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Woman charged with credit card theft (11/26/14)
BENTON -- A Kelso woman is facing fraud charges after using another person's credit card. Rena Elizabeth Miller, 44, is charged with the felonies of theft of a credit card and fraudulent use of a credit device. At approximately 11:20 a.m. Nov. 20, Cpl. Justin Wooten met with a victim who stated she had received a statement from the credit card company indicating the card had been used, and that she owed a minimum payment. The victim stated the card had not been used since 2008...
Search warrant yields felony arrests for drugs and gun (11/26/14)
news@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Two Sikeston women are facing drug and weapon charges after being arrested during a search of their home Tuesday. Regina Reed, 32, is charged with two class B felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute charges and unlawful possession of a firearm, a class C felony...
Sheriff's Department finishing year within budget (11/26/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- The Mississippi County Sheriff's Department is on track to end the year without going over budget. "We have a month to go but it looks good -- really good," said Darrell Jones, commissioner, during the regular weekly County Commission meeting held Wednesday due to the Thanksgiving holiday...
Closed landfill gets good report, needs monitoring (11/26/14)
BENTON -- Scott County's closed landfill should get good marks but still requires monitoring. Dennis Ziegenhorn, county commissioner, said during the County Commission's regular meeting Tuesday that county officials met Thursday with a Missouri Department of Natural Resources official at the landfill located on hilly ground south of Benton...
Radical Christmas aims to have biggest yet, plans to serve 1,000 children (11/26/14)
SIKESTON -- Over 30 area churches are coming together for a fourth year with a goal to bring 1,000 Sikeston-area children a happy Christmas. "Putting others' needs above your own is a powerful experience this time of year," said Brad Aycock, Radical Christmas team member and executive pastor at First United Methodist Church in Sikeston...
  • Fires, other incidents investigated after protests
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Several suspected arsons and other incidents are being investigated following the violent protests that erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, this week after a grand jury declined to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown....
  • Ferguson gives thanks after a quiet night
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Protesters in Ferguson pressed pause Thursday as the city welcomed Thanksgiving, decorating boarded-up storefronts with some Dr. Seuss inspiration and gathering for church services - a stark contrast to previous days of outrage over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case....
  • A glance at Ferguson: Then, now and the future
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Thanksgiving started quietly in Ferguson, following protests Wednesday night that drew the smallest crowd since a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old....
  • NW Missouri prosecutor admits stealing from client
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An attorney who was elected this month as a northwest Missouri county prosecutor won't be serving in that role after all, having pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing more than $540 million from an elderly client....
  • Missouri Southern reviews enrollment effort
    JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Southern University officials are in the process of evaluating a two-year effort to increase enrollment at the school in Joplin....
  • Early bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what's becoming a new holiday tradition....
  • US celebrates Thanksgiving with parades, turkey
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Millions of Americans across the country are marking the holiday with lots of turkey, football, parades and early shopping, while many are overcoming some nasty weather and power outages. At the White House, President Barack Obama is spending a quiet Thanksgiving with a traditional meal....
  • Ferguson gives thanks after a quiet night
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Protesters in Ferguson pressed pause Thursday as the city welcomed Thanksgiving, decorating boarded-up storefronts with some Dr. Seuss inspiration and gathering for church services - a stark contrast to previous days of outrage over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case....
  • For some, location of Brown's hands irrelevant
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The word spread within minutes of Michael Brown's death - a young black man with his hands raised in surrender had just been shot by a white cop....
  • OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices
    VIENNA (AP) -- Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result....
The Latest from our Columnists
Presidential hopefuls start testing waters
Hillary Clinton, the heir apparent to the throne, may not find smooth sailing as many thought she would. The former first lady, secretary of state and senator has long been expected to walk into the Democratic presidential nomination with nary a concern...
A picture-perfect engagement
Getting engaged I knew there would be some things I didn't really want to take part in. The picking of flowers, the choosing of invitations, the ceremony (buh dum bum). And then of course the engagement pictures. I'm not a big fan of having my picture taken. After all, there are only so many cameras a person can break. That's why I like to be behind the camera taking the pictures. Unfortunately my future wife wouldn't let me take just her picture to serve as the engagement photos...
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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. SECURITY REINFORCEMENTS CONTAIN CHAOS IN FERGUSON

The deployment of hundreds of additional National Guardsmen prevented a second night of riots in the Missouri town.

2. PROSECUTOR FACING BLAME OVER FERGUSON CASE

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch is being criticized for impartiality, discounting witness testimony and taking a defensive posture in the case that gained global attention.

3. WHAT SOME THANKSGIVING TRAVELERS WILL FACE

A nor'easter is complicating an already stressful travel day ahead of the holiday in the nation's busy northeast corridor between Boston and Washington.

4. HONG KONG POLICE ARREST KEY PROTEST LEADERS

The future of the pro-democracy movement in the financial hub is uncertain as the government continues to dismantle demonstration sites and detain organizers.

5. HILLARY CLINTON SHOWS LITTLE OF WHAT SHE AND OBAMA AGREE ON

Aside from supporting his immigration reforms, the Democrats' favored presidential hopeful has been mum on many policy issues the president has been vocal about.

6. IRAN'S JEWS APPLAUD ACCEPTING PRESIDENT

After years of facing discrimination, the country's Jewish population finds Rouhani's openness to them heartwarming.

7. NEW YORK'S URBAN JUNGLE OFFERS ONE MORE UNUSUAL PARK

The city's High Line draws tourists from all over the world. Developers are now looking at the Lowline --a project that would occupy a 116-year-old abandoned trolley terminal below the Lower East Side.

8. HOW TO SAVE SOME CASH WHILE HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Many apps like Retale and RedLaser will help you find the cheapest prices and clip some digital coupons this season.

9. WHO IS PLAYING OPEC'S GUESSING GAME

Trying to divine what the cartel's members are up to in the run-up to their Vienna meeting is a high stakes puzzle for analysts and armchair geo-politicians.

10. PRICE TAG KEY TO U.S. BIDS TO HOST 2024 GAMES

Four American cities would like to host the Olympics in 10 years--Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington. The main thing the IOC is looking for is a budget that's not too extravagant.

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