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BMU: Rate increase needed (07/30/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Sikeston residents and businesses should go ahead and begin planning now for their electric bills to go up. "I wish I could say I'm excited to be here," said Ed Throop, executive director of the Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities, during the Sikeston City Council's special meeting Monday...
Sikeston Council approves starting TIF process for proposed new cinema (07/30/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The first step toward a new eight-screen Malco cinema in Sikeston has been approved by the Sikeston City Council. Council members approved beginning the process of establishing a Tax Increment Financing district during their special meeting Monday...
Shoppers can 'Stuff the Bus' this Saturday (07/30/14)
SIKESTON -- Shoppers to Wal-Mart in Sikeston this Saturday can help local students receive school supplies this year. From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Sikeston retailer, residents can drop off school supplies for Scott County Central, East Prairie and Charleston school districts. The districts will each have a bus parked in the retailer's lot to accept supplies for their students...
Shoppers to receive tax break this weekend (07/30/14)
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 ID, pick a ballot Tuesday (07/30/14)
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...
  • Youth soccer coach admits videotaping young girls
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A suburban Kansas City youth soccer coach has pleaded guilty to secretly videotaping young girls while they changed their clothes in his daughter's bedroom....
  • Murder, other counts severed in antifreeze deaths
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A southwest Missouri woman accused of killing two family members by slipping antifreeze into their drinks could have two trials after a judge approved a motion to sever two murder counts from other charges....
  • Obama makes quick stop in Kansas City suburb
    PARKVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- Residents of the Kansas City suburb of Parkville got a surprise when President Barack Obama stopped at a coffee shop and paid the tabs for a handful of patrons....
  • Inmates on cleanup crew find $1 million in pot
    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) -- A northwest Missouri cleanup crew consisting of jail inmates and a sheriff's deputy went into a roadside ravine to clean up trash and instead discovered more than 600 pounds of packaged marijuana....
  • Protesters mass outside Obama appearance
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- About 300 people stood outside the theater where President Obama spoke in Kansas City, Missouri....
  • GOP pushes House toward approving Obama lawsuit
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans pushed a divided House Wednesday toward a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of deliberately exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters....
  • UCLA's Pauley Pavilion drenched in hoops history
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The House That Wooden Built is waterlogged....
  • White House threatens to veto House border bill
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is threatening to veto a spending bill drafted by House Republicans to deal with the influx of Central American minors at the U.S. border....
  • Israeli strikes hit UN school, Gaza shopping area
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli strikes hit a crowded shopping area in Gaza City Wednesday, hours after tank shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with war refugees in the deadliest of a series of air and artillery attacks that pushed the Palestinian death toll above 1,300 in more than three weeks of fighting....
  • 3 Putin allies among 8 hit with new EU sanctions
    BRUSSELS (AP) -- Three long-time Putin associates are among eight people who have been hit with new European Union sanctions, an official EU document showed Wednesday....
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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