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County clerks: Absentee ballots on parr with other years (07/27/16)
SIKESTON - Local residents may debate to-and-fro for their favorite political candidates with red-faced fervor, but one thing is for sure -- regardless how remarkable their candidates are, registration is nothing out of the ordinary in local counties for this year's primaries...
10 Things to Know for Today (07/27/16)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. OBAMA TO HAIL CLINTON The U.S. president once told the Democratic nominee for the White House, "You're likable enough" -- but now the incumbent is prepared to endorse the woman who hopes to replace him...
Scott County sheriff's satellite office in Blodgett now open full-time (07/26/16)
BLODGETT, Mo. -- As of Monday, the Scott County Sheriff's Department's satellite office in Blodgett is now ready to serve the public full-time. Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through through Friday, the satellite office furnished by Russell Real Estate is located along State Highway H in the brick building that once housed the post office, a dress shop and a bank in the middle of Blodgett...
10 Things to Know for Today (07/26/16)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. 'GLASS CEILING' SHATTERING AT DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION With a roll call of the states, Hillary Clinton will become the first woman to lead a major party into a White House race...
Police arrest a man with loaded handgun, drugs
 (07/26/16)
STEELE, Mo. - A Pemiscot County resident is in jail after he was found with a loaded gun and drugs. On Saturday, a Steele Police received a report of a man with a handgun on Bellvue Street. Upon arrival Captain John R Trimm located the suspect, identified as Joshua Foster, 30 of Hayti...
The Latest from our Columnists
Polls don't always reflect voters' intent
I'm not sure when polling became an "important" part of each political campaign but at this point in the cycle of politics, I have zero confidence in virtually any poll, especially national poll results. I have long been convinced that issues don't drive poll results - poll results drive issues...
Bored? Try a board meeting
This summer I have tried several times to find a funny comedy at the movies, only to be disappointed each time. I should have just saved my money and gone to a Miner Board of Aldermen meeting for free. After reading month-after-month how the Miner Board struggles to get anything done I thought I would go and take a look for myself at a recent meeting. Needless to say I wasn't disappointed...
A cut above the rest
There are certain professions in our society that are afforded the privilege of knowing what's going on. They have daily contact with a number of residents within the community and more than just a few minutes to listen to their concerns. In the cities, it's the taxi cab drivers who seemed to have their thumb on the temperament of the populace. Today, Uber drivers could be added to that list...
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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. OBAMA TO HAIL CLINTON

The U.S. president once told the Democratic nominee for the White House, "You're likable enough" -- but now the incumbent is prepared to endorse the woman who hopes to replace him.

2. KAINE'S FLUENCY IN SPANISH NOT A BE-ALL, END-ALL

But while some Latinos say there's a practical value to the U.S. vice presidential nominee's skills, they add the days are gone when that alone is enough to win over Hispanic voters.

3. HOLLANDE HOLDS MEETINGS AFTER CHURCH ATTACK

The French president is trying to avert religious tensions and new violence after Islamic State group extremists attacked a Catholic church and slit the throat of an elderly priest.

4. JAPAN STABBING SPREE SUSPECT'S TROUBLED TIMELINE

Satoshi Uematsu stated his intent to kill in a letter, was committed to a psychiatric hospital, but doctors deemed him safe to release after just 12 days. Five months later, he killed 19 mentally disabled people.

5. REPORT: SHOOTING DEATHS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT INCREASE

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund says shooting deaths of officers spiked 78 percent in the first half of 2016 compared to last year.

6. HOW FED IS EXPECTED TO REACT TO IMPROVING ECONOMY

Most analysts think the U.S. central bank will signal that it wants to see further gains before raising interest rates again.

7. LAWMAKER EXPLORES MEDICARE DRUG 'EXPLOITATION'

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, wants to know if the government's prescription drug benefit is vulnerable to price manipulation by drugmakers.

8. EFFORT LAUNCHED TO DIGITIZE ALL FISH

Scientists are using a powerful CT scanner at a University of Washington lab on the San Juan Islands to begin digitally cataloging thousands of species.

9. TOUGH ROOM, ELIZABETH BANKS

You could've heard crickets in the Democratic convention hall when the "Pitch Perfect" and "Hunger Games" actress attempted a joke or two in introducing a short video about Clinton.

10. WHERE CARIBBEAN ISLAND IS COMING UP SHORT

Jamaica's sprinters are obviously elite, but the tiny nation is still a long way from that level in other track and field events.

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