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Sikeston DPS provides details on capture of murder suspects (01/24/15)
SIKESTON - Hours of investigation led Sikeston Department of Public Safety officers late Friday to the apartment where two murder suspects were hiding. According to Capt. Jim McMillen, DPS public information officer, at 3 p.m. Thursday, officers obtained information that William Henry Applewhite and Gailon Appelwhite, who were wanted for the Jan. 11 murder of Christopher West, were hiding in Sikeston...
Murder suspects caught (01/24/15)
SIKESTON -- A three-hour standoff ended late Friday with the arrest of two men wanted in a Jan. 11 fatal shooting. Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden reported around midnight Friday the arrest of William Henry Applewhite III, 27, and Gailon Lamarous Applewhite, 29, on Davis Street in Sikeston. The brothers were taken to the Sikeston Jail...
God's blessings: Building donation bringing TCA classes to one campus (01/24/15)
leonnah@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The move may be just across the street, but the new location of The Christian Academy will make a major difference to the students and staff when the new school year begins in August. The Sikeston Christian-based school will relocate from its current location at 210 S. Kingshighway to the former Three Rivers College site at 103 E. Kathleen St. in Sikeston...
Sheriff's deputy arrests man for impersonating officer after traffic stop (01/24/15)
CHARLESTON -- A southern Illinois man faces charges for impersonating a law enforcement officer. Curtland Silarra Sawyer Jr., 35, of Mounds, Ill., is scheduled to be arraigned at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 4 before Associate Judge S. Rob Barker on misdemeanor charges of false impersonation of a law enforcement officer, unauthorized use of a siren and warning light system on a vehicle when no emergency exists and careless and imprudent driving...
Benton community reacts to mayor's death (01/23/15)
BENTON -- The city of Benton is mourning the loss of one of its greatest fans and leaders. Mayor Joe Stuckey, 68, died Wednesday morning in Benton. On Thursday, Benton City Clerk Connie Barnett and other residents took to Benton's Facebook page to pay their respects...
  • Illinois 'fracking' off to slow start amid oil-price slump
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The oil and gas drilling technique known as "fracking," once trumpeted as a job-creating boon for southern Illinois, is off to a feeble start in the state as slumping oil prices and the rigors of Illinois' new regulations have energy interests cautiously waiting on the sidelines....
  • Nixon's budget plan faces challenges in Missouri Legislature
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has asked lawmakers for more money this year and next, but with an even stronger grip on the Legislature and new checks on the governor's power, Republicans are unlikely to give him what he wants....
  • Proposal would convert building into space for Legislature
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Transforming the Missouri Department of Transportation headquarters into a space for some legislative and executive branch employees is among the projects that could be funded with new bond revenues....
  • Proposed Missouri hiking, biking trail draws mixed response
    WESTPHALIA, Mo. (AP) -- A proposal to transform an abandoned rail corridor into a 145-mile, cross-state biking and hiking trail is drawing praise from outdoor enthusiasts and concerns from some landowners....
  • Technology woes lead to low compliance on Title IX training
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- An online system used to train employees from the four-campus University of Missouri system to address violations of a federal law that bans gender discrimination in education has been fraught with problems....
The Latest from our Columnists
Governor's actions deserve explanation
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, according to a new report, ordered the Missouri National Guard to stand down during the heat of the looting and mayhem in Ferguson following the grand jury's decision in the Darren Wilson case. If that report is true, it would seem the Governor has some explaining to do...
Whose got the cure for my ills?
"I don't need to see a doctor. I'm not sick." (Cough, cough, up comes a lung) As cold and flu season hits full throttle, you will hear more than one man say this. I'm one of those men. There are many reasons why men won't go to the doctor. Some think doctors are just frauds in white coats. ...
Pennies from Heaven
In 1961 in New Madrid, workmen began tearing down the old Smith home next to the Methodist Church on Mill Street to make way for a new parsonage. As they ripped away at one of the walls, money began falling out. It was strange looking money, U. S. currency, but the bills were much larger and there were Indians and buffalos depicted on a number of them...
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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. CLOCK TICKING ON JAPANESE HOSTAGES

Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group post an online warning that the "countdown has begun" for the group to kill the pair if demands for ransom haven't been met.

2. NEW MONARCH TO CONTINUE IN SAME VEIN

New Saudi King Salman promises to continue policies of predecessors in televised speech; he has effectively been running the Sunni kingdom for the last year.

3. OBAMA'S TELLING HIT LIST

The veto threats the president's issued over the last three weeks are a microcosm of American politics, representing the roiling issues of the day.

4. FEDS ASKED TO PROBE PRISON DEATH

New York City has asked federal prosecutors to investigate the 2013 death of a mentally ill Rikers Island inmate who sexually mutilated himself after being locked alone without medication.

5. THAI POLITICS ROILING AGAIN

Thailand's legislature impeaches former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for her role in overseeing a government rice subsidy program that lost billions of dollars.

6. HOW ECB'S NEW STIMULUS CAN WORK

AP's Paul Wiseman says the central bank's plan to resuscitate Europe's economy hinges on whether people, governments and companies accelerate the intervention.

7. WHY SNOWBOARDING IS FADING IN POPULARITY

Aging athletes, new skis and a lack of snow are ganging up on the sport, which has seen a marked drop in participation over the last decade.

8.'MAGIC' YARMULKE AIMS TO PROTECT JEWS FROM ATTACKS

Israeli barber has fashioned a Jewish skullcap out of hair, designed to allow religious Jews in Europe to cover their heads without attracting unwanted attention from anti-Semites.

9. SETH ROGEN RESPONDS TO'SNIPER' COMMENTS

The actor tells AP that the tweets he sent about the movie "American Sniper" were not meant to have political implications.

10. WHO'S OUT AT AUSTRALIAN OPEN

For the first time since 2003, Roger Federer won't be featured in the tennis major's semifinals after losing to Italy's Andreas Seppi in the third round.

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