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March Calendar Girl: Esther Chinwuko (02/28/15)
Arrest is made after assault with bat (02/28/15)
BENTON -- A Bell City-area man was arrested for an assault with a baseball bat after his alleged victim tied him up until police arrived. Thomas Rust Brown, 31, of Bell City is charged with first degree assault, a class B felony; and two felony counts of armed criminal action...
School officials mull calendar changes after recent snow (02/28/15)
leonnah@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Spring breaks will be shortened and the school year extended for some school districts as all were forced to cancel classes for several days following the recent winter storm. Since returning to school, some officials have been busy trying to decide when to make up the missed days...
One faces forgery charges (02/28/15)
CHARLESTON -- A Mississippi County man faces forgery charges following an investigation by local law enforcement. Bruce Edward Penrod, 57, of East Prairie is charged with forgery, a class C felony punishable upon conviction by up to seven years imprisonment...
Two nabbed on meth charges (02/28/15)
MORLEY -- Two Morley residents are facing felony drug charges following a team effort by area law enforcement agencies. Lee B. Presson, 32, and Brittani D. Clark, 26, are both charged with possession of a controlled substance charge, a class C felony; possession of a chemical with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance, a class F felony; and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge...
  • Brazil arrests US sect leader wanted on sex charges
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian authorities said Saturday they arrested a self-professed minister put on a U.S. most-wanted list for allegedly molesting two girls in a "Maidens Group" at his religious fellowship in rural Minnesota....
  • Tiny Missouri town mourns after gunman kills 7, then himself
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Residents of a small southern Missouri town struggled to come to grips with the knowledge that one of their own had killed seven people in a spasm of violence that ended when the gunman shot himself to death on a rural county road....
  • Anthony Mason, rugged forward of 1990s Knicks, dies at 48
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Anthony Mason's game was grit over glitz, more force than flash....
  • Nemtsov a possible 'sacrificial victim,' investigators say
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Maybe it was Islamic extremists who killed Boris Nemtsov. Or someone offended by his love life. Or agents of a Western power that will stop at nothing to disfigure President Vladimir Putin's image and drive him from power....
  • From Iraq to New York, a busy week for Islamic State group
    BEIRUT (AP) -- Little known to the wider world 18 months ago, the Islamic State extremist group has muscled its way into the international spotlight by carving out a self-declared caliphate in the heart of the Mideast, beheading its opponents and foreign journalists, and attracting radicalized youth as far afield as Paris, London and New York....
The Latest from our Columnists
President loves USA that reflects his views
Former New York Mayor and presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani created a firestorm last week when he opined that the President did not love his country. Giuliani pointed to President Obama's upbringing and long-documented ties with radicals in making his shocking statement...
So much to learn about women
Spending the last couple years around my girlfriend and her daughter has been quite the learning experience. The saying is "you can't teach an old dog new tricks," but I have been learning more than a few new tricks. The more I am around women the more I realize that there is a ton of things that I know nothing about. Especially when my girlfriend and her daughter were chatting with my mother recently...
"Wooden" it be nice
In 1944 there were three companies manufacturing wooden toys in New Madrid. Today, it is difficult to imagine the town as a manufacturing hub of anything other than aluminum at the nearby Noranda plant, but the legacy of making wooden toys in the 1940s is interesting commercial history...
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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. WHY SOME IN GOP SAY DHS FUNDING LAPSE WORTH A FIGHT

Numerous House Republicans believe it's preferable to have a partial government shutdown if that's the cost of undoing a White House immigration policy.

2. DESPITE SPAT WITH U.S., ISRAELI LEADER IS FIGHTING IRAN NUKE DEAL

Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress next week is overshadowed by a battle with the White House and electoral intrigue back home.

3. HOPEFUL SIGNS IN UKRAINE

Separatist fighters in the east of the country move rocket launchers to a location 70 kilometers (43 miles) back from the front line with government troops in the first confirmed compliance with a cease-fire.

4. ISLAMIC STATE THREAT BOOSTS BUSINESS FOR KURDISH GUNSMITH

The peshmerga force, which has been at war against the Sunni extremists since last June, is keeping Bahktiyar Sadr-Aldeen's workshop in Iraq's Irbil busy.

5. GERMAN PARLIAMENT APPROVES GREECE'S BAILOUT EXTENSION

Lawmakers voted 542-32 to back the measure in exchange for a commitment to budget reforms. There were 13 abstentions.

6. WHICH STATE IS CONSIDERING 'BABY BOXES'

Newborn incubators could be showing up soon at Indiana's hospitals, churches and selected nonprofits under legislation that would give mothers in crisis a way to surrender their children safely and anonymously.

7. ANTARCTICA'S RETREATING ICE MAY RE-SHAPE EARTH

The glacial melting could push sea levels up 10 feet (3 meters) worldwide in a century or two, recurving heavily populated coastlines.

8. CAMBODIA'S TEMPLES SUFFER FROM A FORM OF OVEREXPOSURE

At least five foreign visitors have been arrested and deported this year for taking nude photos at the sacred sites.

9. WHAT NEW STUDY SUGGESTS ABOUT NICOTINE SOURCES

Many Americans who smoke use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix.

10. 'HOUSE OF CARDS' DEALS NETFLIX A WINNING HAND

The show was an immediate hit with viewers and critics, giving the company the financial clout to further transform how we watch and define "television."

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