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Steele man wanted on murder charge turns self in to police (07/30/15)
CARUTHERSVILLE -- A Steele man wanted in connection with the murder of another Pemiscot County man turned himself in to authorities early today. Ratio Frederick Armour, 26, turned himself in to the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office about 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Armour is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the July 3 murder of 30-year-old Larry Turner of Hayti...
Community outreach: Sikeston R-6 teachers, administrators go door-to-door to meet community (07/30/15)
SIKESTON -- Even before the students walk through the doors of their classroom, their teachers are walking up to the doors of their homes to welcome them back to school. On Wednesday braving the blazing sun and 90-plus degree heat, teachers boarded school buses and began traveling the streets of the Sikeston R-6 School District. ...
Corps rejects county's road damage claim (07/30/15)
scottw@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County's claims against the Corps for tearing up county roads has been denied. Commissioners reviewed during their regular weekly meeting Thursday the letter from the U.S. Department of the Army's Tort Claims Division received Wednesday notifying the county of "final administrative action" on the county's claims...
Charleston voters to decide on diesel tax at the pumps (07/30/15)
CHARLESTON -- A proposed sales tax on diesel, if approved by voters, will bring money for streets and public safety with almost no effect on local farms, businesses or residents, according to Charleston City Manager Richard Goode. "On Aug. 4, there is a special election asking voters to approve a diesel fuel tax of 2 cents per gallon for all at-the-pump diesel sales within city limits," Goode said. ...
Scott County represented well at FCCLA nationals; Kelly, Oran students take top honors (07/30/15)
SIKESTON -- Scott County was well represented with students from two of its high schools earning top honors earlier this month at the 2015 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America national competition in Washington, D.C. Kelly FCCLA sponsor Brooke Sparks said the wins marked the first time Kelly FCCLA has qualified for nationals since 2003, and her students -- Bethany Knight, Megan Cissell and Shelby Donaldson -- received gold honors...
  • Bush calls courtship of minority voters integral to campaign
    ORLANDO, Florida (AP) -- Following his own advice, Jeb Bush is taking his presidential campaign to the neighborhoods and churches where Hispanics and African Americans live and worship in an effort to broaden his appeal among minority voters....
  • Wing part could help solve what happened to MH370
    SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) -- A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island could help solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished more than a year ago....
  • Campus officer pleads not guilty in traffic stop shooting
    CINCINNATI (AP) -- A University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a motorist during a traffic stop pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of murder and was ordered jailed on $1 million bail....
  • Greece's Tsipras prevails over rebels at party meeting
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has defeated a bid by dissenters in his left-wing Syriza party to push for an end to bailout talks and an exit from the euro currency....
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The Latest from our Columnists
Without leadership country is declining
A gentleman approached me in a grocery store this week and asked if I could confirm a rumor he heard about the President. In hushed tones, he said the President was poised to ignore the Constitution and seek a third term. And should the populace resist that controversial move, the rumor opined that the President would impose marshal law to quell any discontent...
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. TURKISH STRIKES VEX ISLAMIC STATE PLAN

Ankara's air campaign against IS militants and Kurdish forces creates a conundrum for Obama, who is leading the fight against one of those targets while relying heavily on the other.

2. AMERICAN WHO SPIED FOR ISRAEL TO GET FREEDOM

The decision to parole spy Jonathan Pollard revisits the 1980s case that divided the United States and Israel.

3. IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL TURNS UP LOBBYING HEAT

Both the Obama administration and pro-Israel groups are putting pressure on Congress, which must decide whether to ratify the deal with Tehran.

4. FEARED SUNNI MILITANT LEADER KILLED

Pakistani police gun down Malik Ishaq and 13 followers in a mysterious pre-dawn shootout, killing the man believed to behind the slaughter of hundreds of the nation's minority Shiites.

5. WHERE THERE'S A HOTBED OF FRAUD ACTIVITY

South Florida has become renowned for scammers stealing hundreds of millions from the government, banks and individuals by using laptops, stolen identities and fake medical procedures.

6. MAN ACCUSED IN LION DEATH THOUGHT HUNT WAS LEGAL

A Minnesota dentist who went on a guided bow hunting trip for big game in Zimbabwe says that he had no idea a lion he killed was protected.

7. JAIL RELEASES MORE SANDRA BLAND FOOTAGE

Texas authorities release several hours of footage showing the Illinois woman during her three days in jail, saying they wanted to dispel rumors that she was dead before arriving there.

8. GOODBYE, WINDOWS 8. HELLO, 10

AP's Anick Jesdanun says with a major update, Windows no longer feels jarring, as though he's using two different computers at once.

9. 'MORMONLANDIA' RAVES ABOUT 'BOOK'

The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons receives a rousing reception in its first-ever showing in Salt Lake City.

10. WHO HAD HIS SUSPENSION UPHELD BY NFL

New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game was not reduced by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

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