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NORANDA RATE CUT DENIED (08/21/14)
Utility regulators won't agree to cutting electric rates by 25 percent for Noranda Aluminum
Smith taking part in Farm Tour (08/21/14)
BENTON -- "With every stop I'm learning something. The diversity in agriculture in our district is unreal," said Eighth District Congressman Jason Smith as his second day of his annual Farm Tour got underway on Wednesday. Smith, who had just completed a tour of the Tribute Dairy Farm in Scott County, was on his way to Charleston to tour Concept Ag-Seed and later in the day would be at the AC Riley Cotton Gin. ...
Benton man dies in plane crash (08/21/14)
PARSONS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Benton, Mo., man died Wednesday in West Tennessee when the crop dusting plane he was piloting went down. Decatur County Emergency Management Director Kevin Cagle said the plane crashed about 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Bible Hill community in the northern part of the county, about five miles north of Parsons...
Caruthersville police investigate disturbance (08/21/14)
CARUTHERSVILLE -- Police are investigating a disturbance that took place in Caruthersville on Wednesday night. According to the Caruthersville Police Department, officers took two reports of a group of black males walking and throwing rocks at vehicles, causing damage to the vehicles between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday...
'The Flight TV' aims to give back to community with youth event (08/20/14)
SIKESTON -- Area youth will have the opportunity to participate in a skeet shoot this weekend while mingling -- and taking lessons from -- the hosts of a national waterfowl hunting show. In an effort to give back to the Sikeston community and surrounding areas, "The Flight TV," a national television show on DirecTV and Dish Network, will host a child-parent free skeet shoot beginning at 10 a.m. ...
  • Chiefs' mascot reaches settlement over injury
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The man who performs as the Kansas City Chiefs' mascot has reached a legal settlement over severe injuries he suffered last November while practicing a zip line routine....
  • Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago....
  • Kinder wants legislative panel on police shooting
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's lieutenant governor wants lawmakers to look into events related to the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer....
  • Many police killings, but only Ferguson explodes
    There was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer last July. Peace prevailed when at least four other unarmed black males were killed by police in recent months, from New York to Los Angeles....
  • Prosecutor urges Gov. Nixon to decide on removal
    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch says he has no intentions of removing himself from the Michael Brown case, and he is urging Gov. Jay Nixon to once and for all decide if he will act on calls for McCulloch's ouster....
  • Russian aid convoy advances toward Ukraine
    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russian separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen by the Red Cross....
  • Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza's ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group's senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting top leaders in two days....
  • Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago....
  • Official: Militants asked $132.5 million ransom
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Islamic State militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley in Syria had demanded $132.5 million - or 100 million Euros- in ransom for his release, a U.S. official said Thursday....
  • US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban
    MIAMI (AP) -- A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot....
The Latest from our Columnists
Chaos in Ferguson is disservice to victim, family, community
I was a college student in Memphis the night Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. And as you would imagine, the events of that fateful day remain vivid in my memory after all of these years. The entire community of Memphis was both shocked and saddened by the tragic event. But the sadness quickly turned to anger which turned to chaos and eventually self-destructive actions...
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. U.S. HAS NO GOOD OPTION TO PROTECT SECOND JOURNALIST HOSTAGE

After the Islamic State beheaded reporter James Foley, the White House must decide how it will tackle the terrorist group bearing in mind it's holding another American citizen.

2. BLACK LEADERS CALM FERGUSON CROWDS

Many of the volunteers trying to ease tensions in the St. Louis suburb tell angry protesters that looting and violence will overshadow Michael Brown's killing.

3. GAZA TRUCE TALKS COLLAPSE INTO VIOLENCE

An Egyptian effort to end the monthlong war between Israel and Hamas failed once again as Palestinian militants fire dozens of rockets and Israel responds with airstrikes, killing 10.

4. U.S. CHANGING NO-FLY LIST RULES

AP's Eileen Sullivan reports that the Obama administration vows to change the way air travelers can ask to be removed from the catalog of suspected terrorists.

5. HOW THE EDUCATION LANDSCAPE IN NEW ORLEANS IS CHANGING

Some are hailing the rising number of charter schools as a grand experiment but others say they are out of poorer and minority families' reach.

6. NORMALITY ELUSIVE FOR UKRAINE'S BESIEGED EAST

Donetsk, which is the region's industrial center, is craving a return to normal life but is held captive to the ongoing war between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels.

7. NFL'S VETERAN STARS DEFY AGE LABEL

Many players who are in their thirties shrug off jokes and gray hairs to stay in the game.

8. WHERE FLOODING IS STUNNING RESIDENTS

Dramatic scenes of submerged roads and rescue operations are stunning communities in Phoenix which is seeing record rainfall.

9. LIBERIA IMPOSES CURFEW IN EBOLA-STRINKEN SLUM

The country's president also ordered security forces to quarantine the neighborhood, home to at least 50,000 people.

10. WHO IS THE SUBJECT OF THE LATEST NORTH KOREAN INSULT

Pyongyang is calling John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw" in the latest slur targeted at American officials by the hostile nation.

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