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Eagle pride for Super Bowl Panthers (02/06/16)
The New Madrid County Central High School Eagles showed their pride in NMCC graduate Kony Ealy on Friday with a special pep rally prior to the 50th annual Super Bowl game. Ealy, a North Carolina Panther, will play in today's Super Bowl game and his hometown fans wanted him to know they were backing him...
A 'Rising Star' in education: Local teacher honored for work at Richland (02/06/16)
SIKESTON -- It will be presented in his name but the credit goes to the Richland School District in Essex and its students, according to Kyle Carter. Carter learned Jan. 25 that he is one of 13 teachers honored by the Journalism Education Association in 2016 with the Rising Star Award...
SHS royalty (02/06/16)
Cara Vogel was crowned as the 2016 Winter Homecoming Queen at Sikeston High School before the Sikeston and Poplar Bluff Friday night at the Sikeston Field House. Her escort was Jordan Wheatley.
Help available for recovery from winter weather woes (02/06/16)
SIKESTON -- Area residents who were impacted by weather events occurring across the state in late December and early January may be available for assistance from the federal government. The key to receiving that help, officials say, is to act now. On Jan. 21, Scott and Cape Girardeau counties were the only Southeast Missouri counties among the 33 counties in the state included in the federal disaster declaration for weather events occurring Dec. 23 through Jan. 9...
Grant funds enable SEMO Food Bank to distribute more healthy food to needy (02/05/16)
SIKESTON -- Southeast Missouri Food Bank has received an $18,000 grant to help its Grocery Rescue Program. The Grocery Rescue Program recovers nutritious food that is close-dated, slightly ripe or too plentiful and puts the food into the hands of hungry Southeast Missourians. The rescued food comes from grocery stores and farms and would otherwise go into landfills...
  • How Donald Trump, with pizazz and bluster, took on the NFL
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump was known in New York by 1984 as a flashy newcomer to Manhattan real estate. But football, not business, was what drew 60 young women to the Trump Tower in early January of that year....
  • Christie, others hit final stretch in New Hampshire
    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- It's less than two days until New Hampshire voters go to the polls. But Hillary Clinton is in Michigan. And other candidates, even Jeb Bush, say their campaigns will go on no matter how they do on Tuesday. Donald Trump says he doesn't need to win New Hampshire - but he'd like to....
  • Clinton calls Flint water crisis 'immoral' in break from NH
    FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- Taking a detour from New Hampshire's campaign trail, Hillary Clinton said Sunday that a water crisis in a Michigan city was "immoral" and demanded that Congress approve $200 million in emergency aid to address the community's battle with lead-contaminated water....
  • After Rubio stumbles, rivals see opening in New Hampshire
    BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) -- Marco Rubio's uneven debate performance just days before Tuesday's New Hampshire primary has emboldened a trio of governors seeking to stem his rise in the Republican race for president. But if Rubio's rivals can slow him in New Hampshire, they are likely to leave the GOP with a muddled mix of establishment contenders and no clear favorite to challenge Donald Trump and Ted Cruz....
  • Sanders campaign plans clash with political realities
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- Bernie Sanders promises voters a "political revolution" that will fundamentally remake the American economy and its education and health care systems....
The Latest from our Columnists
Trip to Capitol is full of legislative lessons
I just returned from the State Capitol in Jefferson City having spent a couple of days mingling with fellow newspaper folk and rubbing elbows with politicians. As always seems to be the case, you can't help but stand in awe as you gaze at the majestic Capitol and Governor's Mansion perched high above the Missouri River...
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...
Love on the River
Here's a bit of local river history with a literary twist. As a steamboat made its way on the river the leadsman stood on the bow and sang the depth soundings to the pilot. It went like this: Quarter Less Twain - ten and one-half feet Mark Twain - twelve feet (two fathoms, or safe water)...
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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. FIREWORKS FLY IN FIRST ONE-ON-ONE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE

Hillary Clinton accuses Bernie Sanders of subjecting her to an "artful smear" regarding her Wall Street links while Sanders suggests the former secretary of state is a captive of America's political establishment.

2. U.N. PANEL RULES FOR WIKILEAKS FOUNDER

Julian Assange has been "arbitrarily detained" by Britain and Sweden since December 2010, and should be freed and compensated, the rights group says.

3. EXPERTS DOWNPLAY PLANNED NORTH KOREA LAUNCH

Pyongyang's rockets look like space launch vehicles and aren't necessarily helping them get that much closer to having a reliable, long-range missile capacity.

4. DESPITE ZIKA SCARE, PARTY GOES ON

As tens of thousands descend on Brazil for the annual Carnival festival, there are fears the crush of humanity will be a perfect opportunity for the virus to spread.

5. TALIBAN CLOSING RANKS AROUND NEW LEADER

The move could allow Afghanistan's insurgents to speak with one voice in hoped-for peace talks but will also strengthen them on the battlefield.

6. WHAT SECTOR OF ECONOMY IS STILL STRONG

Despite U.S. manufacturing shrinking, corporate profits declining and goods piling up on warehouse shelves, hiring continues to buck the recessionary trends.

7. HOW POLICE SHOOTINGS ARE CHANGING THE DEBATE

A dispute is erupting among police organizations over new proposals that would govern when officers should use force during violent arrests.

8. WHERE JAPAN IS FACING A CULTURAL DILEMMA

Japanese are mulling changing the traditional "manji" symbol identifying Buddhist temples on maps that is often confused with the Nazi swastika.

9. HOW CASINOS ARE TRYING TO LURE MILLENNIALS

Tattoo studios, mixed martial arts competitions and other offbeat attractions are designed to attract a younger clientele.

10. SUPER BOWL ADVERTISERS STICKING TO CLASSICS

Talking animals, celebrity cameos and crowd-pleasing rock songs are the themes that marketers hope to win over Big Game viewers.

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