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Preliminary hearing scheduled for possessing child pornography (04/18/15)
NEW MADRID - A preliminary hearing date is set for a former teacher charged with possessing of child pornography. According to Missouri Case.net, Amy R. Walker, 36, of Lilbourn will return to court at 10 a.m. June 29 for a preliminary hearing before New Madrid County Associate Judge Joshua D. Underwood...
Man taken into protective custody following suicide threat; three schools are briefly locked down (04/18/15)
SIKESTON -- Despite forcing a brief lockdown of schools, a wandering man deemed suicidal by family was safely located by authorities Friday in Sikeston. About 2 p.m. Friday, Sikeston Department of Public Safety received a report of a 30-year-old male in the 800 block of East Gladys Street who was threatening suicide and armed with a handgun, according to Capt. Jim McMillen, public information officer for DPS...
Compost site opens for residents tackling their spring cleaning (04/18/15)
SIKESTON -- Sikeston residents have a nine-day window to get rid of everything from appliances to yard waste during the Annual Community Clean-Up Campaign. "It starts Friday and ends May 3," said Darren Martin, supervisor for the city's street division...
Man jailed following assault, robbery (04/18/15)
SIKESTON -- A Sikeston man is in jail for leading an assault and strong-armed robbery. Michael Cox, 52, is charged with second degree robbery, a class B felony; second degree assault, a class C felony; a felony armed criminal action charge; a class D felony of resisting arrest; a misdemeanor assaulting a law enforcement officer charge; and a misdemeanor second degree property damage charge...
Luau for Levi: Couple transform home for charity benefit (04/18/15)
SIKESTON -- Larry DeWitt describes the fundraiser planned at his Sikeston home next weekend as not only for a good cause but for a good time. DeWitt and his wife, Melanie, will open their rural Sikeston home to the public for "A Luau for Levi" from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. April 25 to raise funds for Levi's Children's Charity...
The Latest from our Columnists
To win, Clinton must use all of her assets
It's almost obligatory to comment on Sunday's long expected announcement that Hillary Clinton is running for president. Curiously absent from the announcement was her husband. And, for starters, I think that was a mistake because Bill Clinton - flaws and all - still remains an immensely popular figure in American politics...
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. WHAT ITALIAN LEADER, OBAMA WILL DISCUSS

Matteo Renzi and the U.S. president will be comparing notes on a range of issues, including Libya, the migrant issues stemming from the chaos there, Islamic State militants and Ukraine. UNITED STATES-ITALY

2. THIS IS (NOT) YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING

AP's Scott Mayerowitz finds that after the intentional crashing of Germanwings Flight 9525 by the co-pilot, one way for airlines to improve safety is to remove the pilots -- a radical idea that is decades away. PLANES WITHOUT PILOTS

3. WHO IS MULLING A CUBAN DETOUR

Pope Francis is considering adding a stop in Cuba to his U.S. trip in September, but no decision has been made. VATICAN-CUBA

4. FINDING DIFFERENT METHODS TO HELP CHILDREN WITH AMBIGUOUS GENITALIA

Families of intersex kids -- those born with reproductive anatomy that does not conform to standard definitions of male or female -- are weighing other non-surgical options. INTERSEX CHILDREN

5. FAMILIES MAKE VIDEOS TO REASSURE PATIENTS WITH DEMENTIA

Using an idea from the Adam Sandler movie "50 First Dates," families make videos to reassure patients dealing with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of forgetfulness. DEMENTIA-FAMILY VIDEOS

6. WHAT GOOGLE'S CHANGES MEAN FOR YOU

The search engine giant is changing its algorithms so that mobile-friendly sites show up first on smartphones. GOOGLE-SEARCH SHAKE-UP

7. G-20 CONFRONTING ECONOMIC WEAKNESS

Finance officials from the world's major economies are searching for the right mix of policies to bolster a still-weak global recovery while confronting a big drop in oil prices. GLOBAL FINANCE

8. WHY POOCHES ARE SNIFFLING IN THE HEARTLAND

Experts say doggie day care contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest. DOG FLU-THINGS TO KNOW

9. IVY LEAGUE SCHOOL STANDS BY MEHMET OZ

Columbia University won't remove the TV celebrity doctor from his faculty position as a group of top doctors has demanded, citing his "lack of integrity" for promoting "quack treatments." MEHMET OZ-COLUMBIA

10. BASKETBALL GALAXY MISSING BIGGEST STARS

No Kobe Bryant, no Dwyane Wade and no Carmelo Anthony. The NBA playoffs will be missing some of the game's biggest stars.

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