues, threatening Baghdad and beyond. In this context, identity and loyalty become existential questions, as young men decide whether to enlist under the black flags of the Islamic State, or serve in the armies and militias of their nations...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 10/20/14 (10/20/14) Congratulations to the Southeast Missourian for all the recent awards you've won. It gives me an opportunity to say thanks for what you do. I love reading the newspaper and going to your website. It's the best newspaper in the country, and I'm not afraid to say that. But I'm glad to see others recognizing you, too...

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  • Letter to the Editor Keep program for mammograms (10/20/14) As a five-year survivor, Breast Cancer Awareness Month means more than a pink tradition. It's a time to raise awareness about the importance of lifesaving cancer screenings and treatment services associated with the disease. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among Missouri women; of the estimated 4,610 women who will be diagnosed in the state this year, 910 will die from the disease. ...

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  • Editorial Learning about Down syndrome's challenges, misconceptions (10/20/14) Parents of children with Down syndrome know the challenges. They may not all be the same, but there are challenges. In a story that appeared in Tuesday's Southeast Missourian by reporter Tyler Graef, Sarah Kuntze shared her family's story about son Carter who has Down syndrome. ...

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  • Letter to the Editor Support fire tax on ballot (10/19/14) Cape Girardeau's Fire Department is a team of professionals, dedicated to protecting the quality of life and economic stability of our community in the most effective, efficient, safest manner possible. As a proud citizen of Cape Girardeau, I support the extension of the fire tax. Our Cape Girardeau Fire Department does far more than responding to fires...

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  • Letter to the Editor Empty Bowls event helps with hunger (10/19/14) Last season, thanks to community support, we received over $5,800 in donations towards the Salvation Army's community meals. This year, our 9th annual Empty Bowls banquet will be from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Salvation Army, 701 Good Hope. Admission is $12 at the door for a soup meal and handmade ceramic bowl with all proceeds benefiting the Salvation Army's meals with friends program...

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  • Editorial Cape College Center name change is good step for partnership (10/19/14) A partnership between Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers College and Mineral Area College and operated in the Career and Technology Center in Cape Girardeau has been interesting to watch since its inception in the fall of 2010. Here you have three higher education institutions, housed in a fourth educational facility, and all with a goal of helping meet an educational need...

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  • Editorial Aaron Shust concert among weekend activities (10/17/14) Contemporary Christian music singer Aaron Shust will perform at Cape Bible Chapel tonight. Many recognize songs performed by Shust, though they might not make the initial connection. A few popular praise anthems he performs include "Cornerstone," "God of Brilliant Lights" and "No One Higher."...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 10/17/14 (10/17/14) Hello. I am 89 years old, and I am tired of the Ferguson protesters. If I were able and an honor guard were held for security persons and policemen, I'd try to be in it. We need to do everything we can to support them. I feel very sorry for the loss of their child. But it's no excuse for the behavior of destroying property and all that sort of thing. They need to be arrested and punished. Anybody breaks the law, they need to be punished...

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  • Letter to the Editor Court undermines the family (10/17/14) America is no longer on a slippery slope. We are simply hanging on to the edge. The latest slip was the Supreme Court disregarding the will of the people and states' rights regarding homosexual marriage (a contradiction in terms). It seems that our government, for the people, of the people, and by the people, really is nothing more than tyranny of the minority. ...

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  • Editorial Great ShakeOut offers reminder alert preparedness (10/16/14) At 10:16 a.m. today local time many organizations will participate in drills as part of the Great ShakeOut, a national effort to make people aware of earthquake preparedness. Missouri and Illinois are among the states listed at highest risk for a damaging earthquake, according to a Wednesday story by reporter Samantha Rinehart in the Southeast Missourian. ...

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  • Opinion Column Soviet missiles in Cuba (10/16/14) My generation had gone through elementary school practicing "duck and cover," the worthless exercise to convince us we could survive a nuclear war. We had watched as Civil Defense signs went up on public buildings to tell us where food, water and medical supplies were stored for use after that war. For children, the threat of a nuclear war became something we simply accepted as normal...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 10/16/14 (10/16/14) Yes, to all you people that think it's wonderful that the media is tearing down or starting to jump on Obama, they have to do that, because then they got to build Hillary Clinton up. Even Rush Limbaugh predicted this four years ago. I knew this was coming. ...

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  • Opinion Column Left uses Ferguson for agenda (10/15/14) The ongoing protests and civil disobedience in Ferguson, Missouri, is no longer about the police shooting of the "gentle giant" Michael Brown. Instead, left-wing organizations like LGBT groups, Planned Parenthood, abortion rights organizations and pro-Palestinian groups have co-opted the protests along with federal unions and climate-change promoters...

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  • Editorial Matheny to talk on leadership at Arrow event (10/15/14) Mike Matheny has an impressive resume as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. Three appearances in the National League Championship Series in three years. One National League title and currently in competition for another. The former catcher-turned-manager is trying to send the reining National League Champions back to the Fall Classic. But regardless of how the season turns out, Mike Matheny has made his mark in baseball and leadership...


    Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
    As of (10/21/2014) at 05:31 PM

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  • S-C football will be home for first round 2 days 17 hours ago Smith-Cotton will host a playoff game in what could be the final game played at Jennie Jaynes Stadium.The Tigers (6-3) come off a 12-7 Homecoming win over Center on Friday but it was not enough to overtake Carthage for No. 2 in the district standings which would have given S-C a first-round bye. Instead, the Tigers host Ruskin.Last season, the Tigers opened the district tournament by hosting and beating Washington before falling int he second round at Camdenton.In Class 3, Warsaw will visit Mountain Grove (8-1).

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  • Remembering Sedalia’s very own Ox Douglas A. “Ox” Baker was a professional wrestler and an occasional actor, best known for his role in the 1981 cult classic “Escape from New York” as Snake Plissken’s gladiatorial opponent “Slag.” He was one of the most infamous heels of the early cable era of wrestling, once inciting a riot in Cleveland because he wouldn’t stop beating his opponent. His interviews were entertaining, his ring work was solid and he just might have been the owner ...

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  • ‘Revolutionary’ new home economics ideas Following passage of the Hatch Act in 1887, each state designated a college to serve as its agricultural experiment station, promoting the most scientific methods of raising crops and caring for livestock. In 1914, the Smith Lever Act expanded the program begun by the Hatch Act by providing cooperative extension services from the colleges to the citizens.County agricultural extension agents taught farmers better methods of farming, and county home economics agents taught women bett...

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  • Stover volleyball beats La Monte Stover beat La Monte 25-9, 25-18 in district play Monday at Green Ridge.Stover’s Mallory Uptegrove had 14 kills and three aces. Amber Engelbrecht had 10 digs. Carley Nolting and Maggie Haynes each had five kills. Montana Boles had 26 assists.Stover (26-7-1) will face Sacred Heart in the semifinal Tuesday. The Gremlins advance after first-round opponent Calhoun forfeited due to lack of players.

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  • Smith-Cotton 2nd at conference XC race The Smith-Cotton boys cross country team placed five runners in the top 15 to take second at the West Central Conference meet Monday at Clover Dell Park.Gavin Holman led the way for the Tigers with a seventh-place finish and a time of 18:31. He had nine runners ahead of him at the mile mark before passing two of them in the last half of the race.“I settle in on that first mile,” he said. “Then I catch up to some of my teammates, run with them for a whil...

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  • Large turn out at council Just two weeks after high tensions were directed at Sedalia City Councilmember Larry Stevenson during Good and Welfare, Sedalia residents came out in force for Monday’s council meeting to voice their opinions on a variety of topics.Ten residents spoke during the Good and Welfare portion of Monday’s meeting, with the largest audience at a meeting in months. The first resident to speak was Kim Smith, who addressed Stevenson during the Oct. 6 meeting about his actions towa...

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  • Knob Noster volleyball beats Windsor Knob Noster beat Windsor 25-22, 25-19 in the opening round of the district volleyball tournament Monday in Holden.Michala Ellis had four kills for the Lady Panthers. Jill Morgan had four kills, a dig, an assist and two aces. Holly Chabotte had a block, 10 assists, nine digs and an ace. Taylor Kuhlman had five kills, two digs and an ace. Sirius Sparks had five assists, six digs and two aces. Kayla Kuhlman had six kills, a block, a dig and an ace. Leighah Aquino had a kill and five d...

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  • League to host forum With the Nov. 4 general election just two weeks away, the Sedalia-Pettis County League of Women Voters is hosting a candidate forum Thursday to help educate voters.The candidates for State Representative Districts 51 and 54, Pettis County Presiding Commissioner, and Division 6 Associate Circuit Judge have all been invited to participate in the forum, and League Co-President Mary Merritt said so far eight of the 10 candidates have confirmed they will be present.

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  • Oct. 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 DepartmentArrestsOct. 173:12 p.m.: Guadalupe A. Pullen, 32, and San Juanita Mendoza, 24, both of the 100 block of West 14th Street, were arrested in the 3200 block of West Broadway Bo...

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  • Getting creative with cupcakes Food Network shows “Cupcake Wars” and “Chopped” are taking part in Smith-Cotton High School’s Family and Consumer Science class curriculum.Teacher Amy Smith, inventor of the project, tried the idea during her first year teaching in 2011. Her students encouraged the assignment and, with her husband Jonathan regularly watching the channel at home, she decided to give it a chance.

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  • Schotzhauer named conference MVP Pilot Grove’s Melissa Schlotzhauer has been named CCAA most valuable player in softball.Three other Lady Tigers were named to the All-Conference first-team, released Monday.Pilot Groves Marissa Day, McKalie Lorenz and Kerigan Wessing were named first-team all-conference.Kayla Poulson and Reagan Wessing were named second-team all-conference.

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  • Community Calendar To have your event or meeting listed, send details to fbemiss@civitasmedia.com or call 826-1000 ext. 1481.TODAY10 a.m.: Show-Me Mad Tatters, University Extension Office Conference Room, 1012A Thompson Blvd.Noon: Sedalia Rotary Club, Best Western State Fair Inn, 3120 S. Limit Ave.4 p.m.: Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, (TOPS) Chapter 102, Boonslick Regional Library, 219 W. Third St.

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  • Northwest volleyball downs Smithton The Northwest volleyball team closed the regular season with a 25-13, 25-11 win over Smithton.Jessi Zimmerman had 29 assists for the Mustangs. Lakota Wiskur had five digs and two aces. Allison Barnes had three blocks.Northwest will open district play today at 7 p.m. against Lincoln at Green Ridge.Smithton will open districts against Otterville at Calvary Lutheran.LATE FRIDAYFOOTBALLStew...

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  • Council to update city flood hazard areas After an inspection earlier this year, the Sedalia City Council will vote to approve updating the city’s flood hazard areas during today’s meeting.FEMA made its five-year inspection of flood hazard areas in the City of Sedalia on May 29, and reviewed the City’s flood plain development ordinance. In order for the City’s ordinance to be in compliance, some changes and recommendations have been recommended. Today council will vote to approve an ordinance amendi...

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  • Lillian Mae Newton Lillian Mae NewtonSEDALIA — Lillian Mae Newton, 79, of Sedalia, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Bothwell Regional Health Center.She was born May 19, 1935, in Pyrmont, MO, daughter of William Henry “Willie” and Kathryn Emma “Katie” Heismeyer Monsees. On January 5, 1953, in Harrison, AR, she married Clarence M. Newton, who survives.Lillian worked for Lamy’s Manufacturing, Jensen’s and Prairie ...

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  • Norma Ann Werneke Norma Ann WernekeNELSON — Norma Ann Werneke, 87, of rural Nelson, MO, died Friday, October 17, 2014, at University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, KS.Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall, with William W. Harlow officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Millers Chapel Cemetery in Pettis Count...

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  • BEST Robotics at SFCC State Fair Community College hosted the fourth “Show-Me BEST” robotics competition Saturday at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Building on campus. Warrensburg High School student Kayla Yates removes her team’s robot, “Happy Mill,” from the field during morning competitions. Team member, Marissa Crabtree said the robot was designed to overcome challenges in the field, by picking up PVC pipes or “prairie chickens,” pressing buttons and moving fan blades ...

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  • Bend-don’t-break defense leads Mules past No. 22 UCO WARRENSBURG — UCM defensive end Jason Venckus sniffed out Central Oklahoma’s reverse on the second play of the game and made the tackle for a loss of 10 to help force a three-and-out.UCM’s defense continued to stop No. 22 UCO’s drives throughout Saturday’s 31-19 Homecoming win to earn the Mules a tie for third in the MIAA at 5-2 with the Broncos.“It’s hard in the MIAA so you really can’t look past anybody or look forward, s...


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