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Kow Pasture Klassic (04/27/15)
Although most of the day was sunny with blue skies, members of team "Party Pack" endured damp conditions early on to compete in the 30th Annual Kow Pasture Klassic on Saturday in New Hamburg. Proceeds of the "wacky golf" fundraiser benefit Kenny Rogers Children's Center in Sikeston and the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. Here, Amy Shelton tees off while (from left) Lisa Essner, Michelle Payne and Erica Dirnberger look on...
Mule photo exhibit will be on display in New Madrid (04/27/15)
NEW MADRID -- Everyone has a mule story, says Duane Dailey, the photographer behind the exhibit, Missouri Mules and Men. According to Dailey, when the show was unveiled at the McDougall Center Gallery at the University of Missouri's School of Journalism last fall, it drew people from across the region. Many wanted to retell a story told by their grandfather or other ancestor about mules...
Council begins to consider budget issues (04/27/15)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Reviewing a first draft is where the Council begins the process of approving a budget for Sikeston's next fiscal year. Council members were presented with a budget summary and advised of the schedule for the budget approval process by City Manager Jon Douglass during their regular monthly briefing session Monday...
Sikeston man arrested on drug charges (04/27/15)
BENTON -- A Sikeston area man was arrested on drug possession charges over the weekend in Scott County. Jeremy B. Pearson, 35, is charged with the class D felony of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and the class B misdemeanor of property damage. Scott County Sheriff Rick Sheriff Walter said on Friday deputies responded to 140 Stone Drive in Sikeston for a delayed disturbance report. ...
East Prairie native picked to serve as a National Teach Ag Ambassador (04/27/15)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Southeast Missouri State University sophomore Rylyn Small of East Prairie was named a 2015-2016 National Teach Ag Ambassador and will participate in the 2015 National Future Farmers of America Convention Oct. 28-30 in Louisville, Ky...
  • Miller says he will plead guilty in Jewish site shootings
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A white supremacist accused of killing three people at two Jewish centers in Kansas says he plans to plead guilty to capital murder to avoid a lengthy trial because of his failing health....
  • Missouri governor approves $250M in additional spending
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has approved spending over $250 million more this fiscal year....
  • Democrat Nicole Galloway sworn in as new Missouri auditor
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's new Auditor Nicole Galloway said during her swearing-in ceremony Monday that protecting personal data will be one of her top priorities in her work as the state's top government watchdog....
  • An explanation of wild birds' role in avian flu outbreak
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Wild birds are believed to be behind the first major widespread outbreak of bird flu in the United States. The H5N2 virus has cost Midwestern turkey and chicken producers more than 13 million birds since early March, including several new cases announced in Iowa and Minnesota on Monday. Here are some questions and answers about how wild birds remain healthy even when carrying and spreading the virus....
  • Man hospitalized after St. Louis officer-involved shooting
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A suspect was in stable condition but expected to survive after being shot Monday during a gun battle with St. Louis police that drew several protesters to the scene....
The Latest from our Columnists
Leaders who make us 'Sikeston Proud'
For me, on a very personal level, this has been a bittersweet week with the retirement of one close friend and the long-overdue recognition for another close friend. Ed Throop, the longtime executive director of the Board of Municipal Utilities, is retiring next week. Ed has always been a friend and supporter of this newspaper and has served both the utility and the community with honor and distinction...
Giving up bachelorhood for good
For the last few years I have embraced the bachelor life. I was responsible for only myself, keeping my house exactly the way I wanted it -- I was master of my own domain. My how things change. A month ago my fiancee and her 18-year-old daughter sold their house and moved in and my bachelor ways disappeared. ...
Nun-sense: Even the good embellish a good story
What we come to expect of those who hold important positions or whose professions by their very nature carry a high degree of trust by others are often measured against our experiences when young. Our teachers often frame and define those events, but not always in the way we perceive of them at the time...
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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. WHY DEATH TOLL IS EXPECTED TO RISE IN NEPAL

The condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers are still struggling to reach two days after the earthquake could raise the casualty count of 3,700.

2. HOW LOVED ONES ARE REACHING OUT

Nepalese expats are trying to reach trapped victims through global messaging apps, Facebook and their cellphones.

3. COLORADO THEATER SHOOTING TRIAL BEGINS

The long-awaited trial of James Holmes, the man who killed 12 people at a packed Batman movie premiere, gets underway with opening statements.

4. BIG CROWDS EXPECTED FOR FREDDIE GRAY FUNERAL

Thousands of people, including an Obama aide, are attending services of a man who died after sustaining serious spinal injuries in the custody of Baltimore police.

5. WHAT'S NEXT ON IRAN FRONT

The Senate plunges into a high-stakes debate this week over empowering Congress to review and possibly reject any nuclear deal with Tehran.

6. MYSTERY DEEPENS ABOUT SHOOTING AT PENITENTIARY

AP's Ken Ritter finds that a tough Nevada prison was not forthcoming when it declared an inmate guilty of murder in a brawl with a fellow prisoner.

7. STARBUCKS SNAFU SHOWS HOW REGISTERS HAVE EVOLVED

Registers that once rang up tabs and stored cash have evolved into hubs that can collect enormous volumes of data and carry out many tasks.

8. TSARNAEV'S LIFE ON LINE

Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bomber return to federal court to make their case that he should be spared the death penalty.

9. CLINTON FOUNDATION ACKNOWLEDGES MISTAKES

As Hillary Rodham Clinton readies a presidential run, the global philanthropy is working to remedy missteps in how it disclosed donors.

10. WHO WON BIG AT DAYTIME EMMYS

"General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless" were the top winners with three trophies each, while the latter shared the best drama series with "Days of Our Lives."

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