[Nameplate] Fair ~ 76°F  
High: 81°F ~ Low: 66°F
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015
Local news, state news, national news. News from the Standard Democrat.
<div style="background-color: #8b8680;"><a href="http://www.ikiloop.com/" title="shop">ikiloop</a></div>
Sikeson police looking to identify theft suspect (08/27/15)
SIKESTON -- Police are looking to identify a man who allegedly stole from a Sikeston business earlier this month. About 3:45 p.m. Aug. 7, Sikeston Department of Public Safety was called to Slusher's Farm and Home on South Main Street in Sikeston, where a worker said a white male came into the store around 2:20 p.m. ...
IOOF building in Sikeston needing repairs; can be bought for a dollar (08/27/15)
SIKESTON - For $1 someone can own a Sikeston landmark. The International Order of Odd Fellows building, located at the corner of Kingshighway and Center Street, is for sale and can be bought for just $1. But the 107-year-old building is showing its age and in need of repairs...
Strebler featured on PopTV's 'Don't Blink' (08/27/15)
SIKESTON -- Sikeston native and mentalist Morgan Strebler is entertaining people on the streets with his mind-bending talents in a weekly, national television program. Strebler, who is also a psychological illusionist, is one of 16 magicians featured on "Don't Blink," which airs at 11:30 p.m. Thursdays on PopTV Network...
Benton Neighbor Days switches talent show to open division, cash prizes (08/27/15)
BENTON -- The Benton Neighbor Days Talent Show is looking to add performers of all types and ages at is annual competition next weekend. "In years past, we've always done the Heartland Idol, where the winner (of our talent show) goes on to the Mid-South Fair in Memphis, Tenn.," said Susie Proctor, who is coordinating this year's talent show. "This year it's an open division for any age and any talent."...
Teens charged as adults in June drive-by shooting in Cape (08/27/15)
CAPE GIRARDEAU (SMNS) -- Criminal charges have been filed against two teenagers accused of critically injuring a Cape Girardeau woman during a drive-by shooting in late June, according to a news release from the Cape Girardeau County prosecutor's office...
  • Judge rules Obama administration water rule should be halted
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways just hours before it was set to go into effect....
  • Credit impact unclear amid fight over new St. Louis stadium
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An administration official says it's unclear what would happen to Missouri's credit rating if lawmakers don't make payments agreed upon by the state for a St. Louis football stadium....
  • Man charged in death of 9-year-old girl in Ferguson
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A suburban St. Louis man was charged Thursday with killing a 9-year-old girl who was sitting on her mother's bed doing her homework when shots were fired into her home....
  • New Missouri court fines, sex ed laws set to take effect
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Numerous new Missouri laws are set to take effect Friday, ranging from legislation addressing concerns about court fines raised after the fatal police shooting of a black 18-year-old in Ferguson to child-proof packaging for liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes....
  • Man charged in Jewish site deaths: Judge denying fair trial
    OLATHE, Kan. (AP) -- A white supremacist charged with killing three people at Kansas City-area Jewish sites accused a judge on Thursday of denying him a fair trial for not allowing him to present evidence explaining his mindset at the time....
  • Teacher describes handling gun-wielding teen hostage taker
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Thirty-year veteran teacher Twila Smith had scarcely started a new school year when a 14-year-old freshman entered her world studies class and drew a gun Tuesday....
  • Californians cut water without state imposing fines
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- For the second straight month, Californians exceeded hefty water conservation mandates during the relentless drought without the state imposing fines, officials said Thursday....
  • Obama to people of New Orleans: You inspire me, and America
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Visiting residents on tidy porch stoops and sampling the fried chicken at a corner restaurant, President Barack Obama held out the people of New Orleans on Thursday as an extraordinary example of renewal and resilience 10 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina....
  • Clinton likens GOP's views on women to those of terrorists
    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday drew parallels between terrorist organizations and the field of Republican candidates for president when it comes to their views on women, telling an Ohio audience her potential GOP rivals were pushing "out-of-date" policies....
  • Trump proposals risk deepening GOP rift on immigration
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump has exposed anew the deep rift inside the Republican Party on immigration, a break between its past and the country's future the party itself has said it must bridge if the GOP ever hopes to win back the White House....
The Latest from our Columnists
Trump lacks specifics needed in campaign
With Hillary Clinton in free fall and Joe Biden poised to gum up the works in the Democratic primary for president, you would think the GOP would be awash in glee over the prospects. Unfortunately for the Republicans - and I count myself in the conservative wing of the GOP - it's all Trump, all the time...
For every action, an overreaction
I love the weeks where you can just put up the remote control, grab some popcorn and watch as the country overreacts to one situation after another. And with social media it is a non-stop barrage of one overreaction after the other. First we had the Confederate flag craziness. We were all left searching for answers when a 21-year-old white man went to a black church, sat for an hour with them in a prayer meeting before killing nine in hopes of starting a race war...
Hired protestors are undermining nation
As a rule, I normally refrain from commenting on the political scene in this Sunday column, leaving that nasty work for mid-week. But a little-reported story this week on the Ferguson #BlackLivesMatter protests raised my temperature to the boiling point...
Videos

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. ASIAN STOCKS MEANDER AFTER CHINA RATE CUT

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index falls late in the day after spending most of the afternoon in positive territory.

2. TRUMP STARTS NEW MEDIA FEUD

The Republican presidential candidate gets involved in a news conference confrontation with Jorge Ramos, the Miami-based anchor for Univision. GOP 2016-TRUMP-UNIVISION

3. GUNMAN IN HIGH-SPEED TRAIN ATTACK CHARGED WITH TERRORISM

The Moroccan suspect is facing terrorism charges over what authorities say was a plan to unleash carnage among hundreds of passengers.

4. FIRE CREWS WARY OF WEATHER IN PARTS OF WEST

That sun brings more heat to Washington, where firefighters keep an eye on rising temperatures and winds that threaten to expand what's already the largest wildfire on record in the state.

5. NORTH KOREAN TOUCH TO NEW PYONGYANG AIRPORT

The glimmering building has all the features international travelers have come to expect, though its Internet room appears to be missing the Internet.

6. WHERE SECULAR RESIDENTS MAKE GAINS IN CULTURE WAR

Despite Jerusalem's image as a city that grinds to a halt on the Sabbath, more than 200 cafes, restaurants, cinemas and other entertainment centers now stay open in non-religious Jewish areas of the city.

7. WHAT LIES BEHIND 'ANCHOR BABIES' BUZZ

Some say the phrase, which means a child born to a noncitizen mother in a country that grants automatic citizenship to children born on its soil, is derogatory, while others dismiss the hubbub as "silly political correctness."

8. IMPROVING ECONOMY SHARES BLAME FOR WORST U.S. TRAFFIC EVER

Increasing urban populations and lower fuel prices, which are making driving less expensive, also explain the problem.

9. WHO RELUCTANTLY RECKONS WITH COSBY

As allegations about sexual misconduct continue to reverberate around the comedian, it is difficult for locals in the New England town where his family summers to ignore their most famous resident.

10. TENNESSEE EXPERIMENTS WITH HIGH-TECH SLEEP MONITORS

Coach Butch Jones' staff and a Chicago-based company are taking various high-tech steps to make sure the 25th-ranked football team is getting the proper rest.

Submit Your News
Title:

By:
(Your name as you want it to appear with the story)

Your story:

Photo:
(You can optionally attach a photo in JPEG format. No logos, please. Please double-check that you are uploading the full size version of the photo and not a thumbnail or preview size.)

Photo caption:

Your contact info:
(Required, but will not appear)