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Students visit with author (04/29/16)
Author Mary Sue Anton, seated center, talks with students from Immaculate Conception School in New Madrid about writing her book, "Tales of a Century-Old Courthouse: New Madrid County, Missouri," during her book launch at the New Madrid County Courthouse Thursday afternoon. Anton will also be at the New Madrid Historical Museum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday...
Dog Days: Humane Society to host adoption event Saturday (04/29/16)
SIKESTON, Mo. - Little Alizah Boyd was more than happy to show off Mufasa, a 2 to 3-year-old Papillon mix. The small, energetic pup is just one of the many who will be featured at the Sikeston Area Humane Society's third annual Dog Days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at downtown American Legion Park...
Drug Take Back will be Saturday in East Prairie and Charleston (04/29/16)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. -- From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday the East Prairie Police Department, Charleston Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 11th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft, by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs...
One killed in fiery crash (04/29/16)
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. - A driver was killed in a fiery crash Thursday evening. At 6:15 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 55 near the 34 mile marker, Taylor R. Holcomb, 73, of Wilmington, N.C., was driving a southbound tractor-trailer rig when the vehicle ran off the roadway. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, the vehicle struck a tree line and caught fire...
10 Things to Know for Today (04/29/16)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. NORTH KOREA IMPRISONS US CITIZEN North Korea sentences an American of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year...
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The political turmoil just keeps on brewing
The odd twists and turns of the Republican presidential primary are almost enough to make Hillary Clinton look like a viable candidate. As a lifelong conservative - which translates into a lifelong Republican - I find myself frustrated and disgusted with the '16 primary season on the GOP side...
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 Thursday:

1. NORTH KOREA IMPRISONS US CITIZEN

North Korea sentences an American of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year.

2. WHY SOME NORTH KOREANS MISS THEIR HOMELAND

North Korea might seem like a Stalinist nightmare to many, but for tens of thousands of people scattered across South Korea and living underground in China, it's something far more complicated.

3. WHERE TRUMP PROTESTS BECAME VIOLENT

Demonstrators and supporters of the GOP presidential front-runner clash as he brings his campaign to Southern California, following his sweep of the Northeast primaries earlier this week.

4. WHO MIGHT HAVE DIED FROM A PRESRIPTION DRUG OVERDOSE

Investigators are looking into whether Prince died from a drug overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks before he was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis, a law enforcement official tells AP.

5. VOTERS IN IRAN HEAD TO POLLS

Iran's parliamentary runoff elections are underway, a key vote to decide whether hard-liners or moderate forces backing President Hassan Rouhani will control the legislature.

6. FALLUJAH UNDER SIEGE

Residents of the Islamic State-held Iraqi city lack food and medicine as Iraqi government troops tighten their grip around it.

7. NO CRIMINAL CHARGES IN US ATTACK ON AFGHAN HOSPITAL

About 16 American military personnel are disciplined but won't face court-martial in last year's attack on a hospital in Kunduz operated by Doctors Without Borders that killed 42 people.

8. MUSIC ON VINYL! SLICED VEGETABLES! WAIT, THERE'S MORE!

Philip Kives, the tireless TV pitchman who famously implored viewers to hang on to hear more about the products he was hawking, has died at age 87.

9. HOW THE SOVIET UNION HANDLED A NUCLEAR ACCIDENT BEFORE CHERNOBYL

A generation before Chernobyl, a huge tank of radioactive waste leaked at the Mayak nuclear complex in 1957, which the Soviet Union didn't acknowledge it for decades. Unlike Chernobyl, Mayak is still operating - and still leaking.

10. WHO WAS TAKEN FIRST IN NFL DRAFT

Quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz went first and second at the annual NFL amateur draft.

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