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Sikeston honors service, sacrifice during annual ceremony (05/30/16)
As the sun shone brightly Monday for Sikeston's annual Memorial Day Service, much of the crowd set up chairs in the shade to hear retired U.S. Army Warrant Officer John Williams speak to the crowd. More on the ceremony and speaker will be in Wednesday's Standard Democrat. For more photos see our photo gallery...
PB Monuments seeks info on Unclaimed memorials (05/30/16)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. - Poplar Bluff Monument Works is asking the public's help this Memorial Day in tracking down homes for a number of markers belonging to members of the U.S. Armed Forces that remain unclaimed. The Department of Veterans Affairs furnishes upon request, a free Government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible Veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their date of death...
Four seriously injured in I-55 crash (05/30/16)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. - Four persons were seriously injured in a multi-vehicle pileup on Interstate 55. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that at noon Sunday at the14.2 mile marker a southbound vehicle driven by Joann S. Dixon, 40, of New Orleans, La., stopped in the roadway. ...
Your weather for May 30 (05/30/16)
Memorial Day will be sunny, with a high near 88 then becoming partly cloudy tonight with a low around 66. Mostly sunny on Tuesday with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms with a high near 88 while Tuesday night will be mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms with a low around 67. ...
No paper Monday due to Memorial Day holiday (05/28/16)
SIKESTON -- The Standard Democrat will not publish a paper Monday in observance of Memorial Day, and the offices will be closed. Regular publication will resume with the Wednesday edition. Offices will reopen at the normal time of 7:30 a.m. Tuesday...
The Latest from our Columnists
Name calling won't solve our problems
Once again this past week, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus played the race card against opponents of the president's latest progressive scheme. The argument was - as it has been for the past eight years - that the president's opponents were racists and prone to oppose the president's policies only because of his skin color...
Bored? Try a board meeting
This summer I have tried several times to find a funny comedy at the movies, only to be disappointed each time. I should have just saved my money and gone to a Miner Board of Aldermen meeting for free. After reading month-after-month how the Miner Board struggles to get anything done I thought I would go and take a look for myself at a recent meeting. Needless to say I wasn't disappointed...
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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 MAKES HISTORIC VISIT TO HIROSHIMA

"Death fell from the sky and the world was changed," the president says in a somber speech in the city where the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb.

2. SIGNAL DETECTED FROM DOOMED EGYPTAIR JETLINER

The beacon narrows the search for the aircraft to a 5-kilometer (3-mile) radius in the Mediterranean, where it crashed with 66 passengers and crew on board, an Egyptian official says.

3. WHO'S GETTING SERIOUS LOOK FROM YOUNG US VOTERS BESIDES SANDERS

Twenty-five percent of people under 30 in a Harvard poll say they would vote for Trump if he faced off against Hillary Clinton in the fall.

4. ALIBABA USES MONEY, INFLUENCE TO SWAY CRITICS, AP INVESTIGATION FINDS

In one instance, an anti-counterfeiting group went from calling for the world's biggest e-commerce platform to be blacklisted to counting it among its "strongest partners" in a few short years.

5. WHAT G-7 LEADERS SEE AS MAJOR RISK TO GLOBAL ECONOMY

The leaders, gathered at a summit in Japan, cite the possible departure of Britain from the European Union as one of a number of potential shocks to the world's financial system.

6. FATE OF SETTLER OUTPOST IS KEY TEST FOR NETANYAHU

A court order requires the Amona outpost in the West Bank be torn down by the end of the year -- a move that's expected to face staunch opposition from within the prime minister's newly expanded hard-line government.

7. BAYLOR DEMOTES PRESIDENT, FIRES FOOTBALL COACH

The university is looking to rebuild its reputation and perhaps its football program after an outside review found its administrators mishandled allegations that football players sexually assaulted women.

8. US ISSUING PREDICTION FOR ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON

The government forecast comes as experts urge coastal residents not to be complacent about their storm risks after 10 years without a major hurricane making a U.S. landfall.

9. DEADLOCK -- YET AGAIN -- AT SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE

The competition ends in a tie for the third consecutive year, with Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga declared co-champs after a roller-coaster finish.

10. WHICH TEAMS WILL VIE FOR LORD STANLEY'S CUP

Pittsburgh downs Tampa Bay 2-1 in a Game 7 to win the Eastern Conference crown and advance to the finals against San Jose.

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