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Checking it out (08/29/15)
Officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety had the opportunity to inspect the Stoddard County Ambulance District's new mass transport vehicle. The vehicle can hold 10 patients on stretchers or 16 walking wounded, according to David Cooper, manager of the ambulance district. ...
Free shooting clinic emphasizes safety (08/29/15)
NEW MADRID - Already a veteran shooter, 12-year-old Quin Hunter hopes to take advantage of the opportunity to improve his gun skills with the help of some of the top instructors before dove season's opening day on Tuesday. Quin attended last year's instructional skeet shoot offered by professional shooting instructor Willis Corbett. Corbett is returning to New Madrid for another instructional skeet shoot from noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday...
Communication key to keeping kids safe from Internet crime (08/29/15)
SIKESTON -- Cell phones maybe the main source of communication for most youth today, but keeping an open line of communication with their parents can protect them from becoming a victim to online predators. Last month the FBI launched a campaign to identify victims in one of the largest sextortion cases in U.S. history. Sextortion is a growing Internet crime in which young girls and boys are often targeted, the FBI said...
Malco Theatre breaks ground (08/29/15)
SIKESTON -- From a cotton field, new businesses will grow leading to a more prosperous community, said those behind the Cotton Ridge Development. At Friday's groundbreaking for the new Malco Theatre, an eight-cinema complex, officials touted this is just the beginning of further development in the area...
Mississippi County man facing felony assault charges (08/28/15)
CHARLESTON -- A Mississippi County man is facing felony assault charges after an investigation by the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department. On Wednesday afternoon, Jonathan Lee Hawkins, 22, of Bertrand a municipal inmate housed for the Bertrand Police Department became disruptive in the booking area of the Mississippi County Detention Center, according to Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore,...
  • Deputy ambushed, killed at gas station; no one in custody
    HOUSTON (AP) -- Authorities on Saturday had yet to find the suspect in what they're calling the "cold-blooded assassination" of a uniformed sheriff's deputy who was fatally shot while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station....
  • Dominica digs out from storm damage that killed at least 20
    ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) -- Rescue crews jumped off boats and trudged Saturday through mud, rocks and uprooted trees to reach communities cut off by a tropical storm that killed at least 20 people and left nearly 50 missing in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica....
  • Katrina's wrath and rebuilding marked on 10th anniversary
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Mississippi and Louisiana marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday by ringing church bells, laying wreaths and celebrating the resiliency of a region still recovering from a disaster that killed more than 1,800 people and caused $151 billion in damage....
  • Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison
    CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years prison for broadcasting "false news," on Saturday, sparking international outcry and underlining how authorities are trampling over free speech just over a year into general-turned-politician Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's presidency....
  • More ID, bag checks on Europe's trains after foiled attack
    PARIS (AP) -- European countries will increase identity checks and baggage controls on trains after American passengers thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris, France's interior minister said Saturday....
The Latest from our Columnists
Solving our nation's entitlement crisis
With countless problems facing this nation, sometimes we need to look to others in similar situations and see how they respond. The fact is America is an exceptional nation with exceptional people. But, we don't hold a monopoly on all available ideas...
For every action, an overreaction
I love the weeks where you can just put up the remote control, grab some popcorn and watch as the country overreacts to one situation after another. And with social media it is a non-stop barrage of one overreaction after the other. First we had the Confederate flag craziness. We were all left searching for answers when a 21-year-old white man went to a black church, sat for an hour with them in a prayer meeting before killing nine in hopes of starting a race war...
Hired protestors are undermining nation
As a rule, I normally refrain from commenting on the political scene in this Sunday column, leaving that nasty work for mid-week. But a little-reported story this week on the Ferguson #BlackLivesMatter protests raised my temperature to the boiling point...
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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. PICTURE EMERGING OF GUNMAN'S TROUBLED PAST

The perpetrator of the on-air shooting in Virginia had a long history of confronting and bullying co-workers at a succession of television and customer-service jobs.

2. RESCUERS SUMMONED TO LATEST MIGRANT DISASTER

Survivors are brought to shore, but an estimated 200 people are still missing and feared dead off the Libyan coast, authorities say.

3. WHY GLOBAL REACTION TO CHINESE STOCK PLUNGE MAY HAVE BEEN OVERBLOWN

Chinese stock markets appear to have little connection to the rest of the government-dominated economy, experts say.

4. OBAMA LAUDS NEW ORLEANS' RESILIENCE

The city is held out by the president as an example of renewal 10 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

5. WHICH ISLAND IS LATEST TARGET OF TROPICAL STORM

Erika lashes Puerto Rico after killing several people and causing flooding in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica.

6. KIM JONG UN OUSTS TOP OFFICIALS

The dismissals suggest the young North Korean leader holds the functionaries responsible for allowing a recent standoff with South Korea to nearly spin out of control.

7. HOW HILLARY CLINTON IS TRYING TO DISCOURAGE JOE BIDEN

She has rolled out a string of high-profile endorsements and scheduled an onslaught of fundraisers across the country in an effort to throw cold water on a possible Biden bid.

8. SURVIVOR WHO LOST 21 RELATIVES TO EBOLA FINDS HOPE

Victoria Yillia, the first person to survive the disease in Sierra Leone, gives birth to a healthy son.

9. WHAT MILESTONE FACEBOOK REACHED

For the first time, a billion people used the social network on a single day.

10. LITTLE LEAGUE TITLE MATCHUPS SET

Texas will meet Pennsylvania in the U.S. championship game, while Mexico takes on Japan in the international bracket.

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