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History behind Kelly fog days explained (09/13/14)
leonnah@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- It may have been 35 years since three local school children were killed in a bus accident one foggy morning, but the memory of that day remains clear in the minds of those families and community members of the Scott County R-4 "Kelly" School District...
Charleston shooting under investigation (09/12/14)
CHARLESTON -- Police are investigating a shooting today that injured a Charleston man. About 12:10 p.m. today, Charleston Department of Public Safety Director Robert Hearnes said the department received several calls of shots fired in the 700 block of Gail Street. Responding officers discovered a male victim in the roadway with a gunshot wound...
Sikeston DPS searching for wanted man (09/12/14)
SIKESTON -- Police are searching for a Sikeston man wanted in connection with a shooting today in Sikeston. A warrant for the arrest of 18-year-old Dedrick M. "Little D" Cowley has been issued through Scott County Court for assault, first-degree armed criminal action and kidnapping with a bond of $150,000 cash only, according to Capt. Jim McMillen, public information officer with Sikeston Department of Public Safety...
Ill. murder suspects are arrested in Marston (09/12/14)
MARSTON - An investigation by Illinois detectives led to the arrest of two murder suspects in Marston on Wednesday. According to a new release from the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department, Kevin Malone is in custody on charges of possession of a controlled substance in New Madrid County and first degree murder in a warrant issued by Cook County, Ill., authorities...
Park to be renamed after Charleston's first black mayor/prominent citizen (09/12/14)
leonnah@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Charleston's first black mayor and one of its most prominent citizens will be celebrated this weekend as a park is renamed in his honor. The Mark Twain Park will be renamed the Charles R. Williams Sr. Park during a dedication ceremony set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the corner of North Elm and Lafayette streets in Charleston. Immediately following, there will be music, food and games...
  • Trooper worried about mistakes after drowning
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper expressed concerns in a call to a supervisor that he might have made mistakes after a handcuffed Iowa man drowned while in custody, according to newly released records....
  • Congressional candidate's residency under scrutiny
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois congressional candidate Ann Callis' previous out-of-state residence has come under scrutiny, with a published report Sunday saying she signed mortgage documents while a judge in Illinois that listed her home as in Missouri....
  • Central Institute for the Deaf marks 100 years
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- When the normally bright Nolan Howard began to struggle academically last year, his parents quit their jobs and moved from Seattle to St. Louis....
  • Second cross-Missouri trail under consideration
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A group that advocates for creating biking and hiking trails along abandoned rail lines wants a second cross-state trail in Missouri that would link with the Katy Trail to establish a 400-mile loop across the state....
  • Achieving diversity in police ranks no easy task
    When he took over as police chief last year in the St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights, it didn't take Bill Carson long to see he had a serious diversity problem. Of the department's 79 sworn officers, just one was black and one Hispanic....
  • Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation
    INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implored Democrats on Sunday to choose shared economic opportunity over "the guardians of gridlock" in an high-profile appearance that drove speculation about another White House bid into overdrive....
  • Sweden shifts to left in parliamentary election
    STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Sweden's Social Democrats were poised to return to power after a left-leaning bloc defeated the center-right government in a parliamentary election Sunday that also saw strong gains by an anti-immigration party....
  • Vikings miss Peterson in 30-7 loss to Patriots
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The face of the franchise was nowhere to be found as the Minnesota Vikings flailed away against the New England Patriots on Sunday, and it's not clear when, if ever, Adrian Peterson will rejoin them....
  • Iraqi leader: No need for Arab powers to strike IS
    PARIS (AP) -- Iraq's president says Arab powers Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia do not need to join airstrikes against the Islamic State group....
  • Hurdles for Obama health law in 2nd sign-up season
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama's health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away....
The Latest from our Columnists
Cultural terrorist are eroding our values
Just this past week, a lieutenant colonel in the Army was turned away from his daughter's high school because he was wearing his uniform on the school campus. In Chicago, four firefighters were suspended for refusing to remove American flag stickers from their helmets and lockers...
Something's fishy about the Gulf
I just returned from my first trip to see the Gulf of Mexico and I can tell you one thing about the Gulf waters -- they're dangerous. I have visited the Atlantic Ocean on many occasions, splashing around in the salty water without a care in the world. Outside of being chased by a super-aggressive crab with a Napoleon complex, I've never had a problem. But that was the ocean. The Gulf is a different story...
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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. PISTORIUS RECEIVES GUILTY VERDICT

The judge in the murder trial against the double-amputee athlete convicts him of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, which can carry a sentence up to 15 years in prison.

2. ESCAPED SCHOOL SHOOTER CAPTURED

Authorities apprehend the convicted killer of three Ohio students, 19-year-old T.J. Lane. Two prisoners who fled with him are also back in custody.

3. CAN OBAMA PROSECUTE WAR ON ISLAMIC STATE GROUP WITHOUT CONGRESS' CONSENT?

Critics say the president's decision to authorize U.S. airstrikes inside Syria, along with expanded strikes in Iraq, has short-circuited the congressional oversight that he once championed.

4. ETHNIC FIGHTING IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC KILLS 5,000 SINCE DECEMBER

AP's tally represents more than double the death toll of at least 2,000 cited by the United Nations, underscoring how a U.N. mission is coming too late for thousands.

5. EVIDENCE GROWING HAMAS USED RESIDENTIAL AREAS IN WAR

While admitting "mistakes," the group says it had little choice in Gaza's crowded urban landscape and took safeguards to keep people away from the fighting.

6. WHO IS LIKELY TO DRAW CHEERS IN IOWA

Hillary Clinton returns to the state for the first time since an "excruciating" night in 2008, not quite yet running for president but sure to be offered a warm welcome by Democrats hoping she will.

7. DOCUMENTS SHOW GOVERNMENT TOOK HARD LINE IN EXPANDING SPY PROGRAM

The Bush administration threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day unless it turned over online information.

8. SCOTTISH CELEBRITIES TAKE SIDES ON INDEPENDENCE

The Yes side has James Bond, but the No campaign has Harry Potter.

9. WHICH TEST MAKES SAN DIEGO CABBIES CRY FOUL

Body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at the city's airport use to judge taxi drivers, who say it smacks of prejudice and discrimination.

10. SPONSORS KEEP CLOSE WATCH ON NFL PROBE

Major brands are paying attention to make sure the organization doesn't fumble the investigation into how its executives handled evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence case.

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