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Scott City man charged with domestic assault (02/12/16)
CHAFFEE, Mo. - A Scott City man is accused of pushing his wife while she was holding their 2-year-old son. Derek Robert Lenand, 30, is charged with felony second-degree domestic assault and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. Chaffee, Missouri, police arrested him at midnight Thursday...
Sikeston woman charged in burglary, assault of ex, new girlfriend (02/12/16)
BENTON, Mo. - A Sikeston, Missouri, woman was arrested Feb. 9 on suspicion of burglary and domestic assault. Latifah M. Johnson, 25, has been charged with felony second-degree burglary, felony second-degree domestic assault and misdemeanor third-degree assault...
10 Things to Know for Today (02/12/16)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT LATEST DEBATE UNCOVERED How far are Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders willing to go to advance a Democratic agenda if elected to the White House...
Shooting suspect charged; victim in critical condition (02/11/16)
SIKESTON -- The suspect in the Wednesday shooting of a Sikeston man is facing several felony charges. Chester M. Brown, 29, of Sikeston is charged with one count each of the felonies of first degree assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a firearm and tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution, according to Missouri Case.net...
Under construction (02/11/16)
Construction began Wednesday for a new building to house the New Madrid Immaculate Conception School's pre-kindergarten program. The building, scheduled to be ready this fall, will include two classrooms, a small kitchen area, three offices and bathroom facilities. Pictured are Tim Baker, left, being assisted by Ryan Walker checking the levels as Chris Young works a skid loader to remove topsoil.
  • Details of fatal accident at Springfield landfill released
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Police say that a Springfield maintenance worker who died after an accident at the city landfill was struck by a semitrailer....
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    IRONTON, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities say a 3-year-old Missouri boy who was found dead hours after he was reported missing likely died of hypothermia....
  • 2 children revived after St. Louis apartment fire
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis fire crews rescued two young boys from a burning apartment where officials said they had been left alone....
  • Nixon, Kinder commend Ferguson's efforts at police reform
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri's top two elected officials credited Ferguson on Thursday with pressing ahead with policing and court reforms despite a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit alleging that the St. Louis suburb routinely violated residents' rights and misused law enforcement to generate revenue....
  • If Ferguson dissolves police department, who would step in?
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- As Ferguson prepares to do legal battle with the Justice Department, the city's leaders have acknowledged the possibility that they might someday disband the police department and cede law enforcement to another agency....
  • The Latest: Syria task force hopes for humanitarian access
    BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):...
  • Seoul, US to open talks on missile defense aimed at N. Korea
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Looking to take a harder line after North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch, Seoul and Washington will begin talks as early as next week on deploying a sophisticated U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, officials said Friday....
  • Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week
    MUNICH (AP) -- Diplomats agreed Friday to work toward a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war within a week, although efforts to secure a lasting cease-fire fell short....
  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:...
  • In meeting Pope Francis, patriarch asserts Russia's role
    MOSCOW (AP) -- When Patriarch Kirill meets Pope Francis this week, the historic event will allow the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to assert Russia's leading role in the Eastern Christian world. It may also allow Kirill, a skillful political player with close ties to President Vladimir Putin, to open a new avenue of communication for the Kremlin as it tries to escape Western isolation....
The Latest from our Columnists
Picking a candidate is political waiting game
With the presidential campaign clock ticking at break-neck speed, I find myself like many others still undecided. Actually, undecided is inaccurate. I am clearly decided against either of the two Democratic wannabes because of the obvious - one is a liar and one a Socialist. Given a quick review of their policies, their views are interchangeable...
Bored? Try a board meeting
This summer I have tried several times to find a funny comedy at the movies, only to be disappointed each time. I should have just saved my money and gone to a Miner Board of Aldermen meeting for free. After reading month-after-month how the Miner Board struggles to get anything done I thought I would go and take a look for myself at a recent meeting. Needless to say I wasn't disappointed...
Love on the River
Here's a bit of local river history with a literary twist. As a steamboat made its way on the river the leadsman stood on the bow and sang the depth soundings to the pilot. It went like this: Quarter Less Twain - ten and one-half feet Mark Twain - twelve feet (two fathoms, or safe water)...
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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 LATEST DEBATE UNCOVERED

How far are Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders willing to go to advance a Democratic agenda if elected to the White House.

2. CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM ON SYRIA TRUCE

A temporary "cessation of hostilities" in the civil war has been agreed by diplomats to start next week.

3. THAAD ON TABLE IN KOREA TALKS

Seoul and Washington will begin negotiations as early as next week on deploying a sophisticated U.S. missile defense system in South Korea.

4. IN MEETING POPE, PATRIARCH ASSERTS RUSSIA'S ROLE

When Kirill meets Francis, the historic event will allow the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to assert Russia's leading role in the Eastern Christian world.

5. FEAR PERVASIVE AFTER DEADLY PRISON RIOT

Gang rule, extortion and human rights violations are exposed after 49 inmates were killed in Mexico.

6. HOW RANCHERS STANDOFF ENDED

The last four armed occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge shouted, argued and raved, but surrendered without a shot being fired.

7. U.N. HEALTH AGENCY GIVES ZIKA TIMETABLE

The World Health Organization says possible vaccines for the virus are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials.

8. U.S. LOOPHOLE TO CLOSE ON PRODUCTS MADE BY SEAFOOD SLAVES

A bill headed for Obama's desk this week includes a provision that would ban U.S. imports of fish caught by means of forced labor in Southeast Asia.

9. MAKE THEM AN OFFER THEY 'CAN'T REFUSE'

A collection of "The Godfather" author Mario Puzo's papers can be had at a Boston auction next week.

10. WHO MET WITH GERMAN LEADER

George Clooney and his lawyer wife Amal held a private meeting with Angela Merkel to discuss the crisis in Syria and Europe's efforts to help refugees.

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