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Graduations, last days of school set (04/24/14)
SIKESTON -- After enduring a greater-than-usual number of snow days and then making up those days, area districts have set their graduation dates and final days of the school year. Snow and ice forced school districts to close their doors between an abnormally high 10 and 20 days this winter. As a result, the majority of school districts are ending their years about a week later than originally scheduled...
Caution, roadwork ahead (04/24/14)
Portions of Highway 61, including Sikeston's north city limits, are reduced to one lane as a crew with Pace Construction Co. resurface the pavement. Approximately 11 miles of roadway will be resurfaced from Route 77 to Route Y. The work is expected to be completed in mid-June, weather permitting. (Jill Bock, Staff)...
MDMC offers new option for heartburn (04/24/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Getting rid of heartburn for most people just takes a pill. For those that need another option, Missouri Delta has good news. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD, is a condition where the contents of the stomach come back up into the esophagus. ...
Sikeston in Bloom returns with food, fun and more (04/24/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- You don't have to visit Downtown merchants during this year's Sikeston in Bloom, but it could win you a hundred bucks. Sikeston in Bloom is scheduled from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. May 3 at American Legion Square in Historic Downtown Sikeston...
Local teams raise money to fight cancer (04/23/14)
The Sikeston and Charleston baseball teams as well as the Sikeston soccer team took to the field Tuesday night to raise money to help fight cancer.
  • Activists say Syrian airstrikes in north kill 27
    BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government airstrikes struck a vegetable market in a northern rebel-held town Thursday, killing at least 27 people and wounding scores of others, an activist group said....
  • Measles off to a fast start, as cases trend up
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials are worried about recent U.S. measles outbreaks that so far have caused more illnesses than at the same point of any year since 1996....
  • Senate's newest class speaks out on foreign policy
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fresh voices in the U.S. Senate are speaking loudly on foreign policy, a new generation of Republicans and Democrats who reflect a war-weary nation cautious about America's next moves....
  • US proposes pay-for-priority Internet standards
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new Internet rules that would allow Internet service providers to charge content companies for faster delivery of their services over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes....
  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan government security guard opened fire Thursday on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said....
Israel releases Palestinian cleric (05/08/13)
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say they have released the top Muslim cleric in the holy land after several hours of questioning over disturbances at a disputed Jerusalem holy site. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein, was released on Wednesday afternoon...
Italy cargo ship slams into Genoa port, kills 7 (05/08/13)
ROME (AP) -- Rescue workers in diving gear found seven bodies Wednesday in the wreckage after a cargo ship slammed into the dock at Genoa, toppling the busy Italian port's control tower into the harbor. Four people were hospitalized and two others remained unaccounted for, Luca Cari, spokesman for the fire rescue teams at the scene, told The Associated Press...
The Latest from our Columnists
Reading the results of Tuesday's votes
I assume it is appropriate to dissect the election results from the school bond issue defeated soundly by Sikeston voters this week. I supported the bond issue despite my belief that the $33 million price tag was going to provide a substantial challenge for passage...
Don't make a fast-food faux pas
I used to be a fast-food connoisseur. "McGreasyBurger's has the best fries. They use just enough salt to mask the greasy taste." Fortunately for my colon and sanity I very seldom eat fast food anymore. One would think it was because I was trying to eat healthier. Instead it was because I didn't want to have a stroke in one of the drive-thru lines...
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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. SUPREME COURT DEALS BLOW TO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

By a 6-2 majority, the court declares that state voters can outlaw using race as a factor in college admissions.

2. PRO-RUSSIAN GUNMEN HOLD AMERICAN JOURNALIST HOSTAGE

Vice News reporter Simon Ostrovsky was kidnapped in Ukraine's eastern city of Slovyansk.

3. SOUTH KOREAN CAPTAIN'S IMAGE AT ODDS WITH HANDLING OF DISASTER

One colleague calls ferry Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on board. How did the man with a sterling reputation and glittering gold epaulets abandon a sinking ship full of teenagers?

4. CAIRO BOMB KILLS SENIOR SECURITY OFFICER

A brigadier general dies in the latest attack against Egypt's police force.

5. WHERE OBAMA SEEKS TO LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

The president's Asian tour aims to reassure partners about U.S. commitment to region, while balancing power of a more assertive China.

6. STOWAWAY WENT UNDETECTED FOR HOURS AT AIRPORT

Surveillance video shows teen who flew to Hawaii in wheel well of jetliner was on San Jose airfield seven hours before flight departed.

7. MICHIGAN MAN FOURTH IN US TO GET 'BIONIC EYE'

After years of living with Robert Pontz's blindness, a retinal prosthesis helps him see, prompting his wife to say something she never thought she'd say.

8. VATICAN SET TO CANONIZE REVOLUTIONARY PONTIFF ALONG WITH JOHN PAUL II

John XXIII, fondly remembered as the "Good Pope," ushered in a modern Catholic Church in the 1960s.

9. WHY CALIFORNIA'S DEMOCRATS ARE DIVIDED

In the nation's most populous and ethnically diverse state-the first to ban using race and ethnicity in college admissions-debate unfolds about reinstating affirmative action.

10. HOW A TWITTER REQUEST BY THE NYPD BACKFIRED

The city's police department asked people to send their photos with officers using (hash)myNYPD. Many tweeted pictures of police brutality instead.

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