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The Reading Tree (10/30/14)
At the request of librarian Kay Kirk, Scott County Central Schools art teacher Cristy Crites sculpted a tree around a concrete post in the center of the recently remodeled library. It features life-like bark, branches and leaves accented with lighting and a wrap-around bench underneath which provides an inviting reading area for the students. ...
Class teaches healthy living for chronic diseases (10/30/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Healthy living means fewer trips to the hospital -- especially if you are living with a chronic disease. About a half dozen people recently completed this area's first Living a Healthy Life Workshop, a six-week course offered at Missouri Delta Medical Center through a partnership with local health departments to teach those with chronic conditions how to live so they spend less time in the hospital...
World's biggest big top circus celebrates 78 yeas of performances with shows in Sikeston (10/30/14)
SIKESTON -- The largest traveling big top tent circus will ride into Sikeston this weekend with three scheduled performances. As part of their 78th consecutive year of touring the USA, Carson & Barnes Circus will perform at 4:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday at Dyno Dom's Sikeston Raceway, located at 389 Sandywood Road, in rural Sikeston...
Tractor trailer fire closes I-55 Wednesday evening (10/30/14)
NEW MADRID -- Drivers heading northbound on Interstate 55 found the going slow Wednesday evening due to a tractor-trailer fire. According to Cpl. Clark Parrott with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at just before 5 p.m. a tractor-trailer hauling cars on Interstate 55, near the 57-mile marker, caught on fire, causing the cars it was hauling to catch on fire...
Scott Central FBLA to host March for Babies mini-walk (10/30/14)
SIKESTON -- The FBLA Chapter at Scott County Central High School is looking to get the community to "purple-out" next month in support of March of Dimes. For the first time, the school's Future Business Leaders of America members are organizing a March for Babies mini-walk. The walk is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 15 at the high school's Ronnie Cookson Gymnasium...
  • Nixon to outline expansion of jobs effort
    WELLSTON, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon will be in suburban St. Louis Thursday to announce expansion of his administration's effort to improve job and career opportunities for young people in low-income communities....
  • Woman hurt when tree falls through house
    POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) -- A southeast Missouri woman is recovering from injuries after a tree that was being removed from an adjoining lot fell the wrong way and crashed into her house....
  • Man gets life in prison in Jefferson City death
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A St. Louis man was sentenced to life in prison for a shooting death in Jefferson City....
  • 11 men sentenced in international child porn ring
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eleven men from across the country have been sentenced to between 15 and 19 years in prison for their roles in what prosecutors say was an international online network for child pornography....
  • Missouri House committee to investigate Koster
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones is forming an investigatory committee after a report that Chris Koster was one of several state attorneys general who may have been influenced by campaign contributions and lobbyists....
  • Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in Maine
    FORT KENT, Maine (AP) -- A nurse who promised to defy Maine's quarantine for health care workers who've treated Ebola patients has followed through on her vow....
  • Sri Lanka says no hope finding mudslide survivors
    KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Hundreds of desperate Sri Lankan villagers dug with bare hands through the broken red earth of a deadly landslide Thursday, defying police orders after a top disaster official said there was no chance of finding more survivors at the high-elevation tea plantation....
  • Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay....
  • Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset
    STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Sweden's new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state - a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem....
  • Viral video documents New York street harassment
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A video recording the comments a woman hears as she walks around the nation's biggest city is a testament to the pervasiveness of street harassment women face, its creators said....
The Latest from our Columnists
Do we drive the polls or do polls drive us?
Why do the polls show that next week's all-important mid-term elections remain extremely close? By just about any measure, the critical Senatorial match-ups should be a slam dunk for the Republicans, especially given the unpopularity of the administration...
Yardwork score: Plants 10, me 0
I'm not one for doing any kind of yard work. If I had my way, I would concrete my yard and put down AstroTurf. For me the best way to do yard work is to put on a hat and some old clothes and watch as someone else does it. Unfortunately, that can get pricey...
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. IRAQI KURDS HEAD TO FIGHT MILITANTS IN SYRIA

The 150 peshmerga troops crossed into Turkey on their way to help their Syrian brethren in their battle with the Islamic State group in the besieged border town of Kobani.

2. WHY AL-QAIDA IS OFFERING AN OLIVE BRANCH TO RENEGADE GROUP

The terrorist network is using Western-led airstrikes against the Islamic State group to try to bring the extremists back into its fold and capture some of the spotlight and jihadist support from IS military advances.

3. COMMERCIAL SUPPLY ROCKET EXPLODES AT LIFTOFF

No injuries are reported following the first catastrophic launch in NASA's commercial spaceflight effort.

4. FEDERAL EBOLA EFFORTS RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT CZAR'S ROLE

Ron Klain has barely been seen and the White House's behind-the-scenes coordination of the response to the outbreak is severely tested a week before midterm elections.

5. LAVA TESTS HAWAII COMMUNITY'S RESOLVE

Residents of Pahoa on the Big Island have been preparing for weeks for the slow-motion disaster.

6. MIDTERMS COULD BRING TIEBREAKER ROLE FOR BIDEN

The vice president's profile might be raised if the Senate splits evenly between GOP and Democrats, ahead of his possible 2016 run.

7. GLOBAL ECONOMY'S STUMBLE WON'T SHIFT FED'S POLICIES

The U.S. central bank is expected to reaffirm its low-rate policy at the conclusion of a two days meeting.

8. WHERE BIRTH RATES ARE SLUMPING

The government of Cuba is making a nationwide push to increase the number of babies as the country registers lowest number of newborns in Latin America.

9. WHO FAKED AP STORY

The FBI confirms it came up with a bogus Associated Press story to catch a bomb threat suspect in 2007.

10. WORLD SERIES GOES INTO GAME 7

Kansas City's batters break open game with a seven-run second and batter the San Francisco Giants 10-0.

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