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Woman's body found in Pemiscot County flood waters (07/27/15)
CARUTHERSVILLE -- A body was found floating in flood waters in Pemiscot County on Sunday night. According to a news release from the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office, officers received call at 7 p.m. Sunday of a van stuck in a bean field and a body floating in flood waters off County Road 553, southeast of Caruthersville...
Schoolfest 2015 (07/27/15)
SIKESTON - Armed with a new backpack full of supplies and the confidence that they are ready for school can make the first day of class a good day for boys and girls. Organizers of Schoolfest 2015 intend to make that first day of school even better for at least 1,000 Southeast Missouri children...
Child shot in neck on interstate (07/27/15)
CARUTHERSVILLE - An child was wounded when her family's vehicle was apparently accidentally shot while traveling on Interstate 55 Saturday. At approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday, personnel from a hospital in Blytheville, Ark., contacted the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department advising officers an 11-year-old female was being treated in their emergency room for a gunshot wound to the neck. ...
Year-long contract awarded to local Humane Society (07/27/15)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Having provided satisfactory service, the Sikeston Area Humane Society was awarded a year-long contract to operate the city's animal shelter. The Sikeston City Council approved the one-year contract during their regular monthly briefing session Monday...
Council rejects flood plain map revision (07/27/15)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The Sikeston City Council rejected a flood plain map revision and will contract for another study. Jay Lancaster, public works director, presented during the Council's regular monthly briefing session Monday the results of a public hearing on revised flood plain mapping...
  • Thailand remains blacklisted by US for human trafficking
    BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai authorities are upset about being blacklisted by the U.S. for the second year in a row for failing to do enough to combat modern-day slavery....
  • House, Senate on collision course in highway debate
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senators overruled heated conservative opposition Monday and added a measure reviving the federal Export-Import Bank to must-pass highway legislation. But House Republicans declared the Senate transportation bill dead on arrival....
  • Bobby Brown 'completely numb' after death of daughter
    ATLANTA (AP) -- R&B singer Bobby Brown said Monday that his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was "an angel" and that the family must find a way to honor her memory....
  • New York Gov. Cuomo announces new LaGuardia Airport
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A year after comparing New York's LaGuardia Airport to "some Third World Country," Vice President Joe Biden helped unveil an ambitious plan Monday to rebuild its collection of aging terminals into a modern, unified hub while easing congestion by doubling the space available for planes to operate....
  • US, Turkey plan for 'safe zone' free of IS in northern Syria
    BEIRUT (AP) -- Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a plan to rout the Islamic State group from a strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border - a plan that opens the possibility of a safe haven for tens of thousands of displaced Syrians but one that also sets up a potential conflict with U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces in the area....
The Latest from our Columnists
Trump playing vital role in the campaign
Even though the Presidential election is some 16 months away, the campaign is obviously in full swing. But beware - as history proves time and time again - the campaign landscape we see today may change drastically between now and next November. Six months ago, by way of example, Donald Trump was not on anyone's radar screen. Six months ago the polls had Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker - with a side of Ted Cruz - as the recipe for Republican victory...
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. OBAMA HOLDS TALKS ON SECURITY, HUMAN RIGHTS IN ETHIOPIA

He's the first sitting American president to visit the East African nation.

2. WHO TARGETS KURDS IN NORTHERN SYRIAN REGION

Syria's main Kurdish militia and an activist group say Turkish troops fired several shells on a Syrian village near the border, where tensions have soared in recent days.

3. REMEMBERING YOUNG WOMEN SHOT AT MOVIES

The local business owner and radiology student slain by a gunman inside a Louisiana movie theater are laid to rest.

4. AP TRACKS MISSING SLAVE FISHING BOATS TO PAPUA NEW GUINEA

These trawlers fled a slave island in Indonesia 1,000 miles away with captives of a brutal trafficking ring whose catch reaches the U.S.

5. HOW CLINTON HOPES TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

The presidential candidate's strategies include revisions in the tax code to promote renewable energy.

6. WHY AFGHANISTAN BANS TOY GUNS

At least 184 people, nearly all children, suffer eye injuries over the recent Eid al-Fitr holiday from toy weapons that fire BB pellets and rubber shot, health officials say.

7. BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN, DAUGHTER OF WHITNEY HOUSTON, DEAD

The 22-year-old dies at a hospice facility in Georgia, about six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in a suburban Atlanta home.

8. COLOMBIA UNEARTHS LANDFILL LOOKING FOR SCORES OF DISAPPEARED

Experts will begin removing 31,000 cubic yards of rubble from La Escombrera, where the remains of as many as 300 people are believed to have been dumped and which could be the country's biggest mass grave.

9. SHANGHAI SHARE INDEX DIVES MORE THAN 8 PERCENT

Chinese shares also suffer a renewed sell-off despite government efforts to support the market.

10. NON-COOL EAST PORTLAND SEEKS GREATER REPRESENTATION

A part of the city known for fashionable hipsters and devotion to public transit counters the narrative of livable, weird, predominantly white 'Portlandia.'

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