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Bullfighting and more back for 62nd Rodeo (07/31/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- There will be plenty do to both on and off Rodeo Grounds this week during the 62nd Annual Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo. Diehard rodeo fans can enjoy viewing some rodeo action early in the slack but Rodeo gates officially open at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday...
Former head of SEMO Health Network sentenced (07/31/14)
By Emily Priddy SEMO News Service ST. LOUIS -- The former CEO of Southeast Missouri Health Network Inc. has been sentenced to 33 months in prison on a conspiracy charge, and three other former employees face criminal charges in connection with the case...
Shoppers to receive tax break this weekend (07/31/14)
SIKESTON -- With the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday beginning Friday, shoppers are guaranteed to save big this weekend. The three-day holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and runs through Sunday. Certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, shoes, school supplies, computers and other items are exempt from state sales tax during the period...
Voters must show their ID and pick a ballot Tuesday (07/31/14)
By Staff reports news@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- Scott County voters will pick one of five ballots to vote in Tuesday's primary election. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. till 7 p.m. Identification is required to vote Tuesday, according to County Clerk Rita Milam. Forms of ID that will be accepted at the polls include: a voter ID card, driver's license, Missouri student ID, utility bill, bank statement or a paycheck that has the name and address of the voter on it...
Several federal, state and county offices up for grabs in Tuesday's primary (07/31/14)
By Staff reports news@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Local voters will pick candidates for several federal, state and county offices during the Aug. 5 primary election. With each of the four political parties having only a single candidate appearing on the primary election ballot for the 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, November's race appears to be set...
  • Kansas City moves to ban open carry of firearms
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas City councilmembers have unanimously voted to ban people from openly carrying firearms within city limits....
  • Missouri man gets 15 years for identity theft
    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri car dealer who orchestrated one of the largest identity thefts ever prosecuted in the state has been sentenced to 15 years in prison....
  • County investigates mayor's role in cycling crash
    SUNSET HILLS, Mo. (AP) -- The criminal investigation of a small-town Missouri mayor who a bicyclist alleges purposely struck him with his car has been turned over to an outside law enforcement agency....
  • 2 arrested in Missouri man's disappearance
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Two Columbia residents have been arrested in the 2011 disappearance of a central Missouri man, in a case investigators are now calling a homicide....
  • Early voting initiative may miss Missouri ballot
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri proposal to create one of the most expansive early voting periods in the nation appears to have fallen short of reaching the November ballot, according to an Associated Press analysis of initiative petition signatures....
  • 4 Palestinians killed after Gaza truce begins
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A three-day Gaza cease-fire went into force on Friday as diplomats worked to broker a lasting truce in the 25-day-old Israel-Hamas war, but Gaza officials said the lull was broken after nearly two hours when Israeli tank fire killed at least four Palestinians....
  • Ukrainian troops suffer heavy loss in ambush
    DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian authorities said Friday that at least 10 government troops were killed in an ambush by pro-Russian separatists in an area near the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but international inspectors nonetheless set off for a second day at the crash site....
  • Poll: Foreign policy no longer Obama strong point
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Foreign policy used to be a bright spot in Americans' dimming opinion of President Barack Obama. Not anymore. Associated Press-GfK polling found a spring and summer of discontent with the president's handling of world events....
  • Interfaith house of prayer to be built in Berlin
    BERLIN (AP) -- A rabbi, an imam and a priest start praying together under the same roof. It may sound like the start of a joke, but hopes are high it will become reality in Berlin....
  • CIA director reverses himself on Senate spying
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- For months, CIA Director John Brennan stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His defiant posture quickly collapsed after a devastating report by his own inspector general sided against the CIA on each key point of the dispute with the Senate....
The Latest from our Columnists
President's policies changing our nation
If Bill Clinton was the first black president then Barack Obama is the first Hispanic president. From all indications, President Obama is on the verge of issuing some extended form of amnesty for unknown numbers of illegal immigrants who have flooded across our southern border...
I'll worship the real sun god
The summer usually involves plenty of days of swimming and lake trips, leaving me with a bronze tan, the kind you see in statues made of Greek gods. Minus the muscles and fictitious physique, of course. Unfortunately this summer, Mother Nature has not cooperated and the number of days out in the sun has been limited. This has left me looking pasty with a trip to the beach coming up in a few weeks. That can mean only one thing -- sunburn on vacation...
Duke the Wonder Horse
Duke was a five-gated pinto. A pinto is a horse that has a coat color of white and any other color. For those of us who are not horse experts, many different breeds of horses have pinto colors. Anyway, when I was a young boy, Duke lived just up the street on Kingshighway in an attractive red barn trimmed out in white. It was surrounded by a dirt yard and a high, wire fence...
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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. ISRAELI TANK SHELLS SLAM INTO UN SCHOOL IN GAZA, KILLING 15

The strike that hit the crowded compound sheltering the war displaced comes amid Israel's heaviest air and artillery assault in more than three weeks of conflict with Hamas.

2. ABOUT 150 MAY BE TRAPPED IN LANDSLIDE IN WESTERN INDIA

Federal rescue workers are hampered by continuing rains and poor roads leading to the village of Ambe in the Maharashtra state where the disaster buried about 40 houses.

3. SHELLS HIT APARTMENT BUILDINGS IN EASTERN UKRAINE

Officials in the city of Donetsk say 19 people are dead in fighting between the government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

4. EU, U.S. HIT RUSSIA WITH ECONOMIC PENALTIES

Stocks take a tumble in Moscow after coordinated sanctions are aimed at increasing pressure on Putin to end his support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

5. HOUSE IS SET TO TAKE UP $17B VA OVERHAUL BILL

The measure is intended to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat them, and make it easier to fire senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department.

6. AS WEALTHY CATALONIA EYES INDEPENDENCE, A NEEDY SPAIN HOLDS ON

The region's secession campaign promises profound consequences for the country as it emerges from its worst economic crisis in a generation, with the moneymaker as a major driver of growth.

7. IN STING, KIDS ARE FOUND WHO WERE NEVER REPORTED LOST

In a weeklong effort by the FBI to rescue child sex trafficking victims last month, 168 juveniles recovered, some as young as 11. Among them was a group that particularly troubles child welfare advocates: those whose disappearance was never made known to authorities.

8. WHAT TARNISHES POWERFUL PORTUGUESE FAMILY

The country's Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, it is being stripped of its wealth and influence amid accounting irregularities, huge unreported debts and a police investigation.

9. WHY NYC MULLS LAW FOR IMPERSONATORS

The city officials are turning up the heat on Times Square costumed characters in a bid to rein in a summertime spike in badly behaving characters, such as the Spider-Man accused of punching a police officer recently.

10. WHO IS STAYING IN THE BOOTH FOR THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Vin Scully, the 86-year-old Hall of Fame announcer will return for his record 66th season with the team in 2015.

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