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10 Things to Know for Today (04/18/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. UKRAINIAN MILITIA DENY CALLS TO FREE BUILDINGS Pro-Russian insurgents in the east who have been occupying government buildings say they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns...
Common Core debate continues (04/17/14)
SIKESTON --Whether for or against Common Core, one thing both sides agree on is they want parents and community members to educate themselves about the issue. "Part of the confusion is from how schools are going about the implementation, and there's confusion about how to implement these standards," said Angie Hanlin, teaching methods coach for New Madrid County R-1 School District. "How you implement the standards is by changing your instructional practices."...
Charter office staying busy following change to all-digital (04/17/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- As TVs hooked up straight to the cable from the wall in this area now show only a black screen, the Sikeston Charter office is staying busy distributing extra cable boxes. The all-digital conversion for Charter Communications customers in Sikeston and Cape Girardeau areas was made Tuesday...
Rotation for tow companies will begin in May (04/17/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Towing companies will take turns getting calls from Mississippi County. Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore agreed during the regular County Commission meeting Thursday to start using the county's three towing companies on a monthly rotating basis starting May 1...
$5,000 reward is offered in arson investigation (04/17/14)
PORTAGEVILLE -- A $5,000 reward is being offered for information concerning the death of a Pemiscot County man found murdered in his burning home. Roy Jerrolds, 60, was found dead inside a fire-engulfed two story house, located south of Portageville at 33 State Highway T, the evening of April 10...
  • Suspect arrested in Kansas City highway shootings
    GRANDVIEW, Mo. (AP) -- Police arrested a suspect Thursday in a string of random vehicle shootings on Kansas City-area highways over the past few weeks that have wounded three motorists and frightened many more....
  • Settlement reached in suit over Bridgeton Landfill
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The operator of the Bridgeton Landfill in suburban St. Louis will pay nearly $7 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of hundreds of homeowners living nearby who claimed that noxious odors and an underground fire lowered property values and harmed their quality of life....
  • Trail delayed for former sweetener plant CEO
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- The criminal trial of former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole has been delayed until December by a St. Charles County judge presiding over the case....
  • Man shot to death by St. Charles police officer
    ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) -- A 52-year-old man is dead after he was shot by police in St. Charles....
  • Holder: Hate crimes 'an affront to who we are'
    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -- All Americans stand with the mourners of three people killed at Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday, adding that hate crimes are "an affront" to the nation....
  • Prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ferry captain
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Prosecutors say they've asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead....
  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:...
  • Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed
    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- Investigations into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it started listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers scrambled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead....
  • Ukrainian militia rejects calls to leave buildings
    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns....
  • Filipino devotees re-enact crucifixion of Christ
    SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines (AP) -- Devotees in northern Philippine villages had themselves nailed to wooded crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as thousands of local and foreign spectators watched the bloody annual rites to mark Good Friday in Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation....
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...
My life isn't another action film
Every since I was little I have been a movie buff. Even in the first grade I was giving movie reviews to classmates. "Can you believe Darff Vader was Luke's daddy?" But as I get older and older and older and... well you get it, I am noticing the parts of movies that make them so far fetched. And I'm not talking about men flying around with capes and tights and wars in space. I know that stuff is real...
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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. UKRAINIAN MILITIA DENY CALLS TO FREE BUILDINGS

Pro-Russian insurgents in the east who have been occupying government buildings say they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.

2. SEARCH CONTINUES FOR SURVIVORS OF SUNKEN SOUTH KOREAN SHIP

Officials say they're looking at whether the third mate ordered a turn whose degree was so sharp that it caused the ship to list.

3. TRAGEDY ON THE WORLD'S HIGHEST PEAK

An avalanche on Mount Everest kills at least 12 local guides, and three more are missing in the deadliest disaster in the mountain's history.

4. WHAT'S IN THE NEW OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PRIVACY POLICY

It explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites. It also clarifies that online comments are in the open domain.

5. OBAMA TOUTS HEALTH CARE PROGRESS

New numbers on "Obamacare" enrollment are encouraging to the president, but still to be announced is how many of those were previously uninsured.

6. HOLY WEEK COMMEMORATIONS CONTINUE

Christians are marking Good Friday with prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City, while Pope Francis joins a torch-lit Via Crucis procession later in the day.

7. HOW THE OFFICER KILLED AFTER BOSTON BOMBINGS IS BEING REMEMBERED

Sean Collier will be honored in a ceremony at MIT, and some 25 friends and family will run the marathon to raise money for a scholarship fund named for him.

8. CHINA SAYS ONE-FIFTH OF ITS FARMLAND IS POLLUTED

The admission by Beijing is a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule.

9. NEW DETAILS ABOUT DEATH DURING A LONG 911 CALL

Search warrants say the man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with a dispatcher had eaten marijuana-infused candy from one of Denver's pot dispensaries.

10. WHO IS NOT SINGIN' THE BLUES

St. Louis outlasted the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in triple overtime to take Game 1 of its NHL playoff series.

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