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Sikeston man faces charges following assault of an officer (10/25/14)
BENTON -- A Sikeston man in custody at the Scott County Jail has been charged with assaulting a corrections officer. Terriante Maurice McClinton, 23, of Sikeston is charged with the class C felony of assault of a corrections officer and the class B misdemeanor of property damage in the second degree...
Sikeston-area residents can e-cycle for free this Tuesday (10/25/14)
SIKESTON -- This may be the biggest and best e-waste recycling event this area has had yet. E-waste 2014 Recycling Day is scheduled Tuesday, according to Scott County Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn. From 8 a.m. till 3 p.m., electronic items can be dropped off on the rear parking lot of Carnell's Collision Repair. While Carnell's address is 417 North Main, the rear lot is best accessed from Tanner Street...
Portageville voters must decide sales tax issue (10/25/14)
PORTAGEVILLE -- Approval of a half-cent sales tax would pave the way for a smoother ride in Portageville. In addition to voting for state and county officials on Nov. 4, Portageville residents will decide whether to approve a sales tax of one half of 1 percent for the purpose of funding capital improvements. The tax will end after 10 years...
SPS Foundation tailgate (10/25/14)
Charleston man injured in shooting (10/24/14)
CHARLESTON -- Police are investigating the second shooting within a week in Charleston. About 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Charleston Department of Public Safety received several phone calls of gunshots in the 200 block of North Elm Street. Responding officers located the victim, 23-year-old DeMarcus Owens of Charleston, in the 200 block of North Heggie Street with an apparent gunshot wound...
  • Flight makes emergency landing in Missouri
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A United Express flight has made an emergency landing at a southwest Missouri airport after experiencing a cabin depressurization problem....
  • Ferguson bike event cancelled after Brown shooting
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- An annual fall bicycle ride in Ferguson has been cancelled in response to the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent protests....
  • Strong supply, but low prices, for corn, soybeans
    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- Corn and soybean farmers are seeing record yields, thanks to a cool, mild spring. But the downside of the strong supply is a dip in prices....
  • Attorneys: Exorcism drove confession in IHOP death
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A suburban Kansas City man who confessed to killing the wife of his prayer group leader had just undergone an exorcism to expel demons when he gave his account to police, his attorneys said in a motion to exclude those statements from his trial next month....
  • Missouri auditor revels in Hollywood, history
    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- It's just a few weeks before the election, and Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is talking animatedly about a big success that's been years in the making. The subject isn't his re-election, which appears all but assured....
  • Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Talk about a tale of two cities: A Dallas hospital got a pop quiz in Ebola and made an early mistake. New York got a peek at the answer sheet and was better prepared at the start....
  • Across US, Dems enlist Latinas for top of ballot
    APOPKA, Fla. (AP) -- The Democratic lieutenant governor candidates from Florida, Texas and Nevada all have colorful biographies: a Colombian-born business executive; a pharmacist-turned-veteran lawmaker; and a juvenile delinquent-turned-lawyer....
  • Teacher tried to stop Washington state shooting
    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) -- A union official says a newly hired high school teacher confronted a gunman during a deadly shooting at a Washington state school....
  • Ebola-stricken doc described as driven do-gooder
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Dr. Craig Spencer, the physician now being treated for Ebola in New York City, is the kind of globe-trotting do-gooder who could walk into a small village in Africa and, even though he didn't know the language, win people over through hugs alone, according to people who worked with him....
  • Few details offered on quarantines over Ebola
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Officials in three states have enacted 21-day quarantines for any travelers arriving back in the United States after having contact with Ebola patients in West Africa. But they've said little about exactly how they'll enforce such strict rules....
The Latest from our Columnists
Missouri voters to decide fate of four amendments
The Nov. 4 midterm national elections are just over a week away and as is often the case, the momentum seems to shift on a day-to-day basis. The spotlight come election night will most certainly not fall on Missouri because we have no races on the ballot with national implications...
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. CANADA VOWS NOT TO BE INTIMIDATED BY TERROR

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the Parliament Hill shooting was a terrorist act.

2. GLIMPSES OF NORTH KOREAN LIFE CAUGHT ON RARE TRIP

Two AP reporters embark on an unprecedented tour for 1,300 miles in the isolationist nation that's one of the least-known inhabited places on the planet.

3. US TO TRACK EVERYONE COMING FROM EBOLA NATIONS

It's the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country.

4. MANY DOUBT HOSPITALS CAN HANDLE EBOLA PATIENTS

An AP-GfK poll shows most Americans have some confidence that the health care system can prevent the spread of the deadly disease--they just don't think local facilities are prepared for new cases.

5. MAN CAUGHT AFTER JUMPING OVER WHITE HOUSE FENCE

The incident comes shortly after another fence jumper sprinted across the White House lawn, past armed uniformed agents and entered the mansion.

6. WHO'S FUNDING MANY STATE BALLOT INITIATIVES

Much of the ad money spent on election measures this season comes from corporations--although not in a direct way.

7. KENNY G'S SMOOTH TUNES CAUGHT IN HONG KONG CONFLICT

The jazz star had to distance himself from the democracy protests in the territory in order not to lose face with China, where he is very popular.

8. WHICH STATES ARE DENYING GAY UNIONS DESPITE COURT RULINGS

Kansas, Montana and South Carolina are refusing to allow same-sex marriage to go ahead without a specific court order directing them to do so.

9. WHAT'S BECOMING ROUTINE FOR RENTERS

Monthly surcharges for pets _ anywhere from $10 to $50 _ are quickly becoming the norm in apartments in the U.S.

10. CIGARETTE MAKER SNUFFING OUT SMOKING IN ITS WORKPLACES

The ban will take effect once Reynolds American builds indoor smoking areas for those still wanting to light up indoors, a spokesman says.

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