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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (09/19/2014) at 04:07 AM

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  • 'I could have been Mike Brown'

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  • Ferguson and the summer of 1967

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  • Ferguson City Council needs transparency first, changes second

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  • Finding empathy key to moving forward from Ferguson unrest

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  • Justice Department investigation will have to expand beyond Ferguson

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  • How to start the conversation

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  • Annual school report cards highlight St. Louis disparity in poverty

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  • Understanding the school-to-prison pipeline

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  • Article seems meant to drive a wedge between the races

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  • You can help by tutoring in Ferguson-Florissant district

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  • Headline could have explained, not questioned

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  • Media attention keeps Ferguson aftermath going

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  • With front-page photo, paper tries to stoke the flames again

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  • Hold police accountable with civilian oversight board

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  • Include St. Louis shooting in investigation of civil rights violations

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  • Police display of restraint in face of taunting is remarkable

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  • Protesters are unruly, chaotic at Ferguson meeting

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  • Restore Ferguson's good name

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  • Paper plays up the negative, should stress the positive

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  • Ferguson residents can make change through voting


    Kansas City Star - Editorials
    As of (09/19/2014) at 04:07 AM

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  • Kansas court scrubs Democrat Chad Taylor from ballot for U.S. Senate Truman Medical Center will stop billing practice that refuses to accept health insurance Chiefs’ running backs coach Eric Bieniemy’s enthusiasm, passion rubs off on players Purple pain for K-State when opportunity to make splash nationally slips away We need more college football games like Auburn vs. K-State Featured Kauffman Stadium ‘should be rocking’ as Royals face most important series in decades 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 Gas crews found no leaks before blast that leveled Kansas City house Giant bugs are coming to Kansas City’s Union Station Teen guilty in 2012 KCK homicide Charges filed in Raytown homicide Governor revamps Missouri Lottery Commission Featured Kansas court scrubs Democr...

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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 Kansas Supreme Court ruling is a victory for Greg Orman and a defeat for Pat Roberts Thanks to a sensible Kansas Supreme Court decision Thursday, the eyes of the nation over the next seven weeks will be on the state’s U.S. Senate election. It pits Republican incumbent Pat Roberts in the race of his life against independent Greg Orman. Proposed ordinance would curb harassment for bicyclists, pedestrians, wheelchair operators on KC streets The proposal before the Kansas City Council would promote a healthy, safe, share-the-road environment for people engaged in the slower forms of commuting or exercise. Online payday lenders face payback with federal litigation To its chagrin, Kansas City has become a hotbed for abusive online payday loan operations. Payday for at least some of these lenders may be com

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  • Don’t let Kansas lawmaking bullies succeed at censorship in Johnson County Kansas lawmakers spent a good deal of their last session demanding “freedom” from the federal government when it comes to health care. Too bad their concerns don’t extend to freedom of speech and a free press. A delegation of 10 legislators visited the Johnson County Commission on Aging in an attempt to bully commission members into abandoning plans to publish an article expressing concerns about legislation.

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  • Brownback’s deceitful attempt to scare rural Kansans over schools In the midst of his campaign against Democrat Paul Davis, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is using a phony scare tactic when it comes to rural schools.

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  • KC needs clear goals on police officers wearing body cameras At a Board of Police Commissioners meeting today, Kansas City Mayor Sly James and other members need to delve more deeply to find out how Chief Darryl Forté and his department are going to resolve the hot-button issue of officers wearing body cameras in the future.

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  • Share your #PaperChiefs photos and win prizes Our second of 16 #PaperChiefs action figures came out Friday in the Chiefs Extra section of The Star's print edition. Tweet your photos with the hashtag #PaperChiefs or email them to sports@kcstar.com for a chance to win a TV (winner will be selected Thursday, Sept. 18th), plus other prizes. Check out our photo gallery: 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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  • Appalling drowning of Brandon Ellingson raises safety questions for Missouri Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and other authorities seem to want the matter of Brandon Ellingson’s drowning to go away. It will not. Ellingson’s senseless death raises questions about whether Missouri’s waters are being patrolled in a safe and competent manner. Leaders of the General Assembly should call hearings to get answers and protect the public. The Monday Poll: Weigh in on the futures of Ray Rice and Roger Goodell A domestic violence incident involving Ray Rice, a star National Football League player, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell received plenty of public attention last week, deservedly so. We want to hear what you think: Should Rice ever be allowed to play again? Should Goodell be fired? Will you watch fewer NFL games because of the controversy? Keep Kansas’ renewable energy mandate and the benefits of wind power It has created thousands of jobs in the wind industry, ...


    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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  • Time to talk about future


    The Independence Examiner - Editorials
    As of (09/19/2014) at 04:07 AM

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  • Court upholds teacher ballot initiative Updated at 1:33 AM JEFFERSON CITY – A ballot initiative seeking to link teachers' jobs to their students' performance survived another court challenge Thursday as an appeals panel rejected an attempt to knock it off the November ballot.The panel of judges from the Western District appeals court turned down claims that the measure improperly seeks to amend two parts of the constitution at once and addresses multiple subjects. The decision affirms a ruling earlier this month by a Cole County... --

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  • Mayfield chosen for leadership conference Updated at 1:25 AM The key is listening, John Mayfield says.Mayfield, a first-term state representative from Independence, recently attended the Emerging Leaders Conference, held in Virginia, with legislators from across the country.“It was...

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  • Looking Up: Autumn’s stars are in view Posted at 1:01 AM Autumnal equinox arrives Sept. 22, when at long last, we start having more night to see the stars - and it's not yet quite as cold as winter.

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  • Health Watch: Tips to get the recommended amount of fruit in your daily diet Posted at 1:01 AM Tip of the WeekNo one questions that fruit is an essential part of the diet. One hundred percent juice is a convenient way to help you get the important fruit nutrients you need.

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  • Matthew T. Mangino: Federal government complicit in militarization of police Posted at 1:01 AM Nearly 50 years ago when Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates organized the nation’s first special weapons and tactics team (SWAT), nobody envisioned that most police departments — large and small — across the country would someday have SWAT teams.

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  • Movie review: ‘Tusk’ - he is the walrus, goo goo g’joob Posted at 1:01 AM By Ed SymkusMore Content Now

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  • Morning Minutes, Sept. 19 Posted at 1:01 AM September 19Word of the Day, This Day in History, Number to Know, Website of the Day, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.Word of the Daydictum \ DIK-tuhm \ noun; An authoritative statement; a formal pronouncement. — Dictionary.com

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  • QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Lost? Posted at 1:05 AM Are you a Lost aficionado or do you need to spend more time on the island?It's been 10 years (or...

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  • Royals, Tigers set for pivotal series Updated at 11:32 PM Alcides Escobar stood in front of his locker after hitting a home run that helped boost the Royals to a victory over the White Sox, and glanced at a TV screen hanging to his left.On it, the Twins were putting the finishing touches on a win...

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  • Jaguars blank Smithville in tourney opener Updated at 11:31 PM SMITHVILLE — The Blue Springs South boys soccer team is off to a winning start in the Smithville Tournament.Kyle Findley, Matthew Rockwell and Bryce Childers each scored a goal in a 3-0 victory over host Smithville Thursday. Tyson... Bears come through against Blue Jays Updated at 11:30 PM Clutch hitting was key for the William Chrisman softball team.The Bears scored three runs in the fifth inning to post a 4-2 Suburban Middle Seven victory over Raytown Thursday at Adair Park.Haylee Atagi singled in the second and... NEXT 10  »


    The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
    As of (09/19/2014) at 04:07 AM

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: What to do with a surplus military tank? Send it back Sending the armored vehicle back from whence it came saves taxpayer dollars and begin demilitarizing local police forces.

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  • GEORGE KENNEDY: Oak sapling symbolizes history, hope and tradition on MU campus The dedication of a newly developed and planted tree, the Buck"s Unlimited Oak, gives students and faculty alike a chance to take a breathe and look forward.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't buy into this ill-conceived amendment on teacher evaluations by Jefferson City News Tribune : The best teachers adapt their instruction to reach the greatest number of students. We fear a statewide standard may not acknowledge and reward that asset and, worse, might discourage teachers from reaching out to the spectrum of students.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: St. Louis 'craft beer' has suspicious origins by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : This is craft beer on a semi-industrial scale, but still keeping production under the arbitrary 6-million-barrel-a-year limit that the Brewers Association says defines a craft beer.

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  • TIM MAYLANDER: Goodell, NFL miss point on domestic violence by Timothy Maylander : NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league had a perfect opportunity to take a stand and protect women who are victims of domestic abuse. Instead, they opted to protect themselves and "protect the shield."

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tell Department of Natural Resources to oppose CAFOs by Philip E. Glenn : Research studies highlight the unintended consequences of large-scale confined-animal feeding operations (CAFO).

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  • DAVID ROSMAN: Legislature did nothing to improve the lives of Missourians by David Rosman : Overriding Gov. Jay Nixon"s vetoes appeased corporate lobbies and special interest groups, created no jobs.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Even when Rex loses, Missouri loses worse by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : If money is a form of speech, as the court has ruled, then Mr. Sinquefield is talking freely, loudly and ceaselessly.

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  • WHAT OTHER SAY: Why America should care about Scottish secession by The Republican, Springfield, Mass. : Neither Scotland nor England has a real plan about how to go forward if the two lands, linked for more than three centuries, are suddenly severed.

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  • ROSE NOLEN: Americans must assist those in need at home by Rose M. Nolen : Financial greed should not distract from helping those in need.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Veto session does offer few encouraging signs by Jefferson City News-Tribune : Sen. Bob Dixon of Springfield and Rep. Jay Barnes of Jefferson City were among the Republican lawmakers who backed off targeted tax relief in favor of pursuing more far-reaching tax reform when the regular session convenes in January.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: America's reluctant warrior-in-chief needs allies by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : A discussion about what national security interests are at stake is essential. A forecast of possible exit options would be helpful. Playing politics while U.S. troops have their hides on the line is despicable.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: To the NFL: This is what domestic assault looks like by Dubuque Herald-Telegraph : When powerful people don"t call out domestic violence as a brutal act worthy of stiff punishment, every victim suffers.

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  • DEAR READER: Amendment 3 campaign falls flat, but how to assess teachers rolls on by Tom Warhover : Proponents of the amendment to mandate teacher evaluations by student progress didn"t like what they saw in the polls and withdrew from active campaigning. Amendment 3 might not pass, but it"s not going away.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Mo. lawmakers show 'callous disregard' for women by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Missouri"s new 72-hour abortion waiting period is the second-most restrictive abortion law in the country.

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  • GEORGE KENNEDY: Early childhood education, job prospects could fight crime by George Kennedy : Instead of investing in the police force, we should be putting our money toward long-term solutions.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Highway tolls forecast economic disaster by Julian Walker : Tolling existing interstates is double taxation because it charges people for using roads for which their tax dollars have already paid.

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  • DAVID ROSMAN: Memory of 9/11 reinforces need to strangle new threats of terrorism by David Rosman : We need to act, and we need to act sooner rather than later. America’s air support of the Iraqi and Kurdish ground troops is only a start.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Obama strategy against ISIS — deliberate, thorough, cautious To have an actual national conversation about ISIS, we first need to understand what it is and how we can beat it.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: NFL commissioner should be fired NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell betrayed the faith of NFL fans — especially women — and lost all credibility after his bungling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case.


    Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
    As of (09/19/2014) at 04:11 AM

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  • E-cigs The other day I conducted some unofficial research on the effect of e-cigarettes, the controversial alternative, or gateway, to potentially deadly tobacco smokes.

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  • School guns After the Missouri General Assembly overrode Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a law allowing local school districts to designate teachers or administrators as security officers carrying guns, most districts are deciding wisely not to take the option.

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  • Beer in the stadium Last weekend I went to a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game and learned once again how a large arena deals with booze.

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  • Police diversity Since the shooting in Ferguson, we are hearing a lot more about the lack of black officers in local police departments.

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  • Cyber-money While most tech enthusiasts were preoccupied with new iPhones and wristwatches, I perked up when Apple announced the coming of the digital wallet.

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  • Cervids In this week's legislative veto override session, one of the most fervid discussions concerned regulation of cervids.

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  • The president The topic of the day is Barack Obama vs. ISIS. On a broader basis, it's the role of the United States as defined by the commander in chief in projecting American power throughout the world.

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  • Internet Hardly a week goes by without some new revelation about the glories and gotchas of the Internet.

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  • The unthinkable The reprehensible Islamic State is accomplishing the unthinkable, generating something of a unified front among notoriously disparate nations that normally complain about terrorism but resist collaboration in fighting it.

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  • Chris Kelly I hope everyone found time to read the excellent memoir of Chris Kelly's career written by Rudi Keller in our Sunday edition.

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  • Opus The term “Opus” has come to mean more than another downtown student housing building. It represents a disappointing effort to stymie legitimate downtown development in ways contrary to the law and the best interests of the community.

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  • Black bags Once again City Hall hears public pushback and backs away from an unpopular idea.

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  • Brown's record As the grand jury in Ferguson looks into the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, reporters pushed for information about Brown's previous police record as a juvenile. A juvenile court lawyer said at the hearing that Brown faced no juvenile...

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  • Solar panels I suppose I qualify as a Luddite unable to recognize the value of arbitrary goals for use of alternative sources of energy, but Columbia's current policy pays too little attention to engineering and cost realities, leaving me scratching my head.

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  • Rule-breakers It's not fair. Those who break society's rules always enjoy a short-term advantage. They always act with surprise, unfettered by cloying rules of fair behavior. Civilized society's rules of due process of law are solely for the protection of alleged...

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    St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
    As of (09/19/2014) at 04:13 AM

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  • Memories still made at South Side festival A tour through St. Joseph's South Side is all that's needed to remind why this part of our community and region is so proud of its heritage.

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  • Good sense prevails on size of gun classes As long as there is an instructor present for every 40 students, providers of safety training required for Missouri concealed-carry gun permits no longer are breaking the law.

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  • To thrive, prevent a fall If you wake up every morning and can navigate your world while staying upright, take heart: Whatever challenges you face, it could be worse.

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  • Join the arts conversation The arts enrich our lives every day. Yet, rarely do many people take the time to think about what we should do to enhance their impact - for us, for our families, for our community.

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  • Dodge next credit crisis Are we headed for another subprime loan crisis?

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  • Justice for all at risk Gov. Jay Nixon's actions and words in response to the unfolding events in Ferguson, Mo., have drawn criticism on two fronts. But one matter is more serious than the other.

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  • Strange but true past part of health history St. Joseph's Glore Psychiatric Museum never has shied away from the more colorful chapters that make up the history of state mental hospitals and mental health care.

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  • On second thought, just send it back We have a new idea for what to do with Buchanan County's 36,000-pound, 11-foot-tall armored vehicle acquired this spring as U.S. government military surplus: Send it back.

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  • Storm threat returns Just like that, summer turned to fall. And as quickly, Northwest Missouri found itself Tuesday night at the center of a severe storm system.

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  • Bumpy ride reminds of road challenges As members of the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission gather today in St. Joseph for their monthly meeting, we wish their travels would take them west on Frederick Avenue - from Interstate 29 toward Downtown.

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  • Many versions of scams Did you hear about the deal where you pay a door-to-door sales person a small price for a small item, you receive the item, and the person thanks you and leaves?

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  • Exhibit offers lessons for all A powerful exhibit coming to Benedictine College showcases some of the most significant moments from the history of our nation and world. It holds lessons for all of us.

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  • Sewer system fix comes at big cost Although not necessarily an initiative of our choosing, St. Joseph's multiple steps to separate storm water from sewage discharges have evolved into an asset for the city.

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  • Police focus prompts questions The St. Joseph Police Department risks public good will when its officers are seen as particularly interested in policing activities that hardly rank among the our top public safety concerns.

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  • Needs always exceed funding The leaders of the United Way of Greater St. Joseph face both a challenge and an opportunity in a year when they have increased focus on simply meeting their fundraising goal.

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  • Lesson of Kawasaki: pair people, process Kawasaki has a message for other large employers who might consider setting up shop in Northwest Missouri: you can do this.

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  • Speed up approval of drones For a second year in a row, farmers in the Midland Empire have been tantalized with an expert's view of the alluring possibilities posed by drone technology.

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  • Sensible law overdue When our system of laws confounds people, it breeds contempt for the law.

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  • Where are the workers? Labor Day is a national holiday in the United States, but if we're actually celebrating work - gainful employment - then a lot of people are being left out of the celebration.

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  • Key sector relies on investment All kinds of things will be needed for the continued development and growth of the Animal Health Corridor, but money is near the top of the list.


    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 (09/19/2014) at 04:13 AM

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  • Your Opinion: Pork production and family farms - Here is part two, as promised. Pork producers are a strange lot, when we do something it tends to be overkill.

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  • Justice Matters: Honoring the Bill of Rights - Many milestones exist in our country's history, which are often forgotten.

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  • Our Opinion: Teen tobacco, alcohol and drug use down - Regular readers of this forum are familiar with our abiding interest in the health and welfare of young people.

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  • Your Opinion: Christian values under assault - Christian values are under assault in America.

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  • Your Opinion: Response on university's energy workshop - In the Sept. 14 paper Tony Smith shared his concern and sadness that the University of Missouri was involved with the development and presentation of a workshop entitled “Energy in Today's Classrooms" that he read about in the Huffington Post.

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  • Our Opinion: Another unfair, misdirected proposal - Perseverance isn't always a virtue. Noranda Aluminum is seeking a rehearing from the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) on a proposed compromise to a rate reduction idea that was rejected last month.

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  • Your Opinion: NOW calls for NFL commissioner's resignation - This week, we learned that the National Football League (NFL) had access to the second video in the Ray Rice case months ago, contrary to their denial, and that an investigator has been engaged to look into the NFL's internal processes concerning the Ray Rice spousal abuse case.

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  • Your Opinion: CMCA director responds on purchase of business - Recently a reader brought up some interesting issues about our decision to buy Café Via Roma, and I wanted to clarify a few points.

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  • Your Opinion: Should Ameren customers subsidize Noranda? - From the Sept. 15 News Tribune article I see that Noranda has cash problems and their solution is to have Ameren customers pay a higher utility rate to subsidize Noranda.

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  • Our Opinion: Close the gap that divides branches - At the risk of being called “cockeyed optimists," we believe people can disagree without being disagreeable.

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  • Perspective: Thoughts on Sept. 11, veto session - As I write this column on Sept. 11 , I cannot help but remember the events of 13 years ago.

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  • Our Opinion: Retreat from ill-conceived amendment - Although backers of Amendment 3 have abandoned active campaigning, the proposal remains dangerously positioned on the November ballot.

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  • Your Opinion: Declining school scores and misplaced priorities - Having followed your education coverage, I want to thank you for providing a broader context of the issues.

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  • Your Opinion: Standardized tests will dilute local control - I am a retired teacher with 31 years of experience and I feel compelled to share this information. Amendment 3 is on the November ballot.

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  • Your Opinion: Bias of university workshop questioned - In August, the Huffington Post reported on the University of Missouri workshop “Energy in Today's classrooms," sponsored by Missouri utilities.


    The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
    As of (09/19/2014) at 04:13 AM

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  • Opportunities to enjoy music this weekend (09/19/14) The last performance of the fall season for Tunes at Twilight will be held tonight. Allie Farris will provide the music entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Common Please Courthouse Gazebo. Tunes at Twighlight, a popular event in Cape Girardeau's downtown, is hosted by Old Town Cape and sponsored by SoutheastHEALTH, Fox 23 KBSI and Cape Air...

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  • Letter to the Editor Congratulations to Alma Schrader (09/19/14) How very proud I was Wednesday morning as I attended Alma Schrader's Constitution Day and Heroes Recognition Assembly. Ruth Ann Orr, Julia Unnerstall, Rebecca Gentry and the entire staff at Alma Schrader are to be congratulated and recognized for their visible and measurable efforts in educating our young children, and instilling in them with a love for our country! As these children introduced their "Heroes" to all attendees, we were reminded of the tremendous sacrifice these men and women have provided for us and our city, state and nation.. ...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 9/19/14 (09/19/14) I'm confused. I thought that a red light meant that you were supposed to stop, as opposed to it just being a suggestion. Be nice if the police would actually enforce that law. There seems to be a nationwide problem, from watching TV and such, but so many people are talking so very fast, as if they've got to get so many words out per second or per minute. ...

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  • Editorial Day on the River could bring big crowd Saturday (09/19/14) Living next to the Mississippi River has its advantages. Among them are opportunities like the Missouri Department of Conservation Day on the River event to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. This is the fifth event the department has held, and there will be many activities for those of all ages to enjoy. ...

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  • Editorial Plenty of activities for SEMO Family Weekend (09/18/14) Students have been in class for a few weeks, and this weekend the university and community welcome parents back to town to celebrate Family Weekend. There are several events on the schedule, and you can find a full list on the university's website, semo.edu, and more area events on semoevents.com . But here are a few to highlight:...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 9/18/14 (09/18/14) I would like to give my most grateful thanks to the lady who stopped her car and helped my husband, who had fallen in the yard, get back up. You're an angel. Thank you. Immigration delay Not even those people who were gullible enough to vote for Obama once and then twice will believe that he is delaying his executive action on immigration until after the election for anything but to provide cover for those lame duck Democrats who are surely going to lose the Senate...

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  • Opinion Column Partisan words from minority leader (09/17/14) "The end of civilization as we know it." Those are powerful words. Frightening words. Doomsday words. Yet those were the words used by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week to describe the results of a Republican victory in the United States Senate this November...

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  • Editorial Special thanks to all involved in producing fair (09/17/14) There was plenty of food, rides, music, vendors and more. And the weather, minus a little rain and cool temperatures, was nice for the recent SEMO District Fair. The annual event that traditionally draws tens of thousands capped off eight days of fun on Saturday at Arena Park. Official attendance numbers were not available on Tuesday, but Pete Poe, a longtime SEMO District Fair organizer, said the numbers were down slightly from last year due to the rain and cooler temperatures...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 9/17/14 (09/17/14) On Sept. 7, I had a flat tire on East Main Street in Jackson. A very nice couple with their good Sunday clothes and three small children stopped and changed my tire for me. And I want to thank you for being so kind and helping a lady out who doesn't know much about it. There are good people out there...

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  • Opinion Column Cape shined for Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run (09/16/14) On Sept. 9, Cape Girardeau had the opportunity to host a Welcome Party for the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run. Cape Girardeau was selected as an overnight stop due in part to the excellent experience their route planner had when the Great Race visited Cape in 2013. This may have been a one-time opportunity to experience the Motorcycle Cannonball without leaving home, since it has never previously passed through Cape Girardeau...

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  • Editorial VintageNOW combines fun fashion with a good cause (09/16/14) There are several events in the area each year that match good fun with a worthy cause. Count the VintageNOW fashion show as one of the best. The fifth annual fashion show will be held Oct. 17 at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau. It's a 1950s theme this year. The doors will open at 6 p.m...

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  • Opinion Column A look at the ISIS conflict (09/16/14) President Obama finally decided on a strategy this week against the Islamic State (IS) -- the terrorist movement that occupies vast areas of northern Iraq and eastern Syria. There is little that was new in this announcement, but for a president who has done much to avoid committing U.S. forces against the Islamic State, or in support of defending allies in the Middle East, it was a welcome change...

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  • Letter to the Editor Speak truth on sin (09/15/14) In the book of Jeremiah, he complains that the more he passed on the word, the more the people would hate him. That is still true today. In today's society the more you promote moral values, the more trouble you get into. (Remember Matthew 5: 11-12)...

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  • Editorial A new way to test student performance (09/15/14) We understand the need for standardized testing. It's necessary as a matter of accountability to be able to somehow measure the successes or failures of any school. Over the last several weeks, the Southeast Missourian, via reporter Ruth Campbell, has brought you several stories regarding the results of the Missouri Assessment Program, aka MAP...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 9/14/14 (09/14/14) Say what you will about people outside this area being little interested in the locals who will appear in the movie, "Gone Girl." Although they will likely go unheralded, I think the extras will be the reason for the movie's mind-boggling success at the box office...

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  • Opinion Column Limbaugh book a strong defense of the Christian faith (09/14/14) David Limbaugh's new book "Jesus on Trial" opened for public sale on Monday. I highly recommend it, not because Limbaugh is a friend but because it opened my eyes to the defense of Jesus and the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies in the New Testament...

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  • Opinion Column School meals provides quality food for students (09/14/14) By Georganne P. Syler I'm a retired dietetics professor at SEMO and was concerned about the "sidebar story" within the excellent article on the USDA school lunch program in Monday's Southeast Missourian. The headline reads: "Author scorches school lunches." Dr. ...

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  • Letter to the Editor Thank you for food bank help (09/14/14) Thank you to all who participated in our fourth annual Party For the Good event to support the Southeast Missouri Food Bank and our BackPacks For Friday children's program. Thanks to the City of Cape Girardeau for hosting us at the Osage Centre facility and to the Isle of Capri for their sponsorship and helping hands. ...

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  • Editorial The search begins for next SEMO president (09/14/14) As Dr. Kenneth Dobbins said recently, there will be plenty of time to say goodbye. For now, though, there is still much work to be done. Dobbins announced last week that this would be his final academic year at the head post of Southeast Missouri State University. The school president since 1999, Dobbins leaves behind a strong legacy...

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  • Letter to the Editor Release Cottonwood funds (09/12/14) Gov. Nixon, During Wednesday's veto session, the Legislature sustained seven of the eight tax-exemption bills you vetoed earlier this summer. Throughout this year's legislative session you remained passively on the sidelines, refusing to work with lawmakers for much-needed tax relief. ...


    Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
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  • 37 years of following her heart 1 days 3 hours ago Decades of teaching preschool children in the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency Early Head Start program in Sedalia has filled Debbie Newbill’s life with wonderful anecdotes of her young charges and made her realize she has followed her heart.For 37 years Newbill, 65, of Sedalia, has been a teacher with the program, serving 34 years at the Sedalia Buckner Head Start program, and then transferring to the program at the Sedalia Community Center at 314 S. Washington Ave. She assists teacher Amber Page in classroom No. 1. Soon she will be saying goodbye — she plans to retire Dec. 31.She began with the program because she was looking for a job, but never thought she would stay so long.

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  • Versailles sneaks by Eldon Versailles beat Eldon 27-25, 22-25, 25-15 on Thursday.Maddy Hibdon had a block, six digs and five kills. Lendie Nolting had 17 assists, four kills and three digs. Ali Lent had four kills and two blocks. Tessa Edgar had nine kills.

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  • Bluebirds beat Lincoln The Cole Camp volleyball team beat Lincoln 25-11, 25-10 on Thursday.Kaleena Logan had seven kills for the Bluebirds. Gabbi Mallard had six kills. Lauren Ballman had five aces and nine assists.

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  • Green Ridge rallies to beat Sacred Heart Green Ridge rallied after dropping the first set to beat Sacred Heart 16-25, 25-19, 25-22 in a Kaysinger Conference volleyball showdown on Thursday.The Lady Tigers’ Libby Dove had 3 aces, four blocks and nine kills. Molly Turner had nine kills. BreAnna Peck had 13 digs, five kills and nine assists. Stacey Billings had three aces.For the Gremlins, Backy Full had 14 kills and 10 assists. Anna Callis had eight kills, two kill-blocks, five aces, and five digs. Hannah W...

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  • Stover beats Tipton in Kaysinger matchup Stover beat Tipton in a Kaysinger Conference volleyball match 25-13, 25-5 on Thursday.The Lady Bulldogs were led by Montana Boles with 16 assists. Mallory Uptegrove had 11 kills, five blocks and seven digs. Ashley Schroder had four kills and four digs. Amber Engelbrecht had seven digs and three aces.

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  • Gremlin golfers second in Marshall The Sacred Heart golf team took second at Indian Foothills on Thursday, shooting a 222 as Marshall shot a 215 and Green Ridge shot a 242.Claire Sobaski shot a 54 for the Gremlins. Abby Smeltzer shot a 55, Julianna Bourgeret shot a 56 and Allison Prenger a 57.Anjanae Williams led the Sacred Heart jv team with a 64.Sacred Heart will host Green Ridge and Stover on Monday at the Sedalia Country Club.

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  • Set pieces help Gremlins beat Green Ridge. GREEN RIDGE — The Sacred Heart soccer team opened the Kaysinger Conference portion of its schedule with a 5-0 win over Green Ridge on Thursday.The Gremlins scored three times in the first half with Teagan Trammell setting up Brandon Cooper in the ninth minute to get on the scoreboard. Garrett Strange then scored two goals in the span of three minutes midway through the half to make it 3-0.“We were just really looking for opportunities and pushing up when we h...

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  • Coming up short The Smith-Cotton softball team chanted the phrase “find a way” heading into the bottom of the seventh inning down 4-3 to St. Pius X on Thursday, but the Lady Tigers left two runners in scoring position to fall to 2-7 on the season.Mariah Voitl led off the seventh inning with a single and advanced to second on the play on an error. Cheyenne Zinck then sacrificed Voitl to third and Abby Perkins later walked with two outs and advanced to second on an error, but Bailey Smit...

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  • Mayor: Monsees had ‘passion for the city’ After a battle with colon cancer, former Sedalia City Councilwoman Wanda Monsees died Thursday morning at her home.Monsees, 55, served Sedalia as one of its Ward 2 councilmembers from April 21, 2009, to May 6, 2014, working alongside her fellow councilmembers on several major projects, including the new Sedalia Fire Department station, the Washington Avenue bridge repair, the smoking ban ordinance and the downtown inspection ordinance. She became known as a councilwoman who was cal...

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  • Green Ridge to host ‘Harvest Fun Fest’ Folks looking for a little family fun this weekend are invited to attend the annual Green Ridge Harvest Fun Fest this weekend in Green Ridge.The event is slated to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Green Ridge Park with plans to include a parade, food, games, crafts, live and silent auctions and car and tractor shows, said Barbara Upton with the Green Ridge Chamber of Commerce.Although the event is an established tradition, planning and organizing the event has been...

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  • S-C alumni invited to enter art exhibit at LCAA Smith-Cotton High School alumni are invited to submit artwork for a show at the Liberty Center Association for the Arts that will hang during Homecoming this year.Both LCAA and the Sedalia School District Foundation have worked together on the exhibit project.

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  • Mules look to upset No. 1 Bearcats For the second straight year, the University of Central Missouri Mules will travel to Maryville and face the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats.The Mules jumped out to a 17-0 lead last season, but lost 28-24.“We feel like we had them last year and we have no pressure on us this year,” said Mules cornerback Kadarius Green.The Bearcats are ranked No. 1 and are the defending national champions. NWMS is 2-0 after outscoring Nebraska-Kearney and Missouri...

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  • Sweet Springs falls to W-N The Sweet Springs volleyball team fell 25-6, 25-10 to Wellington Napoleon on Tuesday.Olivia Loges led the Lady Greyhounds with two kills and a block. Addy Eckhoff had an assist. Ashleigh Bright had two kills and two digs. Megan Evans had three assists and an ace. Tori Hinton and Anna Eckhoff each had a dig.Wellington-Napoleon won the junior varsity game 25-14, 14-25, 25-16.

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  • S-C golf beats Marshall The Smith-Cotton girls golf team continues to improve its score as the season goes on. The Lady Tigers shot a nine-hole score of 184 on Wednesday to beat Marshall at Indian Foothills Golf Course. Marshall’s team score was 234.The score of 184 is 30 strokes lower than the last time Smith-Cotton played in a nine-hole event.Olivia Funk led the way with a 42, followed by Ali Bankovich’s 46. Annie Guier and Peyton Sharp each shot a 48. Matalyn Boeschen recorded a ...

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  • 1-0 every week Three wins in a row marks the longest winning streak the Smith-Cotton football team has had since 2010, but coach Ryan Boyer isn’t getting ahead of himself.“We’re taking it one week at a time,” he said. “We stress to our kids going 1-0 each week.”Since opening the season with a 22-7 loss at Republic, the Tigers have been 1-0 every week, beating Marshall 28-14, Warrensburg 19-18 in overtime and Pleasant Hill 28-10.“The ...

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  • Sept. 19 Police Reports This list is a sampling of crime in Sedalia and the surrounding area. Information is taken from official police reports, which do not necessarily contain statements from all parties involved in each case.Sedalia Police DepartmentArrestsSept. 162:01 a.m.: Ryan J. Garrigus, 18, of the 1700 block of South Beacon Avenue, was arrested near the intersection of West 24th Street and Kentucky Avenue on charg...

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  • Courts scrap Nov. ballots Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada’s office is weighing its options after a court ruling ordered a change to ballot language less than a week before the start of absentee voting in the Nov. 4 general election.A panel of the Western District state appeals court on Monday ordered new ballot wording for Amendment 6, a proposed constitutional amendment authorizing a six-day, no-excuses-needed early voting period for future general elections. The judges said the ballot summary app...

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  • Locals prep for Fireball Run Locals Ron Ditzfeld and Rick Yeager are getting ready to rev their engines.The planned Fireball Run will race into downtown Sedalia at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 with 40 teams, 40 cars and a large film production crew scrambling to 12 “mission” locations and setting up an afternoon of parades, flash mobs and other festivities for the public.The eight-day driving competition, an Internet-based reality show, is leaving from Frisco, Texas, Sept. 26, and racing to ...


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