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Farmers eager for drones, but most can't legally fly them (07/06/15)
CORDOVA, Md. (AP) -- Mike Geske wants a drone. Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm -- a job he now pays three men to do...
Winging it: Women's pink flamingo puts the fun in fundraiser (07/06/15)
SIKESTON - Flamingo Floyd has some of the top names in the country music business as his fans and he has the autographs to prove it. More followers, both in and outside of the country music, are flocking around the bright pink, inflatable bird, following his Twitter account and viewing his YouTube video...
10 Things to Know for Today (07/06/15)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. GREEK FINANCE MINISTER RESIGNS AFTER 'NO' BAILOUT VOTE "I shall wear the creditors' loathing with pride," Yanis Varoufakis says in his announcement as Greeks awake to shuttered banks and ATMs with little cash...
Advance teen dies in crash (07/05/15)
GRASSY - An Advance teenager was killed and another seriously injured late Saturday. Austin K. Engram, 16, was killed in an accident at 11:05 p.m. Saturday on Route Y, five miles southwest of Grassy. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Engram was driving northbound when his utility vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway, striking several mailboxes and several trees. ...
Man arrested after hitting brother with hammer (07/04/15)
BENTON - A Sikeston area man is in jail after repeatedly striking his brother with a hammer. Jerry E. Savat, 70, is jail on charges of second degree domestic assault and armed criminal action. According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter a deputy responded to Savat's residence early Friday morning regarding an assault in progress...
The Latest from our Columnists
USA obsessed to be politically correct
Last week provided a sea change in American society and I suspect someday, history will note the significance of this past week. Still not sure, however, just how history will record these events. The Supreme Court - quite honestly, not to anyone's great surprise - ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act despite clear and specific language that seemed to have undermined a provision of the controversial law...
For every action, an overreaction
I love the weeks where you can just put up the remote control, grab some popcorn and watch as the country overreacts to one situation after another. And with social media it is a non-stop barrage of one overreaction after the other. First we had the Confederate flag craziness. We were all left searching for answers when a 21-year-old white man went to a black church, sat for an hour with them in a prayer meeting before killing nine in hopes of starting a race war...
Hired protestors are undermining nation
As a rule, I normally refrain from commenting on the political scene in this Sunday column, leaving that nasty work for mid-week. But a little-reported story this week on the Ferguson #BlackLivesMatter protests raised my temperature to the boiling point...
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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. GREEK FINANCE MINISTER RESIGNS AFTER 'NO' BAILOUT VOTE

"I shall wear the creditors' loathing with pride," Yanis Varoufakis says in his announcement as Greeks awake to shuttered banks and ATMs with little cash.

2. MORE THAN 1 MILLION EXPECTED AT POPE'S MASS IN SOUTH AMERICA

Latin America's first pontiff tours his home continent with a message of compassion for the weak and respect for an ailing planet.

3. CONFEDERATE FLAG DEBATE RESUMES

While it appears there is support in the South Carolina Legislature to bring down this symbol, the depth of that support will be tested as lawmakers return to Columbia.

4. WHERE LOCALS ARE STILL TRYING TO RECOVER FROM HORRIFIC LOSSES

AP talks to a Palestinian man in Gaza Strip who lost his family when Israeli mortar shells hit his home in last summer's Israel-Hamas war.

5. BOMBS AT MOSQUE, RESTAURANT IN NIGERIAN CITY KILL 44

Sixty-seven other people are wounded in the attacks blamed on the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

6. TOUCHED BY TRAGEDY

Ten years after the suicide bombings that killed 52 people on the London transport network, survivors are still angry but share a resolve to move forward.

7. WHO BECOMES CAPTAIN AMERICA FOR U.S. WOMEN

Carli Lloyd scores three goals to lead the American team to a 5-2 victory over Japan for the record third World Cup title -- and first since 1999.

8. WHY S. KOREAN VIOLINIST WANTS BORDER CONCERT WITH NORTH KOREA

Won Hyung Joon is trying to help the divided peninsula by bringing North and South Korean musicians together to perform on each side of the world's most heavily armed crossing.

9. NO MORE 'ROAR' AS FAMED TRADING PITS COME TO AN END

As the computer -- faster and not nearly as noisy -- takes over, a culture of brazen bets and flashy jackets will vanish.

10. THE BURT BEHIND BURT'S BEES DIES

The beekeeper who co-founded the company, and whose face and wild beard appeared on labels for the natural cosmetics, was 80.

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