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Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
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Area schools to receive book chronicling life in Southeast Missouri (10/21/14)
SIKESTON -- "Canalou: People, Culture, Bootheel Town," a collection of stories about the author's experiences growing up and living in the Missouri Bootheel, has recently been published by the Center for Regional History at Southeast Missouri State University and will soon be delivered to area schools...
County hospital system equipped to handle an Ebola case (10/21/14)
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. -- Local hospital personnel are trained and equipped to deal with an Ebola patient, should the need arise. Chief operations officer for the hospital system, Chris Raymer, told the system's board of governor's Monday that while the threat is relatively low, that if the disease spreads this far, medical personnel have been prepared...
Renewable energy catching on in Stoddard County (10/21/14)
DEXTER -- Carolyn Johnson, a native of Dexter first saw solar panels being installed and used to generate power in the 1970s. She vowed then that she would one day do the same thing. Now, she does. Living on the outskirts of Dexter, Johnson has a series of solar panels mounted on the roof of her garage; and, while those panels do provide electricity to established lines, they also provide cheap energy to those who use those lines...
Scott City school upgrades hinge on voters (10/21/14)
SCOTT CITY -- Voters in the Scott City School District will decide Nov. 4 whether $1.75 million should be issued to update school buildings and make them more secure. If the bond passes, the district's tax rate will remain at 49 cents per $100 of assessed valuation...
Your local weather forecast (10/21/14)
Today will be sunny, with a high near 70 then becoming clear tonight with a low around 43. Sunny on Wednesday with a high near 65 while Wednesday night will be mostly clear, with a low around 40. Thursday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 65 then becoming mostly cloudy Thursday night with a low around 45. ...
  • Grandview man accused of scamming businessman
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A 39-year-old suburban Kansas City man is accused of extorting $3 million from a businessman who thought the money was going toward bribing judges and paying off lawyers in pending drug cases....
  • Student still hospitalized after school bus wreck
    LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) -- One member of the Raymore-Peculiar High School girls volleyball team remained hospitalized after the team bus collided with a truck on the way to a match....
  • Critics: Search for education commissioner rushed
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Some district-level Missouri school officials have criticized the state school board's plan to quickly hire a new education commissioner, saying the board should first gather input on the position's needs and conduct a national search for qualified candidates....
  • Homeless man victim of knockout assault
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Authorities in St. Louis are blaming a knockout assault for an attack that left a homeless man with a head injury....
  • Homeless man victim of knock-out game attack
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Authorities in St. Louis are blaming the so-called "knock-out game" for an attack on a homeless man....
  • Hong Kong students, officials talk but don't agree
    HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong student leaders and government officials talked but agreed on little Tuesday as the city's Beijing-backed leader reaffirmed his unwillingness to compromise on the key demand of activists camped in the streets now for a fourth week....
  • Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison
    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp....
  • America says no to cappuccino potato chips
    NEW YORK (AP) -- America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay's potato chips....
  • Ebola: Why virus kills some, other people survive
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies....
  • 'Cadaver dog' work more accepted by cops, courts
    BENTON, Calif. (AP) -- Increasingly, police investigators and courts are putting their faith in four-legged tools - canines that can detect even small particles of human remains....
The Latest from our Columnists
Citizens join effort to help grow town
Having written a newspaper column for over 35 years now, I long ago ceased to be surprised by the comments we receive - both good a bad. But I was pleasantly surprised this week by the response from residents seeking answers to a simple question I posed last week...
Aging can have its privileges
I have heard the saying "you can't teach an old dog new tricks," many, many times. I'm not sure that's true because the more I age, the more I find I learn. I, of course, am learning the basics of aging. Number one, the more gray hairs you pull the more that grow back. I also have learned the phrase, "back when I was a kid."...
Duke the Wonder Horse
Duke was a five-gated pinto. A pinto is a horse that has a coat color of white and any other color. For those of us who are not horse experts, many different breeds of horses have pinto colors. Anyway, when I was a young boy, Duke lived just up the street on Kingshighway in an attractive red barn trimmed out in white. It was surrounded by a dirt yard and a high, wire fence...
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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 SUSPECTED NAZI WAR CRIMINALS COLLECTED MILLIONS IN SOC. SECURITY

The payments flowed through a loophole that has given the U.S. Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the country and keep the benefits, according to AP interviews and internal government records. NAZI-SOCIAL SECURITY

2. PRESIDENT CLEARS SCHEDULE TO FOCUS ON EBOLA

The White House is making sure Obama's schedule is flexible to enable him to maneuver the rapidly changing public health crisis. OBAMA

3. CLINICS URGE POTENTIAL EBOLA PATIENTS TO GO TO HOSPITALS

Urgent care facilities say they are unequipped to deal with the deadly disease. EBOLA-URGENT CARE

4. U.S. AIRDROPS WEAPONS, SUPPLIES TO KURDISH FIGHTERS

The Pentagon says C-130 planes dropped arms to Syrian Kurds in and near Kobani to enable them to continue their resistance to Islamic State assaults. UNITED STATES-ISLAMIC STATE

5. CUOMO'S HIGH PROFILE COULD BE PREDLUE TO 2016 BID

Recent overseas trips and a published memoir may mean the New York governor is eyeing a presidential run. CUOMO'S FUTURE

6. HONG KONG LEADER BLAMES "EXTERNAL FORCES" FOR UNREST

The territory's chief executive says foreign entities are taking part in the pro-democracy protests that have shaken up the business hub for three weeks. HONG KONG-DEMOCRACY PROTEST

7. POLICE SEEK CLUES WHERE REMAINS FOUND IN VA

Forensic tests were needed to confirm whether the remains match the 18-year-old Hannah Graham, missing since Sept. 13. MISSING UVA STUDENT

8.'IT LOOKS LIKE WE'VE DODGED A BULLET YET AGAIN'

That's Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell's reaction to a near miss by Hurricane Ana, now on track to pass Hawaii without doing much damage. TROPICAL WEATHER-HAWAII

9. WHERE THE SEARCH FOR SURVIVORS IS ENDING

Nepal is calling off a rescue operation on a popular trekking route where 38 people died in a series of blizzards and avalanches. NEPAL-AVALANCHE

10. WHO BREAKS JIM BROWN'S NFL RUSHING RECORD

Cowboys' DeMarco Murray is the first running back in NFL history to start a season with seven straight 100-yard games. GIANTS-COWBOYS-FOLO

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