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65-year tradition comes to an end (11/21/14)
NEW MADRID -- It didn't matter if you were Baptist or Catholic, Presbyterian or Pentecostal, New Madrid residents and those from the surrounding communities eagerly gathered around the tables for the annual United Methodist Church Turkey Dinner. For the first time in 65 years, those faithful followers must find a new feast...
Burglary suspect sought in Dexter (11/21/14)
By JONATHON DAWE Statesman Staff Writer DEXTER -- Dexter Police are seeking help from the community in identifying a burglar who was caught on video during a late-night burglary. According to Dexter Police Detective Capt. Trevor Pulley, though there are clear images of the suspect, he has yet to be identified...
SPEAKOUT (471-6636) (11/21/14)
Captain Sam Burke, a Sikeston High School graduate, is an amazing young Marine Corps leader and true American patriot. His speech at the Sikeston Field House was heartfelt and well-received by the students, vets and families in attendance. An excellent program and guest speaker presentation...
Inmate at SECC dies of natural causes (11/21/14)
CHARLESTON -- An offender serving his sentence at the Charleston prison died Wednesday of apparent natural causes. According to the Missouri Department of Corrections, offender Mark Lowery, 51, was pronounced dead at 11:32 a.m. Wednesday at the Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston...
School offers students an 'alternative educational experience' (11/21/14)
SIKESTON -- Like so many others who live and work in Sikeston, Donna Hillenkamp had never been to the Sikeston Alternative Center nor did she know much about it. That is until recently when Hillenkamp attended the first-ever advisory meeting at the Sikeston R-6 school located on West Murray Lane...
  • 93-year-old woman marks 75 years with same company
    MOUNTAIN BROOK, Ala. (AP) -- Frances Moore was hired to help out for the holidays at an Alabama jewelry store in 1939, and she's still there....
  • As snow ends, roof collapses, floods are concerns
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and more roofs collapsing under the heavy loads....
  • Bandits in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood
    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus....
  • More Cosby shows canceled; Friday night show is on
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Bill Cosby's shows at casinos in Las Vegas and Arizona have been canceled as more women come forward alleging he sexually assaulted them many years ago....
  • Boehner: 'We will not stand idle' on immigration
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner declared Friday that President Barack Obama was "damaging the presidency" with his unilateral action on immigration. He said the Republican-run House will not stand by, but gave no hint of what the response would be....
The Latest from our Columnists
Ferguson protestors' tactics may backfire
The professional protesters in Ferguson -- few of whom actually are Ferguson residents -- are committed to disrupting life in St. Louis once the grand jury announcement is made public. And they promise to continue their public disruption through the holiday season and beyond...
A picture-perfect engagement
Getting engaged I knew there would be some things I didn't really want to take part in. The picking of flowers, the choosing of invitations, the ceremony (buh dum bum). And then of course the engagement pictures. I'm not a big fan of having my picture taken. After all, there are only so many cameras a person can break. That's why I like to be behind the camera taking the pictures. Unfortunately my future wife wouldn't let me take just her picture to serve as the engagement photos...
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10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. WHAT'S NEXT FOR OBAMA ON IMMIGRATION

Despite Republican opposition, the president heads to Las Vegas to sell his executive actions on reform as good politics and good policy.

2. ANOTHER BILL COSBY ACCUSER COMES FORWARD

Therese Serignese, a 57-year-old nurse from Boca Raton, Florida, says the TV icon raped her in 1976 when she was 19 following a show in Las Vegas.

3. U.S. CONTINUES TO PRESS ANKARA ON ISLAMIC STATE GROUP

Vice President Biden will become the latest U.S. official trying to push Turkey to step up its role in the global fight against the Sunni extremists.

4. WHY THINGS COULD GET EVEN WORSE IN BUFFALO

The snow has stopped, but the city by Lake Erie faces a mammoth cleanup and potential for rain and flooding this weekend.

5. PROFILE OF FLORIDA STATE GUNMAN EMERGES

Myron May, 31, was an FSU graduate and attorney who believed the government was targeting him for persecution, authorities say.

6. WHAT CHINA IS DOING TO COUNTER DISSENT

A state-owned newspaper sent reporters to secretly sit in on lectures by dozens of university professors, aiming to catch remarks critical of the Communist Party.

7. "GOLDEN PARACHUTE" OFFERS SOFT LANDING FOR TITANS

The CEOs who've decided to sell in the 10 biggest U.S. deals this year are set to rake in an estimated $430 million in payments, a study finds.

8. HOW AFGHANS ARE COPING WITH WAR

Afghanistan's first amusement park offers a rare respite for families in a country blighted by armed conflict and poverty.

9. A GIFT FOR THE TECH SAVVY

AP's Anick Jesdanun says that for $100 or less there are devices that can stream online video to your big-screen TV set.

10. WHO GOT THEIR FIRST WIN IN MORE THAN A YEAR

It took 368 days, but the Oakland Raiders broke a 16-game losing streak when they beat AFC West-leading Kansas City 24-20.

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